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first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Mary Jane Miller says: Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Lois Stern says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ecumenical & Interreligious Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA Comments are closed. Submit a Job Listing Julian Malakar says: 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 October 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm I find it very difficult to accept that Creator God would mandate that the acceptance of male hierarchal edicts are the criteria to enter Heaven. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Comments (5) October 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm Art, music is language for all human irrespective of religion, color, creed and nationality. Bringing all human minds together irrespective of difference of religious believe is definitely a novel approach to bring peace in the world. But it is impossible, unless all religious teaching teaches for social harmony like our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves irrespective of religion and to leave judging others to God. Tags October 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm I am an artist also who was provoked by all the Violence and the failure of our church spiritual leaders to teach us peace and tolerance, love and mercy. I spent two years on this project for peace,I give my entire support to the efforts put forth by The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, each of might try an look for ways to make the world and out individual lives more peaceful. http://peacebestill.net/ see the work, peace Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC By Amy SowderPosted Oct 16, 2014 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Malcolm J Blue says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET October 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm Growing up in an interfaith household, I applaud Rev. Chandler for his amazing vision of bringing people of different faiths together through the arts. His exhibition, “AMEN: A Prayer for the World” is stunning and not to be missed. The arts, both visual and performing, are indeed an integral part of religion. As an artist of multiple genres, it would be an honor for me to one day participate in a project that integrated different religious art forms, adding music and dance as well, such as a Bach chorale, accompanied by dancers performing a hakafah while waving hand-painted Arabesque scarves. Until then, I’ll be looking forward to Rev. Chandler’s Caravan Exhibit in 2015. Christian, Muslim and Jewish artists unite in prayer for the world Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID October 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm Interfaith relationships are great for we are to do good works to bring glory to God . To love eachother seeking to see God in eachother is good . But to enter Heaven requires the Person of Jesus Christ. This is joy to all religions because the effort to be at God’s Throne pure in heart comes from the Communion of our Lord. He is the Way, Truth and the Life. All you have to do is believe. What surprises God the most is when we love Him. Other than that He knows every past and future time of our lives. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, president and founder of CARAVAN, an interfaith nonprofit organization that unites cultures and creeds of the West and Middle East through the arts, stands next to an art piece by Mahmoud Hamdy in the 2014 CARAVAN art exhibition, “AMEN: A Prayer for the World” at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City until Nov. 23. Photo: Amy Sowder[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler grew up in Senegal, a predominately Muslim country in West Africa where his father was a minister.Throughout his childhood he observed the tension between Muslims and Christians.“I thought there has to be a better way. Most of my best friends were Muslims, and today still, Muslims number among my closest friends,” the Episcopal priest said, sitting on a wooden bench at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. He answered logistics calls and texts on his cell phone while taking a break from working on the 2014 CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art, “AMEN: A Prayer for the World.”Open to the public until Nov. 23, the art show embodies Chandler’s lifelong mission: to ease that religious and cultural tension by focusing on commonalities rather than trying to overcome differences. With religious extremism and persecution so prevalent and interwoven so thickly with politics, especially in the Middle East, this mission is needed now more than ever, he said.Artwork by Reda Abdel Rahman, co-curator in the 2014 CARAVAN art exhibition, “AMEN: A Prayer for the World” at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City until Nov. 23. Photo: Amy SowderParticipating Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman co-curated the show with Chandler, founder and president of CARAVAN, an international interfaith arts nonprofit organization, with the annual CARAVAN exhibition as a flagship initiative. This year, they selected 48 artists – 30 Egyptian artists with Muslim and Christian backgrounds, and 18 Western artists with Jewish and Christian backgrounds. CARAVAN originated out of Cairo, Egypt in 2009 to build bridges between the cultures and creeds of Middle East and West through the arts.The work of 30 Egyptian artists was first unveiled in June at the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, Egypt, and joined the work of 18 artists in the West for a joint exhibition at Washington National Cathedral, before its final stop, in New York City.This sixth annual exhibition includes Jewish