Líderes religiosos de EE.UU. dejan Tierra Santa con mayor conciencia…

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Foto de Matthew Davies/ENS[Episcopal News Service] Un tapiz de palabras tales como “vulnerabilidad” y “fragilidad”, “valor” y “dignidad” se tejieron en una trama común mientras líderes judíos, cristianos y musulmanes de Estados Unidos convenían en que habían sido transformados por una peregrinación de una semana a Tierra Santa. La experiencia, dijeron, aumentaría su responsabilidad a asociados en Israel y los Territorios Palestinos y le daría cuerpo al tejido de su futura labor de pacificación, tanto en la región como de vuelta a casa.El grupo interreligioso de 15 miembros fue codirigido por Katharine Jefferts Schori, obispa primada de la Iglesia Episcopal; el rabino Steve Gutow, presidente del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Públicas (JCPA) y Sayyid Syeed, director nacional de alianzas interreligiosas y comunitarias de la Sociedad Islámica de América del Norte (ISNA).La obispa primada de la Iglesia Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori y el rabino Steve Gutow, presidente del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Públicas, comparten un momento de reflexión silenciosa durante una visita al Yad Vashem, el museo judío en memoria del Holocausto. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENSEl  grupo sostuvo reuniones con israelíes y palestinos, con personas al frente de grandes responsabilidades y políticos de alto nivel, así como con líderes religiosos y cívicos, y compartieron mutuamente las tradiciones religiosas de los demás  mientras viajaron durante nueve días por Israel, la Cisjordania y Jerusalén. Entre las escalas se incluyeron Tel Aviv, Nazaret, Safed, Tiberias, Ramala y el asentamiento cisjordano de Gush Etzión y sus áreas circundantes, así como los sectores oriental y occidental de Jerusalén.Si bien unas reuniones prolongadas con funcionarios del gobierno palestino impusieron la cancelación de un viaje del grupo a Belén, algunos peregrinos visitaron la ciudad cisjordana en el ínterin de otras reuniones. El grupo en pleno recorrió la barrera de separación en su ruta en torno a Belén y sus inmediaciones en Cisjordania. La visita de un grupo a Hebrón se canceló por alteraciones de última hora en el calendario mientras una tormenta invernal se acercaba a EE.UU. lo cual obligó a algunos participantes a cambiar su planes de regreso.(Un artículo de ENS acerca de la reunión del grupo con líderes políticos puede encontrarse aquí).Mientras el grupo reflexionaba sobre lo vivido durante la semana, en una conversación sostenida en un hotel administrado por palestinos, a intramuros de la Vieja Jerusalén, donde se hospedaron, Gutow describió el viaje como “una peregrinación de relaciones.Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, director of social justice and interfaith initiatives for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, takes a photo of members of the Muslim delegation (from left) Mohamed Elsanousi, director of external relations for La rabina Batya Steinlauf, directora de justicia social e iniciativas interreligiosas del Consejo Judío de Relaciones Comunitarias del Área Metropolitana de Washington, le toma una foto a los miembros de la delegación musulmana (de izquierda a derecha) Mohamed Elsanousi, director de relaciones exteriores de Finn Church Aid; Sayyid Syeed, director nacional de alianzas interreligiosas y comunitarias de la Sociedad Islámica de América del Norte (ISNA) y Azhar Azeez, presidente de ISNA. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENS“Hemos adquirido densidad mientras recorríamos el suelo santo de la más santa de las tierras. Vimos la belleza del lugar y vimos su dolor. Se acentuó nuestra comprensión”, dijo él. “No es la visión elemental con la cual llegamos a esta tierra, sino más bien la complejidad, el matiz, las historias (buenas y malas), las dificultades lo que ahora definen nuestra visión de lo que hay allí. La santidad conlleva su esfuerzo”.Jefferts Schori dijo que “la voluntad de los peregrinos de profundizar en el diálogo y de aprender tanto como enseñar en los intercambios seguirá repercutiendo. Siento como si hubiéramos tenido una muestra de la realidad eterna que buscan nuestras tradiciones”.Ella también advirtió que, como una coalición interreligiosa, “tenemos una voz que puede hablar a los líderes políticos, a otros líderes cívicos. Existe la posibilidad de prender algunos fuegos, en el mejor sentido de la expresión, en Estados Unidos, de esperanza y de posibilidades, si hablamos juntos… Que seamos vasijas e instrumentos de la paz del Bendito”.El Corán, dijo Syeed, “nos dice que hemos investido a los seres humanos con nobleza y dignidad, pero que a fin de mantener esa dignidad tenemos una cierta responsabilidad. Resulta muy difícil para nosotros regresar y perder de vista ese proceso de dignificación en que Dios nos ha puesto: mirarnos mutuamente a los ojos, ver que hay una imagen de Dios, y creer que no podemos permitirnos la degeneración, y no permitiremos que otros se degeneren. Es nuestro deber colectivo salvarnos los unos a los otros”.Miembros de la delegación interreligiosa recorren la barrera de separación en su ruta en torno a Belén. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENSLa visita se planeó en respuesta Resolución B019, aprobada por la Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal en 2012, que requería la inversión y la participación positivas en la región y que recomendaba que la Obispa Primada llevara a cabo una peregrinación interreligiosa modelo que tuviera la experiencia de múltiples testimonios. Esa resolución reiteraba el compromiso de la Iglesia Episcopal, de larga data, con una solución negociada de dos estados “en la cual un estado de Israel seguro y universalmente reconocido viva al lado de un estado viable y seguro para el pueblo palestino”.El conflicto entre israelíes y palestinos ha durado más de 60 años. Las negociaciones de paz entre líderes israelíes y palestinos auspiciadas por EE.UU. se interrumpieron en mayo de 2014, cuando ambas partes culparon a la otra de no hacer las concesiones adecuadas en temas tales como las fronteras, el estatus de los refugiados, la compartición de Jerusalén y la construcción de asentamientos israelíes en territorio palestino.Alexander D. Baumgarten, director actividad pública y de comunicación de la misión de la Iglesia Episcopal y uno de los organizadores de la peregrinación, dijo: “me sorprende que la narrativa sea realmente una cosa complicada, porque la narrativa nace de nuestros propios niveles de confianza con las comunidades y las personas y las realidades con las cuales nos identificamos, para nosotros así como para los israelíes y los palestinos. Eso es algo maravilloso en muchos aspectos, pero también esta preñado de peligro porque aferrándonos a nuestras propias narrativas… podríamos dejar de ver la auténtica verdad en la narrativa del otro”.El obispo Prince Singh de la Iglesia Episcopal de Rochester. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENSEl obispo Prince Singh, de la Diócesis Episcopal de Rochester y miembro de la delegación episcopal, se mostró de acuerdo. “No sólo hemos celebrado nuestras diferencias; hemos interiorizado más las verdades con que cada uno de nosotros ha crecido y que ha considerado santas, pero para poder reconocerlas en otra verdad”, dijo. “Los varios espejos que se han presentado han sido muchísimo más claros debido a este tipo de transparencia en la comunidad”.A través de la peregrinación, Singh dijo que se había encontrado “descendiendo a lugares profundos, lo cual no puedo hacer si no soy vulnerable. Cuando miramos a los problemas de la justicia, las opiniones pueden diferir debido a las lentes que usemos. Pero si, de manera experiencial, esto es lo que puede llegar a ser una querida comunidad, ello me da muchísima esperanza”.Los peregrinos dijeron que la experiencia de viajar juntos como una comunidad interreligiosa también daría sus frutos cuando tuvieran que enfrentarse a problemas apremiantes en sus propios contextos.“Siento como si Dios hubiera lanzado el guijarro al agua y las ondas apenas comenzaran”, agregó Singh. “Ese guijarro es para mí este modelo que puede aplicarse a la paz en tantísimos niveles… Una de las cosas que me llevo de aquí es la de invitar a las personas a [integrarse en] asociaciones, y particularmente con el gobierno, para ver si podemos proponer juntos algunas soluciones, y si las comunidades religiosas pueden ser útiles en el proceso… de manera que podamos abordar algunos grandes problemas como la pobreza y la violencia en nuestras comunidades”.Jefferts Schori apuntó: “Sé que habrá sobradas oportunidades para nosotros de colaborar, en procurar la reconciliación en la Tierra del Bendito, y en la nación que compartimos en otro hemisferio. El edificar la paz en un lugar impacta las situaciones problemáticas y violentas en todas partes”.Algunos miembros del grupo en peregrinación han convenido en seguir reuniéndose ahora que están de regreso en Estados Unidos, con el propósito de compartir reflexiones del viaje y recomendaciones con funcionarios electos y de dirigir a sus propias comunidades a través de una extensa trayectoria de promoción social, instrucción y diálogo compartido relacionados con el fin del conflicto israelí-palestino. Según Baumgarten, los episcopales pueden esperar oír más acerca de esto en los meses que median de ahora al comienzo de la 78ª. Convención General en Salt Lake City en junio.Compartir unos con otros las tradiciones religiosas y aprender acerca de Jerusalén, como una santa ciudad compartida, a través de los ojos de los líderes de otras fes trajo una nueva dimensión a la comprensión que el grupo tiene de las historias judía, cristiana y musulmana y del contexto actual de Tierra Santa.La obispa primada de la Iglesia Episcopal Katharine Jefferts Schori y el rabino Leonard Gordon, que preside las relaciones interreligiosas del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Públicas, miran a Jerusalén desde el Monte de los Olivos. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENS“Sabíamos que cada una de nuestras tradiciones vio el rostro de Dios en esas colinas y esos valles; ahora sabemos que todas nuestras tradiciones ven el rostro de Dios allí”, dijo Gutow. “Según madurábamos juntos, podíamos sentir la presencia de Dios en cada uno de nuestros corazones, no sólo en el nuestro. Ese es el don. Entendimos aún más de lo que hicimos, y ver el rostro de Dios en cada uno de los demás sólo profundiza nuestra responsabilidad con la tierra, los unos con los otros y, francamente, con Dios”.El grupo interreligioso recorre las excavaciones arqueológicas de la Vieja Jerusalén. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENSMohamed Elsanousi, director de relaciones exteriores de Finn Church Aid en EE.UU. y miembro de la delegación musulmana, dijo que la hermandad entre las fes “fortaleciendo nuestras relaciones y edificando la confianza entre nosotros” ha sido una parte fundamental del viaje, especialmente al profundizar su comprensión de [esa] tierra y de su significado como “los lugares sagrados de todos los hijos de Abraham”.Dijo que la experiencia también crearía espacio para más oportunidades con el propósito de extender el diálogo y profundizar la comprensión entre las religiones en EE.UU.. “esta visita nos ha impuesto una responsabilidad… porque nos ha dado esta oportunidad de entender” y de actuar, añadió.Syeed se refirió a varias iniciativas y publicaciones basadas en EE.UU. —facilitadas por la ISNA y sus asociados interreligiosos— para combatir la ignorancia, las incomprensiones y cambiar las nociones preconcebidas de las personas acerca de las religiones abrahámicas.“Hablamos de una fraternidad que está determinada a cambiar la situación —una fraternidad transformadora— de manera que tiene que asentarse en suelo firme”, dijo Syeed, con referencia específica a dos guías para el diálogo interreligioso: Compartiendo el pozo [Sharing the Well] e Hijos de Abraham [Children of Abraham].Los peregrinos también reconocieron que compartir este viaje con tan diverso grupo de líderes religiosos presenta ciertos retos y saca a las personas del ámbito donde se sienten cómodas.El rabino Leonard Gordon, presidente de relaciones interreligiosas del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Públicas, dijo que la peregrinación había conllevado “una cierta cantidad de contracción, en nuestros hábitos regulares de oración, nuestros hábitos de comidas, nuestros hábitos regulares de expresar nuestro pensamiento. Hemos sido deferentes los unos con los otros”.Gordon reconoció que ha habido momentos de tensiones y de incomodidad, pero reconoció que “es difícil estar juntos y estar en este mundo de conflicto del que muchos de nosotros hablamos todo el tiempo, y hemos tenido que estar en este lugar de escuchas, pero creo que lo hemos hecho maravillosamente”.Miembros del grupo reflexionan sobre la peregrinación de una semana de duración antes de regresar a EE.UU. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENSSharon Jones, asistente ejecutiva de la obispa primada Jefferts Schori, visitaba Tierra Santa por primera vez. Dijo que la experiencia ha sido abrumadora, pero que regresa a Estados Unidos con un nuevo propósito y con un compromiso de encontrar vías a las que ella pueda responder.Sus preocupaciones iniciales respecto a pasar una semana con un nuevo grupo de líderes religiosos y lo que ella pudiera contribuir a la peregrinación se deshicieron después de conocer a todo el mundo la primera noche. “Tuve una gran sensación de comunidad y percibí muchísima confianza, y hemos compartido mucho”.La Rda. Margaret Rose, subdirectora de relaciones ecuménicas e interreligiosas de la Iglesia Episcopal, dijo: “si somos peregrinos, seguiremos estando en este viaje… Ahora debemos determinar qué decisión debe tomarse, y que acción realmente deber exigir valor. Tengo aquí personas experimentadas que son increíblemente valerosas. Oro pues por el valor y la bravura para llevar a cabo algunas cosas que no hemos hecho antes”.Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America, and Azhar Azeez, presidente de la Sociedad Islámica de América del Norte, y la rabina Batya Steinlauf, directora de justicia social e iniciativas interreligiosas del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Comunitarias del Área Metropolitana de Washington, conversan antes de las reuniones con los funcionarios del gobierno palestino. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENSLa rabina Batya Steinlauf, directora de justicia social e iniciativas interreligiosas del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Comunitarias del Área Metropolitana de Washington, dijo que en lugar de mirar todas las cosas con las cuales ella se siente cómoda y familiar, “miró hacia arriba y hacia fuera, y se sentía realmente diferente porque estoy con una nueva comunidad que ve desde todas esas distintas perspectivas. Eso me conmovió… Creo que gran parte de lo que estamos intentando hacer es ver el mundo desde la perspectiva de Dios, y creo que es uno de los mensajes fundamentales que hemos recibido: recordar que esto pertenece a Dios”.Steinlauf advirtió que todas las personas con las que el grupo se reunió “dijeron que a la postre íbamos a tener esperanza y a ser optimistas… porque uno simplemente tiene que serlo, y hay un criterio de que, bien, allí podría ocurrir un milagro. Manifestar puntos de vista tan discrepantes y, sin embargo, oír que todos se aferran aún a la esperanza de un milagro, agrada saber que todos estamos empeñados en realizar uno y que, con perseverancia, podríamos llegar a obtenerlo”.Azhar Azeez, presidente de la Sociedad Islámica de América del Norte, también habló de ver las cosas desde nuevas perspectivas, a través de los ojos de líderes religiosos, de políticos, de académicos, de autores y de activistas. “Esta tierra es en verdad una tierra bendita, pero al mismo tiempo encontramos algunos gigantescos desafíos… Es muy fácil para mí en Estados Unidos o a cualquier otra persona en una sociedad occidental, hablar sobre estos temas, pero la gente que vive aquí son los que enfrentan los verdaderos retos”.Varios miembros del grupo dijeron haberse sentido conmovidos e inspirados por las reuniones con líderes de iniciativas de base —el Programa de Negociación Shades, EcoPaz [EcoPeace] y Raíces [Roots]— que reúnen a israelíes y palestinos para oír y aprender mutuamente de sus diferentes narrativas y para edificar una sociedad pacífica en la cual todo el mundo pueda prosperar.“Estoy totalmente anonadado por el valor que significó para cada uno de ellos”, dijo Gutow. “Cuando vas contra la tradición, cualquiera que esta sea, cuando vas contra tu propio pueblo, cuando estás dispuesto a levantarte y decir ‘esta no es la manera correcta de hacerlo”, eso conlleva un cierto tipo de coraje”.Ethan Felson, vicepresidente y asesor legar del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Públicas, y la Rda. Margaret Rose, subdirectora de relaciones ecuménicas e interreligiosas de la Iglesia Episcopal, conversan durante una visita al sitio bautismal de Yardenit, en el río Jordán. Foto de Matthew Davies/ENSEthan Felson, vicepresidente y asesor legal del Consejo Judío para las Relaciones Públicas dijo: “en una época cuando se dedica tanta energía a aplastar a un lado o al otro, resultó enriquecedor experimentar sobre el terreno la labor de genuinos pacificadores dedicados a destrozar sus propias zonas de seguridad y a viajar con otros pacificadores que hacen lo mismo”.Las personas que llevan a cabo la labor más transformadora, dijo Felson, “no son los que se centran en un documento o en normativas ni en definiciones, sino más bien los que siguen estando donde están en su comunidad, en ese auténtico lugar y se reúnen con otros que de la misma manera siguen estando en ese lugar genuino, y que realmente abrazan un entendimiento diferente de lo que significa para dos pueblos con diferentes narrativas venir a vivir uno junto al otro”.El Rdo. John E. Kitagawa, rector de la iglesia episcopal de San Felipe de las Colinas [St. Philip’s-in-the-Hills], en Tucson, Arizona, dijo: “Hemos escuchado estos increíbles testimonios de personas que están poniéndose al frente, escudriñándose atentamente, siendo capaces de emprender esos diálogosde corazón. Me voy de un lugar más esperanzador de lo que yo creía que sería”.Resumiendo la peregrinación, Baumgarten dijo: “Lo que me ha resultado alentador en este viaje fue ver que, especialmente al margen del foco de atención, los israelíes y los palestinos están realmente retando a sus comunidades a caminar por la senda del otro”.Citando el poema de T.S. Eliot, El viaje de los magos, en el cual Eliot pone en boca de los tres sabios: “regresamos a nuestros lugares, estos reinos. Pero ya no nos sentimos cómodos aquí, en nuestra antigua dispensación”.“Así es como me siento como resultado de este viaje”, dijo Baumgarten. “Creo que si todo el mundo pudiera venir aquí y recorrer la senda que hemos andado juntos, ninguno de nosotros se sentiría cómodo en nuestra antigua dispensación”.– Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

