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Once a Belle, always a Belle

first_imgThe crowd that filed quietly into Regina Chapel on Tuesday filled the room with green – they wore bright green shirts and pinned small green ribbon to their tops. They came to remember Saint Mary’s sophomore Ziqi Zhang. Zhang, 19, who died last week from injuries sustained in an accident between her bike and an SUV outside the entrance to the College on State Route 933. Green was her favorite color. But even as they filled the chapel with green, they also filled the room with stories. During the service, faculty, staff and students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s stood one after another and shared their memories of an international student who had been their friend. A resident of Regina Hall, Zhang was a dual-degree student majoring in mathematics at Saint Mary’s and taking engineering classes at Notre Dame. She was a resident of Jiangsu Province in China. International student Ariane Umutoni met Zhang shortly after the two arrived at Saint Mary’s. She remembered Zhang as fearless while they discovered America together. “I remember going to the beach with her in Michigan,” Umutoni said. “There were big stones. … She was like, ‘I want a picture there.’ I said, ‘That’s dangerous,’ and she said, ‘Let’s take a chance.’ I was so scared, but she wasn’t. “That was Ziqi.” Umotoni asked the Saint Mary’s community to come together as a family during a time of need and grief. “We need you,” she said. “Some of us are far from home. You cannot imagine how my family is feeling to know that they have not seen me in so long and such a thing can happen. We need each and every one here. “We’ll hold hands, mourn together, cry together, share memories and just be a family,” she said. The stories from Zhang’s friends prompted both tears and laughter during the service. Paige Edmonds was Zhang’s resident assistant during her freshman year. She joked about a resident she said was both curious and warm. “She was one of those freshman that the questions you think you’re never gonna get asked as an RA, she asked them,” Edmonds said. “She was the type of resident who when you had a section event, would come knock on my door the next day and ask where everyone was. But she definitely challenged me to grow as a person. … Remember her smile.” Saint Mary’s graduate Chen Chen recalled a story she heard about Zhang before the two had even met. A mutual friend brought Zhang to pick up the keys to her dorm room on her first day at Saint Mary’s, but when they went to open the door, they had some trouble with the lock. “Ziqi just whipped out a toolkit … and started seriously working on trying to break into her room,” Chen said. “So I got really excited, and the first thing that came to my mind, I got to tell this story to Dr. Barstis, who is the engineering advisor, to let her know that we have a student who has the right engineering spirit. … That’s basically how she got to the engineering program.” Other professors and friends recalled Zhang as constantly smiling and always willing to push her limits for new experiences. They talked about an excellent student newly fascinated by philosophy and dedicated to her studies. They remembered a girl excited to return home to China over winter break for the first time since she had left for college. Notre Dame sophomore Christine Nie said she came from the same city as Zhang in China, but only met her after they came to South Bend. She remembered feeling at home hearing Zhang speak their first language with the same distinct accent as her family members and friends in China. “I thought even though she couldn’t stay in this beautiful world, as a girl of the same age and of the same city and of similar background, I can live this life for her,” she said through tears. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), read an email from Zhang’s parents to Dr. Alice Yang, director for global education. Another Chinese-speaking professor had translated the letter. “We lost our precious daughter,” they wrote. “She was our pride and joy. She longed for this wonder country of America, and we wish that she could have completed her studies, learned the sciences and humanities so that she could have played a worthy role in the betterment of the entire human race.” College President Carol Ann Mooney also wore bright green as she addressed the crowd gathered in the chapel. “Each of us has lost a sister,” Mooney said. “It is terribly difficult to lose a young person with so much talent and so much promise. Ziqi’s death leaves a hole in the Saint Mary’s community.” Zhang’s family is working to obtain passports and visas to come to the United States, Mooney said. Donations to help the family with funeral and travel expenses may be sent to Karen Johnson, vice president of Student Affairs, in 175 Le Mans Hall. Checks should be payable to Saint Mary’s College and indicate in the memo line that the donation is for the Ziqi Zhang family. “For her family, this is an unspeakable grief. … Our hearts break for her parents, her sister and her good friends and family in China,” Mooney said. Student Affairs is also collecting notes for Zhang’s family at the same address. The notes will be translated and delivered to her family when they arrive in the United States. “When they arrive on our campus, we will make every effort to let them know how valued Ziqi was, what a positive contribution to Saint Mary’s she was and that she had a home here.”last_img read more

