Korea Institute announces the 2014-15 student scholarships, awards

first_img Read Full Story The Korea Institute at Harvard University promotes the study of Korea and brings together faculty, students, scholars, and visitors to create a leading Korean studies community at Harvard. Through the Korea Institute, Harvard offers resources for graduate and undergraduate students to study Korea. On campus in Cambridge, students take courses on Korea and may choose from a wide array of Korea-related programmatic activities. Graduate and undergraduate students may conduct dissertation/thesis research and language study in Korea, and undergraduates may participate in study and work abroad opportunities in Korea through a variety of programs such as the Harvard Summer School-Korea Program, Korean language study at Ewha University and internships. last_img read more

IMF says T&T economy improving

first_imgThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the economy of Trinidad and Tobago is slowly recovering from a prolonged recession from energy supply shocks and low energy prices.“With signs of improvement driven by energy sector growth from the second half of 2017, the economy is expected to return to positive growth in 2018 as the recovery takes hold in the non-energy sector,” said the Washington-based financial institution in a statement on Friday after conclusion of the 2018 Article IV Mission.Progress in fiscal consolidation“Good progress is being made in implementing fiscal consolidation,” it added. “As growth gathers pace, policies should focus on completing the fiscal adjustment, while insulating the economy from future commodity price swings within a medium-term fiscal policy framework, and on creating an enabling environment for the non-energy sector as an engine of growth. “The strong recovery in gas production in 2017 had knock-on effects on downstream industries, while oil production remained largely flat, at a historically low level,” the IMF said. “The weak non-energy sector dampened the overall growth, reflecting weak activity in construction, financial services and trade; continued shortage of foreign exchange and slow implementation of public investment projects weighed on the sector.”Decline in inflationThe IMF said headline inflation fell to historic lows of 1.9 percent in 2017 on weak aggregate demand, and further to 1.1 percent in April.While remaining at relatively low levels, the IMF said the unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in the second quarter 2017 from 4.4 percent in second quarter 2016, up from 3.3 percent in second quarter in 2014, with youth unemployment at an estimated 12 percent in 2017, compared with 7.9 percent in 2014.The IMF recommended that the strategy focus on completing the adjustment, while insulating the economy from future commodity swings; and creating an enabling environment for the non-energy sector to be an engine of growth.“This growth should include improved FX access, business-friendly environment, diversification efforts, reduced crime, and “growth-friendly, efficiency-enhancing public investments.”last_img read more

Lucchini sparks Kootenay to first win of BCMMHL season by scoring twice, Rockets rebound in game two

first_imgJake Lucchini of Trail scored with three-minutes-plus remaining in the third period, snapping a 4-4 tie and lifting the Kootenay Ice to its first win of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season, a 5-4 decision over Okanagan Rockets, Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Unfortunately, the Ice could not duplicate the magic Sunday in the rubber match losing 7-0 to the Rockets.Saturday, the Ice held period leads of 2-0 and 4-3 before Okanagan captain Josh Ellis tied the game beating Kootenay netminder Kimberley Newell four minutes into the final period.However, with time running out Lucchini snapped home his second of the game to power the Ice to its first win of the season.Nelson’s Brandon Sookro also scored twice for Kootenay with Riley Brant of Trail adding a single.Justin Marreck scored twice and Harlan Orr had a single for Okanagan.Sunday, Ellis scored the first goal of the game for the Rockets 58 seconds into the game — sliding a shot past Newell from the corner — and everything went south after that for Kootenay.Newell, orginally from Vancouver but moved to Nelson during the off season, played both games between the pipes for Kootenay after goalie teammate Brett Soles was sick for most of the week.The Ice ran into a red-hot goalie in the form of Harrison Whitlock, who slammed the door on the Kootenay shooters.Whitlock was especially tough in the first period as Kootenay twice breakaways but were unable to beat Whitlock.Mitchell Cook, with a pair, Marreck, Mackenzie Fernie, Parker Bowles and Drayden Larsen also scored for the Rockets, improving to 3-3-0 on the season.Meanwhile, the Ice fell to 1-3 to remain last in the BCMMHL standings. Kootenay opened the season losing twice to the North Island Silvertips from Nanaimo.However, Kootenay is only four points out of sixth spot in the 11-team league.ICE CHIPS: Kootenay netminder Kimberley Newell accepted a hockey scholarship offer to Princeton University following a tour of some Ivy League schools. Newell, celebrating her 16th birthday last week and currently attending L.V. Rogers in Nelson, plans to graduate early from high school and head to the New Jersey-based university in the fall to begin studies in a degree in economics. . . . Seth Schmidt of Creston had two assists during Saturday’s win. . . .Jake Lucchini of Trail leads the Ice in scoring with four goals for five points. Brandon Sookro of Nelson is second with three markers. Schmidt also has three assists for [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_imgBy Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures ChartersThe sun in shining and the fish are hopping on the hook so let’s get ready for a great month of fishing on Kootenay Lake. Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.Kootenay Lake Almost a carbon copy of the last couple months, the fishing has remained the same.  Lots of fish, but still waiting for the big ones to come to life. Water conditions are perfect and so is the weather.  This is our favorite time of year for fishing the lake.  So, hopefully, like everything else this year, things are a month behind.  And maybe December will be the beginning of our ‘Big Fish’  season. November saw lots of days with 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat.  A lot of smaller fish, but usually getting a couple decent fish each day to keep the excitement alive. On our last trip of November, we finally saw a couple big fish come to the boat.  A beautiful chrome 18 Lb Rainbow followed by an amazing colorful 20 Lb Rainbow.  So, hopefully that’s the beginning of our famous winter fishery. Other reports from the lake are similar.  Lots of shakers and small Bull trout, with a couple biggies being reported each week.  The North end of the lake is reporting good Bull Trout fishing, but not as many Rainbows. Hopefully, as December progresses, we will hear more reports of the big boys coming out to play. Stay tuned……………………  What are they biting on??? Most of our Rainbows are being caught on the surface and our Bull Trout on the downriggers.  So, it’s best to cover both angles if possible.  We’re lucky enough to have 3 or 4 people on the boat each day so we can run both surface and deep lines. My favorite bucktail flies as of late have been:  #210, 214, 215, and 224.  Or the common colors of Black/white, gray/white, purple/white. My favorite Lyman plugs have been:  #16, 55, 69, and 160 as of late.  Colors are similar to the flies we’ve been using. And the old standby, flasher/hoochie has been catching its fair share of Bull Trout.  Favorite depths have been 75ft, 95ft,  and 110ft. That should about cover it for this time of year. Hope to hear more people having success during this next month. Definitely my favorite time of year!! So, let’s get out there. ……..Kerry Reed Reel Adventureswww.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

