Bank of America in the red amid wrangle with investors

first_imgTuesday 19 October 2010 8:02 pm BANK of America (BoA) said yesterday it would vigorously defend itself against demands from investors who have written to the bank to insist it take back billions of dollars in failing mortgages originally issued by its Countrywide subsidiary.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, BlackRock and Pacific Investment Management are believed to be among investors that have written to the bank. BoA, led by chief executive Brian Moynihan, said: “We’re not responsible for the poor performance of loans as a result of a bad economy. We don’t believe we’ve breached our obligations as servicer. We will examine every avenue to vigorously defend ourselves.”News of the letter emerged as the bank reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings on declining credit losses, though a hefty one-off charge on its debit and credit card business sent it plunging into the red.Excluding the non-cash goodwill charge, BoA reported earnings of $3.1bn (£1.97bn), or 27 cents per share, compared to analyst forecasts of 16 cents per share. Including the $10.4bn charge, the bank posted a net loss of $7.3bn, compared to a loss last year of $2.2bn. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsappcenter_img Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoThe Sports DropForgotten College Basketball Stars: Where Are They Now?The Sports DropUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoFamilyMindedThe Most Common Astrology Questions People AskFamilyMindedUndoOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressUndoStudent SeaHilariously Relatable Family Photo FailsStudent SeaUndo Bank of America in the red amid wrangle with investors KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Sports Business : Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest paid female athlete

first_img Cricket WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Conway smashes Ishant for a four; NZ 11/0; Follow Live Updates NBA Draft Lottery: 4 Teams that have won the NBA Draft Lottery most number of times Sports BusinessNewsSportSportstars Football WTC Final Live: Virat Kohli continues century drought as Kyle Jamieson wins IPL team rivalry TAGSNaomi OsakaNaomi Osaka female athleteNaomi Osaka world’s highest paidSerena WilliamsSports BusinessSports Business Newssports newsWorld’s highest paid SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleNCD vs HAE Dream11 Korean Baseball Prediction;NC Dinos vs Hanwha Eagles Dream 11 Prediction Live Streaming,Timing and PreviewNext articleCPBL 2020:FBG vs CTB Dream 11 Prediction;Fubon Guardians vs ChinatrustBrothers Preview, Live Streaming Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Cricket Premier League: Setback for Manchester United as empty stadium forces club to lose $30 million in Q1 English Premier League WTC Finals on Facebook: ICC & Facebook partner to bring exclusive content from the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Like247 SportsThe Highest-Paid College Football Coaches In 2020, Ranked247 SportsCBS NewsThink Your Commute Is Safe? You Need To See This.CBS NewsGeorgetown UniversityLearn from Anywhere This Summer with Georgetown’s Online Summer CoursesGeorgetown UniversityShe earned $1.4 million more than American great Williams who had topped the list for the last four years. Maria Sharapova had held the record for 12-month earnings for a female athlete, having made $29.7 million in 2015.Also Read: Sports Business: Global Sports Sponsorship to witness 37% drop due to Covid19Female tennis players have always occupied top spot on Forbes’s women’s list since 1990 with either Williams or Russian Sharapova leading the way from 2004.Osaka burst into the limelight by beating Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open final — a highly-controversial match in which Williams was given three code violations by the umpire.The Japanese then won the next Grand Slam, the 2019 Australian Open, although her form has dipped since and she has fallen from world number one to 10th on the WTA rankings.Florida-based Osaka’s mixed heritage — she has a Japanese mother and Haitian-American father — her engaging personality and attacking style of play have combined to make her one of the world’s most marketable athletes.Part of the stable of management group IMG, Osaka currently has 15 sponsorship deals, including with global brands such as Nike, Nissan Motors, Shiseido and Yonex.Also Read: Netflix unveils doc series on tennis star Naomi Osaka PSL 2021 Live Streaming: PSL 2021 Phase 2 to be live broadcasted in 100 countries, SonyLIV to live stream in India Football Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country Cricket Tokyo Olympics: IOA fuming as Japan imposes stricter regulations on India’s Olympic team, calls it ‘discriminatory and unfair’ Sports Business Sports Business : Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest paid female athlete Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tokyo Olympics: Indian Olympic Association partners JSW as sponsor for Tokyo-bound athletes YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsored Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Gareth Bale and Co face do-or-die clash; Italy eye third consecutive win; Follow Live Updates, Sport News By Kunal Dhyani – May 23, 2020 Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes.World Highest Paid Female Athlete – Naomi OsakaThe 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period. Latest Sports News NBA 2020-21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Reaction: Rugby world mourns Jonah Lomu

first_imgOf course, if you want to relive some of the best Jonah moments, here is a video of the great man scoring all of his World Cup tries, and below is a Podcast Rugby World recently did, looking back on the majesty of the 1995 World Cup and Jonah’s role in it. TAGS: Highlight Of course, Lomu inspired a generation of players, not only in New Zealand but worldwide. Here is a selection of recognisable names remembering the ‘big man’. Really awful news to wake up to this morning. Jonah was rugby’s first real superstar. Thoughts are with his family.— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) November 18, 2015 To subscribe to Rugby World magazine, check out our latest offers here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSSkip AdAds by center_img The rugby world was saddened to hear of the sudden death of All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The imposing winger first crashed onto the global scene at the dawn of professional rugby, at the 1995 World Cup and is hailed as the man who changed the face of rugby forever.Lomu had been diagnosed with a serious kidney condition, nephrotic syndrome by 1996 and had a kidney transplant in 2004. However the organ stopped functioning in 2011 and he had been relying on dialysis ever since.No cause of death has been put forward, but family spokesman and ex-All Black doctor John Mayhew told television stations in New Zealand that Lomu’s death was “totally unexpected” after he and his family arrived back from the UK and the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday.He is survived by wife Nadene who said in a statmeent today: “It is with great sadness that I must announce my dear husband Jonah Lomu died (overnight).“This is a devastating loss for our family and may I ask that our privacy, especially the privacy of our two very young boys, be respected as we take them through this traumatic time.”Since then tributes have been pouring in. NZRFU chief executive Steve Tew said: “Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world.”Former team-mates like Sean Fitzpatrick and Tana Umaga expressed condolences and shock. As did former opponents like Will Carling, Jonny Wilkinson, Joel Stransky, and Christophe Dominici. Remembering a legend: Jonah Lomu in heyday of 1995 Deeply saddened to hear of @JONAHTALILOMU passing. Rugby’s first true global icon/legend. A true gentleman & nice guy! #RIPJonah— Joel Stransky (@stranners) November 18, 2015last_img read more

