Rabat – King Mohammed VI received, on Friday at the Rabat Royal Palace, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde.The meeting touched on the development of cooperation ties and the trust which has always existed between Morocco and the IMF, said a statement by the Royal Office.King Mohammd VI thanked Lagarde for the IMF’s unwavering support for Morocco to carry out economic and social reforms. The audience was attended by economy minister Mohamed Boussaid.
By Christopher ThomasRabat – Morocco looks back over a decade of policies restricting illegal immigration. During a parliamentary session on Tuesday, Minister of Moroccan Expatriates and Migration Affairs Anis Birou cited security forces as stopping as many as 30,000 attempts to illegally cross Moroccan borders since 2002.He reportedly stated that “Our policy is to make a great effort to prevent illegal immigration.” Birou clarified that a full third of these failed attempts were made by Moroccan citizens. He noted that there has been a 90% decline in illegal immigrants arriving in Spain from Morocco since 2002. Spain is the primary destination of illegal immigrants traveling from Morocco due to the Iberian Peninsula’s close proximity to the Kingdom.Even closer than the far side of the Straits of Gibraltar are Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, small cities on the Mediterranean coast in northern Morocco. These locations have been the sites of many attempts to cross the border, including using forged documents, smuggling, or breaching the border fence.A successful crossing would allow migrants respect under European law and the ability to apply for asylum. Coordinated Spanish and Moroccan security efforts have limited unlawful border crossings, although many humanitarian groups including Human Rights Watch have expressed concerns with the treatment of the migrants, some of whom have died during the crossing attempts.Minister Birou also cited over 3000 illegal immigration-related criminal networks disabled since 2002, presenting Morocco’s strict immigration policy as a national success. An overall decrease in undocumented immigration to Europe since 2002 is particularly noteworthy since the Syrian Refugee Crisis has escalated in recent years. Combined with sub-Saharan migrants attempting to reach Europe, and Moroccans themselves, reducing illegal immigration requires vast government resources and attentiveness to the border.Recent spikes in unlawful border crossings still do not match pre-2002 levels under a looser border. Morocco’s strict stance on illegal immigration drives many refugees and migrants to seek passage through Europe by other means, including through Tunisia and Libya. The Kingdom remains committed to its policy of accepting only legal immigration, and using force to prevent unlawful border crossings.
Abdulaziz bin Mohamed Arrukban of Saudi Arabia became the Secretary-General’s Special Humanitarian Envoy on 10 July, with a special focus on building partnerships for disaster response. His initial appointment is for one year.Mr. Arrukban was previously Special International Ambassador for the UN World Food Programme (WFP).John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said Mr. Arrukban brought extensive knowledge to the post.“I expect that his renewed commitment to work with the United Nations will be of great benefit to the humanitarian community and especially to the suffering people we serve,” he said in a statement. 17 August 2007The United Nations humanitarian chief today welcomed the recent appointment of a special envoy tasked with ensuring there is more effective coordination between UN relief efforts and those of governments and aid groups in the Middle East and North Africa.
But in a briefing to an informal meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban said he remained concerned by the prevailing humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip, where the economy has deteriorated since many border crossings into Israel were closed earlier this year in response to intra-Palestinian fighting.The Secretary-General also plans to participate in a meeting in Washington on Monday of the Middle East Quartet, the diplomatic grouping that comprises the UN as well as the European Union, Russia and the US, his spokesperson Michele Montas said.Mr. Ban used his address to the General Assembly meeting today to brief Member States on a wide range of issues, from climate change to the UN budget and from the situation in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur to the recent cyclone in Bangladesh.“Last week could be called a moment of epiphany on climate change – for me personally, as I visited South America and Antarctica, and for the international community, with the launch of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” he said.Warning of the perils of global warming, he said: “In the ice shelves of Antarctica, the glaciers of Torres del Paine and the rainforests of the Amazon, I saw up close how some of the most delicate and precious treasures of our planet are being threatened by the actions of our own species.”Turning to the Capital Master Plan (CMP), the blueprint for renovating UN Headquarters, he reassured Member States that the entire process will be conducted to ensure maximum transparency, visibility and adherence to the existing UN rules on procurement.Mr. Ban voiced hope that the General Assembly’s fifth committee, which deals with budgetary matters, would find agreement on a resolution supporting the revised strategy for the CMP.He also stressed that his approach to strengthening the UN Secretariat would focus equally on the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights, and not on one pillar at the expense of the other two.