Students spend break in Europe

first_imgBefore he was Pope, John Paul II was Fr. Karol Józef WojtyÅa, a priest living and working in Poland under communist rule. Junior Christina Serena, a Notre Dame philosophy and theology major, wanted to know what impact this Church leader had on his native country. Through a grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Serena traveled to Poland over fall break and interviewed 23 people there. Some were priests; some were ordinary citizens; some knew the Pope personally and called him “uncle” at a time when it was dangerous to identify a Catholic priest as “father,” she said.   “One summer, [the Pope] invited them to the Vatican … and Pope John Paul was making up songs about their memories back in Poland,” she said. “They still called him uncle then – they said it was like he was still their uncle – like he was the Pope, but he wasn’t the Pope … he was still their friend, even as Pope.” Dr. Anthony Monta, associate director of the Nanovic Institute, said the group granted $31,786 allowing 14 students to go to European countries conducting research in a variety of fields. Monta said the Nanovic Institute has a long history of working with the College of Arts and Letters, but recently it has encouraged students interested in science and business topics to apply for grants as well. This year, he said “about half” of the students conducted research related to international economics or topics outside the College of Arts and Letters. “The economic situation in Europe affects us all, so we’re interested in sending students who are interested in those types of problems,” Monta said, “and the scientific community is global.” Alex Yaney, a senior majoring in Science Preprofessional Studies and Italian, said he spent his fall break in hospitals and on the streets of Rome, asking both health professionals and ordinary people about their opinions on Italy’s public healthcare system. “It really gave me the chance to practice my Italian and [learn] about the medical system there,” Yaney said. “That was why I came, to incorporate my two majors together. … It was a good reminder of why I came to Notre Dame and why I’m studying what I’m studying.” The Nanovic Institute, Monta said, encourages seniors in particular to travel to Europe to gather material for their theses. “We always earmark funds for seniors, because we want very much to promote a culture of the senior thesis in concert with the College of Arts and Letters,” he said. “We had five seniors working on theses receive funding to do the kind of original, experiential research that take their theses to the next level … to find bits of research that really amplify the significance of their research.” For his thesis, Matt Cook, a fifth-year architecture student, said he traveled to the Cinque Terre region of Italy for the second time, speaking with community leaders and studying wineries, a significant source of revenue in the area. His goal, he said, is to design a winery and town center for the town of Vernazza. Cook said he hoped to contribute to the discussion about reviving the town, which in recent years has struggled with tourism, environmental degradation and a 2011 flood. “I don’t think there’s a lot of money in Vernazza for a project like this, but it at least gives them some kind of idea about how they can respond to the needs of tourists, how they can accommodate a growing number of visitors, and how they can get people back out into the territories outside of town and respond to the environmental pressures so that people can live safely in Vernazza,” Cook said. Monta said the Nanovic Institute also encourages students to work on philosophical and theological projects, such as Serena’s study of Pope John Paul II’s impact on Poland, which she intends to turn into a research paper and video compilation. “As an institution we like to build connections to the Vatican,” Monta said. “We like to build connections to all the great Catholic universities in Europe, and we have very nice partnerships set up with these.” In addition to gathering insights about John Paul II’s personality, Serena said she found the Polish public, while they didn’t know much about his theological teachings, “loved him in the way that you love your father” and considered him a national icon. “Pope John Paul really became not a direct leader but definitely a spiritual leader for the solidarity movement, which is a movement in Poland of the common people to fight against the power of the Soviet Union in Poland,” Serena said. “… It’s like, ‘We have the strength as Poles to be able to finally become independent.’ They have a lot of respect for him.”last_img read more

Georgina Pazcoguin Set for On the Town Before Misty Copeland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 View Comments Related Shows On the Town Ahoy sailors! New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin will step into Megan Fairchild’s ballet shoes in On the Town on August 11. Pazcoguin is set to play the role of Ivy Smith through August 23, before the previously reported Misty Copeland makes her Broadway debut in the role. Copeland is scheduled for a limited engagement August 25 through September 6 at the Lyric Theatre.First seen on Broadway in 1944, On the Town features music by Leonard Bernstein and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical’s toe-tapping numbers include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.”The new production, directed by John Rando, also currently stars Tony Yazbeck as Gabey, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Chip, Clyde Alves as Ozzie, Alysha Umphress as Hildy, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire, Jackie Hoffman as Madame Dilly, Michael Rupert as Judge Pitkin and Allison Guinn as Lucy Schmeeler.last_img read more

