Twelve-hour vigil to raise awareness for Syria

first_imgStudents will pledge to give up their shut-eye this Friday to learn about the crisis in Syria, to raise money to help Catholic Relief Services (CRS) bring aid to those in and around Syria and to stand in solidarity with those who are suffering, junior Sharia Smith said.Sleepless for Syria, an event organized by the Solidarity with Syria Coalition, will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. The Solidarity with Syria Coalition is a committee comprised of representatives from various student organizations and individual members.“I think what’s so cool about what we’re working on right now is that this was something started by Matt, myself and other students just at the beginning of the year when we really realized that this was an issue that was striking a chord with us and that we were concerned with,” Smith said.Smith said the Solidarity with Syria Coalition provides its members with an opportunity to have conversations about the pressing issues affecting Syria and enables them to act through the planning committee.Junior Matthew Caponigro said since the unrest began in 2011, the Syrian civil war has killed over 140,000 people, stranded over 4.5 million Syrians without homes inside the country and forced over 2.5 million refugees to flee to countries surrounding Syria. Factions from both the government and opposition forces have been accused of war crimes, consequently affecting Syria’s innocent civilians caught in crossfire, he said.An inter-faith prayer will kick off the night, Caponigro said. He said Fr. Daniel Groody, associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Latino Spirituality, and Imam Rashied Omar, research scholar of Islamic studies and peace building at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will offer prayers to commence the vigil.Caponigro said Groody also will speak about some of his experiences on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops delegation that observed the situation of Syrian refugees in fall 2012.Caponigro said a living rosary will take place at midnight, during which participants will hold candles to represent each bead and place the lit candles on the ground at the front of the group to represent the group’s continued prayers as the participants enter an hour of silence.Throughout the night, hourly reflections will feature guest speakers and their stories, as well as readings from the Bible and the Quran that pertain to traveling populations and displaced citizens, Caponigro said.Manuel Rocha, a senior involved with GlobeMed, will talk about of some of the health issues in refugee camps that plague Syrian refugees in particular, Caponigro said.Caponigro said Jennifer Betz, the Midwest coordinator for CRS, will present on the organization and its work with refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, including the education programs they offer displaced children and the medical services they provide.The event will also feature musical performances from various artists such as Ameer Armaly, a graduate student who will play the traditional Levantine oud, which is a precursor to the guitar, Caponigro said. He said Notre Dame alumnus and local singer-songwriter Peter J. Hochstedler will also be performing during Sleepless for Syria.The Center for Social Concerns, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Campus Ministry, World Hunger Coalition, Peace Fellowship ND, Human Rights ND, Red Cross Club of ND, GlobeMed, CRS Student Ambassadors, St. Edward’s Hall, Duncan Hall, Pasquerilla West Hall, Keough Hall and Sorin College are co-sponsoring the event.Elia’s Mediterranean Cuisine will provide food for the benefit dinner, which will include midardara, hummus, falafel and baba ghanoush, Smith said. Studebagels will also provide breakfast the next morning, she added.Smith said Sleepless for Syria not only brings the Notre Dame community together but also Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College and the entire South Bend community to stand in solidarity with Syrians.Caponigro said people can donate either at the event or online through Notre Dame’s online student shop. He said the goal of Sleepless for Syria is to raise at least $1,500.The planning committee was able to cover all the operating costs due to the support of the many co-sponsors and local businesses, so every penny earned will go towards the CRS, Caponigro said. Smith said the event had a large potential for fundraising and for drawing attention to the crisis.“Every drop in the bucket counts; when we pool it together it really makes an impact,” Smith said. “It gives me hope that my one little act can join with everyone else’s.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, GlobeMed, Kellogg Institute, Kroc Institute, Sleepless for Syria, solidarity, Syrialast_img read more

