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

Sanders announces $500,000 for Vermont law enforcement

first_imgFlanked by law enforcement officials at the Vermont Department of Public Safety headquarters, Sen. Bernie Sanders today announced $500,000 in federal funding for Vermont law enforcement agencies.‘The brave men and women in law enforcement are on the front lines every day protecting our people and our communities,’ Sanders said. ‘We are all grateful for the work that they do.’Sanders secured the federal funds for programs providing police officers for public schools, technology upgrades for police training facilities, and digital cameras for county sheriffs. In addition, Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) secured funds for special investigations units.‘We thank Senator Sanders as he has once again provided funding for several projects that will greatly benefit the Vermont criminal justice system, law enforcement training and professionalism, and will ultimately enhance public safety in Vermont,’ said Vermont Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Tremblay.Also joining Sanders at the press conference were June Kelly, assistant director of the Vermont Police Academy, Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux, and Robert White, executive director of the Northwest Unit for Special Investigations.The Vermont Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs’ Association won a $100,000 grant for sheriffs across the state to upgrade equipment, such as squad-car camera systems that protect both police officers and crime suspects.The Vermont Department of Public Safety received $100,000 for school resource officers. The special program places sworn officers in public schools and is an important outreach tool that helps deter crime. The officers promote positive attitudes toward law enforcement; prevent juvenile crime by making students aware of rules, authority, and justice; and instruct students on how to avoid becoming a crime victim.The Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford received $200,000 for technology upgrades and laptop computers for students and seasoned officers.Another $100,000 for the States Attorneys and Sheriffs Association will help fund Special Investigation Units, which are made up of specially-trained police officers, social workers, medical professionals, therapists, and prosecutors to investigate, advocate, treat and prosecute crimes of sexual violence and child sexual abuse. These multi-disciplinary task forces were originally formed in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. The latest round of funding will help expand the program throughout the state.Source: Sanders’ office. WATERBURY, Vt., August 17, 2010last_img read more

Chart of the Week: European private debt assets hit record $200bn

first_imgThe European private debt industry has expanded again this year in terms of total assets, despite lower fundraising levels than last year, according to new data.Alternatives firm Preqin released new figures for the sector showing that Europe-focused private debt assets had reached $200bn (€178bn) so far this year. The industry was set to expand further as it benefited from being less crowded than its North American counterpart, the data firm said.The number of active private debt investors targeting Europe has risen to 1,755 so far this year, up from 1,515 in the whole of 2017, according to Preqin’s new data.Last year was a record-breaking year for private debt fundraising, Preqin said, with 56 funds closing having raised $45bn. Total Europe-focused private debt assets under management were higher in the year so far than for the whole of the previous year, rising to $200bn, up from $188bn in 2017.Tom Carr, head of private debt at Preqin, said: “Europe is of abiding interest to private debt investors and fund managers alike – although it is a developed credit market with lots of opportunities for investment, it is not as saturated with industry participants as the North American market.”He said this had created the ideal circumstances for growth in the sector that did not seem likely to recede anytime soon.“With the majority of investors citing Europe as a continued area of interest, we can expect to see capital keep flowing to the region in the coming months,” he said.Of the $200bn of total private debt assets, Preqin said $126bn was unrealised value and $74bn was dry powder.Direct lending assets accounted for almost half of all Europe-focused private debt assets under management as at November 2018, the data showed, totalling $97bn.This was followed by distressed debt with $48bn under management, mezzanine at $32bn and special situations at $23bn.Venture debt, meanwhile, accounted for $1bn of assets under management. So far in 2018, 35 Europe-focused private debt vehicles have closed, raising $27bn.last_img read more