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UTO, Episcopal Church ratify ‘historic’ agreement

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Executive Council February 2014, Rector Pittsburgh, PA UTO, Episcopal Church ratify ‘historic’ agreement New bylaws, memo of understanding on operations meant to begin a new day Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Elizabeth Phillips says: Executive Council, Rector Tampa, FL Editors’ note: Story updated to add links to agreement documents.[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The United Thank Offering and the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council officially agreed Feb. 7 on a memorandum of understanding and a new set of bylaws for the organization that for 125 years has supported the church’s mission and ministry.The agreement is a “historic leap into a new day for the UTO,” according to a cover letter for the two documents from UTO Board President Barbara Schafer and Steve Hutchinson, chair of council’s Joint Standing Committee on Governance and Administration for Mission (GAM).The documents provide “new mission opportunities and collaborative working relationships” between the UTO and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s departments and staff (the DFMS is the church’s corporate name), the letter says, and they outline a vision for UTO of “broader inclusivity of divergent populations within the church.” UTO’s activities will expand to contribute to the wider mission work of the church, Schafer and Hutchinson said.The memorandum of understanding is here and the new bylaws are available here.They acknowledge that there will be a “period of transition and learning” as the memo and the bylaws are implemented.Hutchinson told the council that the working group, the UTO board and GAM all understand that both the memo and the bylaws were created to give UTO “a suitable foundation” for the future of UTO but, that they are not perfect.“The expectation is that this will be a continuing conversation for a while,” he had earlier told ENS.In fact, council also passed a resolution calling on the working group to monitor the implementation of the bylaws and memo and recommend “refinements that will further enhance the mission work of the UTO Board and its relationship to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.”The bylaws outline the UTO’s mission and purpose, its responsibilities, the roles of the board’s officers and members (and the terms of their service) and other functional issues.The memo of understanding details operational aspects of how DFMS will work with the UTO and vice versa.Among the things the DFMS has agreed to do are:include the UTO in its mission-planning discussions so that it is aware of the mission department’s goals and priorities;collaborate with the UTO board in preparing annual and triennial budgets for the council’s approval;manage all of UTO’s financial affairs in conjunction with the UTO board, reporting to the board with monthly financial operating statements and quarterly investment statements;manage trust funds held in whole or in part for the UTO “in a prudent manner consistent with DFMS investment policies and in accordance with the terms of the funds;provide the board with meeting-planning services and travel logistics, as well as needed staff training;provide the board with grant-accountability information;provide communications resources and a web-based internal communication system for the board that will also allow for archiving of electronic documents;manage the archiving of non-electronic documents, memorabilia and other UTO items;provide translation services and legal services as needed;promote UTO “whenever possible”; andprovide two full-time DFMS staff members to work with the board (the memo outlines the tasks of each employee).Among the UTO’s responsibilities are:acceding to the authority of the church’s Constitution and Canons, the council’s bylaws and DFMS policies and procedures;submitting an annual report to council;having its annual grant recommendations vetted by the DFMS director of mission for compliance with that year’s council-approved grant criteria, and submitting the awards to council for approval;agreeing to consult with members of the church center’s Global Partnerships Team regarding grant applications from provinces outside the Episcopal Church;being “responsible for the UTO granting process in support of the mission initiative as established by the leadership of the Episcopal Church”; andexpanding participation, with cooperation of DFMS staff, in UTO “to represent all demographics found within the Episcopal Church.”Hutchinson said that because of the intent of the memo “there’s a new day of collaboration and consultation going on already” between the board and the DFMS staff.The agreements stem from a pledge council made at its October 2013 meeting to heal the wounds incurred during a controversial effort a few months earlier to draft a memorandum of understanding between the UTO and the DMFS, and new bylaws for the historic organization. Four UTO board members resigned in disagreement over the effort in September 2013.At the time, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said the effort was meant to bring UTO’s operating procedures “into compliance with both federal law and with DFMS policies.”At the time, there was also a desire to help the 125-year-old ministry evolve its fundraising process in a changing church and culture.In a resolution council passed at its October meeting, the members “committed to a season of reconciliation and renewal of all involved in a thoughtful and faithful engagement and conversation to resolve matters of governance and administration, while honoring the UTO’s historic promotion of a theology of thankfulness, so that the mission of the UTO can be strengthened.”That season began during that October meeting when four members of UTO’s board met privately with council’s governance and administration for mission committee for what Hutchinson said was a time of “candid” conversation.Shortly after the October council meeting, Jefferts Schori and UTO Board President Barbara Schafer issued a joint statement pledging to work together to overcome the controversy.A working group made up of UTO and council members was formed and met in Fort Worth, Texas in early January. Hutchinson and Schafer attended as did UTO Vice President Marcelle Cherau; UTO Secretary Dena Lee; council members Stephane Cheney, Tess Judge and Marion Luckey; and DFMS legal counsel Paul Nix. UTO Coordinator Heather Melton and Grants Convener Margaret Cooper participated via teleconference.Hutchinson told ENS that the group met together for 52 hours over four and a half days, and in the end there was “full consensus and unity” on the proposed memo of understanding and bylaws. The UTO board later unanimously approved the two documents, he said.UTO was established in 1889 as the United Offering by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions and primarily supported the work of women missionaries. UTO later broadened its emphasis to include all areas of the church’s work.UTO grants are funded in large part with the money that Episcopalians deposit in “Blue Boxes,” which they keep in their homes and offices. Over the last 124 years UTO has granted $131,789,046.70, according to a report here.UTO suggests that people should daily pray and give – by putting some coins in their Blue Box – in recognition of their daily thanks for what God has given them. Oftentimes, the people whom the UTO calls “thankful givers” supplement their daily contributions before sending the money to UTO either individually or through a process known as diocesan in-gatherings. The UTO believes that thankful giving unites the givers spiritually with the people who benefit from their gifts.During the group’s Sept. 25-Oct. 1 board meeting, Melton said that giving to UTO has declined over the last 10 years.In 2007, the UTO made 91 grants totaling $2,401,906.70. In 2009, it granted close to $2.1 million in 63 grants. For 2013, UTO awarded 48 grants for a total of $1,517,280.91. The complete list of grants is here.Executive Council called in 2008 for a UTO study group to clarify the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s legal relationship with UTO.Sandra McPhee, the first chair of the group, noted at the time that there was nothing in writing that spells out the UTO’s relationship to the DFMS, despite the fact that UTO was using the tax-exempt number assigned to the DFMS by the Internal Revenue Service, which expected the DFMS to “control” the UTO.The council committee that proposed the study group also noted the UTO’s declining revenue and wondered if UTO’s fundraising model and grant-making methods needed updating.The 2008 study group reported to council and General Convention in 2012. Council approved the group’s report in 2011, including a new set of bylaws and called for a memo of understanding between UTO and the DFMS. Convention also adopted the report and the bylaws. Hutchinson said that the process did not afford an extensive review of the bylaws. For instance, he said, that council’s governance committee was not asked to review them.The Feb. 5-7 Executive Council meeting is taking place at the Maritime Institute Conference Center.Some council members are tweeting from the meeting using #ExCoun.The Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by the General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1)(a). The council is composed of 38 members, 20 of whom (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 lay people) are elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one lay) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms – plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA February 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm As a former member (1976-1984) of the UTO Granting Committee, a Province II and “At Large” person, I commend the diligence it has taken to reach this point. Now as I serve as the coordinator of UTO in 2 parishes – one in CA and the other in NY states, I think the greatest part of this program is the strengthening of the prayer life of the participants. The missionary outreach is the blessing. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MSlast_img read more

