Postgraduate service fair to feature over 70 service organizations

first_imgThe Center for Social Concerns (CSC) will host a fair to introduce students to an array of postgraduate service opportunities Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Joyce Center Concourse.The fair will feature representatives from over 70 service organizations situated across the world. According to the event website, the organizations confront topics such as poverty, immigration and refugee resettlement, environmental justice, healthy food, wellness, housing and homelessness, youth development and elder care.“What’s wonderful is there will be organizations that need people to do all different kinds of work,” Karen Manier, postgraduate service administration lead coordinator at the CSC, said. “No matter what your background is or your interests, you can usually find something that would be of interest to you.”Manier said the goal of the fair never differs: It aims to both educate students about postgraduate service — what it is, what it offers and how powerful it can be — and facilitate the process for students who want to do postgraduate service.“If there’s a passion that you have around a particular social issue, [postgraduate service] allows you to not only do good work and help people but also to learn more about things so you can decide to get involved with something in a different way or level,“ Manier said.According to the CSC’s website, though postgraduate service is “basically a full-time job in a non-profit organization,” service members typically receive a stipend and benefits in exchange for working with individuals and communities in need.Though bringing a resume to the event and wearing business casual attire can be helpful, Manier said, the service fair is different from a regular job search in that such formalities are not necessary and any question students ask service organizations is “fair game.”“Everyone wants the same thing, which is to make the world a better place,” Manier said. “These are folks who prefer to have lengthier conversations with the people they’re talking to because it allows them to get to know you better.”About 7 percent of the class of 2016 participated in postgraduate service, totaling to about 150 students, Manier said. The largest portion of those students came from the College of Arts and Letters, which saw 17 percent of its graduates commit to service.“I hope people take advantage of this opportunity, because Notre Dame students are extremely well-liked by service organizations because they’re so well-prepared,” Manier said. “[Students] come in with so much service experience already, tend to do service while here and are smart, energetic and good leaders. Our students are ideal candidates, so these service organizations really want to meet them.”Manier said she would recommend all students, regardless of grade level, to attend the free event.“Even if [undergraduates] just start with conversations now and get a sense of the landscape, they’ll be in a much better position going into their senior year when they’re trying to make those decisions,” Manier said. “It’ll give them a chance to see what’s out there.”As an alumnus of Notre Dame and now the director and founder of the Ignatiun Service Corps, a service organization that will be at the fair, Tom King said he has worked with many students who found their gifts and life-long passions through service.“You can have great, experienced people who have done all kinds of justice work for four years, and they’re a perfect match,” King said. “But then you can have someone that was not engaged [in service] at all, and they can be a perfect match as well. I think that anybody could do it. Just have an open heart.”King said he considers college graduates to be in a privileged class that is required to help “those on the margins.”“The programs all want the student to find the program that’s best for him or her,” King said. “That’s the beautiful thing about a fair like that. The programs want you to find the right match, so they may even lead you to another program. I never feel a spirit of competition among the programs.”Junior spanish and music major Katie Ward, who helped run the service fair last year, said she felt uplifted seeing the positive impact the service organizations have in different communities and the roles that were available to students through them.“I would highly recommend attending the postgraduate service fair, even if you have not considered doing postgraduate service before,” Ward said. “The postgraduate service fair can help you discern whether you feel called to do postgraduate service and also help you see more specifically what organizations might interest you. It’s a laid-back atmosphere, and everyone just really wants to get to know you and build relationships.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, postgraduate service, postgraduate service fairlast_img read more

Theology professor priest faces sexual abuse allegations

first_imgTheology professor Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, who is widely considered the founder of U.S. Latino theology and won the 1997 Laetare Medal, was named in a San Antonio civil suit alleging Elizondo sexually abused the unnamed plaintiff when he was a minor, according to a report originally run by WSBT.The lawsuit was filed against the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Fr. Jesus Armando Dominguez and Elizondo last Tuesday in Bexar County district court. It alleges Dominguez repeatedly sexually abused the plaintiff, listed as “John Doe” in the 1980s. When the plaintiff asked Elizondo for help dealing with Dominguez’s abuse in 1983, the lawsuit alleges “Elizondo began to fondle the Plaintiff’s genitals, taking advantage of the same sexual liberties Plaintiff complained of with Father Dominguez,” according to excerpted court documents published by WNDU.“As Father Elizondo reached over, kissed him, and began to fondle him, the Plaintiff immediately became angry, frustrated, scared, and confused because Plaintiff thought that he would help,” the suit states. “Instead, he gave the Plaintiff more reasons to feel unsafe within the care and guard of the Roman Catholic Church. Once again, the sexual abuse of the Plaintiff continued.”In a report in the San Antonio Express-News, Elizondo denied the allegations.“The allegations made against me are not true and have absolutely no basis in fact,” Elizondo said in the Express-News report. “I deny all the claims which have been asserted against me.”The suit seeks unspecified damages and claims the plaintiff has suffered from anger, depression, emotional distress, addiction and suicidal attempts as a result of the abuse.According to his personal website, Elizondo joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1999, but still maintains his primary residence in San Antonio, where he works with Catholic Television of San Antonio and St. Rose of Lima parish, and commutes to the University.Elizondo, who serves as a professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology and as a fellow at Institute for Latino Studies and Kellogg Institute, has taught a range of theology courses, focusing on Latino spirituality. In the fall, he is scheduled to teach three courses, including the popular U.S. Latino Spirituality course that can satisfy a student’s second theology requirement.According to a statement released Friday, a spokesperson for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has called for the University to suspend Elizondo immediately. In an email Friday, though, University vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said “Fr. Elizondo’s status has not changed,” but the University would not comment further at this time.Tags: Elizondo, lawsuit, Priest, San Antonio, sexual abuse, Virgilio Elizondolast_img read more

THE MOVIE GUY — Sonic brings the inconsequential mayhem

first_img The action sequences are mostly inconsequential mayhem that hold your attention without ever making you truly worry about the outcome. It’s all so safe and sanitized that the kids won’t stop munching their popcorn out of fear that anything bad might actually happen, even as our heroes are seemingly falling to their deaths from the top of the Transamerica Building in San Francisco.This is a good thing if you’re a parent wanting to entertain, not traumatize your kids. This is a bad thing if you’re a parent who also wants to be entertained by the movie as Sonic doesn’t have much appeal for anybody older than 10 years of age.Enter Jim Carrey, who is obviously having a ball playing a character who’s as carefree and crazy as any of the characters from the comedian’s early days. Carrey gets to shout out many of his lines with his particular brand of melodramatic excess. He even gets several dance montages. It’s nice to see Carrey back at 100% crazy once again.James Marsden doesn’t fare as well, especially as he’s stuck in between Carrey and an animated cartoon creature. He does his best impression of a bland good guy and then gets to work keeping the plot moving along. That’s not a knock on his performance. He knows what his role is, and that kindergarteners aren’t out there clamoring to see the new James Marsden movie. No, they want to see Sonic running fast, cracking jokes and making the bad guy look silly. By that simple criteria, Sonic the Hedgehog works well enough. Carrey’s bonkers performance also amps the film up a notch or two. Grownups will be bored, but that’s a minor inconvenience for a film that younger kids will enjoy.Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are published each week in “The Port Arthur News” and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at I’m a little too old to have played the Sonic the Hedgehog video game, but I certainly have plenty of friends who are very excited about the new Sonic movie that hits theaters this weekend. That’s an understatement. Some of my friends are inexplicably obsessed over this cute little character, even though he’s starring in a film that is aimed primarily at their children.Or their grandchildren.Speaking on behalf of the sea of very young kids who comprised the majority of last week’s press screening, I’m pleased to report that Sonic the Hedgehog is a lot of fun. Just like the title character, the movie is cute, brightly-colored and filled with non-stop energy.The kids in the theater seemed to love it, which is obviously the only thing that’s important here. I was less than impressed with this story that doesn’t really do anything other than explain how Sonic came to earth, team him up with a local policeman (James Marsden) and then force him to go on the run from a ruthless government scientist (Jim Carrey).last_img read more

