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Presiding Bishop offers election message, encourages voting as ‘a Christian…

first_img Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Iris Walters says: 3:07[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in a video election message.  “And that is a Christian obligation. Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.”The Presiding Bishop’s video election message is here. The video is closed-captioned and is subtitled in Spanish. The text of the Presiding Bishop’s message in English and Spanish is located at the end of this note.The video is ideal for conversation, adult forums and group gatherings, Sunday School, youth groups, conventions, and meetings, etc.Election Toolkit and resourcesThe Episcopal Church online toolkit with webpage outlines how individual Episcopalians and congregations can participate in the electoral process through nonpartisan activities. Among the possible non-partisan activities offered are: engaging young adults who are eligible to vote for the first time; hosting a candidate forum; advocating for voting rights legislation; and hosting Get Out The Vote campaigns. Through the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN), information is also available on an important initiative, the Episcopal Pledge to Vote• Election engagement resources, including the downloadable Episcopal Election Engagement Toolkit, are available here.• Bulletin inserts are available here.• A Facebook/Twitter social media campaign highlighting: state-by-state registration deadlines; information on voting rights; ways to support civil discourse; and historical fun facts of Episcopal political engagement through the centuries of our country. Facebook here and Twitter here.• Hashtag #EpiscopaliansVoteThe Presiding Bishop’s message in English follows:Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Election MessageThis November we will gather together as a nation to vote not only to elect a new president but to elect governmental leaders on a variety of levels.We are blessed.  We are blessed as a nation to be able to do so as citizens of this country.  This is a right, an obligation, and a duty.  And indeed the right and the privilege to be able to vote is something that was won through an American revolution.  Something that was won even more through civil rights and women’s suffrage.  A right and a privilege that was won for all.  So I encourage you to please go and vote.  Vote your conscience.  Vote your perspective.  But vote.But it’s not just simply a civil obligation and duty.  Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life.  And that is a Christian obligation.  Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.In the thirteenth chapter of Romans, sometimes a chapter that is debated among scholars and among Christians, St. Paul reminds us that we have a duty and an obligation to participate in the process of government, “For that is how our common life is ordered and structured.”  And at one point he actually says, “For the same reason,” going on, he’s expanding, he says, “For the same reason you also pay taxes for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with everything.”  That’s probably very true.  “Pay to all them that is due them.  Taxes to whom taxes are due.  Revenue to whom revenue is due.  Respect to whom respect is due.  Honor to whom honor is due.”  Now he’s talking about the role of government as helping to order our common life.  But here’s what I want you to really hear.  He continues and says:“So owe no-one anything except to love one another.  For the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  The commandments ‘You shall not commit adultery’, ‘You shall not murder’, ‘You shall not steal’, ‘You shall not covet’, any other commandment, they are all summed up in this word:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’.  Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”For St. Paul, the way of love, the love of neighbor, is the fulfilling not only of the moral law of God, but the way to fulfill the civil law.Go and vote.  Vote your conscience.  Your conscience informed by what it means to love your neighbor.  To participate in the process of seeking the common good.  To participate in the process of making this a better world.  However you vote, go and vote.  And do that as a follower of Jesus.The Most Rev. Michael B. CurryPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchThe Presiding Bishop’s message in Spanish follows:Obispo Presidente Michael Curry Mensaje sobre las eleccionesEste mes de noviembre nos reuniremos como nación para votar, no solo para elegir un nuevo presidente, sino para elegir a líderes gubernamentales en una variedad de niveles.Somos bendecidos. Somos bendecidos como nación por ser capaces de hacerlo como ciudadanos de este país. Esto es un derecho, una obligación y un deber. Y en verdad el derecho y el privilegio de poder votar es algo que se obtuvo mediante una revolución americana. Algo que fue logrado, aún más, a través de los derechos civiles y el sufragio femenino. Un derecho y un privilegio que fue conseguido por todos. Así que les animo a que, por favor, vayan y voten. Voten su conciencia. Voten su perspectiva. Pero voten.Pero no es simplemente una obligación civil y un deber. El votar y participar en nuestro gobierno es una forma de colaborar en la vida común. Y eso es una obligación cristiana. Verdaderamente, a los que seguimos en el Camino de Jesús de Nazaret se nos pide que participemos activamente como reflejo de nuestra fe en el proceso civil.En el capítulo trece de la Carta a los Romanos, -un capítulo que a veces se debate entre los académicos y entre los cristianos-, san Pablo nos recuerda que tenemos el deber y la obligación de participar en el proceso del gobierno, “pues así es cómo nuestra vida en común está ordenada y estructurada”. Y en realidad llega a decir: “Por la misma razón”, continúa, lo