Age and correlation of volcanism in central Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands: K-Ar and geochemical constraints

first_imgVolcanic sequences in central Livingston Island can be divided into two broad groups. The older group consists of basalt-dacite lavas, clastic rocks and associated hypabyssal intrusions. The lavas are lithologically and compositionally similar to other pre-Pliocene, volcanic arc lavas in the South Shetland Islands. The outcrops vary from relatively fresh (at Cape Shirreff, Hannah Point and Siddons Point) to indurated and pervasively altered (at Mount Bowles, Burdick Peak and Hurd Peninsula). Samples from the fresh outcrops yielded Late Cretaceous ages for eruption or intrusion, ranging from 90.2 ± 5.6 Ma at Cape Shirreff, to 73.0 ± 2.3 at Siddons Point. Chemical analyses of the lavas suggest that the sequences at these two outcrops can probably be correlated stratigraphically with the Byers Group and Coppermine Formation, respectively. Two samples from Hannah Point yielded conflicting ages of 87.9 ± 2.6 Ma and 67.5 ± 2.5 Ma from the centre and top of the sequence, respectively. The stratigraphical affinities of the Hannah Point sequence cannot yet be determined unambiguously but it is unlikely to be part of the Byers Group. All of the samples from the altered outcrops (which correspond to the Mount Bowles Formation) yielded Eocene-Oligocene K-Ar ages (44.4 to 35.0 Ma), interpreted as reset ages related to the emplacement and cooling of a nearby Eocene tonalite pluton responsible for much of the alteration, and also dated in this study (43.3 ± 2.8 Ma). A Cretaceous eruptive age (possibly Late Cretaceous) for the altered outcrops is likely but cannot yet be proven. By contrast, the younger group consists of degraded basalt lava flows, tuff cone and tuff ring remnants, which are part of the Inott Point Formation. The lavas are very fresh and Pleistocene or Recent in age (≤ 1 Ma). They are compositionally distinctive and are indistinguishable from supra-subduction alkali basalts preserved elsewhere in Livingston, Greenwich and Penguin islands.last_img read more


