As a part of Food Week 2013 at Saint Mary’s College, two representatives from Purple Porch Co-op and Prairie Winds Farm spoke about healthy, sustainable and local food options available to South Bend residents. Dan Hicks, a member of the Purple Porch Co-op board of directors, said “local is everywhere” when it comes to food options. Representatives from Purple Porch co-op as well as Charlotte Wolfe from Prairie Winds Farm presented their healthy, sustainable food options available to local residents in the South Bend area. “Being a part of a local community even for a short amount of time, being an informed and inquisitive consumer and seeking out local businesses to support can be some ways college students can eat locally,” Hicks said. Hicks said the Purple Porch co-op is a member-owed cooperative enterprise in South Bend, connecting people in the Michiana area with local growers who produce organic food. “It helps to create a transfer of food from producer to consumer [that is] more of a face-to-face transfer instead of just economic,” Hicks said. Hicks said the co-op is designed as a farmer’s market where producers set up their table and sells their locally grown food. Currently, he said there are 24 local producers who sell their food every Wednesday evening from five to seven at their location on High Street in South Bend. Charlotte Wolfe, the owner of Prairie Winds Farm, said her company’s farm is an educational farm in Lakeville, Ind., that aims to grow their own food and offer local residents the chance to see the sources of their food. “Our aim is to explore alternatives to show kids that farming is beneficial to our community,” Wolfe said. She said the farm uses a step-by-step approach to engage children in a variety of practical farming and gardening skills. The farm recently partnered with Bertrand Farm, Inc., to provide internships to students interested in working on the farm to educate children about farming and where their food comes from. Stefanie Schwab, president of the Food Sustainability Committee at Saint Mary’s, said it’s all about the “real food.” “Advocating for real food and educating students about food issues and where our food is coming from is important,” Schwab said. Schwab said students interested in becoming part of the Food Sustainability Committee should contact her at [email protected] to help plan Food Week 2014. Contact Angela Bukur at [email protected]
Students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross will gather to pray, march and speak out in support of victims of sexual assault as a part of the 14th annual Take Back the Night on Thursday. The event, which was sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) with support from student government, is organized by students and faculty from across the tri-campus community.The event is scheduled to begin at Holy Cross College at 6 p.m., and there will also be a kick-off at Saint Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. followed by a walkover from Lake Marion to Dahnke Ballroom at Notre Dame for an event titled “Speak Out.” Later, students will march around the Notre Dame campus to raise awareness about sexual assault in the community, followed by a vigil at the Grotto.This year, the GRC is partnering with the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell) for an opportunity to reflect, relax and refocus through crafts following the event.Fifth-year student Pierce Witmer, one of the Notre Dame student representatives for the Take Back the Night Committee, said the event focuses not just on raising awareness about sexual assault but also on supporting sexual assault survivors.“The most important part of the event is to support survivors and to support the people who have been affected by sexual assault,” Witmer said. “Raising awareness about the issue is a very big, positive part of it, but that’s something that we do with a lot of our events that are geared towards sexual assault awareness at the GRC. This event specifically is unique in the way that it tries to make sure that survivors feel that they are not alone.”Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the GRC, said sexual assault is a much more prevalent problem on campus than many students realize.“We are vastly underreported. We know that … there are barriers to why students report, and some of it is they are afraid of the reactions of peers or administrators or retaliation,” Caron Gebhardt said. “ … Sexual assault is a crime of power and the greatest power around violence is isolation. So, if the system or people or the perpetrator isolates the victim, then they’re never held accountable. This is an opportunity for our survivors and victims to know that it is not okay and that we have to break the silence.”Student body president junior Elizabeth Boyle cited statistics from the University’s 2018 Sexual Conduct and Campus Climate Questionnaire Report, which stated 27% of female students and 7% of male students indicated they had experienced some sort of unwanted sexual contact while a student at Notre Dame.“It’s a big problem,” Boyle said. “ … More and more students are realizing that it is a problem here and they are reacting to it, which is really positive to see.”Caron Gebhardt said Take Back the Night is also a chance to move beyond just hearing the statistics and instead start to see how individuals are affected by sexual assault and take steps to support them.“If you’re skeptical about the statistics — which I get, I would not want anybody not to be a critical thinker, I think it’s important about what we do here at Notre Dame — but when you hear a person’s narrative or when you hear a person’s story, you can’t deny the impact that has happened in that person’s life,” Caron Gebhardt said. “ … It’s not about the numbers, it’s about the people.”In previous years, one of the most popular events of the evening was “Speak Out,” which gives survivors of sexual assault a chance to share their experiences, Witmer said.“For many people that come to the event, this is the first time that they’ve opened up about their experiences,” he said. “Creating an environment that appropriately attributes weight and respect to those speakers is something that we want to try to protect. … It’s a healing time for people that have gone through something traumatic or who have had people in their lives affected by such a traumatic experience as well.”John Johnstin, assistant director for outreach at the GRC, said not all of the stories are necessarily about sexual assault, but sometimes students speak instead about the trauma that has been present in their life or the life of others as a result of such experiences. Witmer said this is also welcomed at the event, as not everyone feels comfortable to talk about it directly.“We want to make sure folks are able to find their voice and be able to share their story in a place and location that is supportive and caring and wants to make sure that they know that they are believed,” he said. “ … If we can simply have somebody feel comfortable coming forward and sharing their story and knowing that they are going to be believed, I think that we are making a huge change within our community.”Boyle, who also attended the event her freshman year, said “Speak Out” was a profound experience for her.“You’re sitting down, and you might not know it, but the person sitting next to you will jump right up and share their story. I think a really important tool is being able to share stories with each other and then grow and walk alongside one another,” Boyle said. “So, I really hope that students will learn from the speak out that sexual violence happens here in many different ways and it doesn’t discriminate on any sort of identity.”Caron Gebhardt said she encourages unsure students to attend Take Back the Night, get involved and support survivors to contribute to the well-being of the tri-campus community.“Even if you’re not sure, just come, because I think you will be compelled by the men and women who have been harmed and the burdens and the scars and the wounds that they carry, but also by the hope and the courage and the resilience that they manifest,” Caron Gebhardt said. “It both shows us the darkest aspect of who we are as a community but also offers the greatest hope for us as a community.”Tags: campus climate, Gender Relations Center, McWell, sexual assault, sexual violence, Take Back the Night, tri-campus community
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaJapanese climbing fern climbs plants and chokes them. Cogongrass forms a toxic mat. And they’re just two of many foreign plant invaders that threaten Georgia’s forests and natural areas.Cogongrass grows thick foliage about 4 feet high, said Chris Evans, an invasive species and natural resource specialist with the University of Georgia Bugwood Network.The Bugwood Network is a Web-based system used to collect, promote and distribute educational materials in entomology, forestry and natural resources. Forming thick clumps and releasing toxins that smother all other plants, cogongrass can hurt natural wildlife and forestry production. “It’s considered one of the worst weeds in the world,” Evans said.It’s already infested several southwest Georgia counties, including a 20-acre site in Mitchell County. It has caused major problems for some pastures and forests in Mississippi and Florida. “We want to find and suppress it before it becomes a problem in Georgia,” he said.The light fluffy seeds of cogongrass are easily carried by wind. They also catch rides on vehicles. As a result, the plant fills many roadside ditches in Mississippi, he said.A native of southeast Asia, it was introduced into the Gulf states early last century as packing for cargo shipments. Others later tried it for livestock forage and erosion control.Japanese climbing fern grows quickly over small trees and shrubs, shades them out and kills them, Evans said. It grows up taller trees, too, where it becomes an easy path for fire to reach treetops.”Just in the past year,” he said, “we’re seeing more of it in pine stands in Georgia and natural areas.”The Asian and Australian native has made it hard for some south Georgia pine straw farmers to rake their straw, which they bundle and sell as landscape mulch, he said. Alabama and Florida officials regulate pine straw that enters their states for this fern.The plant was introduced into the United States in the 1930s as an ornamental. It grows as fast as kudzu. If left unchecked, kudzu can quickly take over a local area. But the Japanese climbing fern can spread faster over greater distances, he said.It takes time for some invasive species to become problems, he said. A population may be slow to establish. But once it does, it can explode.Invasive plant species like the Japanese climbing fern and cogongrass may have been introduced decades ago, Evans said, but they could now have the foothold they need to cause ecological and economic damage.Exotic invasive plants are found in almost every state. Georgia has about 20 major ones, he said.Many people think some common plants in Georgia are native species, he said, but they’re exotic and potentially invasive plants.Privet, for instance, is a small bush usually found growing under trees. It has white flowers and purple berries and can outcompete native shrubs.Wisteria is a popular landscape plant that sometimes escapes to become wild and unchecked in wooded areas. Its showy purple blooms can be seen growing on trees along some Georgia roadways in spring.The Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council and the Bugwood Network are sponsoring the Invasive Plant Control Workshop April 13 at the UGA Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga.Participants will learn how to identify exotic, invasive plant species, find out what measures are being taken to control them and how they can help. For more information, call (229) 386-3416. Or go to the Web site (www.ugatiftonconference.org).
