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As South Sudan rivals agree truce, church plays pivotal role

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Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] South Sudan’s political rivals have struck a new peace deal to end the five-month conflict that has left thousands dead and forced some 1.5 million people to flee their homes.Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan departed early from a London meeting of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee last week when he was summoned to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take part in the May 9 negotiations between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his sacked former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar.It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two rivals since the conflict erupted in December after Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup d’etat. Deng led the two leaders in prayer before they signed the peace deal.But despite the deal, fighting has continued throughout the Upper Nile and Unity states, with each side accusing the other of violating the truce.Deng was appointed chairperson of the national reconciliation committee by Kiir in April 2013, a move that highlights the central role that the church plays in peacebuilding and helping to heal the mental wounds in South Sudan following decades of civil war with the Islamic north.During the past five months, South Sudan has faced its greatest challenge since becoming the world’s newest nation in July 2011, when it seceded from the north in a referendum on independence.As part of the May 9 peace agreement, both leaders have committed to forming a transitional government, the drafting of a new constitution and to new elections.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who has called the Episcopal Church to prayer and action for South Sudan, told ENS May 9 during a break from the Standing Committee meeting that she sees hope “in the presence of Daniel Deng Bul in the midst of conversations, in the midst of challenges between political leaders in his own nation.”“He continues to walk with hope; his people continue to walk with hope; the least we can do is join them.”Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visited South Sudan in late January and witnessed some of the atrocities of the conflict. In an interview with ENS also on May 9 in London, Welby relayed his visit to Bor, in Jonglei State, where he said he saw hundreds of dead bodies lining the streets and where he consecrated a mass grave.In the midst of evil, Welby said that he saw God “in the extraordinary fact that after half a century of civil war, and the hardening that that causes, that we could stand in Bor and see people weeping with compassion because the spirit of God still moves with love in their hearts.”Deng’s role as chair of the reconciliation effort in South Sudan and in the May 9 peace talks in Addis Ababa “speaks volumes to the centrality of the church” in society and in peacebuilding, Welby said. It’s a church, “that has mobilized against despair … and is leading the struggle against violence.”[ooyala code=”FxbDF2bTow_-C_ofdQMOCj8DvyeraYBp” player_id=”d4a5625b85af485eb1fff640076c5be6″]But even as the May 9 truce brings hope, church and world leaders warn that the task of building a lasting peace and rebuilding trust in South Sudan is daunting.The U.N. has accused both the South Sudanese government and the rebels of crimes against humanity and estimates that five million people are now in need of humanitarian aid.“The common people are the ones who suffer always and that’s very much the case in South Sudan,” said Jefferts Schori. “The displacement of people, the people who are starving, the children who are suffering in the midst of this. It’s a humanitarian disaster of the first order. I want to call the church to prayer about this until it is resolved.”Richard Parkins, director of the American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, told ENS: “As we welcome the prospect of peace, let us understand that the cessation of hostility ushers in the opportunity to do some serious peace and reconciliation work to repair the deep mistrust among warring factions that this brutal conflict has produced. We must pray that the church, as the leader in rebuilding trust and fostering healing, will have the strength and wisdom to meet this daunting challenge.”U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was instrumental in bringing Kiir and Machar together, said the agreement “could mark a breakthrough for the future of South Sudan. The hard journey on a long road begins now and the work must continue.”Gabriel Tor, a member of the Sudanese diaspora living in San Jose, California, has looked back on the last five months with despair and describes the peace agreement as “just a glimmer of hope in a desperate situation of crisis.”Tor, who worships at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in San Jose, told ENS in a telephone interview that he wonders if Kiir and Machar would be willing to step aside “and leave the government to the rest of the leaders in South Sudan for a long-lasting peace and reconciliation after the peace process has been finalized. Of course we don’t know yet, but only if the two leaders are committed to what they’ve signed, will the future [bring peace] for the South Sudanese people.”Kiir is Dinka and Machar is of the Nuer tribe, representing the two main Sudanese ethnic groups. Although there have been some ethnic dimensions to the conflict, Tor and many fellow Sudanese, both Dinka and Nuer, share the same view that the disagreements have been primarily political rather than tribal.Tor said that in many places in South Sudan, members of different tribes continue to live peacefully and attend the same churches. They have not been in conflict, he said, “because they realize that the issues are mostly political … But the abuse came when both men [Kiir and Machar] used their tribal names to establish their claims.”But Tor also acknowledged that the situation is complicated, varies from region to region, and that it has been challenging for accurate information to reach all the communities of South Sudan.Welby told ENS that although there has been an ethnic element to the conflict, “to simplify it to the degree of saying that it is a tribal conflict is insane. It’s a mixture of things … It has a very strong economic element. It’s very strongly to do with development and the allocation of resources within that development. It has a lot to do with issues of justice, of accountability, and non-impunity. And I think it has a lot to do with leadership. And there are probably a million other reasons I haven’t thought of and don’t know enough about. All I know is that when we simplify conflicts, we drive out approaches to resolution.”The church has a presence in almost every community in South Sudan, with Episcopalians and Roman Catholics accounting for the vast majority of the population.The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, visited Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in early May to meet with representatives of local churches.In a recent statement, he stressed that the South Sudanese churches have “rich spiritual resources” and play “a significant role in national dialogue, affirming unity and a sense of nation-building by strengthening a process of reconciliation.”“We will pray and work with the churches in South Sudan, while they continue addressing these struggles in their pilgrimage for justice and peace,” he added.Long-standing partnerships with Episcopal dioceses and agencies in the U.S. have brought these issues closer to home. Churchwide advocacy and prayer has meant that the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion has found tangible ways to walk alongside its Sudanese brothers and sisters.“The Episcopal Church has been integrally involved in this issue for several years,” Jefferts Schori said. “I would like Episcopalians to learn more about the situation, to be in contact with their legislators, to pray, and to reach out to the Sudanese in their own neighborhoods.”Jefferts Schori was joined May 9 by heads of the North American Lutheran and Anglican churches in calling the church to prayer, especially as the Episcopal Church calendar commemorates the Martyrs of Sudan on May 16.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations provided a template for an advocacy letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, urging him to support peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.“Prayer at the very least changes our own hearts; it joins us to people who are in the midst of radical suffering; it’s a reminder that we are all connected, that we are all children of the same God,” Jefferts Schori said.Asked why prayer is so important and what difference it makes, Welby said: “As we pray, our hearts and minds are shaped by the wisdom and power of the spirit of God, and as we pray we engage with God in the struggle against human evil … We must be battering at the gates of heaven in prayer; remorseless, unceasing prayer.”For further information about the crisis in South Sudan and resources for prayer, study and action, visit:— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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JCR Presidents criticize Oxford’s response to Amber Rudd ‘no-platforming’

first_imgThe letter concludes with four requests made to the Vice-Chancellor and the University, petitioning for a “public apology to its students” and a commitment to communicating with students before future public responses. The Committee urges for more transparency and greater consideration of student welfare. The letter argues that the University should have consulted students prior to making a public response. The Society’s short-notice cancellation of the International Women’s Day event where Rudd had been invited to speak reignited a debate surrounding freedom of speech at the University. After complaints from students and the Free Speech Union, the University decided to disaffiliate itself from UNWomen Oxford UK Society (Re-named to United Women Oxford Student Society). In a tweet the following day, Oxford University responded: “We strongly disapprove of the decision by the UNWomen Oxford UK Society to disinvite Amber Rudd after she had been asked to speak. Oxford is committed to freedom of speech & opposes no-platforming. We will be taking steps to ensure that this situation doesn’t happen in the future.” PresCom condemns the University’s response primarily because of its lack of consideration of the student body. The letter states the response “failed on a number of premises to fulfil its duty of care to its students”, emphasising that the University’s conduct was “negligent of student wellbeing and welfare” and “lacked any student consultation (despite commenting on student matters)”. Moreover, the Committee accuses the University of following and affirming the supposed “false narrative” presented by national newspapers. PresCom, in compliance with UNWomen Oxford, disagrees with the narrative that this cancellation was an act of no-platforming infringing on the University’s commitments to freedom of speech. The UNWomen Society cancelled the event as a result of student protest against Rudd’s links to the Windrush Scandal and affiliations to other government policies in her time as MP deemed to marginalize vulnerable communities in the UK. The Society claimed that “holding the event would have been incompatible with our intention to be an inclusive and welcoming society.” PresCom stresses they take no stance on no-platforming,focusing solely on the University’s conduct in responding to the issue.   The Committee of Oxford College JCR Presidents published an Open Letter on their Facebook page signed by 25 JCR Presidents on behalf of their respective colleges who have passed motions to condemn the University’s response. We strongly disapprove of the decision by the UNWomen Oxford UK Society to disinvite Amber Rudd after she had been asked to speak.Oxford is committed to freedom of speech & opposes no-platforming. We will be taking steps to ensure that this situation doesn’t happen in future.— University of Oxford (@UniofOxford) March 6, 2020Oxford University’s response to UNWomen Oxford UK disinviting Amber Rudd on March 5th 2020 The letter points to the abuse received by Oxford students who were named in national newspapers which the University did not address in its response. Particularly, they emphasise the neglect of the welfare and opinions of BAME students. The society echoed this in their statement on March 6th, stating: “We believe that the University of Oxford’s statement shows a lack of regard for the welfare of black students”. PresCom further criticizes the University’s lack of transparency in not specifying who its recent statement represents, implying the response is on behalf of the entire University of Oxford whilst disregarding the opposing views of parts of the student body. Cherwell has reached out to United Women Oxford Student Society and the University for further comment. The Committee of Oxford College JCR Presidents (PresCom) has published an Open Letter expressing their “disappointment and deep concerns” with the University of Oxford’s response to the recent ‘no-platforming’ of Amber Rudd by the UNWomen Society. PresCom contends that this response demonstrates “the widely felt sentiment that the University is quick to abandon its students in the face of unwarranted backlash from national newspapers and high-profile individuals”. A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “The University is strongly committed to freedom of speech and opposes no-platforming. We encourage our students to debate and engage with a range of views, and to treat others with the courtesy and dignity that they would expect themselves. The University strongly disapproved of the decision to disinvite Amber Rudd and the Proctors have taken just and proportionate action according to the policies which underpin the University’s stance on freedom of speech.” The letter emphasises that “as students, we want to be able to feel as though we are not only being listened to by our University, but also that our welfare is prioritised.”last_img read more

