SMC Campus Ministry outlines goals for the year

first_imgSaint Mary’s Campus Ministry has already begun what hopes to be an eventful year for students. Having hosted a successful First Year retreat on Aug. 25 and 26, the team looks ahead to many more activities and opportunities for students to grow in faith and community.“We have several main goals that we are going to be planning programs for,” Regina Wilson, director of Campus Ministry, said in an email.As the College is to focus on the core value of justice this year, the group hopes to host events that allow for reflection on pursuing justice within local communities, Wilson said. These opportunities include discussions of the dignity of the human person and how this theological concept continues to be relevant.Occasionally, students will be speaking at Mass to share how they live as stewards of their gifts. Encouraging students to devote time and resources to support God’s people and glory will remain a theme for Campus Ministry. Social media outreach will be used to achieve this goal, Wilson said, mentioning talks of this variety that have already taken place since the semester started as well as ones to come.The “Season of Creation,” a time during which prayer and special care for creation are emphasized, started Sept. 1 and is currently being observed. Globally, Christians unite with this cause to show gratitude for the earth and take actions to treat it with respect, Wilson said.“We kicked it off with a photo table where people could take photos of themselves and then make a pledge to do something more in their personal lives to show care for the earth and all creation,” she added.Wilson said making conscious efforts to recycle, shortening showers and choosing public transportation over driving were among the pledges made by the 52 students who stopped by to participate. The worldwide Season of Creation will conclude on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis, patron of ecology and namesake of Pope Francis. The Pope has promoted the Season of Creation to acknowledge the importance of creation. A “Mass on the Grass” will be celebrated at 7 p.m. that evening.“What better way to join our minds and hearts in praise of God who has given us so much beauty than by having Mass outside on our beautiful campus on the feast of St. Francis?” Wilson said.In addition to these events, Wilson said there are many other opportunities that Campus Ministry offers. Campus Ministry and students in the organization are thrilled to work in conjunction with other students, she added.“We are always excited about partnering with students to give God glory by our work and efforts,” Wilson said.Tags: Campus Ministry, Season of Creation, SMClast_img read more

What on earth was Nunberg doing? A few theories

first_imgBy the end, he had suggested that President Donald Trump may have worked with the Russians, dared Mueller to throw him in jail, repeatedly inquired as to what journalists thought his fate might be, and said he thoughtTrump knew about that Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.Nunberg did no fewer than three separate interviews with CNN, two with MSNBC and several others.So what on earth was all that about?Below are some ideas. (And it bears noting that not all of these are mutually exclusive.)It was an elaborate, Roger Stone-ian showIf there’s one key piece of the puzzle when it comes to explaining the mess that was Monday, it might well have been this: Sam Nunberg is not just some random political operative; he’s a close ally of Roger Stone.Stone is known for bizarre antics that are just as often self-serving as self-destructive. We all react to stress differently.Perhaps Nunberg, who was known for being very freewheeling and open with the media, simply started talking and couldn’t stop himself.Maybe he found himself in a tough spot and his first reaction was to try to talk his way out of it.His comments were targeted at TrumpNunberg’s relationship with Trump is nothing if not complicated.As CNN recaps, Trump has fired him, rehired him, fired him again and sued him for $10 million before the two of them settled a lawsuit over Nunberg’s alleged breach of their nondisclosure agreement. The White House has also been dismissive of Nunberg whenever he has occasionally offered comments it didn’t like.During Monday’s interviews, Nunberg oscillated between saying Trump hadn’t colluded and suggesting he might have had some arrangement with Russia.He at one point said Trump was too smart to fall victim to Russian blackmail, only to later say that Trump “caused this, because he’s an idiot.”He also said that “there is nobody who hates [Trump] more than me.”“I’m not a Donald Trump fan, as I told you before, okay?” Nunberg told CNN. “He treated me like crap.”If Nunberg really does harbor such resentment toward Trump, maybe publicly speculating about Trump having had an arrangement with Russia and having known about the Trump Tower meeting is one final piece of revenge. Coming from someone who has been interviewed by Mueller’s team, that certainly carries some weight.Maybe he wanted to suggest Trump had done something wrong while sounding like he was defending him. Indeed, Nunberg did little to suggest Monday that this wasn’t some Stone-orchestrated scene.He repeatedly talked about how he felt Mueller was targeting Stone for alleged collusion with WikiLeaks, and he repeatedly argued that Stone was innocent.Despite plenty of inconsistencies in his appearances, this was one point he kept coming back to.“I’m not going to cooperate when they want me to come into a grand jury for them to insinuate that Roger Stone was colluding with Julian Assange,” Nunberg told MSNBC. “Roger is my mentor. Roger is like family.” (If you are unfamiliar, I highly recommend Netflix’s “Get Me Roger Stone.”)“Politics with me isn’t theater,” Stone once told the Weekly Standard. “It’s performance art — sometimes, for its own sake.”Rick Wilson tweeted: Or maybe, like former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Nunberg is truly frustrated by what Trump has done — including to him — and couldn’t help himself.And maybe he even felt that Trump needed some kind of bat-signal delivered through cable news about how much trouble he’s in.He was trying to impeach himself as a witnessThis one comes via Post columnist Ruth Marcus, who says Nunberg has now “successfully destroyed his credibility and therefore his utility as a trial witness for Mueller. Mission accomplished?”Indeed, if Nunberg was trying to look erratic and unreliable on Monday, mission accomplished.But would Mueller suddenly lose interest just because of this performance?Aaron Blake is senior political reporter for The Washington Post political blog, The Fix.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? When New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi reached Nunberg’s mother by accident, she said his mother told her Nunberg was unavailable because “he’s not doing well.”Olivia Nuzzi tweeted:  Categories: Editorial, OpinionFormer Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg had a surreal day Monday.After deciding he wouldn’t cooperate with a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, he went on a media blitz to, well, air some things.Each interview seemed intent upon out-shocking the last. He added in another interview with MSNBC: “I’m not going to go in there for them to set up a case against Roger. Roger did not do anything. Roger and I were treated like crap by Donald Trump, okay?”But even if you grant that this was all some contrived spectacle to assist Stone in some way, that still doesn’t answer how.Refusing to assist Mueller would seem to be help enough; why go on a media blitz saying all kinds of bizarre things? Perhaps this was just performance art for performance art’s sake.He broke under pressureIn one of Nunberg’s later interviews, with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Burnett asked him a question that might have otherwise seemed off-base: Are you drunk? In fact, Burnett didn’t just ask; she said she smelled alcohol on his breath.Nunberg denied he had been drinking and said he wasn’t on anything “besides my meds — antidepressants.”Even separate from that question, though, it was clear Nunberg was under plenty of pressure.That tends to be the case when you’ve got jail time hanging over your head for ignoring a subpoena.last_img read more

