Las mujeres de la Comunión pueden ayudar a cambiar el…

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Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon a las mujeres anglicanas y episcopales reunidas el 16 de marzo en la capilla de Cristo el Señor en el Centro Denominacional de la Iglesia Episcopal en Nueva York. El discurso del secretario general de la Comunión Anglicana tuvo lugar durante un evento relacionado con la 60ª. sesión de la Comisión de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición [Jurídica y Social] de la Mujer. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg.[Episcopal News Service] El secretario general de la Comunión Anglicana dijo el 16 de marzo que las mujeres anglicanas y episcopales deben proseguir —y redoblar—  su labor de cambiar el destino de las mujeres y niñas en sus comunidades, cooperando incluso con sus gobiernos nacionales y locales.“Hermanas, son muchas las oportunidades, pero no podemos darnos el lujo de sentarnos quietamente y esperar a que las cosas sucedan”, dijo el Rvdmo. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, hablando en la capilla de Cristo el Señor en el Centro Denominacional de la Iglesia Episcopal en Nueva York en un evento relacionado con la 60ª. sesión de la Comisión de Naciones Unidas sobre la Condición [jurídica y Social] de la Mujer. “Debemos seguir tocando a las puertas de las agencias de la ONU y de los gobiernos, y estar dispuestos a probar lo que podemos hacer y cómo podemos ser asociados eficaces en términos que ellos puedan respetar.“Los anglicanos están en el terreno, sirviendo a sus comunidades en más de 165 países”, dijo él. “Tenemos países donde somos una Iglesia establecida. Debemos hablar en nombre de aquellos a los que servimos en la base, porque sabemos lo que necesitan a fin de desarrollarse y prosperar”.Mujeres de toda la Iglesia Episcopal y de todo el ámbito de la Comunión Anglicana en representación de más de 20 países han venido a Nueva York para asistir a la sesión de la UNCSW del 14 al 24 de marzo y a eventos paralelos como la presentación de Idowu-Fearon.Idowu-Fearon dijo que él se sentía agradecido de que la UNCSW brindara la oportunidad de que las voces anglicanas fuesen oídas en los más altos niveles del gobierno internacional. “Y por ‘anglicanas’ me refiero también a la Iglesia Episcopal”, añadió.Él dijo que espera que cuando las delegadas regresen a sus países de origen, puedan encontrarse con personas de mentalidad semejante y “formar un pequeño grupo dentro de sus provincias  a fin de hacer que la reacción en cadena llegue más lejos.“Ese tipo de promoción social, hermanas mías, exige capacidad —afirmó. “Exige que tengamos la intención de contar nuestras historias y de mostrar en términos concretos la diferencia que podemos marcar con nuestra unidad. Significa ser valientes y decirle la verdad al poder”.Idowu-Fearon reconoció durante su discurso que en muchos contextos, entre ellos algunas partes de África, “la religión puede ser una piedra de tropiezo para el cambio”. Horas antes ese mismo día, dijo, él había sabido “con horror” que el parlamento de Nigeria, su país natal, había rechazado por tercera vez una legislación sobre igualdad de género. Los que se oponen sostuvieron que la ley propuesta violaba las normas culturales nigerianas, así como la Biblia y el Corán.Él también recordaba la ocasión en que asistía a una reunión  del comité permanente provincial nigeriano en 2003, luego de que la Iglesia Episcopal decidiera ordenar a  Gene Robinson, un sacerdote abiertamente homosexual, como obispo de Nuevo Hampshire. Durante esa reunión se estaban discutiendo los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio que la ONU había adoptado en 2000.  Un obispo importante declaró que los objetivos de desarrollo eran “medios con los cuales Occidente quería envenenar nuestras mentes para que no nos centráramos en el evangelio”. Idowu-Fearon dijo que el obispo rehusó retractarse cuando él lo confrontó.“¿Ven ustedes lo que hace la ignorancia? Eso es ignorancia”, afirmó. “pero, le doy gracias a Dios que si bien Nigeria no aceptó esto, otras partes de la Comunión lo aceptaron plenamente”.Idowu-Fearon fue obispo de Kaduna, en la Iglesia de Nigeria, durante 17 años antes de convertirse en el Secretario General de la Comunión en julio pasado. También sirvió como arzobispo de la provincia de Kaduna de la Iglesia de Nigeria de 2002 a 2009, y tiene una reputación mundial por su experiencia en las relaciones entre cristianos y musulmanes.Dijo, además, que las mujeres anglicanas y episcopales, como discípulas de Jesús, pueden promover el cambio mediante la enseñanza y la predicación acerca del desarrollo sostenible para todas las mujeres así como “como siendo modelos de las actitudes y la conducta que queremos ver”. Deben ser también “profetas en nuestro tiempo” y promotoras y defensoras [de la igualdad] de género en todos los niveles de la comunidad. Y deben “prestar atención sobre el terreno a todos los que están dejando afuera”.Si bien las personas de fe pueden y deben desafiar las normas culturales, Idowu-Fearon admitió “con pesadumbre” que “nuestras iglesias están enterradas en el pasado y, en muchos casos, siguen sin reconocer la igual dignidad y dones, dados por Dios, de mujeres y hombres”. Resaltó que él viene de una provincia en que las mujeres no pueden ser ordenadas y a las que no se les da “papeles de pleno liderazgo en la Iglesia”. Además, afirmó, es necesario trabajar para que las voces de los laicos se escuchen “como una parte esencial del diálogo anglicano”.“Debemos defender a las personas que servimos a nivel de base”, dice el Rvdmo. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon en una reunión de mujeres anglicanas y episcopales que tuvo lugar el 16 de marzo en la capilla de Cristo el Señor del Centro Denominacional de la Iglesia Episcopal en Nueva York. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg.En su presentación, Idowu-Fearon se refirió en repetidas ocasiones a los papeles que las esposas de obispos y clérigos tienen que desempeñar para cambiar las actitudes en sus provincias. Haciendo notar que las mujeres anglicanas participan activamente en la Iglesia, especialmente en África, dijo que “las esposas de los obispos son obispos para las mujeres y las esposas de los clérigos son clérigos para las mujeres”.Durante la sesión de preguntas y respuestas, dos mujeres confrontaron a Idowu-Fearon acerca de la reciente reunión de los primados sobre asuntos internos.