SMC to host annual China Night

first_imgSaint Mary’s will celebrate the Chinese New Year and the advent of the Year of the Monkey with the annual China Night in the Little Theater on Friday at 3 p.m.The Chinese New Year is considered the most important festival in Chinese culture, according to a post by the College’s director of media relations, Gwen O’Brien. Also known as the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year celebration recognizes the start of a new year for harvest in China as well as the coming of spring. Junior Yanxi Liu, China Night director and co-president of the Chinese Culture Club, said having a China Night at Saint Mary’s allows the campus community to celebrate not only the New Year but also the Chinese culture. “The purpose of China Night is to promote the diversity of Saint Mary’s,” she said. “China Night is a great opportunity for Saint Mary’s students to learn more about China.” Liu said this year’s China Night will feature traditional songs, instruments, folk dances, lottery drawing games and an Asian fashion show. The evening will feature performances by students from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and other groups from the South Bend community. Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership’s (CWIL’s) assistant director for global education Alice Siqin Yang said the night presents a great learning opportunity for students. “The event will help students learn more about Chinese language, culture, music, arts, traditions, as well as the opportunities to study abroad in China,” she said. “It has unique history and culture and has the largest population in the world. Understanding Chinese culture will help students succeed in the global economy.” Junior Yaqi Song, co-president of the Chinese Culture Club, said she is looking forward to the new addition to the show this year, the Asian fashion show. With Asian culture and history as its focus, the fashion show represents a variety of ethnic groups by including Japanese, South Korean and Tibetan students in their countries’ traditional clothing.Liu said she is happy she could celebrate the Chinese New Year with other international students and share her culture with the Saint Mary’s community. “My favorite part is that I can organize a show to present my culture to others and so all Chinese students can be together,” Liu said. A reception featuring a variety of Chinese food will follow the performances. Tags: China Night, Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkeylast_img read more

Man, 28, Found Dead in N. Amityville Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Amityville man was found dead in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in North Amityville Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.A resident of the apartment complex at 615 Broadway found Maurice Stone floating face down in the pool at approximately 12:45 p.m., police said.Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating the drowning.last_img

Second wave fears rise as China reports more new infections

first_imgThe total number of confirmed cases has doubled to 7.7 million in slightly over a month and the disease is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, where it is threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.Brazil now has the second-highest number of virus deaths after the United States, surpassing Britain’s toll, and the Chilean health minister resigned on Saturday amid a furore over the country’s true number of fatalities.There is still no treatment for COVID-19, but pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca said it has agreed to supply an alliance of European countries with up to 400 million doses of a possible vaccine.German government sources told AFP a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year.Europe reopens Many European nations are further lifting painful lockdowns that have saved lives and forced caseloads down, but have also caused their economies to shrink and caused misery for millions.After the European Commission urged a relaxation of restrictions, a number of nations are preparing to reopen borders on Monday — while some like Poland have done so already, with people from other European Union countries allowed to visit.Germany said it would end land border checks on Monday, and France said it would gradually reopen its borders to non-Schengen countries from July.Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis travelled to picturesque Santorini island on Saturday to open his country’s tourism season.”Greece is ready to welcome tourists this summer by putting safety and health as our No. 1 priority,” he said in English in front of a spectacular sunset.Venice sprang back to life Saturday, as hundreds of tourists flocked to the city for the reopening of the iconic Doge’s Palace.”It’s a very strong emotion, like the first day of school,” said Maria Cristina Gribaudi, who heads the city’s Civic Museums Foundation.In another joyful return to semi-normality, football superstar Lionel Messi took to the pitch again in Spain as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge and thumped Real Mallorca 4-0 in an empty stadium.Live sport also returned on Saturday to New Zealand, which has gone 22 days without new coronavirus cases, as 20,000 fans watched rugby’s Otago Highlanders edge the Waikato Chiefs.But even in the much-awaited global sporting revival, there are wobbles — Australian rugby league officials postponed a top-level game on Sunday hours before kick-off due to a coronavirus scare.The World Health Organization said this week the pandemic is accelerating in Africa. Botswana’s capital Gaborone was locked down Saturday after new cases were detected.And in the US, which has seen the most COVID-19 deaths with over 115,000, more than a dozen states — including populous Texas and Florida — reported their highest-ever daily case totals in recent days.The rise comes as huge anti-racism protests rage across America and the world, with many demonstrators wearing masks to protect against the spread of the virus.Topics : Of the 57 new cases logged by Chinese authorities, 36 were domestic infections in the capital, where a large wholesale food market at the centre of the outbreak has been closed and nearby housing estates put under lockdown.”People are scared,” a fruit and vegetable trader at another local market in central Beijing told AFP.”The meat sellers have had to close. This disease is really scary,” said the man surnamed Sun, adding there were fewer customers than normal.At least 429,000 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness, nearly halfway through a year in which countless lives have already been upended as the pandemic ravages the global economy. China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday with parts of Beijing still under lockdown, offering a second wave warning to the rest of the world as the pandemic rages in South America.The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.It also provides a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering COVID-19 — even as countries in Europe prepare to reopen borders at the beginning of the summer holiday season after an encouraging drop in contagion.last_img read more

