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Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images AIM-listed biotech firm Synairgen (LSE:SNG) has been on a rocket ride since markets crashed in March 2020. In fact, the share price is nearly 1,000% higher than it was at the beginning of January.The real kicker came on 18 March. On this day, the FTSE 100, S&P 500, Dow Jones and practically every other world stock market index plummeted. But SNG shot up because of a release that detailed how the company’s wholly-owned SNG001 treatment would be trialled on coronavirus patients.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…SNG001 is an inhaled version of the antiviral protein interferon-beta-1a. In its injectable form, under the brand name Avonex, the drug is produced by NASDAQ-listed Biogen and used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The Synairgen formulation is converted into a fine spray and delivered to the lungs in much the same way as asthma medication.Covid-19 in 2020Looking at a short-term chart of the Synairgen share price I can see very many peaks and troughs. This says to me that the market is unsure of its true fair value.It’s only natural in the middle of a global pandemic for investors to consider buying companies with potential Covid-19 treatments.The medical world is racing to find treatments and vaccines for the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Clearly there is a newly-urgent need to assess new treatments for the respiratory illness that can occur as a result.But I would warn that such investments come with significant strings attached.At a market cap of £75m Synairgen is about the smallest-sized company I’d be happy to trade shares in. At this level, liquidity is likely to be poor. This means there might not always be sellers available when you want to buy, or buyers when you want to sell.The good, the bad, the uglyThe Synairgen board of directors is stacked full of pharma heavyweights. These include non-exec director Dr Bruce Campbell, a visiting professor in pharmacology at King’s College London, and chief scientific officer Dr Phillip Monk, a respiratory disease specialist.I’ve written on other Covid-19 related companies recently, like Novacyt and Omega Diagnostics. The first of these has seen its share price grow by 2,750% since the start of January.But investing in unproven firms is a dangerous game for long-term investors. For every success there are many more companies that cannot follow through on their promises. And the smaller the firm, the more issues it will have with scale. If governments suddenly want 10m of their treatments, there would be huge manufacturing and supply chain challenges.The process of bringing drugs to market is also long, slow and expensive. Costs are high for medical research companies as they have to invest significant sums in clinical trials and stringent regulatory requirements.So when we look back through the balance sheets for Synairgen over the last five years we can see uneven revenue and profits. For example, 2017’s annual revenue was £5.03m, with £1.63m in pre-tax profit. In 2018 revenues were £100,000 with a pre-tax loss of £4.1m.I’d say an investment would be fine for seasoned traders and those who know their biotech inside and out.For retirees and novices, I would urge more caution. If you intend to sit on an investment for 10 years, you could be left holding shares at a loss when everyone else has scarpered. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Tom Rodgers
easyJet and IAG shares are flying, but which should you buy? Roland Head | Wednesday, 12th August, 2020 | More on: EZJ IAG Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Roland Head Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: British Airways Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The easyJet (LSE: EZJ) share price has risen by 15% over the last week. British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE: IAG) has gained nearly 20%. However, IAG’s share price is still the bigger loser in 2020, down by 65%.Here’s why I think easyJet is a better buy at the moment. And why I think IAG is a stock to avoid at the moment. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…easyJet: Short haul winnerAir travel has been massively disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. But now that flying has restarted, airlines are delivering quite different results.The strongest recovery so far is in popular short-haul holiday routes. easyJet says that flights to popular European destinations like Faro and Nice were 84% full in July.Bookings for the rest of the summer are “better than expected”, according to easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren. He says that scheduled flights will return to 40% of normal capacity over the next couple of months.easyJet appears to have a clear route back to normal operation. The disruption caused by in-flight hygiene measures such as face masks and reduced cabin service is bearable on a cheap short-haul flight. People want to go on holiday after lockdown.The airline still faces some challenges, but it seems clear to me that easyJet’s business model still works. Its financial situation looks safe enough to me, too. I don’t think easyJet will run out of cash.IAG faces tougher testIAG’s main airline brands are British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. As flag carriers for the UK, Spain, and Ireland, these airlines run a lot of long-haul flights. The prospects for recovery in this market look much