Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Human Sexuality Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Matthew Shepard to be interred at Washington National Cathedral after public service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Matthew Shepard was active in his Episcopal congregation in Casper, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Washington National Cathedral[Episcopal News Service] Twenty years after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard sparked national outrage, his ashes will be interred at Washington National Cathedral following a public service of remembrance.The Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard on Oct. 26 will be led by Washington Bishop Marian Budde and retired New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop and an acquaintance of the Shepard family. Until now, Shepard’s parents had not settled on a final resting place for his remains out of concern the site would be vandalized. As they approached 20 years since their son’s death, Robinson helped the family make arrangements at Washington National Cathedral.The tragedy of Shepard’s death is still a call to the nation to reject bigotry and “instead embrace each of our neighbors for who they are,” the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of the cathedral, said in a news release. “The Shepard family has shown extraordinary courage and grace in keeping his spirit and memory alive, and the cathedral is honored and humbled to serve as his final resting place.”Shepard, 21, was a student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie when a passerby found him beaten and tied to a fence in October 1998. He died later at a hospital. The crime ignited an outcry against the prevalence of anti-gay violence.His 1998 funeral was held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper, Wyoming, the congregation where he had served as an acolyte. Shepard also had attended the Canterbury Club while at college.“Matt loved the Episcopal Church and felt welcomed by his church in Wyoming,” his mother, Judy Shepard, said in a cathedral news release. “For the past 20 years, we have shared Matt’s story with the world. It’s reassuring to know he now will rest in a sacred spot where folks can come to reflect on creating a safer, kinder world.”About 200 people are interred at Washington National Cathedral, including President Woodrow Wilson and Helen Keller. Shepard’s interment will be a private ceremony, but the service of remembrance will be open to the public and could draw a capacity crowd of 1,500 to 2,000 people, the cathedral’s chief communications officer, Kevin Eckstrom, told Episcopal News Service.The site may become something of a pilgrimage stop within the LGBTQ community, Eckstrom said. And Budde, quoted in the New York Times, underscored that the Episcopal Church is striving to offer a message of welcome to all people.“A lot has changed [since Shepard’s killing], but not everything has changed,” Budde told the Times. “It felt really important for us to say that we believe LGBTQ people are beloved children of God, not in spite of their identities but because of who they are – who God created them to be.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT By David PaulsenPosted Oct 11, 2018 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York
Teachers in San Juan, PR, strike to say ‘Education is not a business.’A broad struggle against the privatization of public education in Puerto Rico began March 19 with a teachers’ strike as the Legislative Assembly tries to approve what it calls “educational reform.”This strike has been called by the Front in Defense of Public Education, which encompasses several labor union groups. Besides teachers’ organizations, such as UNETE, Educamos, the Federation of PR Teachers and Puerto Rican Educators in Action, the Front includes the National Organization of Directors of Schools of Puerto Rico and the Organization of Directors and Administrators. Other unions such as UTIER, representing the energy sector, as well as several progressive organizations and mothers, fathers and students have joined the call.The support of the people has been taken note of in radio and television news coverage as well as in social media.This call to action comes at a crucial time for Puerto Rico. It is now six months since hurricanes Irma and Maria and just three months before the new hurricane season begins, yet the devastation caused by the powerful storms has not been resolved.Thousands of people are still without electricity. There is catastrophic unemployment and major health problems, including an increase in suicides and depression. Many are still homeless and thousands of other problems persist, including extensive poisoning from toxic ash produced by burning coal. And there is the “recovery” work — ineffective and bordering on criminal — of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Colonialism stifles true governmentColonialism prevents a country from developing the capacity to set up a government responsive to the interests of its people. Every four years in Puerto Rico, a legislative farce takes place in which elite rulers are elected who continue the subjugation of the people for the benefit of U.S. interests, perpetuating colonialism and dependence.The present government is trying desperately — even comically — to force through Puerto Rico’s annexation by the U.S., the so-called Tennessee Plan. It wants to artificially transform the archipelago into what would seem to be a state of the union. Not only does the Fiscal Control Board govern in reality, but the government of Ricky Roselló hires all consulting firms, “experts” and agencies from the U.S. to impose their criteria on the Puerto Rican people.The reality of the suffering and misery of the people is totally ignored — although it is deepening more and more every day — while million-dollar contracts are distributed right and left.In addition, this “bankrupt” country is paying extravagant salaries to the Ukrainian who is president of the Fiscal Control Board, Natalie Jaresko ($625,000); Héctor Pesquera, head of the new “National Security” agency and formerly with the FBI ($248,000); and Julia Keleher from Philadelphia, now secretary of education ($250,000), among others.Attacks on the Puerto Rican people have increased since the hurricane. Whether intentional or not, the blows seem aimed at destroying a people by bewildering, overwhelming and depriving them of their ability to react.That is why the strike which started on March 19 is so important.Privatizers see students as a ‘product’The fight against educational reform involves not only privatization. The current pro-Yankee government also intends to eradicate a nation in order to make way for the “elaboration” of a “product” — in this case students — to serve the interests of U.S. foreign capital.It establishes charter schools where priority is given to the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, ignoring the total training of students as human beings and not as robots. Inequality is stimulated by imposing educational vouchers, and foreign values are imposed through the hiring — for $16.9 million — of a U.S. agency, the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics, to teach “values” to the student body.In addition, it wants to impose an administrative restructuring of the educational system, dividing it into seven Regional Education Offices (LEAs). The intent to emulate the U.S. structure is clear in the words of the legislative project: “It is important to point out that Puerto Rico is the only jurisdiction of the American Nation that has not established the LEA model at the regional level.” (tinyurl.com/y7bw2ugl)They have started a search to fill the posts of these administrators. Where? In the U.S., of course!That is why the president of the Teachers Federation, Mercedes Martínez, calls this a “corporate reform.”The day before the strike, Workers World-Mundo Obrero spoke with Eva Ayala, president of Educamos, to get her impression of the situation.Workers World-Mundo Obrero: What is the goal of the strike?Eva Ayala: We intend to send a strong and clear message to those who, from and through the government, want to impose an educational model based on a mercantilist vision of education.One of its effects would be to distance the right to education from the communities by creating seven regions, each of which is to be centralized. Among other implications, they announced they will close 308 additional schools (they have already closed more than 300), which would come to more than 600 schools totally eliminated over four years.They will also eliminate over 7,500 teaching positions. When they close schools, many jobs in school lunch services, secretaries and other personnel are also eliminated. It disrupts the functioning and culture of the communities. The purpose of the strike is to move people to put pressure so we can stop the government’s intentions.Those big interests want to control and appropriate the public funds that have been earmarked for education. It is about the shrinkage of government in the educational area as part of the neoliberal policies they promote. They are redistributing wealth in this sector. That is why they cut expenses and increase profits through massive layoffs, mass closure of schools, elimination of rights, privatization and an increase in the cost of education. They want to use public funds to fatten the pockets of the rich who are paying for their political campaigns.Educational vouchers represent the use of public funds to subsidize private education, which has already been declared unconstitutional. Charter schools are managed by private companies and have not proved successful in other jurisdictions in the U.S. On the contrary, they discriminate against the poor, against people with different abilities and have had a history of mismanagement of funds, fraud and corruption.WW-MO: What changes have occurred since the new Department of Education and Roselló’s government?EA: They, under the misleading motto that “children come first,” use the most recent catastrophes to advance their positions. They are a good example of what some call “catastrophic capitalism.” After Hurricane Maria, Keleher refused to open the schools. She wanted to take advantage of that situation to eliminate schools and deprive our people of the right to education.They intend to leave less than 800 schools functioning, increase administrative work, force teachers to work overtime without pay (which constitutes slave labor), strengthen their punitive vision of all processes related to education, eliminate the right to retirement and they are cutting and eliminating programs such as health, libraries, vocational, physical education, fine arts and social sciences.Apart from that, given the increase in the cost of living and the lack of materials and equipment, they are reducing the real salaries of the teachers. Secretary Keleher implements these measures because she responds to the Fiscal Control Board.WW-MO: What do you think about the “values teaching” proposal?EA: It is scandalous. It constitutes a fraud of great proportions. Handing out $17 million to a foreign company outside our communities — which with a few cards and workshops tries to fix in just five months the values and ethics of the school population — is precisely against all ethics, values and morality. They spend $17 million on that fraud while saying that closing 300 schools saves $14 million!In Puerto Rico there are people very prepared in that area, and they were ignored. Apart from that, the secretary of education and government officials are one of the worst examples for our children and youth. Values are what we teachers have, keeping education alive with our dedication and sacrifice.WW-MO: What are the next steps?EA: We have the strike this Monday, the 19th, then a big march called by parents of special education students on March 24. Meanwhile, we continue conducting workshops, talks, organizing people — because we are aware that a long and hard battle awaits us in defense of the public schools and the right to education. We are also promoting solidarity work with other organizations.As an organization, EDUCAMOS will be participating in and supporting the struggles of the teachers and our schools’ communities. We believe that the right to education is concretized through the public school system throughout the country. Therefore, if we want to strengthen it, it is essential to strengthen the public schools by expanding the academic offerings, naming in time the necessary human resources, expanding and strengthening all academic programs as well as fine arts, physical education, health, vocational training, social sciences, libraries and very particularly the special education program, which is supposed to offer educational services to our students with functional diversity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
This summer’s World Cup will feature no English referees for the first time in post-war history, nor assistants, after FIFA confirmed its official list of 99 match officials for Russia 2018 yesterday.England whistler Mark Clattenburg, who retired from Premier League duty last summer, had been included on a pre-selected group drawn up by world ruling body FIFA two years ago.But his money-spinning move to Saudi Arabia left no English referees on FIFA’s World Cup list for the first time since before the second world war. The Football Association did ask world governing body FIFA to replace him with another official but it rejected the request.The referees representing UEFA-affiliated countries are from Germany, Turkey, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Italy, Slovenia and France.In another snub to England, globally considered the creators of the ‘beautiful game’, no English assistants will officiate at the competition.FIFA’s decision comes amid the ongoing tension between Britain and Russia following the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.The incident, which has since led to tit-for-tat expulsions of foreign embassy staff, prompted Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to decide that no British dignitaries or members of the royal family will attend the competition, held 14 June – 15 July.LIST OF MATCH OFFICIALSReferees: Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia) Alireza Faghani (Iran) Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Mohammed Abdulla Mohamed (United Arab Emirates) Ryuji Sato (Japan) Nawaf Abdulla Shukralla (Bahrain) Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria) Malang Diedhiou (Senegal) Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia) Ghead Grisha (Egypt) Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia) Joel Aguilar (El Salvador) Mark W Geiger (U.S.) Jair Marrufo (U.S.) Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica) John Pitti (Panama) Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos (Mexico) Julio Bascunan (Chile) Enrique Caceres (Paraguay) Andres Cunha (Uruguay) Nestor Pitana (Argentina) Sandro Ricci (Brazil) Wilmar Roldan (Colombia) Matthew Conger (New Zealand) Norbert Hauata (Tahiti) Felix Brych (Germany) Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey) Sergey Karasev (Russia) Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands) Szymon Marciniak (Poland) Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain) Milorad Mazic (Serbia) Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) Damir Skomina (Slovenia) Clement Turpin (France)Assistant Referees: Yaser Khalil Abdulla Tulefat (Bahrain) Mohammed Al Abakry (Saudi Arabia) Taleb Al Marri (Qatar) Mohamed Alhammadi (United Arab Emirates) Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia) Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran) Abduxamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan) Toru Sagara (Japan) Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan) Reza Sokhandan (Iran) Redouane Achik (Morocco) Waleed Ahmed (Sudan) Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi) Djibril Camara (Senegal) Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola) Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria) Anouar Hmila (Tunisia) Marwa Range (Kenya) El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal) Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa) Frank Anderson (U.S.) Joe Fletcher (Canada) Miguel Angel Hernandez Paredes (Mexico) Juan Carlos Mora Araya (Costa Rica) Corey Rockwell (U.S.) Marvin Torrentera (Mexico) Gabriel Victoria (Panama) Juan Zumba (El Salvador) Carlos Astroza (Chile) Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina) Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay) Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil) Cristian De La Cruz (Colombia) Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay) Alexander Guzman (Colombia) Hernan Maidana (Argentina) Christian Schiemann (Chile) Nicolas Taran (Uruguay) Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil) Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay) Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia) Simon Lount (New Zealand) Tevita Makasini (Tonga) Anton Averianov (Russia) Mark Borsch (Germany) Pau Cebrian Devis (Spain) Nicolas Danos (France) Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy) Roberto Diaz Perez (Spain) Dalibor Djurdjevic (Serbia) Bahattin Duran (Turkey) Cyril Gringore (France) Tikhon Kalugin (Russia) Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland) Stefan Lupp (Germany) Tarik Ongun (Turkey) Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia) Milovan Ristic (Serbia) Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland) Mauro Tonolini (Italy) Sander Van Roekel (Netherlands) Robert Vukan (Slovenia) Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
London, United Kingdom | AFP | England’s Premier League clubs have spent more money than ever in a January transfer window, with initial estimates suggesting they had reached the £450 million ($639 million, 514 million euros) mark come deadline day.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee of around £56 million on Wednesday’s concluding day of business, with Olivier Giroud moving to Chelsea as part of a complicated transfer jigsaw. The previous EPL record for a January window was £225 million in 2011.Prior to Wednesday’s 2300 GMT deadline in England, Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain but Manchester City pulled out of signing Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.Top Premier League clubs have splashed the cash in the January transfer window, desperate to qualify for the top four, which guarantees entry into the lucrative Champions League.Aubameyang, 28, signed a contract with the Gunners until 2021, becoming Arsenal’s second big-name signing of the January transfer window after Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined from Manchester United.His arrival will boost Arsene Wenger’s forward options after the departure of Alexis Sanchez to United in a swap deal with Mkhitaryan but raises questions about Alexandre Lacazette’s future with the Gunners. The prolific Aubameyang compared himself to club legend Thierry Henry, telling Arsenal Player he was attracted by the “big history” of the club, who lost ground in the Premier League with a 3-1 defeat by Swansea on Tuesday.– ‘Crazy’ –The Gabon international will be reunited at the Emirates Stadium with former Dortmund teammate Mkhitaryan — a tweet on Arsenal’s Twitter account pictured the two players together with the message “Friends reunited”.Aubameyang posted a message on Instagram apologising for the circumstances surrounding his departure from Germany but describing himself as “crazy”.“Perhaps it was not the best way for me to have decided, but everyone knows that Auba is crazy,” Aubameyang said.“I never had any bad intentions. I will never forget these four-and-a-half years at Borussia Dortmund.”? Erstes BVB-Training für @mbatshuayi! pic.twitter.com/vKfZXYlBzC— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018Chelsea later announced the arrival of Arsenal striker Giroud on an 18-month contract for around £18 million and Michy Batshuayi’s departure for Borussia Dortmund in a loan deal until the end of the season.Frenchman Giroud, 31, who has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot since joining Arsenal in 2012, said he was delighted to be joining their London rivals.Belgian forward Batshuayi, 24, arrives in Dortmund as a direct replacement for Aubameyang, to complete the three-way puzzle.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
A security camera captured footage of a jail inmate’s apparent escape attempt from a holding room that ended with her falling through a ceiling and landing head-first in a trash can.The woman was climbing up a holding room wall, and suddenly the ceiling tiles fell to the floor. When guards noticed her legs hanging down, they grabbed her right away.Jessica Boomershine, 42, was charged with escape and vandalism, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in Ohio.Boomershine was being held in jail on charges of kidnapping and robbing an 85-year-old Dayton-area man last month, records show.
Facebook94Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia School DistrictThe Olympia School District is pleased to announce that they will be live streaming high school graduation ceremonies for Avanti, Capital and Olympia so that those who cannot attend in person, can still cheer on their graduate online. Family, friends and loved ones that may not live nearby can now be a part of this special day.The following Olympia School District graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on the district Facebook page. Family and friends from near and far can now partake in the festivities:Avanti High School Graduation – Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m.Capital High School Graduation – Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.Olympia High School Graduation – Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.These live-streams will begin approximately 10-15 minutes prior to each graduation start time. To view the live-stream just follow us on Facebook.
