SMC hosts activities fair

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted a spring activities fair in the Student Center on Sunday to recruit members for campus organizations as a counterpart to the fall activities fair during the first week of classes in August.The event was coordinated by Janielle Tchakerian, assistant to the vice president for student affairs and the director of residence life, and Tena Johnson, student involvement specialist.“I think this is a good idea for the spring because we have a lot of transfer students coming in and students coming back from abroad who want to get involved, and it gives them that opportunity to know what is available,” student body vice president Sam Moorhead said.Johnson said 30 clubs and departments registered for the event and had table displays around the Student Center atrium and on the second floor.“We decided to organize the fair mainly to give student clubs another opportunity to recruit people,” Johnson said. “It’s the best way to promote involvement in campus life.”One of the newest organizations at the fair was the College’s three new graduate programs, including a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, a Master of Science in Data Science and a Master of Science in Speech Pathology. Aiming to reach undergraduates who may want to attain advanced degrees, Melissa Fruscione, associate director of admission for graduate programs, staffed the table and said she was glad to have the programs on display.“I thought the fair would be a great opportunity to introduce undergraduate students to our graduate programs,” Fruscione said. “We’re not official yet in having student organizations related to the graduate programs, … but we thought it was just a good opportunity for students to be introduced to the programs and let them know what they are all about in case they want to continue their education at Saint Mary’s.”Fruscione said once the graduate programs form student organizations, she believes the small size of the programs will allow undergraduate students and graduate students to collaborate and learn from one another.Senior nursing student Grace McSorley said the fair was a great success.“Since it’s my last semester as a senior, I thought it was a nice way to see all of the different things I could get involved in at the last minute,” she said. “I also was looking around to see if anything would appeal to my younger sister, who is a freshman looking to join some clubs.”McSorley said she wishes more students would take the opportunity to join clubs mid-year.“I was surprised to see such a range of clubs, too, and even a new one called Christ Lights, which is for students to talk about their faiths and modern-day topics regarding religion,” she said. “I signed up, and I am excited for everything the club offers.”Tags: graduate programs, Spring Activities Fair, student involvementlast_img read more

10 months agoFulham plot sensational triple swoop on Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham plot sensational triple swoop on Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are being linked with a sensational triple swoop on Chelsea.The Daily Star says Maurizio Sarri has a bloated squad with a number of first-team players on the fringes under the Italian tactician.Gary Cahill, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses are the three most high-profile players to have been frozen out.Cahill – out of contract at the end of the season – has been limited to seven appearances in all competitions, Drinkwater has not featured since the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City while Moses has started once all season.SW6 neighbours Fulham have been linked with the trio, who will be allowed to leave in the mid-season sales. last_img read more

24 days agoChelsea loanee Izzy Brown impresses in Luton win

first_imgChelsea loanee Izzy Brown impresses in Luton winby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Izzy Brown played an important role in Luton Town ending their losing run against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend.The winger crossed for James Collins to score the Hatters’ opener for the 2-1 win.It was Brown’s ninth consecutive appearance for Luton this season, following up from playing 30 minutes in the 4-0 loss to Leicester City last week.The 22-year-old is enjoying his sixth spell on loan since joining Chelsea from West Bromwich Albion in 2013. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini: We blew it

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini: We blew itby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini was frustrated after Saturday’s 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace.The Hammers created enough opportunities to win comfortably and scored an outstanding opener through Sebastien Haller, only for Palace to fight back and snatch victory through two set-piece goals – first when Declan Rice was penalised for handball, then when Jordan Ayew converted a VAR-confirmed goal from close range following a late free-kick.“It’s a disappointing result because we were ahead in the score and we had other clear chances to decide the game and two set pieces allowed Crystal Palace, who didn’t have any other shots from inside our box, to win the game with a penalty and a free-kick,” Pellegrini said.“I think we had three clear chances to score in the first half and also had a couple in the second, but you must score. You cannot just create chances; you must score.“We didn’t and we conceded an unnecessary penalty – when Declan goes to the ball, he must keep his hand back and his arm down. It was an instant reaction and the ball hit his hand – and then they scored after the VAR and we lost.” last_img read more

