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The ‘real’ St. Valentine was no patron of love

first_img TAGSValentines Day Previous articleDashcam videos show drowsy driving is far worse than reportedNext articleSmith draws on a diverse background in service to Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Lisa Bitel, Professor of History & Religion, University of Southern California and first published on theconversation.comOn Feb. 14, sweethearts of all ages will exchange cards, flowers, candy, and more lavish gifts in the name of St. Valentine. But as a historian of Christianity, I can tell you that at the root of our modern holiday is a beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love.Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So, how did we get from beheading to betrothing on Valentine’s Day?Early origins of St. ValentineAncient sources reveal that there were several St. Valentines who died on Feb. 14. Two of them were executed during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus in 269-270 A.D., at a time when persecution of Christians was common.How do we know this? Because, an order of Belgian monks spent three centuries collecting evidence for the lives of saints from manuscript archives around the known world.They were called Bollandists after Jean Bolland, a Jesuit scholar who began publishing the massive 68-folio volumes of “Acta Sanctorum,” or “Lives of the Saints,” beginning in 1643.Since then, successive generations of monks continued the work until the last volume was published in 1940. The Brothers dug up every scrap of information about every saint on the liturgical calendar and printed the texts arranged according to the saint’s feast day.The Valentine martyrsThe volume encompassing Feb. 14 contains the stories of a handful of “Valentini,” including the earliest three of whom died in the third century.St. Valentine blessing an epileptic. Wellcome Images, CC BYThe earliest Valentinus is said to have died in Africa, along with 24 soldiers. Unfortunately, even the Bollandists could not find any more information about him. As the monks knew, sometimes all that the saints left behind was a name and day of death.We know only a little more about the other two Valentines.According to a late medieval legend reprinted in the “Acta,” which was accompanied by Bollandist critique about its historical value, a Roman priest named Valentinus was arrested during the reign of Emperor Gothicus and put into the custody of an aristocrat named Asterius.As the story goes, Asterius made the mistake of letting the preacher talk. Father Valentinus went on and on about Christ leading pagans out of the shadow of darkness and into the light of truth and salvation. Asterius made a bargain with Valentinus: If the Christian could cure Asterius’s foster-daughter of blindness, he would convert. Valentinus put his hands over the girl’s eyes and chanted:“Lord Jesus Christ, en-lighten your handmaid, because you are God, the True Light.”Easy as that. The child could see, according to the medieval legend. Asterius and his whole family were baptized. Unfortunately, when Emperor Gothicus heard the news, he ordered them all to be executed. But Valentinus was the only one to be beheaded. A pious widow, though, made off with his body and had it buried at the site of his martyrdom on the Via Flaminia, the ancient highway stretching from Rome to present-day Rimini. Later, a chapel was built over the saint’s remains.St. Valentine was not a romanticThe third third-century Valentinus was a bishop of Terni in the province of Umbria, Italy.St. Valentine kneeling. David Teniers IIIAccording to his equally dodgy legend, Terni’s bishop got into a situation like the other Valentinus by debating a potential convert and afterward healing his son. The rest of story is quite similar as well: He too, was beheaded on the orders of Emperor Gothicus and his body buried along the Via Flaminia.It is likely, as the Bollandists suggested, that there weren’t actually two decapitated Valentines, but that two different versions of one saint’s legend appeared in both Rome and Terni.Nonetheless, African, Roman or Umbrian, none of the Valentines seems to have been a romantic.Indeed, medieval legends, repeated in modern media, had St. Valentine performing Christian marriage rituals or passing notes between Christian lovers jailed by Gothicus. Still other stories romantically involved him with the blind girl whom he allegedly healed. Yet none of these medieval tales had any basis in third-century history, as the Bollandists pointed out.St. Valentine baptizing St. Lucilla. Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte)In any case, historical veracity did not count for much with medieval Christians. What they cared about were stories of miracles and martyrdoms, and the physical remains or relics of the saint. To be sure, many different churches and monasteries around medieval Europe claimed to have bits of a St. Valentinus’ skull in their treasuries.Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, for example, still displays a whole skull. According to the Bollandists, other churches across Europe also claim to own slivers and bits of one or the other St. Valentinus’ body: For example, San Anton Church in Madrid, Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Prague, Saint Mary’s Assumption in Chelmno, Poland, as well as churches in Malta, Birmingham, Glasgow, and on the Greek isle of Lesbos, among others.For believers, relics of the martyrs signified the saints’ continuing their invisible presence among communities of pious Christians. In 11th-century Brittany, for instance, one bishop used what was purported to be Valentine’s head to halt fires, prevent epidemics, and cure all sorts of illnesses, including demonic possession.As far as we know, though, the saint’s bones did nothing special for lovers.Unlikely pagan originsMany scholars have deconstructed Valentine and his day in books, articles and blog postings. Some suggest that the modern holiday is a Christian cover-up of the more ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia in mid-February.Lupercalia originated as a ritual in a rural masculine cult involving the sacrifice of goats and dogs and evolved later into an urban carnival. During the festivities half-naked young men ran through the streets of Rome, streaking people with thongs cut from the skins of newly killed goats. Pregnant women thought it brought them healthy babies. In 496 A.D., however, Pope Gelasius supposedly denounced the rowdy festival.Still, there is no evidence that the pope purposely replaced Lupercalia with the more sedate cult of the martyred St. Valentine or any other Christian celebration.Chaucer and the love birdsThe love connection probably appeared more than a thousand years after the martyrs’ death, when Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Canterbury Tales” decreed the February feast of St. Valentinus to the mating of birds. He wrote in his “Parlement of Foules”:“For this was on seynt Volantynys day. Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”It seems that, in Chaucer’s day, English birds paired off to produce eggs in February. Soon, nature-minded European nobility began sending love notes during bird-mating season. For example, the French Duke of Orléans, who spent some years as a prisoner in the Tower of London, wrote to his wife in February 1415 that he was “already sick of love” (by which he meant lovesick.) And he called her his “very gentle Valentine.”English audiences embraced the idea of February mating. Shakespeare’s lovestruck Ophelia spoke of herself as Hamlet’s Valentine.In the following centuries, Englishmen and women began using Feb. 14 as an excuse to pen verses to their love objects. Industrialization made it easier with mass-produced illustrated cards adorned with smarmy poetry. Then along came Cadbury, Hershey’s, and other chocolate manufacturers marketing sweets for one’s sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.Valentine’s Day chocolates. GillianVann/Shutterstock.comToday, shops everywhere in England and the U.S. decorate their windows with hearts and banners proclaiming the annual Day of Love. Merchants stock their shelves with candy, jewelry and Cupid-related trinkets begging “Be My Valentine.” For most lovers, this request does not require beheading.Invisible ValentinesIt seems that the erstwhile saint behind the holiday of love remains as elusive as love itself. Still, as St. Augustine, the great fifth-century theologian and philosopher argued in his treatise on “Faith in Invisible Things,” someone does not have to be standing before our eyes for us to love them.And much like love itself, St. Valentine and his reputation as the patron saint of love are not matters of verifiable history, but of faith. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more


