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  • US homebuilder confidence remains stuck at rock bottom

    first_img Tags: NULL AMERICAN homebuilder confidence remained unchanged in September, having fallen to its lowest level for 18 months in August, as concern about the rate of foreclosures and poor job prospects continued to dampened demand, a report said yesterday.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) report showed homebuilders felt there was little reason for optimism with the gauge unchanged at 13 in September, its lowest level since March 2009.NAHB chief economist David Crowe acknowledged there were legitimate concerns about the US housing market but was more optimistic about future months. He said: “Builders report that the two leading obstacles to new-home sales right now are consumer reluctance in the face of the poor job market and the large number of foreclosed properties for sale, suggesting a moderate improvement in the job market will help boost consumer confidence and improve conditions for new-home sales in this year’s final quarter.”Regionally, across the US, homebuilder confidence fell two points in the Northeast and three points in the Midwest, to 16 and 12, respectively.The South posted a two-point improvement to 14, while the West remained unchanged, at 8. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com KCS-content Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsappcenter_img US homebuilder confidence remains stuck at rock bottom Show Comments ▼ Monday 20 September 2010 9:19 pm Share whatsapplast_img read more

  • Presiding Bishop co-leads service, candlelight public witness to the White…

    first_imgPresiding Bishop co-leads service, candlelight public witness to the White House Leads Morning Prayer for bipartisan group of lawmakers, visits senators and representatives May 30, 2018 at 6:34 pm The Reagan/Falwell/Robertson swipe is passive aggressive nonsense for sure but why not toss in the Pope too?A question for Cynthia Katsarelis. Would your Republican father be surprised to hear that under Obama, a Democrat, children were locked in cages and separated from their family? Probably not as I’m sure he remembers when another Democrat President ordered innocent Japanese CITIZENS to be locked up! Maybe he would also remember the Chinese Exclusion Act.I bet he wouldn’t be surprised that partisans are so eager to take a shot at the “other side” that they insincerely shame it for what “their side” has done.The concept of glass houses, casting the first stone, or a log in one’s eye is missing here. So is the Bishop’s love your neighbor message. That said, Bishop Curry’s message would be more easily consumed if he didn’t wrap it in a narrative disclaiming his, and tbe Church’s, everpresent far left partisan leanings. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis May 26, 2018 at 10:15 pm We’re all grateful for those who sacrificed for our country and I’ve seen many threads commemorating them.But this thread started as an attack on our Bishop and Church and that should not be left undressed as we have done for too long Submit a Job Listing Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Katie Sherrod says: 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ John Stewart says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Course Director Jerusalem, Israel May 27, 2018 at 3:13 pm Joe, you are right Jesus wasn’t a conservative, but He sure as heck wasn’t a progressive either! He trascended both lables. Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem May 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm Thank God, the Holy Spirit showed up and the church listened and finally stood up The Rev. Jim Wallis, second from left, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry lead fellow clergy in a vigil titled “Reclaiming the Integrity of Faith During Political and Moral Crisis” as they process to the White House. Bishop Carroll Baltimore of the Global Alliance and Interfaith Network is on the far left. Curry is flanked by Sharon Jones, his executive coordinator, and the Rev. Michael Hunn, his canon for ministry within the Episcopal Church. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters[Episcopal News Service – Washington, DC] Love your neighbor, the neighbor you like and the neighbor you don’t like, your black neighbor, your white neighbor, your Latino neighbor, your Muslim neighbor, your Christian neighbor, your Democrat neighbor, your Republican neighbor. That was the message Presiding Bishop Michael Curry took to a standing-room-only crowd that overflowed onto the steps at National City Christian Church and into the Lutheran church across the street here on May 24.“We are not a partisan group, we are not a left-wing group, we are not a right-wing group, we are a Jesus Movement,” Curry said to rousing, sustained applause from those gathered to reclaim Jesus. “And we came together, Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, we came together, Republicans, Independents and Democrats, we came together, liberal and conservative, and whatever is in the middle, we came together because what binds us together is Jesus of Nazareth and his way.”The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry belt out the Lord’s Prayer in front of the White House on May 24. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceCurry added, “This is not a protest march, this is a procession of Christian people. This is what they did on Pentecost. This is a Pentecostal moment and we are committed to following the way of Jesus.”During the 90-minute church service that preceded a candlelight procession to the White House, one by one speakers addressed issues ranging from the rise of white nationalism to mistreatment of and violence against women, to LGBTQ inclusion to immigration reform, the spreading of falsehoods and the normalization of lying and moves toward autocratic leadership.“The Reclaiming Jesus declaration says that we believe there are two things are at stake: the soul of the nation and the integrity of our faith,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, who co-led the service and the procession alongside Curry. “Why do we say that? Because we love our country and we love our churches even more. We see people bringing politics into faith. Tonight, we are bringing faith into politics.“And there’s a big difference. … The early Christians did everything they did in the name of Jesus, not in the name of their churches or organizations.“This is not tonight about Donald Trump, it’s about Jesus Christ.”The service and procession of public witness were part of “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis,” an ecumenical Christian elders’ initiative launched in March to “reclaim Jesus” from those believed to be using Christian theology for political gain.Following the service, more than a thousand people gathered outside National City Christian Church to process in public witness to the White House. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn total, more than a thousand people processed in public witness by candlelight from National City Christian Church to the White House, where they reassembled across the street in Lafayette Square Park and sang “This Little Light of Mine” before crossing the street to stand on the sidewalk directly in front of the White House.The White House is illuminated on May 24 as more than 1,000 Christian witnesses hold a candlelight vigil outside President Donald J. Trump’s residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as part of “Reclaim Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis.” Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe events in Washington followed last weekend’s royal wedding, where Curry delivered a sermon on the power of love at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, garnering him international attention.Since the wedding, Curry has become an international sensation, appearing on everything from the BBC to TMZ, with stories about him in The New Yorker, Esquire and Vanity Fair and a parody of him on “Saturday Night Live.”During a May 25 event at the National Press Club, Wallis said God used a royal wedding to get people to start talking about Jesus, before turning the podium over to the presiding bishop.“The truth is, I suspect, what began to happen last night and has been building and is just beginning is maybe we are helping – no, maybe the spirit is helping the church to re-center itself and its voice on Jesus,” said Curry.