Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgAluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (ALEX.ng)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAluminium Extrusion Industries Plc (NIGALEX) is a leading manufacturing company in Nigeria producing and marketing extruded aluminium products and coloured and wood products. Products in its extensive range include Cego flyscreens; projected window systems for institutions in the education, government, military and commercial sectors; industrial door systems designed for versatility and performance; partitioning systems with robust wear and tear features; multi-purpose stock extrusions for the maritime, aviation and construction sectors; swing door systems for commercial entrances; sliding window systems with removable operating sashes and bead-glazed; fixed louvres with fabricated railings; special provides available in round bars, T-sections, symmetric and square aluminium frames; curtain walls attached to building structures; AS46 flyscreens and customised fixed casements (windows and doors). NIGALEX has annual capacity of 5 000 tonnes of aluminium extrusion products and produces profiles in a press finish, wood finish, silver and bronze colour palette and modern powder-coated forms. The company has operations in Aba Abuja to serve the eastern and northern regions of Nigeria. Its head office is in Imo State, Nigeria. Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

El poder del testimonio público: las iglesias se preparan para…

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Por Pat McCaughanPosted Mar 24, 2016 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service Submit a Press Release El poder del testimonio público: las iglesias se preparan para llevar la Pasión a la calle Submit a Job Listing 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Robert Yearwood, sacristán de la iglesia de La Trinidad, lleva la cruz a través de las calles de Boston mientras los cristianos de la zona recordaban el sufrimiento de Jesús con un desfile por las calles de la ciudad el Viernes Santo de 2015. La Rda. Rainey Dankel, también de La Trinidad, fue una de las organizadoras de las “Estaciones de la Ciudad”. Foto de Patricia Hurley.[Episcopal News Service] Este Viernes Santo, para el Rdo. Scott Slater y otros de la Diócesis de Maryland, el Vía Crucis [o Estaciones de la Cruz] incluirá una caminata a lo largo del corredor de la Ruta 40 con altos para orar en los lugares donde la violencia armada ha cobrado vidas.En todas partes de la Iglesia Episcopal, la antigua tradición de evocar el camino de Jesús a la crucifixión se observará al aire libre y de diversas maneras novedosas y públicas.En Copley Square de Boston, Matt Gin, de 29 años, se propone estar entre un grupo de la iglesia de La Trinidad [Trinity Church] que usará pantomimas y cuadros plásticos para transmitir la profundidad de la Pasión. “Estoy representando a Jesús en las últimas cinco estaciones”, dijo Gin en una entrevista reciente con Episcopal News Service.Y en Virginia, miembros del ministerio de jóvenes adultos de la iglesia de Santiago Apóstol [St. James’s Church] recorrerán las estaciones el Sábado Santo, 26 de marzo, en Belle Isle de Richmond, un sitio popular para entusiastas de las actividades al aire libre con una notable importancia histórica. El sitio de un campamento prisión para soldados de la Unión durante la guerra de Secesión sirve como un “poderoso recordatorio de que la labor de reconciliación no ha concluido aún”, según la Rda. Carmen Germino, rectora asociada.Baltimore: Una ‘impía trinidad’ de pobreza, racismo y violenciaSlater, canónigo del Ordinario en la Diócesis de Maryland, dijo que él ha pasado muchas veces en su auto por algunas zonas de Baltimore “con las puertas cerradas con seguro y la radio puesta”, pero quería caminar por la ciudad y orar siguiendo los pasos de los disturbios que se produjeron después de la muerte de Freddie Gray el año pasado y de la violencia armada que sigue cobrando vidas de jóvenes afroamericanos.Gray, de 25 años, fue arrestado el 12 de abril de 2015, acusado de portación ilegal de armas en Baltimore. Sufrió una grave lesión en la médula espinal mientras se encontraba detenido por la policía y falleció poco después. Su muerte provocó un disturbio civil y un juez anuló el juicio luego de que los jurados no pudieran alcanzar un veredicto en el proceso seguido a los primeros seis policías acusados de la muerte de Gray.Según un informe del Departamento de Justicia de EE.UU., en 2012, el barrio de Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park donde vivía Gray se vio asediado por “un ciclo de encarcelación, pobreza y pérdida de oportunidades”.El informe incluía algunas tristes realidades del barrio: un ingreso familiar promedio de $24.000 de 2006 a 2012; una tasa de desempleo de un 51,8 por ciento y una tasa de ausentismo escolar de casi un 50 por ciento. Aproximadamente un tercio de las propiedades residenciales están vacías o abandonadas.