Africa’s Great Green Wall to stop the spreading Sahara

first_img13 May 2016Imagine an immense forest spun out along one of the world’s greatest deserts as a coast-to-coast barricade to the spread of the sands. This is the vision of the Great Green Wall of Africa, now a step closer after a recent AU conference.The plan is to create a living barrier of trees and plants, 14 kilometres wide and running for 7 000 kilometres along the southern border of the Sahara’s Sahel desert. It would pass through 11 countries, beginning at Senegal on the west coast and ending in Djibouti in the east.The historic first conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) was held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar from 2 to 7 May 2016, as all role-players came together to find ways to make the vision a reality.The Great Green Wall will stretch from one coastline on the west of Africa all to the way to the east, covering 7 000 kilometres. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube, TerrAfrica)The aim is to push back at land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and Sahara. Increased vegetation will also boost food security and help local communities to adapt to climate change, according to the GGWSSI.These videos explain the project:The conference follows the recent Global Climate Summit in Paris, where leaders and partners pledged $4-billion (about R60-billion) to the Great Green Wall over the next five years.Naoko Ishii, Head of #GlobalEnvironmentFacility watching our VR film ‘Growing a World Wonder’ at #COP21 pic.twitter.com/gIrzkeaskS— Great Green Wall (@GreenWallAfrica) January 11, 2016Watch Time Magazine’s coverage:“The Great Green Wall Initiative generates a great operational platform for responding to the development conundrum of African dry lands,” said Jamal Saghir, an advisor on Africa at the World Bank.The bank is increasing support for African initiatives to build resilience against climate change, he said.ProgressThe AU started this pan-African project in 2007.“A decade after the initiative started, today the Great Green Wall stands as one of the most innovative and daring endeavours in human history, a real world wonder,” said Dr Janet Edeme, an AU agricultural expert. Since 2007, significant strides have been made. Senegal has planted more than 11-million trees, Nigeria has created 20 000 jobs in rural areas and Ethiopia has restored 15-million hectares of degraded land.The many potential benefits of the Great Green Wall include increasing food security, creating jobs and improving farmlands. (Image: Design Week, UK, Venture Three)The conference“With increased challenges of climate change, the need for appropriate risk management strategies should be emphasised,” said Bukar Tijani, Africa representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.“Youth employment and inclusive growth, including women empowerment, are critical, particularly in light of urbanisation and migration and the dividend that can accrue to Africa from its growing youthful population.”At the conference, partners refined a roadmap to implement the Paris pledges to boost livelihood opportunities for local communities and establish greater resilience against climate change. At the end of the first day, ministers affirmed their commitment to implementation in the Dakar Declaration.The Great Green Wall is a collaboration between the AU and international partners such as the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, the EU, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the UN’s FAO, the Global Environment Facility, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory, and the World Bank.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Referee Affiliate of the Month

