Priest speaks on poverty and compassion in cities

first_imgThe first step to aiding the poor is to stand with them, Fr. Fred Kammer said in a lecture to Urban Plunge participants Sunday. Kammer is the executive director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute and has worked as the president of Catholic Charities USA.The lecture, titled, “Building Justice in the Cities,” addressed breaking the cycle of urban poverty. “Making the invisible visible is the first step to compassion,” Kammer said. “Standing with the poor is a touchstone that gives us a wisdom that comes from the poor themselves and leads us to make judgments in favor of the poor.” Kammer said taking a stand with the poor challenges our society’s dominant views. “Standing with those who are poor introduces us to a new way of seeing the world around us,” he said. “This insistence on personal contact runs against our culture’s proclivity to see the poor as invisible or faceless.” But Kammer said casting away these views and keeping contact with the poor is crucial. “Think about your life and try to maintain contact with at least one person who is poor or marginalized and support one issue pertaining to the poor,” he said. “Connect the face of Christ to the poor.” This practice of seeing God in the poor is a longstanding one, Kammer said. He appealed to students to follow the example of historical Israel and show their faith by helping those in need.  “In biblical Israel … the poor became a measure of Israel’s fidelity to the Lord,” Kammer said. “We Christians should ask the question, ‘How will this affect the poor?’ The fundamental moral criterion for all economic policies is that they must be at the service of all people, especially the poor.” Kammer said once people make an initial commitment to stand with the poor, they might change the way they live their own lives. “One of the first reactions that people have is to adopt a simpler lifestyle,” he said. “This choice is a stance appropriate to students.  Individuals who stand with the poor also stand with them in their career choices whether by choosing to teach in inner-city schools instead of the suburbs or doing social work in place of commercial law. “The needs of the poor take priority over the desire of the rich,” Kammer said. Kammer said always maintaining hope is crucial, as he differentiated between hope and optimism. “Standing with the poor can usher us into their own experience of failure and marginalization,” Kammer said. “It’s therefore important for us to maintain a fundamental attitude of hope.”last_img read more

Darren Criss Will Rock Out as Broadway’s Next Hedwig!

first_img Darren Criss Star Files Related Shows View Comments Bring it home, Sugar Daddy! Audience Choice Award winner (and former host!) Darren Criss will return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Glee star will take over from John Cameron Mitchell at the Belasco Theatre beginning April 29, playing a 12-week engagement through July 19. Tony winner Lena Hall continues in the show as Yitzhak.Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role that earned him a Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Perhaps best known for playing Blaine on the Fox series Glee, Criss returned to his musical theater roots on the small screen in Backstage with Disney on Broadway. His additional film and TV credits include Girl Most Likely, Eastwick and Little White Lie. In 2010, he released his first EP of original music, titled Human. He can occasionally be found at Marie’s Crisis belting Disney standards with Tony winner Lea Salonga.Written by Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.Mitchell will play his final performance as Hedwig on April 26. The role of the internationally ignored song stylist is currently played by show alum Michael C. Hall, who steps in temporarily while Mitchell recovers from an onstage injury. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more

Ibinabo Jack & Liisi LaFontaine Set for Dreamgirls

first_img They’re your Dreamgirls! Ibinabo Jack (The Color Purple) and Liisi LaFontaine (NBC’s The Winner Is) will join the previously reported Amber Riley in the first West End production of the classic musical. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, the production is scheduled to begin previews on November 19 and officially open on December 14 at the Savoy Theatre.Joining Riley as Effie White, Jack as Lorrell Robinson and LaFontaine as Deena Jones, will be Nicholas Bailey as Marty, Adam J. Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White and Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jr. Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will alternate the role of Effie at certain performances.Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called “The Dreams,” as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous, and features the classic songs “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “I Am Changing,” “Listen” and “One Night Only.”With book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, directed and dhoreographed by Michael Bennett, opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony Awards.Rounding out the company will be Jocasta Almgill, Callum Aylott, Hugo Batista, Samara Casteallo, Chloe Chambers, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Joelle Dyson, Kimmy Edwards, Candace Furbert, Nathan Graham, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Gabriel Mokake, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Sean Parkins, Kirk Patterson, Ryan Reid, Rohan Richards, Noel Samuels, Durone Stokes and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.The production will feature sets by Tim Hatley, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Richard Brooker and hair by Josh Marquette. ‘Dreamgirls’ View Commentslast_img read more

