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Professors for Lunch’ panel discusses liberal arts

first_imgThe value of a liberal arts education was discussed Friday afternoon at the second installment in the “Professors for Lunch” series. The event, titled “Why choose the liberal arts?” was hosted at the Oak Room in South Dining Hall. The “Professors for Lunch” series is meant to enrich intellectual life at Notre Dame by engaging students and faculty in dialogue.  Diverging from the structure of the inaugural event on Feb. 24, the second meeting featured a panel of speakers from diverse academic backgrounds, followed by questions from the audience. Professor Mark Roche, professor of German language and literature and former dean of the College of Arts & Letters, was scheduled to speak about his book “Why Choose the Liberal Arts?” which inspired the topic of this Friday’s event. However, Roche was unable to attend, so senior event organizer Morgan Pino said the organizers worked to find a diverse group of panelists. “It went really well [because] they all had something different to bring to the panel,” Pino said.  “I enjoyed getting to hear multiple points of view on the issue.” Fr. Brian Daley of the theology department, Dr. Kevin Burke of the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and Michael Zuckert of the political science department comprised the panel. The panelists addressed the purpose of a liberal education from varying disciplines. Daley said he drew on his Christian faith, especially his Jesuit background, to inform his analysis of America’s universities and its general academic culture. “One of the things that always struck me when I think about our universities is that they are very artificial institutions, that we create them for a specific purpose,” he said. Daley said these institutions are embodiments of a common culture, resting on specific assumptions, hopes and values.  He said this leads to questioning what type of person would be a successful Notre Dame graduate, and how the University’s vision differs from the general national opinion. “I suspect that many undergraduate institutions, Notre Dame among them, would also hope to have some consensus that at the end of four years, a graduate would be a virtuous person, a person who is trained morally, virtuously [and is working] to make the world a happier, more just place,” Daly said. Discussion of the Christian faith, particularly the Jesuit theology, enables students to engage in evaluation of the culture and faith from which they come, Daley said.   “I say this as a Jesuit because we have a long tradition of doing education,” he said. “The Jesuits happened into education by accident; the first Jesuits were pastoral ministers that happened into education because they shared the assumption that teaching young people … made them better Christians.” Burke said he also drew on Jesuit teachings to inform his opinions on undergraduate education and the search for personal vocation. “I’m going to go back to the Jesuits and their idea of the ‘magis,’” Burke said. “The magis [means] ‘more in the world,’ doing more, thinking more, spiritually being more. When you think about what your vocation might be, does it think about doing more for the world?” The ultimate goal for each individual’s undergraduate education is at the intersection of each individual’s answers to three distinct questions, Burke said. “The questions are ‘What are you good at?’ ‘What brings you joy?’ and ‘What does the world most need you to do?” Burke said.  “I’m going to argue that you figure out the answer to those three questions in conversation.” Zuckert said his definition of contemporary liberal arts depends on their basis in classical educational tradition. However, French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville pointed out the tendency in modern democracies is for people to believe practical education is the only kind that makes sense, Zuckert said.   “In America, liberal education is always threatened by education that is not liberal,” he said.  “If there are kinds of human activities that are choice-worthy in themselves and not as a means for other things, then there remains a case for liberal education as the education conducive to engaging in those activities.” These sorts of activities are those that contribute to living well and rightly, Zuckert said.   “Liberal education helps us to answer these questions,” Zuckert said. “It goes beyond the necessities of living, answering the question of what the point of living is.” Pino said though the speakers only had a brief time to formulate their comments, the laid-back style of communication made the talk accessible. “With Professor [of early modern European history Brad] Gregory’s talk [at the last meeting], I think everyone was blown away,” Pino said.  “The problem was that we didn’t leave enough time to really get into it … This time we were going to try to make it a little less formal, and to leave more time for questions and answers afterward.” The shorter comments from the panel allowed for more discussion and engagement with the speakers’ ideas, Pino said. “I’m glad it was a little shorter and that we had more time to talk afterward,” Pino said. “I think students really got into it.”   Event organizer and political science professor Vincent Muñoz said h e is pleased the panel format successfully interested the audience.   “The turnout was very strong,” Muñoz said. “It seems to me that we have found something that is really resonating with the students. The panel format seemed to work well … It’s unfortunate that Professor Roche couldn’t be there, but the [resulting] format allowed for more voices and more conversation.” Pino said the organizers want to continue the series, and they are taking it one step at a time. “It’s really sort of up in the air,” she said. “I think we’re just going to take it topic by topic and see what professors come forward and what interesting work comes up. We are not set on particular ideas, more on what we think people would be interested in and what people want to talk about.”last_img read more


