Southern Africa bishops: Same-sex couples ‘full members’ of church

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Anglican Church of Southern Africa] Anglican bishops from across southern Africa have resolved that gay and lesbian partners who enter same-sex civil unions under South African law should be welcomed into congregations as full members of the church.In a pastoral letter issued to Anglicans Feb. 22, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town said a document outlining guidelines on members living in same-sex unions would be sent to the church’s Provincial Synod, its ruling body, which meets later this year.He added: “I believe that its adoption by Provincial Synod would be an important first step in signalling to the LGBT community that we in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, through our top deliberative and legislative body, see them as welcome members of our body as sisters and brothers in Christ.”Explaining the practical implications of the guidelines, he said congregations would not be able to refuse to baptize children of same-sex couples, nor should either they or their parents be stigmatized. Quoting from the bishops’ guidelines, he said, “We are of one mind that gay, lesbian and transgendered members of our church share in full membership as baptized members of the Body of Christ. . .”However, Archbishop Makgoba acknowledged that southern Africa’s bishops were divided over whether to marry same-sex couples in church, or to allow clergy to enter same-sex civil unions. As a consequence they would continue to be bound by the broad consensus in the Anglican Communion, which is that the church can neither bless same-sex unions nor permit its clergy to enter them.He said the differences among the bishops were both over the theology of marriage and a result of realities on the ground in different dioceses.“For example, most of our dioceses across Southern Africa are predominantly rural, and for many the urgent priorities of food security, shelter, health care and education crowd out debate on the issue of human sexuality. In some rural dioceses, responding to challenges to the Church’s restrictions on polygamous marriages is a much higher pastoral priority.”Archbishop Makgoba expressed his determination to avoid splits in the church in Southern Africa over the issue. He said the bishops were agreed that their differences did not constitute a “church-dividing issue.”He added: “We overcame deep differences over the imposition of sanctions against apartheid and over the ordination of women, and we can do the same over human sexuality.”Anglican churches in North America have experienced internal splits over the issue, and leaders of the Communion have taken steps to reduce the role of The Episcopal Church in the United States in the wider Anglican Communion as a result of its decision to approve the marriages of same-sex couples.Click here for the full text of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s pastoral letter Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Same-Sex Marriage Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Africa, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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African Anglicans look to reduce El Niño’s hunger footprint

