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SMC club hosts ‘Week of Action’ to explore child immigration policy

first_imgLa Fuerza, a club that celebrates Latina culture at Saint Mary’s, organized a “Week of Action” on campus this past week to address pressing issues facing the Latin community, sophomore Maria Hernandez, president of the club, said.Hernandez said the theme of the week was “Into the Unknown: The Immigration Journey of Unaccompanied Minors.” She said she thought this theme was especially important as there was an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the U.S. from Latin America this past summer.“This was not the first time unaccompanied minors have come to the United States,” Hernandez said. “This has been and will continue to be an ongoing issue within the immigration sphere.“This recent crisis has exposed the many issues within the immigration system. These issues range from humanitarian to political issues — which is why La Fuerza decided to cover this particular issue from a variety of perspectives.”A panel of community members spoke about their experiences with immigration Tuesday, Hernandez said.Jose Alvarez, a senior at Holy Cross, spoke about the experience of his five-year-old cousin, who traveled from Honduras to Mexico via plane and then was sent across the border with ‘coyotes,’ people who smuggle immigrants into the U.S., Hernandez said.Hernandez said it was important for students to hear Alvarez’s story because the audience was able to put a face to the week’s theme of immigration and unaccompanied minors.Alvarez also showed a video of his cousin reuniting with his aunt in the U.S. after the long journey.After the journey, Jose’s cousin said he just wanted to eat pizza, which helped strengthen the audience’s connection to the child, Hernandez said.Throughout Alvarez’s story, there was also a great amount of information about how his cousin was treated while in the custody of the immigration system, Hernandez said.“[Alvarez shared] how his cousin was given one sandwich a day [while in custody] and a thin ‘aluminum foil’ type blanket which did not keep him warm,” she said. “Jose also shared how his cousin had to sign a paper stating he understood his basic rights.”On Wednesday, Fr. Daniel Groody, associate professor of theology and director of immigration initiatives at the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, spoke about his experience working on the border of U.S. and Mexico, Hernandez said.Representatives from Saint Mary’s Republican Club and Democrat Club also engaged in a political debate about immigration Thursday as part of the week’s events, Hernandez said.Overall, the week was designed for students to understand multiple viewpoints about child immigration because there are many injustices surrounding the issue, Hernandez said.“There is a lack of intercultural understanding, which is why we wanted to cover a wide variety of perspectives, because many people have different understandings of this issue,” she said. “We find it necessary to offer all perspectives to tackle this issue, to improve the lives of these children and learn what we can do to ensure their situation gets better.” Tags: Immigration, La Fuerza, unaccompanied minors, Week of Actionlast_img read more


Butterflies in the Garden

first_imgButterfly gardens are a lot of fun but require a little planning. To ensure asuccessful garden, first consider the butterfly’s needs.Butterflies prefer to rest and feed in full sunshine, which means 10 or more hours ofsunlight per day in June. Water, resting places and food sources for caterpillars areimportant considerations.Putting larger plants to the rear and smaller ones up front makes sense. To make thegarden even more interesting, put a butterfly feeding-dish stand or birdbath where you caneasily see it.A small bench or outdoor chair nearby will make the butterfly garden a great morning orevening resting spot.Pay close attention not only to plants’ height, but to their vigor. As an example, Lantanacamera ‘Miss Huff’ and butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’) canbecome four-foot-wide bushes! Planted too close, these “towers with flowers” cancrowd out neighboring plants.Examples of troublesome, spreading butterfly plants include Monarda, Physostegia andLysmachia.The goal of any butterfly garden is to attract butterflies. Since butterfliesespecially need nectar in hot weather, selecting heat-tolerant, nectar-producing plants isimportant.Purple coneflower (Echinaceae purpurea) and Lantana are two types of butterflyattractors which produce nectar even in the hottest, longest droughts.Pick a combination of nectar plants for season-long bloom. The 1994 Georgia Gold Medalselection ‘Homestead Purple’ verbena will flush in early spring. And Helianthusangustifolia will bloom profusely in September. These plants can extend the nectarseason for very early and late-season butterflies such as zebra swallowtails andfrittilaries.Green food sources for caterpillars are vital to keep strong butterfly populations.Ornamental fennel, the favorite food of our eastern black swallowtail, is easy to grow.Dill, garden fennel, carrot and parsley do well, too. Common butterfly weed, or Asclepiastuberosa, is a good food source. Add these to your garden to encourage morecaterpillars.Butterflies need water and like places to rest and warm up. Add large flat rocks toyour garden. Or fill a birdbath with sand and then add water until the sand glistens.Another fun thing you can do is put pieces of fruit, old or fresh, on top of the sand.Old watermelon, cantaloupe, banana, apple and pear attract butterflies like magnets.The single most important thing you can do to grow healthy plants for butterflies isprepare your garden soil. The goal is to have well-drained soil with lots of organicmatter.Turn the soil 12 inches deep over the entire area. Add several bushels of compost, pinebark or manure, and turn the soil again. Your plants will thrive in this type of soil.Fertilize your garden the day you plant with an even sprinkling of 10-10-10 fertilizer(about one pound per 1,000 square feet). Water it in thoroughly. Apply again every threeweeks until July 1.Avoid getting fertilizer on plant flowers and leaves. It may burn them. Weedoccasionally to cut down on competition for nutrients.Common sense dictates that anything used to kill bugs won’t be suitable for a butterflygarden. A few chewed leaves is a small price to pay for lots of butterflies.After a killing frost, let your plants dry down naturally. Around Christmas, cut woodybushes such as buddleia and ‘Miss Huff’ lantana to six inches high.Set your lawn mower blade on high (three inches or so) and mow the entire garden exceptthe woody bushes. Leave the debris on the ground and cover with an inch or two of freshpine straw. Mound leaves around the bush trunks.Your garden will look neat all winter, and your perennials will emerge just fine nextspring.last_img read more


Cabrera leads at Wells Fargo

first_img Rose arguably had the shot of the round after he made a 75-foot putt to claim an eagle on the par-five fifth hole. Cabrera parred the first two holes before claiming a birdie on the third, although that was cancelled out on the next hole with a bogey on the fourth. Three more birdies saw the 44-year-old go out in 33 and a further three on the back nine in consecutive holes from 10 to 12 saw him finish on 66. The two-time major winner was pleased with his first round performance and praised the changes made to the course. He told pgatour.com: “It was a really good first round. I played really good on the greens. “The changes are really good and on the 16th hole it is a really good change. “I felt really good putting.” Mickelson had an up and down opening round, going out in 32 with birdies on the first, third, seventh and eighth holes, before bogeys on the 13th and 17th holes cancelled out two of the birdies he carded on his return, on the 10th, 12th and 15th holes. Flores started and ended his round with a bogey, but shot seven birdies to go level with Mickelson, while Cink, who started on the back nine, enjoyed his opening round as he finished a further stroke back. The Argentinian thrived on the new Bermuda grass greens and hit seven birdies, with the only blot on his card a bogey at the par four fourth hole as he finished the round holding a one stroke lead over Americans Phil Mickelson and Martin Flores, who were tied for second. Stewart Cink, Jonathan Byrd and Webb Simpson held a three-way tie for fourth place with a cluster of nine players including Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Scotland’s Martin Laird tied for seventh on three under. Angel Cabrera held the lead after the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte after he carded a six-under-par 66 on Thursday. Cink said: “It was a good round. Up and down a little more up than down. This golf course is not easy. You can play pretty well and still take your lumps out there. I kind of did and overall it was a good round and I am pleased. “I’ve always felt fairly comfortable playing at Quail Hollow. It’s a fun place to play and there are a lot of challenging shots out there but the course will reward good play. “I have a good attitude while I’m here. I feel comfortable and the course forces you into being in a good frame of mind.” Northern Ireland’s McIlroy started on the back nine and came into the clubhouse with 69 after three bogeys and six birdies in his opening round. However, despite not recording as low a score as others on the course, the 24-year-old was boosted by his putting performance. “I felt like I played solid,” he said. “I gave myself plenty of looks for birdies and I felt like I putted a little better today than I have done in the past few weeks. “I was looking to go a couple more under par after the turn but I bogeyed three and four but bounced back nicely on five and six and I was trying to squeeze a couple more but I think anything sub 70 today is a good score because the wind is a little gusty out there.” Press Associationlast_img read more


Peak Sports Backs Oyedeji’s Hoops and Read Team

first_img2017 B’BALL SEASONAhead of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Basketball League, new entrants into the league, Hoops and Read Basketball Club owned by former national men’s team (D’Tigers’) Captain, Olumide Oyedeji, has secured the sponsorship of Peak Sports.The former NBA star disclosed yesterday while analysing his expectation from his players in their very first outing in the league that the support given to his team by Peak Sports will go a long way in motivating the players to give their best. Oyedeji who donned Ebun Comets Basketball colours in the domestic league before moving to the United States of America to further his professional career, said his players have played series of friendly games during their preparations and are now ready for the commencement of the season.The sponsorship, according to Oyedeji, includes kits and other logistics that will motivate the players to display the talents in them during the league.During their preparations for the new season, the players were made to train at the University of Lagos and Rowe Park Complex in Lagos.“The entire team is very happy that we have a very reliable company in Peak Sports sponsoring us, I will say we are the first to do this even if we are still a new team in the league”, says Oyedeji“This sponsorship will definitely motivate the players to give their best. Our objective is to combine education with sports and I can assure you that we are coming up with something different”, the ex-NBA star addedMeanwhile, the men’s league is expected to commence on April 13 with the first game scheduled for Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more