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

Mane’s fighting spirit worthy of emulation-Sports minister

first_img Loading… Sadio Mane’s fighting spirit is not only a virtue but one that should be emulated by youths across the African continent. That was the submission of Senegal Sports minister Matar Ba as the country and in particular Mane’s birthplace of Bambali continues to celebrate his crowning as African footballer of the year. Senegal minister of sports Matar Ba Ba noted that the Liverpool forward has shown over the years both off and on the pitch that humility and hard work pays, noting that he never relented in his quest to be the best without failing to appreciate those who were adjudged better than him in the past. “Sadio has fought his way to progress and to become the best player on the continent. He has always grinded his teeth in the face of difficulties to move forward”. “Faced with difficulties, he fought, last year, at home, he did not win but that did not prevent him from fighting to get this crown. This is the lesson that we must take from his coronation,” Ba submitted. Mane’s birthplace Bambali has reportedly turned into mecca of some sort as many of his fans celebrated all night while many continued to visit the area just to identify with what they have dubbed New Year gift of the new decade. Residents of the suburb described Mane in a radio vox pop as an Ambassador who has taken the name of the community to greater height projecting his origin in good light. “We do not have the words to thank Sadio (Mane) who has brought be attention of the village in the best positive way, a local resident told public broadcaster, Radio Senegal. Two time African footballer of the year winner Nwankwo Kanu Mane’s victory Tuesday brings to two the number of Senegalese that have clinched the prestigious award. El Hadji Diouf who incidentally played for Liverpool between 2002 and 2005 making 55 appearances and scoring three goals, won the gong back to back in 2001 and 2002. Read AlsoHere’s Mane’s humble speech at CAF POTY Awards Among former winners who graced the occasion Tuesday include Cameroon’s Samuel Eto who won the award a record four times and Nigeria’s NwanKwo kanu who clinched the award twice, 1996 and 1999. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthGreat Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comebacklast_img read more

Serena chases record 24th Slam as Osaka, Halep eye US Open

first_img“Last year I lost three matches in a row before I came here, so I just wanted to get one match. Then it just kept building on from that,” she said.“This year I went to two quarter-finals back to back and I feel very confident about how I am right now.”While it’s Osaka’s first time defending a Slam, she had her first taste of defending a title this year at Indian Wells.“Going to Indian Wells and learning how defending champion pressure feels, I think it definitely helped me out going into this tournament,” Osaka said. “Because I just feel more loose and comfortable here.“I’m not sure if it’s because the last couple of months have been kind of turbulent but definitely I feel really comfortable and I know that, despite everything, I play well here every year. So I’m not too worried about that.”And she’s much better after pulling out in Cincinnati with a left knee injury.“It’s getting better. I’ve been playing more, longer every day,” she said. “Luckily I’m a fast healer so I think it’s looking good.”– Halep’s confidence high –Halep, who has crashed out of the US Open in the first round the past two years, enters with confidence after beating Williams at Wimbledon.“It cannot be worse than the last two years, to lose in the first round,” Halep said. “I’m really good. I’m feeling healthy. I’m feeling fresh.“The pressure of doing something special, it’s off. Now what comes, comes as a bonus. I’m still working, I’m still motivated to win titles. I’ve started to feel more and more that I’m capable to do that so my confidence is very high.”Barty says “nothing has really changed for me” since her title at Roland Garros.“I just come here to play and do the best that I can,” Barty said. “I’m focused on my first round on Monday and that’s all I’m worried about for the moment.”Share on: WhatsApp Eighth-seeded Serena Williams will be commanding the first day of US Open as she faces Maria Sharapova in the first round.New York, United States | AFP |  Serena Williams has the US Open spotlight as she chases tennis history, but a host of Grand Slam winners and high-ranked rivals are also taking aim at the title.The 37-year-old American will be the focus of attention when the Flushing Meadows fortnight begins Monday with her first-round night match against Russian Maria Sharapova the most anticipated of the women’s openers.“Of course I’m going to watch it,” said top-seeded defending champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in last year’s US Open final. “I think everyone in New York is going to watch it.“I’m not that surprised that that happened, because at every Grand Slam there’s always some sort of drama. Like a first round. Like, Oh my God. So this match just happens to be that for this tournament.”Williams will try to capture her 24th Grand Slam singles title to match the all-time record set by Margaret Court.Eighth-seeded Williams, who could meet second-seeded French Open champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the quarter-finals, has not won a Slam since the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant, losing the US Open final to Osaka last year amid controversy and the past two Wimbledon finals — including last month to Romania’s Simona Halep.Barty, Osaka, Halep and Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Slam title, are among the foes trying to deny Williams yet again in a quest she insists doesn’t dominate her thoughts.“I think it’s definitely meaningful, but at this point in my career, I just try to think of different things and even bigger goals — so it’s just like 24 is just a thing,” Williams said earlier this month.“There are so much more important things in my life. And obviously tennis is super important to me… but yeah there are always other things in life, I feel, that are really big on my plate too.”Williams has not played since retiring from the WTA Toronto final with back spasms, handing Canada’s Bianca Andreescu the title.“Definitely if she manages physically, then I think she can do really well here,” Andreescu said.“She’ll do great, as she always does,” added 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens.– Osaka ‘very confident’ –Osaka won last year’s final after Williams was given a game penalty by umpire Carlos Ramos, who US Open officials have decided will not work on any match with Serena or Venus Williams at this year’s US Open.This time, Osaka has had a better run-up to the Open despite a first-round Wimbledon crash out.last_img read more