Immigration swoop on bakery sextet

first_imgImmigration officers have arrested six people on suspicion of working illegally at the Rathbone Kear bakery in Wigan, Greater Manchester.Two men later appeared before Wigan magistrates charged with using false passports to gain employment at the bakery and were served with deportation papers.The court heard that one of the men had been at the bakery for three years, earning a total of £45,000.Prosecutor Anne-Marie Siney said: “This is an offence being committed all over the country.”A spokesman for the Border & Immigration Agency said: “This operation is an example of the work we undertake every week throughout the UK to tackle illegal working.”last_img

Moss Hart is Going Hollywood! Musicalized Version of Hart’s Play Once in a Lifetime Gets Tinseltown Reading

first_img In a statement, the festival co-executive producer Marcia Seligson said, “We’ve been eager to present Going Hollywood for some time. This is the West Coast premiere of one of the marvelous hidden treasures of musical theater.” Can’t catch the play version of Moss Hart’s memoir Act One at LCT? Head west to Cali’s Festival of New American Musicals to see Tony nominee Vicki Lewis in the reading of Going Hollywood. The show is a musical adaptation of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1930 Broadway comedy Once in a Lifetime, which also serves as the inspiration for Hart’s book Act One. The spoof on Hollywood is by Joe Leonardo, Tony winner David Zippel and Jonathan Sheffer, and will be directed by Leonardo. Along with Lewis, the performances will star stage favorites Adam Wylie, Anneliese Van Der Pol and Tim Martin Gleason. They are set to take place on January 22 and 23 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood. We’re hoping it won’t remain hidden for long! View Commentslast_img read more

The proven way to retire rich

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Looking for more money for your retirement?by: Patrick MorriesWho isn’t? This study reveals that there is one sure-fire way to get it.The studyLast year, the National Bureau of Economic Research with professors from the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, and North Carolina State University, released a study entitled “Financial Knowledge and 401(k) Investment Performance.”In it the authors found that individuals who had the most financial knowledge — as measured through five questions about personal finance principles — had investment returns that were on average 1.3% higher annually — 9.5% versus 8.2% — than those who had the least financial knowledge.While this difference may not sound consequential, the authors noted that it “is a substantial difference, enhancing the retirement nest egg of the most knowledgeable by 25% over a 30-year work life.” continue reading »last_img read more

