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Bishop Brendan’s Lenten message

first_imgFacebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsBishop Brendan’s Lenten messageBy Bernie English – February 18, 2015 669 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Previous article#newmusic DJ/Producer MESCNext articleJape headlines Seoda birthday Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img TAGSBishop LeahyLentlimerick Advertisement the farmer what diedThe Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has urged the people of the diocese to use this Lent to address indifferences they may have to faith, to others and to themselves.In his Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy also called on the public to include ending the indifference that many now hold for charities following the controversies of late 2013 during Lent.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bishop Leahy said that Lent should not always be about what people are not going to do but also about what they are going to do.   Taking the cue from Pope Francis in his recent Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy said that the Pope’s reference to “a globalisation of indifference” in our world today is very apt.“For many, Lent is the annual season to check out those areas of our personal or social lives which we have become indifferent to.“Take charities, for instance. There was so much controversy last year about how some charities are run that, without realising it, we might all have become a little more indifferent to charities. Why not consider giving more to charities this Lent?“The Catholic Church’s agency, Trócaire, is well worth supporting but there are many others too. The important thing is not to be indifferent to the needs expressed through those charities.“Indifference doesn’t just apply to charities. We can get so used to hearing about the problems in the Middle East that some switch off in an indifference to the issue of peace and the plight of Christians in that part of the world.  When ethical debates begin around us, there’s a temptation to become indifferent to searching for what is true and right.“Because of the failures within the Church, we can, understandably perhaps, become indifferent to the Catholic Church, its teaching and sacraments. And yet, the Church itself has so much to offer us.“Issues relating to abuse of drink and drugs have become so prevalent that we shut out the issues and ignore them. And yet we know the havoc they wreak in society. None of us can afford to say I can do nothing to help.” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Tickets face off in class council elections

first_imgJP Bruno, Molly Knapp, Matthew Ross and Henry Long ticket’s agenda focuses on working with the incoming freshman executive board.“If elected, we would all attend the Freshman Class Council meetings and hold mentorship workshops for the freshmen representatives in order to create a relationship with the future leaders of Notre Dame,” Long said. “We feel that this mentorship would facilitate collaboration between Class Councils and would create a smoother transition for the freshmen as they assume their roles as leaders of their class.”Long said that he, Bruno and Ross  currently serve on the executive board of Freshman Class Council; Bruno serves as president, Long as vice president and Ross as treasurer.“We have all made extensive contacts within Student Government and the administration at Notre Dame, including Ryan Willerton, the Director of the Office of Community Standards, and Paul Manrique and Peggy Hnatusko in the Student Activities Office,” Long said in an email.Given their experience on this year’s council, Long said the ticket hopes to increase communication between the Class Council and the class.“If we are elected, we would focus being accessible to the members of the sophomore class,” Long said. “Open meeting and office hours would provide opportunities for sophomores to discuss concerns, ask questions, and give suggestions for the Sophomore Class Council.  Online forms will allow feedback and ideas for events to be shared directly with us.”Tags: class council elections, Class Councils, elections, new class councils Elizabeth Fenton, Louis Bertolotti, Conor Bradley and Shannon Hodges focused their platform on unity and bringing the class of 2017 together for the last two years of their time at Notre Dame.“This is reflected in our slogan ‘Together, to 2017,’ which we hope conveys the fact that we want to bring everyone together to our telos, or best selves, over the course of our last two years,” Fenton said in an email.Bertolotti said that the ticket hopes to achieve their goal of class unity through class trips.“This is a way to bring the class closer together outside of the ‘ND bubble,’ and we think that it could also just be a great time,” Bertolotti said. “First semester, we plan on bringing everyone to the Michigan Dunes for a beach trip, and second semester, should our budget allow, we hope to attend a Cubs, White Sox or Blackhawks game together.