As fires rage, Episcopalians help neighbors with the basics by…

Posted On Jun 20 2021 by

first_img Comments (1) By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Dec 13, 2017 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. Unable to have mass as St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ojai on Dec. 11 because of air quality concerns, the Rev. Greg Kimura celebrated Holy Eucharist via Facebook Live. He included announcements about the Thomas Fire’s status (beginning at the 3:58 mark). “I am very wary of spreading rumors or ginning up undue fear and concerns,” he said, explaining that he was passing on only verified information from governmental sites. He cautioned viewers that some fires they might be seeing around Ojai were backfires lit to prevent the main blaze from burning into Ojai proper.Discussing surrounding fires and the spread of the Thomas Fire and its accompanying expanded evacuations, Kimura said, “I want to remind folks that we are not out of the woods yet and that there are other communities that are at risk … that are going to go through exactly what we are going through right now.”St. Andrew’s often livestreams its Sunday Eucharist, but this time, Kimura, the rector, streamed the service from a hotel room. The Eucharist has had 393 views, both live and on-demand, and 42 people responded with comments.Kimura said that, despite the occasional appearance of blue sky, air quality is still classified as unhealthy. “Larger smoke particles and smoke will make air quality look worse,” according to a tweet on the Santa Barbara County Twitter feed, but it does not have the same health impacts as fine particulate. Tiny particulate can pass through breathing masks, Kimura warned. Press Release Service Southern California wildfires 2017 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bamberger said the evacuations and especially the air quality warnings are impacting the area’s vulnerable populations even more than residents with greater access to resources. “The affected areas are heavily agricultural, and then closer to the coast most of the area is tourist-driven. When the tourist industry suffers, the undocumented people are the people who run the kitchens and clean the rooms, they’ll be out of work,” he said. “And many of them are reluctant to access government services.”That’s because of fears and rumors that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will detain undocumented people who ask for help.Bamberger said there are no verified instances of ICE agents entering shelters. “We have a very vague letter from the ICE director saying that they’re not going out of their way to do anything more than their normal enforcement,” he said. “But they’re not willing to commit to the fact that they’re not going to go into the shelters.“We’ve not heard any stories of them going to the shelters but getting folks to commit to going to a shelter is hard enough and then if you add the issue of whether or not ICE might be present just makes it all the more complicated.”Another population that worries Bamberger are people in addiction recovery who depend on churches of all denominations for the 12-step meetings they host. With churches included in mandatory evacuation zones and people being warned to stay inside because of the bad air, he wonders how those folks are coping. “Sometimes we don’t think about who the vulnerable communities are,” he said.All of the Episcopal churches in the paths of the fires are safe, albeit plagued by the smoke and ash affecting everyone. All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, is in a voluntary evacuation zone and has cancelled all activities because of that and the air quality. “Our highest concern is the well-being of our parishioners and the safety of everyone in our community,” the Rev. Aimée Eyer-Delevett wrote on Facebook on Dec. 12. “We can each assist in ensuring public health and safety by cooperating with our public officials’ instructions.”The All Saints rector advised parishioners to wear a N-95 mask for any “brief outdoor excursions.” She also reported that clergy outside of the fire zones were organizing parishioners who were willing to take in evacuees.Meanwhile, Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara has opened its parish hall to homeless people.The Rev. Adam McCoy, prior of the Mount Calvary Monastery above Santa Barbara, reported Dec. 11 on Facebook that the evacuation zones around the city had nearly reached them. The monks of the Camaldolese Monastery of the Risen Christ in Los Osos, a little less than a two-hour drive away, are ready to take in the Order of the Holy Cross brothers if need be.The brothers have lived through wildfires. In November 2009, a fire driven by 70-mph winds destroyed their 41-year-old Spanish-style monastery, which had hosted international conferences and retreat guests. Damages were in the millions of dollars.“We remain on alert and are ready to go if we need to,” McCoy wrote. “Please pray for all who are impacted by the fire, particularly those who have lost their homes and livelihood.