Citizen Energy Operating to acquire Roan Resources (Credit: Pixabay) Oklahoma-based Roan Resources has agreed to be acquired by Warburg Pincus-backed Citizen Energy Operating in an all-cash deal worth around $1bn (£810m) — including net debt of around $780m (£634.37m).Roan Resources is engaged in the development, exploration and acquisition of unconventional oil and natural gas reserves across the Merge, SCOOP and STACK plays of the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma.Roan Resources was formed in 2017The company was created in 2017 through contributions of nearly 140,000 net acres from Linn Energy and Citizen Energy, II in the Merge/SCOOP/STACK plays. Since then, the company is said to have added additional acreage for a total of around 177,000 net acres, of which 115,000 acres are in the Merge play.Roan Resources claims to have produced around 49,000 barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) per day by the end of the first quarter of 2019.In May 2019, Roan Resources engaged Citigroup Global Markets and Jefferies to assist it in evaluating strategic alternatives.As per the terms of the merger deal, Citizen Energy is offering to pay $1.52 (£1.24) per share to Roan Resources’ stockholders.Roan Resources board executive chairman Joseph Mills said: “This transaction is the culmination of our Board’s extensive review of strategic alternatives to maximise value for our stockholders, including a comprehensive process during which we engaged with a considerable number of counterparties.“Ultimately, the Board unanimously determined that an all-cash transaction with Citizen Energy is in the best interests of our stockholders and the Company and will deliver value to our stockholders at a premium to our recent share price.”The merger will be subject to Roan Resources’ stockholder approval, regulatory approvals and the meeting of other customary closing conditions, with closing expected to occur during the fourth quarter of this year.Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Citizen Energy is focused on developing horizontal play concepts in the US onshore region. The company’s management team is said to have horizontal technical experience across the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Roan Resources is active in the Merge, SCOOP and STACK plays of the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma
Wales is set to join Scotland in scrapping the right for council tenants to buy their homes.In the 37 years since the scheme launched in 1979, two million homes have been sold to their tenants – many of whom have sold them on at a substantial profit, or let them.Now, as the Conservative government expands the scheme in England, the devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales are halting the scheme, arguing that the cost to social housing supply has been too great.The Labour led Assembly will abolish the right as soon as legislation can be passed – and, with immediate effect, have halved the discount available to those who wish to buy now.Welsh Conservative Shadow Housing Minister, Mark Isherwood AM (left), said, “Typical Labour: this move flies in the face of aspiration and ambition. It will limit supply and deny people in council properties the choice and power to buy their home.“While Labour ministers push ahead with this senseless move, Welsh Conservatives are committed to extending the right to buy.“We would invest all the sales proceeds in new social and affordable housing to help tackle Labour’s housing supply crisis and take households off their record-breaking waiting lists.“Labour’s leader in Wales has already slammed his party for being anti-business. Scrapping the right to buy is further proof that it’s anti-aspiration; stuck in an ’80s socialist dogma where it believes the government knows best – not the individual.“We must use every tool in the armoury to increase housing supply in order to make housing more affordable.”Council tenants in Scotland lost the right to buy their homes on August 1, while the Welsh National Assembly will bring forward legislation within the next year to end the scheme.Announcing the policy in Wales, first minister Carwyn Jones said: “We must safeguard our social housing stock … this bill will seek to protect that stock from further reductions. The analogy I have used before is that it is like trying to fill the bath up with the plug out.”John Perry, policy adviser at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said, “Right to Buy offers an enormous benefit to those it benefits directly, but the effect on future tenants is the main problem, because of the refusal to recycle all the receipts and replace the lost properties.”“Despite central government pledges to replace homes sold through Right to Buy, most receipts are returned to the Treasury rather than reinvested in affordable housing.“You are losing two affordable homes from the system each time that someone new exercises the right to buy from a housing association.”Right to Buy Right to Buy scheme Welsh Right to Buy Scheme August 10, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Right to Buy Scheme: expanding in England, shut down in Scotland… previous nextRegulation & LawRight to Buy Scheme: expanding in England, shut down in Scotland…And now Wales says it will scrap its Right to Buy as well.The Negotiator10th August 20160597 Views
