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  • Resoluciones sobre la igualdad matrimonial pasan a la Cámara de…

    first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Resoluciones sobre la igualdad matrimonial pasan a la Cámara de Diputados This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA General Convention 2015 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Por Sharon Sheridan y Pat McCaughan Posted Jun 30, 2015 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Cuatro días después de que el Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. legalizara la igualdad matrimonial en todo el país, la Cámara de Obispos aprobaba dos nuevas liturgias para uso experimental y un cambio canónico para eliminar referencias al matrimonio como [un compromiso contraído] entre un hombre y una mujer. Las resoluciones ahora se someten a la aprobación de la Cámara de Diputados.Los diputados, entre tanto, le dieron su aprobación final a la Resolución A037, que prosigue la labor del Equipo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio.Si la Cámara de Diputados está de acuerdo con la Resolución A054, enmendada por la Cámara de Obispos, las liturgias “El testimonio y la bendición de un matrimonio” y “La celebración y bendición de un matrimonio 2” —tomados de Recursos litúrgicos I: Te bendeciré y serás una bendición, revisadas y extendidas en 2015 de los materiales suplementarios del Libro Azul de la Comisión Permanente sobre Liturgia y Música— estarán disponibles para uso experimental a partir de este Adviento. Esos ritos ofrecen la opción de usar “mujer” “marido”, “persona” o” “cónyuge”, haciéndolos aplicables tanto a parejas heterosexuales como del mismo sexo.Los obispos eliminaron de la resolución una tercera liturgia propuesta, “La forma de solemnización del matrimonio”.Las tres liturgias pueden encontrarse en las páginas 2-151 aquí de los materiales que la comisión permanente le brindara a la Convención.La resolución enmendada estipula que: “Los obispos en ejercicio de la autoridad eclesiástica o, donde fuere apropiada, de supervisión eclesiástica, facilitarán a todas las parejas que busquen casarse en esta Iglesia el que tengan acceso a estas liturgias. El uso experimental es sólo disponible sujeto a la discreción y con la autorización del obispo diocesano”.La resolución dice también “que los obispos pueden continuar ofreciendo una generosa respuesta pastoral para responder a las necesidades de los miembros de esta Iglesia”. Durante el debate, los obispos dijeron que esto intentaba abordar las situaciones de obispos en jurisdicciones fuera de Estados Unidos, tales como Italia y en países de la IX Provincia, donde los matrimonios de parejas del mismo sexo siguen siendo ilegales.La resolución extiende a estos recursos la estipulación canónica de que “quedará a discreción de cualquier miembro del clero de esta Iglesia rehusar presidir cualquier rito contenido en ellos” y que “esta Convención respeta la diversidad teológica de esta Iglesia en asuntos concernientes a la sexualidad humana; y que ningún obispo, presbítero, diácono o laico debe ser obligado o penado en modo alguno, ni sufrir ninguna discapacidad canónica, como resultado de su objeción o respaldo teológico a la decisión de la 78ª. Convención General contenida en esta resolución”.Algunos obispos cuestionaron si esto significaba que un sacerdote podría oficiar en una ceremonia matrimonial entre personas del mismo sexo aunque su obispo u obispa no aprobara el uso de las liturgias experimentales.La estipulación busca proteger al clero en una diócesis donde el obispo aboga por el uso de las liturgias, replicó el obispo jubilado de Virginia Peter Lee. Los clérigos están protegidos si discrepan con el obispo, pero no si lo desobedecen, dijo.La resolución también aprueba el uso continuo de “El testimonio y bendición de un pacto de por vida” que aparece en Recursos litúrgicos I, que la Convención General aprobó para uso provisional en 2012, “conforme a la dirección y autorización del obispo que ejerza la autoridad eclesiástica”.El obispo Larry Benfield, de Arkansas, expresó la preocupación de disponer de múltiples ritos matrimoniales.“El comité está presentando varias liturgias para uso experimental de manera que esta Iglesia tiene una oportunidad de experimentarlas y de entablar una conversación respecto a su uso”, replicó el obispo Thomas Ely, de Vermont, que participó en la Comisión Permanente sobre Liturgia y Música y en el Equipo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio. “Ninguna de estás se convierte en la versión autorizada del Libro de Oración Común por cuenta de esta decisión”.Los obispos debatieron luego y finalmente aprobaron la Resolución A036 enmendada que revisa el Canon I.18 titulado “De la solemnización del Santo Matrimonio” (página 58 de los Cánones de la Iglesia Episcopal aquí).Entre muchas correcciones, la resolución elimina referencias al matrimonio como contraído entre un hombre y una mujer.Reestructura también el requisito en la primera sección del canon de que el clérigo se ajuste tanto a “las leyes del Estado” como a “las leyes de esta Iglesia” respecto al matrimonio, y también estos cánones concernientes a la solemnización del matrimonio. Los miembros del clero pueden solemnizar un matrimonio usando cualquiera de las formas litúrgicas autorizadas por esta Iglesia”.Un clérigo puede “rehusar solemnizar o bendecir cualquier matrimonio”, una cláusula semejante a la discreción existente permitida al clero.Según la revisión, las parejas firmarían una declaración de intenciones, la cual fue elaborada por el comité legislativo para respetar las necesidades de parejas en las que sólo uno de los miembros es cristiano.Una resolución para sustituir un informe de la minoría sobre la A036 no resultó aprobada.