Respect Life Week aims to promote value for life, anti-abortion message

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Matthew Connell Members of Notre Dame’s Right to Life club pose on God Quad. The club kicked off their annual Respect Life Week, which aims to emphasize the value of life and human dignity, particularly regarding abortion.Senior Sadie Facile, president of Notre Dame Right to Life, said Respect Life Week is designed to expose the campus community to the club’s work.“[It’s] a week centered around witnessing the beauty and goodness of human dignity, and proactively inviting the community to engage with the mission of Right to Life,” Facile said in an email.The club’s mission, as stated on its website, is to “uphold the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death through prayer, service and education, and to help women in unplanned pregnancies find alternatives to abortion through service and support in the spirit of the Catholic Church.”Events throughout the week include a film screening, educational lectures, service events held in partnership with local organizations, a Rose Garden memorial, multiple prayer services and LifeFEST, a celebratory event involving free food, games and an inflatable slide.The theme for this year’s Respect Life Week is “Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”“This year has more of a focus on women’s issues,” senior Matthew Connell, vice president of communications for Notre Dame Right to Life, said.Facile said pro-life and pro-women sentiments are often seen as being incompatible, but this year the club is trying to prove otherwise.“Our culture disagrees on pro-life and pro-women being compatible, but we are stating that these are synonymous,” Facile said. “Being pro-life is grounded in a self-sacrificing love that we are called to give and receive, and through this week, we are hoping to cultivate this kind of love on campus. We want to show women their worth and their value.”Despite the emphasis on women, the club has not explicitly called its theme feminist.“We haven’t used the [term] ‘feminism’ necessarily to describe anything, not because we’re shying away from it … but because we want to leave [the event] a little more open-ended for people to determine what it is when we’re engaging with these issues … what it is you want to call it,” Connell said.Connell said he is most excited for the lecture by Mary Rice Hasson, the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Hasson will be speaking Thursday at 7 p.m. about the harmony between being pro-life and pro-woman.“I think it’ll be really good and engaging,” Connell said. “She is, by all accounts, an excellent speaker and has written a lot of really good stuff on these kind of issues and topics.”Connell recognized that not all members of the campus community would agree with the week’s pro-life message, but encouraged those who do not agree to still participate in the week’s events.“All are welcome at all of our events,” he said. “We welcome dialogue and welcome people who have different viewpoints to all of our events.”Connell specifically highlighted the “Planned Parenthood: New Face, Same Legacy” lecture Wednesday and Hasson’s lecture Thursday as opportunities for those with differing opinions to engage in productive discussion through the question-and-answer sessions after the presentations.Connell and Facile also mentioned the apologetics tabling event on Tuesday as a good way for those who do not support the pro-life message to meet and speak with Right to Life club members in a one-on-one setting.“We recognize the boldness of our theme, and our club really values dialogue,” Facile said. “In this event, we invite the student body to converse with us.”Facile said Respect Life Week encourages radical love, which she considers counter-cultural. She credits this radical love for touching both her biological and adoptive mothers, which eventually affected her own life.“Our underlying theme is to respect the dignities of all human beings, especially those who are marginalized,” she said. “We want to talk to people, to engage with students who disagree, in order to find these common passions and ultimately love and respect their dignity as well.”Tags: anti-abortion, ND Right to Life club, Notre Dame Right to Life, Notre Dame Right to Life Club, Pro-life, pro-life movement, Respect Life Week, Right to Life Club The Notre Dame Right to Life club kicked off its annual Respect Life Week on Monday with apparel sales on South Quad, a blood drive outside Duncan Student Center and Respect Life Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Respect Life Week is held every October, which has been designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Respect Life Month. This year, the weeklong occasion will consist of 16 events promoting a pro-life message from Oct. 1 to 7.last_img read more

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Sanders to chair subcommittee that overseas LIHEAP, health centers and seniors programs

