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

Raw milk

first_imgUnpasteurized milk from cows, sheep or goats can carry dangerous bacteria that infect humans. People have contracted salmonella, E. coli, listeria and even rabies from consuming raw milk. It’s a risk people shouldn’t take, says a University of Georgia food specialist.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 800 people in the U.S. have gotten sick from drinking raw milk or eating cheese made from it since 1998. Consumers say they are drinking the raw milk for convenience, taste preference or perceived health benefits, says Judy Harrison, a food safety specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “A growing segment of the population believes getting back to nature is best for you, but that is not always the case,” Harrison said. “Food still needs to be handled properly, or it becomes unhealthier than the commercial products.” Most commercial milk products are pasteurized. First performed in 1864, pasteurization is the process of heating milk to a specific temperature for a set amount of time to kill harmful bacteria responsible for diseases like listerosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria and brucellosis. Substantial research shows the process doesn’t cause allergic reactions or reduce the nutritional value or taste of milk. “Raw milk cannot be sold for human consumption in Georgia,” said Tommy Irvin, Georgia’s agriculture commissioner. “The raw milk that can be sold here is for animal consumption only. Raw milk sold for animal feed should not be consumed by humans. If you give raw milk to your family, you are putting them at risk, especially young children and pregnant women.” Harrison said she has been told by UGA Extension agents that homemade milk and cheeses are showing up in farmers markets. Cheese made from unpasteurized milk needs to be aged for at least 60 days in an environment not lower than 35 degrees Fahrenheit to kill all of the bacteria. If you are purchasing cheese at a farmers market the best way to tell if it is a legitimate product is to examine the label, Harrison says. The label must list the manufacturer or distributor, the weight or liquid measure of the product and must include the metric measures such as grams and milliliters as well as ounces and fluid ounces. A list of ingredients and a product code will also be included. If the appropriate information is not on the label, beware. Pathogens in raw milk that infect humans come from animal feces and can be present in or on the animal’s udders. Standard hygiene practices during milking can reduce but not eliminate the risk. Several outbreaks of illness have been linked to the consumption of raw milk and its cheese products, according to the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. An outbreak of tuberculosis in New York City was connected to consumption of queso fresco, a soft cheese made from raw milk that had been brought from Mexico. Several people were sickened, mostly children. A 15-month old boy died. A Kansas community held a heritage fair where fresh cheese was made from raw milk. A few days later, 67 people reported illnesses. In 2000, a listeria outbreak among Hispanic mothers was reported in North Carolina. Pregnant women contracted listeria after eating cheese made from unpasteurized milk. The illness resulted in five stillbirths, three premature delivers and two infected newborns.last_img read more

NextDecade agrees stock sale to BlackRock-managed funds

first_imgImage courtesy of NextDecadeUS LNG export project developer NextDecade said it has agreed to sell stock to funds managed by BlackRock. The investment by funds managed by BlackRock further strengthens NextDecade’s capital position as it continues development of its Rio Grande LNG terminal facility and associated pipelines in South Texas.The stock deal has already been approved by NextDecade’s board of directors.Pat Eilers, a managing director with BlackRock’s Infrastructure team, said, “Our clients are increasingly interested in the investment opportunities resulting from the ongoing global energy transition, and we are excited to invest in one of the leading companies in the second wave of U.S. LNG development on their behalf.”Rio Grande LNG is a proposed 27 mtpa LNG export facility to be located on a 984-acre site on the Brownsville Ship Channel in South Texas and will be constructed in phases.The approximately 137-mile proposed Rio Bravo Pipeline will supply the facility with its feedgas, connecting it to the Agua Dulce natural gas supply area. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Louis Dreyfus Unveils First SOV for Ørsted

first_imgLouis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has launched its service operation vessel (SOV) Wind of Change destined to operate for Ørsted.Source: Louis Dreyfus ArmateursThe 83m long vessel will be used for O&M work on the Borkum Riffgrund 1 & 2 and Gode Wind 1 & 2 offshore wind farms in Germany.Wind of Change is being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey, where it has now entered the final construction phase with delivery expected early in 2019.The SOV has a draught summer of 5m and features diesel-electric propulsion and dynamic positioning (DP2). It is capable of accommodating more than 60 wind farm technicians.In April, Ørsted ordered another SOV from the France-based LDA which will be used for its Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK. The vessel will also be manufactured at the Cemre shipyard, with delivery scheduled for 2021.The 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind project comprises 56 MHI Vestas turbines which delivered first power to the grid this August. It is located next to the 312MW Borkum Riffgrund 1 commissioned in 2015.Located some 45km off the coast of Lower Saxony, the 582MW Gode Wind 1 & 2 has been in operation since 2017. The wind farm comprises 97 Siemens 6MW turbines, making it one of the largest offshore wind projects in Germany.last_img read more