Theologian speaks on link between sexuality, religion

first_imgIn a talk on sexuality and Catholicism, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center, theologian Terry Nelson Johnson actively engaged with audience members Wednesday night in the Joyce Center in hopes of going beyond “just another sex talk.” Johnson said his words were not aimed at providing information but rather at encouraging healing and transformation. “Sexuality is a gift, a threat, a force to be reckoned with,” Johnson said. “Sexuality is a mystery and that’s my contention.” Mysteries, such as sexuality, are bigger than people are, he said. Human beings are called to enjoy and enter into these mysteries but should not underestimate them. “The point of mysteries is to acquaint people with them and engage with them, not domesticate them,” he said. Johnson said words such as energy, passion and creativity are closely associated with the idea of sexuality. He said the physical aspect is not the point, and people need to understand sexuality as something beyond sex. Johnson quoted Catholic priest and theologian Fr. Ronald Rolheiser to make this point, saying “‘Sexuality is an all-encompassing energy inside each of us. It is the drive for love, communion, community. … It is not good to be alone.’” To explain this point, Johnson played a clip of the Yankees celebrating their win in the 1996 World Series. Audience members said the video expressed the team’s happiness, excitement and pride. Although the players could have expressed these emotions without physical contact, they still chose to hug each other and huddle together. “It’s just not as good from 10 feet away,” he said. When sexuality is embraced well, Johnson said it makes love and life present. It also functions as a sacrament for God’s sake in mediating God’s presence in the world. “Sexuality is a God-given resource to enhance our lives,” he said. “It is the source of life and love.” In tying sexuality to Catholicism, Johnson went on to explain Jesus’s sexuality. Jesus produced much love and life, he said. His sexuality was integrated, powerful and healing. The hallmarks of sacred sexuality are gratitude, privilege, wonder and awe, he said. Johnson’s goal was to help students understand these aspects as positives in constituting the good of sexuality. Sophomore Frannie Kelsey said the lecture caused her to think about sexuality in a new way. “I thought he had some really good points about sexuality that I hadn’t thought about before,” she said.last_img read more

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders files ‘Saving American Democracy’ constitutional amendment

first_imgWarning that ‘American democracy in endangered,’ US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted and secret campaign spending by corporations on US elections. The first constitutional amendment ever proposed by Sanders during his two decades in Congress would reverse the narrow 5-to-4 ruling in Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission. In that controversial decision almost two years ago, justices gave corporations the same First Amendment free-speech rights as people. ‘There comes a time when an issue is so important that the only way to address it is by a constitutional amendment,’ Sanders said of the effort to override the court decision that he labeled ‘a complete undermining of democracy.’   Sanders’ Saving American Democracy Amendment would make clear that corporations are not entitled to the same constitutional rights as people and that corporations may be regulated by Congress and state legislatures. It also would preserve the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press. It would incorporate a century-old ban on corporate campaign donations to candidates, and establish broad authority for Congress and states to regulate spending in elections. Sanders proposal in the Senate is a companion measure to a constitutional amendment introduced in the House by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.). ‘The dominance of corporations in Washington has imperiled the economic security of the American people and left our citizens profoundly disenchanted with our democracy,’ the congressman said. ‘I look forward to working with Sen. Sanders to save American democracy by banning all corporate spending in our elections and cracking down on secret front groups using anonymous corporate cash to undermine the public interest.’ Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, praised the proposal. ‘Sen. Sanders’ amendment returns us to shared understandings that democracy is for people. Public Citizen applauds and endorses the amendment, and thanks Sen. Sanders for his long-time campaign to reduce excessive corporate power.’ Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, also applauded the amendment. She said it would ‘root out the rank corruption of our elections by for-profit corporations.’ No other amendment proposed in the Senate, she added, ‘has so definitively confronted the twin problems created by judges who have improperly granted rights to corporations, without democratic consent, and who have used their seats on the bench to favor the wishes of corporate CEOs.’ A proposed amendment originating in Congress must be approved by a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate in order to be submitted for consideration by the states. Ratification by three-fourths of the states is required to amend the Constitution. To read the amendment, click here. For a fact sheet on the amendment, click here. Sanders’ office, WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2011last_img read more