June 19, 2021 0

Pack Down with Bhubesi Pride on Rugbydump

first_imgThursday Jul 29, 2010 Pack Down with Bhubesi Pride on Rugbydump A few months ago I introduced you to Bhubesi Pride and the charitable African rugby coaching expedition that will take place next year. Team members have since been chosen, but they still need one more female member. Im also pleased to announce that well be producing a video documentary, called Pack Down , that will be exclusive to Rugbydump and feature unique updates from the trip. If you arent familiar with Bhubesi Pride and the TransAfrique 2011 trip, a group of seven volunteers, along with project co-ordinator Richard Bennett, will be heading down from England to Cape Town via Land Rover, stopping off at 15 schools in 10 African countries. The aim is to provide change and upliftment to underprivileged communities, with rugby as the vehicle. They will not only coach the sport, but also empower local coaches and provide support for health and social education. Links schools in the UK will also be set up to provide further support, making sure that the legacy of the 6 month journey lives on. Rugbydump is pleased to get behind the expedition by working with Bhubesi Pride to bring monthly video updates to the rugby community via the Pack Down series, which is an exclusive initiative between us. Short updates will also be shown on Sky Sports and the IRB’s Total Rugby. Incidentally, I’m proud to say that a few of the team members were chosen from applications that came through Rugbydump. One of the reasons for this update today is that Bhubesi Pride still needs one more female member . If you’re over the age of 23, female, a rugby enthusiast, and have the adventurous spirit and relevant qualifications, then apply today for what should be an incredible trip that will no doubt change lives forever. For further info: Bhubesi Pride website | Twitter ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Bhubesi Pride Foundation Related Articles 108 WEEKS AGO Change lives through coaching Rugby in beautiful… 188 WEEKS AGO Meet Tom Chaloba, Zambian Rugby Inspiration… 204 WEEKS AGO Jacques Burger coaches with the Pride in… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more


