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Pope marks ‘Easter of solitude’ in virus lockdown

first_imgPope Francis offered a prayer for coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown.The 83-year-old pontiff spoke softly at a solemn ceremony attended by just a handful of priests and a small choir that was spaced out across the expansive marble floor of Saint Peter’s Basilica.The pandemic raging outsides the Vatican’s locked gates has killed more than 109,000 people and left billions confined to their homes. The pope’s message was livestreamed for the first time — a bow to technology in the face of a new illness that has changed the shape of society and altered the way religion is observed.”For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,” he said. A handful of priests and a few faithful also gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City — locked down like the Vatican — to say prayers at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected on Easter.The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics were in forced confinement as the pope spoke and almost all of the world’s churches were shut on Christianity’ holiest day. ‘Not a time for division’The pope pleaded with the world’s leaders to put aside their political differences and call back their armies during a global health emergency of a magnitude not seen in 100 years.”This is not a time for division,” Francis said.”May Christ enlighten all who have responsibility in conflicts, that they may have the courage to support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.”He said health considerations required world powers to ease crippling economic sanctions imposed against their adversaries — a possible reference to those weighing over pandemic-hit Iran.”In light of the present circumstances, may international sanctions be relaxed, since these make it difficult for countries on which they have been imposed to provide adequate support to their citizens,” Francis said.He called for a “reduction, if not the forgiveness, of the debt burdening the balance sheets of the poorest nations” and for European nations to show the same “solidarity” they did in the wake of World War II.”After the Second World War, this beloved continent was able to rise again,” he said.”The European Union is presently facing an epochal challenge, on which will depend not only its future but that of the whole world.”And he offered a prayer for those killed and those mourning the victims of a disease that spread from China to Europe in February and has now encircled the world.”Today my thoughts turn in the first place to the many who have been directly affected by the coronavirus: the sick, those who have died and family members who mourn the loss of their loved ones, to whom, in some cases, they were unable even to bid a final farewell,” he said.Religious improvisationThe pope’s virtual Easter Sunday message was the most vivid example of religious improvisation in the age of social distancing and confinement.The faithful have already followed his advice and found creative solutions.The archbishop of Panama took to the air and blessed his tiny Central American nation from a helicopter.The faithful in Spain blasted religious music from their balconies during Holy Week.Easter Sunday itself saw some faithful leave wreaths of flowers outside of the locked doors of churches from where festive processions had departed in previous years in the southwestern Spanish city of Seville.A parish near the Philippines’ capital Manila pasted the empty pews with family photos that the faithful had emailed to the priest. The Orthodox Church in Greece is planning to hold mass behind closed doors for its Easter on April 19.Jews across the world did their best by using Zoom or other video-conferencing apps to “seder-in-place” when the eight-day Passover holiday started on Wednesday evening.State television in Lebanon broadcast mass under lockdown from an empty church north of Beirut.Catholics in neighbouring Syria — where celebrations had continued in Christian quarters of Damascus despite years of agonising war — stayed home this time because of the virus, but many watched a Facebook Live celebration by the country’s patriarch.Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told a live mass broadcast that the southeast Asian country’s Roman Catholic Church had forgiven suicide bombers behind attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.”We offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us,” he said.Westminster Abbey in London is following the trend by releasing Easter podcasts for the faithful of the Anglican Church.And priests at France’s Roman Catholic shrine in the southwestern town of Lourdes were relaying nine consecutive days of prayers on Sunday by Facebook Live and YouTube.’Saints next door’The lockdown forced the pope to improvise throughout Holy Week.In previous years he had observed Holy Thursday service marking Christ’s last supper by washing the feet of 12 inmates on the outskirts of Rome.The virus made that impossible this year.Francis instead said a prayer for the dozens of priests and health workers who have died across Italy while attending to the sick.”They are the saints next door, the priests who gave their lives by serving,” Francis said.He invited five nurses and doctors to accompany him for the Good Friday processions in order to highlight their profession’s sacrifices over the past month.Francis himself has reportedly been tested twice for COVID-19 since coming down with a cold at the end of February.Topics :last_img read more

