Professor offers advice in ‘Last Lecture’ series

first_imgThe Last Lecture series kicked off on Monday evening in Washington Hall with a talk by Maria McKenna, senior associate director of the Education, Schooling and Society minor. McKenna is also an associate professional specialist in the Department of Africana Studies. Sponsored by the academic affairs department of student government, the series asks student-nominated professors, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”McKenna said she prepared her lecture by thinking about what she would want to say if she were giving a final speech to her four children.“If the only people who were in this room were my four kids, what would I want them to know?” McKenna said.She then began her speech by reading off a list of quotes and advice from her family and friends whom she asked for help in preparing her lecture. Although the content of each piece of advice differed, McKenna said she found a common theme of “keeping it real” and staying honest to yourself and those around you. She said she realized the importance of this maxim from an early age and throughout the rest of her life.McKenna said she assumed an incredible amount of responsibility in her family at an early age and was afraid to communicate her fears and insecurities to her parents. Ultimately, she was able to find a way to be honest with them and find peace. Even still, McKenna said relationships and life in general are inevitably messy despite what the culture around us says.“The world we live in tells us we have to look put-together,” McKenna said.McKenna said she is able to find happiness in the messiness and imperfection in her life, whether they be a massive pile of dirty laundry or commitments to taking care of others.“The faster we come to realize things are messy, the sooner we will be happy,” McKenna said.According to McKenna, everyone has many identities in life — from roles as family members and friends to jobs and duties — but individuals must not compartmentalize everything they do and risk losing their integrity.“Don’t confuse what you do with who you are,” McKenna said.McKenna said relationships are essential to finding stability in life, citing the support of her husband. When she was plagued with anxiety and considering suicide, McKenna said her husband saved her from despair and made sure she recovered. She said the honesty in their relationship was the basis for everything they accomplished.“You can’t be afraid of telling the truth in relationships,” McKenna said.McKenna quoted former Notre Dame professor Carol McLeod, wife of former Notre Dame basketball coach John MacLeod, who said relationships are a “90/10 deal and not a 50/50 one” and in order to have a successful relationship, you have to be willing to be on both sides of the split.Concluding her lecture, McKenna said when she finally dies, she hopes that people will remember her integrity and her willingness to give her all in whatever she did. Tags: Academic Affairs, Education Schooling and Society, Last Lecture series, Maria McKenna, Professor Maria McKennalast_img read more

Navajo Generating Station purchase falls through

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Private equity company Middle River Power LLC is ending its bid to buy Navajo Generating Station, the biggest coal-fired power station west of the Mississippi River.The collapse of the deal deeply threatens the survival of the coal-fired power plant in Page, Ariz., which is slated to close at the end of 2019 unless a new buyer steps forward immediately.Middle River was “terminating its efforts with regard to the overall work” on buying the plant, spokesman Todd Fogarty told Bloomberg Environment Sept. 20. “Unfortunately, recent developments in California and Arizona will create additional challenges for baseload power plants, and it has not been possible to secure from counterparties commitments to purchase a sufficient amount of power generated from Navajo Generating Station to enable a workable operating paradigm,” the company said in an email to Bloomberg Environment.As such, Middle River Power and global investment firm Avenue Capital Group “have concluded that the steps required to facilitate our ownership and operation of the plant are no longer possible within the required timeframe and therefore we are terminating our efforts,” the company said.The plant has become a freighted political symbol, representing for some the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up the coal industry, and for others a dying business that can’t compete against cheaper natural gas and renewables.Another loser is Peabody Energy Corp., which owns the nearby Kayenta Mine. The mine supplies all the plant’s coal and has no other customers, because no rail spur connects the mine to the outside world.More: Private equity company ends bid to buy Navajo Generating Station Navajo Generating Station purchase falls throughlast_img read more

Cold Fusion receives cricket gear from overseas-based Guyanese

first_imgTHE recently formed Cold Fusion Cricket Club of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, was last Saturday the recipient of a quantity of cricket gear, compliments of New York-based Guyanese Shameer ‘Joey’ Sadloo, his son Ian, Steve Ragubeer and Freddie Madray. Cricket Zone and Millat Sporting Goods also contributed.Sadloo, a former Guyana Under-19 cricketer, who also represented Everest Cricket Club (ECC) at the domestic level, and is on holiday in Guyana, handed over the equipment to Budhnarine Persaud, president of Cold Fusion at a simple ceremony, held at his former club on Camp Road, Georgetown.Sports enthusiast and International Six dominoes captain Manniram Shew, also a prominent member of Everest, played an instrumental part in securing the gear from Sadloo, a long-time associate, and the others involved.Members of both the senior and youth teams of Cold Fusion as well as executive members of Everest were also attended the presentation.Following the presentation, former Guyana all-rounder and prominent East Bank Demerara cricket coach Claude St John, who played a big part in Sadloo’s success at the youth level, held a rap session with the youth players of Cold Fusion and this was well received by the youngsters.Included among the cricket equipment were elbow guards, wicket-keeping pads, hip guards, bat rubbers, wicket-keeping gloves, jack straps, batting gloves, helmets, cricket bats, gear bag and practice clothes.last_img read more

