Time to Heal Dinner to promote solidarity

first_imgThe Gender Relations Center (GRC) will host its annual Time to Heal dinner Thursday evening in the Morris Inn ballroom, bringing Sexual Violence Awareness month to a close.“The Time to Heal Dinner affords an opportunity for our community to come together over a meal, to share stories and to extend support to those who have been affected by sexual violence or interpersonal violence,” Regina Gesicki, assistant director of educational initiatives for the GRC, said.The event, which is open to all in the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and greater South Bend community, will include a business-casual dinner and a keynote speech delivered by a survivor of sexual violence, Gesicki said. The speech will be followed by a healing ritual, a prayer for healing and a vocal performance with songs centered on courage and hope. The program will also include a recitation of “impact statements,” providing testimony to the many ways violence pervades student life as well as the ways the community is working to heal from and prevent future violence.“I have attended the event the past two years, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and empathetic,” junior Chizo Ekechukwu, an event facilitator for the GRC, said. “Unless you have personally experienced sexual violence or know someone who has, you are unable to completely relate to the survivors. But just being there to support them and walk with them in the healing process means the world.”The dinner is the last event of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. Other events throughout the month of October included a mass of healing in the Log Chapel, bystander intervention workshops, a Men Against Violence pledge drive and the distribution of free GRC t-shirts and cups.“Our objectives this year were to raise awareness, to support survivors and to provide concrete ways for members of our community to take action to prevent future incidents of violence,” Gesicki said. “The Time to Heal dinner is a space to accomplish all three of these goals. We come together after this month of varied events to listen, support and commit to taking care of our brothers and sisters.”Ekechukwu said the event is both a learning opportunity and a stance of solidarity.“Many students do not know much about sexual violence or the toll it can really take on people’s lives,” she said. “This event allows students to become more aware of the issues and reassures survivors that they have a whole community of support here at Notre Dame.”Solidarity with survivors and keeping an open mind is imperative for this event, Gesicki said.“We hope that our campus culture will continue to shift toward one in which violence of any kind is not tolerated,” she said.Tags: Gender Relations Center, GRC, sexual violence awareness, Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Time to Heallast_img read more

Open skies agreements aid Jamaican aviation sector

first_imgDirector General of the JCAA, Colonel Oscar Derby. Photo credit:The Jamaica GleanerKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has indicated marked growth in the local aviation industry and, by extension, tourism, as a result of the government’s decision to shift to an open skies policy.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank session, Director General of the JCAA, Colonel Oscar Derby, said the policy shift has already reaped benefits, with a growing number of stop over arrivals from Canada and the USA, countries with which Jamaica has agreements.The effect of this, Derby highlighted, was that local airports are doing better business in terms of passenger flow, and the domestic aviation sector, which picks up passengers and takes them to other aerodromes and resorts, has also been doing quite well.He said the opening of the Lionel Densham Aerodrome in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, has seen a lot of activity from the North Coast to the resorts in that area, with Jakes, a primary attraction in the vicinity, experiencing a significant rise in business.Derby noted, too, that the Ian Fleming International Airport in St Mary should soon benefit from marketing activities by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), working with the Ministry of Tourism.“We will see the traffic to that airport picking up, and it is not just the airport that the arrivals are expected to come to, but they will come to the resorts in that area. What is needed, therefore, is collaboration between the airport operator and the resorts, in order to create packages for the persons using that airport,” he said.He noted that negotiations have been concluded with China, regarding air service arrangements between Jamaica and that country, as well as other areas in the Far East. He noted that, currently, the negotiation team is compiling its report to submit to the government to cement the agreement.Meanwhile, Derby said the JCAA is planning a number of activities in observance of 100 years of powered flights to Jamaica.“To mark the centenary of powered flights, we intend to hold a poster contest for children in three age group categories. The operators of Norman Manley and Sangster International Airports have been very receptive to the idea of displaying selected posters in the concourses of both airports,” he stated.Concurrently, an essay contest on the ‘Significance of Air Transport to Jamaica’s Economy’ will be held for youth in the older age categories. Prizes will include a trip to the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum and research complex.Two major activities that will be attempted are: the restoration of the old Seaplane Terminal, at Harbour Head, Kingston, into a museum, and the building of a replica of Seligman’s Moisant Bleriot flyer, to be put on permanent display in the aviation museum.The Civil Aviation Authority is a statutory organisation within the Ministry of Transport and Works, and regulates air navigation and all matters relating to safety and security in civil aviation.By Kadian BrownCaribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleTravel Open skies agreements aid Jamaican aviation sector by: – April 20, 2011 Sharecenter_img 45 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Wales v Northern Ireland – five things we learned

