Pope in dramatic visit to empty Rome to pray for end of virus

first_imgA Vatican picture showed the pope and a small security detail walking on an empty Via del Corso, which is usually packed with shoppers and people taking strolls on Sunday.The Vatican said earlier that his Holy Weeks and Easter services next month will be held without public participation, a step believed to be unprecedented in modern times.It was not clear how the massive events will be scaled down but sources said officials were studying ways to hold them in indoor locations, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, with small representative groups attending.The Holy Week services, which begin on Palm Sunday, leading up to Easter, the most important day of the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar for the world’s 1.3 billion members. Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem, usually takes place in St. Peter’s Square, which traditionally is decorated with olive trees while those in the crowd hold up palm branches.Another Holy Week event, the Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday, takes place around Rome’s ancient Colosseum.Pope Francis prays at the Santa Maria Maggiore basilica for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, in Rome, Italy March 15, 2020. (REUTERS/Handout/Vatican Media)NO FLOWERS THIS YEARThe main event is the Easter Sunday Mass and the pope’s twice-yearly “Urbi et Orbi” blessing and message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square.The Netherlands usually fly in tens of thousands of flowers to decorate the papal altar and the entire square, but the Dutch ambassador to the Vatican, Caroline Weijers, said last week that there would be no flowers this year.Italy has been hit harder than any other European nation. The country’s death toll rose to 1,809 on Sunday and the total number of cases rose to 24,747.The pope, the Vatican – a tiny city-state surrounded by Rome – and the church in predominantly Catholic Italy have all been forced to modify centuries of tradition because of the outbreak.Pope Francis sends a virtual hug after delivering his weekly Angelus prayer via video at the Vatican, March 15, 2020. (REUTERS/Handout/Vatican Media)In Italy, as elsewhere, Masses have been canceled to avoid people gathering. Bishops have urged the faithful to participate via television and the internet.In staunchly Catholic Poland, which has reported just over a 100 coronavirus cases and three deaths, church authorities recommended the faithful watch mass on TV or online after the government banned public gatherings larger than 50 people.Many priests preached to nearly empty pews on Sunday.”It is such a depressing feeling for a priest,” said Wieslaw Niemyjski, who conducts services in a cathedral in Drohiczyn, a town of roughly 2,000 people in eastern Poland.The noon children’s Mass usually attracts about 200 people, he said. “Today there were maybe 17 people, plus five acolytes, three priests. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”Topics : Pope Francis ventured into a deserted Rome on Sunday to pray at two shrines for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, as the Vatican said his Easter services will be held without the public for the first time.Francis left the Vatican unannounced to pray at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and then walked along one of Rome’s main streets to visit St. Marcello church to pray before a crucifix that was used in a procession when the plague hit Rome in 1522.A Vatican statement said he prayed for an end to the pandemic and also for the sick, their families and health providers and workers keeping pharmacies and food stories open amid a national lockdown.last_img read more

Renovate this property and transform it to a grand family home

first_img28 Charlotte Street, Wavell Heights.This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is on an elevated 567sq m block in a sought-after pocket of Wavell Heights.Set for auction this Saturday at 10am, the property could well tempt a budding renovator with the scope to transform it into a grand family home. The veranda at 28 Charlotte Street, Wavell Heights.A large north-facing front veranda will be the best spot for entertaining friends and family all year round.The kitchen is neat and tidy, but there is plenty of scope to add your own style.The home’s other features include reverse cycle heating and cooling and a double lockup garage with plenty of storage. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019What a massive backyard at 28 Charlotte Street, Wavell Heights.The backyard has a low-maintenance garden where the fortunate new owner could be enjoying days and nights entertaining family and friends. The main bedroom has an ensuite with built-in robes, as does two of the other bedrooms. Harcourts Experience Ascot selling agents Kate Peereboom and Karen Broadhurst said the home was perfect for a large family.There is an extra large rumpus room and a generous-sized study. The kitchen at 28 Charlotte Street, Wavell Heights.A light-filled open-plan living and dining area creates the ideal space for everyday relaxation with the entire family, while a neat and tidy kitchen has amazing potential to be transformed into a specular space fit for any chef. 28 Charlotte Street, Wavell Heights.If you are looking for convenience, than being only a short drive to Westfield Chermside and Nundah Village could also be a drawcard.The property is close to public transport and local schools. It is within the Wavell Heights State School catchment.Ms Peereboom said the home was currently tenanted and being tented out for $500 per week.last_img read more

Research shows under-fives most at risk of backyard drownings

first_img NEW PROJECTS RETAIN CITY’S HISTORY Parents are being urged to check their pool gates. Picture: Getty ImagesAccording to Brisbane City Council, it is the responsibility of property owners with pools to ensure that pool barriers are in place at all times and compliant with State Government laws.Home owners must register their pool on the State Government’s pool register and a pool safety certificate is required if the property is being sold or leased.These steps are essential to prevent drownings and serious near-drowning injuries of children in pools.So far this year, council has issued two fines and one warning for non-compliant pool fencing.State Government legislation allows council to issue on-the-spot fines for pool fencing that is non-compliant.Child water safety advocate Laurie Lawrence said he was shocked by the lack of diligence and urged all pool owners to check the safety of their pool gates during National Check Your Pool Gate Month this December. “We know that kids who drown most commonly gain access to the pool area through a faulty fence or gate and this is something that should not be happening,” Mr Lawrence said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“Pool owners need to check their fences, gates, latches and hinges regularly, as a gate that is not self-closing and self-latching provides instant and often undetected access for toddlers to the pool area.” Sadly, 12 Aussie children under the age of five lost their lives in pools in 2018-19 and this age group has accounted for almost half of non-fatal drownings in the past 12 years.John Clark, technical director of Australian company D&D Technologies, said the company was a long-time partner of Laurie Lawrence’s KidsAlive water safety program, and launched the Check Your Pool Gate initiative with him three years ago, to help eliminate childhood drownings caused by faulty pool gates.Mr Clark said a simple check done regularly could save the life of a child. “Alarmingly, our survey revealed that one in three pool owners don’t check the safety of their pool area because they don’t have small children,” he said.Meanwhile research from Poolwerx has shown that 36 per cent of parents have had a child or knew someone whose child had suffered a near-drowning experience. More concerning was the fact 45 per cent of parents admitted they would expect excessive splashing if a child was drowning, yet drowning can often be a silent killer. The survey also revealed that 38 per cent of parents have had to use CPR.Poolwerx founder and CEO John O’Brien said: “Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children under the age of five, which is why Poolwerx continues champion water safety for swimmers of all ages.” Visit www.checkyourpoolgate.com.au Despite this, a third of parents say they only check the safety of their pool area once a year or less.Even with 82 per cent of pool owners being aware that faulty or unlatched pool gates is the most common cause of unauthorised access by toddlers to the pool areas, research reveals parents are still not checking the safety of their pool area, fence and gate.New research by D&D Technologies, the manufacturer of the Australian-made MagnaLatch, reveals the main reasons parents of under-fives are not making the safety checks include not knowing what parts of the pool area to check (19 per cent), simply forgetting (18 per cent) and not having enough time (10 per cent). Former Olympic swimming coach Laurie Lawrence with Olivia Murdoch, 14 months. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTResearch reveals Aussie parents are ignoring pool gate safety and putting toddlers at risk.Under-fives are the most at risk for backyard drownings, with one in three (33 per cent) parents admitting that a family member has had a near drowning experience involving a backyard pool. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: NEW TOWNHOUSES FOR DOWNSIZERS ART DECO FOREFRONT OF COAST DEVELOPMENTlast_img read more

