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Press Release Service 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Boulder’s faith community comes together to grieve after grocery store shooting Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Vigil attendees gather together in the parking lot of the King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado, last week. Photo: Carina Louise Julig/RNS[Religion News Service] The Table Mesa Shopping Center is ordinarily a hub of activity as locals swing in to do their errands. But since Monday’s (March 22) shooting at the King Soopers grocery store that killed a police officer and nine others, the small strip of stores has been fenced off as a crime scene, its chain-link barrier turned into a memorial for the victims.Crosses, flowers, stuffed animals and signs calling for gun control line the fence, along with messages of love to the departed and invocations for prayer. Since Monday’s attack, reeling Boulderites, many representing the city’s diverse faith communities, have congregated along the road to pay their respects in such numbers that the city blocked off a lane of traffic to accommodate them.On Tuesday, Rev. Deborah Hill, a priest at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, drove from her home in Gunbarrel to the memorial to pray with visitors not far from a sign reading “Pray 4 Boulder!”, adjacent to a row of Buddhist prayer flags.“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit,” another sign read, quoting Psalm 34. A small pile of stones sits atop each of the 10 wooden crosses erected for the victims, a Jewish tradition.On Thursday evening (March 25), a memorial vigil at nearby Fairview High School organized by the Colorado chapter of gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action and attended by more than 1,000 people, was led by clergy from around Boulder.Rabbi Fred Greene of Boulder’s Congregation Har HaShem opened the vigil, saying that since the attack, he had been thinking about a phrase from the book of Deuteronomy, usually translated from Hebrew as “You must not be indifferent,” Greene said. However, he offered a new translation: “You cannot hide.”“Tonight you cannot hide from the shock, from the grief and from the hurt,” Greene said. “I’m begging you — don’t hide, be real.“Help us to not hide from the world, to face the chaos. Help us to be incapable of indifference, help us to be impatient with injustice,” said Greene.The rabbi had also addressed an emergency city council meeting Wednesday along with the Rev. Mary Kate Rejouis, rector at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. The two offered a prayer and read the names of the 10 victims, who ranged in age from 20 to 65.At least two of the victims were members of local faith communities. On Tuesday, Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila released a statement saying that Eric Talley, the police officer who was killed responding to the scene, regularly attended St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, just across the street from King Soopers. Aquila asked for the saint’s intercession in this difficult time so “that God would bring good out of this great evil.”In the 1990s, Neven Stanisic’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Bosnia to escape the violence engulfing the region. On Monday, the 23-year-old repairman fell victim to another form of violence when he was killed at King Soopers.Stanisic was a member of St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in Lakewood, Colorado, whose head priest, the Rev. Radovan Petrovic, told the Denver Post that Stanisic’s family was devastated to have sacrificed so much only for Stanisic to die in this way.“To have this happen to him, that’s something neighbors and much of our community cannot comprehend,” Petrovic said to the Post.The suspect in the shooting is 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa of Arvada. He has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder and was denied bond at a preliminary hearing on Thursday.Law enforcement has yet to give a motive for the killings, but at the vigil at the high school, Islamic Center of Boulder representative Tracy Smith said that the suspect’s name has caused Muslims in Boulder to fear a backlash. Women with hijabs and men with beards have expressed fear about going outside, she said.Smith said that the suspect does not represent Islam and that Muslims “want to live in harmony with their community.” She urged anyone who has questions about Islam to reach out to the ICB.“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Boulder neighbors in grief and solidarity,” she said, tearing up.The Muslim nonprofit CelebrateMercy launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Boulder victims that has raised $21,000 in the past several days. It joins campaigns on GoFundMe and the Colorado Healing Fund in raising thousands for survivors of the shooting and families of the victims.The vigil ended with a prayer from Randy Spaulding, pastor at Boulder Mennonite Church.