Timmy Allen Named to Preseason All-Pac-12 second team; Utes picked 9th

first_img9.Utah131 October 8, 2019 /Sports News – Local Timmy Allen Named to Preseason All-Pac-12 second team; Utes picked 9th 12.California  35 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO — Utah sophomore forward Timmy Allen was named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 second team on Tuesday as the conference’s men’s basketball media day got underway at the league’s headquarters. The 6-6, 205-pound Allen is one of five second-team members following an outstanding freshman season in which he earned Pac-12 All-Freshman honors.Ten first-team members were named, headlined by 2019 Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player Payton Pritchard of Oregon, and three other first-team all-conference performers—Colorado’s Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV and Oregon State’s Tres Tinkle. Allen averaged 12.2 points per game as a freshman, shooting 57.5 percent from the field, and pulled down 5.1 rebounds per game in his 26 starts.The Utes were picked to finish ninth in a vote of media members who cover the league, the Pac-12 Conference also announced, with Utah garnering a total of 131 points in the poll. Oregon is the preseason favorite with 291 points, while Colorado is picked second (288) and Washington third (273).The Utes, coming off a third-place finish in 2018-19 (17-14; 11-7 Pac-12), were picked to finish eighth in last season’s media poll and outperformed or equaled their projection for the eighth consecutive season.For the second year in a row and third time in the past four seasons, Oregon is picked to win the league title after earning a total of 291 points and receiving 9 of the possible 27 first-place votes. Colorado also received nine first-place votes, while Washington pulled in six. It marked only the second time in the league’s preseason poll history that two teams received the same number of first-place votes (1988-89). The three points separating Oregon and Colorado were the fourth-fewest in 36 seasons of Conference preseason polling. Others to receive first-place votes include Arizona (2) and USC (1), picked fourth and fifth, respectively, with 263 and 198 points.Utah has finished tied or ahead of its preseason prediction in each of the past eight years. When Utah joined the league in 2011-12, the Utes were picked to finish 12th, but finished 11th overall. Utah was again picked to finish 12th in 2012-13, but earned a 10th-place finish that season. After being picked to finish ninth in 2013-14, the Utes tied for eighth-place and then in 2014-15, after earning a second-place nod, Utah would go on to finish in a tie for second-place.The Utes were picked to finish third in 2015-16, but finished in sole possession of second-place that season. A year after, Utah was tabbed to finish in eighth in 2016-17, but earned a fourth-place finish and third-consecutive first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament. After finishing 20-12 overall in 2016-17, the Utes were picked to finish seventh in 2017-18, but opened Pac-12 play with a pair of road wins and would go on to finish in a tie for third-place with a league record of 11-7. Last year Utah finished third after being picked eighth to notch its fifth consecutive season finishing in the league’s top four.Pac-12 teams tip off regular season play with seven games on Tuesday, Nov. 5, including the Utes traveling to Reno to face the Nevada Wolf Pack on CBS Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. MT. Preseason Pac-12 favorite Oregon plays Fresno State on Pac-12 Networks at 7 p.m. MT. Opening week also will feature the fifth annual Pac-12 China Game between Arizona State and Colorado on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Nov. 8, as well as a pair of early power conference showdowns with Washington facing Baylor in the Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 8 and Arizona hosting Illinois on Sunday, Nov. 10.Ute fans will have a pair of opportunities to preview the team before the regular season begins, as the team will host Night with the Utes next Wednesday, Oct. 15. Utah’s lone exhibition contest will be played Wednesday, Oct. 30, when the squad takes on UT-Tyler at the Huntsman Center. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. and the contest will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.Utah returns two starters in Allen and sophomore forward Riley Battin, while fellow sophomore Both Gach returns after starting 14 of his 30 games played. Just one senior (Marc Reininger) and one junior (Alfonso Plummer) join four sophomores (Allen, Battin, Gach, Brooks King) and 10 freshmen (Eli Ballstaedt, Jaxon Brenchley, Branden Carlson, Brandon Haddock, Rylan Jones, Mikael Jantunen, Luc Krystkowiak, Hunter Mecum, Lahat Thioune, Matt Van Komen and Brendan Wenzel) on the roster. 10.Stanford  84 TEAM (first-place votes)POINTS 11.Washington State  47 8.UCLA148 4.Arizona (2)263 Written by 7.Oregon State161 5.USC (1)198 3.Washington (6)273 6.Arizona State187 2.Colorado (9)288 2019-20 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL Tags: Timmy Allen/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball 1.Oregon (9)291 points Robert Lovelllast_img read more


