Interfaith club hosts ‘Better Together Day’ celebration

first_imgSaint Mary’s students are working together to create a new interfaith group on campus after recent interfaith discussions. Sophomore Alayna Haff said the idea for the club was ignited after Interfaith Youth Core came to campus for a conference earlier this year. Haff discussed Better Together Day, a day that honors interfaith dialogue. “Better Together Day is a national day of action headed by Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit working towards an America where people of different faiths, world views and traditions can bridge divides and find common values to build a shared life together,” Haff said. Julianna McKenna | The Observer Professor Catherine Cornille spoke about the role gender plays in interfaith dialogue Tuesday in Carroll Auditorium.The goal of Better Together Day is to raise awareness about religious diversity and dialogue across college campuses, professor Anita Houck of the Saint Mary’s Religious Studies Department said.“It is an annual day where they invite people to sign up online and bring awareness to the fact that it’s better to have conversations with people who are different from you,” she said. “We want to learn from each other and grow from interaction with other people. Better Together day brings attention to this, especially by getting college age students to talk about these topics.” Religious dialogue is an important aspect of community development, Houck said. “Obviously the most immediate benefit is for us to engage with other interesting people and to get insights about ourselves for those of us that are religious or spiritual or just wanting to develop our own world views,” she said. “We learn so much by talking to people who see the world differently.” She also said engaging in these types of conversations not only advances our religious understanding, but our cultural understanding as well.“We do this by acknowledging commonalities and differences, which allows us to see others as human beings,” Houck said. “It affects our politics, it affects our decisions about who we are going to vote for, what policies we support, the kinds of jokes we are going to make and so forth. It teaches us a lot about ourselves. By learning from other people about how they see the world it clarifies to us about what is really important for us.”Saint Mary’s honored Better Together Day with a lecture by Boston College professor Catherine Cornille on “Women and Interreligious Dialogue.” Cornille argued that women play an integral role in religious dialogue. “Women often are the ones taking initiative to reach out to other religious traditions and because of this are able to break down barriers and are much more open and generous to recognizing truth in other religious traditions,” Cornille said.This is formative in the mission of Saint Mary’s Better Together club, as they plan to appeal to the entire campus community, Haff said.“Our goal for this club is to incorporate our community in working together to make everyone feel included,appreciated and understood,” she said. “We need to be inclusive and understanding of those who are different than us.”Haff said she believes religious dialogue is an important aspect of communication in general. “Research has shown that when someone gets to know a person different from them, their attitudes towards that entire group also grows more positive,” she said. “By learning about other faiths and building relationships with people of different world views, we can break barriers, overcome biases and build bridges.”Tags: Better Together Day, interfaith, interfaith conference, Interfaith Youth Corelast_img read more

Papuk Nature Park was visited by more than 10.000 visitors this year

first_imgJudging by the number of visitors who decided to visit the Papuk Nature Park this year, then we can say that Papuk has become perhaps the most desirable continental destination. Thus, 2017 with a little more than 7 visitors was the most visited so far, but 000 will surely set a new record because so far Papuk and Jankovac Forest Park have been visited by more than 2018 visitors.This week, Sara Horak from Daruvar also visited the Jankovac Park Forest, thus becoming the ten thousandth visitor to the pearls of Slavonia – Jankovac. “Following the activities of the Park on social networks, I decided to visit Jankovac for the first time, whose beauty really intrigued me. I am pleasantly surprised by the welcome and in the end I can only say that I will recommend Papuk to anyone who wants to spend their vacation in untouched nature.Said Sara Horak.The director of Papuk Nature Park, Alen Jurenac, presented a gift to the ten thousandth visitor, emphasizing that it is obvious that Papuk is becoming an increasingly important destination for many tourists who discover its beauties. “The ten thousandth visitor who was welcomed in the Jankovac Forest Park is an indicator of how protected areas can significantly contribute to tourism and the development of the local areas in which they are located. The park has places for everyone who wants to come and enjoy nature, and it is up to the Park administration to provide the infrastructure and offer that will balance the interest of visitors and the protection of nature. That is why investments in visitor infrastructure and expansion of content and offer are important. ”said Alen Jurenac, director of the Park.The strongest tourist asset of the park, Jankovac Forest Park, this year again attracts the largest number of visitors, of which the largest share is domestic guests, and most of them are school excursions. In order to standardize the status of visitors, the payment of individual tickets has been introduced since the beginning of this year, and only for the area of ​​the Jankovac Forest Park, and the ticket price is a symbolic 10,00 kuna.Related news:PAPUK RECEIVES FIRST ACCOMMODATION CAPACITIES, DUBOKA CAMP-REST OPENEDPAPUK NATURE PARK THE FIRST CROATIAN GEOPARK UNDER UNESCO PROTECTIONlast_img read more

