Professor Christopher McCrudden of Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland offered his insights on the difficult concept of human dignity to students and faculty on Tuesday.McCrudden’s lecture centered on his book, “Understanding Human Dignity,” and took place at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.McCrudden said the subject of his book is difficult but regularly invoked in a variety of situations.“There are relatively few uncontroversial things that could be said about human dignity,” McCrudden said. “The very least that could be said about it is that the concept of human dignity has never been so omnipresent in everyday speech. It is frequently referred to in political, oral and legal discourse. … The power of the concept is unquestionable.”As pervasive as the concept of human dignity is, it can nevertheless be a point of contention, McCrudden said.“As dignity has become more pervasive, in particular, in human and constitutional rights, it has begun to lose its ‘fatherhood and apple pie’ innocence,” McCrudden said. “The greater scrutiny that dignity has been receiving, though, has resulted in a deep-veined skepticism.”McCrudden said the discussion of human dignity has immense academic and real-world impact and consequences, mainly in the sciences and in human rights.“[There are] two areas [in which] the criticisms of dignity are particularly intense, not to say, vitriolic,” McCrudden said. “First, dignity is seen as placing limits on some developments in areas of scientific pursuit. … Critics of the use of human dignity in the life sciences see dignity as a conversation-stopper.”There has also been pushback against the idea of human dignity by some people who stand for particular human rights, McCrudden said.“Some see human dignity as undermining, for example, the American conceptions of freedom of speech, sometimes when it is being used to prohibit speech, namely hate speech,” he said. “Others, more numerous, I think, see human dignity as a Trojan horse for religiously-inspired attacks on various other aspects of liberalism, such as equality or justifying attacks on autonomy — the power of choice.”McCrudden said his book attempts to rationalize and discuss the place of human dignity, even in the areas of contention.“The purpose of this book, despite its length, is not to be the last word on [this] subject. … That is not the point. That’s why the discussion should take the book as a launch pad to start over,” McCrudden said.The lecture was sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Study.Tags: Christopher McCrudden, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Human Dignity, Kellogg Institute, Understanding Human Dignity
The ways predatory lenders are avoiding the 36 percent rate cap on loans to servicemembers under the Military Lending Act are noted in a Dec. 26 comment letter from CFPB, which wants the Defense Department to finalize its proposed MLA rule changes.In its comment letter, CFPB says “gaps,” or loopholes, in current rules “have allowed companies to offer high-cost loans to military families by skirting the 36 percent rate cap and other military-specific credit protections.” The bureau also published a report detailing some of those practices. (The DoD proposal is also backed by more than 180 different interest groups, The Hill reported.)DoD’s proposal would broaden MLA rule to cover more products, and it would require all lenders to check a DoD database to find out if a loan applicant is covered by the rule before approving the request for credit.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, in a Dec. 23 comment letter, told CFPB the proposed rule would be so burdensome that credit unions would no longer be able to provide some products to servicemembers due to interest-rate restrictions that already apply to them. He asked DoD to exempt credit unions from the proposed changes and allow them to continue under existing MLA regulations. As an alternative, he recommended that credit unions’ payday alternative loans (PALs) be exempted from the changes. NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz also sought a PALs exemption. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Before actor-comic Chris D’Elia returns this fall as the jovial womanizer Danny Burton for season three of NBC’s sitcom “Undateable,” the rising star will perform on Tuesday at Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown.To D’Elia, funny means grown-up babies, conversations with drunk girls, even an oh-so-gratifying roast of Justin Bieber. For almost 10 years now, his euphoric personality on stage – fused with distinct vocabulary – was rewarded with audience’s consistent howls and claps (except for those couple Selena Gomez fans).