Church of Pakistan forges new links with China

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Baoping Kan. The two leaders serve together on the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches.“As the Church of Pakistan this was the first step in the history of the church to establish a relationship of our own with a church in the East,” said Azariah.“We wanted to reach out and see the changes in China and as good neighbors we want our churches to develop good cooperation.”Although the countries are close and many people now fly in and out of China, he said the churches have never used that fact to their advantage.“This is not only a breakthrough of a new relationship but an opportunity of learning for both churches on mission, self-reliance and development,” said Azariah.“We see China as a church which has developed its confidence recently on its own with its own resources. We believe that is something we can learn from and we hope that we as the Church of Pakistan can achieve self-reliance just as they have done.”The churches in China are celebrating a post-denominational period, as there are no official church denominations. The Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) caters to the pastoral needs of the churches and its members, and for administrative purposes the China Christian Council, both at the national and provincial levels, takes care of international relations and administration.Azariah hopes the visit will develop a relationship of love and prayer, caring and sharing, a joint Christian witness. “We can see the importance of how we can cooperate in terms of mission and in joint ventures in sharing the gospel, leadership training and theological education. We are looking forward to receiving a delegation from China in the next 6 or 7 months and further ahead we would like to develop exchanges with pastors, youth leaders, women’s ministry leaders and others.” In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Ecumenical & Interreligious By Rachel FarmerPosted Jun 7, 2016 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Congressional leaders call for probe into claims of sex discrimination at FBI Academy

first_imgRaghu_Ramaswamy/iStock(QUANTICO, Va.) — After 16 women filed a lawsuit against the FBI last month — detailing allegations of gender discrimination while they were trainees at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia — the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Judiciary Committee have asked the Department of Justice inspector general to investigate.The civil suit filed by the women alleges that what it calls a so-called ‘Good Old Boy Network’ at the academy resulted in female trainees being written up and dismissed at higher rates than male trainees. “If true, such conduct cannot be tolerated. The selection process employed by the FBI must be free from discrimination on the basis of factors such as gender and race, and individuals hired to these important positions should reflect the diversity of our country,” Chairman Jerry Nadler, D.N.Y., and Ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., write in a letter to DOJ inspector General Michael Horwitz.“We must also ensure potential agents not be deterred from applying because they fear the possibility of such treatment,” they wrote.While they acknowledged that the matter is pending in the courts, “allegations require an investigation into the FBI’s training and selection practices for new agents,” by the inspector general.One of the women named in the suit, Lauren Rose, was a staffer who joined the FBI in 2009 and attended the academy, according to the lawsuit.Rose claims that she passed all of her tests, but received three notation failures for the tactical training portion, and because of this she claims she was dismissed from the academy, despite her male colleagues failing the same tests and not getting dismissed, according to the lawsuit.Rose then took matters to top leadership of the FBI, even writing an e-mail to then-Director James Comey “informing him of the prejudicial and discriminatory practices running rampant at the FBI Academy.”“In his response, Director Comey denied such discrimination was occurring and instead suggested she use her ‘pain’ to reflect on her strengths and weaknesses,” the lawsuit said.The bipartisan action comes as recent statistics show that 36 percent of applicants to the FBI are female and 20 percent of agents brought on board are female, according to FBI data.The lawsuit also alleges that the male instructors defined the women trainees by “subjective citations,” such as “candor,” “insubordination,” and “lack of emotional maturity,” the lawsuit said.“While we are unable to comment on litigation, the FBI is committed to fostering a work environment where all of our employees are valued and respected,” the FBI said in a statement. “Diversity is one of our core values, and to effectively accomplish our mission of protecting the American people we need people of different genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Breaking Travel News interview: Andreas Scheck, vice president, sales, LATAM | Focus

first_imgAndreas Scheck: This is an award given by passengers, therefore, having been recognised by them gives us great satisfaction and it inspires us to continue looking for innovative ways to fulfil our customers’ needs and improve their travel experience.BTN: How useful are accolades such as the World Travel Awards for airlines such as LATAM when it comes to promoting the brand to consumers?AS: We have focused on understanding the new needs of the Covid-19 and post-Covid-19 customer – focusing on how much travellers value safety in their journey, flexibility in the purchase decision process and connectivity across the network. – Advertisement – OlderBTN interview: Alexandra Vila, global senior manager, brand strategy and communications, LATAM BTN: Can you describe the mood in South American aviation in late 2020 – are we looking for a recovery as we head into next year?AS: As IATA announced, we expect the industry to recover pre pandemic demand by 2024, at a much slower pace than what the industry projected. But we are optimistic: LATAM Group is ready to fly when our customers are by implementing the highest safety standards, offering passenger peace of mind when they purchase their tickets through commercial flexibility and servicing, to date, 106 destinations around the world. Our mood is of service: we will be ready when you decide to fly. BTN: How will the new LATAM relationship with Delta Air Lines help both carriers meet the needs of passengers moving forward?AS: Our long-term alliance with Delta is focused to allow our passengers to access more connectivity with our complimentary destination networks. This alliance will offer our clients a better travel experience between Latin America and the USA.More InformationLATAM Airlines Group is the leading airline group in Latin America with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering services to 145 destinations in 26 countries, including six domestic markets in Latin America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – in addition to international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania, Africa and Asia.Find out more on the official website. This recognition motivates us to keep improving every day. We have never stopped flying during the pandemic, despite the multiple restrictions imposed by the authorities worldwide. More than 33,000 people returned home within the region thanks to the special flights we carried out, despite the limitations of the pandemic. – Advertisement – Voters at the World Travel Awards have honoured LATAM with a number of top titles – here we find out how it feels to have won from vice president of sales, Andreas ScheckBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – LATAM has been recognised as South America’s Leading Airline by voters at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – NewerBTN interview: Gloria Gallardo, president, Guayaquil Public and Municipal Company of Tourism – Advertisement –last_img read more

