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El Obispo Primado visita una agencia de reasentamiento de refugiados…

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska El obispo primado Michael Curry, el obispo de Colorado Robert O’Neill y Jim Gonia, obispo del Sínodo de las Montañas Rocosas de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América, escuchan a Jim Barclay, presidente y director ejecutivo del Servicio Luterano para Familias de las Montañas Rocosas, mientras habla acerca del reasentamiento de refugiados. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Denver, Colorado] En 2012, Ahmed y su familia abandonaron las vidas que llevaban en Homs, Siria, y huyeron a través de la frontera de Jordania donde, sin posibilidades de trabajar y dependientes de ayuda internacional para obtener comida, lucharon por sobrevivir.En la actualidad, Ahmed, su esposa, sus padres y cinco miembros más de su familia, entre ellos un niño de dos años, están rehaciendo sus vidas con ayuda de los programas de refugiados y asilados que ofrece el Servicio Luterano para Familias [la región de] las Montañas Rocosas, una de los 30 filiales de reasentamiento de refugiados asociadas al Ministerio Episcopal de Migración en 26 diócesis de toda la nación.El 24 de febrero, Ahmed (no es su verdadero nombre) y otros miembros de su familia se reunieron con el obispo primado Michael Curry, miembros de su personal, el obispo de Colorado Robert O’Neill y el obispo Jim Gonia del Sínodo de las Montañas Rocosas de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América . La familia llegó a Colorado en diciembre de 2015.Curry, que estaba programado para hablar más tarde ese día en el congreso anual del Consorcio de Parroquias Episcopales Dotadas que está sesionando aquí, pasó la mañana en las oficinas del Servicio Luterano para Familias, enterándose acerca del proceso de reasentamiento y del actual clima político que afecta el proceso. Esta fue su primera visita a una filial de reasentamiento desde que se convirtiera en Obispo Primado.“Los que llamamos refugiados son personas que han perdido su hogar y que han tenido que venir a un país donde la cultura es diferente, el idioma es diferente y todo es diferente”, dijo Curry a Episcopal News Service al final de la visita. “A través del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración y otras organizaciones semejantes, la Iglesia llega a ellos y los acoge y se cerciora de que pueden encontrar un hogar aquí, y esa es la obra de Dios”.El Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, la agencia de reasentamiento de refugiados de la Iglesia Episcopal, es una de nueve agencias que trabajan en asociación con el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. para recibir y reasentar refugiados en Estados Unidos.“Nos entusiasma mucho que el obispo Curry pueda estar con nosotros hoy para saber más acerca de la labor del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración y escuchar de primera mano [el testimonio] de familias refugiadas que están siendo reasentadas aquí, entre ellas la familia siria que llegó apenas hace unos meses”, dijo Deborah Stein, directora ejecutiva del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración, en una entrevista con ENS. “Oír no sólo sus historias del empeño de ser reasentados en EE.UU., sino también cuáles son sus sueños para el futuro ahora que tienen un lugar seguro para vivir”.Situada al oeste de Siria, a unos 160 km al norte de Damasco, Homs sirvió de base a algunas de las primeras sublevaciones contra el presidente sirio Bashar al-Assad al comienzo de la guerra civil en el país, la cual ha cobrado la vida de 250.000 personas y ha obligado a desplazarse a más de 11 millones. Ahmed y los miembros de su familia prefirieron ocultar sus verdaderos nombres por la seguridad de algunos miembros de su familia que todavía viven en la región.La familia vivió en Jordania durante tres años y medio antes de ser reasentada en Estados Unidos.Una cosa que temían al venir a reasentarse en Estados Unidos es cómo habrían de ser percibidos por los norteamericanos debido a su religión, dada la violencia que hay en Siria y las atrocidades que  cometen al presente los islamitas radicales en nombre del islam, explicó Ahmed. De hecho, la realidad de la vida en Denver ha probado ser lo contrario.Desde que llegaron, se han sentido seguros y han encontrado que la gente de Colorado es amistosa, dijo él en árabe a través de un intérprete.El temor de la familia se fundaba también en la retórica antiinmigrante y antirrefugiada que recorre Estados Unidos.Desde noviembre pasado, luego de los ataques terroristas en París, al menos 30 gobernadores de EE.UU. se han pronunciado en contra de reasentar refugiados sirios en sus estados, arguyendo preocupación por la seguridad pública, y los concejos municipales han propuestos medidas destinadas a impedir que los sirios y otros refugiados sean reasentados en sus comunidades, explicó Stein.Sin embargo, esa no es la situación en Colorado, donde el gobernador John Hickenlooper, ha abierto las puertas del estado a los sirios. El Consejo de Iglesias de Colorado encomió a Hickenlooper por su postura.El Servicio Luterano para Familias también experimentó algunas molestias a raíz de los ataques del 13 de noviembre en París, cuando sus oficinas recibieron llamadas “enojadas y odiosas” de ciudadanos que reaccionaban por miedo. Pero para Acción de Gracias, las llamadas “hicieron un giro” y la gente comenzó a querer  saber más acerca de la situación de los refugiados y cómo podían participar, dijo James Horan, vicepresidente para el servicio de refugiados.De hecho, desde principios de diciembre de 2015, el número de personas interesadas en ofrecerse de voluntarios aumentó hasta el punto de que ahora hay una lista de espera.En parte eso tiene que ver con la cobertura noticiosa de los refugiados sirios que arriesgan su vida para llegar a Europa, y el aumento de la conciencia [pública]. Aunque la mayoría de los refugiados permanece en la región, muchos han intentado el peligroso viaje en bote a Grecia en el intento de llegar a otras partes de Europa, donde la crisis se está politizando cada vez más.Además, Alemania, que ha recibido a la mayoría de los refugiados, Canadá y los Estados Unidos se han comprometido en aumentar el número de refugiados sirios que se admiten.Desde el comienzo de la guerra civil siria en 2011, Estados Unidos ha recibido 2.800 refugiados sirios, explicó Jim Barclay, presidente y director ejecutivo del Servicio Luterano para Familias en [la zona de] las Montañas Rocosas.El Servicio Luterano para Familias en las Montañas Rocosas (LFSRM por su sigla en inglés) se convirtió en afiliado del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración en octubre pasado. Para el año fiscal que terminó el 1 de octubre de 2015, el LFSRM reasentó 627 refugiados, provenientes de lugares tan diversos como Irak, Eritrea, Somalia, República Democrática del Congo, Bután y Cuba. Este año fiscal, se propone reasentar unos 850 refugiados.“Nos entusiasma mucho ahora estar afiliados con el Ministerio Episcopal de Migración y por la oportunidad de vincularnos a sus congregaciones con acceso a los refugiados y a su ministerio de acogida”, dijo Barclay. “Y realmente no puede ser un ministerio sin que la gente de las iglesias dé un paso al frente y actúe conforme a su fe para abrazar a los recién llegados”.Las agencias de reasentamiento le proporcionan a los refugiados ayuda, incluso orientación cultural, inglés como segundo idioma y cursos de capacitación laboral, así como gestión individual de casos.La agencia de reasentamiento brinda servicios y referencias a otras agencias, “desde el día en que los refugiados llegan al aeropuerto hasta que son autosuficientes”, dijo Damir Basic, director de sección del Servicio Luterano para Familias que supervisa los programas de refugiados y asilados, añadiendo que la mayoría de los refugiados, muchos de los cuales llegan al aeropuerto con destrezas limitadas e incapaces de hablar inglés, obtienen empleos en el transcurso de 90 a 120 días. “Llevarlos del punto A al punto B exige una enorme cantidad de trabajo”.Lo que los refugiados quieren es reconstruir sus vidas y llegar a ser autosuficientes, y las asociaciones son necesarias para ayudarles en ese proceso, dijo él.Desde el comienzo, el programa de reasentamiento de Estados Unidos ha sido una asociación pública-privada.“Hay muchísimo apoyo voluntario”, dijo Barclay. Y agregó que algunos de esos provienen de congregaciones “que rondan en torno a las familias refugiadas durante los primeros cuatro meses que están aquí a partir de su llegada y las ayudan a aclimatarse y a integrarse a la comunidad… suplen toda suerte de muebles y equipos del hogar, apoyó económico y mentoría —y vecindad”. Todo lo cual, dijo Barclay, “es esencial para que los refugiados hagan transiciones exitosas”.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Orlando Philharmonic presents Women in Song