“I do stand-up to make myself laugh,” D’Elia said. “I want to figure out what’s funny to me.”Raised in New Jersey (later Los Angeles) by funny parents and growing up watching Eddie Murphy and Jim Carey, comedy was a familiarity in D’Elia’s life. Walking up on stage wasn’t an issue, either.“That’s the thing [with stand-up],” D’Elia added. “You can’t really get much help. Either you’re funny or you’re not. You’re going to make people laugh or you’re not.”His first experience in the entertainment industry came when he was 19 years old. He sold a screenplay he had written, but it was never made into a movie. He’s since honed his craft.“Back then, I would write a lot of stuff down,” he said. “Now, I just go up, think about what’s funny, and I’ll start with that.”Humor has a shelf life, though. There’s a constant demand for fresh jokes, laughs and more jokes after that.“Best day on the job is when I come up with new material,” he said. “Just don’t expect old material. If you’ve seen it on TV, I don’t do that anymore.”New material also includes his Netflix movie “XOXO,” a crime drama involving Facebook, as well as his latest independent film “Flock of Dudes” about a 30-something-year-old getting over his ex. D’Elia also has an upcoming hour special, which is coming out, as he put it, “eventually.”While there’s no definite date for his hour special, one thing is certain: fans can see D’Elia do his stand up act this week on Long IslandChris D’Elia will be performing at Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $34- $64. For more information, visit govs.govs.com
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Official Stanfort PerryStanfort PerryPerry, executive director of AHRC Nassau, was appointed to additionally hold the title of chair of the board of directors of the NYSID (New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc.), a nonprofit that advances opportunities for people with disabilities. Joseph W. BrownJoseph W. BrownBrown has been elected executive vice president of King Kullen grocery stores. He beganhis career at King Kullen as a teenager 47 years ago and most recently served as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer. Wendy DarwellWendy DarwellDarwell was promoted to president and chief executive officer of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council and the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association. She previously served as vice president and chief operating officer of the groups. Martha ReichertMartha ReichertReichert has joined Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP. A former assistant town attorney for the Town of Southampton, she has extensive experience appearing before municipal and regulatory boards throughout eastern Long Island. Scott HandwerkerScott HandwerkerHandwerker has joined the Riverhead-based law firm of Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP, where he will be a member of the firm’s business and corporate law group and help the firm continue to expand with its newly formed venture capital practice. Bernard P. KennedyBernard P. KennedyKennedy has been elected senior vice president of corporate and legal affairs at King Kullen. He is a third-generation member of the King Kullen founding family. Robert PrestonRobert PrestonRobert “Bobby” Preston has joined Happauge-based Quatela Chimeri PLLC in Hauppauge, where he will concentrate in the firm’s matrimonial and family law practice group. Preston has more than 30 years of trial and appellate experience, representing clients in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as the New York City metropolitan area, including celebrities, professional athletes, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, elected officials, sitting judges and executives in the finance sector such as hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks.Send submissions to email@example.com Elisabetta T. CoschignanoElisabetta T. CoschignanoCoschignano has joined the Uniondale-based law firm of Sahn Ward Coschignano PLLC as a partner. She will concentrate her practice in the areas of commercial and real estate tax litigation, zoning and land use planning, real estate law and transactions, municipal law, and estate planning. Robin DaCostaRobin DaCostaNew York Health added board-certified Robin DaCosta, M.D., to its team of internal medicine physicians. Dr. DaCosta will be practicing at 217 Portion Rd. in Ronkonkoma. She has worked as an Internal Medicine physician on Long Island for nearly two decades.