Developer installs new playground based on Feng Shui principles

first_imgPallara’s new Feng Shui-designed park provides a surface for playing ping pong and the curved tubes in the background transmit voice – speak into a tube on one side of the play area to someone listening at the other end. Stockland teamed up accredited Feng Shui consultant Derelle Ball, of Centaine Consultants, and Urban Play to create the one-of-a-kind inclusive park at their Pallara development.“The different play elements used not only inspire their imaginations, but also provide skills and tools to navigate childhood and beyond through active and social play,” Mr Urban said.Stockland acting general manager for Queensland David Laner said the exciting park was a first for Stockland’s residential communities throughout Australia. “Stockland is well known for providing exciting and innovative parks and play spaces that enhance our residential communities and Pallara’s new feng shui park will offer a truly unique experience for locals,” Mr Laner said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< Pallara’s new Feng Shui-designed park is a first for Stockland’s residential communities throughout Australia.A developer has used the principles of the ancient art of feng shui to design Pallara Central Park at the Pallara residential community. The park, which was launched with an event-packed afternoon last month, features a birds nest swing, large arc ladder, ping pong table and bright green tele-tubes.Stockland teamed with accredited feng shui consultant Derelle Ball, of Centaine Consultants, and Urban Play to create the one-of-a-kind inclusive park.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoUrban Play managing director Ben Urban said the playground used architecturally-inspired pieces to create a unique space for children of all ages. “The park features soothing earth tones, a naturally flowing layout and a combination of quiet and active spaces to provide a haven to play or relax. “The reflexology walk was designed to encourage people to take their shoes off and walk over rounded pebbles on a gently meandering path to gently massage meridian points within the feet.”Pallara is a new masterplanned community in Brisbane’s southwestern growth corridor. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update - August 201809:25last_img read more

‘I Will Not Prove You Wrong’

first_imgThe Minister of Health-designate to replace retiring Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, has assured members of the Senate Committee on Health that if given the opportunity, he would help to reform the health care sector, take care of the needs of health care workers and improve access and delivery across the country.Grilled by members of the Health Committee chaired by Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman, Minister of Health-designate George T. Werner informed the Senators that he has quite a complex, yet simple background.“I have a background of long history as an educator and a health worker and I have served as clinical therapist in the United States for many years. I also was admitted into the prestigious program for leadership for neuron-disability, helping and caring about pediatrics, and how to use health care management to attend to the needs of children who have health issues at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.”Mr. Werner informed the committee that twice, he taught at Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, first in Social Politics and later in Social Deviance in Technology.    “I bring to my work vast experience in education, in healthcare and public administration. These three are important issues we face in the health care sector. The Ministry of Health has the Chief Medical Officer that is primarily responsible for delivery on the medical services of the institution.”The outgoing Civil Service Agency Director General said what the Health Ministry needs and what he can give it “is proven experience in personnel management to resolve personnel issues.”Werner asserted that the country, through the Ministry of Health, is mobilizing vast resources for the post-Ebola healthcare sector, and that it will need an administrator to improve the systems that are there, “so that our development partners who are willing to give us their resources may give them to us and hasten the process to eradicate Ebola in the country; and at the same time improve the health care sector.”Prior to his appearance at the Capitol Building, Werner disclosed that he had been at the Ministry of Health where he held discussions relating to payroll issues, which he said were  solely based on his involvement with various grievances from health care workers.At the same time, he said was working with World Bank and development partners to figure out the issue of healthcare workers who died during the Ebola epidemic and their families, and what Government could do. “We have been working in that capacity; so I feel I am prepared to carry on this task.”As Director General for CSA, Werner said he had met and discussed with Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bernice Dahn ways in which the health sector can be helped to move very quickly.He asserted that one of the thorny issues within the Ministry of Health is pay and equity pay. “I gave her a proposal that will be funded by our donor partners; to create one payroll for all healthcare workers, from specialized medicine to the sanitation personnel within the Ministry or within the hospital. To rationalize it—and we have to do so before the next budget year—we need one payroll administered by the CSA which authorizes the Ministry of Finance to pay.  Questioned as to whether he would try to reawaken his abandoned controversial plan of reforming the civil service sector of the government that would see tens of thousands of employees dismissed and/or made redundant, Mr. Werner clarified that on the contrary, the Ministry of Health will need about 30,000 people in the health sector.He said the country is expected to benefit from huge resources for the improvement of the health care sector, upgrading the capacity of workers both at home and abroad; while at the same time encouraging Liberian medical doctors and other trained medical practitioners to return home to help improve the sector.With all of the explanations, most members of the Committee were concerned about the qualification of Werner in the area of medicine.He was asked whether he did not see the need to advise the President that she needed to appoint somebody like the outgoing Minister (who was a medical doctor) for such an important professional job.The Chair of the Committee, Senator Coleman, who is himself a medical doctor, recalled that only twice had there been a Minister of Health that was not a practicing doctor. (There were actually four non-medical doctors who served as   Health Ministers—Mrs. Mai Padmore, President Tolbert’s first Minister of Health; Counselor Oliver Bright, the second, Estrada Bernard, the third; and under Head of State Samuel K. Doe, Martha Sendolo Belleh, a nurse, who succeeded Dr. Kate Bryant in the early 1980s.However, Werner maintained that with some basic knowledge in medicine, and the position being an administrative one, he felt prepared to carry on his next task successfully.His fate may be decided as early as this week by the Senate plenary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more