The health benefits of wild seafood in a rugby player’s diet

first_imgThis piece is in association with Alaska Seafood. You can follow them on Twitter at @AlaskaSeafoodUK. Tasty: Alaskan Pollock and beetroot fishcakes (Markus Dell) Handful coriander chopped1 cm piece of ginger1 tsp. mild curry powder1 pinch chilli powder1 tsp. turmeric1 tsp. honeyPinch of saltFor the curry1 lemongrass stalks bashed with back of knife1 tbsp. coconut oil½ aubergine chopped into cubes400ml coconut milk1 yellow pepper chopped100g sugar snap peas150g plum tomatoes roughly choppedHandful Thai basil choppedMethod:Pre-heat your oven to 180oc.Place all the ingredients for the curry paste into a blender and blend until smooth.Heat a large deep saucepan over a medium heat and add 1tbsp of coconut oil. Spoon in the curry paste and cook for 1-2 minutes continually stirring. If the paste starts to brown remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Now add the coconut milk to the curry paste along with the chopped tomatoes, yellow pepper, aubergine and lemongrass, turn the heat down to low and continue to cook gently for 8-10 minutes.Place the pollock fillets onto a baking tray and season with salt and pepper. Place into the oven and cook for 8 minutes. Once the pollock fillets are cooked remove from the oven and place each piece into a serving bowl.Gently ladle over the curry sauce and serve immediately. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.center_img Chef’s tip: For a high carb option, add rice. “Fish is great for reducing inflammation of joints and more,” Omar Meziane, chef with Harlequins and England, tells Rugby World. There are also reports that eating certain fish can lower blood pressure and potentially decrease the risk for heart disease.Including fish in the diet is simple. Canned Alaska salmon is perfect for quick and healthy pasta, sandwiches and wraps. Both fresh and frozen fillets of wild salmon, Alaska pollock and Pacific cod are great sources of protein to add to curries, soups and bakes for a more substantial meal. Smoked wild Alaska salmon, while slightly more decadent, is the ideal ingredient for impressive starters and brunches.Talking about the elite sports approach to consuming fish, Meziane adds: “We want the boys to be able to recover as quickly as possible, especially when the season is starting. Fish is a great choice. It’s a great way of trying to help them and aid their bodies as much as possible for peak performances.Meet the chef: Omar Meziane (pic via Alaska Seafood UK)“We have to consider carefully what they are eating, one of the recipes I put together is actually a kind of recovery meal which uses Alaska pollock and curry sauce. It’s also high in turmeric and ginger.”The health benefits of eating wild seafood are easy to discover, but the problem for a lot of keen athletes is building versatility into their diet during intense training weeks. Below, Meziane gives us a recipe for roasted Alaska pollock with yellow curry sauce.Want a bit more inspiration? You can visit Alaska Seafood’s recipe site here https://www.alaskaforeverwild.com/meal_type/eating-for-fitness/and why not check out @AlaskaSeafoodUK on Twitter.Delicious dish: The Alaskan Pollock Yellow Curry (Markus Dell)Roasted Alaska Pollock with Yellow Curry SauceServes 2Another curry, but this time with Alaska pollock. The medley of spices I have infused together act as an anti-inflammatory, which helps for post-training or match recovery.Curries go down really well with the team – and this one is a particular favourite of Danny Care.Ingredients:2 fillets of Alaska pollock 160g-180gSea saltWhite ground pepperFor the curry paste1 shallot finely chopped1 lemongrass stalk peeled and chopped2 red chillies chopped2 garlic cloves chopped Bootcamp: Elite sports chef Omar Meziane talks us through the boost you can get with wild seafood. This is a sponsored feature. last_img read more

Aumento del número de cristianos en China hace que las…

first_imgAumento del número de cristianos en China hace que las iglesias y el gobierno busquen ayuda. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN [Episcopal News Service] Una capillita blanca de diseño occidental se levanta en medio de los altos edificios residenciales de Macao, ex colonia portuguesa actualmente administrada por la República Popular China. Conocida popularmente como la “Capilla Morrison” —en honor del escocés y misionero presbiteriano Rdo. Robert Morrison, el primer misionero en llegar a la región en 1807 y el primero en traducir y publicar la Biblia en chino—,  fue la primera capilla protestante que se edificara en ese país.Desde allí, el cristianismo protestante se extendió a través de China.“Por aquí fue donde le llegó el evangelio a los chinos”, dijo el Rdo. Stephen Durie, sacerdote anglicano y pastor de la capilla —oficialmente consagrada hace un siglo como una Casa de Dios no denominacional— durante un recorrido por los terrenos a fines de febrero.El cristianismo en verdad llegó a la China continental en el siglo VII durante la dinastía Tang, pero no comenzó a florecer hasta el siglo XIX. Posteriormente, en 1949, luego del triunfo de la revolución china, Mao Zedong prohibió la religión y ésta no resurgió hasta después de su muerte en 1976 y del fin de la revolución cultural. Hoy en día, con la autorización y supervisión del gobierno comunista central, el cristianismo protestante se ha extendido dramáticamente, mostrándose de una manera independiente y postdenominacional sin precedentesY el gobierno chino quiere cooperar con la Iglesia Episcopal, dijo Peter Ng, el encargado de compañerismo mundial para el Asia y el Pacífico, en una entrevista con ENS en China. “El gobierno ve a la Iglesia Episcopal como una voz relevante en la sociedad moderna”.Durante una reciente visita de tres semanas a las iglesias provinciales de la Comunión Anglicana y a las iglesias episcopales en Asia, la obispa primada, Katharine Jefferts Schori, visitó China a invitación del Consejo Cristiano Chino (CCC) y del Movimiento Patriótico de las Tres Autosuficiencias (TSPC). Ella asistió a reuniones en Shanghái, Nanjing y Beijing, donde se reunió con el ministro de la Administración del Estado para Asuntos Religiosos (SARA), la agencia del gobierno chino que supervisa la práctica religiosa.La visita de Jeffers Schori marcó la primera vez que un obispo primado de la Iglesia Episcopal se reunía con funcionarios del gobierno en China.En Estados Unidos el problema es que “hay muchos obispos y no muchos creyentes”, bromeó el ministro Wang Zuo hablando en mandarín a través