Some 1,680 hotels have been temporarily closed, while only 10 percent of transportation businesses are still operating as the outbreak has had a severe impact on the tourism and transportation industries, Shinta added.The government issued Government Regulation (PP) No. 23/2020 on the national economic recovery program to support, maintain and strengthen businesses, stipulating state capital injections for ailing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and loan subsidies for small businesses, among other things.The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell to a 19-year low of 2.97 percent in the first quarter, as emergency measures were taken by the government to halt the spread of COVID-19 crippled almost all sectors of the economy.In the worst-case scenario, the government expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent this year from 5.02 percent growth in 2019.The government is mulling a plan to begin easing COVID-19 social restrictions in June to allow businesses to resume operations gradually.However, some believe that reopening the economy would be premature, as Indonesia had yet to flatten the infection curve. The national COVID-19 task force reported on Thursday that the virus has infected more than 16,000.Chief economist David Sumual of Bank Central Asia (BCA), the country’s largest private bank by market value, warned that reopening the economy too soon might trigger a second wave of infections, and that the government needed to be “extra careful” in easing social restrictions.“However, prolonged social restrictions will take a greater toll on the economy,” David said recently. “We might see temporary layoffs become permanent layoffs and more people falling into poverty if the partial lockdown continues [for much longer].”Topics : The government should boost economic recovery spending to Rp 600 trillion (US$40.17 billion) to help businesses cope with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, as many businesses only have enough cash flow to maintain their operations for the next two months, a business lobby group has said.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) deputy chairwoman Shinta Kamdani said the current budget for the economic recovery program would be insufficient to support businesses, adding that many would run out of money by June.“The government stimulus spending is far too small and will not be enough for businesses to survive,” Shinta said during an online discussion on Thursday. “Businesses’ ability to cope with the crisis is very limited as their cashflow will only last until June.” The government has said that it would allocate Rp 150 trillion to fund the country’s economic recovery. However, in recently leaked Finance Ministry documents, the stated budget was Rp 318 trillion, more than double the initial plan, as the government plans to provide bailout funds for state-owned enterprises (SOEs).President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should boost spending to about Rp 600 trillion for economic recovery, Rp 600 trillion for social safety net programs and another Rp 400 trillion for the health system, she said.“We need faster financial stimulus to prevent further damage, or the government could just gradually reopen the economy,” Shinta said, adding that “if the government was unable to provide a significant financial stimulus, then we should really think about an exit strategy.”The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered massive layoffs, with around 6 million people losing their jobs, according to Kadin data. This is far higher than the between 2 million and 3.7 million people projected by the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas).
Liverpool’s captain-elect Jordan Henderson has called on players to assume more responsibility in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s departure. The England midfielder has worn the armband in Gerrard’s absence this season and is favourite to take on the role full-time when his team-mate ends his 17-year playing career next weekend at Stoke. With Gerrard heading for a new challenge in Major League Soccer with Los Angeles Galaxy there will be a huge hole to fill. “I think it will be a huge loss for us not only as a player but a person with his aura around the place,” said Henderson. “But it is up to us as a team to step up to the plate and take responsibility, and not one individual. “There will never be another player or person like him in terms of everything he stood for and how good he was as a player. “But I still feel we have a lot of great players here with a lot of potential and we need to start showing that potential next season. “We have hungry players who want to improve and do well and we have to make sure we are doing that next week and pre-season.” Press Association
Governor Ron DeSantis reopened public parks in Florida as part of Phase One of getting Florida operational again, however, the openings were conditioned on visitors following social distance guidelines and authorities being able to enforce these measures.Much of Miami, Broward County, and Palm Beach County remain closed at this time, while other areas in Florida have begun Phase One with the reopening of some stores and restaurants under restrictions. Authorities in Miami Beach have closed South Pointe Park after they say they had to issue thousands of citations to park goers after park rangers noticed many people not practicing social distancing measures and or not wear a face mask.Rangers reported that they issued 7,329 verbal warning for those not wearing face covers, 478 warnings to those not practicing social distancing, and they had to tell 1,335 people to leave the park after the park closed for the evening on the first weekend that the park was reopened.#UPDATE: South Pointe Park is CLOSED until further notice.Friendly reminder that you MUST wear a face cover when enjoying any one of our open #MBParks. https://t.co/OeLibI7rwW pic.twitter.com/ajTF8X3sXb— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) May 4, 2020
