Experiments in love: liturgies as cultural expressions

first_imgExperiments in love: liturgies as cultural expressions Press Release Service Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Identical twin brothers Raul and Guillermo Renederos and friends celebrate their “Los Cumpleañeros” a few years ago at San Andres Church in Yonkers, New York. Photo/San Andres Church[Episcopal News Service] When identical twin brothers asked the Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate for a quinceañera-like ceremony for themselves a few years ago, a new liturgy, “Los Cumpleañeros,” was born.With the twins’ input, Bass-Choate created a male version of the Latin American culture’s coming-of-age celebration for girls reaching their 15th birthday. After the 16th-birthday celebration for Raul and Guillermo Renderos, the new rite caught on quickly with teen-aged boys at San Andres Church in Yonkers, New York, she said.“They want to be blessed going into the world, just like the girls,” Bass-Choate said during a June 18 telephone interview from her office.“They come and talk to me. It’s a beautiful ceremony. We select the music, and the readings and there’s a big party afterwards; the teenagers love it.“I think that’s what liturgy is all about, to glorify God in a way that is honoring our ancestors as we go forward in the Episcopal Church,” she said. “It tells them that, with us, they are who they are.”Elsewhere, other communities of faith also are expressing culture and identity through creative approaches to liturgy.An African processional offering in CaliforniaAt least one Sunday a month ushers at Holy Faith Church in Inglewood, California, leave the collection plates at the front of the church and line up with other parishioners in the back.They call what happens next the African processional offering and the whole body is involved. Drums are playing; the choirs are playing musical instruments.“It starts in the back of the church. Some people take their pledge envelopes. Some take cash, whatever they have, and they process to the altar. They keep singing and dancing and worshiping,” said Patricia Amadi, a long-time church member.“Back home in Nigeria we do it as a thanksgiving or a ceremonial service, when people bring a lot with them to church from their farm crops,” she added. “They go to the front and say, ‘this is what I’ve brought to you, what came from my garden, my house, to give to the glory of God.’”It is one way the congregation — whose members are African American, Latino, and Anglo as well as hailing from various African, Caribbean and Central American countries — expresses its diversity, said the Rev. Altagracia Perez, rector.“We’ve tried making consistent changes in the liturgy that reflect the variety of the cultures here” including bilingual services and experimenting with a range of music, from classical to reggae or jazz, even youth or intergenerational culture, she said during a recent telephone interview from her office.On a recent Sunday that coincided with the 20th anniversary of the civil disturbance in Los Angeles, the youth created a tableaux inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King’s sermon “Experiment in Love” about nonviolence.The tableaux-as-sermon depicted scenes of anger and violence, things being taken away, as well as forgiveness. The congregation was given an opportunity to reflect and respond but “it threw off some visitors,” Perez said. “They expected something else and walked out.”But Amadi likes the liturgical change-up when “it incorporates a little bit of how other countries worship,” especially the African processional, she said.“I like it because sometimes people come to church and they’re not so much involved. But once you start playing the music, and praising and working your way up the altar, you just see them getting involved.”Hawaiian song: ‘responding to the people of this land and sea’Epiphany Church in Kaimuki and St. Andrew’s Cathedral are among the Honolulu congregations incorporating Ke Aoha A Ke Akua, a song written by Queen Lili’uokalani and known as the Queen’s Prayer, into weekly worship.Sung in Hawaiian after the confession and before the absolution, it was composed during by the queen during her imprisonment at Iolani Palace by the Missionary party that overthrew the Hawaiian government, according to an explanation in Epiphany’s bulletin.“She was referring to the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy by U.S. business interests backed by the U.S. government,” according to the bulletin. “The values in her prayer of forgiveness, love, faith and hope exemplify the twin influences of ancient Hawaiian spirituality and Christian ethics through her Episcopal faith.”For the Rev. Malcolm Chun, who serves at Church of the Holy Nativity in Honolulu, “it’s a good step, a very tiny baby step,” but adapting liturgies to local culture needs to go further.Worshipping in the Hawaiian language is important “so people realize this is a whole service that responds to the people of this land and sea,” said Chun during a June 20 telephone interview.“Many people have said, ‘I don’t understand the language but I love to hear it,’ … and that’s what it takes to change people,” added Chun, who holds a doctorate in indigenous studies and has written several books on Hawaiian culture.He believes it will help evangelize and spread the message “that you have a host culture … that you are among people who have something to contribute but they don’t do it the way you do it. They need to be recognized because that’s one of the tenets of our church, to welcome the stranger.”Without inculturated liturgies, he said, “people who are curious about the Episcopal Church come, sit in the back pew and you never see them again.” In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cindi Bartol says: Rector Smithfield, NC Nathaniel Queen says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments (4) Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN The Rev. Martini Shaw, rector of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia extends an invitation to Christian discipleship during worship. Photo/St. Thomas’ ChurchPhiladelphia: ‘opening the doors of the church’Some denominations describe it as an altar call but the Rev. Martini Shaw says it’s an invitation to Christian discipleship and he extends it every Sunday after he preaches at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia.The practice originated with the 19th century evangelical movement, but Shaw, rector of the historically African American congregation for about nine years, said he incorporated it weekly when perplexed visitors couldn’t figure out how to join the church.