Students inspire women through online forum

first_imgSeveral women at Saint Mary’s have embraced their unique role as women’s college students in spreading the word about women empowerment worldwide by contributing to the Smart Girls Group (SGG). Sophomore Victoria Wilbraham, who serves as SGG’s vice president and director of communications, said the group is an online community designed to connect, inspire and empower girls on an international level through writings in a daily blog, The Loop, and a monthly magazine, The Smart Girls Guide.   “Our motto, ‘Be Smart, Share Smarts,’ encourages girls to share their passions with others,” she said.  “We do this through The Loop and The Smart Girls Guide, both of which are fully run by high school and college girls.” Wilbraham said SGG currently involves 110 girls from 15 colleges and seven different countries in its online empowerment work, but the organization is looking to expand at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and beyond. “We will be launching a campus program in January,” she said. “The Campus Smart Girls will be a place where girls from different colleges around the country can come and share what is going on at their school.” Senior Monica Murphy began writing a monthly column for the online magazine, titled “Dear Smart Girl,” after Wilbraham and SGG founder Emily Raleigh, two of her close friends, shared their passion and vision for SGG and its global mission with her. “I quickly came on board and currently write inspirational columns for the magazine,” Murphy said. “I want girls to embrace all that they were created to be and to understand that they are invaluable.” Freshman Keeley Frost, who heads the Saint Mary’s Campus Program blog and will be featured on the cover of the magazine’s November issue, said the blog covers happenings at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and South Bend. Frost said becoming involved with SGG and its emphasis on confidence, strength, courage and power helped her learn about herself as well as the ability of young women to empower each other. “Girls have great potential to serve the world and make a difference in the lives of all other women around us,” she said. “By joining the Smart Girls Group, I realize the confidence I have in my life and how I can use it to inspire others. The SGG’s online media offerings serve to inform members of the Saint Mary’s community who may not know about the organization or its mission, Frost said, and all Belles are invited to help strengthen the College’s involvement in the SGG community.    “The magazine comes out monthly with amazing articles written by other Smart Girls, so this campus chapter is a great way to get the word out about SGG to the Saint Mary’s community,” Frost said.  “I am so excited for it to develop into something extraordinary.” Murphy said she is proud to be involved with an organization that strives to promote the power of women. “It is a true blessing to be a part of a ministry offering hope and light,” she said.  “Join us on this incredibly journey as we transform the minds and lives of girls across the world.” As part of the group’s involvement guarantee, Wilbraham said all girls interested in becoming part of SGG are welcome to do so and can contact her at [email protected] for more information. Contact Maddie Daly at [email protected]last_img read more

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Honda recalls 85,000 cars in Indonesia over faulty fuel pumps

first_imgAutomotive firm PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) announced on Wednesday a recall of 85,025 cars of the Honda brands, over suspected faulty fuel pumps.The company identified such pumps in their Brio, Mobilio, Jazz, BR-V, HR-V, CR-V, City, Civic and Accord models built between 2017 and 2019. The move is to prevent cases where engines die abruptly or do not start at all, the company statement reads. The component replacement service will also be free of charge at official Honda workshops. “We urge and remind customers with identified vehicles to immediately take their cars to an official Honda garage,” HPM service & parts assistant general manager Denny MT said in a statement, adding that the recall was in the interest of customer safety.Denny added that some garages offered vehicle pick-up services.The company estimates the replacement to take between 60 and 90 minutes.Honda has claimed to have contacted the registered owners of the vehicles. However, Honda car owners may check whether or not their cars require servicing by visiting HPM’s official site or by calling their customer care number during work hours.Customers can also book a fuel pump replacement through their mobile application Honda e-Care, which is available on both the App Store and Google Play.Honda also urges contacted car owners who have given away their vehicles to inform the company, so the company can contact the new owner.Topics :last_img read more

