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Share KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Monday 20 December 2010 7:22 pm Tags: NULL YESMARK SERWOTKA, PCSAT yesterday’s meeting with David Cameron, I raised the issue of public sector pensions. Mr Cameron said he was “happy” to look at a process for future discussion, but on the specific issue of the change from the RPI to CPI index for public sector pensions he said flatly it was non-negotiable.It is always worth unions talking to the government of the day – for my union, representing civil servants, it is a necessity because the government is our employer.Our first choice is always to negotiate and come to an agreement. But faced with a refusal to talk on an issue that represents a massive cut in the value of pensions and is of major concern to public sector workers, you have to question the intentions and the value of meetings like this one.If Cameron’s government will not agree to meaningful negotiations, then all the cordiality and the fine words are for nothing, and have the effect of inviting industrial and legal action.The key issue for us has always been, what must be done to oppose the government’s cuts and how to unite not just trade unions but other campaigners and communities.The Unite union’s general secretary Len McCluskey called it right when he said the cuts are politically motivated and we have to oppose them all. We can not and will not allow ourselves to be drawn into accepting cuts to welfare, attacks on public services, mass job losses, and cuts to pay and pensions, with the occasional promise of tea and a cosy chat in Downing Street.The coming year will undoubtedly see more protests on our streets and PCS is committed to playing its part to help build on what is already a promising movement against the cuts.Mark Serwotka is general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services UnionNODAVID BRADLEY, DLA PIPERTHE annual reference to a winter of discontent is being rolled out again, but this year it appears to be gaining some traction. According to Len McCluskey the newly appointed leader of the UK’s largest union, Unite, protesting students can act as a role model for workers fearing the consequences of government cuts to the public purse.Recent surveys, including one of over 500 employers by DLA Piper, suggest there is a concern about the level of disruption in the next 12 months but what we are seeing here is a call to arms at a political level and across a number of different employers. This may be easier said than done.The first thing to keep in mind is the vast difference between “protest” and “strike” action. Strikes are a breach of contract for employees and a civil wrong by trade unions, both of which could lead to serious employment and financial consequence unless excused by regulations around balloting and notification.The premise for any form of industrial action is that it arises from a genuine trade dispute. To gain exemption from legal action any union(s) seeking to co-ordinate strikes across various employers will have to show “cause”, not in general but specific to their members with their employer. Whilst this threshold is capable of being met against a backdrop of redundancies, unions will need to be careful to pay attention to the detail and the “real reason” for the dispute. “Political” strikes are not legal under UK law and could expose unions to damages claims or employees to action for breach of contract.Unless the unions fund (it is not cheap) and organise protected strike action and negotiate the complexity of the law, what are they left with? Protest? All well and good and possibly quite effective, but workers are simply not as flexible as students when it comes to organising the time to do so. Neither do students suffer deductions in pay and disruption to benefits as a consequence of their actions. Employers will be well advised to communicate with workers their policy relating to time off and absence if there is a groundswell of threatened protest and action. The second key issue to bear in mind is that public sector disputes are often incapable of being resolved between trade union and employee on one side and the employer on the other. Why? Because the employer is subject to a funding decision and process that is different from the private sector. The “real” dispute is with the funder: the government. The unions cannot negotiate with the real decision makers. This brings us back to the distinction between protest and lawful and protected industrial action and the truth is that one is far easier to organise than the other, and with far fewer consequences for all those involved.David Bradley is a partner and head of employment law at DLA Piper LLP
Codere announces refinancing deal with bondholders Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Codere has shored up its financial position through the announcement of a financing agreement for €250m (£227.4m/$285.1m) with existing bondholders.The Spanish-listed group – which credit rating agency S&P Global recently said was at risk of defaulting on its debts – has come to a lock-up agreement with bondholders for a first tranche of €85m at an interest rate of 12.75%. The interest rate will then be reduced to 10.75% once certain modifications have been implemented.The deal also includes a second tranche of €165m with an interest rate of 10.75%, subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions. The bonds would mature on 30 September, 2023.Codere said the agreement circumvents the possibility of non-payment of a previous issue of guaranteed bonds, in November 2016, for an amount of €500m at 6.75% and $300m at 7.625%, maturing in November 2021. Under the lock-up agreement these bonds will now mature on 1 November, 2023, with the new interest rates almost double those agreed previously.The issue and the refinancing agreement will be proposed for approval on 30 July, at a Codere shareholders’ meeting in Madrid.The stock market responded favourably to Codere’s announcement, with its share price up an initial 20% earlier today (14 July). The share price is currently up by 6.7% to €1.59 compared to the start of Monday (13 July).S&P Global last month downgraded Codere for the fourth time in eight months, stating that the group was at serious risk of defaulting on its debts in the coming six months.S&P downgraded the operator’s credit rating to CCC-, with high levels of debts putting pressure on liquidity and agreements with creditors. The agency also noted that Codere’s bonds have been trading consistently below par, but added there is potential for restructuring or refinancing actions over the medium term.Codere in February revealed a 5.9% year-on-year decline in revenue for 2019, after growth in European markets was offset by currency fluctuations hitting the contribution from its Argentinean business.Codere in May also reported that revenue fell 21.3% to €278.5m in the first quarter of 2020, while a combination of retail shutdowns resulting from novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and exchange rate fluctuations contributed to losses rising to €97.1m. 14th July 2020 | By contenteditor Codere has shored up its financial position through the announcement of a financing agreement for €250m with existing bondholders. Finance Topics: Finance Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) 2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLafarge Cement Zimbabwe manufactures and distributes cement and allied products for the building industry. Formerly known as Circle Cement, the company is a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group. The cement product range includes Portland composite cement which is the cement used in beams, foundations and load-bearing structures; Supaset, used by concrete brick makers and homebuilders; Masonry cement, used for general construction work such as screed flooring, brick and mortar and plastering mortar. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe also sells a range of allied products which include washed sand, 6-mm stones, 20-millitre stones and crusher run. Specialised products include Agricultural lime, Colorbrite and Snolime, pre-sanded Cemwash and Impermo. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 The Macau Protestant Chapel, aka the “Morrison Chapel.” ENS photo/Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service] A small white chapel of Western design sits amid the high-rise residential buildings of Macau, a former Portuguese colony now administered by the People’s Republic of China. Popularly known as the “Morrison Chapel” in honor of Scotsman and Presbyterian minister Rev. Robert Morrison, the first missionary to land in the region in 1807 and the first to translate and publish the Bible in Chinese, it was the first Protestant chapel built on Chinese soil.From there, Protestant Christianity spread throughout China.“This is where the gospel came to the Chinese,” said the Rev. Stephen Durie, an Anglican priest and pastor of the chapel, officially christened a century ago as a nondenominational House of God, during a tour of the grounds in late February.Christianity actually first reached mainland China in the seventh century during the Tang dynasty but didn’t begin to flourish until the 19th century. Later, in 1949, Mao Zedong banned the religion following the Chinese Revolution. It didn’t resurge until after his death in 1976 and the end of the Cultural Revolution. Now, with the communist central government’s sanction and oversight, Protestant Christianity has spread dramatically, manifesting in an unprecedented post-denominational, independent fashion.And the Chinese government wants to work with the Episcopal Church, said Peter Ng, the church’s global partnerships officer for Asia and the Pacific, in an interview with ENS in China. “The government sees the Episcopal Church as a relevant voice in modern society.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Minister Wang Zuo’an during a meeting at SARA’s headquarters. ENS photo/Lynette WilsonDuring a recent three-week visit to Anglican Communion provincial churches and Episcopal churches in Asia, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori visited China at the invitation of the China Christian Council (CCC) and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). She attended meetings in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing, where she met with the minister of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), the Chinese government agency that oversees religious practice.Jefferts Schori’s visit marked the first time a presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church met with government officials in China.In the United States, the problem is “there are many bishops and not many believers,” joked Minister Wang Zuo’an in Mandarin through an interpreter. “In China, [there are] so many believers who can’t find a bishop.”Wang’s joke rings true for the Chinese church; the dramatic increase in Christians over a short time has challenged it to train pastors adequately and acquire land, especially in densely populated urban areas, on which to build churches. And it has challenged the atheist government to protect the rights of Christians, as well as other believers and nonbelievers.Wang singled out having enough “properly trained pastors” as the biggest problem the church faces. “If there are no good pastors during the process of development, great problems will happen,” he said. Christianity’s rapid development in China has drawn much attention from nonbelievers, and it’s important for Christians “to set a good example,” he added.The CCC must not only find its own way to develop, but also look toward others and learn from their development, said Wang.The CCC and TSPM form the official, government-sanctioned Protestant church in China. (“Three-Self” stands for self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating.) TSPM serves as a liaison between churches and government, while CCC focuses on church affairs.SARA serves as a bridge between religion and the central government and coordinates relationships among religions to make them all equal, said Wang. Besides overseeing the TSPM, SARA also oversees the four other sanctioned religious groups: Muslims; Roman Catholics, of which the government’s Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, not the pope, is the supreme authority; Buddhists; and Taoists.“That is another phenomenon in China … there’s more harmony between religious and nonreligious people. When conflicts do happen, an organization like SARA is needed to safeguard the lawful rights of people,” said Wang. In China’s history, he added, meaning since 1949 and the formation of the People’s Republic, there have been no religious wars or conflicts, nor one dominant religion. Recently, however, he said, Muslim populations have clashed in the western part of the country.During her four-day visit to China, Jefferts Schori met with the minister of SARA and attended meetings with church leaders; Nanjing Union Theological Seminary faculty; and staff from the Amity Foundation, a faith-based social service provider.“I think it was a very important learning experience for us, from the sublime to the ridiculous, figuring out the differences between CCC and TSPM,” said Jefferts Schori in an interview with ENS after leaving China. “It’s also very helpful to talk to people face-to-face because we deal with many caricatures of what China is like and what the religious environment in China is like. And I think we got a much more nuanced view of what it means to be a Christian in China today.”During her meeting with SARA, Wang said that the churches and governments of China and the United States should strengthen their relationships through the continued exchange of information, and “the Chinese church and America, especially the Episcopal Church, should have an understanding and support each other,” he said.Jefferts Schori explained to Wang and his staff that one of the roles of the Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations is listening to the cares, concerns and perspectives of the faith community in relation to the government, and that it also exists to challenge the government.“Part of the role of the Episcopal Church is to promote harmony and peace in society … and to bring peace on earth in our own day,” she said. “And to challenge our own government in the ways it builds or doesn’t build peace.”That includes very delicate international situations, such as implementing a two-state solution in the Middle East, where a peaceful solution’s impact would be felt around the world, she said. Similarly, peace on the Korean peninsula would have a positive regional impact, she said.Before visiting China, Jefferts Schori visited the Episcopal Church in South Korea, where her colleagues expressed concern for North Korean refugees in China being sent back to North Korea.“Our faith teaches us that large governments need to build peace in places that they have the ability to do so,” she told Wang and his staff, adding that the church sees itself as prophetic. “[Together] the faith community and governments have a much greater capacity to build peace around the world. And we seek partnerships in that work wherever we can find them.”Unlike some religious groups in the United States, the Episcopal Church understands itself as empowering people of faith to take their place in society and “function as whole people,” said Jefferts Schori.Christianity no longer an ‘alien’ religionThe former Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in Shanghai. ENS photo/Lynette WilsonWithin Chinese society, churches existed before 1949; after that year and the Korean War, when all the missionaries left, there were Chinese churches, the Rev. Kan Baoping, CCC general secretary, during a meeting in Shanghai. The council and TSPM share a headquarters there on the campus of the former Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral, which is in the process of being restored.“All of a sudden the church lost all its resources, and after that we understood what the church is in China,” said Kan. The Three-Self movement was born in the early 1950s to bridge the gap between church and state, he said.During that decade, TSPM began to embrace Christianity as an indigenous religion, and all Protestant worship became nondenominational. In 1978, China’s constitution was modified to guarantee the freedom of religion, with some exceptions. The CCC formed in 1980.“Some people overseas may not understand why the church in China focuses on the Three-Self principles,” said Gao Feng, CCC’s president, in Mandarin through an interpreter. “In the 1950s, Three-Self was initiated by Christian leaders. Before that, many churches in China had already called for independence.”Between 1840-1842, he elaborated, Western forces invaded China and adopted “patronage” treaties that protected the rights of missionaries. These treaties were negotiated between China and the British Empire after the First Opium War, which began in 1839 as a result of trade disputes and poor diplomatic relations.“Chinese people thought [the treaties] were a big humiliation to the dignity of the nation of China and hated the Western military powers and missionaries from other countries,” said Gao.From there, he explained, Christians recognized the importance of starting an independent movement in which Christianity no longer was referred to as an “alien religion,” thus letting it develop within the unique Chinese context.The intention was: “To build a church for God in this land.”The role of the China Christian CouncilThe Rev. Gao Feng, of CCC, and Elder Fu Xianwei, of TSPM, during a meeting in Shanghai.. ENS photo/Lynette WilsonThe CCC operates seven departments: training, social services, research, overseas relations, publications, editorial and administration. The council is headquartered in Shanghai, with local councils established in cities and regions.“Our vision is to serve all Christians in China, no matter if they belong to registered or nonregistered churches; once they become Christians we regard them as brothers and sisters,” said Elder Fu Xianwei, chair of the national TSPM. The council, for example, provides Bibles and hospice care, supports theological education and provides church buildings for “entrepreneurs” in China who have “volunteered to organize their own fellowships.”For example, Fu said, “in some regions there are no formal church buildings; if we see a need, we help set up churches there to include all Christians.” The situation, he added, is “very complicated and cannot be solved in a day.”Many unregistered churches have started to have contact with registered churches, he said, noting that he believes tensions will begin to lessen very soon. “The situation is quite complicated, still, but my colleagues and I have strong convictions that we should serve all Christians in China.”Besides unregistered house churches, Christianity in China has seen the proliferation of mega-churches, whose charismatic leaders who prefer to go it alone and manage their churches as private businesses, and have proved a challenge to CCC/TSPM, said Kan.The Chinese government in Western media often is criticized and accused of human rights abuses for detaining religious leaders. But for the most part, the religious leaders that ENS met in China said they thought they had an open relationship with the government.Ng explained it this way: TSPM and CCC are the official Protestant church, but the government has taken a more flexible approach to house churches so long as they don’t violate the law.In an interview with ENS in Hong Kong after Jefferts Schori’s visit, the Rev. Peter D. Koon, general secretary of the Province of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and a Shanghai native, offered his perspective and said the full story of freedom of religious expression in China wasn’t always reported.Concerning reports of religious persecution of Falun Gong, for example, “Fifty percent of the population isn’t well educated, so they will be very easily led,” he said. “So it’s very dangerous [as a means of control and brainwashing].”On its website, Falun Gong calls itself an “an advanced practice of Buddhist self-cultivation.” It has been outlawed by the Chinese government and is considered a “cult” by some in both East and the West. Followers of Falun Gong believe that illness and misfortune result from karmic retribution and refuse medical treatment.In another example, there was a complaint when the government closed down two churches in a city of 120 churches, he said. One was an illegal structure, and the other was in a crowded community and the neighbors complained, he said.Many of these churches have links with overseas churches