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first_imgDuring its first appearance in the national competition, the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir earned second place in the American Prize in Choral Performance competition in the college and university division in October. The contest recognized the College choir as one of nine finalists for the award. Conductor Dr. Nancy Menk said her group set a precedent for an all-women’s choir placing near the top at the competition. “We were the first women’s choir to place in the top three,” Menk said.  “That was an honor.” Menk is a professor of music, director of choral activities and the Mary Lou Judd Leighton Chair in Music at the College. She also serves as conductor and music director of the South Bend Chamber Singers, which also competed for the American Prize and placed among the top eight finalists in the community division. “I am proud of both choirs,” she said. Founded in 2009, the American Prize honors outstanding choirs that submit recordings to be reviewed.  There are six categories: professional chorus, college or university level chorus, community or faith-based chorus, secondary school chorus, youth chorus and children’s chorus.  The Women’s Choir, currently comprised of approximately 45 students, has performed across the country as well as internationally and recorded four CDs.  For the competition, the Women’s Choir submitted a CD entitled “Anima mea,” Latin for “My soul.”  The CD includes a number of relatively current, 20th– and 21st-century songs. Senior Ashley Stopczynski credited much of the group’s success to Menk. “Dr. Menk ensures that we get a well-rounded choral experience by including upbeat, slower and different styles of music,” said Stopczynski. Stopczynski said its “Anima mea” CD is a testament to the choir’s talent, an excellent tool for sharing that talent with others.  “Dr. Menk makes it a point to give a good example of women’s choral music to younger singers,” Stopczynski said.  Menk and Stopczynski both said being an all-female choir did not give them any kind of edge in this competition. “A good choir is a good choir,” Menk said. Stopczynski agreed, but she said the group is still unique. “I actually don’t think women choirs get enough recognition for the beauty of the sound,” she said. “However, being the only female group to win is an amazing experience. … It’s wonderful to be recognized for the work we put into our music.”last_img read more

first_imgArcata >> Before each game, a small number of Humboldt Crabs pitchers look at the lineup card and conduct a quick fantasy baseball draft, with the goal of winning the day’s competition against their fellow hurlers.In Sunday’s series finale against the Walnut Creek Crawdads, there weren’t many fantasy points being scored no matter where you looked on the lineup.The Crabs’ season-high 10-game winning streak came to an end against the Crawdads in a 5-1 loss, as Humboldt’s red-hot offense had a …last_img read more

first_img26 February 2013Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech should send a signal to the world that South Africa is a stable and growing economy, while also giving information on how the country’s infrastructure projects will be funded, says the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci).Gordhan will deliver his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town at 2pm on Wednesday.Infrastructure fundingSacci chief executive officer Neren Rau said on Friday that the Budget should adopt a pragmatic approach towards the management of South Africa’s public finances – and provide information on how the 18 major strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs) identified by the government last year will be funded.The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) has launched the intergovernmental forums of the 18 SIPs.The massive state-led infrastructure programme aims to turn the country into a construction site. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said last week that the programme already provides jobs to more than 150 000 people across the country.Rau said business also hoped that Gordhan would give details on the funding of the National Health Insurance (NHI), which will be rolled out from this year, as well as speak to the implementation of the youth employment incentive scheme.In his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma spoke of a study into taxation that was being undertaken by the National Treasury. Rau said Gordhan should expand on this.The issue of under-spending, overspending and misspending by government departments and municipalities should also be addressed, Rau added.‘Difficult balancing act’In its commentary ahead of the Budget, Nedbank said Gordhan faced the difficult task of keeping the country’s public finances on a sustainable path in an environment of faltering economic growth coupled with growing social spending demands.“The National Budget offers the opportunity to set a clear path to deficit reduction through a sustainable combination of realistic revenue and expenditure proposals,” the bank said.In October last year, National Treasury indicated that the country’s budget deficit was expected to widen from 4.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011/12 to 4.8% in 2012/13 before falling to 4.5% in 2013/14 and narrowing to 3.1% by 2015/16.The focus of the Budget was likely to remain on spending on social and economic infrastructure, the bank said.“The aim [would be on] lifting the constraints of economic growth, reducing unemployment and improving the country’s competitiveness in line with the National Development Plan.”The National Development Plan (NDP) is a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.According to Nedbank, personal income tax relief would be limited in this year’s Budget, with lower- to middle-income earners likely to receive the bulk of the relief. Additionally, company tax relief was likely to be limited, with the company tax rate expected to remain unchanged at 28%.Broadening the country’s tax baseRau said that business would like Gordhan to engage stakeholders on strategies to broaden the country’s tax base so as to reduce dependence on a relatively small number of taxpayers, given the call for levies to be placed on high-income earners.Meanwhile, the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) said that the Budget Speech was likely to show the strains of maintaining a balance between a sound fiscus and developmental needs.Chairperson of the national tax and Sars stakeholders committees at the SAIPA, Ettiene Retief, said that former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and the current minister had shown “great skill” in keeping the country on a sound financial footing while creating a developmental state.