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Saint Mary’s lecture series to celebrate St. Teresa of Avila

first_imgKeri O’Mara | The Observer The Center for Spirituality (CFS) at Saint Mary’s announced its spring 2015 lecture series entitled “Saint Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Mystic and Doctor of the Church.”The series will include two talks and one panel discussion, marking the 500th anniversary of Saint Teresa’s birth. According to a press release, the Saint Mary’s College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund will sponsor the lectures, which are free and open to the public and will take place in the Vander Vennet Theatre.According to Michelle Egan, associate director of the CFS, the center hosts a series each fall and spring semester encompassing a specific topic or theme.This spring series will follow the 2014 lecture series, “Unitas, Veritas, Caritas: Catholicism and the Liberal Arts and Sciences,” which explored the relationship of faith and reason across disciplines.“When deciding on a theme, we consider the current contemporary religious and theological issues, or if there are any significant milestones within the Church,” Egan said. “The 500th anniversary of Teresa of Avila’s birth is one such milestone.”While other CFS lecture series have focused on larger concepts, such as “facets of justice” or “leadership of Catholic women both past and current,” Egan said the spring 2015 series will discuss rather particular aspects of Teresa’s life and work.The first lecture, titled “Teresa of Avila: Prayer is an Adventure in Love,” will take place Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.“Our first lecturer, Keith Egan, Aquinas chair of Catholic theology emeritus at Saint Mary’s, will explore Teresa’s thoughts on prayer and love because for this saint and doctor of the Church, she spent her life searching for God through prayer,” Egan said. “For her, prayer is an ‘exercise in love.’”On March 3 at 7:30 p.m., the second lecture, “Teresa the Theologian on the Human Person as Capax Dei” will feature a visiting scholar from Fairfield University.“Elizabeth Dreyer, religious studies professor at Fairfield University, will consider Teresa’s work as an incarnational theologian and how that has or hasn’t prospered in the history of Christian theology and spirituality,” Egan said.The third and final lecture of the series will feature a panel of both undergraduate and post-graduate students from Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, titled “Teresa and Us: The Significance of Teresa of Avila for Young Catholic Women Today.” The panel will take place March 19 at 7:30 p.m.“Our final event in the series will be a panel discussion about the significance of Teresa for today’s young Catholic women,” Egan said. “Teresa was certainly a leader in the Church, she was a religious founder, a reformer, and her writings have been, and continue to be, very influential to theologians.”“How she is a source of wisdom is just as relevant today to young women as she was several hundred years ago,” she said.According to Egan, this series furthers the CFS’s purpose, as the organization was established in 1984 as a center to “build a theologically well-grounded spirituality among members of the College and greater South Bend community,” according to the press release.Egan said the events also support the religious and academic missions of the College.“World-renowned scholars come to Saint Mary’s to share their wisdom on contemporary religious issues and to address broader issues of how faith and reason interact,” Egan said.Senior Madison Maidment said she enjoys having the opportunity to hear such scholars discuss aspects of spirituality that are not often elaborated upon in religion courses as fully as possible.“I remember a lot of my friends who are nursing majors were really interested in the fall series because it had lectures concerning things like health care professions and biology,” Maidment said. “This spring series interests me a little more because it gives students a chance to get to know a saint on a more personal, relatable level, and I think that’s an awesome opportunity.“… But both series this school-year have brought topics to the table that aren’t often discussed in our daily lives, and I think these unique themes appeal to a wide variety of students.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, Center for Spirituality lecture series, CFS lecture series, Michelle Egan, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Mystic and Doctor of the Churchlast_img read more

Peruvian and U.S. Military Personnel Will Collaborate on Humanitarian-Aid Project

first_img From June 4 to August 31, the Peruvian and U.S. Armed Forces will carry out a series of joint humanitarian actions in the Peruvian regions of Ica and Huancavelica, the populations of which were affected by an August 15, 2007 earthquake. These activities, which consist of medical care and engineering projects, will be conducted as part of the “New Horizons 2012” program, sponsored by the U.S. Government. In the health area, U.S. Military personnel, working jointly with the Peruvian Armed Forces and Peruvian medical personnel, will conduct 12 medical campaigns in different specialties, which will benefit more than 30,000 inhabitants of Ica and Huancavelica. In addition, they will perform ear, eye, and gynecological surgeries in the provinces of Pisco and Chincha, in the Ica region. In the engineering area, U.S. Military personnel will build a multi-purpose structure in the district of Tambo de Mora, in the province of Chincha, and will expand the health clinic in the district of Independencia, in the province of Pisco. Meanwhile, the “Perú” Engineering Company of the Peruvian Armed Forces will build an auditorium at the San Juan Bautista educational center in the province of Huaytará. By Dialogo May 31, 2012last_img read more

