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Reclaiming climate change as a moral issue

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first_img March 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm God blessed us with a beautiful, bountiful Earth and charged us to nurture and protect it.Is spreading this message not a crucial part of the church’s mission ? March 31, 2015 at 2:45 pm I wonder when we take on the more difficult task of urging volcanoes not to erupt, halting the break down of dead vegetation and all of the other natural sources of CO2 and methane. That way we could deal with the major sources of these and other gases instead of buying into the fable of anthropocentric climate change. Maybe after we have convince them to change their ways we could turn our attention toward the minor producers of CO2, human beings. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service] When California Bishop Marc Andrus wants to engage people in a conversation about climate change he doesn’t throw statistics at them, rather he begins with a question like: When was the last time you had an experience of wonder in the natural world?“If we can connect people back to it, or open them up for a fresh experience with wonder, it’s a great starting place for recovering a sense of why [climate change] is a moral issue,” said Andrus, during an interview with Episcopal News Service in Los Angeles, California.Andrus made the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles to speak on a panel about reclaiming climate change as a moral issue. The panel was one of two that took place during a March 24 forum – hosted by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno – aimed at addressing the global climate change crisis.A longtime environmental advocate, Andrus taught the first course on ecology and Christianity in 2013 at Virginia Theological Seminary and has long been engaged on the issue of climate change.A few years back, he said, people involved in the movement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming took a critical look at themselves, coming to the realization that the movement’s messaging was “so thoroughly negative” that it worked against it.“People are frightened enough in their lives, they don’t want to be more frightened … it doesn’t enroll them into the effort,” said Andrus. “We actually know that fear is only a short-term motivator – as soon as you’re not quite afraid your effort slackens. If you ask what would be the opposite, love is a much stronger motivator over a period of time.“So if we can help people understand how wonder is an experience of love, if we can remember when I fell in love with the earth … or if we can help people have an experience of love, and wonder, then you have people that will stick with the effort.”The March 24, live-webcast in Los Angeles kicked off 30 Days of Action, an interactive campaign designed by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society that includes advocacy days, bulletin inserts, stories, sermons and activities to engage individuals and congregations around climate change. The campaign culminates on Earth Day, April 22.Mary Nichols, who chairs the Air Resources Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency, and a member of Los Angeles’ St. James in the City Episcopal Church, spoke on the panel alongside Andrus.“Climate change is a moral issue because as we understand it, human beings are the principal cause for the exaggerated effects of global warming that we are seeing on this planet, and therefore it is incumbent on us to take responsibility for that and to take action,” said Nichols.Climate change is the gradual change in global temperature caused by accumulation of greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, altering the earth’s temperature. Some areas are getting warmer, as others are getting colder. For example, the mainland United States experienced the coldest winter on record since formal record keeping began in the late 1800s, whereas Alaska experienced an unseasonably warm winter.Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human beings through the combustion of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas. Industrial processes, including factory farms, transportation and electricity make up the largest human sources of carbon dioxide.Moreover, the population of the world has doubled since 1970, going from about 3.6 billion to today’s 7 billion people.“The human population explosion of recent millennia, accompanied by exploitation of fossil fuels in recent centuries, have moved this planetary system out of dynamic equilibrium. Human appetites are responsible for the collapse of that equilibrium particularly in developed nations, and many species are threatened with diminishment and loss of life,” said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in her keynote address at the start of the March 24 forum in Los Angeles. “We are making war on the integrity of this planet. The result is wholesale death as species become extinct at unprecedented rates, and human beings die from disease, starvation, and the violence of war unleashed by environmental chaos and greed.”The church’s forum was timely, said Nichols, as it begins a needed conversation about climate change as nations prepare for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, in Paris, France.The goal of the Paris conference is to forge an international agreement aimed at transitioning the world toward resilient, low-carbon societies and economies. If accomplished, it would be the first-ever binding, international treaty in 20 years of United Nations climate talks, and would affect developed and developing countries.“We’re already hearing the drumbeat in Congress that it can’t be done, it won’t work, if we do it the Chinese won’t and therefore they’ll eat our lunch economically … and that’s why this discussion is so timely because hopefully it gives us a chance to gather together and push back against those arguments,” said Nichols.Climate change is an increasingly politically charged, polarizing issue in the United States. The day of the forum, for instance, U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, a moderate Republican from South Carolina who believes in climate change, blamed former Vice President Al Gore, one of the countries leading Democratic voices on climate change and a longtime supporter of initiatives to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, for inaction on climate change because Gore has turned it into a religious issue.Graham was quoted in the news media as saying, “You know, climate change is not a religious problem for me, it’s an economic, it is an environmental problem.”Members of his party, he said, “are all over the board” when it comes to climate change, and that the party doesn’t have a clear stance on climate change or a plan to address it.Graham’s remarks followed the revelation of a state of Florida ban on environmental officials from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming,” that came into effect with Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s announcement of his upcoming bid for the presidency. Cruz is a Republican from Texas who denies the existence of climate change.In December 2010, as the U.N. climate talks were underway in Cancun, Mexico, Andrus and Bishop Naudal Gomes of the Diocese of Curitiba, Brazil, convened a gathering in the Dominican Republic which explored the intersection between poverty and climate change, and aimed to change the conversation in the church from one of “climate change” to “climate justice.” The gathering included more than 30 Anglicans and Episcopalians from Cuba, the United States, Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.Addressing climate change from a global consensus doesn’t mean that developing countries arrest development, it just means that developing countries look to technology and alternatives to fossil fuels so as not to create the amount of waste developed countries have created.