SMC lecture discusses modern views of sex

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first_imgSaint Mary’s religious studies professor Jessica Wrobleski spoke Wednesday night about the way contemporary views of sex can be understood in the context of Catholic teaching. The lecture, “The Meaning of Sex,” was one of a series of lectures called “Theology on Fire.” It was the first of several sponsored by Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry and the Center for Spirituality. The ideas for the lectures are developed from controversial issues concerning college students and the Catholic Church, senior Emma Hoffman, who organized the event, said. “We want to explore topics that come up in our peers’ conversation, or more importantly, what doesn’t,” Hoffman said. Wrobleski focused on students’ personal understanding of sex and sexuality in modern society. She said personal awareness of sex is necessary in contemporary culture. “Sex is an inevitable, unavoidable aspect of life. Whether you encounter it in a magazine, a television show or a relationship, it is something as young, single people, we can’t help but think about,” Wrobleski said. She spoke about the various definitions of sex and how students can discern significance from different settings, such as premarital sex, casual sex and sex between two people of the same gender, while observing Catholic understanding. “I want students to understand that sexuality is not primarily a list of arbitrary rules, but rather something that allows us to deeply connect with God as humans,” Wrobleski said. Junior Emily Kieffer said the lecture connected the different ways students view sex. “It went beyond what the Church tells you or what you read in Cosmo. I thought the lecture really brought sex in to a perspective that is valuable for me as a college student and as a human,” Kieffer said. Junior Teresa Cristarella agreed. “It was nice to discuss sexuality and in the Church in a non-condemning way, rather than the consequential way that it is normally viewed,” Cristarella said. Wrobleski encouraged students who have questions about their sexuality or sex’s role in their life to talk to peers, married couples and religious figures. “Sex, at its base, is a relationship, and it is best understood by discussing it with others that are in your shoes or have experience with your situation,” Wrobleski said. Wrobleski will also be offering a Religious Studies course this spring called “Theologies of Love.” The curriculum focuses on relationships and broader questions of love.last_img read more


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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Power generators across the U.S. are not only sticking to plans to retire coal-fired power plants despite the pro-coal Trump administration, they are touting the cost savings of doing so while pushing a further transition away from the fuel.Several utilities with the largest planned coal plant retirements confirmed they are not changing course after the administration finished the Affordable Clean Energy in mid-June, S&P Global Market Intelligence recently reported. Retiring coal plants and investing in other forms of generation is helping utilities across the country hit their own emission reduction targets while mitigating some of the risks coming from increased scrutiny around climate change, a review of power generators’ second-quarter earnings calls so far suggests.About 9.7 GW of coal capacity is expected to retire in 2019 alone, nearly as much as the 13.5 GW that came offline in 2018 when power generators recorded the second-highest level of coal retirements completed in recent decades. With natural gas prices at 20-year lows and showing no signs of increasing significantly in the near term, pressure on coal generators is likely to continue.“You know there was once a time when we had to make a sucker’s choice between clean and expensive energy or the cheap and dirty stuff,” said CMS Energy Corp. President and CEO Patricia Poppe on a July 25 call. “That just isn’t true anymore.”The Michigan Public Service Commission recently signed off on a CMS Energy plan that sets a path for the retirement of the company’s coal plants while adding 6,000 MW of solar energy in the longer term. The result, Poppe said, is not a “trade-off” but a “trade-up” as the transition supports “affordable bills, a cleaner environment and a higher quality mix of earnings.”WEC Energy Group Inc. Executive Chairman Gale Klappa said recent coal-fired power plant closures decreased the company’s operating and maintenance cost by an estimated $100 million on an annual basis. The utility recently shut down three of its less efficient coal-fired power plants in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.More ($): US power generators reporting savings, other benefits from phasing out coal Utilities reaping financial benefits from coal plant closures and turn toward renewableslast_img read more


