Video & Feature: ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ rises in Christchurch, NZ

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Feb 22, 2013 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Video & Feature: ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ rises in Christchurch, NZ Transitional building serves as backdrop to commemoration service Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm To Fr Gaylord Hitchcock,Without wanting to disappoint, a small correction is that there are no plans for the 2 congregations of Latimer Square and the Cathedral to worship together during the next 10 years (this was just an understandable error of reporting). Nonetheless,the fact that we are able to share the same land (St John’s intend to put up its own buildings on the other half of the site) and work together in this way is a witness of mutual love and sensible co-operation despite our historical theological divisions. We rejoice in what God is doing in this city and the opportunities for the gospel He is bringing. Rev James de Costobadie. Fr Gaylord Hitchcock says: [Episcopal News Service] Two years after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake decimated Christchurch, New Zealand, and its suburbs on Feb. 22, 2011, the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch helped the community remember the 185 people who died and look to the future.The building under construction that has been dubbed the Cardboard Cathedral was the backdrop to the ecumenical civic memorial service in Latimer Square.A possible glimpse of the future of the city and the diocese, the six-story building earned its nickname because it is being made of cardboard tubes about 23.5 inches wide and as long as 75.5 feet, timber, steel and plastic. It sits on a concrete pad or raft embedded with about 131,000 feet of steel that is designed to keep the building solid if the land underneath becomes compromised during a quake.At night, the light from inside the Diocese of Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral will make the building appear to glow through the polycarbonate roof from the gaps between the cardboard tubes. Photo/Christchurch CathedralThe building is expected to cost about US$4.34 million. By the time construction is complete, more than 17 suppliers and contractors will have donated an additional US$832,000 worth of time, labor and materials to its construction. Plans call for the building to be ready for Easter.The officially named Transitional Cathedral is meant to be a temporary building, but in this case “temporary means” it is designed to be used for 20 years or more. The cathedral was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is known for such buildings and, especially, for developing effective, low-cost disaster-relief shelters. He and his firm are donating their time to the project, the largest he has designed. The cathedral will seat 700 and be used for civic events as well as worship.“It will be an iconic structure in its own right,” the Rev. Craig Dixon, cathedral marketing and development manager, told ENS during an interview on the site in early November 2012. “I think it’s going to be hugely important for the city just in terms of helping the city get back on its feet.”Work is progressing toward an Easter completion of the Diocese of Christchurch’s Transitional Cathedral on Latimer Square in central Christchurch. Workers are placing the cardboard tubes that will serve as the structure’s roof beams. Photo/Transitional Cathedral site webcamThe cathedral also may become symbolic of the South Island diocese’s multi-year journey towards recovery that includes rebuilding churches and restructuring the shape of the diocese itself, even as the city and surrounding suburbs are reshaping themselves. For instance, nearly 7,000 homes in the Canterbury Region have been or will be demolished and “whole suburbs are being wiped off the map,” according to The Press newspaper. Another report says 18,500 homes need repairs but only 20 percent have been fixed or had their loss covered with an insurance settlement. Some people are still living in garages and converted buses.“For most of us the earthquake has stopped being a human tragedy and now persists at the level of a civic problem,” newspaper columnist Philip Matthews wrote on the second anniversary.While there are clear guidelines and traditions for mourning the human tragedy, he wrote, there are none for “mourning for the lost city, or fearing for its future, or even feeling hopeful.”“How long will the rebuild take? What shape will the city be in? It’s impossible to guess,” he said. “Who would have imagined that large parts of the central city will continue to be cordoned off from the public a full two years after the disaster?”It is estimated that Christchurch’s central business district may not be able to be occupied for five to 10 more years. Buildings are still being demolished and debris piles predominate on some blocks.When the quake struck at 12:51 p.m. local time, the city of Christchurch and its suburbs were still recovering from a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that had begun when a magnitude-7.1 quake struck on Sept. 4, 2010, followed by a magnitude-4.9 temblor on Dec. 26, 2010. The February 2011 quake fatally crippled the diocese’s cathedral in the heart of the city. Further damage to the city and the cathedral occurred from a series of aftershocks on June 23, 2011, and then a magnitude-5.8 quake hit 16 miles east of the city on Dec. 23, 2012. A city official discusses the damage caused by that latter quake here. In all, there have been 11,000 earthquakes of a magnitude 2 or more since the September 2010 quake. And a magnitude-3.8 quake rattled the city early in the morning of the commemoration activities.The Cardboard Cathedral will be the temporary home of Christchurch Cathedral while plans move forward for returning to Cathedral Square. “It’s been somewhat controversial in the city,” Dixon said of the Transitional Cathedral. “Because of the love of the building in the square, people feel the focus