Saint Mary’s to host Meet Me at the Avenue Sunday

first_imgSaint Mary’s will be hosting its annual Meet Me at the Avenue event for students admitted to the Class of 2022 students Sunday.Campus visit coordinator Bekah Stanton said in an email that the event aims to experience Saint Mary’s as a potential student.“It’s intended to give accepted students an opportunity to meet other members of their class, learn more about the College and discover if Saint Mary’s is the place they’re going to call home,” she said.Stanton said they are expecting about 250 students, and 650 guests including family members.The event opens with several talks, for both students and parents together and separate, Stanton said.“The day will begin with remarks by various individuals, including Saint Mary’s College President, Jan Cervelli,” Stanton said. “Following that, the students will branch off to a segment in the residence halls while the parents will remain in the auditorium and hear from current students and their parents on a panel. The entire group will also have the opportunity to hear from a recent alumna about her experience at Saint Mary’s.”Attendees will then have the opportunity to explore campus, she said.“Prospective students and their families will then experience lunch in the dining hall, participate in campus tours and take part in an open house,” Stanton said. “Faculty from each department and club leaders are some of the individuals who will be present during this time. Following this, we offer students and their families the option to go to Mass in the Church of Loretto.”There will also be new events added to the schedule, including showcasing the renovated Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex, she said.“The open house location has changed to the new Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex this year,” Stanton said. “This will allow us to showcase our amazing new space. Because Angela [Athletic & Wellness Complex] is also being dedicated this weekend, we’ve invited students to participate in various activities within the dedication celebration, including workout classes and panel discussions.”She also said admissions is introducing a session for Spanish-speaking families, aimed to help ease their transition into college.“New this year, we will also be hosting a College 101 for ‘Spanish Speaking Families,’” Stanton said. “This will involve a question and answer session with representatives from the office of admission, financial aid and multicultural services, all of whom speak Spanish fluently. It will also include a current parent and current students who will provide examples of what helped them through their first-year transition.”Stanton said Meet Me at the Avenue allows prospective students to get any last-minute questions they may have answered.“Whether their questions pertain to a specific major, about college requirements, or about life on campus, there will be individuals present to answer all,” she said.Stanton said she believes this event is an important opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus.“This is a great way for students to get on campus, meet their potential classmates and discover if they picture themselves at Saint Mary’s,” she said. “We also have a beautiful campus, and I think it’s important for students to visit and see this beauty firsthand. Prospective students are also able to interact with many of our current students during the event, giving them a good indication of the types of great women we have here.”Tags: angela athletic and wellness complex, Class of 2022, Meet Me at the Avenue, Saint Mary’s Admissionslast_img read more

Grappling with bureaucracy, new ministers struggle to spend money fast enough: Sri Mulyani

first_img“When COVID-19 hit, the original budget funds needed to be shifted, some of the spending needed to be cut, some of it reprioritized, and then the new money came in for the new priorities. These are all different challenges that they need to manage while we are all working from home,” she added.She estimated that Indonesia’s economic growth would be around zero percent this year as economic activity might start to normalize by September. The government is pinning its hopes on the Rp 695.2 trillion (US$46.6 billion) it has allocated to finance the country’s fight against the pandemic’s impact on the health system and the economy. However, disbursement of the stimulus funds has been slow. Only around 21 percent or Rp 151 trillion of the allocation has been spent so far. “President [Joko] Jokowi [Widodo] has asked to pour out the money through the economy, but pouring it out isn’t like flushing it down the toilet […]; somebody is going to audit you,” Sri Mulyani said.  The government is in a race against the clock to deliver funds to the public to cushion the impacts of the pandemic, but for new ministers the bureaucracy is making budget disbursement challenging, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.The state budget had changed “dramatically” in the face of the pandemic, with some budget items being shifted, others cut and allocations reprioritized to best address the shocks the pandemic posed for the country’s healthcare system, economy and social welfare, which the new ministers had to adapt to, she said. “Some of the ministers are new. I thought all of the ministers were like me, who knows the bureaucracy, the policies, the budget documents. But, no, […] they even never worked in the government before,” Sri Mulyani said on Wednesday during The Jakarta Post’s webinar Jakpost Up Close: Reimagining the future of Indonesia’s economy.  Topics :center_img Read also: Pandemic an opportunity for reforms in Indonesia: Sri MulyaniThe minister went on to explain that data and detailed policy implementation were crucial to enable spending accountability.“The President is asking, this is the time that you [the ministers] have to look on the very details, really working on micro-details on what you need to do in the current situation,” the former managing director of the World Bank said.“The good side is that, actually, with this intensity of video conference discussions, we can virtually work 24 hours a day, every hour back-to-back. Basically, we are just working like crazy at this moment,” she noted.last_img read more

Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

first_imgNew Zealand Doctor 18 May 2020Family First Comment: More health harms from the drug“The potential for adverse effects on respiratory health from smoking cannabis has had much less attention than the social and mental health effects. We believe policies around the liberalisation of cannabis should consider the potential impacts on the lungs… there is sufficient evidence that cannabis causes respiratory symptoms and has the potential to damage both the airways and the lungs… Many people smoke both cannabis and tobacco and are likely to get the worst of both substances.”Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease –sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users.These are the key findings from a review of research on the effects of smoking cannabis on the lungs undertaken by respiratory specialists, Professor Bob Hancox, from the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and Dr Kathryn Gracie, from Waikato Hospital’s Respiratory Department.Cannabis is the second-most commonly smoked substance after tobacco and the most widely-used illicit drug world-wide. Although cannabis remains illegal in most countries, many countries – like New Zealand – are considering decriminalising or legalising its use.Professor Hancox explains that much of the debate about legalising cannabis appears to revolve around the social and mental health effects. Both he and Dr Gracie believe policies around the liberalisation of cannabis should consider the wider health effects of smoking cannabis.“The potential for adverse effects on respiratory health from smoking cannabis has had much less attention than the social and mental health effects,” Professor Hancox says.READ MORE: read more