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. December 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm So distressed to learn of the suffering of the folks in the affected fire areas. Regardless of our political views, we can all contribute to the relief and dev. fund to help the needy. For all who are helping the fire victims, blessings on you and strength to carry on. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET As fires rage, Episcopalians help neighbors with the basics by expanding ministries Laundry, meals, places to sleep, help replacing lost possessions Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL The Thomas Fire decimated parts of the neighborhood around St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Ventura. Photo: Melissa McCarthy[Episcopal News Service] As wildfires rampage through Southern California for a second week, Episcopalians are finding basic but also innovative ways to help their neighbors.In many cases, they are doing so by way of ministries they have always done. For instance, Episcopalians in Ojai and Ventura, two hard-hit communities, have ongoing Laundry Love ministries. Laundry Love brings together congregations and homeless guests in laundromats so anyone can get some help doing their laundry and get something to eat. Now with ash and smoke permeating everything, the need is even greater.St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ojai and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Ventura help run Laundry Love ministries in their towns. They, along with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Paula, also have other ministries to homeless and undocumented people, the populations of most concern to the diocese in the midst of the fires.The Rev. Michael Bamberger, a member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Partners in Response team and the disaster coordinator for the Diocese of Los Angeles, said that recognition of the need for Laundry Love ministries to get back in business soon was a good example of the assets-based community development approach for discerning a congregation’s potential ministries.On Dec. 12, Bamberger was preparing to travel to the burning areas with Los Angeles Bishop John Taylor and the Rev. Melissa McCarthy, the diocese’s canon to the ordinary, to deliver money from an Episcopal Relief & Development grant and a diocesan appeal to expand those ministries. The grant will also help with gift cards and spiritual care for homeless and undocumented people.For those existing ministries, “all it took was a little bit of money to amp up their programs,” he said. “It’s an existing program that meets a great need, but with this disaster, it’s even more important.”Los Angeles Bishop John H. Taylor, second from left, and the Rev. Michael Bamberger, a member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Partners in Response team and Diocese of Los Angeles disaster coordinator, far left, meet Dec. 12 with Laundry Love folks in Ventura. Photo: Melissa McCarthyThe fires, the first of which began the evening of Dec. 4, have now burned more than 263,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Close to half of that acreage is being burned by the first fire, the so-called Thomas Fire that burned down the hills from between Ojai and Santa Paula into the city of Ventura.The Thomas Fire has burned northwest into Carpinteria and Santa Barbara, and it is only 25 percent contained. It grew by 1,500 acres overnight Dec. 12 into Dec. 13, according to the Los Angeles Times.The Times reported Dec. 13 that firefighters think they have finally turned a corner on the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The Rev. Anthony Guillen, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for Latino/Hispanic ministries, who lives in Ventura with his wife, Guadalupe Moriel-Guillen, was forced to flee the night of Dec. 4 when the fire started. On Dec. 10, they were allowed into their neighborhood for an hour to check on their house, which the flames spared. He recorded a video of the burned-out homes on the street over from theirs.One of the other four major fires, the Rye, is listed as contained. However, contained does not mean the fire is extinguished, only that firefighters have established a perimeter in which the fire is enclosed. The center’s definitions of “contained,” “controlled” and “out” are here.Containment on the Lilac 5, Rye, Skirball and Creek fire is at 90 percent or more. Nearly 9,000 firefighters and support personnel are fighting the blazes, the center said. The Los Angeles Times has maps showing the area’s major fires and the evacuation zones.Air quality is a major issue “not only in the immediate area but all up and down the central coast area,” Bamberger said. “There’s ashes coming down as far north as San Luis Obispo and down into Ventura and Thousand Oaks and that area,” he added, describing a range of about 150 miles. People are being advised to stay inside. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Larry Waters says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more