artists for the first time.Chandler and Rahman chose prominent as well as emerging artists who share their mission of using art to foster unity, friendship and peace worldwide. The artists are charged with interpreting the exhibition’s theme on the sculptural form they’re given. This year, it’s the human form in prayer in poses from the Abrahamic faiths. The face on the model for the sculptural prayer form is Amun, the deity of ancient Thebes in the 11th dynasty (in 21st century BC) who is considered the first to develop religion toward monotheism.The “Amen” theme also embodies the spirit of the January 2011 Egyptian Revolution, when hordes of people from Muslim and Christian backgrounds, levels of education, economic background and ethnicity joined in solidarity against the human rights violations of the almost 30-year rule by the Hosni Mubarak-led autocratic government. After ousting Mubarak, the country’s first free parliamentary elections chose Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi for president. But protests against Morsi’s authoritarianism led to a 2013 military coup d’etat and the election of former general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as president in 2014. Chandler was residing in Cairo during all this political turmoil.Art pieces in the 2014 CARAVAN art exhibition, “AMEN: A Prayer for the World.” Photo: Amy SowderWhoever usurps power inevitably has ties to religious groups, whether it’s the Muslim Brotherhood, the Coptic Church, moderate Muslims or other religious allies, and often the religious-political sect that loses clout in top government loses dignity, freedom and all too often, their lives as well. So the cultural and religious clashes continue.“What we need is high visibility in the media of Christians and Muslims working together,” Chandler said. “It begins to shape the world view.” That’s his intent with uniting the artists for CARAVAN events.Rahman was born in Ismailia, Egypt, and is one of his country’s leading contemporary artists today. He grew up surrounded by Pharaonic monuments and Coptic monasteries, and it’s evident in his work. Also clear is his admiration for the female figure and women’s key role in the family and society at large.For his contribution to the “AMEN” exhibition, Rahman created an ancient Egyptian queen emanating good all around her while sitting on Set, the ancient Egyptian god of evil, which demonstrates her control over the forces of political Islam that have damaged civilization. Many of his works combine different systems of belief.“We’re only thinking one way,” Rahman said, “so I do my portraits in many ways, with the Jewish star and Christian cross and Muslim crescent. I want different people to feel we are the same, the same God also, just different culture only.”Rahman met Chandler while the Episcopal priest served from 2003 to 2013 as rector of the Church of St. John the Baptist/Maadi in Cairo, Egypt, the international English-speaking Episcopal/Anglican church within the Episcopal Diocese of Egypt and North Africa. Chandler is also a mission partner of the Episcopal Church, focused on the Middle East. Rahman was a participant artist the initial CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art in Cairo. This is his second year co-curating the CARAVAN art exhibition. He lives with his wife and children in Queens, New York, and they also have a home in Cairo.The last few years, Rahman’s art has dealt with the religious and political strife in Egypt, which applies to many areas of the Middle East, particularly the tumultuous Islamic extremism in Iraq and Syria.“In today’s world, we need peace,” Rahman said. “We don’t have to make all these problems.”For her art piece in the show, Jewish artist Lilianne Milgrom enjoyed researching about winged messenger angels in the Islamic, Jewish and Christian sacred texts. Born in Paris, France, Milgrom lived in Australia during part of her childhood and later spent 17 years in Israel before settling in Washington D.C.She received the “AMEN” sculptural form in the traditional Jewish sitting prayerful pose, and she added wings. The front of her angel’s chest is emblazoned with a QR code to connect the spiritual world with the digital world. Visitors can wave their cell phones in front of her sculpture to scan the code, which will take them to www.virtualangel.weebly.com, where they can post a prayer.“Prayer is a dialogue no matter which religion, and I wanted to make it interactive on whatever level the viewer is on, from atheist to believer,” Milgrom said.The prayers on the website do range from atheist to Christian, ethical humanist and beyond, with a variety of entries: “Please save us from ourselves,” “Peace for the World,” “Why?” and “May people see the good in each other.”Chandler wears a ring symbolizing the bridge a person can build to connect Muslims and Christians. Photo: Amy SowderMilgrom and Chandler will co-curate the 2015 Caravan exhibition, which will launch in Paris, France. Chandler is adamant that Caravan’s mission is to go further than encouraging interfaith dialogue.“I’m passionate about interfaith friendships,” Chandler said, slipping off the silver ring he wears, which depicts a person bridging the gap between the symbols of the Christian cross and Muslim crescent.“Friendship involves time and investment in the other,” he said. “CARAVAN is a creative catalyst for that.”— Amy Sowder is an ENS correspondent. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Stewart David Wigdor says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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World Athletics Championships mark 10th anniversary of Big Lottery Fund raid

