Lecture discusses ‘Mormon moment’

first_img “Right now, there is extraordinary media attention given to Mormons both home and abroad,” he said. “There are three reasons for this; the candidacy of Mitt Romney, the Broadway hit musical “The Book of Mormon,” which is a parody of the religion … and our own media campaign, ‘I am a Mormon’ intended to dispel stereotypes.” The sheer growth of the church and the rising prominence of Latter-day Saints in a wide variety of fields also contribute to the added attention, Porter said. To begin his talk, Porter explained some of the LDS hierarchy and central beliefs. He dispelled a common myth about the church’s founder, Joseph Smith. “We recognize him [Joseph Smith] as a fallible mortal and do not in any sense worship him,” he said. Porter said despite the explosion of growth in the LDS church, Mormons are still very connected.” Our policies and curriculum originate from church headquarters … it helps ensure the church remains one unified body,” he said. “We are a close-knit people, we feel strong bonds to other saints across the world. There exists a global Mormon village.” After explaining some aspects of the church, Porter discussed Mormons and politics. Porter said the 12th article of faith says Mormons believe in being subject to kings, presidents and rulers and honoring and sustaining the law. “We believe the law and government holds men accountable,” he said. The LDS church renounces war and proclaims peace, according to what Jesus said to the prophet Joseph Smith, said Porter. “We believe the defense of family and country is justified, but war is a necessary evil and a last resort,” he said. “If all people believed in Christ, the world would be at peace.” Porter said unlike many believe, the LDS church does not endorse political candidates or policies. “We believe in the separation of denominational influence in politics, religion should not have undue influence in politics,” he said. While the church has sometimes taken a stance on prominent issues, Porter said, it is an issue of what is moral or not moral. “Many of the stances we have taken on political issues are conservative – like abortion or same-gender marriage,” he said. “On the other hand, our stance on illegal immigration is seen as fairly liberal.” Porter said even though Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a Mormon, the church has not and will not endorsed him, due to church policy. “In this campaign like others, the church has taken no position,” he said. “We’ve done nothing whatsoever to support Mitt Romney.” With the increase in media attention on the faith this primary season, Porter said the church has used it to promote the church in a positive light. “We have sought diligently to correct misconceptions about our beliefs … dispel stereotypes and misinformation about the church,” he said. Contact Anna Boarini at aboari01@saintmarys.edu Tuesday evening, Dr. Bruce Porter, an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) gave a lecture arguing there is currently a “Mormon moment.” Porter is a member of the Quorum of 70, an LDS governing body, and titled his lecture “The Latter-Day Saints come marching in: Mormonism abroad and at home in the 21st century.”last_img read more

Avian flu claims third victim in Cambodia

first_imgApr 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza claimed its third Cambodian victim when an 8-year-old girl died in a Phnom Penh hospital Apr 7, news services reported yesterday.The girl was from Kampot, the same province as Cambodia’s first two victims of H5N1 avian flu, said Ly Sovann, head of the Cambodian health minstry’s infectious disease department, as quoted in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”According to our initial investigations, the girl died from bird flu,” Sovann was quoted as saying. “We have received confirmation from the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh.”The girl, who died in Kantha Bopha Hospital, lived in Sre Treng village, about 12 miles from the village where Cambodia’s second avian flu victim lived, an agriculture ministry official told AFP. The official said chickens in the village had been sick about 2 months ago, but no infected poultry had been found there recently.Unofficially, 83 people have contracted avian flu and 52 have died since the illness began spreading through eastern Asia in late 2003. That includes 63 cases with 37 deaths in Vietnam, 17 cases with 12 deaths in Thailand, and 3 fatal cases in Cambodia.A report by the Vietnam News Agency said the Cambodian girl had suffered a high fever since Mar 31 and died shortly after arriving in Phnom Penh from a hospital in her home province.A Reuters report yesterday quoted health officials as saying the girl probably had caught the disease directly from infected poultry, like almost all the other victims so far.North Korea asks for helpIn other news, North Korea formally appealed last week for international help in battling its outbreak of H7 avian flu in poultry, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The appeal was made public at a Paris conference on avian flu that ended Apr 8, the FAO and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said in a statement.About 219,000 chickens at several farms in the Pyongyang area were sacrificed because of the avian flu outbreak. The virus has been described only as H7; the N (neuraminidase) number has not been reported. The outbreak marks the first appearance of H7 avian flu in Asia, according to the FAO.North Korea asked the FAO and OIE to provide diagnostic tools and technical assistance for disease control, including vaccination, the FAO said. The statement said FAO and OIE welcomed the request as a sign of increased openness and cooperation.North Korea also appealed specifically to South Korea for help in battling the outbreak on Apr 8, according to an AFP report. South Korea responded with an offer of medicine and quarantine equipment, AFP reported today. The story said North Korea replied by proposing to hold talks on the matter from Apr 20 to 22 at the North Korean border town of Kaesong.The North Koreans also sent a list of medicine and quarantine equipment it needed, AFP reported.North Korean outbreak describedNorth Korea sent an official report of its avian flu outbreak to the OIE Apr 7 and 8, as shown on the OIE Web site. The report says the outbreak began at the Hadang chicken farm Feb 25, leading to the sacrifice and burial of about 152,000 chickens there. Chickens in unaffected buildings and on neighboring farms were subsequently vaccinated with an inactivated virus vaccine derived from the chickens that had died.A second outbreak began about Mar 5 at two neighboring chicken farms, called Sopo and Mangyangdae, according to the North Korean report. About 52,000 and 15,000 chickens were sacrificed at those two farms. No further outbreaks were detected after Mar 7.Because of a lack of standard sera and testing kits, it took until Mar 26 to identify the virus as H7, the report says.Some news services recently have described H7 avian flu as posing no risk of human infection. However, a major outbreak of H7N7 avian flu in poultry in the Netherlands in 2003 led to at least 89 human cases. Symptoms in most of these were limited to conjunctivitis, but one veterinarian died of pneumonia.At the Paris conference last week, the FAO and OIE said about $100 million (US) is urgently needed to combat avian flu in Asia and appealed to potential donor countries for funds. To date, only Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands have promised to help the affected countries, the FAO statement said.See also:Apr 8 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/101678/index.htmllast_img read more