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Lack of offensive execution dooms Syracuse in 1-0 loss to Louisville

first_imgPhil Wheddon got to see his players, and the ball, up close on Sunday, as Syracuse mainly kept possession on the near sideline. After 20 minutes he screamed “other side,” slamming his clipboard into the ground.This year, the Orange has had success working the ball up the field starting from its back line. On Sunday, the team wanted to focus more on quickly switching sides of the field in order to create holes in the Louisville defense.“The game plan was: get to one side, bring it back to the other, and then break them down that way, and then move forward quickly,” sophomore Jessica Vigna said.But the execution wasn’t there. Flat passes and a lack of ball movement doomed the Syracuse (4-8-1, 0-4 Atlantic Coast) offense in a 1-0 loss to Louisville (6-5-1, 2-2) on Sunday in at SU Soccer Stadium.“We did a lot better of a job in practice all week,” senior midfielder Jackie Firenze said. “We didn’t connect very well today, but really, our biggest downfall was in the first half, we just didn’t connect any passes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s stagnant play hindered its scoring opportunities. The Orange finished the match with only seven total shots. Cardinals goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin wasn’t challenged for most of the match.With each blunder, the Orange seemed to get more frustrated. After a pop-up shot that was easily saved, coaches put their hands on their heads. Right before the first half ended, Firenze yelled at her teammates that they were doing too much watching and sitting.“Something that we like to focus on is making sure when the ball goes forward, and we have pressure on the ball, that everybody gets up the field and stays on the next player so we press the field,” Firenze said.“It just happened in that instance that there were a couple of people who were just standing and weren’t pressing when one person was stepping to the ball.”The Orange compounded its possession and passing issues by not making quick enough decisions when it actually got the ball near the goal.“I would like us to take our opportunities quicker,” Wheddon said. “We’re taking a touch, or two touches, and then shooting, and by that time we’re getting closed down.”Wheddon reiterated his team’s initial game plan was to suck the Cardinals defense to one side and quickly turn the field to work the ball over to the other side.Still, he knows that his team needs to find a way to execute and put the ball in the back of the net.“If you look at the stats, we outshot them, we had more corner kicks then them,” said Wheddon. “That has to, at some point, translate into goals.” Comments Published on October 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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State Road 7 extension in Palm Beach County moving forward

first_imgOn Thursday, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency approved adding a four-lane extension of State Road 7 from 60th Street to Northlake Boulevard to its long-range 25-year transportation plan.The plan would take $53 million to construct, and it would start in 2024. It has been a controversial plan because it could possibly affect the environment, because Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23-square mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for the City of West Palm Beach and the towns of South Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island.West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James said earlier this week: “We don’t want it going through the Grassy Waters,” “We don’t want it going through that particular location. It’s the source of our drinking water here in the city.”With the approval from the Transportation Planning Agency plans for the road extension will begin.last_img read more

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All I Want for Christmas… is a Dyson from Irwin Expert Electrical

first_imgDyson’s ground-breaking technologies are at the top of many wish lists this Christmas.Whether it’s the revolutionary hair styling products, fans and air purifiers or the highly-impressive vacuum cleaners, a gift from Dyson is one that will make life a little easier.Irwin Expert Electrical in Letterkenny and Buncrana are the leading stockists of Dyson in the North West. Their experience centre lets you discover the range for yourself. Letterkenny Store Manager Shaun Mallon gave us this introduction to the most in-demand items from Dyson this Christmas: Having started off in a modest store 40 years ago in Buncrana, Irwin Expert Electrical retail is part of Expert Group – Ireland’s largest electrical retailer with 67 stores nationwide.Irwin Expert Electrical have a state of the art showroom in Letterkenny and a newly renovated showroom in Buncrana and they are continually introducing new brands & new products, giving the consumer more choice, better prices and, according to Declan Irwin, their success is simply down to having the right mix of products and great customer service. Irwin Expert Electrical are the North West’s No. 1 in Home Electrical & Kitchen Appliances.This week we visit their Dyson Experience & Dyson Style Bar Centres, the only one in the North West. If you are looking for anything Dyson this Christmas Irwin Expert Expert have everything you need. Here are some Christmas Gift Ideas available at our Showrooms. Discover Dyson Purifiers. Heating and Cooling, with air purification“If air quality is important to you, you’ll want one of these.”Dyson Pure Cool MePersonal purifying fanFocused, personal airflow – precisely where you need itCaptures allergens, pollutants and gasesDyson Pure Hot + CoolHeats in winter, cools you in summer. Purifies all year round.Senses and captures airborne particles and gases, then reports in real time.Air Multiplier™ technology projects over 290 litres of purified air per second, to heat or cool you.Dyson Pure CoolCools you in summer. Purifies all year round.Senses and captures airborne particles and gases, then reports them in real time.Air Multiplier™ technology projects over 290 litres of purified air per second.Cordless Dyson VacuumsHeavy duty performance for big cleans. Cord-free versatility for everyday use.Dyson V11The most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum.Dyson Cyclone V10Powerful suction to deep clean everywhere.Dyson V8Powerful suction for versatile cleaning.Dyson V7Lightweight, with powerful suction.Dyson Hair Care– Hair Care – Re-EngineeredDiscover Dyson hair care technology. Powerful, precise styling with no extreme heat. Helps protect your natural shine, every time you style.Dyson Airwrap– Curl. Wave. Smooth. DryWith No Extreme HeatDiscover the Dyson SupersonicFast Drying. No Extreme Heat. Engineered for Different Hair Types.Irwin Expert Electrical’s Christmas Club is open and will be delighted to help you choose the perfect Gift, you can pay in for it & collect by Christmas.They also accept SHOP LK vouchers.They are so thankful to their customers for shopping local and choosing Irwin Expert Electrical as their preferred Home Appliance, TV, Computer Centre & Household Electrical Retail Store for in the North West.Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny Showroom – Port Road, Letterkenny (Behind Browne Printers – Opposite Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana Showroom – Maginn Avenue, Buncrana.Follow Us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/irwinexpert/expert.ieAll I Want for Christmas… is a Dyson from Irwin Expert Electrical was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all i want for christmasChristmas GiftsdysonIrwin Expert Electricallast_img read more

