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Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgLaw Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng)  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLaw Union & Rock Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite all classes of insurance business. The company provides non-life insurance policies which includes cover for motor, fire, burglary, general household and home owners comprehensive, group personal accident, all risks, workmen’s compensation, general third party liability, marine, professional indemnity, goods-in-transit, money, fidelity guarantee, engineering, oil and gas, cargo, onshore property, legal liability, construction erection, business interruption, and bonds insurance policies. The company was founded in 1951. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Rory Best to lead Ireland against Scotland

first_imgNew skipper: Rory Best runs in a try against Wales in Ireland’s opening Six Nations gameUlster hooker Rory Best will captain Ireland in their penultimate RBS 6 Nations fixture against Scotland in Dublin on Saturday.Paul O’Connell was ruled out for the remainder of the championship after picking up a knee injury against France on Sunday so Best will lead Ireland for a third time. Best, whose brother Simon also captained Ireland, has a 100% winning record as captain having worn the armband against Canada and the USA in 2009.“It’s a great honour to be asked to captain the side. It’s something you dream of doing,” Best said. “It’s very unfortunate that Paul’s out but I’m honoured to do the job.“We know we’ll have to be on the money against Scotland. It will be a massive challenge for our defence.” IRELAND TEAM TO PLAY SCOTLAND, SATURDAY 10 MARCH, AVIVA STADIUM15 – Rob Kearney14 – Tommy Bowe13 – Keith Earls12 – Gordon D’Arcy11 – Andrew Trimble10 – Jonathan Sexton9 – Eoin Reddan1 – Cian Healy2 – Rory Best (capt)3 – Mike Ross4 – Donncha O’Callaghan5 – Donnacha Ryan6 – Stephen Ferris7 – Sean O’Brien8 – Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16 – Sean Cronin17 – Tom Court18 – Mike McCarthy19 – Peter O’Mahony20 – Tomas O’Leary21 – Ronan O’Gara22 – Fergus McFadden Donnacha Ryan replaces O’Connell in the second row and will start his first championship game while Eoin Reddan is promoted from the replacements’ bench to fill the No 9 shirt with Conor Murray also ruled out because of injury.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Wales: Five things we learned v Ireland

first_imgIreland’s centre Brian O’Driscoll (2-L) shakes the hand of Wales no. 8 Toby Faletau (R) at the end of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on February 8, 2014. Ireland won 26-3. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All wrapped up: George North is shackled by Rob Kearney as Wales were suffocated tactically by IrelandBy Paul WilliamsWales. Shutdown.Wales were comprehensively beaten by Ireland in as one sided a victory as we have witnessed under Warren Gatland. Wales were completely shutdown in all aspects of the game. This current Ireland squad already have a reputation for their ‘choke tackle’ but they took their suffocation tactics to a new level on Saturday – these were the sort of choking tactics that a Dickensian serial killer would have been proud of.In truth the 26-3 score line and key statistics don’t truly reflect the level to which Ireland blunted the Welsh game plan. The core statistics say Wales had 51% possession and 50% territory.  In reality, they had little quality possession and very few opportunities to attack in the Irish 22. The Welsh lineout was a major issue and its inability to function forced Wales into an attritional carrying game which bore little yardage but many a turnover and handling error – not a single Welsh player carried the ball over 45m. There have been many great performances from this Welsh side and there will be many more to come. But this wasn’t one of them, far from it.Penalty count: Wales were punishedToo many penaltiesYou simply can’t concede 16 penalties in a game of test rugby and expect to win – Ireland conceded just nine. Wales had actually conceded six penalties in the first 18 minutes which gifted Ireland a simple six point lead after 16 minutes. Six points may not seem like a big margin but in test rugby – it is. It means that you need a converted try just to take a one point lead. And when you consider that Wales have only scored two or more tries on just two occasions in the last 12 months – gifting six easy points is a luxury that can be ill-afforded at this level.There will be many aspects of the Welsh performance that will leave Gatland seething – but the penalty count will be top of the hate list. It’s worth noting that whilst many of the Welsh penalties were uncontestable, conceding a penalty for a double movement is possibly the most unfair rule in rugby. Tries are hard enough to come by in test rugby. Penalising a player for trying is harsh. Surely a scrum to the opposition is a more equitable solution?No territory The statistics say that Wales, over 80 minutes, actually had 50% of the territory. But that stat belies the regularity with which Wales were pinned in their own half by the exemplary kicking of Jonathan Sexton. In fact Wales were pinned in their half so often that you could at times have cut the Aviva Stadium in half and just played on one side of the pitch. Sexton took great pleasure in rolling accurate kicks behind the Welsh back three. It was an immensely successful tactic. George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert and Liam Williams spent considerable periods of the game turning and running back into their own 22.Sexton’s kicks often rolled painfully near to the touchline leaving the Welsh defence narrow clearance angles or no option but to run into touch. But perhaps the most significant territorial stat is Wales’ goal kicking percentage. Wales only had one shot at goal in 80 minutes – which came after 56 minutes. Wales’ inability to gain meaningful territory essentially took Leigh Halfpenny’s goal kicking out of the game. And when Leigh Halfpenny’s goal kicking was out of the game, so were Wales.Misfiring: The lineout didn’t function as a collectiveLineout reliabilityWales’ inability to gain territory certainly wasn’t helped by the fragility of their lineout. Kicking a penalty to touch and winning the lineout is the simplest way to gain 40 yards in test rugby. Without it you’re forced to make hard carries and ten phase sets just to gain half that distance. This, as Wales found out to their cost, increases the likelihood of turnovers and handling errors – Wales turned the ball over 18 times against Ireland.It would be easy to blame the weather for the failings of the Welsh lineout – but that would be disingenuous. Ireland played in the same conditions and their lineout work was impeccable – as was their rolling maul which led directly to two tries. It would also be naive to blame the inadequacies of the Welsh lineout on the hookers alone. A lineout is an eight man job and all eight must take responsibility.Well beaten: O’Driscoll offers Faletau a hand of condolenceTactical ‘dead end’ When the Welsh game plan works it is very effective – but when it doesn’t there is seemingly no Plan B. Wales’ inability to change the game plan in the face of overwhelming pressure was perhaps the most worrying aspect of the game on Saturday. Faced with limited quality possession and territory Wales still stuck to Plan A – using big ball carriers running straight lines into contact. As the points margin widened and the clock ticked the Welsh carriers became ever more desperate – regularly spilling the ball in contact and coughing up uncharacteristic turnovers.Contrast this with Joe Schmidt’s tactics. He has the ability to change them with the flip of a coin. This is a coach who, at Leinster, developed one of the most attractive brands of rugby in the world – a fusion of Super Rugby back play and Northern Hemisphere forward play. Yet against Wales he took that playbook, doused it in Irish whiskey and torched it, choosing instead to execute one of the most claustrophobically accurate kicking strategies that you will see. Hat tip to Mr Schmidt – a masterstroke.last_img read more

