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Transformados por 12 años en Tanzania, unos misioneros se disponen…

first_img Rector Tampa, FL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missionaries Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Africa, Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET La Rda. Sandra McCann bautiza a un anciano miembro de la iglesia anglicana de San Pedro, en Chikola, Tanzania, durante una de sus visitas parroquiales en la Diócesis de Tanganica Central.[Episcopal News Service] De niña, la Rda. Sandra McCann soñaba con ir algún día a África. Pero nunca se imaginó que se convertiría en su hogar, su ministerio y su vida entera durante 12 años.Cuando Sandy y su marido Martin alcanzaron la mitad de la cincuentena, tomaron la decisión audaz de abandonar sus exitosas carreras médicas en radiología y patología, vender su casa y mudarse a África como misioneros de la Iglesia Episcopal. Su mudanza se retrasó durante tres años y en ese tiempo Sandy se graduó en el Seminario Teológico de Virginia con una Maestría en Teología y la ordenaron presbítera de la Iglesia Episcopal.Luego de un año de “práctica” en Maseno, Kenia, donde trabajo junto con los misioneros episcopales Gerry y Nancy Hardison, los McCann se mudaron a Dodoma, la capital de Tanzania, y han pasado la última década enseñando, y curando y viviendo en una comunidad bastante alejada de la vida que antes llevaban en Columbus, Georgia. La experiencia ha cambiado y expandido para siempre su visión del mundo, dicen ellos.Con la ayuda y el aliento de la Oficina de Personal de la Misión de la Iglesia Episcopal, y atendiendo a la invitación del difunto obispo Mdimi Mhogolo, de la Diócesis de Tanganica Central, Sandy enseñó en el Colegio Teológico Msalato y finalmente asumió el cargo de directora de comunicaciones al tiempo que sirve de capellana de esta universidad.El misionero episcopal Martin McCann analiza un espécimen en su laboratorio de patología en Dodoma, Tanzania. Foto de David Copley.Martin estableció un laboratorio de patología en el que pueden detectarse enfermedades mediante el uso de toda una variedad de técnicas investigativas, un servicio que no ha cesado de crecer en los últimos 10 años y que anteriormente no existía en la región central de Tanzania. En la actualidad, la clínica recibe especímenes de hospitales públicos locales de Dodoma, así como de varios hospitales de misiones.En el transcurso de los años y a través de generosas donaciones, Martin ha podido reemplazar y mejorar el equipo, y su personal ha aumentado de un asistente a tres, uno de ellos diplomado de histopatología.Martin ha concentrado sus esfuerzos en la aspiración con aguja fina, un procedimiento sencillo para el establecimiento de un diagnóstico rápido que él cree que tiene un papel vital que desempeñar en países de escasos recursos. En 2014, realizó más de 1.200 biopsias de aspiración con aguja fina y atendió 2.200 casos de histopatología.Ahora, a principios de su setentena, los McCann han decidido que 2015 será su último año en Tanzania, una decisión difícil para ellos, pero que se ha facilitado gracias a la conclusión exitosa de una subvención para el Colegio Teológico de Msalato que costea becas de alumnos y salarios de profesores.Pero antes de irse, están deseosos de garantizar que el consultorio de patología de Martin continuará y están buscando urgentemente a un patólogo (o dos) para reemplazarlo.[Cualquiera que esté interesado en trabajar como patólogo en Dodoma debe dirigirse al Rdo. David Copley, encargado del personal de misión de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS, por su sigla en inglés) en [email protected]]A los McCann los hacen miembros honoríficos del coro de mujeres de San Pablo en Mvumi Makula, durante una visita parroquial en la Diócesis de Tanganica Central.Atravesar fronteras culturales y crear asociaciones y participar de la misión de Dios tanto local como mundialmente es la esencia misma del programa misionero de la Iglesia Episcopal, que esta administrada por la DFMS y que auspicia en la actualidad a 47 misioneros adultos. Médicos, enfermeros, maestros, contadores, agricultores, técnicos en computación, administradores, teólogos y comunicadores se cuentan entre sus muchos desempeños.Los misioneros son laicos y ordenados, jóvenes y viejos, y sirven como “representantes de nuestra comunidad que atraviesan fronteras culturales para participar en la misión de Dios a la que nuestros hermanos y hermanas en otras partes de la Comunión Anglicana se sienten llamados a responder”, dice Copley, funcionario de la DFMS encargado del personal de misión.Resulta difícil “cuantificar el éxito de nuestros misioneros, porque la premisa básica siempre es fortalecer las relaciones con nuestros asociados”. Algunas de las historias más exitosas pueden encontrarse “en el programa que continúa cuando los misioneros dejan de estar presentes”, añadió Copley, de aquí la importancia de encontrar un reemplazo para Martin que garantice que su laboratorio de patología puede seguir sirviendo a los necesitados en Tanzania Central.El recién publicado Informe a la Iglesia detalla la labor de la DFMS en coordinación y apoyo de los misioneros de la Iglesia Episcopal que prestan servicios a través del mundo.“La Iglesia Episcopal apoya muchas formas de servicio misional que incluyen a nuestros jóvenes adultos que dedican un año a participar con el Cuerpo de Servicio de Jóvenes Adultos (YASC), a adultos mayores en asignaciones de un año y en proyectos especiales a corto plazo de menos de un año, así como a misioneros a largo plazo. Todos tienen su lugar in el panorama más general de la misión mundial y todos tienen sus méritos”, dijo Copley.“Los misioneros a largo plazo tales como los McCann adquieren una perspectiva única de la vida, la cultura y la fe de los asociados con quienes marchan juntos, la cual no puede adquirirse en asignaciones de menos tiempo”. Añadió Copley. “Los McCann han sido la encarnación física de la relación que la Iglesia Episcopal promueve en Tanzania y en todo el ámbito denominacional. Las relaciones que ellos desarrollan con nuestros asociados anglicanos ayudan a fortalecer la Comunión Anglicana y ayudan a acercar más a los miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo.“Martin y Sandy han dado una parte significativa de sus vidas al servicio de otros y estamos muy agradecidos por su ministerio”.Martin se interesó en convertirse en misionero luego de prestar servicio en cortos viajes en misiones médicas —con varias denominaciones— a Haití y América del Sur. Luego, con la Misión Médica Mundial, Martin sirvió como patólogo en Kijabe, Kenia, recibiendo especímenes y devolviendo diagnósticos de unos 42 hospitales y clínicas. El laboratorio que él ha establecido en el Centro Médico Diocesano Anglicano de Dodoma sigue el mismo modelo.Para Sandy, instalada como canóniga de la Diócesis de Tanganica Central en mayo de 2012, en honor a su ministerio allí, las simientes misioneras fueron plantadas en los primeros años de su vida. “Mi madre era una cristiana que siempre estaba haciendo por otros… desde compartir su huerto, su mesa, su auto o sus habilidades de peluquera”, dijo ella. “Desperdiciar cualquier cosa era un pecado. Hacerlo útil constituía un arte. Nuestras ropas las remendaban, las lavaban, las planchaban y se las dábamos a otros cuando nos quedaban pequeñas. Todo lo que nos pusieran en los platos había que comérselo, porque ‘¡hay niños muriéndose de hambre en África!’ Yo crecí en este ambiente”.Los McCann dicen que se sienten privilegiados de haber sido llamados a esta labor, que la describen como interesante, apasionante y también retadora, el aprender a vivir en una cultura del todo diferente.A los McCann los hicieron miembros honorarios del coro de mujeres de San Pablo en Myumi Makula, durante una visita parroquial en la Diócesis de Tanganica Central.La mejor parte, sin embargo, “ha sido encontrar y llegar a conocer a cristianos que siguen siendo fieles en circunstancias muy difíciles y frustrantes. Esto ciertamente nos abrió los ojos a la diferencia entre un problema del primer mundo y un problema de los países en desarrollo”, dicen ellos. “Escuchar el evangelio en un contexto enteramente nuevo es transformador. Mientras en Occidente pasamos por encima de maldiciones y fantasmas y demonios, eso no es el caso aquí. El espacio liminal es muy tenue entre el mundo físico y el espiritual. Adorar y estudiar con cristianos de África Oriental ha abierto nuestras mentes a otras formas de culto y a otras maneras de entender a Dios”.Ser misionera brinda una gran libertad, dijo Sandy, liberada de las presiones sociales de los Estados Unidos. “No hay que competir con los vecinos, aunque eso nunca fue una prioridad para nosotros”, apuntó ella. “Cuando recibíamos a los estudiantes en nuestra casa en Kenia, todo el mundo tenía que traer su propio plato —y encontrábamos que era muchísimo más divertido apretujarnos en nuestra casita y hacerlo de este modo. En Msalato pedíamos prestado el único molde de pastel o la única moledora de carne o la única ‘auténtica’ cafetera. Me gusta vivir así en comunidad …Soy chapada a la antigua y me encanta usar las cosas mientras duran y hacer que funcionen y ser creativa con lo que tengo, de manera que esto me cuadra”.Los mayores retos, afirmó, han sido la abyecta pobreza y la falta de la mayoría de los recursos básicos, especialmente agua potable; la burocracia y la corrupción y deshonestidad extendidas; el miedo a la autoridad y a denunciar abusos o conducta impropia; una creencia generalizada en la brujería, incluso entre cristianos y personas instruidas, y la deficiente infraestructura.El reciente resurgimiento del asesinato de niños albinos debido a que los médicos brujos prometen que las partes de sus cuerpos, el pelo y la sangre traerán buena suerte en el amor y la fortuna es algo particularmente perturbador, agregó. “Es escandaloso lo extendido y arraigado que siguen estando los sistemas de creencias primitivas en partes de Tanzania”, señaló ella.A pesar de “la extrema dificultad y la frustración de vivir honestamente en una sociedad corrupta”, los McCann dicen que como resultado de las experiencias de los últimos 12 años, “somos menos críticos, más pacientes y más conscientes de la tarea monumental que costará llevar a Tanzania a la etapa de la independencia económica”.Ellos también han hecho incontables amigos y han llegado “a admirar muchísimo al pueblo tanzano. Nos han demostrado que la posibilidad de [experimentar] un júbilo profundo en medio de los sufrimientos de la vida diaria es algo real. Como el difunto obispo Mhogo dijo una vez respecto a estar en las parroquias de aldea: las personas son pobres, con frecuencia están hambrientas, pero aún así siguen danzando y alabando al Señor.  Es cierto y es algo bello de observar”.Sandy dice que ella ha visto la mano de Dios en todo lo que han hecho, “pero a menudo sólo a través del ‘retrospectoscopio’. Ahora estamos tomando de nuevo la mano de Dios y adentrándonos en la oscuridad, confiándole a El nuestra próxima tarea”.— Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Por Matthew Davies Posted Apr 21, 2015 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Featured Events Transformados por 12 años en Tanzania, unos misioneros se disponen a regresar New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

 

New fundraising specialist joins Principle Partnership

first_imgNew fundraising specialist joins Principle Partnership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 April 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Principle Partnership (TPP) has appointed Tom Case as a consultant specialising in the placement of fundraising positions in the not-for-profit sector.Tom has worked for TPP for the past year as a junior consultant.TPP say that his appointment demonstrates the company’s continued development of its not-for-profit division. Advertisementlast_img read more

 

Applications invited for £80m Life Chances Fund

first_img The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has issued a call for applications for the second wave of its £80m Life Chances Fund.The Fund has a two-stage application process, and is currently seeking expressions of interest from organisations working on projects supporting early years and young people with a deadline of 31st March. Successful applicants will be informed by 30th April, and will then have until 31st October to submit a full application.The Life Chances Fund is a top-up fund with the objective of helping ‘those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives’, according to the DCMS’s call out form. It launched last July, with six funding themes: drug and alcohol dependency, children’s services, early years, young people, healthy lives, and older people’s services. The call out for the first two themes went out last July and saw drug and alcohol dependency projects allocated up to £30m of funding. The call out for the final two themes is scheduled for this June.The funds have been committed by central government to contribute to outcome payments for payment-by-results contracts involving socially minded investors, such as towards Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), the number and scale of which it aims to increase. The contracts must be locally commissioned and must aim to tackle complex social problems, and the Fund aims to contribute around 20% of the total outcomes payments with local commissioners footing the majority.Based on similar funds, the Fund expects to leverage a further £320m in outcomes payments from local commissioners, to create a total pot of £400m for outcomes contracts.More information on the process and criteria for applications is available on the gov.uk site.  59 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis30 Advertisement  60 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis30center_img Tagged with: Funding Melanie May | 6 January 2017 | News Applications invited for £80m Life Chances Fundlast_img read more

 

Philadelphia: Drive for profits behind building collapse

first_imgPhiladelphia — Six people are dead and 14 injured after a building undergoing demolition fell onto a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets here on June 5. A 30-foot-high wall of heavy bricks fell through the busy main street storefront’s roof, subsequently causing the floor, the store’s contents, customers and staff to collapse into the basement.Calling it “an accident” would be unfair to the deceased. Kimberly Finnegan, Borbor Davis, Juanita Harmin, Mary Simpson, Anne Bryan and Roseline Conteh are casualties of the profits-at-any-cost mentality of STB Investments Corps. The properties being demolished next to the crushed building were owned by STB, whose officers are Richard Basciano, Scott Wexler, Frank Cresci Jr. and Anthony Trumbetta, based in New York City at 300 W. 43rd St.Basciano signed a $10,000 contract with nonunion Griffin Campbell Construction to raze the buildings, at a shockingly small fraction of the $150,000 normally paid for a project of this size.“This is the most egregious construction accident I think I’ve ever been involved in. … Given (Campbell’s) checkered past, and what appears to be a total lack of experience and know-how, we believe that was a grossly negligent selection,” said Robert Mongeluzzi, the attorney for Nadine White, who was buried in the building’s rubble but survived. Mongeluzzi charged the demolition contractor with violating several federal safety regulations. He also said Basciano should have picked a more qualified and competent contractor to do the work. (Associated Press, June 6)Unsafe conditionsThe U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it received a complaint May 15 that workers at the site were at risk of falling. OSHA regulates the demolition industry and enforces standards meant to ensure worker safety.Regulations forbid any wall section exceeding one story from standing alone without bracing, unless the wall was designed that way. Witnesses said they saw a 30-foot section of unbraced wall before the collapse.A video of the demolition taken a few days earlier showed bricks raining down on the sidewalk as a worker used a backhoe and claw to remove a second-story front wall. No barriers were visible that would prevent pedestrians from using the sidewalk or the staircase leading up from an underground subway trolley — clear violations of OSHA regulations that require a safety zone surrounding a demolition site.A complaint to Philadelphia License and Inspections on May 6 reported that workers were not wearing hardhats or other safety equipment. (NBC 10, June 7)Robert Brehm, a Drexel University construction engineer, said he would have evacuated the Salvation Army structure “not because I expected the wall to fall on the one-story, but it is a predictable outcome. Sometimes it doesn’t fall the way you want it to fall.” Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the National Demolition Association, said, “Why wouldn’t you tell the Salvation Army guys to close their thrift store until the adjoining building was down?” (AP, June 6)The Salvation Army had previously contacted lawyers for STB Investments Corp. about safety concerns. They replied with assurances that “they would be taking proper precautions,” said Maj. Robert W. Dixon, director of operations of The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. (NPR, June 8)Pennsylvania does not license demolition contractors and Philadelphia’s city code does not require demolition contractors to show any proficiency in tearing down buildings. The city only stipulates proof of insurance to obtain a demolition permit from License and Inspections. (www.phillymag.com)Lax regulations and lenient enforcement are the primary reasons 4 million workers suffer a workplace injury every year in the U.S. Each day, 12 workers suffer a workplace fatality.Racist charges against workerInstead of arresting Richard Basciano and the other owners for “involuntary manslaughter, risking a catastrophe and reckless endangerment,” the worker who operated the equipment is being charged with these crimes. Two days after the collapse, Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison announced six charges would be filed against the crane operator. The racist media has been quick to point out that the African-American operator, Sean Benschop, is a former prisoner who was supposedly “high on marijuana.”Mainstream reports have also centered on exposing the alleged past criminal record of the small business owner, Griffin Campbell, who is also African American.An expert at several trials involving building collapses, Florida-based contractor Stephen Estrin, said using a claw creates vibrations in the walls of the building being demolished. “This is an inner-city demolition of a masonry building, which would normally be done manually because of the inherent risk — predictable, if certain things are not done very slowly and very carefully — of a collapse,” Estrin said. (Philadelphia Tribune, June 6)Benschop was just following orders as a worker. Campbell was clearly unqualified to do this type of demolition.Real estate owners at faultGovernment officials reluctant to regulate business and enforce safety standards must be considered as a contributing factor.Just last year, two Philadelphia firefighters died and three others were injured after a wall collapsed in a building that had been cited repeatedly for safety violations. The building’s owner had failed to pay $60,000 in taxes and another $12,000 in water fees. Philadelphia officials on numerous occasions complained to York Street Property Development LP of Brooklyn, N.Y., that the warehouse presented a danger, given its deteriorated condition. But they never took the steps to remedy the situation.The primacy of capitalist private property concerns over worker and community safety rights kept city officials from demolishing the dangerous property and preventing the eventual fatalities.But the real culprits in the June 5 collapse are the owners of the structures at 2134—2138 Market St. They are the ones who made the decision to hire the cheapest, nonunion and unqualified demolition contractor. Profit, not safety, was their primary concern.Little attention, however, is being focused on the wealthy property owners ultimately responsible.The surrounding area was once made up of small businesses and inexpensive apartments. Over the last decade, new construction and refurbished buildings have created a shift to a neighborhood of high-priced apartments and condos.The cost to live in the 42-story Murano condos at 2100 Market St., just across the street from the catastrophe, ranges from $399,900 to $2,175,000. The 178-unit high-rise is advertised as “an amenity-rich building with a 24-hour concierge, 60′ indoor heated lap pool, fitness center, sun terrace, community room and so much more. A storage locker and an assigned parking space is included in an attached covered parking garage.” (thecondoshops.com)The three buildings being razed had a total current market value of $3,259,900. STB paid just $385,894 for the property in 1994. Developing the properties held a promise for much higher profits.STB’s haste to take part in the gold rush of gentrification led to the building collapse, fatalities and injuries on June 5.Two and a half million people, the majority of them people of color and from the working class, languish in U.S. prisons. They are victims of a legal system skewed against poor and working people.The wealthy are not treated the same. STB officers, if they are even charged with any crimes, can afford the best attorneys and face court officials predisposed to rule in their favor due to class allegiances.Until capitalism itself collapses under the hammer of people’s righteous anger, the lives of workers and the oppressed will always be valued as less precious.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

 

Bomb attack on ex-minister turned journalist, wait for French journalist’s release continues

first_img Reports October 21, 2020 Find out more May 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bomb attack on ex-minister turned journalist, wait for French journalist’s release continues ColombiaAmericas News Reporters Without Borders unreservedly condemns yesterday’s targeted bomb attack on the car of Fernando Londoño Hoyos, a hardline former interior minister who is now Radio Súper’s programme director and a columnist for various newspapers. Londoño survived the attack on busy Bogotá street, but his driver and bodyguard were killed and 39 others were injured.It is not yet known who was behind the bombing, which came during the continuing wait for the release of French journalist Roméo Langlois, held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the south of the country since 28 April.“The bomb that nearly killed Londoño is a painful reminder of the 1980s, when bombings like this were a common occurrence in the capital,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This violence, a product of Colombia’s civil war, has never really disappeared, as we saw when a car bomb was set off outside Caracol Radio in August 2010, five days after President Santos was sworn in.“We hope that investigators will quickly identify those responsible for yesterday’s tragedy, which bears all the hallmarks of the half-century-old civil war, and we hope that it has no impact on the release of Langlois.”Londoño sustained concussion and chest injuries in the explosion. According to one of his bodyguards, the bomb was thrown on to the hood of his armoured SUV and then set off. Shortly before the blast, an attempt to set off a bomb on the way to police headquarters was thwarted.Interior and justice minister from 2002 to 2004 under former President Alvaro Uribe, Londoño is a strong supporter of a military solution to the FARC’s continuing guerrilla insurgency. He had not received any threats recently, according to Radio Súper president Javier Pava, but police sources said he continues to be in the FARC’s sights.“As an organization that defends freedom of information and expression, we express our support for Londoño during this ordeal and our hope that he will recover quickly and be back on the air soon,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At the same time, we regret some of his recent comments during his radio programme ‘La Hora de la Verdad,’ which we regard as unnecessarily polemical and unfavourable to Langlois.“Freedom of expression is not incompatible with concern for the truth. Langlois is a recognized, impartial and experienced journalist, not an activist, and there is nothing ‘farcical’ about his hopefully imminent release, as Londoño suggested. This kind of remark can expose a journalist to even more risks in a country such as Colombia. When a journalist is in Langlois’ or Londoño’s situation, a show of solidarity is needed from all of his colleagues.” News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Colombiacenter_img to go further Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

 

Cameroon: Glimmer of hope in RFI correspondent’s trial

first_img CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the acquittal of Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language correspondent, Ahmed Abba, after a hearing in his case before a Yaoundé military court two days ago that saw encouraging developments although a request for his release was rejected. RSF_en April 23, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the acquittal of Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language correspondent, Ahmed Abba, after a hearing in his case before a Yaoundé military court two days ago that saw encouraging developments although a request for his release was rejected. Prior to this hearing, RSF had said it would be crucial inasmuch as the court would either begin to hear the substance of the case against Abba, who has been detained since 30 July 2015, or would dismiss the case for lack of evidence and release him. In the event, it was not quite as clear-cut. The court rejected the request for the withdrawal of all the charges against Abba, but it agreed to most of the other requests presented by his lawyers, Charles Tchoungang and Clément Nakong. An expert report written on the basis of evidence that was never placed under seal was ruled inadmissible. The court declined to accept that Ben Bidjocka, the report’s author and main prosecution witness, was a “cyber-crime expert.” And after effectively acknowledging other procedural irregularities as well, the court finally requested that two new experts draft a new report. “The fact that the military court agreed to most of the defence’s requests is an encouraging sign of progress in Ahmed Abba’s trial,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “The court has thereby accepted that the trial has been tainted by many procedural errors. Abba should therefore not be in prison and we call again for the withdrawal of all the charges against him.” Abba is facing a possible death sentence on charges of “complicity in terrorist acts” and “failure to report terrorist acts” because he allegedly contacted members of the Islamist rebel group Boko Haram in the course of his reporting. The next hearing is scheduled for 7 December. Cameroon is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information October 21, 2016 Cameroon: Glimmer of hope in RFI correspondent’s trial Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 19, 2021 Find out more News News CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression News News Follow the news on Cameroon to go further Receive email alerts Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice systemlast_img read more

 

Get More Fun Out of Oktoberfest

first_img Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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 HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img From special events to new menu items, this month, Congregation Ale House promises to make your Oktoberfest celebrations much more awesome.All work and no play on weeknights make Johnny a dull boy. With that in mind, Congregation’s weekly calendar is stocked with events to spice things up:On Monday, Mass (happy hour for the uninitiated) will be held all day.Tuesday, the Azusa BrewPub Chapter will be having a Pub Trivia! event at 7:00 pm. Also offered? A 2-for-1 pizza promo.Wednesday, it’s Pub Trivia! night again, this time at the Pasadena Chapter. Event starts at 7:00 pm.Thursdays at the Azusa BrewPub Chapter, relive the glory days with Throwback Thursdays with local DJs. From 9:00 pm to 12:00 am, enjoy your craft beer with guest DJs while getting 15% off your tab when you present a valid college ID. What’s more, entrance is free!Weekends are just as action-packed starting with a mid-day Mass from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday.Saturday and Sunday, join the Congregation for brunch with breakfast sandwiches and pizzas, $8 Bloody Mary pitchers, and $3.50 Mimosas.Sunday, indulge yourself with $4 PALM beers all day. Pub Trivia! at the Long Beach Chapter will also be held, while at Azusa BrewPub and Pasadena Chapters, test your luck at BINGO from 3:00 pm.October will also introduce several new menu items, due to insistent public demand. Side orders of Belgian Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, and Tater Tots are now available rapture style, topped with Bacon Crumbles, White Cheddar, Jalapeño, and Sour Cream. The BrewPub Pretzel recipe has also been tweaked to include spent grain from Congregation Ales Brewery. A definite must-try.In Brewery News, Brewmaster Brother Caleb recently brewed a full-bodied red ale to be dry-hopped and released near the middle of the month. Congregation Ale House is encouraging everyone to join the launch, with a special reward for the one who will inspire the new brew’s name.Congregation has also teamed up recently with Kevin Cropton, BrewMaster of Epic Brewing to concoct a special beer for the Ale House. The event, to be announced soon, will feature over 20 handles of Epic beers and the special collaboration brew. Be sure to mark your calendars for October 21st to 27th!The fun never stops at Congregation Ale House, and to find out more about its upcoming events, visit http://www.congregationalehouse.com/ or call (562) 432-BEER for more details. 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. 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center column 4 Get More Fun Out of Oktoberfest From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 11:33 am Make a comment Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Top of the News last_img read more

 

Supporting Hispanic Dreams of Homeownership

first_img Tagged with: Hispanic Homeownership The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe October 3, 2019 1,137 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: What SFR Investors Need to Know Next: Building a Winning Roster Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Hispanic Homeownership 2019-10-03 Seth Welborn About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Home / Daily Dose / Supporting Hispanic Dreams of Homeownership Hispanic homeownership has not yet bounced back from the Great Recession, according to new data. Using data from Zillow and the July 2019 Census data, eMarketer found that U.S. Hispanic homeownership rate has yet to regain the 50.1% peak it reached in 2007.“Hispanics consistently indicate aspirational goals toward homeownership,” said David Acosta, 2019 president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). “At a median age of 29, Hispanics are younger than the overall median US age and are [coming] into their prime home-buying years. With time, opportunity and information, more Hispanics will seek out homeownership as a key opportunity for improving their overall quality of life.”According to Acosta, multigenerational households influences Hispanics approach to homeownership.“Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanics to live in multigenerational households or to otherwise experience homeownership as part of an extended family,” Acosta said. “Culturally, this factor means that saving for a down payment can be a family affair, which means multiple adults in a household contribute to the household expenses.”Hispanics are largely a suburban group, and 59% of Hispanics in large metro areas living in suburbs. A September 2018 report on the New Geography website said just 17.4% of Hispanics lived in the “urban core.” Hispanic net worth still remains below the national average, in part due to historically inherited wealth.“Intergenerational wealth transfer plays a large part in increasing household wealth, and while Hispanics have less inherited wealth overall than non-Hispanic white households, this too is changing,” Acosta said, adding that “the appetite and enthusiasm for homeownership remains strong.”“Marketing engagement of companies targeting Hispanic home buyers continues to be an area of opportunity … because the content tends to lack cultural context,” Acosta said. “Marketers often mistake Spanish language proficiency for preference—spending resources on a Spanish-language strategy instead of on a market-specific, segmented Hispanic engagement strategy. Companies that address consumers in-culture, as opposed to defaulting to in-language, will win with Hispanic home buyers.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Supporting Hispanic Dreams of Homeownershiplast_img read more

 

Property Taxes Increased to Over $306.4B

first_imgSubscribe About Author: Seth Welborn  Print This Post Property taxes levied on single-family homes in 2019 totaled $306.4 billion, up 1% from $304.6 billion in 2018 and an average tax amount of $3,561 per home—an effective tax rate of 1.14 percent, according to a new report from ATTOM Data Solutions.The average property taxes of $3,561 for a single-family home in 2019 was up 2% from the average property tax of $3,498 in 2018, and the effective property tax rate of 1.14% in 2019 was down from the effective property tax rate of 1.16% in 2018.ATTOM’s 2019 property tax analysis analyzed property tax data collected from county tax assessor offices nationwide at the state, metro and county levels along with estimated market values of single-family homes calculated using an automated valuation model (AVM). The effective tax rate was the average annual property tax expressed as a percentage of the average estimated market value of homes in each geographic area.“Property taxes levied on homeowners rose again in 2019 across most of the country. But the nationwide increase was the smallest in the last three years, a sign that cities, towns and counties are taking stronger steps to clamp down on how much they hit up property owners to support schools and local government services.” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer for ATTOM Data Solutions. “Without major changes in the way local government and educational systems are funded, demands for good schools and other services will continue to put upward pressure on property taxes. But on balance, 2019 was a relatively mild year for taxpayers around the nation.”States with the highest effective property tax rates were Illinois (2.22%), New Jersey (2.19%), Texas (2.11%), Vermont (2.11%), and Connecticut (2.04%).Other states in the top 10 for highest effective property tax rates were New Hampshire (1.93%), New York (1.87%), Pennsylvania (1.75%), Ohio (1.68%), and Nebraska (1.57%).Among 220 metropolitan statistical areas analyzed in the report with a population of at least 200,000, those with the highest effective property tax rates were Binghamton, New York (3.11%); Syracuse, New York (3.00%); Rockford, Illinois (2.84%); Rochester, New York (2.80%); and Atlantic City, New Jersey (2.60%). Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Property Taxes taxes Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Property Taxes Increased to Over $306.4B Previous: DS5: How Technology and the Fed are Assisting Servicers Next: House Financial Services Committee Chair Calls for CRA Changescenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Property Taxes taxes 2020-04-09 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago April 9, 2020 1,404 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Property Taxes Increased to Over $306.4Blast_img read more

 

Lipid storage patterns in marine copepods: environmental, ecological

first_imgSeasonality of food supply is a major driver of physiological and ecological adaptations of marine zooplankton. High-latitude marine copepods accumulate lipids for maintenance and reproductive maturation during the food-depleted winter period. The relationship between latitude and lipid storage in copepods is well established, but it is influenced by many factors, such as trophic position, sex, and depth distribution. In this study, the influence of latitude and collection depth, trophic level, sex, and the presence or absence of dormancy on the relative amount and composition of lipids stored was assessed by analysing published data. Our analyses confirmed higher lipid contents (expressed as % dry weight) in high-latitude species, and in deep-dwelling tropical copepods compared to shallow-living ones. Contrary to our original hypothesis, carnivorous and herbivorous copepods had similar lipid levels. Copepod species that undergo dormancy had higher levels of wax ester and were more common at polar and temperate latitudes. Lastly, adult male and female copepods did not significantly differ in the amount of lipids they store, suggesting that the portion of male reproductive investment, which may depend on lipid stores, has been underestimated. Taken together, these results both confirm some previously reported trends and refute others.last_img read more