de un intérprete. “En China [hay] muchos creyentes que no pueden encontrar a un obispo”.La broma de Wang resulta cierta para la Iglesia china; el aumento dramático del número de cristianos en corto tiempo ha dificultado la adecuada preparación de pastores y la adquisición de tierras, especialmente en zonas urbanas densamente pobladas, sobre las cuales construir iglesias. Y ello también ha desafiado al gobierno ateo a proteger los derechos de los cristianos, así como de otros creyentes y no creyentes.Wang señaló el no contar con suficientes “pastores debidamente preparados” como el mayor problema que enfrenta la Iglesia. “Si no hay buenos pastores durante el proceso de desarrollo, ocurrirán grandes problemas”, dijo. El rápido crecimiento del cristianismo en China ha llamado mucho la atención de los no creyentes, y es importante para los cristianos “dar un buen ejemplo”, añadió.El CCC no sólo debe encontrar su propia vía de desarrollo, sino también mirar a otros, y aprender de su desarrollo, dijo Wang.El CCC y el TSPM forman la Iglesia Protestante en China que cuenta con el reconocimiento oficial (las “Tres autosuficiencias” significan autonomía, autosostenimiento y autopropagación). El TSPM sirve como un enlace entre las iglesias y el gobierno, si bien se concentra en los asuntos eclesiásticos de la CCC.La SARA sirve como un puente entre la religión y el gobierno central y coordina las relaciones entre las religiones para que todas sean iguales, explicó Wang. Además de supervisar el TSPM, SARA también supervisa los otros cuatro grupos religiosos autorizados: musulmanes, católicos romanos —de los cuales la Asociación Católica Patriótica China, no el papa, es la suprema autoridad—; los budistas y los taoístas.“Ese es otro fenómeno en China… hay mayor armonía entre personas religiosas y no religiosas. Cuando se produce un conflicto, se necesita una organización como SARA  para salvaguardar los derechos legales de las personas”, dijo Wang. En la historia de China, agregó, queriendo decir desde 1949 y la formación de la República Popular, no ha habido guerras religiosas ni conflictos, ni una religión dominante. Recientemente, sin embargo, dijo él, las poblaciones musulmanas se han enfrentado en la parte occidental del país.Durante su visita de cuatro días a China, Jefferts Schori se reunió con el ministro de la SARA y asistió a encuentros con líderes religiosos, con los profesores del Seminario Teológico Unido de Nanjing y con el personal de la Fundación Amistad, [Amity Foundation], una organización de carácter religioso que ofrece servicios sociales.“Creo que constituyó una experiencia de aprendizaje muy importante para nosotros, desde lo sublime hasta lo ridículo,  explicándose las diferencias entre el CCC y el TSPM”,  dijo Jefferts Schori en una entrevista con ENS luego de salir de China. “Es también muy útil conversar con las personas cara a cara, porque tratamos con muchas caricaturas de cómo es China y de cómo es el ambiente religioso en China. Y creo que  logramos tener una visión mucho más matizada de lo que significa ser un cristiano en China hoy día”.Durante su reunión con la SARA, Wang dijo que las iglesias y los gobiernos de China y Estados Unidos debían fortalecer sus relaciones mediante el continuo intercambio de información, y que “la Iglesia China y Estados Unidos, especialmente la Iglesia Episcopal, debían tener comprensión y apoyo mutuos”.Jefferts Schori explicó a Wang  y su personal que uno de los papeles de la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal con sede en Washington D.C., es prestarle oídos a los cuidados, intereses y perspectivas de la comunidad de fe en relación con el gobierno, y que también existe para cuestionar al gobierno.“Parte del papel de la Iglesia Episcopal es promover la armonía y la paz en la sociedad… y traer paz en la tierra en nuestro propio tiempo”, dijo ella. Y cuestionar a nuestro propio gobierno respecto a la manera en que edifica o no edifica la paz”.Eso incluye situaciones internacionales muy delicadas, tales como la implementación de una solución de dos estados en el Oriente Medio, donde el impacto de una solución pacífica repercutiría en todo el mundo. De la misma manera, la paz en la península de Corea tendría un impacto regional positivo, afirmó.Antes de visitar China, Jefferts Schori visitó la Iglesia Episcopal en Corea del Sur, donde sus colegas le expresaron su preocupación por los refugiados norcoreanos que China estaba devolviendo a Corea del Norte.“Nuestra fe nos enseña que los gobiernos poderosos deben construir la paz en los lugares donde tienen la capacidad de hacerlo”, le dijo ella a Wang y su gente, añadiendo que la Iglesia se ve a sí misma como profética “[Juntos] la comunidad religiosa y los gobiernos tenemos una capacidad mucho mayor de edificar la paz alrededor del mundo. Y buscamos aliados para esa tarea dondequiera que podamos encontrarlos.A diferencia de algunas agrupaciones religiosas en Estados Unidos, la Iglesia Episcopal se ve a sí misma en el papel de facultar a las personas de fe a asumir su papel en la sociedad y a “funcionar como gente íntegra”, dijo Jefferts Schori.El cristianismo ya no es una religión ‘extranjera’Dentro de la sociedad china, existieron iglesias antes de 1949, después de ese año y de la guerra de Corea, cuando todos los misioneros se fueron, había iglesias chinas, dijo el Rdo. Kan Baoping, secretario general de la CCC durante una reunión en Shanghái. El consejo y el TSPM comparten  sus oficinas centrales en el campus de la antigua catedral  anglicana de la Santa Trinidad, que se encuentra en medio de un proceso de restauración”.“De repente la Iglesia perdió todos sus recursos, y después de eso comprendimos lo que la Iglesia es en China”, dijo Kan. El movimiento de las tres autosuficiencias nació a principio de los años cincuenta para eliminar la brecha entre la Iglesias y el Estado, afirmó él.Durante esa década, el TSPM comenzó a abrazar el cristianismo como una religión indígena, y todo el culto protestante dejó de ser denominacional. En 1978, la constitución de China fue modificada para garantizar la libertad de cultos, con algunas excepciones. El CCC se creó en 1980.“Algunas personas del extranjero puede que no entiendan por qué la Iglesia en China se enfoca en los principios de las tres autosuficiencias”, dijo  en mandarín a través de un intérprete, Gao Feng, presidente de la CCC. “En los años 50, algunos líderes cristianos dieron inicio a las Tres Autosuficiencias. Antes de eso, muchas iglesias en China ya habían reclamado la independencia”.Entre 1840 y 1842, elaboró él, fuerzas occidentales invadieron China y adoptaron tratados de “patrocinio” que protegían los derechos de los misioneros. Estos tratados se negociaron entre la China y el Imperio Británico  después de la primera Guerra del Opio, que comenzó en 1839 como resultado de disputas mercantiles y deficientes relaciones diplomáticas.“El pueblo chino creía que [los tratados] constituían una gran humillación a la dignidad de la nación china y odiaron a las potencias militares occidentales y a los misioneros de otros países”, dijo Gao.A partir de ahí, explicó él, los cristianos reconocieron la importancia de comenzar un movimiento independiente en el cual al cristianismo no se le considerara como una “religión extranjera”,  dejando que se desarrollara dentro del exclusivo contexto chino.La intención fue: “Edificar una Iglesia para Dios en esta tierra”.El papel del Consejo Cristiano de ChinaEl CCC dirige siete departamentos: capacitación, servicios sociales, investigación, relaciones internacionales, publicaciones, editorial y administración. El Consejo tiene su sede en Shanghái, con consejos locales establecidos en ciudades y regiones.