Saint Mary’s College conducts post-graduation survey

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Office of Institutional Research conducted the annual Graduation Destination Survey to gain a general statistical overlook on what graduates of the class of 2016 intend to do after graduation.According to the survey, of the 331 women in the graduating class, 283 students responded for a response rate of 85.5 percent.The survey showed that 67.7 percent of students will enter the workforce, 31.2 percent will attend graduate or professional school and 12.8 percent will participate in an internship or externship.The data also showed that 7.1 percent of students will participate in voluntary service.Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office, said Saint Mary’s encourages students to participate in voluntary service.“The one great thing about Saint Mary’s is it’s encouraged to participate in service — it’s part of the curriculum,” Jeffirs said. “Students have an opportunity to explore those options a little bit more readily at the College, and they are encouraged to pursue those opportunities post-graduation. There’s a strong value here at Saint Mary’s in service to others, so I think it’s definitely one of those areas that students are very interested in pursuing.“It’s a great opportunity after you graduate, especially for students who are in their own discernment process and trying to learn a little more about who they are and where they see themselves in the world. Being able to go out and participate in service for three months, a year, two years — it’s a great opportunity for graduates to learn a lot about themselves.The survey showed that 2.5 percent of students will enroll in military service, which is an increase from the previous graduating class, which had fewer than .5 percent.5.7 percent of students reported having “other” post-graduation plans. According to Jeffirs, “other” includes fellowships, traveling and taking a gap year. Jeffirs said there is overlap in the data because some students will volunteer or work, while also attending graduate school.Jeffirs said this data demonstrates the College’s mission.“You have to look at not just the statistics and the data and the percentages of where students are going, but you also have to look at where they are going and what they are doing and how that fits in with how they believe Saint Mary’s has prepared them for the world,” Jeffirs said. “Regardless, if the student is going to employment or graduate school, going into service [or the] military, the graduates think Saint Mary’s has prepared them very well for what they pursue.”According to Jeffirs, a survey is sent to graduates one year and five years after graduation to gauge how well their time at the College has helped them in their career paths.“When you look at the mission — to prepare women to make a difference and make a positive impact on the world — the survey and the results of the survey demonstrate that and show that Saint Mary’s is accomplishing that part of the mission,” Jeffirs said.Sofia Piecuch, a senior global studies major with concentrations in international development and anthropology, will move to Geneva, Switzerland to intern at the Istituto Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice (IIMA) and Volunteers in Development, Education and Solidarity (VIDES) Human Rights Office, she said.“Its mission is to promote a network between the Salesian family — the biggest Catholic religious order in the world — and the United Nations, in order to protect and promote human rights,” Piecuch said. “The office seeks to be specifically involved in the drafting of international policies that promote the right to education for all.”Beginning in January, Piecuch will spend two years as a missionary with Heart’s Home, a Catholic non-profit organization that aims to foster and spread a culture of compassion, she said.“This is an international mission that focuses on accompanying the poorest and most vulnerable members of society,” she said. “I have not yet been given an assignment, but my top three choices were Senegal, Brazil and the Philippines.”Piecuch said the variety of courses offered at Saint Mary’s have helped her gain a broader perspective of the world.“Taking courses on Islam and the politics of the Middle East helped me be a better host each summer to the women from the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region who come to Saint Mary’s for a State Department-funded Global Women’s Leadership Initiative through the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership,” she said. “Studying abroad in Austria helped me grow in independence, maturity and fluency in German. Taking anthropology courses engaged my desire to understand other cultures and view it as an effective lens for constructing appropriate international development initiatives. Philosophy helped me think critically as well as write methodically, with proper argumentation.”After graduating, senior Danielle Gibaut plans to move to Chicago and work as an account executive at Chicago-23, a marketing agency. Gibaut, who majored in business administration with concentrations in marketing and international business, said Saint Mary’s has prepared her in different ways for her future.“All of the group projects helped me gain better communication skills,” Gibaut said. “The [senior comprehensive project] from my fall semester definitely prepared me for the world I’ll be doing in the real business world. I found my voice here at Saint Mary’s, and I know that’ll be something I carry through my career path.”Senior Melissa Fitzpatrick majored in communication studies with minors in public relations, advertising and film studies. She said she will be doing a year of service in Brockton, Massachusetts.“I’ll be volunteering for an organization called the Holy Cross Family Ministries,” Fitzpatrick said. “Their mission is to bring families together through prayer. The year of service also includes living in community with about seven other volunteers. We’ll share dinners, weekend activities and really learn to live in solidary with one another.”According to Fitzpatrick, she is excited for this journey and said she could not have done it without Saint Mary’s.“Saint Mary’s has taught me how to be a better friend, listener, student and servant,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am standing today without my Saint Mary’s friends, professors and mentors. Graduating from Saint Mary’s, I know I am prepared to face whatever is in store for me.”Senior Isabella Gagnon, who majored in psychology, will be commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps. She said in an email she will report to Fort Gordon, Georgia for signal and communication training in September.“Saint Mary’s really helped me step out of my comfort zone and really empowered me as an independent woman,” she said. “I feel so confident going to a work force that is only about 15 percent women. I was able to write my senior thesis on challenges women face in the military, so I feel very excited for the opportunities that I will have to give women in the military more of a voice.”Gagnon said she and her fiancée will both be part of the Active Duty Army, and she is excited for the future.“I hope there will be many opportunities for me to share my faith when we move to new places and make new friends,” she said. “I’m so thankful to always have Saint Mary’s and be part of such a wonderful alumni network.”Tags: Commencement 2016, job overlook, service, SMC employmentlast_img read more

