University announces Sister Norma Pimentel as 2018 Laetare Medal recipient

first_imgEditor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on March 20.Notre Dame will award Sister Norma Pimentel — head of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley — the 2018 Laetare Medal, the University announced in a press releaseSunday.Each year, Notre Dame awards the Laetare Medal to an American Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”According to the release, both of Pimentel’s parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States and she spent much of her childhood traveling between the two countries. After completing her final vows and entering the Missionaries of Jesus, she worked closely with immigrants, who were often brought to the sisters’ convent.Pimentel said this experience shaped her understanding of her faith in concrete ways.“Scripture comes to life and our faith becomes flesh,” she said in the release. “It is not until you find yourself in front of the face of the immigrant child or mother that you will understand this. It is a moment of realizing we are all one human family.”Since 2008, Pimentel has directed charitable programs for the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, including “emergency food and shelter, housing assistance, clinical counseling and pregnancy care to all four counties in the Rio Grande Valley.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said Pimentel has lived out the call to recognize Christ in the marginalized through her work with refugees and migrants.“Jesus said, ‘when I was a stranger, you invited me in.’ Sister Norma Pimentel has given her life to welcoming Christ in the immigrant and refugee,” Jenkins said in the release. “In awarding her the Laetare Medal, Notre Dame celebrates her witness of seeking and generously serving Christ in the most vulnerable.”Pimentel said in the release that she was grateful to receive the 2018 Laetare Medal.“I am truly honored to receive this award,” she said. “This year’s Laetare Medal brings forth the cries of the suffering for the world to hear. I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for this recognition and for being a voice for immigrants in our midst.”Pimentel will be awarded the medal on May 20 at commencement.Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Immigration, Laetare Medal, Sister Norma Pimentellast_img read more

Nelson Selects U15 Girls Claim U16 Gold

first_img“They gave the Columbia Valley defence all they could handle throughout the entire game.”The third game featured the younger U16 Columbia Valley team, but Nelson stayed with their same attacking style and crisp passing to once again come out the stronger side.Seven minutes into the game, Julia Burkart delivered a perfect pass to team captain Sofia Arcuri in the middle who launched a 25 yard shot that sailed over the Columbia Valley keeper.At the 20 minute mark striker Abby Beauchamp put away a rebound to make the game 2-0 and the U15s held onto the lead for the rest of the game.Needing a win to secure top spot, Sunday morning at 7 a.m. the U15s faced their toughest challenge of the tournament, the Nelson Selects U16 Girls.With both teams playing a similar style of possession soccer taught by the Nelson Whitecaps Program, the game was a treat for soccer purists.Two minutes into the game, the younger Nelson side shocked the U16s when Beauchamp juked the older defender and struck a perfect shot on goal from just outside the 18-yard box that sailed in under the crossbar.The U16s then went onto to gain the edge in play for the remainder of the first half but could not penetrate the strong U15 defence.The second half featured great play by both teams with an even half. With time running out, U16 forward Laurel Halleran had the best opportunity of the half when she fired a beautiful shot on net that tested U15 keeper Hanna Quinn who preserved the shutout and her perfect weekend.“That final game was a great effort by both teams,” said Burkart.“Coach Pete Quinn and I were very proud of the way all of our girls played in a game against excellent competition.”Burkart added that the key to their success was team defence, which was anchored by the back line of Allison Bendis, Ruby Seright, Bella Guderyan, Ashley Hall and Julia Burkart who were absolutely rock solid, frustrating the opponents with their play.“We accomplished our goal of creating a lot of offence and as a result scored some very nice goals.” said Burkart.“But the defensive play of our whole team and especially that of our back line was what really set us up for the success we had.” Playing against older and bigger competition, the Nelson Selects U15 Girls used speed, determination and stingy defense to fuel them to the U16 Division gold medal in the annual Terry Walgren Memorial Tournament in Nelson past weekend.The U15s came into the tournament hungry for their first wins of the season and didn’t disappoint amassing a perfect 4-0 record and not allowing a single goal against.“Our first tournament of the season was against some really tough older American teams earlier this month at the Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d’Alene and though we played well, we simply did not get the offense we were hoping for,” said U15 coach Paul Burkart.“The goal this weekend was continue to play a defensive game but also create more scoring chances – and that is exactly what the girls did.”The tournament started with a Friday night contest against the Kootenay South U16 squad. Nelson dominated play from the opening whistle and 20 minutes into the opening half Shianne Michalchuk finished a nice play that included great passing between forwards Grace Dehnel, Jodi Surina and Mattea Lorenzo.The Nelson side continued to control play, getting numerous great scoring chances. Sixteen minutes into the second half, determined work by Dehnel led to a turnover and a nice passing play between Michalchuk and Shane Panko Dool who scored from 10 yards out. The game ended with a 2-0 victory for Nelson.Late Saturday morning, the Nelson U15s took on Columbia Valley U16-17s in a game that again saw the home side dominate play. Michalchuk scored 11 minutes into the game when she launched a bullet from just outside the 18-yard box to set the tone for a stellar game for the speedy Nelson striker.Two minutes later, Nelson forward Ruby Creighton landed a shot on net that was saved by the Columbia Valley keeper, but Michalchuk pounced on the rebound to make the score 2-0.Eight minutes into the second half, Michalchuk created a turnover deep in the  Columbia Valley zone and roofed a shot for her hat trick goal that ensured her team the 3-0 victory.“It was a real gritty strong performance by Shianne and all of our forwards,” said Burkart.last_img read more

