Program encourages faith formation amongst Latinos

first_imgThe Institute for Church Life (ICL) at the University of Notre Dame has launched Camino, an online faith formation program for Latino Catholics.Camino Program Director Esther Terry has developed Camino from its early stages, she said.“The program has been in the works for a long time and the pilot phase started in 2012,” Terry said. “The pilot phase started with just one course that was adapted from a course that we have in English.”According to its website, Camino is an online program of Catholic theology courses designed by University professors and leaders in Latino ministry. A facilitator, who must have a master’s degree in theology, instructs the course, which can last anywhere from four to seven weeks.Camino stems from Notre Dame’s Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP), a program developed in the early 1990s that aimed to provide high quality theology courses at affordable prices.“For a long time people had been taking these courses in English, and they had been receiving requests for courses in Spanish,” Terry said.On Camino’s website, Notre Dame professor of theology Fr. Virgil Alizondo said Camino is “a great way to use media and technology to give learning opportunities beyond the University.”The STEP program worked in collaboration with the SouthEast Pastoral Institute in Miami (SEPI) to develop Camino. Various dioceses are also involved with advertising the program to potential participants.“The people that take our courses are typically catechists, readers [and] serve in the music ministry,” Terry said. “[They] usually have some position in their parish and they want to have ongoing faith formation.”Terry said the program prides itself in the flexibility and accessibility of its courses. She said many of Camino’s participants live in rural areas or other places where learning resources in their native language are limited.“I think the flexibility of hours for taking an online course and the quality of what we are able to deliver in places where it would be very difficult for them to have this formation experience makes [this program] very important,” Terry said.Terry said she enjoys contributing to Camino.“It’s been so exciting to see people engage Scripture and engage the Catechism and see the sense of wonder and excitement that they have and how dignified they feel to be taking an online course with Notre Dame,” Terry said.Terry said her hope for Camino and other theological programs like it is that the intellectual resources at Notre Dame and other partners and affiliates are made available to an even more diverse group of people.“We want to share those resources with people in the pews, your average Catholics, and help them to see the beauty and the joy of our Catholic faith so that they can share that with others,” Terry said.Tags: Camino, Hispanic Catholics, ICL, Institute for Church Life, SEPI, SouthEast Pastoral Institute in Miami, STEPlast_img read more

Astana Pro Team kicks off the season with… Pro Cycling Rap video?

first_imgEach year, at the start of the season pro cycling teams try to get noticed. From a teased roll out of their new kits, to team bikes, or off season training videos… By the time the Tour Down Under rolls around, you’ve probably seen it all. Except a rap video. That’s a new one.To show their competition they mean business, the Astana Pro Team put together an awesome (or maybe cringey) rap video. But hey, at least they’re having some fun before the season really starts to ramp up.last_img

Sanders: CBO report finds wealthy tax cheats prime beneficiaries of IRS budget cuts

first_imgVermont Business Magazine At the request of Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report Wednesday, “Trends in the Internal Revenue Service’s Funding and Enforcement(link is external),” examining the causes of hundreds of billions of dollars in annual tax avoidance and evasion, facilitated by budget cuts to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).CBO found that the estimated amount of taxes owed but ultimately unpaid was $381 billion on average annually from 2011 to 2013 according to the latest data from the IRS. The tax gap is almost certainly substantially higher given that the total revenue collected has gone up by more than a third since that time. A recent academic study found that roughly 70%(link is external) of the gap is explained by underpayment of the top 1%.“The richest 1% is responsible for 70% of all unpaid taxes,” said Sanders. “With the money that these tax cheats owe, this year alone, we could fund tuition-free college for all, eliminate child hunger, ensure clean drinking water for every American household, build half a million affordable housing units, provide masks to all, produce the protective gear and medical supplies our health workers need to combat this pandemic, and fully fund the U.S. Postal Service. That is an absolute outrage, and this report should make us take a long, hard look at what our national priorities are all about.”Despite the enormous amount of taxes going unpaid by the wealthy and large corporations, Congress has cut overall resources to the IRS by 20% in inflation-adjusted terms since 2010, which has led to the elimination of 22% of its staff during that time period. Even more strikingly, funding and staff dedicated to enforcement have declined by about 30% since 2010.While Republicans attempt to portray these cuts as a populist move against an unpopular agency, the real impact has been to open up the floodgates for the wealthy and corporations to avoid or even evade the taxes that they owe. The IRS examination rate for the largest corporations, those with $20 billion or more in assets, dropped by about half from 2010 to 2018. The wealthiest taxpayers, with more than $1 million in income, saw their audit rate cut by 63% during the same time period.”For every dollar we invest in getting the IRS the staffing and resources it needs, we get three dollars back in unpaid taxes,” said Sanders. “Make no mistake: the primary beneficiaries of IRS funding cuts are wealthy tax cheats and large corporations.”The new CBO report also found that increasing IRS funding by just $20 billion over the next 10 years would actually decrease the deficit by $40 billion over the next 10 years. This estimate is conservative since it does not include the considerable indirect impact that increased funding would have on deterrence.”Do not think for one second that the wealthiest country on Earth is unable to make critical investments to meet people’s basic needs in terms of healthcare, food security, education, and unemployment,” said Sanders. “Congress is leaving hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes uncollected from the wealthy. We have got to invest in a robust IRS that focuses on the biggest culprits of tax evasion so we can prioritize those resources to ensure people’s basic needs.”Read the report here(link is external).Source: Sanders 7.8.2020last_img read more

Challenge Bahrain confirms Art Rotana as official race hotel

first_img Related The Amwaj Islands in Bahrain are being billed as the new triathlon hotspot for the country, as the area becomes the base for this year’s Challenge Bahrain. With a unique twist, the event in the Middle East is expected to be ‘the world’s largest night triathlon’ when it takes place on 20 November 2015.Swim and run courses were revealed last week with the bike course due to be confirmed shortly. With the grand final of the prestigious Nasser bin Hamad Triple Crown also taking place, athletes from around the world are set to travel to compete.Challenge Bahrain has also confirmed Art Rotana-Amwaj as the official race hotel for the 2015 edition of the event.Art Rotana features 311 sea view rooms and suites, fully equipped meeting rooms with conference facilities, a choice of restaurants and a fully equipped Beach Club, including Bodylines Fitness and Wellness.The hotel is family friendly offering different entertainment and attraction for kids, from a kids club and waterpark to supervised group activities. An intriguing attraction is the dancing fountain, which blends light and music to ‘create mesmerising entertainment and a permanent art collection’ under the theme ‘moment in time’. This feature adorns the hotel lobby and reflects an artistic focus of the unique property.Art Rotana aims to combine an all-inspiring ambience with ample facilities to appeal to an array of guests of different ages, backgrounds and needs.www.challenge-bahrain.comwww.rotana.com/artrotanalast_img read more

ASICS commits to ‘bold climate targets and accelerates climate initiatives’

first_img Related ASICS has announced it is committing to ‘set 1.5°C science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with a net-zero future by 2050’. The company notes that it is responding to what climate science indicates is needed to limit the worst impacts of climate change.To accelerate progress towards the new targets, ASICS is expanding sustainability technology across its footwear range to reduce carbon emissions in the dyeing process by 45% from 2020. ASICS also reaffirms its commitment to work collaboratively to address climate change by joining the United Nation’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.In 2018, ASICS notes that it was the first sporting goods company to have its science-based targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and in June this year the first to support the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).ASICS has accelerated its actions by committing to set new targets in line with last October’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which made the case for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”ASICS was founded in 1949 with a vision to promote the health of young people through sport,” said Yasuhito Hirota, COO and President of ASICS Corporation.“ASICS remains committed to this philosophy today and to enable future generations to be active and play sport, we are committed to set ambitious targets as a core of the business strategy to help mitigate the impact of climate change.”The company adds that building a prosperous, net-zero carbon economy by 2050 requires a transformation of unprecedented pace and scale, with decisive business leadership and investment in climate solutions.ASICS plans to expand the application of resource-saving technology called solution dyeing method to more than 50% of total new products across all of the company’s shoe brands (ASICS, Onitsuka Tiger, and Häglofs) from 2020. This will mark the first time that solution dyeing has been adopted on such a large scale in the sports shoe industry.This initiative is expected to slash carbon emissions from the dyeing process by around 45% and cut water use by around 33% compared to conventional processes. These are equal to carbon emissions absorbed by more than 25,000 trees in one year and water needed for 1 million people a day.ASICS has also joined the UNFCCC’s Fashion for Global Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. By signing the Charter, ASICS notes that it is demonstrating its commitment to ensure the fashion sector is on the path to a low-carbon future.www.asics.comlast_img read more

