A miracle of preservation

first_img Related “Rare book and manuscript libraries increasingly serve as centers for learning about the history of the book by providing faculty and students with tangible exemplars that inspire the mind, transmit knowledge through generations, and illustrate principles,” says Tom Hyry, Florence Fearrington Librarian at Houghton Library. “[The library] enjoyed the opportunity to partner with many of our faculty and with HarvardX in the development and production of ‘The Book,’ which extends the reach of the library and the collection beyond our walls.”There are more exotic aspects to the MOOC as well. Some modules, such as “Book Sleuthing: What 19th-Century Books Can Tell Us About the Rise of the Reading Public,” are more concerned with the physical experience of using a book. Here, Leah Price, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English, employs unusual methods to translate this approach to an online experience.“I try to get us away from simply thinking about the book as a vehicle for the words it contains, and to restore a sense of the book as a material, three-dimensional object — which can be hard to do because the screen is flat,” says Price.To introduce the course, she videotaped an exercise with students in class, who were asked to examine books while blindfolded.“They felt the cover: Was it waterproof, and were the pages smooth or rough? What sound did the pages make when you ruffled through them? Through this, they assembled a set of clues about how each book was designed to be used — carried around, put on furniture, kept in one place — and they figured out that one book was a dictionary and one was a road atlas. This was an attempt to bring back the other senses, besides seeing and hearing, to the disembodied virtual medium.”In Price’s module, students examine books for clues about what uses their owners — and by extension, larger society — made of them. At course’s end, the students are asked to upload a video of themselves and a favorite book.“At a certain point in the 18th century, the book became something that you could carry around in your pocket, jot a note on, or personalize in some way. We found one where someone had pricked their name with a sewing needle. Not to push this too far, but one analogy might be the digital devices we now carry with us, which we personalize with colors and designs. In both cases, there’s a sense of intimacy; it’s not something you’d lend to someone else.”Another module, Professor of History Daniel Smail’s “Monasteries, Schools, and Notaries, Part 1: Reading the Late Medieval Marseille Archive,” deals with the handwriting found in medieval texts. In this case, the technology is especially valuable. While Harvard students would be able to handle the original parchment texts, they wouldn’t be able to zoom in or pore over them for hours. And it takes time to gain a working familiarity with medieval handwriting, not to mention an understanding of Latin.“The presentation isn’t much different from what I might do in a [traditional classroom] course,” Smail says. “In that case I might show the same visuals, through projections or a photocopy. But the fact that the documents are digitized makes it easier to read them. You can zoom in and out, change some of the contrast.” He also uses drag-and-drop technology to see if students can correctly match medieval letters to modern ones. “I like to think that if this course was being taken, say, by students at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, it would expose them to a type of document they’ve never seen before. And through that they’d get a window to the experience of writing, as it was in the past.”As “The Book” continues to evolve, it seems likely that Mirador will also take on a life of its own. It has already been adopted by libraries and archives in several European countries, and the Harvard Library, which has adopted the viewer to replace its aging Page Delivery Service, has entered into a collaboration with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, a leading center for imaging technology, to develop and disseminate the viewer further. It might even become a valued tool for scientists.“There’s been talk of using it for medical imaging,” Singhal says. “But as someone who loves the humanities, I think it’s great that it was invented for that reason. How often do you get [such a technological advancement] specifically because a group of medievalists wanted a better reading tool?” MOOCs on the move How do you prepare some of Harvard’s most precious historical scrolls and manuscripts to be browsed and examined online? The answer, of course, is very carefully.Students taking “The Book,” a modular MOOC (massive open online course) developed through HarvardX, will get unprecedented digital access to Harvard’s archives of printed material from the Middle Ages and elsewhere.But the course is more than just a miracle of preservation: It’s effectively a bridge between the modern and medieval worlds, using the newest reading technologies to unlock the secrets of the oldest.Conceived by Jeffrey Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture, the MOOC is structured as a series of subcourses, or modules. The first nine modules launched this fall with another series being developed.“I came up with what at first blush seemed to be a crazy idea,” Hamburger explains. “I wanted to kill several birds with one stone. One was to develop a state-of-the-art page viewer. I wanted to find a vehicle that would allow libraries across the University to expose their extraordinary collections of rare books. And last but not least, I wanted to develop a showcase for Harvard’s faculty in the humanities.”Meredith Quinn, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, points to a catchword in an Islamic manuscript. Courtesy of HarvardXThe page viewer, known as Mirador, is the technical breakthrough behind the course. As Hamburger explains, it digitally brings together the pieces of scattered and invaluable books. Say, for example, that you wanted to study “Codex Sinaiticus,” the oldest known iteration of the Bible. Parts of the book now reside in four places: the British Library, the National Library of Russia, St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai, Egypt, and the Leipzig University Library, in Leipzig, Germany.You could, of course, travel around the world and perhaps somehow obtain access to each one. If the pages were digitized, you could log onto a different server from each library and see the separate sections. But what if you wanted to view the entire book on one browser, and see the pages in the order they first appeared? What if you wished to annotate the images and share those annotations with others, whether scholars or students? Such a viewer simply didn’t exist, until the MOOC, exploiting the Shared Canvas environment developed at Stanford University, which uses the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF for short), harnessed its capabilities and helped to drive its development.Explaining the technology, HarvardX senior programmer Rashmi Singhal called up a manuscript written by the 13th-century author William de Rockwell. The author created three handwritten versions of the same manuscript, which today reside in Switzerland, Denmark, and Philadelphia. Using Mirador, one can lay the three versions side by side and compare each paragraph. To illustrate Harvard’s high-resolution imaging, Singhal called up a 15th-century scroll full of illustrations and intricate details. In the online version, multiple photos are stitched together seamlessly. Mirador makes it possible to read the scroll, not as a series of pages, as if it were a book, but from top to bottom in a way that preserves for the viewer a sense of the scroll as a material object with its own particular properties.“This is a chronology of the world from Adam and Eve, who are up there on top. The scroll itself is 39 feet long, so you couldn’t see this amount of detail unless you had a microscope or a magnifying glass,” Singhal says. Indeed, the scroll can only be viewed under glass at the Houghton Library, where a close examination would be a challenge. HarvardX not only serves many students overseas, it’s creating content there too last_img read more