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 This month’s World Championships in Athletics (WCA) 2017 in London marks the tenth year since the then government used £425 million of lottery funds to help pay for the 2012 Olympics.In 2007 the government diverted £425 million from the Big Lottery Fund to help finance the Olympics, including construction of venues on the Olympic Park. The then Labour government pledged to repay the debt after the Olympics from the sale of Olympics assets – a pledge subsequently reaffirmed by successive coalition and Conservative governments. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) now owns these assets and is responsible for the redevelopment of the park. So far however, the government has yet to start paying back the lottery money.The Directory of Social Change (DSC) leads the Big Lottery Refund campaign, which is supported by over 3,800 charities and calls for an immediate return of the lottery money. It wants the government to work with the LLDC to repay this money now, which it says could fund around 10,000 charities serving communities throughout the UK.Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research at DSC said:“Ten years without a Big Lottery Refund is a shameful milestone. How can we celebrate the ‘Olympic legacy’ and events like the WAC 2017 when this debt is still owed to communities across the UK? Hundreds of millions of pounds were effectively stolen from charities that depend on Big Lottery Fund grants to help vulnerable people and communities across this country, to subsidise the costs of venues on the Olympic Park. We need this money paid back now.”“The new government should pay back the Big Lottery Fund immediately, and take on the role of creditor for repayment from assets sales from the LLDC. This could help tens of thousands of charities and millions of people during very difficult times.”  221 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  220 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 17 August 2017 | News Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Olympics Advertisement World Athletics Championships mark 10th anniversary of Big Lottery Fund raid 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.last_img read more

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Supply and Demand Driving Down Livestock Markets; Cattle Industry Working to…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Supply and Demand Driving Down Livestock Markets; Cattle Industry Working to Maintain… SHARE Supply and Demand Driving Down Livestock Markets; Cattle Industry Working to Maintain Supply Livestock-markets-hit-hard-tooThe Coronavirus impact index. It was running very hot last week, and even though some markets saw a minor correction Friday, namely crude oil and the stock market, others continue to languish. Livestock producers certainly don’t like what they’re seeing. Both the live cattle and lean hog markets lost $10 on the April contracts over the course of last week.Analyst and broker Bob Utterback says the fear factor is certainly pressuring those markets.“I think so, because we can’t get rid of the product and now, we’re going to slow down the economy,” he said. “People are not going to be eating out, so the retail demand is going to slacken up and we’re coming into a time period seasonally where we have a lot more pork and beef product available to the market. So, it’s a culmination of several things affecting negatively. The demand market is getting slack and supply is not backing off, and it’s not like corn and beans. There is a time limit how long you can back up this inventory.”The corn and soybean markets didn’t have a good week last week, but Utterback says the cattle and hog market believes the inventory must be flushed in order to bounce back.“There’s more downside risk on cattle and hogs to flush than there is in corn and beans. Corn and beans we can back away, but hogs and cattle we can’t, and that’s structurally one of the biggest problems the cattle and hog market has. If retailers are not buying, and we’re not cooking out, and we’re not going to the restaurants, and we’re not vacationing, how’s that going to affect the higher priced meat products? How much is that going to back us up, and the market is discounting for all that right now.”Utterback is with Utterback Marketing Services based in New Richmond, Indiana.The May corn contract lost 10.5 cents last week, and May soybeans dipped over 42 cents.Over the weekend the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association issued a statement reflecting ongoing efforts to monitor the pandemic and how the industry, USDA and Congress can help maintain the beef supply. The statement is from NCBA CEO Colin Woodall.“There is a great deal of uncertainty about the ongoing impact of Coronavirus on the beef industry and the United States as a whole. At this time, it’s impossible to measure the full effects of the virus or determine how it may continue to unfold. Although the full beef supply chain is being challenged by the outbreak, all segments of the industry are working closely together and must continue to do so. The current uncertainty facing beef producers is shared by all of agriculture and every American. By working together, we will overcome these obstacles.“As Coronavirus has spread in the United States, NCBA has been in daily communication with participants from every sector of the beef supply chain. We’re working closely with cow-calf producers, stocker operators and feedlots. We’re also communicating regularly with packing sector participants, restaurant and retail operations. Every one of these operations is facing unique challenges and many shared burdens. As we continue to work through this crisis, we must do everything in our power to safeguard every sector of the business from disruption while ensuring cattle and beef continue to move in an orderly manner.