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is slated to be named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. Part of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, the panel that Sanders will head is responsible for several areas that are among his top priorities, including community health centers, home heating assistance, seniors programs, pensions and dental care.Sanders has been a champion in Congress for community health centers, securing $11 billion in last year’s health care reform law to increase the number of patients served in the next five years by 20 million. That infusion of support came on the heels of another $2 billion that he added in the 2009 stimulus bill.The centers provide affordable primary and dental care as well as low-cost prescription drugs and mental health counseling. In Vermont, Community health Centers now serve over 100,000 Vermonters.The subcommittee’s oversight of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will allow Sanders to continue to fight for the much-needed program. ‘During these very difficult times, seniors on fixed incomes and families with children shouldn’t have to make the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table,’ Sanders said.Sanders led the effort in Congress to double funding for LIHEAP to $5.1 billion annually since 2008. Unfortunately, President Obama proposed cutting the program in half for next year and House-passed legislation would slash $400 million from the program this year. Vermont’s congressional delegation has pledged to fight such cuts.Sanders’s panel also has jurisdiction over the Older Americans Act, which is up for reauthorization this year. Its programs include ‘meals on wheels,’ congregate meals, and senior center programs.Sanders’ panel is one of three subcommittees of the H.E.L.P. committee. The full committee is chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).last_img read more

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Fat Tire, Reinvented

first_imgI can’t imagine a world without Fat Tire. I know, that sounds a bit hyperbolic, but I don’t think there’s a single beer that has had any greater impact on the world of craft beer in this country. Fat Tire, an easy drinking amber, worked like a wedge that opened the palates of thousands of beer drinkers, prepping them for the wild, wonderful flavors of craft beer to come. Fat Tire is the gateway beer. Or I should say, it was the gateway beer. Considering the vast choices that are on the market today, I’m not sure that Fat Tire holds the same lofty position as it did back in the ‘90s and early 2000s. Back in the day, there was a solid chance that Fat Tire was the first craft beer someone fell in love with. I doubt it’s the same scenario today. So it makes sense that New Belgium would want to revamp the beer for its 25th birthday. Relax, they’re not changing the recipe (anyone remember the “New Coke” debacle?). New Belgium partnered with a handful of breweries to create riffs Fat Tire. The result is a collaboration 12 pack with five radically different takes on the iconic amber ale. Seriously, it gets weird in this combo pack. Allagash creates a funky version, Firestone Walker hops the shit out it and Rhinegeist turns it into a pale ale. Hopworks Urban Brewery, out of Portland, takes it the furthest by creating a sour apple version of Fat Tire. Sour apple! Oh, Portland. The 12 packs should be hitting stores soon. Keep an eye out and be ready to rediscover an icon. I think after trying the sour apple version, we’ll all have a greater appreciation for the original.last_img read more

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Colombia and the Dominican Republic Hold Caribe VI Exercise

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 22, 2017 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) hosted the Caribe VI Exercise using its 3rd Combat Air Command (CACOM-3, per its Spanish acronym) July 24th to 28th. During the training, an aircraft from the Dominican Republic was forced to land at Ernesto Cortisoz Airport in Barranquilla, Colombia. During the operation, they also reviewed the ground procedures for prosecuting the aircraft crew as well as the entire chain of events for a successful air interdiction operation. “The mission also examined an illegal flight that departed from the Colombian coast towards the Dominican Republic. The exercise was created and conducted to establish the effectiveness of both nations’ protocols,” Colombian Air Force Colonel Alexander García Agudelo, the commander of CACOM-3, told Diálogo. “It was a practical and dynamic training in which both air forces were able to refine the skills of their crews and operational staff skills in every detail of an interdiction operation.” Proven effectiveness The effectiveness of the cooperation agreements between Colombia and the Dominican Republic is evident in the results obtained in the control and defense of the Caribbean air corridor. In 2012, 102 illegal trafficking events were recorded. By 2016, that figure had dropped by 50 percent, with just 54 illegal aircraft identified. That statistic is directly influenced by conducting air interdiction exercises, which the two nations have held on six occasions. Caribe VI is the latest of these. During the exercise, they had the chance to do practice missions based on the existing cooperation agreements for airspace control. FAC’s C-95, A-29, and SR-560 aircraft and the Dominican Air Force’s (FARD, per its Spanish acronym) A-29 aircraft were employed, as well as other ships, radar, and high-tech equipment. Both air forces conducted operations to test their military knowledge, skills, and sufficiency, using a human team that is increasingly well trained. The exercise was designed to refine the procedures for neutralizing and turning an illegal aircraft over to the other nation, with the crew and the command, control, and communication centers in full control. “Through these training opportunities, the details of these carefully designed international protocols are reinforced for each of the air forces,” said Col. García, who led Caribe VI for FAC. “Once the crews are able to internalize these systems, the success of the operation is guaranteed.” Control of the Caribbean air corridor Caribe VI kicked off in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and ended in Barranquilla, Colombia. Present at the exercise were Major General Luis Napoleón Payan, the general commander of the FARD, and General Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas, the general commander of FAC. Nearly 100 people participated in the air interdiction exercise that is part of the Current Operation Plans that Colombia has in place for minimizing illegal trafficking through the Caribbean airspace. This is a corridor that runs from the northeastern zone of Colombia to Mexico and Central America, reaching some Caribbean islands, such as the Dominican Republic. Caribe VI had cooperation from agencies from other nations, especially the United States, which are involved in the fight against transnational crime. “The INL [the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs], the DEA [U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency], and SOUTHCOM [U.S. Southern Command], assist us on a permanent basis,” Col. García stated. “This is work that is done jointly with nearly all of the nations of Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States.” The first combined air interdiction exercise conducted by Colombia was held in 2005 with the Brazilian Air Force. Thanks to the cooperation agreements, the effective control that FAC has achieved over the airspace in this zone has been extended to other nations’ airspace with the same effectiveness. “For example, FAC detected 635 illegal flights in Panamanian airspace in 2003 alone,” Colonel Iván Darío Bocanegra Ospina, the director of FAC Air Defense, told Diálogo. “By 2017, that number had decreased by 99 percent, a resounding figure that reflects the successful result of these bi-national strategies.” Final results of the operation “One palpable result of these bi-national operations is the decrease in illegal flights in Dominican airspace thanks to decisions by that nation’s leaders and the resolute participation of nations like Colombia and the United States, with their capabilities, experience, and professionalism,” Gen. Bueno Vargas told Diálogo. “Today, our country [Colombia] is efficient in its fight against drug trafficking by air.” Colombia has air interdiction agreements in force with the United States through an Air Bridge Denial Agreement. It also has operating procedures in place with Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Peru. And there is a memorandum of understanding with Mexico. “Another meaningful result of these cooperation agreements is flight safety among air forces when carrying out these kinds of operations, allowing us to act with greater effectiveness in the fight against transnational crime,” Gen. Bueno Vargas added. “These agreements also allow us to exchange knowledge and experience, which lead to new strategies for combating these threats.”last_img read more