Below freezing temps

first_imgSubfreezing temperatures on Jan. 6 pushed south as far as the Florida border, and even the coastal region of southeast Georgia suffered a hard frost. At UGA weather stations, minimum temperatures were recorded in the single digits as far south as Macon.Temperatures across most of the state remained below freezing for the entire day on Jan. 7. “Only the coastal, southeastern part of Georgia was able to warm above freezing. While the cold air mass did not break all-time low temperature records, they did set (daily) records for Jan. 7 in many Georgia cities, including Atlanta and Savannah,” Flitcroft said. “Typically the coldest temperatures are found just before dawn, and that was the case on Jan 7.”The Georgia Weather Network recorded the following low temperatures on Jan. 6 and 7 in the following cities: Brunswick, 29.8 degrees and 19.4 degrees; Attapulgus, 25 degrees and 18 degrees; Tifton, 23.5 degrees and 15.4 degrees; Fort Valley, 16.4 degrees and 9.2 degrees; Griffin, 12.4 degrees and 6.4 degrees; Atlanta, 10 degrees and 4.1 degrees; Gainesville, 8.8 degrees and 5.6 degrees; Rome, 11.4 degrees and 5.6 degrees; and Blue Ridge, 3.1 degrees and 1.7 degrees below zero.The first UGA weather station was established in 1992. The network now consists of 81 stations across the state. Each station records rainfall, air and soil temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, solar radiation, soil moisture and barometric pressure. Some stations also record evaporation, water temperature and leaf wetness. To access Georgia Weather Network data from a station near you, visit www.Georgiaweather.net. Even the most thick-blooded Georgians donned winter coats, hats and gloves Jan. 6 and 7 as a cold front blew across the state, dropping temperatures — down to single digits and negative degrees in some places — from the mountains to the coast.On Monday, Georgians rushed to stock up on milk and bread and cover tender outside plants before the temperature plummeted. Many schools from Macon to the Tennessee line were closed to prevent children from standing in freezing temperatures while waiting for their school bus.Across the state, temperatures on the night of Jan. 6 were among some of the lowest recorded by University of Georgia weather stations, said Ian Flitcroft, director of the Georgia Weather Network based on the UGA campus in Griffin. “The coldest air was in the northeast part of the state where the temperatures at our Blairsville station fell to 1.8 degrees below zero F,” Flitcroft said. “A (U.S.) Forest Service weather station on top of Brasstown Bald read a chilly 6 degrees below zero F, which was the lowest reading recorded across the state.”last_img read more

