SGA promotes College mission statement

first_imgLove one another. Celebrate diversity. Extend hospitality. Strive for unity. These are the four guiding principles of the Saint Mary’s College Mission Statement, values that students and faculty will have the opportunity to thoroughly reflect on this week. Junior Silvia Cuevas, mission commissioner for Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA), said the Mission Council has set up displays in the Student Center atrium and the Cushwa-Leighton library to remind the Saint Mary’s community of the College’s mission in education, faith and service.  Students can sign their names on a sheet next to the displays, affirming their support of the mission statement. “The Mission Council and myself thought it was important to promote the mission statement, especially toward students, to know what we stand for and what we believe,” Cuevas said. “We are given the mission statement freshman year, but we tend to forget about it.”  Students may be unaware that the core values of the mission statement are all around them as they hurry to class each day, Cuevas said. “All of the banners [on the light poles] promote this year’s core values,” Cuevas said. “Each banner has one of the four different values of either ‘love one another,’ ‘celebrate diversity,’ ‘extend hospitality’ or ‘strive for unity.’” Cuevas said she hopes this week’s new displays around campus will help get students and faculty interested in continuing the College’s mission. “The two displays each have a poster of the French cross with the mission statement and our core values, along with sheets for students to sign their names,” Cuevas said. “There are also booklets and bookmarks for students to take.” The displays are not the only way students can reflect on the College’s mission statement, Cuevas said.  “When I look around, our girls are always doing something, they are always on their feet,” Cuevas said. “Whether it’s with their clubs or in the community, they are always promoting the core values even if they don’t know it.” Cuevas said she hopes the initiative will extend to other aspects of Saint Mary’s life. “I hope this project will be expanded in the future and in a way where we can promote the mission at our events around campus,” she said. “I also hope that for those who work in the community and are a part of clubs will keep the mission in mind as they do these activities.”last_img read more

Chinese firm sued by US over ‘fake’ masks not certified: Official

first_imgTopics : The ministry added that China has taken a series of measures to strengthen the quality control of exported epidemic-prevention materials, and to regulate exports. “China is willing to strengthen cooperation with governments including that of the United States, work together, overcome the epidemic, and build a common community of health for mankind,” it said. A government official told reporters in April that China had confiscated over 89 million poor quality face masks, after a slew of complaints about faulty protective gear exported worldwide. A Chinese company sued for selling nearly half a million fake and substandard N95 respirators to US buyers in April is not a certified maker of medical masks, Chinese authorities said on Monday.Guangdong-based King Year Packaging and Printing is not on a list of enterprises approved or registered as meeting foreign standards, China’s Commerce Ministry told AFP.The company had shipped three batches of purported N95 masks — needed to protect medical and other personnel in the coronavirus pandemic — to US buyers, according to a complaint filed in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.center_img The firm allegedly falsely claimed the 495,200 masks it shipped had met the N95 standard and that they were certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.The mask importer paid over $1 million for them, said the complaint.”According to our preliminary understanding, the Chinese company involved in this case is a manufacturer of non-medical masks and is not on the list of companies certified or registered as meeting foreign standards,” said the commerce ministry.It was referring to a list issued by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products.last_img read more

Memo to the NBA, NHL: Quitting the current season is not an option

first_imgReports out of the NHL have suggested the league would be amenable to delaying the start of next season to accommodate the conclusion of this one. This is the proper approach in which is an unprecedented circumstance for everyone.Certainly, these leagues are businesses, but the product they are selling is meaningful athletic competition. If one were to visit a restaurant — no, wait, let’s stick with things we can all remember doing. If one were to order takeout from a restaurant and, upon arriving home, discover the meal to be half-cooked, there would be no urgency to order again from that establishment.The NBA and NHL in particular have asked their customers to invest emotion (to say nothing of money spent) into the 2019-20 season. Each has produced wonderful moments, from Damian Lillard’s 61 points for the Blazers against the Warriors on Martin Luther King Day to Mike Zibanejad ripping five goals past the Capitals a week before the shutdown. (Getty Images) The easy thing to do now is quit. When things get difficult, and they certainly are at the moment, surrender is an option. It generally is the worst one. It surely is now.The NBA has not played a game since the night of March 11, when four games were contested but a game between the Jazz and Thunder was canceled because all-star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. That was the same day COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. We’ve since gone 53 days without a game, with no clear signal as to when the league would resume playing basketball. What the Bucks accomplished in winning 53 of their first 65 games, what LeBron James has done in reinvigorating the Lakers, what David Pastrnak has done in driving the Bruins forward to 100 points in 70 games — all of this should not be discarded as if it were a used Clorox wipe.It is not clear when either will be able to play again, although signs are brighter — including the NBA permitting some practice facilities to reopen — that it may be possible at some point in the summer. If that occurs, there won’t be any question what season they’ll be contesting.Even if they must return later, though, it is most important to finish what they started. Whenever that is, however, there is no excuse for contesting any season but the one already underway. Even in the unlikely event teams did not again take the court until 2021, they should do so in order to complete the 2019-20 season.MORE: LeBron sets record straight on potential resumption of NBA seasonSome league executives and agents, according to CNBC, are pushing for the league to cancel what remains of the suspended season and instead focus on a successful launch to the 2020-21 season. This is the worst possible approach, and the reasoning being posited for cancellation is proof.Why call off this season?Money, of course.CNBC reports some teams believe the revenue available if games were contested and some media rights recovered isn’t sufficient to justify resumption of the season. One surmises not everyone in the league would agree with this. CNBC also cited one player agent who said he is surprised NBA commissioner Adam Sliver hasn’t canceled “because he always errs on the side of caution and doing what’s right.”MORE: NBA’s coronavirus issues converging as decision time nearsLate last month, the top soccer leagues in the Netherlands and France canceled their soccer seasons for 2019-20. Whereas the Dutch did not proclaim an Eredivisie champion and simply called off the year, the French proclaimed Paris-Saint Germain as title winners with PSG owning a 12-point lead over second-place Marseilles.Although the French approach is superior, neither got it right. The best way to deal with an incomplete competition is to complete it, even if that means intruding on the subsequent event.Who would care, really, about a November game between the Kings and Suns in the aftermath of a season that was completely abandoned? If that is how long we would need to wait for competitive sport to resume, it should return with the importance of a playoff run or series involving such teams as the Lakers, Bucks, Clippers and reigning champion Raptors.last_img read more

Alaska Highway closed south of Fort St John

first_imgUPDATE – The highway is now open. FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – A collision south of Fort St John has closed the Alaska Highway.  The RCMP have not released any information about the collision.- Advertisement -At this time we understand the collision is near the old Honey Farm and a detour is in place. Motorists are advised to use the 269 road and travel past the airport to get back onto the Alaska Highway.As information is released we will update this story. You can also send us tips to news@moosefm.calast_img read more