Students share Ugandan stories

first_imgWhile many Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students spend a semester abroad in Europe and Australia, six Belles chose a less traditional location for their international studies: Uganda. These rising senior nursing and education students shared stories, photos and videos of their six-week summer experience in a capstone presentation Monday. The students stayed with the sisters of the Holy Cross in Kyarusozi, Uganda, and worked with the sisters in rural community’s school and health clinic. Using the phrasing of a popular Ugandan Coca-Cola advertisement that proclaims there are “a billion reasons to believe in Africa,” the students shared their personal reasons for believing in Uganda. After working in the Kymbogo Health Center in Kyarusozi, senior nursing student Joy Johnston said she believes in the country’s unique way of life. “Working with the staff [at the clinic], there was no stress,” Johnston said. “They don’t rush, but they do what they need to do.” She also described the differences in technology. “There is no technology. So if someone has an IV, they rely on gravity,” she said. Senior Cassie Fill, a nursing student, said she believes her time in Uganda changed her initial perception of African lifestyles. “Contrary to stereotypes … [Ugandans] are healthier than people think,” she said. “As I finished my first day, I realized I had stereotyped them.” Senior nursing student Genevieve Spittler said “the sheer beauty of the country” and its people was reason enough to believe in Africa, especially when she and the other students had the opportunity to assist in deliveries while working at the clinic. “To hear a child’s first breath is the most beautiful thing,” Spittler said. The three education students shared their experiences of working in Moreau Nursery and Primary School, which teaches children from the equivalent of preschool to fourth grade. Senior Jen Prather, an elementary education major, said the connection she made with people in Uganda and the other Saint Mary’s students defined her abroad experience. “My reason for believing in Africa is because of our faithful and spiritual bond [with one another],” she said. “We all had formed a new family together and it wasn’t just the six of us.” Senior Sarah Copi said she shared a similar feeling of community with the children she met. “They taught me more than I could ever teach them,” she said. Copi said the hospitality of the Ugandan people meant a great deal to her. “They taught us generosity. They were always willing to give and share even if they didn’t have a lot,” she said. Senior elementary education major Nora Quirk said her students displayed a willingness to learn and valued education highly. “Every day there would be at least ten students who did not want to leave,” she said. “Every child takes an active role in their education.” Quirk said she wants to bring that same enthusiasm into her future classroom. “I really want to make sure I instill that value in my students here in the United States,” she said. In addition to speaking about their experiences, the students sold jewelry and other crafts purchased at Maria’s Shop in Fort Portal, Uganda. The proceeds from these items will support the Kymbogo Health Center and Moreau Nursery and Primary school in Kyarusozi. The Uganda Summer Program is available to rising seniors majoring in nursing and education. Three students from each major are selected and receive seven academic credits for the program. Interested students can apply online through the Center of Women’s Intercultural Leadership on the Saint Mary’s website.last_img read more

A symposium on sustainable development and education in tourism was held

first_img“In the last few years, Croatia has recorded a huge growth in tourism. In addition to many positive aspects, such development also brings some negative things, such as our economy’s over-dependence on the sector. Although we must take advantage of the positive, the opportunity to promote domestic production through tourism, we must take care of the sustainability and preservation of our cultural heritage in our destinations., said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU Ivan Barbaric at the ASEM Symposium on Tourism Promotion in Zagreb. “Tourism has become one of our strongest sales channels, not only within our borders, but also for export because many guests are looking for our products that they had the opportunity to taste during their stay there.”, Said Barbarić, adding that one of the key problems of the tourism industry is the lack of manpower that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is trying to solve in the long run by introducing dual vocational education. He stressed that Croatia and Japan have many similarities in terms of tourism development and that we can learn a lot from each other. Keiji Takiguchi / Photo: HGKThe Ambassador of Japan to Croatia, Keiji Takiguchi, stated that Croatia is one of the countries with the highest tourist potential in the world. “Kif we are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations this year, we have decided to hold this symposium in Zagreb with the aim of further promoting Croatian tourism. Minister Capelli welcomed the idea and we decided to focus on educating the tourism workforce. Another important item is the sustainability of tourism, it should be approached systematically, taking into account not only the economy, but also the environment and culture. “, Takiguchi said, thanking Croatian institutions for their co – operation. Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli said that the number of Japanese tourists in Croatia is growing at a high rate and praised the generally good indicators in this tourist season. “Our plans for 2019 are even more ambitious, which means we will have to plan carefully to protect our destinations. We need to strengthen the continental tourist offer and generally raise our service to a higher and more complete level. Our guests from Japan are a great clientele for just such an offer and they recognize it well. Tuna and Sushi Days are a great example of cultural and economic cooperation between Croatia and Japan. “, Capelli pointed out. ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) consists of 51 countries and two organizations (ASEAN and EU Secretariat). The goal of the organization is to create opportunities for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe in politics, economy, culture and society. At the 10th ASEM Symposium held in 2014, tourism was recognized as a driver of economic growth and as the main form of establishing direct contacts between people, so Japan decided to organize symposia on the subject. The symposium is also organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Croatia.last_img read more

