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United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Docks Ltd (UTDL.mu)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUnited Docks Limited is a Mauritian real estate development company that indulges in real estate development, strategic investment, property management, warehousing as well as logistics solutions in the Republic of Mauritius. The company also engages in different segments of real estate which include business parks, office buildings and mixed-use developments. United Docks Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Italy captain Giada Franco’s World Cup ambitions

first_img Italy captain Giada Franco’s World Cup ambitionsItaly’s women face a busy schedule over the next few months as they play the Six Nations fixtures postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as take part in Europe’s 2021 World Cup qualifying tournament.Indeed, the fixtures list is so hectic that their Six Nations match against Scotland, originally due to be played in February and now rescheduled for December, is doubling up as a RWC 2021 qualifier.Those World Cup qualifiers, which will feature Ireland, Italy, Scotland and the winners of the Rugby Europe Championship (most likely Spain), have long been on people’s minds because securing a place at the tournament in New Zealand next year is a huge carrot.It will be hugely competitive, too, as only the winners automatically book a place, while the runners-up go into the repêchage.Italy were second in last year’s Six Nations and started this year’s championship with a win over Wales and a loss to France before the rest of their matches were postponed, but can they make it to RWC 2021?“It’s a dream for us,” says Italy captain Giada Franco. “We really want to achieve qualification. We just need to work and work to be able to reach it.“I think other teams find our way of playing unpredictable and this is one thing that we’re really working on. Of course, we also need a little bit of structure – our set-piece, exits, management of the game, playing in the right areas of the pitch – but we don’t want to be predictable, we want to play whatever is in front of us.”Asked to name Italy’s key players, Franco prefers to focus on the strength of the group but does name-check Sara Barrattin, Beatrice Rigoni and Melissa Bettoni. Yet it is Franco herself who is so crucial to this team. Carry on: Giada Franco tests Wales’ defence in this year’s Six Nations (Getty Images) Named Italy captain at just 23, her influence has grown over the three seasons since her debut. She gives her side huge go-forward with her strong ball carries and is a powerful defender too, helping to bring momentum both with and without the ball.Her ability is impressive given that she only took up rugby aged 14 when her local club, Salerno, ran a session at her school. She had always been sporty but immediately fell in love with rugby – and progressed fast, moving to Benevento and then Colorno on the club circuit. She also switched positions, going from the backs to the back row.“Everyone knew I was a little too slow to be in the backs,” she laughs. “For me, back-row is the best role in rugby. You have to be good in defence but good in attack as well. It’s not only tackling but carrying hard, making good passes. I think it’s the most complete role in rugby – this is why I enjoy it.”Photo bomb: Anna Caplice, Sarah Beckett, Jade Konkel and Giada Franco at a Harlequins shoot (Getty Images)To continue developing her game, Franco moved to Quins in summer 2019 and believes the back-row competition at the club helped her to improve before she returned to Italy earlier this year.That’s progress from a personal perspective; Franco is also pleased to see the whole women’s game growing in Italy. Crowd figures are rising, more clubs are involved in 15s leagues and player numbers are on the up, although Franco is pragmatic when saying: “We have to work to make sure the quality is going up as well as the numbers.”Franco’s quality is not in doubt – and Italy need her to be to the fore for the final rounds of the Six Nations and those all-important World Cup qualifiers. This article originally appeared in the April 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The back-row assesses her country’s progress and looks ahead to the RWC 2021 qualifierslast_img read more

Transformar el ‘conducto de la escuela a la prisión’ en…

first_img Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK En la iglesia episcopal de San Martín, en Houston, unos niños participan en una competencia de hip hop como parte del programa ReVision que supervisa a los delincuentes juveniles.[Episcopal News Service] A los 16 años, Antonio no tenía muchas perspectivas de futuro, excepto el unirse a la pandilla callejera de los ‘Cholos del Sudoeste’ [Southwest Cholos] o “de lo contario, convertirse en su enemigo”.“Es muy difícil crecer de esa manera: el ambiente, las pandillas, tienes que incorporarte”, dijo Antonio, cuyo apellido lo reservamos para proteger su identidad. “Sucedió que abrí los ojos un día; me di cuenta de que eso no iba a ser lo correcto”.Su sobrino, que está en libertad condicional en el sistema de justicia juvenil, invitó a Antonio a ir a “la Isla”, el centro de actividades en la iglesia episcopal de San Martín [St. Martin’s Episcopal Church], en Houston; la cual, a través del programa reVision,  en alianza con otras iglesias y el sistema de justicia juvenil del condado de Harris, orienta a jóvenes afectados por las pandillas o en riesgo de delinquir.