Festival celebrates Chinese New Year and culture

first_imgOn Sunday, the College’s China Night celebrated the sights, sounds and senses of the Chinese New Year.College provost and senior vice president Patricia Fleming said the free event, hosted by the Chinese Cultural Club in O’Laughlin Auditorium, featured 15 acts open to the public. The club served Chinese cuisine in the dining hall after the performances.Alice Siqin Yang, advisor for the Chinese Cultural Club, said this year’s event featured folk dances, music using traditional Chinese instruments, songs, theater and games meant to incorporate the audience into the festivities.The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, began Jan. 31, Yang said. She said as a native Chinese person, it is one of the most important festivals she celebrates.“It is the time for family reunion, like Thanksgiving and Christmas in the United States. People away from home would try their best to go home for the holiday and for reunion,” Yang said. “It is hard for most Chinese overseas to do that. It is nice that we can celebrate the festival here, together at Saint Mary’s.“It is like a family reunion for Chinese international students and many others.”Yang said the event was a cultural learning experience for Saint Mary’s students and the South Bend community.“China Night is a show that celebrates Chinese New Year and diversity on Saint Mary’s campus,” Yang said. “It offers a platform for international cultural exchange and an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff and local community people to interact and learn more about Chinese language and culture.“It is very important for all of us to learn multiple languages and diverse cultures in today’s interdependent world.”First-year student Yaqi Song, co-president of the Chinese Cultural Club, said Saint Mary’s first hosted China Night in 1967 and again in 1969 in celebration of Chinese New Year. She said the festival has been rebooted since the creation of the Chinese Cultural Club in 2008.The club and its 20 registered members held a dumpling party on Chinese New Year’s Eve of 2013 and 2014, Song said. She said the club also has coordinated with the dining hall to serve a Chinese-themed dinner near the Chinese New Year.Song said she receives support from the Chinese Friendship Association at Notre Dame, Notre Dame students and Holy Cross students.“I’m honored to be one of the co-presidents of Chinese Cultural Club because I think Chinese culture is just like any other stunning culture in the rest of this world,” she said. “They are all so beautiful.Children and Saint Mary’s students who attended the event received red envelopes as a traditional Chinese New Year’s gift, Yang said. In China, celebration of the New Year often includes the use of firecrackers at midnight and the exchange of red envelopes with monetary gifts from relatives.“The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits,” Yang said.Yang has been the show’s advisor since 2008 and teaches Mandarin Chinese at the college. She also coordinates the Asian and African study-abroad programs, including the China Summer Program and the China Semester Program in Shanghai and Nanjing. Yang said she has taken Saint Mary’s students to China three times in the past few years.Yang encouraged students to study abroad in China during her presentation at China Night.“It is becoming more and more important to learn the Chinese language and culture in the interdependent global society that we live in today,” Yang said. “Saint Mary’s strives to bring together women of different nations, cultures and races so that students can have a richer educational experience.“As part of the Sophia Program, the College’s new general education program, Saint Mary’s encourages students to understand the aspects of culturally diverse environments in order to communicate more effectively across cultures.”Tags: Chinese New Yearlast_img read more

Vouchers for the delivery of food to citizens in isolation and the elderly, as one of the concrete solutions?

