Anglican Consultative Council declines to go along with ‘consequences’

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Professor Asoka Ekanayaka says: April 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm Amen! So may it be! Anglican Communion, Anglican Consultative Council, Primates Meeting, Christine Moseley says: Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Robert William Walker says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Sharon Findley says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL April 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm Thank you. April 18, 2016 at 6:33 pm If you can suffer the death penalty for being the gay or transgendered person that you are- that seems to make it a pretty important issue. If we talk about care for oppressed peoples and don’t talk about LGBT experiences, we are being dishonest. Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Leonardo Ricardo says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID ACC16, Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Susannah Clark says: April 19, 2016 at 4:00 am The Bible says Noah gathered all the species in the world in a boat, and only the people and animals on the boat survived this mythical flood. That was a worldview back then, based on the traditions, culture and limited knowledge of people including the authors of the bible.The same with the evolution of humans from earlier species. The biblical authors didn’t know that concept. So there is strong precedent for believing that the bible needs to be read in context, and seen as profound but sometimes fallible. And that may apply to the love and commitment of gay and lesbian couples and their precious and decent relationships.That can make the bible more real, not less real. The key messages of love and grace still stand.Of course, you may in good faith believe gay sexuality is wrong. In that case, that’s your view – just don’t try to impose it on Christians who affirm gay and lesbian sex. Individuals, priests, and local churches should live out their faith in their own conscience, serving their own local communities. The Anglican Communion should have the maturity to exercise unity in diversity, instead of trying to impose one uniform view on everyone.The Bible is written in real world contexts. It is not always right on everything. But basically, we should seek grace to love one another, even when we disagree. April 27, 2016 at 10:10 am I have a very close relative who is lesbian, a beautiful person. She has told me how confused she was in her teen years because she did not respond to the opposite sex like some other girls. People like Dr. Shell who approach this subject as if a gay person is a pedophile or was molested at some stage of their life, or came under the influence of some pedophile early in their life, does not have a clue what these people experience. This is not a habit like smoking. Any responsible member of the gay community will tell you that this is not an easy life-style. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm Well, for one reason, because the vast majority of gay people aver that their sexual orientation was NOT a choice. Secondly, in the biblical creation myth, God gives Adam the freedom to choose what constitutes a “suitable companion.” By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 18, 2016 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 Sean Storm says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Alda Morgan says: April 19, 2016 at 10:52 am It’s not about who is right or wrong, it’s about loving everyone and caring for everyone, and stop hating things and pointing fingers. No matter which portion of the Bible you may quote there is always Jesus Christ saying “Love each other as I have loved you”, and “judge not lest you are judged, and the same measure applied to you”. 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC April 23, 2016 at 3:06 pm Susannah Clark thank you. well stated.how come it’s okay for the death penalty and they are not censored?truly confusing to me. Submit an Event Listing Dr Christopher Shell says: Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Father Ron Smith says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Dr Christopher Shell says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Valerie Parkin says: April 20, 2016 at 12:02 am Are there not levels of agreement (especially in the context of this verse?). Can we disagree about an area of ethics, but still demonstrate a desire to agree about the person and work of Jesus? I should hope so, myself! Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Kevin Dentzer says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books April 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK April 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm I think the members of the ACC have shown us the true way to handle these sensitive issues. We need to be adults, stop worrying about human sexuality, and get on with other more important issues. Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments are closed. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Ian Looker says: April 19, 2016 at 12:00 am How pathetic that when the Archbishop of Canterbury is asked about a matter of sin by Mugabe all he can say is that some (Anglicans) say this and some say that but the majority view is such and such, where the most important thing is not to criminalize it. I suppose if the ABC had asked Mugabe about a matter of abuse of power the latter could also have answered in similar vein ” some say this and some say that but the majority say it is okay – the important thing is not to criminalize it”. Nowhere in the bible is sin ever identified in terms of a consensus view. Sin whether homosexual practice or any other is not to be sanctified. Nor does the bible hesitate to criminalize sin in all its manifestations. The path to salvation is not an apologetic accomodation with the moral fashions of the world using clever intellectually pretentious language that is all things to all men – but rather the frank acknowledgment of sin, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Rector Collierville, TN April 19, 2016 at 7:11 am The degree to which homosexual orientation is not inborn is so great that the percentage difference between homosexual and heterosexual on matters likemolestation-when-young,difference between urban and rural evironments,and between college and non-college,degree of fluidity of self-designation,effect of culture on self-designation (even within the same culture at different dates),effect of being an identical twin,effect of being parented by lesbians…runs each time into the multiple hundreds of percentage points.So why should we treat homosexuality as any more inborn than a tendencey to smoking? Steps (not choices) once taken are difficult to go back on – they become habits.If you’re treating homosexuality as inborn rather than being largely the product of environment, culture and volition, you must justify that by evidence. Primates Meeting 