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Israel-Palestine: Deputies support positive investment, engagement

first_img Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Marlene Talbott-Green PhD says: Deputy Russ Randle from the Diocese of Virginia, chair of the national and international concerns legislative committee, addresses the House of Deputies July 9 on resolutions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Photo/Matthew Davies[Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] The House of Deputies has overwhelmingly supported a call for the church to engage in positive investment in the Palestinian Territories.A call for corporate engagement with companies that contribute to the infrastructure of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land also passed but with less enthusiasm.During the hour-long debate at the July 9 special order of business, the deputies rejected an amendment that would have had the church support a strategy of divestment, boycotts and sanctions against Israel.The two resolutions will need the backing of the House of Bishops for the legislation to become official Episcopal Church policy.Resolution B019 affirms positive investment “as a necessary means to create a sound economy and a sustainable infrastructure” in the Palestinian Territories. It also calls on the church to support “the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian study on peace with justice in the Middle East,” and produce an annotated bibliography of resources.Resolution C060 calls on the church to engage “in corporate social responsibility by more vigorous and public corporate engagement with companies in the church’s investment portfolio that contribute to the infrastructure of the Occupation.”A minority report, signed by five members of the National and International Concerns committee that has been considering the legislation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, also was read out to the deputies. The report expresses “disappointment that the 77th General Convention has not gone far enough in considering measures that would increase awareness and advocacy toward ending the Occupation of Palestine.”It expressed disappointment in the failure to include in the legislation two documents that had been recommended for study in several resolutions the committee considered.The texts are Kairos Palestine’s “A Moment of Truth” and an Episcopal adaption of the Presbyterian Church USA’s “Steadfast Hope” that include information about using boycotts, sanctions and divestment to pressure the Israeli government to end the occupation of the Palestinian Territories.Countering that point of view, Deputy Joanne O’Donnell from the Diocese of Los Angeles said that the documents “are decidedly one-sided. A church that is committed to reconciliation should not be committed to studying just one point of view.”Deputy Russ Randle from the Diocese of Virginia said the committee, which he chaired, had struggled “to discern how best to provide effective support” for Christians in the Holy Land, for the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its leader Bishop Suheil Dawani, who has said that a divestment strategy is unhelpful at this time. Dawani told ENS that investment in the Palestinian Territories and in the ministry of the Jerusalem diocese is what is needed.Randle said that it is important for the church to work in close partnership with Palestinian Christians who can “provide us with the knowledge of the difficulties they face. Engagement at this time will make us far more effective advocates.”Allison Duvall, a deputy from the Diocese of Lexington and a member of the sub-committee that worked on the resolutions, said the legislation “honors what Bishop Suheil Dawani has asked of us.”“What we say here will directly impact the lives of our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. They need to lift up a document that does not incriminate them in the eyes of the Israeli government,” she said. “The political situation is exceedingly complex and volatile and requires incredible diplomacy.”The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem operates more than 30 social service institutions throughout Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Dawani, addressing the House of Bishops earlier in the week, said that as a diocese that has a presence in five Middle East countries “we have to keep a presence and balance among all the faith communities and governments of that region that will help us to play an important role to continue to be a bridge for peace and reconciliation.”Presenting Resolution C060, Randle said “the controversial part deals with economic issues” but that the objective is to improve the situation for Palestinians. Some efforts, he said, have called for economic sanctions, and drawn parallels between the occupation and apartheid South Africa.“Unlike the situation in South Africa where the church supported such sanctions, the bishop in Jerusalem has not supported such a measure,” Randle said, noting that calls for boycotts are “provocative and are unlikely to be effective.”One deputy reminded the house about the church’s official policy of “positive investment” and “corporate engagement” is recommended in the 2005 report of the Social Responsibility in Investments committee that was endorsed by Executive Council.The Rev. Vicki Gray, a deputy from the Diocese of California, called for the amendment to introduce the language about divestment and boycotts. “I recognize that this amendment requires courage. I recognize that we will be called names, among them anti-Semite,” she said. “It’s high time that we addressed the elephant in the room and reject that criticism of the Israeli government is not in any way anti-Semitic.”Four deputies rose to oppose the amendment, including the Rev. Michael Russell from San Diego, a member of the legislative committee. “I don’t find in divestment any generous tit-for-tat or anything that builds trust,” he said.Also on July 9, General Convention passed Resolution B017 urging the bishops and dioceses of the Episcopal Church “to join in fundraising efforts to help meet the shortfall created by the reduction in funding, and to advocate through the Episcopal Church for restoration of humanitarian fiscal aid to Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza from the global community.”The United Nations Relief and Works Agency announced June 1 it was ending its financial support to the hospital, an institution run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The decision cuts the hospital’s budget by approximately $1 million per year, or nearly half.The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last week sent $50,000 to the hospital as part of its ongoing mission to support the institutions of the diocese.Previous stories on resolutions and public testimony related to Israel and Palestine are available here.— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Israel-Palestine, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Robert Small says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Middle East Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Anthony Vaccaro says: July 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm “The political situation is exceedingly complex and volatile and requires incredible diplomacy.”I think back to all the times in history that the Church has used these words……….. 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Advocacy Peace & Justice, Comments (6) July 10, 2012 at 3:19 am I don’t see any recognition that the Palistinians call for the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews. To them all of Israel is occupied Palistinian territory. We might not be anti-Semites but we seem to be supporting the most violent anti-Semitism since the Nazi era. Active engagement is a good thing if the purpose is peacemaking. Not a good thing if it leads Palistinians to believe, however indirectly, that we support their desire to destroy Israel. Rosser Bobbitt says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI July 10, 2012 at 9:53 am Although I tend to agree that our response to the Israeli/Palestinian situation has been unbalanced in the way we have protected Israel, while leaving the Palestinians to hang in the wind, politically speaking, with terrible leaders, I do understand what Bishop Dawani has asked of us: “What we say here will directly impact the lives of our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. They need to lift up a document that does not incriminate them in the eyes of the Israeli government,” she said. “The political situation is exceedingly complex and volatile and requires incredible diplomacy.”The Bishop certainly has lived out the very real effects of being incriminated “in the eyes of the Israeli government,” when he was recently divested of his authority to carry out his duties in all of the various parts of the Diocese in the middle east by that very same Israeli government. He is the authority here on this subject. 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Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis General Convention 2012, An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Robert Lange says: Marlene Talbott-Green PhD says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA By Matthew DaviesPosted Jul 9, 2012 July 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm “The Bishop certainly has lived out the very real effects of being incriminated “in the eyes of the Israeli government,” when he was recently divested of his authority to carry out his duties…”Does anyone recall (or care) why Bishop Dawani got into trouble with the authorities in the first place? He was accused of illegally selling land on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and forging documents. Luckily we were successful in lobbying the government to reissue his residency permit (although he still had a work visa) but we don’t know with certainty whether the allegations were true or false. Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 10, 2012 at 10:15 am I respectfully offer the opinion that the Episcopal Church has nothing to do with supporting the destruction of either Israelis or Palestinians or the death of all Jews. It’s not either/or, it is both/and insofar as the desire to maintain a Christian presence in the Holy Land for all three of the monotheistic religions. To imply that our presence in ,or our resolutions on Israel are “anti-semite” supporting the “most violent anti-Semitism since the Nazi era,” is inflammatory in the extreme and absolutely not true. Nothing about Bobbit’sstatement is congruent with the Christian presence in Israel/Palestine, religiously or politically or with the varying Episcopalian opinions. The arguments being presented pro and con as policy toward Israel/Palestine are thoughtful, in-depth treatments of this very complicated situation. I think we should supportthe effort to be fair, not compare it to the Nazis. I think it would be best to make truthful statements about this highly inflammatory situation with implications for the safety of the middle east, if not the whole world. Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm Rosser Bobbitt hit the nail on the head.This whole one sided series of actions by PCUSA provides aid and comfort to forces seeking violent destruction of the State of Israel and genocide of its Jewish population. If you deny that you are willfully deceiving the church and to be charitable, perhaps yourselves.There are many of us who will no longer associate ourselves formally with a church which is so arrogant that it takes sides in an extremely complex situation and ignores myriad evidence of the violent intentions of the Palestinians, plainly and repeatedly expressed.“From the River to the Sea, Palestine must be free!” Free of Jews, obviously. This is obviously not the formula for a shared state; for people living side by side in peace. If PCUSA is going to join extremists in sponsoring another Holocaust, I want no part of it. Its time for the church to quit mucking about in state politics and return to Christ’s teachings. I don’t recall Him calling for economic warfare. Shame be on the false prophets! 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Guest Opinion: Pasadena Humane CEO: Pet Pals Can Ease Pandemic Stress

