University to host immigration conference

first_imgNotre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) will host “The Church and Immigration” conference next week in McKenna Hall Conference Center, which will focus on the role of the Catholic Church in immigration reform.  Keri O’Mara | The Observer Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C, associate professor of theology and director of the Immigration Initiative at the ILS, said the conference aims to promote the increasing importance of immigration reform, highlight the ethical issues involved and make connections to the gospel of Jesus Christ.“235,000,000 people are migrating around the world today, and in the United States alone 10 to 12 million of those are undocumented,” Groody said. “If Notre Dame as a Catholic university had nothing to say about this, how would it be credible as a university or a Catholic institution?”The conference will explore what roles the Catholic Church can play in redefining immigration policies and practices, Groody said.“Part of what has made America the great country that it is are the immigrants who have helped make it what it is today,” Groody said. “The focus of this conference is on what the Church has done, is doing and can better do in response to this challenging and important issue.”The ILS will host various speakers, including several bishops and University President Fr. John Jenkins, and will hold workshops such as “Human Trafficking” and “Immigrant Voters and the Changing American Electorate.”Groody said the United States can do more to aid immigration reform.“People migrate because of economic need, the violation of human rights, weak juridical structures, environmental disasters and many other reasons,” he said. “While the United States cannot accept every migrant in need, there is much more it can do.”Groody said the conference is born of out of principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which are based directly with the dignity of the human person.“However one identifies oneself in liberal or conservative terms, the heart of Catholic Social Teaching deals with justice in the world and building a peaceful society,” Groody said. “Catholic universities should have a role in that process. Notre Dame is involved in this issue because this is both a national and global issue of significant importance.”Colleen Cross, project coordinator of the conference, said the initiative critically engages the issue of immigration in the United States.“Building on Notre Dame’s long-standing commitment to a faith that does justice, as well as the significance of immigration in Latino communities, the Immigration Initiative seeks to highlight the Church’s commitment to immigrants and immigration reform in the United States,” she said.The conference will run from March 2 through 5.Tags: Church and Immigration, Immigration, immigration reform, reformlast_img read more

IPE Awards 2019: Still time to enter

first_imgThese sit alongside themed categories, country and regional prizes, and European-level awards. To enterTo start your entry now, please visitipe.com/entriesAlternatively, visit the entry section of the IPE Awards site or contact Robert Melia Watson at robert.watson@ipe.com or +44 (0)20 3465 9327.Last year saw PensionDanmark secure the highly prized European Pension of the Year award for the second year running and fourth time overall, while chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen took the Outstanding Industry Contribution title for his tireless commitment to the evolution of Europe’s pensions sector.This year’s Awards presentation and dinner will take place on 3 December at Tivoli Congress Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of IPE’s annual conference. Source: Tivoli Congress CenterTivoli Congress Center, Copenhagen There is still time to enter this year’s IPE Awards – but hurry, as judging is set to begin at the end of September.The 44 categories in this year’s awards reflect the diverse investment strategies and structures that Europe’s pension funds implement as they strive for excellence and innovation. The aim of the awards is to create a unique, annual, peer-led benchmark to enable pension funds to measure their performance and exchange ideas.Commodities has returned to the list of categories, which also includes awards for best strategies in ESG, fixed income, equities, infrastructure, portfolio construction, active and passive management, and alternatives.last_img read more

I would’ve made a difference if I had played more at AFCON 2019 – Asamoah Gyan

first_imgWould Ghana’s Black Stars have gone further at the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament had striker Asamoah Gyan played more?The player himself certainly thinks so.Gyan believes that he was unable to make a significant impact for the Black Stars due to his limited gametime at the AFCON.Despite being the nation’s all-time leading scorer, the player was used sparingly, featuring just twice from the bench against Cameroon and Tunisia.“I think I could have made a difference if I had played more but that’s the coach’s decision,” he he told Accra-based station, Joy FMGyan did not play in the Black Stars group opener against Benin but came off the bench in the 76th minute against Cameroon in the next game.He then remained on the bench for the game against Guinea Bissau, a match the Stars won 2-0.Against Tunisia, Gyan came on in the 84th minute, with Ghana down by a goal and played a role in the own goal scored by the North Africans.He then played the full duration of extra time but did not take a penalty in the shootout as Ghana went out.Gyan was particularly peeved by being left on the bench for the Black Stars’ match with Guinea-Bissau even when the Stars were 2-0 up.Ghana’s forward Asamoah Gyan (R) controls the ball during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group F football match between Cameroon and Ghana at the Ismailia Stadium on June 29, 2019. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)The player believes that he wasn’t in head coach, Kwesi Appiah’s plans for the AFCON which might have accounted for the lack of minutes.“I feel I wasn’t in Kwesi Appiah’s plans for the AFCON. With my 17 years of experience, I could tell.“If I’m not a starter, I accept it, that’s the coach’s decision but at least…,” he said, tailing off at the end.last_img read more