United States Poet Laureate to headline Christian Culture Lecture at Saint Mary’s

first_imgTracy K. Smith, the United States Poet Laureate, will address Saint Mary’s and the local community in the annual Christian Culture Lecture on Sept. 5 in O’Laughlin Auditorium, a College press release said.Smith, who was named the 22nd United States Poet Laureate in 2017, is a Pulitzer Prize recipient and is noted for writing about civil rights, the release said. She also serves as the director of the creative writing program at Princeton University.Laura Williamson Ambrose, chair of the department of humanistic studies, expressed her excitement in having the opportunity to hear Smith comment on the presence of poetry in the day-to-day life of the community.“Tracy K. Smith’s poetry is lithe and bright, accessible and powerful, upfront and imaginative,” Williamson Ambrose said in the release. “She reminds us in her published work and in her highly engaged role as poet laureate that poetry and language matter deeply to our everyday lives.”Organized by the department of humanistic studies, the Christian Culture Lecture series hosts speakers to explore humanities with respect to “some aspect of the Christian dimension of Western culture,” the College’s website said. Tickets can be purchased beginning July 30.Tags: Christian Culture Lecture, department of humanistic studies, Poetry, tracy k. smithlast_img read more

Today: NCUA reps review FOM trends in free NAFCU webcast

first_imgNCUA Division of Consumer Access Director Robert C. Leonard and NCUA Consumer Access – South Director Rita Woods will discuss the latest trends affecting credit unions’ fields of membership in a NAFCU webcast today at 2 p.m. Eastern.NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alicia Nealon will moderate the discussion; attendees can send her questions in advance at [email protected], or submit questions during the webcast.The discussion will center on how credit unions can amend their charters to meet growth and viability needs and the recent updates to field of membership rules made by NCUA. In April, the NCUA Board issued a final rule amending procedures for adding associational groups to federal credit unions’ field of membership – with 12 types of groups automatically deemed suitable for inclusion.Earlier this month, Nealon wrote NCUA to urge further streamlining of the process of applying for FOM expansions or conversions. She also urged the agency to remove non-statutory requirements imposing geographic- and population-based limitations on community charters. NAFCU will continue to monitor the issue and push for further credit union regulatory relief. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Not for charity, but for service

first_imgA city of just 1.3 square miles, Central Falls, Rhode Island is filled with history. It ranges back to the times of the Industrial Revolution, but most importantly, it has been a “home away from home” for generations of immigrants from all over the world. From the first settlers from Canada and Europe to the more recent influx from Latin America making up nearly 70% of its population, Central Falls is the destination immigrants have sought to pursue the American dream.Back in 1915, Rhode Island saw the birth of its first credit union, created to help the immigrant community. As French-Canadians made their way south to Central Falls, they quickly realized they had limited avenues available for financial support. Seeing a lack of financial institutions that met their basic needs, such as loans for homes and businesses, the community got together and created a credit union in the basement of their church. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CDC confirms 6 new COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgResearchers are learning more and more from patients who have contracted coronavirus. Broome County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Christopher Ryan says the health department does case investigations, interviewing COVID-19 positive patients which ultimately leads to determining new symptoms. ChillsRepeated shaking with chillsMuscle painHeadacheSore throatNew loss of taste or smell “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. (WBNG) — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed six new symptoms of coronavirus, as research on the disease rapidly develops. The six new symptoms are: “That’s also why it evolves sometimes because we learn more. we learn more about this virus and this illness every time we interview a patient, every time we investigate a case, we learn more about the illness and it informs the next iteration,” he says. The three original known symptoms were cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and fever. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 8