amplía, y dice: “por la misma razón ustedes también pagan los  tributos pues las autoridades son funcionarios al servicio de Dios, encargados de cumplir este oficio”. Eso es probablemente muy cierto. “Pagar a cada uno lo que le es debido. Al que se le deben impuestos, impuestos. Al que se le debe contribución, contribución. Al que se le debe respecto, respeto. Al que honor, honor”. Ahora está hablando de la función del gobierno en cuanto ayuda a ordenar nuestra vida en común. Pero aquí está lo que de verdad quiero que oigan. Continúa y dice:“Así que la única deuda que tengan  con los demás  sea la del amor mutuo. Porque el que ama al prójimo ya cumplió toda la ley. Los mandamientos: ‘No cometerás adulterio’, ‘No matarás’, ‘No robarás’, ‘No codiciarás’, y cualquier otro mandamiento, todos están resumidos en esta palabra: ‘Amarás al prójimo como a ti mismo’. El amor no hace mal al prójimo, por eso, el amor es el cumplimiento de la ley”.Para san Pablo, el camino del amor, del amor al prójimo, es el cumplimiento no sólo de la ley moral de Dios, sino la manera de cumplir la ley civil.Vayan y voten. Voten su conciencia. Su conciencia informada por lo que significa amar al vecino. Participen en el proceso de la búsqueda del bien común. Participen en el proceso de hacer de este un mundo mejor. Comoquiera que voten, vayan y voten. Y hagan eso como seguidores de Jesús.El Reverendísimo Michael B. CurryObispo Presidente y PrimadoIglesia Episcopal September 21, 2016 at 11:47 am Interesting outlook….ashamed? You have a right and a responsibility to exercise that right. Bishop Curry is not advocating for one party or another….he is encouraging you to vote. M.E. Eccles says: August 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm I have a sneaking suspicion that most in TEC consider voting a “Christian obligation” only as long as one votes for a Democratic candidate, especially a progressive Democratic candidate. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Donald Trump, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments (14) In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 August 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm Why? Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Video Rector Knoxville, TN Bill Harrison says: Rector Tampa, FL JoAnne Silvia says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Terry Francis says: Rector Martinsville, VA August 23, 2016 at 9:58 am I appreciate Bishop Michael’s reference to the “common good”. My struggle is deciding how to vote for “it” as opposed to the “status quo”. His admonition to vote as opposed to staying home is spot on! Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Kalena Williams says: Rector Collierville, TN October 14, 2016 at 9:29 am Seems like the Apostle Paul is suggesting we should vote. I wonder if the ashamed guy feels he doesn’t have a choice that will satisfy his conscience. That concept taken to it’s logical conclusion would always preclude voting. We are either going to have to vote for some less than perfect or let others decide for us. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Presiding Bishop offers election message, encourages voting as ‘a Christian obligation’ Election Toolkit provides resources for congregations, individuals Faith & Politics, 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Pegram Johnson III, PHD says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC August 31, 2016 at 11:23 pm Actually, the “Christian obligation” (to use the questinable quotation marks of the previous post) that Bp. Curry was referencing is to measure the comments & message of the candidates by the Gospel and our Baptismal Vows (to review those see the “Rite of Holy Baptism” beginning on page 299 in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Thomas Bushnell BSG says: Kenneth Knapp says: August 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm As am I. Election 2016, Joel Watson says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls September 15, 2016 at 10:46 pm “New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth.” – – 1940 HymnalThe comment about Episcopalians voting for Democrats I find odd. As a priest I can tell you that there are a lot of conservatives in the pews (usually the trouble-makers). An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest M.E. Eccles says: 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 Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service September 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm I took my baptismal vows using the 1928 prayer book. I don’t remember what page it was on nor do I remember it saying anything about voting. Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Carol Mader says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA 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 September 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm I completely agree with Bushnell. First time ashamed to be an Episcpalian. Glad I am retired and not be expected to publish this. Comments are closed. August 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm I am just as proud of Bishop Curry as ever. Rector Pittsburgh, PA November 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm “As a priest I can tell you there are a lot of conservatives in the pews (usually the trouble-makers).” You are a priest of the Episcopal Church? Sad. Tags David Kemp says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA August 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm I am curious also, as to why you are ashamed? Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Rocky Rachal says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET August 23, 2016 at 12:47 am For the first time I am ashamed of Bishop Curry. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Posted Aug 22, 2016 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJlast_img read more

