The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) HY2019 Presentation

first_imgThe Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 presentation results for the half year.For more information about The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke)  2019 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileThe Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the retail banking and wholesale banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to access accounts, LPO financing, invoice discounting services, term loans, asset finance and letters of credit. The company also provides medical, motor, general, life, agriculture and micro-business insurance as well as treasury products, fixed income and money market products and money transfer services. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya was founded in 1965 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society Limited. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

After pandemic forced Eucharistic fasts, some churches experiment with Communion…

first_img Featured Events By David PaulsenPosted Dec 17, 2020 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Liturgy & Music Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis center_img Rector Collierville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, welcomes parishioners to weekly walk-through Communion this Advent. Each Sunday, they are invited to walk around the nave, stopping at devotional art stations, before picking up Communion kits from a table to the right of the altar. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Some Episcopal congregations that had spent most of the year fasting from Communion because of the pandemic have gotten creative in the fall and during Advent so they could resume this bedrock Episcopal liturgical and sacramental practice.In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, diocesan restrictions have prevented parishioners of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from worshipping in the church building since March, but the congregation ended its Eucharistic fast on the first Sunday of Advent, when it started a weekly walk-through Communion. Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller has granted case-by-case permission to congregations wishing to distribute Communion.Prepackaged Communion kits consecrated by the Rev. Ian Burch are available for pickup at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceOn Sunday evenings during Advent, the Rev. Ian Burch, St. Mark’s rector, consecrates take-home Communion kits during a brief service of Holy Eucharist, celebrated with just a few church volunteers. Then from 4 to 7 p.m., he greets parishioners at the front door and directs them to a path threading around the nave past prayer stations and devotional artworks. Before leaving the church, they stop at the right of the altar where a table is set up to hold the kits.“It is not normal,” Sandy Boltz, 81, said after picking up her Communion on Dec. 6. She was glad to be back in the church, even briefly. “The loss of the whole Sunday, that we can’t come to church” has been difficult for her and other parishioners, Boltz said, more so than their fast from Communion.“It’s definitely missed,” Marian Byers, an altar guild member, told Episcopal News Service through a mask as she volunteered at the Communion table.The Holy Eucharist liturgy is identified by the Book of Common Prayer as “the principal act of Christian worship” each Sunday. But when the pandemic forced widespread suspension of in-person worship services in March, many Episcopalians had no way to receive the bread and wine that the prayer book describes as their “spiritual food.”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a message to the church on March 31 endorsing a temporary fast from in-person worship and Communion as “an act of love for God and our neighbor.” After the pandemic’s initial surge crested, dioceses and congregations faced the challenge of how to share Communion again without fueling the virus’ spread.Some congregations, after choosing to forgo Communion for most of the pandemic due to the public health risks, have begun experimenting with a return to the practice.Altar guild member Marian Byers, left, staffs the Communion table at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the Rev. Michelle Mooney, a deacon at the church, picks up her Communion on Dec. 6. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceDozens have attended the walk-through Communion at St. Mark’s, Burch said, though receiving the bread and wine hasn’t been a driving concern in the congregation. “The Eucharist is so tied to the music, companionship, the general warmth of the place,” Burch said. Even if he didn’t offer Communion, he thinks parishioners would come just to step foot in the church again and say hello.The Rev. David Cox, rector of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb, felt parishioners’ longing for Communion after worshipping only online for months this year. But in assessing the congregation’s options for returning to in-person services, he knew that even some parishioners who wanted Communion wouldn’t feel safe attending church in person.“I was concerned … about creating two different classes of people, those who could come into church and get Communion and those who couldn’t,” Cox said in an interview with ENS.The church’s pre-pandemic services drew more than 250 people each Sunday. After seven months of the pandemic, many broke their fast from Communion on Oct. 11, when St. Michael and All Angels hosted a parking lot service. About 100 people attended, and turnout was similar at indoor services on Nov. 1 and 8. The in-person services ended when COVID-19 cases surged in the state through November and December.“I think when you ask people, what they miss the most is the community,” Cox said.The Christian practice of sharing Communion bread and wine is rooted in the Gospels. Jesus taught his disciples to re-create his Last Supper so they would continue to feel his healing presence after his death, resurrection and ascension. According to Episcopal doctrine, Christ’s body and blood are “really present” in the consecrated bread and wine received by faith.Holy Eucharist, though central to Episcopal liturgical practice, isn’t the only way Episcopalians worship and connect with God. “One of the things that I think this time has kind of allowed us is almost a reclaiming of the breadth of our heritage,” said the Rev. Andrew Wright, canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Newark.Holy Eucharist wasn’t always so central. Wright noted in an interview with ENS that revisions to the prayer book in 1979 have nurtured Episcopalians’ dedication to that service and sacrament. “That’s a good thing,” Wright said, but pandemic restrictions have led Episcopalians to “broaden our vocabulary” of worship to include Daily Office liturgies, such as Morning Prayer.Newark Bishop Carlye Hughes chose to abstain from Communion during the pandemic, in solidarity with congregations in her diocese that were not celebrating Holy Eucharist in person. She and other diocesan leaders, though, wanted to help those congregations break their fast from Communion, even if just for one day.The diocese used the Book of Common Prayer’s liturgy for Communion under Special Circumstances as its starting point. It worked with local church leaders to coordinate Communion on Nov. 8 for members of about 100 congregations in northern New Jersey. That Sunday, even congregations that hadn’t shared Communion since March made plans to distribute consecrated wafers. Some set up outdoor stations, and the diocese temporarily lifted its restrictions on distribution to people’s homes.The diocese may launch similar efforts in the spring. The idea is to affirm Communion’s importance in connecting Christians to Christ and to each other, Wright said. “It’s transformative. There’s good reason why people want that.”The fall surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted congregations again to take a more cautious approach. More and more dioceses are suspending in-person worship at least through Advent and Christmas.In Kansas, Cox is preparing St. Michael and All Angels for a unique Christmas Eve offering. Parishioners will be invited to park outside the church and tune their radios to the service of Holy Eucharist, which will be broadcast on a personalized frequency by using an FM radio transmitter that the church purchased for little more than $100.After consecrating the Communion bread, Cox will bring it outside and distribute it to worshippers in the parking lot. It may not be ideal, Cox said, but it is as close as his parishioners will get to experiencing a traditional Christmas Eve Eucharist this year.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY COVID-19, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY After pandemic forced Eucharistic fasts, some churches experiment with Communion options 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listinglast_img read more

