In Middle East, Anglican ministries respond to pandemic needs that…

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Photo: AFEDJThe scale and nature of the crisis varies by country, based on its economy, politics and civil conflict. In some countries, Anglican hospitals and clinics have struggled to meet patients’ needs. Leaders at Anglican schools spoke of the online educational challenges they face. And while worship services remain mostly online, demand for church-based food security and other relief ministries has increased.“The overall economic impact has been pretty devastating, whether it’s Jordan or Palestine or Israel,” said John Lent, executive director of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, or AFEDJ. “And now you’ve got the challenge of getting people vaccinated.”The Diocese of Jerusalem includes Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and is one of three dioceses in the Anglican province in the Middle East. The pandemic’s biggest economic disruption has been to the pilgrimage industry, which ground to a halt a year ago, Lent told Episcopal News Service.The loss of Holy Land tourism has hit the Palestinian territories particularly hard, Lent said, and it has had a direct impact on revenues of the diocese, which operates guest houses that have remained vacant. The diocese’s schools have stayed open through remote learning, and its hospitals and clinics have continued to treat patients. AFEDJ has devoted much of its fundraising efforts to helping medical centers respond to the pandemic, by providing personal protective equipment, renovating indoor spaces to facilitate social distancing, and preparing the facilities in other ways for an increase in patients.“I think they’ve done a really good job of keeping people safe and responding to the needs,” Lent said.In the Palestinian territories, the tourism industry mainly is centered in Bethlehem, while the city of Ramallah, as the seat of the Palestinian National Authority, is more focused on political activity as an economic driver. In the past, some travelers to Ramallah have stayed at a guest house run by the Episcopal Technological and Vocational Training Center, where the school’s hospitality and culinary arts students, 11th- and 12th-graders, were able to gain real-world experience. The income and job-training opportunities evaporated when travel restrictions were imposed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.“As Palestinians, we are used to catastrophe,” Giovanni Anbar, the vocational school’s director, told ENS in a Zoom interview. He and the school’s teachers and staff members were forced to rethink their education program, moving much of it online, while following guidelines to slow the pandemic’s spread.The students finished the previous school year with online lessons, and the experience helped educators plan for a successful new school year in the fall, he said. “We learned a lot, I would say.”The school, though supported financially by the diocese, also draws some of its revenue from fees paid by families, some of whom were unable to pay after parents lost jobs during the initial shutdown. The school was committed to paying its teachers and staff members through the crisis, while cutting other parts of its budget, Anbar said.The vocational school has gone into and out of distance learning over the past year. When Anbar spoke with ENS in mid-April, it was closed to in-person lessons again because of a new surge in COVID-19 cases. “It doesn’t look good in Ramallah,” he said.A patient is checked for fever at a triage tent at the Diocese of Jerusalem’s Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City in March 2020. Photo: AFEDJIn late March, the U.S. announced it would give $15 million in COVID-19 aid to Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza. Earlier this month, the Biden administration restored $235 million in aid for Palestinian refugees, reversing a Trump administration policy. The Episcopal Public Policy Network was among the groups advocating for that policy shift.In Zarqa, Jordan, Saviour’s Episcopal School also has dealt with financial challenges during the pandemic. The commitment to school’s students, however, hasn’t wavered, Dua’a Bisharat, the school’s director, told ENS by Zoom. “We are a family,” she said.After the government ordered a shutdown of the country in March 2020, Bisharat and the school’s teachers had to figure out how to continue providing lessons to students. They turned to a range of platforms for communicating, including a YouTube channel, Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp.They were able to resume in-classroom learning for three weeks early this year when the government temporarily lifted restrictions – only to reimpose them when positive cases surged again. That upheaval has made it difficult to plan for the future, Bisharat said, “as if you are walking on the snow or in the mud.”Some students and parents have died after contracting the coronavirus, she said. Vaccination efforts, however, are ramping up in Jordan. Bisharat said she received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccination and was scheduled for the second dose, and she is encouraging teachers to schedule their vaccinations. School officials are hopeful but can’t commit to a full reopening in the fall until the infection rates come down, she said.Vaccination rollout so far has tended to favor Middle Easterners living in wealthier societies, with Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain reporting some of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Israel is now recording only about a hundred new COVID-19 infections each day, and with more than 60% of Israelis vaccinated, businesses and schools have reopened.The outlook is much different in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza, where vaccinations are underway but not as readily available or widespread. “Most predictions are Palestinians are going to be some of the last people on the planet to get vaccinated in large enough numbers to restore something close to normal economic activity,” Lent, the AFEDJ executive director, said. “The situation there is really not encouraging.”In oil-rich Persian Gulf countries like Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates, much of the labor force is made up of foreign workers drawn to the countries by the availability of employment in commercial development, according to the Ven. Bill Schwartz, an archdeacon in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. When those economies shut down early in the pandemic and travel was restricted, many of those workers were suddenly unemployed and unable to return to their home countries.“Obviously, a lot of people dropped through the cracks,” Schwartz told ENS in a Zoom interview from Bahrain, though Anglican churches in the region have tried to help with food drives and other relief ministries.Those efforts have continued despite the inability to hold in-person worship services. “Most of our churches have been on lockdown pretty much the whole year,” said Schwartz, who also serves as dean of St. Christopher’s Anglican Cathedral in Bahrain.Different challenges face Iraq and Yemen, Schwartz said. Iraq’s economy is not as strong and lacks the development drive seen in other parts of the Gulf. Its history of political corruption has fueled large anti-government protests in recent years, with the pandemic only exacerbating the challenges facing the nation, he said.And Yemen is a country torn apart by civil war since 2014. The pandemic is a crisis on top of an existing crisis, and the public health challenge is “mostly related to the infrastructure that’s been destroyed in the war,” Schwartz said. The conflict has devastated the health care system and has caused sporadic power outages. Clean, safe drinking water is only available every few days, he explained, asking, “How do you wash your hands if you don’t have water?”Since there is no functioning government to lead a public health response to the pandemic in Yemen, Schwartz said, nongovernmental organizations have looked for ways to fill those needs.The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf maintains the only functioning Christian church in Yemen, in the coastal city of Aden, and church leaders have offered the facility for use as a medical and eye clinic. When patients arrive, they are advised on precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and the diocese received money from Episcopal Relief & Development to provide face masks and other protective equipment to Yemenis, Schwartz said.The Episcopal Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East receives financial support each year from The Episcopal Church through the church’s annual Good Friday Offering. In recent years, the offering has topped $400,000, but proceeds were sharply diminished in 2020 because of pandemic restrictions on gathering in churches for worship, including during Holy Week.An official total for the 2020 Good Friday Offering has not yet been released, but the Rev. Robert Edmunds, The Episcopal Church’s Middle East partnership officer, estimated it was about a quarter of the total from previous years. This year’s Good Friday Offering came as some dioceses and congregations were resuming in-person worship services.“It’s never too late to contribute to this church-wide effort as a source of solidarity and support of our sisters and brothers of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East,” Edmunds said by email.AFEDJ’s fundraising for the Diocese of Jerusalem has remained strong over the past year, Lent said. Donations from congregations were down somewhat, but individual giving was at an all-time high, he said. The organization launched another campaign in February, nearly a year after the start of the pandemic, as a reminder that help is still needed.“We wanted to put the news out there that the region’s still really struggling,” he said. “While things are looking up here in the United States … in that part of the world, it is still a huge struggle and the financial impact of the pandemic is not over.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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Conservatives launch online consultation forum for voluntary sector

first_imgConservatives launch online consultation forum for voluntary sector Howard Lake | 3 August 2003 | News Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Conservative Party is encouraging voluntary and community groups of all sizes to respond to its consultation paper for the voluntary and community sector.The Conservative Party leader, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, recently unveiled sixteen wide-ranging proposals to enhance the status and effectiveness of Britain’s voluntary and community sector.The proposals were contained in a green paper entitled ‘Sixty million citizens’. These issues can now be discussed in an online discussion forum at Advertisementcenter_img Here visitors can comment on proposals to such as introducing ‘charity choice’ for National Lottery players; setting up a system of ‘Bureaucracy Busters’ to help not-for-profit groups navigate the Whitehall bureaucracy; and introducing a right of asset transfer of under-used community facilities to local charities.The online forum allows visitors to read and reply to other peoples’ views on the Conservative Party’s proposals. It also gives the Conservative Party an opportunity to ask visitors further questions about their views.The Party says that the results from the online forum will be helpful in determining which of the sixteen proposals become part of a ‘Voluntary Society Bill’ that the next Conservative Government has promised to enact. They will also be help influence the practice of existing Conservative-controlled councils.Welcoming the launch of the online consultation, the Shadow Home Secretary, Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, said: “We hope that this innovative online forum increases participation in our consultation process. Through a forum like this we aim to reach beyond the essential contribution of the larger charities and representative groups and hear the views of social entrepreneurs and some of the nation’s smaller community groups. Because of its interactivity and transparency I hope online consultations such as this may become an effective tool for democratic policy-making.”The forum is divided into sub-sections on “fundseekers”, accountability, volunteering, regulation, mission, and representation. There is little activity to date but it has of course only just launched.  20 total views,  1 views today 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Editor of Taraf facing up to five years in prison

first_imgNews April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Organisation Newscenter_img April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Reporters Without Borders today voiced support for Adnan Demir, editor of the liberal daily Taraf, who is facing trial for publishing confidential military information.The worldwide press freedom organisation said it hoped the Turkish justice system would prove itself capable of resolving a case which involved a journalist who had done his job with professionalism.”Adnan Demir has revealed information that is telling about the actions of the Turkish Army and raises several questions about possible mismanagement. The people have the right to be informed about the circumstances in which its citizens risk their lives.”«We salute this journalist’s courage and we hope that the judges will show leniency. Even if the information revealed is compromising for the army, the journalist is not responsible for the reality of what he has made public » the organisation said.The prosecutor at the Istanbul higher court yesterday called for a sentence of three to five years against Demir. The newspaper in October 2008 carried a series of articles on an attack on 4 October, carried out and claimed by the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) on the Iranian-Turkish border. The offensive cost the lives of around 15 Turkish soldiers, most of them young conscripts. The journalist is accused of publishing confidential military information criticising the role of the Turkish army in the attack. Following the attack, the daily said that the army had known one month in advance of the movement by a group of rebels across the mountains of northern Iraq in the direction of the Turkish border.Taraf also referred to the existence of a police report warning five days ahead of the PKK offensive that the rebels were transporting anti-aircraft hardware. Demir faces up to five years in jail for ‘divulging secret and forbidden information’ under Article 336 of the Turkish criminal code. His trial is due to open in the next few days. The newspaper in July 2008 readied itself for a police search which did not happen when the prosecutor of the military heads of staff threatened the daily with seizure of a confidential document belonging to the army. This document also concerned knowledge by state intelligence services of an imminent PKK attack on Turkish army positions. This attack, on 21 October 2007, resulted in the death of 13 Turkish soldiers and the abduction of eight more. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law January 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of Taraf facing up to five years in prison Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Girls Volleyball: Westridge Continues to Cruise, Downs Rio Hondo Prep in Straight Sets

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Community News Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Westridge keeps separating itself from the pack, as the Tigers swept through yet another Prep League foe on Friday afternoon.Behind the stellar play of junior Makana Meyer, Westridge swept Rio Hondo Prep 25-7, 25-16 and 25-11 in just one hour and fourteen minutes.Westridge (4-0, 2-0) has started league play with road victories over Flintridge Prep and Rio Hondo Prep by a combined score of 150-81.Meyer had 14 kills and two aces, while Stephanie Davis had 7 kills.Eryn Boken had six kills and four aces.Angelica Raymundo had a game-high eight aces for the Tigers.Westridge doesn’t play again until next Saturday when it hosts Firebaugh at 3:30.Prep League Standings:Westridge (4-0 overall, 2-0 in league)Chadwick (3-0, 1-0)Poly (3-2, 0-0)Flintridge Prep (2-1, 1-1)Mayfield (1-2, 0-0)Firebaugh (0-1, 0-1)Rio Hondo Prep (0-4, 0-2) Sports Girls Volleyball: Westridge Continues to Cruise, Downs Rio Hondo Prep in Straight Sets By BRIAN-REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Friday, September 9, 2016 | 10:11 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Community Newslast_img read more

Investigation underway after overnight fire at former school site

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Facebook An investigation is underway following a fire at the former Ard Scoil Mhuire school site in Gaoth Dobhair.Firefighters were called to the scene in the early hours of this morning and the fire was eventually brought under control.It’s not yet known how the fire was started however Gardai are urging anyone with information to come forward.A planning application to redevelop and construct a number of housing units on the site is currently being considered.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says the quick response from the local fire service resulted in no damage being caused to other nearby properties:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter By News Highland – May 21, 2019 center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Investigation underway after overnight fire at former school site Previous articleAnti-social behaviour in Letterkenny leads to calls for review on CCTVNext articleOnly Medical 5 affected in minor outbreak of superbug at LUH News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Your Shutdown stories, first-time home buyers locked out during shutdown

first_imgerick4x4/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Buying a home is already stressful, but Brittany Crosten said the government shutdown has made it the “most miserable experience of my life.”Crosten and her husband were trying to buy a house where they live in Banks County, Georgia. They were going to finance it with a rural development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but under the partial government shutdown that office is completely closed.She said the family moved in with her husband’s in-laws temporarily while the sale went through. They thought they would only be there for three weeks and in the new house in time for Christmas, but now they have to wait until the government reopens.“I never thought I would be able to purchase my own home, now I’m finally there and I can’t get it,” she told ABC News, adding “basically me and my husband are having to sleep on the bottom of a bunk bed and our kids are having to sleep up top.”She said feels like her three sons missed out on Christmas because they couldn’t put up a tree or play with their toys because they don’t have room. She said they’re storing the gifts in the car because there isn’t room in the house.“It’s been very stressful because you work so hard to be fortunate enough to buy a home,” she told ABC News.Crosten, who is 28, said houses are getting more expensive where they live in Banks County, Georgia, and that she needed the loan to buy one of the only houses in the area they can afford. She said she’s worried now that the current owners of the house will decide to go back to renting the house or sell it to someone else if their loan doesn’t go through soon.“If they decide to back out on the loan then what do I do? I have to uproot our whole family from the community we love,” she said.The situation has also caused added expenses because they are helping with the bills where they live now, paying for a storage space, and eating out for almost every meal. She said her kids go back to school next week and she may have to work from home, adding even more stress to the situation.Crosten’s real estate broker Robert White said he has at least one other client whose loan is on hold during the shutdown.“[The government shutdown is] not only affecting government employees, it’s also affecting homeowners who are trying to fulfill that dream of home ownership,” he told ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Russia: BSF Naval Aviation Units Integrate Air Bases

first_img Russia: BSF Naval Aviation Units Integrate Air Bases Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: BSF Naval Aviation Units Integrate Air Bases View post tag: units December 20, 2011 View post tag: Navy In order to optimize Black Sea Fleet (BSF) naval aviation units, increase effectiveness and control operability, Gvardeiskaya and Kacha BSF air stations were transformed into unified structure – 7057-th Air Base.The newly established air base will comprise alternate airfields, maintenance and communication units, and aviation medicine laboratory.Attack, antisubmarine, transport, and special types of aviation will be under unified command.Colonel Anatoly Stepanov was appointed commander of the integrated air base.Presently, BSF naval aviation command works out structures of the new base. It was decided that its colors would be a flag handed over to Kacha air station in Aug 2011.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 20, 2011; Image: weapons View post tag: aviation View post tag: BSF Industry newscenter_img View post tag: air View post tag: Russia Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: integrate View post tag: Bases View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Russian, Indian Navy ships set for Indra 2017 off Russia

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy to host Indian warships for expanded Indra 2017 exercises October 16, 2017 Share this article View post tag: Russian Navy Authorities View post tag: Indian Navy View post tag: Indra View post tag: INS Kadmatt The Russian Navy is set to host two Indian Navy ships for an upgraded version of the bilateral exercise Indra which will, for the first time, see the participation of all three services of the armed forces.Shivalik-class frigate INS Satpura and Kamorta-class corvette INS Kadmatt are set to arrive in Vladivostok on October 19, after concluding a port visit to Sasebo, Japan, Oct. 15.The opening ceremony for Indra 2017 is to take place at 33 Berth, Karabelnaya Embankment, Vladivostok. The ceremony will be attended by Russian Naval Command representatives, participating crews, silent drill team and the Pacific Fleet Staff orchestra.Instead of the previously held Indra-Navy 2016, AviaIndra 2016 and Indra 2016, a single exercise will now be held involving Pacific fleet and Indian Navy warships, troops and military hardware of EMD, and Indian Air Force and Army formations.On October 20, the Pacific Fleet training stations is to host a solemn opening ceremony of the Indra 2017 exercise. The ceremony will be attended by Russian and Indian commands as well as personnel involved in the exercise.Indra 2017 is part of a three-month deployment undertaken by the Indian Navy ships. During their tour, Satpura and Kadmatt are expected to visit 12 ports which include Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei and Russia. Russian Navy to host Indian warships for expanded Indra 2017 exercises View post tag: INS Shivaliklast_img read more

South Korea to launch 2nd Dokdo-class ship this month

first_img Authorities View post tag: Dokdo-class May 4, 2018 The Republic of Korea Navy’s second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship will be launched this month, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.The launching ceremony for the new ship, named ROKS Marado, will be held at Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction shipyard in Busan on May 14.The keel-laying ceremony for the vessel took place at the Hanjin shipyard in April 2017.Featuring a length of 199 meters and a width of 31 meters, Marado is expected to be commissioned in 2020, following tests and evaluations, according to DAPA.The first Dokdo-class vessel, ROKS Dokdo, was launched in 2015 and commissioned two years later. It is said to be one of the largest amphibious assault ships in Asia.Compared to the previous Dokdo-class ship, ROKS Marado was designed to incorporate improvements and upgrades as well as new technology, DAPA explained. Back to overview,Home naval-today South Korea to launch 2nd Dokdo-class ship this month center_img South Korea to launch 2nd Dokdo-class ship this month View post tag: ROKS Marado Share this articlelast_img read more

College opens new £2m bakery training facility

first_imgA new £2m training centre for bakers has been unveiled at University College Birmingham. The 9,000sq ft food innovation suite will be used by bakery and food students, and will allow them to use new kitchen facilities and the latest food testing and diagnostic technologies. Alongside the facilities, the university will also be running new courses including Bakery and Confectionery Technology (FdSc).It said the new centre and degrees were developed to respond to industry demands for “multi-skilled” graduates in areas like product and menu development, and nutrition.Bakery facilities include a Unox combination oven, which features a prover for bread and other bakery products.Professor Ray Linforth, vice-chancellor and principal of UCB, said: “The new Food Innovation Suite will ensure we remain at the forefront of vocational education and training in food-related disciplines.“The facilities and our new food degree courses have been designed with industry in mind. They represent a major investment in the training of both young people and those already employed seeking professional development.“By providing our graduates with complementary skill sets, drawing on culinary disciplines and the latest food science knowledge, we are confident they will be well-equipped to drive innovation and productivity in the global food industry.”The centre has been divided into several areas, where students will be create, innovate and analyse products, as well as a sensory lab for foot tasting.The suite has been funded by both the university and the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund.last_img read more