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Securetrading supports Get Safe Online initiative

first_img Payment service provider securetrading is sponsoring a new initiative launched today to help raise public awareness of the issues and provide solutions for online safety. It is aimed both at home users and small businesses.The campaign is a joint initiative between HM Government, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, part of the National Crime Squad and private sector sponsors from the worlds of technology, retail and finance.“As the UK’s largest independent payment service provider we have an unrivalled understanding of the online commercial issues facing UK companies. As such being a sponsor to the Get Safe Online campaign is a natural fit for us,” said David Abbott, CEO, securetrading. Advertisement Howard Lake | 26 October 2005 | News Securetrading supports Get Safe Online initiative About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital A range of charities use securetrading to handle their online donations and payments.New research from Get Safe Online has found that over three quarters of the UK’s population (83%) don’t know enough about protecting themselves online. In fact 42% of the population just rely on friends and family for online safety advice rather than finding expert information for themselves. The survey also found that only 15% of people believe that it’s their own responsibility to protect themselves from online crime, with 49% believing it should be the responsibility of big business and 11% thinking it should be the Government’s responsibility. Alarmingly 22% of respondents still open suspicious files from unknown source, thereby putting themselves at risk of unwittingly spreading viruses to others. Even worse, only a third of respondents (32%) updated their anti-virus software at least every three months.last_img read more

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Brazil falls in Press Freedom Index, now 104th

first_img RSF_en News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation Brazil is now ranked 104th out of 180 countries, a position clearly unworthy of a country meant to be a regional model. It was ranked 58th in 2010. Why has this happened? The most important reason is increasing violence against journalists and a lack of political will at the highest level to protect journalists effectively. As well as the fall in the rankings, Brazil’s performance indicator, which measures the level of media freedom violations, rose from 25.78 in 2014 to 31.93 in 2015 – a significant deterioration.The Latin American giant nonetheless remains ahead of some of its regional neighbours such as Ecuador (109th), Guatemala (121st), Colombia (134th), Venezuela (139th), Mexico (149th) and Cuba (174th). In Brazil, an economic recession and political instability have reinforced the main obstacles to media freedom and the climate of hostility towards journalists. At the same time, media ownership continues to be concentrated in the hands of leading industrial families linked to the political class.The problem of Brazil’s “colonels,” which RSF described in 2013 in its report, “The country of 30 Berlusconis,” has continued unabated. The so-called “colonels’ are usually major landowners or industrialists who are also legislators or state governors and who control opinion-making in their regions because, directly or indirectly, they own several local media outlets. As a result, the media are heavily dependent on the centres of economic and political power.Brazilian media coverage of the country’s current political crisis has highlighted the problem. In a barely veiled manner, the leading national media have urged the public to help bring down President Dilma Rousseff. The journalists working for these media groups are clearly subject to the influence of private and partisan interests, and these permanent conflicts of interests are clearly very detrimental to the quality of their reporting.Brazil’s fall in the Index is also the result of the lack of a national mechanism for protecting journalists in danger and for combatting the prevailing impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, which is facilitated by the ubiquitous corruption.With seven journalists murdered in 2015 alone, Brazil continues to be the western hemisphere’s third deadliest country for media personnel, after Mexico and Honduras. All of them were investigating sensitive subjects such as corruption and organized crime.Organized crime’s firm hold on certain regions far from any major city makes covering these subjects particular complicated there, while the failure to punish most murders of journalists encourages their recurrence.Finally, there has been no let-up in the growing problem of military police violence against journalists during street demonstrations, a problem that began in 2013. Both Brazilian and foreign journalists covering demonstrations are often insulted, threatened or arbitrarily detained. They are also often directly targeted by demonstrators, who identify them with the owners of the media they work for.Published annually by RSF since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries using the following criteria – pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative environment, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses.Go to the RSF website to find out more about the 2016 World Press Freedom Index and the method used to compile it. Follow the news on Brazil News BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ImpunityViolence 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Reports April 20, 2016 – Updated on November 3, 2016 Brazil falls in Press Freedom Index, now 104th Receive email alerts News Continuing conflicts of interest in the Brazilian media and a very disturbing level of violence against journalists have caused Brazil to fall another five places in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). April 27, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ImpunityViolence Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab

first_img Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek of a World Health Organization team chat each other during a joint press conference at the end of their mission to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Local NewsUS NewsWorld News WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab Facebook Previous articleOAT02xx21_GriefSharing_01.jpgNext articleAvec Mowasalat (Karwa), Yutong Bus fournira des services de transport lors de la Coupe du Monde des clubs de la FIFA 2020 au Qatar Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 TAGS  WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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Viral Vegas: Deaths jump, tourism slumps amid long pandemic