“We have to look at economy and equity and ecology together, and how they work to reinforce each other, and that’s not a pipe dream,” said Nichols.Throughout history, the church has partnered with social movements on equal rights and justice issues. By beginning the conversation now The Episcopal Church, which has observer status at the United Nations, can begin to talk about how to contribute to the larger conversation on climate change that will take place later this year.“For the last decade and a half, The Episcopal Church has focused on LGBT issues, and now we’re having a growing consciousness about the enormity of the climate change crisis … and without letting go of any of the other justice issues, we’re seeing that this is the emerging need for our global engagement,” said Andrus. “We are an organization that has some capacity to be a partner to a movement, to be a supporter to a movement, a resource to a movement, from which energy and resources can come.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Forrest Jones says: Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest March 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm I agree the Church has gone to worshiping the Gods of climate change. Will Odin flood the earth as his rath? I wonder if the dinosaurs had gone vegan if they would still exist? Go back to the preaching the word of God instead of the word of the left. Ralph Sibley says: Comments (13) Ron Davin says: Tags March 30, 2015 at 11:42 am Will the Church ever have the time to go back to the work of spreading the Gospel ? Reclaiming climate change as a moral issue Thye Rev. Bob Spencer says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Dirk Gently says: March 30, 2015 at 7:35 pm Very interesting. However, the mathematics, science and engineering are irrefutable. The only way to reduce mankind’s carbon footprint enough to reach a plateau in atmospheric concentration is the building of nuclear power plants to replace all power generation other than hydroelectric. The only other approach would be mass executions, which one would assume the Episcopal Church would be against.I eagerly await the follow-up from the Church urging all people to write to Congress and sign petitions demanding nuclear power. If none is forthcoming, then the Church is not serious on this issue. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Ron Davin says: April 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm Climate change has been cyclical since the world began. It has taken place since before man’s ancestors walked on two legs. While carbon emissions produced by fossil fuel extraction contribute to climate change I see no quantification of a significant contribution. Until it can be shown that reductions of fossil fuel extraction can affect the cyclical climate change I feel it would be more prudent to expend resources to minimize the effects of climate change which are strongly influenced by changes in solar radiation, plant and animal production of carbon dioxide and volcanic activity. Let us take steps to mitigate the effects rather than think we can change the world by working on one (perhaps) causative factor. Rector Belleville, IL March 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm I am very excited and heartened and glad that our church is taking this on. What I see is that people do feel overwhelmed by the bad news of the state of God’s Green Earth. When we are overwhelmed we shut down. Let us be brave and let us hear the good news of how we can improve our stewardship. I have 2 teenage sons who have both expressed their despair about the state of the planet. All I can say to them is that we can do better in ways both big and small. The small acts have ripple effects and make people feel that we can all do good. The big acts are possible if we allow them to be, if we believe in the good news. I loved that we began with a prayer. Thank you!Greta MesicsMother of Joe and Teo TomerlinSt. Paul’s Episcopal ChurchHealdsburg, CA Rector Smithfield, NC March 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm Douay-Rheims BibleAnd he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Dr. Jay C. Means says: Greta Mesics says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS By Lynette WilsonPosted Mar 30, 2015 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Environment & Climate Change center_img April 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm No Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Paul E. Niedercorn says: Rector Bath, NC Mike McLane says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Comments are closed. Eddie Blue says: Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA April 1, 2015 at 10:43 am Can we expect to see a carbon tax added to our diocesan assessment? This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rev. Vicki Gray says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI April 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm I celebrate the church’s attention to climate change.My focus in the past few years has been upon developing a theology for valuing and preserving creation. What does this mean? In scripture there are many environmental references, similes, analogies, and parables. God clearly respects and values His creation and we must do the same. When we preserve, protect and value God’s creation, we recognize that creation represents the spirit-powered renewal that is available to us. When we protect and preserve and restore the environment, we restore a portion of the harmony that God intended for us at the beginnings of time. When we respect the diversity of creation, we are lead to respect the diversity in humankind. When we recognize the connectivity in nature and inter-dependence of organisms including ourselves in ecosystems, we acknowledge our connection to creation and to our Creator on a continuing spiritual basis. When we preserve the environment for our descendants, we preserve the continuity of the gift of creation for those who follow us. When we value the least of God’s creatures, we open a window in our souls to value, respect, feed, clothe, educate and pray for all nations and peoples. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Liz Olson says: March 30, 2015 at 11:11 pm Kudos to the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Marc for speaking out on and doing something about this existential question for this fragile earth, our island home. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL March 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm This seems to be an imperative for The Church to take on. Did God not create everything and then offer it to us to be GOOD Stewards of? Being good stewards is spreading the Gospel and honoring God’s directions to us. Press Release Service Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID last_img read more