Put ‘PD on your CV’

first_imgIs professional development an important component of a resume?Absolutely, say both Deedee Myers, Ph.D., founder/CEO of CUES Supplier member and strategic provider DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute, and Charles Shanley, executive vice president of Houston-based JMFA Executive Search Group, a CUES Supplier member.“It’s key,” Phoenix-based Myers says. “”I really want to see it in the resume.”In fact, Myers says that No. 1 on her list of personal mastery skills for a potential CEO is continuous learning.Attending CUES’ CEO Institute, for instance, puts a candidate ahead of the pack in terms of cross-functional expertise.If a CEO aspirant only has experience in one area, she won’t know how to lead staff members in other spheres. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Balancing act: Remote work and parenting in unprecedented times

first_img 128SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Carr Alison currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Your Credit Union Partner. In this capacity she supports: Community Development & Outreach Initiatives, Business Development, Speaking/Training Engagements, Strategic Partnerships and … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details Raising children has always been a community endeavor. As they say, “it takes a village”, and suddenly the village many of us have relied on is gone. It’s taking a toll on our careers, our family’s well-being and our children’s education. For many parents, myself included, this leaves us feeling stressed and stranded.If we have learned anything during the past 6 months, it is how to be flexible and adapt to our changing circumstances, both personally and professionally. This is especially real if you are balancing home life while fulfilling your work obligations. How can we as credit unions navigate this path forward to support our employees? Well, to do so, we will need to get comfortable with chaos and the unknown and “build the airplane as we are flying it.” As professionals, we are worried about protecting our jobs, derailing our careers, balancing work and family, concerns about our kid’s academic progress, social development, mental and physical health for everyone, and, well, the list goes on.Personally, I can relate to much of this. I worked from home before the pandemic and had a flexible schedule, lots of early mornings, late evenings, and creative scheduling to balance client needs and family. Having a 2nd grader and kindergartner, this was the year they would both be in school and life would be less chaotic, dare I say, even normal. Instead, I am now also trying to manage their schooling. I think as we move forward, we will need even more flexibility as parents and as professionals, especially, as some begin to transition back into the workplace.I don’t think this will be a ‘flip of the switch, back to business as usual’ kind of a situation. We’ve seen that many jobs in our economy (and our credit unions) can be done remotely. For years, many working parents have been pushing for more flexibility, and more workplace policies that would allow time off as needed.According to an August 2020 New York Times article, 80% of parents will be working remotely AND managing childcare and education. Single parent households, especially those with outside-the-home jobs (think essential workers) have even fewer options.We need to be evaluating our policies to address this new reality — not just what can individual employers do, but what are the federal-level policies or state-level policies that we can put in place to ensure that working parents (and all workers) are guaranteed the flexibility they need to balance having a job and supporting their families.Empathy, Understanding and FlexibilityIf our organizations are viewed as inflexible and unaccommodating, it can lead to negative employee morale, as well as resentment of an increase in workload on others due to the loss of a team member, and the perception that the organization is not supportive of its employees.It’s a given, not everyone has the option to transition to a remote working environment. We are witnessing a new version of the opportunity divide unfold across the country, with millions of frontline workers showing up for work every day in grocery stores, providing transportation, working in large distribution centers, and other essential roles. For us as credit unions, these are our front-line workers (our tellers and loan officers), in other words, Financial First Responders.It is important, and will continue to be important, for employers to demonstrate empathy and understanding as they evaluate policies, practices, benefit programs, as well as compensation structures for these essential workers. With so much emphasis on supporting remote workers, how do we create equity with our employees that we need to literally show up every day at the office? And, as credit unions we have come to understand the pressing need and the unique opportunity we have to proactively tackle these challenges.Develop a Remote-Work PolicyEmployers will need to ensure their familiarity and compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) as well as state-specific laws. With this in mind, you can then create a policy that establishes expectations and guidelines, as well as communication plans to provide updates regularly within the organization. Some things to consider: Providing onsite childcare options. Providing a childcare stipend to cover caregiving support. Changing policies to explicitly allow for children to be in the home during working hours and clearly defining what this looks like.A sound policy will clearly and fairly outline which employees can work from home, what hours they are expected to work, and set forth a set schedule of virtual meetings and other requirements. Where Remote Work May Not Be Possible – Allow Flexible Working HoursDuring the typical 9-to-5 day, parents may need to look after their children for a portion of that time. As long as you don’t need employees to be in mandatory meetings, consider letting them work flexible hours.As employers, credit unions should encourage their employees to discuss these types of scheduling issues and then work with employees to set expectations around availability. This is part of the larger remote working policy, having already defined which employees can work from home, what hours they are expected to work, etc.Why it MattersWe need to make working flexibly the norm. This will require managing performance based on impact, not hours clocked (what we all should been doing anyway!), for roles where that’s possible.Be thinking about what steps you need to take to help employees manage the challenges of working remotely, such as the blurring of work-life boundaries. And, what systems and benefits do you have in place and what systems and benefits do you need to put in place, in order to support employees?Bottom-line, our HR policies and practices need to be responsive to the experiences of our employees, especially those who have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic.last_img read more

