Lawsuit claims LA diocese knowingly accepted priest accused of sex…

first_img [Episcopal News Service] A woman is suing the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, saying one of its priests sexually assaulted her and others in New York in the 1970s and the diocese knowingly allowed him to serve as a priest there anyway. However, two other dioceses that have licensed the priest in question say their background checks never turned up any allegations of sexual misconduct.The Rev. Paul Kowalewski, 71, is retired but had been serving as an occasional supply priest at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert in Palm Springs, California, and his ministry has been suspended, the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, bishop of San Diego, told Episcopal News Service. Though the church is in the Diocese of San Diego, Kowalewski is canonically resident in the Diocese of Los Angeles and served as rector of a large Los Angeles parish from 2005 to 2013.Patricia Harner, the plaintiff, says Kowalewski sexually assaulted her in 1971, when she was a 19-year-old parishioner at St. Amelia Catholic Church in Tonawanda, New York, and he was a seminarian preparing to be ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.In response to questions from ENS, the Diocese of Central New York – the first Episcopal diocese in which Kowalewski served as a priest – said there is no record that indicates the diocese knew of any sexual abuse allegations against him when he was received or during his tenure there. The diocese conducted a background check on Kowalewski in 1990, which turned up no indication of sexual misconduct, according to its records.Brown Snook said her diocese also did a “thorough background check before licensing him to do occasional supply work, which did not turn up these allegations,” and the diocese had no knowledge of the allegations before the lawsuit was filed.Harner’s law firm, Jeff Anderson & Associates, is also representing another woman who says Kowalewski molested her when she was 16 and a member of the same parish, The Buffalo News reported. The firm plans to file a separate suit on her behalf in New York, according to that report.Kowalewski served as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo from 1973 to 1977, and during that time, he was sent to a church treatment facility in Canada “in response to his abuse of children,” the lawsuit says. In the late 1970s and ’80s, he earned a Ph.D. in communications and taught at several universities before returning to ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1985, according to The Buffalo News. He then entered the discernment process for the Episcopal priesthood in the Diocese of Central New York and was received in 1990. He was a candidate for bishop of the Diocese of Western New York in 1998.The lawsuit, filed on July 22, claims the Diocese of Los Angeles knew of multiple accusations of sexual assault (including child sexual abuse) against Kowalewski, failed to report him to police, and presented him “as a priest in good standing who is safe to the public, safe to children, and safe to parishioners.” It also claims the diocese lied to parishioners, saying he had not been accused of sexual misconduct.The lawsuit does not mention any allegations of misconduct during Kowalewski’s time in California.“The Diocese of Los Angeles views each and every allegation of sexual misconduct with the utmost seriousness,” the Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, bishop of Los Angeles, said in a statement in response to the lawsuit. “The Rev. Paul Kowalewski is not currently serving in our diocese. Nevertheless, once we have had the opportunity to review the details of this matter, we will take whatever appropriate steps we can to make sure that a fair and just outcome is achieved for all parties.”Brown Snook also released a statement in response to the suit.“We regret deeply the misconduct of any clergy person in any church,” she said in the statement. “We will cooperate fully with the investigation that will be conducted by the Diocese of Los Angeles and any other authorities. Clergy have a sacred position of trust. We take seriously all complaints, and research them thoroughly.”Harner, the plaintiff, told The Desert Sun that she had not told anyone that Kowalewski assaulted her until two years ago, and that she is suing “to alert the community of the danger this man poses.”“I thought he was out of the priesthood and any kind of ministry at all. And when I found out he wasn’t, I couldn’t let another person bear what I had gone through for so long,” she said.Brown Snook said her diocese is “deeply shocked and saddened by any allegations of sexual abuse,” and has written a letter to the parishioners of St. Paul’s explaining the situation.