“I am making it a priority to scale up efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) around the world, in Africa in particular,” Mr. Ban added, referring to the set of ambitious anti-poverty targets which world leaders agreed to strive to reach by 2015. 21 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced plans to attend next week’s Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, United States, voicing hope that the talks will provide the impetus for final status negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report by UN Volunteers (UNV) presents for the first time empirical evidence of the importance and contribution of volunteerism on a global scale. It was released today on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, which is observed annually on 5 December and which this year also marks the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.“Since the International Year of Volunteers in 2001, we’ve had greater recognition of the achievements of volunteerism, but it has not been enough,” said Robert Leigh, senior writer of the report. “We hope through this report that everyone will recognize volunteerism as an essential and as yet under-utilized sustainable, renewable asset for making all our lives better ones,” he told a special meeting held at UN Headquarters to mark the Day.The report gives recognition to the millions, perhaps billions, who are volunteering their time and energy for the well-being of their communities, said Mr. Leigh, noting that many are doing crucial peace and development work in disaster, environmental or in humanitarian situations.“The report challenges perceptions which obscure the true dimensions and impact of volunteerism,” he said. “Volunteering does not only occur through formal, structured civil society organizations in developed countries, by well-off, educated, unskilled older women.” The report documents volunteerism through local community groups in income poor communities around the world. National volunteer studies identify almost equal numbers of men and women volunteers, involvement of the public and private sector in volunteering, as well as strong civic participation by young people.“We cannot ignore this wealth anymore,” stated Mr. Leigh. “We cannot ignore this largely untapped asset that can be a powerful force for the future of development.” UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri told the meeting that it is only fair to recognize the contributions of volunteers to peace, development and global well-being. “It is equally important to commit continued support to these people who, through their volunteerism, light up our world with their commitment to these values,” she said.Established 40 years ago, UNV deploys nearly 8,000 volunteers every year. Through UN agencies, funds and programmes, peacekeeping and special political missions, these unsung heroes have worked in about 130 countries, contributing to the UN’s global agenda and supporting national development efforts.“With the world population having surpassed seven billion this year, we must tap every person’s potential to help others. Everyone can make a difference,” said Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, reading a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“All over the globe, millions of volunteers are helping to advance sustainable development and peace,” she said, noting that this engagement takes many forms, including volunteering organizations, individuals working on their own in their communities, and service with the UN and its partners as UN Volunteers.General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser stated that volunteerism matters in reaching the UN anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as in humanitarian responses, poverty reduction, and sustainability. It also involves overcoming social exclusion and discrimination, strengthens values based on collaboration and partnership, and helps to build a better world, he added in his remarks, which were read out to the meeting by Assembly Vice President and Ambassador of Hungary Csaba Körösi. “Volunteering is the people-centred approach to peace, humanitarian response, and sustainable development. It strengthens trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens. It empowers change from the grassroots up, especially when enabled by strong partnerships at every level,” he added.UNV has organized a series of events to showcase the work of volunteers as part of celebrations for the Day, including a multimedia exhibition entitled “Volunteers of the World” that is on display at UN Headquarters in New York. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the universality of the volunteer ethic in people of all walks of life. The final mosaic of Light up our world, a three-month UNV photographic project that illustrates the power of volunteer action across the planet, will also be on display. 5 December 2011Stressing that volunteerism contributes to the well-being of individuals, communities and society, a new United Nations report released today urges countries not to forget this largely untapped asset.
