Forum: market, morals discussed

first_imgNotre Dame staff attempted to answer difficult questions about moral development at the panel discussion “Morals and Markets: Being Catholic in a Global Economy,” one of the first large events for this year’s Notre Dame Forum.  “Our theme for the Forum this year is the global marketplace and the common good,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in his opening remarks. “I think that it is a specific calling for Notre Dame to address these issues with expertise.” The panel featured Dr. Margaret Pfeil, assistant professor of moral theology, Dr. Bill Evans, professor of economics and Dr. Douglass Cassel, professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School. Mary Hirschfeld, a Ph.D. student in moral theology at the University, moderated the panel. “[Forum] issues are complex and demand a discussion on morality from a variety of perspectives,” Hirschfeld said. “In modern times, we tend to specialize in our one form of knowledge and we may miss the other sides of the issue, which is why a discussion like this is so important.”  Each panelist was given 12 minutes to deliver their views on the interplay between morals and the market, using Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical, “Caritas In Veritate” as a foundation for how the Catholic Church should respond to the issues raised by the financial crisis and their effect on the developing world.  “‘Caritas In Veritate’ is about people-centered economics,” Pfeil said in her speech. “The encyclical tells us that social justice is possible.” Pfeil said Pope Benedict relied heavily on the concept of the universal destination of created goods throughout “Caritas,” and this should be a guiding concept for all people when concerning the role of the marketplace in today’s economy. “God is the giver of all creation and humans respond to his gifts, primarily the gift of life,” she said. “He tells us that humans need to exercise responsibility in the world.” Pfeil said signs of the current times speak to a disregard for universal responsibility, which elicits the need for more than a change in perspective. “The ongoing crisis shows there is an urgent moral need for a new solidarity, especially between developing and industrial nations,” she said.  While Pfeil focused on building a social conscious, Evans approached how the market system itself can be used to achieve the goals laid out in “Caritas.” “‘Caritas In Veritate’ picks up on the importance of trade after the ferocious development we’ve seen over the past 40 years,” Evans said. “Much of this trade is coming from the developing world.” While “Caritas” may be viewed as an attack on markets, Evans said Benedict actually expounded on the benefits of globalization and how it brought a new level of awareness to the world’s poor that had not previously been seen. The rapid development of trade combined with more global awareness of world poverty brought about an opportunity where economic development and globalization can be used to actually improve the lives of those living in poverty, Evans said.  “In a lot of circles, the phrase ‘economic growth’ is considered to have a dirty connotation,” he said. “But for others in the developing world, it can mean the difference between going hungry or not, or watching your child reach his first birthday.” Evans told the students that it was their job to think about what effect their “everyday decisions” have on the developing world, but he also addressed the negative aspects that inevitably come as a result of globalization. However, he said there is no easy answer to these problems and the simplest solution may lie in the development itself. Cassel said he believed the greatest way for students to address these issue was to be truly informed about the global economy and to understand the relationship the Catholic Church has with the market. “There has always been a balance between the Church and the market,” he said. “The Church has never worshiped the market as a cure-all to the world’s problems, but they have also never declared it to be an instrument of pure evil either.” Cassel said he thinks “Caritas In Veritate” stated that the market is subjective to communicative justice. “We admit the market can be a negative force bus only because a certain ideology can make it so,” he said. Cassel focused his talk on real-world examples and how specific marketplaces hurt global development when they try and further their own country’s interests by unethical and even illegal means. “You should not for a single second believe China is the success of the free-market system, because it is not free,” he said. “China purposely keeps its currency weak, thereby creating a false trade market. When countries do this, they prevent other countries from access to markets that they desperately need.” Knowing the truth about China’s market system is one example of several instances where Cassel believes students need to be educated in order to succeed at understanding morality’s role in the global marketplace. “Part of the answer to these problems is what you’re doing tonight,” he said in his closing remarks. “You need to be informed. You need to use your faith so that you care. And most importantly, you need to act.”last_img read more

