VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ailing Pope Francis, who is making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the man named Edwin, who he said was 46, and who was “ignored by all, abandoned, even by us.” A day after the Vatican said that Francis, 84, was suffering again from sciatica, a nerve inflammation that can affect the lower back and legs, the pope skipped celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. But he appeared in the Apostolic Palace library to give his blessing.
COLUMBUS, OHio (AP) — Data shows that prosecutors will face an uphill battle in winning a murder conviction against the Ohio officer who shot and killed Andre Hill. Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy was indicted Wednesday by a Franklin County grand jury following an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Coy, who is white, shot Hill, a Black man, on Dec. 22 as he walked out of a garage holding a cell phone. Historical data compiled by criminologist Philip Stinson shows that of 96 criminal cases against officers concluded nationally since 2005, 44 resulted in convictions and 52 in acquittals.
Parents listed Notre Dame as the No. 4 “dream school” for their children in the Princeton Review’s annual “College Hopes and Worries” survey, marking the second consecutive year the University has held that place. The Princeton Review website states “dream colleges” are schools parents wish their child could attend if cost and admission were not contributing factors, and the 2013 list ranks Notre Dame behind Stanford University, Harvard University and Princeton University. Students ranked their own top-10 dream colleges in a different list, and Notre Dame was not included in that set. University spokesman Dennis Brown said the admissions department takes such rankings “with a grain of salt” due to differences in methodology, but this one reflects Notre Dame’s unique appeal to parents. “I think that [the ranking] reflects the basic tenets of the University: a commitment to undergraduate education, a sense of community and an ongoing commitment to faith and religious identity,” Brown said. “The combination of things that Notre Dame offers … is unusual in a lot of different ways, and some parents take comfort in that.” Notre Dame is the only religiously-affiliated school on either list, and Brown said the University’s dual emphasis on faith and academics is ideal for many interested families. “For people whose faith is important to them, the fact that you can come to a place like Notre Dame and practice your faith, … yet still at the same time get a world-class education, is crucial,” Brown said. “You can be a part of a broader University community that will pay dividends throughout your life in terms of the alumni network and the bonds created in the residence halls.” Robert Mundy, director of admissions, said it is “hard to predict” whether the ranking will affect Notre Dame’s future applicant pools, but trends in the past decade have shown parents are becoming more involved in their children’s college selection processes. “Students are ultimately making the decisions, but the influence of the parents has increased,” Mundy said. “Whether it’s generational or financial or due to another factor, parents are getting more actively involved in where [their children] apply and actually attend.” Mundy said comparing the parents’ impressions of a university to those of their children can be an interesting and informative way to interpret such a ranking. “Your parents’ impressions or expectations about your college experience are a little different than your own impressions, and I saw that clearly as I looked through the rest of the Princeton Review survey results,” he said. “It’s all about looking for different things, which depends on which role you’re speaking from. … There’s no disputing that parents have a different view [than students].” Notre Dame’s policies on aspects such as dorm life and parietals are seen differently by parents and students, Mundy said, and this may have contributed to the discrepancies on the two Princeton Review lists. “I really do believe that the nature of the Notre Dame family strikes a chord with the parents, and that’s clearly tied to our mission,” Mundy said. “Things like that appeal to parents in a different way than they appeal to students.” While he said there is no way to determine what the ranking will mean for Notre Dame’s popular perception and future applicant pools, the parents’ increased influence on their students’ college decisions make this “good news all around.” “Obviously, the students are the ones who sit down for dinner every night with their parents, and if they have a positive impression [of Notre Dame] in their minds, that can affect them either apparently or subliminally,” Mundy said. Brown said such rankings serve as “good starting points” for prospective parents and their students but are not weighted heavily in the admissions office. “College surveys are of some use, but people who are serious about their college choice are going to dig in deeper,” he said. “While we’d rather be ranked than not, at the same time we recognize that they’re … just a starting point.”
