Lecture discusses Vatican II reforms

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community heard author James Carroll speak at the 2012 Christian Culture Lecture on Tuesday night. The Christian Culture Lecture series, held in conjunction with the Department of Humanistic Studies, presents a preeminent figure in the humanities. The speaker explores an aspect of the Christian dimension of Western culture. Carroll, an award winning nonfiction and fiction writer, gave a lecture titled “The Reforming Dimension of Christianity in Western Culture and Beyond.” Carroll has written many notable books; among them are his memoir, “An American Requiem” and his novels, “The City Below” and “Secret Father,” both of which were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. In the most current version of “Vatican II: The Essential Texts,” published earlier this month, Carroll and Pope Benedict XVI wrote introductions to the text. In the lecture, Carroll addresses the need for reform that the Second Vatican Council addressed, as well as the role of Vatican II 50 years later.   “We must reconcile the challenge of bringing one’s traditional faith with all its treasures into the age of reason,” Carroll said. Carroll explored the reformations brought out of Vatican II and the place the council holds in today’s world, not only for Christians but for all people. “Believers of all stripes have a moral obligation to examine that ways that religion abets violence and to change these ways,” Carroll said. “The obligation to do this is universal.” Carroll explored the way secular culture can trivialize belief. He said the reforms in Vatican II were needed “to the core of the Church.” Carroll said Vatican II represented a landmark shift in the Church’s attitudes. “The Church’s worldview changed and static scholasticism developed into active participation and exploration of faith,” Carroll said. “The doctrine was extensively developed and the Church’s perspective of truth changed.” The 50th anniversary of Vatican II, Carroll said, still marks a beginning and not an end. “The changes Vatican II brought to our Church go deep into the Christian imagination. When there is resistance to Vatican II, this is good news because people understand how deep the changes to our faith go,” he said. Carroll closed with a call for Christians to follow the authentic and loving Jesus. “The first followers of Jesus did not follow doctrine, but discipleship. [The disciples] imitated Jesus more than worshipped him,” he said. “The key to the true meaning of Christianity and the reform of Christianity is through the imitation of Jesus. The capacity for transcendence lies in every human person.”last_img read more

TPE15: Pro-Lite lightens up w/ new Antero Carbon XC/Cyclocross wheels, road disc coming

first_imgA small shelf supports the tire bead for tubeless setup. Wheelset weights come in at about 1,495g (27.5”) and 1,595g (29er).The hub uses an 11-speed ready freehub body, which comes in handy since the same internal setup will be used for their upcoming wider, tubeless ready Cicilia road wheels. Those will have an inside width of 19mm, 23.8mm external and be 21mm tall. A Disc brake version of that will follow this month.Not shown, the new alloy VLR Triathlon frame, which they say is popular in Europe and Australia, gets a slightly slacker headtube than the carbon version to make it a little more accessible for beginners not ready for the super sharp handling of a race-specific carbon triathlon frame. But the rear end is slightly stiffer, so it’s still a performance bike that could tackle an Ironman. $599 for the frame, fork, headset and seatpost. The fork is their Atmos model, which has carbon legs and alloy steerer. Starts as small as a 46, running up to a 60. The new Pro-Lite Antero Carbon mountain bike wheels will come in 27.5 and 29, with the latter working just fine for cyclocross, too.They use their oversized pawl mechanism to get 84 points of engagement using six 2-step pawls. That’s clicking along next to an oversize Japanese EZO bearing to handle the higher loads caused by modern oversize cogs. The carbon rim has a width of 26mm ext/21mm int and measures 23mm tall. Check the internals and rim profiles, plus more new stuff, below… Note the massive diameter of the sealed cartridge bearing just behind the pawls. With two engagement points per pawl, they provide about 4.2º of rotation before engaging.last_img read more

The Boys in the Band Being Made into a Netflix Movie with Full Broadway Cast

first_img View Comments The Boys in the Band Netflix has announced a new film adaptation of Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking comic drama The Boys in the Band, with the complete cast of the 2018 Broadway production repeating their work on-screen. Ryan Murphy and David Stone will repeat their work as producers from the Broadway staging, along with Ned Martel, while Joe Mantello will return as director.The star-packed cast includes Emmy nominee Matt Bomer as Donald, Emmy nominee Zachary Quinto as Harold, Emmy winner Jim Parsons as Michael, two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells as Larry, two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesús as Emory, Brian Hutchison as Alan, Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard, Tuc Watkins as Hank and Charlie Carver as Cowboy.The Boys in the Band centers on a group of gay men who gather in an NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music is turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. The play was first seen in 1968 at New York’s Theater Four, which was followed by a 1970 motion picture version featuring the off-Broadway cast. The Broadway staging—billed as a 50th-anniversary production—played the Booth Theatre from May 31 through August 11, 2018.Filming for the Netflix movie will begin in July. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2018last_img read more

AARP grants include $19,000 to three Vermont recipients

first_imgVermont Business Magazine AARP has announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge(link is external) grant program, including 3 recipients right here in Vermont.  A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November 5, is designed to achieve on one or more of the following outcomes:Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, and/or access to public and private transit.Create vibrant public places that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.Support the availability of a range of housing that increases accessible and affordable housing options.Address other issues of importance for communities.Here in Vermont the grantees include:  -Bethel: Town of Bethel Recreation Department(link is external) – $5,000The grant will enable the construction of a pathway connecting a school to recreational trails, enabling residents to more easily access outdoor social and physical activities. -Swanton: Village of Swanton(link is external) – $4,000The grant will help create a demonstration project of traffic calming features, including an island of raised flower beds, the installation of trees and shrubs, and the renovation of a crosswalk. -West Rutland: Town of West Rutland(link is external) – $10,000The grant will allow for the creation of pedestrian walkway to the West Rutland Recreation Area, providing access to the Clarendon River and forest for all residents.“AARP Vermont is pleased to announce these grants that will help these communities address critical transportation-related issues and improvements,” said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director. “These are great examples of how communities can begin to take steps to make their towns great places to grow old. We look forward to working with them to make it happen.”“AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President, Community, State and National Affairs. “This year, we are proud to fund more projects in more communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.”The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. AARP staff and volunteers are working with roughly 300 communities across the country, engaging and mobilizing community residents, delivering technical assistance and expertise to local leaders and organizations, and supporting the work of the 275 communities and two states that have enrolled in the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities.  AARP also provides resources and publications to encourage local action such as the Roadmap to Livability and the AARP book-series Where We Live: Communities for All Ages.Source: AARP. To learn more about AARP’s livable communities work in communities across the country and the AARP Community Challenge please visit www.aarp.org/livable(link is external).last_img read more

SM North alumnus, Native American starts counter-petition in favor of keeping Indian mascot

first_imgAfter seeing the petition to change Shawnee Mission North’s Indian mascot by the school’s 100th anniversary, 2012 alumnus Emmitt Monslow started his own counter petition.Register to continuelast_img

