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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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 General Convention 2012, July 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm It saddens me that those of us who are beneficiaries of that doctrine, can’t seem to realize how much suffering and grief our white oriented prejudices has cost those that were most affected by it. We would all be richer if we just opened our eyes, hearts and minds to the beauty of indigenous, African-American and other oppressed people’s culture and contributions. After teaching for 21 years, I have come to realize that the person who writes the history books is the one who controls its point of view and content. Very sad. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA General Convention, Rector Martinsville, VA Indigenous Ministries John D. Andrews says: Comments (4) Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls By Lynette WilsonPosted Jul 11, 2012 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Gathering laments the Doctrine of Discovery Convention directs dioceses to examine impact Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 12, 2012 at 9:42 am Our prayers are with you. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Red Leaf Singers from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, playing the drum. ENS photo/Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service — Indianapolis] Erma J. Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Nation, stepped to the microphone and told the story of a beautiful young woman who, two weeks after being crowned princess during the nation’s June Pow Wow, hanged herself in her basement.“She’d been sexually abused, raped, and carried all the pain within her, and so she took her life,” said Vizenor, sharing the young woman’s story as an offering “towards awareness and history” during “A Lament Over the Doctrine of Discovery,” a gathering held July 10 at the J.W. Marriott.The three-hour lament began with an hour-long vigil. It then moved into a prayerful gathering with music and reflection in support of a communal process seeking awareness and mutual understanding to acknowledge and lament the tragic consequences of the Doctrine of Discovery in hope for a transformed reality.Sponsored by the Episcopal Church’s offices of Indigenous Ministry, Lifelong Christian Formation, and Social and Economic Justice, the gathering featured the Red Leaf Singers from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and prayers lead by people from native communities nationwide. The Episcopal Church has four dioceses in Indian Country: Alaska, Navajoland Area Mission, and North and South Dakota.Sarah Eagle Heart, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for indigenous ministry, encouraged those present to open themselves to emotion and vulnerability through which they might find truth even though the transition might be painful.“Tonight is a gathering of community. We’ll listen and pray together,” said Eagle Heart. “It will be tough, but we’ll continue to move forward in truth and understanding.”Eagle Heart led the gathering through a prayer for transformation:O God of all Earthbless us into the spiritual callto be agents of unity among all people.Let us not turn aside for the sake of our own comfortor convenience,but let us turn instead to standin support of our brothers and sisters.Let their hope be my hope.Bishop John T. Tarrant, of South Dakota, and Bishop Mark Lattime, of Alaska, July 10 during A Lament Over the Doctrine of Discovery. ENS photo/Lynette WilsonThe “Doctrine of Discovery” refers to international laws, ecclesiastical documents and policies that were understood to set forth the ways colonial powers laid claim to newly discovered territories, beginning in the early 1500s and continuing through the 1700s. The doctrine gave the church’s full blessing and sanction to the colonizing dispossession — and resulting genocide — of the indigenous peoples and lands of the Americas.Under what was called “Manifest Destiny,” it was believed throughout the 19th century that the United States, specifically people of Anglo-Saxon descent, were destined to expand across the continent.The 77th General Convention passed a Resolution A128 directing dioceses to examine the impact of the Doctrine of Discovery.The Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism proposed the resolution, noting in the explanation that it believed a resolution repudiating the doctrine that passed at the 2009 General Convention should extend “to address all people of color who have experienced and continue to experience oppression because of policies and practices grounded [in] the Doctrine of Discovery.”The doctrine, the explanation continued, “sanctioned the slave trade in Africa, and the New World, the killing of indigenous people in the Americas, the forcible placement of native children in residential schools where they were forbidden to speak their own languages, and were physically, emotionally and sexually abused, the taking of native lands and the overall attempt to destroy indigenous cultures.”Asked in an interview with Episcopal News Service earlier in convention what the church’s actions on the doctrine meant to the Native-American population, Deacon Terry Star, said, “Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery is very important to us. But what concerns me [is], black, Hispanic and Asian leaders are supportive and participating in our work, but you don’t see many European Americans, and the discovery affects them as well.“I find that white people find it difficult to accept their historical role in oppression of people of color,” said Star, a deputy of the Diocese of North Dakota and a member of Executive Council.Repudiating the doctrine acknowledges how native people were treated historically and how they are treated today, said Star, who is part of the Standing Rock Episcopal Community of North Dakota.“I may not have been rounded up, given small pox-infected blankets or beaten for speaking my language, but I live with the aftermath,” he said.Before contacted by Europeans in 1492, Native Americans had sophisticated political and education systems and a vibrant culture. Following contact came colonization, displacement and, in some cases, “entire tribes were wiped away,” explained Vizenor.“That’s the history now embedded in the Doctrine of Discovery,” said Vizenor, the first ever woman elected chairman of White Earth Nation, located in Minnesota.Later, she said, came the missionaries deployed to “civilize” and “Christianize” the native people, and in 1789 the first of what later amounted to more than 100 boarding schools, where in some cases children as young as 6 were taken from their families and enrolled, and their language and culture were taken away. These children were not taught academics, Vizenor said, but rather girls were taught home economics and boys trade skills, spending half the day in hard labor.After the boarding schools, came the adoption period from 1950-1970. “Twenty-five percent of our children were adopted out, taken away,” said Vizenor. “Can you imagine the trauma in the home … and the child raised isolated?”The trauma still felt in Native-American communities today, the result of genocide and the destruction of a culture and a people, and continued oppression have lead to despair, hopelessness, high suicide rates and drug and alcohol abuse, Vizenor said.Following passage of General Convention’s 2009 resolution repudiating the doctrine, the Anglican Church of Canada took a similar action in 2010, followed by the World Council of Churches in 2012.Since 2009, the Episcopal Church has produced resources, a video exploring the lasting impact of the doctrine. For Lent 2012, the church issued the third in a series of Lifelong Faith Formation resources for congregations, “Seeking God’s Justice for All,” exposing the Doctrine of Discovery.— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Advocacy Peace & Justice, Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Edith DiTommaso says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest July 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm “I pray that the congregations of the Episcopal Church will take advantage of the resources the church has made available and lead our country into a new and better future for all in America.” Grant, several months ago I was turned down by my priest when I asked to present the Doctrine of Discovery curriculum, as well as an anti-racism curriculum created by the Episcopal Church. So, prayers are needed to get our priests to allow their congregations to become aware of the suffering within our own denomination, so our parishioners can seek God’s guidance on how to go forward, bringing healing, and reconciliation. What will emerge will be a stronger and more relevant Church. Gail Stephens says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ July 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm Grant Abbott,Please tell us what you mean when you call for “repentance” and “real gestures.”I mean, if the Civil War and 14th and 15th Amendments are not acts of repentance for bringing slaves here, what exactly could we do that would be more meaningful to you? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI David Pittelli says: Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments are closed. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY
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October 1, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Television journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze, of the private channel Rustavi 2, was attacked and brutally beaten in the autonomous Republic of Ajaria on 5 March 2004. At least five journalists have fallen victim to similar attacks since the start of the year. Reporters Without Borders urged Georgian President Mikhail Saakachvili to quickly intervene to halt the attacks. News GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia At Kelvachauri, security forces accompanied by armed individuals physically attacked the driver of the Channel 9 crew, Jumber Chevardnadze, and seized tapes from journalist Nata Imedashvili and cameraman Ramaz Jorbenadze.Journalist Nestan Checkhladze, of the privately owned Rustavi 2 channel and his cameraman Baka Sharahenidze were arrested at Makho and their tapes seized.Police also seized footage taken by the privately owned channel Imedi._____Assailants, identified by a witness as belonging to special forces, brutally beat a television journalist on 5 March, in the latest of some dozen incidents of harassment of the media in the autonomous Republic of Ajaria so far this year. Reporters Without Borders called for a halt to the harassment. “The authorities in Ajaria must stop obstructing the work of the media in the region and take the strongest action against those who use violence against journalists,” it said.The attack on Vakhtang Komakhidze, of the programme “60 minutes” on the privately owned television channel Rustavi 2 came after he was pulled over by police as he was driving out of Khelvachauri town in the company of another journalist.Several black-clad men then jumped on him, beat him and seized equipment and documents from both journalists. The police did nothing to stop the attack.His colleague Mzia Amaglobeli of the Adjara weekly Batumelebi, who was not attacked, recognised the assailants as members of a special Adjara service responsible for putting down demonstrations.Komakhidze had been researching a report on alleged corruption by President Aslan Abashidze and his family. The previous evening his cameraman, Dimitri Miasnikov, had been questioned by police in Batumi, the republic’s main town.Reporters Without Borders recorded around a dozen incidents of harassment so far this year.The authorities banned the television channels Rustavi 2 and Imedi from working in the region and in two months five journalists have been physically assaulted and five other arrested. The security forces have done everything possible to prevent the press from covering demonstrations against the president of the republic, who is opposed to new Georgian President Mikhaïl Saakashvili, the organisation said. It urged President Saakashvili to act quickly if the local authorities failed to take the necessary action.Rustavi 2 cameraman Dimitri Miasnikov was arrested in Batumi on 4 March. He was held for one hour in the offices of the interior ministry while police deleted footage he had taken for “60 minutes”.Counter-demonstrators at a demonstration against President Abashidze in Batumi on 20 February set upon television journalists covering the story. Cameraman for Channel 9, Ramaz Jorbenadze, was physically attacked. Nato Imedaishvili, his colleague Diana Trapaidze and Irakli Kifiani of the private channel Imedi, together with Nestan Checkhladze and David Maisuradze of Rustavi 2, were all targeted by the counter-demonstrators and forced to hand over film they had just shot. The demonstrators also threatened to ransack the offices of the weekly Batumelebi.Four armed men burst into the Batumi home of David Gogitauri, cameraman for Imedi on 28 January. They beat him and threatened further reprisals unless he stopped covering political events in Ajaria. They also seized a filmed interview with the mayor of Batumi and son of Aslan Abashidze, Giorgi Abashidze.The same journalist was victim of an earlier attack on 13 January by about 15 unidentified assailants as he was about to interview a man who had been beaten up after hanging from his window the traditional Georgian flag, symbol of the National Movement party of President Mikhaïl Saakashvili. Police targeted Eter Turadze and Mzia Amaglobeli of Batumelebi during a demonstration against the local government in Batumi on 25 January. They snatched and destroyed their equipment. The two journalists had already been beaten up by a gang of around 15 black-clad men as they covered a demonstration in support of Mikhaïl Saakashvili in the village of Gonio. The attackers also seized and damaged their equipment.Police in Batumi roughed up Diana Trapaidze and Nestan Checkhladze on 10 January, when they filmed them in the act of ripping up posters of the Kmara movement. Police accused the journalists of promoting the movement that headed the “rose revolution”. Police also beat Tedo Jorbenadze of Batumelebi. All three journalists were held for nearly one hour.Finally, on 7 and 8 January, the authorities prevented Rustavi 2 journalist Irakli Shetciruli from crossing the republic’s administrative border at Choloki. Receive email alerts GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign July 20, 2020 Find out more Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host to go further News News Follow the news on Georgia Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections Organisation March 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media suffers relentless harassment in autonomous republic of Ajaria Security forces and journalists clashed three more times in Ajaria on 13 March 2004.Police harassed television crews covering the visit of Georgian finance minister Zurab Nogaideli, who filmed the brief detention of the official by the local authorities. Help by sharing this information June 18, 2020 Find out more
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Homepage BannerNews Gardai not ruling out connection between Letterkenny fires DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articlePublic meeting on insurance reform to be held in Finn ValleyNext article47 people awaiting beds at LUH News Highland Gardaí are investigating a shed fire in Letterkenny believe that it was started deliberately. The incident happened in the early hours of Friday morning last in the Glencar Irish area of the town.CCTV has been viewed and a male has been observed on the footage.If anyone was in that area and noticed a lone male in the area around that time and can offer any information then please call Letterkenny Gardaí on 074-9167100.Gardai have confirmed that they are not ruling out a possible connection between this incident and a fire at a construction site in the Long Lane area of the town on the same night. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApp Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ By News Highland – November 5, 2019 Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
KABC-TV(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.) — At least 12 people were killed and at least 10 others injured when a gunman burst into a packed Southern California bar, tossing smoke grenades and firing dozens of rounds, witnesses and authorities said. The lone suspect was found dead inside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, police said. Authorities are working to determine who he is and what his motive may have been. Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran who was about to retire, was among the dozen killed overnight, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Helus was one of the first on the scene and was struck multiple times when he went through the front door, the sheriff’s office said. Police responded to the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just before midnight local time. Hundreds were inside the bar at the time. “The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place,” witness John Hedge told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV. “I saw him point to the back of the cash register and he just kept firing. I ran out the front door.” “I hear chairs being thrown out the window — people were trying to get out of the window,” Hedge said. “I don’t know how I didn’t get shot.” Initial reports from officers said about 30 shots were fired. The Borderline Bar and Grill is a country-themed bar known for its large dance floor and live music events, according to its website. “They were very, very loud gunshots,” college student Erika Sigman told KABC. “There were people in the middle dancing… you hear that and you just know.” “We got down because I heard people screaming, ‘Everyone get down!” she said. “We heard people say, ‘run!’ and we booked it as fast as we could.” “I love this place — it’s our usual hangout. My parents trust me going here,” Sigman told KABC. “It’s very hard to comprehend. I’ve lived here all my life.