first_imgThe National Civil Protection Headquarters as we know it yesterday announced new measures to reduce the possibility of transmission and protection against the spread of coronavirus.  Vouchers for the delivery of food to citizens in isolation and the elderly, as one of the concrete solutions? Thus, as of today (next 30 days), a number of measures have come into force aimed at ensuring stricter measures of social distancing, in order to mitigate the possibility of the epidemic spreading. PROPOSAL OF THE NATIONAL CATERERS ‘ASSOCIATION: VOUCHERS FOR EVERYONE IN SELF-INSULATION AND THE ELDERLY But what exactly is it about and how would it work? Therefore, this measure will provide concrete assistance to at least one sector, ie catering facilities, and thus to the elderly and those in isolation. Also, many cities are currently trying to publish their measures to help the local economy, at least those measures that are under the jurisdiction of local governments, and in addition to various measures of deferral of payment, there is one specific measure that would really help in this situation help at least one sector – hospitality . Specifically, these are vouchers for food delivery to citizens in isolation and the elderly. Value vouchers would co-finance part of the bill up to HRK 20,00, and the difference would be paid by the clients, while caterers would create special offers up to HRK 30,40 and 50, the NUU suggests. Namely, last week the National Association of Caterers (NUU) proposed the introduction of vouchers for everyone in self-isolation, especially the elderly. Perhaps this is also an opportunity to ensure coffee delivery in the same way, although there is currently quite a bit of uncertainty as to what and how to act, in this case. One of the measures suspends the operation of catering facilities of all categories, but with the exception of the preparation and delivery of food. The mentioned exception is seen by some caterers as a “straw of salvation”, in order to still have a certain “cash flow”, ie income so that they do not have to lay off their workers, which is the main purpose of the proposed measures – to provide liquidity and jobs. Issuance of daily value vouchers in the amount of HRK 20,00, a total of HRK 600,00 per month, by the state and local self-government would be targeted at all residents who are in isolation and those over 60 years of age residing in the Republic of Croatia prepared to co-finance delivery, thermally determined foods from catering facilities. That’s right UJE Oil bar from Split, like many other restaurants, posted on its FB pages a special menu as well as the possibility of delivery. As Marin Medak, the president of NUU, points out, in this way, isolated citizens and the elderly, who are the most at-risk group, would have food delivered to their doorsteps, thus minimizing the need for their display. Also, this measure would also allow caterers to keep part of the workforce and business to a minimum, which will reduce the wave of layoffs and the decline of companies that are preparing given the current situation. Some restaurants have delivery in their organization, and some use food delivery services, such as: Pauza.hr, Dobartek.hr, Wolt.hr, Glovo etc.… If you have questions about the implementation of food delivery vouchers in your city or municipality, you can also send an inquiry to the National Association of Caterers: [email protected] Photo: Pixabay.com / Illustration: HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

How to … Keep up with the government’s planning reforms

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WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 matches, date, start time, location, rumors

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe card is coming together and should be in place soon. Until then, here’s all you need to know about WWE Stomping Grounds 2019. Keep coming back to Sporting News for the updated card and live coverage on the night of the event.WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 date, start timeWWE Stomping Grounds 2019 will air live Sunday, June 23, 2019. The pre-show will start at 6 p.m. ET with the main show starting at 7 p.m. ET.How to watch WWE Stomping Grounds 2019WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 will be available on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network.The WWE Network app is available on certain smart TVs — including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic — as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 card— Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin with a special referee TBD for the Universal championship— Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler in a steel cage match for the WWE championship— Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans for the “Raw” women’s championship— Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss for the “SmackDown” women’s championship— Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre— Tony Nese vs. Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa in a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight championship— Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet for the United States championship— Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery for the “SmackDown” tag team championship WWE is breaking out a new name for its June event: Stomping Grounds will take place Sunday, June 23, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash. The show will feature plenty of rematches; the Universal and WWE championships title matches will be the same matchups as the recent WWE Super ShowDown event, while the “Raw” women’s title match is a rewind to last month’s Money in the Bank event. — The New Day vs. Kevin Owens and Sami ZaynWWE Stomping Grounds 2019 rumored matches— The Revival vs. The Usos for the “Raw” tag team championship— The IIconics vs.The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) for the women’s tag team championshiplast_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEALI know, I know. This has nothing to do with sports, but for the love of the Almighty can someone please tell me what in the world they’re doing in the Squirrel Hill Tunnels? They shut them down time and time again and when they re-open . . . nothin! And it’s been forever!Get all your money out the bank. Yep, all $67 of it and do what I am about to tell ya. New England will beat Denver at Denver. Brady’s just better in the big ones. Much as I hate to say it, San Fran will beat the Seahawks. Kaepernick and the boys are just too strong.The Dodgers just gave Clayton Kershaw $30 million a year to pitch every 4 or 5 days.  Not every day . . . not an outfielder . . . not a homerun hitter . . . but a cat that only plays every 4 or 5 days.  That’s more money than some small countries amass in 30 years.Greg Oden is back and playing for The Heat. I hate The Heat, but let’s hope Oden can stay healthy. He deserves a break.Pitt is it in the ACC and will beat Syracuse at the dome! It’s the Big East all over again and we always play well there.YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

PPP/C to roll out campaign in all regions – Jagdeo

first_img…scrutineers to be dispatched to witness electoral activitiesAs the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) announces their plans for the Guyanese people amid the upcoming elections, campaigning will also be done extensively in all communities to highlight some of the projects that will be undertaken under their governance.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis was announced by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo during a recent press conference, where he signalled their draft of developmental plans for several years. While there have been protest actions on their part to ensure constitutional adherence, he said their focus is positioned towards the common man.“We’re happy that we’re moving forward. The PPP will start aggressively to campaign because we want people to hear what our plans are for the next few years. We will review. We will see how we go and our strategy to protest the Government will be under review but we are not a party of protest,” he noted.Jagdeo, who is also the party’s General Secretary, said they will venture out into every region and the wider communities to meet and engage the public. The party intends to put forward the plans they have outlined and how they will benefit the population.“We’re more comfortable talking about development. We want to carry that message in every corner of this country and we want the people to see and understand the plans for the next five years and how all of them will benefit from these plans. We want to go [out to] every region and every community to talk to people about this. That’s where we would like to take the campaign.”At a previous press conference, he had assured that the PPP would work for all Guyanese regardless of their race, religion, or geographic location. However, it was noted that the party’s political opponents have always painted them as pro-Indian – an area where not enough was done in order to change or tackle this perception.This time around, they will be seeking to end this stereotype by further broadening their base. Already, he had said, the PPP has gained significant backing from new supporters.A number of valid developments have been promised in the party’s manifesto, which was released some time ago. Their plans have tackled areas which have seen mass outcries from the Guyanese public.The education sector under the PPP Administration is said to be geared towards improved access, quality, affordability and preparing Guyanese students at the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and tertiary levels. This is to ensure that they secure better-paying jobs in line with the requirement of the economy.Prominent among these would be the delivery of free education at the University of Guyana (UG) and enhanced access through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Previously, it was explained that free university education would not be available initially but within two or three years as they work out the details of this policy initiative. The party had also announced plans to give out 20,000 online scholarships, which will help with private education especially in courses that are not offered by UG.Meanwhile, as it relates to the power woes, the PPP has also committed that the resuscitation of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project would be among its top priorities for the energy sector.To this end, the General Secretary said that the PPP Administration will move onto a gas power plant, which it believes could be done easily. To this end, the General Secretary said that the PPP Administration will move onto a gas power plant, which it believes could be done easily. However, while this will bring another 20 megawatts into the system, he stressed that it will not come into fruition until maybe 2021. As such, they will have to rely on fossil fuel initially to stabilise power supply in the country and bring an end to the constant blackouts.As they campaign alongside the elections preparations, the Opposition Leader said they will dispatch officials to scrutinise activities under the Guyana Elections Commission. On October 1, the Commission will embark on the Claims and Objections period – a process that would be under watch by their scrutineers.“GECOM has decided now to move forward with preparations and Claims and Objections will start on 1st October. A preliminary list of electors will be extracted from the current NRR and posted all across the country. We are going to put in place our scrutineers because that is the right place where you get registered if you are not on the voters’ list,” he informed.last_img read more