AVB aware of Benteke threat

first_img Tottenham head to Villa Park on Sunday where they will come up against the striker who was strongly linked with a move to White Hart Lane this summer. Benteke scored 23 goals in a blockbuster first season for the Midlands side, but he handed in a transfer request amid interest from Spurs and a number of top European clubs. Andre Villas-Boas has backed Christian Benteke to help Aston Villa challenge for a place in Europe this season. Luckily for Villa, Benteke decided to stay and he has since gone on to score five goals in six matches this term. Villas-Boas took little notice of Benteke during a brief encounter when Porto played Genk three years ago, but the Tottenham manager now regards the striker as one of the best in the Barclays Premier League. “He is showing all his potential at the moment,” Villas-Boas said. “We have seen how he acts as a direct striker for Villa and he is scoring goals. Villa with him in the team are a different proposition. “They see an increase in confidence up front of a great striker, who has great career ahead. The goals he’s scored have shown that.” Ever the master of detail and preparation, Villas-Boas says he has “information” that Benteke has recovered from his hip problem and will play in Sunday’s game. Villa coped well without their star striker against Manchester City, but they looked blunt at Hull, where they drew 0-0. After a rollercoaster of a season last year, Villa have made a decent start this term, winning three of their opening seven matches. Paul Lambert’s men currently stand 10th in the table, but Villas-Boas believes Sunday’s opponents have the potential to finish inside the top five. “Paul Lambert deserves credit for the amount of youngsters he is bringing through,” the Portuguese added. “I see them stepping up and charging for European places in the end.” Jan Vertonghen has spent the last two weeks training alongside Benteke with Belgium, but their friendship will be put on hold for 90 minutes on Sunday. The defender was part of the Tottenham team that put four past Villa in the Capital One Cup last month. However, with Benteke back, he expects to be in for a busier afternoon this time around. “He is so important for Villa,” said Vertonghen, who somehow avoided a red card for pulling Nicklas Helenius’ shorts down in the 4-0 win. “He is an unbelievable player so it will be a different Villa to the one we played in the Capital One Cup.” It has been quite a fortnight for Vertonghen and his Belgium team-mates, who secured their place at the World Cup with a win over Croatia. “It was unbelievable, the whole country lived the game with us,” the defender told Spurs TV Online. “It was the first time in 12 years that we have qualified for a World Cup or European Championship. “Everyone always talks about us being a good team with lots of talent, but we have dealt with the pressure and made it. “It was a great relief because not making the World Cup with this squad would have been painful.” Villas-Boas and the Tottenham players who were not called up for international duty have had a painful fortnight of their own. The Portuguese suffered the heaviest home defeat of his Spurs reign before the international break, losing 3-0 to bitter rivals West Ham. Vertonghen wants to see a response from his team-mates at Villa. “Villa is a very tough team, especially away, but we have shown before we can win there and everyone is very determined to bounce back,” he said. Villas-Boas has Aaron Lennon available following his recovery from a foot injury, but the Tottenham manager is likely to stick with Andros Townsend, who signed a new improved contract on Friday after his heroics with England. Press Associationlast_img read more

St Lucians confident ahead of Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors Boxing Championships

first_imgTHE St Lucian five-man contingent that arrived here in Guyana for the second edition of the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors boxing championships, which gets underway tonight at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, expressed confidence of doing well at the Caribbean championships.This much was disclosed by the St Lucia Boxing Association’s coach, Conrad Hunte, as well as the association’s president, David `Shakes’ Christopher.The three-day event which concludes on Sunday will see boxers from St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Suriname, Barbados and Guyana matching gloves each of the three nights and according to coach of the St Lucia contingent, the team spirit is very high and, he, being a Guyanese by birth and having been a local (Guyana) amateur champion some years ago, he knows what to expect from the Guyanese boxers and have trained his charges with the requisite technical and tactical aspects to counter the Guyanese.Meanwhile, Christopher, the Island’s association president said his team is well prepared and ready to do battle with not only the Guyanese, but all of the other countries that will be participating.The St Lucia team is made up of Nathan Ferrari who was declared Best Boxer at the inaugural event here in Guyana last year and was named St Lucia’s Best Boxer for the year, Kareem Boyce, Kimlyn Martie, and Jwevel Martie.Julie Bonnet who recently received an AIBA One Star Referee/Judge badge as well as Christopher will also be accompanying the team.During last month, St. Lucia defeated Grenada to win the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) invitational championships after which the Island sent a team to Guadeloupe for an international tournament and based on the results, Christopher said his team is well prepared and raring to go.Meanwhile, Jamaica Boxing Board has named Joshua Forrest Davidson (69Kg) and Daniel Hylton (60kg) with Robert Napier (coach) as their representatives.Hylton would be on his third trip to Guyana, having fought here in 2015 when he contested the first Caribbean Development tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and the following year (2016) he participated in the inaugural Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament.Trinidad and Tobago will field and eight-member team and their association’s president, Cecil Forde is beaming with confidence.The team includes Abdul Taylor, Tyrique Hosien, Blessing Waldropt, Denzil Massy, Meshack Thomas, Nyrell Hosien, Juan Rodriguez and Edwin Felix.The event which is the brainchild of Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) president Steve Ninvalle will this year see a rise in the number of countries participating in this the second edition of the tournament. Last year only three countries (Guyana, St Lucia and Suriname) participated.According to Ninvalle, all plans are well in place and fight fans can expect three entertaining nights of boxing.last_img