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Sister of Mercy explores joy in poverty

first_imgJust last week, Sr. Marilyn Lacey resided in a cave in South Sudan, where she works to transform the lives of women in poverty. But last night she spoke over 7,000 miles away at Saint Mary’s about the abundance of mercy and joy in all of God’s creation. Kathleen Donahue | The Observer Sr. Marilyn Lacey, a Sister of Mercy, discusses her faith journey after serving in impoverished areas in Africa, Asia and the United States at a lecture in Vander Vennet Theatre on Tuesday night.Lacey said God maintains connections with all His people, even those who feel as if their sins render them unworthy of His love.“We somehow got the feeling as young people that we had to be ready to meet God,” Lacey said. “The funny thing is, God doesn’t wait for us to be ready. God’s goodness is always flowing. It doesn’t matter how distracted we are.”Recognition of such constant support from God can help people interpret life’s challenges as blessings, according to Lacey.“God is constantly giving his goodness, his mercy, his love, whether or not we are paying attention,” Lacey said. “We’re not often in touch with that, but when we are, it changes everything.”Lacey said her extensive work with displaced populations in Africa, Asia and the United States taught her to seek hope in the least likely of places. She said she was recently strolling through South Sudan when a young man she did not recognize pulled over his car, picked her up and twirled her around, claiming that she helped him at a refugee camp in Kenya 12 years ago.“He said, ‘Everywhere I go, I’m looking for you. I knew I would see you one more time,’” Lacey said.This particular instance showed Lacey the importance of trusting God, for in accepting His mercy, she abandoned stress and worry.“I was leading a very busy life, a distracted life,” Lacey said. “I had this insight that maybe there was a little part inside me, like a pilot light, that was always attentive to God. It’s so affirming. It’s so freeing.”Lacey said people should strive to learn from their mistakes and recover, rather than dwelling on flaws.“God wants mercy not perfection,” Lacey said. “When you can laugh at your mistakes and just enjoy the exuberance of God’s presence, your life changes. God’s own joy begins to take root in us.”Lacey said she believes people should treat others with the same compassion God has bestowed upon them, which motivated her to found Mercy Beyond Borders, which assists oppressed women in South Sudan.“South Sudan is at a critical point where it has never educated girls,” Lacey said. “We are forging ways for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect and lead. … We are all kin, and that compels us to resist what is not of God. Separateness causes divisions in our world. Going out and doing justice is not a burden.”Her desire to help the helpless stems from an admiration for God’s mercy, which grants her the agency to interact with and learn from others, Lacey said.“Recognition of God’s mercy is humbling and freeing, and it connects us with others in the world,” she said. “It’s so constant and ever-present. Like the air, we don’t pay attention to it. We are absolutely immersed in mercy. God is busy trying to get us to pay attention to it and to believe it.”Tags: Theology, Year of Mercylast_img read more