Vodafone Ireland opens for applications

first_img Tagged with: Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 4 December 2006 | News After some period of consultation, the Vodafone Ireland Foundation is making a new call for applications. The new criteria will focus on children and young people, with a deadline of December 20th. Applications are open to all Irish Charities whose projects are based in Ireland and who hold a current CHY number with the Irish Revenue Commissioners.Vodafone Ireland Foundation (VIF) says it is motivated by the principle of a ‘hand up, not a hand out’. VIF will have funding of over ‚€1,000,000 available in 20062007 to assist programmes or projects targeting young people, children and their families. Advertisementcenter_img Vodafone Ireland opens for applications  25 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis All of the projects applications to Vodafone Ireland Foundation must focus on improving the life for children, young people and their families who are: affected by economic, geographic, educational or social disadvantage growing up in care, the new Irish, unaccompanied minors, traveller children, living in lone parent families, living with special needs or growing up in poverty. Application forms and application criteria guidelines are available at www.vodafoneirelandfoundation.ie or by calling Anne- Marie Moran at 087 – 9310200.Vodafone Ireland Foundation was established in 2003 and is the first Foundation of its kind in Ireland. It is among 23 Vodafone Foundations around the world and is part of Vodafone’s commitment to be a responsible global citizen and member of society.In the first three years of its existence the Vodafone Ireland Foundation funded 89 projects throughout Ireland, spending ‚€1.8m. Following a strategic review process the Foundation has decided to narrow its focus and to prioritise its efforts on supporting young people, children and their families facing adversity in their lives.last_img read more

Dr. Oz Corespondent to Moderate Food Dialogue

first_img Facebook Twitter Dr. Oz Corespondent to Moderate Food Dialogue SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jun 5, 2014 Facebook Twitter A three time Emmy Award winning journalist will moderate next week’s Food Dialogues in Chicago.  The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance announced the moderator and panelist yesterday Thursday.  Elisabeth Leamy, a former Good Morning America correspondent, author and Dr OZ investigative correspondent will moderate the panel on Tuesday of next week.  The panel includes farmers and ranchers, food industry executives and consumer representatives-according to USFRA.  The event will be streamed live online 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at-www-dot-food dialogues-dot-com (www.fooddialogues.com) .The panel includes: Dawn Caldwell-a Family Farmer and Blogger from Nebraska, Clarke Caywood, Marketing Professor from Northwestern University, Michael Dimock-Roots of Change President, Mike Donahue-Former McDonalds COO, Alan Moskowitz-Communspace Director, Emil Paster-Food Writer, Connie Tipton International Dairy Foods Association CEO and Chuck Wirtz-an Iowo Pork Producer. Home Indiana Agriculture News Dr. Oz Corespondent to Moderate Food Dialogue Previous articleBest Way to Curb Harmful Emissions is Restore the RFSNext articleGroups Call For Biotech Wheat Gary Truittlast_img read more

