SMC Sophomore Parents Weekend welcomes families to campus

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed families to campus Friday for the annual Sophomore Parents Weekend. Despite rainy weather and Friday’s breaking news of College President Jan Cervelli’s resignation, students and parents gathered for a variety of activities organized by Saint Mary’s Class Council.Family members participated in activities spanning from a Saturday brunch to pumpkin painting and carriage rides at Saint Mary’s annual Oktoberfest. These events were followed by a closing mass Sunday morning.  “Our main goal is to have events promoting unity for the school,” sophomore class representative Meg Hemmert said. “This year we have a brunch followed by Oktoberfest, [which was] sponsored by Student Activities Board. On Sunday morning, we have a sophomore class Mass at the Church of Loretto.” Tom Pantelleria, who attended the events with his daughter, sophomore Emily Pantelleria, said the Saturday brunch was an especially exciting event.“We got to meet [new interim College President Nancy Nekvasilt on Saturday], which was a relief to us parents,” he said. “We got to talk about the school’s mission of developing confidence and critical thinking amongst the women here. We’re all confident that these young women will grow up to be the next great leaders of our country.” Many families, including sophomore Alison Schibi’s, arrived on-campus from across the country for this weekend. “We flew from Kansas, which is always an adventure itself, but it’s always worth it to see Alison,” Kelly Schibi said about her daughter. “Every opportunity to come up and visit campus is exciting because we just love it here.” Eric Schibi, Alison’s father, said it was an interesting weekend to visit campus after the shocking news of Cervelli’s resignation.“We are so shocked to hear the news,” he said. “It’s very surprising and interesting that all this just happened.”Alison said she was “so happy” that she got to spend time with her family. “I loved having my parents and sister come visit me this weekend,” Alison said. “I know that a lot of sophomore students did not have parents come, so I am very thankful I was able to see mine and spend time with them.” For many families, the weekend was a special time to relax with their daughters.“I’m most happy about seeing my daughter,” Geri Pantelleria, Emily Pantelleria’s mother, said. “That’s most exciting because I have missed her so much.” Emily expressed a similar sentiment, voicing the joy she felt combining her two homes for the weekend.“I love every opportunity to blend my Saint Mary’s family with my real one,” Emily said. “Saint Mary’s is my second home.”Tags: families, parents, Saint Mary’s Class Council, Sophomore Parents Weekendlast_img read more

The EBRD has invested 70m euros in D-Marin marinas operating in Croatia, Greece and Turkey

first_imgAs part of the largest investment in the tourism sector in its history, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed an agreement to purchase approximately 25 percent of the shares, becoming a shareholder in D Marinas BV, a holding company currently operating a network of 10 marinas in Croatia. Greece and Turkey, which operate under the D-Marin brand. The EBRD’s 70m-euro investment will finance the company’s development plans, including marina management development, future acquisitions and deleveraging.D Marinas BV is the largest and only international chain of marinas in the eastern Mediterranean, and in Croatia they are present in Šibenik, which manages more than 8000 berths. The owner of the company is Doğuş Holding AS, one of the leading business groups in Turkey and a long-term partner of the EBRD, while the expansion of the business will enable the development of tourism at the local level, further growth and job creation, the Dogus Group reports.”With this investment, the EBRD confirms its long-term commitment to supporting the development of the Croatian economy. Tourism is one of the most powerful generators of growth in these countries, so we expect this investment to open up new opportunities for local entrepreneurs and create new jobs. The beginning of the tourist season is the right time to sign an agreement on such an important investment, by which the EBRD provides much-needed capital to continue development.” said Jurgen Rigterink, EBRD Vice President.The project also includes the use of technical resources from the EBRD’s Special Shareholders’ Fund, which are intended to finance educational programs aimed at opening new opportunities for part-time education, especially for young people and women. The investment was realized within the new EBRD Inclusive Tourism Program for the Eastern Mediterranean, which aims to support the growth and development of tourism at the local level through investments in hotels and tourism companies.The EBRD signed its first project in Croatia in 1994 and has since invested more than 3,6 billion euros in 198 projects. The bank’s activities cover all areas of the economy, but are particularly strong in the areas of infrastructure, entrepreneurship, financial institutions and energy. The EBRD is also involved in dialogue on economic policy measures, capital market development and regulatory reform.D-Marin operates 10 marinas in Croatia, Greece and Turkey, making it one of the largest international chains in the Eastern Mediterranean. D-Marin employs a total of 502 employees, of which 155 in Croatia. “The cooperation between the company D-Marin and the EBRD started in 2013 on the project for the development of the marina D-Marin Dalmacija and since then it has successfully continued to the mutual satisfaction. We have also collaborated on projects related to socially responsible business in the form of education of Croatian students who see their future career in this segment. Meanwhile, D-Marin has become a strong brand in nautical tourism and one of the leading marine management companies in the world. Today’s signing is therefore extremely important for D-Marin, and therefore for Croatia. I thank the EBRD for its trust. ”  said Burak Baykan, CEO of D-Marin.Photo: Ferit F. Şahenk and Jürgen RigterinkFerit F. henahenk, CEO of Doğuş Group, said that this partnership especially confirms the efforts and successes of Turkey in its intention to become a world-famous brand, and added: “We are proud that the long-term strategy of the Doğuş Group to invest in tourism, especially in marinas, has been recognized by such an important institution as the EBRD. The success of D-Marin, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, where the tourist potential is constantly growing, is confirmed by this agreement and according to our strategy we continue to further expand our business in this region. I hope that we will continue to seek new valuable investments together with the EBRD in Turkey and in the Mediterranean area. This agreement is also a proof of the great progress that the Turkish business community has made in recent years around the world. I believe that our partnership will be a positive contribution to the EBRD, Doğuş Group and all countries in which we are active in business. ” concluded Sahenk.last_img read more