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Women In Song is a new series of concerts celebrating the great talent of singers and songwriters of our time. From operatic to indie rock to folk and pop, these concerts feature some of the greatest young talents of today performing works of their own and covers of other amazing artists.The first concert in the series takes place in the 200-seat theater at The Plaza Live for a more intimate experience and features Greif, songs by Schubert and Dvorak, as well as poetry by Walt Whitman underscored by members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Eric Jacobsen will play cello on several pieces. It is a 60-minute performance with no intermission and a bar-hang immediately following the performance.ABOUT THE ARTISTARIADNE GREIF has been praised for her “luminous, expressive voice,” her “elastic and round high notes,” and her “mesmerizing stage presence.” She began her opera career as a ‘boy’ soprano in the Los Angeles area and at the LA Opera, eventually making an adult debut singing Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra. She will star as Adina in the Orlando Philharmonic’s February 2017 production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.This series also features well-known bluegrass and folk singer Sara Watkins on February 1st and Indie folk/folk rock star Aoife O’Donovan on March 1st.The first Women in Song concert will be on Tuesday November 29th at 8:00 PM at The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando.Tickets are $22 if purchased in advance, $27 at the door.  There is a special discount if tickets for all three concerts are purchased together.Use this link to learn more about the Women in Song concert series. TAGSOrlando Philharmonic Previous articleWine for Thanksgiving DinnerNext articleLake Apopka Wildlife Drive open on Thanksgiving weekend Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

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The incurable writing disease of which I need no cure

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CSG Herbert Weissman The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Hey Mike Mike, writing to me can be a great blessing, and a curse, at the same time. Sometimes the stuff flows from my pen, then there are those times it dribbles. It has been said that writing is simple, all you have to do is open a vein, dip in your pen and start making little scratch marks on your paper. Oh well, some day perhaps I will arrive? Take care pal, Chaz 20 COMMENTS October 24, 2018 at 7:39 am Reply I think this is one of the most beautiful pieces that you have written. Yes, the muse is with you. I’m visiting Karla for several days, will have her read this. I’m sure she’ll love it. The muse sits on her shoulder too. charles towne Hawk old friend, truer words were never spoken! Let it never be said that we were ever purveyors of toxic waste that smells of rotten fish and dirty diapers. If we have a driving need to sow discord and hate we are poor writers indeed. Thanks, Chaz October 21, 2018 at 9:44 pm October 21, 2018 at 9:49 am October 22, 2018 at 9:21 am Herb, my brother and my friend, There are some that claim we only use 5% of the brain’s power. just imagine what would happen if we were to use 10%? I mean, would we explode? Or perhaps we would implode? I am reminded of the saying: “Some people are educated beyond their intelligence.” And that makes me think of those two wonderful mice, Pinky and The Brain, living as they did in their little cage. Pinky asks The Brain, “Brain, what are we going to do today?” And The Brain answers in typical Brain fashion, “Well Pinky, if everything goes according to plan, we are going to take over the world.” To think that an infinite creator gave man almost unlimited power! Yeah, just imagine! Please forgive me for rambling, Chaz October 22, 2018 at 5:20 am My friend, when you write about yourself, I learn more and more why you are who you are. Your are truly blessed by G_D to have the skill to keep creating new and fascinating articles for the Voice.Herb Reply October 23, 2018 at 7:04 pm October 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply October 24, 2018 at 9:27 am Reply October 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm I always enjoy your writing and this column was an example of why. It’s always intriguing to me to hear the reason someone does something that they love or are good at. Thanks for the insight Chuck, God bless! Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Again…made me smile with yourarticle. Yes you are a writer, blessed from Heaven above.It seems to flow out of you so effortlessly. Keep up the good work, Chuck! God bless you!! October 21, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply Dear Judith, you pay me a high honor with your praise. There comes a place in every man’s life where he has to believe in himself, but without support, or affirmation if you will, we tend to struggle along wallowing in a state of ‘not’, of ‘little’, of ‘maybe’, or even, heaven forbid, a state of “never.’ Thanks so much, Chaz Judith Hankes October 22, 2018 at 9:08 pm charles towne Writing a meaningful comment is sometimes a challenge for me so I definitely have an appreciation for your abilities to write for those of us who do not have the talent and more importantly the desire. Writing is a gift bestowed on few for the benefit of many. Your weekly writings are always thought provoking and often humorous – sometimes a little of both. Keep writing and we will keep reading… Reply charles towne Reply October 21, 2018 at 10:32 pm Hawk Lassiter charles towne Thanks very well said, good principle that can be used in many of Life’s Endevers keep Writing NEVA NEVA NEVA NEVA Give Up! W CHURHILL Reply Dear CSG, if the truth were known every article I write is hard work. I am not a well educated man in terms of formal schooling, but I am well read because I had a mother that loved books and passed that love on to me. A great man once said, “good books are like good friends, you can’t have too many of them.” I believe one of the saddest things in this age is the fact that our young people seem to be dumbed down, with no love for books, morality, loyalty, and genuine love, and consequently no self respect or belief in their own potential. And sadly, they don’t seem to know what the word “integrity” means. “Seeking the easy way” seems to be the motto of the age. O God, help us to be what you designed us to be. Blessings on you dear one, Chaz Richard Reply center_img October 22, 2018 at 3:10 am October 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm charles towne EJ October 21, 2018 at 10:39 am October 22, 2018 at 9:28 pm October 21, 2018 at 4:07 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate charles towne TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleThe Mega Millions jackpot is now more than $1 billion – where does all that lottery profit really go?Next articleAre you a fall back person? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. charles towne Mike McFadden October 22, 2018 at 9:53 am There is an interesting phenomenon at work when a writer takes up his or her pen. We have all heard that old saying about the pen being mightier than the sword, and it is true, for with it we can create or destroy. Therefore we have a great responsibility to have the truth of the matter before we began sharing another person’s life with the world. As a writer I am obligated to cause no hurt or give offense to any of God’s children. I believe that we must remember that truth, being what it is, is a flexible thing. People change, yes they really do, so therein lies the crux of the matter. What was true may no longer be so, therefore let me be cautious and responsible in all issues involving another soul and let me never intentionally give no hurt or slander. Hawk Lassiter This article gives us insight as to what goes on with you writers. Very interesting. Most certainly a passion. I’m glad you pointed out that it’s not necessarily easy and that you do have to exercise discipline. Thanks for sharing so much about yourself. So glad you are using your talents! Kristin Reply Reply Ahh, Donald, As Popeye the sailor man always said, “I yam what I yam…! I am also what I am except when I aint! Each of us have little quirks that make us unique. Blessings on you my friend, Chaz Dear EJ, the onliest thang I got t’ say about dat is this: if our legs bent the other way we wouldn’t be able to ride bicycles, and with that little treasure floating around in your mind I don’t want you to think I would ever give up. Blessings on you and yours pal, Chaz Reply Kristin, dear Kristin, not easy? I should say so. Think of the most difficult task and multiply it a thousand fold! Oh, alright, I am exaggerating, just a tad mind you! It is my belief that writers are probably the most transparent of creatures, except when the aint. Thanks dear friend, I appreciate your comment. Chaz October 21, 2018 at 10:54 pm charles towne My Dear Friend,You are indeed a gift from God because He gave me an insatiable desire to read!In my youth,reading took me to far away places, distant worlds,to meet many new peoples, and to have amazing adventures while never leaving the house! I met the beautiful princess of mars thanks to Edgar Rice Burrows, I swung in the jungle with Tarzan, I explored distant worlds with the Lensmen, I met racoons and porcupines with