“Al principio tenía miedo”, recordaba Antonio durante una entrevista telefónica con ENS el 2 de diciembre. “No podía creer que estuvieran tratando de ayudarme. Pero me abrieron los ojos… me di cuenta de que la fe es real, que no es una broma. Sin reVision aún estaría pensando con una mentalidad delincuencial; ellos conversaron conmigo todo el tiempo, me mantuvieron en mi sano juicio”.Eric Moen, el director laico de San Martín para la juventud y el ministerio y la misión de los jóvenes adultos, dijo que reVision “está brindándoles una comunidad a los chicos afectados por las pandillas, y está relacionándolos con sus consejeros”.Desde Houston a Nueva York, las iglesias episcopales están en busca de asociaciones y métodos creativos para orientar a estos jóvenes en peligro, para ayudar a evitar el “conducto de la escuela a la prisión” que afecta desproporcionadamente a jóvenes de color y con necesidades especiales.Ese ‘conducto’ se crea por la falta de oportunidades educativas y económicas, así como por estructuras sociales injustas tales como el racismo y las políticas disciplinarias de tolerancia cero, que tratan infracciones escolares menores como problemas policiales, dijo Alan Scarfe, obispo de la Diócesis de Iowa.Per cápita, Iowa tiene una de las tasas de encarcelación de jóvenes afroamericanos más altas de la nación, dijo Scarfe, quien propuso la Resolución B024 en la 77ª. Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal [que sesionara] en Indianápolis en julio. La Convención aprobó la resolución, que promueve la creación de una alternativa, “Conducto al Reino”, mediante la participación de la comunidad y la Iglesia y una organización de base, dijo Scarfe.“No tenemos en lo que a porcentajes se refiere muchos afroamericanos en el estado, pero per cápita para esa demografía, tenemos una [de las tasas de encarcelamiento] más altas, y eso es notable”, afirmó. Él también quería abordar el asunto porque “mi esposa es afroamericana, y así también mis dos hijos, de manera que existe una identificación personal con mi familia en este asunto”.La resolución “exige desarrollo e implementación de segmentos educativos que ayuden a los jóvenes, a través de las lentes del evangelio y de la comunidad de la iglesia, a verse a sí mismos como Cristo los ve y como personas llenas de esperanza y rebosantes de posibilidades”, agregó Scarfe.La Rda. Angela Ifill, misionera de la Iglesia Episcopal para el Ministerio de los Negros, anunció hace poco la Experiencia de la Estrella Ascendente (o RISE, por su sigla en inglés), una alianza de colaboración entre su oficina, la Diócesis de Nueva York y la iglesia de San Andrés [St. Andrew’s] en el Bronx, Nueva York, para orientar a estudiantes en ambientes de alto riesgo.RISE, que está programada para comenzar el 30 de enero, conllevará reuniones semanales para aproximadamente unos 15 estudiantes con edades de 7 a 14 años, para discutir destrezas que puedan conducir a vidas exitosas y productivas. Un programa paralelo para los padres y tutores examinará sus papeles y responsabilidades.“Escuchamos a niños y adolescentes en ambientes de alto riesgo y creamos un programa para relacionarlos con la iglesia, con los aspectos positivos de la educación y [para] desarrollar en ellos un aprecio de los unos por los otros”, dijo Ifill en un comunicado de prensa el 15 de noviembre. “Este programa le dará a los jóvenes las herramientas para hacerle frente a los retos de la escuela y para prepararles para la adultez”.Las investigaciones revelan que algunos jóvenes son particularmente vulnerables.Deborah Fowler, subdirectora del equipo legal de Texas Appleseed, una agencia de promoción social sin fines de lucro, citó un estudio que llevó a cabo en 2011 el Consejo de Gobiernos Estatales (CSG, por su sigla en inglés) el cual llega a la conclusión de que el conducto de la escuela a la prisión afecta desproporcionadamente a niños y jóvenes de color y a estudiantes con necesidades especiales.“Millones de estudiantes de las escuelas públicas de EE.UU., desde kindergarten hasta 12º grado, son suspendidos o expulsados en un año académico, particularmente estudiantes de las escuelas intermedia y superior”, dice el informe. “La investigación demuestra que cuando los estudiantes son sacados del aula como medida disciplinaria, crecen dramáticamente las probabilidades de que repitan el grado, abandonen la escuela o lleguen a verse involucrados en el sistema de justicia juvenil”.Y añade: “Los legisladores y los que hacen cumplir estas políticas tienen una creciente necesidad de identificar estrategias para controlar efectivamente la conducta de los estudiantes y regular las normas escolares a fin de apoyar la participación y el aprendizaje del estudiante, y reducir los deficientes resultados académicos y el contacto con la justicia juvenil”.El estudio dio lugar a una iniciativa conjunta entre gobiernos federales y estatales y otras agencias para producir soluciones creativas.“Resulta claro, a partir de los resultados del estudio, que los empeños llevados a cabo en escuelas individuales pueden producir cambios significativos” terminaba diciendo el informe de la CSG. “Resulta evidente también que las escuelas por sí solas no pueden hacer progresos amplios y duraderos sin un compromisos de las agencias de orden público, los tribunales, [los encargados de] la libertad condicional, los profesionales del tratamiento y muchas otras disciplinas que afectan el éxito de los estudiantes”.El papel de la IglesiaEs ahí donde la orientación y la Iglesia tienen un papel que desempeñar, dijo Allen Kight, de 44 años, feligrés de San Martín, en Houston. Kight  reconoció que él tuvo que armarse de valor para aceptar la invitación de reVision para orientar a “Edward”, un joven de 16 años que estaba a la espera de un juicio en el centro de detención juvenil de Houston por la comisión de múltiples robos.“Éste es un grupo al que yo jamás me hubiera asociado en mi vida”, dijo Kight durante una entrevista telefónica reciente. “La primera vez que me reuní con Edward estaba algo asustado. Lo conocí en la cárcel. Yo nunca había estado en una cárcel antes”.Pero él no tardó en darse cuenta de que “el muchacho con quien yo temía tanto encontrarme no era más que un niño que necesita amor, de la misma manera que mis chicos necesitan amor”, dijo Kight, padre de dos hijos y propietario de una firma de construcción residencial. “Era muy fácil hablar con él. Él quería conversar. Quería un amigo”.Cuando Edward fue sentenciado a tres años en una escuela de justicia juvenil, “lo seguí allí y me convertí en un consejero en esa escuela, de manera que pudiera seguir reuniéndome con él”, dijo Kight.“Hablamos simplemente”, agregó. “Nuestras conversaciones son acerca de la vida, acerca de cómo Dios se integra a nuestras vidas. Cómo nuestra familia y amigos se integran a nuestras vidas y cuán importantes son los amigos. Él está pasando por un momento muy difícil tratando de descubrir quiénes son sus amigos, sus verdaderos amigos. Pero también ha decidido que quiere superar la mentalidad de la pandilla, la vida de la pandilla, todo eso”.Edward ya ha puesto en práctica un creciente deseo de ayudar a otros miembros de pandillas “de hablarles de que se amen los unos a los otros y que se ocupan los unos de los otros de la misma manera en que Dios se ocupa de nosotros”.Mientras estaba en el centro de detención en Houston, su celda estaba localizada entre las celdas de dos miembros de pandillas rivales.“Ellos conversaban a través de los respiraderos del aire, y él orientaba a esos muchachos”, contó Kight con orgullo. “Uno estaba allí por matar a alguien, pero Edward intentaba calmarlo, diciéndole tu vas a estar en la cárcel por mucho tiempo, pero aún te queda una vida por vivir, tu mamá aún te quiere, hablándole de todas las cosas positivas de su vida cuando la situación le parecían muy sombrías. Él es un verdadero consejero”.Comprometer a las congregaciones a ayudar a aconsejar a los jóvenes es de vital importancia, dijo Kight. “Ayuda [a los jóvenes] a entender que hay un Dios que te ama, no importa cuál es tu pasado ni adonde vayas”, recalcó.Por lo general los jóvenes son remitidos a reVision por el departamento de libertad condicional de la justicia juvenil y se les asignan consejeros, dijo Moen. “La labor de un consejero es apoyar a ese muchacho, pase lo que pase. Los consejeros los visitan cuando se encuentran detenidos. Cuando los ponen en libertad, acompañan al joven cuando se encuentra con su oficial de liberad condicional por primera vez. Se ofrecen actividades diarias, incluyendo instrucción bilingüe, en inglés y en español, sobre la crianza de los hijos y otras clases para miembros de la familia, dijo Moen.Una reunión en la noche del jueves 29 de noviembre en San Martín atrajo a más de 200 voluntarios actuales y eventuales, junto con jóvenes que participan en reVision como Antonio.“Las noches de los jueves son gran cosa para los chicos de reVision”, dijo Charles Rotramel, director ejecutivo de reVision y defensor de los jóvenes ya por mucho tiempo, hablando sobre un trasfondo de música hip hop. “Ellos tienen competencias de break-dance  y de patinetas. Están cerca de otros chicos que son optimistas y felices y que provienen de todas partes de la ciudad y la pasan bien y sienten afecto unos por otros.“Todo tiene que ver con las relaciones”, agregó. “Todo el mundo se autosegrega, ¿verdad?  Todo el mundo entonces habla mal de los otros, de manera que no se hablan entre sí. Pero tan pronto como empezamos a hablarnos, tenemos algo en común”.Rotramel traza la historia de reVision a ministerios que comenzaron a través de dos congregaciones de la Iglesia Metodista Unida en Houston —Getsemaní [Gethsemane] y San Lucas [St. Luke’s] —, las cuales se fusionaron hace varios años. Finalmente, San Martín entró a participar; el programa recientemente inició una campaña para renovar un edificio y convertirlo en aulas, un proyecto que Kight encabeza. Él dijo que esperaba finalmente ofrecer período de prácticas en la industria mercantil y de la construcción a jóvenes de reVision.La participación de la iglesia es crucial, dijo Rotramel. “Creo que, si somos seguidores de Cristo, somos llamaos a los lugares más difíciles y somos llamados a abrazar a las personas que no tienen a nadie más que los abrace. Esos son estos chicos”.“Los miembros de pandillas, de las pandillas juveniles, son los leprosos de Estados Unidos en el siglo XXI. Nadie quiere tocarlos. Nadie quiere estar cerca de ellos. Nadie los quiere en sus vecindarios, en sus escuelas, en sus centros comerciales, en ninguna parte. La pregunta que yo me hago es: ¿Si no somos nosotros, quién lo hará?