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  • Republic’s banks face fresh woes

    first_imgThursday 25 November 2010 8:07 pm Republic’s banks face fresh woes Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof THE cost of recapitalising Irish banks could be even higher than the €22-27bn estimated.The potential cost of large-scale defaults in residential mortgages, currently not included in the Nama “bad bank” programme, has not been factored into recapitalisation figures by credit analysts.If Nama is forced to accept distressed residential loans for the first time it would cause a spike in contingent liabilities for the state.Meanwhile, Ireland may create a second “bad bank” by merging the remaining operations of Anglo Irish Bank and building society Irish Nationwide, and using that entity to take bad loans from other banks. center_img Share Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter Center KCS-content last_img read more

  • ICC WTC Final: New Zealand reveal special edition Dukes ball for…

    first_img Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickcio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny Bairstow— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 15, 2021Also Read: ICC WTC Final: India and New Zealand announce 15-member squads; All you need to know ahead of the World Test Championship FinalThe inaugural final will have the ball ICC WTC Final 2021 written on it while the players will also sport the same logo. However, it is not the first time that the ICC has come up with a special edition ball. Following FIFA’s footsteps for special edition football, the ICC has branded the white balls according to the events. For the ICC 2019 World Cup, the world governing body had released a special edition white ball with the World Cup trophy logo imprinted on it.As for the red one, it is the first time that ICC will have its name present on it. The Final will be played with the Dukes ball, something that has tormented batsmen with extra swing in the past. The other two red-cherries — SG red-ball and Kookaburra — are the ones widely available in other countries. What makes Dukes more difficult to play against is its hardness over the other two competitors. Only England and West Indies play with the Dukes while the other two are dominant in Australia, New Zealand and the subcontinent.Also Read: India Playing XI – ICC WTC Final: It’s almost final, India to play 3 pacers & 2 spinners against New ZealandComing to the crucial final, India will look to shrug off previous disappointments against BlackCaps in ICC events. 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On Tuesday, New Zealand shared the images of the special edition Dukes ball for the ICC WTC Final as Kane Williamson’s New Zealand lock horns with Virat Kohli’s flamboyant Team India at the Rose Bowl, Southampton beginning June 18.New Zealand #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/ku2H7qryNX CricketLatest Sports NewsWTC Final Cricket Cricket Cricket center_img Tokyo Olympics Village: Organizers unveils Tokyo games athletes village to the media, check first look Cricket WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane ready to battle Kiwi bowlers, follow IND-NZ Day 3 Live Updates Cricket Tokyo Olympics: Covid-19 scare continues after a Uganda team member tests positive Previous articleAUK vs AUM Dream11 Prediction for ECS T10 Malta – Match 11 – Fantasy Tips, Captain Choices, Playing11, 16 JuneNext articleIndian Premier League: Big boost for BCCI, wins 6046 Crore case against Deccan Chargers Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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  • 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy for an ISA in September

    first_img3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy for an ISA in September I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. 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Johnson Matthey provides one in three of all catalytic converters fitted to new cars, but profits from this division fell by 25% last year. This is the group’s largest business, so the hit to profits is significant and management cut the dividend this year.However, Johnson Matthey is already planning for the future and is investing in battery technology. Alongside this, the group’s existing pharmaceutical chemicals business is being scaled up.Right now these operations aren’t making much money. But this FTSE 100 stock has fallen hard this year and now trades on just 11 times 2021–22 forecast earnings. I think Johnson Matthey should be a profitable long-term buy. Roland Head owns shares of Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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  • Standing with Standing Rock taught Episcopalians about solidarity

    first_img Featured Events Robert Nagy says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Terry Francis says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ronald Davin says: June 22, 2017 at 11:44 am Still neither acknowledgement or taking responsibility for the actual environmental disaster these so called protesters created with their illegal encampment leaving behind a pile of garbage that posed a real threat. We are not the churchnof progressivism. But this piece sees no difference between progressive an Christianity. These same people have zero concern for their fellow Christians being persecuted in Muslim dominant countries. They turn their backs on people like Asia Bibi. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT June 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm Sad to see some only focus on the materials left behind when the camps were closed suddenly. The operative word is “suddenly .” Guess they scanned the article instead of reading it. Otherwise they would have seen the part about this being addressed. I’m proud of the Episcopal Church coming alongside people standing up for justice. Priscilla Johnstone says: June 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm I too am proud of our Episcopal church for supporting our ministry at Standing Rock. We are called to fight for social justice in our Baptismal vows. The history of treatment of Native American tribes by us ( via our government but certainly with support of a majority of people) is a dark history; the church has taken a position of reconciliation and now support of tribal rights. As the article states, the church clarified its presence to be one of prayer, addressing needs & working for peaceful resolution. Many groups came with their own agendas and defied the chairman’s directives for peaceful witnessing. The church is not responsible for the bad behavior or negligence of others – our leadership maintained its peaceful presence and helped in areas of need. Jesus does not call us to remain comfortable and blind to those in need, he calls us to help, to be involved, to support justice. The Episcopal church led the way through its mission at Standing Rock, joined by other faith communities. This was a very moving experience for me, to see our church as an island of faith, prayerful focus on peace while supporting the rights of indigenous people; we also maintained open communication with law enforcement and offered prayers for them. Richard Basta says: Rector Smithfield, NC June 22, 2017 at 4:30 pm A considerably too long article, it does hit some very good points about social justice. How to help, what is actually helpful, how the Episcopalian church did with Standing Rock, and how they might better address these situations in the future. A church, any kind of church may stand with a cause that needs support but it doesn’t mean they are saviors. As Christ followers, we should all aim to serve. But serve in a way that is necessary and needed and asked for. 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 June 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm Richard Basta – your telling phrase…”those people”…the other…easier to haul trash than stand in freezing water getting hit by rubber bullets and water canons and chemical sprays….they did this for all of us….”those people”. I applaud and appreciate them. Some people respond by paying trash bills and some people respond by laying their lives on the front line unarmed. Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID June 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm yeah. trust corporations, the same corporate power that gives us superbugs, climate change, decimated pollinator populations, near-destruction of the nation’s economy, ridiculously expensive health “care”, endless military actions, obscene golden parachutes for failed executives, off-shore tax havens, job-outsourcing to overseas, sweatshops, child labor, & the list goes on & on. no, DON”T trust corporations. i am beyond proud of my Church. Jesus is for Justice. we should all be likewise. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA The Rev. Linda Kramer says: June 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm Here Here,well put Pjabbiness Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Ronald Davin says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Susan Salisbury says: June 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm Den Mark Wichar, based on your rantings, you sound like you would be more at home among the protesters and rioters on the Berkeley campus than you would in a church. Typical diatribe from a typical left-winger. Always thinking you’re morally superior to everyone else. The Savior you claim to follow would not approve of your self-rightous judgemental attitude. But hey, I guess we have to have someone speak out against those heathen satanic corporations! By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 22, 2017 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Standing with Standing Rock taught Episcopalians about solidarity Lessons range from theological to nitty-gritty and logisticalcenter_img June 29, 2017 at 9:34 am I’m very proud of my church. Very proud that we, as Episcopalians, were represented so well among those who stood with the Standing Rock Sioux nation against those profiteering from the exploitation and development of oil.And, to those who criticize Episcopalians for self-righteous attitudes on this issue…God bless. Perhaps there IS an element of self-righteousness in our pride. Time to pray on that… Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 den mark wichar says: Cynthia Cravens says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Dakota Access Pipeline, Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC June 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm Actually we didn’t scan the article without reading it Pam. We have been following this story for 12 months. The protesters were given plenty of advance warning by tribal chairman archimbault and various governmental officials prior to the Feb 20th announcement to leave the camp for good. It was not just materials like tents. It was 835 dumpsters of trash, human waste and dead puppies that were hauled off at a cost of $1.1 million. But in your words you are proud to stand with those people. You can’t stand with a movement in material ways and then disavow all complicity in immoral and illegal acts after the dust settles. It doesnt work that way. If you own the movement you own the good and the bad. This article is a disingenuous attempt to absolve our church of consequences it should have reasonably forseen. Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. Pjcabbiness says: Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Standing Rock Indigenous Ministries, Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET June 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm Fools (for Christ) rush in where angels fear to tread. I give thx for the ministry of my Church at Standing Rock. Blessings to all. June 22, 2017 at 11:53 am They need to learn to clean up after themselves Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Savannah Dee says: June 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm Thank you Episcopal Church! I am proud of you for trying so hard and for being brave enough and open enough to learn lessons. The Spirit of God is with us. Amen! Rector Collierville, TN June 23, 2017 at 1:33 am Valuable, necessary, job creating energy being delivered in a responsible manner for the benefit of our nation. This is a great project that has prevailed despite the disingenuous, factually erroneous, opposition that was, unfortunately, aided by our church leadership. Comments (14) Pam Herbert says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Some of the more than 3,000 pounds of flour, salvaged from the Oceti Sakowin Camp of water protectors near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, sits in the Rev. John Floberg’s Bismarck garage, awaiting a new home. Photo: John Floberg[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. John Floberg has more than 3,000 pounds of flour in his garage. Depending on your point of view, the bags symbolize either the Episcopal Church’s mission and ministry or the law of unintended consequences, or both.Floberg, priest-in-charge of Episcopal congregations on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, salvaged the flour when the Oceti Sakowin Camp of water protectors near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was disbanded. It’s what is left after he and others distributed hundreds of bags to area food banks.The Episcopal Church began standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in mid-2016 to support its struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Church supported the tribe’s claims of tribal sovereignty and the desire to protect its drinking water and culturally important lands.Even for a church steeped in justice and reconciliation work, Episcopalians learned some lessons and were reminded of their calling to social justice work that is broad, deep and coordinated. The lessons can put the Church in good stead the next time it gets involved in advocacy on any scale.Some lessons were theological; others were logistical. Some were both.Episcopalians learned about the lengths to which they are called to reconcile with all peoples. They learned about listening and discerning before acting. The Church learned that standing in solidarity can come with unexpected costs.“For us as a Church, what we are learning is what we already know; it’s just being affirmed for us, which is when we want to partner with communities whose health and livelihoods are being threatened, we really need listen to what it is they want and not presume that we know best,” said Heidi Kim, Episcopal Church’s staff officer for racial reconciliation.The Rev. Bradley S. Hauff, Episcopal Church missioner for indigenous ministries, suggests Standing Rock reminded Episcopalians that “issues of justice, whether it’s political, economic, environmental, racially based injustice, must be priorities to our Church because it is what we do as followers of Christ.”Local Episcopalians and, at times, Episcopalians from elsewhere, ministered to the locals and newcomers who joined the protest. The gathering drew members of close to 300 tribes in an unprecedented show of unity that resurrected the indigenous rights movement in the United States. Upwards of 6,000 to 10,000 people, indigenous and non-indigenous, were gathered along the river.The Rev. Lauren R. Stanley, left, superintending presbyter of the Rosebud Episcopal Mission (West), and the Rev. John Floberg, priest-in-charge of the Standing Rock Episcopal Mission on the North Dakota side, shortly after the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Photo: Paul Lebens-EnglundThe pipeline crosses under Lake Oahe, part of the Missouri River that flows along the eastern edge of Standing Rock. The tribe has water, treaty fishing and hunting rights in the lake. Sioux leaders repeatedly warned an oil spill would damage the reservation’s water supply and said the pipeline posed a threat to sacred sites and treaty rights.The company that built the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, says it will be safe and better than transporting oil by truck or railcar. Oil began flowing through the entire 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline on June 1. The line will carry up to 470,000 barrels of oil a day from the Bakken oil field in northwestern North Dakota – through South Dakota and Iowa – to Illinois, where it will be shipped to refineries.Hauff said Episcopalians have learned they are called to such advocacy work “regardless of the outcome, regardless of whether we’re successful.” The tribe has not yet achieved its objective of getting permitting authorities to abide by its treaty rights and renegotiate a route to take the pipeline away from its drinking water.“But, that doesn’t matter. We do it because it’s the right thing to do,” Hauff said. “We’re called to try. Whether we succeed or not is out of our hands. But we have to try and keep on trying to correct the flaws of the world, or at least point them out.”Standing Rock’s story continues to unfold. On June 14, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Army Corps “did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice.” U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg said the Corps needs to reconsider those issues. Whether Dakota Access must cease pipeline operations in the meantime is a separate question, which he has yet to consider.‘Reputation’ and racismWhen local resistance to the pipeline’s route began in April 2016, Floberg and other Episcopalians began discerning the Church’s place in the budding water-protection movement. They organized to help the tribe protect its sovereign rights and its drinking water.Floberg, who has ministered with and to reservation residents for more than 20 years, repeatedly asked all Episcopalians to stand with the tribe. He urged them to avoid the other agendas that swirled over the Missouri River.His behind-the-headlines work, along with a September visit by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Executive Council’s support, changed the Church’s reputation on Standing Rock.