“When you go to the Baptist, the African Methodist Episcopal, the Methodist Church, there’s an opportunity within the liturgy to come forward and join. The question was often asked of me how does a person join this church, there is no opportunity for a person publicly to profess their faith and join when he or she may have been moved by Scripture or the preached word or some musical expression,” he recalled during a recent telephone interview.It’s “opening the doors of the church,” Shaw said. “It’s simply an invitation to anyone who is present who either wants a closer relationship with Christ or who doesn’t belong to a church to come forward.”So far this year at least 50 people have accepted the invitation. When they come forward, Shaw inquires about their intention to join the faith community; vestry representatives meet with them, record personal information and even take a photo, which is placed on a new member bulletin board.“They start new member classes and each person is assigned a shepherd to help their transition within the life of the church,” added Shaw. “If he or she is not baptized, or if they haven’t been confirmed, we prepare them for both.”St. Thomas, founded by the Rev. Absalom Jones, the Episcopal Church’s first African American priest, is “an Anglocatholic, charismatic and Afrocentric” community with an average Sunday attendance of about 300, Shaw said.“For us it’s a glorious time,” he added. “Usually when the person comes forward they are met with great applause by the congregation and usually several other people will come forward and stand with that person or persons.”Los Angeles: floral and final tributes and kabuki dancesFuneral services at St. Mary’s Church, a historically Japanese American congregation in Los Angeles, include two separate ways to pay respects; a floral tribute on behalf of church groups and another final tribute for everyone attending.Carolyn Morinishi has done both; often representing the Women of St. Mary’s she approaches the casket or urn after prayers for the deceased are offered. She reverences and places a flower on or beside it, reverences again, and then bows to grieving family members before returning to her seat.The tradition is similar to those she has seen at other Japanese American and even Buddhist funerals. “I just went to a Buddhist funeral this past Saturday and they did the same thing,” she said during a June 20 telephone interview. “At that funeral, it was done with incense and they called it an incense offering. They approach the incense pot, take a pinch and place it in the incense burner, then bow to the family.“They do it with incense, we do it with flowers,” she said.The other opportunity happens after the dismissal, as each person approaches the casket or urn, and in turn, bows to it and then to family members before greeting them on the way out of the church.Funeral services may also include an offering from St. Mary’s Kotobuki Kai dancers, whose simple, smooth and graceful movements were adapted for church audiences from classical Japanese kabuki dance-theatre.Morinishi, 52, began dancing at the church at age nine and now teaches under the professional name Kikusue Azuma, but said until recently that she didn’t think of it as liturgical dance. “It was just nice Japanese dance in church,” she said.When the Rev. Anna Olson was installed as rector a few months ago, Morinishi and other dancers interpreted “Here I Am, Lord” during the celebration. Wearing traditional Japanese kimonos they matched movement to music in soulful, expressive ways. A lot happens in the head and hand movements, Morinishi said.The performance included a subtext, as a four-year-old and two older girls danced before the altar. “Their movements indicated them teaching her, to illustrate the ‘let’s go serve’ theme of the song,” Morinishi said. Two older dancers illustrated the ‘finest bread I will provide’ lyrics in the second verse, executing hand over hand motions, graceful turns and pointing to the cross behind the altar.When dancing “I feel happiness and joy inside that comes out through your face and fingers,” Morinishi said. “When I dance, I feel this joy inside of me and it’s hard to hide.”‘Smudging’ and incense in MinnesotaThe Rev. Robert Two Bulls, vicar of the All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis, said he uses smoldering sage and sweetgrass as incense during worship in the traditional Native American practice known as “smudging.”“It’s the same thing as censing. During our Eucharist when I’m getting ready to set the table is when I’ll usually smudge the elements and if I’m using inculturated liturgies I’ll have people smudge themselves with the sage and sweetgrass,” he said.But he said that some elders “just want the plain liturgy out of the prayer book because they were taught to keep everything separate. That the traditional practices should be kept separate from what we do in church.”But, he added, “To me, at the end of the day it’s all worshipping God. You use whatever it is to express that and I don’t think God would separate it all out.”Ultimately, though, melding culture and liturgy can be a starting place, an open door into the church, he said.“They’re all aids in worshiping God, our liturgy, our practices, and I think a lot of people right now that are disconnected from a lot of traditions are seeking some kind of connection,” he said. “And if we as a church can offer that, that’s good.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent with the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rhonda Muir says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET June 27, 2012 at 8:32 am “Enculturation” is the hallmark and the strength of our Anglican liturgical heritage. What a wonderful article! It gives me hope to know that there are such wonderful experiences of worship being created thoughtfully in contexts where they are needed. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Submit a Job Listing June 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm What a wonderful article to have before us particularly as many prepare to attend General Convention – a gathering that includes and welcomes people from each of these indigenous places. While some geographical places have larger populations of one/some of the groups, we ALL have the potential to search out and invite in to our sacred spaces people from each of these groups – people of all cultures are all around us – seek and ye shall find…and then, be open to all that may transpire – Rector Shreveport, LA By Pat McCaughanPosted Jun 26, 2012 June 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm Something about these ethno-centric rites being incorporated into our liturgy that touches me dearly. 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RNLI’s annual Mayday appeal sets target of £750,000

