College dedicates Unity Garden

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Unity Garden will stand as a symbol of social justice and sustainability, Director of Justice Education Jan Pilarski said. The garden, located in front of Havican Hall, was dedicated Tuesday. Pilarski said Karen Borja, a 2011 graduate, spearheaded the project. Senior Heather Smith took responsibility for planting the garden this summer as an intern with Unity Gardens, a South Bend nonprofit that advocates community building through gardening. “I hope this garden becomes something bigger [so] that we can have an option for healthy food that students can grow and learn about,” Smith said. To achieve that “something bigger,” Smith said she tapped into landscaping services at the College to help her expand the garden. “When I started planting, I realized the garden was pretty small, so landscaping helped me double the size,” she said. “They did the labor, like tilling the land and building the [wooden support] frames, and I cared for the garden.” Smith said she enjoyed having the freedom to choose what vegetables went into the garden. “I went with a salad theme for the garden. If students saw okra or a huge head of cabbage, they might not know what to do with it,” she said, “I planted lots of leafy lettuce, mustard greens, kale, swish chard, tomatoes and herbs.” On Mondays over the summer, preschoolers from the Early Childhood Development Center, which has its own Unity Garden, joined Smith to help weed and pick vegetables, she said. “It was great to have them out there, helping, tasting lettuce,” Smith said. “They were great.” Smith said the garden raised her awareness about local food security problems. “There are some people who need healthy food but can’t get it from anywhere else [other than the Unity Gardens],” she said. The garden was made possible through the Dooley Endowment, a fund intended for student-initiated social justice projects, Pilarski said. The endowment is named after Saint Mary’s alumnus Katherine T. Dooley, ’28. “She was passionate about social justice and Saint Mary’s,” Pilarski said. There are 41 other Unity Gardens of varying sizes in the South Bend area, Sara Stewart, executive director for Unity Gardens, said. Stewart added that the gardens help close social divisions. “We live in a society that separates us, and gardens are a natural way to share,” she said. “By bringing together people that would usually never interact, we can see our strengths in different ways.” Stewart said the interactive aspect of the gardens is more significant than the gardening itself. “This isn’t just about access to healthy vegetables,” she said. “It’s more about unification of the community and social cohesion.”last_img read more

Colombia and Venezuela work together to fight FARC and drug traffickers

first_img LIMA, Peru – An army captain and an alleged guerrilla were killed in a gunfight in the department of Junín, according to the Armed Forces Joint Command. Capt. Illich Montesinos, a member of the 22nd Engineering Brigade, was killed in a firefight along with an unidentified “narco-terrorist,” according to the command. The gunfight occurred when an army patrol found a Shining Path unit in Rondayacu, an area in the department of Junín, which is in the Valley of the Apurímac and Ene rivers (VRAE) region, according to EFE. PANAMA CITY, Panama –The Naval Air Service has killed a Colombian drug trafficker and apprehended two other suspected narcotics dealers during a gunfight in the waters near the Bahía Piña naval air station this past weekend, an official said. One of the Colombians wounded has been identified as Héctor Hurtado, who was shot in the left leg, naval air service spokesman Vladimir Rodríguez wrote in an email. Hurtado and the two other men exchanged fire with personnel aboard a naval air service speedboat and a patrol boat, Rodríguez said. The Colombians were carrying an unknown quantity of narcotics on the boat and threw “some bales of suspected drugs overboard when they saw that they were being chased,” Rodríguez said. Nicaragua: Navy arrests six suspected Honduran narcotics traffickers By Dialogo October 13, 2010 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín and her Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro recently met to discuss strengthening their countries’ relationship, improving border security and their fight against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Colombian Minister of Defense, Rodrigo Rivera, who also participated in the meeting, said communication between the countries’ militaries is integral to achieving better results against narcotics traffickers and armed groups. “This is the main goal of the relations with Colombia,” Maduro said, according to the Colombian website Venezuela: Bolivarian National Guard seizes more than 800 kilograms of marijuana Panama: Military kills Colombian narcotics trafficker SÃO PAULO, Brazil – The Federal Police seized 82 kilograms (181 pounds) of cocaine and arrested 10 suspected members of a narcotics trafficking organization that had a presence in the country’s southern region. The police conducted operations simultaneously in cities that included Gravataí and Gramado, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and Ponta Porã, Dourados, Três Lagoas and Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul. The suspected traffickers, who officials said also did business in São Paulo and Paraná, are being held in the central prison of Porto Alegre and prisons in Mato Grosso do Sul, according to the Brazilian website The command said suspected guerrillas could have been injured in the fight since soldiers found blood trails. The government has offered a reward of $1 million soles (US$358,000) for information leading to the arrest of the guerrilla group’s high-ranking leaders. Brazil: Police dismantle international organization of suspected drug traffickers CARACAS, Venezuela – The Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) has seized more than 800 kilograms (1,764 pounds) of marijuana in the state of Táchira, Gen. Franklin Márquez said. The seizure occurred at a checkpoint in the western part of the country, where 21- and 23-year-old Venezuelan brothers were taken into custody by the military and handed to authorities, Márquez said, according to the Venezuelan website The brothers said they were offered several thousand dollars to smuggle the drug from Colombia to Venezuela, Márquez said, according to the Venezuelan website El Venezuelan officials said they have confiscated more than 50 tons of drugs this year. Peru: Soldier, suspected guerrilla die in gunfight BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua – The navy apprehended six alleged Honduran narcotics traffickers as they were crossing a river in the southern part of the country along the Caribbean coast, officials said. The alleged narcotics traffickers were suspected of using two go-fast boats to transport 2.5 tons of drugs, Navy Captain Juan Gutiérrez said at a media conference, according to the Honduran daily La Prensa. The suspects, who allegedly were found in possession of six firearms, told officials they were working on agricultural and construction projects in the region, according to La Prensa. last_img read more

Sellers in this Bayside region are seeing their homes sell for a profit more than in any other greater Brisbane area

first_img11 Baywalk Place, Thorneside. Picture: five-bedroom home is listed through Justin Marsden of Ray White – East Brisbane.It has multiple living areas, a media room and outdoor living spaces plus a swimming pool.The kitchen has stone bench tops and a butlers pantry.At the more affordable end of the market was a home at 228 Hardwood Drive, Mount Cotton. The home is listed for offers of more than $519,000 through Melinda Lee-Ball of Belle Property Cornubia. One of the bathrooms at 285 Main Rd, Wellington Point. Picture: from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mr Ranasinghe bought property in Redlands about 25 years ago and had seen the area change significantly since then.He built a family home and subdivided the remaining land. He said he wouldn’t have spent so much on building the new homes which have water views and an elevator if he didn’t have confidence in the Redlands market.Steve Ash of LJ Hooker Cleveland said there had been an increase in interest in the area with buyers attracted to the bayside lifestyle. “And we are starting to see a bit of an influx from Sydney and Melbourne,’’ Mr Ash said.At Thorneside, a home at 11 Baywalk Place is listed for $1.145 million. 285 Main Rd, Wellington Point. Picture: Redlands region has delivered some strong results for homeowners in recent months.New data revealed it is the region where more homes sell for a profit than any other greater Brisbane council area, and where property values over the longer term have continued to grow.CoreLogic figures reveal that the median house price has increased 11.5 per cent in the past three years while the median unit price increased by 12.5 per cent during the same time.The latest Pain and Gain report found that 94.6 per cent of sellers in Redlands in the June quarter achieved more than they initially paid for their property.Redland resident Wasantha Ranasinghe believed in the strength of the local market so much he has developed two luxury properties at 285 Main Rd, Wellington Point, which he has listed for sale.center_img 228 Hardwood Drive, Mount CottonThe four-bedroom home has two separate living areas and a covered entertainment space outdoors.last_img read more