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Shelter Island Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 47-year-old man has been accused of sexually abusing a young girl in his hometown of Shelter Island.Southampton Town Police said Jeffrey Starzee was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.Police only identified the victim was younger than 17 years old.A Southampton Town Court Justice set bail for Starzee at $1,250, which he posted.The judge also issued an order of protection for Starzee to stay away from the victim.last_img

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This year’s 55th Vinkovci Autumn in a form adapted to the epidemiological situation

first_imgThe program of the 55th Vinkovci Autumns, during which the materials for this completely different edition of the event will be recorded in the whole of Lijepa naša, will bring the best Croatian folklore Vinkovci and Dubrovnik, Split, Sibenik, Zadar, Otocac, Rijeka, Pazin, Karlovac, Zagreb, Gornja Stubica, Krapina, Varazdin, Cakovec, Koprivnica, Sisak, Pozega, Slavonski Brod and Djakovo. The first shooting has been announced for Thursday, August 27, in the south of Lijepa naša, in Dubrovnik.   “It never happened that there was no Autumn, they were held even in the Homeland War, so we found ways to keep them in safe conditions this year as well. This year, over 10.000 participants will not pass through our streets, nor will 10 visitors pass through our streets during the 120.000 days of the event like last year. Precisely because of the size of the event and the great interest it arouses, unfortunately it will not be able to be held in the way we are used to. In these circumstances, we all had to adapt together and do everything to hold the 55th Vinkovci Autumn, but in circumstances where we will be able to comply with all measures and make a safe situation for all participants and visitors to avoid unwanted consequences. announced the President of the Organizing Committee and the Mayor of Vinkovci Ivan Bosančić. The planned events will be adjusted to the epidemiological situation, the organizers announced to the media today. The program of the Opening Ceremony of the 55th Vinkovci Autumns has been announced for Friday, September 18, on the main big stage in the city center, in the open with respect to all measures. Slavonski sokak will be organized with an offer of autochthonous products to the sounds of the tambourine, as well as a festive Sunday parade in which only folklore societies of Vukovar-Srijem County will take place this year, and folklore evenings the easternmost counties. So this year, although differently and with respect to all measures, Vinkovci Autumn will still turn the whole of Lijepa naša into a big stage of original Croatian folklore because folklore will, at least for the purpose of recording material, still come to life and shine throughout Lijepa naša event, which is the preservation from oblivion of the original Croatian folklore and customs that have been going on in Vinkovci for 55 years. This year, a four-day program will be organized in Vinkovci from September 17 to 20. center_img “Since it is impossible to hold all those events as it has been so far, a lot will be missing and please be responsible, during the four days of holding special measures will be valid in the city center, we will have to limit the number of spectators, and all of us who we participate in this event we must be responsible because the health of both participants and visitors must come first ” concluded the first man of the town on Bosut Bosančić, presenting to the media a bus painted with the logo and motifs of Vinkovci Autumns, which will promote Vinkovci and Vinkovci Autumns throughout Croatia. COVID 19 does not allow over 10.000 participants, lovers of folklore and Croatian culture and heritage to gather in Vinkovci, as every year, but this year’s Vinkovci Autumns will be filmed throughout Croatia, all in order to record the best original Croatian folklore this year as well. and presented in the best light. This year’s 55th edition of the most important manifestation of the original Croatian folklore of Vinkovci Autumns will be held in a slightly different edition. Photo: Vinkovci Autumnslast_img read more