Spotted: USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Floated Out

first_imgImage Courtesy: NASSCOOn August 19, San Diego-based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO completed the float-out for USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, the second Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) to be constructed for the US Navy.A float-out occurs when a ship is ready to be moved from a graving dock to a pier for the next phase of construction. As part of the process, seawater flows into the graving dock, gradually raising the ship until it floats on its own.Named after retired US Marine and Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, the 784-foot-long ship will serve as a flexible platform to support a variety of missions, including air mine countermeasures, counter-piracy operations, maritime security and humanitarian missions.The ship will provide for accommodations for up to 250 personnel, a 52,000-square-foot flight deck, fuel and equipment storage, and will also support MH-53 and MH-60 helicopters with an option to support MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. The ship is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.The newbuilding is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered three ships in the class to the navy – USNS Montford Point (ESD 1), USNS John Glenn (ESD 2) and USNS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3). In addition to USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), the fifth ship is under construction at NASSCO as part of the program.last_img read more

Portugal books Qatari LNG cargo

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of RENREN-operated Sines LNG import terminal in Portugal has booked a cargo of the chilled fuel, shipping data by the Port of Sines shows.The 137,660-cbm LNG carrier Dukhan is delivering a cargo from the liquefied natural gas complex in Ras Laffan.The vessel is scheduled to deliver the load on July 6. the port data shows.Portugal’s only LNG import facility in Sines port has a nominal sendout capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per hour (5.26 bcm per year), with a peak capacity of 900,000 cubic meters per hour.Portugal mostly imports LNG from Nigeria, Algeria and Qatar.last_img

‘Nobody Harmed by Gambling’… William Hill outlines biggest industry commitment to eradicating problem gambling

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share FTSE bookmaker William Hill has set out its new corporate objective ‘Nobody Harmed by Gambling’ seeking to ‘eradicate problem gambling within the UK’.The bold objective sees William Hill place social responsibility and corporate sustainability at the forefront of its day-to-day operations.Presenting the initiative, William Hill governance has published an ‘immediate action plan’ detailing its new corporate sustainability strategy, alongside ‘nine core commitments’ guiding the bookmaker’s long-term social responsibility ambitions.William Hill’s action plan is noticeably the most prominent problem gambling prevention strategy undertaken by a bookmaker to date.The immediate actions include the ‘piloting of mandatory tools’ for at-risk customers, in which the bookmaker may set wagering and time restrictions on for its players aged 18-21.Further protections, will see William Hill place ‘wagering data at the hands of its customers’, as the bookmaker seeks to improve ‘conscious choices’ between its betting services and its consumer engagements.At an operational level, William Hill will enhance and expand its staff training capacities focused on spotting earlier gambling-related harms.The training will be supported by research and findings undertaken by the BetKnowMore UK program, with William Hill governance further stating that it seeks community partners to enhance its new staff training, which will be operated throughout all levels of William Hill’s active corporate management structure; leadership, retail, digital, customer facing, graduate, etc…..Philip Bowcock – William HillDetailing Nobody Harmed by Gambling corporate intent, William Hill Group Chief Executive Philip Bowcock stated“its incumbent on us, as one of the leading betting brands in the UK to eradicate problem gambling. Just taking the money and running is not an option for William Hill”.“We must recognise the hidden side of gambling and get much better at helping our customers stay safe, in shops and online, in the UK and around the world. Society expects it, our customers need it and a sustainable future for William Hill depends on it.”Lyndsay Wright – William HillThe FTSE firm’s new corporate initiative will be led by Lyndsay Wright, William Hill Group Director of Strategy & Sustainability.Presenting Nobody Harmed by Gambling, Wright details that William Hill is prepared to cooperate with the widest pool of stakeholders, as the bookmaker tackles an industry-wide challenge, linked to a range of social and cultural factors.“This isn’t going to be a smooth ride. There will be bumps along the road. We will be criticised and some of that criticism will be fair. But we believe that it’s only by setting out with a bold ambition that we’ll start to see that change we want – and to have a positive impact on people’s lives.”last_img read more