All’s Fair in Love and COVID: Marriage and Divorce in a Pandemic

Maria S. Lowry, Houston, Texas Family Law Attorney

Maria S. Lowry, Houston, Texas Family Law Attorney

Marriages & divorces dropped off at the start of the pandemic and haven’t bounced back as expected as states have lifted restrictions. by Catherine Kimble

There are many times when an in-person hearing or trial is still preferable.”

— Maria S. Lowry, Houston Family Law Attorney

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, April 16, 2021 / — A study by Bowling Green State University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research analyzed the marriage and divorce rates in five states- Florida, Arizona, New Hampshire, Missouri, and Oregon. According to the study, if these trends “were repeated nationwide, the U.S. had an estimated ‘shortfall’ of 339,917 marriages and 191,053 divorces, according to the paper by Bowling Green’s Wendy Manning and Krista Payne. In 2019, there were roughly 2.2 million marriages in the U.S., and about 1 million divorces.”

Having a decrease in marriages and divorces in March and April 2020 was expected with the shutdowns and stay-at-home orders. However, when many states started reopening in the summer and fall, there was not an influx of marriages and divorces that would indicate that people were waiting until reopening occurred.

However, this was not the case everywhere. According to Bloomberg Wealth, “One exception is Arizona, where divorce numbers did bounce back over the summer to bring the state slightly above expected levels.”

While divorces were actually down, “In the first half of 2020, there were signs of an impending spike in divorce, with reports of a surge of filings in China as it came out of quarantine, and a disturbing rise in domestic violence arrests and calls to the police while U.S. cities were under stay-at-home orders in March” according to Bloomberg Wealth.

Even though the divorce rate is down, it does not necessarily mean that couples are happier in their marriages. According to Wendy Manning, a sociology professor who is the director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research, “Divorce can be expensive, and couples may be reluctant while facing economic uncertainty and/or health issues. These folks may feel ‘stuck’ and they could be delaying divorce until life feels more normal.”

With having to spend more time together, problems about the other person that could have been ignored or at least tolerated before the COVID-19 lockdown are coming to the surface.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are getting divorced over Zoom. One unexpected advantage of going to court proceedings over Zoom is that it can save time. In the past, you may have had to wait around the courthouse for an hour to see a judge for a five-minute proceeding. Zoom calls eliminate that wait. According to Houston family law attorney Maria S. Lowry, most divorce cases are currently being handled remotely, and even mediation is being held via Zoom. This is a good solution, says Lowry, and for many families, it is superior to being in person. As the Harris County courts open up, Lowry expects them to continue to hold some proceedings via Zoom. “Of course,” says Lowry, “there are many times when an in-person hearing or trial is still preferable.”

Even though Zoom meetings may be saving time, it is not making the emotional toll of divorce any easier. Divorced parents are unsure how to deal with co-parenting and schooling during the pandemic with some places doing virtual schooling or a hybrid of in-person and virtual schooling. Also, there could be struggles if the couple has different views on COVID-19 restrictions and how to deal with them.

Even if you do not have kids, splitting up during the pandemic can still be difficult. For one thing, establishing a separate residence during the pandemic is no easy feat. Even absent the threat of COVID-19, attorney Lowry has found that many families continue to live in the same house even though separated (Lowry notes that Texas does not have “legal separation” as some other states do). This may be because money is tight or to enable the parents to co-parent and keep the family unit as stable and consistent as possible. If there are children, Lowry explains that the parents can go ahead and settle custody and support issues while staying in the same home and waiting on the actual divorce. “Another option,” says Lowry, “is a cohabitation agreement that sets out some rules such as how bills will be handled, decisions about personal property, and whether the parties will be allowed to date or have overnight guests.”

Speaking of dating post-divorce, finding new love in the midst of a lockdown can be challenging, to say the least. The prospect of not meeting someone new might be another reason couples are holding off from filing for divorce until restrictions are eased.

Some people do not like doing their divorce proceedings over Zoom. They would rather have their lawyer there next to them. This helps to have a human connection and to make the person feel like they are not alone. Meeting with your lawyer privately during a divorce mediation can also be difficult without the right technology and careful planning in advance of the mediation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do just about everything, including marriage and divorce. It is still too early to determine how the pandemic will affect these institutions long-term.