Florida state courts to implement new communications plan

first_imgFlorida state courts to implement new communications plan January 15, 2016 Regular News Florida state courts to implement new communications plan The evolving world of communications has changed many aspects of life in the 21st century, but the foundation of public trust that courts need to carry out their mission must remain as solid as it has been for more than two centuries. The Florida Supreme Court has approved a statewide Court Communication Plan that balances both of those realities. “Florida’s courts are committed to enhancing public understanding of and support for the judicial branch, as well as building and maintaining strong relationships with the other branches of state government and all our partners in the justice system,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said. “Of course, any viable communication plan must strongly emphasize the need to be responsive to and even proactive with the media as reporters carry out their important work. This plan does so.” The plan titled “Delivering Our Message” was developed with input from judges, the press, court public information officers (PIOs), and other court staff from around the state. Designed to be implemented over five years, the plan will serve as a guide for the entire branch statewide, Labarga said. It stresses greater use of court PIOs to provide information to the press and the public about what Florida’s state courts do. Much of the plan is modeled after the Florida Supreme Court’s Public Information Office, which enters its 20th year in 2016. The plan calls for use of communications technology and social media to the extent appropriate in judicial settings but also emphasizes the importance of age-old principles essential to any healthy communication dynamic — building and maintaining relationships of trust and training for emergencies and other high-stress cases, such as high-profile trials and hearings. The plan, developed by the Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council, is designed to be a user-friendly resource for the court staff and judges who will be implementing it. Tenth Circuit Judge Olin W. Shinholser, who sits on the JMC, believes the plan will improve communication between Florida’s judicial branch and the public, as well as court users, other parts of government, and justice partners of the courts. “It’s a very comprehensive plan that has a lot to offer to the circuits, both on a theoretical basis and a practical basis,” the Sebring judge said, adding that the more information people have about their courts the more likely they will be “to trust, use, and support the courts.” The nonprofit Florida Court Public Information Officers, Inc., based in Tallahassee, already has scheduled a training session in mid-March in Orlando to begin implementation. “The work that we do in Florida’s courts is important because we touch real lives each and every day,” 11th Circuit Chief Judge Bertila Soto said. “As we undertake this key role in society, it is extremely important to maintain active and meaningful communications with the communities we serve so they are well-informed about how to access the courts and we, in turn, are more in tune with their needs. “This communication plan is comprehensive and well thought out and will be a vital tool to achieving that goal, especially in the areas of social media platforms, which are increasingly playing central roles in the public dialogue,” she said. The plan identifies four strategic issues, with detailed goals and strategies outlined for each. The first strategic goal is “Enhancing Public Trust and Confidence.” Others include “Speaking With One Voice – Key Messages” and “Improving Communication Methods.” The last is “Strengthening Internal Communication.” “As judges, we are excited to see Florida courts begin another chapter in our rich history of access and transparency,” Chief Justice Labarga said. Florida has long been a pioneer in increasing public access to court information. In the mid-1970s, Florida was the first state to let cameras into its courtrooms. The Supreme Court’s first web page went online in 1994 when the Internet was still in its infancy. The Supreme Court established its Public Information Office in 1996. That office’s first major transparency program — broadcasting all high-court arguments live on television, satellite, and the Web — began in 1997 and has been showcased in every high-profile case since. Every judicial circuit has had a designated public information officer since 2003. The Florida Supreme Court began sending official tweets in 2009. The plan can be found at www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/documents/2016-Judicial-Branch-Court-Communication-Plan.pdf.last_img read more

Actually, Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect — New Study

first_imgThe Washington Post:We’ve long been eager to believe that mastery of a skill is primarily the result of how much effort one has put in. Extensive practice “is probably the most reasonable explanation we have today not only for success in any line, but even for genius,” said the ur-behaviorist John B. Watson almost a century ago.In the 1990s K. Anders Ericsson and a colleague at Florida State University reported data that seemed to confirm this view: What separates the expert from the amateur, a first-rate musician or chess player from a wannabe, isn’t talent; it’s thousands of hours of work. (Malcolm Gladwell, drawing from but misrepresenting Ericsson’s research — much to the latter’s dismay — announced the magic number was ten thousand hours.)Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Study: Religious people are less likely to get bored — which makes them less inclined to search for meaning

