February 13, 2021
  • 6:55 am Dance program to put on performance
  • 6:53 am Campus Girl Scouts receive community service award
  • 6:52 am Panel celebrates first-generation students
  • 6:52 am Students make Easter pilgrimage to Rome
  • 6:48 am Group discusses core curriculum requirements

first_imgROME, Italy – This Easter, over 100 Notre Dame students studying in various locations throughout Europe went on pilgrimage to Rome for a weekend of sightseeing, prayer and reflection organized by Campus Ministry. Fr. John Paul Lichon, the Campus Ministry leader of the trip, met the pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Saturday afternoon to distribute tickets for the Easter Sunday Mass. Students from programs all over Europe – including Greece, Spain, England, Ireland, and Italy – reunited by the obelisk in the middle of the piazza, hugging, laughing and sharing stories from their travels. The pilgrimage is an annual event coordinated by Campus Ministry, which includes tours of Rome’s churches, admittance to the Easter Sunday Mass led by Pope Francis, and the opportunity to reflect in the presence of Rome’s most precious relics, Lichon said. Easter is the most important feast of the year for the Church, but the pilgrimage will take on special significance this year, Lichon said. . “We’ve been doing the pilgrimage for a long time, but it just turned out this year it was with the new pope, so that has been exciting,” Lichon said. “The main focus is truly to be on pilgrimage for Easter, to truly enter into Triduum.” Lichon said Campus Ministry offered two pilgrimage “tracks.” The full track includes three days of sightseeing and guided reflection, while the Easter Sunday track admits students only for the Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, Lichon said. “It’s been fantastic. There’re about 40 students doing the full track with us, and we did the whole Triduum service together. We did a bunch of churches together on Friday, we did Saint Peter’s [Saturday] morning and we’re going to do the Vatican Museum,” he said. “Then about 110 students are coming just for the Easter Sunday Mass.” Though the tours and photo opportunities excite the participants, Lichon said the goal of the pilgrimage was to engage in prayer. “Rome at this time is just crazy, and we wanted to create a space that was prayerful and reflective and truly enter into Triduum,” he said. “I think that’s what this week is really about.” Junior Caity Bobber, who is currently studying abroad in London, participated in all of the pilgrimage’s planned events. “We began [Friday] with morning prayer at the Coliseum, and we saw the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, where the skulls of Saints Peter and Paul are,” Bobber said. “It’s actually where the bishop of Rome is, so that’s the cathedral of Rome.” Each day of the pilgrimage is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until late at night, while some days stretch past midnight, Bobber said. “Last night, the Stations of the Cross began at 9:15 p.m., but we met at 6:45 p.m. to wait for our spot,” Bobber said. “It was a jam-packed day.” Mary Coghlin, a junior studying abroad in London, said visiting the Holy Stairs held special religious significance for her. “I would say we were all surprised by that,” Coghlin said. “It’s 28 stairs taken from the office of Pontius Pilate, so when Jesus was walking to his condemnation, he was walking down those stairs.” Coghlin said Saint Helen, Constantine’s mother, moved the stairs and other elements of Christ’s crucifixion back to Rome. “It’s the original marble, and now they’re covered in another wood, and pilgrims go up each of these 28 steps on their knees while praying. It’s about a 25 minute ordeal,” she said. “It’s way more moving than you would expect. People did specific prayers, acts of contrition. Some people received indulgences.” The students also attended the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross ceremony, held at the Coliseum on Friday night, Coghlin said. “It was candlelit and we were close to Papa Francesco and it was beautiful,” Coughlin said. “[In the ceremony] there was Italian and a lot of Latin, which was nice because you were able to say the Our Father in that. There were also a lot of Notre Dame people there, and it was a great day.” The group’s intense touring schedule didn’t leave the pilgrims much free time, but Lichon said the group purposefully walked a fine line between seeing Rome as tourists and visiting the churches as worshippers. “You visit the churches for a purpose, you don’t just walk in and take a picture,” he said. “You [try to] understand what this church brings to you in a special way. You ask, how is God trying to speak to you through this place?” Contact Meghan Thomassen at mthomass@nd.edulast_img read more

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first_img? Justin “Squigs” Robertson Kinky Boots’s current cast members have got us saying “Yeah, yeah”! Aaron C. Finley and Todrick Hall are now starring in the Tony-winning production as Charlie Price and Lola, respectively. To celebrate their entry into the Land of Lola, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson gave them the ink treatment, and it’s the most beautiful thing in the world. Good luck not shouting “Yasssss” at the image of Finley with the signature crimson boot and Hall striking a pose! Take a look at the red-hot sketch of the dynamic, divalicious duo, and see Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre! View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Kinky Boots About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

