Alumni urge University to condemn Ugandan bill

first_imgA group of Notre Dame graduates are promoting a petition encouraging the University to officially condemn a proposed anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda. The proposed law, commonly known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, would increase penalties against LGBT individuals in the country, as well as against others who attempt to hide or protect these individuals. As a matter of University policy, Notre Dame usually does not make public statements about specific social issues such as this one. Katie Dunn, class of 2009 and a Uganda study abroad participant, began circulating the petition after the Uganda CSO Coalition for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and Frank Mugisha, leader of Sexual Minorities in Uganda, requested she urge Notre Dame to publicly denounce the bill. “[Mugisha] has spoken on campus about this issue. He asked me to ensure that Notre Dame make a public statement against the bill,” Dunn said. “Notre Dame has a reputation for being conservative on this issue, and because of that, it has a powerful voice to the Catholics in Uganda. Right now its silence is very loud.” Penalties of the bill include life imprisonment or the death penalty for accused homosexuals, and heavy fines or prison time for parents, teachers and landlords of LGBT individuals who do not report them. Dunn said the bill could be voted on within the next few days. As a school that has a deep relationship with Uganda, Dunn said the University possesses countless reasons to fight the bill. “Notre Dame’s strategic plan, ‘Fulfilling the Promise,’ commits itself to increasing its internationalism,” Dunn said. “Notre Dame recognizes that institutions cannot use a country for its educational purposes and then not take responsibility for their role in that country. This is the University’s mission.” Eleanor Huntington, a graduate of the class of 2010 who has also studied abroad and done research in Uganda, is working to promote the petition. Huntington said she fears not only for the people she has met in Uganda whom the bill would affect, but also for current and future Notre Dame students. “What becomes Notre Dame’s rule if they know a professor is gay and he’s doing research in Uganda?” Huntington said. “Or if they have students who want to study abroad or do research or service in Uganda? Are they going to have to find out the sexual orientation of the student?” While it would not be helpful for other nations to simply judge or condemn Uganda, Huntington said Notre Dame possesses extensive knowledge of the country’s institutions that would be useful in finding solutions for the bill. “People in Uganda do have strong faith, and they would respond to Notre Dame’s actions,” she said. “There are enough good perspective administrators at Notre Dame that they would know how to effectively address the issue without embarrassing or causing judgment or scandal.” 2009 graduate Katie Day, who also studied abroad and conducted research in Uganda as a student, agreed Notre Dame’s Catholic identity should motivate the University to address the proposed bill. Day said she is completely mystified by Catholic bishops in Uganda’s praise for the bill, given that it contradicts the Church’s mandate to “uphold the human dignity of every single person.” “As the universal Church, Catholic leaders elsewhere in the world need to let the Ugandan Catholic Church know this bill is completely contradictory to our faith’s core beliefs,” she said. “I cannot think of anything more dehumanizing and degrading than this bill.” Dunn said she has received numerous positive responses to the petition from Notre Dame faculty and staff praising her and her teammates for their work. She has also received brief e-mails from University President Fr. John Jenkins and Dr. J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. “I hope Fr. Jenkins and Dr. Entrikin listen to their faculty on this one,” Dunn said. The University has a responsibility, both as a Catholic institution and a partner with Uganda, to provide guidance to the country and discourage this bill, Day said. Day said Notre Dame’s mission statement pledges that the University looks to nurture in its students, “a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.” “As the students and alumni of Notre Dame stand up to the injustice of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, we are fulfilling this part of Notre Dame’s mission,” Day said.last_img read more

Two sides of management

first_imgby: Anthony DemangoneWorking with people is very difficult. I don’t have to tell you that.I think what makes it difficult is that as a leader or manager, you need to believe in people. And you need to hold people accountable when things don’t work.It may be one of the most difficult balancing acts in the world.Both sides of this coin were on display in a wonderful Q and A from the New York Times. If you don’t follow this column in the business day section, I urge you to start. It is good stuff.The interview was done with Lois Braverman, Chief Executive of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tories will cut taxes and red tape

