Taiwan: Pupils return to school after holidays amid Covid surge
Parents in Taiwan drop off their children to school, as students return after the Lunar New Year holidays amid a surge in local Covid infections. Taiwan's government is on high alert after the holiday season and has re-implemented a series of tightening measures to contain the spread of the virus, even though overall numbers remain relatively low. Taiwan has begun vaccinating children above 12 years old but has not stated any plans yet to expand the programme to younger children.news.yahoo.com
Across Asia, spike in virus cases follows Lunar New Year
Many Asian countries are facing a spike in COVID-19 infections after the widely-celebrated Lunar New Year holidays, as health officials grapple with the highly-transmissible omicron variant and expectations that numbers will continue to rise in coming weeks.
Celebrations for Year of the Tiger are muted, but bring hope
People across Asia prepared Monday for muted Lunar New Year celebrations amid concerns over the coronavirus and virulent omicron variant, but were looking ahead with hope that the region's high vaccination rates might bring life closer to normal in the coming year.
Festival of fire: horses run through fire at Spain's 'Las Luminarias' festival
In the central Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares, horsemen ride through a bonfire for the the traditional religious festival of "Las Luminarias". The festival is held in honour of San Antonio Abad, patron saint of animals, and the ritual of riding through fire is mant to purify and protect the animal.news.yahoo.com
Senate approves bill to tighten controls on Chinese-funded Confucius Institutes
The Senate on Friday approved by unanimous consent a bill that would increase oversight on Chinese-funded cultural centers, or Confucius Institutes, on university campuses. According to Human Rights Watch, Confucius Institutes "are Chinese government-funded outposts that offer Chinese language and culture classes." Congress's 2019 annual defense spending package severely limited the autonomy of these Chinese-funded cultural centers by threatening to withhold language program funding from their host universities, Human Rights Watch reported. In turn, nearly 22 Confucius Institutes have closed since the act's passage, according to Human Rights Watch. "Most agreements establishing Confucius Institutes feature nondisclosure clauses and unacceptable concessions to the political aims and practices of the government of China."cnbc.com
Senate approves bill to tighten controls on China-funded Confucius Institutes on U.S. university campuses
The Senate on Thursday approved by unanimous consent — without a roll-call vote — a bill that would increase oversight on Confucius Institutes, China-funded cultural centers that operate on university campuses. According to Human Rights Watch, Confucius Institutes "are Chinese government-funded outposts that offer Chinese language and culture classes." "This bill would give colleges and universities full control over their resident Confucius Institutes and restore freedom of thought on their campuses." In turn, nearly 22 Confucius Institutes have closed since the act's passage, according to Human Rights Watch. "Most agreements establishing Confucius Institutes feature nondisclosure clauses and unacceptable concessions to the political aims and practices of the government of China."cnbc.com
Asia stocks follow Wall St. down after weaker US jobs data
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)BANGKOK – Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Friday after disappointing U.S. jobs and economic data. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.4% for its third straight daily decline. AdThe Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9% to 3,641.63 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo sank 1% to 29,947.42. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 fell to 3,913.97. Congress is conducting a hearing on the recent volatility of companies caught in a tug-of-war between Wall Street institutional investors betting against the companies and the online retail investors who pushed shares higher.
Asian shares mostly lower after mixed day on Wall Street
Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Thursday after a mixed session on Wall Street as losses by technology and industrial companies offset other gains. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)TOKYO – Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Thursday after a mixed session on Wall Street as losses by technology and industrial companies offset other gains. Underscoring signs of recovery, the Commerce Department said U.S. retail sales soared a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in January from the month before, the biggest increase since June and much larger than forecast. The yield on the 10-year Treasury slipped to 1.27% from 1.28% late Wednesday, near its highest level in a year. Last month’s jump in retail sales was largely driven by the $600 stimulus checks that went out to most Americans in late December and early January.
