Please don’t tell anyone!

first_imgMessages to Cherwell this week reveal a current member of Standing Committee acting in violation of Union rules.Anthony Boutall, a student at St. Edmund Hall, has been canvassing support for the Union elections online.The soliciting of votes, as well as campaigning by email, is considered electoral malpractice in Union elections.In a Facebook message sent on November 22, Boutall asked people to ‘get down to the Union on Friday and bring a few friends along to vote the right way’.Boutall wrote ‘I am running in the Union election for the position of Secretary on Friday this week’, emphasising that ‘this is against the rules to inform you, so PLEASE don’t tell anyone I told you!’Boutall, who organised the Union’s ‘Acceptable in the 80’s’ Disco’ last Saturday, promised that as Secretary he would be in charge of organising the Union Ball next term, which ‘will be just as fun as Saturday but with about 8 times the budget!’In other text messages sent earlier this month, he urged recipients to vote against the motion for the creation of a Librarian-elect position, which passed by 228 votes to 14.In an earlier text message sent on October 22, stating that he is ‘not really allowed to ask’, Boutall goes on to say that if ‘youd [sic] sign the petition against librarian-elect, id [sic] very much appreciate it’.In another message, sent on November 2, before the second vote for the Librarian-elect position took place, Boutall urged Union members to vote against the ‘wasteful, dodgy motion being put to a poll in the union tonight’.‘The side of righteousness would very much appreciate it,’ he wrote.‘Saying that, please dont [sic] tell anyone that i [sic] texted you.’When contacted for comment regarding the correspondence, Boutall told Cherwell ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’‘The Union takes any allegations of electoral malpractice extremely seriously,’ said a Union spokesperson.‘The Returning Officer will be investigating any such allegations after the poll closes and invites any member holding evidence of wrongdoing to present it to him directly.’last_img read more

Students protest in solidarity against India’s CAA and NRC

first_imgAt its peak, around 150 protesters gathered outside the Clarendon Building on Broad Street Sunday, 26 January to protest India’s recent passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC). Aiding these informative aspects of the protest were culturally enriching performances and cuisine. Indian culture was celebrated through the recitation of poetry written by famed Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, and participants were invited to indulge in Indian masala tea, cookies, and assorted Indian snacks. Students and academics delivered several speeches at Sunday’s protest, informing the public about their concerns regarding the CAA and NRC, calling for solidarity, alleging the unconstitutionality of the initiatives, and expressing concern for the loss of Indian national secularism. Protesters chanted phrases like “We Shall Overcome” and “Azadi [Free- dom]” in a variety of languages. “In this vein, the protest aimed to: show solidarity with students who have links to the universities and institutions under attack, whose families are subject to discriminatory behavior, and with those who could potentially be made stateless; send a message that it is a student’s democratic right to engage in peaceful dissent without fear of violence, especially police brutality; and high- light the ‘fundamentally discriminatory in nature’ (as described by the UN) of the said legislation/initiatives of Government of India and support the drive to champion the promises of inclusivity that are enshrined in the Constitution of India.” Sohal said. Notably, this Act excludes one major religious group: Muslims. Immediately following the passage of the CAA, people began to react negatively to the perceivably discriminatory implications of the Act and voiced concerns about the future of India’s secular identity. Others opposed the Act out of fear that the expansion of citizenship could corrupt national, linguistic, and cultural identity. In 2019, the Indian government passed the CAA, a policy that enables Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, and Parsi migrants from the Muslim-majority nations of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who illegally entered India before 2015 and stayed for over five years, to apply for citizenship. The Union government respondedby claiming that the specific religiousgroups named in the CAA had facedpersecution in their home nationswhile Muslims had not, meaningthe government found no moralimperative to extend a pathway tocitizenship for Muslims from thesecountries. Similarly, the public raised concerns that the NRC could serve as the basis for discrimination against certain groups. center_img Kushal Sohal, an MSc student at St Antony’s College and one of the organizers for the protest, shared the goals he envisioned when assisting with the coordination and organization of the protest. Above all, the protest’s driving purpose was to demonstrate discontent with the CAA and the NRC. On Wednesday 22 January, amotion was passed – with 98% infavour – at the Oxford UniversityStudent Union Council to release astatement condemning violenceagainst Indian student protesters.Following Sunday’s protest, theOxford Student Union released thestatement expressing their sup-port of and solidarity with India’sleading universities, which stand inopposition of the CAA and NRC andcondemn the violence used againstpeaceful student protesters. Oxford students organized the event to express solidarity with protesting Indian students and educating the public about the discriminatory implications of the CAA and NRC. Though there was no formal organization behind the protest, it was coordinated by a group of students and academics who communicate primarily through social media and messaging platforms to share related news. Meeting weekly, this group plans for protests, creates flyers and other educational materials, and organizes panels and articles that will assist them in spreading their message. Furthermore, the government intends to enact the NRC, an official count of Indian citizens. This inaugural census of citizens, scheduled to take place before 2024, would serve the purpose of detecting illegal migrants. In response to both the CAA and the NRC, Indian student groups have organized protests both in India and around the world in order to express their distaste for these political developments, citing discrimination and unconstitutionality as the primary reasons the initiatives should be stopped. Some student groups, despite protesting peacefully, have been met with brutality by the hands of police. Sohal remarked that turnout for this protest was significantly larger than it had been for protests regarding the same issue in months past in Oxford. Furthermore, the public engaged effectively with the protesters, with several passersby joining in on the chants and asking for flyers. last_img read more

