Convention agrees to major structural changes

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments (5) By Matthew Davies and Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 3, 2015 July 3, 2015 at 10:00 am Yes, some clarification is needed as to exactly what this will all look like come Jan. 1, 2016. While the detailed account is given, it is not really helpful in understanding the changes for those of us in the pews. 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I was at the hearing, and the Presiding Bishop came to the hearing at the request of the legislative committee to describe how she understood the relationships among Executive Council, DFMS staff and officers, and the Presiding Bishop. She offered to answer any other questions the committee had, which was helpful considering her unique perspective as the current occupant of the role of PB. She did not reference any of the resolutions, though of course her comments had bearing on what they proposed. Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Press Release Convention agrees to major structural changes Actions dramatically cut number of commissions, change some of Executive Council’s authority Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Norman Hutchinson says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA July 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm An explanation, in the vernacular, about how the above cited resolutions will affect the national and local church would be helpful. After a quick reading, it seems like the deck chairs are being rearranged. I hope that I am wrong about that and would like to be proven wrong. How will these changes allow the church to reach out side its walls into the world where Jesus directs us to go? July 3, 2015 at 6:51 am Will there be, at some time soon, an outline of what this is supposed to look like when it isimplemented? The above account does not provide, in a clear manner, what the OUTCOMEwill look like. Thanks — RHL+ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Nancie Wilson says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm We really need to manifest structurally the implications of our ecumenical theology….and move to become a uniting Church. Our structures cannot hold with our declining membership unless we undertake a massive campaign of evangelization and mission work-mission in the traditional sense not soley for the purposes of social justice. If we don’t focus on evangelization in a traditional manner I’m afraid our broad and liberal Episcopal tradition will soon be overshadow ed by a pre-critical pre-modern Anglican evangelical fundamentalism. We should appropriate traditional notions of evangelism and mission while sustaining our tradition of dialogue and social justice. We must either choose to transition to a uniting Church focus or resurrect traditional notions of Christian mission to save our branch of Christ’s Church, in my view. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The General Convention has approved two resolutions making major changes to the structure of The Episcopal Church.The deputies and bishops serving on the Committee of Structure and Governance, which considered the resolutions, “were united in love for this church and its mission,” Committee Chair Bishop Clifton Daniel of Pennsylvania told the House of Bishops July 2. “In the end the tone of our conversations brought hope as our church enters into a renewing process of change.”Substitute Resolution A004, rewriting the rules governing the church’s Executive Council, rejected a proposal by the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church to halve council’s size. The resolution slightly expands Executive Council’s appointment power concerning three members of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s executive staff, including the chief operating officer, chief financial officer and chief legal officer (a position created in the resolution). The presiding bishop will conduct annual performance reviews with all three of those officers and share the results with council’s executive committee under the terms of the resolution.The resolution also sets up a provision for those three officers, along with the presiding bishop and the House of Deputies president, to engage in a mutual ministry review every 18 months.Deputies struck from the resolution a controversial provision proposed by the Legislative Committee on Governance and Structure that would have allowed council, by a two-thirds vote, to direct the presiding bishop to fire any of those three officers.Substitute Resolution A006 reduces the number of the church’s standing commissions from 14 to two. The two would be the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons, and the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. The presiding bishop and House of Deputies president would appoint study committees and task forces to complete the work called for by a meeting of General Convention, with council’s approval. All of those bodies would expire at the start of the next General Convention unless they are renewed.The resolution concerns standing commissions only and not committees, agencies or boards. As with all General Convention resolutions, the legislation will take effect in the next triennium, which begins Jan. 1, 2016.Substitute Resolution A004Substitute Resolution A004 calls for both the presiding bishop as chair and the president of the House of Deputies as vice chair to nominate people to serve as the church’s chief operating officer, chief financial officer and chief legal officer. People who hold those three positions also act as officers of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, along with the chair and vice chair.Council would then vote to appoint those people. Currently the presiding bishop appoints the chief operating officer, with the advice and consent of the council. The churchwide staff reports to the chief operating officer who reports to the presiding bishop. The presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies, as chair and vice chair of council, jointly nominate the chief financial officer, whom the council then appoints.During a Governance and Structure Committee hearing on June 25, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori took the unusual step of speaking in opposition to substitute Resolution A004, as well as D006 and D010, saying they would dilute the authority and responsibilities of the presiding bishop. Resolutions D006 and D010 went beyond the reorganization of the presiding bishop-Executive Council relationship of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society proposed by the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church.“A board cannot be responsible for employment relationships,” she told the committee. “A board can set policy about employment relationships but a board cannot carry out the work of managing employment issues. I see that as one essential piece of the presiding bishop’s responsibility.”Northwestern Pennsylvania Deputy the Rev. Adam Trambley kicked off the debate in the House of Deputies July 1 by trying to assure the house that the controversial provision to enable council, by a two-thirds vote, to direct the presiding bishop to fire the chief operating officer, the chief financial officer or the chief legal officer constitutes “very limited ability to provide some kind of accountability authority to the officers.”Trambley, a member of the Legislative Committee on Governance and Structure, said if the council is going to appoint the officers after the chair and vice chair nominate them, then it ought to have a way to hold them accountable.Meanwhile, the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin, deputy from Pennsylvania, provided the shortest testimony of the debate, saying simply “the authority should stay with the chair of Executive Council.”Deputies voted 464 to 359 to strike the firing provision, and passed Substitute Resolution A004 on a 649-179 vote.The House of Bishops concurred with the House of Deputies on Resolution A004.There was, however, debate on the appointment provisions. The bishops committee on governance and structure amended the deputies-passed version of the resolution to give the presiding bishop the authority to appoint a COO, with the advice and consent of the council, as is the current practice.After some concern that the committee’s amendments would mean referral back to deputies, a motion was put forth to change the resolution back, retaining the language passed by the deputies that all three nominations need to be made jointly by the chair and vice chair, and then appointed by a vote of council.Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut spoke against the committee’s amendment and urged the bishops to concur with the deputies. “As I read it, it seems pretty clear to whom the staff and these officers are accountable,” he said. “Three times it says ‘accountable to the chair.’”Bishop Dean Wolfe of Kansas said he believes “we are experiencing an unprecedented assault on the authority of the presiding bishop and bishops in general. It sounds like, ‘Wow, we are paranoid, but one time my mom told me the house is on fire and it was.’ So I want everyone to be careful about this. I want to give our next presiding bishop the best possible runway to take off.”In the end, the bishops passed the resolution’s language as approved by the deputies.When asked, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori confirmed that the resolution would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and that it does not affect the incumbents of those positions.Substitute Resolution A004, which revises Canon 1.4 Sections 1-8, covers some of the ideas advanced in the original version proposed by the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church as well as in Resolutions C032, D006, D020 and D010.Debate on Substitute Resolution A006Deputies rejected a motion to refer the standing commission resolution, which covers Resolution A006 in its original form and A097, to the church’s Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church. Such a move would have postponed any actions on standing commissions to at least the 2018 General Convention.Diocese of the Virgin Islands Deputy Patricia Rhymer Todman, who made the motion to refer, said reducing the number of standing commissions amounts to the “indiscriminate destruction” of the church’s structure of committees, commission, agencies and boards, which operate between conventions to recommend policies and strategies for consideration by the next meeting of convention.She said the church wants to focus on mission, evangelism and “our church needs a streamlined but suitable structure to fulfill its rich promise in mission.”Diocese of Colorado Deputy L. Zoe Cole said that to adopt the reduction means “we become a church with a permanent structure devoted to rules and music.”She added that it will take a long time during each triennium to determine what groups are needed, what they’re in charge of, and who will be appointed.Deputies rejected a proposed amendment by California Deputy Sarah Lawton to add a Standing Commission on Mission, despite her argument that the church should not have only inwardly focused standing commissions.North Dakota Deputy the Rev. John Floberg, who is also an Executive Council member, noted that the proposed 2016-2018 budget increases the amount of money available for the interim bodies as council might form. He said council needed the power to create interim bodies “in order for this church to more nimbly respond to the needs” that the church faces in society.The Rev. Valerie Balling, chair of the Diocese of New Jersey deputation, said before rejecting the reduction, the church needs to remember that it is the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. “We need to live into the spirit of what the governance and structure committee has put forward and I believe that under the direction of Bishop Curry that this (idea of being members of a missionary society) will continue and (we will) not lose our identity as missioners.”West Missouri Deputy the Rev. Stan Runnels, a member of Executive Council, told the house that “I want to assure the convention that the Executive Council in conversation in this last triennium, especially as the TREC report became more and more available to us, we are aware that this privilege to appoint task forces will require us to use the history of the CCABs as a guide and that many of the task forces that will be appointed will basically reflect the history of the CCAB structure.”The house passed the resolution 649-114.House of Bishops accepted the resolution on a voice vote.Bishop Sean Rowe of Northwestern Pennsylvania, a member of the General Convention Legislative Committee on Structure and Governance, clarified that the resolution concerns standing commissions only and not committees, agencies or boards. As with all General Convention resolutions, the legislation will take effect in the next triennium, which begins Jan. 1, 2016.Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller proposed two amendments, one to call for the chair and vice chair of the two standing commissions to be appointed from different houses, and another to add a Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations.The House of Bishops voted in favor of the first amendment but voted down the second by 69 to 71 votes.However, following some debate, Miller asked the house to reconsider his amendment. The house voted to remove the amendment and consider the unamended Substitute Resolution A006, which passed by a straight majority vote. Had the amendment passed, the revised resolution would have required the concurrence of the House of Deputies.Before the house revoked the amendment, Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer for The Episcopal Church, expressed appreciation for the resolution but concern about amending it and sending it back to the House of Deputies. “There are many people standing in line to add standing commissions back in,” he said. “I urge us to be very careful.”Earlier, several other bishop members of the structure committee spoke about the resolution.Bishop Mary Glasspool, suffragan of Los Angeles, said she is grateful for the work of TREC “for putting in some creative and loving thinking.”The reduction in the number of standing commissions, she said, is the “most concrete and visible manifestation of change. It is very clear that we’re not ready for a unicameral legislature. We’re not asking for a decrease in the number of Executive Council members or deputies at General Convention. But the CCABs (the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards) is a starting place for an ongoing conversation. This is a marathon and not a sprint.”Bishop Lawrence Provenzano of Long Island expressed concern about “the inward-looking focus of the two standing committees that remain.”But he said he hopes it will allow Executive Council “to be more nimble in response to mission, evangelism, social justice, and then to fund some of these ministries, and then to sunset them as appropriate needs change.”— Matthew Davies and the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg are editors and reporters for the Episcopal News Service. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service r h lewis (VTS 1963) says: General Convention, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments are closed. 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Greinke leads Dodgers, who earn 10,000th franchise victory