2016 Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 19, 2016 at 4:43 am Left-handedness is condemned in Scripture; should we criminalize and imprison left-handed people? The eating of pork is prohibited in Scripture. Are those who now eat pork be condemned. The Biblical affirmation is that everybody is a sinner. The traditional understanding is that being sinful is a part of human nature– and the man cannot be perfected. There is no clear evidence as to the cause(s) of homosexuality, but it seems to be a part of such a person’s nature. So, in the service of a loving God who calls us to be creative in our relationships with one another, you call on us to anathematize homosexuals, while allowing other sinners (imperfect people) to go free. How does that edify God? John Rawlinson says: April 19, 2016 at 9:50 am In the future, Welby said, “When I talk to people I am going to be honest. Let’s never pretend that things are other than they are. We are not entirely united on the issues around human sexuality. We have profound and important divisions among us. It’s clear what has been the majority opinion among us. It’s also very clear that, when it comes to criminalization, that we are deeply committed to combatting that in every place where we find it and not supporting those who support it.”BINGO!FINALLY!REALITY JUST TAKES SOME GETTING USED TO!OUT OF THE DARK/SMOKEY BALCONY AND INTO THE FRONT ROW OF REAL LIFE!THE ARTFUL DODGING HAS STOPPED! Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, left, and Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, Episcopal Church bishop member of the ACC, converse April 18 as ACC members read over the 45 resolutions they were due to consider. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Lusaka, Zambia] An April 18 Anglican Consultative Council marathon resolution-passing session saw ACC members take stands on climate change, gender justice, safe church environments, youth involvement in the communion, solidarity with persecuted people, and interfaith and ecumenical relations, among other issues.And the council declined to endorse or take any action similar to the primates’ call in January for three years of so-called “consequences” for the Episcopal Church. The primates’ call was in response to the 78th General Convention’s decision to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).The primates had said that they were “requiring” that for those three years the Episcopal Church not serve on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee, and “that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision-making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”The ACC did pass a resolution (dubbed C34) that received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s formal report to it on the primates’ gathering and affirmed the primates’ commitment to walk together. The resolution also committed the council “to continue to seek appropriate ways for the provinces of the Anglican Communion to walk together with each other and with the primates and other Instruments of Communion.”The resolution was passed early in the session with no debate because it was placed on the consent calendar, a new approach for the ACC that allowed for a single up-or-down vote on all of the included resolutions. Another resolution, labeled C35, began the day on the consent calendar, was removed so that the council could discuss it and, as the afternoon session began and before it was discussed, was withdrawn from consideration. It was a one-sentence statement by which the ACC would have said it “welcomes” the primates’ communique.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the ACC that he would be “very glad” if C35 was withdrawn because C34 “covers the issues we need to cover.”Welby went on to say that when he had met the previous day in Harare with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, the notorious African leader had asked him about the communion’s stance on same-sex marriage. The archbishop said he told Mugabe that while Anglicans have “widely differing views … the majority opinion is that marriage is a lifelong union between a man and woman.“And that the unanimous opinion of the primates’ meeting was that the criminalization of LGBTIQ people is entirely wrong.”“I don’t think it would be fair to say that he entirely agreed with me,” Welby added.Welby reminded the ACC that his report to them told how the primates dealt with a number of other issues of “absolute supreme importance” and that the ACC, as well, is “deeply committed” to issues such as evangelism, to opposing religiously based violence, to the care of refugees and to the work of climate change response.In the future, Welby said, “When I talk to people I am going to be honest. Let’s never pretend that things are other than they are. We are not entirely united on the issues around human sexuality. We have profound and important divisions among us. It’s clear what has been the majority opinion among us. It’s also very clear that, when it comes to criminalization, that we are deeply committed to combatting that in every place where we find it and not supporting those who support it.”Unlike recent ACC meetings when members began considering resolutions early in the gathering, ACC-16 saw 45 resolutions all presented on the last full day of the April 8-19 meeting at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.The April 18 sessions constituted the only formal business conducted at the ACC-16 meeting, other than April 15’s election of Hong Kong Archbishop and Primate Paul Kwong as the council’s next chair. On April 18 the members also elected Church of England lay member Margaret Swinson as vice chair and five representatives to the communion’s Standing Committee.Summaries of all resolutions passed April 18 are here.Read more about itACC background is here.Ongoing ENS coverage of the ACC is here.The House of Deputies News page is also posting stories about the meeting.Tweeting is happening with #ACCLusaka.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. April 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm I totally agree, Sean. What matters is, can we open up to grace and love, even when people have different views. The real test of God may well be: can we love one another? can we co-exist, even with differences? can we find unity in Christ, even in the huge diversity of countless unique lives? Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Sean Storm says: Comments (18) Course Director Jerusalem, Israel April 19, 2016 at 7:12 am typo ‘tendency’ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Consultative Council declines to go along with ‘consequences’ Decision was small part of day that saw action on many issues facing communion, world Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR WSHesselgrave says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS April 19, 2016 at 2:46 am This a case of pragmatics. ‘Reality bites’ ! 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Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