Movement opens campus dialogue on GLBT issues

first_imgThrough the 4 to 5 Movement, the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) is trying to bridge the gap between students that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) and their straight allies, said senior Jackie Emmanuel, co-president of PSA. “Sometimes a lot of straight students really aren’t aware of the problems that GLBT students face, or if they are aware and want to be supportive, don’t necessarily know where to go or how to be supportive in the correct way,” Emmanuel said. Senior Joanna Whitfield, vice president of PSA, said the Movement aims to inform students about GLBT civil rights and mobilize them to action. “PSA [in general] tends to be about large gatherings, and 4 to 5 is more about awareness, education, more minor changes around campus,” she said. Although the 4 to 5 Movement officially began in August, Whitfield said it was sparked by a campus visit on March 28 from Brian Sims, the first openly gay college football captain in the NCAA. Sims told attendees that four out of five college students or college-educated people between the ages of 18 and 30 in the United States support the general package of gay civil rights, but believe only one out of three support that package. Emmanuel said this creates the illusion that supporters of GLBT rights are in the minority. “The remaining fifth person is often very loud, and because there’s almost this silent majority, they don’t necessarily think their peers will agree with them if they stand up to the fifth person,” she said. Emmanuel said PSA hosted a panel presentation about how allies can support members of the GLBT community in December. PSA also sponsored Notre Dame Coming Out Day in October, created informational signs and posters, co-sponsored events with the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students and distributed promotional T-shirts and pins. PSA plans to host another speaker or panel discussion this semester, Emmanuel said. “We’ll probably do at least one person-to-person event like cookouts [or a] picnic on the quad to invite people to open up discussion with each other,” she said. “Often, having a place to have dialogue is a big step. We’re probably going to have another education session sometime this semester.” Emmanuel said these events are meant to ease the sensitivity of GLBT issues, especially in a conservative campus atmosphere that poses challenges for PSA. “Occasionally, there are a couple of people that are outspoken against us, but overwhelmingly, the campus is supportive,” she said. Whitfield added that some people did not support their view, but ultimately their combative actions helped PSA in the end. “When we put up the ‘Did you know?’ posters [to promote GLBT civil rights], there were a few locations where people tore them up, but the counter-response was so supportive,” she said. PSA members also checked with teachers and campus administrators to ensure the language used in their programs was appropriate, accepting and not confrontational, Whitfield said. Emmanuel believes the way students perceive GLBT issues has changed since she came to Notre Dame three-and-a-half years ago. “Since PSA has been working on changes, we’ve definitely seen a difference in general in attitudes on campus,” she said. “We had a couple of goals last year that were eventually realized, like Core Council getting a space on campus in [the LaFortune Student Center].”last_img read more

Funding for Vermont high speed rail, affordable housing on congressional chopping block