first_imgLast Saturday, I went to my first ever anarchist non-party. That is not to say that it was an non-anarchist party as I went to one of those last Thursday. On Thursday night, I was invited to this non-party by one of the Union debate speaker’s groupies. He was quite short and he smelt like he lived in a squat so he seemed like an authentic anarchist. It was very kind of this person to invite us to his party because I had spent quite a while contradicting his ideas, but then, he must get that a lot. I told him that compromise between sixty million people didn’t work, but he did not believe me.I also lost my jumper that night and was asked to be on an internet socialist channel, which is both strange as surprising as it was in the context of Very Loose Women (Very Far From Political Issues).Saturday night came then and I followed the instructions:”following the clues by Debenhams, there is an anarchist flag, that is where the gathering will be.”I knocked on the door of the building by the flag and noticed a tiny plaque, “St. Peter’s College annexe accomodation.”So we thought, “it can’t be here.”Intercom: I buzzed all the buttons.Me: Hello?Person: Fuck off.Emma: What?Me: Hi, we are here for a … sort of… gathering… with….peopleEmma: Is there a party?Person: Fuck off.Another person pokes her head out the window: Fuck off. There is a strident beep down the intercom, the door is not being buzzed open (I know ’cause I checked).Then we walk away and the intercom is buzzed for ages.We sneak inside. The stairwell is doodled on with markers and anarchist signs, the doors are propped open with fire extinguishers. It is all a bit of a pickle. Me: Do you think this is the right place?center_img We hear the voice of the scary Fuck-Off Person and we run, run, run out the door, believing for an instant that the door is locked before Jenny manages to push it and we are free.That is not all I have to say about anarchists.There is an anarchist in Liege, he has long hair that is always in a pony-tail and wears sandles in winter. I know he is an anarchist because he gave a surprise speech at a film club.And:  I have lived in a squat for a week and also three days, but I cheated as I had access to a bathroom. I was not an anarchist when I lived there.That is all I have to say about anarchists today.last_img read more

USI, SWI-AHEC Partner With EVSC For Public Health Camp

first_imgThe Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC), in collaboration with Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC), is hosting a one-week summer public health camp, Go Viral: Be a Disease Detective. The camp is for students currently in the seventh and eighth grades in Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties who are interested in exploring epidemiology and careers in public health. The camp will be held in the morning, June 5-9, 2017, at the SICTC, 1901 Lynch Road in Evansville.Dr. Erin Reynolds, assistant professor of Health Services in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana, and Gwen Barnett, Health Science Education instructor at SICTC, will lead a variety of activities to teach students about epidemiology, food safety, global health, using a microscope and how to collect and analyze data during a simulated food poisoning outbreak.Camper registration is now open. Cost is $20 (payable at time of camp). More details available online or at www.SICTC.comFor more information, contact Kerseclia Patterson, Academic Outreach Coordinator at Southwest Indiana AHEC, 812-228-5048, or email [email protected] Indiana AHEC began as a regional center in 2008, and it is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. SWI-AHEC is part of a national network with a mission to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.For more information about SWI-AHEC, contact:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Did you miss these stories over the weekend?

