Lecture explores mission of Holy Cross education

first_imgIn a lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday, Brother Joel Giallanza spoke on embracing and continuing the mission of a Holy Cross education, and how Saint Mary’s helps to do just that.The lecture focused on the mission of Holy Cross education and how it should be applied to modern schools. Giallanza, theassociate director of the Holy Cross Institute at St. Edward’s University, said the purpose of a Holy Cross education is to help prepare students for the world after school and the supply them with the necessary tools to be active and ethical citizens. Giallanza said it is important to consider how the current education system will affect the future.“For the College to offer what it says it offers, what do we as faculty, as staff, need to be,” he said. “What kind of persons do we needs to be? Because it will not happen by itself — otherwise we’d be running a factory.”Giallanza explained the history of Holy Cross education, starting in 1835 when Fr. Basil Moreau decided to start a boarding school. “The [school] would become a place of promise,” Giallanza said. “Those who gathered there and committed themselves to that mission would dare to look at France and the absolute devastation following the French Revolution … with eyes of hope and conviction about the future. The heritage would become a source of passion, life and especially educational life.”Giallanza said the boarding school was designed solely for the benefit of the students. He said the plan was to design a curriculum that would help the students learn not only the subject matter being taught, but also how to form values and how to implement those values into their lives after school.Moreau was extremely influential in helping private schools gain accreditation, Giallanza said. Schools during that time were only accredited if they were government schools, but Giallanza said Moreau worked for years to help make private schools equal to government schools. Giallanza said there were three principles a Holy Cross education needed to have to be successful: information, formation and transformation. According to Giallanza, information means academic excellence, while formation means putting the information into use. He said transformation is defined as a student’s use of his or her education after graduation. When considering modern Holy Cross institutions, Giallanza said there are additional points beyond the three principles that schools need to meet. He said he believes Saint Mary’s meets all of these principles. “First, Holy Cross education is concerned primarily with leading students to understand and to live the Gospel,” Giallanza said. “Second, Holy Cross education enables students to become informed and active citizens. Holy Cross education nurtures an environment of collaboration and cooperation, supported by a sense of community, which touches and includes everyone associated with the college.”Giallanza said the principles fostered by a Holy Cross education will help teach students important values, which will help students in many different aspects of their lives.“Holy Cross education teaches respect: personal, social, racial, political, cultural, religious, gender included in this diversity,” he said. “Holy Cross education fosters participation in the life of a living community and promotes dialogue between faith and knowledge, faith and daily life, faith and culture. “Holy Cross education of course maintains standards of excellence established by local, state, federal, diocesan, whatever accreditation you seek,” he said.“Holy Cross education maintains a global perspective. It’s one of the riches of Holy Cross education. We’re in 20 countries on six continents. It’s good to remind ourselves of that every now and then.”Tags: Basil Moreau, holy cross education, Joel Giallanza, saint mary’slast_img read more

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Native raptors

first_imgIs that a red-tailed hawk or a red-shouldered? If you’ve ever had a hard time identifying native raptors, the Saturday, Sept. 15 session of Saturday at the Rock is perfect for you. The Birds of Prey class is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.First, with binoculars in hand, a trained handler will lead the group on a short, educational walk to identify native birds. Then participants will get an up close and personal look at several of Rock Eagle’s very own raptors. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to observe birds of prey in an intimate setting.The program will run for two hours after which visitors can tour Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum. Saturday at the Rock programs are appropriate for all ages and cost $5 per person. Advanced registration is required. For more information, contact Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or mhammons@uga.edu. Saturday at the Rock programs take place the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at: www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html.last_img read more

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Colombian Army Discovers Clan del Golfo’s Anti-personnel Mines

