Freshmen take first trip to Grotto

first_imgBearing candles, programs and prayers, members of the class of 2018 packed the Grotto on Monday night for the Freshman First Visit to the Grotto, a prayer service that helped introduce first-year students to faith life at Notre Dame.“It’s just a great way to begin the school year,” Stephen Spittle, a Keenan Hall freshman, said. “It’s a nice community thing. It’s a nice way of showing a support group, showing that there’s other people who believe what you believe in, and there’s always some place for you to go.”The service consisted of readings, speakers, prayers and songs, including the Alma Mater. Kate Barrett, the Campus Ministry assistant director of residential hall liturgies, estimated that around 1,200 people attended the service, about the same number as the 2013 trip but up several hundred from previous years. Barrett said she hoped the Grotto would be an illustration of the importance of faith at Notre Dame.“I hope that [the freshmen], over the course of the whole orientation but concluding at the Grotto, see their faith as a real component in their time at Notre Dame and that they have a desire to make that important to them,” she said. “It’s going to take a different shape for every person, but I hope that everyone here in their own way will feel a renewed commitment for growing in their faith. It’s a really important part of being a student at Notre Dame.”Megan Burin, a first-year student in Pasquerilla West Hall, said the Grotto gave her “a better appreciation of Notre Dame.”“I just wanted to get a sense of community, and I wanted to do something as a class, and I think this place is a really special place to do it,” she said.Freshman Maddie Organ, who also lives in Pasquerilla West, said the trip put her at ease for the coming semester.“I was nervous for classes and everything else to start [yesterday], but coming here it was nice to know that [the Grotto] will always be here no matter what we’re going through,” she said.Barrett said the 35-minute service was the result of coordination among Campus Ministry, the Folk Choir and hall Resident Assistants and Frosh-O staffs, who handed out candles and programs and guided students into the Grotto.“You can’t get 1200 people in one place at one time without a lot of people helping,” she said. “It’s very much a group effort.”Senior Shannon Hagedorn, the service’s student speaker, encouraged freshmen to cultivate their faith by finding a special place on campus in which to reflect and to value relationships with people at Notre Dame.“You’ll be surrounded by amazing people,” Hagedorn said. “They’re there in the light and in the shadows, helping you truly shine, and you’ll be there for them too. At Notre Dame, you will find and be tremendous models, mentors, inspirations and travelers. I have been challenged more than I had been before, but also lifted higher and supported more than ever before as well. I have seen others experience the same.”Noel Terranova, the rector of Keenan Hall, encouraged freshmen to use the Grotto, modeled after the spot in France where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, as a place of comfort and celebration and a reminder of the generations-long faith community at Notre Dame.“That is why you are holding a burning candle in your hands right now. It is a symbol of the light of Christ . . . as you prepare to embark on the journey of your Notre Dame experience, know that there will be difficult times . . . when this happens, know that there is a community of support to help you here at Notre Dame,” Terranova said. “As a rector, I can say go to your rector, talk to your rector, we can help.“But at the bottom of all of our struggles there is a restlessness deep within ourselves that can only be encountered in a place of stillness. So when that struggle comes, find your candle. Come to the Grotto. Sit in the stillness. Look within yourself. As your face is lighted and warmed by the flickering of the prayers of others, know that you are not alone.”Flora Tang, a Breen-Phillips Hall first-year student, said she hopes to take advantage of faith life while at Notre Dame.“I want to get stronger in my faith, and also get stronger action-wise, like getting into service or making wiser decisions,” she said.Spittler said he hopes to achieve grow personally during his four years at the University.“I really want to be able, when I’m done with these four years, to be able to say that these four years have meant something to me, and while I don’t necessarily know what that means, I want to be able to look back and say that those years changed me and those years changed how I look at the world and at different situations and made me evolve as a person,” he said.Tags: First Year Orientation, first years, Grottolast_img read more