first_imgBilled as another Battle of Britain, the game is more likely to be remembered as a war of attrition. After some superb performances in the group stage, Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern wasn’t forced to make a save until parrying away Gareth Bale’s free-kick on 58 minutes. That was his lone contribution to the match as there was nothing the Hamilton number one could do about Gareth McAuley’s own goal. Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made two routine first-half stops, but he wasn’t unduly tested either.Bale delivers again Gareth Bale failed to score for the first time in four games at the European Championship in what was largely a frustrating 90 minutes. But the Real Madrid star played a pivotal role in sending Wales through to the last eight. Shackled by defenders for much of the afternoon Bale found a pocket of space when he was fed by Aaron Ramsey down the left and his devilish cross resulted in Gareth McAuley bundling into his own net on 75 minutes as Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu lurked just behind. Bale had earlier come closest to breaking the deadlock when his dipping free-kick was batted away by Michael McGovern.Lonesome Lafferty Recalled Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty striker cut a lonesome figure against Wales’ three-man central defence. Overlooked for the final two group games, Lafferty replaced Conor Washington in Paris but was made to toil against Ashley Williams — flanked by James Chester and Ben Davies — with little opportunity to add to his seven goals from the qualifiers. Washington was introduced on 69 minutes to provide extra support, but it was to no avail.‘Cup tie feeling’ Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill had predicted the clash would have a “cup tie feeling” and he wasn’t mistaken. With the prize of a quarter-final spot at stake, neither team was inclined to gamble and rue a costly mistake. Had the encounter gone to extra time and then possibly penalties and supported O’Neill’s initial instinct, it would not have been a surprise.Opportunity beckons Making their first major finals appearance since the 1958 World Cup, Wales have matched their quarter-final run from 58 years ago. With Belgium, a side Chris Coleman’s team took four points off during qualifying, or Hungary awaiting them in the last eight, Welsh fans can be forgiven for dreaming that the Euro 2016 can go on.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 Battle of attrition Paris, France | AFP |Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday. Here are five things we learned from the match.last_img read more

Pattaya Bikini Run sets world record

first_imgThe opportunity to strike a pose wasn’t missed by many who took part. A Russian identified only as Vladislhv crossed the finish line first to win 64,380 baht in prizes.Pattaya got itself into the Guinness Book of World Records again when 3,000 runners turned up in swimwear for the biggest Bikini Run yet.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh kicked off the June 8 race that saw participants do lunges for two minutes, breaking the exercise record of 2,713 simultaneous athletes set in Taipei.Of course, running, not lunging, was the point of the day and runners from 15 to 50 set out from Central Festival Pattaya Beach for runs of three and nine kilometers. Julia Iakushera won the shorter race and 40,180 baht in prize money. Over 3000 beachwear clad runners turned up at Pattaya Beach for the annual Bikini Run on June 8. Russian participant Vladislhv crossed the finish line first to win the 64,380 baht top prize.center_img Having fun was the main aim for most. Pattaya Bikini Run sets world record1 of 21 A Russian identified only as Vladislhv crossed the finish line first to win 64,380 baht in prizes. Julia Iakushera won the shorter race and 40,180 baht in prizes.Julia Iakushera won the shorter race and 40,180 baht in prizes.last_img read more