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first_imgA mountaintop removal mine is an ecological disaster, but one company is trying to make the best use of the flattened, denuded landscapes that are left behind. The Berkeley Energy Group (BEG) has teamed up with EDF Renewable Energy to build what is expected to be the largest solar farm in Kentucky. BEG, which specializes in coal extraction, plans to use a retired mountaintop strip mine for the location of the farm. It will be the first large scale solar farm in Appalachia.Ryan Johns, BEG project development executive, said this plan is not to replace coal but simply to take advantage of an otherwise useless piece of land while providing citizens with clean energy and creating jobs.Kentucky coal miners have suffered from large job cuts in the eastern part of the state, with 14,373 mining jobs in 2008 and only 3,833 in 2016; the hope is to regenerate jobs with the building of this solar farm. Currently, the largest solar farm in Kentucky is the LG&E and KU Energy’s 10-megawatt farm in Mercer County. This farm has 45,000 solar panels on 50 acres of land and can provide energy for around 1,500 homes.last_img read more

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first_img“Honduras and Guatemala are the two major countries of the region where large shipments of drugs arrive and land,” according to Rodriguez Luna. “In past years, authorities in those two countries have dismantled important storage facilities for drugs and weapons, which has prompted them to take action and work hand-in-hand to tackle international organized crime.” Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina signed an agreement to establish the Task Force. By Dialogo January 27, 2015 As a consequence, Honduras and Guatemala are key transshipment points for transnational drug trafficking groups. Cooperation between the Armed Forces of Honduras and Guatemala along their shared border is crucial in the fight against international drug trafficking because of their key location on the map: Both countries are sandwiched between drug-producing and trafficking regions and consumer nations. “We need to have a presence at the level of this Task Force… immigration, police, the state Public Ministry prosecutors and the judiciary… The mission of this Task Force is to have a presence guaranteeing the control and authority of the State throughout the border (with Guatemala),” President Hernández said, according to a press release from the Office of the Presidency. The Armed Forces of Guatemala and Honduras are working in cooperation to fight organized crime through the Maya-Chortí Task Force, which will improve security in the region along the border the two countries share. The Task Force will gather intelligence on the activities of drug trafficking organizations and other criminal groups engage in weapons smuggling, contraband, and human trafficking and develop operations in specific areas on both sides of the border. Security forces from both countries will also exchange information to maximize the effectiveness of the Task Force. “In this sector in particular there will be air, sea, and land resources and coordinated work between the two countries, ” explained Honduran Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, a spokesman for the National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), which is a part of the Maya-Chortí Task Force. The Task Force is not the first instance of Honduran and Guatemalan security forces working together in cooperation, “but obviously now this cooperation will be much more intense and profound,” according to Armando Rodriguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). To attain the best results and improve public security, Troops from both countries, as well as other security forces, will gather and share intelligence and coordinate various security operations. Air, Sea, and Land Operations The Armed Forces of Guatemala and Honduras are working in cooperation to fight organized crime through the Maya-Chortí Task Force, which will improve security in the region along the border the two countries share. In early January, Soldiers from both countries, as well as other security forces, began coordinating air, sea, and land operations through the Task Force, which fights drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises. The members of the Task Force have the authority to execute arrest warrants on both sides of the border. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina signed an agreement to establish the Task Force. Cooperation between the Armed Forces of Honduras and Guatemala along their shared border is crucial in the fight against international drug trafficking because of their key location on the map: Both countries are sandwiched between drug-producing and trafficking regions and consumer nations. The Task Force will gather intelligence on the activities of drug trafficking organizations and other criminal groups engage in weapons smuggling, contraband, and human trafficking and develop operations in specific areas on both sides of the border. Security forces from both countries will also exchange information to maximize the effectiveness of the Task Force. As a consequence, Honduras and Guatemala are key transshipment points for transnational drug trafficking groups. The Maya-Chortí Task Force is an important undertaking where both governments cooperate regionally to combat organized crime and drug cartels,the security analyst said. This news item is very on point. Keep on. I, myself, want to get in with one of the best drug traffickers in Guatemala to sell or whatever they give me in order to make money with them It’s really good for President Orlando to get smart to be able to fight crime If, as the article says, it’s magnificent because we, the people, are tired of seeing so many lies in the media which are mostly paid for by the Government but I have always believed in Channel 6. I hope it doesn’t go and sell itself like the others In early January, Soldiers from both countries, as well as other security forces, began coordinating air, sea, and land operations through the Task Force, which fights drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises. The members of the Task Force have the authority to execute arrest warrants on both sides of the border. “In this sector in particular there will be air, sea, and land resources and coordinated work between the two countries, ” explained Honduran Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, a spokesman for the National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA), which is a part of the Maya-Chortí Task Force. The Task Force is not the first instance of Honduran and Guatemalan security forces working together in cooperation, “but obviously now this cooperation will be much more intense and profound,” according to Armando Rodriguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The Maya-Chortí Task Force is an important undertaking where both governments cooperate regionally to combat organized crime and drug cartels,the security analyst said. “Honduras and Guatemala are the two major countries of the region where large shipments of drugs arrive and land,” according to Rodriguez Luna. “In past years, authorities in those two countries have dismantled important storage facilities for drugs and weapons, which has prompted them to take action and work hand-in-hand to tackle international organized crime.” Air, Sea, and Land Operations To attain the best results and improve public security, Troops from both countries, as well as other security forces, will gather and share intelligence and coordinate various security operations. “We need to have a presence at the level of this Task Force… immigration, police, the state Public Ministry prosecutors and the judiciary… The mission of this Task Force is to have a presence guaranteeing the control and authority of the State throughout the border (with Guatemala),” President Hernández said, according to a press release from the Office of the Presidency. last_img read more