“Cada vez que ustedes se reúnen como primados, tienen agendas específicas y tal parece que pelean y que hay mucha tensión —muchísimo conflicto— y contenemos la respiración porque no sabemos lo que va a salir de vuestras reuniones. Y sin embargo, están sucediendo tantas cosas injustas en el mundo, tanto en que podríamos estar trabajando”, dijo Ashella Ndhlovu Chama, de Zambia.Chama retó a Idowu-Fearon y a los primados de la Comunión Anglicana a participar en la Campaña de la Cinta Blanca de hombres y niños que laboran por ponerle fin a la violencia machista contra las mujeres y las niñas.“Vean ustedes, el hecho de que estemos reunidas aquí significa que estamos comprometidas. El hecho de que estemos aquí significa que queremos hacer un impacto, cambiar las comunidades, como mujeres anglicanas, pero no podemos hacerlo sin ustedes”, dijo Chama, que está casada con el arzobispo Albert Chama, primado de la Iglesia de la Provincia de África Central que es la anfitriona, del 8 al 19 de abril, de la reunión del Consejo consultivo Anglicano, el principal organismo que diseña las políticas de la Comunión,Recordándole al Secretario General la influencia que tienen los obispos, especialmente en África, dijo ella: “Queremos que ustedes usen esa influencia, porque si ustedes salen allí (al final de la próxima Reunión de los Primados) en sotanas… y tienen una foto fantástica y todos ustedes llevan cintas blancas, se quedarían sorprendidos de cómo transcendería ese mensaje”.Los clérigos deben hablar desde el púlpito contra el trato violento de mujeres y niñas, en lugar de permitir que prosiga, al guardar silencio, dijo Chama. “Hemos logrado ver que eso está sucediendo más y tiene que empezar desde arriba. De manera que mientras trabajamos, mientras sudamos e intentamos hacer funcionar las cosas a partir de la base, queremos ver que están pasando cosas en la cima y  filtrándose hacia abajo”, afirmó.Mientras el público aplaudía sus comentarios, Idowu-Fearon decía: “Hum, bien, cierto, coincido con usted”.“Si ustedes pueden convencer a sus esposos que lleven la cinta, eso marcará una diferencia”, añadió él y se refirió al papel de las esposas de obispos y clérigos en la tarea de ponerle fin al silencio.Citando el ejemplo de una conferencia que presentara en África Caroline Welby, la esposa del arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby, Idowu-Fearon dijo que tales reuniones eran “otra manera de hacer lo que ustedes están hablando aquí, porque cuando las mujeres se reúnen, las cosas que comparten entre ustedes resultan mucho más profundas y benéficas para nosotros porque algunas de las esposas vuelven y las comparten con sus maridos”.“De manera que intentaremos hablar con los primados y los obispos, pero ustedes también tendrán este papel que desempeñar” porque tienen que volver a casa y compartir la experiencia de reuniones como éstas con sus colegas, recalcó Idowu-Fearon.Luego, Cynthia Katsarelis, delegada de la Iglesia Episcopal proveniente de la Diócesis de Colorado, se puso de pie y dijo que apoyaba los comentarios de Chama “en los términos más enérgicos posible respecto a aquello en que debemos concentrarnos y no voy a dejar que los primados se desentiendan [del asunto]”.Diciéndole a Idowu-Fearon que ella es lesbiana y que está casada por la Iglesia Episcopal, Katsarelis dijo “Yo no soy un problema para ustedes”.“Mi esposa, Rebecca, no es un problema para ustedes. Estamos bien; no lastimamos a nadie. Lo que lastima son las mujeres a las que asesinan, las mujeres y niñas a las que violan, las mujeres y niñas que desaparecen en el mundo, las mujeres y niñas que tienen hambre, las mujeres y niñas que podrían alcanzar una educación para hacer una vida para sí mismas.“Estas personas son el problema que debemos abordar. Estas personas son los hijos de Dios a quienes se nos pide que amemos como nuestros prójimos y a levantarlos como hijos de Dios para que prosperen en la abundancia: el gran don de la abundancia es para todos nosotros”.Katsarelis dijo que ella había sido “agraciada con esta abundancia”, especialmente en las muchas ocasiones en que había sido el objeto de una “odiosa retórica”.“Todas las veces, ¿quién me salvó? Dios”, le dijo ella al Secretario General. “No se preocupe por mí. Dios cuida de mí y de todos nosotros aquí”.Ella le pidió a Idowu-Fearon que no dejara que el conflicto a nivel de los primados fuese usado “como una excusa para no abordar el sufrimiento de los hambrientos y el dolor de este mundo”.Mientras Katsarelis se sentaba en medio de un resonante aplauso, Idowu-Fearon dijo “Gracias”.Otros artículos de ENS sobre la participación de mujeres anglicanas y episcopales en la UNCSW se encuentran aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Beyond Relevant: The Episcopal Church’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Photo: Saint Augustine’s University via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] When Skylar Mitchell arrived at Spelman College, an all-female historically black school in Atlanta, Georgia, she found herself in an unfamiliar environment. “I had never been around only black people before,” she said last year, as her sophomore year drew to a close. “I didn’t like that I didn’t know how to be around black women my age on a social scale,” she said. “Now that I’ve been here, I love being around my people.”As Mitchell wrote in her essay “Why I Chose a Historically Black College,” featured in the New York Times in April, the high-achieving comparative women’s studies major had set her sights on a big-name traditionally white institution — not one of the country’s roughly 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Mitchell ultimately chose Spelman, the top-ranked HBCU, over the likes of Swarthmore and other well-known predominantly white institutions (PWIs), with no regrets. “I just feel more relaxed,” she said, compared to her previous majority-white high school. “Those first couple of days when I was at Spelman — I had never felt like that before.”While Spelman has Baptist rather than Episcopal roots, Mitchell’s story might resonate with the Rev. Martini Shaw, rector of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. Shaw is chair of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Committee on HBCUs. Talking with HBCU graduates, “hearing their testimonies, their witness about how those schools made such an impact and such a difference in their lives” has persuaded him that post-secondary schools dedicated to African-Americans remain essential in American society.The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council established the HBCU committee at its June meeting to continue the work begun by a task force, formed in 2015.Two historically black colleges and universities have deep Episcopal Church rootsVoorhees College, in Denmark, South Carolina, and Saint Augustine’s University, in Raleigh, North Carolina, are the only two Episcopal-affiliated historically black colleges and universities left in the United States. At one point, the Episcopal Church supported 11 HBCUs in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. These schools fell under the auspices of the American Church Institute for Negroes (ACIN), later known as the American Church Institute. An additional school in Texas “received funds from ACIN but was never officially brought under its oversight,” according to Episcopal Church archives. By 1976, only three Episcopal-supported black colleges remained: Voorhees, Saint Augustine’s and Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. That year, a resolution to continue funding the colleges passed at General Convention.In 2013, however, Saint Paul’s folded. The school’s financial problems started with the 2008 economic downturn, according to the Rev. Jamie Callaway, general secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion and the Association of Episcopal Colleges. Moreover, “the federal government tightened the rules on federal loan programs” including Pell grants, said Callaway, who is also a member of the HBCU committee. The changes affected many schools, but “for Saint Paul’s, it was, unfortunately, fatal,” he added.Saint Paul’s wasn’t unique in its vulnerability to economic swings and government cuts; this is the case for HBCUs in general. Their mission is to keep post-secondary education affordable and accessible for all students, especially low-income students (between 70 and 75 percent of HBCU students receive need-based financial assistance in the form of Pell grants), those who would be the first in their family to attend college, and students without access to five-star academic resources.“These schools aren’t only for black students,” said Brian K. Bridges, vice president of research and membership engagement at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). In 1976, 15 percent of HBCU students were not black; by 2014, that figure had risen to 21 percent. And the diversity goes beyond race. HBCUs “really do represent a cross-section of our society; you can’t categorize them into one group of students,” said Annette Buchanan, national president of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE).Given the small percentage of students who attend HBCUs, it’s noteworthy that the schools are “among the top feeders of black students to graduate schools and professional schools, particularly in STEM fields,” according to Felecia Commodore, assistant professor of higher education at Old Dominion University. Statistics back this up: According to the National Science Foundation, between 2010 and 2014, a notable portion of African-American doctoral degree recipients had earned their bachelor’s degrees at HBCUs, from slightly less than 20 percent in the social sciences to nearly 50 percent in the agricultural sciences.Congrats to Biology major Malika Wood ’18 for receiving a travel award to attend The Graduate School @ Penn State’s STEM Open House program! pic.twitter.com/NuTWaYgxV2— Saint Augustine’s (@SAU_News) October 3, 2017While those figures may fluctuate, a 2015 Gallup poll shows that black graduates of HBCUs are “more likely than black graduates of other colleges to be thriving … particularly in their financial and purpose well-being.” This point goes to the heart of Mitchell’s experience at Spelman.“Some will excel at Ivy League colleges,” said Shaw, the HBCU committee chair, and “others will do much better academically in a much smaller setting where they feel connected and supported by a community that looks more like them.” HBCUs are smaller, on average, than their traditionally white counterparts. The largest student bodies among HBCUs number about 10,000. Saint Augustine’s University has 1,100 students, while Voorhees College has around 480. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ethnic Ministries, As cozy and advantageous as a small college might be, Voorhees President W. Franklin Evans wants to boost his school’s enrollment. “Last August, enrollment was at its lowest,” Evans said. The decline in enrollment — at a time when many HBCUs have seen their admissions spike — made him conclude that Voorhees isn’t “as family-oriented and as nurturing as we should be.”Inaugurated as the school’s president in April, Evans said he is “reimagining Voorhees; it’s a different school of thought now.” In addition to boosting enrollment, his goals include reaching out to nontraditional students, re-establishing off-campus sites, boosting alumni donations and ensuring the perceived luster of Voorhees students in employers’ eyes.Becoming more family-oriented at a school where “at least 85 percent” of the students are the first generation in their family to go to college means something specific to Evans. “We’ve got to do a better job of educating the parents and caregivers,” about navigating the college years, including the financial aid process.He hopes, too, for more of a connection with the Episcopal Church. “I didn’t find the church as warm and kind and fuzzy as I thought it would be,” Evans said. Complicating matters for Voorhees has been the 2012 departure of the leaders and several members in many Diocese of South Carolina congregations during a dispute over biblical authority and theology, primarily centered on the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the church. “That, in and of itself, is an issue that has an effect on Voorhees,” said Evans, since several of those congregations were supportive of the college.While Saint Augustine’s doesn’t have that particular complication, the school is also focused on increasing enrollment and alumni giving, according to the school’s president since 2015, Everett B. Ward. He’s looking to the council committee as his school moves forward with its efforts. “To have that level of support will be very helpful,” Ward said.That support, in fact, could help prevent the loss of another Episcopal-affiliated HBCU. “We’re aware of the decline of small, church-affiliated HBCUs in general,” said UNCF’s Bridges. “This is a trend that’s happening