first_imgSaturday Mar 15, 2014 Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass Ireland gave Brian O’Driscoll a fitting farewell as they beat France 22-20 in Paris earlier today. France had chances to take the lead late in the game, with Jean Marc Doussain missing a penalty ten minutes from full time, then a Pascal Pape try-scoring pass went forward with two minutes left.Commiserations to France who fought gallantly all match, but congratulations to Ireland who won in Paris for only the second time in forty years, and claimed their first Six Nations title since 2009.Above is the late chance for France, but full highlights and a report will be available soonADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Six Nations 2014 Related Articles 377 WEEKS AGO Angelo Esposito’s big tackle on Jonny May… 377 WEEKS AGO Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge… 378 WEEKS AGO Ireland and O’Driscoll celebrate 2014 Six… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

London Marathon runners raise £2.4 million online before the race

first_imgLondon Marathon runners raise £2.4 million online before the race Howard Lake | 15 April 2004 | News The total raised online by London Marathon runners will be even higher. In 2003 £250,000 was raised online for four charities using Bmycharity.com’s online sponsorship system.A Justgiving survey of its charity members in 2002 revealed that it took up to six months to collect event sponsorship through offline methods, and that 80% of charities did not reclaim Gift Aid on event sponsorship gifts. By contrast, Justgiving reclaims Gift Aid on every eligible UK donation, saving charities further management costs. Runners raising funds through Justgiving include many famous names from the worlds of sport, television and politics. Model Nell McAndrew has raised almost £28,000 on her fundraising page. Peer Jeffrey Archer, former leader of the Conservative party Iain Duncan Smith, royal biographer Andrew Morton, former England football manager Graham Taylor and actor Johnny Lee Miller are amongst the celebrities using the online fundraising service for this year’s London Marathon. Runners in this weekend’s Flora London Marathon have raised £2.4 million online at online fundraising site Justgiving.com, even before the race has begun.At noon today, 3,818 runners had collected more than £2.4m through their online fundraising pages on the event’s official Web site. Justgiving say they expect the total to reach £3m in the week after the race.Online events sponsorship is clearly growing rapidly. In 2002, in its first year as the Flora London Marathon’s official partner for charity fundraising, Justgiving collected £200,000 online. In 2003, the figure rose to £1.4m. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Events Recruitment / people Research / statisticscenter_img 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

