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Episcopal leaders, congregations offer pastoral responses in wake of Kavanaugh…

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia is preparing a video response for sexual assault survivors, with the message, “Our doors are open.” The congregation hopes to release the video in the next day or two.Last week, the hearings also sparked a more pointed response, in the form of a letter to the editor, from hundreds of female Episcopal clergy members, who objected to quotes in a Sept. 17 New York Times story by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, an Episcopal priest, expressing sympathy for Kavanaugh.“I just feel so terribly sorry for Kavanaugh and what he’s going through,” Danforth, a Missouri Republican, told the Times. “Here’s a man who’s had just a marvelous reputation as a human being and now it’s just being trashed. I felt the same way about Clarence.” Danforth was a senator during the 1991 confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, who faced sexual harassment allegations from law professor Anita Hill.“No one, not least a priest of the church, should publicly shame, blame or question the motives of women who step forward to report instances of sexual abuse,” the letter to the New York Times says. It was submitted by a Missouri priest with 327 additional names attached.“Those in ordained ministry are called to display Christ’s love for both accuser and accused, fulfilling the baptismal promise to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being,” the letter says.Danforth shot back in an email to Episcopal News Service, saying the letter’s characterizations “bear no resemblance to anything I have ever said or thought. … I believe that both the accused and the accuser should be heard.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Kavanaugh, now 53, called this and other allegations “a calculated and orchestrated political hit” by Democrats.The Council of Churches also raised concerns about “several misstatements and some outright falsehoods” in Kavanaugh’s testimony. “Moreover, Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive judicial and political record is troubling with regard to issues of voting rights, racial and gender justice, health care, the rights of people with disabilities, and environmental protections.”Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Budde issued her own statement about the hearings on Oct. 2, highlighting the regrettable prevalence of sexual assault and offering pastoral support for victims.“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony last week opened another floodgate of memories for women and men who have experienced sexual trauma,” Budde said. “Many now feel emboldened to tell of their experiences, and thank God for that. Others do not because they know it’s not safe.”Budde also referred to the Episcopal Church’s efforts to atone for its past failures to protect victims of harassment, exploitation and abuse, including those within the church. The church’s efforts have coincided with the rise of the #MeToo movement, in which women have gone public with their own stories of harassment, assault and sexual misconduct, including by prominent men.The House of Bishops held a “Liturgy of Listening” in Austin, Texas, on July 4 during the 79th General Convention to share stories from victims of sexual misconduct perpetrated by someone in the church, chosen from 40 stories submitted in response to the bishops’ request for reflections.“Added to their trauma was shame,” Budde said this week, “for they were both violated and left to feel somehow at fault for what had happened to them.” Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Kavanaugh, a federal Court of Appeals judge, had appeared headed for easy confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate, with supporters describing him as one of the most qualified nominees to be picked for the nation’s highest court. The allegations made by Blasey Ford threw the confirmation into question, with two more women coming forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was young. Kavanaugh denied all the allegations.Republicans need to be nearly unified in the Senate to approve Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. After pressure from Democrats and one key Republican, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Senate Republicans asked for a supplementary FBI investigation into the allegations against the judge. The report from that investigation was completed and submitted to the Senate on Oct. 4, setting up a procedural vote on Oct. 5. A final vote could come in a matter of days.It wasn’t yet clear what evidence, if any, the FBI may have found. “We’ve seen no additional corroborating information,” Flake told reporters Oct. 4.“I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” Budde said. “I also believe that Judge Kavanaugh, like anyone who stands accused, deserves a fair process in response to such allegations. Regardless of whether Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment is ultimately confirmed, I am certain that the country will look back on these past weeks as a watershed moment. We will long remember the time when survivors like Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and others inspired by her bravery resolved to speak of their abuse and hold the perpetrators of sexual violence accountable.”Delaware Bishop Kevin Brown also released a statement Oct. 3 offering support for victims of sexual assault.“All of this very public conversation has heightened our awareness around sexual assault and it has led us into a time of much needed and long overdue debate and conversation about sexual assault in our country,” Brown said. “For many of us, the conversation is about someone else, but for many of us, this is not an abstraction. This is a reality. The percentage of Americans touched by sexual assault is stunningly high.”Some Episcopal congregations have responded to this heightened awareness by planning worship and other outreach to offer comfort for victims and those who support them.All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta scheduled a Service of Lament and Remembrance at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 to “offer a shared space for those who have been particularly affected in a personal way by the events of the last week in Washington during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing,” the Rev. Simon Mainwaring, rector, said in an online announcement.“We recognize that these are pain-filled memories that we are seeking to tend to, yet we believe that as a community that knows how to love one another well we can draw strength from one another,” Mainwaring said. Rector Albany, NY last_img read more

