SMC implements new study abroad program in Jamaica

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) will sponsor a new summer study abroad program in Jamaica, starting in May 2016.Dionne Bremyer, assistant professor of English, said she started the program because her family heritage is Jamaican, and she believes the island is full of culture most Saint Mary’s students can appreciate but do not know as well.“It’s a good place to go in terms of getting a different cultural experience and still being English-speaking,” Bremyer said. “I think some students might be intimidated by going places where there’s a language barrier, but they still want to have a cultural experience that’s different. … You can get a really different experience in Jamaica, but it’s still an English-speaking country.”Bremyer said she will be teaching a course on travel writing while in Jamaica.“We’re going to look at the dichotomy between being a tourist and being a traveler,” Bremyer said. “We’re going to talk about what it means to travel as opposed to what it means to engage in tourism. Jamaica is the perfect place to do that because its economy is so driven by tourism. Some of those questions about the ecological, the cultural, the financial impact of what tourism does to a country are really at large in Jamaica.”Bremyer said she wants students to have a better understanding of the world through their experiences in Jamaica.“It’s an amazing opportunity to experience a country that is so close to the United States and one that is so influenced by the United States, but one that people don’t really know a lot about,” she said. “[People] haven’t thought much about what this country is, who the people of this country are, and so much of that is defined by this tourist perception.“I think it will be a really unique opportunity to experience a place that is so close in terms of geography but so very different in terms of culture.”She said students in the program will gain a sense of how the cultures of the United States and Jamaica interact.“[It is] a chance to think critically about what it means when we spend our dollars traveling somewhere — what it means to make choices about the environment, about the world that we live in, about how we value other countries in relation to our own,” Bremyer said. “ … To experience the world and to think about the ways in which we can understand ourselves and the world and each other better by having an understanding of all the people who live on our planet.”The program will teach the history of the island to students through trips to a marine village and Port Royal, a hike in the Blue Mountains and visits to Jamaica’s Great Houses — plantation-style homes that used to be cotton and sugar farms. Students will also attend the Calabash Literary Festival, a three-day long festival with readings by published authors that celebrates the long literary tradition of Jamaica.Tags: CWIL, Jamaica, Saint Mary’s Center of Women’s Intercultural Leadership, SMC study abroadlast_img read more

Meet Bangladesh’s ground-breaking female coach who’s ‘married to football’

first_imgNot many Bangladeshis would quit a safe, public-sector job with perks and a pension to become a full-time football coach, especially not a woman in the deeply conservative nation.But Mirona, Bangladesh’s first female coach at club level, has done just that. And the 27-year-old, who comes from a humble background, has no regrets.”I have always dreamt of being coach of a top team and one day even the national side,” said Mirona, who stands barely 1.5 meters tall. The former Bangladesh international was speaking as she coached a group of male players — all much taller than her — on the outskirts of Dhaka.Mirona was an assistant coach at Dhaka City Football Club, a second-tier team, last year when Bangladesh Navy invited her to coach its women’s team.For most people in Bangladesh — especially the lower middle-class — this was like winning the lottery: a safe job with retirement benefits that many people can only dream of.But a few months later, Mirona got a call from her former club, which is owned by a garment entrepreneur. Topics : Overcoming barriers Her parents and most of her siblings, who still live in rural Bagerhat district, some 250 kilometers south of the capital Dhaka, want her to settle down and get married.But Mirona says she is “married to football” and that for now the sport “is my life and my family”.She says she has largely avoided criticism from the community, adding that her parents’ support played a big role when she started out as a footballer more than a decade ago.Mirona was a midfielder for the national side for eight years, and also played club football in the Maldives.”There was no family pressure when I took up soccer. Besides, I love the sport so much that I overcome all the barriers,” Mirona said.Mirona’s return to Dhaka City electrified the training ground.”We love being in her training sessions. We can feel our improvement day by day. She made us believe in fitness,” said midfielder Ataur Rahman.”She made me play in the midfield when I was a winger. But now I understand midfield strategy, thanks to her, very well,” the 19-year-old said.The club was so impressed that it signed two more female coaches, one for goalkeeping and one as an assistant, said team manager Ahsan.For now, Mirona’s main focus is the battle for the title in the second-tier championship league, which usually starts in June but has been delayed due to the worsening coronavirus situation.She has now gone back to her village where she spends much of her time watching matches of Barcelona and her favorite player, Lionel Messi.”He is technically so gifted. He is a superstar, yet so gentle. My ultimate goal is to watch him play a match at Camp Nou,” she said. She was offered the head coach’s position with full freedom — from recruiting players to preparing the team — to fight for its promotion to the premier league.Mirona, who grew up in a village among six siblings, did not think twice and she quit the Navy immediately, despite consternation from her senior military colleagues.Dhaka City’s administrative manager Robin Ahsan, also a former national player, said the club made the right decision in hiring Mirona.”Our team’s performance has improved since she joined us. Her honesty and hard-working attitude are tremendous,” said Ahsan. “She can mingle with players better than many male coaches in this industry.”Mirona said she is having the time of her life, despite some barbs directed at her by male coaches.”At first many people negatively commented about me being in this profession. Many male coaches couldn’t take that, a woman becoming a club head coach,” she said.”I believe in quality. If I have it then I know I can prove that I can train up the players,” she said.last_img read more

Ferguson fined for criticising officials

first_img Press Association The statement continued: “It was alleged that the Manchester United manager’s post-match media comments implied that the match official was motivated by bias. Ferguson had denied the misconduct charge and requested a paper hearing at which the Independent Regulatory Commission found proven the breach of FA Rule E3.” Ferguson was furious with Beck for not spotting Steven Caulker’s challenge on Wayne Rooney inside the Tottenham box when his side were already leading 1-0. In his post-match interviews, Ferguson brought up Beck’s part in a goal awarded to Chelsea’s Didier Drogba at Old Trafford in 2010 that proved pivotal in that season’s title race. “It was a clear decision. And he was 10, maybe 12 yards away from the incident and he doesn’t give it. And yet he gave everything else,” Ferguson said. “There was no way we were going to get a decision from (Beck),” Ferguson said. “We have got history with him. He never gave offside with (Didier) Drogba at Old Trafford when he was three yards offside. Everyone remembers that. I certainly do.” Ferguson subsequently claimed his criticism of Beck had been fair, and hinted the FA was pursuing a personal agenda against him. “You never know the FA,” he said. “We are high profile and the profile of me is such that the FA naturally panic as soon as the press criticise them. “I think that is what you will find. That is why they have sent me a letter. Whether I think it is unfair or not doesn’t matter to them really at this point. I just think it is more about me than what I have said.” The FA brought the charge following Ferguson’s outspoken attack on assistant referee Simon Beck following the 1-1 draw at Tottenham last month. Ferguson appealed against the charge and requested a paper hearing. However, the verdict, which has been released by the FA on Friday afternoon, has gone against the Scot. “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 in relation to media comments made after Manchester United’s game at Tottenham Hotspur on 20 January 2013,” said an FA statement. center_img Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined £12,000 after being found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association.last_img read more

Blake Griffin says Clippers are deeper, more versatile team

first_img WALL: ESPN’s Cossack at the head of the class PLAYA VISTA — Ready for power forward Blake Griffin playing center? Or bringing the ball down the court? Or playing the role of a facilitator? Or firing off 3-point shots? Griffin could be a man of many roles if this season plays out as he and the Clippers hope it does.The 2017-18 Clippers certainly appear to be a different team than in past seasons. They seem deeper and capable of presenting more looks, and more difficulties, for the opposition. They certainly figure to be less predictable while maintaining their entertaining style of play.Related Articles The Clippers can go big or small, depending on the opponent and the circumstances. They hope they’re a tougher team to play against, less predictable and more versatile than when the ball was in Paul’s hands for the majority of the game.“The way we play in general, with the ball moving and different guys having the ability to stop and make a play, to stop and shoot, pull up and get to the lane, we can do a lot of different things,” Griffin said. “That helps a lot.”Or playing center more often this season, Griffin said: “I don’t know how much it’ll happen. It depends on how we line up and how other teams line up. I’m fine with it. To me, I never get too caught up in the position thing. At the end of the day, you’re playing your game.“It matters on the defensive end. Offensively, it doesn’t change a whole lot.”BEVERLEY UPDATEDoc Rivers said he hoped Beverley (knee) could rejoin the team for all of Wednesday’s practice. Beverley is the last of the Clippers’ injured players to return to the practice court. Rivers expects Beverley to be sound enough to play Thursday in the regular-season opener against the Lakers.“There’s a chance he has to play under limited minutes,” Rivers said. Senior appeal propels Clinton Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan made up the Clippers’ Big Three in the past, but with Paul gone in a trade to the Houston Rockets in the offseason and nine new names on the roster, there’s more to the team than one, two or three threats.“We have a lot of guys who can contribute and put up big numbers and play key roles in winning games,” Griffin said Tuesday when asked how the Clippers’ new depth can translate into victories. “It’s not like two or three guys you have to key in on. We have a lot. Clippers land Camby in deal with Nuggets center_img “We have so many unique talents, it’s tough to game-plan (against the Clippers).”For one thing, Clippers coach Doc Rivers plans to employ a four-guard rotation of Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers, Milos Teodosic and Lou Williams. Beverley and Austin Rivers are the expected starters, with Teodosic and Williams playing backup roles.Doc Rivers could mix and match his guards, though.The Clippers also have far more depth on the wing than in past seasons, starting with Danilo Gallinari and continuing with Wesley Johnson and Sam Dekker. The Clippers addressed a need for better perimeter shooting in the offseason and acquired Gallinari and Dekker in separate deals.Doc Rivers also could play Griffin with Jordan up front, as usual, but he also could play Griffin with Gallinari, going smaller. After all, the NBA is not as heavy with big centers who play with their backs to the basket as it once was in the days of Shaquille O’Neal and others. Man gets 6 years in JAG case Neighbors Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more