Peace and justice in the Holy Land high on convention’s…

first_img Advocacy Peace & Justice, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Episcopal News Service] Peace, justice and security in the Holy Land are the focus of seven proposed resolutions to be considered by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, ranging from calls for deeper investment in Middle East partnerships to placing economic pressure through boycotts against, and divestment from, companies and corporations engaged in certain business related to the State of Israel.The Episcopal Church’s interreligious relations and its partnerships with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its social service institutions have long been a major factor when taking policy decisions on peacemaking in the Middle East.These considerations led to the 2012 General Convention passage of Resolution B019, which affirms positive investment “as a necessary means to create a sound economy and a sustainable infrastructure” in the Palestinian Territories.Moving forward from B019, Bishop Prince Singh of the Diocese of Rochester, co-chair of General Convention’s legislative committee on social justice and international policy that will tackle the resolutions, told Episcopal News Service that he hopes “the deliberations on peace and security in the Holy Land will be thoughtfully engaged by the deputies and bishops to make a difference on the ground for common Palestinians, Israelis and others who dwell there, and for the most part refrain from scoring political points.”Singh was a member of an interreligious pilgrimage, led by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, that traveled to the Holy Land in January to hear a wide range of perspectives on Middle East concerns and to discern how the three Abrahamic faiths might be better agents for peacemaking.The 15-member delegation of Jews, Christians and Muslims met with grassroots peacemaking initiatives and engaged in a series of high-level political and religious meetings in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, including with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and current Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.While the group heard deep concerns, frustrations, and strong sentiments of distrust in the midst of a stalled peace process, they agreed that a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires people of faith to be effective partners, committed to hearing multiple narratives and investing in initiatives that seek to build community.Recommended by Resolution B019, the pilgrimage “is proving to be an iconic and dynamic template for interacting face to face with people of various persuasions out of a deep desire to listen, learn and pursue justice with peace for our common transformation,” Singh told ENS.Bishop Nicholas Knisely of the Diocese of Rhode Island, the proposer of two resolutions endorsed by 10 other bishops, said The Episcopal Church needs “to be an agent of reconciliation in the world,” and that divestment is not part of the gospel mandate.Resolution B012 calls on The Episcopal Church to seek “new, creative and effective ways forward in its work toward peace and justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, endorse a model of Restorative Justice that invites all persons affected by the conflict to work toward the right relationship with one another by identifying and meeting the needs of all affected communities and, in turn, creating an atmosphere of peace, justice, reconciliation and cooperation.”Resolution B013 challenges the United States government – in coordination with global partners – “to offer a new, comprehensive, and time-bound framework to the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority for the conclusive negotiation of a two-state peace agreement and the resolution of all final-status issues … recognizing that simple calls for the parties to return to the negotiating table are no longer sufficient to the urgency of the situation.”“We are asked to be missionaries,” Knisely said, “so to break relations with people doesn’t seem to be keeping the gospel value. Helping the victim but maintaining the relationship with those people with whom you disagree and calling for repentance while you sit at their table and share a meal with them, that’s the gospel model.”The additional bishops endorsing the resolution offered by Knisely are Sean Rowe of the Dioceses of Northwest Pennsylvania and Bethlehem; John Tarrant of South Dakota; House of Bishops Vice President Dean Wolfe of Kansas; Jon Bruno, Diane Bruce, and Mary Glasspool of Los Angeles; Greg Rickel of Olympia; Barry Beisner of Northern California; James Magness of the Armed Services and Federal Ministries; and Peter Eaton of Southeast Florida.,The Rev. Canon John E. Kitagawa, a deputy from the Diocese of Arizona, has served on the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace With Justice Concerns, one of the church’s interim bodies that is proposing Resolution A052 for consideration at General Convention.A052 calls for an “intentional process of Ubuntu,” and “peaceful, mutual discernment” regarding Episcopal Church policies “toward advocacy, economic investment or divestment, humanitarian mission, and peacemaking in Palestine and Israel.”Ubuntu is a Zulu/Xhosa word that describes human identity as being formed through community and encompassing a sense of caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation.The resolution suggests that a collaborative group should facilitate the process, collect and disseminate educational