Habitat for Humanity reopening applications for its homeownership program; includes Juniper…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Habitat for Humanity Orlando & Osceola is currently building in two planned communities, one of which is Juniper Bend in South ApopkaBy Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola CountyHabitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County will open applications for its homeownership program on July 9, 2020.“Our community is feeling the instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Catherine Steck McManus, President and CEO of Habitat Orlando & Osceola. “Our organization is doing our part in building back security through our homeownership program. Everyone deserves to feel the stability that comes with having a safe, affordable place to call home.”The application process will open at 10 a.m. on July 9 on HabitatOrlandoOsceola.org/Apply. Accommodations will be made for applicants without access to a computer. Applications will close once an internal application limit has been met. When applications last opened in May, the cap was reached in four days.To become a future Habitat homeowner, applicants must have:a housing need: The applicant’s current dwelling is overcrowded, transitional,government subsidized, hazardous or unaffordable;the ability to pay a mortgage: Future Habitat homeowners need minimum monthly grossincome of $2,500 to afford their mortgage and a minimum credit score of 640. More in-depth information on our requirements can be found online atHabitatOrlandoOsceola.org/Criteria;a willingness to partner with Habitat Orlando & Osceola by completing homebuyerpreparedness classes and sweat equity;applicants must also be a resident of Orlando/Orange County or Osceola County.Habitat Orlando & Osceola is currently building in two planned communities. Juniper Bend in south Apopka will have 10 homes built by Habitat Orlando & Osceola, while Silver Pines Pointe will be made up of 58 homes in the Pine Hills area of Orlando.Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County is driven by a vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Habitat builds affordable housing, repairs homes, and strengthens communities. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat Orlando & Osceola to build or improve a place they call home. Habitat homeowners help build their eventual homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Working together by donating, volunteering, or becoming an advocate, everyone can help members of their community live in safe, affordable homes.  The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Juniper Bend community in Apopka TAGSApplicationsCOVID-19Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola CountyHomeownership ProgramJuniper BendPine HillsSilver Pines Pointesouth apopka Previous articleFlorida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic dataNext articleResistance mounts to order requiring Florida’s K-12 schools to fully reopen in August Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

