Returning to Oxford after his last visit in 2014 for the official opening of the Dickson Poon China Centre at Hugh’s, HRH Prince William came to open Magdalen’s newly-refurbished Longwall library today.The Duke of Cambridge also stopped at the Weston Library on Broad Street, finishing his tour in the recently constructed Blavatnik School of Government where he was met by a group of fans as well as some protestors led by Martin Dewhirst.Longwall library had originally been opened by prince William’s great uncle Edward VIII, and cost the college £10.5 million to renovate, a price which became the source of one of the prince’s many jokes on his way across Oxford.Prince William greeted a small group of students who had helped raise funds for the library at his various stops, and told one of them he was “allergic to Chemistry” as he commented on student life and recalled his own.Mostly described as a pleasant, cheerful person by those who met him in Oxford, the Duke of Cambridge’s visit also triggered more hostile reactions, in particular on his arrival at the Blavatnik School of Government behind Somerville college.While some students had criticised the British Royal family earlier this week, Martin Dewhirst, an Oxford and LSE alumnus who gave lectures on Russian culture at Glasgow, led a group of protestors outside the modern glass building at 11am, holding a signMartin Dewhirst. Photo: Sophie Jordanwhich read, “due diligence or undue negligence?”This protest was aimed at the main donor for the funding of the School of Government, Blavatnik, whose fortune and integrity have been questioned in the past. A picket was simultaneously being held by Ilya Zaslavsky in New York, and Dewhirst warned the staff of the School that “less civilised protests” were on their way.
A recent study published by Notre Dame professors Brian Starks and Christian Smith found Catholics to be less generous givers than other Christians. Smith said the Catholic Church in the United States has great potential to accomplish good in the Church and in the world, but is often hampered by a lack of funds. Starks, director of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI), and Smith, co-founder of the initiative, came up with the idea for the study together, Starks said. “We knew from the larger body of social science research that Catholics giving to the Church, measured as a percentage of income donated, had been in decline for decades,” Starks said. The study looked specifically at whether respondents “regularly donate at least 10 percent of their income to religious, charitable, or other good causes,” and whether they donated to “solely religious causes” in the past twelve months, Starks said. John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, and Smith, who is also director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, collaborated to form CSPRI in 2011 at Notre Dame, Sparks said. He said the group strives to use social science as a tool to challenge and strengthen the Catholic Church. “We knew that resource issues are an especially important concern for parishes and dioceses in their efforts toward faith formation, staff development, pastoral planning, etcetera,” Starks said. “So, we decided this study was especially appropriate for CSPRI.” Starks said when comparing Catholics to other Christians, he and Smith mainly focused on evangelical and mainline Protestants, who represented the groups with the largest number of respondents in their sample. The study uncovered that Catholics are, on average, less generous in voluntary financial giving than other Christian groups in the United States, Starks said. The median reported annual donation to the Church was only $175 for Catholics who gave, as compared to $588 for non-Catholic givers, he said. Starks said it is important to understand what are notkey reasons for Catholics being less generous. “It is not because they have less money to give – Catholics in our sample are slightly above the national average in terms of income,” Starks said. “Second, it is not because Catholics attend church less.” Instead, Starks credits a “lack of spiritual engagement with money” when explaining the lesser giving of Catholics. Without this engagement, Catholics tend to regard their use of money and material possessions as separate from matters of faith and spiritual life, he said. Based on their belief that increasing the spiritual engagement with money will increase donations, Starks said he and Smith explored different approaches to allow Catholic pastors and others to begin the discussion about money within their parishes. “We found that discussions of money in Catholic parishes should not center on meeting basic organizational needs, but rather on spiritual growth and personal world transformation,” Starks said. “Parish culture should help Catholics reflect on the dangers of compartmentalizing their financial dealings from their life of faith.” To that end, Starks said he and Smith recommend priests give homilies that discuss money while focusing on developing compassion or empathy and challenging materialistic values, which could then help Catholics to recognize the tie between their spiritual life and how they use their money and material possessions. Starks said if members of the Church are reminded that their donations represent something more than just helping fund the church, Starks and Smith believe giving will increase. “Most important of all, however, seems to be fostering parish cultures in which the use of money is not seen as a mere secular or profane matter, but, as the Bible teaches, a spiritual concern that God cares about, that shapes one’s personal spiritual life profoundly, and that can genuinely help transform the world along Christian values and purposes,” Starks said. The study helped to make clear the sociological reasoning behind the lesser generosity of Catholics, as well as uncover practical ways to increase giving, the researchers said. Starks and Smith said if Catholics can increase their giving, the Church will be able to succeed in thriving to their most prosperous state. “American Catholics learning to become much more financially generous would be truly revolutionary,” Smith said.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by the CCIDA.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown-based Jamestown Container Companies says they’re ramping-up capabilities across its facilities to serve essential customers and the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. Locally, Jamestown Container is providing indispensable packing materials for businesses such as Jamestown Plastics and Five & 20 Spirits to get critical new products like face shields and hand sanitizer into the hands of users. Within 24 hours of receiving a request, Jamestown Container’s Falconer facility designed, produced, and delivered boxes that will be used to ship Jamestown Plastics’ new True Hero™ face shields.As a custom corrugated packaging manufacturer and distributor of packaging supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), Jamestown Container has provided essential nitrile disposable exam gloves (more than 30,000 pairs) and 2,750 lab coats to medical centers such as the University of Rochester and St. Joseph’s hospital in Cheektowaga, a facility now dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 related patients. The company has also donated boxes to food banks and service providers throughout Western New York and Ohio.“If value is measured by the company you keep, Jamestown Container is doing very well,” said Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and Chief Administrative Officer of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. “Jamestown Container has been around for many years, and the effort it is making to address the pandemic demonstrates why it is so successful.” Current customers include Rochester Midland, one of the few companies authorized by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to produce airplane sanitizer; Port Erie Plastics in Harborcreek, PA, which is temporarily making flooring for portable hospitals; and Constellation Brands in Victor, NY, which is not only converting some of its operations to making hand sanitizer, but has pledged $2.5 Million to organizations such as the Bartenders Guild to help fight the long-term economic ramifications of business closings.“Jamestown Container is a very important link in the supply chain,” said County Executive PJ Wendel. “Without it and companies like them, our response to the pandemic would be severely hampered. I commend Jamestown Container for everything it is doing.”