Record China box office foreshadows global pent-up demand for movies, Imax CEO says
Imax admitted more than 1 million people to theaters in China on Friday, its best one-day attendance on record. The $25 million Imax grossed at the box office was better than what it saw during the comparable opening week in 2019, which preceded the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus cases have declined precipitously in countries such as China, Australia and South Korea, and movie ticket sales have been increasing. Global movie ticket sales plunged 70% in 2020 from the year prior. Asia Pacific ticket sales made up about 51% of global sales, up from 41% in 2019, based on information from Comscore and Gower Street.cnbc.com
China discouraging travel during country's biggest holiday period
China discouraging travel during country's biggest holiday period The Lunar New Year is China's biggest holiday. But this year, many families will be holding virtual celebrations in compliance with government travel regulations meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. Ramy Inocencio reports.cbsnews.com
Chinese TV features blackface performers in New Year's gala
(AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)BEIJING – Chinese state TV included dancers in blackface portraying Africans during a national broadcast as Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Ox with subdued festivities Friday amid travel curbs to contain renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The “African Song and Dance” performance Thursday came at start of the Spring Festival Gala, one of the world’s most-watched TV programs. It included Chinese dancers in African-style costumes and dark face makeup beating drums. But state broadcaster China Central Television has faced criticism over using blackface to depict African people in past New Year broadcasts. The Commerce Ministry said it found 48 million more people in Chinese cities planned to celebrate where they live instead of traveling.
The Latest: Australia's 2nd largest city to begin lockdown
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 26, 2020 photo released by Nucleus Network/ABC, clinical trial participants are monitored during Novavax COVID-19 vaccine testing in Melbourne, Australia. (Patrick Rocca/Nucleus Network/ABC via AP)MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city will begin its third lockdown due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine. The first of Australia’s 20 million doses of German manufactured Pfizer vaccine is to be administered in late February. Ad___WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s first coronavirus vaccine doses are due to arrive in the country next week, with border workers getting inoculated from Feb. 20, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Friday. The state's Health Department said Thursday that wastewater testing in Burlington found the presence of two virus mutations associated with the variant.
The Latest: Jump in cases worries S. Korea as holiday starts
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 504 new coronavirus cases for the latest 24-hour period. Although coronavirus cases stayed relatively low in Japan last year compared to the United States and Europe, infections have been climbing recently. Kate Brown says outdoor contact sports, including high school football, can resume this week amid a decline in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. On Wednesday, Germany’s Robert Koch Institute reported 8,072 new virus cases and 813 deaths in 24 hours. ___MADRID — Spain’s official 14-day rate of coronavirus cases has fallen to 584, from a peak of 900 two weeks ago.
Asian shares mostly gain after Biden speaks with China's Xi
FILE - A street sign is displayed at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)BEIJING – Major Asian stock indexes were mostly higher on Thursday after President Joe Biden held his first conversation with Chinese leader Xi Jinping since taking office. In their phone conversation, Biden and Xi appeared to have struck a conciliatory tone, Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary. Shares in Aphria and Tilray, Canadian companies that agreed to combine in December, also rose. The stocks are also benefiting from optimism that industry friendly legislation measures could become law under the Biden administration.
The Latest: Miss. says out-of-staters showing up for vaccine
A member of the medical staff administrates the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to a colleague at the South Ile-de-France Hospital Group in Melun, in the outskirts of Paris, Monday Feb. 8, 2021. The state’s top public health officials said Monday that the vaccination is supposed to be limited to Mississippi residents, or to people from other states who work in Mississippi. The change means as many as 1.5 million people in the state now qualify for shots, up from about 700,000. Ad___PORTLAND, Ore. — Appointments to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Oregon have been quickly booked as residents who are 80 years and older are now eligible to receive doses. Seniors in Oregon have waited weeks to receive the vaccine, after the original eligibility date was delayed and then Gov.
Flower farms see their Lunar New Year sales wilted by virus
The Lunar New Year holiday is usually a busy period for flower farms in Hong Kong, which gear up to sell plum blossoms, orchids and daffodils at flower markets during the festive season. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG – The Lunar New Year holiday is usually a busy period for flower farms in Hong Kong, which gear up to sell plum blossoms, orchids and daffodils at flower markets during the festive season. This year, the Hong Kong government will implement restrictions on such markets, which can only run at half-capacity and shortened business hours. Lunar New Year is traditionally a boost for some businesses in Hong Kong, especially retail businesses. Flower farms like Yeung typically make about 50% of their profits from the Lunar New Year season alone, according to business analyst Francis Lun.
The Latest: S Korea curbing travel, gatherings for holiday
— New Zealand’s medical regulator has approved its first coronavirus vaccine, and officials hope to begin giving shots to border workers by the end of March. Tate Reeves says he’s skeptical about a new federal effort to reduce racial disparities in coronavirus vaccination rates. ___BEIRUT — Lebanon has broken its single-day record of coronavirus deaths with 81 as the country continued its nationwide lockdown for the third week. ___LAS VEGAS — Nevada has recorded its deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic in January after reporting eight additional coronavirus deaths over the weekend. Mike DeWine and his wife received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday in a procedure streamed live.
