5.48 | Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
water and its role in education across the world
SEPT. 30, 2013 -- It's that time of year again when parents load up backpacks full of school supplies and send their kids off to school on the bus.
United States, parents rarely have to worry about whether a child's basic
needs will be met during the school day. They have the luxury of knowing
that their child will spend the day learning everything from the ABCs
to Shakespeare's sonnets, and the facilities can provide them with food,
water, and adequate sanitation.
millions of children around the world, this isn't the case. As you read
this, one in five children won't survive past the age of 5, just because
he or she contracted a fatal disease from drinking water. For these children,
going to school is itself a seldom enjoyed luxury.
in the United States, thirsty children can stop at a water fountain for
a quick drink of cool, clean, and most of all safe water. For children
in underdeveloped countries, there is often no such thing as a quick drink
of safe water from the hall water fountain. Thirsty students often leave
class and trek several miles to a dirty, losing valuable time that should
be spent in the classroom. Even worse, the water is most likely contaminated
with waterborne diseases that guarantee time spent in the hospital waiting
for expensive medical treatments, if they can afford them.
more than boys from the lack of access to safe water. Girls are often
assigned the chore of fetching all the water a family will need in the
day. Not only will they miss class just to get their own water, but the
act of collecting water for their family can keep them away from school
for most of the day.
girl in Haiti, Sincere, told us how the chore of fetching water made school
harder. "In my family we [fetch] water every day," she told
us. "One of my younger sisters is the one going out to collect water
and walks about 700 meters (nearly half a mile) from where we live and
usually we take 10 buckets a day. My sister sometimes don't [sic] go to
school because she has to get water for our family and she has to be available
for that. It is hard for her to pass her exams because of it."
safe water access can give girls like Sincere's sister more time to study.
What's more, having safe water access in close proximity to the school
can encourage more students to attend. In one school in Uganda, the head
teacher told us after a safe water solution was installed, "The [student
body] has increased because parents love to take their sons to a school
where there is safe water and good academic performance."
Safe water helps unlock opportunities for education in developing countries. To learn more on the role safe water plays in education around the world, visit Water Missions International's blog, Field Notes.
How you can help
Not only can you donate to help Water Missions International accomplish its goal of delivering water purification machines throughout the world, but you can help to build machines and other vital work at the organization's North Charleston facility at the edge of the old Navy base.
a S.C. native you may not know you know
2013 -- This is the story of a South Carolina native whose impact is still
felt in board meetings of government agencies, garden clubs, nonprofits
and churches. To many, however, he's not a familiar figure, but South
Carolina had a significant influence on what became his legacy.
Henry Martyn Robert, born in 1837 on a plantation in the unincorporated
community of Robertville, S.C., now in Jasper County. An engineer for
the Union Army during the Civil War, he is better known as the author
of -- wait for it -- "Robert's Rules of Order," the parliamentary
guide of how to make meetings work.
Gov. Glenn McConnell, recognized as South Carolina's authority on parliamentary
procedure from his days in the S.C. Senate, was surprised to learn that
Robert was a native of the Palmetto State.
Rules of Order' provides you with a method to go from start to finish
with a meeting," he said. "It means you're able to complete
your task. If you didn't have 'Robert's Rules,' you may wander endlessly.
It provides for discussion, closure and action."
story is fascinating. His father, Joseph Thomas Robert (1807-1884), was
a physician who inherited a South Carolina plantation and slaves from
his father, a prominent planter. But Joseph Robert also became an ordained
began to bother him and eventually he came to the conviction that a slave-served
society was a bad environment for his children to grow up in," said
Henry Martin Robert III, now 93, of Annapolis, Maryland. The Rev. Robert
freed his 26 slaves, sold the plantation and moved the family to Ohio,
where he pastored a church.
Henry Martyn Robert, was then about 13. Soon appointed to the U.S. Military
Academy in West Point and later commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army,
Robert was serving in Oregon when the Civil War started. He struggled
with whether to resign his commission and join the Confederacy or remain
in the U.S. Army, his grandson said.
still regarded himself as a South Carolinian," Henry III said, adding
that he was 2 when his grandfather died. "He went through a chain
of reasoning because he didn't know whether to report for duty or resign."
the end, his logical progression of thought -- the same kind of reason
that ultimately filled his parliamentary rule book -- led him to conclude
that if any state ever seceded from the Confederacy, as it had from the
United States, then states likely would end up acting independently--
the very thing that created problems for the country before the U.S. Constitution.
