2018 Southland Cross Country Season Starts Friday

first_imgThree Southland teams open with their own meets – Abilene Christian, McNeese and Nicholls. ACU hosts the Naimadu Classic while McNeese, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana will compete in the McNeese Season Opener, both on Friday. Opening Weekend Schedule Saturday, Sept. 1Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist – Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, Memphis, Tenn.New Orleans, Nicholls – Nicholls Cross Country Invitational, Thibodaux, La. Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi begin their seasons the following weekend at the Norry Hersey Rice Invitational in Houston on Sept. 7. Lamar gets the latest start on Sept. 22 at the Texas A&M Invitational. Central Arkansas and Houston Baptist head to Tennessee for the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference cross country season begins Friday with 10 programs in action for opening weekend.center_img Nicholls and New Orleans are set to take part in the Nicholls Cross Country Invitational in Thibodaux, La., on Saturday. Incarnate Word heads to Waco for the Baylor Bear Twilight Invitational on Friday while Stephen F. Austin will compete in the Aggie Opener, hosted by Texas A&M in College Station. The season culminates with the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Lake Charles, La., hosted by McNeese. Lamar eyes its sixth consecutive men’s team title and 17th overall. The Cardinal men have won 11 of the last 12 Southland championships. On the women’s side, Abilene Christian is the defending champion, winning its second team title in 2017. Stephen F. Austin won in 2016 and leads the conference with eight all-time women’s titles. Friday, Aug. 31Abilene Christian – ACU Naimadu Classic, Abilene, TexasIncarnate Word – Bear Twilight Invitational, Waco, TexasMcNeese, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana – McNeese Season Opener, Lake Charles, La.Stephen F. Austin – Aggie Opener, College Station, Texaslast_img read more

Chinese Rubber Company Makes Donation to Ebola Fight

first_imgThe ZiBoHongyeShangqinPlastic and Rubber Co., also known as Hong Chin Plastic and Rubber Co., based in Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China, has made a donation of 50,000 pairs of disposable medical protection gloves to aid in the fight against Ebola virus.The Company made the donation, valued at about 230,000 RMB (approximate 38,000 United Stated Dollars) on Thursday, December 04, 2014, at the Liberian Embassy in Beijing.The General Manager, Mr. James Ren, in his presentation thanked Liberian Ambassador D. Mckinley Thomas for his recent visit to the company’s headquarters in Shandong Province and stated that the decision by the Company to make the donation was in response to the Letter addressed to the World by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, which was shared with them by the Ambassador during his visit. Continuing, Mr. Ren stated: “HongChin Plastic and Rubber Company is a responsible and caring global corporate citizen which would like to demonstrate support for the new Ambassador and his country by helping to stop the Ebola disease from spreading further.“Therefore, in addition to donating these gloves, we will  also pay for their shipment to Liberia.”The Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia to the People’s Republic of China Mr. Dudley McKinley Thomas, receiving the donations, expressed appreciation to the representatives of the company, Mr. James Ren, general manager, and Ms. YanlingJia, deputy general manager, for the kind gesture. He noted that the company’s generosity and empathy with the Liberian people during this difficult period would long be remembered and appreciated by the President, the Government and all of the people of Liberia.The Ambassador further noted that the timely support being received from the Chinese Government and Chinese companies was indeed making a significant difference in helping to win the fight to eradicate the disease from Liberia and the other affected countries.The Hong Chin Plastic Rubber Company is a Chinese Foreign Joint venture Company established in 2003, with 16 production lines and an annual production capacity of about 2 billion pieces of medical and protective PVC gloves, which are exported to many countries around the world, including England, Germany, and the United States of America.The Company has expressed a desire to set up a manufacturing plant in Liberia, to serve countries that make up the ECOWAS region in the very near future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo meets with diplomatic community on threat to democracy

