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ND ranked 5th friendliest school for pregnant and parenting students

first_imgLast week, Students for Life, a national pro-life organization, ranked Notre Dame as the fifth-friendliest school for pregnant and parenting students.Senior Janelle Wanzek, president of the Right to Life club, said the ranking is largely due to the resources available for pregnant and parenting students on campus. These resources include information on what to do if students find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, information on local adoption agencies, referrals to doctors, free pregnancy tests at the health center and counseling. The University also has day care centers and five lactation rooms for parents, she said.Wanzek said this is an exciting ranking because it will help to educate students about the resources available to them.“I think us being number five, if we advertise it to the students, is going to mean that a lot more students will learn about the resources that we have,” Wanzek said. “Talking to the general student public … there’s a lot of rumors surrounding what happens if a girl were to become pregnant. No one knows that the University is fully supportive and has all the resources that named us number five.” Wanzek said while Notre Dame’s ranking is very good, there is still room for improvement. This year, Wanzek said, the Right to Life club has several projects in progress, including reserving parking spots for pregnant mothers on campus, educating students about the resources available to those who find themselves pregnant and creating a student video about the University’s resources for student parents. Wanzek said student pregnancy is a relevant issue across the country, not just at Notre Dame.“I think it is an important issue for any college,” Wanzek said. “I think it’s important for the whole general public for there to be resources because … women in crisis pregnancies are pushed to get an abortion because they don’t know about the resources. They feel they have no other option. They’re scared, so they go to the quickest, easiest solution. But if we made the other resources more available and more well known, they wouldn’t be so pushed into abortion.”Wanzek said she hopes sometime in the near future, Notre Dame will be ranked the number one friendliest school for pregnant and parenting mothers.“[The ideal would be] for every student to know the resources, so if one of their friends were to come to them … they would be able to tell them, ‘Let’s go do this,’ … instead of going right away to the abortion facility,” Wanzek said. “In an ideal world, everyone on campus would not have the stigma that the University is not going to support you when you get pregnant and that they can’t have an education while they’re pregnant. … Notre Dame wants everyone to be able to [have an education] if they find themselves in that situation.”Tags: ND Right to Life club, pregnancy, pregnant, students for lifelast_img read more

Jamestown Police Chief To Retire Next Month

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown’s Police Chief says he will be retiring next month.Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings told WNYNewsNow on Tuesday his last day on the job will be July 10.“After 24 years here in Jamestown I have decided it is time to retire,” said Snellings in a statement. “I plan to take some time off and spend it with family.”Snellings began his career in 1996 with the Jamestown Police Patrol Division. During his time in the department he led the SWAT Team, served as training director, team commander and platoon commander. Snellings was first appointed to lead the agency in July 2013, succeeding Police Chief Rex Rater.The Chief served three terms at the head of the department. His current term was set to expire December 31, 2021.Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Snellings served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for a total of 22 years.In order to fill the position, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist will need to name a successor. That candidate will need to be confirmed by the Jamestown City Council.“It is with difficulty that I accept the retirement of Chief Snellings, who has faithfully served the Jamestown Police Department for 24 years,” said Mayor Sundquist in a statement. “Chief Snellings has been an incredible resource for our City as head of Public Safety, and I wish him the best during his very well deserved retirement.”The Mayor says he will be working to find qualified candidates to fill the position in the coming weeks as the Chief begins to wind-down his career with the City over the next month. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I was an intern at JPD. I’d see officers fighting in the garage then go out an arrest ppl for Disorderly Conduct (fighting). Internal affairs complaints against officers were insane.,Enjoy your retirement,Its about time. Hopefully whoever takes his place won’t be as corrupt and play favorites like he did. Deciding if people should be charged based of who there family is no matter who sever the crime was. If he liked your family you had a free pass to do whatever you wanted in Jamestown.last_img read more

