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SMC gives Doctor of Humanities to entrepreneur

first_imgJennifer Mathile Prikkel, former Saint Mary’s Board of Trustee member and alumna, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the College during the commencement ceremony Saturday. Prikkel is a partner at Mathile Family Enterprise, founder and president of Bridging Hope Farms and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mathile Family Foundation. She said she is thankful for her Saint Mary’s education because it has shaped her many successes. “My Saint Mary’s education has shaped all aspects of my life: my work, spiritual and family life,” Prikkel said. “My time at Saint Mary’s in the past and present isn’t something that goes away when you leave. It is ever-present in all I am and all I do.”  She said receiving this honorary degree means the world to her, because of the unique path that led to her time at Saint Mary’s. “In 1991, I was I was deferred and was asked to wait until the end of my third quarter grades before I would hear whether I was accepted to the College,” Prikkel said. “So, in the mean time I was going to do everything I could to put a good word in for myself. I made my parents drive me up one Friday and I met with the vice president of college admissions. I had a private meeting with her and insisted she accepted me to Saint Mary’s.” Prikkel said after graduating in ’95 with a degree in religious studies, Prikkel said she her education at Saint Mary’s nurtured her heart as well as her mind. Saint Mary’s taught me to trust in the gifts I was given and to use them to change the world,” Prikkel said. “I have tried to do that in all parts of my life.  I have especially tried to do that at Saint Mary’s because the College has given me so much.” She said receiving this honorary degree has taught her the meanings of ‘hard work’ and of ‘reward.’ “For someone who almost didn’t get accepted to someone who is now getting her doctorate from her beloved Saint Mary’s, I am not sure I can put words on what my heart feels every time I think about it,” Prikkel said. “In fact, if I think about it too much I might cry. I just hope I can make it through the hooding without slobbering all over President Mooney.”   Prikkel said Saint Mary’s “never forgets her own,” so, after she graduated she wanted to make sure she never forgot Saint Mary’s.  According to a College press release, Prikkel and her parents are significant benefactors to the College, supporting the campaign to build the Spes Unica Hall academic building and to renovate the Science Hall.  “I am a firm believer of ‘paying it forward’,” Prikkel said. “I stay connected and engaged with the College because Saint Mary’s has given me so much and has enriched my life. I want to help her in any way I can. I want Saint Mary’s to be around for the next generation of women.”  Prikkel said she is proud to support a college with such “pure intentions.” “Saint Mary’s wants the best for its students,” Prikkel said. “No place can be successful and stand strong without a strong foundation. That foundation of course comes from the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Still today the charism of the Sisters is alive because they laid a very good foundation for this College to stand upon.”  She said she is thankful because so many Saint Mary’s women have continued after their graduation from the College to work toward making the world a better place.  Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]last_img read more

Govt announces reduction in fuel from today

first_imgAs of today, there will be a reduction in prices for gas at the pumps, as the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) approval of the suspension of the Common External Tariff (CET) has led to a reduction in overall cost.This announcement was made on Sunday through a joint statement from the Finance Ministry and the Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil). The reduction will apply to wholesale and retail gas prices.“Starting February 4, 2019, Super 95 Gasoline will be wholesaled at $208.00 per litre or 27.44 per cent less, and Gasoil (LSD) at $207.00 per litre or 15.85 per cent less,” the statement said.“Simultaneously, retail customers will pay $218.00 per litre for Super 95 GasolineThe Guyana Oil Companyor 30.77 per cent less and $217.00 per litre for Gasoil (LSD) or 19.72 per cent less. These significant reductions are attributed to a decline in acquisition costs.”The statement reminded that Government had approached Caricom for the suspension of the Common External Tariff after the closure of Petroleum Trinidad (Petrotrin). Petrotrin was previously Guyana’s main fuel supplier.“Caricom’s subsequent approval would have also led to a reduction in acquisition costs. The Government, through The Guyana Oil Company, is therefore proud to cause these reductions to the benefit of all consumers.”The parliamentary Opposition has long called on Government, through GuyOil, to intervene in reducing gas prices. At a previous press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that there is fiscal space to make the adjustment with the tax regime to allow a reduction of gas prices for local consumers.Jagdeo had related that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, there was a system used in cases like these, where the taxes can be adjusted based on the movement up or down of the gas price so that the benefits would be passed onto the people.Given the mounting criticisms and the need for serious attention to be paid to the issue, the PPP/C General Secretary had said that “The Government through public pressure must adjust the rate at the pump. They have a lot of room. They have the fiscal space as well as the tax play to make that adjustment.”The former Guyanese Head of State had recalled when the prices for crude oil stood at about US$75 per barrel, lower than the US$120 high, before the rapid tumble a few years ago to about US$28.“We had argued that with the rapid tumble, the benefits should have been passed on to the Guyanese public, who would have seen lower prices at the pump and in their electricity bill. They never did that. And what happened was that they raked in billions in revenue; they collected over $25 billion at GPL alone.”He had told the media that with the crude prices at about US$75 a barrel and not US$120, there was definitely room to make significant adjustments to the price of fuel at the pump.Another point that has previously been raised by Jagdeo was the fact that under the PPP/C Government, GuyOil was used as a regulatory agency whereby the prices at the State-owned entity set precedence for other companies to follow.last_img read more