tougher than on short-haul routes.Whereas easyJet hopes to achieve 40% of flying levels by the end of September, IAG is only targeting 26% of its normal schedule, rising to 34% during the final quarter of 2020. I think this is one reason why IAG’s share price is underperforming easyJet’s at the moment.Demand for long haul is heavily dependent on corporate travel. This could be slow to recover. Businesses want to save cash and quarantine restrictions mean that short business trips to many destinations aren’t practical right now.Why I expect the IAG share price to crashBack in June, easyJet acted quickly and raised £419m in a share placing. The level of dilution was fairly low, as the new shares issued represented just 15% of the existing total.IAG has now decided it needs more cash, too. It’s planning to raise a chunky €2.75bn by selling new shares. My sums suggest this is likely to increase IAG’s share count by at least 65%.Worse still, we won’t know how the new shares will be priced until September. I think there’s a good chance investors will demand a big discount to invest fresh cash at this time. If I’m right, we could see IAG’s share count double. In that scenario, anyone who didn’t take part in the fundraising would see their share of the airline’s future profits halved.I expect IAG’s share price to slump when the terms of the fundraising are finalised. For now, I think the situation is just too uncertain. I’d avoid IAG shares until we know more. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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“COPY” ArchDaily Photographs: JongOh KimText description provided by the architects. Reclamation of the site & Confrontation of modern and tradition The site is located in the outer Bukchon nearby the designated cultural properties of Seoul city like rampart of Seoul. Hyehwamun, Kim Sang Hyeop’s House. Many Korean-style houses are existed till now, but remained houses are removed at that with the housing development prevalence of multi-family house last year. So it is one of the villages that are in progress of modernization and Jo Rin Hun is same case that is pressed with the high-storied neighborhood. It was a distressed situation to unavoidably remove the existing Korean traditional house as a position of culture destroyer.Save this picture!basement floor planRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsInheritance of spatial tradition & Perpendicular residence/city as a ‘village’ Save this picture!first floor planThe character of history and place of the Korean-style house inherited spatially by composing the ‘garden’ of existing house for ‘garden’ of Jo Rin Hun. This garden functions as a spatial element that satisfies the right of sphere and ownership with the recognition that each of the household living in this house is the owner of each separate house. Many detached house composed vertically with outside-stair as a passage and the small outside space will be a ‘city windpipe’ that connects that city and architecture strongly. Save this picture!© JongOh KimMulti-function of translucent skin & Mass being un-architecturally Save this picture!section 01By incoming the neighbored landscape with the expended metal translucent board, the light, wind, sound through the small vertical courtyard surrounded by each houses are effective and forming introverted calm spatial environment. It is intended to function hiding neighborhood, filtering surrounding landscape, control of the light by me lid of the outer cover adjoins neighborhood with translucent skin. Save this picture!© JongOh KimIndistinct landscape of the village, clearly visible shape of the Korean-style house, the whole views of Seoul with Namsan tower and the festive night views were the landscape program of Jo Rin Hun. The city and architecture are endowed with strong mutual response and finally this mass become to carry the un-architectural property of matter of transparency introversion, translucence extroversion. It is intended to feel Jo Rin Hun, which is vertical and huge mass comparatively, as ‘un-architectural’ property of matter to harmonize with the horizontal stable landscape formed by the remaining Korean-style houses and to form a new city context that corresponds to the change. It lost by the shaded portion of road, right to enjoy sunshine, cultural property protection. By indoor planting to the remaining mass, It could be recognized as an ecological mass, as well as, the whole could recognized as if translucent/opaque un-architectural object are covered with expended metal and intended to grant a formable sensitivity that harmonized with the image of Korean style house to the structure of skin.Save this picture!© JongOh KimIntroduction of nomadic program and nature & Reduction of construction expenses Save this picture!© JongOh KimI aimed at nature-friendship by introducing the nature positively and aimed lies latent a small and abundant spatial story by residence together with the large and small houses. Save this picture!© JongOh KimBy openly establish the secret private life programs, that is, concealable action apparatus like shower, bathtub, close-stool, washstand, he/she could liberate from restraint of secrecy by him/herself and could present action of life. With the preparation to feel the instinctive pleasure in the nature that is an instinctive environment, all the action of him/herself become a sight and concerned object. So it was an interesting work to plan the ‘place’ where exist a history and story to aware of the vestige of life always. Save this picture!section 04Such program is small, but could be said it is large, because there are a lot of contributions that sensed as large space and form a various/dramatic space, reduction of construction expenses. Save this picture!