20 Jun

Video: For refugees, language and life skills help in resettlement

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Video Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Anglican Communion, Episcopal Migration Ministries, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Video: For refugees, language and life skills help in resettlement Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR [Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s refugee resettlement service, partners with local affiliates like Refugee Focus in Tucson, Arizona, to resettle annually some 5,000 refugees in the United States. In addition to providing newly arrived refugees with the items they’ll need during their first 30 days in the U.S., some affiliates offer basic skills and English language classes to refugees. In March, during a pilgrimage to Africa’s Great Lakes Region led by Episcopal Migration Ministries, a group participated in a pilot program that begins to teach English to refugees living in camps before resettlement. Refugees Migration & Resettlement, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service 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 Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Shreveport, LA center_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing By Lynette WilsonPosted Jun 19, 2015 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Africa, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

20 Nov

In Oakland, the birthplace of Kamala Harris, the mayor says, ‘It is like a whole new world.’

first_imgIn Oakland, Calif., the birthplace of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Mayor Libby Schaaf was in tears on Saturday as she spoke about the victory.“I’m proud, I’m relieved. I’m joyful,” Ms. Schaaf said in an interview, her voice cracking with emotion with nearly every word. “We will finally have decency and compassion in our nation’s highest office.”- Advertisement – Outside her home in the Oakland hills residents rang cowbells and whooped and cheered. Her husband dashed out of the house to share champagne with a neighbor.Ms. Schaaf has sparred with President Trump repeatedly over immigration and Mr. Trump’s characterization of Oakland as wracked with violence. – Advertisement – “To have a White House that was a constant source of battle was exhausting. And to have to battle your own federal government during one of the worst crises this world has ever seen was untenable,” Ms. Schaaf said. “Now we will have allies in the White House — and particularly will have a vice President who grew up on our soil, who grew up with our values, who grew up fighting for the same vision of a just and equitable world.”“It is like a whole new world,” Ms. Schaaf said. “These cities, it’s like living in hell,” Mr. Trump said in June, singling out Oakland and Detroit, among other cities. Ms. Schaaf on Saturday said she was elated to put that behind her.- Advertisement –last_img read more

5 Aug

Sunil Gavaskar on the CAB protests: When we pull together, we win

first_imgAdvertisement 59ucwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs47bt5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1ma9x0dWould you ever consider trying this?😱2hu76Can your students do this? 🌚2nffRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar is confident that the country will prevail over the on-going “turmoil” by nationwide students’ protests just like India overcame critical situations in the past. On Saturday, while delivering the 26th Annual Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture, Gavaskar put his faith on his fellow countrymen to pull through this hour of crisis.Advertisement Photo Credit: Free Press JournalSince the past few weeks, India has witnessed protests in a number of educational institutions after the government passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill last month. Students at the Jamia Milia University were the first to voice out their dissent against this Act; while on January 5th, a masked mob attacked the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which ignited the nationwide students’ protests.“The country is in turmoil. Some of our youngsters are out on the street when they should be in their classrooms. Some of them are ending up in hospitals for being out on the streets,” Gavaskar said.Advertisement “The majority of them are in classrooms trying to forge their career and build to take India forward. We as a nation can go higher only when we are all together. When each one of us has to be simply Indian. That is what the game taught us.”“We win when we pull together. India has overcome many crises in the past. It will overcome this as well and emerge a stronger nation. We as a nation can go higher only if we are all together” he advised.Advertisement The former Indian skipper as an example of solidarity, chose the 1965 war against Pakistan and added “Our minds go back to one such major crisis in 1965 when our neighbours invaded and got a fitting reply.”He also urged the students to go back to their classrooms, claiming that it is their main duty.“I will only tell them to go back to the classrooms. That is their main duty. They have gone to the university to study, so please study,” he concluded.You may also like: Sanjay Manjrekar supports JNU protest and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt fires back at him!Virat Kohli carefully words CAA situation assessment in Guwahati  Advertisementlast_img read more

5 Aug

See which viral Bollywood scene was re-enacted by Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed and Rohit…