Barcelona stars snub idea of hotel isolation for football return

first_img Lionel Messi’s Barcelona were two points clear of Real Madrid at the top when La Liga was suspended last month Read Also: Drogba joins effort to distribute aid to poor in Ivory Coast Next week there is due to be an online meeting between all 20 captains in La Liga along with all Coaches and medics on potential options for returning to football in the future, but any proposal would have to be given the all-clear by the Spanish health authorities. The priority is for all players, Coaches and other matchday staff to avoid any potential contact with the virus, meaning they would need to be isolated for a prolonged period to return to football. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 La Liga are said to be considering all possibilities for restarting football at the earliest possible date but it appears that the players will reject extreme plans that would see them cut off from the rest of society. The coronavirus pandemic has brought an indefinite suspension to Spanish football and it is yet unclear when, if at all, the 2019/20 campaign would resume.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayMeet The World’s Most Striking Animals Here18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow Barcelona stars are against any possible plans that would see them shut off in a hotel in order to return to football, say Diario Sport.last_img read more

City determined to prove a point

first_img “If it is not important for the table or the title race, I think the derby is always a derby. It is important for us and for them. We want to show we don’t deserve to stay 15 points behind and we can reduce the gap from now to the end. But the title race is finished.” With the FA Cup now City’s only realistic hope of silverware, it would be understandable if priority was given to next week’s semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley. But that is clearly not City’s mentality, with Mancini’s words backed up by those of a number of players this week. After so many years of living in United’s shadow prior to their 2008 takeover, City are determined to make a statement to the neighbours. Striker Edin Dzeko told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “It’s a very important game even if we are 15 points behind because the derby is always the derby. It’s the best league game of the season and we will do our best to try and win there. To win the derby always means a lot – for us and for our fans it is very important.” Dzeko scored twice when City made one of the most emphatic statements of their recently-elevated status among the country’s elite by thrashing United 6-1 in October 2011. That was City’s last visit to Old Trafford and the match will long be remembered in the blue half of the city but nobody is seriously expecting a repeat this time. “This is impossible,” Mancini said. “This can happen every 100 years.” City are close to a clean bill of health for the game with only right-backs Micah Richards and Maicon, who have both been sidelined with knee injuries, definitely ruled out of contention by Mancini. City travel to Old Trafford trailing United by 15 points at the top of the Barclays Premier League and, with just eight games remaining, Mancini has conceded defeat in the title race. But he is convinced the sizeable gap is not a true reflection of the difference between the sides and he wants City to show that on the field. “To play there is difficult – the stadium is big, their supporters, their team is strong. But there is not a big difference between us and them,” the Italian said. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini intends to use Monday’s derby to prove his team are not hugely inferior to Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Spurs new stadium gets green light

first_img A short statement on the club’s website read: “Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Archway Sheet Metal Works Ltd and the Josif Family (Archway) are delighted to announce that a private agreement has been reached for the purchase of Archway’s property on Paxton Road by the Club. “In order to allow Archway to relocate its business appropriately, the Club will not take possession of the land until later this year.” Archway’s property was heavily damaged by fire in November as their court battle rumbled on but now Tottenham can continue with their plans – which have been approved by Haringey C ouncil for some time. Despite the good news, Tottenham will still need to find a temporary home for the 2016/17 season as the work is carried out – with the likes of MK Dons’ stadium:mk, the Olympic Stadium and Wembley all touted as potential locations. The club have plans in place to construct a new 56,000-seater stadium on their White Hart Lane site but have faced a lengthy court battle with Archway – who refused to relocate to allow Tottenham to begin the process. Earlier in the month the business decided not to appeal against a High Court ruling which forced them to find new premises and now Spurs have announced they have reached a private deal with Archway that will allow them to take over the land next year. Tottenham have announced an agreement has been reached with Archway Sheet Metal Works which clears the path for their new stadium to be built.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Duane B. Gray Memorial Golf Tournament draws record 88 participants