“Spirit of justice, as we leave this place help us find our voice,” Spaulding said. “May we turn from the worship of power, may we have the courage to confront our false gods and to protest the needless deaths caused by gun violence. 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Scottish fashion retailer, M&Co/Mackays, is teaming up with Save the Children to raise £300,000 to help create real and lasting change for the lives of vulnerable children. The 75 M&Co stores throughout Scotland will take part in the fundraising initiative over the next year. A donation of 5p from the sale of every item of childrenswear will be given to Save the Children to help change the lives of the poorest children in Myanmar (Burma) and Pakistan. Advertisement Howard Lake | 11 September 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 19 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Mackays/M&Co’s Scottish Stores support Save the Children’s work in Myanmar and Pakistan Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy
Hugo Pinell, 71, a former comrade of George L. Jackson, was killed on Aug. 12 in California State Prison-Sacramento near Sacramento, Calif.Pinell, known by many as “Yogi Bear,” had recently been released from 46 years of solitary confinement and was the longest serving prisoner held in administrative detention in the state of California. He had written to one of his supporters that he feared for his life at the prison. (KPFA interview with Kiilu Nyasha, Aug. 13)Hugo Pinell in 1982In 1965 Pinell was given a 3-years-to-life sentence for rape, a crime for which he said he was not guilty. He and his mother were told that if he did not confess, he could face the death penalty.Pinell was stabbed to death by another prisoner on the first day he was released into general population at CSP-Sacramento. The corporate media described the circumstances surrounding his killing as a “riot” when clashes erupted after Pinell was brutally stabbed in the prison yard.His death has sent shockwaves through the ranks of veteran Black Panther Party members, supporters of political prisoners and anti-racist forces.San Quentin Six and George L. JacksonPinell was a member of the San Quentin Six, who were involved in the attempted prison break to liberate George Jackson on Aug. 21, 1971, where Jackson was gunned down by guards. Three prison guards and two white inmates also lost their lives in that incident. After the rebellion, six inmates were charged in their deaths: Hugo Pinell, Willie Tate, Johnny Larry Spain, David Johnson, Fleeta Drumgo and Luis Talamantez.Long before that, George Jackson was already well known throughout the African-American revolutionary movement and the left as a whole. His prison letters were published in the 1970 book entitled “Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson.”The Soledad Brothers were three African-American prisoners, George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo and John Clutchette, who were charged with killing a guard at San Quentin in January 1970. Several days earlier, three Black inmates had been killed by white prison guard snipers during a racial melee in the yard.A national movement arose in defense of the Soledad Brothers, which drew the support of Angela Davis, a Communist Party member and lecturer who had been terminated by the University of California, Los Angeles in 1969 because of her political beliefs.Jackson had originally been sentenced to a 1-year-to-life sentence in California in 1960 for being in the company of several others who stole $70 from a gas station. During his tenure in prison, Jackson began to read voraciously about history, military science, philosophy and Marxist-Leninist theory.Prison authorities attempted to break Jackson’s confidence and defiance for many years. He became a leader and mentor for other prisoners during a period when the Civil Rights, Black Power, anti-war and left movements were gaining tremendous ground in the U.S.Pinell spent decades in solitary confinement for refusing to compromise with the system, and was the only one of the San Quentin Six remaining in prison. All the others had been released decades earlier.Black August started by political prisonersPinell’s killing occurred during Black August, an annual commemoration of the resistance of African Americans to oppression and exploitation. Created by political prisoners years ago, Black August continues to be commemorated across the U.S.The month-long acknowledgement of resistance stems from the historical fact that many great efforts aimed at liberation took place during August. Such historical developments include the beginning of the Haitian Revolution (1791); Nat Turner’s Rebellion in Virginia (1831); John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry (1859); the Watts Rebellion (1965); the attempt by Jonathan Jackson, the younger brother of George, to free him from prison (1970); the San Quentin Rebellion (1971); and the 2014 police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.The killing of Pinell illustrates