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks Sept. 24 at Oceti Sakowin Camp. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“It is widely known that the Episcopal Church stepped in. It’s widely known that the Episcopal Church laid it out there and put its own life, its own reputation, out there alongside the tribe and all its members,” Floberg said.Early on pipeline and law enforcement officials developed a disinformation campaign to discredit the protesters. They used “a lot of very provocative language,” Floberg said, referring to “an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component.” The Intercept website recently reported that the pipeline company hired TigerSwan, a security firm founded by retired military special forces members, to lead that effort.“Even when we were being discredited, even when the arrests rose into the hundreds, even 700, the Episcopal Church did not abandon its commitment and its public statements,” Floberg said. “That was critical.”Some water protectors’ goals and tactics did not coincide with those of the Standing Rock Sioux, but, Floberg said, he knew the core was a peaceful movement. “I also knew the state of North Dakota was using tactics that were escalating the whole thing, and now there is evidence out there in public,” he said of TigerSwan’s report involvement.The Rev. Lauren Stanley, supervising presbyter on the neighboring Rosebud Reservation in northwestern South Dakota, said the Church had been making “a huge difference with relations between whites and natives.” But, she said, “Standing Rock brought out the worst of the racism,” she said. It was hard to find allies among the non-native population in the Dakotas.Floberg belongs to a fledgling ecumenical clergy group that seeks to address the persistent racism.More than 500 interfaith witnesses march north along Highway 1806 Nov. 3 to the Backwater Bridge where they formed a Niobrara Circle of Life. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service“To be able to stand up for native rights, which nobody pays attention to in this country at all, galvanized this Church to say, ‘Yes, this is a baptismal covenant moment,’” Stanley said. “Are we going to respect the dignity of every single human being, are we going to work for justice and peace, or aren’t we?”Standing with Standing Rock turned out to be risky to the Episcopal Church’s reputation, even among its own members. “We learned that some people in the Church – and this is probably not a new learning for the Episcopal Church at all – can’t tolerate the Church taking a position that is contrary to their personal one,” Floberg said. “So, we lost some people in the Episcopal Church in North Dakota based on this. I know that we lost some in Minot, we lost some in Bismarck.”Advocacy through action, not just wordsYet, that involvement impressed others. People who aren’t churchgoers, especially indigenous people, were not used to seeing Christians in solidarity with native people. For Episcopalians to stand with Standing Rock activists who were not only not Episcopalian, but not Christian, “meant the world to people who are involved in these battles,” Hauff said.For the Rev. Brandon Mauai, a deacon on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and one of the organizers of the Episcopal Church’s response, the emerging solidarity between the Church and indigenous people held a powerful lesson.“Not only did we stand with the people of Standing Rock and all native nations, but also, we were able to stand amongst them as a Church and to tell them we, the Episcopal Church and many other denominations, have repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery,” Mauai said.The Episcopal Church in 2009 renounced the document issued in 1493 that purported to give Christian explorers the right to claim lands they “discovered” and convert the people they encountered. During an interfaith gathering of more than 500 clergy on Standing Rock on Nov. 3, ministers burned a copy of the document near the Oceti Sakowin Camp’s scared fire.Religious leaders representing Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists and others read their faith’s repudiations of the Doctrine of Discovery. Then they gave a copy of the 15th century document that gave Christian explorers the right to claim the lands they discovered to elders in Oceti Sakowin Camp and asked them to burn it. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service“General Convention can pass resolution after resolution repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery and that is all fine and dandy, but not every native person is an Episcopalian,” Mauai said. “To be in their presence and symbolically burn this piece of paper and tell them that we don’t believe in this document and that we are here for you, it meant a lot.”As a native person and as an Episcopal deacon, Mauai said, the ashes of that document symbolized the beginning of something that has needed to happen.“It is our duty to go out there and make it known, and act in such a way that we’re compassionate and wanting to reconcile for anything that our ancestors of the previous churches might have done,” he said.Listening before actingThe Church’s stand with Standing Rock gave Episcopalians a way to “put their Baptismal Covenant vows into action in a way that is desperately needed in this country,” Stanley contends.Yet, it was important for Episcopalians to not assume they knew exactly how to act out those vows on Standing Rock. They needed to listen to what the people there needed from the Church and, Hauff said, what they did not need.They need to learn that “not all indigenous people are of the same mind on all issues” and many are politically and theologically conservative, he said.Carmen Goodhouse, a full-blood Hunkpapa Lakota and a third-generation Episcopalian, speaks with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry during a listening time Sept. 24 at Oceti Sakowin Camp. South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant is beside Curry. The Rev. John Floberg, behind Curry, arranged the session. Floberg is supervising priest of the Episcopal churches on the North Dakota side of Standing Rock Reservation. Former Executive Council member the Rev. Brandon Mauai, left of Floberg, also welcomed Curry to the camp. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceMany tribal members recognized the economic benefit that would flow during the pipeline’s construction and its management, he and Kim said. They were not universally opposed to fossil fuels or to oil pipelines.All the Sioux Nation wanted, Kim said, was to protect its drinking water the way people in Bismarck did. They objected to the pipeline coming too close to the capital city’s water supply, and the Corps change the route.Some environmental activists used the pipeline to protest any use of fossil fuels, Hauff said. That made for conflicting agendas and tactics, some enacted by people who indulged in what Kim called a self-congratulatory attitude about being activists “on the reservation.”The Episcopal Church was just one of many groups that got involved with Standing Rock. “We had no control over what all the other groups did, but we had control over ourselves and I think we did well,” Hauff said.Kim said that Floberg’s leadership on Standing Rock epitomized the Church’s role and can be a guide to future advocacy.“One of the things I liked about how John [Floberg] organized the clergy and lay folks coming to Standing Rock was that it was just prayer – prayer and peaceful demonstration,” Kim said of the Nov. 3 gathering. Some clergy from other denominations traveled north to Bismarck later that day, determined to get arrested to show their commitment. Floberg consistently counseled against such demonstrations.Oceti Sakowin camp spreads out in late January along land near where the Missouri River meets the Cannonball River. North Dakota Highway 1806 run across the top of the photo. Photo: Oceti Sakowin via FacebookMinistry of presence in practical formAlong with advocacy and solidarity, the Church had a nitty-gritty and practical ministry of presence.St. James Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, one of the churches Floberg serves, offered an inside place to meet. Its kitchen and working Wi-Fi were bonuses. The Episcopal Church flag flew in Oceti Sakowin Camp. The area it marked was known as a welcoming place.To anticipate where they were needed, Floberg and others watched what was happening and listened to what was being said, including on social media. They soon realized the camp needed portable toilets and dumpsters. Episcopalians told the rest of the Church that they wanted to help the tribe pay for them. People donated money.Episcopalians could not anticipate other needs so clearly. Floberg said ministry on Standing Rock “would have always been behind the eight ball” had it not been for people who contributed money and trusted in its wise use.Episcopalians donated $116,369.29 to the Stand with Standing Rock effort, according to Floberg. The money covered things such as Christmas dinner at St. James, various kinds of support in the camps and housing costs. Anticipating future needs, Episcopalians bought a cargo trailer, a dump trailer and a skid-steer loader.When the authorities decided to close the camps, they turned to Episcopalians for help. Floberg saw the Church’s first task: “We’ve got to get people out of this without harm.” He enlisted people with pickup trucks and vans.Then, there was all the material left behind. A December blizzard had collapsed and buried tents and other flimsy structures – debris that the tribe did not want spring floods to sweep into the river.Plus, Floberg said, “everybody that came to the camp seemed to need to bring a bag of macaroni or a bag of flour.” Moreover, people sent material goods that were not needed. The donations were an unintended consequence of constant media coverage. Some, Kim said, came with what she called a “colonial model” assumption that the reservation was so poor that residents would appreciate the donations.Before and after the closing, Floberg helped salvage and distribute of more than 7,000 pounds of rice, beans and macaroni, as well as much of the flour, to area food banks. The remaining flour is now in his garage, awaiting a home.Gilbert Summers, left, and Isaiah Floberg collected usable food at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in February so it wouldn’t get washed away in spring flooding. Photo: John FlobergNow what?“What we know in the Church is that now when the camps are empty and the pipeline is going through, now is when we are truly called to walk in solidarity with the community whose water is being threatened,” Kim said. “Just because the cameras have gone away, doesn’t mean the ministry has gone away. Now that the cameras have gone away the ministry can begin in earnest.”That lesson was one the Church began to learn as Episcopalians responded to the aftermath of the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Kim said.Mni Wiconi, Water is Life, has been the motto of the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline whose route now passes a half mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“What we’re recognizing is that we need to take a step back from all the hyperbole,” she said. “You can’t really engage in a conversation around discernment, collaboration and true partnership when all of that is going on.”While the Episcopal Church continues to minister with and to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Episcopalians elsewhere can use the example in their own communities.“Find out whose territory you are living in. Don’t make the big claim about Standing Rock unless you’re willing to put forth the effort locally,” Floberg said. “What’s true about Standing Rock’s relationship with the federal government, what’s true about Standing Rock’s issues and problems, it’s true all over Indian Country. It’s not that the federal government is dealing differently with Standing Rock than they are with some other tribal entity elsewhere.”Hauff said there is an even larger lesson for the Church. Its staying power – and its most effective ministry – needs to be rooted in a discipline to “not jump into every cause célèbre that may happen in the world,” he said.“We’re not in there to get the headlines and the attention. We are always about doing what is right, regardless of whether there is any attention paid to it at all,” Hauff said. “It’s not about photo ops; it’s not about getting the lead story on the evening news. If we do, that’s great but … that’s not the end-all of it.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Dr. April Love-Fordham says: Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books last_img read more

