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first_img Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC February 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm Just saying there’s a red herring for every argument.“An armed security guard never got the chance to stop the teen gunman who murdered 17 students and staffers at a Florida high school, authorities said Thursday.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that accused mass murderer Nikolas Cruz managed to shoot up the Parkland high school without ever encountering the school resource deputy.“He was on campus and he was armed,” Israel said. “At this point, the only thing I can tell you definitively is he never encountered Cruz.”http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/armed-guard-florida-school-encountered-rampaging-gunman-article-1.3822777 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Jon Spangler says: February 20, 2018 at 3:05 pm With unlimited numbers of guns floating around it should be obvious that additional restrictions on gun ownership will accomplish almost nothing. What is needed is to recognize the enormous damage inflicted on our society by decades of so-called liberal policies which at every level have permeated human relationships to such an extent that virtually anything goes. It’s not gun control that’s needed but self-control and our institutions (including the Episcopal Church) seem unwilling to accept that. The future looks bleak indeed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Gun Violence Advocacy Peace & Justice, Robert Munro says: Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 20, 2018 at 11:52 am May be this country should experiment by removing all gun control laws including restrictions on purchase of type of weapons to see how well the law abiding citizens can defend themselves against the outlaws. No place seems to be safe any more – malls, cinema theatres, schools, universities, churches, airports, etc.If I recall correctly, many years ago, a UK official wondered if there was something wrong in their education system that enabled British Muslims to become a jihadist.Perhaps similar questions need to be asked of this society – the role that media, movies, educational system, religious sermons, conduct of law enforcement and government officials play in making US a violent society. Larry Waters says: [Episcopal News Service] Episcopal bishops are arranging for services of lamentation at churches around the country in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 students and faculty members dead, and the bishops and other church leaders are calling for political action against gun violence to end “these lethal spasms of violence in our country.”“The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school,” Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 70 Episcopal bishops, said in a statement released Feb. 16 following the Ash Wednesday massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.A former student, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of murder after authorities say he opened fire with an AR-15 rifle in hallways and classrooms before ditching his gun and ammunition and blending in with students to escape. He was found and arrested on a city street later in the day.Fourteen of the fatal victims were students. A football coach, athletic director and geography teacher also were killed.Bishops United offered condolences to the families, singling out by name Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old student who was a youth group leader at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.The Coral Springs church posted news of Schentrup’s death Feb. 15 on Facebook.“Please keep our entire church family in your prayers,” the Facebook post said while asking the public to respect the family’s privacy.The Diocese of Southeast Florida, which includes Parkland and Coral Springs, released a statement Feb. 15 expressing grief at the “horrific massacre of innocents.”“There are no words that can adequately give voice to the madness and the violence done to those gunned down, and to their families and friends so cruelly robbed of those they loved,” the statement says. “There are no words to describe the pain of loss and grief, of shock and horror, of outrage and anger, only the anguished cries that well up from the very depths of our being. There are no words to make sense of what makes no sense, and in the face of such senseless killing we are numbed and rendered speechless.”Bishop Peter Eaton followed up Feb. 16 by saying Christians’ faith will help guide their response to this tragedy, and “we bring more than our prayers.”“We bring our longings and convictions for a different future,” he said in his written statement on the shooting. “What happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is not the world as it ought to be, or as it needs to be, and we who follow Jesus accept the responsibility for being partners with God to bridge that gap between what is and what could and ought to be.”Also Feb. 15, Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith released a written prayer asking God to comfort those affected by the shooting spree while alluding to the political debates that typically are ignited by such killings.“Forgive us, Lord, when our leaders fail to take action to protect the most vulnerable from the dangers of gun violence,” Hollerith’s prayer says. “Forgive us, Lord, for the times when we lack the courage and political will to work together. Open our eyes and our hearts to work across our divisions to end the plague of gun violence.”Those sentiments were echoed by Bishops United Against Gun Violence.“We must reflect on and acknowledge our own complicity in the unjust systems that facilitate so many deaths, and, in accordance with the keeping of a holy Lent, repent and make reparations,” Bishops United’s statement says before calling for political engagement by Episcopalians.The bishops specifically call for legislation banning the AR-15 and similar weapons, as well as high-capacity magazines and so-called “bump stocks,” the device used by the shooter who killed 58 people at an outdoor music concert in Las Vegas in October.“We understand that mass shootings account for a small percentage of the victims of gun violence; that far more people are killed by handguns than by any kind of rifle; that poverty, misogyny and racism contribute mightily to the violence in our society and that soaring rates of suicide remain a great unaddressed social challenge,” Bishops United’s statement says.“And yet, the problem of gun violence is complex, and we must sometimes address it in small pieces if it is not to overwhelm us. So, please, call your members of Congress and insist that your voice be heard above those of the National Rifle Association’s lobbyists.”The group of bishops also plans to announce a schedule of services of lamentation, with details to be released on its Facebook page.And Bishops United invited Episcopalians to join in a period of discernment, including in July at General Convention in Austin, Texas, when the bishops will gather for prayer outside the convention hall each morning.Bishops United Against Gun Violence was formed as a response to an earlier school shooting, the December 2012 slaughter of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Since then, Bishops United has released statements with increased frequency responding to deadly mass shootings, including the Oct. 1 massacre of 58 people in Las Vegas and the Nov. 5 shooting that left 26 dead at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH February 26, 2018 at 11:51 am Apologies accepted Cynthia though I should point out that ‘bots’ and ‘trolls’ come from all sides.Ironicly, the Bishops’ statement was incredibly premature. It was as if they were a bot or troll!Like a bot or troll their statement should be dismissed because no thought goes in to cutting and pasting talking points. The Bishops would have better served the Church and their reputation had they been more deliberative before issuing their statement. That’s what effective “leaders” do.A review of the facts that have since come out reveal that law enforcement, or more correctly, incompetent law enforcement, was largely to blame for the tragedy in Parkland. When the laws we already have are not enforced, it’s pointless to call for more laws. That’s called “common sense.”I don’t want to get started on a conversation about the left and law enforcement for that, I fear, will cause my head to explode! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm We all need to be more aware that, in the age of online social media, and especially when controversial issues such as guns and gun safety laws are discussed, ‘bots’ (automated replies) and troll farms (people paid to lie about their identity in order to sway on online audience) are possible. To those gun rights supporters online here who, without compensation, freely shared their views, I do apologize. To bot commentators, no apology is necessary. And, to trolls working in troll farms…wherever…for whomever…may God have mercy on your souls. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI February 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm Agree with D. Heacock’s comment. It is not the rifle, it’s the person using the rifle. We need security at our schools. In my grammar school 100 years ago, all the doors were locked and every visitor had to come to the principal’s office to get to classrooms. Even if the visitor managed to “escape” the principal’s office, doors to all the classrooms were locked and the entrance to the area where all the classrooms were was locked. Also, volunteer teachers could be trained to handle weapons, in case someone was able to get through a locked door. We need to look at security in Israel and how they handle evil, terrible people. And yes my heart is breaking for the ones affected by this terror. And as the old saying goes, if guns are ever outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. I wish evil could be eradicated; it cannot. If I offended anyone with my comments, I am truly sorry. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cynthia Cravens says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Feb 16, 2018 February 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm The Bishops uninformed rant against guns and the NRA reflects an unwillingness to develop a solution to gun violence int schools. As reflected in comments above we do have the means to protect our schools. Unfortunately if a proposal doesn’t fit the Bishops anti-gun dogma they refuse to listen to it. Unfortunately this is true about many issues facing the church today. Pity! New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release February 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm There is reasonably fix that is available now. State government needs to secure schools. We have no NYC High rise shootings because the buildings are secure. Every entry is sealed. No one enters without ID.Retired military or police are in the building are in the building dressed with concealed weapons. Waging war on guns is a red herring. There are 100,000,000 guns In America. Semi automatic pistols have never been banned. A person with 2 of them & the right ammo could kill as many with no security in the buildingcenter_img Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (10) 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 Rector Martinsville, VA Anthony Oberdorfer says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC william dailey says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing PJ Cabbiness says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Donald Heacock says: BD Howes says: February 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm Thank you, once again, Mr. Oberdorfer for your thoughtful comments. As to the suggestion by Ms. Cravens that the comments here are posted by members of the “gun lobby” or bots, that is simply inaccurate and insulting. Press Release Service Faith & Politics, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Church leaders express grief, call for action after Florida high school mass shooting Bishops United to announce series of services of lamentation Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Joe Prasad says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY February 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm It saddens me greatly to see that advocates of unlimited gun ownership are speaking up here on the church’s news service pages. Are we not supposed to bring peace to the world and to beat our swords into plowshares instead of advocating mass overexposure to lethal weapsons that are not managed or controlled as much as automobiles?It may be true that evil “cannot” be eradicated. But we can and do take action to reduce motor vehicle collisions by making highways and cars safer and by raising DUI standards. There are NO comparable (reasonable) restrictions on gun ownership or use in this country. Why? Would you let typhoid fever or TB or polio go unregulated? I have to meet minimal training and education standards to obtain and keep my California driver’s license. I have to purchase liability insurance for the car that I drive. At the very least, we could require similar (minimal) standards for all gun owners and purchasers. Not to mention lifting the congressional ban on using federal funds to even **study** gun violence in our weapons-addicted society. How many more needless deaths will it take until we, as believing Christians, act on the Bible’s imperatives to make peace and lay down our arms instead of worshipping icons like the Second Amendment? Rector Shreveport, LA Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, ORlast_img read more