Asia Today: China sees most monthly infections since March
The National Health Commission said Sunday that 2,016 cases were reported from Jan. 1-30. Two people have died in January, the first reported coronavirus deaths in China in several months. The team members visited the Huanan Seafood Market for about an hour Sunday afternoon. The market has since been largely ruled out but it could provide hints to how the virus spread so widely. The WHO mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak.
The Latest: Lockdown in Perth, Australia reaches 5 days
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)PERTH, AustraIia — The city of Perth has been locked down for five days after Western Australia state’s first case of local COVID-19 infection in almost 10 months. With hospitalizations and confirmed cases falling, health officials are optimistic that the worst of the latest surge is over. The businesses can reopen, following a 25% capacity limit, given the improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases and in the city’s positivity rate. Authorities had warned that riots in the Netherlands over coronavirus restrictions could spark similar protests in neighboring Belgium. He said the number of weekly COVID-19 cases in nursing homes has declined by 66% in the last three weeks.
Asia Today: China's big holiday travel season light so far
This year, authorities have offered free refunds on plane tickets and extra pay for workers who stay put to dissuade travel for the holiday. The National Health Commission on Thursday reported 41 new cases of local transmission of the virus, a decline from previous days. The Philippines has nearly 520,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the second-highest number in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, and 10,552 deaths. — Vietnam has reported 82 new COVID-19 cases in two clusters, hours after counting its first new local cases in nearly two months. Meanwhile, Australia has extended its suspension of quarantine-free travel from New Zealand for another three days.
China is back in emergency mode, racing to contain COVID surge before holiday
Beijing — China is rushing to build a massive quarantine camp with more than 4,000 isolation suites in Hebei Province, a region just outside Beijing at the center of a resurgent coronavirus epidemic. The new isolation center spans more than 108 acres on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang city, the provincial capital of Hebei Province, which surrounds Beijing. Aerial photo taken on January 19, 2021 shows a COVID-19 quarantine center under construction in Nangong City, in China's Hebei Province. Xinhua/Zhu Xudong/GettyBut Hebei province is now the epicenter of the coronavirus' resurgence in China. Grocery vendors sell vegetables outside a residential compound which has been blocked off by authorities amid an outbreak of COVID-19 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China, January 19, 2021.cbsnews.com
China pandemic control goes rural ahead of Lunar New Year
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING – China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the Lunar New Year festival while the country combats its most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19. China had largely contained domestic spread but frigid winter temperatures have brought new outbreaks, even as China pushes to vaccinate 50 million people by mid-February. Health workers have given over 10 million doses of one of the domestically produced COVID-19 vaccines, officials said Wednesday. Currently, China has only approved one vaccine for general use in populations aged 18-59 — an inactivated virus shot from state-owned Sinopharm. Sinovac's CEO announced at the same news conference that they have supplied more than 7 million shots to provinces across the country.
The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of 1,135 deaths related to COVID-19 in the latest 24-hour period. ___AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan announced it is expecting the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine to arrive in the kingdom late Saturday. Official data also show that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.K. has exceeded 3 million. The daily numbers brought Arizona’s total confirmed cases to 607,345 and the state’s death toll in the pandemic to 10,036. With 10.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases, India has the second-highest total behind the United States.
Asia Today: Thailand counts more virus cases, limits travel
Thailand has been struggling with a sudden virus surge after months of hardly any cases of domestic transmission. Sri Lanka has reported 45,498 COVID-19 cases, including 215 deaths. “Decisions about when international travel resumes will be made by the Australian government,” McCormack said in a statement. On Tuesday, the country reported 7,445 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the confirmed total to 779,548, including 23,109 deaths. India has reported more than 10.3 million cases and over 150,000 deaths.
New Year's revelries muted by virus as curtain draws on 2020
Fireworks and drones illuminate the night sky over London as they form a light display as London's normal New Year's Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic Thursday Dec. 31, 2020. As midnight rolled from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, the New Year’s experience mirrored national responses to the virus itself. Some countries and cities canceled or scaled back their festivities, while others without active outbreaks carried on like any other year. In Chinese societies, the virus ensured more muted celebrations of the solar New Year, which is less widely observed than the Lunar New Year that in 2021 will fall in February. Initial reports about a mystery respiratory illness sickening people in the Chinese city of Wuhan emerged exactly a year ago.