New court filings for Abu-Jamal’s appeal

first_imgAs his 67th birthday nears, and Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal faces challenging and potentially fatal health crises, his legal case is still slowly winding its way through the arduous appellate court system.“Free Mumia” signs at the March 20 Harlem rally in solidarity with Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., organizing a union. WW PHOTO: Toni ArensteinFirst filed in August 2016 and heard in a courtroom April 24, 2017, his appeal is based on the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Williams v. Pennsylvania, which found due process was violated when former Pa. Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille participated in the consideration of Williams’ appeal in a capital post conviction case.  As Philadelphia District Attorney, Castille had approved decisions to seek the death penalty. The SCOTUS ruling established that a petitioner is entitled to relief when a reasonable observer could conclude that a judge harbored disqualifying bias against the petitioner.Judith Ritter and Samuel Spital, attorneys for Abu-Jamal, entered their response  March 17 to legal briefs filed Feb. 3 by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner regarding Abu-Jamal’s current Post Conviction Relief Act Appeals. Their arguments once again raised the significance of the discovery of previously hidden evidence in the case, while challenging Krasner’s position that Abu-Jamal’s appeals were “untimely.”Automatic bias and due process violationIn his long-delayed response to legal briefs filed on Abu-Jamal’s behalf in September 2019, Krasner is still denying Abu-Jamal’s right to prove his innocence. This supposedly progressive DA is arguing against new PCRA hearings that could expose evidence which previous prosecutors kept from the defense during Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial and subsequent appeals. In December 2018, Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker awarded Abu-Jamal the right to reopen his appeals, based on discovery of hidden prosecutorial evidence showing clear bias from Castille against Abu-Jamal and others charged with murdering police officers.  Castille was the Philadelphia DA during Abu-Jamal’s earliest PCRA hearings. He later refused to recuse himself from hearing Abu-Jamal’s appeals when they came before the higher court.Tucker’s was a split decision. He did conclude that the U.S. Supreme Court 2016 decision in Williams v. Pennsylvania did not fully apply, since Castille, as Philadelphia district attorney, had not played a significant personal role in Abu-Jamal’s case before later denying his appeals while a judge.However, summarizing the Williams ruling, Tucker wrote: “If a judge served as a prosecutor and then the judge, there is a finding of automatic bias and due process violation.” Defense lawyer Judith Ritter said Tucker recognized the “need for a new appeal untainted by this bias.” (tinyurl.com/u6cfb76m)  His decision was a major break in the long legal struggle to free Abu-Jamal. Hidden evidence ‘discovered’Within days of Tucker’s decision, and after both sides had rested their cases, Krasner announced that his staff had “discovered” six evidence boxes pertaining to Abu-Jamal’s case hidden in a remote storage area. Tucker granted Abu-Jamal’s attorney’s access to review the contents of these files. When they submitted four PCRA appeals challenging police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct in Abu-Jamal’s earlier hearings, they also submitted a petition requesting a new Common Pleas Court hearing based on the uncovered evidence.On Jan. 28, 2019, Krasner claimed Tucker’s “opinion has sweeping and, in our view, problematic implications for a large volume of cases, in addition to its effect on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.” His words sounded identical to the argument made by former Deputy DA Ronald Eisenberg, a Castille protégé, during the April 2017 opening hearing that granting Abu-Jamal’s appeal would “be a huge impact” on the higher courts. “At some point you just have to draw the line.”In his latest filing, Krasner claimed that Abu-Jamal’s appeal was “not timely.” His arguments to dismiss the evidence cited by Abu-Jamal’s attorneys read like something out of Judge Albert Sabo’s playbook. Racist, pro-Fraternal Order of Police Sabo was both the judge in Abu-Jamal’s initial trial and again during his 1995 PCRA appeal. He was overheard by a court stenographer telling another jurist in her affidavit, “I’m gonna’ help them fry the n****r.”Appeal based on new evidence of judicial biasAbu-Jamal’s attorneys reaffirm that Tucker’s decision to grant his appeal was not based on Williams v. Pennsylvania, but rather “on newly discovered evidence of judicial bias that he could not have previously discovered with the exercise of due diligence — specifically a July 15, 1990, letter from then-DA Castille to then-Pennsylvania Governor Casey that was in the Commonwealth’s files and not previously available to Mr. Abu-Jamal.”The brief further notes that the Commonwealth first disclosed this letter to Tucker, “perhaps inadvertently,” during the course of discovery on Oct. 2, 2017. The next day Tucker made Abu-Jamal’s attorneys aware of this evidence. On July 9, 2018, he granted them the right to amend his petition to include Castille’s letter. They raise that “an amendment to a pending and timely PCRA petition is not governed by the timeliness provisions of the PCRA.”Their brief challenges Krasner’s assertions that the evidence found in the six hidden boxes was not significant. It disclosed Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial counsel’s ineffectiveness in failing to present evidence that at the time of his testimony, the state’s key witness, taxi driver Robert Chobert was driving with a suspended license, and he was on probation for arson.Without Chobert’s testimony, the Commonwealth only had the testimony of Cynthia White, whose presence on the scene was questioned by witness Yvette Williams, who claimed police pressured White to lie about Mumia.  Abu-Jamal’s attorneys have also filed a motion containing new evidence of constitutional violations, including promises by the prosecutor to pay or give leniency to two witnesses and new evidence of racial discrimination in jury selection.FOP still trying to kill MumiaAbu-Jamal’s appeal was delayed for nearly a year starting in February 2020 when the state Supreme Court accepted a rare King’s Bench Petition from Maureen Faulkner, widow of police officer Daniel Faulkner and a proxy for the FOP. It claimed Krasner was biased and sought to remove him from the case. The court ruled against her petition in December 2020.She submitted a new request March 17 with the Pennsylvania Superior Court to intervene, again seeking Krasner’s removal and asking the court to “quash this appeal as untimely” and “for lack of jurisdiction.”When Abu-Jamal was released from death row in December 2011, Faulkner, the FOP and then DA Seth Williams called for his death in the general population. Their hit job on Mumia must stop! Release him now!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