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first_img Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC El Rev. canónigo Dr. Michael Barlowe, oficial ejecutivo de la Convención General, ha anunciado que los datos de los Informes parroquiales de 2017 de la Iglesia Episcopal ya están disponibles en inglés y español aquí.El canónigo Barlowe observó que los datos de 2017 “continúan las tendencias recientes, con una disminución en las cifras claves de membresía y asistencia”, aunque “el ingreso congregacional a través de las promesas y otras ofertas ha aumentado”, incluso a pesar de que el número general de congregantes ha disminuido.El Informe parroquial es la recopilación de datos más antigua y continua de la Iglesia Episcopal. Por tradición y regla, los requisitos de presentación de informes son desarrollados por el Comité de la Cámara de Diputados sobre el estado de la Iglesia, utilizando un formulario aprobado por el Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia. Supervisado por el Oficial Ejecutivo de la Convención General, el Informe parroquial toca a todas las congregaciones de la iglesia. Junto con otros datos, incluido el de Registrador de ordenaciones y el Registro de la Convención General, el Informe parroquial proporciona una visión interna del estado de la iglesia.Los documentos recientemente publicados incluyen:•           Datos Domésticos Rápidos Episcopales y Tendencias de Datos DomésticosRápidos Episcopales 2013-2017•           Miembros bautizados por provincia y diócesis 2007-2017•           Asistencia promedio del domingo por provincia y diócesis 2007-2017•           Totales estadísticos para la Iglesia Episcopal por provincia 2016-2017•           Totales estadísticos para la Iglesia Episcopal por Provincia y Diócesis 2016-2017•           Ingresos de bandeja nacional y de la promesa de donación 2012-2017•           Promesa de donación promedio por provincia y diócesis 2012-2017•           Totales financieros y ASA por diócesis 2017Los informes se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de la Convención General en http://www.generalconvention.org/research-and-statistics/#PR-Results.Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la oficina de la Convención General a [email protected] o [email protected] Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Los datos de los Informes parroquiales de 2017 ya están disponibles Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Posted Aug 27, 2018 Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI last_img read more

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Fort Worth Junior League sells programs for charity at Stock Show

first_imgReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature + posts Twitter print Dressed in red aprons, the women of the Junior League of Fort Worth (JLFW) are set up in outrageously red decorated booths spread throughout the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo arena to call out to attendees. Their goal is to sell souvenir programs.Programs have been sold by the JLFW for 60 years to raise money for Fort Worth charities, according to their website.The programs are sold for three dollars a piece. One dollar goes back to the Junior League of Fort Worth, which is donated to the charities they support.Souvenir programs include the event schedule for the entire stock show, a map of the area and a list of all the rodeo contestants, sponsors, and highlights from the past stock shows.Rachel Manning, co-chair for the Junior League said they have implemented a new “yell and sell” strategy to attract the attention of rodeo attendees this year.“Our new yell and sell logo is one of our biggest accomplishments with the stock show,” Manning said.Manning leads the JLFW Program Sales Committee with other co-chair Jenna Sykes.Sykes, a TCU alum, said she is proud to give back to her community and be a part of something bigger than herself.“Being a co-chair of this committee is important to me because I love this community,” Sykes said. “The rodeo is such a fabrication of Fort Worth, and the definition of why Fort Worth is Cowtown.”The local charities that JLFW donates to include: ACH Wellness Program, Catholic Charities, Easter Seals of North Texas, Fort Worth Drowning Prevention, Fortress Youth Development Center, Rivertree Academy, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Texas Ballet Theater, and YWCA.“We support our charities in different capacities,” Manning said.Manning said there are certain charities the organization is only able to donate money to. Others the junior league is able to donate money and volunteer their time. The junior league as a whole votes on the projects and determines which organizations will receive their donations.Becky Delaune, director of community development at the Tarrant Area Food Bank and sustaining member of the JLFW, handles donations and works with volunteers that the junior league provides for the food bank.“I learned most everything I know about working in the community from working through the junior league and through my membership there,” Delaune said. “It’s very fulfilling to see that money come back through.”Delaune said that they spend the money they receive on general operating costs, programs to raise awareness about hunger in the community and other initiatives like a mobile pantry that the food bank operates every week.She added that each dollar received from each program sold at the stock show and rodeo provides five meals for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. This year, the Junior League plans to give the food bank $20,000.This would provide 100,000 meals across the Tarrant area, Delaune said.Manning said their goal for this year is to sell 20,000 individual programs throughout the entire stock show.“During the stock show, we actually get to see all of our hard work come to fruition,” Manning said. “We have a lot of fun, and also have a great bonding experience. All of these women apart of this committee, we are so very close and have a very competitive spirit. It makes us drive each other to reach our goals.”Some attendants of the stock show and rodeo purchase programs in order to support the junior league and the local charities, while others buy them to follow along with the rodeo.John Langston, a rodeo attendee bought a program and  said he was happy to learn that he was also contributing to his local community.“I did not know that buying a program gives back to the Fort Worth community, but I’m happy to do it,” Langston said. “The rodeo and stock show is a Fort Worth tradition, and we are happy to support it in any way we can.” Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ Linkedin The Wandering Boutique Early Childhood Matters class aims to improve early education in Fort Worth Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday New food truck joins Blue Zones Project Forth-Annual Fort Worth Earth Party Facebook Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ Twitter Facebook Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ Previous articleNew voters: deadline to register for Texas primary is Jan. 30Next articleDowntown Design Review Board approves signage for Hooters Libby Vincek RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ ReddIt Libby Vincek last_img read more

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Minister Joe McHugh not thinking about make-up of next Government

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Google+center_img Homepage BannerNews Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Previous articleWest Tyrone MLA calls for resolution in NI Water disputeNext articleJennifer Anniston says she won’t elope News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Minister Joe McHugh not thinking about make-up of next Government Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh says he isn’t even thinking about what the make-up of the next Government will be.Earlier today he Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney suggested Fine Gael could go into Government with Fianna Fáil.But there was opposition to Simon Coveney’s views within his own party, his coalition colleagues – and Fianna Fáil itself.Speaking to Highland Radio news, Deputy Joe McHugh said there is no point speculating, as ultimatelyAudio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/joemcgov.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.it’s the people who will decide: By News Highland – January 20, 2015 WhatsApplast_img read more

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Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 11th May

first_img Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 11th May:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/11news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter By News Highland – May 11, 2018 Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 11th May Previous articleLetterkenny transport hub needs to be raised at national level – Cllr BroganNext articleDerry City 0 v 0 Cork City – FT Report & Ronan Hale Reaction News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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School investigating assignment that led kids to write racist version of ‘Jingle Bells’

first_imgiStock/ DONGSEON_KIM(NEW YORK) — A class assignment went awry after high school students in New Hampshire ended up re-writing “Jingle Bells” to be a racist tune as part of an assignment about the Reconstruction period.An investigation is now underway after video of the 11th graders singing their Ku Klux Klan-themed version of the song surfaced online.Dover High School superintendent Bill Harbron confirmed to ABC News that the song included the lines “KKK, KKK, Let’s kill all the blacks” and “White masks on our heads, blood beneath our feet, laughing till they’re dead — ha, ha, ha.”“My own personal reaction was one of disbelief, that at some point that the teacher did not stop it and say ‘Let’s talk about this,’” Harbron told ABC News.Harbron said the veteran teacher, John Carver, has been put on administrative leave with pay. Carver did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.The incident took place in a U.S. history class last Friday as part of an assignment about the post-Civil War period.“The teacher was not aware – nor were the students – that it was being videotaped by another student,” Harbron said. He noted that the video was subsequently posted on social media over the weekend. The video is about a minute long and shows two students singing the song while others laughed, though Harbron said that “laughing sometimes means ‘I’m not comfortable with it.’”No actions have been taken against any students so far.“We’re still trying to understand what occurred,” he said.“I think it was a great opportunity to sit down and have a conversation about what was occurring at this point in history and why was it appropriate then and why is it definitely not appropriate now,” Harbron said.Harbron on Monday wrote a letter to the community and posted it on the Dover High School Facebook page, saying that school officials are working to “investigate and address an incident of extreme racial insensitivity.”“While the incident was part of a classroom assignment dealing with reconstruction period in American history, the impact was harmful,” the letter said. “We are deeply concerned that an event such as this could occur and understand the emotion and concern that this event will create for our students, families and staff.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Lithuania deploys vessel boarding team to operation Sophia

first_img Share this article View post tag: Lithuanian Navy Authorities March 7, 2017 View post tag: Op Sophia Lithuania deploys vessel boarding team to EU operation Sophia View post tag: EUNAVFOR The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has deployed a 12-man strong vessel boarding team to the European Union-led operation Sophia aimed at curbing human and arms smuggling activity in the Mediterranean Sea.The team embarked the German Navy tender FGS Rhein on March 6 during a ceremony at Lithuanian Navy base Klaipeda.According to the Lithuanian MOD, they are planned to be replaced by the second vessel boarding team after two or three months.“The European Union-led operation Sophia in the Mediterranean is particularly important to and is prioritised by the union– it aims at disrupting human trafficking from North Africa and enforcing the arms embargo on Libya,” Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas said at the ceremony.The two teams Lithuania prepared for the deployment are based on Lithuanian Navy personnel and supplemented with military police, land force and special operations forces soldiers.Lithuania has been contributing to EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia since 2015. In addition to the deployed vessel boarding team, two officers are serving aboard the command ship of the operation – Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi, and one more officer serves at operational headquarters in Rome, Italy.Operation Sophia was launched by the European Council in May 2015 to disrupt human smuggling and trafficking in the southern part of the Mediterranean.As of June 2016 the Council expanded the operation mandate with two auxiliary tasks: to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya, and to train Libyan forces for coast protection. Back to overview,Home naval-today Lithuania deploys vessel boarding team to EU operation Sophia last_img read more