CUAid – Proving that “People Helping People” is more than just a motto

first_imgIt seems like as soon as one natural disaster passes, another one is not far behind. So far this year we have seen the disastrous impacts of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, and the fast moving and deadly California Wildfires.Credit unions are very generous – with their time, talent and dollars. Social responsibility is at the core of credit unions’ missions and is seen in the Credit Union Operating Principles. The credit union industry should take pride in the fact that they live out this principle day in and day out through financial literacy, community responsibility, and network cooperation.Let’s focus on network cooperation – the pooling of resources and expertise to better serve members. This is what CUAid is built-upon. CUAid is the national online disaster relief fundraising center for credit unions. 100% of donations go towards helping credit union people get back on their feet after disaster strikes.Through the power of network cooperation and collaboration, time and time again we have seen CUAid serve as a shining example of the difference we can make when we pool our resources. For example, last year alone over $2.8 million was raised in response to Tropical Storm Harvey, Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the California Wildfires. $2.8 million – that is simply incredible. Hear firsthand how this impacted the life of a credit union employee who received funds thanks to CUAid, the Foundation and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation: “I would like to send my deepest heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your generous grant. You will never know what it means to us to receive this at a time when everything we own and cherish in our home has been completely destroyed by this devastating flood. As an employee at a credit union, I am so proud to say that the Cornerstone Foundation came through FIRST. ‘People Helping People’ – at work – always!”We are once again asking for your generosity to help those most recently affected by hurricanes and wildfires. Oftentimes, these disasters become yesterday’s news to most of the country but those impacted know otherwise.We have a specific fund designated for those affected by Hurricane Michael. As we wait to hear the impact of the California Wildfires, know that you can always donate towards the Foundation’s CUAid General Disaster Relief Fund. The General Disaster Relief Fund allows the Foundation to quickly move resources as disaster response needs shift.Please know that every dollar is appreciated and can make a world’s difference to those who need it. Thank you in advance for your generosity and continuing to prove that “people helping people” is more than just a credit union motto! 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lacey Yasick Lacey is the Communications Manager for the National Credit Union Foundation. She works to develop and execute all communication efforts that support the Foundation’s national programs and engagement strategy.Lacey … Web: www.ncuf.coop Detailslast_img read more

Second wave fears rise as China reports more new infections

first_imgThe total number of confirmed cases has doubled to 7.7 million in slightly over a month and the disease is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, where it is threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.Brazil now has the second-highest number of virus deaths after the United States, surpassing Britain’s toll, and the Chilean health minister resigned on Saturday amid a furore over the country’s true number of fatalities.There is still no treatment for COVID-19, but pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca said it has agreed to supply an alliance of European countries with up to 400 million doses of a possible vaccine.German government sources told AFP a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year.Europe reopens Many European nations are further lifting painful lockdowns that have saved lives and forced caseloads down, but have also caused their economies to shrink and caused misery for millions.After the European Commission urged a relaxation of restrictions, a number of nations are preparing to reopen borders on Monday — while some like Poland have done so already, with people from other European Union countries allowed to visit.Germany said it would end land border checks on Monday, and France said it would gradually reopen its borders to non-Schengen countries from July.Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis travelled to picturesque Santorini island on Saturday to open his country’s tourism season.”Greece is ready to welcome tourists this summer by putting safety and health as our No. 1 priority,” he said in English in front of a spectacular sunset.Venice sprang back to life Saturday, as hundreds of tourists flocked to the city for the reopening of the iconic Doge’s Palace.”It’s a very strong emotion, like the first day of school,” said Maria Cristina Gribaudi, who heads the city’s Civic Museums Foundation.In another joyful return to semi-normality, football superstar Lionel Messi took to the pitch again in Spain as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge and thumped Real Mallorca 4-0 in an empty stadium.Live sport also returned on Saturday to New Zealand, which has gone 22 days without new coronavirus cases, as 20,000 fans watched rugby’s Otago Highlanders edge the Waikato Chiefs.But even in the much-awaited global sporting revival, there are wobbles — Australian rugby league officials postponed a top-level game on Sunday hours before kick-off due to a coronavirus scare.The World Health Organization said this week the pandemic is accelerating in Africa. Botswana’s capital Gaborone was locked down Saturday after new cases were detected.And in the US, which has seen the most COVID-19 deaths with over 115,000, more than a dozen states — including populous Texas and Florida — reported their highest-ever daily case totals in recent days.The rise comes as huge anti-racism protests rage across America and the world, with many demonstrators wearing masks to protect against the spread of the virus.Topics : Of the 57 new cases logged by Chinese authorities, 36 were domestic infections in the capital, where a large wholesale food market at the centre of the outbreak has been closed and nearby housing estates put under lockdown.”People are scared,” a fruit and vegetable trader at another local market in central Beijing told AFP.”The meat sellers have had to close. This disease is really scary,” said the man surnamed Sun, adding there were fewer customers than normal.At least 429,000 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness, nearly halfway through a year in which countless lives have already been upended as the pandemic ravages the global economy. China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday with parts of Beijing still under lockdown, offering a second wave warning to the rest of the world as the pandemic rages in South America.The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.It also provides a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering COVID-19 — even as countries in Europe prepare to reopen borders at the beginning of the summer holiday season after an encouraging drop in contagion.last_img read more