Kristin Cavallari, Jeff Dye Shared ‘Long Kiss’ on Nashville Date: Photos

first_imgThe Better Late Than Never star, who has been flirting with Cavallari on social media since the summer, was also overheard discussing his Nashville Thanksgiving plans with the actress on Thursday.The True Comfort author, who shares three children, sons Camden, 8, and Jaxon, 6, and daughter Saylor, 4, with Cutler, 37, previously told Us that she plans to spend the holiday with her kids and ex “as a family.”The Hills alum added: “I’m looking forward to that. I’m happy that we’re able to spend it together and have these conversations even though we’re in the middle of getting a divorce. So, I’m thankful for where we’re currently at.”The reality star and the former NFL quarterback announced their split in April after 10 years together and seven years of marriage.Last month, Cavallari told Us that she’s “feeling really good” amid the breakup, noting that she found the adjustment to be “pretty smooth.”Scroll down to see exclusive photos from the couple’s cozy date night. “At one point during the intimate dinner, Kristin was seen leaning into Jeff and giving him a long kiss,” the eyewitness tells Us exclusively. “The couple had a very upbeat night with a lot of laughs.”Later in the night, the Uncommon James designer and the comedian, 37, shared a laugh with two guys at the bar, one of whom Cavallari previously went on a date with, the source adds.“When Kristin used the restroom, Jeff only had eyes for her at the trendy spot,” the source says.- Advertisement – The look of love! Kristin Cavallari and Jeff Dye were spotted on a romantic date in Nashville, one month after they were spotted kissing in Chicago, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.According to an eyewitness, the pair were seen dining at “uber trendy” spot Bastion on Thursday, November 5, where the Very Cavallari alum, 33, complimented the staff on their duck pastrami dish.- Advertisement – Despite their PDA, the duo’s relationship isn’t “going to go anywhere series,” the insider adds. “Kristin and Jeff just have a casual dating situation going on. She’s not in the zone to move forward with a full-blown relationship of that level and is just keeping herself preoccupied and having fun.”An insider told Us last month that the Laguna Beach alum, who was first linked to Dye in early October, “isn’t trying to get serious right away” after her split from Jay Cutler six months prior.“Kristin and Jeff are totally a thing,” the insider told Us at the time. “She loves to laugh and Jeff is obviously so funny and playful. He is making her life lighter through this transition and deterring her away from feeling upset. Jeff has helped put her in a good headspace and he is stoked on her and thinks she’s so beautiful and sexy.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