Juab Wrestling Dominates 3-A Division A Divisionals At SVC

first_img Tags: Wrestling FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRICHFIELD, Utah-Saturday, Juab wrestling amassed 338 points to blow away the field at the 3-A Division A divisionals at the Sevier Valely Center during the final day of competition.Delta placed second with 248 points, Richfield was third with 206.5 points and South Sevier finished fourth with 192 points.Union placed fifth with 139 points, while Manti finished sixth with 121 points, Summit Academy was seventh with 73 points, San Juan finished eighth with 29 points and Grand placed ninth with 27 points.At 106 pounds, Richfield freshman Dayson Torgerson prevailed in a 5-0 decision over Juab sophomore Kaden Ercanbrack to take the title in that classification.In the 3rd place match at 106 pounds, Delta junior Shayden Taylor took the win over Juab freshman Dax Johnson by virtue of a forfeit.In the 5th place match at 106 pounds, Grand freshman Landon Moralez prevailed over South Sevier sophomore Weston Blake because of an injury.In the 7th place match at 106 pounds, Summit Academy sophomore Ashton Wright waxed Union freshman Dallin Foote with a 7-2 decision.Finally, for 9th place at 106 pounds, Manti sophomore Kayden Blackham prevailed over Grand freshman Oscar Martinez because of a fall.At 113 pounds, Juab junior Keaton Sperry took the title with a 12-4 major decision victory over Richfield freshman Garrin Lord.In the third-place match, Richfield freshman Zackary Sweitzer downed Union sophomore Westin Hagman by virtue of a 10-7 decision.In the fifth-place match, South Sevier junior Mason Gardner downed Juab sophomore Braxton Steiner because of a fall.In the seventh-place match, Delta freshman William Skeem downed Summit Academy sophomore Colby Fox because of a fall.The ninth-place match saw Union freshman Dillyun Bowden down Summit Academy sophomore Chase Ebert by virtue of a fall.At 120 pounds, the winner was Richfield junior Denim Torgerson who downed Union sophomore Jory Jenkins because of a fall. For third place at 120 pounds, senior Ben Nielson of Juab downed Delta freshman Ryder Rogers by virtue of a fall.The 5th place match at 120 pounds saw South Sevier freshman Cole Peterson get past Manti junior R. Kent Larsen via major decision, 11-3.In the 7th place match, Juab freshman Breyer Wright downed Summit Academy sophomore Jaan Chaudhry because of a fall.In the 9th place match, Richfield’s Ethan Udy downed Union sophomore Trevon Burton by technical fall.At 126 pounds, Delta senior Maverick Caldwell took the crown, downing Union freshman Dallon Farrer because of a technical fall. Finishing third was South Sevier junior Parker Brian, taking an 8-6 decision over Juab freshman Ryler Blackett. Placing fifth was Juab sophomore Cooper Shaheen who downed Union freshman Brack Winterton via a 6-2 decision. Richfield freshman Hesston Gleave placed seventh over Manti freshman Xander Mickelson because of a fall. The 9th place finisher was Delta junior John McLaws who got past South Sevier freshman Ryland Marsh because of a fall.At 132 pounds, Juab senior Conner Ingram prevailed 9-6 via decision over South Sevier senior Triston Fillmore for the title. Finishing third was Delta sophomore Joshua Jackson over Manti senior Kayden Fowles with an 8-6 decision. For fifth place, Juab freshman Logan Holdaway humbled Richfield sophomore Ryker Ogden because of a fall. Delta freshman Cameron Skeem downed Union sophomore Cache Hyder because of a fall for seventh place. For ninth place, Richfield freshman Britten Christensen waxed Summit Academy sophomore Grant Nelson.Other rounds went as follows:138 pounds1st: Juab sophomore Channing Warner over Summit Acadmey junior Will Haight (forfeit)3rd: Manti junior Kaleb Rimmasch over Richfield senior Jaren Marquardson (fall)5th: Union senior Wyatt Richards over Delta sophomore Trey Butler (decision)7th: San Juan sophomore Landon Black over San Juan senior Kash Shumway (fall)9th: Delta sophomore Austin Loe over Union sophomore Kolby Collins (fall)145 pounds1st: Juab freshman Chase Ingram over Delta senior Kurtus Nielson (decision; 9-3)3rd: Union senior Kevin Urzua over Richfield senior Dominic Rolph (fall)5th: South Sevier senior Jett High over Juab senior Wyatt Holdaway (fall)7th: Manti junior Jabin Taylor over San Juan junior Dresden Seely (decision; 10-4)9th: South Sevier sophomore Braxton Price over Summit Academy freshman Larsen Dixon (decision; 6-0)152 pounds1st: Juab senior Cade Bowring over Delta junior Austin Chase (decision; 6-0)3rd: Richfield senior Jordan Snyder over Delta junior Samuel LeBaron (decison; 6-0)5th: Manti junior K. Dane Seely over South Sevier junior Keston Johnson (SV-1; 9-7)7th: Juab sophomore Tyker Greenhalgh over Summit Academy freshman Wyatt Brown (fall)9th: South Sevier junior Ethan Richards over San Juan freshman Callen Burke (fall)160 pounds1st: Juab freshman Will Harmon over South Sevier junior Jaxon Torgerson (decison; 5-4)3rd: Richfield sophomore Carston Jensen over Richfield sophomore Cameron Hyde (fall)5th: Juab freshman Taylor Newton over San Juan sophomore Jeter Perkins (fall)7th: Union senior Colton Harding over Delta sophomore Brandon Dutson (injury)9th: San Juan sophomore Tyler Bayles over Summit Academy junior Kaden Brown (major decision; 20-10)170 pounds1st: Delta junior Tate Willoughby over Manti senior Braxton Stevens (fall)3rd: Union junior Cadence Ross over Juab junior Kaysen Sperry (fall)5th: Richfield sophomore Wyatt Harvey over Juab freshman Aiden Seely (fall)7th: Richfield sophomore Nathan Sorensen over Grand sophomore Blane Thompson (SV-1; 13-11)9th: Delta sophomore Seth Bryan over Summit Academy sophomore Hagan Walker (fall)182 pounds1st: South Sevier senior Taylor Hunt over Juab senior C. Rylan Watts (decision; 7-5)3rd: Manti junior Kayden Clark over Delta senior Luis Rodriguez (decision; 9-7)5th: Summit Academy junior Joseph Garlick over Grand senior Jeremiah Perman (fall)195 pounds1st: Delta senior Jake Jackson over Juab junior Talon Holdaway (fall)3rd: Richfield senior Lex Leany over South Sevier senior Bryce Healey (injury)*at 5th place, Juab sophomore Briggs Ludlow received a bye220 pounds1st: Juab senior Blake Mangelson over Manti senior Spencer Colburn (fall)3rd: Delta junior Jake Nickle over Delta sophomore Griff Nielson (forfeit)5th: South Sevier junior Christopher Good over Richfield freshman Dalton Boyter (fall)7th: Juab senior Hunter Blackburn over Summit Academy sophomore Kade Peterson (fall)285 pounds1st: Juab junior Shan Jackson over South Sevier senior Kemmer Jones (decision; 5-3)3rd: Delta junior Trendon Cropper over Union sophomore Antonio McKissack (fall)5th: Juab senior Eric Taylor over Summit Academy senior Kayden Atwood (forfeit)7th: Grand junior Jaymmin Hester over Union junior Weston Poorman (injury)9th: Richfield junior Greg Hurley over Manti junior Moises Trejo (fall) Written by February 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Juab Wrestling Dominates 3-A Division A Divisionals At SVC Brad Jameslast_img read more