Dan Tuohy charge knocks out Marcelo Bosch

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first_imgWednesday Jan 19, 2011 Dan Tuohy charge knocks out Marcelo Bosch Ulster beat Biarritz 9-6 in a low scoring Heineken Cup pool 4 game at Ravenhill on Saturday. In a tight game of few standout highlights, this big charge from Dan Tuohy was much requested. Ian Humphreys was hero of the day as he kicked three second half penalties to take Ulster to victory after theyd been 6-0 down at halftime. His final kick was similar to his first, from over 50 out, and was slotted with little time remaining on the clock. Hes since said he didnt actually realise how little time was left, which perhaps explains his coolness under pressure. He has said though that the extra kicking training he and halfback partner Ruan Pienaar have put in paid huge dividends. “To be honest I probably didnt realise. I thought there was a bit more time left. Fortunately for me I got it up in the air and the wind did the rest,” said Humphreys. “As I said to Ruan, thats what were doing out there every day after everybodys gone home. You just bring it back to that; its what we do on the training pitch, as if were having a wee competition against one another and just trying to knock it over,” he added. As for Tuohy, he was a stand out player on the day, carrying well, effective at lineout time, and sticking his hand up for Ireland selection come next months Six Nations. His charge over Marcelo Bosch left the Argentine center out cold on the floor, and despite attempting to shrug it off, the brunt of Tuohys knee meant that his day was over. Ulster plays Aironi in a crucial game on Saturday, that if they win, will guarantee them their first appearance in the knockout stages in Europe since 1999. You can view Humphreys winning penalty kick on the Rugbydump Facebook Page now. If you like RD, make sure you Like the page on there as news, extra videos, and competition offers all get posted there from time to time. Stay updated by joining 78 000 others!Time: 02:18 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play 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 RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

