The ten biggest flops in the Top 14

first_imgThe Wales and Lions loosehead swapped the Cardiff Blues for Mediterranean blue in the summer of 2012, but Jenkins made only five starts for Toulon in the Top 14. Instead coach Bernard Laporte preferred Andrew Sheridan and Carl Hayman as his props, and by February 2013 Jenkins confirmed he was returning to Wales for this season. The Springboks’ blond bombshell arrived in the south of France to set hearts all aflutter but there was little excitement in the season that followed. A knee injury sidelined South Africa’s record points-scorer for several weeks and in the 14 matches he played, Montgomery managed just 95 points. Signed on a two-year deal both parties agreed it would be for the best if the contract was terminated halfway through.The extent of his involvement: Dan Carter in PerpignanDan Carter, Crusaders to Perpignan 2008A fanfare greeted the news that All Black fly-half Dan Carter had signed a six-month deal with Perpignan that would earn him around £615,000 for half a season’s work. Alas the then 26-year-old played just five matches before rupturing his Achilles tendon against Stade Francais. On the plus side Carter scored 45 points in his 361 minutes of French rugby – and Perpignan never lost in that time.Victor Matfield, Bulls to Toulon 2007Brought to Toulon for one season on an alleged wage of €500k, the Boks’ second row arrived shortly after helping his country win the ’07 World Cup. He didn’t stick it for long, returning to the Bulls after just 15 appearances with the words of Toulon president Boudjellal ringing in his ears: “He sweated more in the nightclub than he did on the pitch.”Riki Flutey, Wasps to Brive, 2009The England centre arrived in Brive shortly after the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa but the form he’d shown in the series against the Boks was never seen in France. A shoulder injury and an inability to settle in Brive meant the threequarter made just five appearances before returning to Wasps the next year.Not one of Boudjellal’s boys: HensonGavin Henson, Saracens to Toulon 2011Having taken an 18-month sabbatical, and starred in Strictly Come Dancing, Henson wound up in Toulon in March 2011 on a five-month contract. He made a try-scoring debut against Stade Francais in April but featured in just one more game before copping a two-week ban by the club following some drunken shenanigans. One more appearance was all Henson managed before being released. “We do not want to blame anyone but, for next season, we hope that team spirit is a priority,” was Boudjellal’s snide explanation.Gethin Jenkins, Cardiff Blues to Toulon, 2012 Not quite a flop yet: He hasn’t done much in France yet, but Bryan Habana has some work to catch these top flopsBy Gavin MortimerBryan Habana hasn’t enjoyed the best of starts at Toulon. Despite making his debut – all 11 minutes of it – against Grenoble in August, the South African winger has made just two more league appearances, what with Springbok commitments and a hamstring strain. Then last weekend, on his Heineken Cup debut, he limped off against Exeter and won’t be seen until February at the earliest as he recovers from a thigh operation. Four outings, no tries and a monthly wage of €50,000. Mourad Boudjellal must be delighted…Fortunately Habana signed a three-year deal so the 30-year-old still has plenty of time to turn things around at Toulon and avoid joining this list of top ten French flops.Grim time: Simon Mason with StadeSimon Mason, Ulster to Stade Francais, 2000The hero of Ulster’s 1999 Heineken Cup victory, Mason signed a three-year deal with Stade Francais at the start of the 2000-2001 season. The Ireland full-back arrived in Paris hoping to reignite his Test career but made only seven starts before leaving for Italian side Treviso. “I was promised this and that but it just didn’t work,” he complained.Daniel Herbert, Queensland to Perpignan, 2003After 67 Tests for Australia, Herbert embarked for the Top 14 eager to taste the French way of life. But a serious neck injury ruined the centre’s plans and a season into his three year deal he’d managed just seven appearances. The club president at the time wasn’t too happy and refused to pay Herbert his wages. He sued for breach of contract and though he ultimately won, “it took me two and a half years to get a decision”.Tim Stimpson, Leicester to Perpignan, 2003A star at Leicester, the England and Lions full-back joined Perpignan in November 2003 after kicking a record 1,2020 Premiership points for the Tigers. At USAP Stimpson kicked only his heels as injury and a loss of form resulted in his playing for their Under-23 side. A move to Leeds followed in 2004 – after a lengthy legal battle with Perpignan – and Stimpson was left to reflect on his choice: “I can now speak French…but beyond that it was a waste of time.”Arwel Thomas, Swansea to Pau 2003The Wales fly-half left Swansea for Pau in 2003 but was soon wishing he hadn’t. The rugby wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and worse, people spoke French. “It was a pain,” grumbled Thomas, who signed for Llanelli after lasting a season in France. “I was going to the club office and they were trying to explain to me in their dodgy English things like setting up a bank account.”Percy Montgomery, Stormers to Perpignan, 2007center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Seminary of the Southwest helps smooth the path to becoming…

