SMC dedicates week to disabilities awareness

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) will be holding a Disabilities Awareness Week this week. Events will be held daily, including Disabilities Awareness Activities Table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium today. “The purpose of Disabilities Awareness Week is to make people aware that there are disabilities all around us, whether the disabilities are physical or learning disabilities,” senior Adrienne Quatman, Students With Disabilities chair, said. There is a showing of “I am Sam” Tuesday in Vander Vennet at 8 p.m. with refreshments provided, Quatman said. On Wednesday, Josh Diehl, professor of psychology at Notre Dame, will give a lecture on Autism in Vander Vannet at 7 p.m. An SDB Gives Back to the Dining Hall Staff night is Thursday. A Disabilities Awareness table will be set up Friday in the Student Center atrium, Quatman said. According to Qautman, bracelets will be sold in the Student Center atrium all week for $1. Proceeds will go to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The week is one of SDB’s annual events and it grows from year to year. “This is one of our annual events that we have had since the board was created,” Quatman said. “We have expanded on it, and each year it is different depending on who the board’s chair is. This year we have chosen to focus on a variety of disabilities.” According to Quatman, the goal of the week is to bring understanding to the variety of disabilities that exist. “We would like to make everyone aware of what it is like to have a disability and promote the understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities face,” she said. More than raising awareness, she said they also hope to bring a respect for those who have a disability. “We hope to encourage sensitivity about what it’s truly like to be a person with disabilities in a society that does not fully embrace their capabilities,” Quatman said. “We also really wanted to publicize the Disabilities Center provided at Saint Mary’s.” Quatman said this follows SDB’s goal of showing the value of all diversity on campus. “SDB recognizes that every person is diverse and contributes to making our community a better place,” she said. “Disabilities Awareness Week relates to our mission in that the events we promote emphasize equality and recognize the value of all peoples.” All events are open to everyone on campus. “Everyone is encouraged to come to all of our events,” she said. “We also hope that people are aware of the Disabilities Center on Saint Mary’s campus. There will be more information about it at our Disabilities Awareness table in the Atrium all next week.”last_img read more

All about onions

first_imgFor directions or to learn more about the program, the researchor the research and education farm, call George Boyhan at (912)681-5639 or Randy Hill at (912) 565-7822. Or e-mail them at gboyhan@uga.edu or crhill@uga.edu. University of GeorgiaThe annual Vidalia Onion Field Day will March 27 at theUniversity of Georgia’s Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research andEducation Farm near Reidsville, Ga.The event will begin with a sponsored lunch at noon. Visits toresearch plots will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. Farmers will be ableto see firsthand the results of UGA research on: Weed management in onions.Variety trials.CO2 and translucent scale.Insect management.Onion scouting.Soil-borne onion diseases and fungicide trials.Onion fertility and direct-seeded onions.Technology for onion inspection.Onion curing.last_img read more