Freire Shipyard to build fisheries patrol vessel for Kuwait

first_img Spain’s Freire Shipyard to build fisheries patrol vessel for Kuwait View post tag: Freire Shipyard View post tag: Kuwait Back to overview,Home naval-today Spain’s Freire Shipyard to build fisheries patrol vessel for Kuwait March 6, 2018 View post tag: Fisheries Authorities Kuwait’s Marine surveillance department has contracted Spanish shipbuilder Freire Shipyard to build a new 42-meter fisheries surveillance patrol vessel.The contract for this patrol vessel came into force in February 2018, Freire announced, and the vessel is scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019.The vessel is intended to provide support for the marine surveillance department of Kuwait in patrolling the local sea to spot fisheries illegal activity, support other small patrol boats and to carry out search and rescue operations.This new vessel will be capable of reaching speeds of over 30 knots powered by two 2.880 kW engines and fixed pitch propellers. The double chine hull design will provide the vessel with required seakeeping capabilities, according to the company.She will accommodate 16 crew members and will count with 7-meter rigid hull inflatable boat located aft with transom gates.Freire Shipyard said the contract builds on the company’s previous experience of patrol vessel construction. The shipyard previously built three modern patrol vessels for the Spanish Navy, Alborán, Arnomendi and Tarifa, in addition to building a similar fisheries patrol vessel, the Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda, for Namibia. Share this articlelast_img read more


Western Electric Bowling

first_imgWeek 5 High SeriesNick Musica – 486Rosemary McKnight – 517Week 6 High ScoresClare Morrison – 146Barbara Rec – 181, 135, 146Peter Krol – 134Nick Musica – 160, 177, 156Terri Height – 138, 120Toni Roake – 122, 138, 136Karen Tansey – 189, 160, 157Judy Malia – 147, 151John Vida – 180Linda Hoshall – 134Week 6 High SeriesBarbara Rec – 462Nick Musica – 493Karen Tansey – 506Week 7 High ScoresLinda Politowski – 141Rosemary McKnight – 158Toni Roake – 133, 150Karen Tansey – 205, 199Judy Malia – 174Linda Hoshall – 137, 150Barbara Rec – 157, 162, 157John Vida – 180, 163, 167Diane Mangan – 191, 131Pete Krol – 128Nick Musica – 186Pat Sullivan – 127Week 7 High SeriesKaren Tansey – 544Barbara Rec – 477John Vida – 510Nick Musica – 475Week 8 High ScoresToni Roake – 128Karen Tansey – 157, 159Judy Malia – 160, 146Linda Politowski – 155, 149, 145Clare Morrison – 147Rosemary McKnight – 188, 152Linda Hoshall – 138, 160John Vida – 170, 171Diane Mangan – 140, 138Pete Krol – 182, 133Nick Musica – 175, 192Patricia Sullivan – 146Week 8 High SeriesKaren Tansey – 464Nick Musica – 519 Week 5 High ScoresTerry Height – 139Karen Tansey – 145, 141Judy Malia – 139, 134, 135Toni Roake – 131Linda Hoshall – 148Barbara Rec – 136John Vida – 155Nick Musica – 159, 174, 153Clare Morrison – 137, 146Rosemary McKnight – 150, 224last_img read more


