Campus Ministry hosts fourth annual Feed Your Faith

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first_imgAnn Curtis A student talks with a priest at Campus Ministry’s annual Feed Your Faith event.“It’s really cool to see all the different opportunities that Campus Ministry offers,”  senior Megan Wilson, a Campus Ministry intern, said in an email. “They are not often all displayed at once. You don’t often get to see all the facets. I often talk about Campus Ministry like a banquet. There is all this rich food to offer, but you have to take advantage of it. Here, you get to see the whole buffet.”Feed Your Faith had 38 tables present for the faith-based groups along with five food trucks and balloons. The balloons were each different colors to represent the categories to find groups. For example, green balloons represented multicultural ministries while yellow balloons signified musical groups. Students who checked-in received a free t-shirt and two tickets to be used at the food trucks and also subscribed to Campus Ministry’s weekly newsletter.Campus Ministry’s assistant director of evangelization Kayla August wanted students to know that faith truly matters at Notre Dame and wanted to give students a time to invest and connect. In this way, she sees a clear connection between religious and academic education.“Part of the educational experience at Notre Dame is to answer the deeper questions of the heart and find where God may be calling us to use your gifts for the benefit of the world,” August said in an email. “The classroom is not the only place you’ll learn. Feed Your Faith is a part of that holistic education. Feed Your Faith gives you a chance to connect to choirs, clubs, service organizations, retreat, pilgrimages and many other opportunities to pursue your continued education of the heart.”Senior Marissa Griffith, another Campus Ministry intern, said Feed Your Faith was an inclusive environment where new students or returning upperclassmen feel comfortable and confident in growing in faith.“I like Feed Your Faith because it’s a total blast of a time and you get to meet people who all explore their faith in such different ways,” Griffith said in an email. “They all have the purpose of welcoming you into the community and making you feel at home.”Collins hoped to attract all types of students to the event, no matter their religious tradition or experiences.“Any student searching for God and even asking the question of if God exists and what role He may play in their life is welcome,” Collins said. “Life is a continuing journey of faith and Campus Ministry is here to help you on that journey. Feed Your Faith puts all the opportunities in one place, so you can if and how you’d like to plug-in.”Student organizations in attendance included Iron Sharpens Iron, Folk Choir, Compass, the Muslim Student Association and groups that promoted retreats and getting confirmed in the Catholic faith.Liturgical Choir member and sophomore Savannah Anez believes that Feed Your Faith is an effective way to promote groups on campus that are not advertised much.“It’s good to come here and get some ideas on things you might have missed out on at Welcome Weekend or even as an older student,” Anez said. “I joined Liturgical Choir as a freshman and it all started here at Feed Your Faith. I put my name on the audition list, and the rest is history. The choir has done wonders to revive my spirituality just because of the music we sing. You never know where putting your name down on a list might take you. It’s all about finding what’s right for you.”Campus Ministry promoted Feed Your Faith on campus through table tents in the dining halls, posters in residence halls, newsletters, social media, the Campus Ministry website and word of mouth. Campus Ministry staff and students who are part of the faith groups represented also wore green Feed Your Faith t-shirts all day yesterday.In addition to Feed Your Faith, Campus Ministry supports faith development on campus through choir concerts, pilgrimages, retreats, speakers, service organizations and prayer opportunities.Tags: Campus Ministry, Feed Your Faith The fourth-annual “Feed Your Faith” took place Wednesday evening on South Quad. The event offered Notre Dame students the opportunity to discover organizations on campus that promote religious growth and community. Campus Ministry and a variety of student groups gathered to share their missions and encourage students to join or learn more about faith.Associate director of communications at Campus Ministry Danielle Collins said in an email that the goal of Campus Ministry is to support students in living out their faith at Notre Dame and beyond. Collins said Feed Your Faith gives Campus Ministry the chance to spread its mission since students organizations from many areas of interest such as social justice, service, choirs and pilgrimages attend.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Lea Salonga Heads to Feinstein’s/54 Below & More