Students gain access to Xfinity streaming service

first_imgFor the first time, Notre Dame students living on campus this year will have access to Xfinity’s streaming service. This service gives students a multitude of options for viewing entertainment content, Bill Mountford, the manager of Telephony Services at the Office of Information Technologies (OIT), said in an email.“Xfinity on Campus (XOC) allows you to stream live TV, movies, sports events and more on any device you register anywhere on campus,” Mountford said.Mountford said this is a significant addition to the old service, which was much more limited.“The standard package was the only service available to students until this academic year,” he said.The service gives students access to more content than the previous standard package, Mountford said, with “more channels and HD programming.” The new system also supports more mediums through which to interact with this content.“XOC runs over the campus data network so students can watch programs on a desktop computer, as well as on wireless and mobile devices,” he said.Mountford said he believes this system is a better fit for the habits of a modern college student than past student TV packages.“Comcast calls this service the ‘TV everywhere app’ and we believe it is consistent with evolving student-usage patterns,” he said. “This means watching programs when you can, where you can and on any device.”One of the best parts of this package improvement is students will only pay if they choose to upgrade their package even further.“There is no cost for this service to students,” Mountford said. “This service was part of the Comcast contract that was paid for by the University. If you wish to upgrade the current XOC service to receive additional programming such as on demand movies, there is an additional cost that you would pay directly to Comcast.”As for how to access the service, Mountford said Xfinity has both a mobile app and web browser option through which students can view content.“For a mobile device, a student needs to download the Xfinity TV app,” he said. “You can download the app through the App Store or Google Play. The service can also be accessed through a web browser by going to”Across the country, Mountford said XOC is starting to become a staple of many college campuses.“Notre Dame is the 59th school in the U.S. to roll out the [XOC] streaming service,” Mountford said.Considering the service is new and not very well known, it is still taking time to catch the attention of the student body.“I didn’t realize that Xfinity is a TV provider for Notre Dame or that they offer a streaming service,” Jessica Hardey, a sophomore, said in a text message.“I have no idea about the service or how to use it,” Jarod Luedecker, a sophomore, said. “But it sounds pretty cool.”As for the future, Mountford said OIT hopes to continue to keep up with modern technology in order to provide students the best and most accessible entertainment experiences possible. OIT intends to re-evaluate the situation in three years when Notre Dame’s contract with Xfinity-provider Comcast is up.“Though there is a trend to move to wireless connections, it’s too early to determine if that will be the direction we would choose to move at that time,” Mountford said.Tags: Comcast, streaming, TV, Xfinitylast_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING — Don’t get caught by the flu

first_imgOn a recent wellness check at the doctor, the very first words out of the nurse’s mouth were, “Have you had your flu shot?” Remember when there was a flu season? Times have certainly changed. Flu season is now year round. I was surprised to see that in the second week of school, one local school district had 21 diagnosed cases of flu, 19 in the same school!I cannot stress enough the importance of getting that flu shot. Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses [the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated]. For the 2018-2019 season, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or “LAIV”) is again a recommended option for influenza vaccination of persons for whom it is otherwise appropriate. The nasal spray is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals 2–49 years old. There is a precaution against the use of LAIV for people with certain underlying medical conditions. Ask your doctor what will work best for you.There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2018-2019, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virusA/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated) Options this season include:Standard dose flu shots. These are given into the muscle. They are usually given with a needle, but two (Afluria and Afluria Quadrivalent) can be given to some people (those 18 to 64 years old) with a jet injector.High-dose shots for older people.The new flu vaccine will be available, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by the middle of September. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early, before the current flu season begins. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. In addition, there are prescription medications called antiviral drugs that can be used to treat influenza illness.Get your flu shot early, protect yourself and your loved ones.center_img Jody Holton writes about health and wellness for The Port Arthur Newslast_img read more

Jeff Goldblum Fights a Scandal, Billy Crystal Comes Home & Il Divo Harmonizes in This Week’s Datebook