Franchised hybrid estate agency Ewemove has the best instruction-to-completion performance compared to its competitors, the company has claimed, as it pokes fun at early detractors who ‘ridiculed’ its sheep logo.Ewemove has employed data firm TwentyEA to research the market, and has now published figures that show it sells homes on average within 146 days of instruction, lower than the industry average of 169 days.TwentyEA’s report also makes the extraordinary claim that Ewemove completes more houses than ‘average agents’ at 70% from new Instruction to completion and win an average of £2,200 more per sale for a typical property being marketed for £250,000.“We’re proud of the report’s findings,” says Ewemove MD Nick Neill (left). “So now the time has come to no longer apologise for what we stand for and our Ewenice the Green Sheep logo.“When EweMove launched in 2013 we were ridiculed for prioritising the delivery of exceptional levels of customer service and gaining fantastic results for sellers. We were also mocked for having a sheep as a logo.“The Industry thought we were a joke, that they had it all sewn up and the way they did things was good enough.“We disagreed and have now proven that a service led organisation with a customer first mentality wins through in the end. It goes to show that it’s not what the industry thinks that matters, it’s how the public and clients respond that makes or breaks your business.”The TwentyEA data also suggests that it is growing at twice the rate of both its traditional and online/hybrid agent competitors when measured by number of instructions.Nick Neill TwentyEA EweMove March 14, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 15th March 2019 at 1:26 pmCompany employs consultancy company to report on itself?Local search on Google reviews will assist anyone looking for an estate or letting agent!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » ‘Now who’s laughing at our sheep logo’, says Ewemove boss previous nextAgencies & People‘Now who’s laughing at our sheep logo’, says Ewemove bossFranchised agency has published research that claims the agency is beating its competitors on several fronts including time to completion.Nigel Lewis14th March 20191 Comment2,937 Views
Home » News » COVID-19 news » “Heartless” Bristol lettings agency under fire previous nextCOVID-19 news“Heartless” Bristol lettings agency under fire130 student tenants withhold rent payments after misjudged chase-up email causes anger among agencies’ clients after missive refuses to entertain rent reductions during crisis.Sheila Manchester6th April 202003,614 Views Over 130 Bristol students are refusing to pay rent to Digs, a “heartless” city lettings agency that insisted the students make their rents in full, regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic.Digs admits its email was “insensitive” and say they will speak to landlords about options, including 50% reduction in rent.The Bristol Cable, a community-led media cooperative in Bristol, reported that students are withholding rent worth around £1,500 each from Digs Residential Lettings in Clifton, and are calling for their rents to be cancelled completely or reduced drastically in the wake of the outbreak.The rent strike was called after Digs sent a ‘polite reminder’ to all of its tenants informing them that full payment was still due on 1st April, as per the contract, regardless of when student loans are paid or the Covid-19 situation.“Insensitive and heartless”Student and Digs tenant Ruth Day, from a campaign group Bristol, Cut the Rent, said, “I was angered by the email because it was so insensitive and heartless. Students are already stressing about how to pay rent because loans don’t come in until April 20 and many have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus lockdown.”Lettings agency Digs has admitted that the email was “insensitive and sent in error, in terms of its wording” and has promised to speak to all landlords individually. However, the company was clear that they are “purely an agency” and that the final decision rests with landlords, not them.Steven Harris, Digs’ Managing Director, told the Cable: “It’s a very tricky situation, acting for many property owners means there is no ‘one fits all’ solution and it’s not our decision.“As an agency we will be speaking to all our landlords individually and we will encouraging them to help, we have a variety of options for them. The option of zero rent if vacant or 50% if occupied can indeed be presented.”Ruth Day, a third year Maths and Philosophy student at the University of Bristol, said: “I don’t have much sympathy for the Digs argument. Landlords are getting a lot of help from the government around this situation. As students, we don’t own another property. We are literally just renting and most of us don’t have much money.”Read more about Coronavirus and the property market. digs residential letting cut the rent Bristol April 6, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Oxfordshire junior doctors protested on Wednesday outside the Museum of History of Science and the John Radcliff e hospital in protest against proposed government plans.More than 100 junior doctors congregated in front of the John Radcliff e Hospital and the Museum of the History of Science as part of the 24-hour industrial action. The group were heard chanting, “No more lies, no more spin, we won’t back down, we won’t give in”.The current industrial action is centred on Jeremy Hunt’s proposals to re-contract junior doctors, which the British Medical Association insists would stretch resources too thinly across the NHS, making for unsafe conditions for both staff and patients.Nadia Randazzo, Vice-Chairwoman of the British Medical Association’s Oxfordshire junior doctors committee, commented, “We are really angry and upset that the Government continues to threaten to impose the contract on us. It is bullying tactics.”Tim Foster, a St John’s first year, expressed sympathy with those on strike, telling Cherwell, “I hope this issue can be resolved satisfactorily soon, as in the meantime, everyone stands to suff er. Until our society begins to pay doctors what they deserve, tensions between the NHS, the Unions and the Government will continue to grow.”