CULAC confirms 23 to serve on board of trustees for 2019-20

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The executive committee of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), CUNA’s political action committee, announced Thursday they have confirmed league nominations to serve on the CULAC Board of Trustees. The board serves as the governing body for CULAC, and includes a representative from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.“Congratulations to our newly confirmed members of the Board of Trustees,” said Diana Dykstra, chair of the CULAC Board of Trustees and president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union League. “Having trustees in from all 50 states and the District of Columbia is essential to our success and we look forward to working with all our trustees in the coming election cycles.”This group will serve two-year terms, 2019-2020, and the newly confirmed trustees will join the other trustees in the middle of their two-year terms.The confirmed trustees are:last_img read more

WHO, Saudi Arabia update MERS case information

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) recently recognized the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case reported recently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while the latest sketchy reports from Saudi Arabia describe five recent cases there, including three in healthcare workers.In a Dec 22 statement, the WHO confirmed a MERS case in a 68-year-old UAE man, previously reported by the media. The man had a cough when he was hospitalized Dec 14 for joint replacement surgery, and he was moved to an intensive care unit (ICU) Dec 16 because of rapid deterioration, the agency said. His MERS-CoV infection was confirmed Dec 19.The patient, who has underlying medical conditions, has no recent history of travel or of contact with animals or other MERS patients, the WHO reported. Investigation of his family and healthcare contacts was continuing.The UAE case raised the WHO’s MERS-CoV count to 166 cases and 71 deaths.A recent English-language statement from the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) reported four MERS cases, including one death, and appeared to match up with an earlier machine-translated statement that surfaced Dec 20. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) story published today cites five Saudi cases, at least three of which appear to be those cited in the English-language MOH statement.The latter statement, officially dated Dec 20, reports cases in:A 73-year-old Saudi man who succumbed to the illnessA 53-year-old Saudi man who has chronic illnesses and was in an ICUTwo “female residents”—foreign nationals—who work in healthcare and had contact with a MERS patient; the statement gives no ages or other detailsToday’s AFP story cited a statement on the Saudi MOH Web site as the source of its information on the five cases, all of which were reported in Riyadh. They involve:A 73-year-old Saudi man who died of the illnessA 57-year-old Saudi who has chronic illnesses and is being treated in an ICUA 27-year-old Saudi health workerTwo foreign health workers: a 43-year-old woman and a 35-year-old manThe story, and the MOH coronavirus page, say Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV count has reached 141 cases with 57 deaths.Meanwhile, a machine translation of the latest Saudi MOH statement, posted yesterday by Crawford Killian on his H5N1 blog, matches the information in the AFP story, but it adds that none of the three infected health workers had any symptoms.MERS-CoV in kidney cellsIn other developments, German researchers reported in Virology Journal that MERS-CoV seems to have a special affinity for human kidney cells, which may explain why acute renal failure has been reported in some MERS-CoV cases. Christian Drosten, MD, of the Insitute of Virology, University of Bonn, was the study’s senior author.In the study, published Dec 23, the researchers compared the effects of MERS-CoV and the SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus) on cultures of primary human bronchial epithelial and primary human kidney cells. They found that pathogenic infection occurred only with MERS-CoV in the kidney cells and that kidney cells produced almost 1,000-fold more MERS-CoV copies than bronchial cells did.The authors recommended that epidemiologic studies analyze kidney impairment in MERS-CoV. “Virus replication in the kidney with potential shedding in urine might constitute a way of transmission, and could explain untraceable transmission chains leading to new cases,” they wrote. “Individual patients might benefit from early induction of renoprotective treatment.”See also: Dec 22 WHO statement on UAE caseDec 20 Saudi MOH statement on four casesDec 26 AFP storyH5N1 blog with Dec 25 machine translation of Saudi MOH statementSaudi MOH coronavirus page with case countDec 23 Virology Journal abstractlast_img read more