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met with diplomats from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union on Friday, as the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) shared its concerns following the recent no-confidence resolution and its expectations for the next 90 days.In an interview with the media following the one-hour long meeting, Jagdeo noted that he outlined to the diplomatic community that if elections are not held within the timeframe stipulated by the Constitution, the Government will be considered an illegitimate and unconstitutional one.“We in the parliamentary Opposition will treat the Government if elections are not held by that date as illegitimate and that no act that they engage in internationally or locally would be recognised.This will have major implications for Guyana, for investors and for all concerned. I have also urged the diplomatic community to be involved in the process of free and fair elections,” Jagdeo added.According to the Opposition Leader, one of the things the Party wants is observer teams from several international organisations and the customary countries to ensure the vote is free from fraud.“I expressed the desire of the People’s Progressive Party to see a massive observer group from all the agencies… Caricom (Caribbean Community); the European Union; OAS (Organisation of American States); UNASUR (Union of South American Nations); Carter Centre, Commonwealth, etc.”“Then I also made it clear to them that we are very concerned about the shenanigans that seem to be brewing behind this Government’s statement that they are exploring legal and other options,” the former President said.Jagdeo said Government has gone from accepting the results of the vote to searching for ways to reverse it. He pointed out that both Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and President David Granger had previously accepted that the Government had fallen, and elections were due.The Opposition Leader slammed the Government for breaking the trust and good will he had hoped would be built up ahead of his meeting with the President. Jagdeo noted that far from using the time to calm the country following the vote, reports that Government is searching for a way to reverse the results have caused tension.“I said to them (diplomats) we, the People’s Progressive Party, will not accept that, and obviously there would be instability in the country if this (Government reversing its word) were to happen. I also said that we will not accept a judicial coup… the Legislative branch has made a decision. That has to be respected.”The Opposition Leader noted that he also told the diplomatic community that his party would not return to the National Assembly, unless for issues related to elections. He made it clear that the Government has fallen, and it cannot be business as usual for the Government when it comes to passing bills in the National Assembly.Jagdeo reiterated that the Government is there in a caretaker capacity. He acknowledged that the National Assembly may have to meet to pass legislation related to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) or if the PPP agreed to extend the period until elections.The Opposition Leader was open to meeting with the Government ahead of any future sittings, so that the parameters were set.“That would be an illegal sitting, as far as we’re concerned. And anything passed in this kind of situation that would not be recognised. We would not recognise anything they do except elections related. We’re not going to go.”On December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The President has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, upon his return from Cuba where he departed for treatment.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified. No-confidence resolution …as PPP pushes for intense Int’l scrutiny for upcoming electionslast_img read more

From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Uruguay and Saudi Arabia supporters get to know each other before their teams’ Group A clash © AFP / JOE KLAMARMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Love in a time of football The World Cup has led to a surge in use of dating app Tinder, mirroring the jump in interest in the lonely hearts service at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. The Moscow Times reported that one of Russia’s four biggest phone operators MTS had seen an 11-fold increase in match-day Tinder traffic near stadiums and fan zones in Moscow, St Petersburg and Saransk.Streaming shamblesWorld Cup fans in Australia fans are furious after an experiment to show some games only via live streaming for the first time failed because broadband infrastructure could not cope with demand.The backlash among those left staring at a blank error screen has been so intense that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stepped in, telling telecommunications firm Optus to get its act together.“I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention,” tweeted Turnbull.Public broadcaster SBS has now stepped in and will screen group-stage matches on free-to-air television while Optus, labelled “Floptus” in local media, attempts to sort out its problems.Germany divisionsThomas Mueller insists that there isn’t a problem in the Germany dressing room © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“Of course a few players sit together who get on well. It’s a natural thing. I sometimes change tables at meal times because I am a variable kind of guy, a multi-purpose eater. Are there factions and little groups in the squad? No. I have seen it happen.