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At an event hosted by Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Wednesday evening, Margaret Harper McCarthy from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America spoke about contraception and religious freedom in light of the HHS mandate. The event, titled “The Contraceptive Mandate: What do Catholics Want When They Ask for Religious Freedom,” kicked off this semester’s “Theology On Fire” speaker series.McCarthy, an assistant professor of theology at Catholic University, focused her talk on contraception, noting that many who have spoken about the issue of religious freedom in the context of the HHS mandate have focused their attentions on the right to religious freedom and less on the topic of contraception itself.“The assumption is you cannot win if you talk about contraception,” McCarthy said. “It’s often said that the issue is not about contraception. It’s just about religious freedom.”She said focusing on religious freedom is a common strategy used to convince others that a company should not have to provide contraception benefits to its employees. McCarthy said contraception has become an issue that cannot be discussed in the public realm.According to the mandate, religious freedom allows for religious practice in private settings, such ceremonies in church and temples, McCarthy said. However, the mandate’s definition of religious freedom would restrict religious practices in a public setting, such as schools, universities, and businesses.“[Religious freedom] has just been relegated to a private faith, faith without public witness, a faith without works,” she said. McCarthy denied this definition and redefined it.“Religious Freedom is tied to an obligation to speak the truth and carry it into the world,” McCarthy said.Kaitie Maierhofer, a senior and ministry assistant in McCandless Hall, said attended previous “Theology on Fire” sessions and came to McCarthy’s speech Wednesday to learn more about the issue.“I use [these Theology on Fire sessions] more as information for me,” Maierhofer said. “Growing up, I was always only around one side of the argument or the issue wasn’t discussed at all and I had no idea there was an issue in the first place.Tags: Catholic Social Teaching, Contraception, HHS Mandate, theology on fire read more
…early National Budget fails to deliver – StobyThe local financial sector is reporting lower-than-expected earnings and despite Government’s assurances,GBTI Chairman Robin Stobythe effects of a progressively worsening economy has forced local banks to revise their projections for the remainder of the year to accommodate a continued bleak performance.At least three local operated major financial institutions over the weekend released their Financial Statements, namely Republic Bank, Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), and Hand in Hand Trust Corporation.GBTI Chairman Robin Stoby has since criticised the performance of the economy as ‘sluggish’ in face of an early budget that has since failed to deliver on its expectations.According to Stoby, “in spite of the exceptionally early presentation of the National Budget in January of this year, the expectations and confidence that usually follow and flow out of the fiscal policies of such a budget have not been manifested in this instance so far…As a result, the economy continued to display a sluggishness throughout the first half of the year.”He cited among the reasons for the poor economic performance, the loss of the Venezuelan market for Guyana’s rice, which has since been compounded by unfavourable world market prices.The bleak performance of the sugar industry – another of the traditional economic pillars – has also been factored into Stoby’s report on the bank’s performance.According to the chairman of the GBTI board of directors, “sugar production was just marginally below its target for the period, but with the world market price for sugar being less than the cost of production, its contribution to GDP has not improved.”Additionally it was found that the housing sector, which provided a stable lending opportunity for the banking sector in recent years has also levelled out, no longer providing the buoyancy it once engendered.Stoby spoke too to other external factors that will also tentatively affect the banking sector in the near future, such as the loss of its correspondent bank – The Bank of America – and Brexit, among other factors, which, taking local circumstances into account, “require us at GBTI to exercise more dexterity than ever before, in navigating the bank’s path to continued growth and stability.”The board has since approved the payment of dividends to its shareholders at $6 per share, on the basis of a net profit after tax of $961 million for the first half of the year.Meanwhile, such was the performance at Republic Bank, its Chairman Nigel Baptiste in his statement to shareholders has indicated “…there are no extraordinary gains expected for the remainder of the year.”Republic Bank has in fact recorded an after-tax profit increase of less than US$1 million for the first half of 2016.According to Baptiste, the bank recorded an after tax profit of $2.1 billion. This, he said, represents an increase of only $188 million over the corresponding period in the previous year. The bank had earned some $3.3 billion but had to fork over $1.2 billion in taxes.The Hand in Hand Trust Corporation over the weekend also released its financial statements for the year ending June 2016.According to Chairman Paul Chan-a-Sue, that institution while holding some $7.6 billion in deposits, managed to rake in an operational profit of $79 million.It was reported too that Hand in Hand Trust Corporation’s total expenditure for the period was $330 million out of its gross income of $409 million.The corporation had earned in excess of $650 million last year while its total expenditure exceeded $330 million.According to the World Bank figures, between 2005 and 2013, the Guyana economy grew by 4.7 per cent on average each year.This, however, decelerated to 3.8 per cent in 2014 and to 3.0 per cent in 2015, as commodity prices collapsed for Guyana’s major exports.The World Bank in a recent assessment of Guyana’s economic performance had found that uncertainty surrounding the 2015 elections also contributed to slower growth.It was noted that the increased production of gold (two new mines opened in 2015), rice, and sugar compensated for lower global prices and balanced out contractions in construction, forestry and bauxite production.The economy is expected to grow by around 4 per cent in 2016 and 2017. The World Bank has since projected that most of 2016 growth is expected to come from continued rapid growth of gold production and rebounding performance in construction and wholesale and retail trade industries. read more
Two men mugged a “vulnerable man” and gave him a severe beating before robbing him of just €4.Victim Daniel Byrne was dragged to the ground outside a shop in Co Donegal and beaten severely. Mr Byrne, 53, who was in the care of the HSE, was left lying on the ground as his two attackers walked casually away from the scene.Stephen Scott, aged 25, and his co-accused Patrick Sweeney, aged 21, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with robbing the victim.The court heard how the pair had been drinking heavily on the evening they attacked and robbed Mr Byrne outside Simpson’s Supermarket at Glencar, Letterkenny on October 28th, last year.Footage from CCTV cameras showed clear images of the horrific mugging which took place just after 9pm.Paddy Sweeney at an earlier sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. (North West Newspixc)The footage shows the two men chasing Mr Byrne before they pull him to the ground.They then proceed to kick him and beat him severely for a sustained period of time.The victim eventually managed to get up off the ground and was helped by shocked passers-by.Garda Frank McDaid told the court that a member of the public had contacted Letterkenny Garda station to say a man was being mugged.They arrived five minutes later and although they found blood on the ground, there was no victim in sight.Garda McDaid called to Simpson’s Supermarket the next day to gather CCTV footage and happened to come across the victim.He admitted he had been attacked the previous night and Gardai took him to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment.The victim had not contacted Gardai and did not visit the hospital after the attack.“I didn’t want to waste their time and I’m okay overall,” he told Gardai.A statement from Dr Adam Leslie Howard said the victim had received multiple injuries as a result of an attack.His injuries included wounds on his head, arms and shoulders after being struck multiple times during an attack.Barrister for Scott, of Meadowbank, Letterkenny, Ms Fiona Crawford, said her client had a severe issue with alcohol and drugs.She added that her client was due to start a rehabilitation course days after this incident and had gone on a binge.Scott took to the witness stand where he apologised to his victim.Barrister for Sweeney, of Birchill Upper, Letterkenny, Mr Peter Nolan said the CCTV fitness shown in court was truly appalling.“The day we all stop being shocked by footage like that is the day we all need to give up,” he said.He added that his client also had a drink problem.Sweeney himself took to the stand to apologise to Mr Byrne who was not in court and who declined to give a victim impact statement.He said “We all seen CCTV footage – what happened to Daniel Byrne should not have happened to anyone. I’d like to say sorry and it should never have happened. When I saw it I felt guilty because I know what happened to Daniel Byrne should never happen to anyone.“I have remorse. On that night I knew I had done something but I was heavily intoxicated and that’s why I handed myself into the barracks.“I have trouble sleeping thinking about what I done. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m studying in school.”Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until Friday for sentencing.CCTV footage shows horrific beating and robbery of man for just €4 was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtletterkennymuggingPaddy Sweeneyrobberysimpsons supermarketStephen Scott read more
Paul Boyle celebrates scoring his winning penalty.Paul ‘The Yank’ Boyle – A.K.A. (‘Big-Red’) was the hero for Letterkenny Rovers today as they marched into both the next round of the FAI Intermediate Cup and First-Round of the FAI Senior Cup. Boyle enjoyed a superb game at the heart of the Rovers defence – despite suffering from a nasty chest infection.With the game tied at 1-1 at the end of full-time and extra-time – the game went to penalty shoot-out. After eight successful converted penalties – Dunboyne’s David O’Neill’s stepped up and saw his effort saved by Rory Kelly.Up stepped Boyle who superbly dispatched his penalty to send Rovers through the next round of two competitions.Rovers got off to a bad start and trailed 1-0 after ten minutes when Alan Cosgrave finished from close range.Rovers got back on level terms after a stunning free-kick from Letterkenny Rovers talisman Darren McElwaine. Rovers had the better of the chances in the second-half but were unable to convert any of them and the game entered extra-time.Kevin McGrath had a good opportunity to win it for Eamon McConigley’s side but he squandered the chance – while Paul McVeigh had a goal disallowed in the final seconds of extra-time.It went to penalties and Letterkenny goalkeeper Rory Kelly and centre-half Paul Boyle were the toast of The Cathedral Town.BIG RED KEEPS A COOL HEAD TO FIRE ROVERS INTO THE FAI SENIOR CUP was last modified: January 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSport read more