resources, and consult with a wide range of policy experts, humanitarian aid organizations, and ecumenical and interfaith groups “to inform and enliven a process of listening and conversation among those of differing convictions … so that The Episcopal Church in its deliberations and advocacy efforts might model the love of God and the possibility of civil dialog over controversial and confounding issues of global conflict.”Kitagawa, vice chair of General Convention’s international policy legislative committee, believes that Resolution A052 is the best approach at this time for The Episcopal Church on peacemaking in Israel and Palestine.The Rev. Vicki Gray, a deputy from the Diocese of California, disagrees.As a sponsor of the diocese’s Resolution C012, Gray told ENS that The Episcopal Church’s long-standing policy of positive investment “has proved woefully inadequate in addressing the situation in the Holy Land or expressing proper moral outrage. In the face of the deteriorating situation on the ground the possibilities for a two-state solution are rapidly disappearing. We are now faced with the need for urgent, forceful action.”Gray, who has visited Israel and the Palestinian Territories three times, said that her support for the movement that supports economic pressure through boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), comes primarily from what she describes as a “painful personal experience,” meeting with Palestinians whose lives have been devastated by the occupation.“I know that some call C012 one-sided,” Gray said. “It is – for the situation it addresses is one-sided. One people – the Palestinians – are on their knees. The other – the Israelis – has a gun to their heads. And we – we Americans – have paid for the gun.”Gray reiterated C012’s resolve that rejects attempts “to equate honest and legitimate criticism of unwise policies of the Government of Israel with anti-Semitism.”“I know that there is a fear in the upper reaches of the church that adopting a BDS resolution would damage or end the interfaith dialogue with those purporting to speak for American Jewry,” she said. “The question must be asked, however: ‘What do we talk about?’ Friends don’t ask friends to close their eyes to injustice. Friends don’t ask friends to ignore their conscience as the price for continued dialogue. Friends don’t dictate to friends what they can or cannot talk about. And friends don’t act as enablers of their friends’ bad behavior. Let us act as our conscience dictates, confront injustice, and hold open our desire for honest, sincere dialogue. That is what friends do.”Since 2012, the world has observed the collapse of peace talks brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; a devastating war between Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip that claimed more than 2000 lives, mostly Palestinian civilians; an increase in targeted terrorist attacks; the ongoing construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land; and a series of divisive actions and statements by Israeli and Palestinian leaders.In response to these developments, a small group of deputies recently formed the Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine, which drafted Resolution D016 calling on The Episcopal Church to begin a process of divesting from companies that continue to profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.Proposed by the Very Rev. Walter Brownridge, a deputy from the Diocese of Hawaii, D016 calls on the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council to compile a list of U.S. and foreign corporations that provide goods and services that support the infrastructure of Israel’s occupation and determine if any of the companies fall into the investment portfolio of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Thereafter, the resolution suggests that The Episcopal Church should divest from such companies if those businesses, following corporate engagement, should not withdraw from the aforementioned operations.Brownridge, in an email to Episcopal News Service, emphasized that the resolution is not calling for “total or across-the-board divestment, boycott, sanctions.” Rather, he said, “we are saying that as a matter of corporate social responsibility, The Episcopal Church should not be investing in companies that serve the infrastructure of the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.”In addition to California, the dioceses of Hawaii and Washington, D.C., also have submitted resolutions for consideration at General Convention.Resolution C003 from the Diocese of Hawaii, where Brownridge is dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, also calls for a process of selective divestment and a “no-buy policy” from companies that may be supporting the infrastructure of the occupation, including Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, G4S, and Motorola Solutions.T. Dennis Sullivan, chair of the Executive Council Investment Committee, said the committee has discussed these issues and unanimously requests that any resolutions calling for divestment should “be rejected or not moved forward until the economic and social consequences of such divestment are thoroughly evaluated.”Knisely said that a major downside of divestment is that it “would cause us to lose our voice at the stockholders meetings, and make our ability to speak to both sides in this conflict significantly reduced. I really am drawn to this idea of strategic investment.