Fr. Jenkins discusses faith, politics and civil discourse

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins discussed faith, politics and civil discourse at “Pizza, Pop and Politics,” a platform for political engagement sponsored by NDVotes ’16, Tuesday afternoon in Geddes Hall.Jenkins’ leadership in the topic of civil discourse led him to be elected to the Commission on Presidential Debate’s board of directors, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that sponsors presidential and vice presidential debates. “They [the commission members] are really fine people,” Jenkins said. “What they care about is the country – I have my opinions, I have my beliefs, I have my perspective, but simply advancing my own interest doesn’t necessarily help the health of the country. This is a group that, clearly, their first priority is the health of the body of politics. That’s what the discussion is like.”The national discussion is not always on that level, Jenkins said, as there is a “tendency to vilify the opponent” in discussion and especially in debate. “We are pretty polarized,” he said. “There was some recent research that shows people who are liberal tend to assign malicious motives to conservatives and conservatives tend to assign malicious motives to liberals … that tendency, not simply that we disagree with people, but that we tend to vilify the opposition, I think, is a dangerous tendency. It undermines the real discussion.”Jenkins advised students to avoid this “media trap” of vilifying opposing views by keeping their opinions of a person and their politics separate.  “You have a political perspective and you should advance that,” he said. “But you should be careful about what you think of the opposite view. If you think they’re wrong, that’s one thing. But if you find yourself thinking that they’re evil people, do an examination of conscience. It’s a very Catholic idea — it’s fine to disagree but are you disparaging them as human beings? There just isn’t room for that.”Regarding the role faith plays in politics, Jenkins said values shaped by faith must still make sense in the context of the country’s health. “My views are certainly influenced by my faith and I don’t think that disqualifies them,” he said. “But obviously, I can’t assume them. I have to appeal them — I have to appeal to the person who doesn’t have faith, not just the person who does. I have to make them on a basis that doesn’t assume my faith. You have to make a case for those values that makes sense in the public domain.”Sophomore Sarah Tomas Morgan, a co-chair of NDVotes ’16, said the organization is a nonpartisan campaign sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy to promote “voter education, registration and mobilization.”“Our aim is to foster conscientious engagement in political and civic life amongst students,” she said. “NDVotes is grounded in the U.S. bishops’ call to political responsibility.”Tags: election 2016, faith and politics, fr. jenkins, NDVotes, Student governmentlast_img read more

