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Priests, students meet to pray, discuss vocation

first_imgFr. Pat Reidy, a 2008 Notre Dame graduate who recently joined the priesthood, spent Wednesday night with undergraduates who might be considering the same calling. Corby Night, held in Corby Hall, was an evening of prayer and conversation between current priests and men considering priesthood on campus. Reidy said the night would give men considering priesthood the opportunity to talk in a comfortable setting within a community that shares a similar understanding and mission. Reidy said he was strongly influenced as an undergraduate by Fr. Jim King, his former rector in Sorin College who told him, “If you’re discerning the religious life, just try it.” The night began with a welcoming by many of the priests in the Holy Cross Seminary. A night prayer service followed, during which Fr. Matt Kuczora delivered a homily about his reasons for becoming a priest. The event concluded with a chance for those interested in any aspect of vocation to have a friendly meet and greet with priests from all over campus. There was no pressure to commit, but the night was meant to “simply let people know of the different opportunities on campus that might help them in discerning how God is calling them to live,” said Fr. Ralph Haag, rector of St. Edward’s Hall. He said he hoped Corby Night would help men move in the direction that God wishes for them to serve, whether or not that includes the priesthood. Kuczora said the priests shared moving stories and reasons for their unique lifestyle, which were meant to help men who attended Corby Night discern their own feelings. The priests encouraged anyone who even slightly feels God’s calling to come and be assisted by a welcoming community. Holy Cross Seminary offers many programs for anyone interested in vocation. For a list of upcoming events and seminary news, visit www.vocation.nd.edulast_img read more

Transpo ridership declines

first_img “Students could use the tracking system to find out where the bus is on its route by downloading an app on smart phones like iPhones, Blackberries or Droids,” she said. “Similar services are available at Boston College, Auburn and Emory, and they have been widely popular.” “The biggest issue with the route is inconsistency in ridership,” LeStrange said. “One weekend in September, 237 people rode Transpo, but the next weekend only 23 used it. We usually average 150 students per weekend, though.” According to LeStrange, 283 students rode the Transpo this past weekend. “The Transpo 7A route is an awesome resource for students on Friday and Saturday nights,” she said. “It provides a free mode of transportation and, more importantly, it provides a safe way of getting where you want to go without having to walk through dangerous areas at night.” “Whine Week showed us that people don’t know that much about the 7A Route, so we’re going to increase our promotional efforts in order to boost ridership each weekend,” she said. “We want all students to know about the service and how it works, largely because it’s a safe, free and reliable way of getting where you want to go on Friday and Saturday nights.” LeStrange said “Whine Week,” in which students could air complaints to student government, last week revealed that many members of the student body are not familiar with the Transpo system. LeStrange said Student Government pays $15,000 a year for the weekend bus service, but viewed the expense as a way of ensuring student safety, LeStrange said. “We revamped the Transpo 7A wallet card so that it is easier to read and we included the updated schedule on the back of the card,” she said. “We’re still working on getting the word out about the route to freshman who may be unfamiliar with the service, too.” LeStrange said her committee is working with the Campus Technology Committee and Off-Campus Council to explore the possibility of implementing a real-time Transpo GPS tracking system. LeStrange said her committee is working to determine the reason for the inconsistency. She said they are also developing new methods of promotion so the student body is more aware of the route. After a recent decrease in student use of the free Transpo weekend bus service, student government is exploring ways to promote the 7A route and encourage ridership, Student Senate Off-Campus Concerns chair Emily LeStrange said. LeStrange said student government’s foremost concern is the safety of the students. “It provides students with a reliable option of transportation that is fast and free,” she said.last_img read more

Corn Cleanser?