“In 2012, it was an issue with the Dortmund players and the Bayern players eyeing each other suspiciously and we didn’t have the best kind of chemistry back then but it is totally different today.”— Thomas Mueller on suggestions there could be divisions within the Germany squad.Baby flightDenamrk’s World Cup squad clubbed together to hire a private jet so teammate Jonas Knudsen could make a flying visit back home to see his newborn baby. The Ipswich defender left Russia on Sunday the day after the Danes’ 1-0 opening win over Peru and returned 24 hours later. “We are human beings before footballers, I’m a father myself,” explained ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel. “We wanted to make a gesture, we did everything so that he could return home.”Amrabat shared his water with a thirsty assistant referee © AFP / FADEL SENNAMoroccan generosityDuring the game against Portugal, Morocco midfielder Nordin Amrabat signalled to his bench that he needed a drink. Receiving a container of water, he saw the assistant referee watching him enviously, Amrabat offered to share his supply. The touchline official hesitated before gladly accepting.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Popular convenience store seeks sales/deli assistant

first_imgJOB VACANCY: Management at Centra Kilcar requires a sales/deli assistant to join their team.We require an energetic professional individual with a positive attitude to deliver our brand values and would be available to work morning, evening and weekend shifts. Ideally, the successful candidate will have previous retail experience full training will be provided.Closing date for applications Wednesday 12th July. Please forward your CV to hegarty.kilcar@centra.ieJob Vacancy: Popular convenience store seeks sales/deli assistant was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Centradeli assistantjobskilcarsaleslast_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 36

first_img In: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – £10.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Diego Costa rediscovered his goalscoring form for Chelsea against Southampton in gameweek 34 and, despite a firing a blank against Everton, is worth investing in for Chelsea’s final four games of the season. 12 Out: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – £7.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Sunderland are down and have nothing, but the very little pride they have left, to play for. Keeping their star striker in your team no longer seems a great idea. In: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Now this is a risk. Alexis Sanchez’s goalscoring form of late has been pretty abysmal given his £11.5m price tag. But if you’re going to invest in any Arsenal player ahead of two consecutive double gameweeks, Sanchez has still got to be your man. 12 In: Jack Stephens (Southampton) – £4.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you do want to take a chance on a Southampton player for their two consecutive double gameweeks, Jack Stephens is the man. The £4.2m defender is a regular fixture in the Saints’ back line. 12 12 Out: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £5.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – After a period of good form, Wilfried Zaha has gone quiet in the past couple of weeks and faces tough fixtures against Man City, Hull and Man United to end his season. 12 In: Gabriel (Arsenal) – £4.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Four games in two weeks for Arsenal provide their defenders with some great opportunities for clean sheets. The Gunners face Manchester United, Southampton, ‘Boro and Sunderland. Three gameweeks to go… and they’re a busy three weeks too.The first sees Arsenal and Southampton both have double gameweeks, while the second sees Arsenal, Southampton, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Sunderland, Watford and West Brom all playing twice. In the final week of the season every team just plays once.You’d better make sure you plan ahead for these next two double gameweeks with Arsenal players being particularly valuable as they play four times in two weeks. Southampton players do so too, but they are less valuable as three of their fixtures come against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… 12 12 Out: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – £7.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Similarly to Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke has suffered a decline in form over the last couple of weeks and, given Palace’s tough fixtures to end the season, is probably not worth keeping in your front line. 12 12 In: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £8.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – He’s back from injury and back scoring so Gabriel Jesus should probably be back in your team. The Brazilian is £4.1m cheaper than Sergio Aguero and will face the same set of fixtures in the run in. Out: Gareth McAuley (West Brom) – £5.