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Horizon Oil advances pre-FEED work on Western LNG project

first_imgAustralian exploration and production company, Horizon Oil, said that progress has been made on the pre-FEED for the 1.5 mtpa Western LNG project in Papua New Guinea. The company said the project has been identified as a major objective for the new PNG government under its plan to support the economic development.Advancing the commercialization of its large-scale Western LNG project is one of the key focus points of the company.“We believe this rotation from being an entirely oil producing company to being predominantly gas producing company is the right strategy to take advantage of a forecast burgeoning market for LNG in Asia in the coming decades,” the company said in a statement.Horizon Oil is currently conducting production enhancement programs in order to deliver stable cash flow to reduce debt and to advance its Western LNG project.Commenting on the third quarter activities, Horizon Oil’s CEO, Brent Emmett,  said, “Horizon Oil’s project team made very good progress during the quarter with the commencement of pre-FEED for the three key elements of Western LNG, the upstream processing facilities, the gas and condensate export pipelines to Daru Island and the modular liquefaction facility to be located near Daru.”He added that the results of this work, including Class IV (-15 percent/+25 percent) cost estimates, are exepcted be completed by the end of this calendar year.“Following the conclusion of the PNG elections in late August, the new PNG Government released its “25 Point 100 Day Economic Stimulus Plan”, highlighting its intent to drive major new resource projects to strengthen the economy, with the commencement of pre-FEED for Western LNG specifically identified as a key objective,” Emmett said.The development concept for the Western LNG project has now been defined, with the emphasis being on the selection of a simple scheme with lowest technical and execution risk, maximum use o standard, proven technology and high system reliability, the company said adding that, once the pre-FEED phase is complete, the next step will be to progress to FEED.Following the execution of a series of transactions undertaken over the past year, the company is now represented in all four fields that will supply the Western LNG project and has a material 28 percent interest in the total resource.The foundation gas volumes will be provided by the appraised condensate rich gas fields of Elevala/Tingu and Ketu (PRL 21), Stanley (PDL 10) and Ubuntu (PRL 28), with the Puk Puk/Douglas (PRL 40) lean gas fields providing later life gas volumes and a potential hub for other regional gas discoveries such as Kimu (PRL 8).Western LNG will involve the development of the appraised Western Province gas resources via pipeline to a gas liquefaction facility located near Daru Island and export of LNG and condensate from Daru, with gas and LPG made available for domestic consumers at appropriate points on the pipeline.Additionally, Horizon Oil, as operator of PRL 21, is in discussions with the PNG National Oil Company, Kumul Petroleum, to investigate an alternative option, which is an open-access pipeline to Port Moresby that will aggregate and facilitate commercialization of several undeveloped gas accumulations in Western Province.last_img read more

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Caribbean Helicopters service between Antigua & Dominica

first_img Tweet 274 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! BusinessLifestyleTravel Caribbean Helicopters service between Antigua & Dominica by: – September 3, 2015 Sharecenter_img Share Share Update on CARIBBEAN HELICOPTERS’ service between Antigua & DominicaCaribbean Helicopters has increased its service between Antigua and Canefield Airport to three times every day, except Fridays and Sundays when two flights are operated.Departure times from Antigua• Morning: 8:30AM daily• Morning: 10:20AM daily• Afternoon: 3:15PM (except Fridays & Sundays)Departure times to Antigua• Morning: 9:35AM daily• Afternoon: 12:05 daily• Afternoon: 4:30PM (except Fridays & Sundays)• Passenger Capacity: 6• Luggage: Maximum 40lbs per passenger• Check In: 60 – 90 minutes before departureContact: HHV Whitchurch Travel: (767) 448-0111/255-1100/255-1154Ground Handlers Ltd: (767) 449-1060/235-1060Caribbean Helicopters: (268) 736-5480/464-8359Book online: at www.caribbeanhelicopters.comlast_img read more

