Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Catherine Cheek says: Bishops United Against Gun Violence issued a full statement on the massacre in the afternoon, offering not only prayers but also a call to political action on the issue of gun violence.“It is entirely reasonable in the wake of mass killings perpetrated by murderers with assault weapons to ask lawmakers to remove such weapons from civilian hands. It is imperative to ask why, as early as this very week, Congress is likely to pass a bill making it easier to buy silencers,” the statement says, noting that silencers make it more difficult for law enforcement officials to detect gunfire as shootings are unfolding.Jennings, the House of Deputies president, echoed that call to political action based on the Episcopal Church’s values.“In 2015, General Convention passed resolution C005, titled ‘Implement Laws to Decrease Gun Violence,’ which includes a call to ban the sale of assault weapons to civilians,” she said. “May we have the strength to put our words into actions so that the lawmakers who represent us in Washington, D.C., and in state capitols across the land will enact sensible legislation that can prevent guns from falling into the hands of people whose hearts are torn with hatred, violence, and despair.”Some members of Bishops United spoke with Edwards in the morning by conference call, offering their support.“We assured him of our prayers and then we offered him any assistance that we as bishops could provide to him or the diocese of Nevada as they attend pastorally or otherwise to the victims of this massacre,” said Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, one of the Bishops United conveners.Douglas helped form Bishops United Against Gun Violence after the 2012 massacre of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The group now totals more than 70 bishops, who have pushed for gun reform legislation to help prevent future mass shootings.The bishops’ statement on the Las Vegas said that, as clichéd as it has become, Christians must offer “thoughts and payers.” They must pray for all who have been touched by the Las Vegas massacre and “by our country’s cripplingly frequent outbursts of lethal gun violence.”“We must look into our own hearts and examine the ways in which we are culpable or complicit in the gun violence that surrounds us every day,” the bishops wrote.They also said that Christians must act and “engage in the debates that shape how Americans live and die, especially when they die due to violence or neglect.” However, Christians must understand that a comprehensive solution to gun violence “will not simply be a matter of changing laws, but of changing lives.”“Our country is feasting on anger that fuels rage, alienation and loneliness. From the White House to the halls of Congress to our own towns and perhaps at our own tables, we nurse grudges and resentments rather than cultivating the respect, concern and affection that each of us owes to the other,” the bishops said. “The leaders who should be speaking to us of reconciliation and the justice that must precede it too often instead stoke flames of division and mistrust. We must, as a nation, embrace prayerful resistance before our worse impulses consume us.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, also issued a statement in reaction to the deadly violence.“This morning, my heart broke once again to learn about another mass shooting in the United States,” she said in part, offering her prayers for the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, with their deputies, and Bishop Dan Edwards.The Roman Catholic Guardian Angel Cathedral is scheduled to host a prayer service for victims and their families at 5 p.m. Oct. 2, and the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada will hold a service at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Christ Church, the Episcopal church closest to the Las Vegas strip where the shooting happened.Edwards, who will preach at the Oct. 3 service, told Episcopal News Service by phone that his office reached out to the chaplain at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center to offer Episcopal clergy members to supplement the hospital’s own pastoral care. The diocese offered the same to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and other first responders. Edwards did not yet have information on how many Episcopal priests and deacons had volunteered.And with authorities saying blood supplies are running low in the massacre’s aftermath, the Diocese of Nevada plans to include a call for blood donations in its communications to Episcopalians in the state.