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The points machine has malfunctioned. Gareth McAuley has now not kept a clean sheet in his last four gameweeks and isn’t worth hanging on to with tough fixtures coming up in West Brom’s double gameweek. Out: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Antonio Valencia has been in and out of the Manchester United team recently and is unlikely to play both games in their double gameweek. 12 12 12 Out: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Philippe Coutinho picked up an injury on Monday against Watford and so is still a slight doubt for Liverpool’s next game. The Reds are not involved in either of the double gameweeks to end the season and so there are better midfield options available. In: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you’re going to pick one Chelsea midfielder to acquire ahead of their run in, it has to be Eden Hazard. The Belgian has scored four goals in his last five games and the Blues face ‘Boro, West Brom, Watford and Sunderland to complete their campaign. last_img read more


first_imgErin (left) pictured with ShannonA CO Donegal mum who lost her two daughter to suicide within six weeks of each other today paid tribute to one of them on her first anniversary.The deaths of Erin Gallagher and her sister Shannon shocked the country last year.Erin (13) had been bullied and took her own life last October; big sister Shannon (15) died a year ago today. Their mum Lorraine left a simple message on her Facebook Page today.“All my luv 2 my precious daughter shannon who I luv with all my heart rip baby I never u xxxxxx u were my best friend in the world,” she wrote. MUM OF TRAGIC GIRLS PAYS TRIBUTE A YEAR AFTER SECOND DEATH was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Erin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherSUICIDElast_img read more


first_imgTHE Bishop of Raphoe Rev Dr Philip Boyce has delivered the main Homily at the Knock Shrine today.Here’s what he said:“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water..welling up to eternal life” (Jn 4: 10.14).  God has many ways of coming to meet his people. The Samaritan woman met him when she went to draw water from the well. To us believers he gives the grace of a Sacrament for the seven most important moments in our lives. The first one is on the day of our baptism when we receive a new birth into his divine life and become living temples of the Lord. Then there are the moments when that new life is refreshed or restored when sin had weakened or destroyed it. Another Sacrament confirms our faith to face the trials and temptations of life. There are also frequent moments of spiritual nourishment provided in the Mass, the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Finally there are the life-changing moments of Marriage or Ordination and those of serious illness and death. However, we have not only these sacramental times when God’s grace is given to us. The Holy Spirit has been sent to us and lives in our hearts, inspiring and guiding us with his wisdom, and leading us into the fullness of truth. We each have a Guardian Angel who is at our side as a constant companion and goes before us to protect us on life’s journey. And our Patron Saints pray for us.  Then there are other times and places where God gives his help and grace in surprising abundance, namely, on Pilgrimage and at Shrines where normally an intense devotional and sacramental life is experienced. We all take part in the great pilgrimage of life that the Church and all mankind, with Christ as leader, make throughout the course of history. We set out with heaven as our goal. Our final destination is not simply a natural one fulfilling the cravings of nature, but it is one that goes beyond human nature, a supernatural one. Our deepest hopes will be fulfilled only with Christ in the glory of his Father. As the priest prays every day at Mass: “Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil… as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.”  Shrines and Places of Pilgrimages. Shrines or approved places of apparitions are like stations or stopping places on the pilgrimage of life. What makes them holy is above all the prayer and penance, the reconciliation and conversion of a countless number of pilgrims. Knock is such a place of grace and holiness in Ireland. What makes any Shrine what it is, is the fact that people travel to it on pilgrimage. It becomes holy ground as a result of the intense Christian life that is lived there, and that attracts so many pilgrims. It offers a good liturgical and sacramental experience, and it cultivates sound devotional practices. Pope Paul VI once called such places of pilgrimage “spiritual clinics.” Just as a person who is ill goes to a hospital or clinic hoping for a cure, so do pilgrims journey to a Shrine in the hope of being relieved of the consequences of sin and of deepening or regaining divine friendship and spiritual health. A pilgrimage brings a person nearer not only to the Lord and his Blessed Mother, but also advances the pilgrim on the way to the heavenly Jerusalem, the Paradise of the Saints, where all our hopes will be fulfilled. As Pope Benedict XVI said: “Man’s great, true hope which holds firm in spite of all disappointments can only be God”.