Pistol power

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaPatrick T. Cannon extends his right arm and steadies the pistol in his hand, takes careful aim and fires. It’s not a game to him. He’s aiming for the Olympics, and he’s getting closer with each shot.Cannon, 16, is one of the youngest members of the USA Shooting national development team. USAS is the governing body that trains and selects the shooting teams that represent the United States at World Cups, World Shooting Championships, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games.Olympic developmentCannon has been invited twice to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to train with the USAS’s 10-meter air pistol and free pistol teams. Picked from across the United States, only 11 people are on the development team now. About 15 are on the national team.Erich Buljung, an Olympic silver medalist in 1988, coaches the pistol teams. “I think he likes me,” Cannon said. “But it’s really hard to tell. It comes down to how you score.”Cannon will return to Colorado Springs in April to compete in the 2003 Junior Olympics. From there, it could be on to Athens, Greece, for the 2004 Olympic Games.4-H trainedCannon was born and raised in Tifton, Ga. He began his shooting career in the eighth grade when his mother and father, Patsie and Carroll Cannon, insisted he get involved with the county’s 4-H shooting program.”I really didn’t want to do it at first,” Cannon said. But shortly after joining, he learned he was better at shooting than most of his peers. “I got more interested in it then.””It takes a lot of mental discipline, practice and focus on what you’re doing. (You have to) blot out everything else,” said David Haire, who coaches the 4-H shooters in Tift County. “And Patrick T. can do all of this.”Though the student now beats the coach most often, Haire still advises Cannon on his shooting technique. Haire will be going with Cannon to Colorado Springs in April.Cannon blew through state 4-H competitions and became a state winner, or master, at the air pistol. When a person masters a 4-H event, he is ineligible to compete in that event again. Cannon is on his way to mastering the 4-H air rifle and now helps coach the county’s 4-H air pistol team.Many would think a young boy from a rural area who shoots like Cannon would be into game hunting. But he’s not.”I’ve never been hunting. Don’t know if I have the patience for it,” he said. “I just like shooting.”The scoresFree pistol shooting, a men’s-only event, has been part of the Olympics since 1896. With separate events for men and women, air pistol shooting joined the games in 1988.In the air pistol competition, the athlete fires lead pellets at a bull’s eye target 10 meters away.Cannon shoots a Morini compressed-air pistol, priced around $1,100. Its trigger weight is very light, around 500 grams.Men take 60 shots in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Women have 1 hour and 15 minutes for 40 shots.For men, a perfect score is 600, and 585 is world-class.Cannon scores consistently around 540 but feels he’ll soon be “at the next level.”Cannon also shoots on the free pistol team, where athletes shoot .22 caliber pistols from 50 meters at bull’s eye targets with a 2-inch center. Cannon shoots his $1,000 German-made Steyr for this competition.The athletes take 60 shots in 2 hours. A perfect score is 600, and 565 is world-class. Cannon is newer to this sport but already scores in the low 500s.last_img read more


DEA Banning Kratom, Herb Eyed by Suffolk Pols

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Possessing kratom, an herb Suffolk County lawmakers proposed banning—sparking a local debate over whether it’s addictive or has medicinal value—will be illegal nationwide starting Sept. 30, federal authorities announced Tuesday.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is classifying mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the active ingredients in Kratom, as Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively making possession of the herb a crime, the agency said. Users that tout its effectiveness as an alternative painkiller, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and addiction treatment were saddened by the news.“Kratom is abused for its ability to produce opioid-like effects and is often marketed as a legal alternative to controlled substances,” the DEA said in a statement. “Kratom has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”The Food and Drug Administration, which deemed kratom a dietary supplement grown in Asia, previously banned its importation. Before the DEA acted, New York State debated joining several states that banned the herb. Suffolk County’s proposed ban was tabled and never came up for a vote before the legislature.“There’s always a danger when someone resorts to self-medication, particularly in an attempt to overcome serious health problems,” said Suffolk Legis. Steve Stern (D-Huntington), who proposed banning the herb on eastern Long Island. Stern said he’s in talks to discuss whether the proposal will move forward now that the DEA is banning the herb. He’s also proposed banning U-47700, a synthetic opioid reportedly linked to the death of Prince.Stern expressed concern that kratom is being used a gateway drug fueling the heroin and opioid epidemic gripping LI and the nation. Members of law enforcement, substance abuse experts and medical professionals backed the ban, but some local users urged lawmakers not to prohibit the herb, which they maintain is useful in combating the epidemic.“Kratom is demonstrably safer than most of the items that are being proposed such as Suboxone and Methadone for curing addictions like heroin,” resident John Gerbitz told the legislature on April 12. “It simply facilitates a state of well-being and its effects are mild and unobtrusive…It’s a tool to fight addiction.”Kratom proponents planned to continue fighting for the herb.“We will be working with our advisors to determine how best to approach and unwind this situation, if at all possible,” Paul Kemp of the American Kratom Association said in a statement. “We hope the kratom community will stay calm and work together to defuse this terrible mistake by the DEA.”The DEA’s decision to temporarily classify kratom’s active ingredients as Schedule 1 drug is expected to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. The ban will then take effect in 30 days. The DEA will then move to make the ban permanent.last_img read more


