Cambodian genocide survivor speaks at DSLC

first_imgTo kick off the Saint Mary’s Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC), Cambodian genocide survivor Arn Chorn Pond shared his story of survival and healing under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. “When I was just nine years old the Communists took over the country,” Pond said. “My parents were executed and I was forced to watch my siblings crawl … to a death of starvation. It was very hard for me to feel so powerless and know that I could not help them.” While in the camps, soldiers forced Pond to partake in some of the murders. “Sometimes they would force me to help them out,” Pond said. “I was a prisoner, and they could force me to push others into the graves. If I showed any emotion with the victims I would have been killed.” Pond said his love for traditional Cambodian music, specifically the flute, helped him through his difficult experiences. He and four other prisoners in the camp started a music group; only two members of that group are alive today. “Music got me through,” Pond said. “Even today, it still helps me to heal.” In 1980, after living several months alone in the Cambodian jungle, Pond was rescued and adopted by Reverend Peter L. Pond who brought him back to New Hampshire. “I felt very lucky, but very scared at the same time,” Pond said. “It seemed as though no one in the United States understood me or where I came from.” After coming to the U.S., Pond said he felt anger, depression, resentment and even suicidal at times. His adopted father encouraged him to speak out and share his story to help deal with his feelings. “I didn’t know what it meant to be heard,” Pond said. “I never thought that white Americans would care about me, but I was wrong.” He started speaking at local churches and today his voice has been heard by Amnesty International groups, the United Nations and even former President Jimmy Carter. After he began to share his experience, Pond stepped into a new role: human rights activist. He is the recipient of many international humanitarian awards and founder of several organizations, including Children of War, Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development and Peace Makers. “I choose to sing and to start different organizations,” Pond said. “It is not easy to share my story, but it is part of my healing process. I love the work that I do now because it saves lives and inspires others. This work allows me live.” DSLC chair Guadalupe Quintana said Pond’s talk was a perfect way to kick off events for the conference because his talk will inspire others. “His story is very capturing and embodies everything that DSLC represents,” she said. Quintana said DSLC represents sharing stories that would otherwise go unheard and learning of differences that would often go unnoticed. Pond expressed the importance of embracing one’s roots and one’s own unique stories. “It is our life and our story,” Pond said. “Don’t deny your differences or your stories, because then you will be denying your culture.” Pond ended his talk by encouraging the members of the audience to go out in the community and share their voices for social change. “Do not underestimate one person,” Pond said. “Everyone has their own story to share. Everyone has their own pain. Do not spend time comparing pain, just live united. One by one you are the angel that the world needs. Go fly and be that angel.” Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]last_img read more

The island of Pag as a leader in our tourism. The key word is synergy and proactivity

first_imgAuthors of photos: Tourist agency Perla Pag, Heart Zone – Nordic walking club and association Volim Vlašići (Pedal on Pag). “After three successful active weekends on the island of Pag, we are looking forward to enabling active tourists to get to know the southern part of the island of Pag this coming weekend. We have two attractive disciplines, mountain biking on Saturday, 1.8. in the town of Pag and a day later, .2.8. Nordic walking in Vlašići. In both disciplines you will be able to get to know the most beautiful things that the southern part of the island of Pag has to offer. “, Said Berislav Sokač from Run Croatia. The efforts of the participants will be rewarded with an incredibly impressive view of the town of Pag, the fascinating salt fields, Velebit and the Velebit Channel. On Sunday, August 2, fans of the increasingly popular Nordic walking will have the opportunity to set off on an unusual and interesting trail “Sundial” in Vlašići. It is in the most difficult moments for our tourism that the island of Pag has proven to be a leader in our tourism through synergy and proactivity, despite all the aggravating frameworks. At the very least, the same process is expected from other islands, as the island is one destination and one brand. Of course every start is difficult, there is still a lot of work to complete the whole story, but the synergy of all tourist boards goes further and that is the best news. Many more projects are planned, and I invite everyone to support this great positive example of synergy and proactivity on the island of Pag. It is possible, it only takes will. It would be interesting to see that the CNTB seriously supports this project. At the very least, it is strange that the CNTB did not score on this example and with its support showed in which direction our tourism must go. This is a unique example in our tourism, and they deserve all the support. Personally, if I were the director of the CNTB, I would come to one of the PAG SUMMER OUTDOOR WEEKEND programs and thus send a strong message to everyone in tourism that synergy is imperative. Especially in today’s context, where support for such projects is more than needed. But that’s just my loud thinking. “Join us on one of the most impressive trails of our lunar island. Surrounded by blue skies, white rocks and blue sea, you will enjoy the freedom of existence and movement in the southernmost part of the island. The view from the Sundial on Velebit, the Pag Bridge, the Bay of Ljubac, the islet of Sikavac and the green peaks of the island of Ugljan in the distance will be long in your mind. The trail leads from Vlašić over the hill to the macadam road to the Sundial, which was made in ancient times by a lover of the sun, the sea and the karst of Pag. We will walk eight kilometers. Upon our return, we will refresh ourselves with the Pag snack. At the beginning, you will get short instructions for effective Nordic walking”, Stated the host Silvija Zoković and invited all Nordic walking fans to treat themselves to an unforgettable morning of this year’s summer vacation under expert guidance.   / / / SYNERGY OF TOURIST BOARDS IN ACTION, NOT ONLY ON PAPER. BRAVO FOR TOURIST BOARDS OF THE ISLAND OF PAG “The island of Pag is becoming a destination of a unique tourist offer, from the first shots on the Pag bridge to the northernmost point on the point Luna. We have summed up all the beauties of our longest Adriatic island in this promotional film with which we want to show how much we love our island of Pag and we want a warm year-round welcome to tourists who come to us. We travel as tourists to connect as friends or family with each other, but also with our hosts, new places and beautiful nature, cultural heritage, unforgettable events and island gastronomy. No man is an island for himself, you find your own on the island of Pag” reports from the tourist boards of the island of Pag. The promotional film was made in cooperation and organization of the Tourist Boards of the island of Pag: Novalja Tourist Board, Pag Tourist Board, Kolan Tourist Board, Povljana Tourist Board, Stara Novalja Tourist Board or organized by all tourist boards of the island of Pag and that is the main story. Which is another continuation of the synergy and cooperation signed Agreement on project association of local tourist boards on the island of Pag. Run Croatia and the Kissa Association are in charge of designing, developing and implementing the concept of these attractive events in cooperation with the island’s tourist boards.  On the first day of August, mountain biking enthusiasts set off on a trail with the romantic name “Embrace of stone and wind” that will enjoy the silence of nature and the many unusual and attractive areas shaped by the famous Pag bora. At the very top of Kiršin (263 m) they will be greeted by a field of the only island wind farms in Croatia as a witness to the harmonious combination of past and future. center_img This weekend he is still active on the island of Pag That the signed agreement on the project to the association is not just a letter on paper, the best proof is this year’s excellent new project Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend i.e. the concept of active weeks to be held with licensed and experienced trainers in various forms of active tourism. Bravo for the island of Pag. The island of Pag as a leader in our tourism This weekend continues PAG SUMMER OUTDOOR WEEKEND for all lovers of active tourism and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the lunar island. The aim of this joint project is to promote the island of Pag as a destination for active and gastro tourism and to promote the culture and traditions of the island of Pag which will take place every weekend until the end of August in cooperation with TZG Pag, TZG Novalja, TZO Kolan, TZO Povljana and TZM Stara Novalja. One island and one common vision – a bold step forward to make the island of Pag a tourist destination, which is only logical and ultimately productive. The island of Pag is one destination, like any other island. Film production: Moonstone Production dooProducer: Marko KapitanovićDirector: Antea RatkovićCamera: Marko Kapitanović, Dragan Kovačević, Antea RatkovićEditing: Dragan KovačevićMusic: Bensound – Adventure, Scott Buckley – Ascension Concept and Supervisor: Libra Agency doo New promotional tourist video of the island of Pag says “No Man is an Island..yet we are all looking for one… “last_img read more