“Maybe the spirit is helping us to reclaim Christianity, not as ideology, not as anybody’s political party. Jesus can’t be bought. But to re-center Christianity and have it named and heard and understood as grounded in the teachings of Jesus, who said blessed are the poor, blessed are the poor in spirit, the Jesus who taught us love God and love your neighbor, the Jesus of the parable of the Good Samaritan … to re-center ourselves on this Jesus.“And as that happens, not in high lofty terms, as that happens to the average Christian, the average person sitting in churches, Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, I dare say they become the movement that actually can move forward.”Since its release, other Christian leaders have requested to sign on to the statement, and more than 2 million people worldwide have accessed it. The elders conceived of it as a tool for discipleship intended to move people to the streets in their own communities.In an interview with Episcopal News Service on May 25 following the press club event, Curry encouraged Episcopalians to study and reflect on the Reclaim Jesus declaration and study materials.“It’s a document worth studying, it’s grounded in scripture, it’s based in theology, it’s an attempt to articulate some of the core Christian beliefs that have to do with our values and our values having their origin in the teachings and spirit of Jesus,” he said.Adult formation, Bible studies and other groups can use the document and the study guide to come to areas of agreement and disagreement and to reflect on them.“This is not the word from on high, but it can be used to help people identify what are the core Christian beliefs that actually matter in my life, and how do I live them out following the teachings of Jesus,” he said. “And then what action steps will I take, what actions steps will we take to be witnesses to this way of following Jesus in our lives.“And so, my hope is that our folk will take it and study it and reflect on it, pray on it, and then decide what are we going to do about it?”Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, foreground, and Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama, both Episcopalians, attend a May 24 Morning Prayer led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The Rt. Rev. Carl Wright, the Episcopal Church’s bishop suffragan for armed services and federal ministries, is in the background. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe previous day began at the U.S. Capitol, where Curry led a packed room in a bipartisan Morning Prayer, organized by the Office of Government Relations and co-hosted by Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama and Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, both Episcopalians.Today, at least 38 of the 535 citizens serving in Congress identify as Episcopalians: 22 Republicans and 16 Democrats. In November 2017, Episcopal News Service interviewed several Episcopalians who serve in Congress to report on the range of ways faith influences lawmakers’ public service.Nine senators and representatives attended Morning Prayer. Afterward, the presiding bishop met with lawmakers from both parties to highlight the church’s advocacy and to share its perspective on civil discourse.“Our advocacy begins with our values as Episcopalians – values of caring for the most vulnerable among us and respecting the dignity of every human being, including those we disagree with,” said Rebecca Linder Blachly, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations. “There is tremendous diversity within the Episcopal Church, and that is one of our strengths: despite these differences, we still worship together. At our best, we strive to connect despite profound political differences.”In meetings with members of Congress, the presiding bishop spoke about the need to come together in diversity on issues relating to immigration, poverty and criminal justice reform.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry leads a bipartisan group of members of Congress and their staffs in Morning Prayer at the Capitol on May 24. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service“We think it’s imperative that we use our influence as a church to encourage our lawmakers to develop more just and human policies and that happens in and through relationships,” Blachly said. “At the Office of Government Relations, we share the perspective and positions of the Church and seek to find ways to work together. We work hard to build and maintain honest relationships based in dialogue and respect.”The Office of Government Relations – housed on Capitol Hill – carries out the church’s nonpartisan, values-based agenda. Every three years, the Episcopal Church’s General Convention meets to conduct church-related business and to discuss and pass legislation ranging from revisions of the Book of Common Prayer to resolutions supporting criminal justice and immigration reform. Episcopalians can join the Episcopal Public Policy Network to become involved in this work.Churches and religious communities have a constitutional right to petition the government. The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause does not prohibit churches from meeting with, educating or advocating to elected officials with the aim of creating laws in line with the churches’ values. Throughout U.S. history, religious communities have engaged politically on issues of the era: from abolition to civil rights movements to immigration reform.Reclaiming Jesus is just one ecumenical campaign joined by the Episcopal Church. Others include Pray Fast Act and the Poor People’s Campaign.More information about the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations is available here. For more information about or to join the Episcopal Public Policy Network, click here.— Lynette Wilson is managing editor of Episcopal News Service. Press Release Service Comments are closed. Rector Albany, NY Faith & Politics, william dailey says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA May 31, 2018 at 1:27 am There was nothing political or negative in Bishop Curry’s sermon at St. Georges Chapel—it was positive and uplifting. By comparison, the “Reclaiming Jesus” proclamation is replete with negative denouncements predicated upon a “we hate Trump” view of the President and his actions. Read the full proclamation and the comments in the prior ENS article: https://episcopalnewsservice.org/2018/03/22/presiding-bishop-others-begin-campaign-to-reclaim-jesus-in-us-culture/comment-page-6/#commentsThe proclamation states: “We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches. We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.” Is there any question that the signers of the proclamation are denouncing Trump?The proclamation states that the Tax Reform Bill was “immoral” and that America First is “heresy.” The TEC has previously adopted a similar proclamation stating that immigration laws are “racist.” There are many members who rightfully believe that the proper role of the federal government and the states is to protect the needs of American citizens first. There are many members who honestly believe that we need more taxpayers than we need more taxes, and that tax reform can stimulate jobs and economic reinvestment in country. There are many members who believe in the Rule of Law when it comes to immigration, and they are not “racists” for demanding that Presidents should honor their oath to enforce our laws. The “Reclaiming Jesus” proclamation labels such political beliefs as immoral, as heresy and as racist, which is the same thing as calling the supporters of these beliefs as immoral heretics and racists. What might have been intended as a statement based upon Biblical values becomes nothing more than another partisan political slogan when its proponents condemn those who disagree with their politics by using defamatory rhetoric and Biblical condemnations. This is not the power of “love” but the practice of “hate.”We lie when we pretend we love others when in fact we don’t. (1 John 4:20) We do not love others when we demonize them with false or hateful labels such as “immoral,” “heretics,” “racists”, or other ad hominem attacks such as sexist, misogynist, or homophobic. We do not love others when we openly demonize their politics that don’t match our own. The person who uses the baptismal covenant to call his neighbor “un-Christian” has condemned himself. Living as a Christian is not dependent upon being a Republican or Democrat. Living as a Christian is not about obedience to political correctness, protest marches or about abstract punch-lines like “gender justice, eco-justice, or social justice,” imaginary “interlocking oppressions” or labeling every perceived inequity as a Biblical injustice. To me, living as a Christian is about living your life as a “just” person—a righteous person. It is not about partisan politics or vitriolic denouncements of those politicians we find repugnant. S.R.Price says: mike geibel says: Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK May 26, 2018 at 8:59 pm Thank you Ron. We should be honoring those who gave their lives for our benefit. We would not be having political or theological discussions without their sacrifice. This forum would not exist. May 27, 2018 at 7:39 am When reading the article I get the feeling, “Hey, this makes sense.”