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Joe Biden should appoint special envoy to Tibet

Pragmatic and acceptable solution for the problem of Tibet and role of USA

DHARAMSHALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA, April 16, 2021 / — Mr. Lopsang Sangvay (President in Exile for Tibet) in an interview with director of Centre for peace and justice (JKCPJ) Mr. Nadir Ali answered numerous questions on prevailing situation in Tibet and discussed about the pragmatic and acceptable solution for the problem of Tibet. The long-lasting peace and prosperity for Tibet in his opinion can only be achieved only by seeking the middle way policy as suggested by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

He (Mr. Lopsang Sangvay) opined about the need for building representation for Tibet from among the Tibetan; the oppressed need to stand up to the oppressor and be the front runner for their cause, which makes it necessary that the Tibetans be educated about the policy implementation in Tibet and its impact; whatever information available and circulated has to be based on the factual data. Tibetan language, ecology, religion and cultural is completely different from the mainland China and thus needs to be preserved. The role of democratic powers is quintessential in that regard, it is the responsibility of nations like USA, UK, Canada, France and others to protect and preserve the cultural assimilation as practiced in Tibet. Tibetans have raised their concerns about the growing injustice in Tibet and have been for 60 years now demanding justice vis a vis civil, political and economic. we want the Tibet issue be resolved according to the aspirations of the people of Tibet and thus are willing to adopt the middle way policy. We, the Tibetans are not talking about the past and we are not here to discuss about the history of Tibet and China, we want a peaceful and meaningful settlement of Tibet in accordance to the aspirations of Tibet, a settlement which will be acceptable and beneficial for both China and Tibet.

In response to a question posed on the role of USA towards resolving Tibet issue, Mr. Lopsang Sangvay said, “ Tibet has been for 60 years now struggling for securing the rights, in the past we have seen very little being done for Tibet, however recently we have seen that Tibet issue is gaining coverage across the world mainly because of the information and reports coming out of Tibet. The USA in response to the gross human rights violations and cultural assimilation have recently passed the policy Act in support of Tibet cause, and the same has been a source of Hope for Tibetans across the globe. However, the job is not done yet, in my humble opinion, USA being the world leader should appoint an envoy to Tibet. This would not only be helpful in accessing the ground situation but will in future play a pivotal role in arriving at a solution acceptable to all. There is always something that could be done in spite of the complex power dynamics and prejudices; looking beyond and seeking the pragmatic solution is the only way forward. USA under the president Biden administration should be the torch bearer for the cause of Tibet, and urge the world leaders for working towards the amicable solution for the Tibet. Instead of waiting for the inevitable catastrophe to happen, it is wise to work towards preventing it. USA can play an active role in taking confidence building measures for acceptance of middle way solution as suggested by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. If USA were to succeed in building the confidence it would mean a world of difference for Tibet. Tibetans will get to play the part in shaping their destiny. The freedom of following their religion, preserving the language and culture and preventing and conserving their ecology which is closely associated with religion.

Mr. Lopsang Sangvay also urged the international community to come forward for the Tibet cause and build towards arriving at an amicable solution. He also pointed that it is the responsibility of all the peace-loving nations across the globe to help the people of Tibet. The democratic powers across the globe can adopt the similar the resolutions in support of Tibet. He also said that China being the super power should act with responsibility and if it has to declare its position on the world stage it should in the least settle the long pending issues within its own borders first. The Policy Act bill in support of Tibet if passed by the parliaments of democratic nations will make it imperative for the Chinese Govt. to work towards the peaceful settlement and a respectable resolution of Tibet for Tibetans. The countries have to look beyond the interests and prejudices, and have to act with responsibility especially the USA since it is the only power in the world which can question China on its Tibet stand. Appointing and sending the envoy will not only boost the Tibetans and give them a new hope but it will also send a clear message to china that the peaceful solution is an implicit condition for the prosperity of all.

I am very optimistic about the future and I am sure that with the blessings of His Holiness, the Dalai lama, we will be successful in our pursuit towards building a peaceful and prosperous Tibet as envisioned by Him. I am hopeful that the world community will continue to support Tibet and Tibetans for their legitimate struggle for prosperous and safe future.