first_imgFuel made from farm crops has been around for years, but aUniversity of Georgia agricultural engineer has found a new usefor alternative-fuel crops.John Goodrum says biodiesel is a great industrial-strengthcleanser.For 20 years the researcher with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences has studied biodiesel, an environmentallyfriendly alternative fuel derived from crops like peanuts, corn,soybeans and canola.Looking for ways to open up the market for the crop-based fuel,he recently began focusing his research on new uses for biodiesel.Less Toxic and Environmentally Friendly”Many industrial-strength cleaners are chlorinated andcontain chemicals linked to cancer,” Goodrum said. “Thesolvents used to remove grease from cars and the cleansers usedby commercial laundries are very toxic to humans.”The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safetyand Health Administration have begun restricting the use of suchcleansers, he said.In his Athens, Ga., lab, Goodrum found that biodiesel worksgreat as an alternative to these harsh cleansers and is much lesstoxic.”A number of compounds in biodiesel can do these cleaningjobs and are much more benign,” he said. “Using agriculturalproducts as cleansers isn’t a totally new concept. After all,pine cleansers are pine-sap-based.”Goodrum said a new soybean-based household cleansing productis already being marketed in the Midwest.”It’s been well received because it’s natural, benignand much safer to use around children,” Goodrum said. “Manycleansers have toxic vapors and are a touch carcinogenic. Youwouldn’t want to have them around curious young children.”Goodrum is also searching for new uses for many plant oils.”For instance,” he said, “five different kindsof oils could be separated from crude peanut oul and made intocleansers with different uses.”A Totally New OilOne of Goodrum’s students, Dan Geller, has uncovered a totallynew plant oil.”It comes from the cuphae plant, a weed native to Georgia,”said Goodrum. “This oil is not yet well characterized. Unlikeother oils, it sloshes in the freezer. It just doesn’t freeze.”Goodrum and Geller are studying ways this new oil can be used.Overall, Goodrum’s work is dedicated to agriculture in Georgiaand across the nation.”My work has focused on searching for ways to add valueto Georgia’s crops,” he said. “Through chemical engineering,we can convert crops into valuable products, like biodiesel, thataren’t toxic to humans or harmful to the environment.”Not Giving Up On BiodieselAlthough his new research focuses on plant-oil-based cleansers,Goodrum hasn’t given up on biodiesel as a fuel.”Because biodiesel burns cleaner, buses fueled with itdon’t create black clouds of smoke,” he said. “Moreand more cities are choosing to use biodiesel in their bus linesfor this reason. But the price is still higher than for traditionalfuels.”Goodrum says biodiesel is the perfect fuel for confined spaceslike coal mines and warehouses.”If the air is cleaner, the workers aren’t coughing andchoking all day. It’s a healthier work environment,” he said.”Biodiesel is also being used on pleasure ships. This waythe passengers aren’t breathing diesel vapors.”With biodiesel, accidental oil spills don’t become major emergencies,either. If any residue enters the water, microbes eat it up, Goodrumsaid, since the fuel is plant-based.last_img read more

Penn State Student from Ronkonkoma Charged in Hazing Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Ronkonkoma man was among eight members of a Pennsylvania State University fraternity who were recently indicted for their roles in the February hazing death of a 19-year-old student, authorities said.Daniel Casey, who is also 19, was charged with manslaughter, assault, tampering with evidence, providing alcohol to minors and other counts in the death of Timothy Piazza. The victim, who was going through the Beta Theta Pi initiation, died of a head injury when frat members allegedly hesitated to call 911 after he suffered a head injury repeatedly falling down a flight of stairs following a night of heavy drinking.“He was in dire mental need of help,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller told reporters Friday during a news conference announcing the indictment. “These brothers gathered around Timothy, where some of them described that he looked dead, and they waited over 40 minutes before they called for help while some of them Googled things like, ‘what to do w a head injury.’”Prosecutors said Casey was the pledge master who oversaw the initiation rituals for the frat for the past three semesters.Casey was seen on surveillance video handing a bottle of vodka to the victim, who was from New Jersey, according to the indictment. After some members of the frat were ignored when they insisted that the victim needed medical care, Casey was seen on camera slapping the victim three times in the face in a failed attempt to revive him, the court documents say.By the time the victim was taken to a hospital, it was too late, authorities said. The fraternity’s international chapter leaders issued a statement stating that the Penn State chapter was suspended after the death.“Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity has clearly and consistently expressed its position that it does not tolerate hazing or alcohol abuse in any form by its members,” the statement read. “The former undergraduate members were well educated by the International Fraternity and Penn State on these policies; however, they are entitled to the presumption of innocence as they face these charges.”last_img read more

Published loan terms for private renters

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) signed last week Agreement on business cooperation in the implementation of financing of private renters which will be approved through commercial banks.  The shortest repayment period is 13 months and the longest 10 years, including a grace period of 12 months. After the completion of the investment in the Facility, the User is obliged to submit to the commercial bank immediately, and no later than within 90 working days from the expiration of the term of the Loan, new decision on categorization of the Object or a certificate from a certified engineer on the derived condition in accordance with the items from the cost estimate (investments in swimming pools) or other appropriate documentation from which it is evident that the funds will be used for the purpose in accordance with the Loan Agreement. The presented loans are contracted in HRK 20.000 to 375.000 with an interest rate of 3,7 percent per year, ie in euros from 2.600 to 50.000 euros with an agreed interest rate of 3 percent per year. The financing is based on HBOR’s loan funds, while the Ministry of Tourism provides funds to subsidize part of the agreed regular interest rate of 1 percent per year and ultimately interest rates of 2,7 percent for loans in HRK, ie 2 percent for loans in euros.  SO, WITH THE MINT SUBSIDY, THE LOANS WILL BE WITH AN INTEREST RATE OF 2,70% FOR LOANS IN KUNA AND 2,00% INTEREST ON LOANS IN EUROS, AND ALL WITH A 10-YEAR REPAYMENT WITH A DEADLINE OF ONE YEAR. The unique credit line of the Ministry of Tourism and HBOR, which was initially joined by Hrvatska poštanska banka and Podravska banka, is intended for natural persons registered as private renters who, at the time of loan approval, have a decision from the competent office approving the provision of household catering services; accommodation in a room, apartment, studio apartment or holiday home maximum ten people, or twenty beds and which provide accommodation in a camp with a total of a maximum of ten accommodation units, or for thirty guests at a time. Find out more on the page HPB, while Podravska banka has not yet published any details about it. The Ministry shall subsidize the interest rate provided that the End User submits to the Commercial Bank a solemnized blank promissory note to ensure orderly settlement of obligations undertaken on the basis of the right to a subsidy from the budget, in which the Ministry is designated as the creditor and which will be the prescribed first higher amount. for the subsidy highlighted in the repayment plan for the individual Loan “In parallel with the signing of the Agreement with the Ministry of Tourism, we also signed Agreements with the first two banks: Hrvatska poštanska banka and Podravska banka, to which potential loan users can apply for approval of these loans. Given the high stage of negotiations we are in, I expect that we will soon sign agreements with several additional banks and thus enable even greater availability of these funds. ” said Tamara Perko, President of the Management Board of HBOR.last_img read more

Region’s apartments a hot ticket for downsizers

first_imgThe apartment at 7/5 Lilla St, Woody Point.A WOODY POINT apartment with double bay views has sold to an interstate grandmother.Marketing agents Loren Mulholland and Jonathan Gordon of Ray White Redcliffe sold 7/5 Lilla St for $460,000.Ms Mulholland said the two-bedroom apartment attracted good interest, mainly from owner-occupiers looking to downsize.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“They liked the location with the cafes, restaurants and shops just down the road and the village aspect of Woody Point,” she said.“The new owner is a retired grandmother moving up from Sydney. She loved the area and her daughter lives in the apartment building behind this one.”“The owners had done a cosmetic renovation so all (the buyer) has to do is move in.”Ms Mulholland said she was seeing strong interest in the Peninsula apartment market.“Downsizers are coming in droves — people from New Zealand, interstate and northwest (Brisbane),” she said.“They’re selling the established family home and downsizing. They love how well presented the Peninsula is. It’s all very safe and well-maintained and there are plenty of activities.”last_img read more

Cotabato Cleanup Scheme in Full Swing

first_imgImage source: WatermasterAfter completion of a cleanup program in the Matampay River, the Watermaster dredgers are now working on the shallow parts of the Rio Grande de Mindanao River, the second largest river in the Philippines.During the early years, water hyacinths flowed and accumulated into the deeper section of the river, causing heavy flooding and affecting hundred of thousands of people in the low-lying areas in Cotabato City.Water hyacinth is considered the most damaging aquatic plant capable to reproduce at extraordinary rate thereby chokes lakes and rivers.An old Watermaster Classic III and the new Watermaster Classic V are now conducting these dredging operations.According to the Philippines Government’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the multipurpose amphibious dredgers with 10 inches suction pipe are a powerful equipment that can move and work in dry grounds and shallow water areas up to 6m depth.Image source: Watermasterlast_img read more

