Bringing only a travel backpack, Saint Mary’s student assists women in India during summer trip

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Grace Erving traveled to Kolkata, India, this summer to participate in a missionary program with the Missionaries of Charity. The social work major made the trek to India with only a travel backpack, spending one month serving the dying and destitute at Prem Dan, one of the Missionaries of Charity’s six facilities in Kolkata. Prem Dan, meaning ‘Gift of Love,’ specifically caters to the needs of the elderly and dying in the poorer areas of the city. “These women come to Prem Dan because they have been abandoned by their families and have nowhere else to go. Most people come to Prem Dan in a really bad state, and it’s incredible to see how they progress to become so happy,” Erving said in an email. The daily routine allowed Erving to connect with both her fellow volunteers, as well as the wider community. “Every day we would go to Mass with the sisters. Mass felt homey and reverent since they always took their shoes off before entering the sacred space,” she said. “After, all the volunteers would eat together and head to our assignments. Every day I walked through the slums. People on the streets recognized who we were and where we were going, so they would greet us every morning and try to speak English to us.” It was in the tiny acts of service, she said, that allowed her to connect with the women at Prem Dan.“Every morning we would go make beds and wipe everything down. Since some people can’t get out of bed, we would go back and make sure we fed them,” Erving said. “I think this was the most rewarding thing we did. It’s an incredibly humbling experience to feed them and just sit and be with them.” For Erving, being able to help provide both material and emotional support for these women was one of the greatest lessons. “It’s one thing to feed someone’s material needs and give them a bed, food and water. But people thirst for that intimacy and proximity to people,” she said. “As Christians, we are called to see Christ in everyone, and by sitting and feeding people you don’t even know, you start to see Christ in them.”While the trip wasn’t without its challenges, Evring said it ended up being one of the most transformative experiences. “While there was a language barrier at first since I didn’t speak Bengali, I ended up learning to communicate in ways I didn’t think I could before,” she said. “The women there were awesome. It was such a gift to just be able to go and spend time with them.”Erving said the greatest lesson she learned was how much your heart can open up to a new experience. “After doing something like this, your heart grows in its capacity to love,” she said. “The world is not scary at all. People are people. There are good people wherever you go. You will find so many people along the way when you just open yourself up to the possibility of going and seeing how it goes.” Tags: India, Prem Dan, Saint Mary’s College, summer abroadlast_img read more

Ihrig: Complaints have become a ‘compliance event’

first_imgThe advent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has turned the consumer complaint process into a compliance event.It’s no longer enough to take consumer complaint calls and strive for good service, says Jared Ihrig, CUNA’s chief compliance officer.“The CFPB wants to see how you’re managing those calls and how you’re tracking them,” he says. “They want spreadsheets and pie charts that show when the calls came in and how long it took to resolve the issue, and if the error was extrapolated across the membership and remediated with all the members who had the same issue.“They want to know if you changed your policies, procedures, and product offerings so the same complaint does not happen again.”CFPB is closely scrutinizing regulators to ensure they’re documenting these issues. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Amazing FNQ home with its own waterfall hits the market

first_imgThe home is near Babinda, south of CairnsANY lingering worries from a hard day’s work are forgotten by Rod Overell as he steps into his private waterfall oasis.“I invariably will get out of the car and go and jump into the creek,” Mr Overell, 56, said.“I wash the day off and never really feel like I’m caught in a grind.”For almost two decades the aircraft engineer has been the owner of a hidden Far North gem.In the shadow of Mt Bellenden Ker near Babinda, his 32ha property comprises a charming four-bedroom Queenslander set among tropical rainforest. Central to its magic is a dazzling waterfall, which Far North photographer and author Paul Curtis described as one of the region’s “most beautiful”.“The clarity and freshness of the water is second to none,” he wrote. “The pristine condition of the surrounding forest and streams belie its proximity to a major highway.”Enchanted by its “wow factor”, Mr Overell had his eyes on the property for several years until he finally bought it in 1998.“I saw it was for sale in 1992, but I couldn’t afford it at that time; it came back on the market and I grabbed it,” he said. “It is just a wonderful place – all you hear in the afternoon is the chorus of bird life.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoBuilt in 1948, the Queenslander-style house features mountain views from its front veranda. The home is set against Mt Bellenden KerOver the years Mr Overell said he had taken only 40 people to the waterfall which, despite being hidden away, was only a short walk from his house.“You can wander there, swim for an hour, and then walk home for a cup of tea,” he said. Intent on moving to Brisbane to pursue his martial arts passion, he has now decided to sell the property.“I’ve been a custodian of the property, but it was here a long time before my 18 years,” Mr Overell said.“I want to let it go to someone else who will be able to appreciate it.” The unique property is offered for $2 million and inspections are available by appointment only. Selling agent Cheyenne Morrison of LJ Hooker Cairns South said the property was one of the Far North’s most special. “Wooroonooran Falls has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever had for sale,” Mr Morrison said.last_img read more

Report: Dauda completes Ashantigold move

first_imgReports are that Black Stars goalkeeper Fatau Dauda sealed a return to AshantiGold just some few hours before the transfer window closed  Tuesday.Africanfootball.com understands the 29-year-old has penned a short-term deal.Fatau was available on a free transfer by cancelling his contract with Premier Soccer League side Chippa United after only two months at the club.Dauda is looking to get his career back on track following some uninspiring performances both at club and international levels.His return to AshantiGold proves how determined he is to get back to playing regular football after struggling at Orlando Pirates and Chippa United respectively.But Dauda faces stiff competition from Robert Dabuo and Nana Bonsu who have proven to be reliable pair of hands.last_img

Miami feat: LeBron James scores 51 points as Lakers roll past Heat

first_imgWith the 18 of 30 shooting night, James set a new scoring season-high, just two games after a 44-point night in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers at home. The Lakers have now won seven of their last nine games, and got some of their mojo back after a blowout loss to Orlando that James said “shell-shocked” the team.Ahead is Cleveland, where James will make his second debut in eight years as a opponent rather than a hometown hero. The villain’s welcome he received back in 2010, however, is likely to be tempered by James’ championship season in 2016.James suggested he’ll pour out his reflections before the Wednesday tip.“I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise,” he said. “And then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img It wouldn’t be his last.In all, James scored 19 points in the first quarter alone, stepping out for deep threes, spinning on stepback jumpers and finding his way in the paint for jams. He shot 8 for 10 in the first quarter; the Heat as a team were 8 for 22 with 21 points in the same segment.“When he’s hitting shots like that, what do you want us to do?” Heat center Hassan Whiteside said later. “He was shooting 30-foot bombs. It’s tough.”James never seemed to lose a certain control over the game: By halftime, he had 28 points, and three quarters in, he had 42. He found ways to attack from all over the court, and he got most of the whistles he wanted.Even his final shot had some flair: a 32-footer from the wing that pushed him past the 50-point plateau. He pointed to the Lakers bench and smiled, answering an apparent dare from teammate Lance Stephenson.“He said, ‘Go for the 3, I bet you won’t go for the 3,’” James said. “So I went for the 3. So I was pointing right at Lance.”The Lakers (9-7) veered into familiar territory late as a sky-scraping dunk by Derrick Jones Jr. cut the lead, which was double digits for much of the night, to eight points. But steering clear of some of the nail-biters earlier in the season, the Lakers got a lay-up from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (19 points) and a pair of free throws by James. The Heat missed their final four shots of the game in the last three-and-a-half minutes.Frustration apparently built up for Miami: Midway through the fourth quarter, Josh Richardson (5 personal fouls) threw a fit that culminated with him tossing one of shoes into the stands. He was summarily ejected, but not before he knocked over a chair on his way to the locker room.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut even though it looked like the LeBron James of years ago, what made the feat more incredible that it wasn’t LeBron James of years ago. It’s James in his 16th season, notching at least 50 points for the 12th time in his career, and he’s still capable of dominating nights. Only Kobe Bryant, in his very last game with the Lakers, has ever done it before in his 16th season or later.Taking care of his body is something James (who turns 34 in December) takes great pride in — maybe the most pride in. After icing his legs and feet in the locker room, he said as much to the crowd of media who gathered to see his return.“For me, I put so much craft, so much mind and so much time in my body,” he said. “And being available for my teammates is the most important thing to me. … I know if I put in the work and be true to the game, everything else takes care of itself.”No Laker has ever put a bigger individual bruising on the Heat: James surpassed the team scoring record against Miami, set by Bryant in 2004.James gave early notice that he was going off: On his very first bucket of the night, he got a steal to initiate a fast break that he finished with a powerful dunk, a vintage trademark of the dominance he once held playing nightly in American Airlines Arena. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs MIAMI — On restless nights this season, Erik Spoelstra has flipped on the television to gaze into the past.He watches West Coast games, perhaps with a special eye for the Lakers, who are led by the star he once coached. Has LeBron James changed much since his Miami days? The Heat coach laughed.“He’s timeless,” Spoelstra said. “I just think you can book it every year – 27, 8 and 7. Doesn’t matter what uniform, doesn’t matter what year, doesn’t matter how old.”PreviousLakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Lakers forward LeBron James keeps the ball from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the first half of an NBA game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. James scored 51 points in the Lakers’ 113-97 win. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram drives as Miami Heat forward Rodney McGruder defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James drives the ball to the basket against Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, left, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, center, and Heat center Hassan Whiteside are unable to come up with a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram drives the ball to the basket against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James arrives before an NBA basketball game against Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ExpandIn his first return to Miami since becoming a Laker, James looked very much like his old self, pouring in 51 points and making the process look effortless. The Lakers rode his performance to a 113-97 win over the Heat (6-10), a critical bounce-back win on an emotional road trip that will next lead James back to Cleveland.last_img read more