“Everyone who has been affected by this sad and shocking situation is in my prayers, and I hope for a just resolution to the lawsuit,” she said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis has launched an affiliate shopping partnership to help charity supporters raise funds for their charity both when they shop online and offline.It has partnered with over 40 retailers who offer affiliate programmes, ranging from high street shops to supermarkets, hotels, chemists, florists and jewellers. Any charity, sports club, church group or nursery school can register with and then encourage their supporters to shop via their dedicated link to the site.Alternatively, members can use a prepaid debit card to shop at retailers and generate income for their charity. Whether online or offline, Simpy Fundraising automatically collects the agreed donation amount from each of the businesses supporters spend with, and send the total amount to their chosen cause on a monthly basis.The card is operated by Mastercard. Simply Fundraising pay all the costs of producing and running supporters’ card, using the fees they charge their business partners. They make a charge of 50p each time a card is topped up, but this is added to your chosen top-up amount.Founders Tony Croft and Dennis Lawrence, said: “Analysis of our members’ use has shown that if a cause attracts 10 supporters using their Simply Fundraising Members Card on a regular basis they could raise over £2,500 per year, which is a fantastic amount, generated freely and easily” launches online and offline affiliate programme for charities  25 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 May 2010 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital Tradinglast_img read more

Southampton FC-backed Saints Foundation raises £1m in its second year

first_imgThe Saints Foundation, backed football club Southampton FC, has raised £1 million in the past year, an increase of 40% on the previous year when it was established.The Foundation receives considerable support from Southampton FC’s fans, as well as fundraising partnerships with other local businesses and organisations including WestQuay, Molson Coors UK, aap3, Southampton City Council, Comic Relief and the Football Foundation.The Saints Foundation works with disadvantaged young people and vulnerable adults, “ensuring that the power of football in the community continues to be used to make a huge difference to their lives”.Mark Abrahams, Head of Saints Foundation, said: “Generating £1million last year shows the Saints Foundation is becoming a charity of choice not just for Saints fans, but for local businesses, funding partners and the wider community.“The ambitions and vision set out by Nicola Cortese, [Executive Chairman of Southampton FC], to extend the charity’s fundraising potential was new and innovative, but I’m pleased to say it has proved to be the defining factor in our success to date, and will be the key to our continued success going forward.” Tagged with: Funding Research / statistics South West Howard Lake | 22 March 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Southampton FC-backed Saints Foundation raises £1m in its second year  79 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Anonymous Good Samaritans win JustGiving ‘special recognition’ award

first_img???? Thank you to everyone who voted for Kevin Webber in the #JGAwards! ?He continues to inspire us everyday and his award tonight is so well-deserved. ?— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) November 20, 2018 Crowdfunder of the Year – Lisa WellsShortly after her youngest daughter was born, Lisa was diagnosed with terminal bowel and liver cancer.  She, along with her friends – the aptly named #LisasArmy, participated in a series of fundraising challenges to help provide financial security for her daughters and raise money for Dorothy House Hospice Care.This year’s ‘Crowdfunder of the Year’ winner is… the amazing Lisa Wells! ?#JGAwards— JustGiving (@JustGiving) November 20, 2018 And I truly want to recognise two inspirational women who made this possible – @annemariehuby and Zarine Kharas. Their foresight has raised billions and changed lives forever. WOW. #JGAwards— Kirsty Marrins ? (@LondonKirsty) November 20, 2018 Tagged with: Awards crowdfunding Justgiving This is the man we salute tonight for raising over £150k – the equivalent of a stonking 2,885 nights in a refuge for a woman and her children. You are a diamond @Herring1967 @JustGiving #JGAwards— Refuge (@RefugeCharity) November 20, 2018 The impact of anonymous donationsIndividuals that benefited from the anonymous donors generous acts include:Donna Corden, who was able to pay for urgent reconstructive facial surgery after she lost half of her face to a rare flesh-eating bugAlex, a 12-year old boy from South Wales who was born with Down Syndrome and leukaemia, to make his lifelong dream to visit Disneyland come true. Creative Fundraiser of the Year – Clare Young Clare faced her grief by knitting for up to 12 hours a day, to create a 4m x 4m Knitted Show Garden Installation at RHS Malvern Spring Festival to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.And the winner is… Clare Young (@clarejyoung)! ?? Oh we do love you Clare! #JGAwards— JustGiving (@JustGiving) November 20, 2018 The #JGAwards Celebrity Fundraiser of the year is announced as Made in Chelsea’s Josh Patterson, showing what the love of a friend can drive you to achieve…— Blackbaud Europe (@BlackbaudEurope) November 20, 2018  159 total views,  1 views today Endurance Fundraiser of the Year – Kevin WebberSince his advanced prostate cancer diagnosis in 2014, Kevin has taken on a series of endurance challenges for Prostate Cancer UK. This includes taking on the Marathon Des Sables three times!  Huge congratulations to all the #JGAwards winners, especially the PayPal Endurance Fundraiser of the Year winner @thekevinwebber— PayPal UK (@PayPalUK) November 20, 2018 Young Fundraiser of the Year – Maddison Harris   After experiencing hair loss following her two-year treatment for leukaemia, Maddison started a campaign “Don’t Stare, It’s Only Hair” to raise funds for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.?