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Design contract for Australian Future Submarine signed

first_img View post tag: Attack class The Australian defense ministry and French shipbuilder Naval Group have reached another step in the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Submarine program with the signing of the design contract on March 5.The design contract was signed less than a month after the Strategic Partnering Agreement was signed, and just days after the signing of the Framework Agreement between Naval Group Australia and ASC.Australian defense minister noted that this is the first deal the Commonwealth and Naval Group are signing under the SPA.“The detailed architecture for the hull, including the placement of main systems, will be developed under this key contract,” minister Pyne said.Defense industry minister Linda Reynolds said the contract is worth $605 million and will see design work progress through to 2021.“The timeframe for the submarine design contract takes into account the detailed design work required, ensuring we have a mature design which avoids costly rework,” minister Reynolds said.The scope for this phase of work includes the ongoing maturation of the Attack-class design as it progresses into the next design phase known as the definition phase. This will include the source selection of over 100 critical and main equipment that will contribute to the submarine design solution.The design contract also includes ongoing preparations for the build of the Attack-class in the Osborne shipyard in South Australia, including ongoing support to Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) for the design and build of the Submarine Construction Yard and the ICT systems that will be employed in there. View post tag: Naval Group View post tag: RANcenter_img Share this article Photo: Photo: Naval Grouplast_img read more

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US destroyer tests virtual combat system in live-fire drill

first_img View post tag: Aegis View post tag: US Navy Photo: USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) fires an SM-2 missile during a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia, March 25, 2019. The AEGIS Virtual Twin controlled the missile to successfully intercept an inbound target. Photo: US Navy View post tag: USS Thomas Hudner US destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) tested the new AEGIS Virtual Twin system, a prototype of the AEGIS virtual combat management system, in a March live-fire missile launch.Thomas Hudner’s crew operated the Virtual Twin to fire a missile against an incoming target, proving the Virtual Twin can control radars and missiles to execute an engagement.Using virtualization technology, this system is able to run the AEGIS Weapon System code in a fraction of the original hardware space, according to the US Navy.Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) installed the Virtual Twin on Thomas Hudner in rugged cases small enough to fit under a dining room table. In future designs, the reduced size can free up ship board space, providing room to field increased capabilities like artificial intelligence, training, and analysis.“Delivering warfighting power to the hands of our sailors is our mission, and breaking the paradigm of hardware-software dependent deliveries is a major step toward rapidly delivering that warfighting power,” said AEGIS Combat System Major Program Manager Capt. Todd Boehm.This milestone event for the Virtual Twin was incorporated into Thomas Hudner’s combat system ship qualification trials, marking critical milestones for both the twin and the navy’s newest, most capable AEGIS platform.“It is great to be a part of the evolution of AEGIS,” said Cmdr. Nathan Scherry, Thomas Hudner’s commanding officer. “Virtual Twin has a tremendous role as the next step for the Guided Missile Destroyer’s weapon system, and I am really excited to see it advance both tactically and as a feedback loop for continuous improvement of the weapon system’s software.” Share this article View post tag: AEGIS Virtual Twinlast_img read more

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Hovis holds social media Q&A session

first_imgConsumers have quizzed Hovis via Facebook about the nutritional qualities of bread.The brand, which has been named one of the Power Brands by parent company Premier Foods, hosted the live question-and-answer session with Dietitian Elphee Medici.The innovative exercise saw consumers ask: “Which bread has the least calories?” “Is bread fattening?” “Does bread bloat you?” and “What is the best sandwich filling for someone who’s pregnant?”According to Hovis, the aim of the two hour Q&A was to provide education to consumers and to be as transparent as possible.A statement by Hovis said: “Bread is such an important part of our balanced diet, but is constantly under attack in the media. The purpose of our Q&A is to help end the confusion, and dispel some of the myths and contradicting messages for our consumers“Futureproof, the marketing agency which manages social media for Hovis, believes that Facebook is an important tool for interacting with consumers on a more regular basis by focusing on relevant conversations to their lives.”It added that due to the success of the session, more are being considered for the future. Medici and Nutrilicious will also be involved with all future nutritional content that is used on Hovis’ social media.The session follows Hovis’ previous campaign with Victoria Pendleton last year, promoting cycling routes within the UK.last_img read more

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