Program helps exchange students

first_imgFor international students traveling great distances to attend Saint Mary’s, a revamped International Peer Mentor program will help ease the transition to campus life. Junior Huyaling (Nora) Wang, co-chair of the International Committee of the Student Government Association (SGA), said the Peer Mentor program was not efficiently promoted last year, leaving international students susceptible to homesickness. “The program actually started second semester last year,” said Kaitlyn Tarullo, the committee’s other co-chair. “This year, we met with the international students at orientation in order to promote a cohesive relationship with the new Belles and the returning students.” There are 20 new international students at Saint Mary’s this semester, coming from countries such as Australia, China, Japan and Korea, Wang said. While each student chooses to stay at the College for either a semester, a year or all four years, she said the difficulties they face are similar. Smooth transitioning to another country requires easy access to cultural and second-language norms, which can be facilitated with the help of a peer mentor. Wang said Saint Mary’s students interested in the peer mentor position will undergo an online application and interview process. Once chosen and paired with an international student, they will serve as an outlet of support for that student.   Wang, a degree-seeking student from China, said she recalls good memories from her transition to Saint Mary’s as a first-year but the process would be easier with the help of a peer mentor. At that time, there was no peer mentor program offered. “We did have international activities on campus before this year, but I don’t think it had a large influence on campus,” she said. “We always had an international orientation, but we now have more activities for international students that will be noticed by the whole student body.” Wang said this addition will help the international students adjust to Saint Mary’s campus life as soon as possible, enabling them to become active participants in the student body. Senior ImJung Ha, an international student from South Korea, said peer mentors help exchange students adjust to the nuances of American life. “Peer mentors are great because they help you make friends and help with English when the dictionary does not explain which word is right,” she said. Simple activities such as taking international students shopping for supplies, helping them become familiar with the campus and the norms of an American college classroom and providing companionship will be incorporated in the Peer Mentor Program, Wang said. Wang said she believes that this program will also affect the entire Saint Mary’s campus. She also said that involving Saint Mary’s students in this program will increase the awareness of international students attending Saint Mary’s. “I think it would be really enough if all the students noticed,” Wang said. “I know students are always busy here, so sometimes they might not have the spare time. If we could promote the influence of the international student body this year, we would make progress.” Contact Stacey Avtgis at [email protected]last_img read more

Cricket News Don’t panic says Sarfaraz after Pakistan’s consecutive defeats against Aussies

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Karachi: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed says there is no need to panic despite national’s side’s consecutive defeats against Australia in the ODI series since they still have a lot of time to prepare and re-jig plans for the World Cup. Pakistan are trailing the five-match series 0-2 after losing both the matches by eight wickets.Sarfaraz and five other players have been rested from the ODIs in the UAE. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf has also being sent back home after the second match on Sunday to take rest before the World Cup.Sarfaraz recently led the Quetta Gladiators to Pakistan Super League title victory and he said it has come at the right time.“The World Cup is a tough competition because of the format this time but we have done our preparations and we will have time to finalise our plans when we go to England and also play the ODI series against England and some practice games as well,” said Sarfaraz.The skipper on Saturday wore a Pakistan Army uniform to celebrate the Gladiators title win at a special ceremony organised by the Baluchistan government. Indian cricketers had sported camouflage army caps during the recent ODI series against Australia as a mark of respect for CRPF personnel who were killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama. last_img read more