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first_imgFor most marketers, getting a handle on data analytics is an obvious need.? Recent studies say that greater than 70% of marketers see the need.? The challenge is, they have never done it. And given the reality that “no one wants to fail,” many don’t begin. Others find themselves asking, when will I have the time to do this along the 273 other tasks and obligations already on my “to-do” list.Data isn’t going anywhere.? And most everyone knows that the need for analytics is rising to meet the availability of this data.So, where do you start?? My hope is that the following roadmap offers you some guidance.If you have never employed data analytics in marketing, you need first to understand what the software tools that help collect and analyze your account data, do and why.? Often, this analytics software is called an MCIF system.? The term, “MCIF” is an acronym for Marketing Central Information File.? Essentially, it is a database that pulls in data from all of your internal loan and deposit systems.? As you may know, you have many internal databases that manage the transactions unique to your specific loans and deposits.? This means that data is held in multiple, independent silos.? None of it has been combined to offer a full view of a client relationship.? This is the first thing an MCIF does.Want to learn more?? Would you invest 30 minutes to maybe an hour?? Most of your peers won’t.? If you want to rise above your competitors and elevate your personal value to your credit union (or the next credit union which will value your knowledge more), then invest the time.? I promise to make it easy and fun.I have pulled together e-books, fun videos and white papers that illuminate the value of data and analytics.? Access this wealth of knowledge in one place, here.Once you have a basic idea of what data analytics means and why you may want to employ it, seek out folks you know, and ask them about their experiences.? How are they addressing this growing need for data analytics?? Your credit union associations offer plenty of vendor resources on-line.? Also, look for articles in the trade press that help illuminate the benefits and pitfalls further.? Talk to vendors.? They will share more than you can imagine.? Each vendor wants you to become educated on what is possible, how to do it and how their solution will help you accomplish your goals.? You need to understand all of this to get what you want.Data isn’t going anywhere.? And most everyone knows that the requirement for analytics is rising to meet the availability of this data.? As you may know, the C-Suite across credit union land is growingly interested in the information, action and certain results that data analytics delivers.So, where do you start?? If you avail yourself of the data analytics resources in this article, your journey has already begun.? Congratulations, you just got started with Data Analytics!Check out the resource page now.? You will even be able to access case studies and personal copies of one or more of my books. 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Detailslast_img read more

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Friends of Clifton Park Open Space is pleased to see the Shenendehowa school board and the town of Clifton Park officially reach an agreement on both the sale of the approximately 37 acres and a memorandum of understanding regarding the use and maintenance of the property.We applaud this demonstration of cooperation between the school board and the town, not only on the transfer of the property, but also on their continuing efforts to foster that relationship for the good of both parties. Friends will work to get out the “yes” vote on Dec. 5. We believe this vote can preserve 37 natural acres as a central park. We believe it will be an easily accessible park for all the residents of southern Saratoga County. We envision a walkable place to connect the Shen campus, the YMCA, the library and Collins Park for the health and enjoyment of everyone visiting the area.We wish to balance growing commercialization in this area with the beauty of nature. We hope for a forest park to serve as a living laboratory for our students in the Shen district. We would like to leave a priceless, living piece of nature for future generation to enjoy.We urge all district residents to come out on Dec. 5 to Gowana Middle School and “vote yes” for this referendum.Susan BurtonRexfordThe writer is vice president of the Friends of Clifton Park Open Space.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…last_img read more