first_imgThe two-story building currently houses Hoboken Day Care 100, a low-cost day care for infants and kids up to 5, open to the public. It also has housed Hoboken Family Planning, Inc. for 40 years, providing medical services that include cancer screenings, gynecological exams and testing, contraceptives, physical exams and more to the uninsured and underinsured population. Click here for more.After Mayor Steve Fulop temporarily halted demolition of old buildings in March, believing too many quaint structures in the Heights were being demolished for more monolithic designs, the City Council rescinded the ban but said they’ll soon adopt new safeguards. On Wednesday, the council adopted a measure to revise the city’s demolition ordinance, but then introduced an even newer version that they’ll hold a hearing on at their next meeting. Reports say the measure will be revised to require that the city’s historic preservation officer review all demolition permits, and to require that a zoning officer review permits for partial demolition.If a permit is not approved or denied within 45 days, the city’s construction officer may issue the permit. If the permit is denied, the applicant can appeal to the city Zoning Board. The officers’ report must note whether the structure is more than 50 years old. Click here for more.A company called North Bergen Liberty Generating—a subsidiary of power producing company Diamond Generating Corp—formally announced plans last week to bring a $1.8B natural gas combined cycle power plant to North Bergen. If no delays occur, the plant could start construction next year and be operational by 2022. On April 25, project officials and local politicians met at the plant’s proposed 15-acre site near Railroad Avenue and 94th Street by Bellman’s Creek, currently occupied by a construction demolition recycling facility, but zoned for a power plant. It would power 1.2 million residences in New York City, with none in New Jersey.The project, which is awaiting approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, would be a financial boon for North Bergen, New Jersey, and New York, officials said at the meeting. It is located within the Meadowlands District, but does not encroach on its wetlands. Click here for more. The large community room of the Multi Service Center at 124 Grand St. was packed Wednesday as Hoboken residents and Mayor Ravi Bhalla discussed the future of the facility. The mayor assured the public that the agencies that already occupy space there, including several for the needy, will stay, but some think the building could be used for more: a pool for the community, athletics for seniors, classroom space, and after-school activities.The city has decided to do a feasibility study to determine which services could be expanded on and which could be added.last_img read more

LoBiondo Re-Introduces “Veterans Health ID Act”

first_imgPictured: Congressman Frank LoBiondo, center, joined veterans J.R. Robinson and Chester DeFelice at the 2016 Walk for the Wounded. After Successful Opening of New Cumberland County Clinic, Congressman Turns Sights on Expanding Cape May ClinicWASHINGTON, D.C. – Seeking to expand on measurable progress over the past year in securing additional healthcare services locally for South Jersey veterans, U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today re-introduced his “Veterans Health ID Act” (H.R. 763) to create a pilot program “under which eligible veterans may elect to receive hospital care and medical services at non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.”“From new services such as tele-health to additional staffing at our community-based outpatient clinics, veterans care in South Jersey has measurably improved in the past year. However, some veterans must still travel out of state to receive comprehensive VA treatment, despite medical facilities capable and willing to do such care closer to home,” said LoBiondo. “This is the mission that never ends. I applaud the unwavering efforts of local advocates who have long agreed that our veterans should have the choice in where they receive treatment. While hardship waivers my office has sought for our veterans are being carefully reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis, my legislation would give all South Jersey veterans the final choice in their care.”LoBiondo’s bill would require the VA to establish a pilot program in each of the twenty-three (23) Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) that grants an eligible veteran a “unique identification card” that allows for medical care at non-VA facilities at the VA’s expense. Furthermore, LoBiondo’s legislation specifically states that New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District will be one of the pilot programs. South Jersey is part of VISN 4. The pilot programs would need to be established and operating within one year of LoBiondo’s bill being signed into law.Throughout his time in office LoBiondo has sought to increase local access and health services at community-based care facilities for South Jersey veterans. Earlier this year he joined with VA official in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new Cumberland County community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) in Vineland. Discussions are currently underway with local elected officials and veterans’ associations to find a location in Cape May County for construction of a new CBOC later this year.last_img read more