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first_img View Comments Lea Salonga(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Michael James Scott Goes Down Under for AladdinBroadway alum Michael James Scott will star as Genie in the previously announced Austalian premeire of Aladdin. Scott was the original standby for the role when the Disney tuner began on Broadway in 2014. Most recently, he welcomed us all to the Renaissance in Something Rotten!. Also set for the carpet ride down under are Ainsley Melham in the title role, as well as Adam Jon Fiorentino as Kassim, Adam Murphy as Jafar, Robert Tripolina as Omar, Troy Sussman as Babkak, Aljin Abella as Iago and George Henare as the Sultan. Performances will begin in August 2016 (exact date to be announced) at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.Lea Salonga Heads Down Under…Studio 54Speaking of Aladdin, the original Jasmine is about to get swanky. Tony winner Lea Salonga will play a solo show at Feinstein’s/54 Below from April 12 through April 17. The Allegiance star, backed by only a piano and guitar has put together a set list of some of the tunes she’s sung on Broadway, some pop standards and more.Cicely Tyson Will Return to HTGAWMTony and Emmy winner Cicely Tyson will return to How to Get Away with Murder. Tyson, who recently starred on Broadway in The Gin Game received an Emmy nomination last year for her performance as Ophelia Hartness (the mother of Annalise, played by Viola Davis), will appear in an episode toward the end of season two that explores Annalise’s younger life, according to Entertainment Weekly.Thomas Sadoski Wants a Barbra Documentary (Us Too!)Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski currently stars in CBS’ Life in Pieces, and with any luck, his co-star James Brolin will help set him up with his next dream project: directing a documentary about Brolin’s wife, Barbra Streisand. “That’s all I want in the world,” Sadoski told The Wrap. “I want to make a documentary of Barbra going to a Cracker Barrel.” We know he’s not 100% serious, but we would absolutely watch that. Take a look at the interview below to get more details on this project that absolutely must happen now.last_img read more