The Emerging Internet of Electricity

first_imgThe Emerging Internet of Electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Energy startups have been using blockchain to power electricity sharing in microgrid trials from Texas to Tasmania for a year or so.An Electrify SG engineer shows a PowerPod that will be installed to record data of photovoltaic solar panels on a rooftop in Singapore.But now companies are moving beyond trials to commercial projects, leveraging the distributed ledger technology for payments and trading on a city-wide and even national scale.“What the internet did for communications, blockchain will do for trusted transactions, and the energy and utilities industry is no exception,” said Stephen Callahan, Vice President, Energy, Environment & Utilities, Global Strategy, at IBM.The trend illustrates how blockchain is swiftly moving beyond financial services and cryptocurrencies, and offers a glimpse of a growing challenge to the $2 trillion energy market.Blockchain is a database of transactions distributed among multiple computers. It solves two key problems in the online world: transacting without the need of a trusted intermediary, and making sure those transactions can’t later be altered, removed or reversed.This appeals to the energy industry in several ways. As the market liberalizes and renewable energy grows, blockchain offers a way to better handle the increasingly complex and decentralized transactions between users, large- and small-scale producers, retailers and even traders and utilities.Blockchain’s use of tokens also offers a way to reward users for saving energy, and for small-scale transactions between individual users with solar panels who are both producers and consumers – known as “prosumers”.Being able to add “smart contracts” onto a blockchain would also make it possible for actions to generate automatic transactions down to the smallest level, where meters and computers could autonomously reconcile supply and demand.“The prospect of being able to track particular electrons via a blockchain as they move onto or off the energy grid has captured the imagination of many companies,” said Daniel Sieck of U.S. law firm Pepper Hamilton.All of this would save money and could transform the way we produce, store and consume electricity, what DHL Energy president Steve Harley calls the “internet of electricity.”The World Energy Council predicts that such decentralized or distributed energy will grow from 5 percent of the market today to 25 percent in 2025.The past few years have seen proofs of concept and trials, from small microgrids to projects by big players such as Shell (RDSa.L), BP (BP.L) and IBM (IBM.N).Few energy companies, however are making significant investments into blockchain technology, says Shane Randolph, managing director at Opportune LLP, an energy consulting firm based in Houston.“The ones that are engaging in the conversation are largely doing ‘blockchain tourism’ without developing applications.”That leaves opportunities for newcomers.Power Ledger, an Australian startup which raised A$34 million ($26 million) in an initial coin offering, or ICO, in October, is building platforms to enable commercial operation ofmicrogrids in Thailand and India and two commercial buildings in West Australia.It also recently launched a 200-customer trial microgrid with power retailer Origin Energy (ORG.AX) in Sydney. Energi Mine, a UK-based startup, has created a blockchain-based platform to reward energy-saving users with tokens they can use to pay their energy bills or charge their electric vehicles.It says it is already making money, albeit from the artificial intelligence side of its business.A Singapore company called Electrify has been running a price comparison marketplace as the country liberalizes its electricity market. Electrify plans to launch a blockchain-based exchange for all consumers and producers next year, and is talking to one of Japan’s biggest utilities about doing something similar there.Grid+, a U.S. startup, will launch its first retail device next year in Texas, using the Ethereum blockchain to allow users, whether they’re traditional consumers or owners of solar panels and batteries, to buy and sell electricity at wholesale prices.More projects are on the way. Energy startups will have raised about $200 million from initial coin offerings this year alone, with a dozen more planned next year, according to data collected by Reuters.But obstacles remain. They include the entrenched nature of the incumbents, and questions about blockchain itself, which is less than a decade old.Martha Bennett, an IT industry analyst at Forrester, points to a “misunderstanding just how immature the technology is.” Then there’s the regulatory landscape. “Because the energy sector is a regulated industry,” said Pepper Hamilton’s Sieck, “widespread adoption of many possible blockchain use cases will require regulator buy-in.”There are signs of that. Singapore’s Energy Market Authority launched a sandbox for energy innovations in October, while U.S. states including Vermont have passed legislation designed to help apply blockchain technology.Skeptics say blockchain may help incumbents rather than disrupt them.However many individuals choose to capture, store and sell power, there will still be a lot of users who won’t bother, says Hugh Halford-Thompson, of BTL Group, which has this year completed gas trading pilots on its internet blockchain with BP, Eni (ENI.MI) and Wien Energie.“As a result we are going to see a lot of the larger firms adopting blockchain and absorbing it.”Others disagree, arguing blockchain will empower individuals by automating much of the drudgery of switching between sending power to the grid and receiving it.Omar Rahim, CEO and co-founder of Energi Mine, says blockchain will change user behavior and utilities will only be used when prosumers’ demand and supply don’t match.Most likely, says Tony Masella, an energy consultant at Accenture, it will be more of an evolution.More: As energy markets evolve, blockchain powers uplast_img read more

Tilt Renewable moving forward with largest wind farm in Australia’s New South Wales

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Listed renewable energy developer Tilt Renewable says it has landed a long term contract with major mining company Newcrest that will underpin the development of what will be the biggest wind project in NSW – the 400MW Rye Park project in the north of the state.Tilt and Newcrest have signed up for a 15-year supply deal for its Cadia gold mine in western NSW, that will account for around 55 per cent of the output of Rye Park and will include electricity and green products. The pricing has not been revealed.Newcrest says the deal is important to support the long term future of the Cadia mine, saying the deal guarantees its energy supply costs will remain competitive and will deliver a significant reduction in emissions.Tilt says the deal means that it can now move forward with the construction of Rye Park, where it expects to start construction late next year and deliver power in late 2023. However, the project depends on the ability to obtain a variation to its development approval that will allow it to use bigger turbines. Machines of up to 6MW are being contemplated.It is the second major off take agreement with a corporate customer for Tilt, which signed up retailer Audi for its 336MW Dundonnell wind farm in Victoria, which also has an underwriting agreement with the Victorian government.“The long‐term off-take agreement with Newcrest, our second corporate off-take, will underpin the investment decision for our largest wind farm to date, allowing Tilt Renewables to grow its footprint of high‐quality renewable energy assets, supporting the low carbon ambitions of corporate Australia,” Tilt CEO Deion Campbell said in a statement.[Giles Parkinson]More: Tilt lands contract with Newcrest gold mine for biggest wind project in NSW Tilt Renewable moving forward with largest wind farm in Australia’s New South Waleslast_img read more