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANS/APAdvertisement hfxzpNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsp02po8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efo( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7wfndWould you ever consider trying this?😱6dwiaCan your students do this? 🌚8890h5Roller skating! Powered by Firework India’s limited overs superstar cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal is known for his high activity on social media, from funny banters to posting hilarious clips with teammates. The bowler also has one account on the video sharing app Tik Tok, where he is often seen making creative and funny clips with fellow Indian cricketers. This time, Chahal is joined by Rohit Sharma and young pacer Khaleel Ahmed, and the trio have recreated a hysterical scene from bollywood movie, and its gaining all the attention from the fans!Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANS/APYuzvendra Chahal has not been a part of the Test squad, and Rohit Sharma is currently recovering from an injury, deeming him unfit for the Test series against New Zealand. However, the stars know how to keep their supporters entertained, as they joined up with young bowler Khaleel Ahmed for the entertaining clip.The Indian trio performed in a Tik Tok video, recreating a hilarious scene from the Bolywood comedy movie ‘Dhol’. The movie, directed by Priyadarshan, stars iconic actors Rajpal Yadav, Kunal Khemu and Sharman Joshi reprising comic roles. One such scene from the 2007 movie was redone by Chahal, Sharma and Ahmed on Chahal’s official Tik Tok account.Advertisement The player shared the video on his official Twitter handle, along with the caption: “We are back 😂😂 @[email protected]_Ahmed13″ Enjoy the video below-The clip has taken the Men in Blue fan base by storm. Currently with more than 197k views, the supporters couldn’t hold onto their laughter seeing their idols performing the hysterical movie scene.Rohit Sharma has been on a recovery schedule after sustaining a calf injury in the fifth and final match of the T20 series against the Kiwis. The 32 year old retired hurt after scoring a stunning 41-ball-60, but is now out of the Test squad, and will probably be dropped from the upcoming ODI series against South Africa in March. Although, the Mumbai Indians skipper will be fit to return to the pitch in IPL 2020.Despite a disappointing 3-0 whitewash against the Black Caps in the ODI series, Chahal was on an amazing spree, and picked up a total of six wickets from the last two games.Khaleel Ahmed, who is a regular for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL, is yet to earn his maiden red ball cap for Team India. The 22 year old made his last international appearance in the Bangladesh T20 series back in November.Also read-Twitter goes on overdrive trying to guess identity of capped individual in Yuzvendra Chahal’s dance video Advertisementlast_img read more

4 Aug

Townhouses Approved For Vacant Tract in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After 27 hours of testimony and more than 10 months of public hearings, the borough planning board voted 6-2 to approve an application to transform one of the last significant pieces of undeveloped Bayshore property into a cluster of luxury townhomes. When the application was first submitted to the planning board, Denholtz initially proposed 21 homes, but scaled back the plan to accommodate requests for a public board- walk and open green space overlooking the bay. In his post-hearing publiccomments, board memberEd Cetron, who is a memberof the Atlantic HighlandsFire Department and joinedthe borough’s first aid andsafety squad in January,addressed the emergencyresponse concerns. Though the case was made the tract had never been developed for residen- tial purposes and should be recognized as an undeveloped space in a flood zone, Cetron, who helped craft the addition six years ago, disagreed. The McConnell Tract is currently occupied by Blackfoot Mobile Marine Services, a boat storage facility. The site has been zoned residential but used commercially since 1923. In 1929 the parcel was developed by Standard Oil and was later owned by Exxon for industrial operations. The property in question, better known as the McConnell Tract, is an elevated piece of land that backs up to Center Avenue and extends forward to the bay, pressing up against a narrow stretch of beachfront and a bulkhead that has taken a beating in recent years from historic weather events like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Borough resident Brent Sonnek-Schmelz stressed the dangers of developing homes so close to the waterfront and on a piece of land that has never previously held residential properties. “Regardless of the intent (of the code), we are legally bound by the wordage. And I think it’s absolutely clear that it only applies to undeveloped open space. This is clearly a developed space,” Cetron said. Chiles said the first meeting with Denholtz concerning funding took place in December 2018, where resources like the borough’s open space acquisition fund, county open space grants and green acres funding from the state were suggested. “We love the application and we think it’s going to be great for the town,” Denholtz said. “We have tried to do what they (the board and residents) have asked. It’s never fun to be in an environment where you have some vocal people, but I understand their feelings, and if they have ideas, we’ll be here to talk.” “We have an opportunity right now to actually protect our town, protect the land, protect the people,” Sonnek-Schmelz said. “We do not want to put homes where they are at risk in a storm surge situation like Sandy. And we’re not just talking about the residents who would live there. We’re also talking about our first responders who would report to rescue those who don’t evacuate when they’re directed to. These are potentially life-threatening situations and situations that we want to avoid.” “As a first responder who lived through Sandy and did a lot of work during and after Sandy, I know what the building standards are now. I’ve seen what the building codes are. And I have no intention of risking my life, ever. However, I do not see any opportunity here where I would be at risk of doing that, if these buildings are built to standards. And they will be. There will be no problem. It’s a lot more risky going into homes on the steep slopes we have thandown there,” Cetron said. This article was first published in the May 2-8, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. In an interview with The Two River Times earlier this month, Denholtz CEO Steven Denholtz said the public portion of the project was cut after discussions about public funding options to maintain those amenities broke down. But according to Denholtz, who spoke to The Two River Times following the planning board’s decision, there is still time to hear suggestions from the public. Benson Chiles, leader of the resident opposition group Neighbors for Water- front Preservation, noted that the proposed development’s current alignment would result in three homes, as well as portions of seven of the planned lots, constructed in the AE flood zone. Neither Chiles nor Denholtz said they pursued any of the sources and the public facilities have since been removed from the plan. About 100 people attended the meeting concerning the Denholtz Custom Homes application calling for the construction of 16 luxury townhouses on 7 acres of land overlooking the Sandy Hook Bay. It was held at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Cetron also did not agree with residents who cited borough code 150-84, which addresses general site design standards for subdivision site plans. The code lists several areas that should be preserved as undeveloped open space, including “lands in the flood way,” a provision added to the code April 24, 2013 in response to Super Storm Sandy. last_img read more