Directive issued to Northern Pulp after ash leak earlier this month

first_imgHALIFAX – An ash leak at the Northern Pulp mill earlier this month prompted a cleanup directive from Nova Scotia’s Environment Department on Tuesday.The directive says the mill, located at Abercrombie Point near Pictou, must submit a plan to prevent further discharges of power boiler ash slurry into a ditch northwest of the facility’s power boiler ash pond by June 29.Environment Minister Iain Rankin said Tuesday the spill was “small” and “low risk to the environment.”“The actual material itself, the fly ash, is not toxic,” he said. “So … we were basically comfortable with the directive and happy that they self-reported it to the department.”Under the directive, the mill must also inspect its Pictou Harbour shoreline bi-weekly and clean up any boiler ash and submit bi-weekly reports on its activities.In an email, Kathy Cloutier, communications director with the mill’s parent company Paper Excellence, said a leak occurred in the mill’s ash line that sent wood ash to a ditch in front of the mill on Feb. 9.Cloutier said the cleanup began the same day and the mill also notified the Environment Department.“This line takes a mixture of wood ash and water from the power boiler to the ash pit located on the mill’s property. Immediate action was taken to remove the line from service.”Cloutier said the line had since been repaired, inspected and returned to service.“To avoid any wood ash reaching the ditch in the future, Northern Pulp will redirect the trench carrying the line under the employee parking lot directly to the ash pit when weather permits,” Cloutier said.last_img read more

Chambers of Commerce meets with government to discuss issues affecting businesses

first_imgMontgomery says furthering discussions with the government on regional issues is an important part of the Chamber’s mandate to ensure they are advocating on behalf of their members.“Furthering our discussions with government about the regional issues that affect ourbusinesses and our local economy are an important part of our Chamber’s mandate to ensure we are advocating on behalf of our members.”The consultations were created to enable the B.C. Chamber network to communicate directly with the government and propose legislative and policy solutions that will better support the economy. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Five Northeast Region chambers of commerce met with 12government representatives, on Thursday, September 19, to discuss both local and pan-provincial issues affecting businesses in the region.Some of the pan-provincial issues discussed during the meeting included taxation, transportation, and housing.According to Executive Director of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, Cheryl Montgomery, infrastructure investment required for upgrades to the TaylorBridge and Taylor Hills, primarily the south hill, was brought up as a local issue.last_img read more

Katich hints at lack of unity on field after KKRs exit

first_imgMumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders’ assistant coach Simon Katich admitted that there was tension on the field within their ranks, and said the string of six losses had contributed to the change in dynamics within the group in their disappointing IPL campaign this year. Two-time champions KKR needed to win against Mumbai Indians on Sunday to qualify for the play-offs, but they slumped to a nine-wicket thrashing to crash out of the T20 tournament. “There is no doubt and we can’t hide from the fact that there was some tension on the field. That was pretty evident in the last, I guess, few games after we got into a bit of a roll with losses. We have to address that as a group,” Katich said at the post-match press conference. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”What is so important in IPL is the dynamic of the group and, I guess the unity, and that is something KKR is very proud of, added the former Australian Test batsman. MI first restricted KKR to a meagre 133 for 7 and then knocked off the runs by the 17th over itself with Quntion de Kock (30), skipper Rohit Sharma (55 not out) and Suryakumar Yadav (46) completing the job with aplomb. “It’s a very successful franchise, something that everyone involved has worked very hard to contribute to over a long period of time. That’s something we have to certainly work on to get better moving forward,” Katich said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”There is no doubt throughout this campaign that the dynamic in our group has certainly changed.” Katich was referring to the public criticism made by in-form all-rounder Andre Russell about some of the decisions taken by captain Dinesh Karthik, including not sending him up the batting order, and his statement of an unhealthy team atmosphere. There was also a clear on-field display of lack of unity between the two players over the last few matches. Katich said the home defeats against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore played a key role in their ouster, eventually making their last match against MI a must-win one and that too at Wankhede, where they have a dismal record. “It’s disappointing. It’s always a tough ask to come to Mumbai where we don’t have a great record. Yes it would have been nice to win and get through. To finish where we did (fifth on the table) – it’s probably what we deserved. We had a great start but fell away badly through that middle phase,” he said. “Those two missed opportunities were good opportunities to shore up our play-off chances. Those games against RCB and Rajasthan at home, losing those two games was always going to come back and hurt us.” He credited the Mumbai bowling attack for its potency and said it was always difficult to play catch-up against the three-time champions. “We lost that first wicket (Shubman Gill) first after powerplay. In terms of Andre (who was out for a duck), he has enjoyed coming up the order. Today wasn’t his day – credit to Mumbai bowlers, they are class acts. (Jasprit) Bumrah and (Lasith) Malinga they exploited the conditions well. It was a slowish wicket. At the end we weren’t good enough.” “Mumbai are a team we can’t play catch-up. In the last few overs we are going to face two-three overs of (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Lasith) Malinga and Hardik Pandya. We did it very well at home (when KKR won), but here we struggled,” he said.last_img read more

