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

Kanuga Bike Park opens in Hendersonville, NC July 25

first_img“People of diverse body sizes and shapes have had to make it work with gear that wasn’t made for us for too long now,” said Jenny Bruso, founder of the group Unlikely Hikers, which calls itself a “diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community.” “We’re out here. We’re climbing these same mountains, we’re thru-hiking these same trails and our money spends the same way.”  The first plus-size backpacks will hit the shelves next spring. Backpack maker Gregory will introduce the industry’s first dedicated line of plus-size backpacks, SNEWS reports. The line will include 20 items across dayhiking, hydration, multi-day backpacking, and lifestyle categories.  Pack maker Gregory to release a line of plus-sized products Mountain bike aficionados—mark your calendars! A new mountain bike park opens in Hendersonville, NC on July 25 and features directional, bike specific trails that are e-bike friendly, as well as bike rentals. The park is running an early-bird special on season passes for $349 (a full-price season pass will run you $399.) Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to host virtual 5K Registered participants can run or walk a route of their choosing on July 17, 18, or 19. Registration deadline is July 16 and all proceeds will go toward DGIF’s Restore the Wild initiative to support habitat projects vital for the survival of Virginia’s wildlife. As a bonus, each participant will receive fun goodies and can sign up to participate in unique challenges to compete for fun prizes. Learn more here: center_img Kanuga Bike Park opens in Hendersonville, NC July 25 Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is getting a new name (the Department of Wildlife Resources is their updated moniker,) and to celebrate the change, the agency invites the public to Run for the Wild, a virtual 5K run/walk supporting their mission to keep Virginia’s wild places wild.  Photo by River North Photography courtesy of Getty Images According to AVLToday, the park is founded by world-champion downhill racer Neko Mulally. There are 12 downhill-specific trails with a variety of skill levels available by reservation for individuals and teams for practice and competition. last_img read more

Clyne knows improvements are needed

first_img While on his summer holidays he spoke to Lallana about a possible move and he is keen to start working with Rodgers as soon as possible. “He (Lallana) said it’s a good club – a big club with a huge fan base. He said the team is good and a good bunch of lads. He told me I’d be made to feel welcome if I joined,” he added. “I suppose it’ll help me settle down with the team. Knowing a few of the players at the club is good. I can join in with the lads and I reckon I’ll settle down easily. “I’m happy to have signed for Liverpool. I’m delighted and it’s a dream move for me to come here and play for such a big club like Liverpool with all of its history. I can’t wait to get started. “It’s a club that I like the way they play and their style. The gaffer has shown a lot of interest in me and this is a place where I can improve as a player, I think. “It’s definitely a good opportunity to come here and try and fulfil my potential.” While Clyne is just beginning his Anfield career a number of others are preparing for the end of theirs. With Rodgers’ primary summer recruitment almost complete attention now turns to offloading some of the unwanted players with defender Sebastian Coates first out the door. The Uruguay international spent last season on loan at Sunderland and is on the verge of a £4million permanent move to the Stadium of Light. Press Association Liverpool are still interested in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke – although not at the level of his £32.5million release clause – and Clyne thinks the strengthening which has taken place will help as the club seek to regain Champions League status. “There is room for improvement and you can see with the signings that have been made, we’re pushing for it,” he told “If we get a good pre-season out of the way and start the season brightly, it’ll be looking good. You can see we’ve got the players to do it. “I’m sure with all the competitions we’re going into this year, we’ll be going into them looking to try and win them. “That’s where I want to be – I want to be competing for all the titles and trophies that are available. “I’ve been progressing as a player but I’m fully confident I am good enough to play for a team like Liverpool. What I need to do now is show that. “Hopefully we can have a good season and come out of it with some silverware.” Clyne, who only made his full England debut in November, will be reunited with some familiar faces in the Anfield dressing room after following in the footsteps of former Saints team-mates Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and – for the time being – Rickie Lambert 12 months later. The Southampton right-back became Brendan Rodgers’ sixth signing of the close season after completing the paperwork on a five-year contract. His transfer, costing £10million up front and £2million in add-ons, complements the £29million acquisition of Hoffenheim’s Brazil forward Roberto Firmino in addition to the £3.5million spent on teenage Charlton defender Joe Gomez, the arrival of Burnley striker Danny Ings – likely to cost £5million-plus in compensation – and the free transfers of Manchester City midfielder James Milner and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. New Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne admits the Reds have to improve this season but believes their summer recruitment has signalled their intent. last_img read more