Yesterday’s processions have the potential to go down in history, just as the processions 100 years ago, and to serve as a legacy for us all to build on. It is vital that we all play our part in celebrating our history, paying tribute to those who sacrificed so much to shape our country, and reigniting our determination to build on the great work of the great women who have gone before us. On Sunday 10 June, the Minister for Women joined thousands of women and girls as they walked together through London as part of a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary year of women’s suffrage.Processions took place in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, with participants wearing either green, white or violet – the colours of the suffrage movement – to give the appearance of a flowing river of colour through the cities’ streets.Nearly £210,000 of UK Government funding went towards commissioning women artists to work with organisations and communities across England to create centenary banners for the London Procession as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.Minister for Women Victoria Atkins said:
Finalist: Bread SourceThis Norwich-based company, which has six outlets across Norfolk plus an established online and wholesale presence, says it is “ferociously passionate” about every single detail involved in crafting its products.Strong online year-on-year growth in turnover was recorded for the year ending April 2020, following advances in 2019 including a move to a new 5,000sq ft production facility, the opening of the former bakery production facility to the public to buy bread, pastries and takeaway coffees, and growing its social media following from 2,000 to 20,000.Bread Source’s stated aim is to close the gap between the grower and consumer by producing as many of the constituent components of each product in house. This manifests in the company milling grain from local wheats, making preserves and producing chocolate from bean to bar. Finalist: Coopland & SonOver the last year Cooplands has opened 13 new shops and one new café, bringing the total for this 135-year-old family-owned business up to 164 and 12 respectively.The company also boasts a large fleet of food-to-go vans, plus three production sites at Hull, Durham and Scarborough that bake daily and supply all channels to market. Services include personalised celebration cakes, offering customers a choice of various bases, designs, toppings and a customised hand-piped message or edible photo.The judges said there was so much to admire in this thriving business, which looks to balance hand-finishing with upscaled processes to meet consumer demand.In early 2020 the company had a starring role in the BBC programme Night Force, showcasing the overnight efforts of the Cooplands’ team, which include the baking of 25,000 bread rolls, ranging from white to wholemeal to teacakes.The company has proven resilient during the pandemic, with 120 shops remaining fully operational during lockdown. This Baking Industry Award recognises the work of a craft bakery business, whether they operate a single retail shop, multiple sites or a wholesale business. Sponsored by Winner: Grant’s BakeryGrant’s is a family-owned business based in the heritage village of Corbridge, Northumberland. As such, it looks to balance traditional products with new and innovative lines to meet the needs of its customers.One example of this is its makeover of the humble flapjack into a popular speciality through the addition of white chocolate and raspberries.The driving force of product development is master baker Andrew Cotterell (pictured above), who brings over 40 years of experience to the company.Popular items from Cotterell’s repertoire include raspberry streusel, lemon drizzle and cherry & almond bar cakes, as well as savoury items such as ham & egg pie and various types of quiche. These sit alongside recently introduced innovative lines including Ezekiel bread, cherry & almond pistachio tart, mango delice and raspberry cranachan.Grant’s impressive achievements include a 30% increase in trade during the pandemic. The company responded to lockdown by investing in a new website to service the local community, which meant the business could continue operating and jobs were protected.In what Grant’s describes as “an overnight success”, the website replaced 70% of in-store trade within its first month. The company is now planning to launch a second version of the website that will enable the national delivery of selected lines.The judges said Grant’s was a successful and progressive craft business that should be “really proud” of its commitment to producing quality products and its optimisation of new ideas that delivered demonstrable benefit to the future of the business, such as using paid and unpaid social media to widen its footprint and customer base.The panel added that the business demonstrated solid and sustainable year-on-year growth and an ability to respond positively to change, driven by a well-trained workforce.