Excellence, intrigue, adventure at Dusi 2014

first_img17 February 2014 The 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon produced excellence, intrigue and adventure as Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi sped to a dominating victory in the men’s race and Abbey Ulansky and Robyn Kime held off Abby Adie and Anna Adamova for the women’s win. The hard preparation work put in by Birkett and Zondi was well rewarded as the pair won all three days of the 120 kilometre marathon, which takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. With luck working against them, the duo had finished fourth and third respectively in the 2013 Dusi, which was contested in singles (K1s), but within two weeks they had teamed up to win the Non-Stop Dusi and smash the record by over 17 minutes. Not long after that they announced their intention to take on the 2014 Dusi together, and it paid off as they turned in a faultless and spectacular performance.‘A really special feeling’ “The whole journey has been amazing. I’m super chuffed, especially with our discipline over this last year, and it’s a really special feeling to have won,” an elated Birkett said after claiming his fourth Dusi title. “It almost feels like this is the first Dusi I’ve ever won because of the whole change in start procedure here on day three and the finish is a really amazing experience.”‘A dream come true’ “At last! This is a dream come true for me,” exclaimed Zondi, who became the second black winner of the iconic canoe marathon, following in the footsteps of Thulani Mbanjwa, who claimed the honours in 2008 with “Dusi Duke” Martin Dreyer. Both Zondi and Mbanjwa are products of the very successful Change a Life Academy development programme at Nagle Dam, outside of Pietermaritzburg, which is headed up by Dreyer, a seven-time Dusi champion.Given up hope Birkett and Zondi led by almost 10 minutes heading into the final day and tellingly, when Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocke chose run over the Burma Road portage, rather than risk the paddle through the Graveyard, Molweni and Island rapids, it signalled that the second placed crew had given up hope of catching the leaders. McGregor, a three-time flatwater marathon world champion, and Mocke, one of the world’s leading surf skiers, gave it their all but could not stay with Birkett and Zondi on the race’s taxing portages, and even on the water Birkett and Zondi were a match for them. Cam Schoeman, a former doubles (K2) flatwater marathon world champion, teamed up with Czech star, Jakub Adam, one of the world’s elite flatwater paddlers, to take third place. It was a remarkable performance from Schoeman, who had to deal with a shoulder ligament injury, while Adam became the first international paddler in the 63 year history of the Dusi to stand on the podium.Women’s race In the women’s race, Ulansky and Kime were pushed all the way by Adie and Adamova and by the time they reached Durban only a minute and seven seconds separated the two leading boats. It was a women’s record ninth win for Ulansky (nee Miedema), a South African who now lives in Canada, and a fifth victory for Kime, with three of those being achieved with Ulansky. For Adie, it was an unfortunate sixth runner-up finish, while Adamova, the sister of Jakub Adam, became the first international to stand on the women’s podium.‘Over the moon’ “We are over the moon to make it three in a row,” Ulansky smiled afterwards. “Robs and I have paddled together for a while and formed a great partnership, and this year was more challenging for us as, number one, we had stronger competition and, number two, we have had other commitments, so we weren’t as strong as we wanted to be, but we had great fun and really worked hard,” said Ulansky. “We tried so hard and it’s a little disappointing to have come so close and not been able to win it, but we worked really hard, and in the end it wasn’t quite enough,” Adie commented. Third place went to sisters Tamika and Bianca Haw. Still in school, Bianca had finished fifth in the K1 race in 2013 and only three weeks before the 2014 Dusi had won gold in the women’s junior race at the African Continental MTB Championships in the Western Cape.An adventure The Dusi, however, is about a lot more than the elite paddlers. For the vast majority of the field it is an adventure: for former Natal flyhalf Graeme “Gudgie” Dixon, who paddled his 40th consecutive Dusi and his second in succession with his daughter; for people like brothers, Brad and Rowan White, who took time away from their families to team up for a second time; for people like Bob Harvey and Tony Ferguson, who missed a takeout and went downstream on the river, where no boats go, and who were rescued by helicopter after a four-hour wait. Behind the elite paddlers, the true heart of the Dusi beats strongly, with camaraderie, which one could almost term a tradition, the order of the day. It is seen not only in the paddlers, but in the army of volunteers that make it possible to host a 120-kilometre race over the course of three days in some extremely testing conditions and over challenging terrain.A place they treasure For many of the competitors, the Valley of a Thousand Hills, through which the race passes, has become a place they treasure and a place in which the Dusi organisers, Natal Canoe Club, has over the years paid back the residents by building schools and sports fields, and looking after the vegetation and river. Within the hearts of many Dusi veterans, there beats a love of this beautiful piece of Africa. On the rivers making their way to the Indian Ocean and over the steep hills many internal barriers are broken and many stories, which will last a lifetime, are experienced. There is something about the adventure that grabs those who have taken on and finished the Dusi. It remains more than a canoe marathon, it remains a definitive South African experience.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 8, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunny and dry for the rest of the week. Temperatures will slowly climb through the period. There can be a few more clouds around on Thursday, but they will not have any good moisture threat.Saturday Rain totalsA cold front moves through the state on Saturday. This cold front is part of a very strong system that will pound the upper Midwest and northern plains with snow later this week. However, the front has limited moisture by the time it gets here, and will losing some strength too, with the strong low maturing over Canada. All that to say that we expect showers over Ohio with 90% coverage on Saturday, rain totals from a tenth to half an inch.Mostly sunny, dry and cooler for Sunday. We may even see some patchy frost Sunday morning over Ohio, but the threat does not look as impressive as 24 hours ago. However, models are still significantly different…with the GFS model much colder, and the Euro more mild. We will continue to watch this period for changes in cold air magnitude as we get closer to its arrival. WE stay dry for Monday with plenty of sunshine.Tuesday of next week, we see clouds increase, and then a few showers work through. From Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday midday we can see a few hundredths to half an inch of moisture develop, with the heaviest action overnight Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in far SE Ohio. Coverage will end up being around 70% of the state.We finish the 10 day period and go through the entire 11-16 day window with rain free weather. WE are dry from next Wednesday afternoon through the following Wednesday (23rd) with generally sunny to partly cloudy skies. As it stands right now, this could turn out to be another excellent harvest window.last_img read more

