Author considers love in light of Christian teaching

first_imgJason Evert, a speaker on chastity and virtue and author of books such as “How to Find Your Soul Mate Without Losing Your Soul,” offered a take on chastity, relationships and love to a packed audience at Jordan Auditorium.The talk, sponsored by the Notre Dame Right to Life and titled “How to Save your Marriage Before Meeting Your Spouse,” focused on redefining the virtue of chastity for young adults who seek to form healthy romantic relationships.“Navigating the dating scene is obviously very tough,” he said. “What I’m proposing is a return to the concept of the virtue of chastity.”Evert said while the contemporary connotation of chastity frames it as a repressive attitude towards sex and sexuality, chastity is actually a virtue that, when practiced, liberates and ordains sexuality to God’s love.“Chastity is a virtue like courage or honesty that applies to your sexuality,” Evert said. “It does not eliminate your sexual desires; rather, what it does is it orders them according to the demands of human love. The purpose and function of it is to free the human person from a utilitarian attitude.”Evert said working with with young adults showed him the desire young people have towards forming loving and healthy relationships but also their inability to learn how to date and engage in romantic relationships in light of Christian teachings on abstinence and virtue.He said one problem in contemporary dating lies in men’s lack of initiative in pursuing relationships with women.“What’s happening is today, we’re not initiating love. We’re either initiating lust, or we’re initiating nothing,” he said. “… It’s one thing to want this kind of love, but it’s not enough to want to find it. We need to know how to give it and how to receive it as well.”Evert said women, meanwhile, feel social pressure against developing authentic relationships. He emphasized five points within his presentation that addressed the problems both men and women face when navigating contemporary dating. These points are enjoying and understanding oneself in single life, looking for love from within, facing fear, creating clear commitment and maintaining purity within relationships.Evert said the distinction between sexual desire and lust was important to understanding through what lens people should view men and women. According to Evert, sexual desire is natural to men and women, whereas lust is an unnatural perversion that impeded the ability to appreciate the person, and rather only appreciate the pleasure that could be derived from the person. He said abstinence allows people to know and love the person as whole, and therefore stop lust.“What we learn through abstinence, is that abstinence is not about waiting to love your girlfriend, it is about loving that woman perfectly, by caring about her body, and her soul, in all eternity,” Evert said.“When you grow in purity, you come to a greater awareness of the beauty of the human body, and that beauty becomes a light to your actions.”Tags: How to Save Your Marriage Without Losing Your Spouse, Jason Evertlast_img read more

Felicity Kendal Will Headline Hay Fever in London’s West End

first_img The production previously played the Theatre Royal Bath and toured Australia. Further casting will be announced later. Hay Fever follows Judith (Kendal), the once glittering star of the London stage and member of the Bliss family. Together with her husband David, an egocentric novelist, and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children, the family are incapable of sharing the spotlight. Unconventional, risqué, and often downright rude, they are everything a respectable English family should not be. When each member of the family invites a guest to their rural retreat, the unassuming visitors are thrown into a living melodrama. Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations proliferate during one outrageous weekend in Berkshire. Felicity Kendal will star in Noel Coward’s Hay Fever in London’s West End. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the play is set for a limited engagement at the Duke of York’s Theatre April 29 through August 1. Opening night is scheduled for May 11. View Comments Kendal is best known for her TV work in The Good Life. Her recent West End appearances have included Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, Coward’s The Vortex and Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession.last_img read more

Constantine Maroulis & More Set for Friend Art

first_img View Comments Constantine Maroulis(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Tony nominee and American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis and more have been tapped for the world premiere of Sofia Alvarez’s Friend Art off-Broadway. Directed by Portia Krieger, the production will begin previews on May 17 at Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for May 26.Joining Maroulis (Rock of Ages) as Nate will be Zoe Chao (Sideways) as Molly, Aaron Costa Ganis (Bareknuckle) as Kevin and Anabelle LeMieux (Love is the Pearl) as Lil.Kevin and Molly are a 30-something couple about to get married. Their best friend Nate just broke up with Lil, his much younger performance artist girlfriend. The group is navigating Gotham living at varying levels of success, which inevitably means attending friends’ basement art shows. In this comedy we’re confronted with what it means to support the art and decisions your friends make, regardless of what it does to your friendships.last_img read more