West End awaits first big deals of 2004

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Lunson Mitchenall moves house

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‘Historic’ Caribbean Dust Storm Shows Value of Forecast Services: UN Weather…

first_img Oct 8, 2019 Caribbean Weather Heads at Congress of WMO(Caribbean Meteorological Organisation Press Release) English–speaking Caribbean States were well represented at the Eighteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg18) which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3 -14 June 2019. The Congress is the Supreme body of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – the Geneva-based United Nations Specialised Agency that coordinates…July 11, 2019In “Associate Member States”Regional countries urged to brace for floodsBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 16, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is warning regional countries that they should brace themselves for floods as the drought conditions which have affected the region since late 2014 are expected to subside by the start of the 2016 Hurricane Season.…February 16, 2016In “CARICOM”Agreement to improve Meteorological collaboration in the CaribbeanThe Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and the Meteorological Service of France (Météo‑France) signed an agreement on 21 June 2016 to formalize the working arrangements between their two institutions. The Caribbean Meteorological Organization, which is a specialized institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), coordinates the joint scientific activities of the National…June 29, 2016In “General”Share this on WhatsApp “Sand and dust storms are severe hazards that can affect weather, climate, the environment, health, economies, transport and agriculture in many parts of the world”, said Dr. Oksana Tarasova, Head of WMO’s Atmospheric Environment Research Division. Jul 18, 2017 CARPHA achieves international accreditation for testing… Apr 6, 2020 CDB supports Relief Measures for Drought-Hit Farmers in… Read more at: United Nations News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Daily life affectedcenter_img Regional Climate Centre established in Barbados “The ongoing dust storm, which has affected daily life in the Caribbean, shows the importance of forecast and warning services.” You may be interested in… The storm arrived in the Eastern Caribbean from North Africa last week, affecting a wide area so far, spanning from the northern coast of South America to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. (United Nations News) A massive dust storm currently blanketing many parts of the Caribbean, posing a significant threat to regional health, has revealed the importance of having effective warning systems in place, the World Meteorological Office (WMO) said on Friday. Region to Host First Caribbean Congress on Adolescent and… Dec 12, 2017last_img read more

Zeldin Announces More Than $15 Million in Federal Funding for Westhampton Base Training Facility

first_imgThe Security Forces building that will be replaced. NY Air National Guard photo by SrA Daniel H. FarrellThe United States Army has awarded a contract in excess of $15 million for the construction of a security forces and communications training facility at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton, Congressman Lee Zeldin announced on Wednesday.The new 28,200-square-foot facility will be completed by April 1, 2022, according to the Department of Defense. The Army award the $15,478,911 contract to Kallidus Technologies, based in Lowell, Massachusetts, on Sept. 8.According to Zeldin, an Army veteran who serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, the current facility is more than 60 years old and houses four 106th Rescue Wing units; the Logistics Readiness Squadron, the Civil Engineer Squadron, the Security Forces Squadron and Communications Flight. When the new facility is completed, the Security Forces Squadron and Communications Flight units will move into the new building. Separate new facilities for the other squadrons are being designed.“Gabreski Air National Guard Base’s 106th Rescue Wing plays a critical role in protecting our national security at home and abroad and is a vital component of New York’s emergency response capabilities,” Zeldin said in a statement. “This continued federal investment in its facilities, resources and training will ensure its service members can continue to selflessly protect and serve our community and nation for decades to come.”Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Siebelts, Commander of the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron, said, the project will “greatly enhance” the 106th Rescue Wing’s abilities. “This new, state of the art facility will replace a current building that is over 60 years old and is in disrepair with no feasibility for renovation. Additionally, the location of the new facility will meet Department of Defense standoff and force protection requirements. Finally, this project will incorporate energy efficiency improvements, sustainability measures, and development concepts, all leading to achieving optimum resource use and constructibility,” he said in a Sharelast_img read more

New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

first_img NEW ORLEANS (AP) Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, becoming the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.The Liberty Place monument, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, was taken away on a truck in pieces around 5:35 a.m. after a few hours of work.The removal happened early in the morning in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.Workers who took the monument down Monday could be seen wearing bulletproof vests, military-style helmets and scarves that obscured their faces. Police were also on hand, including officers who watched the area from atop the parking garage of a nearby hotel.Three other statues to Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis will be removed in later days now that legal challenges have been overcome.“There’s a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we are,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press.Nationally, the debate over Confederate symbols has become heated since nine parishioners were killed at a black church in South Carolina in June 2015. South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its statehouse grounds in the weeks after, and several Southern cities have since considered removing monuments. The University of Mississippi took down its state flag because it includes the Confederate emblem.New Orleans is a majority African-American city although the number of black residents has fallen since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina drove many people from the city.The majority black City Council in 2015 voted 6-1 to approve plans to take the statues down, but legal battles over their fate have prevented the removal until now, said Landrieu, who proposed the monuments’ removal and rode to victory twice with overwhelming support from the city’s black residents.People who want the Confederate memorials removed say they are offensive artifacts honoring the region’s slave-owning past. But others call the monuments part of the city’s history and say they should be protected historic structures.Robert Bonner, 63, who said he is a Civil War re-enactor, was there to protest the statue’s removal.“I think it’s a terrible thing,” he said. “When you start removing the history of the city, you start losing money. You start losing where you came from and where you’ve been.”Since officials announced the removals, contractors hired by the city have faced death threats and intimidation in this deep South city where passions about the Civil War still run deep.Landrieu refused to say who the city would be using to remove the statues because of the intimidation attempts. And the removal will begin at night to ensure police can secure the sites to protect workers, and to ease the burden on traffic for people who live and work in the city, Landrieu said.“All of what we will do in the next days will be designed to make sure that we protect everybody, that the workers are safe, the folks around the monuments are safe and that nobody gets hurt,” Landrieu said.Landrieu said the memorials don’t represent his city as it approaches its 300th anniversary next year. The mayor said the city would remove the monuments, store them and preserve them until an “appropriate” place to display them is determined.“The monuments are an aberration,” he said. “They’re actually a denial of our history and they were done in a time when people who still controlled the Confederacy were in charge of this city and it only represents a four-year period in our 1000-year march to where we are today.”The first memorial to come down, the Liberty Place monument, was an 1891 obelisk honoring the Crescent City White League.Landrieu has called the Liberty Place monument “the most offensive of the four” and said it was erected to “revere white supremacy.”“If there was ever a statue that needed to be taken down, it’s that one,” he said.The Crescent City White League attempted to overthrow a biracial Reconstruction government in New Orleans after the Civil War. That attempt failed, but white supremacist Democrats later took control of the state.An inscription added in 1932 said the Yankees withdrew federal troops and “recognized white supremacy in the South” after the group challenged Louisiana’s biracial government after the Civil War. In 1993, these words were covered by a granite slab with a new inscription, saying the obelisk honors “Americans on both sides” who died and that the conflict “should teach us lessons for the future.”The Liberty Place monument had been the target of a previous lawsuit after the city removed it from a location on the main downtown thoroughfare of Canal Street during a federally-financed paving project in 1989. The city didn’t put the monument back up until it was sued, and moved the monument to an obscure spot on a side street near the entrance to a parking garage. Published: April 24, 2017 6:02 AM EDT Updated: April 24, 2017 7:40 AM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. 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