“Traer estos muchachos al seno de la comunidad es un proceso de transformación”, añadió. “Ellos empiezan a ver que un montón de suposiciones que habían hecho respecto a cómo funciona el mundo son falsas. Y que todas esas actitudes sobre quiénes son los buenos y quiénes son los malos, no son ciertas. Lo hermoso de hacer que los miembros de la iglesia participen de esto es que ellos empiezan a experimentar lo mismo, a darse cuenta de que las suposiciones que habían hecho no eran correctas, y terminan por querer a estos chicos. Eso me dice que Cristo está presente en esta labor”.Para Antonio, reVision ha significado una nueva vida, una nueva esperanza, la promesa de un futuro.“No son sólo los problemas fuera del hogar. A veces hay problemas dentro del hogar de los que uno quiere escapar”, dijo.“Al principio yo tenía miedo. ¿Cómo iba a ser yo el primero en cambiar, en dejar todos estos sentimientos negativos detrás? Hasta que los conocí”, dijo refiriéndose a los trabajadores, consejeros y voluntarios de reVision. “Son hermanos, Son estupendos. Han estado en problemas antes, pero han cambiado su vida. Están haciendo el bien. Yo quiero ser como ellos”.–La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Young adults speak truth to power on Capitol Hill

first_img Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Fifty bishops and young adults, from 14 dioceses representing the Episcopal Church’s eight domestic provinces, gathered in Washington, D.C., May 12-14 for “Advocacy to Challenge Domestic Poverty,” a conference from an emerging generation of leaders to learn how to navigate the legislative process. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] Paddy Cavanaugh knows what it feels like to grow up in poverty and rely on food and other assistance.One of two children raised by a single mother who worked as a teacher’s assistant, Cavanaugh’s family received support from the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, and at times received rental assistance from their church and subsidized school lunches.Yet growing up in Pasquotank County where 18 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and many people receive public assistance, Cavanaugh didn’t think of himself as poor.A cradle Episcopalian, Cavanaugh, 23, now an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shared his personal story during “Advocacy to Challenge Domestic Poverty,” a May 12-14 conference to train young adults in the skills necessary to transform unjust structures of society, frame the issues of domestic poverty and to stand with and be advocates for the poor.Fifty bishops and young adults, from 14 dioceses representing the Episcopal Church’s eight domestic provinces, gathered in the nation’s capital for the conference sponsored by the Episcopal Church and Bishops Working for a Just World, a caucus within the House of Bishops devoted to fulfilling the baptismal covenant to “strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.”A handful of bishops make annual visits to Washington, D.C., typically in the fall, to meet with elected officials on legislative issues ranging from immigration to gun control to environmental protection, advocating positions supported by General Convention resolutions.A few years in the making, this three-day conference marked the first time bishops organized the training for young adults; it wouldn’t have been possible without a Constable Fund grant, said Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry, convener of Bishops Working for a Just World.The Constable Fund provides grants for mission initiatives that were not included in Episcopal Church’s triennial budget.Ebony Richardson, a young adult representing the Diocese of Washington, practiced being interviewed on camera by Macky Alston, the interviewer, and Lida Masoudpour, the producer, who conducted the Auburn Media training. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSAttendees, mostly high school and college students and a few young professionals, spent May 13 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in a daylong media training conducted by Auburn Media aimed at preparing them to engage the media and to craft their core message through narrative, Christian values-based storytelling.Following the media training, they learned about the federal budget process and the difference between discretionary and mandatory spending; the 2015 fiscal outlook; and the basics of lobbying in preparation to meet with elected officials from their home districts in South Dakota, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Carolina, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York and Texas.“It really is what the church is about, equipping the saints to do work of mission,” Curry, who will retire later this year, said in an interview with ENS. “My hope is that this network can keep in contact across the issues and can build networks at home.”Much of the work undertaken by the Washington-D.C.-based Office of Government Relations has a state-level component, such as the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion, said Jayce Hafner, domestic policy analyst.“Advocacy is part and parcel of our mission and we believe we won’t be whole as individuals until every member of Christ’s body has the same opportunity to be whole,” said Hafner. “Legislation is a powerful vehicle for promoting health and wholeness in our communities.”Coreen Walsh, left, Diocese of San Diego Executive Council Member Roxanne Perfect-Knight and Kelly Mahon posed for a photograph with U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, foreground, in the Hart Senate Office Building. Walsh and Mahon are also members of the Diocese of San Diego. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSWith the House in recess, bishops and young adults met with senators and their staffers to talk specifically about six poverty-alleviation programs in the discretionary budget: supplemental nutrition; Meals on Wheels and other community-based supports for vulnerable seniors; federal unemployment benefits and allowances; Head Start and other education programs; low-income housing assistance and homelessness prevention; and the Second Chance Act, aimed at helping formerly incarcerated individuals rebuild their lives.“We’re here today to bear the Rock of Ages up this hill,” said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in a May 14 sermon preached at the start of the legislative lobbying day at the United Methodist Building’s Simpson Memorial Chapel across from the Capitol. “All Jesus’ followers are meant to be climbing up the hill to spread a vision of eternal and abundant life. And we also claim the hope that there will eventually be an end to climbing up the hill.“Remember that none of us goes alone to this task – we go in company, as part of the body of Christ, and the company of all faithful people seeking that eternal vision of holy and healed community.”And as Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church, pointed out during an address at the May 12 opening of the conference, relationships and solidarity with the poor precedes advocacy.During the next day’s media training it became obvious that the young adults, whose adolescence has been marked by the Great Recession, had nailed the relationship and solidarity piece; like Cavanaugh, many shared candid firsthand experiences with poverty or their work with the poor and disenfranchised.Dalton Wakefield, 18, of the Diocese of Dallas and a student at the University of North Texas, said he wouldn’t have been able to attend the conference; he also took offense to the use of the term “poor,” as a label. Later he explained that during the Great Recession, his family went from middle class to working class, a change in economic status that, he says, has forced him to “grow up” more quickly than he otherwise would have.Ebony Richardson, 26, of Long Beach, California, who now studies mathematics at Howard University, represented the Diocese of Washington at the conference. During the media training she volunteered that her current success can be attributed to second chance programs in her home state.“I got caught up with a bad crowd and went to juvy [juvenile hall]. I could say I didn’t know any better; it was all that I saw around me. But when I went to juvy, I realized I had to change my life,” she later explained in an interview with ENS.Crime and violence dominate life in Richardson’s hometown, but despite falling in with “the bad crowd,” she was a high-performing student, and she credits the mandatory counseling she received in juvenile hall and government-sponsored after-school programs with helping her change her life.“I was getting all A’s in school … but I needed an overseer [counselor] to tell me I could change my life,” Richardson explained.It’s been 10 years since Richardson spent time in juvenile hall; her problems with anger and the subsequent acting out were not just personal, but community problems, and when she goes home now she sees what cuts to social programs, like the ones she benefited from, are hurting the community.Bernadette Karpf, a high school senior representing the Diocese of Connecticut, over the last five to 10 years has witnessed the downsizing of mostly white-collar jobs in her hometown of Newington, a suburb of the capital, Hartford.“Unemployment benefits have been a blessing to my family and my community,” she said.Without unemployment insurance extensions, the long-term unemployed face losing their homes: when mom and dad can’t pay the bills, children end up homeless, said Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, missioner for community engagement in the Episcopal Church of Minnesota.Even in Minnesota, a progressive state with a strong social net, children represent 46 percent of the homeless population post-Great Recession, he said.As evidenced by the conference of bishops and young adults, the church has a responsibility to identify and develop new leaders in the church, saidCassie Boettcher, left, a young adult from the Diocese of South Dakota, and Bishop John Tarrant, met with Carrie Johnson, center, a legislative assistant in U.S. Senator Tim Johnson’s office on May 14 to talk about poverty in their state. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSSouth Dakota Bishop John Tarrant who invited 19-year-old Cassie Boettcher, a college student and member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown, South Dakota, to attend the conference.But it’s not about preparing young adults to lead in the future, it’s to lead in the present, he said.And as the Rev. Michael Angell, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for young adults and campus ministry, sees it, developing leaders is a way to bring millennials, the 80 million people born between 1980 and 1995, into the church.Studies show millennials don’t see the church as either relevant to society, “all talk and no action” or they see it as too caught up in partisan politics. But in his experience with millennials, they have a “holy hunch,” meaning “the world as it is, is not the world that it should be.”When viewed as a place where they can have a voice on issues of social and economic justice, young adults see the Episcopal Church as a place where they can not only become leaders, but where they can make a real difference in the world, Angell said.“There is a real sense for young adults that the church is a place where you can lead and get things done.”Cavanaugh’s family eventually left Elizabeth City, the town in rural Pasquotank County to move to Greenville, the 10th largest city in the state and home to East Carolina University, North Carolina’s second biggest university.In his teens, Cavanaugh said he became aware of his economic situation, but he also become aware of his social position, and that being poor, yet being a poor white male, gave him social capital and access to networks that other poor people in his racially mixed community didn’t have.And once the family moved to Greenville, he saw a way of life different from the rural poverty of his youth. Still, he hasn’t turned his back on his roots; with scholarships and financial aid Cavanaugh is able to study history and Christianity, with and eye toward social justice and ordination.“I feel like this is where I come from, and I have an obligation to help the community,” he said.— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Kathleen Moore says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Youth & Young Adults Faith & Politics, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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As a side-note, I wonder whether it’s necessary for us to keep using the term “cradle Episcopalian” (as opposed to simply “Episcopalian”). I worry this kind of terminology can make it seem as if someone has missed out on truly every being in the “elite” club simply by not being born to it. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Lynette WilsonPosted May 15, 2014 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books June 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm I think poverty is always a terrible thing in any society. The fact is we know what causes it, and we know what will cure it. Yet it seems to reveal itself anyway. The cause is a person has no job; the cure is to be employed. Because God is found within our hearts we are truly never poor for we can ask Him at anytime to reveal Himself. When a society suffers poverty there are two realities to check: does currency have the right purchasing power to buy things and can banks successfully lend money for capital to business assuring high savings return for money deposited within them. Jesus said to follow Him give your money to the poor, find a treasure in Heaven and pick up your Cross and follow Me. And today the Church is the connection between earth and Heaven. Such that the Cross is very light now and Love is all the power we need to follow our Lord. To me He established His Church to spread the reality of knowledge that God is real and Heaven is a real Kingdom one day to be on earth too. Stewart David Wigdor says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY May 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm Each individual has a clear duty to contribute to our society economically. There is no honor in “dipping” into the public trough. We have, over time, transformed necessary societal safety nets into a way of life for many and an acceptable alternative to hard work and ingenuity for a wide cross section of our population. The result is troubling. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Council launching new initiative to combat racism and sectarianism

first_img Facebook Previous articleTanaiste urgd to intervene as another student grants crisis loomsNext articleLetterkenny councillors call for progress on derelict sites register News Highland Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Donegal County Council will this week launch a reporting scheme which allow victims or witnesses of racist or sectarian incidents in the county to report them via text, phone or online.The Independent and confidential reporting scheme will be officially launched by the County’s Mayor Cora Harvey tomorrow.The information gathered will be used to improve council policy to address racism and sectarianism.Francis Conaghan is the Council’s Good Relations officer – He says where appropriate, reports received will also be forwarded on the gardai….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/franc830.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Google+ Pinterest Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Council launching new initiative to combat racism and sectarianism RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ By News Highland – September 16, 2010 Newslast_img read more

New proptech startup will ‘uberise’ market, claim founders