Sports Minister Decorates Gov Okowa with Award

first_img Loading… Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, in recognition of the tremendous efforts of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state towards sports development in Nigeria and his support towards the preparations for the 2020 Olympics, has decorated him with an award of honour in Asaba, the Delta State Capital. The Minister who is in the state on an official visit, while speaking to journalists, said the award was in affirmation of the role the Delta state government has always played to further sports development in Nigeria. “The award is a symbolic award, it is a validation and recognition of his support to sports development, his support for talent hunts and our athletes.Advertisement “It is also very symbolic as we prepare for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and we will be going round to see other sports loving Governors and give them similar awards in order to get them to spread the Olympics spirit and most importantly to support Team Nigeria as they prepare for the Olympics,” he added. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had before now repeatedly displayed his passion for sports and has continued to do so on several occasions having hosted the Super Eagles prior to AFCON 2019 amongst other sports competitions hosted by the state and will also host the upcoming Super Eagles game against Sierra Leone.# Sports Ministry , Hideaplus Revive Principal’s, Headmasters Cups It would be recalled that the Minister has always maintained that grassroots sports development holds the key to Nigeria’s future successes in sporting activities if any is desired and has continued to champion the cause from Lagos State to Benin City to Bayelsa state and now is in Delta for a first hand experience of young talents in the state. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone MoviesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Rage Chassis reigns as IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup winner

first_imgRage paced point standings in its home North Central Region. Shaw won in its title sponsored Western Re­gion, GRT repeated in the Central Region, BMS Race Cars was best in the South Central Region and Harris was first in the Eastern Region. Two-time and defending Cup champion Shaw Race Cars was second, with eight drivers totaling 33 points. Fifteen builders were entered in this year’s contest. Last-year’s Cup runner-up, Rage led the way with 41 points, tallied by seven different drivers. “The Rage brand has increased in popularity among racers in recent years, in part due to the success they’ve experienced on some of IMCA’s biggest stages,” noted Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “We congratulate Justin and the entire Rage team on a well-deserved Manufacturers’ Cup championship.” WEST UNION, Iowa – Rage Chassis reigns as a first-time winner of the coveted IMCA Manufactur­ers’ Cup. Bricen James was aboard a Rage in winning the Western Region crown and Tom Berry Jr. scored the North Central Region championship in a Razor. Jordan Grabouski again won national and Central Region titles piloting a GRT. William Gould’s Gould Chassis put him on top of South Central Region standings and Matt Szecsodi won the Eastern Region prize in a Harris car.center_img “This is a great accomplishment. It’s something every chassis builder wants to do but can’t by themselves,” said Rage owner Justin O’Brien. “Our customers, their hard work and performance dictated the results.” The West Union, Iowa, chassis builder topped overall point standings in the 11th annual contest. Points were awarded based on the make of chassis driven by racers finishing in the top 10 in each of the five re­gions for IMCA Modifieds. Rage will be recognized and receive a trophy during the Nov. 30 national banquet in Lincoln, Neb. Regional Manufacturers’ Cup winners will receive plaques and $100 checks. Rounding out the top five were GRT Race Cars with 30 points and Harris Auto Racing and Razor Chas­sis, both with 25.last_img read more

Deery Series headlines midweek show at CJ Speedway

first_imgThe fourth event of the 2019 tour is the 494th in Deery Series history and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. More information about the Columbus Junction show is available by calling 319 430-4737 and at the www.cjspeedway.com website.  COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series makes another much-anticipated return to CJ Speedway to headline the Wednesday, July 17 midweek special. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded in all three divisions, plus Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points for the Modi­fieds and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region points for the Stock Cars. Also on the card next Wednesday are IMCA Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth, and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, both for $600 to win. Touring IMCA Late Models will race for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start at Colum­bus Junction, where pit gates and the grandstand open at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. center_img Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students ages 11-17 and free for kids 10 and under. Pit passes are $30. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, and Jere­miah Hurst, Dubuque, both 138; 3. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 136; 4. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 135; 5. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 132; 6. Curt Martin, Independence, 125; 7. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 117; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 116; 9. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 111; 10. Todd Malm­strom, Hampton, Ill., 106; 11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 104; 12. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, and Paul Nagle, Nevada, both 99; 14. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, 98; 15. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 92; 16. John Emerson, Waterloo, 89; 17. Brian Harris, Davenport, 88; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, 85; 19. Eric Pollard, Peosta, and Gary Webb, Blue Grass, both 82. Chad Holladay of Muscatine was the winner last July, when the Deery Series made its first visit to Co­lumbus Junction since 1996. Three-time and defending series champion Justin Kay and Jere­miah Hurst of Dubuque, the defending IMCA Late Model national champion, are currently tied for the tour point lead.last_img read more