5 Best NPS Battlefields for Outdoor Recreation

first_imgHistory and adventure–doesn’t get much better than that, right? We’re lucky that our National Park Service values the preservation of historical sites around the country, and we’ve put together a list of some of the best battlefields and historical sites where you can also get your outdoor adventure on.Kings Mountain National Military ParkBlacksburg, South CarolinaMost of the battles of the Revolutionary War took place in South Carolina, and Kings Mountain National Military Park is known as the location of the “turning point” of the war. In this spot in October 1780, the Patriot militia won the first major victory since the British invasion of Charleston that year. The little park park includes a 1.5-mile battlefield trail and a visitors’ center that holds special events and activities for visitors. It also happens to be less than five miles away from Kings Mountain State Park, which features nearly 40 miles of hiking trails, a lake with boating and fishing access, a playground and picnic shelters. You’ll also find several geocaches in the area if you look hard enough, plus volleyball and basketball courts. kings mountainGuilford Courthouse National Military Park Greensboro, North CarolinaOfficially preserved for public use since 1912, the Guildford Courthouse National Military Park honors the site of a 1781 Revolutionary War battle that is said to have ultimately led to the British surrender seven months later. Activities in the park include colonial reenactments and special events for holidays. Most of the monuments are accessible by car, but if you want to stretch your legs and get some exercise, a roughly three-mile hike through the battlefield will give you access to most of them. And when you’re done soaking up the history, if you still have a hankering for some physical activity, the trail system in the battlefield connects to other trails in Greensboro, so you can process everything you just learned while taking a nice long walk or run.Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 2.13.12 PMHarpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry, West VirginiaWhere the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, you really get the best of both worlds when it comes to history and adventure. The 4,000-acre park encompases land in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, and includes a quaint, historic downtown area with restaurants, shops, and museums. The battle of Harpers Ferry during the Civil War was fought September 12-15, 1862 as General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invaded Maryland. After roaming around the downtown area (particularly the monuments and plaques at the bottom of the hill) taking in all the area’s history, your outdoor recreation options are practically unlimited. Take a bike ride along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, check out the Appalachian Trail (which happens to run right through the area), or visit one of the many nearby outfitters for guided activities like whitewater rafting, tubing, paddleboarding, and ziplining.1912431_784077668298618_6797000723103869706_oChickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Georgia, TennesseeDedicated in 1895, Chickamauga & Chattahoochee Military Park covers more than 9,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee. The park includes both the Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain Battlefield, both sites of Civil War battles in 1863. The Tennessee River is lined with several monuments and reservations, and other historical sites in the park include Orchard Knob, where General Ulyssess S. Grant directed troops during the Battle of Chattanooga, and Signal Point, where soldiers across the valley signaled to one another using flags to communicate. And if you haven’t checked out the Cumberland Trail yet, you should put that on your list while you’re checking out all the historical sites. The north-south footpath passes through 11 counties in Tennessee and as of the end of 2015, nearly 200 miles were open to the public for hiking. 12933007_1103234376406468_3957267816929296574_nNational Battlefield Park Richmond, VirginiaWhen it comes to American history, we dare you to find a better place to soak it all in than Richmond, Virginia. Historical sites in the park include battlefields like Malvern Hill, Cold Harbor, and Gaines’ Mill, plus a Confederacy hospital and the historic Tredegar Iron Works. A driving tour covers all 13 sites along a route of about 80 miles. And just because you’re in a capital city doesn’t mean you won’t have access to outdoor activities. Near the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center is access to Belle Isle, a 540-acre island accessible by a footbridge that runs below the Robert E. Lee Bridge. Take a picnic to enjoy on the island’s rocks, and check out the pedestrian-and-bike-friendly trails and small cliffside for some rock climbing.12909656_10154865996510190_390872134284368789_o[divider]More From[/divider]last_img read more

What’s the best way to attract new credit union members?