…and this year’s winner is… Maddison Harris! #JGAwards— JustGiving (@JustGiving) November 20, 2018 Anonymous Good Samaritans win JustGiving ‘special recognition’ award And the winner of the Change Maker of the Year Award is… Maria and Stuart! ?#JGAwards— JustGiving (@JustGiving) November 20, 2018 Change Maker of the Year – Maria and Stuart Grennan After the stillbirth of their daughter Maggie-Lynn, Maria and her husband Stuart raised money to secure a second room for the Worcestershire Maternity Bereavement Suite and to soundproof two delivery rooms for stillborn labours.Our three incredible finalists are Khalid Raza, Toni-Anne Buckle and Maria and Stuart Grennan. Here are their stories. #JGAwards— JustGiving (@JustGiving) November 20, 2018center_img Now the final award of the evening. It’s a Special Recognition award. Keith Williams (aka @kd_williams38) is back on stage to tell us more about our secret award tonight ? #JGAwards Advertisement JustGiving Awards winners 2018Charity of the Year – British Hen Welfare TrustThe national charity re-homes commercial laying hens; educates the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare and encourages support for the British egg industry.WE ONLY WENT AND WON!!! #jgawards— BHWT (@BHWTOfficial) November 20, 2018 Howard Lake | 21 November 2018 | News Keith Williams, general manager, UK & Ireland at JustGiving, a Blackbaud company, said: “This award not only celebrates the efforts of a selfless group of individuals, but it also highlights how some causes can transcend family and friends to connect and touch the hearts of complete strangers.“Whilst we can’t personally thank the thousands of anonymous supporters who used JustGiving to help change the lives of people in need, we would like to dedicate this important award to celebrate, honour and thank them for being life changers “for good”.Donna Corden explained how she felt when she found out people she didn’t know were donating to help here.She said: “My best friend Lindsey set up a JustGiving page shortly after my accident. And at the time I remember thinking this isn’t going to work. As I genuinely didn’t believe complete strangers would take time out from their busy lives to help me. “When I first saw how much had been made, and what this would mean for my recovery, I burst into tears of joy. These anonymous donors have changed my life and have helped to restore my faith in humanity. I will forever be grateful for their help!”  — JustGiving (@JustGiving) November 20, 2018 Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year – Josh PattersonJosh and his recently paralysed friend Ben Tansley took part in the Berlin Marathon in wheelchairs to raise funds for the Spinal Injury association. Thousands of anonymous ‘Good Samaritans’ were celebrated at last night’s JustGiving Awards when they together received JustGiving’s ‘Special Recognition’ award.The award was made to recognise the anonymous donations of over £6 million that have been made to good causes across the world over the past 12 months.This is the first time a JustGiving Award has recognised such a large group of people.The ninth annual JustGiving Awards were hosted by television and radio presenter, and founder of vegan app Viappi, SarahJane Crawford. This year the awards are based on over 35,000 votes from members of the public.The awards were created to celebrate the many amazing individuals, charities and teams who have used JustGiving to change lives and make a positive contribution to a good cause. Outstanding Commitment of the Year – Lucy LinnottAfter becoming the youngest person in Scotland to be diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Lucy decided to launch ‘Lucy’s Fight’, a blog to share her experiences, tick things off her bucket list and raise money for MND Scotland.We’re so proud of @LucyLintott, the youngest person living in Scotland with #MND, for winning the ‘Outstanding Commitment’ award at this year’s @JustGiving Awards! #JGAwards— MND Scotland (@MNDScotland) November 20, 2018 Fundraising Team of the Year – Tŷ Hafan Dads #5in55The group of 14 dads climbed five mountains in 55 hours (Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon, Cadair Idris & Penyfan in Wales) to support Welsh children’s hospice Ty [email protected] well done on winning the #JustGiving award #jgawards— Rebecca Fraser (@Becksington1) November 21, 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16  160 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Who’s moving? Charity sector recruitment round up

first_img  354 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Fundraising Regulator appoints Northern Ireland ManagerThe Fundraising Regulator has recently strengthened its presence in Northern Ireland by contracting a dedicated Northern Ireland Manager, Joanne McDowell. McDowell will be responsible for building public trust and confidence in charitable organisations and raising the Fundraising Regulator’s profile in Northern Ireland. She will develop relationships with charities and sector bodies to maintain high standards of fundraising and will represent the Fundraising Regulator at conferences and meetings. McDowell will be the Fundraising Regulator’s second representative in Northern Ireland, alongside Walter Rader OBE, the Fundraising Regulator board member for Northern Ireland. — Nordoff Robbins UK (@NordoffRobbins1) September 5, 2019Nordoff Robbins announces Sandra Schembri as new CEOSandra Schembri has been announced as the new Nordoff Robbins CEO. She will be taking over from outgoing CEO Julie Whelan who is retiring from the post later this year. Schembri will join Nordoff Robbins as incoming CEO on 7 October and, after a brief transition period, Whelan will formally stand down on 5 November. Schembri has spent the past 10 years as CEO of The House of St Barnabas, and has also worked at Bloomberg, The Royal Academy of Arts and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in a variety of income generation roles. She is also a music graduate from Middlesex University. Few jobs offer as much variety as #fundraising I’ve just spent an incredible week in #GrandRapids with the Parkinson’s research community, patient advocates, charity workers, funders and others – I witnessed a truly global effort to find a cure for #Parkinsons. #CureParkinsons— Rick Lay (@rick_lay_uk) August 23, 2019 5 September 2019: The DofE UK is delighted to announce Ruth Marvel as its new CEO.— DofE – Germany (@Jugendprogramm) September 5, 2019The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award announces Ruth Marvel as new CEORuth Marvel has been announced as the new CEO of DofE, taking up the position in November. This follows her tenure at Girlguiding where she has been Deputy CEO since 2016 and Acting CEO during 2018. Before Girlguiding, Marvel was Director of Strategy and Innovation at the disability charity Scope, where she led on organisational strategy, innovation and co-designing services with disabled people and their families. She replaces Peter Westgarth, who retired as CEO of the DofE in June, following 14 years at the helm. Zaiwalla & Co.’s Founder & Senior Partner appointed as Patron at Healing Little HeartsCity of London specialist litigation and arbitration firm, Zaiwalla & Co’s Founder and Senior Partner Sarosh Zaiwalla has joined Healing Little Hearts (HLH) as a Patron. With over 35 years’ experience, Zaiwalla has been involved in over 1,200 International Energy, Maritime and Construction Arbitrations in London and worldwide either as a solicitor, Counsel, party-appointed Arbitrator or Sole Arbitrator. Macmillan’s Paul Cullen leaves to start talent consultancyPaul Cullen, formerly Head of Celebrity at Macmillan Cancer Support, has left the charity to set up his own talent consultancy. Paul Cullen Partnerships will capitalise on all aspects of Cullen’s professional experience in casting, talent representation, and celebrity liaison to offer services in sourcing talent and offering training to smaller charities, in addition to broadening out into commercial talent brand endorsement, and personal publicity. Dr Triona Fitton joins Cass Business School as Visiting LecturerDr Triona Fitton has joined Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness as a Visiting Lecturer on the Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment Masters Course. She delivers lectures on the origins of charity, and on global philanthropy, alongside the course leader Dr Peter Grant. Dr Tritton also works at the University of Kent as part of the university-wide Student Success project. Dr Fitton came to the University of Kent in 2014 to work on a research project detailing the history of philanthropic giving to the University.  She also designed and implemented the Centre’s distance learning Masters course in Philanthropic Studies, convening three of the core modules. A Corporate Fundraising Officer for Mesothelioma UK, and new CEOs for Nordoff Robbins and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards are among recent charity sector appointments.  New Director of Fundraising & Marketing for Cure Parkinson’s TrustRick Lay has become Cure Parkinson’s Trust’s (CPT) Director of Fundraising and Marketing. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017, Lay was inspired to join CPT after the screening of the BBC Two programme ‘The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: a miracle cure?’- a two episode documentary following nine individuals through a pioneering drug trial. With a career that has spanned marketing and fundraising, including five years in senior leadership roles, Lay will focus on increasing donations and raising awareness of the charity’s single goal: to cure Parkinson’s. Who’s moving? Charity sector recruitment round up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Tagged with: Recruitment / people Melanie May | 17 September 2019 | News We’re delighted to welcome Guy to our operations team as our new Corporate Fundraising Officer, working with our corporate partners.— Mesothelioma UK (@Mesouk) September 12, 2019Mesothelioma UK appoints new Corporate Fundraising OfficerMesothelioma UK has appointed Guy Tewley as its Corporate Fundraising Officer. Tewley will be based at the charity’s HQ in Leicestershire and will be responsible for managing existing relationships and developing new national corporate partnerships. He joins Mesothelioma UK after working in the charity sector for over six years, including at the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and more recently for social isolation charity, ALONE.  353 total views,  2 views today We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO @SandraSchembri, who will be joining Nordoff Robbins in October ahead of @CEO_Jules retirement in November: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

What we’re reading: Countdown to Election Day, latest COVID-19 surge breaks case records