“In addition to working within the beef community, NCBA is working closely with Congress, USDA and many other regulatory agencies to remove possible barriers to beef production. Our work in Washington, D.C., will help keep the supply chain full and create the necessary food security required by consumers through the entirety of this event.  Consumer demand for beef remains strong, and producers across the industry remain ready to provide the safe, delicious, high-quality protein that’s required and desired around the globe.“NCBA will continue to work with our members and partners throughout the beef supply chain to facilitate communication. By working together, every segment of the beef community can serve a role in returning the industry to normalcy as quickly as possible.” By Andy Eubank – Mar 15, 2020 SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleThe Week in Review-Hoosier Ag This Week Podcast for March 14, 2020Next articleCoronavirus Emphasizes Challenges for Rural Communities Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Sad anniversary for Eritrean press freedom

first_img News News EritreaAfrica January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reports June 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sad anniversary for Eritrean press freedom Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Dawit Isaak, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality who used to work for the Eritrean newspaper Setit in Asmara, is spending his 5,000th day in prison today. He has never been sentenced or even charged.And he is not alone. Other journalists such as Seyoum Tsehaye, Temesgen Gebreyesus and Emanuel Asrat were also arrested in September 2001, when the government closed all independent media in Eritrea. More have been arrested since then. A total of seven Eritrean journalists have died in prison.This makes Eritrea Africa’s largest prison for media personnel. It has been at the very bottom of the Reporters Without Border press freedom index for the past seven years.“The international community must confront the Eritrean government,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “It is unacceptable that the European Union, a union based on respect for democratic values, supports this regime and tolerates its awful human rights record.”In Sweden, Isaak’s European home country, many events are being organized today to mark this sad anniversary.Isaak’s eldest daughter, Bethlehem Isaak, has spent the night in a mock-up of the completely dark cell in which the authorities are believed to be holding him.In an op-ed published today in Sweden’s biggest morning paper, Dagens Nyheter, the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders has criticized EU plans to triple aid to Eritrea despite its shocking human rights record. Read the op-ed (in Swedish) hereDrafted with the support of the Kampala-based East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, it accuses Asmara of reaching outside the country in its determination to suppress freedom of expression. Eritrean journalists who have fled to nearby Uganda and Sudan continue to be persecuted by Eritrean government agents. Eritrean exiles have been threatened and even beaten up government supporters in Sweden and Italy for criticizing the regime.This evening, a broad coalition of Swedish civil society groups, including the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders, is organizing a public gathering in Stockholm that aims to attract at least 5,000 participants to draw attention to the magnitude of the 5,000 days that Isaak has been unlawfully detained. Organisation EritreaAfrica center_img Receive email alerts RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision October 27, 2020 Find out more Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? Help by sharing this information News April 14, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Eritrealast_img read more

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Two Midland traffic signals scheduled to begin Monday

first_img Pinterest Two Midland traffic signals scheduled to begin Monday Twitter Facebook Previous articleECTOR COUNTY FELONY INDICTMENTS: May 13, 2019Next articleSierra Services Odessa American Pinterest WhatsApp By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 center_img TAGS  Twitter TxDOT logo Texas Department of Transportation Odessa District will begin installing two traffic signals on Monday in Midland.The full green-yellow-red traffic signals are set to be placed at the intersection of Business 349C and Mockingbird Lane, while the second is at the intersection of Highway 191 and Highway 158.For the traffic signal located at Business 349C and Mockingbird Lane, that is part of an $8.2 million project that also includes rehabilitating about three miles of the road between North Loop 250 and the Martin County line. There will also be concrete medians to be placed in some locations.The traffic signal at Highway 191 and Highway 158 is a stand-alone project that costs $700,000.The City of Midland designed both signals and will maintain both locations. Local News WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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Delhi Government Makes Use Of Aarogya Setu App Mandatory For Wholesale Liquor Vends Staff In Delhi [Read Circular]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Government Makes Use Of Aarogya Setu App Mandatory For Wholesale Liquor Vends Staff In Delhi [Read Circular] Sparsh Upadhyay31 Oct 2020 9:05 AMShare This – xThe Delhi Government on Tuesday (27th October) issued a Circular directing all wholesale liquor vends in national capital to ensure mandatory use of Aarogya Setu app by their staff. The Circular directs All the licensees of wholesale liquor vends (L- I /1,-1 F), Excise Department, GNCT of Delhi to ensure the COVID-19 proper behavior and follow the below Action  plan:…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?LoginThe Delhi Government on Tuesday (27th October) issued a Circular directing all wholesale liquor vends in national capital to ensure mandatory use of Aarogya Setu app by their staff. The Circular directs All the licensees of wholesale liquor vends (L- I /1,-1 F), Excise Department, GNCT of Delhi to ensure the COVID-19 proper behavior and follow the below Action  plan:  • Compulsory wearing of face mask by every worker  • Mandatory thermal screening of every worker entering the premises  • Touch free Sanitizer Dispenser at entry and exit points  • Mandatory use of Aarogya Setu app by every worker  • Frequent sanitization of entire building especially common touch points like  staircase railings, door handles etc.  • Strict compliance of social distancing norms during loading and unloading of stock • Display of Banner/regarding COVID 19 preventive measures at prominent place  inside as well as outside the building.  Further, the circular has directed all the Bond Inspectors (L-1/L-lF) to ensure strict compliance of the above guidelines and submit a certificate regarding the same within 3 days to K.P. Singh ([ASSTT. COMMISSIONER (IMFL)] CIC issues notice to CPIOs of MEIT, NIC and NED Significantly, the Central Information Commission on Tuesday (27th October) issued show-cause notices to the Central Public Information Officers(CPIOs) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, National Informatics Centre and National E-Governance Division(NeGD) to show reasons as to why penalty u/s 20 of the Right To Information Act should not be imposed on them for prima facie obstruction of information and providing an evasive reply on an RTI application related to Arogya Setu App. The CIC has also asked NIC to explain that when in the Aarogya Setu website it is mentioned that the platform was designed, developed and hosted by it, then how is it that they do not have any information about creation of the App. Row around JNU Notification In a notification issued on Wednesday (21st October), the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had informed that the ‘Aarogya Setu App’ will be mandatory for all its students and employees once the university reopens. However, later on the JNU administration withdrew the said notification. Aarogya Setu: Mandatory or Optional? The Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 01st, had made the use of Aarogya Setu App Mandatory by stating “Use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory for all the employees, both private and public. It shall be the responsibility of the Head of the Respective Organization to ensure 100% coverage of this app among the employees”. However, the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for the fourth phase of lockdown from May 18 to May 31, had diluted the mandatory condition for the use of ‘Aarogya Setu’. The directive in the guidelines issued on Sunday, May 17, had stated, “With a view to ensuring safety in offices and workplaces, employers on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by employees having compatible mobile phones” (emphasis supplied) Bail Conditions involving the installation of Aarogya Setu App While on one hand, various High Courts, including the Madhya Pradesh High Court and Jharkhand High Court, have been asking the Bail applicants to download the Aarogya Setu App in their mobile phones as a bail condition, on the other hand, some High Courts have questioned the mandatory use of download the Aarogya Setu App. On 17th May, in almost all the matters where the bail was granted, the Additional Sessions Judge at Patiala House Court had directed the prisoners to download the Aarogya Setu app and keep their GPS and Bluetooth open as a mandatory bail condition. The Delhi High Court, in April 2020, had requested all the officers and officials of the court to download the Aarogya Setu application to check the status of the spread of COVID19 virus in their respective areas. Till now, at least in more than 1500 bail applications, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has asked the Bail Applicants to install Aarogya Setu App in their mobile phones (source – https://indiankanoon.org/) Questions on the Mandatory use of Aarogya Setu App It may be noted that the High Court of Kerala, in May 2020 had orally raised doubts about the practicality of the mandatory condition imposed on employers to make their employees download ‘Aarogya Setu’, the contact tracing app developed by the National Informatics Centre amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “There are valid concerns about the mandatory condition on the employers. Many have no smartphones. How do you propose to implement this?”, asked a single bench of Justice P Gopinath. Not just that, the High Court of Kerala had also sought a statement from the Central Government on the data privacy safeguards of the ‘Aarogya Setu’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court had asked whether the Central Government can guarantee that the information collected by the Aarogya Setu app would not be misused. Notably, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) had told the Karnataka High Court that use of Aarogya Setu Application by passengers is optional and not mandatory (in August 2020). In September 2020, while hearing a PIL against Deputy Collector, Margao’s order making usage of Aarogya Setu App mandatory for entering the Old Collectorate building at Margao, the High Court of Bombay at Goa had asked the State government to file an affidavit indicating that usage of the said app is no longer mandatory in light of a statement made by the Advocate General of Goa Devidas Pangam to that effect. Recently, the Karnataka High Court has clarified that in absence of any legislation, neither the State government, nor the Central Government or its agencies and instrumentalities can deny any benefit or services to a citizen only on the ground that he has not installed Aarogya Setu application on his cell phone. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi issued the clarification while hearing a petition filed by Anivar A Aravind who has challenged the mandatory use of Aarogya Setu application for accessing public services. It may be noted that in May 2020, Speaking at a webinar organized by Daksh, an advocacy group, Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice BN Srikrishna had said that mandating the use of Aarogya Setu app “causes more concern to citizens than benefit.” Click Here To Download Circular[Read Circular]Next Storylast_img read more

