Right to Life Club festival aims to encourage dialogue on abortion

first_imgFor the Right to Life Club, the most important thing is conversation.Emily Burns, the vice president of events for the club, said the club focuses on promoting an open dialogue about abortion and other pro-life issues. Burns said the club attempts to promote this dialogue through events like LifeFest, a festival that will be held Friday on South Quad and include balloons, inflatables, lawn games, a photo booth and free frozen yogurt.Burns said LifeFest, which is open to both Notre Dame students and the surrounding South Bend community, is simply a way to include everyone in the pro-life movement.“[LifeFest] is for anyone who wants to celebrate life. We use events like this to show that our message is really not something that should be a polarizing thing, a political thing or a religious thing. It’s very much just about the idea that life is something to be celebrated and we want everyone to be able to participate in that,” Burns said. “We hope to reach out to everyone here, no matter what their views are. We just try to encourage conversation and education. But, for those people who are pro-life, we help them understand, explain and defend [their views].”Burns said the festival is a way to celebrate the end of Respect Life Week. In addition to LifeFest, Respect Life Week featured numerous other events, including on-campus speakers, a prayer vigil, masses and displays of support for the pro-life movement.Burns said the club holds Respect Life Week during the month of October because it is National Respect Life Month.“[Throughout Respect Life Week] we want to bring out the elements of our movement that everyone can agree with,” Burns said. “I think with any cause or organization there is always an underlying basis that most people agree with. We are trying to show that the basis of our organization is to show love and that overall that is a good thing for everyone to strive for.”According to Janelle Wanzek, the president of Right to Life, LifeFest is a way for the club to promote the numerous service opportunities the club has throughout the year.“We are not just focused on saying ‘anti-abortion,’ we are focused on providing service opportunities and ways for students to act on their pro-life views,” Wanzek said. “We want to promote these opportunities to the entire student body and show them that there are many different ways that they can put their pro-life views into action.”According to Burns, the club provides numerous service opportunities that aren’t directly connected to the club’s anti-abortion work.“We work with a variety of groups that just focus on defending human dignity,”Burns said. “For example, we work with Hannah and Friends, which is an organization for adults and children that have special needs. People don’t think of that as something that is a controversial pro-life issue, but it is about how these people have dignity.”Burns said these community partners are what sparked this year’s Respect Life Week theme, “Love them both.” This theme refers to loving both the mother and the baby and is directly connected to a pro-adoption, pro-life view, Burns said.“We were approached by someone at the beginning of the year who works for Holy Family Adoption Agency in South Bend, and they brought up the idea of bringing these speakers [on adoption to campus]. We really liked that idea, and so we built the whole week around these speakers,” Burns said.Burns said the selection of this topic was just another way for the club to reach out and include many people who may hold different views.“We wanted to pick a topic that would draw people in. Most people can agree that [loving them both] is a good goal. Maybe people have different ideas on how to achieve that goal, but that goal is something that everyone will agree with. We tried to pick a theme that wasn’t going to drive anyone away,” Burns said. “Overall, we wanted to get people thinking and wondering and maybe even drive away some of the stigma or misconceptions about the pro-life movement.”Tags: LifeFest, National Respect Life Month, Respect Life Week, Right to Life, Right to Life Clublast_img read more