“Es hora para nosotros de hacer esto”, dijo Gene Robinson, obispo jubilado de Nuevo Hampshire, antes de la votación. “Es hora de que declaremos cuán lejos hemos llegado, y dónde estamos en este momento y donde debemos ir en el futuro”.Entre los que se opusieron a la resolución canónica se contaban el obispo William H. Love, de Albany.“Creo que gran parte del debate se ha basado en toda suerte de cosas desde el punto de vista de nuestra interpretación del matrimonio y de las relaciones [conyugales]”, dijo. “En ninguna parte Dios dice que las personas no deben amarse mutuamente… Eso no es un problema. En ninguna parte Dios dice que dos hombres o dos mujeres no puedan compartir una vida juntos o compartir un hogar juntos o ser representantes legales el uno del otro. La única cosa que Dios parece haber dicho a través de las Sagradas Escrituras es que no es apropiado el uso del don de la intimidad sexual entre un hombre y una mujer” fuera del matrimonio.Entre tanto, la Cámara de Diputados aprobaba el 29 de junio la Resolución A037, luego de varias enmiendas fallidas, conviniendo con los obispos en la labor continua del Equipo de Trabajo sobre el Estudio del Matrimonio.“Uno de los dones que como Iglesia hemos recibido de nuestros hermanos y hermanas homosexuales es la invitación a estudiar el matrimonio, a estudiar lo que significa el matrimonio para nuestro tiempo y en nuestro día, y pocas conversaciones han suscitado tanto interés como nuestra conversación sobre el matrimonio”, según el diputado Brian Baker, presidente del comité legislativo especial sobre el matrimonio.Él dijo que la resolución hace dos cosas: le pide o exige a las congregaciones que estudien los materiales que el Equipo de Trabajo sobre el Matrimonio ha creado para ayudar a entender la teología del matrimonio y la larga historia del matrimonio, los cuales están ahora a disposición de las congregaciones (a partir de la página 9 aquí).También autoriza la continua labor del equipo de trabajo “porque la tarea no ha concluido”, dijo Baker a la cámara. Afirmó que el papel de los clérigos como agentes del Estado no se incluyó en la discusión ni sólo se concentró en la solemnización del matrimonio.[La resolución] invita a la exploración de la diversidad cultural y teológica para hacer avanzar el diálogo y con demasiada frecuencia el estudio se ha concentrado en una perspectiva anglooccidental, “cuando somos una Iglesia que tiene personas de diferentes naciones”, subrayó.La diputada Katrina Hamilton, de Olympia, les dijo a los diputados que ella había estado viviendo una relación fiel y monógama durante los últimos seis años con su novio, pero que siente que el silencio de la Iglesia respecto a esas relaciones es un “juicio pasivo”.“Vivimos juntos, compartimos algunos gastos y, pese a los admirables y encomiables esfuerzos de algunos amigos y familiares, yo no tengo interés en tener hijos ni en casarme. Si bien sé que eso podría cambiar algún día, ahora mismo mi relación no parece tener ningún valor independiente, salvo como precursora de algo que yo no intento hacer”.Ella dijo que el reconocimiento de parte de la Iglesia de un solo tipo de familia, “implica que los otros no cuentan”.“En mi clase de Escuela Dominical les enseño a los niños que respecto a los ritos sacramentales, todos pueden, algunos deben y ninguno está obligado. Ahora mismo resulta claro que cuando se trata del matrimonio nos hemos sometido [a los criterios de] la sociedad secular al decir que el matrimonio es [un estado] ‘que todos debemos finalmente’ [contraer]. No suponemos que todos los laicos serán ordenados y, sin embargo, suponemos que todas las personas solteras un día se casarán.“Significaría muchísimo para mí personalmente que mi vida fuese reconocida, si no aceptada”.Entre los empeños para enmendar la resolución se incluyó una solicitud de que el equipo de trabajo consultara con otras iglesias de la Comunión Anglicana y con asociados ecuménicos, y también que se emitiera un informe de la minoría.La diputada Zoe Cole, de Colorado, dijo que ella se oponía a la enmienda porque los obispos ya habían aprobado [la resolución] y debían haber considerado tales requisitos. Haciendo notar las limitaciones del tiempo para finalizar la legislación, añadió que “no queremos jugar al ping-pong. Queremos aprobar resoluciones y avanzar y hacer los deberes que nuestras diócesis nos enviaron aquí a hacer. Insto pues a mis hermanas y hermanos contención legislativa”.La Rda. Ruth Meyers, diputada de la Diócesis de California, dijo que hace un año la Comisión Permanente sobre Liturgia y Música, la cual ella presidía, había auspiciado una consulta en Misurí Occidental sobre el matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo que incluyó a representantes de 24 diócesis de la Iglesia Episcopal, seis provincias de la Comunión Anglicana y cinco de nuestros asociados ecuménicos de EE.UU., “todos ellos en jurisdicciones civiles donde el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo es legal conforme al código civil”.Los funcionarios ejecutivos y el secretario de la Convención también estuvieron presentes en esa reunión, apuntó.— Sharon Sheridan y la Rda. Pat McCaughan son parte del equipo de Episcopal News Service que está reportando desde la Convención General. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH General Convention, Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Tampa, FL 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 Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI last_img read more

  • Walmart workers hold hunger strike to press demands

    first_imgWW photo: Dante STrobinoLos Angeles, May 28 — Two dozen Walmart workers started a hunger strike for 24 hours on May 27, sleeping in tents occupying the front lawn of their workplace in downtown Los Angeles. Their goals were to win a wage-raise to $15 an hour, be assigned to work on regular work schedules and protest against retaliation. Several hundred other workers, supporters and union members from across California gathered at the store and marched downtown with them.Even after the Los Angeles City Council voted May 19 to raise the minimum wage a dollar each year until it gets to $15 per hour by 2020, workers are still fighting for $15 an hour to be put in place immediately. They need this much to survive when faced with rising costs of rent, food and other necessities.The action was planned in response to Walmart’s laying off more than 2,000 workers in the last month. The layoff involved closing five stores, including the temporary closure of a store in the nearby Los Angeles neighborhood of Pico Rivera. Workers from that store were not given proper notice and no recall rights to get their jobs back once the store re-opens.Daniel J. Coles II, OURWalmart member and Walmart worker, told Workers World, “The Walmart workers fasting action was to demand that Walmart management stop retaliation against Walmart associates for speaking up about the working conditions.”Walmart is also preparing for its annual shareholder meeting on June 5 in Fayetteville, Ark. These meetings have been the site of major protests by workers the past two years.Just two days before the rally, the L.A. County Federation of Labor President Rusty Hicks stated that he was campaigning the L.A. City Council to write rules allowing exemptions to the minimum wage for unionized workplaces into the new wage ordinance. This surrender of a wage gain upset many workers and union members, who are worried that it would lead unionized workers to have lower wages than non-union workers. They believe it will encourage companies to set up fake company unions to avoid paying workers a city-approved minimum wage.Ricardo Rodriguez, president of United Electrical Workers Local 1077, representing newly organized low-wage rail crew transport van drivers, stated in a May 31 Los Angeles Workers Assembly statement in response to Hicks: “The City Council resolution speaks for itself. All workers should benefit from the wage increase, whether they are union or not. Our local members and all workers deserve at least $15 per hour now.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Supreme Court Nullifies Kerala High Court Direction That Final Report Under Section 173(2) CrPC Should Be Filed Even For Removal Of Accused

    first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Nullifies Kerala High Court Direction That Final Report Under Section 173(2) CrPC Should Be Filed Even For Removal Of Accused Manu Sebastian20 March 2021 9:55 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has held that the general directions issued by the Kerala High Court regarding the deletion of parties from the array of accused in the final report should not be given effect to.A bench comprising Justices Mohan Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran observed that the directions will have no general application and will apply only to the facts of the particular case.The Supreme…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has held that the general directions issued by the Kerala High Court regarding the deletion of parties from the array of accused in the final report should not be given effect to.A bench comprising Justices Mohan Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran observed that the directions will have no general application and will apply only to the facts of the particular case.The Supreme Court held so while disposing of a special leave petition filed by the State of Kerala against the general directions issued by a single bench of Justice P Somarajan of the Kerala High Court.The High Court had “deprecated” the practice of police filing casual reports before the Magistrate to remove or delete parties from the array of accused. The High Court had also observed that it was possible to file a ‘refer report’ under Section 173 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and held that such reports should be filed even with respect to persons who have been dropped as accused in the case, along with the necessary documents and statements as per Section 173(5). It further directed that notice should be given to the informant regarding the removal or deletion of accused.These directions have been nullified by the Supreme Court, by holding that such directions should not be taken as “general” and “shall not be given effect to”.”The directions given, if any, shall not be given effect to. They are issued in the facts of this case only. They should not be taken as general in nature”, the SC ordered while disposing of the SLP.The Apex Court further ordered to ignore the directions issued by the High Court single bench to circulate the judgment to all district level police officers, station house officers and subordinate judges.”…the observations made by the learned Single Judge in para 20 of the impugned order shall be ignored by the Court”, the Supreme Court ordered.What did the High Court say?The High Court issued the directions while deciding a petition filed under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure against an order dismissing an application to summon three persons as additional accused as per Section 319 CrPC.In that case, the police had submitted final report only against one of the four accused in the FIR, and had filed a separate report removing the other three persons from the array of accused. The informant in that case claimed that he had no knowledge about the deletion of the other three accused until the commencement of trial. Therefore, he filed an application under Section 319 CrPC to add those persons as additional accused, which ultimately got dismissed.While deciding this case, the bench of Justice Somarajan deliberated upon the general issue of procedure to be followed while deleting accused. The single bench held that it was incumbent upon the police to file a final report under Section 173(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure in every case in which investigation was commenced as per Section 156 CrPC.”The user of the words ” every investigation”in sub-section (1) and “as soon as it is completed” in sub-section (2) to Section 173 Cr.P.C. and a conjoint reading with the mandate of submitting a report on culmination of investigation under sub-section (2),would make the legal position clear that when investigation was commenced under Section 156 Cr.P.C.,it is incumbent on the officer in charge of the police station/the investigating officer to submit a report under Section 173(2) Cr.P.C. in every case”, the High Court said.It further observed that there was no enabling provision or any provision in the Code to submit a casual report with a prayer to delete or remove any person from the party array of the accused,except a report as envisaged under Section 173(2)Cr.P.C. Further, it said that there is no provision in the Code either to seek deletion or removal of any person fromthe array of the accused.Senior Advocate P Vijayabhanu, who was appointed as an amicus curaie in the case, had opined that a final report under Section 173(2) CrPC can be filed only showing sufficient evidence of commission of crime. The amicus curiae submitted that in a ‘refer report’, there cannot be any positive replies to the queries on commission of crime under Section 173(2).However, the single bench said that there was no legal impediment in filing a final report giving a negative answer regarding the commission of offence.”…it is quite permissible to submit a refer report (referred charge)under Section 173 Cr.P.C. and as such, there is no legal impediment in giving a negative answer to the above said query in the said report against any personof accused named in the FIR or subsequently added during the course of investigation”.The bench further held that right to the de-facto complainant to get information about the deletion of accused was defeated due to the practice of filing casual reports for deletion of accused.”…the practice of submitting a casual report for deleting or removing any person from the array of the accused without notice to the first informant, instead of a referred charge(refer report) as envisaged under Section 173(2) and173(8) Cr.P.C., is deprecated”, the High Court said.The single bench ordered as follows :”The reports submitted casually for deletion of persons from the array of accused without the compliance of requirement under Section 173(2) Cr.P.C.and without production of the documents or extracts thereof or statement recorded, in any of the pending cases shall be rejected so as to enable the investigating agency to submit a report as envisaged under Section 173(2) Cr.P.C. along with all the documents and records or copies/extracts thereof along with the statement or copies including the statement recorded under Section 161 Cr.P.C.. and it must be notified to the first informant in compliance of mandate under clause (ii) of Section 173(2) Cr.P.C”.Case Details(SC Order)Tittle : State of Kerala vs Anil Kumar and othersBench : Justices Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Vineet SaranAppearances : Senior Advocate R Basant,  Advocates Suman Chakravarthi, Nishe Rajen Shankar(AOR), Anu K Joy, Alim AnvarCitation   : LL 2021 SC 173Click here to read/download the SC OrderClick here to read/download the High Court orderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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  • Companies reflect value of HR directors in pay awards

    first_img Comments are closed. HRdirectors are earning greater rewards as companies realise they play anincreasingly  key strategic role inachieving business aims. Thisis the view of the CIPD in light of a survey by the Reward Group, which showsheads of personnel are now being paid more than the average company director.Thisyear’s survey of pay and benefits for personnel professionals reveals that at£56,757 average pay for personnel directors is 3.2 per cent above the averagefor other directors.Theresults show HR directors have now overtaken their contemporaries on the payscale.NickPage, CIPD adviser on pay and employment conditions, commented, “These figuressuggest personnel directors are highly valued by their organisations. Itreflects a change in views from one of personnel management being mainlyadministrative to being viewed as one of people management – a key strategicrole.”Thesurvey’s findings also reveal that the pay gap between male and femalepersonnel professionals has virtually disappeared at all levels except directorlevel where the differential has increased to 17.7 per cent. This figure hasrisen from 2.5 per cent in 1998 to 12.1 per cent in 1999. SteveFlather, managing director for the Reward Group, added, “These results aredisappointing, the personnel profession should be taking the lead in closingthe equal pay gap at all levels. Unfortunately this expanding gap is the resultof more women reaching director level than ever before but not being rewardedas a male counterpart may have been.”www.reward-group.co.ukByBen Willmott Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Companies reflect value of HR directors in pay awardsOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

  • ECA Group secures French Navy PAP demining ROV contract

    first_img View post tag: ECA Group View post tag: French Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today ECA Group secures French Navy PAP demining ROV contract View post tag: PAP Authorities July 13, 2017center_img View post tag: ROV ECA Group secures French Navy PAP demining ROV contract The French Ministry of Armed Forces has awarded ECA Group a new five-year contract for the supply of consumables for the French Navy’s PAP demining remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). According to the company, the contract will amount to over €4 million up to a maximum of €8 million depending on utilization frequency.In 1977, ECA Group delivered the very first mine disposal vehicles PAP to the French Navy. In 2017, forty years later, they are still in service with support from ECA Group.The French demining PAPs will remain in activity till the mid 2020’s. They will be progressively replaced with the delivery of the future demining systems that the French Navy will order in the coming years after the results of MMCM FR/UK evaluation program. Share this articlelast_img read more

  • Gauloise cigarettes and classical gods

    first_imgTo be Antigone is to be doomed, laments the Chorus of her play. While certainly not doomed as a piece of theatre, there are some flaws in this modern French adaptation of the ancient Greek play, which leave one unsure as to its true merit as a tragic piece. The staging and setting is cleverly done – deliberate positioning of the actors in the audience’s space makes for an atmospheric and energetic work, placing the emotions explored in the play in direct and unapologetic confrontation with the expectations of those watching it. The actors enter and exit through an archway at the rear of the stage, reminding the audience of the deliberately contrived nature of the play. This sits well with the emphasis on tragedy rather than on melodrama – according to the Chorus, tragedy is what it is because everything in it is inevitable, and can never be ‘real’ because the outcome is always known beforehand. So far, so good, and everything in the time-tested and renowned style of classical Greek theatre. But a difficulty arises when one considers the adaptation of the play. Anouillh’s version fails because it tries to be everything at once, and ends up being nothing. Neither a straightforward modernisation of the original, with updated plot and setting, nor a strictly “Greek” play, this script combines the battles and gods of the classical world with the coffee and cigarettes of the modern one and it just doesn’t work. Fortunately, the director (Alex Pappas) has managed to convey much of the original feeling of the play, with a pared-down style of directing that works well in the context of this style of theatre. The acting, too, is well-suited to the demands of Greek theatre – particularly Matt Shapiro’s portrayal of King Creon who is forced by the laws of Thebes to put Antigone to death for violating a religious decree. Shapiro manages to combine a subtle portrayal of sorrow, anger and powerlessness with the straightforward and unpretentious style of acting necessary to the script. He and Antigone (Helen Prichard) have a good chemistry onstage and both are at their best in the scenes in which they appear alongside one another. As Antigone, Prichard excellently captures the frustration inherent in the play – although at some points her portrayal becomes a little too childlike to be truly tragic. Overall the acting is good, with the dolefully melodic voice of Triona Giblin (the Chorus) providing an atmospheric background to the whole. Despite its flaws Antigone is worth seeing for the palpable energy pulsing through the performance, and the satisfaction of seeing something that is truly original.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

  • News story: Home Secretary visits Spain and Germany

    first_img My visits to Spain and Germany this week showed me once more how closely our countries work together to keep our citizens safe. We face many of the same threats from terrorism, serious organised crime and hostile states. In my meetings with counterparts in both countries there was a shared belief that we must continue to work together because these threats do not respect our borders. Home Secretary Sajid Javid this week (25 and 26 September) visited Spain and Germany where he stressed the need for continued co-operation with European partners on security issues.Speaking at EFE press in Madrid, the Home Secretary told an audience of journalists and parliamentarians that the UK and Spain had a shared history of fighting terrorism and that it needs to be as strong and as effective once the UK leaves the EU.In a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, they both agreed that the close relationship between the countries must continue.The Home Secretary also paid tribute to those who had been victims of terror at the Garden of Remembrance in Madrid where he had the opportunity to meet with the parents of Ignacio Echeverría, a Spanish national who died in the 2017 London Bridge attack and who was posthumously awarded the George Medal for his bravery.In Germany, the Home Secretary met with leading German government officials and opinion formers at a policy meeting at the not-for-profit think tank Körber Stiftung to discuss the future security partnership.He also discussed the issue with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in a meeting that also covered co-operation on migration and serious organised crime.The systems and rules to facilitate a continued strong security relationship between the UK and Germany were the focus of talks with the President of the German Bundespolizei Dieter Romann. To conclude his visit, Sajid Javid spoke about the mutual value of close security co-operation with Bundesminister Helge Braun.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:last_img read more

  • Club emphasizes green initiatives

    first_imgAs Kermit the Frog famously said, it’s not easy being green.Nevertheless, a new group is working to push Notre Dame toward a green, sustainable future.Juniors Katie Otterbeck and Garrett Blad started the “We Are 9” campaign in the fall with the overall goal of making Notre Dame a fossil fuel-free campus, Otterbeck said.Otterbeck said the idea grew out of their shared involvement in the sustainability club GreeND and desire to do even more.“We wanted to bring a more goal-oriented campaign to campus,” Otterbeck said.Blad said the name “We Are 9” is drawn from United Nations projections about the global population in 2050 and the need to protect the environment for the people of that future.“We’re trying to emphasize the human element and show the connection between the issues of justice and climate change,” he said. “We stand in solidarity with the nine billion people that will be on Earth by 2050.”Under the overarching goal of a fossil fuel-free campus, the group is emphasizing fossil fuel divestment and carbon neutrality, Blad said. The group is currently focusing their efforts on achieving carbon neutrality.Blad said the campaign is currently circulating a petition on their website that asks University President Fr. John Jenkins to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which has already been signed by more than 650 college and university presidents nationwide. Otterbeck said the online petition also presents the goals of the campaign and represents student support for those goals.The group hopes to be able to submit the petition to the Office of the President by the end of the semester as a sign of student support for moving the campus toward carbon neutrality, Blad said.Blad said another “We Are 9” project was a promotional video for the new group featuring 15 professors and student leaders from around campus. He said the group filmed in the fall and screened the video at their official campaign launch Feb. 7 in the LaFortune Student Center.Otterbeck said the majority of the campaign’s efforts thus far have been devoted to bringing together various groups and individuals in the Notre Dame community concerned about sustainability.“We’re gaining momentum all the time,” she said.The “We Are 9” campaign has identified three “standpoints” that they use in their appeals to the University and members of the campus community, Otterbeck said. Preventing climate change is compelled by human compassion, Catholic identity and competition with other top-tier institutions, she said.Otterbeck said her personal involvement stems from service work she performed in Africa while in high school, which involved teaching the students and teachers how to compost and recycle.“My experience [in Africa] made me realize my passion for sustainability and environmental concerns,” she said. “I am involved in sustainability issues because I recognize the enormity of climate change as a problem around the world, a humanitarian issue.”Catholic Social Teaching calls members of the Church and Catholic institutions like Notre Dame to protect the natural environment as a gift from God, Otterbeck said.Notre Dame has fallen behind most other high-profile universities in terms of sustainability and environmentally conscious efforts, Otterbeck said. She said implementing the measures advocated by “We Are 9” would eliminate that disparity.Blad said carbon neutrality is a realistic goal for any university of Notre Dame’s caliber.“[Carbon neutrality] is relatively feasible on a college campus with the endowment we have, but we still burn coal on campus,” he said. “It is not a priority, so students should make it a priority.”Blad said the next “We Are 9” event would be a screening of the documentary “Chasing Ice” on Feb. 27 in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall.Otterbeck said more information and the online petition could be found on the group’s website: http://blogs.nd.edu/we-are-nine/Tags: carbon neutrality, fossil fuel, GreeND, sustainability, We Are Ninelast_img read more

  • Mitsubishi buys into off-grid solar company BBOXX

    first_imgMitsubishi buys into off-grid solar company BBOXX FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A British energy firm lighting up homes in Africa with pay-as-you-go solar power has secured £40m to extend its reach to Asia with the help of Japan’s Mitsubishi. The conglomerate has taken a stake in off-grid solar company BBOXX through the start-up’s latest funding round, which will power the Africa-focused company deeper into Asia.The funds will also help BBOXX, which operates in Rwanda, Kenya, Togo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to break into new African markets, where an estimated one in three people live without reliable access to electricity.BBOXX is one of a growing number of energy companies to plug into the demand for energy across Africa and south Asia. The falling cost of solar technology and the strength of mobile banking across Africa have encouraged major investments from global energy companies including US giant General Electric and France’s EDF and Engie.BBOXX and its rivals use mobile money to charge customers a monthly fee for the use of mini solar panels and ultra-efficient lighting strips. The fixed-period contracts usually run for about two years, until the equipment is paid off. Customers can then choose to keep their existing kit and use the electricity for free, or upgrade their system to include more panels and extra appliances under a new contract.Earlier this year, BBOXX sold a 50% stake in its Togo-based business to EDF Energy in return for funding to help grow the company.It operates about 270,000 solar systems, of which 200,000 are monitored remotely by software that uses machine learning to track customers’ energy use and payments. In time, BBOXX hopes to broaden its reach beyond energy to include gas, water, internet and loans. The company’s largest rival, Fenix International, supplies 500,000 homes and was snapped up by Engie in late 2017.More: Mitsubishi invests in UK company to bring off-grid solar to Asialast_img read more

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