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first_imgTopics : “He was immediately isolated, where he remains under careful medical supervision.”Authorities believe the man is a flight attendant who recently returned from the United States.Residents in the capital Suva jammed supermarkets to stock up on basic supplies, while the Fiji Times reported that parents in Lautoka rushed to remove their children from school.Pacific nations are particularly vulnerable to viral outbreaks because of their geographic isolation and under-resourced health infrastructure. Fiji confirmed its first coronavirus case Thursday, sparking panic buying in major centers on the Pacific island nation.The announcement followed rampant speculation across the country of 930,000 that the global pandemic had arrived on its shores.”There is a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lautoka that was imported from a patient who had recently travelled abroad,” Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said on Twitter.center_img A measles epidemic in Samoa late last year killed 83 people, most of them babies and toddlers.The country passed a law to make childhood immunization compulsory in December after “anti-vaxxer” activists were blamed for worsening the outbreak.Many Pacific nations have implemented strong restrictions in a bid to keep the pandemic at bay, including a ban on all inbound air travellers in the Marshall Islands.But the virus has still gained a foothold in some areas, with eight cases confirmed in Guam, one in French Polynesia and Samoa announcing its first suspected case on Wednesday.last_img read more

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first_imgGovernor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite Public to Capitol Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 6 November 30, 2018 First Lady Frances Wolf, ?Holidays, ?Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf are inviting the public to join them for the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at noon Thursday, December 6, in the Rotunda of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg.“Each year, the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony brings us all together to officially kick off the holiday season in the Capitol Complex,” Governor Wolf said. “Frances and I are excited, and we look forward to getting our holidays off to a good start by spreading some holiday cheer with music, good tidings and the lighting of the state’s Christmas tree.”The Governor and First Lady will be joined by Pennsylvania Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper and the Rev. Dr. Amy Doyle Welin, Acting Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Stephen in Harrisburg. The Quakertown High School Varsity Singers will perform, and Santa Claus will make an appearance.The Governor will deliver a special holiday message and lead the audience for the countdown to light the Capitol Christmas Tree.This event is open to the public for those wishing to attend.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgOver the course of 2017, on average sovereign investors posted returns of 9% – with development funds achieving 12% due to “their exposure to private markets assets”, the report said.Invesco canvassed 126 organisations around the world that held a total of $17trn (€14.6trn).Across the board, Invesco reported that allocations to equities had also risen, to the extent that they now form a larger part than fixed income holdings in the average portfolio.Despite this overall rise, the funds remained concerned about whether equities were becoming overvalued, combined with a further concern about whether there might be a “significant equity market correction” in 2018.Millar said sovereign investors had displayed a certain amount of prescience, raising concerns about a possible trade war when the survey was conducted in January and February.“They are very clear sighted about some of these factors,” Millar added.He also noted that the lack of correlation between alternatives and the mainstream asset classes?meant that the move into assets such as property could also be seen as a form of inflation protection.“The sovereigns are not only going to get a good return stream from alternatives over the long term, but they realise that [these assets] bring other attributes to the table as well,” Millar said.Liquidity for sovereign investors was one of the main issues, he added, with investing in alternatives on any meaningful scale often seen as problematic. However, many were keeping a “watching brief” on developments in the cryptocurrency markets.“Crypto-currencies were not dismissed out of hand as we might have thought they could have been,” he said. “Clearly sovereigns aren’t investing in Bitcoin, but they are looking at [the market] more broadly, largely through venture capital exposure.” Sovereign wealth funds, state pension plans and central banks have doubled their exposure to alternative assets such as real estate and private equity over the past six years, a survey has revealed.According to the latest annual Invesco Global Sovereign Asset Management survey, some of the world’s largest investors have moved to bolster their alternatives holdings to diversify their portfolios away from mainstream assets.Alternatives now form 20% of the average portfolio of sovereign investors – up from 10% just six years ago.“Clearly equities had a very good year in 2017 – but perhaps less positive in the previous few years,” said Alex Millar, head of EMEA sovereigns at Invesco. “Now they’re looking for other sources of returns other than equities.”last_img read more

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