first_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Anglican Alliance] Anglican churches are prioritizing advocacy and practical responses to El Niño’s increasingly devastating impact on food security in the southern and central parts of Africa, says the Anglican Alliance’s facilitator in the region.Famine and hunger have been stalking millions of people, notes June Nderitu, who is also on staff of Alliance partner the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA). Drought has been the culprit in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa, while heavy rainfall and floods have plagued other parts of the continent.El Niño, a warming of sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, occurs roughly every three to seven years and can lead to unusually heavy rains in some parts of the world and drought elsewhere.Last December, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underlined predictions by climatologists that the 2015‒2016 El Niño event would be stronger than that of 1997‒1998, currently the worst on record, and might persist until the second quarter of 2016.June says that while various factors have contributed to food shortages in Africa over the years, the severity of this El Niño event means that 2016 is proving an especially tough year.“Climate change, such as we’re observing in many areas in Africa, can make El Niño’s impact more severe, further disrupting agricultural production and livestock management, and damaging crops,” June notes.Case study: EthiopiaIn recent years Ethiopia has experienced rapid economic growth amid heavy investment in infrastructure such as transportation and energy, yet 80 percent of the population still relies on rain-fed agriculture to survive.Late last year FAO predicted that the number of people in Ethiopia needing food assistance would nearly double between November 2015 and March 2016 to 15.2 million.“The current El Niño event has meant erratic rainfall and a very poor harvest. The people are now facing severe food shortages. The hunger that threatens is feared to be the worst seen in Ethiopia in decades,” June reports.Aid agency Save the Children has warned that significant gains made in food security, education and health over recent years are now in jeopardy in some parts of the country.Southern AfricaAccording to the World Food Programme, Southern Africa is in the grip of one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years, with food insecurity levels in 2016 projected to rise to the highest since the food crisis in 2002-2003.USAID reported early last month that poor weather conditions in Zimbabwe, including erratic rainfall and long dry spells, have contributed to large-scale crop failure and livestock deaths across the country. The agency estimated that 2.8 million rural Zimbabweans were facing food insecurity – 30 percent of the rural population.Meanwhile South Africa’s maize (corn) output has seen a 30 percent drop in comparison to last year’s harvest, the smallest crop since 2007 and an alarming statistic for a staple grain.The impacts of the dry conditions in Southern Africa are likely to last until 2017, June says.Advocating to governmentNderitu notes that governments have been taking different steps to respond to the crushing cycle of drought/flooding and food shortage.Ethiopia has put in place welfare for work initiatives, national food reserves and early warning systems in the local administrative units. In February Zimbabwe declared a state of emergency in drought-hit rural areas and has worked to increase its national grain reserve through the importation of maize. Appeals have been made to the international community for food aid.At a policy level, however, it is becoming increasingly clear that a more coordinated approach towards achieving food security, coupled with drought preparedness, needs to be adopted, Nderitu says.“While great strides have been made in feeding the populations, none of the African countries have sustainably reached the minimum threshold for annual budgetary allocations towards agricultural production,” she explains.Nderitu thinks that Anglican leaders are in a prime position to conduct very focused and specific advocacy at different governmental levels to ensure no one in the country goes hungry.“The churches know who is in need and they know that the effects of drought and flooding go beyond immediate hunger to malnutrition, poor growth and susceptibility to diseases. We must raise our voices together and advocate governments to implement policies and invest in agricultural production.”Farming God’s wayThe churches are also responding to growing food insecurity in very practical ways on the ground.The Anglican Church of Tanzania is one province that is acting as part of an early warning system, urging action sooner rather than later to deal with looming food shortages. General Secretary the Rev. Canon Johnson Chinyong’ole has called for measures such as setting up seed banks so that fields can be planted when rains come and storing available food stocks for distribution when the crisis deepens and prices rise.However, the Alliance’s Africa facilitator says the churches continue to agonize over the fact that longer-term food security on the continent remains mostly elusive, particularly in the face of climate change. As a result they are seeking practical, sustainable approaches to food production that attack hunger at the root.One such approach has been to incorporate Biblical principles with conservation agriculture. “This is what is called ‘Farming God’s Way’,” June says.Farming God’s Way (FGW) promotes what is called “zero cultivation”, a method that ensures soil is always covered by organic matter to maintain moisture and enhance fertility, thus requiring less rain. With FGW, the churches are bringing together groups of farmers for Bible study and training in conservation agriculture.Jane Waithira, who was a long term practitioner of the FGW approach on her five-acre plot in the Diocese of Mount Kenya South, found that it transformed her livelihood like no other approach and made her mindful of her God-given role as a custodian and steward of the land.Her household’s food security increased significantly after she learned how to farm God’s way.“I once planted potatoes on a small patch of land during the dry season. In spite of the fact that it did not rain even once, I harvested almost four 90kg bags of potatoes. The dew alone was sufficient moisture.”She appreciated as well that a variety of food crops could be grown using this form of conservation agriculture.Soil-less farmingThe practice of hydroponics, or soil-less farming, is also taking root in the churches.In hydroponics, crops are suspended in nutrient-rich water rather than soil requiring regular rain or irrigation. The process recycles water, using only about 5 percent of the amount needed for crops on open land. Besides maximizing a limited resource, farmers are no longer dependent on increasingly irregular weather patterns.Given the holistic nature of this approach, CAPA is encouraging theological training institutions to incorporate hydroponics in their ministerial formation programs. General Secretary Canon Grace Kaiso notes that students enriched by hydroponics training can share their learning wherever they are posted as clergy in a natural seeding effect.El Niño adaptation toolAnother tool for the churches in Africa and other regions to address the effects of El Niño events on food security is coming from somewhat further afield, according to Anglican Alliance Relief and Programmes Manager Janice Proud.The El Niño adaptation tool, a new addition to the pastors and disasters toolkit developed by Episcopal Relief & Development together with Anglican partner agencies, suggests steps churches can take to strengthen their communities’ resilience to possible El Niño-related impacts.“I am excited about this addition to the Toolkit that looks at the impact of El Niño, based on the experience of churches and partners relating to drought, flooding, landslides and animal husbandry. The issue of El Niño effects has come up often in the last year, particularly with regard to preparing for drought impact such as in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa.”Combining advocacy and practiceIn the end, “food security [in the region] can only be achieved through joint efforts by all stakeholders including households, churches, governments and research institutions,” says Kaiso.For the Rev. Andy Bowerman, Anglican Alliance co-executive director, advocacy and practical response are two sides of the same food security coin.“In Southern and Central Africa there is a need to connect the advocates around climate justice and the momentum built since the UN climate summit COP21 last December with the practitioners engaged in providing immediate relief response to those without food or water.”The time to act is now, according to Anglican Alliance Board of Trustees member Canon Delene Mark.The director of Hope Africa says the coming months are crucial in mobilizing support from not just around the region but also in raising up prayer and practical action around the Communion.The Alliance is poised to play its part in connecting these parts of the communion together, Bowerman affirms.He reports that the Alliance is drawing together the key actors in this area for an online consultation and will also host a global webinar for churches and agencies to share their learning on food security tools. 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City hires independent engineering consultant for wastewater facility