Draw in US Presidential election considered more likely than Italy beating England

first_img Draw in US Presidential election considered more likely than Italy beating EnglandNot once in 26 previous meetings have England lost to Italy.In fact, according to our preview of Saturday’s Six Nations clash in Rome, seven years have passed since England last won against Italy by fewer than 20 points.Related: Six Nations Italy v England previewEngland are overwhelming favourites for this match but 888 is offering enhanced odds to Rugby World readers. Rather than betting on England at 1-100, 888 has odds of 6-1 on Eddie Jones’s team winning and 150-1 on Italy achieving a famous victory if you use the code 888ODDS. The maximum bet is £5 and winnings are paid as free bets.New customers only • Max Bet £5 • £10 deposit using promo code • Free bets are granted within 72 hours and expires after 7 days • Free bet stakes not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. Withdrawal restrictions & Full T&C’s apply  Over-18s only. BeGambleAware.Which got us wondering… With whopping odds like those, what would be considered more likely than Italy beating England?Sticking with 888, they have these two long-shots priced as more likely:Harry Maguire to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year at 100/1Miami Dolphins to win the Super Bowl 100/1That’s right, according to 888, at 100/1, Manchester United captain Maguire – he of the eventful holiday in Greece – is more likely to win SPOTY than Italy beat England. Just as wild, the lowly Miami Dolphins seem more likely to take the top prize in American Football.If you fancy this, you can use this welcome bonus with 888: Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets + a £10 Rugby Bet.New Customers only – £10 minimum deposit using promo code “Rugby” – First bet must be placed on any market – Minimum stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5) – Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days – Free bet stakes not included in returns – Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method & withdrawal restrictions apply & Full T&C’s applyHail to the chief: a rugby fan in a Trump mask (Inpho)Over at Betfred, there are some fun bets deemed more likely to come off.Trump & Biden To Tie 269-269 In 2020 US Presidential Election at 66/1Comedian Rufus Hound to win Dancing on Ice 2021 at 50/1Borussia Monchengladbach to win the Champions League at 100/1That’s right, in the throes of an American election campaign, Betfred think it’s more like that Donald Trump and Joe Biden tie, than for the Azzurri to finally topple the England rugby team. Run amok: England’s Jonny May attacks Italy(Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Bookmaker 888 are offering odds of 150-1 for Italy beating England – and here are a load of amazing scenarios considered more likely by the bookies!center_img Sticking with the novelty end, comedian Rufus Hound is considered the worst candidate to win Dancing on Ice 2021, but still has shorter odds than Italy. And then there’s the footballing underdogs of Borussia Monchengladbach, outside bets for winning the Champions League… Real outsiders.Sign up for Betfred’s welcome bonus and you can bet £10, get £30 in free bets + 60 free spins.New UK & NI customers only. Code ‘SPORTS60’. Place first sports bet of £10+ in one bet transaction, at odds of Evens +. settled within 60 days. First bet on Sports. £30 in Free Bets credited within 48 hours of settlement. Max 60 Free Spins on Justice League Comics.Full T&Cs apply.Sticking with politics, Bet 365 have this for us.Andy Burnham to be next Prime Minister of the UK at 50/1That’s right – the bookmaker sees Manchester mayor Andy Burnham becoming the next Prime Minister after Boris Johnson, more likely than Italy beating England.Use Bet 365’s welcome bonus and you will get Up to £100 in Bet Credits.Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs applyAnd finally, Betfair have a rugby one for us…Japan to beat the British & Irish Lions at Murrayfield at 13/5Fancy a flutter on the Brave Blossoms defeating the world’s most famous invitational side, in Edinburgh? Those odds look much closer than Italy’s don’t they…Use the Betfair welcome bonus and you can get up to £100 in free bets.New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.Over-18s only. BeGambleAware. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Presiding Bishop’s message to the church on General Convention

first_img August 4, 2012 at 10:37 am Sorry for the duplicate message above, but the Presiding Bishop’s excellent summary was worth mentioning twice! Judy ElliottDiocese of Western New York Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Fr.Michael Neal says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET August 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm I agree with the comments of Tonna Heath. The modernist attempt to re-define marriage – the basic foundation of human community – seems like a caving-in to a relentless, vocal minority. Let us have compassion, civil unions, full legal protection to everyone, but do not tamper with the sacrament of marriage. Words have meaning, and ideas have consequences. Comments (26) Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Jim Sharp says: Tony Price says: August 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm I wish you peace in your journey. BTW, in case you haven’t noticed, the groups leaving TEC are fundamentalists. They are not in communion with the See of Canterbury, but are an illustration of “dead wood splintering.” August 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm And the spin continues………………………..Having loved the Episcopal Church…………it has left me……. Julian Malakar says: Fay Jones says: Featured Jobs & Calls Tonna Heath says: General Convention 2012, August 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm Bishop Katharine’s remarks proclaim the reasons that I’m humbly proud and to be an Episcopalian. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Linda Gelbrich says: August 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm This summary is hopeful and encouraging. Thank you for reminding us of our “central focus.” May it be so – daily. minute by minute. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ian Looker (UK) says: August 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm My dear Bishop, I thank God for giving you that amazing ability to hone in on the gist of our issues and decisions, and thank you for presenting us with summaries containing those precious kernels of truth. vincent schwahn says: August 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm More grandiose platitudes from the woman in charge of the assisted suicide of the Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church: An institution racing toward fiscal and moral bankruptcy; besotted with the systemic moral blindness of identity politics as its last-ditch version of sin; a self-hating remnant of a Christianity without relevance, dignity, honor, or belief in its own history or integrity. An institution which, for me at least, used to be an essential element of my very life and breath, and which has now become a firewall between me and the Holy Spirit. The institution that once taught me how to pray, and which now makes prayer impossible, so much ludicrous babble. What have these people got to offer? Big talk from very little voices. Judy Elliott says: Thom Hendricks says: Posted Aug 3, 2012 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Presiding Bishop’s message to the church on General Convention August 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm Thank you, Presiding Bishop, for this excellent summary of General Convention. I watched many of the sessions on Live Stream which was very helpful to those of us unable to attend in person.Judy ElliottDiocese of Western New York August 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm we kept hearing that what GC passed was NOT a “trial rite” but rather a “provisional rite” (even though there is no such thing as a provisional rite),but it is now being referred to as a “trial rite” by the PB…this is the concern. If it was a “trial rite” it would not have passed at GC, hence why it was changed to a “provisional rite.” I want to give the benefit of the doubt but this makes me nervous. The Rev. Al Minor says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Lisa Fox says: August 6, 2012 at 12:22 am I am perplexed that the church’s learned leadership cannot come to terms with Biblical teaching that homosexual acts are an abomination to God. (Lest anyone think that I am homophobic, that most assuredly is not the case. I am sympathetic to their plight; however, that does not allow me to condone actions that are specifically forbidden in scripture.) My point is simply that the church’s stand on this issue—like other sinful acts, i.e. adultery, idolatry, theft, etc…— should be to love the sinner, but not the sin. By blessing same sex unions, the church does in fact bless the sin. The Presiding Bishop’s statement also seems to suggest that the Episcopal church has lost membership due to its failure to embrace cultural shifts. I humbly offer an alternative point of view. Perhaps membership dwindles because part of the faithful find it impossible to contribute or associate with a body of believers who are more worried about offending people than offending the God they worship. General Convention, August 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm Tony, just click on Noticias at the top of the screen. The Spanish version is there. Marcia Mary Cook says: August 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm It is interesting to know from PB’s summary that the Church adopted policy of worshiping one and only True God of Holy Trinity with diversified understanding of True God’s righteousness. Some Shepard’s (Bishop) interpretation about righteousness based on His Holy book the Bible and the others by diversified knowledge comes out of contemporary world which changes by 50/60 years. Though we are sinners but we understand that both school of thoughts cannot be right in the eye of Holy God, as Jesus Christ Who is the building block of the Church teaches us that we are either with knowledge of God or with knowledge of the world. In the question of God’s righteousness there is no middle of the road position. Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Anne Mayagoitia says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bob Dilts says: Judy Elliott says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm Thank you Presiding Bishop! Rector Knoxville, TN August 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm Isn’t it strange then, with all this progress being made, that the Episcopal Church continues to lose thousands of its membership year by year. Excellence unrecognised! Strange too, that with all these creative initiatives emerging to avoid win-lose outcomes, that the Episcopal Church should engage in so much litigation against its own people, who have been doing a little creative thinking for themselves. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Tim West says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 The Rev. Daniel Hanna says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA August 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm How incredibly lucky a group we are to have this type of leader at the helm. I say my prayers of gratitude for coming into this church family more than ten years ago from the Romans. I was blessed then and consider myself continuously blessed year after year, month after month and day after day! !Gracias a Dios! Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Comments are closed. August 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm For all the talk of a new age of celebrating diversity the experiential reality (for me at least) is that the some kinds of diversity are tolerated rather than celebrated. Furthermore, the differences are so foundational that I for one simply do not know where to begin anything like a real dialog. Perpetually giving the “minority report” gets old very quickly and in those moments silence seems to be more celebrated than diversity. Betsy Payne Rosen says: Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Vivian Varela says: August 15, 2012 at 11:54 am Thanks! Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Karl Griswold-Kuhn says: August 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm In these words you continue to be such a blessing to the Episcopal Church, Bishop Jefferts Schori ! Rector Bath, NC August 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm On the subject of the church learning to “travel light”:I just took down my oldest Bible and found this yellowing page I’d torn out of FORWARD Day By Day, March 7, 1965:“Christian temperance is not grim abstention, but a way of sitting easy to life, of traveling light. The temperate man [sic] is bigger than his environment, stronger than his appetites. He knows the real worth of things, and therefore enjoys everything while being possessed by nothing.”Still works for me. August 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm Will this good summary by Bishop Katherine be available in Spanish? Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “We emerge with abundant hope, better discipline for working together and with partners beyond this Church, for our fundamental reason for being – engagement with God’s mission,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori states in her Aug. 3 message to the church about the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, held in July in Indianapolis, Indianapolis.Message to the ChurchThe General Convention which took place in Indianapolis in July offered new and creative responses to the call of the gospel in our day. We saw gracious and pastoral responses to polarizing issues, as well as a new honesty about the need for change.General Convention addressed a number of significant issues that will impact the life and witness of this Church for years into the future – and they include many more things beyond what you’ve heard about in the news. The way we worked together also represented a new reality, working to adapt more creatively to our diverse nature as a Church.It is that way of creative engagement that ultimately will be most transformative for The Episcopal Church and the world beyond it. On issue after issue, the resolutions addressed by General Convention emerged in creative responses that considered, but did not end in, the polarized positions expected as we went into Convention. People listened to the movement of the spirit and discerned a way forward that was mutually upbuilding, rather than creating greater divisiveness or win-lose outcomes.The hot-button issues of the last decade have not been eternally resolved, but we have as a body found creative and pastoral ways to live with the differences of opinion, rather than resorting to old patterns of conflict. There is a certain expansive grace in how these decisions are being made and in the responses to them, a grace that is reminiscent of the Elizabeth settlement. We’ve said as a Church that there is no bar to the participation of minorities of all sorts, and we are finding pastoral ways to ensure that potential offense at the behavior or position of another is minimized, with the hope that we may grow toward celebrating that diversity as a gift from God. If we are all sinners, then each of us may be wrong about where we stand. Human beings, made from humus, become Christlike when they know humility.Major issues addressed at General Convention included approval of a trial rite for blessing same-sex unions. It may be used in congregations beginning in Advent, with the approval of the diocesan bishop. Bishops are making varied responses to the rite – a prime example of this emerging reality of local adaptation based on context – something which is profoundly Anglican.The decision to provide a trial rite for same-sex blessings was anticipated by many across the Church – some with fear and trepidation, others with rejoicing, and yet others with frustration that more would not be offered. The decision of General Convention may not have fully satisfied anyone, yet it has provided more space for difference than most expected. The rite must be authorized by a diocesan bishop, which permits bishops who believe it inappropriate to safeguard their own theological position. Some of the responses by bishops with questions about the appropriateness of such rites in their dioceses show creativity and enormous pastoral respect for those who support such blessings. The use of this rite is open to local option, in the same way we often think about private confession: “all may, some should, none must.”General Convention also produced creative responses to a number of other challenging issues – in particular, peacemaking in Israel-Palestine, the Anglican Covenant, and the call to restructure The Episcopal Church. The resolutions adopted reflect a higher level of investment in the health of diverse opinions and positions in the Church than we have seen for a long time. We can celebrate a bit of “growing up into the full stature of Christ” and the kind of welcome we claim to exemplify: “The Episcopal Church welcomes you,” whoever you are and wherever you stand. As a Church, when we’re at our best, we earnestly believe that that diversity helps to lead us toward the mind of Christ.The call to restructure the Church is a response to growing grassroots awareness that we must change or die. I’ve heard it put this way, “It’s not a matter of tradition or change – tradition IS change!” We live in an age of rapid change, and if we are going to be faithful to our baptismal work of going into the world and proclaiming the gospel, our methods and support systems also need to change. We need to be more responsive and able to engage opportunities, more nimble.Nimble is not a word usually associated with Episcopal churches, but the passion and energy at our General Convention was certainly moving in that direction. Most of us probably associate that word with Mother Goose and Jack who is nimble enough to jump over the candlestick. But there is a character to Jesus’ own ministry that has something to do with a flexible and creative responsiveness that might be called nimble. It certainly characterized the explosion of his followers across the Mediterranean world and then to India, Africa, and Europe. Nimbleness has something to do with creative risk-taking; it may have a playful character that is also profoundly creative, and it partakes of joy.We’re looking for a 21st century Episcopal Church that can adapt and respond to a myriad of varied local contexts and missional opportunities. We’ve begun to realize, pretty widely across the Church, that the way we’ve “done church” for the last century or more no longer fits many of our contexts. We haven’t been terribly effective at evangelism with unchurched populations; we haven’t been terribly effective at retaining the children born to Episcopal parents; family structures are changing and our ability to address the needs of those families has not kept pace, whether we’re talking about ECWs and women in the workforce, or single-parent families, or special needs children.The General Convention decided to address needs for structural change, by looking at the ways in which we live and move and have our being as a Church. A task force will be appointed to listen broadly within the Church and offer a proposal by late 2014.General Convention adopted a budget for the coming triennium based on the Five Anglican Marks of Mission, which includes some creative initiatives in partnership with dioceses, other parts of the Anglican Communion, or those churches with whom we are in full communion or other relationships. One notable example: “Mission Enterprise Zones” will facilitate creative initiatives at the diocesan level, funded in partnership with the broader Church.General Convention asked for a task force to study our theology of marriage. Remarkably, this happened only a few days after the Anglican province of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia did the same thing. This may offer some very creative opportunities for study across provincial boundaries in the Anglican Communion.The General Convention affirmed the implementation of the Denominational Health Plan, and offered some greater flexibility and more time to address health care parity issues for lay and clergy employees at the diocesan level.All of this creative work means that we emerge with abundant hope, better discipline for working together and with partners beyond this Church, for our fundamental reason for being – engagement with God’s mission. We have moved beyond the entrenched conflict of recent years. I pray that our growing confidence is a sign of new humility, knowing that we are finite creatures who can always be wrong, that we can do God’s work only as part of the Body, and that disagreement is a mark of possibility.God still seems to have a use for this Church, if we can remember our central focus – to love God and our neighbors as ourselves, wherever we go, and wherever we find ourselves. May God bless the journey, and may we learn to travel light.The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal Church Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT August 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm God bless you–and we are the better for it. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Christopher Cleveland says: Stephen Koch says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN August 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm Thank You Bishop Katherine….you are an inspiration to me…and many in our church. Youhave shown us how to lead with kindness and integrity. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA August 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm Long time members, entire churches and even whole dioceses are leaving TEC in record numbers.I am a same sex oriented man (now chaste and joyfully so) who left TEC for the Anglican Ordinariate where I have found the peace that comes with Truth, Goodness and Beauty.How dreadful and sad that TEC has all but repudiated everything that once made her a holy church.And so they march with smiles and banners into Oblivian and Irrelevance.Lord have mercy. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET August 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm It’s funny how the middle road keeps veering further and further to the left. I left the Episcopal Church in light of the findings of this convention. The adoption of liturgy for the blessing of same-sex unions with an allowance for bishops and clergy to honor their conscience is not a compromise, it is a misrepresentation of the Bible’s teachings, which will undoubtedly lead lay people astray. A religion that changes doctrine to reflect the prevailing views of modern culture cannot save. If it could, why would Jesus have bothered to challenge the Jewish culture of his time? Jesus was not flexible when it came to God’s Word, and those who dare to call themselves Christians, much less priests or bishops, shouldn’t be flexible either. Though my body is made of earth, I have been blessed with the Spirit of God as his child to discern truth from heresy, and I shall never submit to the authority of a human being over the authority of God when it comes to defending his Word. Director of Music Morristown, NJ August 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm This convention bodes a turning point of some sort. It is positive, joyful, and full of new anticipation and new engagement. I think we call that something a bit stronger than the usual sense of the world HOPE. I , for one among many, am very grateful for the achievements of this fine council of the Church. I am looking forward to the near and far future. AliceMarie Slaven-Emond, RN,MS, FNP-C says: Lauren Moore says: last_img read more

Sandra Montes emociona a la Convención General con su testimonio…

first_img Submit a Press Release Por Mike PattersonPosted Jul 13, 2018 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israel center_img Rector Belleville, IL General Convention 2018 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Sandra Montes emociona a la Convención General con su testimonio y su voz Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA General Convention, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Sandra Montes canta durante el culto de avivamiento en Austin el 7 de julio. Foto cortesía de Thompson/Diócesis de Alta Carolina del Sur.[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] Durante la 79ª. Convención General, Sandra Montes ha sido una de las voces más destacadas a favor de los inmigrantes. Ella habla a partir de una experiencia de primera mano.Además de su convincente testimonio en las sesiones legislativas, ella también impresionó a la Convención con su bella voz de cantante.Nacida en el Perú, Montes pasó su niñez en Guatemala antes de que sus padres se mudaran con ella a Estados Unidos, donde su padre fue pastor evangélico. Luego de una escala en Río Grande Valley, en Texas, terminaron por asentarse en Houston en los años 80.“Fue una suerte que no tuvimos que pasar por lo que otros han pasado para llegar aquí”, dijo Montes en una entrevista con Episcopal News Service. Esos que huyen a Estados Unidos ahora, afirmó, “huyen para mantenerse con vida. Gente que viene aquí producto de la desesperación”.La Convención General está estudiando varias resoluciones que ofrecen declaraciones amplias y convincentes de los problemas de la separación de familias en la detención de inmigrantes, el movimiento de iglesia santuario y la dignidad del inmigrante frente a políticas federales que los diputados y los obispos dicen que van contra los valores cristianos de la Iglesia Episcopal.Toda la cobertura de ENS de la 79ª. reunión de la Convención General se encuentra aquí.Respecto a las resoluciones, Montes instó a los obispos y a los diputados a mostrar compasión hacia los inmigrantes que están tratando de entrar al país. “Como cristianos nos han dicho que amemos a todo el mundo”, dijo ella. “Eso significa ser compasivo”.El 8 de julio, Montes estuvo entre los 1.000 episcopales que se reunieron en el centro de detención T. Don Hutto, en Taylor, Texas, para pronunciarse contra las acciones del gobierno de EE.UU. y su aplicación de políticas migratorias que han separado a familias durante los últimos meses.“Hoy es el cumpleaños de mi hijo, si alguna vez me hubieran separado de él, no sé lo que yo habría hecho… sólo por estar tratando de traerlo a un lugar donde pudiera tener libertad, donde pudiera tener vida”, dijo ella en la manifestación.“Para mí, es muy importante que estas mujeres”, que están detenidas en el centro, sepan que estamos aquí, dijo ella. “Yo incluso no puedo poner en palabras la desesperación que sentiría si estuviera allí y mi hijo estuviera en alguna otra parte. O incluso si estuviera conmigo, sólo porque queremos algo mejor, porque buscamos libertad”.Después que llegaron a Houston, el padre de Montes terminó siendo ordenado sacerdote episcopal y atendió como rector la iglesia episcopal de San Mateo, una de las congregaciones latinas más grandes de la Iglesia Episcopal. Aunque ahora esta jubilado, él ayuda en una iglesia luterana en Houston.Su hermano, el Rdo. Alex Montes-Vela, es presidente de la diputación de Texas y atiende como sacerdote la iglesia episcopal de Santa María Magdalena [St. Mary Magdalene] en Manor, Texas, que inició con una reunión de cinco personas en su casa en 2010. Su sobrina, Luz Montes, es también diputada de Texas, asiste al Seminario del Sudoeste en Austin y espera ser ordenada sacerdote episcopal.Su padre creía que “Dios había llamado a toda la familia al ministerio” cuenta ella.Montes hizo una carrera como maestra de escuela pública antes de jubilarse. Actualmente, sirve a la Fundación de la Iglesia Episcopal como asesora en español, un puesto en el cual ayuda a la fundación en la elaboración de materiales prácticos sobre asuntos que tienen que ver con el liderazgo y los retos económicos a que se enfrentan las congregaciones episcopales de habla hispana; prepara y dirige presentaciones para la Internet y otros eventos educacionales y colabora con el personal de la fundación para desarrollar una mayor capacidad en esta área.A ella se le han acercado en la Convención los que buscan su ayuda para la creación de materiales bilingües para sus propias diócesis e iglesias.Además de ser defensora de inmigrantes, Montes enardeció al público con una impactante actuación antes del sermón del obispo primado Micahel Curry en el avivamiento del 7 de julio. Ella también cantó durante la manifestación frente al centro de detención Hutto en Taylor.Aunque nunca tuvo adiestramiento profesional en música o canto, a ella le gusta cantar y escribe sus propias canciones. “Mi mamá dice que yo nací cantando”, afirma.En la ciudad donde reside, Montes dijo que no asistía a una iglesia específica, Como latina que lleva el cabello lila, reconoce que se destaca —pero está en la misión de aprender cuán acogedora es una congregación cuando ella entra por la puerta.“Lo que hago ahora es que visito diferentes iglesias y escribo en mi blog acerca de ellas”, apuntó. En algunas de las iglesias a las que asiste en que todos son blancos, “nadie me dice ‘hola’. [aunque] hay algunas que soy muy acogedoras, amistosas y serviciales”.Basada en su experiencia, ella ofrece unas cuantas sugerencias respecto a hacer que los visitantes se sientan bienvenidos, tales como tener espacio de estacionamiento reservado para visitantes, sonrisas y pulcritud. “Una de las cosas que más aprecio es si me piden que me quede para el café y bien me llevan y están conmigo o me relacionan con otras personas” explica.Ella dijo que tuvo emociones contradictorias mientras asistía a la Convención General, empezando por la Eucaristía de apertura. “ En el estrado había mujeres blancas vestidas con trajes africanos y tocando tambores”, esta fue una desafortunada apropiación cultural.Los blancos, siguió diciendo, no se dan cuenta de la impresión que esto puede causar en los afroamericanos, los latinos o los asiáticos. “Yo no sé cuál era el mensaje que querían transmitir, pero sé lo que yo sentí”.También echó de menos en la Convención una diversidad de música y actuaciones. “La música ha sido estupenda, pero no ha sido diversa. Seguimos siendo muy blancos”, afirmó.Sin embargo, dijo, “amo a esta Iglesia. Amo a Jesús sobre todas las cosas. Me siento muy agradecida de ser parte de ella. Porque conozco esta Iglesia, sé que podemos ser mejores. Todo proviene del amor.Ella reconoce que a veces puede enojarse, pero dijo. “Intento ser la voz de las personas que no tienen voz”.— Mike Patterson es un escritor independiente radicado en San Antonio y corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Es parte del equipo de información de ENS en la Convención General y pueden dirigirse a él en [email protected] Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last_img read more

Here is Your “Country” Cheat Sheet for The GRAMMYs Tonight

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here TAGSGrammy Awards Previous articleTemporary Detour Planned for 429 Exit at 441Next articleMinisters Endorse Arrowsmith Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Whatever your plans are tonight, change them! This year’s GRAMMY show is packed with country music nominees claiming one third of the programming and they are also taking claim to several performances tonight as well.Four time Grammy winner Little Big Town will be performing. Recently during a Broncos-Patriots game, CBS aired a promo with Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt listing them as performers for the evening. It was also announced that Chris Stapleton will perform with Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Rait for a tribute to the late B.B. King.Luke Bryan will take the stage along with Demi Lovato, John Legend and Meghan Trainor, paying tribute to Lionel Richie, 2016 MusicCares Person of the year. Their performance will take the audience on a musical journey through the 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year’s songbook, spanning Commodores-era classics to memorable hits that earned Richie a GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year in 1984. As part of the segment, Richie will also take the stage to join the artists in performing a special collaborative rendition of one of his all-time classics.Just announced on Friday, Cam will be a presenter at The GRAMMYs.“It’s official, The GRAMMYs gave me a pin and now we’re going steady. They even asked me to present an award!!! It might be love ,” she wrote on Facebook.‬The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be hosted by LL Cool J and held on Monday, Feb. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The show will broadcast live on CBS from 7 – 10:30 p.m. Central Time.2016 GRAMMY Nominees:Record of the YearTaylor Swift-“Blank Space”Album of the YearChris Stapleton – “Traveller”Song of the YearLittle Big Town – “Girl Crush”Best New ArtistSam HuntBest Country Solo PerformanceCam – “Burning House”Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”Carrie Underwood – “Little Toy Guns”Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”Lee Ann Womack – “Chances Are”Best Country Duo/Group PerformanceBrothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”Joey+Rory – “If I Needed You”Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay – “The Driver”Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”Blake Shelton, Ft. Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”Best Country SongLee Ann Womack – “Chances Are” (Hayes Carll, songwriter)Tim McGraw – “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” (Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Jonathan Singleton, songwriters)Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, songwriters)Brandy Clark – “Hold My Hand” (Brandy Clark, Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters)Chris Stapleton – “Traveller” (Chris Stapleton, songwriter)Best Country AlbumSam Hunt – “Montevallo”Little Big Town – “Pain Killer”Ashley Monroe – “The Blade”Kacey Musgraves – “Pageant Material”Chris Stapleton – “Traveller”Best Compliation Soundtrack for Visual MediaVarious Artists – “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”Best Recording PackageAsleep at the Wheel – “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys”Best Album NotesTennessee Ernie Ford – “Portrait of An American Singer” (Ted Olson, album notes writer)Producer of the Year, Non-ClassicalDave Cobb (Producer: Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller,” A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke” and Jason Ibell’s “Something More Than Free”)Best American Roots SongThe Mavericks – “All Night Long” (Raul Malo, songwriter)Merle Haggard & Don Henley – “The Cost of Living” (Don Henley, Stan Lynch, songwriters)Punch Brothers – “Julep” (Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher, songwriters)Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – “The Traveling Kind” (Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, songwriters)Jason Isbell – “24 Frames” (Jason Isbell, songwriter)Best Americana AlbumBrandi Carlile – “The Firewatcher’s Daughter”Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – “The Traveling Kind”Jason Isbell – “Something More Than Free”The Mavericks – “Mono”Punch Brothers – “The Phosphorescent Blues”Best Bluegrass AlbumThe Steeldrivers – “The Muscle Shoals Recordings”Ralph Stanley & Friends – “Man of Constant Sorrow”Dale Ann Bradley – “Pocket Full of Keys”Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley – “Before the Sun Goes Down”Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – “In Session”Best Alternative Music AlbumAlabama ShakesBest Contemporary Christian Music Performance/SongFrancesca Battistelli-Holy SpiritCrowder; Ed Cash, David Crowder & Seth Philpott, songwriters-Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)Matt Maher-He Lives (Amen)Tobymac Featuring Mr. Talkbox; Cary Barlowe, David Arthur Garcia & Toby McKeehan, songwriters-Feel ItBest Contemporary Christian AlbumJason Crabb-“Whatever The Road”Lauren Daigle-“How Can It Be”Matt Maher-“Saints And Sinners”Tobymac- “This Is Not a Test”Chris Tomlin-“Love Ran Red” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Knocked out yet again, George North’s regular concussions surely signal the end of his career