Louis Nzegwu has a team high 4.5 sacks this season, one of which he got against Kirk Cousins in a 37-31 loss at Michigan State.[/media-credit]Ask any Badger defenseman about their trip to East Lansing earlier this season and they will mention something about a Hail Mary pass, a safety and a double reverse.While all these plays were major factors in Wisconsin’s demise against Michigan State, another factor was the defense’s inability to get off the field.The Spartans converted on eight of their 16 third down attempts and one fourth down conversion.According to the Badgers, the key to getting off the field on third down is what happens on first and second down.“First down,” sophomore linebacker Chris Borland said. “When they’re second and five, it makes it third and two versus a second and eight makes it third and five. Things like that, especially our performance against the run on first down, [weren’t] as good as [they] could have been.”UW found most of its third down success on third and long, only stopping the Spartans twice when faced with third and five or less.Senior defensive end Louis Nzegwu said he believes everyone just needs to be on point.“Everybody [needs] to be on key,” Nzegwu said. “A lot of people weren’t on the same page. This week we had a lot of emphasis to have no mental errors. We’ve really been focusing on our playbook to make sure that we’ve really got it down to a point. Deep in the season like this, pretty much everybody else is done, but we’re still playing, so we’ve still got that playbook deep in our heads, and we all know what to do now [more] than we did back in the middle of the season.”Defensive coordinate Chris Ash simply wants his defense to execute better, which it has been doing through the final games of the season.“It’s not much to do with what we’ve done differently; we just have to execute better, we just have to tackle better,” Ash said. “Most of the third downs, a couple of them that they would convert, we missed tackles on.”But in order to play better this weekend, the Badgers have to be able to look past their mistakes from the East Lansing tragedy and focus solely on the game ahead of them.Since the back-to-back losses at Michigan State and Ohio State, head coach Bret Bielema has put his team on a specific calendar where the players had to focus on their daily schedules.No matter what, Nzegwu admitted that the stinging loss will always remain at the back of their minds.“It’s hard not to think about what we did last time,” Nzegwu said. “But you’ve got to just think about the first day and let it go the rest of the week. You can’t let anything drag you on like that, but it is in the back of all our heads. I think during the course of the week, we’ve had improvement in all phases, so we’ll be well prepared to face them again.”But with five games between the loss to MSU and the rematch in the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers’ defense is not the same defense that allowed so many third down conversions and let the Spartans stay in the game after being down 14-0.In its four wins against Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Penn State, the defense did not allow any second half points after giving up 30 points in the second half to Ohio State.Senior safety Aaron Henry even said he believes the heartbreaking loss was a factor in the defense turning its game around eventually and executing.“I think it’s the fine details,” Henry said. “I think it’s guys playing a whole lot smarter. I think it’s guys flying to the ball every play. Every play matters. I’m not saying every play didn’t matter then, … [but] it was tough, us losing, but it was definitely a point that I’ve taken and it’s grown in me. I think it really helped the whole team.”Ash made it very clear that regardless of everything that has happened over the course of the season, his team is focused and ready to get another shot at Michigan State on neutral turf.“I don’t think anyone’s worried about what’s happened before or what’s happening after,” Ash said. “This team is focused. We’ve got one goal in mind, which is to go down and win a Big Ten Championship. End of story.”
Kearns spoke to Tipp FM sport after the game, and said he’s not sure how long it’ll take Quinlivan to come back to full fitness..Meanwhile Tipperary still have the qualifiers to look ahead to in the coming weeks.Tipp captain Brian Fox says they’ve a number of things to work on before that game.. The Tipperary football camp ‘is like a small hospital’ at the moment, according to manager Liam Kearns.Tipp had a number of players on an injury list yesterday for their Munster Semi Final against Cork – and during the game the list got longer.One very concerning addition to the list is sharp-shooter Michael Quinlivan, who landed awkwardly on his ankle during the first half.
English Premier League clubs have broken their own spending record for the transfer window, a sports analyst group said yesterday, with more deals expected before business closes next Thursday.Southampton’s 15 million pound ($19.19 million) purchase of Lazio centre back Wesley Hoedt brought the overall spend by England’s 20 elite clubs to 1.184.9 billion pounds, the respected website Sporting Intelligence said. The figure exceeded the Â£1.18 billion pounds the clubs spent in last summer’s window.Across the 20 clubs, net spending stands at 565 million pounds, with 619.9 million pounds received. The figures do not include add-ons or agent fees.Although the biggest deal of the window was done by French club Paris St Germain, who paid Barcelona 222 million euros ($261.58 million) for Neymar, English clubs have rivalled them for overall spend with Manchester City (221.5 million pounds) leading the way, ahead of Manchester United (145.8) and Everton (139.9).Barcelona could yet emerge as the biggest spending club, however, with British and Spanish media reporting they are about to table a 138 million pound bid, including add-ons, for Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.The Spanish club have already paid China’s Guangzhou Evergrande 40 million euros for Paulinho and been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.Should the Coutinho deal go through, it would trigger a chain reaction with Liverpool reported to be interested in signing Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in deals that would exceed 100 million pounds.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram