Church of England’s first black woman bishop calls for more minority leaders

first_img Currently chaplain to the Queen and Commons speaker, she will become Bishop of Dover in November. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Rev Hudson-Wilkin said: “It’s been a long time coming and we’re working at it and we are going to hold them [the Church] to account,” she said. Read more at: BBC Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Church of England appoints Jamaican-born as first black… Church of England appoints Jamaican-born as first black female bishopRose Hudson-Wilkin, born in Jamaica, will be consecrated in November as bishop of Dover (The Guardian) The Church of England’s first black female bishop has been appointed by Downing Street. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, was announced as the new bishop of Dover. Hudson-Wilkin, who was…June 28, 2019In “In the Diaspora”Saluting our Women – Trinidad and Tobago PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar  The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, is the seventh and current Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She was sworn in as Prime Minister on May 26, 2010 and is the country’s first female Prime Minister. Persad-Bissessar is the political leader of…March 8, 2015In “Associate Member States”Roti, doubles, Chutney music – is Indo-Caribbean culture under threat?(BBC) Indian people have been living in the Caribbean for more than 180 years, but Chandani Persaud, founder of Indo-Caribbean London, says that their contribution to the West Indies is overlooked, and they are often excluded by the Asian community. Fearing that young British Indo-Caribbeans are turning away from their…August 9, 2019In “In the Diaspora”Share this on WhatsAppcenter_img (BBC) The leadership of the Church of England needs to better reflect the minorities who make up its congregations, the UK’s first black female bishop has said. Caribbean-born Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin said her appointment should broadcast how diverse the Church was. She described being racially abused in the street recently, when a passer-by told her to “go back to Africa”. Jun 28, 2019last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump needs to stop showing he’s a foolSince you may be familiar with the many letters I’ve written regarding Mr. Trump, there is no further need to explain just how dishonest, incompetent and self-serving he is except to say, “Sometime(s) [Mr. Trump], it is better to remain silent and appear the fool than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” The quote is mostly attributed to Abraham Lincoln.Livia CarrollSchenectadyRather listen to the experts about virusI now realize how foolish it was of me to listen to public health experts. Mr. Marvell’s March 18 letter (Older generations were a lot tougher) has set me straight.I’m renting a 1,000 square foot space and having a belated St. Patrick’s Day party with 500 friends. I’m sure everything will be fine. Just…fine.Michael FondacaroAlbanyStop tearing down America, presidentThank you, Allen Remaley, for writing a most perfect and timely March 15 letter (“Coronavirus; a chance to reunite America”); and, thank you Daily Gazette for publishing it.Rarely since World War II have we as a nation had reasons to unite against such a common enemy.So, out of every bad can come some good. It is past time for the haters of our nation to stop trashing our country and our president.I speak to local hate mongers who write childlike letters calling Donald Trump “idiot in chief,” “liar,” “brutal dictators are part of Trump’s base,“ etc.  As well, there are the more sophisticated hate mongers of The Washington Post and New York Times, whose excuses for good journalism are snide, twisted and misleading news events, and in some cases just outright lies taken out of context.Shame on all of you. Will you continue to be part of the problem or will you be part of the solution?I am old enough to remember the 40s. We were united as a great nation then and we are still a great nation. So, please stop tearing us and our president down. Make America great again indeed.Jack OsterlitzGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now. To interrupt virus, we must alter our habitsIt’s a generational thing: If you think that it is the “Corona Beer” virus, then you should exercise caution. If you think it’s funny to call it the “Smith Corona” virus, you need to be in complete isolation.How did this virus come about? It’s not “rocket science” at all. It is, however, “evolutionary science.”The habitat for this newly evolved virus is the human body. But that habitat is able, over time, to muster an immune defense which changes the habitat and makes it more than inhospitable to the virus.If the habitat dies, then all of the virus within die also. So, what’s a poor virus to do? It has to be effective in continually moving on to new and greener fields.To do this it takes advantage of human culture and need. Humans are social creatures and in order to thrive and even survive, we require communication and intimacy. Close conversation and contact are the human habits that allow the virus to move from one person’s mucus membrane to another’s.These are the traits and the joys we are asked to suspend, and we should. We should make it difficult for this newly evolved species to invade a new habitat.Ultimately, we need to go back to being the social critters we are. We need intimate conversation. We need to shake hands and to hold hands and hold each other.And, we need to tell each other that everything is alright, even if it is not.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyI shouldn’t have to be fearful of your dogI like walking in my neighborhood (Colonial Manor). But recently, I have encountered dogs that are loose. As a matter of fact, one neighbor’s dog has been in my backyard no less than six times.I like dogs but am afraid of ones that aren’t on a leash or tied up. It doesn’t matter if you think your dog won’t bite. You can’t be sur. And since I’m afraid, most dogs can smell the fear and become more aggressive. Being bitten by your dog is not on my bucket list and I’m sure you don’t want a lawsuit. So please, keep your dogs either confined to your own yard or on a leash. I shouldn’t have to be afraid to go in my own backyard or walk around the neighborhood.Lorraine VanDerWerkenSchenectadyThank nurses, aides for their dedicationI am applauding the nurses and nurses’ aides who work in the “trenches” every day. I feel that they have been taken for granted at times for their humble service, when in reality they are in dangerous jobs.No matter if it’s a violent patient or patient family or a deadly disease they forge ahead and care for us in full knowledge of the possible consequences of their service.These women and men deserve our support and recognition for their actions, which can many times be accurately described as heroic.Sometimes the public is never made aware of the sacrifices that they have made or incurable disease they may have been exposed to. The stress of the job affects their families as well. I know this because I am a retired RN.I ask for no accolades for myself,  but ask that we each somehow thank these professionals, who are at work today, for their total dedication. I know I will.Lois MillsNiskayunalast_img read more

Coronavirus: Bloom Energy refurbishing ventilators

first_imgThrough the partnership Bloom Energy will refurbish the ventilators and Almo will ship the ventilators to and from Bloom’s manufacturing facilities in California and Delaware for refurbishment before shipment to the state agencies and hospitals.“This is our call to action,” said KR Sridhar, Bloom Energy’s Founder, Chairman and CEO. “We have to help. Manufacturing is in our DNA and we believe that it allows our country to stand strong, especially during a time of crisis and need.” The partnership with formed after California Governor, Gavin Newsom, reached out to Sridhar for support following increased demand in hospitals and other medical facilities.Following support request, the state provided Bloom Energy with 24 unused, idle ventilators that needed to be refurbished. Overnight, Bloom Energy engineers developed a method to fix the ventilators and had all 24 refurbished by Saturday afternoon. Bloom Energy is currently working with biomedical engineers at Stanford Health Care to test the functionality of its refurbished ventilators.According to Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there are currently 12,700 ventilators in the national “stockpile”.“Bloom Energy is stepping up to meet this movement,” said Newsom.“This is a great story about Californians looking out for each other. Ventilators provide the most effective intervention for COVID-19 patients in critical care, and the unites being refurbished here will save lives.”last_img read more

Freeport LNG project fully operational

first_imgSource: Freeport LNG The Freeport LNG liquefaction facility is now the seventh largest in the world and the second largest in the US.In order to produce 15 mtpa of LNG, the company’s three train export facility will process more than 2% of the total annual US production of natural gas. “The start of commercial operations for Freeport LNG’s Train 3 marks the full commercial operation of our $13.5bn, three train facility,” said Michael Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Freeport LNG Development.“After over five and a half years of construction, which begun in December 2014, we are thrilled to now have all three trains operating safety, and capable of producing in excess of 15 mtpa.”“I want to congratulate and thank our teams who have worked diligently throughout our development and construction process, navigating many challenges along the way. Freeport LNG’s success would not be possible without the dedication, hard work and discipline of our employees.”Freeport LNG’s Train 1 and 2 have been in commercial operation since mid-December and mid- January, respectively.last_img read more

Wasambo Drilling Program Starts (Indonesia)

first_imgEnergy World Corporation announced the commencement, by its wholly owned subsidiary Energy Equity Epic (Sengkang) (EEES), of the Wasambo Drilling Program within the Sengkang PSC (which consists of the Walanga, Sampi Sampi and Bonge gas fields).The Wasambo Drilling Program was previously approved by SKKMigas’ predecessor, BPMigas, the Indonesian gas regulator and supervising body of upstream oil and gas activities under a plan of development in June 2011.The Wasambo Drilling Program commenced at 13:30 (Jakarta time) on 18 September 2013 when the Walanga #2 Twinning Well was spudded. The program involves drilling four gas production wells, being: Sampi Sampi #1 Twinning, Walanga #1 Twinning, Walanga #2 Twinning and Walanga #3, and is expected to take three months and complete around mid- December 2013. Each of the wells will target the Tacipi formation at a total depth of 2,600 feet.The gas from these wells will provide initial feedstock gas for Sengkang Modular LNG Project. Also, information obtained from the Wasambo drilling program will be provided to petroleum consultants who will utilise it to re-evaluate and provide a competent persons update on the company’s gas reserves in Wasambo.In addition to the Wasambo Drilling Program, the Company is currently awaiting the results of a seismic program completed earlier this year in other locations within the Sengkang PSC that will identify the next drilling prospects and is expected to further define additional gas reserves. The 2D seismic program was completed in April 2013 by PT. Kharisma Geophysical Bumiputra assisted by PT. Bimayudha Utama Putera. A total of 226.5 km of surface coverage was surveyed in the acquisition which consisted of 37 seismic lines that were laid on four separate sub-blocks: Tosora, Minyak Tanah, Walanga and Sallo Bullo.During the operation, 3,566 shot-holes were drilled with a cumulative depth of approximately 84,359 meters. The data acquired 3,554 seismic profiles or 99.83% of the preliminary programme (3,560 SP). Based on initial evaluation, Energy World Corporation  says the most likely favorable drillable prospects are North Minyak Tanah and Tosora.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, September 20, 2013; Image: EWClast_img read more

