Documentary inspires counter-slavery efforts

first_imgAfter viewing the award-winning documentary “Nefarious” at a Christian conference over winter break, freshman Dougie Barnard said he was “wrecked with tears.” Barnard said he knew he wanted to bring the film, which exposes the growing epidemic of human trafficking and sex slavery around the world, to Notre Dame so students and faculty could experience the same tremendous emotional effect it had on him. “When I saw the film over winter break, I felt like the Lord really touched my heart,” Barnard said. “I feel like [‘Nefarious’] has the potential to unify the student body to come together on an issue that’s so important and threatening today.” Cosponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame Christian Athletes, Student Welfare and Development, Iron Sharpens Iron, ND-8, Peace Fellowship and Four:7, “Nefarious” will be shown tonight in DeBartolo Hall. Barnard said the issues presented in “Nefarious” are particularly relevant to Notre Dame’s mission. “It relates to social justice here because [the global sex trade is] one of the most important injustices in the world today, and Notre Dame has always had a deep concern for social justice in the world,” Barnard said. Barnard first viewed “Nefarious” at the annual ONETHING Conference in Kansas City, Mo. in December. ONETHING, hosted each year by the International House of Prayer, is a four-day Christian conference that encourages young adults around the country to join together in prayer and reflection. “It was [at ONETHING] that they showed ‘Nefarious’ and had the director, Benjamin Nolot, come and speak to us before and after they showed it,” Barnard said. “There were about 15,000 people there that got to see ‘Nefarious.’” The film challenges Catholics to address an issue that is “sensitive, provoking and disturbing,” Barnard said. “It calls us to a place of prayer to come together to work to address this issue and to abolish modern-day slavery,” he said. “So it’s a reminder, and a call to take action. One of the ways we can do that is through prayer.” According to a United Nations report, human trafficking is a $32 billion per-year industry, bringing in more revenue than the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB combined. Barnard said after the conference, he received an email from a missionary he met at the ONETHING conference, asking if he would be interested in hosting a screening of “Nefarious” at Notre Dame. “I said I’d love to,” he said. “[The missionary] then put me in contact with members of the Incurable Fanatics [Screening] Tour. They work for an organization called Exodus Cry, the foundation that made this film.” Barnard said Sarah Smith, program coordinator for the Student Welfare and Development Office and Notre Dame representative for Christian Athletes, also helped bring the film to Notre Dame. “[Smith] has been coordinating with the members from Exodus Cry, and she’s been the representative from Notre Dame Christian Athletes to bring this film to campus,” Barnard said. “Nefarious” will be shown tonight at 8 p.m. in 101 DeBartolo Hall. Admission is free.last_img read more