Report suggests wastewater link to Taco John’s E coli outbreak

first_imgFeb 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials from California and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a final report on a 2006 Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with iceberg lettuce from Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota, revealing that wastewater from nearby dairy operations might have contaminated irrigation water.The 41-page FDA/California Department of Public Health report, released on Feb 15, linked the outbreak to a ranch in Buttonwillow, Calif., that is located about 126 miles northwest of Los Angeles.The outbreak occurred in the fall of 2006 and sickened about 80 people, according to the report. No deaths were reported. E coli O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps, but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome, potentially leading to kidney failure or death, in 2% to 7% of patients.Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Public Health had identified shredded iceberg lettuce served at the restaurants as the likely cause of the E coli outbreak. The FDA, working with Minnesota and California officials, had traced the lettuce the restaurants received from a Minnesota distributor to growing regions in California’s Central Coast and Central Valley areas.Further trace-back studies by the FDA and California authorities steered investigation and sampling to two growing areas, but investigators focused their efforts on the Wegis Ranch in Buttonwillow after 10 of the 32 samples from the site matched the Taco John’s outbreak strain, according to the report.Four of the samples matching the outbreak strain came from two dairies located near the lettuce fields.After analyzing water systems in the area and at the ranch, investigators found several confluence points between the local water district’s system and those of the ranch and the two dairy operations.”A key finding in this investigation was the dairy wastewater blending and distribution system used by the Wegis Ranch to irrigate crops and distribute water,” the investigators wrote. They also reported that the system had inadequate backflow devices, which might have contaminated the growing fields with wastewater.The report also said numerous signs of wildlife were observed near and on some of the ranch’s growing fields.See also:Feb 15 FDA/California Department of Public Health final report on E coli O157:H7 outbreak in lettuceJan 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA finds Taco John’s E coli strain on California farms”last_img read more


A meeting was held with American investors who want to invest in the Pašman Riviera

first_imgLast week, Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin and his associates hosted a delegation of American investors at the County House, led by Jeffory D. Blackard, a representative of the Blackard Global consortium. The aim of the meeting was to present the tourist development project “Pašman Riviera”, estimated at 500 million euros, which is individually the largest greenfield investment in Croatian tourism.”We held a very constructive meeting. These are serious investors who intend to invest in the Pašman Riviera project. It would be the largest tourist investment in Zadar County and certainly the largest American investment in Croatia”, Said the prefect of Zadar County Božidar Longin, adding that the county services and the Municipality of Pašman will be maximally available so that the investment can be realized as soon as possible.”We are extremely pleased with yesterday’s meeting and the support expressed by the Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin. The preparation of this project was a very long and detailed process, we took special care of the environment and the authenticity of the location, our goal is to satisfy the local community and all future guests. We will create a large number of permanent jobs and we believe that this project will bring great economic prosperity to Pašman and its surroundings.Said Jeffory D. Blackard, CEO of Zero Global Waste and Blackard Global Inc.Pašman Resort – EUR 500 million investmentIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The goal of the Pasman Resort project is to develop a top and attractive tourist destination of the highest category with an innovative marketing concept that should enable sustainable tourism development on the island of Pasman while preserving the natural features of the area and respecting local tradition and cultural heritage.The Project area has untouched nature, does not contain buildings and is located along the 8 km long coast, with a total area of ​​approximately 260 hectares, of which about 100 hectares represent construction area, and about 160 hectares represent the planned potential area of ​​recreation and agriculture. The project would include the construction of hotels, tourist apartments, villas, berths, beaches, etc.… with a capacity of up to 4.000 beds in the final stages of development, including ancillary facilities and the necessary utilities in the project area.An additional goal of the Pašman settlement project is the construction of a bridge that will connect the northeastern part of Pašman with the mainland (in the area of ​​Biograd na Moru), 2,2 km long. The bridge, which has already been determined in the spatial plans of the Republic of Croatia, should provide further positive effects for tourist resorts as well as for the overall development of economic and social categories on the islands of Pašman and Ugljan.The land of 260 hectares is not for sale but would be leased for a period of 99 years, and according to some estimates, the investor will pay the Municipality of Pašman about 4,2 million kuna a year for the land.Find out more about the whole project on the official ones investor websiteslast_img read more


