first_img 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 May 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm Welby claims the perfunctory “receiving” of this report by ACC delegates somehow constituted an official vote in favor of the “consequences” required by the Primates. That’s a leap, daunting even to the Flying Walendas. Despite his many personal gifts, Welby is revealing himself to be a dangerous dissembler of truth whose desire to placate his harshest critics is creating a sea of distrust among his most loyal supporters. Last January he invited the primates of the Communion to Canterbury to discuss “the future of the Anglican Communion.” He was very careful to describe the event as a “gathering” and not an official Primates Meeting. Yet almost as soon as the meeting got underway, Welby blindsided Presiding Bishop Curry and began taking votes on how punish the Episcopal Church for its inclusion of gays and lesbians in the full life of the Church… actions even Welby admits the Primates’ Meeting has no authority to do.He did the same thing in April with his report to the ACC delegates, the stated purpose of which was to discuss “generally the background and the context to the Primate’s meeting.” This report was not a legislative proposal or a resolution, nor was it represented as such. At no point did he even suggest that the delegates’ willingness to receive his report was somehow an official vote on the imposition of “consequences.” I am curious to see if the ABC will now support “consequences” against the African provinces that continue to engage in discrimination against gays and lesbians, and support criminal laws that lead to their persecution, imprisonment, and death. This is a logical path forward based on what Welby says were official actions taken by the Primates, and now the ACC. After the ACC meeting last month, Welby even had the audacity to misrepresent the totally gracious decision by Episcopalian Bishop Ian Douglas not to offer himself as a candidate for chairman as some kind of knuckling under by the Americans to the will of the Primates. Douglas could not be clearer that he made that decision out of concern for the controversy that would be visited on the other delegates. It seems now that Welby has set a precedent that allows any of the four Instruments of Unity to impose “consequences” on any province or provinces doing anything that displeases them, and apparently they will be obligated. Perhaps there should be “consequences” for provinces that fail to contribute monetarily to the Communion or whose primates fail to show up at official meetings. What about “consequences” for provinces that participate in genocide or urge violence against Muslims? What about those provinces that continue to condone cultural and religious practices oppressing women? Does “walking together” mean that those offending provinces must endure “consequences” as well, or is that lofty ideal just limited to disagreements over human sexuality? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has this afternoon briefed members of the Anglican Consultative Council, meeting at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia, on the outcome of the primates’ gathering and meeting that took place in Canterbury Cathedral in January. This is the text of his address. 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It is an enormous sacrifice. And all of you here are profoundly welcome, without exception.Let me take some words from Matthew Chapter 13 verses 45 to 46.Jesus said: “Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”The Anglican Communion is a church of immense, global and beautiful diversity. It is God-given, human-developed, history-shaped.As God-given we are subject to the great task of collaborating with the work of God.As human-developed we are a church of saints and sinners, of arguments and complexities, some of which are necessary and some of which are unnecessary.As history-shaped we carry the baggage of the past, some of it wonderful, much of it a cause for shame and repentance. History includes the scriptures, our final authority when properly interpreted, the Catholic creeds, the historic episcopacy, the Dominical sacraments of baptism and Eucharist, what is called the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral that sets the limits of our diversity. And at an ACC, whose theme is intentional discipleship in a world of difference, we came together in January and we come together now recognizing that our history builds complexity upon complexity, difference upon difference.From history we inherit our saints and our villains, the shaping that comes to Anglicanism with its roots in the mission of St Augustine, the Celtic saints, the English Reformation, the missionary movements and much else besides.From history we also inherit the curse of colonialism, which affects our Communion widely. The blindness of a view too centered on the Global North, the insensitivity to the power of dominant cultures, of wealth, the habits of imperial rule too seldom repented.In all this complexity which affects almost the whole Communion we have to add the history recent, and distant, of each of the churches of the Communion. Each of our own histories overlays the history of the Communion and is in each Province or country more powerful than our joint history.Whether it be the first Bishops in the United States being consecrated by the Scottish Episcopal Church because the Church of England refused to do it, or the story of the Ugandan Martyrs, or the history of slavery, or the interaction with Islam, or a million other events recent and distant, our diversity and complexity, our differences are increased by individual histories.In the midst of such difference we face a choice, of being distracted by difference or being intentionally united in discipleship to Jesus Christ. To be united by Christ, as intentional disciples, is the only way we show to the world that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.We are living in a world where the capacity to deal with difference is more and more required, because difference is right in front of us, difference is on our iPads, in our laptops, in our phones. We hold a whole world of difference every time we open a phone. And the response to in the world around is at best insult, and so often violence, a reality which is the living experience of many you here.And into all this difference walks a merchant of pearls. The parable of the precious pearl is in the midst of a group of parables in Matthew’s gospel concerned with seeking the Kingdom of Heaven, and knowing what it is and how we react when we find it. The merchant is a trader in fine pearls. He knows how to make money, he has a number of pearls, and all is well until one day he finds a unique pearl. He recognises its value and importance and he recognises what he must do, which is to give up everything else to gain it. Intentional discipleship.The call of Christ to intentional discipleship cuts through the immense complexity of our lives and the lives of our churches, and enables us to focus on the essentials. And the essentials, as we went through them in January at the Primates’ meeting, really come down to two things: that we are to be a people of worship and a people of witness.We are a people of worship because when we see even partially the nature of Christ we can do no other. Like the merchant recognising the pearl, we must respond with the total self-giving.We are a people of witness, because the reaction to finding Jesus Christ, is to witness to him by what we do and how we speak of him, to celebrate the Pearl in witnessing to it.So we live in two worlds at the same time. One is a world of layer upon layer of difference, with boundaries but still complicated. The other is the sharp focus of the pearl of great value, the call from the Kingdom of Heaven to be those who worship and bear witness.If we are too much of the complex diversity and difference, we lose sight of the breath-taking and beautiful salvation that is ours, we become bogged down, like so many human institutions.If we are too closely focussed on the simplicity and clarity of our call we become pietistic, unable to speak with authority and fellow feeling and suffering into a world of difference.It is because of these tensions which come between us and the pearl of great price that in the Primates meeting we sought to balance three things, freedom, order and human flourishing. As a Communion and as churches where authority emerges primarily out of loving one another more than through rules and regulations, or hierarchies, this trio of freedom, order and human flourishing is of huge importance. It anchors us in the breaking down of barriers, in facing each other, in the beauty of human interaction in love.Trouble has come whenever one element of those three has overcome the others. Order often masquerades as a hunger for power. It often overcomes freedom, and neglects human flourishing. Order is essential, but it exists to make sure we wash feet and that we love, not that we dominate. It was out of these tensions of holding together order, freedom and human flourishing that Anglicanism emerged and developed a relational model of authority.At the heart of the process in and around the Primates’ meeting was seeking to find this necessary balance of freedom, flourishing and order. It is only when the balance is held that we can see as a Communion the pearl that is before us, and as a Communion it is only then that we have the capacity to let go of everything in order to hold the pearl.Like all the Instruments of Communion, whether the ACC, the Archbishop of Canterbury (for I am not a human being, I am an Instrument of Communion and for that matter a focus of unity) or the Lambeth Conference, the Primates’ meeting has no legal authority over Provinces. Any kind of synodical control of that kind has been rejected since the first Lambeth Conference. Neither can any one instrument legally bind another Instrument. The Anglican Communion only works when the relationships within it are good enough to permit a common discernment of the way in which we are being led by the Spirit. And historically this has been seen in what is often called reception.Both before, but especially since Lambeth 1920, one of the great Lambeth conferences, reception has meant the informal process of relationships, by which, over time, developments in the life of the Communion are accepted or rejected in a way that leads to consensus. Thus, issues in 1920 around contraception, in Lambeth 1930 and 1948 around divorce were at the time seen as threatening the unity of the Communion.We have been here before. And they were seen as as much of a serious difficulty as issues of sexuality today. Reception goes both ways. There has been a consensus against lay presidency, despite significant pressure in favour of it in the past, but the reception process ended up informally, relationally, not accepting it. Reception is not a legal process. It is a discernment of the Spirit based in relationship: relationship between dioceses, between people, between parishes and deaneries, between provinces, between Primates and between the Instruments of Communion and many others. It is a whole network of relationships that makes the Communion possible and in which we find authority.The importance of this is very great indeed. The Anglican Communion finds its decisions through spiritual discernment in relationship, not through canons and procedures. Primates’ Meetings, Lambeth Conferences and ACCs are not a question of winning and losing, but of discerning together in love.It is for that reason that historically it has been expected that the Primates and the ACC, which are very different bodies, should work in the closest co-operation . That was the phrase used in Lambeth 1978 and in Resolution 52 of 1988. The ACC is one of the ways in which the Communion is held together. It is made effective by the involvement of lay people, our main bulwark and defence against an unthinking clericalism.At the same time the long agreed understanding, since at least 1988 Lambeth , and re-emphasised in various reports, including the Eames report, is that the Primates, because of their positions as senior Bishops in their Provinces, have an enhanced responsibility. Let me quote Lambeth 1988, Resolution 18:2: The enhanced responsibility is for “Offering guidance on doctrinal, moral and pastoral matters”. It went on “We see an enhanced role for the Primates as a key to growth of inter-dependence within the Communion.” Not juridical, notice. A key to growth of interdependence. “We do not see any inter-Anglican jurisdiction as possible or desirable. . . A Collegial role for the Primates by contrast could easily be developed” – I have to say I like their optimism – “and their collective judgement and advice would carry considerable weight”. That was Lambeth 1988.In January the Primates explored and sought to establish what the consequences are for any province which promotes its own autonomy over that of the catholic interdependence and mutual accountability of others.This task was undertaken recognising that any process which would be agreed in these specific circumstances of January, will be developed so that it can also be applied to any province when any unilateral decisions on matters of doctrine and polity is taken that threatens our unity.There were critical points in the discussion when, if I am honest, it seemed that the decision would be made to walk apart. We were very close to that. However, after much discussion, if I quote the communiqué, we said:“The unanimous (note that, unanimous) decision of the Primates (there was only one absent by choice, there were two others absent, one through family bereavement and one through illness) … The unanimous decision of the Primates was to walk together, however painful this is, and despite our differences, as a deep expression of our unity in the body of Christ.”Given this commitment to their unity, it is inaccurate always to speak of suspension and expulsion, or sanction. Instead the Primates openly acknowledged the distance that exists between us on some issues and considered the consequences where decisions put strain on relationships. Let me quote the Communique again:“Such actions impair our Communion and create a deeper mistrust between us. This results in significant distance between us and places huge strains on the functioning of the Instruments of Communion and the ways in which we express our historic and ongoing relationships. In keeping with the consistent position of previous Primates’ meetings such unilateral actions on a matter of doctrine without Catholic unity is considered by many of (not all but by many of us) as a departure from the mutual accountability and interdependence implied through being in relationship with each other in the Anglican Communion”.And then we considered what would happen. And we saw that there should be significant consequences if we had recognized that we would walk together but necessarily at some time with a certain distance between us. But still walking together. And those consequences are set out in the communiqué. There is a time limited restriction in governance and representative roles; the Primates said that for a three-year period the Episcopal Church, TEC, should not take part in decisions on matters of doctrine or polity. They can speak but we suggested that they should not vote, nor should they represent the Communion on external bodies such as those dealing with interfaith or ecumenical matters.Moreover, because walking at a distance is not how it should be, a Task Group was appointed “to maintain conversation among ourselves with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ.” That Task Group has been set up. I was asked to create it. And it has been set up with a very wide representation on it of women and men, lay and ordained, from every part of the Communion.On Human Sexuality the Primates issued an apology for the deep hurt caused to LGBTI people by those in the Church. You may remember that the Primates said they recognized “that the Christian church and within it the Anglican Communion have often acted in a way towards people on the basis of their sexual orientation that has caused deep hurt. Where this has happened they express their profound sorrow and affirm again that God’s love for every human being is the same, regardless of their sexuality, and that the church should never by its actions give any other impression.”The Primates specifically opposed criminal sanctions and any form of homophobic prejudice. In their communiqué they said: “The Primates condemned homophobic prejudice and violence and resolved to work together to offer pastoral care and loving service irrespective of sexual orientation. This conviction arises out of our discipleship of Jesus Christ. The Primates reaffirmed their rejection of criminal sanctions against same-sex attracted people.”As Archbishop of Canterbury (a separate Instrument) I have acted on the Primates’ decisions in those areas for which I have responsibility. It is both my and the Primates’ desire, hope and prayer that the ACC should also share in working through the consequences of our impaired relationships.And, of course, it is necessary to say, that the Primates’ meeting covered many other subjects of huge importance. The second appendix to the meeting sets out a powerful and passionate call to the Communion to be a witnessing body of disciples, seeking to lead others to faith in Christ. Intentional Discipleship. We engaged knowledgeably and positively on issues around the environment, on the refugee crisis, on the issues of persecution and conflict. The energy in the room when we discussed those issues, was extraordinary. There was a real life. It spoke to me of the immeasurable possibilities for good of this, our Communion.And finally, this may help to give you a sense of the final Eucharist in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral, the oldest part of the building. The Primates, those of them who were there, there were about four missing who had to go at various points, sat in a semi-circle around the altar, laid for the Eucharist. On one side of it, and a little in front, was the Crozier, the Bishop’s staff, of St Gregory, Pope Gregory the Great, who had sent Augustine in 597 for the re-evangelisation of these Islands, at least according to the Roman tradition.I should say that the Celts had been there for a couple of hundred years before that but Augustine didn’t pay a lot of attention to that. There is nothing new under the sun. The Crozier is very beautiful, with inspiration which I suspect is drawn from the apocalypse, of a carved ivory lamb rising above an attack from a dragon.On the other side of the altar, and just in front of it, were the Augustine Gospels. They come from the sixth century and are beautifully illuminated. They provided forceful symbolism of our call to continue in the tradition of the scriptures and of evangelism.Before the altar, sat Jean Vanier, who founded the Larche Communities, who addressed us during the Eucharist, on John Chapter 13. He led us both in meditating on that passage and in washing each other’s feet.And, if you think about it, that last Eucharist, summed up the Chicago- Lambeth Quadrilateral.The Ministry of the Sacrament recalled to us that through the sacraments we reaffirm our catholicity, our essential unity with all Christians everywhere and in every time, our belonging to the church of the Creeds.The pastoral staff spoke to us of the call for unity and of the shepherding of the people of God through the episcopate.The Gospels, the Word of the Scriptures, unfold to us the life of Jesus our Saviour.Jean Vanier himself, is a living symbol of what true simplicity and discipleship means.I conclude there because it sets before us the reality of the Anglican Communion with all of its difficulties.The Communion is the very work of God inspired by the Spirit, full of very fallible human beings who must confess their sins and who require the comforts of the Word and the hope of the Sacraments and the example of the Saints, and the order of the creeds and the shepherding of those called by God into leadership, however weak they may be, if we are to be to the world the symbol of unity which will enable us to proclaim more confidently the call to intentional discipleship, the Good News of Jesus Christ.RS Thomas, the Welsh priest-poet wrote this:I have seen the sun break throughto illuminate a small fieldfor a while, and gone my wayand forgotten it. But that was thepearl of great price, the one field that hadtreasure in it. I realise nowthat I must give all that I haveto possess it. Life is not hurryingon to a receding future, nor hankering afteran imagined past. It is the turningaside like Moses to the miracleof the lit bush, to a brightnessthat seemed as transitory as your youthonce, but is the eternity that awaits youAs Anglicans we are called to be something special, a people of reconciliation, finding authority through relationships, transcending complexity and difference, relishing diversity, loving each other. A monument, a beacon to the hope of Christ. In a world that burns with hellish darkness visible, may we above all see not just what we are, but what we can be when we turn aside to the Pearl of the Kingdom, a pearl only seen clearly when we love one another. When that happens, in this broken world, by the grace of God in the power of the Spirit, then we Anglicans can become a profound blessing of peace and hope.Following the Archbishop’s briefing, the chair of the ACC, Bishop James Tengatenga, reminded members about the role of the ACC and its relationship with the other Instruments of Communion. The ACC members then discussed the issues in small groups and will report back at a later date.At the invitation of the vice-chair of the ACC, Liz Paver, the ACC members affirmed their “willingness to work together as a body with the Primates on these difficult issues”. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI last_img read more

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first_imgBy Myriam Ortega / Diálogo March 09, 2020 For the first time in the history of Colombia’s participation in peacekeeping missions, a female Army officer deployed to North Africa. Colombian Army First Lieutenant Zuly Vannesa Lugo Varón works as a military peace observer since February in the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO, in French).The participation of 1st Lt. Lugo is a landmark for the Latin American nation, and reaffirms the Colombian Military Forces’ commitment to integrating women and ensuring equal opportunities. According to the Colombian Ministry of Defense’s latest 2020 data, women represent 9 percent of the total Armed Forces.First Lt. Lugo is the first woman of the Colombian Army to take on the duty of military peace observer in MINURSO. (Photo: Colombian Army)“Colombia is committed to working on equality issues,” Karen Pineda Mejía, a member of the Ministry of Defense’s Directorate for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, told Diálogo. “Based on the experience that the first lieutenant might gain, this will motivate those who follow her to better prepare for participating in more missions.”First Lt. Lugo, 27, who comes from a family with a military tradition, is fluent in English and trained for peacekeeping missions through the Colombian Navy’s Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CENCOPAZ, in Spanish). Her military background also includes advanced courses in combat, parachuting, free jump, and infiltration at high altitude.As a peace observer, the officer will participate in a mission that seeks to put an end to the conflict between Morocco and the Polisario Front — the liberation movement that represents the native Sahrawi population — that dates back to the 1970s. First Lt. Lugo will deploy and conduct her observations on Moroccan soil.According to January 21, 2020 United Nations (U.N.) data, MINURSO has 186 service members, 43 of which are women. The U.N. Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy, launched in 2017, targets to reach between 15 and 35 percent for female personnel representation in all its peacekeeping missions by 2028.“Female patrol units are able to communicate better with men and women in areas of operations, have access to essential intelligence, and offer a more holistic approach to security problems,” said António Guterres, U.N. secretary-general, during a Security Council session in mid-2019.First Lt. Lugo will serve in the Western Sahara until February 2021. “I’m going with the best attitude to make a name for Colombia, the Army, and myself, because it depends on me that they continue to send more women next year [2021],” the officer said.last_img read more

first_img Court strikes statute dealing with pretrial release Says the legislature encroached on its exclusive procedural rulemaking authority Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a statute dealing with nonmonetary pretrial release as an impermissible intrusion on the court’s exclusive procedural rulemaking ability and has temporarily readopted two Rules of Criminal Procedure that the statute amended back in 2000.However, because the court now says a “vacuum” exists as to when judges may consider some defendants for nonmonetary pretrial release, it is republishing the two rules (3.131 and 3.132) in this News for comments concerning whether they should be amended to reflect the legislature’s intent as demonstrated by the now unconstitutional statute (§907.041(4)(b)). (See notice, page 29)“The court is particularly concerned that it be fully informed as to the policy concerns of the Florida Legislature before it takes any final action on these rules,” the court said in a June 30 opinion. “For that reason, the court expressly invites the legislature to file comments particularly addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting section 907.041(4)(b).”At issue is the court’s finding in State v. Raymond, No. SC03-1263 (Fla. June 30, 2005), that §907.041(4)(b) is purely procedural and therefore an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers clause of the Florida Constitution.The case involves Marti Cassandra Raymond, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery that involved domestic violence. Raymond was brought before the Dade County court for her first appearance and was found to qualify for nonmonetary release to pretrial services (PTS) because she had no prior offenses. Despite making a finding that Raymond qualified, the court said it could not grant nonmonetary pretrial release, citing §907.041(4)(b). It provides in pertinent part: “No person charged with a dangerous crime shall be granted nonmonetary pretrial release at a first appearance hearing. . . . ” Misdemeanor domestic violence is classified as a dangerous crime and because Raymond was charged with committing a dangerous crime, even though she was otherwise eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release at her first appearance, the court was required to set a bond.Raymond could not afford to post the $1,500 bond and remained in jail through the weekend, until the second scheduled appearance the following Monday. During that time, Raymond filed a motion seeking nonmonetary pretrial release, alleging that §907.041(4)(b) was unconstitutional because it created a procedural rule that regulated the timing of her eligibility for release to PTS. The county court denied Raymond’s motion but asked the appellate division of the 11th Judicial Circuit if the statute impermissibly intrudes upon the Supreme Court’s rulemaking authority. The 11th Circuit’s appellate division found that it did and the Third DCA agreed. The state appealed, arguing that the statute is substantive in nature for several reasons.The state argued that the amendment alters the presumption from favoring nonmonetary release to a presumption against nonmonetary release when the defendant is charged with a dangerous crime. That presumption is found in the following statutory provision:“(3) Release on nonmonetary conditions.—“(a) It is the intent of the legislature to create a presumption in favor of release on nonmonetary conditions for any person who is granted pretrial release unless such person is charged with a dangerous crime as defined in subsection (4). Such person shall be released on monetary conditions if it is determined that such monetary conditions are necessary to assure the presence of the person at trial or at other proceedings, to protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, to assure the presence of the accused at trial, or to assure the integrity of the judicial process.”“We do not agree that a change in the presumption in §907.041(3)(a) means that a change to §907.041(4)(b) is substantive,” Justice Peggy Quince, wrote for the 5-2 majority. “The change in presumption does not affect the defendant’s eligibility for nonmonetary pretrial release. Any defendant who was eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release is still eligible for nonmonetary pretrial release. The statutory provision granting this right was fixed in a portion of the statute that is not at issue here. Because the right to nonmonetary pretrial release is not itself at issue — any person entitled to PTS nonmonetary release before the amendment is still entitled to it after the amendment — this is not a substantive provision. The provision at issue here merely affects the timing of the release on nonmonetary conditions.”The court also rejected the state’s claim that the amendment concerns itself with the period of time that a defendant accused of a violent crime must be held before nonmonetary release, thus making it substantive and not purely procedural. The court found the section does not set forth a specific period of time that a defendant must be detained before a judicial hearing.“In fact, even the state agrees that the trial court could have called Raymond’s case for a second hearing immediately following her initial appearance,” Quince said.In 2000, the court said, the legislature amended §907.041, and repealed Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132, relating to pretrial release and pretrial detention, to the extent the act and the session law is inconsistent with rules 3.131 and 3.132 on whether certain defendants will be considered for nonmonetary pretrial release at the first appearance hearing. The rules require the judge to determine and impose the conditions of pretrial release at the first appearance hearing for all defendants, but the session law prohibits such consideration for certain defendants by specifying that “[n]o person charged with a dangerous crime shall be granted nonmonetary pretrial release at a first appearance hearing.”“Thus, those portions of the rules which require the trial judge to determine and impose the conditions of pretrial release for persons charged with a dangerous crime at the first appearance, including nonmonetary conditions, have been repealed by the legislature,” the court said.Although the legislature may repeal a court procedural rule, it cannot create a new procedural rule by statute.“In this case, the legislature repealed a portion of two procedural rules; however, by enacting §907.041(4)(b), which is a rule of procedure affecting the timing of a defendant’s eligibility for pretrial release to PTS, it also imposed a new procedural rule, essentially rewriting the Rules of Criminal Procedure. This the legislature may not do.”Therefore, the court temporarily readopted rules 3.131 and 3.132 in their entirety and is calling for comments concerning whether they should be amended to reflect the legislature’s intent as demonstrated in §907.041.“We are particularly concerned that we be fully informed as to the policy concerns of the Florida Legislature before we take any final action on these rules,” Quince said. “For that reason, we expressly invite the legislature to file comments particularly addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting §907.041(4)(b).”Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and Justices Charles Wells, Harry Lee Anstead and Raoul Cantero concurred. Justices Fred Lewis and Kenneth Bell dissented. August 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Court strikes statute dealing with pretrial releaselast_img read more

first_imgCOUNTDOWN AGAINST ALGERIA The Nigerian team will walk onto the refurbished pitch on superior ground against the Fennecs of Algeria, going by the statistics of their previous encounters.Till date, there has been 17 clashes between both teams (all at competitive level), with Nigeria winning eight times, drawing three and losing six. And Nigeria captain Mikel John Obi was less than three years old the last time Algeria defeated Nigeria, in the final of the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations in Algiers.Super Eagles’ current goalkeepers’ trainer Aloysius Agu was the Eagles’ goalkeeper and captain that day, 16th March 1990. It was a tough game at the July 5 Stadium in Algiers, but the Fennecs won their first (and still only) Africa title when Cherif Oudjani’s long range effort beat Agu for the only goal of the match.At that same competition, Algeria had beaten the Eagles 5-1 in the opening match. But the Eagles would remember that and pay back the Fennecs when lashing their hosts 5-2 in Oran in a 2006 World Cup qualifier on 4th September 2005.The first clash between both countries was on 10th January 1973, during the football event of the 2nd All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted. The match ended 2-2. Seven years later, the Green Eagles would thrash the Algerians 3-0 to lift their first Africa Cup title.In their last four confrontations, the Eagles have enjoyed a winning streak against the Algerians, which is more than the three consecutive wins Algeria had over Nigeria between October 1981 and March 1982. In the qualifying race for Espana ’82, Algeria beat Nigeria 2-0 in Lagos and 2-1 in Constantine, and the Fennecs then came from behind to edge the Eagles 2-1 at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya.This Saturday, Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho looks set to lead Nigeria’s charge for goals against the North Africans side with Victor Moses and Oghenekaro Etebo good to also start.The 20-year-old Iheanacho has scored in the team’s last four matches and in yesterday’s morning training he led attack while Watford ace Odion Ighalo, back in the squad after he missed last month’s game in Zambia, featured for the second team.Ighalo has failed to deliver in a green-white-green shirt of Nigeria and he is currently struggling to score goals in his second season in the Premier League.In a related development, Napoli FC and Algeria defender, Faouzi Ghoulam has joined the list of players sidelined with injury he suffered a groin injury wednesday.Twenty-five-year-old left back Ghoulam has been an injury concern and now it has been announced he is out of the clash in Uyo and will not be on the flight to Nigeria tonight.Ghoulam’s withdrawal has made it increasingly difficult for coach Georges Leekens to line up a formidable after three top players were also lost to injuries earlier this week.Midfielders Rachid Ghezzal and Ryad Boudebouz as well as striker Hilal Soudani opted out of the World Cup qualifier in Nigeria on account of injury.Ghezzal and Boudebouz were examined by Algeria team doctors before they were excused from the training camp, while Dynamo Zagreb striker Soudani did not even fly down to Algiers.They have since been replaced by Baghdad Bounedjah, Yassine Benzia and Ismael Bennacer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Another Algerian star player ruled outFemi SolajaNigeria’s Super Eagles arrived Uyo lastnight briming with confidence and ready to pick another vital win against Algeria this Saturday in Russia 2018 WorldCup qualifying match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.last_img read more

first_imgManning said the cleaners have made three settlement offers to Pearson: $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson was not satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants. Because Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, he asked in his lawsuit for $15,000 – the cost of renting a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business. The bulk of the $65 million demand comes from Pearson’s strict interpretation of Washington consumer protection law, which imposes fines of $1,500 per violation, per day. Pearson counted 12 violations over 1,200 days, then multiplied that by three defendants. Much of Pearson’s case rests on two signs Custom Cleaners once had on its walls: “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “Same Day Service.” He claims the signs amount to fraud. The case is set for trial June 11.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A missing pair of pants has led to one big suit. A customer got so steamed when a dry cleaner lost his trousers that he sued for $65 million. Two years later, he is still pressing his suit. The case has demoralized the South Korean immigrant owners of the mom-and-pop business and brought demands that the customer – an administrative law judge in Washington – be disbarred and removed from office for pursuing a frivolous and abusive claim. Jin Nam Chung, Ki Chung and their son, Soo Chung, are considering moving back to Seoul, seven years after they opened their dry-cleaning business in the nation’s capital, said their lawyer, Chris Manning. “They’re out a lot of money, but more importantly, incredibly disenchanted with the system,” Manning said. “This has destroyed their lives.” The customer, Roy L. Pearson Jr., who has been representing himself, declined to comment. According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alterations to Custom Cleaners in Washington. A pair of pants from one suit was missing when he requested it two days later. Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000. But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. Pearson said those were not his pants, and decided to take the Chungs to the cleaners and sue. last_img read more

first_imgSignificant spin-offs This programme was initiated a few years ago and is already successfully established, using the framework of a hub-and-spoke collaboration philosophy, at several South African universities. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The new LECO Pegasus 4 GCxGC-TOFMS – a comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatograph combined with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer – has been commissioned at the university to gain better insight into the influence of trace components in synthetic diesel, and the application of such fuels in engines, turbines, and other devices. The initiative forms part of Sasol’s university collaboration initiative, a long-term programme that supports the core objectives of world-class teaching and research capacity in chemistry and chemical engineering at selected South African universities. 25 May 2010 The LECO Pegasus 4 GCxGC-TOFMS will enable scientists to make much more detailed analyses of how the more than 100 compounds that make up synthetic diesel fuel contribute to the likes of performance, viscosity, and lubricity of these fuels – an area of research known as tribology.center_img University collaboration initiative Although primarily designed to protect Sasol’s competitive advantage of doing R&D within the country, the programme will also have significant spin-offs benefiting South Africa in general. “With the rapid changes in engine technologies globally, it is important to fully characterise the composition of these fuels in order to exploit their unique benefits,” Sasol said. Research collaboration between Sasol and the University of Pretoria’s department of chemistry and chemical engineering has led to the commissioning of high-tech equipment to gain better insights into the properties and performance of synthetic diesel fuels. “The acquisition of this expensive equipment was made possible by financial support from Sasol Technology through joint research interest in the chemistry that underpins the physical properties of diesel fuels,” Sasol in a statement last week.last_img read more

first_imgRodrigue Katembo, a former child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been awarded an international environmental prize for his work as a park ranger and conservationist in the country’s Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest wildlife park.Rodrigue Katembo won a 2017 Goldman environmental prize for his work protecting wildlife in Virunga and Upemba national parks. (Image: Virunga National Park)CD AndersonPark ranger and conservationist Rodrigue Katembo won the Goldman Environmental Prize in April 2017 for his work in preventing potentially damaging oil exploration in the park. In addition to mobilising Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) citizens to protest against the plans to drill for oil in Virunga, he also worked undercover to expose bribery and corruption of government officials by foreign oil companies.Environmental research has shown that oil exploration in the park would threaten the habitats of the region’s critically endangered gorilla, elephant and lion populations.The Goldman Prize, often referred to as the Green Nobel, is an annual award that recognises grassroots environmental activists in six regions around the world. The prize is awarded by the Goldman Environmental Foundation, based in San Francisco, USA.Virunga National Park is home to a quarter of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas — there are fewer than 900 globally. Additionally, the park, which covers more than 5,000km2 across the DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, has several delicate ecosystems. (Image: Virunga National Park)Virunga is home to a quarter of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas — there are fewer than 900 globally. Additionally, the park, which covers more than 5,000km2 across the DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, has several delicate ecosystems. These include volcanoes, forests, river and lake systems, as well as mountain regions that, if threatened and exploited by industry, would have detrimental environmental and societal effects on the entire region.“The park brings a lot of different kinds of services that are benefiting the community,” Katembo told CNN in April 2017. “For instance, you have the protected fisheries where many fishermen are able to sustain their families and are able to generate income.”In addition to dealing with infringing industry, Katembo and his small but dedicated team also have to tackle international poaching syndicates and political instability from various militia groups in the area. Over the last two decades, more than 160 park rangers have been killed in armed conflict with rebels and poachers.“[Park rangers] have paid the ultimate price for the protection of Virunga,” he said, adding that “they really fought with their heart to protect the park”.Life as a child soldierThe decades-long political conflict and civil war in the DRC is something with which Katembo is closely familiar. He was forced by a rebel militia group, as a teenager in 1989, to become a child soldier. He fought with various groups until 2003, when a brief peace gave him the opportunity to leave that life behind and follow a lifelong dream of working with wildlife.“Since I was very young, I really wanted to become part of the wildlife authority of Congo,” he told The Guardian in April 2017.The ranger work, however, proved equally dangerous. In 2013, while investigating government corruption that allowed the construction of oil drills in the park, Katembo was arrested and imprisoned for 17 days. Though he was eventually released, threats and intimidation — even failed assassination attempts — against him and other rangers continued.The Virunga documentaryThis struggle and the important work done by park rangers in the DRC was the focus of a Netflix documentary produced by actor/activist Leonard DiCaprio.Titled Virunga, the film follows rangers and conservationists in their struggle against the DRC government selling drilling rights in the park to British oil companies.Thanks to the park’s status as a Unesco Heritage Site, as well as the international attention from the documentary, all attempts to exploit the region for oil were ended in 2014, with both continued campaigns by Virunga rangers and the World Wildlife Fund successfully keeping oil exploration out of the park.Teaching the environmental importance of endangered regionsWinning that particular battle may have been Virunga’s most recognised success, but Katembo says it is the small victories, particularly in increasing the park’s animal population, that make him and his team the proudest. He told The Guardian: “The population of hippos in Virunga [went] from 500 to 1,700 in three to four years — that was a really important moment for me.”In his current position as director of the Upemba National Park, in southern DRC, he has overseen a new elephant population of 68 where once there were none.As director of Upemba, he continues to tackle the same challenges: poaching, political instability and corruption.Once again, Katembo and his Upemba team are also combating illegal mining intrusions, particularly for gold and emeralds, but also the growing problem of coltan mining. Coltan is a highly valuable ore used in electronics manufacturing. Since 2015, the park has shut down eight large-scale coltan operations and more than a thousand small mines operated by local residents.In accepting his Goldman award, Katembo emphasised the need for educating more people about the environmental importance of endangered regions.He also reiterated a call for more respect for local and international conservation laws, as well as sustained support from groups, individuals and governments, in putting pressure on African countries not to be blindsided or corrupted by corporate interests.“It is not the time to do something else,” he said in again declaring his lifelong dedication to his chosen cause. “When we see how many [groups] are trying to destroy our protected areas, we cannot stop now. If I left, that would feel like a betrayal to the protections the wildlife and national parks deserve. I also need to ensure a new generation of young Congolese are there to take up the baton.”Sources: CNN, Guardian, Virunga National ParkWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgCrypto jacking is a form of cyber attack in which the attacker hijacks third party computer, tablet, mobile phone, or connected home device to mine cryptocurrency. Bad actors use a malicious link or infect websites or online ads with javascript code that launch the crypto mining code in the victim’s system.A report generated by Adguard showed a 31 percent growth-rate for in-browser crypto jacking. The reason behind crypto jacking is becoming more popular because cybercriminals can make good money with minimal effort.In February 2018, more than half a million computing devices were hacked by a crypto mining botnet called Sominru. Proofpoint, a cybersecurity firm estimated that the operators had mined 8900 Monero close to 3.6 million in value.Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security said “As long as cryptocurrencies have value, attackers will use computers to steal it. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts CryptoJacking. Follow the Puck Attacking from the computing cloud. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Entrepreneur and Online Marketing Consultant, Joseph Chukwube is the Founder of Digitage. He’s highly enthusiastic about all things business and technology, and he shares informative resources to help businesses and consumers stay informed, safer, and smarter online. Want to say hi? Shoot him an email at [email protected] Mobile devices will be a top target for cyber threats in 2019. According to Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, new malware variants for mobile devices increased by 54% in 2017. Cybercriminals are developing new ways and new tools to spy on iPhone and Android devices. Last year, security and intelligence firm Talos found that a hacking group abused mobile device management (MDM) protocol to target a few iPhones in India.It was found that the hackers gained access to the devices through physical access and social engineering attacks to secretly spy and steal the data. Source: Talos IntelligenceThe best way to prevent mobile malware attacks is to avoid clicking on links and downloading files from unknown sources. It’s also important to have updated OS on your mobile devices as these are less likely to get affected by cyber threats. Blockchain is widely used in various applications because it provides transparency and security by encryption. One of the most promising use cases of Blockchain technology is smart contracts. These are software programs running on top of blockchain which automatically processes some form of digital asset exchange if the pre-defined rules meet. From carrying out financial transactions to intellectual-property protection, smart contracts will be vital to all such applications. While smart contracts have potential use cases, this relatively new technology still has bugs as claimed by researchers. In 2017, a vulnerability in a multisignature technology of a digital wallet – Parity, was exploited by hackers and $32 million of digital currency was stolen. The fundamental problem associated with keeping the smart contract data private is with the inbuilt transparency of the blockchain. Attackers have already identified this vulnerability. It will be a huge challenge for companies who will leverage smart contracts in 2019. Last year, the US government accused two Chinese hackers of stealing data from at least 45 U.S. tech companies, government agencies as well as the personal data of more than 100,000 members of the U.S. Navy.The indictment said that the defendants hacked companies that remotely managed IT infrastructure of business and government around the world. Such attacks are major threats to the companies that host other companies’ data on their servers or manage clients’ IT services remotely. By sneaking into the system of these companies, hackers can also infiltrate the clients too. Looking at the advancement in digital technologies, most of the companies will employ cloud solutions to host their IT infrastructure. Companies should choose big cloud companies such as AWS and Google as they are much safer than the smaller companies which are more vigilant to these attacks. 2018 showed us an accelerated growth in cyber threat activities. Data breaches, attacks using malicious software and insider threats were among the most familiar forms of attack. Many well-known organizations suffered from these cybersecurity disasters and compromised data of millions of users. Exactis, a marketing and data aggregation firm suffered the largest data leak of last year, exposed 340 million records on a publicly accessible server. While these threats will continue to be a part of 2019, companies are going to encounter more sophisticated threats due to advances in technology like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain. Here are the top six threats that organizations need to watch out for in 2019. “Organizations know the benefits of AI technology to defend their system, but they are also aware that attackers have unique capabilities to exploit their system with that same technology,” said in a press release by Rodney Joffe, Neustar senior vice president. A lot of cybersecurity defense firms have started to implement AI models to detect cyber threats. Unfortunately, cybercriminals can create more sophisticated attacks by infiltrating these defenses.This can be carried out using generative adversarial networks, which involves two neutral networks contesting each other to discover the AI algorithms each is using. If the hackers discover the algorithm, they can easily develop a model to bypass it. Another potential risk of the adversarial network is that hackers can infiltrate data sets used to train AI models – for instance, injecting malicious code and modifying labels so that threats are identified as safe rather than a suspect. Mobile malware. Hacking blockchain smart contracts. Hacking AI defense with AI tools. Human-generated phishing attacks involve digital messages to trick people into clicking on a malicious link that installs malware or exposes sensitive data. AI-generated phishing emails are way more dangerous than the ones generated by humans. Now, Hackers are able to create highly realistic “deep fake” video and audio to fool individuals. A good example is the falsified video made by Buzzfeed which shows Jordan Peele doing a Barack Obama impersonation and calling “President Trump a total deep shit”.Earlier, big movie studios were required to create such deep fake videos. Now anybody can create such ploy with a decent computer and a powerful graphics card. Through DeepFake algorithm, cybercriminals can easily spread false news, stoke geopolitical tensions during the time of elections. Tags:#cyber security#cyberthreats#IoT#Mobile Security#online security Joseph ChukwubeEntrepreneur, Digital Marketer, Blogger AI-Generated phishing emails. How Data Analytics Can Save Liveslast_img read more