Haitians Help Their Own

first_img Dr. Marie Cyprien was more than 1,200 kilometers away from her sister, Marie Lourdes Borno, when the earthquake struck Haiti. While Cyprien worked as an anesthesiologist in Orlando, Fla., her sister was in Haiti. After the earthquake hit, Borno was trapped under rubble outside Haiti’s Ministry of Education building, where she worked. She survived, but both her hands were crushed. Like so many other Haitian doctors and nurses who live abroad, the 43-year-old Cyprien, who left her hometown of Delmas at age 16, showed no hesitation in going back to assist victims of the earthquake. She worked with French medical staff to help build a makeshift hospital and conduct surgeries without basic medical resources such as oxygen equipment. Five days after the quake, Cyprien reunited with her sister, 56. Unable to get immediate treatment, Borno’s hands became infected with gangrene and had to be amputated. Cyprien helped her sister by administering anesthesia. “If I did not attend her during that time, she would have died of gangrene,” said the doctor, who took her sister to Orlando for further treatment. Weeks later, Borno returned to Haiti hoping to resume her job as assistant director of the education ministry. Emigrant Haitians show solidarity Haiti has a population of more than 9 million, with about 3 million more nationals living outside the country, mainly in the United States, France, the Dominican Republic and the Antilles islands, Agence France-Presse reported. Eighty-three percent of the country’s professionals live abroad, according to Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States. After the earthquake, the Haitian community living outside the country saw an urgent need to become involved in reconstruction efforts. “The Haitian people are very resilient; one lesson they have learned is to stick together,” Joseph said. Since the catastrophe, the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad has worked to funnel aid from families outside the country to relatives back home, many of whom survive on remittances. Created in 1995, the ministry encourages participation of Haitian nationals abroad in the country’s development efforts. Edwin Paraison, head of the ministry, estimated about 1,400 Haitian professionals traveled to Haiti during the first six weeks after the quake to provide relief, according to The New York Times. This includes medical professionals and engineers. The Haitian-American Association of Engineers and Scientists spent days inspecting bridges and building sanitation systems for displacement camps. Meanwhile, the nonprofit Haitian League offered medical assistance, food, transportation and counseling from its o#ces in Haiti, the organization’s President Bernier Lauredan said. He thinks the role of the Haitian community abroad is crucial for the immediate recovery of Haiti. “They know the culture. They know the country. This is still their country and [there] could be no reconstruction done without [them].” Lauredan, who left Haiti almost 50 years ago at age 16, traveled from his home in New Jersey to the island twice during the first month after the quake. In 2003, he helped establish the Haitian League, which gathers Haitian descendants throughout 20 cities in the United States and Canada. The Haitian League and 16 other organizations took part in the Haitian Diaspora Forum held by the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., in March 2010. The conference was held to engage émigrés in Haiti’s government efforts to rebuild. One of the recommendations from the forum was to ensure that firms contracted in Haiti hire Haitian workers to “reverse the brain drain by expanding human capital that will, in turn, attract foreign investment.” “We encourage all Haitians to continue working for the long-term development of Haiti,” Paraison said during the inauguration of the forum. Patriotic responsibility Cyprien believes Haitians must become actively involved in rebuilding the country. “I think it is irresponsible to not see yourself as part of this whole thing [reconstruction] … It is not a matter of choice anymore,” she said. Her sister agrees. Borno said it is important for professionals in Haiti to stay in their country. Cyprien is considering moving back to Haiti with the rest of her family after retiring in 10 years. For now, she will continue using her medical expertise toward volunteering a few times a year. By Dialogo April 01, 2010 WOW! Finally! Bethye C.M., Ginette C. and I have been wondering where we could find our Beloved Marie-Lourdes. And by making a Google Search under Marie Lourdes Cyprien’s name, we found this article. We have felt so sorry for our Friend. And it’s a joy to see a smile on her face despite this situation. Cyp, we love you, we can’t stop thinking about you. We want to see you as soon as possible, and most of all, we pray every day for you. Be assured that we do not forget you. You are in our hearts every minute of our life. Love and Kisses. Joelle last_img read more

Thiago: New Messi emerges at Barcelona

first_img Loading… At 32-years-old Lionel Messi isn’t showing many signs of his brilliance coming to an end but the Barca legend is closer to the end of his career than the beginning at it’ll be a sad day for football when he does hang up his boots. With people always desperate to find the ‘next Messi’ they may not have to look too far with the Argentine’s eldest son Thiago, who is seven, showing he’s got his dad’s skills. A video of his run and composed finish has gone viral: He didn’t have to get past anyone like his dad often does but Thiago still showed excellent touch and brilliant pace and composure to score the goal. Very much unlike his dad, the youngster finished the goal with his right foot, choosing to cut across the ball rather than strike it with the left foot. Perhaps Lionel can work with him in the back garden to use his left foot more often, then he’ll have one over on his dad for sure.Not only does the goal suggest that Messi’s legacy could be continued through his son but it also points towards a future where the Messi vs Ronaldo debate doesn’t go away. The Barca forward and Cristiano Ronaldo have 11 Ballon d’Or titles between them and fans are usually split over which is the best of all time. At 34 Ronaldo is also nearing the end of his career, though again he could still go on for some time, and his son is also impressing in the youth ranks. Cristiano Ronaldo Jr is nine years old, the sons share the same age gap as their dads, and has scored some eye-catching goals for Juventus’ youth teams. There aren’t many records in football that the two dads haven’t broken between them and both are considered the best ever. Read Also:Messi tops ‘Players of the Decade’ chart, Ronaldo missing It remains hugely unlikely that we’ll ever see their like again, once they retire, but seeing how their sons are starting out it might all be in the family. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Thiago Messi has shown that he could certainly be the ‘next Messi’ with a brilliant goal for Barcelona’s youth team. Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About ChinaThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal ready to return to Dodgers’ lineup

first_img“Both guys are texting me saying they’re anxious to get back, excited to see what we’re doing over here,” manager Dave Roberts said. “It’ll certainly be a boost.”There are two difficult but enviable decisions facing the Dodgers’ brass: who Grandal and Kendrick should replace on the active roster, and how to work them back into the lineup.The first decision is more straightforward, at least on paper. Second baseman Micah Johnson was recalled from Oklahoma City on Saturday and seems like a logical choice to head back to Triple-A since he and Kendrick share a primary position. Catcher Austin Barnes is batting .143 to begin the season and can easily swap roster spots with Grandal.Sunday afternoon, Roberts said those decision wouldn’t be made for another 24 hours.“We have to figure out what makes sense for this next series and the next series after that,” he said. “In the short-term, long-term type thing, weigh all these different options what’s best for our club.” SAN FRANCISCO >> Help is on the way.After losing three of four games to the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers will welcome second baseman Howie Kendrick and catcher Yasmani Grandal back to their active roster following their minor league rehabilitation assignments.Kendrick, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf muscle, hit two doubles and played nine innings at second base Sunday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Grandal, on the 15-day DL with a strained right forearm, caught six innings of Triple-A Oklahoma City’s game in Nashville. He went 0 for 2 Sunday, and 3 for 9 with two walks in the series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the first of three games in the series. The Giants visit for a three-game series beginning Saturday, after which the Dodgers will fly to Atlanta.Grandal is expected to be the starting catcher once he returns. Kendrick is expected to start too, though veteran second baseman Chase Utley went on a surprise tear (a .394 OBP, with two doubles and a triple) to begin the season.The Diamondbacks will throw two left-handers (Patrick Corbin on Tuesday and Robbie Ray on Thursday) and one right-hander (Rubby De La Rosa) in the series, so the left-handed hitting Utley and the right-handed Kendrick might wind up trading off.Minor tradeThe Dodgers bolstered their minor league depth Sunday by acquiring outfielder James Ramsey and infielder/outfielder Zach Walters from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Ramsey and Walters were assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, though neither player was in the lineup Sunday in Nashville. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved pitcher Josh Ravin and outfielder Andre Ethier to the 60-day disabled list.AlsoScott Van Slyke didn’t play one day after he was removed from a game with lower back pain. Roberts said that the 29-year-old outfielder is day-to-day. … A ceremony to re-name Vin Scully Avenue will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the main stadium entrance. Scully, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and Dodgers president Stan Kasten are scheduled to attend.last_img read more