first_imgSeminary of the Southwest helps smooth the path to becoming a military chaplain Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Rev. Nathan Ferrell, a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Navy, was commissioned April 23, 2017. Photo: Adam Birt/Two Infinite Things, via Office of the Bishop for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries[Episcopal News Service] Joshua Woods first felt the calling while he ministered to hospice patients in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.Many patients were military veterans and spouses. As he counseled them, Woods, a lay chaplain, heard what an impact military chaplains made in their lives.That’s when Woods, now 34, knew he wanted to become a military chaplain. Such a chaplain is a clergy member who provides spiritual leadership, counseling and religious services for an institution other than a parish, such as a prison, university, hospital or branch of the armed forces.But the process to become a military chaplain specifically is tough. Woods knew of no seminary with a military chaplaincy concentration, and there are so many requirements from both the church and military that it can be a tedious and frustrating path to navigate.“One of the reasons it was a long and winding road for me was because I was doing it without guidance,” Woods said, although he did have help from the Rev. Dave Scheider, a now-retired U.S. Army chaplain of 25 years and a faculty member of Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.Woods is a senior at that Episcopal seminary now, but those coming after him should have it easier. On Sept. 12, Seminary of the Southwest announced the launch of a military chaplaincy concentration for its master of divinity degree. It’s the first of its kind among Episcopal seminaries.The seminary didn’t create this concentration from scratch, said Eric Scott, the seminary’s communications and marketing director. For 15 years, Seminary of the Southwest has been the only Episcopal seminary that offers an accredited master’s degree in mental health for students to become licensed professional counselors, Scott said. It’s a clinical degree, completely separate from the religious world.Retired Rear Admiral Don Muchow (left) and two military recruiters dine together during the Sept. 12 event announcing the new military chaplaincy concentration at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Photo: Seminary of the Southwest“Because of these counseling classes, and because a large part of what a military chaplain does in practice is the mental health counseling, the pastoral side, we’re able to offers some of those topic-specific elective classes, such as these counseling classes, for dealing with PTSD, addiction and recovery — all the things we know soldiers are dealing with,” Scott said.Seminarians on the military chaplaincy track will take the same required courses as their master of divinity peers, while using their elective courses for the concentration.It also helps that the seminary is fewer than 100 miles from three of the country’s largest military bases, so seminarians can do their required field work at nearby parishes that support the military and their families: the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood in Killeen and the U.S. Air Force’s Lackland and Randolph bases.The Rt. Rev. Carl Wright, bishop suffragan for the armed forces and federal ministries, visited the Austin campus when the program was officially launched. Wright provides ecclesiastical supervision for 130 Episcopal military chaplains on the federal payroll and would love to double that number if he had enough priests trained and called to the ministry. He sees the growth in specialized ministries as a trend in the Episcopal Church.“The M.Div. military track is groundbreaking, and it’s the wave of the future in our church, because we’ve always known that everybody does not feel called specifically to parish ministry,” Wright said, recalling his visit. He applauds Seminary of the Southwest, “not only for acknowledging other calls but also for creating a way for us to pursue them.”The Rev. Hope Benko, director of enrollment, and the Rt. Rev. Carl Wright, bishop suffragan for the armed forces and federal ministries, attended the Sept. 12 announcement event at Seminary of the Southwest. Photo: Seminary of the SouthwestThese seminarians receive training in suicide prevention, marriage and relationship counseling, and ministering to soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction issues and other kinds of crisis. The degree also entails fieldwork in Veterans Affairs hospitals and other medical facilities.There’s a shortage of Episcopal chaplains in the military, where spiritual guidance and counseling is needed for those who don’t fall in line with more conservative beliefs, Scheider said. He oversees three of the seminary’s graduate programs designed for laity and clergy in counseling, chaplaincy and spiritual formation. Scheider will mentor the military chaplaincy students.