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related Citing what she called a “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened a formal impeachment inquiry in the House Tuesday evening into President Trump. The move followed disclosures that he withheld military aid for Ukraine and pressed that nation’s new president to launch a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 election rivals. On Wednesday the White House released a memo summarizing a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In it, Trump is quoted as saying “we do a lot for Ukraine” and asking Zelensky to work with the U.S. attorney general to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian corporation. After releasing the summary, Trump said it showed no wrongdoing on his part, and he accused Demcrats of moving toward impeachment for political gain. Below, Harvard faculty weigh in on the significance of the step toward impeachment and whether it will matter in the end if it reaches the Republican-controlled Senate.Daniel ZiblattCo-author of 2018 bestseller“How Democracies Die”Eaton Professor of the Science of GovernmentImpeaching a president was once described by James Bryce, a 19th-century observer of America, as “the heaviest piece of artillery in the congressional arsenal.” But, “because it is so heavy, it is unfit for ordinary use.” The power of impeaching a president is indeed incredibly powerful, is rarely used, and, so must be done so with great care and self-restraint. Congressional leadership under Nancy Pelosi has in fact been incredibly restrained, and correctly so, in my view. Speaker Pelosi has been masterful. She is aware there is always a risk that impeachment becomes “normalized” and becomes a run-of-the-mill weapon in partisan battles. Democracies around the world have suffered from such escalating tit-for-tat. Because of that, impeachment must be used only for genuine threats to the constitutional order. I believe we have entered that zone.What happens in the U.S. Senate is totally an open question at this point, and by opening this door, Democrats are certainly running the risk that if the Senate does not convict (because of Republican recalcitrance), President Trump can claim he has been “vindicated.” This is a risky strategy but, given what appears to be the presence of extreme violations, I have been convinced by the arguments that constitutional duty now requires these steps.Nancy GertnerRetired Judge of the U.S. District Court for MassachusettsSenior lecturer, Harvard Law SchoolIt is quite significant, and in my view entirely appropriate, to move to an impeachment inquiry. There are three scenarios, here, any one of which would be sufficient. One, Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate a political rival and his son. That is arguably a violation of federal election law and an impeachable offense, whether or not a crime. We don’t know the full extent of that pressure; the July 25, 2019 transcript on its face seems clear, but it is not the only data point; the president’s personal attorney was deployed to Ukraine multiple times, presumably to carry the same message. The second scenario is that Trump held up appropriated money to Ukraine in order to squeeze the Ukrainians to investigate a political rival. That would likewise be a profound misuse of power, likewise impeachable. To be sure, simply conditioning aid on a foreign government’s following American-imposed conditions is not the issue. The issue is the nature of the conditions. Conditioning aid on eliminating carbon emissions or complying with human rights conventions is one thing. Conditioning aid on a personal vendetta, on trashing a political rival, is another. Trump does not have the right to deploy the resources of the government — especially with a foreign leader — for his personal political ends. Finally, there is the third scenario, a quid pro quo: If you don’t investigate Biden, you don’t get our money. That is implicit in the July 25 conversation, and explicit, perhaps through the statements of Trump’s agents. The crime is extortion, and plainly impeachable. Consider this: The Mueller investigation found that there was Russian interference in the 2016 election. While the Trump campaign welcomed that interference (“Russia: Are you listening?”) it was not guilty of conspiracy because the organization had not orchestrated it. This time, it has.Ronald Klain, J.D. ’87White House aide to President Barack Obama,Chief of staff to Vice PresidentsJoe Biden and Al GoreLecturer on Law, Harvard Law SchoolAs we look ahead to the Trump impeachment, it is worth comparing it to two others: the cases of Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.Trump’s allies will argue that his impeachment has much in common with Clinton’s. The proceedings will be rough and tumble, and at times, undignified. Cries of “witch hunt” and “partisan motivation” will fill the air. But while these surface similarities will exist, the differences are far more significant. Clinton was impeached for wrongful personal conduct, not an abusive exercise of his Article 2 powers, as Trump has