Softball: Wisconsin falls to Oregon in NCAA tournament

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin softball team ended their NCAA women’s College World Series run Sunday, falling to Oregon for the second time that weekend.The Badgers (35-17, 11-11 Big Ten) started off their tournament run with a bang, taking down the University of Missouri (29-28, 7-16 SEC) Friday night with a 7-2 victory. This win allowed Wisconsin to continue on in the tournament and face the University of Oregon (50-6, 17-6 PAC-12) the following Saturday.Saturday’s game was a nail-biter between the Big Ten and the Pac-12, with Wisconsin challenging Oregon every step of the way. The Badgers managed to take the lead early on in the series, with a 5-2 edge over the Ducks heading into the sixth period.Softball: Wisconsin heads to NCAA tournament for sixth timeFor the sixth time in 20 years, the University of Wisconsin women’s softball team has earned a spot in the 2017 Read…The Ducks managed to come back with four runs in the final three innings, and the Badgers would win up falling 5-6. Since the World Series is a double-elimination tournament, the Badgers still had a shot at moving on in the tournament, as long as they managed to beat the University of Illinois-Chicago (39-22, 20-4 Horizon).Wisconsin had a short turn-around, with less than two hours between the two games Saturday. UIC had previously lost to Oregon Friday, and they were still fighting for their place in the tournament.With a 2-0 victory for the Badgers, Sunday’s game was scheduled, with a rematch between Oregon and Wisconsin taking place at 6 p.m. Wisconsin was hoping to find redemption in their second meeting with the Ducks, but the only thing they would find was disappointment.Softball: Errors and missed opportunities haunt Wisconsin in sweepAfter an extensive road trip, the Wisconsin Badgers softball came home to a scrappy Nebraska team, dropping their first series Read…Oregon is a team that is known for creating tremendous scoring opportunities, and once they get a scoring streak started, it is hard to stop them. The Badgers managed to hold the Ducks back Saturday, but they did not have the same luck Sunday.The Ducks started a scoring run early on in the first period, managing to take four runs from the Badgers. Oregon would continue this momentum in the fourth, when they would manage to garner another five runs in the period.The Badgers struggled to keep up, with inning after inning resulting in a scoreless scoreboard for UW. After the Ducks managed to score their ninth run in total, and the Badgers failed to score in the top of the fifth period, the game was called in Oregon’s favor.The Badgers might not have gotten the ending that they wanted, but they still managed to create some waves during their short appearance at the College World Series. If this year is indicative of anything, it is that Wisconsin is showing early signs of becoming a national powerhouse.Softball: Badgers improve on best start in program historyThe University of Wisconsin softball team continued rolling in this young season, improving to 12-2 on the year after the Read…last_img read more

If St. Louis Cardinals are stealing signs from Los Angeles Dodgers, they’re in the minority

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In a court of law, any evidence that the St. Louis Cardinals are stealing signs from Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis would barely qualify as “circumstantial.” Yet the questions were asked, because there had to be some reason why Clayton Kershaw imploded in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Kershaw allowed eight runs in a game for only the second time in his career. The first time was a July 2012 game — against St. Louis. Adding fuel to the conspiracy theories: Kershaw had not pitched out of the stretch prior to the seventh inning Friday. Afterward, until he was lifted, there was always a runner on base.Could it be the Cardinals are stealing signs? Cardinals manager Mike Matheny played with McGwire for two seasons and managed alongside him for one more. He isn’t flattered by questions about his team stealing signs.“That would be an insult, absolutely,” Matheny said. “Our guys go about their at-bats like pros and there’s a lot of things that are going to be said from a lot of different people, and that’s all it is. It’s just rumor and right now it could just be a distraction.“We go about our business the way we go about it. Whatever’s going to be said is going to be said.”Ryu ready?Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu normally doesn’t throw bullpen sessions between starts, but he did Friday. The purpose, Mattingly said, was “just telling us how good he’s feeling.”Ryu also threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday. He hasn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 12, when a shoulder injury ended his start against the San Francisco Giants after one inning.The Dodgers are counting on a complete recovery when Ryu starts Game 3 in St. Louis on Monday.“Everything’s pretty much on target with Hyun-Jin,” Mattingly said. “He’s feeling good so we’re pretty confident that’s going to be ready to go.”Also …Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won’t be suspended for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1. According to one report, MLB was considering fining Molina, who was booed heavily before each of his at-bats Saturday. … Infielder Miguel Rojas said that he will play Winter League baseball for La Guaira of the Venezuelan League. The league begins play next week. Rojas said he will spend a week in Miami after the Dodgers’ season ends before returning to his native country. … Outfielder Joc Pederson, who spent last winter in Venezuela, said that he’ll play in the Dominican Winter League instead. He hasn’t officially signed with a team.center_img The verdict: Probably not.“All the years from being hitting coach to watching, I have one guy that’s ever relayed signs from second base — the actual sign, the actual pitch,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Most teams, and we know it, everybody tries to pretty much give location. It’s common. … it’s just not that easy.“We know they’re trying to do it and everybody tries to do it. We’re switching signs. It’s just not that easy.”Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who spent parts of eight seasons in the Cardinals organization as a player or coach, said he played with “a few guys who leaned on tips — signs and tendencies.”“But I didn’t like it,” McGwire added. “As a hitter, you don’t want to know. Probably 98 percent of the players today don’t care to have anything like that.”last_img read more