first_imgTired of Gov. Cuomo wasting tax dollarsI’m tired of politicians thinking they know better than we do. This applies to many things, but one big one is spending our money.They love to spend our money, and if they run out, they just raise taxes and keep spending.Gov. Andrew Cuomo is writing more checks we can’t cash. He wants high-speed rail between Albany and Buffalo (The Gazette, Dec. 28). Why? Apparently because other people have it. No cost/benefit analysis provided. His famous, frightening words: “This technology is too expensive, too difficult, and will take too long. That’s not an acceptable attitude for New York.”Think about that. If something is too expensive for you, what do you do? If it’s too difficult, what do you do? Apparently, the answer is to have somebody else pay for it, and no matter how hard it is, the taxpayers will persevere. Cuomo, stop wasting our money.Bill DenisonBurnt HillsLook to Jesus in seeking world peaceSuch beautiful messages, such beautiful prayers, such beautiful songs. What if we followed Jesus’s loving teachings 365 days a year, rather than one?What if the United States reduced our 20,000 nukes by a few thousand a year like we pledged to decades ago, rather than bomb countries like Iraq and Syria, or threaten countries like Iran or Korea, which don’t even have one nuclear weapon, (per U.N. inspections)?“Imagine” if, following President Eisenhower’s warning, we called out the corporate military industrial congressional complex by refusing to vote for all the political elite who just increased the destructive, consumptive, imperial war funding.One-hundred-thousand brave soldiers defied orders during the great Christmas truce in 1914.Let’s stand for love, not hate. Let’s demand peace, not war.  After all, what would Jesus do?Peter LookerGlenvilleHave police handle campus sex abuseWhy do we even have a newspaper article (Gazette’s Dec. 28 “Report looks at colleges’ handling of sex assault cases”) reporting on colleges’ handling of sexual assault accusations?The last I knew, sexual assault was a crime. Isn’t it totally inappropriate and unacceptable for college personnel or administrations to be dealing with processing and deciding the facts and resolution of a legal crime?M. B. GuidarelliSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStefanik and Trump mock Constitutioncenter_img Rep. Elise Stefanik is turning a blind eye to what our president has done to be impeached by Congress. Republicans insist on not believing dedicated Americans who work for our government and aren’t political.Experts on our Constitution testified not against our president, but to what our Founders laid out on the law of the land.Make no mistake. If the parties involved were turned around to a Democratic president, Republicans would protect the whistle blower at all costs. Republicans are as blind as the Sanhedrin that condemned Jesus.“Christianity Today,” an Evangelical paper started by Rev. Billy Graham, is calling for our president to be impeached. Many Evangelicals have much respect for “Christianity Today.” But it seems Elise Stefanik and Donald Trump have nothing but bad things to say about it. Trump is as immoral as one can be, and those who champion him are as immoral as he is. The Senate has already exonerated Trump without a trial as our Constitution calls for. History, and more importantly, Our Lord, will remember those who have made a mockery of our Constitution like our North Country Representative Elise Stefanik with regard to taking away our laws as laid out by our Forefathers.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamSantabarbara is responsive, effectiveI am writing in response to Jennifer Richards’ Dec. 21 letter (“Santabarbara is far left and ineffective”). Angelo Santabarbara has been an active, engaged representative of his district in the state Assembly. I work very closely, in a non-partisan way, with Assemblyman Santabarbara on many fronts, and he has never disappointed with his availability, advocacy and concern about the issues facing his community.As an educator in a school district in Angelo’s district, I feel he has delivered on his promise of providing the districts in his region with the funding necessary to provide the best publicly funded education our state can provide; even in tight budget years.He provides his district with bullet aid, above and beyond what is allotted by the state, to help maintain programs and to make sure our students have what they need to succeed.He has worked tirelessly to advocate for citizens of our state who have autism. His work on this issue has resulted in the passage of several laws that improve the lives of our fellow New Yorkers who live with autism. Finally, Angelo has also worked tirelessly for veterans who live in our community.Angelo Santabarbara is a dedicated member of the New York State Assembly who represents a district that does not include southern Saratoga County. As a citizen of Burnt Hills, I encourage you to seek the contact information for your representatives, Sen. Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman MaryBeth Walsh to advocate on your behalf.Michael LibertucciSchenectadyIt’s time to get past political polarizationThe clamjamfry has sent a clarion message to the clerisy that the mare’s nest called the Russian collusion is just a chimera.Now we have to jettison the dog’s breakfast known as the Ukraine quid pro quo if we wish to return to the halcyon days of the Nixon and Clinton administrations — a time when the word “polarization” was used only in reference to seekers of the Northwest Passage.Yes, yes, Hillary Clinton did claim the impeachment of Bill was “a vast right wing conspiracy,” and Carville wanted to drag a dollar bill through a trailer park of “deplorables.” Clinton committed perjury and Nixon pulled the trigger for the Saturday Night Massacre. But these days, we have a political smackdown every day the New York Times prints a fresh fish wrapper.So if you want your morning rag to induce relaxation and snoring, elect Joe Biden. Instead of ground and pound, The New York Times and The Washington Post will have hide and hype. All the good news that’s fit to print.Joe NialClifton ParkCreate a statue park in SchenectadyI am in complete agreement with James A. Wilson’s Jan. 1 letter (“Put Lady Liberty back where she belongs”). I can think of no intelligent, nonpartisan, patriotic reason not to.I can think of a lot of petty, mean-spirited, biased things to say about the people who hid the statue away, stored in some dank warehouse, and then plopped her, unrefurbished and unannounced, at an ugly, unsafe, unpatriotic piece of leftover parking lot at Erie and Union. I will save those kinds of thoughts for future opines on the national political entanglement.I’d go a step beyond Mr. Wilson: Create a sculpture garden. Untuck Ms. Tubman and Sec. Seward from their hidey hole next to the library.Free Misters Edison and Steinmetz from their hellish location on Erie Boulevard. Has any pedestrian walked by that spot since Edison and Steinmetz were alive and the workers all lived in Schenectady and walked to GE? Gateway/Liberty/Freedom Park would be a great location for all three sculptures. If Frog Alley is ever completed, it would complement the area even further.Dick CurtisScotialast_img read more

REITs will mean a battle for the public’s hearts and minds

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Death toll in latest rabies outbreak in West Nusa Tenggara rises to 15

first_img“She never received the rabies vaccine after the incident,” Mujahiddin said.Dompu Health Agency head Iris Juwita Kartianti confirmed to The Jakarta Post that, up until March 8, at least 2,097 people in the regency had reported being bitten by dogs since the rabies outbreak began last year.However, she said most of the cases had been handled properly with fast response and immediate vaccination.The health agency also vowed to enhance its capacity in handling rabies in Dompu by providing more rabies vaccines and serums licensed by the Health Ministry at health facilities across the regency.”Local officials have formed rabies mitigation teams that will be placed at districts and villages,” Iris said, adding that the Dompu General Hospital had prepared isolation rooms to treat rabies patients.The regencies of Dompu and Sumbawa declared emergency status for rabies in February last year following an outbreak of the disease via dog bites, followed by Bima regency, which declared the emergency status in June.West Nusa Tenggara Health Agency head Nurhandini Eka Dewi said on Monday that the emergency status for rabies in Sumbawa, Dompu and Bima was still in place. “The status will remain in place as long as there are cases of dog bites. It will only be lifted if there is no report of dog bites within two years,” she said in the provincial capital of Mataram.Although no dog bites had been reported in Sumbawa over the past two months, Nurhandini said rabies remained a threats in the province, since the stray dog population was still high. “For cases of rabies in humans, we can directly inject rabies vaccines or serums. However, it’s different in the case of stray dogs with rabies. It is much more complicated, as there are many of them,” she said.She added that the administrations of Bima and Dompu had formed teams to reduce the number of stray dogs but that was an ongoing struggle as the dogs were moving around the cities.Rabies infection was hard to detect as clinical symptoms may appear only months or even two years after a person was bitten by a dog, cat, monkey or other animal carrying rabies, she said. After the entry of the virus through an animal bite, the virus travels in the blood circulation along the nerves to the spinal cord. With no immediate treatment, the virus could end up at the brain and at this point, it would be deadly.”Once [the virus] attacks the brain, respiratory organ disorders will follow. That’s why there should be immediate action after an animal bite,” she said.Furthermore, the health agency vowed to keep spreading information on first-aid to treat wounds after being bitten by an animal, which would decrease the risk of rabies infection. “Right after we are bitten, we have to wash our hands with flowing water and soap for 15 minutes. After that, 80 percent of the virus will be gone and the rest can be taken care of by medical treatment,” she said. (trn)Topics : The head of the Dompu Animal Husbandry and Health Agency’s Animal and Veterinary Health Department, Mujahidin, said the woman had been admitted to the hospital at 6 p.m. on March 4. He said the victim had suffered from disorientation with symptoms of excessive salivation, breathlessness, excessive sweating and extreme pain all over the body.She also showed tell-tale signs of rabies, such as hydrophobia, photophobia and anemophobia.According to the record, the woman was bitten by a stray dog in the thigh as she was clearing a plot of land for corn crops in October last year.  Rabies has killed at least 15 people in West Nusa Tenggara’s Dompu regency to date with more than 2,000 dog bites reported since the outbreak of the animal-transmitted disease began in the province last year.A 46-year-old resident of Riwo village in the regency’s Woja district became the latest fatality after she died while receiving treatment at Dompu General Hospital on March 5. last_img read more

Britain and US start post-Brexit trade talks

first_imgBritain voted in a referendum in June 2016 to leave the EU, and after years of politically wrangling finally quit on January 31 this year.Its departure allowed Britain to start trade talks with other countries, including the US.However, Britain remains in a transition period until December 31 that keeps its ties to the EU largely the same, to allow time for both sides to thrash out a new relationship.Many in the EU had already warned of the difficulties of getting a trade deal with Britain by the end of the year.The disruption of the coronavirus outbreak has prompted calls from some in Britain for the transition to be extended.But Johnson, who led the 2016 “Leave” campaign and won a huge election victory in December promising to “Get Brexit Done”, has so far refused.The latest round of UK-EU talks broke up on April 24 with little progress, stuck on key issues such as fishing rights, how to maintain common standards and the role of European judges.A source close to the British negotiating team last week warned that “we’re talking past each other”, while expressing hope that a deal could be struck. Britain begins post-Brexit trade talks with the United States on Tuesday, with 100 negotiators on each side joining via videoconference.Many in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government hope for a free trade agreement with Washington as one of the biggest benefits of leaving the European Union.Officials said the first round of talks would last two weeks and cover issues such as goods and services trade, digital trade, investment and how to support small businesses. The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, said the deal could “jumpstart the economy after we conquer coronavirus” — a message repeated by British officials.”The US is our largest trading partner and increasing transatlantic trade can help our economies bounce back from the economic challenge posed by coronavirus,” International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said.Bilateral trade was worth £220.9 billion ($275 billion, 252.6 billion euros) in the last year, and a free trade deal could increase this by £15.3 billion on 2018 levels in the long run, the British government says.Truss and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will kick off the talks before officials take over, with further rounds due at six-week intervals.center_img Topics :last_img read more

AGO annuls guideline requiring permission to investigate prosecutors

first_imgThe revocation is stipulated in Attorney General Decree No. 163/2020 issued on Aug. 11.Hari said the now-revoked guideline had been issued by referring to Article 8 of Law No. 16/2004 on the AGO, which stipulates the same provision.This article has led to different interpretations in its implementation, Hari said, which prompted the attorney general to issue the guideline.“It has been a long study, but it still needs further harmonization and synchronization with the Law and Human Rights Ministry and related agencies,” he said. Attorney General ST Burhanuddin has revoked his newly issued guideline, which had required authorities to seek his permission to investigate prosecutors suspected of wrongdoing, less than a week after it was issued.Burhanuddin issued Guideline No. 7/2020 on Aug. 6, stipulating that summoning, examining, searching, arresting and detaining prosecutors suspected of being involved in a criminal act could only be conducted with the permission of the attorney general.“Given that it has created disharmony between those tasked with doing their duty its implementation is considered inappropriate, therefore the guideline is revoked,” Attorney General’s Office (AGO) spokesman Hari Setiyono said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. Read also: AGO arrests prosecutor Pinangki for alleged corruption in connection with Djoko TjandraThe Aug. 6 guideline had not actually been officially circulated by the AGO, Hari said, adding that the office would look into who had unofficially circulated the information about the guideline, which had also made the rounds on WhatsApp recently.Several institutions and law experts have responded to the issuance of the guideline.“When law enforcement officials, either the police, prosecutors, judges or advocates [commit a crime], the Criminal Code applies forcefully. This can’t be undermined by internal rules or community rules,” criminal law expert Abdul Fickar Hadjar said on Tuesday.“Issuing something like this during this ‘pandemic’ of the Djoko Tjandra case and the investigation into prosecutor [Pinangki Sirna Malasari], will certainly raise cynicism and public suspicion,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Nawawi Pomolango said.In the now-revoked guideline, the attorney general also regulated the procedures for obtaining his permission, whereby any agency seeking to summon, examine, search, arrest or detain a prosecutor had to submit an application to his office.The application could be rejected if it lacked urgency or if the required documents were incomplete. However, the AGO’s permission would not be needed if prosecutors had already been caught in the act of committing a crime, the guideline said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Bernd Leno says Arsenal players were left ‘angry, disappointed, mad and crazy’ after Watford draw

first_imgBernd Leno has detailed the ‘crazy’ reaction to Arsenal’s draw with Watford (Picture: Visionhaus)Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno says that the Gunners dressing room was ‘very mad and crazy’ after Watford came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 at Vicarage Road on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side were leading 2-0 at half time thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace but had something of a meltdown after the break as Watford stormed back into the game.Tom Cleverley got one back for the Hornets after Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave the ball away in his own penalty area, then Roberto Pereyra scored from the spot after being tripped by David Luiz.Leno has attempted to explain Arsenal’s spectacular demise in the second half, admitting that his team were lucky to come away with a draw by the end of 90 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watfordhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-frustrating-2-2-draw-watford-2006290/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I think in the second half we lost completely the control of the game,’ said Leno. ‘The distance from the midfield to the strikers and all the distances from the players were too big. Watford deserved at least the draw.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was very frustrating because we controlled the game but also in the first half, you could see that we made two easy mistakes and then at the end we conceded two goals from these kind of mistakes and we were lucky we didn’t lose this game.’The inquisition began immediately after the final whistle in Watford and the German stopper said it took Emery’s calming nature to keep things under control.‘Everybody was angry and disappointed after this game. The manager is a very positive guy,’ Leno continued.‘He wants to be positive and he said we will analyse this game with time. Now everybody was with emotions, very mad and crazy.‘But that is normal after the game. He said “calm down and then on Tuesday we analyse this game and then on Thursday we have another game.”’The Gunners are quickly back in action as they travel to Germany on Thursday night to play Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.MORE: Gary Neville slams ‘poor player’ Sokratis Papastathopoulos after Arsenal draw at WatfordMORE: David Luiz has never had any of the qualities Arsenal need, says Tony Cascarino Advertisement Comment Bernd Leno says Arsenal players were left ‘angry, disappointed, mad and crazy’ after Watford drawcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link630Shares Advertisementlast_img read more