Conference examines immigration

first_imgTo begin the Church and Immigration Conference, Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini of the Diocese of Huehuetenango in Guatemala gave the keynote address Sunday night in McKenna Hall. Both University President Fr. John Jenkins and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of the Archdiocese of Seattle introduced the speaker.In Jenkins’ remarks, he said the United States is in political gridlock when it comes to immigration reform, and while politicians are bickering, immigrants are dying.“We need to elevate the terms of the immigration debate onto a higher moral plane,” Jenkins said. “While we certainly recognize the right of a nation to regulate immigration, we must also recognize the economic realities that force people across borders to find the means to feed their families. We must also recognize the undeniable economic benefits that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, have brought to this nation.“We must recognize the history of immigration that has helped define our nation.”Elizondo, chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, said the Church’s obligation to care for immigrants began with Jesus himself.“The Church has been involved in the immigration issue since her founding, when the Lord Jesus Christ instructed all of us to welcome the stranger, and in these interfaces we see Christ himself,” Elizondo said.Elizondo said the USCCB is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the world, and has resettled more than one million refugees since 1975.“The Catholic voice continues to have impact in the public debate on immigration,” he said. “As a community, we are at the forefront of the moral arguments governing the immigration reform debate. We should be proud of our rich tradition of defending the migrant, both here in the United States and globally. This of course not only includes the bishops but all the faithful and many of you present.”Ramazzini said immigration crises throughout the world continue because people reduce immigrants to economic statistics.“The economic dimension of globalization places productivity and effectiveness as the values that orient all our human relationships,” he said. “This economic dimension promotes inequality and injustices. That is to say, the most important values of truth, justice, love and … human dignity and the rights of others are subjective to the world market. I say [it should be] the God market.”Ramazzini said a person is not just an economic factor.“The crisis of capitalism and also the crisis of socialism is to forget that God is the fundamental in the reality,” he said. “Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, ‘The Joy of the Gospel,’ emphasized that the Church — and I dare to say that I believe Christianity today is in a profound crisis — is living a new idolatry of money, in that it is money that governs us.“We have created a world of inequality and this inequality is one of the causes of the migrants today.”Consumerism has created a “throw-away society” that does not value the inherent dignity of every person, Ramazzini said.“Being a Christian is to love God and our neighbor,” he said. “We know that. Because of this, we must promote a different globalization that emphasizes love for justice and a respect of human rights. … Even people who do not have documents are persons. Is it necessary to have a document in order to be a person? Can others be a hindrance in living as a human being?“If we truly live with a globalization as I mentioned, we will have the capacity to discover who is suffering, and we would then have the capacity of helping them.”Tags: Immigration Conferencelast_img read more

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New York governor says state will solicit another 1GW of offshore wind this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享offshoreWIND.biz:The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will issue its second solicitation for at least 1GW of offshore wind capacity in 2020, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State Address.The second solicitation could potentially yield ”substantially more” than 1GW in new capacity, according to the 2020 State of the State.The second round will be designed to capture the rapidly falling costs of offshore wind energy, the address stated. No further details were shared.The announcement builds on New York’s goal to have 9GW of electricity from offshore wind by 2035.In its first offshore wind solicitation, NYSERDA selected Equinor’s 816MW Empire Wind and the 880MW Sunrise Wind, a project jointly developed by Ørsted and Eversource Energy.In early 2020, NYSERDA, Empire State Development (ESD), and New York Department of Transportation (DOT) will also initiate a competitive process to award USD 200 million in public investments to improve the port infrastructure that will be used for the local offshore wind sector.[Adnan Durakovic]More: New York to seek at least 1GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2020 New York governor says state will solicit another 1GW of offshore wind this yearlast_img read more

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Floating wind turbine off the French coast posts record production numbers in February

first_imgFloating wind turbine off the French coast posts record production numbers in February FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshorewind.biz:Floatgen, the first offshore wind turbine installed off the French coast, produced 923.2 MWh of electricity in February, setting a new monthly record.The 2MW Floatgen turbine achieved a capacity factor of 66.3% for the power production of 923.2 MWh last month, Ideol said.With a February time availability of 95,7%, Ideol added that its patented floating foundation again confirmed its readiness for commercial-scale deployments.To remind, Floatgen exceeded expectations when it produced a total of 2.2 GWh during the first half of 2019. The second half of last year saw the floating wind turbine already more than double its first-semester power production, reaching an annual total of 6 GWh.Floatgen, which consists of a Vestas V80 turbine mounted on the Damping Pool, started delivering electricity to the French grid in September 2018. The project is a joint venture of Ideol, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Centrale Nantes engineering school, RSK Group, Zabala, the University of Stuttgart, and Fraunhofer IWES.[Nadja Skopljak]More: Floatgen breaks record in Februarylast_img read more