first_imgThe Dodgers join the Giants, Cubs and Braves as the only franchises to win 10,000 games. Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig each added two hits and an RBI.Eduardo Escobar had a career-high four hits and two RBIs for the Twins.It rained most of the day on Wednesday and a tarp covered the pitcher’s mound and batter’s box at Target Field 15 minutes before first pitch.Greinke wasn’t fazed, and won his 12th game in 17 starts since Aug. 5. The right-hander has pitched at least five innings and allowed two runs or fewer in 18 consecutive regular season starts. MINNEAPOLIS >> Zack Greinke pitched six strong innings, Juan Uribe had two RBIs and the Dodgers earned their 10,000th win in franchise history, 6-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.Greinke (5-0) struck out six and didn’t allow an earned run through drizzling rain and temperatures that dipped into the 30s by the end of the game.With the bases loaded and the Twins trailing 5-1 in the seventh, reliever Chris Withrow got Trevor Plouffe to pop out to shortstop on a 3-0 pitch to end the threat.Plouffe’s two-run double in the ninth made it 6-4, but Kenley Jansen retired Chris Colabello to earn his 10th save in 12 chances. With Minnesota up 1-0, Drew Butera slid headfirst and touched home just ahead of Kurt Suzuki’s tag after Hanley Ramierz singled to left in the third.Manager Ron Gardenhire challenged the safe call by home plate umpire Chris Segal, but lost after the call was confirmed following a 2-minute replay review.Uribe’s two-RBI single made it 5-1 in the seventh.Minnesota advanced a runner at least to second base six times against Greinke, but couldn’t break through beyond Escobar’s double.Kyle Gibson (3-2) allowed five runs in 6 2-3 innings and lost his second consecutive start after beginning the season 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA.Twins second baseman Brian Dozier did his best to help Gibson. When Gonzalez’s grounder to first took a bad hop and ricocheted of Joe Mauer’s shoulder, Dozier hustled over, dove, and scooped the ball to Gibson with his glove for the out.Tuesday’s series opener was postponed due to wintry weather and the two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday.Kershaw goes five innings in rehabDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs and six hits in five innings during Wednesday night’s injury rehabilitation stint with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.A 29-pitch first inning kept Kershaw from being dominant against the Tennessee Smokies, but he still finished with nine strikeouts.“I would like to have gotten through six or seven innings, but I had a good time working with these guys,” Kershaw said. “It’s tough when pitch counts are in the back of your mind. Obviously the main goal of why I was here was to get my pitch count up and be ready for 100-plus pitches in the big leagues.“At the same time, you’re trying to compete, too. Fortunately for me, I am kind of done with that and can go pitch now.”Kershaw threw 86 pitches Wednesday after tossing 56 Friday during his first rehab stint at Rancho Cucamonga of the Class A California League, when he allowed two hits in five scoreless innings. He opened this season getting a win for the Dodgers over Arizona in Australia on March 22 but went on the disabled list for the first time in his career several days later with a strained upper back.“I’ve learned I don’t like it,” Kershaw said of his DL stint. “As much as you try and be a part of this team, our team is playing right now while I’m in Chattanooga. It’s a weird process for me, and you kind of feel isolated a little bit. Hopefully I never have to do it again.”Kershaw said he feels healthy but didn’t know when he would be joining his big-league teammates.John Andreoli drew a leadoff walk for the Smokies in the first inning, and Dustin Geiger drove in the first run off Kershaw with a two-out double to left. Geiger singled to left in the fifth inning to score Andreoli again.Kershaw’s appearance resulted in a sellout crowd of 6,318.“I think it’s pretty great for this city to get to see Clayton Kershaw, one of the great pitchers in the game doing a rehab assignment,” Dodgers player development director DeJon Watson said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to see our overall brand of baseball and having Clayton Kershaw as a model of what we do from an organizational standpoint. We’re trying to get him in the best position to get him prepared to get him back in the big leagues, and coming here kind of worked out the best.“The competition level is pretty good here, and he was forced to execute good pitches in key counts.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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President Cyril Ramaphosa leads South African delegation to UN General Assembly