“The ability to minister to everybody in the units who fall all across the political and theological spectrum is so challenging. That’s really hard to do, and that’s what we want them to be formed to do,” Scheider said.He wants chaplains to enter the military equipped to master the political culture and pressures, such as being able to counsel the young service people, often minorities, who join in the lower ranks to get out of poverty. Chaplains also must gain the respect of higher-ranking officers, who tend to be more conservative, Scheider said.There’s an increase of sexual minorities in the military, but a decrease in chaplains from denominations that are more accepting of their beliefs and lifestyles, he said. Throughout the week when chaplains are not leading services, they counsel people going through serious issues, and even though they’re not officially mental health counselors, they might be the most available members in the unit.The Rev. Dave Scheider, the Rt. Rev. Carl Wright and the Rev. David Peters, an alumnus of Seminary of the Southwest and U.S. Army chaplain, attended the Sept. 12 announcement event at the seminary. Photo: Seminary of the Southwest“All they have to do is go up to a chaplain and say, ‘Hey do you have a minute,’” Scheider said, and the service member can expect complete confidentiality, even if there’s suicidal intent. Chaplains are considered clergy, not medical professionals, and therefore are not subject to the same exceptions to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) rules, as well as state exceptions, that require or permit disclosure of patients’ serious and imminent thoughts of harming themselves. These rules, requirements and exceptions, along with the liability involved, can be tricky, but the goal is to keep the person seeking help safe, and to build enough trust to do that.“Chaplains are extremely safe for service members to just lay open their heart and not experience any consequences,” Scheider said.In his last decade of active military service, Scheider specialized on helping couples who’d had affairs, a portion of whom marry young to get out of the barracks and receive benefits. He earned extra counseling degrees and a marriage and family therapy license to better do that.“All couples need to have that level of support and not be discriminated against, and we’re one of the few denominations that encourage our chaplains to provide that kind of support to same-sex couples,” he said.Above all, Scheider and Woods agree that a military chaplain needs to be a priest first and a military service member second. That’s why a firm grounding in the seminary is so important.Until now, there has been no one specific route within an Episcopal seminary for students who want training to become military chaplains rather than serve a parish. The Episcopal Church does have a program for seminarians to become “chaplain candidates.” They enter the reserves for training during the summer between their junior and senior seminary years. Those chaplain candidates continue training and drilling as reservists until they finish their mandatory parish experience time (up to two years), according to the Rev. Leslie Nuñez Steffensen, canon to the bishop of armed forces and federal ministries.Interested seminarians or clergy must enter the U.S. military’s chaplain-recruitment process and, at a certain point, receive their denomination’s so-called ecclesiastical endorsement.The Rev. Todd Delaney is a chaplain in the U.S. military, performing services no matter where he’s stationed. Photo: Office of the bishop for armed forces and federal ministriesSome people were in the military first, and then left to get ordained and their chaplaincy training at a seminary. Others were priests first, and then entered the military. The U.S. Army, for instance, outlines three of the main hurdles: receive ecclesiastical endorsement, earn a baccalaureate degree, and be a full-time graduate student at seminary or theological school.For Woods, he first had to discover that he wanted to be an Episcopalian. He had previously worked as a lay chaplain and an assistant pastor of a nondenominational church. Before that, he graduated from Vanderbilt University’s seminary with a master’s degree in theological studies, and was following the teaching of his childhood church, Assemblies of God. But as Woods grew older, he found that denomination limiting, and he loves the openness to questioning and inclusiveness of the Episcopal Church.He was convinced when he saw an almost equal number of Republican and Democrat political bumper stickers during the Obama-Romney presidential election in the parking lot of his first visit to an Episcopal church, St. Simon’s on the Sound in Fort Walton Beach.Chaplains must be comfortable with diversity and multiculturalism to do well in the military, Scheider said. That same kind of welcoming, accepting spirit is what drew Woods to the Episcopal Church in the first place, and why the military needs more Episcopalian chaplains with a firm grounding in both worlds, he and Woods say.“In the military, you’ll be a priest or a pastor to some, but you’ll be a chaplain to all,” Woods said. “Everyone that I care for will not be Episcopalian. I’ll need a whole different toolbox to care for all the other people with different types of beliefs.”— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] David Paulsen, an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service, contributed to this report. He can be reached at [email protected] Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA October 16, 2017 at 6:04 pm Where is Cynthia Kittredge in this? I’m sure she supports it, but it would have been nice to hear from her! An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cynthia Briggs Kittredge says: October 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm Just wonderful and surely long in coming!Years ago (I am 84), in many dioceses had committees and or commisions for the Uniformed (Armed) Services. These greatly helped in the recruitment of military and VA Chaplains and paved the long way to eventual canonical approvals and commissioning into the three military Chaplaincies – (three – in that Naval Chaplains serve all the Maritime Services: Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and uniformed Civilian Merchant Marine aboard USNS Vessels as Hospital and Troop Ships as well as the Merchant Marime Academy. Additionally Commisjoned Uniformed USPHS and NOA personnel may be also attached to Naval Vessels and Units eith thejr unique missions). It was such a Uniformed (Armed) Services Committee in the Diocese of Los Angeles thatdeveloped my own interest in the Naval Chaplaincy.The Seminary of the South Eest to be highly commended for this far reaching initiative. Having spent a total of 28 years in thd Active and Ready Reserve Naval Forces, Nd teo combat tours in Vietnam, I can well appreciate the overiding necessity for such seminary related training for future Chaplains. In more recent times, qualified Seminarists when endorsed by their Religious Denomination’s Agency registeted with DOD (i.e. for Episcopalians the Suffragan for the Armed and Federal Chaplains), such Seminarist can be Commissioned as Probstionary (Seminarist) Chaplains, with the Naval rank of Ensign, CHC, USNR, or (Chaplain) 2nd LT, USAR Army or USAF. The Army and Air Force Chaplains beyond the Reserves can opt to serve in the Army and Air National Guard, and can also be activated for overseas duties.Indeed in my own Will, I have instructions for a 10% of my Estate to go to CDSP for this very purpose. I had discussed that with the President of CDSP, for my gift to be added to an existing scholarship endowment already given towards the same purpose.With many Blessings, Semper Fi ~ with Fair Winds and Following Seas.Salaam Rab’buna.Samir+(The Rev’d Canon) Samir J. Habiby, ChStJU.S. Naval Chaplain (Retired).Life Member of the Order ofthe Purple HeartA Long Term Visiting Electives Lecturer (Faith and Force, Religion, War and Peace),The U.S. Naval War College (Newport, RI)DeJuro Chaplain, the Joint British, Canadian and U.S. Military Advisory Group for the Training of Palestine National Authority’s Security Forces ~ while Serving as tje Special Assistant to the Anglican Bishop in JerusLem Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT October 25, 2017 at 9:48 pm How wonderful that we are training and education young men and women in probably the most difficult of ministries. Because we are so accepting of all the possibilities of human nature, we Episcopalians are the natural source for this education and ministry. Hallelujah! October 18, 2017 at 10:47 am Hi Carol –Good to hear from you! Thanks for your interest in this- it is certainly an exciting new venture for the seminary, and we hope it has a very positive impact on the church overall. While I wasn’t quoted in this article, I was very involved in the development of this initiative and supportive of our leadership team here at Southwest. Their words express well our shared vision for increasing the role of the Episcopal Church within the Federal Ministries and Military Chaplaincy.All peace, Cynthia Carol Kingston says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (6) Rector Bath, NC Mary Lee Morris says: 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By Amy SowderPosted Oct 16, 2017 November 1, 2017 at 12:11 pm This initiative at the Seminary of the Southwest is one we hope to replicate at the other Episcopal Seminaries. I hope that word is getting out about what a rich field the military branches are for doing ministry at the “front line” of the Jesus Movement. The Episcopal Church is uniquely gifted for ministry in this highly ecumenical environment. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Press Release Service The Rev’d Canon Dr. Samir J. Haniby says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Rev. Canon Leslie Nunez Steffensen says: Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments are closed. Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY leroy haverlah says: Theological Education 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 October 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm Wonderful to learn of the Seminary providing this.I hear there are many Fundamentalists flooding the military with their views. We need some balance.In years past, our rural parish was served by a college professor who was previously a military chaplain, who provided good insights. Later, two military chaplains served our congregation as they had Sundays off. We never had a full time pastor. Retired chaplains can take on a full or part time parish and do an excellent job.Chaplains trained to serve any institution bring a special element to those with special needs.So happy for Seminary opportunity for these men and women. Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

RWC 2019 head injury forces Argentina prop Juan Figallo to retire