first_img ALSO: Hilarious parody musical Disaster! opens at St. Luke’s Theatre; Sir Ian McKellen hosts Only Make Believe’s Gala at the Jacobs Theatre; Nathan Lane previews new plays for Naked Angels at the New School; The Most of Nora Ephron, featuring the script of Lucky Guy, is published; Ryan Scott Oliver’s Darling gets a concert performance at 54 Below. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 A POLITICAL SCANDAL TAKES CENTER STAGE These days, it takes a lot to get people riled up over a politician’s peccadillos, but if anybody can make a Good Wife-style scandal fresh, it’s Bruce Norris. In Domesticated, which opens at Lincoln Center Theater, the Clybourne Park author dissects the marriage of a sharp-edged political couple played by Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf. Expect fireworks! ALSO: Lee Roy Reams re-celebrates his 40th birthday and Jarrod Spector returns to 54 Below; Christian Borle, Hunter Parrish, Renee Elise Goldsberry & Nathan Lane guest-star on The Good Wife. ALSO: Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian opens on Theatre Row, produced by the New Group; sexy vaudeville show La Soiree opens at the Union Square Theatre; Patti LuPone heads to Far Away Places in a Carnegie Hall solo concert; Adam Lambert guest-stars on Glee’s “A Katy or a Gaga” episode. ALSO: Mamma Mia! celebrates its 5,000th Broadway performance at its new home, the Broadhurst Theatre. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 THE RETURN OF A KILLER MUSICAL The zany musical mystery Murder For Two makes its official off-Broadway bow at New World Stages. An acclaimed hit in its summer debut at Second Stage Uptown, the show stars Jeff Blumenkrantz as all of the suspects in a murder being investigated by Brett Ryback—and somehow both actors play the piano! Get ready for a night of laughs, directed by Scott Schwartz. ALSO: Magic extravaganza Nothing to Hide opens at the Signature Center; two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole begins a three-night engagement at 54 Below; Sam Wasson’s Fosse biography and Glen Berger’s Song of Spider-Man memoir are published; Tony winner Billy Porter is accused of a heinous crime on Law & Order: SVU. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 IL DIVO LAUNCHES A MUSICAL AFFAIR Those dashing dudes of Il Divo have turned their talents to the greatest songs of the Great White Way. To celebrate the release of their new recording A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live, the group will play a limited engagement through November 13 at the Marquis Theatre. The best news for Broadway fans: Tony winner Heather Headley is the featured guest star! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 WE’LL HAVE WHAT BILLY CRYSTAL’S HAVING Just in time for the holidays, Billy Crystal’s Tony-winning solo show 700 Sundays returns to Broadway for a nine-week limited engagement. This autobiographical evening (named for the number of Sundays Crystal spent with his father before the elder Crystal’s sudden death 50 years ago) is both hilarious and heartbreaking. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 DOOR CHIMES, IN COMES COMPANY After a long week at the office, what could be better than a martini with Bobby baby, Bobby bubbi and friends…make that Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of the New York Philharmonic’s 2011 Company, which will be broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances. See Patti LuPone salute “The Ladies Who Lunch” and Katie Finneran explain why she’s “Not Getting Married,” all before Sondheim okayed a gay version of the show! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 ROMEO & JULIET (DOWNTOWN VERSION) SIGNS OFF Parting is such sweet sorrow on the final weekend of one of two Romeo & Juliet productions currently playing in NYC. It’s your last chance to see rising movie star Elizabeth Olsen and newcomer Julian Cihi make the ultimate sacrifice for love in a playful production at Classic Stage Company. You won’t want to miss Daphne Rubin Vega’s sassy performance as the Nurse! ALSO: First previews for August Wilson bio How I Learned What I Learned at Signature Theatre and Dennis Kelly’s drama Taking Care of Baby at MTC’s City Center Staget II; Paulo Szot and Joanna Gleason return (separately!) to 54 Below. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 A DOUBLE DOSE OF MARK RYLANCE Audiences and fellow performers revere Mark Rylance for his fully committed, vanity-free stage performances. Well, the two-time Best Actor winner may be on his way back to the Tonys with dual roles in Twelfth Night (as Olivia) and Richard III (as the evil title monarch). The plays, which are being performed in rep, celebrate their opening night at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre. It’s November, which means we’ll be celebrating six opening nights of eight hot Broadway shows before Thanksgiving. Whew! Let’s get straight to this week’s list of new shows, don’t-miss concerts, plus benefits, stage-worthy TV episodes and even three book releases! Savor all there is to see and do in this week’s Datebook. View Commentslast_img read more

The Tourism Job Fair has started, 200 ads and video interviews are waiting for you

first_imgFrom today, February 22nd, until midnight on February 28th, you have the opportunity to apply for a (seasonal) job from the comfort of your own home, as well as to do an interview with the employer, without travel expenses. All you need to do is visit the Tourism Job Fair at the web address, review the offer of open positions and apply for the desired job.We are looking for waiters, chefs, maids, but also singers, fitness instructors and managers!Whether you want to work in a hotel or a travel agency, seasonally or permanently, you have many years of experience or you are a beginner, you can find a job for yourself at the Tourism Job Fair. Almost 200 job advertisements have been opened, and you can get in touch with any employer, 32 of them to be precise.Your new employer can be: Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, Radisson Split, Valamar, Remisens, Lošinj Hotels & Villas, Aminess, Karisma Hotels Adriatic, Falkensteiner hotels, Samarcanda, Gulliver travel, Vidokrug travel agency, Dogus Group, Villa Andrea & Olive Tree Restaurant, Hotel Tamaris & Hotel Issa, Hotel Pinija, Hotel Life & Hotel Life Palace, Bretanide resort and many others.Many of the ads are for waiters, chefs, receptionists, animators, pastry chefs, kitchen assistants and maids, but you can also find job advertisements for restaurant managers, key account managers, control and quality assistants, DJs. , singers and fitness instructors. At the employers’ stands, in addition to the job offer, you can read the experiences of employees, view a gallery of photos and videos of your future work environment and send an inquiry via e-mail or chat.The School Studium, an adult education institution specializing in retraining, additional training, training and specialization, is also presented at the Fair. During the Fair, the College provides you with a 20% discount for enrollment via EduCentar portal. You can find the full list of exhibitors and open positions on the page Fair.Do a video interview for the desired job You can be at the Fair from 0 to 24 and you do not need to accumulate travel expenses: you can do the interview with the employer online. Once you’ve signed up for ads that meet most of these conditions, you can expect a video interview call. The employer will contact you by phone or email listed in the application form, so don’t forget to check your email inbox as well as have your cell phone with you.For a video interview, you do not need a pre-installed program, but only a quality and fast internet connection. The video interview is held directly on Fair and at the stand of the employer who previously invited you for an interview. Portal is a proud media partner of the Tourism Job Fair.last_img read more

Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) gets Grant Funding from Gilead…

first_img You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 (SCLAN Press Release) The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. for initiatives under the theme “Transforming Lives through Innovation: Implementation of high-impact prevention programs for adolescents, young men and women”. The Grant will facilitate the establishment of the SCLAN Secretariat that will be housed in Belize, and two demonstration projects in Belize and Guyana. The Secretariat will be tasked with the oversight of projects, resource mobilization, information sharing and coordination of the Network’s activities across the region. Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Health of Belize looks on as Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Chair of SCLAN signs the grant document Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC center_img Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Chair of SCLAN states that, “This grant comes at a time when the need for sustainable health initiatives for the well-being of our vulnerable population is at an all-time high. We are very fortunate that the views and objectives of SCLAN are well aligned with those of Gilead Sciences Inc.” The demonstration project in Belize will take place in a Southern District that is experiencing high rates of new HIV infections. It is envisioned that through the implementation of innovative strategies made possible by the Grant, there will be a reduction of new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by 2020. Activities will complement those already being implemented in the country’s national response to HIV/AIDS/TB. An important feature will be the sensitization, introduction and rollout of PrEP as a further initiative in the prevention of new HIV infections. In Guyana the demonstration project will allow for the implementation of a programme similar to PEPFAR’s DREAMS – Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, Safe – which was successfully launched in Sub-Saharan Africa. It encompasses HIV testing, treatment and prevention, with social protection interventions to keep girls in school, for economic development, ending gender-based violence and linking men and boys to health services. The partnership with Gilead Sciences Inc. will help these countries meet their goals. The Projects in both countries will target females and males (16-24 years), in and out of school, for activities toward the achievement of a productive and healthy future for themselves and their families. They will be engaged in initiatives related to decision-making and negotiation skills, increasing their knowledge of HIV/AIDS/TBprevention, and the acquisition of skills to prevent and manage sexual and domestic violence. The creation of SCLAN as a non-governmental organization was endorsed by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Inter-Sessional Meeting in Guyana in February 2017. It was formally established last September, with H.E. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, being elected Chair. SCLAN’s mission is a Caribbean free from HIV, gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and cervical cancer, with long term goals set forth by the global community including former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Every Woman, Every Child GlobalInitiative and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) Appoint Executive Director(SCLAN Press Release) The Executive Directors of the Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) are pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Dragone as the new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2019. Ms. Dragone will be responsible for leading the Coordinating Mechanism beginning with the implementation of the project…January 29, 2019In “Belize”CariWaC ADVANCES – First Ladies/Spouses Network formally launchedFirst Ladies and Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launched  its network,” Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN)” to tackle issues related to the health and well being  of women, adolescents and children in the Caribbean. SCLAN is the advocacy and action platform to advance…September 6, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”SCLAN joins PANCAP in hosting side event at 73rd session of UN General Assembly(SCLAN Press Release) The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN), in collaboration with the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), hosted a Side Event on Pressing Forward for the Health and Wellbeing of Women, Children and Adolescents at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York on Monday,…October 18, 2018In “Belize”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

ThyssenKrupp’s needs met thanks to Praxair’s new Alabama ASU

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AFROX releases 2017 H1 results

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EBDG Welcomes New Senior Naval Architect

first_imgRichard Holcomb has joined the Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm headquartered in Seattle, as a senior naval architect. Holcomb is a registered professional engineer (PE) and the latest hire at the growing firm, which has been acquiring new talent in response to increased customer demand for its services across the country.Holcomb brings more than two decades of naval architecture experience to his new position with a focus on project management, technical direction, and consultation in the areas of ship performance and design. He holds a MSE in naval architecture and marine engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.EBDG was founded twenty ‐ five years ago and currently has three offices including its Gulf Coast Office in New Orleans and a recently opened office in Ketchikan, Alaska. Current design projects have included the EB ‐ 210 OSV (Offshore Support Vessel) and work on a new Alaska Class Day Boat Ferry for the Alaska Marine Highway System.The company is privately held and employee ‐ owned [mappress]Press Release, October 22, 2013last_img read more