The Evolution of A Raisin in the Sun, From Dream to Broadway Masterpiece

first_img A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Nannie Louise Hansberry, a teacher, and Carl Hansberry, a real-estate broker. Her progressive parents examined her birth certificate, and after seeing the word “Negro” printed by the hospital, immediately crossed it out and wrote “Black.” After a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, Hansberry died at the age of 34, the same night her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, closed on Broadway. A passage from the play is engraved on her gravestone: “I care. I care about it all. It takes too much energy not to care. The why of why we are here is an intrigue for adolescents; the how is what must command the living. Which is why I have lately become an insurgent again.” Five decades after Raisin first opened on Broadway, playwrights still continue to be inspired by Hansberry’s gripping drama. Bruce Norris’ homage to the iconic story, Clybourne Park, was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. As part of its 50th anniversary season, Maryland’s Center Stage produced Clybourne Park in repertory with the world premiere of Beneatha’s Place, focusing on the untold story of Walter Lee’s younger sister. Dubbed The Raisin Cycle, the new plays have introduced the Younger family to a brand new audience. On the 30-year anniversary of the beloved drama’s Broadway premiere, PBS aired an uncut, three-hour TV adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun starring Danny Glover and Esther Rolle. Director Bill Duke told The Los Angeles Times, “This play transcends time and race. It applies to all poor people. What Lorraine says is something that should be said often: Folks that don’t have money, folks that society looks down its nose at, are some of the noblest spirits among us.” Raisin returned to the Great White Way for the second time, starring stage and screen great Phylicia Rashad, Tony winner Audra McDonald and rapper-turned-actor Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in his Broadway debut. “At this point of my life, it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done because it’s so intense, it’s so emotional, it’s so hard,” Combs told the Associated Press. The production made history at the Tony Awards when Rashad was honored with the Best Actress in a Play trophy, becoming the first African-American woman to receive the honor. Director Kenny Leon reassembled his leading players for a 2008 adaptation of the production, which was seen by 12.7 million viewers on ABC. Now, director Kenny Leon (who also helmed the 2004 revival) brings the Younger family back to their very first Broadway home at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Why did he want to bring the drama back after only ten years? “This is the play that keeps on giving,” he told Broadway.com. “If all the other great American plays—Death of a Salesman, Streetcar, A Moon for the Misbegotten—if they have been done every four or five years, surely [it’s time] to revisit A Raisin in the Sun.” Featuring Denzel Washington as Walter Lee, LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena and Sophie Okonedo as Ruth, the new production opens officially on April 3! Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun made history, becoming the first play written by a black woman (a 29-year-old, no less) to ever be produced on Broadway. But the journey to the Great White Way wasn’t easy—it took over a year for producer Philip Rose to raise enough funds to bring the play to New York. After short pre-Broadway tryouts in Philadelphia, New Haven and Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway on March 11, 1959 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, starring Sidney Poitier as Walter Lee Younger, a struggling son with big dreams, Claudia McNeil as his mother Lena and Ruby Dee as his hardworking wife Ruth. While writing for the progressive black newspaper Freedom, Hansberry discovered Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem,” published in his book Montage of a Dream Deferred. “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?” The young author began working on a play exploring the struggles of a poor, black family living in Chicago, loosely based on her own family’s story. Originally titled The Crystal Stair (a line from the Langston Hughes poem “Mother to Son”), A Raisin in the Sun centers on the Youngers, a lower-class family who is offered a sum of money to stay away from the white neighborhood where they have purchased their dream home. Star Filescenter_img The Hansberrys’ white neighbors were so intent on pushing them out of the neighborhood (and the family was so intent on staying) that the Hansberry v. Lee case made it to the Illinois Supreme Court. When the state ruled against the Hansberry family, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the decision, allowing the family to stay in their home. Thanks to the Hansberrys’ persistence, it was no longer legal for white residents in the United States to push African Americans out of their neighborhoods. Related Shows You read it in school, you’ve seen it on stage and maybe you even have both TV adaptations on DVD. But do you know the real story behind Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 family drama A Raisin in the Sun? Read below to learn all about the Younger family, from the real events that inspired the story to the newest Broadway revival starring Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Sophie Okonedo, now playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Robert Nemiroff, Hansberry’s ex-husband, became a champion of the late playwright’s work after her death. He adapted many of her unpublished poems, stories and letters into the play To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which premiered off-Broadway in 1968. Singer-songwriter Nina Simone, a close friend of Hansberry, wrote a song of the same name in her memory. After the success of A Raisin in the Sun on the Great White Way, Nemiroff teamed up with Charlotte Zaltzberg to write the book for a musical adaptation of Hansberry’s groundbreaking play. Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan wrote the score, a mix of jazz, blues, gospel and of course, traditional musical theater. “It is a strange [musical] but a good one,” The New York Times reported. “It warms the heart and touches the soul.” Starring Joe Morton as Walter Lee, Ernestine Jackson as Ruth and Virginia Capers as Mama Lena, Raisin won two Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Sophie Okonedo Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 The Hansberry family bought a house at 6140 S. Rhodes Ave. in Washington Park—a white, upper-middle-class neighborhood that the playwright later described as “hellishly hostile.” They were violently attacked by their neighbors, who were constantly trying to get the family to leave the neighborhood. The Hansberrys refused, and agreed to stay in their home at all costs. “I [remember] my desperate and courageous mother, patrolling our house all night with a loaded German Luger, doggedly guarding her four children,” Hansberry wrote. Hansberry wrote two screenplay adaptations of A Raisin in the Sun, but both were rejected by Columbia Pictures for being too controversial. The third time proved to be the charm, and a draft that more closely resembled the stage play was greenlit. Poitier, Dee and McNeil all reprised their roles for the film, which won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. View Commentslast_img read more