Plan for More Fun this Summer – Travel the Beerwerks Trail

first_imgTheir adventurous spirits have taken on the renovation of an oldstorefront on South Main Street in Lexington. Between the newly exposed brickwalls and the enviable downtown location, this pub is sure to buzz with aconstant stream of locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re traveling through or making the Shenandoah Valleyyour destination, don’t miss these three unique and tasty experiences along theShenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Devils Backbone Brewing Company One can’t-miss experience this summer is the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Complete with some of the nation’s best brews, fresh farm-to-table meals and amazing views, the 15 breweries on this trail all sit within an hours’ drive of each other. Plus, you’ll find no shortage of outdoor activities in the Shenandoah Valley, which you can enjoy before or after your brewery experience.    If you are looking for a “brew with a view”, Great Valley Farm Brewery is the place to be. Undoubtably, it is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever be able to sit back, relax and sip on a quality Belgian-style ale brewed to perfection with ingredients grown on their own farm. Drawing inspiration from refreshing craft beer enjoyed while on aski trip in the Alps, founders Steve and Heidi Crandall, set out to bring thatsame exhilarating experience of craft European-style beers to the Blue RidgeMountains. What resulted was the Devils Backbone Brewing Company, aptly named afterthe title given to the mountainous region by eager, patriotic surveyors some300 years ago. What’s a festival without good beer? Limited merriment…that’s forsure. The resolute dedication to the process of slow craft-brewing with only the finest ingredients—“Slow by Nature” has become a way of life at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen. Owners Nathan and Irma Bailey actually began their journey in theworld of fermentation with their very own vineyard 7 years ago. The grapes arestill sold to local wineries and occasionally used in their beer. Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, VA But the biggest “cool factor” we love about this vineyard settingis the unmatched experience it creates for your visit.  Set atop a crest with the vineyard spanningthe rolling hills below you and hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains blanketedacross the horizon before you, the Great Valley Farm Brewery provides theperfect backdrop for your visit. They’ll be crafting ales and lagers that have been carefully cultivated and chosen to represent the beauty, goodness and complexity of the Shenandoah Valley. Follow them on facebook for continual updates and progress. For more information about Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, VA, visit us at Each brewery along the trail has a unique story behind theirbrand and their flavors. In the end, they all lead back to the things in lifethat really matter – community, family, friendship and living life to thefullest.  The newest brewery to “hit the trail” in Lexington andsurrounding areas, Heliotrope Brewery, will deliver a varied, but equallyenjoyable experience. Owners Erik Jones and Jenny Davies are currently workinghard towards a summer open date.  The ShenandoahBeerwerks Trail Heliotrope Brewery Great Valley Farm Brewery When you visit, be sure to enjoy a Saturday tour of thecustom-built brew house, featuring a 120 barrel Rolec Brewing system. If you’rewondering what to try, European-style lagers are their sweet spot. But let’s behonest…everything they brew is delicious. Stop in for a glass of your own “Slowby Nature.” Chris Weisler Rockbridge County Tourism Lexington Virginia Summer TravelChris Weisler Rockbridge County Tourism Lexington Virginia Summer Travel In Rockbridge County, you’ll find a few of our favorites,separated only by a relaxing (and responsible) 20-minute drive. Their motto, Pax Soles Fermentum, loosely translated to mean“Peace, Sunshine and Fermentation”, supports their passion and goal—to brew “tothe seasons, using locally sourced ingredients.” They’re even going so far asto culture up their own wild yeast strain from right in Rockbridge County. Itdoesn’t get much more local than that. And since we’re celebrating festivals all across the Blue RidgeMountains this May, we thought we’d also take a “merry” detour to some of the great breweriesdotted among the hills and trees in Virginia. And the brew matches the view. Their Belgian-style ale has becomea favorite of the locals, but plenty of other craft options are available, suchas IPAs, English Ales and German Lagers. Chris Weisler Rockbridge County Tourism Lexington Virginia Summer Travellast_img read more

February 23 2015You can view reports on all of th

first_imgFebruary 23, 2015You can view reports on all of the different steps in the upgrade work in the East Crescent Keystone area, starting with the plans in our report from August 15; the beginning of the work is reported on 8/20/2014. Continuing reports were posted on 9/1, 9/3, and on 9/10, 9/12, 9/15, 9/22 9/26, 10/1 – 10/6, 10/22, 10/24, 12/3, 12/12 and 1/5 – 1/21 and 1/26/2015.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]The last pour was of the center piece slab of the walkway around the amphitheater. This slab has now cured for a month.Ron Chandler is removing the form.Part of the slab floats over the upper seating area and needed heavy support forms which Ron is now removing.Here we can see the rounded slab protruding.The new slab gently curves out and we can see small weldplates at its edge where the railing will be reinstalled.More to come.last_img read more

European channel group SPI International has acqui

first_imgEuropean channel group SPI International has acquired programming from NBCUniversal, while preparing for the launch of its first 4K network.The NBCU deal gives it close to 100 first-run film titles in the Czech Republic and Slovakia including Fast and Furious 6, Despicable Me 2 and 47 Ronin and run on the FilmBox Premium channel.Meanwhile, the Ulta HD channel will be called 4K FunBox UHD. Acquisitions for the channel are being sought an finalised here in Cannes at MIPTV, and SPI has already secured more than 200 hours of content for it.“Our new Ultra HD library will initially offer very diverse content such as visually stunning nature documentaries, breath taking videos of San Francisco skyline and eye-popping CG animations,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of FilmBox International, an SPI subsidiary.last_img read more