first_imgIt won’t surprise many people that the main reason people switch to a new financial institution is because of a change in life circumstances. Moving house or a change in marital status are amongst the top reasons people cite when asked why they are looking for or have moved to a new institution. Deciding to switch to a new provider for your mortgage, savings account and other financial needs is a big deal for most people so it really does take something significant to trigger a move.Financial institutions don’t have a lot of clout when it comes to the ‘why’ people switch institutions. However, when a consumer does decide to switch providers, FIs can influence where that consumer chooses to go. Having a secondary relationship with an institution is the main deciding factor for most people who are making a move to a new primary provider. FIs also have some degree of control over the other top reasons people mention:Convenient locationsPositive word of mouthWide product rangeThere is no doubt that, relative to all the other financial institutions out there, credit unions are having a stellar year. 2015 is the first time in history that credit union saving account balances broke a trillion dollars. One third of the US population is now a member of a credit union and consumer trust in credit unions remains consistent.There is more exciting news for credit unions: Credit unions are pretty much on par with national banks when it comes to where consumers say they would move their primary banking.5% would move to a national bank6% would move to a credit unionA recent study by the University of Michigan reveals consumer confidence with credit unions has risen steadily over the past 25 years, even as other FIs struggled to maintain the trust of their members during the 2008 Financial Crisis. Credit unions fostering these relationships with their members will ensure their continued ability to thrive.Why Referral Marketing For Credit Unions?We are starting to see more and more credit unions taking advantage of the current consumer sentiment and launching acquisition and referral reward programs. Referral or advocacy marketing is a very effective way for credit unions to acquire new members and reward existing members for their recommendation. If you need some convincing, here are some referral marketing stats that could sway you:63% of consumers surveyed for a 2015 report state that a loyalty or rewards program adds to their relationship with a brand or institutionThe same survey revealed that 34% of consumers claim that they would not be loyal to a brand or institution that does not have an incentive program.12% of consumers select where to do their banking based upon positive word of mouth10% of consumers trust their friends and family and are likely to move to an institute someone they know recommendsIt is a great idea to reward advocates of your credit union and incentive marketing is clearly an effective way to do so. It is also an effective way to attract new members and maintain their loyalty. If you do opt for a referral marketing program for your credit union, your next big decision will be deciding on which reward to offer.Rewarding Your MembersMost consumers have some level of familiarity with rewards and loyalty programs. Many are members of drugstore or grocery store programs and often receive rewards like coupons or money off purchases. Some are members of other types of reward programs that offer physical gifts. These reward types are appealing but not always the best option for credit unions. RewardStream works with a number of credit unions and many offer account credits as a reward. This is a sensible reward offer for credit unions. An account credit can be applied with minimal expense and without the need to involve a third party in order to fulfill the reward credits. And consumers like free money!Reward values vary from credit union to credit union. Some people offer $25 to new members and their referrers; others go as high as $50. When setting your reward value, you should consider what you are rewarding. A reward for activating a new checking account will likely be lower in value than a reward for opening a mortgage as mortgages tend to have a higher lifetime value for the credit union. Credit unions may also want to offer a tiered reward system which allows members to receive multiple rewards over a period of time for signing up for different services. This kind of structure is a great way to keep members loyal to your brand.Account credits are ‘traditional’ rewards and are likely to remain as credit union reward staples. However, as consumers become more digital and mobile, the types of rewards that credit unions can offer will diversify. Mobile wallets are one of the reward types we are starting to see proliferate. A recent survey revealed that 44% of mobile wallet users want their wallet to support loyalty and reward programs. Credit unions launching a referral program may also want to consider integrating with mobile wallet providers.The research demonstrates that consumers are interested in programs that reward advocates. As more and more credit unions launch referral reward programs, the competition between financial institutions to incentivize consumers to join their credit union is going to really heat up over the next few years. To stay relevant in an increasingly competitive space, credit unions need to find ways to set them apart from other institutions. A formal referral marketing program with compelling rewards can grow a credit union’s member base while also ensuring existing member loyalty. 90SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rob Goehring Rob Goehring is the CEO of RewardStream, a leader in automated referral marketing solutions for credit unions, financial services and telecommunications companies. 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Puerto Rican cooperativas reject House bill

first_imgRepresentatives of Puerto Rico’s cooperativas have blasted a House plan to place the financial institutions in the hands of a fiscal control board.And an island attorney and local politician said that the bill — approved by the House Natural Resources Committee last week — could jeopardize the island’s government’s efforts to protect the institutions.H.R. 5278, known as PROMESA, creates a fiscal board to oversee the island government’s finances, which are on the verge of collapse. The island government is tens of billions of dollars in debt. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism has allocated one million and seven hundred thousand kunas to professional associations in tourism and catering

first_imgWith the aim of raising the competitiveness of Croatian tourism through the strengthening of professional associations in tourism and / or catering, the Ministry of Tourism, based on this year’s public tender for co-financing projects of professional associations in tourism and / or catering, awarded a total of one million seven hundred thousand kuna for fifteen selected projects.These funds are intended for co-financing projects that contribute to raising the quality of human resources in tourism and hospitality, ie professional training and development realized through seminars, workshops and other forms of acquiring new knowledge and skills for employees and members of associations, as well as workshops for the general public. . “Professional associations in tourism and catering are a very important partner of the Ministry of Tourism in raising the quality of human resources and strengthening the competitiveness of the tourist offer. In accordance with the changes on the market, professional associations have traditionally prepared and implemented projects of professional development and training, all with the aim of strengthening the Croatian tourist product and its recognition on the international market. Through these projects, through the cooperation of stakeholders in tourism, we want to encourage further development of innovation and quality destination management.. “, pointed out the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli on the occasion of the decision on the selection of projects of professional associations in tourism.When selecting projects, compliance with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 was taken into account, which clearly defines the main goal of Croatian tourism development by increasing the attractiveness and competitiveness of tourism. The adequacy of the quality of human resources, ie the possession of modern knowledge and practical skills, is the basic element of the delivery of quality tourist services and the improvement of the competitiveness of Croatian tourism.Projects could be applied for and independently implemented by professional associations that have statutory activities in the field of tourism and / or catering or in cooperation with partners, ie other associations whose field of activity is thematically related to the program / project or public tender objectives.See the decision on the selection of programs / projects that have received co-financing from the Ministry of Tourism HERElast_img read more