“La desesperanza (allí) te cala los huesos. Es palpable”, dijo Slater, quien recorrió previamente la zona para planear su conmemoración del viernes. “Una cuadra tras otra de casas clausuradas y de calles convertidas en basureros… uno se da cuenta de lo difícil que resulta crecer aquí”.El recorrido de poco más de 11 kilómetros abarca los sitios de 3 iglesias episcopales e incluye a participantes ecuménicos. A lo largo del camino, los altos para orar en 15 lugares donde jóvenes afroamericanos han muerto a tiros o debido a otras formas de violencia en el último año obligarán a los participantes a enfrentar la triste realidad de lo que “nuestro obispo (Eugene Sutton) ha llamado la impía trinidad del racismo, la pobreza y la violencia”, dijo Slater.Se planea una parada detrás de una gasolinera donde “mataron a tiros a un joven. Es un lugar horrible para morir y también un lugar horrible para vivir”, agregó. Al ver los nombres y los lugares, Slater espera hacerles a los participantes las circunstancias de las vidas y muertes contemporáneas, tanto como la de Jesús, “mucho más reales”.“Espero que el concepto de caminar a través de nuestra propia ciudad y pasar por los sitios donde personas de verdad, con nombres reales, murieron violentamente, y orar por ellos, hará la auténtica experiencia de recordar a Jesús el Viernes Santo un poco más palpable”.El Rdo. Ramelle McCall, de 34 años, rector de la iglesia de San Miguel y Todos los Ángeles [St. Michael and All Angels Church] en Baltimore, se propone unirse a la caminata de oración porque espera captar a otros “que no han visto zonas extremadamente desfavorecidas de Baltimore”.“Me sentí como si fuera un chico de la Ruta 40; yo viví durante varios años en el barrio Sandtown-Winchester”, mientras crecía, le dijo él a ENS.“Es importante concienciar a muchísima gente dentro y fuera de la Iglesia acerca de estas comunidades que necesitan ayuda. Espero que la gente que no vive en Baltimore verá como la dinámica de la socioeconomía, la raza y la clase —juntas— afectan las vidas”.McCall dijo que su iglesia está a menos de ocho kilómetros de donde Gray fue arrestado. Según se acerca el aniversario de la muerte de Gray, McCall espera que prosigan los esfuerzos “para ver si podemos fomentar algunas relaciones y ver dónde va eso”.Slater se muestra de acuerdo. Dijo que hay “un genuino apetito de personas de la diócesis que no viven en Baltimore de hacer algo tangible para relacionarse con los problemas endémicos de Baltimore”.McCall dijo que espera convertir la oración en acción. “La necesidad siempre ha existido, y estoy agradecido de que la diócesis está coordinando verdaderamente este evento”, afirmó.“Nunca habría imaginado que como sacerdote, como negro, formaría parte realmente de un grupo presumiblemente diverso que tiene un genuino interés por estas comunidades y que realmente quiere ver cómo el Espíritu puede obrar a través de todos nosotros para convertirnos en un auténtico amigo de estas zonas empobrecidas. Eso es lo que me entusiasma”.Al mismo tiempo, la caminata será un recordatorio aleccionador no sólo de “que Jesús murió por nosotros este día… sino que en algunas partes de Baltimore, la gente puede ver constantemente el Viernes Santo”, dijo McCall.“Estamos intentando realzar, en el contexto del Viernes Santo, los desafortunados homicidios que tienen lugar y las infortunadas pérdidas de vida que ocurren, y cuánto nos entristecen esas muertes”, añadió. Al mismo tiempo, “miramos a un futuro donde tal vez podamos celebrar la esperanza en medio de un Viernes Santo donde esta violencia no se repita constantemente”.“Tenemos la facultad de reescribir la narrativa, de manera que este no es un viernes al que miramos a las vidas perdidas, sino a las vidas que se salvarán en el futuro próximo”.Boston: Mimos y cuadros plásticos, ‘la mejor expresión de la evangelización episcopal’Para algunos miembros de la iglesia de La Trinidad, el reto de este Viernes Santo será expresar la Pasión en pantomimas y cuadros plásticos, mientras hacen malabarismos entre varios papeles como espectadores, partidarios, adversarios y Jesús.Mary Davis se encuentra entre los seis miembros de la iglesia que representarán a Jesús durante los últimos momentos de su vida en “un Vía Crucis viviente” en medio de las vistas y sonidos de la animada Copley Square de Boston.“Pensamos que ‘es demasiado peso que una sola persona hiciera de Jesús”, dijo Davis. “Hicimos el recorrido ayer y fue muy conmovedor. Me hizo reflexionar sobre aspectos del relato en los que nunca antes había pensado como el de estar dentro de la experiencia de una manera que era bastante novedosa. Justo durante el ensayo, me eché a llorar en varias ocasiones”.La Rda. Rita Powell, rectora asociada de La Trinidad para la liturgia, organizó la actividad con ayuda de Tony LoPresti —un profesional del teatro neoyorquino, mimo y amigo de la comunidad de Taizé— que asesoró a los actores.Los talleres con LoPresti los prepararon con los fundamentos de la mímica clásica para la representación, la cual comenzará en las gradas de la iglesia con la primera estación, en la cual Jesús es condenado a muerte. Acompañado por una pandereta, un tambor y un violín, mientras otros leen la Escritura, los actores se moverán a otras esquinas de la plaza para representar las estaciones.