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first_img 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 Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET People Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Wendy Karr Johnson named as digital missioner for formation Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Posted Jun 6, 2016 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has named Wendy Karr Johnson as Digital Missioner for Formation, following a churchwide search.The Digital Missioner for Formation, a new position, is a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. As Missioner, Johnson will support the ministry of the Team for Formation and Congregational Development with a focus on online formation, social media and event planning facilitation.Johnson has been Communications Manager for Episcopal Migration Ministries since October 2014. Prior to that, she was a consultant which included work with The Episcopal Church’s Faith Formation department (working on the Episcopal Youth Events in 2014 and 2011).  Before that she was the Communications Director for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.She holds a M.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University.“Ministry with youth and young adults is foundational to the Episcopal Church and to the Jesus Movement,” Johnson said.  “I am excited to have the opportunity to support this ministry and the young people of our church as we engage the critical and life-giving work ahead.”Johnson began her position on June 6.Johnson can be reached at [email protected] 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more

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first_imgRecord highs for charity bonds on London Stock Exchange Melanie May | 11 October 2016 | News Tagged with: Finance Current market conditions mean charities seeking to borrow finance should consider retail bonds according to Allia Impact Finance, which last month reported record highs in trading prices for charity bonds on London Stock Exchange.This has created an opportunity for charities to borrow in the retail bond market at low rates, according to Allia, which says strong demand from socially responsible investors, combined with the drop in interest rates seen post-Brexit, means new borrowers can currently expect to come to the market at rates well below 4%.Allia’s bond issuing platform, Retail Charity Bonds, has so far issued three bonds: to Golden Lane Housing, Hightown Housing Association and Charities Aid Foundation, and all have seen trading prices rising sharply in recent months according to Allia’s figures. The bonds pay a fixed rate of interest, meaning that investors paying a higher price will get a lower return on their investment.Phil Caroe, director of impact finance at Allia, said:“For charities looking to fund new projects or refinance existing debt, the current market conditions have created an opportunity to borrow at exceptionally low rates. The retail bond market provides a unique way to raise unsecured loan finance on very light terms, while also raising profile and connecting with a new pool of socially responsible high net-worth investors.”  51 total views,  3 views today Advertisement 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  52 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7last_img read more

first_img to go further IntroductionA fact-finding mission went to the department of Arauca on 28-29 November to assess freedom expression. Five organisations took part: Reporters Without Borders, the Press and Society Institute (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS), the Press Freedom Foundation (Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa, FLIP), the Antonio Nariño Project (Proyecto Antonio Nariño) and the rapid response unit of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), which provided support.The mission was prompted by the recent murder of Efraín Varela, the region’s most influential journalist, and by reports from journalists in Arauca that they have been threatened. The fact that three of the department’s municipalities have been declared a rehabilitation zone was an additional reason.The mission concentrated on the municipalities of Arauca and Saravena, where it interviewed 15 journalists working for local and national media, and five news media owners or managers. The following civilian and military authorities were also interviewed: the commander of the rehabilitation zone, the commander of the Arauca police, the mayor of the city of Arauca, the attorney general, the departmental interior secretary, the DAS director, the ombudsman and two members of the public prosecutor’s office. The mission also spoke with civil society and church representatives in Arauca.Background: the presence of armed groups The eastern department of Arauca has been marked by the presence of armed groups: the 10th and 45th Fronts of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Domingo Laín Front and ABC Column of the National Liberation Army (ELN), and – since last year – counter-insurgent paramilitary groups, namely the Victors of Arauca Column and a supposed Capital Column in the municipality of Arauca. Since 22 