“It’s heartbreaking for the victims and all those affected by this particular tragedy,” Edwards said. “It’s also heartbreaking for our society, that this keeps happening.”News of the massacre developed overnight Oct. 1, and by morning it was clear the shooting at an outdoor country music concert was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. Authorities said the gunman fired down on the crowd from a room on the 32nd floor of nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, sending concertgoers fleeing.As of midday Oct. 2, the death toll was at 58, with more than 500 estimated injured. The gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, later was found dead in the room, apparently after killing himself. Authorities also said he was found with more than 19 rifles.Bishops United Against Gun Violence is calling on churches everywhere to toll their bells Oct. 3 at the same time, 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) in solidarity. The number of bell tolls will mirror the number of dead reported at that time.Edwards, a member of Bishops United, said there are no simple reasons that the United States continues to see so many mass shootings, though he added there is a compelling case for looking toward the availability of assault weapons and the ability to possess them in numbers beyond what would be needed for legitimate personal use.He also pointed to the social problems of loneliness, isolation and disconnection, factors that he said are all too common in Nevada.“It’s not the guns alone. It’s the veneration of violence in our society,” Edwards said. “Our societal embrace of violence as a response to any form of unhappiness is a very serious spiritual concern. The churches have the primary responsibility for converting America away from the veneration of violence back to the prince of peace.”It was too early to say whether members of local Episcopal congregations were among the victims or their families, though Edwards said an Episcopal priest’s son was one of the police officers who responded to the scene. The priest stayed up into the early morning until hearing that his son was OK.The Rev. Barry Vaughn, rector at Christ Church, has not yet heard of anyone else in his congregation affected by the massacre, but a message on the church Facebook page invited parishioners to call or stop by if they need to talk to someone.“I think everyone is just stunned by it right now,” Vaughn told Episcopal News Service. “The best thing that we can do is to reach out and love people who are affected by it. This sort of thing, it’s like a natural disaster. It can’t be predicted.“It comes out of nowhere, although it doesn’t exactly come out of nowhere,” Vaughn said, echoing Edwards’ concern about the prevalence of guns in American society.Reaction and condolences have been pouring in from all corners of the church, from the primates meeting underway in Canterbury to former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who previously served as the bishop of the Diocese of Nevada.“Prayers are ascending for all in the midst of this carnage at Mandalay Bay,” she said in an emailed statement. “When, oh when, will we begin to limit the availability of weapons of mass destruction and death?“May the souls of all the departed rest in peace, may the injured find healing, may all the responders find courage and strength, and may all of us know that God is to be found even in the midst of this evil.”Also on Oct. 2, Curry prayed during Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral: “We come to you tonight, Lord, with sorrow in our hearts for 58 of your children are no longer with us. And some 500 of your children are hurting physically and emotionally. And, one of your children took their life. They are all our sisters. They are all our brothers. They’re all your children.” Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 FBI agents ride an armored vehicle to a staging area on Oct. 2 after a mass shooting during a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Las Vegas Sun via Reuters[Episcopal News Service] Leaders of the Anglican Communion called the weekend massacre in Las Vegas “truly shocking” in a statement released from Canterbury, England, by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, as faith leaders mobilize outreach efforts in the wake of the shooting, which killed at least 58 and injured hundreds more.Clergy members in the Las Vegas area are providing pastoral care for victims and emergency personnel, memorial worship services are planned for this week, and a group of Episcopal bishops is organizing a nationwide effort to toll church bells Oct. 3 in memory of the dead.“We are praying for the families and friends of those who have died and for the many people who have been wounded,” Curry said Oct. 2 in a video delivering the statement released by the primates, who are gathered in Canterbury. “We remember, too, everyone else caught up in this tragedy – including the emergency services (first responders). We pray that the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be with the people of Las Vegas as they endure this trauma.” Gun Violence, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Primates Meeting 2017 Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Primates Meeting, Tags Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ October 5, 2017 at 8:11 am The episcopal church opposes gun violence but it has no moral authority because it pro-actively promotes and encourages children and young people to reject Holy Scripture and practice sexual immorality and debauchery. The purpose and mission of the episcopal church is to publicly advocate sexual gratification and rebellion against God. 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Indianapolis, in. — Seventeen months later, Americans are still talking about the 2016 election. Discussion continues in regards to foreign interference, and perhaps most significantly, cybersecurity and election infrastructure. While there is cause for vigilance, I want to assure all Hoosiers that Indiana has taken great precautions to safeguard our election systems.Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues facing government officials. On average, I personally spend at least an hour a day on this topic, and often much more. We take great care to prepare election administrators for each cycle, and in partnership with other government agencies, we are developing new answers to security concerns and election policy. At the federal level, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), a bipartisan organization comprised of Secretaries of State from around the country, has worked to develop best practices and to get stateusernameormation they need from the federal government.I currently serve as President of NASS, and I sit on the NASS cybersecurity task force. Our organization has been working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to get Secretaries of State security clearances, so secretaries and their staff can access information held by the federal government. This access represents a huge step forward for election administrators, as we are now able to merge state government resources with the resources and information of DHS, the FBI, and other federal agencies. The timing is important given the increasing number of cyber threats from around the globe and hackers’ interest in compromising election systems processes.It is critical to understand that no piece of Indiana’s voting equipment is online. Machines and tabulators are not connected to the internet, nor are they connected to each other. We have a mechanism known as the Voting System Technical Oversight Program hosted by Ball State University that tests all of the election equipment used in Indiana for an added layer of safety and security. We also do public tests in all counties prior to an election.In addition to physical security, information is a powerful defense. A great tool has been the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), which allows us access to 24/7 security information, threat notifications, and security advisories put out by various actors. We also communicate with our own information center and our vendors to put policies and procedures in place to protect our systems.The Indiana General Assembly has supported and passed legislation designed to enhance security efforts. Senate Enrolled Act 327, passed this spring, requires counties to report security and election issues directly to the Secretary of State, which allows my office to share potential issues with other counties and states in an efficient manner. It also limits the sale of voting machines used in Indiana for official election purposes, preventing hackers from accessing the machines.County election officials who own voting machines in Indiana vigilantly protect access to the machines. When the machines are not in use for an election, they are under lock and key. During voting hours, poll workers watch voters to ensure tampering with machines does not occur. A voter only has two minutes to cast their ballot. No one is given unlimited access to the machines.Indeed, elections are largely administered by the county election office, which serves as the first line of defense against threats. In order to prevent unauthorized access to election databases, we are currently working on a multifactor authentication protocol which uses a token validation method. This method requires users to insert a USB token into their computer and enter a token ID, used to validate user access into the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) after the user correctly enters their user name and password. This validation will only be operational during preset and normal business hours, and a separate authorization will need to take place for after-hours access.The way Indiana runs elections may eventually change as a result of cybersecurity concerns. Some are even going so far as to call for a return to paper ballots. I am skeptical that is the answer, and believe there are options for us to continue moving elections forward using technology. When I was a county clerk counting ballots on election night, paper ballots didn’t always reconcile. Electronic tabulations do a much better job of tracking each vote and ensuring the number of voters who cast a ballot matches the number of votes cast.My team, my fellow Secretaries of State, and the country’s best county clerks will continue to work with cybersecurity experts, DHS, MS-ISAC, and academics to develop the best practices to protect the sanctity of our elections. We are committed to demonstrating that proper precautions are in place to secure the vote. Effective security demands thorough preparation and thorough preparation only occurs when all parties involved are united in their communication, vigilance, and vision. I am proud to say that, together with your local election staff, we are committed to this mission and will ensure that every Hoosier voter can cast a secure ballot on Election Day.
By Energeticcity.ca staff A Dawson Creek man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Thursday. 37 year old Kevin Patrick Cooke was found guilty of extortion, assault and uttering threats against a South Peace man last year. – Advertisement -Police say Cooke is also being accused of a number of unspecified sexual offences. Cooke is currently serving his sentence and is awaiting trial for those offences.