  • Watch Jimi Hendrix’s Iconic ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Performance From Woodstock 1969

    first_imgIt’s been forty-seven years since Woodstock Music & Arts Fair took place upon Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm at White Lake, New York in the town of Bethel. The original Woodstock, now legendary for many, many reasons, sold over 186,000 tickets, though eventually became a free event, welcoming hundreds of thousands more people, because of some flimsy fences and ticket barriers that had fallen on the first day. They gathered in the name of peace, love, and music.With the third day lasting over 24 hours, the bill hosted Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Band, Johnny Winter, and several other to-be legends. Today is the anniversary of the final, unplanned fourth day, which ended with Jimi Hendrix.Celebrating Woodstock’s Anniversary With The Top 15 PerformancesHendrix clocked in at about 9AM on Monday morning, playing for over two hours to less than 30,000 people – an impressive feat, to say the least. It was in that set that the guitarist performed his most famous solo, “The Star Spangled Banner”, mirroring the psychedelic misconducts and tumultuous trends of the modern day political steam. Playing for peace and for love, and to all those who’d listen, made Hendrix’s performance the most iconic of the weekend.Watch this early morning moment in the video, as well as his Woodstock rendition of  “Purple Haze,” below:The Star Spangled BannerPurple HazeSETLIST: Jimi Hendrix | Woodstock | 8/18/1969:Message to LoveHear My Train a-Comin’Spanish Castle MagicRed HouseMastermindLover ManFoxy LadyJam Back at the HouseIzabellaGypsy Woman > Aware of LoveFireVoodoo Child (Slight Return) > Stepping StoneThe Star Spangled BannerPurple HazeHey Joelast_img read more

  • Alex Trebek Rapping On Jeopardy! Is The Best Internet You’ll See Today

    first_imgIn the midst of College Jeopardy! on Monday, February 20th, one of the categories was “Let’s Rap, Kids.” Each clue featured lyrics to a popular rap song, and the contestants had to correctly identify the artist who raps them. Yes, that did mean that host Alex Trebek was rapping lyrics to Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d. city,” Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot,” Desiigner’s “Panda” and Kanye West’s “Famous.”Trebek even joked, “I was just getting into this rap thing, I’m not too good at it, but I was getting in to it.”Nonsense, Alex. You’re a legend. Let’s get this man featured on a new single, yeah? Watch the magic unfold in the YouTube video below.last_img read more

  • Bar backs ABA move to increase the number of minority attorneys

    first_img Bar backs ABA move to increase the number of minority attorneys April 30, 2006 Regular News The Bar Board of Governors has voted to endorse an ABA resolution aimed at increasing the number of minority lawyers and discussed another ABA effort to protect the attorney-client privilege between lawyers and corporate clients.Bar President Alan Bookman presented the minority resolution to the board at its April 7 meeting.It called on states to ensure that their bar exams do not have a disparate effect on minority passing rates. It also calls on state and local bars to support programs that help minorities attend college and then go to law school.The board voted unanimously to endorse that.President-elect Hank Coxe brought the second ABA matter to the board’s attention, but did not call for any action on it.He said the ABA, under the leadership of Miami attorney Neal Sonnett, has been trying to oppose what has been labeled the Thompson memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Justice a few years ago.That memo stated that it is government policy that in order for corporations under criminal investigation to get credit from the government for cooperation, they must waive attorney-client privilege.That, Coxe said, “had a significant impact on the ability of attorneys to help their clients.”It also led to such things as the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Commission adopting a rule that credit would be given in sentencing to corporations that waived the attorney-client provision and the government’s taking the position that corporations which provided counsel to their employees were not cooperating and might even be blocking government investigations.It also led to the unlikely partnership between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union to work to overturn the Justice memorandum, Coxe said.And those efforts have recently had some success.The guidelines commission, he said, has proposed a rule change that would drop the credit provision for waiving the attorney-client relationship. Unless Congress acts to contradict it, that change will become effective July 1.And Coxe said a federal judge has called into question the government’s pressuring of corporations not to provide counsel for their employees. In light of the Sixth Amendment, the judge “asked them how they could take that position,” he said.Although he didn’t call for any action at the meeting, Coxe said the ABA is interested in getting state bars to support its actions.center_img Bar backs ABA move to increase the number of minority attorneyslast_img read more

  • CUNA Mutual Group financial strength affirmed by A.M. Best

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Holly FearingA.M. Best Company has affirmed the financial strength rating of CMFG Life Insurance Company (CMFG Life) and MEMBERS Life Insurance Company at “A” (Excellent). A.M. Best also affirmed the “A” (Excellent) rating for CMFG Life’s property/casualty subsidiaries: CUMIS Insurance Society, Inc. and CUMIS Specialty Insurance Company, Inc.  A.M. Best has assigned an issuer credit rating of “bbb” to CUNA Mutual Financial Group, Inc., the intermediate holding company within the group. The outlook for all ratings is stable.“CUNA Mutual Group is committed to long-term growth,” said Alastair Shore, executive vice president and chief financial officer for CUNA Mutual Group. “This confirmation of our financial ratings is important to us as we shape the company that will serve credit unions and members for generations to come.”In affirming CMFG Life’s “A” rating, A.M. Best cited the company’s “position as the leading provider of insurance and financial services products to credit unions, their employees, and members, strategic changes to the organizational structure to improve capital flexibility, prudent capital management and reduction in investment risk.” Also cited was the company’s modest financial leverage with strong interest coverage. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Gov. Wolf Announces Expanded PennDOT Technology Pilot to Track Over 700 Plow Trucks

    first_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – This winter season, more than 700 plow trucks covering interstates and expressways statewide will be outfitted with technology to improve location and operations information through a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) pilot program, Governor Tom Wolf announced today.“This system will allow PennDOT to see operations and conditions on the ground in real-time, helping them to better analyze how they do their jobs and get the best investment out of every dollar,” Governor Wolf said. “A government that works is also a transparent one and this pilot is a perfect example of maximizing efficiency and modernizing operations.”The governor joined PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards at the department’s District 8 headquarters in Harrisburg to explain how the Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system will help improve the department’s real-time information on vehicle movement, plow-route coverage and usage of materials such as salt and anti-skid.“We expect that this technology will not only help us review truck movement and material usage after a storm, but it should also help us while storms are occurring,” Richards said. “Interstates and expressways are our top priority during winter weather, and this system will help us identify and respond to real-time conditions even better than we do today.”The AVL system pilot is part of Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative that leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services. The pilot, as one of seven GO-TIME projects identified by PennDOT in 2016-2017, is expected to realize a cost savings of $1.4 million over the next four to six years based on a combination of reduced salt usage and better use of department equipment, Richards said.In total, 516 PennDOT plow trucks and 212 contracted rental trucks servicing interstates and expressways across the state will have AVL installed. Statewide, PennDOT has 2,200 total department-force trucks and also rents approximately 270 trucks and their operators to maintain the more than 40,000 miles of roadway for which PennDOT is responsible.PennDOT plans to make the system’s real-time location data available to the public later this year through its traveler information website, www.511PA.com.For more information on winter operations and how the public can prepare for the season, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter.Follow PennDOT on Twitter or “like” the department on Facebook. October 22, 2015 Gov. Wolf Announces Expanded PennDOT Technology Pilot to Track Over 700 Plow Truckscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • More than 500 new HIV infections in Indiana each year

    first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – For more than 25 years around the globe, Dec. 1 has been a day to bring awareness and understanding about AIDS.And to commemorate  World Aids Day, services, memorials and educational events are being held across Indiana.Leeah Hopper, executive program director of AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist of North Indiana, says there has been an increase in the number of HIV infections among those age 30 and younger, as well as African-Americans.She says HIV is 100 percent preventable, but some people are unaware they are infected.“There are also people out there engaging in risky behaviors with other people and aren’t using protection,” she says, “sharing of the needles or unprotected sex.“So education is just extremely important, because it’s not in the news as often as it was 20 or 30 years ago.”According to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health, in 2012 more than 10,700 people were living with HIV/AIDs and there were 509 newly diagnosed cases.Hopper says things are quite different from the height of the AIDS epidemic decades ago. She says improvements in treatment are allowing those infected to live a healthy life for many years.“When HIV first was found, there weren’t any medications, and then we did get a med, but it was one med and it was killing people more than it was really helping them,” she recalls. “And then people had to start taking anywhere from eight to 10 medications every three to four hours. Now we’re down to just that one pill once a day.”AIDS Ministries educates about HIV and AIDS in schools, drug treatment facilities and other community centers.Hopper says her organization talks about ways to reduce risk factors, how to stop the spread of infection and the importance of being tested.Many facilities provide free daily testing, which she recommends over an at-home test.“Just because not everyone knows how to administer the test properly,” she explains. “You may get some false results or reading the test and you should always have somebody with you if it does come back positive just to be there as a support. ”Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

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