Nasty Nor’easter Set To Bring Strong Winds and Flooding

first_imgMarch will be coming in like a lion as a large coastal storm will develop offshore creating the potential for major coastal flooding. Although rain is not expected to be heavy, strong winds and tidal flooding will be the main concern with this storm as it rapidly develops and then stalls offshore.Rain will begin during the day on Thursday, but winds will remain on the lighter side as the low pressure system begins to take shape off the coast. As the storm begins to intensify, winds will crank up on Friday out of the northwest 20-30mph with gusts over 50mph Friday night. Make sure you secure any lose trash cans or outdoor furniture. Trees, limbs and power lines could come down as well from the strong winds.Peak wind gust expected on Friday Evening.Flooding from rainfall is not expected to be an issue as amounts should remain just over 1″ for the entire storm. Rain will end later on Friday but the main impacts of the storm will just be beginning.The main concern could be the tidal flooding. Tidal forecasts have been showing the potential for flooding during several successive high tides as large swells continue to push toward the coast. In addition, we will be experiencing high astronomical tides due to the full moon. Seas will increase from 3 to 6 feet on Friday to 6 to 10 feet on Saturday. Minor flooding is expected on Friday morning as high tides will occur after 8am. Moderate to possibly major flooding could occur Saturday morning as storm surge could exceed 2 feet causing widespread flooding of roadways and properties. Areas most vulnerable would be along sections of West Avenue, Bay Avenue and Merion Park. It would be advised to move your cars by Saturday to higher ground.Forecast tides show potential for major flooding on Saturday.As the storms intensifies off the coast, colder air will return as we move into the weekend. Temperatures will hold in the 40s but with the wind, it will feel much colder.last_img read more

