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Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Oct 20, 2016 February 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm This is all so sad to me. I was watching a program this week and I can not remember which station but a minister has buried over 1000 kids from 2015 thru 2016 and no one showed up! All victims of Dfacs and violence! I would love to be a part of holding someone accountable in our government for these kids! If you can take them away, keep up with them! What can I do to help? Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Dorothy Howard says: The Rev. Joshua Case (left) and the Rev. Cliff Dawkins carry the body of a child to a burial site after a service in April at Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Photo: Joshua Case[Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Joshua Case and a small group of parishioners from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church bow their heads in prayer as they bury some of Atlanta’s youngest victims of violence, they often do so alone.In some instances, family members are present at the burial. Other times, they’re not. Either they are absent, don’t have transportation to the cemetery, are incarcerated, or the state forbids them to attend.But the child is not forgotten. For this brief, solemn service, Case and the others become the child’s “family in mourning.”Since April, Case has conducted 16 of these services at Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery. These represent a small portion of the roughly 300 burials each year paid for by Fulton County’s indigent burials program. The total number of child deaths in Georgia – several hundred each year, by official count – is even more startling, and the plight of those victims has inspired Holy Innocents’ to focus its outreach efforts on child victims of violence as it seeks to live into its longtime mission and its name.As he continued to learn more about Georgia’s young victims, Case met the Rev. Cliff Dawkins, the chaplain who oversees Fulton County’s indigent burials. Case was stunned to learn that burials of children often were taking place with no family present and no witnesses other than Dawkins and cemetery staff.“My first response was, ‘Not in my county,’” Case said.Dawkins invited Case to begin presiding over the children’s burials, and a small group from Holy Innocents’ has formed to accompany Case to those services.Sullivan said Christians often mistake the call to mission as a call to do something. Sometimes it is enough simply to be present with others, letting God show them something they haven’t seen before.The act of merely being present resonates for Mary Marvin Walter, 69, one of the parishioners who has joined Case at some of those grave sites. She said she volunteered because she was unhappy with her instinct to judge those who may have caused such tragedies.“I wanted to get beyond that, just be a witness without any questions,” she said.Now when that tiny coffin is blessed and lowered carefully into the ground, she resists the urge always to ask why.The reasons aren’t always knowable. Sometimes Case learns a little about the victims from funeral directors or news headlines, but other times there are no personal details available.Holy Innocents, founded in 1872, already was known nationally for its school, the largest Episcopal school in the country with 1,400 students. In light of the school’s success, the parish began about a decade ago discussing what should come next.“Really, we hadn’t looked deeper at the call of what it means to be people of the holy innocents,” said the Rev. Michael Sullivan, who became rector in 2009. “Our name is calling us into the world in ways that are essential for the kingdom to be present among us.” The name refers to the biblical account of infanticide by Herod the Great, who ordered the execution of all young male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews.An early step the Georgia church took toward answering the call of its name was the introduction of an annual requiem Mass and prayer vigil, where the congregation reads the names of all the children in Georgia who died from violence in the past year. It started in 2010.“The first year, we thought we would just have a few names,” Sullivan said. “We were shocked when the departmental agency gave us a list of several hundred names.”In recent years, the total provided by state agencies has topped 500. The next vigil will be Nov. 6.By Georgia law, child fatalities are included in the total if they are “sudden, unexpected, unexplained, suspicious or attributed to unusual circumstances,” and that could range from homicide to a co-sleeping death.Child fatalities are not just a Georgia problem. Nationally about 1,580 children died from abuse or neglect in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of those victims were less than a year old. Separately, the agency’s most recent fact sheet on youth violence says there were 4,800 homicide victims ages 10 to 24 in 2010.“Violence is a very broad category,” said Ashley Willcott, director of the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate, which provides oversight of the state’s Division of Family and Children Services. A violent death might happen at the hands of a foster parent, or it could be a suicide or an accidental shooting. “The bottom line is we need to know: Could it have been prevented?”Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church dedicated its Tower of the Holy Innocents on Sept. 18. The tower includes the church’s 19th-century bell, as well as two new bells donated to the church. Photo: Holy Innocents’ Episcopal ChurchWillcott praised churches like Holy Innocents’ that are bringing awareness to the plight of vulnerable children and getting the community and their congregations involved.“Holy Innocents’, to me, is one of the churches … really leading the way in combining the knowledge of ‘this is what’s happening to children’ to ‘what are the next steps?’”Case was hired by the church in 2011 to pursue those next steps in responding to child violence. He previously spent six years working with students at international schools in Switzerland before moving to the Atlanta area to pursue his master’s degree in divinity at Emory University. His primary role at Holy Innocents’ is to lead the team developing outreach efforts addressing violence toward children.One of Case’s newest initiatives is called “Caring for the Carers,” a program focused on supporting Family and Children Services caseworkers. The assistance may involve providing emergency clothing for the children taken from homes by the caseworkers. Or it may mean simply sitting with the caseworkers and listening as they process the trauma of their jobs.A new 64-foot bell tower and columbarium completed this year are physical examples of the church’s new ministries. The church had long worked toward a capital project that included renovations and a tower. As the project evolved, it grew to incorporate the church’s 19th-century bell and two additional bells that were donated, creating a landmark that honors Georgia’s young victims of violence.When the columbarium was added to the project, the church also took on the responsibility of maintaining 200 burial spaces that will be offered without charge for children who die from abuse, neglect, gun violence, abandonment, or have died in state custody.The columbarium was consecrated in May, though no burials have yet occurred there. The tower was dedicated Sept. 18. Its bells ring every day at noon and 6 p.m.Case sees his mission and the mission of the church as making Georgia a holier place for all God’s children. The children who attend the church’s school already may see Georgia as a holy place, but “there’s a significant population of children … for whom Georgia is not a holy place at all,” he said.The ministry has had a personal effect on Case, 39, who has two young children of his own.“I can tell you it’s reshaped me as a father,” he said. “I probably operate with a little more grace with my toddler than I did before.”– David Paulsen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa. Featured Jobs & Calls October 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm That may require more hands-on work than people are comfortable with. To help family to be able to attend funerals might involve providing transportation, be that cab fare, train or plane fare, or driving into areas in which we are uncomfortable. It can quickly become expensive or even frightful.It’s necessary work, blessing the burials of victims, but there’s ALWAYS more to be done. Also, as to your causes of death “abuse, neglect, GUN violence…” Please. Violence is violence. If you are shot to death, stabbed to death, or beaten to death with a brick or a board or a sidewalk, you are just as dead and just as violently dead. I dare say being shot to death is perhaps more merciful in that it is often a quicker death and one of which one might not be aware. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY Featured Events October 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm Unfortunately many of these deaths happen to families who have no means- the article said, even transportation may be an issue. Georgia church adopts burial ministry for ‘holy innocents’ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Sarah Guthrie says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Dan Frain says: Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (3) Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA
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Answers to business literacy testOn 6 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Howdid you do in our business literacy quiz? Here are the answers.1When a company is said to be a “£500m company” what does that mean?That the company’s turnover (or sales in USparlance) are £500m – not its profits or cash in the bank.2What is liquidity?The ease with which an organisation can convert its assetsinto cash. The chief failing of most dotcoms is poor liquidity – their main”asset” being the promise of future customers.3What is the difference between an ISP and an ASP?An ISP (Internet service provider) acts asan amalgamated carrier and service provider. Meanwhile, the term ASP(application service provider) describes the new breed of software vendorsselling, or renting applications over the Net, rather than in shrink-wrappedformat. Evidence suggests that distinctions between the two are beginning toblur.4What does return on