26 Jan
2021

Congressman promotes pro-life perspective

first_imgRep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.,  gave a lecture entitled “A Reflection on the Importance of Faith and Prayer in Shaping National Policies” in Mendoza on Friday as part of ND Right to Life’s Pro-Life Respect Week.McIntyre, a pro-life Democrat and member of the bipartisan congressional pro-life caucus, spoke about his faith’s role in inspiring him to pursue issues in politics, specifically the decision between life and choice regarding abortion.“I know that during the 18 years I’ve spent in Congress, I’ve always thought it was important to honor and respect the opportunities the good Lord gives us,” he said. “When I, in Congress, try to make sure that we’re doing the right thing with regard to pro-life issues, it’s something which we take very seriously as part as our faith and as well as part of our concern and our constitutional responsibility.”McIntyre said he believes the influence of faith can help bring people together to solidarity on these divisive and controversial issues.“When we talk about a variety of backgrounds, the question is how important is your faith to affect what you do,” he said. “We want to make sure that as long you’re on a Catholic campus or a Protestant campus or a private campus or a public campus … do we have to know there is a void between our faith and the public marketplace of ideas, and the answer to that is compellingly, profoundly absolutely not. There should be no void and in fact that’s the challenge.”McIntyre’s said his inspiration to pursue political science came from personally watching John Dean testify against Richard Nixon — for what would later be known as the Watergate scandal — in a hearing chaired by his senior senator, Sam Ervin. McIntyre said that event and expressing ‘faith in the little things’ helped him see the services he could provide as someone in public service and bring integrity in the much-maligned field of political science.“I didn’t know any friends at all that were going into political science,” he said. “They said, ‘It is so dirty and so corrupt why would you want to be involved in that?’ But for me it was the opposite effect because those of us with the right motives and ideas don’t get involved …“I have plenty of doctors, bankers, realtors, teachers, even carpenters, plumbers and asphalt layers who come see us in Washington because they know the government will affect their jobs and what they studied to do. … When we think about being faithful to little things and what God calls on us to do, the question is are we willing to lay our faith and apply it to whatever services we have? My situation, I had the opportunity to go up to [the University of North] Carolina and decide to major in political science thinking one day I’ll get to go back [to Capitol Hill].”From his historical inspiration to his political career that came 22 years later, McIntyre said being alert and willing to act on God’s calling helped him see the success he enjoys today.“Pray, prepare, pursue,” he said. “We talked about how prayer ought to be the first resort and not the last resort. I challenge you to do that. Someone challenged me to keep a prayer journal. I don’t know if any of you do that, but write down your prayer request and then reflect on how God answers them.”Tags: Notre Dame Right to Life, Right to Lifelast_img read more

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18 Oct
2020

Eric Bailly doubtful for Arsenal clash after limping out of Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgEric Bailly doubtful for Arsenal clash after limping out of Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain Bailly went down after a tackle from Verratti (Picture: Getty)The defender is now a doubt for Sunday’s clash at the Emirates and his injury couldn’t come at a more unfortunate time for Solskjaer.United are without ten first team players at this moment in time, though Anthony Martial could return for the game against the Gunners.The Red Devils took an early lead in Paris through Romelu Lukaku but Bailly was at fault for Juan Bernat’s equaliser.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited retook the lead when Lukaku finished from a fumble from Gianluigi Buffon and the Reds were awarded a late penalty for a handball from Kimpembe.Marcus Rashford stepped up to score the penalty to send his side through to the quarter-finals.MORE: Manchester United make history to stun PSG and reach Champions League quarter-finals Comment Advertisement Eric Bailly limped out of the game in Paris (Picture: Getty)Manchester United could be without Eric Bailly for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal after the defender limped out of his side’s Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain.Untied progressed to the last-8 after an astonishing night in Paris in which Marcus Rashford’s late goal gave the Red Devils a 3-1 win in Paris.The Ivorian was selected in an unorthodox right-back position by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and endured a torrid half an hour before being replaced by Diogo Dalot.Bailly was playing so poorly that many felt Solskjaer was simply replacing making a tactical decision to replace the former Villarreal defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Bailly was on the end of a nasty tackle from Marco Verratti and hobbled off the field moments later to be replaced. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 6:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

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29 Sep
2020

Asset management costs at Dutch schemes on the rise

first_imgAsset management costs at the largest Dutch pension funds have risen for the first time since 2014, according to LCP Netherlands.The consultancy, which looked at the annual reports of 10 large schemes with combined assets of €846bn at 2017-end, said that asset management costs had increased by 2 basis points to 0.52% on average last year relative to 2016.In currency terms, costs rose by €485m to €4,268m.LCP said the pension funds attributed the increase to a re-allocation to more expensive asset classes, such as infrastructure and residential mortages, and higher performances fees for asset managers. Transaction costs, which had also remained stable since 2014, rose last year from 0.08% to 0.11% of invested assets, with pension funds citing an increased insight into costs, according to the pensions adviser.It found that, in contrast, administration costs per participant had dropped by nearly 7%, from €89 to €83 on average. LCP said the decrease was in part due to cost reductions agreed between the pension funds and their respective providers.LCP said that it could not establish whether higher asset management costs had led to higher returns or the other way round.Comparing returns and costs for the period 2012-2016 with 2012-2017, it found that returns had dropped while, at six schemes, investment costs had increased.At four pension funds costs had dropped, but proportionally less than returns had decreased, said the consultancy. It declined to link the schemes to their returns and cost data.LCP looked into the annual reports of the civil service scheme ABP, healthcare pension fund PFZW, the metal schemes PMT and PME, road transport pension fund Vervoer, multi-sector scheme PGB and railways pension fund SPF.It also examined the company schemes of telecoms firm KPN, electronics giant Philips and Rabobank.last_img read more

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