JP McManus opens charitable fund for applications

first_imgJP McManus opens charitable fund for applications Howard Lake | 2 December 2016 | News Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8  91 total views,  1 views today The JP McManus Benevolent Fund is now open on ‘a temporary basis’ for applications from organisations based in the mid-West of Ireland.The Fund, which is valued at €40 million, is a general grantmaker providing funding for a wide range of projects under education, healthcare, community and infrastructure. Examples of work it funds include schools, music projects, mental health projects, disability organisations and community development.The Fund provides little guidance on what they will fund under the general categories but state that they want to ‘contribute much needed funding to programmes that provide vital services to the community and people that make it come to life.’ To date the Fund says it has helped over 70 community programmes.The Fund is supported by the eponymous Swiss-based JP McManus who is famous in horse racing circles but appears to have made most of his money from betting on currency exchange.In 2013 Mr McManus donated €1 million to the Daughters of Charity towards its centre for people with intellectual disability.  Mr McManus is most famous in charitable circles for his golf events which have raised around €100 million for charity.According to the last Irish rich list Mr McManus is worth $1 billion.Application is by way of submission through the JP McManus Benevolent Fund’s website. 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  92 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: Funding Irelandlast_img read more

ShelterBox asks people to hold a candlelit fundraising feast

first_img Tagged with: disaster Fundraising ideas Melanie May | 21 August 2017 | News Advertisement  181 total views,  3 views today ShelterBox is asking people to host candlelit fundraising feasts this winter to raise money for families made homeless by conflict and natural disaster in the charity’s winter campaign, Shine for ShelterBox, which launches on 6th November.ShelterBox is calling on individuals, chefs, restaurants and community groups across the country to get involved following last year’s campaign, which raised over £36,500, helping over 5,000 families.The majority of last year’s funds came from individuals running candlelit feasts at home and restaurants running special Shine events, but also included almost £7,000 from 12 Rotary groups running candlelit suppers and over £3,000 from faith and community groups running events.Supporters included celebrity chefs Rick Stein, Oliver Rowe, Olia Hercules, and venues including Carousel London, The Candlelight Club in London and St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. Chefs Dan Doherty and Signe Johansen also created recipes for the Shine for ShelterBox magazine, and actress Sharon Horgan provided a voiceover for a film about the campaign.This year’s Shine for ShelterBox will build on last year’s campaign, with more support from high-profile chefs and venues, as well as special events in unusual locations. The charity will also be laying down a ‘Shine for ShelterBox Challenge’ to a selection of bloggers, chefs and celebrities that will ask them to create a meal for friends from the contents of a special ‘Shine’ box.Lucy Holden from ShelterBox, said:“When disasters strike and power lines go down, families are left vulnerable. That’s why, alongside our shelter aid, we provide lights that dispel the dark and help families in desperate circumstances feel a little bit safer. Shine for ShelterBox means more light for families, providing a bit of safety, hope and comfort when they need it most.“Light is at the center of our winter campaign. We want people to get together and have loads of candlelit, feasting fun, whilst also raising money for those made homeless by conflict and natural disaster.”  182 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 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 www.thepurplepim.com. ShelterBox asks people to hold a candlelit fundraising feastlast_img read more