investment (ROI) tell you?Also known as returnon capital employed (ROCE), ROI is calculated by dividing pretax earnings byaverage investment. It tells you the rate of return you can expect from yourinvestment in a piece of equipment, project or training programme.5What is lifetime value?This refers to theestimated total value of an individual customer to a company over a given”lifetime” (this could be as little as five years). An importantconcept given the switch in marketing emphasis from mass-marketing (selling adefined portfolio of products to as many customers as possible) to relationshipmarketing (selling as many products as possible to a select group ofcustomers). Estimating lifetime values is a precarious and often contradictoryprocess – eg a customer may be a poor source of profit per se, but may be inthe habit of recommending the company to other more lucrative customers.6What is BTO?Build to order. Aconcept pioneered by high-tech manufacturers such as Dell, theoreticallyallowing for the greater customisation of a product. More importantly BTOensures that the cost of “dead” capital implicit in stock-holding iskept to minimum. As such, BTO is an important strand of any just-in-timemanufacturing strategy.7What is EVA, or economic value added?The most influentialof the many matrixes that emerged in the late 1990s designed to measure thevalue a company to its shareholders. Developed by the US think-tank SternStewart, the ability to demonstrate a positive EVA (or even to show the processwas under way) became almost mandatory on Wall Street. As in, “I watchedone CFO [chief finance officer] savagely attacked by a pack of analysts becauseof his inability to describe how the new value management programme wouldincrease the share price.”8What is scalability?An IT term used todescribe the ability of a system to grow over time without having to bere-jigged. As in, “We were worried about opting for Microsoft NT becauseof its scalability problems.” Increasingly becoming a mainstream term todescribe problems inherent in all expansionist activity.9What is front-to-back office integration?The corporate equivalent of joined-upgovernment. The concept of dividing up companies into front and back officesoriginated in banks, but now any company worth its salt differentiates betweenits customer-facing activities (front office) and its administrative andfinancial engine (back office). Having made the distinction, the race is now onto integrate the two functions, thus allowing for “seamless” and”transparent” co-ordination.10What is an outage?The latest word for network failure, usuallyused in the context of the Internet. Not to be confused with denial of serviceattacks – downtime caused by malicious hacking activity – or with outrage,which is what you feel when it happens. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Greenland’s bed topography is a primary control on ice flow, grounding line migration, calving dynamics, and subglacial drainage. Moreover, fjord bathymetry regulates the penetration of warm Atlantic water (AW) that rapidly melts and undercuts Greenland’s marine-terminating glaciers. Here we present a new compilation of Greenland bed topography that assimilates seafloor bathymetry and ice thickness data through a mass conservation approach. A new 150 m horizontal resolution bed topography/bathymetric map of Greenland is constructed with seamless transitions at the ice/ocean interface, yielding major improvements over previous data sets, particularly in the marine-terminating sectors of northwest and southeast Greenland. Our map reveals that the total sea level potential of the Greenland ice sheet is 7.42 ± 0.05 m, which is 7 cm greater than previous estimates. Furthermore, it explains recent calving front response of numerous outlet glaciers and reveals new pathways by which AW can access glaciers with marine-based basins, thereby highlighting sectors of Greenland that are most vulnerable to future oceanic forcing.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Remember Sailor Billy Summers by Gail Riecken It was years ago that a Republican friend introduced me to “Sailor Billy Summers” in the story relayed by Lucius Quintus Cinncinatus Lamar as told in JFK’s book, Profiles in Courage.Lamar was a Senator from the state of Mississippi in postwar Civil War. After casting a very unpopular vote, he held rallies across his district where he worked to persuade his constituents to let him keep his seat. His vote, although many then and now would question the position he took, was for the good of the country, he said. Here is a very brief version of the “courage” story Lamar insisted to be the truth….During the Confederate War the Captain of a blockade runner, when leaving the dock in Savannah Harbor, sent his trusted boatsman Sailor Billy Summers to the topmast to look for enemy ships. The boatsman Summers yelled out that he saw ten ships far away.Did I mention the ship was loaded with military and civilian officials? Well, after consulting with each other, these men said they knew where the Yankee fleet was and it was not in the Harbor. But the Captain, who said he knew the officials know more about military affairs, said he trusted his boatsman. He was high up, had a powerful glass and could see far in the distance.As the story goes, the officials were saved because that Captain trusted the one person who could see the big picture, far off in the distance. Lamar relayed that as a US Senator he was better to judge what is in the best interests of his constituents. As I said, many disagreed with his vote and would today, but his constituents admired his courage and conviction.John Krull in his September 14th article about courage in politicians speaks to what he says is a lack of courage in some Hoosier politicians, one senator from southwestern Indiana, in particular. I won’t comment on Krull’s strong statements about this senator, only to say Krull is very critical that this senator would not participate in the Courier and Press’ public debate. The reason: Krull reports the newspaper had published letters that had “hurt his [the senator’s] feelings”.What I will comment is that I am overjoyed at the courage of this senator’s very talented opponent.Edie Hardcastle, the Democrat, has shown she is committed, determined and smart. She will drive the majority party in the State Senate to justify every vote. And, I believe she will always have Sailor Billy Summers’ “powerful glass” in mind. What is good for her constituents and good for the State will be what Edie Hardcastle will honor. And, when her vote is unpopular, she will not shy away from explaining her position and hold rallies around her district, Lamar style.FOOTNOTE: This letter was posted by the City-County Observer without bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com♪ WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? ♪When a non-English speaking person appears in an Indiana courtroom the judge can call the Indiana Supreme Court hotline and get access to a certified translator. But what can we do when the words spoken by others do not fit into one of the world’s 6,500 languages?When one watches mothers with babies it is obvious the babies feel the unquestioned love. However, as we age meanings get fuzzier. Mothers might urge general cautions to young children then threaten unspecified mayhem to teenagers.Grandmothers may impart gentle lessons on useful crafts while grandfathers might impress grandchildren with stories that could be true.As to fathers, many children are left to decipher what is meant by a grunt or a pointed index finger.In elementary school we get direct teachings on such important life lessons as where and how to line up our things and how not to bother the things of others.In junior high school teachers help us to face the unwelcome realization we are not as cute as we thought. And in high school it slowly begins to sink in that not only are we not cute, but we might even be required to do some work. However, it is in college where we are made to understand that what we say is usually not treasured by others.Should you have been sentenced to participate in athletics at any level, your coaches most likely considered shouted invective a proper means of communication. And if you ever went through basic training in the military you are probably still laboring under a cloud of expletive ladened non-explanations for completing completely worthless tasks.Those of you who, as was I, were reared in some religion may have often been mystified by lessons rolled into parables or analogies. Of course, that was more comfortable than the threats of eternal damnation.In contemporary life we may find it difficult to communicate with other groups. For example, older people may hear gibberish spoken by the young and simply write them off as spoiled. On the other hand, the young may simply write the old off as old.When politicians speak it is often to portray their opponents as liars or corrupt while the news media makes no effort to analyze any complicated issue. To take guidance from either of these groups is to proceed without a safety net.I am not sure what advertisers want me to buy. It used to be some normal person would sing a little ditty such as, “You deserve a break today”, and I would pull into McDonald’s. Now when I watch TV I have no clue what I am supposed to waste my money on.Movies are no longer, “Your best entertainment”. When Dirty Harry said, “Go ahead, make my day”, I got it. However, when the hero or heroine of a movie is a machine run amok, I might as well have saved the twenty bucks it cost for a Coke and popcorn.But now that you have struggled to almost the end of these examples of non-communication, the ultimate human foreign language must be mentioned, Female Speak. I ask you, why can’t wives simply say what they mean? What occurred in the Garden of Eden to render asunder understanding between the sexes? One example is all I have space left for.You may have noticed it is spring. Well, so has Peg. And when spring arrives at JPeg Ranch communication between Peg and me exits as the hummingbirds and onion sets appear.I ask you, Gentle Reader, is it a felony to lie on the couch on Saturday morning? When Peg mumbles under her breath, “The garden looks like it needs tilling”, how am I supposed to gain from that she wants me to immediately drop my coffee and attack the unoffending soil?How about, “Jim, would you please till the garden?” I would have got that; a daylong period of icy silence would have been unnecessary.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail