Jenkins condemns New York abortion law

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins condemned New York’s new law loosening restrictions on abortion and called for greater reverence for all life in a statement Thursday.The law, passed Jan. 22 — the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — allows for abortion after the 24th week of pregnancy when there is “an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health,” according to a Jan. 31 New York Times article.Several other abortion restrictions were curtailed, Jenkins said.“The legislators removed from law provisions that require the mother’s consent including certain measures that require the mother’s consent, that allow manslaughter charges against an abortionist who causes the woman’s death during an abortion, that discourage self-induced abortions and — shockingly — that require care for a child born alive during an attempted late-term abortion,” he said in the statement.Jenkins said he views the new law as reactionary in nature, drafted in response to pro-life initiatives that followed the Supreme Court’s decision to block abortion restrictions in Louisiana.“The legislative initiative follows a pattern, adopted by both left and right, that makes our political life today so toxic: When your position is challenged, adopt an even more extreme, inflexible version of it, thereby eliminating any possibility of any reasonable compromise,” he said in the statement.The new decision will only serve to further the country’s divide over abortion politics, Jenkins said.“In addition to aggravating the denial of equal justice under law for the unborn, it will steal away the time, energy and goodwill we need to work together as a society to require that men support the children they father and the women who are their partners, and to strengthen families,” he said in the statement.Jenkins said the law threatens to dismantle the moral framework of society.“It is behind not only laws that protect the unborn or infants, but the protection for all innocent and vulnerable life. The great threat of the New York law is not only that it will remove protections for children in or recently out of the womb as well as for the mothers’ lives, but that it will also further numb this moral instinct so central to our common life,” he said. “ … As we contemplate the effects of this law and the lives it will take, we can only ask, with fear and trembling, ‘Who is next?’”Tags: abortion law, Fr. John Jenkins, Pro-life, Roe v. Wadelast_img read more

Heather Graham, Frederick Weller & More Will Star in Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot

first_img Graham’s film credits include Boogie Nights, The Hangover (and its second sequel) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. On TV, she can be seen in Californication and the Lifetime film adaptation of Flowers in the Attic. Weller’s most recently appeared on Broadway in Mothers and Sons. His additional stage credits include Take Me Out, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Rehearsal, The Little Foxes and Seascape. Crovatin appeared in LaBute’s reasons to be pretty and Reasons to be Happy at L.A. Theatre Works; she also starred in his short play In the Beginning at Clurman Theater’s Theater Uncut. Thorne has appeared on screen in the USA series Necessary Roughness, as well as Rescue Me and The Wire. She returns off-Broadway after appearing in The Country Club and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014 Star Files Related Shows View Comments The Money Shot Heather Graham and Frederick Weller will star in the previously announced world premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot. The MCC Theater production will begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on September 4 and run through October 12. Opening night is set for September 22. Also joining the cast are Gia Crovatin and Callie Thorne. The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney, tells the story of Karen (Graham) and Steve (Weller), two glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. The night before filming a big scene for the latest film by a hot shot European director, the two meet with their respective partners to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain? Frederick Wellerlast_img read more