[1] Only this hope sustains the human heart on our pilgrim way through life. A Shrine like Knock is not simply a holy spot where some spiritual practices are done, whether it be the Stations of the Cross, or saying the Rosary as one walks around the Apparition Chapel, or going to Confession and attending Mass – although all of such things are important and form part of the pilgrimage, but it is above all a place where Christ is encountered, where God is met and where Our Lady shows us the power of her intercession. This becomes either a life-changing experience or at least a meeting that gives renewed strength and energy for the onward journey. The Shrine may well have originated in an Apparition of Our Lady, but it is her dearest wish to lead us to her beloved Son. In Knock she, and the Saints and angels who also appeared, direct our gaze to the Lamb on the altar who takes away the sins of the world. To each pilgrim she seems to say, as she did to the servants at the marriage feast in Cana: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2: 5). As a place of encounter with the Lord of life, any Shrine, and Knock for us in particular, “is a clear sign of the presence of God at work in the midst of his people, for there, through his word and the sacraments, he gives himself to us. Pilgrims thus approach a Shrine as the Temple of the living God, the place of the living covenant with him, so that the grace of the sacraments may liberate them from sin and grant them the strength to begin again with a new freshness and new joy in the hearts, and thus to become, in the midst of the world, transparent witnesses of the Eternal”[2] Pilgrimage, a Journey in Hope.  A pilgrimage is a journey in hope. Our vision and thoughts are directed to the goal of our journey. Our hope looks forward first of all to the shrine or place of apparition where we expect to come nearer to God. The pilgrims of old who journeyed to the Temple in Jerusalem anticipated, in the Psalms they sung, the hopes and expectations that filled their hearts as they advanced on their pilgrim way: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth… I rejoiced when they said to me: ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ ( Ps. 121: 1-2; 122: 1). A pilgrimage leads to the joy of forgiveness and conversion, and to the partial fulfilment of our hopes. But in turn, the reaching of our destination here below, whether it be Knock or Compostella, Lourdes or Fatima, Guadalupe or Lough Derg, is only a foretaste and a sign of that better world, the homeland where all our longings will be satisfied at the end of life’s pilgrim journey. The anticipation in faith and hope of that final destination sustains all pilgrims on their journey. In so far as it is a sign of something greater yet to come, a Shrine like Knock gives pilgrims “a more powerful yearning for the heavenly Jerusalem, the desire for heaven. Thus Shrines make us acknowledge both the holiness of those to whom they are dedicated and our condition as sinners who need to begin anew each day the pilgrimage towards God’s grace. They make us realize that the Church ‘is at once holy and ever in need of being purified’, since its members are sinners.”[3] Pilgrimages respond to a need in the human heart. We go on pilgrimage hoping to gain something beyond what is ordinary and commonplace. Over the past fifty years the number of people who frequent local church services has gone down noticeably, at least in the Western world. Yet the number of people who go on pilgrimage to Shrines in these same secularised countries has steadily increased. Millions go to Lourdes, to Fatima, to Jasna Góra in Czestochowa, to Compostella, to Guadalupe and to Knock every year. The manner of travel may have changed over the centuries: no longer the long trek on foot with a pilgrim’s pack on one’s back. The motor car, the train or the plane make the journey more pleasant; hotels provide modern shelter and comfort; good meals are provided. But what has not changed is the basic attitude of journeying to a holy place where the pilgrim hopes to have a deeper encounter with the living God and gain new hope and energy for the onward journey. Wealth and technological advances do not still the hunger of the soul and its thirst for truth and love. The human heart was made for something greater, more lasting and beyond the material. It will be ever restless and searching, ever ‘on pilgrimage’ we could say, until it finds the God who makes sense of all things and who answers all the cravings of the human spirit.  