Episcopal Church’s parochial report numbers fuel discussion of decline and…

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags The congregation at Calvary Episcopal Church in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh listens to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry during Eucharist on Feb 5, 2017. Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop Dorsey McConnell, right, sat in the pews for the sermon. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The 12 apostles, the 40 days of fasting, the five loaves and two fish. Some key numbers are peppered throughout the Gospels, but no one would mistake attending church on Sunday for a math lesson.And yet, for every Episcopal congregation, there is a count.Actually, several counts, including total number of active members, average pledge and the endlessly fluctuating “average Sunday attendance.” That data gets wrapped into the annual parochial reports that each congregation files with the Episcopal Church, and the cumulative data is released once a year as one benchmark for church vitality.For several years that benchmark has pointed to a denomination in decline, with church attendance and membership trending downward in all corners of the Episcopal Church. When the latest churchwide data summary was released in August, the response was a familiar mix of hand-wringing, naysaying and soul-searching about the future of the Episcopal Church.“Facing more Episcopal Church decline” was The Living Church’s blunt headline on an analysis of the latest numbers by the Rev. David Goodhew, director of ministerial practice at Durham University’s Cranmer Hall in Durham, England.“The church deserves congratulation for the detail, accuracy, and especially candor it shows in sharing its data,” Goodhew wrote. “Beyond that, it has to be said that the news is bad.”How bad? Over five years, the number of active baptized members in the church’s domestic dioceses has dropped 10 percent to 1.7 million. Sunday attendance is down 13 percent. There are 175 fewer parishes and missions reporting parochial data than in 2013. The 10-year trend is even more sobering, particularly in dioceses hit by sharp membership drops due to splits over doctrinal disagreements, including Forth Worth, Pittsburgh, San Joaquin and South Carolina. The one bright spot churchwide is that the average pledge has been increasing each year.Such data generates a fair amount of discussion within the church each year. On Aug. 30, Kevin Miller, an Episcopalian from Massachusetts, raised the issue in the Episcopal Evangelists group on Facebook.“What can we do to buck this trend? Lord help us!” Miller said while sharing The Living Church’s story.Responses ranged from the hopeful to the practical. Stop promoting “gimmicks” like Ashes to Go, some said. Others suggested looking beyond the walls of the church for evangelism opportunities rather than obsessing about filling the pews.The Rev. Chris Arnold, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, issued a back-to-basics call. “The church will shrink until it rediscovers its primary purpose, which is to be a community of pilgrim disciples, supporting one another in the art and craft of prayer,” he said.The Episcopal Church, of course, is not the only mainline Protestant denomination suffering from decline. Only 36 percent of Americans identified as Protestant in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released in May, down from 50 percent in 2003. Overall, Christians declined from 83 percent to 72 percent of Americans over the same period, while those who claim no religion have doubled.Nor is decline in worship attendance an exclusively Episcopal concern. Weekly attendance at religious services of all faiths dropped from 39 percent in 2007 to 36 percent in 2014, according to the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study. In a separate Pew survey released in August, 37 percent of Americans who don’t attend religious services frequently said the reason was they practice their faith in other ways. An additional 23 percent said they simply haven’t found a place of worship that they like.Seen in this broader context, the Episcopal Church is not alone in facing the “challenge of understanding broad social changes” that are affecting American Christian churches, said the Rev. Michael Barlowe, executive officer of General Convention, whose staff collects the parochial report data.Declining membership and attendance numbers represent one snapshot of the Episcopal Church, and much can be learned from that data, Barlowe said in an interview with Episcopal News Service.“We shouldn’t be afraid of that,” he said. “It doesn’t mean we’re doing something wrong.”Barlowe also doesn’t think those numbers tell the full story of the church’s good work. The Episcopal Church, like other denominations, still emphasizes measurements and funding models established hundreds of years ago, when the Christian church was a more central institution in American society, he said. Today’s church is engaged in ministries that expand its spiritual footprint in ways the parochial reports may miss, such as food pantries or Bible studies in coffee shops.“We need to grow in every way,” he said.Church planting “is crock pot work, not microwave work,” the Rev. Michael Michie, staff officer for church planting infrastructure, said in July at the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAn important way to grow is by starting new congregations, argues the Rev. Michael Michie, the Episcopal Church’s staff officer for church planting infrastructure. The Episcopal Church has approved more than $8 million to start new congregations and regional ministries from 2013 through 2021. Michie works closely with recipients of those grants to ensure they get the backing they need.Even the 86 new ministries planted from 2012 to 2017 likely wasn’t aggressive enough, Michie said in a blog post about the parochial report data.“Just imagine how [the Episcopal Church] would change if we set this as a priority,” he wrote. “It would change the way we look for leaders, educate and train clergy, allocate resources and run dioceses. Decline makes us want to circle the wagons. I’m calling for the church to head ’em up and move ’em out! More than ever, we need pioneers, not settlers.”New churches also should be planted in the right places, reaching congregations where they live, and with entrepreneurial leaders, Michie wrote.He also threw out a target of more than 900 new church plants, based on a statistical analysis of what might be required to reverse the Episcopal Church’s decline. Michie, in an interview with Episcopal News Service, said he cited that figure “just to communicate the hill that is ahead of us to climb,” but he also thinks an aggressive approach to church planting would redefine how the Episcopal Church operates.“The way that would impact and change our church would be terrific. It would supercharge our existing churches,” he said. “If they’re doing this and innovating in this way, we can too.”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, during his first three years leading the Episcopal Church, has been active in pushing for initiatives that will expand the church’s reach in new ways. He often talks of the church being part of the larger Jesus Movement and recently unveiled the Way of Love, a rule of life to help Episcopalians live into the calling of that movement.Curry also has led a series of large revivals that serve as the cornerstone of his emphasis on evangelism, seeking to reach new people outside the church with Jesus’ message of love. Racial reconciliation is another top priority of the church under Curry, as detailed in the Becoming Beloved Community framework that was launched last year.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry begins an impassioned sermon before a packed audience at a revival held on July 7 at Austin’s Palmer Center. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News ServiceDespite such activity at the churchwide level and the dozens of new church plants, many existing congregations still may not be meeting the spiritual needs of all their parishioners, particularly newer ones.“We are an old denomination, age-wise, so I think I have a feeling that would be part of what is behind the decline,” the Rev. Jay Sidebotham told Episcopal News Service.Sidebotham, who serves part time as associate rector at St. James’ Parish in Wilmington, North Carolina, has studied the dynamics at play in congregation vitality through his work leading RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement. RenewalWorks released a study in January that found more than half of Episcopal congregations can be classified as “restless,” meaning parishioners are hungry for spiritual growth but may not receive the support they are looking for from clergy or church leaders.They remain active, for now, but “don’t actually expect that much to happen in their own spiritual experience,” Sidebotham said.For the past five years, RenewalWorks has helped more than 200 Episcopal congregations focus more intently on the spiritual life of their parishioners. Curry’s talk of evangelism and discipleship has helped lead the way, Sidebotham said, and RenewalWorks’ report suggested four catalysts for supporting Episcopalians on their spiritual journeys:Engagement with scripture,The transforming power of the Eucharist,A deeper prayer life, andThe heart of the congregation’s leader.“A focus on discipleship is just critical,” Sidebotham said. “That’s job one and that’s what we’re all about.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

