Ash Wednesday mass at Seton Catholic Central marks beginning of ‘Acts of Kindness’ Campaign

first_imgThis is the 2nd year of the campaign. It encourages students, faculty, and staff to perform an act of kindness every day throughout the Lenten season. The campaign aims to give people an alternative to the long-standing tradition of sacrificing something of value during Lent. The mass also marks the beginning of the Catholic Schools of Broome County’s Acts of Kindness Campaign. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Seton Catholic Central held its annual Ash Wednesday mass on Wednesday in observance of the beginning of Lent.center_img The campaign is aimed at people within the Catholic Schools of Broome County but other members of the public are also encouraged to participate. “They give up chocolate, they give up candy, they don’t eat meat on certain days during lent. So we were looking to do something different, where rather than just give up something for lent, they would do something to help somebody,” Catholic Schools of Broome County President Elizabeth Carter explained.last_img read more

Incredible €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum

first_imgUpdated: 5.50pmAn online appeal to help a young Donegal mother’s cancer battle has touched countless hearts in the past day.Hundreds of people have rushed to donate money to Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, a 35-year-old mum of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In the past 24 hours, the GoFundMe fundraiser has gathered €22,000 from over 500 people.And a further €10,000 has been donated through cheques and personal donations.Sonya’s family launched the appeal yesterday in a bid to give her a fighting chance against the aggressive illness.Sonya, who is from St Johnston and living in Ballybofey, hoped to raise €2,000 to cover the cost of specialised tests in the UK, which could determine the alternative treatment options available. As donations flooded in last night, Sonya and her husband Michael shared a message of thanks from Galway University Hospital. She said that she was “overwhelmed by the wonderful support”.Michael McCloskey and Sonya Hamilton McCloskey share a thumbs-up from Galway HospitalSonya’s parents have also thanked the public for their support. In a post on the ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ Facebook group, they wrote: “From the Hamilton family we would like to thank everyone for their support in these hard times. Sonya is the one that brings our family together.“She comes down every Saturday with a boot full of food and goodies for the kids. All the grandchildren have great fun even though it can be noisy at times.“Sonya has a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody. We couldn’t ask for a better daughter. Keep on fighting dear. Lots of love from mum and dad.”Sonya Hamilton Mc CloskeyHundreds of well-wishers have sent messages and blessings to Sonya, Michael and their family to give them strength during their time of need. Sonya was diagnosed with cancer of the breast, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver and lungs just three months ago, after struggling with unexplained symptoms for two years. She has spent the past few weeks in an oncology ward, separated from her family as her four youngest children are too young to visit the ward.Every euro counts for the family, as Michael gave up his main source of income on the day of Sonya’s devastating diagnosis to be with her and their children.If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please click here: €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:gofundmeSonya Hamilton Mc Closkeylast_img read more