done. Clinton was publicly repentant before impeachment commenced; Trump remains defiant and likely to continue his abuse of office. Thus, even if the roll-call votes in their respective Senate trials wind up being [similarly insufficient to remove the president from office], it seems likely that history will judge the Clinton impeachment a misguided use of that Constitutional process — and the Trump impeachment a necessary effort to vindicate core constitutional principles.Conversely, even if — unlike Nixon — Trump remains in office after [the] impeachment [process] ends, those two cases share a great deal in common. At issue in both is the use of presidential powers to obstruct justice and corrupt the Justice Department, the obstruction of legitimate congressional oversight, and the [alleged] use of illegal means to alter the outcome of our elections. Moreover, Trump’s withholding of foreign assistance from Ukraine to pressure it to intervene in U.S. politics is arguably worse than Watergate, as U.S. national security interests were illegally compromised to achieve the president’s political aims.In the end, even if Trump is not removed by the Senate, any claims of vindication are likely to be short-lived: The voters will render a final verdict just a few months later. And even that will not be the whole story: Senators who vote to acquit Trump will have to face the voters themselves, and if they do not do their constitutional duty, they may ultimately get their due at the ballot box as well.Steven LevitskyCo-author of 2018 bestseller,“How Democracies Die”Professor of GovernmentIt matters a lot, as a step toward ensuring executive accountability. President Trump appears to have concluded from the outcome of the Mueller investigation that he “got away with it,” and this perception of impunity may have emboldened him to engage in further lawlessness. This seeming second effort to recruit a foreign government to help win an election appears to have convinced the vast majority of Democratic politicians — who until now have been very cautious — that the cost of continued restraint is too high. Congress’s response has already had an effect. The White House has now promised to turn over to Congress the whistleblower complaint and [just released] a transcript of his July conversation with Ukraine’s president.It is far too early to conclude that impeachment doesn’t matter because the Senate won’t convict. First of all, we do not yet know the extent of wrongdoing or how much will be revealed. The situation is dynamic. If the inquiry reveals serious wrongdoing, both public opinion and the Senate’s behavior may change. If impeachment goes forward, GOP senators who face tough reelection bids will be put to the test. Their loyalty to Trump is far from assured. So while conviction and removal appear unlikely today, the outcome is far from certain. The key will be getting some Republicans on board. There are already some signs of this, including [Sen. Mitt] Romney’s recent declarations. It’s not likely that we will see many Republicans join the pro-impeachment coalition, as we saw in the 1970s — the parties are far more polarized today. But I wouldn’t rule it out yet.David Gergen, J.D. ’67Adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon,Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill ClintonFounder of the Center for Public Leadership,Harvard Kennedy SchoolAn impeachment proceeding against President Trump would certainly underscore how far from our moorings American politics has drifted. Just think: Among our first 36 presidents, charges were brought against only two — one was impeached (Andrew Johnson) and the other saw the attempt fizzle quite quickly (John Tyler). Among our last nine presidents, no less than three have faced impeachment — one saw impeachment succeed (Clinton), another is coming up (Trump), and a third was ousted before the ax fell (Richard Nixon).As of the moment, it seems unlikely that the Democrats would embark upon impeachment proceedings unless they thought they could win in the House, but it is also clear they are far from having a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Win or lose, this escalation against Trump will likely deepen our poisonous divisions at home and send yet another signal overseas of American leadership in dangerous retreat.Charles FriedFormer Solicitor General of the United StatesBeneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law SchoolThis [current move by the House] would be only a preliminary proceeding to establish whether there is in fact a basis for impeachment. Numerous grounds exist to make such an inquiry appropriate, even inescapable: Most clearly, the several instances in which the president has ordered persons to refuse to provide testimony or documents relating to matters clearly germane to the House’s oversight powers, including several in which such demands were made pursuant to explicit statutory authority, but also occasions on which government entities or foreign entities have used and paid for facilities owned by the president. Depending on what these inquires turn up, initiation of