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Critics are Raving About "The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater"

Ava Moriarty (Lorrisa Julianus) discovers a lost masterpiece in "The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater"

Ava Moriarty (Lorrisa Julianus) discovers a lost masterpiece in “The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater”

Ava Moriarty (Lorrisa Julianus) discovers latex isn't comfortable in "The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater"

Ava Moriarty (Lorrisa Julianus) discovers latex isn’t comfortable in “The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater”

Radovan (Mickey O'Sullivan) gets a make-up tutorial from Ava (Lorrisa Julianus) in "The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater"

Radovan (Mickey O’Sullivan) gets a make-up tutorial from Ava (Lorrisa Julianus) in “The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater”

Four out of Five Stars from Marie Asner, of Kansas City Film Critics Circle for "The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater"!

…Just when you think you know the plot, it goes in a different direction.”

— Marie Asner, The Phantom Tollbooth

CROWN POINT, IN, UNITED STATES, April 16, 2021 / — The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater

Stars: Lorissa Julianus, Mickey O’Sullivan, Shannon Brown, Cynda Williams, Molly and Bonnie Morgan, Adam Christopher, and Dave Lichty
Director: C.J. Julianus
Produced by C.J. Julianus, Lorrisa Julianus, and Laura Jaugilas
Screenplay: Lorrisa Julianus
Composer: Lisa Liu
Cinematography: John Wesley Norton
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Rating: not rated but could be a strong PG-13 for themed material.
Running Length: 105 Minutes

“The Misadventures of Mistress Maneater” – now there is a film title for you. A first reaction would be jungle fever and ancient relics, but no, this “Mistress Maneater” is actually a gal named Ava, who is an art historian, but currently makes her living carrying a suitcase and wearing black leather. The first half of the film is like a vaudeville act and just when you think you know the plot, it goes in a different direction.

Actress/Scriptwriter Lorrisa Julianus makes this film her own with body language, facial expressions, quips (there are also whips in the film), and brings to life a character who has a high IQ, but can’t live down a bad incident in her past. So, there are two things working here, definition of character, which Ava would like to achieve, and defamation of character, what she has now. Mixed into Ava’s dilemma is stolen art work, a Serbian priest in an Episcopal church, shady business deals and this town really needs help.

Director C. J. Julianus gives the actors free rein. Ava (Lorrisa Julianus) wears black leather like it was sprayed on, carries a suitcase containing whips and other items, has a client list and is trying to earn enough money to pay back her ex-boyfriend, a Russian mobster named Boris (Adam Christopher and he should be in a James Bond movie). The money was loaned to Ava and is now missing. In the meantime, on the other side of town, is a small Episcopal church that has a new priest, Father Radovan (Mickey O’Sullivan and he, also, should be in a James Bond film) The priest is from Serbia. This church is barely making it financially, but low and behold, what does Ava find when she eventually enters the church? Valuable art work. What to do, Ava, help the priest find what the art is worth to help the church, or help yourself and pay off Boris. An interesting situation that involves Gabe (Shannon Brown who steals his scenes), and other friends. Then, there is that situation about martial arts, hmm.

This movie actually has two parts. The first is whip-cracking humor, while the last half is somewhat serious and the stories behind the first half come to light, Who, what, when, where and why. In “Mistress Maneater,” body language does the acting. Whether it be face or biceps, it tells a story. Ava can do a page of dialogue with just her face, and this is matched with Shannon Brown and Mickey O’Sullivan. One is tempted to see the film twice to catch everything. David Lichty, as the town’s Mayor, tells what he is all about in the first 30 seconds of his appearance, and Boris? Well, he is a villain. As for a love story, somewhere within the lives of the characters, there is a spark. This cast is on their toes, and not only that, but composer Lisa Liu has a compelling music score interwoven with classical music and I detected Bedrich Smetana’s “The Moldau.”

What caught my eye in the trailer was the stained-glass window of Christ, which I had seen years ago in another location. Turns out, the film was done using part of the campus of Valparaiso University, Indiana and a chapel in town also has the stained-glass window design. Director C.J. Julianus and scriptwriter/actor Lorrisa Julianus are well known in the theatrical community. This film is a showcase for them and so, we can ask—will there be an “Ava” sequel? “The Mistress of St. Michaels,” perhaps?

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Metaphysical Healer Karen Moore McDonald to be Featured on Close Up Radio

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, April 16, 2021 / — The all-too-common feelings of being highly stressed or weighed down by a host of negative emotions can actually have a profound effect on our physical bodies. Our heart rate goes up and so does our blood pressure, which can literally wreak havoc on our immune systems. Left untreated, such stressors can lead to chronic, debilitating health problems and open the door to life threatening illnesses. Our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves are inextricably connected, and when these bodies are not in sync, we are out of balance. Instead of reaching for so-called “quick fixes” like turning to drugs or alcohol, both of which can have negative side effects in themselves, many people today are embracing spiritual healing methods that encourage us to find within us the power we have to heal ourselves.