first_imgShare Email Pinterest Share on Facebook Religiosity is associated with lower levels of proneness to boredom, according to new research published in the scientific journal Emotion.“Studies show that boredom propels people to seek for activities that are more fulfilling; acts that offer a sense of purpose and meaning. It follows that activities or beliefs that people feel gives them a sense of purpose should help to prevent getting bored. Yet, surprisingly, this had never been tested,” said study author Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of King’s College London. “We looked at religiosity because religious people tend to describe their beliefs as offering them a sense of meaning in life. Besides that, religion is of course an incredibly widespread phenomenon worldwide and affects many people. So, we were interested if religiosity, a source of meaning in life for many, might prevent boredom.”center_img Share on Twitter LinkedIn “The research had a secondary, more subtle, but nonetheless interesting purpose: If boredom normally makes people search for new purpose or meaning, then could it be that religiosity, through reducing boredom, indirectly prevents people from doing so?”Across three separate studies, with nearly 1,500 participants in total, the researchers found that religious people tended to feel less bored, which in turn was associated with a lower inclination to search for meaning compared to non-religious people. The participants included Christians, Agnostics, Atheists, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus.Non-religious people who were subjected to a mundane task — transcribing an excerpt about lawn mowing — tended to report higher levels of boredom. They were also more likely than religious people to say they wanted to do something of greater significance.“By reducing boredom, religiosity indirectly tempered the ‘quest’ for meaning,” van Tilburg told PsyPost. “To be clear: this does not mean that religious people do not search for meaning in their lives. Rather, the findings suggests that, counter-intuitively, religious people are less inclined to search for meaningful alternatives in situations where others would feel bored.”Religious people were more likely to perceive life as more meaningful to start with, which was in turn associated with less boredom. “The finding that a seemingly minor, everyday life, and mundane experience as boredom connects two variables of such existential and cultural significance as religiosity and meaning in life is, in our view, profound,” van Tilburg said.“The finding that boredom links these two variables showcases how relevant ‘mundane’ emotions are in people’s quests for making sense of their existence, simultaneously further grounding the psychology religiosity and meaning in ‘mundane’ life and revealing boredom as actor with a more significantly role than it is traditionally given.”But the study includes some caveats.“No single study or even series of studies can fully address complicated phenomena such as religiosity, meaning in life, and boredom. For example, people differ in the way they practice their religion: some may focus particularly on the social and community activities that come with it, whereas others may focus more on using religion as a guide through their lives,” van Tilburg explained.“In our research we have not yet made such important distinction. Could it be that the role of religiosity in reducing boredom depends on how people put their religion in practice? Furthermore, our studies focused mostly (though not exclusively) on Christians. Are there differences across religions? These are questions we have yet to find the answers to.”Previous research conducted by van Tilburg found a link between boredom and political extremism. “Throughout this and our other research we consistently find that boredom offers many surprises. It may seem like a mundane perhaps even trivial unpleasant experience but it turns out that it fulfills important psychological and social roles,” he added. “Boredom ‘wakes us up’ by stirring a desire for challenge and more meaningful activity. It propels people towards activities that they believe offer a sense of purpose and this can lead to a range of unexpected outcomes, including derogation of outsiders, retrieving self-soothing nostalgic memories, and turning to more extreme political views.”The study, “Bored like Hell: Religiosity reduces boredom and tempers the quest for meaning“, was authored by Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg, Eric R. Igou, Paul J. Maher, Andrew B. Moynihan, and Dawn G. Martin.last_img read more