Brian d’Arcy James on Spotlight’s Disturbing Story & a Hamilton Return

first_img View Comments Pick your Brian d’Arcy James: On Broadway, he serves up laughs and musical references in Something Rotten!, but on screen, he’s among the leading cast in the antithesis of musical comedy. In the recently released Spotlight, the Tony nominee plays Matt Carroll, the real-life reporter who helped uncover the Boston archdiocese sexual abuse scandal as part of the The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-winning Spotlight Team. In a recent chat with, d’Arcy James opened up about balancing Broadway with his burgeoning film career, confronting the gravity of the movie’s subject matter and yes, whether or not he’d return to Hamilton.Congratulations on being part of such a momentous film! Thank you! It really is powerful, isn’t it?This has to be huge for you. You’re part of the principal cast in a major motion picture; was there any initial pressure? It is a big deal for me, but remarkably, I didn’t feel the pressure. If I got the vote of confidence from [director and co-writer] Tom McCarthy just getting the job, that gave just a great deal of confidence in myself. That’s not to say I wasn’t agog the first couple of days around the table thinking, “How the hell did I get here?!” But the work was inviting and exciting because the people are so remarkable.You filmed this while doing the Something Rotten! workshop last fall. Nick Bottom is a considerably lighter character than Matt. Did you experience mood whiplash? With each medium comes its own territory. It’s such a different pace and method of working when you’re shooting a film, as opposed to going eight hours every day in a rehearsal room and just digging through the soil to get to creating a show. In a film you’re doing it piecemeal, so you’re latching on to the character as you go.What about on set? How do you find the balance between respecting the significance of the material and making sure it’s not entirely draining emotionally? What I found so amazing about being on set was how fun it was. That doesn’t seem like the right word to use, because the content you’re absorbing is tragic and unfathomable. I do think that we all were looking for a chance to turn our heads away a little bit and give ourselves a chance to breath before heading back into diving into these awful stories.Did being a father inform your choices in playing this character who is so deeply motivated by being a parent?If anything, I had an immediate grasp on the motives of the character. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re playing a real person. You want to make sure you understand what they did and why. In this case, there was no second thought for me, as a father, of what that moment meant. When Matt has to hold on to the story and not tell his neighbors that there is an abusive priest living on their street, that is an interesting personal dilemma that allows the audience to see how the story is seeping into his personal life.How does it feel to be part of such an important film—one that you have to talk about afterward?To even get a movie, and then the film is really good, and then on top of that to have it have some kind of social impact is rare. And there’s the conversation that’s happening right now in terms of critical acclaim. We’ll see how things move forward, but—oh boy, talk about threading the needle! I feel really lucky with this.Your co-star Michael Keaton came to Something Rotten! recently. What was it like having him there given his history with the St. James in Birdman? I think it was a kick for him. He was walking through different points of the stage and describing some of the filmmaking techniques they used. It was interesting to hear him talk about particular beats from the movie that I could immediately recognize as he was explaining how they were shot. And what a strange confluence of events for me to be in the theater where he shot this movie only two years ago!Would you ever return to Hamilton? I would love any chance to go back to that show. I owe them such a debt of gratitude. It’s not ideal when you assemble a cast and then six weeks into it one of them leaves. So if only to say I owe you for that, I would come back. But clearly it’s not about that. It’s about being selfish in wanting to be in the most extraordinary show! Just being a part of that equation is something I’m so proud of, and I feel so lucky.Spotlight, which also stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and John Slattery, is now playing in select theaters.last_img read more

Gloria Estefan Floods Chile With Her Latin Rhythms Together With Her 14-Year-Old Daughter

first_imgBy Dialogo April 17, 2009 Singer Gloria Estefan inundated Chile with a flood of Latin rhythms in a unique concert full of life, political demands, and a stellar performance by her 14-year-old daughter, Emily Estefan. After ten years of waiting, an expectant audience last night received the American soloist of Cuban origin, who appeared after a half-hour delay, and quickly forgave her after hearing the first notes of “Mi Cuerpo Pide Salsa” (“My Body Wants Salsa”). Estefan, who has sold 70 million records sold and won seven Grammys, took the stage dressed in a bright-red outfit, which combined a shirt and skirt with a flower of the same color. Without stopping dancing, the singer broadcast her hottest beats to those gathered at the almost-overflowing Movistar Arena, and asked security forces to allow people to dance freely if they wanted to. Emilio Estefan, her husband, producer, and musical director, appeared and raised the flags of Cuba and Chile to the shouts of approval from the stands. On stage, up to 16 musicians from the band Miami Sound Machine were gathered. In the middle of the show, the singer’s favorite musician joined her: her heiress, Emily Estefan. For a few moments, no one could believe that the “solo” coming from the strings of the electric guitar in the style of the Mexican Santana could come from the hands of that shy girl. But not only did her guitar performance merge in full harmony with the musicians on the stage; she also ventured to play the drums, which she beat with “rock-and-roll” fans’ instinct. The public recovered from their encounter with the first lady of the night, now dressed in white and of turquoise blue, who sang “Hoy” (“Today”) with a particular Andean flavor, illustrated by pictures of Machu Pichu on the side screens. The trip continued from Peru to Cuba, and from the island to Brazil, where she “transported” the attending Chileans with her “Santo Santo,” which made all the hips at the stadium swing. Estefan reviewed 30 years of her career in about two hours, through a repertoire of hits such as “Everlasting Love,” “No Me Dejes de Querer” (“I Do Not Want to Miss”), and “Oye” (“Hey”) and kept the entire audience out of their chairs. “Twice my knees have shaken with fear. The first time was in Chile, before the Monstruo de la Quinta Vergara, about which I was told that they would throw things on stage if they did not like the performance,” Estefan said in reference to her experience in the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in 1983. In the last part of the concert, she dedicated her love for the Caribbean island were she was born, and where she left her parents in the sixties for political reasons, with songs like “Mi Tierra” (“My Land”) and “Cuba Libre” (“Free Cuba “). The show is part of her latest international tour, which in the coming days will take Estefan to Argentina, Peru, and Ecuador.last_img read more