. I read where the PB says, “We are not a partisan group, we are not a left-wing group, we are not a right-wing group, we are a Jesus Movement,” Curry said.” and that makes me feel a little better. I think perhaps the church is moving away from partisan politics. Really, there is nothing specific in the news article that points to a political bias. That is until I get to the part that refers to the Office of Government Relations. Quote, “The Office of Government Relations – housed on Capitol Hill – carries out the church’s nonpartisan, values-based agenda.”Having followed this News Service for some time, I’ve become familiar with the works of the Office of Government Relations and its sub organization, the Episcopal Public Policy Network. The OGR & EPPN are far from non-Partisan. One needs only to go to both pages to see that TEC is truly a Liberal/Progressive biased organization promoting climate change, immigration reform, social justice reform issues, refugee resettlement, and other liberal values.Either the PB is not aware of what these two offices in his organization are doing or he is intentionally misleading us. This article does a great job of masking the church’s true intent and is misleading in sense that TEC would like us to believe, which it is in part, reclaiming Jesus but only under liberal terms. May 26, 2018 at 11:01 am Terry, unfortunately the religious leaders of the Episcopal Church and the other mainstream churches do represent the progressive left. We who have been branded heretics for believing in America First have to come to grips that the progressive church ship has left the dock. The course of the church has now been set and will not change. The Nation that has provided the freedom for churches to grow and thrive now is viewed as the enemy not worthy of any more respect than those run by despots and dictators. The church leaders have a dream for a one world future in which they will rule . No matter all will eat with their fingers and shiver in the cold. History is not on the side of the Church progressive dreamers. Doug Desper says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Doug Desper says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA S.R.Price says: John Stewart says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest May 29, 2018 at 10:21 am Something I observed watching Media reaction to the P.B.’s speech and march is that many people don’t understand that the word Episcopalian is a noun and shouldn’t be used as an adjective.The same can be said for the word Democrat ,which when used as an adjective is either bad grammar or a Fox News term of derision for not only Democrats but is meant to express an autocratic contempt of the concept of democracy itself. S.R.Price says: May 27, 2018 at 3:36 pm I was a Goldwater teen in 1964 and a McCarthy kid in 1968.I studied history under outstanding professors at Sewanee and at a leading public university.I have never met anyone of any political persuasion who despises this country or the constitution but I have met many who think we’re capable of better things than our record shows.Unfortunately,I’ve also seen many including some representing themselves as followers of Christ who have used that kind of misinformation as a tactic to advance their personal and political agendas.I’m glad we have leaders including our P.B. who are calling us to move past these divisive tactics and move the gospel message of God’s love forward Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY May 27, 2018 at 12:47 am The march was held on the 24th and this post was on the 25th. Memorial Day is on the 28th. Perhaps the Bishop, et.al. could have considered this before scheduling the protest. Then again maybe they did. There was no awareness of the sacrifices honored on Memorial Day in any of the comments by the Bishop. Perhaps those will come in a less publicized setting. Just any observation. May 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm I think the Episcopal Church claims to be nonpartisan for tax purposes, but I don’t think anyone has ever made that claim with a straight face in real life. Rector Belleville, IL Bill Louis says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ S.R.Price says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Terry Francis says: S.R.Price says: 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 Posted May 25, 2018 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET May 26, 2018 at 9:25 pm My country first and by extension ,me and mine first,is the exact opposite of the selfless gospel exemplified in the life and teachings of Christ .Until you are as concerned about the needs of all your neighbors on this planet as you are your own ,you haven’t experienced that special moment with Christ (we’re not afraid to call it born again in my parish)to reccomend to someone else.Until you do you will never understand the love and compassion we bleeding heart liberals have for the least of these among us because the unconditional love for Christ,the Gospel made flesh,is not yet in control of your heart ,soul,and minds .The gospel message is very simple.It has no need for interpreters.It needs people to act on it.Thank God Bishop Curry is on the scene An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET PJ Cabbiness says: May 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm I am a bit confused about what a Liberal/Progressive agenda. Does it mean a difference in how problems are tackled by conservatives and liberals? Many countries including US are grappling with the fact that the weather pattern has changed – colder areas are getting warmer, warmer areas are experiencing cooler temperatures, more flooding, more storms, etc. I take it the refugee resettlement has to do with people from Middle East whose cultural & religious norms are different. But why are there so many refugees in the first place? It is interesting that Senator McCain has acknowledged that invading Iraq was a big mistake. That war cost many lives, destroyed many cities, brought chaos to Middle East, created refugee problem all the while believing that Christian God is on US side. It is time each Church takes a closer look at their own agenda and determine whether their choices are truly Biblically based.I personally don’t think Jesus was a conservative. May 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm PJ, being a veteran myself I can certainly understand the need to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day. But while I honor these fallen men and women I can’t help but wonder what they would think of this country today. Progressives are changing or trying to change this country in every way imaginable. Many despise this country and everything it stands for. They call love of country “blind patriotism”, demand open borders and support sanctuary cities, demand that transgenders be given the right to use the public rest rooms of their choice even if their anatomy doesn’t match it in the name of “human dignity”. The same people who in spite of the civil rights movement still demand reparations for african americans (of which I am one), the same people who consider the constitution and the bill of rights irrelevent documents because many of the framers were slave holders, the same people who through intimidation, ridicule, and violence seek to silence anyone who disagrees with them on colleges campuses, (and who also don’t want the ROTC on campus as well) the same people who