Chesa Nyama to open restaurant in the US

first_img26 February 2016Chesa Nyama is going to America, but what exactly is chesa nyama, or shisa nyama?According to South Africa braai connoisseur Jan Braai, while “chesa nyama” might literally mean “to burn meat” in isiZulu, it is a lot more than that. It is an informal social event involving the traditional meat braai, where friends and even strangers gather to celebrate the great South Africa social culture of food and community. It is an opportunity to bring together people of all walks of life with good food and good music, to make great memories.Chesa Nyama heads to the US https://t.co/DwN95z0tN6 pic.twitter.com/Q4imsTmXgc— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) February 24, 2016Chesa Nyama is one of South Africa’s fastest growing national brands, a traditional braai restaurant franchise hugely popular with young people and people looking for an authentic taste of African braai cuisine.It has almost 300 franchises across South Africa and employs over 3 000 people. The brand’s rapid growth led to the listing of its owner company, Gold Brands, on the JSE at the beginning of 2016.Congratulations to our holding company Gold Brands for being the only fast food company to be listed on the JSE! pic.twitter.com/z5GLd5bcVr— Chesanyama (@Chesanyama_SA) February 19, 2016Gold Brands is now set to export the success of Chesa Nyama and South African braai culture to the United States, with plans to open its first restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee in October.Gold Brands announced on 23 February that the company had signed a memorandum of understanding for the expansion of the brand with private investors, the South African industrial holdings firm Red Hornbill, and the White Family Partnership, an American partner.#SouthAfrican born brands can achieve success. 3 year old #ChesaNyama franchise chain announced it opens in US this year #WednesdayWisdom— Commstrategis (@Commstrategis) February 24, 2016An area development agreement between these partners allows for the establishment of Chesa Nyama Holdings in the US, with Gold Brands as a partner in the joint venture. It will own 30% of the American company and Red Hornbill will own 40%; the remaining 30% percent will be held by the White Family Partnership.According to the deal, Red Hornbill and the White Family will cover the funding of the Nashville set up as well as establishment costs for the further roll out of the franchise in the US. While Gold Brands will not provide capital for the US venture, it will be responsible for logistical support in the development of the product lines, branding, menu costing and strategic support.Gold Brands’ chief executive, Stelio Nathanael, explained the origins of the expansion plans to CNBC Africa: “We have long had a dream of taking Chesa Nyama beyond the borders of Africa. The idea has always been to bring our iconic South African braai culture to America.”We can not blame the Americans for loving #Chesanyama! No one can resist the #Nyamalicious treats! #ProudlySA pic.twitter.com/dpj5MxEK2c— Chesanyama (@Chesanyama_SA) February 24, 2016“(While) we’ll have to teach (the Americans) how to say Chesa Nyama first,” Nathanael joked, “it’s more about a restaurant dining concept giving that African feel and what we as South Africans are about.”He attributes the success of the brand to South Africans who embrace the combination of tradition with the contemporary. “(Our customers) love the brand so much, love the vibe of the brand. (but) they (also) love the tradition of Chesa Nyama and bringing it from the township to the suburbs is the reason for its success.”He is confident the model will translate not only to a large African expatriate community in Nashville, but also to Americans looking to try something a little different.Source: ENCAlast_img read more

100S 100 STRANDS Pre Bonded Nail U Tip 100 % Remy Human Straight Hair Extensions LIGHT BLONDE #60 18 inch 18″ 18 in 45 cm – great hair. top sellar an ex delivery service

first_img Posted on January 20, 2018Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair Extensions Very good quality worth to buy. Great value, as described, arrived when said it would,thankyou. Top sellar an ex delivery service. Great quality hair at a great price lot shorter lengths on hair but most hair is one length. Ive used this hair before an lasted me a good six months after excessive dying. Super fast delivery which came 2 days before the actual start of date delivery. Will recomend this sellar and hair if could give more stars i would do. I’m using these for top part of my hair an longer length for the bottom. An considering there going in my top half my own hair is actually short due to illness there look like there plenty. The longer exstensionswill go nice on bottom half an blend in with these hopefully then ill get my confidence back but longer one are from pony hair a diffrent sellar. Update:i have washed and toned an dyed these a couple times nows an there still soft. A couple of the pieces went fluffy like candy floss after few washes i didn’t think they would take to dye but they did apart from candy floss pieces which i just tame with frizz ease they still good condition i have added longer pieces to them to try tame better but definatly human hair. Really great service and quality. Highly reccomend as a loreal diploma, and nvq level 4 hairdresser of 15 years so far working in a top salon. . As a hairdresser of 15 years i have had great lengths hair extensions (which cost around £600 for a full head), balmain (crap for the price), and additional lengths. These are really good quality, they can be coloured easily, basically you can do anything to them you do to your natural hair. They last months if you wash your hair with cool water and use a gentle shampoo (not pantene or tresme). Highly reccomend ladies you won’t be disappointed. Great value, as described, arrived when said it would,thankyou. Ordered saturday afternoon and they came within 24 hrs. Hair is excellent quality, i have dyed it, straightened it, curled it and had no problems at all. Great price, great value for money, easily attaches to your own hair. Definitely a 5 star product. Always fantastic the hair lasts and doesn’t matt. Matched up perfect with my bleach blonde. The nail tips are way too long and had to be cut in half. Looks like i been clipping sum seriously long toe nails all over my floor. But the hair itself is really good.My natural hair is so straight it won’t even curl but with this hair in it stayed curly for a long time. So i probably will reccomend and buy these again but the tips do need to be shortened. Good quality, impressed for the price. Happy with hair quality was good and got what i was expecting will be using again good quility for money. Ordered saturday afternoon and they came within 24 hrs. Hair is excellent quality, i have dyed it, straightened it, curled it and had no problems at all. Great price, great value for money, easily attaches to your own hair. Definitely a 5 star product. Really great service and quality. Absolutely good value for money i only bought on pack n. Absolutely good value for moneyi only bought on pack n i’ve done my whole head n still got sum left overbargain. The nail tips are way too long and had to be cut in half. Looks like i been clipping sum seriously long toe nails all over my floor. But the hair itself is really good.My natural hair is so straight it won’t even curl but with this hair in it stayed curly for a long time. So i probably will reccomend and buy these again but the tips do need to be shortened. Absolutely good value for money i only bought on pack n. Absolutely good value for moneyi only bought on pack n i’ve done my whole head n still got sum left overbargain. Always fantastic the hair lasts and doesn’t matt. Top sellar an ex delivery service. Great quality hair at a great price lot shorter lengths on hair but most hair is one length. Ive used this hair before an lasted me a good six months after excessive dying. Super fast delivery which came 2 days before the actual start of date delivery. Will recomend this sellar and hair if could give more stars i would do. I’m using these for top part of my hair an longer length for the bottom. An considering there going in my top half my own hair is actually short due to illness there look like there plenty. The longer exstensionswill go nice on bottom half an blend in with these hopefully then ill get my confidence back but longer one are from pony hair a diffrent sellar. Update:i have washed and toned an dyed these a couple times nows an there still soft. A couple of the pieces went fluffy like candy floss after few washes i didn’t think they would take to dye but they did apart from candy floss pieces which i just tame with frizz ease they still good condition i have added longer pieces to them to try tame better but definatly human hair. Good quality, impressed for the price. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-01-20 11:03:09Reviewed Item 100S 100 STRANDS Pre Bonded Nail U Tip 100 % Remy Human Straight Hair Extensions LIGHT BLONDE #60 18 inch 18″ 18 in 45 cmRating 1.0 / 5  stars, based on  18  reviews Very good quality worth to buy. Matched up perfect with my bleach blonde. Happy with hair quality was good and got what i was expecting will be using again good quility for money. great hair. top sellar an ex delivery serviceHighly Reccomend as a Loreal Diploma, and NVQ level 4 Hairdresser of 15 years so far working in a top Salon.Absolutely good value for money I only bought on pack n last_img read more

Hey, App Developers: You May Be Missing A Big Opportunity In Poor And Middle America

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Unsurprisingly, given that their mobile phone is their primary communications device, these lower-income wireless-first households also use their phones more than others to access the Internet, as Pew Research finds: Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Each year the percentage of households embracing mobile while cutting their landline phone service keeps rising. This makes sense; the need for a landline phone keeps diminishing even as the utility of mobile phones keeps increasing. In my home, we keep a landline phone solely because my wife and I need to be able to reach our youngest kids when we’re not home, and we don’t want to give them mobile phones.Plus, the “home phone” serves as a convenient place to send telemarketing spam.But “wireless-only” or “wireless-primary” households aren’t exactly evenly distributed. As reflected in data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), wireless-only households tend to be young, poor or both. In fact, 54.7% of adults living in poverty (i.e., household income of $23,850 for a family of four) lived in a wireless-only household, compared to 47.5% of “near-poor” (i.e., household income greater than $23,850 but less than $47,700) adults. These two income categories comprise roughly 50% of the U.S. population, so it’s not an insignificant market. It may, however, be grossly underserved.Do Mobile App Developers Reflect Mobile App Users?The New York Times recently carried an excellent article on Silicon Valley’s youth problem. As the argument goes, young developers are building all sorts of cool apps, but not necessarily apps that matter. Why? Because this demographically insular crowd builds apps for other rich kids like themselves. As the author concludes, we may be living in a “frenzied bubble of app-making,” giving rise to a “vague[] dread that what we are making might not be that meaningful.”If we assume that developers will tend to write apps that meet the needs of their familiar demographic profile, then suddenly the potential problem becomes clear. Most wireless-first households tend to be poor, as noted, and they aren’t located in Silicon Valley: Related Posts While East and West Coasters may think themselves the pinnacle of technological progress, it’s Middle America that leads the way in going “all in” on mobile adoption. People hugging the coasts get the best broadband, but they’re laggards when it comes to abandoning their landlines for mobile phones. And maybe, as a new Pew Research report highlights, it’s because the more affluent coastal communities can afford to keep talking on their landlines, while the young and poor choose to save money by going mobile.Still, given that nearly half the U.S. households are considered “poor” or “near poor,” and demographically look different from the average app developer, do app developers risk missing half the U.S. population?America’s Mobile Population Matt Asay So we may have rich, young twenty-somethings building apps for other rich, young twenty-somethings, ignoring the Middle American poor.Or not. Despite anecdotal experience with Silicon Valley’s youthful developers, the typical mobile app developer—asEvans Data has found—is actually a highly educated male in his mid-thirties with several years of app-development experience and a few kids. While this doesn’t match the Silicon Valley “brogrammer” type, it’s also not reflective of the typical wireless first household. In fact, as Slate reports, there’s even a clear developer divide between Android and Apple’s iOS. Through a series of heat maps, it becomes clear that the rich use iPhones and the comparatively poor use Android. Developers target apps for iOS in part because that’s where the money is and, frankly, in part because that’s likely what they use, given their own demographic profiles.Do The Poor Need Apps?Which may leave half the U.S. population without anyone really bothering to write apps for them. How can this be a good thing?It’s not merely a matter of commercial developers, either. Tim O’Reilly recently talked about the mismatch between technological progress and government (“Technology and Trust: The Challenge of 21st Century Government“). Governments are failing to bring essential services to citizens through convenient media. This cuts particularly hard against the poor who, again, tend to primarily access the Internet on their phones. Sure, this isn’t new, and it’s not necessarily fair to call out app developers for not writing code for an audience that won’t necessarily be able to pay them. It’s not as if app developers are raking in the big bucks, after all. But it’s still troubling that app developers so poorly reflect the demographics of roughly half the U.S. population, and hence are unlikely to code for their needs. Do you agree this is a problem? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts, as well as suggestions as to how to ensure app development meets a broader swath of needs. Lead image by Flickr user Owen Byrne, CC 2.0 Tags:#app developers#Demographics#income inequality#mobile#Pew Internet Research last_img read more