Proposed bill would provide Americans with $2,000 a month until employment returns to pre-pandemic levels

first_imgProud to announce my latest bill with @RepRoKhanna to provide ongoing payments to hard-working Americans who have been impacted by the #COVID19 crisis.— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) April 14, 2020 According to a press release, a bill proposed by two congressmen could potentially give Americans $2,000 a month until employment levels return to the rate they were before the coronavirus pandemic.Democratic Reps. Tim Ryan of Ohio and Ro Khanna of California introduced the bill calling it the Emergency Money for the People Act.The bill would include a monthly payment of $2,000 to every qualifying American over the age of 16 who makes less than $130,000 a year. Married couples earning less than $260,000 would receive at least $4,000 a month, and qualifying families with children would receive an additional $500 per child, up to three children.The payments would last until employment rates return to pre-COVID-19 levels.last_img

James Alexander Gordon: Voice of football results dies, aged 78

first_imgJames Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, has died aged 78.Gordon read the classified football results on BBC radio for 40 years before stepping down in 2013.He retired following throat surgery after he was diagnosed with cancer.Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted:  “A voice we all know, the voice of the football results, James Alexander Gordon has died. Tottenham Hotspur 1.. Newcastle United 1.. #RIP”Nicknamed ‘Jag’ because of his initials, Gordon attracted an army of followers with his distinctive Scottish accent and unique style of delivery. He would alter his tone of voice to indicate whether a result was a home win, an away win, or a draw.Continue reading the main story “Five Live and the football results have lost a friend today… He was something special”Jimmy ArmfieldRichard Burgess, head of BBC Radio Sport, said: “James was an iconic radio voice, who turned the classified football results on BBC radio into a national institution.”He was also a true gentleman, who was loved and admired by his colleagues.”He took enormous pride in his work and I know he was greatly touched by all the tributes he received upon his retirement last year.”Former England captain Jimmy Armfield, a BBC Radio 5 live colleague of Gordon, was among the many football personalities to pay tribute. “5 Live and the football results have lost a friend today,” said Armfield. “I can remember before I joined and he came to the BBC that the style was more regimented. He put a different slant on to it. He went up with the voice and down with the voice.”He seemed to pitch it just right. He did it all with perfect enunciation. That lovely voice, with the little trace of Scots in it, with the highs and lows. He knew when to lift it and put it down.”He really was something special. People used to mark the pools coupon with the football results. James knew that. He always gave them time to find out whether it was 1, 2 or an X for the football pools.”It wasn’t the same picture at all when he started out. There was no satellite broadcasting. Matches weren’t shown as they are now. Everything came down the line on the radio. He was the first point of contact for who had won. James knew it all. He had it all weighed up. He was the consummate professional.”Mark Pougatch, as a presenter of Radio 5 live’s Saturday tea-time show Sports Report, introduced Gordon on many occasions, and tweeted:  “It was a honour to say your name on so many Saturdays Jag. Tonight it’s Heaven 1 Earth 0.” Tributes to James Alexander GordonBarnsley fan Matt Bailey: “Always loved the way James Alexander Gordon said Barnsley nil. RIP a great broadcaster.”Comedy writer Daniel Maier: “RIP James Alexander Gordon – with Peel and Postgate as one of the defining, reassuring voices of my youth.”MOTD commentator Steve Wilson: “Death of James Alexander Gordon is very sad. Turned what was small chore on a broadcaster’s rota into an art form. Never been bettered.”Fulham supporter Henry Walmsley: “RIP James Alexander Gordon. One of the voices of my childhood.” West Bromwich Albion and England goalkeeper Ben Foster: “RIP James Alexander Gordon. Saturday afternoons checking Teletext and listening to the footy scores was the best.”Comedian Sue Perkins: “East Fife 4 Forfar 5. RIP James Alexander Gordon, voice of my childhood x”Ipswich fan Chris Bolton: “As much to do with my love of football as my Grandad… ‘And now; today’s classified football results, read by James Alexander Gordon’.”Chelsea FC: “Rest in peace James Alexander Gordon, who was the voice of football in Britain for many years.”Comedian David Schneider: “A Voice Guaranteed 2 Be Remembered By Every 1. RIP James Alexander Gordon.” Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson, now a BBC analyst, told BBC Radio 5 live: “When James Alexander Gordon started, there were nothing like the same outlets. There weren’t 10 reporters at every game. Sometimes you had to wait until James Alexander Gordon for the definitive result.”BBC Radio 5 live’s senior football reporter Ian Dennis added: “For a generation of football lovers, James Alexander Gordon’s voice was Saturday afternoon for the complete picture. You heard the theme tune for Sports Report and then you heard his voice.”Eric Morecambe, pictured with comic partner Ernie Wise, was among Gordon’s fansGordon’s legion of followers included comedian Eric Morecambe – on whose early-career radio show Gordon had been an announcer. In a 2012 interview, Gordon said that Morecambe always greeted him with a famous tongue-twister scoreline involving Scottish sides East Fife and Forfar – one which never happened, yet became closely associated with the BBC’s voice of the classified football results.”Eric never called me James,” Gordon recalled in 2012. “Whenever I saw him over a 20-year period, he would say ‘East Fife 4 Forfar 5’. I’ve got a tape of that.”When Morecambe died in 1984, Gordon received a tribute from the comedian’s wife, Joan.Continue reading the main story“Eric (Morecambe) never called me James… he would say ‘East Fife 4 Forfar 5’.”James Alexander Gordon, speaking in 2012″After his funeral, his wife said there was only one thing she would like to have had – me saying ‘East Fife 4 Forfar 5’,” said Gordon. “It was quite sweet.”Gordon, born in Edinburgh in 1936, contracted polio when he was six months old and spent much of his childhood in hospital.He worked in the music business before moving into radio, promoting artists such as Bert Kaempfert and James Last.In 1972, he joined the BBC, reading the news and presenting various programmes on Radio 2 – even Newsbeat on Radio 1 – before he began reading the classified football results in 1973.At the time, he was a BBC Radio 2 staff announcer and revealed in 2012 that his chance to read the football results came unexpectedly after being summoned by his boss.”He came in and said: ‘Jag, footy,'” Gordon recalled. “I said: ‘I beg your pardon?’ He said: ‘Jag, footy.’ I wondered what the heck he was talking about. It was the football results.”Play mediaJump media playerMedia player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue.40 years reading the football resultsAs he sat alone in a dimly lit room at BBC Television Centre in London contemplating the task ahead, he came up with a style of reading the football results that was to become his trademark.”I was sitting there in anticipation wondering what on Earth was going to happen,” he said. “I thought: ‘How am I going to do it?'”I trained as a musician and I think music had a lot to do with the way I read them. I looked at these names and thought, unkindly, five minutes of that could be very boring for the listener. I thought it would be nice to make it a little different, with a bit of excitement.”So I had a dummy run. There were no numbers, but I thought: ‘Arsenal have lost and I feel really sorry for them. Manchester United have won and I’m over the moon.’ I wasn’t a Manchester United fan, I was just working it out.””I was terrified at first, but I put my heart and soul into it and have loved it ever since.”Such fun getting it right. The most important thing, though, has been making it exciting for the listener.”Having been diagnosed with cancer, Gordon had surgery in 2013 to remove his larynx, which meant his voice was no longer strong enough to broadcast.He was replaced by former Radio 4 newsreader Charlotte Green.Gordon, who lived in Berkshire, was married to Julia, with a son, David, and two grandchildren, Molly and Martha.last_img read more