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first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Los protectores del agua y sus partidarios celebran victoria de los nativoamericanos El gobierno federal impide que el oleoducto atraviese los suministros de agua de los sioux Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Por Lynette WilsonPosted Dec 7, 2016 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Indigenous Ministries, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC 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 Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Director of Music Morristown, NJ center_img Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Fuegos artificiales sobre el campamento de Oceti Sakowin para celebrar el anuncio del gobierno federal el 4 de diciembre de que no permitiría que el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas atraviese el rio Misurí a la altura del lago Oahe. Foto de Michael Pipkin/Facebook.[Episcopal News Service] Capellanes episcopales y de otras religiones estaban a punto de levantar una tienda en el campamento de Oceti Sakowin el 4 de diciembre cuando un mensajero se acercó corriendo y les pidió que se unieron al grupo que ya empezaba a reunirse en torno al fuego sagrado que arde en el centro del campamento. Ellos dejaron la tienda a medio hacer, con los postes clavados en el suelo, y acudieron enseguida.Al tiempo que se sumaban a centenares de personas en torno al fuego, el presidente de la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta [Standing Rock] Dave Archambault II tomaba el micrófono para anunciar que el gobierno federal decía que no permitiría que el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas cruzara por debajo del rio Misurí a la altura del lago Oahe, la fuente de agua potable de unas 8.000 personas que viven en la reserva de Roca Enhiesta, la cual abarca una extensión de 930.000 hectáreas entre los estados de Dakota del Norte y Dakota del Sur.“Es importante para todas las personas que nos apoyaron, que han estado con nosotros”, dijo Archambault. “Es gigantesco. Es enorme”.Él llamó a los presentes a llevarse consigo las lecciones aprendidas del movimiento “El agua es la vida” para restaurar a familias y comunidades y para crear un futuro mejor.“Es el momento ahora de avanzar y de no olvidar. Estoy sencillamente muy agradecido de todos ustedes”, dijo Archambault.La multitud de miles de personas, muchos de los cuales habían estado acampados por oponerse al controversial oleoducto, prorrumpieron en aplausos; hubo lágrimas y la gente se abrazaba en ánimo de celebración.Miles de personas, entre ellos nativoamericanos e indígenas en representación de unas 300 tribus de todo el mundo, ha viajado a Dakota del Norte en los últimos meses en una muestra de solidaridad sin precedentes con la nación sioux de Roca Enhiesta.“En nombre de la Iglesia Episcopal les ofrezco mi gratitud al presidente Barack Obama y a su gobierno por defender los derechos de los pueblos indígenas de Estados Unidos. Aplaudimos la decisión del Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. de negar el permiso para que el oleoducto pase por debajo del lago Oahe”, dijo el obispo primado Michael Curry, que acudió a Roca Enhiesta en septiembre pasado. “Personalmente le doy gracias a todos los que han contribuido a amplificar las voces del pueblo de Roca Enhiesta, llamando nuestra atención a los errores e injusticias históricos e instándonos a todos a considerar una nueva visión de cómo podríamos amar a Dios, amarnos los unos a los otros y amar la creación.“Estoy agradecido y honrado por los protectores del agua de Roca Enhiesta, cuyo leal testimonio sirve como ejemplo de valor moral, de integridad espiritual y de genuina preocupación por toda la familia humana y por la creación de Dios. Aprecio igualmente el sacrificio y el ejemplo de los militares veteranos, de los clérigos de todas las religiones y de los capellanes asistenciales que acompañaron a los protectores del agua durante los momentos decisivos de su lucha”.La decisión del 4 de diciembre se produjo mientras veteranos de las Fuerzas Armadas de EE.UU. se desplegaban por el campamento para servir de escudo entre los protectores del agua no violentos y los agentes de la fuerza pública en lo que había llegado a ser un enfrentamiento militarizado y cada vez más violento. En un momento parecía que los protectores serían obligados a evacuar el campamento de Oceti Sakowin, situado en terrenos federales justo al sur del río Cannonball sobre la Autopista 1806.El Rdo. John Floberg, sacerdote supervisor de las iglesias episcopales del lado de Dakota del Norte de Roca Enhiesta, de pie con la bandera de la Iglesia Episcopal en el campamento de Oceti Sakowin el 4 de diciembre. Foto de Lauren Stanley“Sin palabras … completamente anonadado. Siempre esperé por este día”, dijo el Rdo. John Floberg —sacerdote supervisor de las iglesias episcopales del lado de Dakota del Norte de Roca Enhiesta, quien ha dirigido el continuo apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal a los protectores del agua—, luego de que la medida se anunciara. Las lágrimas rodaban por sus mejillas al tiempo de expresar su gratitud “a todos los que respondieron el llamado y se mostraron solidarios con Roca Enhiesta. Este es el momento Kairós y estamos en medio de él”.