Noa House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

first_img Spain Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaThen our objective has been, apart from meeting the client’s demands, to reach a construction completely integrated in the landscape. The challenge was to solve the relationship between a building of a considerable volume and an interior garden, which needed to be a more intimate and human space.To obtain these aims we decided to work on two strategies:• Locate the house the near the street the better, so as to have more space for the garden, at the south of the site.• Work out of open-plan spaces that divide the total volume and create a feeling of diminution of the visual impact.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaThe structural system is based on a discontinuous construction of four vertical volumes that create four sawtooth roofs which are the skylights orientated south and linked to adjacent spaces at different level. This is the system to get the necessary solar radiation to grant the interior comfort, and to have natural light in the inside of the ground floor, too. The four discontinuous volumes are not equal in dimension and help to create a less compact and uniform volume. The link with the surrounding landscape is stablished by the outside horizontal platforms of wooden porches. They are more domestic and at the human scale.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaThe interior spaces of the four volumes are connected through a longitudinal axis that drills all the walls. The interior spaces inside every volume are treated differently. We obtain the divisions through pieces of furniture, wardrooms that allow us to organize the spaces and integrate the doors.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaThere is a big difference between these lightweight and slim wooden porches and the compact volumes of the building with an outside finish work of SATE. This material gives us the possibility of:• Generate a structure of great thermal resistance.• Unify the smooth white finish work of some façades and the roof in order to emphasise the contour of the saw tooth roofs. To make this solution more relevant we decide that the lateral façades were finished with a different colour, dark grey, and with a thick texture.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaThe constructive system is very simple. The primary walls that limit the different spaces are ceramic walls where a frame lands. This frame consists on a thermal floor (radiant floor), and the wooden beams. This frame generates a warm atmosphere thanks to the wooden beams, and, with the radiant floor, we obtain the thermal inertia and complement the passive design. All these strategies and the bioclimatic design of the proposal, are the responsible facts to be able to enjoy a house with very high thermal performances; and integrated in the surrounding landscape; a very important point for us, too.Project gallerySee allShow lessProject Tamarama / Modscape + Fox JohnstonSelected ProjectsCM House / Arquea ArquitetosSelected Projects Share Area:  400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Vallès Occidental, Spain “COPY” Noa House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes “COPY” Noa House / Alventosa Morell ArquitectesSave this projectSaveNoa House / Alventosa Morell ArquitectesSave this picture!© Adrià Goula+ 25Curated by Clara Ott Share Year:  ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912398/noa-house-alventosa-morell-arquitectes Clipboardcenter_img Manufacturers: Cielo, Leds-C4, Rovira, Viabizzuno, DM, Faro, RocalCollaboration:Mercè Nogueras, AdministrativeInterior Design:Alventosa Morell ArquitectesConstructor:Global ProjectsCalculator Of Construction Structures:Eduard SimóAuthor Architects:Marc Alventosa i Xavier MorellCity:Vallès OccidentalCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaRecommended ProductsDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionText description provided by the architects. This house is situated in a central street of a town where detached houses are common. The solar is narrow and long, but with a good orientation.Our clients demanded us:• A very big house, around 400 square m.• Comfortable atmosphere and an efficient construction.• A very important link, connection between the house and the garden. Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Projects 2018 Photographs:  Adrià Goula Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912398/noa-house-alventosa-morell-arquitectes Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAlventosa Morell ArquitectesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesEl Vallès OccidentalSpainPublished on March 04, 2019Cite: “Noa House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes ” [Casa NOA / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes ] 03 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Westlife online auction raises £15,875

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Last week QXL.com auctioned five Comic Relief T-shirts worn by members of boy-band Westlife. The online auction raised £15,875. Visit QXL.com.  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Westlife online auction raises £15,875 Advertisement Howard Lake | 24 March 2001 | News read more

The corporatization of the Olympics

first_imgGymnast Gabby Douglas wins gold medal.The summer Olympics began in 1896 in Athens, Greece, as a vehicle for bringing together mainly amateur athletes from around the world who qualified to compete in various sports. Excluding the cancellation of these games in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to two World Wars, the summer Olympics have taken place every four years in industrialized cities in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2016, the XXXI Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — the first Latin American country to host the games.The XXX Olympics are taking place in London July 27- Aug. 11 with more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries. The vast majority of these athletes will not reach the medal rounds.The largest delegations of athletes hail from the rich, capitalist countries: the United States, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, Russia and Great Britain, which includes athletes from Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Although China does not fit in the same category, it has more athletes than some of these capitalist countries due to having the world’s second-largest economy. Countries in Africa, Caribbean, the Middle East, the South Pacific islands and other parts of Asia have much smaller delegations — some that can be counted on one hand.The global reach of the Olympics is phenomenal due to the technological revolution in communications. These advancements have made it possible for more people than ever to view the 32 sports by either TV or the Internet. An estimated 1 billion people watched some portion of the opening Olympics ceremony on July 27, which is comparable to the Super Bowl.The International Olympic Committee is the public face of the Olympics. Currently there are 105 members of the IOC, including only 20 women. Less than half the members are former athletes. The IOC oversees and funds the day-to-day work of the national Olympic committees in various countries.Protesters in London near Olympic stadium.One of the main tasks of the IOC is to choose which cities will host the Olympics. Each choice is based on economic and political considerations. For instance, behind the decision for Rio de Janeiro to host the next Olympics is the fact that Brazil has the world’s sixth-largest economy, overtaking Great Britain, and the largest population in Latin America of people of African descent, second only to Africa.Powerful forces behind the OlympicsThe IOC’s income generates hundreds of millions of dollars due to corporate sponsorships, especially the selling of broadcast rights. In 2003, the National Broadcasting Corporation and all of its TV and internet affiliates bought exclusive viewing rights to the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver and the London Olympics for more than $2 billion. Once this deal was completed, the IOC relinquished its right to any viewing control of the games. These rights mean that NBC determines when, what and how each sport can be viewed.This impacts not only the U.S., but also other countries which cannot afford to broadcast the games. The internet is one of the main sources of watching live competitions, especially for the most popular sports like gymnastics and swimming.This monopoly has created a firestorm of protest via social media, especially when NBC banned any live viewing of the opening ceremony. Viewers were forced to watch a taped delay of the ceremony in primetime, which included a multitude of commercials and biased, U.S.-centric commentary from the likes of Bob Costas. Disparaging remarks were made by Costas against countries like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran and Uganda. When the ceremony was repeated in the early morning of July 28, some portions were censored, including the Palestinian athletes carrying their flag during the parade of nations.NBC, owned by General Electric, receives much of its revenue for airing the Olympics from other corporations which want their ads seen by hundreds of millions of viewers. The Olympics are a source of lucrative profits for Coca-Cola, Cadillac, Acer, Dow, McDonald’s, Samsung, Panasonic, Visa and many more.These same corporations search for athletes to sponsor, based on who makes the greatest social impact. For instance, after Gabby Douglas became the first African-American woman gymnast to win gold in the all-around competition, she immediately became the number-one focus of discussion on Twitter, rather than swimmer Michael Phelps.This was not lost on Kellogg’s, which immediately offered Douglas a $9 million to $10 million contract to put her face on the front of their cereal boxes to generate sales. Douglas’s mother is a single parent who declared bankruptcy to help finance her daughter’s training, which kept her away from home for more than two years.The hypocrisy of the corporations is that if they truly cared about Gabby Douglas, other athletes of color and working-class athletes in general — instead of big profits — they would donate billions of dollars to building recreational and training facilities in urban and rural areas and make them accessible to all youth, similar to what China has done.Maybe that’s why China won more gold medals than the U.S. the first week of the games and is leading by one as of Aug. 6.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Growers Have Options for Freeze-damaged Wheat

first_img A late-April freeze damaged some of northern Indiana’s early progressing winter wheat crop, leaving growers to decide whether to let the crop yield or tear it up altogether.While most of the crop survived near-freezing nighttime temperatures in April, it was the last freeze of the month that occurred while wheat was close to heading that caused the most damage.“Indiana has experienced several weeks of cooler weather and nights that were near freezing in mid-April. Fortunately, most of our wheat was jointing at this time and the damage was only leaf tip burn,” said Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension agronomist. “We thought we were out of the woods, then temperatures on April 26 dipped below freezing again. Hard freezes were noted in many areas in the northern third of the state, so wheat fields should be scouted now.”The most severe freeze damage to wheat comes when the crop is in growth stages between boot and flowering. The crop was in the boot to heading stages when the last freeze hit – prime time for problems.According to Casteel, that means growers need to be out in the fields getting a close look at the condition of their crops. Scouting from the driver’s seat won’t be enough.“Windshield scouting is not suggested because many of the flag leaves were not burned with the recent freeze, so a drive-by will not always show the effects of the damage from the road,” he said. “Younger wheat, prior to boot, will need to be split to determine if the growing point is dead. The leaves may still be green, but the developing head is dead.”If the growing point, or developing head, is dead it will be brown to black. If the emerged and emerging heads are white, the tissue is dead. Pale green portions of the head, however, are what Casteel calls “questionable” and will need to be monitored a little bit longer.Growers who scout and find damage have a few options. Because crop development is so far ahead of schedule, Casteel said fields with marginal damage could be left to yield, and there still should be an opportunity to plant a second crop.“Wheat is advanced for the time of year, and assuming harvest will be earlier, there will be greater opportunities for double-cropping soybeans further north than I typically recommend,” he said.Severely damaged fields could be cut for hay or wheatlage, or the crop could be mowed down, tilled up or killed with herbicides. Then, corn or soybeans could be planted in its place.“It is early May, and we have plenty of time to establish a good crop of soybeans or corn in these fields,” Casteel said. “The main point is to provide the best opportunity to establish a good stand and not rush into planting into wheat stubble or a mat of wheat residue without the proper planting equipment.”More information about winter wheat freeze damage, as well as using the crop as a forage, can be found in the May 4 issue of Purdue Extension’s Pest and Crop Newsletter.Source: Purdue Ag Communications Growers Have Options for Freeze-damaged Wheat SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Growers Have Options for Freeze-damaged Wheat Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 8, 2012 Previous articleOil Futures End Lower for Fifth Straight SessionNext articleBlack Cutworm Flocks To Indiana; Scouting Proves Critical Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

IASWCD Names New Soil Health Program Manager

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleSurvey Participation Vital for Purdue Extension Custom Rates GuideNext articleGood Commodity Broker Offers No-Lose Situation Andy Eubank Lisa Holscher joins the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) staff as the association’s new soil health program manager.Holscher is the newest member of the Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative (CCSI) team. She will coordinate the development of a series of training hubs for Indiana Conservation Partnership staff working with farmers around the state, as well as a mentoring program to provide one-on-one technical assistance to farmers. She describes the position as “delivering consistent and correct information to farmers in an effort to improve the health and productivity of Indiana’s soils.”CCSI is a collaboration between the Indiana Conservation Partnership organizations, the agricultural industry and Hoosier farmers. Specialists encourage the adoption of long-term continuous no-till practices along with cover crops, nutrient and pest management, precision-farming technology, and the use of conservation buffers. The desired result for Indiana cropland is improved soil health and water quality, and profitability for Hoosier farmers.“We are thrilled to have Lisa as a part of the Conservation Cropping Systems INitiative team,” says Ray McCormick, IASWCD President. “Indiana’s CCSI has showcased the power of conservation by mitigating the impacts of temperature extreme and drought this past summer, giving hope that we, as producers now have the tools to adapt to our changing climate. Lisa’s addition to the team only makes this initiative even stronger for Indiana farmers!”“To protect and enhance our environment while growing more food may seem like a strange goal to some,” Holscher says, “but it makes perfect sense. If you treat the soil like the diverse ecosystem it is, you can improve its overall health. Healthier soils tend to be more productive soils – providing a better return on inputs for farmers and producing more food,” Holscher adds.Source:  IASWCD Facebook Twitter SHARE IASWCD Names New Soil Health Program Manager By Andy Eubank – Dec 13, 2012 Home Indiana Agriculture News IASWCD Names New Soil Health Program Managerlast_img read more

Another cyberdissident imprisoned because of data provided by Yahoo

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the US firm Yahoo! for handing over data on one of its users in China which enabled the authorities there to send him to prison for eight years, the second such case that has come to light in recent months. Reporters Without Borders called on Yahoo! to supply a list of all cyberdissidents it has provided data on, beginning with 81 people in China whose release the worldwide press freedom organization is currently campaigning for.It said it had discovered that Yahoo! customer and cyberdissident Li Zhi had been given his eight-year prison sentence in December 2003 based on electronic records provided by Yahoo. “How many more cases are we going to find?” it asked.“We were sure the case of Shi Tao, who was jailed for 10 years last April on the basis of Yahoo-supplied data, was not the only one. Now we know Yahoo works regularly and efficiently with the Chinese police. “The firm says it simply responds to requests from the authorities for data without ever knowing what it will be used for. But this argument no longer holds water. Yahoo certainly knew it was helping to arrest political dissidents and journalists, not just ordinary criminals. The company must answer for what it is doing at the US congressional hearing set for February 15.”The foreign-based news website Boxun.com posted on February 5 the plea of cyberdissident Li’s lawyer, Zhang Sizhi, at an appeal court hearing in February 2004. Zhang said his client, who used the e-mail address [email protected] and user-name lizhi34100, had been sentenced on the basis of data handed over by Yahoo! Hong Kong in a report dated August 1, 2003.Li, a 35-year-old ex-civil servant from Dazhou (South-West), had been sentenced on December 10, 2003 to eight years in prison for “inciting subversion.” He had been arrested the previous August after he criticized in online discussion groups and articles the corruption of local officials. Local sources said Yahoo! Hong Kong’s cooperation with the police was also mentioned in the court’s verdict on Li. The US house of Representatives Committee on International Relations will hold a hearing on February 15 about the ethical responsibilities of Internet firms. Yahoo! has been invited to attend.49 cyberdissidents and 32 journalists are in prison in China for posting on the Internet articles and criticism of the authorities. For the Shi Tao case ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org February 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another cyberdissident imprisoned because of data provided by Yahoo April 27, 2021 Find out more News News ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on China Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New escalation of violence against journalists

first_imgNews March 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New escalation of violence against journalists News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Reporters Without Borders condemns the heavy-handed raids which masked members of the Minsk police carried out on 16 March on the premises of two opposition media, the newspaper Narodnaya Volya and the Charter 97 website. Charter 97 editor Natalia Radzina was hit in the face as the police stormed in the website’s office.The police also searched Radzina’s home and the homes of Narodnaya Volya journalist Maryna Koktysh and another journalist, Iryna Khalip. Eight Charter 97 computers and other computer equipment and personal electronic equipment were seized.The raids were linked their coverage of the prosecution of three police officers in the southeastern city of Homyel and Viktar Yermakow, the head of the interior ministry’s Anti-Corruption and Organised Crime Department, on charges of abuse of authority and blackmailing members of the Committee for State Security (KGB). Three of them were given sentences ranging from three to four years in jail last month.The police already raided Narodnaya Volya on 17 February, seizing the computer and files of Koktysh, who had been covering the case.“There are no legal grounds for these heavy-handed raids, which even violate the Belarus constitution,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These journalists are just doing their job and must not be regarded as offenders for exposing cases that are embarrassing for the police and a government ministry.”The authorities also tried in vain to search the apartments of journalist Aleh Biabenin and European Belarus Civil Initiative coordinator Dzmitry Bandarenka on 16 March. RSF_en Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Lightstep Announces ‘Change Intelligence’ to Deliver on the Promises of AIOps in Observability

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Easily understand changes in complex systems.center_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 TAGS  Lightstep Announces ‘Change Intelligence’ to Deliver on the Promises of AIOps in Observability Previous articleIranian diplomat convicted of planning attack on oppositionNext articleServiceNow to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Taylor recalls book-laden career

first_img Facebook MATTER OF RECORD: May 30, 2021 Twitter Facebook By Bob Campbell – May 9, 2021 Home Local News Taylor recalls book-laden career TAGSbooksEctor County LibraryreadingRebecca Taylor WhatsApp GOOD NEWS: Names in the News Former Ector County Library director Rebecca Taylor holds up one of her favorite books by David McCullough titled “1776” in the non-fiction section of the library April 30, 2021, in Odessa. Taylor began working for the Ector County Library in 2000 and retired back in December. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSouthern Style Potato SaladFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Local News Taylor recalls book-laden career Retired county library director hopes for new building, branches Pinterest Previous articleOPD set to remember fallen law enforcement officersNext articleDistinction gala set for this month Bob Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GOOD NEWS: Retirement Librarians do much more than check out books, says Rebecca Taylor, who knows what she is talking about.They spend lots of time researching what books to stock and provide other services including audio-visual, reference, genealogical and other educational materials, rent movies and paintings and schedule interesting and socially relevant programs.Having retired at the end of 2020 after 13 years as director of the Ector County Library, Taylor welcomed the recently begun county commissioners court-assigned committee study of the library’s future.Describing the three-story building at 321 W. Fifth St. as one that would be hard to remodel or expand, she said, “My dream is that we have two branches in eastern and western Odessa and we may eventually need one on the north side.“There’s not enough room in the present location and not enough parking. Putting more money into this building is not the best thing to do. We should build a central library in another location.”The Ector County Library, 321 W. Fifth St.The committee has been tasked with recommending whether the facility should be remodeled or a new one built.“The public library is the only source of objective, balanced, professionally selected information and entertainment,” Taylor said. “People would have to pay for that level of information from any other source. The only place where they can consistently go for it is the library and they can get it without charge.“They can learn everything from how to be a plumber and take the plumbing exam to teaching children how to build blocks.”Taylor is a Big Spring native who attended Howard College in her hometown and the University of Texas at Austin before earning a degree in political science at Angelo State University in San Angelo. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of North Texas at Denton.Inspired by Big Spring High School Librarian Jan Harris, who was the sister of Congressman Jake Pickle of Austin, Taylor started her career working part-time in the Howard County Library and while attending Howard College she was hired by Opal McDaniel at the county library, where she became director of the reference department and served till joining the Ector County Library in the same position in 2000. She was named director in 2007.“We wanted to fill the community’s need for the best quality information we could get, something that had merit, not something like Joe Blow would pull out of his hat,” she said. “We had a committee look at reviews from the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, the Book List or the Book Review Digest if a book was a little iffy so far as being risque or obscene.“If somebody challenged a book, we did more research.”Former Ector County Library director Rebecca Taylor looks at books in the science fiction section April 30, 2021, on the first floor of the library. Taylor began working for the Ector County Library in 2000 and retired back in December. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)A lifelong science fiction aficionado, Taylor extensively read from the works of Isaac Asimov when she was young, greatly enjoyed the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and had just finished a novel titled “Street Freaks” by Terry Brooks of Seattle.“Most of us become librarians because we are inveterate readers,” she said. “I’m a history buff and if something looks interesting, I read it no matter who wrote it. I’ve always been fascinated by science fiction, particularly the way the future is foretold in fantasy. Mom had a battery-powered radio when I was a kid that we could only play for an hour or so to get the news because the battery would run down and we couldn’t afford batteries. Now we have access to everything, but there is a lot of garbage put out in the world.”Taylor retired because her severely arthritic knees made it hard for her to get around. She uses an electric-powered chair that she calls a “scooter” outside her home and she employs a walker there to care for her 98-year-old mother Bessie, who crochets baby blankets for new library patrons. Her dad Elmo was an oilfield worker and she had a sister.Adult Services Librarian J’Nevelyn White said Taylor “is an honest person who dealt with things head-on and sort of enjoyed it.“Rebecca believed in treating everybody fairly, but she didn’t run from confrontations when she had to say, ‘You have to go by the rules and not bring in huge baggage’ or ‘You can’t beat up people in the library,’ for example,” White said. “I appreciated her very much professionally and personally. I always admired that she could say ‘no’ with a smile and get her point across. She is a brave person and she showed a lot of leadership.“Rebecca always told us stories from the old days about patrons and her family. She is a traditional Texas story teller with a great sense of humor. She knew when to push for the library in front of the commissioners court and when not to because she knew she would lose.”Interim Library Director and Managing Director of Tech Services Lynette Nickell said Taylor “always had lots of good ideas about how to handle different situations.“Rebecca was very supportive of the library and staff,” Nickell said. “She is very intelligent and she tells lots of really good stories about her life and family. She wants what’s best for the library.”last_img read more