Sharp practice

first_imgWhile a cutting exchange of words between rivals may occasionally be de rigueur at a law firm party, actual fisticuffs are rare. Obiter was alarmed, therefore – while serenely quaffing a refreshing champagne and raspberry cocktail at the Savoy hotel last week (home to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Olympics media reception) – to find two fellows draw actual swords and begin lunging at each other as the guests looked on. They were, of course, members of the Olympic fencing team, one of whom – Alex O’Connell – is soon to be a trainee at the magic circle firm. But unfortunately for those Freshfields lawyers advising on the Games, not all aspects of the competition are quite so exciting. One of the partners was careful to give special thanks to one of his team, Nicky, who had secured a contract for 10,000 portable lavatories.last_img read more

CPA/Barbour ABI Index: Yes, there’s growth, but clouds are gathering

first_imgAs we approach the summer, construction finds itself in a curious situation; things are quite sunny at the moment but there are also some dark clouds. Construction output in March was 2.4% higher than a year ago and the CPA/Barbour ABI contract awards index was at 143 in April, 2% higher than a year earlier and indicating further growth in the next few months. However, there are some key issues facing the sector that will have a significant impact in 2017 and 2018. Currently, the industry is facing a shortage of quality skilled trades and managerial staff. This is leading to substantial wage inflation. In addition, the industry is also facing sharp rises in materials and product costs, due to the depreciations in sterling in the second half of last year. But while costs rose, contractors reported in the Construction Trade Survey that tender prices remained flat in Q4 2016 and Q1 2017. As a result, margins fell in the last six months and clearly this isn’t sustainable medium term.Commercial office sector index: Uncertainty takes its toll but demand remains strongOffices construction on site remains high and the CPA/Barbour ABI commercial offices index was at 115 in April, 2% lower than in March but 13% higher than a year ago. New contracts in the sector continue to recover from the sharp falls that occurred in the second half of 2016 due to a rise in investor uncertainty post-referendum, when there were already concerns about the offices market peaking. The uncertainty has impacted on internationally-funded towers in central London for the financial services sector.We have already seen signs of banks and insurers starting to move operations to other EU countries. Goldman Sachs announced that it will be moving “hundreds of staff” to Frankfurt and Paris, Lloyds of London will be opening a subsidiary in Brussels, and JP Morgan is purchasing more office space in Dublin. Despite this, demand for offices in the technology, media and telecommunications sector remains robust and, outside of the capital, activity is strong in cities such as Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester, as firms relocate head offices out of central London.Noble Francis is economics director at the Construction Products AssociationBarometer onlineYou’ll find interactive, sortable league tables of contract wins on our Barometer site:Sort top contractors by region or sectorFind out who the top consultants and architects areGet latest data for 10 sectors, including public housing and offices in the CPA/Barbour ABI IndexDownload raw data read more

White House seeks to regroup after stinging legal defeat

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. WASHINGTON (AP) Seeking to regroup after a stinging legal defeat, President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering signing a “brand new order” after his refugee and immigration travel ban was halted in court.Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One, said he expected his administration to win the legal battle over his original directive. But he said the White House was also weighing other alternatives, including making unspecified changes to the order, which could address some of the legal issues that have arisen.As Trump flew to Florida for the weekend, his advisers debated their next steps after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a restraining order on the original travel ban. The White House directive suspended the nation’s refugee program and barred all entries from seven Muslim-majority countries.A White House official initially suggested the administration would not ask the Supreme Court to overturn that order. But chief of staff Reince Priebus scrambled to clarify to reporters that “every single court option is on the table,” including a high court appeal or “fighting out this case on the merits” in a lower court.Trump’s executive order was hastily unveiled at the end of his first week in office. While the White House boasted that Trump was fulfilling a campaign promise to toughen vetting procedures for people coming from countries with terror ties, the order caused chaos at airports in the U.S. and sparked protests across the country.The president has cast the order as crucial for national security. Earlier Friday, he promised to take action “very rapidly” to protect the U.S. and its citizens in the wake of the appeals court decision, but he did not specify what steps he planned to take.“We’ll be doing things to continue to make our country safe,” Trump pledged at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “It will happen rapidly. We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm to our people.”The president’s comments were far more restrained than his angry reaction to last week’s initial court ruling blocking the travel ban. Trump took aim at both the “so-called judge” in that case and the ruling, which he called “ridiculous.”Trump continued to conjure images of unspecified danger Friday, saying he had “learned tremendous things that you could only learn, frankly, if you were in a certain position, namely president. And there are tremendous threats to our country. We will not allow that to happen, I can tell you that. We will not allow that to happen.”The 9th Circuit ruling represented a significant setback for Trump in just his third week in office. The appellate decision brushed aside arguments by the Justice Department that the president has the constitutional power to restrict entry to the United States and that the courts cannot second-guess his determination that such a step was needed to prevent terrorism.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that Trump “ought to see the writing on the wall” and abandon the proposal. The New York Democrat called on the president to “roll up his sleeves” and come up with “a real, bipartisan plan to keep us safe.”House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California promised, “Democrats will continue to press for President Trump’s dangerous and unconstitutional ban to be withdrawn.” And Trump’s former presidential rival Hillary Clinton offered a terse response on Twitter, noting the unanimous vote: “3-0.”Congress’ Republican leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, declined to comment.U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued the temporary restraining order halting the ban after Washington state and Minnesota sued, leading to the federal government’s appeal.The Trump administration has said the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — have raised terrorism concerns. The states have argued that the executive order unconstitutionally blocked entry based on religion and the travel ban harmed individuals, businesses and universities.Trump and his aides frequently refer to a ruling by a federal judge in Boston who declined last week to extend a temporary injunction against Trump’s travel ban. In a separate federal ruling in Seattle, a different federal judge put the ban on hold nationwide; it is that judge’s decision that the White House has challenged.“It’s a decision that we’ll win, in my opinion, very easily and, by the way, we won that decision in Boston,” Trump said. Published: February 11, 2017 12:57 AM EST SHARE White House seeks to regroup after stinging legal defeat last_img read more

Fine Foods The Biggest Distributor in Dominica prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac

first_img Share Share BusinessLocalNews Fine Foods The Biggest Distributor in Dominica prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac by: – September 11, 2018 Share 67 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Press ReleaseOn Tuesday , September 1 1 th , 2018; with the potential threat of Tropical Storm Isaacbearing down on Dominica over the next couple of days, Fine Foods has put its hurricane contingency plan into high gear and has ensured that everything is in place to manage its businesses and the expectation of its customers, vendors and employees.Primarily, Fine Foods has ensured that all of its vendors and customers are fully stocked with goods and ready to supply the general public with supplies. Fine Foods Senior Management Team will continue to monitor and track the storm as it forms.We are urging everyone to take all the necessary precautionary measures to prepare for the storm in the likelihood that it seriously affects our island. Head of Distribution and Marketing of Fine Foods, Nathalie Walsh comments; “We encourage the general public to stay safe. Ensure that you secure your buildings and are fully stocked with dry food, wáter and medical ítems.”last_img read more

ONE Wins Lloyd’s List “Excellence in Container Shipping” Asia Pacific Award

first_img“Only 18 months since our original “go-live” start-up, it is both humbling and an honour for ONE to be selected as the winner of the Lloyd’s List “Excellence in Container Shipping” award for Asia-Pacific. As a new company we had our initial start-up challenges back in 2018, but with the great efforts of our staff, customers and business partners we quickly overcame these and stabilised our global operations. We have since moved on to restoring service delivery to the previous high quality and exacting standards of our 3J legacy companies and are now fully focused on moving ONE to the next level of operational excellence,” said Jeremy Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Network Express. “Thank you to all our staff and management for their great efforts, and we can all take great pride and encouragement from this prestigious award’s recognition.” Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards This award recognises the containership owner or operator that has best responded to the changing commercial and regulatory landscape through new ocean shipping configurations and port pairings, simplified booking and documentation processes, action to reduce ship pollution and other innovations that have made the supply chain more efficient. Entrants must demonstrate profitability, leadership and excellence in the sector and provide examples of exceptional performance in operational matters such as safety, reliability, efficiency and new business processes. Sea News, October 21center_img Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced that on 17 October 2019, ONE emerged as winner of the prestigious Lloyd’s List “Excellence in Container Shipping” Asia Pacific award. A total of five major container shipping companies were shortlisted as finalists for the award. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more