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Saint Mary’s celebrates ‘Dia de los Muertos’

first_imgJunior Mariana Davalos said La Fuerza, a student club at Saint Mary’s, decided to celebrate “Dia de los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead, this week even though the celebration actually falls on the first two days of November. Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Saint Mary’s students celebrate Dia de los Muertos with La Fuerza, a Hispanic cultural club, by decorating candy skulls.La Fuerza’s mission is to educate the community on Hispanic cultures and issues.Davalos, vice president of La Fuerza, said the club hosts a variety of events from year to year, including an annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos to help Hispanic students share their culture with the rest of Saint Mary’s.“We want to have the same traditions since we’re not at home,” she said. “[Dia de los Muertos] is a very family-oriented celebration, and we want to make represent our [Latina] culture by bringing it to school.”Davalos said her family has their own way of celebrating Dia de los Muertos.“At my house, we have a photo of the Virgin Mary in our entryway and during this time, my mom will put a photo of her mother on a table with fresh flowers,” she said.Starting Wednesday, the group created an “ofrenda,” or altar, in the Student Center Atrium. Davalos said students have the opportunity to add photos of their loved ones to the ofrenda.“In Mexico, people visit cemeteries and decorate graves with flowers and candles, but away from home, we create altars to remember our loved ones,” she said.Wednesday evening, the group hosted a Spanish Mass in Holy Spirit Chapel in Le Mans Hall. Davalos said there will be an altar in the chapel to remind students about the week’s celebrations.Thursday during lunch, students can decorate sugar skulls or make “papel picado,” paper designs to decorate the altar. Davalos said the club bought more sugar skulls this year, after running out of them last year.“Some girls decorate in honor of loved ones that passed away, and other girls just really enjoy decorating them,” she said.A new addition to the traditional “Dia de los Muertos” celebration is the showing of a film, “The Book of Life,” on Friday. Davalos said the film showing is co-sponsored by Student Diversity Board and is an animated love story that provides students with a fun, engaging way to learn about “Dia de los Muertos.”Davalos said it’s important students know that La Fuerza is not exclusive to Latina students.“It’s just interesting to know about other cultures. For us [members of La Fuerza], it’s enriching in a way — we have the chance to explain our culture and be involved with other students and to share a moment together,” she said.Tags: Dia de los Muertos, La Fuerza, saint mary’slast_img read more

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Student government plans third annual Flick on the Field

first_imgNotre Dame is a school that prides itself on traditions. While some of these trace their roots back decades, one established in recent years is Flick on the Field. This event, which will take place for the third straight year Friday evening, presents a screening of the film “Rudy” on the Notre Dame Stadium jumbotron on the first Friday night of the new school year.Senior Abby Smith and junior Connor Whittle, Student Government’s co-directors of student life, were in charge of planning the event this year. Smith said the screening presents a good way to experience an old Notre Dame tradition in a novel way.“I would simply describe Flick on the Field as the ability for people to experience a Notre Dame tradition in a new way,” Smith said. “It’s cool to watch ‘Rudy,’ it’s cool to be in the stadium, but to bring those two together is a really unique experience and we’re really excited to be doing that for a third year and really solidifying that tradition.”Planning for the event began in April and May, when Smith and Whittle began conferring with administration officials who had helped with the occasion previously.“We definitely tried to plan it a lot earlier than it had been in years past,” Smith said. “I think we’re in a really good position to make it a really successful event on Friday.”While the event is free, students can only gain access to the field if they have a yellow wristband. Wristbands were distributed Thursday night at the Best of Duncan event in Duncan Student Center and will still be available Friday before the event. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m., but gates open at 7 p.m. with some programming before the film.“Before it starts … we’ll do Punt, Pass and Kick on the field,” Whittle said. “I think RecSports is going to be helping us out with that. We’ll also have a DJ.”In addition to RecSports, Student Government is also working with GreeNDot in preparation for the event. Smith and Whittle said the first 300 attendees through the gates will receive a GreeNDot beach towel.“Something new that we’re doing this year is partnering with GreeNDot a little bit, so helping them spread their awareness to students — especially new students,” Smith said.The beginning of the school year often sees a high rate of safety-related incidents, Whittle added, and the collaboration between Student Government and GreeNDot aims to raise awareness of this issue.“They’re really pushing that the first six weeks on campus are really when incidents have a particularly high occurrence, so we’re really happy to be partnering with GreeNDot to really get the message out there for student safety,” he said.The event also presents an opportunity to unite the Notre Dame and South Bend communities, junior Aaron Benavides, Student Government’s press secretary and director of communications, said.“I think one of the great things is it is an excellent opportunity to welcome the South Bend community onto our campus and have them around,” Benavides said. “But it’s also an excellent time for all members of the Notre Dame community — from first years, to all sorts of undergrads and even graduate students and their families as well — to come together and celebrate the beginning of the year in a unique and special way.”Overall, Whittle said he hopes the event serves to get the community excited for football season.“Nothing could get you more excited than actually being on the field and watching ‘Rudy,’” he said.Tags: Flick on the Field, greeNDot, Rudy, Student governmentlast_img read more

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Vermont Electric Cooperative emergency outage 2 am to 5 am Friday

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Vermont Electric Cooperative is required to take an emergency outage on Friday, December 17th between the early morning hours of 2 a.m. ‘ 5 a.m. The outage is necessary to repair damaged equipment on Central Vermont Public Service’s transmission line which feeds two of VEC’s substations. The damaged equipment is a result of the December 1st wind storm. Co-op members in the towns of Bolton, Cambridge, Essex, Jericho, Richmond, Underhill and Westford will be affected by this outage. As always, unforeseen circumstances could occur that may extend the duration of the outage beyond the 3 hour window. Anyone with questions or concerns can call VEC’s outage number at 1-800-832-2667 or check our website for updates at www.vermontelectric.coop/outage(link is external).  Source: VEC. 12.16.2010last_img read more

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Quick Hits: Atlantic seismic oil permit blocked during shutdown

first_imgVirginia governor announces Environmental Justice CouncilVirginia governor Ralph Northam has issued Executive Order 29, which reestablishes the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice. The council will be responsible for issuing recommendations focused on engaging minority, low-income, and underserved communities; public health; best practices for local governments; climate change and resilience; transportation systems; clean energy transition; and outdoor access. In a statement, Kendyl Crawford, Director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light said that re-establishing the Council is one step towards making the state a more environmentally just place. “The recent treatment of environmental justice communities has made it clear that we have a long way to go,” said Crawford. “Environmental justice has been ignored in Virginia for too long.”Blue Macaw from “Rio” movie now extinct in the wildThe Spix’s macaw gained attention as a parrot named Blu in the movie ‘Rio’ who flew thousands of miles in an attempt to save his species. But a recently released study found that the Brazilian bird is now extinct in the wild. According to a report from BirdLife International, deforestation is the leading cause for the bird’s extinction. The report says the Spix’s macaw is one of eight bird species recently confirmed extinct or expected extinct. About 60 to 80 Spix’s macaws still live in captivity. Judge blocks Atlantic seismic oil permitting during government shutdownA federal court judge in South Carolina has ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore drilling while the government is shut down. The decision was issued in response to a motion filed by coastal cities and conservation and business groups opposed to the Trump administration’s effort to expand offshore drilling. Despite the shutdown, the Interior Department has recalled employees to continue working on permitting for both onshore and offshore drilling and testing, drawing widespread criticism from opponents of drilling. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) says that the agency will comply with the judge’s orders.last_img read more

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Nussle corrects bankers’ bad FOM info to Hill’s tax policymakers

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to national tax policy leaders Tuesday to refute bankers’ “willful misunderstanding” of why and how credit unions exist and operate.Nussle’s letter to Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committee leadership came as a response to a Feb. 5 letter from the American Bankers Association involving the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) field-of-membership (FOM) proposal.“The NCUA proposal that the bankers are so concerned with would further facilitate the fulfillment of the credit union mission. It would update current rules that are outdated and filled with burdensome processes and requirements. The proposal is clearly within the scope of the Federal Credit Union Act, which gives the NCUA board authority to promulgate implementing regulations.“In our view, the proposal is not only well within the scope of the law but it does not go nearly as far as regulations, which were on the books between 2003 and 2010, and as we outline in our comment letter on the proposal, we believe NCUA could go much further to facilitate consumer access to credit unions than they have,” Nussle added. continue reading »last_img read more

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NAFCU, White House economist to talk housing finance reform, reg relief

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and other senior staff members will meet today with Mark Calabria, chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence. The meeting will be focused on housing finance reform and credit unions’ regulatory burden.NAFCU has previously shared its core principles for housing financial reformthat should be included in any final reform measures with lawmakers and officials in the Trump administration. Throughout last year and this year, NAFCU has engaged with key lawmakers and agency officials – including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Counselor Craig Phillips, Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt, and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson – to achieve credit unions’ housing finance priorities.In June, Berger sent a letter to Mnuchin in response to President Donald Trump’s recent proposal, “Reform the Federal Role in Mortgage Financing,” which was outlined in the administration’s broader agency reorganization plan. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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MOL’s LNG tug bunkers fuel at Sakai Senboku Port

first_imgImage courtesy of MOLJapan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) on Thursday said its LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin completed first liquefied natural gas bunkering operation at the Sakai Senboku Port. LNG fuel was supplied by Osaka Gas using a truck-to-ship LNG bunkering method, MOL said in a statement, noting that the preparations for test operations are drawing to a close.After sea trials with LNG fuel, the Ishin, to be operated by Nihon Tug-Boat, is slated for delivery in late February and will start operation in April as the first LNG-fueled tugboat serving Osaka Bay.MOL developed the LNG supply system for ships in Sakai Senboku Port together with the Osaka Prefecture Port and Harbor Bureau and Osaka Gas.last_img read more