impeachment may be an unavoidable duty — but it may not.Alex Keyssar ’69, Ph.D. ’77Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy,Harvard Kennedy SchoolI think it is far too early to tell how significant this move toward impeachment may prove to be. Right now, it’s important to the internal dynamics of the House. It also creates the possibility of other discoveries, developments, etc., that might, in turn, influence an impeachment process or the 2020 election. But it could easily turn out to be one more moment (like the release of the Mueller report) that creates little momentum and is drowned out by partisan noise. In the long run, this move might matter most as a signal about the limits of tolerable presidential behavior; that could help refine conceptions of what is impeachable.Responses have been edited for clarity and condensed for length. 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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kroger Co. will close two supermarkets in Southern California in response to a local ordinance requiring extra pay for certain grocery employees working during the pandemic. The decision announced by the company Monday follows a unanimous vote last month by the Long Beach City Council mandating a 120-day increase of $4 an hour for employees of supermarkets with at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 15 in Long Beach. Kroger says it will close a Ralphs market and a Food 4 Less on April 17. The company says the stores have been struggling for a long time and the closures are permanent.
As part of the nationwide Respect Life Month, Saint Mary’s College Belles for Life club is hosting Respect Life Week with events on campus focused on celebrating life and raising awareness about the dignity of human life.A Vigil for Life will take place Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the College student center, where students can pray for the dignity of human life and listen to women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign give voluntary post-abortive testimonies, Belles for Life president and senior Jana Zuniga said.“We thought this was particularly appropriate because we want to recognize the ways that abortion affects not only pre-born humans, but how abortion affects women,” Zuniga said, “We will pray for the protection of life … but also for women facing unplanned pregnancies and for the healing of post-abortive women as we stand in solidarity with the women who have experienced abortion.”Zuniga said she decided to become active in the pro-life movement after hearing the stories of women who underwent abortions.“I think their stories are an honest reflection of how many women have been scarred and dramatically affected by their abortion experience,” she said.Dr. Kevin McDonnell, an emeritus professor of philosophy at the College and the Edna and George McMahon Aquinas chair in philosophy emeritus, will deliver a speech Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre, Zuniga said.“His recent publications concern issues in medical ethics and he chairs the ethics committees at Logan Center and at Memorial Hospital,” Zuniga said, “We chose him because he is part of the SMC community and will propose a strong argument that the legality of abortion does not justify neglecting the endowed rights of the unborn children of our society.”According to the Respect Life Week flyer, there will be a Life Fest costume contest and pizza party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday in Le Mans Hall Reignbeaux Lounge to celebrate life.The week will wrap up Friday with students participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign with a trip to the Life Center in downtown South Bend, Zuniga said. Students are invited to meet at the student center parking lot at 11 a.m., and the event will run until 1 p.m.South Bend is one of 252 cities to participate in the campaign, she said. As part of the campaign, people unite in prayer either alone or outside an abortion clinic for 40 consecutive days in an effort to bring a peaceful end to abortion, Zuniga said.“This year alone, there have been 412 confirmed lives that have been spared of abortion by the efforts of this campaign,” Zuniga said. “Girls from the Belles for Life club will visit the Life Center, located next door to the local abortion clinic, which is a place where women can go for help if they are looking for financial assistance, support, adoption referrals or counseling,” she said.Student will tour the Life Center and pray in the adoration chapel during the visit, she said.“As a students of an all-women’s college, we have a heightened awareness to the ways that women are treated in our society,” Zuniga said. “This week is about celebrating the unique and irreplaceable gift that each of us are to the world; it is about recognizing the inherent dignity of all human life, regardless of how that life was conceived, how long it lasts or how fortunate their life is promised to be.”For more information, please contact Belles for Life club president Jana Zuniga at [email protected]: Belles for Life, Respect Life Week, SMC