La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh’s defamatory comments in a magazine interview about the only independent media outlet operated by Djiboutian journalists. The sole aim of Guelleh’s lies was to deflect attention from the complete lack of press freedom in his country, RSF says. Guelleh, who might run for a fifth term as president next April, made his defamatory comments about La Voix de Djibouti (LVD), a radio station and Web TV, when asked about press freedom in Djibouti in an interview for the French monthly Jeune Afrique. He called it “an opposition website based in Brussels” and described its journalists as “sometimes barely literate fellows.” He also claimed that he had “imprisoned no one.” It is hard to utter so many falsehoods in just two sentences.But the Djiboutian regime’s propaganda doesn’t bear examination. LVD’s headquarter are in Paris, not Brussels, and its reporters in Djibouti have to work clandestinely to escape the regime’s persecution. They have been arrested at least six times in the past year or so, as RSF has documented and reported at the time.Far from being illiterate, most of LVD’s journalists have university degrees and some have taken journalism courses abroad. And most of them speak several languages.While LVD’s fans may include members of the opposition, it is independently funded and its editorial policy is to allow all viewpoints to be expressed. RSF has seen its financial records for 2018 and 2019 and confirms that it received no funding from the Djiboutian opposition.Its programming and content provide space for independent opinions, debates and reporting that are not tolerated in Djibouti, where only the state media are allowed to operate and are forced to relay the regime’s propaganda.LVD often invites members of the government. For example, Abdourahman Mohamed Allaleh, the ruling coalition’s vice-president, was recently invited to debate the latest developments with a member of the main opposition party. Government supporters and members are repeatedly asked to express their views, but rarely accept, as RSF has been able to confirm by looking at messages received by LVD’s director.Without LVD’s vital reporting, many matters of public interest, such as the impact of recent flooding, police violence and examples of corruption and nepotism would have gone uncovered. It was in recognition of the important work it carries out in extremely difficult conditions that LVD was included in the list of nominees for this year’s RSF Press Freedom Prize, which was awarded yesterday.“No, LVD’s journalists are not opposition illiterates,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The president’s comments about the only independent media outlet run by Djiboutian journalists are slanderous and are designed solely to deflect attention from the complete absence of press freedom in his country. No matter how serious, these completely mendacious accusations deceive no one. This media outlet produces quality work with few resources and a great deal of courage. Its provision of a space for expression, information and debate is absolutely essential and prevents Djiboutians having to rely on the regime’s propaganda as their only source of information.”When asked by Jeune Afrique why Djibouti has no privately-owned media, Guelleh simply said, “They’re expensive” and “the market is limited.” This is totally duplicitous. No mention of financial problems were raised when LVD requested a licence in 2015. The laconic response from the authorities, which RSF has seen, simply said: “The national communication commission in charge of issuing licences is not yet operational.”Despite repeated subsequent requests, LVD is still waiting for a licence. As for the national communication commission, its creation was envisaged in a law on freedom of communication that dates back to 1992.Djibouti is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. Follow the news on Djibouti Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked August 4, 2020 Find out more Organisation News December 9, 2020 La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says July 17, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alertscenter_img DjiboutiAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expression News RSF_en News DjiboutiAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expression Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City Djibouti releases two journalists Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh attends ceremonies marking the 41st anniversary of Djibouti’s independence in Djibouti on June 27, 2018. Houssein HERSI / AFP to go further June 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

More than 300 generals sue Islamist newspaper

first_img Receive email alerts News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called on the Turkish armed forces to show more respect for press freedom after 312 generals on 31 October filed suit against the Islamist daily Vakit and one of its columnists, Asim Yenihaber, demanding 367,000 euros in damages for an article headlined, “The country where a soldier who shouldn’t be a sergeant becomes a general.”In a letter to justice minister Cemil Cicek, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard described the sum as “exorbitant” and as “a death warrant for the newspaper.” If Vakit were made to pay this amount, “the army would have achieved its goal of silencing all press criticism.”Ménard added: “As Turkey is a candidate to join the European Union, we would have hoped the army would show more respect for press freedom, but once again we have proof that it is far from assimilating the basic principles of democracy.”The plaintiffs include army commander Aytaç Yalman, air force commander Ibrahim Firtina, navy commander Ozden Ornek and gendarmerie commander Sener Eruygur. In their libel suit, filed with a higher court in Ankara, they said the article was likely to arouse “feelings of hate and contempt towards officers with the rank of general and degrade the Turkish armed forces in the eyes of society.” Describing it as a reflection of Yenihaber’s “mental and psychological disturbance,” they added that “no one has the right to offend and humiliate generals.”In his column, published on 25 August, Yenihaber said: “Nothing indicates that these are generals aside from the stars on their shoulders (…) There is no place for them either in the army or in the country.” Vakit has often lambasted the armed forces and the officer corps. His editors said his economic survival is now directly threatened by this libel suit.Press freedom is still subject to many restrictions in Turkey, despite the democratic reforms it has adopted with a view to joining the European Union. Journalists who dare to criticise state institutions or broach taboo topics such as the Kurdish problem or the army’s meddling in politics are censored and are the target of abusive lawsuits, with heavy fines. At least four journalists are currently in prison for the views they have expressed in the course of their work. News Follow the news on Turkey News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summitcenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News April 2, 2021 Find out more November 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More than 300 generals sue Islamist newspaper April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation last_img read more

Gardai appeal for information following stabbing in Letterkenny

first_img Facebook By admin – August 4, 2015 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Gardai in Letterkenny are appealing for witnesses following a stabbing in the Meadow Bank Park area.The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning.Gardai received a report at approximately 3 o clock this morning of a disturbance at a house in Meadow Bank Park in Letterkenny.Gardai responded and went to scene where they discovered a male with serious facial injuries and stab wounds to his stomach neck and face,The male who is 50 years of age was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital by ambulance.His condition is being described as serious but not life-threatening,An 18 year old male was arrested some time after a short distance from the scene.He was detained at Letterkenny Garda Station for questioning.Gardai are currently interviewing witnesses but are appealing anyone with information or who was in area at the time to come forward.Meanwhile Local Councillor Gerry McMonagle has been highlighting residents reaction:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/gerry530.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Gardai appeal for information following stabbing in Letterkenny Pinterest WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Previous articlePatsy Mc Gonagle says doping allegations are concerningNext articleMicky Adams appointed Sligo Rovers boss admin Twitter Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Election Euphoria Was On Full Display Over Past Months, Social Distancing-Masks-Sanitizers Lost In Din Of Elections: Kerala High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesElection Euphoria Was On Full Display Over Past Months, Social Distancing-Masks-Sanitizers Lost In Din Of Elections: Kerala High Court Lydia Suzanne Thomas7 May 2021 1:45 AMShare This – x”…one can only rue in hindsight that perhaps if we had been collectively a little more careful, the present crisis could have been better contained…”Closing a PIL case where the Court had been directed to issue directions to ensure there were no crowds on the days votes in Kerala Assembly Elections were counted, the Kerala High Court remarked,”The unrestrained euphoria of an inevitable and vital democratic exercise – the local body and state legislature elections – was on full display in the last few months and one can only rue in hindsight that perhaps if we had been collectively a little more careful, the present crisis could have been better contained.”On this theme, Justice Devan Ramachandran speaking for the Bench of himself and Dr Kauser Edappagath continued,”The prohylactic SMS (Social distancing-masks-sanitizers) was lost in the din of the elections. There is a general sentiment that we let our guards down but we cannot let it happen again.”The Court’s observations came after the Court took up for compliance a PIL petition that sought a declaration that effective compliance with COVID protocols on the day votes polled in the Kerala Assembly Elections were counted. The Standing Counsel for the Election Commission and the State Attorney informed the Court that there were no infractions of the Court’s directions against crowding on counting day, except for stray incidents.Recording its appreciation for the vigil maintained on counting day, the Bench however orally asked the Election Commission Standing Counsel and the State Attorney whether EC and Government instructions on Covid protocols had been followed during the campaign.”The mess we are in is because of the euphoria during the election…Had the flocking and campaigning being regulated, the situation would have been different…We are now in a situation where we have 40000-50000 cases per day…What is point of EC instructions?”, the Court vehemently observed.At the tail end of its Order, the Bench observed,”Had there been some discretion at the time the election campaign was conducted, there would be some difference to the situation we are in today…However, we cannot turn the wheel backward and what has happened has happened” The Kerala High Court had, previously, in a strongly-worded order, enjoined the Election Commission of India, District Collectors (District Electoral Officers), and Commissioners/Superintendents of Police to ensure effective compliance with COVID protocols on the day votes polled in the Kerala Assembly Elections are counted. The Division Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and MR Anitha had directed, “We are certain that the directives of the Election Commission of India and that of the Government cannot merely rest on paper, as it seemingly were when the election campaigns had been completed. This Court cannot, therefore, afford to allow anything to chance, when our State is in the brink of a precipice.” The Court’s observations came in response to a writ petition moved by lawyer Dr KP Pradeep who appeared in his case in-person. His petition sought a declaration that all kinds of public and social gatherings, processions or parades in the ‘name of election oriented or organisational activities by the political parties’ be termed unconstitutional and illegal when COVID-19 protocols are in force. Declaring that the averments presented a compelling public cause, the Court directed strict compliance with all directives issued by the State Government and Election Commission. When the case was first taken, the Court suo motu impleaded the Election Commission and ordered notice to Election Commission’s Standing Counsel Deepu Lal Mohan.Click here to download the OrderTagsKerala Assembly Elections Kerala High Court #Justice Devan Ramachandran Justice Devan Ramachandran Justice Kauser Edappagath Next Storylast_img read more

Donegal men cleared over homeless man’s death in Australia

first_img Previous articleConcern at increasing levels of Covid-19 in DonegalNext articleTraffic calming measures sought for Ramelton approach road News Highland Two Donegal men have been acquitted of murdering a homeless man after arguing they were attacked by the 66 year old after a night out in Sydney.Nathan Kelly, 23, and Christopher McLaughlin, 25, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Paul Tavelardis, who died nine days after an altercation in Grosvenor Crescent, Summer Hill, on December 29, 2018.Both accused men, from the Inishowen area, had spent more than 20 months on remand and have since had their working holiday visas revoked.Over the three-week trial, the jury had heard the two men had been drinking heavily throughout the afternoon and evening before the incident.When they returned to where they lived, the two men said they found Mr Tavelardis trying to break into Mr McLaughlin’s ute.Both men’s barristers said, after a short conversation, the older man struck out at Mr Kelly with a metal pipe.Both men had argued they never formed intent to kill or cause really serious harm and had responded to an attack by Mr Tavelardis, who lived in his car on the street.The Crown had argued the younger men had repeatedly hit the pensioner after he fell to the ground – a claim denied by both men.After deliberating for almost a week, the NSW Supreme Court jury returned not guilty verdicts to both murder and manslaughter. Facebook Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – September 21, 2020 Donegal men cleared over homeless man’s death in Australia Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+center_img Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Southeast Alabama band coming to Troy