Spanish Authorities Dismantle Network Attempting to Deliver a Ton of Hashish

first_imgBy Dialogo July 28, 2009 Madrid, 24 July (EFE).- The Spanish Civil Guard has dismantled a drug-trafficking network that intended to bring a ton of hashish into Spain from Morocco, in an operation in which seven Spaniards, one Colombian, one Argentine, one Moroccan, and one Swiss have been detained. Of the eleven detainees, nine have been jailed on charges of drug trafficking and criminal conspiracy. The agents seized a total of 1,005 kilos of hashish, a small plane, two sport boats over ten meters in length, and assorted electronic equipment used in transporting the drugs. The investigation began in February when several individuals were observed looking for possible landing strips for small planes in the localities of Santa Cruz de Mudela and Moral de Calatrava (in the province of Ciudad Real, in the center of the country). The agents determined that the suspicious activity was related to a network dedicated to bringing hashish originating in Morocco into the peninsula.last_img read more

Ecuador Seizes 3.6 Tons of Smuggled Cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo March 02, 2012 A shipment of cocaine seized by the Ecuadorean police on February 26 contained 3.6 tons of the drug, and was headed for Belgium, authorities announced on February 28. The packages of drugs were hidden in cardboard boxes of yuca, under sheets of lead, and were found in two containers in the maritime port of Guayaquil (280 km southwest of Quito), according to the report submitted by the police and Interior Minister José Serrano. A total of 3,697.822 kg of cocaine hydrochloride was seized in Guayaquil, according to the head of the Fourth Police District, Héctor Machado, who added that the shipment was headed for Belgium. One suspect was arrested in the course of the operation, named “Fierce Winter,” while an agricultural company allegedly linked to the containers is under investigation. “Steps have been taken to impose the respective prohibitions on disposal of property and departure from the country on the firm’s representatives,” according to the Minister, who reported on the seizure on February 26, without providing further details. Serrano took the opportunity to launch a program of rewards for information leading to drug seizures. “We’re establishing rewards that will go from 5,000 to 20,000 dollars,” he indicated. The contraband seized in Guayaquil adds to another 2.3 tons of cocaine seized in Ecuador so far in 2012, according to the police. Two submersibles used to transport drugs were also discovered in those operations. In the last two weeks, government forces seized another two tons of marijuana during military patrols in the region of the Colombian border (north) and when searching a residence in the Andean city of Cayambe (also in the north), where a Colombian citizen was arrested. Ecuador seized around 26 tons of drugs during 2011, compared to 18 tons in 2010, and a record of 68 tons in 2009 (64 of them cocaine), according to the police.last_img read more

16,000 attend local bar professionalism event

first_img October 15, 2004 Regular News 16,000 attend local bar professionalism event 16,000 attend local bar professionalism event Florida lawyers had at least 270 opportunities last year to attend a locally sponsored professionalism program, and those events drew a total attendance of almost 16,000 Bar members.The Bar’s Center for Professionalism has just completed the first survey of local circuit professionalism activities, overseen by professionalism committees in each circuit.It showed a widespread, if somewhat uneven, availability of programs around the state, offered by local bars, speciality bars, law schools, and local inns of court.“The report reflects that there is a lot of activity throughout the state, which is terrific,” said Ed Waller, co-chair of the Supreme Court Professionalism Commission’s Judicial Subcommittee, which oversees the circuit professionalism committees. “It does reflect well on the bars, and it shows that throughout the state that judges, local bars, law schools, and inns of court are recognizing the significance of professionalism.”The survey was undertaken because of the difficulty of getting reliable information about what professionalism programs are available.The results will not only give the committee a handle on what is going on and where improvements can be made, but also will be a resource so circuits can share information about what does and doesn’t work in professionalism efforts.“We’re trying to get information about the nature of the programs being conducted in the various circuits, and then circulate that information to other circuits,” Waller said. “If Volusia County can find out that Monroe County is doing a program that may appeal to the lawyers in Volusia, they can get that information.”Terri Anderson, deputy director of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism, said Paula Stephenson of the center spent about a week calling as many voluntary bars, speciality bars, law schools, and inns of courts as she could reach to compile the report. It’s possible, she noted, that some organizations were missed.The survey was also done in the wake of Hurricane Charley, Anderson said, so no results were available from the 20th Circuit. The results showed the diversity of professionalism programs. Miami-Dade County had 48 different programs that garnered 3,103 attendees. Those ranged from 10 lunch seminars held by the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association to two programs held by the Caribbean Bar Association to two programs held by the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. One of those was held in conjunction with the University of Miami Center for Professionalism.The 12th Circuit had nine programs during the year, including six by the Judge John Scheb American Inn of Court, two by the Manatee County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and one by the Manatee County Bar Association that included Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente. Total attendance was 630.The Fourth Circuit had 15 programs garnering 970 attendees. They ranged from the Jacksonville chapter of FAWL to the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court to the Federal Bar Association.The circuit professionalism committees date back to a January 1998 order from then Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan. The committees were charged with inventorying available programs, cataloging existing professionalism problems, and identifying “any barriers to improving professionalism, ethics, and civility.. . . ”last_img read more

Central Islip Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 32-year-old homeless man was fatally struck by a minivan in Central Islip on Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Victor Fuentes was walking on Suffolk Avenue when he stepped off the curb and was hit by a westbound Toyota Sienna near Pineville Road at 11:30 a.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured.Third Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more

Getting started with college savings

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You understand the power of making smart investments. It can give you freedom and flexibility to do what you want. For many, a college education is one of the smartest investments you can make, generating important intangible benefits — new ideas, broader experiences, cultural awareness, and self-confidence. Plus, higher learning often leads to higher earning power. continue reading »center_img Although you know the value of a good education, helping your child pay for their college education can be a real challenge.Currently, tuition costs are increasing at a faster rate than inflation. For example, a recent study reports that after inflation, a university education has risen 2.9 percent on average per state.1How much does college cost?On average, tuition for public universities ranges from $10,116 (in-state) to $22,577 (out-of-state) per year. Private schools average $36,801 per year. And these costs don’t include housing, books, and food2 — and you know how much college kids can eat.Clearly, making sound college funding strategies is important if you don’t want to dip too deep into your family’s savings. Here’s some helpful info to get you started.last_img read more

Iowa fires starting gun on Democratic White House race

first_imgIn a vote scheduled for Wednesday, Trump is almost certain to be acquitted by the Republican-led chamber on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.The Iowa vote is a critical early look at the viability of the 11 Democratic candidates still in the race — even though just 41 Iowa delegates are up for grabs, a fraction of the 1,991 needed to secure the party nomination in July. Sanders and Biden lead in the state, followed by former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren. But polling has fluctuated and Iowa’s quirky caucus system — where voting is not by secret ballot but by public declaration for a candidate — can make the night hard to predict.Luke Elzinga, a volunteer for Sanders, appeared early at Lincoln High School in Des Moines which was converted into a caucus location.  Americans on Monday kicked off the first vote of the 2020 presidential race as Iowa opened its caucuses, the closely-watched first step in deciding which Democrat faces incumbent Donald Trump in November.The two frontrunners, far-left senator Bernie Sanders and moderate former vice president Joe Biden, face a key test in the sparsely populated state, with a handful of others looking to make their mark and earn momentum going forward.As Iowa Democrats filed in to nearly 1,700 caucus sites — schools, libraries, churches and meeting halls — another hugely consequential political process was nearing its conclusion: the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, the man they hope to see off in the election exactly nine months away. “I think he really inspires a lot of young people, a lot of disaffected voters who might not otherwise turn out,” Elzinga, 28, told AFP shortly before caucusing began. “And so I think he’s the best candidate to beat Trump.”Three candidates — Sanders, fellow leftist Elizabeth Warren and moderate Amy Klobuchar — have faced the unprecedented scenario of spending much of the past two weeks tethered to Washington for the impeachment trial instead of on the campaign trail.Even as candidates sought to make 11th-hour impressions on undecided voters, the senators were obligated to return to Washington for the trial’s closing arguments Monday. Sanders ahead Trump is all but certain to be confirmed as the Republican nominee, but his two sons and other surrogates were nevertheless in Iowa Monday making his case to Republicans who are also holding caucuses.For Democrats, second-tier hopefuls Klobuchar and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang look to outpace expectations and seize momentum heading into the next contest, in New Hampshire on February 11.Earlier Monday Biden — who still holds the lead in national polls — brought pizza to a field office in a strip mall near Des Moines to thank volunteers.”I’m feeling good about today,” he said, before donning sunglasses indoors and addressed volunteers.Like many candidates, Biden spent the weekend crisscrossing Iowa in a final push to convince undecided voters he is best placed to accomplish Democrats’ number one goal: defeating Trump.The president has not stood idly by. On Sunday he branded Biden “Sleepy Joe” and described Sanders as “a communist,” previewing a likely line of attack were Sanders to win the nomination. Surprises in store? Unlike secret ballot voting, caucus-goers publicly declare their presidential choice by standing together with other supporters of a candidate.Candidates who reach 15 percent support earn delegates for the nomination race while supporters of candidates who fall short can shift to others.Turnout is critical, and candidates and their representatives will seek to persuade voters on issues including health care, taxes and ending Washington corruption.One key candidate who has opted not to contest Iowa is billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, who entered the race in November but has surged into fourth place in RealClearPolitics’ national polling average.The former New York mayor, who has spent more than $300 million on advertising, according to Advertising Analytics, is focused on running a national campaign with particular emphasis on states that vote on “Super Tuesday,” March 3.Topics :last_img read more