“The plans we will work on first are the networking ones like these where 2017ers will be given the opportunity to get to know each other better.”Fenton is the current director of National Engagement and Outreach (NEO) and also sits on the Executive Cabinet of Student Government. Bertolotti is the co-director of FUEL and has helped plan events such as the Freshman Networking Fair. Hodges and Bradley both have leadership experience outside of Student Government.The ticket also wishes to increase cohesiveness within the class of 2017 through signature events, Fenton said.“The biggest change that we will have to make next year is working with students who are studying abroad,” Fenton said. “We want to ensure that these students will not feel left out of the ND community while they are gone, and we believe that programs which highlight their friends from back home, such as ‘Junior of the Week,’ will help that.“We also hope to seamlessly integrate them back into the 2017 family when they come back with events that will allow students who did not study abroad learn from the experiences of others who had the opportunity to spend time in another country.”SophomoresGreg Perenich, Teresa Simunich, Patrick Rodgers and Helena Qu said they based their platform on three ideas: devotion, authenticity and diversity.“These three principles are what drive us to serve the Notre Dame Community and the Class of 2018,” Simunich said in an email. “If elected, we would like to show our devotion to our classmates by providing a website tailored to the needs of our class. This website would entail informational links, current news and places where grievances, suggestions or comments could be posted for the betterment of our class.”Once in office, the ticket’s first priority would be to help its class members better use the resources available to them on campus.“First, we would like to arrange a fair for pre-professional and pre-medical majors to provide an opportunity for these students to gain insight into their potential careers in the medical field,” Simunich said. “Another top priority of ours is to work in collaboration with different cultural groups on campus (such as Asian American Association, Black Student Association, Latino Student Alliance, etc.) in order create events would to promote class unity and diversity on campus. We also plan to have a Sophomore-specific Study Abroad information night.”According to Rodgers, none of the ticket members were involved in this year’s Freshman Class Council although they were each involved in student government in their respective high schools.“We think the fact that we were not involved in Class Council allows us to bring a fresh perspective to the role,” Rodgers said in an email. Two tickets from each class will be competing for the role of executive board for the sophomore, junior and senior class councils. Elections will be held today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.EMILY DANAHER I The Observer SeniorsAndrew Stoker, Shae Boguslawski, Mia Womack and Kyle Witzigman divided their platform into three parts: a senior speaker series; senior engagement on social, service and spiritual dimensions; and senior week.“We plan to use Notre Dame’s resources to bring prominent speakers to campus,” Stoker, the ticket’s presidential candidate, said in an email. “From entertaining comedians to business leaders, we want to connect students with people that we could only get access to while at Notre Dame. I think engaging with speakers like this is unique to the college experience and something we should really be taking advantage of before graduation.”The ticket also wishes to strengthen seniors’ involvement with each other and with the community as a whole, Stoker said.“We’ll have social events from a back to school barbecue to study breaks with free pizza right before midterms, service partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club and the Robinson Center and spiritual opportunities, including a class mass and candlelight prayer,” he said.Stoker, Boguslawski, Womack and Witzigman also have plans for senior week that incorporate both old traditions and new ideas, Stoker said.“I’m personally most excited about the senior speaker series,” Stoker said. “This kind of event has never been taken on by a class council before and I think it will be an exciting challenge to see how big we can make it. The inspiration for this project came from attending speeches by Stanley Druckenmiller and Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit.Stoker and Boguslawski have served on class councils since freshman year, while Womack and Witzigman have been involved with class councils since sophomore year. Stoker is currently the Junior Class Council’s treasurer.The ticket aims to encourage participation among off-campus seniors, Stoker said.“One of the challenges for student government senior year is that so many students move off campus. We plan to collaborate heavily with off campus council and other student groups in the planning of events,” Stoker said.center_img Thomas Schneeman, Shannon Montague, Brian Cimons and Bridget Doyle said they hope to make senior year as memorable and meaningful as possible by focusing on bringing together on- and off-campus seniors. They plan to do this is through transportation reforms, the ticket’s candidate for treasurer, Cimons, said.