Pay CEOs in decade-locked shares, says Norway SWF

first_imgThey should provide transparency on total remuneration to “avoid unacceptable outcomes”, and ensure all benefits had a clear business rationale, it said.“We will invite peer investors to consider shared principles for effective remuneration, and we will discuss with boards how this general position could be applied, taking into consideration the company’s specific circumstances,” NBIM said.Pensionable income should, the manager said, constitute a minor part of a chief executive’s total remuneration.“The board should commit to not offering any end-of-employment arrangements that effectively shorten or dilute the lock-in of shares,” it added in the paper.NBIM said that requiring the chief executive of a company to be a long-term shareholder seemed to be an under-utilised strategy for aligning the interests of the CEO with those of shareholders.It argued that requiring the chief executive to invest a “meaningful” part of their remuneration in company shares was a simple and transparent way of aligning that individual’s interests with those of shareholders and the wider society.However, it acknowledged the counter-argument that locked-in shares could drive up total pay levels, if chief executives demanded compensation for the increase in perceived remuneration risk.“Increased equity exposure and deferral is a cost to the CEO, but removing performance conditions will at the same time reduce uncertainty for the CEO,” NBIM said. The manager of Norway’s NOK7.9trn (€861bn) sovereign wealth fund has taken a stand on the contentious issue of top executive pay at listed companies, saying it should be driven by long-term value creation.In a position paper on CEO remuneration, Norges Bank Investment Management said: “A substantial proportion of total annual remuneration should be provided as shares that are locked in for at least five and preferably 10 years, regardless of resignation or retirement.”Releasing the report, the manager of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), said that as a global investor its main concern was that CEO remuneration should be value-creating for the company and shareholders.Apart from making sure remuneration was driven by long-term value creation and aligned chief executive and shareholder interests, boards should also develop pay practices that were simple and did not put undue strain on corporate governance, it said.last_img read more

TEN to Raise USD 35 Mn through Private Placement

first_imgTanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has revealed its plans to collect USD 35 million through a private placement of preferred shares.Namely, the company entered into a share and purchase agreement with a maritime institutional investor for a private placement of 3.5 million zero coupon Series G Preferred Shares, at a price of USD 10 per share.The shares will participate on an as-converted basis in any dividends declared and paid on TEN’s common shares and will be convertible at any time on a three and one-third forone basis into TEN common shares, the company explained.Within the first quarter of 2021, any outstanding Series G Preferred Shares will, subject to certain limitations, be mandatorily exchanged for non-convertible perpetual preferred shares with a 7.50% coupon to be issued by a vessel-owning subsidiary of TEN.After deducting estimated fees and expenses, the net proceeds are expected to be around USD 34.1 million. The company would use the funds for general corporate purposes.The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in September 2019.last_img read more

14 Reasons You Should Start Eating Cucumber

first_imgHealthLifestyle 14 Reasons You Should Start Eating Cucumber by: – September 13, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Cucumbers are number four most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your overall health, often referred to as a super food. Pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and drop them into your shopping cart. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself stuff full of good health.Cucumber rehydrates bodyIf you are too busy to drink enough water, eat the cool cucumber, which is 90 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate your water lost.Cucumber fights heat inside and outEating cucumber will get your body relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin and you will get relief from sunburn.Cucumber eliminates toxinsAll that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your body. With regular eating, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.Cucumber replenishes daily vitaminsCucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. A B and C, which boost your immune system keep you radiant and give you energy. Make it more powerful by juicing cucumber with spinach and carrot. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because it contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 12 percent of the daily recommended allowance.Cucumber supplies skin friendly mineralsCucumber is high in potassium, magnesium and silicon. That is why spas abound cucumber based treatments.Cucumber aids in digestion and weight lossDue to its high water and low calorie content, cucumber is an ideal source for people who are looking for weight loss. Use cucumbers in your soups and salads. If it is not your favorite snack you can crunchy cucumber sticks with creamy low fat yogurt dip. Chewing cucumber gives your jaws a good workout and the fiber in it is great for digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as an aid for chronic constipation.Cucumber revives the eyesPlacing a chilled slice of cucumber over puffy eyes is a clichéd beauty visual but it really can help reduce under-eye bags and puffiness due to its anti inflammatory properties.Cucumber fights cancersCucumber is known to contain secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol and pinoresinol. The three lignans have a strong connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including ovarian, breast, prostate and uterine cancer.Cucumber cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressureCucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which is widely spread to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers have found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers can help decrease levels of cholesterol. Cucumbers contain a lot of fiber, potassium and magnesium. These nutrients work effectively for regulating blood pressure. That is why cucumber is good for treating both high blood pressure and low blood pressure.Cucumber refreshes the mouthCucumber juice heals and refreshes diseased gums. Get a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for a half minute, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing unpleasant breath.Cucumber smoothes hair and nailsThe wonder mineral Silica in cucumber makes your hair and nails shinier and stronger. The sulfur and silica in cucumbers help to stimulate your hair growth.Cucumber promotes joint health, relieves arthritis and gout painAs cucumber is an excellent source of silica it promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. When mixed with carrot juice, cucumber can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering levels of the uric acid.Cucumber cures hangoverTo avoid a morning headache or hangover you can eat a few cucumber slices before going to sleep. Cucumbers contain enough B vitamins, sugar and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients and reducing the severity of both hangover and headache.Cucumber keeps kidneys in shapeCucumber lowers uric acid levels in your body and though keeping the kidneys healthy.By: Fitnae 57 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Kanu: EPL clubs dread Pepe

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal hero Nwankwo Kanu believes Premier League clubs are afraid of new signing Nicolas Pepe. Pepe, 24, has made two starts for Arsenal since his £72 million arrival from Lille this summer. “If you watch him you can see he is a really good footballer and his feet are very quick. He is going to score goals and he is going to play well,” Kanu told Goal. “He will get much better and he will score goals for us. He brings us something different to the other two strikers. “I believe that teams are already afraid of him after a few games. They are scared of what he can do and what he can offer. He’s a very good addition.”Tags: ArsenalEPLNicolas PepeNwankwo Kanulast_img

Ex-FIFA secretary general, BeIN sports chairman go on trial over TV rights

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo idolises Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke Wenger: I am desperate to sit on bench again PSG consider selling Neymar as club chairman sends warning to players Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and the chairman of Qatar-based media group, BeIN Sports, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, went on trial in Switzerland on Monday.Both men were docked over the award of television rights for the World Cup and Confederations Cup. The 59-year-old Valcke, already banned by FIFA’s ethics committee for 10 years for ethics violations, has been charged with accepting bribes, aggravated criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents.Al-Khelaifi, who is also president of French champions Paris St-Germain (PSG) and a former Davis Cup tennis player for Qatar, has been charged with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.The 46-year-old Al-Khelaifi, who also sits on the executive committee of European football body UEFA, is regarded as one of the most powerful men in European football.Both men, who were present in court, denied wrongdoing and Al-Khelaifi’s lawyers have said that the majority of the case did not apply to their client.The trial in Switzerland, which is where FIFA is based, is expected to last until Sept. 25. The three federal judges are expected to deliver a verdict by the end of October.The Swiss attorney general’s office has alleged that between 2013 and 2015, Valcke exploited his FIFA role to influence some deals “to favour media partners that he preferred.”This is the award of media rights for various World Cup and Confederations Cup tournaments.Valcke also received exclusive use of a villa belonging to Al-Khelaifi in Sardinia for 18 months, it said.He made use of the property without having to pay a rent estimated at between 900,000 euros (1.07 million dollars) and 1.8 million euros (2.13 million dollars). Valcke, 59, was secretary general of world football’s ruling body for eight years until 2015, overseeing the organisation of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014.Swiss prosecutors have been investigating corruption surrounding FIFA since 2015, when the global football body became embroiled in the worst corruption scandal in its history.The scandal led to its President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini being banned from the sport, while several dozen officials were indicted in the U.S. on corruption-related charges.(Reuters/NAN)Tags: beIN SportsJerome ValckeNasser Al-Khelaifilast_img read more

Racing broadcaster Colm Murray dies

first_img The RTE presenter passed away on Monday evening after a three-year battle against motor neurone disease, having been diagnosed with the fatal neurological disorder in April 2010. Last year he was recognised with a People of the Year Award for his work in highlighting the debilitating disease, while in the course of his sports broadcasting career, he covered a large number of national and international events, including the Cheltenham Festival since 1990. Press Association Although able to cross all sporting codes, Murray will forever be associated with racing and was given an industry award by Horse Racing Ireland in 2010. Murray is survived by his wife, Anne, daughters Kate and Patricia and his sister, Mary. Leading National Hunt jockeys Davy Russell and Barry Geraghty paid their respects to Murray on Twitter. Russell said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Colm Murray. A true sports fan and gentleman who adored his racing. Thoughts are with his family.” Geraghty said: “Very sad news to hear of RTE sports correspondent Colm Murray’s passing. He was such a nice man and a great supporter of racing and all sports.” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Murray was the voice of Irish racing for many years and he lit up the coverage of racing with his passion and enthusiasm. ”I had the pleasure of being in Colm’s company recently and could see he was a proud Westmeath man who brought out the best in those around him with his affability and gift for storytelling,” he said. ”I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, Ann, and daughters, Patricia and Kate, and sister, Mary. ”He is also a huge loss to all in RTE and my thoughts are with all who had the pleasure of knowing Colm during his lifetime.” center_img Colm Murray, one of Ireland’s best-known racing broadcasters, has died at the age of 61.last_img read more

Boca cool interest in Scocco

first_img The 29-year-old has failed to make an impact on Wearside since his £3.2million January arrival from Brazilian club Internacional, and has been linked with a return to his homeland Argentina. Scocco, known as “Nacho”, has been in the thoughts of Boca boss Carlos Bianchi in recent weeks. Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco could have talked himself out of a move to Boca Juniors. However, club president Daniel Angelici was less than impressed to read comments from the player suggesting a return to former club Newell’s Old Boys was his preferred option. He told Radio Cooperativa: “Scocco was in Bianchi’s thoughts, but we did not like to read in the media stating that he prefers to play for Newell’s.” River Plate have also been credited with an interest in Argentina international Scocco, although it remains to be seen if any of his potential suitors can come up with the finances to broker a deal. Earlier this month, the player, who has two years left on his contract, made his position clear when he said: “If you ask me, I’ll obviously tell you that I want to play for Newell’s.” Scocco was drafted in by the Black Cats as manager Gus Poyet looked to reinforce his misfiring striking department amid a desperate fight for Barclays Premier League survival. However, he managed only eight senior appearances and did not start a single league game, and he is yet to open his goalscoring account. Ultimately, it was England Under-21 international Connor Wickham who provided the impetus after being recalled from his loan spell at Leeds as Sunderland dug themselves out of trouble with a remarkable late run. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more