“Nuestra visión es servir a todos los cristianos de China, no importa si pertenecen a iglesias inscritas o no inscritas; una vez que ellos se hacen cristianos los consideramos como hermanos y hermanas”, dijo el anciano gobernante Fu Xianwei, presidente del TSPM nacional. Por ejemplo, el Consejo ofrece biblias y atención de hospicio, apoya la educación teológica y proporciona edificios de la Iglesia para “empresarios” en China que se han “dedicado voluntariamente a organizar sus propias fraternidades”.Por ejemplo, dijo Fu, “en algunas regiones no hay edificios eclesiásticos formales; si detectamos una necesidad, ayudamos a levantar iglesias allí y a incluir a todos los cristianos”. La situación, añadió, “es muy complicada, y no puede resolverse en un día”.Muchas iglesias no inscritas han comenzado a tener contacto con iglesias inscritas, añadió él, haciendo notar que él cree que las tensiones comenzarán a disminuir muy pronto. “La situación es bastante complicada, no obstante, pero mis colegas y yo tenemos las firmes convicciones de que debemos servir a todos los cristianos en China”.Además de casas-iglesias no inscritas, el cristianismo en China ha visto la proliferación de megaiglesias, cuyos líderes carismáticos prefieren marchar por su cuenta y dirigir sus iglesias como negocios privados, y que representan un desafío para el CCC/TSPM, dijo Kan.El gobierno chino suele ser criticado en los medios de prensa occidentales y acusado de violaciones de los derechos humanos por detener a líderes religiosos. Pero la mayoría de los líderes religiosos con que ENS se reunió en China dijeron que creían tener una relación abierta con el gobierno.Ng lo explicó de esta manera: El TSPM y el CCC son la Iglesia protestante oficial, pero el gobierno ha adoptado una posición más flexible hacia las casas-iglesias en tanto no violen la ley.En una entrevista con ENS en Hong Kong luego de la visita de Jefferts Schori, el Rdo. Dr. Peter D. Koon, secretario general de la provincia de Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, y un nativo de Shanghái, ofreció su punto de vista y dijo que nunca se había informado toda la historia de la libertad de expresión religiosa en China.Respecto a los informes de persecución religiosa del Falun Gong, por ejemplo, “el cincuenta por ciento de la población no está bien educada, de manera que se le puede dirigir muy fácilmente”, afirmó. “Es, pues, muy peligroso [como medio de control y de lavado de cerebro]”.En su página web, Falun Gong se autodefine como “una práctica avanzada de la autopreparación budista”. Ha sido ilegalizado por el gobierno chino y tanto en el Oriente como en Occidente algunos la consideran una “secta”. Los seguidores de Falun Gong creen que la enfermedad y el infortunio son el resultado de retribuciones kármicas y rehúsan tratamiento médico.En otro ejemplo, hubo una denuncia cuando el gobierno cerró dos iglesias en una ciudad de 120 iglesias, dijo él. Una era una estructura ilegal, y la otra estaba en una comunidad superpoblada y los vecinos se quejaron.Muchas de estas iglesias tienen vínculos con iglesias extranjeras que tienen dinero y les ayudan, dijo Koon. “Este es el caso la mayoría de las veces. Otras veces, quieren emigrar, de manera que hacen un gran negocio”.Y concluyó: “El gobierno quiere usarnos como una agencia para promover la unidad y una sociedad armoniosa. Quieren trabajar junto con todas las religiones”.Con el bautismo viene la membresíaChina tiene 56,000 iglesias cristianas protestantes inscritas y entre 20 y 40 millones de cristianos inscritos. Un número exacto es difícil de precisar por diversas razones, entre ellas la aprehensión a inscribirse oficialmente porque algunas personas temen una segunda “revolución cultural”, dijeron los líderes de la Iglesia.Durante la revolución cultural de 1966 a 1976, el gobierno prohibió el culto cristiano de cualquier tipo, lo cual impuso a los creyentes la clandestinidad. Algunos fueron encarcelados, como el Rdo. Xinli Yu, presidente del Consejo Cristiano de Beijing y director del Seminario Teológico de Nanjing.Nacido en 1939 e hijo de un pastor, Xinli “creó problemas” mientras estudiaba en el seminario antes de que comenzara la revolución [cultural], fue arrestado y pasó 22 años en un campo de trabajos forzados. Liberado del campo en la década del 80, fue a trabajar para la Iglesia como un obrero de mantenimiento y en 1984 fue ordenado pastor, contó él en mandarín a través de un intérprete durante una reunión en la sede del Consejo en Beijing.En Beijing, una ciudad de 20 millones de personas, había de 200 a 300 iglesias antes de 1949. En la actualidad, hay 21, cada una con más de 1.000 miembros. Una de ellas, dirigida por una mujer, la Rda. Du Feng Ping, tiene más de 5.000 miembros y celebra de cuatro a cinco servicios cada domingo.Además, sus congregaciones, pastores y personal con frecuencia supervisan “puntos de encuentro”. En Beijing, alrededor de 1.000 puntos de encuentro sirven de 70.000 a 80.000 creyentes. Funcionan de esta manera: al principio, de 10 a 20 creyentes se reúnen en una casa. Finalmente, el grupo desborda su espacio y se acerca al Consejo Cristiano de Beijing para que les ayude a encontrar un espacio mayor. A menudo, dice Zinli, la SARA colabora con la Iglesia en las negociaciones de terreno y en las comunidades que oponen resistencia.“El hecho de que no exista competencia denominacional, creo yo, es un don radical para el resto del mundo, un don magnífico”, dijo Jefferts Schori, reflexionando sobre las reuniones. “Y no hablamos con nadie que pensara que había una gran dificultad con los puntos de encuentro, grupos de cristianos del tamaño de una pequeña familia. Lo veían como viveros para congregaciones más grandes; así es como empiezan las grandes comunidades. Y allí parece haber alguna fluidez que no vemos reportada en Estados Unidos, en el movimiento entre esos grupos”.Cada año en Beijing, un promedio de 1.000 personas son bautizadas y se convierten en miembros de la Iglesia. Para llegar a ser miembro de la Iglesia, una persona debe asistir regularmente durante un año, recibir una clase especial de catecismo y ser bautizada, dijo Xinli, añadiendo que por lo general no se bautizan niños.El bautismo es una elección consciente e individual, agregó Xinli. “Los niños carecen de esa capacidad”.Adiestrar a pastores jóvenesComo en cualquier otro lugar, en Beijing el énfasis se ha puesto en la capacitación de pastores jóvenes para responder a la creciente demanda de una feligresía en aumento. Más de 100 pastores jóvenes —60 por ciento de ellos mujeres— y asistentes eclesiales se encuentran en Beijing. Muchos no estaban relacionados con la Iglesia antes de 1980 cuando, luego de una política de apertura, los jóvenes vinieron.“Los creyentes jóvenes no saben de denominaciones”, dijo Xinli. “Cuando yo era joven, era de las Asambleas de Dios”.En 1979, el Congreso Nacional Popular de China aprobó una “reforma” y políticas de “apertura”, que pusieron al país en contacto con el mundo exterior.Según la Iglesia en China crece y la demanda de pastores preparados aumenta, los jóvenes acuden en masa a los 21 seminarios de China, siendo el Seminario Teológico Unido de Nanjing el seminario nacional.Este seminario, que se inauguró en 2009, es una de las 15 universidades de lo que se llama la “Ciudad Universitaria”, una zona suburbana recién construida, que incluye centros comerciales, un estadio gigante y áreas de esparcimiento en las afueras de Nanjing.El gobierno provincial donó el terreno para el nuevo seminario, y el gobierno central financió parte de la construcción, y el saldo se recaudó a través de donaciones individuales, dijo el Rdo. Yilu Chen, vicepresidente ejecutivo del seminario, a través de un intérprete.“El punto de vista del gobierno sobre la religión ha cambiado mucho. En el pasado, el gobierno creía que la religión era un veneno para el pueblo y que obstaculizaba el desarrollo”, indicó.“A partir del 17º. Congreso del Partido Comunista, éste dijo que la religión puede hacer contribuciones culturales, sociales y económicas, y desde entonces han puesto el énfasis en el papel positivo que desempeña la religión…hablar de libertad religiosa es obsoleto, ahora debemos hablar de desempeñar un papel positivo en la sociedad”.Al igual que los seminaristas en la Iglesia Episcopal, los seminaristas en China deben contar con el patrocinio de una congregación. Una vez terminados sus estudios, regresan a servir durante tres años a la congregación auspiciadora antes de ser ordenados, dijo la Rda. Manhong Melissa Lin, profesora asociada de ética cristiana en el seminario de Nanjing.“Creemos que si los jóvenes pueden prepararse en el seminario, pueden servir en las iglesias durante mucho tiempo”, dijo Yilu.Hay 330 seminaristas, con una edad promedio de 25 años, matriculados en Nanjing, el cual ofrece una licenciatura en teología de cuatro años y una maestría de tres años.  Se contempla también la adición de un programa doctoral.El campus tiene capacidad para 500 seminaristas; este año 500 personas optaron por las 115 plazas abiertas. Los seminaristas vienen de todas las provincias de la China continental, salvo del Tíbet.  La matrícula es de 4.000 yuanes o de aproximadamente $600.El seminario, dijo Yilu, necesita urgentemente profesores y maestros capacitados. Ha enviado a seis profesores a obtener doctorados en el exterior y también depende de profesores visitantes del extranjero. También está en busca de relaciones de compañerismo. En febrero de 2011, líderes del CCC y del TSPM, acompañados por funcionarios del gobierno, visitaron la sede denominacional de la Iglesia Episcopal en Nueva York para discutir modos de trabajar juntos.Desempeñar un papel positivo en la sociedadLa obra de beneficencia es otra área en que la Iglesia China ha buscado ayuda de la Iglesia Episcopal, en este sentido hubo una delegación, que incluía un viceministro de la SARA, que visitó la sede denominacional en agosto de 2011.La participación de las iglesias en obras de servicio social es de algún modo un territorio nuevo, tanto para ellas como para el gobierno, como se evidenció en el titular del 28 de febrero del South China Morning Post: “Nuevos controles sobre el trabajo de agrupaciones religiosas”. El artículo decía que el gobierno recientemente había impuesto controles más estrictos a las agrupaciones religiosas para impedirles la propagación religiosa y que “socaven los intereses nacionales” al aceptar donaciones de entidades extranjeras que vienen con condiciones políticas o religiosas.(Al igual que Estados Unidos, China no permite que las iglesias hagan labor de proselitismo cuando funcionan como proveedores de servicios sociales).Durante una reunión en Shanghái, Kan, el secretario general de la CCC, dijo que el gobierno solía mirar mal a las iglesias que ofrecían servicios sociales a las comunidades preocupados de que compartieran su mensaje y captaran prosélitos, pero que esa postura ha cambiado en los últimos años.“Ahora el gobierno alienta a las iglesias a ejercer su ministerio de servicio social”, agregó, ya que la Iglesia ha respondido ofreciendo preparación y recursos a las congregaciones.La Fundación Amistad, fundada por Ting y otros cristianos chinos en 1985, fue una de las primeras organizaciones no gubernamentales y la primera de carácter religioso que se estableciera para responder a las necesidades de la sociedad. En la actualidad ofrece servicios sociales, que van desde educación y asistencia médica hasta socorro para desastres y ayuda a los granjeros que aprovechan la energía solar. Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales es uno de sus más firmes aliados, dijo She Hongyu, secretaria general adjunta de Amity, durante una presentación en la Amity Printing Co., que es parte de la fundación.A pesar de estas alianzas, la Amity Foundation se ha distanciado de las donaciones extranjeras.“Al comienzo dependíamos 100 por ciento de donaciones  extranjeras. En 2004, establecimos nuestro propia recaudación de fondos en China”, dijo She.Este año, Amity Printing  se propone alcanzar los 100 millones de biblias impresas. Las ganancias provenientes de la impresión de biblias en 75 idiomas para 70 países y regiones diferentes ayudan a financiar el trabajo de la fundación.Jefferts Schori dijo estar impresionada por el cambio de actitud del gobierno hacia las organizaciones religiosas que se dedican a servicios sociales.“Hay un paralelo con Cuba. Cuando el Estado descubrió lo que las comunidades religiosas podían hacer para beneficio de la comunidad en general, el Estado comenzó a apoyar la existencia de esas comunidades religiosas”, dijo ella, “si no a apoyar activamente  su desarrollo y crecimiento, lo cual creo yo que ha hecho el gobierno chino, proporcionando terrenos para el seminario de Nanjing y construyendo las instalaciones, lo ven como un beneficio.“Fidel [Castro] cambió de opinión hace como 25 años y se acordó de su propia educación jesuita y el Estado se asoció con la Iglesia en Cuba en lo tocante al servicio comunitario, y les han dado bastante apoyo, y le han proporcionado especial atención a las iglesias”.En Cuba, a diferencia de China, los miembros del gobierno pueden tener creencias religiosas.Además de Ng, Alex Baumgarten, el director de relaciones gubernamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal; el Rdo. Charles Robertson, canónigo de la Obispa Primada, y Richard Schori, el esposo de ésta, acompañaron a Jefferts Schori en China, Hong Kong y Macao.“Estoy sorprendido y admirado de una Iglesia que ha enfrentado tantos cambios sociales a lo largo de las últimas seis décadas y sin embargo es capaz de ser una fuerza positiva e importante para el mejoramiento de la sociedad que la rodea”, dijo Baumgarten en una entrevista con ENS al salir de China.“No creo que me sienta más admirado por eso que por la Amity Foundation. En su labor uno ve a la Iglesia que busca transformar el mundo en torno suyo en cada uno de los niveles”.— Lynette Wilson es reportera y editora de Episcopal News Service. Ella viajó con la Obispa Primada a China continental, Hong Kong y Macao. 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George H.W. Bush: America’s last foreign policy president, dies at 94

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were married 73 years, the most years of any presidential couple. That is truly amazing! Mama Mia December 2, 2018 at 7:31 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate December 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm December 2, 2018 at 6:22 pm Mama Mia December 2, 2018 at 6:56 pm Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Mama Mia Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img I never thought that Daddy Bush would out live Mrs. Bush. It is a sad day, when our former presidents pass away. He was a fine man, even though I didn’t share many of his political stances, but he definitely was very well qualified to hold the presidency. He would never have done the scandalous things that this current president says, and does. No comparisons, as to their integrity! I know it will be an unhappy Christmas season for his family, with Daddy Bush gone. May he rest in peace. Please enter your comment! 4 COMMENTS Florida voters passed the ban on off-shore oil drilling this last election. And yet, I see that Trump has signed to allow seismic testing, down the Atlantic coast to search for oil and gas deposits under the ocean floor. The problem is that this harms, injures, harasses, and even kills the marine wildlife, such as the whales, dolphins, sea turtles, etc. Endangered marine animals also. God knows, Trump is no animal lover! And we already have the Navy out there blasting away, and we have seen large whales washing ashore dead, but the Navy claims it wasn’t from their explosive testing. It is a disgrace, what is being done out there in the ocean. So many times I see the photos of hundreds of whales who have beached themselves, and died, and the reports usually don’t say what caused them to do that, but there is obviously more to the story than we aren’t told. TAGSGeorge HW Bush Previous articleDorothy Day – ‘a saint for our times’Next articleOrlando area remains in the #2 spot for Florida’s international homebuyers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Governor Rick Scott, what a jerk he is! He has suspended the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, AFTER she had already submitted her resignation letter, from her job, which would of be effective Jan. 4th, 2019. There are no elections between now and then. No cause to not let the woman keep her job, until her resignation, to retire. BUT Rick Scott, the jerk, wants to knock her out of her 71,000 dollar state pension, that is why he did it!!! And she worked years for that pension! That is not right! And to appoint a replacement person, in Snipes position, until the next election, which the voters will choose who they want as the county supervisor election position. I am not mad at the guy that Scott picked to replace her, I don’t know anything about him, and what I have read about him, he seems okay. It is Rick Scott, the low- down jerk, I am mad at!! He should have been thankful that he got elected Senator (if he did, who knows,?) and remained cool, and let Ron De Santis, the Florida Governor-Elect pick the next replacement for the Broward County Supervisor, BUT NO, RICK SCOTT IS A MEAN- SPIRTED TOTAL JERK! His reason to suspend Snipes was that the taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay money for a supervisor of election official until she resigns (even though she was still working)……this from Mr. Ethics, himself, and his, and his former healthcare company, and what they were allegedly accused of with taxpayer’s money!!!! That,” I plead the fifth”….how many times??? Millions, and millions of taxpayer fraud! Now, Brenda Snipes is mad, and has rescinded her resignation letter…..and I don’t blame her one bit! And just look at that Sean Hannity interview on Fox with Scott, dated Nov. 9th, 2018, and Scott was going to certify the Florida elections the next day, Nov. 10th, even though the votes were not all tallied, and by- mail ballots had not all come in, like I pointed out to you all before on here. He is a jerk! This is just like Trump, who fired the FBI guy, who had already announced his retirement, to knock him out of his federal pension. Sorry, can’t think of the FBI guy’s name, but it wasn’t Comey. Yes, Rick Scott and Trump are definitely, two of a kind, that AREN’T kind! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Reply By James Goldgeier, Professor at the School of International Service and Visiting Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, American University School of International Service and first published on theconversation.com.George H.W. Bush was the last person elected president of the United States with any prior foreign policy experience.President George HW BushBush, who has died at age 94, entered office with one of the most impressive resumes of any president, having served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ambassador to the United Nations and Ronald Reagan’s vice president.He left office with an impressive list of achievements, including managing the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union and the unification of Germany. But a major high point of his presidency was also the harbinger of disappointments to come: the swift military victory that reversed Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and seemed to herald a new era in world affairs – but left Saddam Hussein in power.In 1991, it seemed America could do anything it wanted to in the world. Twenty-seven years after Bush left Saddam Hussein in power, United States forces are still engaged in Iraq, and the US is far less confident of its global role.A New World Order?Bush with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at Camp David on June 2, 1990. AP Photo/Marcy NighswanderA month after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, in September 1990, Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev issued a joint statement noting that “no peaceful international order is possible if larger states can devour their smaller neighbors.” That same month, Bush declared, “We’re now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders.”The problem was that while the United Nations was set up to prevent powerful states from invading weaker neighbors, as Germany and Japan had done in the 1930s and 1940s, the main challenges of the post-Cold War world – prior to Russia invading Ukraine in 2014 – were different. They were mainly internal challenges: failed states and civil wars in places like Somalia, Rwanda, Balkans, Afghanistan and eventually Iraq after the disastrous U.S. occupation following the 2003 war.The U.S. effort to put together an international coalition against Iraq in 1990 was stunning. Secretary of State James Baker met with every head of state or foreign minister whose country held a seat on the U.N. Security Council. That meant not just meeting with those countries that had permanent seats like the Soviet Union and China, but also those holding rotating seats such as Ivory Coast, Romania and even Cuba.Baker’s efforts were successful. The Security Council passed U.N. resolution 678 on Nov. 29, 1990 and established Jan. 15, 1991 as the deadline for Iraq to withdraw its troops from Kuwait or face a U.S.