BERLIN (AP) — Swiss investigators say “high-risk flying” by the pilots of a vintage propeller plane led to a 2018 crash in the Alps that killed all 20 people on board. The 79-year-old Junkers Ju-52 operated by local airline Ju-Air crashed in southeastern Switzerland on Aug. 4, 2018. The airplane, which was carrying 17 passengers and three crew members, slammed near-vertically into a mountain. It was flying back from Locarno in southern Switzerland to its base near Zurich. The Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board said in its final report Thursday that “the pilots’ high-risk flying was a direct cause of the accident.”
Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry explored the relationship of human dignity on issues such as racism, disabilities and autism during a panel discussion Wednesday.Assistant director of Campus Ministry Emily Sipos-Butler said this panel discussion was intended to explore the inherent human dignity of each and every human person. She said the panel served to reinforce the idea that humans are all created in God’s image and likeness, and it means something for each of person in the Saint Mary’s community, as well as the community as a whole.“When we talk about this notion in Catholic social teaching of life and dignity of the human person, we often start with life and the right to life — the right to be born — and the next thing that gets added on is natural death,” Sipos-Butler said.The panel discussion came about as a way to help students and members of the Saint Mary’s community explore a whole variety of issues that relate to the life and dignity of the human person, Sipos-Butler said.“There is a lot that happens in between the right to life and natural death that relates to life and dignity of the human person, and its impacts on the community as well,” she said. “Ultimately we’re created as social beings. We’re not just individual hermits scattered across the Earth, so we need to look and reflect deeply on each of these issues that affect us and the world around us.”Michael Waddell, associate professor of philosophy and the McMahon Aquinas Chair in philosophy, said the sanctity of human life is not only a matter for reflection and consideration for Christians but ought to be for all people in society.The way in which people can foster the flourishing of different types of human goods, Waddell said, is by defending every human being’s right not only to life, but also to education, to healthcare, to work and to living and participating in the world.“We are not merely beings, we’re human beings — which is to say that we’re rational animals, and as animals we have bodies, and bodies are prone to illness, injury and disability,” he said. “Therefore, we need healthcare to preserve the bodily life. But we’re not just animals either, we’re rational animals, which means we are capable of knowledge, and so we need education to foster the good of knowing truth. As rational beings, it turns out that we are also social beings, and so we need access to the community.”Andrew Pierce, professor of philosophy and the coordinator of justice studies, discussed racism in contemporary American society as a form of discrimination that violates the principle of solidarity and dignity of all human persons.“One of the principles that tend to fall out of our broader understanding of human dignity is the principle of solidarity,” he said. “This notion enforces that we are one human family, equal in dignity regardless of differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, etc.”Although our society as a whole still has work to do in becoming truly inclusive and respecting of all types of people, Sipos-Butler said this event is one way of engaging the Saint Mary’s community to talk about and highlight the various issues facing the community today.“And particularly at a time when I hear from students that some of them are trying to find their place, they’re not sure where they fit in and there is a lot of negative talk in the political arena that heightens anxiety and it erodes not only civil discourse, but also how we understand other human persons,” she said. “This is a way to engage as Christians and members of society to contribute anything that we can to uphold this notion of the life and dignity of the human person as being really foundational for not only our society but here on our campus as well.”Tags: Faith, Human Dignity, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry
OAKLAND — Getting back to normal following a traumatic event is a challenge. After several days of dealing with the Donald Sterling debacle, the Clippers appear to be getting there.That much was evident by their mood at Thursday’s morning shootaround ahead of Game 6 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.“Getting better every day,” guard Chris Paul said. “You know, guys are obviously a little bit more relaxed and happy to play and ready to have fun.”Sixth-man extraordinaire Jamal Crawford spoke about the atmosphere at the shootaround. “I think that’s a clear indicator,” he said. “Whenever we’re loose and joking around and relaxed, I think that’s when we’re at our best. We’ve been able to get back to that.”Of course, if NBA commissioner Adam Silver had not socked it to Sterling the way he did, doling out a lifetime ban to the Clippers owner Tuesday, things would have been different.“Definitely,” Crawford said, “I think there has been closure the last two days and we’ve been able to move forward and just focus on the Warriors. … Yeah, I think it was a sense of relief. There’s no more wondering what’s going to happen, what could happen.”Matt Barnes echoed that sentiment.“I think the smoke has cleared, for the most part, for us,” Barnes said. “I think now we are allowed to just go out there and concentrate on being basketball players, which is what we signed up to do.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kudos to the coachDoc Rivers has received a lot of praise for the way he led the players through this drama. Crawford couldn’t say enough about the first-year Clippers coach.“I couldn’t have imagined anybody else leading us, honestly,” Crawford said. “He’s truly more than just a coach. He’s somebody that can be a teacher in the classroom … I think he’s great, he’s unbelievable. Just being consistent, being true to his values, true to his morals and standing up for them.“From day one he’s been the exact same. There’s been no wavering, no changes, no matter what’s come up.”Painful timeA reporter mentioned to Rivers that, sure, his players have experienced pain from this episode. But what about his pain?“Well, there’s been some,” he said. “But you know, I’m the coach and I’ve gotta show them that we’re good, every day.”The Clippers weren’t good in Game 4 this past Sunday when they fell behind quickly and lost by 21 points. That, however, was little more than 24 hours after Sterling’s racist remarks toward African-Americans were released by TMZ.“That was a hard game for all of us,” Rivers said. “The game came too quick, to be honest.” Potential buyersOnce Sterling is either forced to sell the team, or does it voluntarily, there will be a long list of celebrities looking to throw their hats in the ring to buy it. Among them are boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya, as well as Oprah Winfrey and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.That says a lot, Crawford said.“It just shows that we’re a power franchise,” he said. “I think everybody wants to be a part of it. Some of the most famous celebrities in the world and they all want to be a part of it.”Paul is famous, but he can’t do it.“I don’t have enough money for it,” he said, getting a laugh out of reporters.