first_imgFacebook Previous articleStudent Success Series workshops aim to support TCU studentsNext articleHoroscope: November 3, 2020: Sophia Stellas RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook A voter drops their ballot in an early voting drop box. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) What we’re reading: Supreme Court nomination begins, new findings of COVID-19 Linkedin Sophia Stellas Twitter Without a break, TCU students feel more overwhelmed Sophia Stellas printBiden focuses on Pennsylvania while Trump travels across four states on the day before election Today is the last day before Election Day, and President Trump plans to campaign in four different states while former Vice President Joe Biden plans to focus on Pennsylvania, according to the New York Times.Trump will hold rallies in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and Biden will hold one event in Ohio and three in Pennsylvania. A poll of Pennsylvania released by Monmouth showed Biden with a 51-44 lead among likely voters as the election draws near. Violence expected amid the electionStores are boarding up prior to election day as they are prepared for violence and damages. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)There is a high concern for violence across the country if the vote count takes a few days longer than usual, according to the Washington Post.Federal and local law enforcement have noticed an increase in gun sales, talk about civil war on online platforms where right-wing extremists gather and an increase of the use of violent language by Trump and other leaders. There is no evidence that shows a coordinated plan for large acts of violence and isolated flare-ups are what is most likely to occur. Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon have the most increased risk of militia activity after the election, according to a nonprofit organization that tracks political violence. Latest COVID-19 surge breaks case records across U.S. Graph showing the recent spike of COVID-19 cases across the United States. (Source: John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering) (Graphic: Curt Merrill, CNN).The U.S. set a new seven-day average for new cases on Sunday, and 47 states are reporting a rise in hospitalizations over the last month. These are just two of the “records” being broken in the third COVID-19 surge in the U.S. that doctors are saying is still increasing. Experts are worried cases will continue to rise exponentially in the winter months.One difference, they said, is that the virus is much more widespread now and is not contained to a few hotspot areas. Young girl found alive after earthquake in TurkeyA young girl named Elif was discovered alive 65 hours after a powerful Earthquake in Turkey. (AP Photo/Ismail Gokmen)A three-year-old girl was found alive under the rubble today after a strong earthquake in Turkey last Friday, according to BBC News. She was trapped under the rubble for 65 hours and was found dehydrated but with no serious injuries. Several people are still missing after the earthquake, and at least 85 people have died.center_img Annual flu shot clinic to occur outside, by appointment next month ReddIt Sophia Stellas ReddIt Linkedin + posts Sophia Stellas World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Deputies urged to approve press law amendments passed by upper house

first_img News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News March 17, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alertscenter_img News to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more May 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deputies urged to approve press law amendments passed by upper house October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders today welcomed amendments to the press and publications law that were voted yesterday by the Majlis al-Shura (Consultative Council), the upper house of the Bahraini parliament. If the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, approves the amendments, press offences will no longer be punishable by imprisonment.“Three years ago, the lower house rejected an earlier reform bill that included the decriminalization of press offences,” the press freedom organisation said. “If this second attempt succeeds, it will be a major legislative step forward and an inspiration to all countries in the region. We hope the deputies will approve this new bill in the spirit of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa’s comments in favour of press freedom in May 2006.”As well as scrapping prison sentences, the bill passed by the Consultative Council on 28 May stipulates that editors can not be sued for articles they did not write. The current press law, which has been in force since 2002, provides for sentences ranging from six months to five years in prison for journalists convicted of press offences.Bahrain was ranked 111th in the latest Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. Local media sources say more than 65 lawsuits have been brought against journalists since 2001. Although no journalists have been imprisoned since Hamad became king in 1999, they continue to censor themselves because the threat is still there. Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrestlast_img read more

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tests New Technologies for Use on Future Space Missions to Ocean Worlds