20 Dec

A’s power display goes for naught in loss to Mariners

first_imgSEATTLE — In a game that went 10 innings and featured seven home runs it was a single that ended the excitement.The A’s tied a season high with five home runs, including Ramon Laureano’s go-ahead blast in the top of the 10th inning, but it was Seattle catcher Omar Narvaez’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th that clinched a walkoff 6-5 victory for the Mariners in a home-run filled slug fest Monday night.The first nine runs in the game came off the long ball with the A’s and Mariners …last_img read more

28 Nov

Indian designers obsessed with celebrities?

first_imgCelebrity sightings on the runway – a superfluous exercise, or an indicator of a mutually beneficial relationship between designer and star? We find out.One actress, six months, three shows for three different designers. The price – 8-12 lakhs depending on the stature of the designer concerned. Plus the usual trappings. A business-class air ticket, a Mercedes to pick up the star, a suite at a fivestar hotel, etc etc. And was it worth it? Sure, if you judge the entire exercise by the pictures of the star accompanied by the said designer of the moment in the city supplements. Not if you look closely. Hardly a mention of the clothes or the actual fashion.So why does practically every designer (with the exception of a handful) hanker after a Bollywood showstopper? The answer may lie in the fact that in a country so diverse and versatile, the one common denominator between socioeconomic classes and geographical differences is its cinema-where its movie stars make these made-in-Mumbai films come alive, and lend mass appeal. Thus a star at a fashion show is an easy crutch to draw attention.We now have multiple fashion weeks. In fact so many such exercises are being mounted, that the inevitable ‘fatigue factor’ has reared its ugly head, and both the audience and the press are reluctant to pay too much attention to these shows. Compounding the problem is the fact that each week is packed to the gills with quantity rather than quality. So whether you are a young designer starting out, or an old one fading fast, the only way to bring in the crowds and get the chatterati talking is the presence of a movie star.Yet the exercise is quickly losing momentum. Often, movie stars looking to promote their upcoming releases will walk the ramp at fashion shows and then go on to talk about their latest film instead of the outfits they just wore. And jaded by the phenomenon, newspapers have started to simply ignore the final walk on the ramp, and publish interviews with these stars (who have been made available at the designer’s expense), where they talk about everything under the sun, except the show.But sometimes the association can be beneficial. If the designer works with a star and the star is a client or an admirer, then the connect is relevant and real. Sabyasachi, the talented man from Kolkata, has designed for long for actress Rani Mukerjee, and she has been a faithful presence at his shows. So is the case with Tarun Tahiliani and Shilpa Shetty, who walked for the designer and has sported his ensembles at her wedding and other red-carpet occasions. Plus there is Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla who have always been the designers of choice for the Bachchan family and Dimple Kapadia among others, with these stars enthusiastically being part of every show the designer duo mount.Part of the problem has been exacerbated by fashion magazines, who in their quest for larger sales, dumped models from their covers in favour of movie celebrities. So if the press subscribed to the practice, the fashion fraternity was only too happy to follow.In the late ’90s, a watch company was launched in India. The name of the brand was a difficult one for the Indian tongue to pronounce. And thus sales suffered in spite of an aggressive advertising and PR campaign. The solution: a male star with a pan-Indian reach was called in and made its brand ambassador. An active event calendar and a big advertising campaign followed. In two years, it was among the top watch brands in the country with the star endorsing the timepieces in his shoots and films.The lesson here is that the partnership between brand and star was established as a long-standing one, and over time consumers recognised the fact. Compare this with a star’s solitary ramp walk at a fashion show that instantly fades from public memory, and doesn’t garner lasting benefits.The question to ask is, what makes customers flock towards fashion labels? Is it the multiple pictures of a movie star wearing a brand, or is it the actual fashion garments themselves?Packing a front row with B-list movie stars (as demonstrated by a designer known for his pushy manners) only takes away from whatever little design he is displaying on the ramp. Compare this to a Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh who have, to my memory, never used a movie star on the catwalk, and yet have been lauded show after show for the finesse and beauty of their presentations. Both designers, by remaining true to their essence, have garnered international acclaim and commercial success.Around the globe, we see that fashion brands engage with movie talent in a more multi-layered manner. If the star is sitting on the front row at their shows, more likely than not, he or she also features in their advertising spreads. In India, the cost of using a star in a fashion campaign is prohibitive, making this an impossibility. None of the Indian fashion houses are large enough to afford this kind of a relationship with a leading Bollywood figure.And so we will continue to see stars sparkle on the ramp in the foreseeable future. And until the show sponsors, the page-three press and the designers themselves are happy with this little stunt and what it brings to the table, fashion will remain incidental, and never the focus.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

17 Oct

PM says time to talk about lifting ban on paying sperm egg

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians need to have a conversation about whether to allow women and men to be paid to donate eggs or sperm for fertility treatments.While many strong opinions are expected on this proposed change, Trudeau says he believes it is an important issue that needs to be studied.“This not an easy situation, this is a very complex situation,” he said Wednesday during a news conference with the head of the NATO military alliance.“Of course we will need to listen to everyone’s perspectives, that we learn about their experiences and that we try to find the best solution for us as a society.”Last month, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather announced plans to introduce a private member’s bill that would amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.This law, passed in 2004, allows for sperm and eggs to be donated and surrogate mothers to carry someone else’s baby, but it imposes a strict ban on paying for these services beyond covering out of pocket expenses; penalties for violating the law include up to 10 years in prison or a $500,000 fine.Housefather said Wednesday he was “delighted” to hear the prime minister invite public conversation on the issue. Gay and infertile heterosexual couples should not have to live in fear of possible prison time when trying to grow their families, he said.“We have Canadians going to the U.S. to do egg donation and surrogacy because of the fear of the criminal law in Canada hanging over their heads and we have fear amongst intended parents and surrogates and agencies in Canada that they will do something wrong and trigger criminal sanctions,” Housefather said.“The law deters donors, surrogates and intended parents. And while nobody disputes the provinces need to carefully regulate in these areas, it should not be criminal.”Last year, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society said the current law has resulted in a very limited supply of donated eggs and sperm in Canada, forcing want-to-be parents to look to the United States, where paid donations are legal.Trudeau said his government will listen to and show respect for all opinions that emerge when Housefather’s bill is debated and will “move forward appropriately.”“It’s a difficult but important issue but I know that we’ll have plenty of time to think about it and talk about it.”last_img read more

13 Oct

Toronto stock market near flat and loonie up with US markets closed

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index finished on a near flat note Thursday, as U.S. stock markets were closed for their Thanksgiving holiday.The S&P/TSX composite index scraped out 0.72 of a point to advance to 16,074.30.Earlier in the day, the materials and energy sectors had helped push the Toronto market up modestly, as the health-care and consumer staples groups lost ground.“The positive performance this morning was the result of the resource sector. Both energy and materials were stronger on the day,” said Candice Bangsund, vice-president and portfolio manager at Fiera Capital.“In energy markets we’re seeing encouraging signs toward the rebalancing of the crude market. So we saw energy prices soar to a two-year high this week after a report that indicated a decline in U.S. stockpiles, while there’s also been a disruption in the Keystone pipeline that has helped to sort of boost that optimism that the market is going to find a better balance.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.65 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent. That marked the loonie’s third straight day of gains.Key drivers of the currency’s recent upswing are the weakening U.S. dollar and bullishness around the price of oil, which rose $1.19 at the closing of markets Wednesday.Commodities markets were also closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.On the Canadian marijuana front, Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s (TSX:ACB) stock was up about five per cent amid news that the Vancouver-headquartered pot producer intends to use its ownership of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships that will further its aggressive growth plans.In a news release, Aurora said Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers. Shares of Aurora gained 32 cents or about five per cent to close at $6.74 on Thursday.In economic news, Statistics Canada reported retail sales in September were up 0.1 per cent to $49.1 billion for the month, boosted by sales at gasoline stations as prices climbed due to disruptions caused by hurricane Harvey.Economists however said it appears consumer spending has cooled after a hot start to the year.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more