South Bend’s Winter Restaurant Weeks kick off November 1

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market South Bend’s Winter Restaurant Weeks kick off November 1 By Brooklyne Beatty – October 28, 2020 0 423 Facebook WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+center_img Twitter (Photo Supplied/EatDrinkDTSB,com) South Bend’s Winter Restaurant Weeks begin this Sunday.During the month of November, 15 participating restaurants will offer value-priced menus and specials for dine-in, carryout and delivery.Participating restaurants include:Café Navarre | 101 N. Michigan St. | 574-968-8101Chicory Café | 105 E. Jefferson Blvd. | 574-234-1141Cinco 5 | 112 W. Colfax Ave. | 574-520-1455Fiddler’s Hearth Public House | 127 N. Main St. | 574-232-2853LaSalle Grill | 115 W. Colfax Ave. | 574-288-1155LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern | 115 W. Colfax Ave. | 574-288-1174PEGGS | 127 S. Michigan St. | 574-288-7337Render | 521 E. Jefferson Blvd. | 574-239-7777Roselily | 131 S. Lafayette Blvd. | 574-347-4560South Bend Chocolate Cafe | 122 S. Michigan St. | 574-287-0725Spirited | 105 E. Jefferson Blvd.| 574-406-6946Studebaker Brewing Co. | 620 W Washington St. | 574-234-9077Studebaker Grill | 620 W. Washington St. | 574-234-9077The Lauber | 504 E. LaSalle Ave. | 574-234-2342Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar | 123 W. Washington St. | 574-289-2222The Downtown Dining Association has pledged the Hoosier Hospitality Promise to provide social distancing, masked employees and clean environments throughout the event.For more information, including special Restaurant Week menus, visit Google+ Twitter TAGSDowntown Dining AssociationIndiananovemberSouth BendWinter Restaurant Weeks Pinterest Previous articleTrump not likely worried about winning IndianaNext articleSouth Bend releases new 311 online service request portal Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

We won’t tolerate it’