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Safety concerns over busy Letterkenny approach road

first_img Google+ Safety concerns over busy Letterkenny approach road Facebook Serious health and safety concerns have been raised over Conwal road just outside Letterkenny. The route is home to a vast graveyard which sees a significant amount of visitors on a daily basis.However, there’s currently no right hand turn available for people to use to pull into the graveyard, with a minor crash happening there in recent weeks.The issue is to be raised at today’s sitting of the Letterkenny Municipal District by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.He believes something must be done as a matter of urgency:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/jimfghgfhgfhfmy1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – November 12, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterestcenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMasked man attempts to break into pensioners home in CastlefinnNext articleMattie Donnelly to miss Tyrone national league campaign following injury News Highland Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+last_img read more

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Discrimination in the dock

first_imgIs it fair to prevent people with diabetes from driving at work when theymay be as fit to do so as the next man? It is all too easy to simply apply ablanket ban to specified medical conditions, rather than spend time and moneycarrying out regular medical assessments to determine an individual’s fitnessto drive, by Tim Hoy Setting, maintaining and assessing medical standards for employees are justsome of the many responsibilities the majority of occupational healthpractitioners face. When an organisation has employees working in potentially hazardous jobs, itis vital that its medical standards address the need for a safe system of work.Historically, the most common way of doing this has been the application ofblanket bans on anyone with a specified medical condition who may wish todrive, work at heights, use firearms, work offshore or engage in work thatinvolves potential hazards. Diabetes discrimination in employment has become the topic I have championedsince 1989. During that time I have won 103 cases and lost just five. There areseveral other medical conditions that attract similar blanket bans, most ofwhich could be judged in a more scientific way if a qualitative clinicalassessment was made. The problem with the current approach is that personnelofficers, who do not have the requisite specialist medical knowledge andqualifications to make fully informed decisions, may apply it in either theselection or dismissal process. However, with the exemptions to the Disability Discrimination Act to police,prison officers and firefighters set to be lifted in October 2004, another hostof careers will benefit from the protection of the law. Despite my profile as a diabetes and disability rights campaigner, my firstpriority is always for the provision of a safe system of work, over and abovemy concern for the rights of people with diabetes. Many of the regulations Ihave been impassioned about challenging have been in the area of driving. ‘Safety first’ is repeatedly cited as the reason for the rigid adherence tothese blanket bans. However, when one starts to scratch the surface, theassertion that they are in the name of safety doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.Blanket bans are there because they are cheap and easy to apply, although thisso-called ‘cost-effectiveness’ is little consolation to people who may havejust lost their livelihood. When I hear government ministers, politicians, policymakers and civilservants state that these arbitrary and punitive bans are there to ensure theUK maintains the highest possible standards of road safety, I am amazed theycan keep a straight face. There is, of course, a valid rationale for wantingthese vehicles to be driven safely and I would never support the retention of alicence for someone whose medical condition was not adequately controlled. To be of any value, the process of risk assessment needs the specific riskto be quantified and clearly specified. The current blanket bans rely on aperceived risk and therefore are based on unreferenced assumptions. All mannerof medical conditions can cause complications or problems that would makesomeone unfit to drive, but rarely are the problems automatic, or a foregoneconclusion. DVLA rules The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) categorises vehicles intogroup I and group II. Group I applies to the private light goods vehicles (carsand motorcycles). Group II now comprises vehicles that have more than nineseats or weigh more than 3.5 tonnes. David (his name has been changed) has been allowed to continue driving thesesmaller group II vehicles because ‘grandfather rights’1 afforded him anautomatic right to do so after the EU added the vehicle categories C1 and D12. David has twice lost his job due to his unsafe driving. He has penaltypoints on his licence although he has never been banned. His declining visualacuity is nearing the point where he will not be able to retain a basic carlicence. The nonsense is that this information, which is entirely relevant