VuWall Updates TRx Centralized Multi-Video Wall Management System

first_imgVuWall today announced an update to its TRx Centralized Multi-Video Wall Management System, version 2.5. This release includes three new security capabilities that strengthen the VuWall system: Transport Layer Security (TLS) between the TRx GUI and TRx Server, improved user rights management and more KVM modes.VuWall’s TRx Version 2.5 updates include:TLS between TRx GUI and TRx Server. By using TLS and HTTPS, VuWall ensures that all the communication between the VuWall server and all TRx clients is encrypted to protect against man-in-the-middle attacks — such as eavesdropping — and prevent hackers from accessing communication and manipulating the system. This feature is configurable, allowing users to provide their own encryption keys and distribute them only to clients they trust. With this strengthened encryption implementation, IT managers and security officers can mitigate system threats.User rights management. Updated user rights management allows administrators to more finely tune permissions. Users and groups can be restricted by floor, zone, or endpoint (source/display), and whether that user/group can join with video, audio or USB keyboard/mouse. Users can also be restricted against saving new presets, creating new control panels, writing scripts, and more. Permissions are even available to allow users/groups to create, but not delete resources or rename them. These tools allow for powerful and easy-to-configure control over access to parts of the system and AV network.Private mode. In a KVM environment, private mode secures content on the network by assigning absolute privacy. As a result, only the source owner, whether a presenter or a control room operator, can authorize where the content is displayed, ensuring complete control of any source. Private mode locks a source to a given user once displayed, prevents other users from routing that source elsewhere or removing it from the display it has been joined to and notifies and allows users to accept or deny requests to take over private joins from other users.VuWall’s TRx is an AV network management solution for configuring and operating multiple video walls, multi-viewers, encoders, and decoders. TRx simplifies the deployment of complex AV-over-IP networks. It not only supports all VuWall products, but also third-party devices. TRx is also compatible with H.264 streams that are accessible over RTSP.TRx 2.5 will be demonstrated at ISE 2020 in VuWall booth 15-K250 and they are here.Here is a clip from ISE 2020 discussing VuWall updates:last_img read more

The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants

first_img The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its April 19 meeting: The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors:  One lawyer to serve the remainder of a three-year term, commencing immediately upon appointment and ending June 30, 2014 on this 33-member Board of Directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors. Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may  click here to download the application  and review the “Expectations for Service of Board Members”  from the Bar’s website, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain these documents. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300 no later than 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants April 1, 2013 Regular Newslast_img read more

Again a 3-seed, men know not to overlook anyone at Big 10 tourney

first_imgAgain a 3-seed, men know not to overlook anyone at Big 10 tourneyThe women open the Big Ten tournament against Iowa. Samuel GordonApril 28, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the second time in the past three seasons, the Minnesota menâÄôs tennis team earned the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament.This yearâÄôs edition of the event will be held at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium at the University of Wisconsin.On Friday, the Gophers will face the winner of ThursdayâÄôs match between 6-seed Wisconsin and 11-seed Penn State, which will likely be Wisconsin, given that Penn State is winless in the conference this year.Minnesota defeated both teams earlier in the season, with a 5-2 win over Wisconsin and a 6-1 victory over Penn State.With a second round victory, the Gophers would be poised for a rematch with 2-seed Indiana, which handed Minnesota its first conference loss back on April 8. Senior Tobias Wernet, however, is taking things one match at a time.âÄúI told the team after we beat Illinois and it was pretty clear that weâÄôre playing Wisconsin, I told them, âÄòThis is the only thing we should focus on. We shouldnâÄôt look ahead. ThatâÄôs what we did two years ago and we got punished,âÄôâÄù Wernet said. âÄúYou should never do that as an athlete. You should focus on every game. ThereâÄôs only Wisconsin, thatâÄôs all there is.âÄùTwo seasons ago, also as the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament, the then-No. 32 Gophers were knocked out in their first matchup by Indiana, a team they beat 6-1 during the regular season.This year, if Minnesota does indeed beat Wisconsin or Penn State, the Minnesota-Indiana match could again prove interesting. In the April 8 match, the Hoosiers defeated the Gophers 4-3, but Minnesota was without one of its top players, Sebastian Gallego, who was inactive with a foot injury.Gallego returned to action last Friday against Illinois and expects to play in the tournament this weekend.Ohio State highlights the other half of the bracket. The Buckeyes have won 75 straight Big Ten matches and six consecutive regular season conference titles. âÄúItâÄôs a big opportunity for us,âÄù Gallego said when asked about the tournament. âÄúWe put ourselves in the best position to win the first round and face Indiana again.âÄùDespite the good positioning entering the tournament, head coach Geoff Young knows there will be no easy victory.âÄúWe were seeded third two years ago. The top half of the Big Ten is filled with really good teams,âÄù Young said.Women face Iowa in first roundThe womenâÄôs tennis team will be heading to Michigan this weekend to take on Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.The Gophers are coming off of back-to-back wins to end the regular season, with the latter of the two being a 6-1 victory over the Hawkeyes.The winner of that match will face top-seeded Michigan. Michigan is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation. The Wolverines defeated Minnesota 7-0 April 3.Other NotesTobias Wernet was named Big Ten menâÄôs tennis co-athlete of the week. The senior jumped from No. 100 to No. 67 in the ITA rankings after two singles wins this past weekend, including a victory over then-No. 10 Dennis Nevolo of Illinois. This is the second time this season that Wernet has received conference honors.last_img read more