Ocean City Thanks Veterans for Service in Annual Program

first_imgA couple hundred people gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean City on Wednesday to honor the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.A crowd gathers at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean City for Wednesday’s annual Veterans Day Program in Ocean City.“Never was so much owed by so many to so few,” Mayor Jay Gillian said, using a Winston Churchill quote to sum up the spirit of Ocean City’s annual Veterans Day program.Keynote speaker Joe Griffies, a Vietnam veteran and host of the WIBG-AM radio show “Welcome Home Veterans,” thanked many of the local veterans who have served, and he also thanked their families back home.“Nobody goes to war alone,” Griffies said.Among the many he singled out, Griffies recognized the service of Lt. Joseph Walters, an Ocean City resident who served in both the Army and the Marines. Walters was part of a Marine platoon that was asked on Sept. 11, 1968, to take the lead in crossing a rice paddy during a seven-day battle for a hill in Vietnam. Walters was shot in the knee, and all but one member of the platoon was killed or wounded.He noted the sacrifice of Michael Crescenz of Sea Isle City, an Army corporal who became the only Medal of Honor recipient from Cape May County. Crescenz died in battle in Vietnam.Griffies spoke of Mary Hoff, whose husband, Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hoff, went missing in action over Vietnam in 1970. She created the black POW-MIA flag that now flies by order of Congress over the Capitol, federal buildings and throughout the nation.Griffies and Gillian both remembered John Kemenosh, a Navy veteran and Ocean City resident who served his country and city until his death on Nov. 1 at age 89.The VFW and veterans thanks sixth-grader Julia Wilson for her service in singing at the annual Veterans Day programs.In a special presentation at the end of Wednesday’s program, VFW Commander Mike Morrissey presented Julia Mary Wilson with a special proclamation thanking her for what’s become a tradition at the annual ceremony — her singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.” The sixth-grader delivers powerful and popular versions of both songs.Ocean City Primary School third-graders read essays thanking veterans for their service and displayed posters they created.Among the participants were:Mrs. Helphenstine’s ClassEssay: Travis BickleyPoster: Diana OlmedoMrs. Dunner’s ClassEssay: Alley AlvaPoster: Chloe CareMrs. Libro’s ClassEssay: Abril BautistaPoster: Mimi McCuskerMrs. Naplacic’s ClassEssay: Daphne BrozynaPoster: Isabella KennyMrs. Nugent’s ClassEssay: Sam RittiPoster: Sadie Tucker Vietnam Veteran Joe Griffies thanks fellow veterans and their families in a keynote address Wednesday in Ocean City.last_img read more