“As I’ve traveled along the West Bank and talked to Palestinian leaders, they also are asking for investment in construction for the Palestinian people. … Using economic resources in a thoughtful and constructive way seems a lot more appealing.”Many Episcopal Church dioceses and individuals have long-standing partnerships with the Jerusalem diocese and support the ministry of its more than 30 social service institutions throughout Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Territories. The institutions include schools, hospitals, clinics and centers for people with disabilities.The diocese and the institutions also are supported by the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization established in 1985.Archbishop Suheil Dawani of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem has said that he prefers to hear people talk about investment rather than divestment.Dawani was not himself present, nor was he officially represented by anybody from the Diocese of Jerusalem, at the General Convention. Jefferts Schori invited Dawani to be a guest of hers at the convention, but he was unable to attend due to other commitments in his diocese.In response to such calls from the Episcopal Church’s partners in the Holy Land, as well as to Resolution B019, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society invested $500,000 in the Bank of Palestine in 2013 for the purpose of economic development in the Palestinian Territories. The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council has endorsed expansion of that investment.Supporters of BDS have compared the situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories to that of apartheid South Africa, acknowledging that divestment and economic sanctions succeeded in overthrowing that regime.However, a 2005 report from the Episcopal Church’s Social Responsibility in Investments committee noted that the situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is not the same as the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.“In the case of South Africa, the entire system of apartheid was illegitimate, and no actions short of dismantling it could be countenanced by the world community. The goal was the end of that South African regime,” that report said. “The case of Israel is different. Church policies clearly support Israel’s right to exist, and no companies should be involved, however inadvertently, in any way with organizations engaged in violence against Israelis. Companies can and should operate in Israel proper.”With the exception of the situation in South Africa, where the apartheid regime was seen globally as a pariah, Knisely said that using money as a weapon has very rarely been an effective strategy.He cited examples of corporations responding positively to engagement from investors and shareholders, such as Apple’s environmental initiatives in response to challenges from Greenpeace. “Those corporations didn’t boycott the product but engaged in the conversation.”Carbon divestment also isn’t working, he said. “The environmental companies are agreeing that they need to engage with the companies” to effect change in policies and practices.“We must approach this whole thing with a deep humility and openness to all the voices,” Knisely said, “and as I’ve listened to voices I’ve been more and more convinced that whatever happens in a tense situation has to be very thoughtful and careful.”Brownridge said that he understands, from his contacts in the Palestinian Christian community, that they favor positive investment in the Palestinian economy and their social service infrastructure.“I support and advocate such investment in schools, hospitals, social welfare services, and companies that will build up the Palestinian community,” he said. However, “I must ask those opposed to our resolution, what is ‘positive’ about investment in companies that destroy Palestinian homes, spy on Palestinian people, and otherwise maintain the machinery that allows for the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. Those actions have a negative impact on the Palestinian people and the prospects for a just and lasting peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.”Resolution C018 from Diocese of Washington calls for continued support of the Diocese of Jerusalem and its institutions, especially Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, which was deeply impacted by the 2014 Gaza War.While the resolution calls for a full and public report “documenting all actions, including corporate dialogues and shareholder resolutions … regarding companies that contribute to the infrastructure of Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and companies that have connections to organizations responsible for violence against Israel,” it stops short of calling for divestment. Rather, it suggests that The Episcopal Church “should contribute to a just and peaceful solution to the continuing crisis in the Holy Land through responsible and informed action.”From his experience on the interreligious pilgrimage, Kitagawa said it was clear that transformation happens at a very personal level, through person-to-person contact, and that the best chance for a lasting peace and security can be found in the grassroots initiatives that seek to combat fear and build trust between Israelis and Palestinians through dialogue and a process of reconciliation.Among those grassroots initiatives are the Shades Negotiation Program and Roots, which bring together Israelis and Palestinians to hear and learn from one another’s narratives, and to build a peaceful society in which everyone can prosper.Although the political negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders have stalled, Kitagawa acknowledged that if people on the ground are not prepared for peace deal when it comes, it will be difficult for any diplomatic agreement to succeed.“God’s power to touch and transform life is not stuck in the past. As the baptized and a baptizing community, we are called to be vessels of God’s power to touch and transform life,” he said. “Against all odds, many individuals and groups work daily and sacrificially hard towards peace with justice and mutual security. Many times we heard how few opportunities there are for creative contact between Israelis and Palestinians. Now is the time to encourage and support people-to-people contacts, and creative ways to bring the Children of Abraham together.” — Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Janet Thebaud Gillmar says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Anne Lynn says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Comments are closed. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN July 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm Amen to both Donal Johnson’s comments. I would suspect tat the Diocese of Jerusalem, which certainly does do amazing work in the area, would support a positive vote on BDS, as would the vast majority of those whom we serve as a Church. 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By Matthew DaviesPosted Jun 24, 2015 Comments (5) Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Peace and justice in the Holy Land high on convention’s agenda July 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm Here is the response from a Palestinian friend who is a doctor in the Galilee:Hello all,I am not your best resource on theological issues. I was tempted to write back and tell you my gut level rejection of the Episcopal bishops’ short range pragmatic stand. Instead I put the question to a group of friends and relatives that happened to congregate at my house this afternoon, a total of 11 adult Palestinian citizens of Israel ranging in age from mid-thirties to eighty years old. 5 were women and 6 men; 3 were Christians and the rest Moslems. There was a complete consensus rejecting the stand of the Episcopal Bishops. The following are some of the opinions that were expressed in the spontaneous conversation:1. True divestment will upset Israel and Zionists and this is likely to cause them to inflict greater suffering on Palestinians, partly by obstructing the good relief work of the church. This is all in the short run. In contrast and in the long run, divestment will end occupation and apartheid and lessen suffering at source.2. The bishops’ stand is focused on alleviating physical suffering. What is worse is thee Palestinians’ psychological trauma and that is served better by divestment.3. The bishops seem to fear the wrath of Israel more than the wrath of God.4. They care more about keeping the church in the business of servicing needy and disadvantaged Palestinians than they care about alleviating their disadvantaged position. That is classic colonial mentality.5. We doctors distinguish between primary and secondary prevention. Treating hypertension to prevent stroke is primary prevention. Physiotherapy for a stroke patient to help him/her regain muscle function is secondary prevention. The bishops should aim their efforts at primary alleviation of suffering of the Palestinians.6. The Episcopal bishops put their trust in the magnanimous goodwill of Netanyahu et. al. The current fascist clique, admittedly representing the majority of Israel, will not stop at anything to expel Palestinians from their dream ‘Greater Israel.’ Temporising and compromising in the face of such evil is wrong.Best of luck on your effort to rectify the bishops wrong stand. Submit a Press Release June 26, 2015 at 11:32 am If we view our Holy Land through a political lens, the problems are deep and intractable. As a faith community, we have the opportunity to choose positive investment in the people of the region. And build peace from the ground up. Those with hope for the future will work toward stability. Several resolutions included positive investment, but only one supported the existing work of the Diocese of Jerusalem. The powerful witness our denomination offers through this work should be honored and supported. Through the existing schools, hospitals and institutes for the disabled, the Diocese of Jerusalem creates jobs, educated future leaders and healthy, productive citizens. This work is actionable now. While we all work toward a just peace, families need help today. Christian communities need stability now. Let’s own this work and include it in our resolutions. Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 General Convention 2015, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Isaac Miller says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm All this talk of positive investment has an Orwellian ring to it, because it doesn’t make distinctions. Are we talking about investing in companies that supply bulldozers that destroy Palestinian homes or weapons that blow them up? Are we talking about Israeli owned factories in settlements that are in the West Bank–if so, why would the Israelis withdraw? One might defend that sort of investment if it provides jobs for Palestinians, but it is difficult to see how it makes an Israeli withdrawal more likely.I really can’t tell what people are defending and what issues they are dodging and I strongly suspect that is the point. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET General Convention, Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

Wildlife in Yosemite grows during park closure

first_img“The bear population has quadrupled,” a park employee told the newspaper. “It’s not like they aren’t usually here, it’s that they usually hang back at the edges, or move in the shadows.” A park historian, Char Miller, told the Times that the park during shutdown is probably very similar to how it once appeared to visitors back in the 1800’s.  Things may be chaotic on planet earth, but President Trump has turned his sights skyward. On April 6, Trump signed an executive order that formally recognizes the rights of private interests to claim resources in space, PHYS.org reports.  The order builds on previous directives signed into law by the Trump administration. It states that “Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space, consistent with applicable law.” It also states that the U.S. does not view space as a “global commons.”  Lawson Hammock, a small hammock company in Raleigh, NC, announced major investment from two firms, Ethical Provision Ventures and Sherpa Collaborative. The partnership will help the 15-year-old company grow. Until now, Lawson Hammock has been run entirely by its founder, Wes Johnson. Trump signs executive order to mine the moon Wildlife in Yosemite grows during park closure NC hammock company secures big investment despite challenging economic times California’s Yosemite National Park closed its gates on March 20 in response to COVID-19. In the weeks since, wildlife in the park is booming, the Los Angeles Times reports. During the shutdown, only employees, essential workers, and those who own property inside the park and can show the deeds to their houses are allowed inside the park’s boundaries.  “Even through the last recession, the camping industry stayed pretty strong,” Johnson told SNEWS. “There are only so many things you can do for fun right now. Camping or even hanging out in your own backyard happens to be one of them.”last_img read more

Volunteers needed for ‘Fifth Annual Drawing Marathon’ at Binghamton University

first_imgA cash prize of $1000 and $500 will be given out on Feb. 29. The $1000 “jury prize” will be awarded by three jurors and the $500 “people’s prize” will be awarded on “the basis of qualitative comments received by the visitors” at the marathon as well as the university’s Facebook page. In addition to this, the school would like applicants to answer the following questions in their application email: Applicants must sign up before Feb. 10. No applications will be accepted after this date. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University is looking for artists to participate in its 24-hour-drawing marathon. The university’s “Fifth Annual Drawing Marathon” is a free event that is open to attendees ages 18 and over. Artists will draw a model for a 24-hour period with a limited amount of breaks. The school asks applicants to send their information including: name. address, phone number and email. They should also include a PDF of 10 sample drawings.center_img The drawing marathon will take place 10 a.m. Feb 28 to 10 a.m. Feb. 29 in the Binghamton University art Museum. Those looking to apply should email their applications to [email protected] The school says it needs 10 to 12 volunteers to participate. Any alumni, student or community member aged 18 or older may sign up. Are you comfortable with media (video and photography) documenting you and your artwork if selected?Do you have an interesting story, a personal challenge you’ve overcome, or anything special we should be made aware of?last_img read more