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Luton’s last chance

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EPL: Lampard using table as motivational tool ahead of Man Utd clash

first_img Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More20 Amazing Facts About The Daenerys Of The House Of Targaryen6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone Baffled11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?This 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today Yet with up to six sides realistically battling for the final two places, Lampard revealed he is using the standings to help his squad get over the line.The Blues boss said: “I don’t think it’s the worst motivational tool for all of us to really understand the situation, because I have a deep sense of pride about wanting to get fourth.“I remember having that as a player.“We were fighting generally for first and second for a good period when I was here and that’s how you should be. So I don’t mind referencing that to the players.“I look at the league table two or three times a day, sometimes. You can become obsessed.“That’s for me to do. For the players, reminding them sometimes is fine.”It would take a monumental collapse for third-placed Leicester to fail to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition.But after the Foxes, just six points separate half a dozen sides from fourth-placed Chelsea on 41 down to ninth-placed United on 35.And Lampard feels the increase in runners and riders has made the situation even harder.He said: “The landscape is tougher in terms of picking up points, as you can see from the totals in and around us.“Maybe for us, in a usual year, we would not be so happy with our points total, but this year it looks a lot different with points being taken off different teams.“It’s a changing of the Premier League. Teams now can invest a lot of money.“You can get promoted to the Premier League, spend £100million and it doesn’t guarantee success.”Tonight’s crunch clash at Stamford Bridge gives Chelsea a chance to avenge the 4-0 hammering they received at Old Trafford in their first game of the season.Yet despite the scoreline, that performance — and the one in the penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup three days later — convinced Lampard his young side could do well this season.The 41-year-old added: “It wasn’t a 4-0 game.“I’d be the first to criticise myself or us or look at ourselves and I was honest with the players afterwards.“Then three days later they went toe-to-toe with the best team in the country by a mile this season and possibly could, or should, have won the Super Cup.“I said to the players after both games ‘We have enough here to have a successful season’. Frank Lampard cannot take his eyes off how the table is turning.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Ighalo can earn extra year at Man Utd if he impresses, says Solskjaer“Obviously we have to put that right come the end of the season.”Chelsea will move nine points clear of United if they secure victory this evening.Yet when asked if a win would kill off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of catching his side, Lampard replied: “No.“Not at nine points, not at this time with the amount of points left to play for and the way the Premier League is. Certainly not.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Chelsea boss has admitted a daily obsession with studying the league table as the race for Champions League qualification hots up. His Blues are still in the box seat, holding a one-point advantage over fifth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.But that gap was as big as nine in October.And with their extra fixture being against another rival in Manchester United tonight, the West Londoners need to hold their nerve.Manchester City’s two-season European ban will mean fifth spot will also qualify for the Champions League, unless they somehow succeed with a quick-fire appeal.last_img read more

Kabankalan local shot dead

first_imgAccording to police investigators, thevictim was shot by an unidentified suspect around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11. The 35-year-old John Artisano sustaineda gunshot wound on the neck, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – A man was shot dead inBarangay 2, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Officers of the Kabankalan City policestation have yet to identify the suspect and the motive of the incident as ofthis writing./PN Artisano was rushed to the Lorenzo ZaycoDistrict Hospital in Kabankalan City where the attending physician declared him“dead on arrival.”last_img read more

Greensburg Police Chief resigns; Interim named

first_imgGreensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen resigned citing personal reasons.GREENSBURG, Ind. – Stacey Chasteen cited personal reasons for her resignation as Greensburg police chief on Monday, December 1.The veteran law enforcement officer began her career as a police dispatcher in 1993 and was promoted through the ranks eventually being named police chief three years ago.Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert said, “The City of Greensburg will miss her kindness and her dedication to her job and the many things that she has taken part of in our community to make Greensburg a better place to live.”Lt. Brendan Bridges will begin serving as interim police chief on Sunday. Bridges has worked his entire 13-year career with the Greensburg Police Department.He is the son of Bob Bridges, who served as Rushville’s mayor from 2000-2007.“We have much enthusiasm with Brendan accepting this position and look forward to his leadership to continue to make Greensburg a better place to live,” Herbert said in a statement.last_img read more

Van Dijk set to pen mega new Liverpool contract

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An InspirationWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were KidsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made The report claims Liverpool have moved to offer the former Saints man new terms after PSG had “made it known” they were interested in his service. read also:Van Dijk: I want to be a Liverpool legend The Sun of UK do state though that Van Dijk’s head “has not been turned” despite the fact that he could most probably double his money in the French capital. The 28-year-old defender will sign the deal next month after the club rubber-stamped the new proposal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Liverpool kingpin, Virgil van Dijk, is set to sign a mega new deal at Anfield, while Inter Milan are hoping to lure Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin with a £27million bid, all in the papers. Table toppers Liverpool earned a 2-0 victory over Manchester united en route the top Virgil van Dijk is set to sign a new lucrative contract at Anfield which will make him the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s history, claims a report. The Sun say the Dutch centre-back will sign a five-year contract on £220,000 a week “once Jurgen Klopp’s side have the Premier League title in the bag”. That’s a deal which will be worth £57million and it will represent a £40,000 a week increase on his current £180,000 a week wages.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cedar County hosts June 10 Deery Series, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour twinbill