By John BurtonRumson woman recalls a century of livingRUMSON – Rose Rimali has seen a lot. From the Italy of a century ago as a baby and the hardscrabble life of immigrant New York City to her later life and now living with her daughter and son-in-law in their Rumson home, Rimali is amazed at the path her life has taken.Rimali marked a milestone on Saturday, June 1, that few get to see – the celebration of her 100th birthday.“I feel pretty good,” she said, acknowledging her back occasionally bothers her and she relies on a walker to get around.Rose Rimali of Rumson celebrated her 100th birthday June 1.She credited the fact that she never smoked and drinks “a half a glass of wine every day,” as factors contributing to her longevity. Her love of wine comes naturally; her father, an Italian immigrant, made his own.Rimali’s father came to America in 1911 from the Messina region of Sicily to settle and establish himself in the United States before eventually bringing his family over.Her father, a gardener in his native country, worked in hotels and “did any odd jobs,” in New York City, Rimali said. “Whatever he could.”Her family lived in Greenwich Village when her mother and siblings first arrived in New York when Rimali was an infant, and then moved on to the Bronx. There, her parents and their seven children “use to live in a three-room apartment.”The apartment had a coal stove and a gas meter that needed to be fed with coins to work. “We had to go to 23rd Street to take a bath,” a fair distance from the family home, she said, recalling how the family had to use a public bathhouse at that time.It was tough times back then. “There were a lot of families struggling like we were,” she said.Rimali remembered being a young girl and going with her older brother to the movies – silent in those days – during which a pianist would accompany the movie, adding to the excitement.It was a time when a horse and carriage was the most common type of transportation.“When a car did pass, we would run outside to see it,” she said. “It was amazing.”As a young girl, Rimali remembered seeing a man being shot in their neighborhood, clutching his chest and weaving before falling. She remembered telling her mother about it later, thinking the man was dancing.At 22, she married Lou Rimali, someone she had known for years. “We waited three years to get married because times were so bad,” she said. The couple started their life together and had two daughters. Rimali worked as a dressmaker and her husband worked as a “cutter” in the same factory, cutting cloth for the garments that were to be made.When Rimali was eight months pregnant, her brother approached them about starting a business, asking if they were interested in opening a small store in the Bronx.Rose and Lou Rimali invested their life savings in the venture. “We had saved $900,” she said. “To me that was a big deal.”The store, located in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, started out as a modest shop selling housewares and notions. Eventually it grew into a small but established area department store called Crosby’s.The Rimali family operated the store for 37 years, until Lou Rimali was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Her husband died when he was 67, and Rimali eventually went to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Bob Slavin, in their North Ward Avenue home.With her siblings all gone and her parents dying relatively young, Rimali’s long life seemed to surprise her.“I was the sickly one,” growing up, she said. “When I was in my 90s I thought any day now,” would be her last, she joked.She doesn’t get to do much cooking anymore, but “she keeps her nose in the kitchen” as others work, son-in-law Bob Slavin acknowledged.Rimali’s daughter confided that her mother still can make killer meatballs – though she won’t divulge the recipe. The centenarian also still takes out the sewing machine – the one her mother bought for her many years ago – and does some work with it.Rimali has four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and will have a great-great-grandchild expected to be born this month. Life is good, even with a few aches and pains, she said.It’s been a long way and a long time since that little Bronx apartment, as Rimali looks out at on this home, with a built-in swimming pool, neatly manicured lawn and a view of the Shrewsbury River, Sea Bright and the Atlantic Ocean.“Are you kidding?” she responded when asked how she liked living there, recalling how she would have to make a meal on 50 cents. “When we were children and we saw this,” she said as she pointed to the yard and home, “we would have thought we were in paradise.”
A porter of Vergenoegen East Bank Essequibo man was earlier this morning found dead in a pool of blood in the village with a stab wound to his left arm. Dead is Nair Khan, 30, of Line Top Vergenoegen, EBE.The alleged murder suspect with whom the victim reportedly had an argument is being sought by the police. More details in tomorrow’s edition of the Guyana Times.
Talks on money, relationships and self-coaching are on this year’s Festival’s agenda. (Image: Youtube, Cadarn Learning Portal)The South African College of Applied Psychology (Sacap), an independent facility, is on a quest to inspire transformation with this year’s annual Psychology Festival of Learning.Taking place at its Johannesburg campus on 19 and 20 May and at Cape Town campus on 26 and 27 May, the festival’s theme is “Inspiring Transformation”.The event centres on the success stories and ideas that have inspired, and are still inspiring, transformation in our communities, families and workplaces.Lance Katz, Sacap’s CEO, said the festival would look at where transformation needed to take place. “Through the Festival of Learning we don’t just want to share stories about transformation, we want to inspire South Africans to identify where transformation and change is needed and to be part of the transformation process.”Relationships and self-coachingThe festival will have over 50 guest speakers and offers a wide range of one-hour talks.In Johannesburg, topics on money, relationships and addiction will be covered; the Cape Town leg will offer talks on self-coaching, storytelling and art psychotherapy.In 2015, the festival introduced a short talk segment and this year will be no different. In both cities, these short talks will look at addiction recovery, changing higher education through social entrepreneurship and even transforming divorce.Click for the full programme.One of the talks to look out for takes place in Johannesburg: child development expert Luke Lamprecht hosts a session titled “Lessons from a boxing gym in Hillbrow”.Fight with InsightFor a decade, Fight with Insight, Lamprecht’s non-profit initiative, has been helping vulnerable youth through boxing. Though it mostly attracts boys, it is open and accommodating of girls too.“Right now, there’s a bunch of Johannesburg inner-city youth, growing up in all the toughness of Hillbrow and its surrounds,” said Lamprecht. “And as you might expect, they have trauma and violence woven into the fabric of their young lives.“But they have something else too. These kids happen to have coping skills that many stressed executives would admire. And they have a sense of purpose that many talented but distracted people would love to have. And they have the unrelenting focus on their physical fitness and health that many of us would like to find. These kids also have a unique confidence they can play the rough cards that have been dealt to them in a different way.”According to Lamprecht, Fight with Insight is not just a boxing programme; it’s a metaphor for life. It offers these children opportunities to develop a different way of being that their poverty-stricken, inner-city circumstances do not provide.“It is the very nature of the sport that provides the greatest benefit to the children who are traumatised,” he said. “It is well known that trauma affects us physically and emotionally. On a physiological level, trauma activates the amygdala and prevents experiences moving into the hippocampus. The result is hyper-vigilant children who struggle to learn, to focus and be calm. When you are traumatised it is hard to think, as the fight-or-flight survival mechanism is activated. Combat sports mimic their real environment, where fight-or-flight is turned on and you are under threat.”But the environment in his programme was strictly controlled and safe. It allowed you to bring yourself into your body and be present so that you were not overwhelmed by feelings in a situation where a behavioural reaction would occur.“You learn to be in that state, recognise it and still think, plan and choose the best course of action. Boxing actually helps when the threat of violence and the stress that it causes needs to be generalised in your everyday life. Boxing is also a highly aerobic activity which releases stress through a cascade of good hormones that reduce cortisol and cytokine levels.”Tickets for the Psychology Festival of Learning are available through the festival website.
Musa Mkalipi Teen pregnancy numbers have decreased. But the figure is still too high. Women’s empowerment co-ordinator at DSR, Judy Silwana helps fight against alleviating teenage pregnancy.(Images: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS• Judy SilwanaDSR women’s empowerment co-ordinator+27 71 249 8389RELATED ARTICLES• Amarula project uplifts SAwomen• Born free to dream• Low-cost ultrasound for moms• Keep our youth drug-free The safe sex message may be getting across to teens, and there has been a decrease – although slight – in teen pregnancy numbers. But the figure is still too high.The rate dropped from 5% to 4.9% between girls aged 13 to 19 between 2010 and 2012, according to the General Household Survey 2012 from Statistics South Africa. There are a number of initiatives behind this drop, such as Lovelife, South Africa’s largest national Aids prevention, education and behaviour campaign for young people. One of its methods is the Born Free dialogues, at which parents and their children are encouraged to speak openly about sex.Thabang Chabalala, a groundbreaker or Lovelife peer motivator, points out that teenage pregnancy is the biggest challenge to young people in South Africa. One of the reasons for the high number of pregnant teens, he argues, is that parents do not talk to their children about sex.Lovelife works to empower parents and the youth to shape their behaviour. Pregnancy and becoming a parent is a life-changing event, and dialogues about sex are ways of teaching teens about the consequences of having unprotected sex, as well as about the responsibilities that come with parenthood. Lovelife was founded in 1999 with the hope of alleviating HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted infections, and teen pregnancies.To raise public awareness about teenage pregnancy, a global problem, World Population Day this year had a special focus on the topic. The day is an annual event, held on 11 July to focus on global population issues. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), teenage pregnancy is not just a health issue; it is also a development issue. Dedicating time and attention to education, health and the well-being of young girls will ensure a positive change in the future.In South Africa, World Population Day was observed at North West University, where Deputy Minister of Social Development Bongi Maria Ntuli said: “We are going to make recommendations on interventions and present them before Cabinet to reduce the levels of adolescent pregnancies in South Africa.” Teenage TatasAnother initiative, Department of Social Responsibility (DSR) in Kei Road, Eastern Cape, runs a number of programmes for social and economic upliftment in the depressed province. Affiliated to the Anglican Church, it deals with direct community development and supports other churches and NGOs that do similar work. One of its programmes, Teenage Tatas, works with young men who are fathers or are about to become fathers – tata is the Xhosa word for “father”. On the programme, young men are taught how to become young yet decent and admirable fathers.Support groups are formed through Teenage Tatas, at which these young teenage fathers are able to share their experiences, trials and tribulations, as well as solutions. They are also given advice on parenting. Judy Silwana, the women’s empowerment co-ordinator at DSR, says a number of these young fathers are rejected by the families of the women they have impregnated because of the custom of intlawulo. Intlawulo is a sum of money that must be paid to the family of a woman who becomes pregnant out of wedlock. The money is paid by the father of the child.Because of such cultural beliefs, these young men are often side-lined. Counselling is needed to build efficient and sustainable relationships between the families. Those who sign up for the programme are generally young men who want to be responsible fathers and active in the lives of their children.At the workshops and programmes, the young men have the opportunity to share their feelings, goals and dreams. “We go to these workshops to try to find remedies that can be used to keep peace between families as a way of benefitting everyone, including the babies to come,” said Judy.The problem of teen pregnancy, though, is bigger than simply the parents and the child. The world’s population is skyrocketing, already estimated at 7.1 billion people, which is simply too many for the planet to sustain. In South Africa, the statistics are alarming: on average, two to three girls fall pregnant in a typical school with 1 200 to 1 400 pupils, and one in three young women has a baby by the age of 20, according to the Health Systems Trust, an organisation that supports the transformation of the health system in a democratic South Africa.According to the Mail and Guardian weekly newspaper, 40% of all pregnancies in the country are girls younger than the age of 19. It cites reasons for this ranging from unavailable contraceptives, to lack of sex education at school and home. Teenage pregnancies are also associated with a number of other factors, namely socio-economic issues, rape as well as the sugar daddy phenomenon, in which younger women or girls date older men for financial benefits. According to City Press, a weekly newspaper, the sugar daddy phenomenon is one of the leading reasons for the high teenage pregnancy rates specifically in KwaZulu-Natal.Peer pressure also plays a major role, as sex is often seen as something that the cool kids do. But it is not the only problem. Factors Associated with Teenage Pregnancy, a study conducted by the Limpopo provincial government, found that family pressure was a major contributing factor to teenage pregnancies, with 16.3% of teens saying that they experienced pressure from family to fall pregnant. South Africa also has high levels of poverty and unemployment, and teen mothers often bear the brunt of this and are unable to fend for their young.Teen pregnancies are also prevalent in fellow Brics member India, where there is a population of 300 million people below the age of 25. In West Bengal state, 14% of births are to teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19, says the family planning division of the Union Health Ministry. However, there are also a high number of girls who are married before they turn 18. OptionsIn South Africa, people under the age of 18 are considered minors and have limited rights when it comes to decision making. However, under the Children’s Act of 2005, minors are able to make some decisions without the permission of their legal guardians. From the age of 12, they may get access to contraceptives and no person may refuse to sell them condoms.Contraceptives are freely available for all people over the age of 12 at clinics and hospitals. Abortion was legalised in in 1996 under the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996. Terminations are performed for free at government hospitals and clinics in the first three months of pregnancy. If a woman or girl is between 13 and 20 weeks pregnant, an abortion may only be performed under specific circumstances: “If a medical practitioner, after consultation with the pregnant woman, is of the opinion that (i) the continued pregnancy would pose a risk of injury to the woman’s physical or mental health; or (ii) there exists a substantial risk that the foetus would suffer from a severe physical or mental abnormality; or (iii) the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest; or (iv) the continued pregnancy would significantly affect the social or economic circumstances of the woman.”After the 20th week, a termination is only legally permitted if a medical practitioner, after consultation with another medical practitioner or a registered midwife, is of the opinion that the continued pregnancy (i) would endanger the woman’s life; or (ii) would result in a severe malformation of the foetus; or (iii) would pose a risk of injury to the foetus.