News from behind prison walls

first_imgAs the U.S. imperialist war machine continues to churn out chaos and destruction abroad, a new wave of militancy is sweeping across those most oppressed at home. Here, we highlight a few of the ways prisoners have played decisive roles in struggles from inside the belly of the beast this year.Prisoner solidarity with MumiaRegular readers of Workers World will surely know the name Mumia Abu-Jamal, the world-renowned journalist and political prisoner. But what about Major Tillery? Along with Mumia, Major is serving a life sentence in Pennsylvania’s notorious SCI Mahanoy prison. Also like Mumia, Major has earned admiration through his role as a jailhouse lawyer. A 1990 lawsuit brought by Major against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania resulted in the practice of “double dealing” — crowding as many as four men into a single jail cell — being declared unconstitutional.In 2015, several weeks before Mumia was first brought to the brink of death by untreated diabetic shock, Major warned prison officials of Mumia’s declining health. When guards told him to mind his own business, Major responded, according to Mumia himself, “That’s what I’m doing, cuz that’s my brother — and I want for my brother what I want for myself!” (PrisonRadio.org, Aug. 20)As is usually the case, prison guards responded to this brave act of solidarity with severe retaliation, sentencing Major to solitary confinement for six months on trumped-up drug charges. Upon hearing Major’s story, activists across the globe flooded prison officials’ offices with calls and letters demanding Major’s release from solitary. On Sept. 1, two months ahead of the completion of his sentence in solitary, Major was placed back in general population. (Justice4MajorTillery.blogspot.com, Sept. 3)Prisoners lead struggle against solitary confinementDespite widespread condemnation of the use of long-term solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, including from the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the U.N. Human Rights Committee, it took the mass movement of thousands of prisoners themselves to really challenge this form of institutional torture in California. In 2011, prisoners in California’s infamous Pelican Bay State Prison, where solitary confinement sentences routinely lasted over 10 years, launched a hunger strike to call attention to their inhumane treatment.In 2012, inmates in solitary signed a historic Agreement to End Hostilities in order to “end the violence between the various ethnic groups in California prisons [and] inspire not only state prisoners, but also jail detainees, county prisoners and our communities on the street, to oppose ethnic and racial violence,” according to a statement written by the prisoners. (Workers World, Sept. 4)By 2013, more than 30,000 prisoners in California and beyond had joined the hunger strike, making it the largest in history. Finally, in 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown, under tremendous pressure from prisoners and their supporters, agreed to a settlement whereby the state would phase out the use of indefinite solitary confinement. According to the nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights, “Ultimately, [the settlement] is the result not merely of litigation, but of a widespread community effort led by prisoners and their families.” (CCRjustice.org, Sept. 1)Outside the Karnes Family Detention Camp, in Karnes City, Texas.Migrant mothers strike for freedomEvery year, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants, the great majority of them refugees created by U.S. neoliberal policies in the Global South, are arrested and jailed without trial in detention camps while they await deportation. When migrant families are arrested together, they are typically sent to any of three family detention camps in the U.S. — two in Texas and one in Pennsylvania — where even young children languish in prison-like conditions.On March 31, mothers detained in Karnes Family Detention Camp in Texas launched a work strike and hunger strike, demanding to be set free with their children. According to a statement signed by all the mothers in the prison, translated from Spanish, “During this Hunger Strike, no mother will work in the center of detention or send our children to school. We will not use any of the services provided by this place until we have been heard and our freedom has been approved.” (EndFamilyDetention.com)Less than three months later, in June, 10 mothers imprisoned at the Berks County, Pa., Family Detention Camp launched a work strike, demanding freedom for themselves and their children, and for the camp to be shut down.On Aug. 21, a federal judge ruled in favor of 10 imprisoned mothers who had brought a suit against the government, directing the Obama administration to begin releasing all detained mothers and children by Oct. 23. (McClatchyDC.com, Aug. 22)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Knox Presbyterian Church: A Storied Faith