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Herr, offense shine again as Crabs top Legends to extend winning streak to 10 games

first_imgARCATA >> The Crabs went 10 for 10 in more than one way Saturday night.The Humboldt offense hit the 10-run mark — again. The Humboldt offense peppered U.S. Highway 101 — again. And with it, Humboldt’s season-high winning streak lived to see another day, as the Crabs’ offense delivered another big night in support of starting pitcher Aaron Herr in their 10-2 victory over the Menlo Park Legends — and 10th consecutive win overall — in front of 819 spectators at the Arcata Ball Park.“I think our …last_img read more

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OSU studentathletes prove blood is thicker than pool water

Ohio State synchronized swimmer Meghan Kinney didn’t think it was serious when she experienced pain in her knee. Doctors told her otherwise. “I had been training on national team in California for six months and I noticed this pain in my knee,” Kinney said. “I was expecting to hear maybe I needed surgery … instead they sat me down and told me they found a tumor.” Osteosarcoma, or cancer of the bone, was causing the knee pain that Kinney had believed to be nothing more than a tear in her meniscus. “I felt like my life was in jeopardy,” Kinney said. Kinney was diagnosed Oct. 5 and left the synchronized swimming team to recover from her chemotherapy treatments and the surgery to remove the tumor in her knee. “It was complete shock. It was one of those moments they always say, ‘You never thought this could happen to you,’ it was exactly like that,” Kinney said. “I just felt right away nothing else mattered.” Doctors removed the tumor from her knee, and followed up with full body scans to make sure there were no other tumors. They did not find any. After the removal, Kinney has no cancer in her body, but is going through extensive chemotherapy to make sure the cancer never comes back. “The only cancerous tumor they found was in my knee,” Kinney said. “I am getting eight more months of chemo to prevent anything in the future, because if it came about in the first place it could come back in a while.” When word got around to other OSU athletes, the rowing team took charge to help raise money for her. The effort became known as Team Meghan and has been a collective effort of multiple teams across campus to raise money for Kinney. “I think it’s just really cool to see the Buckeye family, especially in athletics, just coming together to support one of their fellow Buckeyes,” said Monica Finnigan, a senior synchronized swimmer. “Some people don’t even know Meghan. Nobody on the rowing team knew Meghan before they started this fundraiser.” Those involved in the effort, which has been going on for nearly two months, set the goal to raise $10,000. The money will be used to help Kinney with medical expenses throughout her fight with osteosarcoma. “I want to do this,” said freshman synchronized swimmer Julia Gaylard. “It’s not something that we just needed a few people to do this. I want to help her family and help her because she’s a Buckeye and one of us.” Team Meghan has raised nearly $4,500 for Kinney from selling wristbands, including $1,925 that was raised during the men’s hockey games on Feb. 18 and 19. The wristbands, which are teal and have “Support TeamMeghan.com” written on them, have no set price. Whatever the amount of the donation, the supporter receives a wristband in return. “We can talk about how Buckeyes are there for each other, but it’s happening. It’s so powerful to see. And the other teams have been huge in helping. It’s so meaningful,” said Katherine Greene, a junior synchronized swimmer. “It’s been so incredible to see that.” Kinney’s teammates said she has impacted the team and holds a place in their hearts, and helping to raise money and support her in her fight with cancer was something that they were more than happy to do. “Meghan is so dear to my heart, that I wouldn’t do this for just anybody. The fact that she is such a close friend, I feel very privileged to be able to help her,” Greene said. “I just feel so happy to do this for her. I really feel so blessed.” Other teams involved in Team Meghan, whether through donating money or volunteering time, are fencing, men’s swimming and diving, men’s hockey, men’s track, women’s volleyball and men’s golf. Kinney said she is grateful that so many people, most of whom did not know her before Team Meghan, are willing to help her. “It means the world to me,” Kinney said. “The rowing team started selling these bands, before I knew it the whole team was involved in this fundraising effort for me.” Kinney said the hardest part for her has been not having control in her own life because of the cancer. “I feel like something’s been taken away from me,” she said. Kinney has hopes to return to the pool when she recovers from the surgery, which also included a knee replacement, and her treatment. “Swimming, it’s my passion, it’s my second home, being in the water,” Kinney said. “As soon as I can I’ll be back in the water.” read more