first_imgOn Saturday 22 September 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa will embark on a Working Visit to New York where he will lead the South African delegation to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).This marks President Ramaphosa’s inaugural participation in UNGA as Head of State and Government. President Ramaphosa will participate in the annual General Debate which is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues.President Ramaphosa and other world leaders will meet in New York from 25 to 27 September 2018 under the theme: “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful equitable and sustainable societies.”The theme is inspired by the commitment of Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President of the General Assembly (PGA) to making the United Nations a more relevant, efficient, transparent and democratic organisation.The UN General Debate will be preceded by the unveiling of a statue of President Nelson Mandela and the historic Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, a high-level plenary meeting convened by the PGA in honour of the centenary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically elected president.The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit will be an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to commit global support towards ending conflict in the world and on the African Continent in particular, in line with the African Union’s aspirations of “silencing the guns by 2020”.In his inaugural address at the UNGA, President Ramaphosa is expected to outline South Africa’s domestic and foreign policy goals and priorities. These include the country’s land reform programme aimed at fostering greater stability, inclusiveness and transformation within the South African economy.The President is further expected to lay out South Africa’s priorities for its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2019 to 2020.While in New York, President Ramaphosa will meet with CEOs of major global companies as part of the drive to attract foreign direct investment in order to ramp up the South African economy.This will form part of the build-up to South Africa’s International Investment Conference which will take place on 26 and 27 October with a focus on bringing investment of $100 billion into the South African economy over the next five years.President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Lindiwe Sisulu,;Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Finance Mr Nhlanhla Nene and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.– The Presidencylast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 35 | Livestock robotics, Christmas trees, and veal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ty Higgins, Bart Johnson, Joel Penhorwood, and Matt Reese come together to talk agriculture and the Ohio State win in episode 35 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.A number of topics in this weeks meeting, including Ty Higgins with Jeff Sizelove of Zoetis talking developments in agriculture, partly the further involvement of robotics down the road.Matt Reese hears from Al Divencenzo, president of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association.Joel Penhorwood talks upcoming veal housing requirements ready to go into effect January 1, 2018. He hears from Dr. Marissa Hake of the American Veal Association.All that and much more in this week’s edition of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.last_img read more