ArcelorMittal to pay Rs 42K cr for Essar Steel takeover Co tells

first_imgNew Delhi: Global steel major ArcelorMittal Monday told the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) that it would pay Rs 42,000 crore, including a minimum of guarantee of Rs 2,500 crore as working capital, for acquiring debt-laden Essar Steel under the insolvency process. Senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for ArcelorMittal also accused Ruias, former Essar Steel promoters, of creating hurdles in the resolution process of the bankrupt steelmaker. According to him, there have been eight attempts by Ruias to create hurdles in the insolvency resolution process of Essar Steel. The NCLAT is hearing a batch of appeals filed by several stakeholders challenging NCLT’s approval to ArcelorMittal’s resolution plan for Essar Steel. Countering the allegation of Standard Chartered bank over valuation of Essar Steel, Salve submitted that the liquidation value of Essar Steel was Rs 15,800 crore and ArcelorMittal India is paying almost three times, which is “fair”, “reasonable” and “adequate” to meet the interest of the stakeholders. Salve contended that during the resolution period, Essar Steel had a profit of Rs 3,500 crore and the company is already providing Rs 2,500 crore as working capital. “As ArcelorMittal has assured a working capital of Rs 2,500 crore, a profit of Rs 3,500 crore means that ArcelorMittal will make available a sum of Rs 43,000 crore to the creditors of the company,” Salve said adding that “Rs 42,000 crore is the frozen figure”. He further said that ArcelorMittal would also infuse Rs 8,000 crore additionally in the company after the takeover. Over distribution of Rs 42,000 crore between financial and operational creditors of Essar Steel, Salve suggested there should be equitable distribution” of the money coming from ArcelorMittal. However, he also said that it was not on ArcelorMittal to decide over the distribution of the fund. On being asked from the NCLAT bench over it, Salve said, “It should be finally decided by NCLT and you (NCLAT).” During the proceedings, Salve alleged Ruias are creating hurdles in the insolvency resolution process of the company and made several attempts. “Ruias are trying to create hurdles,” he said referring to the recent allegations by the Essar Steel Asia Holdings Ltd, a shareholder of Essar Steel Ltd. Salve also refuted contentions of Essar Steel Asia Holdings Ltd (ESAHL), which sought rejection of ArcelorMittal’s resolution plan alleging that its chairman and CEO L N Mittal suppressed his links with defaulting firms run by his two brothers intentionally to bypass the ineligibility criteria under section 29 (A) of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code. “The Supreme Court has clearly said that nothing beyond KSS Petron and Uttam Galva and these people have gone much beyond that,” he told the tribunal. He further said the NCLAT does not even have jurisdiction to reopen the issues that have been looked at, decided by the Supreme Court. “Some people are manufacturing hurdles,” Salve said, adding “Their conduct is under contempt … they come and raise the issues again.” Salve said that Essar Steel Offshore, a step-down firm of Essar Steel to buy Trinity Coal, should not be a crying wolf. “In our estimate, the value of the asset is USD 25-30 million. Their estimate is USD 640-45 million. I am saying them to give us USD 600 million for the asset,” he said, adding that it should be left for the conjecture, where the erstwhile promoters “use the money for buying yachts or planes.” Essar Steel has given a bank guarantee for the step-down firm. Trinity Coal has filed proceedings under chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for South District of West Virginia. “Therefore the purported valuation of Trinity Coal as presented by Standard Chartered Bank, in the course of its arguments is questionable and asset of negligible value to the Essar Steel,” said Salve. Meanwhile, over the matter of Orissa Slurry Pipeline Infrastructure (OSPIL), Salve said that there was no secret settlement with the lenders regarding it. It is a separate transaction and the Cuttack bench of NCLT has already admitted insolvency proceeding against it. A two-member NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya would continue to hear the Essar Steel insolvency case on Tuesday.last_img read more