the character of national oppression, economic exploitation and political repression against African-American people. Resistance to the inhumane conditions prevailing both outside and inside prison walls is continuing today through the rebellions and mass demonstrations in Ferguson, Baltimore and other cities.African Americans are still jobless at rates at least twice as high as whites. Millions are confined to low-wage jobs with no economic security or social benefits.Every week news stories report that African Americans are being gunned down by police and vigilantes.The school-to-prison pipeline is still very much in evidence in urban areas. A disproportionate number of inmates and people under judicial supervision are African Americans and Latinos/as from poor and working-class backgrounds.There are still many political prisoners inside the U.S. despite the “human rights” posture of successive administrations. Until the system of national oppression and capitalist exploitation is overthrown there is no hope for ending the prison-industrial complex.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
While corn insurance indemnities were more than the losses, soybean indemnities were somewhat less than the losses. But the combination means that insurance payouts covered the losses for both crops, Hurt noted. Most farmers plant both corn and soybeans. “With Indiana farm income expected to be in the range of $3 billion to $4 billion a year, it is clear that the recovery of more than $1 billion from crop insurance due to the 2012 drought is a significant part of that income,” Hurt said. “Unfortunately, some producers did not elect crop insurance in 2012.” About 75 percent of Indiana crop acres were insured in 2012. Farmers wanting insurance for this year’s crop must sign up for it by Friday (March 15). The previous record amount of insurance indemnity payments to Indiana farmers for the three crops was $522 million in 2008. Of the total amount of 2012 insurance indemnities, $900 million in payments have been for corn losses. Indiana corn yields averaged 99 bushels per acre, nearly 40 percent below normal. The previous high for corn was $269 million for the 2008 crop. Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Crop Insurance Payouts Top $1 Billion Facebook Twitter Final soybean marketing revenues for the state are expected to be about $275 million less than had been expected before the drought, Hurt said. Crop insurance, therefore, might not fully cover reduced returns from soybean losses across Indiana. Statewide, farmers received $1.09 of crop insurance indemnities for each $1 they paid for soybean insurance premiums. Facebook Twitter The USDA’s website with crop insurance indemnities by crop and state is https://www.rma.usda.gov/data/sob.html Corn sales from the limited crop are generating about $700 million less across the state than had been expected before the drought. “So an infusion of an additional $900 million in insurance claims will bring total receipts to somewhat more than pre-drought estimates,” Hurt said.Because of the large losses in 2012, Indiana corn farmers on average received $3.47 of insurance indemnity for each $1 they paid for crop insurance premiums. Losses in soybeans accounted for the second-largest insurance payouts – $138 million. Soybean yields were not affected as much as corn last year because of more abundant late-summer rains. Final yields in Indiana were 43.5 bushels per acre, down about 10 percent from normal. Indiana Crop Insurance Payouts Top $1 Billion By Gary Truitt – Mar 12, 2013 SHARE Previous articleHoosier Ag Today Launches New App UpdateNext articleCoalition Writes Ag Leaders in Support of Crop Insurance Gary Truitt Indiana farmers so far have received more than $1 billion in crop insurance payments from losses last year when drought ravaged crops throughout the state. The payouts are double the previous record. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that as of Monday (March 11), insurance payouts for 2012 corn, soybeans and wheat losses had reached $1.04 billion. The dollar amount will likely grow somewhat in coming weeks as final claims are filed, said Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist. “These crop insurance indemnities are the primary reason the state’s farm sector income has not collapsed under drought losses,” Hurt said. “The income-stabilizing impact of crop insurance has helped keep rural communities economically healthy.” SHARE
Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Organisation Five other pro-democracy activists have been tried over the last five days. Huynh Nguyen Dao, Nguyen Bac Truyen and Le Nguyen Sang were respectively sentenced, on 10 May 2007, to three four and five years in jail. The following day, the lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan were sentenced to five and four years in prison.Six cyber-dissidents were arrested between January and September 2002: Le Chi Quang, Pham Hong Son, Pham Que Duong, Tran Khue, Nguyen Vu Binh and Nguyen Khac Toan. They were sentenced to jail terms of up to 12 years in prison. Of these, only Nguyen Vu Binh is still behind bars. The others were released in the month before Vietnam became a member of the WTO, in November 2006. April 22, 2021 Find out more Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison to go further VietnamAsia – Pacific April 7, 2021 Find out more News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam ————————- Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders said it was stunned by a five-year jail sentence handed down today to pro-democracy activist Tran Quoc Hien, the sixth such sentence in a week.The 42-year-old member of the democratic movement “bloc 8406” and spokesman for the United Workers-Farmers Organization (UWFO) was sentenced for “spreading anti-government propaganda” online and “endangering state security”, at the end of a four-hour trial. He had been arrested in January 2007.Voicing deep concern about the crackdown, the worldwide press freedom organisation said: “It is the worst series of arrests and sentences since 2002. The Vietnamese government is playing games with the international community. It pretended for several months to be ready to open up, with the aim of easing its membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but it is now obvious it was a smokescreen.”“Vietnam is one of the most authoritarian and repressive countries in the world, a country where the simple fact of publicly calling for democratic reform leads to prison. It is time that Europe, the United States and all democratic governments got tougher with the Vietnamese authorities”, the organisation said. Follow the news on Vietnam News RSF_en News VietnamAsia – Pacific May 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sixth cyber-dissident jailed in worst crack-down since 2002 April 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Reporters Without Borders said it was stunned by a five-year jail sentence handed down today to pro-democracy activist Tran Quoc Hien, the sixth such sentence in a week.The 42-year-old member of the democratic movement “bloc 8406” and spokesman for the United Workers-Farmers Organization (UWFO) was sentenced for “spreading anti-government propaganda” online and “endangering state security”, at the end of a four-hour trial.
Freddie Mac will report its fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results in a conference call with the media on Thursday, February 19, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern time, according to an announcement from the GSE.The conference call will be concurrently webcast and can be accessed by following this link. All materials related to the call, including a replay of the webcast, will be available at www.freddiemac.com/investors.Freddie Mac has enjoyed 12 consecutive quarters with positive earnings, according to the GSE’s Q3 financial report released in November. In Q3, Freddie Mac’s net income was $2.1 billion – up from $1.4 billion in the previous quarter.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) took both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae under conservatorship in September 2008; at the time, the Enterprises needed a combined $188 billion in government bailout funds to keep afloat in the midst of the financial crisis. In August 2012, the terms of the bailout agreement were amended and nearly all of the GSEs’ profits have been swept into the U.S. Department of Treasury since.At the time the Q3 financial results were released, Freddie Mac said it expected to pay about $2.8 billion in dividends to Treasury in December. That would bring the combined amount the two GSEs have paid to Treasury up to $225.5 billion, nearly $40 billion more than they received in bailout funds in September 2008. The amended bailout agreement stipulates that the GSE profits continue to be swept into Treasury, a practice that has drawn the ire of GSEs shareholders who believe they are being shortchanged. Two of the GSEs’ largest shareholders, Fairholme Funds and Pershing Square Capital Management, have litigation pending against the government over the use of GSE profits.For the first nine months of 2014, Freddie Mac provided $201 billion of liquidity to the mortgage market and has provided $2.4 trillion of liquidity since January 1, 2009 – about four months after the conservatorship began. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Freddie Mac to Announce Q4, Full Year 2014 Financial Results Thursday in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Financial Results Freddie Mac GSE Profits 2015-02-18 Brian Honea Tagged with: Financial Results Freddie Mac GSE Profits Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac to Announce Q4, Full Year 2014 Financial Results Thursday The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Mortgage Delinquency Rate Declines for 12th Straight Quarter Next: Replacement Checks Issued for Unclaimed Foreclosure Settlement Payments Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago February 18, 2015 911 Views About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post
