CAT program expands its reach

first_imgKnown for connecting Saint Mary’s students and local Title I schools, the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program is changing lives and expanding locations this semester.“This semester, we are starting our tutoring program at a new school, Harrison Primary, for fourth graders,” CAT student director Christin Kloski said. “… We have tutoring programs at Harrison and Navarre and teacher’s assistants at Harrison, Coquillard and Edison.”She said the College will continue its pen pal program with Coquillard and added Harrison Primary students to the list of letter recipients.Cat was formed in 2006 to provide support for “students in under-resourced schools in the South Bend area,” Kloski said. The program provides academic support, including teacher’s assistants, pen pals and after-school resources.Kloski said she spearheaded the relationship between CAT and Harrison Primary this year by visiting the school.“My first experience with the school was their back-to-school carnival-themed night,” she said. “I volunteered at the school to experience the new school’s environment.”Kloski said her exploration yielded positive findings about the school’s environment.“As the students and parents poured into the cafeteria, I was pleased to see how well the students, parents, staff and teachers communicated with one another,” Kloski said. “There was such a great feeling of community at the school.”Kloski said student participants in CAT were able to experience that sense of inclusiveness first hand.“Later on in the semester, we ended our pen pal program with a literacy night at the school,” she said. “The pen pals from Saint Mary’s and Harrison met one another and were able to get to know one another during the event. The literacy night was a great way for Saint Mary’s students to experience a local community setting.“Harrison Primary was a place where Saint Mary’s students could see how well the South Bend community and the school community were able to work together.”Sophomore and CAT scholar Jade Johnson said meeting her pen pal for the first time at the end of the semester dinner was her favorite part of the program.“You get to know all about [your pen pal] throughout the semester,” Johnson said. “Without ever seeing their face, they become a part of your life. Putting a face to their name was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.”The pen pal program is important because it helps enhance the reading and writing skills of the third and fourth grade students while giving them a consistent and positive role model, Johnson said.“I encourage people to give it a try,” Johnson said. “Volunteering through the CAT program is a rewarding and exciting experience.”Kloski said all students are welcome to join the CAT program — regardless of major.Tags: CAT program, Coquillard, Harrison Primary, Pen Pal Programlast_img read more

Borrello Calls On Governor To Exempt “Essential” Workers From Pay Raise Freeze

first_imgImage by New York State Senator George Borrello / Facebook.ALBANY – New York State Senator George Borrello is urging Governor Cuomo to exempt state workers who have been deemed “essential” and unable to work from home, from the freeze of their scheduled two-percent salary increase.Borrello joined several others in the Senate Republican Conference calling on the Governor.Previously, the governor froze a scheduled two-percent salary increase for a large segment of the state workforce including many workers on the front lines that the state has designated “essential,” including state corrections officers and other law enforcement officers, nurses and other staff at public hospitals, and direct caregivers in nursing homes and mental health care facilities, among others.“Thousands of New York State’s essential public employees have shown dedication and fortitude throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by reporting for duty for jobs where working from the safety of home isn’t an option,” said Senator Borrello. “These heroic public servants are helping us navigate a crisis that has no precedent and that will surely go down as one of the most difficult in our history.” “In recognition of the unique difficulties of their jobs and the exceptional health and safety risks they’ve endured and continue to endure, I believe they not only deserve our appreciation, they deserve this state support,” furthered Borrello.A letter was sent to the Governor this week. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Seoul government backs major expansion of rooftop solar in the South Korean capital

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Seoul metropolitan government has launched a new plan to increase the city’s total installed rooftop PV capacity from around 200 MW to approximately 1 GW by the end of 2022.“Solar City Seoul will supply one million households with mini solar power stations, install solar power in every single public site where installation is possible, and promote the solar power industry to increase the total solar power generation to 1 GW,” the government said.This means that the city’s current capacity of around 203.6 MW – which includes around 50 MW of new deployments from 2018 – will be raised by another 800 MW by the end of the announced time frame. “The Solar City Seoul project generated 237,805 MWh in annual energy for reductions of 109 tons of CO2 in greenhouse gases and 27.6 tons of fine particulate matter,” the city administration said.It added that the program will create up to 4,500 new jobs by 2022, without providing any other technical or financial details. According to the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE), the South Korean capital’s program will have a budget of around KRW 1.7 trillion ($1.46 billion).The South Korean government raised the country’s renewable energy targets at the end of 2017. Under the new plan, the nation will generate 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.More: Seoul launches 1 GW rooftop solar plan Seoul government backs major expansion of rooftop solar in the South Korean capitallast_img read more