10x10x10 House / 123DV Architecture & Consult

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first_img 2013 10x10x10 House / 123DV Architecture & ConsultSave this projectSave10x10x10 House / 123DV Architecture & Consult CopyHouses•Utrecht, The Netherlands Architects: 123DV Architecture & Consult Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/426573/10x10x10-house-123dv-architecture-and-consult Clipboard 2013 “COPY” “COPY” Year:  photographs:  Christiaan de BruijnePhotographs:  Christiaan de BruijneSave this picture!© Christiaan de BruijneText description provided by the architects. Cube island is a suburb in Leidsche Rijn (the centre of the Netherlands) where all the houses are designed as cubes. Save this picture!© Christiaan de BruijneThe idea behind the 10x10x10 House is to create maximum spacious experience within a simple cube shape. Save this picture!© Christiaan de BruijneThe floorplan of three stories is divided in a narrow long zone of 2,5 x 9,5 meters and a wide zone of 6,5 x 9,5 meters. This results in outspoken places: intimate spaces for bathing and lofty spaces for living and sleeping. Save this picture!© Christiaan de BruijneThe void between the wide and narrow spaces is topped with a roof light. Sunlight can penetrate deep into the house. It also allows 10 meter views towards the sky when entering the living room. Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Classics: The National Art Schools of Cuba / Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, Rob…Architecture ClassicsTime-Lapse: One World Trade CenterArticles Share Save this picture!© Christiaan de Bruijne+ 28 Sharecenter_img Projects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/426573/10x10x10-house-123dv-architecture-and-consult Clipboard Houses Photographs CopyAbout this office123DV Architecture & ConsultOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUtrechtHousesThe NetherlandsPublished on September 12, 2013Cite: “10x10x10 House / 123DV Architecture & Consult” 12 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abstract EarthPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesKingspan Insulated PanelsInsulated Wall Panels – Designwall R-seriesWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMBricksNelissenSpecial Bricks – Slips and HalvesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASideboardsUSMLow Shelving – HallerTable LampsLeds-C4Lighting – ElampMore products »Read commentsSave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 ArchDaily 10x10x10 House / 123DV Architecture & Consult The Netherlandslast_img read more

US court verdict ‘huge blow’ to privacy, says fomer WikiLeaks aide

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first_img Decision made to open Twitter account of Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, who is taking the case to the Council of Europ, and two other users linked to WikiLeaks. RSF_en News Organisation center_img November 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US court verdict ‘huge blow’ to privacy, says fomer WikiLeaks aide Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Newspaper censored by the government

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first_img March 13, 2020 Find out more July 8, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper censored by the government Follow the news on Mauritania Publication of the latest issue of the weekly newspaper La Tribune has been banned, apparently because it contained criticism of recent government efforts to interfere with the election of the president of the national bar association.”This shows that despite the government saying it favours a “free, strong and professional” press, it continues to use the notorious Article 11 of the press law to punish newspapers that mention what it sees as taboo subjects,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Lemrabott Sidi Mahmoud Ould Cheikh Ahmed. At least five newspapers have been censored by the ministry since June last year. The interior ministry refused permission for the 2 July issue of French-language weekly newspaper La Tribune (no.165) to be printed, under Article 11 of the press law. The decision appears to have been prompted by an article in that issue headed “Bar Association election” that criticised the government’s failed attempt to prevent the re-election of Mahfoudh Ould Bettah as the Association’s president at a meeting on 27 June.The managing editor of La Tribune, Mohamed Fall Ould Oumere, was arrested on 12 April for investigating the activities of a non-officially recognised organisation called “Conscience et résistance.”. He was freed on 21 April. Help by sharing this information News News News Organisation MauritaniaAfrica to go furthercenter_img Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world News Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post MauritaniaAfrica May 20, 2021 Find out more July 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s releaselast_img read more