“But this balancing act is becoming harder to maintain with each budget. We have too few taxpayers supporting too many grant recipients,” he said, adding that this was unsustainable.“The answer, as the minister has repeatedly noted, is to increase the tax base by growing the economy and expanding the tax base. It is thus imperative that the Budget focuses on enabling job creation,” Retief said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgFollowing its success last year, First Things First aims to test even more students this year. The 2017 campaign was launched in the Western Cape last month.Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia (right, alongside HEAIDS Youth Co-ordinator, Zandile Mqwathi) says the objective of the ongoing First Things First campaign is to reduce the number of new HIV and TB infections in South Africa’s higher education institutions. (Image: Bokamoso for Heaids, via Facebook)Mathiba MolefeMore than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa were tested for HIV through the First Things First campaign in 2016. The aim is to reach even more students this year.The 2017 First Things First campaign was launched by Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana at Boland College in the Western Cape on 25 April. The objective of the campaign is to promote sexual health among students at South Africa’s tertiary education institutions.Now in its seventh year, First Things First, created by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS), has tested almost 500,000 students for HIV, as well as screened the students for tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).“The future prosperity of our country depends on the students in our higher education institutions. They are our future leaders. It is critical that we equip them with the knowledge and skills to remain HIV-negative and healthy,” said Manana.“First Things First has enjoyed great success in this area and I am pleased to be launching its 2017 campaign.”To spread its influence and reach as many students as possible, the campaign, together with the government, has expanded to include students in the Western Cape.HEAIDS director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia said that in 2016 alone, it tested and offered counselling to more than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa.It aimed to improve on last year’s numbers and get even more students on the path to healthy living.“Our vision is to have zero new HIV and TB infections in our higher education institutions,” Ahluwalia explained. “First Things First forms a key part of that vision.”The launch highlighted the importance of extending testing services to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges. “TVET colleges often lack adequate facilities and resources for testing and counselling students,” Ahluwalia said.Even when you trust your partner, always #Condomise to fully enjoy the experience without the worry. #SafeSex pic.twitter.com/Vj96vf9PXF— Bokamoso for HEAIDS (@HEAIDS) March 27, 2017First Things FirstIn addition to HIV, STI and TB testing services, First Things First offers screening, treatment and support for a wide range of general health issues including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular health and cancer.It provides family planning, dual contraception, reproductive and maternal health services to students to help improve their health and make them more aware of the importance of staying healthy and looking after themselves.“The First Things First programme reminds us that we have one responsibility above all others — to look after ourselves,” said Manana.Ahluwalia pointed out that “a holistic approach to HIV prevention is far more effective than addressing any single factor alone.“This is why we are committed to reaching all 2-million young people in our higher education institutions with First Things First.“The higher education and training sector is in a unique position to lead a movement against HIV and to create champions who can carry the message into their communities. Together, we can defeat the HIV pandemic,” Ahluwalia said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillWhat should Personal Financial Management Program staff know about adoption to assist service members?When considering adoption, families must take into consideration the various expenses and requirements involved. These can seem even more daunting for military families who face permanent change of station (PCS) moves every few years. The Internal Revenue Service offers a nonrefundable tax credit for qualified adoption expenses up to a limit of $12,970 for each effort to adopt an eligible child (2013 figure). Nonrefundable means that if your tax bill is less than the amount of the credit, you will not get any additional money back from the IRS.The credit amount is lowered by any qualified expenses taken for the same adoption in a previous tax year. This credit or exclusion can be used for expenses involved for each attempt at adopting. For military families, there is an additional reimbursement up to $2,000 per child or up to $5,000 per year for qualifying expenses for adoptions arranged by qualified adoption agencies. However, these benefits are not paid until the adoption is complete. For more information about the DoD Adoption Reimbursement Program, see the website of the National Military Family Association.To qualify, service members must be serving on continuous active duty for at least 180 days and the adoption must be finalized while they are on active duty. In addition, the claim must be submitted while on active duty and within one year of the date that the adoption was finalized. Complete policies and procedures can be found in DOD Instruction 1341.9. To file a claim, the service member needs to complete DD Form 2675 along with supporting documents to be submitted to their installation personnel office.Another challenge facing military families is leave policy. Although military service members are not eligible to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, they have another option. Service members are eligible to take up to 21 days of nonchargeable leave in conjunction with the adoption of a child. This allows a service member time to help the child adjust to his/her new surroundings. However, if both parents are in the military, only one can take adoption leave.Finally, military families can check with their legal assistance office for advice on adoption proceedings even though they cannot provide representation. For information on the costs involved in adopting, check the Child Welfare Information Gateway.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts here. Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on April 1, 2013.