News Scan for May 14, 2019

first_imgNew MERS case recorded in Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a new MERS-CoV case today in the city of Jeddah. The notice came in an epidemiologic week 20 notification.The patient is a 73-year-old man. The source of his MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection is listed as “primary,” meaning it is unlikely he contracted the virus from another person. He did, however, have recent contact with camels.Saudi Arabia has confirmed 139 MERS cases so far this year. May 14 MOH report  CDC tracks 19 more E coli cases linked to ground beef, 196 totalThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday recorded 19 more cases in an Escherichia coli O103 outbreak linked to tainted ground beef, bringing the outbreak total to 196 cases in 10 states.Seven of the newly confirmed cases involved a hospital stay, raising the hospitalization total to 28 case-patients. So far, no deaths have been recorded in this outbreak, but two case-patients have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.Kentucky has the most cases, with 69, followed by Tennessee (55), and Georgia (49). Ohio has 12 cases, Florida has recorded 5, Virginia has had 2 cases, and Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Mississippi have each confirmed 1 case.On Apr 24, Grant Park Packing of Franklin Park, Illinois, recalled approximately 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products. The beef was distributed to restaurants. The day before, K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods in Carrolton, Georgia, recalled 113,424 pounds of ground beef.Symptom onset in patients began from Mar 1 to Apr 19, the CDC said. Any cases that occurred after Mar 21 may not yet be reported. May 13 CDC update  CARB-X to fund development of new antibiotic for MDR AcinetobacterCARB-X announced today that it will award Swiss biopharmaceutical company Debiopharm International up to $2.1 million in funding for the development of a new class of antibiotics to treat hospital-acquired pneumonia caused by multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii.The money will support work on Debio1454, an antibiotic that inhibits bacterial fatty acid biosynthesis in A baumannii, which has been designated as a priority pathogen by the World Health Organization. Disrupting this mechanism can weaken bacterial cell membranes and the cell wall and ultimately lead to cell death.”Debiopharm’s Debio 1454 project represents an exciting new class of antibiotics, that if successful and approved for use in patients, could save lives and be a huge step forward in the global fight against drug resistance,” CARB-X executive director Kevin Outterson, JD, said in a press release.Debiopharm, of Lausanne, Switzerland, could receive an additional $1.6 million if additional project milestones are met. It’s the second grant the company has received from CARB-X (the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator).May 14 CARB-X press release Flu starting early in some Southern Hemisphere countriesWith flu activity tapering off in most of the Northern Hemisphere, illness levels are already rising in some part of the Southern Hemisphere—especially southern Australia and South Africa—marking an early start to the season, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in its latest global flu update.In Australia, H3N2 is the dominant strain. According to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report, South Australia state has reported 17 flu deaths this season, 13 of them in nursing home residents.According to the WHO report, Saudi Arabia is the only western Asia/Mideast country in which flu levels are still elevated. In eastern Asia, flu activity is still high in northern China and retreating from a second peak in South Korea, mainly led by influenza B. Most southern Asia countries reported low overall levels, except for Bangladesh, which is seeing cocirculation of 2009 H1N1 and influenza B viruses.Globally, for the last half of April, 60.2% of viruses tested were influenza A and 39.8% were influenza B. Of the subtyped influenza A viruses, 67.7% were H3N2 and 32.3% were 2009 H1N1.May 13 WHO global flu update May 12 ABC News report Study: Lab accidents are potential polio threatAs the global eradication of poliovirus draws nearer, accidental exposure from laboratory accidents pose a small but significant threat to eradication goals, according to a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.Researchers, prompted by a 2017 lab accident in the Netherlands, conducted a literature review to see how often poliovirus specimens had been accidentally mishandled or released into the community. The authors cite several poliovirus lab incidents in the 1940s and 1950s but focus on the three decades since the World Health Assembly resolved to eradicate polio.Since 1988, seven incidents were recorded, including accidental exposures among lab workers and the release of infectious particles into the Belgian sewer system. Almost all incidents took place at vaccine manufacturing sites.Though infrequent, the incidents serve as “a stark reminder” that achievements toward polio eradication are fragile, the authors said.”With the global discontinuation of type 2 OPV [oral polio vaccine] for routine and supplemental immunization in April 2016 and the planned cessation of all OPV use in the next 4–5 years,” the authors conclude, “such release of polioviruses from facilities into the community will become a greater public health concern because population immunity wanes in settings of high population density, poor hygiene, and suboptimal immunity (e.g., tropical developing countries) after OPV withdrawal, increasing the potential for transmission.” May 13 Emerg Infect Dis studylast_img read more

Green, White, And Bays

first_imgIt was green, white, gold . . . and bays all over on Saturday.Spectators turned out in full force along Ponquogue Avenue and Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays for the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Longtime Hibernian and County Laois Irishman Grand Marshal Fergus Scully kicked off the festivities. The parade featured mainstays such as the Eastern Long Island Police Pipe and Drum Band of Southampton, as well as local dancing schools, community groups, and even a politician or two. Sharelast_img read more