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Harman makes key adjustment in close singles win

first_img Comments Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Emily Harman had to get to the net. She was playing a match tiebreaker with the score tied at one at the end of the second set, and her groundstrokes simply would not win it. Not against Jessica Ahn’s consistent returns. But regardless of the speed of Ahn’s serves or the regularity of Ahn’s shots, Harman realized if she was to win, she couldn’t sit back. She needed to attack her opponent. The opportunity to dictate plays while putting away volleys was crucial.‘She’s always going to be an extremely aggressive player, in all facets,’ SU head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘She’s always looking to end the points on her own terms.’From there on out Harman attacked the net every time she had a chance. Instead of waiting at the baseline, she sprinted five strides forward.That’s where her game was. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHarman’s change to that aggressive style caught her opponent off guard and secured a 6-1, 6-7 (6), 10-4 win Wednesday. In Syracuse’s 6-1 team victory over Army, Harman’s match provided just about the only excitement of the day. Aside from a loss for co-captain Simone Kalhorn, the Orange cruised to its 10th straight victory, dropping only three sets on the day.Harman, still residing far from the net, appeared to be on course for an easy victory after winning her first set. Assistant coach Shelley George said she was hitting first serves and keeping her opponent on her heels. But the second set got away from her. The attack simply wasn’t there. ‘(Ahn) won the first game of the second set, which in tennis is big if you haven’t won much in the first set,’ Harman said. ‘And I think she made a couple of lucky shots that got her confidence going and then her game started clicking a lot more than in the first set. I made some errors and didn’t execute as well as I did in the first set, which allowed her back in.’Harman came back from being down 5-2 to force a second-set tiebreaker. She started shifting into a serve-and-volley game more. But with that, her returns became tentative. She hadn’t completely made the shift yet, though, losing the second set.Then, instead of playing a third set, Harman and Ahn played a tiebreaker to 10 because Syracuse had already won enough singles matches and the doubles point to have clinched a team victory. Her volleys and serve had just one tiebreaker to stand out.‘(Volleying) is what I like,’ Harman said. ‘A very big strength in my game is to take the first serve and rock it and then just finish the point. Make the point short, attack and the way that I attack is to get to net. And my hands are good and I play to my strength.’This strength manifested itself in several points in the match tiebreaker. Ahn was unable to return two of Harman’s serves, hitting one into the net and one deep. Three points were decided when Harman hit winning volleys past Ahn. She angled volleys so Ahn could not reach them before they flew out of bounds. On the second-to-last point, with the score 9-3, Ahn saw Harman at net and started to sneak forward herself. But that’s where Harman wanted the game to be. That’s where her game resides.Unperturbed, Harman hit a volley past Ahn. Had Ahn been at the baseline — where she spent most of the match — she could have kept the point alive.Ahn didn’t, and two points later, Harman closed out the match. All because of that switch.‘I thought she played awesome,’ Kalhorn said. ‘She was being so aggressive and coming to net and not even giving the other girl a chance really.’[email protected]last_img read more

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Breast-cancer chemo unnecessary for some

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“We are backing off on chemotherapy and using chemotherapy more selectively,” said Dr. Eric Winer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The gene test in particular “will start changing practice nearly immediately,” said Dr. Peter Ravdin of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. “The results are compelling that this test … helps select patients who will most benefit from chemotherapy.” Breast cancer is the most common major cancer in American women. More than 178,000 new cases are expected this year. Most are helped to grow by estrogen, and hormone-blocking medicines such as tamoxifen are used to treat those. Chemo usually is added if the disease has spread to the lymph nodes – a situation faced by about 45,000 U.S. women each year. Doctors know that chemo won’t help most of these women, but they have had no good way to tell who can safely skip its cost and misery. SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of breast-cancer patients each year could be spared chemotherapy or get gentler versions of it without harming their odds of beating the disease, new research suggests. One study found that some women did better – were less likely to die or have a relapse – if given a less harsh drug than Adriamycin, a mainstay of treatment for decades. Another study found that a gene test can help predict whether some women need chemo at all – even among those whose cancer has spread to their lymph nodes, which now typically brings full treatment. The findings are sure to speed the growing trend toward moving away from using chemo for many breast-cancer patients and aiming it at a smaller group of women who truly need chemo, doctors said Thursday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, where the studies were reported. last_img read more

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