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán July 11, 2019 On May 27, 2019, information from a civic engagement network led counter explosive units of the Colombian Army to locate in the northern Chocó department a manufacturing plant that produced antipersonnel mines and explosive devices with 563 devices ready to be planted. The arsenal belonged to the Roberto Vargas Gutiérrez clan, a subgroup of the organized crime ring, Clan del Golfo.“The close collaboration between the community and the authorities is due to the lack of safe roads for children to get to school or for farmers to transport their harvest to commercial areas,” Colombian Army Colonel José Antonio Pérez, head of the National Center of Explosive Artifacts and Mines, told Diálogo. In spite of efforts, the timeframe set at the Ottawa Treaty in 1997 to establish an antipersonnel mine-free territory by March 2021 won’t be met. “There are more mines in Colombia than originally thought. We have set up a daily objective, but we can’t move forward any faster,” Col. Pérez said. “We requested a 10-year extension, so we can deliver a mine-free area. It’s a realistic timeframe to achieve the results.”The challenge is greater, because victims of antipersonnel mines increased by 312 percent in 2018, compared to 2017, according to federal agency Descontamina Colombia. The 2016-2021 plan prioritized 199 municipalities highly affected by mines and explosives, where 91 percent of the coca crops are located, the agency said.“I value the soldiers’ work. A common soldier is already valuable, and their work is important, but a counter-explosive soldier is even more courageous, unique, and special,” said Col. Pérez. “On a daily basis, they deal with mines that could take their lives or leave them handicapped.”The Army states that explosive devices, many of which are improvised, are planted indiscriminately. This is a common practice among illegal armed groups that switched from the guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to other criminal gangs. This finding demonstrates the practices the Clan del Golfo implements, the Army said.“In other countries, wars are conventional. But conflicts are different in Latin America. Colombia isn’t fighting a war against armies; it’s a conflict against criminals who don’t respect any international protocol. As a NATO member, Colombia receives training in several countries. The United States, Great Britain, and France are important in transmitting knowledge about explosives,” the Army said.By May 31, 2019, demining units had destroyed 6,637 devices and cleared antipersonnel mines and explosive devices in 352 municipalities among 19 departments. So far, authorities intervened in 161 municipalities, said Descontamina Colombia.last_img read more

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Olympic saga reveals Japanese sports world’s lack of influence

first_imgTopics : A JOC official commenting about his organization’s omission from the critical decision-making process, said, “We’ve been left out of the loop.”In 1980, Japan joined the U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. As a result of that political decision about sports, the JOC was made independent.Since that time, when he was judoka aiming to compete in Moscow, Yamashita has been a leader within Japan’s Olympic movement, but this time he said, “We have no say at all in this decision.”Cry though they might, there was no indication Japanese athletes’ concerns would be heard at the political level. The unprecedented decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by one year amid the spread of the coronavirus has highlighted the impotence of Japan’s sports community.Although the decision was finalized at a lofty political level, it only happened after individual athletes forced the hand of sports federations and national Olympic committees abroad. And while that was happening, the voice of the host country’s sports world was all but mute.On March 24, the night the official decision to postpone was made, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori, and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike spoke by telephone with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita was conspicuously absent from the discussion.center_img Overseas, however, it was a different story. Athletes expressed their opinions, demanding a postponement over social media. Their outrage influenced national Olympic committees as well as domestic and international sports federations, eventually forcing the IOC to seek the postponement it had once rejected.But that kind of athlete activism barely occurred in Japan, where there is a strong culture of pressuring individuals to conform. When JOC director Kaori Yamaguchi spoke out on March 19, calling for a postponement for the sake of the athletes, Yamashita slammed her for talking out of turn, calling it “extremely disappointing.”While overseas athletes were questioning the wisdom of holding qualifiers and training because of the dangers posed by the coronavirus, men’s pole vaulter Daichi Sawano, the chair of the JOC athletes’ commission, said that would not have happened in his homeland.Even though qualifying events were being postponed one after the other for safety’s sake, Sawano said Japanese athletes would have gone if they could, despite growing sentiment that the games could not be held.”If someone said a qualifying event is being held, athletes would do their best to get there,” he said. “I’m sure the majority of athletes would worry, but continue to train anyway, not knowing whether they’re allowed to voice their opinions.”The Olympics, powered by huge broadcasting fees and sponsorships, are an extremely complex affair that Bach recently referred to as a “beautiful jigsaw puzzle.” In that context, it seems the initiative in decision-making has shifted from the sports world to the political and business world.The sporting world, which includes the JOC, is becoming more and more dependent on national subsidies, placing it in a position where self-assertion is difficult.One executive of a sports federation said it is an unfortunate reality that “can’t be helped.”A JOC executive said, “It’s already become harder to decide things based on what’s best for sports.”last_img read more