Itching buddies

first_imgWho knows what Sid’s scratching? I’m sure he doesn’t have “delusory parasitosis.” That’s a condition when folks think they have bugs crawling on them and they don’t.But I’m scratching chiggers. And my ankles are about to itch me to death.I got the chiggers Saturday when I toted some tree limbs that had fallen during the recent storms down into the woods behind my house.Thankfully, I didn’t sit down somewhere, or I’d be scratching my — well, never mind.My next door neighbor has chigger bites on his ankles, too. And he got them in the woods behind his house, only he was down near the lake.Red mite larvaeChiggers are the larvae of the red mite. The red mite feeds on plants. But the red mite larvae, the “chiggers,” feed on warm-blooded animals — me and you, and I guess Sid.You may have heard that chiggers burrow into your skin, but that’s wrong. They bite you at the base of a hair follicle and inject salivary fluid. That fluid breaks down your cell tissue into a fluid that the chigger can then ingest back up. If you can imagine a miniature “Slurpee,” then you’ve got the idea.The bites cause welts and terrible itching. That’s because your skin reacts to the chiggers’ salivary fluid. And that’s probably why people think the chiggers are burrowed in there somewhere. You can’t see the chiggers but you can sure tell where they’ve been.Chiggers’ favorite placesChiggers like areas of your body where your clothes fit tightly, such as around your waist, and in my case, where the elastic part of my socks were.I could have prevented the little critters from making such a meal out of me if I’d sprayed myself with an insect repellent before I went into the woods or if I’d showered soon after coming back — they wash off easily enough.But since I didn’t do either, I’ll just have to put up with the itching for a while and figure out a good way to scratch.And you know, a Brillo pad might just do the trick!last_img read more

NH firm drops bid to buy Fletcher Allen’s outpatient dialysis clinic

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) today announced that Bio-Medical Applications of New Hampshire has withdrawn its application to purchase Fletcher Allen Health Care’s outpatient dialysis clinics.  Bio-Medical Applications, a for-profit company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of a German corporation.The withdrawal of the application for a Certificate of Need approving the sale follows the release by BISHCA of a proposed Statement of Decision denying approval on the grounds that the sale would result in lower quality services at higher cost without any improvement in access to care.  ‘Bio-Medical’s decision to withdraw closes the docket in this matter,’ said Clifford Peterson, BISHCA’s General Counsel. ‘The Department will work with Fletcher Allen to assure continued delivery of high quality outpatient dialysis treatment to Vermonters.’ BISHCA 12.19.2011last_img read more

COVID-19: Jakarta monitors hundreds of citizens, discharges 100 after negative tests

first_img“A total of 100 patients in hospitals have been declared negative for COVID-19 and have been discharged from hospital.”Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta to suspend Car Free Day for two weeks as part of containment measuresThe agency recorded that as of Tuesday afternoon 3,976 people had contacted the coronavirus call center provided by the provincial administration.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan previously recommended citizens stay alert. People feeling any symptoms of COVID-19 or who have encountered someone showing symptoms have been urged to contact the call center at 112 or 119.The governor had issued a decree urging officials, including mayors, agency heads and heads of districts and subdistricts, to raise public awareness about the risks of the disease and its prevention.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said a 53-year-old foreign citizen who had tested positive for COVID-19, identified as Case 25, died early Wednesday morning after nearly three days of treatment.On Wednesday evening, health authorities announced there were then a total of 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. (dfr/trn)Topics : The Jakarta Health Agency is monitoring the health conditions of hundreds of individuals across the city, while 100 patients have been discharged from hospital after testing negative for COVID-19.The agency’s teams are currently monitoring 70 individuals, after they completed the process on 331 others, said Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti.“As many as 97 patients are still being observed in hospitals. In the meantime, another 100 patients have been discharged from hospitals after testing negative for COVID-19,” she said during a press briefing at City Hall in Jakarta on Wednesday.last_img read more

La Administración Wolf Ofrece Recomendaciones para Deportes Juveniles Escolares y Recreativos

first_img August 06, 2020 Education,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Departamento de Salud y el Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania recomendaron hoy conjuntamente que los deportes juveniles escolares y recreativos de Pre-K a 12 se pospongan hasta al menos el 1 de enero de 2021, para proteger a los niños y adolescentes de COVID-19.La administración está proporcionando esta recomendación fuerte y no una orden o mandato. Al igual que al decidir si los estudiantes deben regresar a clases presenciales, aprendizaje remoto o una combinación de ambos este otoño, los administradores escolares y las juntas escolares elegidas localmente deben tomar decisiones sobre deportes.Aspectos destacados de la recomendación de hacer una pausa de los deportes juveniles hasta el 1 de enero de 2021:Se aplica a deportes recreativos juveniles en equipo e individuales, escolares y no escolares;Incluye competiciones, juegos intramuros y juegos de práctica;Continuar el acondicionamiento, ejercicios y otras actividades de capacitación de forma individual;No se aplica a deportes universitarios y profesionales;Los límites de reunión permanecen sin cambios: no se pueden reunir más de 25 personas en el interior y 250 en el exterior.La administración está actualizando la guía deportiva existente para reflejar esta recomendación.La administración reconoce la importancia de que los niños regresen a la escuela, al tiempo que protege la seguridad y el bienestar de los estudiantes y educadores. Guía para las escuelas está disponible. La guía representa las mejores prácticas de salud pública respaldadas relacionadas con el distanciamiento social, los revestimientos faciales, la higiene de manos y la limpieza y desinfección en entornos escolares. También describe cómo acomodar a personas con discapacidades o afecciones crónicas, procedimientos para controlar los síntomas y responder a casos confirmados o probables de COVID-19 en la comunidad escolar.View this information in English. La Administración Wolf Ofrece Recomendaciones para Deportes Juveniles Escolares y Recreativoscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New release of apartments aimed at first homebuyers

