Phoenix Investment Company Limited ( HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgPhoenix Investment Company Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Phoenix Investment Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Phoenix Investment Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Phoenix Investment Company Limited (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePhoenix Investment Company Limited is an investment holding company that works through two segments; insurance and corporate, to provide life insurance products and general financial services. The company controls Phoenix Beverages Limited as its subsidiary which deals in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of beverages. Phoenix Investment Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Make a million! I’m following Warren Buffett and buying these cheap UK shares in my ISA

first_imgMake a million! I’m following Warren Buffett and buying these cheap UK shares in my ISA See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild | Friday, 9th October, 2020 | More on: GSK PRU Want to invest in UK shares but are too nervous to buy? Well you’re not alone. The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 remain a long way off the heights they reached before the stock market crash of early 2020. It’s possible they’ll continue to struggle as the Covid-19 crisis rolls on and on too.This is a considerable shame, in my opinion. Why? There are simply too many top quality UK shares trading far too cheaply for investors not to go shopping right now. Many of us are missing an excellent opportunity to get stinking rich by buying stocks at current rock-bottom prices and then watching them soar in value during the inevitable economic recovery.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Making millions with UK sharesYou have to be in it to win it, as they say. Those who’ve mothballed any ideas of buying UK shares have therefore greatly reduced their chances of making a lot of money. History shows us that long-term investors — those who own shares for a decade or more — enjoy an average annual return of 8-10%.Clearly stock market crashes are no barrier to you and I making chunky returns then. And by buying cheap, quality UK shares after crashes like the one of recent months, we’ve a chance to hit the upper end of that range, or possibly even exceed it. It’s how hundreds of Stocks and Shares ISA investors made millions following the 2008/2009 financial crisis.It’s worth listening to experts, like investment guru Warren Buffett in times like this. He famously suggested that we should “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” The so-called ‘Oracle of Omaha’ has used this strategy to help make billions with his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.Two FTSE 100 titans on my radarThis is why I’ve continued to buy UK shares in my Stocks and Shares ISA despite the uncertain economic outlook. And here’s a couple more on my watchlist right now:GlaxoSmithKline’s 20% share price decline in 2020 certainly merits serious attention today. Why? It leaves the FTSE 100 pharmaceuticals giant dealing on a dirt-cheap forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio around 12 times. What’s more, at current prices, Glaxo boasts a mighty 5.5% dividend yield. I’d buy it today and hold it for the long term as exploding global demand for drugs — and particularly so in developing regions — will drive profits here for years to come.Prudential is another too-cheap-to-miss FTSE 100 stock I’m considering loading up on today. This UK share doesn’t offer a mighty dividend yield like Glaxo. But a P/E ratio of 9 times for 2020 sits at the ‘bargain basement’ end of things. I already own Prudential and I’m tempted to buy more. Certainly following its 21% share price crash this year as the long-term outlook for life insurance products in emerging markets remains white hot. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen passes away aged 45

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Such a fall from grace hurt and the stress of the affair was blamed for him collapsing at a corporate event during the 2009 Lions series. After a chastening public mea culpa, he was slowly starting to rebuild his shattered personal life when MND was diagnosed. “Through my own experiences, I now accept you have to man up for your mistakes. When the going gets tough, you build character and when you’re riding high, you use it. You make the decisions in your life, so either deal with it or die. I’ve tackled life head on but I always say if you live in the past, it will ruin your future.”Known as a ruthless competitor and often perceived as arrogant, van der Westhuizen admits that MND has softened his character. “When you’re terminally ill, you see life in a different way. When you’re fit, you take time and your health for granted. It’s only when you lose it that you realise what you had. The disease has definitely changed me and, you know what, it’s made me a better person.”In focus: Van der Westhuizen had a life under media scrutinyAs the interview drifts inevitably towards rugby, a broad smile comes to van der Westhuizen’s face. So does he still take a keen interest? “Hell yeah, rugby will always be a big part of my life.”So what does he think of the current crop of Springboks? “I played under Heyneke Meyer as a coach and I know he is building something very special with SA rugby. In a year or two that side is going to be phenomenal and ready for a serious shot at the World Cup in 2015, mark my words.”England Rugby 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of van der Westhuizen’s own nirvana, winning the World Cup in 1995. “In those days we were still amateurs and we just loved the game, so to be part of an event that changed our country made it unforgettable. It was comforting to know that through rugby we changed lives.”For those not au fait with the events at Ellis Park on 24 June 1995, South Africa – watched by Nelson Mandela – defeated a Jonah Lomu-inspired All Blacks 15-12 in the final to set off wild celebrations around the country. Van der Westhuizen was credited with a series of earth-shuddering tackles on the tournament’s bullocking superstar. “Jonah was a real handful back then but we’re now mates and he is a great guy, very down-to-earth. I have a lot of time for him.”Proud Bok: Joost signs autographs for fans at the 2003 Rugby World CupVan der Westhuizen had famously broken two ribs in the semi-final against France but decided to play through the pain barrier against New Zealand. Even now, he brushes off the injury. “I did what I had to do on the day. We were super-fit and were psychologically ready for Jonah and the mighty All Blacks. It was my job to act as a speedbump,” he chuckles.With the British & Irish Lions tour fast approaching, van der Westhuizen says he’ll be keeping a keen eye on Australia this summer, having been a key part of the last side to lose to the touring team, despite scoring a try in the second and third Tests in 1997. “Oh, don’t mention it,” he smiles. “I’ll always regret losing that Lions series. I’ve always saidthat we would have won that series if  we’d had a consistent goalkicker, but the reality is we didn’t and I’ll always feel blessed to have played against such a special team.”The Lions disappointment isn’t van der Westhuizen’s greatest source of rugby regret, however. That falls to the 1999 World Cup, when the Springboks went down 27-21 to Australia in the semi-finals, Wallaby fly-half Stephen Larkham scoring a memorable drop-goal in extra-time.“Before the game, our coach Nick Mallett said, ‘Whatever you do, keep the ball’. I remember late on, I threw a dummy on the 22 and made a line break with only Matt Burke to beat. Even now, I run it over in my mind. ‘What if I’d played my own game and chipped?’ I should have backed myself but for some reason Nick’s words stuck in my mind, so I took the contact and kept the ball and the chance went begging, leaving John Eales to go on and win the World Cup for Australia,” he says ruefully.Rivalry: Joost had an enduring battle with George Gregan and the WallabiesWith the interview coming to a close to allow van der Westhuizen to receive treatment for his weakening muscles, I ask him, when the time comes, what he would like his legacy to be? Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen has passed away leaving the rugby world in mourning, so as a tribute, here is an interview we ran with him in 2013 In 2013, Rugby World editor Owain Jones, sat down with Joost van der Westhuizen and talked to him about his life in rugby and his battle with Motor Neurone disease…In early 2011 the rugby world received news that was to stop it in its tracks. Joost van der Westhuizen, South African idol and one the greatest rugby players ever to grace the field, disclosed that he had a particularly aggressive form of motor neurone disease (MND), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The prognosis was grave. Sufferers with his condition are generally given between two and five years to live. Even for a fierce competitor renowned for not giving an inch in ten years at the game’s pinnacle, the news left the Pretoria-born scrum-half shell-shocked.Only months before, friends had thought he had gone a little overboard on the Castle lager when he started slurring his speech. But when he felt a loss of power challenging his friends to a playful arm wrestle, he decided action needed to be taken. After that fateful visit to the doctor, his world caved in.Nearly two years on, Rugby World caught up with van der Westhuizen in London as he visited the capital to raise funds for his charity at a star-studded dinner attended by the likes of Patrick Vieira, Shane Warne and Liz Hurley.To first see the man, so revered by the rugby public for his strength, skill and indomitable will to succeed, shuffling across the hotel lobby on a bitterly cold morning is humbling. Still tanned, having just flown in from Dubai, and wearing a thick navy blue overcoat, the 89-cap Springbok moved slowly, muscles having been weakened by ALS, but he made it across the 30-metre atrium unaided, before collapsing into a chair with an audible thump.Classic pose: Joost van der Westhuizen was rightly regarded as one of the greatsAfter only a few minutes in his company, however, any preconceptions of pity quickly dissipated. While the body is shutting down, the mind is alert and he is tackling ALS in much the same way as he faced opponents – with sheer bloody-mindedness and courage.So what does he remember of that day he was diagnosed? Van der Westhuizen, his words slurred, responds slowly but purposefully. “When the doctors told me I had MND, I’d never heard of it and did some research. I couldn’t believe it,” he says. “To be honest, it was an emotional roller-coaster and it took me about a year to fully come to terms with my condition.”Van der Westhuizen explains that once the anger and despair subsided, an acceptance began to emerge. “After a time, I came to the conclusion that life is not about the amount of years left but the amount of memories created. I’m determined not to spend the rest of my days in tears talking about my loss because it will make those close to me miserable. Likewise, if my friends and family are emotional all the time, it will just upset me.”Having young children whom he clearly adores – son Jordan, nine, and daughter Kylie, seven – made the news particularly heart-wrenching and he had to have a frank chat with his family, including heartbroken parents Mariaan and Gustav. “I sat them down and told them straight. ‘We don’t know what’s going to happen, let’s make memories while we can’, so we’re all having a lot of fun and I’m trying to spend as much time as I can with my kids. I can’t worry about the events I’m going to miss, like walking my daughter down the aisle or watching my son in sports day at school. I can only worry about the here and now.”Back with the boys: Joost celebrates the anniversary of the winning of the 1995 World CupOne project that has given him a raison d’être is his J9 Foundation, which helps other MND sufferers enjoy a better quality of life. “The foundation gives me a reason to get up in the morning. We focus on improving the emotional and financial welfare of MND sufferers through fund-raising. It’s only when you’ve been through it that you understand what the families are going through.Why do I do it? Simple – because it gives me pleasure.”As one of South Africa’s best-known sportsmen, van der Westhuizen has been genuinely moved by the backing givenby the rugby community, from the SARFU and his old Super Rugby team, the Blue Bulls, to individual players, led by the 1995 World Cup-winning team. “I’m still close to Francois (Pienaar) and the boys because of what we experienced, but to hear players like John Smit offering his support is very touching.”However, it’s the support shown outside the Rainbow Nation that has left him most overwhelmed. “It makes you realise what a big rugby family we are. My old sparring partners George Gregan, Justin Marshall and Agustín Pichotall asked if they could help and are now worldwide ambassadors for the J9 Foundation.”Titanic tussle: Joost was rated as one of the best No 9s of all timeSince retiring after the 2003 World Cup as the most-capped Springbok and top try-scorer, van der Westhuizen was living a gilded life, playing golf, attending dinners and building a successful broadcasting career, but his reputation took a hit in his homeland in 2009 when he was forced to admit, after an initial denial, that he had been caught on video in flagrante with another woman while his wife, South African TV personality Amor Vittone, was pregnant with their second child.center_img True hero: Joost faced his battle with MND with huge courage and humility Without pausing to think, the 42-year-old locks me with that famous icy stare and smiles. “I want to be remembered as someone who cared. Rugby has been good to me and if I die tomorrow, I’ll die a happy man.”Good luck, Joost, the rugby world is behind you.last_img read more

Israel-Palestine resolutions spark impassioned testimony under expedited process for review

first_imgIsrael-Palestine resolutions spark impassioned testimony under expedited process for review July 7, 2018 at 7:06 pm In the First Intifada, a total of 160 Israelis and 2,162 Palestinians were killed, including 1,000 Palestinians killed by other Palestinians under the accusation of being collaborators. In the Second Intifada (2000–2005), it is estimated that 1,137 Israelis were killed by Palestinians.There are atrocities on both sides. The myth that Jews “stole” has its genesis in the Hollywood Movie “Exodus” when in truth, most Jewish immigrants came from Russia and other eastern block countries long before WWII and the Holocaust. As the comments show, condemnation of Israel is a deeply divisive issue within the Church. If the Church engages in economic warfare against Israel, then it will have taken sides in a bloody civil war that is fueled by religious and racial hatred; the conflict is not a family feud. The BDS movement (boycott, divest and sanction) is, has been and always will be a failure because it it ignores the truth that Israelis cannot—nothing short of total annihilation of all Jews and the de-legitimization of the sovereign country of Israel will satisfy the Palestinians, Hamas and the BDS supporters. A boycott resolution makes the TEC a gnat on the horn of the bull described in an Aesop Fable, self-consumed with the righteousness of its feel-good resolutions and blind to the fact that the only impact its resolution can have will be a continuing exodus from the pews of the Episcopal Church. M. J. Wise says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tura Campanella Cook says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA General Convention 2018, July 7, 2018 at 11:25 am I was there and want to thank David Paulsen for fair and accurate reporting. In addition, I wish to increase awareness for all of us in how we label Palestinians, often subconsciously. Note the caption of the first photo that refers to Friends of Sabeel North America as a “pro-Palestinian group”. Think about it: would we label the American Friends Service Committee as a pro-Quaker group? Why not? Let’s be careful about putting “pro-Palestinian” labels on things that would not be pro-another group in similar circumstances. Also, the text describes Friends of Sabeel North America as “a Christian group that supports the Palestinian cause.” To be precise, FOSNA is a “Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions.” I would categorize FOSNA as pro-peace, rather than pro-Palestinian. Canadian and US Christians who also want peace in the Holy Land established FOSNA. Jews and Muslims recognize and appreciate FOSNA for being one of many voices for peace. John Heermans says: John Heermans says: Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm That’s too complicated to be answered in this type discussion but I’ll try a synopsis.Tensions between Palestinians and Jew’s began escalating with the excelleration of the Zionist movement during the Nazi years.The influx of Jewish immigrants contributed to the development of Jewish enclaves within Palestinian areas.The serious escalation in violence occurred when the Jewish underground militia group Urgun ,headed by Menachim Begin, conducted a terrorist attack on the King David hotel in the summer of 1944 ,killing 90 and earning Begin the title of the Father of modern terrorism.By the fall of 1947 civil war had broken out between the Jewish conclaves and the Palestinians.In the spring of 1948 the well armed Jewish militias began driving the Palestinians from their homes and villages. and burning them to the ground.This led to intervention by countries allied with Egypt and the Arab -Israeli war was underway..There’s lots more to it than that but that’s a start. July 9, 2018 at 9:45 pm To say that only Palestinians harbor and foment terrorists and to state that this is a centuries old conflict is grossly misinformed. The Lehi, Irgun and Stern Gang all Israeli terrorist organizations that operated before the founding of modern Israel. Theodor Herzl and his ideas of Zionism began in the late 19th century and are a part of the roots of our modern conflict. And if you want more recent history you can look to the massacre at the Ibrahimi mosque massacre at the hands of Baruch Goldstein, who is heralded in some Israeli Jewish groups as a national hero. Or we can look to Yigal Amir, another Israeili Jew who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin. All this not to say that there are not Palestinian terrorists–there are. But to paint this as a conflict that is the fault of one side over the other looks not to find a solution but to claim a winner. July 6, 2018 at 11:19 pm Thanks for the excellent reporting. The misconception by the earlier commenter that Palestinians are not the victims of grave injustice by Israel is faulty indeed. Rector Washington, DC July 8, 2018 at 5:11 pm Just read where 238 Christians were killed by Muslims in Nigeria last week. The Muslims have killed 6000 Christians in Nigeria since the beginning of 2018. If the intent of the Church is to support the Muslim destruction of Israel before being concerned with the genocide of black Christians in Africa it won’t succeed. The sooner the Church accepts that while its position may be supported by a majority of Democrats it is wrong and should be reversed immediately. July 8, 2018 at 7:58 am In response to John Heermans:Amen! July 9, 2018 at 12:23 pm Criticism based on facts is not anti-Semitism. Throwing labels at factual truths distracts from the issues. Acknowledgment of violations is critical for justice to be served. July 7, 2018 at 11:47 am I’m disappointed in remarks that make Israel seem like an innocent bystander in this issue. Palestinians have had their land taken away and are treated like criminals. The response is obvious–and our response would be similar. The Israelies are abusive. The oppressed have become the oppressors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis July 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm “The pro-Israel propaganda machine has been spewing lies and misleading opinion for decades.” The above list of murder is propaganda ? Tobias Hamberger, Germany says: John Heermans says: Jerry Williams says: July 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm And who started those wars Steve? Wait for it… wait for it. Rector Albany, NY mike geibel says: 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 Comments (45) 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Marie France says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA Elizabeth Sternberg says: Tura Campanella Cook says: Steven Graybill says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Comments are closed. Carole Reed says: General Convention, Cecilia Polansky says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR July 7, 2018 at 3:55 am Although the image of a “family fight” may trivialize the Israel-Palestine-conflict a bit,[in fact, a fight is a fight – the image is not so wrong…],the opposite image comparing Israel and Palestine with “[a] father abusing [a] mother and raping her for 70 years”, is a bold and inaccurate exaggeration, as it ignores thecontinuous series of hijackings, suicide attacks, terror tunnels, and thedemand to extinguish the Jews from the Holy Land from the other side.Yes, Israel as the stronger part of the conflict can be critisized stronger as it hasmore responsibility. But only critisizing Israel in D027 and not mentioning Palaesinians’responsibility at all is unbalanced![e.g. in the current Gaza unrest, if find very problematic the method of the burning kites,which is literally a “scorched-earth-policy” with deep negative ecological impact and thereforefinally damaging ALL inhabitants of the Holy Land.Wouldn’t that be worth a point of action from the Environmental Stewardship comitee?] StevePrice says: July 7, 2018 at 12:25 pm The following acts of murder and terrorism by radical Palestinians are not to be heard from the voices who condemn Israel:• Kiryat Shmona massacre: April 11, 1974 –18 killed, 8 victims were children; 15 injured.• Ma’alot massacre: May 14, 1974–29 killed, 68 injured; mostly children.• Coastal Road massacre: March 11, 1978–38 people were killed on a bus, including 13 children. Other people were killed nearby. 71 were wounded.• Dizengoff Street bus bombing: October 19 1994–22 people and 50 injured.• Beit Lid massacre: January 22, 1995–23 killed, including 2 perpetrators; 69 were injured.• Island of Peace massacre: March 13, 1997–Jordanian Army Corporal opened fire on a large group of Israeli schoolgirls–19 were killed.• Sbarro restaurant massacre: August 9, 2001—Jerusalem, 15 killed and 130; 7 victims were children.• Dolphinarium discotheque massacre: June 1, 2001–Tel Aviv, 21 killed and more than 100 wounded.• Bat Mitzvah massacre: 18 January 2002—Hadera,7 killed and 33 wounded.• Yeshivat Beit Yisrael massacre: March 2, 2002–Beit Yisrael, Jerusalem–11 killed, including 7 children, 2 of whom were infants• Passover massacre: March 27, 2001–30 killed and 140 are injured.• Tel-Aviv central bus station massacre: January 5, 2003—Tel Aviv–23 killed and over 100 injured.• Mercaz HaRav massacre: March 6, 2008—Jerusalem, 8 killed at a school; 7 were students.• 2014 Jerusalem synagogue massacre: Jerusalem–4 Rabbis and a police officer killed.• June 2016 Tel Aviv shooting: June 8, 2016—4 civilians killed. And let us also not forget that in 1968, Palestinian Arab Christian Sirhan Sirhan assassinated (murdered) presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. Robert Kennedy’s crime? He had supported the sale of bombers to Israel to aid in its defense against the Arab states. Mike Sigler says: July 8, 2018 at 10:28 am To accusations that the testimony was anti-semitic, the Israeli and American Jews who testified in support of resolutions did so because Judaism, like Christianity and Islam, recognizes the right of all people to dignity and justice. Are we anti-American to protest the treatment of immigrant children arriving in the US? No, we disapprove of a particular policy. No different in the case of these resolutions: we disagree with Israeli government policies of occupation and apartheid.A statement of support from the Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace to this convention states“We are proud to support these resolutions, which recognize the preciousness of human life and human rights. We see this call to human rights advocacy reflected in the Jewish teaching that all people are created in the image of God, and that we are commanded to love our neighbor, and the stranger, as we love ourselves. We have seen with our own eyes the brutality of occupation, the daily violations of Palestinians’ most basic human rights, and the violence that accrues to all people in the region. We believe in the inherent dignity of both Israelis and Palestinians. Some will try to paint this issue as one of whether or not you support the Jewish community, and therefore Israeli policy, but this argument unfairly flattens Jewish identity and community. There are many different opinions among Jews about the best solutions to the conflict. This is a critical debate within the Jewish community, but a growing movement of US and international Jews see non-violent economic pressure on the state of Israel as an important instrument of justice.” Tobias Hamberger, Germany says: Middle East Craig F. Smith says: Anthony C Thurston says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, mike geibel says: John Heermans says: By David PaulsenPosted Jul 6, 2018 Submit a Press Release Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Stewart David Wigdor says: July 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm Yes, many of the comments reflect the unsurprising success of the Israel propaganda machine and the complicit American media. “Again the Jews have turned the desert into a garden for fruits and vegetables, while the Arabs destroy the gardens with rocket craters.” Gaza was not leveled by rockets but by a massive irresponsible bombing that targeted mosques, schools and homes. Even if you want to deny the enormous suffering and human rights abuses inflicted on the Palestinians in this “family feud” (give me a break), our “Christian heritage” asks us to respect the law. The Israel Occupation of the West Bank as well as the blockade of Gaza are illegal under international law. July 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm A persons spiritual life and well being along with an understanding of christian values have, in reality, nothing to do with Church membership. God speed Douglas! Mike Sigler says: July 8, 2018 at 8:04 am What is the source of your stats? Jerry Williams says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA mike geibel says: Marie T France says: Cecilia Polansky says: Rector Smithfield, NC July 7, 2018 at 4:04 pm Mr Williams cites 149 Israeli deaths from the “other side” before year 2000, and —124 — since 2000. But many people are documenting actual numbers to show the misreporting and the disproportionate retaliation. Below is not propaganda, but FACT; one example.See charts for both sides at see — 9,600 Palestinians killed by the “other side” — just since year 2000, of whom 2,079 were children as of 2014.You see — 1,251 Israelis killed by the “other side” — since year 2000, of whom 133 were children as of 2014.To “throw in” a parallel comment about the one who shot RFK – note the reasons, again. How would YOU react if someone kicked you out of your grandparents’ home and bulldozed your olive orchard without cause??[Brittanica] Sirhan, a Christian… was born in Jerusalem. In 1948 Jordan took control of East Jerusalem…now the West Bank … granted citizenship to people living in those areas. It is believed that this is how Sirhan became a Jordanian citizen. In the 1950s, he and his family moved to the US… Sirhan became vocal in his opposition to Israel, especially after the Six-Day War (June 1967)… Sirhan began directing his anger at…Kennedy, who expressed support for Israel while campaigning…[] …Sirhan, a Palestinian Christian, was born in 1944 in Jerusalem’s Musrara neighborhood…His mother, Mary Sirhan, told The Washington Post in 1979 how her son was scarred by the horrific scenes of fighting he witnessed in and around the Old City. Rector Belleville, IL Tobias Hamberger, Augsburg, Germany says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET July 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm Excuse me, it was Mr Geibel who cited the statistics; Mr Williams added on 11 more deaths. My apologies. Rector Shreveport, LA Marie France says: Jerry Williams says: Tarek Abuata of the pro-Palestinian Friends of Sabeel North America testifies July 6 at a hearing on General Convention resolutions related to Israel and Palestine. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] Dozens of people representing a broad range of interreligious voices testified July 6 at a joint hearing on resolutions related to Episcopal Church policy toward Israel and Palestine, a contentious issue at past General Conventions that this year was discussed openly and, for the most part, cordially.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.Some read their prepared statements by scrolling on their smartphones or shuffling through notes on paper. Others gave testimony from memory or off the cuff, and many of the nearly 50 people who addressed the committees shared grim examples of life and death in the region, from Gaza to the West Bank.“I’ve heard stories of hope and stories of pain, from both Israelis and Palestinians. We need to listen to both,” said retired Bishop Ed Little, previously of the Diocese of Northern Indiana, who spoke from his experiences during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.The Social Justice and International Policy Committee and the Stewardship and Socially Responsible Investing Committee of the 79th General Convention met jointly with the goal of getting the resolutions to the House of Deputies by July 8, part of an expedited process outlined by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies president.That process was recommended by a task force formed by Curry and Jennings after the 2015 General Convention to look at ways to ensure a full, open and productive debate on such thorny issues as whether to divest church funds from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.So far, the reaction to those procedural changes has been positive, and the openness of the debate was readily evident to the more than 100 people who attended the 2 1/2-hour hearing in a ballroom at the JW Marriott hotel just west of the Austin Convention Center.Several pro-Palestinian organizations mobilized individual representatives and groups of people to testify, helping to tilt the balance of views in favor of approving resolutions calling for a tougher stance against Israel and greater promotion of peace. A small but forceful minority spoke in defense of Israel – or to assert that this decades-old conflict defies easy assignment of blame.“It’s a family fight, and like a family fight, there are two sides,” Katy Dickinson, a deputy from the Diocese of El Camino Real in California, said in her testimony supporting Resolution D027, seeking justice in Gaza. “It’s mostly Israel’s problem,” she said, but Hamas also is firing missiles and needs to be part of the solution.But if this conflict is a family fight, Tarek Abuata, a Palestinian Christian from Houston, sought to undercut the analogy with a variation of his own.“It is not a fight. It is not a family fight when my father has been abusing my mother and raping her for 70 years,” Abuata testified. He is executive director of Friends of Sabeel North America, a Christian group that supports the Palestinian cause and that was represented at the hearing by several members.The two committees have been assigned 15 total resolutions on issues related to Middle East peace, including the civil rights of Palestinian children, the status of Jerusalem, support of Palestinian-owned businesses and preservation of the right to boycott as a form of protest against the occupation.The various resolutions often generated passionate testimony from deputies and other Episcopalians, as well as members of the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Jewish, Muslim, Mennonite and Quaker faiths.They spoke of Palestinians’ homes being bulldozed, of Palestinian children being ripped from their families and jailed, of the “racist extremism” that had turned Palestinians into second-class citizens in their own homeland. Their testimony described the Palestinian territories, particularly Gaza, as a “nightmare,” “concentration camp,” “prison camp” and the equivalent of the Jim Crow era of segregation in the United States or the former system of apartheid in South Africa.More than 100 people attended the joint hearing of the Social Justice and International Policy Committee and the Socially Responsible Investing Committee on July 6, and nearly 50 people testified. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceComparisons to apartheid was underscored, though not explicitly, by a joint statement issued July 3 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Anglican leader who was a pivotal figure in the fight to end apartheid, with former House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson and Patti Browning, widow of former Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning.“We recognize that as the convention considers these resolutions, we must continue the journey of reconciliation with our Jewish sisters and brothers for the centuries of oppressive and anti-Semitic behavior which culminated in our complicity in the Holocaust,” the letter says. “At the same time, we must not let those horrific injustices blind us to the injustices perpetrated on the Palestinian people.”The letter goes on to single out the “cruel and illegal Israeli-led siege” of Gaza and says the Episcopal Church will be complicit in the occupation as long as its investments are tied to infrastructure work there.The issue of divestment generated the most divergent opinions at the hearing, from agreement that the church must end its complicity in an oppressive system to opposition from those who side more with Israel as well as from those who worry that divestment might inadvertently cause more harm than good for the Palestinian cause.The Rev. Jason Poling, vicar of St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church in Maryland, said much of the prevailing rhetoric gives the impression of Israel as a unilaterally vicious occupying power, ignoring Palestinian extremism that has included rocket fire, suicide bombings and kidnappings while serving as a roadblock to progress on peace negotiations.“Our Israeli friends have a reason to be defensive, because they have a lot to defend against,” Poling told the committee as he testified against Resolution C017.Alma Bell, a deputy from Maryland, also opposed divestment because it could lessen the Episcopal Church’s economic leverage in the region and might jeopardize the work of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem under Archbishop Suheil Dawani, who is in Austin this week but did not attend the hearing.Resolution B016 would model the Episcopal Church’s investment policy after one adopted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which created something called a human rights screen for Israeli and Palestinian investments.“There are many Lutherans who are thrilled today that our closest communion partner has chosen to take up this same resolution,” said Dale Loepp, a Lutheran who worked on the ELCA measure.Another resolution, B019, would call for the church to pursue investments that support “a sound economy and a sustainable infrastructure in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” but even that measure drew a mix of praise, reservations and opposition, particularly from those who don’t see such investments as helping to end the occupation.“Palestinians don’t need pity. Palestinians need solidarity,” said Kareem El-Hosseiny of American Muslims for Palestine.And the Rev. Gary Commins, priest-in-charge at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Jersey City, New Jersey, cast doubt on whether reconciliation is possible with such an imbalance of power between the Israelis and Palestinians. He urged the committees not to support Resolution B018 for that reason.“There’s almost nothing in the resolution that hasn’t been said in previous conventions,” Commins testified. “This resolution is just something to make us feel better. … It is an opioid.”Later in the day, the Social Justice and International Policy Committee met and voted to discharge B018, essentially agreeing that it covered ground already trod by previous General Conventions. The committee also combined two resolutions on treatment of Palestinian children and two resolutions on the status of Jerusalem before voting to send them to the full House of Deputies. The committee ended the night by recommending the rest of its resolutions to the House as well. The status of the investment-related resolutions assigned to the second committee wasn’t immediately available.At the morning hearing, everyone who wanted to testify was given that opportunity, though committee chairs asked them to keep their remarks to two minutes or less.People who have followed these issues over multiple General Conventions said the openness was a welcome change, in contrast to what they felt were more strict limitations on discussion in the past.Another key change is that the House of Deputies was chosen as the house of initial action for all resolutions on Israel and Palestine. At General Convention in 2015, a resolution calling on the church to divest from companies engaged in certain business with Israel failed in a vote of the House of Bishops, which meant it never made it to the House of Deputies for consideration.The House of Deputies and House of Bishops are expected to take up the resolutions through a “special order of business,” which gives the resolutions greater weight and ensures debate isn’t sidelined by procedural barriers. The special order in the House of Deputies is scheduled for the afternoon of July 8.