People go on pilgrimage in the hope of finding something that this world with all its pleasures and skills cannot provide. Before he left his disciples, the Lord gave his followers a parting gift, a gift this world could not give: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn 14:27; 16:33). If we are not fully at peace, we are restless and searching. We go on pilgrimage in the hope of finding or preserving this gift of peace within us. Therefore, all kinds of people go on pilgrimage, because all bear the hope within them of reaching a goal not yet attained. You get the young and the old, the sick and the healthy, the convinced and the curious, the devout and the sceptical. Nobody feels excluded, for they are all hoping for something, at times undefined, but something that is greater and beyond the normal. And this hope does not disappoint “because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5). The Gospel passage read in this Mass recalled the incident of the Samaritan lady meeting Christ at Jacob’s well. We might have thought that a holy life was beyond what this woman, who made the journey to the well every day, could ever hope to attain. She had lived an immoral life with five men. And yet her journey – we could call it her ‘pilgrimage’ – to the well that day answered her search. It gave her an answer to what she had unknowingly looked and hoped for. The lack of water was not her problem. The well was never dry. She now began to see that she had an inner thirst that no earthly water could quench. “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw” (Jn 4:15). She began to thirst for God whom she began to realise was absent from her life. But God, too, was thirsting for her love. At the well she met Christ himself who led her to confess and admit her sinful actions of the past. He offered her the possibility of a new life in God’s friendship and she went back to her own people to share the Good News. How many souls have come to Knock over the past 135 years and have met the God of infinite mercy who freed them from guilt and restored them to God’s friendship for which they had hoped. Stored up in the silence of the Confessional and in the heart of many confessors is the extraordinary litany of repentance, conversion and new divine life: “living springs of grace welling up to eternal life.” How many have been able to say in the depth of their heart: “my life has been changed for the better; I have received the grace for which I prayed; my hope has been realised; I have had personal experience of the living God and of the power of Our Lady’s intercession.” Conclusion. During the Great Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II, seeing the stream of people who went on pilgrimage to Rome and filled Saint Peter’s Square, meditated on the graces these pilgrims received, their encounter with Christ and the hope that energized them to continue their onward pilgrimage. He wrote: “I have often stopped to look at the long queues of pilgrims waiting patiently to go through the Holy Door. In each of them I tried to imagine the story of a life, made up of joys, worries, sufferings; the story of someone whom Christ had met and who, in dialogue with him, was setting out again on a journey of hope”[4] Christ is forever meeting women and men at the well, at the spring of living water welling up to eternal life. Pilgrims at Knock make this experience and return home on their journey of hope with renewed energy for their pilgrimage through life. Amen.BISHOP BOYCE’S HOMILY AT KNOCK SHRINE was last modified: August 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AP poll: 57 percent think Bush isn’t honest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week More than eight in 10, 82 percent, described Bush as “stubborn,” with almost that many Republicans agreeing to that description. That stubborn streak has served Bush well at times, but now he is being encouraged to shake up his staff and change the direction of White House policies. Concern about the administration’s ethics has been fueled by the controversy over flawed intelligence leading up to the Iraq war and the recent indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for his role in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name. That loss of trust complicates Bush’s efforts to rebuild his standing with the public. His job approval rating remains at his all-time low in the AP-Ipsos poll of 37 percent. “Honesty is a huge issue because even people who disagreed with his policies respected his integrity,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist from the University of Texas. The mandatory White House lectures on ethics for its employees came after the Libby indictment, and some people say they aren’t impressed. WASHINGTON – Most Americans say they aren’t impressed by the ethics and honesty of the Bush administration, already under scrutiny for its justifications for an unpopular war in Iraq and its role in the leak of a covert CIA officer’s identity. Almost six in 10 – 57 percent – said they do not think the Bush administration has high ethical standards and the same portion says President George W. Bush is not honest, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Just over four in 10 say the administration has high ethical standards and that Bush is honest. Whites, Southerners