Hotshot: Saracens and England U20 lock Joel Kpoku

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All smiles: Big things are expected of Joel Kpoku (Getty Images) Your twin brother, Jonathan, is also at Saracens. What’s that like? He plays lock too and we both came on together against Worcester in the Premiership Cup last month. It was the first time we’d played together this season. It gives you confidence to have a relative with you, who plays the same position as you. We can talk about what I need to get better at or what he is doing well. It’s also nice to have someone who will always have your back.My younger brother, Junior, is with Saracens Amateurs. I hope he wants to push on and play professional rugby.What are your big goals?This season I want to push into the Premiership side and get more regular game time. And long-term I want to play for the England senior side.To do all that I need to keep pushing hard and keep asking questions of guys like Maro Itoje and Nick Isiekwe.RW VERDICT: Despite starring for England U20 at the last Junior World Championship, Kpoku was surprised to be included in the senior England training squad in August. Expect Saracens to call on Kpoku more and more this season. Get to know the latest highly-promising second-row off the Saracens production linecenter_img Saracens and England U20 lock Joel Kpoku Date of birth 22 June 1999 Born East London Club Saracens Country England Position LockWhat got you into rugby?I got into it at school but I was initially scouted by London Skolars in rugby league. I started there at U12s. I then went to Saracens Amateurs and joined the Sarries U17 academy.Were you always a lock? I started off at prop in U14 level and then I moved to second-row when I got bigger. I played at prop in rugby league as well.Did you play any other sports when you were growing up? I also played basketball when I was around eight to ten. I was playing at guard – I was sort of like the centre-back, so I was protecting things under the hoop. That meant slapping balls away and using my frame. It’s something I like to do now with rugby.Who were your heroes growing up?I was a massive fan of Thierry Henry when I was younger. He was a great player for Arsenal, who I support as they are quite close to Southgate, in North London, where I grew up.My dad, Jose, was also a big influence on me. He used to come home from work at 6am, grab about three hours’ sleep and then drive us to training or a game on Saturdays. He didn’t have to do it. He had plenty of sleep to catch up on after working the night shift from 9pm to 6am in a warehouse in North London. I just want to give back to him after all he has done for us. This article originally appeared in the January 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Canada: Praise and criticism of Joint Assembly at open-mic session

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canada: Praise and criticism of Joint Assembly at open-mic session Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Anglican Communion, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ecumenical & Interreligious Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Press Release Service 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit a Press Release By Diana SwiftPosted Jul 8, 2013 center_img Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Canada Joint Assembly, 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Joint Assembly members shared highlights, praise, gripes and suggestions at the end of the five-day meeting in Ottawa. Photo: Art Babych, Anglican Journal[Anglican Journal] As the historic first-ever Joint Assembly wound down, attendees stepped up to the mic with sincere praise—and constructive gripes that may help the next assembly go even more smoothly than this one did.Iris Veinotte , a Lutheran from Newburne, N.S., expressed appreciation of the prayer time provided in the agenda and said attendees were “wonderful, fine Christian people. You could talk to anyone about anything, and they shared their very depths.” She was critical, however, of time misspent on the minutiae of punctuation and wording in bylaws and resolutions. “We have so many more important things to do.”The Rev. Bruce Bryant-Scott of Victoria pointed out that it would have been better if, instead of sitting at regionally mixed tables, Lutherans and Anglicans from the same regions could sit together for discussion in order to be able to take back to their home regions “a common spirit and vision to work together.” He also asked: “What is stopping us from doing more work together?”Jennifer Warren from the diocese of Nova Scotia and P.E.I. said she found the days of the tightly packed five-day agenda overly long and very tiring. “We had 13- and 14-hour days, so we need to look at the length of the time we really need.” She also thanked the media at the assembly for its fair coverage of sensitive issues such as same-sex marriage.Heather Boyes, an Anglican observer from Ottawa, pointed to the lack of breaks in the long sessions, which were particularly hard on people with disabilities, a group she represented. Not only were the protracted sessions hard on people physically, “they were hard to follow cognitively. There needs to be at least one break every hour for my people,” said Boyes, who has a disability herself. She also suggested that grape juice rather than dealcoholized wine be provided at meals and receptions, since even dealcoholized wine is too similar to the real thing for people who have had problems with alcohol.In poignant commentary on the five days of Anglican-Lutheran fellowship, Bishop David Parsons of the diocese of the Arctic spoke of “a great earthquake in the Communion,” and said, “My knees are shaking.” He also asked, “Are we really prepared to listen to each other?” Parsons stressed that we must listen to the aboriginal peoples. “I do not believe we are together…Why don’t we really talk?Speaking of General Synod’s groundbreaking decision to create a new indigenous diocese, an aboriginal attendee said, “I had goosebumps up and down my spine and my arms.” For her, the historic event shows that “with the Creator, everything is possible.”The Rev. Anne Privett of the diocese of British Columbia noted that English is not the first language of all attendees, and requested that the next synod translate resolutions into indigenous languages.The Rev. Duke Vipperman of the diocese of Toronto commented on how easily and unselfconsciously indigenous people speak about their faith, and suggested that General Synod consider inviting indigenous people of the north to come to the south and “ teach us how to speak naturally and comfortably about Jesus.” Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MSlast_img read more

Courtney Lawes big tackle on Wasps flyhalf Nicky Robinson

first_imgWednesday Nov 9, 2011 Courtney Lawes big tackle on Wasps flyhalf Nicky Robinson During the RWC England’s Courtney Lawes picked up a two week ban for a bit of overzealous play against Argentina. The incident was preceded with a huge hit that some felt was borderline illegal. This hit is similar in nature, but he got it spot on.Lawes has gained somewhat of a reputation for smashing his way around the park. The athletic lock is a machine in the loose, a great lineout forward, and thrives on the physical side of things. He makes no secret about the fact that he loves putting in big hits, and he does it regularly. Against Wasps the Saints lock demolished flyhalf Nicky Robinson as he put a sneaky kick through. Lawes read it well and if you watch carefull you can see that he comes from a few meters back, building up a good head of steam before launching his 6ft7 frame into the number ten.“I’m not a dirty player and I don’t go out to play dirty, I don’t bother with fighting and stuff anymore, just crack on with my game,” he said recently.“I live on the edge and I want to make big hits and I do my best to stay on the right side of the referee, sometimes I’m going to slip up and make a mistake like last week (referring to a yellow card) – it’s going to happen – but I’m just going to play my heart out for the team.”He also smashed Hugo Southwell later in the game, leaving Southwell on the turf for a bit too.“His workrate for a second rower is phenomenal. I can’t think of any second row in the world that covers as much ground as him, and makes as many influential, positive hits,” said Austin Healey.One of the most exciting young talents in world rugby, he’ll be around for Saints and England for some time to come, and will turn out for Saints in the Heineken Cup this coming weekend. Have a look at the related posts below to see more of the good and bad of Lawes in action.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House in Peñalolén / Planmaestro

first_imgManufacturers: David Griffiths, Duomo, National Ready Mix, Scafform, Scanavini, TecproStructure:Pedro BartoloméContractor:Alejandro GalarceCity:SantiagoCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias JacobRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersPorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. This project involved designing a house for a young couple. Formally is a simple volume, consisting of two slabs, floor and ceiling.Save this picture!Floor Plan+ 29The concrete structure was left in sight, unretouched, in contrast to the wooden elements, windows, counters, furniture and doors, which give coziness to the house.Save this picture!© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias JacobSave this picture!© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias JacobThe placement of the volume in the site produces quadrants of different nature, each associated with the program inside the house.Save this picture!© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias JacobSave this picture!© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias JacobThe interior spaces are designed as a continuous space, separated by opaque volumes containing the bathrooms and closets.Save this picture!© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias JacobProject gallerySee allShow lessCritical Round-Up: The 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize ShortlistArchitecture NewsMASS Design Group’s Latest “Beyond the Building” Video: Building Better BuildersArchitecture News Share Photographs CopyAbout this officePlanmaestroOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSantiagoHousesWoodTop100ChilePublished on July 19, 2014Cite: “House in Peñalolén / Planmaestro” 19 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in SkyPodsShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma EDoorsC.R. LaurenceMonterey Bi-Folding Glass Wall SystemTable LampsLouis PoulsenLamps – Panthella PortableBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersSealantsEffisusMetal Roof Flashing – Stopper MRDropped CeilingsPure + FreeFormLinear Clip-Strip Ceiling SystemUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryLouversAccoyaAccoya® Wood for Shutters and LouvresSpa / WellnessKlafsGyms & Relaxation RoomsMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Chile CopyHouses•Santiago, Chile House in Peñalolén / Planmaestro Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/525485/casa-en-penalolen-planmaestro Clipboard Photographs:  Alejandro Galarce, Mathias Jacob Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias Jacob+ 29 Share “COPY”center_img Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2008 ArchDaily Houses “COPY” House in Peñalolén / PlanmaestroSave this projectSaveHouse in Peñalolén / Planmaestro ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/525485/casa-en-penalolen-planmaestro Clipboard Architects: Planmaestro Area Area of this architecture project Projectslast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders visits Morocco, evaluates situation

first_img RSF_en April 8, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders visits Morocco, evaluates situation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out more News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Newscenter_img At a press conference in Casablanca on 6 April at the end of a visit to Morocco, Reporters Without Borders said it had noted “positive changes” but called on the authorities to remove the obstacles still constraining press freedom.Represented by its secretary-general, Robert Ménard, and the head of its Middle East and Northern Africa desk, Lynn Tehini, the organisation welcomed the fact that for the first time in 20 years it had been able to meet a member of the government, communication minister and government spokesman Nabil Benabdellah.“This meeting has ended the dialogue of the deaf that prevailed until now and signals a change in attitude on the part of the government,” Ménard said. The barriers were being pulled back and there was now a readiness to talk calmly and freely, but many problems remained. “Reporters Without Borders and the government do not share the same view of the reality of press freedom in Morocco,” he said.Responding to the many criticisms of the position Reporters Without Borders gave Morocco in its annual ranking of countries by their respect for press freedom – 119th out of 164 countries – Ménard said: “You are free to disagree but your cannot claim there was no credible basis for the ranking, as more than 50 carefully-chosen criteria were used.” The questions used were available to the public, he added.A bad press law“Morocco is evolving but the laws pose a problem – the press law is a bad law and we think it must be changed radically,” Ménard said, calling for the repeal of around 20 of its articles that still provide for prison sentences. “Regardless of their shortcomings, punishing journalists in this way is an anomaly in any country that wants to be a democracy, and even if prison sentences are applied less and less, they are a permanent threat hanging over the Moroccan press,” he said.This did not mean the articles punishing defamation had to be eliminated or that journalists would be free to question a person’s integrity without having good grounds for doing so. The law must be clear, Ménard, said, referring to article 42 of the press law which banned many things but was so vaguely worded that it lent itself to all kinds of interpretations.“The laws are tricky things to handle, and one should resist the temptation to dig deep into the legislative arsenal to find grounds for convicting someone,” Ménard said, alluding to the case of the newspaper Al Ayyam, which was fined 100,000 DH (10,000 euros) and whose publisher was given a four-month suspended sentence for “publishing photos of the royal family without permission” under a 1956 dahir (royal decree).Ménard also criticised articles 12 and 20 of the press law which impose severe restrictions on foreign investment.A specialized court for the pressMénard said he had proposed the creation of a “court specialised in press matters” during his meeting with the communication minister. Such a court could help ensure betting understanding of the situation and better protection for journalists. It would also prevent the imposition of exorbitant fines and damages of the kind seen in several press cases in recent months, violating the rule of law that an punishment should be in proportion to the crime.Ending the broadcast monopoliesMénard said everyone rightly welcomed the opening up of broadcasting to the private sector that was currently under way, “but this does not solve the problem of public broadcasting, which is not sufficiently independent from the authorities.” He said he had met Fayçal Laraïchi, the head of Morocco’s two public television stations, RTM and 2M, and he praised some of the things he had done. But Ménard condemned the action of 2M in distorting the facts and stirring up hostility prior to demonstrations outside the Casablanca headquarters of the newspaper Le Journal Hebdomadaire on 14 February over its supposed publication of the Mohammed cartoons. He called on the High Authority for Communication and Broadcasting (HACA) to look into this case and said it should regularly take up cases that pose problems.The case of Ali LmrabetMénard then referred to the case of journalist Ali Lmrabet, who has been banned from working as a journalist in Morocco for 10 years. The ban was archaic, Ménard said, adding: “What’s more, banning an issue of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo from entering the country just because it had an article with the byline ‘Ali Lmrabet, correspondent in Morocco’ was childish.”The king and the pressMénard deplored the fact that neither King Mohammed nor his father, King Hassan, had ever given an interview to the Moroccan press. “Does this mean the press is too inferior or that Moroccan journalists are subjects with no right to put questions to their monarch,” Ménard asked. “The king should break with these archaic customs and attitudes,” he added. June 8, 2021 Find out more News to go further Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Attempts being made to bring Craig Church’s body home to Derry

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Attempts being made to bring Craig Church’s body home to Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The family of a County Derry born teacher who was found dead in China say they’re struggling to come to terms with the loss.Craig Church, who was in his 20’s and from Portstewart, was found dead on Tuesday after an apparent accidental fall.The Kevin Bell Repatriation trust are working with Chinese authorities to try and bring his body home.Craig’s sister Carrie says his family and friends are devastated………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/13church.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ By News Highland – August 10, 2017 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleBrexit could see one in five agriculture related jobs go in DonegalNext articleGAA Programme News Highland Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Donegal reg one of most common avoided by car buyers

first_img Twitter Pinterest Donegal reg one of most common avoided by car buyers Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Facebook 20% of drivers avoid certain registrations when buying a new car.According to CarsIreland.ie, the most common registrations people avoid are the number six, and Kerry, Donegal, Mayo and Dublin reg plates.A fifth of people also say they’re less likely to be courteous on the road to premium brand cars, such as BMW and Land Rover. By News Highland – July 11, 2019 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAppeal launched after safe stolen from Derry butchersNext articleDail calls on government to reject Mercosur deal News Highland Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Career track: Duncan McIntosh, HR services manager, Standard Life

first_img Comments are closed. Career track: Duncan McIntosh, HR services manager, Standard LifeOn 10 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article For the next year, Personnel Today will be following the careers of two HRprofessionals at financial services company Standard Life. This week, we hearthe latest report from HR services manager, Duncan McIntosh Here are some of the activities I have been involved in during the last fewweeks: Integrating the recruitment operations area into HR services Twenty-five staff work on our recruitment processes and the reporting line hasbeen moved to HR services. I spoke to the staff individually and we haveplanned a couple of events to encourage teambuilding. I have been looking at our end-to-end HR processes as the incorporation of‘recruitment operations’ means we now touch on each part of the ‘customerlifecycle’ in HR services. There are a number of ways we could better manageworkload and increase customer satisfaction. Strategy development When HR services was formed, a six-month strategy was written. It isimportant to build on the current momentum so, following a couple of hours withmy boss and input from others, key areas have been highlighted, including abroad systems strategy. This information will be cascaded throughout HR,allowing the staff to support and/or challenge our plans Contingency planning I took part in an exercise looking at how, in the event of a crisis, wecould move parts of our operations to an alternative site and set up an HRhelpdesk facility. This was really eye-opening as we moved around Edinburgh andattempted to make things happen and highlighted the need for effectivecommunication. A lot of learning points made it really worthwhile. Personal development Having spent 11 years in HR and passed all relevant exams, I applied to theCIPD for upgrading to fellowship and have been accepted. I am reading a newbook on developing HR shared services, and have found that useful as abenchmark. As we seek to develop our own services, it is valuable to learn fromthe successes and failures of others. I met with a former work colleague who isnow a consultant. It is always useful to know how life is out there in the ‘bigworld’! Every six weeks, we’ll be revisiting Standard Life to alternately check onthe progress of the graduate and the manager, see the related articles below Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Review: Encounter Point and Discussion, Union, 12/11/07