first_imgA range of activity is taking place to raise awareness of Mayday and to encourage the public to support it, including paid for advertising on social media, digital display advertising and regional print and radio adverts. PR activity is taking place nationally as well as at a local level, promoting regional Mayday fundraising events and activity. The RNLI launches its national annual fundraising campaign on 26th April, with a target of £750,000.The RNLI Mayday appeal runs until May Day on 2nd May, with street collections and fundraising events taking place across the UK and Ireland. The charity will be encouraging people to show their support by using the hashtag #MaydayEveryday on social media, buying and wearing a Mayday yellow welly pin badge, hosting or supporting a fundraising event, or donating online.Many of the Mayday fundraising events will have a yellow welly theme, in reference to the kit that the RNLI’s lifeboat crew members wear when they go out to sea. The money raised will support the RNLI’s work.https://www.instagram.com/p/BDyPBHkms34/ About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 RNLI’s annual Mayday appeal sets target of £750,000 Melanie May | 18 April 2016 | News Tagged with: fundraising RNLI  150 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 This is the second year the charity has run Mayday as its national fundraising campaign across the UK and Ireland. Before that, Mayday was a fundraising campaign for the RNLI solely in Ireland.Chris Speers, volunteer lifeboat crew member at Poole lifeboat station, said:‘The Mayday campaign is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our lifesaving service, which we operate day and night, 365 days a year.”  149 total views,  1 views today Advertisementlast_img read more

Justice for Breonna Taylor means abolishing the police & capitalism

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this More than six months after the heinous March 13 murder of Breonna Taylor – a 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician – by three white Louisville, Ky., police officers, a secret grand jury on Sept. 23 charged only one of those officers with three counts of “wanton endangerment.” And this was after four months of investigation.Louisville protest, Sept. 23.What does this mean exactly? It means that Brett Hankison was charged only with endangering others when bullets he sprayed into Taylor’s apartment traveled into a neighboring unit, threatening the lives of three neighbors. Not one single charge was filed against the other two cops. Hankison is now out on $15,000 bail.Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) made the announcement, explaining that the three cops were justified in shooting multiple rounds – six of which hit Taylor as she was sleeping – in “self-defense.”  Taylor’s partner, Kenneth Walker, shot at the cops who were carrying out a no-knock search warrant when they broke down Taylor’s door with a battering ram during an ill-advised drug bust. Walker stated the cops never announced who they were, as he tried to defend Taylor and himself.Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump commented following the ruling:  “This is outrageous and offensive! If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment, too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!” (Washington Post, Sept. 23)Once the grand jury decision was made public, spontaneous demonstrations by thousands of angry and distraught activists filled the streets in Louisville, New York City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and elsewhere, calling for justice for Breonna Taylor. Many more protests have been called for the coming days over this travesty of justice.The fact that not one cop was charged with murder or even manslaughter for taking the life of this young Black woman is but another tragic but important example of why the Black Lives Matter struggle deserves broad classwide solidarity. It took the public lynching of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 to help bring national and international awareness to Taylor’s murder, which had happened more than two months earlier.Every sector in U.S. society, including sports figures and entertainers, has helped shine a bright light on Taylor: women and men players and coaches in the National Basketball Association, tennis players like Naomi Osaka, and the National Football League, for example.Police and capitalism are intertwinedAbuses by the police, the courts, the prisons and the laws targeting Black and Brown people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and countless others are not isolated instances. These institutions reflect bigoted, irreconcilable differences when it comes to race and class.Under capitalism – a particular form of society that divides people into haves and have nots, the ruling class and the multinational working class – the lives of Black, Brown and Indigenous people are devalued by a repressive state apparatus resting on the centuries-old foundation of white supremacy.How else can it be explained that a Louisville cop can be held accountable for destroying walls, but not for taking the life of a human being?Or that a 17-year-old neofascist, Kyle Rittenhouse, can shoot to death two anti-racists in Kenosha, Wis., while the police look the other way – but a 12-year-old Black child, Tamir Rice, can be fatally shot on the spot by police in Cleveland for playing with a BB gun?The police, the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies exist to keep social order –  that is, to use any repressive means to protect the private property of the bosses stolen from the collective wealth and labor of the global working class.This order is why it is so difficult to get justice for the victims of police violence. The laws provide immunity for the police, who act as an armed agent of the bosses against the workers.The clarion call to abolish the police, not just as individuals but as a militarized oppressive force that is diametrically opposed to the interests of the workers and oppressed, will continue to grow louder.Philadelphia protest, Sept. 23. WW PHOTO: Joe PietteIn the end the only way to abolish the police is to abolish the system that has sustained this force since the days of U.S. slavery. And that system is capitalism – a system that prioritizes profits and private property before meeting the basic human needs of the workers, who need jobs, housing, health care, education and much more. Only a socialist revolution can ultimately win these needs – not an election which does not change class relations.Waging a global, classwide struggle to help empower the working class through workers’ assemblies, workers’ defense committees against right-wing fascists and other sustained, organized formations will win real justice for the Breonna Taylors and George Floyds of the world.last_img read more

AFBF: Coronavirus Aid Package Critical for Farmers

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News AFBF: Coronavirus Aid Package Critical for Farmers SHARE By American Farm Bureau Federation – Mar 25, 2020 Facebook Twitter SHARE The $2 trillion coronavirus aid package negotiated by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and agreed to by Senate leaders and the White House on Wednesday will help ensure farmers and ranchers are able to continue feeding America in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.The impact of COVID-19 on agriculture includes an unanticipated decline in commodity prices, a lack of new H-2A workers to the U.S., the likely closure of ethanol plants, the dramatic decline in full-service restaurant and school meal demand, and the reduction in direct-to-consumer sales.The agreement is reported to include a $14 billion increase in USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation, consistent with a long history of the CCC being tapped to responsibly support agriculture in times of crisis. There will also be $9.5 billion to assist specialty crop producers, direct retail farmers and livestock operators.In a statement, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said the following:“Thanks to Leader McConnell and all the senators who diligently fought for farmers and ranchers to ensure they have our backs in the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. The aid to farmers in this package, including funding for the CCC and the Office of the Secretary, will allow USDA to begin crafting an appropriate relief program for agriculture.“America’s farmers and ranchers face enormous volatility as markets and supply chains rapidly react to changes, but I’ll say again that farmers and ranchers will not let Americans down. All members of Congress must understand that farmers have almost no control over the prices of the goods we produce, so fulfilling our commitment to America requires a team effort.“We urge swift passage and will continue working with Congress and the Administration to ensure there are sufficient resources to assist farmers, ranchers, rural communities and those in need in these very trying times.”Forty-eight agriculture groups joined Farm Bureau in calling on Congress to expand USDA’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation. Read the letter here. AFBF: Coronavirus Aid Package Critical for Farmers Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue Crop Chat Podcast Episode 2, COVID-19 ImplicationsNext articleRenewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Decision to not Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling American Farm Bureau Federationlast_img read more

Chiapas journalist, Angel Mario Ksheratto, again released on bail

first_imgNews December 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chiapas journalist, Angel Mario Ksheratto, again released on bail Help by sharing this information Organisation May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico to go further News Reports News Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Facing a defamation case first brought back in 2002 by an official in Chiapas state in southern Mexico, Angel Mario Ksheratto, of regional daily Cuarto Poder, has been in jail since 11 November 2006. On 19 December, a local judge released him on payment of 33,500 pesos (about 2,300 euros) bail put up by state governor Juan Sabines Guerrero. The journalist had already spent 18 days in prison, from 4-22 February this year, before being freed on bail equivalent to 8,000 euros. He was previously arrested on two occasions in January 2003 and October 2005. Chiapas press law, the harshest in all Latin American, provides for a sentence of up to nine years in prison in cases of “defamation” or “denigration”. Forty journalists working for state-run media are currently facing this process. In the light of this situation, the governor, Juan Sabines Guerrero recently proposed a law of exception for journalists to the State Congress, but without recommending a general decriminalisation.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Chiapas governor’s move in support of Mario Ksheratto, but is not satisfied with the legislative status quo. “While federal law is moving towards decriminalisation, it is absurd to maintain criminal procedures at state level,” the organisation said. “The legislation in Chiapas represents a serious threat to press freedom”._____________________________________________________________13.11.06 – Journalist Angel Mario Ksheratto sent back to prisonReporters Without Borders has condemned “judicial hounding” of journalist Angel Mario Ksheratto of local daily Cuarto Poder, which has just led to him being sent back to prison for failing to observe his bail conditions.Officials of the Chiapas State Investigation Agency (AEI) in southern Mexico arrested Mario Ksheratto on 11 November and sent him back to El Amate jail where he had already served 18 days in prison from 4-22 February 2006 before being released on bail of the equivalent of 8,000 euros. Mario Ksheratto is being sued for “defamation” by a Chiapas state official whom he reported was implicated in a case of embezzling public funds. Under local legislation, which is harsher than in other states in the country, he faces five years in prison and a fine equivalent to 75 days of a minimum salary.He has been arrested three times, in January 2003, October 2005 and February 2006. Each time he has been accused of failing to fulfil the condition of signing the bail register once a week, a formality requiring him to travel 120 kilometres from his workplace and home._____________________________________________________________24.02.06 – Angel Mario Ksheratto released on bail after 18 days in prisonAngel Mario Ksheratto, of the daily Cuarto Poder, was released on 8,000 euros bail on 22 February after 18 days at the high security El Amate prison, 90 kilometres from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of Chiapas State. The judge finally agreed to reduce the bail that had initially been set at 10,000 euros and colleagues and friends of the journalist were able to help put up the amount demanded.Mario Ksheratto still faces a defamation charge brought by a state official, whom he reported was implicated in embezzlement of public funds in 2002. Under the state criminal code, which has harsh press laws, he faces a jail sentence of five years and a fine equal to 75 days of a minimum salary._____________________________________________________________10.02.06 – Exorbitant bail set for journalist arrested over libel suitReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the arrest of Angel Mario Ksheratto of the daily Cuarto Poder on 4 February in the southern state of Chiapas over a libel action, and the very high bail of 10,000 euros set by a judge on 8 February. This is the third time Ksheratto has been detained because of the same lawsuit, in which he faces up to five years in prison.“The repeated detention of Ksheratto constitutes harassment,” the press freedom organisation said in a letter to the Chiapas high court. “Imprisonment for press offences has no place in a democracy and it is absurd that the state of Chiapas maintains this penalty when it has been abolished in other Mexican states.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The constitution says the amount of bail should take account of a defendant’s earnings and assets, but this is not the case here. We call for Ksheratto to be freed at once or, at the very least, for his bail to be reduced enough so that he can obtain his release in order to defend himself.”Chiapas school department chief María del Pilar López Hernández is suing Ksheratto for libel because he reported in Cuarto Poder in August 2002 that she used public funds to buy a house. In February 2004, the Chiapas legislation increased the minimum prison term for libel from two to three years, and the maximum from five to nine years. Fines were also increased.After Ksheratto was arrested for the first time, on 9 January 2003, he was required to go and sign a bail register once a week. Each time he had to travel to a courthouse located 120 km from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state capital, where he works. He was re-arrested last October without a court warrant and was held for several hours before being released.He was detained on 4 February because a judge in Tuxtla Gutiérrez held that he had not complied with previous court requirements in this case. It was the same judge who, four days later, set an amount of bail way out of his financial reach. His lawyer, Gabriel Soberón, told Reporters Without Borders yesterday he would file a request for the bail to be reduced. But the courts have up to 30 days to respond and Ksheratto will have to remain in detention in the meantime, he said. Reporters Without Borders condemns the unjust imprisonment of Angel Mario Ksheratto of the daily Cuarto Poder on 4 February in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in the southern state of Chiapas, over a libel action brought by a state official in 2002. He is unable to pay the bail of 10,000 euros set on 8 February and faces up to five years in prison. MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Announces New Menu Concept and Chef of The Royce

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Required fields are marked * center column 3 The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Announces New Menu Concept and Chef of The Royce Restaurant to be Re-Invented as a New American Steakhouse From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 8:48 pm 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it After more than two years of success and great media accolades, The Royce at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is temporarily closed and will re-open on March 15, 2013 as The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse with an exciting new menu concept that will appeal to hotel guests and the local community. The new restaurant will be overseen by Chef Anthony Zappola, who has more than eight years of experience with Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant Group.New American SteakhouseThe Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse will feature the finest selection of seasonal aged American Prime Beef, Australian Wagyu and Five Star Grade Japanese Kobe cuts which will be expertly prepared on a wood-fired grill over White Oak and seasonal wood to sear in the maximum flavor and juiciness of each cut. The menu will also include a selection of fresh, seasonal seafood and comforting vegetables and side dishes to best complement each entrée. The décor of the restaurant will not change, but the ambience and service will present an easy grace and casual charm, appealing to special occasion diners and those who want to drop by to enjoy the best steak and seafood in town.The Royce’s wine collection will continue to be among the most coveted in Los Angeles and the two wine rooms will serve as a destination for pre- and post-dinner drinks, including wine tasting classes and other events. The Royce will also offer a communal dining experience and will continue to feature an exclusive chef’s table for guests seeking the ultimate dining experience.Beginning in the spring, The Royce will also offer a unique, interactive Sunday Market Brunch experience like no other in Los Angeles, including flowing mimosa stations, displays of fresh breakfast pastries, and lively chef-action stations inside the kitchen, where guests will enjoy made-to-order brunch delicacies. Sunday Brunch at The Royce will bring a grand tradition back to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.Chef Anthony ZappolaIn keeping with its tradition of recognizing young talent, The Langham has recruited Chef Anthony Zappola to preside over the new restaurant. Chef Zappola was recently Chef de Cuisine of Tom Colicchio’s award-winning Craft restaurants in Los Angeles and Dallas, which specialize in high quality steak, seafood and sides. Chef Zappola has more than eight years of experience with Craft, and he will now bring his talent and creativity to The Royce, creating the finest New American Steakhouse in the area.“The Langham prides itself on keeping our restaurant concepts fresh and unique, while at the same time catering to our guests’ desires,” said Steven Parker, Managing Director. “In that spirit, we are eager to launch a new concept that will appeal to hotel guests, area residents and the greater community, and we are confident that Chef Zappola is uniquely talented to oversee the new restaurant.”Beginning March 15, 2013, The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse will be open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday (3/31), the restaurant will serve its first Sunday Market Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please dial (626) 585-6410 or visit www.roycela.com. Fans can follow The Royce on Facebook and Twitter. The Royce is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena.About The Langham Huntington, PasadenaCapturing the grace and elegance of classic Southern California, The Langham Huntington is an iconic landmark hotel located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just minutes from downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. A renowned Pasadena hotel since 1907, the property features 380 guestrooms including 38 suites, eight cottages, award-winning dining and a luxurious spa featuring treatments based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine. For more information, visit http://pasadena.langhamhotels.com Subscribelast_img read more

St Mary’s Cathedral announce cancellation of upcoming events

first_imgPrint Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email St Mary’s Cathedral SAINT Mary’s Cathedral has announced some upcoming events at the cathedral have been cancelled due to concerns over Covid-19 (Coronavirus).“Many of the events which were due to take place in Saint Marys Cathedral have been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. We apologise for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support,” the statement reads.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’, a scaled three-dimensional replica of planet Earth, which was to arrive at the cathedral in line with Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival was the first event to be cancelled.Organisers at St Mary’s Cathedral also announced that the venue’s popular lunchtime concerts set to take place on March 25 and throughout April would also be cancelled due to concerns over the virus.center_img Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleCalling Chefs – enter the Limerick Chowder Cook Off nowNext articleShannon Companies Sharing Data on their Preparedness for COVID-19 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunityHealthSt Mary’s Cathedral announce cancellation of upcoming eventsBy Staff Reporter – March 11, 2020 579 last_img read more

The Booming Built-For-Rent Industry

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 5, 2019 1,420 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save Tagged with: builders Investment Rent Single-Family Rent Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago builders Investment Rent Single-Family Rent 2019-08-05 Seth Welborn Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Booming Built-For-Rent Industry  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand for single-family rentals is heating up, and is now the fastest growing segment of the housing market. Data from CoreLogic’s 2018 SFR report indicates that its single-family rental index increased 4.1% since January 2018, noting that low rental home inventory, relative to demand is fueling the growth of single-family rent prices.In response, many homebuilders are turning to build-for-rent properties, CNBC reports.AHV Communities, partnering with Bristol Group, is one builder turning from for sale homes to build for rent. CNBC reports that the company is putting up 250 new detached homes in San Antonio’s Pradera neighborhood, where rents range from about $1,800 to $2,300 per month.“We basically took an apartment and went horizontal instead of vertical,” AHV founder and CEO Mark Wolf said on CNBC. “About 93% of the apartment stock consists of studios, one and two bedrooms, very few three bedrooms. We saw a growing need coming out of the downturn, to provide three- and four-bedroom homes to the renter society.”“We think there’s a major shift in the demographics,” Wolf added. “Empty nesters are done taking care of their homes. They want to downsize, they want portability, mobility in the lease. The millennial household formation, they’re not really dialed into taking care of a home, they want to go out and do the same thing that the boomers are doing, which is enjoy life, not work hard for their house.”According to CNBC, builders are finding single family starter homes difficult to profit from, as costs have risen and regulation has tightened.“Our business is booming right now with build-to-rent feasibility work,” said John Burns, founder and CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. “We are discussing new projects with clients almost daily. The market has become so hot that we are already having conversations about when we will conclude the market is overbuilt.”Learn more about single-family rental investment at the Five Star Conference Single Family Rental and Investment Roundtable, to be held on Monday, September 23 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, moderated by RCN Capital CEO Jeffrey Tesch. Grab a seat at the table to hear what opportunities are available to help you meet your investment objectives. Hear from industry experts on how you can continue to meet your performance objectives. Participating companies include:Bayview Loan ServicingCoreVest FinanceHome DepotNational Tax SearchRCN Capitaland moreLearn more about the Single Family Rental and Investment Roundtable here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Booming Built-For-Rent Industry Subscribe Previous: The Long-Term Impact of the Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security Next: When Does a Condo Owner’s Lien Liability End? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

123 new Coronavirus confirmed in Northern Ireland

first_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – March 30, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twitter Facebookcenter_img Previous articleOlympics to go ahead in July/August 2021Next articleCovid-19 Community Response Forum to be established in Donegal News Highland 123 new instances of coronavirus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of cases in Northern Ireland to 533.22 people who tested positive have now died. Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter 123 new Coronavirus confirmed in Northern Ireland Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Powerball jackpot climbs to $414 million Saturday night

first_imgLPETTET/iStock(NEW YORK) — A $414 million prize could ease the pain of losing an hour of sleep this weekend.That’s the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. This is the largest Powerball jackpot of 2019 so far, and the 16th largest Powerball jackpot on record.Should the winner choose to cash out the prize, that would come out to $247.9 million. The odds of winning? One in 292.2 million.Whoever the winner is, the lucky ticket-holder will have 180 days to claim the jackpot.But, sometimes it takes months for someone to come forward and claim the prize. That’s what happened earlier this week when the sole winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from October 2018 claimed the prize.The person, from South Carolina, chose to remain anonymous and took the cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124. The winner took so long to come forward, residents in the industrial town where the ticket was sold assumed he or she was dead.The payout was the largest to a single winner in United States history, officials said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more