Fauci sees vaccination for kids by late spring or the summer

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s top infectious disease expert says he hopes to see some kids starting to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in the next few months. It’s a needed step to securing widespread immunity to the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci said at Friday’s White House coronavirus briefing that hopefully that will start to happen by late spring or summer. Vaccines are not yet approved for children, but testing is underway. Children represent about one-fourth of the population, and for the U.S. to reach “herd immunity,” or widespread resistance, about 70% to 85% of the population must be vaccinated. At the moment, even older adults are having problems getting shots.last_img read more

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Expert emphasizes interfaith dialogue as a tool to promote peace

first_imgMiroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University, delivered a keynote address for the Catholic Social Tradition Conference on Monday in McKenna Hall Auditorium. In the address, he emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue in achieving peace and happiness in an increasingly global world.“World religions have an important contribution to make as repositories of significant visions of human flourishing, significant visions of the good life,” he said.“If we don’t find ways to live, plural that we are, in peace within the common political space under a common political roof, our lives — all of our lives — are going to be worse for it.”During the talk, which is part of a three-day conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document “Gaudium et spes,” Volf said that religious exclusivism — which he explained as a religion’s belief in its exclusive access to the ultimate truth — initially seems to present an obstacle to the peaceful coexistence of different religions.He said the problem, particularly, is that all world religions are fundamentally exclusive to varying degrees.“There is no non-exclusivist position,” he said. “I don’t think there are non-exclusivists in this room.”However, Volf said religious exclusivism does not necessarily lead to political exclusivism or the restriction of freedom of beliefs and expression in a certain society.Indeed, he said, history provides examples of religious exclusivists who also supported toleration of other belief systems.“It’s not just that religious exclusivists can be political pluralists, but as a matter of fact, historically, they have invented political pluralism out of their own interests.”Furthermore, in some cases, exclusivism even encourages toleration, he said.“You can be a religious exclusivist, and just because of your exclusivist religious convictions, you can embrace pluralism as a political project,” Volf said.Unfortunately, exclusivism does not always engender pluralism, but requires certain conditions, Volf said. One such condition, he said, is an “interest in commonalities rather than differences.”“We need the kinds of relations between religions in which they would be able to adjust their own expectations from each other in the context of living in the common space while staying true to their own identity and true to their own vocation,” he said.While these relations might initially seem difficult to develop, Volt said they are actually very natural to humans.  He gave the example of family life, in which family members must take into account the needs and desires of each other in order to live together in harmony.“You don’t make decisions without thinking how your teenage son’s going to react,” he said.Volf said this approach to encouraging coexistence through a meaningful dialogue is particularly important in combatting nihilism, which asserts that values and value systems have no foundation.In contrast to nihilism, he said, many world religions actually support many commonly held democratic values.“Each world religion will have and can have resources within itself to embrace, say, freedom of religion, to embrace equality of others,” he said.Lectures and panels will continue throughout the day today as part of the Catholic Social Tradition Conference hosted by the Center for Social Concerns.  A full schedule of events can be found at http://socialconcerns.nd.edu/mission/cst/2015ConferenceSchedule.shtmlTags: Catholic Social Teaching, religious pluralism, Vatican IIlast_img read more

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Holtsville Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 53-year-old man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle into the back of a tractor-trailer in his hometown of Holtsville on Tuesday night.Suffolk County police said Leonard Mastro was riding a 1976 BMW motorcycle westbound on Long Island Avenue when he hit the back of a tractor-trailer that was turning right into Bissett Nursery shortly after 8 p.m.Mastro was ejected from his bike, which was dragged under the truck and caught on fire, police said.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died Wednesday morning.The driver of the tractor-trailer, Rhondle Carlton Day Jr., of North Carolina, was not injured.Sixth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

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Arteta moves to bring Bergkamp back to Arsenal

first_img Loading… Arsenal’s boss, Mikel Arteta, is moving to bring Dennis Bergkamp back to the club. According to The Sun of UK, the Dutchman is being eyed for the role of the assistant coach after Freddie Ljungberg’s exit. Bergkamp, 51, would jump at the chance of a Gunners return and boss Arteta is hoping to bolster his backroom staff with a figure who commands instant respect from the current players. And no one is more revered than former Invincible Bergkamp, who spent 11 years at the club and has his own statue outside the Emirates. Arteta considered asking ex-Arsenal midfield partner Santi Cazorla to become part of his team.Advertisement read also:Arsenal Talisman Aubameyang shows off Supercars collection But those plans were scuppered when the Spaniard signed for Qatari team Al Sadd to extend his playing career. Bergkamp has been coaching on a volunteer basis with Amsterdam minnows Almere City since being axed as assistant manager of Ajax three years ago. Now he is eager for a permanent coaching position and has made no secret of his desire to become a Gunner again. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsonlast_img read more

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