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Students consider accessibility of campus buildings

first_imgBenjamin Bowman, director of facilities, said all buildings on Saint Mary’s campus are handicap and wheelchair accessible.The College, which was founded in 1844, by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, has several historic buildings, including Le Mans Hall and Holy Cross Hall. “With buildings dating back to 1903, meeting today’s ADA standards are an ongoing challenge,” Bowman said. “Current ADA standards are designed into all new construction and major building renovations.”Senior Bridget Dedelow has cerebral palsy and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that provides her with academic accommodations, but in terms of housing, she said she has done room selection with all the rest of the student body. Her first year at Saint Mary’s, Dedelow said she was in a room in McCandless Hall with a full bathroom. She now lives in LeMans Hall and said the Office of Residence Life and Community Standards has been helpful, but she doesn’t get special privileges.“I chose Saint Mary’s because of the campus size, but it was one of the schools I didn’t visit.”When Dedelow went on visits at state schools, she said those campus were difficult to navigate. Despite Saint Mary’s small campus, Dedelow said there are ways Saint Mary’s could improve the experience of a student with a physical disability. While handicapped parking spots are available near the Cushwa-Leighton Library, these spots are not for student use. Dedelow said she received a ticket when she parked outside of the library.South Bend’s winter weather also creates challenges for students with disabilities on Saint Mary’s campus, Dedelow said. “I can pretty much maneuver on my own, it’s more like getting around campus, especially in the winter,” she said. “Even though I have adequate balance, the slippery sidewalks can be difficult.”Dedelow said she thinks it’s important for there to be more open dialogue about disability on the College campus.“I wish I would have advocated more for disability services and support, physically and mentally,” she said. “Sometime you just need to talk to someone because you’re tired of being of disabled. It’s odd to say, but … it takes a mental and physical toll on your body.”Angela Athletic Facility and Wellness Center, scheduled to open fall 2017, will be more accessible for students and visitors in wheelchairs, Bowman said.“The new Angela building will meet all current ADA codes,” Bowman said. “There will be ramps at both the north and south entrances. Within the building, there will be an elevator and proper restroom facilities to accommodate ADA needs.”Bowman said the College continues to budget capital dollars toward site improvements for accommodating ADA requirements related to sidewalks and roadways.Tags: accessibility, disability, SMClast_img read more

Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ Triumphs at the Oscars!

first_img Idina Menzel View Comments The win means that Robert Lopez is the twelfth member to join the exclusive EGOT club. His Oscar will sit next to his two Daytime Emmy Awards (for Wonder Pets in 2008 and 2010), his Grammy (for The Book of Mormon cast album) and three Tony Awards (for Avenue Q in 2004 and The Book of Mormon in 2011). Now, because there’s no way hearing Menzel kill this song once tonight will do (wasn’t she incredible on the telecast?!) it’s time to click on the track for the gazillionth time! Well, now we know! Tony winner Idina Menzel is OFFICIALLY the Queen! Frozen’s “Let It Go” has won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Song. Written by Book of Mormon scribe Bobby Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and performed in the film by Menzel, the song beat out tough competition, including U2’s “Ordinary Love” from the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Star Fileslast_img read more

Second Star to the Right! Allison Williams Is Ready to Fly in Peter Pan Live!

first_imgIs it December 4 yet? We can’t wait to see (and of course, live-Tweet) Peter Pan Live!, and producer Neil Meron has posted another gorgeous promo shot of Girls star Allison Williams as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Williams is teaming up with Christopher Walken, Christian Borle, Kelli O’Hara, Taylor Louderman and newcomer Alanna Saunders to bring Never Neverland to the small screen. Check out this Hot Shot of Williams as Peter Pan, then catch the live telecast this winter! View Commentslast_img read more