Newcastle love made Pavel Srnicek feel like ‘the wealthiest man in the world’

first_imgPavel Srnicek never managed to get his hands on major silverware in a Newcastle shirt, but for a generation of the club’s supporters he will always be remembered as fondly as if he had earned a full set of medals. Following a brief spell back at Banik, Srnicek returned to England with Sheffield Wednesday and later played for Brescia and Cosenza in Italy before short back-up roles at Portsmouth and West Ham. He effectively brought down the curtain on his career with Portuguese outfit Beira Mar. But there was to be an emotional, if fleeting, swansong on Tyneside when, amid a goalkeeping crisis, the Magpies once again turned to a cult hero in October 2006. Srnicek was playing in the Italian fourth division at the time and contemplating the end of his career when he received a phone call from Harper asking him if he wanted to come back to Newcastle. The Czech thought his friend was joking but the invitation was genuine and, after then manager Glenn Roeder had run the rule over him, he was given a contract. “I would have played for nothing,” he said. He replaced the injured Given to rapturous applause from the St James’ Park faithful in a 3-1 victory over Tottenham before pulling on the shirt for the final time in a 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Bolton. The reception he received against Spurs was the most emotional moment of his Newcastle career. “I wouldn’t swap a World Cup, Champions League or Premier League winner’s medal for that reception,” Srnicek explained in his book. “The cocktail of euphoria, adrenaline and fear was coursing through every vein of my anatomy as I ran towards the Gallowgate End. “I tried to compose myself but I was struggling. Then I ran up to take the goal kick… and made a right a**e of it. The ball bobbled about 50 yards along the ground.” Srnicek maintained links with Newcastle, combining his most recent role as goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague with writing a regular column for the city’s Sunday Sun newspaper, and admitted recently that he dreamt of returning to the club one day. That dream never did materialise, but he was – and always will be – an honorary Geordie in the eyes of those who took him to their hearts. The son of a woodcutter and middle child of five, Srnicek leaves behind a daughter, Vendy, and son, Maxim. The 47-year-old lost his fight for life on Tuesday, nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest while out running, and his death will be mourned not only in his home city of Ostrava, but in England, Italy and Portugal, where a likeable personality won him lasting affection. His passing will be felt acutely on Tyneside. Press Association The 49-cap Czech Republic international returned to Newcastle earlier this month to promote his forthcoming autobiography, titled ‘Pavel is a Geordie’, and was greeted as warmly as during the days when he was an integral member of Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’. In the book, Srnicek recalled the excitement of those days and his affection for Newcastle. He wrote: “Football hasn’t made me a rich man in monetary terms but the memories of my time at St James’ Park have made me the wealthiest man in the world.” There were downs as well as ups for the fiery character, and Srnicek also described a moment he tried to hit then manager Kenny Dalglish after being left out of the squad for the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United in 1998. Srnicek’s love affair with the Magpies began when, after a successful trial, the former soldier joined the club in a £350,000 move from Banik Ostrava in February 1991. His early months in the north-east proved testing. He spoke little English on arrival and endured a baptism of fire under then manager Jim Smith, with Newcastle attempting to fight their way out of the old Second Division. Smith’s departure soon afterwards saw Srnicek lose his place as successor Ossie Ardiles rang the changes, and it was Keegan who handed him the chance to finally make his mark when he ousted Tommy Wright and played his part in promotion back to the top flight at the end of the 1992-93 season. However life, on the pitch at least, was rarely straightforward and Mike Hooper and later Shaka Hislop were drafted in to compete with Srnicek. The capture of Shay Given and subsequent emergence of Steve Harper limited his chances further and led to his departure after 190 appearances in July 1998. last_img read more