September, three of the region’s municipalities (Arauca, Arauquita and Saravena) form part of a rehabilitation and consolidation zone decreed by the government, where the military presence has been increased.This zone includes the Caño Limón oil wells and the start of the pipeline that has been blown up more than 700 times. The ELN and, more recently, the FARC have had a significant impact in the region, even influencing decisions on spending and investment of oil royalties. Currently, almost all the mayors and councillors have been threatened by the FARC, with the result that many have resigned and some have been killed. This year has also seen acts of terrorism that have had serious consequences for the civilian population. Furthermore, Arauca is of strategic importance because of its long frontier with Venezuela and its coca crop, with some 8,000 hectares under cultivation, according to official estimates.The presence of paramilitary groups in the department has been known since September 2001 and has contributed to an increase in violence in the region. These groups are blamed for the 28 June murder of journalist Efraín Varela, which dealt a major setback to press freedom in the department, as he was the region’s most respected journalist and the one with the most listeners, and because the purpose of his murder was clearly to silence him, as this fact-finding mission confirmed.Journalism is still in its early stages in Arauca. Most of the news that circulates in the department is produced in the municipality of Arauca, where there are four radio stations with regional coverage: La Voz del Cinaruco (affiliated to Caracol Radio) , Meridiano 70 (which is independent) , La Voz del Río Arauca (affiliated to RCN Radio) and Radio DIC (a community radio station). There are two stations with local coverage – Sarare Estéreo and Tame Estéreo, based respectively in the municipalities of Saravena and Tame – and an army radio station.Two privately-owned television networks, RCN Televisión and Caracol TV, have a correspondent in Arauca and there is a community television station, Canal 4. As for print media, there are just two monthlies, El Corredor and Nueva Frontera.The press community consists of some 30 journalists of whom only 20 per cent are university-educated. About 80 per cent of them combine their press work with business or political activities.Attacks against press freedom in AraucaIt has not been easy to work as a journalist in Arauca in the past two decades. A radio station, Radio Caribabare, was blown up in 1984. Three journalists have been murdered in the past 11 years. Henry Rojas Monje, correspondent for the national daily El Tiempo, was gunned down in December 1991. An army officer was convicted of being behind this murder, and a professional soldier was convicted of carrying it out. Iván Darío Pelayo, director of the radio station Llanorámica, was murdered in August 1995, and Varela, owner and director of the radio station Meridiano 70, was killed in June.Mario Parra, a journalist with the radio station La Voz del Cinaruco, had to flee the country in early 2000 after receiving threats in April 1999. Marta Rojas, a journalist with Savarena, also had to flee the region in 1994 to ensure her safety. A bomb went off outside the home of Zoraida Ariza, La Voz del Cinaruco’s correspondent in Saravena, in February 2001. This took place after she broadcast a report on 22 February 2001 on public order disturbances by the ELN in the region. These threats are attributed to the guerrilla groups.In short, attacks against press freedom are not a new phenomenon in Arauca, and army members, guerrilla groups and paramilitary groups have all been implicated in them. Efraín Varela: a murder that changed the way journalism is practised Varela, 53, was gunned down by unknown assailants on 28 June at Km 5 of the road from Arauca to Caño Limón as he was returning home from a class at the National University. For the past eight years he had presented a news programme and, during election campaigns, a programme called “Let’s talk politics.” He was a lawyer and graduate of the External University of Colombia, with postgraduate degrees in public law and conflict resolution. As a journalist, he had founded Radio Caribabare in Saravena and was a correspondent for La Voz del Cinaruco. He also wrote for the newspaper El Espectador from Arauca. He was president of the Arauca Departmental Peace Commission from 1999 to 2001, mayor of Saravena and Arauca councillor.According to sources who spoke to the mission, Varela was known as an outspoken journalist who criticized guerrillas, paramilitaries, the army and the civilian authorities alike. His radio station had many listeners in Arauca department and many civil society organisations viewed him as model campaigning journalist. According to journalists, listeners, civil society groups and the Church, his murder had a radical impact on the way journalism is practised in the department. Now most of the news programmes limit themselves to reading the army’s press releases and reporting light news such as birthdays and social activities.Eye-witnesses of Varela’s murder told the prosecutor’s office that Félix Cruz Bata was among those who carried it