first_imgWednesday Feb 26, 2020 Knocked out yet again, George North’s regular concussions surely signal the end of his career The sight of George North splayed on the floor after a knock to the head is one that Welsh fans, and those all round the world, have grown all too familiar with.ADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old came off the field in the eleventh minute against France on Saturday after clashing with Gael Fickou in the air, raising fresh concerns about his well-being.North has a long history with head injuries, and this latest concussion means he has suffered at least one a year since 2015, where he had a sustained spell on the sidelines with Northampton Saints because of it.While this latest injury may prove problematic for Wales in the immediate future with a visit to Twickenham in a fortnight, there are greater worries surrounding the two-time British and Irish Lions tourist.Fans are suggesting that it’s time he hangs up his boots.Rugby is just a game. The important thing today is the long term health and welfare of @George_North I wish him a full and speedy recovery— Dave Newton 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏉🏒🇮🇪 (@KipperBedwas) February 22, 2020ADVERTISEMENTThere are those that would like to see North retire after this latest incident, while many are questioning his future, and are sure that is what North will be doing himself.In this current climate, trolling and abuse on social media are a topic of discussion, but there is nothing malicious in this circumstance, as these are genuine concerns about the winger’s welfare. This is not something that is strictly from Welsh fans either, as no supporter, regardless of nationality, would want to see a player struggle the way North has at times.ADVERTISEMENTThe Ospreys star will feel that he has so much to give to the red jersey of Wales in the future. With 97 Test caps, and 94 for Wales, North is tantalisingly close to making his century, and at only the age of 27, he will feel that he has many years ahead of him.With 40 tries for Wales, he is still 18 behind Shane Williams, but that target will be in his sights as well.However, there are factors that are out of his control, and with every concussion, the calls for retirement will grow. He will likely see specialists over the coming days to assess what happens next, and whether that means another extended break away from the game, the rugby world will want what is best for him.RELATED VIEWING: Knocked Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Notorious police department escalates war on Philadelphia

first_imgKidnappings, robberies, racist and sexist terror, aerial bombings, murder—​there is no crime that the Philadelphia Police Department has not committed against the people of this city. It’d been half a century since Frank Rizzo became police commissioner and later realized his goal, as mayor, of creating a white supremacist, anti-communist army. To this day the PPD is one of the most powerful forces in Philadelphia politics. Now, as the capitalist system hurtles toward another devastating crisis, the cops are taking their war on workers to the next level.On Aug. 14, while purportedly attempting to serve a warrant, police instigated a standoff with North Philadelphia resident Maurice Hill that led to SWAT teams and hundreds of cops occupying the area around Broad Street and Erie Avenue. Cops claim that Hill shot at the police when they entered his property. After negotiations, Hill surrendered to police. Hill was not the target of the warrant and wasn’t even in the house that the police were supposed to search. Although police claim Hill shot at them using a high-powered rifle, all six of the officers who were allegedly hit were released from the hospital after less than an hour.The situation was reminiscent of the 1978 police siege of the MOVE Organization’s house in Powelton Village, when Philly police locked down an entire neighborhood and fired tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition into the residential home. One officer, James Ramp, was hit by friendly fire, and under that pretext the PPD arrested nine MOVE members and framed them for Ramp’s murder. Police then demolished the house and rioted throughout West Philadelphia, arresting and terrorizing the Black community. Residents of North Philadelphia expressed concern that a similar retaliation by police will be forthcoming in the aftermath of Hill’s arrest.The Philadelphia police have a known history of instigating gunfights that often end in death when they serve search warrants. Just last year, police broke into the home of Ricardo Giddings while executing a warrant. Giddings assumed that the police, who did not knock on the door or announce themselves, were invaders and shot at them. They returned fire and killed Giddings. The police commissioner called the incident an “all-out tragedy.” No officers were reprimanded or fired. (billypenn.com, Aug. 16)Just a few days before the unprovoked attack on Hill, cops broke up a block party at Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia, a predominantly Black community. Despite organizers’ displaying their permit to hold the event, which they paid $140 to secure, at least 100 cops arrived en masse at 8:30 p.m. with their batons at the ready, ramming community members with their bikes to clear everyone from the park a full hour and a half before it closes. (philadelphia.cbslocal.com, Aug. 11)It is impossible to deny that these are organized, racist attacks on the Black and Brown residents of Philadelphia, especially after the revelation earlier this summer of thousands of racist, misogynist, Islamophobic social media posts made by current Philly police. As Workers World reported at the time, “More than 300 Philadelphia police have been exposed as strident racists, based on social media posts revealed by Plain View Project. … Across the U.S., the project identified problematic postings by about 2,900 current and 600 retired officers.” (June 11)After the expose, the PPD announced its intention to fire 13 officers, though it is not clear whether they have since been let go. Even if they were fired, they make up less than 4 percent of these 328 avowedly racist cops. Also still employed by the police, despite public backlash, is Ian Hans Lichterman, an officer who proudly displays a Nazi tattoo on his forearm.No officers were charged or even reprimanded for the killing of Brandon Tate Brown, a 26-year-old Black man who was pulled over in 2014 in Northeast Philly, despite video evidence that directly contradicted the police claim that Brown “struggled” with police. This murder by police was also, according to then District Attorney Seth Williams, another “tragedy.”Last month, police attempted to arrest a 25-year-old Black man named Bryant “BJ” Henry at the Broad and Olney subway station in North Philly, just four stops away from where the standoff with Hill took place. Witnesses say that the arresting officers used their Taser on Henry, causing him to fall onto the tracks and hit the electrified third rail, killing him instantly. As bystanders began to confront the police, a witness who recorded the incident had her phone snatched by police. “There was a girl who was taking video. They went over to her and took her phone, and they trashed it,” a witness told the Aug. 1 Philadelphia Inquirer. Now the PPD is denying everything. They claim that no Taser was deployed and that officers never confiscated or destroyed a witness’s phone. They say Henry fell while trying