Walloped by pandemic and controversy, Trump faces political turmoil

first_imgPummeled from all sides, US President Donald Trump appears increasingly desperate to turn the page on the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic eating away at his prospects for re-election in November.”Great News on Vaccines!” he tweeted Wednesday, striking a hopeful note.But the reality is stubborn and sobering: 136,900 Americans have perished, confirmed new cases are on the rise in 40 out of 50 states, California announced Monday it was re-shuttering parts of its massive economy, and Trump is clashing with health experts tasked with fighting the crisis. Obama weighs in The White House has sought to calm the waters, even as one of its own sowed new confusion.In an opinion piece Tuesday in USA Today, Trump’s chief trade advisor Peter Navarro attacked Fauci with renewed animosity, writing that “Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”The administration rushed to mop up the mess, saying Navarro bypassed normal White House channels when he published his op-ed.Trump himself castigated his advisor.Navarro “made a statement representing himself. He shouldn’t be doing that,” Trump told reporters.”We’re all on the same team, including Dr Fauci.”But Trump and the White House have repeatedly criticized Fauci in recent weeks.Fauci described the efforts as “bizarre,” telling The Atlantic magazine that “ultimately, it hurts the president to do that.”Amid the hubbub, Barack Obama weighed in with an appeal for apolitical action.”The latest data offers a tragic reminder that the virus doesn’t care about spin or ideology,” the 44th president tweeted Wednesday without naming the 45th, but clearly referring to Trump.”The best thing we can do for our economy is to deal with our public health crisis,” Obama added.Biden, for eight years Obama’s deputy, appears content to run a minimal campaign with few public appearances, but he nevertheless has sought to seize the momentum from a flailing Trump.Enjoying favorable polling, including in some traditionally Republican states, Biden denounced Trump for his “complete and utter failure” to combat COVID-19, as he shifts his own electoral strategy.On Tuesday, Biden aired his first campaign ad in Texas, a state that has not voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1976 but where polls now put him in a dead heat with Trump.”I know the rise in [coronavirus] case numbers is causing fear and apprehension,” Biden says over images of masked emergency responders, and loved ones communicating via webcast or through glass.”If you’re sick, if you’re struggling… I will not abandon you.” There is palpable concern in the Republican camp. Biden leads Trump by nine percentage points in national polling, according to an aggregate compiled by RealClearPolitics.The Democratic challenger, 77, is also ahead in at least five of the major swing states that could decide the election: Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.Trump for his part is sticking to a limited line of attack: portraying his opponent as a listless old man easily manipulated by the “radical left.”But the 74-year-old Trump committed his own slip of the tongue Tuesday when he said Biden had been pulled to “the right” by Bernie Sanders, the leftist who fought him for the Democratic nomination. Topics : Even some voices within his own camp are urging the president to tackle the problem more seriously rather than blame scapegoats.”We don’t have a Dr Fauci problem,” stressed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. “I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive.” With infection rates that have taken radically different trajectories than those in Europe, the United States is in bad shape — and the president appears to be dodging the subject.At a Tuesday press conference where he denounced China but also vilified his Democratic rival Joe Biden, Trump barely mentioned the government’s efforts to stem the COVID-19 outbreaks.On Wednesday he traveled to Atlanta — not to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an update on the pandemic response as cases spike in Georgia and elsewhere, but to deliver a speech on modernizing America’s infrastructure.His attempt to discredit respected infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci, who has bluntly warned that the US strategy against the virus is faltering, has flopped.last_img read more


Charms of yesteryear in Yeerongpilly

first_imgThe home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.THIS classic Queenslander on a huge block in Yeerongpilly has a rich history and lovely character features.Owners Kirsten and Declan Powell, who have owned the home since 1986, said the property at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly was built in the 1890s and has only belonged to three families.“It has a lot of history,” Ms Powell said.“We can’t find pictures but everyone we spoke to said the house used to be the Yeronga tennis club and they had dances around the wide verandas on Saturday nights in the early 1900s.” The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.Ms Powell said she loved the home’s high ceilings and the living room with original fireplace.“A lot of the features are original right down to the floorboards,” she said.“The high ceilings mean you don’t feel enclosed in any of the rooms and it’s just such a big house on a big block.“It’s also very cool — the breezes just blow through and it’s got beautiful views to the tennis centre and beyond to Mount Coot-Tha.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.Ms Powell said the home would suit a family with young children.“We will miss all the space but the home’s ready for the next family to love it and create their own memories.”The property is being marketed by Jane Elvin of LJ Hooker Annerley Yeronga. The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.The home is on a 1620sq m block across four lots and has a wraparound veranda, VJ walls, timber floors and casement windows.Upstairs there is a big kitchen, casual dining room, sun room and formal dining room.An original double sided fireplace sits between the living room and the sitting room. The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.There are also four bedrooms on this level, along with a study, bathroom and separate toilet.Downstairs there is a second kitchen, dining room, living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.There is also a double lockup garage and a laundry.last_img read more