Cybake forms alliance with Parallel Purchasing

first_imgSource: Parallel PurchasingParallel Purchasing MD Matthew ArmitageBakery software firm Cybake has formed a strategic alliance with Birmingham-based procurement specialist Parallel Purchasing.Under the agreement, the two companies will work together on procurement cost-saving projects for clients in the baking sector. Parallel Purchasing will also now use Cybake as its primary procurement software application for independent craft bakeries.Cybake is a cloud-based bakery software system used by retail and wholesale commercial bakers to process orders, manage production, invoicing, deliveries and more. Last year the system was updated with three business intelligence models to analyse sales, profit and retail stock as well as artificial intelligence technology after creator RedBlack Software signed a deal with CatsAI.Parallel Purchasing, meanwhile, was started last year by managing director Matthew Armitage who has spent his entire career in the food sector with a track record in procurement of ingredients packaging, and services for bakeries. The business operates what it describes as a zero-cost model which means it takes a fixed percentage of the savings it makes for clients, which becomes payable once they start seeing results.“By Cybake and Parallel working together, we can have a tremendous impact on any bakery business due to the combination of our systems and purchasing expertise,” said Armitage.Armitage said the benefits of using Cybake include guaranteeing that the business is paying the correct prices agreed with their supplier and ensuring it is claiming credits for short delivered or damaged stock. Similarly, as around 5% of supplier invoices require some form of credit, Cybake makes sure any discrepancies are flagged up, so the baker is getting other credits they are due.“Both our companies like to emphasise that, although this might sound slightly counterintuitive, an extra pound in sales is worth much less than a pound saved. Of course, gaining additional sales is always the priority, but once ingredients, energy and labour costs are considered, an extra pound in sales is unlikely to add more than 20p to your bottom line,” he added.“In contrast, all of each pound saved goes directly on your bottom line – and yet purchasing in many cases is not given sufficient attention by bakeries.”Jane Tyler, MD of Cybake, added: “Trust is a big issue, especially in the food ingredients supply chain, and we believe Parallel provides commercial bakers with a win-win approach.”last_img read more


Kwasniewski to race for TSM in Pro Series East

first_imgOn heels of 2012 K&N Pro Series West title, driver takes his talents to Turner Scott Motorsports With a 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship trophy already sitting on his mantle, Dylan Kwasniewski will compete for another in the Pro Series East with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013, the driver announced Wednesday.”It is really exciting and an honor to join Turner Scott Motorsports, especially at this time when the organization has just announced their expansion,” said Kwasniewski, according to the official release. “Everyone I’ve met at TSM so far is dedicated and committed to results and performance. Moving from the West Series to the East is a natural progression for me as I continue to develop as a driver.”Backed by TSM, which also has NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series teams, Kwasniewski begins his 2013 campaign at the UNOH Battle at the Beach in Daytona. He was awarded placement in the race with his 2012 NKNPSW title.Kwasniewski has come a long way from competing in go-karts at the age of 5, moving up the ranks to become the youngest champion in track history in the Semi Pro Legend Car series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kwasniewski made his NASCAR debut in 2011, finishing an impressive fifth place in the NKNPSW final point standings despite not competing in the first race. Kwasniewski tallied two wins, two poles, eight top fives and nine top 10s. Not to be outdone by his performance from the previous season, 2012 was one for the record books. Kwasniewski recorded three wins, six poles, 12 top fives and 15 top 10s en route to becoming the youngest champion in NKNPSW history.“The chance to drive for Turner Scott Motorsports under the direction of Steve Turner, Harry Scott Jr. and veteran Mike Greci came up last fall,” he said. “I knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for me. TSM has consistently put the best equipment on the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, and I know they will do the same in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, giving me the best opportunity to win races and make a run at the championship this year.””Being able to add another young talent like Dylan to our portfolio of drivers for 2013 is great for this entire organization,” said Steve Turner, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports. “Not only is he (talented) on the track, but he is an amazing young man off the track. Everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports is looking forward to working with Dylan.”Details regarding Kwasniewski’s sponsor, crew and car number will be announced in the near future.last_img read more