first_imgby Anne Galloway April 12, 2011 Four days after congressional leaders struck a budget deal with President Barack Obama, U.S. Senate and House staffers are scrambling to figure out how the continuing resolution target of $38.5 billion in reductions to fiscal year 2011 federal spending will impact the states.Congress will vote on the continuing resolution bill on Thursday, and there’s a good chance that details about how the cuts will affect programs on the state and local level will still be unknown, according to the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch. Budget-writers have taken a top-down approach and assigned total amounts for reductions without clearly defining the source of the cuts in each area. Once the congressional cuts have been approved for a given agency, federal bureaucrats will then take on the task of determining what programs should be jettisoned.According to a statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ office, half of the $38.5 billion in cuts come from education, healthcare, and employment services. Defense spending, on the other hand, would be increased by $5 billion under the proposal.Congressional office staffers say the continuing resolution agreement for fiscal year 2011 will set a new baseline for the fiscal year 2012. Much deeper cuts are anticipated in the annual appropriations bill.Leahy, Sanders and Welch have all vociferously opposed the reductions targeted by the House GOP. In remarks to the Gannett news service on Friday night, Leahy described the Tea Partiers pushing the cuts arrogant ideologues. Welch told the Bennington Banner the latest iteration of the temporary budget fix ‘raises the question as to whether this is more about an ideological problem.’ More than 2200 Vermonters participated in a town meeting phone call on the subject Monday night.Sanders said he won’t vote for the continuing resolution when the temporary budget solution for fiscal year 2011 comes up for a vote on Thursday. He said in a statement: ‘Today, in order to reduce deficits that Republicans helped create, they now are slashing programs of enormous importance to working families, the elderly, the sick and children. At a time when the gap between the very rich and everybody else is growing wider, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse. It takes from struggling working families and gives to multi-millionaires. This is obscene.’Though the situation is still fluid, information is beginning to emerge about Vermont’s share of the reductions. For the most part, the cuts will not affect the state budget directly, but funding for programs like weatherization and community action councils, and projects that the state counts on ‘ such as affordable housing and wastewater treatment plants ‘ will take a hit.The Low-Income Heating Emergency Assistance Program will remain funded under the same formula for the time being, which means the state won’t see a reduction in the current fiscal year. LIHEAP has been targeted for a 50 percent cut in the president’s budget in fiscal year 2012.The continuing resolution also hurts Vermont’s chances for receiving $80 million for the western corridor (Burlington to Rutland) high speed rail project. Competition for the grants will be much more intense because the total amount available via the Florida high-speed rail giveback will drop by $400 million, according to Brian Searles, the secretary of VTrans. The state applied for the money two weeks ago. There are 90 applications for proposals in 22 states, Searles said.‘We still have a strong application and we have a match built in,’ Searles said. ‘We think we still have a good chance.’Statewide, positions for 15 police officers funded under the COPS program would be eliminated.Funding for weatherization will be eliminated; Vermont will lose more than $1 million.The state will lose about $6.5 million in federal funding for affordable housing and community projects, according to Gus Seelig, the director of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, which administers federal grants to communities. About $1.5 million to $2 million in Community Development Block Grants for projects like the Food Venture Center in Hardwick and Commonwealth Yogurt in Brattleboro, will disappear.‘My guess is, when you look at the totality of the cuts it’s going to be very for the state to make it all up,’ Seelig said. ‘It means we’re going to do less housing and less community development as a result.’Erhard Mahnke, the coordinator for the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition said funding from the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME program and earmarks will decrease the number of affordable housing projects in Vermont be 20 percent.‘There are good projects in pipeline that will not be funded,’ Mahnke said.The spin-off to the large economy will be much larger than $6.5 million, according to Mahnke. A slump in affordable housing construction would ripple out to builders, developers, architects and engineers.Given the potential economic impact of the cuts on the state’s workforce, Mahnke suggested the federal cuts might stir the Democratic leadership to look more closely at the revenue said.Community action councils, which deliver an array of services to the state’s poorest residents, will see a $150,000 cut in federal funding through Community Service Block Grants.Nationally, community health centers would be cut by $600 million ‘ a cut of nearly 20 percent. In Vermont there will be less money available for three proposed community health centers in Bennington, Addison and Orange counties and four satellites.The biggest blow comes from the elimination of earmarks. Vermont has, for many years, been the recipient of an outsize share of discretionary congressional funding for special projects because Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is a long-time member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Until this year, he had funneled hundreds of millions in federal funding into a wide range of projects. This year’s quota from Leahy alone would have been $150 million, according to his office. The 2010 list of federally funded earmarks from Leahy’s office included $10 million to IBM, $4 million to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, $3.2 million to General Electric, $1 million for the Biomass Energy Resource Center, among dozens of other requests, according to pulled down $78 million in earmarks in 2010, ranging from $8 million to the Vermont National Guard, to $487,000 for the Area Agencies on Aging, $200,000 to the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, to $200,000 for the Vermont FoodBank. Welch’s earmarks totaled $10 million that year. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Texas regulators reject AEP’s Wind Catcher project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Texas dealt a potential death blow to what would be the largest-ever U.S. wind farm: American Electric Power Co.’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project.The Texas Public Utility Commission on Thursday unanimously rejected the project as proposed, saying it doesn’t offer enough benefits for ratepayers as currently structured. American Electric said it was evaluating its options.“Looks like curtains to me,” said Paul Patterson, an analyst at Glenrock Associates LLC. “Almost everyone was opposed to this. Barring any big concessions from AEP, it looks to me like it’s dead.”The denial could spell the end of American Electric’s ambition to make one of the largest renewable energy purchases ever by a U.S. utility company. The rejection comes as utility owners including Xcel Energy Inc. and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. have been seeking state approvals to charge customers for renewable energy projects that have become more competitive with electricity produced by fossil-fuels.“We’re extremely disappointed in today’s Public Utility Commission of Texas decision rejecting our Wind Catcher proposal,” Melissa McHenry, an American Electric spokeswoman, said in an email.The project that Invenergy LLC is developing in Oklahoma needs approvals from both Texas and Oklahoma to move forward, American Electric’s Chief Executive Officer Nick Akins said Wednesday during an earnings call with analysts.American Electric’s proposal tapped a financial model that utilities have long used to build nuclear, coal- and natural gas-fired plants: by tacking costs — plus a profit — onto customers’ bills. The company asked regulators in four states for permission to use the strategy for a sprawling project almost twice the size of Singapore.“The costs are known,” DeAnn Walker, chairman of the Texas commission, said Thursday at a hearing. “But the benefits are based on a lot of assumptions that are questionable.”More: Largest U.S. wind farm dealt potentially fatal blow in Texas Texas regulators reject AEP’s Wind Catcher projectlast_img read more