© JongOh KimThe construction expense is a mountain to go over. It was effective for cost administration to minimize the expenses with the effort by using cheap materials like concrete floor, wall finishing, dryvit excluded finishing materials, prefabricate sandwich panel and simplification of process. Save this picture!third floor planLight-house of life I expect Jo Rin Hun, un-architectural architecture, to be a ‘light house of city’ that always lightens the neighborhood and to be a place where record and preserve the historic character of the site.Save this picture!© JongOh KimProject gallerySee allShow lessJoshua Prince Ramus on the Wyly Theatre at TEDxArticlesEuropean Workshop Waterfront Urban DesignArticlesProject locationAddress:15-152, Hyehwa-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, KoreaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Jo Rin Hun / IROJE KHM ArchitectsSave this projectSaveJo Rin Hun / IROJE KHM Architects South Korea “COPY” Save this picture!© JongOh Kim+ 32 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/47604/jo-rin-hun-iroje-khm-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeIROJE KHM ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingSeoulHousesSouth KoreaPublished on January 28, 2010Cite: “Jo Rin Hun / IROJE KHM Architects” 28 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Technology Howard Lake | 19 February 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Red Cross recruits 3,500 new online donors following Iran earthquake The tools are also being used to track the results of search engine marketing activity by the British Red Cross. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The British Red Cross’s Iranian earthquake appeal of December 2003 generated online donations from 3,500 new donors.The appeal was launched on 26 December 2003 following the earthquake that devastated the town of Bam and surrounding areas.According to Revolution magazine, the Red Cross is analysing the motives and activities of these donors using RedEye’s visitor identification and customer profiling tools. These enable the charity to detect patterns with a view to being able to segment the donorbase in the future to send targeted appeals and messages. Advertisement
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Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This month’s networkHow to innovate Almost every company follows a cycle that swings between expansion andcontraction (Slice of Life, Training Magazine, June 2001). As night followsday, after a period of rationalisation, whether of systems or personnel, itwonders where the next round of growth is going to come from. The next question is, why aren’t our people more innovative? The answer is that most big companies don’t allow them to be. They areidea-killers, not generators. Bureaucratic decision processes, rigid budgets,reward systems that punish risk taking, likewise career structures, politicalinfighting – any one of these can kill a good idea stone dead on the spot. Small wonder that except in a very few cases entrepreneurs would run a milerather than join a big firm. With this kind of energy deficit, a fewbrainstorming sessions are unlikely to provide useful answers. Unless the company can turn itself into a “venture engine”, inwhich generating ideas is part of its business model, periodic drives to boostentrepreneurial goals and innovation will yield little. People know from bitterexperience that at the first sign of a slowdown, managers will revert tocontraction mode, slashing budgets and head counts. New projects and peripheral activities – where most innovation comes from –are the first casualties. As this suggests, innovation is only secondarily a matter of inventing newproducts. It is, above all, an attitude of mind at top-management level. Simon Caulkin Editor-in-chief, FTdynamo.com Red tape binds MAs The analysis on Modern Apprenticeships (Training Magazine, June 2001)highlighted some interesting concerns. Within Birmingham City Council, the Department of Leisure and Culture hassuccessfully trained and retained eight Modern Apprentices ranging from libraryassistants, to horticultural trainees and play workers, over the past threeyears. The support from both managers and trainers has been phenomenal, butwhat stops the department from carrying on this successful programme is thehuge volume of paperwork that needs to be completed and the bureaucracy thatexists when trying to access the funding. We have all learnt so much from the process, but find the red tape bothtime-consuming and demotivating. Claire Riley Personnel officer, Leisure and Culture, Birmingham City Council Trainer input will make e-learning a success While e-learning continues to increase in popularity among organisations of alltypes, there is a risk that the effectiveness of many e-learning programmes isbeing undermined due to insufficient trainer-input in the development andimplementation. The best way to launch e-learning programmes is in a classroom sessionsupported by a trainer, either present or online. This ensures that, at thefirst session, learners spend sufficient time to make good initial progress sothat self-starting will be easier next time. Steve Dineen CEO and joint founder, Fuel Related posts:No related photos. NetworkOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today