So he stuck with the Union.
eventually sent Robert to New Bedford, Mass., where he was asked to chair
a town meeting in 1863 on harbor defenses. He didn't know "beans"
about running a meeting, his grandson said, but he felt honor-bound to
try. Unfortunately, it turned into a 14-hour tumble after which Robert
vowed "never to attend another meeting until I knew something of
... parliamentary law," he wrote in 1916.
found some information in a book on rules for deliberative bodies, copied
some notes on motions and their order, and kept them in his wallet. With
Army promotions (he eventually became a brigadier general of the engineering
corps), he realized different bodies used different rules and that everyone
had a hard time keeping up with them. A standard book of procedure that
any group could use would help straighten out the mess.
published his first short rule book in 1875. It became popular. After
retiring from the military, he spent his time working on new editions
of the "Rules" until his death in 1923. His son and grandson
continued the family business. Work is starting on a 12th edition.
Robert III says it's not a stretch to surmise the moral struggle over
slavery that his grandfather witnessed in South Carolina and the later
intellectual wrestling over the Civil War likely helped to form the logic
that's integral to "Robert's Rules."
time you're in a testy meeting that gets resolved thanks to parliamentary
procedure, give a silent tip of the hat to Henry Martyn Robert, a South
Carolina native. He wrote the book!
Column on new Americans brought her to tears
Americans inspire us to do better" [Brack, 9/23] brought
me to tears. That is a ceremony more of us should attend - to offer some
perspective. Thank you! I've subscribed and look forward to reading more.
There is no place like home
is a one of a kind, magical place, especially for a photographer. I just
returned from a 2,600+ mile road trip to New Hampshire, Vermont, Quebec
City and the Maine coast. Seventeen days on the road takes a toll going
from one beautiful spot to another. It is tough duty but I manned up and
met the challenge. Of course, the thoughts of wild blueberry pie and helped
urge me on.
most part everyone was friendly and helpful. In Quebec we were a bit off
without speaking French. Don't let that stop you, most there speak some
English. If you are lost, all you have to do is give your best impression
of a deer caught in a car's headlights and someone will stop and assist
Our best impressions of the trip were the cleanliness of the towns and roadways. There were flowers hanging from every business and even planted at the traffic islands and stop signs on very rural roads. The people of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine had American flags sprouting from most telephone poles along the roads. The signage in those states was amazing. In village after village you would see signs pointing out information centers no matter how small. I applaud those states for their understanding of how to do tourism right. Need a bathroom? Most places had public bathrooms that were easily found.
and South Carolina could take lessons from those areas. I was greatly
impressed with their efforts to help the tourists. Sometimes I feel that
Charleston spends too much time "resting on its laurels" and
not enough trying to think how to do tourism better. People have other
choices they can make.
all trips there comes a time when you yearn for your own bed and familiar
surroundings. I love Charleston but don't look forward to coming back
to the humidity. So we headed to the airport and clicked our heels together,
repeated "there is no place like home" and Southwest brought
us back our own little corner of heaven.
happens when interest rates rise
SEPT. 30, 2013 -- You may be hearing alarming reports of the "dramatic rise of Treasury bond rates." The implications from articles and the "talking heads" on the cable channels are that this will have a disastrous effect on bond owners and the economy in general. With higher interest rates, there is a direct correlation with more inflation. With more inflation, there is slower economic growth and more interest on the ballooning federal debt. Also there may be more competition for the stock market, and therefore lower stock prices.
Let's look at the recent rise in 10-year Treasury rates in isolation.
From May 2 to "today," rates rose more than 70 percent. They were at a low of 1.63 percent on May 2 to somewhere in the neighborhood of currently 2.90 percent. To put that in perspective, if the Dow were to jump that far, that fast, it would have risen from 14,500 to more than 25,500. Maybe the headlines are justified after all!
Let's put the recent rise into a longer term perspective. The chart below looks at interest rates from 1870 to today. This "unprecedented rise" has a different look and feel when viewed during this time frame. The current rate is still quite reasonable. We are not yet at dramatic rise, though it has been a fast, steep rise.
So what's really going on here? Bond investors are asking for an extra 1.3 percent a year out of their longer-term fixed income investments these days because nobody knows when the Federal Reserve Board is going to stop buying Treasuries, or what exactly will happen when the elephant jumps off of the see-saw. The Fed's most recent meeting minutes suggest that it will be cautious about winding down its QE bond buying program. Even though Fed economists will be watching the market for signs of impending damage and curtail their curtailment if they seem to be causing a ruckus, it still leaves a bit of uncertainty about where rates will go.