“Es como una intersección entre el Vía Crucis y el tipo más contemporáneo de ‘estaciones de la ciudad’, donde se transita y se ora en importantes lugares urbanos. Estamos creando cuadros vivientes de las estaciones de la cruz valiéndonos de la liturgia del Ritual para ocasiones especiales de la Iglesia Episcopal, dijo Powell.En medio de la concurrida plaza, la representación serás un recordatorio, también de que “para un pequeño grupo de personas la crucifixión de Jesús fue en verdad importante, aunque la mayor parte de la ciudad no se conmoviera por el evento”, dijo ella.Nieve, llueve o brille el sol, la representación irá tal como se planeó a las 3:30 PM hasta la última estación “donde Jesús es despojado de sus vestidos, crucificado y muerto. Eso tendrá lugar en la fuente de la calle Boylston y usaremos la hornacina de piedra que está en el pórtico frontal de la iglesia”.Para Gin, un estudiante que cursa su doctorado en Harvard, que fue bautizado en la Vigilia Pascual del año pasado y quien también hará de Jesús durante las estaciones, esa es la parte escalofriante.“Tengo que decir que no me siento del todo cómodo con hacer de Jesús en esas cinco escenas y me parece bien. No creo que alguien deba sentirse cómodo con esas escenas”.Cuando Powell se le acercó para invitarlo a participar, Gin, historiador de la arquitectura, se quedó fascinado por la mezcla de tradición antigua y novedosa interpretación.El prepararse para sus varios papeles —de partidario, adversario, ejecutor y de Jesús—, “ha sido un verdadero desafío, el tratar de ponerme no sólo en el relato sino en la mentalidad de todas esas personas. Hay una tendencia a concentrarse solamente en Jesús, pero de repente te ves confrontado con lo que pensaba ese tipo cuando envió a Jesús a la cruz. Se ha resuelto para mí de una manera nueva”Gin dijo que él realmente no estará colgando de la cruz al igual que Jesús: una aparejo especial le sostendrá el cuerpo. “Hay esta extraña tensión física en que parece que estoy colgando (de la cruz), pero mi cuerpo la sostiene”.En un ensayo anterior, él se dio cuenta de que una hermosa tensión no es más que esa condición física. Es muy incómoda. Y siendo realmente sincero, puedo ver cuán dolorosa y agónica fue realmente la muerte de Jesús. Eso no es algo en lo que a la gente le guste pensar o en lo que realmente piense. Incluso en nuestras representaciones contemporáneas prevalece la idea de un Cristo sereno en la cruz. Estar realmente en esa posición lo lleva a un nivel completamente nuevo”.También, al hacer esto “en esa plaza y forma públicas, implica a todos, ya sea que pases por el lado o que lo ignores. Eso es realmente poderoso. Seas creyente o no, hay algo significativo que se desprende no sólo de esta representación, sino de esta historia”.Davis está de acuerdo. “Se siente una verdadera alegría en hacer que esta historia cobre vida, aunque la historia misma sea de intenso sufrimiento. Así es en general como me siento en Semana Santa. En verdad es satisfactorio aunque sea realmente horrible desenterrar ese segmento de nuestra fe”.Powell dijo que el evento representa “lo mejor de la evangelización episcopal. Tomar lo que más amamos, la expresión litúrgica de lo que creemos es importante en la historia y atrevernos valientemente a decir eso en público, simplemente es portador de una fuerza y de un riesgo y de un entusiasmo que uno no puede compararlo con ninguna otra cosa”.Richmond: ‘Un influyente testimonio público’ en medio de crueles recordatorios El Sábado Santo, los miembros de la iglesia de Santiago Apóstol en Richmond, Virginia, cantarán, orarán y caminarán al tiempo que recuerden los últimos momentos de la vida terrenal de Cristo.El parque de Belle Isle y el río James, populares sitios de la ciudad, servirán de trasfondo mientras los miembros del Ministerio de Jóvenes Adultos de la iglesia, que organizaron el recorrido, hacen reflexiones en las “estaciones” marcadas por obras de arte creadas por los niños de la escuela dominical.“Es una atmósfera familiar estupenda, relajada y acogedora”, y no obstante recuerda los retos que enfrenta la ciudad, dijo Danielle Dick, de 40 años, que se propone asistir junto con Aidan, su hijo de 9 años.Los senderistas disfrutan la belleza de la escena, pero también pasan junto a las ruinas de las antiguas plantas industriales, que también nos recuerdan la historia de la isla como el sitio de un campamento de prisioneros, de tiempos de la guerra de Secesión, para soldados de la Unión. Sirve como recordatorio del “profundo impacto que aún tiene el pasado sobre el presente”, dijo ella.La Rda. Carmen Germino se mostraba de acuerdo.“Al principio, elegimos Belle Isle (como sitio para la primera caminata de este año) porque es un parque público muy conocido y querido y un lugar al aire libre en Richmond. Pero cuanto más nos metíamos en él, nos dimos cuenta del adecuado lugar teológico que era… porque en un tiempo Richmond fue la capital de la Confederación y aún seguimos viviendo en gran medida de ese legado”.Recordar la historia del parque “es un eficaz recordatorio de que la obra de reconciliación en la ciudad aún está por hacer y la Semana Santa puede ser un momento decisivo para recordar eso”.La caminata del año pasado atrajo a centenares de personas y “se asumió con un espíritu jubiloso, lo cual yo creo que es apropiado para el Sábado Santo, cuando ya hemos pasado el Viernes Santo, pero aún no salimos de las tinieblas y no obstante nos sentimos más gozosos por [la cercanía de] la Pascua”, dijo Germino.“El detenerse y comenzar, la oración y la reflexión constituyen un recordatorio de que la trayectoria continúa. Fue una mezcla agradable de experiencia y emoción, ayudó a que los niños se entusiasmaran con la Pascua”.Además, “es un testimonio público en medio de lo que usualmente no es un lugar de culto”, añadió. El carácter puramente físico del oficio apelaba a aquellos del grupo que tenían entre algo más de veinte años hasta poco más de cuarenta.“Mientras planeaban la liturgia, tenía sentido que esta tuviera lugar al aire libre. Las estaciones más convincentes que he experimentado son públicas, fuera de los muros de la iglesia, como si estuviera en Jerusalén, andando por la Vía Dolorosa”.– La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Lent Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FLlast_img read more

Washington bishop signs onto Asian American Christian Collaborative statement condemning…

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET By Emily McFarlan MillerPosted Mar 23, 2021 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Advocacy Peace & Justice Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN [Religion News Service] More than 600 Christians signed onto a statement before its release Monday evening (March 22) by the Asian American Christian Collaborative that condemns the shootings of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, last week at spas in the Atlanta area.“We call Christians and church leaders to make a clear and urgent response condemning this heinous act of hate, and we invite all Americans to work toward the dignity and respect of Asian and Asian American lives, especially women,” the statement reads.Among the signers of the AACC Statement on the Atlanta Massacre and Ongoing Anti-Asian Hate who helped draft the statement are the Rev. Raymond Chang and Michelle Ami Reyes, leaders of the AACC; Jenny Yang, vice president for advocacy and policy at World Relief; and Eugene Cho, CEO and president of Bread for the World.Other prominent signers include Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; the Rev. Soong-Chan Rah and Mark Charles, authors of “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery”; Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Mimi Haddad, president and CEO of CBE (Christians for Biblical Equality) International; and the Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil, professor of reconciliation studies at Seattle Pacific University.“The Atlanta Massacre is the Asian American community’s George Floyd moment,” Reyes said in a written statement.“Now is the time to collectively stand for AAPI lives and dignity. If people stay silent, if people do nothing, we will see more of these sorts of horrific tragedies against Asians and Asian Americans in the future.”The statement situates the Atlanta shootings in what it refers to as “a long chain of hate and violence experienced by those of Asian descent in the United States.” That includes systemic anti-immigrant policies, the sexualization of Asian women in America and a surge in anti-Asian racism and violence tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the AACC.It also calls out American Christianity, noting the accused shooter — a 21-year-old white man — reportedly was a Christian and that “churches, denominations, and political ideologies/idolatries have normalized the dangerous ideologies that motivated him.”The statement calls on Christians and church leaders to take several actions. That includes confessing their failures in discipling congregants out of Christian nationalism;  preaching against anti-Asian racism, denouncing the Atlanta shootings and honoring the victims by using their names instead of centering the accused shooter; and educating congregations about Asian American issues, anti-Asian bias, the exotification of Asian women and Asian American histories of oppression and resistance.The statement also calls on Christian leaders to invite, empower and hire Asian American ministry leaders to speak into the ways their institutions can respond to anti-Asian racism and listen to their experiences. Outside of the church, the statement said, fighting anti-Asian racism looks like demanding federal agencies review how they define hate crimes, supporting legislation aimed at protecting victims and learning how the “model minority myth” pits Asian Americans against other people of color.Monday’s statement is the second statement released by the Asian American Christian Collaborative. The first, released almost exactly one year ago, launched the collaborative and denounced the anti-Asian racism its members had seen and experienced at the outset of the pandemic. 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Washington bishop signs onto Asian American Christian Collaborative statement condemning Atlanta shootings Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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‘The revolution is coming!’