to flee the police and that body camera footage corroborates their narrative. Unsurprisingly, they refuse to release that footage.Rampant racism by ‘progressive’ officials Just one week after the police lynching of Henry, Rutgers University released a study that found getting shot by police to be one of the leading causes of death for Black men in the United States. One of every 1,000 Black men and boys will die at the hands of a police officer in this country. The study also found that police kill Native and Latinx men at a much higher rate than they do white men. Since 2015, 95 people have been killed by police in Pennsylvania alone.There have also been more than 80 mass shootings in Pennsylvania since 2014, the year Gov. Tom Wolf was elected. But it wasn’t until last week, when Hill, a Black man, defended himself from an attack by police, that Wolf was suddenly inspired to launch a statewide “gun control” initiative. This comes as no surprise to those who know the history of gun control advocacy in the U.S., which is largely a response to the arming and self-defense of oppressed communities by groups like the Black Panthers and Brown Berets.But law-and-order Democrats like District Attorney Larry Krasner, Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney consistently defend the white supremacist militia of Frank Rizzo, all the while posing as “progressives.”Kenney campaigned for mayor on the promise of ending stop-and-frisk. He lied. The unconstitutional, aggressive police tactic that overwhelmingly targets youth of color is still in place.Kenney promised that the statue of Rizzo, in front of the Municipal Services building across from City Hall, will be taken down. But the statue is still standing. It’s the equivalent of Birmingham, Ala., boasting of a statue to Bull Connor. Rizzo was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1978 when he ran his third campaign for mayor under the slogan “Vote White.”Kenney is fond of referring to Philadelphia as a “sanctuary city” that is welcoming to immigrants. But Philadelphia’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement office is the most notorious in the entire country, kidnapping and arresting more migrants than any other in the U.S. The Philly ICE office proudly coordinates raids with the PPD.Krasner, likewise, campaigned as a progressive reformer who would restore the reputation of the corrupt DA’s office. (His predecessor, R. Seth Williams, is currently in prison after being indicted for bribery, corruption and fraud.) Yet Krasner alienated his entire progressive base after blocking new appeal rights for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist and former Black Panther who was framed for the murder of a cop in 1981.Krasner initially withheld evidence from both the courts and Mumia’s defense attorneys, then released boxes and boxes of previously concealed evidence after, he claims, stumbling across them when looking for office furniture. Only after a massive outcry and organized pressure from Mumia’s supporters did Krasner drop his attempt to block Mumia’s newly granted appellate rights.Krasner also refuses to turn over video footage of the killing of Khalil Lawal, a 31-year-old man from Arlington, Va., who was shot to death by an off-duty police officer in South Philadelphia in 2018. Lawal’s family say surveillance footage clearly shows that he was accosted by white Detective James Powell, who then shot him 15 times at point-blank range. They want the video released to the public.When confronted by advocates for the family at the Netroots Nation conference in July, Krasner compared Black Lives Matter activists to U.S. President Donald Trump, claiming their supposed lies reminded him of the “misinformation” coming out of the White House.Krasner even showed up at the Hill standoff to negotiate personally with Hill and his lawyer. He then bragged to the media that he had offered Hill a “phony” plea bargain to get him to surrender. That means that Krasner—​Philadelphia’s top cop and chief prosecutor—​will argue a case in which he is personally a witness against a defendant whom he personally gave fraudulent legal advice to.How then are we able to confront this racist police force when self-styled “progressives” have proven their eagerness to cooperate with the cops? We must look to the victories we have won, always in spite of politicians. Five of the surviving MOVE 9 members are free because of a decades-long pressure campaign against the parole board and the courts. Mumia Abu-Jamal is no longer on death row because tens of thousands of people marched in the streets to stop his execution. When the people of Durham, N.C., wanted to get rid of a racist statue, they didn’t wait for politicians—​they tore it down themselves. The police are servants of capital who catch poor people and lock them in cages. They use their weapons to protect the right of alt-right neo-Nazis to march across town. Cops are at the service of gentrifiers who push Black and Brown people out of their own homes and of elite students in luxury condos who want to feel “safe” as cops trash our streets and harass our family members. Every day cops walk in and out of Wawa convenience stores to get free coffee and food, while sneering at the homeless people who hold the doors for them and ask for change. Cops humiliate and terrify workers, searching and questioning them on their way home from work or while enjoying a night out. Children don’t know if their parents will be kidnapped by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while they’re at school, and parents stay awake afraid that their kids might get pulled over.Our goal must be the total abolition of ICE, prisons and the police. The only road to abolition is through socialism—​through the reorganization of society based on worker control of production. To protect ourselves from the attack dogs, we must target the people holding their leashes. That means targeting the capitalists.But likewise, socialism cannot be achieved without a keen awareness that capitalists can only maintain their control through white supremacy, by sowing division among workers along racial, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual lines. That’s what cops are really paid to do.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Family Farmers Win Against Animal Rights Groups

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Connecticut’s General Assembly defeated legislation on Thursday that would have banned the use of gestation stalls. A majority of U.S. hog farmers use gestation stalls for pregnant sows, a method approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. The defeat in Connecticut is just one in a series of failed attempts by animal rights groups. National Pork Producers Council President Dr. Howard Hill says wealthy animal-rights groups appear to have a bumpy road ahead of them after so many failed legislative attempts to criminalize farmers for using humane farming practices.He says the legislative power of animal rights groups is waning as state after state stands in favor of local farmers. Home Indiana Agriculture News Family Farmers Win Against Animal Rights Groups By Gary Truitt – May 8, 2014 Previous articleStudy Shows Consumer Confusion Regarding Antibiotic ResistanceNext articleU.S. Navy Secretary at Purdue to Secure Alternative Energy Cooperation Gary Truitt Family Farmers Win Against Animal Rights Groups SHARElast_img read more

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