Vistra to retire 6,800MW of coal generation capacity in Illinois and Ohio by 2027 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Vistra Corp. will retire more than 6,800 MW of coal-fired capacity in Illinois and Ohio by 2027 and add more than 900 MW of new solar and energy storage capacity in Texas, the company said Sept. 29.Vistra also released its first-ever climate report announcing a new goal to cut its carbon dioxide emissions 60% by 2030, up from 50%, relative to a 2010 baseline and set a new long-term goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, up from a previous target of cutting emissions 80% by midcentury.Specifically, Vistra subsidiary Luminant Generation Co. LLC will retire the 585-MW E.D. Edwards plant by 2022, a move which had been announced previously; the 1,185-MW Baldwin Energy Complex and 1,002-MW Joppa plant by 2025; and the 1,108-MW Kincaid, 1,020-MW Miami Fort, 615-MW Newton and 1,300-MW W.H. Zimmer plants by 2027. A small gas-fired unit at the Joppa plant will be retired as well.“In the case of our Midwest coal fleet, the challenging economics do not support the incremental capital that would be necessary to comply with the environmental rules,” Vistra Executive Vice President and CFO David Campbell said Sept. 29 on a call with investors. “Vistra is also committed to leading the effort to combat climate change, and meaningfully reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and the accelerated retirement of these coal plants supports this goal.”Campbell said the newly announced plant closures will bring Vistra’s total coal and gas retirements announced or implemented since 2010 to approximately 19,000 MW, with 16,000 MW in retirements announced or implemented in the last four years. Coal-fired generation is now expected to account for less than 10% of Vistra’s portfolio by 2030 while renewable and storage resources are projected to account for 20% by the same year, Campbell said. Continuing to own and operate some coal-fired capacity in the MISO and PJM Interconnection regions through the generators’ remaining useful lives will provide incremental free cash flow that allows Vistra to offset its asset closure obligations, Campbell said, citing up to $165 million in expected closure obligations for 2020.In a Sept. 29 news release, Vistra also announced six new solar projects and one new battery storage project with more than 900 MW of combined capacity in Texas as part of a newly launched “Vistra Zero” portfolio totaling approximately $850 million in capital investments. Those seven projects will be located throughout the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc.’s expansive service area, with about 5% of the capacity located in the south zone, approximately 23% in the west zone and 72% in the north zone, Vistra said.[Zack Hale]More ($): Vistra net-zero pledge includes coal plant retirements, solar additions
The White House The White House is instructing federal banking regulators and other independent agencies to submit guidance and proposed rules to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to determine whether it is “major” and will require congressional approval.“One of NAFCU’s key tenets is to support a strong independent NCUA,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “While currently, the NCUA submits the majority of its rules and regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for an information collection review prior to implementation, the procedures outlined in the memorandum go further than that. NAFCU shares the goal of the White House to avoid runaway regulation, but wants to ensure that the NCUA can maintain its independence as well.”As an independent agency, the NCUA has traditionally taken the position it does not have to follow White House directives but often voluntarily chooses to do so. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
continue reading » State attorneys general and a group of state treasurers have called on Congress to enact legislation that would provide a safe harbor for financial institutions to do business with cannabis-related companies.Some 38 attorneys general from states and U.S. territories have sent congressional leaders a letter endorsing the plan sponsored by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Denny Heck (D-Wash.). And 17 state treasurers sent a similar letter last week.That legislation has been approved by the House Financial Services Committee and awaits floor action.But on the Senate side, Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) remains skeptical of the idea. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » A hacker has put the information of more than 142 million MGM hotel guests up for sale on a cybercrime marketplace. MGM Resorts suffered a data breach in summer 2019, but the breach wasn’t reported until February when roughly 10.6 million guests’ data were available for download on a hacking forum.According to ZDNet, an MGM spokesperson said most of the data included contact information, such as names, addresses, and emails; birth dates and phone numbers were also included. Financial information, Social Security numbers and IDs were not compromised.“The hacker claims to have obtained the hotel’s data after they breached Data Viper, a data leak monitoring service operated by Night Lion Security,” ZDNet reported. Data Viper advertises itself as a “threat actor intelligence research & brand monitoring platform for investigators and law enforcement.”A separate report from KrebsOnSecurity Monday revealed that Data Viper, which provides access to roughly 15 billion usernames, passwords, and other information exposed in more than 8,000 website breaches, had been hacked and its user database posted online. Krebs reported that while some of Data Viper’s data is from publicly-disclosed breaches, it also collects private and undisclosed breach data. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“Completely out of character. I mean Mike was a phenomenal instructor. He did a lot of good work throughout the community. He worked hand in hand with the American Heart Association. At the end of the day we feel betrayed,” said Fellows. The investigation began in May when Taylor was accused of stealing American Heart Association cards from the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, where he served as the Deputy Director of Administration. Troopers say Taylor pocketed cash payments for teaching American Heart Association classes involving CPR, AED, and first aid. Troopers arrested Luther Taylor, 59, following a months-long investigation. Investigators explain Taylor issued electronic and paper course completion cards, but deleted the course records after keeping the proceeds. Taylor was released and is expected to be back in Town of Union Court on October 16. Taylor is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. Both charges are felonies. “As the investigation continued we found numerous cases where mister Taylor was paid directly by numerous customers,” said the executive director of the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, Matthew Fellows. UNION (WBNG) — A Binghamton man is accused of keeping payments for giving American Heart Association training courses while with a local volunteer ambulance organization.
The Transportation Ministry will restrict all passenger travel starting on Friday as the government attempts to prevent citizens from participating in the annual Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) to curb the spread of COVID-19.The ban will not apply to cargo transportation or to vehicles serving special purposes, such as ambulances and fire trucks. “The ban will apply to all types of public and private transportation by air, sea, land and railway, except for vehicles carrying leaders of state institutions, police and military vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, hearses and vehicles transporting logistical supplies, staple goods and medicines,” ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said in a statement on Thursday. “Air navigation services will remain in operation. Meanwhile, airports will stay open to serve aircraft as they take off and land,” said Novie.The ministry’s land transportation director general Budi Setiyadi said toll, national and provincial roads would remain open. However, checkpoints would be set up at several locations, guarded by police and military personnel as well as ministry officials.The restriction on land transportation will apply until May 31.Zulfikri, the ministry’s train director general, said all train service until June 15 would be canceled and that passengers who had already purchased tickets would receive full refunds.Passenger transportation by sea will be suspended until June 8. Ships are permitted to transport only goods until that time.Adita said anyone found breaking the mudik ban would be sanctioned, as the ministerial decree on the ban stipulated punishments for violators. The punishments ranged from being ordered to return to the point of departure to fines.Topics : She added that the ban would apply to vehicles entering and leaving regions that had imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and those that had been declared COVID-19 red zones.The ministry’s air transportation director general, Novie Riyanto, said all passenger transportation to domestic and overseas destinations – both commercial and chartered flights – would be suspended starting Friday at midnight until June 1.Read also: ‘I need to protect my family’: Jakartans nix homecoming trips following COVID-19 ‘mudik’ banThe ban does not apply to flights carrying leaders of state institutions or foreign envoys, nor does it apply to aircraft engaging in special repatriation operations for Indonesians or foreign nationals. Air cargo transportation will also be permitted.
The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has nominated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, and Gerindra Party politician Aulia Rahman to run as the mayoral candidate pair in the upcoming race in Medan, North Sumatra.PDI-P executive Puan Maharani announced the party’s decision on Tuesday during an event that was also attended by her mother and PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.“For the city of Medan, [the PDI-P nominates] Bobby Afif Nasution and Aulia Rahman. Welcome to the PDI-P, Mas Bobby,” Puan said. Aulia is currently a member of the Medan Legislative Council (DPRD). The pair will run against acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, whose candidacy is backed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party.A former PDI-P executive at the party’s North Sumatra chapter, Akhyar was fired by the ruling party through a letter dated Aug. 1 after he jumped ship to join the Democrats to contest the 2020 Medan mayoral race.Bobby’s nomination comes after Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, secured his ticket with the PDI-P to run in the Surakarta mayoral race in Central Java.Elections are scheduled to take place on Dec. 9 in 270 regions.Topics : Bobby, who secured his PDI-P membership in March, proceeded to thank Megawati and the party executives after the announcement, saying that he and Aulia would carry out the mandate with full responsibility.”I bring the spirit of collaboration to build Medan, which was born from Bung Karno’s gotong royong [mutual cooperation] spirit,” Bobby said, referring to Indonesia’s founding father and first president – and Megawati’s father.Read also: Gibran, exception to PDI-P’s own rulesBesides backing from the PDI-P and Gerindra, the ticket of Bobby — the husband of Jokowi’s daughter Kahiyang Ayu — and Aulia has also received support from the Golkar Party, the NasDem Party, the Hanura Party, the United Development Party (PPP) and the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI).