26 Jan

Gutiérrez highlights Pope’s ‘preferential option for the poor’

first_imgFr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology and the ‘father of liberation theology,’ presented the keynote address, “Pope Francis and the Preferential Option for the Poor,” Thursday afternoon as part of the International Conference on Archbishop Oscar Romero, hosted by the Kellogg Institute.Annmarie Soller | The Observer Gutiérrez focused his talk on the Christian call to solidarity and social justice for the poor, while emphasizing the need to understand the fundamental connection between Christian theology and the eradication of poverty. Gutiérrez said “with the teachings of Francis, we are going back to our source.”“To announce the gospel is this: Jesus is trying to make present the kingdom of God today, in our history,” Gutiérrez said. “To speak about the church poor means also to recall this link between the love of God and the love of our neighbor.”Gutiérrez said the biblical passage of the last supper serves as a memory of Christ and his message of serving and loving thy neighbor. This passage, as well as others, demonstrated the connection between the church and the poor, he said.“We have to recall a central point of the Christian message: we are challenged for this memory,” Gutiérrez said. “The center point is the relation between the kingdom of God and the poor. This point, I think, when we fulfill this, we are really in the center of the biblical message. The question of the poor is not only a social issue … it is above all a biblical issue”.Gutiérrez also highlighted Archbishop Oscar Romero’s work with the impoverished and marginalized in El Salvador and said Romero’s legacy served as a “witness of the central point of the Christian message”.Gutiérrez read a quote from Archbishop Romero, which said, “There is a criteria by which to judge if God is near or is far away. Everyone concerned about the hungry, the poor, everyone who has vanished in police custody, for those who have been tortured, for prisoners, for old people who have suffered, these have God close at hand.”According to Gutiérrez, the ability to love and serve thy neighbor is best exemplified by an understanding of spiritual poverty and the ability to engage in solidarity and friendship with the poor.Gutiérrez said the correct way to serve the poor is not to imitate a life of poverty, but rather to condemn poverty as a condition that dehumanizes others. He said the church does not condone poverty because it represents the marginalization and elimination of human identity .“Poverty is never good. … Real poverty is not only economic, it is political, social”, Gutiérrez said. “The poor are [perceived as] insignificant people for several reasons: cultural reasons, racial reasons, gender reasons. To be poor is to be nothing.”Tags: Gustavo Gutierrez, Kellogg Institute, Oscar Romero, Pope Francislast_img read more

30 Dec

Wisp Resort: Connect with Adventure

first_imgTucked away in the mountainous corner of Western Maryland, lies Wisp Resort.  With 34 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, all levels of skiers and snowboarders will find something to challenge them.  The Learning Center at Sundown Village caters to first-time and beginner skiers and snowboarders by making the process as easy and hassle-free as possible with everything located in one place.  It’s also a unique place, made up of 8 50’ yurts, with 3 yurts dedicated to the adult learning center and 2 for the Wisp Kids learning program and Nordic Center for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.A snow tubing park at Wisp is a must-try with 2 conveyor carpets that do all work to get you up the hill while you can focus on the fun of going down.  The Mid-Atlantic’s only Mountain Coaster is next to the snow tubing park and operates year-round.  Be sure to bundle up as the Mountain Coaster can reach speeds up to 29 mph but don’t worry, riders can control the level of fun with hand brakes on the side of each coaster cart.Located just 14 miles off of I-68, Wisp is highly accessible to the Baltimore and DC Metro areas but the climate is worlds away from those cities.  Garrett County receives an average of 100” of snow annually and, during a typical winter, neighboring Deep Creek Lake is frozen solid enough to welcome ice fisherman and snowmobilers.A bustling base area at Wisp offers the McHenry Lodge with various restaurants and bars, shopping outlets and a day skier area with 30’ high windows looking up at the slopes.  Connected to the main building is The Lodge at Wisp, a ski-in/ski-out hotel that just got better – $3.7 million better!  A 3-year renovation project saw all 169 rooms redone, a new entrance with porté cochere, waterfall, landscaping, firepits, new lobby and front desk, renovated meeting and function space with new audio visual equipment and a new fitness center.  (check out their lodging packages for great deals and the convenience of activities included) Last year the Wisp Escape Games were added and feature two distinctly different escape rooms.  A great family and team building activity to try after hitting the slopes all day.last_img read more