first_imgNew York CityThe following excerpts are from a talk given by Faiquan Sells at a May 20 Workers World forum in New York City titled “Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter, USA out of Everywhere!”Continuing countless imperialist wars; executive orders banning citizens of whole countries (which are all in either Africa or the Middle East); a constant threat to your health care being taken away.A system that only works to keep all wealth and resources in the hands of 1% of the entire population, while everyone else is left to find means to survive in a system that was meant that they do the exact opposite.A system where health care, education, property ownership and resources are privileges for the wealthy few instead of basic rights for all. This economic system, capitalism, was never meant to benefit the working class.Capitalism was never meant to benefit the poor. And every single U.S. president, every single U.S. politician who is currently holding, or has held, elected office in this country, is a champion of this system, while at the same time voicing crocodile tears of concern for the people.The current president of the United States, Donald Trump, is continuing what imperialists and capitalists have been doing in this country since the late 1400s: exploiting land that doesn’t belong to them (North Dakota pipeline, invading Middle Eastern nations for no good reason, etc.), enacting legal racism (banning citizens from six Black and Arab countries, deporting immigrants, etc.), continuing decades long wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, policing other nations that the U.S government perceives as hostile to U.S “national interests,” among so many other atrocities that are so numerous, I would lose patience listing them all.Fortunately, all of the above is making it easier for socialist organizations and parties to attract younger people! According to Motherjones.com and splcenter.com, the number of socialist organizing committees and organizations as a whole has nearly doubled since Donald Trump has been elected. The major contributing factor in this spike in membership is people between the ages of 18-34.Membership of various communist organizations, including Workers World Party, has increased primarily due to the fascist, sexist, homophobic and racist positions that the Trump administration represents. It is important to note that what Trump represents, capitalist and imperialist forces also represent, and young people are taking notice. And they are fucking tired!Tired of the tax dollars coming out of our paychecks, which we are already getting shortchanged out of anyhow working to make the CEOs rich, and funding imperialist wars overseas which we did not agree to support or partake in whatsoever.I still can’t, to this day, understand why men make decisions regarding women’s bodies. The young masses are tired of the same bullshit that capitalist politicians, Democrat and Republican alike, spew out on the campaign trail, only to get elected and not do a single damn thing for the constituents who elected them.A renewed interest in socialismYoung people are realizing, more and more, that no matter whomever they elect, things stay the same. Young people are realizing, more and more, that in order for things to change to their satisfaction, the entire system must be changed!The renewed interest in socialism and communism among young people is vital, as we are the ones who will carry the torch and continue the fight for socialism. If there is no one to continue our struggle, if there is no one to continue fighting for socialism, then there will be no more fight for socialism. In that regard, I am personally thankful for the election of Donald Trump. He is racist and unqualified as shit, but his fascist, homophobic, racist views, as well as him being unqualified for the position he was elected to, are some of the very reasons we have some of these beautiful young comrades in our presence today.Now, more than ever, is the time to strike down the system that oppresses us. Our forces are expanding. And we will continue to work as hard as we can to continue to expand. Imagine if people, in the tens of millions, filled the streets, powerfully declaring that this regime is illegitimate and demanding that it not be allowed to rule!The whole political landscape would be dramatically transformed. Every faction within the established power structure would be forced to respond — and all this could well lead to a situation in which this fascist regime is actually prevented from ruling.With all this being said, the revolution is coming! Everyone against smashing the capitalist system will be skipped when our revolution train goes express.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Shabelle Media Network director gunned down outside home in Mogadishu

first_img RSF_en RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information News February 24, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img Receive email alerts January 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Somalia to go further January 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shabelle Media Network director gunned down outside home in Mogadishu News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Shabelle Media Network director Hassan Osman Abdi, better known locally as “Hassan Fantastic,” was gunned down outside his Mogadishu home at 6:30 p.m. today, Reporters Without Borders has learned from its partner organization in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).