out. Known as “Comandante Tolima,” Cruz Bata leads a paramilitary group that began operating in the city of Arauca on 21 June. Varela had criticised this, and the army’s failure to react to the group’s presence. Witnesses who asked not to be identified said there was an army presence less than one kilometre from the paramilitary roadblock where Varela was murdered. They also reported a complete absence of military forces since the murder, along with the absence of a serious investigation.It is true that investigators did link Cruz Bata to the case on 30 July and issued a warrant for his arrest. However, the commander of the rehabilitation zone, General Carlos Lemus, told the fact-finding mission that Cruz Bata was killed while fighting alongside his troops a few months earlier in place known as La Antioqueña. Since 28 October, the subsection of the prosecutor’s office responsible for investigating attacks against the press has been trying to establish whether Cruz Bata is dead or alive.After Varela’s murder, the length of Meridiano 70’s news programme was reduced from two and a half hours to one hour and it now has only two journalists, instead of the six it had before (including correspondents). Furthermore, at the decision of the current directors, only official bulletins are read out, almost all of them coming from the XVIII Army Brigade. Journalists on blacklists Presumed paramilitaries of the Victors of Arauca Column circulated several communiques in which they declared the region’s journalists and news media in general to be a military target. The last communiqué, dated 24 September, names five journalists of whom three are identified as enemies and the other two as “persons who have the chance to change and cooperate.” After a long list of names, the communique ends by warning: “we are watching them, just as we are watching other advisers, teachers, unionists, street vendors, journalists…”This mission also received information about the following two cases:• Rodrigo Ávila, correspondent for Caracol TV and a journalist with the community radio station Radio DIC, who in the past also worked with Varela for Meridiano 70. Ávila was not only on the list just mentioned. He also got a call at his home on 3 July from a man describing himself as a member of the paramilitary group Victors of Arauca, who told him: “You have 72 hours to get out of the region.” Ávila went to Bogota with the support of Caracol TV but returned to Arauca on 25 July. Thereafter, he was assigned a bodyguard by day until he decided to dispense with this measure because he considered it to be inadequate. However, he still hopes to obtain communications equipment and a bullet-proof vest although his request for these items was not granted by the interior ministry’s protection programme for journalists.• Carmen Rosa Pabón, La Voz del Cinaruco’s news director. In addition to being on the list, she was warned by state security sources that the FARC might try to kill her. She left the region and the format of her programme changed completely. Now it carries only official bulletins and light news of no consequence. Her radio station has also constantly been the target of threats and warnings by the guerrillas.Luis Eduardo Alfonso, a journalist with Meridiano 70, and Augusto Báez of the radio station Tame Estéreo also temporarily left the region.There have been two other cases of threats against persons involved with the news media in Arauca but in this mission’s view, the threats could be linked to their political activity. They are Luis Guedes, an announcer with La Voz de Cinaruco, who is also an Arauca councillor, and José Dil Gutiérrez, who worked on Varela’s programme “Let’s talk politics” and who was also the press officer of one of the candidates for governor in Arauca.This mission is extremely concerned about the vulnerability of these journalists and the slow response of the various government departments that are required by article 73 of the constitution to protect journalists in their work. It is clear that journalists in Arauca do not enjoy the basis security measures they need to cover the conflict. Constraints on the press: “There is no more news in Arauca” The direct and indirect threats against the press by the guerrillas and the paramilitaries have greatly limited their ability to freely report the news. To avoid problems, many journalists in Arauca just carry the official communiques issued by the police and XVIII Army Brigade. “The army doesn’t like us to interview the guerrillas. At times, they let us know that they do not like certain things we run,” one journalist said. Most of the journalists are afraid to go out of the towns and do not do investigative reporting. Many news media decided not to run any of the releases put out by civil society organisations for fear of reprisals from the authorities. “There is no more news in Arauca,” some of the civil society organisations said.The community radio station Radio DIC has not broadcast its news programme in the municipalities of Saravena, Arauquita, Tame and Fortul since 13 November as a result of pressure from a senior army officer. This came after Radio DIC broadcast a statement from a civil society organisation on 12 November accusing army personnel of abuses against the civilian population in one of these municipalities.Varela’s family confirmed to the mission that Meridiano 70 was the subject of an investigation by the communications ministry as a result of army complaint after Varela and Ávila broadcast an interview with an ELN chief. Gen. Lemus, the zone military commander, confirmed that he had made several complaints to the communications ministry against news media which, in his view, defended criminal activity. However, he claimed to be unaware of the Meridiano 70 case.Furthermore, this mission learned that an unidentified armed group ordered a television station to stop filming news reports related to selective killings carried out in one municipality. The television station decided to limit its coverage of the murders to the information provided by the army in its official communiques.Without a doubt, the army’s constant monitoring of the content of the news carried by the local media, the many complaints it has filed, and its comments to journalists about its satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their news reporting have the effect of veiled or direct pressure on the news media. Nowadays in Arauca almost all the news that is published comes from just one source, the armed forces.It must be stressed that journalists have little access to information from civilian sources, whether government or private, as the prevailing climate of intimidation means that few civilian officials or members of the community are ready to talk to the press.Right to informationAlthough the mayor of Arauca told this mission that the way freedom of expression was exercised in his city was “exaggerated,” we found that the Arauca population’s right to information is restricted.The plurality and quality of information have been hit by the elimination of a news programme in Saravena, the reduction in the length of news programming, and the reduction in the range of sources. The fact that 80 per cent of the advertising in the Arauca news media comes from official sources – and is allocated without the use of transparent criteria – poses a serious problem. When ask to rate the degree of freedom of expression they enjoy in their work on a scale from one (no freedom) to ten (total freedom), journalists in Arauca responded with an average rating of four.The quality of information may also be affected in the department of Arauca by the fact that most of the news media are owned by politicians and several journalists receive fees from a Congressman to keep his name in the news. However, in any country that respects press freedom, partisan news media are a normal part of the press spectrum and are accepted participants in the democratic debate as long as the do not incite racism or any other form of discrimination.Recommendations- That the participants in the armed conflict should respect press freedom as the guarantee of society’s right to be informed and that this principle should be included in any humanitarian accords. According to the first additional protocol to the Geneva Conventions, journalists must be treated as civilians and must be protected as such. The work of journalists guarantees the right of citizens to information and they be should guaranteed the ability to work in an independent free and responsible manner, as envisaged by article 73 of the constitution.- That the Colombian armed forces should avoid stigmatizing journalists and news media because of the news they publish. It is a journalist’s legitimate right to consult a source, and does not mean the journalist identifies with the source’s interests. Quoting a group that is outside the law may in no way be considered a crime. According to article 5 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression adopted in October 2000 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR): “Restrictions to the free circulation of ideas and opinions, as well as the arbitrary imposition of information and the imposition of obstacles to the free flow of information violate the right to freedom of expression.”- That the office of the public prosecutor should pursue the investigation of Varela’s murder, that the security forces should arrest those who were behind the murder and those who carried it out, and that they should be tried according to the rule of law.- That the office of the public prosecutor should investigate the origin of the threats against journalists described in this report, and that the judicial authorities should act so that those responsible should not remain unpunished.- That the interior ministry’s programme for protecting journalists should move quickly to provide appropriate security measure for journalists at risk, especially Ávila.- That the authorities of the department of Arauca should explain the criteria used to allocate official advertising in the news media and should publish an annual report of what has been allocated. Article 13 of the IACHR’s Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression states that “the arbitrary and discriminatory placement of official advertising and government loans… threaten freedom of expression, and must be explicitly prohibited by law.”- That the national and international news media should send special correspondents to support the news coverage of what is happening in the region.- That the local news media should implement the security measures proposed in the “Charter for the Safety of Journalists Working in War Zones or Dangerous Areas” that was drawn up at the beginning of this year on the initiative of Reporters Without Borders (read the charter).- That the international community should support training programmes for the news media and journalists in Arauca. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF_en ColombiaAmericas Organisation December 20, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arauca : News in danger News October 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Colombia Fact-finding mission – 28-29 November 2002Enquiry by Reporters Without Borders (Paris), Press Freedom Foundation (Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa, FLIP, Bogota), the Press and Society Institute (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS, Lima), the Antonio Nariño Project (Proyecto Antonio Nariño, Bogota), and the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA, Miami). 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first_imgPhoto by gemma on Unsplash A HOMELESS charity has sought government support and private donations to help it fund Ireland’s first Social Grocery Store,  offering food at reduced prices in order to tackle child and adult “food poverty”, after seeing a three-fold rise in the numbers of people availing of its food banks in the past year.Mid West Simon Community launched an urgent call for funding today, after a social grocery was recommended in a study carried out by the Department of Sociology, University of Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 2020, 13,196 people (including 4,696 new registered users) availed of the charity’s four food banks located in Limerick, Clare and north Tipperary. This is more than almost triple the number of persons who sought out the same services in 2019 (4,654) and in 2018 (4,261).The UL report found that, apart from providing affordable healthy food, a social grocery could also improve people’s mental health outcomes by “removing stigma and shame” associated with people being forced to queue for street outreach food banks and soup kitchens.Simon Mid West runs four food banks, at an annual costs of €100,000 – one in Limerick, two in Clare and one in north Tipperary –  receiving aid from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).It also delivered thousands of hot meals to people in emergency accommodation supported by local shops and businesses.Chief executive, Jackie Bonfield, said: “Food poverty is on the rise, particularly in socially disadvantaged households (who) consume less nutritionally-balanced diets, and suffer from higher rates of diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers at a younger age.”This leads to “a form of social exclusion and social injustice”, Bonfield explained.“We urgently need support from the government and businesses in order to set up the Social Grocery as we can’t do it on our own, and we want to provide dignified shopping for fresh produce to our clients.”Demand for Simon’s services continues to grow and the charity’s Limerick food bank, located at Christ Church, Glentworth Street, every Friday from 10am-1pm, donates around 100 food parcels daily.UL’s Dept of Sociology surveyed 131 of Simon’s food bank clients, 80.1% of which had children, and 32% were trying to shop for food for five or more family members.Fifty-eight per cent of those surveyed reported periodically experiencing lack of sufficient access to food, and 1.6% reported never having enough food.Almost all participants (93.1%) said they would avail of a social grocery store including  a 52- year old male client, who said it was “embarrassing” having to attend street outreach services.“We don’t have access to enough food, we can’t afford to eat proper meals everyday,” he added.A young mother of one, who gave up her job to care for her husband after he was diagnosed with cancer, and who also attends the Simon food bank, said there wass “very little” to eat at home.“I try not to eat too much, I try my best to get more for my child and make sure my husband has all that he needs for his immune system, make sure he eats dinner and lunch; same thing with my child, she is growing so she has to eat properly”.In order to register with the food bank, an applicant must meet with a member of Simon complete a short questionnaire, and provide photo ID, proof of address and their income.A social grocery store would “empower” those struggling, and through linked services it would also provide money management workshops, advice and information, cookery classes, thus encouraging individuals “to move towards self-sustainability and financial stability”, said Ms Bonfield.Appealing for donations, Bonfield called on anyone “who would like to be a part of this first Social Grocery in Ireland, to contact us directly, on 061-608980, or [email protected]”. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleLGFA express disappointment at cancellation of All-Ireland seriesNext articleThomondgate stands in support of garage owner who lost his business in fire David Raleigh TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsHomeless charity seeks government aid to launch Ireland’s first Social Grocery store to ease “food poverty” burden — (Simon Mid West sees near three-fold increase in people using food banks in past year)By David Raleigh – May 19, 2021 301 WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Emailcenter_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Printlast_img read more

first_imgABC NewsBY: DANIEL MANZO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A major storm continues to impact the Central U.S. on Sunday morning with heavy snow, torrential rain and severe weather.Since the start of the storm on Friday, there have been at least 14 reported tornadoes in the Texas Panhandle with 11 of those reported tornadoes occurred on Saturday.Additionally, wind gusts on Saturday reached as high as 87 mph in the Texas Panhandle and the region experienced baseball-sized hail.Over 6 inches of rain has been reported in southern Missouri and over 4 inches of rain has been reported in Kansas and Nebraska, with all three states seeing flooding due to the storm.On the colder side of the storm, Denver has already received 7 inches of snow and Cheyenne has already received 8.1 inches with more snow on the way.Snowfall rates this morning are 1 to 2 inches per hour in Colorado and Wyoming, with locally up to 4 inches per hour in the foothills and mountains.This morning there are still blizzard warnings for parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.There are also numerous other winter weather alerts issued for parts of Colorado and the upper Midwest as the storm slowly moves eastward.The heavy snow will continue through the day with dangerous travel conditions in the high plains of Colorado and Wyoming as well into the northern Plains of Nebraska and South Dakota.More heavy rain is expected in parts of the Central Plains, from Nebraska to Kansas, during the day today as well which could result in some flash flooding.Some strong storms will be possible across Kansas as well as into the lower Mississippi River valley later today and into early Monday which could bring gusty winds and hail.At the present time, there is no organized tornado threat as the risk appears to be rather isolated, though with a dynamic storm system like this, there is a chance of changing conditions later today.The snow will move into the upper Midwest by early Monday morning with heavy snow into parts of southern Minnesota and Iowa.Some rain and snow mix will be possible across parts of Illinois and Indiana as well on Monday.The major storm will continue to lose its punch as it heads east, however, the forecast models are picking up on perhaps a brief period of snow in the Northeast on Tuesday.Currently, this does not look to be an impactful event, but, it should be noted that parts of the Northeast just saw record highs in the 70s only days ago.Locally, 1 to 4 feet of snow is expected in parts of the Rockies from this storm with a wide swath of 6 to 12 inches from Denver to Rapid City.Locally, 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected in parts of the upper Midwest, with the highest totals expected in southern Minnesota.Unfortunately, attention turns to another storm coming into the West and this one will go coast-to-coast with a wide range of impacts.Some more rain and mountain snow is expected in the Western U.S. later Sunday and Monday and the snow in the mountains could cause dangerous travel, especially in the Sierra.Then by Tuesday more snow will arrive in the Rockies which will just be coming out of the major storm they are receiving today.It also looks like there will be an organized severe threat from the southern Plains to the Tennessee Valley beginning on Tuesday and Wednesday which could result in widespread damaging winds, large hail and more tornadoes.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The boards and top teams of major organisations need developing just as much as the workforce, yet few recognise the need.This was the warning made to senior HR managers by Nigel Povah, managing director of A&DC Consultants, at a seminar on building top teams last week.Povah said top team development was very rare and he acknowledged the difficulties this presented for HR in trying to introduce continuing development down the line.Four key reasons were given for the failure of top teams to take their own development seriously:• A belief or arrogance that there is little to learn or develop.• Resistance due to fear of losing control or feeling vulnerable.• Possible resentment of external interference.• Difficulties of getting the board or top table together for this explicit purpose.Povah said, “We need leaders who are visionary, who are charismatic communicators, inspirational role models, drivers of transformational change and have an ability to unlock potential through empowerment.”He added that the top team has to learn and grow because it is exposed to continuous change and churn and needs to be fully equipped for the role. Top flight snubs need for developmentOn 16 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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