Tocardo to retrieve floating tidal platform from EMEC

first_imgTocardo’s TFS system off Orkney (Photo: Tocardo) Tocardo Tidal Power plans to retrieve its Temporary Foundation System (TFS) floating tidal platform equipped with T2 tidal turbine from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).Orkney-based marine services provider Leask Marine has been engaged to tow the TFS from EMEC’s Fall of Warness test site to Isbister Bay.The device will be moored there until shore operations are ready for recovery, according to Leask Marine.The temporary mooring is set to last from November 6 until December 31, 2017.To remind, Tocardo signed up to demonstrate a 20 year pre-commercial array at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal energy test site in February 2016.Tocardo plans to install eight T2 turbines across two Tocardo systems. The planned array at EMEC is the next step in Tocardo’s path towards commercializing their tidal turbine by proving and validating the technology in the volatile offshore environment in Orkney for an extended time period.The first T2 turbine was installed at EMEC this March as part of a Temporary Foundation System (TFS).last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Blanks Evansville, 1-0

first_img EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University men’s soccer team blanked Evansville, 1-0, in Missouri Valley Conference play on Saturday afternoon at McCutchan Stadium in Evansville. “A great win on the road tonight against a tough team,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “Our first half was very impressive and showed how good we can be. I was particularly pleased with our front three who were dynamic and showed great movement off the ball. We could have scored two or three goals in the first 20 minutes. The second half was a little more back and forth but we dealt with their direct play very well and showed progress from our previous game against them.” Next Game: “Great credit to young Cade, who exceptional throughout and made a terrific penalty kick save in the second half to help win the game for us in his hometown,” Smith said. “We would like to dedicate this win to his mother, Tamala McCullough for her courageous fight against cancer and who is one year in remission today.” Drake redshirt freshman Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) played great in his first match in his hometown. McCullough recorded his second career shutout and finished with four saves, including a critical save on a penalty kick late in the game by one of the top scorers in the league, Ian McGrath. Following Saturday’s match, the Bulldogs have a week off until Missouri State visits the Cownie Soccer Complex on Nov. 4 to close the regular season. First kick with the Bears is set for 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version Preview Missouri State 11/4/2017 – 6 PM Live Stats Redshirt sophomore Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) scored in the 79th minute (79:41) for Drake (5-10-1, 2-4-1 MVC), which avenged its 1-0 loss to Evansville (8-8-1, 2-4-1 MVC) last Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Peterson scored his first career goal for the Bulldogs off a scrum in the Purple Aces box. Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

Fulham v Reading line-ups: Whites duo ruled out, Johansen back, Royals make three changes

first_imgFulham make three changes for their Championship play-off first leg with Reading, with recalls for Ryan Fredericks, Stefan Johansen and Floyd Ayite.Fredericks and Johansen – who were rested in the final game of the regular season at Sheffield Wednesday – replace Denis Odoi and Lucas Piazon, while Ayite earns a start after coming off the bench to score twice at Hillsborough.Scott Malone starts at left-back ahead of 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon, who is among the substitutes.Defenders Ragnar Sigurdsson (calf) and Michael Madl (ankle) are out for both legs but could be available for the final at Wembley if the Whites progress.Reading also make three changes, with Tyler Blackett returning to a three-man defence in place of Tiago Ilori.Danny Williams and former Brentford loanee John Swift come in at the expense of Liam Kelly and Roy Beerens.Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone; McDonald, Johansnen; Aluko, Cairney, Ayite; Martin.Subs: Button, Odoi, Sessegnon, Parker, Piazon, Kebano, Cyriac.Reading: Al Habsi; McShane, Moore, Blackett; Gunter, Evans, Williams, Swift, Obita; Grabban, Kermorgant.Subs: Jaakkola, Van den Berg, Beerens, Mendes, McCleary, Ilori, Popa.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Right to education is recognised

first_imgMinister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga at the handover of Sophumelela Secondary School in Philippi. (Image credit: ASIDI) • The principal who built a community • Breakthrough technology makes Soweto school among world’s greenest • South Africa’s mother tongue education challenge • Blecher changes the education paradigm • Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman Sulaiman PhilipIn the classic South African novel Cry The Beloved Country, Alan Paton wrote: “The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.” The beauty of Paton’s book, the rich history of South Africa’s culture – these are denied to too many South African children who are forced to learn in schools without libraries, or science and computer laboratories.That schools exist with too few classrooms is, in some small way, an indication that South Africans have embraced their constitutionally guaranteed right to basic education. On 25 October this year, the minister of basic education handed over the 31st school rebuilt or refurbished for the year.Sophumelela Secondary School in Philippi, outside Cape Town, specialises in maths, science and technology and now 1 134 pupils will go to school on a campus that matches their life goals. Built at a cost of R44.5-million, it has 30 new classrooms and eight specialist science and computer labs. The school was also designed using innovative green elements, including rainwater collection tanks and features allowing more natural light into rooms. This makes the entire school more energy efficient.Education, the minister has said, holds the key to a better future for South Africans. “Education is the number one priority of [the] government and it is a weapon to break the generational poverty we have in South Africa. We are aiming to ensure that, in three to five years, all schools have the basic infrastructure to create an environment which is conducive to learning and teaching.”The transition to democracy in 1994 handed the new government a bankrupt economy – although with promise – and an obligation to prioritise basic needs. Continued growth has given the country the economic resources to mend what needs fixing. Rural black African communities especially had to contend with the most basic infrastructure, such as schools without sanitation, electricity and water, or buildings built out of mud in communities desperate to provide education where the apartheid regime had deemed it unnecessary.In response, the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi) is the government’s programme to implement basic norms for a democratic South Africa.Launched in July 2013 by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, the one-school-a-week programme will replace inappropriate structures with modern buildings to widen access to good basic education and reduce inequality. Since the launch of Asidi, 89 schools across the country have been rebuilt and refurbished. The ASIDI infrastructure programme is about creating environments for learning. (Image credit: ASIDI)At the handover of Mandela Park Primary School in Mthatha, in Eastern Cape on that day, Motshekga explained that the programme existed in the spirit of Nelson Mandela’s passion for education, especially its importance to more needy communities.Her department’s R8.2-billion infrastructure spend, falling under the Government Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPS), will replace 510 “mud schools” – the term used to describe mainly rural schools in disrepair and called “inappropriate structures” by the government; provide water and sanitation to 257 others; and electrify 878 for the first time.There is no standard design template for the schools earmarked for rebuilding. Some will be rebuilt using traditional brick and mortar; others will be built using alternative construction methods.A brick and mortar school costs in the region of R14.5-million, or R1.08-million per classroom. Using green construction methods, it costs R9.2-million, or R692 500 per room. Another advantage of using green building construction methods is speed: a new school can be completed within 14 weeks.What the new schools all have in common besides enough classrooms for the enrolled students – to qualify for Asidi assistance a school must have a minimum of 135 students – is at least one science lab, a computer lab with laptops, a library and a nutrition centre.Asidi is about more than brand-new schools, though. It is also about improving sanitation facilities and providing electricity. Close to a thousand schools countrywide were denied proper toilets, and access to water and electricity. The initiative has been correcting this injustice, and refurbished schools are counted in the one-school-a-week programme. ASIDI is about giving students the tools to compete in a global economy. (Image credit: ASIDI)The design of these new schools enhances the learning experience, and not just the environment in which the children spend their days. A 2009 study by Statistics South Africa found that less than 25% of schools had a library, just 53% had computers and only 15% had access to tools as important as email and internet. Designs for all the Asidi projects include libraries, computer and science laboratories as well as security enhancements such as fencing, to help bridge the gap between a basic education and providing a well-rounded, modern and globally competitive standard of education.last_img read more

“The Twins” empowering young women

first_imgPopularly known as “The Twins”, Play Your Part ambassadors Hlelo and Ntando Masina have been doing impressive work to empower young women in South Africa.Hlelo and Ntando Masina are helping young women in high school become active citizens in their communities. (Image: Ntando Masina Instagram page)Hlelo and Ntando Masina’s co-founded the nationwide Campaign for Girls together with their partner Bianca Williams in August 2010. It has become one of South Africa’s biggest online youth information centres.Hlelo and Ntando have taken pride in the way that this initiative has empowered a myriad of young women in various stages of high school and inspired them to become active members of society.You can follow @HleloMasina and @NtandoMasina on Twitter and Instagram to follow their endeavors.last_img read more

A New Course Offering from Marc Rosenbaum

first_imgEnergy expert and engineer Marc Rosenbaum will begin teaching a 10-week online course on deep energy retrofits on September 14, 2015.According to the online course description, “It’s a course for professionals who are serious about transformative energy upgrades in residential and commercial buildings. As a capstone project, you will generate a deep energy retrofit (DER) strategy for a building of your choice with the help of Marc and your classmates.”Among the topics that Rosenbaum will cover:How to assess if a house is a good candidate for a deep energy retrofit (DER)How energy is used in most houses, and how DERs change thatTypical deficiencies of existing homes and how a DER addresses themHeat flow, moisture flow, vapor retarders, and how to perform a simple heat loss calculationBuilding blocks of a DER—air tightening, foundations, walls, windows, roofs — and the range of approaches that have been successfulHeating, cooling, ventilation, and domestic hot water technologiesCase studies of successful DERs.The course is offered in partnership with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Tuition is $995; if you sign up soon, you can take advantage of a $100 online discount.Marc Rosenbaum is a well-known energy consultant and the director of engineering at South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. He is the author of many Green Building Advisor articles, including Minisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy Homes and Practical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy Homes.More information on the online course is available here: Deep Energy Retrofits course.A free 32-minute video by Marc Rosenbaum — a teaser for his upcoming course — has been posted here: Deep Energy Retrofit Case Study.last_img read more

How to Apply Animation Presets in Adobe After Effects

first_imgDo you have experience with animation presets in After Effects? Let us know in the comments. Step 3 — Apply Animation PresetTo apply the animation, I simply need to double-click the preset in Adobe Bridge. Once I double-click the preset, After Effects will become active again, and the animation will apply to the layer I had selected. I’ll press the U key to quickly bring up all of the keyframes in my sequence. Furthermore, I can get a closer look at the preset options in the Effect Controls panel. For the last step let’s do some fine tuning. Step 2 — Browse Animation PresetTo browse through a few animation presets, choose Animation > Browse Presets. This command will launch the Adobe Bridge program. Once inside Bridge, I’ll see a library of animation presets from which to select. Click on a preset to watch a preview of the animation. There are many animation options, including transitions, text effects, transform options and behaviors. I can even create synthetic shapes and backgrounds. To find a suitable animation for my slideshow, I’ll navigate to one of the Transitions subfolders. Next, I’ll apply one of the presets to our selected layer. Browse and apply animation presets in Adobe After Effects with these simple steps.Cover image via Shutterstock.Animation presets can come in handy in a variety of different scenarios. Newbies can use them to learn their way around Adobe After Effects and introduce themselves to the wonderful world of animation. Seasoned motion graphics artists can use presets to brainstorm ideas and kickstart an animation project. Whatever the situation, let’s check out what Adobe After Effects has to offer.center_img Step 1 — Select the LayerTo apply a preset, I first need to select a layer on which to add my animation. I can use animation presets on a variety of assets, including text, video, images, and solid layers. For this example, I am creating a quick photo slideshow. I want to find a quick way to transition between a few image layers. In order to do this, let’s have a look at the presets we can use. Step 4 — Fine TuningTo apply the animation preset to all of my image layers, I will select all of the layers and click Animation > Recent Animation Presets > Slide-drop. With all of the layers still selected in the sequence, I’ll press the U key again to bring up all of my keyframes. Finally, I can complete my slideshow by timing my keyframes.last_img read more