E House / Hannat Architects

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first_img “COPY” 2013 Photographs:  Koichi TorimuraSave this picture!© Koichi TorimuraRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodEGGEREGGER OSB in Habita Coworking SpaceArmchairsAndreu WorldCouvé – Lounge ChairText description provided by the architects. This single family residence project, for a family of 4, is situated in the outskirt of Miyagi prefecture, northern part of Japan. The site, surrounded by mountains, is protected from harsh seasonal wind blown down from Zao Mountain and the only south is open, where rice fields spread out. The surrounding mountains preserve rural scenery, distanced from traffic noise.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraTraditional post and beam structure was chosen for low budget project, and this structure provides grid system. Uniformly bright space is not always appealing. Light and shadow always coexist in traditional Japanese culture, where darkness accentuates lightness and refined culture appreciates the existence of darkness.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe mountains that surround three sides of site embraces light, shade and shadow, and direct sunlight is shining down from open rice fields on south. The mountains start to cast shadow in the afternoon, blocking direct sunlight to the site and it influences its appearance from morning to afternoon. The intention was to explore the characteristics of landscape into the design and to best experience impressive scenery throughout a day and year.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraThe house consists of two volumes, an axis volume and wrapping volume. Main “dark” axis, oriented east to west, is wrapped by each “light” room, wrapping volume. The wrapping volume incorporates impressive scenery from south. The main axis forms rear courtyard, allowing maximum sunlight to rear of the house till the site is shadowed, and it also conducts the journey with controlled views from beginning to end. Electrical heating system is embedded into the concrete slab of main axis, which holds and radiates heat out to both axis and wrapping spaces.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraSouth entering light bounces off the white wall to brighten the living space and white space harmonizes with natural light of rice fields and open sky. North axis with dark stained wall provides dark and settled light, and merges with shadow of mountains. The contrast of dark and light enriches the space with different atmosphere that changes throughout the day and with the seasons, whilst bringing the controlled views to the space.Project gallerySee allShow lessTYIN tegnestue Releases Downloadable Guide to Design/Build in Underprivileged AreasArchitecture NewsLoft Apartment / RuetempleSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/505695/e-house-hannat-architects Clipboard E House / Hannat Architects CopyHouses•Japan Year:  Projects “COPY” Japan 2013 CopyAbout this officeHannat ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on May 16, 2014Cite: “E House / Hannat Architects” 16 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Houses Area:  113 m² Area:  113 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Hannat Architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Year:  Save this picture!© Koichi Torimura+ 30 Share E House / Hannat ArchitectsSave this projectSaveE House / Hannat Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/505695/e-house-hannat-architects Clipboardlast_img read more


Soccer makes NCAA tournament for fourth-straight season

Posted On Jun 13 2021 by

first_imgTCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Jack Wallace Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. ReddIt ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/center_img Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Facebook printYazmeen Ryan and Messiah Bright celebrate a late equalizer against Kansas. Photo by Jack WallaceTCU soccer has once again qualified for the NCAA Women’s College Cup after their Big 12-runner up finish.“Excited to be back in the NCAA tournament for the fourth year in a row, excited for the program and my staff as well,” head coach Eric Bell said. “They did a tremendous job throughout the course of the season.”This marks the fourth-ever appearance for the Frogs and the fourth in a row. Last season, TCU had their first-ever tournament win: a 2-1 comeback finish over BYU. The Frogs were eliminated in the second round by Texas A&M. Five other Big 12 teams also qualified, including Big 12 regular-season champion Oklahoma State at a three seed. Big 12 postseason champion Kansas also at a three seed. Texas Tech, Texas and West Virginia all earned at a No. 4 seeds. TCU’s performance in the Big 12 tournament is likely the strongest indicator for a selection, as the Frogs reached the Big 12 tournament finals, where they fell to Kansas.“I think our group really grew up over the last few weeks, where we basically had our backs against the wall, and we knew we had to get some good results in order to get to this point,” Bell said. “Some of these last few games in the Big 12 tournament were like NCAA tournament games for us. It’s basically a do or die situation and we knew we needed to advance in order to advance to the NCAA tournament.”The Frogs will face the Arizona Wildcats in the third round, a team TCU lost 4-3 on the road earlier this season. “Our group is really chomping at the bit to get back after them, and see if we can rectify the score,” Bell said.Arizona finished seventh in the Pac-12 and was the second-lowest team of eight from the conference to qualify for the tournament.TCU will face the Wildcats in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday at 7 p.m. 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Facebook 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Linkedin + posts Yazmeen Ryan and Messiah Bright celebrate a late equalizer against Kansas. Photo by Jack Wallace TAGSsoccer 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Previous articleQuiz: Which TCU head coach are you?Next articleWater line breaks affect Moudy for third time this year Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more


Adversity overcome: TCU legend Desmond Bane headed to Grizzlies via 30th pick of 2020 NBA Draft