Sydney Lea of Newbury named Vermont Poet Laureate

first_imgThe Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce that Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Sydney Lea of Newbury as Vermont’s next Poet Laureate to succeed Ruth Stone, whose four-year term ends in 2011.  A public ceremony honoring Mr. Lea will be held on November 4 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. The ceremony will be attended by Governor Shumlin as part of an evening celebrating the arts in Vermont. Sydney Lea lives in Newbury and has been a Vermont resident since the early 1990s.  He is the prolific author of a number of collections of poetry, including Young of the Year (Four Way Books, 2011); Ghost Pain (Sarabande Books, 2005); Pursuit of a Wound (University of Illinois Press, 2000); To the Bone: New and Selected Poems (University of Illinois Press, 1996); Prayer for the Little City (Scribner’s, 1989); No Sign (University of Georgia Press, 1987); The Floating Candles (University of Illinois Press, 1982), and Searching the Drowned Man (University of Illinois Press, 1980). Syd Lea has been described as ‘a man in the woods with his head full of books, and a man in books with his head full of woods.’ Renowned as a prose writer as well as poet, he has also published a novel and two books of essays that combine the precision of an active naturalist and ecologist with the erudition of a multilingual professor of literature. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and many other periodicals, as well as in more than forty anthologies. Lea co-founded the literary quarterly New England Review in 1977, oversaw its move to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College, and edited this esteemed journal until 1989. His poetry collections have earned special critical acclaim, with Pursuit of a Wound, (2000) named one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. His preceding volume, To the Bone: New and Selected Poems, was co-winner of the 1998 Poets’ Prize, one of the nation’s highest honors for a single collection of poems. Lea has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, and has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont and Middlebury Colleges as well as at Franklin College in Switzerland and the National Hungarian University in Budapest. Lea has also been very active for the past quarter century in land conservation and the promotion of literacy.  (www.sydneylea.net(link is external) ) The Advisory Committee found Sydney Lea’s poetry to be virtuosic in texture and form, yet likely to be engaging to a diversity of readers and listeners because of the work’s dramatic intensity, narrative momentum, and musicality, and because of this poet’s extraordinarily evocative descriptions of northern New England’s landscapes, animal and plant life, and the seasonal panorama. Through all of his books, Lea has paid particular attention to the stories of generations living alongside one another in north-country villages, including the interactions of ‘old-timers’ and relative newcomers. He continues the tradition of Vermont poets who are both singular ‘ one of a kind ‘ and broadly accessible. POET LAUREATE INFORMATION AND BACKGROUND History:Robert Frost was declared Poet Laureate in 1961. In 1988 Governor Kunin re-established the position of Poet Laureate, at that time referred to as the State Poet.  (Reference:  Executive Order No 69, 1988)  Galway Kinnell was the first State Poet named for a term of 4 years as a result of this order. Since then Louise Glück, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and Grace Paley have also held the position.  Ruth Stone is the current Poet Laureate and her term will end upon the installation of Sydney Lea in November, 2011. At Stone’s investiture in 2007, Governor Douglas returned the designation back to Poet Laureate. CRITERIA:The Vermont Poet Laureate is a person:·         who is a resident of Vermont; (Vermont being his/her primary residence)·         whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence;·         who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work;·         who has a long association with Vermont.The poet being nominated must agree to participate from time to time in official ceremonies and readings at the Vermont State House and other locations. The poet selected shall receive an honorarium of $1000 provided by the Vermont Arts Council.Since 1964, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state’s primary provider of funding, advocacy and information for the arts in Vermont.  It strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to increase opportunities for Vermonters to experience the arts in everyday life. The Council is the only designated State Arts Agency in the U.S. that is also an independent, not-for-profit, membership organization. For more information on the programs and services of the Vermont Arts Council, visit www.vermontartscouncil.org(link is external).last_img read more

US Navy Hospital Ship to Deploy to Colombia

first_imgBy Carla Babb/Voice of America August 20, 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Washington from Bogota, Colombia, Friday August 17th that he would likely be sending the USNS Comfort based at Norfolk, Virginia. Mattis said those he spoke with in Bogota were “embracing” and “enthusiastic” about the upcoming ship deployment, which he stressed was “absolutely a humanitarian mission.” “We’re not sending soldiers, we’re sending doctors,” Mattis said, without providing details on when the ship would set sail. Hospital ships are typically deployed to provide life-saving treatment and medical care and to relieve the pressure on national health systems. The U.S. defense secretary said he was given specific input, such as where best to deploy the ship, during talks Friday with his defense counterpart and newly inaugurated Colombian President Ivan Duque. “They (Colombian leadership) not only agreed in principle, they gave details of how we might best craft the cruise through the region,” Mattis said. Chile, Argentina and Brazil — the other stops on his South America tour — also provided input on the hospital ship deployment, according to Mattis. Aware of Venezuelan sensitivities, Mattis stressed the U.S. hospital ship would not go into Venezuela’s territorial waters. Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, told VOA the situation in Venezuela has led to a migration crisis of global proportions “that is on track to potentially parallel or surpass the numbers that (have been) coming out of the Middle East.” “If those migration numbers are not managed in an orderly, effective way, that has the potential to create greater instability in the countries to which migrants are going,” Marczak said. As of June, an estimated 2.3 million people had fled Venezuela, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, according to the United Nations. U.N. officials reported at that time that more than half of those who fled were “suffering from malnourishment.” The U.S. Navy has one other hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, which is based at San Diego, California. USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy usually deploy for humanitarian missions with a diverse group of doctors on board hailing from multiple countries. This article was first published on VOA News: https://www.voanews.com/a/us-navy-hospital-ship-to-deploy-to-colombia-/4533662.htmllast_img read more

The Fed has a clear strategy, but the economic outlook is unclear

first_imgThe title of this post is a quote from Federal Reserve Governor William Dudley from Thursday, October 15. Besides sounding like a line from an Abbott and Costello bit, I believe with those words The Fed has raised the white flag with regard to “Liftoff 2015.” The Fed and the market are coming to an understanding and that understanding is that Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP), and the risk-taking mindset it creates, is back for the foreseeable future.In my opinion, The Fed isn’t raising rates this year. I harbored strong doubts after they didn’t raise in September but kept a healthy dose of fear that a raise was still possible in 2015. I also felt that the uncertainty The Fed was bringing to investors with their public dithering was damaging. The uncertainty is now gone. They missed their chance in June and September, and now they can’t tighten. The calamity a raise in December would cause is too great. The markets would be caught too far off-sides as investors have, gradually at first, and then with increasing rapidity, discounted The Fed well into 2016.As we noted in last week’s post, a weakening of the strong U.S. Dollar (USD) sparked a rebound (sort of a dead cat bounce) in commodities, which in turn triggered rallies in emerging market currencies, global equities, and corporate and municipal debt. The culprit was continued bad news in China and generally bad news in Europe. In last week’s post, I stated that it would take a significant change in the supply-and-demand technical for commodities such as crude oil to keep a risk rally going. A weaker dollar just couldn’t do it alone. To some degree, I was right. As we began this week, equities sagged, emerging market currencies fell, and commodities declined. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Using data to create a unique member experience

first_imgEnhancing member experience has been the subject of many blogs and white papers, and there is a reason why this topic is so popular. In fact, there are three good reasons why this topic is especially relevant now.Competition– Competition among financial institutions, challenger and online banks is getting fierce. Banks and online financial institutions like Marcus and Ally need your members’ deposits to fund their loan activity, and are offering higher returns for their business. Also, the huge credit card issuers want to put their cards in your members’ wallets, and are enticing them to do so with sign-up bonuses. Plus, every financial institution wants your best members’ loan activity on their income sheets.Technology– Technology has become affordable for credit unions of nearly any size. The technology to harvest data to drive decision making, segment your members, create targeted offers, and get a real-time view on each member, is much more accessible. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Call for home-based brothel bylaw change

first_imgStuff co.nz 14 July 2015A woman living in a unit adjoining a brothel is calling for a rule change.The Mt Eden resident, 46, who spoke on condition of anonymity, lives in one of three units adjoining a brothel.“I can hear the door going at hours and I can hear giggles, you name it,” she says. She says her neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter shares a bedroom wall with one of the brothel’s rooms.Clients sometimes knock on the family’s front door by mistake, she says.The landlord applied to end the occupant’s tenancy in early June but was refused by the tenancy tribunal as the business does not breach any law or bylaw.There was also not enough evidence to prove the business was carried out in a way that disturbed the neighbours’ “peace, comfort and privacy”.The neighbour complained to Mt Roskill Labour MP Phil Goff, who wrote a letter to Auckland Mayor Len Brown on her behalf.Goff says he has referred the case to the Minister of Justice to encourage her to consider amending the law.“I believe that there is a case for government to review the current law to tighten restrictions on the operation of brothels where these unreasonably affect the quality of life of neighbouring residents,” he says.The neighbour has contacted politicians asking them to push for an urgent bylaw that stops brothels and massage parlours operating in units, townhouses and apartments.“What’s really disturbing about the the way the prostitution law is at the moment is that it looks like you can set these up anywhere you like,” she says.“The minimum requirement should be that you don’t have to share a wall.”Auckland Councillor Christine Fletcher agrees that something has to change.“I am not being unrealistic or prudish but it is totally unacceptable to me that we have brothels in residential communities,” she says.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/central-leader/70137598/call-for-homebased-brothel-bylaw-change Auckland Councillor Christine Fletcher says its unacceptable to have brothels in residential communities.last_img read more

Low: There is a target on our backs

first_img Press Association Low’s men head into Euro 2016 battle with the Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening having surrendered a 33-game unbeaten running in qualifiers with a 2-0 defeat in Poland on Saturday, a result which followed a friendly loss to Argentina and a narrow Group D victory over Scotland. But while the manager insists the weight of success is not a burden for his team, he admits the label does serve to inspire whoever they come up against. Low said: “The difficulties we are experiencing at the moment are of a type that we have experienced many times before. But generally speaking, I don’t think the position now is anymore difficult than it’s always been. “We used to be the hunter; now we are the prey. We know that teams like Scotland will play with incredible motivation against us – but that was true even after [the World Cup in] 2010 and [Euro] 2012. “We know the situation, we know how to get by it, but it’s no different now than it used to be.” Germany remain overwhelming favourites to top the group and will expect to right the wrongs of Warsaw in comprehensive style against an Ireland team which has collected maximum points from a trip to Georgia and a 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar. Low said: “If you ask me what is the mood like now, fury is the wrong word, anger is the wrong word. But what you can feel is some kind of determination, that we really badly want these three points against Ireland. “But there is no incredible disappointment in the team. That would be wrong to say. “We have seen both the Irish games and have analysed them, and we can expect some sort of copy of Poland. There’s nothing new to us. The Irish are good fighters, they have commitment and fantastic fighting spirit, and they know how to defend. “They are a very well organised team, but at the same time, they have excellent players, like Robbie Keane, who is very experienced and has an eye for goal, Aiden McGeady, James McClean and other players who come from the wings and are very good at dribbling around their opponents. Germany boss Joachim Low has warned his players they have gone from hunter to prey since winning the World Cup. “Like Poland, they are very fast on the counter, coming from the wings and putting dangerous crosses in. “They come to Germany with self-confidence and with three teams being able to qualify from this group, they are in with a more than reasonable chance of actually making it to France.” Low insisted he would not make too many changes to his team, although Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer will be missing through illness with Schalke’s Julian Draxler expected to be drafted in on his home ground after himself shaking off a virus. Draxler said: “We want people to forget the defeat against Poland. As a footballer, you want to win every game. “The last thing you do is sit down looking at the table and try to pre-conceive, ‘We can afford to lose this one, we can afford to lose that one and still make it’. “If you are a professional player, you want to win everything, so we feel we need to prove to our fans we can still win games. “We are reigning world champions. Even if we lost a game, we still are title-holders and we are all fully there. We want to show the world that we would like to reach unbeatable status as quickly as possible.” Much of the concern in Germany over the current team surrounds the full-backs with Philipp Lahm’s international retirement in particular leaving a gaping hole at the back, and youngsters Erik Durm and Antonio Rudiger have found themselves under intense scrutiny. But Low said: “Philipp Lahm played in the position for many, many years and he showed world class both on the right and on the left. “It was obvious it would be difficult to replace somebody like him on a one-to-one basis. That is a fantasy.” last_img read more

Cuba Launches Widespread Rationing Amid Economic Crisis

first_imgThe Cuban government announced on Friday that in the wake of an economic crisis, it’s launching widespread rationing on food and other products including eggs, chicken, rice, beans and soap.Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez blamed the hardening of the U.S. trade embargo by the Trump administration.Economists give the same amount of blame or more to a decline in aid from Venezuela, where the collapse of the state-run oil company has led to a nearly two-thirds cut in shipments of subsidized fuel. This is what Cuba used for power and to earn hard currency on the open market.Rationing of the products has led to long lines, hoarding and even panic amongst consumers. The country has a shortage of nearly a million eggs.Cheap chicken will be limited to 11 pounds per customer and more expensive cuts will be rationed to just two packs, according to The New York Times.  Cuba imports almost two-thirds of its food and many staple products are simply not available.Diaz told the Cuban News Agency, “Selling limited quantities will lead to equal distribution so that the greatest number of people can buy the product, and we can avoid hoarding.”The crisis in Venezuela which has stopped exports of subsidized fuel to Cuba has also contributed to Cuba’s crisis.last_img read more

Brazilians expected to spend less celebrations

first_imgRio de Janeiro, June 12: Some 24 per cent of consumers plan to buy products over the next few weeks to celebrate the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, well below the 50.1 percent who spent money on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to the results of a survey released Monday by the Brazilian Business Confederation. “In addition to there naturally being less enthusiasm among the people for a World Cup played abroad, the situation among consumers is less favorable in 2018 than it was four years ago,” Brazilian Business Confederation economic unit chief Fabio Bentes said in a statement. Brazil’s economy contracted 3.5 per cent in 2015, the worst performance in 25 years, and another 3.5 per cent in 2016, marking the first time since 1931 that the gross domestic product (GDP) fell for two consecutive years, Efe reported. IANSlast_img read more