Speech: Evidence of Russia’s Involvement in Salisbury Attack

first_imgThank you very much Madam President, and thank you for scheduling this meeting today at short notice following the announcements in the United Kingdom yesterday.When the Council last met on this issue on 18 April, I undertook to update the Council in the light of significant developments. My Prime Minister’s full statement to Parliament has been circulated to the Security Council as document SC2/2018/814. As the British Prime Minister announced yesterday in Parliament, the United Kingdom has reached a significant conclusion in the Salisbury CW investigation. I’ll come to that later if I may, but first, a brief summary of what happened in Salisbury earlier this year.On Sunday, 4 March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the city centre after being poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, a Wiltshire police officer, was also seriously ill after having been exposed to a nerve agent. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and we briefed members of the Security Council.The OPCW’s independent, expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Novichok nerve agent.Madam President, the Skripals are thankfully recovering. But on 30 June this year, 44 year-old mother of three Dawn Sturgess fell ill in the nearby town of Amesbury after being exposed to Novichok. She sadly died on 8 July. Her partner, Charlie Rowley was also exposed to the nerve agent and he became seriously ill. Police have identified that Sturgess and Rowley came into contact with a counterfeit perfume bottle which had been discarded in Salisbury. Tests of this bottle following its recovery by police confirmed it contained a significant amount of highly lethal Novichok nerve agent.On 4 September, the OPCW’s independent, expert laboratories have again confirmed the UK’s identification of the Novichok nerve agent with a very high level of purity and to remind Council members, the very high level of purity means that it will have been made by a state.The inquiry into the Amesbury incident has now been formally linked by the police with the attempted murder of the Skripals. The OPCW independent experts have confirmed the identifications as Novichok nerve agent, and it is the exact same chemical that was used in both attacks.Madam President, it stretches credulity the identification of such nerve agent twice in close proximity to be a coincidence. We have previously shared with the Council the information about the Russian foliant programme from 2000, but to recap briefly, there was a development of Novichok outside the Chemical Weapons Convention and Russian agents were trained in assassination techniques, including the use of such agents on door handles.Madam President, in the UK, the police are independent of government and they have been conducting a painstaking and forensic investigation. This investigation has involved around 250 detectives who have trawled through more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and have taken more than 1,400 statements. Working around the clock, they have carried out painstaking and methodical work to ascertain exactly which individuals were responsible and the methods they used to carry out this attack.This evidence has been independently reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service, and they have concluded there is a sufficient basis to bring charges. We have thus independently concluded that there is enough evidence to bring charges against two Russian nationals for the following crimes: the conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal; the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey; the use and possession of Novichok; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey. The investigation into the murder of Dawn Sturgess remains ongoing.Madam President, the evidence reveals the following. It shows the arrival of two individuals traveling under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov who go to the UK from Russia. CCTV and other evidence records their travel to and from Salisbury and crucially, there are images which clearly places them in the vicinity of the Skripal’s house at 11:58 A.M. on Sunday, 4 March. This was moments before the attack took place, which involved placing the substance on the Skripal’s front door handle. Madam President, should any Council member wish, we can share copies of those meetings.Further, testing of the hotel the pair stayed in in London revealed the presence of traces of the Novichok substance in their hotel room.Based on a thorough analysis of our intelligence, the UK government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police investigation are in fact officers from the Russian Military Intelligence Service, also known as the GRU. This is a body of the Russian state.Madam President, we previously when we briefed the Council before, attributed responsibility to Russia on the basis of technical means, operational experience – and I recall the case of Litvenenko here – and motive. Russian statements have said that former Russian agents are, if you like, fair game for assassination. These arguments have now been firmly reinforced by the clear evidence of the involvement of identified Russian nationals travelling to the UK from Moscow and returning there on Russian passports. This evidence has been sufficient for our independent prosecuting authorities to bring criminal charges in relation to the Salisbury attack and to issue European arrest warrants.Madam President, these two individuals are no longer in the United Kingdom. Were they with us, these two suspects within UK jurisdiction would be liable to arrest in a clear basis in law for their attempted murder crimes.It is clear, Madam President that the Russian state does not permit the extradition of Russian nationals, and I understand that this is a prohibition in the Russian Constitution. So therefore, with respect to these two individuals, we have obtained a European arrest warrant and we will shortly the issue an Interpol red notice. Should either of these individuals ever travel gain outside Russia, we will take every step open to us to detain them, to extradite them, and to bring them to face justice in the United Kingdom.And we responded at the time to Russian behaviour robustly. The Council will recall that we were joined by 28 partners and NATO in expelling more than 150 Russian intelligence officers. This was a proportionate and direct response to deter and degrade Russia’s ability to conduct further operations in the future and to reduce her ability to use the GRU network to cause our citizens harm.Madam President, we have clear evidence of Russian state involvement in what happened in Salisbury and the use of CW. This is reckless involvement, endangering the lives of many citizens and reckless involvement endangering the universal prohibition on the use of CW.Madam President, as the Council has discussed before, there is an established pattern of malign Russian behaviour perpetrated by military and intelligence agencies overseas. This was shown in the October 2016 coup attempt in Montenegro, shown in the June 2017 Notpetya a cyber attack which killed an estimated $1.2 billion of damage worldwide, and it has been shown in other cyber attacks.The GRU has time and again been responsible for Russian interference in other countries’ affairs, and most recently, we saw US indictments of GRU individuals in relation to the 2016 Democratic National Committee PAC. Now, in the light of the evidence from Salisbury, we see that GRU activity also encompasses the use of illegal military grade nerve agent on European soil.Madam President, P5 members bear a particular responsibility to uphold global norms and international law. All the more so where weapons of mass destruction is concerned. One P5 member has not upheld these important norms. One P5 member has undertaken a pattern of behaviour which showed that they tried to murder the Skripals. They played dice with the lives of the people of Salisbury. They work in a parallel universe where the normal rules of international affairs are inverted. This is a direct challenge, Madam President, to the rules-based international system, which has kept all of us safe, including Russia, since 1945. In the face of such behaviour, the international community needs to continue to defend the laws, norms and institutions that safeguard our citizens against chemical weapons and safeguard them against the threat of hostile, foreign interference. This is why the British Prime Minister yesterday set out the importance of using transparent multilateral mechanisms to identify and hold malign actors to account.Allow me to summarize the steps that we believe should now be taken by the international community. We need to work together to strengthen the Chemical Weapons Convention against the use of CW round the world and which we saw most recently, violated on the streets of the United Kingdom.We need to build further the OPCW’s capability to attribute the use of chemical weapons. There can be no place for such incidents as Salisbury again.We need to shine a light on the use of state agencies to undermine the rule of law and interfere in the domestic lives of other countries’ citizens.And we need to make best use of our established methods, including sanctions, in curbing threats to our societies and our ways of life.As Theresa May emphasized yesterday, the United Kingdom has no quarrel with the Russian people. We continue to hold out hope that we will once again enjoy a strong partnership with the government of this great nation. We have fought alongside Russian troops in the Second World War. But we will respond robustly when our security is threatened, when the lives of our citizens are endangered, and when the norms and rules of international law and the international system are flouted in such a brazen and reckless manner.We stand with our partners and allies. We are determined to continue to disrupt together the hostile activities of foreign intelligence networks on our territories. We will uphold the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. We will protect our citizens and we will defend ourselves from all forms of maligned state activity directed against us and our societies.Thank you Madam President.Further Statement by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council briefing on SalisburyThank you very much Madam President and thank you to colleagues for their views and for colleagues’ expressions of solidarity and support and for colleagues who repeated their revulsion at the use of CW wherever, whenever it occurs.I just want to make very clear that the United Kingdom shares that position about bolstering the international prohibition on the use of CW.I was asked a number of questions, Madam President, so with your permission I will respond briefly. I was asked about the investigation. I would just like to recall for colleagues that in the United Kingdom the police are independent of government. The investigation has been independent; the one into the murder of Dawn Sturgess, which is ongoing, is independent. We believe it is methodical and comprehensive.I was asked about inconsistencies, Madam President, in the evidence identifying the two Russian individuals as Russian GRU operatives. We have CCTV footage, Madam President. We are happy to share those images with colleagues. To take one instance, the Russian Ambassador mentioned that there was a timestamp in the same corridor for both individuals. I don’t know if the Ambassador has been to Gatwick airport. We have been to Gatwick airport. There are multiple identical corridors through which people can go. This is what happened to the two Russians. We are confident, Madam President, in our evidence, and I am very happy to talk to any colleague or indeed any UN member of the General Assembly who has doubts about the evidence is very welcome to come and have a briefing at the British Mission.I was asked also about cooperation with the Russian authorities. I would like to recall for Council colleagues that when this episode first happened in March, my government went to the Russian authorities and asked for their cooperation. We were given a reply that the request for cooperation was null and void. We would have been happy to collaborate with the Russian authorities at that time. We have indicated our willingness to do so since that point, but in fact what we have seen is a diversion into avenues that are not relevant to this particular case. I think that’s a great pity, Madam President.The Russians have also asked us if they could join the investigation once it was underway. I’ve said before in this chamber, but I repeat: you don’t recruit an arsonist to put out a fire. You especially don’t do that when the fire is one they caused.I was asked about GRU operatives using fake names. The names may be fake, but the crimes are real. The time for lies and discrimination has passed and it is now time for truth and accountability.We have not assumed that the Russians are guilty. We have done an investigation. The assumption of guilt over innocence may happen in the Russian judicial system, Madam President. It does not happen in the United Kingdom’s. But I do think there is an interesting question for the Russian authorities as to whether the GRU operatives were incompetent in what they did to leave traces or whether they were rogue. And I think that’s an important angle to think about.We were accused of not granting consular access to the Skripals. In fact, we did, as I’ve told the Council; we did, Madam President, pass on the details from the Russian Consulate in London to Yulia Skripal, and it was her wishes that we followed in all subsequent contact. Yulia, I’m glad to say, is making a good recovery. We have had no other thought in our dealings with her than her welfare and her wishes.Madam President, we are now up to some 37 accounts from Russia as to why and how Salisbury took place. I think none hold water. We believe that the evidence we have presented speaks for itself, but I repeat, I am very happy to give any member of the United Nations who would wish a briefing on that.I think we need to recall that a woman has died, two people have narrowly escaped death, a whole city was placed at risk and the global non-proliferation CW regime has also been placed at risk. I would hope that the Russians would respect the Council, engage on the facts and accept the compelling evidence of Russian complicity in this crime.As regards to the British allegations against Russian over Douma: I think again, Madam president, this shows that for many Russian authorities, they work in a parallel universe where facts and international norms are inverted. We abhor the use of chemical weapons. We take our responsibilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention extremely seriously. We call on the Syrian authorities and the Russian authorities who work with them not to use chemical weapons against their own people, not to repeat Eastern Ghouta and Douma. But as you and our French colleagues and the United Kingdom have made clear, we will uphold our international responsibilities and we will uphold the international commitments and obligations that the international community has laid down.If I may conclude, Madam President, the world is poorer that Russia, a P5 member, will not join us in doing precisely that to uphold the international order.Thank you, Madam President.last_img read more

Backwoods Music Festival Makes Great Additions To 2016 Lineup

first_img From September 2-4, Backwoods Music Festival will take over Tatanka Ranch in Stroud, OK for an incredible weekend of music. Today, the festival has made a number of staggering additions to their lineup, including headlining sets from moe. and a live set from Nero.The full lineup includes sets from Big Gigantic and Nahko & Medicine For The People as headliners, as well as Autograf, Audient, Big Chocolate, Chill Harris, Coleman Hell, Elephante, Fractal Sky, George Acosta, Goldfish, Haywyre, Hippie Sabotage, Illenium, Liquid Stranger, Manic Focus, Marian Hill, Meridian Lights, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, Pierce Fulton, Prince Fox, Stick Figure, Styles Complete, Solstis, TAUK, Tritonal and so many more!The festival has also added a number of stages and activities for festivalgoers, including the Island Stage, Giant Slip-N-Slide, Hay Maze, Treehouse Improvements, new Main Stage Design, Additional Art Installations, Sacred Fire, Ultimate VIP Woods Camping inside the venue, and more.  These join all the awesome things that made Backwoods unique last year such as the lake for swimming and water float activities, Laser Fire Tower climb, Ferris Wheel, Poi Towers, and more.For more about the festival, enjoy their recap video from 2015’s festivities:You can catch the full lineup below, and head here for tickets and more information.last_img read more

Fall break pilgrimages deepen faith

first_imgWhile many Notre Dame students headed home for fall break, a few spent last week as pilgrims, visiting holy sites in Canada and Poland as part of pilgrimages organized by the Office of Campus Ministry.   Andrew Polaniecki, director of Campus Ministry at Holy Cross College, and Fr. Stephen Lacroix led 27 Notre Dame students and six Holy Cross students on a pilgrimage to the Oratory of Saint Joseph in Montreal, Quebec, where the tomb of Saint Andre Bessette, the first saint from the Congregation of Holy Cross, is located. “I think students get a close and personal encounter with a special man, Saint Andre Bessette,” Polaniecki said. “No one who goes on this trip leaves without somehow being personally touched by this poor, humble, obedient servant of God.” The pilgrims also visited the Newman Center Community at the University of Toronto, the burial place of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kahnawake, Quebec, and other historic churches in Montreal and Niagara Falls.  Senior Jeremy Vercillo said he was surprised by the culture of French Canada.  “[Montreal] was very unlike any American city I had been to,” he said. “Even though its population is bilingual, all of the street signs, advertisements, menus and passing conversations were in French. People did not address you in English unless they knew you were visitors.” Freshman Jim Corcoran said he enjoyed the opportunity to grow spiritually and meet other students during the pilgrimage.   “Between the beautiful churches and the wonderful people who also went on this pilgrimage, this journey is going to be one that I remember for a long time, and one that will continue to bear fruit weeks, months, and even years after,” Corcoran said. “I was the only person from Old College who went this year, and I felt that as a result, I really had to branch out and meet new people. What a blessing.” John Paul Lichon, assistant director for retreats, pilgrimages and spirituality at the Office of Campus Ministry, led 23 Notre Dame students and one Saint Mary’s College student on a weeklong pilgrimage through Poland, the home country of Pope John Paul II.  “Because I share a name with our beloved Blessed John Paul II, I have always had a special connection with him, and I wanted to introduce students to his life and witness in faith,” Lichon said.   The journey took students to several sites of importance to the life of John Paul II, including his birthplace of Wadowice, Wawel Cathedral and pilgrimage sites that John Paul II visited during his life, including Kalwaria Zebryzdowska, Our Lady of Czestochowa and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.  Senior Tony Oleck said he was surprised by both Polish culture and the importance of the Catholic Church in Poland.  “I was actually somewhat surprised at how rich the culture and history of Poland is. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but when we landed I was quickly confronted with a very rich culture,” Oleck said. “I was also surprised at the vibrance of the Catholic Church in Poland. I guess I expected people there to be excited about John Paul II’s canonization this spring and everything, but this was something else.”  Senior Marissa Bulso decided to go on the pilgrimage to grow closer to John Paul II and said her experience is “still beyond words.”  “I can tell you that it involved a great deal of prayer, a good deal of walking, and no small amount of group bonding,” Bulso said. “As I drew deeper into my own spiritual life, I also grew outward, learning from those around me and embracing my fellow pilgrims.”last_img read more