Karen is an esteemed Spiritual Teacher and Metaphysical Healer, Tarot Reader, Yoga Instructor, and Pianist supporting us in learning to live our healthiest, most authentic lives.

“In the nearly 50 years I’ve been working in spiritual teaching and healing, the thrust of my work has been in teaching yoga and in doing Tarot readings. I’ve also taught many spiritually related courses and used various healing modalities to help restore peace, balance, clarity, and joy in one’s life.”

Karen inspires us all to realize we are inherently worthy of having a joyful, abundant life through self-care that balances and harmonizes our energy.

“All of the work I do in spiritual teaching and healing begins with the prayer that I work within divine will and for the highest good of all souls concerned. I work with all faiths and believe that all religions are paths to God and to embracing our highest selves.”

“All of us have numerous blocks in our energy system obstructing us from achieving the life we truly desire. Through yoga and various therapies, we can release energetic blockages holding us back, heal our wounds, and ease our suffering.”

In the early 1970’s when yoga was relatively unheard of especially in the southern United States, Karen was first introduced to yoga through her church, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Immediately hooked, she began teaching yoga in 1974 at Georgia State University where she was a graduate student finishing in 1975 her Ph.D. in English. Karen learned to read the Tarot symbols in 1976, the same year she was hired at Kennesaw State University (then KJC), located in the metro-Atlanta area, as a member of the English faculty. She benefitted greatly over the next years from Tarot readings, giving a snapshot of the past, present, and future, which were given by a trusted and highly accurate reader. Karen’s desire as a reader is to help others as she was helped through insights which came through the Tarot symbols.

Continuing to teach yoga, now with 47 years of yoga teaching experience, she is certified as an RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours) and holds certification as an advanced yoga instructor. Throughout the pandemic, she has taught her weekly yoga classes outdoors, socially distanced, regardless of weather and temperature at her home church in Jacksonville, All Saints Episcopal Church.

“What initially draws many people to yoga is exercise, but yoga is much more than that,” says Karen. “Yoga breathing and poses, including stretches in chair yoga, are the first steps to quieting the body, mind, and emotions. Simply breathing slowly and deeply will calm us down when life gets hectic, for such focused breathing sends the message to our nervous system that all is well and that we are safe. Using breathing as a reminder that all is in divine order is especially important in this time of great transition for humanity and the planetary shifts we’re all experiencing. Through yoga, we become centered, improve our flexibility and strength, and release tension. Consequently, we have more energy and vitality which help to keep us alert, youthful, and healthy.”

In 1995 and after a productive career teaching a wide variety of literature classes to all levels of college students, Karen resigned her position as a tenured, full Professor of English to devote herself to her metaphysical classes, her work in spiritual healing, and the piano, all of which she had been doing part time simultaneously with her job as an active faculty member and college administrator. She is a Professor Emerita of English, Kennesaw State University, part of the University of Georgia system where she was a full time faculty member for 20 years.

Karen says we create our lives by our thoughts, choices, and actions which is why it’s essential to keep our minds and thoughts positive. That doesn’t mean being in denial of a current distressing reality, but when our thoughts are optimistic and full of gratitude and hope, we can deal more easily with the harsher aspects of life and embrace resiliency. She believes that we either go with the flow of life, which means change, or we are liable to getting stuck in our own limiting beliefs and patterns that no longer serve us.

Karen will soon celebrate her 2nd wedding anniversary to her first love and high school and college sweetheart Joe McDonald. Theirs is a love story in which they lost all contact with each other for nearly 50 years. Their first date was in 1961 when they had just turned 16 and immediately thereafter a devoted couple until they were almost 20. They broke up in 1965 between their sophomore and junior years in college. She was heartbroken, but learned to let go and thirteen years later met, fell in love with, and was happily married to her first husband. Karen and Joe didn’t know where each other was from the late ‘60s until they saw each other at their 50th high school reunion in 2013. Joe, too, in the meantime had fallen in love and was happily married until his wife died in 2009. By the time they saw each other in 2013, Karen and Joe had had good, successful lives. As years passed after their high school reunion and with limited contact, they eventually embraced the realization that the flame of their love still burned. They were married in 2019 at age 74, 52 years after they had originally planned to marry. Today, in love with life and each other, they look forward with great joy to spending the rest of their lives together.

