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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
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Verge:GE announced today that it’s developing skyscraper-sized wind turbines with massive 3D-printed bases. The conglomerate plans to work with partners in the construction industry to produce both a printer and materials that could eventually be deployed around the world.Taller turbines can capitalize on stronger winds at higher altitudes, and the structures support larger blades that generate more power. But building bigger turbines makes transporting the pieces needed to put it together a logistical nightmare. GE hopes to 3D print the base of a turbine wherever they want to place it, so that they won’t need to haul around such a gigantic hunk of concrete or steel. The company says its onshore turbines could reach up to 200 meters tall, which is taller than the Seattle Space Needle and more than double the average height for wind turbines in the U.S. today.Onshore wind turbines have had a massive growth spurt since the 1980s, when they averaged a height of about 20 meters in the US — not counting the blades. Under ideal conditions, those earlier turbines had a maximum output of about 100kW per turbine. By 2017, those numbers grew to 84 meters tall with an output of more than 2MW (2000kW). Turbines in parts of Europe, where there aren’t as strong winds closer to the ground, can reach greater heights. One of the tallest onshore turbines, in Gaildorf, Germany, towers 178 meters tall. GE wants to go even bigger.Since it’s one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines, GE could usher in a whole new era for wind turbines design and construction. But it won’t be the first company to look into 3D-printing for wind energy. Startup RCAM Technologies, with $1.25 million in funding from the California Energy Commission, set out in 2017 to build two turbine towers in a similar fashion — their research is still ongoing. That means GE could be the first to make wind turbines with a 3D-printed base commercially available. The company completed its first prototype in October 2019, and it plans to begin production in 2023.“What you’re looking at is a technology that enables the industry to go to a new level,” says Paul Veers, chief engineer at the National Wind Technology Center and a senior research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, of 3D printing. The new technology could potentially reduce the amount of time and labor needed to install turbines, especially onshore, where turbines tend to be smaller than their offshore counterparts (it’s easier to transport materials by sea). “It’s a stepping stone into the next generation of wind plants,” says Veers.GE believes it can build a 160-meter tall, 5MW turbine that generates 33 percent more power yearly than a turbine half the size — at a “significant” cost savings. And since it’s usually easier to transport a 3D-printer than a 100 to 200 meter tower, it will be able to bring renewable wind energy to new markets, the company tells The Verge. It would cut down the greenhouse gas emissions coming from transporting giant structures too.[Justine Calma]More: GE will make taller wind turbines using 3D-printing GE looks to 3D printing to build next generation of taller, less costly wind turbines read more
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Henry MeierThe most important proposal of the year has nothing to do with Risk-Based Capital or Field of Membership. It has nothing to do with overdraft fees or payday loans. In fact, it hasn’t even been released yet for comment. Nevertheless, your fearless blogger is going to go out on a limb and tell you that the most important regulatory proposal you will be confronted with this year is one that is expected to be issued by the Department of Labor this summer.What I am referring to is the release of regulations redefining what constitutes an exempt or non-exempt employee under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). At the very least the regulations could impact the operation of your credit union; in a worst case scenario it will be another one of those unfunded government mandates.Under the FLSA, employees are entitled to a minimum wage and to at least time and one-half overtime pay for every hour they work over 40 hours per week. As many of you are aware, however, so-called exempt employees are not entitled to overtime. As a gross over-simplification, an exempt employee is generally defined as someone whose duties involve supervising or exercising independent judgment. continue reading » read more
Years ago, when you wanted to enjoy a movie in the comfort of your own home, you made a trip to your local Blockbuster. Today, you can stream a movie on just about any device, anytime and anywhere. Similarly, there was once a time when all banking was done in person at a physical branch. As companies like Rocket Mortgage take customers out of your branches and into the digital space, are Credit Unions – like Blockbuster – becoming irrelevant?Spoiler alert: the answer is NO! At least not if you’re innovating and evolving. Here are a few tips to stay relevant with and keep your current members engaged and prospective clients choosing a relationship with you over a well-branded smartphone app:Think beyond the teller. Branch visits are changing. Overall, credit unions are seeing a drop in in-branch transactional volume but are seeing an increase in overall consumer traffic. What people use branches for is evolving. Branches are more consultative in nature, with transactions happening online or in-app. If your space isn’t inviting the community in for conversations, you’re missing a major opportunity to maintain the human side of the relationship.Less guessing, more knowing. Simply ‘going with your gut’ is no longer enough. You could guess what you think will resonate with customers and members, but wouldn’t you rather know? It is absolutely critical to use demographic and behavioral insights about your community, your target audiences and your current customers or members to design a unique user financial experience centered around your brand. Armed with that knowledge, you can elevate your brand and business above your competition. The result will generate a significant return on investment (ROI) and provide a substantial competitive advantage.Embrace today’s technology. It’s not tomorrow’s tech and it’s not just Millennials, it’s here now and everyone is drinking the Kool-Aid. This groundswell has raised consumer expectations, rendering traditional customer service obsolete. The financial industry is now on the cusp of a major transformation and it’s all about personalization. Imagine having the flexibility to adjust your messaging to meet the unique needs of a member who just walked into the door. Imagine being able to gauge that person’s reaction and make on-the-spot adjustments to create an impactful, customized experience. This customized approach is the next big thing in the financial services industry, and it will be within reach for even the smallest of organizations.The financial industry is seeing disruption unlike ever before. If you don’t want to be the next Blockbuster, you’ve got to make the right changes. I guarantee you’ll be pleased with the return on your investment. 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy is Chief Operations Officer at La Macchia Group, where his problem-solving, solutions-driven approach helps clients achieve maximum results and ensure the highest degree of quality. Contact him at … Web: www.lamacchiagroup.com Details read more
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When the pandemic was at its height, Malta closed its ports to all traffic – including rescued migrants.As a result, over 400 migrants were held aboard four tourist boats before being allowed into the country when some migrants threatened to revolt against the crew. Over two-thirds of a group of 94 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by Malta have tested positive for COVID-19, with the tests of nine others pending, Maltese health authorities said on Tuesday.The migrants were rescued by the Maltese coastguard on Monday night and were all isolated and tested upon arrival, a statement said.So far, 65 migrants had tested positive for the coronavirus while 20 tested negative. Topics : The Alarm Phone charity reported that the boat had been at sea for over 30 hours before they were picked up.”The migrants who are positive will continue to be isolated at the Hal Far Initial Reception Centre and the rest will remain in quarantine and followed up,” the government statement read.The number of positive cases means that Malta’s total of active cases has shot up to 99.The number of cases spiked over the weekend owing to a cluster of 18 cases connected to a weekend-long party which was held at a resort hotel. read more
Mail Online (UK) 20 May 2012Legendary songwriter Mike Stock has launched an astonishing attack on the sexualised image of risqué female pop stars like Lady Gaga. Mr Stock, who was one third of the hugely successful 80s songwriting trio Stock, Aitken and Waterman, branded today’s stars ‘sluttish’. He followed that up by claiming modern U.S. performers resort to sexually-charged pop videos because they don’t have much ‘of a sell’. Speaking to The Independent on Sunday, Mr Stock, 60, said: ‘It’s easy: if you haven’t got much of a sell – stick some sex in the video and the job’s done. ‘It’s both easy and lazy. And probably shows a lack of ability to do something else. ‘Adele doesn’t have to resort to the sexual thing, she’s there because of the songs. It’s largely the Americans, to be honest – the new breed of rap and Lady Gaga types. ‘They’re all just… sluttish. And young girls think they are someone worth emulating.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147107/Mike-Stock-slams-Lady-Gaga-Rihanna-Sluttish-pop-stars-harming-children.html read more
Quinnipiac looks to end streak vs Canisius ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 20, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCanisius (9-16, 4-10) vs. Quinnipiac (11-13, 6-8)People’s United Center, Hamden, Connecticut; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Canisius looks to extend Quinnipiac’s conference losing streak to six games. Quinnipiac’s last MAAC win came against the Canisius Golden Griffins 90-73 on Jan. 31. Canisius fell 85-71 at home to Monmouth on Friday. STEPPING UP: Quinnipiac’s Rich Kelly has averaged 16.1 points and 4.6 assists while Kevin Marfo has put up 10.2 points and 13.3 rebounds. For the Golden Griffins, Malik Johnson has averaged 13.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and six assists while Majesty Brandon has put up 13.2 points and 4.1 rebounds.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Kelly has made or assisted on 41 percent of all Quinnipiac field goals over the last five games. Kelly has accounted for 20 field goals and 25 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 75: Quinnipiac is 0-7 this year when it allows 75 points or more and 11-6 when holding opponents to fewer than 75.STREAK STATS: Canisius has lost its last four road games, scoring 61.8 points, while allowing 65.5 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Quinnipiac as a team has made 10 3-pointers per game this season, which is eighth-best among Division I teams. read more
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 14 seed Nebraska (7-24, 2-18) vs. No. 11 seed Indiana (19-12, 9-11)Big Ten Tourney First Round, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Wednesday, 7:25 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Nebraska is set to match up against Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten tourney. In the regular season, Indiana won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Hoosiers shot 50.8 percent from the field while limiting Nebraska to just 39.7 percent en route to an 82-74 victory. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Nebraska, Indiana meet in Big Ten tourney SQUAD LEADERSHIP: Trayce Jackson-Davis is putting up 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds to lead the way for the Hoosiers. Justin Smith has complemented Jackson-Davis and is accounting for 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The Cornhuskers have been led by Cam Mack, who is averaging 10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists.MIGHTY MACK: Mack has connected on 33.9 percent of the 127 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 9 over his last three games. He’s also converted 56.9 percent of his free throws this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Indiana is a perfect 7-0 when the team records eight or more steals. The Hoosiers are 12-12 when they steal the ball fewer than eight times.FLOOR SPACING: Nebraska’s Thorbjarnarson has attempted 125 3-pointers and connected on 38.4 percent of them, and is 6 for 23 over the last five games.DID YOU KNOW: Indiana attempts more free throws per game than any other Big Ten team. The Hoosiers have averaged 22.5 free throws per game this season.___ March 10, 2020 read more