Alleged Regional Leader and Founder of the Mexican Los Zetas Cartel Arrested

first_img The police have arrested one of the founders of the Los Zetas drug-trafficking cartel, the group’s alleged regional leader in southern Mexico, believed to be involved in trafficking and kidnapping immigrants, the Secretariat of Public Safety (SSP), announced. Flavio Méndez, nicknamed ‘El Amarillo’ [‘The Yellow One’], is “one of the founders” and “in charge of the southern region of the country” for Los Zetas, Ramón Pequeño, head of the anti-drug division of the Federal Police, announced at a press conference at which the detainee was brought before the press. In 2009, the Mexican government, which has been conducting a military offensive against drug trafficking since 2006, included ‘El Amarillo’ on a list of the thirty-seven most-wanted traffickers and offered 15 million pesos (1.2 million dollars) for his detention. Los Zetas traffic in drugs and carry out kidnappings and extortions throughout the country. By Dialogo January 21, 2011last_img read more

What Are The Best Adult Beverages on Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York BEST CRAFT BEER BREWERY Oyster Bay Brewing CompanyEver tried Oyster Bay Brewing Company’s Honey Ale? How sweet this happy hoppy experience is — just one example of the many tasty craft sensations served up by this year’s winner of the Best Craft Beer Brewery on Long Island. It’s overflowing with reasons to enjoy all its offerings! Are you thirsty yet? Look at the head of foam on that mug! Don’t you just want to pour that liquid amber ambrosia down your throat where it belongs? We bet you do. And you know what? While you’re sipping, or guzzling, the master brewers at Oyster Bay Brewing Company are busy doing what they do best, so you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labors at your favorite venue where their artistry is on tap! 36 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, 516-802-5546, oysterbaybrewing.comBEST LOCAL WINERYPindar VineyardsAt Pindar Vineyards, they know that a good wine is like a great poem. Enjoying a glass can be an uplifting experience, delighting the senses as it satisfies the soul. Since Pindar’s founding four decades ago, it has become one of Long Island’s best-known wineries. Nestled on 500 acres on the East End, it grows 17 varieties of grapes, carefully crafting them into some 23 varietals and proprietary blends. Each year, it produces about 70,000 cases. But it’s never forgotten its roots, nor its family tradition. At its flagship vineyard, wine lovers can tour the production facility, and taste great wines from the barrel! 37645 Main Road, Peconic, 631-734-6200, pindar.netBEST LONG ISLAND ICED TEAMercato Kitchen & CocktailsHere, you can sip supremely! Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails has accomplished something that countless venues on the Island can only dream of: getting voted the purveyor of the Best Long Island Iced Tea! They know what they’re doing at Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails, and their loyal customers appreciate their expertise with every glass they drink. Mercato’s Long Island Iced Tea is simply out of this world! 4958 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-308-3582, mercatokitchen.comBEST MARTINI ON LONG ISLANDSpiro’s Restaurant & LoungeLong Islanders have recognized Spiro’s as the home of the Best Martini on Long Island again! Serving nearly two dozen of these tasty elixirs, customers have their pick! Shaken or stirred? A twist or an olive? Extra dry? Take your pick! Every martini is made to order at Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge, and absolutely delicious! With such amazing flavors as Sugarplum and Cookies ‘n Cream to Rice Pudding and Da Vinci Martini, among so many others, it’s no wonder why Long Islanders vote Spiro’s to the top of this category, year after year! 4 Patchogue Drive, Rocky Point, 631-744-4100, spiroslounge.comlast_img read more

Malaysia Starts Probe into Alleged Bribery at MISC

first_imgMalaysia’s MISC Berhad (MISC) is currently being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) related to alleged bribery.Local media cited undisclosed sources as saying that the alleged bribery amounts to USD 27.8 million (MYR 108.5 million).MACC launched the probe following information of alleged bribes in the form of fraudulent claims devised between MISC officials and maritime contractors. The parties reportedly filed claims to receive payments for ship maintenance services, but there was no upkeep being done from 2010 to 2013.MACC raided the company’s offices on February 28 and seized several documents surrounding investigations. The commission has, to date, recorded nine statements from those within the company, including four senior officials.MISC informed that it “has been giving its fullest support and cooperation to MACC,” adding that it has a zero tolerance policy against any form of bribery or corruption by employees, subsidiaries or any persons or companies acting for MISC or on its behalf.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Antique solo parents learn rights, privileges