China Wants More Phase One Talks

first_img By NAFB News Service – Oct 15, 2019 China Wants More Phase One Talks Optimism over a trade breakthrough with China is fading as China wants more talks this month to work out the details of the “phase one” agreement.Bloomberg News reports China may send another trade delegation to Washington, to finalize a written agreement.A statement from China’s Commerce Ministry noted “substantial progress” in the talks last week on agriculture and other provisions.However, China wants President Donald Trump to cancel plans to increase tariffs in December.The phase one agreement could be signed at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next month.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this week suggested work in the coming weeks to ready the agreement, adding, if not, the U.S. will impose the December tariff increase.As part of the agreement, President Trump says China will purchase $40-50 billion of U.S. agricultural goods over the next couple of years.Trump said this week, “They’re going to have to buy more land fast and lots of tractors,” regarding the economic impact of the agreement for farmers. Home Indiana Agriculture News China Wants More Phase One Talks SHARE Previous articleIvy Tech Rolls Out New Mobile Ag Classroom for High Schools and Ag EmployersNext articleIvy Tech Rolls Out New Mobile Ag Classroom and Arlan Suderman on the Markets on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves Bristol Myers Squibb’s Breyanzi (lisocabtagene maraleucel), a New…

first_img Previous articleRussia expels EU diplomats over Navalny as tensions riseNext articleBayern leaves for Club World Cup after beating Hertha 1-0 Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 5, 2021 Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves Bristol Myers Squibb’s Breyanzi (lisocabtagene maraleucel), a New CAR T Cell Therapy for Adults with Relapsed or Refractory Large B-cell Lymphoma Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Slightly fewer people receive Covid-19 payment in Donegal

