Diocese establishes support centers after serious flooding in Japan

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Diocese establishes support centers after serious flooding in Japan An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Anglican Communion, [Anglican Communion News Service] The Diocese of Kobe in the Nippon Sei Ko Kai – the Anglican Communion in Japan – has responded to significant flooding in the region by establishing support centers. Bishop Augustine Kobayashi called for the centers in response to the immense damage caused by heavy rain last month. Areas of western Japan were inundated with water as result of the extreme weather, and the diocese has been providing support to the victims of the tragedy.Read the full article here. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Washington, DC Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Submit an Event Listing Posted Aug 14, 2018 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Asia Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

When Success Becomes a Catastrophe

first_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear TAGSInspiration Previous articleChristians have an alternative to Obamacare: Medi-ShareNext articleThe great spider hunt! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Inspirationby Scott Sauls, Christ Presbyterian Church By all appearances, it feels like I am in a very sweet season right now. Marriage is a source of joy. Our daughters are the kinds of girls who make a mom and dad both proud and thankful. Ministry is a blast these days — I get to serve alongside some truly exceptional people. I love Scripture, and Jesus and the church more than I ever have which makes everything else in life seem sweeter, because all of life centers around these things. We are well provided for.At least for now, in a world of so much unrest and injustice and suffering, my life feels to be an embarrassment of riches.As I think about all of these things, I am struck by Jesus’ admonishment to his disciples precisely when their perceived “success” and “influence” was at its peak:The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them…“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20).Did you catch that?When Jesus’ disciples came to him with news of their extraordinary strength and influence and success, his response was to say, “Do not rejoice…”When God gives us success and loved ones and happy circumstances for a time, when he chooses to put the wind at our backs—by all means, we should enjoy the experience. But we mustn’t hang our hats on it…because earthly success, in all its forms, comes to us as a gift from God and is also fleeting. Our Lord is telling us not to allow appetizers to replace the feast, or a single apple to replace the orchard, or a road sign to replace the destination to which it points. On this, Lewis again provides essential wisdom in The Weight of Glory:It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires (that is, our ambitions) not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.No self-serving ambition can satisfy the vastness of the human soul made in the image of God. As Augustine aptly said, the Lord has made us for himself. Our hearts will be restless until they find their rest in him.Lewis’ perspective, when we share it, can also safeguard us from what the famous playwright, Tennessee Williams, called “The Catastrophe of Success.” Williams understood that while things like momentum, influence, position, being known, and being celebrated are fine in themselves, none of these things can sustain us in the long run. Reflecting on his instant success after the release of his blockbuster Broadway play, The Glass Menagerie, he wrote:I was snatched out of virtual oblivion and thrust into sudden prominence…I sat down and looked about me and was suddenly very depressed…I lived on room service. But in this, too, there was a disenchantment…I soon found myself becoming indifferent to people. A well cynicism rose in me…I got so sick of hearing people say, “I loved your play!” that I could not say thank you any more…I no longer felt any pride in the play itself but began to dislike it, probably because I felt too lifeless inside ever to create another. I was walking around dead in my shoes…You know, then, that the public Somebody you are when you “have a name” is a fiction created with mirrors.Tennessee Williams’ story, as well as the story of every person who has experienced the anticlimax of having getting to the end of the rainbow and finding that there is not a pot of gold there after all, confirms a universal truth for every human heart:Only Jesus, whose rule and whose peace shall never cease to increase (Isaiah 9:7), can sustain us. Only Jesus, whose resurrection assures us that he is, and forever will be, making all things new, can fulfill our deepest desires and give us a happily ever after. Only Jesus can make everything sad come untrue (got that one from Tolkein). Only Jesus can ensure a future in which every chapter will be better than the one before (from Lewis). Only Jesus can give to us the glory and the soaring strength of an eagle (Isaiah 40:31). Only Jesus, whose name is above every name, and at whose name every knee will bow, can give us a name that will endure forever (Philippians 2:9-10; Isaiah 56:5).Making much of his name is, then, a far superior ambition than making a name for ourselves. For apart from Jesus, all men and women, even the most ambitious and successful and strong, will wither away like a vapor. “People are like grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Psalm 40:7-8).Lastly, if this isn’t enough to give us a healthier, humbler perspective on our ambitions, perhaps this observation from Anne Lamott will:One hundred years from now?All new people.Is the wind at your back? Don’t hang your hat there.Is the wind in your face? You can still rejoice, because in Jesus, your name is written in God’s book. And what could be better than that? You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Letter from America delivers generous donation for Garden Organic