first_img Twitter Local NewsBusinessPeopleLifestyleUS News TAGS  Previous articleIHP Capital Partners Acquires 4.9-Acre Infill Site for New Residential Development in North San Diego CountyNext articleAP Interview: French government to tackle child abuse issue Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 12, 2021 Twitter Pinterest LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six weeks ago, thousands of New Year’s revelers gathered beneath the neon-lit marquees on the Las Vegas Strip — even though the big annual fireworks show was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sight of the big crowd, including many people without masks, spurred fears that COVID-19 infections would skyrocket, followed by hospitalizations and then deaths. That’s exactly what happened. January was Nevada’s deadliest month since the pandemic began, with 1,132 deaths. December was second. Now the virus is reshaping a tourist destination built for excess and known for bright lights, big crowds, indulgent meals and headline shows. Visitors arrive to find some freedoms curtailed and some familiar attractions closed, but parking and bargain prices are abundant. Big performances and conventions are still on hold. “We have an industry that invites people from all over the world to come here, and unfortunately when they come here, they can bring disease with them,” said Brian Labus, a longtime epidemiologist at the regional Southern Nevada Health District who now teaches public health at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. “The concern is that it spreads within our local population.” In mid-January, more than half of the hospitals in and around Las Vegas reported being at least 90% full. One suburban medical center declared a capacity crisis, with more patients than beds. Nearly half of its 147 beds were occupied by coronavirus patients. Deaths in Nevada hit a single-day record of 71 on Jan. 21. On Thursday, the statewide death total from COVID-19 was 4,637 since the pandemic began. As in other cities, some overwhelmed funeral homes have used refrigerated trailers to hold the dead, interim Coroner Michael Murphy said. “It’s nothing like I ever experienced in my nursing career,” said Dina Armstrong, a nurse at MountainView Hospital in northwest Las Vegas. “Dealing with this disease is mind-blowing — the stress and the environment.” On the streets, the result is many fewer tourists and “a very different experience,” said Marilinda Sepulveda, a repeat visitor, as she and her husband waited to snap photos next to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. The couple from Mission, Texas, spent two nights at the Cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of the Strip. “The nightlife is: You gamble, you walk, you go to your room,” Sepulveda said. Speaking through a cloth face mask, her husband, Ozzy Benavidez, said they would have gone to magic shows and restaurants. Instead, the pair bought take-out meals and ate in their room. Some marquee properties have been idled, including the Mirage casino and its iconic man-made volcano eruptions on the Strip. Others, like the Wynn Resorts property Encore, are closed during the week but open on weekends. Unused convention space in the sleek curved 2,700-room tower was repurposed as a vaccination center operated by the region’s public hospital. Nearly 11,500 people have gotten shots there. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, where a huge new wing was expected to open in time for the big Consumer Electronics gadget show in early January, officials opened a facility for people receiving their second dose of vaccine. CES was held virtually. Up and down the Strip, from the renovated Sahara to the gleaming gold-windowed Mandalay Bay, visitors have found quiet gambling floors, shuttered showrooms and inexpensive rates. Daniel Pangau, pastor of an Indonesian Christian church in Brea, California, figured a three-day stay at the Delano hotel for his family of six cost less than half the price before the pandemic. Tourists find plentiful parking and signs everywhere reminding them to wear masks. They don’t see the thousands of workers still without jobs. When casinos closed in mid-March, 98% of the 60,000 members of the local culinary and bartenders’ unions were furloughed. Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan said only about half are back to work now. At least 115 union members and immediate family members have died from COVID-19, and almost 2,000 have been hospitalized with the virus since March, Khan said. Unemployment in Nevada shot up from an all-time low of 3.6% in February 2020 to a worst-in-the-nation record 30.1% in April. The figure was down to 9.2% in December. From mid-March to Jan. 30, more than 834,000 people filed first-time claims for jobless benefits, according to the state jobless office. That figure is especially startling when weighed against the size of the entire statewide workforce a year ago — 1.4 million people. Visitor numbers were down by more than half in 2020 — just 19 million — compared with 42.5 million in 2019, according to data compiled by tourism, airport and gambling regulators. Casino tax revenues, a key source of funds in a state with no personal income tax, were down 40% during the calendar year, gambling regulators reported. Big conventions stopped completely in March and have not resumed. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak let casinos reopen in June with pandemic crowd restrictions. In November, he instituted what he termed a “pause” in reopenings. Citing progress against the virus, the governor on Thursday announced that restrictions on businesses and gatherings could be loosened over the next three months. Casinos, gyms, bars and restaurants will increase from 25% to 35% capacity beginning Monday, with seating limits, mask mandates and social distancing required. Casinos could go to 50% capacity next month. Clubs and nightclubs remain closed. By the time shows resume, some veteran performers may be gone, said Alan Feldman, a longtime casino executive who is now a fellow at the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “One toll yet to be measured is the loss of talent,” Feldman said. “To what extent have people moved on to other careers or back to school or out of the state? That’s yet to be determined.”center_img WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Viral Vegas: Deaths jump, tourism slumps amid long pandemic Facebooklast_img read more