Karen is more committed than ever to her work. She is also a highly accomplished pianist playing at weddings, receptions, and special events enhancing the happiness of such occasions and bringing healing through the beauty and power of music.

“We are in this world to learn the lessons of love—what it is and what it is not, and usually the lessons involve taking responsibility for ourselves and our relationships, getting to know our strengths and talents, as well as facing our limitations and weaknesses, and, importantly, learning forgiveness of ourselves and others,” says Karen. “Being open to whatever healing techniques one may be drawn to can be extremely helpful in living a rewarding, abundant, meaningful life where each day is an adventure. If I can help someone on such a path, I want to do so.”

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U.S. Congressional Candidate BO HINES D-5 NC receives major endorsement from Students for Trump Founder Ryan Fournier

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U.S. Congressional Candidate BO HINES D-5 NC receives major endorsement from Students for Trump Founder Ryan Fournier

I am honored to be endorsed by Ryan Fournier. Ryan is doing amazing work to revitalize the Republican party I look forward to working with him to share our positive vision for U.S.& North Carolina.”

— U.S. Congressional Candidate BO HINES

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, April 16, 2021 / — U.S. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE BO HINES,, NC-5, received an outstanding endorsement today from Ryan Fournier, the founder of STUDENTS FOR TRUMP, and CO-CHAIR OF TURNING POINT ACTION.

Fournier said “I am proud to endorse Bo Hines for Congress to represent the people of North Carolina’s 5th District. Bo is a strong America First candidate who is running to enact term limits, to fight for fair trade and reinvestment in our country, and to revitalize the Republican party with increased youth involvement so we can win the culture war.”

Fournier also stated “Bo is running a positive grassroots campaign and has driven over 20,000 miles in the past few months alone to try to meet with every single voter in the district. We need leaders like Bo in Washington who will never forget the people they serve and who have the vision and drive to make this country greater than ever before.”

Hines said “I am honored to be endorsed by Ryan Fournier. Ryan is doing amazing work to revitalize the Republican party and increase youth involvement and I look forward to working with him to share our positive vision for North Carolina and America.”

Bo Hines’ Statement on Biden’s Gun Control Executive Order.

I strongly oppose the Biden administration’s executive action banning “ghost guns” and his calls for legislative changes to ban assault rifles and high-capacity gun magazines.

The Biden administration claims that these executive actions will solve a so-called “public health crisis” of gun violence. They will not. This is just another underhanded attempt by far-left Democrats to take away our fundamental constitutional rights.

I will never compromise on Americans’ right to bear arms. This is a fundamental right that allows us to protect ourselves, our families, and our property. Just as importantly, it allows us to protect all of our other rights from a tyrannical government.

Bo Hines’ Statement on Vaccine Passports
We strongly support the proposed legislation by the Ohio House of Representatives to combat recent attempts by Democrats to require so-called “vaccine passports.”
The Democrats’ efforts to implement vaccine passports would give the government and big tech companies unprecedented access to personal information. These policies would set the stage for draconian and tyrannical travel restrictions that we have seen in many failed socialist states.

We must continue to fight these policies at the state and federal levels to ensure that we do not devolve into a “show your papers” state.

In less than two weeks, his launch video received more than 200,000 views and in less than half a quarter of fundraising, his campaign amassed nearly a quarter of a million dollars, with an overwhelming majority of those donations coming from the state of North Carolina, sending a signal that BO HINES is the clear choice for congress for the 5th district, a major message to everyone that the 5th district of NC is ready for the positive change Bo Hines will bring to his district, state, and country.

Who is BO HINES? Hines was a freshman All-American wide receiver at NC State before he transferred to Yale, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. He worked in multiple congressional, gubernatorial, and state offices and is finishing his law degree at Wake Forest as he campaigns full time.

Hines said, “We are running a positive, heavily grassroots, America First campaign focused on developing relationships with constituents across the district, getting them excited about what we can do politically, and refurbishing the Republican party in our state.”

Hines said, “We want to meet every single voter and let them know they can reach out to us at any time.”

Bo Hines for Congress Campaign Manager, Karl Notturno, said “Bo is very responsive. Bo has gotten on the phone with a constituent within 32 seconds of the moment they signed up on our website. The average time isn’t that far off. We always want to meet with constituents in person and we will typically drive to meet them.”