OpenHeatMap: Custom Heat Maps for Geo Data

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Location#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Pete Warden is many things to many people. To Facebook corporate headquarters, he’s a pest to manage with legal pressure. To nerdy bloggers around the Web, he’s a thoughtful guy who stops by and drops smart comments here and there. At ReadWriteWeb, we think of him as one of our favorite data geeks online.Now Pete Warden is aiming to become something new: the guy who built the easiest way to publish maps on any website. His new project OpenHeatMap is an open-source tool to embed visualizations of data with a location element and changes over time. It works in Flash or HTML5, and it could be just the hackable thing you’re looking for – if you’re looking for a way to see where time, space and a set of numbers all come together.Warden’s been working on the service for six months, and he describes it like this: “My one-sentence description is ‘YouTube for maps,’” he says. “If you have location data in an Excel spreadsheet, you can save it out as a CSV file, upload it to OpenHeatMap and get an interactive online map that you can customize, share and embed.” It’s a GPL JQuery plug-in that lets you display data with a location component, as well as over time.Curious about where people around the world are Tweeting about a particular topic the most? Want to see world income levels as reported over the last 100 years by the World Bank, playing forward like a little movie map? Got your own data set you want to put on a map? That’s what OpenHeatMap aims to make easy to do.Why This Is Important“This has the potential to make public data relevant to the lay user,” Alex Howard, government 2.0 beat writer for O’Reilly Media, says. “One of the biggest challenges government agencies, municipalities and any other body has is converting open data to information which people can take knowledge from. One of the most powerful ways humanity has developed to communicate information over time is through maps. If you can take data in an open form – and CSV files are one of the most standard formats available – then you have an opportunity to tell stories in a way that’s relevant to a region and personalized to an individual. That’s a meaningful opportunity. The fact that you can embed it and that it’s licensed on GPL and on GitHub is a significant contribution by Pete Warden to humanity’s ability to tell stories.”The service isn’t perfect at launch – it’s still buggy and rendering is a little slow – but OpenHeatMap could be the beginning of something very useful and important. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Athletes in the ‘Zone’ at CWG Village

first_imgThe term ‘Games Village’ is a bit of a misnomer for the place where athletes are lodged during their stay in the Capital. It is a city in its own right.There is no facility or convenience one cannot find inside its premises and visitors can spend their whole free time in the International Zone of the Village.For those on their first trip to India in particular, it is no less than an eye- opener.Not surprisingly, the area remains full of people throughout the day. It is also a place where friendships develop and old acquaintances are revived.The handicraft store is never short of visitors, who seem to have taken a deep liking to the items on offer. “I like the stuff in the store very much. It is very exotic,” 14- year- old Charlotte Carey, a table tennis player from Wales, told Mail Today on Thursday.Charlotte, accompanied by two of her teammates, bought a pair of bracelets and seemed quite proud of her newest possessions.Traditional Indian handicrafts present a special charm for people coming from far- off lands and Kevin Coulter is no different.The general team manager of the Norfolk Island contingent was very interested in the goods that are on display. “These are very fascinating items. I am just surveying the stuff and may buy something a few days later,” he said, while inspecting a small decorative item made of alabaster.Coulter did not hesitate in enquiring about the material used for making the handicrafts. The store is run by the Central Cottage Industries Emporium.advertisement”We receive a lot of visitors everyday but sales are not so heavy at the moment. The visitors mostly just inspect the items on sale. May be the sales will pick up in the coming days,” Ashwani Arora, the manager of the store, said.Another favourite hangout for athletes seems to be the Shahnaz Hussain Beauty Salon. After all, who doesn’t want to be pampered? Mail Today found Indian hockey players Gurbaj Singh and Sarvanjit Singh having a haircut, while some foreign female athletes were enjoying a manicure session.”It’s an off day for us today so we decided to relax and enjoy ourselves,” Sarvanjit said.The official merchandise store has a wide array of stuff on show and also offers the famous ( or infamous) vuvuzela, known for the cacophony of noise it made during the FIFA World Cup earlier this year in South Africa.”They are priced at Rs 250 per piece,” Aisha Bhagat, the store manager for Premier Brands, said. “The most popular items among the athletes are the jugs and sippers.” The official t- shirts also seemed to find favour with a lot of athletes.The transactions were not without some hitches, though.”Most of the foreign visitors come with the currency of their own countries, while we can only accept payment in Indian rupees.After selecting some item, they may have to go to the bank to convert the currency or to withdraw money from the ATM,” Aisha said.No wonder the Central Bank of India outlet at the International Zone seems to draw one of the biggest crowds.The convenience store has virtually everything that can be of daily use on offer. “The soft drinks and colas are going off the shelf at a fast rate,” an attendant at the store said. “Detergents are also selling fast.” However, there was one item which did not see much sale.”The condoms at our store are hardly finding any buyers as there is a free dispenser just down the alley,” the attendant said.last_img read more