A record number of over 900 overnight stays was recorded in Vir in July

first_imgSlightly more than 900 thousand overnight stays is an increase of 1,1 percent compared to the figures from July 2018, ie a total increase of 1,2 percent for the entire seven-month period from the beginning of 2019. From the first day of January to the end of July this year 1.270.501 (1.255.428 last year) spent the night on the island with 93.707 tourist arrivals, which is 4,79 percent lower than last season in the same period (98.202 arrivals). This decline in tourist arrivals is primarily due to significantly weaker arrivals of Poles (minus 22,7 percent), Bosnians and Herzegovinians (14,2 percent) and Hungarians (13,2 percent), but higher growth was achieved by Slovaks as this year’s hit – 7,4 , 11,4 percent in arrivals and as much as 35,2 percent in overnight stays. There will also be some other tourist markets for the island of Vir, so since the beginning of the year there has been an increase of 43,5 percent of tourist arrivals and 12,2 percent of overnight stays by Ukrainians who gave additional July winds in the back of July, while the Dutch grew by 20 , XNUMX percent in arrivals, Italians XNUMX percent growth in overnight stays, etc. The big three of Vir tourism in arrivals and overnight stays are still led by Slovenes, Hungarians and Germans, while Slovaks have consolidated their fourth place with significant growth this year. “We had a weaker May due to bad weather, but since June we have gained momentum and achieved record numbers. They are not great if we talk about the overall growth of overnight stays, but we have been in a continuous positive trend for more than ten years. That is a great success “, says Srdjan Liverić from the Vir Tourist Board. The record of last year’s “crazy July” finally fell, when 891.732 domestic and foreign guests spent the night on the island of Vir! This year, as many as 901.537 overnight stays were recorded in July, which is a historical figure for Vir tourism, as more than 900 tourist overnight stays were realized in one month. Thus, instead of the so-called July hole – which has eroded many other elite tourist destinations this season – the narrative of the record season is being re-established on the island. Last year’s “crazy July” with 891.732 overnight stays was surpassed this year (901.537). Since the beginning of the year, Slovaks have had the highest growth in overnight stays and arrivals, but other tourist markets are also waking up – Ukraine, the Netherlands and Italy. Source / photo: Municipality of Virlast_img read more

Are Fights Ever Good for a Relationship?

first_img Share Share LifestyleRelationships Are Fights Ever Good for a Relationship? by: – August 6, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img 24 Views   no discussions Tweet by Rich Santos, Marie ClaireOne of my biggest goals in life is to prove my friend Margaret from work wrong, and beat her in every single argument we ever have.We know so much about one another, it makes it easy for us to pick on each other and find advantages in battle. The sad thing is that when new employees join our group, they always assume: “Either they hate each other, or they are dating.”It’s weird that people can find such a fine line between hatred and dating, but I know plenty of couples who enjoy picking on each other in a playful manner.Then there are real arguments and fights. These are the ones that I wonder about. Is fighting actually healthy for a relationship?It seems like fights/arguments are just tests along the way for a relationship. Can your relationship get through an argument and become stronger for that argument? Are you both so compatible that you are able to have organized and healthy arguments?My history of arguments in relationships is not good. Every big argument I’ve had has lacked resolution. Without this resolution, we continue having spats until we just break up. And things are never the same after that initial argument, which leads me to believe that we are not arguing effectively.A serious girlfriend from college and I once drove up to Boston to visit my sister. After our visit, we decided to visit Salem and check out witch country. What a curse that turned out to be!When we hunted for the parking spot in the parking garage at the conclusion of our visit, cracks and fissures began to surface in our relationship. It was if a bunch of dormant volcanoes were all erupting at once. She pretty much lost her mind when we couldn’t find the car fast enough. My mood remained happy as though it was kind of funny that I was so stupid I forgot to remember whether we were on P5 or A8, or whatever.She was none too pleased. She berated me, and became even angrier when my blasé attitude persisted in the face of her yelling. When we finally found the car, I made a snide comment about her coming undone — probably not the smartest move.Driving back to the University of Delaware, we had five hours to mull over our first big argument. On top of this, she took umbrage with the fact that I said I wanted to stay together after college (we both had no idea where we were going to live or work at this point).Again, she lost her mind when confronted with the idea that I expected her to remain in the relationship after graduation. I was busy trying to figure out if she really meant this, or was just upset from our parking garage spat.For the next few weeks we were on-again-off-again until we finally broke up for good. We just could never get the relationship together again, with the same feelings or smoothness as it had before. From the moment of that argument in Salem, the feelings were lost. Steer clear of witch country!Perhaps arguing is just another form of communication that we have to learn with our significant others. Couples who can master this type of communication are another step closer to a long, healthy relationship. If you care enough to be with each other for the long haul, you will make it work — arguments and all.So, what role does fighting and arguing play in a relationship? It’s natural to argue when two people are connected so closely. But are there different tiers of arguments, ranging from playful fights to more serious arguments? Do arguments act as checkpoints that test the strength of your relationship: If you really want to stay together you will work it out? How has arguing and fighting affected your relationship?last_img read more

Palm Sunday

first_img 26 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Palm Sunday by: – April 16, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Photo credit: SilknetPalm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the citadel of Jewish religion, and the headquarters of his enemies. He goes there deliberately, though knows that more likely than not only trouble awaits. He’s also aware of the dictum or the axiom: it cannot be that prophets die anywhere but in Jerusalem. The entry thus includes inevitably a sense of foreboding. The passion doesn’t begin with his arrest. It begins more properly here.Three intersecting groups are involved in what follows. First, the crowd. The irony of the moment could hardly have been lost on Jesus. As he enters, he’s in one place and they in another. He gets a rousing reception, but before the week is over, the air will ring with a different shout. But Jesus had experienced the volatility of crowds before. His own townspeople wanted once to throw him from a cliff when his words challenged them; another crowd on another occasion wanted to take hold of him and make him king. That’s how crowds behave – corporate passion, corporate reversal.The second group are the authorities, the Romans first, and then the Jews.  As far as the Romans are concerned, the religious question, the burning issue for the Jewish leaders, is completely irrelevant. Rome was principally concerned about social order. Different groups could worship whomever or whatever they chose, as long as they didn’t imperil the conditions of civic peace. Even the hint of sedition (a rival to Caesar, being an obvious instance) would be brutally dealt with. Pilate will sanction the Jewish leaders’ call for execution for this reason, not for theirs.Finally, the Jewish leaders. They will condemn Jesus for blasphemy, but envy also has a lot to do with it. He’s a nobody from Nazareth, but he has a greater following than they, and he makes them look hollow. He has to go. It’s how envy operates. What I cannot have or cannot be, I will besmirch or bring low.Which brings us back to Jesus. He’s here because that’s where doing the will of the Father has led him; and it’s where he will remain until the end. He’s here, in other words, because he has always been faithful.Faithfulness is not a virtue that should be reserved only for spouses. We should all be faithful – to our loved ones, to our commitments, to our faith, to God.To be faithful is to keep faith, i.e. to be true to one’s word, whether explicit or implied. This means that we exhibit behavior and motivation in line with the nature of our commitment. I can be faithful to my gym practice, for instance, because looking good is important to me, or again because my doctor tells me that unless I exercise, my eating habits will kill me. Being faithful to such a commitment is hardly trivial, but it would not count, on the other hand, as plumbing the depths of faithfulness.Put faithfulness in another context, the context of another life, Nelson Mandela’s, say, or Mother Theresa’s, and at once you see something different. They were both faithful in a much more total and all-embracing sense, not only to themselves but to a vision that animated them.Faithfulness here does not mean being true to something pledged with trumpets and fanfare, but to a call in the deep recesses of your being. It means that you hand yourself over to that. Another word for it is self-surrender. That is why such persons give off the sense of something enshrined in them. What they give off is the animating ideal itself.You can say the very same thing about Jesus. His heart was always ruled by God. “I do always the things that please him,” he said on one occasion, or again, “My meat and drink is to do the will of his who sent me.” Meat and drink, in other words, my total sustenance. From quite early, we are told, he had this disposition. When his parents found him in the temple, the child they lost is not the young man they meet. Allowing for re-interpretation or embellishment after the Resurrection, what the episode establishes is that sense of self-disposal to God that would mark his entire life.So he is here in Jerusalem because faithfulness had led him here, and here, as the sequel showed, is where he will be vindicated, he and his way of life. That is the life to which we are all called, in our different individualities and vocations .Let us pray then as we begin this final week of the Lenten journey, for the grace to be true to our commitments, to our spouses, families, friends, and above all to the call we receive from God, that we may always strive to model our obedience and our lives on the example of Jesus Our Lord.Father Henry Charles Ph. dlast_img read more