“Quiero darle las gracias a todos, de todas las tradiciones religiosas, que vinieron a apoyarnos… Este es el terreno común de catolicorromanos a ortodoxos y a wicanos, este es el terreno común de todas las religiones, estamos en un nuevo lugar”.En el momento en que concluía el anuncio, miles de personas se habían reunido en torno al fuego sagrado, “uno podía percibir el júbilo, la sorpresa y el entusiasmo que los unía a todos; era como si toda la tierra estuviese vibrando”, dijo el Rdo. Lauren Stanley, presbítero superintendente de la misión episcopal occidental de Rosebud en Dakota del Sur, añadiendo que los fuegos artificiales y los cánticos de victoria se prolongaron durante la noche. “Estaban dándoles las gracias a todos los que los apoyaron, ha sido una manera de demostrarle al gobierno que a la gente si le importa y que no ha sido un asunto [exclusivamente] del pueblo nativo”.La tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta elogió a la administración de Obama y al gobierno federal por su decisión.“Apoyamos de todo corazón la decisión de la administración y encomiamos con la mayor gratitud el coraje que conllevó de parte del presidente Obama, del Cuerpo [de Ingenieros] del Ejército, del Departamento de Justicia y del Departamento del Interior tomar las medidas adecuadas para corregir el curso de la historia y para hacer lo correcto”, dijo la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta en un comunicado del 4 de diciembre en respuesta a la decisión del Ejército. “La tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta y toda la nación india estarán eternamente agradecidas al gobierno de Obama por esta decisión histórica”.La declaración de la tribu prosiguió agradeciéndole a la juventud de la tribu que inició el movimiento “El agua es la vida”; a los activistas y millones de personas en todo el mundo que apoyaron su causa; a los miles de partidarios que acudieron a los campamentos y a las decenas de miles que donaron tiempo, talento y dinero a sus “empeños de protestar contra el oleoducto en nombre de la protección del agua. Le damos especiales gracias a todas las otras naciones y jurisdicciones tribales que estuvieron solidariamente con nosotros y que están dispuestos a acompañarles si los necesitan y cuando los necesiten”.El Ejército basó su decisión del 4 de diciembre en la necesidad de explorar rutas alternativas para el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas “que se ajusten mejor a una Declaración de Impacto Medioambiental con pleno respaldo y análisis público”.El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. inició una revisión del permiso el 9 de septiembre, cuando dio instrucciones que se suspendiera la construcción del oleoducto de 1886 kilómetros de longitud y 76 cm. de diámetro, en condiciones de transportar 570.000 galones de petróleo al día desde los campos petrolíferos de Bakken en el noroeste de Dakota del Norte —a través de Dakota del Sur y Iowa— hasta Illinois desde donde se enviará a las refinerías. El oleoducto debía pasar a un kilómetro de la reserva sioux de Roca Enhiesta y los líderes tribales en repetidas ocasiones expresaron su preocupación por la posibilidad de un derrame de petróleo que afectara el suministro de agua de la reserva, y la amenaza que el oleoducto constituía para sus sitios sagrados y para los derechos acordados por tratados [con el gobierno federal].En septiembre, las agencias federales dijeron que el caso exigía la necesidad de un debate en relación con una reforma nacional que tomara en consideración los puntos de vista de las tribus sobre proyectos de infraestructura.Energy Transfer Partners [la compañía constructora del oleoducto] respondió el 4 de diciembre diciendo que ella y su socio Sunoco Logistics Partners están “plenamente comprometidos a garantizar que este proyecto vital se lleve a término y que esperan concluir la construcción del oleoducto sin ningún desvío adicional en y en torno al lago Oahe. Nada de lo que esta administración haya hecho hoy cambia eso en modo alguno”.La declaración seguía diciendo: “La instrucción de la Casa Blanca al Cuerpo de Ingenieros, para otra dilación no es más que la última de una serie de acciones políticas notorias y transparentes de una administración que ha abandonado el imperio de la ley para congraciarse con un grupo político estrecho de miras y extremista”.El presidente electo Donald J. Trump dice que él apoya la terminación del oleoducto.Agentes del orden público se han retirado del puente Backwater en la Autopista 1806 cera de la reserva sioux de Roca Enhiesta en Dakota del Norte. El puente había estado bloqueado desde la confrontación del 27 de octubre y es una arteria vital para los vehículos de emergencia que lleven a personas de la reserva de Roca Enhiesta al hospital. El 5 de diciembre la carretera seguía cerrada. Michael PipkinIncluso mientras celebraban la victoria del 4 de diciembre, los protectores del agua y sus aliados se preparaban para el largo invierno y el camino a seguir.“La gente no se irá hasta que esta situación esté segura y hasta que la victoria ganada ayer se mantenga, tenemos confianza de que se mantendrá incluso con la nueva administración presidencial”, dijo Floberg en una entrevista telefónica el 5 de diciembre con Episcopal News Service. “¿Algunas personas regresarán a sus casas? Sí, puede haber una larga disminución ahora mismo, pero se mantendrá una presencia importante que llamará de vuelta a esta fuerza popular de todo este país y de todo el mundo si este rumbo no se mantiene”.Aunque la decisión del 4 de diciembre es una victoria, el caso no está cerrado. El 15 de noviembre Energy Transfer Partners, la compañía constructora del oleoducto con sede en Dallas, Texas, entabló una demanda legal en que solicitaba la intervención de un tribunal federal para terminar el proyecto.Veteranos se unen a los activistas en una marcha hasta el puente de Backwater frente al campamento de Oceti Sakowin el 5 de diciembre en medio de una nevada mientras los “protectores del agua” siguen manifestándose contra los planes de hacer pasar el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas por terrenos adyacentes a la reserva india de Roca Enhiesta, cerca de Cannon Ball, Dakota del Norte. Foto de Lucas Jackson/REUTERS.La situación sobre el terreno se intensificó a fines de noviembre, e inicialmente, el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. y el alguacil del Condado de Morton pidieron la evacuación del campamento de Oceti Sakowin, pero ambas [entidades] se han echado atrás desde entonces. La fecha límite del 5 de diciembre para la evacuación coincidió con el planeado “despliegue” sobre el terreno de los veteranos de las Fuerzas Armadas. A la espera de la llegada de los veteranos, la nación sioux de Roca Enhiesta les pidió a los capellanes que estuvieran presentes.Después del anuncio del 4 de diciembre y de la celebración inicial, los capellanes episcopales y de otras religiones regresaron a levantar su tienda, y en las primeras horas de la mañana del 5 de diciembre, ya estaban activos ofreciendo bienestar y cuidado pastoral a los protectores del agua y sus aliados en el campamento de Oceti Sakowin.“Vamos de dos en dos llamando a las tiendas para cerciorarnos de que las personas tienen suficiente calefacción; si no la tienen podemos ayudarles a calentar el lugar, tenemos calefactores de manos y mantas”, dijo el Rdo. Michael Pipkin, ex capellán de la Armada y miembro del personal diocesano de Minnesota, que está coordinando la respuesta de los capellanes.Las temperaturas estuvieron alrededor de los -10 C. en la mañana del 5 de diciembre y para el mediodía estaba nevando. Se prevé que las temperaturas desciendan según avance la semana.Una vez que las necesidades físicas de la persona están atendidas, Pipkin dijo que los capellanes pasan a “la labor intensa del alma”, haciéndoles a las personas preguntas de este tipo ,”¿Cómo te sientes?, ¿Qué significa esto para ti?”¨.“Todos entendemos que este es un lugar de oración, el campamento de Oceti Camp es un campamento de oración. En toda mi vida, nunca he estado rodeado de tanta gente orando y orando por una sola causa… esta es una oración activa y una acción devota todo al mismo tiempo”, afirmó él.La Rda. Lauren Stanley, presbítera superintendente de la misión episcopal occidental de Rosebud en Dakota del Sur, quien lleva en la cabeza un gorro rojo con un letrero al frente que dice “chaplain” [capellán], aparece aquí junto al Rdo. John Floberg, sacerdote supervisor de las iglesias episcopales en la parte de Dakota del Norte de Roca Enhiesta. Foto de Paul J. Lebens-Englund/FacebookTreinta capellanes, entre ellos episcopales, unitarios, cuáqueros, capellanes de hospitales y prisiones, están pasando sus días en el campamento hasta el 7 de diciembre, mientras duermen en el suelo de la iglesia episcopal de Santiago Apóstol (St. James’], en la vecindad de Cannon Ball. En la noche del 4 de diciembre, dijo Pipkin, había una fila de veteranos de conflictos recientes y pasados que estaban a la espera de entrar en el campamento.“He visto a veteranos en sillas de ruedas … Acabo de ver a un veterano de 80 años [que ha venido] de Alaska; es algo fascinante para mí”, afirmó. “Ha sido muy reconfortante, como un veterano que ha experimentado el conflicto”.También el 5 de diciembre, durante una ceremonia de perdón que tuvo lugar en el pabellón del Casino y Centro Recreativo de los Caballeros de la Pradera [Knights Prairie Casino and Resort] en la reserva de Roca Enhiesta, veteranos no nativos, entre ellos Wesley Clark Jr., hijo del general retirado del Ejército de Estados Unidos, estuvo de rodillas durante 14 minutos pidiéndoles perdón a los ancianos [de las tribus] por los pecados cometidos por el gobierno de EE.UU. contra los nativoamericanos. Luego de la ceremonia, se les pidió a los veteranos nativoamericanos que se acercaran y entablaran relaciones con los que se disculpaban, y ellos así lo hicieron intercambiando abrazos y apretones de mano, dijo Stanley.“Perdón y reconciliación es de lo que hablaba Dave Archambault y, desde luego, eso encuentra eco entre nosotros los episcopales”, recalcó Stanley. “Esto es un capítulo completamente nuevo entre los nativos y el resto de Estados Unidos”.La Iglesia Episcopal ha apoyado a los protectores del agua y sus aliados desde agosto cuando la oposición al Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas comenzó como [un movimiento] en serio. Y el apoyo continuará, dijo Floberg.La Iglesia seguirá proporcionando consuelo y cuidado pastoral a la gente sobre el terreno, y Floberg continúa animando a los episcopales a venir a Roca Enhiesta en prueba de solidaridad; ayer, al tiempo que se hacía el anuncio [de la suspensión] un grupo de Rochester, Nueva York, se dirigía hacia allá.“Lo que hacemos es estar donde está la gente, es donde la Iglesia pertenece, entre la gente, y seguimos llamando a los episcopales y al clero a venir y dar testimonio aquí. No estamos pidiéndole a la gente que regrese [a sus casas]”.— Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. La Rda. Lauren Stanley colaboró reportando desde el terreno en Dakota del Norte. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Dakota Access Pipeline, Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Standing Rock Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group last_img read more


first_imgA gathering of African Union member-states and the People’s Republic of China on Dec. 4-5 under the banner of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation has placed strong emphasis on greater collaboration between the two regions based on mutual benefit. It was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, under the theme “China-Africa Progressing Together: Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development.”Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized during his speech before the FOCAC Summit that Beijing has become Africa’s principal cooperation partner in several significant areas. By the conclusion of 2014, the volume of Chinese investment in Africa reached $101 billion in more than 3,100 Africa-based enterprises. During 2014, bilateral trade reached $221.9 billion. (Xinhua, Dec. 5)Xi announced that China was offering $60 billion in funding, including $5 billion of grant assistance and interest-free loans, $35 billion in preferential loans and export credits on more favorable terms, $5 billion each in additional capital to both the China-Africa Development Fund and the Special Loan for the Development of African SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises), and a China-Africa production capacity cooperation fund, with initial capital funding of $10 billion.AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said, “President Xi Jinping’s speech was great in the sense that it identified areas where Africa is interested in and which are in our agenda 2063. Those are areas we are going to cooperate on and take this relationship to new heights.” (Xinhua, Dec. 7)China-Africa cooperation on infrastructurePlan 2063 is a 50-year plan for development and unification outlined at the 2013 AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A state-of-the-art AU headquarters in Addis Ababa was recently constructed by the Chinese.Dlamini-Zuma also said, “We are going to cooperate with China whether in modernizing agriculture, infrastructure, energy, training of the young people and culture. The cooperation with China will enable us to implement the three network projects, which include highways, railways and aviation.”During President Xi’s Africa tour to both South Africa and neighboring Zimbabwe earlier that week, some 26 agreements were signed that center around the construction and strengthening of infrastructural development, which will result in what Xi called “win-win cooperation.”Hosted by President Jacob Zuma of the ruling African National Congress party, the Johannesburg gathering represented the continuation of a decades-long relationship, dating back to the early years of the Chinese Revolution, which paralleled the emergence of the national independence movements on the African continent. During the course of various political and military struggles against colonialism, China, under the leadership of the Communist Party, has provided material and political support.Currently, China, through its role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has blocked the imposition of even more draconian Western sanctions against the states of Sudan and Zimbabwe. Beijing also deploys troops as participants in peacekeeping operations in the Darfur region of Sudan and in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti.The South African gathering is the latest in a series of such meetings since 2000. There have been five other ministerial conferences, four of them held in Beijing.The current meeting, officially described as the second FOCAC Summit, was treated as a major event in both geopolitical regions. Preliminary meetings, as well as the two days of deliberations, placed the summit in the context of the world economic crisis, which has impacted both China and the African continent.Before the summit, Xi Jinping visited Zimbabwe, led by President Robert Mugabe, who is the current AU rotating chair. Xi signed additional agreements with Zimbabwe, which is still under sanctions by the U.S. and other imperialist countries. Zimbabwe’s state media gave lead coverage to the visit of President Xi and his large delegation.The Zimbabwe Herald on Dec. 2 reported: “Landmark deals worth $4 billion signed between Zimbabwe and China on [Dec. 1] will convert provisions of the Government’s economic blueprint, Zim-Asset, into programs of action. The two nations signed 12 investment agreements covering different sectors of the economy. The deals include financing for the expansion of the Hwange Power Station, construction of a new parliament building and a pharmaceutical warehouse, expansion of a national fiber-optic broadband project and provisions of wildlife monitoring equipment.”Western banks suppressed developmentZimbabwe is still overwhelmed with debts to global capitalist financial institutions. An attempt to reschedule its obligations to Western banks and their subservient lending agencies will prove formidable in light of declining commodity prices that the African state depends on to earn foreign exchange revenue known as hard currency.The Herald article adds: “Zimbabwe has, for over 15 years, been unable to secure long-term loans to fund infrastructure because it is in arrears with global lenders — the [International Monetary Fund] and the World Bank. However, the multilateral institutions might resume financial support to Zimbabwe after a deal was struck with international creditors on how the country intends to repay its arrears. Zimbabwe intends to clear its arrears to the three multinational institutions, the IMF ($110 million), the World Bank ($1.15 billion) and the [African Development Bank] ($601 million) by the end of April 2016.”In South Africa, Xi signed agreements worth $6.5 billion with the ANC-led government. These agreements are mainly designed to build infrastructure in the continent’s most industrialized nation.During Xi’s visit, President Zuma championed relations between South Africa and China as being at their “best ever” after the two leaders held discussions concentrating on the boosting of investments.“China and South Africa relations are at a new historical level. We want to build it into a model for relationships between China and other emerging economies,” Xi told media representatives after the initial talks. (TVC, Dec. 3)In response to criticism leveled by Western imperialist states, including the U.S., over allegations that Africa-China relations represent a new form of “colonialism,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta rejected this, saying that both regions are benefiting from the burgeoning partnerships. “China is ready to help us develop and meet our socio-economic objectives without imposing its agenda on us. This is the outstanding aspect of our cooperation with China,” Kenyatta said at the FOCAC Summit.Xinhua news agency quoted Kenyatta: “China is doing what the colonialists failed to do in the past: help Africa out of poverty.” (Dec. 5)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img“We urge the Slovak president to use her power of veto and to reject these amendments, which could lead to abuses,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “It is vital, at time when the media are still revealing information about Ján Kuciak’s murder that could affect certain politicians, that none of them should be able to obstruct the freedom to inform.” September 17, 2019 – Updated on September 18, 2019 Slovak president urged to veto extending politicians’ right of reply RSF_en SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Organisation February 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Slovakia June 2, 2021 Find out more News News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU The election of Čaputová – a lawyer who had been a harsh critic of Slovakia’s corrupt oligarchs – as president in March of this year raised hopes that the political elites would moderate their attitude to the country’s journalists and media. Help by sharing this information center_img Slovakia is ranked 35th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 18 places in the past two years. Receive email alerts to go further Robert Fico, who was forced to resign as prime minister in March 2018 after investigative reporter Ján Kuciak’s murder the previous month, had declared a “war” on journalists and had threatened to reform the media law to give his party, Smer-SD an effective weapon against what he called “media terror.” December 2, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Slovakia’s president not to sign the media lawamendments that the country’s parliament passed today, because they would give Slovakpoliticians an automatic right of reply in the media if the reports in question are “not true or are misleading”. News This threat has just been realized in the form of the amendments passed today by parliament extending politicians’ right of reply. These amendment now only need the approval of the new president, Zuzana Čaputová, to become law. SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence News The Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová / AFP Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe”last_img read more


first_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Pinterest News Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleGardai seeking designation of more GoSafe zones in DonegalNext articlePope Francis praises his predecessor News Highland By News Highland – March 15, 2013 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Three men appear at Derry Magistrates Court Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Facebook Three men have appeared at Derry Magistrates Court charged with assisting in arranging a meeting addressed by a member of a proscribed organisation.The three were released on conditional bail, to appear again on April 25th.Eamon Mc Dermott was in court……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/emcd1pm.mp3 [/podcast]last_img read more


first_imgTop Stories’Will Pave Way For My Evolution’ : Madras HC Judge Decides To Have Psycho-Education Session To Understand Same-Sex Relations Better Akshita Saxena28 April 2021 9:13 AMShare This – xJustice N. Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court on Wednesday remarked that he is not fully “woke” to the concept of same-sex relationships and that he will undertake an education session with a psychologist to understand the same. The psycho-education session, the Judge said, will help me understand same-sex relationships better and will pave way for my evolution. The development happened during hearing of a protection plea filed by a same-sex couple. Significantly, the Judge had earlier asked the couple and their parents to undergo counselling in order to understand each other better. As there was significant progress between the parties, the Court was asked to issue certain guidelines to deal with cases of similar nature, so that persons involved in same sex relationships are treated with dignity and their safety is also ensured. It is at this juncture that Justice Venkatesh observed, “Insofar as the request made by the learned counsel for the petitioners for setting out guidelines in cases of this nature is concerned, I want to give myself some more time to churn.” He added, “Ultimately in this case, the words must come from my heart and not from my head, and the same will not be possible if I am not fully “woke” on this aspect. For this purpose, I want to subject myself for psycho-education with Ms.Vidhya Dinakaran and I would request the psychologist to fix a convenient appointment for the same.”He stated that if writes an order in this regard after undergoing psycho-education, the words will fall from his heart.Same-Sex Relationships- “I Am Trying To Break My Own Preconceived Notions”: Madras High Court Judge So far as parties in the case are concerned, the Court noted that the Petitioner-couple is safely taken care of by an NGO and they also continue to talk with their parents on a regular basis. However, the parents had expressed various concerns regarding stigma attached to same-sex couples and confusions regarding the lineage, adoption and other normal consequences that follow a heterosexual relationship. In this backdrop, the Court noted that the evolution (of parents) cannot take place over night and it requires continuous effort to bring in a change. It therefore directed the parents of the Petitioners to undergo one more round of counselling with the concerned psychologist. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsMadras High Court #Justice N. Anand Venkatesh Same-Sex Orientation LGBT Rights Same Sex Marriage Next Storylast_img read more


first_img Twitter By News Highland – October 24, 2018 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA 21 year old arrested following burglaries in Sion Mills area WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday October 24thNext articleLangan’s goal secures quarter final place for LYIT News Highland A 21 year old man has been arrested following two burglaries in the Sion Mills area at the weekend.St Theresa’s Church and a restaurant across the street were both targeted by thieves in the early hours of Sunday morning.Two tills and an ATM reader were stolen from the restaurant.The man, who was arrested last night, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebookcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more


first_img Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Government consider telling people not to travel to North WhatsApp Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleBed crisis at Carndonagh must be addressed – DohertyNext articlePlayers gave magnificent effort – Declan Devine News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – November 26, 2020 Facebookcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Twitter The government is strongly considering telling people not to travel to Northern Ireland from next week, due to the region’s Covid-19 crisis. Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told his party colleagues last night the measure may be introduced, but no final decision has been made.The cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 will meet this evening to finalise plans to exit level five next week, ahead of an announcement tomorrow.It’s believed shops, gyms and hairdressers will be the first to reopen, with restaurants and hotels expected to follow.Former HSE director-general Tony O’Brien lives in Co Louth – and says the government would be right to advise against travel to the North:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/viruslead7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink According to Kroll’s analysis, about half of all appraisal reductions effectuated in the past two years seem to have been “automatic,” meaning that an updated appraisal was not received within the specified 30-60 day timeframe, so that an ARA value equal to a quarter of the loan’s unpaid principal balance was applied by default.A historical analysis found that appraisal reductions were a good predictor of eventual losses. Of 59 loans disposed between 2014 and 2019 that had non-automatic ARAs, 44 ended up with realized losses that were larger than their initial reduction amounts.Still, “[w]hile a historical perspective may give some guidance, in these uncertain times, past results may not predict future losses,” the analysts note.Contact Kevin Sun TagscmbsCommercial Real Estatedistressed debtTRD Insights 229 West 43rd Street in New York and Two Westlake Park in Texas. New York and Texas are the states with the largest exposure to loans with appraisal reductions. (Photos via iStock; Google Maps; JLL)As delinquency rates for commercial mortgage-backed securities settle into a new normal after early pandemic chaos, other market metrics give an indication of more struggles to come.One such data point is appraisal reduction amounts, which come into play when a CMBS loan encounters a triggering event such as serious delinquency or insolvency. The calculation of a loan’s ARA is determined not only by the appraised value of a property, but also by factors such as the unpaid loan principal balance and reserve funds.There were 111 outstanding CMBS loans with ARAs at the end of 2019, but by November 2020, that figure had ballooned to 409, according to a new report from Kroll Bond Rating Agency.“Based on the prevailing economic environment, the lag effect of commercial real estate performance to the general economy, and since 90 percent of delinquent and specially serviced loans do not have ARAs, we anticipate the absolute dollar volume of ARAs will continue to rise through 2021,” Kroll analysts wrote.ADVERTISEMENTThe largest outstanding appraisal reduction is on a Kushner Companies property: a 250,000-square-foot retail condo at 229 West 43rd Street in Times Square, which has been under financial stress since before the pandemic and saw its value slashed from $470 million to $92.5 million in August.Retail in general has been one of the hardest hit sectors, with 156 outstanding loans saddled with appraisal reductions totaling $1.7 billion. As the table below shows, the lodging sector has a larger number of loans facing reductions, although its total reduction amount is significantly less.Appraisal reductions can impact CMBS bondholders in a number of ways, per Kroll. They lead to reductions in the amount of principal and interest payments that servicers are required to advance, resulting in shortfalls for subordinate certificate holders. This can also cause control of the CMBS transaction to shift to a more senior class.After New York, Texas is the state with the largest exposure to loans with appraisal reductions, according to the report. The reductions there are dominated by a pair of office buildings in Houston’s Energy Corridor, which have suffered from downsizing in the oil industry and new supply in the area. Two Westlake Park has seen its appraised value fall from $124 million to $24 million, while Three Westlake Park has gone from $121 million to $38 million, according to Trepp.Read moreAppraisal cuts Kushner Companies’ Times Square retail value 80%Here’s what 2021 has in store for the CMBS marketA tale of two markets: Some CMBS players see huge losses, others opportunity Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Email Address* Full Name*last_img read more


first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfstop123/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The MLB awarded its top defensive players of the year Tuesday night.Unlike past seasons in which managers and coaches vote on the players, this year’s recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award were determined solely on statistics due to the league’s regional schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic.Below are the 18 Gold Glove Award winners:AMERICAN LEAGUEFirst Base: Evan White (SEA)Second Base: Cesar Hernandez (CLE)Shortstop: J.P. Crawford (SEA)Third Base: Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX)Left Field: Alex Gordon (KC)Center Field: Luis Robert (CWS)Right Field: Joey Gallo (TEX)Catcher: Roberto Pérez (CLE)Pitcher: Griffin Canning (LAA)NATIONAL LEAGUEFirst Base: Anthony Rizzo (CHC)Second Base: Kolten Wong (STL)Shortstop: Javier Báez (CHC)Third Base: Nolan Arenado (COL)Left Field: Tyler O’Neill (STL)Center Field: Trent Grisham (SD)Right Field: Mookie Betts (LAD)Catcher: Tucker Barnhart (CIN)Pitcher: Max Fried (ATL)Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. November 4, 2020 /Sports News – National MLB announces Gold Glove winnerscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more