11-year-old Jamaican Boy to be Deported from Antigua

first_imgNewsRegional 11-year-old Jamaican Boy to be Deported from Antigua by: – February 29, 2012 83 Views   4 comments Share An 11-year-old Jamaican boy whose parents cannot control him will be deported from Antigua & Barbuda.Photo credit:medicallicenseverification.comAccording to the Antigua Observer, the Primary School student appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in St John’s Magistrates’ Court earlier this week and pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny.It’s reported that this was the child’s second appearance before a magistrate for stealing. He last appeared before former district ‘B’ magistrate Joan Fung.The prosecutor told the court that on Wednesday, February 15, the virtual complainant, Suzette Hamilton, placed two phones – a Nokia and a Blu – on her dressing table in her bedroom. The Nokia is valued $400 and the other phone costs $30.The 11-year-old is a “regular visitor to the home,” the prosecutor said. On the day in question, the child went to the house, saw the phones, picked them up and left.Hamilton discovered that the phones – one belonging to her and the other one for her mother – were missing when she went to get them about 3 pm.A report was made to the police and investigations were conducted. The Jamaican youth was taken into custody and he admitted to taking the phones and told the police where to find them.Both cell phones were recovered. The child was arrested and charged.Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin told the court that the young man’s mother and father were fed up with him. Benjamin said the parents consented for the boy to receive 12 lashes from a police officer.Chief Magistrate Walsh reportedly told Benjamin that it was already too late to curb the child’s thievery, since he started at age seven.“He is already broken into being a thief. If his own parents can’t cope with him, why should the state cope with him? It is obvious that he does not listen to them (his parents),” she said.Walsh said, “I am not going to send him to prison for taxpayers to feed him. I am seriously contemplating on sending him back to Jamaica and he can steal there.”The prosecutor informed the court that the 11 year old, who has resided in Antigua for the past four years, has been out of time since August 31, 2010.Based on that information, Benjamin said he would discontinue his plea for leniency.Walsh inquired how the Jamaican youth, who was dressed in his school uniform, was allowed in school without legal status. She then made the order for his deportation.Antigua Chronicle Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more


Food aid provided to Antique frontliners

first_imgHe added that nurses working in theASMGH have requested a temporary shelter due to the lack of public transport inthe province, especially that the provincial government extended the enhancedcommunity quarantine until April 14.(Witha report from PNA/PN) FOOD FOR FRONT-LINERS. Employees’ cooperatives in Antique donate PHP50,00 worth of food to the province’s front-liners. Ma. Lourdes Fortaleza, president of the United Provincial Government Employees of Antique (UPGEA), said on Tuesday (March 31, 2020) they consider their actions as part of their social responsibility. Photo courtesy of UPGEA/APGEMCO “Last March 30, we gave foodstuff to thepersonnel of the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH), ProvincialDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Provincial Social Welfare andDevelopment Office, and the capitol guards, who are still performing theirduties despite the threat of COVID-19,” UPGEA president Ma. Lourdes Fortaleza saidon April 1. SAN JOSE, Antique – Frontliners in thisprovince were provided with food assistance by a group of employers asappreciation and support in their fight against the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). Integrated provincial health officer Dr.Ric Noel Naciongayo, for his part, has been appealing assistance for thefrontliners. “I am appealing to anyone concerned toextend assistance to our frontliners as our way of appreciating theircommitment to work,” he said. The United Provincial GovernmentEmployees of Antique (UPGEA) and the Antique Provincial Government EmployeesMulti-Purpose Cooperative gave out biscuits, noodles, energy drunk, juice andmore to the frontliners.last_img read more


Franklin County Sheriff releases November numbers

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department released the monthly activity report for November.The agency received a total of 624 calls for service last month. The data shows 85 calls for vehicle accidents, 16 burglary reports and 42 calls for suspicious activity.A total of 26 arrests were made last month including five alcohol-related offenses and three drug related offenses.An average of 40 prisoners were housed in the jail throughout the month of November and there were 85 civil process papers served.last_img read more