USG passes election code for next semester, diversity fund

first_imgSen. Shayan Kohanteb’s (far right) proposal to allow senators to endorse specific candidates in the next USG election was voted down at Tuesday’s meeting. (Krystal Gallegos | Daily Trojan)The Undergraduate Student Government voted Tuesday to approve next semester’s elections code. Senators will be required to remain neutral on candidates running for open positions, and an amendment proposed prohibiting all USG members from endorsing candidates failed to pass.Sen. Shayan Kohanteb first proposed an amendment that would have allowed senators to endorse candidates in the next USG election. Kohanteb argued that senators lend a valuable perspective to USG elections since they know the inner workings of the Senate better than anyone else. Sen. Michaela Murphy was the first to raise issue with Kohanteb’s amendment, arguing that allowing senators to endorse candidates would contribute to nepotism within the Senate. She said that favoritism has been a problem in the past. “USG reached a point not many years ago where internal nepotism … had seemed to spiral so out of control that a [School of Cinematic Arts] student literally made a documentary about internal nepotism in the organization and how it impacts USG elections,” Murphy said.Several people from the Senate and gallery expressed concern that senate aides have an unfair advantage if senators are permitted to endorse candidates.Last year was the first year USG broke precedent, allowing senators to endorse candidates in an informal agreement among sitting senators. Sophomore Truman Fritz, USG’s associate director for marketing, said that this may have produced a fairer election than those in past years.“There were six senate aids last year who were elected — there were also three who weren’t,” Fritz said. “I would like to argue that that was because of their platforms and not because they were senate aides.” He also said that experience within USG is not a necessary prerequisite for holding office as a senator, as long as the candidate can properly represent the student body.Sen. Max Geschwind claimed that senate endorsements could actually increase voter turnout.“I think we should have faith that students will vote intelligently,” Geschwind said. “We shouldn’t think that just because a certain senator adds their name to a particular candidate … [students] won’t blindly vote.”After confirming the elections code, the Senate unanimously voted to confirm an amendment to USG’s diversity fund, which would allow for the creation of an oversight board democratically elected by USG’s cultural assemblies. There will now be a process for individuals or organizations to apply for access to the diversity fund through the new oversight board. Murphy and former USG director of community affairs Mai Mizuno authored the amendment and Senators Manda Bwevervu and Meagan Lane co-sponsored it.Before the amendment was passed, the executive board of USG decided who would receive access to the diversity fund and there was no formal application process, according to Murphy.“If we use the belief system that … where we put our money is a reflection of our values, then that is a very strong statement to make to the USC administration to say that what we value is diversity-based initiatives,” Murphy said at a USG meeting about the diversity fund in October.last_img read more

Why is Lucas Vázquez out of the Real Madrid squad? Because he dropped weights…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@lucasvazquez91)Advertisement 49cnu2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0taWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6qt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l0zjWould you ever consider trying this?😱9etb2Can your students do this? 🌚cft7bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Lucas Vázquez, a favourite of Zinedine Zidane, the ace Real Madrid winger has faced the most unfortunate of events. Having 129 appearances for the senior team in four seasons, the right winger has been the first choice when lining up the starting 11, especially in derbys. And now, he’s out for six weeks after dropping weight on his feet in the training gym, just before El Clasico!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@lucasvazquez91)As reported by the club officials, the Spanish international has ended up with a broken toe due to one mishap in the Valdebebas training ground gym last Wednesday.A statement was released on the Los Blancos’ website after diagnosis, which read:Advertisement “Following the tests carried out today on our player Lucas Vazquez by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to the distal phalanx in his left hallux.“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Advertisement Speculations are being made on the 28 year old’s recovery period, and guesses range between a month to one and a half. However, its pretty much confirmed that the Madrid youth academy graduate will miss out on the December’s derby at Camp Nou.A youth academy graduate, Vázquez played for the Real Madrid C and B squad, and secured senior team football in 2015 after a season long loan spell at RCD Espanyol. Advertisementlast_img read more

Delhi CM orders probe into Zakir Nagar fire incident

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday ordered a probe into the southeast Delhi’s Zakir Nagar fire incident in which six people, including three children, were killed and 13 were injured. The AAP chief, who visited the spot where the fire broke out, said all lapses behind the massive fire will be probed. According to an official, the chief minister also announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each for the families of the deceased and Rs two lakh each to the injured. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “All lapses behind the massive fire will be probed,” Kejriwal said. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the blaze which broke out in a four-storey residential building on Tuesday. The fire had occurred due to short circuit in the electric metres of the building housing 13 flats, officials said. Around seven cars and 19 motorcycles were also destroyed in the blaze. The deceased were identified as Zoha (34), Nagmi (30), Arbaaz (6), Amna (8) and Zikra (8). Their bodies have been kept at the AIIMS. The sixth body is yet to be identified and has been kept at the Safdarjung Hospital.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos Supermodel Recipient of the 1st ICON Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2014 – Turks and Caicos Supermodel Chrishelle Stubbs was the first recipient of the Icon Award, presented Saturday night at the Miss Teen TCI pageant. Stubbs has worked with supermodels and has been featured in leading magazines like TeenVOGUE, Bloomingdale’s and has been the face of high end brands like Benetton and Ralph Lauren; she was a guest judge at the inaugural pageant. We spoke to Oehleo Higgs of Miss Teen TCI QUOTE. Winning the crown and title was Malique Ferrette, a former reporter with WIV4 News and employee at Blue Haven Resort, she was gracious with her win. QUOTE. And family swarmed the stage after the first walk of the new queen… her mother, Esther Swann was thrilled. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:chrishelle stubbs, icon awardlast_img

FortisTCI reports 60 decrease in electricity bills

first_img Hotels clean up four islands for Earth Day FortisTCI honors Electricity Industry Pioneers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Feb 2016 – World Oil prices continue to plummet and while there is international concern about this ongoing trend, consumers are happy for the break they get in crude oil powered services. FortisTCI on Tuesday announced that the fuel factor rate has dropped 60% since August 2014 when the declines started and shared that generally, the cost of living in the islands should be less now. The company, which supplies electricity nationwide said: “FortisTCI customers are receiving major savings passed on by the Company through monthly electricity bills. The fuel factor was at a peak in August 2014 at $0.2447 cents and has since declined 60% to $.0999 cents in December 2015.”The question has been though, has the drop been truly reflected in Turks and Caicos electricity bills and fuel prices at the pumps. In the case of FortisTCI, CEO, Eddinton Powell shared this, “The calculations of the monthly Fuel Factor is verified independently by the Energy and Utilities Commissioner’s Office, prior to implementation; thus ensuring that electricity customers’ interest is protected.”There may be more savings to come as already for 2016, the cost of oil by the barrel has declined further and that will again mean lower power bills. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:decrease, eddinton powell, electricity, fortis, plummets, world oil prices West Rural St. Andrew Communities Receive Electricity Recommended for youlast_img read more