Panama Ocean Pursuit Seizes Over a Ton of Cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo August 23, 2010 Panamanian police along with agents from the country’s National Naval Air Service (SENAN) seized 1,100 kilograms of cocaine after pursuing a speedboat off Panama’s Pacific coast, according to authorities on August 18. The boat was detected on August 16 following a route in international waters, but SENAN units began its pursuit when it entered Panamanian territory, about 10 nautical miles from the island of Coiba, said naval air operations director Nonato Lopez, according to EFE. The vessel ran aground at Punta Mariato in Veraguas province, according to an official spokesman, but its three crewmembers managed to flee. Authorities found 55 bundles containing the cocaine in addition to two shotguns, ammunition, two satellite telephones and a GPS system, reported EFE. The Panamanian government has four naval stations that monitor the country’s two coastlines and strengthen its ability to combat drug trafficking. The country has recently acquired new coast guard vessel and helicopters, and is adding seven more bases – currently under construction – to heighten their monitoring and interdiction efforts. So far in 2010, SENAN has seized 12,118 kilograms of drugs, mainly cocaine, reported EFE.last_img read more

Egypt, Indonesia report human H5N1 cases

first_imgMar 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The accumulation of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza continued with the reporting of one case each in Egypt and Indonesia in the past 2 days.Officials in Egypt said a 4-year-old boy from the Nile delta town of Daqahliya tested positive yesterday, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the case in a notice today.The boy, who fell ill Mar 7 and was hospitalized the next day, was in stable condition, the WHO said. A health ministry official said the boy caught the virus from birds raised by his family, according to AFP.Egypt has had 24 confirmed H5N1 cases, 13 of them fatal, according to the WHO. Those include six cases with three deaths so far this year; the rest were in 2006.In Indonesia, officials reported today that a 20-year-old woman from East Java was in critical condition in a hospital, according to a Reuters report. Joko Suyono, a data analyst at the national avian flu center in Jakarta, said the woman had cleaned an area where a neighbor had dumped dead chickens, the story said.By the WHO’s count, Indonesia has had 81 human cases of H5N1 illness, with 63 deaths. The WHO has not yet recognized the young woman’s case or four previous cases reported by Indonesian officials since Jan 29, when the agency confirmed a fatal H5N1 infection in a 6-year-old girl from Central Java province. Those four cases involved a 15-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man, reported Feb 6, plus a 22-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy, reported Feb 12. Both of the latter patients died of the illness.With the new case in Egypt, the WHO’s global tally of human cases reported since H5N1 began spreading widely in late 2003 reached 278 cases with 168 deaths.In other developments, South Korea reported killing more than 35,000 ducks on farms to control an H5N1 outbreak reported last week, according to an AFP report published yesterday.The disease erupted on a breeding farm in Cheonan, 56 miles south of Seoul, the story said. A city official said culling was done on that farm and four neighboring farms.See also:Jan 29 WHO statement read more

According to the CNTB, we realized 102 million overnight stays last year, and according to the CBS, 86 million overnight stays, which data is correct? Both answers are “correct”

first_imgIn January this year, the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) presented historical tourist results, which according to the data eVisitor system, from January to the end of December 2017, there were 18,5 million arrivals (+13 percent) and 102 million overnight stays (+12 percent). But a month later, in mid-February, Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced that according to their data, in 2017 there were 17,4 million arrivals and 86,2 million overnight stays.The results of the CBS logically caused confusion among the profession at the beginning, because the data differ significantly, so various speculations and different interpretations started. But in order to have your own opinion, you should always first be well informed and look for answers and explanations, and only then can we draw constructive conclusions, with all the relevant information. So in this case.The answer to the title question is that both data are “correct”, and the big difference in the data is the result of a different approach to counting between the CBS and the CNTB. As they point out in the CNTB, their data are based on the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic generated in commercial i non-commercial objects and nautical charter (eCrew system), while the CBS used the data only in commercial accommodation facilities.”The statement of the CBS clearly states that these are the results achieved in commercial accommodation facilities in Croatia. In this context, the number of 86.200.261 overnight stays was published, as well as 17.430.580 arrivals (foreign and domestic tourist traffic in total) realized in this segment. The difference in numbers is a consequence of the communication of results achieved only in commercial accommodation facilities by the CBS, ie in the fact that the CNTB communicates the results achieved in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter.. “Point out from the CNTB and add that they regularly publish detailed reports on the topic of tourist traffic on their websites from month to month.Page 17. / Data for January – December 2017 Also, there are some small deviations in commercial traffic according to the records of the CBS and the eVisitor system, which are visible in the table below. As pointed out by the CNTB, this difference is the result of the fact that the CBS in statistical processing uses procedures that potentially result in statistical elimination of a certain volume of tourist traffic that does not have the characteristics of tourism in accordance with the definition of tourism. which is subject to registration and (eventual) payment of sojourn tax in accordance with the applicable legal framework. ” Since 2017, the CBS has also taken data on tourist traffic (number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays) and accommodation capacities from the administrative source of the eVisitor system and further processes them statistically. During the above statistical processing, there are some minor corrections in relation to eVisitor data, which the CNTB publishes in its original form, with the state of tourist traffic on the day of generating data for publication, and given the dynamic nature of the system, due to subsequent tourist traffic entries and occurrence of a business event – arrival / departure of tourists, minor deviations / corrections are possible based on the time lag between the occurrence and entry into the system by the person obliged to enter. ” conclude from the CNTB.So, as can be seen from the first table, these are the same data, the only difference is that the CNTB uses data from all segments in statistical processing, while the CBS uses data only from commercial accommodation facilities.Otherwise, every month it is possible to see the tourist indicators that are published on the CNTB website, under the category: Market flow information. On the contrary, in order to know where we are and in which direction we are going, we must monitor the real situation, which is why the eVisitor system serves, because only in this way can we strategically and systematically develop and grow.Side dish: INFORMATION ON THE COURSE OF THE SEASON nights86.200.26186.784.5140,68 Arrivals17.430.58017.505.2100,43 CBSHTZdifference in%last_img read more

Study calls for urgent action on cutting emissions from existing ships

first_imgThe study believes slow steaming and operational measures are well suited to bringing committed emissions down in the container ship type, reducing their committed emissions by 27% in this analysis. This is further reinforced by evidence that container ships on average travel at faster speeds than other ship types meaning there is potentially great scope to reduce container emissions via this parameter. Delays to appropriately stringent policy implementation would mean additional measures, such as premature scrappage or curbing the growth in shipping tonne-km, become necessary to meet the Paris climate goals. For ships and ship types with shorter remaining life, the successful uptake of emissions reduction measures requires action from policy-makers, such as regulating on speed, retro-fitting to improve efficiency or market-based mechanisms that impact on fuel price. Hence, it would be crucial for policymakers to incentivise initiatives like early scrappage in order to avoid inefficient ships being sold to other geographical areas and making sure they are removed from the market. Without action, existing ships are expected to emit well over 100% of a Paris-compatible carbon budget, the study said.  The average age of a ship scrapped in 2018 was 28 years, Clarksons’ World Shipyard Monitor, and as such many ships trading today are likely to be sailing the seas in 2030 as well, making it much harder to achieve reduction targets than other modes of transport with a more rapid turn-over of assets. No time to waste Interventions per ship type The Paris Agreement sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.  It was signed by 195 nations in December 2015, who have pledged to try and keep the global warming going over 2 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels. “Unlike in aviation, there are many different ways to decarbonise the shipping sector, but there must be much greater attention paid to retrofitting the existing fleet, before it’s too late to deliver on the net-zero target,” Climate Change Lecturer at The University of Manchester, Dr John Broderick said. Container ships have the highest baseline committed emissions, at 29% of the total. The EU MRV data show that even though new container ships are among the most energy efficient vessels (in gCO2/t nm), the fact that they are so large, so new and so long-lived means they have a disproportionately large impact on total committed emissions. Paradoxically perhaps, this suggests a mitigation policy focus on the ships that are already some of the most efficient. The research highlights the multiple ways that ships can cut their committed emissions, such as travelling at slower speeds, fitting new renewable technologies such as Flettner rotors, connecting to grid electricity while in port, and retrofitting other energy-saving measures. center_img Scientists say time is of the essence; if implemented quickly and at scale, the shipping sector could still fairly contribute to the Paris climate agreement goals, but if not, other sectors will need to cut their emissions deeper and faster to compensate.  This study analysed new CO2, ship age and scrappage datasets covering the 11,000 ships included in the European Union’s new emissions monitoring scheme (EU MRV), to deliver original insights on the speed at which new and existing shipping infrastructure must be decarbonised. There is also the potential for committed emissions from existing ships to swallow a high percentage of any carbon budget ascribed to the shipping sector. Analysis of emissions data by ship type can aid policymakers by enabling a focus on areas with greatest potential. The study shows that if mitigation measures are applied comprehensively through strong and rapid policy implementation in the 2020s, and if zero-carbon ships are deployed rapidly from 2030, it is still possible for the ships in the EU MRV system to stay within 1.5 °C carbon budgets. Some types of ships are very long-lived, notably cruise, passenger and ro pax vessels. Slow steaming may be harder in these cases, which means that retrofit and operational efficiency measures are likely to bring the largest gains. Urgent action is needed to target emissions from the existing ships in order to deliver on what is dictated by the global Paris Agreement, according to a University of Manchester study published today in the new journal BMC Energy. The sector also has to up its game if it is to deliver on the IMO 2050 targets of an at least 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and at least 40 per cent reduction of the average carbon intensity, or CO2 per tonne-mile, by 2030 versus 2008 levels. The study urges for greater attention to be put on retrofitting existing ships with green solutions instead of relying on the net-zero ships of the future, especially having in mind the life-span of ships.last_img read more

