first_imgIn order to fight misconceptions about the Muslim faith and educate people about specific aspects of Islam, the Notre Dame Muslim Students Association (MSA-ND) is hosting its first Islam Awareness Week from Tuesday to Friday of this week.S.M. Moududul Islam, MSA-ND secretary, said the organization began planning the week last semester, using other universities’ Islam Awareness Weeks as models.He said the goal of the week, which is funded by a Graduate Student Life grant, Campus Ministry, the Islamic Society of Michiana South Bend Mosque, the Center for Social Concerns and the Kroc Institute for International Studies, is to provide a series of unified events that allow the Notre Dame community to ask detailed questions about the Muslim faith.“The idea of Islam Awareness Week is to have multiple events within a week so that we can draw the attention of the people here on campus and let them know about Islam, and also to let the people ask questions,” Islam said. “We are having different talks and different … events at which there can be close interaction between the audience and the speaker. It is good to have that forum where you can ask questions.”MSA-ND vice president Md. Itrat Bin Shams said the week would also be an opportunity to learn about certain facets of Islam, such as the pilgrimage to Mecca and the concept of the hijab, in more detail.“[The goal is] to let people know about specific aspects of Islam, some things that are maybe known to us but not to people who believe in other faiths,” Shams said.The week will begin with two events focused on Hajj, the fifth Pillar of Islam, in which Muslims make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. On Tuesday, there will be a screening of the documentary, “Seven Wonders of the Muslim World,” which features seven mosques in the Islamic world and tells the story of seven pilgrims’ journey to Mecca.On Wednesday, during Campus Ministry’s regular “Prayer from Around the World,” Dr. A. Rashied Omar, a research scholar of Islamic Studies and peace building at the Kroc Institute, will give a talk on Hajj.“We always see the image of the Kaaba in Mecca on TV, but we don’t exactly know any people who are non-Muslim who know what is going on there,” Islam said.“So the idea is to have a lecture, and in addition to the lecture we are having a video demonstration on the pilgrimage to Mecca … [Dr. A. Rashied Omar] will be discussing the spiritual aspect as well as the rituals.”Directly following Omar’s lecture will be a dinner titled “I Believe In . . .” which will consist of small-group discussions of each participant’s faith.On Friday, MSA-ND will provide transportation for 12 students to the mosque at the Islamic Society of Michiana for a prayer service.“Some students from Notre Dame can come with us to see how we perform our prayer and also, there’s a speech just before the prayer by the imam, the leader in the mosque,” Shams said. “They can see the whole picture. The mosque, for us, for Muslims, is not only the place for the prayer, [but] it is [also] a community center, so they can see how these things connect with each other.”The week will culminate with a lecture by Hisham Mahmoud, an instructor of Arabic at Harvard University and prominent scholar of Islam on Friday evening. Mahmoud will discuss the importance of Jesus and Mary in the Islamic tradition.Tags: dr. a. rashied omar, hisham mahmoud, Islam, islam awareness week, islamic society of michiana, kroc institute for international studies, mosque, MSA-ND, muslim faith, muslim students association, notre dame muslim students association, SM Moududal Islamlast_img read more

first_imgFlixBus supports domestic manufacturers and uses its wide network of bus lines to represent domestic manufacturers. Hand-prepared and processed chocolate melted with home-made ingredients such as lavender, honey or flower salt awaits domestic travelers in FlixBus, as well as tourists who find themselves on the road.  Ruby chocolate, the newest type of chocolate in the world that appeared for the first time in Croatia thanks to Vrsna chocolates, along with milk and dark chocolate will be in the selection of chocolate delicacies.  Thus, on European roads you can meet FlixBus buses with motifs of Croatian cities, choose, plan and book excursions while driving thanks to cooperation with Combis, while this weekend it will be possible to try chocolates from the domestic producer of chocolate delicacies of the Reizl family from Sesvete, Excellent chocolate. Thanks to Fran and the Reizl family, owners of a private production of chocolate delicacies in Sesvete called Vrsna čokolade, FlixBus passengers will be able to taste some of the best homemade chocolates this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd.  ˝We are glad that with FlixBus, in addition to many beautiful destinations, we will take everyone who tastes our products and introduce them to the fine world of carefully selected Croatian chocolates and the flavors they bring with them. In addition to being able to try some of our chocolates, travelers will also be able to order their chocolates immediately through online sales˝ said Fran Reizl, production manager of Vrsna chocolate.  ˝Given that we are a global brand, but with the influence of the region in which we operate, it is in our interest to use this wide European network of lines with many passengers and tourists for local promotion of our destinations, but also the promotion of Croatian domestic products. It was in this combination that we found ourselves with the Reizl family, which will offer the finest chocolates from domestic production to travelers for tasting, and thus to foreign tourists who find themselves on a bus in the direction of Zadar and Split.˝ said Petra Milanović, head of public relations at FlixBus. After cooperating with Combis and promoting Croatian tourist destinations in FlixBus, the largest bus carrier in Europe with over 120 million passengers and a network of bus lines of 2000 destinations through 28 European countries, have taken a step further and with their activities seek to exploit through the promotion of domestic destinations and domestic products.  On the one hand, we encourage and promote Croatian products, the local small business and the promotion of our tourist offer, and on the other hand, FlixBus passengers have added value. Great cooperation and win win situation. RELATED NEWS: COMBIS AND FLIXBUS THROUGH A NEW DIGITAL SERVICE ENABLE THE PURCHASE OF EXCURSIONS DURING TRAVELlast_img read more

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Instead of picking the Sumner Newscow top 10 list of news stories, we are offering three different top 10 lists from the perspective of Sumner Newscow writer James Jordan, Sumner Newscow publisher Tracy McCue, and then from you the reader based on the number of hits for a story. As you will see what is considered the top news stories is always in the eyes of the beholder, because none of the lists are in agreement. Jordan’s article ran yesterday. Here is McCue’s.TOP TEN LIST ACCORDING TO TRACY ‘CUEBALL’ MCCUE …By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For me, much like James Jordan, 2015 was about change. Although changes occur every year, 2o15 was an exceptional year with leadership changes at the top. Wellington got a new city manager, a new mayor, a new Chamber executive director, two new council members, two new school board members. And the changing isn’t complete. We will have a new superintendent in July and then Sumner Regional Medical Center’s board of directors have to decide if they will employ a new administrator after the consulting firm experiment plays out. 2015 was a wacky year. Not sure if I remember an array of stories that were just so different from the usual cases of auto collisions, fires, and day-to-day mayhem. This is what I considered to be my personal top 10 news stories of 2015. 1. SRMC board hires a consulting firm. Whether it was the closing of Independent Mercy Hospital, the sudden lack of cooperation from the Wellington City Council, or a combination of both, the SRMC board decided to stop everything and hire a consulting firm to do a comprehensive assessment of the hospital. Actually, the SRMC Endowment Foundation, a private group fronted the cost of the study and the SRMC board approved the recommendation. That set up a comprehensive multi-week review that is still ongoing today. As a person who works closely to the situation (not my wife) said, “this is a make or break moment for SRMC. If they finish the study and it recommends it to close, then that’s what we will proceed to do.” That obviously was not the findings CHC came up with. Interim administrator Barry Harding, who replaced CEO Leonard Hernandez, said he is confident SRMC will survive. SRMC board member Terry Deschaine told the City Council in December that if the hospital survives the short term, the long term looks promising. We can hope. Lindsey Nicole Blansett2. Judge gives Nichole Blansett hard-25 for death of her 10-year-old son. I have no interest in rehashing the gruesome details of a mother who killed her 10-year-old son Caleb at her home on Dec. 14, 2014. What I thought was the bigger story was Sumner County Judge Scott McQuin imposing a hard 25 year sentence on Blansett instead of the hard-50 that normally comes with a first degree murder conviction. McQuin provided what I thought was an eloquent speech and reasoning behind his sentencing. He outlined how Blansett was suffering from mania, psychosis, depression, anxiety – days and months leading up to the crime. If you want to read more details of his speech, click here. will be 58 if and when she is “eligible” to get out of the Kansas State prison system. Her life for all accounts will be over. But McQuin’s emphasis on mental illness in his sentencing, sends us a strong reminder of how important it is that there is available treatment for people such as Blansett so that this kind of tragedy can be prevented in the future. Roy Eckert3. Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert makes significant personnel moves at city hall. Perhaps, it was foretelling that significant changes were coming down the pike at city hall when Eckert removed Wellington Housing Authority President Kelli McComb from the board six months earlier, ending what was a stormy 3-month controversy at the senior housing complex at Wheat Capital Manor. By September, the wheels were in motion for city administrative office upheaval. Shane Shields was moved from City Clerk to City Finance Director. Carol Mericle was elevated to take his place. Eckert then elevated Jason Newberry to assistant superintendent and was named director of utilities overseeing five departments. He also shuffled city secretaries switching departments (see story here). all the while Eckert issued a hiring and spending freeze in all departments. It’s made for an interesting year at the building at 317 S. Washington. If change is what people wanted, well they are getting it. Leonard Hernandez4. SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez resigns. Hernandez submitted his resignation on Aug. 21 at SRMC to take over as administrator at the Coffey Health Systems in Burlington, Kans. The resignation came on the heals of SRMC board’s decision to hire a consulting firm. Whether or not that played into the factor in his decision to move on, it was obvious, that had he stayed, his leadership role would have been significantly diminished. Hernandez came to SRMC in September 2012. During his three years he helped pass an additional half-cent sales tax initiative for SRMC, assisted in the hiring of a new surgeon who left later this year, and implemented the “March to Million” program.Hernandez ended his tenure with a well received positive resignation letter (see story here). Wellington City Finance Advisor John Haas tells council there is too much money being taken out of the utility reserve fund. Wellington City Finance Advisor John Haas delivered the new city council a gift before it was even initiated into office. In March, Haas announced that the city utility reserve funds were being depleted at a significant rate and unless the city reverses the trend quickly, its bond rating would be jeopardized.That set up a firestorm of social media rumors and finger pointing, while at the same time leaving the new council with the dutiful task of stopping the bleeding and raising rates on utilities in an attempt to replenish reserves. The council would raise rates on water and sewer in the early summer, and raised the mill levy in August. The big blow occurred in September when it raised electrical rates by 30 percent to begin this January. People may need to invest in a coal stove or hope winter is short and warm, and the summer is short and cool. Shelley Hansel6. Wellington elects new council, including first woman mayor. I have never been much for “firsts” and the election of Shelley Hansel seemed to be a non-factoring considering she has been involved with about every civic function in one capacity or the other already.Still, Hansel would beat out three other candidates including two other women, to become the first woman mayor in Wellington’s history – more than a century after Argonia elected its first woman mayor. Jim Valentine would best a field of 12 candidates for a city council seat, while Kelly Green and Kip Etter would also get elected under Wellington’s first at-large format. The council wasn’t finished evolving when B.J. Tracy tendered his resignation in August setting up a battle for his vacancy that was more controversial than the previous election. The council majority would vote for Bill Butts to replace Tracy instead of candidate Cindy Antonich, who finished fourth in the council vote totals in the previous April.Jason Boyd7. Jason Boyd accused of mishandling funds of South Haven. I struggled with this one, because Boyd has yet to have his day in court. But anytime a public official is charged with felony counts of theft, misuse of public funds, and interference with law enforcement then that is news in itself. Boyd is currently serving a suspension as the South Haven police chief. He is accused of taking a $2,650 donation from a patron, who wanted that money designated to the South Haven Police department, and instead placing it in his private checking account. After a three-month investigation by the Sumner County Sheriff and Attorney’s office, authorities concluded that Boyd should be charged with using $1,600 of it for private purposes. Sumner County Judge William Mott delayed ruling on the Nov. 25 preliminary hearing at Sumner County District Court until this January to determine whether there is enough evidence to bring Boyd to trial or dismiss the case entirely. 8. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss announces his resignation at the end of the 2015-16 school year.  If “change” was the operative word in Wellington in 2015, then the USD 353 central office is right in line. Weiss, who has been with the school district since 2006, tendered his resignation in November.He was the third USD 353 administrator to have resigned in the 2015 calendar year. Larry Roth, an assistant Wellington Superintendent, resigned to become the head superintendent in Sedgwick. Dale Adams, the curriculum director and former high school principal, took the Superintendent job in Attica. All told, the USD 353 office has had an almost complete change in staff in the past five years. A&A goes 24-2 over past two years. 9. Argonia-Attica football team loses state championship in final seconds. If you like sports, then this football game was “must see.” Argonia-Attica, a combination of two schools to form an eight-man football team, almost avenged a state championship loss to Victoria in November. Tied 28-all, A&A was looking to stop Victoria with 16 seconds to play on fourth down, hoping to send the game into overtime. The Titans had made a valiant comeback and had momentum on its side. But a speedy running back named Brady Dinkel would turn a fourth-and-inches into a 55-yard touchdown romp that stunned everyone at the stadium in Newton. The loss comes after a tremendous two years for the eight-man squad that finished 24-2. Graduation is sure to hurt this senior laden team.Ryleigh Buck10. Ryleigh Buck becomes a member of the U.S. Women’s Baseball team. Quick. Name another Sumner County athlete that participated in an Olympic-type event like in forever? We will wait for an answer. Buck, a Wellington High School senior, got the opportunity to become a member of the first U.S. Women’s Baseball team to participate in the Pan-Am Games in Toronto this summer. The team would win the gold medal after beating Canada 11-3 in the finals. Buck became a member of the team after being selected one of four new girls out of a pool of 36 who tried out and made the team. She had participated in the Dominican Republic at the Pan American Games Qualifier in March which secured her position. The daughter of T.D. and Sheila Buck has signed a scholarship with Central Florida to play softball – a sport she says she still likes better. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more