-led international coalition to force its withdrawal.The coalition made good on the threat. As Colin Powell told my co-author Derek Chollet and me in an interview for our book on the period, “The Gulf War was the war against the Russians we didn’t have. There were no trees and no hills, but that’s what we were trained to fight. The Iraqis sat there and we kicked the shit out of them.”For those who had suffered through the morass of Vietnam and the crisis of American confidence that followed, it was the ultimate feel-good moment. An estimated 800,000 people packed the National Mall to cheer their military heroes. Bush came out of the war with a 90 percent public approval rating.And yet, the following year, a candidate with no foreign policy experience who had avoided military service in Vietnam won the presidency. He defeated the incumbent president who was himself a war hero and had led the Gulf War coalition to such success. By 1992, the Cold War was over, and Bill Clinton campaigned with the mindset that it was “the economy, stupid.”But while Clinton defeated Bush, he inherited the Iraq problem from his predecessor, who had chosen not to remove Saddam Hussein in order to keep his U.N. coalition together. Clinton was faced for eight years with patrolling the no-fly-zones established over the north and south of Iraq to protect the Kurdish and Shiite populations.Clinton passed the Iraq problem off to George W. Bush, who in the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11 went to war in 2003 – this time without U.N. authorization. Bush and his “coalition of the willing” removed Saddam Hussein, leaving the United States as an occupying power. And while Barack Obama promised – a promise on which, for a fleeting moment, he seemed to deliver – a U.S. withdrawal from the country, he was forced to go back in militarily with the rise of the Islamic State, handing off the Iraq problem to his successor to manage.Thus the promise of the Gulf War – the U.S. dominant like no other since ancient Rome, confident that it could rule the world on behalf of freedom and democracy – gave way over time to doubt and confusion. In the post-Cold War world, the U.S. military was largely called upon to handle internal conflicts – in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya and, throughout it all, Iraq – and the results have proved deeply dissatisfying.In 1991, George H.W. Bush declared victory and celebrated with a parade. In 2011, there was no parade for Libya. There will be no parade for Afghanistan. Stability in Iraq remains elusive – the US could not celebrate a clear-cut military victory there.It’s fitting that George H.W. Bush, World War II military hero and Cold War veteran, was the last president to preside over what at the time felt awesome: a major military victory fought on behalf of the entire world against a dictator. Instead, his successors, none of whom served in the military and all of whom have wrestled with post-Cold War challenges, have been vexed not only by Iraq but by challenges posed by nonstate actors while trying to manage regional threats emanating from China, Russia, and Iran. While Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump have each in their own way tried to define American leadership, George H.W. Bush’s presidency represents the moment at the end of the Cold War when anything seemed possible for the United States in world affairs, and the underlying challenges were only just beginning to become visible.last_img read more

Charity sector managers €œlowest industry earners€

first_img Tagged with: Research / statistics Charity sector managers €œlowest industry earners€ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 27 June 2007 | Newscenter_img Charities appear to be no different from the rest of the world and difficulties in recruiting staff are put down to a lack of qualified candidates by almost three quarters of respondents. Other reasons were competition from other organisations and employers admitting they had offered little in the way of training or career development, leading to more than 75 per cent saying they have problems retaining staff. Resignation rates in the sector have also increased from 2.6 per cent to 5.2 per cent. Director of marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute Jo Causon said: The steep climb in organisations reporting recruitment difficulties, mixed with an increasing number of resignations should be ringing alarm bells for employers. The marketplace is clearly tipping in favour of the employee, so if they are serious about retaining the best talent, organisations urgently need to meet the needs ane expectations of their staff.However, Sarah Illingwoth, director of Prime Executive, the executive search and selection arm of Charity People, said she felt that the size of the marketplace had not grown markedly and that these figures did not necessarily reflect the situation in fundraising, but in the wider charity sector as a whole.The survey does not differentiate between different areas of the sector.  35 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Average total earnings for managers in the charity sector show them as the lowest ‘industry earners’ in a salary survey released this week. The 2007 National Management Salary Survey show average earnings for managers across the UK and all sectors as £47,449. Charity sector managers come in at £37,456. London is still the area with the highest salaries with the lowest paid managers coming from Northern Ireland. Bonus payments have taken a tumble as well, with just over a third of executives in the charity sector receiving bonuses in 2007, compared with 66.5 per cent the previous year. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sesame Street is first nonprofit to reach one billion views on YouTube

first_img Howard Lake | 7 March 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital Humour Research / statistics Advertisement  25 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sesame Street is first nonprofit to reach one billion views on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/SesameStreet?feature=watch AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The first nonprofit to achieve one billion views on YouTube is Sesame Street, a production of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation.Appropriately Sesame Street character Count von Count celebrates this milestone with a video of his own, “Counting the ‘You’s in YouTube”. This video alone has already been viewed nearly 46,000 times.last_img read more

Nicolás Maduro seeks to deepen revolution

first_img¡Chávez presente!A wonderful civilian-military ­parade capped the inauguration of Nicolás ­Maduro in Venezuela on April 19. Maduro took the oath of office in the National Assembly as constitutional president for the period 2013 to 2019.Some 61 international delegations were present, including many heads of state, not only from Latin America and the Caribbean but from as far away as Iran and the Sahrawi Republic. Among them was Riad Malki, chancellor of Palestine, who two days earlier was in the country for the founding of the Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the Palestinian People.¡Maduro, presidente!April 19 was a very significant day: the 203rd anniversary of the proclamation of Venezuela’s independence.The dynamic, colorful and diverse parade also honored the life of Supreme Commander Hugo Chávez. Its participants reflected the current situation in Venezuela: the armed forces together with the people, who since the election have been acting together to defend the Bolivarian Revolution from a rightist coup attempt by the pro-imperialist oligarchy, which backed the losing candidate, Henrique Capriles.Leading the march were popular contingents and delegations from the different social “missions,” led by Indigenous peoples. They were followed by various divisions of the Bolivarian Armed Forces, including a contingent of women. During the ceremony, the armed forces handed over command to President Maduro.The parade ended with a display of the latest weaponry purchased by Venezuela for its defense. It was a powerful message, not only to the opposition but to U.S. imperialism: Venezuela depends not only on its armed forces for defense, but also on its people.Gov’t in the streets, a revolution in the RevolutionDuring his inauguration speech, President Maduro outlined his political agenda: government in the streets, a revolution within the revolution, socialist efficiency. If the imperialists were looking for conciliatory words, they instead found a speech that called for deepening the revolution on the path to socialism, with neither illusion nor bourgeois aspiration.“My roots are in the working class [and are] rebellious. I also come from the neighborhoods,” said Maduro. He traced plans to end the corruption that has seeped into some levels of government, to totally eradicate poverty, to improve the economy and perfect all “missions” — the many state-sponsored programs dealing with education, health, housing and nutrition. He also addressed ending the sabotage of the electrical system by bringing it under National Security.“The Revolution of Socialist Efficiency,” he said, would combat bureaucracy, fight corruption and apathy.“Forward to the Great Revolution of the People’s Power for the construction of the socialist way of life. … We are convinced that only socialism can overcome inequalities.“Only with the people can we do it. In socialism, in equality, fellowship, it is possible to live in humanity, to live well. That is why I call for the revolution of the revolution. We will go forward energetically, to do whatever needs to be done and to correct what needs to be corrected.”Two days later he named his new cabinet, which will have as its priority an assessment of the entire system at the neighborhood and street level. Its task is to establish direct communication with the people in order to put into motion the Homeland Plan, which was designed by Chávez as his “testament” to deepen the revolution.Building people’s powerIn subsequent articles we will examine in greater detail the cabinet and its functions. Chávez laid out its functions in his famous “Golpe de Timón” (Change of Course) speech at an important Council of Ministers’ meeting on the new cycle of the Bolivarian Revolution last Oct. 20.During that meeting, Chávez urged his cabinet to conduct a profound self-criticism to correct errors so as to take on the difficult task of building socialism in a country where the oligarchy is present and exploits the broad freedoms they have to try to undermine people’s power.Chávez set the standard of performance expected from the cabinet. He strongly emphasized the lack of development of communes, which President Maduro will now address as a fundamental aspect of his program.Communes, as Venezuelan law decrees, are “a local entity where citizens in the exercise of the Peoples’ Power, exercise full sovereignty and develop active participation through forms of self-government for the building of a communal state under the framework of a democratic and social state of law and justice.” (www.me.gob.ve)The Bolivarian Revolution faces many challenges, including attempts at destabilization internally by the oligarchy and externally by U.S. imperialism. However, it seems that the new president’s call to the people in the streets, encouraging collective leadership and the active and organized participation of the people in deepening the revolution on the road toward socialism, is going in the right direction.Meanwhile, it remains to the Venezuelan revolutionaries to draw from recent events the lessons that sharpen the process of transition to socialism, a task bequeathed by Chávez and seconded by the majority of the people. Revolutionaries worldwide, especially in the U.S., which is the source of the major global terrorist threat, will have to defend this process that is crucial for us all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Organizer arrested, Baltimore ‘Strike Against Racism’ ties up downtown

first_imgPhoto: P. AlejandroJan. 16 — A protest march and rally against racist police terror, called “Strike Against Racism,” tied up traffic in the Harbor East shopping area of downtown Baltimore on the evening of Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Some 400 people voiced their opposition to brutal police tactics, including the arrest of a young organizer just a few hours before the rally began.Sara Benjamin, 23, the rally’s designated emcee, had been picked up by police at a bus stop in front of the college where she was registering for classes. She was arrested and held on a year-old warrant for a minor misdemeanor — a police tactic that movement activists saw as deliberately meant to obstruct and intimidate that day’s demonstration.Benjamin, who is African-American, had traveled to Ferguson, Mo., with her five-year-old daughter to support the movement for justice there after the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. She came back to Baltimore determined to help build the movement here against racism and police brutality in this highly segregated city.The morning after the demonstration, march organizer Andre Powell announced a press conference later in the day in front of the Baltimore Solidarity Center to demand the release of Benjamin.He said it would also “take up our strenuous objections to the growing repression by the Baltimore Police Department against our protests. We strongly assert that the BPD and the city are conducting themselves illegally by detaining protesters in the streets by force and refusing to allow protesters to march to appropriate political targets, whether they be the business district or the police headquarters itself.“The marchers attempted to get to the police headquarters following our rally at McKeldin Square to deliver a letter to Commissioner Anthony Batts. Huge phalanxes of police prevented that and forced the group into the East Harbor area. At today’s press conference we will present the letter that we were not able to present yesterday.”Other activists said they would raise the issues of the police impeding their freedom of movement by not letting the march go to the police station and at times surrounding the marchers, not allowing them to move.The King Day rally was organized by the People’s Power Assembly, Baltimore FIST, and the Baltimore chapter of SCLC. There was good representation from unions, including UNITE HERE Local 7 and 32BJ of the Service Employees. Other contingents marched behind banners of the youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) and Workers World Party.Sharon Black, an organizer of the PPA, said, “We will be planning protests at the women’s jail every day until Sara Benjamin is released. We consider her arrest and jailing racist and egregious, and we will not rest until she is out.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more