first_imgFaith Essays & Inspirations Knox Presbyterian Church: A Storied Faith The Christian faith has long viewed stories as vital for our identity and survival as people of faith. Article and Photo courtesy of KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Published on Friday, April 5, 2013 | 3:23 pm 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Subscribe Community News 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. More Cool Stuff Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS In her novel Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko writes of a young Native American man named Tayo. She tells of his return home to a reservation after being held prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II. Tayo is of mixed ancestry, and struggles with questions of identity. He is haunted by war memories, and wrestles with alcoholism. What finally leads Tayo towards healing and wholeness is the discovery of story—specifically the stories of the Laguna people.An oft-quoted section from Ceremony sums up Tayo’s discovery: I will tell you something about stories. They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death. You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories. Their evil is mighty but it can’t stand up to our stories. So they try to destroy the stories– let the stories be confused or forgotten. They would like that. They would be happy, because we would be defenseless then.The Christian faith has long viewed stories as vital for our identity and survival as people of faith. There are stories precious enough to be canonized in our scriptures, studied for hours on end, read aloud to one another, and repeated regularly such that they sink into our skin.We tell them to our children not simply because they are moving stories (though they are). We pass them on because they tell us who we are. And there are too many misleading messages out there that can confuse or marginalize our stories. We hear advertisements that say you are what you own, or what you drive, or how large your bank account happens to be. There are voices that say you are what you look like or what job you do. There are messages that tell us death and taxes are the only certainties in life. The stories of our faith tell us a deeper, truer story. They tell us that we are God’s own. They tell us we have been sought out by a loving God, and have been bought with a price. Our stories recount the hard truth sin, of suffering, and of death. But they tell a hopeful story too of forgiveness and new life. They tell us of a God who will not let us go. We would be lost and defenseless without such stories.As Lent turns toward Holy Week each year, we call to mind the stories of Jesus as his crucifixion approached. We remember his betrayal and suffering on a cross. And we remember how he rose again from the dead.At Knox, we will be telling these stories with readings and with drama, with music and the visual arts. Our Palm Sunday worship will tell of our Lord’s Jerusalem entry. Our Maundy Thursday service will remind us of some of our savior’s last words to his disciples. In our interactive Experiencing Good Friday event, we will walk through stations recalling our Lord’s last days leading up to the cross. And on Easter, we will sing in full voice, rememberingour savior lives and is at work among us by the power of the Holy Spirit.As we retell the great stories of our faith this Holy Week, may we remember again who and whose we are. Wishing you a meaningful Lent and Easter…Pastor MattFor more information, visit http://www.knoxpasadena.org/.center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Staff at UL Hospitals Run for Ghana