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Winning Fantasy 5 Lottery ticket sold at WPB Publix

first_imgIf you recently purchased a Fantasy 5 lottery ticket from the Publix inside the Polo Grounds Mall, you might want to check your ticket.Officials say the winning lottery ticket was sold at the store on S. Military trail and is worth $176,000.The winning numbers are 4-6-10-25-29.last_img

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Softball earns sweep over Green Bay

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald PhotoIf it were up to head coach Chandelle Schulte, Wisconsin would play UW-Green Bay for more than the yearly doubleheader in its current schedule.The Badger softball team swept a pair of nonconference games Wednesday against its in-state rivals to the north, taking the first game 6-1 and the nightcap by a score of 4-1.“Maybe we should play them 50 times,” Schulte said. “[The rivalry] is really important. We’re supposed to be here in Madison and be the best [in the state] at softball. So I think it’s huge. It’s something that is very important to us every year.”In the second game, Wisconsin rode the performance of sophomore pitcher Letty Olivarez — not only in the circle, but at the plate as well.Olivarez pitched all seven innings for the Badgers, allowing only one run on two hits while striking out a season-high 10 batters. She also sparked the offense in the third with a two-run home run, making the score 3-0 and putting Wisconsin ahead for good.“I think just being happy [helped my performance],” Olivarez said. “I had a good attitude; I was hitting well so that kept me up.”For Olivarez, the home run was her third in the past four games. She also wore a protective sleeve over her right forearm — her pitching arm — but it did not seem to affect her performance.“[It affected me] a little bit, but not so much,” Olivarez said. “I did have to put a hard piece on my arm to protect it, and that did affect my leg; I got a pretty big bump there.”Olivarez may want to join her coach in petitioning to play UW-Green Bay more often. Her victory Wednesday was her second against the Phoenix. In last year’s outing she had a career day, striking out a personal-best 12 batters.“You have those guys that, the other pitchers they face, they just own them,” Schulte said. “It doesn’t matter where they throw the ball, they’ve got their number. So for Letty, maybe Green Bay is that team for her.”One of the similarities to last year’s matchup with UW-Green Bay was the decision to allow catcher Joey Daniels and Olivarez to call the game, rather than receiving the calls from the bench.“We just wanted to try something a little bit different,” Schulte said. “It worked out very well. I think it empowers the pitchers a little bit to feel like they are part of the process instead of just throwing the ball. You’ll see it again against Ohio State.”In Wednesday’s first game, junior Leah Vanevenhoven also pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on two hits and striking out eight.Vanevenhoven believes that facing a team like UW-Green Bay, which doesn’t have as much offensive power as other teams the Badgers have faced, helped her pitch a better game.“I was just throwing my stuff,” Vanevenhoven said. “Offensively, I didn’t feel as though they were very strong, so I felt like I had more leeway with my pitches. I also was keeping them off-balance with my changeup — I think it’s the most I’ve used my changeup all year.”Vanevenhoven benefited from her teammates’ strong offensive performance, something that has been lacking of late.“We finally put together two very complete games,” Vanevenhoven said. “We’ve been struggling with it all year — the three aspects of the game — so I think we know now that we can get it done.”Wisconsin was led offensively in the first game by senior shortstop Lynn Anderson, who went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the fourth to give the Badgers the lead — one they would not relinquish.Maintaining a lead had been a troublesome aspect of late for the Cardinal and White. UW scored first in each of its games Sunday against Illinois, only to let it slip away in the end.“It’s the two best games we’ve played all year, regardless of the opponent,” Schulte said. “We had yet to play a complete game, and we just played two. The hitting, the pitching, the defense were finally there.”Schulte added that the team’s success stemmed from two great pitching performances — the first time this season the team saw its starters go the distance in consecutive games.Wednesday’s twin bill was significant for another reason, as the Badgers won back-to-back games, something they had not done since February when they won three straight in Las Vegas.The Badgers hope the momentum from the sweep will continue into the weekend as they return to Big Ten play Friday against Ohio State.“[The game against] Ohio State will have a little more strategy, but it will be a similar philosophy,” Schulte said. “If we play like this — today — the next four games, we’ll go to the Big Ten tournament.”last_img read more

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