Simple economics tells us that when there is less demand for what you are buying, the issuers will have to offer incentives to lure remaining buyers. This works for the bond market also. If the U.S. stops buying treasuries -- and it has been one of the biggest purchasers -- there is less demand. Therefore, the issuers - also the U.S. - will have to offer higher yields to create the market continuum.
How much more? In other words, how much higher will bond rates go? We don't have the answer to that question. Nor do we have the answer to the question - how long will it take. What we are going to do, though, is invest our fixed income strategy in short-term bonds until the dust settles. We've already had a strong tilt to shorter term durations, but we are about to go shorter.
Charleston Day students raise more than $10K for Aquarium
third graders from Charleston Day School presented a $10,195.38 mock check
Friday to represent their support of the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle
Rescue Program. The gift represents the largest one-time donation from
a school and will provide food to turtle patients in the Aquarium's care
for one full year.
Final civil rights marker to be unveiled Tuesday
The Preservation Society of Charleston will unveil its final modern civil rights era historic marker 3 p.m. Tuesday at a ceremony to honor the non-violent activism of hospital workers protesting unequal treatment and unfair pay at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1969.
Speaking will be civil rights leader Mary Moultrie, who helped to leave the hospital strike, and Department of Emergency Medicine assistant professor James Tolley, according to the Preservation Society. The event will be in the Basic Science Building Auditorium at 173 Ashley Avenue on the MUSC campus.
"Civil rights marches along city streets such as Ashley Avenue were a dramatic finale to the modern civil rights movement in Charleston," the Society said in a press release. "On April 25, 1969, Medical University hospital workers, led by local activist Mary Moultrie and other national leaders of the movement, began a 113-day strike to end unequal pay and unfair treatment of African American nurses. The Medical University rehired all strikers and established grievance procedures."
South Carolina Women's Business Center celebrates
Carolina Women's Business Center (SCWBC), an affiliate of the Center
for Women, is entering its third year of service with programs and counseling
being offered in the Greater Charleston Area, Greenville/ Spartanburg
and soon to come in Myrtle Beach. Both centers will host a client appreciation
night and birthday party at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at PostNet in West Ashley.
want a safe environment with supportive assistance to talk about their
desire to start their own business and establish a path to do so successfully
with on-going support on both on a personal and professional level. We
offer that" states C4W Executive Director Amy Brennan.
last two years the SCWBC provided training for more than 3,100 women and
assisted in the creation of 26 new businesses and 39 new jobs.
are very proud of the success of the South Carolina Women's Business Center,"
said program director Christie MacConnell. "Our outcomes are meaningful
when one considers that a $2,000 micro-loan awarded to one of our clients
created six jobs for other women. That's pretty remarkable!"
the Center for Women and a matching grant from the U.S. Small Business
Administration, the SCWBC has provided more than 100 webinars, networking
events, business development workshops in the last two years, such as
'Using Quickbooks', 'Starting Relationships, Closing Sales' and an entire
series called 'Entrepreneurial Readiness' for the complete start-up or
those looking to expand or advance their business. After the Entrepreneurial
Readiness course, any attendee can utilize the free business counseling
offered through the SCWBC.
Charleston Metro Chamber recognizes leaders at awards event
Metro Chamber of Commerce honored four organizations and attorney Wilbur
Johnson during its Sept. 26 Honors Night Award for 2013. Winners represent
business and community leaders with exemplary commitment to the region's
economic development and quality of life.
2013 winners -- innovators the Chamber characterized as those "who
take chances, push boundaries and stretch limits for success: -- - were:
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Clelia Peronneau McGowan
Clelia Peronneau McGowan was born in Columbia on January 30, 1865, the daughter of William R. Mathewes and Eliza Peronneau. Her family was from Charleston, and they returned there after living for several years after the Civil War at their summer home in Habersham County, Georgia. McGowan attended Miss Kelly's School and then studied for a year in Sweden with Rosalie Roos, a pioneer in the women's rights movement in that country. In 1885 she married William C. McGowan of Abbeville. They had three children before his death in 1898.
After her husband's death, McGowan moved back to Charleston and became increasingly active in civic affairs. She was the president of the League of Women Voters in Charleston, and shortly after ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, Gov. Robert A. Cooper appointed McGowan to the State Board of Education, making her the first woman appointed to public office in South Carolina.
