Saint Mary’s campus undergoes renovation

first_img Johnson said new closed circuit cameras were added to the Angela parking lot. These cameras were requested by students several years ago to create a safer environment in the parking facility.  Regina Hall was the recipient of some new furniture. The College also repaired several sidewalks after requests from students last spring.  The College applied it, Johnson said. In addition to the cameras, card access was added to Angela Athletic Center. Johnson said several buildings were upgraded. The roofs of Moreau Hall and the Science Hall are being replaced, and other building renovations include a new air handling system installed in Holy Cross Hall to better circulate fresh air throughout the building. The radiators in Holy Cross Hall were removed as well, allowing new convection heating units to be installed in every room. “All the work benefits the students, whether it is providing a more comfortable learning or living environment, or providing a safer campus,” Johnson said.  Johnson said Lake Marian was cleaned during the summer as well. Silt was removed from the lake and will be used as filler around campus. After several severe storms during June, seven trees were removed from campus and will be replaced, Johnson said. Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said most of the work was done during the summer, though students may still see some continuing into the fall. Many of the changes were made to directly benefit students, while others benefited students more indirectly and were designed to add beauty to the College. “I absolutely think these things improve the campus,” Johnson said. “Any time you make upgrades and repairs you improve the campus environment.” Students returned to the Saint Mary’s campus to find some changes. Additionally, the College changed the landscaping in several different areas on campus. Johnson said this was to remove old or overgrown plants. The Nature Trail received new markers, and foliage around the trail was trimmed.last_img read more

Colombian Navy Destroys 3 Narco-labs on the Pacific Coast

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo November 04, 2020 In mid-September, the Colombian Navy dealt a new blow to narcotrafficking during an operation conducted in Cauca department, on the Pacific coast of Colombia. Three labs used to process coca base paste, which belonged to dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, were found and destroyed, the Navy said in a press release.Guided by naval intelligence, troops of the 42nd Marine Riverine Battalion, the 2nd Counternarcotics Battalion, and the 7th Air Command deployed in a hard-to-reach jungle area, where they found three illegal facilities capable of accommodating about 20 people, the Navy said.Guided by naval intelligence, Navy troops found three illegal structures that produced coca base paste in a jungle area of the Cauca department. (Photo: Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force)On site, units found two seedbeds with 60,000 coca plants, 5,640 liters of coca base paste in process, 1,125 kilograms of macerated coca leaves, 9,728.5 liters of gasoline, 200 kg of solid chemical precursors, and several weapons. Service members also found three industrial leaf choppers, three presses, four motor pumps, and an industrial stove, among other tools used to produce the drug, and a fiberglass boat, the Navy reported in the statement.Colombian Marine Corps Colonel Wisner Paz Palomeque, 2nd Marine Brigade commander, told Diálogo that the three labs were capable of producing 2,000 to 3,000 kg of coca base paste monthly.“The [criminal] groups Structure 6 and Structure 30 are the owners of that drug; they own those manufacturing sites and labs that we’re destroying,” Col. Paz said.At the same time, near the mouth of the Bubey River, in Cauca department, the Navy made another seizure. “In one of the controls carried out by Battalion 42, upon inspecting one of the vessels that was crossing the river, that substance [cocaine hydrochloride] was seized,” Col. Paz said. “The drug was bound for one of their clandestine manufacturing sites; we are using intelligence to look for the exact place to be able to destroy that lab.”The vessel, with two crew members on board, carried 20 packages of cocaine, the Navy said. “On several occasions, we’ve seized boats carrying several kilograms, 300, 150 of coca base paste,” Col. Paz said.According to the Pacific Naval Force,  in operations carried out along the Pacific coast of Colombia from January 1 to September 29, the Navy destroyed 67 labs; seized 114,759 kg of cocaine, 33,020 kg of marijuana, and 269 long-barreled guns and handguns; and captured 138 people for narcotrafficking.last_img read more

Kwara DOS Urges Return to Grassroots

first_imgHammed Shittu in IlorinThe Kwara State Director of Sports, Malam Tunde Kazeem, has called on corporate bodies in the country to invest in grassroots sports development.This, he believes would go a long way of tapping talented sports men and women that abound at the local areas of the country.Kazeem made the call in Ilorin at the weekend during the end of Droplets Basketball Clinic for children under the age of five to 15 years old. He said that, since government cannot do the development of sport alone, well-to-do individuals and corporate bodies must join hands to support the government to uplift the sports development in the country.He challenged well- to do individuals across the country to emulate Olatunji Ayeni, who in the last seven years has been investing in kids development in basketball.The organiser of the clinic, Olatunji Ayeni, represented by the Kwara Falcons Secretary, Azeez Bello, thanked parents for encouraging their kids to play the game.Ayeni promised that, he will continue to do his best to make sure the game grow and popular among Nigerian children especially minors.Yellow Team defeated the Green Team to scoop the trophy in the Free Throw competition for the kids at the closing ceremony. There were also presentation of trophies to outstanding players and teams.A total of 147 kids registered for the 2016 edition of the clinic which entered it’s 6th edition.Kwara State Basketball All Stars had defeated their Oyo State counterparts by 53-44 to round up the clinic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more