Why are CDFI credit unions vital to the economy?

first_imgCommunity development financial institution (CDFI) numbers have ripened in recent years, increasing 28% from 2013 to 2014, which may have a positive impact on the overall economy.According to a new study by the Filene Research Institute, credit unions with this designation are vital to making a significant impression on both social and economic development.Mark Pinsky, Opportunity Finance Network President & CEO explains how a CDFI credit union can influence and drive the economy. Pinsky’s organization, the Opportunity Finance Network is a national network of high-performing CDFIs that boasts around 15 credit union members.“Nearly a decade post-recession, many Americans are still walking a financial tightrope,” he explains. “The underbanked and unbanked communities are struggling to pay bills and make credit payments, have little to no savings to make ends meet if they were to experience a sudden drop in income, and have virtually no sustainable retirement savings. Irresponsible and predatory financiers target the underbanked and feed off of their need for immediate cash flow.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Here’s how to tell the difference between coronvirus and seasonal illnesses

first_imgDr. Sumath Balguri, a primary care physician for UHS Primary Care Owego, says there are some similarities between the symptoms of seasonal illnesses such as allergies and the common cold, and the novel coronavirus. Finally, Dr. Balguri said to pay attention to if your symptoms this allergy season are similar to ones you’ve had in years past. “It’s fever… with allergies you don’t see that fever, so if you’re sneezing, but if you do not have a fever, do not have a body ache, sore throat or trouble breathing, it’s more likely you have allergies symptoms than COVID-19,” Balguri told 12 News Friday. (WBNG)– This year there’s even more reason to pay attention to your allergies. He said the symptoms to watch out for are from the eyes and nose; if you have scratchy eyes or are sneezing constantly for example, you are much more likely to have seasonal allergies than coronavirus. While things like fatigue or a headache are common symptoms of several different illnesses, there is one huge difference between coronavirus and seasonal allergies. For more information, click here.last_img read more

PP Učka launched the Učka 360 project worth HRK 50 million

first_imgUčka Nature Park in cooperation with partners has launched the project “Učka 360” which aims to create new jobs, improve the tourist offer and extend the tourist season.By signing the grant agreement within the Call for Proposals Promoting Sustainable Use of Natural Heritage in National Parks and Nature Parks, within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020”, the Učka 360 ° project was officially launched.This is a project of the Public Institution Nature Park Učka and partners – Municipality of Kršan and the Association BIOM, which provides for the construction and equipping of the Visitor Center Gift and 4 more facilities (3 volunteer information centers in Rovozna, Podmaj and Lovranska Draga and interpretation center in the former school Susnjevica ), development of innovative programs based on natural and cultural heritage and improvement and expansion of existing educational programs of the Učka Nature Park.The total value of the Učka 360 ° Project is HRK 49.907.256,75, of which HRK 38.541.982,09 is the total eligible costs. The project is co-financed by the European Union with HRK 32.760.684,77 in grants from the European Regional Development Fund and the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency with HRK 3.449.711,97, while the rest of the eligible costs were provided by the Ministry of Environment and Energy from the state budget and partners.The general goal of the project is to improve the system of visits and education in the Učka Nature Park for the purpose of sustainable use of natural heritage, while the specific goals are to increase the attractiveness and diversity of the Učka Nature Park by developing infrastructure and programs for visitors and raising visitors’ knowledge of the Učka Nature Park. in visiting programs. The central place of the project is the construction of the Gift Center for Visitors, which will be realized by the reconstruction and conversion of the old farm building into a modern multipurpose building with interpretive, educational, tourist and administrative facilities. The contents of the Park realized through the project will create conditions for the creation of new jobs, will improve the tourist offer, contribute to the extension of the tourist season and the overall socio-economic development of the destination.The entire project must be implemented in 45 months, ie by April 2021.Related news: Griffon Vulture AS A TOURIST PRODUCT?last_img read more

Get to know your city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism

first_imgTHE CITY IS PEOPLE, SO DOMESTIC PEOPLE ARE TOURISM AND THE BEST AMBASSADORS OF CROATIAN TOURISMLocal tourist tours are organized for their citizens by other tourist boards, such as in Vinkovci, Split, Rijeka and others. A very important segment that citizens must be familiar with and proud of if we are serious about tourism, especially in destinations that primarily live and develop from tourism.Get to know your city and all the hidden stories it tells Trust me, you will be pleasantly surprised. Be a tourist in your own city in order to experience it as well as possible and thus tell that story and experience to our tourists. Let us be proud of our identity, history, heritage, culture because we certainly have something to be proud of.Be ambassadors of Croatian tourism, tell stories.Related news: ZDTVH SENT TO INSTITUTIONS TO PROTECT QUALITY AND ACCURATE INTERPRETATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE AS WELL AS LICENSED TOURIST GUIDES The Zagreb Tourist Board, in cooperation with partners, is giving away free tours of the city to all fellow citizens and visitors on the occasion of the Zagreb City Day.Thus, on May 31, free tours will be held according to the dates as follows:10:00, 16:00 and 18:00 – a classic walking tour of the city at Croatian language11:00 am – classic walking tour of the city at in English12:00 and 16:00 – Meštrović’s Zagreb, thematic walking tour in CroatianDepartures are scheduled in front of the Tourist Information Center on Ban Jelačić Square, and each participant receives a gingerbread heart as a gift. Also, the City of Zagreb, in cooperation with the Tourist Board, will donate round trips of the ZET tourist bus to the citizens and visitors of our city. All those interested will be able to choose a ride on the Red or Green Line, and the departure times are as follows: Red line: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 and Green line: 10:00, 12:00 and 15:00Free tickets for round trips by tourist “cabrio” bus will be available at the TIC on Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and departures are from Bakačeva Street. The number of tickets is limited by the capacity of the tourist bus and they are available for collection from Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 9:00 am until the distribution of the total amount of available tickets, according to the Tourist Board.On the City of Zagreb Day, there will be a special shift of the guard of the honorary company Kravat Regiment, and the interactive tour of the Secret of Grič will begin its season. Numerous other events are starting for the weekend, such as: Summer at MSU, Zagreb Picnic in Maksimir, #WeLoveSound, etc. More detailed information available HEREGet to know your city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism A great tourist story and a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. The city is the people, so the local people are tourism and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The locals give rhythm and pulse to the destination / city, and the guests want to get to know us and our culture of living, customs, our stories… because that is the very essence of tourism.DID YOU KNOW HOW THE ZAGREB CABLE RAILWAY IS THE SHORTEST WIRE RAILWAY IN THE WORLD INTENDED FOR PUBLIC TRAFFIC! FORA STORY AND EXPERIENCE, ISN’T IT? RIDE WITH YOUR GUESTS THE CABLE AND TELL THEM THE STORY OF THE CITYAn ambassador of Croatian tourism is a person who is proud of our country, history, customs, culture, heritage, successes – proud to be a Croat. An ambassador of Croatian tourism is a person who promotes his tradition and his region, who respects himself, because if we do not respect ourselves, others will not respect us either. Anyone can be an ambassador of Croatian tourism, you can also be one. When a guest asks you what they can see in your city be prepared to refer them to all the local stories. Tell him a story about your tradition, culture and customs. Recommend him the great tourist stories he can experience in your city or surroundings. Also, in order to be an ambassador of Croatian tourism, you do not have to be a tourist worker. If guests on the street ask you for advice, you can certainly boast of some local tourist stories or at least refer it to the tourist board in the city.last_img read more

Planning: UDP process under review

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Off-the-plan danger zones

first_imgAn analyst has revealed Brisbane has four of the nations top ten locations for risky off-the-plan unit investment. Photo: Steve PohlnerA report released by property analyst, RiskWise Property Review, identified the top 10 locations Australia-wide where off-the-plan (OTP) unit investment was deemed most risky.RiskWise founder, Doron Peleg, said there were 300,000 units planned for completion in the next two years across the nation.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“Overall, the vast majority of current OTP properties are in high risk areas.”RiskWise analysed as to where new units comprised the high proportion of total units.The analysis showed that as a percentage of the total unit pool, new unit numbers in Brisbane City (34.5 per cent), Fortitude Valley (63.4 per cent), South Brisbane (91.3 per cent) and Chermside (57.9 per cent) make them among the 10 most risky Australian locations for buying OTP apartments.Mr Peleg said despite Brisbane having areas with the right fundamentals for investment, buyers of new product should consider detached houses rather than apartments.“However, in Brisbane, while there was a small number of suburbs where OTP units have the potential to deliver a solid capital growth, the risk associated with those investments is beyond the required threshold, and in all of the 15 suburbs in Greater Brisbane, only houses are included in our report.”last_img read more