Ohio States Anne Wilkinson picks up 300th career win

OSU coach Anne Wilkinson coaches up her players during a timeout in a game against Iowa Oct. 19. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost 2-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternOhio State field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson became the 15th Division I field hockey coach to win 300 games Friday when OSU took down No. 18 Indiana in overtime on the road.Junior forward Peanut Johnson scored unassisted four minutes into the extra session to send OSU (6-9, 1-5) and Wilkinson home happy. Afterward, the team showered Wilkinson with an ice bath to celebrate the occasion.“They were more excited about it than I was,” Wilkinson said of her young team. “I think they were also excited for us to win on the road. They just worked so hard for it. They played as a team.”The Buckeyes fell behind 1-0 at the half against the Hoosiers (9-5, 1-5) after a goal from redshirt-junior forward Nicole Volgraf. OSU trailed, but it held a 7-3 shot advantage in the first half and came out aggressively in the second period.Five minutes into the second half, forward Annabel Sams scored to tie the game at one. The freshman’s goal was her fourth of the season and her career.“That was just amazing to be a part of it for (Wilkinson),” Sams said. “She puts so much effort into the team and to be able to do that for her was just amazing.”The game remained tied throughout regulation despite multiple scoring opportunities. Junior back Emma Royce had a chance to put the game away with a penalty corner shot with three minutes left, but the shot was blocked.Johnson’s overtime strike was the second instance this season when she scored to win a game in sudden death. The goal gave OSU its third overtime win of the season. She previously hit a game winner Sept. 14 against Ball State at Buckeye Varsity Field.Johnson said picking up Wilkinson’s 300th win was all that was on the team’s mind Friday.“We love her. She just has a way of bringing everyone together,” Johnson said. “I always want to work so hard for her and I just have so much respect.”After Sunday’s loss to No. 12 Iowa, Wilkinson had an opportunity to sit back and reflect on the experiences she’s had coaching. It was the relationships with her players and staff she said made her feel best.“I said to the team on the bus, ‘I feel so blessed to be able to work with such a great group of people,’” Wilkinson said. “They’re just working hard. And of course, I’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of memories.“Just to see them work hard every day. It’s not about the games. It’s about the time we spend in our practices. We spend a lot of time together so you need to enjoy it.”The Buckeyes couldn’t handle the team speed of Iowa on Sunday afternoon, falling, 4-2, after a comeback effort came up short.The Hawkeyes (10-5, 3-3) scored twice in the opening four minutes to put pressure on OSU’s offense. The first goal came from sophomore forward Stephanie Norlander, who darted down the right side of the field and scored unassisted for her 14th goal of the season.Sophomore back Chandler Ackers followed that goal up just a minute and a half later, scoring on a rebound for her first goal of the season.OSU trailed 2-0 at halftime, but it kept the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Natalie Cafone, in check.In the second half, however, the junior forward from Fairfield, N.J., found some space in the OSU defense and scored from five yards out on a pass from senior forward Sara Watro.The goal was Cafone’s 17th of the season and gave Iowa a commanding 3-0 lead. With less than two minutes to play and trailing, 4-0, OSU thrust a flurry of shots toward the net.Johnson and Sams both were able to find the back of the net, but there was not enough time to continue the onslaught.OSU is set to continue Big Ten play Saturday in Evanston, Ill., against No. 9 Northwestern at noon. read more