Primed for pruning

first_imgThere are three main reasons to prune. “One is to reclaim a space that’s overgrown,” Westerfield said. “Another is to remove dead wood, and a third is to invigorate growth and reshape a plant.”Knowing how to prune is just as important as knowing what to prune. “Avoid shearing or hedging plants,” he said. “That will cause a heavy canopy to develop on the top of the plant and restrict new growth from inside the plant.”The best method is to carefully select whole branches to remove that will reshape the plant to the form you want. “Always make your cut just outside the branch collar of … a main branch or just behind a bud,” Westerfield said.One way to reclaim severely overgrown plants is called rejuvenation or renewal pruning. This requires cutting the main stems back to about 8 inches above the ground.”The best time to do this is when plants are dormant between now and the end of February,” Westerfield said. “This works for many varieties of plants.”However, don’t do this to conifers or boxwoods, he said, or to plants you want to bloom this season.Improper pruning can lead to problems. “Making pruning cuts incorrectly often leaves stubs that tend to become wet and decay, attracting harmful pests,” Westerfield said. “Be sure to use quality, razor-sharp hand pruners to make clean cuts and prevent fraying branches.”Get quality tools “Wait to prune early spring bloomers like forsythia, dogwood or azaleas after their blooms fade,” he said. “Pruning now will cut off the buds that have formed on the tips of the branches and you’ll lose your spring blooms.”Later-blooming plants can be pruned now through the end of February. These include summer-blooming crape myrtles, butterfly bushes, gardenias and plants that aren’t known for their flowering, such as hollies and other evergreens.Why and how to prune By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWinter doesn’t offer a total break from garden chores. Now is a prime time to prune plants, but only if you need to, University of Georgia experts say.”Not everything needs to be pruned,” said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist.When to prunecenter_img Don’t cut corners when buying pruning equipment. “Buy quality equipment, with replaceable parts,” Westerfield said. “Be sure to maintain it by keeping it sharp, clean and oiled.”For more information on what plants to prune and how to do it, get the free UGA Extension publication, “Basic Principles of Pruning Woody Ornamentals.”Get the publication online at or from your county UGA Extension office. You can find the office nearest you at . Or just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

How John Stamos Helped Me Prepare for ‘Masked Singer’

first_img“I’m going to miss that my dressing room door said SM [for Squiggle monster] and SM was all over everything. So, take that for what you will,” he explained. “They give you this sweatshirt that says, ‘Don’t Talk to Me,’ and an N95 mask and shield. It really is so top secret.”Saget added, “Also, I think a lot of the fans knew [who I was] because I do a lot of singing in my comedy shows. So, a lot of fans did recognize me. I’m doing a drive-in show coming up, and I think I’m going to add in all my Masked Singer songs, maybe ‘Satisfaction.’”Bob Saget as The Squiggly Monster on The Masked Singer Bob Saget Shares How John Stamos Helped Him Prepare for The Masked SingerBob Saget as The Squiggly Monster on ‘The Masked Singer’ on November 4, 2020. Michael Becker/FOXThe one thing that Saget won’t miss is his experience being in his Squiggle Monster costume. He said that the head is “way heavier” than he anticipated and that there was an abundance of foam inside, which made it “hot and hard to sing” and his “allergies were all over the place” during his time on the show.- Advertisement – Saget continued, “I got every song you play with a pop-rock band, [which is] my comfort zone. I had voice constraints on ‘Satisfaction.’ The helmet [in my costume] was choking me during that one! There was a dancer that popped up that wasn’t supposed to be there, so I turned and lost my voice because of construction. So, I sounded a little rough!”Saget and Stamos, 57, costarred on Full House together as Danny Tanner and Jesse Katsopolis, respectively, from 1987 to 1995. The pair later reprised their roles on the sitcom’s spinoff series, Fuller House, which streamed on Netflix from 2016 to 2020.Bob Saget Shares How John Stamos Helped Him Prepare for The Masked SingerBob Saget, John Stamos and David Coulier on ‘Full House’ in 1989 Lorimar/Warner Bros/Kobal/ShutterstockOn Wednesday, Saget was eliminated from The Masked Singer and was revealed to be the Squiggle Monster. The former America’s Funniest Home Videos host told Us what he will cherish most from his time on the show as the Squiggle Monster.- Advertisement – Getting by with a little help from his friends! Bob Saget revealed how his friendship with his Full House costar John Stamos helped him prepare for The Masked Singer.“John and I have been in a band since Full House and both of those songs [I performed on the show] I sang with John Stamos. Usually, it’s just a few guys jamming, but we love performing and then I love to hog the mic for four hours,” the comedian, 64, told Us Weekly exclusively on Wednesday, November 4, following his elimination from the Fox reality series. “So, John has really set me up for success.”John Stamos and Bob Saget in 2016 Bob Saget Shares How John Stamos Helped Him Prepare for The Masked SingerJohn Stamos and Bob Saget at Open Road Presents the World Premiere of “Mother’s Day” at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on April 13, 2016. Steve Cohn/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – “It was so hot, they had to add a ton of ice packs to it to keep me cool enough to perform,” he shared.Leading up to the big reveal, fans were left several clues that indicated Saget may have been the Squiggle Monster. In the character’s clues package, he called himself the “hyperactive voice of the people,” which fits his past narrating on How I Met Your Mother and hosting AFHV. Many of the hints also appeared to honor his Full House ties, including a DJ for his TV character’s daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure).The Masked Singer airs on Fox Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.With reporting by Travis CroninListen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement –last_img read more

