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Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson speaks for Notre Dame Forum

first_imgMary Clare Donnelly | The Observer Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson autographs a book at her lecture Wednesday evening in the Dahnke Ballroom. In response to a question from Monta, Robinson said one of her principle religious beliefs is that “we are among souls.”Robinson said her beliefs on higher education follow from this principle.“For one thing, I think there would be a big infusion of mutual respect, inevitably,” she said. “ … We have to realize that to say that someone is a soul, to say that something is mysterious, by itself has to make us alert to the fact that people express themselves unconsciously in many cases — but beautifully.”Robinson said she believes in being open about what she believes.“How many people who could write about their religious faith, who would want to, who would create a beautiful religious art out of the fact of their faith, are stymied and silenced because they are afraid that someone might say ‘I don’t really believe any of that,’” she said. “There is no reason in my experience to keep people from being absolutely candid about what they believe.”A four-student panel, with both undergraduates and graduates, had the opportunity to ask Robinson questions. One doctoral student, Jillian Snyder, asked Robinson about Calvinism, a theology that heavily influences Robinson’s writing, and its impact on American discourse today.“I think he’s still very palpably present in a lot of American poetry,” Robinson said. “I think that in a way he got himself embedded in the culture … He says that anyone who confronts you is God. It is the image of God, and this means that God himself is attentive to how you react to the fact that this image is presented to you. God has an intention with every human encounter you have.”As the final question, a member of the audience, Fr. Joe Simmons, referenced an image in one of Robinson’s essays of “washing off baptism” and asked Robinson from a critical point in the Church how can we give imagination to the world and faith. In response, Robinson said religion is a central possession in a civilization.“Anyone has the possibility of making [religion] the best possible expression of this yearning that human beings have,” Robinson said. “Religion is profoundly historical. It’s not historical in a way that traps you in it, you know what I mean? If you are deeply committed to what you and other people find most beautiful in it and are loyal to that, then you’re doing something that the civilization yearns to have you do.”Tags: Notre Dame Forum, Pulitzer Prize, religion Notre Dame Forum’s first lecture of the year, titled “The Catholic Artistic Heritage: Bringing Forth Treasures New and Old,” featured Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson. In a discussion moderated by English professor Susannah Monta, Robinson spoke on themes such as religion and beauty in her novels and how these themes immerse themselves in contemporary society and culture. “Beauty is the signature of the presence of God,” Robinson said.last_img read more

Mark Rylance Will Return to New York in Farinelli and the King

first_img View Comments We told you that this show had Big Apple transfer written all over it! After successful productions at Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End, the Mark Rylance-led Farinelli and the King is heading to New York. The Daily Mail reports that the three-time Tony winner will reprise his role as King Philippe V of Spain in the production, which is scheduled to open in November.Rylance won the Tony for Twelfth Night, Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing and was nominated for Richard III (which played in rep with Twelfth Night). He has also appeared on the Great White Way in La Bete and is currently starring in Nice Fish at A.R.T before transferring with the show to St. Ann’s Warehouse’s next month. Rylance was recently seen on PBS in the screen adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall and has just received an Oscar nod for his performance in Bridge of Spies.Directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom, Claire van Kampen’s (Rylance’s wife) new play is set in eighteenth-century Spain and show tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. The new play explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s.The London company included Sam Crane playing the acting role of Farinelli and the singing role shared by Iestyn Davies and Rupert Enticknap, Huss Garbiya as Doctor Jose Cervi, Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley as Metastasio and Edward Peel as De la Cuadra.last_img read more