Nominet Trust reveals 2016’s top 100 tech for good projects

first_img Nominet Trust has unveiled the 2016 NT100: its ranking of the top 100 social innovations using digital technology to drive social change around the world.Now in its fourth year, this year’s NT100 also recognises Everyday Tech Heroes: people with first-hand experience of the challenges they are tackling with technology. One third of this year’s top 100 fall into this category, while overall the 100 projects tackle 10 social challenges across 65 countries.Inclusion (social, digital and financial) is the most dominant challenge addressed, featuring in 29 of the 100 projects, with a particular focus on people living with disability. 13 of the projects focus on improving access to services for disabled people, while 12 focus on digital inclusion: a record number for the NT100.Health, with 20 projects compared to 31 in 2015, is the second most represented challenge tackled by the 2016 NT100, followed by better humanitarian response, tackled in 11 projects.Projects include ShareTheMeal, an app that lets people donate via mobile to specific United Nations World Food Programmes, online sharing network WeCount that allows Seattle residents to respond to homeless people’s needs and donate basic items like clothing and personal hygiene items, and The Level Market (pictured), which aims to provide a Amazon-like service adapted to aid workers’ needs to enable them to help crisis survivors faster, and which has plans for a donation feature that will let people select products on an NGO’s wish list and purchase them directly.Vicki Hearn, director of Nominet Trust said:“In our fourth year of the NT100, we have discovered 700 more social tech innovations from across the globe. It is truly inspiring to know that so many entrepreneurs from all walks of life are embracing digital technology as a force for social good.“Our recognition of Everyday Tech Heroes this year shows that you don’t have to have influence and a big budget to play an inspirational role. With the right tech tools and a powerful desire to change the status quo, these heroes are tackling some of the world’s most pressing social challenges – starting with the ones on their own doorsteps.”Nominet Trust selected the NT100 following a three-month period of research and public nominations. 700 were nominated, and shortlisted projects were then reviewed by a panel of organisations including: Big Lottery Fund, Cancer Research UK, Comic Relief, Nominet, Oxfam, Telefonica O2 and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Advertisement Melanie May | 23 December 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16  66 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16  65 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Nominet Trust reveals 2016’s top 100 tech for good projects Tagged with: Digital Technology About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Mexican man dies in Border Patrol custody after crossing US-Mexico border

first_imgPhototreat/iStock(MCALLEN, Texas) — A Mexican man died at a McAllen, Texas, hospital Monday while in Border Patrol custody after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas earlier this month, officials said.The cause of death remains unknown, according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Monday night.The unnamed 45-year-old man died at the McAllen Medical Center where he was admitted on Feb. 3 for what was initially diagnosed as cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure, the release said.“This loss of life is tragic. Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones. CBP remains committed to ensuring the safe and humane treatment of those within the care of our custody,” Andrew Meehan, CBP’s Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, said in a statement.The agency said that the man requested medical attention when was taken into custody on Feb. 2 for illegal re-entry into the U.S. near the Roma Port of Entry, about 55 miles west of McAllen. The man was returned to the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station after he “was cleared to travel” by the Mission Regional Medical Center, officials said.The next day, he was brought to the McAllen Medical Center after a welfare check showed that he needed medical attention, according to the CBP statement.This man is the third person to die in CBP custody in as many months.In Dec. 2018, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl and an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died in CBP custody.Following the second death, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told ABC’s This Week that the deaths were “absolutely devastating for us.”CBP said that in accordance to agency policy, CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility has initiated a review.The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and the Mexican Government have all been notified of the man’s death. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK faces workforce gaps due to skills shortages

first_img Previous Article Next Article A Government study released last week warns of acute skills shortage inBritish industry in the coming decade. Skills minister John Healey predicts that thousands of jobs could be leftvacant because the UK workforce does not have the skills to fill them. The joint report, by the DfES and the Learning and Skills Council, claimsone in 10 employers are already experiencing shortages. Staff retirement isexpected to create five times more job openings as opposed to new vacancies bythe end of the decade. “Much more needs to be done to improve our performance in informationtechnology, numeracy and management,” Healey told employers in London lastweek at the City and Guilds National Conference. “We could end up with thousands of jobs in key sectors being vacantbecause we simply do not have enough people with the right skills to dothem.” The report also shows that adults working in the UK spend very little timeon training, despite the demand for skills having risen across all occupations.However, the proportion of the workforce in managerial and professionaloccupations has increased from a third in 1991 to 37 per cent in 1999, and thepercentage of people without any qualifications has decreased by 5 per centsince 1995 to 11 per cent. www.homeoffice.gov.uk Comments are closed. UK faces workforce gaps due to skills shortagesOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USA: Lockheed Martin Wins Role on C4ISR Services Contract

first_img View post tag: role View post tag: Navy March 1, 2011 The U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) selected Lockheed Martin  as one of four companies that will compete for task orders to enhance situational awareness on U.S. Navy ships, submarines and shore stations. The three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has an $831 million ceiling value, with one two-year option period that potentially raises the ceiling value to $1.375 billion. The SPAWAR customer will use the contract to install and operationally certify Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems on Navy vessels and stations on the East and West Coasts as well as at multiple overseas locations. Of the four companies selected for the contract, Lockheed Martin is the only non-incumbent.“The situational awareness that comes with C4ISR capability is critical to successful mission execution,” said Carey Smith, vice president of Technical Services, Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics. “Lockheed Martin is proud to support efforts that will strengthen this awareness, which is truly the backbone of warfare intelligence.”This win expands the scope of work Lockheed Martin performs for SPAWAR. The Corporation supports SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific through engineering, fabrication, installation, logistics and administrative support, design, testing and evaluation, and rapid prototype development. It also manages the acquisition of commercial-off-the-shelf items utilized in turnkey operations of sophisticated electronics and communications equipment and systems.Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.[mappress]Source: Lockheed Martin, March 1, 2011 View post tag: C4ISR View post tag: services USA: Lockheed Martin Wins Role on C4ISR Services Contract View post tag: Lockheed View post tag: contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Lockheed Martin Wins Role on C4ISR Services Contract View post tag: Martin View post tag: wins Share this articlelast_img read more

Dear Assemblywoman Jimenez

first_imgDear Editor:I knew it would happen – Predicting Politicians is a no-brainer. I had scheduled a meeting to meet with your director after repeated attempts to meet with you personally concerning numerous letters I’ve written without any answers. The letters all addressed issues that face the citizens of NJ in the 32nd Legislative District and specifically here in North Bergen. But just as I opened this letter – “Predictment” came true, the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 1 PM was cancelled a few hours before the meeting. Not surprising at all to me – for after dealing with politicians for over 45 years, I knew the meeting would be cancelled – for a time I already had another appointment. Why did I know this? Answer that as you may – it means that I want to meet with our duly elected “by the people” representative of the 32nd Legislative District of NJ – not with her director of communications or anyone else.Purposes of meeting with duly elective representatives of the people are many – which all point to the duties and responsibilities of every American citizen “to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” And that relationship between constituent and representative in particular works wholeheartedly to benefit the general welfare of all the people. But you, Ms. Jimenez, do not answer emails, faxes, phone calls (only by assistants), or letters, nor do you hold town hall meetings. Then what recourse do the people have to get answers?Just as our Founding Fathers framed in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, I must ask you a most very important question – how do we establish a “more perfect Union” if the people cannot correspond with the representatives? PREAMBLE TO U.S. CONSTITUTION “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. And if we ever meet we could discuss what gouverneur Morris and James Madison meant by “a more perfect Union.”Thank you,John Amatolast_img read more