Regulatory issues limit Indonesia’s role in global pharma value chain: Think tank

first_imgTopics : With the world racing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia may miss an opportunity to increase its role in the global value chain of the pharmaceutical industry because of regulatory issues, a think tank has said.According to the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) highlighted, the lack of government enforcement on the mandatory local content for pharmaceutical products, as stipulated in Industry Ministerial Regulation no. 16/2020, has done little to spur the growth of the pharmaceutical industry.“The problem with this kind of forced localization is that it does not actually encourage development in the industry,” Andree Surianta, associate researcher at CIPS, said on Thursday. COVID-19 has severely disrupted global supply chains. The World Trade Organization has estimated that global trade will fall 18.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in this year’s second quarter. The pandemic has also made some companies question their heavy reliance on China.The United States market, for one, sourced 13 percent of its active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from China as of August 2019, according to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).Meanwhile, as the Indonesian pharmaceutical industry currently sources 90 percent of its production input from overseas, the Jokowi administration is also trying to spur the production of local substitutes to reduce the country’s dependence on imported raw materials.In May 2020, the country’s exported pharmaceutical product was valued at US$44.7 million while imported pharmaceutical products were worth $94.8 million.DBS, Southeast Asia’s largest bank, previously said that Indonesia would benefit from the diversification of the global supply chain, as multinational companies are looking into ways to reduce their reliance on China to manufacture their supplies.During a virtual media briefing on Monday, DBS group head of global transaction services John Laurens explained that the shift in major supply chains to ASEAN countries would be part of the “new normal” for businesses.“Diversification will continue and markets like Vietnam, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia will benefit from that diversification,” Laurens said.The lack of supporting regulations has not only hindered the industry’s growth but also Indonesia’s progress in improving its ease of doing business, which has stagnated at 73rd position in the World Bank’s ranking for the past two years.Siswo Pramono, head of the policy analysis and development agency at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said on Thursday that he projected Indonesia’s ease of doing business to improve in the next five years.“You can see the steps taken in the last 10 years; we jumped from 129th to 73rd rank,” said Siswo, adding that Indonesia’s attractiveness would be propelled by its market size and political stability.center_img Meanwhile, the government’s incentives, like a tax reduction of up to 300 percent for pharmaceutical firms’ spending on research and development, also did not align with the trend in the global pharma value chain, Andree added.Some pharmaceutical firms are outsourcing their research and manufacturing process to third parties, which means that the tax reduction might be misguided.“This is a good initiative. However, this seems to have a traditional, integrated pharma [supply chain] model in mind,” Andree said.CIPS is of the view that the Indonesian pharmaceutical industry has the potential to take advantage of slowing manufacturing activities in China because of restrictions during the pandemic.last_img read more