Florida Lawmaker Reports Death Threats for Requesting FDLE investigate PBSO’s Handling of Epstein

first_imgA Florida lawmaker says she’s being threatened after calling for an FDLE probe into Jeffrey Epstein’s previous incarceration.Democrat State Senator Lauren Book says PBSO’s investigation into itself is a conflict of interest and sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis asking that he order an FDLE investigation. Book told the Miami Herald she’s been getting threatening calls from supporters of Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who handled Epstein’s work release program during his 13-month prison sentence. She asked Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday to investigate why the registered sex offender was allowed to work at a private office during his jail time. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office launched a criminal investigation into the deputies that supervised Epstein’s work release. This is in addition to an internal investigation that the department is already doing. Epstein is alleged to have visited his Palm Beach estate at least nine times to possibly have sex during his work release program after pleading guilty to a prostitution charge in 2008.Meanwhile, Epstein is on suicide watch after he was found on the floor of his cell with apparent injuries to his neckOfficials say Epstein is back in his New York jail cell after being treated for the injuries. He was found on the floor of his cell in a semi-conscious state with marks on his neck. It is not clear whether Epstein harmed himself in an attempt to commit suicide or to get transferred or if he was attacked in his cell by another inmate.An attorney for Epstein’s cell mate says that despite the rumors, his client had nothing to with the injuries.Epstein who has pleaded not guilty to federal conspiracy and sex trafficking charges, is next due in court on July 31st.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

Domenic DiPiero: Commitment to Community

first_imgBy John BurtonDomenic DiPiero III is a hometown guy who grew up in The Two River area and not only loves the community but believes in giving back to it.That’s why he bought The Two River Times.“It may not have the financial upside,” of other for-profit endeavors, Domenic noted, but added, “it has real benefit for the community.”Another driving factor for Domenic is that he wanted to emulate his father, remaining in the area and running much of his investment firm as well as the Two River Times operations out of their respective Red Bank offices.“It was that balance that I was always trying to achieve,” he said.“The truth of the matter,” he explained, “is I liked the life my dad had.”The elder Domenic DiPiero and his family lived in Middletown, where he and his wife raised the young Domenic and his siblings. The senior DiPiero established his business offices in the late 1970s in what is now the headquarters of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, on the corner of Bodman Place and Riverside Avenue.Domenic remembered being able to walk from school – having attended St. James Elementary School and then Red Bank Catholic high school – to his father’s offices of Delphi Petroleum and spend time with him.“To see his ability to be around his kids and to be able to work there after school,” Domenic said, “was something what I wanted to do.”And he does, noting just recently, “Today I’ll walk to the JV football game,” at his alma mater, RBC, to catch his son, Domenic IV, playing.A year ago Domenic bought The Two River Times from then owner, Michael “Mickey” Gooch,” at the time a fellow Rumson resident and friend, who had owned the Red Bank- based weekly newspaper for 10 years. “I was always a fan of the paper,” he said, having read it for local and sports news as well as news about the various charitable and not-for-profit organizations, many of which he is involved with.Domenic had served on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, having been elected the board’s chair; the Meridian Health System Foundation board, also for a time as its chair and on its strategic planning committee; and has been a board member for the Two River Theater, Count Basie Theatre’s foundation and on the finance committee for the Two River Film Festival. He and his brother, David, have been active with the Asbury Park Pop Warner youth football program, helping to make the program more accessible to underprivileged youth.And in a sense Domenic saw his taking ownership of the TRT and continuing its work as akin to the efforts that those other organizations have been accomplishing.“More than any other publication we are really part of the community,” he emphasized, pointing out that almost all of the paper’s staff live in the coverage area and it has always been owned and operated by those who lived in the area and had heartfelt attachments to it.“It’s rare these days to have an independent newspaper run by local people,” in the contemporary media environment. He acknowledged another reason he decided to acquire the paper. “I was afraid it would fall into the hands of a big company or in the hands of someone with an agenda,” he said.And in the last year, “Everything I’ve heard has been positive,” about the publication. He admitted that “there are people who would let me know if there is something wrong with it.”Many have stepped forth to offer their expertise, wishing to contribute columns and suggestions for the publication because they believed in the area.The Two River Times continues to be a positive reflection of this community, he said. “I really believe – and I’m fortunate enough to have traveled around the country and around the world – I believe this is the best place to live. And being involved with the paper only solidified that.”So far, “It’s a lot of fun,” being involved in the newspaper, learning about the publishing world and what this all entails, he said. “And it’s a great way to showcase all these nonprofits and small businesses we have around here and the people who work for them.”“Growing up here, The Two River Times is something that we can gather around and support,” he said. “And as long as the community is interested and supports The Two River Times, I am happy to do my part in keeping it ‘our’ paper.”last_img read more

Small contingent of Leafs earn All Star status

first_imgOf course, Walton and Wiest were involved in that blockbuster trade last month between Castlegar and Fernie that saw the two star players switch teams mid season. Sookro leads the Hawks in scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists.There is one player each from Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Rebels have two players on the Kootenay Prospects Team. Forwards Jamie Vlanich and Diego Bartlett will make the trek along with Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin of Beaver Valley.Vlanich was also part of the Castlegar/Fernie deal that sent Walton to the Eddie Mountain powerhouse.Desert Dogs lead All Star selections with eightThe Osoyoos Coyotes have no less than eight players heading to Fernie. The expansion club, that looks more like a seasoned crew, leads the entire KIJHL with a 29-2-2 record.Defending KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies is second, three points behind the Desert Dogs. sports@thenelsondaily.com By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s a rather small contingent of Nelson Leafs that heads to Fernie next month to attend the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star weekend.Five players, including two veterans, made the grade to play in the All Star and Prospects games in January.Headlining the list is the Leafs’ leading scorer, Gavin Currie. Currie, 20, has been the most consistent player on the Green and White this season, leading Nelson in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points.Many of those points have come in the last few months before the Christmas break as the Abbotsford native has points in 15 of the last 19 games.It’s the second trip to the All Star contest for Currie.Taylor O’Neil also slated to play in the All Star Classic. The Kelowna native has been Mr. Rock Solid for the Leafs on the blueline. Nelson’s captain has played all 32 games for Nelson, amassing three goals and nine assists to go with 188 minutes in penalties.Three rookies earn the opportunity to play in the Prospects’ Game.Goalie Darren Hogg and forwards Cameron Dobransky and Connor Enright caught the eye of the All Star committee.Hogg has shared the crease with teammate Marcus Beesley and leads the Leafs with a solid 2.88 goals against average in 14 games. Nine of those games have been wins for the Penticton native.Dobransky and Enright have been key contributors to the Leaf success this season with 13 and 11 points, respectively.The KIJHL All Star weekend goes January 14-15 in Fernie.Friday is the Prospects Game while the All Star Classic is scheduled for Saturday. Prior to the All Star contest the players and coaches will be treated to a banquet.Five Riders play before home crowd in FernieThe Fernie Ghostriders lead the Kootenay Conference in selections to the All Star Game with five players.Netminders Andrew Walton and Fraser Abdallah join forwards Thomas Abenante, Scott Morriseau and Jeff Zmurchyk on the Kootenay Conference squad.Three players from the Castlegar Rebels — Darren Tarasoff, Mike Wiest and Taylor Anderson — join two from Beaver Valley — Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro and Derek Lashuk.last_img read more