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Mount Gravatt East highset with plenty of potential

first_imgThis highset family home in the Mansfield State High School catchment is on the market for the first time in 26 years.Coronis Coorparoo marketing agent Solomon Michael said 74 Amega St, Mount Gravatt East was a prime renovation opportunity. Upstairs, the home has open-plan living and dining area and a good-sized kitchen.One of the bedrooms has a built-in robe and the family bathroom has a shower over bath and a storage cupboard.Downstairs there is a single car garage and plenty of extra space.The property is minutes from Westfield Garden City and Westfield Carindale.The home will go to auction on October 27 at 5.30pm. The home at 74 Amega St, Mount Gravatt East.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020last_img read more

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APG, LGIM support efforts to halt deforestation in Brazil

first_imgHaving originated with global food companies, the statement supports the objectives set out in the Cerrado Manifesto and a commitment “to working with local and international stakeholders to halt deforestation and native vegetation loss in the Cerrado”.Lucian Peppelenbos, senior responsible investment and governance specialist at the €480bn Dutch asset manager APG, said: “Companies that directly or indirectly cause deforestation, especially in sensitive conservation areas such as the Cerrado, face physical, regulatory and reputation risk – and that translates into the potential for tangible capital loss for investors.“The investor statement on Cerrado is a powerful statement to the wider market that institutional investors like APG favour agricultural production on existing arable land over supply chains that threaten international climate goals and global biodiversity.”ABP, the Netherlands’ biggest pension fund and APG’s main client, recently announced it would sell a stake in a South Korean company because a subsidiary was involved in chopping down rainforests for palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Meryam Omi, head of sustainability and responsible investment strategy at LGIM, said deforestation needed to become a more important issue for the boards of large food retailers and producers given the role it played in greenhouse gas emissions.“Ensuring responsible sourcing and land use for commodities such as soy and cattle is a key component of risk mitigation,” she added.More than 70 large corporate buyers – including McDonalds, Tesco, Walmart and Unilever – have signed the statement of support since it was first produced in October last year, shortly after the Cerrado Manifesto itself.The involvement of investors such as APG and LGIM comes after a steering group for the companies recently approached FAIRR, a non-profit organisation that focuses on the risks posed by intensive livestock production, to drum up investor backing.   In August drafting is to start on an agreement between producers, industry, consumer organisations and civil society on an action plan for eradicating deforestation in the Cerrado area.What is the Cerrado? According to The Nature Conservancy, a US-based charitable environmental organisation, the Cerrado is the world’s most biologically rich savanna, stretching across an area nearly three times the size of Texas.It is also one of the most unprotected savannas in the world, with less than 2% of its region protected in national parks and conservation areas. According to the manifesto, an area of the Cerrado the size of greater London was destroyed every two months between 2013 and 2015, with deforestation rates exceeding those in the Amazon for over 10 years.The expansion of agribusiness was the main cause of the conversion of native vegetation in the Cerrado, The Nature Conservancy said.The conservation organisation said the expansion of large scale agriculture across the Cerrado began in the 1960s.The area is one of the largest producers of soy beans in the world. China has imposed tariffs on US soybeans as part of a response to the US imposing tariffs of its own. Two of Europe’s largest asset managers have pledged to support efforts to halt deforestation and adopt sustainable land management practices in the Cerrado region of Brazil.Dutch asset manager APG and Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), who have more than €1.5trn in assets under management between them, have signed a statement of support for the “Cerrado Manifesto”.Robeco and Green Century Capital Management, a US investor, have also put their names to the statement.Produced in September last year by a number of Brazilian civil society organisations, the “manifesto” described the scale and nature of the deforestation and native vegetation conversion in the Cerrado, and called for action by companies that buy soy and meat from within the area and by “investors active in these sectors”.last_img read more

