Project addresses ideas of beauty

first_imgThe Identity Project of Notre Dame will address contemporary conceptualizations of beauty at this weekend’s Edith Stein Project Conference. Senior co-chair Samantha Stempky said the organizers discussed beauty as a broad concept and acknowledged “beautiful” is used to describe many different kinds of women. They chose “Modern Beauty: Unveiling the Mystery” as the conference’s theme. Stempky said the conference, which takes place today and Saturday, asks what it means to be beautiful. “No wonder we’re striving for this [idea of beauty] and never feel fulfilled, because nobody can be both Mother Teresa and Marilyn Monroe,” she said. Approximately 15 students, professors and professionals will present papers they submitted to the conference Saturday morning, senior co-chair Margaret Kennedy said. “That’s really cool because this is a full-scale academic conference, and yet students are able to participate,” she said. “[The papers] will be related to the conference theme in some way, from ‘a woman’s pursuit of beauty’ to more philosophical perspectives.” Kennedy said approximately 25 speakers from a variety of backgrounds will also speak at the conference, from magazine editors to professors from other universities. “Most of the people coming to the conference have a Christian background, but they’re not all religious talks,” Kennedy said. “They’re meant to be talks that deal with a combination of the academic side and the personal side.” Professors of theology Tim O’Malley and Fr. Michael Heintz will be among the presenters. The conference is about femininity, but these issues are relevant to men as well as women, Stempky said. Kennedy said although the conference originated to address feminine issues, men can also appreciate the talks. “As the conference expanded, we have as many sessions that deal with issues related to men as related to women,” Kennedy said. “That creates a really unique atmosphere where there’s this open engagement from both men and women.” The conference aims to generate discussion about the complex topic of beauty, Kennedy said. Stempky said although the conference will not concretely answer “What is beauty?,” it will give people tools to explore that question in their own lives. “It’s not like we have all the answers,” she said. “It’s more, ‘Here are some different aspects of this issue.’ It’s more to prompt your own thinking and reflection.” Stempky said the conference benefits from being hosted at the University. “It has this academic element, as well as the personal, contemporary element,” she said. “The place where I think those two things meet best is at Notre Dame.”last_img read more

Second pillar pledge traded for German basic pension support

first_imgGermany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has offered its support for the expansion of occupational pensions through tax incentives in exchange for the vote of the Union, the alliance between the CDU and CSU, in favour of the basic pension, IPE has learned. The final parliamentary vote on the so-called Grundrente is scheduled for tomorrow, 2 July.The Union wants to further support occupational pensions in a bid to encourage individuals to start saving in pension schemes early, a source told IPE.Models to change occupational pensions had already been designed, and could be negotiated in the course of the year to become law. Up to two million additional employees could benefit from incentives for occupational pension schemes, the source added.The SPD has additionally promised to the Union a reform of the Riester-Rente after the summer break in order to win the latter’s support for the proposal of a basic state pension. IPE reported last week that the German ministry of finance, led by the SPD’s Olaf Scholz, is working behind the scenes with insurance companies and banks to evaluate possible changes to the privately funded Riester-Rente pension system.The leader of the parliamentary groups of the SPD and the Union have agreed to first adopt the basic pension, but IPE has learnt that negotiations have taken place also with regards to the Riester-Rente, IPE has learnt.Grundrente debatesThe SPD pushed strongly for the basic pension, which was included in a contract to support Angela Merkel’s government in 2018.But debates erupted about how to put in place the measure and its long-term financial sustainability.Alexander Dobrindt, chairman of the CSU regional group in the Bundestag, announced that the Union accepted funding the basic pension using resources from the federal budget, but accused the labour and finance ministers, both SPD, of not sticking to their promises to fund it through a European financial transaction tax.The German federation of employer representatives (BDA) said the coalition had failed to clarify how the basic pension will be financed.The Grundrente is estimated to cost €1.3bn in the first year in 2021, when it would enter into force.The Union would approve the basic pension, but reluctantly, the source told IPE.The Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV), which administers the state pension scheme, has raised questions about the process to grant basic pensions.Pensioners can request a basic pension from January 2021, but it will probably be paid from the middle of next year.The BDA considers the administrative costs for the basic pension “absurdly high”. It said the Grundrente was ”the most unfair and bureaucratic reform” since the introduction of the pay-as-you-go pension scheme.last_img read more

Picture Special: Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair hold annual end of year awards day

first_imgPobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair have held their annual presentation day awarding students for achievements throughout the year.Awards range from academics, sports, drama and business with many students achieving success in these fields.Caitlín NicAoidh who is a presenter with TG4 was present on the day to present the awards. Caitlín Nic Aodh (TG4) le Foireann Cispheile na gCailíní i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair a bhuaidh an Comórtas Cispheile do chailíní i nGaelscoileanna i 2018Scoláirí 2ú Bliain i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair a raibh sár-thinreamh acu i 2017/18. Scoláirí 3ú Bliain i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair a raibh sár-thinreamh acu i 2017/18.Molly Ní Ghallchóir agus Katie Ní Bhaoil a bhí pairt san Eolaí Óg i Baile Átha Cliath i 2018 le Caitlín Nic Aoidh ag Bronnadh na nGradam sa scoil.Joseph Mac Aoidh a fuair “Aisteoir is Fearr” ag féile Ghaoth DobhairFiachra Mac Giolla Chomhaill Imreoir na Bliana sa Sacar F17 le Caitlín Nic Aoidh (TG4) ag Bronnadh na nGradam i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair Dónal Mac Giolla Bhríde Imreoir na Bliana CLG F16 le Corn Francie Carroll ag Bronnadh na nGradam i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair.Eamonn Mac Suibhne ag bronnadh Corn Hugh Sweeney ar Shawn Ó Baoil ag Bronnadh na nGradam i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair,  Bronntar Corn Hugh Sweeney ar an Imreoir Sinsearach is fearr sa Pheil Ghaelach ar an scoil achan bhliain i gcuimhne ar Hugh a fuair bás go hóg i 2008.1ú Cailín Buateoirí Craobh Uladh sa Sacar 2018 Foireann -14 Sacar Phobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair Phobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair a bhuaidh Craobh an chontae  i 2018 ag Bronnadh na nGradam sa scoil.Faoi 18 CLG cailiní Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair Buateoirí Craobh Uladh 2018Fodhla Ni Pháidín, Fionnan Mac Giolla Comhaill agus Clodagh Ní Ghallchóir who accepted the “Donegal Sports School of the Year” on behalf of the school.Foireann an drama “D’ínia Bean Domh”, Buateoirí scoith leiriú na féile i nGaoth Dobhair le Ciaran Mac Phaidin Buateoirí Craobh na hÉireann “Mo Chéad Fhaoisidín” le Pól Mac CumhaillCaoimhe Nic Pháidín buateoir Bean Aisteoir is Fearr ag Féile Ghaoth Dobhair agus ag Féile Uladh Laura Ní Dhuibhir, Tarlach Ó Dochartaigh agus Clodagh Ní Ghallchóir buateoirí comortas diospóireacht ag an féile náisiúnta.Katelyn James, Aifric Nic Niallais, Molly Mac Pháidín and Grace O Connor who won the overall national prize with business project on making bog water into a luxury cosmetic.Seimí Ó Fearraigh of Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair who won an achievement award in the national business finals in Galway with his company “Wonderfull Wood” making household wooden products.Clodagh Ní Ghallchóir who won an award for her numerous achievements in cycling both nationally and internationally in 2017/18Maedhbh Nic Giolla Bhríde who won U19 GAA footballer of the year at the awards night held in Pobalscoil this week.Shawn Ó Baoil le corn Hugh Sweeney atá bronnta ar Imreoir Sinsearach is fearr sa Pheil Ghaelach ar an scoil achan bhliain i gcuimhne ar Hugh a fuair bás go hóg i 2008.Scoláirí na Bliana- Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair 2018- Fodhla Nic Pháidín agus Niamh Ní Bhaoil (deirfiúr Daire)Scoláirí na Bliana, Fodhla Nic Pháidín agus Niamh Ní Bhaoil ag déanamh bronnadh ar Caitlín Nic Aoidh  (TG4) ag Bronnadh na nGradam i bPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair,Picture Special: Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair hold annual end of year awards day was last modified: May 30th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardsCaitlín NicAoidhPobalscoil GaothdobhairPresentationssecondary schoollast_img read more