nationally.” And while people have bemoaned the loss of HBCUs nationally and four schools have lost accreditation, “over the past 15 years, only Saint Paul’s has closed,” Bridges said.Strengthening the church’s connectionLooking back at the Episcopal Church’s relationship with its historically black schools, “one thing is very obvious,” said Shaw. “Yes, they were Episcopal HBCUs. Yes, there were dollars and funds allocated, but I’m not sure how much involvement beyond that there was.”Now, he said, is the time to support Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s with more than just money — while underscoring that more money always helps. Under the auspices of the new HBCU committee, at least two consultants are working on development and strategic planning and are “in direct contact with the presidents, staff and boards of both schools,” Shaw said. He also noted that Episcopal HBCUs once had a healthy percentage of Episcopal students, but that is no longer the case.The UBE’s Buchanan noted the same trend. “What we’ve heard and seen is that young black Episcopalians are not aware of the two Episcopal HBCUs,” she said. To raise awareness, UBE added a new page, Support Our HBCUs, to its website this year.This isn’t the beginning of the 49-year-old organization’s support of Episcopal-affiliated HBCUs, though. “We’ve had a relationship with them throughout our history,” Buchanan said.Buchanan sees Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s as “the church’s largest outreach to the black community.” She said the church could strengthen this particular ministry, though. “I think the church’s results have been mixed,” she said. “The funding for HBCUs has remained the same over the past few years — every year, it’s been a struggle to get funding from the church for [them].”Budgets matterThe General Convention allocated $1,645,000 for HBCUs in its 2016-2018 budget, along with $400,000 in “education enterprise grants” to be shared by the two schools. That combination increases the church’s total HBCU funding to $2,045,000, which is $20,000 more than in 2013-2015, when the allocation was intended for Voorhees, Saint Augustine’s and Saint Paul’s. The current HBCU-earmarked total is $205,000 less than the 2010-2012 allocation.At the same time, for the past 18 months, the Episcopal Church’s Development Office has been working to help Saint Augustine’s and Voorhees. With the support of the Executive Council, the presiding bishop and the new HBCU committee, the development office’s goal is “to increase public awareness [of HBCUs] within the Episcopal Church, to strengthen fundraising for the schools and to provide connections to other Episcopal organizations that support HBCUs,” said Director of Development Tara Elgin Holley. One manifestation of this has been the formation by members of Christ Church in Raleigh of a “legacy council” for Saint Augustine’s. The council’s goal is to help spread the word about Saint Augustine’s. Three other local churches have also expressed interest in joining the group.The development office’s efforts are part of the Episcopal Church’s racial reconciliation and justice effort, Building Beloved Community, Elgin Holley said. A summary of Building Beloved Community includes partnerships with HBCUs as part of a churchwide initiative to “repair the breach in society and institutions.”Fighting for funding isn’t unique to Episcopal HBCUs; it’s woven into the HBCU community’s story at a national level, according to Marybeth Gasman, professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions. “HBCUs just had to fight to exist,” said Gasman. “Funding has continued to be really, really difficult; if they’re public, they’re not funded at the level of majority institutions.”HBCUs’ endowments also lag behind those of their traditionally white counterparts’. Top-ranked HBCU Spelman draws upon a $346.9 million endowment, whereas top-ranked TWI Princeton has an endowment of $22.7 billion. The same goes for alumni giving. Voorhees College doesn’t have the kind of donors that support so many of the country’s TWIs, according to Evans. “We’re lucky if we have alums who are willing to give $200,” he said.Dr. Evans and @VoorheesCollege students at Luncheon. #voorheescollege #scholarships #elizabethevelynwright #metroatlalumni pic.twitter.com/LR5NAwgzfA— Voorhees College (@VoorheesCollege) September 23, 2017Earlier this year, President Trump invited HBCU presidents to the Oval Office as he signed an executive order “to promote excellence and innovation” at HBCUs. As part of the order, the Initiative on HBCUs moved from the Department of Education into the White House’s purview.“Certainly, the president’s call to meet with the HBCU presidents was a good thing, as long as it was not simply a photo opportunity; time will tell,” said Shaw. The Initiative on HBCUs’ move “causes a little anxiety,” he added. The University of Pennsylvania’s Gasman agrees: “The money is in the Department of Education. It’s not in the executive branch. I don’t know why you would want the chickens in the house with the fox.”Ultimately, the Trump administration’s intentions seem mixed, at best. While the Department of Education has reinstated year-round Pell grants, the Pell grant surplus could potentially be cut by more than $3 billion in the FY 2018 federal budget. And in May, the president called into question the constitutionality of the HBCU Capital Financing Program, comments at odds with February’s pro-HBCU talk and executive order.In this sense, more than 150 years after HBCUs first arose, the schools continue to explain their relevance and to justify their very existence. HBCUs’ relevance remains a topic even though “we’ve seen upticks in enrollment in the past four or five years,” according to Gasman. HBCUs are seen “as a safe space for black students, so that they do not have to deal with micro-aggressions.” (Micro-aggressions are comments or actions that subtly and sometimes unconsciously or unintentionally express a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group such as a racial minority.)Last fall’s HBCU enrollment spike in the wake of student protests at PWIs (including the University of Missouri and Yale University) drew national attention. “There are some very interesting racial dynamics going on right now in our country … coupled with the Black Lives Matter movement,” said the United Negro College Fund’s Bridges. Even students for whom finances were not a major consideration, Mitchell