first_imgHome » News » New proptech startup will ‘uberise’ market, claim founders previous nextProducts & ServicesNew proptech startup will ‘uberise’ market, claim foundersProptech start-up will help small agents compete with online-only agents.Nigel Lewis31st January 201701,559 Views An app created by a Darlington-based proptech company that enables sales and letting agents to compete with online-only and hybrid competitors has been launched.The Muves app, which is the brainchild of developer Olly Lawson and former agent Matthew Whatt, has been launched in the North East but, the pair say, their aim is to launch it nationally.Proptech pioneers Whatt and Lawson make ambitious claims for the app, which they claim will ‘uberise’ the property market by enabling agents to set up their own online-only agency in addition to their existing high-street operation.The customisable app enables vendors and landlords to be offered a no frills service by an agent.Like the many online-only and hybrid sales and letting agents that have started up in recent years, Muves enables an agent’s vendors and landlords to upload their own pictures and property descriptions to the platform and organise viewings, while gaining access to a listing on the main portals.The app offers vendors and landlords a photography guide, automated property valuation tool, inventory creator, viewing calendar, viewing feedback tool and marketing support while there’s also a CRM system for the agent to manage the data.Muves already has its first customer, Darlington-based MyPropertyBox founded by Ben Quaintrell (pictured, left) in 2012. It currently has 140 properties listed on Rightmove.“The Muves app is setting us apart from our competitors and is helping us to expand across the North of England and, eventually, the UK. It has enabled us to become more efficient as a letting agent, while increasing our customer base, growing our brand and saving time and money,” Ben told website Bdaily.com online only agents Muves January 31, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Students campaign in South Bend mayoral election

first_imgIn the midst of ongoing speculation about the 2016 presidential race, the city of South Bend reelected Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg to serve a second term as mayor Tuesday.Some Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students – who for the most part could not vote in the South Bend elections as residents of other cities  – nevertheless found a way to participate in the election process.More than 20 interns from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s volunteered for Buttigieg’s campaign, performing a variety of functions including calling voters to find out their concerns and to encourage them to vote, going door-to-door to speak with constituents and sending out absentee ballots to voters, Notre Dame sophomore Andrew Pott said.Matthew McKenna | The Observer Pott, who was the intern coordinator for Buttigieg’s campaign, said many students initially became involved in the campaign through the College Democrats and from there took on varying degrees of responsibility.“There were a few people who were really involved and who were there every day or every other day, but then there were other people that were there once or twice,” Pott said.He said overall, Buttigieg received more than 80 percent of the vote.“We wouldn’t have gotten that if it wasn’t for all these students showing up,” he said.Notre Dame junior Casey Baker, one of the college interns for Buttigieg’s campaign, said she chose to work on the campaign because she agrees with Buttigieg’s platform and his approach to governing.“Even though we’re not going to have a say directly in the polls, everyone’s out there because they really support Pete’s message and think that he is the best option for South Bend,” Baker said. “It’s really cool to be able to indirectly have a voice. … You get to make a difference without even casting a vote.”Because this was a smaller election, Baker said, student interns were able to interact directly with Buttigieg and his campaign manager throughout the campaign.Alex Rosselli, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, said the dedication and commitment of student volunteers was a central component to the campaign as a whole.“[Students] have been coming in multiple days a week, we’ve got students in every day, and they’ve just been unbelievable,” Rosselli said. “They’ve really been the core of our campaign.“They’ve brought a ton of energy into our operation.”Rosselli said he hopes the students who helped with Buttigieg’s campaign will continue to participate in politics on a local, as well as regional and national level. He said student engagement in politics is important because current students are the same people who will be assuming leadership roles in future campaigns and elections.“When young people make their voices heard, when they show up, they can have a tremendous impact on our political system and our civic environment because [they] have a lot to say,” Rosselli said. “[They’re] going to be around a long time.”Sophomore Sarah Tomas Morgan, a South Bend native, was one of the few Notre Dame students who was able to vote in the election. She said this was her third election voting and that she valued the opportunity to be able to cast a vote in person.“I felt like I could make an informed decision [in the election] and cast my ballot in a way that I felt comfortable with,” Tomas Morgan said. “I do feel like it’s my responsibility to choose the people who will be leading my city because inevitably someone will get elected, and I would like to have a say in that.”Tomas Morgan, who is also a co-chair of ND Votes ’16, said ND Votes hosted a few events earlier in the year that offered students from South Bend the opportunity to register to vote in Tuesday’s election.Buttigieg’s opponent, the Republican candidate Kelly Jones, said like Buttigieg she recognized the political value of engaging students and a younger demographic. Jones said she made an effort to connect with the younger voting population by means of Facebook, as well as through her daughter, who encouraged her friends and acquaintances to vote in the election.