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Students reflect during Lenten season

Students reflect during Lenten season

first_imgWhether giving up their favorite food, kicking a bad habit, or working to incorporate something positive into their daily routine, Notre Dame students are coming up with new and unique ways to recognize Lent. Sophomore Pat Haggerty said that for Lent, he intends to quit using Tinder, the newly popular iPhone dating application. “It’s a total time killer and distraction,” Haggerty said. “Plus, it makes for awkward sightings on campus. Also, I don’t want to get ‘Lennay Kekua’ed.’” Sophomore Jack Souter, a resident of Fisher Hall, said he plans to give up going into other male dorms for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. “I feel that this will help strengthen my Fisher identity,” Souter said. “The community in Fisher is the only place I can truly be myself.” Sophomore Thomas Kleiber is prepared to refuse discussion over the controversial change in dining hall menus on Fridays during Lent. “I’m giving up arguing with people over whether the dining hall should serve meat or not,” Kleiber said. “It’s pointless and annoying.” Some of the most popular ways to observe Lent this year are plans to give up drinking soda, cutting swear words out, working out daily and making a point to attend church more often. “This isn’t very original but I’m giving up sweets and soda,” sophomore Claire Cosgrove said, echoing many of her classmates. “I have a sweet tooth and like to drink soda, so it’s always really hard and challenges me through all of Lent.” Junior Susan Nichols said she was planning to quit swearing for 40 days for the second year in a row. Nichols said cutting curse words out of her vocabulary is a good thing to remember in daily life and Lent provides a perfect opportunity to motivate her to stick to her goal. Sophomore Allie Gerspach decided to use Lent as motivation to be more practical in daily life. “I’m going to give up up buying coffee,” Gerspach said. “My flex points will benefit, [and] it’s a luxury that I don’t need when I can just make coffee in my room.” During Lent, many activities will take place to help students observe the period of reflection, including meat-free dining halls on Fridays, daily rosary prayers at the Grotto and a weekly “Stations of the Cross” event. Notre Dame Campus Ministry encourages students to use Lent as a time for self-reflection and improvement. “Whenever we talk about Lenten sacrifices, then, or even about the environmental and liturgical changes that mark the season, we can put all of those in the context of preparing ourselves – as individuals and as a Church – for the new life we all put on at Easter,” Campus Ministry’s website stated.   Sophomore Susanna Floyd, who is involved with Campus Ministry, said Lent is a good time for students to think about the meaning of Easter in the days leading up to the holiday. “The best thing about Lent is being given an opportunity not only to make daily sacrifices, but to reflect on why I’m sacrificing,” she said.last_img read more

Lea Michele’s Sweetest Moments With Her, Zandy Reich’s Son Ever: Pics

Lea Michele’s Sweetest Moments With Her, Zandy Reich’s Son Ever: Pics

first_imgReed commented, “He sure is delish,” while Jamie Lynn Sigler wrote, “That’s what it’s all about right there.”Us confirmed in April that Michele and Reich were expecting their first child. “They’ve always wanted to be parents,” an insider told Us at the time.- Advertisement – The Glee alum went on to post a black-and-white photo of herself holding the infant’s bare foot. “ForEver grateful for this true blessing,” the actress captioned the social media upload.The New York native has continued to document her life with her newborn, from celebrating her 34th birthday later that same month to photographing him asleep on her chest in September 2020.The following month, Twilight’s Nikki Reed snapped sweet shots of Michele cradling Ever. The Scream Queens alum called her baby boy “the sunshine of [her] life,” writing, “Me and my boy.”- Advertisement – After the Emmy nominee confirmed the news with a baby bump photo, she received a slew of support from her friends and followers. “Crying! Screaming!!! Love you!” Emma Roberts wrote, while Maren Morris commented, “Aw congratulations.”The Brunette Ambition author wed Reich in March 2019, one year after their engagement. “I get to be married to my best friend, which is the greatest thing in the entire world,” Michele exclusively told Us in July 2019. “At this point in my life, I feel the most grounded — and happiest — I ever have.”Five months later, the “Run to You” singer reflected on her ceremony. “I started the year with not one but TWO amazing bachelorette parties in Hawaii and Arizona with the greatest girlfriends in the entire world,” she wrote via Instagram in December 2019. “And then the most amazing dream came true and I got married to the most amazing man in the world. … Our wedding weekend was so perfect and amazing. We had an incredible honeymoon in Bora Bora. We lived bicoastal most of the year enjoying both East and West coasts and spent great times with our families.”Keep scrolling to see sweet shots of Michele and Ever, from cuddles to birthday celebrations. Mother-son moments! Lea Michele welcomed her and Zandy Reich’s baby boy in August 2020 and has been sharing sweet shots of him ever since.When Us Weekly confirmed the little one’s arrival, a source shared, “Everyone’s happy and healthy, and they’re extremely grateful. He’s been an easy baby so far.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