Nova Scotia becomes first Canadian province to ban declawing of cats

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has become the first province to ban medically unnecessary cat declawing.The ban — part of a worldwide movement against the practice — took effect Thursday after a three-month education period.The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association decided in December to amend its code of ethics to make the practice of elective and non-therapeutic declawing ethically unacceptable.Veterinarian organizations in many other provinces are having active discussions on the issue.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association strengthened its stand against declawing domestic cats last March, saying the practice causes unnecessary and avoidable pain.While some municipalities have enacted regulations against declawing, Nova Scotia becomes the first province or state in North America to declare the practice unethical.The practice has already been banned in the U.K., Europe, Australia and several California cities.“It’s a great day. I’m so proud of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association,” Dr. Hugh Chisholm, a retired veterinarian who had pushed for the change, said after the association’s decision in December.“You are amputating 10 bones from 10 digits on the paws of a cat, and if that doesn’t constitute mutilation, I don’t know what does,” he said.For years, some pet owners have had their cats declawed to prevent scratches to furniture, people and other pets. But the Canadian vets association says scratching is normal behaviour that cats use to mark territory, help with balance, climb and defend themselves.Chisholm said there will still be cases where declawing will be medically necessary.last_img read more

Smith Broman lead Winthrop past Campbell 9086 in Big South

first_imgBUIES CREEK, N.C. — Nych Smith and Bjorn Broman, who sat out the previous game with injuries, combined for a clutch five points in the last 19 seconds and Winthrop fended off Campbell 90-86 on Thursday.Smith, Winthrop’s top scorer at 16.0 ppg., scored a career-high 27 in his return, hitting a dagger of a 3 with 19 seconds left that pushed the Eagles (10-5, 2-0 Big South Conference) ahead by five, 88-83. Campbell (8-8, 1-1) answered with a 3 of its own but Broman sealed the win with a pair of free throws a five seconds left.Chris Clemons, who leads the nation in scoring with 29.3 ppg., scored 34 against the Eagles. He threw down a dunk with 44 seconds left that cut the gap to 85-83, fed Jordan Whitfield for a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining that made it 88-86. His attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer was blocked by Adam Pickett as time ran out.Clemons was 10-for-28 shooting and 4-for-14 from deep. His six assists were a season high.The Associated Presslast_img read more

China 2018 exports up 71 per cent imports up 129 per cent

first_imgBEIJING — China’s government reports 2018 exports rose 7.1 per cent as a trade battle with Washington intensified, while imports were up 12.9 per cent.Monday’s announcement comes as Beijing tries to reverse a decline in economic growth while facing a potential fall-off in American orders for Chinese goods following President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes in the fight over China’s technology ambitions.Chinese exporters also face pressure from cooling consumer demand in other global markets.The Associated Presslast_img read more

1000 children to receive access to inclusive child care

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced that 1,000 children with extra support needs will have access to inclusive child care with the help of SCD and ASCD programming.The funding is part of a three-year, $30-million investment through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada.The ministry says this funding, announced in February 2018, will reduce waitlists for inclusive child care and improves access to programs across the province for children with extra support needs. “Every parent wants the best for their child, yet many families with children who have extra support needs have been struggling for years to find quality care,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development.“This investment is a key part of our vision of affordable, quality child care for every B.C. family who wants it.”Supported Child Development (SCD) can include:One-On-One help for children who may need assistance during meals or to take part in activities with peers.Information and training for child care staff to help them make their programming more inclusive, such as creating a visual schedule to help children better understand their daily routine, or allowing children to begin their day earlier to be better oriented before the day begins.Working with families to link them to other local resources and support groups in the community, or to help them access medical and other needed services.The Province is investing more than $1 billion in child care over the next three years through Childcare BC, moving towards its long-term vision of a universal childcare system in B.C.last_img read more