June 18, 2021 0

Traumatic brain injury expert not surprised at planned legal action following shocking player revelations

first_imgWednesday Dec 9, 2020 Traumatic brain injury expert not surprised at planned legal action following shocking player revelations Traumatic brain injury expert Dr Willie Stewart believes it was “only a matter of time” before former rugby players with concussion-related issues considered legal action.ADVERTISEMENTA group of former internationals, including England World Cup winner Steve Thompson, are planning legal action for negligence against the rugby authorities over brain injuries they have suffered.The ‘test group’ for a potentially much larger action also includes another former England player, Michael Lipman, and ex-Wales international Alix Popham, according to Rylands Law.The planned action is against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union, for “failure to protect (the claimants) from the risks caused by concussions”.Dr Stewart led the FIELD study research, commissioned by the Football Association and Professional Footballers’ Association, which revealed last year that footballers were three-and-a-half times more likely to die of neurodegenerative disease than age-matched members of the general population.“As we’ve learnt more about concussion and head injuries in sport, and the consequences of it, then I think it was only a matter of time before former players experiencing concussion problems sought some sort of legal status as to what is going on,” he told the PA news agency.“Prevention is better than any cure. In terms of rugby, although they’ve made great strides in attempting to identify brain injuries on the park, the number of brain injuries in rugby is still phenomenally high.ADVERTISEMENT“In terms of the number of brain injuries and concussions identified, it is only a fraction of the number that are actually occurring.“And then there is the problem of head impacts themselves, never mind concussions. Cumulative exposure to head impacts, we believe, is just as much a risk as a handful of concussions.”RELATED VIEWING:ADVERTISEMENTThompson, 42, cannot remember winning the World Cup with England in 2003 and says he wished he had never turned professional, while 40-year-old Lipman described himself as “a walking time bomb”.Dr Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist who is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Glasgow, added: “Rugby should be thinking about immediate measures to try and deal with this.“Whether it is rugby, whether it is football, any of these sports where the head is impacted frequently and regularly, have to be asking questions about whether it is sustainable to carry on like that.“Or, are we going to see this scenario of problems over the next decade, or even longer. The reason that things are so slow to change is because the exposure and the outcome are 30-40 years apart.“Players being concussed and injured nowadays, it will be 40 years before we are starting to talk about them and the damage that has been done.“Sport is not necessarily acting quickly because they don’t see the immediate effects of this, except now with players coming forward with lingering concussion issues, chronic headaches etc, they may be forced to act quicker.”World Rugby told BBC Sport: “While not commenting on speculation, World Rugby takes player safety very seriously and implements injury-prevention strategies based on the latest available knowledge, research and evidence.”The WRU told PA that, as it has had “no direct communication on the subject”, it would “just like to support the World Rugby comment”, while the RFU has also been contacted for comment. 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June 18, 2021 0

Chameleon Net to redevelop CAFOD’s website

first_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Catholic aid agency CAFOD has chosen digital agency Chameleon Net to re-design and develop its website. The new website will support CAFOD’s organisational aim of encouraging supporters to give, act and pray.Chameleon Net will help the charity improve its online donation process, promote online participation in campaigns, and provide downloadable spiritual resources. It will start by defining a user-centric information architecture, which involves producing a detailed analysis of CAFOD’s target audiences, and defining the appropriate organisation of the site’s content in order to meet those audiences’ needs.A new visual redesign will then be created with the aim of better highlighting the charity’s work overseas. The site will also be integrated with CAFOD’s presence on social network sites and its blogs.The new site is due to launch this summer.www.cafod.org.uk Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Chameleon Net to redevelop CAFOD’s website Howard Lake | 20 February 2011 | Newslast_img read more


June 16, 2021 0

Steven Gerrard Foundation opens to first grant applications

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Steven Gerrard Foundation, launched by the England and Liverpool football player at the start of 2011, has issued its first call for grant applications from projects that have a long-term impact on disadvantaged children. These can include those affected by illness, family breakdown, disability, involvement in the streets, or educational disadvantage.The Foundation is supported by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), which is helping to ensure the Foundation and the funds it raises are managed and used effectively.Gerrard set up the Foundation having seen first-hand the challenges faced by many children in his hometown of Liverpool. Steven will be actively involved through playing a role on the grants evaluation board, personal financial investment and visiting many of the supported projects.It will focus mainly on projects in the UK and in Liverpool in particular but will occasionally assist children internationally as well.Applicants can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Once applications have been submitted, organisations will be informed within six weeks of the closing date of that application window whether they have been shortlisted or not. A final decision will be made five weeks after shortlisting.The closing date for this first round of applications is 5pm, 9 March 2012.www.stevengerrardfoundation.org Tagged with: Celebrity Funding  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 January 2012 | News Steven Gerrard Foundation opens to first grant applicationslast_img read more


June 16, 2021 0

After Defund Police victory, Portland keeps marching

first_imgPortland, Ore.After 170 days of uninterrupted protests against racism, fascism and police brutality, 82 percent of Portlanders have voted for a community oversight board to investigate and discipline cases of police violence.Rally for Black Lives Matter and to defend workers’ rights, Portland, Ore., Nov. 8Since the brutal lynching of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter protests have finally led to this measure to partially defund the police by using 5 percent of the Portland Police Bureau’s budget to set up an independent committee. The board will “investigate police misconduct cases related to death, use of force, and discrimination — and to mandate officer discipline, including an officer’s termination, without a police chief’s approval.” (https://tinyurl.com/y537wgts)Portland Labor for BLM Against Fascism, a newly formed group, joined the Nov. 4 “Count Every Vote” rally organized by the Defend Democracy Coalition. Hundreds of workers, unionists and unemployed people, many wearing union tee shirts, gathered at Portland’s Revolution Hall and marched across the river to Waterfront Park. They were joined by protesters from a second rally organized by the Pacific Northwest Community Action Network. Speakers addressed Trump’s attempts to sabotage the election and prevent votes from being counted in other states. Black Lives Matter demonstrators joined the rally and then marched through downtown Portland later in the evening.Protests continued in Portland all week after the election. On Nov. 7, 300 people took part in a Black Lives Matter march called “Break the White Silence.”  Demonstrators carried signs saying “Just because Biden won doesn’t mean the job is done” and “The Vote Is Over. The Fight Goes On.”On Nov. 8, a rally for Black Lives Matter and to defend workers’ rights ended with a silent vigil for eight minutes and 46 seconds in remembrance of George Floyd. The rally was organized by Jobs with Justice, Labor Action to Defend Democracy and the Black-led group J.U.I.C.E. (Justice, Unity, Integrity, Community, Equality).FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


June 15, 2021 0

Pasadena Police Ask Public’s Help to Find Missing 87-Year-Old Man, Say Foul Play Not Ruled Out

first_img Subscribe 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Public Safety Pasadena Police Ask Public’s Help to Find Missing 87-Year-Old Man, Say Foul Play Not Ruled Out Published on Monday, February 27, 2017 | 4:25 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Community News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Picture of Dawud “Al” KarriemThe Pasadena Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance for a senior citizen missing since February 7.The elderly man is Dawud Qayyim Karriem, authorities said, and reported that family members said he has never gone missing before.Karriem is commonly called “Al” by friends and family.  He is black, stands about 5’7″, and weights approximately 140 pounds.Karriem has poor eyesight, but otherwise is said to be as healthy and active. He does not own a car but frequently takes walks in Pasadena utilizing a cane. It is unknown what Karriem was wearing at the time he went missing.His family said it is unusual for him to be away from his home for such a long period of time. Foul play has not been ruled out.Police said there is concern for Karriem’s welfare.Anyone with information regarding Mr. Karriem’s whereabouts, please contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241. Detective Tim Bundy is the lead detective and can be contacted Monday through Thursday at (626) 744-4522. Make a commentcenter_img More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyLove Astrology: 12 Types Of Boyfriends Based On Zodiac SignsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