topublic and road safety, is apparently of no interest to the DVLA or David’semployers. No rights for the diabetic In contrast, when my licence needed to be renewed, the C1 and D1 categorieswere removed automatically because I have insulin-treated diabetes. No‘grandfather rights’ for the ‘dodgy old diabetic’. This is despite the factthat I have a visual acuity of 6/4 in both eyes, have six- monthly diabetescheck-ups that indicate tightly controlled glycaemic management and I have anaccident-free driving record. The fact that after my diagnosis I had been allowed to drive these vehiclesuntil I renewed my licence after the changes, meant that for a period of morethan five years, I was permitted to continue driving these larger vehicles,regardless of whether I was safe or not. After months of campaigning, people with insulin-treated diabetes can now beconsidered for a C1 licence, subject to passing an annual clinical assessment. There is another idiosyncrasy within the UK’s disparate rules that havecaused a number of people to lose their jobs. When a Group I vehicle is usedother than for the category referred to as social, domestic and pleasure,employers occasionally apply the medical standards for Group II vehicles. In about a third of the local authority taxi licensing offices in the UK,for example, the Group II medical standard is applied to taxi drivers oninsulin – i.e. they are automatically banned from driving for hire and reward. The appeal cases I have been involved with have concerned drivers of theseHackney cabs, ambulances, police cars and Port Authority vehicles. Despitethese not being Group II vehicles by size or passenger capacity, the employershave applied the diabetes medical standard for their employees using insulin,because the alternative would be a medical assessment. Even when these additional tests are in place, such as the Police Service’sadvanced driver training and the Fire and Ambulance Services’ internal tests,the vehicles used for response driving are not fitted with tachographs, whichis a European safety requirement for Group II vehicles. So, as well as having apoor medical history, our friend ‘David’ has no limitations placed on his hoursof work. Again, my assumption is that it costs money to fit and monitortachographs, so they are avoided. Exemptions from the Road Traffic Act that allow emergency service responsedrivers to exceed the speed limit and to treat red traffic lights as a give waysign clearly need to be balanced by employing drivers who are safe. But, under these somewhat less-than-scientific rules, a driver who uses themaximum dose of sulphonylureas, whose diabetes remained undiagnosed for adecade before discovery, whose father died of myocardial infarction at the ageof 38, smokes 30 cigarettes a day and has excessively high lipid levels, could(under the rules) be considered more employable as a driver of certainvehicles, than for example, Steve Redgrave, Gary Mabbutt or me. Attempts to try to justify the disparity of rules between those drivers whouse insulin and those who do not are not backed up with any actuarial data fromthe insurance companies. The assumption remains that using insulin equates withunsafe driving. In fact, statistically, the opposite is the case. As a42-year-old person with insulin-treated diabetes, I am substantially lesslikely to cause an injurious road traffic accident than non-diabetic malesunder 25 years of age. While insurance premiums are significantly higher for this group of youngmen, they are not subjected to any blanket bans in the name of road safety assuch a draconian action would apparently contravene their civil liberties. But when any of us is diagnosed with this manageable condition, we areautomatically deprived of the civil liberties that a less-safe group of peoplecan take for granted. I refuse to allow such stereotyping dogma to continueunchecked. Lack of clear answers In researching the legal position on Group II vehicles for this article, Icontacted the DVLA and numerous other government departments for a statement onthe status quo. Depending on what day of the week I telephoned and to whom Ispoke, the answers varied from call to call. Each time I attempted to get adefinitive response, I would be diverted from one government department toanother, each one stating in turn that it wasn’t their responsibility. If the DVLA can’t even offer a simple response on the requirement oftachographs, for instance, then what hope is there for an OH physician tryingto get a coherent policy statement from them? The Department of Health has stated there are no blanket driving bansagainst ambulance workers and paramedics3. The UK Fire Service applies theright of individualised assessments for their employees with diabetes. I hastento add that these are the most stringent rules in existence and have beenendorsed by a number of authoritative bodies4. The most disabling thing about my diabetes remains the attitude of otherstowards it. Thankfully, OH physicians around the UK are becoming more focusedon the need to assess, rather than automatically discard employees. Unless the rules are changed to outlaw automatically proscribed functionsfor people with diabetes, then employees will be sacked for their honesty, orwill choose to conceal their diagnosis. The latter option, although frequentlychosen, does no favours for those of us who truly seek a safe set of rules towork by. Tim Hoy is a station officer and UK secretary, International Register ofFirefighters with Diabetes Footnotes 1. Grandfather rights allow someone who has already been driving a certainclass of vehicle (before changes are made to the criteria) to continue doingso. All new applicants for the licence, must pass the more stringent rules. 2. C1 = medium-sized vans 3.5 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes. D1 = minibuses between 9and 17 seats. 3 Health Minister John Hutton (2002) Hansard 14 March 2002 column 1245W. 4 The Royal College of Physicians, WHO, Juvenile Diabetes Federation(Europe) and Diabetes UK’s Professional Advisory Group. The Faculty of OccupationalMedicine (FOM) ratified a similar set of rules. Discrimination in the dockOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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A novel Antarctic microbial endolithic community within gypsum crusts

