Pursue the common good, not allure of money, Pope tells finance students

.- Pope Francis told a group of students studying finance Thursday not to let themselves get taken in by the charm of money, but to instead work toward building a better future based on justice and the common good.

“It is essential that, until now and in your future professional life, you will learn to be free from the allure of money, from the slavery in which money closes those who worship it,” the Pope said Oct. 19.

It’s also essential that students “acquire the strength and the courage not to blindly obey the invisible hand of the market,” he said, and encouraged them to take advantage of their study time, learning “to become promoters and defenders of a growth in equity, to become craftsman of a just and adequate administration of our common home, which is the world.”

Pope Francis spoke to students enrolled in the Chartreux Institute of Lyon. Established in 1825, the school is a private Carthusian educational institution linked to the French state school system.

The institute takes students from grade school all the way through high school, and also offers courses in higher education, with a specialization in the fields of finance, business, and accounting.

In his speech, Pope Francis said he was glad to learn that alongside their education in finances, students also receive a solid foundation in “human, philosophical and spiritual” studies.

To take courses in Rome, he said, allows the students to be immersed in the history

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Judge Won’t Unfreeze Bail Money for Jailed ‘Pharma Bro’

The Brooklyn judge who revoked pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli’s $5 million bail and put him in jail refused Thursday to free up the money that secured his bond.

U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said Shkreli’s eTrade account should remain tied up until the court determines whether he needs to pay a fine, restitution or monetary penalty. And she ordered prosecutors and the defense to discuss whether there will be a forfeiture proceeding.

Image: Martin Shkreli

Image: Martin Shkreli

Shkreli — who earned the nickname “Pharma Bro” for his cavalier response to criticism over price hikes for a lifesaving drug — was convicted of security

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Thunder costing fans more money, time this season

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder is hosting its regular season home opener Thursday night.

And, the team is bringing back a tradition – all fans attending the game will get a free T-shirt.

Plenty of fans were already in the Thunder Shop, buying gear for Thursday.

But, they’ll have to pay more for tickets this season.

A new law is tacking $1 on tickets under $50. Any price over that will cost $2.

Another thing fans will face is construction.

Team officials don’t believe it will have an affect on folks coming to the game. The team recommends fans to download its free app, where you’ll find best routes to take and parking.

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Hard-working college athetes deserve to earn money

People who follow the sports world, especially in college sports, know the topic of college athletes making money and how discussed it is.

It is understandable to not want students making money because they “work” for your business, but there are young entrepreneurs who have their own companies or YouTube channels for profit.

I agree student-athletes shouldn’t make any money from autographs or picture- taking appearances because they didn’t work to create anything. They just show up to get paid.

Entrepreneurs are creating clothing or logos building a future for themselves after their lock-up with the NCAA. YouTube content creators make videos that appeal to an audience and must create quality to gain views. Sometimes they make it big enough to gain money per view on a video.

Hard-working kids get the same restrictions as greedy athletes who are there for the money and not a good time.

Evan Snyder, Fresno

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Looking for a used vehicle? Study lists top 10 parishes where you can save money

Looking for a used vehicle? Here are 10 of the most affordable places to buy based on a study conducted by Autolist.com. The study analyzed hundreds of thousands of Louisiana vehicles in the company’s database to determine the average amount consumers could save on comparable vehicles elsewhere in Louisiana.  

Among other states, Louisiana ranked No.28 as the most affordable state in the U.S. to purchase a used vehicle, according to Alex Klein, Autolist’s vice president of data science. Louisiana buyers spent on average $278 more for a used vehicle than in other states, according to the study. The average used vehicle price in Louisiana was $18,297, Klein said.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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