first_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Subscribe More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion: Pasadena Humane CEO: Pet Pals Can Ease Pandemic Stress Why CDC Was Encouraging Pet Ownership Before COVID By DIA DUVERNET, President & CEO of Pasadena Humane Published on Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 11:40 am STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Business News HerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The pandemic has taken a huge toll on our collective mental health. Feelings of anxiety and grief are compounded when we process them in isolation. For many of us at Pasadena Humane, the company of animals has been instrumental in our ability to cope.We are not the only ones who have found comfort in our four-legged friends. Pet owners also know the joy that comes from sharing their lives with a furry companion. However, until recently, many did not realize how good pets are for their mental health.Pasadena Humane recently sent out a survey asking our community members what the quarantine looked and felt like for them, and how pets have helped them through this crisis.One respondent wrote, “It feels endless, isolating and sometimes overwhelming.” Others reported feelings of loneliness, anger, fear, and sadness over the loss of freedom. In addition to stresses over loss of employment and financial insecurity, parents also expressed concerns about their children’s mental health.The longer the pandemic drags on, the harder it gets to cope.Unsurprisingly, pets have been a bright spot and source of comfort for many, according to our survey.For one single mother of two boys, the family’s shepherd mix, Scout, has been “the star of the house” during the pandemic. She wrote, “Scout made us laugh and cuddled with each of us. She wanted to play ball and keep us on our feet. When she realized there was friction or frustration, she would paw at you to distract you from the stress. Without her I’m not sure how we could have survived. My sons were ill. Scout helped pull them through and gave me the love I needed to stay strong for them.”Long before the CDC started educating people on how to keep safe during the current pandemic, the CDC was advising of the potential health benefits of pets, which include lower blood pressure and decreased feelings of loneliness. Having a dog has been associated with decreased probability of childhood anxiety. Pets also offer people increased opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization.The research is clear, as is anecdotal evidence, that pets enrich our lives and help keep us healthy and happy. Shelters all over the country, including Pasadena Humane, have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people wanting to adopt or foster pets.As the pandemic continues with no end in sight, members of our community will continue to experience difficult times. Knowing the mutual benefit for both people and pets, we at Pasadena Humane are making every effort to place homeless animals with loving families, through appointment-based, socially distanced adoption practices.In addition to helping families adopt a pet, we are providing services to help keep pets with their families. We would never want to see a pet separated from their family due to financial hardship. Our pet food bank and other support services are growing to meet the increasing demand.Prior to working in animal welfare, I worked for many years as a mental health social worker. The animal welfare community is seeing the need to embrace social work and case management practices to truly meet the needs of animals in our community and the people who love them.Pasadena Humane will continue to stay on the forefront of best practices to support the human-animal bond. We know that 2020 has not been an easy year, and we also know that our pets can offer us improved mental health — now when we need it the most. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 51 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Repair works at Sliabh Liag completed ahead of schedule

first_imgNews Repair works at Sliabh Liag completed ahead of schedule Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter WhatsApp Repair works at walking trails at Sliabh Liag in South Donegal have been finished ahead of schedule. Over 500 tonnes of stone were carried up the hillside by helicopter this week. Previous articleDonegal minors face injury concerns ahead of semi-finalNext articleHSE confirms Donegal man did not have Ebola admin By admin – August 22, 2014 PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal center_img Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp The works had been scheduled to take 7 days, however, the favourable weather conditions have meant that all deliveries were completed in less than 5 days. Pinterest Google+ Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Family of Antwon Rose files federal suit alleging excessive, deadly force