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Major Blow to Shining Path: Two Top Leaders Killed in Peru

first_img The three Shining Path members were killed during a confrontation that took place in Llochegua, Ayacucho region. Two top military leaders of Shining Path were killed by the Peruvian Army during confrontations in the jungles of Peru on August 11, signifying a blow that destroys the leadership of this guerrilla group, President Ollanta Humala said. By Dialogo August 13, 2013 Drug trafficking gangs operate with the remnants of the Shining Path in that location, and use the area as a shelter after its founder Abimael Guzmán was captured in 1992 and sentenced to life in prison, which signified the disruption and defeat of the Shining Path in the mid 1990s. The Peruvian president also reported a third neutralized guerrilla: ‘Comrade Alfonso’, right-hand man of Alipio. This blow joins others suffered by the group in the past months. In February 2012, the Army captured Florindo Flores Hala, aka ‘Comrade Artemio’, Shining Path’s leader in the Alto Huallaga valley, in the country’s northwestern jungle area, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in June. “We believe that this operation has destroyed Shining Path’s leadership,” Humala added, explaining that according to intelligence they are identified as Alejandro Borda Casafranca, aka ‘Comrade Alipio’, and Marco Antonio Quispe Palomino, aka ‘Comrade Gabriel’, although DNA tests will be conducted to confirm these findings. ‘Comrade Gabriel’ is the youngest brother of Víctor Quispe Palomino, currently top leader of Shining Path in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valley (VRAEM), a large jungle area covering the southeast and central jungles of the country, the main area of coca leaf cultivation used to produce cocaine. last_img read more

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Economists advocate age-based approach to pension cuts

first_imgDutch pension funds should be able to reduce pensions based on the age of members rather than applying an equal percentage-based cut across all participants, two economists have argued.A number of underfunded Dutch pension funds could be forced to cut pension rights in the coming years, but Theo Nijman, professor for pensions and risk management at GAK Institute, and Lans Bovenberg, economist at Tilburg University, contended that age-dependent cuts would prevent “good luck and bad luck generations”.According to Nijman and Bovenberg – who are affilated with pensions think-tank Netspar – it would be fairer if rights discounts would be linked to expected pension income, or the time of additional work required to earn the same income.The large Dutch metal and engineering sector schemes PMT and PME are facing the prospect of rights cuts next year if their funding is still short of the required minimum of 104.3% at the end of 2019. Since the financial crisis, dozens of Dutch pension funds had to lower pension rights and benefits based on a percentage for all participants and pensioners.In an opinion piece for ESB, a Dutch publishing platform for economists, Nijman and Bovenberg also looked at the differences between the new pensions contract favoured by the social partners – a collectively accrued target pension – and individually accrued pensions with some risk-sharing, as currently being debated by the government.According to Nijman, the contracts were not very different, “as both variants were heading in the direction of a more individualised pension with the characteristics of personal assets, personal contribution and personal say”.The authors said that defining things in terms of assets would make the pensions system easier to explain, because benefits were an uncertain factor.“Clear-cut individual pension rights would avoid conflicts of interest,” Nijman said. “Young participants can see that their contributions are being invested, whereas it would be clear to older participants that the level of benefits depended on investment results.”He added that, in both pension contracts, the risk-sharing component of the contribution would be limited in order to prevent large parts being redistributed.Nijman and Bovenberg highlighted that an individual pensions system did not mean a personal say about the individual pension assets and paid-in premiums.“Pension funds could keep on sharing risks, continue investing in collective investment funds and keep on distributing their benefits through collective rules,” they said.last_img read more

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Petrobras cleared to sell idle LNG volumes

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of PetrobrasBrazil’s state-owned energy giant Petrobras has been granted permission to offer idle liquefied natural gas volumes in the spot market. Citing the official government gazette, Reuters reports Petrobras has been allowed to sell 6.6 million cubic meters, given the export of these volumes would not cause a supply shortage in the domestic market.The company operated three LNG terminals that helped cover the growing demand for natural gas. However, over the last two years, Brazil was hit by a recession and the domestic production kept climbing, prompting the company to put its LNG terminals in Rio de Janeiro and Ceará for sale.In December last year, Petrobras has cancelled the Golar Spirit FSRU charter deal it had with Golar LNG Partners.Golar Spirit FSRU was deployed at Petrobras’ Pecem LNG terminal until July this year.last_img read more

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Woman, 89, ends life after struggling to cope with modern world

first_imgNZ Herald 7 April 2014An 89-year-old British woman has killed herself at the Dignitas assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, in part because she had become fed up with the modern world of emails, TVs, computers and supermarket ready meals.Speaking in an interview before her death and asking only to be identified as Anne, the former art teacher and Royal Navy engineer said she had had enough of “swimming against the current” of the world.In her application to Dignitas she reportedly described her life as “full, with so many adventures and tremendous independence”, but had recently found her strength and health fading and feared the prospect of a prolonged period in hospital or a nursing home.Anne, from Sussex, was neither terminally ill nor seriously handicapped when she died, and beforehand spoke out in favour of people having the right to die in the UK.She told the Sunday Times: “They say adapt or die. At my age, I feel that I can’t adapt, because the new age is not an age that I grew up to understand. I see everything as cutting corners. All the old-fashioned ways of doing things have gone.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11233583last_img read more

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The ins and outs of marrying yourself

first_imgNewsHub 6 October 2017Family First Comment: It’s incredible that we’re even having this discussion!!!Apparently the ‘kicker’ is that you can’t marry a ‘relative’. Say what??But apparently marrying yourself is not technically covered in the Marriage Act. Sigh!“So could we see a sologamist marriage in New Zealand? Well, kind of – although such an arrangement wouldn’t be legally binding. Sologamy is not recognised in law anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, so none of those who go through with it here would be recognised as being married under current legislation. There are still a few question marks over whether that would change, even if it rose to popularity, due to stringent laws that stop you from marrying relatives. It’s not clear whether sologamy would be considered incest, however, considering it hasn’t been included on the list of relatives you’re not allowed to wed in the Marriage Act 1955.”Sologamy, the act of marrying yourself, is on the rise across the globe.Last week, Italian woman Laura Mesi made worldwide headlines when she celebrated a wedding complete with bridesmaids, dozens of guests, a three-layer cake, but without a groom.The 40-year-old claimed the first ever self-wedding in Italy, splashing out more than $16,000 for her big day.On Valentine’s Day this year, Christchurch-born Emma Jane Love married herself on the Gold Coast.So could we see a sologamist marriage in New Zealand?Well, kind of – although such an arrangement wouldn’t be legally binding. Sologamy is not recognised in law anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, so none of those who go through with it here would be recognised as being married under current legislation.There are still a few question marks over whether that would change, even if it rose to popularity, due to stringent laws that stop you from marrying relatives.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/10/the-ins-and-outs-of-marrying-yourself.htmllast_img read more

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La Liga: Benzema wins Player of the Month award for June

first_imgReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema has won the June La Liga Player of the Month award for his starring role. The French striker played a vital role for Los Blancos for their 100 percent record during the month, as they won all five of their league matches. Read Also: Man United battle Man City for Barcelona forward Real Madrid news is now dominated by their title run-in, as they look to win just their second league title in eight seasons. However, Benzema’s starring role in the attack has been recognised by La Liga. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Karim Benzema = Real Madrid’s fifth-highest scorer ever #UCL https://t.co/TOyrAjzHyY pic.twitter.com/Vbek42PcJF— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) July 9, 2020 Zinedine Zidane’s side have had a perfect record since the restart of Spanish football last month, winning all seven league games and moving clear of Barcelona at the top of the table. Madrid’s successes have been built on their strong defensive record as they have conceded just two goals across that run of victories. Benzema netted twice in the 3-0 win at home to Valencia and also scored in the 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad, while he provided a sensational back-heeled assist to Casemiro in the 1-0 triumph at Espanyol.center_img Well done, Karim! @Benzema is @LaLigaEN’s Player of the Month for June!#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/FXus6lVOp4— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 10, 2020 Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVlast_img read more

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