St Lucia priest pulled from ministry after homosexual relationship

first_imgFaithLifestyleNewsRegional St Lucia priest pulled from ministry after homosexual relationship by: – July 7, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! Archbbishop RivasCASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The Roman Catholic Church Monday confirmed that a priest had been withdrawn from the ministry “with immediate effect’ after he had a relationship with a male parishioner.“It was clear that the Priest crossed his boundaries and acted inappropriately,” said Archbishop Robert Rivas adding that the Church had considered the matter to be serious.In a statement, in which the priest was not identified, Archbishop Rivas said the priest had also been sent on administrative leave during which time he will receive “spiritual and counselling support.“This is an ongoing process so whenever a situation develops, once it’s brought to the attention of the authorities the matter will be properly investigated and once it is proved that something is wrong, that there has been bad behaviour or an injustice, we have to ensure that it is corrected,” Archbishop Robert Rivas said, recalling the position adopted by the Catholic Church in the wake of allegations against priests over the past two decades.He said that the Roman Catholic Church would not cover up for indiscretions by priests in the future.“We have to be open and transparent,” Rivas declared, noting that the incident involving the priest was “a fairly recent matter.”The Archbishop also disclosed that church protocol dictates that the victim always has to be considered, and said the church had offered counselling to the adult male involved, which the church hoped he would accept.Archbishop Rivas said counselling would also be made available to parishioners, who have designated Saturday a day of prayer, and will participate in a “mass of healing” on Friday.Caribbean Media Corporation Sharecenter_img 102 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

US ban vs De Lima jailers not fake news – Palace

first_imgDe Lima, however, explained thecontroversial provision is in the explanatory report, which is supposedlyincluded in the final explanatory statement that forms part of theappropriations bill. Pro-administration blogger RJ Nietoearlier dismissed the ban as fake news because the words, “De Lima,”“wrongful,” and “imprisonment,” were nowhere to be found in the spending billsigned by US President Donald Trump. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said in a radio interview the existence of the provision was validatedby Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez. MANILA – There was indeed a provision inthe United States’ 2020 national budget banning the entry of Philippineofficials who were involved in the detention of Sen. Leila De Lima. “When I was talking to (PhilippineAmbassador to US) Babes Romualdez, sabiniya, tsinek daw nila ‘yung batas,meron nga daw. Totoo ‘yung ban,” Panelo said Sunday. De Lima has been detained since February2017 at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, QuezonCity over allegations that she let the illegal drug trade to proliferate insidethe New Bilibid Prison. She has repeatedly denied the charges./PNcenter_img De Lima added that the operations of theUS Federal Government are “very broad and complex” and that preparing for itsbudget “will be more complicated” than what is done in the Philippines. “Interpreting US appropriations Lawrequires more due diligence than just looking at one document and, thereafter,promptly concluding that it does not contain the provision banning my persecutorsfrom entry into the US,” De Lima said. US Democrat Senators Dick Durbin andPatrick Leahy were behind the inclusion of the provision on banning De Lima’sjailers in the US government’s spending package. US President Donald Trump has signedinto law the 2020 national budget, which includes the Department of State,Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Bill 2020 where a clausebanning Philippine officials who detained De Lima is included.last_img read more