The army said it has killed Jorge Briceno Suarez, who is also known as Victor Julio Suarez Rojas and the alias Mono Jojoy, the head of FARC’s military operations. By Dialogo September 23, 2010 For the past 40 years that was the news most awaited for by the majority of the Colombians, except for the â€œhonorable senatorâ€ Piedad Cordoba and her group of flunkies that elect that traitor; that we are to suppose are guerillas disguised as democratic leaders. Colombia’s army said on September 23 it has killed a top leader with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s oldest and fiercest rebel insurgency. The operation was a joint effort in La Macarena camp between the National Police, the National Army of Colombia and the Air Force, said a report in Colombian daily El Tiempo. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in New York for the yearly United Nations Summit, announced, “This is Operation Welcome to the FARC”, reported the same daily.
A Colombian man was extradited by his country to Quito, where he will serve a 12-year prison sentence for the crime of money laundering, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Interior announced on July 15. In February 2008, the foreign national identified as 31-year-old Andrés P.C., was sentenced when he was unable to justify the origins of his properties in Ecuador, which were seized by authorities, the institution said in a statement. “These properties were transferred by his father, Hernán P. C., who is currently detained in a U.S. prison for drug trafficking charges. When Andrés P. heard about his father’s arrest, he fled the country,” he added. He was detained in June 2012 in Colombia, where the courts accused him for money laundering and authorized his extradition last February. In August 2006, Ecuador disrupted an organization aimed at money laundering, headed by Hernán P. C. The money came from Panamanian companies, according to the Ministry. After this operation, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Panama and the United States started legal actions against the organization. By Dialogo July 16, 2013
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 51-year-old Shirley man was crushed to death when the truck he was working on rolled over him in Bohemia on Saturday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Timoteo Apaza Ari was under a box truck making repairs on the exhaust system when it rolled and struck him in the parking lot of Baker’s Antiques and Collectibles on Sunrise Highway at 2:10 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the accident.His family is requesting donations via fundly to pay for the funeral for the father of two.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police found skeletal remains Monday buried under the basement of a Southold home while investigating the case of a 38-year-old woman who was reported missing 51 years ago, authorities said.Homicide Squad detectives and Southold town police used ground-penetrating sonar to narrow down where to dig in the basement of a Lower Road home, where the remains were found shortly before noon, police said.Investigators suspect the remains to be that of Louise Pietrewicz, of Cutchogue, who’s boyfriend owned the home at the time of her disappearance in October 1966. The remains were taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office to determine the identity and cause of death.The boyfriend, former Southold Police Officer William Boken, died in the 1980s, according to police and reports. The current homeowner, who investigators said has no involvement in the case, consented to the search, authorities added.Police noted that the search was a follow-up to a 2013 dig in the basement of the home that turned up no results.The discovery came after Suffolk Times, a community weekly newspaper covering the North Fork, published an in-depth report on the case last year.
MANILA – A Quezon City court hasordered the arrest of former senator Antonio Trillanes IV and 10 others chargedwith conspiracy to commit sedition over the release of a video linkingPresident Rodrigo Duterte and his family to the illegal drug trade. Aside from Trillanes, arrest warrantswere also issued against Peter Joemel “Bikoy” Advincula, Fr. FlavianoVillanueva, Fr. Albert Alejo, Boom Enriquez, Yoly Ong-Villanueva, JonnellSanggalang, JM Saracho, Eduardo Acierto, Vicente Romano, and a certain“Monique.”But prosecutors said they will consider making Advincula a state witness.The case stemmed from allegations made by Advincula that members of theopposition plotted to discredit the Duterte administration by linking thePresident and his family to the illegal drug trade.In the video, Advincula tagged Duterte’s son Paolo, son-in-law Manases Carpio,and long-time aide and now senator Christopher Go in the drug trade but latertook back all his claims, saying the opposition had put him up to it./PN The controversial “Ang TotoongNarcolist” video was released during the 2019 midterm elections. Quezon City Metropolitan TrialCourt-Branch 138;s Judge Kristine Suarez released the arrest warrant yesterday.
Brookville, In. — Franklin County leaders have settled on a pay raise of three percent for government workers and elected officials. A five percent was proposed initially, but council members determined that level would not be sustainable. Drivers with a CDL will receive an additional $500 per year.County council members and commissioners will not receive the pay raise.