The tourist barometer in Europe this year recorded a weaker increase at the peak of the season

first_img“As world leaders meet at the UN climate summit in Madrid to find concrete solutions to climate emergencies, the release of the latest ‘World Tourism Barometer’ shows the growing strength of tourism – a sector that has the potential to boost a global sustainability plan. As the number of tourists increases, so can the opportunities for tourism as well as the responsibilities of our sector towards people and the planet”, Said Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General. Destinations worldwide recorded 1,1 billion international tourist arrivals in the first nine months of 2019 (43 million more than the same period in 2018), which is in line with the forecast growth of 3 to 4 percent this year. Original markets France (+ 10%) recorded the largest increase among the world’s ten most successful export markets, reflecting increased demand for international travel for the second year in a row. Spain (+ 10%), Italy (+ 9%) and the Netherlands (+ 7%) also recorded strong growth, followed by the United Kingdom (+ 3%) and Russia (+ 2%). The ten most successful markets recorded mixed results in earnings from international tourism until September 2019. The highest growth was recorded in Australia (+ 9%), Japan (+ 8%) and Italy (+ 7%), while China, the United Kingdom and the United States recorded a decline. Mediterranean destinations were among the strongest investors in terms of earnings, both in Europe and in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Source / photo: World Tourism Organization The Middle East (+ 9%) recorded the largest increase in arrivals during the first nine months of 2019, followed by Asia and the Pacific and Africa (both + 5%), Europe (+ 3%) and the Americas (+ 2%). China, the world’s largest source market, recorded an 2019 percent increase in outbound travel in the first half of 14, although spending declined 4 percent from the same period last year. Regional resultscenter_img The slowdown in the global economy, rising trade, geopolitical tensions and long-standing uncertainty over Brexit have had an impact on international tourism, which had a more moderate growth rate in the northern hemisphere during the summer season (July-September). Europe’s growth rate slowed to 3 percent in January and September this year, twice as much as last year, reflecting weaker demand during the peak summer season in the world’s most visited region. While destinations in the southern Mediterranean (+ 5%) and central eastern Europe (+ 4%) were the most successful, the regional average was reduced by northern and western Europe (both + 1%). International tourist arrivals increased by an additional 4 percent in the period from January to September 2019, according to the latest edition of the “World Tourism Barometer” of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The growth of tourism continues to outpace global economic growth. Its potential for providing development opportunities around the world is enormous, but there are also challenges in sustainability. The United States led an increase in international tourism spending, mostly due to a strong dollar. India and certain European markets have also been successful, although global growth has been more uneven than last year. This figure underscores the importance of integrating tourism into national export policies in order to increase revenues, reduce the trade deficit and ensure sustainable development in the long run. Tourism is the third largest export category in the world Earning $ 1,7 trillion in revenue since 2018, international tourism remains the third largest category of exports behind fuels ($ 2,4 trillion) and chemicals ($ 2,2 trillion). It accounts for 29 percent of world exports of services and 7 percent of total exports. In some regions, these proportions exceed the world average, especially in the Middle East and Africa, where tourism accounts for over 50 percent of service exports and about 9 percent of total exports.last_img read more

Hertz files for US bankruptcy protection as car rentals evaporate in pandemic

first_imgThe more than a century old car rental firm Hertz Global Holdings Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday after its business was decimated during the coronavirus pandemic and talks with creditors failed to result in much needed relief.Hertz’s board earlier in the day approved the company seeking Chapter 11 protection in a United States bankruptcy court in Delaware, according to court records. Its international operating regions including Europe, Australia and New Zealand were not included in the US proceedings, the company said.The firm, whose largest shareholder is billionaire investor Carl Icahn with a nearly 39 percent ownership stake, is reeling from government orders restricting travel and requiring citizens to remain home. A large portion of Hertz’s revenue comes from car rentals at airports, which have all but evaporated as potential customers eschew plane travel. With nearly US$19 billion of debt and roughly 38,000 employees worldwide as of the end of 2019, Hertz is among the largest companies to be undone by the pandemic. The public health crisis has also caused a cascade of bankruptcies or Chapter 11 preparations among companies dependent on consumer demand, including retailers, restaurants and oil and gas firms.US airlines have so far avoided similar fates after receiving billions of dollars in government aid, an avenue Hertz has explored without success.The Estero, Florida-based company, which operates Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty car-rentals, had been in talks with creditors after skipping significant car-lease payments due in April. Forbearance and waiver agreements on the missed payments were set to expire on May 22. Hertz has about $1 billion of cash.The size of Hertz’s lease obligations have increased as the value of vehicles declined because of the pandemic. In an attempt to appease creditors holding asset-backed securities that finance its fleet of more than 500,000 vehicles, Hertz has proposed selling more than 30,000 cars a month through the end of the year in an effort to raise around $5 billion, a person familiar with the matter said. On May 16, the board appointed executive Paul Stone to replace Kathryn Marinello as CEO. Hertz earlier laid off about 10,000 employees and said there was substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.Hertz’s woes are compounded by the complexity of its balance sheet, which includes more than $14 billion of securitized debt. The proceeds from those securities finance purchases of vehicles that are then leased to Hertz in exchange for monthly payments that have risen as the value of cars fall.Hertz also has traditional credit lines, loans and bonds with conditions that can trigger defaults based on missing those lease payments or failing to meet other conditions, such as delivering a timely operating budget and reimbursing funds it has borrowed.Hertz earlier signaled it could avoid bankruptcy if it received relief from creditors or financial aid the company and its competitors have sought from the US government. The US Treasury has started assisting companies as part of an unprecedented $2.3 trillion relief package passed by Congress and signed into law.A trade group representing Hertz, the American Car Rental Association, has asked Congress to do more for the industry by expanding coronavirus relief efforts and advancing new legislation targeting tourism-related businesses.Even before the pandemic, Hertz and its peers were under financial pressure as travelers shifted to ride-hailing services such as Uber.To combat Uber, Hertz had adopted a turnaround plan, aiming to modernize its smartphone apps and improve management of its fleet of rental cars.Hertz traces its roots to 1918, when Walter Jacobs, then a pioneer of renting cars, founded a company allowing customers to temporarily drive one of a dozen Ford Motor Co Model Ts, according to the company’s website.Topics :last_img read more