first_img More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. A robotic claw, one of several innovative tools developed at JPL for exploring icy, ocean worlds like Europa. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechWant to go ice fishing on Jupiter’s moon Europa? There’s no promising you’ll catch anything, but a new set of robotic prototypes could help.Since 2015, Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been developing new technologies for use on future missions to ocean worlds. That includes a subsurface probe that could burrow through miles of ice, taking samples along the way; robotic arms that unfold to reach faraway objects; and a projectile launcher for even more distant samples.All these technologies were developed as part of the Ocean Worlds Mobility and Sensing study, a research project funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. Each prototype focuses on obtaining samples from the surface — or below the surface — of an icy moon.“In the future, we want to answer the question of whether there’s life on the moons of the outer planets — on Europa, Enceladus and Titan,” said Tom Cwik, who leads JPL’s Space Technology Program. “We’re working with NASA Headquarters to identify the specific systems we need to build now, so that in 10 or 15 years, they could be ready for a spacecraft.”Those systems would face a variety of challenging environments. Temperatures can reach hundreds of degrees below freezing. Rover wheels might cross ice that behaves like sand. On Europa, surfaces are bathed in radiation.“Robotic systems would face cryogenic temperatures and rugged terrain and have to meet strict planetary protection requirements,” said Hari Nayar, who leads the robotics group that oversaw the research. “One of the most exciting places we can go is deep into subsurface oceans — but doing so requires new technologies that don’t exist yet.”Download Video Exploring Ocean Worlds with RobotsA hole in the iceBrian Wilcox, an engineering fellow at JPL, designed a prototype inspired by so-called “melt probes” used here on Earth. Since the late 1960s, these probes have been used to melt through snow and ice to explore subsurface regions.The problem is that they use heat inefficiently. Europa’s crust could be 6.2 miles deep or it could be 12.4 miles deep (10 to 20 kilometers); a probe that doesn’t manage its energy would cool down until it stopped frozen in the ice.Wilcox innovated a different idea: a capsule insulated by a vacuum, the same way a thermos bottle is insulated. Instead of radiating heat outwards, it would retain energy from a chunk of heat-source plutonium as the probe sinks into the ice.A rotating sawblade on the bottom of the probe would slowly turn and cut through the ice. As it does so, it would throw ice chips back into the probe’s body, where they would be melted by the plutonium and pumped out behind it.Removing the ice chips would ensure the probe drills steadily through the ice without blockages. The ice water could also be sampled and sent through a spool of aluminum tubing to a lander on the surface. Once there, the water samples could be checked for biosignatures.“We think there are glacier-like ice flows deep within Europa’s frozen crust,” Wilcox said. “Those flows churn up material from the ocean down below. As this probe tunnels into the crust, it could be sampling waters that may contain biosignatures, if any exist.”To ensure no Earth microbes hitched a ride, the probe would heat itself to over 900 degrees Fahrenheit (482 degrees Celsius) during its cruise on a spacecraft. That would kill any residual organisms and decompose complex organic molecules that could affect science results.A longer reachResearchers also looked at the use of robotic arms, which are essential for reaching samples from landers or rovers. On Mars, NASA’s landers have never extended beyond 6.5 to 8 feet (2 to 2.5 meters) from their base. For a longer reach, you need to build a longer arm.A folding boom arm was one idea that bubbled up at JPL. Unfolded, the arm can extend almost 33 feet (10 meters). Scientists don’t know which samples will be enticing once a lander touches down, so a longer reach could give them more options.For targets that are even farther away, a projectile launcher was developed that can fire a sampling mechanism up 164 feet (50 meters).Both the arm and the launcher could be used in conjunction with an ice-gripping claw. This claw could someday have a coring drill attached to it; if scientists want pristine samples, they’ll need to bore through up to eight inches (about 20 centimeters) of Europa’s surface ice, which is thought to shield complex molecules from Jupiter’s radiation.After deployment from a boom arm or a projectile launcher, the claw could anchor itself using heated prongs that melt into the ice and secure its grip. That ensures that a drill’s bit is able to penetrate and collect a sample.Wheels for a cryo-roverIn July, NASA will mark a 20-year legacy of rovers driving across Martian desert, harkening back to the July 4, 1997 landing of Mars Pathfinder, with its Sojourner rover.But building a rover for an icy moon would require a rethink.Places like Saturn’s moon Enceladus have fissures that blow out jets of gas and icy material from below the surface. They’d be prime science targets, but the material around them is likely to be different than ice on Earth.Instead, tests have found that granular ice in cryogenic and vacuum conditions behaves more like sand dunes, with loose grains that wheels can sink into. JPL researchers turned to designs first proposed for crawling across the moon’s surface. They tested lightweight commercial wheels fixed to a rocker bogey suspension system that has been used on a number of JPL-led missions.The next stepsEach of these prototypes and the experiments conducted with them were just starting points. With the ocean worlds study complete, researchers will now consider whether these inventions can be further refined. A second phase of development is being considered by NASA. Those efforts could eventually produce the technologies that might fly on future missions to the outer solar system.This research was funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Development Program, which investigates ideas and approaches that could solve significant technological problems and revolutionize future space endeavors.Caltech manages JPL for NASA.For more information on Ocean Worlds Europa Technologies, visit Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Your email address will not be published. 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Proposals sought to deliver turnkey social housing in Letterkenny