Lowes Foods and MyWebGrocer Launch First Social Networking Site for Retail Grocery: Lowesfoods.MyBaby.com – a Play Ground for Pa

first_imgColchester, VT May July 26, 2007Life for new parents just got a little easier, and customer communication just improved for the customers of Lowes Foods supermarkets. MyWebGrocer of Colchester, VT and Lowes Foods of Winston-Salem, North Carolina announced the arrival of www.Lowesfoods.MyBaby.com(link is external) , the first grocery social networking site for parents. A place they can organize, share, discuss, and find things to do with their kids. Lowe’s Food Stores is launching lowesfoods.mybaby.com July 25, 2007.”We’re really excited about LowesFoods.MyBaby.com because, as anyone who’s been a parent knows, information and advice are critical, especially when you have an infant,” said Rebecca Roose, Marketing and Account Manager for MyWebLink. “LowesFoods.MyBaby.com gives parents the power and support they’re looking for. Plus, it’s full of awfully cute pictures.”MyBaby.com differs from other parenting social networking sites by aggregating a full range of information and networking possibilities for parents, such as, advice, blogging, photo and video sharing and organizing, personalized homepages, and event listings.”MyWebGrocer is excited about the continued expansion of our partnership with Lowes Foods and the addition of an advanced social networking tool like MyBaby brings Lowes Foods to the forefront of the Retail Grocery Industry,” said Rich Tarrant CEO of MyWebGrocer.For more information about Lowes Food’s social networking site, please go to www.LowesFoods.MyBaby.com(link is external)Founded in 1999 by Rich Tarrant, MyWebGrocer is a privately held company based in Burlington, Vermont, and is the industry leader in e-commerce and Internet marketing solutions to grocery retailers nationwide. “We Make Online Shopping Work,” by providing web site design and hosting, email, online circular, recipe, personalization and e-commerce services to more than 75 major retail grocery chains nationwide. With close to a decades worth of experience, MyWebGrocer has the tools and resources to make your web site and e-commerce initiatives efficient, effective and profitable. For more information please visit www.mywebgrocer.com(link is external).last_img read more

Can you handle Beast Mode banking?

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Running back Marshawn Lynch is returning to the NFL to play for the Oakland Raiders. If you’re not familiar with Lynch, he led the Seattle Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances and earned the nickname “Beast Mode.”He’s a powerful running back who’s not afraid to take a hit. In a 2011 playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, he had a 67-yard touchdown run, breaking nine tackles. The crowd activity and noise for the game-clinching touchdown registered a small tremor on a nearby seismograph, rendering the play to be forever known as the “Beast Quake.”What can credit unions and community banks learn from one of the most dominant running backs in the NFL? Quite a lot, actually.NOTHING CAN REPLACE HARD WORKAre you asking, “Why can’t we close more loans?” continue reading »last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Tracie Kenyon – Getting everyone on the bus (#12)