first_img Tagged with: Funding Howard Lake | 13 November 2007 | 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  55 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Letter from America delivers generous donation for Garden Organic Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity, has received a substantial donation from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, an American philanthropic organisation. The monies received will be used to progress the crucial work the charity’s Heritage Seed Library (HSL) does as well as improving the HSL facilities at Garden Organic’s headquarters in Warwickshire.Started over 30 years ago, Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library aims to conserve and make available rare and endangered vegetable varieties that are disappearing as a result of economic and regulatory pressures. Gardeners across the UK donate seed varieties to the library for evaluating before making them available to members. This could not happen without the help of a small army of volunteer ‘seed guardians,’ who help to produce the large quantities of seed needed in their own gardens, schools or allotments to keep these rare gems alive. By doing so, they help the library save the world’s diminishing genetic pool of food crops.Sandra Slack, head of Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library said; “This generous donation is very welcome and timely. Until now we have focussed our efforts on building our collection, raising awareness of the issues and establishing an efficient distribution network. With new varieties to protect every month we needed more resources to help monitor what we have in our collection and increase our understanding of the seeds we hold.“This dilemma came to the attention of Amy Goldman, a long time supporter of Garden Organic and world-renowned author of vegetable growing books. A trustee of the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, she arranged for the organisation to make a sizable donation to support our work. This funding will be invaluable, allowing more time to be spent on the collection. We can now look at full characterisation of the seeds in our library – a time-consuming process of observation and record taking – as well as investigating the genetic make-up of each variety.“The donation will also be used to improve irrigation in our seed garden through the purchase of a new water tank, as well as making repairs to polytunnels and fences that have been damaged in recent bad weather. We are very grateful to the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust for this generous donation,” she concluded.Each year over 40,000 packets of seeds are distributed by Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library to ensure that endangered varieties of vegetables remain in cultivation and evolve. The charity has also been able to join with Birmingham University to offer a PhD involving the full characterisation of its collection of heritage vegetables thanks to the donation.This will give the work of the seed library greater prominence, as the cataloguing and research results will be published in a form widely accepted by academia and industry.“We are delighted to receive such a generous donation from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust,” said Myles Bremner, chief executive of Garden Organic. “Donations are crucial to the progression of the organisation and the fact that we are receiving support from such a renowned philanthropic organisation shows the high regard our organisation is held in around the world.”EndsFor more information contact James Ashe or Richard Postins at Prova PR on 01926 776900 or [email protected] to editorsGarden OrganicGarden Organic is the UK’s leading organic growing charity dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. The charity, which boasts a membership of more than 40,000, is based at Garden Organic Ryton, Warwickshire. For more information, please go towww.gardenorganic.org.ukMarie-Ange NouroumbyProvaPRide Awards gold winner 2007Tel: +44 (0) 1926 776900Fax: +44 (0) 1926 402331www.provapr.co.uklast_img read more

Hang on to your hangers and benefit UNICEF, says M&S

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: corporate  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 July 2011 | News Marks & Spencer is encouraging shoppers not to take hangers home with them when they buy clothes by offering to donate 57p for each box of hangers recycled to children’s charity UNICEF. An average box contains 162 hangers.The partnership aims to raise at least £1.9 million over three years to fund clean water, education and health care for children in two locations in the Mymensingh and Dhaka regions of Bangladesh.Marc Bolland, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer said: “Just one box of hangers can provide a child with clean water for a fortnight. We believe our UNICEF partnership can make a big difference to families and communities in Bangladesh.”In 2010 M&S collected 152 million clothes hangers. This year it is hoping to increase that by 50 million.M&S has run a series of fundraising partnerships with charities based around the theme of recycling, which reinforces its Plan A commitments to “combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help our customers to lead healthier lifestyles”.http://plana.marksandspencer.com/about/partnerships/unicef Hang on to your hangers and benefit UNICEF, says M&Slast_img read more

¿Qué impulsa las sacudidas a la economía?

first_imgLa clase obrera en EUA ha sufrido golpes devastadores desde la crisis económica capitalista del año 2007. Ahora la amenaza de una nueva recesión se percibe a través de los mercados financieros.Los presupuestos municipales y estatales ya han sido recortados a nombre de la austeridad. Los servicios gubernamentales, entre ellos los de hospitales, escuelas, bibliotecas, agua y alcantarillado, han sido privatizados – vendidos para generar ingresos inmediatos necesarios para pagar los intereses de los préstamos bancarios. El impacto de estas políticas criminales se puede ver en el agua envenenada de Flint y en las deterioradas escuelas desde Los Ángeles y Detroit hasta Filadelfia.Aunque se espera una nueva ronda de despidos, el número de personas que participa en la fuerza laboral ha llegado a su nivel más bajo en 30 años a pesar del crecimiento de la población. Los salarios reales, estancados desde 1979, según un informe del Instituto de Política Económica del 19 de febrero del 2015, no han mejorado desde entonces.Las/os trabajadores cuya labor produce toda la riqueza, han estado recibiendo una porción cada vez más pequeña del valor que producen. El 56,3 por ciento de la población de EUA está ahora viviendo de cheque a cheque, con menos de $1,000 en cuentas corrientes y de ahorros combinadas. Y el 24,8 por ciento tiene menos de $100 en sus cuentas. (Forbes, 6 de enero)Los salarios estancados y reducidos, junto al aumento de la productividad del trabajo, han conducido bajo el capitalismo, a la extrema concentración de la riqueza en manos privadas en una escala desconocida en la historia. Las 62 personas más ricas del mundo tienen ahora tanta riqueza como la población de 3,5 mil millones más pobre. (Oxfam, 17 de enero) Hace cinco años, 388 súper-ricos tenían este estatus criminal. La asombrosa concentración de la riqueza continúa sin cesar.Aniquilada una quinta parte del valor de papel La otra característica endémica del capitalismo que Marx explicó hace 165 años se impone una vez más. El capitalismo – el sistema económico basado no en la producción social, sino en la expropiación privada – nunca ha sido capaz de resolver los ciclos tambaleantes de expansión y recesión causados por la sobreproducción. La sobreproducción de toda mercancía está nuevamente sacudiendo los mercados financieros.La producción industrial y el rendimiento manufacturero se han reducido al mínimo.La caída en el precio del petróleo desde más de $110 el barril en junio de 2014 hasta debajo de $30 en la actualidad, ha recibido una gran atención. Sin embargo, un colapso similar ha ocurrido en los productos industriales, acero, tuberías, metales, carbón, oro, aluminio, zinc y los principales cultivos alimentarios.Desde el Año Nuevo, los mercados bursátiles de todo el mundo han estado cayendo inexorablemente. Desde Dow Jones de Nueva York y el S&P 500, hasta las principales bolsas de valores europeas de Londres, París y Berlín, a los mercados de Dubái, Tokio, Hong Kong y Shanghái; juntos han perdido más del 20 por ciento de su valor, entrando en lo que se llama un “bear market” (mercado en la baja).Una quinta parte de toda la riqueza del mercado de valores en el mundo ha sido eliminada. Esto puede no afectar inmediatamente a la mayoría de las/os trabajadores. Pero la manera de los capitalistas lidiar con la pérdida de su riqueza especulativa es de irse contra las/os trabajadores que tienen menos de $1,000 o $100 a su nombre.En su discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión, el presidente Barack Obama destacó un aumento modesto en trabajos de servicio con los salarios más bajos – desde centros de llamadas hasta los restaurantes de comida rápida. Sin embargo, cientos de miles de trabajadoras/es en la industria pesada, la producción de energía, la banca y los servicios financieros – desde DuPont, Alcoa, John Deere y BP hasta Morgan Stanley – ya han sido despedidas/os en el último año.Rescate financiero profundizó la crisisLos economistas capitalistas, reticentes a utilizar el término “recesión,” han inventado un nuevo término para denominar un período tan largo sin crecimiento económico: “estancamiento secular”. Se han celebrado conferencias internacionales y escrito numerosos trabajos académicos sobre este tema. Estancamiento secular es un término muy difuso que oculta la realidad. El capitalismo, para expandirse, debe encontrar mercados en los que vender sus productos con ganancias. Cuando no puede hacer esto, todo el sistema mundial entra en una espiral de crisis.Los rescates no han tenido éxito en poner en marcha a la economía. Años de tasas de interés de casi cero para estimular préstamos gigantes supuestamente para estimular la producción, puede que hayan empeorado esta crisis capitalista.Un periódico británico cita las palabras de un funcionario de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico: “La situación es peor de lo que era en 2007. El mundo se enfrenta a una ola de impagos épicos de deuda. Nuestra municiones macroeconómicas para combatir las crisis, esencialmente han sido totalmente utilizadas”., dijo William White, el presidente con sede en Suiza del comité de revisión de la OCDE y ex economista jefe del Banco de Pagos Internacionales (BPI).” (Telegraph, 19 de enero)Barcos ‘Zombi’Hay sobreproducción de mercancías, desde petróleo hasta los productos terminados como juguetes, ropa y autos. Hay hasta un exceso de los grandes buques de contenedores que mueven más del 95 por ciento de los productos manufacturados del mundo.La industria del transporte marítimo se enfrenta a su peor crisis en memoria reciente, después de años de rápida expansión alimentada por la deuda barata. La flota mundial se duplicó en tamaño de 2010 a 2013. (Reuters Business Insider, 20 de enero)La competencia entre las compañías navieras ha impulsado la construcción de una nueva generación de súper cargueros que puede transportar 19.000 contenedores, en comparación a los buques anteriores que llevan solo 5.600. Se necesitan años para construir este tipo de buques. Los pedidos fueron colocados cuando se esperaba una recuperación global completa después de 2009.Las corporaciones navieras que financiaron sus flotas con un 60 por ciento de deuda y con 40 por ciento de liquidez, han visto desvanecerse esa liquidez.Ahora, flotas “zombi” aceptan fletes a precios irrisorios sólo para poder seguir a flote. Pero los propietarios no tienen esperanza de pagar el capital en sus préstamos. Los bancos tienen miedo de destapar estos préstamos porque entonces se verían obligados a ponerlos en la lista de pérdidas.El Baltic Exchange, que ha establecido tarifas de envío por más de dos siglos y medio, dice que la situación que sus miembros enfrentan es sombría.Gigantes derribados por la deudaAún grandes empresas multinacionales que han sobrevivido décadas de caos capitalista en el pasado se tambalean ahora.  