Charlton Athletic’s SA connection

first_img15 October 2004English Premier League club Charlton Athletic is home to two of South African football’s most loved exports, Mark Fish and Shaun Bartlett. The club’s South African connection goes further than that, though, extending all the way to Alexandra township in Johannesburg.Members of the Charlton Football in the Community scheme and the club’s community liaison department jetted into South Africa this week to follow up on work that began in the township in 2003.One of three projects initiated by the club was the training of 18 youth workers, police officers and teachers to be qualified football coaches – the first time the English Football Association’s Level One coaching course had ever been carried out outside England.According to Matt Wright, writing on Charlton Athletic’s website, those new coaches have been holding football sessions in Alexandra schools and youth clubs over the past 12 months.During the club’s latest trip, a further 20 students will complete the coaching course under the guidance of community scheme officers. Once they have qualified, they will be able to start and run community-based football clubs and leagues.Then there is a youth development programme that sees the Metropolitan Police teaming up with the South African Police Service and Bristol’s John Cabot Technical College from Bristol in bringing it to Alexandra. The course focuses on citizenship, health education and information technology.John Cabot looks after the third part of the programme. The college, as part of its ongoing charity work in conjunction with British Airways and Unicef, is working to empower township dwellers in literacy, computer technology, sewing and textiles.Charlton Athletic chairman Martin Simons, speaking from South Africa on Tuesday, said: “It’s another week of extremely hard work. We have got the first lot of 200 kids coming this afternoon, and in total we expect to see 1 000 youngsters this week.“When we left last year we were really hoping that things would take off in this township , and that’s exactly what has happened”, Simons said. “The coaches that we trained have seen more than 4 000 kids since we were last there, and it’s important to remember that they’re carrying out all of this work voluntarily – they’re not getting paid.“One of the big considerations in everything we do is whether or not the work is sustainable”, Simons said. “It seems so so far, and we want to be able to come back in five years’ time and discover that hundreds of thousands of children have received football coaching.”British Bank Barclays, whose chairman, Matt Barrett, is also visiting the country this week, is to host a special presentation event on Friday. According to Charlton’s website, “discussions are taking place to see if the company wants to become involved with the project, possibly as a sponsor”.Barclays is bidding to buy a majority stake in SA banking group Absa.Charlton Athletic’s Alexandra connection is part of the club’s “Red, White and Black” campaign that is into its second decade and targets racism.On 8 November 2003, Charlton celebrated its South African connection when the club tackled Fulham at The Valley on a day the club called South Africa Day.Speaking on the day, former Bafana Bafana player Mark Fish said that since joining Charlton, “I have been amazed at the extent of the club’s work in its community, and I am proud to support that work, both locally and back in my homeland.“It’s something that is very important to me because of the historical links between the club and South Africa and the community work that the club’s been doing over there.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Young Kroonstad train tragedy heroes nominated for National Order