Susan G. Komen Florida Names 2020 Warriors In Pink

first_imgSusan G. Komen Florida announced their 2020 Warriors in Pink on October 15, 2019 at the organization’s “Pink Flamingo Party” at the Palm Beach Zoo.  The festive atmosphere reflected the spirit of the nine chosen survivors and their passion for defeating breast cancer as ambassadors for Komen and the 2020 South Florida Race for the Cure on January 25, 2020 in Downtown West Palm Beach.The 2020 Warriors in Pink demonstrate the disease can strike anyone, regardless of family history, age, ethnicity, race or gender.  They will carry their message of breast cancer awareness to their own communities and take action collectively to create a groundswell of support in South Florida to help Komen reach its Bold Goal to reduce U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. The 2020 Komen Florida Warriors in Pink are:Kay Alvarez, age 43, West Palm BeachKay is a one-year survivor. Despite undergoing seven surgeries, Kay remained filled with determination, perseverance and persistence due to her family. Kay is determined to do her absolute best to raise awareness about early detection because that is what saved her. Tanya Burke, age 52, West Palm BeachTanya is a two-year survivor.  She found her breast cancer early thanks to a self-exam that detected a lump that was later diagnosed as Stage 1A triple negative breast cancer. As a single African American woman, she wants to set an example of looking within for inspiration and helping more women of color become visible in the fight. Heidi Kirk Garcia, age 50, JupiterHeidi is a four-year survivor.  She believes that early detection saved her life and stresses the importance of annual mammograms.  Heidi shares that breast cancer is a “family” diagnosis, crediting her loved ones for getting her through treatment, and also recognizes her fellow employees at NextEra Energy/FPL who share their breast cancer experiences and support each other daily. Denise Kaslow, age 57, Palm Beach GardensDenise is a 20-year survivor.  She has been involved with the Race for Cure for the past 21 years, serving as a Race team captain and repeatedly recognized as a top ten individual fundraiser.  She has also participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk four times in cities across the U.S. She hopes that her support of Komen will be an inspiration to others so that one day there will be a world without breast cancer. Sabine Millien-Felix, age 58, West Palm BeachSabine is a survivor of less than one year.  She has vowed to assist other women going through breast cancer personally by reaching out to those paralyzed with fear who don’t know what to do—especially those in her Haitian community—as well as professionally by lending her guidance for working with insurance companies to get much needed treatments. Kim Brisky, age 57, Hobe SoundKim is a one-year+ survivor.  She was diagnosed on April Fool’s Day 2018.  The timing may have foreshadowed one of the important things Kim leaned on to get her through her journey: a sense of humor.  She hopes to pay forward the love and support she has been given by her family and co-workers by helping other patients through their journeys.center_img About Susan G. Komen®Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide.  We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information.  Born out of a promise between two sisters, Susan G. Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures. Betsy Burden, age 59, Palm Beach GardensBetsy is a 13-year survivor.  As one of the founding members of the Christ Fellowship Cancer Support Group, Betsy comforts other cancer patients, and as the president of the Lighthouse Dragons Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team, she offers survivors and their supporters the many benefits of healthy exercise and sisterhood camaraderie. Brie Pestano, age 34, Boynton BeachBrie is a two-year breast cancer survivor.  She wants to help other young breast cancer patients stay strong mentally as much as possible, believing a positive attitude is essential to overcoming the battle.  Brie is also determined to find a way to help create a network where women can share information that may help physicians and scientists determine the cause for the disease.The 2020 Warriors in Pink will share their experiences with the community throughout the year and have a special role at the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure on January 25th in Downtown West Palm Beach.  They will lead hundreds of survivors to the Meyer Amphitheatre stage during the Survivor Recognition Ceremony, where all will be recognized for their fight against breast cancer.  Following the ceremony, the Warriors will lead all survivors on the 5K walk along Flagler Drive.  They will follow a Ford pace car, the national supporter of the Warriors in Pink program devoted to recognizing women who live by the credo of taking charge, living out loud, harnessing power and standing together.“Our Warriors are an inspiration to all that we will not let breast cancer defeat us,” said Kate Watt, executive director of Komen Florida.  “They are helping us take the fight to every corner of our community to drive awareness and save lives because they know if it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone.”To learn more about the Race for the Cure and Warriors in Pink, visit https://komenflorida.org/2020-warriors-in-pink/.About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Florida: Komen Florida is helping fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services and by collaborating with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care across the state of Florida. For more information, call (561) 514-3020 or visit www.komenflorida.org. James Keegan, age 71, Palm CityJames is a six-year breast cancer survivor.  His mission is to raise awareness that men can also get breast cancer, encourage them to examine themselves and ask their physicians to examine their breasts during their annual physicals, and take action at the first sign of an issue.last_img read more