Ireland signs new Stoke deal

first_img Ireland has revived his career at the Britannia Stadium after joining the Potters on a loan deal from Aston Villa at the start of the season. Stoke made the move permanent during the January transfer window and have now tied down the 27-year-old until the end of the 2016-17 season. Midfielder Stephen Ireland has signed a three-year contract to remain at Stoke. “We’re delighted that Stephen has committed himself to us. He’s an outstanding player; I think we’ve seen that in the time that he’s been with us,” he said. “He’s someone I’ve worked with before and that will help Stephen because he enjoys working in a stable environment where he knows people. I think that gets the best out of him and we’ll reap the benefits of that and I think the next few years will be great for him. “He’s still a young man and we’re arguably getting him at a time in his career when he should be at the peak of his powers. I think it’s a great opportunity both for Stephen and the club.” Ireland had no hesitation in signing the deal after admitting his career has been rekindled by the move. The midfielder has made 27 league and cup appearances this term and has started to rediscover the form that first brought him to attention under Potters boss Mark Hughes at Manchester City. “It’s important for every player to feel wanted and to be a part of a family and to be honest I haven’t had that for a long, long time,” he told “Thankfully I have felt that warmth here at Stoke and truth be told I couldn’t really be in a better place than I am at the moment. “For that, I have to thank the gaffer immensely because he is the main reason why I came here in the first instance, and of course, he is a big factor in why I am delighted to agree this new deal now. “I have also been able to build a good relationship with the supporters too, and that is very warming to me, because it has been a long time since I have felt loved at a football club.” Ireland also thanked Hughes, adding: “I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy my football again like I have done if the manager hadn’t have brought me here in the first place, so of course, I am incredibly grateful to him and the club for doing that.” Hughes believes Stoke will see the best of Ireland over the next few years. Press Associationlast_img read more

L.A. Clippers set to face woeful Boston Celtics

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tipoff: 12:30 p.m.TV/Radio: Prime Ticket, KFWB 980AMUpdate: The Clippers are coming off a 117-108 victory Saturday at Sacramento. Any road win is good. But the Kings are just 16-24 and they were missing their best player – post DeMarcus Cousins (thigh contusion). … The Clippers are 4-2 over their past six games. The wins were over the Lakers, Mavericks, Trail Blazers and Kings. The losses were to the Heat and Cavaliers. … In case you haven’t noticed, Matt Barnes is having his best month of what is now the halfway point of the season. He is averaging 14.6 points in January and scored 26 in the win over Sacramento. … Speaking of the halfway point of the season, the Clippers reached it at 27-14, That puts them at sixth in the Western Conference standings. If the playoffs started right now, they’d play third-seeded Memphis. Asked postgame Saturday his thoughts on where his team is, coach Doc Rivers came with this: “I like our team, I’ve been saying that. We don’t have the perfect team and I’ll let all you (reporters) point that out to us, but we don’t care. I haven’t seen the perfect team. Every team has some kind of flaw and we’re fine with that.” … The Celtics are a woeful 13-25 and reside in 13th in the Eastern Conference and still not out of the playoff picture because the No. 8 team ‑ Brooklyn ‑ is just 17-24. Boston is led by small forward Jeff Green, who has a 17.4 scoring average. The Celtics were coached by Rivers for nine seasons, winning a title under him in 2008. The Celtics have lost four of five.— Robert Moraleslast_img read more