Neo-Nazis suspected in torching of journalist’s car

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first_img RSF_en Organisation German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU December 30, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Neo-Nazis suspected in torching of journalist’s car Reporters Without Borders condemns last weekend’s arson attack on a German photojournalist’s car in Berlin, in which right-wing extremists are suspected. It was the second such attack this year on the journalist, who has been the target of neo-Nazi threats. GermanyEurope – Central Asia March 30, 2021 Find out more News to go further May 31, 2021 Find out more News The car, which was parked outside his home, was found burning in the early hours of 27 December. The fire gutted the vehicle’s engine compartment. The car of a local politician involved in anti-neo-Nazi activities was also set on fire the same night. When the photographer, who has asked not to be identified, was the victim of a similar arson attack in April, a local politician with known links to anti-neo-Nazi groups was also the target of a similar attack at almost the same time.“It is intolerable that such acts, clearly designed to intimidate a journalist critical of neo-Nazi activities, should be able to take place repeatedly,” Reporters Without Borders Germany spokesperson Astrid Frohloff said. “Prosecutors and police should spare no effort to bring those behind these attacks to justice and prevent any recurrence.”Police said the Berlin Office of Criminal Investigation was investigating the possibility that last weekend’s attack was politically motivated.The photographer often covers right-wing demonstrations and is one of 18 photo-journalists whose names and photos appeared in a “wanted poster” that right-wing activists have been circulating since November, often accompanied by threatening comments and slogans such as “Lying press, shut up.”He said a well-known neo-Nazi took a photo of him in his car about two months before the first arson attack.Frequent neo-Nazi threats against journalistsSimilar verbal insults and threats have repeatedly been reported during far-right demonstrations in Germany in recent months, including at “Hooligans against Salafists” demonstrations in Cologne in October and in Hannover in mid-November. In December, police banned a demonstration that a far-right party wanted to stage outside a local journalist’s home in Dortmund.The head of Berlin’s police and the head of its interior department were recently criticized by journalists’ representatives and opposition politicians after reports that police repeatedly failed to intervene to protect journalists from being threatened and jostled during a series of anti-refugee demonstrations in Berlin.The offices of regional newspapers have also been daubed with far-right and xenophobe graffiti. This happened twice in September to the Lausitzer Rundschau, a newspaper in Brandenburg state that has won awards for standing up to neo-Nazi activity and was already targeted in a similar fashion in 2013. The offices of the Nordkurier newspaper in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were targeted with neo-Nazi and anti-refugee graffiti and posters twice in December.It has meanwhile emerged that, for several years, Lower Saxony state’s domestic intelligence department has been illegally spying on well-known journalists who investigate neo-Nazi activities such as Andrea Roepke and Kai Budler. Since this spying came to light, these journalists have been fighting to get full access to the information gathered about them.Germany is ranked 14th out of 180 in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. For more details about the situation of journalists in Germany, see http://t1p.de/c9po.© JENS MEYER — AP Photo RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Germany GermanyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