Notturno also stated, “Bo believes politics has been far too divisive over the past two decades and that most Americans want great jobs, free speech, good healthcare, quality schools, safe streets, term limits, and honest leaders. Bo will never waver on his values.”

Hines stated, “We believe that the Republican party has been losing the narrative battle for decades, especially among the youth. We are the party of opportunity, growth, and life. We want people to succeed and communities to flourish. If we want to succeed, we must focus on promoting our positive vision of society in line with our values. This will sell far better than divisive fringe issues. It is easy to say what you’re against. It is far more constructive to say what you’re for.”

Hines believes, “Our country has great potential, but we have squandered it for too long. President Trump was a step in the right direction, but we must build momentum on his America First agenda to ensure that we can leave our children the future that we want. Establishment politicians have failed to produce real change. We are results oriented. We must be. Our futures and our children’s futures are at stake.”

Hines is engaged to Mary Charles. They will be married this July.


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Marquette University Latinx undergraduate enrollment doubles over last decade, now up to 15% as part of HSI initiative

MILWAUKEE, WI, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2021 / — Marquette University offered an update on its commitment to becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution in a letter to the campus community from Provost Kimo Ah Yun.

• This release is also available in the Marquette University News Center with additional links and resources.

Colleges and universities earn HSI status when its enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students is at least 25 percent Hispanic students. Marquette launched this initiative in the spring of 2016 when its undergraduate student enrollment was 9.7% Hispanic/Latinx. Currently, 15% of the undergraduate student population is Hispanic, including a record 16.5% of the fall 2020 first-year class.

“Since its launch in 2016, the HSI initiative has been a strategic, institutional priority — that has not and will not change,” Ah Yun wrote. “Our vision is to be among the most innovative and accomplished Catholic, Jesuit universities in the world — that cannot happen unless we embrace the perspectives, cultures and knowledge of our diverse students, faculty and staff.”

The student population that identifies as Hispanic/Latinx has more than doubled over the last decade, while increasing in each of the past 15 years. In the 2020-21 academic year, both the undergraduate and graduate student bodies are the most diverse in the history of Marquette.

Marquette has provided Latinx students with $33 million in financial aid in the 2020-21 academic year, while other efforts to support students financially have included more than $250,000 raised for the Ellacuría Scholarship for undocumented students through 2021, and up to $30,000 in matching funds for HPGM scholarships offered to Marquette students

“Importantly, the initiative is about more than just enrollment numbers; quite frankly, it is about more than Latinx students,” Ah Yun wrote. “This endeavor is about making Marquette a more welcoming and inclusive space for all our diverse stakeholders. HSI speaks to the very heart of our values as a Catholic, Jesuit institution: to serve the traditionally underserved, to provide care for each of our students, and to strive for inclusive excellence.”

The university has launched many efforts across campus to engage diverse stakeholders, including the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ Community Ambassadors program for near-peer outreach to local high schools, on-site admissions for 11 local schools, transfer articulation agreements with two-year institutions, and added transitional support.

Other programs include the Race, Ethnicity and Indigenous Studies program; the RISE pre-orientation program for students of color; employee resource groups; and the launch of the Hispanic Alumni Association. There have also been opportunities for employees to engage in critical learnings around issues of race and bias and the beautification and diversification of campus spaces, such as through the "Our Roots Say That We're Sisters” mural project.

“Through Spanish-language and community outreach, programs targeting underrepresented students, and initiatives and resources for low-income and first-generation college students, we are continually innovating the ways we can break down barriers to a Marquette education,” said Jacqueline Black, director of Hispanic initiatives. “It is a part of our Catholic, Jesuit mission to find avenues to make accessible the transformational educational experience that the university has offered for almost 140 years.”

Marquette has also added Spanish language pages on and social media accounts—@SomosMarquette on Twitter and Instagram—to assist the growing population of Hispanic prospective students and their families, as well as connect current students to resources offered in their heritage or native language. Visitors to the Spanish pages will find prospective student information, resources for the community that offer Spanish-speaking services and contact information for Spanish-speaking faculty and staff across campus.

According to estimates by the U.S. Census, Latinos have accounted for just over half of the country’s population growth over the last decade and are the second largest racial or ethnic group. Estimates have the population continuing to grow, reaching just under 100 million in the next 30 years.