MBB : Christmas finding comfort zone as Syracuse’s anchor in paint

first_imgBOSTON – The maturation process for Rakeem Christmas began in late January. Thrust into the spotlight as Fab Melo was declared ineligible the day of Syracuse’s game at Notre Dame, the freshman immediately had more responsibility.That afternoon, he was dominated by Jack Cooley, who led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Fighting Irish handed the Orange its first loss of the season. Christmas started at center, but played an uninspiring 13 minutes, scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds.‘I think the thing that you have to have freshmen do, which we’ve been working on, is figure out how you can be successful for this team to win,’ Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said on Wednesday.Christmas flourished two days after the Notre Dame loss, on Jan. 23, when he had another chance to be the man in the middle of the 2-3 zone. His four-point, nine-rebound, three-block performance in a win over Cincinnati prevented SU from dropping two in a row after a 20-0 start.Fast forward to March 14. Melo’s ineligible again. This time, Christmas has been up for the challenge from the get-go, averaging seven points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in the NCAA Tournament. The freshman has started 33 of 35 games this season for No. 1 Syracuse (33-2), but played just a couple of token minutes at the start of most Big East games before taking a seat on the bench. Against Kansas State in the third round Saturday, Christmas put up huge numbers for a freshman on such a big stage. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis eight points, 11 rebounds – four offensive – and three blocks displayed a confidence that had not always been visible. An encore performance would be huge for Syracuse in its matchup with No. 4 Wisconsin (26-9) in the Sweet 16 on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the TD Garden. The Badgers have gotten double-digit offensive rebounds in four straight games.Christmas’ ability to rebound at the center position helped Syracuse remedy some of its rebounding deficiencies in the win over the Wildcats. Those 11 rebounds are more than Melo, who Christmas is replacing, grabbed in any game this season.‘He’s got a natural knack to be a great rebounder,’ Hopkins said. ‘I think the thing where we’re better is he’s a better defensive rebounder than we’ve had. Ricky Jackson was pretty darn good, but he’s as good a center (as) a rebounder as we’ve had.’In the Syracuse 2-3 zone, Hopkins said the center is usually out of position to rebound when a shot comes off the rim. That makes Christmas’ performance even more astonishing from last weekend.Hopkins works the Orange big men. Getting Christmas ready to play important minutes at the center position – after playing most of the season at power forward – was a difficult task.But Christmas’ offensive game has improved with the increased playing time as well. He is running up and setting screens for the Orange guards. He’s finding himself in pockets inside where he’s at a good angle to receive a pass.Against Kansas State, he scored three buckets in the second half off assists from guards. Showing what he can do has given his teammates more confidence in passing him the ball.Having Christmas in the middle allows for him to be on the court with C.J. Fair, Syracuse’s second-leading rebounder behind Melo. Not only does that frontcourt rebound well, but Scoop Jardine said the Orange becomes one of the most athletic teams in the country with both Fair and Christmas running the floor.‘We’re a faster team, and we’re able to do more on both ends with both of those guys on the court,’ he said.Wisconsin features three players who average more than five rebounds per game. The Badgers are 17-2 when they outrebound their opponent, compared to 9-7 when they don’t, so SU’s success on both the offensive and defensive glass is critical.With high praise comes heightened expectations for Christmas. The freshman said he’s been getting support from his teammates to continue the string of strong performances.‘Basically, they told me to keep doing the same thing,’ Christmas said. ‘Scoop, Kris (Joseph), telling me to keep getting rebounds, get putbacks and set screens for them. Help the team win.’mcooperj@syr.edu Published on March 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Silverware would be a bonus for Roscrea season

first_imgAnd we’ll have live updates from that game here on Tipp FM. In the early game on Sunday Roscrea face Toomevara in the Seamus O Riain final.Both teams have safely secured promotion to Roinn 1, which will see them contest the Dan Breen Cup next year.Roscrea’s Mark McLoughlin says their ultimate objective was to get promoted this season…last_img