first_imgBLUE HILL — A total of 88 George Stevens Academy alumni, students, parents, faculty members and friends took part in the sixth edition of the Duane B. Gray Memorial Golf Tournament at the Blue Hill Country Club on Saturday.The annual tournament honors Duane B. Gray, a 1964 GSA graduate who was an avid golfer as well as a pharmacist at Blue Hill’s Community Pharmacy before passing away in 2012. His nephew, Tom, represented Community Pharmacy at the tournament, which raised money for GSA’s annual fund.A volunteer committee led by GSA Trustee and Development Committee Chairwoman Phyllis Taylor and the school’s golf coach, Dwayne Carter, organized the tournament. More than 60 local businesses pitched in with hole sponsorships and a variety of other contributions.Champions were crowned in both the morning and afternoon. Ron Allen, John Bannister, Adam Gray and Mark Leonardi posted a gross score of 50 to claim the morning title, and Alex Drenga and Ebb Walton combined with current GSA seniors Finn Russet and Percy Zentz to win the afternoon championship.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIndividual competitions were held to determine the longest drives on the seventh hole in both the morning and afternoon editions. Male and female morning competition winners were Mark Rosenthal and Kitty Clements, respectively, and Ebb Walton and Bebe Moulton won the afternoon contests.last_img read more

Summer sports programs delayed at 5 Hancock County high schools

first_imgELLSWORTH — Athletes at five of Hancock County’s six high schools must wait until at least early August to resume team activities after a decision by Hancock County school superintendents to suspend summer programs through the end of July.Under Maine Principals’ Association guidelines, Maine high schools were eligible to begin certain offseason workouts last Monday after a long hiatus that included the total cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season. Activities resumed at schools such as Brewer, Edward Little, Mountain Valley and Waterville.In Hancock County, though, summer workouts and conditioning drills have been delayed until at least Aug. 3 at Ellsworth, Bucksport, Mount Desert Island, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington high schools. The agreement means that team gatherings and use of school facilities will remain off limits throughout the month of July.“We thrive in the presence of our student-athletes and coaches,” MDI Athletic Director Bunky Dow said in a letter to athletes and parents. “This decision is made so that we can be best positioned to start school in the fall with in-person learning and [extracurricular] activities.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe agreement follows similar county-wide delays on summer activities made in Cumberland and York counties. High schools in other parts of the state are making decisions on team workouts, practices and other gatherings on a school-by-school basis.Coaches are still able to communicate with athletes and issue sport-specific workouts and conditioning regiments. The MPA has waived the traditional “hands-off” period prior the start of the fall season. The two-week period was scheduled to last from Aug. 3-16.Further changes as to when offseason team activities may resume, though, are not out of the question. In a message to his school, Sumner Principal Ty Thurlow said that administrators will “continually assess to see if we can start in August” as the Aug. 3 date approaches.“We are going to be using the month of July to assess and reassess our ability and the appropriateness to begin our fall sports training,” Thurlow said. “[We are] working very closely with athletic directors in our area and around the state as well as with the Maine Principals’ Association to look at not only guidelines but our ability to hold those programs and any training.”George Stevens Academy, a private school, is not part of the additional four-week moratorium on team activities, Athletic Director Larry Gray told The Ellsworth American on Monday. GSA has thus been eligible to resume team activities as laid out under MPA guidelines.In regards to what a 2020 fall sports season, if one takes place, would look like, Dow said no decisions have been made as of yet. With the designated Aug. 17 start date for practices just over a month away, all options — a full season, a canceled season, a season with limited offerings and even a proposed flip of the fall and spring seasons — are still on the table.“We eagerly await the day we all come back together on campus, in the classrooms and on the playing/performing surfaces together,” Dow said. “However, we need to be cautious and deliberate regarding how and when we resume [extracurricular] activities.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Biocenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse opens home slate with Candlewood Suites Invitational

