Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

first_imgVATICAN 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.last_img read more

Alumnae produce films

first_imgWhen sisters Gita and Kavita Pullapilly graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in finance, their immediate post-graduation plans didn’t include producing award-winning films. “I ended up getting a job in finance … but just really felt like that maybe wasn’t where I was supposed to be,” Gita, a 1999 alumna, said. “I found that journalism was an avenue to what I really ended up wanting to do, which was storytelling in a medium that was visual in particular.” Gita’s educational journey from Notre Dame to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism ultimately paved the path to her current job as executive producer of the forthcoming public television program “Lifecasters,” which will have its world premiere Wednesday at New York’s Lincoln Center. Gita said the project, produced by her personal production company, Sunny Side Up Films, aims to “inspire and engage the country” through three short films by award-winning filmmakers that showcase the stories of three “amazing artists who came from different backgrounds to achieve their goals and dreams.” “[The subjects] all had to face these enormous challenges … but took interesting routes to be able to achieve their goals … and that to us was really exciting,” Gita said. “We kind of want to champion people who did these different things who have yet to be recognized for it at the national scale.” The success of Sunny Side Up’s last film, the Emmy-nominated documentary “The Way We Get By,” placed the production company on the radar of filmmakers across the country, Gita said, and that public exposure opened doors for working with well-known directors and producers on “Lifecasters,” including “Anchorman” director Adam McKay, producer Shira Piven and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. “Coming out of the gate with this project, we really wanted the best of the best filmmakers so they could set the model for what we kind of stand by,” Gita said. In the case of McKay, who has a strong background in comedy as the creator of the humor site Funny or Die, Gita said “Lifecasters” represented a unique filmmaking opportunity that allowed him to explore the story of musician and former prisoner Wayne Kramer in “The Beast and the Angel.” “We loved the idea of giving [McKay] a creative platform to do something that wasn’t comedy but something that was very personal for [him],” she said. To round out the “Lifecasters” lineup, Bognar and Reichert profiled one of the oldest female professional dancers in the country in “Sparkle,” and Gita and her husband, Aron Gaudet, produced “The Gambling Man,” which tells the story of an 80-year-old retired doctor who composed an award-winning symphony. Although the project took two years of hard work, Gita said the end result of “Lifecasters” made all the time and effort worthwhile. “For us as storytellers, our job is to engage and entertain an audience, so we’re very excited to have … these artists share their stories,” Gita said. “We hope we can become a voice for people across the country to find ways to accomplish their goals.” That aspiration to inspire audiences comes from a lifelong desire to use knowledge and talents to promote a worthy cause, Gita said. “When we were at Notre Dame, both Kavita and I would try to figure out how as Domers we could give back … and we’re so fortunate and so proud that from our education we were able to develop a voice and storytelling techniques … and that we were able to hone our skills at Notre Dame.” Kavita said her experiences in both finance and filmmaking have demonstrated the value of a Notre Dame education in the real world. “It’s great that Notre Dame gave us the opportunity to explore and really develop our skills but allowed us the well-rounded education to really explore what we wanted to do in life,” Kavita said. “It speaks a lot to the Notre Dame experience that it goes beyond what our majors were and really [helps] us become amazing, contributing individuals.” Although her sister and brother-in-law take creative direction of the Sunny Side Up’s endeavors, Kavita said she appreciates their work from the unique perspective as a producer and the company’s chief operating officer. “I’ve always been kind of behind the scenes … but I loved the process of thinking and creating from an idea and developing it into an artistic endeavor that really engages people, their minds, their imaginations, their feelings,” Kavita said. “I started working with Gita and Aron full-time in August 2011, and I’ve been loving it ever since.” Even though they ended up choosing different career paths than initially intended, both Pullapilly sisters still use the fundamental business knowledge they acquired as Notre Dame undergraduates in operating their production company. “The business side is critical through the entire process of the concept to finishing the film to getting it out into the world. Every aspect of what needs to happen has a huge business component behind it,” Gita said. “Our film company is committed to finding creative avenues to make the films we want to make and get them out as economically viably as possible.” “Lifecasters” will premiere nationally Feb. 7 on PBS. The second major project from Sunny Side Up Films, a feature film titled “Blue Potato,” will be released later this year.last_img read more