that have money and will help them, said Koon. “This is the case most of the time. Other times, they want to immigrate, so they make a big deal.”He concluded, “The government wants to use us as an agency to promote unity and harmonious society. They want to work together with all the religions.”With baptism comes membershipChina has 56,000 registered Protestant Christian churches and between 20 million and 40 million registered Christians. An exact number is difficult to discern for several reasons, including apprehension about officially registering because some people fear a second “cultural revolution,” church leaders said.During the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, the government forbade Christian worship of any kind, forcing believers underground. Some were jailed, like the Rev. Xinli Yu, Beijing Christian Council president and principal of Beijing’s Yanjing Theological Seminary.The Rev. Xinli Yu, president of the Beijing Christian Council. ENS photo/Lynette WilsonBorn in 1939 and the son of a pastor, Xinli “made trouble” while studying in seminary before the revolution started, was arrested and spent 22 years in a labor camp. Released from the camp in the 1980s, he went to work for the church as a maintenance man and in 1984 was ordained a pastor, he said in Mandarin as interpreted during a meeting at the headquarters of the Beijing council.In Beijing, a city of 20 million people, there were 200-300 churches before 1949. Today, there are 21, each with more than 1,000 members. One, headed by a woman, the Rev. Du Feng Ping, has more than 5,000 members and conducts four to five services each Sunday.Besides their congregations, pastors and their staff members often oversee “meeting points.” In Beijing, nearly 1,000 meeting points serve between 70-80,000 believers. They work like this: At first, 10 or 20 believers gather in a house. Eventually the group outgrows its space and approaches the Beijing Christian Council for help in finding a larger space. Often, Xinli said, SARA assists the church in land negotiations in resistant communities.“The fact that there isn’t this denominational competition, I think, is a radical gift to the rest of the world, a powerful gift,” said Jefferts Schori, reflecting on the meetings. “And we didn’t talk to anybody who thought that there was a major difficulty with meeting points, small family-sized Christian groups. They saw them as seedbeds for large congregations; that’s how large communities start. And there seems to be some fluidity that we don’t see reported in America, in moving between those groups.”Each year in Beijing, 1,000 people on average are baptized and become church members. To become a member, a person must attend regularly for one year, take a special catechism class, then talk to the pastor and be baptized, Xinli said, adding that children typically are not baptized.Baptism is a conscious, individual choice, Xinli said. “Children don’t have such ability.”Training young pastorsAs elsewhere, in Beijing the emphasis has been on training young pastors to meet the growing demands of increasing membership. More than 100 young pastors – 60 percent of them women — and church workers are in Beijing. Many were not related to the church before 1980 when, following the open policy, young people came.“Young believers don’t know about denominations,” Xinli said. “When I was young, I was Assembly of God.”In 1979, China’s National People’s Congress passed “reform” and “open” policies, which brought the country into contact with the outside world.As the church in China grows and as the demand for qualified pastors increases, young people are flocking to China’s 21 seminaries, with the national seminary being Nanjing Union Theological Seminary.Students studying at Nanjing Union Theological Seminary. ENS photo/Lynette WilsonThe seminary, which opened in 2009, is among 15 universities in what is called “University Town,” a suburban area of new construction, including strip malls, a giant stadium and roundabouts outside Nanjing.The provincial government donated the land for the new seminary, and the central government financed part of the construction, with the balance raised through individual donations, the Rev. Yilu Chen, the seminary’s executive vice president, said in Mandarin through an interpreter.“The government’s viewpoint on religion has changed a lot. In the past, the government thought religion was poisonous to people and that it prevented society’s development,” he said.“Beginning with the 17th Communist Party Conference, the party said religion can make cultural, social and economic contributions, and from then on the emphasis has been on the positive role that religion plays … talk of religious freedom is outdated now, and now we should talk about playing a positive role in society.”Much like seminarians in the Episcopal Church, seminarians in China must be sponsored by a congregation. Once they complete their studies, they return to serve for three years in the sponsoring congregation before being ordained, said the Rev. Manhong Melissa Lin, associate professor of Christian ethics at the Nanjing seminary.“We believe that if younger people can be trained in seminary, they can serve in churches for a long time,” said Yilu.There are 330 seminarians with an average age of 25 enrolled at Nanjing, which offers a four-year bachelor of theology degree and a three-year master of divinity degree. A doctoral program is slated to be added eventually.The campus can hold 500 seminarians; this year 500 people applied for 115 open slots. Seminarians come from all of China’s mainland provinces except Tibet. Tuition is 4,000 yuan, or around $600.The seminary, Yilu said, urgently needs qualified professors and teachers. It has sent six professors overseas to earn doctorates and also relies on visiting professors from overseas. It also is looking at partnerships. In February 2011, CCC and TSPM church leaders, accompanied by government officials, visited the Episcopal Church Center in New York to discuss ways to work together.Playing a positive role in societyCharitable work is another area in which the Chinese Church has looked to the Episcopal Church for help, with a delegation, including SARA’s deputy minister, visiting the church center in August 2011.Churches engaging in social service works is somewhat new territory, for both them and the government, as evidenced in a the Feb. 28 headline in the South China Morning Post, “New Controls on Religious Groups’ Work.” The story said that the government recently tightened controls on religious groups to stop them from spreading religion and “undermining national interests” by accepting donations from overseas entities that come with political and or religious conditions.(Similar to the United States, China doesn’t allow churches to proselytize when operating as social-service providers.)During a meeting in Shanghai, Kan, the CCC general secretary, said the government used to frown upon churches providing social services to communities out of concern for that they would share their message and recruit members, but that its stance has changed in recent years.“Now the government is encouraging the churches to exercise their social-service arm,” he said, adding that the church has responded by offering training and resources to churches.An Amity Printing Co. employee at work. ENS photo/Lynette WilsonThe Amity Foundation, founded by Anglican Bishop K.H.Ting and other Chinese Christians in 1985, was one of the first nongovernment organizations and the first faith-based one established to address the needs of society. Today it provides social services ranging from education and medical assistance to disaster relief and helping rural farmers take advantage of solar energy. Episcopal Relief & Development is one of its strongest partners, said She Hongyu, assistant general secretary of Amity, during a presentation in Nanjing at the Amity Printing Co., which is part of the foundation.Despite partnerships, the Amity Foundation has moved away from foreign donations.“We started out 100 percent dependent on donations from abroad. In 2004, we established our own fundraising in China,” She said.This year, Amity Printing is on schedule to print its 100 millionth Bible; profits from the printing of Bibles in 75 languages and shipping to 70 different countries and regions help finance the foundation’s work.Jefferts Schori said that she was struck by the government’s change in attitude toward religious bodies engaging in social services.“There is a parallel with Cuba. When the state discovered what religious communities could do for the benefit of the larger community, the state began to support at least the existence of those religious communities,” she said, “if not to actively support their development and growth, which I think the Chinese government has done, providing land for the seminary in Nanjing and building the facilities, they see that as a benefit.“Fidel [Castro] changed his mind something like 25 years ago and remembered his own Jesuit upbringing and the state partners with the church in Cuba on community service, and they are quite supportive, they make special provisions for the churches.”In Cuba, unlike in China, government members can hold religious beliefs.In addition to Ng, Alex Baumgarten, the Episcopal Church’s director of government relations; the Rev. Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop; and Richard Schori, the presiding bishop’s husband, joined Jefferts Schori in China, Hong Kong and Macau.“I am surprised and in awe of a church that has encountered so much social change over the last six decades and nonetheless is able to be a positive and consequential force in shaping the society around it for the better,” said Baumgarten in an interview with ENS upon leaving China.“I don’t think I was any more struck by it than with the Amity Foundation. In its work you see the church seeking to transform the world around it at every single level.”— Lynette Wilson is an Episcopal News Service reporter and editor. She traveled with the presiding bishop in China, Hong Kong and Macau. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Rev. Carol L Huntington says: Rector Bath, NC Rev. Margaret Hodgkins says: Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem March 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm As the grandson of a British missionary, who became an American citizen, from a family who spent up to the 1949 Revolution, I have felt the pull of China all my life. First, as being born and raised in Japan, and as an adult working as a senior level fundraising officer at Japan Society, I took an educational sabbatical to study in London East Asian Art and Culture, I turned my focus to China, where I earned an MA in Chinese Art and Culture at London’s prestigious School of Orientaland African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, where I studied Mandarin and studied at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in their East Asian MA program. It is impossible to understand contemporary China without knowledge of its incredibly rich visual culture and language, I am now an art historian of Chinese and Japanese art and culture, I am a deeply committed member of Trinity Church Wall Street where I have felt my beliefs in Christ and the welcoming spirit of the Episcopal Church can, at this moment in history, build some successful partnerships. My discernment as a newly confirmed Episcopalian came early when I felt God’s call to bring my family history full circle, with a life time of building blocks in understanding the complexities of the early 20th century missionary experience in China, to the 21st century, in which China is opening its doors, starting with the Sichuan earthquake, when China opened its doors to help from outside, from churches, governments, and NGO’s. Despite its great successes, in my visits to China, there is still massive poverty, and as materialistic needs and wants are answered, there is a thirst and a hunger for spiritual nurture. Since the Sichuan earthquake, there has been an opening up of a timely dialogue at all levels, from the student level to upper echelons in the government to see how Christianity can be a positive force. This article confirms my strongly held beliefs that China can be a welcoming partner, with the respectful manner in which the Episcopal Church spreads the Gospel by “walking the walk”. With my family legacy in China through the late 19th century to now, my understanding of China’s deep and rich culture, and bright future, I pray that God will give me the strength to use my knowledge in building ecumenical bridges with a country. I feel a sense of excitement that I have a deep well of knowledge,and a strong desire to participate in bringing Christ’s message to the world’s second largest economy through the Episcopalian Church. I am finding my own path through Trinity Church and the great number of faith-based organizations, the Asia Society, my continued studies of China’s distinguished past. The Chinese, after the Cultural Revolution, are once again taking great pride in their over 5000 year culture, which has contributed so much. The Chinese delight and respect foreigners who take an interest in their cultures, and with that knowledge and interest, I feel that with God’s help I can be a positive force for Trinity Church and the larger Anglican Communion. I would welcome response and ideas of individuals and organizations I should talk to. I have decided to devote full time to these efforts, and to give my service to God by working to develop relationships with China. I can be contacted at [email protected] March 15, 2012 at 2:26 am My daughter has moved from Shanghai to Kunming. She is unable to locate a church in that city. Although Episcopalian, she was more comfortable in the Roman Catholic Churches in Shanghai than the Protestant. Can anyone help her locate a R.C. community or a Protestant one in Kunming? Rector Shreveport, LA Rise in Christians has China’s churches, government looking for help John Kirk says: March 16, 2012 at 9:12 am Thank you for this fascinating article. The radical ecumenism among Chinese Christians, hailed by Presiding Bishop Jefferts-Schori, is deeply inspiring for the Anglican Church’s interfaith and interdemoninational efforts. The Church in China appears successful in its primary focus to serve, and thus avoids the factionalism that gets in the way of the crucial Gospel message to love one another. Without proselytizing, an organization like Amity–which I am gratified to see is supported by ERD- – is spreading the Word, “walking the walk,” and playing a vital role in the new society of China as it highlight the generous giving nature of committed Christians. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT August 8, 2012 at 3:08 am I hope through Chinese and the Korean evangelists,the neighboring countries could see the word of Gospel. September 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm I didnt claim that the Anglicans were the first to bring the Bible to CHina, it was the Jesuits.The Catholics have a lot of housecleaning to do, before they can hold themselves up as paragons of virtue. China is not going to let the Catholics run amuck with no oversight or control. Rector Washington, DC Rev Sandra McCann MD says: Jana Jennings says: March 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm Is there an opportunity to teach in seminaries in China?My grandparents were missionaries for 40 years. He was the first Bishop of Anking and she was a graduate of the Philadelphia School for Deaconesses after graduating from Northwestern. They were my role models.It would be wonderful to go there, though I understand the authorized church is controlled and there are underground churches. Nothing was mentioned of this.Peace,c March 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm It’s a bit presumptuous to claim that it was the Episcopalians who bought the bible to China, when Jesuits and Catholics settled not just Macao, but had the first westerners accepted as Emperor’s scholars with Matteu Ricci back in the 1500’s. While I enjoyed the commentary on the dance of the church’s with the Communist government, the article shows great respect to the Catholics who held to their belief throughout much oppression and still hold themselves independent of Communist control… something perhaps the Episcopalians should consider lest they be seen as lackeys of the government… oh… I forget. John McCann says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Jim Moore says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET By Lynette WilsonPosted Mar 14, 2012 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest March 17, 2012 at 11:23 am They don’t need a seminary-trained teacher, just give them Bibles and let God be their teacher.Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: …Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.Heb 8:8 … Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: …Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Mamang Sitlhou says: Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Laura Callender says: Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments (12) Paul Nelson says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bruce Green says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN 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 (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET March 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm How very ironic…the presiding officer of the Episcopal Church is welcome with open arms by the Chinese government and in the same month, they detain Coadjutor Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou and his chancellor Father Paul Jiang Sunian for “learning classes.” Bishop John Wang Ruowang of Tianshui was detained for the same “remedial” education in January. Why? Because these good men are faithful, orthodox Catholics in union with the Sucessor of Peter and the Chinese refuse to recognize them as legitimately holding their offices.“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…. If they persecuted Me they will persecute you… for they do not know the One who sent Me.” John 15:19-21″Hmmmm… if I were Katherine, I’d be worried. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR March 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm I agree with Jim. Nothing mentioned here of the existence of christianity in China as early as the 5th Century. See a new book published this year by Daniel H Bays entitled a new History of Christianity in China which highlights the arrival of Christianity in China in the early centuries. That aside, the article above does highlight the good that faith in Christ is doing in the country. Submit a Press Release John McCann says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID March 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm I spent 2009/10 in Beijing as ESL facilitator, worshiping and helping with the English Fellowship service at Haidian Christian Church in the Haidian District. In China, worship and becoming a Christian is a privilege. Whereas in America where Christians take such a privilege for granted, at the Haidian church alone, people lined up around the block in all kinds of weather to wait for their chance to come into the church that seats about 1,500. There are three or four services every Sunday–and every one is packed full. March 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm See what Aspinwald started – and Boone. VTS strikes again. Associate Rector Columbus, GA
“COPY” “COPY” Photographs Japan Architects: IDEA Office Area Area of this architecture project Y-house / IDEA OfficeSave this projectSaveY-house / IDEA Office 2009 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/89093/y-house-idea-office Clipboard ArchDaily Houses Save this picture!© Kouichi Torimura+ 14 Share Y-house / IDEA Office Area: 1050 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects CopyHouses•Saitama-shi, Japan Photographs: Kouichi TorimuraText description provided by the architects. IDEA Office coordinated with the clients of Y-house to develop a design that successfully incorporates solar access to all parts of the house, connecting to the surrounding environment through outdoor spaces that enhanced the feeling of openness all while maintaining privacy. Follow the break for photographs and drawings of Y-house. Save this picture!© Kouichi TorimuraRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – JanisolStoolsAndreu WorldLineal – BarstoolHandlesHOPPEWindow Handle – Stockholm with SecuSan®The site for the house is located in a northern suburb of metropolitan Tokyo that is undergoing almost continuous development. It is bound on three sides by neighboring two story houses punctuated by random windows and balconies that eliminate any chance for privacy, and by a street located along the southern edge. Save this picture!© Kouichi TorimuraThe forms and organizations of the urban single-family house (along with a variety of other building types) have been driven toward extreme versions of efficiency by an ever-increasing metropolitan density. In a city like Tokyo, increasing land values, proximity to public transportation and the recognized value of maintaining a maximum amount of undeveloped open space outside of the city limits have produced models of ‘existence minimum’ that eclipse any western precedents; we marvel at the phenomenon of the ‘Tokyo dwelling’, where the most is made with the least. Objects are both miniaturized and multi-functional, and even the most modest condition of outdoor space is captured as a commodity of light, air and view. At its best the result is creative solutions driven by extreme constraint, at its worst the production of almost inhumane living conditions. Save this picture!© Kouichi TorimuraThe house is deployed on three levels: carport, utility and garden on the ground, primary living spaces on the second level, and children’s bedrooms on the third. The three levels are densely organized in the rear half of the site as a tall bar building, liberating the front half of the site as a privacy to provide unfettered solar access, a useful outdoor terrace that effectively doubles the living space, and a garden. The outdoor space is made private by a large, two-story enclosure around its perimeter that is open to the sky. All rooms of the house are oriented to look into the private terrace and garden, avoiding an awkward proximity with their neighbors. A single, large rectangular cutout in the street façade brings south light into the terrace and living areas beyond, while the adjacent garden is more enclosed, introverted and shaded. Save this picture!© Kouichi TorimuraThe house is strategically designed for passive solar control, employing the screen wall to shade the garden and adjacent bedrooms, and by incorporating a steel brise soleil to cool south facing glazing. Operable skylights allow for the natural ventilation of summer heat, while the low winter sun is brought into the house for passive heating. Other sustainable features include insulated metal panels, a reflective white roof, and instantaneous water heater. Save this picture!© Kouichi TorimuraBy locating the living areas on the second and third floors at the rear of the site the sectional qualities of the house provide privacy from the street while maintaining southern exposure. By employing a building organization that relies on a densely packed and efficient volume to liberate the remainder of the site, the Y-house creatively responds to the conditions of urban density in order to liberate the pleasures of living.Save this picture!© Kouichi TorimuraProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Photographers: Joao MorgadoArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share CopyAbout this officeIDEA OfficeOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSaitama-shiHousesJapanPublished on November 16, 2010Cite: “Y-house / IDEA Office” 16 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876688/house-cylinder-town-and-concrete Clipboard House Cylinder / Town and ConcreteSave this projectSaveHouse Cylinder / Town and Concrete “COPY” CopyHouses•Lyon, France “COPY” CopyAbout this officeTown and ConcreteOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLyonFrancePublished on July 31, 2017Cite: “House Cylinder / Town and Concrete” 31 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Feb. 19 protest after Central Park 5 court session, organized by the Dec. 12 Movement and the Freedom Party.WW photo: Anne PrudenAnother status conference pertaining to the Central Park 5 civil lawsuit against New York City and the New York Police Department was held on Feb. 19. Supporters filled the large federal courtroom in downtown Manhattan to indicate their justifiable outrage regarding the lack of progress in bringing closure to this horrific, racist injustice.Twenty-three years ago, five Black and Latino teens — Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray and Kharey Wise — were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman who was jogging in Central Park. They spent from six to 13 years in prison for a crime they did not commit; their youth was stolen from them. In 2003, their convictions were overturned, and they were acquitted following a confession by the actual rapist whose DNA matched the evidence.After they were exonerated, the young men filed a federal lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit claimed that they were railroaded into giving confessions, maliciously prosecuted, wrongfully imprisoned and their civil rights were violated.The five men are now being victimized by billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration and stop-and-frisk Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who refuse to accept their innocence and, therefore, award them compensation. The city contends that the NYPD and the District Attorney’s office did nothing wrong in arresting the teens, obtaining confessions and prosecuting them.Justice denied for 10 yearsThe stalling tactics of the city’s Corporation Counsel legal team have resulted in the need for additional status conferences, year after year. They have aggressively fought the lawsuit and have not cooperated with the Central Park 5’s attorneys in producing requested records, documents and scheduling depositions. Detectives Humbergo Arroyo and Mike Sheehan’s actions at the time of the teens’ arrest and afterwards are also being scrutinized.WW photo: Anne PrudenCity lawyers have repeatedly offered excuses for noncompliance. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis questioned their methodology in searching for documents they say are unavailable, can’t locate or are in deteriorated condition. The judge warned against any possible perjury. Ellis noted that February marked 10 years since the Central Park 5 lawsuit was filed and 10 years of court costs. He stated that the discovery process has lasted too long, and that the case needs to be concluded this year, either by trial or settlement. Therefore, he will be setting deadlines.Meanwhile, racist injustice prevails.Ellis also quashed the city’s subpoena for outtakes from filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon from their documentary, “The Central Park Five.” He ruled that they are protected by reporters’ qualified privilege under federal law, and that they had made the requisite showing of journalistic independence needed to invoke that privilege.At the rally that followed the status conference, which Kevin Richardson attended, he thanked all the supporters who faithfully showed up, even in the rain, to support “the Five.” He mentioned that he, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam had recently gone to Los Angeles on a speaking tour. Police stopped them at the airport and questioned them about alleged drug possession. The cops then told them, “We know who you are.” Richardson said he wonders when the nightmare will end.City Councilmember Charles Barron, who attended the status conference, stated at the rally how proud he was of “the Five.” On Feb. 12, a City Council hearing on Resolution 81-A, sponsored by Barron, was held by the 27-member Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. The resolution, which the caucus passed, had also been introduced in 2009 and again in 2010, calling for the city to expeditiously settle the Central Park 5 case without a trial, to acknowledge the years of pain and suffering of the five men and their families, and to financially compensate them for the historic and gross miscarriage of justice.Several testimonies were heard that day, including that of Sharonne Salaam, Yusef Saalam’s mother, who vividly recalled the night of her son’s arrest and told of their stress-filled lives since then. She said she still gets death threats. Weakened by stage-4 cancer, Sharonne Salaam expressed her wish to live long enough to see the case settled and justice served, knowing there is closure to that chapter of their lives. This tenacious and determined woman also attended the Feb. 19 status conference.The full City Council will hold a hearing on Resolution 81-A on Feb. 27. The same day the Central Park 5 will be presented with a City Council proclamation at a press conference at City Hall.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Total production projections were lowered from last month by 187 million bushels to 13.8 billion bushels total. The projected yield was also lowered by 2.1 bushels per acre to 154.4 bushels per acre to reflect reports from field surveys. Notably, if achieved, this would still be the third highest national average corn yield on record. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News NCGA Pleased with Ample Corn Supply NCGA Pleased with Ample Corn Supply Previous articleAugust Report Offers Lower Corn and Soybean Production than EstimatesNext articlePurdue: Prepare to Store a Big 2013 Crop Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Aug 12, 2013 Despite slight decreases in the forecasts for overall production and national yield, U.S. farmers are still on track to produce a record corn crop, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. “Despite planting delays and somewhat cool, wet conditions across much of the Corn Belt, farmers have worked diligently to grow the best crop possible,” said National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Ill. “We are pleased to see that this work is coming to fruition in many of the fields surveyed by the USDA in order to produce this forecast. Farmers merge cutting-edge technology and ever-improving practices to create a dynamic industry capable of operating at a level unthinkable only a few decades prior. As harvest slowly approaches, we hope that conditions hold strong and look forward to getting the crop out of the field and into the bins.”
Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist April 23, 2018 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more July 15, 2020 Find out more August 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 ISP systems manager freed after five weeks in detention RSF_en News Help by sharing this information MaldivesAsia – Pacific RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News Organisation Reporters Without Borders has learned that Ismail Faiz, the Maldivian ISP systems manager who was arrested on 1 May, was released on 6 June without the government ever clearly explaining why he was detained. The charges against him changed several times. He was initially accused of working with the Dhivehi Observer, a London-based website that is banned in the Maldives. He was later accused of links with the militant group Jamatul Muslimeen. Faiz is the systems manager of his country’s sole ISP, Dhiraagu, which is 45 per cent owned by Cable & Wireless of the UK._______________________________________________________10.05.2005A Cable and Wireless employee detained in the MaldivesSystem engineer Ismail Faiz of the country’s sole Internet service provider, Dhiraagu – of which British firm Cable & Wireless holds 45 % of the capital – was arrested and detained on 1st May 2005.Although he is officially accused of “terrorism”, “incitement to violence” and “attempting to overthrow the government”, he is reportedly really being held for working with the London-based opposition website Dhivehi Observer. Reporters Without Borders urged Cable & Wireless to contact the Maldives authorities to investigate what has happened to their employee.”Accusations of terrorism are often used in the Maldives to punish dissidents” said the organisation “This engineer is paying the price for President Gayoom’s paranoia in connection with the Internet, a media he cannot manage to control and on which he is widely criticised.””It seems to us that the management of Cable & Wireless should be concerned about the plight of its employee.”Local sources said he had apparently been accused of working with Dhivehi Observer (http://www.dhivehiobserver.com/), a website that is banned in the Maldives. Its editor, known under the pen-name Sappe, however denied having any contact with Faiz. But he said, “The president is afraid of the Internet because now, whatever he does, we make him face up to his responsibilities.” “That is the reason he attacks a service provider. It has nothing to do with any struggle against terrorism.” Sappe said he believed that the engineer had fallen foul of the authorities because he refused to carry out technical tasks he was given, such as filtering foreign-based websites.Ismail Faiz, 29, is system engineer and administrator of Dhiraagu, whose two main shareholders are the Maldives government and British telecoms giant Cable & Wireless. Reporters Without Borders wrote to Cable & Wireless’s CEO, Francesco Caio, to question him about the ethical problems raised by his company’s investment in the Internet in the Maldives, a country that censors the web and has imprisoned several cyberdissidents (See: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=10996).Ismail Faiz is being held in solitary confinement. His family was only allowed to visit him eight days after his arrest.Local sources said that another Dhiraagu employee, Mohamed Zahid, who was working for a branch of the firm on Feydhoo Island, in the south of the country, was reportedly imprisoned on the same day as Faiz, perhaps for the same reasons. No additional information about his case has been forthcoming from the authorities. News to go further Follow the news on Maldives Receive email alerts News RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers MaldivesAsia – Pacific