BBB: How to choose the right summer camp for your child

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first_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By admin – April 1, 2018 Twitter Local NewsBusiness Facebook BBB Scam TrackerDozens of movies have been made about capturing the nostalgia and friendship of summer camp. And why not? It is an exciting time in a child’s life where memories and friendships can be made that last a lifetime. Whether it is a day camp or a sports camp at a local university, Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas recommends parents look beyond professional-looking brochures and websites. A child’s safety, health and satisfaction should be the camp’s top priority.According to the American Camp Association (ACA), more than 14 million children and adults attend camp each year, and there are more than 14,000 day and resident camps across the U.S. It’s great to have options, but with so many to choose from it can be an intimidating task.Before beginning the search, it is important to know your child’s personality to identify which program will benefit him or her most. It’s also important to include your child in the decision-making process.BBB offers the following advice for parents searching for the right camp:Start with research. Find trustworthy camps by checking the company’s BBB Business Profile on bbb.org. You will find important background information, such as how long it has been in business, advertising issues, ownership information and complaint history.Look for certification. Find out if it is certified by the ACA. The organization requires camps to meet up to 300 nationally-recognized standards.Visit the camp in person. This will be your opportunity to check out living, dining, recreational facilities and meet staff members. Be sure to ask about safety procedures and how rules are enforced.Assess the quality of staff. Find out the camp director’s background, the criteria used for hiring staff and whether certification in CPR and First Aid is required. It is also important to know the ratio of staff to campers. Parents sending children to specialty camps should inquire about the staff’s level of expertise in the specialized area.Know the fees and payment policies. What is the total cost of tuition? Is your money refundable should the camp be canceled? Are there extra charges for any activities? Are meals and transportation included? Make sure all these details are included in your contract.Ask about medical care. Find out if an infirmary and/or nurse or doctor is on-site. Inquire about the procedures for transporting injured or sick children to nearby medical facilities and under what circumstances you will be notified of any problems. WhatsApp Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Drowning at the FDANext articlePERRYMAN: Eighth time’s the charm in NAFTA negotiations admin BBB: How to choose the right summer camp for your child Pinterestlast_img read more

Helbiz Italia Secures €3.5 million Loan from Banca Progetto to Renew and Strengthen its…

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By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Helbiz Italia Secures €3.5 million Loan from Banca Progetto to Renew and Strengthen its Fleet of Vehicles Across Italy Facebook WhatsApp MILAN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 19, 2021– Helbiz, the market leader of urban micro-mobility with 29 licenses around the world, announced today that it secured a €3.5 million loan from Banca Progetto to help support the company’s continued expansion efforts and development projects across Italy. The latest round of financing will allow Helbiz to further strengthen its financial structure to drive the execution of its 2020-2022 expansion plan in Italy. Through this new €3.5 million loan provided by Banca Progetto and counter-guaranteed by Mediocredito Centrale, Helbiz has also secured access to bank leverage for the first time. This 6-year loan will be directed towards future investments in e-scooters and e-bikes. Previously, like other micro-mobility companies, Helbiz funded fleet expansion through shareholder equity and equity rounds because this innovative segment of the market was not yet considered bankable. To support previous expansion efforts, Helbiz raised approximately $31 million among institutional and professional investors in successive equity rounds to purchase micro-mobility devices. In 2020, Helbiz grew its presence in the Italian market by 5X and achieved profitability at the operational level, obtaining access to credit for the first time. Today, the micro-mobility industry is regulated and licenses are awarded to operators for a period ranging from 12 months to 5 years. Cash generation makes the business model sustainable, enabling companies to plan investments for development in the area. “With this loan, Banca Progetto reaffirms its support for innovative, green entrepreneurial initiatives with an international perspective,” said Paolo Fiorentino, CEO of Banca Progetto. “We have the utmost confidence in the young management team at Helbiz who brings their energy, creativity, dedication and vision, while leading by example with initiatives that focus on environmental sustainability and profitability.” “The possibility of access to bank financing that supports structural and functional investments for growth is driven by an excellent ROI in the capital,” said Giulio Profumo, CFO of Helbiz. “Starting today, our business model is assessed as consolidated and profitable. Helbiz Italia reached break-even last September, and both the company’s economic metrics and volumes are improving incrementally.” Profumo continued, “Our vehicle and operations financing model provides for two distinct funding channels – debt and equity, respectively. This enables us to better plan for both the acquisition of new vehicle fleets and the time profile of their depreciation. On this subject, we are also studying a form of asset-backed debt structure associated with scooters and electric bicycles to finance future investments.” Profumo further commented, “The consolidation of the Helbiz business model is witnessed by a rationalization of the calls for tenders for licenses. Specifically, many cities around the world are issuing tenders for two or three licenses and sometimes only a single operator. At the same time, the trend of cities continuing to enable micro-mobility services is growing. This has enabled Helbiz to increase its levels of efficiency and market penetration, positioning us as one of the reference operators in Europe and the United States. We also experienced increased adoption across various markets due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has forced cities to open up micro-mobility services more quickly in order to offer an integrated alternative to other means of public transport.” Helbiz Helbiz is a technology company that offers micro urban mobility solutions with the goal of containing the rate of traffic increase. With over 200 employees, the company is a market leader in Italy and across Europe and continues to expand and hire local staff to manage its worldwide operations. Launched in 2015 and headquartered in New York City, the company operates scooters, e-bikes and electric mopeds in more than 20 cities around the world, including Washington DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Atlanta, Miami, Richmond, Milan and Rome. Helbiz Inc announced on February 9, 2021 a merger with SPAC GreenVision Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: GRNV) (“GreenVision”), resulting in it becoming the first micro-mobility company listed on Nasdaq. Bank Project Banca Progetto S.p.A., born in 2015 from the reorganization of Banca Popolare Lecchese following its purchase by the Californian fund Oaktree, operates in the household and business credit market also through the digital channel. With offices in Milan and Rome and a commercial network present throughout the country, Banca Progetto specializes in services for small and medium-sized Italian companies and private customers, in particular in Cessione del Quinto products for private employees, state employees, public employees, para-public employees and pensioners and in medium to long-term loans to SMEs. For more information: www.helbiz.com/investors Information contained within the above site is not included in this press release. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210219005030/en/ CONTACT: For investor and media inquiries, contact: USA The Blueshirt Group Gary Dvorchak, CFA Phone: +1 (323) 240-5796 Email:[email protected] of Change Marcy Simon Phone: +1 (917) 833-3392 Email:[email protected] ITALY Helbiz Investor Relations [email protected] PR tel. 0039 02 54123452 Giorgio Cattaneo – tel. 335 7053742 email:[email protected] Marcella Vezzoli – tel. 337 1313471 email:[email protected] Fabio Micali – tel. 340 8758736 email:[email protected] KEYWORD: ITALY EUROPE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORT FINANCE FLEET MANAGEMENT OTHER TRANSPORT SOURCE: Helbiz Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Statement from Kevin Curran, GMB General Secretary Elect