View post tag: LPD View post tag: contract View post tag: 60.3 View post tag: News by topic January 12, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Raytheon Company Gets USD 60.3 Million LPD 26 Contract View post tag: million View post tag: Naval USA: Raytheon Company Gets USD 60.3 Million LPD 26 Contract View post tag: USD Raytheon Company has been awarded a $60.3 million U.S. Navy contract to develop and integrate the total ship electronics systems for LPD 26, the 10th ship of the Navy’s LPD 17 class of expeditionary warfare ships.Under the contract, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems extends its role as the total ship electronics systems integrator for all LPD 17-class ships. Raytheon will provide the Shipboard Wide Area Network; engineering and ship control systems; navigation data distribution system; magnetic signature control system; wire-free portable and integrated voice communication systems; and the AN/SPS-73 navigation radar.“Raytheon’s advanced and reliable ship systems integrated onboard the LPD 17 class continue to demonstrate proven and predictable performance,” said Kevin Peppe, Raytheon IDS’ vice president of Seapower Capability Systems. “Leveraging the technology advancements, experience and success gained on the LPD 17, DDG 1000 and CVN 78 programs, we continue to deliver mature, common and affordable solutions for the U.S. Navy’s family of ships.”This contract follows the successful U.S. Navy sea trial of the San Diego (LPD 22), during which Raytheon’s integrated ship systems performed as designed, meeting all performance requirements.Predictable Performance and Full Life-cycle SupportIn addition to its total ship electronics systems integrator role, Raytheon is the prime contractor for life-cycle engineering and support of Raytheon-designed and developed equipment for the LPD 17 class. As the trusted partner for LCE&S since 2005, Raytheon manages the large-scale integration, maintenance, upgrades and service support for these critical ship systems.Raytheon recently delivered the Ship Self-Defense System MK 2 open-architecture combat management system for LPD 26, which leverages technology and investment from the Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure developed for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 12, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: 26 View post tag: usa View post tag: company Equipment & technology View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: gets Share this article
Trump Paints A Bleak Coronavirus Outlook. Now Can He Fix It?(Analysis: The president wasted valuable time that could be costly in terms of the health and economic standing of the nation. Now come signs he may be looking to play catchup) March 16, 2020, 5:10 PM CDT Jonathan AllenJonathan Allen is a senior political analyst for NBC News, based in Washington. His salesman’s tendency to minimize the downside and play up the bright side left him looking like he couldn’t judge the gravity or complexity of a situation that his own aides described in catastrophic terms.By Monday, with more experienced federal and state officials proposing new restrictions on public interactions and economic relief packages in the hundreds of billions of dollars, Trump had largely dispensed with the happy talk. But given his own dire forecast, the time it took for him to understand the problem may have been costly in terms of the health and economic standing of the nation.“We’d much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it,” he said at a briefing for White House reporters.He was talking about the administration’s response to the spread of the virus itself, but he might as well have been speaking to the various consequences of failing to adequately prepare the public for the toll that could be taken in terms of lives and economic destruction. The less ready, the more damage — in terms of health, the economy and, as a result of the first two, Trump’s political fortunes.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakThat is, all the facets are inter-related. Trump’s trouble communicating the seriousness of the pandemic to the public — for weeks, he assured Americans it wasn’t a big threat — may have been costly in terms of raising awareness about the best protocols to contain the spread.“When you’re dealing with an emerging infectious disease outbreak, you are always behind where you think you are if you think that today reflects where you really are,” Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said while standing near Trump.As they spoke, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the sharpest single-day point drop in its history, falling nearly 3,000 points, or almost 13 percent, to close at 20,188.52.It shouldn’t have been a surprise to the president that casting the crisis in darker terms might rattle investors immediately. For three-plus years, he’s spoken only in the most optimistic terms about the stock market and the economy. That changed Monday.Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak“Well, it may be,” he said when he was asked if the economy was headed for a recession. Later, he added that “the best thing I can do for the stock market is we can get through this crisis.”Save for giving himself a perfect “10” on handling the response to coronavirus, the words coming out of Trump’s mouth were hardly recognizable. He praised the media for being “fair” in its coverage and clarified that when he said that things were “under control” Sunday he only meant the government’s efforts were coordinated.The other major shift was Trump’s emphasis on stopping the virus to the exclusion of concerns about the health of the economy. He announced a new set of guidelines for the public to combat the spread of the pandemic, including educating kids from home, limiting social gatherings to 10 or fewer people, avoiding bars and restaurants, and ending discretionary travel.