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Intuitive Life Coach and Spiritual Healer Angela Lenhardt to be Featured on Close Up Radio

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2021 / — We could never have predicted all the changes that would happen in our lives in the past year, but we've all been forced to be flexible. And even though it's been a difficult year, blessings have still come into our lives.

Everyone is afraid of the unknown, and there are many unknowns right now. The more we feel disconnected from own inner peace, the more we try to hold on to the past and control things.

We have to learn how to trust life, the process of life, and to realize that as soon as we try to control it, we are only setting ourselves up for a failure. Sometimes the best decision is to do nothing, get out of your own way and let the universe do what it's going to do.

Angela Lenhardt is an intuitive consultant, life coach, and spiritual healer for anyone seeking solutions to make changes in their life. Angela offers healing techniques and intuitive guidance to help her clients achieve their highest potential and succeed.

“Whether it’s people seeking advice about relationships or careers, or they just need a source of motivation to guide them through the grief process, I can help them find clarity for where they are in their own life,” says Angela. “I know when somebody comes to me and or I show up in their life, that it typically is for a reason and it's for the greater good. I know in my heart that this is what I'm supposed to do.”

Angela encourages her clients to keep a more open point of view toward life and their own intuition. Success and happiness is more a process of allowing, and it’s a much more enjoyable space to live.

“When people are really uncomfortable and they’re willing to make a change, that’s when they reach out for help,” says Angela. “I don't see it as some daunting experience. We attract situations and people to our experience, and we can use those situations as valuable learning tools about ourselves.”

Angela is the author of A Charmed Journey: An Inspired Guide to Personal Transformation, a memoir of Angela’s journey to discover her identity and find happiness. The book invites readers to walk with Angela on her self-reflective path and perhaps open the door to their own journey.

“When the path appears grim and you feel overwhelmed with challenges, there is beauty in finding the strength to remain positive; there is a sort of grace or elegance when one chooses to surrender, observing the synchronicity of events taking place that support your highest good,” says Angela. “The lessons I have learned have been powerful and life-changing. I have seen Spirit work through me, my animals, my relationships and my clients in truly phenomenal ways. Miracles happen before our very eyes. If we remain focused and trust in the process, allowing the universe to work through us, we discover that our purpose is to be of service—as well as to live a glorious life.”

Close Up Radio will feature Angela Lenhardt in an interview with Jim Masters on April 19th at 12pm EST

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New Praise & Worship Song “Lamb On The Cross” and Music Video by The FaithfuLights

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CEOCFO Magazine speaks with Gary Simonelli, Co-Songwriter, Co-Producer and Recording Engineer for The FaithfuLights

Lamb On The Cross is a song destined to become not just a praise and worship favorite, but also a part of every churches’ playlist at Easter time.”

— Gary Simonelli

WASHINGTON D.C., US, April 15, 2021 / — CEOCFO Magazine, an independent business and investor publication that highlights important technologies and companies, today announces the launch of contemporary Christian music group, The FaithfuLights and their music video for their first single “Lamb On The Cross” off of their debut album “Till I Met You”.

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“Lamb On The Cross is a song destined to become not just a praise and worship favorite, but also a part of every churches’ playlist at Easter time,” says Co-Songwriter, Co-Producer and Engineer Gary Simonelli. Continuing Gary tells CEOCFO, “Lamb is the type of song that makes you realize that Jesus death on the cross was personal and for you.” Lyrics like, “It should have been me not Him hanging on the tree,” tells the story of a savior who paid the price for the things you have done wrong and the mistakes you personally have made.

Lamb On The Cross uniquely brings together classical music orchestration and the Soca rhythms of the Caribbean, with the soulful voice of Jaye Martinez; all in a very contemporary Christian Music setting. You will certainly want to add this to your playlists, use it at Worship Services, use it as background for your own videos and share the good news with all of your friends and family on social media. And don’t forget to request your favorite local Christian music radio stations play Lamb On The Cross and music by The FaithfuLights.

The FaithfuLights debut album brings you seven other songs by the songwriting and production team of Rivers, Van Pelt, Simonelli and Mohammed. They are uplifting songs of faith that will bring hope and sunshine to those dark moments of life. The FaithfuLights also feature lead singers Shanel Horton and Kay Riggle, who are also members of the Clearwater Seventh-day Adventist church praise and worship team. The band features one of central Florida’s best fiddlers, Neal Richard Phillips and Jim Terry on pedal steel guitar, with Donny Colbeth on drums and percussion, Gary Simonelli on bass, acoustic rhythm and electric lead guitar, John Peters on acoustic rhythm guitar, Bud Rivers on picking guitar and George Mohammed on piano.

The FaithfuLights debut album Till I Met You is available on all platforms!

Access The FaithfuLights debut album now:

The FaithfuLights are currently accepting invitations to gospel music concerts, praise and worship events, week of prayer, camp meeting, radio and television apparencies and print media interviews. Performance tracks and sheet music are also available for other performing artists. For recording rights or use in movies, advertising, or by radio, television, Church Copy Right License organizations, and In-Store Music organizations, Sync licensing see CD Baby, See P.R.O. ASCAP songwriter Walter Wayne Rivers and Harry Fox Agency.

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Source: EIN Presswire launches Podcast

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Dr. Andrew Manley, Host

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Manley has published three books and has a long history as a Champion for change as an ordained minister, educator and social commentator.

“ I am excited to launch this podcast series as a modern way to connect with people across age groups and demographics and share my inspirational messages” says Dr. Manley.”

— Dr. Andrew Manley

LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES, April 15, 2021 / —

The series is hosted by Author and Social commentator, Dr. Andrew Manley. Episodes share engaging conversations to inspire positive change.

Las Vegas based author and social commentator Dr. Andrew Manley has announced his new podcast series aligned with the company website The podcast, hosted by Dr. Manley features authentic conversations with newsmakers across often overlooked contemporary topics and is based on Dr. Manley’s deep experience in business, social culture and education. Manley has authored three books: the novel Urban Bully, The AmeriCola Story, a business book about Corporate soft drink wars and Fortified to Win Again, about former President Trump and modern politics.

“ I am excited to launch this podcast series as a modern way to connect with people across age groups and demographics and share my inspirational messages” says Dr. Manley. The podcast is available for listening on and will be posted on additional platforms. To follow Dr. Manley on Twitter, search for @positiveascent.

About is the website of Dr. Andrew Manley and shares information designed to help people grow throughout life and achieve success. Dr. Manley has been a business leader, ordained Minister and author and brings a world view to the podcast. He is a popular speaker and guest for TV, radio and print. Follow him on Twitter: @positiveascent. Books available via Amazon.


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Launch of World’s First Shariah Compliance Certified Surgical Mask

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Made-in-Singapore Surgical Masks attains Shariah Certificate, at the same time exceeding global masks standards

This Shariah Compliance certification makes TMF the first in the world to be Shariah compliant – we envision a product that is globally embraced by all cultures”

— Mr Daniel Chui, CEO

SINGAPORE, April 15, 2021 / — Launch of World’s First Shariah Compliance Certified Surgical Mask

The Wellness Fellows Pte Ltd, a surgical mask manufacturer in Singapore has attained the Shariah Compliance Certification which comply with Shariah (Ethical) Guidelines, certified by United World Halal Development (UNWHD), a global consultant and certification Company with its headquarters in Singapore.

Marketed under the brand The Mask Fellows (TMF), TMF surgical masks are foremost approved by Health Sciences Authority Singapore. TMF standards also exceeded the world surgical masks specifications of ASTM Level 3 and EN Type IIR. The masks are manufactured in ISO 7 cleanrooms and are also certified under ISO 13485 and attained CE marking. TMF masks are hypoallergenic, odourless and extremely comfortable.

TMF masks are scrutinised by UNWHD’s stringent process to ensure no ethyl alcohol (ethanol), harmful chemicals nor animal derived ingredients are used the manufacturing process that is against the Islamic Shariah Law.

“We spare no efforts to ensure our masks not only comply to, but exceeds international surgical masks standards. This certification makes TMF the first in the world to be Shariah compliant – we envision a product that is globally embraced by all cultures,” explained Mr. Daniel Chui, CEO of TWF.

“Singapore is such a dynamic country that has always been a front runner as a pioneer to take such new and advanced initiatives to attract new market opportunities and great advancements. It sets as an example to have such certified products to prevent people from falling for ineffectual products. Singapore is a leader to showcase innovations and ideas and it has always been leading by example for other countries,” said Mr. Mohamed Jinnah, Chairman of UNWHD.

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The Wellness Fellows Pt Ltd
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Source: EIN Presswire