should be on that and not on this.”Rebuilding the 130-year-old cathedral in the heart of the city has been the subject of a court case between the diocese, which wanted to deconstruct the building to make way for a new cathedral, and Great Christchurch Buildings Trust, which wanted to ensure that the cathedral would be rebuilt using much of the old building. The court ruled that the terms of the legal trust framework governing the property required that there be a cathedral in Cathedral Square. The building does not have to replicate the pre-quake Gothic Revival structure.However, the legal battle has at least temporarily halted the diocese’s plan to demolish the cathedral to between 6.5 to 10 feet and make the area a prayer garden in the interim. The delay, Christchurch Bishop Victoria Matthews said Feb. 20, makes it “gutting and upsetting to see that due to the ongoing legal process we are unable to retrieve treasured items from inside the cathedral and make it safe.”“What is occurring now is an act of violence against a building and the stories and history that it contains of Canterbury and of the Christian faith,” she said, adding that the building is “wasting away [in] a slow death.”Matthews has not been able to enter the deconsecrated cathedral in about a year but on Feb. 20 she got a remote tour via a small camera drone sent into the broken building by a local television station. The remote-controlled miniature helicopter filmed the interior, and transmitted the footage to an iPad. A two-minute video is here.A full report from 3News includes comments from Matthews during the drone exercise. The station said a survey of Christchurch residents it conducted showed that 38 percent favor demolition, 30 percent want the building restored and 27 percent favor Mayor Bob Parker’s call for the ruins to be encased in glass. The latter proposal would allow worshipers and visitors to be back inside, according to the mayor, who said the cost would be far less than building a new cathedral.“We do need to keep something, a symbol that shows the story of what happened here, connects us to the past, can still in a sense be a memorial to that event but equally can offer something new,” Parker said, who added that his main goal is to get the issue settled because the cathedral’s current state “reminds us of a lot of pain, a lot of negativity” and has become “pigeon central” as birds have taken to roosting in the ruins.In early December, the diocese’s Church Property Trustees filed a memorandum with the court outlining an approximate timetable and decision-making process on the new permanent cathedral. It suggests that the trustees will make “the final decision … on the future of the cathedral building” by the end of February. Trustees said they will consider the options of retaining as much as possible of the old cathedral and building a replica, partial deconstruction leading to a new building that mixes old and new around the same footprint or extensive demolition leading to a building that has more new elements than old.In its ruling, the court noted that “the cathedral began life as the spiritual and geographical heart” of what would eventually became the city of Christchurch. That status, and the cathedral’s role in the civic as well as religious life of the city, means there have been fiercely held opinions about a future building on Cathedral Square.Matthews said during an ENS interview in late October, just before the court ruled, that there was an ongoing debate between two “educated opinions” about how the reconstruction should be handled. She said she and others felt that the preservation-restoration proposals would endanger the workers who would be involved.As part of the planning process for a new cathedral, Matthews and a small study group visited cathedrals and churches in California, Europe and the United Kingdom. The group blogged about its experiences here and included discussion questions for members of the diocese to consider.Matthews said the group looked at the 15 buildings in terms of beauty, awe and wonder. In each building the members pondered “how much were we caught up into the mystery and glory of God.”And they consider the relationship between the building and the wider community, and who in the city thought that the building was their cathedral. “Was it only the rich and famous? Is it only the poor and out? Is it the middle class? Is it only people who are interested in the arts?” she said.Meanwhile, Matthews said, the decision to build a transitional building is “incredibly practical” because of the rebuilding challenges facing the central business district. In addition, only one church remained in that area and it is not big enough for cathedral services or those times when the community needed to gather for what Matthews called “civic service.”Other damaged buildings were too near the old cathedral to allow for any immediate building there, but still, she said, the cathedral congregation needed to stay together.The decision to build the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, about three blocks east of Cathedral Square, is significant for a number of reasons. The square was a makeshift triage center for people injured by the February 2011 quake. It is also across the street from what had been the Canterbury Television building, which collapsed during the quake, killing 115 people. And the square was home to the Anglican St. John’s Church, which was irreparably damaged by the quakes.The two congregations will share the church building and some other structures planned for the site, including offices, a chapel and a commercial building. Matthews called that arrangement “the best part of all” because it will bring together “the most evangelical, conservative congregation parish in the diocese” with the “liberal Catholic” cathedral congregation. When the cathedral members return to Cathedral Square, St. John’s will take over the Cardboard Cathedral.The cathedral saga is not the least of the challenges facing the diocese; 31 parishes are shown on the most-recent list of major repair work needed. There are 70 parishes in the diocese.“I realize it has been a tough and frustrating year for many of you,” Liz Clarke, property manager of the Church Property Trustees, said in a newsletter to churches in late 2012. “We still find ourselves in quite extraordinary times and while progress is being made, these repair works are going to go on for some time yet.”She noted that numerous aftershocks have resulted in multiple insurance claims on some buildings.In late September 2012, the diocese published design guidelines for both repairing and rebuilding damaged church buildings and for new buildings. The 84-page document considers the issues of sacred space, community engagement, transcendence and intimacy, sustainability, biculturalism and envisioning a future.The developers of the guidelines say that the opportunity of rebuilding “is to lead in the short term in innovative ways, using technology and design, [while] at the same time acting in the long term to secure an enduring outcome.”“The church has the opportunity to respond to the earthquake in fresh, positive, and unexpected ways in order to achieve visibility and newly relevant connections with the community,” they said. “Importantly, alongside this, the expected response of rebuilding substantial landmark spaces for worship and supporting the community needs to also occur.”Beyond specific building repairs, the diocese is also considering its future structure. In late September 2012, the diocese appointed that Structural Review Group “to prayerfully consider, review and recommend the future shape of the Diocese of Christchurch giving glory to God and a sure foundation for the future.”The group is considering, among other information, maps of existing and new subdivisions, and of population movements; demographic trends; parish boundaries, finances and attendance figures; current costs of supporting clergy; and building stock, including those prone to earthquake damage. The members are also considering how their findings fit with a strategic plan, adopted in March 2009, that envisioned the diocese through the end of 2012.This month, the members are visiting every “ministry unit” in Christchurch and surrounding commuter towns, with the aim of presenting a draft report to the annual diocesan synod in April.“Our prayer is that as we work and consult together, the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit will be upon us all,” the members said recently.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Robert Cotton says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments (5) Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET February 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm What a wonderful end result to your plans for the next ten years. The design of the temporary Cathedral is imaginative and will attract many old and new worshippers. As you celebrate your first Easter Day in your new spiritual home we wish the bishop, clergy and laity God.s abundant grace and the assurance that you will be our personal prayers and those of St. James the Apostle Anglican Church here in Regina , Saskatchewan, and our Diocese of Qu’Appelle in the Anglican Church of Canada. God bless you all.Fr. Derek & Margaret Nicholls. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release February 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm What a wonderful, creative response to this disaster! And how theologically significant! It temporarily unites two highly diverse congregations (who, one dares to say, may not be all that diverse a decade hence.) It says something about our having here “no lasting city.” And it gives time to plan and erect a truly appropriate cathedral church some years down the road. Truly the “cardboard cathedral” will be a house of prayer for all people in a city rising again. Praise be to God! 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rev. Jane Jones says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN March 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm What an inspiration for parishes everywhere – to come through such trauma, regroup and rethink and be able to resolve things to at least a majority’s approval! A place of prayer, a memorial, a joint place of worship and plans for future transition and growth – how wonderful. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you continue on your journey….meanwhile, we continue our attempts to replace the 40+ year old carpeting without insurrection …thank you and blessings always. Rev James de Costobadie says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls 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 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 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ February 27, 2013 at 10:51 am I have nothing but praise for the way that the diocese and bishop are approaching this important task of re-building. They are managing to hold together in a creative way three important factors: service to the community, a pragmatic approach to current needs for ministyr and mission, and values rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ensuring that heritage is made accessible and supportive for people today is not easy. The sort of heritage that the cathedral is can become a symbol of nervous clinging on to past glories. But both the cardboard cathedral and the proposal for a new cathedral on the old location are clearly based on a confidence that what we do today can be as glorious as what our forebears did. I will re-visit Christchurch when the cardboard cathedral is completed, and, more importantly, thousands across the world will delight in the erection of a new cathedral in the centre of this great city, which is suitable to serving the needs of the 21st century and beyond. This is a chance for Christchurch to be a beacon of hope to all those who have their lives disrupted by natural disasters. Come on, Christchurch: make us proud of your confidence, resilience and hope. Anglican Communion, Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. 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Gaza & Baltimore

first_imgGazaGaza is the world’s biggest prison. Nearly two million Palestinian people are locked up there by Israel’s military blockade.Last year, racist Israel killed over 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza, including 547 children. The Pentagon rushed in more bombs when the Zionist state ran low on ­ammunition.Baltimore, similar to Palestine, is under a racist military occupation. The Baltimore police force — the sixth largest in the 26th largest U.S. city — treats Black people like prisoners. According to the 2010 U.S. census, while 72 percent of the Baltimore population are people of color, 46 percent of the police are white.Parts of the Baltimore Black community look like a burnt-out war zone. The latest atrocity is mainly white Baltimore cops torturing to death Freddie Carlos Grey, whose spine was at least 80 percent severed while in police custody.The killing of Grey — a 25-year-old African American — was a breaking point for Baltimore’s Black majority. Continuous demonstrations have erupted in the city, echoing the protests in Ferguson, Mo., against the police killing of Michael Brown.Generations of African Americans in Baltimore have endured police terror. Maryland was a slave state and Baltimore’s cops were slave catchers.Legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday grew up in Baltimore. Her most famous song, “Strange Fruit,” bitterly attacked lynching.The overwhelming number of today’s lynch victims are those murdered by racist police and vigilantes.One of those lynched in Baltimore was Joe Wilbon, a skilled auto mechanic who had just opened his own shop. A police wolf pack beat up Wilbon on June 5, 2000, when he was trying to fix a car for one of his customers.Cops later dropped Wilbon off at Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The city refused to release his autopsy for months.Baltimore’s mayor at the time was Martin O’Malley, who may run for U.S. president. O’Malley’s “zero tolerance” campaign against petty misdemeanors egged on police terror. Joe Wilbon’s blood is on O’Malley’s hands.According to the Palestinian prime minister’s office, one out of five Palestinians has been jailed, at one time or another, by Israel. Nearly a million African Americans are presently in prison according to the NAACP.Over two-thirds of Maryland’s 21,000 prisoners come from Baltimore, which has just 13 percent of the state’s population.The economic war against Black workers helps fuel the pipeline to prison, particularly for African-American youth. Five out of six factory jobs in Baltimore have been destroyed since 1970.Thirty thousand workers were employed at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point complex just outside Baltimore. But nobody works there anymore at what was, 45 years ago, the world’s biggest steel plant.Frederick Douglass was a caulker in a Baltimore shipyard. All three of Bethlehem Steel’s shipyards in Baltimore were shut down, costing thousands of jobs. Maryland Dry Dock closed down too.Thousands more jobs were stolen when the General Motors, Western Electric, Armco Steel, London Fog and Koppers plants were liquidated.Baltimore is one of the world’s greatest ports, but automation has eliminated jobs on the docks wholesale.While the good paying jobs have disappeared and Baltimore has become more impoverished, the financial aristocracy’s wealth has skyrocketed. Two Baltimore stockbrokers — Legg Mason and T. Rowe Price — have between them nearly one-and-a-half trillion dollars in assets under management.This vast amount of wealth shows the money is there for jobs, schools and free health care. These are human rights that the workers of Baltimore, especially the most oppressed, need — not police terror and mass incarceration.Israeli terror, financed by the U.S., cannot extinguish the Palestinian freedom struggle.Neither can the Black freedom struggle be stopped. Black and Palestinian lives matter.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Escalada de guerra EUA contra Siria socava pacto de Irán