McGowan's commitment to education was reflected in her other activities in public life. She became involved with the Commission on Interracial Cooperation in 1922 and served as chair of the commission's South Carolina chapter through much of the 1920s and 1930s. In this capacity she led efforts to improve schools for African Americans around the state. She also worked to make library facilities available to all South Carolinians.
In 1923, McGowan ran for alderwoman of Ward One of Charleston City Council on the platform "A free library for Charleston." She was elected and served one term in Mayor Thomas P. Stoney's administration as one of the first two women elected to Charleston City Council. On the council McGowan chaired the Committee on Public Charities and was on several other committees devoted to improving health, welfare, and education in Charleston. Long after her term as alderwoman, she continued to serve on the city Housing Authority.
The most lasting monument to McGowan's civic leadership is the Charleston County Library, which grew out of her work with the Commission on Interracial Cooperation. McGowan envisioned a system of libraries in large towns and county seats and small, traveling libraries to serve rural areas. She helped to secure funding for a library in Charleston from the Rosenwald Fund and the Carnegie Corporation. The library was incorporated in 1930 and opened to the public on Jan. 1, 1931.
served on the library board of directors for twenty-six years. She published
a volume of poetry, "Plantation Memories, and Other Poems" (1923),
and was a charter member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina. At the
age of 90, McGowan retired from her many public commitments. She died
in Charleston on Aug. 13, 1956.
-- Excerpted from the entry by Bruce E. Baker. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)
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(NEW) Redux exhibition: Throughout October, North Charleston City Gallery, commons area, Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. The City of North Charleston will host the second annual Redux Contemporary Art Center Studio Artists Exhibition with a reception hosted by participating artists at 5 p.m. October 3. More info.
MOJA Arts Festival:
Through October 6, Charleston. Click
here to read our feature of major events of the 11-day festival.
Photo walks: Two times, Oct. 5. Photographer Chuck Boyd will lead photo walks in Charleston (9 a.m., Pineapple Fountain, Waterfront Park) and Mount Pleasant (4:30 p.m., Shem Creek Park) as part of Worldwide Photo Walk, which last year involved 30,000 photographers in 1,300 cities. To participate, you have to sign up on the Kelby photo walk Web site.
Latin American Festival: Noon to 6 p.m., October 6, Wannamaker County Park. Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latino world with live Salsa and Merengue music, great food, crafts and more. Tickets are $10; have for students and military; free for kids 12 and under and Gold Pass holders from the Charleston County Parks. More.
Wine, Women & Shoes: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., October 6, Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island. The national charity will hold a fund-raiser to benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina with wine tasting, good food, exclusive shopping and more. Learn more.
Come Out for Equality: 6 p.m., October 12, Memminger Auditorium, Charleston. The Alliance for Full Acceptance will hold its annual Gayla celebrating its 15th anniversary and National Coming Out Day. Festive attire suggested. $125 per person. More here.
Dill Bird Walk: 8 a.m., Oct. 12, Dill Sanctuary, James Island. Naturalist Billy McCord will guide you through various habitats found on this scenic site located alongside the Stono River. Participants need to provide their own binoculars. This walk from the Charleston Museum is designed for adults and mature teens. Register early -- only 10 spaces available. Register online or call (843) 722-2996 x235.
Fright Nights: 6 p.m. October 17, 19, 25 and 26, Magnolia Plantation
and Gardens. The attraction's fifth annual Family Fright Nights will bubble
up from the swamp with Halloween games, prizes, a costume contest and
more. Tickets are $10 per person or $40 per car. More.
Coastal Living's 2013 Showhouse: Open at various times now through Oct. 20. The magazine's newly-constructed home along the Wando River on Daniel Island is open for tours with a portion of the $15 ticket proceeds to charity. More info and times here.
Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26, Christ Our King Stella Maris School, Mount Pleasant. The school's 62nd annual bazaar will offer entertainment, games, food, a cake booth, water blast, mystery bags, face painting, crafters corner, spooky wheel and much more. Free.
(NEW) Oyster Roast: 1 p.m., October 27, Goldbug Island. East Cooper Meals on Wheels will have an Oyster Roast and Chili Throwdown to help raise money for the organization. Tickets are $30 each for adults and $10 for children over 2. More.
(NEW) Harvest Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 2, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island. The 12th annual Harvest Festival will feature a barbecue cookoff, bluegrass music from five local bands, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, lasso demonstrations and more. Cost $12 per person; kids under 12 are free. More.
(NEW) Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival: Nov. 7-10, Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston, downtown Charleston. The four-day festival will celebrate Italian contemporary cinema and culture with several films and special guests. More info.
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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