Resurgent Knicks Look To Take Playoff Leap

first_imgWho would’ve ever thought that a team flirting with mediocrity would have New York sports fans so euphoric? Such is life when you live in a region where the championship drought for teams in the four major sports stands at five years. To be fair, these new New York Knicks are something to behold. Suddenly they’ve become the embodiment of teamwork, utilizing effective passing all in the spirit of trust—the organization’s favorite buzzword these days. The leader of this fresh, team-first philosophy is the oft-maligned Carmelo Anthony, who for years has been the target of biting criticism from observers outraged at his perceived lack of leadership.This is the same Anthony who has never played alongside another star player. The best scorer he’s ever had running up the court with him was (gulp) J.R. Smith, the mercurial shooting guard whose affinity for lettin’ ’em fly will never be questioned—by anyone. J.R. Smith is now on LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, where, on a good night, he’s the third best scorer behind James himself. So maybe the Knicks star scorer is not to blame for the team’s maladies since he forced his way to the Garden.Anthony deserves credit for keeping the team afloat during the first half of the season, putting the Knicks in position to sneak their way into the postseason by embracing the role of facilitator. At the halfway mark, the Knicks stand at 20-21, and just completed what could’ve been a season-crushing stretch, but instead won five of their last seven, which included a one-point loss to the dominant San Antonio Spurs on their home court where they remain undefeated.The Knicks have already surpassed last year’s historically bad winning mark (17) and appear to be a resurgent franchise. It didn’t look that way after their embarrassing 27-point defeat to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 1. But the team showed some mettle by knocking off the Hawks twice in as many games and followed that up with an impressive victory over the Heat in Miami. They proceeded to run over the over-hyped Milwaukee Bucks and then held off the upstart Boston Celtics in a game that felt very much like a playoff matchup. Instead of buckling under pressure as has been customary for James Dolan’s franchise, these stubborn Knicks refused to relinquish their dwindling lead down the stretch, even with Anthony going down early with an ankle injury and Kristaps Porzingis fouling out.Although the Knicks were able to hold on and win Tuesday against Boston, it was clear they were missing Anthony. Among the laundry list of complaints alleged NBA fans have regarding Anthony is his defense. Aside from sharing the ball on offense, leading to uncontested baskets, the Knicks have displayed some fortitude on defense. The bulk of the credit has gone to Porzingis and big man Robin Lopez for their ability to defend the basket with their height, but Anthony has been the glue keeping things together. In their victories over the Hawks (twice), Heat, and Bucks, the Knicks gave up 97, 101, 90, and 88 points, respectively. Against the Celtics, the Knicks held them to 49 points in the first half and then gave up 65 points in a second half in which Anthony was relegated to the bench. On Wednesday, the lowly Nets were able to drop 110 points on the Knicks, who were without Anthony, as he was recovering from Tuesday’s ankle injury.Following the loss to the Nets, Porzingis addressed Anthony’s absence, saying “He kind of creates a lot of situations for us. He gets the ball, he’s getting the defense to be tighter.”While Porzingis has been rightfully showered with superlatives all season, it’s Anthony who has been the catalyst. He’s taken less shots than he has in his entire career and his scoring average is nearly four points below his career average. He’s also distributing the ball more than ever. As currently constructed, the Knicks are not primed for a significant postseason run. They need another scorer they can count on and an athletic point guard capable of pushing the tempo. Despite missing these key components, the Knicks should still advance to the postseason. And if they continue playing unselfish ball, buoyed by Anthony, there’s a few teams that no doubt will be uncomfortable when they realize these are not the same old Knicks. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Uber keeps Asia HQ in Singapore, ditching Hong Kong move

first_imgUber has been operating in Hong Kong for several years despite not being legal there and facing strong resistance from the local taxi industry.Announcing its decision, Uber said in a statement it had “seen strong public support for reform (in Hong Kong), but not the level of certainty from the government that we need”.”We have decided to keep Singapore as a regional hub for the medium term,” the statement added.Its Asian headquarters will remain in Singapore until the end of 2022, at the earliest. Its office in the city-state has about 90 employees. The San Francisco-based company has not operated ride-hailing or food delivery services in Singapore since 2018, when it sold its Southeast Asian businesses to rival Grab.In May, Uber Hong Kong general manager Estyn Chung said that “regulatory certainty is key” to shifting its Asian base, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported.”It’s time for the government to regulate ride-sharing so we can bring jobs and investment to Hong Kong,” he said.The national security law tightens China’s control over Hong Kong dramatically.Beijing argues it is needed to restore peace after mass protests last year, but Western governments, including the United States, have denounced it for eroding the city’s freedoms.There have been concerns that heightened legal uncertainty will scare away foreign investors, although some businesses have welcomed the prospect of greater stability. Uber will keep its Asian headquarters in Singapore for now, the ride-hailing giant said Thursday, blaming regulatory uncertainty for thwarting a mooted shift to Hong Kong.The decision came weeks after China imposed a controversial national security law on Hong Kong — although Uber did not mention the legislation in its announcement.The company announced massive layoffs in May due to the coronavirus, and said it was ready to move its regional base to the semi-autonomous Chinese city if there was progress on regulation there.center_img Topics :last_img read more