first_imgWelcome to episode 12 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. I’m delighted this week to welcome Tracie Kenyon, the president and CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network, onto the show today! Tracie is also the board chair of Filene, and a board member of Western CUNA Management School. You can read more about Tracie here. Our paths have crossed many times over the years, but I’m excited to get to know her better and dig deeper in today’s conversation.Tracie will start our conversation off by explaining what she means when she talks about embracing the simplicity of the credit union model (which, she points out, doesn’t mean that there isn’t complexity). She shares her excitement that real members sit at the table and make decisions based on what’s best for members rather than the bottom line. She’ll also dig deep into why credit unions aren’t like banks (and I wish you could see the look on her face in reaction to hearing the comment that credit unions and banks are the same!).Tracie and I are both big fans of the DE Program because of its ability to help attendees open their eyes to new facets of credit unions. Tracie sends all her staff through the program, and I’m trying to get everyone at CUInsight to go through it as well. If you’re on the fence about going, tune into the episode to hear about what a powerful experience it can be, and I think you’ll be convinced!Other topics we’ll cover are helping change-adverse people handle new things (and why mixing things up is so important, and how she was inspired to take her position and whether that inspiration has changed over the years. Speaking of change, Tracie will also dig into the changes she has seen in credit unions since she started working in them, as well as what changes she expects to see in the future. This was a fantastic conversation, and I look forward to sharing it with you today!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Tracie:Tracie KenyonPresident and CEO, Montana Credit Union Networktracie@mcun.coopwww.mcun.coopTwitter | LinkedinShow notes from this episode:Shout-out to the October 1998 class of DE. Are you a CUDE? If not, you should be. Find out more here.Meet the talented staff of Montana’s Credit Unions here.Check out all the programs and work done by Montana Credit Unions for Community DevelopmentMore about the AARP free tax help in Montana mentioned here.Montana’s Credit Unions eduction savings program mentioned: MESA – Matched Education Savings AccountFinancial education programs Tracie mentioned on the show: Financial CapabilityShout-out to Scott Earl for the advice to Tracie that she has kept with her.Best album of all time: Laurie Anderson – Strange AnglesBook mentioned: Tipping Point by Malcolm GladwellCelebrity crush: Bobby Flay and Malcolm GladwellTracie’s ask of our listeners: Go to DE!Previous guests mentioned on the show: Jill Nowacki, Jim Nussle, Sam Paxson, Gigi Hyland.You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:03] – Randy welcomes listeners to this episode, and introduces today’s guest, Tracie Kenyon.[02:39] – Tracie explains what she means about embracing the simplicity of the credit union model and its inherent goodness.[04:39] – Is there something that Tracie has done in her career to educate people on the credit union difference?[06:03] – We learn about why the DE Program is so important to Tracie, and something that she ensures that her staff experiences.[08:30] – Randy shares a story of his own experience at the DE Program.[09:36] – Tracie talks more about the unique connections that can form through the program.[10:55] – Why is change and mixing things up so important to Tracie?[12:52] – We hear Tracie’s advice for helping change-resistant people manage change and see it as a positive.[15:05] – Tracie reacts to the phrase “that’s what we’ve always done here.”[17:00] – What inspired Tracie to take the position as the president and CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network?[18:42] – We hear about whether that inspiration has changed after her time on the job.[21:31] – We take a step back, with Tracie talking about how she got the board to buy into her vision when she was fairly new in Montana.[24:37] – For young leaders, does Tracie have any tips about walking away from a project that might not be in their wheelhouse?[27:43] – Tracie talks about whether there has been a big change that she’s noticed over her time working in credit unions.[30:15] – Is there a belief held by credit unions currently that Tracie believes will have to significantly change in the foreseeable future?[32:07] – We learn about how Tracie would describe her leadership style, as well as how her team would describe it.[34:51] – Has Tracie always been the way she is now, or is it something that she has developed over time?[37:00] – Tracie chats about whether there’s a piece of advice that she has carried with her through her career.[39:20] – Does Tracie have any hacks to get through to the other side when she runs up against a wall?[41:42] – Tracie talks about her outside passions, and what she does on the rare occasion that she has a day off.[43:26] – We start off the rapid-fire questions: does Tracie remember the first time she got into memorable trouble?[45:29] – Does Tracie have any routines that her day feels off if she doesn’t do?[46:28] – What’s the best album of all time?[47:51] – Is there a book that Tracie has recommended or bought for people frequently?[48:45] – As Tracie has gotten older, what has become more (and less) important to her?[49:32] – Who is the first person who Tracie thinks of when she hears the word “success”?[52:23] – Does Tracie have any final thoughts, or asks of the audience? 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Video banking comes of age in the time of COVID-19

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Virtual tellers are serving members with a smile, be it via stand-alone machines or handheld smartphones.Shuttered lobbies have forced members into drive-thru teller lines and onto digital channels like mobile apps and online banking. Also surging is the use of interactive teller machines and their successor, mobile apps that provide a live teller experience.Not on the forefront of this technological revolution? No worries, Pioneer FCU, Idaho Central, and Y-12 FCU offer best practices and lessons learned from their experience as early adopters.Each has a different strategy for video technology. Pioneer uses both a video mobile app and ITMs. Idaho Central does it all with the app and no ITMs. Y-12, on the other hand, is all ITMs. But all three have shared the common experience of a huge surge in contactless banking as the pandemic shut down their lobbies. Here, they share some of that experience.last_img read more