Serie A appoints Genius Sports as data lead for betting services

first_img Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Jack Davison – Genius SportsAhead of the start of a new European football season, sports data and technology provider Genius Sports Group secures the official rights to collect and distribute Serie A betting data through its Betgenius subsidiary.Strengthening Serie A integrity provisions, Genius Sports will capture match data utilising its in-stadia pitchside technology, which instantaneously distributes a live feed to licensed sportsbook operators via Betgenius services.Genius Sports details that its sportsbook customers will have access to the ‘most accurate and reliable real-time data feed’ on Serie A fixtures, allowing bookmakers to optimise markets with premium content and data, whilst providing Serie A solid returns from wagering on its games.In addition, Serie A stakeholders are set to benefit with enhanced control and visibility over the use of the league’s betting data.Genius Sports informs that Serie A will launch its first rights enforcement initiative, which will include the identification and ejection of unauthorised data collectors operating in-stadia.Jack Davison, Chief Commercial Officer of Genius Sports Group, said: “Our partnership with Serie A is another example where we work with the most important global sports competitions to ensure our sportsbook operators have complete confidence in the security of their data supply and that our organisation will deliver the most trusted and compelling betting products to operators around the world. We look forward to working alongside Serie A to help extend the reach one of the largest leagues in world football.” Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

Gonzaga Basketball director heads youth hoop camp at Selkirk College

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints Athletics program and Kootenay Basketball have teamed up to present a new basketball camp for boys and girls aged 11-18 year olds under the guidance of Director of Men’s Basketball at Gonzaga University, Jerry Krause.Krause, who instructed last season during a camp at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, has been a professional basketball scout and general manager for such franchises as the Baltimore Bullets and the Chicago Bulls. He is also a two-time recipient of the NBA’s Executive of the Year award. Highly regarded as a master of the fundamentals, Krause has authored 13 instructional coaching books on basketball and has been honoured for his efforts as a coach, educator and administrator.The camp for boys and girls 11-14yrs of age will take place on October 22 from 5:30-8:30pm and a similar session will be held for boys and girls 15yrs of age and older on October 23 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.All camps will take place at the Castlegar Campus gymnasium. For more information and registration forms please visit or contact Vivian Kingdon of Kootenay Basketball at [email protected]last_img read more

Injury-riddled Leafs move back atop Murdoch after 5-1 win over Braves

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to find ways to win.Despite an injury bug that has riddled the team for past month, the Leafs were able to stuff the Spokane Braves 5-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.“It’s a concern but it does allow us to get some affiliate players into the roster,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan.Against the Murdoch Division rivals, three players from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League — Ainge McGready-Bruce, Keaton Roch and Matthew Brind “Amour — helped fill some of the holes in the lineup created by injuries to forwards Dylan Williamson, Timothy Nichols, Blair Andrews and defenceman Patrick Croome.Aaron Dunlap, Austin Lindsay, Michael Crawford, Darnel St. Pierre and newcomer Joel Huber scored for the Leafs.Tanner Stolz scored the lone goal of the game for Spokane in the third period.Joey Karrer had a light night of work between the pipes, stopping 22 of 23 shots as the home side held periods leads of 1-0 and 4-0.McLellan had hoped to find some help for the depleted lineup via the trade wire but the Leaf coach didn’t find any dance partners prior to Monday’s December 1 BC Hockey roster deadline.Teams must declare their roster, up to 25 players, before midnight Monday. The only move McLellan made was release forward Aidan Geiger. The move reduces the roster to 20 players, and leaves McLellan with five cards available to make additions to the team before the final roster deadline January 10, 2015.“We really know what we want to accomplish by January 10 so we got our roster down to 20 which made sense for us going forward,” McLellan explained.“We’re going to carry five cards over from now until January 10. This allows us to do the things we wanted to when players become available.”“We felt that was more important with the short window between the (Christmas) break and January 10,” McLellan added.Despite all the headaches the Leafs have experienced with regards to the injury bug, Nelson remains in the hunt for top spot in the division.“It’s a credit to the hardworking group we have here,” said McLellan when asked about the reason for the team success.“I hope it’s our structure too,” he adds.“We play a structured style of play so we make it tough on teams to generate offence against us. We’ve done a good job of that all year hopefully it can continue.”Nelson, moving into sole posession of top spot in the Murdoch Division, two points ahead of Castlegar Rebels, has six games remaining before the Christmas break.The Leafs embark on a two-game swing through the Eddie Mountain Division, beginning Friday in Golden against the Rockets. Nelson plays Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday.The 18-6-2-1-2 Leafs travel to Grand Forks December 12 before returning home the next night, December 13, to host the Braves again.ICE CHIPS: Nelson’s wounded Dylan Williamson, Timothy Nichols, Blair Andrews and defenceman Patrick Croome all could be out of the lineup for what could be an extended period of time. Andrews has played two games since October 14. . . . Joel Huber, Matt MacDonald, Darnel St. Pierre, Austin Lindsay, and team captain Aaron Dunlap each finished the game with two points. . . .Nelson out shot the Braves 37-23. Ironically, the Braves are the next home opponents as Nelson heads out on a three-game trip away from the NDCC Arena, starting Friday in the East Kootenay.last_img read more

Govt moves on social service delivery

first_img2 September 2013 Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Sunday launched a new project to expand social services to 1 300 of South Africa’s poorest wards, calling on community members to lend their support to the department and its agencies. Project Mikondzo (“footprint” in Xitonga) will see office-bound officials from the department, the National Development Agency and the SA Social Security Agency joining frontline officials in interact with communities in a bid to tackle issues such as poverty, malnutrition, child-headed households, and violence against women. The 1 300 wards form part of 23 district municipalities from seven provinces which have been prioritised by the Cabinet for additional support. The project includes an audit of early childhood development centres and the setting up of a command centre with a toll-free hotline open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also includes a current substance abuse awareness campaign targeting sports and music events, the targeting of gender-based violence and the strengthening of non-profit organisations. Dlamini said the roll-out would help the government reach about two-million children who qualify for child support grants but who have not registered with the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) to receive grants. Teams of officials have already entered Mpumalanga through the province’s social cluster, while other teams have entered a number of district municipalities across the country. These include the Elias Motswaledi District Municipality in Limpopo, the Amathole, OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo District Municipalities in the Eastern Cape, and the West Rand Municipality in Gauteng. The project will be funded using budget from Sassa and the department, but the department does plan to approach the National Treasury for funding in future financial years. “The service delivery improvements we want to introduce will be informed by our engagements with provincial and municipal authorities, councilors, ward committees and social workers who will provide us with first-hand information about the situation on the ground in their various areas,” Dlamini said.Audit of early childhood development centres The audit of early childhood development centres, which will cover 19 971 registered and unregistered centres, aims to establish among other things the kind of services that these centres offer and the quality of infrastructure and resources available to the centres. The department began auditing centres in the Northern Cape last month and will cover those in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State this month, with the audit expected to cover other provinces in October and November. About 1 000 unemployed young people have been recruited and trained to carry out the audit. Dlamini said she also wanted all early childhood development centres to be registered and the practitioners that work in them to be appropriately trained. The department has already begun training caregivers to improve assistance to child and youth-headed households. The department is also carrying out an audit of 92 000 child-headed households that are in the Statistics SA database to ensure compliance with the Children’s Act definition of a child-headed household. Regarding concerns that women were abusing the child-care grant, the minister said a desktop study revealed that most mothers only began applying for grants when their children were three years old, suggesting that the majority were not falling pregnant simply to get hold of a grant. She said there had been an outcry over the department not offering additional services to young mothers receiving grants, but the department was looking into offering extra services to mothers who receive grants. Source: read more

Percival nominated for American Lamb Board

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association met to provide a slate of nominees for the Secretary of Agriculture to consider for appointment to the boards of the American Lamb Board and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.The nominations include Ohio’s Jim Percival, who is a candidate for the seat on the board serving producers with less than 100 head of lambs. Percival, a Greene County sheep producer for the last 45 years, is being nominated to a second term on the board. He owns a small family-run operation that markets lambs to local stores or farmer’s markets.“We believe we have provided nominees for the secretary’s consideration that are experienced and dedicated sheep producers who have served their industry at the local, state and national levels and who represent a broad range of production, marketing, finance and management experience from coast to coast,” said Burton Pfliger, ASI president.ASI is a certified nominating organization and, as such, is required to provide at least two recommendations for each open board seat.last_img read more