“When we visited Worboys in jail in 2013 he was clearly a very manipulative and dangerous individual.“We are concerned he may have fooled the board into believing he is no longer a threat.“For many years after he was convicted he continued to deny even the offences for which he was found guilty. Sir Keir is facing criticism for failing to press ahead with more charges against Worboys at the time. “The Parole Board must now reveal publicly whether Worboys has finally admitted his crimes and shown any remorse whatsoever.“If he still denies his crimes, then he clearly poses a continuing risk to women. If he now admits that he deliberately and systematically drugged and raped women, then the police need to look at whether there are any crimes that he was not convicted of and seek justice for those victims.”The Parole Board’s decision to release Worboys – having decided he did not pose a risk to the public – has caused widespread astonishment. The board had declined to release details of the decision and any evidence presented to it over Worboys’s case.Bob Neill, the Conservative MP and chairman of the Justice Committee, said: “What has happened here is very disturbing. It is vital that the public has confidence in Parole Board decisions.”He added: “We will also want to ask about how the parole system can be made much more transparent, something Nick Hardwick himself has rightly called for. “In my view, it is ridiculous that the current rules prevent the board making public the reasons for their decisions. Professor Hardwick has called for MPs to back ‘opening the process up’ and we will give him the opportunity to make precisely that case.”Meanwhile, 58 MPs have signed a letter written to Justice Secretary David Lidington by Labour’s Stella Creasy, demanding to know whether Worboys’s victims were given an opportunity to make representations to the board before it authorised his release.”The decision to release Mr Worboys, even on strict licensing conditions, cannot be considered to have been made with a full and complete understanding of the impact of his many crimes without such information,” the letter said.The letter also raised the prospect of further prosecutions being brought against Worboys, asking whether women who came forward with additional allegations following the original investigation had been contacted “given their reasonable expectation of a longer sentence”.Signatories from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru include Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and Labour MP Ms Cooper. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Worboys’s cab Police are under pressure to re-open a criminal investigation into John Worboys over dozens of alleged rapes that never came to trial.Worboys – dubbed the ‘black cab rapist’ – is to be freed before the end of the month, despite being one of the most prolific sex offenders in history. He is believed to have committed more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults, preying on female passengers.But when he was jailed for a minimum of eight years in 2009, he was only ever convicted of one rape and five sexual assaults.The Metropolitan Police, which missed opportunities to catch Worboys sooner, is now being urged to review dozens of complaints by women with a view to bringing fresh charges. That could allow authorities to charge Worboys for other crimes and lead to him being kept in jail.It has emerged that the Parole Board chairman, Prof Nick Hardwick, is to be summoned before the House of Commons Justice Committee to explain how the decision to free Worboys was reached and why victims were not informed of his impending release.The director of public prosecutions at the time of Worboys’s conviction, Sir Keir Starmer, urged victims to contact the police.Sir Keir, now the shadow Brexit secretary, said: “First and foremost, it’s very important that if there are any allegations that anybody thinks have not been looked into, sufficiently or at all, they go to the police and make those allegations so they can be looked into.” Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer with law firm Slater Gordon, who represents 11 of Worboys’s victims, said: “I don’t see why police cannot reopen these cases. Of my clients, Worboys was charged with offences against three of them while eight have not been heard in court.”Mr Scorer added: “Our clients have been left devastated by the shocking news that a man who mercilessly raped scores of women, denied his heinous crimes and then forced them to endure the torment of a criminal trial is to be released.” John Worboys was a stripper and had appeared in adult films But he said: “I think these decisions were nine years ago and it’s very important you go to the Crown Prosecution Service and get an accurate read-out of the decisions that were made, particularly if further allegations have been made now.”The CPS said on Thursday that it was looking at the history of the case to examine whether all evidence was passed to it by the Metropolitan Police.Lord Macdonald, Sir Keir’s predecessor as DPP, said: “There is nothing to stop police examining the cases at any time and where they think there is sufficient evidence to submit it to the CPS for charging. There is no statute of limitation.” Mr Scorer, who brought civil claims against Worboys, went on: “For victims not be told that he is to be freed by the Parole Board adds insult to injury. What has happened here is very disturbing. It is vital that the public has confidence in Parole Board decisionsBob Neill
The Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) will be holding their 4th protest against the controversial parking meter project today from 12:00 to 13:00hrs in front of City Hall and is urging the general public and business community to come out and show support by closing their businesses between that period.See MAPM’s full details below:The MAPM wishes to invite the General Public to yet another protest against the corrupt parking meter fiasco on Wednesday February 22, 2017 from 1200 to 1300 hours at City Hall.The past week has seen confusion and flip flops on the part of the M&CC and SCS as they struggle to resist the wave of public scorn that has been heaped on the project thus far.Hopes that were risen due to the Nisi Order of the High Court directing the M&CC to show cause why the contract should not be quashed, were dashed with the legally defiant pronouncement of the Madam Mayor that operations would resume on Monday February 20, 2017.This Wednesday, we wish to ask our brothers and sisters in the business community to close and join us in solidarity. If you are unable to come to City Hall we ask that you to close for one hour from 1200 to 1300 hours and stand in front of your businesses with your placards.Once again we ask that you remember to avoid the Paid Parking Region and to Starve the Meters. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMovement Against Parking Meters to protest again today in front of City HallFebruary 9, 2017In “Business”Re-negotiated paid parking contract signed, new by-laws soon- KingFebruary 16, 2018In “Business”SCS flouts Govt’s suspension orderMarch 16, 2017In “Politics”
Wire screens are generally considered to be the most effective form of screen because of the stable screening surface and higher open area, and by developing a wire with improved mechanical properties FLSmidth says it has enabled customers to lower the total cost of ownership on screening plants. The company’s Vibro Optimax™ wire allows optimum throughput while offering superior wear resistance, resulting in an improvement in the overall working life of the physical screen.“This increase in screen life coupled with a significant decrease in maintenance translates into significant bottom line savings for our customers,” explains Alistair Calver, General Manager of Screen Media at FLSmidth. “Our continued focus on developing screen media products and ancillary equipment that will improve current screen performance allows FLSmidth to offer quality screen media solutions to meet specific application requirements,” he adds.Vibro™ wire was originally developed in the 1980s and over time this screening product has further evolved in conjunction with customer input to ensure optimum performance. Ongoing development of the product culminated in the introduction to market of the Vibro Optima™ wire screens a few years ago. Vibro Optimax™ wire was developed in conjunction with Scaw Metals over an 18-month period and has a higher tensile strength than standard screen wires with better wear characteristics. It is suited to screening in hard rock applications such as aggregates, iron ore and manganese, and allows for a reduction in wire thickness which translates into an increase in the open area of the screen. This improves the screen’s efficiency while maintaining the original life of the screen.“Significantly, when selecting Vibro Optimax there is the option to reduce the wire diameter resulting in a reduction in mass on the screen and therefore the cost whilst increasing open area,” Calver says. “Choosing this route does not impinge on the efficacy of the process and, in fact, actually increases throughput while still increasing the lifespan because of the mechanical property of the wire. Going for a lighter screen means less installed mass as well as increased ease of handling and correct installation with a direct positive impact on operator safety during the process,” he says. Wire screens facilitate optimum versatility as they can be manufactured with different aperture sizes and with different wire sizes at a relatively low cost. Calver does caution, however, that the accurate manufacture of wire screens is a challenge for the industry as while many companies can manufacture screens not all can manufacture the apertures correctly and according to required specifications.“It is essential that the correct aperture wire ratio is selected as it is this that will assist with the pegging and blinding issues commonly experienced,” he adds. “It is important that end users obtain input from a reputable supplier who is able to assess the requisite screening duties and apply the technology appropriately to ensure an optimum end result. We have references where the correct installation of Vibro Optimax has seen the life span of screens double,” says Calver.
Réchauffement climatique : “des faits scientifiques qui dérangent et des mensonges qui arrangent”Précipitations intenses en Asie, canicule en Russie, vagues de froid ou de chaleur… La paléoclimatologue Valérie Masson-Delmotte répond aux questions de Maxisciences et évoque les événements climatiques de ces dernières semaines. Pensez-vous que la canicule ayant touché la Russie, ou que les épisodes de fortes précipitations survenus ces dernières semaines en Inde ou au Pakistan soient dus au réchauffement de notre planète ?Valérie Masson-Delmotte : “On ne peut jamais faire le lien entre un événement isolé et une évolution sur le long terme : seule compte la fréquence de ces événements. La question que l’on doit se poser, c’est ‘que peut-on attendre d’une augmentation de la concentration en gaz à effet de serre dans notre atmosphère ?’. La réponse, c’est un réchauffement. C’est de la physique de base et c’est ce que tous les travaux de modélisation montrent. On réduit souvent le climat à la seule température, mais l’effet de serre qui entraîne un réchauffement des basses couches de l’atmosphère modifie également la quantité de vapeur d’eau qui y est stockée. Tous les modèles de climat montrent que le réchauffement climatique s’accompagnera d’épisodes ponctuels de très fortes précipitations. Des vagues de chaleur plus fréquentes, des grands froids plus rares en sont d’autres conséquences. Ce n’est donc pas une surprise d’observer des canicules qui sortent complètement des écarts types généralement observés, ou des inondations provoquées par des pluies de mousson très intenses”.Ces événements hors-normes sont donc des conséquences directes du réchauffement terrestre ?VMD : “Je ne peux pas l’affirmer. Ce n’est en revanche pas une surprise d’observer ce type d’événements ponctuels. En Russie, la canicule observée sortait de trois écarts-types de la gamme moyenne observée. On peut comparer ce phénomène à la canicule de 2003 qui avait frappé l’Europe de l’ouest. Toujours en Europe, l’hiver dernier a été également surprenant. La situation météorologique a été exceptionnelle, avec des vents apportant de l’air froid depuis le nord de l’Europe. On aurait pu s’attendre à des températures qui battent tous les records de froid, alors qu’on a observé une anomalie froide, mais pas exceptionnelle : cet exemple montre la juxtaposition entre la circulation atmosphérique ponctuelle, régionale et la tendance au réchauffement”. Que pensez-vous du traitement politique réservé au problème du réchauffement climatique ?VMD : “On observe une vraie prise de conscience à grande échelle, mais aussi de réelles difficultés économiques et politiques en termes de partage des coûts liés aux politiques climatiques, tant pour la maîtrise des émissions de gaz à effet de serre que pour l’adaptation. D’un côté, il y a des pays qui veulent se développer et de l’autre, des nations qui ne veulent pas payer pour leurs activités passées, même s’il y a une vraie responsabilité historique des pays occidentaux. Personnellement, je reste convaincue que sans engagements précis, on se dirige vers un changement climatique fort”.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Comment dans ce cas répondre à cette problématique complexe ?VMD : “Il faut une mobilisation forte du pouvoir politique. Le problème, c’est le décalage qui existe entre les intérêts politiques et industriels qui induisent une projection sur 5 ans tout au plus, et les conséquences à long terme, dans une trentaine d’années par exemple. Si l’on devait poser une question un peu “philosophique”, ce serait : ‘Qu’est-ce que le progrès dans un monde qui n’est pas infini en matière de ressources et de déchets ?’. Répondre à cette question, c’est répondre au problème du réchauffement”.Avez-vous personnellement réussi à y répondre ?VMD : “Je suis moi-même élue locale, donc je connais les difficultés à concilier le dynamisme économique, la justice sociale et les enjeux environnementaux. Il n’y a pas de réponse toute faite, mais vraiment une solution à imaginer. Sans alarmisme et sans naïveté, il faut d’abord construire une culture de ces problèmes environnementaux et mettre les connaissances scientifiques à disposition de tous”.Y a t il d’après vous une volonté délibérée de semer le doute dans l’opinion publique ?VMD : “Dans son livre Merchants of doubt, Naomi Oreskes démontre précisément comment des groupes d’intérêts américains et certains scientifiques se sont arrangés pour semer le doute dans l’opinion publique, sur des sujets aussi variés que le tabac, les pluies acides ou le réchauffement climatique. Il y a chez de nombreux climato-sceptiques une volonté orchestrée de semer un doute qui n’a rien de scientifique. Je suis tentée de dire qu’aujourd’hui, il y a des faits scientifiques qui dérangent, et des mensonges qui arrangent”. Le 13 septembre 2010 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
With the help of a crane, firefighters hoisted to safety a cow trapped in a rising creek northeast of the fairgrounds Thursday morning.Clark County Fire & Rescue Division Chief Tim Dawdy said firefighters got a call around 11 a.m. from a local rancher, Gary Allen Brooks, who said one of his cows was stuck in a creek on his property.“He had tried on his own to the get the cow out and couldn’t, so he called the fire district directly for help,” Dawdy said.Two engine companies and two fire supervisors responded to 20407 N.E. 10th Ave., near Shorty’s Nursery, with ropes and elbow grease, but they couldn’t wrest the cow from the creek, which was rising in the pouring rain.The district then called TLC Towing, which has been helpful in getting animals out of such tight spots in the past, Dawdy said.
Updated: 9:07 AM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 23, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Californians may no longer spring forward or fall back when it comes to changing their clocks.Lorena Gonzalez co-authored Proposition 7, and has been a big proponent of getting voters aware of the opportunity to establish a year-round daylight savings time.KUSI’s Allen Denton spoke with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to find out more about it. Lorena Gonzalez urges support for Prop 7; establishing year-round daylight savings time KUSI Newsroom October 23, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter
On the WebView a video of icefish in Palmer Station, AntarcticaView a webcam from Palmer Station, AntarcticaRead more about icefish research at Palmer Station, Antarctica:Learn more about the University of Oregon’s marine biology program at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, near Coos Bay, Ore.An overnight field trip to Sea World in San Diego in seventh grade changed the course of Ashley Nelson’s life.That experience whetted her desire to become a marine biologist. She’s pursued that goal ever since.Last summer, Nelson’s passion for ichthyology — the study of fish — compelled her to travel more than 8,000 miles from her studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., to spend five months as a research assistant at Palmer Station, Antarctica.It was a long way from home for the 2009 graduate of Skyview High School.Nelson’s primary thesis teacher first told her about the Antarctica opportunity and said: “It sounds right up your alley.”When Nelson, 23, told her parents that she could spend five months researching icefish in Antarctica, but it would mean graduating a few months later than planned, her mom, Karen Nelson, said: “Go for it! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”In May, Nelson flew to Santiago, Chile, and then to Punta Arenas, at the country’s southern tip, at the foot of the Chilean Andes. There she was outfitted with gear and clothing needed to withstand the extreme winter weather of Antarctica.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida couple brought their 1-year-old to Baptist Children Hospital to revisit the staff who saved the baby’s life.Lily Mont-Alban and her parents were greeted by the staff at Baptist Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit who helped save her life, Friday.The visit comes on Lily’s birthday. Last year, the 1-year-old was admitted to the NICU for a minor complication.Doctors then found a major problem that kept her in the hospital for more than two months.While there, she became very close with the hospital staff.“This was, you know, part of her family. Everybody here was so great with her when we were here,” said Lily’s mother Yuliana Montalban, “and they were there for us during a very difficult time. We came to celebrate her birthday with them.”Lily made a remarkable recovery after undergoing dozens of procedures and several surgeries because doctors detected a buildup of fluid that could’ve led to brain damage.
Tags2020 election 2020 presidential election A Return to Love faith and politics Marianne Williamson religious left,You may also like By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Marianne Williamson, the spiritual teacher, TV personality and bestselling author of “A Return to Love,” has joined the crowd of Democrats running for president. While many of her fellow aspirants have talked openly about their faith on the primary campaign trail, Williamson, a one-time congressional candidate, has the most experience talking about how moral principles and spiritual values entwine with policy. In this interview, which has been edited, Williamson talked about her hopes for a new politics based on love.Q: If a voter asks you about your religious identity, how do you answer that question?My religious identity is that I’m Jewish. As most people know who know my work, I’ve been writing and speaking for 35 years about a set of books called “The Course in Miracles,” which has been referred to as a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy. It is not a religion, there’s no doctrine or dogma. But I think I would identify my spiritual path as a universal, a spiritual journey.Q: If you were to boil down the value of that work for you as a presidential candidate, how would you describe it?God is love. We are children of God. Love is both our identity and our purpose. When we remember that, life works. When we forget that, chaos ensues. That doesn’t mean we have to think of love specifically as God. The word God is not what matters. What matters is love. So whether you think of love in religious terms or not, the ultimate identity and purpose of our life is love.RELATED: The spiritual politics of presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonQ: At Harvard Divinity School the other day, you expressed frustration with a modern tendency to put religion in a box. But you said that 21st century thinking has re-recognized the value of religious teachings.The Enlightenment of the 18th century — and our founders thought of themselves as Enlightenment thinkers — was a philosophy that liberated Western humanity from the shackles of an overmystified religious dogma. It freed people to think for themselves. Now, in the Enlightenment of the 21st century, we realize that in the 20th century we threw away the baby with the bathwater. The Newtonian model of science came to dominate our entire worldview, and humanity began to see life as a machine.So people today are recognizing the objective reality and power of the inner life with its unalterable laws that are no different than objective, unalterable laws of the external world.Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.”I used to think it was this poetic statement, but I realize that if we do not do that, humanity will not survive on this planet another hundred years.Q: Are Democrats, who are suddenly talking about faith and spirituality more openly than they have in the past, reclaiming that fire?During my youth, (spirituality and politics) were never separate. JFK said, “This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.” Bobby Kennedy spoke of a contest “for the soul of America.” When the Democratic Party swerved during the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s in such an over-secularized direction, that was the aberration for me. So it’s a good thing that members of the Democratic Party are coming off their over-secularized high horse and understanding that (an interest in) religion and spirituality doesn’t mean you’re less intelligent.Q: You’ve been to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. Has your spiritual messaging resonated with voters?Memo to the elite. America is a religious nation. It’s only the political establishment elite that’s the fringe these days. When I began talking about universal spiritual principles when I began my career, it was treated like some fringe conversation. Today, you’re fringe if you don’t understand the conversation.Marianne Williamson campaigns for president at the Sondheim Center in Fairfield, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. RNS photo by KC McGinnisBy the way, I have great respect for the separation of church and state. Some people seem to misunderstand what it means. It is one of the most enlightened aspects of our Constitution, put there by the founders with a dual purpose. Number one was to protect the government from interference by religious clergy. And number two, to protect religious practice — or nonreligious practice — from interference by government. It wasn’t there to suppress the religious or spiritual conversation.Q: So if I’m hearing you right, you see a vibrant religious discourse as not incongruous with American democracy.Quite the opposite. The lack of a vibrant spiritual conversation is to the detriment of American democracy, because spirituality means the path of the heart. The problem with our politics is that it has become disconnected from the heart. Our economic system is disconnected from the heart. Our policy towards the poor, towards children and towards criminal justice are disconnected from the heart. Our policies towards immigration are disconnected from the heart. Our international policies or national security agenda is disconnected from the heart. This is insanity, because a life lived without heart is insane. That doesn’t need to be seen in religious terms.Q: Your campaign is taking a leading role in talking about reparations for African Americans. Does that come out of the politics of the heart?Absolutely it does. I think we would all agree that if you’ve kicked someone to the ground, you have two moral obligations. The first is to stop kicking, and the second one is to reach out your hand and say, “Here, let me help you get back up.” I think anyone would agree that two and a half centuries of slavery is kicking someone to the ground.At the end of the Civil War, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman promised every former slave family of four 40 acres (of farmland). In most cases, it wasn’t given, and in the cases where it was given, it was taken back. And what followed was 100 years of what we would call today domestic terrorism. So to me it’s a moral as well as an economic debt to be paid. And until we do, we will continue to pass generation to generation, this karmic toxicity that underlies race relations in America.Q: You don’t spend a lot of time talking about Trump, at least compared to other candidates. Why is that?The people who voted for him and just think he’s fabulous, they’re going to vote for Donald Trump, and that’s their right. But I also believe there are people who voted for him who are at the very least disturbed by some things and are open to a compelling alternative vision. If all I do is talk about how terrible Trump is, that’s shaming them — why would that make them open to what I have to say? I want to inspire people.If all you do is defeat Trump, the forces that put him where he is will be back in 2022, and in ’24. We need to do more than back up from the cliff. We need to get out of the vicinity of the cliff. To do that we need to do more than to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. We need to give birth to a new era of freedom, as Abraham Lincoln would say. We need to inspire the new, not just curse the darkness. Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! News • Photos of the Week Share This! 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Remember when the original Zone of the Enders came out for PS2? For those who don’t, a lot of people picked it up purely because it had a demo for Metal Gear Solid 2 on the disk. Well, Konami has done a similar thing this time round by including a demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance inside the Zone of the Enders HD Collection for PS3.ZoEHD sees the original game and the sequel, which has never been released in the US before, revamped into glorious HD. There’s even a brand new opening sequence made especially for the collection. If you’re a big fan of Japanese mechs fighting each other – Zone of the Enders is not a game to miss.As for the demo, there’s no Solid Snake or Big Boss this time round, but Revengence is set in the Metal Gear universe. Instead you play as cyborg ninja called Raiden, and although you can chose to be sneaky or slashy, ultimatly you’re going to be spending most of your time cutting things in half with a sword. This means you can slice anything, yes, anything, cleanly in half — from people to buses. It’s a gory version of Fruit Ninja.If you really can’t wait to pick up Revengeance on release this will be the first demo available for the game, and therefore becomes a must-buy. It’s unclear when and if a public demo will be released of Revengeance so pencil in October 30 and go pre-order Zone of the Enders HD Collection.via Joystiq
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