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter January 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm The Anatomy of Fear Note – At the Wednesday, January 18th City Council meeting, it was announced that The City of Apopka was in talks to hire an independent engineering consultant to assess the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Through a press release yesterday, the City said that it hired Woodard & Curran to conduct independent operations, maintenance, and management assessment of the plant after a “warning letter” came from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection outlining its concerns.Here is the News Release from Public Information Officer Robert Sargent:The City of Apopka yesterday hired Woodard & Curran – among the country’s best wastewater management and engineering companies – to conduct an independent operations, maintenance, and management assessment of the municipality’s 26-year-old wastewater utility.The thorough inspection is part of Apopka’s voluntary efforts to ensure that the wastewater plant at 748 E. Cleveland St. is managed properly and in full accordance with regulatory requirements of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which is working with the city to address recent issues at the facility. The plant treats up to 4.5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater each day from more than 17,000 city customers located in and around Orange County’s second largest city.Apopka is committed to operating the aged wastewater facility with the highest regard for public health and transparency, employee safety and environmental safeguards while undergoing construction of a $61 million plant expansion – the single largest project in municipal history that will increase maximum treatment capacity to 8 million gallons a day.The plant expansion will allow Apopka to better accommodate wastewater through future years of city growth. It also is necessary to meet Florida’s environmental regulations for this area of the state.If directed by FDEP, the new facility also will replace a sprayfield where one ground monitoring well identified some environmental impact from historic use. All other monitoring wells including those around the perimeter of the treatment facility and multiple sprayfields show no impacts from plant operations.The City of Apopka also has implemented new procedures to ensure prompt and accurate reporting of utility operations – the primary issue identified from a recent facility inspection by state officials.Woodard & Curran will conduct the assessment of the city’s treatment facility beginning this week. Work is expected to wrap up by Feb. 3. The company will then submit the results of a Management Assessment Profile within two weeks after the inspection.The assessment will observe plant operations and interview city staff, grading against 25 industry standards to identify potential improvements regarding everything from staff structure and operational procedures to maintenance practices, equipment demands and administrative policies. Work will be headed by a Woodard & Curran project manager who currently oversees several Florida utilities and has evaluated more than 125 water and wastewater systems. Reply 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSCity of ApopkaWastewater Treatment Facility Previous articleThe growing pains of Amendment 2 slows the medical marijuana marketplaceNext articleOrange County wins digital media award Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here How is this independent if the city selected and pays the company doing the review?????????????????? It’s called repeat business… Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! David Lowery Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

first_imgWednesday Mar 4, 2015 Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations There was some outstanding tackling taking place in the Six Nations over the weekend. Here is a look at six of the best, as put together by the official RBS 6 Nations youtube channel. Note that the music, while taste is subjective, is pretty horrific, so you might want to mute it.Look out for great tackling from Italy’s Simone Favaro in particular, and from Ireland’s Johnny Sexton on George Ford during Sunday’s big clash with England in Dublin.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play , Six Nations 2015 Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