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Presbyterian Church to start new preschool in Wellington

first_imgContact information:Just call: 316-299-3922.E-mail: [email protected] more information on their website: http://www.brightbeginningsinwellington.com/ By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Bright Beginnings Preschool is the newest school in Wellington.The Wellington Presbyterian Church, located at 1419 Western, will be offering an affordable Christian based curriculum that encourages learning with technology and hands on experiences at a science center.The science center will offer microscopes with open monitors, so a group of little ones can explore together along with a light table. This is just a few of the things the preschool has to offer.last_img read more

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Bower’s dramatic birdie wins South Africa title

first_img England’s Jamie Bower dramatically sank an 18-footer for a last hole birdie and snatched victory in the Gauteng North Open at Irene Golf Club in South Africa. The 22-year-old from Meltham in Yorkshire finished one shot ahead of South Africa’s Garrick Higgo, who bogeyed the 18th after leading for most of the round. “This is probably is my biggest win to date and my first outside the UK so it’s definitely really special for me” said Bower, who was 13-under for 72 holes.   He was in contention throughout the event and, after a pair of 68s, he held the halfway lead. Bower powered ahead in the third round with 66, but Higgo did even better and his 64 gave him a one-shot advantage with one round left to play. The South African was sometimes as many as three shots clear of Bower as the round unfolded. But the Yorkshireman, playing in the final group just behind his rival, held on tenaciously and when his chance came on the 18th he grabbed it. “I heard a few rumours that Garrick had dropped some shots and that I was tied with him coming up the last,” said Bower. “But I didn’t know for certain so I just tried to make the best score I could and hope it was enough – luckily that was birdie! “I had a much shorter putt on a similar line in the morning which I holed so I did fancy it.” It gave him a final round score of one-over 73 while Higgo took 75. Bower went on: “I had an idea in my head of what score I needed to win and I thought if I could get to 16-under – double my score from the first two rounds – then that would be good enough. I didn’t manage it, but thankfully 13-under was good enough.” Bower is part of an England Golf squad touring South Africa and has got off to a flying start with this win in their first event. “I’ve been working very hard on my long game over the winter, under the guidance of England coach Alan Thompson, and I’ve been hitting the ball great tee to green this week which is very pleasing. I’m obviously delighted to get off to such a good start on the tour and I can’t wait for the next event next week.” Bower was joined in the event by Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park) and Paul Kinnear (Formby) who both made the cut in the championship. Their next date is the South African Stroke Play, which starts on Tuesday at Blue Valley Golf Club. The Gauteng North Open was previously won by Toby Tree of Sussex in 2012 and 2013. Click here for full scores. 30 Jan 2016 Bower’s dramatic birdie wins South Africa title last_img read more