By Dialogo August 21, 2014 “The best thing about this exercise is that we are training on our interoperability with all of our partner nations,” said Major General Joseph P. DiSalvo, the U.S. Army South commanding general, in an interview to the website arsouth.army.mil posted on August 15. He was referring to PANAMAX 2014, an annual U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. “This type of exercise is hard when only dealing with U.S. Army forces, but when you factor in the 16 different nations, that all do things a little different, and understanding each other’s procedures, it becomes challenging,” Maj. Gen. DiSalvo added. More than 500 military and civilian personnel from 16 partner nations came together Aug. 8-14 in San Antonio, Texas, as well as locations in Mayport and Miami (FL), Mississippi and the Caribbean Sea to join the United States during the seven-day exercise and use simulations to command and control multinational sea, air, land, cyber and land forces defending the vital waterway and surrounding areas against threats from violent extremism, natural disasters, and pandemic outbreaks. All in an effort to protect one of the world’s most important, economic structures located nearly 2,600 miles away. Besides the United States, participating nations this year included Brazil, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru. This year’s mostly-simulated exercise included the use of a B-52 to support maritime detection and monitoring, the first time in three years a live military asset was employed during exercise scenarios. The 15.5-hour long-range B-52 sortie, which originated at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, and ended at Barksdale Air Force Base, was flown by the 96th Bomb Squadron, the seven-person aircrew exercised providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to forces defending the Panama Canal from a myriad of threats during this year’s exercise. For aircrews, the ability to work in an unfamiliar environment, hone intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, and test aerial command and control capabilities during PANAMAX were invaluable. The ability to work in support of combined operations with SOUTHCOM and partner nations benefited the crews from all countries involved in the exercise. “[PANAMAX] allowed crew members that have not operated in [this] area of operation to gain valuable experience and bring that back to the B-52 community. I believe it also made SOUTHCOM better aware of our capabilities and confident that they can call upon our B-52s when in need,” said Capt. Jonathan Morse, one of two aircraft commanders on the mission. Morse’s fellow aircraft commander during the mission, Capt. Michael Marchand, agreed the training was valuable. “Going down south, working with our partners and helping build the global reach of our platform is a great experience,” he said. “It’s great to work outside a familiar area of operation, build upon our expertise and be able pass that on.” “Having a U.S. bomber presence and participation in a variety of multinational and joint exercises also demonstrates U.S. commitment and capability and contributes to security at home and abroad,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, commander of 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), located at Barksdale Air Force Base, and the Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, located at Offutt, Air Force Base, Nebraska. PANAMAX has evolved over the years and now includes training for many of the 21st-century threats encountered in today’s land, sea, air and cyber environments. This military exercise is designed to execute stability operations under the support of a United Nations Security Council Resolution. It provides interoperability training for the participating multinational staffs, and builds participating nation capability to plan and execute complex multinational operations in addition to developing and sustaining relationships, while fostering friendly cooperation and understanding among participating forces. The Panama Canal is considered one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of infrastructure in the world. Six-percent of the world’s trade travels through the Panama Canal every year, accounting for roughly 400 million tons of goods. The Canal has become a crucial enabler to the free flow of trade worldwide, and the region’s economic stability is largely tied to it and the safe transport of several million tons of cargo through the canal each year.
Police Officers must bear the responsibilities of their children and be good fathers, if not; they should be reported to the authorities. This is according to former Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Amsterdam.He says the Police have a role to play in ensuring that fathers play their role in society.Speaking at a rally on the Corentyne recently to emphasise the role fathers play in society and as part of a series of programmes in Berbice, Amsterdam said because some Police Officers have to relocate frequently, they become ‘sperm donors’.According to him, on many occasions, single mothers approach him stating that they have affiliation warrants, adding that the mothers frequently speak of the challenges they are forced to endure as a result of the absence of the fathers of their children.Former Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Amsterdam“That is the warrant when the men go away and they don’t mind the children, and the Police are not executing those warrants…,” he noted.“We know what happens when the parent or the father in not in the home, lots of time the children go the other way and they end up in the hands of the law. I don’t want our ranks planting seeds all around this country and then they disappear and nobody knows where to find them and they don’t support their children. If you have a child father who is a Policeman and he does not support or look after his children, come to us, don’t encourage it. We will ensure that they take care of their children even if we have to help them. Because we know what it is when there is no father figure around,” Amsterdam said.The rally, which was organised by the Guyana Police Force and its collaborating partners, was aimed at reminding fathers of their roles and responsibilities in moulding a nation.Also addressing the rally was Region Six Chairman David Armogan who noted that in today’s society, there are many social ills that could be attributed to the diminishing role of parents in the home.He said the less attention parents pay to their children, the more the children will depend on other agencies and groups within society.“And so the role of fathers in our home cannot be overemphasised because traditionally, fathers have been seen as people who are the authority in the home, the breadwinner in the home, who is the person that a child can look up to for advice and turn to for attention whenever there is need for that,” he said.Armogan warned against criticising fathers because they are seldom at home. Because of economic situations, some fathers may have to leave home in search of jobs to ensure that the economics of the home is taken care of, Armogan stated. “It is not always the fault of the fathers who we always seem to be beating up on. Some fathers have to leave home to make a living and ensuring that you can provide materially for your home,” the Regional Chairman added. (Andrew Carmichael)