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 22,400 people will receive the special Covid-19 payment in Donegal tomorrow, 300 fewer than last week.Nationally, the number fell by 9,000, with €206.3m being paid out to 589,000 people, around 8,700 of whom are receiving it for the first time. Google+ By News Highland – May 11, 2020 Google+center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Previous article83% want to continue to work remotely when restrictions easeNext articleFF members have “huge issues” with FG coalition plans – O’Cuiv News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterest Facebook Slightly fewer people receive Covid-19 payment in Donegal Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApplast_img read more

Warning over pregnant applicants

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Warning over pregnant applicantsOn 18 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Employers must take extra care over applications from new or expectantmothers following a European Court of  Justiceruling.According to law firm Nabarro Nathanson, employers who reject applicationsfrom pregnant candidates because giving them a job would lead to suspension onfull pay, or a temporary transfer under health and safety rules, riskdiscrimination claims.A recent ECJ ruling in the Mahlburg case says that employers cannot declineto employ expectant mothers because a particular job is prohibited by healthand safety regulations. An employer can also not justify refusing the jobbecause they would suffer financial loss through the woman not being in herpost during pregnancy. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

LA’s scandal response: status quo

first_imgShare via Shortlink From far left: Jose Huizar, Nury Martinez, Eric Garcetti and Marqueece Harris-DawsonThe FBI brought down the hammer last year on Jose Huizar’s alleged criminal enterprise, stating that the former Los Angeles City Council member milked developers for more than $1 million in payments and gifts, ranging from prostitutes to money to settle sexual harassment lawsuits. In exchange, according to investigators, Huizar greased the wheels for their controversial projects — Shenzhen New World Group’s 77-story tower and Carmel Partners’ 35-story residential building in the Arts District. As Huizar’s alleged misdeeds incited anger and embarrassment at City Hall — Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was “sickened” by the indictments — City Council member David Ryu made a modest suggestion: create an office of the inspector general to snuff out future real estate crimes. Ryu’s proposal seemed like the least the city could do. An “IG” is a garden-variety post in most city governments. Ryu noted that even cities with less than pristine records, such as Philadelphia and Chicago, employ an independent investigator to root out corruption, fraud and misconduct. “Pay-to-play politics is made possible when politics is exploited for personal or financial gain,” Ryu wrote in a proposed ordinance. “In Los Angeles, that power rests predominantly in land use.” But the ordinance’s fine print did not actually call for an inspector general. Instead, it merely requested “studying the feasibility” of having one, with no deadline for such an analysis. And now such a report might be asking too much: Ryu was voted out of office in November. The stalled proposal is indicative of a choice made by those in charge at City Hall. Despite the allegations against Huizar (who pleaded not guilty and faces a criminal trial in June), the city will likely punt on reforming real estate project approvals.“There’s no momentum for change,” said Ryan Leaderman, a land use attorney at Holland & Knight.That may be because officials, namely the 15 City Council members, benefit from a convoluted status quo. “There’s a lot of institutional inertia,” Leaderman said. “People generally don’t want to give up power.”How soon they forget Ideas to revise the development approval process, whether sweeping or specific (City Attorney Mike Feuer called for revoking project approvals tainted by the Huizar probe), languish in Council committees.“The recent scandal has prompted the City Council to introduce a flurry of new initiatives,” Nithya Raman, who was later elected to take over Ryu’s Council seat, noted in August following Huizar’s arrest.But, Raman added, “It’s hard to know how far any of these motions will get, given that most such efforts are quickly forgotten.”Rhetorically, at least, city leaders have called for reforms.Garcetti said during a December press conference that he agreed with outgoing U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles, Nicola Hanna, that the arrest of Huizar “should prompt a serious discussion as to whether reforms are warranted in Los Angeles city government.”Garcetti said he wants Council members to not vote on real estate projects if they took money from the developer, stating a recusal policy would “take away the temptation” of pay-to-play politics. The mayor also said he would like “charter reform,” a reference to a municipal governance charter last updated in 1999, when Cher’s “Believe” led the Billboard 100.But such bills require approval by the same Council members they would police, and neither idea has gained traction.The Council in December 2019 did approve a ban on members taking direct contributions from developers. But the measure said nothing about indirect payments by developers to political action committees benefiting lawmakers (or, in the case of Huizar, through his former high school, where Greenland USA and Related Companies provided contributions).Council members panned the developer donation ban, with Mike Bonin savaging it as “piecemeal crap.” Yet no stronger legislation, or any bill for that matter, has advanced to further restrict what developers can give.Ryu and Council member Paul Koretz authored an ordinance to remove a clause in the 1999 charter that gives the City Council the same power as the mayor-appointed Planning Commission over new developments.The measure could curb Council members’ decision-making powers that are ripe for abuse, said Sean McMorris, a consultant at Southern California Common Cause. But the legislation “has sat idle in the City Council Rules Committee,” McMorris noted.Like Garcetti, City Council President Nury Martinez has said the approval process needs to change.Martinez introduced an ordinance to steer “high-value projects” (which she defined as multimillion-dollar proposals) around the Council’s Planning and Land Use and Management Committee and straight to the full Council.The measure is a rebuke to Huizar, who chaired that committee. Martinez, though, may be suggesting a game of Whac-A-Mole.