California dreaming for prize winners

first_imgChester based-bakers craft bakery P&A Davies teamed up with California Raisins at a local Chester radio station, DEE 106.3, to help publicise California Raisins’ £1,000 prize trip to the USA.P&A Davies was promoting its hot cross buns, made using California Raisins, in a live radio interview between Simon Hazlett, managing director at P&A Davies and Peter Meadows, marketing director at California Raisins, and DJ Mike James.James mentioned the promotion, which California Raisins is running, offering consumers purchasing 4-packs of the hot cross buns the chance to win a holiday to the US worth £1,000.Each pack features a sticker containing competition questions plus a tie break for the chance to win. The competition will be judged a week after Easter.Meanwhile, in the same week, California Raisins presented Nottingham resident, Lily Buck, with a cheque for her £1,000 prize holiday to California, after she won California Raisins’ Christmas competition, featured on boxes of Dawsons Bakery’s Indulgent Mince Pies.The promotion took place in all 13 Nottinghamshire Asda and Walmart stores with 17,000 packs sold over the four week Christmas period featuring on-pack stickers.Meadows said: “A similar promotion is being discussed for Christmas 2009 on the back of the success of 2008.”last_img read more

Birds Bakery pushes ahead with investment plans

first_imgDerby-based Birds Bakery is pushing ahead with its investment programme after closing three stores in Derby and Nottingham as leases end.Birds, which now has 60 stores across the East Midlands and employs 800 people, had planned the closures in the run up to the stores’ lease renewals.The chain is still investing in other stores and will be carrying out refits as well as adding new equipment at its Derby-based bakery.Lesley Bird, director and COO said: “Our tiny shop at The Poultry in Nottingham was always planned for closure – given that we opened a much larger, more modern shop in Lister Gate. We still have two shops operating in Nottingham city centre for our customers.”In Derby, the Birds’ Irongate store has closed because it has reached the end of its lease. Birds in Walbrook Road has also been closed since lockdown and has not reopened as the lease was also coming to an end.“We have worked closely with our teams, are speaking to staff regularly, and have moved a number of our staff to other stores,” said Bird.“The changes we have made have been planned for some time. While we have three stores affected by lease renewals, we are still looking at refits to other stores. We are still investing heavily in our bakery and retail outlets.”Birds has two remaining stores in Derby city centre – Albert Street, and Crown Walk, and its bakery shop in Ascot Drive.At the start of lockdown, Birds introduced its click and collect and home delivery services and these have proved successful, it said.last_img read more