first_img Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – July 8, 2020 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Proposals sought to deliver turnkey social housing in Letterkenny Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic House KeyProposals are now being sought to deliver turnkey social housing in Letterkenny.Donegal County Council has stated that one of their key objectives is to provide high quality and sustainable social housing in areas of need throughout Donegal and are now inviting developers to make submissions in this regard.Donegal County Council is currently seeking proposals from Developers who are in a position to deliver turnkey social housing in Letterkenny to help meet the Council’s current social housing need.The Council is seeking Developers to make submissions for 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom housing units.Proposals must contain a minimum of 5 units and can include completed units, including potential regeneration projects, units under construction and units to be constructed on suitable sites.In order to make a valid submission, Developers will be required to engage with an Architect Led Design Team and a Construction Contractor with the necessary skills and experience to design, deliver and certify high quality social housing.Submissions must be made in strict accordance with the requirements of the procurement documentation and the deadline for submission is 16.30pm on Friday, 31st of July.The process has been advertised on eTenders and all documentation and information can be obtained from there. Previous articleSecurity alert underway in CastledergNext articleSlight fall in house prices in Donegal News Highland Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Frantic calls released from Parkland shooting: ‘I love you, it’s going to be fine… I need you to play dead,’ mom says

first_imgJohn McCall/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Image(PARKLAND, Fla.) — “I love you, it’s going to be fine,” a panic-stricken mother said over the phone to her child hiding in a classroom during the Parkland, Florida school massacre. “Can you play dead? I need you to play dead.”Officials on Thursday released some of the frantic 911 calls made during the Feb. 14 mass shooting. Seventeen students and staff members were shot and killed in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that sent shock waves across the nation.The suspected school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was arrested after the shooting. On Wednesday a grand jury indicted Cruz, charging him with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first-degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first-degree.One man who was not at the school but was on the phone with a student inside told the 911 operator that two students were alone huddled in one classroom.That man acted as the liaison between the hiding student and the dispatcher.“Don’t talk, just be quiet,” the man tells the student.“Try hiding behind the curtain or something,” he says, later asking if there’s a cabinet or a closet in the room.The operators asks if there are teachers there and the man says just two students.“She’s hearing yelling in the hallway,” the man said.“Tell her to be quiet,” the operator said. “We don’t know — there’s a lot going on, just tell her to be quiet.”“Let her know she’s doing good, just keep try to keep her calm,” the operator adds. “She’s doing good. All police, we got extra units from other places in other cities coming.”The man relays to the student, “Be calm, be quiet, help is on the way. Police from all over are coming.”“There’s no place to hide,” the man tells the dispatcher. “They are crouched.”Next to the man was the student’s mother, listening on speaker phone.Later the man says, “Somebody just entered the room.”“OK, who is it that entered the room?!” the operator asks.The man asks into the phone, “Is it the police?!”Then the mother listening over the phone says, “I love you! I love you! It’s mom.”The man tells the dispatcher, “It’s the police, they said put your hands up.”“I love you, I love you, it’s going to be fine,” the mother says. “Can you hide from there? Can you play dead? Can you play dead? I need you to play dead.”Finally the man says the student told him the police arrived.“The police are there right now and they are checking the injured out,” he tells the dispatcher. “The police are escorting the students out of the classroom.”“OK alright, sir,” the operator says.” Thank you so very much, sir.”“Thank you for all your help,” he replies. “I hope this turns out to be not as bad.”“Yes, I hope so too,” the operator adds. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more