Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich screened his Catholic documentary “Nine Days That Changed the World” Monday night in Washington Hall and urged the audience to carry the film’s lessons into an increasingly secular nation. “Nine Days That Changed the World,” produced and narrated by the former speaker and his wife, Callista, chronicles Pope John Paul II’s historic first visit to Poland in June 1979 and the subsequent beginnings of the solidarity movement that overthrew the Polish Communists in 1990. “You cannot understand the history of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War without understanding the power of religion and in particular the influence of Pope John Paul II,” Newt said as he introduced the film. He said the film and the pope’s messages are still relevant today. “The message of this film is not just for those places that might have overt dictatorships such as Cuba or China but are also for those places in the West that have aggressively and abundantly used courts and bureaucracies to weaken the religious impulse and the right of individuals to approach God on their own terms,” Newt said. “Conflict between a secular government determined to impose its power and a free people seeking the right to approach God on their own terms and seeking the right to openly profess their face is a conflict that has gone on for most of human history, and a conflict that goes on in the United States today.” At the end of the screening, the Gingriches greeted audience members and posed for photos with members of the College Republicans. “It’s easier to be an atheist in America than a Christian,” Callista — a lifelong Catholic — told The Observer after the screening. Callista said there are many parallels between Poland under its communist regime and America today. “You see people that want to take down crosses or cover crosses. You see opposition to school prayer,” she said. America is “going through a cycle [of secularism],” Newt said, “and cycles like this have been overturned before.” He referenced St. Paul, who spread “seeds of Christianity” during a time of widespread paganism. “We need a new Aquinas, a new Benedict, new Wesley brothers,” Newt said. “We need politicians who will take on secularism and defend belief in Christ. “If you’re willing to endure the scorn of the news media, you’ll win the support of the American people,” he said. Newt, who converted to Catholicism in March 2009, acknowledged the personal and political implications of his new faith. “The power of being accepted by the Church and receiving the Eucharist into your life … certainly shapes how you look at the world in general,” he said. In addition to speaking generally about Catholicism, Newt also said positive things about Notre Dame as a Catholic university. “I can’t imagine any place better in America to show the film,” he said.
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HealthLifestyle Dengue fever outbreaks may be more severe in future, says Bahamas study by: – November 2, 2011 Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 11 Views no discussions Image via: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — A proper research facility is needed to assist in the fight against dengue fever, which is becoming more prevalent in The Bahamas, according to a recent study, ‘Dengue Fever: An Emerging Infectious Disease in The Bahamas’, released in The International Journal of Bahamian Studies by The College of The Bahamas (COB) last week.The study’s lead researcher is Sherrie V. Bain, who is an adjunct microbiology instructor at the Keiser University in Florida. According to the study, several recorded cases of the acute form of dengue fever this year (dengue hemorrhagic fever) suggest a trend that dengue fever might return in future with increased severity.“This is not the first time that a dengue fever outbreak has occurred in The Bahamas,” notes the study. “Dengue fever outbreaks also occurred in 1998 and 2003. However, the number of confirmed cases in this year’s outbreak, as of October 2011, is almost seven times that of the last two dengue fever outbreaks combined. On a national level, The Bahamas will need a multi-faceted, preemptive approach that is not simply limited to vector control at the onset of the next outbreak.”The study also notes that the spread of dengue fever will not be curbed by addressing the mosquito population alone.“It is time for the public health sector, as well as The College of The Bahamas, to begin to take measures to develop a comprehensive dengue fever eradication policy in The Bahamas,” read the study. “Although reduction of the Aedes vector population by using insecticide may seem like the obvious route to pursue, it may also prove to be the most difficult goal to accomplish. Even when chemical insecticides are used, the impact on the mosquito population is not permanent.”The study also indicates that due to The Bahamas’ abundance of natural habitats such as mangrove swamps, the application of insecticides might prove ineffective in dengue virus control in the long term.“Having a low density of the mosquito population does not always correlate to having a lower incidence of the disease within a specific geographic location,” read the study. “Therefore, The Bahamas should look beyond simply trying to control the vector population as a lasting solution to eradicating dengue fever. These alternative strategies need to include researching how the disease is transmitted in the mosquito vector, as well as how it may be prevented from becoming established in its human hosts.”The study states that emphasis should to be placed on developing a national infectious disease research centre that will focus primarily on discovering drug and vaccine targets against diseases such as dengue fever.“This is an objective that will require the participation and partnership of multiple governmental and private organizations within The Bahamas,” notes the study. “The Public Health Authority and the Department of Environmental Health will have to share intellectual and material resources to successfully establish a national infectious research center in The Bahamas.”By Royston Jones JrNassau Guardian Staff Reporter
After nearly a month since its last home game, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team will play at UC Irvine before returning home to McDonald’s Swim Stadium for six of its final seven regular season matches.“It’s nice to be able to come back home this weekend,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “We have all our long road trips behind us now, with our big wins over Stanford and in the NorCal tournament, so we are looking forward to staying close to home.”Thursday’s contest will be a rematch of this year’s SoCal tournament semifinals, a game in which the Trojans (17-0, 2-0) won 10-5. In that game, UCI (14-5, 0-2) had the score even at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Trojans expect a similar fighting spirit in this week’s matchup.“They have a really good all-around team,” senior two-meter Matt Burton said. “They always come out hard and just work. They’re going to come out with a ton of energy at their home pool and hopefully we can match that energy and play with the poise and experience that we have.”Over the course of the team’s four-year run of dominance, players have grown accustomed to opponents’ energy. USC’s reputation precedes it, and everybody strives to unseat the kings.“Whenever you’re the number one team, everyone’s always excited to play against you,” Burton said. “We look forward to it. That’s where you like to be, in that number one spot.”At present, the Anteaters are reeling, having lost four of their last six games, including each of their first two games of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. Coach Vavic expects UCI to come out with a sense of urgency given its early conference struggles.“I had a meeting with the guys yesterday and brought up the example of Stanford’s football team beating us [in 2006] when they were ranked very, very low in the national rankings, and they beat us,” Vavic said. “The point was that everybody can beat anybody, and UCI is not a team to take lightly. They can be dangerous.”The Trojans’ defense is focused on UCI’s multiple scoring options. The Anteaters have two drivers, Bojan Hrlec and Mitch Wise, who have scored 52 and 47 goals respectively this season, and three others who have scored at least 20 goals in 2012.“They have just an overall very good attack,” senior driver Tobias Preuss said. “They have great drivers that are very explosive. They get themselves into very good finishing positions and can be extremely dangerous if you’re not prepared.”USC has won its last 19 games dating back to last season. But the team is still focused on ways it can improve.“We still have a lot of space to improve,” Preuss said. “There are lots of things to improve on. But that’s OK, as long as we go game by game and really analyze what we did right and what we did wrong, we’ll be in a good spot when all is said and done.”