To your doorstep: Pertamina launches gas, fuel delivery service amid pandemic

first_imgIndonesia’s largest fuel distributor, state-owned Pertamina, has launched a free door-to-door delivery service for customers in Pekanbaru, Riau, to facilitate physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The energy giant deployed four motorcycles earlier this week to deliver gasoline, diesel, lubricants and 5.5-kilogram liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters around Pekanbaru. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with selling prices similar to those at Pertamina gas stations. Delivery will be free of charge until May 31.Read also: Pertamina secures fuel and household gas supply as more people stay home “We continue to coordinate with the regional administration and security forces to ensure undisrupted fuel, LPG and avtur distribution via land and sea,” Pertamina’s communications manager for the region, Roby Hervindo, said in a statement on Monday. “Pertamina will fulfill energy needs even amid the pandemic. Be wise when using the fuel and LPG,” he added.He said the delivery men were equipped with gloves and facemasks, among other personal protective gear.Read also: Pertamina to go ahead with higher oil production plan despite oil price crashThe statement said Pertamina’s regional fuel stocks were sufficient, without specifying the product, for up to 40 days ahead, while LPG stocks were enough for 24 days. The company’s benchmark safe level is 22 days.The government declared a public health emergency last week after Indonesia’s coronavirus death toll climbed to the highest level in Southeast Asia. The country has detected 2,738 cases as of Tuesday, including 221 deaths, official data show.Topics :last_img read more

The keto diet: a trend with mainstream potential?

first_imgHealth warningsThen there is the controversy surrounding the keto diet. Its followers swear by the fast-acting impact of the drastic reduction in carbs, and research does point to the regime taking effect quicker than traditional low-fat diets.However, some believe these speedy results can be deceptive.“Carbohydrates hold onto water, so the initial weight loss seen in keto dieters is water loss, nothing more,” argues specialist keto dietitian Kit Kaalund Hansen. There has also been some high-profile criticism of the diet from the likes of personal trainer and US TV personality Jillian Michaels, who claimed the regime promotes starvation. Only 5% carbohydratesDespite the recent surge in interest, the keto diet is nothing new. Dating back to the 1920s, the high-fat, low-carb regime was historically used to treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children. Over time, it has evolved to become a weight loss method. The diet induces a state of ketosis – in which your body burns fat for energy, rather than glucose – by restricting the amount of glucose available to your body. This means a substantial reduction in carb consumption, with followers required to obtain 75% of their daily calories from fat, 20% from protein and just 5% from carbohydrates. Starchy carbohydrates such as bread, rice and pasta are strictly off the menu, as is milk, sugar, and the majority of fruit and root vegetables.  Celebrity endorsementsSo why is this restrictive, somewhat drastic diet suddenly gaining column inches? The simple answer is celebrity endorsement. The keto diet boasts famous advocates ranging from LeBron James to the Kardashians, and endorsements from such social media-savvy celebs can go a long way in influencing consumer habits.“Diets are heavily led by social media influencers, including diet app accounts, doctors and nutrition experts,” says Nurfarah Mattar, senior research analyst at global media agency We Are Social. Indeed, almost one in three reported being influenced by celebrity endorsements when choosing a diet plan in our exclusive poll of over 2,000 consumers, conducted by Harris Interactive.Chase Buckle, trends manager at market research company Globalwebindex, agrees this can prove a powerful force. “More than a fifth of UK 16 to 34-year-olds are inspired to buy products based on what they see on social media,” he explains. “The rise of influencers is a key factor in social media’s ability to drive trends, particularly through video or image-centric platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.”The momentum created by influencers is rapidly crossing over into the mainstream. Our Harris Interactive poll revealed 35% of consumers see keto as an ‘on-trend’ diet. Online interest in the regime has also skyrocketed in January to three times that of the year before. The keto diet now has on average over six times more searches than ‘paleo diet’ or ‘Atkins diet’ on Google. Interest in the high-fat regime has rocketed amid a flurry of social media activity. Now keto may be edging into the mainstream – so what’s the opportunity for retailers and suppliers?,It boasts speedy results, endorsement from the Kardashians and a rocketing online following. Yes, we’re talking about the latest weight loss trend: the keto diet. This high-fat – yet highly restrictive – regime has made the headlines regularly since the start of the year, as consumers look to shed the festive pounds.So what is the diet, why has it suddenly gained attention, and what’s the opportunity for UK retailers and suppliers? Google searches for ‘keto’Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. Keto in groceryThis rise in interest has already prompted several grocery launches that cater for the keto consumer. Take vegan and paleo food brand Raw Gorilla, for example. The company added a keto-friendly variant to its muesli range last year to capitalise on the trend. For now, products such as these remain fairly rare. “There is growing demand for keto food, but that isn’t reflected in the products available in the supermarket at the moment,” says Raw Gorilla founder Fraser Gregory.Still, the trend was mainstream enough for Ocado to create a keto landing page on its site in August. The section features a range of products that would fit into the keto diet, including low-carb bread, pork crackling snacks and avocado oil mayonnaise. The retailer says ‘keto’ searches on its site soared 107% in 2018 compared with the previous year.Keto-friendly productsHunter & Gather launched Europe’s first 100% avocado oil mayonnaise (rsp: £4.49/175g) in October 2017, boasting keto and paleo credentials, with new garlic and chilli & lime variants added in April last year. originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (Available in Caramel & Sea Salt, Coconut & Macadamia and Raspberry & Seed flavours (rsp: £1.75/30g), low carb Fattbars from Natural & Low Kitchen contain all natural ingredients, energising fats from nuts and seeds and prebiotic fibre.originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (Hailed by the brand as the first keto muesli in the UK, this activated seed, nut and cacao mix (rsp: £5.19/250g) can be eaten dry as a sweet snack, added to salads, or as a traditional muesli, providing 3g of carbohydrate per serving. originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (Targeting keto shoppers struggling with sugar cravings, Mrs. Keto soft bake cookies (rsp: £13.99/8 x 55g) come in peanut butter, chocolate chip and double chocolate variants, each containing natural sugar substitutes and 1g of carbohydrate.originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC ( Keto diet staples include eggs, nuts, fatty fish and cheeseAvoiding these foods is crucial to maintaining ketosis, as just one carb-dense slip-up can result in the body switching back to glucose. Instead, keto dieters should concentrate on unprocessed meat, fish, oils and high fat dairy.  Whether this could realistically become a sizeable source of sales for the big four, though, is another question. Chris Blythe, director of brand development and consumer insight company The Brand Nursery, doubts supermarket shelves will be awash with keto NPD any time soon.“The world of processed and manufactured food will struggle to embrace keto because it’s a diet based mainly around fresh foods like meat, eggs and cheese,” he explains. “There aren’t a lot of categories that can easily accommodate keto, and creating keto-friendly versions of most food products is going to take significant investment by manufacturers to get right. There just isn’t enough consumer demand at this stage for keto NPD to be an attractive commercial opportunity for manufacturers.” Health warnings such as these could put a dampener on the rise of keto, says Raw Gorilla’s Gregory. “Keto is on an upward trajectory at the moment, but trends are unpredictable. There’s always a risk of a diet trend dropping out of favour through bad press, specialists finding associated health risks or simply being usurped by a new trend.”Plus, the majority of consumers are wary of diets as restrictive as keto. Our Harris Interactive poll found 63% of respondents thought cutting out an entire food group such as carbs was unhealthy, while only 17% thought it was healthy.So like the Atkins diet that came before it, keto may not be a long-term movement. But interest is certainly growing. The sheer amount of headlines generated by the diet – both good and bad – shows the phenomenon has become too large to ignore as a current trend. Sounds like it’s time to bite the bulletproof coffee.last_img read more