Syracuse dominated No. 20 Louisville’s attack, even when it went down a player in 0-0 draw

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Regulation had ended, Louisville could barely get a shot off and Syracuse was inches away from the game’s first score. Players walked toward head coach Ian McIntyre before the start of overtime. But Luther Archimede didn’t follow. He couldn’t.Seconds after play stopped, the freshman striker was issued a red card after a collision with a Louisville player. Archimede walked off the field toward the locker room, away from his team’s huddle. Syracuse would have to play a man-down, meaning it couldn’t be as dominant.“It changes everything,” McIntyre said.All night, Louisville wanted to prove why it was the ranked team in Friday’s matchup, the defending Atlantic Coast Conference championships. The final 20 minutes gave it the edge they needed. Instead, it’d turn around without a score again and again.Through balls weren’t attainable. Fastbreaks usually meant loss of possession. The Cardinals were limited to just six shots, their season low. Syracuse’s attack (1-1-3, 0-0-1 Atlantic Coast) had every opportunity to pummel No. 20 Louisville (2-1-2, 0-0-1) in the first 90 minutes because its backline left Louisville’s attack in ruins. And even when they was down a player, the Orange still held onto a 0-0 draw.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “A man down against this wind, the guys showed that they have character in spades,” McIntyre said.What makes Syracuse’s preservation of its tie a testament to how dominant its defense was on Friday is that the Orange have played 330 minutes of soccer in the last seven days. Last Friday was a double overtime draw. Two days later, SU tied New Hampshire after 110 minutes. If Syracuse wanted a point in its ACC opener, it’d have to go the same length.Center back Nyal Higgins said his legs were “dead” postgame. Massimo Ferrin knew “only having 10 men wouldn’t help.” And when the buzzer sounded after two hours and 40 minutes of player, Ryan Raposo felt the three-straight lengthy games hit him at once, he said.“I could probably go another 20 now, though,” Raposo quipped.Syracuse’s defensive energy leveled in the final minutes of double overtime, but it didn’t waver early on. Louisville players started with possession and were doubled immediately. Back passes were pressured with a defender, sometimes two. On one play, Archimede followed the ball as it went through four U of L defenders. Eventually, he clipped it on an attempted clear and ran down field the other way.“We worked extremely hard to get pressure,” McIntyre said.But SU’s pitfalls came on fouls. 46 fouls from both sides slowed down the game and created close set pieces. McIntyre called the “stop, start” play a problem. Yellow cards were handed out frequently, too, including one to Archimede early in the first half.Wind whistled toward the left side of the field, creating havoc on goal kicks and crosser. On three separate occasions, Cardinals goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch booted a ball into the stands instead of creating fastbreak opportunities for his team. On one, it reached the fourth row of SU Soccer Stadium’s grandstand.Untimely errors like Gelnovatch’s fight with the wind came in handy, but the Cardinals couldn’t get anything going in the final third. Sondre Norheim and Higgins kept attackers in front of them and cut off feeds before anything developed.“I expected it that way,” Higgins said.For most of the game, SU goalie Christian Miesch stood motionless — looking over the heads of orange jerseys, looking above the net when clears floated over him and sometimes looking directly at the ball, because careeming it was that easy. On a Cardinals corner toward the wind, a ball could’ve looped into the net but Miesch grabbed it as he bumped into the post. But other than that, Mirsch didn’t see too many balls worth extending for.With five minutes left in regulation, Higgins sniffed out a loose ball and tapped the ball to Miesch. The Stony Brook transfer slid under it to a gasp of fans at SU Soccer Stadium, but it floated out of play.SU’s offense had chance-after-chance in the box and Louisville didn’t. That should’ve changed after 90 minutes, after Archimede slowly walked off the field with his head down. Louisville finally started to dominate possession. Show it was the offense who ripped then-No. 9 Kentucky for three goals 10 days ago. But SU’s defense stayed put.“It was a whole team effort keeping them off the scoreboard,” Raposo said.Orange jerseys still ran around. Still cut off crosses. Still tried to make sure Miesch didn’t see the ball. And though Higgins said Syracuse played to win in the final 20 minutes, it left Friday’s matchup with a desired point in the standings.For a backline that conceded two goals last Sunday, its first shutout of the season in its first ACC test is a much-needed confidence booster, Higgins said, even if they didn’t get the win.Said McIntyre: “It was a fun, three-hour slug.” Commentslast_img read more