Suarez – partnership bearing fruit

first_imgLiverpool’s Luis Suarez insists he and strike partner Daniel Sturridge are trying to progress “for the future of the club”. However, having slotted back into the side seamlessly after the end of his 10-match ban Suarez is looking to drive Liverpool into the Champions League alongside Sturridge. “We are trying for progression,” he said. “He is 24 and I am 26, so we are trying our best to progress for the future of the club. “We know in the last few seasons, Liverpool have been not been in the Champions League and we know we can help the team challenge for the top four. “We will try our best but Liverpool is not only Suarez and Sturridge – it’s the whole team.” Suarez has previously said there is no competition between him and Sturridge to score the most and he admits he is enjoying playing with someone who is in a prolific run of form, with the England striker having hit 20 in 26 appearances. “I am so happy because when you have a very good striker, and a very good partner, for defenders it is difficult because they have to give their attention to two players – not just one,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “If maybe two defenders come towards me, this creates space for Danny. “This is important not just for me, but for the team and our confidence. “He is a very good player. He had difficult moments at Chelsea and (Manchester) City, but this is a good time for him and I am so happy with him. “For a striker, it’s more difficult (to look for a team-mate). In the area, you’re concentrating on yourself and shooting at goal. “If he shoots or if I shoot, we are both strikers and we understand. We can discuss it on the pitch but we work really well together. “Maybe in a few years I will be able to say my best partnership was with Daniel Sturridge, especially if we can continue to progress.” The pair have scored 17 goals between them since the latter signed from Chelsea in January and have shown in their link-up play they are a pairing to be feared. Suarez’s future at Anfield seemed in doubt over the summer after a £40million plus £1 bid from Arsenal and the player claiming the club had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a Champions League side. Press Associationlast_img read more

Stoke to swap Jones for Odemwingie

first_img Press Association Nigeria international Odemwingie only joined Cardiff in September, moving from West Brom for a fee believed to be in excess of £2million. The 32-year-old signed a two-year contract and netted twice in his first four games for the Bluebirds – however, he has failed to add to that tally in 13 appearances since. Jones, a Trinidad and Tobago international once of Southampton and Sunderland, has fared better. The 29-year-old has netted five goals in 10 games. However, none of them have come in the Barclays Premier League, with four in the Capital One Cup and the other in the FA Cup defeat of Leicester earlier this month. Jones sent a text message to Hughes the night before Stoke’s 5-3 home league defeat to Liverpool on January 12 to say he was not available to play in the fixture. That resulted in the player being fined two weeks’ wages and not being considered for selection by Hughes for the next match, a 1-0 league loss at Crystal Palace. The manager had said on Friday that Jones was in his thinking again for Sunday’s FA Cup trip to Chelsea, but it would now appear likely he will not play another match for the Potters. The Potters have announced that the deal is subject to both strikers passing medicals and agreeing personal terms. However, Stoke hope to conclude their move for Odemwingie over the weekend. center_img Stoke have reached an agreement with Cardiff over a move for Peter Odemwingie, which will see Kenwyne Jones head to south Wales in a player-exchange transfer.last_img read more