“There seems to be a process this time that allows for discussion and debate,” the Very Rev. Will Mebane of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, told Episcopal News Service during a short break in the hearing on July 6. “There was a recognition at the highest levels of the church that 2015 didn’t work.”Mebane said he traveled to the Holy Land several years ago, and the experience affected him deeply. The difference between life on the Israeli side and the Palestinian side is like day and night.“Not one person in this room would tolerate for one day the conditions that exist in Israel and the occupied territories of Palestine,” Mebane told the committees while speaking in favor of Resolution D041, one of the resolutions about protecting Jerusalem as the holy city of the three Abrahamic faiths.The Rev. Sunny Hallanan, a deputy from the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, testifies in favor of Resolution D041.The Rev. Sunny Hallanan, a deputy from the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, also spoke in favor of D041, saying people in Europe are puzzled by the U.S. policy toward Jerusalem.“Why are we turning from the values we have stood for?” Hallanan said, her voice wavering for a moment. “We, the church, must take a faithful, prophetic stand.”Some of the most poignant testimony addressed the plight of Palestinian children, as addressed by Resolution C035 and Resolution C038. Several witnesses told stories of children being taken from their families and detained for long periods of time, often suspected only of throwing rocks.“I know you share my moral outrage,” Jennifer Bing of the American Friends Service Committee said. “You know that military detention is no way to treat a child.”Haithem El-Zabri, a Muslim and member of the Austin’s Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, shared a personal story – of his Palestinian parents, who became refugees in the United States when Israel occupied their hometown during in the 1967 Mideast war. El-Zabri said he and millions of others in the Palestinian diaspora are demanding the right to return to their homes.“All we are asking for is our right to live in peace and dignity in our homeland in equality with all who inhabit it,” El-Zabri said in voicing support for Resolution D018, recognizing both Israelis’ and Palestinians’ rights to self-determination.Former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori leads a closing prayer at the end of the hearing on Israel-Palestine resolutions.When the testimony was over, the committee chairs asked former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, a member of the international policy committee, to lead a closing prayer.“Open our ears,” she prayed, “that we may hear the suffering of our brothers and sisters in the land of the holy one, that we may respond with your justice, your compassion, and we pray that we may be willing to enter sacrificially into the lives of all your people.“May we be people of justice, of shalom, of salam. May we help to repair the breach in our own hearts, in our world, among all your people. In the name of the God of Abraham, we pray. Amen.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Jerry Williams says: July 8, 2018 at 8:06 am Not one mention of blame for Hamas or the PLO? Talk about a one sided view. I am so done with this church and its’ hypocritical stances on SJW junk. I will be leaving a church i have been part of for 50 yrs. Israel-Palestine, Jerry Emerson says: Tobias Hamberger, Germany says: July 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm Jerry, no one is disputing those numbers or the fact that violent acts of terrorism have been committed on both sides. I am an advocate of non violence and condemn the indiscriminate killing of innocent people on both sides. But it’s a question of scale. If we want to cite numbers, according to the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the occupied territories:> Since 2000, 9305 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis versus 1,220 Israelis killed by Palestinians (51% of Israelis killed were soldiers or on occupied Palestinians land versus 99% of Palestinians killed were on Palestinian land)> 2,089 or 22% of the Palestinians killed by Israelis have been children versus 133 (11%) by Palestinians> 95,299 Palestinians have been injured versus 11,895 Israelis> 48,488 Palestinian homes have been demolished versus zero Israeli homes> 261 illegal jewish settlments built on Palestinian landQuote from Prime Minister Menachim Begin following the first massacre of 100 men, women and children at Deir Yassin in 1948: “As in Deir Yassin, so everywhere, we will attack and smite the enemy. God, Good, Thous has chosen us for conquest.” Zionist forces committed 33 massacres altogether. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 July 9, 2018 at 9:19 am Mr Geibel, the stealing in question refers to lands taken since 1967, not the epoch of Exodus. We are saying that the victims have become perpetrators.(1),000 – 750,000 Illegal settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories150 Settlements, 119 Outposts42% of West Bank land controlled by settlements86% of East Jerusalem for Israeli state and settler use(2) –(3) —and the map since 1948 is even more shocking: Check: MSNBC’s Palestinian loss of land map Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events July 7, 2018 at 6:33 am Did the committees review all the comments posted several months ago when this subject was addressed? There are historically no Palestinians, only peoples living in the Levant. The Romans called the area Palestine when they took over the land from all the peoples (Jews and Arabs). Again the Jews have turned the desert into a garden for fruits and vegetables, while the Arabs destroy the gardens with rocket craters. Have we forgotten that the Jews in order to foster peace turned lands (Gaza, the West Bank and more) back to the Arabs? Lands originally granted to the Jews under the Balfour Declaration. And the wars – all started by the Arabs but finished by the Jews, yet Israel still granted lands back. This discussion in the Church and at the convention appears to me to be very one sided, and the wrong side, given our Christian heritage. July 7, 2018 at 4:10 pm Tell that to Desmond Tutu July 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm John Heermans comments are accurate. The Palestinians have been victimized by displacement and theft of land and property. The pro-Israel propaganda machine has been spewing lies and misleading opinion for decades. Nothing new there. I wish to make no further comments on this issue. July 10, 2018 at 4:55 am sorry, I meant 1948, of course [read too much Orwell] william dailey says: July 7, 2018 at 8:34 am Thank you, Mr. Paulson, for the excellent reporting. Both of the comments made thus far reflect the enormous success of propaganda, which continues to hide the enormous injustice that has been imposed on the people living in the place where the new nation of Israel was imposed in 1948. Why should Palestinians have to pay for the Holocaust? That is what they have been made to do, and they are paying dearly. Willful blindness to the fact will not change it. Rector Knoxville, TN July 7, 2018 at 5:41 pm ??? Desmond Tutu is not part of TEC, so I’m not sure how to interpret your comment. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags July 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm Jerry, You’ve swallowed the Israel/AIPAC narrative whole. Right, we hear it over and over: “Israel has the right to defend itself.” Have you ever heard once from a politician or the episcopal church that: “Palestinians have a right to defend themselves.” Palestinians are “fighting” to reclaim homes and land that was taken from them illegally. Zionists are fighting to hold on to land that they stole. If standing up for the rights of people who are at the bottom results in divesture in the church so be it. Those who remain will be doing the work that we were set out to do. Fortunately, the presiding bishop is finally taking a stand and saying that we can’t leave this work to the Lutherans, Quakers, Mennonites, Methodists and Presbyterians and others. We need to unite and join the rest of the world to find a peaceful solution. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 M. J. Wise says: July 8, 2018 at 6:20 am This report seems to indicate to me there was absolutely no defense of Israel, no presentation of this country’s point of view, yet tons of anti-Israel propaganda. Congratulations, Episcopalians, for being led down the path of anti-Semitism, treating the Jewish state of Israel differently than others. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cecilia Polansky says: July 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm Yes no idea why he would have done that““It is not a fight. It is not a family fight when my father has been abusing my mother and raping her for 70 years,” Abuata testified. He is executive director of Friends of Sabeel North America, a Christian group that supports the Palestinian cause and that was represented at the hearing by several members.” 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 Douglas Crellin says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 7, 2018 at 11:32 am The numbers of rockets, murders, and bounties paid for Jewish deaths isn’t propaganda. It would appear that the intention is to finish what was begun with the Holocaust. This is openly stated by Hamas. This divestment issue is a train that has left the station. The Palestinians have become a prop for anti-Israel forces who would rather have an “issue” than solve a problem for a desperate population. The “death to Israel” propaganda seems to be working in some quarters. “Willful blindness” ? I’m old enough to remember a cartoon caption, “I have met the enemy and he is us.” Judy Van Horn Neunuebel says: July 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm The Episcopal Church has little skin in this eternal feud and so our resolutions, proclamations and political positioning are just obvious self-important moral preening we would be best to avoid to the appearance of. July 7, 2018 at 1:23 pm It’s shocking that so many Episcopalians are so out of touch with this situation. At least it’s finally being addressed by several who truly understand the terror and brutality that Palestinians have been subjected to for over 70 years under Israel’s illegal, eregious occupation. Our Presbyterian brothers and sisters are far ahead of us on dealing with this horrendous injustice. Thank you to all those willing to speak up for equality and justice. July 7, 2018 at 5:27 pm Israel responds when attacked. Stop the attacks. Are we seeking parity in deaths ? Would it be OK if an equal number of Israelis were dead. Hamas is trying their best with the help of Iran. Anti-Israel is a losing position for many reasons other than it helps complete the Holocaust. One final thought. While promoting the divestiture in Israel, it could trigger divestiture in our church. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel July 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm Don’t favor any of these resolutions. They won’t make a real difference. Solutions to this centuries old problem is way beyond our pay grade. Plenty of blame to go around. However, to my knowldege, only Palestinians harbor and foment terrorists. Israel is our friend and only democracy in the Middle East. Submit an Event Listing Douglas Crellin says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Steve Price says: Jerry Williams says: July 7, 2018 at 5:38 pm Nice! Looking through the virtual binder, I have seen that resolution D027 has been edited and is not so one-sided anymore. Thanks to all people who invest their brains in this matter.Although I disagree with some (or many?) in the opinion on this topic, I believe that most participants in this debate take this matter serious through their faith’s eye (at least, this was the atmosphere, this well-written article reflected about this hearing) July 7, 2018 at 1:22 pm 1972 Olympics, 11 Israelis murdered by Palestinian Black September. The availability of news supersedes propaganda. July 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm In the movie The Ten Commandments there is a scene where Moses now banished from Egypt to die in the desert meets a man, a non-Jew, who tells him about the God who has no Name even pointing to the Mountain where Moses has his Divine Revelation. I always thought this was interesting. An Arab follower of Abraham’s son Ishmael directs the heart and spirit of Moses to his God. Moses also becomes a shepherd and marries one of his daughters. True or not it states a Truth. Scripture reveals the Gospel where Jesus calls God the God of Isreal. He is defined as the Living God; and our Heavenly Father. The gist is: if you love God, your God with all your heart; you will receive what you desire not just your ideal but God’s Perfection; beginning with Peace. The Rev. Dr. James Hargos says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ July 10, 2018 at 12:45 am The 1967 War was triggered when Syria, Jordan and Egypt amassed overwhelming numbers of tanks, soldiers and aircraft on Israel’s border, and Israel mounted a preemptive strike which decapitated the Arab armies. Armistice with Egypt was reached with Israel agreeing to return the Sinai to Egypt. During the 19 years when King Hussein of Jordan had ruled east Jerusalem, not one Jew was even allowed to visit, much less pray at, the Western Wall. The Jordanians razed synagogues in east Jerusalem, vandalized Jewish cemeteries, and used the gravestones as construction material. The Israelis took control of the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque a result of the 1967 war, but Israel agreed to Jordan’s demands that only Muslims are allowed to enter the Mosque. Protection for the site, including restricted entry to visitors and worshippers, rests with Israeli Security Forces, and the Mosque is governed by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf.In September 2015 false rumors spread that the Israelis planned to change the status of the Mosque, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas incited the “stabbing intifada,” where innocent civilians were stabbed in the streets, by stating on Palestinian television: “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem” and, as to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jews “have no right to dirty it with their filthy feet.” Rather than negotiate peace, the Palestinians have continued to insist on what Israelis will never agree to—the removal of all Jews from the entire City and the annihilation or enslavement of all Jews, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. There is nothing to negotiate. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Jerry Williams says: Caroline Lucic says: Submit a Job Listing July 6, 2018 at 10:43 pm When the government next door and their Iranian backers want your country removed and your people extinct, and they broadcast it on their television and to the world, why wouldn’t you believe them ? When the Iranians state that they are willing to sacrifice their existence to erase Israel, why don’t people understand that they mean it ? I don’t believe that the anti-Israel members here are ignorant of the facts. I think that they know full well the facts. Featured Jobs & Calls July 10, 2018 at 4:54 am Again, this explanation completely ignores the other side of the story:The immigration of Jews already began in the 19. ccentury.The conflict was massively sparkeld (before and after 1984) by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, who collaborated massively with the German Nazis. He one had a personal date with Adolf Hitler, buidt up some SS-divisions and spread the message of hatred throughout Palestine. [Even more, he once prevented a liberation of 5000 Jewish children in Bulgaria on exchange for some POWs] After 1948, he was then the leader of the “Palestine cause” until the PLO won importance.It it to be discussed, how much of the hate/antisemitis in that region was an imported antisemitism [shame on my Germany], but when we act for the “Paletinian cause” we have to look carefully, who our partners are. Hamas is definitely no serious partner for us, and it would be good for our church to set/declare a distance to them! Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY July 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm My Episcopal church sells olive oil from Palestinian farmers. It is truly a gift to have the opportunity to do this and help the Palestinian farmers at the same time. We have been selling for over 3 years and because of this were able to contribute $3,000.00 to the Ahli Hospital in Gaza where so many Palestinian folk are treated. They need help, they need us, and they need our love and support. July 7, 2018 at 7:11 pm Go to it. You’ll fight this fight from your armchair right down til the last Palestinian. Remember, the Jews have nowhere else to go. They are marked for extinction by their neighbors. If you want peace, stop attacking. For you, it’s a moral position. For Jews, it’s life itself. It’s that simple. Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC July 7, 2018 at 5:38 pm I think you might want to reread the Balfour Declaration.Even without the West Bank and Gaza ,Israel has seized through war huge chunks of land that were designated in 1948 to be part of the Palestinian state.And ,yes ,there are plenty of Palestinians,(many of them Anglican Christians) who are the direct descendants of people who have lived there since Biblical times.Some of them even have Jewish bloodlines ,but aren’t ” pure” william dailey says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MIlast_img read more

Unicef UK appoints Manifesto as digital agency

first_img  223 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Howard Lake | 2 November 2016 | News 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.  222 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Unicef UK appoints Manifesto as digital agencycenter_img James McDiarmid, Head of Digital Engagement at Unicef UK, said:“We were extremely impressed with the research and strategy Manifesto worked with us to create. Their interpretation of what this meant for our new website made them the natural choice as our digital agency. We’re looking forward to developing this relationship and seeing how much further our digital capabilities can evolve to support our work for children.”Manifesto’s other charity clients include Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, The Children’s Society, The National Trust, Avios, and Frieze Art. Tagged with: Charity Website Design Consulting & Agencies Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Unicef UK has appointed Agile digital agency Manifesto as its digital agency.It was initially appointed, following a competitive pitch process, to create an audience and content strategy for the children’s charity. This included conducting in-depth user research and market analysis to define new digital personas for the organisation.Now London-based Manifesto has been appointed as the charity’s digital agency on an ongoing basis. As such, the agency has already redesigned and rebuilt the Unicef UK‘s website, and worked on a legacies campaign that delivers personalised video to supporters.The two organisations report that they have “created a single collaborative team to work together” to deliver this project.Earlier Unicef UK designNew Unicef UK website design by Manifesto in 2016last_img read more

Drought Has Potential Three-Year Impact on Beef Production

first_img Previous articleOil Sharply Higher on International TensionsNext articleDrought Season Highlights Damage Caused By Nematodes Gary Truitt To avoid the three-year “tail,” he said producers might need to pay the price now to supplement feed and make sure cows are healthy and in moderate body condition. Healthy cows will breed better and can shorten the time producers face fallout from the drought. Home Indiana Agriculture News Drought Has Potential Three-Year Impact on Beef Production In a drought year, forages are low in both quality and quantity, which can leave cows thin and undernourished. Less-than-optimal body conditions can have reproductive consequences not only this year, but next year as well. Heat stress coupled with poor nutrition can create a double whammy by lowering oocyte and sperm quality, as well as embryo survival if fertilization does occur, Lemenager said. “The environmental conditions we are experiencing have ratcheted stress forward into the heart of the breeding season for those that calve in the spring, meaning it’s very probable we’ll see more open cows than normal this fall,” he said. Other Purdue Extension drought-related resources are available at Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Source: Purdue Lemenager said the likely increase in open cows this year means producers need to pregnancy-check cows to minimize the use of expensive feeds. When forages are in short supply, there is little reason for producers to feed non-productive animals. Instead, they can consider marketing culled cows earlier than normal to take advantage of higher market prices. “If we’re short on forage we have the option of sliding by, but if cows are thin going into the fall, fewer will be bred, calves will be lighter at weaning time this year and fewer calves will be born next year,” Lemenager said. “Then, if cows are thin heading into next breeding season, fewer cows will be bred and colostrum quality will be lower, meaning a lower calf survival rate which affects productivity in years two and three.” More detailed information about each of these steps, including sample diet formulations, can be found in Lemenager and Johnson’s publication, “Beef Management Practices for Coping With a Short Forage Supply” on the Purdue Animal Sciences Beef Center website at Click on “Dealing with Drought” on in the left column. * Avoid overgrazing and employ rotational grazing.* Creep-feed calves to create near normal weaning weights.* Early-wean calves to take pressure off of both cows and pastures.* Identify and manage poisonous plants in pastures and hay fields.* Establish summer annuals to increase late-season forage production.* Pregnancy-check and market cull cows earlier than normal to reduce feed needs.* Inventory hay and other feed resources.* Analyze feeds for nutrient profiles to help determine supplemental feed needs.* Use alternative feeds to supplement and stretch forage supplies.* Limit hay access time to stretch forage supplies.* Limit-feed a high-concentrate diet to stretch forage supplies.* Graze crop residues and stockpiled forages to reduce harvested feed needs.* Use drought-stressed corn for grazing, green chop or silage.* Make sure cattle have access to a clean, cool water supply.* Moisten the soil around ground rods of electric fences. SHARE Drought Has Potential Three-Year Impact on Beef Production SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 3, 2012 Livestock producers who fail to properly manage the drought could find themselves dealing with the consequences long after the rains return, says a Purdue Extension beef specialist.Exceptionally high temperatures and extremely low rainfall have combined to stress livestock and reduce their feed supplies. Producers can take steps to manage a situation that might cost some money now but could pay off in big ways in the long run. “The tail on this can be pretty long if we don’t manage things right in a drought year,” Ron Lemenager said. “One thing that I think is really important for producers to consider this year is body condition. If you use condition scores of these cows as a barometer of where you’re at nutritionally, we can’t do much about the heat or drought, but we can make sure we don’t have any nutritional deficiencies.” In addition to monitoring body condition, Lemenager and Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson offered producers a list of steps they can take to manage drought and heat stress:last_img read more

RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall”

first_img Follow the news on Cambodia “The gateway envisaged in this sub-decree is just a crude copy of the ‘Great Firewall’ developed by the Chinese authorities, who have become experts in censorship and surveillance at the international level. Prime Minister Hun Sen is jeopardizing the development of his country’s civil society and economy in order to maintain his grip on the power he has held for the past 35 years. We urge the country’s leaders to act responsibly by abandoning a project that violates the right to news and information.” The authorities will also be able to spy on online user activities. Users will have to identify themselves in order to access the gateway. Their browser data, including their IP address and browsing history, will be stored by the national operator for at least a year, according to article 14, which sets no limit on how long the data can be held. Signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on 16 February, the decree provides for a level of control over news and information that has not been seen in Cambodia since the Khmer Rouge dictatorship. January 21, 2021 Find out more News The sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen will place the Internet under state control (photo: AFP). News CambodiaAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression Organisation The exact date on which implementation will begin is not yet known, but the decree’s declared aim is to “facilitate and manage domestic and international Internet connections.” In reality, it also constitutes a new legal weapon that will facilitate online information control because this single gateway will enable the authorities to recover Internet users’ private data and to entirely or partially block Internet content. #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic RSF_en November 6, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Cambodian government sub-decree on the creation of a “National Internet Gateway” that will allow the authorities to arbitrarily block Internet connections and online information. This sub-decree must be rescinded, because it will place the Internet under state control and create a system of censorship violating the right to be informed, RSF said. to go further The “Great Firewall” on which the decree is based was gradually built by China in order to control the news and information available to Chinese Internet users, as RSF describes in its 2019 report entitled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order.” Last year, Hun Sen reinforced his legislative machinery for controlling independent media by using the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext for adopting an emergency law institutionalizing censorship of all media outlets. Cambodia is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Based on China’s “Great Firewall” News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News December 28, 2020 Find out more As from next year, Internet access providers will have to redirect all user traffic via a new “National Internet Gateway” run by an operator subject to governmental directives. For Cambodia’s 14.8 million Internet users, it will become the only point of access to all national and international websites. CambodiaAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression The government also gives itself the right to monitor access provider infrastructure and equipment. These violations of the confidentiality of online browsing and user privacy pose a threat to independent journalists and will hamper their work. “The creation of this new gateway is very likely to signify the end of the freedom to inform on the Internet, which continues to be one of the few spaces where the Cambodian government’s critics can still speak out,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Help by sharing this information According to articles 6 and 12, the telecommunications ministry and any other relevant ministry will be able to demand the blocking of any website or portion of the Internet that is deemed to “affect the national revenue, security, social order, morality, culture, traditions or customs.” No precise definition of these terms is provided. February 24, 2021 RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall”last_img read more

Blackline Safety Diversifies Connected Portfolio Through Acquisition of UK-based Wearable Technologies Ltd.

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Blackline Safety Diversifies Connected Portfolio Through Acquisition of UK-based Wearable Technologies Ltd. Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX.V: BLN), a global connected worker technology leader, has acquired Wearable Technologies Ltd. (WTL), based in Leicester, in the United Kingdom, and operating under the brand name of Eleksen. Focused on the construction and light industrial safety market, WTL has developed a complete platform comprised of smart safety clothing, a cloud-connected safety wearable, personal area networking, sensor partnerships, user portal, software infrastructure and data analytics. “The Wearable Technologies safety ecosystem targets the construction and light industrial market, complementing the heavier industrial focus of Blackline’s current G7 cloud-connected wearables and area gas monitoring offerings,” said Cody Slater, CEO and Chair of Blackline Safety. “While WTL is pre-revenue, their trajectory includes a strong customer pipeline with several at-scale opportunities that we will pursue as they enter the Blackline family. With our backing, together we will complete their commercialization, delivering a compelling and highly differentiated connected safety offering to businesses in construction, warehousing, transportation, utilities, renewables and the service industry.” Blackline estimates that the WTL acquisition accelerates its entry into commercial and light industrial markets with a tailored solution by more than two years. Included with the acquisition is a portfolio of over 40 patents that include protection around a line of washable smart safety garments with built-in wiring harness, the foundation for plug-and-play sensors and LED lighting. The WTL ecosystem is comprised of a smart safety garment that hosts an Eleksen worker-worn hub device with 4G-connectivity. The Eleksen Hub wirelessly supports a range of sensor partnerships, including sound dosimetry, biometrics, ergonomics, vibration and vehicle proximity. Each wearable hub streams sensor data to the Eleksen cloud that powers data storage, alerting, geofencing, dashboards, data visualizations and trending. Blackline plans to complete the commercialization of the first Eleksen products and services through FY2021. The cost of the WTL acquisition is not material to Blackline and no purchase price is disclosed. WTL will operate as a wholly owned Blackline subsidiary. About Blackline Safety: Blackline Safety is a global connected safety leader that helps to ensure every worker gets their job done and returns home safe each day. Blackline provides wearable safety technology, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud-connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges and increase productivity of organizations in more than 100 countries. Blackline Safety wearables provide a lifeline to tens of thousands of men and women, having reported over 140 billion data-points and initiated over five million emergency responses. Armed with cellular and satellite connectivity, we ensure that help is never too far away. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS This news release contains forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements within the meaning of “safe harbor” provisions under applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”). Statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release may be forward-looking statements, including, without limitation Blackline’s expectations, intentions and beliefs concerning: that Blackline will pursue WTL’s customer pipeline and that Blackline and WTL will complete the commercialization of certain of WTL’s products, Blackline’s estimate that the WTL acquisition will accelerate its entry into commercial and light industrial markets, and statements with respect to Blackline’s intended plans to complete the commercialization of the first Eleksen products and services during the periods set out herein. Many of these statements can be identified by words such as “believe”, “expects”, “will”, “intends”, “projects”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “continues” or similar words or the negative thereof. By their nature, forward-looking statements require Blackline to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Key assumptions include, but are not limited to, the successful integration of WTL into Blackline’s business and operations, the ability of Blackline to complete and capitalize on the opportunities described herein and in the manner and timelines described herein. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees or assurances of future performance. The actual results of Blackline could materially differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of certain risk factors, including, but not limited to: the dependence of WTL and Blackline on key personnel; general economic conditions, including the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on local and global economies; the presence of any unknown liabilities with respect to WTL and its business; and risks relating to intellectual property rights. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained in this news release as a number of factors could cause actual future results, conditions, actions or events to differ materially from the targets, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements. Statements containing forward-looking information reflect management’s current beliefs and assumptions based on information in its possession on the date of this news release. Although management believes that the assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and Blackline does not undertake or assume any obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new events or circumstances except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation. View source version on CONTACT: INVESTOR/ANALYST Cody Slater, CEO [email protected] Telephone: +1 403 451 0327MEDIA Heather Houston [email protected] Telephone: +1 904 398 5222 Cell phone: +1 386 216 9472 KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA CANADA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE SOFTWARE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY NETWORKS HARDWARE SOURCE: Blackline Safety Corp. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/16/2021 09:17 AM/DISC: 02/16/2021 09:17 AM Local NewsBusiness Facebook TAGS  Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Two Step’ gameNext articleBringCom Completes Pan-African Fiber Ring Network Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Over 1,000 goats needed to clear dry brush from California to help prevent wildfires

first_imgeyecrave/iStock(LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.) — There a number of ways to prevent wildfires, but for the city of Laguna Beach, California, fire officials used a unique method, in fact,1,000 of them. As of Friday, more than 1,000 goats were chewing their way through dry weeds and grass, vegetation that Laguna Beach’s Fire Marshall, James Brown is calling “fuel” for fire. Best suited for the geography and topography of the city due to their ability to maneuver steep and rocky slopes, goats and herders from Peru have cleared 80% of this year’s 250-acre goal.Laguna Beach’s goat program began in 1992, a year after the city of Oakland tested its own goat program in response to the Oakland-Berkley fire of 1991. Brown told ABC News that with 250 goats, the Laguna Beach fire officials moved forward with the program after it proved extremely effective during the fire season.This is largest group of goats they’ve had in the history of the program. Officials even added a third herd to cover more acres, Brown told ABC News.“The Laguna Beach residents appreciate what the goats do to protect their community, and are very supportive of our program,” Brown said. “They have also been very supportive of the herders who tend to the goats, and welcome the herders each year when they come through the neighborhood.”This year, Laguna Beach experienced a wet season prompting a super bloom. Brown says while a super bloom may seem great, the vast growth becomes fuel for a fire when it dries out. This is where the goats come in.The goats are just one of five prongs of fire-prevention methods used by the city. Other prongs include hands crew, weed abatement, complaint-based removal and enforcing building development requirements for fire safety landscaping.“The City of Laguna Beach has been using goats for fuel modification for over 25 years, and they have proven very effective at reducing the dead vegetation fuel load and helping to protect our City,” Brown said. “They have also been very cost-effective, and typically are 10% or less per acre of what a hand crew charges.”Brown says he looks forward to expanding the department’s fuel modification program over the next 10 years with the goal to cover the entire perimeter of Laguna Beach.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgtrainingOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Thisweek’s training news.Arrivaonline learningTransportservices firm Arriva has launched an online learning and development system toprovide a programme of e-learning for its 33,000 staff. The company has set-upa dedicated e-learning website called the Gateway, which will bring trainingdirectly to staff. The site draws together existing training and externalresources into one point of RiskmanagementAirtraffic controllers around Europe are to get new training in risk managementvia an interactive online course. Eurocontrol, responsible for air navigationsafety, is rolling out the course to staff from 30 countries. London-based XORhas created the software, which draws on the lessons learned from high-profiledisasters like the King’s Cross fire. It will be followed-up by a two-dayclassroom ManagementschoolManagersworking at Caledonian Life have the chance to gain internationally-recognisedqualifications after the group launched its school of manage-ment. The courses,approved by NEBS, include a team leader award and diploma in management. Basedat Mont Clare Hotel in Dublin, the centre will enable staff to help developbusiness Trainingfor bankersBankingstaff in the Middle East are getting British training on project management,teamwork and communication skills. The tailor-made development programme wasintroduced following a series of trade missions. The Right Track Consultancywill deliver the training to the Institute of Banking Studies in Kuwait Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more