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – Forty-nine soloparents working at the provincial government here were briefed about theirrights and privileges.    “There are still many solo parents whoare not aware of their rights and privileges so this orientation is conducted,”Dagumanpan added. “One of the benefits of the soloparents is the extended maternity leave which is 120 days,” she added. Diwata Dagumanpan, solo parent programin-charge of the Social Welfare and Development provincial office, said onWednesday that this was the first time solo parents employed at the provincialgovernment – permanent or job order – were gathered. She said Republic Act 8972, the lawwhich provides benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children waspassed on July 2000 yet many solo parents were unaware of it. “When they apply for their passport atthe Department of Foreign Affairs, they no longer have to register online butthat they could walk-in,” Dagumanpan said. She added solo parents need to applyfor the solo parent identification card at their respective municipal SocialWelfare and Development Offices. Solo parents and employees of the provincial government are briefed about their benefits and privileges at the Kanyugan Function Hall in San Jose, Antique on Wednesday. ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY/PNA There are several categories in whicha person is considered a solo parent, such as a woman who gave birth as aresult of rape and other crimes against chastity – even without the finalconviction of the offender and parent left solo or alone due to the death ofspouse or due to physical and/or mental incapacity of the spouse.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Oscar hails Mourinho influence

first_img “I am ambitious for this season and I am happy with the way things are going for me at the moment. We have started well and I want to make sure that this is a big year, a year in which Chelsea win titles.” Having been named in Mourinho’s starting XI for the opening four games, Oscar will be in the best position to achieve his ambitions over the course of the current campaign. The same could not be said for his Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata as the club’s player of the year for 2012/13 continues to struggle to find a place in Mourinho’s side. Having yet to make a start, it was expected the Spaniard could secure a move away from Stamford Bridge in the transfer window, with Arsenal and Paris St Germain reportedly interested in the 25-year-old. But he remains a Chelsea player and will continue to challenge the likes of Oscar for a place in Mourinho’s team as the returning boss looks to bring more silverware to west London. Former Internacional man Oscar is looking to build on an impressive first season in English football and believes he will benefit from the managerial prowess of Mourinho. “It’s been great to work with Jose Mourinho,” he told the club’s official magazine, Chelsea FC. “He is one of the best coaches in the world. We have seen he has already had a lot of success at Chelsea and I am just really happy to have the opportunity to work with him. “You can already see the influence he has had on us during the first few games and I hope the team will be able to continue to grow under him as I will also be able to grow as a player. “As early as pre-season we could see the belief with which he works. We could see the confidence he has with us as players but also the confidence within his own work. It is clear to us that he is a great coach.” Oscar, who is likely to feature in Brazil’s upcoming friendlies against Australia and Portugal, played in Chelsea’s 2-1 Europa League final success against Benfica at the end of last season and has the taste for more success this year, with personal targets also in place. “It’s all down to confidence,” he said. “I feel a lot more confident this year and I am sure that I am going to score a lot more goals. Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been quick to praise the work done by Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge. The 21-year-old Brazil international has started all four of the Blues’ matches so far this season, scoring in their opening Barclays Premier League fixture at home to Hull. Mourinho has seemingly put his faith in Oscar despite signing the likes of Marco van Ginkel, Andre Schurrle and Willian, with Kevin De Bruyne also returning to the club after a spell out on loan. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bees draw blank in home stalemate