A Big Year for Snakes

first_imgVirginia wildlife officials are warning the public to watch out for snakes this year. Officials say that it has been a decade since they have seen this many snake encounters. The increase in snakes likely has to do with the winter weather, which saw a lot of rain, and then some extended warm spells. As temperatures continue to increase so, too, do snake and human interactions. Experts advise residents to do their own research and find out the kind of snakes that live in their area. Snakes like to hang out in man-made places, such as garages, sheds, attics and crawl spaces. Snakes are also attracted to tall grasses, junk, woodpiles and railroad ties. Residents are warned not to leave brush and leaf piles in their yard, as these are also a natural attraction to snakes. Recent news reports show that some patients treated for snakebites have been charged nearly $17,000 per vial. Poisonous snakes in the southeast include the copperhead, cottonmouth, rattlesnakes and the eastern coral snake. Residents and visitors in the Shenandoah Valley are warned of a heightened snake population this year The increase in snake activity comes at a time when some hospitals have been accused of antivenin price gouging. Vials of the only antivenin available on the market in the United States approved to treat snakebites from rattlesnake, copperhead and water moccasin, CroFab, usually run about $3,000 per vial. Recent news reports show that some patients treated for snakebites have been charged nearly $17,000 per vial. If you encounter a snake keep in mind that in many states in the southeast it is illegal to kill it. Snakes are an important part of the ecosystem. Some snakes eat rats and mice that can damage crops and property. If a snake bites you it is important to stay calm and immobile and lay down if possible. Call 911 or the poison control center and try to identify the snake by sight, noting any colors, markings, or the shape of its head. Keep the affected limb level with the rest of the body and do not apply a tourniquet, cut the wound or attempt to suck the venom out. Do not apply an ice pack. Even if you are unable to identify the snake, doctors can treat most snakebites without knowing the kind of snake that did the biting.last_img read more

Six Killed in Ecuador-Colombia Border Confrontation

first_img However, early on August 8, the command opened fire against Ecuadorean troops, who repelled the attack. During their escape, the group killed 28-year-old Lieutenant Diego Maldonado, and wounded Soldier Raúl Montachana, while five “members of the illegal group were killed,” the officer said. An Ecuadorean Armed Forces contingent of 8,000 men operate along the 700 km-border with Colombia, composed mainly of jungle and riverine areas, where controls were reinforced following Lieutenant Maldonado’s death. The conflict was one of the deadliest involving the Ecuadorean Army in recent years, and resulted in a wounded officer and two illegal members captured in Puerto Mestanza village, Sucumbíos province (northeast), on the border with the Colombian department of Putumayo, according to authorities. We must “insist on our request to the Colombian government to reinforce their presence on the border. We are aware that they are making an effort, but these facts indicate that these attempts are not enough,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Patiño told the press, along with Minister of Defense María Fernanda Espinosa and military commanders. Communist FARC guerrillas and armed groups that emerged after extreme right paramilitaries were demobilized, operate in the area, as well as drug traffickers, and fuel and weapons smugglers. center_img The confrontation took place on August 7, after Ecuadorean Military patrols in the area detected an armed group that surrounded them in order to force their surrender, according to Leonardo Barreiro, Armed Forces Joint Command chief. By Dialogo August 12, 2013 An Ecuadorean Soldier and five members of a Colombian illegal force were killed on August 8 during a confrontation on the border, urging a call by the government for Bogota to reinforce military control in the area. last_img read more

Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia: The absurd situation in Club Adriatic, if it were not tragic, would be ridiculous