first_imgThe story of two brave young Free State boys rescuing passengers during the recent Shosholoza Meyl train tragedy, has struck a chord with South Africans. The two have been nominated to receive official recognition for their bravery.Young South African heroes Mokoni Chaka and Evert du Preez are lifelong friends who instinctively stepped up to help rescue passengers during the January 2018 Hennenman–Kroonstad train accident. (Image: eNCA YouTube)CD AndersonFollowing a recent interview on the actuality programme Carte Blanche with Mokoni Chaka and Evert du Preez, there has been growing support for the boys to receive the National Order of Mendi for Bravery. The two friends were among the first people to arrive at the accident scene and rescue victims of the Hennenman–Kroonstad train tragedy on 4 January 2018. The crash claimed the lives of 21 passengers, with more than 250 injured.Evert is the son of farmer Willie du Preez, and Mokoni is the son of the  Du Preez farm’s foreman, Tshepo Chaka. The two have been lifelong friends on the Free State farm, with Evert’s mother describing the two 12-year-olds as “inseparable from a young age”.This bond was exemplified in the frantic English-Afrikaans-Sesotho linguistic shorthand the two used when describing the accident in an on-the-scene interview with eNCA News. The interview turned them into a much-needed feelgood viral hit.In the more recent Carte Blanche interview, the boys calmly describe – still in their fluid mix of languages – seeing the initial crash and instinctively joining adults in racing to the scene to help rescue efforts. The boys helped to move several small children and women through broken train windows and later helped by supplying water and food to survivors and rescue crew.The story struck a chord with many South Africans, including Renier Schoeman, the commissioner for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities. Closely following the story of the boys in the news, Schoeman, who was deputy minister of education from 1994 to 1996, promptly put their names forward for this year’s National Orders. Support for the nomination is growing on social media.Tweets about evert mokoni “I served in the first cabinet of President Nelson Mandela [in 1994],” Schoeman told Carte Blanche, “and I saw how committed he had been to not only the children of South Africa, but also the idea of reconciliation between South Africans.”He believed that the strong bond of friendship between the two boys demonstrated that Madiba ideal and, vitally, inspired their shared act of bravery. The two, he said, should be recognised not only for their actions in the aftermath of the crash, but for also representing what South Africans could do together through friendship and understanding.Evert told Carte Blanche that he and Mokoni were proud about what they had done. “We hope we have set an example for the people of South Africa to not only think about themselves, but also [about] the people next to them.”Schoeman said bravery was always an act of instinct and selflessness. “These boys could have just walked away from the crisis, but together they decided to help… It is that sort of can-do and positive attitude that gives South Africans reasons to be optimistic about the future of the country.”Watch the full Carte Blanche insert here.Read more about the country’s National Order awards: South Africa’s National Orders2017 National Orders recipients2016 National Orders recipientsSource: eNCA, Carte BlancheWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Get a Handle on Google Apps with LTech’s Power Panel