among them, value a place where their blackness isn’t an issue.Given all of this, the HBCU community wants to change the subject from relevance. Commodore, of Old Dominion, and Gasman co-edited “Opportunities and Challenges of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Student Perspective” because “we wanted to push some of the conversations that are happening in HBCU research,” Commodore said. Those conversations included LGBTQ issues and the influx of Latino and Asian students into historically black schools. Moreover, “we really need to start talking about what are the governance challenges at HBCUs,” she said.Buchanan pointed out the importance of leadership, not only in keeping HBCUs as healthy as possible, but also in acknowledging that a school is more than its administration. “Various leadership with various skill levels” have shepherded HBCUs, Buchanan said. “And some were not very good at all. There’s a tendency to paint a whole institution [in leadership’s light], when they really didn’t know how to manage their school.”Bridges sounded positive about recent changes in HBCU leadership. “There’s been a new cadre of presidents coming in who are doing things in some new ways,” he said. Many of them are younger, in their late 30s and 40s, equipped with more “dynamic” marketing techniques. “The question for me is how do [HBCUs] exist, given the new racial dynamics of today, the new way of delivering education?” Bridges said. “How do they retool themselves to keep helping large numbers of low-income, academically unprepared students?”Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s are among the HBCUs with new presidents, both seemingly eager to shift gears at their respective schools and to learn from past mistakes. At the same time, the Episcopal Church is dedicating time, people and resources to study HBCUs while supporting them in new ways, signaling that the schools should be more than just a line item in the church’s budget.This path forward, which many credit to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, is not only forward-looking; it harkens back to the beginnings of Episcopal HBCUs. “The founding of these colleges was the beachhead of the Episcopal Church’s work for racial reconciliation after the Civil War,” said Callaway. “Instead of just going forward, the church was saying, ‘how can we move forward and change things?’ ”— Heather Beasley Doyle is a freelance journalist based in Massachusetts. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Theological Education Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more

Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises

first_img Howard Lake | 19 January 2008 | News  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

MuchLoved raises over £3 million in tribute fund donations

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 24 May 2012 | News  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis MuchLoved raises over £3 million in tribute fund donations Tagged with: in memoriam Individual giving Research / statistics In memoriam giving site MuchLoved.com has now raised over £3 million in tribute fund donations. The current total raised for charities stands at £3,007, 079.The majority of the £3 million has come from the site’s 50 Optimum partners, with an average donation of £48.50. Optimum partners get to personalise, brand and customise their Tribute service.There are more than 400 other charities registered on the site. MuchLoved is run by the MuchLoved Charitable Trust, a UK based charity working for bereaved people worldwide.The service was founded by Jonathan Davies in 1998 after he suffered the deaths of his brother and mother. He said: “I realised that a tribute website could commemorate a loved one in a special way as well as help with grief and this is why I founded the MuchLoved charity tribute service”.www.muchloved.com About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Patterson hopes arcade will add edge to recruiting

first_imgKristen Clarke is a senior studying sports & broadcast journalism from Barrington, Illinois. She is a member of the TCU Cheerleading team. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Defender first TCU soccer player be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League printTCU Football latest recruitment tool isn’t on the field or in the locker room. The Huffman Football Center offers athletes a place to relax and hang out with teammates.Golden Tee, Pac-Man and Iron Man pinball–just a few of the games in the new arcade that might change the future of TCU football recruiting.The announcement came out right before National Signing Day, which might have helped any of the recruits that were on the fence.Inside are games including basketball double shot and Foosball. The Huffman also features theater-like seating in front of several flatscreen TVs.“It’s hard with who we’re recruiting against,” said coach Gary Patterson. Of the 2017 Texas Football Recruits, The Top-10 opted to play college ball almost anywhere but the Big 12.“We have to do a better job as schools in the state of Texas in how we keep them,” Patterson said.The new addition benefits both future and current members of TCU Football.“The arcade is great for our team’s chemistry,” said player Grayson Muehlstein. “It’s a place where we can relax and have some fun spending time with teammates.”TCU Football tweeted about the new arcade:[View the story “Signing Day, Huffman Football Center ” on Storify]Beyond recruiting, Patterson increased the Frogs’ competitive edge by hiring former California head coach Sonny Dykes as an offensive analyst. Dykes can’t interact with the players; his purpose is to critique performance and help with TCU’s game plan and watching tape– giving the frogs additional coaching manpower as they prepare for the upcoming season. The new players lounge adds an edge to TCU’s recruiting game. Kristen Clarke ReddIt Twitter Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ ReddIt Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ TCU begins $2M renovation to surface of football practice field Website| + posts Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ There’s a new Horned Frog in town World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Previous articleArlington Heights High School Choir performs with ForeignerNext articleThe Podell and Pickell Show – Marc Istook Interview Kristen Clarke RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Former wide receiver launches clothing line on TCU’s Pro Day Linkedinlast_img read more

Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for libelling former president

first_img EcuadorAmericas Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Follow the news on Ecuador Organisation News Receive email alerts Rodrigo Fierro of the daily El Comercio was sentenced to six months in prison on 19 September for allegedly libelling former president León Febres-Cordero, now a parliamentary representative for the Social Christian Party (PSC). Reporters Without Borders believes the sentence sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom in Ecuador. September 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for libelling former president Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Reporters Without Borders protested today against the six-month prison sentence passed on columnist Rodrigo Fierro of the Quito-based daily El Comercio on 19 September for allegedly libelling a former president by accusing him of serving the oligarchy.”This sentence sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom in Ecuador by encouraging journalists to censor themselves,” the organisation said, stressing that it strongly opposed the criminalization of press offences.In a letter to supreme court president Armando Bermeo, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard urged higher court judges “to rule out a prison sentence a priori” if they uphold the guilty verdict when the case is heard in appeal.The organisation pointed out that The UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression determined in January 2000 that “the imposition of a prison sentence for the peaceful expression of opinion constitutes a serious violation of human rights.”Fierro was sentenced as a result of a libel suit by former president León Febres-Cordero, now a parliamentary representative for the Social Christian Party (PSC), over a column published on 29 May in which Fierro said his government had “served the plutocratic oligarchy that rules the country.” Fierro has appealed against the sentence. News EcuadorAmericas Help by sharing this information April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News News December 24, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Alverno Seniors Make A Commitment to Give Back

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Alverno High School recently hosted its Fifth Annual Alverno Community Service Fair, which showcased the senior class’ self-created service projects ranging from fighting abuse and cancer to providing funds for schools and art programs.The fair grew out of Alverno’s senior theology course, Contemporary Social Issues, which asks students to explore the social justices that taint our world. To respond to these injustices, Alverno seniors have committed themselves to a service project molded by their own passions, ideas and care for the social issues in today’s world.At the service fair, members of the Alverno and local community came together to learn about and support the projects of these exemplary seniors at the Fifth Annual Alverno Community Service Fair. Individuals were asked to visit the tables for each project to learn more about the organization and the work that each senior did to support them.In addition to philanthropic support of the organizations at the fair, attendees were also given the opportunity to learn more about volunteering with local organizations that included Adopt-A-Family, Compassionate Rescue, Operation Foot Soldier, St. Vincent De Paul Society, and Young and Healthy. Alverno High School students are expected to contribute 20-50 service hours each to the local community each year, for a school wide total of more than 6,000 hours. However, last year Alverno students exceeded their goal by contributing more than 11,000 service hours to the local community and they are once again expected to exceed their goal.Many students have created their own small projects, ranging from educating individuals on illiteracy, fighting to end hunger, supporting individuals in recovery, those with incurable diseases, and cleaning up our canyons.“The Service Fair was a wonderful success and we are so proud of our seniors. All of our students as well as faculty, staff and community members, were able to browse over two dozen service projects. Each project was built to spread awareness and encourage action in regards to a specific social issue,” said Corinne Jimenez, Campus Minister. “The seniors were so passionate about these injustices and that excitement was spread to the younger students. It is often easy to lose sight of how powerful and intelligent a teenager can be in our society today. This service fair showed how wonderful, creative and socially aware high school students are and how much they can inspire those around them. It was a beautiful reminder of the solidarity and justice that is very alive in our world.”Julia V. Fanara, Head of School, said “The Service Fair is a perfect example of how one individual can make a tremendous impact on her community. Each of these young women chose a project that meant something to her and in turn made that project important to our entire community. A commitment to service and community is a basic tenet of our Franciscan and Immaculate Heart roots and just one of the ways Alverno empowers each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.”About Alverno High SchoolAlverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,200 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit www.alverno-hs.org. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Community News Education Alverno Seniors Make A Commitment to Give Back Article and Photography by ALVERNO HIGH SCHOOL Published on Friday, January 16, 2015 | 12:38 pm Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Herbeauty10 Sweet Things Every Guy Wants To Hear From The Woman He LovesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty14 Effortless Looks That Make Men StareHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. 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Calls for all-Ireland ban of mephadrone

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Calls for all-Ireland ban of mephadrone Twitter Facebook Previous articleDonegal born banker freed from Garda custodyNext articleRelocate Belfast’s “Big Wheel” in Derry – Durkan News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+center_img By News Highland – March 26, 2010 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp News Legal drug mephedrone could be banned within weeks, the Northern Ireland Health Committee has been told.At an urgent session tabled by the Committee, a drugs official told members that the issue is being regarded by the government as high priority.The committee chair, Jim Wells, said he was concerned that the legal high wont be banned in the Republican until June.Mr Wells said people in North would still have the opportunity to cross the border and by the drug, even if its banned in the UK within a few weeks.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/jimraw.mp3[/podcast] Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Migrants Crisis : SC Wakes Up Finally; Thanks To HCs & Public Criticism By Ex-Judges & Lawyers

first_imgColumnsMigrants Crisis : SC Wakes Up Finally; Thanks To HCs & Public Criticism By Ex-Judges & Lawyers Manu Sebastian26 May 2020 9:52 PMShare This – xThis development underlines the important role of informed,constructive criticism in a democracy.After two months of unspeakable misery caused to millions of migrants in the country due to the national lockdown, which led to the loss of hundreds of lives, the Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the issue on Tuesday, May 26.Till then, the SC had been in a state of denial, unquestioningly believing the executive’s version that “all is well”. The cases brought before it concerning…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAfter two months of unspeakable misery caused to millions of migrants in the country due to the national lockdown, which led to the loss of hundreds of lives, the Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the issue on Tuesday, May 26.Till then, the SC had been in a state of denial, unquestioningly believing the executive’s version that “all is well”. The cases brought before it concerning several issues relating to migrant workers, such as payment of wages, food security, shelter homes, transport and access to trains were closed by the court without effective orders (detailed and documented in this article).The passive response of the apex court, and the excessive deference shown by it to the executive even in the middle of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis , had come under widespread criticism from ex-judges, senior advocates, and many members of legal fraternity, including law students. Even the ordinary citizens were anguished at the inaction of the apex court, going by many of the comments expressed in social media.Former Supreme Court judges, Justices Madan B Lokur and V Gopala Gowda likened the Court’s behavior to that of the emergency-era Supreme Court, where it had displayed a shocking lack of concern for the most basic rights of the citizens. Former HC judges, Justices A P Shah and Kailash Gambhir, criticized the Court’s abdication of responsibilities. All these jurists were unanimous in their opinion that the Supreme Court let down the migrants amidst a grave constitutional crisis.Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, minced no words in expressing disappointment at the Court’s failure in holding the executive accountable.”Judges cannot sit in ivory tower and be blindfolded to the miseries of the citizens of India”, he said.”This is not an emergency. The fundamental rights are not suspended. Yet, the judiciary has suspended the effective enforcement of fundamental rights”, he added.Expressing anguish at the passive response of the Supreme Court to the issue of migrant workers crisis amid the COVID-19 lockdown, Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta commented that the top court “could have done a lot”.”The migrants walk home is not a casual irresponsible act of a citizen. It’s a moment of existential crisis for them. The Supreme Court could have done a lot. Only they could have”, he said.Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde commented that the Court’s inaction amounted to ‘social distancing from the powerless’. “Judicial abnegation by the top court is not healthy for an institution trusted as being the protector and enforcer of rights”, he said.Recently, several leading lawyers – P Chidambaram, Anand Grover, Indira Jaising, Mohan Katarki, Siddharth Luthra, Santhosh Paul, Mahalaxmi Pavani, Kapil Sibal, Chander Uday Singh, Vikas Singh, Prashant Bhushan, Iqbal Chagla, Aspi Chinoy, Mihir Desai, Janak Dwarkadas, Rajani Iyer, Yusuf Muchhala, Rajiv Patil, Navroz Seervai, Gayatri Singh and Sanjay Singhvi – wrote to the CJI seeking urgent intervention in the migrants issue. “This situation was compounded by the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s failure to intervene in mid-day when millions of migrant workers had commences travelling home on foot, or by trucks”, they said in the letter. “As a consequence of the Court’s failure to intervene, even though the number of Covid cases were then only a few hundred at the time, the millions of migrant workers were unable to proceed to their hometowns and were compelled to remain in small cramped tenements or rooms or on the pavements, without any employment or livelihood, and even a definite source of food. Infact this enforced stay in cramped quarters only exposed such poor worker to a higher risk of Covid infection”, they added.High Courts showed the way Meanwhile, many High Courts showed the way by staying true to their constitutional role of acting as a check on the executive.Gujarat HC’s model of holding the executive accountableThe Gujarat High Court took suo moto notice of a host of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown. What is commendable is that the Gujarat HC was not seeking to substitute its wisdom with that of the executive. Rather, it sought explanation from the government regarding its plan of action to deal with the issues to ascertain if it passed the constitutional muster. The Court intervened only when it found that the government’s responses were grossly unreasonable, or blatantly unsatisfactory. For example, the bench comprising Justices J B Pardiwala and Ilesh J Vora was quick to dismiss the puerile explanation given by the State for not doing enough number of COVID-19 tests. The Government told the bench that more number of tests could lead to 70% of the population testing positive, and that this could lead to “fear psychosis”. The Court emphatically said that this cannot be a reason for reducing the number of tests.Also, the Court did not shy away from highlighting the unsatisfactory conditions in the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, which was leading to high mortality rate of COVID-19 patients.Unlike the SC, the High Court did not turn its face away from the plight of migrants, and passed directions to ensure food and shelter to them. As regards their travel, the Court directed the railways to either waive off their one way charges, or the State to bear their fare.Karnataka HC nudged Govt into actionSimilar was the response of the Karnataka High Court with respect to the migrants issues. The Court demonstrated that by simply asking the right questions and making the relevant observations, the judiciary can get the government to act. Actual directions may not be always necessary. A bench comprising Chief Justice A S Oka and Justice B V Nagarathna of the HC observed that inability to pay rail fare should not become a ground to deprive migrants of their right to travel to their native places. This, the court explained, was due to the fact that their lack of income is directly linked to the lockdown imposed by the State. So, State has the constitutional obligation to mitigate their sufferings.This led to the Karnataka Government taking a stand that it will bear the travel cost for Karnataka natives to come back from other states. In response, the Court asked if such a stand would not amount to discrimination against migrants within Karnataka, on the basis of place of origin.Following the sustained interrogation from the Court, the Karnataka Government diluted its stance by deciding to bear the cost of migrants’ travel from Karnataka to their native states.Court would be failing in its role if it doesn’t react : AP HCThe Andhra Pradesh High Court observed that the Court would be failing in its role, if it does not react to the issue of migrants being forced to walk hundreds of kilometers to their native places.A division bench of Justice DVSS Somayajulu and Justice Lalitha Kanneganti passed a slew of directions to ensure proper availability of food, toilets and medical help etc. for these migrants. The Court observed that the situation was “alarming” and that “immediate intervention” of the Court was necessary.Later, another bench headed by Chief Justice J K Maheshwari passed directions for creating temporary sheds for walking migrants, and to ensure their travel by bus/train within 48 hours of registration with the nodal officers.Pity to see migrants walking : Madras HC The Madras HC suo moto sought an action taken report from the State Government and the Centre on the steps taken for the relief of migrants. The Court posed 12 specific queries to the Central and State Governments such as data on the migrant workers stranded in every state, the assistance being provided to them, the number of migrant workers who died on their way to their home states, the compensation for the families of the deceased migrant workers, and the assistance being provided to those who have returned to their native states “It is a pity to see the migrant labourers walking for days together to reach their native places and in the process, some of them had lost their lives due to accidents. The Government authorities of all the States should have extended their human services to those migrant labourers”, observed the HC bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and R Hemalatha.The High Court of Kerala has been monitoring the steps taken by the Kerala Government to provide food and shelter to guest workers. The Orissa HC and Bombay HC had taken suo moto notice of the issue of migrants, and passed necessary directions. The Bombay HC however deferred the hearing taking note of the pendency of similar issues in SC.The Telangana High Court made a powerful declaration that medical emergency cannot be an excuse for the government to trample upon the rights under Article 21 of the Constitution. Holding thus, the Court proceeded to quash a Government Order, which prohibited citizens from getting COVID-19 testing done from private laboratories, even if they have the requisite approval. The HC also sought report from the Government on the COVID-19 tests and regarding the measures taken to allay the plight of migrants.Importance of public criticismOver all, the situation seemed to be a re-dux of emergency era, where the High Courts asserted their independent role to protect the rights of the citizens, despite the SC choosing to bow before the powers usurped by the executive.In the face of mounting criticism, the SC has now chosen to act by taking suo moto notice of the issue.This development also underlines the important role of informed,constructive criticism in a democracy.  A bunch of vigilant citizens, who constantly demand legitimacy and justifications from centres of power, can prevent the institutions from completely failing in their constitutional duties.It took a considerable amount of public criticism for the SC to say that there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses” in the measures taken by the governments for migrants welfare, deviating from its earlier “what can we do?” stand. .Let us hope that this course-correction by the apex court, though belated, leads to mitigation of the sufferings of the millions of migrant workers in the country.Click here to read letter sent by senior advocates to CJINext Storylast_img read more

Donegal Deputy welcomes High Court insurance ruling

first_img Previous articlePeople can be fined for making non-essential cross-border trips from MondayNext articleCommunity education projects in Donegal to benefit from €5.8m fund News Highland Facebook By News Highland – February 5, 2021 There’s been a broad welcome from publicans and their representatives to a High Court ruling over insurance cover for pubs that had to close during the pandemic.Mr Justice Denis McDonald decided that cover is not lost when the closure is prompted by nationwide outbreaks of disease.The case was taken by four pubs, three in Dublin and one in Athlone against FBD Insurance.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty who has written to the Central Bank calling for a Business Interruption Insurance Examination to be carried out has been welcoming today’s ruling:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/pearsefbd5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Donegal Deputy welcomes High Court insurance rulingcenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterestlast_img read more