Church sends memo to US President, Congress on South Sudan…

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Featured Events Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [Episcopal News Service] A Jan. 10 memo to the Obama Administration and members of U.S. Congress sent by the Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations outlines the current crisis in South Sudan and makes recommendations urging the government and the international community to partner with South Sudanese civic and faith leaders to stem the tide of violence and build peace.The six-page memo, based on the firsthand accounts of church leaders on the ground in South Sudan and Episcopal and Anglican partners worldwide, conveys the church’s understanding of the current crisis that has engulfed the world’s newest nation. The memo touches on four areas specifically: public representation of the conflict and accountability; foreign assistance; human rights protection and the prevention of mass atrocities; and building a future of peace.“Episcopalians in the United States and around the world have maintained long and close relationships with Episcopalians in South Sudan,” said Alexander Baumgarten, director of government relations for the Episcopal Church.   “As a result, we have a responsibility to share the unique and compelling perspectives of partners in South Sudan who are playing a peacemaking role in the midst of extraordinary upheaval and violence.”Among other things, the memo warns “While ethnic tensions are real and reflect the fruits of decades of upheaval and struggle, they are not the primary driving engine for the current violence,” and stresses that the media’s, and to an extent, the U.S. government’s portrayal of the violence as between ethnic and tribal groups is “misleading,” “simplistic,” and “could carry dire consequences.”It also warns that the east African nation could be on the brink of civil war, and that the U.S. and others bear the responsibility of preventing mass atrocities and human rights violations.  Click here to read the full memo to the president and Congress.The estimated death toll had reached 10,000 people by Jan. 9. Some 200,000 people have been internally displaced inside South Sudan and tens of thousands of refugees have crossed borders into neighboring countries.Fighting erupted in Juba, the nation’s capital, on Dec. 15 following a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. In the weeks since, the crisis has spread to seven states and has created a humanitarian crisis in the fledgling nation.“Our most-current reports indicate that violence is still spreading and that the urgent needs for food, medicine, and shelter could continue for months to come.   The situation mirrors the dire time before Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in which interminable civil war killed millions and uprooted millions more from their homes,” the memo’s introduction states.Baumgarten noted that Episcopalians and Anglicans around the world with mission ties to Sudan and South Sudan have been hosting regular conference calls in the weeks since violence erupted in mid-December, and that his office’s staff have been sharing vital information as they learn it with U.S. government officials coordinating the humanitarian and peacemaking response.“This is an example of an area in which the advocacy of Episcopalians can make a vital difference,” said Baumgarten.  “There is no civic institution in South Sudan with a larger footprint than the church, and our experience is that government officials in the United States and elsewhere are quite eager to hear perspectives from church partners on the ground.The Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan, with 2 million members, has 31 dioceses — 26 of them in South Sudan where it is one of the nation’s largest non-government organizations and has played a role in reconciliation in the aftermath of a two-decades-long civil war fought largely between the Arab and Muslim north and rebels in the Christian-animist south, that left 2 million people dead and an estimated 7 million displaced. South Sudan gained its independence from the north on July 9, 2011.Sudan’s warring parties signed the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ending the civil war that killed more than 2 million people and displaced an estimated 7 million more. South Sudan officially gained its independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011.The memo points out that, “The leaders of the new state did not vigorously undertake the task of addressing the challenges of developing a unified nation and healing past divisions.” And that unification and healing are central to peacemaking efforts.(In May 2013, South Sudan’s president appointed Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul to chair the national reconciliation committee, which planned a four-to five-year national campaign aimed and fostering peace building and reconciliation.)The memo praises the Obama administration for its Dec. 3 pledge of an additional $50 million in humanitarian aid, but urges an “examination” of its and Congress’s aid strategy. On Jan. 9, news reports suggested that South Sudan risks losing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid if government and rebel forces do not end the violence.Meanwhile, Episcopalians and Anglicans across the Anglican Communion, including Episcopal Relief & Development, and Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, working with local partners in South Sudan, have begun responding to the crisis.“The Episcopal Church, along with Episcopal and Anglican partners around the world, has mounted its own response of financial support, material accompaniment, and prayer for the people of South Sudan. We believe strongly that the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan and other faith groups there are among the most fruitful potential actors in leading and facilitating peace, humanitarian assistance, and healing,” the memo states.The Episcopal Church’s long-standing support for Sudan is manifested through its partnerships and companion diocese relationships, programs supported by Episcopal Relief & Development, and the advocacy work of the Office of Government Relations, which is rooted in General Convention resolutions.Two Episcopal Church missionaries who were serving in South Sudan, Ed Eastman and Noah Hillerbrand, both engaged in food-security work, were evacuated from Renk to Nairobi, Kenya, on Dec. 20.– Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.  Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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The Concept Of Video Conferencing Is New But The Courts Have Risen To The Occasion: Delhi HC Notes While Disposing Of Plea Seeking Courts To Hear All Matters [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesThe Concept Of Video Conferencing Is New But The Courts Have Risen To The Occasion: Delhi HC Notes While Disposing Of Plea Seeking Courts To Hear All Matters [Read Order] Karan Tripathi11 Jun 2020 8:36 AMShare This – xWhile disposing of a plea seeking courts to hear all matters, the Delhi High Court observed that the procedure of hearing matters through video conferencing is new to both the court and the counsel and each day throws a new challenge but that is not to say that the High Court and the Subordinate Courts have not risen to the occasion. These observations were made in a plea…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile disposing of a plea seeking courts to hear all matters, the Delhi High Court observed that the procedure of hearing matters through video conferencing is new to both the court and the counsel and each day throws a new challenge but that is not to say that the High Court and the Subordinate Courts have not risen to the occasion. These observations were made in a plea filed by Mr SB Tripathi challenging the order dated 29/05/20 of the Delhi High Court whereby judicial work of the High Court and the Subordinate Courts have been suspended till 14.06.2020. The Petitioner also sought directions that electronic filing and hearing of routine matters be permitted through video conferencing, both in the High Court and the Subordinate Courts. During the course of the hearing there appeared a technical glitch which ended up inevitably delaying the proceedings. While highlighting that glitch, the court commented that: ‘It is ironical that on the one hand, the petitioner has shown such an anxiety that not just urgent matters, even routine matters ought to be taken up during the period of the lockdown and on the other hand, it has taken him two rounds of hearing to link up in this matter.’ The court further added that: ‘Even on the second call, the petitioner could join the hearing after much struggle. Sometimes his camera was directed towards the ceiling fan and at other times,at the window behind him. Only after efforts were made by us and learned counsel for the respondents to guide him, did the petitioner finally manage to show up on the camera.’ While taking this scenario into consideration, the court told the Petitioner that when he has faced such a difficulty in appearing in the present matter, which has been listed before us on account of the urgency expressed by him, how does he propose to link up through video conferencing to address lengthy arguments in routine matters. Mr Reetesh Singh, OSD (Examination) Delhi High Court, informed the court that during the lockdown period, 3,787 cases have been taken up for hearing by the High Court through video conferencing. Besides remand matters, the Subordinate Courts have taken up 23,339 matters through physical hearing and 14,482 matters through video conferencing. Thus, a total of 41,608 matters have been taken up by the Delhi High Court and the Subordinate Courts during the lockdown period, till 09.06.2020. Mr Abhijat, Secretary of the Delhi High Court Bar Association also submitted that the issue relating to creation of adequate facilities for the District Courts to hear matters through video conferencing is already a subject matter of a pending writ petition.Click here to download the Order Next Storylast_img read more

Widdecombe defends ‘sexist’ OUCA poster

first_imgOUCA has sparked outrage after allegations that the society used sexist publicity material.The controversy erupted after a poster prominently displayed around the OUCA stall at the OUSU Freshers’ Fair pictured an attractive young woman above the caption “Life is better under a Conservative.”The image immediately attracted attention, with one flabbergasted student even confronting OUCA officers manning the stall.Rachel Cummings, OUSU’s Vice-President for Women, was unimpressed with the apparent use of sexuality for political purposes.“It’s disappointing that OUCA use female sexuality to publicise themselves,” she said. “It undermines the significant impact women have had on the Conservative movement and politics more widely; because of their intelligence and competence, not their attractiveness.“In a country where the number of female MPs stands at a shockingly low 19%, I think it’s time for political groups to stop using women as models and start promoting them as role models.”Her comments were echoed by Henny Ziai, Treasurer of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats, who said that she was totally disgusted with the poster and astonished that it had been used.“I was shocked that OUCA, as supposed representatives of David Cameron’s new and progressive Conservative Party, would attempt to use sex to sell conservatism and, in doing so, would so unashamedly promote and help perpetuate the sexual objectification of women.“I was under the impression that as far as party politics is concerned such blatant cultural sexism was a thing of the past – apparently not for the Conservative Party.”This was not the opinion of former Shadow Home Secretary and current Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe however, who played down the dispute.“What a load of politically correct nonsense,” she said when asked for her reaction.“I might find the joke coarse, but I don’t find it sexist.” The poster itself was officially commissioned by the Young Britons’ Foundation – an educational and research organisation with close but unofficial links to the Conservative Party.According to the Conservative Association’s President Ernest Bell, copies of the poster were sent to them from Conservative Central OfficeWhen approached for his reaction , Bell was unrepentant and denied that the poster was at all offensive.“The poster is not sexist in any way,” said the Mansfield College student. “In the course of the Freshers’ Fair, we received no complaints about the poster.“The only complaint we did have came while we were clearing up afterwards, and that was from the Liberal Democrats in the stall opposite.“Why is it always political activists who take politics (and consequently themselves) so seriously? In OUCA, we admit to occasional irreverence.”last_img read more

Gear on the Go: August 2017 | Live Outside And Play

first_imgOne of the things we enjoy most about #vanlife is being able to watch the seasons change on a daily basis. We watched spring creep into summer, and now summer slowly fade into fall. It’s only mid august but when we opened our van doors to a crisp morning just outside Buena Vista, Colo., the chilly harvest air met our cheeks. The shadows are getting longer and the days shorter. As the Colorado portion of our tour winds down we can’t help but feel a little bitter sweet. We love Colorado in the fall. But, we’re excited to get back East and see natures light show that is fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of course, this whole tour wouldn’t be possible without some great gear to help us along our journey. Without further ado, here is this months Gear on the Go!Sea To Summit Pro HammockWhen we’re not in the bucket seat of the van or out on the trail, we love relaxing in a hammock. Who doesn’t? There are a lot of hammocks out on the market these days and it’s hard to imagine a company able to improve on the traditional hammock. Sea to Summit has done just that with their new line of light weight, packable hammocks. I am a large human, and sometimes single person hammocks don’t quite fit me. At 10 feet long, the Sea To Summit Pro Hammock provides comfort for even a tall dude like me. We’ve spent many hours napping and relaxing in our hammock, and we never woke up with a stiff neck. Our favorite thing about this hammock is how well it breaths. Nothing is worse than getting up after a few hours in a hammock only to realize you have come down with a wicked case of swamp-a– ahem, back. This hammock really does breath like it’s made of mesh. The Pro Hammock packs down into itself so space is never an issue in the van or in our packs. Weight is also never an issue. At 12.7 ounces the Pro Hammock is one of the lightest standard hammocks on the market (and if you really wanted to be amazed, check out there ultralight line of hammocks).Sea To Summit keeps up there reputation of innovation with their new hammock suspension straps. There standard straps are ten feet long so you can wrap them around massive trees or connect you hammock to two impossibly far away trees. We can set up our hammock in less than a minute every time and we never have to worry about disconnecting the hammock to adjust the length. just cinch the straps to make them tighter.Lowe Alpine Superlight 30Lowe Alpine has been making bomber gear since their inception 50 years ago. We’ve had the pleasure of trying a a few of their packs. They are all designed with a specific purpose in mind. The Lowe Alpine Superlight 30 is built for super-light-weight climbing, mountaineering, and alpine adventures.At first glance, the Superlight 30 is a minimalist pack. This 30 liter pack weighs a minuscule 20 ounces with the removable frame that doubles as a bivy mat. Remove the mat and you’ll forget your wearing a pack at all. These packs are made of unstoppable 100D ripstop nylon and they are treated with a TPU coating that makes them roughly 13 time MORE abrasion resistance than the fabric normally would be. We don’t baby our gear so this is music to our ears.The harness is another feature that we were surprised by. It was designed to cary weight well, but it also gives you a massive range of motion. You can climb freely without having to worry about what’s on your back. The Superlight 30 has an extra wide top so you can get a climbing rope in an out with ease.Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach chairWhen you’re sitting in something called the ‘Crazy Legs Quad Beach Chair’, you know you’re in for a party. This super foldup lounger swings over your shoulder and accompanies you to parties, lake shores, beaches, and most importantly, right outside the van doors. This is our go to when it’s time to finally relax.We don’t get to sit all that often so when we do we take it seriously. We’ve taken our Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach Chair to infinity and beyond! Just kidding, but in all seriousness we take these things everywhere. They make great seats for sitting around a campfire. We actually enjoy being a little lower to the ground, because the smoke from the campfire just drifts right over our heads (into the waiting eyes and lungs of our friends in normal camp chairs).These chairs are easily totable so you can take them everywhere. We work a lot of festivals, and as a result we get to see a lot of great music. We take our Crazy Legs Beach Chairs with us so we can lounge while soaking up some sweet tunes. They are low enough to pass any venues chair policy. They are also great on hot days, because the mesh backing lets the breeze cruise right through.Perhaps the best thing about buying a Crazy Creek is that you’ll know you’re buying a great product from a fantastic company. Crazy Creek has been making chairs since 1987. They also offer a lifetime warranty against manufacturers defects which is a huge bonus.last_img read more

Top tweetable moments from the January NCUA board meeting

first_imgCUNA applauds revisions to NCUA’s risk-based capital proposal but will continue efforts to enhance rule.The NCUA Board voted 2-1 to put out a revised risk-based capital plan for credit unions for a 90-day comment period, which will begin when the proposal is published in the Federal Register, CUNA’s News Now reports.The hundreds of pages of documents are packed with revisions from the agency’s original and highly criticized plan launched almost exactly a year ago on Jan. 23.NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters voted against putting the proposal out for comment in part because of questions about the agency’s statutory authority regarding a two-tier system. During the meeting he noted federal lawmakers expressed concerns in this area and quoted from a CUNA legal opinion on the issue.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle released the following statement immediately following the NCUA board meeting:“I appreciate that the NCUA board reissued its risk-based capital proposal with many of the improvements that CUNA and the leagues requested. We are encouraged that the board listened and responded to credit union concerns, including lowering the 10.5% well-capitalized requirement, lowering some of the risk weights, removing the treatment of interest rate risk, extending the implementation time frame, reducing the number of credit union affected, and addressing the individual minimum capital requirement. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Most customers yet to receive cash refunds for canceled flights

first_imgHowever, she added that travel agents have had difficulties in assisting customers’ cash refund requests as airlines has scrapped their auto-refund scheme, hence prolonging the process, as it requires the agents to manually follow-up the requests.With the auto-refund scheme, airlines usually automatically approved the refund request and transfer the money to travel agents within two to three weeks. However, airlines scrapped the system in March this year.The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has severely battered the travel industry, including airlines, as travel demand slowed and operational costs burden the companies. Airlines have also been forced to cancel flights due to travel restrictions to contain the virus.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates a 49 percent drop in passenger numbers and an $8.2 billion drop in revenue for the Indonesian airline industry this year, compared to last year. Topics : Airlines have yet to approve most passengers’ requests for cash refunds of cancelled international flights following the massive number of cancellations amid the pandemic, the Indonesian Travel Agent Association (Astindo) has stated.From Rp 2.45 trillion (US$173.2 million) worth of cash refunds requested for cancelled international flights issued between January to February this year, only Rp 852 billion have been refunded so far, according to Astindo data collected from its members.“This is only for international flights, not to mention domestic flights,” Astindo secretary-general Pauline Soeharno told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, adding that customers still preferred cash refunds over travel vouchers.center_img Astindo travel agents have also reported a 90 percent drop in sales since the pandemic started.The refunding problem also plagues cancelled domestic flights, as travel agents are unable to help by refunding customers from their internal cash due to slumping sales.Airlines have only provided refunds in the form of credits and deposits for future booking to travel agents, which cannot be cashed out.Aviation observer Gerry Soejatman said on Thursday that both airlines and travel agents are in the middle of an unfortunate situation at the moment.“Through travel vouchers, airlines are trying to uphold consumer rights without making themselves bankrupt. If the airline goes bankrupt, the travel agent will also get affected and customers will be upset,” he said. He encouraged customers to use the travel vouchers option for the refunds, considering the current situation.“The best middle ground now is travel voucher as a form of refund,” Gerry said.IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement on April 3 that passengers had the right to get their money, as they had spent money on a service that could not be delivered.However, during this difficult time, airlines were facing an imminent depletion of cash. Providing vouchers as a refund that could be used for future travel would give the industry “vital time to breathe” and eventually survive the crisis, he said.last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says it’s up to Arsenal to convince him to sign new deal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang says it’s up to Arsenal to convince him to sign new deal Arsenal want Aubameyang to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists Arsenal know his demands and it is up to the club to get him to sign a new deal.The Gabon international is set to enter the final year of his contract and has been linked with Inter and Barcelona in recent months.Aubameyang’s wage demands are thought to be at the centre of discussions between the player and the club and the striker hinted was ready to leave the club if necessary.‘I haven’t recently received a proposition but of course there have been discussions with the club,’ he told French outlet Telefoot.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s them [the club] who have the keys and for them to do their work. Afterwards we will see what happens.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It is a turning point in my career. I have been very frank with everyone. It will be of course a very difficult decision to make.‘It is possibly the most important decision of my career. But so far nothing has been decided.’ Coral BarrySunday 14 Jun 2020 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Comment Advertisement Arteta wants Aubameyang to stay (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang was handed the captain’s armband after a turbulent start to the season and is the club’s top scorer with 20 goals.The 30-year-old outlined his ambitions for the rest of his career and stressed winning titles was his priority.‘Of course [I see titles in the future],’ Aubameyang said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Every player that is a competitor dreams of winning titles. Everyone will then ask the question if you would like to win at Arsenal or win elsewhere.‘As I said, it is the future that will tell us that. But I want to win titles. That is clear and everybody knows it.’ If Aubameyang refuses Arsenal’s offer, the Gunners are prepared to cash in so not to lose the star forward for nothing next summer.MORE: Danny Murphy rates Manchester United and Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restartMORE: Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to be offered to rivals Tottenham in shock loan moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Olsen tips N Ireland for Euros spot

first_img Press Association Faroe Islands manager Lars Olsen, who knows plenty about unexpected success at the European Championship, believes Northern Ireland could be surprise qualifiers in 2016. Olsen was the Denmark captain when they defied the odds to lift the trophy in 1992 but the prospect of taking his current charges to a major tournament is even more remote. For Northern Ireland, though, the dream of a first ever appearance at the Euros is beginning to look attainable. center_img Michael O’Neill’s men followed up their 2-1 win in Hungary with a comfortable 2-0 home win over the Faroes on Saturday and top Group F ahead of their trip to Greece. And Olsen told Press Association Sport: “The results in the group have been good for Northern Ireland and maybe they can qualify. “In Hungary they were very good and at home they play very well. “Greece is still the strongest team in this group, despite a slow start, but to have six points already is good for Northern Ireland – you cannot take that start away from them.” The scoreline at Windsor Park, as well as a Roy Carroll penalty save, suggested a closer contest than it was. Goals from Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty put the hosts two ahead inside 20 minutes and although there was no addition to that, it was one way traffic throughout the game. “We congratulate them on the win, they were the better team, especially in the first half,” said Olsen. “They were physical and quick on the ball and they were probably satisfied with 2-0. “They killed the match in 20 minutes.” last_img read more