Singapore’s recession worse than first thought as virus slams Asia’s exporters

first_imgSingapore’s recession was deeper than first estimated in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic dealt a major blow to Asia’s trade-reliant economies.The city-state has been hit hard by COVID-19 with the country under a lockdown for most of the second quarter to curb the spread of the virus.“There continues to be significant uncertainty over how the COVID-19 situation will evolve in the coming quarters, and correspondingly, the trajectory of the economic recovery in both the global and domestic economies,” Gabriel Lim, permanent secretary for trade and industry, told a briefing. The government said it now expects full-year GDP to contract between 5 percent and 7 percent versus its previous forecast for a 4 percent to 7 percent decline. The transport and tourism hub is still facing the biggest downturn in its history.“The downgrade in second quarter and full-year GDP growth points to a slower and sluggish economic recovery,” said Chua Hak Bin, an economist at Maybank.He said strict border controls, social distancing rules and foreign worker shortages will weigh on the pace of the recovery, even though lockdown measures have been relaxed.The GDP slump marked the second consecutive quarter of contraction for the global finance hub – having declined 0.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter and 3.1 percent quarter-on-quarter – meeting the definition for a technical recession.Singapore’s data comes as other large Asian economies such as Japan are also set to report a record contraction in the second quarter.Meanwhile, South Korea’s exports extended double digit declines in the first week of August.Economies were starting re-tighten measures after the fresh emergence of outbreaks, said Selena Ling, OCBC Bank’s head of treasury research and strategy.“That is going to dampen, if not potentially kill off, any of the recovery hopes that people were looking forward to,” she said.Singapore’s central bank had eased its monetary policy in March, while the government has pumped in nearly S$100 billion (US$72 billion) worth of stimulus to blunt the impact of the pandemic.Topics : “The outlook for the Singapore economy has weakened slightly since May.”Gross domestic product (GDP) fell a record 13.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, revised government data showed on Tuesday, versus the 12.6 percent drop seen in advance estimates.The economy fell 42.9 percent from the previous three months on an annualized and seasonally adjusted basis, also a record and larger than the 41.2 percent contraction in the government’s initial estimates.The data matched analyst expectations.last_img read more

Access denied: COVID-19 pandemic complicates journalists’ work

first_imgWhile institutions, governments, elected officials, companies and sports federations are all having to adapt to new constraints under the coronavirus pandemic, experts say they are often using the health crisis as an excuse to restrict journalists’ access.Fewer physical press conferences, questions that must be submitted in advance or sometimes no questions at all, queries that go unanswered — information does not circulate well in the age of COVID-19.Examples include international football matches, in which UEFA ditched mixed zone areas where journalists usually get to quiz players, and Fashion Weeks, where it has been almost impossible to question designers. “We’re seeing all sorts of situations where people are using COVID to hide information,” said David Cuillier, professor of journalism at the University of Arizona.Cover-up attempts often involve information about the pandemic itself, which may shed unfavorable light on the management of the virus by government or local officials.This week, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly turned down a request from the Kansas Reflector news site for contact information for businesses in the state connected to outbreaks of COVID-19.So as not to reveal the number of cases in a retirement home or university, for example, some authorities hide behind arguments about personal data even if that data is anonymous and the laws don’t apply, Cuillier said. ‘Perilous’ Chronically understaffed newsrooms don’t always have sufficient time to cultivate sources and dig into public records to the extent that the job requires.”Therefore more and more information provided to the public is really being spoon-fed without verification and that’s not good,” said Cuillier.”The efforts by politicians and others to control the message have only increased over the past two years,” said Courtney Radsch of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). That trend has been reinforced by COVID-19, she said.Access to information is further complicated by the growing public distrust of the press in an era when President Donald Trump rails against mainstream media he dislikes.During the demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd, journalists were attacked by the police but also by people who did not want independent coverage of the protests, Radsch said.”We’re headed for dark times unless something changes,” said Cuillier. “This could lead to the end of democracy as we know it within 20, 30 years.”While recognizing that the situation is “perilous,” Radsch nevertheless noted “increasing recognition” by some “of the importance that journalism plays in the pandemic.””One positive that I’ve seen is the trust in local news organizations is, in a way, flourishing,” Florida reporter Joe McLean, who covered the reopening of schools during the pandemic, told the Poynter Institute for Journalism.It presents “an opportunity to prove our integrity, our responsibility, trustworthiness, and thoroughness in reporting of these public institutions,” he added. Government agencies, city councils or local organizations are making decisions “behind closed doors,” adds the former president of the Society of Professional Journalists.In politics, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is regularly accused of shielding himself from the media under cover of the pandemic. His campaign team uses health precautions to justify restricting access to Biden to only a dozen reporters and photographers. When he takes questions, which is rare, his communications team designates the four or five journalists allowed to quiz him.Republicans have accused Biden, without evidence, of knowing the questions in advance.In addition to restricted access, journalists have been subjected to censorship in several countries, a measure presented as a means of combating disinformation linked to the pandemic.Some countries, such as China and Egypt, have canceled visas or ordered the deportation of foreign reporters after publishing articles on the response to the pandemic.These difficulties come at a time when the media landscape is already under pressure from fallen incomes, which have been worsened by the pandemic, especially among local papers. Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Southeast Region Construction Season, Highlights 150 Projects

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation King of Prussia, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that roughly 155 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to begin or continue across the five-county Philadelphia region during this construction season.Richards also urged motorists to drive cautiously in work zones – for their safety and that of workers – in observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week running April 9-13.“We’re improving mobility and economies across the state and I look forward to continuing these important investments in 2018,” Governor Wolf said.Complementing the significant projects in the southeast region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.Today’s announcement was made near the Interstate 95 Girard Avenue/Aramingo Avenue Interchange project in Philadelphia where PennDOT has invested more than $500 million torebuild and improve 1.5 miles of the interstate between the Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue interchanges.“The work that we and our municipal and private-sector partners are doing for Pennsylvanians is important for communities and businesses,” Richards said. “Motorists should use caution in work zones so we can get home each day after completing this critical work.”Across PennDOT Engineering District 6, spanning Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, the department anticipates rehabilitating, reconstructing and resurfacing more than 277 miles of state highways and improving 41 bridges.“The aggressive approach we take with our construction program in this region allows us to significantly reduce the backlog of our pavement and bridge demands, and move critical projects forward to improve, strengthen and secure our vast transportation network,” District 6 Executive Kenneth M. McClain said.Notable projects that will continue this year include:Interstate 95 pavement restoration in Bucks County ($29.6 million);U.S. 202 Bridges over Amtrak in Chester County ($26.4 million);U.S. 322 widening in Delaware County ($62.7 million);U.S. 422 Bridges in Montgomery County ($97.4 million); andI-95 Betsy Ross Bridge/Aramingo Interchange improvement in Philadelphia ($81 million).Notable projects that are expected to be begin this year include:U.S. 1 reconstruction in Bucks County ($90 million estimate);U.S. 30 ITS enhancement in Chester County ($7 million estimate);Route 252 bridge replacement over Crum Creek in Delaware County ($16 million estimate);U.S. 202 widening and intersection improvements in Montgomery County ($58 million estimate); andI-95 South Reconstruction between Allegheny Avenue and Columbia Avenue in Philadelphia ($311.5 million).As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. Preliminary statewide PennDOT data shows that 19 people were killed in work-zone crashes in 2017, three more than in 2016. Additionally, there were 1,789 crashes in work zones last year, a decrease from 2,077 crashes in 2016. Over the last five years, there was a statewide average of 1,901 crashes and nearly 20 fatalities in work zones.In addition to the crash data from police reports, PennDOT monitors work-zone safety with internal reports. In 2017, there were 95 intrusions in PennDOT work zones. Of those work-zone intrusions, 18 resulted in injures to PennDOT employees, 53 caused damage to PennDOT fleet or equipment, and 35 did not result in injury or damage.As of March 9, there have been seven instances of vehicles intruding into work zones in 2018. One resulted in employee injury, four caused damage to vehicles or equipment, and two did not result in injury or damage. Since 1970, 88 PennDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of duty, the latest being Robert Gensimore, a Blair County foreman who was struck on February 17 while placing flares to warn motorists of a crash.More information on work-zone safety is available at more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at more PennDOT information, visit Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Southeast Region Construction Season, Highlights 150 Projects April 06, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more