Statutory rape suspect falls

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with statutory rape, a man was arrested in Barangay Barangay Payao, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the municipal police station. Officers of the Binalbagan municipal police station served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City dated July 1, 2020. The 37-year-old Alfie Gregorio was caught around 10:30 a.m. on July 8, a police report showed. The court recommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

Kelly withdraws from Ireland squad

first_img The Reading defender asked for permission not to join up with Giovanni Trapattoni’s 23-man party for family reasons. A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: “Stephen Kelly has withdrawn from the Ireland squad to face Sweden this Friday for family reasons. “He has been in touch with the manager, who has given Stephen permission to stay at home on this occasion.” The players were due to meet up at the Portmarnock base on Sunday before beginning preparations in Malahide on Monday morning. Trapattoni had earlier been hit by a series of withdrawals through injury with Aiden McGeady, Sean St Ledger and Joey O’Brien all unfit for the Sweden game and the trip to Austria four days later. Stephen Kelly has withdrawn from the Ireland squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodgers not worried about burnout

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident fatigue will not hamper their bid for a top-four place despite an arduous season so far. Liverpool are the form team of 2015, having not lost in the league since mid-December, when they were 10th and seven points off fourth, in a run which has seen them take 30 points from a possible 36. They are now only seven points off second place but Rodgers knows with Manchester United – whom they play next weekend – to catch and Tottenham and Southampton chasing them there is still plenty of work to do. “I think it’s going to be very tight, of course,” he said. “We’ve rejoined the race for that in the last three months and everything counts in the games. “We just need to ensure we continue to be aggressive in our game and give everything that we have between now and the end of the season. “The points total is all very close and very tight but we just have to continue playing and working as hard as we have done. “If you’re a team that wants to do well, you have to be able to have that character, resolve and mentality to win away from home. “We’ve got great counter-attack speed when the space does open up and we’ve got technically-gifted players who can play in the spaces. “We’re in a good moment, but we respect it’ll be a very difficult game at Swansea.” European commitments and a run to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup, in addition to their continued involvement in the FA Cup, means the Reds have played 46 matches this season. That is already three more than in the whole of the previous campaign, which saw them fall agonisingly short of winning the Premier League. Such a toll manifested itself in a sluggish performance last weekend in a goalless FA Cup quarter-final at home to Blackburn – their third match in six days including an early-morning return from Turkey. However, with an eight-day break, during which the players were given some much-needed time off, Rodgers believes they will be firing on all cylinders on his return to former club Swansea on Monday. “Our last performance against Blackburn was at the end of a real tough period of games,” said the manager. “I’ve seen all the numbers and all the statistics on it and, physically, it was the lowest we have been for this season. “Now we’re re-energised and refreshed mentally and physically. “We go into a run of games now, starting with Swansea, and we feel we can go in and push on in terms of our level of performance again. We know it will be tough. “It’s that period of the season where you taper your training. You don’t need to be as long in your training and preparation as the players have got a real good level of fitness, so it’s more explosive and more intensive, but in shorter blocks. “The players have been brilliant this week. They’re looking really sharp, looking really confident and we just want to continue with our sequence of performances and good results.” last_img read more

Neuer returns to Bayern Munich after 8 months out

first_imgBerlin, May 18: Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Friday prepared for a match after missing eight months due to a foot injury that took him much longer to recover from than expected.Neuer’s return was announced by the Bavarians on the eve of the club’s German Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt, scheduled for Saturday, reports Efe. During the week, Neuer managed to complete a full practice regimen with Bayern for the first time since his injury.However, it is likely that Neuer will stay on the bench on Saturday while teammate Sven Ullreich starts as goalkeeper for Bayern. His injury caused concern in Germany ahead of the World Cup.Germany’s national team coach Joachim Low included Neuer in his provisional call, which includes another four keepers.He is to decide in the coming weeks whether Neuer will travel to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.Neuer won the 2014 World Cup with Germany and is considered by some pundits to be among the best goalkeepers to ever play. IANSlast_img read more

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