first_imgBrentford 0 Scunthorpe 0Brentford’s run without a home win was extended to five matches despite Scunthorpe playing the final 17 minutes with 10 men.Uwe Rosler’s side struggled to create chances even after the sending-off of Iron defender Andrew Wright and were left to rue an earlier golden opportunity missed by David Clarkson.AdChoices广告The draw at least prevented a third consecutive home defeat and was a marked improvement on the 4-0 drubbing against Huddersfield in their previous match at Griffin Park.The Bees looked shaky at the back at times – especially during the first half – and keeper Richard Lee had to produce an instinctive early save, clawing away Shane Duffy’s header from Michael O’Connor’s left-wing corner.Chris Dagnall was then released down the opposite flank by Damien Mozika’s clever pass and crossed for Oliver Norwood, who blazed wastefully over the Brentford bar.Toumani Diagouraga, making his first home start of the season despite being one of several players affected by a virus, was replaced by Kevin O’Connor just after the half-hour mark.Diagouraga has been influential since his return to the side, underlining how much his dynamism was at times missed while he was out with a knee injury.But O’Connor’s introduction helped solidify the home side in midfield, where Scunthorpe were moving the ball around almost at will.Brentford improved towards the end of the half and had their first significant effort on goal when Niall McGinn’s shot was pushed away by keeper Sam Johnstone.O’Connor was moved to right-back for the second half after Adam Thompson was replaced at half-time by midfielder Marcus Bean.And Bean was quickly in the thick of the action as Clarkson missed two good chances to score in the space of a few seconds.Bean found McGinn on the right and after Clarkson’s slow reaction meant he was unable to meet the on-loan Celtic man’s cross, the ball ran to Craig Woodman, who served up an excellent delivery only for Clarkson to head wide.It proved to be Clarkson’s final contribution to the game in what may be his final appearance in a Brentford shirt as the striker, playing in the last game of his loan spell from Bristol City, was then replaced by Mike Grella.Brentford were desperately trying to gain the initiative and were given a helping hand by Wright, who stupidly got himself dismissed for a second bookable offence after chopping down Myles Weston.It was a needless challenge in more ways than one – because the referee had already whistled to stop the play after awarding Brentford a free-kick for a separate foul just inside the Bees half.But Rosler’s men were unable to capitalise and almost came unstuck at the other end, where Andy Barcham turned away from Miguel Llera before Lee dived at his feet to save.The best chance of a late goal fell to Grella, who tamely headed Bean’s cross straight into the arms of Johnstone.last_img read more

Sir Geoffrey Boycott leaves Test Match Special after 14 years

first_imgSIR Geoffrey Boycott’s 14-year spell on the BBC’s Test Match Special is over, with the commentator saying the coronavirus pandemic had essentially made the decision for him following his quadruple heart bypass.The 79-year-old former England batsman said he had “to be realistic”.The ex-Yorkshire player, who scored 8 114 runs in 108 Tests, had the operation in 2018.“I would have loved to continue but I need to be realistic,” he said.“My contract with the BBC finished end of last summer. I would like to thank BBC TMS and BBC Sport for a wonderful 14 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and just love cricket with a passion.“COVID-19 has made the decision for both of us.”Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “Geoffrey has been an iconic voice in our Test Match Special box for 14 years.“While we wish the circumstances were different, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank him for his contribution to our cricket commentary over the years and we’re still hoping to hear his unique cricketing insight at some point on TMS this summer.”Boycott said he could still make the occasional appearance on the show.“Hopefully I may still have some input to BBC TMS if that tall, lanky ex-Leicestershire medium pace bowler (BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew) needs an honest appraisal or wants to take the Mickey out of me, maybe he will give me a call while on air,” said Boycott. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Even with unblemished record, Broncos jumped in latest poll