Former QPR co-owner Flavio Briatore has defended his running of the club and admitted he did not enjoy his time at Loftus Road.And, speaking to F1 Racing magazine, he also defended his infamous hiring and firing of managers.“If you don’t fire these coaches, you never go up,” he insisted.“When you understand someone is not good enough to do the job, it’s better you fire them immediately rather than waste another six months.“I felt we were going nowhere with these guys. In the end, we made it. The most important thing in sport is the result.”The Italian believes his spell at the helm, which ended in promotion to the Premier League, should be regarded as a success.He said: “We took QPR from the bottom of the Championship.“There was a four-year plan and we took them into the Premier League. I don’t understand the fuss. We did it with not much money.“After Bernie [Ecclestone] and I went away leaving Mr Lakshmi Mittal and Mr Tony Fernandes to run the show and spend a lot of money, it’s funny to see they still have six or seven players who were with us in the Championship.“I believe we did it quite well but, I tell you, it was no fun at all. You need to treat football like a full-time job and not like an investor.“There were too many people; the manager, the assistant manager and, always, you were dealing with the agents. In the end, we sold it.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
18’s GirlsAustralia has held out a tough New Zealand 18’s Girls team, taking the opening match of the series 5-4 today. New Zealand proved that they were going to be tough to beat from the outset, scoring a touchdown in the opening set of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. It looked as though New Zealand would further extend their in the seventh minute, but their touchdown was disallowed. Mistakes from Australia early in the match saw New Zealand dominate the first half of the poening term, but Australia soon found their rhythm. The Australians levelled the game up at 1-all in the 12th minute, when Chloe Crotty scored on the wing off an overlap. The Australians took the lead for the first time in the game in the 17th minute, when a great acting half run from Madison Regan saw captain Laura Peattie score to take a 2-1 lead. Australian vice-captain Yasmin Meakes scored on the far wing shortly before half-time to extend Australia’s lead to two and take a 3-1 lead into half-time. New Zealand were quick to hit back after half-time, with Jess Mahar using her speed to score in the second minute of the game to bring them back to 3-2, before Crotty scored her second on the wing for Australia in the next set, with the visitors taking a 4-2 lead. Breannan Singman extended Australia’s lead just after the midway mark of the half, to take a 5-3 lead. New Zealand then scored two quick touchdowns, to get back to a one touchdown deficit with minutes remaining, but were unable to continue their comeback, with Australia claiming the game 5-4. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the match – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus 18’s BoysThe second match of the day was keenly fought from the opening whistle with the 2011 Champions New Zealand trying to keep hold of the only title won by the Kiwis in the last tournament.Australia started in the best possible way with a touchdown out wide on their first set. Jason Norford benefitted from some smart lead-up play and made no mistake in crossing over.It wasn’t an immediate response form New Zealand but after a few minutes of finding their way, Ethan Hunt got the home team on the scoreboard in an emphatic fashion, diving over in the middle.Touchdowns to each team then followed with neither being able to gain any ascendancy. Isaac Walker scored a nice touchdown in the middle for NZ to go 3-2 up.The play of the half then belonged to Mackenzie Haugh who ran down an Australian intercept and dived for the saving touch with just 1 metre before the Touchdown would have been made by Theo Majid.Jason Norford, Majid and James Western then piled on three touchdowns for Australia to turn the game on its head. Western and Majid’s were worthy of a highlight real and in a flash New Zealand were on the back foot going into the halftime break.Australia stretched its lead to 6-3 early in the second half but the Kiwis stayed in it with one of their own. Australia’s Jackson Luke then took an intercept to give his team a 3-touchdown buffer again. Both teams then traded Touchdowns once moreBoth teams then traded Touchdowns once moreIt was then New Zealand’s turn to go on a run of Touchdowns with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and William Raea scoring to make it 7-8.A final Touchdown to Australia was enough to seal the match 9-7 but New Zealand showed enough this afternoon to suggest that this series will be tightly fought. 20’s GirlsThe Australians made it onto the scoreboard early in the game, when Catherine Sargent scored in the third minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Both team’s defence held strong for the next 10 minutes, with the game going from end to end, before Rebecca Mounsey scored on the wing for Australia to take a 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. A beautiful long ball from co-captain Rachel Beck in the 18th minute saw Tracy Hill score on the wing, before New Zealand scored their first touchdown of the match in the next set, then Australia scored their fourth of the match to take a 4-1 lead into half-time. Australia extended their lead to three just after the break, when Melissa Peters scored of the tap-off move in the first set to take a 5-1 advantage. They were back on the scoreboard shortly after when Toni Wells scored in the second minute of the half to take a 6-1 lead. Maddie Studdon made it 7-1 at the midway mark of the first half, before Chloe Williamson scored New Zealand’s first touchdown of the half with just under five minutes remaining. Peters hit back to claim her second touchdown of the game in the next set, to take a six touchdown lead and the win, 8-2. 