La Pajarera Lodge Shangri-La / SAA arquitectura + territorio

first_img Year:  Chile ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Sergio Araneda Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs “COPY” Save this picture!© Sergio Araneda+ 17 Share Architects: SAA arquitectura + territorio Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeSAA arquitectura + territorioOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSan FernandoChilePublished on April 19, 2017Cite: “La Pajarera Lodge Shangri-La / SAA arquitectura + territorio” [La Pajarera Lodge Shangri-La / SAA arquitectura + territorio] 19 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceCarpetsB&B ItaliaCarpet – TwistBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusHow to use Fire Protection MembranesSoftware / CoursesSculptformSpecification Tool – Price and Spec AppFittingsHOPPEFloor Spring – AR2950DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for False Ceilings and FlooringFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Textured PanelAcousticConwedAcoustic Panels – Eurospan®More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•San Fernando, Chile La Pajarera Lodge Shangri-La / SAA arquitectura + territoriocenter_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2016 Houses Projects Manufacturers: MasisaSave this picture!© Sergio AranedaRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. The roost is a family-run cabin lodge located in the Andean foothills near San Fernando, in Chile’s central mountain range.Save this picture!© Sergio AranedaThe presence of rivers and large canopies of peumo, quillay and oak forest constitute a natural environment with large ecological and landscape value, making this spot an important place for spotting birds such as the Burrowing parrot.Save this picture!Section DetailsThe architectural concept defines the site location as the primary strategy on which the layout is based. One story is laid out along the southern-facing side of a hill that slopes steeply toward the river. This gives off a view toward the valley, with the north to the rear.Save this picture!© Sergio AranedaThe bedrooms are projected toward the south and incorporate the primary vistas, while the sanitary services are toward the north and the hillside, leaving an interior hallway which features a horizontal skylight in the roof that faces north, bringing natural light to all the rooms.Save this picture!© Sergio AranedaSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Sergio AranedaThe more common areas are integrated within one space that links the sloped ground and geographical expanse of the valley.Save this picture!© Sergio AranedaThe exterior of the house features 3 landscape-related spaces. The southern, elevated hallway hangs toward the river and mountain valley. The eastern-facing access deck looks toward the large Andean rock formations, with the deck/overlook open to the entire surroundings and open sky.Save this picture!© Sergio AranedaConstruction was undertaken by local labor using basic, low-cost materials. The structure is comprised of a metallic base on which the cabin is raised in standard-dimension pinewood for the structure and exterior siding, with laminated plywood sheeting used for the interior veneer and finishing.Save this picture!© Sergio AranedaProject gallerySee allShow lessVisualizations of the Most Used AutoCAD, Revit, and 3dsMax CommandsArchitecture NewsWhat Will Thomas Heatherwick’s “Vessel” At Hudson Yards Really Add to New York?Articles Share Area:  100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project La Pajarera Lodge Shangri-La / SAA arquitectura + territorioSave this projectSaveLa Pajarera Lodge Shangri-La / SAA arquitectura + territorio ArchDailylast_img read more

Scottish Power publishes CR report only online

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Scottish Power publishes CR report only online Scottish Power has chosen to use the Web as its sole method of communicating its 2005/06 Corporate Responsibility report.The corporate responsibility area of the utility company’s website sets out the what the company sees as its 12 most important environmental and social impacts. It details how it aimed to manage them during 2005-06 and how well it performed.The company says that the new online-only format is “intended to make the report more user friendly and accessible to greater numbers of people than previous printed documents.” Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img The company added that it hopes the switch to the web will enable users quick access to particular areas of interest, a weakness of previous reports according to user feedback.Scottish Power expects to provide more frequent updates to supporting case studies on its online report. Howard Lake | 20 December 2006 | News Tagged with: corporate Digitallast_img read more