18 Dec

Mobile equals merry this holiday season

first_imgby: Brian DayA recent survey shows the majority of American consumers are reaching for their mobile devices while shopping this holiday season. Burst Media reports shoppers will use their mobile devices to compare prices, research products and make holiday purchases.Fifty-three percent of respondents to the Burst Media survey plan to use a tablet and/or smartphone to go online and research and/or purchase products this holiday season. Additionally, more than one-third (34 percent) of those polled who use a smartphone and/or tablet to shop expect to use their mobile devices more this holiday season than last.Sixty-two percent of consumers also indicated they would use mobile devices to compare product prices while holiday shopping, and 54 percent said they would read product reviews via mobile.Additionally 33 percent of mobile shoppers will make holiday gift purchases directly on their mobile devices. Convenience and avoiding stress were the two most cited reasons for mobile holiday shopping. There’s also a close correlation between mobile shopping and higher income. Seventy percent of respondents reporting household income of more than $100,000 plan to use a mobile device for holiday shopping. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

8 Dec

Former Spartan begins senior football season at Boston College

first_img(WBNG) — After a summer of uncertainty, former Maine-Endwell football player Mike Palmer hit the field this past weekend to begin his senior season at Boston College. “If you can force five turnovers you are going to give yourself a really good chance to win the game. I think we played really hard and really fast and we played physical,” said Palmer. “I feel really bad for them but you just have to keep working, keep grinding and know that the fall season is going to come and happen in the spring and you have to make the most of it,” he said. This season is a lot different than Palmer is used to. For the first time in his college career, he played in a stadium without fans. “It means everything,” said Palmer. “When you step out on the field you are not only playing for the school you’re currently at, but you are playing for the school you came from and you can never forget where you come from.” “Watching Duke come out and hearing nothing, normally there’s a lot of cheering and then when we came on the road normally you hear boos, there were no boos,” said Palmer. Off the field, Palmer has been keeping an eye on everything going on with Section IV football. A few weeks ago, the season was officially pushed back to March 1. “It was really nice to just get back on the field and get back into the swing of things again,” said Palmer. Even with no fans in attendance, the senior was thankful for a chance to start the season. Palmer and the Eagles defense forced five turnovers in the opening game against Duke, beating the Blue Devils 26-6. “It was a little rusty at first but once you got the cobwebs out and got playing football again it was great,” he said. Palmer said he’s grateful for all the support he’s received from the Maine-Endwell community over the years. Boston College takes on Texas State Saturday at 6 p.m.last_img read more

20 Oct

High grade dispute

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19 Oct

White House candidates, and a nation, brace for Iowa vote

first_imgMonths into the Democratic nomination marathon, after seven debates, countless rallies, bitter candidate clashes and an impeachment effort to remove the US president, Iowa on Monday holds the first-in-the-nation vote to see who challenges Donald Trump in November.More than two dozen White House hopefuls began the journey, some as early as a year ago. Eleven now remain, exactly nine months from Election Day.Despite the historically diverse field consisting of men and women of color and young candidates with little Washington exposure, the two frontrunners today are septuagenarian white men — Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — with more than 80 years of political experience between them. The heartland state’s all-important vote will likely whittle the field further as it provides the first verifiable results in a contest deciding the party’s future direction, and its 2020 flagbearer.In a typical election year, Iowa absorbs the country’s full political attention. But this presidential cycle has been anything but normal.Looming over the process is Trump’s impeachment saga, which is coming to a climax on the same week Iowa votes.Three main senator candidates — progressives Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and moderate Amy Klobuchar — have faced the unprecedented scenario of spending much of the past two weeks tethered to Washington for the impeachment trial, essentially leaving them to campaign in Iowa with one hand tied behind their back. A final vote on Trump’s fate, with acquittal almost certain in the Republican-led Senate, occurs Wednesday.Add January’s military scare with Iran, a stubborn trade war with China, a deadly outbreak of novel coronavirus that has set parts of the world on edge — and US Democratic hopefuls find themselves competing for headlines. Sanders ahead Sanders, running as a democratic socialist, is leading in Iowa. An Emerson College poll of Democratic voters released on the eve of the caucus shows him with 28 percent support, seven points clear of centrist Biden, the former vice president who is the national frontrunner.South Bend, Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg and Warren are about four points behind Biden in poll averages.Second-tier hopefuls Klobuchar and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang look to outpace expectations and seize momentum heading into the next contest, in New Hampshire February 11.”This is the most consequential election, certainly in the modern history of this country… and it all begins tomorrow night,” Sanders told supporters Sunday in Iowa City.Similar scenes played out across the state this weekend as candidates made their final frantic push to convince undecided voters that they are best positioned to send the controversial incumbent packing.”I promise you: if you stand with me, we will end Trump’s reign of hatred and division,” Biden said as he rallied 1,100 supporters at a Des Moines middle school.Trump has not stood idly by. The pugnacious president has repeatedly attacked Democrats, and did so Sunday, branding Biden “Sleepy Joe” — his campaign events often lack the pizzazz of rivals — and hurling an epithet at Sanders.”I think he’s a communist,” Trump told Fox News, previewing a likely line of attack were Sanders to win the nomination. Surprises in store? Iowa’s stage is set. At 7:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday), nearly 1,700 schools, libraries, churches and other venues welcome the state’s registered Democrats to participate in a quirky, sometimes chaotic American ritual.Unlike secret ballot voting, caucus-goers publicly declare their presidential choice by standing together with other supporters of a candidate.Candidates who reach 15 percent support earn delegates for the nomination race. If a candidate does not meet this threshold after the first alignment of caucus-goers, their supporters can shift to other candidates, a process that potentially can reorder the rankings.Turnout is critical, and candidates and their representatives will seek to persuade voters on issues including health care, taxes and ending Washington corruption.They are also pushing their own electability, as Buttigieg did repeatedly Sunday on the stump and during TV talk shows.”I certainly think that I am better positioned to beat Donald Trump than any of my competitors,” Buttigieg told CNN.A former US Navy reservist who became a mayor at 29, Buttigieg portrays his youth and new ideas as reasons voters should prefer him over the gray-haired Biden, 77, and Sanders, 78.The caucuses could yield major surprises, as one in two Iowa voters claimed still to be undecided.Topics :last_img read more