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first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history The guard drew the eye of teams because of his elite shooting at any range and his active and tough nature on defense. As a senior, he led the Big 12 in three-point shooting percentage at 44.2%.Bane only bolsters a Grizzlies squad that led the NBA during the 2019-2020 season with 38.3% shooting as a team from behind the arc.On Tuesday, Bane talked with the media about what an NBA team was getting in him.“[A] mature, consistent, hard-working player,” Bane said. “I feel like I bring value on both ends of the floor from knowing the game and how it’s played and the physical attributes that I have.”Since TCU’s potential postseason appearance was cut short by the pandemic in March, Bane has been working out in Miami to prepare for the draft. Videos of him working out, including one of him hitting 43-straight three-pointers, circulated on Twitter and created hype around him prior to the draft.Earlier this year, Bane cemented himself as a TCU legend when he accomplished things no one had before in the purple and white during his senior season.His 141 games played, 84 games won and 249 three-pointers made are all school records. The guard also ranks among the best in TCU history in scoring (third with 1,784 points), field goals (third with 659) and three-point field goal percentage (fifth with 43.3%).“I think it’s discipline,” Bane said of the biggest thing he learned at TCU. “Coach [Jamie] Dixon is really big on discipline and details. I came from a small private school and we played 2-3 zone and I got to TCU and it was a lot different to say the least. We’re having walk-throughs and if a guy is six inches out of place we’re going to do it again.”Following the 2019-2020 season, Bane also became the first Horned Frog to be named First Team All-Big 12 and the first to be named First Team AP All-Big 12. During conference play, Bane was a menace, averaging 16.6 points (second in Big 12), 6.4 rebounds (10th in Big 12) and 3.9 assists (seventh in Big 12). He was the only player in the conference to rank in the top ten of those three categories.Desmond Bane (1) steps back on Bears’ forward Freddie Gillespie to nail a three-pointer against No. 2 Baylor in 2020. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)On Feb. 29, 2020, Bane helped deliver one of the most memorable TCU wins in recent history, scoring 23 points to lead TCU in an upset of No. 2 Baylor at Schollmaier Arena.The game featured eight-straight points by Bane late in the second half, giving TCU a lead and putting social media into a pandemonium. Even Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took to Twitter to recognize Bane. Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printAfter receiving just one Power 5 offer out of high school, former TCU basketball star Desmond Bane was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 30th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night.Though the pick was officially made by Boston, Bane will begin his career in Memphis, as the Grizzlies traded for the 30th pick minutes before it was made.The pick follows a long and storied career for Bane in the purple and white. TCU was his lone major offer coming out of Seton Catholic High School. The Richmond, Indiana, native is the first TCU player to be selected in the NBA draft since Lee Nailon in 1999 and the first to be taken in the first round since Kurt Thomas in 1995.Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant quickly congratulated Bane via Twitter. Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Facebook Colin Post First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Previous articleEpisode 228 – CFB Week 11, NFL Week 10 RecapNext articleThe Skiff: Nov. 19, 2020 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. ReddIt Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech ReddIt The legacy of Desmond Bane at TCU started well before 2020, though. As a freshman, he played in all 39 games, showing major improvement throughout the season.Despite having stars like Brandon Parrish, Kenrich Williams and Vladimir Brodzianksy around him, Bane was the hero for TCU in the 2017 Big 12 Quarterfinals. The guard hit three free throws with two seconds remaining to give the Frogs an 85-82 win over No. 1 Kansas, TCU’s first-ever win against a top-ranked opponent.In his sophomore year, Bane continued to improve, seeing his point and rebound averages go up. He also led the Big 12 in three-point shooting percentage at 46.1%, helping lead TCU to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1998.TCU guard Desmond Bane celebrates the Horned Frogs’ victory over No. 7 West Virginia with the TCU student section on Jan. 22, 2018. (Cristian ArguetaSoto/Staff Photographer)The 2018-2019 season saw Bane start to become the elite scorer and leader he was in his senior year. After averaging 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists while leading TCU to the NIT semifinals, he made his All-Big 12 debut on the Second Team.After out-performing expectations, Bane is headed to the NBA. His hard work, dedication and ability to ignore the doubts of others now go as lessons for young players like him who go overlooked out of high school.“Let that fuel you. Let it fuel you,” Bane said as a message to prospects. “I remember reading newspaper articles of guys I felt like I was better than in the area and they were getting these Division I offers and things like that. Let it fuel you, let it motivate you, don’t let your confidence waver at all, and continue to work. Continue to be a good person and what’s meant to be will be.” Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU guard Desmond Bane (1) and JD Miller (15) celebrate the Horned Frogs’ narrow win over Oklahoma State after Bane hit the go-ahead three-pointer in March 2019. (Cristian ArguetaSoto/Staff Photographer) Linkedin Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more


Three more sites unaccessible, government denies being involved

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first_img February 10, 2021 Find out more May 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three more sites unaccessible, government denies being involved EthiopiaAfrica News to go further Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home RSF_en News Three more websites (Ethiomedia.com, Freeourleaders.com and Nazreth.com) have become inaccessible within Ethiopia. Information minister Hailu Berhan insisted that his government was not involved but he failed to explain why almost all of the opposition websites suddenly cannot be accessed. Follow the news on Ethiopia RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditationcenter_img Help by sharing this information EthiopiaAfrica May 21, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Receive email alerts May 18, 2021 Find out more News Three more websites (Ethiomedia.com, Freeourleaders.org and Nazret.com) have become inaccessible within Ethiopia. Information minister Hailu Berhan insisted that his government was not involved but he failed to explain why almost all of the opposition websites suddenly cannot be accessed.Reporters Without Borders wrote to the minister on 23 May requesting an explanation for the blocking of all these sites but has not yet received a reply.—————————23.05.2006Opposition websites and blogs go down but is it censorship or a technical glitch ?Reporters Without Borders has called on Ethiopia’s information and culture minister to explain why several websites critical of the government have been inaccessible in the country since 17 May 2006. Ethiopians have also seen all publications hosted by blogspot disappear from the Internet. Even though the authorities have made no announcement it is likely that the disappearance of the sites is the result of political censorship and not technical problems.”We would like to know if your government has deliberately blocked access to online publications, a list of which we enclose, thus taking the course of filtering the Internet,” the press freedom organisation asked Hailu Berhan in a letter.“The Ethiopian Internet is dynamic and has seen the development of an extremely active blogging community. It is your responsibility to ensure that all opinions can be expressed online, even when some Internet-users directly criticise government action.”“Preventing debate and controlling news and information circulating online will only aggravate an already very tense political climate,” it said. “We also wish to draw to your attention the consequences of filtering a blog tool such as blogspot, which is currently inaccessible in Ethiopia. Blocking access to this service has the effect of censoring all publications which it hosts, the vast majority of which do not deal with politics or with Ethiopia.”A non exhaustive list of websites and blogs inaccessible in Ethiopia:- cyberethiopia.com – ethiopianreview.com – tensae.net- quatero.net- ethioforum.org- ethiopianpolitics.blogspot.com- enset.blogspot.com- ethiopundit.blogspot.com – seminawork.blogspot.com – weichegud.blogspot.comTechnical ways to get around censorship ? See our “Guide for bloggers and cyberdissidents”. 21 journalists behind barsSome 15 newspaper editors and the leadership of the main opposition coalition were arrested in November 2005, after protest demonstrations against the results of contested legislative elections on 15 May.They have been charged with “high treason” and “genocide” and accused of taking part in an “armed uprising.” Several journalists working for the independent press were also arrested and sentenced at the start of 2006 for defamation cases going back to the end of the 1990s.To date, 21 journalists are currently in prison in the country, making Ethiopia Africa’s biggest prison for journalists.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.orglast_img read more


Police desperate for information on missing 3-year-old girl, 2 persons of interest in custody

Posted On May 18 2021 by

first_imgAlabama Law Enforcement Agency(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — Authorities in Alabama say they have no information on the whereabouts of a missing 3-year-old girl who was believed to have been abducted while attending a birthday party this weekend.Two persons of interest are being questioned as the search for Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney intensifies, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Monday.Kamille was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham on Saturday night when she vanished, authorities said.The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued an Amber Alert that night, which said the toddler is considered to be in “extreme danger.” Investigators are expanding the Amber Alert to surrounding states.Investigators believe Kamille was picked up by an unknown man in an older, dark-colored Toyota Sequoia with beige trim. The Toyota Sequoia was found Sunday after police received several trips from citizens in the community, Smith said.The chief did not elaborate on the two persons of interest in custody but said other people are believed to be involved.“We’re putting the pieces of the puzzle together, but as you know it takes time to follow the leads,” Smith said at a news conference on Monday.Smith said there was “a little bit of a delay” in reporting her missing to law enforcement as families often think they can search on their own.“We will not end our command post or our search until we’ve found some resolution,” Smith said. “We’re going to stay committed.”“I want her back bad,” Kamille’s father told ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA. “I’d do anything to have my baby back.”Kamille, who is black, was described as being about 3 feet tall and weighing 60 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair. She last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with a leopard print Mickey Mouse face and leopard print shorts. She did not have shoes on at the time.Police have asked members of the public to immediately turn over any photos or video from the birthday party that evening.Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to immediately call 911. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Kansas City police arrest alleged killer of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, namesake of ‘Operation LeGend’