“Abdi is the first journalist to be killed in 2012 in Somalia, Africa’s deadliest country for media personnel,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Our thoughts go out to his family and fellow journalists, who are yet again mourning a colleague’s death. He is the third Shabelle Media Network director to be murdered, following Bashir Nur Gedi in 2007 and Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe in 2009.”The press freedom organization added: “Violence against journalists in Somalia is sustained by impunity for those responsible. It is quite clear that Abdi was deliberately targeted. We call for a serious and impartial investigation that leads to the identification of his murderers.”Abdi was slain as he returned home from work. Witnesses said five gunmen shot him outside his home after following from his office. Radio Shabelle – a part of the Shabelle Media Network, along with a TV station and a news website – had recently covered cases of government corruption.Born in 1982 in the far-south Lower Juba Region, Abdi was 29 and was the father of three children. He was Branch Secretary of NUSOJ in Banadir (the region that includes Mogadishu) and had worked for Radio Shabelle for three years before taking over as head of Shabelle Media Network on 20 October 2011.Radio Shabelle is Somalia’s most renowned privately-owned radio station and the one that is most exposed to violence. It was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize in the “Media” category in December 2010 .Somalia is ranked 164th out of 179 countries in the annual press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders published on 25 January. In its 2011 annual overview, Reporters Without Borders ranked Mogadishu as one of the world’s 10 most dangerous places for journalists. Newslast_img read more

Cops release video of suspect in 71-year-old’s murder

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.) — Police in Georgia have released surveillance video of the suspect in the murder of a 71-year-old woman as the victim’s family pleads with the public to help catch the killer.Kay Thomasson was stabbed in the neck at her Sandy Springs home early on June 27, according to the Sandy Springs police.After the murder, the suspect stole the victim’s car, which was later found in an apartment complex in Chamblee, Georgia, police said.On Monday, police released surveillance video taken from outside Thomasson’s home that they say shows the suspect walking by.Thomasson’s children accompanied police at a news conference on Monday in which the video was shown to the public.“Our mom was such a loving member of this community for over 40 years,” Thomasson’s daughter, Katie Gryglas, told reporters as she held her mother’s photo, overcome with emotion. “We know this is a community that takes care of their neighbors.”“She would have done anything for anybody,” she continued. “So please, if you know anything, come forward.”“We have been working tirelessly on this case,” police said, adding that they hope someone will recognize the suspect’s gait or clothing.Police have not released a motive.A reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect has reached $100,000.Anyone with information is asked to call Detective JT Williams at 770-551-6937.ABC News’ Ben Stein contributed to this report.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Observations of an enhanced convection channel in the cusp ionosphere

first_imgTransient or patchy magnetic field line merging on the dayside magnetopause, giving rise to flux transfer events (FTEs), is thought to play a significant role in energizing high-latitude ionospheric convection during periods of southward interplanetary magnetic field. Several transient velocity patterns in the cusp ionosphere have been presented as candidate FTE signatures. Instrument limitations, combined with uncertainties about the magnetopause processes causing individual velocity transients, mean that definitive observations of the ionospheric signature of FTEs have yet to be presented. This paper describes combined observations by the PACE HF backscatter radar and the DMSP F9 polar-orbiting satellite of a transient velocity signature in the southern hemisphere ionospheric cusp. The prevailing solar wind conditions suggest that it is the result of enhanced magnetic merging at the magnetopause. The satellite particle precipitation data associated with the transient are typically cusplike in nature. The presence of spatially discrete patches of accelerated ions at the equatorward edge of the cusp is consistent with the ion acceleration that could occur with merging. The combined radar line-of-sight velocity data and the satellite transverse plasma drift data are consistent with a channel of enhanced convection superposed on the ambient cusp plasma flow. This channel is at least 900 km in longitudinal extent but only 100 km wide. It is zonally aligned for most of its extent, except at the western limit where it rotates sharply poleward. Weak return flow is observed outside the channel. These observations are compared with and contrasted to similar events seen by the EISCAT radar and by optical instruments.last_img read more

First deck landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth

first_img Share this article Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today First deck landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth First deck landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth View post tag: Royal Navycenter_img View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabeth A Merlin helicopter has landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s enormous flight deck – the first aircraft to ever touch down on Britain’s biggest warship.It fell to 26-year-old pilot Lieutenant Luke Wraith from Yorkshire to set the 14-tonne helicopter safely down on the aircraft carrier, just days after she left Rosyth to begin trials in the North Sea.He had a four-acre flight deck – almost the size of three football pitches – to aim for, where experienced aircraft handlers were waiting to guide him safely in and then lash the helicopter firmly down.“I was pretty nervous – not about making a safe landing, but knowing that every other pilot in the Navy would watch the footage and critique it,” said Lt Wraith, of 820 Naval Air Squadron.“I’m actually quite surprised it ended up being me because I only got my flying wings 18 months ago – I was expecting it to be someone much more senior.”Watching the historic landing from the ship’s ‘aircraft control tower’ – called the Flyco – in the rear of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s two islands was the man in charge of all her flying operations, Commander Mark Deller.His team trained around the world – on simulators, on US Navy carriers and on a mock-up flight deck at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall – to ensure they were ready for the first helicopter. “I sense all my team are pleased to be off the wall and back at sea, doing what we do best, Cdr Deller said.“There are smiles everywhere on deck and that’s a good sign. Operating live helicopters adds another dimension to our understanding of how our flight deck behaves.“We’ve proven our initial ability to operate aircraft safely. Now our focus is getting the ship and all her systems fully tested and set to work ready to commence full fixed wing flying trials next year.”Also observing was Captain Jerry Kyd, Queen Elizabeth’s first Commanding Officer. He said: “It’s an exciting and historic event which marks the beginning of the ship’s life as the nation’s flagship and the future of carrier-based aviation.“It’s been a demanding but proud and exciting week for us, the ship is bustling with activity and it’s been fantastic to see this extend now to the flight deck just four days after sailing.”The squadron will be assigned to HMS Queen Elizabeth throughout the carrier’s 50-year lifespan, protecting the ship against any submarine threats, and flying personnel and equipment on and off.Normally based at Culdrose, the squadron is currently operating from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. It has been training for more than 18 months for its mission with the 65,000-tonne warship.For the historical record, there were five people in the first aircraft to land on the new carrier. Lt Wraith was joined in the cockpit by his squadron’s senior pilot Lt Cdr Steve Moseley, observer Lt Chris Bugg and aircrewmen Petty Officers Nigel Stockdale and Jonathan Holding.“To have a ‘first’ in your log book is very special, but to have the first landing on the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy is something very special indeed,” said Lt Cdr Moseley, a graduate of the US Navy’s Test Pilot School. “We were the final link in the chain in a process that has involved thousands of people all working very hard towards this iconic occasion.“The challenge for us was to be prepared for any eventuality, but also to have faith in the team whose job it has been to ensure that carrier aviation is as safe as possible.”Stepping back and letting his team get on with the task in hand was 820’s Commanding Officer Cdr Jon Holroyd.“For me, it’s a very humbling moment, filled with pride – pride leading a team of such capable individuals, from the maintenance team who ensure the aircraft are prepared and ready, the survival equipment team who ensure the aircrew are best supported and the logistical effort that makes the team work.” July 4, 2017last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” FEBRUARY 6,2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: What did you think of the Presidents State Of The Union address?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

A slice of life

first_imgIt’s the ultimate in indulgence; a slice of cake, a square of shortbread or an oaty flapjack with a cup of tea. Neat, single-portion quick fixes of cake and other baked treats are increasingly tempting customers as the grab-and-go coffee shop culture of busy lifestyles and the sweet treat market continue to grow.Statistics from Kantar Worldpanel reveal volume sales of cake bars have seen an almost 6% year-on-year rise, while individual slices have seen an increase of 1.4%, driven by the trends for indulgence and convenience. With the majority of cake purchases falling into the impulse-buy category, what can bakers do to inject longevity into the appeal of a single slice that’s small enough not to be laden with guilt, and big enough to suffice as a tasty treat? How can a single-portioned slice compete next to other pre-packaged treats of chocolates, biscuits and snacks?According to CSM United Kingdom, the secret lies in grabbing a customer’s attention with an enticing display of affordable slices, that are just the right size and price to be snacked at in a lunch hour. Lisa Boswell, marketing manager of CSM, says: “The key purchasing trigger is a prominent display that grabs the attention of the consumer and really showcases products to best advantage; secondly, the aroma of freshly baked cakes is hard to refuse. Of course, an affordable price point that puts the cake ’within reach’ and the opportunity for the consumer to grab a bargain are tangible triggers in today’s market. Once you have these basic triggers in mind, then it’s just a case of developing your cake, traybake and slice menu to maximise opportunities.”Boswell says bakers should consider single-portion cakes as “treat-me” items, appealing to the office worker wanting a pick-me-up along with a lunchtime sandwich. She says the easiest way to do this is by freezing traybakes, and then thawing and serving just enough single portions for each day’s worth of trading, recommending CSM’s Readi-Bake chocolate brownie or carrot cake as mixes that are practical as tray bakes. “Not only does this help save time in the long run,” says Boswell, “but it also helps bakers extend their offerings in the most cost-effective way.”By freezing, for instance, a traybake of brownies or carrot cake, and thawing as and when required, bakeries can still offer their customers variety, while eliminating wastage and saving time on preparation and costs. “It’s a great way for bakers to be price point-specific,” Boswell adds.Swedish baker Almondy agrees with the convenience of freezing traybakes and single-portion slices. Its pre-sliced frozen cake range, which has been selling in the UK since 2005, following an initial launch in Ikea, has seen total year-to-date sales up by 4%. The frozen cake defrosts in less than 10 minutes and comes ready-to-serve; bulk cases of Almondy for the foodservice sector contains frozen cakes pre-cut into 12 slices. “All the foodservice is pre-sliced,” explains Andrew Ely, MD of Almondy in the UK, “so the customer can take one slice at a time which avoids wastage.”On-the-go productsFreezing cakes doesn’t have to mean compromising on freshness either. The Handmade Cake Company first introduced its Cakes-to-Go range in 2008 and it has now grown to account for 10% of the overall business and, by next year, is anticipated to increase to 20% of turnover. The cakes are baked fresh, and frozen as soon as they are made, combining the convenience of being packed as individual portions with quality ingredients.Parry Hughes-Morgan, MD of The Handmade Cake Company, says the appeal of Cakes-to-Go lies in being able to provide more than just a sugar fix in the form of a chocolate or a biscuit, but something that tastes homemade and indeed handmade (as the name suggests) instead. “Our individually portioned Cakes-to-Go work well in this time-poor culture, when a customer might really be craving a slice of freshly homemade cake, but just doesn’t have time to sit in a café for half an hour. It’s for when they really want a treat, but not just a digestive biscuit, craving something premium and artisan instead.”Hughes-Morgan says one of the biggest challenges to bakers producing individual-portioned cake slices is to highlight the quality of the ingredients and convince customers they are buying a product that is made with care and tastes as good as a slab of freshly-baked cake.”Customers do have a tendency to see a product pre-packed in plastic as something that’s dumbed-down and not as good as the ’real’ thing,” he says. “We have to put across the message on our packaging in a very limited amount of space that this is a homemade cake, even if it is wrapped in plastic. Customers who pick up individual portions are usually in a rush themselves and don’t have very much time to consider what they are buying, so it has been really important to us to create striking packaging.”The Handmade Cake Company says single-portion cakes slices shouldn’t be treated any differently to a larger cake; the ingredients and recipes used are exactly the same as the ones used for its traybakes. “It’s the ingredients which help make a product stand out,” explains Hughes-Morgan. “We never use mixes, and bake the cakes fresh, using the same ingredients that you could if you were making them at home in your own kitchen. We then freeze them straight away.”Its Cakes-to-Go range features classic combinations, including: a chocolate fruit and nut slice, based on an old-fashioned refrigerator cake, with pieces of biscuit, walnuts and cherries on a chocolate fudge base; an all-butter flapjack; and, its best-seller, caramel shortcake.Yet Hughes-Morgan stresses the importance of continuing to innovate with new combinations. He says American flavours are a big inspiration right now, with a Boston Brownie slice a fudge brownie topped with chocolate chips already on the menu and Rocky Road and granola Cakes-to-Go launching soon. “American combinations work fantastically as traybakes and individual portions; there’s something about them that’s very winning with customers, including children.”Ingredients supplier Macphie says creating American-style mini-treats is one way to make individually portioned baked produce stand out. Macphie marketing manager Jania Boyd explains: “Potential cake buyers see mini-cakes as a convenient, portable indulgence, which won’t ruin the diet or break the bank. But these small indulgences must look good and be jam-packed with flavour for example, you could include cake pops and marshmallows, or mini red velvet cupcakes with creamy frosting. By making them look good, you will make the decision to purchase that treat a no-brainer.”Over in South Wales, Clam’s Handmade Cakes is doing a roaring trade in single-portion cakes and traybakes. “The rise in our sales of single servings has been so great, that we have invested in a flow wrapper to improve our packaging in this market,” says Lewis Phillips, one of the founders of the company.Flavour-wise, Phillips says, caramel slices and chocolate brownies remain traditional favourites, but like The Handmade Cake Company, Clam’s is always keeping an eye out on American cakes that could work as single servings and slices in the UK, as coming up with new stand-out products remains the biggest challenge. “We’ve already identified the need to create single cake pops, due to the American X-factor,” he says. “The market is so saturated that bakeries have had to up their game and devise unique new flavours. We have just launched a coconut and lemon slice that is proving very popular, while our red berry slice, made with fruit, Rice Krispies and coconut, has seen rapid growth in sales over the last six months. You need great packaging, but equally a great product to compete in today’s market.”At the larger end of the market, individual cake portions and slices appeal to families in particular because of their simple convenience, fitting in to lunch boxes either for children to take to school, or for parents to take to work. Pauline Ferrol, national sales controller of British Bakels, one of the largest ingredient suppliers in the UK, says: “Cakes are inherently convenient, particularly single-serve and individually-wrapped products. This is why cakes, traybakes and slice lines are such an important market for bakers.”While some bakers prefer not to use mixes, Ferrol says these are a quick way to produce bulk slices and single-serve portions, which can be brought to life by different flavoured fillings, such as caramel filling for millionaire’s shortbread or toffee sauce for single servings of banoffee pie slices. Products in Bakels range include Kokomix, which needs just the addition of cold water to produce a wide variety of moist-eating coconut lines.This September, Premier Foods, the UK’s largest food producer, which owns the Mr Kipling brand, is launching individually packaged angel cake and lemon cake slices, in snap packs, so that each slice can be broken off and used one at a time. Premier Foods says it has been spurred on to launch individually packaged slices as a result of consumer demand for portion control and reduced food waste.Diana Dorsett, category controller for cake at Premier Foods, says: “Mr Kipling Snap Packs are designed to encourage shoppers to think of cake outside the traditional teatime occasion, by increasing portability and versatility. It fits perfectly into a lunch box, creating a great sales opportunity.”last_img read more