Rector Belleville, IL Posted Aug 20, 2015 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Sara San Martín, Perseo Quiroz, Anna McDonald, Revdo. Arturo Carrasco-Gómez, Araceli Rodríguez, Paulina Arriaga, Laura Rojas y Fray Julián Cruzalta. Photo: Mauricio Álvarez[mexicoanglicano] El Ilmo. Francisco Moreno, Primado de la Iglesia Anglicana de México (IAM), delegó en el Revdo. Arturo Carrasco-Gómez el acompañamiento al encuentro de los estados que han ratificado el Tratado para el Comercio de Armas (TCA) a través de las Naciones Unidas, mismo que tiene por objetivo salvar vidas.El Revdo. Carrasco-Gómez, en rueda de prensa previa a la Conferencia de Estados Parte que inicia el próximo lunes, subrayó la importancia internacional del tratado para salvar vidas, así como la necesidad del monitoreo y la observación para su cumplimiento, especificamente en colaboración bilateral con organizaciones de la sociedad civil tanto mexicanas como estadounidenses y con la participación de los medios de comunicación.En mensaje escrito, Peter Prove, Director de Asuntos Internacionales del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias señaló que “La unión de la voluntad política de los estados y de las sociedades civiles más afectadas por el comercio no regulado de armas ayudó a hacer más fuerte el TCA. La misma experiencia ahora requiere que los informes del TCA sean amplios y transparentes, asimismo, la Conferencia de los Estados Partes (CEP) siempre deberá incluir a las coaliciones internacionales de la sociedad civil”.Sara San Martín, del Centro de Estudios Ecuménicos indicó que “Las decisiones tomadas en Cancún podrían transformar el comercio internacional de armas que asciende a $ 100 mil millones de dólares – y también reducir el número de armas que caen en manos de bandas criminales en México. Los diplomáticos tienen una enorme responsabilidad en la Conferencia. Depende de ellos asegurarse que este nuevo tratado salve vidas”.A su vez, Araceli Rodríguez, del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, y madre de una víctima de desaparición desde hace seis años, dijo que “Necesitamos más control sobre las armas ya que no sólo la gente de mi país está muriendo asesinada, sino también en muchos países del mundo. Las armas no son juguetes para ser vendidos a cualquier persona, necesitamos mayor regulación”.Con manejo de datos duros y estadísticos, Paulina Arriaga, Directora de Desarma México, sostuvo que “Aún cuando el mayor problema de México, en relación a la violencia armada, proviene del tráfico ilegal desde EEUU, no podemos subestimar la importancia de vigilar las armas importadas legalmente. En los últimos nueve años, las policías de México han reportado más de 17 mil armas de fuego como perdidas o robadas. El desvío hacia usuarios no autorizados está alimentando la violencia en nuestro país. Las armas legales deben ser vigiladas para asegurar que no se desvíen, pero también para que no sean utilizadas en violaciones a derechos humanos”.Anna McDonald, Directora de la Coalición Armas Bajo Control sostuvo que “Las decisiones tomadas en Cancún dictarán cómo se implementa el TCA en los próximos años – y por lo tanto cómo afecta la vida de las personas que viven en los países devastados por la guerra desde Sudán del Sur a Yemen, así como aquellos que enfrentan altos niveles de violencia armada desde Jamaica hasta Brasil”.“Es crucial que los Estados adquieran un compromiso pleno de frenar el flujo de armas hacia quienes las utilizan para cometer violaciones graves de derechos humanos para poner fin al sufrimiento humano causado por los flujos irresponsables de armas convencionales” sostuvo Perseo Quiroz, de Amnistía Internacional México.México es uno de los 72 Estados Parte que han ratificado el TCA, otros 59 aún no lo han ratificado. La primera Conferencia del Tratado para el Comercio de Armas, que sesionará en Cancún del 24 al 28/VIII/15 y que será presidida por el Gobierno de México, ofrece una oportunidad real de salvar las vidas de millones de personas en todo el mundo, afirman activistas nacionales e internacionales. 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India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media In April 2018, RSF condemned an earlier and unprecedented wave of online hate messages against Ayyub, in which her phone number and address were posted online. RSF referred the case to the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, who then wrote to the Indian authorities requesting protection for Ayyub. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a week-old wave of online threats and hate messages targeting this well-known Indian journalist and calls on the authorities to shed light on the possible complicity of members of the police force. “Police wanting to prosecute a journalist for making a so-called ‘political comment’ is something one might expect from the worst dictatorships,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Either someone hacked into the Amethi police Twitter account, which would indicate serious incompetence, or the police are complicit in a campaign of calls for Rana Ayyub’s murder. We urge the home affairs ministry to conduct an internal investigation to identify these responsible for this unacceptable scandal.” Organisation RSF_en News April 27, 2021 Find out more It immediately unleashed a torrent of Twitter insults and calls for Ayyub to be raped or murdered that were orchestrated by trolls linked to the Hindu nationalist movement. Even more amazingly, it elicited a threat of legal action that came from the Twitter account of the police in Amethi, a town 100 km south of Ayodhya. Receive email alerts Rana Ayyub est l’une des cibles privilégiées de l’armée de trolls au service du Bharatiya Janata Party, le parti au pouvoir en Inde (photo : Chandan Khanna / AFP). IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms PredatorsViolence November 15, 2019 – Updated on July 3, 2020 New hate campaign against Indian columnist Rana Ayyub to go further News India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. February 23, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information It began when Rana Ayyub, who is nowadays a Washington Post columnist, posted a cryptic message on Twitter on 8 November about the ruling that India’s supreme court was due to issue the next day on a fraught 30-year-old dispute between Hindus and Muslims over a religious site in the northern city of Ayodhya. It ended with the words, “I hope my country does not disappoint me tomorrow.” News News Ayyub, who is currently on a visit to the United States, told RSF that, because of this threat, she feared that could be arrested on her return to the India. The message has not been disowned by India’s home affairs ministry. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Wave of hate IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms PredatorsViolence The author of “Gujarat Files,” a book examining the rise to power of Narendra Modi, who was reelected as prime minister by a clear majority in May, Ayyub is one of the favourite targets of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s notorious army of trolls. Posted less than half an hour after Ayyub’s original tweet, it said: “You have just made a political comment. Delete it immediately otherwise legal action will be taken against you by @amethipolice.” Amethi has no jurisdiction over either Ayodhya or Mumbai, the city where Ayyub lives. Follow the news on India Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting This kind of campaign is orchestrated by followers of Hindutva, an ideological blend of fascism and Hindu nationalism that inspired Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.
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News UpdatesDelhi HC Directs All The Private Hospitals That Are Called Upon To Reserve 20% Beds For COVID Patients To Also Conduct Tests Of Those Seeking Admission For Non-COVID Procedures [Read Order] Karan Tripathi11 Jun 2020 10:08 PMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed all the private hospitals in Delhi that have been called upon to reserve 20% beds for admitting COVID-19 patients, are equipped with labs to conduct the COVID-19 test and have the sanction of the ICMR to do so, should proceed to conduct tests on symptomatic/asymptomatic persons, who seek admission in the hospital for undergoing surgeries/procedures of…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?LoginDelhi High Court has directed all the private hospitals in Delhi that have been called upon to reserve 20% beds for admitting COVID-19 patients, are equipped with labs to conduct the COVID-19 test and have the sanction of the ICMR to do so, should proceed to conduct tests on symptomatic/asymptomatic persons, who seek admission in the hospital for undergoing surgeries/procedures of other nature as well. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has also directed Indian Council for Medical Research to file a status report indicating the number of applications submitted by accredited labs in Delhi, seeking permission to conduct COVID-19 test and the status of the said applications. The order has come in a PIL filed by Mr Rakesh Malhotra seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government to ramp up the testing facilities for both the symptomatic and asymptomatic patients of COVID19. In its status report, the Delhi Government informed the court today that there are 17 labs in the public sector and their current combined capacity for undertaking COVID-19 tests is 2,900 per day. In the private sector, 23 labs have been permitted to conduct the test and their combined capacity of testing is 5,700 per day. The Petitioner, on the other hand, submitted that the list of the private sector laboratories mentioned in the said status report, is incorrect as the Delhi Government has disallowed about 6 laboratories from undertaking the COVID-19 tests which includes Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The Petitioner also informed the court that that there has been a phenomenal spike in the number of cases of COVID-19 in Delhi. Even as per the Delhi Government, it is expected that the cases will rise to 50,000 by 15th June, 2020 and to 5,50,000 by 30th July, 2020. In order to resolve this controversy, the court directed all the 23 private labs mentioned in the status report, who are stated to be undertaking tests relating to COVID-19, to file affidavits stating as to whether they have been permitted to undertake tests for suspected COVID-19 patients by adopting the RT-PCR test or the CB-NAAT test. They shall also point out the difficulties, if any, faced by them on account of any bureaucratic red tapism. All these private labs are supposed to file the affidavits on or before June 15. The court observed that: ‘It appears that Delhi is fast heading towards becoming the Corona Capital of the country, an epithet the city can well do without. We are of the opinion that it is the need of the hour that all the private hospitals in Delhi, who are equipped with a lab to undertake COVID-19 test, be permitted to do the testing, without any further loss of time. This is all the more imperative as the Delhi Government has directed all the private hospitals in Delhi to reserve 20% beds for admitting COVID-19 patients.’Click here to download the Order Next Story
Samara Heisz/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 82.8 million people worldwide and killed over 1.8 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Dec 31, 10:20 am787,000 unemployment claims filed in last weekThere were 787,000 new unemployment claims filed in one week, according to the Labor Department. This number is slightly lower than last week’s, but still higher than anything seen before the pandemic.There are currently 19,563,905 total claims being filed for unemployment through different government programs.Dec 31, 9:46 amUS sees record high death toll for 2nd day in a rowThe U.S. has seen a record high daily death toll for the second day in a row, according to Johns Hopkins University data.There were 3,744 COVID-19 deaths reported Wednesday, the highest since start of the pandemic, surpassing the previous record of 3,725 deaths reported Tuesday.Dec 31, 8:28 amSurgeon general responds to vaccinations falling short of administration’s goalIn the wake of the Trump administration falling short on its vaccination goal, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told ABC News’ Good Morning America Thursday, “We always knew that this was going to take a while to ramp up.”“The curve is rapidly increasing, in terms of number of people being vaccinated,” Adams said. “So we shouldn’t extrapolate from what happened yesterday to what’s going to happen six months from now. What we should do is make sure that curve continues to go up and continue to support our state and public health departments, which is what we are doing.”The Trump administration had promised that 20 million people would be vaccinated by the end of the year.As of Wednesday morning, 2,794,588 Americans had received vaccine doses and 12.4 million doses had been distributed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“There’s vaccines manufactured. There’s vaccines allocated. There’s vaccines delivered. And then there’s vaccines put in arms,” Adams said. “From a federal perspective, we are on track to have 20 million people able to be vaccinated, doses on the ground, by the end of next week.” Adams also urged Americans to celebrate New Year’s Eve virtually.“This has been a marathon, but we don’t want to trip at the finish line,” Adams said. “We want to have a normal New Year’s next year, we want as many of our loved ones and family and friends as possible to be able to enjoy that New Year’s in 2021. The way we do that is by pulling together and sacrificing one more time so that we can ramp up these vaccinations and put this virus away for good.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Every year across the country, thousands of anglers are prosecuted for not having a fishing licence. As well as cheating other anglers, fishing illegally can carry a hefty penalty. Getting caught without a licence could land a fine of up to £2,500.Any angler aged 13 or over, fishing on a river, canal or still water needs a licence. A 1-day licence costs from just £6 and an annual licence costs from just £30 (concessions available). Licences are available online or by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.The Environment Agency carries out enforcement work all year round and is supported by partners including the police and the Angling Trust. Fisheries enforcement work is intelligence-led, targeting known hot-spots and where illegal fishing is reported. Anyone with information about illegal fishing activities can contact the Environment Agency Incident Hotline 24/7 on 0800 80 70 60 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. This case acts as a reminder to anglers of the importance of having a rod licence and we hope it will provide a deterrent to any angler who is thinking of fishing without a licence or of failing to give details to an officer. All of the money raised from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries, benefitting anglers and, for those caught cheating the system, we will always prosecute. The case was brought to Northampton Magistrates Court by the Environment Agency on 18 February 2019 where Dariusz Rogueszewski of Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, was proved guilty in absence and ordered to pay a total penalty of £611.47. An annual fishing licence would have cost him just £30.The penalty includes a fine of £440 plus costs of £127.47 and a victim surcharge of £44 after Rogueszewski was found in breach of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act (1975).Following the verdict, James Anderson, East Midlands fisheries enforcement officer for the Environment Agency said:
Greenpeace is calling on Oreo manufacturer Mondelēz International to drop ties with palm oil producers that they claim are destroying rainforests.In protest, 30 Greenpeace UK volunteers recreated a life-size burnt rainforest – complete with animatronic orangutan – at the main entrance of Mondelēz’s UK headquarters near Uxbridge. Five people also scaled the building to hang a banner that read ‘Oreo, drop dirty palm oil’.Volunteers were handing out information to staff about the impact of Oreo’s links to palm oil producers that they claimed destroy the rainforest, noting a loss of 70,000 hectares as a result of Mondelēz’s palm oil suppliers.“Oreo promised to stop buying palm oil from forest destroyers years ago, but nothing has changed and now, orangutans are literally dying for a biscuit. We’ve seen just how many people care about deforestation for palm oil this week and we’ve brought messages from hundreds of Oreo’s customers here today,” said Greenpeace UK campaigner Fiona Nicholls.“Palm oil can be grown without destroying rainforests.”In response, Mondelēz International said it was committed to eradicating deforestation in the palm oil supply chain and was actively working with its suppliers to ensure the palm oil used was fully traceable.It also noted that it had excluded 12 companies from its supply chain as a result of breaches.“We have actionable steps in place to make certain that the palm oil we buy is produced on legally held land, does not lead to deforestation or loss of peat land, respects human rights, and does not use forced or child labour,” a spokesperson said.The business, which also manufacturers Cadbury chocolate and Ritz crackers, said it would continue to prioritise suppliers that met its principles and exclude those that did not.“We are calling on our suppliers to improve practices across their entire operations and to engage their third-party suppliers to ensure their palm oil production is 100% sustainable and traceable. At the end of 2017, 96% of our palm oil was traceable back to mill and 99% was from suppliers with policies aligned to ours,” the spokesperson added.Mondelēz is also asking direct suppliers to work with others in their supply chain to map and monitor the plantations where oil is grown to drive further traceability.The use of palm oil has come under particularly scrutiny in the last couple of weeks after Iceland’s Christmas advert – which highlighted rainforest destruction caused by palm oil production – was banned from TV.Earlier this year, the frozen retailer pledged to end the use of palm oil in its own-label food by the end of 2018 – a theme that was evident in its festive range.