Sam Campbell! The entire universe was MINE!!! Because of writers like youTo this day I can happily spend hour after hour just browsing in a bookstore. I see a title I would never personally buy and I know that it will be the perfect gift for someone else! I have tried your advice but I admit to being a much better reader than writer. God in His wisdom gave us each our talents, We need each other to complete “the gift”! God’s blessings on you my friend, keep that pen and pad handy! I’ve been following you for years and there is no doubt you have the writing disease. Keep writing good frined October 21, 2018 at 8:53 am Reply charles towne Reply And what else are good friends supposed to be for if not to tag along on the journey and encourage those smitten by the dreadful but deliteful, and dastardly debilitating disease? Thanks ooold friend, Chaz Reply InspirationBy Charles TowneSome thoughts on why I write…Writing for me is an expression of my soul, my artistic calling, and a means of sharing as well as communicating to the world. It is also my way of expressing the fact that I care to whoever may read what I offer.I write because every life and outlook is unique. No two people ever look at the same experience, the same valley, the same mountain in the same way.Some of us will see the river flowing through the valley. Some will see the lovely chalet at the foot of the mountain, or the avalanche area, ready to slide down the side of the mountain and obliterate the chalet, while yet another soul might see the mama grizzly bear with her two cubs feeding on the salmon in the river.Some will see all of these things, while others will experience fear, and others joy. The way we express ourselves through our writing can perhaps cast a new outlook on an old subject.I write. It is one of the most demanding disciplines that I can imagine but I write because I must. I love the thought processes. I don’t necessarily love writing per se, but I love being a writer.I have discovered something important about the writing craft and it is this, the more I write the better I become as a writer, and maybe, just perhaps, a better human being.At this stage in my life I can’t imagine myself not writing.Being published is not my consummate goal. Writing is my consummate goal but, I must admit, there is something very satisfying about seeing one’s work published. Call it ego if you will, whatever, I love it. Would I write if I was never published? Absolutely.I write because after all, I am a writer and being a writer I must write.There is a compulsive disorder, it is called hypergraphia, or, “midnight disease,” simply put it is an overwhelming need to write. The Roman poet Juvenal called it, “The incurable writing disease”. Curse, or blessing? Call it what you will, I have it. It wakes me from my deepest sleep, it strikes at inopportune times, I have been known to pull off the highway and park in order to write down some thought of the moment, and usually I have a pen and notepad ready, just in case.I am happy that a prescription is not needed to purchase ink because I think it is my drug of choice.If I am late for an appointment, yes, you guessed it, I had to stop what I was doing to capture a thought. This then is what I prefer to call, a blessed gift.For most of us I think it is easier not to be a writer. This must be so because most people aren’t writers, and to be honest, very little harm befalls them. As for me, writing is a pleasure wherein I lose myself and find myself, both at the same time.Writing enables me to journey to places as yet unexplored, it even allows me to travel through time and space, to explore fantastical dimensions, to experience adventures only dreamed of, to risk all, even life itself, and yet return unscathed.Ideas do not belong to any one person, they are universal. Say I have an idea, it is a wonderful idea, the stuff of which castles and battlements and great bridges are built. Another comes along and uses the materials to build, oh the shame of it, a privy. But, the privy is used by one and all, for after all, it is called a “necessary house” for good reason, and so all turns out as it should be; thanks be to GOD.Writing leads to discovery, insight and accomplishment.If you hear a voice within you saying: “you are no writer,” then write, scribble away until that lying, deceitful voice is silenced, for It after all can only be silenced by your blessed gift, so by all means, writeOne time I was suffering from a terminal case of writer’s block. I fiddled, I doodled, and I fidgeted, nothing. Then I began writing limericks, those nonsensical little gidgets started dribbling and pissing from my pen onto my paper.Looking back, I wouldn’t want to share them with you for some of them are actually quite gross and ridiculous, but I am proud of them and still have them. Writing them broke the deadliest case of writers block in history, my own. Now I told you that because I have discovered the surest way to break through writer’s block is to write, simply that, just write.By the way, that is what I am doing right now, smashing, crashing, erupting; bursting through another case of writer’s block.Having received no formal education on the subject of writing I finally realized that style, and I am speaking of the writing style, is above all else, having something to say, and saying it in the clearest way possible. That to my way of thinking is the most important and possibly the only secret of style.Writers are generally speaking, and this is only my opinion, injured, crippled folk, and I hate to admit it, we write to heal ourselves.If I were to give advice that would, if followed, finally lead one to be a writer it would be this: Sit your butt in your chair and sit it there at the same time daily. Create a habit. Now that is pretty simplistic, if a tad crude isn’t it? But, my friend, that is what writing is all about, discipline on demand.I think that only one thing separates the successful writer from the aspiring writer, the wannabe. The successful writer writes.Remember, first last and always, you are a writer. Rest assured, if you cannot find time to write you will never be a writer. So write my friend, by all means, write.AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYERDear Lord, help me, teach me, and speak to me, and through me. If I can be a blessing to others through my writing, let it be so. Impress it upon my mind what I should write, and then give me the discipline and the courage to write it. I realize that some of what I write may be drivel but then again some of it will hopefully touch someone’s heart and draw them to you. My mind, my eyes, my hands are yours, use them to your glory. This I ask in Jesus’ blessed, most wonderful and Holy name, Amen. Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Richard, so different and yet so similar!. The same books, adventures of fantasy, and yes, not only the universe, but the entire galaxy as well. I knew the little people existed. I was chased by the “Terrible” but I always escaped. There were fantastical creatures yet to be discovered, still are as a matter of fact. Books have added to my life in ways I can’t describe and they are still impacting my life far beyond my dreams. Books have led me to adventures with lions and ladies, and opened the gates of heaven for each of us. Bless you my friend, Chaz Reply Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Full support for satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on eve of trial for publishing Mohammed cartoons

first_imgNews to go further May 10, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 2, 2021 Find out more “The trial that opens tomorrow is a test of freedom of expression in France. We express our unconditional support for Charlie Hebdo in its fight for the right to satire and we hope that the courts will protect this principle, as the Danish judges did on 26 October 2006 when they acquitted Jyllands-Posten’s editors and ruled that its Mohammed cartoons were not offensive to Muslims.” RSF_en February 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Full support for satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on eve of trial for publishing Mohammed cartoons FranceEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on France Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News Reporters Without Borders voiced “unconditional support” today for the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo , which goes on trial in Paris tomorrow in a civil lawsuit by the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Union of Islamic Organisations of France. It is accused of deliberately trying to hurt Muslims “in their collective attachment to their beliefs” by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a special issue a year ago.Most of the cartoons were the ones which the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published in September 2005, sparking protests in many Muslim countries. The front page one was by French cartoonist Jean “Cabu” Cabut.“We support Charlie Hebdo in its commitment to free expression and to the right to satire and we condemn the many different kinds of intimidation that have been targeted at this weekly,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The public area must remain open not only to dialogue but also to controversy.”Charlie Hebdo’s decision to reprint the Danish cartoons was taken at an especially fraught moment. Some 10 news media had been banned or suspended in countries such as Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia for reproducing the cartoons. Journalists has been arrested in countries such as Jordan, Algeria and Yemen. “By publishing the cartoons, Charlie Hebdo chose to resist the attempt to impose silence by means of threats,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is what counts. The public arena must remain free.”The organisation continued: “The trial that opens tomorrow is a test of freedom of expression in France. We express our unconditional support for Charlie Hebdo in its fight for the right to satire and we hope that the courts will protect this principle, as the Danish judges did on 26 October 2006 when they acquitted Jyllands-Posten’s editors and ruled that its Mohammed cartoons were not offensive to Muslims.”Ever since the cartoons first appeared in Jyllands-Posten, there has been a never-ending debate as to whether it is permissible to publish opinion pieces or cartoons that could offend the religious sensibilities of part of the population. After the publication of Robert Redeker’s op-ed piece in Le Figaro last September, the French courts are now having to take a position on this issue.“We expect an outcome that accords with the principles of free expression and the freedom to inform and be informed,” Reporters Without Borders added.In tomorrow’s trial, the plaintiffs are requesting 30,000 euros in damages and the publication of key passages from the court’s ruling. Charlie Hebdo published its special issue on the cartoons one week after they were published by the French daily France Soir on 1 February 2006, in a decision that led to the dismissal France Soir’s editor, Jacques Lefranc. News June 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia Newslast_img read more

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Celebrate the Arroyo, Go on a Hike

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Whether we know it or not, the river is central to our lives. The water that fills our tap, available with the turn of a knob, has been on a long, expensive journey before it dribbles out as drinking water.The Arroyo Seco Foundation celebrated past successes and visions about to come to fruition in the journey of the Arroyo on Wednesday May 29. Now more than ever change is happening to the Arroyo.This annual event brings special reasons to celebrate the Arroyo. In the past year Arroyo Seco Foundation helped save the Hahamongna Watershed Park from becoming a soccer field and allowed native fish to swim in the central Arroyo. New vegetation has sprouted since the devastation of the 2009 fire, bringing more lilacs and Manzanita.“It’s a good time to bring more people into this discussion regarding the Arroyo. It’s a good time for people to take notice because were seeing things happen,” Jonathan Frame said.The speakers gave everyone a real view of what’s happening with the spectacular natural resource by working their way down the water shed, beginning at the river’s head in Hahamongna, then hearing from South Pasadena, Altadena, Highland Park, and finally the spot where the tributary joins the Los Angeles River.Big plans are in the works to construct new spreading basins. Spreading basins allow for more water absorption into the ground, which means more local drinking water will become available for Pasadena residents.Arroyo Seco Canyon project, a joint effort of Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Water and Power, will improve the local water reliability so that Pasadena will not be as dependent on water that comes from hundreds of miles away. Currently two-thirds of Pasadena’s water supply is imported from the Bay Delta and Colorado River.The Arroyo Seco Canyon Project will address three components in the Hahamongna: increase the local water resources, restore natural habitat, and improve recreation opportunities.Carollo Engineers have finished a conceptual design that will reconstruct the JPL parking lot into a spreading basin as well as add picnic tables, drinking fountains, and native plants. On Memorial Day, 1500 hikers and cyclists utilized this beautiful area. By next Memorial Day those active users will see large improvements.Making a continuous bike trail system from the San Gabriel Mountains to Downtown Los Angeles is another widely anticipated project. Michael Cacciotti of South Pasadena is working on part of that goal with a plan to reconnect the old bike path that was taken over by the golf course. A grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will help this seven-tenths of a mile path be reconstructed for the first time since 1955.Star-News Columnist and Arroyo River enthusiast Larry Wilson presented ideas about transforming the confluence, the place where the Arroyo meets the Los Angeles River.“We need to use the Arroyo energy in this room” Larry Wilson said, “This could be a dream space for our grandchildren. â€A celebration of the Arroyo would not be complete without music. Timothy Sellers and Ladee Walsh of Artichoke had the crowd clapping vigorously with songs detailing the Arroyo and Highland Park.Dry River Brewing helped attendees celebrate by providing homebrewed beer made with water from the Arroyo Seco. Their refreshing elderberry blossom home brew is perfect for warm summer evenings. Vanva Ciceryoua and Loie Luna are in the process of establishing their brewing company on the banks of the Los Angeles River where people can come to “party with a purpose.”The celebration meeting ended with a special guest visit from Princess Haha, who filled the room with laughter with her “strip tease with trees” act.“We want to broaden our base of community support because it is the members who help plant the vision, get grants and develop essential partnerships,” Tim Brick, ASF Managing Director said.Omar Delgado of Northeast Trees challenged all the lovers of the Arryo to take a trash bag with them next time they go on a walk and pick up trash because any little bit helps.“One person can’t do this, we all need to work together. Whatever passion we have for the Arroyo Seco, for the river system, for Los Angeles County and the future,” Master of Ceremonies and Arroyo Seco Foundation Volunteer Dorothy Wong said. “The Arroyo is the one of the most beautiful, hidden, diverse treasures that Southern California, if not the world has.” faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Photo Gallery Celebrate the Arroyo, Go on a Hike By RACHEL YOUNG Published on Friday, May 31, 2013 | 12:33 pm 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuffcenter_img Make a comment Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. 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Woman convicted of murder for running over her cheating husband in 2002 released from prison

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Texas dentist who was notoriously convicted of running over her cheating husband has been released from prison after 15 years.On July 24, 2002, Clara Harris, 60, killed her husband, 44-year-old orthodontist David Harris, after she found him with his alleged mistress, Gail Bridges, authorities said.The private investigator Clara Harris hired to follow her husband videotaped the incident, which showed her striking him repeatedly with her Mercedes-Benz in the parking lot of a Houston hotel — the same one the couple had been married in on Valentine’s Day 1992.The first impact sent David Harris flying 25 feet. Then, prosecutors said Clara Harris crossed two grassy medians and ran over her husband three more times before she put the car in reverse and backed over his body, leaving the car parked on top of him.David Harris’ 16-year-old daughter — Clara Harris’ stepdaughter — was in the passenger seat of the car at the time.Prior to the attack, a confrontation between Bridges and Clara Harris occurred in the hotel lobby, and witnesses said Clara Harris tore Bridges’ shirt.David Harris had been walking Bridges to her car at time of the attack. He later died of his injuries.David Harris died hours later. The couple — who had twin boys together — had been going through a divorce at the time of his death.After she was arrested, Clara Harris told reporters that it was an accident.The day in February 2003 when Clara Harris was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering her husband would have been their 11th anniversary. She served 15 years of her sentence.The couple had been earning millions with their chain of orthodontist offices and lived in an estate in the Houston suburbs.“I pretty much consider my life is over,” Clara Harris told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer before her conviction.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Letters

first_imgLettersOn 27 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Thisweek’s lettersWithoutovertime the UK plc would grind to a haltLetus get rid of pointless forms that monitor the hours worked.  Nobody should be forced to work overtime,just as nobody should be forced not to. And HR has better things to do thancomplete more paperwork (Features, 13 July).Anaverage working wage for an average worker in my experience seems to be between£5 and £8. If there was no overtime I don’t know how some people would cope.Cutthe politics, cut the red tape, cut the ability to sue at the drop of a hat.Let’s get back to what is necessary – a decent job, decent work and a decentweek’s pay.AnnetteSmithHR/administrative manager (family member and individual), Peerless EuropeDIYlaw is a clear recipe for disasterAnanonymous correspondent on these pages appears not to understand anything aboutdiscrimination or unfair dismissal law (Letters, 29 June). Their remarks aboutemployment lawyers have made me conclude that leaving the law in their handswould lead to some very large claims being made against their company.Iagree that employment law is a specialist and complex area. So it’s best leftto the specialists.  How many employersexpect to be able to deal with their tax issues without an accountant?Iwould recommend all employers to look to their trade associations forspecialist help and advice. That’s what they and their lawyers are there for.AnneCopleySolicitor, head of legal, BPIFUnjustifiedattack over job screeningIwas surprised to see you highlighting some conclusions from a recent survey bya hospitality industry recruiter – that London hoteliers are not screeningemployment candidates for security risks (News, 16 July). Theheadline, ‘Hoteliers fail to take terrorism threat seriously’ was not justified.Inmy experience, in this and other service industries, very few employers screenadequately for anything at all. Hoteliers’ apparent lack of focus on securityrisk is no greater than with other aspects of employment. Moreover, thestatement that ‘airlines (and other parts of the travel industry) are rigorouswith their pre-screening processes’ simply does not hold up now. The extensiveoutsourcing of ground-based support services, has been shown many times to bevery vulnerable to penetration by miscreants and investigative journalists.Theunderlying point raised by recruiters Indago is, nevertheless, a very pertinentone. The solution, however, lies more in better top-down management commitmentto security and risk-free operations throughout the business, than simply withthe better screening of new hires.BrianWallingPrincipal, Brian Walling InternationalNo-onehas the right to sickness absence Theissue of staff attendance has received a lot of press lately, but I wasextremely surprised by the naïve advice offered by HR Hartley on the managementof sick leave (June 22). Themajority of organisations have had in place processes and procedures that doexactly what Hartley recommends. However, it is both naïve and wrong to talkabout the number of sick days a person is entitled to. An employee does nothave an entitlement to any sick days.Ifsomeone is too ill to attend work then they are entitled to benefit from theiremployer’s occupational sick pay scheme, but their contract of employment requiresthem to attend work on each day that they are able. Itis hard enough persuading employees that they have no entitlement to a specificnumber of sick days without finding HR professionals adding weight to theirargument.IanBrandwoodDirector of HR, West Yorkshire Probation ServiceHomeworkingis not cut-price childcareIam writing regarding ‘The Cranet Survey’ (News, 22 June).Wheneverthere is a picture of someone working at home there always seems to be a childin the background. This implies that working from home can be combined withchildcare.Thisis misleading. No-one who has young children would claim that reading more thanone paragraph of a report is possible if your children are alongside you.Pleasebe realistic when selecting images. Working from home is an excellent optiongiven the right circumstances, but I would not include a shortage of childcareas one of them.Detailssupplied, WolverhamptonGraduatesdo have clue about the lawArecent letter writer, Bill McAllister, said ‘graduates [are] clueless onemployment law’ (22 June). I beg to differ. Surely he is generalising. Icompleted an MSc in HR and industrial relations four years ago at theUniversity of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and an intrinsicpart of the course was an in-depth module on employment law, taught over a10-week term for three to four hours each week. The subject lecturer was aqualified barrister, we attended and reported on an employment tribunal, and wewere examined on the subject in our final exams.WhileI would never claim to be fully conversant with the intricacies of employmentlaw, I do feel that I, like the other graduates of the MSc course, developed asound understanding of the principles of it, thereby enabling us to avoidfundamental legal errors in our daily work and to understand the importance ofseeking appropriate professional advice when necessary. Following on from myMSc, I also completed the Dibb Lupton Allsop diploma in basic employment law.AnyHR course worthy of accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment should have employment law at its heart – I am sure that most do.RobertBoundSenior HR officer, Control Techniques DrivesWorriedabout lack of stress policiesItis reassuring that the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is encouragingorganisations to tackle the causes, rather than the symptoms, of workplacestress (News, 7 July). However, the fact that so few companies are formalisingtheir approach to stress management is indicative of its complexity andsomething that worries one employee will leave others unaffected, providing noclear-cut solutions. Gettingto the root of this means understanding employees’ psychological contracts.These reflect what the individual values most in their working lives and it isthis area, if experienced negatively, that will induce the most stress.Allpsychological contracts are unique, but their nature typically parallels thefactors identified by the HSE as the main triggers of stress. Assessing anorganisation’s improvement in these areas can best be achieved through opendialogue with employees, during which their individual perspectives can bediscussed in detail.BernardCookeConsultancy Team Leader, OPP Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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The energetics of gentoo penguins, Pygoscelis papua, during the breeding season

first_img1. The food consumption of an animal. both at the individual and the population level, is an essential component for assessing the impact of that animal on its ecosystem. As such, measurements of the energy requirements of marine top-predators are extremely valuable as they can be used to estimate these food requirements. 2. The present study used heart rate to estimate the rate of energy expenditure of gentoo penguins during the breeding season. The average daily metabolic rate (ADMR) of penguins when one adult was necessarily present at the nest (incubating eggs or guarding small chicks; IG, 4.76 W kg(-1)) was significantly lower than that when both parents forage concurrently during the major period of chick growth (CR: 6.88 W kg(-1)). 3. The ADMR of a bird was found to be dependent on a number of factors, including the day within the breeding season and the percentage time that the bird spent foraging during that day. 4. When they were ashore, the estimated metabolic rate of IG birds (3.94 W kg(-1)) was significantly lower than that of CR birds (5.93 W kg(-1)). However, the estimated metabolic rates when the birds were at sea during these periods were essentially the same (8.58 W kg(-1)). 5. The heart rate recorded when the penguins were submerged (128 beats min(-1)) was significantly higher than that recorded from resting animals when ashore (89 beats min(-1)). However, it was lower than that recorded from birds that were swimming in a water channel (177 beats min(-1)). This might indicate that, although primarily aerobic in nature, there was an anaerobic component to metabolism during diving. An alternative interpretation is that the metabolic requirement during diving was lower than when the birds,were swimming with access to air. 6. There was a significant decline in abdominal temperature. from 38.8 degreesC at the start of a diving bout to 36.2 degreesC at the end, which may, indicate a reduction in overall metabolic rate during submersion. This in turn may explain the lowered heart rate. 7. In the present study. we have shown that the metabolic rate of the gentoo penguin varies during the breeding season. The relatively constant metabolic rate of the birds when at sea could represent an upper physiological limit that the birds are unable to exceed. If so, it will only be possible for the birds to increase foraging effort by diving more frequently and/or for longer periods thus reducing their foraging efficiency (the energy gained during foraging vs. energy spent gaining that food). During years when food is scarce, this reduction in foraging efficiency may have a profound influence on the reproductive productivity of the gentoo penguin.last_img read more

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“RIGHT JAB -MIDDLE JAB AND LEFT JAB” OCTOBER 14, 2019

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab-Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so. “Right Jab-Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so.Today’s “Readers Poll’ question is:  If the election was held today in the City Council 1st Ward who would you vote for?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. last_img read more

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Warburtons graduate plans future in baking

first_imgSusina Maiden, 17, is already mapping out her career path to launch her own bakery business in Solihull, after graduating from Warburtons Young Bakers Aca-demy. After completing a three- month course at the academy at the University College of Bir-mingham, she has now embarked on an NVQ Level One in baking skills. She said: “I love baking and really enjoyed the practical side of the course. To be able to continue to learn more about the business side of baking is really interesting. I am now studying cake decoration, confectionery, and bread production, all of which will help me reach my goal to own my own bakery business in Solihull.”Mike Ewing, area business development manager at War-burtons bakery in Wednesbury, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the programme and congratulate all of the bakers, especially Susina. It’s great to see young people keeping this tradition alive.”last_img read more

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