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

PREMIUMGovernment to unify regional taxes, punish recalcitrant administrations

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? The government plans to unify regional taxes and impose fiscal punishments on regional administrations whose bylaws are not in line with the national policy in a bid to attract investment.Finance Ministry Fiscal Balance Director General Astera Primanto Bhakti said the plan was part of an omnibus bill on taxation that would overhaul regional taxation as the government seeks to provide certainty to investors.“If a regional administration’s policies are not in line with the national fiscal policy then we will impose sanctions, such as by [cutting] the regional transfer amount or revoking the bylaws,” Astera said during a press briefing in Jakarta on Tuesday.“This will prevent excessive tax collection from businesses by the administrations,” he added.Several regional administrations, he went on to say, unnecessarily taxed companies for water use,… Linkedin Topics : taxation tax-reform omnibus-bill regional-administrations bylaws finance-ministry tax-office state-revenue tax-collectionlast_img read more

Airlines start to recover with more growth in China, Hong Kong

first_img“China’s domestic capacity stands at 75% of January’s level, the United States at 27% and Russia at 49% of pre COVID-19 levels,” he said. “For anyone interested the UK level is now some 4%!”Some markets are still on a downtrend as travel restrictions are kept in place to contain the coronavirus, which has infected more than 4 million people and killed nearly 290,000. Seat capacity on South Asian airlines dropped 14% this week and is 72% lower than in January, but it could bounce back as India considers restarting flights following a nationwide lockdown, Grant said. Airlines added more seats back to their flight schedules this week, led by China and even increases in Hong Kong, suggesting the industry is starting to recover from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to OAG Aviation Worldwide.Airlines globally added a net 600,000 seats to reach a total of almost 30 million, up about 2% from the previous week, OAG senior analyst John Grant wrote in a report. That’s still a long way off the weekly capacity of about 110 million seats this time last year, but it is an encouraging sign nonetheless.Northeast Asia is a bright spot. China added 1 million seats to schedules this week, including 800,000 on domestic routes, and is now operating twice as many seats as the US. Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. added 40,000 seats and increased frequency by some 120 flights, Grant said. Topics :last_img read more

Don Schmitt, 80, Winfield: Nov. 14, 1933 – Nov. 26, 2013

first_imgDon SchmittDon Schmitt, of Winfield, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in Winfield at the age of 80.Donald was born the son of Maxine (Cox) and Carroll Pete Schmitt on November 14, 1933 in Salina.Donald served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He will be miss by all that knew him.Survivors include daughters, Melisa Carmicheal and her husband Robert of South Haven, Dana Keithley of Winfield, granddaughters, Michelle Decaire and her husband Andy of Washington State, Mandy Curry and her husband Bryan of Casa Grande, Arizona, grandsons, Crew and Kalon DeVine of Washington State.He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dick Schmitt.A private Inurnment will take place at the Geuda Springs Cemetery, Geuda Springs. Cremation has taken place.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with Cowley County Humane Society, 7648 222nd road, Winfield 67156. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Oly Town Artesians’ Collin Labranche Named Eplwa Defensive Player of the…

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansOly Town Artesians defender Collin LaBranche was named the Evergreen Premier League Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. The Olympia High School alum was playing in his first game for the Artesians this season after graduating from Saint Martin’s last week and led the club to a 3-0 win over the Tri-Cities Alliance in Pasco.Despite a talented squad, the Artesians got off to a rough start to the season but got a nice boost with the return of LaBranche and a couple of other Saint Martin’s players. They played their most complete game on Sunday at Edgar Brown Stadium and picked up their first win of the season and are very much alive in the EPLWA’S Cascade Conference. LaBranche, who will return for one more season with the Saints this fall, won every challenge that came his way and solidified a backline that had struggled over the first two weeks.This is the sixth time that an Oly Town player has been honored with a Defensive POTW award in their three seasons in the EPLWA. Nate Boatright and Kyle Wiese won the award in 2017 and JJ Olson, Crisantos Chavez and Marcos Borja were all honored during the 2018 season.The Artesians will give LaBranche and their players a well deserved break for the Memorial Day weekend but will be back in action on Sunday, June 2nd when they host the second round of the Washington State Super Cup at Black Hills High School. They will face either BeSea FC of Bellevue or ISC Gunners of Issaquah in the second round of the statewide, single elimination tournament. First kick is set for 4:00 p.m.Oly returns to EPLWA action on Sunday, June 9th when Bellingham United visits Black Hills. It is Artesians 500 night and Oly Town will attempt to pack the park by offering soccer clubs, teams and other non-profits the opportunity to raise some funds by selling tickets. If your club or non-profit would like to raise some money, watch some soccer and have some fun, contact the Artesians at artesians@olytownfc.com or by calling Brandon Sparks at 360-561-7252.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand 1st test results: Hosts make short work of woeful Indian…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyAdvertisement 17m1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ymWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j3kWould you ever consider trying this?😱dgt6Can your students do this? 🌚zuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s tour of New Zealand is going downhill since the 3-0 ODI whitewash, and now adding salt to the wound, the hosts have snatched victory in the first Test with an easy 10-wicket chase win in the second innings today at the Basin Reserve cricket ground. Starting from 144 for 4, India’s middle to lower batting order gave up in front of a dominating Kiwi bowling attack, ending their run on a score of 191. In the second innings, it was a walk in the park for New Zealand as they had to score just 9 runs.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyIndian batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari resumed the visitors’ innings, and a late effort was seen from India’s wicket keeper Rishabh Pant, but all fell victim to the astounding performance from New Zealand bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee.Boult secured his 4th wicket of the Test by picking up Rahane at 29, while Southee secured his 10th 5-wicket haul in the red ball format.Advertisement Along with picking Mayank Agarwal yesterday, the 31 year old veteran pacer dismissed Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah in the end.Pant only managed to score 25 runs with four boundaries, and the in-form Ishant Sharma had some input in the later overs with scoring 12 with two fours. However, the latter was sent to the pavilion against Colin de Grandhomme.Advertisement With just a minuscule target of 9 runs, the Black Caps had a prompt finish with just 10 balls, as openers Tom Latham (7) and Tom Blundell (2) wrapped up the innings.The win marks a historical feat for New Zealand as their 100th Test cricket victory. On the other hand, this was India’s first defeat in the World Test Championship. However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not taking the defeat heavily.“We know we haven’t played well but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can’t help it as we don’t think like that,” Kohli said in the post match interview.Ranked 1st in the ICC Test batting rankings, Kohli scored 19 in India’s second innings. However, the 31 year old is keeping a positive mindset for the next games to come. “For some people, it might be the end of the world but it’s not. For us, it’s a game of cricket that we lost and we move on and keep our heads high,” he added.The second Test, concluding India’s tour of New Zealand is scheduled on 29th February at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Also read-India vs New Zealand Day 3: Hosts press advantage as Virat Kohli falters againVirat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in ODI series Advertisementlast_img read more