Años de interés de casi cero por ciento provocaron que muchas de las mayores empresas mundiales de mercancías, asumieran enormes deudas para invertir en una mayor expansión y en fusiones.  Pero ahora que el precio de las mercancías ha bajado a la mitad o incluso a un tercio del valor que tenían hace un año, el valor de mercado de estas empresas ha entrado en una caída libre.Una de las más grandes y antiguas corporaciones mineras de oro y cobre, la Freeport McMoRan, está en crisis después de sacar grandes préstamos hace unos tres años para compras en petróleo y gas.  Ahora con el exceso de petróleo, las acciones de la compañía han caído de $60 por acción a menos de $4.  Freeport McMoRan, valorada ahora en $4.8 mil millones, está sobrellevando una deuda de $20 mil millones, por lo cual está recortando puestos de trabajo y todos los gastos de capital.  Pero para cumplir con sus pagos de la deuda, sigue produciendo petróleo, incluso a precios sumamente bajos.  (New York Times, 22 de enero)Anteriormente, durante las caídas de precios, los productores de mercancías inmediatamente reducían la producción.  Pero esta vez, debido a sus enormes deudas, continúan inundando el mercado, empeorando así la situación.Capitalistas culpan a China de sus problemasEl exceso actual de mercancías a nivel global está siendo atribuido a una desaceleración en el crecimiento de la República Popular China — la segunda economía más grande y de más rápido crecimiento del mundo.El caos y la competencia despiadada del sistema capitalista en sí nunca es culpado.  Por ejemplo, tanto corporaciones estadounidenses como alemanas han agravado las condiciones en China en las plantas que son empresas conjuntas.  La decisión de Volkswagen, GM y otros fabricantes significativos de automóviles de frenar su producción en China debido al exceso de oferta mundial de automóviles, significó que cancelaran primero las bonificaciones para las/os trabajadores en sus plantas.  “Los bonos típicamente suelen ascender a más de la mitad del salario neto de las/os trabajadores de la línea de ensamblaje”.  (Reuters, 15 de septiembre, 2015)Estas gigantescas corporaciones internacionales no solo cortan el pago que se llevan a su casa las/os trabajadores de la línea de ensamblaje, sus horas de trabajo, los descansos y el número de turnos, sino que ellos y otras grandes empresas occidentales también cortaron miles de millones de dólares en los planes de expansión que tenían en China.  Por supuesto, todos estos recortes en inversiones que fueron anunciados hace más de tres meses, tuvieron repercusiones sobre el mercado de valores chino.Estos cortes abruptos han estimulado el aumento de los esfuerzos para desarrollar unas relaciones y un comercio más estable entre China, Rusia, América Latina y África.  Un artículo cubano titulado “Resistiendo las tormentas del siglo 21” escrito hace pocos días, expuso que este comercio que se está desarrollando rápidamente es de beneficio mutuo.  Para el año 2014, el valor del comercio bilateral entre China y América Latina era 22 veces más de lo que había sido en 2000.  (Granma, 19 de enero)No se puede predecir cuán profunda e insuperable será la crisis venidera, ni qué la va a provocar.  Pero la urgencia de que las/os trabajadores hagan sonar la alarma y organicen una fuerte lucha está fuera de discusión.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Klan and the government

first_imgIn November 1982, the Ku Klux Klan announced it would be holding a demonstration in the heart of Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan had run with the endorsement of David Duke and the KKK and was in the second year of his presidency. A powerful anti-Klan demonstration took over the streets of Washington on Nov. 27, 1982, and drove them out. Below is an excerpt from the foreword to the book “The Klan and the Government: Foes or Allies?” The book is a collection of articles by Sam Marcy, the founder of Workers World Party, written in the midst of the ­struggle to smash the Klan. It can be read online at www.workers.org/marcy/klan/.Bourgeois liberals most concerned with Klan’s ‘rights’The police massacres in Memphis and New Orleans [in 1982] aroused less concern among the liberal bourgeoisie than did the Klan demonstration in Washington, D.C. Strange as it may seem, some of the liberals, pressured by the way the media handled the counter-demonstration against the Klan, turned their fire on the counter-demonstration rather than on the Klan itself.For instance, a long letter in the Guardian of January 19, 1983, spent hundreds and hundreds of words attacking the counter-demonstration. It was written by a “socialist,” no less, David McReynolds, a leader of the Socialist Party, USA.His conclusion, like that of many others in the camp of the liberal bourgeoisie, was: The counter-rally would only result in “the level of violence within society increasing. … Are we going to undermine our own right to speak fully and freely by calling for the selective enforcement of the Bill of Rights? Is there anything the Klan can say that is one-half as dangerous as our saying it should not be allowed to speak?”This is the standard bourgeois liberal position and has been the prevailing current of bourgeois political thought on this question ever since the Klan came into existence. …While interest in the resurgence of the Klan in liberal circles seems to be on the wane, the controversy which the counter-demonstration aroused continues to have more than topical interest. This is because in the eyes of the liberal bourgeoisie a militant struggle against the Klan, that is, to drive it out wherever possible, violates the sacred norms of imperialist democracy.The axis of the controversy takes the usual form: “The Klan and other fascist organizations should be permitted to exist and exercise the rights of free speech and organization the same as other political organizations.”Unless one sees the Klan and other fascist organizations in the general context of the developing struggle of the workers and oppressed, one runs the danger of completely abdicating, if not surrendering, the struggle and using the free speech amendment as a cover for it all. …Violence and the stateIt has to be remembered that the use of violence and mass repression is a congenital tendency of the capitalist state. Even in the so-called best of times the capitalist government not only tolerates terrorist organizations like the Klan, but once the class struggle of the workers and oppressed people takes on the character of a genuine mass upsurge, the capitalist government is more likely than ever to encourage and promote the likes of the Klan and other mediums of repression.If the U.S. is resorting more and more to naked armed force on a world scale to the point of threatening nuclear first strikes, if it is hastily building super aircraft carriers for the Navy to prowl the seven seas, threatening mass destruction of Third World people, is it likely under these circumstances that so-called “domestic tranquility” will prevail, that is, class peace, the peace of the oppressor imposed on the oppressed?Indeed, one should put the shoe on the other foot. It is the ever-expanding growth of the police and military forces at home which makes repression and violent outbursts an inevitable outgrowth of the deepening class antagonisms. The preachments of the liberal bourgeoisie to rely on First Amendment rights are a mere cover-up for a grim reality which is expanding and not in any way receding.Besides, First Amendment moralists frequently abandon their own position in moments of great crisis. They either surrender or fall to pieces altogether under the stress of right-wing political pressures.In 1939 when there was a brief but very hysterical witchhunt which rose out of the short-lived Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact, the liberal bourgeoisie completely defected on the question of civil rights and joined the camp of the right-wing witchhunters.That splendid defender of civil liberties, the ACLU, capitulated to the witchhunters during that 1939-1940 nightmare. Its national board expelled from board membership Elizabeth ­Gurley ­Flynn, who was then an outstanding leader of the Communist Party.None other than Norman Thomas, leader of the Socialist Party and the ideological godfather of David McReynolds who so sanctimoniously cites the First Amendment against the anti-Klan counter-demonstration, called for a purge of communists in the ACLU. He did so in an article in the Socialist Call of December 16, 1939.So what did freedom of speech amount to in a time when the bourgeoisie was putting on the pressure?The vote for expulsion was a shameless exhibition of liberals voting in unison and goose-stepping to the tune set by the FBI and capitalist government. J. Edgar Hoover had his own personal attorney, Morris Ernst, sitting on the ACLU board and acting as its co-counsel. How in the world can one be a counsel for the ACLU board and at the same time be the attorney for J. Edgar Hoover? This is how consistent liberalism can be in a crisis – they go over to the other side. (See Corliss Lamont’s excellent account in his “The Trial of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.”) During the 1950s, they crumbled altogether and then became victims themselves of the witchhunt.As the capitalist crisis deepens, as unemployment grows, as the U.S settles its international disputes not merely on the basis of gunboat diplomacy as of old but of nuclear might, what is the only realistic expectation? Some utopian era, when class antagonisms will soften and diminish and collisions between the classes slowly disappear, leaving extremist right-wing organizations like the KKK with no material basis for existence and therefore tending to disintegrate and disappear?On the contrary, this is the most unlikely and the least possible variant in the next stage of capitalist development.That being the case, it is most important to discard the liberal straitjacket that only leads to defeat and frustration and arm the mass movement of the working class and oppressed with a revolutionary perspective. It is necessary to politically prepare for the impending struggle not less, but better than, the bourgeoisie prepared to win their struggle when they were a subject and oppressed class centuries ago in Europe under feudalism.It is better to learn the progressive lessons that the bourgeoisie assimilated in their struggle than to become an object of mass confusion through the medium of petty bourgeois preachers and moralists who righteously wave the flag of freedom but abandon it as soon as the class struggle sharpens.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Caltech Undergrad Wins Dual Computer Science Awards

first_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff Credit: Courtesy of Laura LewisUndergraduate student Laura Lewis, who is majoring in math and computer science, has earned a pair of national computer science awards.In April, Lewis, a rising junior from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, won both the qBraid Technical Challenge in the Quantum Coalition Hack and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) 2021 Collegiate Award. At Caltech, Lewis is advised by Elena Mantovan, professor of mathematics; Claire Ralph, lecturer in computing and mathematical sciences; and Thomas Vidick, professor of computing and mathematical sciences.The Quantum Coalition Hackathon is a global quantum computing contest organized by Yale and Stanford, and sponsored by Google Quantum AI, IBM Quantum Computing, Microsoft, Amazon, IonQ, qBraid, and other private companies investing in the quantum computing field. There were more than 2,100 participants from more than 70 countries. Lewis, whose primary area of scholarly interest is quantum computing, found out about the contest through an email from the Caltech Physics Club and decided to check it out.During the event, which ran April 10–11, Lewis and her fellow participants chose from a list of challenges, which they then had 24 hours to tackle. Lewis chose a problem related to Shor’s algorithm.Shor’s algorithm, published in 1994 by mathematician Peter Shor (BS ’81), describes how, in theory, to factor incredibly large numbers efficiently using quantum computers. It is believed that Shor’s algorithm will be the downfall of RSA cryptography, a widely used secure data transmission system that creates public and private keys. The private keys are prime numbers, and the product of those two numbers is the public key. Anyone can encrypt information using the public key, but once they have, the information can only be decrypted using the private keys. The system relies on the fact that it is time consuming and computationally intensive to factor the product of two prime numbers to determine those private keys. However, with a functional quantum computer and Shor’s algorithm, the process could be sped up to the point that RSA cryptography could be easily cracked.Lewis has been studying Shor’s algorithm and quantum cryptography with Vidick at Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM), a National Science Foundation Physics Frontiers Center where researchers study physical systems in which the effects of the quantum world can be observed on macroscopic scales.“We are currently working on quantum verification: you have a quantum computer, make it do a computation, then have a normal computer check that the computation is correct, efficiently,” Lewis says. “Known protocols for this require functions with special properties, and to compute these functions, we utilize modular arithmetic, a type of mathematics that is important in cryptography. So, a large part of my work with Dr. Vidick is figuring out how to perform modular arithmetic on a quantum computer.”So far, computer scientists have been able to factor the number 15 on a quantum computer by hardcoding the modular arithmetic. “I thought, ‘OK, that seems not very good, and I’m going to try something new,’” Lewis says. She developed an implementation for a quantum computer that is not just meant to factor a single number by generalizing this modular arithmetic; in theory, she says, it is capable of factoring any number. “QBraid told me that the reason they picked me as the winner is that they’d never seen a fully general implementation of a factoring program for a quantum computer,” Lewis says.Coming off of that success, Lewis was also honored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), a group she has been involved with since high school. “They have a great network for women in technology, which is important,” Lewis says.The award recognizes “technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact,” according to NCWIT. The application for the award included a presentation of the project to a general audience. “Presenting about quantum computing to a general audience in under seven minutes was a challenge,” Lewis says.Lewis’s project was on verifiable quantum computation. Quantum computers exist, but they are “noisy”—that is, heat and electromagnetic noise can disrupt the functioning of quantum bits, or “qubits.” Lewis’s project, titled “Implementing Remote-State Preparation on a Noisy Intermediate-Size Quantum Device,” addresses the issue of verifying that a computation performed on a quantum computer is correct.Lewis has a longstanding interest in math and science; it started with a contest she tackled in middle school to see who could learn the programming language Python the fastest. She picked it up quickly and started learning other languages from there. In high school, Lewis was the head programmer on a robotics team and went to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship. “That’s when I realized that I liked programming a lot,” she says.While applying for college, Lewis received offers from 11 other universities before selecting Caltech. “It was really the Caltech Up-Close Program that convinced me to come here,” she says, referring to the annual program in which prospective undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who have an interest in math, science, and/or engineering stay overnight in the student residences, meet current students, and interact with other members of the Caltech community. “I got to know admission staff like Jarrid Whitney [assistant vice president for student affairs, enrollment and career services ] and Derek Terrell [former admissions officer]. They helped show me what a great environment there is here.”Lewis became interested in quantum computing at Caltech through one of the computer science option “pizza courses,” lunchtime classes that explore a range of topics in-depth. In this one, Adam Wierman, professor of computing and mathematical sciences, explained the Caltech Information Science and Technology CS+X initiative, which leverages Caltech’s expertise in computer science to advance other disciplines across campus. Specifically, he spoke about the possibilities created by the burgeoning field of quantum computing. “I thought, ‘That’s really interesting,’ and emailed Professor Wierman, who then put me in touch with Professor Vidick,” she says.As the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States and Caltech’s undergraduate education moved online, Lewis and other students faced new challenges, including taking classes on West Coast time from her home in Pennsylvania. She looks forward to returning to campus in the fall.“The Caltech undergraduate experience is truly one of a kind. After spending over a year away from campus, I can’t wait to go back and physically be a part of the community again,” says Lewis. 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Nissan promotes staff training at new centre

first_imgNissan has launched a specialist learning centre at its Sunderland plant inan effort to promote voluntary personal development The centre is open to all 5,000 employees at the plant and offers a widevariety of learndirect courses, both on and off-line, covering a range of keybusiness topics including productivity improvement, skills for life, businessmanagement and ICT. Training is run by Assa – the training organisation set up by Nissan in 1997to support automotive and manufacturing workers in the North East. The centre is open between 7am and 11pm every day, with Assa staff on handfor support. Steve Pallas, training and development manager for Nissan, said the centreis already proving a success in the four weeks since it opened. More than 550staff have used it already, with computer courses being the most popular. He said the company is also building up a stock of laptops to allow staffand their families to learn from home. Nissan has given staff up to 12 hours a week off of work to use the centre –which has 16 PCs – to encourage people to get into the habit of using thefacility. Ann Limb, chief executive of Government-backed learndirect, which helpedfund the project, said: “Nissan requires adaptable, accessible learning todevelop the skills of its workforce. I look forward to hearing of the successof learners and the contribution made by learndirect to Nissan’s efficiency andproductivity.” By Quentin Reade Nissan promotes staff training at new centreOn 14 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

OH&W Awards 2019 – ‘You need good managerial and clinical leadership, visibility and credibility’

first_imgRelated posts: Brighton General Hospital, part of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, winner of “Best multidisciplinary initiative” in the 2019 Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards. Photograph by Sam Stephenson Through working collaboratively to develop effective pathways to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disorders, the OH team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has significantly reduced sickness absence. In the process, it impressed our judges in last year’s Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards, who voted it “Best multidisciplinary initiative”.One of the key challenges facing the occupational health team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the fact it is a community rather than an acute trust and, as such, is required to support a disparate, geographically dispersed employee population.As specialist OH practitioner and clinical lead Sarah Harrison explains: “In terms of the geography, we are a Sussex-wide service looking after two large NHS trusts. One is a Sussex-wide mental health trust and the other a community trust that provides community care and specialist services across most of Sussex. In addition to provider services, the team also supplies occupational health services to the Sussex clinical commissioning groups.”Nevertheless, the in-house OH team has carved out a reputation for efficiency and effectiveness, not least for its collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that led it to win last year’s “Best multidisciplinary initiative” category in the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards.Reductions in short- and long-term absenceThat work (and see the panel for more on this) focused on reducing sickness absence around musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), both in terms of the physical and mental health aspects of dealing with musculoskeletal conditions.In 2018/19 the organisation was reporting a third of all referrals to OH (29.5%) as being directly related to MSDs. Despite nearly half of its employees being over 50 years old with a 45% likelihood of having at least one chronic health condition, the team’s proactive approach succeeded in significant reductions in both long- and short-term MSD absence.“People living with long-term chronic pain can also experience psychological issues, understanding this was key to looking at the OH pathway for staff presenting with MSDs; the revised pathways we created within the team have proven to work really well,” says Sarah.“Our focus has been on providing team support, managing stress as well as supporting physical need; the OH multidisciplinary team collaborated to ensure the pathways meet the needs of staff working in a community setting.”Identifying that faster ease of access to physiotherapy support was essential in tackling this need, the OH team joined up with an externally run private physiotherapy home-assessment and treatment service, through provider Physio Med.“The external physiotherapy service has been an efficient way of enabling staff to be fast-tracked to physiotherapy and receive treatment close to their home or work base. Internally, the occupational health physiotherapist manages the contract and report process as well as responding to managers questions when staff are also referred to the OH service,” explains Sarah.In the six months prior to external physiotherapy services being introduced, 26 staff referred with MSDs were considered unfit to work in any capacity following their occupational Health assessment. During the six month period after the Physio Med services were introduced this had reduced to 14 staff referred with MSDs being considered unfit for any form of work.In the four months prior to the implementation of the external physiotherapy service the average days lost per full-time equivalent (FTE) because of MSDs were 0.24. This reduced to 0.23 during the following four months after the service had been introduced. A continued improvement has been sustained, with an ongoing 0.22 average days lost per FTE.Support, supervision, education and ‘huddles’What, then, is the secret to making occupational health interventions “stick”, to create long-term, sustained change? “Internally within the OH team as well as to the wider trust you need good managerial and clinical leadership, visibility and credibility,” Sarah says. “If you don’t have this in place it is hard to achieve your goal.“Within the team confident and capable OH advice has proven to be key to successful outcomes; clinical expertise is achieved by making sure everybody is well supported, good supervision is in place along with education and daily ‘huddles’,” she adds.Fiona Long, professional head of nursing and head of occupational health for the trust, continues: “In terms of general workplace health and akin to most NHS organisations, MSDs and mental health remain the trust’s top two reasons for sickness absence, and the top two reasons for referral to occupational health.