June 12, 2021 0

Longtime UTPB lecturer wears many hats

first_img Pinterest Previous articleECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS May 14, 2018Next articleOil show organizers: ‘We’re back’ admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook UTPB Accounting.Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. University of Texas Permian Basin lecturer and Title IX coordinator Narita Holmes.  When Narita Holmes goes to work at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, she fills many roles.She’s a lecturer in accountancy in the College of Business, assistant compliance officer and Title IX coordinator. Holmes also was selected as the UTPB College of Business Outstanding Teacher for 2017-2018.With an extensive background in accounting, working at financial institutions and banking, Holmes started at UTPB as an adjunct professor in 1999. She began working there full time in 2004.A native Odessan, Holmes graduated from Odessa High School, went to Odessa College and the University of Texas at Austin. WhatsApp Local NewsEducation Longtime UTPB lecturer wears many hats University of Texas Permian Basin lecturer and Title IX coordinator Narita Holmes.  Registration set for engineering camp OCA top 2 were ESL students Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleCreamy Fruit SaladFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Twitter Twitter Pinterest By admin – May 14, 2018 She has a degree in accounting from UT Austin and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting from UTPB.Starting off as an internal auditor and assistant compliance officer, Holmes also was doing a variety of as requested projects.“I was working pretty long days, so the president and I agreed that at that point in time I would teach just one class. Then later on, a lecturer position came open that was more directed toward teaching. I gave up the internal audit position and took the lecturer position in accounting. I really have a passion for the students. I love the students,” she said.Her classes are face-to-face and online.“When I first started teaching, all classes were face to face. As we were growing and as the demand increased for online classes, I started working to convert some of the classes that I teach to online. I just love both. I like the interaction in the face-to-face classes and we have students who learn better face-to-face,” Holmes said.Accounting works better face-to-face sometimes just to make sure the student is absorbing the information, she said. Online is eight weeks and face-to-face is 13 weeks, but it depends on the student as to which option they choose.Many students take accounting internships toward the end of their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.“When they’re doing an internship, sometimes an online class works well. Spring is when a lot of the internships come up because of tax season,” Holmes said.Students often log more than 40 hours a week for their internships at CPA firms, so an online class can allow them to finish their degree, while still interning.“The great thing about the internships is that they get class credit for it. They get very often a job offer — a permanent job offer — out of internships. They definitely get good experience to put on their resumes, so it’s a great opportunity for them,” Holmes said.She had 13 interns in the spring semester — the most she’s ever had.“They’re actually spread around a little bit. They can do their internship wherever they live, or wherever they get the job,” Holmes said.“In accounting, we only allow paid internships because our students are providing work just like employees. They do get paid in many instances very nice salaries for doing the work. The internship requires at least 150 hours of work during the semester to get credit for it and to qualify to count as a class for the state board of public accountancy,” she added.When the internship is over, students are required to write a paper and they get an evaluation from the employers, just like at a regular job.“We get feedback on the performance of the students and how they’ve done on the job. They’re required throughout their internship to keep a detailed log of the work that they do and the time they spend on it, so that we can demonstrate to the (Texas) State Board of Public Accountancy that they have done appropriate work to qualify for a class and that they have completed the hours so the log gets rather long with all the work that they do,” Holmes said.She noted there is also a master’s in professional accountancy, which is a graduate program specific to accounting, and students who need to complete the rest of the requirements to sit for the CPA exam.“There are very stringent requirements for the state board of accountancy, so part of our advising is to work with our students and not only to make certain they are meeting all the degree requirements, but all the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, if they’re interested in becoming a CPA, which most of them are,” Holmes said.She added that in Texas, and she suspects nationwide, the number of “gray-haired” certified public accountants planning to retire in the next 10 years is more than half of the membership of the state society of CPAs.“So there will be numerous jobs available from those retiring, but there are also many, many jobs being created because of the economy,” Holmes said.She added that there are some “really great students” in the program.“Employers tell us we aren’t turning them out fast enough for all the positions available right now. Our students pretty much have full employment the moment they graduate,” Holmes said.Allison Eyler is working toward sitting for the CPA exam and often sings Holmes’ praises to her family, even though they think she works Eyler too hard.Eyler said Holmes is able to teach from a wealth of experience, so students like her are able to apply what they’ve learned in real time.“She puts her whole heart and soul into teaching,” Eyler said.Eyler, who previously worked in accounting at Southwest Airlines, is currently helping to develop an internal auditing program for the Diocese of San Angelo and really enjoys it. She added that she will be with the Diocese through the summer and hopes to continue there.“It’s really fun and something I never thought I would do,” she said.Victoria Salazar, another of Holmes’ students, got a job offer from a Midland accounting firm out of the internship she did for it.“I believe that Ms. Holmes is a great professor. She is always there to help students and she has helped me since I started my accounting degree two years ago. She is a great motivator and she knows what direction, or path, to put students on to achieve their goals in the accounting profession,” Salazar said in an email.“There are many reasons why Ms. Holmes is amazing, but the biggest thing that popped out when I first met her is that she has a big heart and she will do whatever it takes for her students to enjoy accounting and achieve their goal in graduating from college with an accounting degree. If any student in accounting was having trouble in class or work, she would be the go to person to answer any questions that need to be answered. I wouldn’t be graduating and walking the stage without her help throughout my college career,” she added.Holmes also deals with compliance training, conflicts of interest and Title IX training related to sexual harassment and sexual assault.“We actually have a training platform where we keep all our different modules of all our different topics. I get a regular report that tells me key information about new employees that are being signed up, so I can get them enrolled them into those training courses because they’re required to be completed ASAP,” Holmes said.Child protection training is required for campus, as well, and UTPB offers several during the summer.“The UT System developed a model training that all of us could use and they went to the state and got approval. You have to complete child protection training to work at the camp, whether it’s athletic (or) academic. If it’s strictly college students and (they’re) all above 18, that’s not an issue. But with younger students, state law is they have to have training,” she said.More Information WhatsApp University of Texas Permian Basin lecturer and Title IX coordinator Narita Holmes.  1 of 2 Facebook Noel earns award Home Local News Education Longtime UTPB lecturer wears many hatslast_img read more


June 2, 2021 0

Mayor to return to US following renewed debate on travel

first_imgNews By News Highland – December 4, 2012 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleResidents in Donegal least compliant when it comes to Household chargeNext articleLetterbrick bridge is an “accident waiting to happen” – Mc Gowan News Highland 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report The Mayor of Donegal is to return to Boston for a celebration of the centenary of Tipp O’Neill next Sunday.Cllr Frank Mc Brearty attended the Golden Bridges event last month, the third mayor to do so, and during a comprehensive report on the trip, he informed members about the invitation to return.After a lengthy discussion about funding the trip, the council voted to do so.Cllr Mc Brearty says it’s important that Donegal is represented…………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/fmb530.mp3[/podcast]Fianna Fail Cllr Liam Blaney proposed that the mayor return at his own expense, pointing out that when Mayor Brendan Byrne and his deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue went to Philadelphia and New York in 2010, they paid for the trips themselves.Cllr Mc Brearty said he would use money allocated to him for attendance at seminars to fund the trip, but when asked about the validity of that, acting County Secretary Liam Ward said the seminar money is for domestic events, and foreign travel comes from a different budget.Cllr Blaney’s counter proposal failed by four votes to nine, and the trip will go ahead.He questions what benefit it will bring to the county……………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/liamb530.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Google+center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Mayor to return to US following renewed debate on travel Twitter Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton last_img read more