America’s Cup And The Science of Sailing

first_imgTags:#America’s Cup#PopSugar Tech#Sailing#science Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.A brand-new boat, the AC72, is hitting the water for the 34th America’s Cup, an intense race between two sailing yachts that dates back to 1851. The new 131-foot-tall (that’s 13 stories!), 72-foot-long catamaran is designed to be the most powerful sailing machine in the world—and, consequently, is the most dangerous.We saw this massive specimen of the sea in all its glory at the America’s Cup Finals in San Francisco (which may run through Sept. 21), courtesy of Lexus, and were in awe of the boat’s size, speed, and beauty. Watching Team USA and Team New Zealand zip through the bay’s relentless changing winds and negotiate tight, sharp turns revealed the precise physics and athleticism required to operate these fast, water-faring vehicles. So we proceeded to investigate the science of sailing.The sport of sailing demands great skill and a deep understanding of wind, currents, and physics. The sailors of Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand put on a great show, with both boats neck and neck for the most of the race and ending with the Kiwis’ eventual victory. Each 11-person crew must tack (zigzagging the boat while sailing against the wind), steer, and maintain balance all the way to the finish while running back and forth between the boat’s two hulls.Foiling is the technique most synonymous with racing and involves suspending the catamaran’s hulls above the water while balancing on a pair of L-shaped boards. The art of foiling can increase the boat’s speed and reduce drag significantly—but it’s also incredibly risky. In May, Team Sweden crashed its AC72 during a practice run, causing the death of one crew member, and in October 2012, Team USA capsized its catamaran, but, fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. nicole nguyen Materials and ComponentsTitanium — This metal can be found through the AC72, since it has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios among metals. It’s also very resistant to corrosion, making it an ideal choice for the salt-water-faring sailing machines. Carbon fiber — Threads of carbon fiber, a strong and lightweight material, are woven together to create a cloth-like fabric. An epoxy resin is heated, and pressure is applied, forming the base laminate (the rigid structure) of the woven carbon fiber. Honeycomb — A honeycomb pattern material is applied to curved surfaces. It’s made of either aluminum or Nomex insulation paper and has a high strength-to-weight ratio. Carbon fiber composite — Two materials are combined to create a sandwich structure, a method used in aircraft and spacecraft construction as well. Crew — Each member of a team’s 11-person crew is equipped with padded body armor, a flotation device, and a crash helmet. For safety purposes, sailors also carry an emergency oxygen tank, a knife, personal location devices, and an electronic headcount unit. Electronic sensors — Placed throughout the boat, the sensors collect different data, including strain, pressure, and vertical and lateral loads on every major component. The sailors themselves wear sensors that monitor vitals such as heart rate. An AC72 can have over 300 sensors on board.Watch video from the Exploratorium’s exhibit at America’s Cup on the @popsugartech Instagram page! We explore how wind affects the sea’s currents, the ship after which America’s Cup is named, and how to control a boat’s sail.Images courtesy of GettyMore stories from PopSugar Tech:The Final Frontier: Voyager 1 Reaches Interstellar Space8 Trips Around the World With Google Maps Street ViewWhat to Do When Your Computer Freezes5 Steps to Get the Highest iPhone Resale ValueApple Product Launch Day: A GIF Guide to All of the Feels Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Sailing is far from child’s play and involves a great deal of teamwork between skilled tacticians. Take a closer look at the colossal AC72 and the materials that make this sailing machine glide across the water.Essential StatsWeight — 6.5 tons Hull length —72.2 feet Maximum beam — 45.9 feet Mast height — 131.2 feet Maximum draft — 14.4 feet Displacement — 5,900 kg Wing area — 2798.6 square feet Jib area — 861.1 square feet Gennaker area — 3,444.5 square feet Crew — 11 people Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving

first_imgThe four-time NBA MVP reacted to a video posted by Twitter user @tony_hartmann, who instead of burning Irving’s jersey—like what other fans had done in the past when players jump ship—left a note thanking the four-time NBA All-star for his years with the Cavaliers.“That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy,” James said in the tweet.Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPContrary to the past few weeks since the news broke that Irving wanted out of Cleveland, James and Irving’s partnership didn’t seem in disarray on the surface in the  three years since James returned to his hometown.Together, they steered the Cavaliers to three straight finals appearances–all against the Golden State Warriors—and helped the city of Cleveland put an end to more than five decades of championship drought in major league sports.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR SEA Games: Last 3 Filipino boxers standing vow all-out finals stand That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017It may have seemed from reports that their relationship was in turmoil but Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James said he has “nothing but respect” for former teammate Kyrie Irving, who had just been shipped to the Boston Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJames finally spoke about Irving directly shorty after the star guard got his wish to be traded and was sent to the Cavaliers’ Eastern conference rival Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a 2018 first round pick.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES But after the loss to the Warriors last July in the finals, Irving reportedly wanted to play out of James’ shadow and requested for a trade.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Katy Perry And Staples Make Roar Happen In Minneapolis

first_imgStaples and global pop music superstar Katy Perry continued to “Make Roar Happen” in Minneapolis last week by announcing 48 local classroom projects in Minneapolis Public Schools have been funded as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to fully funded the balance of every project that was on in Minneapolis today. This $27,879 donation helped 43 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 4,185 students in the Minneapolis community. For example, Ms. Winslow at Adelante College Prep will receive drum practice pads for her eighth graders in the new drumline at the school.“I’m glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential,” said Katy Perry.Staples and Katy Perry teamed up to “Make Roar Happen” and support teachers. Through the “Make Roar Happen” program, Katy Perry will help Staples raise awareness of how to help teachers with a $1 donation either in store or on As part of the program, Staples, the presenting sponsor of the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour, donated $1 million to, a charity which has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students. $27,879 of that donation went to Minneapolis classrooms.“We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting ‘Make Roar Happen’ and look forward to working together with to ensure teachers have the supplies they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Our recent survey found almost three-quarters of parents with teens agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students so it’s imperative we support these everyday heroes.”Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% of parents of teen students believe that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Customers are invited to help ‘Make Roar Happen’ for local teachers by donating $1 to at nearby Staples stores or online at The proceeds will benefit teachers in the supporters’ communities and will help fund local classroom projects listed on“The tremendous support Staples and Katy Perry have provided to through ‘Make Roar Happen’ has made a great difference in classrooms across the country,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, “We understand the financial hardships teachers in the Boston area face when it comes to providing their classroom with the right resources. Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, local teachers are able to get what they need and ‘Make Roar Happen’ in the classroom.”last_img read more

Forget the chocolate Advent calendars go for booze cheese

first_imgNEW YORK — Advent calendars are hitting the bottle.The cardboard calendars, typically filled with chocolates, are now being stuffed with cans of beer and bottles of wine. Others have chunks of cheese behind each door.They’re meant to appeal to nostalgic adults who want to count the days till Christmas with something other than sweets. Many are available in the United States for the first time this year after gaining popularity during the past few holiday seasons in Europe. They’re sold for a limited time, get major social media buzz and tend to sell out quickly.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Will hold by-polls in TN within reasonable time: ECI tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will hold by-elections on vacant assembly seats of Tiruparankundram, Ottapidaram and Aravakurichi in Tamil Nadu within a reasonable time. The counsel appearing for the ECI told this to a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer which was hearing a plea filed by the DMK seeking a direction to the poll panel for holding the by-elections on these three vacant assembly seats. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The bench, while taking on record the submissions of the ECI’s counsel, disposed of the petition and observed that the court cannot determine the timing of elections and it was for the poll panel to decide. The counsel appearing for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had earlier told the apex court that there are 21 vacant assembly seats in Tamil Nadu but the poll panel has notified by-polls for only 18 seats. The DMK’s counsel had said that by-polls on 18 vacant seats are scheduled to be held on April 18 along with the Lok Sabha polls in the state. He had said that the ECI should be asked to hold the by-elections on the remaining three assembly seats along with the general elections.last_img read more

What’s in a name?

first_imgArchie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor or ‘Baby Sussex’, newborn son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, has taken birth in a United Kingdom which is facing its greatest challenge since World War II. Though he is not born as a prince, as his father Prince Harry was, his birth already symbolises the modernisation of Britain’s royal family and of a more open and tolerant society. People have always wanted a glimpse into the inner workings of the royal family and it was no different in the case Markle and Harry’s son. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the baby — where would the delivery take place, what would be the name of the newborn, why would it be a private delivery and even what astrological sign the baby would have. While Meghan worked very hard to keep details of the pregnancy and delivery private, the inquisitiveness surrounding the entire episode could not be suppressed. When the couple revealed (on Instagram) that their son is to be known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the hint was quite strong in the future the couple had planned for their son. “The fact that they have chosen not to use a title suggests they want this baby to have a relatively ordinary life,” says royal historian Professor Kate Williams. “When Archie is older he will likely have to go out and get a job. He will be a minor royal and will have to be prepared for a life of work. If the Commonwealth becomes a smaller entity, there will be less work for the royals overseas.” There are reports that the decision to not give Archie a title is also because his father wants to shield him from the unavoidable spotlight that the Royals are always subjected to. However, despite his lack of title and the fact that there is very little chance he will ever be king, there’s no denying the cultural importance of Sussex’s firstborn. He is the Queen’s first biracial grandchild, and this particular fact holds immense historical importance as it impacts a multi-cultural bridge. Archie, traditionally a shortened version of Archibald, means ‘true and bold.’ There seems to be no other Archie in the British Royal lineup and hence, the choice of this name is pretty unique. It could also be a tribute to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, as one of her ancestors was named Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, from Scotland. As for the middle name — Harrison — it would mean “son of Harry.” The baby undoubtedly represents a change for the oldest of houses and symbolises the “undertones of racism in how the Harry-Meghan romance is depicted”, the English-American bonding and also a welcome break from the tedious Brexit mess.last_img read more

Naidu meets Rahul, to meet Mayawati, Akhilesh in UP

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at his residence probably to discuss possible alliances in the post-election scenario. Naidu is expected to meet Uttar Pradesh’s former Chief Ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Saturday evening. TDP sources said Naidu arrived in Delhi on Friday. He will leave from Delhi to Lucknow around 2.45 p.m. and is expected to meet Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav after attending a programme in Lucknow around 3.45 p.m., the party source told IANS. Naidu will return to Andhra Pradesh from a special aircraft around 7 p.m., the source said. The TDP chief met the Election Commission on Friday and accused it of being pro-government and demanded action against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for “insulting” Mahatma Gandhi.last_img read more