first_imgFirst-home buyers snap up final apartments at the $650 million South City Square precinct. Photo: SuppliedFirst homebuyers are snapping up the last remaining apartments at South City Square’s The Mews apartments in Woolloongabba.As the third and latest stage of the $650 million South City Square precinct nears completion, The Mews’ 139 one and two-bedroom apartments, set to open in mid-June, are the final chance to buy in the luxury inner-city precinct for the next few years.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoPellicano and Perri Projects are the developers behind the award-winning precinct. Pellicano development operations manager Michael Kent said The Mews was designed for first-home buyers seeking architecturally designed, convenient urban living at an attainable price point – from $399,000 to $599,000.“We’re proud to release the final apartments for first-home buyers and owner occupiers – coinciding with the completion of the precinct,” Mr Kent said.“Only a final few of the Mediterranean-inspired luxury apartments are left for buyers until the next stage of the development. It’s a testament to the award-winning design, our state-of-the-art facilities, premium retailers, and the vibrant community that’s coming alive at South City Square.“Much like the New Deshon and One South City, 90 per cent of The Mews sold out within just a month of being released.’’When completed, the South City Square precinct will be home to 850 apartments, a luxury hotel, cinemas, supermarket, health and wellness facilities, offices, a childcare centre, as well as dining, cafes and boutique retailers.The precinct was named Best Residential Property and Best Mixed-Use Project at the 2019 International Property Awards.last_img read more

Solstad Offshore wins new contract and extensions in Brazil

first_imgFar Scotsman and Far Serenade extensionFurthermore, Solstad Offshore said on Monday it won two six-month extensions for the Far Scotsman and Far Serenade PSV from Norwegian oil giant Equinor. The vessels will keep supporting Equinor’s activities in Brazil.The previous extension for the two vessels was for three months which were set to end in December 2018.The 2012-built Far Scotsman and the eight-year-old Far Serenade won their initial six-month contract in November 2017. Norway’s Solstad Offshore has entered into a contract with Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A. (QGEP) for one of its construction support vessels. The company also signed two extensions for vessels working in Brazil with Equinor.Normand Pioneer on the River Tyne; Image by: Andrew Curtis; Source: Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licenseSolstad Offshore said on Monday that QGEP hired the Normand Pioneer CSV for work in Brazil. The 19-year-old CSV was given a two years firm contract with two yearly options.The contract will begin in the first quarter of 2019 and will support production at the Atlanta Field in the Santos Basin.According to Solstad Offshore, the Normand Pioneer will replace the AHTS Far Sagaris, which is currently working on the field. The vessel’s contract expires in 1Q 2019.Worth reminding, Solstad Offshore, under the name Solstad Farstad, earlier this year signed an extension with TechnipFMC to a frame agreement covering the provision of vessels for ploughing and trenching operations. The frame agreement, valid until December next year, also included the Normand Pioneer.last_img read more

10 dates set for Redline Racing Parts North Star Series

first_imgHERON LAKE, Minn. (Feb. 24) – The Redline Racing Parts North Star Series returns for a third season, with 10 dates at five different tracks in Minnesota.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are in action each night of the tour. Series events will be Saturdays, April 26 and Sept. 27 at Jackson Speedway; Fridays, May 9 and July 4 at Fairmont Raceway; Sundays, June 1 and July 20 at Redwood Speedway in Redwood Falls; Fridays, June 13 and Aug. 1 at Murray County Speedway in Slayton; and Saturdays, June 14 and Aug. 9 at Arlington Raceway.Series title sponsor Redline Racing Parts provides the $6,500 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in point standings for each division.The Modified champion gets $600 of that division’s $2,500 fund, the Stock Car champion $500 of a $1,500 fund, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod champions both $400 of $1,000 funds and the Sport Compact champion $150 of a $500 fund.Point standings will be based on the best eight of 10 events. All series outings will count toward the first 55-race limit for national and regional points. Each track determines the number of laps for qualifying and feature races, time limits, order of events and purse. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State, special series and track points will be awarded each night.Series champions earn bonus points applicable toward IMCA national and regional point standings. Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod point leaders also are eligible to qualify for their respective race of champions events during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in September. 2013 series champions were Brandon Beckendorf, Modifieds; Jim Larson, Stock Cars; Chris Isaacson, Hobby Stocks; Matt Looft, Northern SportMods; and Nate Coopman, Sport Compacts. “We could not have asked for more successful tours each of the last two years,” said IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard. “More than 300 different drivers competed in one or more North Star events in 2013 and I expect even more to do so this season.”last_img read more