OpenDataPA Opens Doors to Transparency and Opportunity

first_imgOpenDataPA Opens Doors to Transparency and Opportunity   SHARE  TWEET Innovation,  Open Data,  The Blog,  Transparency This week, Pennsylvania joined the majority of states, as well as the federal government, cities, and municipalities by launching a public open data portal. While the Keystone State is not the first to embrace open data, the opportunities it creates are nonetheless exciting.Before I go any further, you may be asking yourself, “What is open data and why does it matter?” Simply put, it is data that anyone can access, use, and share. It can be exported into spreadsheets, leveraged by apps, and combined with other data, among many other practical applications for both private and public sector initiatives.And why does it matter? Open data has the potential to increase transparency to the public, support learning and discovery in our universities and research institutions, spur innovation and growth in our economy, and improve civic engagement.Let’s use government performance as an example. In the past, departments published lengthy reports with an abundance of bar charts and graphs to show the results they were achieving on behalf of taxpayers.The Wolf Administration’s open data initiative takes performance transparency a step further by providing the raw data behind the analog reports of the past. OpenDataPA also will consolidate datasets from other state agency websites to create a one-stop shop for all of the commonwealth’s open data.With the launch of OpenDataPA at, the public now has access to datasets that demonstrate the progress state agencies are achieving in education, job creation, infrastructure, and government efficiency.The datasets we released with the launch of OpenDataPA are just the beginning. We are partnering with stakeholders — including the Office of Open Records, colleges and universities, and cities — to identify and prioritize future datasets for publication. There is also an online suggestion form on for new datasets.As the commonwealth’s open data initiative continues to grow, we look forward to seeing how the data is used by researchers, entrepreneurs, developers, and policy makers and what we can learn. Among the Wolf Administration’s many transparency achievements, OpenDataPA is the next step toward making Pennsylvania government more open, accountable, and innovative. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: August 24, 2016 By: Sharon Minnich, Secretary of Administrationlast_img read more

Carroll collects I-37 feature win

first_imgDinsmore gave it the old college try in turns three and four, getting the nose inside coming off turn four. The two made slight contact and it was Carroll leading the drag race to the line for the vic­tory. A spun car on lap 13 brought out the yellow that erased Carroll’s lead. Greg Dinsmore and Dillon Tindall stayed wheel-to-wheel for second on the restart with Jason Borlace, Donald Banker and Anthony Gordon three-wide for fifth.                                                                                                                         By J.M. Hallas PLEASANTON, Texas (Aug. 24) – Chris Carroll looked like he was on his way to an easy victory in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at I-37 Speedway, until a mid-race caution flew.  Chris Carroll won a close one Saturday at I-37 Speedway, edging Greg Dinsmore in the drag race to the IMCA Modified checkers. (Photo by J.M. Hallas) “Any time you can beat Greg here, you count that as a big win,” said Carroll. “I’m worn out. I don’t think I could have done five more laps.” Carroll then had to fend off Dillon Tindall and a last lap challenge from former champion Greg Dinsmore to secure that win. Banker took the spot and then passed Campbell for fourth. Dinsmore finally shook off Tindall for second but remained a handful of car lengths back. With two to go, Dinsmore had cut the gap to three car lengths and as the white waved he drove hard into turn one, getting to Carroll’s bumper.last_img read more

Teen shooter reported killed in Richmond school shooting

first_imgRichmond, In. — Indiana State Police now say shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday morning an active shooter was reported at the Dennis Middle School in Richmond.Officers from multiple agencies responded to the school, which had already been placed on lockdown.  As officers arrived, they confronted the 14-year-old male suspect outside the school who then reportedly shot out the glass of a locked entry door to the school, and ran inside with police officers in pursuit.  The suspect, once in the school, and being pursued exchanged gunfire with police officers.  The teenage suspect is deceased the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  No officers were injured and it has not been determined if the suspect was wounded by police.It is important to emphasize that due to the result of advance notification of the potential for a violent act at the school, the school had initiated their lockdown procedure which clearly prevented injury to students and faculty even though the suspect was able to enter the school.The school will be closed Friday, December 14 and Monday, December 17.last_img read more