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Steel Sensations…Salary cap decisions must be made

first_imgLaMarr Woodley, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, arrives at the Athletes Quarterly Super Bowl Party at Hudson Terrace, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for Athletes Quarterly)As the Pittsburgh Steelers progress through the offseason they’ll need to begin to look at the contracts they currently have on the books for 2014 and beyond and what those contracts mean towards the cap. There are several players that could be impacted through a restructuring of their current deal or via an unconditional release.The Steelers will navigate their way through the roster and make decisions on each and every player in an effort to remain under the cap as well as keeping the roster as competitive as possible at the same time.It’s likely the following players will be impacted in some form or fashion.LaMarr Woodley, 2014 cap hit 13.4 million dollars This one should be simple too; it’s time to part ways with Woodley. He still has three years remaining on his contract and quite simply, he’s not worth the money. He’s often injured and just not putting up the big plays and statistics that a 13.4 million dollar linebacker should. If the team can re-sign Jason Worilds; this move is highly likely. If they can’t, then the team may let Woodley stay for at least one more season.Ben Roethlisberger breaks away from Green Bay Packers’ Jamari Lattimore (57) for a touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)Ben Roethlisberger, 2014 cap hit 18.8 million dollarsThe decision on Roethlisberger should be an easy one. The team must extend his contract beyond its end date of 2016, which should enable them to lower his salary and cap hit. He wants to remain a Steeler for his entire career and the team feels the same way, so why not take care of business now?Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu , left, intercepts a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) and returns it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Wright)Troy Polamalu, 2014 cap hit 10.8 million dollarsPolamalu is a tricky one. He is overpaid at this point but he’s not a guy the team should release due to his ability to still contribute plus his legendary status.  With one year on his contract the team should try to extend him an additional year to help reduce the cap hit. If they can’t come to an agreement they should just keep him. They may release Polamalu if they can’t get his salary down, which would be a very unfitting end to his Steeler career.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)Heath Miller, 2014 cap hit 9.4 million dollarsMiller should stay no matter what and he will. His contract ends at the end of this season, so if the team is able to extend him a few more years in an effort to reduce his cap hit, they should do so and I believe they will.Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Ike Taylor, 2014 cap hit 11.9 million dollarsTaylor is in a situation where he still has some gas left in the tank but he’s clearly not the player he once was. The team has secondary issues so there is some use for him, but not at 11.9 million dollars.  If the team can find some way to extend him by one year in an effort to reduce the cap hit, then by all means they should do so. If they cannot find a way, then he must be released. I suspect his time in Pittsburgh will end and he’ll be released.Larry Foote, 2014 cap hit 1.8 million dollarsFoote missed the entire 2013 season and while his salary is very reasonable, it may make sense to move on from him and save the money. I could go either way here and think they should probably bring him back but it would not be shocking if he were let go.Steve McLendon, 2014 cap hit 2.9 million dollars.McLendon has not shown enough to be a starter in this league. If the team feels they can draft or even sign a new starting nose tackle, they should save the money and let McLendon go. I believe that’s what will happen.Ramon Foster, 2014 cap hit 1.9 million dollarsWhile the offensive line has issues, the team should try to bring back Fernando Velasco and do so by cutting Foster. Foster is nothing to write home about and his money can be better served on a guy like Velasco. I think there’s a good chance the team will bring him back however.Levi Brown, 2014 cap hit 6.2 million dollarsAbsolutely a no brainer; he should and will be released. He’s far overpaid and never even set foot on the field for the black and gold.These won’t be easy decisions but decisions the team will have to make to ensure they are set for 2014 and beyond. While some of the players under the microscope are long time Steeler vets with major contributions to their success; it has become a necessity to make these decisions for the betterment of the organization.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Fair Haven Police Chief Steps Down After 30 Years Of Service