“One of the first thing that we would like to get started working on is increasing the off campus transportation network,” Cimons said in an email. “All the construction going on has really limited parking options, and since seniors make up a majority of off campus students, this is a great concern of ours. We also want to work on expanding the existing transportation to downtown South Bend.”Scheeman said the focus will be on ensuring that the seniors, regardless of location, will remain close.“Senior year is much different than any other year, as it is our last year together, and we will be facing different challenges,” he said. “With so many seniors moving off campus, the event planning shifts from bringing together students from around campus to uniting the off-campus community with the on-campus community.Montague, the ticket’s candidate for vice president, said that the ticket has built up a variety of contacts that will ensure their plans will be implemented quickly and effectively.“This will allow us to dedicate our efforts and utilize the necessary resources and planning at our disposal to make them great and encourage spending time as a class without inviting busy seniors to events every single week,” Montague said. “We know that as seniors, everyone in our class will have busy schedules, so for programming, we want to hit a couple of big, signature events.”Thomas Schneeman, the ticket’s presidential candidate, is the current Executive Controller for Student Government, managing the Vidal-Devine administration’s budget. He has also been a member of FUEL, Morrissey Freshman Orientation Committee, Morrissey’s Hall Council and various departments of Student Government, including University Affairs and Constituent Services. Montague is the Chief of Staff for the Undergraduate Student Union and has previously served as Pasquerilla West Hall’s dance and Queen Week commissioners, and was a member of the Student Campus Orientation Committee. Cimons is Morrissey’s representative on Student Senate and helped bring the Wall Street Journal to campus. He also has served on Morrissey’s Freshman Orientation Committee. Bridget Doyle, the ticket’s candidate for secretary, is Vice-President of Howard Hall and has served as Co-President in the past. She also has been a member of class council and served on various committees within the council.The ticket wishes to continue the great work of this year’s Junior Class Council, but also expand on it for their senior year, Doyle said.“We want to make this next year even better, since it is our senior year here on campus … I think that we have a great team and some really good ideas, and we look forward to our senior year with the chance to give our classmates the best year yet,” Doyle said.JuniorsEva Niklinska, Katelyn Wray, Mason Zurovchack and Kimmy Sullivan intend to introduce several new events for the class, including giveaways and service opportunities, the ticket’s candidate for treasurer, Zurovchak said.“Events like study abroad send-offs and welcome-backs will provide a perfect opportunity for staying in touch with new friends made around the globe and those you love from under the Dome,” Zurovchak said in an email. “Frequent events like Berry and Einstein Bagel giveaways will sweeten your day with a way to destress from the craziness that is junior year. We plan to give back to our amazing class by not only offering them more opportunities to volunteer their time and talent in the community, but also through Junior Appreciation week — a new initiative to give juniors steals and deals within and outside campus.“Finally, we want to start a new signature event aside from the classic JPW with an Annual Derby Dance, modeled off the vibe and excitement of the Kentucky Derby.”Sullivan said that three of the four members of the ticket — Niklinska, Wray and Sullivan — previously served on Class Council.“Eva [Niklinska] was a member of both Freshmen and Sophomore Class Council as the Freshman Class service committee chair, and the current sophomore class secretary,” Sullivan said. “As an executive this year, she knows what has worked and what changes need to be made in order for the Class of 2017 Council to get more cohesive and better organized each and every year.”Niklinska said Sullivan’s experience planning events this year put the ticket at an advantage in terms of expectation management, and what projects would be realistic.“All of our plans are feasible not only within the ability to execute, but also within the budget normally allocated to class councils,” Niklinska said.last_img read more

Honduras Unleashes Armed Forces’ First Canine Battalion To Fight Crime

first_imgThe Honduran Armed Forces formed the Canine Battalion in December 2014. In May and June, the Military Police dogs detected 18 sacks of marijuana in a Tegucigalpa neighborhood, 132 kilos of cocaine in La Ceiba, and several firearms along the border Honduras shares with Guatemala. Troops deploy Military canines on actual missions only if they’ve demonstrated a success rate of at least 85 percent in sniffing out contraband during training, which lasts 16 weeks for the dogs and their human counterparts. The dogs are divided by their sniffing specialty: narcotics and currency, explosives, and weapons; in the coming months, a new pack will be trained that exclusively specializes in sniffing currency. The First Canine Battalion strengthens law enforcement efforts and serves as a deterrent for delinquents. “Canines