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

ARC acquires Belle Vue and Perry Barr

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Arena Racing Company (ARC) has strengthened its commitment to greyhound racing, after confirming the acquisition of both Perry Barr and Belle Vue greyhound stadia from the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA).The two stadia have been long-standing members of the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) to betting shops. Manchester-based Belle Vue and Perry Barr in Birmingham host 103 and 208 BAGS fixtures annually. The new agreement is therefore expected to host approximately 50% of the 1619 annual BAGS fixtures at ARC-owned stadia – which also includes Newcastle and Sunderland. ARC Group Corporate Development Director Kevin Robertson said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with GRA to bring Perry Barr and Belle Vue into the ARC group.  We have a strong commitment to invest in British Greyhounds, and we look forward to working with the teams at both Belle Vue and Perry Barr.”Both Belle Vue and Perry Barr have both been in partnership with The Racing Partnership (TRP) since 1 January 2018.Chairman of GRA, Clive Feltham, added: “It’s been a pleasure running GRA having been involved for forty years.“I am delighted to be handing over Belle Vue and Perry Barr to a professional and progressive company in ARC.  I have had some great people working for me and attached to the stadia and I am sure they will continue to do a fantastic job under new owners.”The future of Belle Vue has long been under review, following controversial plans proposed by the Manchester City Council to build houses on the historic site. Having first been built in 1926, the infrastructure is synonymous with the Belle Vue area and is one of the country’s oldest and most well regarded greyhound stadiums. Related Articles ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings  June 10, 2020 Submit ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool’s title hopes look in tatters after they blew a three-goal lead with 11 minutes remaining to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace. Brendan Rodgers’ men looked on course to move three points clear at the top of the Premier League table and heap the pressure back on Manchester City ahead of their home game against Aston Villa on Wednesday thanks to goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.However Damien Delaney’s deflected strike and a two-goal blast from super-sub Dwight Gayle earned the Eagles an unlikely point in a crazy finale at Selhurst Park. The draw means Liverpool do move a point ahead of City at the top of the table but a win and draw from their remaining home games against Villa and West Ham respectively should seal Manuel Pellegrini’s side the title because of their super nine-goal goal difference.Liverpool had an early shout for a penalty when Yannick Bolasie’s wild swing caught Glen Johnson in the area and he went to ground but referee Mark Clattenburg awarded the corner instead. Mamadou Sakho should have scored from that seventh minute corner as he was left unmarked but headed down and wide of the far post.Allen’s high ball into the Palace area on 15 minutes was met by the head of Johnson who timed his run into the box to perfection but he couldn’t keep his effort down as it dropped on top of the stranded Julian Speroni’s goal. Liverpool took the lead three minutes later when they won a corner down the left after Sturridge’s effort was deflected inches wide of the far post.Steven Gerrard whipped the flag-kick in and Allen was unmarked at the back post to head in his first goal for the club. Palace came back into the game and Simon Mignolet was forced into his first meaningful save on 33 minutes as Jason Puncheon’s low strike flew towards the bottom corner and he got down well to parry it away. Two minutes later he was at full stretch to tip a deflected Miles Jedinak effort from outside the area over his bar. Liverpool had the final effort of the half on 43 minutes when Suarez tried to catch out Speroni at his near post with an effort from a tight angle down the left but the Palace keeper did well to save.Liverpool edged further ahead on 53 minutes when Sturridge collected a long ball from Gerrard and got in a shot from the edge of the box which deflected off Delaney on its way past Speroni. Two minutes later it was 3-0 as Suarez exchanged passes with Raheem Sterling before firing low past Speroni. Liverpool set about looking to eat further into City’s goal difference advantage as Speroni did well to tip over a fierce drive from Johnson on 67 minutes.However Palace got a foot-hold back into the game on 79 minutes when Delaney’s effort from outside the area took a slight nick off Johnson and flew into the top corner of Mignolet’s net. Liverpool’s nerves were jangling further two minutes later when Palace broke quickly from defending a corner and Bolasie surged into the left of the area before teeing up Gayle in the centre who coolly beat Mignolet with a side-foot effort.Palace continued knocking at the door for an equaliser and were rewarded with two minutes left as Glenn Murray chested on a long ball forward into the path of Gayle in the area and he made no mistake lashing his effort past Mignolet. Both sides went for a winner in stoppage time with Gayle firing an effort wide of the post for Palace and Liverpool substitute Victor Moses just failed to scramble the ball home from close range when the hosts couldn’t clear a corner into their area.Rlast_img read more