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – The borough’s top cop has decided it was time to pack it in.“I just feel it’s time,” said Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge, a lifelong Fair Haven resident, about his decision to retire effective October 1, stepping down from overseeing the department, which currently has 13 fulltime officers.Breckenridge has been chief since 2005.There wasn’t any particular reason he decided to retire at this point. “They always say you know when it’s time,” Breckenridge said, with “they” meaning veteran officers he’s known over this career. “And it’s time.”Breckenridge’s last day on the job will be Sept. 30.Breckenridge, who will be 57 in September, has spent 35 years in law enforcement, with 30 of them with the Fair Haven department.Being a cop “is something I always wanted to do,” he said. And that ambition goes back to when he was just 4 ½- years-old.In the early 1960s, then Police Chief Carl Jakubecy had gone to the Breckenridge home to offer Darryl’s mother the position of crossing guard at Knollwood School, 224 Hance Road, a job Mrs. Breckenridge held for more than 25 years. While there Jakubecy took his chief’s hat and put it on the young Darryl. “It felt good,” Breckenridge recalled all these years later, knowing then what he wanted to do with his life.Jakubecy appointed Breckenridge as a part-time dispatcher in 1976. Breckenridge left that position in 1977 to join the U.S. Army, where he served for about three years assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Military Police, doing undercover police investigation.After the Army, Breckenridge returned home in 1980 and joined the local department as a part-time special officer, while working security at Steinbach’s depart- ment store in Red Bank. He then moved to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in 1982 where he worked as a county detective before being sworn in as a Fair Haven patrolman in 1985.Over the course of 30 years Breckenridge worked as a detective, being promoted in 2000 to sergeant and 2002 moving up the ranks to lieutenant before becoming chief 10 years ago. As for his future, Breckenridge wouldn’t be cornered, simply saying, “I got a few ideas.”As far as leaving, he said he would miss the department members and the camaraderie he shares with fellow officers, feeling very much that they’ve “become a family.” On top of that “I’ll miss the opportunity to help people.”What he won’t miss, “The calls in the middle of the night,” he acknowledged, the ones where someone has been hurt or killed and where it would fall to him to deliver terrible news to families, oftentimes families he has known for years. “One of my goals was to bring good people into the profession,” he said. And he has done that, saying he’s very proud of the former and current department members, leaving the department in good hands.A good chief, Breckenridge believes, is someone “who listens to the community and to his officers.” “Some say it’s a cliché,” he noted, “but you really can help people and make a positive difference in someone’s life when you’re a police officer.”By John Burtonlast_img read more

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Be healthy outdoors, part two

first_img  Consider a probiotic such as Acidophilus/Bifidus to stave off a possible parasite problem when travelling elsewhere or spending time in the mountains or camping. Vitamin E, aloe vera gel and calendula cream help heal sunburns.  B complex with higher amounts of B6 will help heal tendonitis in the elbow, wrist and other problematic areas, as well as resultant numbness and tingling.Any type of muscle damage such as bruising or impact injuries heal much more quickly with homeopathic Arnica montana.  Taking it as quickly as possible increases the speed of healing.  Putting a few drops in your drinking water helps prevent muscle fatigue and soreness and speeds recovery time.  Homeopathic Ledum taken under the tongue can minimize a puncture wound by a stick or a rock.Any open wound should first be rinsed out with clean water to remove any dirt, then Calendula succuss or tincture applied.  It is the best tool I’ve found!  We use in the office often for any skin cut/scrape or stitches as well.  We have it in our office as a cream or tincture depending on the issue.  Calendula is not only anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, but also helps to increase the healing process of new healthy skin tissue.  I’ve used it very successfully with stitches.  DO NOT apply salves to an open wound because this encourages bacterial growth and infection!Overheating requires immediate attention with sufficient fluids, shade and possible cooling if needed.Bee stings can be minimized by taking homeopathic Apis and wasp stings minimized by homeopathic VespSprains & strains of ankles/wrists/back/hips/knees can be helped with Traumeel.  This is a homeopathic cream when applied topically, repairs ligament/tendon/ nerve and muscle tissue.  It also reduces swelling and inflammation.  Normal 0 EN-US X-NONE X-NONE false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Here is part two of Brenda Gill’s advice for keeping healty. Remember: it’s still summer, whatever the thermometer says!Discourage those annoying mosquitoes and other biting insects by increasing garlic in your diet or by taking a supplement, such as  Vitamin B1 complex.  I usually have people take 1/d.  I often make up a homeopathic to minimize the reaction to bug bites.  Another useful tool we use is an natural bug spray to minimize the attraction of bugs.  The one I’ve found to be the best is the Citronella Supreme spray.  These should give you some helpful hints for the summer!Brenda Gill is a naturopath practising in Rossland and Nelson, BC.last_img read more