rarely fail at the assignments they have been given; where a human can be fooled or lied to, these trained dogs can’t be deceived,” said security analyst Billy Joya. “People who try to fool the system by transporting narcotics, weapons, or money illegally need to know these dogs are true Soldiers and what they do best is serve and protect.” Infantry Lieutenant Colonel José Marcos Ávila Irías, the leader of the innovative Canine Battalion, is pleased to have these strong, driven, allies in the fight against crime. He’s particularly impressed by the olfactory abilities of dogs; their sense of smell is up to 100,000 times greater than that of humans, according to scientists. The part of the canine brain that processes smells is proportionately 40 times larger than that in human brains, and dogs have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, while humans have about six million. The Military Police canines have quickly proven themselves to be valuable in the fight against crime. “The bond between the animal and his guide is fundamental,” Lt. Col. Ávila said. “They are a tight team, they work together. Each Soldier is committed to this partnership. Participation in this unit is not mandatory, but we ask that the participants be willing to engage for the period of the dog’s life. They need to have an affinity for their partners.” The dogs adapted to their new home quickly, learning words in the indigenous languages of Honduras. “We have a glossary for our own school, and they understand commands in Misquito and Garífuna,” Lt. Col. Ávila told Diálogo. “We employ them to avoid distractions when the dogs are working or training.” They’re the 136 loyal, well-trained dogs that make up the country’s First Canine Battalion of the Military Police for Law and Order, which has trained the canines to detect hidden drugs, currency, bombs, and firearms. The dogs have become experts unleashed to thwart the operations of criminal activity in the Central American nation. In all, the canines are capable of tracing twelve different contradband scent tracks. The Military is also planning on training some dogs to detect the scents of injured victims and human remains, an ability which would be useful in rescue and recovery efforts during earthquakes and other natural disasters; additionally, they plan to increase its number of canines by the end of 2015. “We will have a total of 180 dogs when we complete our acquisition process later this year,” Lt. Col. Ávila said. The dogs are being introduced in phases. The current group of 136 dogs vary in breeds between German and Dutch Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Terriers, and Belgian Malinois, a breed the U.S. Secret Service uses to guard the White House. The Military acquires additional canines Soldier Erick Josué Carías and his canine partner, Gladiator, are one such team. In a presentation before the press Carías said he has been with his white Golden Retriever since the dog’s birth, and that they have traveled to different parts of the country together. The dog showed his capacities by finding knives and other weapons during a sweep of the National Penitentiary located in Támara, about 28 kilometers from the capital city. Gladiator and the other Military dogs are on duty at the country’s borders, in the airports of Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and Roatán, and supporting customs authorities in the largest maritime port. They are key elements in the operations FUSINA carries out, operations the body of combined forces that has accrued a significant track record by seizing illegal narcotics, capturing prominent drug traffickers and members of extortion networks, and seizing their properties. Developing the Canine Battalion has been a cooperative effort extending across national boundaries. Colombian and Dominican Military trainers helped launch the Honduran Military’s program, and both the Colombian and Dominican Militaries have collaborated in partnership with the U.S. forces to develop and support their own canine programs in previous years. In late March, the Honduran Ministry of National Defense announced the acquisition of 50 more dogs, brought from Colombia. The newest elite members of the Honduran Armed Forces have uncanny ability to sniff out contraband. “With their olfactory capacity and their effectiveness in reducing search times, each dog carries out the work of 30 men,” says Lt. Col. Ávila. “We have increased our capacity to respond by working with them, and we will be able to do even more when the process is consolidated and law-enforcement operators rely more on the dogs’ services.” Military canines detect drugs and weapons “Each team goes out to missions for periods of two weeks,” says Lt. Col. Ávila, a period after which the dog is allotted time to recover and be examined by a veterinarian. The Soldier-dog teams also train together between missions. The dogs are intelligent, alert, energetic and — when they are not working, friendly. Gladiator, named so because of his survival skills, along with Captain, Panther, Milo, and the rest of the Canine Battalion members might be man’s best friend, but they are proving themselves to be the criminals’ worst enemies. Utilizing the olfactory capabilities of canines By Dialogo July 16, 2015last_img read more