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker could not help but be impressed. And it wasn’t because of anything his team had done. Instead, it was No. 4 Boise State that left Walker awestruck during a methodical 59-0 beatdown of his Aggies Saturday in Las Cruces, N.M. And Walker said just by looking at the Broncos, he could see this was a superior football team. ‘Just how good their players look,’ Walker said in the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday when asked what stood out most from the thrashing. ‘I’m kind of into that now, being a head coach now and really learning what it takes to build a program. I was just really impressed on how (Boise State head coach Chris Petersen) built his team. … Boise was just a totally different looking football team.’ Unfortunately for the Broncos, the win did not leave such a resounding mark on the pollsters. In the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, Oregon (5-0) jumped past Boise State (5-0) to claim the No. 3 ranking after beating No. 16 Stanford, 52-31, in Eugene, Ore. Despite the Broncos’ unblemished record that includes two non-conference wins over BCS schools, the team’s WAC affiliation, once again, appears to have cost Boise State in the rankings. The Broncos have defeated the Ducks each of the past two years, but Oregon’s Pac-10 affiliation is more impressive. That is the reality Boise State is faced with each season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Boise State’s Petersen said the one-spot drop does not bother him at this point in the season with so many games left on the schedule. He added that although he does favor the bowl system to a playoff, a combination of both, in his mind, would be best for college football. ‘The system’s not perfect,’ Peterson said. ‘I think people are trying to figure out how to make it better. Once somebody comes up with the correct plan, hopefully, it gets adopted and introduced.’ For the past five years, Boise State has been at the heart of the BCS discussion. The Broncos finished the 2006, 2008 and 2009 regular seasons undefeated. They won the Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma following the ‘06 season and beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl last year. Yet Boise State only climbed to No. 4 and No. 5 in the final rankings after those undefeated seasons. This year looked like it would be different. The preseason poll slotted the Broncos at No. 3 in the country. A solid non-conference schedule would help Boise maintain its spot near the top, waiting patiently for Alabama or Ohio State to slip up. A virtual road win against then-No. 10 Virginia Tech in Week One kept that dream alive. Three weeks later, a 37-24 home victory over then-No. 24 Oregon State bolstered the Broncos confidence. ‘Boise State, unlike any other team in the country, has won the games that they’re supposed to win,’ WAC commissioner Karl Benson said in the WAC teleconference Monday. ‘They have not been upset in a regular-season game for five years. And you can’t say that about any of the other teams.’ But even though the Broncos keep winning, their early-season opponents have not. Virginia Tech dropped a home game to Football Championship Subdivision opponent James Madison just a week after losing to Boise State. Both the Hokies and Oregon State have slipped from the rankings, hurting what was once a solid non-conference schedule for the Broncos. Benson couldn’t help but express how he felt about all the attention being paid to Boise State’s schedule. He said the focus should be on Boise State’s performance on the field and its 18-game winning streak. ‘I think it is very frustrating to listen to all the ‘what ifs,” Benson said. ‘What if Boise State played in this league or what if Boise State played in that league? The bottom line is that the teams play the schedule that they’re dealt. … Whether there’s injuries or whether there’s this or that or whether it’s 95 degrees and humidity. … Bottom line is good teams win.’ But with what now appears to be a softer strength of schedule than how it originally appeared, Oregon slides ahead of the Broncos, despite Boise State’s dismantling of New Mexico State last weekend. And Walker, the Aggies head coach, would not say whether he believed one team should be ahead of the other. But he did work as UCLA’s defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008. He said he was impressed with Boise Saturday and added it could play with any team from the Pac-10 — Oregon included. ‘All I know is, coaching in the Pac-10 and having a chance to go against Coach Petersen’s team for two years now,’ Walker said. ‘There’s no doubt they could go in the Pac-10 and be more than competitive in that conference. … You could put them in the Pac-10, and they would definitely hold their own.’ Big men on campus Darron Thomas and LaMichael James No. 3 Oregon (5-0) Last week’s stats: Thomas — 20-for-29, 238 yards, 3 TDs, 15 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD James — 31 carries, 257 yards, 3 TDs Thomas, a sophomore quarterback, and James, a sophomore running back, led Oregon to a combined 612 yards of total offense and accounted for all seven of the team’s touchdowns in the Ducks’ win over No. 16 Stanford. After falling behind 21-3 in the first quarter, Oregon outscored the Cardinal 49-10 for the rest of the game. Thomas threw touchdowns of 29, 41 and 25 yards and knotted the score at 31 in the third quarter with his six-yard touchdown run that set the tone for the rest of the second half. Oregon scored three more touchdowns after Thomas’ scamper, while the Cardinal failed to put any points on the board in the last 30 minutes. James’ career-high 257 yards on the ground was the second-most in school history. He chipped away at the Cardinal defense for most of the day before exploding for a 76-yard score with 1:10 left in the game to close out the scoring. Team of the week No. 17 Michigan State (5-0) Last week’s result: W, 34-24 vs. No. 20 Wisconsin (4-1) Head coach Mark Dantonio missed his second consecutive game due to health issues, but his Spartans once again rose above the distractions to take care of Wisconsin in both schools’ Big Ten opener. Dantonio planned on sitting in the coach’s box for MSU’s clash with the Badgers, but was hospitalized for a blood clot in his leg Thursday. He watched on television as offensive coordinator Don Treadwell took over head coaching duties for the second week in a row and led the Spartans to the 34-24 victory. The Spartan defense snapped Wisconsin running back John Clay’s 10-game streak of at least 100 yards rushing, and Treadwell secured the win with a gutsy call in the final minutes. With MSU clinging to a 27-24 lead, the Spartans decided to go for a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line with just less than three minutes left in the game. Quarterback Kirk Cousins found B.J. Cunningham in the end zone for his third touchdown pass of the day to put the game out of reach. The win boosted Michigan State’s record to 5-0 for the first time since 1999. [email protected]center_img Published on October 5, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Drew Brees makes NFL history as Saints go marching with 34-7 win over rudderless Colts