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Better farming with mobiles

first_imgIn a seven-month pilot project in twoUgandan districts, community workerscollected and disseminated information oncrop acreage and projected harveststhrough mobile phone surveys.(Image: Irin News)The ability to correctly diagnose and treat crop diseases such as banana wilt via mobile phone is just one of endless possibilities for smallholder African farmers if location-specific, or geospatial, information were available, according to researchers.Such a project would, for example, use mobile devices equipped with global positioning systems and cameras.“A trained community worker can input the location coordinates, take a photo of the diseased crop, send it to our database, from which we would forward the image for expert review and feedback,” says Whitney Gantt, a project officer with the Grameen Foundation. “In addition to being able to identify a disease, people will know what to do.”The Grameen Foundation is conducting a seven-month pilot project in two Ugandan districts, whereby community workers collect and disseminate information on crop acreage and projected harvests through mobile device surveys.In the scheme, 45 community knowledge workers, selected from existing farmers’ groups, are trained in using mobile devices for data collection.Each has a mobile phone, some equipped with cameras. From a drop-down menu on the phones, the community workers are able to enter the required data, which is then transmitted to the foundation’s database for agricultural forecasting.The phones cost between US$30 (about R270) each and $330 (R3 000). “It is a cost-effective method and we are also testing the three devices to see which collects better data,” Gantt says.ChallengesFinding community knowledge workers who are literate and fluent in English is difficult, as is reaching women farmers, as most phone-owners are men.Network connectivity and lack of electricity in the rural parts are a also a problem and can delay information transmission.Ensuring accurate data is also a challenge. “Getting information that is actionable is very useful… how do you ensure that the data is accurate?”According to Gantt, the goal of the project is to work intensively with the community workers with a view to a possible scale-up. From the information collected, the foundation also hopes to link farmers with buyers. “A lot of providers are without such information,” she says.MappingIn another application, a study in Ethiopia is expected to capture information on rural road types, sea and inland water ports, airports, border crossings, private and community depots and silos and market locations for use by farmers and other service providers, according to Tesfaye Korme of the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development.The use of high-resolution mapping is another possibility.“High-resolution mapping for fields would not only help with field acreage knowledge but could also be a precursor for sustainable land management,” says Pierre Traore of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. It could also be used to map low fertility areas within farms.Crop yieldsAccording to researchers, geospatial information on soils and the best crops, appropriate farming techniques and early warning on droughts, floods, diseases and pests, as well as up-to-date market and price information, would not only maximise crop yields and market access but also improve livelihoods and reduce uncertainties in production.Such information does not reach those who most need it.“The information is often used by a select group of project farmers yet many such projects do not last beyond project funding,” says Jennifer Barnes of the consulting group CH2M Hill. “Current data is also not provided in relevant time and map scales yet there is a need for the information to reach farmers rapidly.”Says Enrica Porcari of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) : “There is a lot of information at the policy level yet the problems are at the local level. Although we have solutions, they often don’t come off the shelf.“There are challenges in the nodes of the chain from the researchers to the farmers.” Porcari adds that the mandate of research institutions does not extend to dissemination of information to the farmers. CGIAR is holding a meeting in Nairobi on opportunities in geospatial technology and accessing a broader range of users.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin NewsRelated articlesSkills via phones for rural women Broadband in Africa set to soar Young reporters go mobile Low-cost phones for Africa Eating, earning from city farms Useful linksGrameen FoundationRegional Centre for Mapping of Resources for DevelopmentInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid TropicsCH2M HillConsultative Group on International Agricultural Researchlast_img read more