House approves rules for Trump impeachment inquiry

first_imgThe possible impeachment of President Trump is gaining momentum in the US House.On Thursday, the House passed a Democratic resolution, which moves the impeachment process into a new phase, one that includes public hearings.The investigation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been conducted behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, where multiple government officials and witnesses have been called to testify.But the hearings will now be brought into the public eye after the result of Thursday’s House vote.The measure drafted by House Democrats lays out the ground rules for public hearings, provides procedures for the president and his counsel to respond to evidence, and sets out the process for considering articles of impeachment in the Judiciary Committee and the full House.Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry last month after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but has adamantly denied any wrongdoing in the matter, slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”Shortly after the scandal went viral, the Trump administration released the unredacted, declassified transcript of the controversial conversation in which the Department of Justice concluded that he did not break the law.But US officials opted to move forward with the impeachment inquiry as it moves into a new phase as of Thursday.last_img read more

JetBlue Flight Diverts to PBIA Due to Smoke; No Injuries Reported

first_imgA JetBlue flight that was heading from the Bahamas to New York with 143 people aboard was diverted to Palm Beach International Airport Thursday afternoon.Local and federal authorities say the crew declared an emergency due to a report of smoke in the cockpit.No one was hurt as Flight 421, which originally departed from Nassau for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, landed at PBIA, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue officials add that the smoke was limited to the cockpit and had already dissipated by the time firefighters boarded the aircraft.The FAA is investigating the cause of the incident.Officials at PBIA say the passengers were deplaned but did not have additional information about their travel plans.last_img read more

Orange County blaze likely first of many

first_imgThe blaze was ignited by flames that spread from a stolen car that was set ablaze, said Miller. “It was intentionally set, so that makes it arson,” he said. The car was a 2004 white Honda Civic that had been stolen from Riverside County, said John Nicoletti, spokesman for city of Anaheim. He said investigators had been in Riverside County all Monday working leads and were also reviewing security tape from Highway 241 to try to identify who ditched the car. “We’re looking for anybody who was traveling along the 241 toll road early Sunday that may have any information about seeing people around a vehicle such as that,” Nicoletti said. A red-flag alert for fire danger had been issued going into the weekend, and the forecast of winds, extremely low humidity and heat proved true as Southern California stayed on pace to have the driest winter in decades. ANAHEIM – A fierce blaze that whipped through brush lands among neighborhoods of multimillion-dollar homes during the weekend likely foreshadows an intense wildfire season as Southern California emerges from an abnormally dry winter, firefighters and forecasters said Monday. “With the current conditions we’re seeing, if we do have fires, we’re looking at real extreme fire behavior,” said Capt. Steve Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority. Even as firefighters predicted full containment of the 2,036-acre Anaheim Hills fire by 6 a.m. today, crews Monday had to jump on new blazes – 5 acres in Camarillo and about 10 acres in Los Angeles’ rugged Griffith Park. A 1,005-acre blaze that began Sunday in rural Riverside County was expected to be surrounded Monday evening. The Anaheim Hills blaze broke out Sunday and forced hundreds of people to temporarily leave their homes as hot, dry Santa Ana winds spread it over an area equal to about three square miles. One house was damaged and two outbuildings were destroyed. Another home initially reported as damaged was not harmed, Miller said. The last time it was this dry was in the 1923-24 season when 2.5 inches of rain was recorded through March 22, 1924. Only about 2.4 inches of rain have fallen in downtown Los Angeles since the July 1 start of the rain year, and forecasters said it was unlikely there would be any rain in March. Normal annual rainfall in Los Angeles is 11.43 inches. Santa Ana, Orange County’s seat, received only 1.81 inches of rain between July 1 and March 11 – about one-fifth of normal. At least four Orange County cities hit record highs Sunday, including Fullerton with 97. At 92 degrees, Los Angeles was one degree shy of breaking a record set in 1916. Temperatures to the east in Riverside County reached 104 degrees Sunday, a fire spokeswoman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DIVING: SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB TRAVEL TO CAMPBELL’S BED

first_imgSHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CLUB NOTES.Club members from Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club had some fine diving last weekend, despite the poor sea state that was in part due to the big Spring tides but mainly a persistent north easterly breeze that pushed the swell all the way down Mulroy Bay. However it was the predicted extreme low water at Downings Pier on Saturday that was the deciding factor in launching from Mevagh and after checking out the conditions at Melmore Head the dive party travelled the length of Mulroy Bay to Campbells Bed.This dive site consists of a 500m long reef that runs in a generally north-south direction on the eastern side of the bay, where depths range from as shallow as 2m to greater than 25 metres on its southern most edge.Marine life on site takes full advantage of these variations in depth, with a wide range of species on the shallower reaches of the water column, including seaweeds, kelps, anemones and if a diver is very fortunate they will see a pipefish, while deeper down there are various crab species, Dog Whelks, Sea Lemons and the occasional Thornback Ray.As always the rapid change in water temperature in Broadwater Bay is remarkable, having made a welcome return to 10 degrees Celsius for the first time in many months. However the increased water temperatures had the expected consequence of a Plankton bloom in the bay there-by reducing the in-water visibility to no greater than three metres horizontally. Nonetheless the warmer water temperatures on Saturday morning allowed for longer dive times of over 40 minutes, which was also helped by the dive being conducted in one stick, thanks to Simon Henderson who provided dry coxswain duties.On Sunday morning Sheephaven SAC had a dive party big enough to justify putting three boats in the water for the first time this year and again they were fortunate to have dry coxswains who allowed the morning trainee dive to be conducted in one stick.Once again the midday tidal condition at Downings would have prohibited the recovery of the club dive boats so the decision was to go back to Mevagh where low water conditions were more favourable. Sea conditions out to sea we sufficiently good enough to allow for the dive to be conducted in the lee of Ravendy Island, near to Melmore Head.Water temperature at 9 degrees Celsius was just a little cooler than Broadwater Bay on Saturday morning, while in-water visibility was better at nearly 5 metres horizontally, with maximum depths of over 15 metres for the more experienced divers.Maximum dive times of 30 minutes were recorded as the new trainees got another 10 metre dive under their belt, as they continue on the process of completing the series of qualifying dives for their 2 Star dive grade.Overall it was a lovely weekend of diving with at last a welcome rise in water temperatures, giving the promise of even better diving conditions in the near future. DIVING: SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB TRAVEL TO CAMPBELL’S BED was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sheephaven Sub Aqua ClubSport Divinglast_img read more