consider this country immoral, racist, hatemongering, and a curse rather a shining beacon to the world. I guess I can’t help but wonder if the fallen could see this country now would they ask is THIS what I gave my life for? A country where so many now sneer at tradtional values, faith, and love of country? I can’t help but wonder what many of the fallen who were Episcopalians would think of their church today. A denomination that has been virtually taken over by the progressive left who all but ignor the concerns of its conservative members. Can’t help but wonder. Happy Memorial Day to my fellow vets. Joe Prasad says: Donald R Caron says: May 26, 2018 at 2:12 pm Unemployment among African Americans and Hispanics is at the lowest in years – certainly much lower than before Mr. Obama’s administration. We are likely seeing the end of the cold war with the Koreas thanks in large measure to Mr. Trump’s change of policies which had not worked for 60 years. Americans – The Unsung Dreamers – are keeping a fraction more of their earnings to help their households and their hopes and dreams. There is now decreased illegal immigration which, in fact, often does contain large numbers of criminals fleeing from justice in their lands. ISIS has been all but decimated and contained. The Nuclear Deal with Iran has been scrapped; a smart move to make considering that deal would require the United States to protect Iran from an attack by Israel. Agreements with Muslim extremists who yell “Death to America” in their Parliament after they got the signed Iran deal seemed a hollow victory and one certain to cost us dearly. This is the real Put America First and it’s a darned good idea! Furthermore, spending more money at home on roads, infrastructure, schools, and more makes sense – if you use public facilities.Mr. Trump is oafish, a blowhard, and not as cultured as slick politicians (meaning he doesn’t hide his sins as well as JFK, FDR, and others). I wish that he would clam up more often. Light a candle in front of his House and tell him to shush up and straighten up. But, where was the March and witness on up the street – up the steps of the Capitol Building? Some of the biggest liars, frauds, extortioners, race-baiters, and ne’er do wells can be found there. Up the steps are Democrats who want to roll back the modest middle class tax cut (goodbye dream). The same Democrats are howling over ending the Iran deal. There are Democrat lawmakers actually defending MS-13 after Mr. Trump called them “animals” – which they are. What else would you call a gang who, in Maryland, stabbed a man more than 100 times and then decapitated him, dismembered him, and ripped his heart out of his body? Mr. Trump pushed to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood – an abortion industry that spent over 50 million dollars in lobbying for Democrat lawmakers since 2012. Does that sound like they need a federal subsidy? The swamp is deep.This March was mainly Obama-era Democrats rightly criticizing some of Mr. Trump’s foibles, but this March was also of the willfully selective who left some much-needed attention off the issues that would embarrass them.What’s the March of the Month for June? May 25, 2018 at 10:17 pm So the time for silence is over regarding the “rantings” of Christian conservatives S.R. Price? Here’s a news flash. A lot of progressive members of the clergy do their own share of ranting as well. You just happen to agree with them. You may look at Pat Robertson’s interpretation of the Gospel with contempt, but I’ll just bet our Lord loves him just as much as He does Bishop Curry. So why don’t you do the Christian thing and get down off your self-righteous high horse and realize that Jesus loves EVERYONE regardless of where they lean socially or politically and doesn’t put anyone above or beneath anyone else. Maybe someday you’ll have a come to Jesus moment and realize that, but frankly I’m not holding my breath. Responsible Christian leaders don’t only come from the left. Submit an Event Listing Comments navigation Newer comments Featured Jobs & Calls May 27, 2018 at 10:36 pm Terry, I agree…Jesus transcends both labels. Cynthia Katsarelis says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC May 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm Government and law at their best reflect the highest values of their people. A nation with a significant number of Christian people should at least reflect on the values of Jesus as they determine the way that nation will act. The care of those who are weak, sick, outcast finds a prominent place in the New Testament, but you don’t have to be a Christian to know that those who are well off have an obligation to those who are not. How we treat one another and speak to one another need not be enshrined in law — civil or religious. But clearly something has gone awry and truth and civility seem to have perished. Comments navigation Newer comments Youth Minister Lorton, VA May 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm Jim Wallis espouses the evangelical Left. He was a spiritual advisor to Barack Obama. Their ilk feels that conservative Christians spend too much time concerned with homosexuality and abortion. Wallis supported Obamacare. These are the intellectual and spiritual giants favored by the Episcopal Church leadership and the Pope, who affirms that homosexuals are “born that way”. B. D. Howes says: Rector Collierville, TN May 27, 2018 at 8:32 am The March ended at the White House. That itself is a statement of intent, and by extension a statement of criticism as the marchers faced the House vocalizing prayers and songs. If the March was a bipartisan one then their legs should have carried them further to the Capitol. Ending at the White House shows that these folks had a message for a certain person. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Terry Francis says: May 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm My Dad knew what he was fighting for in WWII. It was so that his later LGBTQI daughter could live in peace and be educated and have an equal place in our society. He would have been appalled that his old party, Republican, separates immigrant children!!! Don’t use our dead soldiers to support human rights violations. Most fought to spare us… Thank God for ++Michael, speaking the Gospel of Love. If you can find a “conservative” way to express that, fine. But separating children, depriving people of healthcare (especially women to affordable basic healthcare), racism, giving huge tax credits to the rich while their corporations don’t pay a liveable wage and putting us trillions of dollars in debt and beholden to China isn’t exactly conservative. Ignoring climate change isn’t conservative, it favors polluting businesses over clean businesses while creating misery for many people on this planet – poor people, mostly. Please. ++Michael’s message and TEC only looks “left” because the “right” has aligned with fascism. Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 May 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm “…This is not a protest march…the presiding bishop spoke about the need to come together in diversity about Immigration reform, revisions to the Book of Common Prayer and criminal justice..” . This is lib dogma. ladies and germs. Meanwhile in Oxnard, California, Franklin Graham told hundreds of SEIU (liberal) government workers and mostly Hispanic families with children about the authentic love of Jesus. He moves on to Modesto, Berkeley, Chico and Redding by June 5, the date of the California primary election. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 william dailey says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (26) Terry Francis says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Joe Prasad says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Mary Barnett says: John Hobart says: May 25, 2018 at 3:24 pm Thanks be to God that responsible Christian leaders are finally standing up to the rantings of the fringe elements of the Reagan/Falwell/Robertson ilk who have misrepresented conservative Christianity for half a generation.There is a case to be made for showing Christian courtesy to these groups but the time for silence is over. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA May 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm There are clergy who want to sign the statement. How do they do so? Cathedral Dean Boise, ID last_img read more

