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first_imgUnited Docks Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about United Docks Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Docks Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Docks Ltd (  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUnited Docks Limited is a Mauritian real estate development company that indulges in real estate development, strategic investment, property management, warehousing as well as logistics solutions in the Republic of Mauritius. The company also engages in different segments of real estate which include business parks, office buildings and mixed-use developments. United Docks Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Lay leaders, volunteers work behind-the-scenes magic to orchestrate virtual Advent…

first_imgLay leaders, volunteers work behind-the-scenes magic to orchestrate virtual Advent and Christmas events Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA By Egan MillardPosted Dec 4, 2020 Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Patricia Allen, director of communications at St. James’ Church in New York City, protects a sheep from coronavirus while recording a virtual Christmas pageant. Photo: Robert Bredvad[Episcopal News Service] For many Episcopalians, it just wouldn’t be Christmastime without the familiar festivities of lessons and carols, nativity scenes and pageants. Behind the scenes, lay leaders, volunteers and church employees are often the ones who make the magic happen. And this year, across The Episcopal Church, they are stepping up to the challenge with ingenuity, finding ways to keep the Christmas spirit alive while keeping their parishioners safe.“The amazing thing that I’ve seen is the creativity behind it,” said the Rev. Shannon Kelly, director of the church’s Department of Faith Formation and officer for young adult and campus ministries.The main challenge this year is to transpose the traditional Advent and Christmas activities into COVID-safe contexts – mostly through video and Zoom.“I would say 90% of the people that I’ve talked to that are children’s ministers, youth ministers … have become, for whatever reason, the default film crew,” Kelly told Episcopal News Service, “because they do that kind of work already. They’ve already done videos and stuff like that if they do camp or vacation Bible school or whatever, and so they have that skill set.”Lay ministers are finding plenty of different ways to stage much-anticipated Christmas pageants virtually this year. Some, like the staff and clergy of St. James’ Church in New York City, are playing the parts themselves this year in prerecorded videos. Many parishes, though, are having the children record their own parts individually. The lay ministry team at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, led by Samantha Clare, is putting together a sock puppet pageant that will be filmed in church one child at a time.“We’ve adapted our script so that it can be shot with one kid at a time in the frame – well, at least their hand,” Clare told ENS. “We put together sock puppet kits so each kid will pick up their character’s kit and design their own puppet. Then they’ll come to the church for a filming session.“We will have to do quite a bit of video editing to get it all together, so … it is more work. But we think it’s worth it to put in the extra effort, especially in order to make it extra silly and fun this year. Our goal is to tell the traditional story in a way that will deliver the most joy possible,” she said.With the United States entering the worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festive atmosphere that usually offsets the stress of planning church events for Advent and Christmas is harder to find. As the coronavirus takes its physical toll, stress and fatigue are taking an emotional one. Some dioceses are taking on seasonal tasks to ease the burden on parish staff, producing videos that all parishes can use and enjoy – because, as Kelly noted, “everyone’s exhausted.”Greg Tuttle, director of youth ministries at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Diego, California, and Charlette Preslar, the Diocese of San Diego’s youth missioner, are assembling both a Christmas pageant and an Epiphany pageant featuring young people and musicians from various parishes. But they’re also soliciting contributions from people across the diocese to play the chorus of sheep and angels. Sheep, wearing fleece, should record a brief video clip in which they “offer their best ‘baaaaaa’” and angels, wearing halos, “a lovely ‘ahhhhh.’”Of course, many parishes rely on lay volunteers instead of, or in addition to, paid staff. At St. Philip the Apostle Episcopal Church in Scotts Valley, California, vestry member and volunteer webmaster Nathaniel O’Brien has “done triple-time this year because everything Advent is going online,” said the Rev. Katherine Doar, priest-in-charge, “and everyone in the congregation from every traditional Advent event or ministry has called upon him to help them get their thing into the electronic sphere.” That includes filming an Advent wreath-making presentation, creating a webpage for a digital Advent calendar featuring submitted photos, setting up a holiday trivia night on Zoom, and shifting the annual No Room at the Inn homelessness fundraiser to an online format.O’Brien, a 30-year-old lifelong member of the congregation, is used to helping out around Christmas; as a newborn, he played baby Jesus in the pageant.“We could not make it through this Advent without him,” Doar said.“I see my role as implementing ideas of our much more creative people in the congregation to provide a 21st-century connection to a very traditional season of Advent and Christmas,” O’Brien told ENS. “To work on these efforts is a joy and [has] provided a sense of hope and joy in a world where there is little of it.”Then there are the music directors tackling the complex task of converting the familiar lessons and carols service to a digital format, like Jonathan Giblin, director of music ministries at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria, Illinois. Giblin is putting together a virtual lessons and carols service for Christmas Eve, but not all the singers have the equipment or technical skills to record themselves at home, so he converted the church’s choir room into a recording studio where singers could come and record their parts safely.At Sewanee: The University of the South, where the lessons and carols service is a treasured Advent tradition, alumnus and filmmaker Stephen L. Garrett directed a 40-minute recorded version, with masked and distanced singers and musicians.Some lay leaders are creating entirely new distanced events this year, like Sarah-Emily Steinhardt, member engagement coordinator at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Steinhardt is helping organize, among other things, a “Stations of the Nativity” video, Advent wreath kits, a Christmas-themed virtual escape room game night, a Giving Tuesday campaign, and a new socially distant take on the “Las Posadas” Advent tradition.“We have a lot going on! Phew!” Steinhardt said. “I’m grateful for our amazing secretary, team, and all the wonderful volunteers that help keep things going.”An Advent kit awaits drive-through pick up at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Kits included devotional materials, candles, a wreath base, fresh greens and everything needed to celebrate Advent safely at home. Photo: Sarah-Emily SteinhardtLas Posadas is a Mexican tradition commemorating the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Some churches in mainly Latino communities, like Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas, usually celebrate it by gathering at a different parishioner’s home over the course of a week or so. Since COVID-19 has made that impossible this year, members of the cathedral’s Latino congregation will gather on Zoom for prayers and song – all coordinated by lay leaders including Marcia Quintanilla and Sylvia Castellanos.And the work isn’t just logistical – it’s pastoral. This year, with the suffering brought on by the pandemic, Christmas will be a dark time for many. Lay leaders have to find a balance between celebrating the holiday and acknowledging the pain.“While they’re doing all this creative work, they’re also themselves [grieving] and helping other people grieve what’s not going to be. And so there’s that real tension that I think the lay leaders especially right now are feeling,” Kelly said. “Not that the clergy aren’t, but I think they’re just especially feeling it.”Lay leaders also may not have access to the same kind of support systems that clergy do, Kelly said. She and her colleague Bronwyn Skov, officer for youth ministry, have been working with lay leaders to make sure they are connected to each other and the wider church. Kelly and Skov have been spending “some of our time just doing pastoral care for folks both on the diocesan level and congregational level because lay folks, lay professionals especially, don’t have a built-in network,” Kelly said.“When I went to seminary, I made friends; those are the people I still talk to when things are tough, but they don’t have that necessarily,” she told ENS. “So what we have found is inviting people to places online to share or at least know that you’re not crazy that you’re feeling a certain way or know that other people are struggling with it.”Through group email lists and Facebook groups, those leaders get “not only a resource sharing of ‘How are you doing this next thing virtually?’ but also just support and encouragement for each other.”Another consequence of the pandemic – budget cuts and financial uncertainty – makes lay leaders’ jobs even harder, Kelly said.“But I will say that children’s ministers, youth ministers [and other lay leaders] are scrappy people, and so they make do with what they have … in whatever creative way they can.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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A new year’s tale of intimacy, children, and fish…

first_img Mike, you da man! You also the only man I ever met that eats pie and ice cream as a healthy breakfast and then goes to the gym to work it off. Yeah pal, what you say goes for my mother as well. She was a saint! She prayed for a little boy just like Huckleberry Finn and got me. I guess that just goes to prove that Papa God has a wonderful sense of humor. Aren’t mothers wonderful? Chaz January 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm charles towne January 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply Wee Bee charles towne When parents tell the grandparents about the “adventures” of their” little darlings” often the reply is a smile that means, “now you understand”!I think Papa God smiles on us the same way! Sadly, we seldom understand the lesson but thankfully we do trust the love!Have a fantastic new year, Chaz! I’m anxious to see what He has for us in the coming year! December 31, 2017 at 11:00 am When we think we are giving God a much needed hand but the reality is otherwise, He is still gracious and acknowledges our childish but sincere bumblings. Don, so often, as our children were little they scribbled on the walls of our minds with black and blue crayons and yet, even in our frustration we never stopped loving them. The thing that is really remarkable to me is the fact that as rascally as we have been in our lives Papa God has never ceased loving us. He has set a wonderful example for us don’t you know! Happy new year to you and yours, Chaz You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here January 4, 2018 at 8:29 pm Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom January 1, 2018 at 11:48 am January 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm January 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm Reply Reply December 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm January 1, 2018 at 11:36 am January 1, 2018 at 11:54 am charles towne January 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm January 1, 2018 at 11:35 am Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Chaz EJ I absolutely cracked up through the whole WET episode! I needed that levity! Thanks! I wonder if God doesn’t look at us with a bit of humor when we” try to help Him work things out” as long as we don’t hurt ourselves or someone else. I will be sharing this one with Jack and any one else who needs a bit of humor! You slip so easily into teaching the love, care and kindness of our wonderful heavenly Father! God has given you a marvelous gift! Blessings to you, Nancy and yours and wishing you a wonderful New Year! A very good read, with humor to boot. I love it Chaz January 4, 2018 at 9:15 pm InspirationBy Charles Towne    “Well Daddy, I is wet ‘cause the fishies was dirty and I gave them a baff!”I can remember WAYYY back when we used “B.C.” for measuring time.  For those not in the know, B.C. stands for: Before Children.I can also remember when my new bride and I first set up housekeeping.  At that time, we were still in our mental diapers, and without the good sense the good Lord gave a goofy gopher.We shared everything, I mean, we were in love!  Yeah, we shared the toothbrush, germs, the bathroom, showers, (that was fun} naps, naps, NAPS, and chewing gum— If I remember right we took the naps right after we took our showers!And then, quite suddenly our offspring began appearing, and boy, did they appear. (I think it might of had something to do with all those naps.)  Intimacy was sadly a thing of the past, the far distant past, or so it seemed.There we would be amidst the throes of passion if you get my meaning, and the bedroom door would burst open, and a rampaging hoard of yowling, screaming, parent devouring, manic offspring would dash into the bedroom and pile onto the bed.  Suddenly all thoughts of that intimate interlude would vanish into the ether.Kids sure are cute, aren’t they?We had four little nose pickers about as fast as it takes to tell the torrid tale.It was about the time that our third little bed wetter made his appearance that we finally figured out what was causing this invasion of rug rats, so, being clever, naturally, we stopped drinking the water.And I bet you were thinking that I was iggorant!But, our conclusion that pregnancy was caused by drinking the local water was somewhat erroneous because a fourth little tadpole swam up that narrow canal and evolved into our youngest son, Russell.  O.K., I guess we were dumber than stumps.There was that time, and I remember it well.  It was on a quiet Sunday morning and we had decided to sleep in.  Everything was quiet and peaceful.  Too quiet and peaceful.  Chuck Jr, about two years old at the time, crept into our bed.  What the heck!  His jammies were wet? soaking wet in fact?“Chuck, why are you all wet?”His answer puzzled me at first, and then I was wide awake.“Well daddy, I is wet ‘cause the fishies was dirty so I gave them a baff!”I hit the floor running, but, I was too late.We had a large freshwater aquarium in the living room. Chuck had efficiently captured each of the “fishies” with the aquarium net and transferred them to the kitchen sink, where he had used a scouring brush, hot water and lots, and lots, and lots of dish soap to give each of them a “baff.”Sad to say, the fishies were somewhat worse off for this treatment.  (I think they might have drowned?)   But, they were definitely clean!As the old saying goes, “The road to a very hot place is paved with good intentions!”  In my son’s defense, I am sure his intentions were good.I believe that Papa God, in His great wisdom and infinite mercy, takes our intentions into consideration, but then, having said that, I expect that He does hope we will learn.  Praise God, aren’t we fortunate that He is always there to save us from the dire results of our little faux pas?Chaz A very good read, with humor to boot. I love it, Charles keep up the good work Reply Reply January 2, 2018 at 1:47 pm Reply January 3, 2018 at 2:23 pm Proud Parent EJ, hey pal, its how I see him! I so appreciate all of my readers. God bless you and yours my friend, Chaz Reply Linda Scott December 31, 2017 at 6:42 pm December 31, 2017 at 9:18 pm 34 COMMENTS Reply January 1, 2018 at 11:49 am January 1, 2018 at 12:10 pm January 1, 2018 at 7:11 pm strataceo Kristin I also believe God considers our intentions just as we consider those of our children. But like our children, we must learn from the errors of good intentions. Ernie Bursey The late W.C.Fields said, “Children should be put in a box at birth, and when they become teenagers you should plug up the holes!” Now I don’t much care for that advice. I pretty well raised my teenagers and made a lot of booboo’s in the process, but do you know what? They have grown into good adults, and boy do I love them all. Proud Parent I luv it. You make me smile with each word. As read I’m anxiously await the getting the sentence thru so i can smile, gasp or hurry to the next passage of excitement. I love you ChuckI love you NancyMay you have another full year of excitement. Minus the water. Smiles !2017 was Awesome2018 full of adventures to write about Muah This hits right at home love reading your article’s much love chunky! charles towne Thanks for showing us a kind and Loving God! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here My dear Gymrat, I don’t imagine you have a lot of mud in your ears my friend. You sound like you have a lot of wisdom, a lot of moxy if you will. Your comment leads me to believe that God is going to use you, How? I don’t know, but if we make ourselves available to Him, well, wow, He is so anxious to use you to touch others. God bless you dear friend, Chaz Richard Loved this story…so humorous, yet real-life.Children, in their innocence, bring smiles and laughter into our daily lives…and yes, frustration also. Thank you for jogging my memory about an incident with fish, that ended….well, in the same way as yours. After learning that we all need sunshine for vitamin D, my son put the fishbowl in the window before heading off to school. When he got home that sunny, summer afternoon, he found the fish had not done well with all the “extra vitamin D” Needless to say, we had to have a funeral that day. Amazing, how everyday life teaches us lessons we will never forget. Thank you, Chuck, for sharing your stories, whether they be humorous, touching or thought provoking. I look forward to reading them all. charles towne Reply January 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm Reply Jose, and I have to say I appreciate the fact that you enjoy reading my work son. Let’s just keep on keeping on pal, and remember, there are bright days ahead! Blessings on you, Chaz Reply Chaz Yeah CSG, it seems that something due to fish molecules they don’t stand up well to being shot out of slingshots either. I will leave that up to your imagination. Blessings, Chaz Don Lindsey Reply Charles Towne article was touching and brought back memories of my little ones. It’s nice to be reminded that our Heavenly Father always loves us even when we make a mess of things “clean the fish”Thanks Reply Oh Richard, how very true. And do you know what? I like the idea of our creator smiling at us. Have the best year ever pal, Chaz December 31, 2017 at 11:21 pm Don Young Reply Srataceo, Thanks oodles, my intent is to please. Sign in for more next week and I will see if I can cause another chuckle. Chaz January 3, 2018 at 11:08 pm TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleSo long, 2017… thanks for the lessonsNext articleThe Apopka news year in review: A new era begins as Florida Hospital opened its new campus Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jose arroyo Don, what you describe my friend is what being a Christian is really all about. We hear the term, Brothers in Christ, well pal, you truly are my brother in Jesus. Praise God pal! Chaz Man, if that ain’t the truth. While I love kids, they do have a way of surprising you with the things that they get into. Great read my friend. God bless and happy New year! Tahara Reply January 2, 2018 at 5:44 pm Charles you always remind us about what an adventure life is, full of the funny stories and foibles that are part of being human. I appreciate how you weave them with lessons and reminders of God’s love for us. Thanks! charles towne Reply Kennie Rodriguez Reply Reply December 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm January 3, 2018 at 3:53 pm CSG charles towne Chaz Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Dear Thara, what an incredible blessing you are. Stay close to Papa God this coming year. May this be the best year for you and yours in every way. Much love and great blessings be on you sis, Chjaz Reply Reply Wee Bee, it seems to take longer for Some of us to learn life’s lessons than others, don’t you think? I am sooo very glad that our Papa God is patient wwith us, aren’t you? Many blessing this new year. Chaz Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Reply Dear Kristin, isn’t it those little life experiences that make it all worthwhile? I look back to another time when I was perhaps a tad different, and not nearly as patient, and I realize that I am one of the most fortunate of people, but, I am sure you can say the same thing. Thank you so much for the comment. Oh yes, hang on tight ’cause this is going to be an interesting year! Chaz Reply Reply This one sure tickled my tummy! Hey Chuck, it’s never too late for a 5th!.. See reference Abraham. =) December 31, 2017 at 12:07 pm Chuck, I forward look to your adventures! They remind me of past times that make me smile….and I thank God for his help along the way. Babies! We had them and I loved them! Even when the WET I felt was as I picked them up, and felt the warmth through my shirt and pants…as I hugged them! I also remember getting “Morning Sickness” along with my wife!! Eggs in the morning were hard for me to deal with. I never knew that could happen to a man!!As the New Year begins, The Best part of 2017 was when I first met you and you prayed for me! That day, as I remember, I was coming in to spend the day with my wife. She had been in the Nursing Home for over a year and was probably never coming back home. You helped, me that day, to remember God is always with us….in all of life! Keep up the good work! Reply Reply January 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm January 2, 2018 at 9:07 am January 1, 2018 at 4:20 pm January 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm charles towne January 1, 2018 at 11:55 am Reply Reply Gymrat Chaz Yes, He even told Abraham and Sarah to name their son of promise” Laughter”. He definitely does habe a sense of humor! strataceo Please enter your comment! January 2, 2018 at 8:04 am “…had four little nose pickers about as fast as it takes to tell the torrid tale.” Yes, yes. There is a lot of enthusiasm in putting the bun in the oven. I chuckle every time I hear people recommend, “you should have another one”, while the first ones are still learning to walk and talk. I chuckle because I’ve never hear anyone with a house full of teenagers say, “You gotta get some more of these!”God is a great teacher. Thank you, Charles, for reminding me of His infinite mercy because I have a lot of mud in my ears during His lessons. charles towne Reply Linda Scott Reply Mike McFadden Reply Another great trip back in time. In my case we always called it “BK” for Before Kids. Those “gifts from God” would, as my mother always said, “would try the patience of a saint”. I am certain my mother is destined for sainthood having raised me. She always said “I hope you have a son just like you” and her wish came through. The stories are numerous for both of my kids and we survived. My son and daughter have grown into adults that I am very proud of. My only failure was not to have taught them the pleasure of pie and ice cream for breakfast… Keep them coming Chuck. Reply charles towne January 2, 2018 at 6:04 pm Reply Ernie, man’s interference is just that and no more, just so much interference, and yet God seems to so often turn it to the advantage and benefit of His children, and to the furtherance of His great plan. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow! Thank you sir for the wise words. Chaz LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Oh Linda, when I examine myself very closely I can’t help but acknowledge that Papa God must have an incredible sense of humor, I mean, he created us with the gifts of joy and laughter didn’t he? Thank you so much for your comment and God bless you all, unka Chuck Joshua My dear brother Josh, I may be crazy but I am not stupid! And remember, I stopped drinking that water! If I was to sire another offspring it would absolutely indicate that my body was willing but my mind was weak. Yeah, you just keep on laughing buddy. Thanks for the comment and Happy, Happy, Happy, Chazlast_img read more

Racist and extremist groups use Internet to fundraise

first_imgRacist and extremist groups use Internet to fundraise  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A report from the Wiesenthal Center shows that racist, extremist and terrorist groups are using the Internet to fundraise, recruit members and market their causes.Extremist and hate groups are becoming more proficient at using the Internet to raise funds and recruit members, according to “Digital Terrorism and Hate 2004”, the sixth volume of the Wiesenthal Center’s annual report of over 4,000 “problematic Web sites”. Like legitimate non-profit and charitable organisations, these groups are embracing the low-cost and global fundraising tool that the Internet offers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 May 2004 | Newscenter_img Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Capitalism, in brief

first_imgA short primer on capitalism:1. The current crisis is a crisis of capitalism. It is not a crisis of socialism or any other economic system. Only capitalism has this kind of crisis that leads to people losing their jobs, their homes and even the food on their table.2. While greedy individuals and corporations are involved, their greed and corruption did not cause the crisis. Capitalist crises are not caused by bad individuals or evil corporations. It is only during a crisis that these bad sorts are exposed, in the scramble to find blame. Why don’t the media blame capitalism? They should, because it is capitalism that causes these economic crises. Crisis is built into the capitalist system.3. The driving force of capitalism is profits. Profits rule and capitalists must constantly expand their profits or they fail. Everything is produced for profit, not for need. So a crisis is reached when profits fall below the rate demanded by the capitalists and the bankers (finance capitalists).4. A capitalist crisis is the result of an economic system. This is not a natural force like a flood or a tornado. It can be controlled and even reversed. But not through capitalist measures. Only by replacing capitalism with ­socialism can this crisis be truly ended.5. That can be done, but not easily. Not overnight. But throwing out ­capitalism is the only solution possible. Let’s do it!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indicting the Pentagon as climate criminal

first_imgWhy is the vast global movement that focuses on the imminent crisis facing the planet — the climate crisis — so consistently steered away from any attention to the largest and most dangerous polluter in the world?If today every single person in the U.S. stopped driving all of the more than 200 million cars on roads in the U.S. and did many other drastic steps it still would not touch the 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases of U.S. military emissions, just since the beginning of the 2001 global “War on Terror.”The Pentagon routinely dumps its waste around the world, as it did here in Greenland.In response to the climate crisis, there is a great deal of attention, publicity and lecturing about small steps that individual people and entire communities can take to recycle waste, drive less, use solar panels, switch to less polluting products and save energy. All of this is good education. But all too often these individual solutions blame and shame people who may not have access to newer or more energy-efficient technologies.The emphasis on individual action is also an intentional distraction away from attention to the profit system and the main enforcer of capitalist property relations – the entire U.S. military apparatus represented by the Pentagon. The Watson Institute’s report outlines the ways in which the Pentagon is “the world’s largest institutional user of petroleum and correspondingly, the single largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world.” The Pentagon’s deadly emissions are greater than the emissions of entire industrialized nations.In an effort to gain U.S. compliance, all U.S. military operations worldwide and within the U.S. have been exempt from measurement and agreements on reduction of emissions since the Kyoto Climate Accords negotiations in 1998. To hammer in place this evasion of responsibility, that year the U.S. Congress authorized a provision explicitly guaranteeing U.S. military exemption from any international climate agreement.This complete U.S. military exemption includes 800 U.S. bases in more than 130 countries around the world, 6,000 facilities in the U.S., aircraft carriers, jet aircraft and the U.S. armed forces totaling 2 million people. Also excluded are thousands of weapons tests and all multilateral operations, such as the giant U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance and Africom, the U.S. military alliance now blanketing Africa. The provision also exempts U.S./U.N.-sanctioned activities of “peacekeeping” and “humanitarian ­relief.”The U.S. Department of Defense’s use of all types of fuel comes to 350,000 barrels  a day or 100 million barrels a year. The fuel is consumed by more than 28,000 armored vehicles, 60,000 Humvees, almost 2,000 attack helicopters, more than 3,000 jet fighters and bombers, and vast fleets of Navy vessels, according to the detailed version of the Watson Institute report. ( real cost of U.S. warsWhy was it so important to the Pentagon and the U.S. ruling class to get its military omitted from all climate calculations?If the U.S. global military footprint were included, that would focus world attention with even starker numbers on the main culprit of world pollution. U.S. military strategists, claiming secrecy and security, sought to block this discussion completely in all international forums.Signs from a 2018 Ecocriticism Working Group, City University of New York.Even without the Pentagon’s enormous carbon impact, the U.S. is the all-time largest emitter of greenhouse gas on the planet. This is true over decades of accumulated industrial pollution and today, according to British-based Carbon Brief.But measuring only carbon emissions diminishes the drastic level of devastation caused by the U.S. war machine over time. That measurement omits the centuries of impact, massive dislocations and waves of migration caused by U.S. outright wars, economic blockades and “regime change” efforts.The polluting Wall Street wars-for-profit have spread radioactive waste from depleted uranium weapons and caused environmental devastation from defoliants that last for tens of thousands of years. Laying waste to fertile fields, the wars poison the air and water and create genetic damage for generations. The resulting economic dislocations rip apart whole regions and creates millions of desperate migrants. The continuing toll of U.S. wars still poison Vietnam and all of Southeast Asia, Yugoslavia and all of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Forty years of U.S. war in  Afghanistan and 28 years of war and economic sanctions on Iraq and Syria have dislocated millions in Central and Western Asia. Seven months of U.S. bombing totally destroyed Libya and spread U.S. militarism through Africa. Years of secret wars in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras brought ongoing damage to Central America.The Pentagon war machine is not only the greatest danger to the planet due to its environmental destruction. It is a vast institution, a global machine of terror and repression. It is the enforcer of Wall Street’s capitalist rule. It is a mechanism built in a desperate attempt to lock in place archaic property relations and private ownership of all sources of wealth that could easily provide, if equitably reorganized and redistributed, a healthy sustainable life for all. Corporate funding limits climate demandsEach yearly Climate Change Conference held under the auspices of the United Nations has gathered thousands of international participants, scientists and specialists in many fields. The climate summits have grown into the largest annual international meeting in the world.But time and again the United States has blocked any binding agreement. The U.S. refused to participate in many meetings, preferring “observer status” as a way to derail agreements. Washington delegates have also rejected the very concept of financial assistance to developing countries dealing with the impact of climate change.Finally in 2015, the Obama administration agreed to participate in the Paris climate meeting, on the condition that only a nonbinding agreement would be put forward. The European Union and 197 countries, including the U.S., eventually signed the Climate Agreement.But in 2017 the Trump administration announced U.S. withdrawal from the limited, nonbinding Paris Agreement, declaring that it put U.S. corporations at a disadvantage. The U.S. is the only country to withdraw at this point.Outside these summits, tens of thousands who understand the impending crisis gather in large climate protests. But the role of the U.S. military as the greatest polluter and climate criminal is seldom raised, and the U.S. role in frustrating climate agreements or concrete goals is hardly a focus.These demonstrations have been limited by the role of corporate-funded nongovernmental organizations such as and Avaaz. The result is that only vague generalities, utopian hopes and toothless accords are raised as goals. The demonstrations become mega-media events that quickly fade from memory.Corporate-funded organizations were prominent in the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City. Hundreds of thousands gathered before the U.N. Climate Change meeting in what was described as the largest climate march in history. The march had 1,500 endorsing organizations, while countless politicians and celebrities endorsed or spoke, and there were  parallel actions across the U.S. But this historic march raised no demands. Described as “not a protest,” it was “an invitation to change everything.” Instead, this outpouring quickly ebbed away and changed nothing.Now, increasingly, the climate movement is radicalizing, especially among young people, who feel the greatest urgency for their future and are the most willing to break with past cautions. There is a search for deeper answers as never-ending U.S. war combines with the desperate, unresolved environmental crisis. The movement has grown sharply anti-capitalist at its base, while the leadership finds it harder and harder to paper over deep economic and social contradictions with vague slogans.More radical demandsAt the 2014 Climate March, there was a determined contingent of Indigenous activists and people from countries targeted or colonized by U.S. imperialism, along with antiwar activists. This contingent did raise the Pentagon’s endless wars as the most dangerous form of global devastation.This year it is a step forward that the mass actions planned for Sept. 20-27 are called as “Climate Strikes,” evoking the power of workers’ strikes to shut down the machinery of oppression, profit and pollution.Reinforcing this step forward is also the People’s Mobilization to Stop the U.S. War Machine ( holding a Sept. 22 demonstration at Herald Square in New York City. Though without the vast social media reach of  the well-funded, the People’s Mobilization is raising the real danger of U.S. war for the entire planet in a far more focused manner.At this time of climate crisis it is urgent that revolutionary organizations  put forth demands that focus on the chaotic failure of capitalism and corporate domination. Demands must include the need to address environmental racism and the need for reparations paid by Big Oil and the very corporations that have reaped billions in profits from uprooting millions of people and making their lives miserable.And it is time to indict and target the greatest climate criminal – the greatest war criminal – the U.S. Pentagon.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fuels America Highlights Sustainability of Renewable Fuels

By Gary Truitt – Apr 17, 2013 SHARE Fuels America Highlights Sustainability of Renewable Fuels SHARE Despite impressive gains in water use, energy efficiency, and soil and land conservation, renewable fuel opponents continue to spread falsehoods about the sustainability of oil alternatives. This briefing provided information about sustainable farming practices, new harvest technologies, innovations in renewable fuel production processes, and cutting-edge partnerships leading the way. “My late father asked me only one thing before he turned the farm over to me – to leave the farm in better shape than it was when I got it,” Yoder explained. “Like farmers across the country, I am taking measures on my farm to improve the land, the water and the air. We are even providing benefits to the ecosystem as a whole, such as carbon sequestration, that scientists are only beginning to explore.” Wednesday, Fuels America hosted an informational session for the media that provided an all-encompassing look at the sustainability of the biofuel supply chain. “From Farm to Fuel Tank: Sustainability in Renewable Fuel” featured a series of presentations from industry experts on the impressive strides in sustainability that the U.S. renewable fuel industry, in partnership with American Farmers, has made, allowing them to provide feed, fuel and fiber for the country in an environmentally sensitive manner. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleNew Report Shows DSA Provides Most Effective Safety Net for FarmersNext articleCoats, Donnelly Introduce Farming Flexibility Act Gary Truitt In addition to Yoder, DuPont Business Director for Biofuels Jan Koninckx and Novozymes North America President Adam Monroe spoke on how their respective organizations, and others who serve the same function in the supply chain, are working to improve biofuel technologies in ways that increase sustainability. Home Energy Fuels America Highlights Sustainability of Renewable Fuels The first speaker, National Corn Growers Association Past President and Presidential Champion for Change Fred Yoder led the discussion on sustainability measures farmers across the country are already taking. read more

New Tools to Help with Dicamba Use

first_img By Gary Truitt – Jun 17, 2018 New Tools to Help with Dicamba Use Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleCommentary: A Catastrophe Waiting to HappenNext articleDicamba Complaints Just Now Starting to Appear for 2018 Gary Truitt New Tools to Help with Dicamba UseLogan Grier, BASF Technical Marketing Manager,BASF has launched the Engenia spray tool. Logan Grier, BASF Technical Marketing Manager, Product Stewardship, says the on-line tool will help growers plan their application and comply with the label regulations, “We created a resource for growers that has all of the Engenia herbicide weather-related label requirements in one place and supplements the many other tools applicators can use when planning their Engenia herbicide application this growing season.” She added these include: inversion potential, which compares the temperature at ground-level and two meters above the ground to provide the likelihood for an inversion; precipitation probability for the next 24 hours, which helps growers follow the 24-hour rain-free interval; time of sunrise and sunset, including a reminder that no nighttime spraying is permitted; and wind speed and direction. The free tool, available at, covers all U.S. geographies and incorporates key Engenia herbicide weather-related label restrictions and considerations for the next 36 hours, so applicators can plan ahead.Greer says the tool should not be a substitute for checking weather conditions in the field yourself. She said it is also important to know what is being grown in the fields surrounding your field.BASF has a number of other tools and resources to help growers manage this technology. To access additional Engenia herbicide stewardship resources, visit read and follow label directions.Engenia is a registered trademark of BASF. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News New Tools to Help with Dicamba Use SHARElast_img read more

Media censored with impunity in Puntland

first_img Help by sharing this information March 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region December 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media censored with impunity in Puntland RSF_en SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts Follow the news on Somalia to go further Newscenter_img January 8, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Organisation Reporters Without Borders is worried about freedom of information in the autonomous northeastern region of Puntland, where four news websites have been blocked and journalists have been threatened since the start of December.The four sites – Puntlandnow, Puntlandtoday, Galgalanews and Puntlander – were blocked by Golis Telecom Somalia, Puntland’s biggest telecom company. Puntlandnow’s owner said the closure order came directly from the government but Golis Telecom refused to confirm this when contacted by RWB.Accompanied by soldiers, police chief Ahmed Abdullahi Samatar stormed into Radio Garowe, a station based in Puntland’s capital, Garowe, on 7 December and cut short the news programme presented by Ali Abdi Du’alle, threatening him with arrest, after he broadcast a report about a protest against a government tax.“The attitude of the Puntland authorities is not only worrying but also very disappointing, said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. The Puntland police recently said the attacks on journalists by the Islamist armed group Al-Shabaab should not go unpunished. Perhaps the Puntland authorities should begin by respecting media freedom themselves.”Puntland’s journalists had hoped they would be allowed more freedom under President Abdiwali Ali Gas, a Harvard graduate and former professor of economics at the University of Buffalo, New York, but they have been deeply disappointed.All opposition criticism or comments are systematically silenced without any sign of concern from the president.Somalia is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News February 24, 2021 Find out more News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalialast_img read more