first_imgTIPTON, Iowa (June 4) – Another midweek race date has both the Deery Brothers Summer Series and XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton next Tuesday, June 10. IMCA Late Models will run for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start in what will now be the sixth Deery Series event of the season. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds vie in a $1,000 to win, minimum $150 to start feature. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students ages 13-18, and free for kids 12 and under accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30. More information is available by calling 563 219-2259 and at the website.The five previous Deery events held at Cedar County Raceway have produced as many different winners, the most recent of them eventual series champion Brian Harris last year.Different drivers have also prevailed in Dirt Tour events at Tipton. Ron Barker of Dubuque won there in 2011, Milo Veloz Jr. of Colona, Ill., in 2012 and Darin Duffy of Urbana in 2013.Tuesday’s Modified feature, the second race of the tour, is a 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.What was to have been the first Deery-Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader of the season, at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City last night, was canceled because of inclement weather.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 235; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 228; 3. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 216; 4. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 210; 5. Jason Rauen, Farley, 204; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 202; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 196; 8. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 187; 9. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., and Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, both 175; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale, 173; 12. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 165; 13. Brian Harris, Daven­port, 158; 14. Terry Neal, Ely, 134; 15. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 129; 16. Nate Beuseling, Sil­vis, Ill., 118; 17. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 106; 18. Curt Schroeder, Ames, and Ron Klein, Sher­rill, both 97; 20. John Emerson, Waterloo, and Jay Johnson, West Burlington, both 96. XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 40; 2. J.J. Wise, Gar­ner, 39; 3. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, 38; 4. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, 37; 5. Mike Jergens, Plover, 36; 6. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 35; 7. Levi Nielsen, Mason City, 34; 8. Tyler Heet­land, Bancroft, 33; 9. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 32; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, 31; 11. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, 30; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 29; 13. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, 28; 14. Cory Wray, Jamesport, Mo., 27; 15. Zach Less, Hopkinton, 26; 16. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland, 25; 17. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 24; 18. Alex Hanson, Northwood, 23; 19. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 22; 20. Kyle Brown, Kellogg, 21.last_img read more

Keane double in record-equalling outing

first_img In the lowest of low-key friendlies, manager Giovanni Trapattoni will have been pleased with the efforts of his under-studies with midfielder Wes Hoolahan turning in an impressive individual display and full-back Marc Wilson proving his fitness after a niggling hamstring injury. There was even a 25-minute cameo from fit-again defender Richard Dunne. Trapattoni’s team took control early on and never looked like surrendering it. They were aided and abetted in no small part by the premature departure of Loria, who trudged off the pitch with just 20 minutes gone after racing from his goal and upending striker Shane Long to prompt Romanian referee Sebastian Constantin Coltescu to produce a red card. Loria had earlier kept the visitors in it with a fine save from skipper-for-the-day Long, who showed an impressive burst of pace to leave central defender Akaki Khubutia in his wake, only to be denied by a solid block. James McClean almost broke the deadlock with 23 minutes gone. The Sunderland winger took charge of the free-kick awarded for Loria’s misdemeanour and curled the ball towards the top corner. However, as the Ireland fans behind the goal waited for the net to ripple, substitute keeper Omar Migineishvili threw out a hand and managed to claw his effort away. Georgia’s resistance was finally broken three minutes before the break after Khubutia was penalised for a foul on Long wide on the right. McClean curled the resulting free-kick into the box and Keogh climbed highest to send a downward header past Migineishvili and into the net. Trapattoni sent on Keane at the break, but it was Cox who made an impact within three minutes of the restart when, having been moved to the right wing to accommodate the LA Galaxy frontman, he turned up in the right place at the right time to side-foot home McClean’s driven cross. Hoolahan split the Georgian defence wide open with 58 minutes gone as he slid Long in, but the striker was once again denied. Keane eventually got in on the act with 13 minutes remaining when substitute Conor Sammon’s low cross handed him a close-range tap-in, and he helped himself once again at the death when he made the most of Jeff Hendrick’s well-weighted pass. Press Association The 32-year-old climbed off the bench to draw level with keeper Shay Given, and will go top of the list if, as expected, he leads Ireland into their World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands on Friday evening. Keane claimed his 55th international goal from point-blank range with 13 minutes of the game remaining and then took his tally to 56 three minutes from time to seal a comfortable victory with the Georgians labouring after keeper Giorgi Loria’s 20th-minute dismissal. Richard Keogh had opened the scoring three minutes before the break, and Simon Cox extended the home side’s lead three minutes after the restart. center_img Robbie Keane marked his record-equalling 125th appearance for Ireland with a double to see off 10-man Georgia 4-0.last_img read more