“I honestly believe we did everything we could to run a fair and clean race,” Jones said in an email.No students worked for Jones’ campaign, although Jones said she reached out to the College Republicans several times and received no response. She said she found their lack of response “disheartening.”Secretary for the College Republicans Rachel O’Grady said she was not aware of any attempts to contact the College Republicans on the part of Jones (Editor’s Note: Rachel O’Grady is a news writer for The Observer).Tags: Election Day, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Mayoral Campaign, South Bend Mayorlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Kim Cattrall Pulls Out of London’s Linda & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kim Cattrall Pulls Out of London’s LindaStage and screen star Kim Cattrall has withdrawn from the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Linda on the advice of her doctors. Olivier winner Noma Dumezweni (A Raisin In The Sun) will replace Cattrall in the title role; performances are set to begin on November 26 with opening night still scheduled for December 1. We wish Cattrall a speedy recovery.Younger Pushes Back Start DateA slight change to your statement jewelry-watching and our GIF-making schedule. The second season of Younger, starring Tony winner Sutton Foster and more stage faves, will now bow on TV Land a day later than previously announced, on January 13, 2016. Us Weekly also reports that a romantic reconciliation could be on the cards…Watch Nene Leakes Tease Chicago NumberMama’s on her way! NeNe Leakes recently stopped by the mean girls ladies of The View, below, to discuss taking on the role of Chicago’s Matron “Mama” Morton and more. “I’m loving it. I love Broadway,” said the Real Housewives of Atlanta star about her return to the Main Stem, before proceeding to give a quick rendition of “When You’re Good To Mama.” Leakes is scheduled to play a limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre November 23 through December 20. Got a question for her? Click here. P.S. In the unlikely event you haven’t yet added TLC’s Broadway at the White House on Thanksgiving Day to your DVR, here’s Finding Neverland’s Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly with a quick reminder! View Commentslast_img read more

TD Bank Bill Koch Festival to bring hundreds of cross-country skiers to Ripton

first_imgHundreds of young cross-country skiers from Vermont and all over New England will arrive in Ripton this weekend for two days of games, races and fun on snow. Rikert Ski Touring Center on Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus and the Frost Mountain Nordic Ski Club are hosting the annual TD Bank Bill Koch Festival. Cross-country skiers age 5-13 will participate in two days of competitive and non-competitive events.Events include opening ceremony and parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, relay races on Saturday and individual races and a lollipop race on Sunday.Bill Koch League is a youth cross-country ski program of the New England Nordic Ski Association. Organized in local clubs across New England, Bill Koch League provides coaching, races and events for skiers age 5-13. Bill Koch from Brattleboro, Vt. was the first American to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, when he won a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics.RIPTON, Vt. (Feb. 23, 2011) For more information visit www.bklfestival.org(link is external)last_img read more

TaxWatch’s court funding study to be released at YLD seminar

first_img TaxWatch’s court funding study to be released at YLD seminar TaxWatch’s court funding study to be released at YLD seminar January 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img A Florida Bar-sponsored study of court funding by the government watchdog group TaxWatch will be released during the Young Lawyers Division legislative seminar in Orlando later this month.YLD President Mark Romance announced, during the Board of Governors December meeting, that the study was scheduled to be completed the week before the seminar.The Bar contacted TaxWatch late last year about studying the effects of a drastic reduction in court funding on the state, particularly the business community. The Bar also helped fund the effort and assisted in finding other backers, but Bar leaders emphasize the study was commissioned on the condition TaxWatch had a completely free hand to reach its own conclusions.Romance said the legislative seminar will again focus on state funding of the trial court system, a major issue last year and this year with the state legislature. Under a 1998 constitutional amendment, the state is required to take over significantly more funding of the trial courts from counties by July 1.State Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, will again moderate the program, Romance said, and Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, who plays a leading role in the House on court funding, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead will be among the speakers.The seminar will be held at the Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort on January 23, and is open to anyone interested, although seating is limited. The program is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. and last approximately two hours.For more information, contact the YLD’s John M. Steward at [email protected]last_img read more