“In reality, all the money developers used to spend on wooing committee members will go to wooing all Council members,” said Casey Maddren, president of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles, an advocacy group for affordable housing.Kings of their districtsIn not more aggressively pursuing reform, Garcetti and Martinez offer a partial excuse: The problem was less the approval process than Huizar himself.The scandal was marked by “illegal bribes,” Garcetti said at the press conference, adding, “It’s tough to outlaw something that is already outlawed.”In an email to TRD, Martinez said that “the one thing that we cannot legislate is personal accountability and moral fortitude. That is the duty of each individual official — to be a good and faithful servant.”Indeed, as someone who allegedly made subordinates call him “boss” and shook down developer Shenzhen Hazens for three Katy Perry concert tickets, Huizar may be a “singular” figure in the annals of city politics, said Andrew Brady, a land use attorney at DLA Piper.A rendering of the 35-story project that a Los Angeles City Council member allegedly approved in exchange for bribes. The approval has not been revoked.But, Brady added, Huizar’s actions were made possible by an approval process dependent on the case-by-case decisions of Council members.“The corruption comes from discretion,” Brady said. “When there’s discretion to deny a project, some unscrupulous character may take advantage of the process.”The discretion starts with a zoning code that even the City Planning Department admits is a reaction to specific project proposals.“The current zoning code is the result of decades of amendments and supplemental layers of land use regulations that were added on top of the existing regulations to achieve specific goals,” reads a post on the department’s website, which also notes that 66 percent of all L.A. lots are spot-zoned.The city’s convoluted project approval process requires four sign-offs: from a city planning official, the mayor-appointed Planning Commission, the City Council’s planning committee and finally the full City Council — with the member who has project jurisdiction instructing colleagues how to vote.City Hall observers could not recall a single time when a Council member’s prerogative over land use matters was challenged by a colleague.“The Council members like being little kings of their district,” Leaderman said.The process can be sidetracked by neighbors, labor unions and others who invoke laws such as the California Environmental Quality Act to trigger appeals. Attorneys for developers complain that appeals tend to make people lose sight of a project’s merits.“At review hearings, the cranky old man who doesn’t like traffic is at the same level as the engineer who has actually studied the neighborhood’s traffic,” said Ellia Thompson, a land use attorney at Ervin Cohen & Jessup.But ultimately these appeals, Thompson said, are simply further invitations for Council members to  wield their clout and make a deal with opponents. Appeals also lead developers to conclude that because even sane projects get derailed, why not propose something wild?For instance, an executive from Carmel Partners (now CP Employers) allegedly felt internal pressure to get a residential high-rise in the Arts District approved. The executive purportedly found that if he bribed Huizar (mostly through contributions to a PAC created to elect Huizar’s wife to the City Council), Carmel could get its 35-story tower built on a street where the next-tallest building was four stories.Huizar shuttled the project through the planning committee and full City Council, which unanimously approved it despite furious neighbor and labor union opposition. The Carmel executive allegedly bragged to colleagues that the approval was “truly amazing.”Pandemic gets dibsGarcetti answered the question about Huizar during a press conference where he broadcast the city’s skyrocketing Covid death toll.The mayor, in other words, has a lot to deal with. And even if Garcetti were examining the city’s real estate approval process, his action might not be readily apparent.“Since Covid in March, everyone has been so isolated and contained [that] I’m not aware of any deep thoughts or conversations around reform,” Thompson said.Garcetti’s critics, for their part, accuse him of having one foot out the door. In 2018, the mayor traveled across the country to test-drive a presidential bid.  And Garcetti surprised some observers in December when he announced that he wouldn’t join Joe Biden’s administration.Martinez, meanwhile, has been Council president for one year and represents a working-class district of the San Fernando Valley “where you are lucky to have big development projects,” Leaderman said.Observers do not see her confronting developers or her colleagues, nor do they see leadership from Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who replaced Huizar as planning committee chair.“I don’t know if he has the wherewithal to really push through structural reforms,” Leaderman said of Harris-Dawson. “I’m not seeing games being played. I just don’t think there’s a push to get things done.”Emails, calls and tweets over three weeks to Harris-Dawson’s office went unanswered. The Council member’s failure to respond was not unique. Some members, who represent about 600,000 constituents each, do not even have websites (incoming member Mark Ridley-Thomas, for one) or post nonworking phone numbers on their sites (Koretz). Maddren, the affordable housing advocate, hopes that Ryu’s replacement, Raman, will be a voice for reform. Raman declined an interview request, with a spokesperson saying, “All of Council member Raman’s attention is focused on setting up her office and attending to the pandemic and its associated economic fallout.”During the pandemic, the work of Council members and their interactions with developers have moved even further from public view. McMorris of Common Cause noted that post-Huizar, there could have been a push for city government transparency.But the response from the mayor and City Council, he said, “is severely lacking. 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“The Silence of the Lambs” house in rural Pennsylvania to become B&B