News UpdatesDelhi High Court Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of “Stubborn Reluctance To Wear Masks Properly” On Flight; Issues Guidelines Shreya Agarwal9 March 2021 6:56 PMShare This – xJustice C Hari Shankar of the Delhi High Court,taking suo-motu cognizance of what he described as an “alarming situation” on an Air India flight bound towards Delhi from Kolkata on Mar 5, has issued a slew of directions to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and commercial airlines in the country with respect to in-flight Covid-19 protocol. In an order passed on Monday, he…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJustice C Hari Shankar of the Delhi High Court,taking suo-motu cognizance of what he described as an “alarming situation” on an Air India flight bound towards Delhi from Kolkata on Mar 5, has issued a slew of directions to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and commercial airlines in the country with respect to in-flight Covid-19 protocol. In an order passed on Monday, he notes that “though all the passengers had worn masks, many passengers had worn the masks below their chin and were exhibiting a stubborn reluctance to wear their masks properly.” Justice Shankar notes that despite a search he could not trace any guidelines on the DGCA website on in-flight Covid-19 protocol and that the only guidelines he found – after an intrusive navigation on the website – were from May, 2020. However, he said that while the court does not intend to criticise efforts by the Government authorities in trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic situation, “Sensitization of the citizenry has to precede, not succeed, galvanization of the governmental machinery.” He stated that, he observed the passengers’ behaviour was thus, not only in the airbus but also within the flight and said that the cabin crew of the flight had shown helplessness in this regard. Expressing concern over the fact that these passengers were blissfully ignorant until several entreaties by the judge himself to wear the masks properly, Justice Shankar highlighted in his order that closed air-conditioned environment in a flight where even one person suffers from Covid-19 can have “cataclysmic” effects and therefore, when the country is seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, this behaviour is “completely unconscionable.” Therefore, the Single Judge Bench of Justice Hari Shankar proceeded to lay down guidelines to lend teeth to any existing instructions with respect to the Covid-19 protocol, directing for the same to be highlighted adequately by concerned authorities. Inter alia, he has directed the DGCA to: 1. Prominently reflect on its main website, instructions containing Covid-19 guidelines and protocols to be followed by passengers and in-flight crew in domestic flights, by displaying them in a distinct and different font, blinking or otherwise, or by any other suitable means. 2. Consider sending random observers on flights, without prior information, to check that Covid-19 protocols are followed in flights. He has directed the airlines to ensure: 1. Handing over of written instructions on the Covid-19 in-flight protocol including measures on non-compliance to the passengers, alongwith the Boarding Pass. 2. Due sensitisation regarding passenger responsibilities both before as well as after boarding. 3. Inflight announcements which, presently, merely require the passengers to wear masks at all times, to be modified to include a cautionary word regarding penal action in the event of default. 4. Periodical checks of the aircraft by the cabin crew to supervise that all passengers comply with the protocol, especially regarding wearing of masks. Masks should be worn as directed by governmental instructions, covering the nose and mouth, and not worn merely covering the mouth or below the chin. 5. Immediate offloading of passengers unwilling to follow this protocol prior to the flight taking off, and action against the passenger in accordance with guidelines of DGCA or Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, including placing the passenger on a “no-fly” regimen, either permanently or for a stipulated, sufficiently long period – in case the passenger refuses to comply despite reminders. 6. Strict compliance and enforcement of all penal provisions, with no relaxation whatsoever. The court also said that relaxation, if necessary, should be allowed only in cases which are truly exceptional, such as for medical reasons, after a conscious assessment and evaluation of (a) the necessity of the passenger to fly and (b) the justifiability of the passenger’s refusal to wear the mask, weighed against the risk to public interest involved if the passenger is allowed to travel without a mask. The order states, “In deserving cases – which should be the exception, not the rule – the airline should take steps to isolate the passenger so that he is kept at a safe distance from other passengers in the flightClick Hear To Download/Read OrderNext Story