Duke to extend suspended disconnections past state moritorium

first_imgStatewide —Duke Energy Indiana will continue to suspend service disconnections for nonpayment for an additional month beyond the state’s current moratorium on disconnection for nonpayment. Customers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have until September 15 to settle their accounts or make payment arrangements.Leading up to the deadline, Duke Energy is offering customers in need the opportunity to establish payment plans for up to six months in length. The company is also urging eligible customers to take advantage of additional Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds available through statewide community action agencies due to the pandemic.In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the company immediately launched a sweeping series of steps to help customers, including suspending disconnections for non-payment, as well as late-payment fees and residential fees for credit card payments and other payment types.last_img read more

Hughton keen to further boost squad

first_img England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond on Thursday became the Norfolk club’s third signing of the summer when he moved from Birmingham, which followed the permanent deal for on-loan Lazio defender Javier Garrido and a record £8.5million transfer of Holland forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel. “The target is always to bring in players as soon as possible to integrate them into the squad, but if you look across the Premier League some clubs have done good business, others have hardly done any,” said Hughton, who takes his players out for a training camp in Austria and then off on a three-match pre-season tour to the United States later this month. Norwich manager Chris Hughton will work right up to the transfer window deadline as he bids to strengthen his squad for the new Barclays Premier League campaign. “It really is about using the period of time you are allowed in the best way, so that means we are allowed until the end of August – but I want to stress again it is about adding to what we have and we are happy with what we have here already. If we can do it earlier, then great. “We have got no particular number on how many more will come in. We are no different to anybody else. We won’t bring in unless we feel it benefits us.” Norwich’s England squad goalkeeper John Ruddy is very much on Chelsea’s radar as new manager Jose Mourinho seeks cover for Petr Cech. The Blues are understood to be ready to improve on their £5m offer which was rejected. Captain Grant Holt has also been linked with a move away from Carrow Road. Hughton, though, went on the defensive when asked if bids had been lodged for any of his key men. “No, and probably if there was I wouldn’t say it,” he said. “The best way is to conduct business behind closed doors. If there has been interest in our players then that is a plus as far as I am concerned because we must be doing something right. “I think if there is speculation regarding players we want to bring in it indicates we are attempting to do some work – some of those names will come into the public domain, but the majority will not.” PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen, Lokomotiv Moscow’s £6m-rated Senegal striker Dame N’Doye and Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson all reported targets for the Canaries. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Neil ready for top-flight challenge

first_img The 33-year-old Scot, though, knows he must now face up to the toughest challenge of his short managerial career, which had seen him start the season in charge of Hamilton against Arboath. “You are always evolving as a person, coach and manager. I am certainly better than what I was two years ago. I will have to learn fast, but I am prepared to put the hours in to make us as equipped as can be to compete,” said Neil, who is still completing his UEFA pro-licence coaching badges. “The next couple of days will be busy, we have two plans set in place in terms of recruitment, so we need to look at that. “We will need to add quality to the squad, but I will stick with the hard-core group of the squad and make sure they get their opportunity of going up. “They have shown enough from previous years in the Premier League for being there for a couple of seasons, so it is not as if they do not know what to do when they get there, and more importantly, they know they are capable of staying there.” Norwich took an early lead through Cameron Jerome, the former Middlesbrough trainee coming back to haunt his old club with a close-range finish following hesitancy in the defence on 12 minutes. Before Boro, who beat Norwich home and away in the regular season, could regroup, a fine finish from Nathan Redmond doubled the lead. The England Under-21 winger has attracted some attention this season with his all-action displays, which also included a goal in the semi-final second-leg win over East Anglia rivals Ipswich at Carrow Road. While Neil accepts Norwich’s best players will “always get interest”, his mind is very much on adding to the promotion-winning squad, rather than letting any key men further their career elsewhere. “Nobody will be leaving the football club who we don’t think can help us remain there (in the Premier League) and do well,” he said. The Canaries secured a swift return to the top flight following relegation 12 months ago when they defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley. It capped a remarkable second half of the campaign under the guidance of Neil, who presided over some 17 wins from 25 since his appointment in January, when Norwich were out of form and out of the top six. Norwich manager Alex Neil knows he will have to learn fast for life in the Barclays Premier League but will waste no time in getting started. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more