The lifeline of endowment aid

first_imgSarah Winn’s dream of becoming a teacher came true at Harvard, which she attended with help from the University’s generous financial aid program. She is far from alone. Last year Harvard set a financial aid record, distributing $414 million in grant assistance to students across the University.“There’s no way I would have been able to go to Harvard if it was not for financial aid. Finances were a huge factor in my college decision,” said Winn ’14, who now teaches English to 10th-graders at Cristo Rey Philadelphia, a private high school serving low-income students. In college, Winn also became a certified teacher through Harvard’s Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, an initiative, like financial aid, that is backed in part by the University’s endowment.But officials in higher education fear that success stories such as Winn’s could be threatened by congressional lawmakers’ plans to overhaul the federal tax code. In an effort to pay for $1.5 trillion in proposed tax cuts included in a bill unveiled Thursday in the U.S. House, Republican leaders proposed a 1.4 percent tax on the charitable endowment earnings of private universities that have endowments larger than $100,000 per student.Education experts argue that such a tax proposal threatens both financial aid and research and reflects a common misunderstanding of how charities and endowments work. They say the tax  would undercut critical research funding and weaken key financial aid programs that support students for whom college would otherwise be unaffordable. Annual proceeds from Harvard’s endowment, for example, form the largest source of revenue that funds the University’s operations — from undergraduate financial aid to faculty salaries and labs, thereby enabling Harvard to achieve its teaching and research mission.Experts say that endowments, instead of being giant checking accounts in which nonprofit institutions hoard cash, are made up of hundreds or thousands of individual gifts, the value of which is required to be maintained at inflation-adjusted levels in perpetuity. Universities like Harvard only can spend a portion of the annual investment proceeds, and only on the purposes designated by the original donors. Universities are public charities and are tax-exempt because of their educational mission. The congressional proposal for the first time would impose taxes on an operating charity.Experts across the country voiced their concern over the proposed tax.Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities, which represents 62 leading U.S. research universities, praised congressional efforts to simplify the nation’s tax code but warned of the harm that this new tax on educational institutions could cause.Harvard scholars, administrators, and alumni echoed those fears.“In the current environment of low returns, Harvard’s endowment is fully stretched supporting the teaching and research mission of the University and meeting the financial needs of our students,” said John Y. Campbell, Harvard’s Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics. “Taxation of endowments would jeopardize those activities, both here and at other universities.”Harvard President Drew Faust expressed concern that taxing endowments would harm students and faculty and could impact critical programs and initiatives.“Taxing college and university endowments would have devastating effects on students and faculty,” said Faust. “Harvard’s endowment is what fuels our excellence, our affordability for students of modest means, our commitment to discovery, and our impact in the world. This measure would disadvantage universities in the charitable sector, and — in targeting universities — weaken the nation’s strongest contributors to medical cures, economic innovation, job creation, scholarship, and access to higher education for students of all economic backgrounds who will shape our future.“Harvard’s endowment is not locked away in some chest,” Faust added. “It is at work in the world. Endowment proceeds fund nearly 40 percent of the University’s operations, with nearly a quarter spent directly on financial aid. The balance funds labs, professors, and libraries — and helps enhance affordability for students. A tax on university endowments is really a tax on the people who make up these institutions and the work they do: donors, alumni, staff, students, and faculty. We will continue to work assiduously to make clear why this would be such a destructive measure.”Much of the research conducted at Harvard is aimed at the world’s most-pressing challenges. Its endowment, for example, is an important source of funding for the new Data Science Initiative, a University-wide program that supports efforts in which researchers produce and analyze information, including massive data sets generated from science, engineering, social sciences, and medicine. By applying the theory and practice of statistics and computer science, the initiative aims to make processing and understanding vast quantities of data possible.Rick McCullough, Harvard’s vice provost for research, said, “Endowment funds combined with an important gift enabled us to launch the Data Science Initiative.”More than half of Harvard research involves the life sciences and carries important implications for the health and future of many people, including through advances in therapeutics and the ability to treat diseases, said McCullough. He said taxing the endowment would add “another hindrance to people’s ability to do their research.”“It means there would be fewer people working on these problems, and the pace at which discovery is made will be slowed. One could argue that that’s fine, but on the other hand if you look at what other countries are doing, they are doubling down on their research support. China in particular is becoming increasingly more competitive because its investment in research and development has skyrocketed, while the United States has been slowly decreasing. That translates into discovery, which then translates into economic and technological competitiveness for our country.”Harvard alumni have played a critical role in helping to build the University’s endowment. In 2014, philanthropist Kenneth Griffin ’89 gave $150 million to Harvard, principally to support its financial aid program. That gift benefits hundreds of undergraduates every year.“It is extremely important that students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn to solve complex problems, and ultimately better our world,” Griffin told the Gazette in 2014. “My goal with this gift is to help ensure that Harvard’s need-blind admission policy continues, and that our nation’s best and brightest have continued access to this outstanding institution.” Griffin described the gift as “an investment in the next generation of leaders as we continue to break down barriers to an outstanding education.”Looking back at her own path through Harvard to teaching, Winn said realizing that she could graduate without a mass of debt influenced her career choice, and she now can pass along her good fortune to others.“Certainly I would have been forced to think more critically or make different decisions about what teaching jobs I was able to look for and accept if I had more loans than I do now,” said Winn. “It would have narrowed places that I could have applied for teaching jobs, and potentially the ability to teach.”Harvard’s financial aid “was extremely important and a huge benefit to my life.”last_img read more

Reed Blames Polosi, Schumer For Lack Of New Stimulus Package

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) kidTruant / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 WASHINGTON — While Congressman Tom Reed was hopeful the federal government could reach a deal on a new stimulus package, he now says politics took precedence over patriotism.“In my personal opinion, it is clear to me now, I was hopeful that she (Speaker Nancy Pelosi) was sincere and that she was going to cut a deal for the American people and would negotiate in good faith,” Reed said during a teleconference on Wednesday.“It is clear to me that it was Pelosi and (Sen. Charles) Schumer showing their true cards that they were never going to do a deal because they were putting politics first.”Unless something dramatic happens in the next few days, a deal, if one can even be struck, won’t likely be on the table again until February, Reed said. He explained that the election and possible changes in the presidency, the Senate and the House, would delay negotiations while lawmakers got the lay of the land.As for the upcoming election, Reed said he would not be surprised to see a very close presidential race that won’t be decided without court action.“You’re probably going to have to go through some recanvasing and you’re going to have to go through all the litigation that’s associated with it and so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a Bush-Gore scenario,” Reed said.last_img read more