From next season, Zadar and Madrid will be connected by a hard line for the first time

first_imgIn December, Zadar Airport marked the arrival of the 600,000th passenger this year, which is a new absolute record in passenger traffic, and according to the announcements, next year will be even more successful.From next season, Zadar and Madrid will be connected for the first time by a busy line, reports from Zadar Airport.Namely, Iberia Express announced a new route to Zadar in its summer flight schedule. The new line will be in operation from July 2 to October 31, 2019, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. By the way, Iberia Express is a low-cost subsidiary of the Spanish national airline Iberia, and tickets on the Zadar-Madrid route will be on sale as part of a code-share cooperation between the two companies.New line from Stuttgart to Zadar Austrian airline Laudamotion has announced a new route from Stuttgart to Zadar in its summer flight schedule for the 2019 season.The line will start operating on March 31 next year. Airbus (A320) aircraft will fly to Zadar three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. By the way, Laudamotion is a new carrier owned by the famous motorist Niki Lauda, ​​which started operating in the spring of this year. The entire sales and reservation system is tied to the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair.Apart from Zadar, Laudamotion will fly from Stuttgart to Pula and Split from next season.OVERVIEW OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTION OF CROATIA – WINTERThe Market Research and Strategic Planning Department of the Croatian National Tourist Board regularly twice a year reviews the direct flights and direct air connections of Croatian airports with 12 major emitting markets.The overview of direct flights will be regularly updated with information on newly established flights when they become available, which is crucial to know how to plan well and organize targeted tourism programs and activities for our emitting markets. Of course, as the time of fairs and b2b meetings has just started with the recently concluded WTM fair in London, we can certainly expect changes, ie the addition of new lines.Attachment: OVERVIEW OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTION OF CROATIA – WINTERlast_img read more

UK records first coronavirus death, moves to stop spread

first_imgBritain is moving into the second of four phases in its plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Thursday, as the UK recorded its first death of a patient and confirmed cases rose.Britain has so far registered 115 cases of the coronavirus known as COVID-19, which started in China, but has held off from introducing measures to restrict movement or cancel large gatherings for fear of hurting the economy.Whitty said in a statement later that the person who died was an older patient with underlying health conditions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is optimistic that Britain is well prepared to cope with the spread of the virus, but early on Thursday regional airline Flybe became one of the first big corporate casualties of the outbreak.Health minister Matt Hancock said the coming weeks would be tough. But with calm heads and clear determination, together we can see it through”.The government set out its action plan earlier this week based on four stages: containing the virus; delaying its transmission; researching its origins and mitigating its impact.Questioned by lawmakers earlier on Thursday, Whitty said Britain had mainly moved into the second stage and was now considering measures to try to delay the peak of an epidemic which officials are anticipating in the coming weeks. Topics :center_img “The original plan … was very much predicated on the idea of ‘if it could be controlled in China and contained everywhere else, this virus might go away’. I think the chances of that happening are now very slim. Slim to zero,” Whitty said.”As time goes by, we then may start to move into the more socially determined actions … We’ve moved from a situation where we were mainly in contain … to now we’re basically mainly delay.”Johnson was briefed after a meeting of Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, his spokesman said.”It is now highly likely that the virus is going to spread in a significant way,” the spokesman said. “Officials will therefore accelerate work on preparations for the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s plan, focusing on steps we could take to seek to delay the spread of the virus.”The government has said it could encourage home-working, cancel large-scale gatherings and possibly close schools to slow its spread and delay the peak of the outbreak until later in the year, when the health service is under less pressure.Whitty also said that with older people more vulnerable to the virus, there may be measures announced to encourage them to stay away from public places, such as the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords.Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the lower house of parliament, told lawmakers there were no plans to close the House of Commons. last_img read more