High-Flying Innovation

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first_img Not a Simple Radio Control With the help of a portable computer, the analyst plans the operation and routes from the ground and transmits them to the plane. The aircraft can be programmed on the ground, but operators can also make in-flight changes. While the plane is flying, modifications can be made to altitude, speed, full route, holding points and surveillance points. The camera can also pan and zoom. “Some specific functions include providing security to a moving convoy by carrying out reconnaissance flights over the area the convoy will pass through. Prior to the operation, the VANT can carry out reconnaissance flights over the area and identify criminals and armed people on the roofs of houses and buildings, if there are entrenched people. … These aircraft can perform this kind of activity to support our colleagues and save lives. The ground-based command centers now have an advantage, because the more information a commander has the greater the probability that the right decision will be made,” the project engineer commented. The real-time information provided by the UAVs is priceless in operations. When the operation unit has a satellite photo with images that are 12 to 14 hours old, the possibility that the scenario has changed from one day to the next is high; on the other hand, the aircraft gives instant information at just the right time during the operation. Obviously, the time it takes an enemy to climb onto a roof and entrench themselves is just a couple of minutes, the project engineer remarked. The tactical planes, whose main objective is to support the operations of the Mexican Marines, can run on autopilot. This gives them autonomy based on high-ranking orders and specific items within a planned mission. If the remote control signal is lost, the aircraft returns home. Equipped with a detachable video camera with a 36X optical zoom, and panning and tilting capability, the aircraft transmits video and photographs to ground-based units in real time. The information will allow tactical units to use the element of surprise in precision-targeted operations against organized crime. “At 1,500 feet, and given the size of the aircraft, it would be very difficult for it to be spotted from the ground. Meanwhile, the tactical unit commander can make decisions based on information happening at that moment, so actions are more precise,” explained the UAV project engineer, who is research and modeling sub-director of the Mexican Navy’s Research and Development Institute. The information provided by the UAVs allows for instant analysis of real-time images being displayed on the screen. Both the photos and videos captured by the UAVs open up possibilities for a more thorough utilization of information to enrich military intelligence. “Intelligence teams can interpret the images and identify where there are marijuana plantations, or a vehicle’s plates, for example, and provide important data for investigations,” the project engineer said. Equipped with image stabilizers, the UAVs transmit information to the land station, which in turn can broadcast it to other command posts or remote stations. Come back home” was the command entered into the computer. Minutes later, the “intelligent” plane was back, orbiting 150 meters above the command area, ready to land. The pilot took manual control of the aircraft with his radio transmitter, maneuvered it for a while and skillfully started the approach and landing procedures for one of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or VANTs for its initials in Spanish) the Mexican Navy has added to its strategic operations against organized crime. With design and technology developed by the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR, for its Spanish acronym), the first three drones were shown off in June 2012. They will help strengthen intelligence operations, boost the ability to fight organized crime, and help the civilian population during disasters. Twelve scientists, engineers and aeronautical experts from the Mexican Navy’s Research and Development Institute were part of the team that participated in the design and execution of the project, which started in December 2010 and now sets the stage for future development of drones with greater wingspan to patrol and control the more than 6,800 miles of Mexican coastline. For now, the project draft suggests the manufacturing of 12 UAVs, or a larger aircraft with a wingspan of 3 to 4 meters, eventually manufacturing a 12-meter model. In a disaster, an unmanned aircraft’s aerial imagery can be used to measure the extent of the damage. During a flood, it can show which streets are most affected, whether there are victims on the roofs of homes, or if there are people trapped in currents. During a forest fire, it can see where the fire is moving to allow officials to make crucial decisions in a timely manner. The UAVs have a wingspan of 2.4 meters, measure 1.5 meters in length, and are made of carbon fiber and fiberglass. They operate on an electric propulsion system and rechargeable batteries. UAV flights can last up to an hour and 20 minutes and cover a 6.3-kilometer radius in both daytime and nighttime missions. Officials are in the process of registering and patenting the UAV systems. “The intellectual property of these unmanned aircraft belongs to SEMAR. We developed the autopilot, the bionics and algorithms, the mechanical assembly, fuselage construction, coating/lining, design, plans, dimensions here — the whole aircraft design is ours. Of course there are components made in other countries, such as the camera, but the VANT technology is Mexican,” said the rear admiral heading the Mexican Navy’s Research and Development Institute. It is an unprecedented achievement in the country’s military history. The Mini UAVs The three UAV systems the Armed Forces are launching would cost about $3 million on the commercial drone market; combined with the development of in-house skills within the Navy, the savings for the institution have been significant, the engineer commented. For now, SEMAR has the support of a private company where the fuselage components of the plane are manufactured with Navy engineers integrated into a national company. Is it possible to arm these planes? The possibility hasn’t been ruled out, but structural reinforcement to hardpoints on the aircraft would have to be considered; these changes would only be considered based on practical results and specific needs during tactical operations. So far, the possibilities of technological development seem unlimited to the Mexican Navy. And for the head of the SEMAR Research and Development Institute, these are the steps taken in the constant modernization of the Navy. For security reasons, the name, rank and position of those who have worked on the development of the Mexican drones are not mentioned in this article. Embryo of Development By Dialogo October 01, 2012 “A mini VANT is something someone carries in a briefcase, assembles and manually launches. If I am conducting an operation three blocks from here, I stop here, assemble it, and launch it without needing an airstrip. I just look for a place with an exit, prep it, activate it, launch it, operate it and then land it on grass and recover it,” the project engineer explained. Although it has capabilities that are similar to those of the larger VANT, it was conceived to operate with minimal infrastructure. So far, tactical units have ordered two mini UAVs. But as they are put in operation the demand for these units may grow. Mexico is now part of a group of countries that is technologically poised to build unmanned aircraft for national defense purposes. In the Air When the Mexican Navy talks about the UAVs, they refer not only to the planes but also to the three systems needed to operate the plane: a ground-based computer where the aircraft is programmed; the pilot’s console; and a radio transmitter and tower that are used when the flight covers about 6 kilometers. Although the mini UAVs are smaller than the VANT and are not equipped with landing gear, they are considered more tactical because they can operate in smaller areas and do not require an airstrip to land. The units also send standard video images to ground-based stations in real time, but their main feature is that they can take high-resolution photos and create photo mosaics with 44 snapshots of a specific area. This capability is considered an invaluable tool for the reconnaissance of areas affected by natural disasters. Using these units to “scan” areas affected by weather phenomena translates into resource savings for the Navy because the use of manned aircraft can be reserved for rescue operations at specific sites, avoiding manned reconnaissance flights with an estimated cost of $800 to $900 per flight. With 1.8-meter wingspans and 1.2-meter-long bodies, the mini UAVs have flight autonomy of 30 minutes and can cover a 1.6-kilometer radius. They do not require an airstrip for takeoff because they are simply propelled manually and land on soft ground or grass. For the past 10 years, the Mexican Navy has bet on research and has advanced toward the development of in-house technology. The objective of the Mexican drone program is the development of maritime patrol planes for surveillance tasks and the effective control of the Mexican coastline, the admiral emphasized. Now the team that developed the VANT prototypes is ready to take on new technological challenges, ranging from the construction of 12 more systems to the development of larger aircraft. A 12-meter wingspan plane provides greater possibilities for surveillance and control. It could provide stable, satellite-quality images; multiple cameras and other sensors could be installed; a communications and maritime search network could be developed; even complicated endeavors such as bacteriologic warfare sensors could be developed. “The vision is precisely to achieve a larger plane, with greater surveillance capabilities, more reach/coverage, and which would allow, for example, monitoring the 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone that extends past the nation’s territorial waters. We are now laying the foundation to move in this direction,” the project engineer said. All of the equipment for the plane and reception tower fits in a carrying case. The UAVs can be operated without a formal airstrip, although they do require a runway between 25 and 40 meters long; this can be a wide street or avenue — and there is always the possibility of closing a road for takeoff or landing. last_img read more