May 27, 2021 0

‘Individual Rights Should Subserve The National Interest’: Kerala High Court Cancels Bail Granted To Journalism Student In UAPA Case [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop Stories’Individual Rights Should Subserve The National Interest’: Kerala High Court Cancels Bail Granted To Journalism Student In UAPA Case [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Jan 2021 4:58 AMShare This – x”When individual rights are pitted against national interest and security, the latter should prevail.”Individual rights should subserve the national interest, observed the Kerala High Court while setting aside the order passed by Special NIA Court Kochi granting bail to Thwaha Fasal in a UAPA case for alleged Maoist links.The Division Bench comprising Justices A. Hariprasad and K. Haripal observed that when individual rights are pitted against national interest and security, the latter…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIndividual rights should subserve the national interest, observed the Kerala High Court while setting aside the order passed by Special NIA Court Kochi granting bail to Thwaha Fasal in a UAPA case for alleged Maoist links.The Division Bench comprising Justices A. Hariprasad and K. Haripal observed that when individual rights are pitted against national interest and security, the latter should prevail. The court observed that the documents seized from the accused carry the seeds of a secessionist ideology.In September last year, nearly ten months after custody, the NIA Court granted them bail observing that the National Investigation Agency failed to establish a prima facie case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967, against the accused.While considering the appeal filed by Union of India, the bench referred to the provisions of the UAPA Act and observed that if there are materials to infer that the accused have done something to promote or enthuse the activities of a terrorist organisation or done anything supporting its activities with the intention to further its activities, these offences are attracted. “Whenever an offence falling under Chapters IV and VI of the Act is alleged against the accused, on perusal of the case diary or the final report that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the accusation against the said person is prima facie true, the Act restrains the court from releasing him on bail.”, the court said.The bench also observed that the Special Judge had ventured to make a thorough, threadbare analysis into each and every document relied on by the prosecution, as if in a trial. The court said:”We do not approve the approach made by the learned Special Judge. He is of the firm view, basing on the authorities, that bail is the rule and jail, exception. Even though that is the general perception in ordinary crimes, when the accused faces allegation under a special enactment, his right to be enlarged on bail shall be governed by the provisions of the special statute. In such cases, the provisions under the Code cannot be readily applied. As noticed earlier, Section 43-D(5) of the Act is an exception to the provisions of the Code, which postulates modified applications of certain provisions of the Code. It starts with a non obstante clause. When offence under Chapters IV and VI of the Act is alleged, the court shall not grant bail unless giving liberty to the Prosecutor to address the court. Further, the proviso to Section 43-D(5) works as a statutory injunction on the court in granting bail; if there are prima facie circumstances to believe that the allegations are true, bail cannot be granted as a rule. The Hon’ble Apex Court in Watali (quoted supra) has stated how the materials placed before court have to be understood while considering an application for bail”The bench further said that the principle, bail is the rule and jail the exception, has no application in such a case, especially when the offences under Chapters IV and VI of the Act are alleged against the accused. The court noted that ignore that the accused had carried only such type of literature or writings which were published by the CPI(Maoist) which is admittedly a proscribed, underworld organisation. “If they, as youngsters were interested in understanding and assimilating new and novel ideologies, a bunch of materials published by a particular outfit alone would not have been found in their possession and power. The underlying element of mens rea cannot be overlooked. Therefore, this circumstance alone is sufficient to say, at least at this stage, that they are protagonists of the organisation.”, the court added. While setting aside the bail granted to Thwaha, the court observed:”It also requires to be stated that very many authorities were relied on by the learned Special Judge outside the context. While considering the question whether there is prima facie material to infer commission of offence under Sections 38 and 39 of the Act, the court should have confined to the area of enquiry instead of going haywire. We have no doubt that rights and personal liberty are sacrosanct. Courts are bound to protect it. At the same time, individual rights should subserve the national interest. When individual rights are pitted against national interest and security, the latter should prevail.”The bench, however, did not cancel the bail granted to another accused Allan Shuaib observing that there are numerous mitigating circumstances in his favour. The bench has directed the Special Court to try and dispose of the case pending before it as expeditiously as possible, within one year. While parting with the judgment, the bench also remarked thus:”We would also like to remind the learned Judge that the impugned order has been prepared as if it is a court of record which was unnecessary. Similarly, the learned Judge, while quoting some judgments of the Apex Court, has stated the names of the Hon’ble Judges who authored the judgments which is unwholesome”CASE: UNION OF INDIA VS. THWAHA FASAL [CRL.A.No.705,706 OF 2020]CORAM:  Justices A. Hariprasad and K. HaripalCOUNSEL: ASG P.VIJAYAKUMAR, ADV K.S.MADHUSOODANAN AND ADV S.RAJEEV Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentWe have no doubt that rights and personal liberty are sacrosanct. Courts are bound to protect it. At the same time, individual rights should subserve the national interest. When individual rights are pitted against national interest and security, the latter should prevail Next Storylast_img read more


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