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World of sport pays tribute to Mandela

first_img6 December 2013The global sporting community was united in expressing its respect and love for Nelson Mandela after his passing on Thursday, with sports administrators and personalities from Gary Player to Tiger Woods paying tribute to a man who was able to harness the power of sport to bring people together.Mandela’s love of sport was well known, and some of the most iconic images of the renowned stateman involved sport: Mandela presenting the Rugby World Cup to Francois Pienaar in the 1995 while wearing Pienaar’s number six jersey; Mandela smiling alongside Neil Tovey as Tovey raised the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1996; Mandela raising the Fifa World Cup trophy in joy after South Africa won the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.‘A true icon’“Madiba was a true icon of inspiration and as much as South Africa owes so much to him, so does rugby,” South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said in a statement on Friday. “Through his extraordinarily vision, he was able to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an instrument to help promote nation-building just one year after South Africa’s historic first democratic election.“Mr Mandela was also instrumental in retaining the Springbok as the emblem for our national team at a time when a chorus of voices advocated a change of the symbol, for various reasons,” Hoskins said. “It was an act of reconciliation and generosity of spirit which no one could have expected.”‘Catalyst’ for SA’s 2010 bidSouth African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said Mandela “was responsible for lifting the spirits of our football nation … to victory at the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations,” adding that he had “served as the catalyst in our bid for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Fifa president Sepp Blatter recalled: “When Mandela was honoured and cheered by the crowd at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on 11 July 2010, it was as a man of the people, a man of their hearts, and it was one of the most moving moments I have ever experienced. For him, the World Cup in South Africa truly was ‘a dream come true’.“Nelson Mandela will stay in our hearts forever,” Blatter said. “The memories of his remarkable fight against oppression, his incredible charisma and his positive values will live on in us and with us.“As a mark of respect and mourning, the flags of the 209 member associations at the Home of Fifa will be flown at half-mast and there will be a minute’s silence before the next round of international matches.”‘Incredible impact’Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani said Mandela’s love for sport “and his appreciation of what it could do to unify the country is legendary. He was a keen amateur boxer in his youth, but he loved all sporting codes across the board, and in it he saw the foundations for a healthy future for all the youth of the country.”International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset said Mandela “was a truly remarkable man. I was honoured to be with him during the historic days of Rugby World Cup 1995 and saw his incredible impact on his nation and his people. His wisdom, intelligence and sheer presence was a wonder to behold.“I am so proud that the rugby family could play its small part in supporting Mr Mandela’s efforts to establish the new South Africa, and that our tournament came to symbolise the emergence of a new nation,” Lapasset said. “He changed the world, and we were privileged to witness and embrace his work.”‘Unwavering dedication’Former Proteas wicketkeeper and current CEO of the International Cricket Council, Dave Richardson, said Mandela “was celebrated for his unwavering dedication to human rights, equality and respect. He was and will forever remain a true hero.”South African golfing legend Gary Player wrote on Twitter: “Nelson Mandela’s courage, forgiveness, love & hope inspired people around the world. He made me want to be a better man. RIP Tata.”Golfer Tiger Woods tweeted: “Pop & I felt your aura when we met, I feel it today & I will feel it forever. You have done so much for humanity. You will always be in my heart Mr. Mandela.”Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson said: “Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness. There is no future without forgiveness”.‘Unwavering love’Lennox Lewis, also an undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, stated: “He lived a life of example through his dedication, commitment and unwavering love, not only for his brothers and sisters in South Africa, but for the entire human race.“He will forever remain THE blueprint of strength, grace and dignity, in both, the face of oppression and the privilege of power. I have very rarely, if ever, witnessed strength and compassion on his level. His legacy will continue to help shape the world for many generations to come.”‘How you can help people’Serena Williams, a winner of 32 Grand Slam titles and the number one women’s tennis player in the world, commented: “Nelson Mandela led one if the most impactful lives of our time. Meeting him helped me to understand life is full of ups and downs. But how you recover from the downs and how you can help people no matter what race or background by your choices and decisions.“One life – Nelson Mandela’s life changed many. May his legacy live forever. Rev 21:4.”Former Springbok rugby captain John Smit shared: “A day we knew was coming but hoped never would, a man we didn’t have for long enough but left a lifelong legacy. Madiba we will never forget.”last_img read more

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5 Enterprise Startups to Watch in 2011 # 1: DokDok