first_imgJustin Merriman/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The family of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white East Pittsburgh police officer, filed a lawsuit against the borough on Wednesday, alleging wrongful death and use of “excessive and deadly force.”In the federal lawsuit, the family claims that East Pittsburgh failed to “properly train” its officers, resulting in the 17-year-old’s death.Rose was fatally shot at a traffic stop by officer Michael Rosfeld on June 19. Rose and another passenger were attempting to flee on foot when the teen was shot.Rosfeld, who is also named as a defendant in the suit, said he thought the car was connected to a recent drive-by shooting when he pulled it over, according to investigators. Witnesses and video captured by bystanders show Rose was unarmed at the time, sparking protests against alleged police brutality.The suit — filed on behalf of Rose’s parents, Michelle Kenney and Antwon Rose Sr. — names Rosfeld, East Pittsburgh Police Chief Lori Fruncek and Mayor Louis Payne as defendants, court documents show.The defendants “had a duty, but failed to implement and/or enforce policies, practices and procedures for the [East Pittsburgh Police Department] that respected Antwon M. Rose II’s constitutional rights to assistance and protection,” the suit said.The lawsuit alleges East Pittsburgh “failed to properly train, supervise, screen, discipline, transfer, counsel or otherwise control officers who are known, or who should have been known, to engage in the use of excessive force and/or deadly force, including those officers repeatedly accused of such acts.”Fred and Monte Rabner, attorneys representing the Rose family, told ABC News the suit was filed electronically around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.“The overwhelming facts and unequivocal laws supporting this lawsuit are so clear and self-evident that it could have been filed within days of Antwon’s death,” Fred Rabner said in a statement. “And while this suit will never quell their tremendous grief or minimize their tragic loss, we feel that it is time that we begin to seek answers and take appropriate court action to ensure justice.”The Borough Council, the mayor and the East Pittsburgh Police Department released a joint statement in the wake of the shooting and vowed to evaluate the borough’s police policies. “We acknowledge the serious allegations directed at our management of the borough police department and that our officer has been charged by the district attorney with homicide,” the statement said. “We are engaged in an evaluation of the operations of our police department in a determined spirit of correcting any shortcomings that we find.”“We wish to convey to the residents of our borough and our greater community that we are committed to learn from these very difficult lessons and improve our management of our local government,” it added.Rosfeld, the 30-year-old officer who shot Rose, was charged in June with criminal homicide in the wake of the shooting. He had been with the East Pittsburgh Police Department for three weeks as a part-time officer and was sworn in just hours before the shooting occurred.Last week, Rosfeld waived his preliminary hearing, which is often held to decide whether enough evidence exists to hold defendants for trial, according to Pennsylvania law.Rosfeld’s lawyer, Patrick Thomassey, didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ email request for comment. But he previously said that his client had the right to shoot.“I’m not going to get into my conversations with my client, but I think the law is clear that he had a right to shoot,” Thomassey told reporters in June. “Reading the affidavit of probable cause, which is the facts that the police write to support the arrest warrant, quite frankly, I don’t see it as a murder case at all.” East Pittsburgh’s mayor and police chief did not immediately respond to ABC News’ email request for comment.Rosfeld is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 22.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fisherman’s catch of the day prompts evacuation of a Taco Bell in Ocala, Florida

first_imgOcala Police Department(OCALA, Fla.) — A fisherman prompted the evacuation of a Florida Taco Bell when he put his catch of the day in the trunk of his car and drove to the fast-food restaurant, police said.The angler, who was not identified, reeled in a rusted WWII hand grenade on Saturday while fishing with a magnet in Ocklawaha, according to police.Instead of immediately calling for the bomb squad when he pulled in the explosive with other rusted pieces of metal, he put the vintage device in the trunk of his vehicle and drove 17 miles north to a Taco Bell in Ocala, according to the Ocala Police Department The fisherman called 911 from the Taco Bell at about 5 p.m. Saturday, triggering an emergency response and the evacuation of the restaurant, police said.“This has been verified as an authentic WWII hand grenade,” the Ocala police posted on Twitter.A bomb squad responded, removed the grenade from the fisherman’s truck and carted it off to dispose of it.No one was injured during the incident, and the Taco Bell reopened about two hours after the grenade was reported, police said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Flooded Plains, Midwest expecting more rain while much of US warms up

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — As rivers continue to rise in the central U.S., more rain is on the way as a series of storms move across the country from West to East.A large storm system will begin to bring more rain to the West Coast and heavy snow to the mountains on Wednesday morning. Gusty winds of 50 to 65 mph are possible.By Thursday, part of that storm will bring rain to the flooded areas on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, while more rain and snow will move onto the West Coast.The core of the western storm will move into the flooded areas of the Midwest by Friday afternoon and evening, bringing heavy rain from Nebraska to Iowa and Missouri up to Chicago.There is a good chance that the back side of this storm could be cold enough for snow in the western Plains and parts of the Midwest.At this moment, the forecast shows for the heaviest rain to fall from Kansas to Missouri and into Illinois, where locally more than 3 inches of rain could accumulate.Major warmup from Denver to NYCAhead of the storm, a major spring warmup is on the way for the central U.S. from Denver to Kansas City, Missouri, and north to the Twin Cities. Highs will reach close to 70 degrees, with some areas approaching 80 in central Kansas.These temperatures are 15 to 25 degrees above normal for late March.Such rapid warmup is not good news for the snowmelt in the Upper Midwest, as rivers will rise even faster in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.The major warmup moves east as the western storm pushes in that direction. Temperatures could approach 70 degrees by the end of the week from Washington, D.C. to Boston. These temperatures are almost 20 degrees above normal.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Making a difference

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Making a differenceOn 8 Mar 2005 in Personnel Today What are public sector HR leaders doing to tackle diversity issues? Personnel Today asks four organisations Department of Trade and IndustryShirley Pointer, HR director, says: “Our policy is to encourage employers to maximise the benefits of diversity in their own workforce. We also deliver services, such as those offered by Business Links, to a diverse community of customers and stakeholders.“For our own staff, we have concentrated on building an infrastructure that supports their diversity. We have made diversity an integral part of our performance appraisal system and established diversity champions in business units. We have established a network of employee-led equality advisory groups, which we consult about a wide range of policy and change issues. “We are committed to building on this in the future, particularly as we implement our department-wide change programme. We are conducting race, gender and disability impact assessments to ensure that our plans do not have a negative effect on the diversity of our workforce. We are also working to move from centrally-led initiatives to mainstreaming diversity into the way we work, making diversity a core element of our employment proposition.” Department for Work and PensionsDr Barbara Burford, director of diversity & equality, says: “The Department for Work and Pensions is a government department with the potential to touch the lives of all UK citizens. We believe that equality of opportunity and outcome, as well as actively valuing diversity, is morally right, socially desirable and makes good business sense.“Our philosophy is based on the concept that ‘to treat me equally, you may have to treat me differently’.The DWP’s strategy ‘Opportunity and security throughout life’ sets out three clear goals:To provide greater opportunities for people to workTo support families and childrenTo provide security and dignity in retirement.“In support of these goals, our diversity strategy ‘Diversity with purpose’ focuses activities and seeks outcomes which will promote diversity across the DWP covering all aspects of its role as a policy maker, an employer and a provider of customer service. “There are several examples of tools and products that have been mainstreamed into the DWP as part of our commitment to ensure that diversity issues are at the core of all our work. These include the ‘impact assessment framework’ – a tool to guide decision-makers when assessing policies to ensure that they do not disproportionately affect any particular group. ‘Race to improve’ is a series of products aimed at ensuring all our services are accessible to older and ethnic minority customers, while the ‘diversity toolkit’ is available through our intranet, covering all aspects of diversity legislation, guidance and good practice.”Merseyside Fire and Rescue ServiceNick Mernock, personnel manager, says: “We are building relationships that ensure the service fully represents the communities we serve.We continue to develop the procedures to actively encourage participation by community groups and their leaders as diversity partners to support and develop our practices and the profile of the service.“This is supported by clear actions to ensure that everyone who wishes to pursue a career in the fire service is given every opportunity to do so.This involves pre-recruitment assistance in both mental and physical skills; open access to all our buildings and managers before application; clear and transparent policies and participation in initiatives. For example, we are an approved user of the disability ‘two-tick symbol’ – a recognition given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have agreed to meet five commitments regarding the recruitment, employment, retention and career development of disabled people.“We want everyone to have access to the service and we continue to develop our community advocates programme with the appointment of bi-lingual advocates, including Chinese, Asian, Somali and Yemani speakers. We have also appointed advocates to work with the deaf, disabled, older and younger members of the community.”Essex Ambulance Service NHS TrustKim Nurse, director of human resources, says: “Promoting equality of opportunity, good race relations and eliminating illegal discrimination must be at the heart of all modern services, and the NHS is no different. As an NHS organisation we have been developing our capacity to set goals, assessing our own performance, and demonstrating improvements in health and healthcare. This has also included measuring progress in diversity. “We recognise that making progress requires leadership, sustained commitment, resources and managerial attention. We have invested in leadership development programmes for all our managers, and diversity courses are built into our professional training courses and annual development updates for all staff.“We constantly improve our ethnic monitoring data, both by reviewing our existing workforce and throughout new recruitment episodes. The percentage of women entering the profession has increased significantly over the past few years, partly because of our flexible working arrangements and family friendly policies. “We have a mentoring scheme where managers volunteer to support staff from minority ethnic backgrounds. All our new emergency medical technicians are allocated a mentor to support them through their first year of professional practice. This two-way process is excellent in providing the trust with information about where we might address our training and development focus in the future to improve patient care.“Working with our occupational health advisers, existing and new staff – who may require aids adaptations or support to enter or remain in employment if they have a disability – have been actively pursued to ensure our services continue to benefit from their experience and expertise within the workforce. “The NHS is a growth organisation. It is essential that we present ourselves as a model organisation with modern employment practices. As a county-wide emergency service our trust strives to engage with all community groups and to grow our workforce to reflect our communities. We are striving to create an organisation in which diversity issues are integral to all decision-making and the workforce is well balanced and continues to deliver a patient-centred service.” Comments are closed. last_img read more

Clampdown on money laundering via property ramps up in London

first_imgHome » News » Clampdown on money laundering via property ramps up in London previous nextRegulation & LawClampdown on money laundering via property ramps up in LondonThe owners of three more properties bought for £80m in central London must now explain where their money came from or face having them confiscated.Nigel Lewis30th May 201901,043 Views The National Crime Agency (NCA) has intensified its clamp-down on money laundering within the London property market and asked the owners of three more properties in the capital to explain where their wealth comes from.Each of the properties are said by the NCA to be linked to ‘politically exposed persons’ or PEPs and the agency has now obtained Unexplained Wealth Orders from the High Court.The properties, which are said to have been bought for £80 million in total, are in prime central London and were bought via offshore companies.“The individuals behind these offshore companies now have to explain how the three properties were obtained,” says Andy Lewis, Head of Asset Denial at the NCA.Money launderingThe case highlights several of the ‘red flags’ that the Home Office has been asking estate agents to watch out for when dealing with buyers under its Anti-Money Laundering rules including PEPs and purchases involving offshore companies.The NCA has also obtained ‘freezing orders’ to prevent the properties being sold.“The purchase of prime property in London is a tactic used to launder money and we will use all the powers available to us to target those who try to do this,” says Graeme Biggar (left), Director General of the National Economic Crime Centre.The announcement by the NCA coincides with details of its first Unexplained Wealth Order against jailed Azerbaijani banker Jahangir Hajiyev and his wife Zamira who live in Knightsbridge (pictured, above).She is the woman recently unmasked as having spent over £16 million alone at Harrods over the past ten years including nearly £800,000 during one visit to its toy department.Read more about money laundering Jahangir Hajiyev National Crime Agency Zamira Hajiyev May 30, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Hollywood breads in Waitrose

first_imgBakery author Paul Hollywood has begun supplying a new branded range of six traditional breads including brioche into 11 London Waitrose stores and Harrods.Hollywood, who started up a new artisan bakery in Aylesham, Kent, in March 2007, will also launch a range of hearty loaves this week based on old recipes, some dating back 500 years.“The credit crunch has had an interesting effect for us,” he said. “Rather than going out to eat, people seem to be spending more on premium breads to share with family and friends at home.”last_img read more

Speech: Stability and Constructive Dialogue in Nicaragua

first_imgThank you very much Madam President. It’s the first time I take the floor under your Presidency, so congratulations to you and your team for assuming the Presidency for September. Thank you very much to the OAS representative for his informative briefing and also to Mr Maradiaga for your harrowing testimony.I think the Kuwaiti Ambassador has set out very clearly the legal framework under the Charter for why we are having this debate today and we’re grateful to the US delegation for putting it on the Council’s agenda. I won’t rehearse the legal framework since I think Ambassador Otaibi gave a very good account, but I what I will say is that it’s right that the Council is made aware by the regional organiSation concerned of its concerns and the concerns that this may start to have effects throughout the region. I don’t think we ever want to get to a stage where the Council cant hear from a regional organization about its concerns about what is happening in the territory for which it is responsible.But more than that, I think we also need to remember that the Nicaraguan government has expelled a UN agency; it has expelled the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. So I think that’s a very important fact. Independent of Chapter 6 and the regional organisation’s point, it’s a very important fact. The Council needs to defend the UN entities, and therefore, even if there were no other reason, we would support discussing this issue today.And lastly, I note that there has been a situation of refugees created – by definition, refugees cross international borders. It is therefore right that the Council should be able to debate the implications of that act, which may or may not constitute an unfriendly act, but also risks being destabilising to international peace and security. I am not making a judgment that it is destabilising, but as we heard from the Kuwaiti representative, the Council has the responsibility to investigate situations that may give rise to these implications – and I stress the word ‘may.’ And I think that is exactly what we’re doing today.My government has been watching events in Nicaragua very closely. We regret the loss of life that has occurred since the protest began in April and we call for an end to the violence and for the government of Nicaragua to comply with its international human rights obligations, and these include the rights of people to exercise their right to freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully and lawfully.We have been deeply concerned by the excessive use of force by the authorities and pro-government paramilitaries against the people of Nicaragua. We call on the Nicaraguan government to demobilize paramilitary groups and to end the repression against its citizens. We have been alarmed at the many reports we have seen that give rise to human rights concern. These include the use of live ammunition on protesters, and we call for them to be thoroughly investigated.Maintaining press freedoms is always important, but it is particularly so during times of unrest. And we urge the Nicaraguan government to respect these freedoms and to allow the independent press to report freely, without suffering persecution and harassment, and we are very concerned at reports of violence against independent media outlets, journalists and their families.I would also like to register our deep concern at reports of arbitrary detentions of dissenters and again we urge the Nicaraguan government to respect the right to a fair trial and prisoners’ right to due process, a proper defense, and to respect the rights of their families.Madam President, looking ahead, I think we are all aware that the challenges in Nicaragua can be overcome only through a meaningful and inclusive dialogue which addresses the legitimate concerns of the protesters. The United Kingdom was encouraged by the establishment of a national dialogue in May and we welcome the roll the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua was able to play in convening that and mediating but we regret that that dialogue has had many breaks because of the violence, and the recent decision by the government to abandon the process is very regrettable. And once again, I would like to urge the Nicaraguan government to fulfil its commitment to engage sincerely in a dialogue, including by ensuring peaceful conditions for the dialogue to resume.Turning to the OAS, Madam President, United Kingdom supports the OAS work. We also support the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and of course the United Nations in attempting to resolve the current crisis. These organizations have important roles to play in supporting dialogue and ensuring that human rights transgressions are fully investigated.I referred earlier to the expulsion of the OHCHR. This followed the publication of their report on human rights violations and abuses in the context of protests in Nicaragua. I would like to urge the Nicaraguan government to reconsider that decision and to permit the OAS Working Group to enter Nicaragua, to carry out their important work and not to impede the work of the interdisciplinary group of independent experts established by the Inter-American Commission.In conclusion, Madam President, a return to peace and stability in Nicaragua benefits not only to the people of Nicaragua, but also the whole region. We heard from the Russian representative a long catalogue of history. History is important, Madam President. It provides context but it is not the reason we are here today. We are here today for all the arguments that Ambassador Otaibi and I set out at the beginning. We want to see stability. We want the violence to end. We hope and urge the Nicaraguan government to engage meaningfully in an inclusive and constructive dialogue and to ensure that all human rights transgressions are fully investigated. Thank you very much Madam President.last_img read more

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