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No Legality Attached To Fatwa; Not Binding : Delhi High Court

first_imgTop StoriesNo Legality Attached To Fatwa; Not Binding : Delhi High Court Sanya Talwar23 Dec 2020 9:31 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has recently held that there cannot be any legality or validity attached to a fatwa, especially in respect of ownership of immovable property, and such a declaration would not be binding on a third party.A single judge bench of Justice Pratibha M. Singh answered the issue in an appeal against a lower court order which had dismissed an application pertaining to ownership of…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 High Court has recently held that there cannot be any legality or validity attached to a fatwa, especially in respect of ownership of immovable property, and such a declaration would not be binding on a third party.A single judge bench of Justice Pratibha M. Singh answered the issue in an appeal against a lower court order which had dismissed an application pertaining to ownership of a property in Delhi’s Daryaganj area.Answering thequestion of law viz. whether rights in an immovable property can be legally and validly derived, on the basis of a fatwa issued by a maulvi and it’s binding nature on a third party in the negative, the Court held, while relying on the Supreme Court’s verdict in Vishwa Lochan Madan v. UOI & Others, that fatwa does not satisfy the requirements of a legally binding document and that they do not trace their origin to validly made law.Referring to the apex court judgement, Justice Singh said a perusal of the SC verdict “makes it abundantly clear that a fatwa cannot be imposed on a third party”.Matrix of Events:A suit for possession and recovery of damages was filed by Petitioners in the lower court and their case was that they are the owners of the suit property, being property in Daryaganj and that they traced back their title to one Mst. Musharraf Begum through six registered sale deeds and a fatwa.The plea was opposed by the defendant, a tenant of the property, who claimed that the original owner, a lady, had made a declaration that after her death the tenants/occupants would become owners of the property. The tenant also claimed that he was living there for 32 years without paying rent and that no claims on the property had been raised since 1971. Therefore, he was the owner of the property by way of adverse possession.What the Court held:Court, while relying on the Supreme Court’s verdict of 2014 held that a fatwa can be completely ignored and no one needs to challenge the same before any Court of law. “Imposition of a fatwa would itself be illegal and that. The effect of this judgment on the alleged fatwa, which is the basis of the Plaintiffs claim to ownership, would therefore have to be adjudicated by the Trial Court.” – Delhi HCFurther, it held that recognizing such rights based on a fatwa which has not been examined or sanctioned by a Court of law would be contrary to the Constitutional scheme. “While a fatwa can be the basis of an amicable settlement of disputes between parties who submit to such a settlement process, binding the same on a third party would be contrary to law,” bench said.It said that a court of law would have to adjudicate the issue after considering the documents and evidence before it. The bench further added that in the instant case all the foundational facts are yet to be established and since the suit was more than nine years old, it directed the trial of the suit be concluded within six months by the lower court and the judgement be pronounced by July 31, 2021. Cause Title: Mohd. Ashraf & Ors. V. Abdul Wahid Siddique (C.R.P 89/2016)Counsel for Petitioners: Arpit Bhargava & Hina BhargavaCounsel for Respondents: Mr. Rajiv BajajAlso Read : Legal Validity of Fatwas And Religious DictatesClick Here To Download JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

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Three rescued from house fire in Derry

Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleBoxing News: Sunday 21st JanuaryNext articleAthletics review: Sunday 21st January News Highland Three rescued from house fire in Derry WhatsApp By News Highland – January 21, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police, fire brigade and ambulance services attended a house fire in Derry City in the early hours of this morning.PSNI officers discovered the fire while carrying out enquiries in the area. The officers forced entry and three people were subsequently rescued from the flat as well as a puppy, who was rescued by firefighters using breathing apparatus.Its reported the fire was accidental and caused by an unattended cooker.Watch-Commander Kevin Chester commended the actions of the police officers involved and stressed the importance of having a working smoke alarm. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications read more