first_img Published on September 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ After a rough opening weekend against last year’s Big East champion, the current No. 1 team in the country and even a scrimmage against a professional Polish team, Syracuse opens at home this weekend against four unranked teams.For a youthful Syracuse team — there are just two seniors on the roster — the Candlewood Suites Invitational will provide a more accurate benchmark.“It will be much easier than playing in Penn State,” middle blocker Monika Salkute said. “All the fans are at your (side).”SU will open the weekend at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the Women’s Building against Stony Brook (2-1) with a 7:30 nightcap against Rutgers (2-1). Syracuse (0-2) will round out the weekend with an 11 a.m. start on Saturday against Oakland (1-2) before closing out the invitational against Colorado (1-1) at 7:30 p.m.But while Syracuse will be back at home, the Women’s Building isn’t necessarily a familiar venue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnlike most teams who practice where they will play, the Orange has only played for part of one practice in their home arena. Head coach Leonid Yelin said they tried one day of practice in there, but the heat made the floor too slippery and SU moved back to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.The unfamiliarity will inevitably cause problems, Salkute said, even though she played there last year.“A little bit,” Salkute said. “Because the area is different (than the Melo Center), that’s why.”Yelin doesn’t believe that the lack of practice in the Women’s Building is the only thing that takes away from his team’s home-court advantage. He was disappointed with the sparse attendance at games last season.Yelin coached at Louisville for 15 seasons before arriving at Syracuse. He said the Cardinal fans were much more supportive of their athletic teams, and strong turnouts at his team’s home games were common.With that uncertainty, the inexperience and the youth of the roster, Yelin has no idea what to expect from his team this weekend and this season.“It’s a very young team. I think we have young talented kids,” Yelin said. “That’s what we have to find out, where we are, what we have to do. The goal is as the season will progress, getting better. Keep them believing what were doing is going to pay off.”Yelin said he liked the way his team fought against No. 1 Penn State, but that the Nittany Lions were just too strong. In their season opener, however, Yelin believes his team came out with too many nerves, and his players agree with that assessment.“Our first game we didn’t play at all like we were supposed to,” outside hitter Gosia Wlaszczuk said. “It was just in our heads and I think maybe it was some kind of pressure of the first game. Everything was bad and it wasn’t us at all.”The youth of the team set it back this past weekend, as the players and Yelin all agree they came out too nervous for their opener against then-No. 19 Louisville.Salkute, though, believes that returning to Syracuse and the experience it picked over the weekend will lessen the team’s nerves when SU starts its home slate on Friday.“I think it will be easier because we’re playing home,” Salkute said. “As more games we play, the better we will be.” Commentslast_img read more

Statement from Daryl Gross on no longer serving as director of athletics

first_imgDaryl Gross will no longer serve as Syracuse University’s director of athletics, as announced in an email sent to the SU community by Chancellor Kent Syverud on Wednesday morning. He will become vice president and special assistant to the Chancellor.Gross issued the following statement, which was attached at the bottom of Syverud’s email:“Today, I am announcing that after 10 years of leading the Syracuse University Department of Athletics, I have decided that it is time for me to take on new challenges. I am truly humbled and honored to have served. It has been an amazing 10 years in which we have had some of the best successes and accomplishments in the history of the program and established that our teams are among the elite in the nation across the board, on the field and in the classroom. We are truly proud of the transformational changes most notably our move to the ACC, which has shaped and strengthened our program for years to come.Now I am excited and grateful to take on a new opportunity, offered to me by Chancellor Syverud, to become Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. My focus will be on marketing, branding and advancement for this great institution, while teaching sports management in this nationally recognized college.I am thankful to have worked with what I consider the greatest coaching staff in the country and our student-athletes who have competed proudly at the highest national levels. Our vision was to graduate student-athletes and provide them with the tools with which they can make a positive impact on society, and I feel that goal was accomplished.  I am also thankful for my wonderful staff who have been exemplary. In addition, I am truly humbled by the amazing support of the Syracuse community. There are no better fans in the world, as proven by the numerous record crowds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI believe Syracuse athletics is positioned to flourish going forward in the most extraordinary way. Most importantly, we have graduated thousands of student-athletes who have become global leaders. The Syracuse athletics brand is strong and resilient.My wife and I have raised our four beautiful daughters here. The oldest is a freshman at Syracuse and the two youngest were born here. We love the community and we love the university and we will continue to work passionately to make sure it remains one of the top universities in the nation and the world. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to be a part of this incredible journey.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2015 at 11:22 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more