Making sense of how the blind ‘see’ color

first_imgWhat do you think of when you think of a rainbow? If you’re sighted, you’re probably imagining colors arcing through the sky just after the rain.But what about someone who can’t see a rainbow? How does a congenitally blind person’s knowledge of a rainbow — or even something as seemingly simple as the color red — differ from that of the sighted?The answer, Alfonso Caramazza said, is complicated: There are similarities but also important differences.The Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology, Caramazza is the co-author, with postdoctoral fellow Ella Striem-Amit and Xiaoying Wang and Yanchao Bi from Beijing Normal University, of a new study that suggests that, although they experience them differently, the sighted and the blind are still able to share a common understanding of abstract visual phenomena like rainbows and color. The study is described in a December paper published in Nature Communications.“The question here is how do we represent things that don’t have an external physical reality — something we can’t touch or smell?” Caramazza said. “If you think about it, this is not just a problem for the blind; it’s a problem anyone has when they hear a word like ‘ion’ or ‘quark,’ for example. Most of us have only a very vague understanding of what those things actually are. If you talk to physicists they can give you theoretical, mathematically precise descriptions, but none of the things they associate with those things have a concrete, physical correspondence.”With no way to directly experience what something like quarks actually are, Caramazza said, people lean heavily on language to understand or describe them — using words like “strange” and “charm” to describe quarks’ “flavors.”And the same, he said, is true for blind people seeking to understand color.“You can use language to describe things that are physical,” he explained. “If you were blind and I wanted to describe a cup to you, I could say it’s a hard object that’s concave and it’s nonporous, so you can put liquids in it. Those descriptions are things you have some physical experience of, so you can piggyback on that experience. But there are some concepts for which you cannot do that. Color is a surface property of an object, but there’s no way for me to tell a blind person what that sensory experience is, because it’s a purely visual experience. So the way they learn about red is the way you and I learn about quarks, or about concepts like justice or virtue — through a verbal description or use in verbal contexts.” “The way [a blind person] learn[s] about red is the way you and I learn about quarks, or about concepts like justice or virtue — through a verbal description or use in verbal contexts.” — Alfonso Caramazza Though scientists have known for decades that abstract and concrete concepts are represented in different parts of the brain, Caramazza said that understanding how the blind experience and understand visual concepts like color can help shed new light on how the brain is organized.One hypothesis for how knowledge is organized in the brain proposes that representations of the things we know are optimally connected to other parts of the brain that are necessary for processing that information.“For example,” Caramazza said, “knowledge of something I can see will be organized in a part of my brain that is easily connected with the visual system. But what about color in the blind? It cannot be represented in an area that’s connected to visual processing. Because they learn about it through language, it will be organized in an area that is especially well-connected with language processing. So if the question is where does a blind person store a representation of a rainbow in their brain, they store it in the same area where a sighted person would store a representation of a concept like justice or virtue.”To see that process in action, Caramazza and his colleagues recruited both blind and sighted volunteers and used fMRI scanners to track activity in their brains as they performed various tasks, including answering questions about rainbows and colors.“We found that, in the congenitally blind, the neural responses for red were in the same areas as the neural responses for justice,” he said. “The abstractness of something like red in the blind is the same as the abstractness of virtue for the sighted, and in both cases that information is represented in a part of the brain where information is obtained through linguistic processes.”While the study’s findings suggest there are similarities between how the blind and the sighted interpret concepts like color, Caramazza said the answer is still far from definitive.“What we are showing is that the organization of concepts in the brain is determined by different principles, one of which is how the information is acquired,” he said. “But the question of whether the blind and the sighted actually have different concepts of red — that’s the hard problem. That’s a philosophical question at this stage. It’s not something we know how to address scientifically, because we’re talking about personal, private experience.”What is remarkable, Caramazza said, is that despite those differences in how the blind experience colors and how they are represented differently in their brain, the blind and the sighted are able to understand color in similar ways. “You could be talking to a blind person, and if you didn’t know they were blind, you would never suspect that their experience of red is different from yours, because in fact they do know what red means. They know what it means in the same way you come to know what justice means.”This research was supported with funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Società Scienze Mente Cervello–Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto, the Provincia Autonoma di Trento, the Harvard Provostial postdoctoral fund, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the Israel National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science, the National Program for Special Support of Top-notch Young Professionals, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Interdisciplinary Research Funds of Beijing Normal University.last_img read more