Maximizing mobile solutions

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first_imgDavid Dean, SVP/marketing solutions & business development for CUES Supplier member CU Solutions Group, Livonia, Michigan, says credit unions are really in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to mobile: “Users today complain of app fatigue and express less and less interest in trying (and especially downloading) new applications. The goal is to minimize friction, produce value, deploy simple (yet beautiful) user interfaces and sticky solutions that drive habitual engagement.”To maximize these solutions, Dean recommends that credit unions:Put the member’s needs first, always. “Your credit union has all sorts of strategic and operational goals, including a desire to interact with members via mobile,” he notes, “but those goals have to take a backseat until your member gets his or her value up front.”Deliver contextual value. A mobile device is different from a computer or tablet in that it carries with it an “implied duty” to provide value when and where that particular value is needed. The device is smart; it knows where it is, what time it is, and remembers the user’s past behavior. The user expects the applications on their devices to leverage these unique advantages and deliver relevant value as a result. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

4 more states added to New York’s quarantine list

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first_imgOn Tuesday, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin now meet New York’s metrics for travel advisory. The full list of states on the travel advisory are listed below: (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has added four more states to the quarantine list. Any state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 10-day rolling average meets the criteria. AlabamaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaFloridaGeorgiaIowaIdahoKansasLouisianaMinnesotaMississippiNorth CarolinaNew MexicoNevadaOhioOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtahWisconsinlast_img read more

Valamar Riviera is opening a Premium camping resort in Funtana next season

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first_imgThe largest Croatian tourist company, Valamar Riviera, will start with new investments in the autumn.The Valamar Supervisory Board gave its prior approval for investments and projects worth a total of HRK 616,5 million in 2019, and one of the major investments among these projects is the repositioning of the current Istra Sunny Camping 2 *, which will soon enter the second phase of investment. season became a top camping resort called Istra Premium Camping Resort.Valamar was among the first in the Mediterranean to start developing premium camping with the first five-star camp in Croatia on Krk, Krk Premium Camping Resort 5 *, significant investments and raising the level of service in Lanterna Premium Camping Resort 4 * in Poreč and other portfolio camps. After this large investment, Istra Premium Camping Resort will have a large family Aquapark with 1000 square meters of water, a large entertainment hall with cinema, stage, children’s clubs and playrooms and Super Maro programs for children, one of the most beautiful Valamar beaches overlooking the old the town of Vrsar, its Piazza, restaurants, bars, V Sport Park and playgrounds, as well as glamping tents and luxury mobile homes with private pools.”Repositioning products according to the offer of higher added value in the camping offer segment is part of Valamar’s development and investment strategy. Istra Premium Camping Resort will be a summer resort of the highest level with a rich offer and excellent service that will open about two hundred new jobs and will certainly be one of the best camps in Europe.”, Said Bruno Radoš, director of operations for camps and director of the region at Valamar Riviera. Camping Adriatic by Valamar, according to the new brand strategy, is divided into three brands. Camping Adriatic by Valamar Premium Resorts offers luxury accommodation in camping houses or glamping with a complete service on themed beaches and swimming pools, active holidays, gastronomic offer and an authentic experience of the destination. Camping Adriatic by Valamar Resorts offers a holiday atmosphere by the sea with quality and diverse facilities and services of the camp, while Camping Adriatic by Valamar Sunny marks a holiday in untouched nature by the clear sea. RELATED NEWS:VALAMAR RIVIERA CELEBRATES 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATIONS AND CEREMONIALLY OPENED A NEW ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING IN POREČlast_img read more