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HR specialisms: Training and development

first_imgHR specialisms: Training and developmentOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article An army may march on its stomach but it is usually the quality of itstraining that makes the difference between triumph and defeat. And in thebusiness world this idea is just as relevant. Whether you are interested insecuring contracts, hitting sales targets or reorganising your admin system youcannot hope to be competitive without effectively training your troops. The role of a training director is to make sure that this happens. And whileit may appear to be a case of simply rolling out training programmes, it ishigh-level strategic thinking that occupies most of a training director’s time.Ian Lawson, director of training and development at Lyreco Office Supplies,says: “Training is an integral part of planning and managing the wholebusiness. But if a training director wants a long-term career they have toaddress the business problems facing the company and not merely be a courseprovider.” To do this, a training director has to be able to take a step back fromday-to-day duties and focus on the long-term cultural and business aims of thecompany. It is only by taking these factors into account that they can properlyfocus on the needs of the organisation and create effective trainingprogrammes. Lawson calls this the role of an ‘internal consultant’. At Lyreco heachieves it by holding monthly meeting with department heads, line managers andboard members. This enables everyone at the firm to give him an idea of wherethey are heading and the sort of training that would complement the journey. “You have got to be a good communicator and get the board or managingdirector enthused about training. Otherwise you’re three to four removed fromthe decision making process and not in the front line of the action,”Lawson says. “That’s no good if you are trying to pursue big strategicconcepts.” A training director can expect to be rewarded with a package of about£50,000 plus benefits, according to David Goodson, head of training at MarriottHotels. Further down the scale SSP research shows that a training manager islikely to be offered anything from £30,000 to £40,000 depending on the sector. For Pip Thomas, training and development manager at One2One Retail, the rolehas led to a mix of strategic and practical duties. At any one time she may berunning a training needs analysis, employee development programme or helpingwith cultural change in the business. All of which requires a high degree of flexibility, creativity and patience– a list to which Thomas would also add intuition. She says: “The bestthing about the job is the opportunity to be involved with the evolution of asuccessful retail business. But to do this it is essential to recognise andevolve with customer’s needs. My role must anticipate and expand with this.”But by taking a step back and looking at the wider aims of the business, atraining director can sometimes find themselves isolated and having to rely onself-motivation to get the job done. This places its own unique challenges on atraining director and calls for a certain type of individual to get it right. It also stresses the importance of the conversations a training director haswith the rest of the organisation. Neil Jones, head of HR development at theWelsh Development Agency, says: “Training and development can be one ofthe most rewarding careers, but equally, one of the most frustrating. You haveto combine strategic visioning with operational responsibility. This ensuresthat the HR practices are grounded in reality and not conjured up in splendidisolation in ivory towers.” Training directors also have to keep an eye on any changes that are takingplace in the wider business world. Particularly, technological innovations thatare likely to affect the way the firm does business and which, in turn, arelikely to make some training initiatives redundant. “In the future the training director’s role will have more emphasis onstrategy, more reliance on technology and more line manager involvement,”says Jones. Without doing this the firm and its training programme will fail to evolveat the same pace as the business world. As Lawson points out: “You have tobe technically competent and be seen as a role model, an ambassador ofexcellence, and lead by example.” Case study David Goodson, head of training Marriott HotelsDavid Goodson has been head of training at Marriott Hotelssince January 2001 and is responsible for the training and development of over8,000 UK staff (Marriott’s term is ‘associates’).Based in London, he joined the hotel group from Whitbread wherehe worked as a HR manager from 1989. He has spent his whole working life in thehospitality industry and previously had stints in the food and beverage andconference and events departments of Hilton and Queens Moathouse hotels.Since he joined Marriott, Goodson has instituted such things asa joint MBA course with Oxford Brookes University and a modern apprenticeshipscheme that is open to all new starters. This has seen the company’s managersundertake a minimum of 40 hours a year off-the-job training.Staff retention has fallen to 34 per cent – one of the lowestin the industry and 14 per cent below the average of the Hospitality TrainingFoundation’s Labour Market Survey 2001.As Marriott is a US-based hotel chain there is a US bias tomany of the things Goodson does. This extends to the training programmes withmost of them identical to courses run in the US. This is to ensure thatMarriott’s UK staff can deliver the same superior levels of customer service astheir US counterparts.Employee participation is a major feature of these courses asMarriott’s likes to get experienced members to pass on their knowledge toothers. They require extra training to work alongside Goodson’s team.As he explains: “My role in the UK is to make sure peopleare certified to run the US training programmes. This mix of associates andpeople with HR experience makes the training more relevant to the delegates asthey can see they are being taught by someone who knows what it’s like to dotheir job.”But Goodson’s role is far more complex than simply organising avariety of US-led training courses. Strategic and wider business matters are amajor priority.”I have to look at three main areas: the operational sidewhere people have to develop the technical operation skills to deliver theservice required; the functional – such as developing the management of IT,sales or marketing; and management development which means looking at theleaders in every level of the organisation and enabling them to achieve goalsand motivate our associates,” says Goodson.A background in generalist roles and an understanding of wheretraining fits into the overall business picture is also vital, says Goodson.”My background in the operational side taught me that tomake a difference people needed investment. I really believed that if I wasever going to make a difference at a bigger level I had to look at how peopledevelop in the business and make the business achieve the goals it has set.”last_img read more