Froch v Groves: Live updates

first_imgHammersmith’s unbeaten challenger George Groves tonight attempts to become a world champion by dethroning Carl Froch in Manchester.For live updates from the big super-middleweight fight, follow @westlondonsport on Twitter.A report and post-fight reaction will appear here later.See also:Hearn predicts Groves will go on the attackRelaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himGroves stays cool at tense weigh-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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Report: Antonio Brown sent texts to Mark Davis asking Raiders to release him

first_imgAntonio Brown’s chances of recouping $29 million in contract guarantees from the Raiders via grievance weren’t helped by a report Sunday of texts he sent to owner Mark Davis before Oakland released him almost two months ago.The Raiders recently submitted proof in the grievance’s discovery phase showing Brown sent multiple texts to Davis asking to be released, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported. The Raiders released him on Sept. 7, triggering a memorable reaction by the mercurial wide receiver, …last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Can 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo do the toughest thing in football?

first_imgThe 49ers are battered and bruised as they head into a Week 12 matchup with the Green Bay Packers Sunday night. It’s the NFL — every team is … It’s commonly alleged that NFL quarterback is the most demanding job in football.It certainly must feel that way to Jimmy Garoppolo right now.The 49ers have asked plenty of Garoppolo as of late, as opposing defenses are daring him to beat them and being downright brazen about it.And even more might be coming his way in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Nature Topples ID Straw Man

first_imgIt’s easier to knock down a straw man than a strong man.  Maybe that explains the human tendency to fantasize about victory over one’s enemies.  In scientific journals, however, one would expect to deal in facts and to realistically portray adversarial positions.  Even better would be to let the adversary respond.  Nature, however, in its latest issue, did neither.  Matthew Bennett and Jeff Hasty mentioned intelligent design just enough to discredit it.1    The two scientists from the Department of Bioengineering and Institute for Nonlinear Science at the University of California in San Diego were reviewing an experiment in the same issue where a team of European geneticists “rewired” a genetic network to see what would happen.2  In other words, they made certain proteins interact that normally did not.  Fortunately for the E. coli subjects, they survived, and some even did better under artificial selection pressures.  It suggested “the possibility that organisms can evolve by changing the architecture of their genetic network,” though no new structures, functions or organelles emerged from the experiment.  What does this mean for the idea that cells are intelligently designed?  Bennett and Hasty said,This conclusion also flies in the face of the popular misconception among opponents of the evolutionary theory, who believe that the genetic code is irreducibly complex.  For instance, advocates of ‘intelligent design’ compare the genome to modern engineered machines such as integrated circuits and clocks, which will cease to function if their internal design is altered.  Although sometimes it is instructive to point to similarities between the design principles behind modern technology and those behind genetics, the analogy can only go so far.  Engineered devices are generally designed to work just above the point of failure, so that any tampering with their construction will result in catastrophe.  In the event of failure, new clocks can be purchased or central processing units replaced.  But nature does not have that option.  To survive – and so evolve – organisms must be able to tolerate random mutations, deletions and recombination events.  And Isalan and colleagues’ work provides an important step forward in quantifying just how robust the genetic code can be.Intelligent design literature does not claim that everything in biology, including the genetic code, is irreducibly complex.  ID scientists already know that mutations occur frequently yet organisms survive.  They claim that the genetic system contains complex specified information that could not have arisen by natural processes.  Irreducible complexity is reserved for molecular machines, like the flagellum, that cease to function when parts are removed.  The genome, everyone knows, survives in spite of mutations because of quality control mechanisms, backups and repair mechanisms that exhibit design.  In fact, they have noted that robustness against mutations is a good strategy that exhibits another level of design above just the information in the genetic code.1.  Matthew R. Bennett and Jeff Hasty, “Systems biology: Genome rewired,” Nature 452, 824-825 (17 April 2008) | doi:10.1038/452824a.2.  Isalan et al, “Evolvability and hierarchy in rewired bacterial gene networks,” Nature 452, 840-845 (17 April 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06847.Why doesn’t Nature ever let ID scientists speak for themselves?  Why do they rarely let an ID scientist respond to a claim made against them? (and when they do, only in highly edited fashion).  These scientists did not see anything evolve.  No new genetic information arose without their interference.  They did some artificial selection experiments under artificial conditions and watched the robust organisms survive.  Did any functional genetic information arise naturally?  No.  Did they show that the mutated organisms would survive better in the wild?  No.  This is not evolution; it is semi-intelligent tinkering with nature.    Bennett and Hasty hastened to another fallacy: the phrase “to survive – and so evolve” commits a non-sequitur.  You might survive a world war by the skin or your teeth, but you would be exactly the same individual as before, broken bones, scars and all.  Survival is not evolution.  Evolution requires generating novel genetic information that produces new structures, functions, organs and senses – like eyes, wings, sonar, and all the things that mammals have that E. coli did not.    Next time, Nature, let your adversaries define their own positions.  It’s interesting that critics of ID complain that it is not science because it is not testable – then they go and claim it has been tested and found false.  They can’t have it both ways.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The B Word

first_imgBy Michael GutterBudget. There, I said it; I am sure everyone is cringing now. This is a tough topic for families to discuss. Couples struggle at times to have formal conversations about money management. And we seldom want to discuss these issues with our children. Are we afraid of being judged? Are we concerned we will feel bad about our choices? Are we worried that we will stress out the children? Talking about money can be difficult, however, try to talk about money regularly and avoid being defensive.Get StartedEmail [email protected] to receive a copy of the Money Management CalendarOftentimes a question about money spent or the price of something desired is merely a request for information, although it may seem like an interrogation..One way to get started tracking expenses in a house is to take the initiative in your family. Be patient, start simply.  For example, you can use a sheet from the Money Management Calendar and place it on the fridge with a list of some of your expected expenses. Inevitably your spouse or partner will ask what it is all about.The calendar can be an easy visual tool to help you begin to get organized with your finances. It easy to use; you can find out more about calendar based budgeting here.Don’t AttackIf you want to be really proactive in prompting communication, you can estimate all of your households expenses but then put “?” by the items which are really your spouse or partner’s expenses. Ask if the amounts are correct and ask them to check. If this is a first time, it’s probably not helpful to look over their shoulder while they do this. Having discussions about finances with your loved one is a skill that develops with Do’s and Don’ts. It is important to try to avoid some hot button topics when talking about personal finance.  To learn more tips about  successful ways to tackle talking about finances, see our 9 Important Skills for Talking About Money webinar.Involve the KidsDepending on the age of your children, you may want to involve them in some decisions.. Younger kids should learn more about money concepts such as saving, borrowing, wants, and needs.  Older kids can learn some basic responsibilities for their own expenses before they finish high school and are managing their money for real! For more insights into Talking With Military Kids About Money webinar.For a copy of the IFAS Money Management Calendar, email [email protected] This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 7, 2013.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd table offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar

first_imgMan Utd table offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have launched a bid for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, it has been revealed.United are in the market for a new centre-back and have been linked with a number of defenders, including Roma’s Kostas Manolas.The Greek is available for £30million, and Manchester United are apparently keen, but according to TuttoMercatoWeb they have now turned their attention elsewhere.Skriniar, 23, is highly-rated, and it is believed Inter Milan would be prepared to part company with the defender should they receive a good price for him.United feel €60m is enough to get the deal done. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Steven Alzate withdrawn from Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has been withdrawn from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad for two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a new contract on Friday, came off in the 88th minute in the 3-0 win over Spurs yesterday. Alireza Jahanbakhsh is also out of Iran’s squad due to injury. last_img read more

Hurtigruten Picks Høglunds BiogasReady FGSS for Its Ships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hurtigruten Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has hired marine solutions company Høglund to deliver biogas-ready fuel-gas supply systems (FGSS) for six of its passenger ship retrofits.Under the deal, Høglund would work together with HB Hunte Engineering to design and engineer fully customised tank and FGSS solutions for each of the vessels, optimised to run on both liquified natural gas (LNG) and liquified biogas (LBG).Hurtigruten would use the FGSS solution in tandem with large battery packs onboard its vessels, replacing its older engines which run on marine gas oil.Høglund said that the project would mark the first time a large passenger vessel has been converted to run on liquified biogas – a fossil-free, renewable gas produced from organic waste.“We are tremendously excited to be involved in such a forward-looking project, which will undoubtedly set a new benchmark for low-carbon emissions in the rapidly evolving cruise sector,” Peter Morsbach, Director Projects, Høglund Gas Solutions, said.“We created an optimised tank design for the series of six vessels, combining state-of-the-art technology with an innovative shape including proven reliability and safety specifically designed for Hurtigruten’s fleet of ships,” Frerk Brand, Managing Director, HB Hunte, added.last_img read more