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Eriksen named Junior members Player of the Season at Spurs

first_imgChristian Eriksen has been awarded the One Hotspur Junior members’ Player of the Season award for his excellent displays over Tottenham’s campaignThe Danish midfielder was presented with the award by One Hotspur Junior member Luke Canning at the club’s final game of the season with Spurs’ winning a nine-goal thriller against Leicester City in what was their last home league match at Wembley, before they move to their new stadium.“What a season it has been at Wembley! Hope you all enjoyed the season as much as we did. And thank you for voting me Junior members club player of the year,” Eriksen wrote on Instagram.The former Ajax star has scored 10 goals and made 10 assists in his 37 Premier League appearances for Spurs this season.Jan Vertonghen was named the club’s Player of the Year, while Victor Wanyama won Goal of the Season for his thunderbolt in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool earlier this year.last_img read more

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Tottenham is the new International Champions Cup king

first_imgThe English club won the friendly tournament for the first time and is the second Premier League team to do soAfter many matches played not only in the United States but also worldwide, the International Champions Cup is now over.English club Tottenham Hotspur has been crowned champion of the first worldwide edition.The ICC is a friendly tournament where the best teams in the world battle for pre-season glory.Spurs are the second Premier League club to win the tournament, with Manchester United having done so in the 2014 North America and Europe competition.Tottenham destroyed Roma 4-1 in their first match in San Diego, California.This match was key to the Premier League club winning the tournament thanks to the goal difference.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Then the team went to tie 2-2 against Barcelona in Pasadena in regular time.But the match went to penalty kicks and the Catalan side won 5-3.And to close the friendly tournament, the Spurs were able to beat AC Milan 1-0 in Minneapolis.What a tournament it has been! Congratulations, @SpursOfficial, you are this year’s International Champions Cup winners! ??Well done to all the teams involved. It’s been a blast. See you in 2019!#ICC2018 #ChampionsMeetHere pic.twitter.com/3e2HFmjzi3— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) August 11, 2018last_img read more

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Dani Parejo Valencia deserved a bit more

first_imgValencia captain Dani Parejo feels that they deserved a “bit more” than a mere goalless draw at Manchester UnitedLos Che held United to a 0-0 draw in Tuesday night’s Group H clash in the Champions League with a solid defensive display.Valencia did gradually began to gain the upper hand over their opponents as the game wore on, but were unable to convert anything into a goal.“We played a great game, they tried long balls because they have tall players. We [could] have scored against them, but we could not. We are happy, but we deserved a bit more,” said Parejo, according to AS.After losing their first game 2-0 to Juventus, Valencia are third in Group H with a solitary point.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It is a tough group against major rivals. Here you go game by game. We’ve taken a big step. Now, to try to win the next and get on with four points,” Parejo said.📌⚽️🦇Así está la clasificación del ‘Grupo H’ de la @ChampionsLeague ⤵️#YoCreoEnEsteEquipohttps://t.co/hvvr1O4MSY— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) October 2, 2018last_img read more