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Convención General Sermón predicado por el Rvdmo. Michael B. Curry

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Michael B. Curry AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs [ooyala code=”x0YnViNTqvBpJproohlFpp92wMJ0LWy8″][Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] El siguiente sermón fue presentado hoy en la 77a Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal, que se reúne en Indianápolis, Indiana, hasta el 12 de julio.Sermón predicado en la 77a. Convención General de la Iglesia EpiscopalLa conmemoración de Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)Sábado 7 de Julio de 2012Necesitamos algunos cristianos locosPor el Rvdmo. Michael B. CurryEn el día de hoy conmemoramos el testimonio de Harriet Beecher Stowe, una mujer que usó la palabra para liberar a los cautivos. Hablaré más acerca de ella después, pero ahora quiero resaltar que en 1944 su testimonio se celebró en Broadway con una obra titulad Harriet y dedicada a la labor de Eleanor Roosevelt, en la cual Helen Hayes representaba el papel de Harriet Beecher Stowe. Al final de la obra, la familia de Beecher Stowe se congregaba a su alrededor y cantaba la letra de “El himno de batalla de la república”, con lo cual afirmaban el testimonio cristiano de esta mujer audaz y valerosa. Parte del himno dice así: [1]Entre lirios de hermosura, Cristo nació allende el mar,Con una gloria en el pecho que ha transfigurado el mal:Como él murió por salvarnos, muramos por liberar,Que Dios avanza ya.Gloria, gloria aleluya,Gloria, gloria aleluya,Gloria, gloria aleluya,Avanza Su verdad. [2]Como texto del día, les ofrezco las palabras de Marcos 3:20-21, como las traduce la Nueva Versión Estándar Revisada: “Luego [Jesús] entró en un casa, y de nuevo se aglomeró tanta gente que ni siquiera podían comer él y sus discípulos. Cuando se enteraron sus parientes, salieron a hacerse cargo de él, porque decían ‘está desquiciado’”.La versión de la Biblia del Rey Jacobo traduce la preocupación de la familia de Jesús por él con estas palabras: “está fuera de sí”. La antigua versión del Nuevo Testamento de J.B. Phillips traduce, “la gente decía ‘¡él debe estar demente!’” Pero mi preferida es la Versión en Inglés Contemporáneo de 1995 que dice “Cuando la familia de Jesús oyó lo que él estaba haciendo, pensaron que estaba loco y fueron a dominarlo”.Dostoievski in Los hermanos Karamázov nos advierte con toda propiedad que ésa es una descripción precisa de cómo la Iglesia y nosotros los cristianos hemos intentado con frecuencia dominar al Mesías. Pero este Mesías no sería dominado. Como Richard Holloway, ex Primado de Escocia, escribió una vez, “Jesús irrumpe de todas las tumbas en que lo hemos puesto”. [3]North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry preaching during the July 7 General Convention Eucharist. ENS Photo/Lynette WilsonPor tanto, y perdónenme que lo diga de esta manera, pero ¡Jesús estaba, y está, loco! Y aquellos que habrían de seguirlo, los que serían sus discípulos, los que vivirían como el pueblo del Camino, son llamados justamente a eso: a la locura. Así, pues, quiero abordar el tema “Necesitamos algunos cristianos locos”.I“Cuando la familia de Jesús oyó lo que él estaba haciendo, pensaron que estaba loco y fueron a dominarlo.” No quiero apresurarme a juzgar a la madre y a toda la familia de Jesús. Tenían buenas razones para preocuparse. Acabamos de leer en I de Pedro una enseñanza que refleja lo que Jesús predicó en el Sermón del Monte: “No devuelvan mal por mal ni insulto por insulto; más bien, bendigan” (1 Pedro 3:9). Eso es una locura. En la lectura del Evangelio de Mateo, que acabamos de leer hace unos momentos, Jesús dice “El más importante entre ustedes será siervo de los demás” (Mt. 23:11). Eso es una locura.A los que el mundo considera infelices, Jesús llama bienaventurados. Bienaventurados son los pobres y los pobres en espíritu. Bienaventurados son los misericordiosos, los compasivos. Bienaventurados los que tienen hambre y sed de que prevalezca la justicia de Dios. Bienaventurados los que laboran por la paz. Bienaventurados son ustedes cuando los persiguen precisamente por intentar amar y hacer lo que es bueno. Jesús estaba loco. Dijo, amen a sus enemigos, bendigan a los que los maldicen, oren por los que los ultrajan. Él estaba loco. Oró mientras lo mataban, “Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen”. Ahora bien, eso es una locura.Necesitamos algunos cristianos que estén tan locos como el Señor. Lo bastante locos para amar como Jesús, para dar como Jesús, para perdonar como Jesús, para hacer justicia, amar la misericordia y caminar humildemente con Dios, como Jesús. Lo bastante locos para atreverse a cambiar el mundo de la pesadilla que con frecuencia es a algo que se acerque a la manera en que Dios lo sueña. Y ¿para aquellos que habrían de seguirle, los que serían sus discípulos, los que vivirían para ser el pueblo del Camino? Podría resultar un escándalo, pero son llamados a la locura.Permítanme sugerirle un ejemplo de ese llamado en el Nuevo Testamento: María de Magdala, María Magdalena. Por cualquiera que sea la razón, María con frecuencia resulta calumniada. Ya sea por el falso retrato de ella como una de las prostitutas del Nuevo Testamento o por El código de Da Vinci, María resulta calumniada. Pero yo quiero sugerir que María Magdalena podría ser el ejemplo por excelencia de lo que significa seguir a Jesús, ser su discípulo, ser una persona del Camino.María Magdalena estaba loca. Ella se aparece cuando no se supone que lo haga. Habla cuando los demás se callan. Se levanta cuando todos los demás se sientan. Estaba loca. Henry David Thoreau dijo una vez que si alguien “no marca el paso al compás de sus compañeros, es tal vez porque oye un tambor diferente”. María es alguien que obviamente oía un tambor diferente. Y esta gente son a las que el mundo llama locos.Hagan memoria de la crucifixión de Jesús. La crucifixión era la ejecución que imponía el imperio [romano] por delitos contra el Estado. Era una tortura pública. Era un medio deliberadamente brutal de pena capital, una ejecución concebida para transmitir un mensaje de que la revolución y los revolucionarios no serían tolerados. Si usted era partidario o seguidor de la persona que era crucificada, resultaba peligroso mostrarse demasiado cerca durante la ejecución. Lo racional e inteligente era esconderse o exiliarse.Habiendo dicho esto, pasemos lista a aquellos que Jesús llamó a que le siguieran, tomémosle la asistencia a los apóstoles en la crucifixión de su Señor. ¿Simón Pedro? Ausente. ¿Santiago? Ausente. ¿Andrés? Ausente. ¿Bartolomé? Ausente. ¿Judas? Ausente. ¿María Magdalena? ¡Presente y confirmada! Cuando los viejos esclavos cantaban, “¿Presenciaste la muerte del Señor?” había una mujer llamada María que podía responder. “¡Yo estaba allí! ¡Ahora bien, ¡eso es una locura!Pero eso no es todo. En la mañana de Pascua, se repite el mismo patrón de conducta. ¿Quién se levanta y va a la tumba de Jesús? ¡María y algunas de las hermanas! Ni Pedro, ni Andrés, ni Santiago ni Juan. ¡María! Y eso es algo insensato. Como dije, era peligroso estar tan íntimamente asociado con una persona ejecutada por el Imperio. Ir a la tumba no tenía absolutamente ningún sentido. Era sencillamente una locura. Los evangelios dicen que habían rodado una gran piedra ante la tumba. Es de suponer que María lo sabía. Ella no tenía ningún modo de moverla. Pero ella fue de todos modos. Eso es una locura. El evangelio de Mateo dice que los romanos habían puesto guardias en la tumba. María no tenía ningún plan de deshacerse de ellos ni ningún modo de hacerlo. Pero ella se levantó y fue de todos modos. Eso es una locura. Y esa locura la llevó a convertirse en el primer testigo de la resurrección de Jesús de los muertos, el primer testigo del hecho de que el amor de Dios es más grande que cualquier odio que los humanos puedan infligir. Por haber estado tan loca como el Cristo, ella fue testigo de Cristo al mundo. Hermanos y hermanas, María Magdalena nos ha mostrado el camino. Necesitamos algunos cristianos locos.Puede que no sea tan obvio al principio, pero en verdad tenemos un día para recordar a los cristianos locos. Creo que lo llamamos Día de Todos los Santos. No lo llamamos “Día de Todos los Mismos”. Es Día de Todos los Santos, porque aunque ellos fueron falibles y mortales, y pecadores como el resto de nosotros, cuando llegaron los momentos difíciles, las personas que honramos como santos marcharon al ritmo de un tambor diferente. En sus vidas, ellos marcaron una diferencia para el Reino de Dios. Como ustedes saben, aún estamos trabajando en un libro que nos ayudará a conmemorarlos. Lo llamamos, Santas y Santos. Pero también podríamos llamarlo Las crónicas de los cristianos locos.Una de las personas que celebramos en el libro es Harriet Beecher Stowe, que nació en 1811 en el seno de una familia devota consagrada al evangelio de Jesús y a ayudar a transformar al mundo de la pesadilla que con frecuencia es al sueño que Dios quiere que sea. Por lo que más se le conoce es por su novela La cabaña del Tío Tom. En esta obra de ficción, ella contó la verdad. Contó la historia de cómo la esclavitud afligía a una familia, afligía a personas de carne y hueso. Ella contó la verdad acerca de la brutalidad, la injusticia, la inhumanidad de la institución de la esclavitud. Su libro hizo lo que hacen al presente los vídeos que captan injusticias y brutalidades: reagrupó a los abolicionistas y enfureció a los intereses creados. La influencia de ese libro fue tan poderosa que se cuenta que Abraham Lincoln, al encontrarse con Harriet Beecher Stowe por primera vez, dijo: “¡así que ésta es la damita que empezó esta gran guerra!” [4]Beecher Stowe una vez explicó sus escritos en contra de la esclavitud con estas palabras: “Escribí lo que escribí porque como mujer, como madre, me sentía oprimida y con el corazón deshecho por la tristeza y la injusticia que presenciaba; porque como cristiana padecía la deshonra del cristianismo; porque como amante de mi país, temblaba ante la llegada del día de la ira”. [5]Eso es locura. Una mujer de su época se suponía que escribiera historias agradables, no historias que perturbaran la conciencia de una nación. Se suponía que se casara bien, que criara bien a sus hijos, que participara en algunas actividades benéficas y que fuera cariñosamente recordada por todos los que la conocieron. Esa era la vida que se suponía que ella tuviera. Pero a ella la habían criado en una familia que creía que seguir a Jesús significa cambiar al mundo de la pesadilla que con frecuencia es al sueño que Dios quiere que sea. Y a veces eso significa marchar al compás de un tambor diferente. A veces eso significa que las cosas importen cuando se está tentado a que importen menos, o levantarse cuando otros se sientan. A veces significa hablar cuando otros callan. A veces significa ser diferente, —incluso estar loco.Cuando Steve Jobs, uno de los fundadores de Apple Inc., murió el año pasado, un viejo anuncio comercial de Apple de los años noventa se propagó como un virus en YouTube. Era un comercial que se estrenó en 1997 y que intentaba relanzar los productos Apple. El eslogan del anuncio y de la compañía era Piensa diferente [Think different] una frase que es gramaticalmente incorrecta, lo cual es parte del argumento.En el anuncio aparecía un montaje de fotografías y material fílmico de personas que han inventado e inspirado, que han creado y se han sacrificado para mejorar el mundo, para marcar la diferencia. Mostraba a Bob Dylan, Amelia Earhart, Frank Lloyd Wright, María Callas, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Jim Henson, la Madre Teresa, Albert Einstein, Pablo Casals, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer y muchísimos más. Mientas pasaban las imágenes, una voz leía este poema:He aquí a los locos. Los inadaptados. Los rebeldes.Los problemáticos. Las clavijas redondas en los hoyos cuadrados.Los únicos en ver las cosas de un modo diferente. Los que no se contentan con las reglasY no sienten ningún respeto por el status quo.Puedes citarlos, discrepar de ellos, glorificarlos o vilipendiarlos.Pero lo único que no puedes hacer es ignorarlos.Porque ellos cambian cosas.Inventan. Imaginan. Curan. Exploran.Crean. Inspiran. Hacen avanzar a la raza humana.Acaso tienen que estar locos.¿De qué otro modo puedes contemplar un lienzo en blanco y ver una obra de arte,O sentarte en silencio y oír una canción que no se ha escrito nunca,O mirar fijamente a un planeta rojo y ver un laboratorio sobre ruedas?Mientras algunos los ven como locos, nosotros los vemos como geniosPorque aquellos que están bastante locos para creerque pueden cambiar el mundo,son los únicos que lo cambian. [6]Amigos míos, necesitamos algunos cristianos locos. El cristianismo cuerdo y aséptico nos está matando. Eso puede haber funcionado alguna vez en el pasado, pero ya no es portador del Evangelio. Necesitamos algunos cristianos locos como María Magdalena y Harriet Beecher Stowe. Cristianos lo bastante locos para creer que Dios es real y que Jesús vive. Lo bastante locos para seguir el camino radical del Evangelio. Lo bastante locos para creer que el amor de Dios es más fuerte que todos los poderes del mal y de la muerte. Lo bastante locos para creer, como dijera con tanta frecuencia el Dr. King, que si bien “el arco moral del universo es largo, tiende hacia la justicia”. Necesitamos de algunos cristianos lo bastante locos para creer que los niños no tienen que irse a dormir hambrientos; que el mundo no tiene que ser de la manera que a menudo parece; que hay un modo de deponer nuestras espadas y nuestros escudos, abajo a la orilla del río; que tal como solían cantar los esclavos, “hay sitios buenos de sobra en el reino de mi Padre”, porque todos los seres humanos han sido creados a imagen de Dios y todos somos igualmente hijos de Dios y queremos ser tratados como tales.Lo que necesitamos son algunos cristianos locos: cristianos que estén lo bastante locos para captar un atisbo de la visión enloquecida, transformadora y transfiguradora de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo, para luego seguirle en la obra de ayudar a convertir en realidad el sueño de Dios para todas las personas y para toda la creación.Entre lirios de hermosura, Cristo nació allende el mar,Con una gloria en el pecho que ha transfigurado el mal:Como él murió por salvarnos, muramos por liberar,Que Dios avanza ya.Gloria, Gloria aleluya,Avanza Su verdad.[1] Susan Belasco, “Harriet Beecher Stowe in Our Time,” www.nationalera.wordpress.com[2]Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)[3] Richard Holloway, Prefacio de The Great Sayings of Jesus: Proverbs, Parables and Prayers (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999), John Drane, editor[4] Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (New York: Church Publishing, 2010), p. 448[5] www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/hbs/[6] Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997 Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Posted Jul 7, 2012 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR General Convention 2012 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Mass vaccination centre opens today at LYIT

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleMacSharry calls for banking inquiry-style investigation into Davy StockbrokersNext articleDriver arrested for drug driving in Letterkenny News Highland By News Highland – March 11, 2021 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Mass vaccination centre opens today at LYIT WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Pinterestcenter_img The mass vaccination centre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology will open today.Work has been ongoing at the site over the past number of weeks to fit it out.It’s understood health care staff across Donegal will be the first to be vaccinated at the centre.LYIT is the sole vaccination centre for the county which has led to repeated calls for another centre to be established, given the size and geographical makeup of Donegal. Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews Google+last_img read more

Maleah Davis, 4, to be laid to rest in colorful ‘My Little Pony’ casket

first_imgcmannphoto/iStock(HOUSTON) — Maleah Davis, a 4-year-old Houston girl whose remains were found weeks after she went missing, will be laid to rest in a colorful “My Little Pony” themed casket.Graphic designer Courtney Sublett said she worked with the little girl’s family to design the exterior of the casket, which highlights Maleah’s favorite “My Little Pony” character — Rainbow Dash — and has lots of pink: her favorite color.The casket also features rainbows, Sublett said, because “we just kind of wanted to show her being sent off over the rainbow because that’s where she is now — in heaven.”“We really wanted to incorporate her in something beautiful and something that would bring a smile to everybody’s face,” Sublett told ABC News on Thursday. “In such a tragic situation, it’s a little bit of positivity.”Maleah, whose disappearance captured the attention of the nation, was reported missing on May 4. Her remains were found in Arkansas on May 31.Maleah’s mother’s ex-fiance, Derion Vence, was arrested in the case, charged with tampering with evidence, said police. More charges are possible, authorities said.Vence, who was caring for Maleah while her mother was away, had told police the 4-year-old was abducted by three men, including one who knocked him out during a carjacking.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, however, quickly said detectives didn’t believe his story.Investigators found the family’s car in Missouri City, Texas, and authorities said cadaver-sniffing dogs detected the scent of human remains inside.Community activist Quanell X said Vence confessed to dumping the 4-year-old’s body in Arkansas. Detectives then raced to the scene and the little girl’s body was recovered.She will be laid to rest at a private funeral on Saturday, reported ABC Houston station KTRK.“It’s really sad, but I was just so grateful that I got to bring a little light to her story,” Sublett said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Title insurers launch new closing tools as homebuying rises

first_imgFidelity’s Raymond Quirk (iStock)As Americans look to take advantage of the historically low interest rates and buy new homes, more companies are providing platforms and tools to expedite the closing process.One of the nation’s largest title insurance companies, Fidelity National Financial, recently launched a guided digital closing tool for real estate transactions, Inman reported. It is one part of the company’s broader platform that provides transaction tracking, e-notarization and e-closing services for agents and buyers, according to the report.Fidelity National said the tool will provide more assistance than other digital closing services by offering tips and explanations to consumers who know little about the process. The firm was set to merge with Stewart Information Services in a $1.2 billion deal. But that was called off when the Federal Trade Commission failed to grant approvals in September 2019. [Inman] — Keith Larsen ADVERTISEMENT TagsResidential Real EstateTechnologytitle insurance Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine Yury Dolgoruky Joins Russian Nuclear Force

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine Yury Dolgoruky Joins Russian Nuclear Force Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine Yury Dolgoruky Joins Russian Nuclear Force Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Yury Dolgoruky successfully completed state trials along with Bulava missile system in Dec 2011 is almost commissioned into Russian maritime nuclear force, reported ITAR-TASS referring to a source in defense industry.“Before official commissioning of Yury Dolgoruky into combat-worthy maritime strategic nuclear force, there are some minor technical issues to be settled, i.e. to load Bulava ballistic missiles into launch tubes, take torpedoes, water and food supplies on board, let the crew have rest after long-standing trials, and test all systems and mechanisms once again”, explained the interviewee.“A couple of months is quite enough to settle all those matters, and then the submarine will be ready for first patrol to be used for her intended purpose, i.e. providing nuclear deterrence in the Atlantic and the Arctic oceans”, said the source.“Entering of SSBN Yury Dolgoruky into Northern Fleet’s operable force will be a kind of compensation for temporarily decommissioned SSBN Yekaterinburg suffered from fire at Roslyakovo repair plant”, said the source. “Another compensation will be the first serial sub of the same project [955 Borei] SSBN Alexander Nevsky to join the Navy this year. The submarine has successfully passed shipyard’s alpha sea trials in Oct-Nov, 2011″, he added. “In the coming fall, it will be enough for Alexander Nevsky to finish sea trials successfully and make one effective Bulava launch. And then she could be easily commissioned”, concluded the source.Russian vice premier Dmitry Rogozin said on Jan 10 at the press conference after his visit to Murmansk region that SSBN Yekaterinburg damaged in the fire would be recovered. “The sub is okay, she’ll go on defending the country”, Rogozin said. As for him, only first section suffered from fire. “The sub is to be recovered. Experts have found technical solutions to repair and recommission her in due time”, said the vice premier. “Also, we’re going to compensate the gap in nuclear capability made by damaged SSBN Yekaterinburg. Russia’s national security thus will be compensated”, he assured.Borei-class submarines were developed by Rubin Central Design Bureau (St. Petersburg). According to open sources, new technologies of shipborne radioelectronics and noisiness reduction were implied in construction of Borei subs. Their basic weapon is new missile system Bulava. Each submarine carries 16 solid-propellant ballistic missiles with 6 multiple warheads each. Borei-class subs are equipped with surfacing rescue chamber capable to accommodate the whole crew. Submarine length is 170 meters; beam is 13.5 meters; test depth is 450 meters; crew is 107 men.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 13, 2012 View post tag: joins View post tag: Naval View post tag: Ballistic View post tag: Yury January 13, 2012 View post tag: Missile View post tag: nuclear View post tag: Navy View post tag: Force Industry news View post tag: Russian View post tag: Nuclear-Powered View post tag: News by topic View post tag: submarine View post tag: Dolgoruky Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Theodore Roosevelt Holds Mock Mass Casualty Drill

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Roosevelt View post tag: holds May 22, 2014 View post tag: Naval Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) Medical and Air Departments participated in a flight deck mass casualty drill to measure the ship’s responsiveness to large simultaneous casualties, May 20. View post tag: Casualty View post tag: Drill View post tag: USS View post tag: Masscenter_img Sirens and alarms blared on the flight deck public announcement system. Sailors strewn about the flight deck simulated injuries and unconsciousness. The drill depicted a grim scene, but the ship’s first responders rushed in to fight simulated fires and treat mock casualties.“This is the first time that we have done this type of drill since I have been here,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman Jolando Lightner, member of the medical training team. “This is going to test us and see just how well Medical and Air can work together.”The drill simulated arresting gear malfunctions and aircraft destruction that resulted in personnel injuries and multiple fires. The drill helped measure the ship’s responsiveness to a situation of this magnitude. “Sailors will be under a lot of pressure to properly sort out the victims and bring them [to main Medical] in a quick and efficient manner,” said Lightner.The crew also responded to ruptured pipes and fuel fires, while ensuring the safety of injured personnel.“We can never predict when an accident or a casualty is going to happen. The best we can do is train to fight whatever may come our way,” said Lightner.“The drill was chaotic just like a real mass casualty would be, but the Sailors preformed just as they should,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chelsea Turner. “It was a great success and lets us know that we can be ready when needed.”[mappress]Press Release, May 22, 2014; Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Theodore Roosevelt Holds Mock Mass Casualty Drill View post tag: News by topic USS Theodore Roosevelt Holds Mock Mass Casualty Drill Training & Education View post tag: Theodore View post tag: Mocklast_img read more

MINI BIOGRAPHIES (Lincoln)

first_img× MINI BIOGRAPHIES — In celebration of Black History Month Mrs. Suhovic & Ms. Caputo’s first grade class at Lincoln Community School completed Mini Biography projects and learned all about famous African American Women. Pictured are William Cruz, Nalani Barnes, Chief Robertson, Alan Paredes, and Zoe Sanandres.last_img

News story: Funding available for professionals testing extended court hours

first_imgA small amount of funding will be made available by HM Courts and Tribunals Service for publicly funded practitioners taking part in Flexible Operating Hours pilots, with a fee of £100 for attendance at a housing duty solicitor slot and £50 for attending a single hearing. This decision has been made to reflect the short term change in arrangements for participating legal professionals. It will only apply to those who attend court outside the hours of 9am and 5.30pm.HMCTS announced its plans to test early and late sittings in civil and family courts in November last year, to give people greater access to hearings that can fit around their busy lives.Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Brentford County Court will run the pilots for six months, testing whether civil and family buildings can be used more effectively; the benefits of making it possible for people to attend court outside of the traditional 10am — 4pm sitting day; and what more flexibility means for staff and legal professionals.For more information see the Flexible Operating Hours pilots prospectus.Notes to editors Participation fee for publicly funded legal professionals Decision made to reflect short term change in arrangements for participating professionals Flexible Operating Hours pilots to commence by the summer Participation fees will be funded by HMCTS and administered by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and would be separate to any normal legal aid claims practitioners would make to the LAA. Pilots are expected to begin by the summer. Any future decision regarding the future of Flexible Operating Hours will be subject to a full and independent evaluation.last_img read more

Jeffrey Hollender forced out of Seventh Generation

first_imgSeventh Generation,Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, has been removed as director of the company and his employment has been terminated, according to a spokesperson for the company. The story was first reported by www.greenbiz.com(link is external).Chrystie Heimert told Vermont Business Magazine that the board of directors announced the decision regarding Hollender on October 26. The closely held company is employee owned. Heimert said Hollander and his wife, Sheila, who will remain as an employee and on the board, are still major shareholders in company. Hollender had helped start the company 20 years ago, took it public, then engineered a plan to return it to a private, employee-owned company.Greenbiz.com released an email it said was sent from Hollender to a friend that said, in part, that he was removed from the board and terminated ‘without cause.’ He also said he could not discuss ‘the unpleasant circumstances that led to this.’Fortune Magazine writer, author and Hollender friend Marc Gunther posted the board’s letter and Hollender’s email on his Web site. Heimert said Hollender was removed from the company because there was an issue of leadership. Chuck Maniscalco was Hollender’s hand picked successor, but she said the board did not feel it was “clear and unambiguous” as to who was leading the company.The board’s letter says that Maniscalco tendered his resignation in September, but that the board persuaded him to stay on. The letter also said that Hollender was put on a leave of absence in September. The letter and email are pasted below.Heimert confirmed that when Hollender turned over leadership of Seventh Generation in June 2009 to Maniscalco that a separation agreement between Hollender and the company was put in place and then exercised in October. She also confirmed that Hollender was put on a leave of absence in September. She said she could not release the board letter, but referred Vermont Business Magazine to Gunther’s blog.Maniscalco, she said, will remain as CEO of the company until a new CEO is chosen. Heimert said Maniscalco is now in the process of deciding whether he wants to continue in that role and apply for the job he is currently holding. Seventh Generation, based in Burlington, markets environmentally safe household and personal-care products. www.seventhgeneration.com(link is external)Heimert told Vermont Business Magazine that Seventh Generation employs about 80 in Vermont and a little over 100 system wide; it reported revenues to VBM of $138 million in 2008. Gunther’s blog cited 2009 sales of $150 million.Hollender Email: More than two decades ago, I founded Seventh Generation with the idea of creating a different way of doing business.  Since then, the company has established new benchmarks for ethical and sustainable corporate behavior, grounded in the principles of employee ownership, pay equity, environmental responsibility and transparency.  At the same time, Seventh Generation is a recognized pioneer in its category and a successful business enterprise.On Monday, October 25th, the Seventh Generation Board announced to it’s shareholders and employees that they have ‘decided to end the company’s employment relationship’ with me ‘. . .without cause’.   Though I cannot discuss the circumstances that led to this, I wanted you to hear this news directly from me. [I have also attached the letter that was sent out by the Company.]Over the past twenty years, I have had the privilege to work with an extraordinary group of committed, talented people ‘ and I thank them all and wish them the best. I plan to remain fully engaged in the work of creating a new paradigm for justice, equity and corporate responsibility through my new book, Planet Home that will be published by Random House in January 2011; my work on the boards of Greenpeace and Veritee; and in my role as the co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.I greatly appreciate your support and friendship over the years.Board letter:October 26, 2010Dear Friends and Shareholders of Seventh Generation,In the life of every company, there comes a time when the most difficult of decisions must be made. These moments are rarely deliberately sought but instead thrust upon us by unexpected circumstance and by events, which demand that hard choices be made.Recently, the Board of Directors of Seventh Generation faced such a decision and was forced to act in what we firmly believe to be the best interests of both our company and you, its shareholders. First, I want to offer you some context. In mid September, Chuck Maniscalco, our CEO since June 2009, resigned after a very difficult period. Following lengthy discussion the Board convinced Chuck to stay to lead the company at least through a transition while the Board immediately commenced a search for a new CEO. Chuck is personally committed to and focused on leading our company through this transition period, and is considering applying for the job of leading Seventh Generation as part of our search process. We are all committed to having the best leadership we can for our company.With that as background, I want to share with you that, following our September meeting, the Board of Directors reluctantly voted to put Seventh Generation co-founder Jeffrey Hollender on a leave of absence from the company and to remove him from the Board pending further discussions about his future role. Since that time, and after further deliberation, the Board has decided to end the company’s employment relationship with Jeffrey. Importantly, when Jeffrey stepped down as CEO, he negotiated an agreement with the company that allowed for the termination of his employment and provides him with generous severance and other benefits were his employment to end. We have honored that agreement to date, and we intend to honor that agreement going forward. And, I want to assure you that the board, in making these decisions, did so with the best interests of the company, as well as fairness to Jeffrey in mind.All of this was difficult, and I must emphasize that these decisions were not taken lightly. As the leader of the company since its very earliest days and its philosophical guiding light for over two decades, Jeffrey has been an integral part of our brand and an obvious lynch pin of our success, our unique corporate spirit, and our much acclaimed emphasis on equity and justice in the way we conduct our business. It is no overstatement to say that without his unwavering dedication to our cause and his tireless efforts on our company’s behalf, we would not be the company we are today, and indeed might not be here at all. His is a legacy worthy of the highest respect and admiration, and nothing in our recent decision should dim that in any way.Nevertheless, recent events have forced us to choose between divergent paths. We have elected to set the company on the one we strongly feel has the very best chance of fulfilling the commitment we’ve made to all our stakeholders to achieve the greatest possible lasting success, financially but especially in terms of making our world a better, safer place for our children and the following seven generations.To a large extent, present circumstances mirror those at many other companies whose founders have made the decision to turn over the reins to someone else. As organizations grow, so do their managerial requirements. Eventually these increasing layers of complexity demand the recruitment of experienced professional leadership whose abilities and experiences are required to move forward. This is the crossroads at which Seventh Generation now stands.And that is an important point that must be made: Though our leadership has changed, our aspirations have not. It remains our objective to continue to grow Seventh Generation while staying true to the strategies we’ve previously shared with you over the years. We believe deeply in our business and its model, and will continue to do all that is within our power to drive our business, our social mission, and our global imperatives forward.Despite this period of executive transition, the Board remains confident in the company’s ability to continue to grow its business and social mission for long-term success. Our accomplishments over the past year are numerous, and each reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility and to growth. These important milestones include:‘Achieving three consecutive quarters of growth despite an extraordinarily challenging economic and competitive landscape. Year-to-date, our sales have grown at a double-digit pace, which would be the envy of many of our competitors during this extraordinarily challenging economic landscape.‘Successfully introducing the first ever EPA-registered botanical disinfectant cleaner.‘Launching our first-ever national advertising campaign, which more than doubled awareness of toxic cleaning product issues as well as our brand itself.‘Expanding our already extensive distribution base to include Safeway and also Wal-Mart, a partnership that accelerated our commitment to make green products affordably accessible to more consumers.‘Increasing our involvement with Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) in order to more effectively address our economic equity concerns.‘Marshalling public support for reform of the badly outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.‘Engineering the first cleaning product packaging made from 90% post-consumer recycled content.‘Successfully completing a $30 million equity capital raise with a group of investors aligned with existing shareholders as responsible, long-term stewards of the Seventh Generation brand.Change is always difficult, and this particular evolutionary moment has certainly been more challenging than most. What matters, however, is not what has happened but what will happen. On this count, the Board is confident that it has taken the steps necessary to ensure that Seventh Generation’s untapped growth potential is fully realized in the years ahead. As we move into that promising future, we continue to express our thanks for everything Jeffrey has done for us and for the company he has built. That company has a rewarding road ahead of it indeed, but this success cannot and does not depend on any one individual. Instead it springs from the unique synergy that comes when many act together to realize a singular ideal. That’s the task before us now, and with your continued help and support, I’m certain we’ll achieve it.Respectfully,Peter GrahamChairmanRELATED:Marc Gunther Blog with letter to employees and Hollender email:http://www.marcgunther.com/2010/11/01/seventh-generation-sweeps-out-its-…(link is external) Greenbiz.com Story:http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2010/11/01/seventh-generation-fires-chief-i…(link is external) Burlington Free Press story:http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101102/NEWS01/101102022/Sev…(link is external)center_img 2003 Vermont Business Magazine Profile of Jeffrey Hollender and Seventh Generation:http://vermontbiz.com/article/june/jeffrey-hollender-and-seventh-generationlast_img read more

House works on med mal amendment implementation

first_img House works on med mal amendment implementation Gary Blankenship Senior Editor“It’s like there is a food fight in Florida between the doctors and lawyers and we’re the custodians in the cafeteria cleaning up.”That’s how Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, summed up disagreements over bills in the House Judiciary Committee to implement constitutional amendments 7 and 8 approved by voters last November.On one side are doctors and hospitals and the other the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and Floridians for Patient Protection, a group created by the academy to support the amendments.The committee, after two meetings debating the issues, approved implementing bills on March 16, although some members warned that provisions in both bills may violate the amendments they supposedly implement. Similar bills were pending in the Senate Health Care Committee as this Bar News went to press.Amendment 8 provided that any doctor who has been found to have committed three instances of medical malpractice will have his or her license removed. The implementing legislation provides that only incidents occurring after the passage of the amendment will count, that there must be three incidents within a 10-year period, and only judgments of $50,000 or more will be counted.The bill also ordered the Board of Medicine to set up a panel to review any court verdicts to see if they meet the clear and convincing standard necessary to remove a license, rather than just the preponderance of the evidence standard needed to win the case.Amendment 7 gives patients and potential patients the right to get adverse incident, peer review, and otherwise confidential records. The committee’s bill would allow doctors and hospitals to impose reasonable charges for providing that information and editing out other patients’ names and identifying information. It also would restrict patients to information about conditions that are the same or “substantially similar” to theirs. In addition, none of the information garnered under the amendment can be used in a court case, including to impeach a witness, or to compel testimony.The bill also specifies that released records must be edited to comply with federal common, statutory, and case law to protect patient privacy. Withdrawn from consideration was an amendment that would require citizens receiving records “involving” any other patient information to keep those records confidential.The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers had argued that no implementing legislation was necessary, but committee Chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who acted as sponsor for the two proposed committee bills, disagreed. He noted that a Sixth Circuit court has already ruled that Amendment 7 has unresolved issues and requires implementing legislation.“I believe this as well as amendment number 8 cry out for the legislature to explain the ambiguities that are inherent in the amendments,” he said.Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, proposed an amendment that would allow the medical records released under the Amendment 7 implementing bill to be used for impeachment in a case, but withdrew it after Simmons objected. Simmons argued that attorneys could “find a way to get it in. Everything is impeachment to them.”Kottkamp, though, objected to the amendment which limited access to adverse incident reports to cases identical or substantially similar to a patient’s. While he said that was a good policy, he argued the amendment approved by voters made no such limitation.“I have a very serious concern that our efforts are going to be all for nothing,” Kottkamp said. “We are limiting the constitution with a statute and I’m not really convinced that is permissible.”Kottkamp, Seiler, Rep. Joe Pickens, R-Palatka, and Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, also questioned where the 10-year time period set for three malpractice judgments the Amendment 8 enacting bill would pass constitutional muster, noting the amendment itself set no time limit. The original bill had set five years, but the committee amended it to 10.Kottkamp said he personally would prefer a time limit, but “putting in a five- or 10-year limit is completely contrary to our constitution, whether we like it or not.”Seiler, who participated in drafting many of the amendments for both bills, said he was upset that no one caught the apparent major flaw in Amendment 8 on standards of evidence. He noted while the standard in civil cases is the greater weight or preponderance of the evidence, federal court rulings have said a license cannot be removed unless there is clear and convincing evidence. He noted the issue was not raised when the Florida Supreme Court reviewed the initiative for appropriateness before the election.“I think we have created a tremendous problem and we are going to see this issue again,” Seiler warned.Several representatives were also critical of doctors and lawyers for failing to work out their differences and taking them to voters last November in dueling constitutional amendments. Besides Amendments 7 and 8, which were supported by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Florida Medical Association successfully pushed for Amendment 3, which limited lawyers’ contingency fees in medical malpractice cases. They also said the three amendments show what happens when the citizen initiative process is misused.“I think at some point in time, the committee needs to look at repealing [amendments] 3, 7, and 8, which are all bad public policy for the state of Florida,” Seiler said. “We’re affecting health care, we’re affecting consumer rights, and it wasn’t the right thing to do.”Pickens and Kottkamp agreed, with the latter saying, “I think that should be our long term goal to repeal all three of these, otherwise we’re going to be in a world of hurt and not have anyone to treat us in the hospitals.”Representatives were also critical of doctors and lawyers for not trying to find more common ground without resorting to constitutional amendments.“We’ve got to find a solution instead of getting in this bloody water shark fight every year,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala.Kottkamp, without naming it, placed blame on the FMA which turned down offers from the academy to drop efforts to place Amendment 3 on the ballot if the trial lawyers dropped their efforts for Amendments 7 and 8.“I think it should be said today that at least one of the interest groups in this food fight tried to avoid it and I hope both sides have learned a lesson,” he said. “Insisting on driving the car over the cliff serves no one.” House works on med mal amendment implementation April 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more