Becca Blais named Truman Scholar

first_imgJunior Becca Blais was awarded the Truman Scholarship, an award given to college juniors with plans to attend graduate school who then work to make a difference through public service, according to a press release from the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Blais, who currently serves as student body president, is a political science and peace studies major, originally from New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  “I’m incredibly honored to be named a Truman Scholar,” Blais said in an email. “I am excited for all of the opportunities in store ahead, and I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for everyone who has supported me in this process.”The 62 new Truman Scholars were selected from among 768 candidates, according to the release. Tags: Becca Blais, truman scholarshiplast_img read more

Oil Sands Producers, Losing Money, Consider Cutting Operations

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nia Williams for Reuters:With Canadian benchmark crude near record lows, some major oil sands producers are starting to consider slowing output at their huge thermal operations in northern Alberta, a process fraught with technical and financial difficulties.Cutting production is one of the least appealing options for producers who have invested billions of dollars and years of work in carefully-engineered bitumen reservoirs and fear doing permanent damage to sites designed to operate for decades.Two producers, Cenovus Energy and MEG Energy – both among the most efficient producers in the patch – say they do not see the need to act yet, but have plans for reducing volumes if oil prices fell further and stayed there.Expensive technology needed to pump high-pressure steam to unlock bitumen deposits mean Alberta’s oil reserves – the world’s third-largest – have some of the highest overall production costs, well above the present price of around $18 a barrel for benchmark oil sands crude.The producers, however, focus on their operating costs, wary of high potential costs of cutting and later cranking up production and the risk of upsetting the delicate balance needed to pump out heated bitumen when wells get idled for too long.MEG Chief Executive Bill McCaffrey said the company could slow output by letting its Christina Lake oil sands reservoir enter natural decline if it was unable to cover variable cash operating costs of around C$4 a barrel for a sustained period.In the fourth quarter of 2015, when Canadian heavy crude averaged $27.7 a barrel, the revenue MEG got for a barrel of oil once blending, transportation, operating expenses and royalties are taken into account, was just over C$9. With benchmark Canadian crude trading around $10 a barrel lower so far this year, that revenue is almost certainly insufficient to cover the cash costs.Cenovus Chief Executive Brian Ferguson told Reuters earlier this month U.S. benchmark crude would have to stay below $27 a barrel well into 2017 for slowing production to make economic sense, but was prepared for such a possibility and had plans to reduce volumes if needed.For now, producers are looking at alternatives such as selling off pipeline, storage and production facilities to ease the financial squeeze caused by dwindling revenues.The companies have also been experimenting with maintenance schedules, allowing output to drop temporarily at some locations either by delaying equipment servicing or bringing forward planned maintenance turnarounds.Full article: Canadian oil sands firms mull once unthinkable: curbing output Oil Sands Producers, Losing Money, Consider Cutting Operationslast_img read more

Flood warning

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The man behind the industrious Resolution

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Australia’s luxury real estate capital revealed

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31The Gold Coast is officially the luxury real estate capital of Australia, according to new figures ranking premium property growth in cities around the world.The Gold Coast has also bucked the trend worldwide by recording positive growth over the COVID-19 pandemic period.The $25 million sale of 2 Heron Ave, Mermaid Beach set a new Queensland record.Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index Q2 2020 tracks movement in prime residential prices in local currency across 45 cities worldwide.Prime property is defined as the most desirable and expensive property in a given location, generally including the top 5 per cent of each market by value.MORE: Buyers trade overseas trips for holiday homesRSL prize home winner makes a smart call Burleigh Head’s house a photo shoot hotspot A resort-style mansion at 1-3 La Scala court, Isle of Capri fetched $11.75 million in May.Five Australian cities – the Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne – were ranked in the top 24, with the Gold Coast coming in at number 10.The Gold Coast was the strongest performing city in Australia, recording annual price growth of 3.4 per cent followed by Sydney and Perth (3.0 per cent), Brisbane (2.5 per cent) and Melbourne (1.2 per cent).Over the past quarter, the Gold Coast’s luxury property market recorded positive growth of 1.2 per cent, tracking ahead of Brisbane and Sydney with 0.3 per cent.The sale of 15 Southern Cross Dr, Cronin Island for $12.45m was the second-highest on the Gold Coast this year.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoKnight Frank National Head of Residential Shayne Harris said demand for luxury property was likely to continue, with cashed-up individuals wanting more spacious homes.“During the pandemic we’ve seen the ultra-wealthy make their next residential property purchase decisions based on liveability, so places like southeast Queensland will become more attractive in a post-COVID world,” he said.“It is unlikely we will see significant volumes of distressed prime sales as we saw in 2008, during the global financial crisis.”The red roofed house at 10 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads sold for $7 million.Manila was the world’s top performing city, with annual luxury residential price growth of 14.4 per cent, followed by Tokyo (8.6 per cent) and Stockholm (4.4 per cent).“Manila, Tokyo and Seoul are Asia’s top performers year-on-year, with Stockholm, Geneva and Paris leading Europe’s rankings,” said Knight Frank’s Head of Residential Research Australia Michelle Ciesielski.“However, five of these six cities registered flat or falling prime prices in the three months to June.“We expect the index to display muted growth in the second half of 2020 before recovering in 2021.”last_img read more

Freedom Party mourns passing of Ambassador Maynard

first_imgLocalNews Freedom Party mourns passing of Ambassador Maynard by: – May 9, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Ambassador Charles Maynard. Photo credit: dominicacentral.comThe Dominica Freedom Party through its leader Judith Pestaina has issued a statement communicating sadness on the passing of Ambassador Charles Maynard who had been a member of the party and minister of government during the DFP’s 15 year stint in government.Ambassador Maynard died at the age of 78 at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday.The statement is as follows;“The late Ambassador, His Excellency Charles Maynard served in the Public and Private Sectors and became a Permanent Secretary at a very youthful age. He also held a number of managerial positions in the Private Sector. He was a member of the Committee for National Salvation in 1979 and was appointed Senator and Minister of Education and Health in he Interim Government. However, it is for his sterling contribution to the development of Dominica under a Dominica Freedom Party led government from 1980 -1995 that he will be specially remembered. Under the leadership of the late Prime Minister, Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, Mr. Maynard contested and won the Soufriere Constituency on the Dominica Freedom Party ticket in 1985 and was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Tourism Trade and Industry. He again contested and won the Soufriere Constituency in 1990 and was re – appointed Minister of Agriculture, Tourism, Trade and Industry. During that term, he served as Minister of Agriculture for a brief period but continued as Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry until 1995. Judith Pestaina; Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party. Photo credit:thedominican.netAs Minister of Agriculture under a Dominica Freedom Party led Government, he led a strong drive in agricultural diversification which was bolstered by the OECS Diversification Programme. Programmes were developed for farmers in coconut rehabilitation and production, coffee, cocoa, tree crops and exotic herbs and ornamental plants.Staff and extension services were among the best in the Eastern Caribbean, markets were assured for grapefruit juice, Bello Products were able to obtain enough marketable grade coffee, packing and shipping facilities were constructed for hucksters, livestock rearing was given a boost while programmes aimed at food self-sufficiency and import substitution were developed through the IFAD-funded Domestic Food Production Project.Tourism figures shot up remarkably during that period with the construction of the cruise ship reception facility, the new Roseau Bay Front facility and special funding opportunities for the refurbishment and improvement of hotels. Eco-tourism sites at Soufriere Hot Springs, Fresh Water Lake, Morne Diablotin, National Park, Syndicate Parrot Reserve, Nature Trail and the Carib Territory were also initiated.Health services were boosted with the construction of the Louis Pasteur Polyclinic, mental health services were improved to include special clinics for ear, nose and throat problems, eye treatment and gastroenterology services were introduced and 26 health centres and clinics were constructed completing the primary health care network all over the island which was recognized as a model for the Caribbean. In Education, the St Joseph Secondary School was established, an academic programme was also established at the Grand Bay School in 1988, the technical/vocational secondary education programme was expanded to include the Goodwill, St Martin’s, Grand Bay, St. Joseph and St John’s schools. In 1993 although he lost his contest for the leadership of the Dominica Freedom Party, he won the Soufriere Constituency in the 1995 General Election. While the Dominica Freedom Party lost the government, he continued to serve his Constituents as a member of the Opposition until 2000 when he retired from elective politics. The Political Leader, Executive Committee and members of the Dominica Freedom Party extend sincere condolences to his wife, children, extended family and friends. May his soul rest in peace”.Dominica Vibes News 15 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Cardinals 5th Graders Win Home Tourney-6th Grade Birds Place 3rd

first_imgThe 5th Grade Boys Basketball team won the St. Louis Tournament Saturday. The Cardnals played St. Michael’s in the first game and won with a final score of 31-24. Jaiden Kuria scored 20 points, Caleb Mohr had 9 and Ben Greiwe had 2 points. St. Louis played played Milan in the championship game and won with a final score of 28-21. Jaiden Kuria scored 16 points, Caleb Mohr had 6, Jack Freeland had 4 and Ben Greiwe had 2 points. Come out and cheer on the boys Monday (12-03) 6:00 PM as they take on St. Nicholas at home. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Tim Reder.The 6th Grade St. Louis Cardinals hosted a 4 school tournament on Saturday, December 1st and finished in third place.  In their first game they took on St. Michael’s and ended up losing by a score  of 26-6.  The Cardinals played great defense in the first half as the score was 7-2.  Ben Miller and Sam Laloge ended up with 4 points and 2 points respectively.  Laloge led the way with 5 rebounds followed by Ryan Duerstock (3), Santiago Schutte (2), Adam Meer (2), and Max Amberger (2).  In the Cardinals second game against St. Nicholas they came away with a 22-20 win to avenge the loss to St. Nicholas earlier in the year!  St. Louis had 7 of their 10 players in the scoring column led by Ben Miller with 8 points who also hit the go ahead basket near the end of the game.  Scoring for the Cardinals were Adam Meer with 4 points and Sam Laloge, Ryan Duerstock, Henry Wanstrath, Sully Hill, and Max Amberger each with 2 points.  Laloge and Amberger each had 5 rebounds followed by Meer (3), Duerstock (2), Marc Meneses (1), and Zavier Tekulve (1).  The Cardinals had Amberger, Wanstrath, Miller, and Tekulve all record an assist.  The boys have now won 3 out of their last 4 games.  The Cardinals are back in action on Monday, December 3rd when they will host St. Nicholas at 6:00 PM. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.last_img read more

Sports reopening: Minister warns against breach of COVID-19 protocols

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says all COVID-19 protocols must be fully observed as sporting activities resume across the country behind closed doors.The Minister said this in a statement by Gabriel Aduda, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. Dare commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for reopening the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camps for the sake of the youths in the country.The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, had on Thursday announced the reopening of sports without fans under the close supervision of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the National Agency for Disease Control.Dare said: “We are happy that our athletes can now return to action and do what they know how best to do and our youths can return to the NYSC orientation camps.“The last few months have been very tough for our athletes as well as the ministry.”He said the ministry would ensure full compliance with all necessary protocols and tests before giving approval for resumption of sporting activities, including football matches. Dare added that approval must be sought before any game was played, while all protocols must be put in place and guidelines obeyed as directed by PTF and NCDC.“The Ministry has set up a COVID-19 monitoring and approval team for every sport engagement and event,” he added.The minister assured that all steps for the resumption of the Nigerian domestic league were being taken and warned that the league would not resume until basic conditions were met.He said: “The domestic league will not commence until the regulations and controls in the aspect of financial and licensing control are put in place.“The NFF must put clubs on notice and enforce these regulations and controls as stipulated, otherwise the Nigerian Professional and Amateur Leagues would not be approved for resumption.” The minister had earlier directed the NFF to communicate with the clubs that the needed to comply fully with financial controls and regulation as stipulated in the rule book before a date can be fixed for the resumption of the league.Tags: COVID-19COVID-19 ProtocolsMinister Sunday DareSports Reopeninglast_img read more