Edu attempts to close deal for Arsenal transfer target Bruno Guimaraes

first_imgAdvertisement Athletico are prepared to offload Guimaraes this month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s technical director Edu is due to hold talks in London with representatives of Bruno Guimaraes.The Brazilian defensive midfielder has emerged as a January transfer target for the north London club, but Athletico Paranaense are holding out for a fee in the region on £21million.Arsenal have only limited funds to work with in the current window and are already eyeing a cut price deal for Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa.The likes of Benfica, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are, according to Goal, are also interested in Bruno but Edu is hoping to utilise his South American contacts and snare one of Brazilian football’s most highly-rated youngsters.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEdu, who returned to his former club in the summer after a stint with the Brazil national team, played a pivotal role in the close season, as Arsenal stole in to sign teenage sensation Gabriel Martinelli, ahead of the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jan 2020 5:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.8kShares Comment Edu attempts to close deal for Arsenal transfer target Bruno Guimaraes Advertisement Arsenal’s technical director Edu is working hard to seal a deal for Bruno Guimaraes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are yet to submit a formal bid for the 22-year-old Bruno, but Benfica had an opening offer of €20m rejected out of hand earlier this week.New head coach Mikel Arteta has convinced Granit Xhaka to perform a U-turn after it appeared as though the former Arsenal captain had his heart set on a move to Hertha Berlin this month, while Lucas Torreira has arguably been Arsenal’s most consistent performer since the former Manchester City No.2 was appointed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor.Despite those encouraging signs, Arsenal remain short of midfield options and are in the midst of a defensive injury crisis.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked ahead of Saturday’s match against Sheffield United if he would be happy were Arsenal to sign nobody this month, Arteta said: ‘I’m happy we have the squad that I believe we can compete for what we want. I’m fine.‘I want to keep the players and get the maximum from the players that I want, but if this scenario changes and we need somebody, I’m expecting that we will go into the market and try to solve the issue.’MORE: Man Utd table stunning £25m bid to sign Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham ahead of ArsenalMORE: Arsenal in race to sign Djene Dakonam after being scouted by Unai Emerylast_img read more

Private equity aids Shelf Drilling in jack-up trio buy

first_imgPrivate equity investment firm Castle Harlan and its partners, Champ Private Equity and Lime Rock Partners, have supported Shelf Drilling in a recent acquisition of three premium jack-up rigs, and the investors are eager to support further fleet expansion if the price is right.The acquisition of the rigs in the Middle East has been described as a continuation of Shelf Drilling’s strategy of solely focusing on shallow water drilling, and further expands the company’s presence in one of its key operating regions.Offshore Energy Today reported in early May that Shelf Drilling had agreed the purchase the three rigs from Seadrill. Castle Harlan said on Tuesday that the purchase and delivery of two of the three rigs, the West Resolute and the West Triton, was completed during the same month.The two former Seadrill rigs have been renamed Shelf Drilling Resourceful and Shelf Drilling Tenacious, respectively. The third jack-up rig, the West Mischief, is expected to be delivered to Shelf during the third quarter of 2017 upon completion of its current contract.Following the purchase and delivery of all three rigs, Shelf Drilling’s fleet will increase from 37 to 40.Shelf Drilling financed the purchase through a $225 million equity issuance listed on the Norwegian OTC list and began trading under the ticker “SHLF” as of May 5, 2017.David Pittaway, senior managing director of Castle Harlan, said: “We are continuing to enhance the value of the company and its offerings to customers, and we will add rigs to Shelf Drilling’s fleet when the price is attractive. These three rigs are especially suitable because they have a strong operating track record in the region and can reach deep into the sea floor where significant oil and gas deposits are found.”Eric Schwartz, managing director of Castle Harlan, added that current market conditions provided an opportunistic time for buying shallow water jack-up rigs, and in this case allowed Shelf Drilling to purchase these three rigs at a significant discount to both replacement cost and historical valuations.Interestingly, the same investment firm trio sponsored a major rig acquisition by Shelf Drilling back in 2012. Namely, the company acquired its first 37 jack-up drilling rigs as well as one swamp barge from Transocean.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more