Professor discusses role of religions in peacekeeping

first_imgKwok Pui Lan, professor of theology at Emory University, addressed the role of religion in peacekeeping processes across the world in as part of the Saint Mary’s Endowed Spring Lectures Series on Thursday.Pui Lan began her lecture by talking about when she met the Dalai Lama 25 years ago, who said everyone has a role to play in creating a climate of genuine peace. However, there is a continuation of conflict and hostility between religions, as highlighted by the media, Pui Lan said.“Recent attacks in New York, London, Brussels and Berlin highlighted our awareness of the role of religion in conflict,” she said. “Although the spotlight has been on Muslim extremists, it is important for all of us to remember that religious extremist of other religious traditions have also caused oppression and threatened peaceful coexistence.”Pui Lan said Christianity also has its humanitarian failings, such as the colonization of the Americas. When referring to modern day Muslim culture, she said terrorism and peace come from the same place.“A tiny minority of Muslim extremists should not be taken as representative of the whole tradition of Islam,” she said. “There are many Muslim leaders and organizations working tirelessly for peace.”Although it is sometimes very challenging, gaining an understanding of other cultures is crucial to creating peace, Pui Lan said.“We cannot wait until conflict or violence have occurred before we commit ourselves to to dialogue and mutual understanding,” she said.Pui Lan said Christians in America are privileged because of their large numbers in the United States. This is detrimental to the practice of peacekeeping because it allows for ignorance and fear of other beliefs and cultures, Pui Lan said.“Because of Christian privilege, many have insufficient knowledge of the beliefs, values and practices of non-Christian religions,” Pui Lan said. “Many Christians still harbor elements of Christian or religious superiority and look at other religions with suspicion and discontent.”It is important to keep in perspective the many historical faults of the Christian church and recognize that no religion is without its faults, Pui Lan said. Christians must be aware of their prejudices, she said, and embrace the differences between religions.“Christians especially need to learn from others’ traditions if we want to embrace our religious neighbors and work with them in solidarity,” Pui Lan said.Pui Lan read verses from the Quran and said just as Christians practice what they learned from the Bible, the vast majority of Muslim people practice peace as taught in the Quran. Likewise, she said, both the Quran and the Bible have also historically been used to justify violence.Regardless of a country’s religion, across the world women and children are still targets of violence, Pui Lan said, so it should be everyone’s goal to break religious barriers and free those who are persecuted.“Many women work very hard to form their own movements and institutions to find spaces to promote peace,” she said. “One of the tragedies of war is that of children and young people being recruited as soldiers. Therefore the participation of young people in peacekeepers is important.”Tags: Christianity, Endowed Spring Lectures Series, interreligious dialogue, Islam, peacekeepinglast_img read more