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first_imgAmazon.com Inc. has announced the launch of Amazon One, a contactless device that scans for payments, loyalty programs and more.Amazon One is rolling out at two of the e-commerce giant’s Amazon Go stores in Seattle, where it’ll be used to gain entry. Customers will first swipe their credit card, then wave their palm above the device to register their “palm signature.”Once enrolled, customers can enter Amazon Go stores by waving their hand. Amazon will roll out the device at more of its stores in the coming months.Those who don’t want to use their palm to gain entry to Amazon Go stores can still use an Amazon app or speak with an associate to pay in cash. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgAttachment: PUBLIC INVITATION FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS FOR LEASE OF REAL ESTATE No: 1/2019-S RELATED NEWS: Pursuant to the Decision of the Minister of State Property of March 15, 2019, the Ministry of State Property published a Public Invitation for the lease of State-owned real estate. Also, the Ministry of State Property recently published a public call for bids for the establishment of building rights on land plots (concessions) owned by the Republic of Croatia in Lastovo for the construction of tourist and catering buildings and for the award of concessions on maritime property in Lastovo for construction and economic use of the beach and special purpose port – nautical tourism port – mooring and concessions on the maritime domain for the purpose of construction and economic use of special purpose port – nautical tourism port of Kremen. These are former resorts for catering and tourism purposes in Gradac, a place near Makarska, the island of Ugljan, Dubrovnik, Hvar, etc.… and the lease agreement is concluded for a period of 30 years. More attached: PUBLIC INVITATION FOR CONCESSION ON LASTOV. A 5-STAR HOTEL AND VILLAS WITH A TOTAL OF 500 BEDS AND TWO NAUTICAL TOURS WITH 400 BERTHS WILL BE BUILT According to the public invitation, it is about building 5-star hotels and villas, a total of 500 beds in Jurjeva Luka and awarding a concession on the maritime domain for the construction and economic use of the beach and 2 nautical tourism ports, with 400 berths on the island of Lastovo. COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL: TOURISM IS STILL THE MOST ACTIVE INVESTMENT SECTOR The Croatian hotel market is stagnating in the development of the offer, shows the global report of Horwath HTLlast_img read more


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first_imgLittle League baseball and softball registration is now going on at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth. The registration deadline is March 27 and tryouts will be held at Ellsworth High School on Saturday, March 28, at noon. To register or for more information, call 667-3086, e-mail Shane Lowell at [email protected] or drop by the YMCA. Latest Posts Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img


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first_imgIn the latest episode of esports podcast The Esports Roundtable, host Joe Hills welcomes yet another esteemed guest to the show – this time Ben Reed, Head of Brand at the Silvertown Project.Ben ReedFor those unaware, Silvertown sits in East London near the likes of the ExCeL centre. The area is currently undergoing what can only be described as a major makeover with investment attempting to build the area into a vibrant hub in the UK.Reed starts by opening up about his gaming history and how he gained an interest in esports. He reveals that Donkey Kong on a handheld device was his first experience in gaming before becoming permanently glued to a Gameboy. The two reminisce fondly about smash-hit titles such as Goldeneye and Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Reed even has the audacity to admit that he’s a Widowmaker player in the wonderful world of Overwatch. Reed headed to the Bunkr to meet Fnatic and his passion for esports continued to grow from there. Having also attended an ESL CS:GO event amongst others, Reed truly got the flavour for the esports world and is now transferring that into his vision for the Silvertown region.The discussion develops, touching on areas as distant from the topic as the intriguing world of cryptocurrency through to the ailing music industry and just how Ben thinks he can help shape an area of London to become a vibrant hub in the future. He provides insight into the discussions he’s had with brands who were starting to doubt building or moving to London as it seems to be losing the previously inescapable buzz. Joe Hills, LFG and The Esports RoundtableThe discussion develops, touching on areas as distant from the topic as the intriguing world of cryptocurrency through to the ailing music industry and just how Ben thinks he can help shape an area of London to become a vibrant hub in the future. He provides insight into the discussions he’s had with brands who were starting to doubt building or moving to London as it seems to be losing the previously inescapable buzz. Joe Hills is the Founder of Looking for Group, an esports executive recruitment company and has worked to achieve placements for many high profile individuals in the burgeoning esports industry. He is also the esteemed Host of the Esports Roundtable, a weekly podcast that provides candid insight into the business to business esports world.last_img read more