first_imgLast Updated: 17th December, 2019 11:18 IST Drew Brees Makes NFL History As Saints Go Marching With 34-7 Win Over Rudderless Colts The Indiana Colts needed a win against the New Orleans Saints to keep their playoffs hopes alive. The Saints, however, had other ideas as they romped to a win. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees entered into the game against the Indianapolis Colts on 537 career touchdown passes. On Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the two-time NFL Offensive Player Of The Year registered four touchdown passes, surpassing Peyton Manning’s record in the process. Drew Brees, therefore, is now the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown leader with 541 career touchdown passes. Tre’Quan Smith and Josh Hill were the other key performers for the New Orleans Saints as they registered their 11th win in the NFL. With an 11-3 record, they now have the joint second-best record across the NFL, along with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.Also Read | Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott Delivers Inspiring Speech After Sealing Playoffs Berth The New Orleans Saints romped to a resounding 34-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. At one point in the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Saints would enforce an all-out shutout on the Colts. While that feat did not come to transpire, another record-breaking feat was on show during the Colts vs Saints game.Also Read | Patriots Suspend Videographer Involved In Controversial Spygate 2.0 Incident Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US And that’s the record! @drewbrees passes Peyton Manning for most career passing [email protected] | #Saints— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2019 Colin DCunha WATCH US LIVE Also Read | LA Rams Suffer HUGE 21-44 Defeat To Dallas Cowboys As Jason Garrett’s Side Dominate FieldColts vs Saints: Drew Brees makes history LIVE TV COMMENT Historic night for @drewbrees 👏👏👏#HaveADay | @Saints— NFL (@NFL) December 17, 2019 With the impressive win over the Colts, the Saints are now the top seed in the (National Football Conference) NFC. Saints quarterback Drew Brees wasn’t the only player to break a record on Monday night. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas broke the Saints’ franchise record for most catches in a single season. The Indianapolis Colts needed a win to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Drew Brees, however, clearly had other ideas. The Colts will now head back home with their heads hanging, courtesy of the 7-34 loss against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints, meanwhile, will face off against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. Also Read | Is Odell Beckham Jr Planning To Request A Trade From The Cleveland Browns? First Published: 17th December, 2019 11:18 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more