20’s BoysThe marquee event for the day was the Under 21 Men’s match; both teams had plenty of experience to match their youthful exuberance and it was Australia who took the challenge to New Zealand with an opening onslaught of three Touchdowns.Wesley Sefuiva, Scott Bundy and Simon Lang were all at the end of some good lead-up play and made no mistake in their execution. With the platform laid by Australia, New Zealand were forced to play catch-up and eventually got one back through Tyson Johnson.New Zealand were soon back on attack and looking for a second score when Cohan Guerra anticipated the kiwi pass to the millimetre, intercepted and then with a freakish show of speed, streaked away to score.With the score 4-1 at halftime, the kiwis had a mountain to climb and Henry Tuatea took the first couple of steps with a touchdown in the middle of the park to keep his team in it.From thereon in though, it was all the green and gold. Oscar Sanft was first to score and not long after Wesley Sefuiva provided a nice inside ball to Matthew Goodrope to further extend the lead. Adam Pryde also got into the act and by full-time a dominant Austrlia had racked up 10 touchdowns to go out big winners and provide New Zealand with a lot of questions to answer leading into Game 2 tomorrow.ResultsDay One Results18’s GirlsAustralia 5 defeated New Zealand 418’s BoysAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 720’s GirlsAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 220’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 2Related LinksDay One Results
WINNIPEG – The woman at the centre of 14-year-old allegations of domestic violence against Manitoba NDP leadership candidate Wab Kinew says she was thrown across a room and left with rug burn on her legs.In an interview with The Canadian Press Thursday, Tara Hart said she had been dating Kinew for about two years while they were in university.She said they had lived together for about a year and had friends over one night in the spring of 2003 when the alleged assault happened.As the friends were leaving, she said she and Kinew got into an argument at the door.“I asked them to leave, they left. And once they left, he turned on me,” she said. “That’s when he flung me across the living room and I had a big huge rug burn on my legs.”Hart said what happened prompted her to move out.“A few days later, or the next day, I left with a laundry bag. My grandmother picked me up … and I had rug burns on my knees and I couldn’t bend my legs to get into her vehicle,” she said, adding she then went to the RCMP to file a complaint.Kinew, who is widely considered the frontrunner for the leadership of Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats that will be decided Saturday, has repeatedly denied assaulting Hart.“The allegation that is being made did not happen,” he said.“This person was somebody that I lived with, that I was in a relationship with … but with respect to the allegation, that did not happen.”When asked whether he hit or threw Hart at any time, Kinew replied: “No. No, I did not.”Court records show Kinew was charged in June 2003 with two counts of assault on Hart. A Crown attorney and Kinew’s lawyer appeared in court several times between January and June, 2004. At some point in the summer, the Crown stayed the charges.The court records provide no explanation and transcripts from the final court hearings were not available Thursday.The assault charges only came to light last month via anonymous emails sent to Winnipeg media outlets.Hart said she can only recall one alleged assault and doesn’t know why two charges were filed. She said after she left Kinew, she was living outside Winnipeg and never heard from the Crown on why the charges were stayed.“I just left that part of my life behind me after that.”Kinew, 35, was brought into the NDP fold by former premier Greg Selinger as a star candidate for the 2016 provincial election and won a legislature seat.The Indigenous activist, broadcaster and author wrote a memoir a year earlier in which he described decade-old run-ins with the law that included convictions for impaired driving and assaulting a taxi driver. He recently received pardons for both convictions.Kinew has talked at length about his troubled past, which also includes misogynistic and homophobic rap lyrics and social media posts, and has expressed a drive to change and be a force for good. But the domestic violence charges, as well as a conditional discharge in Ontario for assault in 2004, only came to light last month.Hart said that Kinew reached out to her at that time. Kinew confirmed that.“I figured that this matter was going to come out into the media, and so I reached out and basically said ‘as one human being to another, here’s a head’s-up,’” he said.“This is going to come out in the media, it will probably be difficult and so I just wanted to give you advance warning.’”