Developer of the Year

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Ripley County 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists

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first_imgBatesville, IN—Forty-six high school seniors of Ripley County, Class of 2020, applied for the prestigious 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship earlier this school year.  The Ripley County Community Foundation Committee narrowed the field to five finalists, representing four area high schools.  Program Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation, Laura Hamilton, stated, “All of the applicants reviewed during the 23rd Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship process are at the top of their classes and have a great deal of potential.  The committee had a difficult task ahead of them but were able to narrow the decision to five finalists who are well-rounded individuals that exemplify leadership skills and assets that make each of these students deserving of this award.”The five Ripley County finalists include: Abigail Blomer, daughter of Michele Appel and Michael Blomer, is a senior attending Batesville High School; Alexandra Dudley, daughter of Julie and Jay Dudley, is a senior attending East Central High School; Joseph Hartman, son of Andrea and Charles Hartman, is a senior attending Batesville High School; Gage Unrath, son of Jennifer and Vince Unrath, is a senior attending Jac-Cen-Del High School; and Sophie Wesseler, daughter of Carrie and Neil Wesseler, is a senior attending Oldenburg Academy.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient will receive full tuition for four years to an Indiana College, plus a $900 per year book stipend. The other four finalists will each receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Ripley County Community Foundation for their freshman year, and a Grateful Families Scholarship and a Jane Deiwert Scholarship during their sophomore year.The 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship winner will be announced in late December after the Independent Colleges of Indiana Scholarship Committee notifies the Ripley County Community Foundation of the chosen recipient. [Show slideshow]last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) start online fitness tests for cricketers

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first_imgKarachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday started online fitness tests for its centrally contracted players amid COVID-19 lockdown.A PCB statement said that fitness assessments of Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Muhammad Abbas, Asad Shafiq, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan were conducted on Monday.The remaining players will appear for their tests on Tuesday.Pakistan will next tour Holland, Ireland and England for T20, ODIs and Tests which is scheduled to start from early July. But there is cloud over the tours with the deadly virus showing no signs of relenting.The England and Wales Cricket Board has eyes on a May 15 deadline to decide whether Pakistan’s tour can happen or not.PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has said that they would be willing to support the ECB in every possible way on the scheduling of the tour which ends in early SeptemberYasir Malik, the PCB strength and conditioning coach, had designed the online tests and was supervising them with head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq.The Pakistan Cricket Board has deposited more than one crore rupees (PKR 10,536,500 to be precise) in Prime Ministers COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund as part of its contribution in the fight against the pandemic.The PCB had announced on March 25 that the centrally contracted players will make a collective contribution in the emergency relief fund, while the board will separately match the contribution of its staff. IANSAlso Read: No salary cut for Pakistan players at present: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)Also Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more

Seven sports to challenge cut from UK’s Olympic funding

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first_img(REUTERS) – Seven sports, including badminton, are looking to challenge UK Sport’s decision to stop funding their programmes for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Despite Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis winning the men’s doubles bronze in last year’s Olympics, badminton had its funding cut and is among five sports which were funded for Rio 2016 and are ready to challenge the decision.“We’ve got a really strong case. Our understanding is that UK Sport doubt our Olympic medal credentials,” Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy told BBC Sport.“However, we have players who have not only won Olympic medals but also won world tour titles and super-series titles and these are the biggest events in our sport and we are regularly beating the best in the world.”The five sports are joined by goalball and table tennis — not supported in 2016 — as the administrators believe these sports contain a few medal prospects for the 2020 games, according to British media.Apart from badminton, goalball, table tennis, archery, fencing and weightlifting all had until yesterday to bid for a reprieve.Great Britain finished second in the medal table at the Rio Olympics, as they picked up 67 medals, including 27 gold medals.last_img read more