and evangelicals were most likely to believe Bush is honest. Bush, who promised in the 2000 campaign to uphold “honor and integrity” in the White House, last week ordered White House workers, from presidential advisers to low-ranking aides, to attend ethics classes. The president gets credit from a majority for being strong and decisive, but he’s also seen by an overwhelming number of people as “stubborn,” a perception reinforced by his refusal to yield on issues such as the Iraq war, tax cuts and support for staffers under intense pressure. “It’s like shutting the barn door after the horse escaped,” said John Morrison, a Democrat who lives near Scranton, Pa. “This week’s elections were just a preview of what’s going to happen,” he said, referring to Tuesday’s New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races, both won by Democrats. “People are just fed up.” Some Republicans are nervous about the GOP’s political position. “A lot of elected Republicans are running for the hills in the Northeast,” said Connecticut GOP strategist Chris DePino after what he called “a waterfall of missteps” by Republicans. Bush and the GOP must return to their message that the United States has been safe from terrorism during his administration, DePino said. Only 42 percent in the new poll said they approve of Bush’s handling of foreign policy and terrorism, his lowest rating yet in an area that has long been his strongest issue. The war in Iraq is at the core of the public’s unrest, polling found. In an AP-Ipsos poll in early October, almost six in 10 disapproved of the way Bush was doing his job, and Iraq was a dominant factor. When those who disapproved of Bush were asked in an open-ended question the top reason, they most frequently mentioned the war far ahead of the second issue, the economy. “To use an unfortunate metaphor, Iraq is a roadside bomb in American politics,” said Rich Bond, a former national Republican chairman. Many of those who approve of Bush’s job performance cited his Christian beliefs and strong values, the second-biggest reason for support after backing his policies. “I know he is a man of integrity and strong faith,” said Fran Blaney, a Republican and an evangelical who lives near Hartford, Conn. “I’ve read that he prays every morning asking for God’s guidance. He certainly is trying to do what he thinks he is supposed to do.” The poll of 1,000 adults was conducted Nov. 7-9 by Ipsos, an international polling firm, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Begun two decades ago, Veterans Plaza memorial finally finished

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I wish we could make it bigger,” she said. “It’s a wonderful addition to the community, a wonderful monument to the military and a very special place.” The tribute began more than two decades ago when Dick Hlebasko, a local World War II Navy veteran, approached the district with the idea. “It was the realization of a dream that one day we’d have something for the veterans here in Simi Valley,” said Hlebasko, now 80. “The project is now complete. The veterans waited a long time.” The district raised $1 million over the years and received a $500,000 donation from a deceased veteran to fund the project. The names of the 135 recent additions were dedicated during a Veterans Day ceremony. The last name added was John D. House, a Navy medic killed in Iraq in January. The last line reads, “All gave some, some gave all.” SIMI VALLEY – A city monument 20 years in the making and dedicated to anyone who served in the military from the Revolutionary War to the ongoing war in Iraq is finally finished. Recently, 135 names were added to the $1.5 million Veterans Plaza at Rancho Tapo Community Park, bringing the total to 1,440. “There’s no more room,” said Colleen Janssen, a spokeswoman for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. “At some point, you have to stop.” The park district’s board of directors recently decided to end the project. Chairwoman Elaine Freeman said expanding it would affect the park’s other uses. “John would be proud,” said his widow, Melanie House of Simi Valley. “It means so much,” said his mother, Susan House. “So many people walk through that park. Maybe they’ll see his name and will go on the Internet and look him up and learn more about him and the fact that he sacrificed himself for his country.” The park district broke ground on the memorial in 2001. The first 760 names were dedicated a year later. The plaza features a reflecting pond, fountains and a grassy amphitheater with flying flags, including those from the five branches of the military. It also includes an eagle sculpture and metal plaques with information about each war, accompanied by quotes from the time period. Mayor Paul Miller, who was on the committee to help make the plaza idea reality, said the city should be proud of the monument. “All of us appreciate what the veterans have meant to this country,” he said. “Our freedoms are founded on the sacrifices they’ve made over the years. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more