“In addition, it is important to note that the trust has an older female workforce and review of Physio Med data shows that almost all reported cases are female and over 50; this is going to be quite a challenge going forward, but being able to review the occupational epidemiology will help define and determine strategies.Fiona adds: “It is about being effective in meeting the needs of what is a very geographically dispersed and different population.“Looking after occupational health in a community trust is challenging; we have to be much more receptive. Our achievements are down to the great leadership; drive and creativity in the OH team as well as credibility within the organisation.”Finally, winning in the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards has been “huge” for the team in terms of helping to raise its profile and its work within the trust, agree both Fiona and Sarah.The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust team in a nutshellAn in-house team led by Fiona Long, professional head of nursing, including six OH nurses, one physiotherapist, two psychologists and an OH consultantServing 5,000 employees across a large, geographically dispersed area using a “hub and spoke” model of service deliveryIn addition, employees have access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and a specialist physiotherapy fast-track service provided by provider Physio MedHow Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust was an OH&W winnerOur judges were impressed by the way the OH team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, winner in last year’s “Best multidisciplinary initiative” category, worked collaboratively to develop effective pathways to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disorders, both for staff and the organisationThe first pathway was focused on improving early access to physiotherapy, with funding for access to private physiotherapy, supported by the trust’s workforce health and wellbeing group and approved by the director of HR and chief financial officer. External physiotherapy services were secured and a rollout programme put in place, with referral via OH, management or self-referral.The second pathway focused on improving support of psychological factors affecting recovery and management of MSDs.A lower back pain care plan had been introduced in 2012. This was revisited to ensure employees struggling with the associated psychological needs from back pain could now self-refer to the Trust’s EAP. This helped to identified gaps in the service and where more chronic musculoskeletal management services were required, so that staff can be supported to access these when required.For longer-term complex psychological needs, an access guide to local CBT and talking therapies was developed and made available via the trust’s intranet, while OH was still also able to make more specialist interventions as and when needed.Prevention of MSDs was also promoted through in-house manual handling training and risk assessment and ergonomic workplace assessments. The trust’s OH intranet pages provide prevention advice and the team also runs regular health and wellbeing events for staff.The trust’s focus on multidisciplinary teamwork and use of the biopsychosocial model of care enabled the OH team effectively to share knowledge and develop skills. Measurable goal-setting via the use of the care plan enabled the OHNs/physiotherapists to provide better targeted health information on self-management of MSDs.Our judges praised the programme for its being “well-integrated” as well as “collaborative, well-considered and well-delivered” and “a good demonstration of how multi-professional working is effective, using the skills in each profession”. Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards 2020 shortlist: Best musculoskeletal initiativeDuring September, we are recognising excellence in the delivery of occupational health by profiling the shortlisted entries for all six… No comments yet. 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First real-time, micro-market reports launched by LonRes

first_imgData company LonRes has launched what is claims to be the most accurate real-time transactional reporting tool available to letting and sales agents.Its personalised report builder draws on real-time sales data at the point of exchange within the London market and, while other market reporting systems are based on three-month old Land Registry data that drills down to three-digit postcodes, LonRes says its new system enables agents to offer up-to-the minute reports on much smaller areas.“If you take it a postcode such as SW1 for example, it covers several different areas such as parts of Pimlico, Westminster, Whitehall, Victoria, Belgravia and St James’s,” says LonRes managing director Anthony Payne (pictured).“We enable agents to pull off reports, charts and graphs down to four digits of a postcode – such as SW1X – and therefore narrow their reports down to micro markets.”The service, which is only available to LonRes subscribers and enables them to incorporate their own logos into the report, offers a level of detail and sophistication not available to agents anywhere else until now, LonRes claims.Anthony also claims that his analysts track each transaction much more carefully and diligently that the other reporting tool providers, which tend to be much more automated.“We’ve got phenomenal data for London and what you find is that vendors, tenants, buyers are much more astute about the property market these days and what’s going on within it,” says Anthony.“Until now our service was much more a property sales comparison service offering raw data, whereas now clients are able to build reports that offer a level of detail that wasn’t available before.“The reports can be dropped into pitch packs or used for marketing purposes and have been designed to demonstrate local expertise and enable users to stay ahead of the competition and help manage client expectations.”LonRes property data Anthony Payne January 24, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » First real-time, micro-market reports launched by LonRes previous nextProducts & ServicesFirst real-time, micro-market reports launched by LonResCompany claims new data service takes agents into 21st century.Nigel Lewis24th January 201701,121 Viewslast_img read more