‘Today is wonderful’: Relief in Lagos as lockdown ends

first_imgFrom lockdown to curfew The stay-at-home order applied to Lagos, neighboring Ogun state and the Nigerian national capital Abuja.But in the face of mounting social distress and discontent, President Muhammadu Buhari last week ordered a “phased and gradual easing,” replacing the lockdown with an overnight curfew.The relaxation has triggered deep concern in some quarters, given how easily the coronavirus spread and the poor state of Nigeria’s health system.According to official figures, nearly 2,500 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Nigeria, leading to 87 deaths.But as elsewhere, the true scale of the epidemic could be much greater, given the paucity of testing.In the northern state of Kano, investigators determined that a spate of fatalities — previously described as “mysterious deaths” by the authorities — was largely caused by COVID-19.”Coronavirus is presently the major cause of the mass deaths in Kano,” Nasiru Sani Gwarzo, whose team carried out door-to-door research, said on Sunday.Gwarzo did not provide a figure for the fatalities, although gravediggers say they have been burying dozens of corpses per day.Kano had seen a series of high-profile deaths including academics, bureaucrats, businessmen and traditional leaders. Africa’s biggest city, Lagos, got back to work on Monday at the end of a five-week coronavirus lockdown.In the metropolis of 20 million, where exuberance and poverty live side by side, relief at being able to earn money once again was almost palpable, despite Nigeria’s mounting COVID-19 toll.All shops seemed to be open, car parks were full and hawkers selling cool drinks, grilled meat and vegetables were pitching their wares on street corners as before, AFP reporters said. Nigeria follows South Africa, the continent’s other economic giant, which returned to work on Friday. Rwanda, a fast-expanding economy in East Africa, partially ended a strict six-week-long lockdown on Monday. Adewale Oluwa reopened his fruit and vegetable stall, carefully setting out a fine array of tomatoes. By 10 am, his customers were out in force and laughter was in the air as old acquaintances spotted each other.”We were so impatient” for the confinement to end, Oluwa said. “Today is wonderful.”Minibus stations were as busy as before the lockdown, although touts wore masks as they called out to passengers.center_img ‘Month of hunger’ Many people said they were glad to be back earning money — upwards of 83 million of Nigeria’s nearly 200 million population live on the equivalent of less than $1 per day, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a report on Monday.For those without savings or working in the informal sector, the lockdown was a cruel blow. “It was really a big loss,” Oluwa said.”You know, we sell perishable [food], so we need to open every day. So to lock down for weeks was [a] big issue for us.”Bus driver Ganiyu Ayinla said: “It’s been over one month of hunger and suffering.”I can now make money to take care of my family,” he said, smiling as he braked at a busy stop to pick up passengers. From the Ajegunle Tollgate, an area bordering Ogun State, a long queue of passengers waited to board.Security agents and transport union officials were on hand to ensure drivers complied with directives requiring social distance, face masks, hand washing and use of hand sanitizers before boarding.”We will only allow passengers with a nose mask to enter. And only drivers that make provision for water, soap and hand sanitizers for their passengers can operate. Buses are also required to carry not more than 60 percent of their capacity,” a police officer who gave his name as George, told AFP.He said his team had prevented some 50 buses flouting the order on Monday morning.Huge numbers of people rushed to the reopened banks to get money — many did not have an ATM card to withdraw from a cash machine.”Look at this mess, there’s no social distancing,” said a driver, Anderson Kiagbodo, observing hundreds of people milling outside a branch of GT Bank, with security guards standing impotently nearby.”Don’t be surprised if the spread of the virus explodes after this.” Topics :last_img read more

Ozil facing lengthy lay-off

first_imgArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil could be ruled out for up to 12 weeks after picking up a knee injury in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League defeat to Chelsea. A statement on the DFB website read: “The MRI examination today at National Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Munich revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint. “The treatment is conservative, with six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be (out for) 10 to 12 weeks.” Ozil managed to complete the full match at Stamford Bridge but complained afterwards of tenderness in his knee. An Arsenal statement read: ” Arsenal can confirm that midfielder Mesut Ozil is returning to London from international duty with Germany after picking up a knee injury during Sunday’s game at Chelsea. “Ozil complained of a sore left knee after the game and the club advised the German FA to run medical checks when he joined up with his international squad. “The club will make further assessments and it is too early to say how long Ozil may be out of action.” The news is another blow for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who has seen midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta pick up injuries in recent weeks. Ramsey will be out of action for another three to four weeks with a hamstring complaint although Wenger was slightly more upbeat about Arteta, who could return after the international break following a calf problem. Ozil joins fellow first-team players Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud as long-term injury concerns this season. Press Associationcenter_img Ozil joined up with the German national squad this week but was sent for an MRI scan in Munich on Wednesday after complaining of soreness in his left knee. The German FA claims Ozil’s injury will rule him out for “10 to 12 weeks” although the Gunners say it is too early to put a timescale on his recovery process. last_img read more

Andy Murray’s tweet backing Scottish independence sparks controversy

first_imgAndy Murray publicly backed Scotland’s independence on TwitterAfter publicly backing Scottish independence, Andy Murray says he doesn’t plan regular interventions in political debates.The 2013 Wimbledon champion’s support for independence came on Twitter hours before polling stations opened Thursday, provoking some offensive comments.Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this! Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 18, 2014Now Murray, who is Scottish but no longer lives there, has told the BBC: “I don’t regret giving an opinion. I think everyone should be allowed that.”But he added that “it wasn’t something I would do again … the way it was worded, the way I sent it, that’s not really in my character and I don’t normally do stuff like that.”Scotland voted to remain part of Britain, with 55 percent rejecting independence.last_img read more