“We have an invisible enemy,” he said. “My focus is really on getting rid of this problem, this virus problem. Once we do that, everything else is going to fall into place.”From what administration officials and outside experts have said, there was no time to waste in grasping the severity of the crisis and concentrating on fighting it. Trump seemed to get that Monday. The question, given the damage already done, was how easy it would really be to get “everything else” to “fall into place” later. By Jonathan Allen(Jonathan Allen is a senior political analyst for NBC News, based in Washington)WASHINGTON — For the first time Monday, President Donald Trump laid out a truly bleak picture of America in the time of coronavirus — pointing to an “invisible enemy” he said could plunge the nation’s economy into recession and possibly even require quarantines of geographic “hot spots,” if not the whole country.The abrupt shift in tone matched a more gradual acceptance by the president that his response to the pandemic so far has failed to inspire confidence in the public, investors and lawmakers. Last week, he delivered an Oval Office address and a Rose Garden press conference that sent the mixed-signal he was taking the threat of the disease more seriously, yet still didn’t fully grasp the risk at hand. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
On Monday night at Geddes Hall, Fordham University professor of theology Christiana Peppard delivered a lecture entitled “Integral Ecology: Pope Francis, Ethical Pluralism and the Planet,” which focused on Pope Francis’s May encyclical “Laudato Si.” The talk was the seventh annual installment of the Reverend Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition and was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns.Peppard began the lecture with a brief overview of papal encyclicals and their impact, especially in the last century. She said while many commentators have reacted to the pope’s new encyclical as if it were a revolutionary and completely new strain of thought in the Catholic Church,“Laudato Si” actually builds on much of the work of other popes, such as Pope Benedict XVI’s writing on human ecology.“It’s important to note that all constructive endeavors are referential or in some way aggregate,” Peppard said.However, Peppard said Pope Francis drew on sources from outside of other papal encyclicals, including theology, philosophy and environmental science. In particular, Peppard said the influence of liberation theologian Leonardo Boff, who has written extensively on the relationship between environmental destruction and the exploitation of the poor, was clear. According to Peppard,“Laudato Si” focuses on how ecological degradation, such as climate change and the acidification of oceans, are related to social problems like poverty and oppression, a relationship described by the term “integral ecology.”At the heart of this concept of integral ecology, Peppard said, is a vision of social justice that espouses the rights the of marginalized who are victimized both economically and environmentally. This idea originates from Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on integral development which asserted that egalitarian concerns must accompany the drive for economic growth, Peppard said. However, Peppard said the Pope’s writing on integral ecology is paradoxically new and traditional.“In a sense, this is new for a pope to be saying, to be taking ecology and particularly the environment as a catalyst for his reflections, but in a sense it’s also very old and even in some sense Augustinian,” Peppard said.“Laudato Si” is committed to the fundamental tenets of Catholic social teaching, Peppard said, because it focuses on the common good.“The pope is trying to articulate what it means to have well-ordered loves that conduce to the good of the whole and of all people and the planet, now and in the future, to have our desires, decisions, our choices, our actions all be oriented towards the good,” Peppard said.Despite Pope Francis’s dedication to traditional Catholic thought, Peppard said, his style is distinct because it reconciles incorporates and many viewpoints that seem to conflict.“Classically, the response of the Church has been to assert universalism and unity to gloss over the fissures and the difficulties of evidence and differences,” Peppard said.However, Peppard said Pope Francis rebels against this tendency.“The pope is radically unfrightened by the plurality of epistemologies, the multiple ways of knowing and assessing and experiencing the world,” Peppard said.Peppard said this approach does not delegitimize the primacy of Christ’s teachings, but rather complements them.“For him, yes, Christ is at the center, but this does not preclude other forms of knowledge such as contemporary science and the diversity of experiences that people have on this changing planet,” Peppard said.Ultimately, Peppard said, Pope Francis simultaneously builds on the rich tradition of the Catholic Church and charts a new, audacious path with “Laudato Si.”Tags: CSC, laudato si’, Pope Francis