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7 Tech Companies That Raised Funding Today: Which Will Shape Our World? (Poll)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Venture Funding#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img leela cyd ross Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today we’re looking at seven companies that announced investments raised over the past 24 hours. In the cutthroat world of startups and great ideas, which company will significantly affect our lives? On today’s list we’ve got a site that makes it even easier to order in a pizza for dinner (as if we needed further prompting to make such a decision!), a site to help us find a job (for just an hour or a lifetime) and the company behind the super addictive Angry Birds app. We’ve got many more promising companies to consider. Tell us, readers, which of these companies will shape the world?Yesterday’s Poll winner was StackExchange, a realtime question-and-answer forum site used heavily by programmers, but also by many others seeking advice on one of the 46 topics StackExchange addresses. This site came out far ahead of the seven other companies listed, earning 53% of RRW readers’ votes. Today’s Companies:Topsy, a real-time search engine that includes social sites within its Web, raised $15 million. Clovr Media, a digital advertising startup that converts banner, text, mobile ads or video into Card Linked Offers (CLOs), raised $8.3 million in its second round of funding.GrubHub raised $20 million in funding, which will help the restaurant location directory grow its existing technologies and expand into new cities. It wants to make it even easier for us to order in a pizza (the most heavily ordered cuisine according to its “about page). SnagAJob.com, an online employment site with listings from full-time to one-hour commitments, raised $27 million in a Series C round of funding.Rovio, the Finnish game company behind Angry Birds, raised $42 million in Series A round. Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Skype, is one of several investors. GroupCommerce, a commerce platform targeted at group-buying for publishers and merchants, raised $8 million.BackType, a San Francisco-based Web-marketing company that helps businesses understand social analytics, raised $1 million.With all this money being invested, which company do you think is ready to change our world?last_img read more

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English club West Ham United Ladies signs Indian women’s team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan

first_imgIndia women’s national football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan has been signed by English club West Ham United Ladies. Aditi, who played for the under-19 Indian national women’s team for AFC Qualifiers at Malaysia, becomes the first ever woman from the country to play for an English football club.The club, on Sunday, said that the Indian international goalkeeper was a late addition to their squad during pre-season. West Ham Ladies are currently in the Football Association’s (FA) Women’s Premier League Southern Division, a league in the third level in the women’s football structure in England.CHAUHAN: Indian international goalkeeper Aditi Chaucan was a late addition to our squad during pre-season #COYI pic.twitter.com/H45BAnHNJD West Ham Ladies (@westhamladies) August 16, 2015Chauhan’s football journey began when her school coach asked her to participate in Delhi under-19 team trials.”At the age of 17, I got selected for the under-19 national team camp and was away from home for almost three months for the first time. But I did not let it get to me because my aim was very clear – to be the first-choice goalkeeper for the team. I trained hard and achieved it. I represented the under-19 Indian national women’s team for AFC Qualifiers at Malaysia,” Chauhan was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.Chauhan was praised for her contribution to India winning the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s cup in 2013. The Delhi girl believes in training hard and says that she would train six days a week and the intensity of her training would increase before a national camp. She attributes her ability to grip the ball well to the basketball training she received in school.advertisementChauhan, who chose football as her career option, stresses on the importance of education for girls in the country. The Indian goalkeeper, who is currently pursuing Master of Science degree in sports management from Loughborough University, UK, also represents the university team there.last_img read more

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Nubia to launch Z11 phone in India in mid-December at under Rs 30,000