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) ‘Referee Affiliate of the Month’ sees TFA highlight an affiliate that has demonstrated success in referee development, but most importantly provide information and ideas from that affiliate as a profile for other affiliates and competitions to utilise. TFA congratulates the third Referee Affiliate of the Month, Northern Districts Touch Association in Western Australia and thanks the affiliate for providing the included information. To view the Northern Districts Touch Association case study, please click on the attachment below or click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3591-0-0-0&sID=282883Related Filesnorthern_districts_touch_referee_affiliate_case_study-pdfRelated LinksRef Affiliate of the Monthlast_img read more

9 months agoPochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksenby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has trust in Christian Eriksen amid his continuing negotiations over a contract extension.The Dane stated this week that he was waiting for the club to appease his demands.Eriksen’s current contract expires in 2020 and Pochettino believes he can count on him to perform until then.He said: “We hope that he can be here for a long time.”I think Christian is a fantastic player. I was in Copenhagen in the summer and spent a good time with my wife, and Christian, in a very nice restaurant!”We hope that Christian can commit to the club with a long-term contract – but in football business it is about timings and negotiations.”He is ready to wait. Maybe sign this week, maybe sign in six months.”For me, it is not a point to discuss. He is very committed with us and he is playing so well. He is a great player and I am so happy with him.”He is a special person and you need to give him some freedom on the pitch.”You cannot put him in a box to play, you need to give freedom and trust in him.”It’s like my dog in the park – I say, ‘go, I trust in you!’. Christian, you need to trust in him.”There is going to be a decision, and I hope he will commit to the club for the long term.” last_img read more

Judge proposes ordering PGE to shut off power for wildfires

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge in San Francisco is considering ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to re-inspect its entire electric grid and cut off power during certain wind conditions to prevent wildfires.Judge William Alsup proposed the requirements in a court order late Wednesday. He said his goal was to prevent the utility from causing any wildfires in the 2019 fire season.PG&E said it was reviewing Alsup’s order.Alsup is overseeing a criminal sentence against PG&E stemming from a deadly explosion of one of the utility’s gas lines in 2010. He has asked PG&E whether any requirements of the sentence might be implicated if its equipment ignited a wildfire.He also asked the utility to explain any role it may have played in a massive wildfire in November.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Margaret Ma Murray community school wins additional money from the Indigo Adopt

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Margaret Ma wins a place amongst four other B.C. schools for having a most loved story which was chosen from a draw, garnering the school an additional $500 to purchase more books.The results are in for 2018 Adopt a school program, an annual fundraiser to help high-needs elementary schools raise funds for their libraries to help improve childhood literacy.When you donate to a school during the Adopt a School program, every dollar you donate goes directly to the school of your choice. All participating schools get a 30 percent discount on books from Indigo, Chapters and Coles. During the fundraiser, schools are set up with a free online platform where supporters can donate directly. Margaret Ma surpassed their goal of seeking 340 books receiving 363 books, and in addition to the reward of achieving their book goal, the school won runner-up for the most loved story contest. This means five of the most voted for stories from the website were entered into a draw. The top story won $2500 in Indigo gift cards, and the four remaining runners-up received $500 in Indigo gift cards.Indigo Adopt a School program is an annual fall fundraising campaign that has been created by the Indigo love of reading Foundation established in 2004 by the Canadian company. Since the inception of the program, $1.1 Million books for over 600 high needs elementary schools have been donated.For a direct link to Margaret Ma’s online profile see HERElast_img read more

The Legions Annual Childrens Christmas Party

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Applications are due for children to participate in this free event open to the general public, Sunday, December 9th, 2018.The Legion’s Children’s Christmas party is an open event that fills up quickly and is put together by volunteers. Parents wanting to have their children participate in the event must fill out and return an application form. The only requirement for the event is that the parent delivers a pre-wrapped present for their child to the Legion.This gift is returned the day of the party to the child and the intention is to hold the attending child’s space. On the day of the event, the child will receive two gifts, the one the parent provided and the one the Legion gets for them. In previous years applications were filled and with alot of no shows the day of the event the Legion does not want any missed opportunities for children to attend and this is the reason for bringing in a present.Once all the applications for the event are collected the volunteers go through sorting genders and ages and go out shopping to be able to purchase toys that are personalized to the children receiving them.The Children’s Christmas Party starts at 1 pm and goes until 4 pm on Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The main hall of the Legion is decorated and ready with snacks and food, seasonal music, as well as games such as bobbing for Candy Canes which also includes winning prizes.  Santa makes his way into the hall about 2:30 pm where he presents the children with their gifts.To get an application for your child to attend the Christmas party email Jennilee at; [email protected] receiving the application you can either return the filled out form to Jennilee or drop it off at the branch. People unable to get the application printed are also able to email Jennilee and include the attending child’s name, age, gender, the parent’s name and parents phone number. This process needs be completed by cutoff at 8 pm Friday, December, 7th, 2018The wrapped present for the attending child is required to be at the Legion before noon Saturday, December 8th, 2018last_img read more