first_imgThe Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia sent a statement today about the at least absurd situation around Club Adriatic dd,The seemingly successful story of privatization failed due to classic Croatian reasons. Namely, the director of the Center for Restructuring and Sale (CERP) Milan Plećaš and the President of the Management Board of Immo Invest Partner AG Dzek Djoric signed an Agreement on the sale and transfer of shares of Club Adriatic doo Zagreb on April 09, 2018 at the CERP headquarters.Pursuant to this Agreement, the Swiss company Immo Invest Pertner AG bought three business shares, ie one hundred percent of the share capital of Club Adriatic doo for HRK 54 million. Club Adriatic consists of the Hotel and Annex Alem in Baška Voda and the camp in Baško polje. The hotel has 99 double rooms and 9 double suites, and annexes 198 double rooms with extra bed. Camp Basko polje, which is categorized with three stars, has 600 camping places-pitches, 17 bungalows with kitchens and 16 mobile homesThis successfully completed the privatization process of Club Adriatic doo 17 years after the former Croatian Privatization Fund, the legal predecessor of CERP, established it with the aim of bringing former military resorts, hotels and camps for tourist purposes. Based on the said contract, Immo Invest was supposed to buy 100 percent of the share capital of Club Adriatic doo, but Immo Invest did not pay the said amount within 30 days after signing the contract because the presented debt of 172 creditors with 130 million kuna almost overnight jumped to 180 million.As the President of the Management Board of Immo Invest Partner AG Jack Đordić pointed out for Jutarnji list, it is difficult to state the names and number of creditors who “prepared” the greatest difficulties for them, ie those who demanded default interest for the last three years, which conflicts with the obligations of the pre-bankruptcy settlement “There are local governments, private and some state-owned companies. It is very difficult to negotiate with such creditors because it is obvious that individuals saw their chance in the whole process and wanted to get the most out of us. ” Djordic pointed out.Precisely because of the whole incredible story, the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia, which we are transmitting in its entirety, reacted and criticized:Club Adriatic doo Zagreb is a company 100% owned by the State whose prodaja, despite the decisions made, failed because the strategic investor gave up the purchase. And this is not the worst thing that could have happened, because the real estate owned by Club Adriatic in Baško Polje is doing business. The problem is in Selce and in TN Perna, with the hotel Komodor and the camp Orebić. Namely, until the end of October 2017, these properties were managed by Club Adriatic, when it ceased to be managed by the Decision of the Government, ie Minister Goran Marić. The workers who worked in these facilities remained workers of the Adriatic Club, and the Government, by its decision, abolished both their place of work and the workplace. Until mid-March, the workers at Club Adriatic used the hours from redistribution and annual leave for the previous year, but also for 2018, expecting that the sale of Club Adriatic could solve their status. However, this did not happen, so they are still employees of Club Adriatic, without a job, who receive a regular salary and do not work because they have nowhere to work. In accordance with the Act, the Company’s Management Board initiated the first step in the procedure of terminating their employment contracts and initiated consultations with the Workers ‘Council and obtained the consent of the Workers’ Council to conduct the procedure of terminating employment contracts for workers whose work ceased due to the Government Decision. which are owned by the Republic of Croatia are not managed by Club Adriatic. In the meantime, the director of the Adriatic Club Karlo Čulo was appointed on May 22.05.2018, XNUMX. for a member of the Management Board of Jadran dd Crikvenica and the entire procedure is suspended.Simultaneously with the implementation of the tender for the sale of Club Adriatic, CERP, by direct agreement under conditions unknown to us, gives the same real estate that is exempt from the management of Club Adriatic to Prosperus-Invest for management. Even at this moment, we are not disputing the Decision by which the real estate is managed or leased. Whether it is legal or not, let the institutions judge.It is disputable that Prosperus-Invest is looking for workers to work in these properties; that the workers who worked in these properties do not work even though they receive a salary, that these workers want to work in these properties and with the new employer Prosperus-Invest; that Club Adriatic does not fire them to allow them to work; that Club Adriatic pays them salaries even though they do not work and that Club Adriatic has secured funds for the payment of severance pay to these workers.It is also disputable that the Government of the Republic of Croatia increases the quota for the import of workers in tourism, that through its company (Club Adriatic) pays salaries to workers who do not work, that does not allow these workers to work and that the company he cannot open the facilities that the state has given him to manage because he has no workers.An absurd situation and, if it weren’t tragic, it would be ridiculous.The workers just want to work, most of them would give up the notice period, which would save Club Adriatic significant funds that it could use to increase the salary of its workers. Thus, the state, due to its inefficiency and sluggishness, prevents workers from working legally, forces them and companies that want to legally employ them to work illegally, which damages the state budget, so we wonder who is crazy and who is confused.This situation does not suit anyone, neither the workers who would earn more by work, nor ProsperusInvest, which due to lack of workers cannot open facilities; nor to Club Adriatic because it pays workers who do not work; nor to the State because these same workers will come to the Employment Bureau in a few months and at the expense of the state budget.We addressed the Ministry of State Property, unfortunately without success; despite the Secretary of State’s promise given at a meeting almost a month ago that the problem would be addressed as a matter of priority, nothing has been done.The fact that the “search” for a new director of Club Adriatic is ongoing, who should be appointed by the Supervisory Board based on the decision of UV CERPA, and based on the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism, does not contribute to all this. Given the complex procedure, and knowing the “speed” with which state institutions solve problems, it could happen that the season passes before workers are allowed to work legally. That is why the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia justifiably criticizes the decision of the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Government of the Republic of Croatia to increase the quota for the import of foreign workers to work in tourism, because not all possibilities of our workers have been exhausted. example, and I believe there are quite a few of them.On behalf of SIKD, Bruno Bulić, President of the Trade Unionlast_img read more

