Real Life Program promotes balanced lives

first_imgOn Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality’s Real Life Project held its first meeting for the 2015-2016 academic school year.Michelle Egan, associate director of the Center for Spirituality, said the Real Life Project began as a Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) project in 2007 and now takes place once a year, usually during the fall semester.“The Center for Spirituality subsidized the Real Life Project in 2008-2009 as a pilot, and [it] was met with such positive evaluations that it was incorporated into the Center’s regular programming,” Egan said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, the Real Life Project provides “students and faculty the chance to talk together about how to connect all the parts of [their] lives in a meaningful way.”Egan said participants must attend all four meetings, which occur over dinner with a small group of faculty facilitators. At these meetings, the faculty aids students in discovering how to balance their daily lives with fulfilling their calling.“The central focus of Real Life is to explore the notion of vocation on many levels, deepening students’ understandings of both vocation, or life calling, and the discernment process,” she said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, students complete readings and reflections to help prepare themselves for the discussions to come.“All participants share the experience of making major life decisions, plus they discuss the challenges of integrating all aspects of life as they pursue their goals and dreams,” Egan said.Egan said that after listening to guest speakers, reading, reflecting and having discussions with faculty, students have a better understanding of the role of theology.“Students come to a better understanding of the process of thoughtful, prayerful decision making, and they develop a broad definition of gifts or passions,” she said. “They also leave with a better understanding of how their ‘passions’ can respond to the needs of the world.”Students often enjoy the program so much that they are not ready for it to end, Egan said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, a Saint Mary’s student said, “My Real Life experiences have helped me to realize that discernment is a lifelong process and that my path might zig-zag and change directions a number of times during my adult life.  I remind myself that I will know what choice is right for me when it feels right.”Tags: Real Life Program, Saint Mary’s Center for Spiritualitylast_img read more

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin sends classy message to Cork City Women’s star after ACL injury

first_imgHector Bellerin is close to a first-team return after recovering from an ACL injury (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin has sent a personal letter to Cork City Women’s player Shaunagh McCarthy urging her to be ‘strong and positive’ after she suffered a serious ACL injury.The Arsenal defender made his first competitive appearance in nine months during Arsenal U23s match against Wolves on Friday after he ruptured the ACL ligaments in his knee against Chelsea in January.Our full back Shaunagh McCarthy received a huge boost this morning as she continues her recovery from ACL reconstruction. A letter from @Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín has lifted her spirits massively.Muchas gracias Héctor and good luck with your own return from injury#Legend#AFC— Cork City FC Women (@CorkCityFCWomen) September 23, 2019 Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin sends classy message to Cork City Women’s star after ACL injury Hector Bellerin’s letter in full Dear ShaunaghI have recently been informed of your injury. I am so sorry to hear this and on behalf of everyone at Arsenal Football Club I send you best wishes.No words are enough in this situation but I urge you to be as strong and positive as possible. I always think that in life and in sport, you will face many challenges along your personal journey, but it’s very important to stay strong, positive and focused on your recovery.On behalf of the players, staff and management at Arsenal Football Club, once again I send you best wishes for a bright and happy future and thank you for your personal support, which I truly appreciate.Yours sincerelyHector Bellerin Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Sep 2019 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link334Shares Bellerin has slowly been re-integrated into full training at Arsenal’s London Colney training base in recent weeks and came through 62 minutes unscathed on his comeback appearance against Wolves on Friday.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s £25m summer signing from Celtic, Kieran Tierney, also stepped up his recovery in that game by playing the same amount of time and the return to fitness of both first-choice full-backs is a welcome boost to Unai Emery.Bellerin, Tierney and Rob Holding could all be in contention to feature during Arsenal’s EFL Cup clash against Nottingham Forest with Emery set to rotate his squad heavily from Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDiscussing their prospects of playing, Emery said: ‘Holding for example, he will play on Tuesday and we are going to decide tomorrow with Hector and with Tierney [if] we will want to use them. I don’t know if that’s starting in the first XI or after from the bench, or if they are feeling well.’Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has deputised for Bellerin during his time out injured, has endured a difficult start to the campaign and was sent off against Aston Villa at the weekend.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Having gone through an arduous time on the sidelines himself, the 24-year-old was quick to offer encouragement to Arsenal supporter McCarthy as she continues her recovery from ACL reconstruction surgery.ADVERTISEMENT‘No words are enough in this situation but I urge you to be as strong and positive as possible,’ Bellerin wrote. ‘I always think that in life and in sport, you will face many challenges along your personal journey, but it’s very important to stay strong, positive and focused on your recovery.’last_img read more

Morgan’s toughness, QB experience, benefit him as DB

first_img Published on October 16, 2013 at 12:18 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Wayne Morgan grew up playing football on dirt and rocks, with his Pop Warner football teammates at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. He was a quarterback.Now a sophomore at Syracuse, a lot has changed. He plays on turf in the Carrier Dome, and reads quarterbacks from the secondary instead.His toughness is the lone constant.“I just like running through people,” Morgan said. “I don’t like stopping my feet. You know how people break down? I don’t like breaking down. I just like to go. When I see it, I just run through it.”Morgan has been running through more people as of late. With cornerback Keon Lyn out for the season, Morgan has been thrust into a larger role. He said he played 39 snaps against North Carolina State — not including special teams — mostly in the slot.But he also played out wide — like the 5-foot-10 defensive back did frequently against then-No. 3 Clemson when Brandon Reddish was sidelined with a lower-body injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMorgan has five total tackles in the last two games, including a big hit on a crossing Wolfpack wide receiver.“That experiential knowledge is invaluable with regards to the number of the snaps he gets,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “You’re starting to see those reactions come quicker with Wayne. When he sees it and believes it, he’s a good football player.”His toughness, Erasmus Hall (N.Y.) High School coach Danny Landberg said, isn’t new. Landberg has known Morgan since he was a child, and remembers not only his grit as a Pop Warner player, but off the field, too.When Morgan was about 13, Landberg remembers hearing a group of 20 kids going to jump him and a friend. But when he got there, the scene he witnessed was the opposite of what he expected.“The 20 kids were running from him,” Landberg said. “Wayne was not to be messed with.”That carried over to his time at Erasmus, where Morgan played quarterback and defensive back. Running the option out of the shotgun as a sophomore, Morgan earned all-city honors.Landberg said that while Morgan was a star quarterback — he threw for 763 yards and four touchdowns, and rushing for 600 yards and six touchdowns as a senior — he focused more on training as a defensive back.He’d spend his extra time meticulously examining how routes manifest and the best way to approach his drops. Ranked the No. 11 safety in the nation by ESPN as a senior, Morgan chose SU instead of offers from Penn State and Maryland, among others, according to“He’s got the most unbelievable toughness I’ve ever had out of anybody,” Landberg said. “He’s fearless on the field and he’s not afraid to be the guy out there making big plays.”Now at Syracuse, Morgan said his experiences playing quarterback still factor into his play. Whether it be shedding a blocker with a juke move or reading the opposing quarterback’s eyes on an option play, the understanding is subconscious.“I could sense what a quarterback is about to do, like if I see him reading I know who he’s keying off of a little bit,” Morgan said.When Syracuse travels to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech this weekend, Morgan will be faced with a triple-option offense. A system that he said, on film, he understands well.But it’s the toughness that he picked up playing Pop Warner at Betsy Head Park that will help him execute against the Yellow Jackets, especially when he’s playing cornerback against bigger, taller receivers.“It doesn’t really matter about the height,” Morgan said. “It’s all about toughness. Like if you know in your heart you aren’t going to let this guy beat you, it doesn’t really matter about your size.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Analysis: As trade rumors and injuries rattle the Lakers, could it cost them the playoffs?