Posted On May 18 2021 by

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStockBy ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department announced on Thursday the arrest of a suspect in the murder case of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, whose tragic killing in late June inspired the namesake for the Justice Department’s “Operation Legend” law enforcement initiative.Police charged 22-year-old Ryson Ellis with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action, saying in a press release that Ellis fired shots into the apartment where Taliferro was sleeping on the night of June 29.The KCPD said that Ellis sent threatening social media messages to a witness after the shooting, which led to Taliferro’s family members confronting him about the shooting, including Taliferro’s father.Both Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump applauded the news of Ellis’ arrest, with Trump holding up a picture of Taliferro at a news conference at the White House.“We named ‘Operation LeGend’ after LeGend Taliferro, where we are going to be helping out and are in the process of helping out cities throughout our country that have difficulty with crime,” Trump said. “So that’s really good news, they caught the killer of LeGend.”In a separate statement, Barr said the arrest came as a result of coordination between Kansas City police, the FBI and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.“Today’s arrest of LeGend Taliferro’s suspected murderer marks a significant step forward in his case and illustrates the potential of Operation Legend more broadly,” Barr said. “This development is a model for joint efforts to solve crimes and reduce violence in other cities. I thank the state and local law enforcement officers who helped make possible this important step in bringing justice to LeGend, to his family, and to his community.”Barr first announced the creation of “Operation LeGend” in an exclusive interview with ABC News last month, when he told Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas that he decided to name the initiative after LeGend after hearing he had survived open heart surgery, only to be killed in his sleep.“My daughter had open-heart surgery at a comparable age and I remember how stressful it was for our family,” Barr said at the time. “And the idea of your child surviving that and, you know, the– the joy you would feel to see your kid pull through something like that and then have them shot in the face, it — it affected me a lot.”Since its launch in Kansas City, the DOJ has expanded Operation LeGend to multiple other cities, including St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Memphis, Tennessee.The effort involves the deployment of agents from the FBI, ATF, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals to assist in investigating violent crimes in cities that have experienced recent surges. But it has been met with considerable skepticism, at least initially, from local leaders who believe Trump and Barr are working to target cities led primarily by Democrats with aggressive and visible federal responses like have been seen in Seattle and Portland.Barr has repeatedly sought to separate “Operation LeGend” from the violent clashes in Seattle and Portland between protesters and federal agents primarily from the Department of Homeland Security.“Although LeGend’s suspected murderer has been arrested, Operation Legend will go on,” Barr said Thursday. “Inspired by this success, federal law enforcement will continue working tirelessly to support state and local partners in our shared mission to keep the American people safe and enforce the rule of law.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Seasonal variation in the gametogenic ecology of the Antarctic scallop Adamussium colbecki

Posted On May 9 2021 by

first_imgQuasi-monthly samples of the Antarctic pectinid bivalve Adamussium colbecki were examined to determine the gametogenic pattern and periodicity. Both female and male gametogenic patterns show a very distinct seasonal development, with the initiation of gametogenesis in October and spawning in late September and early October of the following year. The duration of the gametogenic cycle is unusually short for Antarctic benthos, being 12 months. Reproductive effort (ratio of gonad mass to total tissue mass) is significantly higher in males than females, and males are ready to spawn earlier in the austral winter than females. The digestive gland also shows a strong seasonal cycle but develops earlier than the gonad. We propose that energy from the spring bloom is stored in the digestive gland before being transferred to the gonads. Gonad size, digestive-gland size and, to a lesser extent, adductor-muscle size, are related to adult size in most samples. The length of the gametogenic cycle suggests that reproduction in A. colbecki is more pectinid than Antarctic.last_img read more


What happens after the tenant fees ban?

Posted On May 7 2021 by

first_imgHome » News » What happens after the tenant fees ban? previous nextProducts & ServicesWhat happens after the tenant fees ban?Zero Deposit CEO Jon Notley makes the case for the emerging alternative deposits sector and its potential to create revenue for lettings agents.Nigel Lewis1st February 201902,987 Views If ever there was a year of reckoning for the letting agency market, this is it. The full ramifications of the tenant fees ban will be seen in June but the proposed legislation is fairly clear and we know already this is going to drastically alter the current charging structure for agents.The change was underlined in December when the announcement to reduce the maximum security deposit from six weeks to five was made. If that were not enough, the industry is faced with the adoption of an incoming code of practice and increased regulation. Not before time, some will say.Elsewhere in the industry, there are other factors at play. The number of landlords is falling as a result of increased stamp duty on additional residential property purchases and the reduction of mortgage interest as an allowable expense. Figures from UK Finance show a 12% drop in landlord purchases in 2018 alone. It is no wonder that Fixflo reported recently that many agents who predict a material drop in their income are planning to leave the sector.It’s not all doom and gloomThere are over five million households, or 21% of the property market, that are privately rented according to PwC. This figure is set to rise to 24% by 2021.Analysis of the official English Housing Survey by Labour found that over 1.7 million renters believe that they will never own their home because of low wages and rising rents, and research from Countrywide showed that the amount paid in rent across the UK has grown dramatically in the past decade and exceeded £50bn in 2018.If they haven’t already, now is the time for letting agents to seriously review their businesses and carry out a detailed analysis of how market changes will impact their income – no matter how painful it might be.What is clear, is that finding new revenue streams, new ways to attract custom and positively standing out from the crowd, are all going to be key in such an uncertain environment. However, as with all changing markets, there are opportunities.Some agents have put in place sophisticated responses to the fees ban, which include offering a range of additional products and services to both tenants and landlords. The commission earned from these services will help replace lost revenue, and in some cases, some interesting side-benefits are emerging.Oakfield, a Sussex estate agent, recently reported that they were getting as much as 26% more interest in rental properties with deposit replacement available. Deposit replacement schemes enable renters to reduce the upfront cost of renting, enjoy the interest accruing during their tenancy, and avoid borrowing.Instead, the tenant pays a fraction of the deposit (a week in our case) before they move in. Clearly, tenants are placing significant value on agents that are able to find ways to put the pounds back in their pocket, and the best schemes have end-of-tenancy claims processes that mirror the current cash deposit regime, so landlords don’t lose out if they have a fair claim.The benefit of deposit replacement goes way beyond the money. A by-product of the process is that it brings all the protagonists in the rental transaction closer together. Tenants are happy because they have more money than they otherwise would have done.Agents are happy because properties offered with deposit replacement are a more attractive option and help get tenants into properties quicker, and landlords are happy because security and peace of mind is not compromised. It is rare that a new product comes along that so clearly benefits all parties.Of course, there is a note of caution to all of this.Markets for financial products have been created in the past that have been unchecked and led to horrendous consequences, like PPI. As FinTech and InsurTech businesses like ours move to solve the growing problems of tenant affordability, it is our view that they should do so under the regulation of the FCA.It troubles us that there are providers emerging in the deposit protection market that do not have the protections of FCA regulation. In some cases, this fact is not being made clear and there is a real risk that agents and customers could be misled if they believe that these unregulated products carry the same protection as a regulated product, which they do not.We hope that as the letting agency market responds to the opportunity, that all agents think about the potential implications should any non-regulated provider fail and potentially leave their landlords with no protection.As with any changing market, there will be winners and losers. However, one thing is for sure; the winners will be the agents open to embracing change and finding innovative ways to seize opportunities in the new normal.Jon Notley is Co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit.Read more: Adam Walker’s take on the tenant fees ban. Jon Notley tenant fees ban zero deposits February 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. 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Dawn Blitz 2013 Synthetic Exercise Kicks Off Aboard USS Boxer

Posted On May 4 2021 by

first_img View post tag: Dawn View post tag: Navy View post tag: Kicks View post tag: Synthetic Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB) began the synthetic phase amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 (DB 13) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) Jan. 28.DB 13 is a live and synthetic amphibious exercise that will focus on the Amphibious Task Force conducting the planning and execution of Naval Task Force operations in a non-permissive environment and a large scale amphibious assault.The synthetic exercise is taking place while ships are pierside; the at-sea piece will take place in June. DB 13 will allow commanders the ability to conduct limited future amphibious concepts experimentation both pierside and while underway. “The Dawn Blitz exercise is a continuation of an Amphibious Task Force (ATF)/ MEB size operation that has its roots in Kernel Blitz that started in the 1990s and ended in 2001,” said ESG 3 Operations Officer Capt. Paul Gilmartin. “And Dawn Blitz 2013 is 3rd in the series of Dawn Blitz exercises that started in 2010, to build the Commander Amphibious Task Force (CATF) and Commander Landing Force (CLF) relationship between ESG 3 and 1st MEB.”The exercise will consist of a series of events resulting in the deployment of U.S. and allied forces against a hypothetical adversary. A major objective of DB 13 is to provide a realistic context for the employment of military forces in support of U.S. policy. One of the events portrays an MEB-sized Marine Air-Ground Task Force operating as part of a combined amphibious task force in an operational environment that reflects challenges that the U.S. could face.This scenario allows for the integration of Combined Forces Maritime Component Command, Combined Forces Air Component Command, Joint Special Operations Task Force, and eventually, Combined Forces Land Component Command forces as well as allied forces as participants and observers. “My concern is for the training audiences (1st MEB and ESG 3) to be effective in future combat operations. It is essential to work together so we fully develop the blue-green team,” said Maj. George Hasseltine, 1st MEB exercise design planner. “Dawn Blitz provides one of the first exercises combining 1st MEB and ESG 3 staffs together to execute highly complex planning for potential amphibious and expeditionary operations on a large scale.”The purpose of DB 13 is to revitalize Navy/Marine Corps amphibious expeditionary tactics, techniques and procedures, and reinvigorate its culture of conducting combined Navy/Marine Corps operations from the sea as well as to enhance Naval relationships through a common amphibious exercise, with training that focuses on today’s fight with today’s forces.The ESG 3/1st MEB team is viewing DB 13 as an opportunity to generate, develop, and analyze operational concepts in order to shape future requirements and inform our naval strategy and operational doctrine. “Both Bold Alligator and Dawn Blitz are designed around the same principles of ATF and MEB sized operations,” said Gilmartin. “The difference between the two is Dawn Blitz 2013 is focusing on tactical level execution, and not as much at the operation level as we saw in Bold Alligator.”While Navy/Marine Corps amphibious training is routinely conducted, it regularly occurs at the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) levels. DB 13 increases the scope by conducting it at the ESG and MEB levels, and while Dawn Blitz exercises were first held only a few years ago, the Navy/Marine Corps team concept behind them is not new and is deeply rooted in U.S. naval service history. “One of the best things we were able to do was an integrated planning and war game event with the MEB, back in October, that really kicked off the training process for ESG3 and 1st MEB,” said Gilmartin. “And due to the normal routine jobs that we have as a staff, any opportunity to get together and plan at the higher level is really good at ESG/MEB staff, that’s why the exercise continuum that ESG 3 and 1st MEB have established on the west coast is going to pay dividends in the future.”The Navy and Marine Corps enjoy a close working relationship, based on past tradition, present requirements and future necessity to project power ashore. The DB 13 exercise is part of an annual training plan that prepares Navy and Marine Corps forces to conduct selective offload and at-sea transfer of personnel and equipment from sealift platforms to amphibious ships, or directly to air and surface craft capable of ship-to-shore delivery. “We are taking the 1st MEB staff and tying up with partners at ESG 3 and synchronizing the blue green team, so if called to execute operations in the future we know the names and faces and personalities to work with during day-to-day operations of this amphibious exercise,” said Hasseltine.DB 13 ensures the future ability to respond to any amphibious operation requirement smoothly and efficiently, while exploring the feasibility and implication of alternative operational plans and concepts.Holding exercises such as DB 13 make the Navy and Marine Corps team operationally prepared at any time around the world.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 29, 2013 View post tag: Naval Dawn Blitz 2013 Synthetic Exercise Kicks Off Aboard USS Boxer Training & Education View post tag: Blitz View post tag: USS View post tag: Boxer View post tag: off Back to overview,Home naval-today Dawn Blitz 2013 Synthetic Exercise Kicks Off Aboard USS Boxer View post tag: Exercise View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 2013 View post tag: Aboard January 29, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more