Saint Mary’s community members got the opportunity to speak with Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli at an event titled Tuesday Tea with President Cervelli hosted by the Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA). The gathering was an open forum where all students had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Cervelli. Student body president senior Bailey Oppman said this event was successful because President Cervelli was open and excited to be speaking with students. “We know that President Cervelli is super open to dialogue and getting to know the students,” Oppman said. “So really it was just a way for the President and the students to get to know each other more.”Oppman said the casual setting of the event was a key benefit because it created a sense of closeness, not only between classmates but with Cervelli. She said the hope was that students could simply enjoy conversation and refreshments, as well as become more familiar with Saint Mary’s as an institution by personally speaking with the president. “The main purpose of this was just to have an open forum and a place for students to come and have a chance to meet the president of their college and have fun in a more informal way,” Oppman said.The event was publicized through social media with the promise of free Saint Mary’s monogram coffee mugs given out to the first 100 students in attendance. Student body vice president Lydia Lorenc said the idea for the coffee mugs brought attention to the event and encouraged attendance, however she said people stayed because of the unique opportunity the forum provided.“It was a really good incentive,” Lorenc said. “I think people get really excited to talk to president Cervelli as well because not many people get the opportunity to on a regular basis. So any time she is available to talk we know that people will really enjoy it.”Oppman said it is important for SGA to continue to host events similar to this one. She said she hopes there will be more such events in the next couple of months. “I think we want to try to continue this tradition throughout the years,” Oppman said. “I know as we advise the incoming student body president and vice president, we want to see if we can figure out another open forum event with the president.”Students at the event said that they were excited about the free coffee mugs and the food but they also said they were excited to see Cervelli at such an informal event. In addition to the excitement at the prospect of speaking with the president, students were also excited to pet her dog. Cervelli said she is happy she can be part of an event that allows students to relax and get in touch with the Saint Mary’s community. “Tea is a little different,” Cervelli said. “You guys are really busy right now, I’m sure, so it’s nice to have a little break.”Cervelli said these events and the opportunity to interact with students are her favorite parts of being president.“I think any opportunity to spend time with students just relaxing one–on–one and talking is what this job is all about,” Cervelli said. “There is no better thing for me to be doing, and I learn so much from all of you.”Tags: Forum, Jan Cervelli, Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo December 17, 2020 It doesn’t matter how many times you look at it: It’s always impressive to see 23,000 pounds of cocaine and nearly 8,800 pounds of marijuana. That’s the amount of drugs — with a street value of over $411 million, according to U.S. authorities — the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded on December 16, at Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.“This patrol highlights our crew’s continued commitment to protecting the American people from our adversaries,” said U.S. Coast Guard Captain Todd Vance, commanding officer of USCG James, during a press conference on the dock at Port Everglades. “Despite COVID, the James crew demonstrated supreme resilience, and the results of their exceptional performance are being showcased today.”Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded approximately $411 million worth of drugs on December 16, 2020, at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo: Steven McLoud/Diálogo)The drug busts were done with help from partner nations’ coast guards, including international crews from France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered during 20 interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels.“The [U.S.] Coast Guard’s strong international relationships, with key partners like the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands, along with our specialized capabilities and unmatched authorities, allow for a unity of effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations, which threaten America and our partner nations,” asserted U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz.According to the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Office, during at-sea interdictions, a suspicious vessel is initially detected and monitored by allied, military, or law enforcement personnel, coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force South based in Key West, Florida. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific is conducted under the authority of the Coast Guard’s 11th District, headquartered in Alameda, California. The interdictions, including actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.“I am honored to be able to pay tribute to the successes of the team here today, and recognize the role the Royal Navy and U.K. National Crime Agency have played in this joint operation,” said Commodore Phil Nash, naval attaché at the United Kingdom Embassy in Washington. “Working seamlessly with U.S. and international colleagues, the presence of RFA [Royal Fleet Auxiliary] Argus has prevented the $54 million of drugs offloaded here from reaching the streets in the last few months; taken together with a wider effort this year by U.K. ships HMS Medway and RFA Mounts Bay, around $650 million of drugs have been stopped. This has been a genuine team effort — the key to success continues to be the close working relationship and collaboration between our nations.”Also at the event were Colonel Jarst de Jong and Captain Cédric Chetaille, naval attachés from the Netherlands and France respectively; Jean-Sébastien Conty, a political counselor of African and Western Hemisphere Affairs from the French Embassy in Washington; and Paul Jenkins, head of region for North America and the Caribbean at the National Crime Agency.
There has been fresh talk this week of Real Madrid being interested in the goalkeeper, with it even being suggested in Spain that talks had opened between the club, Begovic’s representatives and his current employers. But, at his press conference to preview Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Southampton, Hughes said: “There will be a lot of stories bandied about, but I would take that one with a pinch of salt to be perfectly honest. I don’t think that is true.” Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes has dismissed the latest reports linking Asmir Begovic with a move away from the Britannia Stadium. Muniesa misses out due to a slight hamstring strain, while on-loan Moses has returned to parent club Chelsea because of a hamstring problem of his own that is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. Defenders Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters are both nursing knocks to the wrist but Hughes is hopeful the pair will be available for the visit of the Saints. Ronald Koeman believes Southampton will have to win their six remaining games to stand any chance of reaching the Champions League. This has been a remarkable season at St Mary’s, with the club already having levelled the record Premier League points tally of 56 set last year. That record will no doubt be broken in the coming weeks and things could get better still, with Manchester City’s sudden drop-off opening up the potential for a top-four finish. Saints have five points to claw back on the reigning champions but Koeman believes it is possible if they win all their remaining games. “Normally yes,” the Dutchman said. “The distance is five points. We need to win I think all. “They (City) don’t lose three games, no. They have the next two at home. Normally, with the players that they have, the qualities. “You never know, but it’s all about to win the last six to have really a good chance to be one of the top four teams.” Saints travel to the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the season and, by contrast to the other sides chasing a top-four berth, have a kind set of fixtures before that. Tottenham and Aston Villa come to St Mary’s, while trips to Sunderland, Leicester and City follow Saturday’s match at Stoke. “Yeah, but in the last part of the season, okay, what’s the best to play against?” Koeman asked. “A team who’s fighting for no relegation or two teams who are fighting for the title? I don’t know. “Every game is difficult. You have to be on your level to win a game. All are difficult. “We play Sunderland away, we play Leicester away and they’re fighting for not going down and that’s even difficult.” Koeman is certainly not taking the run-in lightly and the trip to the Britannia Stadium will be an interesting test for Southampton’s players at this stage. “It is a difficult one,” the Dutchman said. “We have that experience this season two times we play Stoke, one time at home and one time away for the League Cup. “Both games we won but in both it was difficult because we know the qualities of them.” Begovic is out of contract in 2016 and Hughes has repeatedly emphasised his optimism the 27-year-old Bosnia international will sign a new deal with Stoke this summer. “We are scheduled to have talks with Asmir’s people in the next few weeks I think,” the manager said on Friday. “I think both parties have stated that probably at the end of the season those talks will come to a conclusion, and we are very hopeful Asmir will stay here. “There will be speculation around better players at football clubs, and we are no different. He has attracted attention because he is an outstanding goalkeeper.” In terms of other potential items of summer business, Hughes is also hopeful Stoke will wrap up the signing of teenage winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona. It was reported earlier this week that the 19-year-old Moroccan-born player was bound for the Potters this summer after deciding joining them was a better option than accepting the new contract offer made to him by Barca. And Hughes said on Friday: “There is a hope that we will be able to conclude that deal.” Stoke will be without defender Marc Muniesa and winger Victor Moses.