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5 spider fight bettors jailed

first_imgILOILO City – Five men were caughtengaging in illegal gambling in Barangay Pulut-an, Pototan, Iloilo. They were identified as Robert Badoles,31; John Albert Boliver, 20; Erwin Solis, 35; Romeo Penarandan, 35; and JonalexPrecioso, 46 – all residents of the village, a police report showed. The suspects were detained in the Pototanpolice station’s custodial facility, facing charges./PN Two spiders, 37 match boxes, four sticks,and P1,320 bet money were confiscated. Police chanced upon them placing bets ona spider fight around 4 p.m. on Oct. 15. last_img

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Ind. Senator Supports Bill Giving Veterans More Choice

first_imgSenator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) is supporting legislation to give veterans more options for where to receive care.In response to recent allegations about patient backlogs and unreasonable delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities, Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) is supporting legislation to give veterans more options for where to receive care.The Veterans Choice Act was introduced by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and is cosponsored by Coats and 22 other senators.“Given the horrific reports about inexcusable delays and mismanagement at many VA facilities, we need to give veterans the choice of where to seek health care,” said Coats. “Our country has a duty to ensure every one of these heroes receive the best health care our country can offer. This bill is one way we can start to earn back the trust of our veterans.”Among many reforms to the existing VA system, the Veterans Choice Act would:Allow veterans to receive care from the doctor or provider of their choice if the VA cannot schedule an appointment for a veteran within their wait time performance metrics or if the veteran resides more than 40 miles from any VA medical center.Enable all veterans enrolled for care at a VA facility to receive a choice card allowing them to receive care from a non-VA medical provider.Direct the VA to report to the Department of Health and Human Services the same patient quality and outcome information as other non-VA hospitals.Require the VA to establish disciplinary procedures should an employee knowingly falsify data pertaining to wait times and quality measures.last_img read more

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In. Supreme Court Justice Dickson Will Step Down Sept. 1

first_imgDickson has served as Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice for two years.Indiana Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson will step down later this year.He served as an associate justice in the Indiana Supreme Court for 26 years prior to becoming Chief Justice. He will now serve as an associate justice until 2016 when he will be subject to mandatory retirement at age 75.Since Dickson will continue serving on the court, the Commission will be tasked with filling the vacancy.Following the announcement that he plans to step down as Chief Justice of Indiana later this year, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement.“Chief Justice Dickson has served our state well for the last two years as the head of our state’s highest court, and has brought his outstanding legal expertise and practical judgment to bear throughout his 28 years as a member of the court.  I know him to be a man of great faith, and I applaud his long-standing commitment to public service in the legal system and look forward to his continued wisdom as he remains on the court.”last_img read more

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TS Karen Forms, Puerto Rico in the Cone

first_imgTropical Storm Karen formed Sunday morning and is projected to threaten Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while a yet another tropical wave off the coast of Africa could become a tropical depression as well. As of 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Karen had sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph about 30 miles north of Grenada and 65 miles south-southeast of St. Vincent. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK———————-At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Karen waslocated near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 61.7 West. Karen ismoving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and thisgeneral motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward thenorthwest is forecast to occur on Monday, followed by a turn towardthe north on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Karenwill move away from the Windward Islands later today, and thenacross the eastern Caribbean Sea tonight and Monday. On Tuesday,Karen is expected to approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km),primarily in squalls to the east of the center.The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches). BULLETINTropical Storm Karen Advisory Number 2NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL1220191100 AM AST Sun Sep 22 2019…KAREN BRINGING GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL TO PORTIONS OFTHE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS… Tropical Storm Karen has formed just north of Venezuela and is expected to take a northward path away from South America toward Puerto Rico.South Florida and the Bahamas are not in the cone of concern. WATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islandsand Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra.The government of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a Tropical StormWatch for the British Virgin Islands.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…* Trinidad and Tobago* Grenada and its dependencies* St. Vincent and the GrenadinesA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* U.S. Virgin Islands* Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra* British Virgin IslandsA Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions areexpected somewhere within the warning area.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions arepossible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor theprogress of Karen.For storm information specific to your area, please monitorproducts issued by your national meteorological service. SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————–LOCATION…12.5N 61.7WABOUT 30 MI…45 KM N OF GRENADAABOUT 65 MI…105 KM SSW OF ST. VINCENTMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHESlast_img read more

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