VMAC Adds New Mechanical Engineer to R&D Team

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NANAIMO, B.C. – VMAC, manufacturer of compact air compressor systems for the mobile-mechanic, tire service, utilities and construction industries, has appointed a new mechanical engineer to its research and development department: Mike Cummings, a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Victoria.   Prior to completing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Cummings completed the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and the Bridge Program from Camosun College. His final design projects included a single-man hovercraft using a Rotax snowmobile engine and an autonomous walking robot capable of navigating through a course.     Cummings’ engineering background includes Mechanical Design Technologist (Marine) for advanced wastewater treatment system installations on cruise ships sailing to Alaska, the Mediterranean and Panama. He also has years of experience in metal fabrication, machining processes and sheet metal, all of which applied to manufacturing of brewery systems, ASME pressure vessels, processing equipment and wastewater and water treatment. Cummings is passionate about dirt biking and, in his free time, works on his own motorcycle and has rebuilt motors.   In his new role at VMAC, Cummings will focus on new product development. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

One For Teens, One For Adults

first_imgThe Initiation by Chris Babu, Permuted Press, 325 pp., $21.If adolescent boys may be the most difficult age group to entice into reading literature, Southampton resident Chris Babu certainly makes a strong pitch for their attention with The Initiation, a compelling futuristic adventure tale that will appeal to young males with heroism fantasies and testosterone on the move.It’s possible, though, that teenage girls who tend to mature earlier, and are not sidelined by romance fiction, may also find Babu’s debut novel engaging.One of the main characters, Clarice, a beautiful, super-bright withdrawn 15-year-old, comes to allow herself to feel affection for the protagonist of the book, young Drayden Coulson, a “math geek” and the smartest guy in his class, but also kind of shy. What they share is a love of intellectual challenge, and what the plot of The Initiation gives them and four of their classmates is plenty of challenge by way of a series of life or death games.Call the story a “nerd version of The Hunger Games,” the author has said. And look at it as “quasi-interactive” because it invites readers to solve the “brainy challenges” that confront the youngsters who pledge for The Initiation, as a way to improve their lives.What the characters can’t imagine, however, are the timed mental and physical ordeals they will have to face in the sinister, abandoned NYC subway system, where the Initiation takes place. Some puzzles may be familiar to older readers, but everyone will recognize that the ultimate challenge is to be a decent and courageous human being in the face of fear, envy, or pain.The author, a former Wall Street bond trader and a math graduate from MIT, cleverly draws on contemporary concerns to fashion his sci-fi narrative: “If several of the world’s major issues all went worst-case scenario at the same time, you’d end up with the near-future dystopia of New America.”That apocalyptic “Confluence” has already occurred when the story begins, leaving in its wake a despotic regime of 100,000 people who live in Manhattan, are separated into class zones, and are ruled by restrictive political, economic, and societal laws. Teachers and parents might well consider suggesting that this literate and suspenseful book be included on middle school and high school curricula.Annie’s Bones by Howard Owen. The Permanent Press, 264 pp., $ 29.95.Though this is crime literature award-winning Howard Owen’s 16th book from his Sag Harbor publishers, he continues to deliver inventive fiction by way of colorful characters and a strong sense of place, usually regions around his home town of Richmond.Fans will recognize some minor characters who were major players in earlier murder mysteries, and it’s nice to see them back, if briefly, because Annie’s Bones is in many ways about nostalgia — as though Owen is keeping up with his own age as well as the age of his protagonist, who is introduced on page one “squatting like an arthritic catcher in the Virginia mud.”The narrative opens in May 2016 and alternates between that date and 1968, when James Grayson (Gray) Melvin’s 19-year-old college sweetheart went missing after rejecting him. She ran from his car, never to be seen again until 48 years later, when her bones accidentally turn up during a local dig.Gray would have married Annie in a heartbeat. She still had his class ring when they split. But what happened that night she fled? He’s well aware that locals consider him the prime suspect in her disappearance, which they really think was murder. Four decades later, her family is still hell bent on revenge.Wealthy and politically well connected, her brother ensures that Gray never gets or keeps a decent job, especially in journalism, his love, and it is obvious who makes the phone call that sets the plot in motion: “Enjoy your last few days of freedom, asshole . . . they found her. They found Annie.”By giving Grey sympathetic context — a drunken father, a mother who left him when he was a child, a troubled sister, a failed marriage — Owen makes clear that Grey is a likeable, hardworking man who is honest with himself. (“He didn’t have any experience being cool. He only had experience pretending to be cool.”) He has earned the love of a good woman, but even she doesn’t know the full story of his relationship with Annie.Still, she stands by him, giving Owen a chance to do what he does best — craft complex characters of flawed humanity that are as much universal in their longing as they are exemplary of a changing rural, low-income part of the country that more Americans should know more about. Sharelast_img read more