Boston: Protest demands Justice4Siham

first_imgDemonstrators gathered here Nov. 7 to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of Siham Byah’s separation from her son, Naseem. Some 50 people gathered in Villa Victoria, the heart of Boston’s Puerto Rican community, and then marched to Peters Park, just blocks away from the house where Boston Police murdered Terrence Coleman in 2016.Through the symbolism of its location and the words of those who spoke to the crowd, the rally highlighted the many ways that the U.S. government has torn families apart throughout its history. From slavery and the genocide of Indigenous nations to police killings and Immigration and Customs Enforcement terror, the U.S. government has always been separating children from their mothers, especially in communities of color.The march reiterated the longstanding demands of the Justice4Siham campaign: that Siham and Naseem be given passports so the two can be reunited, that Naseem be given mental health care to help deal with the trauma of the separation, and that Siham be provided with a path to return to the U.S., where she had first moved to escape the repressive Moroccan government.The rally was organized by the Justice4Siham Coalition and endorsed by a number of organizations, including FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere), Workers World Party, Cosecha Massachusetts, Harvard TPS Coalition, Jericho Boston and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.Siham speaks on her caseBefore the march, Siham spoke to demonstrators via phone, reflecting on the long year since she was separated from her son.On Nov. 7, 2017, when Siham went in for a routine check-in with immigration services she was instead met by ICE agents. She was sent to the detention center in Bristol County, Mass., whose sheriff Thomas Hodgson is known for the history of abuse, medical neglect and inhumane conditions in his jail.Her son Naseem was immediately taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Families. He was never allowed to visit his mother in jail, and by the end of December, Siham had been deported to Morocco.On the phone, Siham described the last time she saw her son: “I got his lunch together and I gave him breakfast. He kissed me. He was going to walk to school. I kissed him back and I told him to be good, to listen to his teacher, and that I would see him after school. I never thought in a million years that this could happen.”Naseem has since been placed with his biological father and has not been allowed to have consistent communication with his mother.Before she was deported, Siham was an activist and an organizer in Boston, which she believes made her an early target of Trump’s assault against im/migrants: “My biggest crime, for which I have been persecuted and still am, is that I have a voice and I lend it to those in need and put my money where my mouth is. And I happened to be an immigrant.”Justice4Siham means justice for all im/migrantsSiham emphasized that the activists gathered there represented the fight for “every immigrant family that has been torn apart at the hands of ICE, which has proven to be nothing more than a tool in the hands of this imperialist system that continues to suck us dry.”Many of the speakers, im/migrants themselves, spoke to the broader struggle to defend im/migrants in this country. Speakers included Puerto Rican activist Martha Rodriguez, Bishop Filipe Teixeira and members of Jericho Boston and Cosecha Massachusetts.Doris Landaverde, a custodian at Harvard and an organizer with the Harvard TPS Coalition, spoke about the struggles of immigrant workers who have Temporary Protective Status. Since taking office, Trump has announced an end to TPS status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and Nepal.Landaverde spoke of the fears of hundreds of thousands of TPS holders, and millions more without a legal status, of being torn away from their children, who were born in the U.S. She noted that she and millions of others “came to this country because we thought we would be free. Now we’re feeling the same fear we felt in our countries.”She also spoke about the need for solidarity and unity to overcome the current crisis: “We have to support Siham. We have to support immigrants. We have to support the Black community. We have to support Muslims. Because all these struggles are our struggles. If we can work together, we can fight!”A mother herself, Landaverde emphasized the pain that Siham has felt during a year of separation. “I can’t imagine. One year without seeing her kid. I feel like, now its 8 o’clock and I want to see my kids. Can you imagine one year? These people don’t have a heart.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Rain’s Return Regenerates Pasture Regrowth

first_imgBloat is a digestive disorder caused by the accumulation of gas in the rumen. Gas production is a normal result of rumen fermentation, but when the animal’s ability to release the gases is impaired, pressure builds and bloat happens. “Bloating usually occurs when hungry cattle are first turned onto legume pastures and usually follows a large meal soon after turnout,” Lemenager said. Cooler temperatures and the return of rainfall after a hot, extremely dry summer has caused a springlike regrowth in pastures that can present some health risks for grazing cattle. Lush growth in predominantly grass pastures can cause cattle to suffer grass tetany, a potentially fatal condition caused by a magnesium deficiency. Bloat, on the other hand is more of a concern in heavy-legume pastures. “Generalities can be dangerous, but grass tetany is classically seen in the spring with older, lactating beef cows on lush, vegetative, grass pastures when nighttime temperatures are below 55 degrees,” said Purdue Extension beef specialist Ron Lemenager. “These are the same conditions our fall calving herds are now experiencing, which makes them the most susceptible.” SHARE Facebook Twitter Rain’s Return Regenerates Pasture Regrowth Home News Feed Rain’s Return Regenerates Pasture Regrowth With the lack of rain for most of the summer, he said grasses have reduced magnesium uptake from the soil that is aggravated when soil profiles are high in potassium and nitrogen. Many producers fertilized pastures in the spring, and with the drought, there has been some nitrogen and potassium carryover. “In addition, magnesium absorption in the animal is compromised when dietary potassium intake is high and sodium intake is low, which is a characteristic of lush, vegetative growth,” Lemenager said. Facebook Twitter SHARE One of the first symptoms is a swollen abdomen. Cattle might also be lethargic or show signs of respiratory distress. Severe cases of bloat can cause death within 2-4 hours of onset because the swollen rumen prevents normal breathing. Preventing bloat completely isn’t possible, but Lemenager said there are management techniques to lower the risk. They include making sure cattle are full before first allowing them to graze, feeding dry grass hay or corn silage before turning animals out to pasture, delaying turnout until pastures are dry after dew or rain, monitoring animals every couple of hours for the first 6-8 hours after turnout, considering anti-bloat supplements (but they need to be included in the diet for at least a week before turnout onto a high legume containing pasture) and carefully selecting which legumes to plant when renovating pastures. “Death from grass tetany and pasture bloat can occur quickly and it is often too late when producers first observe animals in distress,” Lemenager said. “Benjamin Franklin once said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and that advice fits both grass tetany and pasture bloat. It is much easier and more cost-effective to proactively manage cattle to prevent these ailments than to treat them after they occur.” Grass tetany is especially dangerous because the time from the first symptoms to coma and death can be as few as 2-3 hours, he said. Symptoms include excitable and possibly aggressive behavior, muscle tremors and convulsions. “Early detection and treatment is extremely important, but the ultimate goal is prevention,” Lemenager said. “Producers should provide the cow herd with a vitamin-mineral supplement that is both palatable and contains higher magnesium concentrations – typically about 4 percent.” By Gary Truitt – Oct 16, 2012 Previous articleGrowers Encouraged to Watch for Mobile Soybean PestsNext articleSale of Historic Farm to Fund Educational Programs Gary Truittlast_img read more

Kidnap fears over journalist missing in Michoacán state

first_img Organisation Crime reporter Mauricio Estrada Zamora of La Opinión de Apatzingán, in Michoacán state, who went missing on 12 February 2008, is strongly believed to have been kidnapped, following a reported dispute with a police officer, early reports from the investigation suggest. MexicoAmericas La Opinión de Apatzingán in its 14 February edition accused an agent of the Federal Investigation Agency nicknamed “El Diablo” (the Devil), but whose real name is unknown, of being behind the journalist’s abduction. The paper said that Estrada had written a report about the police officer three weeks earlier, which had led to a dispute between them. The prosecutor’s office in Michoacán state said that the agent had in the meantime been transferred to the federal capital. The paper has also called for the intervention of the Prosecutor-General of the Republic, Eduardo Medina Mora. “Michoacán state, which is mired in criminality and drug-trafficking, has a dismal record of attacks against the media” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We hope that the federal justice ministry, which has been brought into the case by colleagues of Mauricio Estrada Zamora, will quickly intervene and contribute to the investigation. The report that the journalist had a disagreement with a police office is an important aspect, which should be checked by an investigation within the police service. We express our full support to the family and colleagues of the missing journalist”, It added.The disappearance of Mauricio Estrada Zamora brings to eight the number of journalists missing in Mexico since 2000. Among them is José Antonio García Apac, editor of the regional weekly Ecos de la Cuenca, who disappeared without trace in similar circumstances while driving his car on 20 November 2006. None of the cases has been solved. Also unresolved is the murder in the same state of Gerardo Israel García Pimentel, of the daily La Opinión de Michoacán, who was shot dead in Uruapán on 8 December 2007. News Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about Mauricio Estrada Zamora, of the regional daily La Opinión de Apatzingán, who went missing in Michoacán state in the south-west on 12 February, in circumstances suggesting he may well have been kidnapped.Estrada Zamora, 38, a crime specialist with the paper for five years, left work to return home at around 11pm but never arrived. The same night his car was found by police at Peña Colorada, in the neighbouring municipality of Buenavista. Staff at the newspaper told Reporters Without Borders that the vehicle had its lights on and its doors open.After the journalist’s family contacted the authorities and the daily, La Opinión de Michoacán, reported his disappearance, the state prosecutor’s office sent a special anti-kidnapping police unit and a helicopter to the area. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas center_img RSF_en News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports February 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kidnap fears over journalist missing in Michoacán state May 13, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Demonstrators arrested during peaceful vigils for Internal Security Act’s repeal

first_imgNews August 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Demonstrators arrested during peaceful vigils for Internal Security Act’s repeal Follow the news on Malaysia Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Organisation MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News News to go further Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Receive email alerts News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth —————————————————————–Campaign for Internal Security Act’s repeal30/07/2010Demonstrations are to be held in several Malaysian cities on 1 August, the 50 anniversary of the Internal Security Act (ISA), to press the authorities to repeal this draconian law. The protest organisers include the human rights group Suaram ( and Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (, a movement specially created to campaign for its repeal.Reporters Without Borders hails this initiative and reiterates its call to the government to scrap the ISA. “This preventive detention law violates the constitution and the international undertakings Malaysia has given,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Created in 1960 to combat a communist insurrection and known as the ‘white terror,’ the ISA is an effective political strategy for suppressing all forms of opposition. Under section 8, anyone can be detained without trial for two years on the basis of a ministerial order, and the detention order can be renewed indefinitely.”The press freedom organisation added: “Preventive detention for such a long period has no legitimacy. This law flouts international human rights standards such as the ban on arbitrary detention and the right to due process.”Local and international NGOs are unanimous in condemning the way the Malaysian authorities abuse this law to detain journalists, bloggers and opposition leader for political reasons.Raja Petra Kamarudin (“RPK”), a well-known blogger and editor of the Malaysia Today website, was held for 56 days under the ISA following his arrest on 12 September 2008. It was only after his lawyer obtained a writ of habeas corpus that he was released on 11 November 2008. Hated by the government because of his repeated allegations of corruption and abuse of authority, RPK is still facing sedition and defamation charges for suggesting that the prime minister and his wife were involved in a murder linked to alleged kickbacks in the purchase of submarines from France. He now lives in exile and is still being sought by the Malaysian authorities. At least 38 demonstrators were arrested in the cities of Kelantan, Selangor and Penang on 1 August during attempts to stage candle-lit vigils to call for the Internal Security Act’s repeal. In Selangor and Penang, the police dispersed the protesters before the vigils could even get under way.The police response was disproportionate. The demonstrators only wanted to make their demands heard and used no violence at any time. They were nonetheless chased, beaten and arrested.Those arrested including blogger Badrul Hisham Shaharin (, Ambrose Poh, editor of the civil society organisation SABM’s website (, representatives of the two civil society groups that organised the vigils (Suaram and GMI) and Socialist Party of Malaysia secretary-general S. Arutchelvan.They were all released within 12 hours, but will have to report to police stations near their homes in two weeks’ time. February 22, 2021 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more RSF_en January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more