Amid virus fears, China urges workers to skip holiday travel
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING – China is encouraging tens of millions of migrant workers not to travel home during next February’s Lunar New Year holiday to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, disrupting its most important time for family gatherings. The commission said it is encouraging provincial governments to persuade workers to follow the suggestion while taking into account their personal wishes. China has all but eradicated local transmission of the coronavirus, but authorities remain on high alert over a possible resurgence. Over the roughly six-week travel period, Chinese can take upward of 3 billion trips. Along with discouraging travel, Chinese authorities are also carrying out a campaign to vaccinate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday.
The Latest: South Korea enforces tough measures in prisons
The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. The legislative leaders and the state’s Republican attorney general passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs. The governor also said Wednesday that “hundreds” of other, non-elected state officials have been made eligible for early vaccines by their agencies. The others are the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, insurance commissioner and Kansas Supreme Court chief justice and four Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature. Most of those Republicans said they didn’t want to jump in line ahead of health care workers, nursing home residents or other vulnerable Kansans.
China's recent air pollution levels may be telling a story about the coronavirus impact on its economy
Zhang Peng | ContributorAll eyes are on China's progress in getting its factories to crank up again, after the country extended this year's Lunar New Year holiday and shut down major growth regions in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Many of its provinces started gradually limping back to some form of production last week, about two weeks later than previous years. But here's how some economists and analysts are tracking the story of China's progress in returning to work as the world's second largest economy gears up to return to full production. Air pollution levels, coal consumptionAnalysts are using pollution levels as a gauge of industrial activity. The Japanese bank has also been following data on traffic congestion, passenger flows and new home sales in a bid to track the progress of China's work resumption.cnbc.com
China launches coronavirus app to detect whether users have come in 'close contact' with the sick
China has released a mobile app that tracks people and alerts them if they have been in "close contact with someone infected" with the new coronavirus. The "close contact detector" was released Saturday night, according to China's state news agency Xinhua. Users scan a QR code on popular Chinese apps like WeChat and QQ, and submit their name, phone number and government-issued ID number to request information about whether they have been in close contact with anyone infected by the virus. China's National Health Commission defines close contact as someone who has been close to someone who is infected or is suspected of being infected, according to the report. Once users enter their name and ID number, the app will tell them whether they were in close contact with someone infected, the report said, adding that each registered phone number can run the search for three different ID numbers.cnbc.com
A Fed rate cut in 2020 is now on the table as coronavirus spreads, economist says
Central banks to the rescue? As coronavirus spreads, market participants are trying to assess whether global central banks will make a concerted effort to stem the damage in their respective economies by leveraging monetary policy tools. Given how much Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has done to emphasize the central bank's "wait-and-see" posture following its last cut, Steil doesn't see the Fed moving immediately but he's not writing off another cut for this year. "Larry Kudlow, one of President Trump's primary economic advisors, today suggested that there might be some delay in the quote-unquote export boom from the United States due to coronavirus," he said. "In the case of central banks, it's not just the indicators that are forward looking, but the market is forward looking," the economist said.cnbc.com
San Antonio Observes Lunar New Year, Kicks Off the Rodeo This Super Bowl Weekend
The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs face off Sunday in the 54th Super Bowl. The annual parade and cattle drive kicks off the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and begins under Interstate 35 on West Houston Street at 11 a.m. Saturday. Downtown San AntonioFreeAlamo Round UpThe Alamo is also observing the kick-off of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo with a special cowboy-themed day. Included with admission, $14Miss Black San Antonio Scholarship PageantFour women will vie for the title of Miss Black San Antonio. Childrens entertainer Blippi will be in San Antonio live on Sunday.therivardreport.com
Coronavirus cases in China overtake SARS and the economic impact could be 'more severe'
It took more than 6 months for the number of SARS cases to surpass 5,000 in mainland China. China had 5,327 SARS cases between Nov. 1 2002 and July 31 2003, according to the World Health Organization. On the other hand, it's taken about a month for the number of new coronavirus cases to climb past 5,000 on Tuesday. We believe the economic impact of the coronavirus could be bigger in comparison to SARS in 2003. Economic impact"We believe the economic impact of the coronavirus could be bigger in comparison to SARS in 2003," wrote analysts from Nomura in a Wednesday report.cnbc.com
China's Xi faces his 'greatest political challenge' with coronavirus outbreak, says analyst
Chinese President Xi Jinping is facing a major political crisis from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, experts said. By the end of Tuesday, there were 5,974 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in mainland China, according to the country's National Health Commission. "This is the probably the greatest political challenge that he's faced since taking office in 2012," Sherlock told CNBC's "Squawk Box." Volker Stanzel, a former German ambassador to China, said the coronavirus outbreak is the biggest, foreseeable test for the Chinese Communist Party leadership this year. Xi in particular has managed to consolidate power at the very top of the political ladder.cnbc.com
US health officials fast-track coronavirus vaccine, hope to start clinical trial in three months
EuropaNewswire | Gado | Getty ImagesU.S. health officials are fast-tracking work on a coronavirus vaccine, hoping to start an early-stage trial within the next three months, the Trump administration said Tuesday. It could take a year or more before a vaccine is ready for sale to the public, he said. "It will take three months to get it into the trial, three months to get safety, immunogenicity data," Fauci said during a press briefing on the nation's response to the coronavirus. What we do from that point on will be determined by what has happened with the outbreak over those months," he said. There are currently no proven therapies for the novel coronavirus, which authorities believe originated from a seafood market in China.cnbc.com
Massive fire destroys as many as 85,000 artifacts in historic Chinatown museum
A massive fire ripped through a historic museum in New York City's Chinatown on Thursday. The fire destroyed as many as 85,000 artifacts just before Lunar New Year. The building had been transformed into New York City's Museum of Chinese in America in 1980, housing things such as letters, menus, postcards, traditional dresses and family albums dating back to the late 1800s. "This is not just a story of Chinatown, but Chinese immigration to this country," she said. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio called the fire "devastation" and promised to rebuild.cbsnews.com
In New York Citys Chinatown, residents and doctors brace for coronavirus arrival
With so many people traveling from Asia to join families in the United States for the New Year holiday, Tran said it would be impossible for Chinas quarantine efforts to prevent the coronavirus from coming to New York City. AdvertisementThat view is shared by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced Friday that the citys Office of Health and Mental Hygiene had conducted a drill to prepare for the coronavirus arrival. AdvertisementBut that was after people infected with the novel germ had shown up in countries including Thailand, Japan and the United States. Chinese families often travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year with relatives, including the diaspora in the United States. Pong said one further factor flu season may slow the rapid detection of a newly arrived coronavirus.latimes.com
Coronavirus full coverage: Cases grow around the world as China scrambles to contain the virus
The Defense Department said Saturday it has agreed to house up to 1,000 people who may need to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas travel because of the coronavirus and that two of the four facilities selected are in California.latimes.com
China says coronavirus that has killed 6 can spread between people. Here's what we know
Chinese travellers wear protective masks as they arrive to board trains at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on January 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. Round the world, airports tightened screening of travelers from China as officials confirmed the coronavirus strain is contagious between humans. The SARS coronavirus killed nearly 800 people then. The virus has been spreading around other parts of China, however, including five cases in the national capital Beijing. Taiwan, the self-ruled island that China claims as its own, on Monday set up an epidemic response command centre.cnbc.com
China coronavirus: 440 cases reported, including 9 deaths, as millions travel for the Lunar New Year
All the deaths occurred in Hubei province, whose capital, Wuhan, is the epicenter of the outbreak, officials said. AdvertisementMost early patients were linked to the market, where the virus is believed to have jumped from animals to humans. Some medical workers have also tested positive for the virus, the English-language China Daily newspaper reported. Taiwan on Tuesday reported its first confirmed case of the virus, brought in by a Taiwanese woman who was recently in Wuhan, according to the islands Central News Agency. North Korea had stopped receiving foreign tourists as of Wednesday as a precaution against the virus, according to China-based tour operator Young Pioneer Tours.latimes.com
Lunar New Year nearly relocated before show
Photo by Oliver Chapin-EiserlohLast spring, the annual Lunar New Year celebration had a confirmed location and date. Lunar New Year marks the start of the lunar cycle which traditionally begins in February. Following 2019s event, the Lunar New Year planning committee, made up of students from the aforementioned cultural organizations, scheduled the 2020 celebration in March. The elephant in the room is that a lecture happens based off of availability and certain other factors, but Lunar New Year is based off of an actual holiday its the beginning of the lunar cycle. According to Motter, though the date and location of the Lunar New Year celebration are now confirmed, there is more work to be done.trinitonian.com
Previously, on SGA: Its All Alt-right
CAMPUS REFORM AND BREITBARTOn Oct. 2, SGA decided not to fund the request Trinitys chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). YCT requested $10,280 to bring Heather MacDonald to speak on campus, an event that had not yet been approved by the Event Review Committee at the time of the SGA meeting. The Senate also explained that the event was high-risk due to MacDonalds history at liberal arts colleges. OFFICER REPORTSTinker reminded the Senate that voting is coming up for next years SGA. SGA will be tabling and having info sessions in the future for interested members.trinitonian.com