first_imgsteven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… LTech, an enterprise partner of Google, has released a new control panel for Google Apps to make managing the suite easier for IT. In addition to general cloud services LTech has a useful series of modules for enhancing Google Apps, such as a utility for backing up Google Docs. While Google has attempted to beef up its guides for Apps, LTech’s panel is a working solution for making large scale changes in an enterprise environment. The Problem of ScaleOne of the hallmarks of Google Apps is its simplicity for the business user. But end use simplicity and painless administration are two very different things. This goes double for enterprise-class deployments with thousands of users. Google doesn’t rely as heavily on a partner ecosystem as Microsoft and IBM do. But LTech has still been successful with providing services and tools for augmenting Apps. Thus far they’ve focused on secondary functions like importing and backups, but the Power Panel they released this week targets core functions in everyday management of Apps in the enterprise. Google is correct to pitch its cloud-based solution as easier to manage than traditional IT infrastructure. But a look at LTech’s control panel module makes it fairly obvious that enterprise-wide batch operations and user management could be a lot easier. Power to the (IT) PeopleEven simple additions, such as a Gmail widget with links to administration tools, show a lot of promise for speeding up common tasks. More substantial features in the panel include a framework for managing user permissions, mass group management, bulk importing and administration of shared contacts, extended field support for profiles, and global account management for jobs such as forcing password resets. The panel definitely puts more power in the hands of IT, but it’s the kind of flexibility that you want IT to have. As one example, LTech’s module lets administrators remotely update any user’s email settings, circumventing the need to talk users through the process or log in to their accounts. If you’ve got a small scale implementation of Apps, the power panel isn’t for you. The minimum purchasing requirements are 100 users at $3 per user. But for anyone wrangling an Apps instance with thousands of users, the LTech power panel might be just the thing.last_img read more

Privileges Committee summons activist

first_imgThe Committee on Privileges of the Goa Assembly has issued a notice summoning Right to Information (RTI) activist and State government officer Kashinath Shetye to appear before it on Monday.The notice has been issued by Ligia Godinho, Under-Secretary, Legislature, on November 16, in connection with an alleged breach of privilege motion raised by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nilesh Cabral against Mr. Shetye.Mr. Cabral had raised the matter during the monsoon session of the Assembly, after a starred question was allegedly leaked by the activist on Facebook before it was raised in the session.The complaint had been referred to the Privileges Committee by Speaker Pramod Sawant, who had also filed a police complaint and asked the Chief Secretary to investigate the leak.On July 12, Mr. Shetye, who is also a junior engineer with the State electricity department, had uploaded a photograph of Mr. Cabral’s legislative question, prior to it being answered in the Assembly. Mr. Cabral had said Mr.Shetye had not behaved like a government servant.Mr. Shetye had said that he had filed various petitions in the past as a private citizen, and that the Assembly question was an open document sent to various departments, including his.last_img read more

Liquor smugglers on the wrong track in dry Bihar

first_imgIn dry Bihar, liquor has found a new route for tipplers: the railways. Drivers, attendants and employees have been caught in the recent past with liquor bottles in trains despite regular announcements that consumption, sale and trade of liquor in the State is illegal. On Thursday, a coach attendant of the Patna-Delhi Rajdhani Express was arrested by the Government Railway Police (GRP) for smuggling liquor in violation of provisions of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016. Acting on a tip-off, a GRP team searched coach B-9 of the Patna Rajdhani express train and seized 15 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor from a bag reportedly belonging to the coach attendant, Rambali Paswan, who was immediately taken into custody and later sent to jail.Earlier on Tuesday four employees, including the driver of the Ahmedabad-Patna Express train, were arrested after 24 bottles of IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) and 64,650 liters of countrymade liquor stuffed in a bag was seized from the driver’s cabin. Driver Mohammad Shashuddin was taken into custody after the train reached Patna Junction.Confirming the arrests, Patna superintendent of railway police Ashok Kumar Singh said the four persons have been arrested for smuggling liquor in the train. Half of the consignment was delivered to a bootlegger at Ara railway station in Bhojpur, said the police. “An FIR was lodged with the Danapur GRP against all the four railway employees who were produced in the railway court and later sent to judicial custody for 14-days,” said Mr. Singh. “Authorities have stepped up vigil on long-distance trains following intelligence inputs that liquor was being smuggled in them to the State.” More than 1.2 lakh people have been arrested and over 6 lakh litres of liquor have been seized ever since the new State Excise Act was enforced.last_img read more