first_imgA novel endolithic microbial habitat is described from a climatically extreme site at Two Step Cliffs, Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula (71°54′S, 68°13′W). Small endolithic colonies (<3 mm in diameter) are found within the translucent gypsum crust that forms on the surface of sandstone boulders. Gypsum crusts are found on ice-free rocks throughout the Antarctic and therefore offer potential colonization sites at more inhospitable locations, including sites at higher latitudes. Cyanobacterial, bacterial and fungal components were cultured from the crust material and have been identified as Chloroglea sp., Sphingomonas sp. and Verticillium sp. respectively. A non-cultured, black-pigmented fungus was also found. Cyanobacterial primary productivity is low: at depths of 1.2 and 2.5 mm within the crust, estimates of possible cell divisions per year were < 38 and four respectively. This microniche is proposed to provide protection from desiccation, rapid temperature variation and UV radiation flux while allowing penetration of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) for utilization by phototrophs. The endolithic communities are less extensive than those of the Dry Valleys, continental Antarctica, probably owing to only recent deglaciation (<7000 year ago).last_img read more

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Oxford mayor sets up Ikeda fund

first_img“Traditionally the Lord Mayor chooses a couple of charities to support during the year,” she explained, “and this was one that was close to my heart.”Kentaro Ikeda came to the University in November 2007 to read for a Masters degree in Educational Studies at St. Edmund’s Hall. He was assailed by two teenagers while cycling home from the Teddy Hall library along Mesopotamia Walk in the early hours of the morning.The two pulled Ikeda from his bike, bludgeoned him with his bike lock and stole his rucksack, bike and laptop. Knowles and Mack, both 18, were sentenced in February to a total of sixteen years in jail for robbery and grievous bodily harm.Ikeda, who was discovered unconscious by passers-by, was rushed to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he underwent four emergency surgeries. He remained in critical condition for weeks before being airlifted to Japan.Oon, who was at the Radcliffe Hospital following the attack and met Ikeda’s mother there, described the situation as a “nightmare”.“When we finally got to visit him, tears rolled down my cheeks,” she recounted “seeing his condition: unconscious, his bright future dimming out.”Despite her faith that Mrs. Ikeda would “overcome the odds” to care for her son, Oon noted that “the fund would be very helpful for the family, for a mother who has given up her profession.”Asked if she sensed that the local community felt somehow responsible for what had happened to Ikeda, Clarkson responded, “In terms of the sense of guilt, it’s people out in the suburbs, in the town part of the city, that feel that.”Ultimately, Clarkson said she hoped that the fund will heal rather than highlight any tensions that may have arisen as a result of the incident. “I would like to think that the University and the town can come together on this and do what’s best for Kentaro and his family. If it brings University and town together, so much the better.” A fund has been set up for Kentaro Ikeda, an Oxford University student who was brutally assaulted last summer.The collection was initiated by Mary Clarkson, Oxford’s new Lord Mayor. She said the fund will be put to uses that will strive to improve Ikeda’s quality of life and ease the burden of medical costs faced by his family.Clarkson said the Ikeda family invested a substantial portion of their savings in their son’s education at Oxford, and are consequently ill-equipped to deal with the costs of on-going treatment.Although planning is still in its early stages, Clarkson hopes to raise money by holding an event in Town Hall and securing sponsorship.Friends and acquantances of Ikeda expressed approval of the plan. “I totally support the idea of a fund,” said Chern Oon, a postgraduate student at Merton College. “Kentaro does not deserve to be in the condition he is in right now; we can only help him and support him in any way we can. I am sure the knowledge that he has the support of family, friends, and the Mayor will help him remain optimistic and hopeful.”As the former ward councilor for Marston, Clarkson felt a special responsibility to the student, who was attacked in Marston by town residents. “It happened in Oxford, in my patch”, she said.She reported that Ikeda remains in a rehabilitation centre and his widowed mother has had to leave her teaching job to care for him.Clarkson said many of her constituents had also felt shocked by the attack.“The local community was just appalled,” she said. “People in Marston got in touch with Kentaro and sent him cards.”She added that a local Japanese family had initially suggested the idea of a fund a way to channel this sympathy.Clarkson stated that Peter and Mieko Galpin, the owners of the restaurant Edamame on Hollywell Street, brought the former St. Edmund Hall student’s plight to her attention. Through their connections with the Japanese community, the Galpins established contact with Ikeda’s mother and brothers and sent Clarkson an email, prompting the idea for the fund.last_img read more

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