Many Sign Up for Girls Circle, Room for More

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – In January the YWCA of Olympia began offering the nationally recognized Girls Circle prevention program across Thurston County.  More than 60 middle-school age girls are now participating.  “We’ve had a good response from girls and parents”, said Kelly Hanson, YWCA Girls Circle staff.  “The program is a safe, positive place for girls during a sometimes tumultuous time in life”.  Girls Circle is held once a week, usually afterschool, over an 8 to 12 week period.  Research shows participating in Girls Circle promotes academic achievement, reduces alcohol use and improves the ability of girls to form healthier bonds with others.Five local school districts and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County signed on to offer the program.  “Being a rural district, it can be hard to access outside resources,” said Charla Dunham, Tenino District School Nurse.  “Girls Circle is a great opportunity for our families.”  YWCA staff provides the program on-site, at no-cost to partner schools and agencies.“We are pleased to be working in the communities of Tenino, Rochester, Olympia, Lacey, Rainier and Tumwater”, said Karmel Shields, YWCA Executive Director.  “That is a great start, but we have room for more.”  The YWCA wants to hear from schools and other youth-serving organizations interested in hosting Girls Circle this Spring.  The program serves girls between the ages of 10 and 14 who live in Thurston County.Girls Circle is made possible through a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health grant awarded to the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department.  The purpose of the grant is to improve health outcomes of local girls.For more information about Girls Circle call the YWCA at 360-352-0593.For information about the grant, visit the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health webpage at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health or call the Health Department’s Women’s Health Coordinator Kateri Wimsett at 360-867-2516.last_img read more

The Mayday Foundation Announces Partnership with Parenting Coach, Emily McMason

first_imgFacebook96Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Mayday FoundationWhen a family’s life is turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, there are many pieces to pick up. In Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties, families are able to turn to The Mayday Foundation for immediate, practical financial support.  Now, this assistance extends beyond getting help with paying household expenses and into the emotional side of being a parent while coping with cancer.“My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said Emily McMason. Photo courtesy: The Mayday Foundation“Along with financial assistance, The Mayday Foundation now includes a complimentary session with parenting coach, Emily McMason,” explained founder and executive director, Amy Rowley.  “We are able to expand our support of the family past paying rent and mortgages and delivering gas and grocery cards and allow each family to access Emily’s vast knowledge of parenting techniques. Parenting advice and coaching is critical since most families have not coped with a health care crisis of this magnitude.”Emily McMason, who holds a masters degree in education from Harvard University, is also a mother of two children being raised in Olympia. “A healthy community is one in which we reach out and care for one another. It matters to me to give back to the community in which I live, work and raise my children. My time with The Mayday Foundation families is an important way to be a part of our community response to caring for those affected by cancer,” said McMason. “My passion for parents and children makes working with The Mayday Foundation a natural connection.”“Emily’s generous donation of time means local families can gain the emotional support they need to cope with cancer and still be the parent they want to be to their children,” added Rowley.  “The first concern, when a parent is diagnosed with cancer, is ‘will my kids be ok, will they be able to recover from this upheaval?’ Providing access to a trained, professional parenting coach rounds out The Mayday Foundation’s support.”For example, parents may choose to talk with Emily about processing the news, adjusting to new normals, redefining family balance and boundaries, help with understanding the reactions of those you love or imagining the family with a post-cancer perspective.“A cancer diagnosis isn’t simply about our health—it is about our whole life,” added McMason in summary. “Our parenting role doesn’t stop when cancer becomes a part of a family’s life—instead it gets more complex. Spending time with families as they navigate these new spaces is an incredibly meaningful way for me to give back to my community. It’s an honor to work with The Mayday Foundation families and provide emotional support as well as practical tools for parenting as they cope with cancer.”To connect with Emily McMason, visit the Evolving Parents website or call 360-951-0563. Coaching is available to individuals, couples or whole families.To keep up with how The Mayday Foundation is making an impact in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties, visit www.maydayfoundation.org or follow the non-profit organization on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.last_img read more