24 Sep

Alumni Golf

first_imgLater today I will be heading for North Branch Golf Course in New Point for the Batesville Basketball Alumni Annual Golf Outing.  This event was started by Coach Garrett for two reasons:  1) He wanted to give the basketball alumni a reason to get together to renew old friendships and reminisce.  2) To use the proceeds from the event to help the basketball program.It will be fun for me to see some old and not so old faces of players who participated in basketball for Batesville through the years.  Unlike the alumni game which is held in November where young muscles are still needed, this event allows some of the older alumni a chance to participate.  Hope to see you at North Branch!last_img read more

24 Sep

Using saliva to shine cricket ball set to be banned due to COVID-19

first_img At present, the match referee cannot be from the same nation as either of the two teams playing in any of the three international formats, while the two on-field umpires and third umpire must come from neutral countries for Test matches. Given restrictions on travel and quarantine demands put in place in light of the pandemic, it was felt that insisting neutral umpires are flown in is impractical. To support the umpires, the Cricket Committee also suggested an extra video review be given to each team each innings. “We are living through extraordinary times and the recommendations the Committee have made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game whilst protecting everyone involved,” said Indian legend Anil Kumble, chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. read also:ICC invites creative community for a unique cricket contest International cricket has been brought to a standstill by the pandemic, but plans are afoot in England, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere for it to return behind closed doors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has unanimously agreed to recommend applying salvia to the ball to be banned because of the associated risk of spreading the deadly virus. Promoted Content6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A MapYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Dr Peter Harcourt, chairman of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee, offed the Cricket Committee medical advice, which included how the latest research suggests it is unlikely that coronavirus can be transmitted through sweat. Players will therefore be allowed to use sweat when seeking to shine one side of the ball under the recommendations. In the past, players known for having dry palms have frequently been chosen to take the lead on their side’s efforts to shine the ball. The recommendations will be put to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee next month, when they are expected to be approved. The Cricket Committee also recommended that, as a short-term measure, umpires and match referees from the host nation should be allowed to officiate international matches. Loading… last_img read more

20 Sep

Suspect arrested in stabbing at Jupiter gas station

first_imgPolice have arrested an 18-year-old man that they believe is connected with a stabbing at a Jupiter gas station.Alex Seay of Palm Beach Gardens allegedly stabbed another person during a fight Wednesday night at an Exxon gas station on Indiantown Road, Jupiter police say.The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with multiple stab bounds in his stomach and face.Alex Seay was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Seay was booked into the main Palm Beach County jail, where he was being held on a $20,000 bond.last_img read more