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Senate Committee Wants More Recent Child Fatality DataJanuary 18, 2019 By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers want the Department of Child Services to provide them with more recent data and in greater detail about the deaths of children statewide.Members of the Senate Family and Children Services committee said Monday they are concerned with outdated fatality data reported by DCS used to support Senate Bill 170. The bill, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would require DCS to report whether a child death occurred within a foster home or after the child was returned to their biological parents.The state releases data on child fatalities every year, but Leising said it does not clearly specify whether a child was in the care of DCS with foster parents or under the supervision of their biological was in the care of DCS with foster parents or under the supervision of their biological was in the care of DCS with foster parents or under the supervision of their biological was in the care of DCS with foster parents or under the supervision of their biological parents.was in the care of DCS with foster parents or under the supervision of their biological parents.She cited data from the state’s most recent annual child fatality report, filed in September 2018, which reported 59 total deaths due to abuse or neglect in 2016 — a decrease from 77 deaths in 2015.Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, supported the bill, but said she is concerned with the gap of time between when DCS reports child fatalities and when they actually occurred. The data is released two years after the death. For example, 2015 data was released in July 2017.Houchin said she isn’t sure how the legislature can react as policymakers while looking at data from two to three years ago.“I don’t think it’s acceptable at all that our data is from 2016, and that’s the most current information we have,” Houchin said.The concern comes from not knowing within a reasonable time if deaths are increasing or decreasing, Houchin said. She proposed adding a reporting deadline for DCS to file the number of fatalities. Leising said she was also surprised by the two-to three-year gap in the data.DCS did not appear to testify at the committee meeting Monday. Kristi Cundiff, CEO of the Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents advocacy group, testified in support of the bill, calling on lawmakers to hold DCS accountable.“We can’t wait and get results down the road,” Cundiff said.“We have way too many children that are dying because of lack of accountability and lack of follow-up.”SB 170 passed the Senate Family and Children Services committee unanimously Monday. Leising said she plans to talk to DCS about adding an amendment to the bill that would create a reporting deadline.“I don’t want to see any child die in Indiana,” Leising said. “I just want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect kids that live in vulnerable situations.”The committee also heard Senate Bill 258 Monday. The bill, authored by Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, would ban registered sex offenders from providing individual childcare services.Mrvan said he realized this was not covered in existing Indiana law when a registered sex offender in his district publicized his own babysitting service.Current law prevents sexually violent predators from working for a childcare company, but not from running an individual business. The bill would add language to prohibit registered sex offenders from providing their own childcare services.“When I heard of [the advertisement], I thought it was the most horrible thing in the world,” Mrvan said.SB 258 also passed unanimously. Both bills will go the Senate for action.FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Product quality and provenance are becoming increasingly important to retailers and consumers. Yet, for some suppliers, the sourcing of raw ingredients comes well down the list when formulating products.There is now much greater consumer understanding of the provenance of food and a higher level of expectation that companies will provide top-quality products using the best raw materials. No company is exempt. It is no longer acceptable to treat ingredients as the lowest common denominator when producing food products.As producers of British Lion Quality egg products, we undertook detailed research into this area recently and the results show that consumers expect the eggs used in manufactured products to be both British and of the highest quality. Consumer consciousness over product provenance has steadily gathered pace for several years, and our research showed that some 80% were prepared to vote with their pockets and buy products on the strength of their ingredients. Suppliers that do not use British eggs within traditionally British foods risk alienating consumers, who may feel they have been misled.In recent years, there have been a number of issues associated with eggs and feed, including dioxins, nitrofurans and medical residues. The Lion Quality scheme’s robust Code of Practice ensures that these risks are minimised. Lion Quality egg products are produced to the highest standards in Europe. Standards include feed controls, vaccination of the laying flock against salmonella, full traceability and additional food safety controls.But it’s not just about avoiding a negative consumer reaction; there are some very positive benefits that can be gained from using high-quality ingredients. Lion Quality egg products ensure buyers are guaranteed a top-quality British product, produced to the highest standards of food safety. Consumers want to buy British, so why not make a virtue of the fact that you are using British ingredients?As an industry, we are in discussions with a number of organisations about promoting ’British’ on-pack. Some companies, such as McDonald’s and Aunt Bessie’s, have already used the Lion mark in their own marketing campaigns. The mark has consumer awareness of 86%, by far the highest for any food quality mark, so suppliers can capitalise on its recognition.There is also increasing concentration on carbon footprints and local sourcing. Massive media interest in this area again provides potential pitfalls, but also huge opportunities. Today’s consumers expect transparency as a matter of course. There is no longer such a thing as ’just an ingredient’. Manu-facturers need to think in terms of whole product provenance and deliver what the consumer wants.Forward-thinking manufacturers should capitalise on changing consumer expectations, deliver high-quality products that use the best ingredients and turn this into a marketing advantage, by leaving the consumer in no doubt as to the product’s provenance. Lion Quality egg products may just provide that essential ingredient.l Clive Frampton is chairman of the British Egg Products Association