Newport to rise with Crest retail

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9 Things Every Engaged Couple Should Talk About

first_img Tweet Share 73 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img LifestyleRelationships 9 Things Every Engaged Couple Should Talk About by: – June 19, 2014 Alignment on some key values and compatibility on certain topics is crucial to an enduring marriage. You are bound to experience tests as a couple, both internal and external. Therefore there are conversations that need to take place when you know you and your fiancé are going to spend the rest of your lives together, as teammates.MoneyHow will money be handled once you are married? Assets, paychecks, inherited sums. What happens if one of you loses a job unexpectedly? Being married means you are a team and need to be on the same financial page, as this is a huge, contentious issue for many couples who divorce. If there was a single thing that separated my first husband and I, it was completely opposing views about how to spend money. Harmony on this subject is crucial for long-term unity.ChildrenDo you want them? When? How? How many? What values, ideals, and education do you want them to have? Will there be a stay home parent? “Yes, we both want children” is not enough.WorkloadThis refers to all of the unpaid work at home. How will this be divided? This issue can be an unpleasant shock if you don’t cohabitate before you wed, or discuss who will clean the toilets, take out the trash, or vacuum. FamilyWhat is your anticipation of the involvement of in-laws, siblings, holidays/vacations with extended family? Will you see them every weekend? Once a month? Two to three times a year? This can be an especially important conversation if one or both of you is an only-child.Elderly ParentsWhat will your physical and financial commitment look like? This is remarkably easy to overlook if you marry in your twenties. But, marriage is supposed to be forever, so at some point this conversation is going to become relevant. People in their 40s are now referred to as the “sandwich generation” – raising children while taking care of ageing parents. What will your roles and responsibilities be for your parents and in-laws?Sexual ExpectationsSex while dating or being engaged can be very different from sex with your husband 10 years down the road. Many couples seek therapy or counseling if one or both partners do not feel satisfied in the bedroom after many years together. It’s important to stay connected physically and having a recurring date night once a week can help keep the intimacy alive.Life PrioritiesWhat matters most to you both? Do you want to really nest and settle down or instead go traveling together? Go back to school? Do you want to volunteer in India? Save for a beach house? Talk about your aspirations and objectives and get comfortable with a relative timeline.DealbreakersWatching sports all weekend with his friends on the couch. Coming home drunk at 1 a.m. on a work night. Working non-stop 16 hours days. Blowing cash in Vegas. Over-the-top flirtation with other people. Unnecessary jealousy. What won’t you put up with over time? Repetitive behavior that upsets either of you does not bode well for a happy future together.SupportIn difficult times we all communicate differently. My husband likes time alone and I love to talk it out. We now allow for both and understand what the other requires. Its important to voice how you need to feel loved and supported and then you ask (and provide) what your spouse needs.These conversations can raise many other talking points and you need to remember that no matter how much ground is made, life is still dynamic and ever changing—you need to be flexible. As the old proverb goes, “we make plans and the gods laugh!”But getting aligned before marriage is the key to making it last. The fact you can discuss and agree on central subjects (in a mature and calm way) is the most important thing. Even if in a few years life looks different or you feel different to how you did when you married. Our relationship has experienced many changes over the years as we moved to New York City from Sydney (and started over), changed jobs, had shifts in income, and decided for now to not have children. The goal as a couple is that no topic is off the table for discussion. This means that, with your teammate beside you, almost anything can be overcome.Marieclaire Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Scores (2-21)

first_imgWRBI Area Boys Basketball Scores  (2-21)Batesville  63     Jennings County  50South Ripley  59     Rising Sun  51Indy Attucks  97     Milan  65Franklin County  40     Connersville  39Switzerland County  50     Jac-Cen-Del  39Lawrenceburg  75     South Dearborn  37Trinity Lutheran  68     Oldenburg Academy  63Edinburgh  74     South Decatur  59Rushville  74     Greenfield-Central  60Rock Creek Academy  89     Shawe Memorial  41Knightstown  49     Waldron  34Eastern Hancock  51     Morristown  42last_img read more

High winds leave hundreds without power over the weekend

first_imgOsgood, In. — Officials say high winds were the cause of a Saturday evening power outage. About 1300 were without power for several hours.Additional reports of minor damage and limbs down ere also reported.last_img