first_imgOAKLAND — For the Lakers, it’s been a week of fielding awkward questions.How do you handle trade rumors? Are they being discussed in the locker room? Have you thought about the possibility of being traded?For the most part, it’s been business-like responses. But perhaps Brandon Ingram put the most honest light on it when he was asked how it made him feel to see his former teammate D’Angelo Russell now an All-Star with the Brooklyn Nets. He called it an “amazing accomplishment,” and then checked off a list of former Lakers – Julius Randle, Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson – who are doing OK since they’ve left town.“Everybody has different situations of opportunity and doing what they can do on the basketball floor,” he said. “This is up to the players. It’s up to the players whether they can handle it mentally, and come in mentally and physically, and just handle whatever organization they can be at.” The standings crunch is starting to get problematic: The Lakers are in 10th place in the West, a game-and-a-half out of the eighth-place Clippers. But various projections don’t like their odds: Stat site FiveThirtyEight lists them at 15 percent, and ESPN (15.6 percent) and Basketball Reference (12.8 percent) are similarly bleak.As the pressure intensifies, the stakes only get higher. And no matter who the player is, that’s a lot for any Laker to handle.Ingram dealt with more questions as well as he could Saturday night, saying he hasn’t heard much about trade talk in the locker room – whether that can be trusted or not.“We kind of let you guys take care of that end,” he told the media. “We don’t discuss it. Whatever happens, happens. We can only control what we can control.”As the season has gone on, the factors that can be controlled within the locker room are shrinking. And it doesn’t look like it gets any easier from here. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersTo a degree, it is up to the players to have success. But at a critical moment of the season, one on which the Lakers’ playoff hopes rely, the franchise is testing the boundaries of what their players can handle.It was hardly a surprise that the Lakers (27-26) fell to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, as LeBron James rested with lingering soreness from his comeback game. But it was more notable that multiple media reports sprouted up about a postgame confrontation between Coach Luke Walton and several Lakers’ veterans, including JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley, over perceived selfish play.Accounts varied. A report from The Athletic called it a “heated scene,” while ESPN cited several sources who identified it as a run-of-the-mill passionate back-and-forth in the dog days of the season.Anywhere the spat falls on the spectrum, it’s not a stunning development. There’s been a lot of tinder on this fire – one which could cost the Lakers a shot at the playoffs.For one, the Lakers have struggled without James, going just 6-12 when he’s unable to play. At the very moment they seemed to be finding a rhythm without him, with back-to-back wins against the Bulls and the Thunder, Lonzo Ball’s ankle injury caught them off-balance. Since then, the Lakers are just 2-5, and locker rooms are always tougher for losing teams. The unpredictable nature of James’ groin injury (and recovery timetable) hasn’t helped. While it was a relief for many of his teammates to see him on the court Thursday night against the Clippers, many of them said they had no inkling that he was going to play until they arrived at the arena – indeed, the Lakers had declared him “out” for the game the day before. By the same token, several players said they were taken by surprise when they arrived at Oracle on Saturday to learn he would be resting.While Walton said he had discussed the decision with James prior to the game, even he acknowledged some last-minute adjustments with James’ absence.“I thought it probably threw us off a little bit early,” he said. “Just because our pregame shootaround was one game plan, and once we found out he wasn’t going to play we switched some of that. … It took us to time to adjust to what the new game plan was”Add to the pressure cooker that the trade rumors have never been hotter. While players went through some over the summer, as the Lakers were reportedly interested in dealing for Kawhi Leonard, the threat of a trade for Anthony Davis has seemed much more tangible, and they’ve had the added challenge of needing to play through it.About a huge chunk of the roster – including Ingram, Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley – have been able to read their names associated with trade proposals in various reports. The older players, many of whom are on one-year contracts, face insecurity about performing well enough to cash in next summer when nearly half of the league’s talent will face free agency decisions. The younger players face the unpredictability of being ripped from a premier NBA market, the only one they’ve ever known.One of the veterans of trade season, Rondo, said the third- and second-year players are dealing well with the scrutiny so far.“They’re still in the gym working,” he said. “They know at the end of the day they’ll still have a job in the NBA regardless of where it’s at. They’re learning in this league that trade talks happen all the time, and each year that they’ll be in the game, they’ll understand that it’s a business.”The problem for the Lakers is that business is coinciding with a challenging stretch of games. The trade deadline, which will be fraught with speculation about a Davis deal, will be on Feb. 7. Through that time, the Lakers have road games against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, both top-five teams in the Eastern Conference. If they do make a trade, they’ll likely have to sit out players that are involved in the deal. Even after the deadline, before the All-Star break, they’ll still have to take down the Philadelphia 76ers, who beat them soundly at home, and the Atlanta Hawks, who were a blocked shot away from beating them at home.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

One dead after collision with train

first_imgPhoto:  This photo was taken from a video submitted to by Dennis Hay One person is dead following a collision between a CN Train and a vehicle near Fort Nelson.The collision occurred at 1:15am on Thursday July 29th at a CN Crossing 10km south of Fort Nelson on Highway 97.The RCMP have not said what type of vehicle was involved in the collision. A police traffic analyst and RCMP dog services are assisting with the investigation.- Advertisement -The victim has not been identified at this time.last_img