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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Statement from Kevin Curran, GMB General Secretary ElectOn 17 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. My election is a victory for GMBmembers. They have spoken and told us that they want a union that isdemocratic, transparent and open. That is what I have been elected to do, and Ipromise every GMB member that is what I will work every day to achieve.”I would like to give mythanks to every single GMB member who used their vote. I would also like toexpress my gratitude to those activists and officers who supported me andoffered their advice and expertise.”I look forward to workingwith Paul Kenny and all of our other colleagues over the next five years. Paulhas good ideas and energy and I am confident that we can work together todeliver for our members.”There are so many things todo but I am ready for the challenge ahead. The priorities that concern ourmembers and those that I campaigned on – employment rights, pensions, equalityand opposition to privatisation of public services – will be my priorities inoffice.”I also want to begin adebate about taking our union and the political debate away from London andinto all of our regions.”I want to deconstruct therole of a trade union general secretary – and make myself and the unionaccessible to our members at every level. This will include taking tradeunionism into our communities on a level and scale unprecedented in our history.”I will, as promised,institute a membership-led review of our relationship with the Labour Party.This will begin in summer 2003 and all aspects of our relationship will be upfor debate.”Under my leadership, I wantevery member, shop steward, staff member and officer to feel valued and arespected part of our union. I will be putting forward proposals on measuresthat enable us to better consult and listen to all of our people.”The GMB will appoint anindependent commission in the next few weeks. That independent commission willbe tasked with examining the role and structures necessary for modern tradeunions. The commission will take evidence from any member, shop steward, memberof staff or officer that would like to put their ideas forward. It will have awide ranging remit, and I expect it to put forward ideas and proposals to bringabout a new, modern, form of trade unionism. I want a union that retains ourvalues and builds on the things we do well but also begins to address the needsof the modern workplace and those who work in them.”By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

BYU Football Star QB Zach Wilson Declares For NFL Draft

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