Philadelphia Archbishop examines religion’s role in politics

first_imgThe Tocqueville Program is a relatively new organization at Notre Dame — founded only in 2009 — that seeks to promote the study of religion and politics. The program organizes conferences, symposia and research on religious liberty.The Program hosted its inaugural lecture on religious liberty Thursday. Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, gave a lecture titled “Sex, Family and the Liberty of the Church: Authentic Freedom in Our Emancipated Age.”Chaput began his lecture by emphasizing Catholic beliefs about life and the goal of getting into Heaven.“Life is a gift — not an accident — and the point of a life is to become the kind of fully human person who knows and loves God above everything else and reflects that love to others,” Chaput said.Chaput used this view of life to express concern over the 2016 presidential election.“Only God knows the human heart,” he said. “I presume that both major candidates for the White House this year intend well and have a reasonable level of personal decency behind their public images, but I also believe that each candidate is very bad news for our country.”“One candidate, in the view of lots of people, is a belligerent demagogue with an impulse-control problem, and the other — also in the view of a lot of people — is a criminal liar, uniquely rich in stale ideas and bad priorities,” Chaput said.According to Chaput, Christians cannot view politics with cynicism. He said there are many honest politicians who do work for the public good and if Christians were to leave the political arena, others with worse intentions would remain.“The political vocation matters because, done well, it can ennoble the society it serves,” Chaput said.He said Christians need to become increasingly active in politics by focusing on the kind of people that they are.“Changing the country first means changing ourselves,” Chaput said.According to Chaput, his experiences hearing confessions shaped his view on family life.“When you spend several thousand hours of your life … hearing the failures and hurts in peoples’ lives — men who beat their wives, women who cheat on their husbands, the addicts to porn, or alcohol, or drug, thieves, the hopeless, the self-satisfied and the self-hating — you get a pretty good picture of the world as it really is and its effect on the human soul,” Chaput said.He expressed concern over the effect of a dramatic increase in the number of people confessing to sexual promiscuity, infidelity, sexual violence and sexual confusion.“Sex is a basic appetite and human instinct,” he said. “Sexuality is tied intimately to who we are, how we search for love and happiness, how we defeat the pervasive loneliness in life and, for most people, how we claim some little bit of permanence in a world and a story by having children.“The truth about our sexuality is that infidelity, promiscuity, sexual confusion and mass pornography, by tens of millions of persons over five decades, destroys lives. Then, compound it with the media nonsense about the innocence of casual sex and the happy children of friendly divorces — what you get is what we now have a dysfunctional culture of frustrated and wounded people increasingly incapable of permanent commitment.”Chaput said this incapability of commitment has severe political consequences. In his view, people that are too weak to rule themselves and their passions will become ruled by other people, compromising their freedom.“Sooner or later, they surrender themselves to a state that compensates for their narcissism and immaturity with its own form of social control,” he said.According to Chaput, millennials’ reluctance to have children is troubling for the future. He said sexually selfish and weak people create broken families that contribute to a dysfunctional cycle.“Only a mother and a father can offer the unique kind of human love rooted in flesh and blood, the kind that comes from mutual submission and self-giving, the kind that comes from complementarity of sexual difference,” Chaput said.This type of relationship is necessary to instill good values in children, according to Chaput. He said society’s values and problems — crime, bad schools and unemployment — make it difficulty to raise children, which has political consequences played out in the government.“In Catholic thought, government has a role to play is easing [crime, education and unemployment] problems, but not if a government works from a crippled idea of who man is, what marriage is and what a family is, and not if a government deliberately shapes its policies to interfere with and control the mediating institutions in civil society that already serve the public well — the family and the Church,” he said.Tags: Archbishop of Philadelphia, Catholicism, Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Tocqueville Programlast_img read more


Grammy Nominee Josh Groban Could Be Broadway Bound in ‘Something Brand New’

first_imgJosh Groban may be a Broadway baby soon! The Grammy-nominated singer appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on January 5 and hinted that the Great White Way is in the future (the near future!). Asked when he will hit Broadway, Groban said, “Hopefully in the next year or two.”Is the “You Raise Me Up” singer eyeing anything specific? Groban revealed to Cohen, “Ideally I’d like to do something brand new. There’s a lot of shows that I grew up really loving, but I think it’s always fun to workshop something and work with people fresh and to kind of develop a character and a story. It’s always been a dream of mine and I got kind of sidetracked into this extraordinary, very lucky life that I’ve had. I’ve never left my passion for that so I would love to.” Cohen responded, “You could fill some seats, my brother. Let’s do it; let’s sell some tickets!”We couldn’t agree more! Groban is no stranger to theater—he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp and was slated to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s drama program before being discovered by megaproducer David Foster. In 2008 he performed as the Russian in Chess in Concert at Royal Albert Hall in London alongside Rent alums Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal. Check out the videos below to get a sampling of Groban putting that voice to some good musical theater use! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Josh Grobanlast_img read more