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding University of the Philippines needed just one point to extend the match to a fourth set and take a crack at sending it to a fifth, but the Lady Maroons didn’t have their fate in their hands.It was La Salle’s possession and young Michelle Cobb made her way to the service line with one simple instruction in mind—just get it over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Spikers were up 2-0 in sets, but trailed UP 24-23 in the third set, and it was up to Cobb to send the Lady Maroons back to Diliman.Pressure mounted on the 18-year-old Cobb because she knew that one slip would allow UP a chance for the victory, but with Ramil De Jesus putting his trust on her the setter knew she would deliver. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum “Actually I can’t breath during that time, but all I thought about was coach Ramil telling me to just get the ball over and just trust myself,” said Cobb in Filipino. “He told me that my heart and my mind should dominate the situation.”The charming setter breathed a low sigh, then let go of her first serve with the ball landing square in UP’s porous defense.Cobb’s fifth service ace of the match tied the set at 24-24, now La Salle just has to score two more points to secure the victory.“I just composed myself and I told myself to go for it one at a time,” said Cobb who was well aware of the noise that enveloped the arena. “I just held on to the trust coach Ramil and my teammates gave me and I don’t want to waste it.”And as the bipartisan crowd exchanged cheers and jeers, Cobb once again composed herself and would score her sixth and seventh service aces giving La Salle the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.ADVERTISEMENT It was at that moment, when UP failed to return her final serve that Cobb knew she did her job and give La Salle a 2-0 record to tie National University atop the standings.“My teammates and I all wanted to finish the game in three sets and coach was always telling me that we should work hard for each point,” said Cobb who finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets.And even though Cobb finally had her own moment in the limelight, the comparisons to the iconic Kim Fajardo still won’t go away.Cobb, however, made it a point that she won’t compare herself to Fajardo, a three-time UAAP Best Setter, and that she would make a name for herself through her own style and achievements.“I’m not thinking of those comparisons, I have my own thing,” said Cobb who became Fajardo’s teammate in her first year. “I want to prove that I am my own player, I have my own style, I have my own skills on the way I play.”Cobb’s late-game heroism may have been the beginning of her notoriety in the UAAP but she knows the UP game was over and a new match is just another beginning for her.“I won’t settle for these past two games,” said Cobb. “After this I will go back to the very start and prepare for the next game.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rain or Shine dumps Magnolia for 3rd straight win It was just De La Salle’s second game in the young UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and yet the atmosphere inside Filoil Flying V Centre felt like the Lady Spikers were one slip away from losing their crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Royce White, the Houston Rockets’ first-round draft pick, is away from the team and says the club has been ”inconsistent” in its agreement to help him cope with his anxiety disorder.The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.He was not with the team for Monday’s home game against Miami and also missed Tuesday’s practice.”In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder – due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets,” White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. ”As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”Houston general manager Daryl Morey also released a statement on Tuesday night, saying White ”is not available right now. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”White’s off-the-court issues were never a secret, but the Rockets felt as though he was worth the risks. In one spectacular season at Iowa State, he became the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounds (9.3 per game), assists (five per game), steals (1.2 per game) and blocks (0.9 per game) and led the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years.He missed the first week of training camp, though, to meet with the Rockets about creating an arrangement that he felt would help him balance his anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule. White said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he is ”most defiantly not AWOL” and that the team is aware of the reason for his current absence.”Any other response is inaccurate,” he said in his statement. ”This is important to me, it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights, it is a player-commodity league – the failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.”The Rockets play New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. Coach Kevin McHale has also been away from the team since taking a leave of absence on Saturday to return home to Minnesota and deal with a family matter.http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:8460068 read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Mar 2015 – One hundred and sixty nine people had to overnight in Providenciales unexpectedly, according to reports reaching Magnetic Media after another American Airlines emergency landing on island. Roads were blocked and first responders summoned to the scene last night at the Provo International Airport which took in the 767 which was en route to Miami, Florida from Port Au Prince, Haiti. In a world where tragic plane crashes are drawing heart wrenching headlines and reactions, it is no surprise pilots in spotting problems are seeking safe haven at the first sign of danger. We were informed by Disaster Management and Emergencies that no one was hurt. UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Related Items:american airlines, emergency landing, miami, provo international airport US Airways no more, last flight to TCI ‘emotional’ Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgSan Diego Marine honored for rescuing UPS driver in freeway accident January 26, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Posted: January 26, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA San Diego Marine from MCAS Miramar is being hailed as a hero. Staff Sergeant Hai Vuong was honored for his actions last November when he saved the life of a UPS driver who was trapped and injured in a freeway collision.KUSI’s Sasha Foo tells about the Marine and why he’s being commended for his courage. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more