first_imgEl gobierno sirio respondió que se opondría a cualquier movimiento militar dentro de su territorio que no fuera coordinado con Damasco.¿Una guerra ampliada?Todas las piezas están en su lugar para expandir la guerra. Lo único que se necesita es provocación. Aunque no se puede predecir el momento exacto de las acciones militares estadounidenses, es sin embargo muy importante que el movimiento anti guerra aquí no sea sorprendido.Siempre los medios corporativos de EUA proveerán cobertura inflamatoria sin cesar para justificar la guerra. Ya han suavizado la oposición a la intervención en Siria presentando la intervención como una contra el Estado islámico.El costo de la resistencia a la dominación imperialista ha sido alto para las/os sirios. Más de un tercio de los 23 millones de habitantes de Siria han sido desplazadas/os y más de 250 mil han muerto en la guerra.Sin embargo, para frustración del imperialismo estadounidense y de la OTAN, y a pesar de muchas predicciones de colapso, el gobierno de Bashar al-Assad ha sobrevivido más de cuatro años desde que se iniciaron los ataques contra él.Hay puntos de vista y tácticas opuestas entre los estrategas estadounidenses sobre cómo cambiar esto. Pero todas las opciones tienen por objeto aumentar la dominación EUA sobre toda la región. Todas incluyen la destrucción de Siria como un estado soberano con una agenda independiente. La política de destrucción de Siria sigue, ya sea derrocando al gobierno o dividiendo la nación.La llamada ‘zona segura’La “zona de seguridad” de 70 millas en la frontera entre Turquía y Siria es una copia de lo que en el pasado fueron propuestas de corredores humanitarios, zonas de amortiguación, refugios o zonas de no sobrevuelos. Alegando su compromiso a defender tal región en guerras pasadas contra Irak, Libia y Yugoslavia, le ha permitido a Washington bombardear sin parar y destruir al gobierno existente. La promesa de las guerras del pasado era que la protección a través de bombardeos sería un compromiso limitado. Nunca lo ha sido.TASS emitió una declaración del comandante ruso de las Tropas Aerotransportadas, coronel general Vladimir Shamanov el 4 de agosto: “Las tropas aerotransportadas rusas están listas para ayudar a Siria en la lucha contra los terroristas, si tal tarea es pedida por los líderes de Rusia”. Más tarde, noticieros rusos informaron que Siria no ha pedido tropas rusas ni otras fuerzas. Pero la declaración del general parece ser una advertencia.Reunión del IAC-CAI contra la guerraUna reunión fue organizada en el Centro de Acción Internacional (IAC), el 11 de agosto para poner estos peligrosos acontecimientos en relación con Siria en perspectiva y distribuirlos a través de los medios de comunicación social a un público más amplio. Las/os oradores incluyeron al fundador del IAC Ramsey Clark; portavoz del Fórum Siria Estadounidense Dr. Ghias Moussa; Lawrence Hamm de la Organización de los Pueblos para el Progreso; Margaret Kimberly del Informe de la Agenda Negra; Joe Lombardo de la Coalición Nacional Unida contra la guerra. Cynthia McKinney, ex congresista y activista antirracista y antiguerra, hablará a través de video.El foro se tituló “Siria después de los acuerdos de sanciones Irán-EUA; ¿Qué podemos esperar: Diplomacia o escalada militar?”La autora es co-directora del Centro de Acción Internacional y ha sido portavoz líder del IAC desde hace más de dos décadas. Dos veces en los últimos cuatro años Flounders ha viajado a Damasco en delegaciones de solidaridad con la resistencia de Siria a la agresión imperialista.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Washington y la OTAN están apoyando la nueva ofensiva del ejército turco y estableciendo una llamada “zona de seguridad” en Siria, en la frontera turca. Aparentemente contra el Estado Islámico, estos movimientos están realmente dirigidos tanto contra organizaciones kurdas que luchan contra el EI, como contra el gobierno sirio. Turquía llevó a cabo un bombardeo contra el EI y 185 incursiones aéreas contra el Partido de los Trabajadores del Kurdistán en Irak. Si bien el objetivo manifiesto de la bombas estadounidenses es el EI, el 3 de agosto la Casa Blanca anunció que ha autorizado ataques contra cualquiera que dispare a la NFS, incluyendo a la Fuerza Aérea Siria. El Pentágono ha capacitado a un pequeño número de combatientes mercenarios sirios que Washington llama la “Nueva Fuerza Siria” y describe como yihadistas “moderados” que son aliados de EUA. El objetivo de la Nueva Fuerza Siria es derrocar al gobierno de Damasco. La atención internacional se centra en la próxima lucha en el Congreso estadounidense para aprobar el acuerdo nuclear de Irán, al mismo tiempo que EUA y Turquía intensifican la intervención en Siria. Bajo esas condiciones, tenemos que considerar: ¿Intentarán las fuerzas militaristas sabotear el acuerdo con Irán provocando una guerra más amplia contra Siria, país que tiene una alianza con Irán?Fuerzas poderosas con financiación multimillonaria se han alineado para colocar anuncios en periódicos como el New York Times y presionar al Congreso para detener el acuerdo. ¿Limitarán estas fuerzas reaccionarias sus acciones a anuncios de periódicos o cabildeo? ¿O planean otras acciones?Este es un momento peligroso. Poderosas fuerzas reaccionarias se han desatado en el suroeste de Asia. Han sido cultivadas, financiadas y entrenadas directamente por el Pentágono en algunas situaciones, con guiño de las agencias secretas, o mediante financiación Saudita o en las bases de Turquía y Jordania.Estas fuerzas tienen un interés material muy concreto en la guerra, no en normalizar las relaciones. Se estima que hay 1.000 bandas mercenarias diferentes y 100.000 combatientes muy bien financiados de 60 países que ahora operan en Siria. Estos son los mismos terroristas que EUA y sus aliados regionales están intentando utilizar como pretexto para intensificar aún más el conflicto sirio.¿Será posible la provocación de una guerra por los intereses económicos estadounidenses que obtienen enormes beneficios del militarismo? ¿Podría venir de países como Israel y Arabia Saudita que se movilizan contra el acuerdo nuclear de Irán?Estos son los pasos concretos que aumentan las posibilidades de una nueva y ampliada guerra:El gobierno turco ha dado permiso al Pentágono para utilizar dos importantes bases aéreas en el sudeste de Turquía, Incirlik y Diyarbakir, para bombardear Siria e Irak. Seis F-16 y  300 militares  estadounidenses estacionados previamente en la base aérea Aviano en Italia, llegaron el 9 de agosto a Incirlik.last_img read more

Prosecutor agrees to independent expert in probe of journalist’s death

first_imgNews News A body found in Belarus on 30 October has been confirmed as that ofjournalist Mikhailo Kolomiets. The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office hasagreed to allow an independent expert supplied by Reporters Without Bordersto help determine whether it was a case of suicide. RSF_en Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News to go further Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Ukraine February 26, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia A body found hanging from a tree in a Belarus forest has been identified asthat of journalist Mikhailo Kolomiets by his mother Olga. An enquiry intothe death of Kolomiets, who vanished on 21 October, has been started by theUkrainian general prosecutor’s office, which has accepted the help of anoutside pathologist supplied by Reporters Without Borders to determine thecause of death.19.11.2002Reporters Without Borders offers independent expert in search for vanished journalistReporters Without Borders expressed concern today at official statements about the recent discovery in Belarus of a body that may be that of Mikhailo Kolomiets, head of the news agency Ukrainski Novyny.The organisation called on Ukraine’s general prosecutor, Svyatoslav Piskun, to personally take up the case and offered to send a French pathologist to help. It also asked him to take into account contradictions in evidence it had gathered and not to rule out the possibility of a contract killing. Kolomiets disappeared on 21 October and his news agency reported him missing on the 28th, noting that it could be linked to his journalistic work and the agency’s occasional criticism of the authorities. Police said he had left Ukraine for Belarus on 22 October and made phone calls on the 28th to his staff, his family and a woman friend. Police said he told them he had left the country with the intention of killing himself.Evidence gathered by Reporters Without Borders was contradictory. Kolomiets’ friends said that in his phone calls, he had not said he intended to kill himself, that he was not depressed and had no personal reason to commit suicide. His mother denied police statements that she had been in regular contact with her son since he disappeared.Ukrainian interior minister Yuri Smirnov announced the discovery of Kolomiets’ body on 18 November in Belarus, hanging from a tree in a forest near the town of Molodeshno. An official of the Ukrainian ministry, Volodymyr Yevdokimov, told the media it was clearly a case of suicide unconnected to the journalist’s work.Reporters Without Borders is concerned about these hasty conclusions, announced before an enquiry has begun. A spokesman for the Belarus interior ministry, Olexandr Zarubitsky, was more cautious, saying that the body had not yet been identified. UkraineEurope – Central Asia September 7, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor agrees to independent expert in probe of journalist’s deathlast_img read more

Letter to kyrgyz authorities about wave of violence against journalists

first_imgNews August 26, 2020 Find out more KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia October 9, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests Help by sharing this information RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Receive email alerts News April 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to kyrgyz authorities about wave of violence against journalistscenter_img News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan to go further KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan Reporters Without Borders has written to the Kyrgyz authorities voicing deep concern about a wave of physical violence against journalists in the past three weeks.The most recent case was an attack on Talantbek Sopuev, a reporter with the privately-owned television station TV September, who was beaten by about 40 men and women on 31 March while covering a pro-government rally in Djalal-Abad. He is still in hospital with severe multiple bruising.Daniyar Isanov, a news presenter on the independent TV station NTS, was beaten up by four men on 27 March in Bishkek and is still hospitalised with serious facial injuries. State television presenter Kayrat Birimkulov was attacked and beaten by two men as he was returning to his home in a Bishkek suburb on 16 March.Reporters Without Borders said in its letter that it had also received information about “acts of intimidation and violence against other media personnel.”In view of these attacks on journalists, Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities “to do everything in your power to put an end to this violence and to bring about a significant improvement in the conditions for exercising free expression.”According to the Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Bishkek, no one has been brought to trial for a physical attack or murder of a journalist in the past 15 years. RSF_en News August 14, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

32 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Pasadena

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 26 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Subscribecenter_img Pasadena saw 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, but no new deaths from the virus, officials said.The new cases brought the total number of infections detected in the city to 2,178, according to city data. One-hundred and eleven people have died from COVID-19, in all.Thursday’s county more than doubled those seen in recent days.“We haven’t had this much of an increase since last Sunday,” city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.There were 13 cases reported on Wednesday, 6 on Tuesday and 15 on Friday. But Derderian said it was possible the larger number was partially due to the state’s electronic lab reporting system catching up on a backlog.The system had been undercounting new COVID-19 infections for several weeks, but state officials said the problem was fixed earlier this week. But the backlog of data created by the problem continues to populate databases.Huntington Hospital was treating 36 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, hospital data showed. Twenty-six tests were pending.Countywide, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced 1,999 new detected infections and 64 new fatalities on Thursday. The figure included about 300 backlogged cases from prior days, officials said.L.A. County has seen 216,139 total infections and 5,171 deaths since the onset of the pandemic, county health officials said in a written statement.Officials reported 1,481 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county on Thursday. With 32% of them in intensive care units.With more than 2 million tests administered in the county, the positivity rate remained at 10%, where it has been for weeks.County health officials said there were 891 active outbreak infections as of Thursday, “including outbreaks at UPS, Trojan Battery and SoFi Stadium,” the county statement said. “These three locations each have between 60 and 90 confirmed positive cases among employees.”Another 550 outbreak investigations have already been completed in the county, authorities said.Nearly 32,000 investigation have been conducted into reports of health order violations, the L.A. County Department of Public Health statement said. “Since March, Public Health investigated more than 20,000 restaurants, more than 4,700 grocery stores, and more than 3,600 other businesses.”Businesses will play an important role in bringing the pandemic into check, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said.“The only way for us to continue our recovery journey is to see lower rates of community transmission,” she said. “Our actions as individuals, business owners and business operators to take the necessary steps that protect each other, workers and customers require adherence to infection control and distancing directives. Businesses need to immediately alert us when there is an outbreak. This is what is needed to get our children back to their schools and to get more of our community members back to work.”State health officials reported 7,085 new detected infections and 160 new deaths, bringing California’s totals to 593,141 cases of COVID-19 and 10,808fatalities.As of Thursday, Los Angeles County accounted for 36% of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 48% of the state’s coronavirus deaths. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Community News Make a comment Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News 32 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Pasadena Published on Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 3:56 pmlast_img read more

Applications now open for Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2020

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMichael Hartnettpoetry LifestyleArtsLimerickNewsApplications now open for Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2020By Meghann Scully – July 11, 2020 118 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Twitter Michael Hartnett in glory daysTHE call has gone out for submissions for this year’s Michael Hartnett Poetry Award, which is presented each year as part of the Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Established following his death in 1999, the award is given, in alternate years, to poetry collections in English and Irish, in honour of Hartnett’s work in both languages. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This year, the award is for a collection of poems in English, published in 2018 or 2019.It must be a single collection, not collected or selected poems and must be a third or subsequent collection published by the poet. The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award is jointly funded by Limerick City and County Council and the Arts Council and the prize is worth €4,000. This year’s adjudicators for the award are poets Thomas McCarthy and Geraldine Mitchell. The winner will be announced in the autumn and the award presented to the winning poet at Éigse Michael Hartnett in October. Organisers are working on a condensed version of the annual literary festival, which will take place in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Julie O’Callaghan, Vona Groarke, Kerry Hardie, Sinead Morrissey, Paddy Bushe, Maurice Riordan, Aine Ní Fhoghlú, James Harpur, Peter Sirr, Mark Roper and Jo Slade, John McAuliffe and Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Seosamh Ó Murchú, Mary O’Malley, Macdara Woods, and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. Publishers are now invited to make submissions. Application forms and submitted books should be sent to Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick V94 EH90 by 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020, email [email protected] Further details and application forms can be found on here.  Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsAppcenter_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email Previous articleThank You Jack for the memories – soccer legend passes awayNext articleNew Limerick Tourism Taskforce plans for development of sector Meghann Scully Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

Brush arbor singing brings community together

first_img Brush arbor singing brings community together “Part of charge of First National as a community bank is to invest in the community,” Ramage said. “And what better way than to bring the community together for a night of worship in songs.“The Brush Arbor Singing brings all aspects of the community – all races, socio-economic groups, all religious denominations. It’s a wonderful night for singing and fellowship.”The Pike County High School Choral group performed for 30 minutes prior to the Brush Arbor Singing. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Peanut Butter Festival 2013 got off to a great start with the annual Brush Arbor Singing on the grounds of the historic Bass Houses Wednesday night.The old time singing was sponsored by First National Bank of Brundidge.John Ramage, bank president, said FNB has sponsored the Brush Arbor Singing for about 20 years and looks forward to it each year. By Jaine Treadwell “It would always be good to have more people participate,” he said.“The Brush Arbor Singing is a community event and we would like to see wide representation. We’re going to sit down and think through ways to increase participation next year. We believe the Brush Arbor Singing is a very worthwhile event and want to see it continue.” Published 11:00 pm Thursday, October 24, 2013 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Special tailgaiting event set for Halloween night Before the Trojans take the field against Louisiana Monroe on Halloween night, there is tailgating to be done. “As part… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Print Article Book Nook to reopen The New Hope Independent Holiness Church presented special music at the Brush Arbor Singing, which was led by bank employees.Ramage said 10 to 12 churches participated. By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Oklahoma releases hundred of prisoners as part of the state’s criminal justice reform

first_imgfcscafeine/iStock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — In what lawmakers are calling a historic day for criminal justice reform, more than 450 inmates in the Oklahoma prison system were freed Monday, including about 70 women from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility, after a bill passed earlier this year took effect Nov. 1.One of those women was 38-year-old Lana Lemus who, according to jail records, had been in jail for more than two years for possession of a controlled substance.“Ecstatic! It’s [a] great thing what the governor is doing so we can be home with our kids,” Lemus said as she was walking out the prison with daughter in an interview with Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO. “Been out of her life for three years. But she’s my hopes. She’s never given up on me.”House Bill 1269 was passed in May and limits prison time for many low-level and nonviolent drug and property offenses. The bill came after a public ballot initiative was approved by Oklahoma voters three years ago to change the punishment for these types of crimes.Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said the state hosted 28 job fairs, which also included information about housing, education and other life necessities, to make sure the released inmates were set up for success after release.“It’s when Oklahomans care about each other that we roll up our sleeves and we make it happen and give you a second chance,” Stitt said at a press conference Monday, urging the ex-prisoners not to waste the opportunity. “Let’s make sure you do not come back here again.”The state said more than 900 inmates applied for an early release and that it expects to have around 2,000 empty prison beds by the end of the year.“It’s a great opportunity for a lot of women out there,” Lemus said. “What I have to say is ‘thank you.’ If there’s anybody out there like me, it’s not worth it. Drugs are not worth it.”“This right here,” Lemus said as she wrapped her arms around her daughter’s face, “this beautiful baby is worth it. I can’t make up for the time I’ve lost.”As of 2018, Oklahoma had the highest incarceration rate in the U.S. with 1,079 people behind bars per 100,000, according to The Prison Policy Initiative.“These are real people with real lives and real families and real friends, and now they get to go home,” Oklahoma House Majority Leader Jon Echols said at a press conference last week. “And that’s a pretty special accomplishment.”Calista Ortiz, who was also released from jail Monday, said someone slipped drugs into her purse at the funeral for her 3-month-old son in January 2016 and the grieving mother turned to them to cope with the pain, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.That decision led to addiction and eventually an eight-year prison sentence.She’s thankful for a second chance at life and wants to use it to help others.“I want to help people who have been through loss and addiction or hard things I can relate to. That’s what my calling might be,” Ortiz said, according to the DOC.Monday’s commutation is believed to be the largest single-day commutation in U.S. history, ahead of former President Barack Obama’s commutation of 330 federal inmates, most of whom were drug offenders, on his last full day in office. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: US reports another record high of over 136,000 new cases

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide.Over 51.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica. The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 10.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 239,683 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:Nov 11, 5:57 amVanuatu confirms first case since pandemic beganA small island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean has remained untouched by the coronavirus pandemic — until now.Vanuatu confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health said the case is a 23-year-old man who had returned to the archipelago nation on Nov. 4, after traveling to the United States. He tested positive during a routine screening on the fifth day of quarantine.The man, who hasn’t shown any symptoms, will remain in isolation until health clearance is provided, according to the health ministry.“Physical distancing and personal protection measures were applied and maintained during the flight, throughout the arrival process, during transport to and during registration at the quarantine facility,” the ministry said in a press release. “The person had been identified during pre-travel registration as traveling from a higher-risk location, therefore was seated separately at the back of the plane and was screened and transported separately from other arriving passengers. The case did not share a room with anyone else at the quarantine facility and is reported to have adhered to all appropriate measures throughout the travel and quarantine process.”Nov 11, 5:27 amRussia records highest number of daily deathsRussia registered 432 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, setting a new single-day record.An additional 19,851 new cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed nationwide over the past day, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters. It’s the first time in six days that daily infections didn’t exceed 20,000.The country’s cumulative total now stands at 1,836,960 cases with 31,593 deaths, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.Moscow remains the epicenter of the country’s outbreak and recent surge. More than 22% of the newly confirmed cases — 4,477 — and nearly 17% of the new deaths — 73 — were reported in the capital, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Despite the growing number of infections and deaths, Russian authorities have repeatedly said they have no plans to impose another nationwide lockdown.The Eastern European country of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nov 11, 5:17 amNearly 1,000 inmates at Colorado jail have tested positiveThe El Paso County Jail in Colorado has had 976 inmates and 85 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.The outbreak at the jail was first reported on Oct. 26, when eight employees across varying assignments were found to be infected. The following day, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office announced that two more deputies who work there and eight inmates had tested positive.“An aggressive, prioritized COVID testing schedule was implemented for staff and inmates,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on its website, where it provides updates on the outbreaks as test results become available.There were 911 inmates and 73 staff members who tested positive on Monday alone. It’s unclear how many total inmates were in custody that day.“The threat of further infection will continue to increase over the next several weeks,” the sheriff’s office said. “At this point in time, there have been no inmates who have had to be hospitalized. They are all being treated in the facility by our medical provider, WellPath.”Visitation at the jail remains closed.Nov 11, 4:09 amUS reports another record high of over 136,000 new casesThere were 136,325 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, marking a new single-day record, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the seventh straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 new infections. Tuesday’s tally tops the nation’s previous all-time high of 128,412 new cases A total of 10,257,825 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 239,683 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more