Candoni’s No. 2 most wanted person falls

first_imgHe was detainedin the lockup cell of the municipal police station. The courtrecommended a P40,000 bail bond for the suspect’s temporarily liberty./PN BACOLOD City –He was listed as the No. 2 most wanted person in the municipal police stationof Candoni, Negros Occidental. The 48-year-oldFernando Valdevia of Purok 4, Barangay Caningay, Candonina was arrested in hisresidence around 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday, a police report showed. Valdevia’sapprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant for the crime ofmurder, it added. last_img read more

Governor rejects UW estimate of 1,367 COVID-19 deaths in Iowa

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds may issue restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak that are local and not statewide.“We are able to look at the metrics based on communities, based on counties, based on regions,” Reynolds said Wednesday during her daily COVID-19 briefing.Reynolds, so far, has issued proclamations during the pandemic that are statewide in scope and has advised city and county officials that they do not have authority to issue local “stay at home” orders. Hot spots of the virus seem to be developing in the state. By mid-day Wednesday, 37% of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa were in Linn, Johnson and Washington Counties.“There are different variations of the impact across the state,” Reynolds said. “…We’re going to try to identify where some of the hotspots are…see if there are additional directives that we need to put in place that would help mitigate what we are starting to see there.”Reynolds has repeatedly referred to the “metrics” she and her administrators are reviewing to decide if more restrictions are necessary. Reynolds told reporters she’ll use the same data to decide when businesses she’s ordered to close may reopen.“That might happen in different pockets of the state as well,” Reynolds said.Researchers at the University of Washington have projected more than 1,367 Iowans could die of COVID-19 by August. Reynolds told reporters that calculation didn’t take into account actions in Iowa aimed at stopping the illness from spreading.“‘For instance, we’ve closed schools. The colleges and universities have shut down,” Reynolds said. “We’ve shut down some non-essential businesses. We’ve reduced social gatherings to less than 10. We’re practicing social distancing.”University of Washington researchers considered “stay at home” measures as a key in reducing fatalities. Reynolds indicated the state epidemiologist is working with University of Iowa experts to come up with a fatality estimate for the state.So far, state officials have linked the deaths of nine Iowans to COVID-19.  A total of 549 Iowans have been confirmed, through limited testing, to have the virus. Public health investigators are checking in with each patient and state officials say 118 of the Iowans who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.last_img read more

Restaurant Week sees an increase in participation

first_imgFor the next 10 days, all local foodies will have the opportunity to sample unique cuisine at reduced prices, as the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) kicks off its sixth season of Guyana Restaurant Week (GRW).A total of 18 restaurants are participating in the event and patrons can purchase lunches for $2000 and dinners for $4000 or $5000.OMG Restaurant Manager Andrew James said he is excited to once again have his establishment be part of the event.“It is an excellent initiative and it is an event we feel helps to raise the standards of restaurants in Guyana. We have always seen an increase in patrons coming and we have always tried to do our best to give them quality,” James is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Organising Committee Member of Guyana Restaurant Week, Shaun McGrathSharing the same view, Director of Sales at the Marriott Hotel, Davie Sukdeo, said: “For us, we have had an amazing experience previously and that is why we chose this time to come on board again.”Participating for the first time, Owner of Café Bellvana, Nirvana Mahase, pointed out that the annual event will promote her new business to the public. “I think it is exciting, especially for us new restaurateurs; that we are able to come on board and receive publicity. We are glad we got the opportunity to be part of this event at such a young stage in our business ventures.”Guyana Restaurant Week’s Organising Committee Member, Shaun McGrath explained that participating businesses usually see an increase in traffic during the week.“The reality is when they participate they see the number of covers they are doing growing dramatically. And they actually see increased revenues over the 10 days than they would over a regular ten-day period.”Guyana Restaurant Week began in 2015 with 11 restaurants and numbers have grown annually. This year’s food fiesta will begin from June 22 to July 1.Restaurants participating include Ignite Bar (Pegasus Hotel), Grand Coastal Hotel, Cara Lodge, New Thriving Chinese Restaurant, Herdmanston Lodge, The Vintage, Aagman Restaurant, Antonio’s Grille, Bistro Café and Bar, and Cara Lodge to name a few.last_img read more