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags The house where Buffalo Bill lived in Silence of the Lambs. (Orion Pictures, Berkshire  Hathaway Preferred Realty) The Pennsylvania home that appeared in “The Silence of the Lambs” as serial killer Buffalo Bill’s lair has sold — and soon, fans of the film could plan an overnight stay there.Still from Silence of the Lambs of Jodie Foster and Ted Levine inside the house. (Orion Pictures)New York-based theatrical art director Chris Rowan paid $290,000 for the modest four-bedroom home in Perryopolis, according to the New York Post. The home hit the market in the fall with an asking price of $300,000.ADVERTISEMENTRowan reportedly plans to keep the house largely as-is, but wants to recreate one blood-curdling setting seen in the film: the deep pit in the basement where Buffalo Bill tortured his victims. While the home’s real basement did appear in “The Silence of the Lambs,” the pit scenes were shot off-site.Still from Silence of the Lambs of the house exterior. (Orion Pictures)The 2,334-square-foot home was built in the Queen Anne Victorian style in 1910. Many of its original details remain, including dark hardwood floors, moldings and pocket doors. The three original fireplaces are also intact.Elsewhere on the 1.7-acre property, there is a three-car garage converted from a turn-of-the-century general store and a vintage caboose. The previous owners added a swimming pool, rose garden and a gazebo.[NYP] — Dennis Lynch   Residential Real Estate Share via Shortlinklast_img read more