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Mother of Kiwi man with Down syndrome calls for pre-natal testing to be banned

first_imgStuff co.nz 4 August 2019Family First Comment: “if his mother had listened to the advice of health professionals when her prenatal test for genetic disorders came back positive 25 years ago, Bill would have been terminated. “I’m so pleased that I managed to get off the conveyer belt. I’m really grateful every day because my son’s just gorgeous.””#NoImPerfectThanksBill Gavin, 24, lives a simple, yet fulfilling life.He lives at home with his mother Suzy Dymock, but has previously flatted, and is looking forward to trying it again so he can get a cat called Billy.He goes to the gym and spends Fridays in the city. He even enjoys a cider every so often too.But if his mother had listened to the advice of health professionals when her prenatal test for genetic disorders came back positive 25 years ago, Bill would have been terminated.Dymock is glad she made the decision to carry her pregnancy but wishes she never even had the test.“They said ‘come on, quickly come in and see the obstetrician for further testing and a termination of the pregnancy, if necessary’ and that was how it was told to me,” Dymock said.“I’m so pleased that I managed to get off the conveyer belt. I’m really grateful every day because my son’s just gorgeous.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/114604025/mother-of-kiwi-man-with-down-syndrome-calls-for-prenatal-testing-to-be-bannedKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Twisters Blank Centerville Bulldogs On The Diamond

first_imgOA vs. Centerville Varsity Baseball (5-6)C             000 000 0             0   4   3OA          022 001 x             5   3   2For OA: Adam Huber 0-2, bb, rbi, sac bunt; Andrew Oesterling 1-3, rbi, bb; Race Carle 1-4, run, triple; Pros Moorman  run; Matt Sedler 0-3, run, reached on error; Michael Hoff 0-1, run, bb, hbp; Patrick Thompson 0-2, bb; Jordan Stenger 1-3, rbi; Hunter Sullivan 0-1, run, bb, hbp.Chris Hautman 7 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 8 k, 1 bb-Win.Varsity record: 12-5Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

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Faculty shares support for immigrant students in advertisement

first_imgAfter raising $22,120 through a GoFundMe account, a group of faculty members took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times on March 23 in order to publicly express their support for immigrants, international students and vulnerable members of the community. The ad, which was signed by 314 faculty members, professed to uphold the core values of the University, encourage University efforts to provide critical resources and protect the human rights of all members of the USC community. Ariela Gross, a professor of law and history at the USC Gould School of Law, established the GoFundMe account and was one of the main coordinators of the effort. “The first action we decided to take was to take out a full-page ad in the L.A. Times in order to express very publicly the strong support of a broad group of USC faculty for our immigrant communities and to urge and support our university administration’s effort to protect our students no matter what happens,” Gross said. Gross hoped that the ad would encourage the University to take direct action to implement policies and allot resources in order to show its support in a more overt manner. For example, Gross looked to set up resource centers specifically for immigrants and international students affected as well as establish emergency funds for legal counsel, with the goal of facilitating more cooperation between those in need of aid and those capable of providing aid. “We’re going to be scheduling teach-ins and training sessions for students and others in our community to be prepared for various contingencies, if they do happen,” Gross said. “We’re trying to have a more coordinative response as well in terms of the way we communicate on these issues to the outside world.”Billy Vela, director of El Centro Chicano, said student response to the ad has been positive. Vela noted that his students exhibited appreciation and gratitude for the show of support. “I think there was a real excitement and appreciation to hear from faculty in support of students and in particular the more vulnerable students on campus,” Vela said. “In particular, I think one student saw that faculty were talking against discrimination, against bigotry, and really being supportive of our community. I can only see it as the Trojan family coming together.”Vela hoped that the ad would open up more avenues of communication and spark productive discussion between the University’s staff and students that could lead to concrete action. “It’s more powerful when you have the University really engaging with our students and our student leaders,” Vela said. “That’s when you really have community because then you have discussion, you have dialogue. The Trojan family should be one where we can discuss and talk about things and use our critical thinking to come up with a plan together.” Tomás Mier contributed to this report.last_img read more

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