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… As 2010 draws to a close we’re taking a look at a few enterprise startups that show promise and that we haven’t covered on ReadWriteEnterprise.DokDok wants to bring document management into your email. Unlike Mainsoft‘s harmon.ie (which we covered here), DokDok doesn’t seek to eliminate email attachments. The DokDok team accepts that attachments aren’t going away, so instead they’re trying to make attachments work. DokDok currently offers a Google Apps gadget and a Chrome extension that displays attachment version history in Gmail. The Chrome extension also offers API-based integration between Gmail and Highrise. The gadget displays the following information within emails that have attachments:Version history of email attachmentsSummary of changes between versionsRelated attachments in other conversationsOther files exchanged with sender and recipientsIt can also compare versions side-by-side and automatically archive attachments. It’s essentially trying to turn email into a document management system based on existing user behaviors. We appreciate DokDok’s approach of trying to augment, rather than change, existing behavior.The Chrome extension brings the gadget’s functionality to regular Gmail users, along with the Highrise integration features. The extension not only displays contact information from Highrise in Gmail, it also archives attachments from Gmail in Highrise.“With all the shouts about the demise of email, it is not only relevant but important and not going away soon,” says Mitch Lieberman of Comity Technology Advisors. “It is close to being the ‘primary key’ for users around the web.”For the past couple years we’ve been talking about email as a platform, and going into 2011 it’s a topic that’s picking up steam. Salesforce.com just bought Etacts and RIM is reportedly sniffing around Gist. We’ve long loved the email plugin Rapportive and have covered many other plugin vendors as well.DokDok already provides useful products for Google Apps and Highrise users. If it can extend its functionality to other platforms, it could be a real winner in the enterprise. Customers can already build additional integrations through the API, but DokDok will need to provide more out-of-the-box integrations before it will really catch on. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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Powering Down Google’s PowerMeter, Microsoft’s Hohm

first_imgChecking Your Electricity Use on GoogleEnergy Monitoring Tools from Google, MicrosoftMore Power Monitoring to the People!Greenbox Home-Energy Monitoring Still on the BurnerHome Dashboards Help Reduce Energy UseFinding the Smartest Use for Smart MetersPodcast: Home Energy Monitoring, Part 1 Podcast: Home Energy Monitoring, Part 2Q&A: Power metering devices Q&A: What demand management devices and software are currently available?“Momentum is building toward making energy information more readily accessible, and it’s exciting to see others drive innovation and pursue opportunities in this important new market,” Google said in a blog post that also mentions the White House initiatives. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with PowerMeter and look forward to what will develop next in this space.”An evolving energy-management landscapePowerMeter users can download data they have stored in their account any time before the September 16 cutoff. A competing online energy-management tool, Microsoft Hohm, is still up and running — but not for long. As Microsoft announced on June 30, it will follow Google’s lead and soon shut down Hohm, which is due to retire on May 31, 2012. Hohm’s effectiveness, like that of PowerMeter, has hinged on how much information users input about their home and its energy use. And, as did PowerMeter, Hohm works best when it incorporates customer-usage data fed directly from partner utilities, which, in Microsoft’s case, are currently limited to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Xcel Energy. As technology site Ars Technica noted, “the timing of the announcement suggests that Microsoft only developed Hohm for strategic reasons.”Another system that offers usage tracking through partnerships with utilities, OPOWER, still seems to be attracting users and adding employees. Key to the apparent success of this service is that it includes general usage information about other homeowners in the community, thereby adding peer pressure to the incentives to save energy.Anything to help overcome that apathy. The White House recently announced new initiatives aimed at making the electric grid more energy efficient, reliable, less polluting, and more consumer friendly. The term “smart grid” is used in the White House press release, mainly in reference to tools and services designed to help consumers monitor their power usage in real time, and manage it economically.Indeed, there’s plenty of evidence to show that currently available monitoring and power-management technology can save consumers money on their energy bills. The trick, in many cases, is getting people to actually use the dashboards, sensors, transmitters, and monitoring services. As one industry analyst observed, apathy can be a bigger obstacle than ignorance when it comes to cutting energy consumption. That issue may have come into play with PowerMeter, Google’s energy management tool, which, the company announced last month, will be retired from service on September 16 because it didn’t catch on as hoped. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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