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about the Call to Action movement and the experiences of minority students within the Notre Dame campus community.  One year ago today, members of the Notre Dame community gathered in a town hall meeting to discuss incidents of racial discrimination experienced by the Black Students Association (BSA) and the African Students Association (ASA) and to develop a plan to move forward.  Students learned from a Feb. 24, 2012 email that during the span of one week, fried chicken parts were placed in both organizations’ mailboxes in the LaFortune Student Center. Members of the community shared similar stories of racial tension and exclusion at the town hall meeting March 4, 2012, which made it apparent that the harassment directed towards the BSA and ASA were symptomatic of a larger problem. Emerald Woodberry, current president of the BSA, said the intense emotion shared at the first town hall meeting indicated minority students had kept a lot of their thoughts bottled up. “The first [town hall meeting] took people by surprise – no one knew what was coming,” Woodberry said.  “That’s what I’m worried about, the fact that students were living with this emotion, holding onto it and not sharing it with anyone. … I’m worried about that and the implications that has on a student and their experience at Notre Dame.” Another town hall meeting will take place March 26. But Woodberry said the steps student leaders have already taken have begun to develop support frameworks and help minority students navigate life at Notre Dame. “I think it’s our responsibility to make sure this doesn’t happen again, that we have platforms for students to come and talk and express these things and know that something will come of [their story],” Woodberry said.  ‘The voice to make a difference’ Students themselves have the power to demand that better support frameworks are created, ASA president Chinelo Onyeador said. “Without the students, nothing would have happened,” Onyeador said.  “We can do anything we want it we really want it – we really do have the voice to make a difference on campus.  I think students have so much power, that’s the bottom line.” The movement began with one person: former BSA president Brittany Suggs, Woodberry said.  “Initially when the [items were placed in the BSA and ASA mailboxes], both clubs’ officers reported the incidents to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) and there was an official report filed,” Woodberry said. “Shortly thereafter [the Feb. 24, 2012] email came out [from then vice president of student affairs Fr. Tom Doyle and vice president and associate provost Don Pope-Davis] with Brittany’s name signed [as well]. “That was huge.  It basically said we won’t tolerate it, this happened but it won’t end here.  We’re going to keep pushing and keep fighting.  We sat down [and] literally brainstormed what we can do, how we can get students involved and where this is going to go.” That initial meeting prompted the groups and the other collaborators to arrange the town hall meeting, Woodberry said. “If things like this happened at other times we need to know about [those incidents] – that’s not going to cut it, that’s not going to work for us.” Shaping a movement By collaborating with the administration, student leaders within the BSA and ASA united to formally create the Call to Action movement, Onyeador said.  “The BSA and ASA were the groups targeted so we became spearheads of the group,” Onyeador said. “Now we’ve gotten the Diversity Council involved, members of other minority groups have participated in the communities, some of the students who teach the Contemporary Topics class – it’s a really diverse group of students, that’s definitely diversified a lot more than last year.” Several administrators have been instrumental in the movement, but none more so than Iris Outlaw, director of multicultural student programs and services, and assistant vice president of student affairs Dr. David Moss, Woodberry said.  “Both Ms. Iris and [Moss] really helped us to focus in on all of the things we need to do without being overbearing,” Woodberry said. “We took all the things that we got from the town hall meeting, and started to collaborate with student government and different offices on campus to see what we can do. … As things fell into place, we had committees in place that were planning things, then coming back and reporting to us.” The efficient collaboration between student and administrative leaders and immediate commitment by the administrators to the students’ goals allowed the movement to successfully pursue its initiatives, Woodberry said. “I’m not sure how things have happened in the past, but I’m not sure there has ever been such a strong coalition between students and administrators where students have led the way,” Woodberry said. After beginning their terms as this year’s leaders from the BSA and ASA, Onyeador said they spent a semester learning the progress Suggs had made during the 2011-12 school year. “There was a lot that Brittany did by herself, [so] Emerald and I spent the first two [or] three months of figuring out all she did,” Onyeador said.  “The first months of school were basically transition months, after that we looked at what we had and where we had to go from there.” Student government Diversity Council liaison Ernst Cleofe said student government partnered with Call to Action committee members as the movement set its agenda. He participates on the movement’s steering committee with Outlaw, Moss, Woodberry and Onyeador, Cleofe said.  “I didn’t want to be the strongest voice in the room, but student government … wanted a role that is step by step in every single process in any capacity they needed,” Cleofe said. “We don’t want to be at the forefront because we don’t think that’s our place.  The Call to Action movement is a student-driven organization, and I think the way student government views it is that we’re here to help.” Some of the most significant developments fostered by the movement will affect students from the first moment they step onto Notre Dame’s campus and begin residence life in the dorms through freshman orientation, Cleofe said.  ‘Just the place where I live’ Onyeador said minority students often struggle to find a “home under the dome” through on-campus dorm life.  “I think that’s one of the things about dorm life – minority students don’t always feel it’s for them,” Onyeador said. “That’s why so many leave campus so soon – many minorities move off-campus after their freshman year – which is quite unusual for the typical Notre Dame student. “I’m still on campus but that’s not my choice, that’s been my parent’s choice. Overall my dorm experience hasn’t been horrible, but it’s just the place where I live, it doesn’t feel like a community to me.” This sense of exclusion for minority students often starts during freshman orientation, Onyeador said. “A lot of students – not just minority students, majority students too – have complained about Frosh-O being really awkward and really uncomfortable, not that welcoming,” Onyeador said.  “I know they try to foster community … but it’s not comfortable for anyone, let alone the one Hispanic girl or the one black girl in the dorm.” Onyeador said reworking freshman orientation training allowed this year’s program to run more smoothly. “We’ve gotten a lot better feedback from the freshmen [than in years past],” Onyeador said. “A lot of the people who were on Frosh-O staffs said they were on their dorms’ Frosh-O staffs because they had had bad experiences and wanted to make it better for someone else.” Efforts to improve dorm life for minority students affect more than just freshman orientation, Onyeador said. “They are changing Resident Assistants’ (RA) training; that also started this past year,” Onyeador said.  “Last year, I had a really great RA, but I just feel like sometimes RAs feel uncomfortable because they don’t know how to interact with someone who is not the typical Notre Dame student – it’s not like they’re intentionally trying to leave anyone out, they’re just not used to it.” Holding each other accountable As the Call to Action movement continues, NDSP has also developed a more comprehensive reporting system for any type of harassment on campus, Woodberry said. “We’ve also started creating a new website called [email protected], which is going to be launched in March,” Onyeador said. “On it you can report any incident of harassment – racial, sexual, sexual orientation, whatever it is. It’s a one-stop shop for reporting.” Creating a venue so that students can more easily report harassment works hard in hand with efforts to strengthen the relationship between NDSP and the rest of the campus community, Onyeador said. “Sometimes we forget that they are here to serve us and to help us but the relationships that students have with [the officers] are not always positive,” Onyeador said. “NDSP is trying to show us [what their role on campus actually is] – they have a pamphlet that they’re working on that explains our rights as students and their rights as a police department. “We don’t know what we can do and what we can’t do – we don’t know our rights. This pamphlet is trying to do a better job of explaining that to students,” she said. NDSP also instituted a new policy per the recommendation of the movement, which will require officers to offer business cards after every interaction with students, Onyeador said.  “A lot of students have had issues with NDSP in the past, whether in questioning whether they are actually students here or accusing them of something, so we’re trying to hold these officers accountable,” Onyeador said. Looking to lasting change It’s been one year since the town hall meeting when the ball began rolling on these initiatives. Though the initiatives have already produced some tangible results, students will be the ones to affect lasting change in their perceptions of diversity, Cleofe said. “It’s an overall change on the part of the student body that is really going to change the way diversity is treated on campus,” Cleofe said. Cleofe said he hopes people remember the principles behind the idea of the Notre Dame “family.” “Personally, it’s something I feel really strongly about – not just [in terms of] racial diversity, but people from all different backgrounds accepting each other and being a family, which is what Notre Dame is supposed to be all about,” he said. Woodberry said the movement focuses on the needs of individual students by working to reach both majority and minority students and clearly express what constitutes unacceptable, discriminatory treatment. She said she hopes this continual conversation will help the Call to Action leaders to continue working on initiatives that will improve the ability of the Notre Dame community to welcome all of its members. “That’s the worst thought ever that someone, somewhere on our campus doesn’t feel a part of this Notre Dame community – this Notre Dame family that we harp on all the time,” Woodberry said. “Talking to those marginalized students and taking their opinions seriously is the most important part of all of this. Even if it’s just one student that this reaches, that one student is really important.”last_img read more

FAQs: Road Life Answered

first_img“Who’s Blue Ridge Outdoors?”A guy in jean cut-off shorts is standing next to me, shirtless, sweating in the late August heat and casually sipping out of a pint glass. He’s barefoot and a little drunk, standard protocol for any kayaking festival. I’m down in Ocoee, Tenn., for Ocoee Fest to host a slackline competition, though the word ‘competition’ is really a bit of a stretch. There are two or three people who can legitimately slackline – the rest are raft guides and kayakers who have never stepped foot on a line but, with enough coaxing and liquid courage, have been convinced to at least give it a whirl (under the pretense, too, that they may win the “best wipeout” category).IMG_8242Perhaps lured in by the ENO slackline or the flashy green Go and the branded-out Jeep, this guy’s curiosity seems to have overtaken him as he nonchalantly eyeballs the interior of my car (a disaster, no doubt), clucking and whistling and wowee-ing over the camper.“Oh I bought my first backpack from you guys!”Uh. Not quite.Aside from the question, “How’s it going?” (which I addressed in one of my earliest blog posts), I’d say that “Who/what is Blue Ridge Outdoors” is probably the second-most frequently asked question.I have to admit, every time I hear that, I’m a little surprised.WHAT. You don’t know know what BLUE RIDGE OUTDOORS is?For shame.I’m less surprised when people are unfamiliar with the publication in, say, the southernmost part of Georgia or the northern tip of Pennsylvania. Though we cover much more ground than Blue Ridge proper, it’s hard to make a solid presence in every state. Nonetheless, that’s part of my job, and so, on that dreadfully hot and humid afternoon, I found myself launching into my tried and true “BRO-talk.”I’ve said this spiel hundreds of times. It’s the one where I go over who we are, who I am, what we cover, and just what gives with that whole camper-car thing. I’ve given the elevator speech so many times, to so many people, it’s merely a matter of tapping into cruise control, shifting into autopilot, and letting my mouth do the talking while my brain checks out.The unfortunate part about the “BRO-talk”? The questions don’t stop, nor do they ever change. As much as cloning wigs me out, I would be open to it if my second self’s only function in life was to answer the questions I’m asked time and again, the ones that could be answered with a little self-direction, a quick read of the SylvanSport pamphlet I’ve been handing out, or just plain common sense.Like, “How do you shower?”The smartass in me wants to respond with the obvious, “Well, I turn on the water, and then I get under the water, and then I soap up…”But I never say that. Instead, I launch right into the textbook rundown of my Roadshower, how many gallons it holds, how it works, how rad it is. You know. I sell it.IMG_8215Although I love promoting the magazine, the sponsors of this project, and helping our readers learn about all-things-road-life, at the end of the day, I’d rather talk about anything else, even if it’s what you had for dinner last night or how hot it’s supposed to be tomorrow.Now, don’t mistake that statement by interpreting it as a plea for people to never ask me questions. I love when people ask questions. Personally, I love asking questions (good thing too, being a writer and all…). Asking questions shows you’re interested, curious, engaged. I encourage questions. But with four months of road life under my belt, I think it’s due time that I list out some of these FAQs and answer them once and for all, if not for my sanity’s sake then at least for the readers who sense my q&a overload and perhaps refrain from asking the obvious out of respect for said sanity (thank you, by the way).DCIM100GOPRO1. So, what, you get paid to go kayaking and camping and stuff?No. Not at all. My job as travel editor entails writing articles for print and web as well as shooting photo and/or video to accompany those articles. How do I get content? By kayaking and camping and stuff.2. How do I get your job?You can’t. I have it.3. Don’t you get lonely?Rarely. Sometimes, especially after a festival, I actually crave that solitude and those long hours on the road that I have completely to myself. If I’m really lonely, I stare at my concave reflection in a spoon and pretend it’s another person. Or I talk to my hand-carved, wooden leopard figurine that I got from the Amazon. His name is Tang. He’s a pretty cool cat (pun intended).4. What do you eat?Breakfast and dinner always start with three staples: pepper, onion, and Sriracha. For the breakfast version add egg and avocado. For dinner, maybe quinoa, pasta, or a sweet potato. Lunch is usually lots of nuts and dried fruit…or a tub of Nutella. What? Nutella’s made from nuts…IMG_82935. Where is your favorite place?What a ridiculous question. I can’t answer that. Next.6. Don’t you miss your apartment?Never.7. Do you stay dry?I’m going to answer this question with a question. Do you stay dry when you camp outside in the Southeast?8. What is the hardest part?Saying goodbye to the wonderful people I meet and the places I fall in love with.IMG_82519. How do you stay “connected”?When I’m not couch surfing or based out of Asheville or Charlottesville (where the BRO offices are located), I have an external battery that can jumpstart my car if I find myself in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery, no cell coverage, and not a soul in sight. That, in turn, can power a 400-watt power inverter which allows me to charge my computer, camera batteries, and other miscellaneous items from the comfort of the Go.Most places nowadays have free Wi-Fi, but I always carry a Verizon Jetpack hotspot with me to make my life a little easier.10. What do you miss?Making smoothies and baking cookies. And at least having the option to veg out in front of a TV and watch a movie (though I haven’t owned one for the past five years).11. Aren’t you scared sometimes?Mmm. Nah. Although one time the shadow of my towel hanging up did cause me to scream like a little girl. I thought it was a serial killer…12. Is it hard not having a place to call home?Whatchu talkin’ bout? Home is where you park it. Sure, maybe my home is lime green and glows in the dark at night, but it’s a home! I even have a broom. And a rug. And cute little ENO twilights to add just a touch of homey-ness. ###I’m sure I’m neglecting some really great questions that are entirely deserving of an answer, so I suppose I’ll allow this post to be more of an open-ended forum. So ask away! What would you like to know about the magazine, this project, life on the road, or plain-and-simply, me. This could be your only chance, so don’t be shy! I won’t snap. Promise.last_img read more

Facility Solutions: After the flood

first_imgWhether you believe in climate change or not, natural disasters seem to be getting worse in recent years. Fires along the West Coast and flooding and tornadoes from the Midwest to the East Coast have been devastating and occurring at an alarming rate. The impact on communities, businesses and credit unions is substantial, including physical damage, extended disruption of branch member services, member anxiety—in general and specific to their finances—and staff concerns.In this article, we are assuming that you have an emergency preparedness plan in place that will allow your credit union to respond appropriately to natural disasters with some warning—such as flooding, hurricanes and fires, and even surprise calamities like tornadoes and earthquakes—and that a remote “hot site” is in place (i.e., a remotely located mirror or duplicate of your production data center, potentially with office space). Recently, 500-year flooding in the Midwest and into to the East Coast region has been big news, so let’s take a look at a few flood-related considerations and tips.1. SafetyThe first concern is safety. You and your staff need to stay away from the facility until government officials say it is OK to return. If staff are in the facility at the time of flooding, removal to a safe location is certainly the priority. If you are concerned about theft from your cash machine or vault while the premises is vacated, you will need to engage a preselected security firm to stand guard. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Number of flu cases continue to spike in Tioga County

first_img“To date, Tioga has seen 153 cases of flu, whereas last year at this time I had 89, and the year before that I had 24,” said Bilbrey. If you start showing symptoms of the flu, seek treatment right away. OWEGO (WBNG) — After every holiday season, health officials expect the number of flu cases to go up. The difference with this year is that there was a major spike, and it occurred early. “Good soap and water, wash your hands. When you’re going into the store a lot of times the grocery stores will leave wipes so that you wipe down the grocery carts. Those can get kind of gnarly. If you’re sick, stay home, and get the flu shot,” said Bilbrey. If you’ve been fortunate enough to stay healthy, continue to practice those prevention techniques. “The flu activity started very quick in New York this year. We’re not quite sure why. It’s not just Tioga, it’s state-wide. We tend to spike, we start to see it more moving into January, but we started at the beginning of December,” said Tioga County Supervising Public Health Nurse Barbara Bilbrey.center_img “Fever, chills, weakness, fatigue. If those are the true blue symptoms of the flu, get yourself to a walk-in, get yourself to your doctor. There are medications that you can be put on that can limit the impact of flu,” said Bilbrey. Flu cases have already doubled from this time last year. There are typically two types of the flu virus, Flu A and Flu B. Normally only one prevails each year, but this year both are being seen according to health officials. Helping prevent or limit the spread of the flu virus will protect yourself and others as we all try to stay healthy the rest of the winter.last_img read more

Taylor Woodrow has green ambitions

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People more important than the economy, pope says about COVID crisis

first_img“We people are temples of the Holy Spirit, the economy is not,” he said.Francis did not mention any countries. Many governments are deciding whether to reopen their economies to save jobs and living standards, or whether to maintain lockdowns until they are sure the virus is fully under control.Read also: Pope Francis begs in Milan street, his cassock in tattersThe pope’s words were met with applause by hundreds of people in the square, many of whom wore masks and kept several metres from each other. The square was reopened to the public last Monday. Normally tens of thousands attend on a Sunday. The last time the pope delivered his message and blessing from the window was March 1, before Italy, where more than 33,000 people have died from the virus, imposed a lockdown. The last restrictions will be lifted on Wednesday.Francis led the crowd in silent prayer for medical workers who lost their lives by helping others.He said he hoped the world would come out of the crisis more united, rather than divided.”People do not come out of a crisis like this the same as before. We will come out either better or worse than before. Let’s have the courage to emerge better than before in order to build the post-crisis period of the pandemic positively,” he said. Topics : Pope Francis said on Sunday that people are more important than the economy, as countries decide how quickly to reopen their countries from coronavirus lockdowns.Francis made his comments, departing from a prepared script, at the first noon address from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square in three months as Italy’s lockdown drew to an end.”Healing people, not saving (money) to help the economy (is important), healing people, who are more important than the economy,” Francis said.last_img read more

Friday Night Light unity

first_imgArea school showed support for the West Washington Head Varsity Football Coach Phillip Bowsman who passed away last Monday afternoon after complications related to a stroke he suffered during the semi-state finals game.  Schools across the state turned their football field lights on for 24 hours on Friday.   Batesville High School, Decatur County Community Schools (North and South), and Greensburg High School participated in a show of support.last_img