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LeBron pushes Lakers past Jazz for 7th win in 8 games, 90-83

first_imgNovember 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local LeBron pushes Lakers past Jazz for 7th win in 8 games, 90-83 Written by Tags: Basketball/NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and he seized control of an ugly game with nine points in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ seventh win in eight games, 90-83 over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.Brandon Ingram scored 24 points while the Lakers struggled in their first game back from an Eastern Conference road trip, committing 24 turnovers and managing just 10 assists all night.Neither team took a commanding lead in the second half until James hit a layup and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions with 3:15 to play. James then blocked a shot by Alec Burks in the final seconds as Los Angeles held on to snap its seven-game skid against Utah.Donovan Mitchell scored four points before he bruised his ribs in the second quarter and didn’t return, depriving the Jazz of their top scorer.Burks scored 17 points and Joe Ingles had 16 for the Jazz, who have lost three straight and five of six.Neither team did much to distinguish itself early on the first game back from Thanksgiving. The Lakers held Utah under 30 percent shooting for most of the first half, but then blew an 11-point lead in the final 3 ½ minutes while committing 13 turnovers in the first half.Ingram and Lonzo Ball were Los Angeles’ biggest contributors early, with both youngsters going hard to the hoop. James had only four points in 16 minutes at halftime, and he had only five assists on the first 21 field goals by the Lakers’ stagnant offense.TIP-INSJazz: Mitchell was 2 of 9 and committed two turnovers before his injury. … Rudy Gobert had 13 points and seven rebounds.Lakers: Josh Hart played 14 scoreless minutes despite a strained tendon in his left ankle. … After returning at 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning from a trip to Florida and Cleveland, Los Angeles has begun a stretch with six of seven at Staples Center. … JaVale McGee had 12 points, and Ball added nine points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTJazz: At the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Associated Presslast_img read more

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Amarillo Midstream forms midstream JV with Rattler

first_img Amarillo Midstream forms midstream JV with Rattler. (Credit: Pixabay/Nappiness) Amarillo Midstream, an ArcLight Fund V portfolio company and Rattler Midstream’s affiliate have announced a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to own and operate natural gas gathering and processing assets in the Midland Basin, USThe JV, named as Amarillo Rattle, now owns and operates the Yellow Rose gas gathering and processing system as well as more than 135.1km of gathering and regional transportation pipelines in Dawson, Martin, and Andrews Counties, Texas.The Yellow Rose gas system is estimated to have a processing capacity of 40,000 million cubic feet per day (Mcf/d).ArcLight managing partner and founder Dan Revers said: “We are very pleased to partner with Rattler on this exciting new natural gas focused midstream JV in the Midland Basin.“Capturing and efficiently processing natural gas in the Permian Basin is a key part of the U.S. energy transition and we look forward to supporting Diamondback in these efforts.“We look forward to growing the joint venture and our relationships with Rattler and Diamondback in the years to come.”Diamondback contracted for a portion of the new processing plant’s capacityThe new entity will also build and operate a new 60,000Mcf/d natural gas cryogenic processing plant in Martin County, Texas and incremental gas gathering and regional transportation pipelines.Diamondback Energy, a parent company of Rattler Midstream, has signed an agreement with the JV for a portion of the new processing plant’s capacity.Rattler general partner CEO Travis Stice said: “Enhanced planning and coordination between our gas gathering and processing partners in this venture, and across all of our operations, increases the capital efficiency and reliability of the integrated systems and minimizes increasingly undesirable outcomes such as flaring.“Moreover, this joint venture demonstrates Rattler’s ability to leverage the Diamondback relationship to invest in attractive projects that ensure its high operational and environmental standards are met downstream of the wellhead.”Amarillo Rattler expects that the new facility will commence operations in mid of next year. Amarillo Rattle currently owns and operates the Yellow Rose gas gathering and processing systemlast_img read more

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