first_imgEmail Linkedin University Hospital Limerick staff get geared up for ‘Run for Ghana’. Picture: Alan Place.Staff at UL Hospitals Run for Ghana.University Hospital Limerick staff get geared up for ‘Run for Ghana’. Picture: Alan Place.STAFF at University Hospital Limerick and across UL Hospitals Group are gearing up for their annual charity 5k run /walk to take place on Friday August 25th at 6.30pm.The event will see staff of all abilities taking part in a 5k run/walk around the Dooradoyle /Raheen area which, now in its third year, has become an annual event at UHL.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This year, the event is in aid of the Friends of Ghana , an NGO formed last year by UL Hospitals Group and its academic partner the University of Limerick to deliver medical training programmes in the remote Upper West Region of Ghana. A team from UL Hospitals Group and UL visited Ghana recently to deliver a programme in pre-hospital emergency care to 80 health workers in the Region and further programmes are planned.Promoting exercise in the workplace is part of UL Hospital Group’s commitment to health and wellbeing, a commitment formalised in the publication of the Group’s Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan 2016-2019.Healthy Ireland is at the centre of government health policy, promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing with a view to reducing the burden of chronic disease in the decades to come.Hospital groups, including UL Hospitals Group, have adopted plans in line with the national strategy to promote health and wellbeing. The UL Hospitals Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan 2016-2019 identifies 60 priority actions to do just that for the c 380,000 people it serves and the 3,300 staff it employs in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.Laura Tobin is Project Lead for Healthy Ireland at UL Hospitals Group. Speaking in advance of this year’s 5K, she commented, “We have been holding ‘Meet & Train’ evenings every Monday for the past number of weeks and are looking forward to the event on the 25th. We are delighted with the support so far from all of our staff who have been training hard. Also the involvement of our local athletic clubs and Run Ireland is great to see .”“Of course the main objective is to get runners and walkers of all abilities involved . Last year we had almost 200 participants including our own staff, retired members of staff and some members of the public as well from the area, we are hoping for a great turnout again this year.”Staff at UL Hospitals Run for Ghana.University Hospital Limerick staff get geared up for ‘Run for Ghana’. Picture: Alan Place.Josephine Hynes, Executive Lead on Health and Wellbeing at UL Hospitals Group commented, “It is up to all of us to adopt as healthy a lifestyle as possible and this in turn has a positive impact on our work life. Health and Wellbeing of staff is one of our key priorities here at UL Hospitals Group and the 5k run was one of our first initiatives, its going from strength to strength each year. I would like to thank the Organising committee of the UL Hospitals Group Sports and Social Club for their work and we are looking forward to a great event.”Members of the public are very welcome to join the run on the 25th August, and can register on the evening at main reception, UHL from 5pm – 6pm, the race starts at 6.30pm.The run/walk will be chipped and timed, with each participant receiving a specially designed t-shirt and, on completion, a medal. Trophies will be awarded to the first three men and women home, and to the first male and female members of staff to finish.Registration costs €10 including the race t-shirt and number with official chip times, all proceeds to Friends of Ghana.There are six hospitals in the UL Hospitals Group, University Hospital Limerick, Nenagh Hospital, Ennis Hospital , Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, University Maternity Hospital Limerick and St. John’s Hospital (voluntary).Nenagh Hospital also holds its own annual 5 K run as part of the wider effort to promote Healthy Ireland in the Region and had a successful 5k in May this year for staff of both the acute services and community health care.See http://health.gov.ie/healthy-ireland/ for more information on Healthy Ireland.You can read similar stories in the Limerick Post Community section. TAGScharityrun for ghanaUL HospitalsUL Hospitals Groupuniversity hospital limerick 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL Twitter WhatsApp Print Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Updated Statement UL Hospitals Group Cyber Attack and Cancellations Advertisement 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL UL Hospitals Group & Public Health Mid-West: COVID-19 Precautions ‘Imperative’ As Hospital Services Prioritised for the Most Unwell Patients in Wake of Cyber Attack UL Hospitals Group announces gradual relaxation of access restrictions at maternity hospital NewsCommunityStaff at UL Hospitals Run for GhanaBy Staff Reporter – August 15, 2017 1328 Previous articlePeople of Limerick invited to ‘Beat the Street’Next articleEmployers to help shape education sector Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

Top doctors claim free tests put lives at risk

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Designed by rawpixel.com / FreepikTWO senior gynaecologists in the Mid West have claimed that women have been put in danger by Health Minister Simon Harris’ decision to offer free smear tests.And one of them says delays caused by the high number of free tests will cost lives.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Beatrice Neufeldt, who was director of the Well Woman Clinic in Limerick when it participated in a pilot roll-out of the Cervical Smear programme, told The Limerick Post that free tests for women who are not at risk, have clogged the system to such an extent that “it’s now taking four months to get results back”.This is in comparison to a turnaround time of a few weeks that applied before the Minister offered the free smears for all women in May. In contrast, it takes only two weeks for test results to be delivered in the UK.Dr Beatrice Neufeldt“By the time an abnormality is detected and a woman goes through all of the other referrals and tests necessary, that could be the difference between being able to offer treatment which can cure the cancer and treatment which can only help with the symptoms,” Dr Neufeldt explained.She said that offering the free tests to every woman “has had the opposite effect. Instead of protecting women this has put them at real risk. Women were falsely reassured”.The doctor who now runs the Personal Medical Clinic in Castletroy said she sends her patients smears to a clinic in Germany and has results back in a matter of days.“If there is a suspicious smear, I can get it turned around in a day. Four months is ridiculous. This should never have happened”.“The cervical smear programme is a fantastic diagnostic tool. It is the only one which can detect abnormalities before any cancer develops but it is far less effective when there are delays of this kind,” she said.Dr Neufeldt said that she has put a number of articles about the smear test on the clinic’s Facebook page for women who have questions.The delay originally came to light following a freedom of information request from on-line publication, the Journal.ieIn the article, a Mid West gynaecologist is quoted as having written to Minister Simon Harris, warning him that the free smear offer was dangerous.In a letter sent to Minister Harris in October, the senior clinician said there had been a 300 per cent increase in referrals in the Mid West for further examination but with no addition supports or resources being allocated to the relevant unit.He said in the latter that the “first delayed diagnosis has arisen in our unit from a smear test taken in June 2018 and only now reported”.There was no response from either the HSE or the Department of Health at time of going to press. WhatsApp NewsHealthTop doctors claim free tests put lives at riskBy Bernie English – January 17, 2019 1566 Facebook Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin Previous articleScrambler bikes used to vandalise soccer pitchNext articleVilliers ‘take’ on a Mid Summer Night – tonight Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitterlast_img read more

Literacy department looks to get books in students’ hands

first_img WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Literacy department looks to get books in students’ hands Pinterest Looking for ways to increase literacy in Ector County Independent School District has led Director of Literacy Jaime Miller to create the Literacy Action Council. The council is a group of ECISD employees and community members who have come together with a common goal of raising awareness of literacy concerns and finding ways to get students reading on grade level. The group had its first meeting in March with about 25 people attending. Miller said many ideas were discussed from churches hosting book drives to writing a grant for a book vending machine. The Education Foundation commissioned a curriculum audit by WLK Educational Consultants that focused on kindergarten through third grade English Language Arts. Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson knows the consultants in WLK and organized a presentation to the board in November 2017. “The new Literacy Council, led by Jaime Miller, is a key component of our district-wide effort to improve literacy and reading instruction in ECISD,” Interim Superintendent Jim Nelson said. “Going back to the WLK report, it was clear a number of steps needed to be taken. This council will bring together key stakeholders into that conversation and serve as a wonderful clearing house for our improvement efforts. Mrs. Miller has proven to be an exceptional leader of this effort. This council and the other steps we are taking to improve literacy will pay huge dividends for thousands of ECISD students.” The council will meet quarterly with the next gathering coming in September. “Most of our kids are going to come back and work in our community and we want our kids to be successful. And every kid deserves to have that right to be a good reader and have the opportunity to go and do whatever they want to do,” Miller said. The literacy department has three staff members, including Miller, who cover 42 campuses. Miller told the council about last year’s STAAR scores and let them know there wasn’t a clear concise phonics program. However, she said that has been worked on and it is being fixed and phonics will now be taught the same way in grades kindergarten through fifth. Teachers will have continuous training on it. She added that the literacy department also is writing a literacy action plan so that every principal, teacher and student knows what’s expected in reading. “That’s not to tell the teachers what to do … but it’s letting them know the resources that we have, the resources they use for frameworks that will benefit their students,” Miller said. Many students do not have books at home, especially when parents have to work multiple jobs to keep up. “If I’m a single mother, rent is high here so if I’m working three jobs and I have the choice do I put food on my table, or do I buy my kid a book? What am going to do? I’m going to put food on my kid’s table and keep a roof over their head, so books may not be a priority. …,” Miller said. She said someone suggested getting every student in the district a library card. “But even the research shows that having them in the home and it being their book leads to success, no matter what their economic status is. … The more books you have, the better you’re going to do in life,” Miller said. There is a literacy program called Bookworms through the Education Foundation that provides books for prekindergarten through first grade students. But older students need to be turned on to reading, as does the community, she said. “Every subject has reading in it,” Miller added. The main item is getting students to read on grade level by third grade. “If we can get them by third grade, that’s a huge accomplishment,” she said. English language learners and the bilingual and special education departments are being included in the literacy plan. “We’re not working in silos. We’re working as a team,” Miller said.center_img TAGS  Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous article041619_OHS_LEE_03Next article043019_Peaceful_Protest_JF_03 Digital AIM Web Support Local Newslast_img read more