first_imgMonday night saw a special screening of Encounter Point at the Oxford Union. The film documents the activities of the ‘Parents Circle – Families Forum’, a group of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost family members in the conflict and have come together to work for peace. After the screening there was an open discussion with Ronit Avni, the director, and two leading PC-FF activists, Ali Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin. The event came at an interesting time, when co-existence projects are coming under criticism from some analysts as being ineffective at best and a distraction from the ‘real issues’ at worst. When this question arose in the discussion, there was general agreement that not all co-existence groups are useful. Robi stated her contempt for the “hugs and hummous” model of interfaith dialogue, where people from the two sides are encouraged to bond on a personal level but the political aspect is not explored. The difference with PC-FF, in her eyes, was that its aims were promoting understanding of the other’s national history and working for a just resolution to the conflict. Ronit also pointed out that, though hugs-only groups are doomed to fail because they ignore the vital issue, building up personal relations with the ‘other’ at first can often motivate people to become political activists later on. A powerful example in the film is Shlomo Zagman, a former settler who agrees to meet with Ali – the first Palestinian he’s ever properly talked to – and gradually becomes more involved in social activism, helping found a movement for religious settlers seeking an end to the occupation. When producing Encounter Point the filmmakers took an decision to avoid detailing current affairs (which become out-of-date incredibly quickly in the Middle East), and instead to focus on individuals involved in co-existence work. They selected eight activists from 475 potential applicants and the vast majority of the documentary is given over to their histories, opinions and daily life. The rationale for this is to provide evidence that there are people on both sides who believe in peace, fighting the prevalent notion amongst Israelis and Palestinians that ‘there is no-one to talk to on the other side’. Encounter Point has met with very wide acclaim, showing in cinemas throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories and in over 35 cities worldwide. Ali related how he had positive discussions about the film with dignitaries ranging from Jewish US congressman Gary Ackerman to the head of the Jenin branch of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (a Palestinian militant group) Zakariya Zubeidi. The stance of the PC-FF is highly controversial amongst the two populations. Ali explained that, as a fighter who had spent years in Israeli prisons, he could have been a hero in his homeland. However, his decision to work with the ‘Bereaved Families Forum’ raised a lot of criticism from other Palestinians who saw this as ‘collaborating’ with Israelis. In his own view, Ali has continued to resist the occupation, and is not normalising relations with Israelis. He gave two reasons for switching to non-violent methods: firstly the general principle that the aim of peace should only be achieved through peaceful means, and secondly that violent resistance has proved a failure for the Palestinians in particular: non-violent means will be a more effective way of ending the occupation. Ali cited some common examples of non-violent protest leaders – Gandhi, Martin Luther King – as giving him some inspiration, and further noted that the Palestinian cause lost a lot of the sympathy it had commanded in the West due to the tactic of suicide bombing that became prominent with the start of the ‘Second Intifada’ in 2000. The delegates were adamant in their hopes that Oxford students would join in the struggle for peace. We cannot just sit around and wait for the messiah, Robi warns. “If the messiah comes, either the Palestinians or the Israelis will kill him anyway.” Action is required now – not just warm wishes and hugs. But there is a point of confusion here. The panel are unanimous in their belief that civic society rather than governments must be the ones that bring peace. But what concrete action can we take in Britain apart from pressuring our government to take up a more active role? Indeed, at the end of the talk, the director produced a petition to be sent to Tony Blair, requesting that the PC-FF be included in the upcoming Anapolis peace conference. Certainly, it is valuable for us to be better informed about the conflict. But on its own that is unlikely to change things quickly – the ripple effect from Britain on the people of the Holy Land will not be very powerful. But of course, this conflict has no easy solutions; which is why it was so encouraging to encounter a group of people prepared to struggle against grave difficulties to find peace. By Avi Bram last_img read more

City of Elkhart issues directives to its employees in light of coronavirus concern

first_img Facebook WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ By 95.3 MNC – March 14, 2020 0 511 Facebook (Photo supplied/City of Elkhart) The City of Elkhart has constructed a plan of action to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).The city issued a news release on Saturday, March 14, stating:We are committed to being proactive to stop the spread of this virus and know that the recommended sanitizing and social distancing procedures are key to achieving this end. This plan will evolve as we gather additional information, and we will adjust our measures accordingly. To ensure we have the most up-to-date information we have assembled a taskforce and are in constant contact with one another.For now, here are the policies we have implemented for the City of Elkhart and its employees:• We have cancelled or rescheduled events of 75 people or more• We have implemented sanitizing procedures are in place for all buildings and facilitiesthat are in line with the guidelines set forth by the CDC• Cancelled all city meetings except City Council, Board of Public Works, RedevelopmentCommission, Parks & Recreation Board and those that need to be held to remain incompliance with state statutes• The Council Chambers at City Hall have been rearranged to maintain social distancingbetween attendees• All employees are not to travel outside of Elkhart County for work and are encouragedto stop non-essential travel outside of the county• Until further notice, parks and recreations activities are cancelled, including and theTolson Center• We are in contact with the agencies that serve our most vulnerable populations and willensure they have access to safety protocols as prescribed by the CDC• Please purchase supplies in moderation to ensure all of our residents can have access tonecessary items.• As you have heard many times, but bears repeating, wash your hands as often as youcan, for at least 20 seconds; stay home when you are sick; stay at least 6 feet away from other people; contact the health department and your doctor if you develop symptoms Google+ Pinterest Pinterest City of Elkhart issues directives to its employees in light of coronavirus concern Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleCoronavirus fears close all gaming and racing operations in Indiana on MondayNext articleCoronavirus case reported in LaPorte County 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more