Mountain Mama: The Power of Photography

first_imgMy son began speaking late, but once he started he told me memories of being a baby and a toddler. I’d thought he was too young to understand what was happening. He started these stories with, “when I was a little boy,” a preamble that always made me laugh.I’d marvel at the thoughts that became traced as memories and how he’d saved them up until he finally had the words to share the world that he’d taken in years before.“What are you thinking baby bear?”He looked at me in a way that made me feel I might be slow or dense. “Mama bear,” he said, “I’m remembering.”He reached for my hand and I squeezed it, eclipsing his small hand with mine. My fingers folded over his and I tried to memorize the imprint of his handprint, his hand now bigger than it had ever been, smaller than it would ever be from that day forward. I etched the outline of his hand into my mind and squeezed it tighter.“Thank you,” I said, recognizing that something in me shifted because he had told me the exact thing I needed to hear. The simple act of remembering was an act of surrender, trusting that the wisdom of a place or experience doesn’t need to be reduced to words in that exact moment. It wasn’t up to us to find the words that shaped that moment, but to soak up what was right before us, and let the unraveling happen when our words caught up to our memories.If I manage to take photos during my outdoor adventures with my son at all, they feature only him. So when I saw Melina Coogan post an opportunity for a photo shoot at one of our places in the outdoors, I jumped at the chance for recent photos of us both.When I saw the photos, I was overwhelmed the way they captured something about my experience of motherhood that I hadn’t yet realized, the way my wild boy, so comfortable in his element, also needs protecting. The photos reminded me of my desire to show my son the whole world and let him run wild sits side-by-side with the urge to hold him tight and protect him from anything that might hurt him. Knowing when to let go or even nudge him further away and when to cuddle him closer is something that evolves in an instant.I’m in awe of the fierceness and beauty of my own mama bear instinct. Photos allow me to reflect on experiences that happened once I have the emotional distance to process the meaning.last_img read more

FAES Trains Salvadorans to Protect themselves in Natural Disasters

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/ Diálogo July 20, 2016 The Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) is training Salvadoranswho live in vulnerable areas how to adequately respond when faced withemergency situations caused by natural disasters. The training is being carried out in different parts of thecountry, and the most recent sessions took place in June in the municipalitiesof Candelaria and Apastepeque, located in the departments of Cuscatlán and SanVicente, respectively. The Armed Force’s Transmission Support Command (CATFA, forits Spanish acronym) showed the inhabitants of Cuscatlán, a city that liesalong the banks of Lake Ilopango, how to respond when faced with floods andmudslides caused by the intense rains that accompany a tropical depression. “This exercise seeks to raise our personnel’s level ofoperational readiness, so they can provide security to the population in atimely way and alleviate the suffering of possible victims. Likewise, it helpsimprove our effective coordination with the country’s other emergencyunits,” explained Colonel Víctor Antonio Orellana, with the FAES 5thMilitary Detachment. Simulation in Action As the ambulance sirens loudly rang out, soldiers evacuatedthe affected Salvadorans and transported them to the emergency aid station,temporary shelter, and medical center that had been set up. Resting on a stretcher was 58-year-old fisherman JulioMedrano, pretending to have been swept away by currents flowing from the lakewhile he fished across from the San Antonio district in the municipality ofCandelaria. “We thank the Armed Forces for this exercise, which hastaught us things we didn’t know before about what to do during these disasters,especially because we live next to the lake, and heavy rains come frequently inthe country, and the lake water is always flooding our houses,” Medranosaid. Rescue squads ran from place to place, mobilizing thoseaffected by the simulated disaster, making their way among flooded paths andhuge pools of water. In the temporary shelter sat Lisette Pineda, a member of theCommittee of Municipal Civilian Protection of the Cuscatlán mayor’s office. Sheexpressed satisfaction with the results of the simulation exercise. “We are very happy because the entire community got involvedin the simulation and this means we will all know what to do when faced with areal emergency. We expect to continue these trainings to increase the responseefficiency of all the involved institutions,” Pineda said. Fifty-four kilometers away, in the municipality ofApastepeque, the 5th Infantry Brigade of the FAES was training civilians how toprotect themselves during flooding caused by heavy storms from another tropicaldepression. Upon hearing the evacuation call from the municipality’sloudspeakers, the Emergency Committee of the Brisas de Santa Rita neighborhoodmet up with the soldiers to evacuate the injured. At the same time, medicalpersonnel selected patients to be transferred to the Health Unit and theNational Hospital of San Vicente. Adriana Díaz, a 37-year-old homemaker, simulated being acasualty from the collapse of a wall in her residence. During the exercise, a neighbor was able toenter the house and free her from the rubble that had been crushing her. “I’m thankful to the FAES for having given us this training,because behind our neighborhood is a gully that overflows when it rains a lot.We hope it never happens, but I’m sure that we are now well prepared if thereis a disaster,” she said as she was transported to the hospital byambulance. Luis Antonio Azucena, who represents the NationalDirectorate of Civilian Protection, believes these simulation exercises areworthwhile in that they aid preparations for the floods, earthquakes andmudslides caused by the geographic conditions of the country. “We are faced with a reality: that the country is vulnerableto natural disasters and our people must be trained to avoid misfortunes. That is why we coordinate with the actions ofthe FAES that seek to provide civilians the ability to protect themselves in anemergency,” Azucena said. The members of CATFA and the 5th Infantry Brigade said theywould continue to carry out these types of simulations so that communities aretrained on what to do during disasters, from whom to seek help, and whichprevention and mitigation measures to adopt when helping an injured person.last_img read more

Aguero happy at City

first_img He added: “Every player wants to play in big teams that win titles. We didn’t win anything last season but we have won trophies in the last few years so there is no reason to go.” Aguero’s comments came a day after Soriano said the club would not entertain offers for the record £38million signing. “We have never had an offer and even if we had an offer we would say no,” he said. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club, although City chief executive Ferran Soriano said on Friday he was not for sale. Aguero told the Sun: “There are always rumours in the summer. But I am very happy at City. I’m going to work hard and everything else is just rumours.” Argentina striker Sergio Aguero insists he is happy at Manchester City.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trophy Stall annual golf tournament on tomorrow

first_imgGOLFING action will resume tomorrow, with the annual Trophy Stall-sponsored tournament which begins at 12:00hrs at the Lusignan Golf Course. Last year’s tournament was conducted under the open medal Play system.The winners then were: 1st – Roberto Grissi 27/63; 2nd – Laksmana Ramroop 26/63; 3rd – Richard Haniff 16/65; Best Gross (and 4th) – Sam Harry 11/67; and Nearest to The Pin (16”) – Kassim Khan. Other close contenders were Deanand Bissessar 28/69; Mahendra Bhagwandin 23/71, and Mark Lashley 24/71. Keen rivalry this weekend is likely to bring new winners in the top places.Club president Oncar Ramroop thanked Mr Sunich for continuing to include golfing in his annual contributions to the many sport disciplines in Guyanalast_img read more

Students relocated following Fluor Tower flooding

first_img“They weren’t funny,” said Nataly Joseph, a freshman majoring in journalism who lives on the ninth floor of Fluor Tower. “And it spread false information because a girl in my class today was like ‘Yeah, I heard someone’s enchiladas burned.’ I was like ‘No, that’s a racial joke someone decided to make’ … It was low-hanging fruit as far as jokes go.” Coats said 32 students will be relocated to New North and South residential colleges for an estimated six to eight weeks because of water damage in Fluor.  More than 30 Fluor Tower residents will be relocated to new temporary housing after the sixth floor flooded when a fire alarm and sprinklers were falsely set off Tuesday morning, according to D’Andre Coats, West Residential College senior staff director. Some students responded to the alarm, which was set off on the Latinx community floor of the residential college, with racist memes calling for the residents to be evicted.  “To the folks that the meme or the petition had a significant impact [on], know that you are a valued member of our community and that there is no room for racist rhetoric, jokes or content to exist in the environment we hope to create,” he wrote.  Andrea Diaz, the resident assistant for the floor, was angered by the memes; however, she said she wasn’t surprised that students reacted like this because she said she is all too familiar with the privileged population that comes to USC with implicit and explicit biases, whether these biases come from how they were raised or if they were ingrained systemically.  “I am not gonna normalize racist humor by brushing these memes off as not a big deal,” Diaz said. “The memes were irrelevant and inappropriate, especially when people are worried and concerned about the status of their housing.” Students posted memes about the incident on social media, making racist comments about the El Sol y La Luna residents that called for whoever set off the alarms and sprinklers to be evicted from the building.   Clothes or Halloween decorations hanging from the sixth-floor sprinklers caused the fire alarm and sprinklers to go off just before 3:30 a.m., flooding the floor with 15 gallons of water per minute, Coats said. Floors below the sixth floor were also damaged by flooding, and residents weren’t allowed back into the building until about 5:30 a.m. Coates sent an email to the West Residential College community condemning the memes and said he would follow up with the students who made the posts. He also said that students could talk with their RAs or other building faculty if the posts made them uncomfortable. The University has not decided how or if students will be fined for the incident, but  Coats said he is currently focused on gathering students’ belongings and clearing rooms for them to move back in and be functioning students.  Diaz said she isn’t sure if the University can take any measures against the students who posted the memes but will continue to support her residents by advocating for measures and spaces that will protect them and other students of color on campus. One meme featured the classic “Hellmo” picture, which shows “Sesame Street” character Elmo screaming while surrounded by flames. Below the picture was written: “There are enemies among us … it appears as though tamales were made improperly in suite 608.” Another meme featured “Spongebob” character Larry the Lobster and read “You can’t make tamales at 3 a.m. and then forget to turn off the microwave.”  Other sixth floor residents declined to comment on the incident. “Whenever you have a significant amount of water that comes down, it ruins a lot of the dry wall and a lot of aspects of the structures, so we will have to do some significant demos and make sure the rooms are remodeled for our health and safety protocol,” Coats said. Andrea Diaz is the photo editor for the Daily Trojan.last_img read more

Holiday rest absent for UW women’s hockey

first_imgOn Thursday, most students will get to sleep in, visit with family, eat a filling home-cooked meal and watch football until their heart is content. The Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s Thanksgiving schedule reads a bit differently.The team will wake up early and start practice at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning and is then given the rest of the day to travel and meet their families before coming back Thanksgiving night in preparation for Friday’s 2 p.m. drop of the puck.Head coach Mark Johnson says hockey players are used to the sport eating into their time off during breaks.“Hockey doesn’t do the winter holidays very well,” Johnson said. “Usually you get a little bit of time, but it’s not like a three or four-day weekend where a lot of people and their families get that opportunity.”UW is lucky enough to have a home series this week against WCHA foe St. Cloud State, giving the team just a little more time to spend with their families.Wisconsin has not had to travel on Thanksgiving weekend since 2009 when the Badgers went to Rhode Island to take on Providence.Senior forward and team captain Brianna Decker says having such little time with her family can be hard, but being a part of such a tight-knit team helps.“It is a little difficult, but we have our own family here,” Decker said. “We all support each other and are there for each other as a team, so it’s just kind of Thanksgiving within our team. That’s something you can cherish for four years.”Some of the members of the team will be celebrating Thanksgiving for the second time this year with the Canadians having a similar holiday on the second Monday of October.Johnson joked that the Canadians have all the fun since they get to celebrate both holidays.“The Canadians celebrated a month ago so they’ve already been through it, so they actually get two Thanksgivings. So they are the ones who really benefit,” UW’s head coach said with a smile.Canada native and freshman forward Erika Sowchuk says she is looking forward to spending the day with her teammates who will stay in Madison, but is disappointed that she won’t be able to see her family.“I’m excited to spend Thanksgiving in the States,” Sowchuk said. “It will be nice to have a turkey dinner and spend it with my teammates. Whenever we are together, I think it is team bonding. It’s good for the team to be together and having fun. For sure [it is hard not going home for the holidays]. I haven’t been home yet this year, but at the same token I’ll be spending it with kind of my sisters, my teammates, so it will still be fun.”Director of women’s hockey operations Paul Hickman will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for everyone on the team who will not be able to visit their families.Sowchuk says the break won’t be a distraction for the team, but will instead reenergize them.“I think it’s a good thing for people to go home and spend time with their families,” Sowchuk said. “We can rejuvenate a little and just relax and reset a little.”After having some time to their selves on Thursday, the team will have a quick turnaround playing St. Cloud State in an early afternoon game Friday and then again Saturday.Despite the rushed holiday schedule, Johnson says the short holiday is good for the team and has his players in high spirits heading into the final stretch of the fall semester.“When they don’t have school, they are generally in a real good mood,” Johnson said. “Obviously, you get a nice meal and there are a lot of things going on. I’m sure that a lot of families will come to town for the kids that live in the area. It’s a nice time of year. The kids can see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as school. There’s not a lot of school left, so generally people are in a pretty good mood.”last_img read more

Big win secures Big Ten tourney berth for Badgers

first_img[media-credit name=”Andy Fate” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]The Wisconsin women’s soccer team had its fate in its own hands, and it made sure to take care of that fate. Needing a win to secure eighth place and a berth in the Big Ten tournament, while trying to sustain their postseason chances, the Badgers took care of business in their final regular season game. Behind goals from three different players, Wisconsin cruised to a 3-0 win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex.Redshirt junior defender Ali Heller and the rest of her Badger teammates knew the game against the Wildcats (3-14-2 overall, 1-10-0 Big Ten) was critical in the playoff picture and had to answer the task with a sense of urgency.“I think that everyone responded pretty well. I think this is the first time in a while that we’ve scored more than one or two goals in a game. We were really trying to get after it and set a good tone going into the Big Ten tournament,” Heller said.With that sense of urgency, Wisconsin (10-6-2, 5-5-1) started the game out on fire, with 12 shots in the game’s first 19 minutes. It wasn’t long before the Badgers took advantage of all those chances, as sophomore midfielder Lindsey Holmes broke through for the first goal in only the 12th minute. After junior forward Cara Walls tried to control a cross in the 18-yard box, Holmes found herself with the ball, dribbled in the left side of the box and snuck a shot to the far post past Wildcat goalkeeper Jenna Hascher. That unassisted goal proved to be all the Badgers would need with the shutout pitched by the Wisconsin defense.After the game, head coach Paula Wilkins commented on the torrid pace of the Wisconsin offense in the early going that generated 16 first half shots and nine corners.“In the first even 10 minutes, we had a bunch of chances I wish we would have put away a little bit sooner. It makes my life a little bit better. I thought for the most part in the first half we did really well,” Wilkins said. “I thought we needed to be a little bit more consistent in the second half. And we’ll talk about that.”The offensive output for the Badgers was a welcome change, as they had scored only six goals in their last seven games before Saturday. But Wisconsin finally rid itself of the proverbial monkey on its back and provided Wilkins with several positive signs heading into the Big Ten tournament, which starts Wednesday.“A bunch of the opportunities that we created again, and being able to score three goals—I think the last two games, Indiana and Minnesota, we weren’t able to score. And I think scoring three goals – just even Cara getting the ball in the back of the net, seeing Lindsey Holmes score who hasn’t scored – all of that stuff is important,” Wilkins said.“This whole week at practice we’ve been playing really well. We’ve been really focusing on scoring, since it’s been a struggle in the last couple of games, so I think we were just really motivated to score and for sure score on a corner. We’ve been working on those a lot,” Heller said.More offense came later in the first half with Wisconsin tacking on another goal in the 33rd minute. This time it was Walls who found the back of the net. Sophomore midfielder Kinley McNicoll drove alone the left end line and crossed the ball into the middle of the box for Walls, who promptly fired a laser into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.Wisconsin took that lead into the intermission, but Northwestern came out much stronger in the second half and put more pressure on the Badgers than it had in the first half. After giving up a plethora of chances in the first half, Northwestern held Wisconsin to only two shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Wildcats had three shots on goal in the second frame and saw a great deal more of opportunities after being held without a shot on goal in the first half.Despite a flurry of chances from the Wildcats, the Badger defense and redshirt junior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard stood strong, keeping Northwestern off the board. Wisconsin, on the other hand, managed to capitalize on fewer chances, as sophomore midfielder McKenna Meuer struck again in the 80th minute, giving Wisconsin more than enough breathing room to secure the big win.With senior day for midfielders Alev Kelter and Nicole La Petina and a berth in the Big Ten tournament on the line, Wisconsin had more than enough to play for and got back on the right track with a resounding victory in the regular season finale.“Everyone was ready. Everyone was up for it. We were all pumped. It was senior day. We wanted to do it for Alev [Kelter] and Nicole [La Petina]. We had the right attitude. We just need to carry that on into the Big Ten tournament,” Walls said.last_img read more

Racing UK agrees deal to broadcast Breeders’ Cup World Championships

first_img StumbleUpon Submit HBF survey highlights areas for improvement in the industry May 1, 2019 Share Related Articles Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Bahrain racing gains international coverage with RMG deal November 22, 2019 Racing UK will show the Breeders’ Cup World Championships live from Del Mar on November 3-4 in a special free-to-air broadcast on Sky 432.The horseracing broadcaster has agreed to a new partnership with The Breeders’ Cup, which will enable viewers to watch the event in HD. Furthermore, the coverage, which is being produced by NBC Sports, includes all four championship races on the Friday, and nine championship races on the Saturday.Seb Vance, PR and communications director of Racecourse Media Group, parent company of Racing UK, said: “We’re looking forward to showcasing Breeders’ Cup 2017 and offering it the broadcast, digital and marketing promotion this world-class event merits.“RMG’s relationship with Breeders’ Cup has really developed over the last year. All seven of the British Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races are broadcast on Racing UK, and we have supported the event through increased promotion, coverage and archive support, while RMG also produced last year’s world feed.“Contractual obligations already in place mean that we will be unable to show the Breeders’ Cup Classic due off at 12.35am (GMT), but viewers will no doubt be able to watch all the European runners in action, while Luck On Sunday, the following morning, will have all the fall-out from what will be a stellar two days of terrific competition.”Drew Fleming, senior vice-president, Breeders’ Cup Ltd, said: “Breeders’ Cup is excited to partner with Racing UK to expand our coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and increase the value of our investment in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.”One the event’s most anticipated races is the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the current favourite for the race is Richard Fahey trained Ribchester, the 3/1 shot will be hoping to follow up successful outings in the Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne and Prix du Moulin, with a win at Del Mar this year. Sharelast_img read more