  • Artists’ Private House in Ningbo / J+F Studio

    first_imgCopyHousing•Ningbo, China CopyAbout this officeJ+F StudioOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingNingboJ+F StudioChinaPublished on April 16, 2019Cite: “Artists’ Private House in Ningbo / J+F Studio” 15 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Housing “COPY” 2018 “COPY” China Artists’ Private House in Ningbo / J+F StudioSave this projectSaveArtists’ Private House in Ningbo / J+F StudioSave this picture!© Aladeen Knefaty+ 24Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Clients:One artist in NingboInterior:Like ShenDesign Team:Jingang Zhang, Taotao XuCity:NingboCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Aladeen KnefatyRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornSkylightsLibartSolaGlide Inclined Retractable SkylightText description provided by the architects. The project is located in Zhuangshi Avenue, Ningbo, the owner is an artist who has his own unique understanding of his private home. Save this picture!© Aladeen KnefatyHe hopes that the interior space is layered, transparent, coherent, and the outdoor courtyard can be fully utilized. After thinking, we first think of  Sūdōngpō’s words “Garden No Stone No Grace, House No Stone No Elegant”Taihu Lake Stone has the characteristics of “ leakage”, “ transparent” and “elegant”.Save this picture!Courtesy of J+F StudioLeaking and seeing is just the transparency and coherence of the space. The show is the elegant appearance material. In order to Combine the owner space requirements, the design creates an interior space that is exquisite and interlaced for the owner, and the appearance is elegant and subtle.Save this picture!© Aladeen KnefatySave this picture!Model AnalysisSave this picture!© Aladeen KnefatyThe interior space combines the spatial characteristics of Taihu Lake Stone—the “leakage” of There are different heights in the upper and lower floors, and the room is a layer of home, giving the interior a vertical flow sense, feeling the Sun, Air, and the Living person can flow throw the naturally here.Save this picture!© Aladeen KnefatyThe appearance is a staggered layer change that maps of the internal space. The inner staggered layer is reconnected through the half-floor staircase, and the human activity also completes all the internal and external flow undulating path, which seems to walk inside and outside the stone freely. Space has also reached the characteristics of Taihu Lake Stone – “transparent” inside and outside, this is not only visually transparent but also spatially transparent. The interior and exterior space connect seamlessly.Save this picture!© Aladeen KnefatySave this picture!© Aladeen KnefatyThe facade we used concrete painting, which is similar to the textures of Taihu Lake Stone, and finally formed a complete and delicate feeling. At the same time, we use wood grain aluminum alloy as the rim of window frame and railing all tighter to create a warm living atmosphere.Save this picture!© Aladeen KnefatyProject gallerySee allShow lessAranya Café / oddSelected ProjectsL28 Culinary Platform / Kimmel Eshkolot ArchitectsSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Ningbo, Zhejiang, ChinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: J+F Studio Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914823/artists-private-house-in-ningbo-j-plus-f-studio Clipboard Year:  Artists’ Private House in Ningbo / J+F Studio Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914823/artists-private-house-in-ningbo-j-plus-f-studio Clipboard ArchDaily Photographs:  Aladeen Knefaty Lead Architect: Projects Jingang Zhang Area:  434 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

  • Southern workers converge to organize the South

    first_imgRaleigh, N.C. — Longshore workers from Charleston, S.C. Hospital workers from El Paso, Texas. Diesel engine parts manufacturing workers from Rocky Mount, N.C. State mental health workers from Petersburg, Va. Farm workers, union organizing committees and social movement activists from 10 states and over 30 workplaces.They all came from across the U.S. South to attend the first session of the Southern Workers School. Organized by the Southern Workers Assembly, the school took place March 4-6 in Raleigh, N.C. Seven more school sessions will take place over the next six months to continue to develop an action plan and give workers the opportunity to engage in joint study.This session of the school had several main objectives, including building a plan, with the worker leaders and rank-and-file activists gathered, to strategically organize workplaces across the region and begin the development of a committed core of activists. This core will study political economy and the organizing lessons of past union and Civil Rights campaigns in the region to inform a strategy where workers can best build unions and workers’ power.The school was also held to help develop social movement conditions and bottom-up worker activism in order to attract support from international unions and other sources and be able to challenge those among the world’s largest corporations that invest in the region. Net income from U.S. and foreign investments in the South now equals $3.7 trillion, making it the world’s fourth-largest economy behind Japan.‘For a broad fighting movement’“The Southern Workers School is not an event,” stated Saladin Muhammad, of Black Workers for Justice, in his opening remarks. Muhammad is a retired international representative of the United Electrical Workers. “It’s about building infrastructure for a broad, fighting social movement that exposes the capitalist system and to build workers’ power to transform the economy.” Along with Muhammad, Ed Bruno, retired southern director for the National Nurses Union, developed and presented the curriculum for the school.A school document reads: “The U.S. South is a region where forced labor and a system of racist apartheid were legalized. It shaped a culture of social, economic and political divisions that has made the U.S. South a region of low-wage labor, low union density and political conservatism. Because of the role of the U.S. South in fueling the growth of U.S. and global capitalism, particularly as a region producing the majority of the world’s cotton for the European textile industry during the 18th and 19th centuries, there was an acceptance of the conditions of forced labor and racist oppression in the European countries and developing global economy profiting from the international slave trade and forced labor.“Rank-and-file workers, especially in the South, need a new orientation and organizing forms that break with business unionism that demobilizes members, bargains concessionary contracts, and aligns with corporate-run political parties.”The school also sought to connect to the broader social movements, including the Black Lives Matter movement and against racist police killings. In the week before the school, a 24-year-old Black man, Akiel Denkins, was killed by a Raleigh police officer, and several demonstrations took over the streets.‘About more than getting paid right’“I lived through the 1960s,” stated Rolanda McMillan, a fast food worker from Richmond, Va., with Raise Up. “It’s about more than getting paid right. It’s about, am I gonna get killed tomorrow by a cop because of the color of my skin? Am I on a terrorist list because I am a Black woman?” McMillan also testified about being fired from McDonald’s for going on strike for $15 an hour and union rights, but later winning her job back after her co-workers, the community and Raise Up pressured the company.Professor Patrick Mason from Florida State University led two major sessions about the political economy of the South. Mason’s presentation focused on the role of chattel slavery in shaping the economy here, including the continued repression that Black folks have faced in the region since abolition: the counterrevolution after Reconstruction, Black codes, sharecropping, Jim Crow, segregation, mass incarceration and overpolicing.So-called “right-to-work” (for less) laws were enacted in the South to maintain segregation in the workplace and thus prevent the unity of workers organizing into unions and into a united working class that fights to bring about a society that addresses the human rights and needs of all. New York State alone has more union members than all 12 Southern states combined.“Right-to-work,” anti-union codes and stripping of collective bargaining have now spread outside the South to states like Michigan and Wisconsin. Workers from Detroit and Wisconsin attended the school to show solidarity and connection with the workers’ movements there. A strong delegation of day laborers from New York, who belong to the Movimiento Independiente de Trabajadores (Independent Workers Movement), also attended.The victorious Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, which recently defeated the global apartheid corporation Veolia/Transdev, led a session Sunday morning. Their two-year campaign to reinstate four unfairly fired bus driver leaders, win a just contract, fight hundreds of stalled grievances, take back their local union under progressive leadership and beat back criminal charges provided rich experience and lessons to share with Southern workers and inform future campaigns.Recently elected Local 8751 Treasurer Georgia Scott connected her experience as a young girl in Alabama, where she and others in the Civil Rights Movement were attacked in 1965 by police while marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, to her recent union efforts.President Emeritus Donna Dewitt, of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, told the assembled workers: “The Southern Workers Assembly was responsible for drafting the resolution that was adopted at the national AFL-CIO convention in 2013 to organize the South.” Yet the national unions and the two labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, have not engaged in coordinated efforts in many years to organize labor in the South.With few exceptions, unions organizing in the South tend to be trying to make up for the loss of union members elsewhere. They lack a long-term strategy, including allocating financial resources to organize Southern labor as a social movement. Dewitt continued, “This school was a critical step to move this plan forward.” At the end of the school, workers discussed a constitution for the Southern Workers Assembly and vowed to take it back to their locals for adoption and support.The struggle to organize the South just took a momentous leap forward. To learn more, visit southernworker.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • TCU receives $20,000 grant to become smoke-free

    first_imgTCU received a $20,000 grant to become smoke-free. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) + posts Linkedin ReddIt Twitter MULTIMEDIA: Current election results Previous articleWomen’s basketball second half adjustments lead to big win over Sam Houston StateNext articleTCU Rangers bring spirit to sporting events Jocelyn Sitton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jocelyn is a senior journalism, political science and French major from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a managing editor for TCU360. She’s rarely seen without a Diet Coke and has been known to spill a few near her computer in the convergence center. Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/ Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/ Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/ Jocelyn Sittonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jocelyn-sitton/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Fall semester brings new assistant vice chancellor for public safety, assistant chief of police ReddIt Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printTCU is joining an effort to have the nation’s first ever generation of non-smokers.The university was awarded a $20,000 grant to work toward becoming a 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus, officials announced Tuesday.The grant is part of the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation. Over the next three years, the program will distribute $3.6 million as “part of a larger push and initiative to deliver the United States’ first tobacco-free generation,” said Joy Donovan Brandon, the director of communications for the American Cancer Society.TCU is one of 20 schools to receive this initial grant, and one of three Texas universities to be awarded, alongside El Paso Community College and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.Brandon said that 99 percent of smokers start by their mid-20’s.“When you get to college, a lot of times for the traditional college student it’s the first time you’re on your own and making adult decisions,” Brandon said. “We’re trying to get to that generation in time to prevent them from becoming lifelong smokers.”According to a survey conducted last month on campus, 76 percent of the TCU community supports a smoke-free campus, while only 12 percent responded that they would not support this effort.Ryker Thompson, a senior finance major and the grant project lead, said TCU students have been working towards a smoke-free campus for several years.In 2014, Student Government Association passed a resolution in support of a ban on campus smoking. Last year, Thompson became involved with Smoke-Free Fort Worth, a city effort to end smoking in public places and work locations. Through this organization, Thompson learned about the application process for the TFGCI grant.“This grant will help fund the process of seeing if a smoke- and tobacco-free campus is good for TCU,” Thompson said.Thompson said the process will mimic that of campus carry, including at least one open forum, an email address and website and resolutions from the Faculty Senate, the Staff Assembly, the Graduate Student Senate and SGA.“The goal is, by spring break, all those organizations will submit a resolution supporting or not supporting a smoke- and tobacco-free campus,” Thompson said.This movement towards the elimination of smoking and tobacco use is part of a larger local and national trend.Smoke-Free Fort Worth is a non-profit organization “trying to ensure all Fort Worth workers have a smoke-free workplace,” Dr. Mark Koch, a physician at John Peter Smith Hospital and the co-chair of the organization, said.Koch’s work said his work as a physician has influenced his involvement with this movement.“With certainty, there’s not a single cell in your body that benefits from smoke and tobacco exposure,” Koch said.Smoking is responsible for an estimated one in five deaths in the United States, according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.Brandon said Fort Worth is the largest city in Texas to not have a smoke ordinance, and Smoke-Free Fort Worth is working to remedy that.“Having TCU on board [as a smoke-free campus] might be able to help sway the city council,” Koch said. “If people are working at TCU, then that deserves to be smoke-free.”This grant announcement is in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17, an event focused on encouraging people to quit smoking. For more information about the risks of smoking and tobacco use, visit the American Cancer Society’s website. TCU Christmas tree lighting 2016 Linkedin OPINION: Brite Divinity students’ response to Ben Shapiro event Jocelyn Sitton Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitterlast_img read more

  • ALERT: US – Judge rules in favor of CNN’s request to restore reporter’s press pass

    first_imgFor the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more Following today’s ruling, CNN released a statement that said, “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days.  Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.” The judge first heard oral arguments from both sides on November 14, a day after CNN filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in Washington, DC, accusing the administration of violating Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights when, after a heated November 7 press briefing, the White House indefinitely suspended Acosta’s White House press pass. Federal Judge Timothy A. Kelly made his ruling on November 16 based on CNN’s Fifth Amendment claims alleging the White House revoked Acosta’s press press without providing him adequate notice or an opportunity to respond. The judge rejected the Trump administration’s argument that tweets and statements published by President Donald Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, as well as a CNN statement opposing the revocation of Acosta’s credentials, amounted to adequate due process. During the ruling, Kelly also referred to Sanders’ initial claim that Acosta put his hands on a White House press aide as “likely untrue.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes a federal judge’s ruling today in favor of CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order, which restores press credentials the White House had revoked from reporter Jim Acosta last week. “This ruling is a critical win for press freedom,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “The Trump administration’s revocation of Mr. Acosta’s press pass was reckless and, as the judge said today, ‘shrouded in mystery,’ and we are relieved that Mr. Acosta can return to work at the White House.” United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more News November 16, 2018 ALERT: US – Judge rules in favor of CNN’s request to restore reporter’s press pass Kelly emphasized the limited nature of this ruling, and it remains possible the White House could move to revoke Acosta’s credentials again if it provides due process. The outcome of this hearing is the first of several components to CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration. Kelly made no judgement on CNN’s First Amendment claims, and has yet to rule on whether it will grant the news network “permanent relief,” which would deem the revocation unconstitutional and protect other reporters from similar retaliation.   Help by sharing this information RSF_en Follow the news on United States Receive email alerts The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. MANDEL NGAN / AFP Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas News News to go further News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Splitting couples turn to mediation

    first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live [email protected] going through martial or domestic breakups are increasingly turning to the Family Mediation Service in Limerick rather than going to the expense of court action to divide property and agree on child access.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 400 clients a year are now using the free service in Limerick, according to Regional Manager, Carmel Savage.“The majority of people who use our services are couples divorcing or separating although we do have a smaller but increasing number of extended family disputes,” said Ms Savage.The Regional Manager was speaking ahead of Mediation Awareness Week which runs from October 10 to 15, with a special open day in Limerick on Tuesday, October 18 from 11am to 2pm.“This has always been a free service and everyone can access it, regardless of income,” Ms Savage told the Limerick Post.“People can expect to wait to see a mediator for between two and three months which is pretty good, as we have recently put more resources into the service.“If couples decide to go to court, they could be waiting that long or longer and there is cost involved. There are also long waiting lists for representation through the law centres,” she added.According to the governing organisation “Mediation is a successful and cost-effective alternative to going to Court.   It saves time, money and important relationships.  Mediators do not make decisions or judgements, instead they quickly and expertly help people in conflict to reach their own agreement together. “Mediation Awareness week will highlight the benefits of this highly effective process and the opportunity it offers to resolve conflict right across our society”.Parenting children, the family home, property, savings and pensions are among the most common areas which need resolution at a mediation session, the service finds.The Service, which is now part of the Legal Aid Board, celebrates its 30th year this year.This free public service helps couples who are separating or divorcing to negotiate their own terms of agreement, taking into account the needs and interests of all involved. On average, mediation takes between four and six sessions with each session taking around an hour.The service is also available to resolve disputes between businesses, community organisations and individuals.The first session gives the opportunity to explore mediation as an option for you and, after this, there is an agreement whether to go ahead with mediation in full.The Legal Aid Board also provides a number of Court based mediation services around the country. You can access mediation and information on the location of offices through: www.legalaidboard.ie. Facebook Previous articleBLOWN AWAY by Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival, October 11 to 21Next articleTrusource Labs create 134 jobs in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsSplitting couples turn to mediationBy Bernie English – October 10, 2016 1379 WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGScouplesdivorcelimerickMediationseperation Linkedin Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

  • Milford man due in court in connection with Donegal and Sligo drugs seizures

    first_img Facebook Milford man due in court in connection with Donegal and Sligo drugs seizures Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook Gardai said a file on her is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.The man, who was held in custody overnight at Ballymote Garda Station, will be accused before Judge Kevin Kilrane on charges linkedto the discovery of cannabis resin worth an estimated €80,000 found in a car on Monday on the N4 at Castlebaldwin, Ballymote.Another €24,000 worth of cannabis was found in a search of the house where the couple lived in Milford. News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A man with an address at Milford is due to appear at Sligo District Court this morning(Thurs) on charges linked to the seizure of more than €100,000 of cannabis linked to searches in Sligo and Donegal.The man, aged 33, is from Dundalk. An English woman in her 20s who shared his Milford address and was arrested with him in Ballymote, Co. Sligo, was released last night(Thurs) without charge. WhatsApp Twitter Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Previous articleInjured man airlifted from grounded boat in Sligo BayNext articleAmnesty International says families of those who died in the Troubles have been failed News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest By News Highland – September 12, 2013 last_img read more

  • Breaking- Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C Is A Substantive Provision; Victims Entitled To Compensation Even For Crimes That Occurred Prior To Its Enactment: Kerala High Court

    first_imgTop StoriesBreaking- Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C Is A Substantive Provision; Victims Entitled To Compensation Even For Crimes That Occurred Prior To Its Enactment: Kerala High Court Sparsh Upadhyay28 Dec 2020 4:38 AMShare This – xIn a landmark Judgment the Kerala High Court last week held that the provisions in Section 357A(1)(4)&(5) Cr.P.C are substantive in character and the victims under Section 357A(4) of the Cr.P.C. are entitled to claim compensation for incidents that occurred “even prior to the coming into force of the said provision.” Importantly, the Bench of Justice Bechu Kurian…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a landmark Judgment the Kerala High Court last week held that the provisions in Section 357A(1)(4)&(5) Cr.P.C are substantive in character and the victims under Section 357A(4) of the Cr.P.C. are entitled to claim compensation for incidents that occurred “even prior to the coming into force of the said provision.” Importantly, the Bench of Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas ruled, “By giving the benefit to victims under Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C., for crimes that occurred prior to 31.12.2009, the statutory provision is not given retrospective effect, and instead a prospective benefit is given based on an antecedent fact.” [NOTE: The Code of Criminal Procedure Amendment Act, 2008, apart from introducing a definition for the term ‘victim’ in Section 2(wa), inserted a new provision as Section 357A to the Cr.P.C and this provision is related to concept of rehabilitation of the victim. While the compensation payable under Section 357 Cr.P.C. is punitive in nature, the compensation awarded under Section 357A is rehabilitative. The amended provisions do not mention anywhere that the amendment is prospective or even retrospective in character.] The question before the Court Would the victim, of a crime that occurred prior to 31.12.2009, be entitled to claim compensation under Section 357A (4) of the Cr. P.C i.e., is the provision retrospective or prospective in its application? In the quest to ascertain whether Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C applies to offences that occurred prior to 31.12.2009, the Court had to identify whether the provision is substantive or procedural (we will under this in the coming paragraphs).Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C reads, Where the offender is not traced or identified, but the victim is identified, and where no trial takes place, the victim or his dependents may make an application to the State or the District Legal Services Authority for award of compensation. Facts in brief Respondents 2 to 4 are the legal heirs of one late Sri.Sivadas who died in a motor vehicle accident that took place on 26-03-2008. Though a crime was registered by the Police, the accused could not be identified or traced and the trial has not taken place. In 2013, the legal heirs applied to the District Legal Services Authority, Alappuzha, seeking compensation from the State under Section 357A(4) CrPC. An enquiry, as contemplated under Section 357A(5) Cr.P.C, was conducted and the enquiry report was submitted on 12-09-2013 which considered the circumstances, and concuded that an amount of Rs.3,03,000/- was sufficient compensation that could be awarded to the dependents of late Sri.Sivadas. On the above basis, the State of Kerala was directed to pay an amount of Rs.3,03,000/- to the dependents of late Sivadas under Section 357A(5) of the Cr.P.C. The State of Kerala challenged this Order before the Kerala HC. Controversy before the Court and the Arguments put forth The Senior Government Pleader argued that the direction to the State to pay compensation to the dependents of a victim under Section 357A(4)&(5) of the Cr.P.C., for a crime that occurred on 26-03-2008, relying upon an amended provision, brought into effect only on 31.12.2009, and based on an application of the year 2013, is wholly unfair and contrary to the statutory prescription. It was also contended by the State that Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C couldn’t be given a retrospective operation as the financial implication of such an interpretation would be so enormous upon the Government, that it will crumble the economic planning of the State. On the other hand, the counsel for respondents 2 to 4 (dependents), argued that the provision applies to past occurrences of crime also and that the concept of Section 357A is akin to a joint tortfeasor under the civil law, and the legislative attempt by bringing in Section 357A Cr.P.C. was to make State also a joint tortfeasor, in a limited manner. It was also argued that the concept of rehabilitation of the victim is not a new right that was brought in by Section 357A Cr.P.C., but it is a right that was always inherent under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Court’s Observations The Court, in its Judgment observed that the Criminal jurisprudence, has always been accused centric, however, “with the advent of the philosophy of victim compensation, with its avowed purpose not to award damages analogous to those in cases of tortious liability, but to give solace, by way of compensation out of the public purse, for the injury sustained, whether the offender had been brought to trial or not, a new stakeholder, in the criminal law, was ushered in.” The Court also noted that the State has a humanitarian responsibility to assist crime victims and also that the assistance is provided because of the social conscience of its citizens and as a symbolic act of compassion. Importantly, the Court held that under Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C, a ‘victim’ is one who suffers any loss or injury by reason of the act or omission of another in which the offender has not been traced or identified and against whom a trial has not taken place as such an interpretation alone would make Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C., workable, and have meaning. Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C: Substantive or Procedural provision? The Court noted that while substantive law creates, defines or regulate rights, the procedural law creates the method for enforcing or having redressal for the rights so created. It may be noted that the Apex Court in the matter of Executive Engineer, Dhenkanal Minor Irrigation Division, Orissa and Others v. N.C Budharaj and Others [(2001) 2 SCC 721] had held that “Substantive law is that part of law, which creates, defines and regulates rights in contrast to what is called adjective or remedial law which provides a method of enforcing rights”. In this backdrop, the court said, “A reading of Sections 357A(1)(4)&(5) Cr.P.C., will make it explicit that the said sub-clauses create a right upon the victim to obtain an award of compensation on satisfying the conditions stipulated therein.” Observing that Section 357A(1)(4)&(5) Cr.P.C., creates a right upon a victim in cases where the offender is not traced or identified and the trial has not taken place, to obtain compensation, from the State Government for the rehabilitation of the victim, the Court said, “It has created and defined rights for a victim, and a duty upon the State Government to pay compensation. Thus Section 357A(1)(4)&(5) Cr.P.C., is a substantive law and not procedural law.” Notably, the Court said, “When an application is made by a victim of a crime that occurred prior to the coming into force of Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C., a prospective benefit is given, taking into reckoning an antecedent fact. Adopting such an interpretation does not make the statute or the provision retrospective in operation. It only confers prospective benefits, in certain cases, to even antecedent facts. The statute will remain prospective in application but will draw life from a past event also.” “Merely because a prospective benefit under a remedial statutory provision is measured by or dependent on antecedent facts, it does not necessarily make the provision retrospective in operation”, the Court further added. Summary(i) The provisions in Section 357A(1)(4)&(5) Cr.P.C are substantive in character. (ii) The victims under Section 357A(4) of the Cr.P.C. are entitled to claim compensation for incidents that occurred even prior to the coming into force of the said provision. (iii) By giving the benefit to victims under Section 357A(4) Cr.P.C., for crimes that occurred prior to 31.12.2009, the statutory provision is not given retrospective effect, and instead a prospective benefit is given based on an antecedent fact.Case title – District Collector Alappuzha v. District Legal Service Authority, Alappuzha and others [WP(C).No.7250 OF 2014(E)] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

  • Estate agency claims success for its growing hub network

    first_imgNorth West London estate agency Benjamin Stevens says its experiment with hubs has been a success and the company is now moving to expand the network with national ambitions.It has a head office branch in Edgware and a second traditional branch in Bushey but has spent the past 15 months opening two hubs covering Harrow and Wembley, and Luton.These have proved a success, and MD Steve Wayne (pictured, below) has now opened a third hub serving Camden in central London, with more planned later this year. He claims that eventually his agency will cover the whole of London and beyond.“The industry is shifting, and established agencies need to move with the times, or get left behind. The future appears to be the hub,” he says.His hubs, which are in serviced offices, each cover an area of ten miles’ radius and are staffed by commission-only but employed Benjamin Stevens Partner Agents who work both in the hubs and at home.“It allows them flexibility, a better work life balance and the freedom to focus on the local areas they know best,” says Wayne.“It increases levels of customer service as agents must go to the clients rather than the other way around.”Agents working under the Benjamin Stevens brand get round-the-clock access to its marketing tools, operating systems, administrative support, training and knowledge. There are no set up costs or monthly fees.“If this model continues to work successfully as it has been, then it’s possible Benjamin Stevens could become a national brand, but the processed won’t be rushed.“The key is to make sure that each hub is successful and profitable before moving on to the next.”Wayne says he is recruiting Partner Agents with a variety of backgrounds including from well-established corporates.estate agency hubs Benjamin Stevens Estate Agency Steve Wayne February 7, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agency claims success for its growing hub network previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agency claims success for its growing hub networkNorth London firm Benjamin Stevens says it has launched a third hub and has ambitions to soon cover the whole of the the capital and potentially, the nation.Nigel Lewis7th February 20200889 Viewslast_img read more