first_img “This band has some of the best musicians anywhere and they put on quite a show. I’m just glad they let me stand up there and wave my arms.”The concert will include Broadway tunes, show tunes, marches and some traditional music that will be familiar to everybody.The hour-long concert will include a salute to Glenn Miller.“We’re going to play good music and it will be a good concert and I hope people will come,” Long said. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Anybody that can count to four could direct the Southeast Alabama Community Band.“That’s how good they are,” said Dr. Johnny Long, band director. “Anybody can direct those guys.”“Those guys” are the 55 members of the Southeast Alabama Community Band that will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Southeast Alabama band coming to Troy Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Southeast Alabama Community Band Concert is the last event on the Troy Arts Council’s calendar for 2009. At the concert, the TAC will present its annual music, visual art and volunteer for the arts awards.“These awards are extreme honors for the three recipients and it’s a privilege for the Troy Arts Council to name the award winners,” said Kristy Drinkwater, TAC president. Print Article You Might Like Doctors accept city’s offer The city of Troy soon will become the owner of Troy Regional Medical Center property once again. As proposed by… read more Email the author Skip The concert is free and open to the public.The idea of the Southeast Alabama Community Band originated with Tim and Teresa Sims 10 years ago but Long said he wasn’t sure that they could get up that many people to play.“But I was wrong,” he said. “There was more interest in a community band than I ever thought there would be. We’ve got members from all around. We’ve got outstanding players from here like Teresa Sims, Michael O’Hara, Sam Prater, ‘Doc’ Kirby, Jake Doty, Ray Smith, James Smith, Bill Denison and Ralph Black. I just can’t name them all. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Published 10:29 pm Saturday, May 2, 2009 By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

Doubt over the benefits

first_imgHaveemployee benefits lost their allure for new recruits and is salary the onlyincentive they need? Personnel Today invited HR professionals to discuss theissues at a round-table eventAround 10 to 15 years ago, you took a job hinged, by and large, on thesalary that was offered. Nowadays, the competitive challenges of recruiting andretaining staff, increased employee mobility, the end of the job for life,globalisation and staff demands for more flexibility, have changed all that.Employers are having to be increasingly creative in how they utilisecompensation and benefits. Yet, there is still confusion about the best way to go about recruitment andretention. For instance, in January, employee benefits firm Youatwork reportedthat just one in 10 firms provided staff with assistance when it came toputting family-friendly policies in place, despite nine in 10 believing it willbe an important issue in the next five years. Conversely, earlier this month the Engineering Employers’ Federationpublished research suggesting that simply rewarding people with bigger salariescan give a competitive advantage, with cash still a key factor in attractingand retaining staff. So, how much does salary still count? In an ever tougher recruitment market,how are trends changing, what do graduates want and what impact has thepensions crisis had? With these questions in mind, Personnel Today invited aselect gathering of HR professionals to take part in a round-table discussion,drawing on their experiences to look at where the compensation and benefitsdebate is going. Flexible benefits versus more cash With an innovative flexible benefits package in place since 1997, servingsome 20,000 staff, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been very much in thevanguard of the flexible working revolution. One of the largest schemes of its kind, it works by allowing employees tochoose how they are going to take a percentage of their remuneration packagefrom a central ‘menu’ of benefits – company car, extra holiday, cash, insuranceand so on. It operates through the company intranet and is administered throughan HR transaction centre in the Midlands. “By giving choice you make yourself very attractive. In a diverseworkforce, some people want cars, some people want holidays, some people wantinsurance and that is all very appealing,” explains head of resourcingCharles Macleod. But he adds: “One of the things you have to recognise, is that it [thescheme] is not cheap. There is a lot of administration behind it, and itsimpact on the employee only lasts a certain amount of time.” There could be a backlash against flexible benefits, particularly as theemployment market gets tougher, says Martin Tiplady, HR director for theMetropolitan Police. He argues there is an increasing desire among staff tomove away from what are often perceived as fringe ‘add-ons’, to something moretangible. “With concerns about pensions, final salary schemes and the like, Ihave a funny feeling that what we are missing is the bit that says people’s needsin terms of flexibility may be moving back to the type of more traditionalbenefit where people want more security,” he explains. “As HRprofessionals, we need to be thinking what we could do about it.” Similarly, among employers, there is the concern that you only have aflexible benefits package because everyone else has it, and therefore the onlycompetitive advantage you get for some considerable outlay, is the fact that ifyou don’t have one, you are disadvantaged. Karen Smith, reward manager with HSBC, agrees. “It’s not so much theclerical level entrants, but with graduates it is definitely a problem if youdon’t have flexible benefits, because it is expected of an organisation of oursize,” she says. Tiplady muses: “I wonder whether cash as opposed to the ability to sellcash benefits might by default make its comeback. Bonuses, which werecriticised, could find their way back.” Of course, the ability to offer flexible benefits is very much constrainedby the industry you are in. Ray Ryan, HR director of construction firmMontpelier Group, points out that in that industry, companies are lucky if theymake 2 per cent profit on a contract. “All these nice things that we in HR would like to do, such as flexiblebenefits, are out of the question,” he says. “Most companies in oursector do not have to do any more than our competitors are doing, because noone expects you to be doing it.” Where lower pay is an issue, HSBC, for instance, finds total rewardstatements to be a useful tool, Smith says. “At HSBC Special Retail section, we don’t claim to pay above the market– that is not what we’re about. It’s the benefits and security that we try tosell ourselves on. We have found total reward statements are a powerful toolbecause people can see what their actual worth to the company is on one pieceof paper,” she adds. Due to housing and living costs, the Met has to pay officers more than otherforces, but it also has to be careful not to poach from other forces. But,stresses Macleod, one advantage of flexible benefits is that they can be agreat leveller. “Under the old scheme I had to be at a certain grade to qualify for acompany car or certain benefits, whereas now I have exactly the sameentitlements as someone who has just joined,” he explains. “The maximum percentage is set as regards your notional base salary. Itused to be that 80 per cent had to be taken as cash. You get four weeks’ leave,but can buy an extra week on top of that. Depending on what your base salaryis, you may not be able to afford to do all these things. “One of the things we have to be careful of is that someone doesn’tspend absolutely everything they have in terms of benefits on a really upmarketcar that they then cannot afford to run. So there is a certain amount ofself-control,” he adds. “There is also a degree of scepticism amongjoiners who often express surprise – they say: ‘it can’t be as flexible asthat’, but it is.” Where do pensions, and particularly final salary schemes, fit in? With the collapse in value of stock market-linked pension schemes and therising number of firms closing their final salary schemes, they are becoming amuch more important element of the compensation and benefits mix, Ryanbelieves. “The biggest draw now to attract people is companies that offer finalsalary pension schemes. I wouldn’t have said that two years ago, but I wouldnow. So few companies are now providing them that those that do are stillattractive to individuals,” he says. In the past, people joined a company not really knowing too much about thepension and just being happy there was one, he suggests. “Now they arehaving to think a bit more purposefully about the type of scheme they are beingoffered and whether they actually accept the job. “It has seriously hurt employee relations because of the number ofcompanies that have had to offer money purchase schemes to people joining, orat worst, having to forcibly defer people from final salary schemes and offerthem the chance to go to money purchase schemes,” Ryan says. “It is asignificant problem and it is not limited to any particular industry.” Pensions have also played a major part in the shift in popularity from theprivate sector to the perceivably more secure public sector. “Three or four years ago, the employers of choice were the banks,consultancy firms and dotcoms, because they offered no security with highmaterial rewards,” says Macleod. “If you look at surveys now, it isprofessional services firms that have a dull but secure image – the army,police, public sector, local health authorities – that can offer a differentsort of reward that are popular.” The Met is currently recruiting some 3,500 officers and, despite nocorporate advertising for the past six or seven months, is still receiving 200requests to join each week, says Tiplady. “I do think security is a bit of an issue in terms of the relativeprivilege of working in an organisation where you are not going to be prone tothe vagaries of the stock market,” he explains. How important are flexible benefits to school leavers and graduates? School leavers and graduates may be becoming more sophisticated in what theywant. But, particularly as student debt levels rise ever higher, cash stillremains one of the biggest motivators, Tiplady believes. Yet at the same time,according to Macleod, students do not appear to be as mercenary as they oncewere. “They are much more interested in what your overall contribution is,not only to the business, but to society,” he says. “They are going to employers where they are investing in their personaldevelopment which makes their future progression more likely.” . Seven to eight years ago, the focus was very much on salary, whereas now itis more on creating greater personal capital and getting the right sort ofexperience under your belt to progress, he argues. While younger people may be no more interested in pensions than they were 10years ago, they are more aware of them, Ryan suggests. “I don’t think whether you offer a good or a bad pension is really anissue when you are recruiting someone direct from university, because they havetime on their side,” he says. “But I think they know enough to makeup their minds whether it is important to them to play, or put their money intoproperty.” Is equal pay an issue? HSBC carries out a pay audit each year, which it reports back to the unionand management. “We do have disparities, but it’s always because we haveclusters,” Smith explains. “Females do tend to remain in the lowerpaid roles, they could be the second income generator and so on. But where thejob is like-for-like, we don’t have any disparity there.” At the Met, says Tiplady, the big issue is the fact that just under 17 percent of its officers are women, and most of those are constables. For eachintake of new recruits – there are about 10 a year of 300 people or so – onlyabout 70 to 80 are women. While there is a fair gender balance at the top, the experience you need tomove up as a commander is an area of concern. The force has just introduced afast-track detective scheme for women. Meanwhile, PwC has just carried out an equal pay audit, but the results arenot yet available. “What we know is that when we bring people in atgrassroots level, we bring in equal numbers of men and women,” saysMacleod. “When you look at partner admissions at the top end, there is anunequal number of men and women. Somewhere between joining and that [level]there is a fall away of females, and whether that is around something we do orsomething that happens to them independently of us, we don’t know.” Ultimately, argues Macleod, the debate around compensation and benefits isnot so much about whether one benefit system works better than another, butabout the notion of the employee as stakeholder and the nature of that stake. “Whereas before the debate was around equity stake or a particularfinancial stake, now it is more about the fundamental mode of connectionbetween the employee and employer,” he argues. Report by Nic Paton The participantsCharles Macleod, head of resourcing,PriceWaterhouseCoopersRay Ryan, HRD, Montpelier GroupKaren Smith, reward manager, HSBCMartin Tiplady, HRD, Metropolitan Police Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Doubt over the benefitsOn 27 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more