Evidence Mounts Against Reprogrammed Stem Cell Papers

first_img Dennis Normile Sorry. RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori (center) apologized for “grave errors” in two recent papers by RIKEN researchers. TOKYO—Amid mounting allegations of problematic images and plagiarism, the lead author and two co-authors are considering retracting two controversial papers describing a simple method for creating stem cells known as STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency). Their written statement was released during a press conference here today at which an investigating committee confirmed finding problems in the papers but stopped short of rendering a judgment on research misconduct.“I apologize for the great trouble and concerns caused to so many in society by the STAP papers published in Nature by RIKEN researchers,” RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori said with a deep bow. RIKEN, with its headquarters near Tokyo, oversees a network of nationally supported research centers, including the institute at which three of the key authors work. Meanwhile, no one has reported reproducing the team’s method of creating STAP cells.   Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe and colleagues at other institutions in Japan and at Harvard Medical School in Boston, reported a surprisingly simple way of creating stem cells in an article and a letter published online on 29 January in Nature. 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Stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine’s Sacramento campus created a page on his blog where scientists who attempted to reproduce the technique could report their results. No one has reported success.RIKEN launched an investigation on 13 February. But new allegations of problems with these and previous Obokata publications kept emerging.Today, RIKEN’s investigating committee, chaired by Shunsuke Ishii, a RIKEN molecular geneticist, unveiled what it has determined thus far. The interim report focuses on six specific allegations, and the conclusions are mixed. One problematic image is figure 1f in the research article, which appears unnaturally distorted to some critics. The panel concluded this was an artifact of image compression. “It was concluded this was not falsification or improper conduct,” the interim report says.But some claims against the papers are on target. Obokata and one of her co-authors told the committee that figures 2e and 2d in the article were used by mistake, though they did not mention that the images had appeared in Obokata’s doctoral thesis as has been alleged. Ishii emphasized that the committee so far has just determined the facts; judgments about misconduct will come after further investigation and deliberation.As for whether STAP cells exist, Ishii said that question would be left up to the scientific community to determine. Noyori said he had instructed the authors to cooperate fully with researchers at outside institutions in their efforts to replicate the STAP cell results. On 5 March, RIKEN did release technical tips for STAP cell conversion. “We tried the new protocol but so far we haven’t had success,” says Hongkui Deng, a stem cell researcher at Peking University in Beijing. But he says he is willing to keep trying, especially if further details about the method are released as promised.In their written statement, Obokata and two co-authors, Hitoshi Niwa and Yoshiki Sasai, apologized for the confusion resulting from the uncertainties and inaccuracies in the papers. “We are contacting other co-authors regarding the possibility of retracting these papers,” the trio wrote.Teruhiko Wakayama of the University of Yamanashi in Kofu, a stem cell biologist and co-author of both papers, earlier this week called for at least a temporary retraction pending an investigation. A public relations spokesperson at the university told Science that Wakayama had no comment in reaction to today’s press conference.“Should the investigative committee conclude that there was research misconduct, we will take strict disciplinary action as stipulated by our own regulations,” Noyori said in a prepared statement. Maki Kawai, director of research at RIKEN, said that the whole institute would review and strengthen its research ethics training.The story goes beyond RIKEN as allegations surfaced this week that virtually an entire chapter of Obokata’s dissertation appears to have been lifted from a National Institutes of Health website and that footnotes to another chapter have no connection to that chapter’s text. “The doctoral dissertation that is currently making the rounds in the media is not the version that has passed (the university’s) screening, but a rough draft,” Obokata told The Wall Street Journal in an e-mail. A public relations spokesperson for Waseda University said an investigation is under way.The STAP cells controversy also goes beyond the stem cell community. “[T]his mess impacts public trust and support for every field of science in Japan,” wrote Robert Geller, a University of Tokyo seismologist, in a guest post on Knoepfler’s blog. He called for Waseda to investigate how the problems with Obokata’s thesis escaped notice by reviewers. He also asked Nature to make public all the editorial correspondence (redacted to protect privacy) and every version of the papers so outsiders could judge if publishing the papers was appropriate.A Nature spokesperson told ScienceInsider by e-mail that the journal’s investigation “is still in progress.” Not all the authors would necessarily have to agree to a retraction, the spokesperson wrote. “In cases where a coauthor disagrees on a retraction, the dissent is noted in the text of the published retraction.”With reporting by Gretchen Vogel.last_img read more