first_imgNubia is set to launch its flagship phone, the Z11 in India, in mid-December, sources have confirmed to India Today Tech. In addition, the company will also launch a budget phone with emphasis on a big battery (4,500-5,000mAh) alongside the Z11. While the Z11 will be tentatively priced at under Rs 30,000 the budget phone (that Nubia is hoping to keep as a surprise element) will likely be priced anywhere between Rs 10,000-15,000.The Z11 was launched in June earlier this year and is Nubia’s flagship phone for the year 2016-17. The USP of the Z11 is its near bezel-less screen that amounts to a 75.2 per cent screen-to-body ratio on the phone. The phone has virtually no side bezels so it appears as if the whole screen runs edge-to-edge. To emphasise this fact further, the phone’s software — custom Nuibia skin based on Android Marshmallow — comes with characteristic edge features.     The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with up to 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.The dualSIM phone is backed by a 3000 mAh battery and supports fast charging.Nubia, until now, has resisted from bringing its top-tier flagship phones to India. Its last launch here was the Z11 Mini which was launched in October. Moving on, the company is looking to change that and streamline the whole process so there would be a lesser gap between its phones’ global and India unveiling, sources have further told India Today Tech. This also means, the company would be launching more phones here in the days to come. advertisementAlso Read: ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini review: Camera and battery life make it a superstarlast_img read more

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first_imgThe 2011 Affiliate Management Resource CD has been developed with the goal of providing suggested procedures, templates, guidelines or various administrative documents to support affiliate management.The Affiliate Management Resource is in its first year of release and provides a complete package of information previously released to the community throughout 2011. It is our intent to provide this information in a hard copy version for all affiliates at the end of each year therefore updated annually from this point forward. The resources included are designed to save affiliates time and offer ideas, with the opportunity to create a better experience for the end participant of the sport.For more information and to find out how to get your affiliate’s copy, please see the attachment below.  Related Filesintroduction_to_the_2011_affiliate_management_resource-pdflast_img read more

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Reversal of Low Growth Objective of Reform Agenda – Finance Minister

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the ultimate objective of the country’s economic reform agenda is to reverse the long term trend of low growth and declining productivity.“The challenge for us as a Government, with the support of the Jamaican people, is to go beyond the strict confines of the Extended Fund Facility (with the International Monetary Fund) to create an economic and social environment, which encourages and facilitates investment and induces long term innovation and productivity gains,” the Minister said, as he opened the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 18.“We also need to create a public sector that treats our citizens well, so that they spend less time in government offices and more time in productive work. Equally, we need to reduce the size of the public sector and improve its efficiency,” he said.Dr. Phillips said the success of these initiatives will require investors operating large or small businesses as well as individual workers in the public and private sector to: enter into a binding covenant with the government to ensure that all taxes that are due are collected; ensure that there are no cost overruns on public contracts; give a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay; and to give quality service to citizens from whom voluntary tax compliance is expected.He said the economic reform programme, of which the Extended Fund Facility forms a part, is not the Fund’s programme.“It is Jamaica’s programme, which we need to embark on in order to correct the imbalances which have been a feature of our economic environment for a number of years,” the Minister said.“Left to ourselves, there are areas of the Fund programme that we would have cast differently, but we had no such options. In our circumstances, we acted in a manner that left no doubt about our resolve to: reduce the debt; reduce the debt to GDP ratio; and secure the conditions most conducive to economic growth and job creation,” he said.The Minister explained that without the IMF seal of approval, Jamaica would not regain access to either multilateral financing or financing at favourable terms from the private financial markets.He said in due course, after the IMF Board’s consideration, the details of the Letter of Intent will be presented to the House of Representatives.“Nevertheless, the objectives are well known. One of the central objectives is to reduce the debt to GDP ratio, which is in the region of 140 per cent (using the IMF estimates) to 95 per cent of GDP by 2020; reduce public sector wages as a share of GDP to nine per cent by 2015/16; achieve the quarterly quantitative performance targets; andundertake important structural reforms, including implementation of a Central Treasury Management System; and strengthening the tax administration and fiscal responsibility frameworks,” Dr. Phillips said.He said the budget has been cast in the context of an agreed four-year Extended Fund Facility with the IMF.“It is well known that following the Staff Level Agreement arrived at in February, there was a delay in going to the Executive Board because of the request from the Fund to have discussions with some of the multilateral institutions, especially the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank,” he said.Dr. Phillips said while there can be no doubt that the delay certainly had a negative impact on confidence in Jamaica, the end result was nevertheless that additional resources will be provided by the Fund, the IDB and the World Bank.“The IMF increased its commitment from 175 per cent of quota to 225 per cent of quota or approximately US$958 million, an increase of US$200 million. Simultaneously, the IDB and the World Bank have confirmed a minimum commitment of slightly more than US$1 billion,” he said.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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