Captain Marvel: Sunil Chhetri on how India can fight Coronavirus pandemic

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ANIAdvertisement jfoq95NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vstuh7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8jmg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lqkWould you ever consider trying this?😱iya5Can your students do this? 🌚tlcxhRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ever since the novel Coronavirus pandemic had made its presence in India, several iconic sportspersons and celebrities have taken a step ahead to advise their fellow citizens on the necessary precautions and guidelines to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri is the newest stalwart from the sporting fraternity to join up on the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, who has teamed up with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a campaign named ‘BreakTheChain’, which aims to tackle further contamination of the virus in the population.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ANIAlong with Sunil Chhetri, the campaign also featured former Indian captain and legendary footballer Baichung Bhutia, Myanmar football team skipper Kyaw Zin Thet and Sun Wen, the vice president of Chinese Football Association (CFA) and one of the greatest players ever in women’s football. A total of more than 50 footballers and officials from Asia showed their support for the campaign.With the objective to “inspires hope and solidarity in these challenging times”, as stated by AFC, the ‘BreakTheChain’ was launched on Thursday and has outlined the basic guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments, and is urging the citizens to abide by them.Advertisement “Everyone is struggling in these challenging times,” Chhetri was quoted by IANS at the campaign in Kuala Lumpur today, “I must urge you to follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the best medical practices put in place by your local governments. It is our responsibility to do our part by maintaining our hygiene and if necessary, to stay at home.”India, which has already seen the number of confirmed cases crossing the 1000 mark, with 25 deaths, is currently under a 21-day lock down until 14th April.Advertisement Chhetri, 35, encouraged his fellow citizens to work as a team to curb the further spread of the virus in the country’s population.“Let’s work together – as a team – to break the chain and stop the spread of COVID-19. I stand with everyone in India and around the world to put these challenging times behind us and hope that we can all return to our normal lives soon,” the striker added.However, this is not the first time that the veteran footballer has reached out to the Indian public. Last week, Chhetri uploaded a video on his official Twitter handle, urging the citizens to remain in their homes to fight the virus outbreak. Check it out below-Also read-See which Indian cricketer ICC is hailing for his efforts against CoronavirusRead which Indian cricketer just donated Rs 52 Lahks for the fight against Coronvirus Advertisementlast_img read more

Ranney Robotics Club Competes in Top Tournament

first_imgTINTON FALLS – The Ranney School Robot­ics Club has been working hard all year to design, build and drill their robots for multiple competitions. All their hard work paid off recently when one of the Upper School robotics teams, led by Raymond Moser ’15 of Shrewsbury, had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, Calif., and compete in the VEX World Robotics Championship.Members of the Ranney School Robotics Club.More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers, coaches and industry leaders attended the event, representing 24 countries. Approxi­mately 700 teams competed at the middle school, high school and college level.  Simply qualifying for the championship meet meant that the Ranney team ranked in the top 9 percent of all teams worldwide.The event was streamed live and part of it was shown during the April 18 Ranney School Lower School Science Fair on the RSPA Panther Hall and Roberts Stage screen.“The experience was extre­me­ly valuable because we learned many different methods of improving our robot’s speed, size and agility for next year,” said Noel Delgado, dean of students, who attended the competition with robotics team coach Raymond Moser. “With a larger robotics space planned for next year, a 2013-2014 robotics class offering, as well as several supporting gifts from families, our team will be larger, more enthusiastic, better equipped and superbly prepared for next year’s tournament. Our goal is to bring two of our teams to next year’s world championship.”last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Keep Focus on Work Ethic

first_img“I chose Selkirk College because the strong programs and smaller class sizes,” says Iles, who will either take the Forest Technology Program or the Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program. “I also chose Selkirk College because I love living in the Kootenays and playing for a prestigious team like the Saints is an honour.”Iles is a two-way forward who is known for his ability to win faceoffs, but Heaven says it’s the overall style of play that made the Whistler native stand out.“He has an ability to get under the skin of his opponent while still contributing offensively,” says Heaven, who is heading into his third season as head coach. “His tenacious persistence will be a huge asset to our roster given his record of being a leader on every team over his junior career.”Harding is a six-foot defenceman who played Junior A last season with the Elliot Lake Wildcats in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).“Connor is an extremely hard working individual with a desire and commitment to physical fitness,” says Heaven. “He competes extremely hard, has a great first pass and plays with edge. Connor should bring another level of excitement to our defensive core.”Harding will enter the Business Administration Program when classes begin this coming September on the Castlegar Campus.“I decided to return to British Columbia and attend Selkirk College for the quality education and championship history of the program,” says Harding, who is originally from West Kelowna.After winning a historic four straight BCIHL championships, the Saints’ drive-for-five was stopped short this past spring when they were defeated in the league semi-final by the Trinity Western University Spartans. The 2017-2018 BCIHL season begins in September. A culture of hard work is what has contributed to the massive success for the Selkirk College Saints over the last few seasons and the team has added a pair of recruits that will help continue the trend.Grant Iles and Connor Harding have committed to play for the Saints in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, both arriving with a proven record of tenacity and grit during their junior hockey careers.“There are not very many nights over the course of the season where our team gets out-worked,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “Both of these players have shown that they will fit in very well because of their commitment to compete hard every shift.”Iles arrives to Selkirk College after finishing his junior eligibility with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The 20-year-old forward scored 14 goals and added 18 assists while playing under former Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.last_img read more

Nelson Legion supports Granite Pointe hosting of BC Juvenile Golf Championship

first_imgGranite Pointe at Nelson is hosting the top young players in the BC as the Rosemont Course plays host to the BC Juvenile Golf Championship August 15-18. To help with the cost of the tournament, Nelson Legion generously made a $1,000 to the organizing committee. Making the presentation was Royal Canadian Legion Nelson Branch President Bill Andreaschuk to Granite Pointe Club President Barry Auliffe and Granite Pointe GM/Pro David Belling.last_img