The Latest: Auburn to limit attendance for early home games

The Latest: Auburn to limit attendance for early home games

first_img Associated Press Tickets will cost $150 per game.___Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante says he has the coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic.The 37-year-old Mirante says in a video on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.He says “I feel well, I have no symptoms, neither a fever nor a cough.” The Black Knights have yet to finalize their schedule, but they open the season Sept. 5 at Michie Stadium against Middle Tennessee State. BYU opens its season on Sept. 7 at Navy.___North Carolina has immediately suspended athletics activities for all sports teams for at least 24 hours due to a “continued upward trend in positive COVID-19 tests on campus.”In Wednesday’s announcement, the school said the pause would last until at least 5 p.m. Thursday. That came two days after UNC canceled in-person undergraduate classes in favor of remote instruction.The move includes the closure of campus recreation facilities, though dining halls and libraries will remain open in limited capacity. ___Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.The school in Boone, North Carolina, says athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.”The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Auburn will limit attendance at Jordan-Hare Stadium to about 20% of capacity at the start of the football season. August 19, 2020 ___Alaska-Anchorage is dropping its men’s hockey, women’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s skiing programs because of significant reductions in state funding. The programs will shut down in the 2021-22 academic year and save the university about $2.5 million per year.Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said state funding for UAA has declined $34 million since 2014. She called her decision to cut sports “devastating.”The move is not entirely related to budget strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Last fall the Board of Regents voted to consolidate academic programs and services to meet budget reductions. University leaders and Gov. Dunleavy agreed on a $70 million reduction in state funds to the university system from 2020-22.About 55 athletes, seven coaches and two athletic department staff members are impacted. The Rev. John Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, announced in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled through Sept. 2. About 150 students have tested positive.Notre Dame is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus.The Fighting Irish football program announced last week there have been four positive test results for COVID-19 out of 619 tests done since players returned to campus in June.___Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic director Allen Greene said the move will lead to “a shortfall of tens of millions of dollars this year.” He noted that football revenue finances each of Auburn’s 21 sports teams.Auburn says all general seating tickets for the Sept. 26 opener against Kentucky will be reserved for students. That doesn’t include controlled premium spaces or tickets designated for guests of home or visiting players and coaches.Auburn will announce ticket allocations for other games later.Face coverings will be required for all spectators and gameday workers with no tailgating allowed. Stadium capacity is 87,451, which means attendance will be limited to just over 17,000 fans. The athletic department already cut $1 million in expenses over the last two years.___Army and Brigham Young have agreed to a home-and-home football series, with the first game between the two independents slated for Sept. 19 at Michie Stadium as both schools piece together new schedules.The second game in the series is scheduled for November 2032 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. The two schools have never met in football and both are scrambling to fill schedules that were pretty much wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Army lost games against Bucknell, Princeton, Oklahoma, UMass, Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, and Buffalo, while BYU lost eight games. ___The Seattle Seahawks will play at least their first three home games without fans in the stands at CenturyLink Field.The team said in a statement Wednesday the decision was made in conjunction with public health officials and the office of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.Seattle will be without fans for games on Sept. 20 vs. New England, Sept. 27 vs. Dallas, and Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota. The earliest the Seahawks may have fans is Nov. 1 against San Francisco.While the team hopes conditions will improve as the season progresses, it will “follow the lead of public health and government officials to make future decisions about game day.” If it’s determined a limited capacity will be allowed later in the season, the Seahawks will reach out to season ticket holders at that time. Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season.Surratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe says in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged. The news comes a day after Roma announced that two of its youth team players had tested positive for the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The largest 10-kilometer road race in the United States will be run virtually in 2020.The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which has been held on the Fourth of July since its inaugural event in 1970, shifted to a Thanksgiving date in hopes of staging the race during the coronavirus pandemic. It normally attracts some 60,000 runners.But the Atlanta Track Club now says the race will not be run down the city’s famed Peachtree Street because of safety concerns. Georgia has been one of the nation’s hardest-hit states during the pandemic, recording nearly 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths.“As coronavirus has spiked in recent weeks here in Georgia, we recognize that this decision is the best and only responsible way forward,” executive director Rich Kenah said in a statement.The track club now plans a virtual event that will allow runners to experience some of the race’s traditions and compare their times with others who take part. ___The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have some fans for their football games played between the hedges.The university announced ticket plans that call for allowing 20 to 25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium, where the field is surrounded by hedges. That would mean maximum crowds of between 18,500 and 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games in 2020.The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season ticket holders as possible for games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.The school says those who choose not to attend games this fall will be eligible for a refund on all donations and season ticket purchases, while retaining their preferred status for 2021. The Latest: Auburn to limit attendance for early home games In a statement, athletics director Bubba Cunningham said school officials “want to make sure we continue to do everything we can to ensure that that our teams, campus and community remain healthy.‘’Athletes will have continued access to services such as academic support and medical care.The decision to switch to remote instruction was made after four coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity surfaced in the past week. The school plans to allow athletes, international students, ROTC students and students with hardships such as the lack of online access at home to remain in campus housing if they choose.___Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off as well in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus.last_img read more

Govt wasting valuable opportunity for dialogue – Opposition Leader

Govt wasting valuable opportunity for dialogue – Opposition Leader

first_imgNo-confidence resolution…says President bears ultimate responsibility for confusion createdThe parliamentary Opposition believes that in continuing the baseless accusations which are being thrown against the People’s Progressive Party, the Government is wasting a valuable opportunity for dialogue and exhibition of mature leadership.This is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was at the time addressing a press conference on Monday, where he criticised the Government’s back-pedalling on accepting the vote.Both President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo hadOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeopreviously promised to abide by the constitutional provisions a no-confidence vote mandates. Jagdeo laid collective blame for the confusion over the no-confidence resolution at the feet of the President, noting that notwithstanding his illness he was still Head of State and bore ultimate responsibility.“After the lofty words of the Prime Minister and the President and the commitment to engage on a way forward, we’ve seen the Government retreat into its usual tools, which is wild accusations and confrontation. These are tools that they know very well how to use.“And, of course, fake news and propaganda to mobilise people, particularly in the APNU [A Partnership For National Unity] base, into believing that they were robbed; having failed to mobilise people to come out in defence of the Government in front the National Assembly.”The Opposition Leader expressed his belief that Granger, who travelled to Cuba for medical treatment soon after the no-confidence vote, could not be unaware of his Government’s subsequent attempts to overturn the ruling.“I think that the President has to bear responsibility for this. We have already expressed our concern for his illness. And he has already received our best wishes. But he is still the Head of State.”“(President Granger) issued a statement before he left, talking about moving forward, respecting the Constitution and a commitment to engagement. His minions, and I believe with his approval, have now gone in a totally different direction. So, the President has to bear responsibility for this.”IntensifyingFar from backing down, Jagdeo also committed to ramping up his defence of thePresident David Grangersanctity of the no-confidence vote taken on December 21 against efforts to overturn it. He spoke directly to supporters, who he said reached out to the Party and backed its initial extension of the olive branch to the Government.“I want them to know that the PPP did its bit and they can now see how APNU has responded, with its usual old-style politics. So, we have no alternative but to also ramp up our efforts in this regard. We have been taking a different position. I’ve said to all our MPs and party leadership, let’s await the return of the President before we … even respond to the hostility they have been peddling. But now that has to change.“This is a tiny desperate corrupt cabal of Ministers, advisors and friends, who have now realised the consequences of the no-confidence motion. And they have seen the writing on the wall, because they have been neglecting the people, even APNU supporters. That is why we see the desperation now and all these arguments that defy logic, about 34 (votes). These are not logical arguments,” Jagdeo said.On December 21, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC Member of Parliament, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.But in a move to reverse this, Government has since approached Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland to ask him to invalidate the no-confidence vote, which brought them down on December 21.According to a legal opinion which had Attorney General Basil Williams’ name attached to it, Government wants the Speaker to use his powers to reverse the vote, arguing, among other things, that 34 out of 65 constitutes a majority in Guyana’s National Assembly. This is the same opinion expressed by Attorney Nigel Hughes, the husband of Government Minister Cathy Hughes.The opinion claimed that 50 per cent of the 65 votes in the National Assembly constitutes 32.5, which has to then be rounded up to 33, with an extra vote added to it, making it 34. According to the opinion provided by the Government, passing a no-confidence motion is different from passing legislation.The opinion goes on to claim that since former AFC parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud is a Canadian citizen and had allegedly travelled on his Canadian passport, he forfeited his vote.Government admits that Persaud’s private travelling records were accessed from Guyana’s Immigration Department and states that a copy will be provided to the Speaker.Government also intends to challenge “Whether the Speaker can reverse the ruling that the no-confidence motion was carried? What is the effect of the sub judice rule should the Speaker’s ruling be legally challenged in the Courts” and “Whether the Speaker’s ruling on the vote can be quashed by the Courts?”last_img read more

Photo of officers leading black man by a rope in Texas sparks

Photo of officers leading black man by a rope in Texas sparks

first_imgWashington DC: A police chief in Texas has apologized after a photo went viral of two officers mounted on horseback walking a handcuffed black man by a rope, as if on a leash. The image caused outrage, serving as a painful reminder of some of the bleakest moments in America’s brutally racist past, including the chaining of enslaved people and lynching of blacks in the Jim Crow South in the years after emancipation. Vernon Hale, police chief for the coastal Texas city of Galveston, said that Donald Neely, who was arrested Saturday for trespassing, should have been taken to the station in a police car, but only mounted officers were available. Neely was then escorted on foot, led by a length of rope and flanked by the mounted officers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance,” said Hale, in a statement published Monday on Facebook. “First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” Hale said, adding that policy had been changed so that the technique would no longer be used. Hale’s statement sparked frustration, with some activist groups saying his response was “weak.” Others called for the officers to be penalized or fired for “humiliating” Neely in a manner that recalls extreme acts of racism from the country’s past, or even convicted criminals exhibited in public squares. “This is 2019 and not 1819,” James Douglas, president of the NAACP’s Houston chapter, told the Houston Chronicle. Democratic 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who is from the West Texas city of El Paso, also denounced the incident, tweeting, “This moment demands accountability, justice, and honestly (sic) — because we need to call this out for what it is: racism at work.”last_img read more