first_imgThursday Nov 12, 2020 RWC 2019 head injury forces Argentina prop Juan Figallo to retire Saracens and Argentina prop Juan Figallo has been forced to retire from rugby on medical advice at the age of 32 due to a head injury. Figallo suffered the injury during a pool match against England at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and did not feature for Saracens last season.ADVERTISEMENTHe joined Saracens from Top 14 side Montpellier in 2014 and went on to make 96 appearances for the club, where he won four Premiership titles and three European Champions Cups during a trophy-laden six-year spell.Director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Juan epitomises everything it takes to be a good team-mate. A brilliant performer on the field, he has led the way in what tighthead props are capable of.“Off the field, ‘Chipi’ struck a perfect balance of always pushing to improve his game and having fun with his team-mates. He has been a great example and mentor to our younger players.“We wish Juan, Trini and their family well for the future and thank them for their enormous contribution to our club.”Figallo made 33 appearances for Argentina during his career, featuring at the 2011, 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups.RELATED VIEWING:ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

New card game aims to help small charities raise more funds, & get families talking

first_img 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 Tagged with: Fundraising ideas games  219 total views,  1 views today  220 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 “Women’s rights are top of the social agenda right now. We want to channel this groundswell of support into a practical model – while driving social change at the most fundamental level.” Three charities have so far signed up: The Dash Charity in Berkshire, Mums in Need in Sheffield and Wight Dash in the Isle of Wight. The Dash Charity is using the cards as part of its school outreach programme, while Mums in Need and Wight Dash are selling the packs in their own charity shops. Maidenhead council is also looking at distributing the cards via social workers.The goal is to raise £10,000 from the sale of these cards in the first year, which will go straight to the three charity partners. Together Equal, which works with charities that support victims of abuse, launches fully this year and aims to launch a second set of cards focusing on a new subject and to have signed up a further eight charity partners by 2020.Becky Spiller, Head of Sustainability at the Dash Charity, said:“Local, grassroots charities delivering vital community interventions, such as ours, are increasingly at risk due to funding cuts. These Conversation Cards are the first step to us exploring and developing new opportunities to sustain our work, alongside instigating important dialogues which need to be brought into the open.”Together Equal Co-founder Sarah Aird-Mash said: Advertisementcenter_img New not-for-profit organisation Together Equal has launched a conversation card game targeting families, with profits from every pack sold going to small, independent charities working towards equality on a grassroots level.Together Equal‘s game has been developed for families with children aged 7-11. The cards cover a variety of topics, some fun, some thought provoking and some touching on societal gender stereotypes.The initiative is designed to give small, independent UK charities something they can sell directly through their networks and charity shops. The charity returns the cost price of the cards to Together Equal so more units can be produced, whilst retaining the full profits of whatever they have sold. New card game aims to help small charities raise more funds, & get families talking AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Melanie May | 8 January 2019 | Newslast_img read more

A survivor speaks: ‘I had to defend myself’

first_imgBy Wendy HowardI’m facing charges of first degree murder, which will come with a 50-to-life sentence if I am convicted. And this was after years of abuse, restraining orders, ineffective policing, with very little to any help in those phone calls to police. The non-prosecution of this person, and him not being held accountable, ended up empowering him. And so things got worse. When the unfortunate situation occurred in which I had to defend myself, I called the police seeking their assistance and help and ended up being the one taken to jail. I truly believed in the justice system up to a point that I was impacted by it. At that point, when I went in there, I quickly learned exactly the tactics that they use, even in the county jail. And I wasn’t even convicted of anything, I was only charged with something. Some of the things that they do in even the jails are harmful. I had just experienced a traumatic attack, and they did not give me any kind of medical evaluation or attention, specifically a mental evaluation. They also denied me my medication for six weeks. I have to take a shot every week for rheumatoid arthritis; they denied me medication, and I ended up with permanent joint damage.‘Brought us to have a connection and a deep respect’I also met other ladies that were in there with similar charges as mine. When I first went in, I was not as close to the ladies as I could have been. But then I realized that a lot of the ladies in there were in there for things that really they didn’t have control over, such as [spouse/partner] abuse, early childhood abuse — some with stories as bad as mine, if not worse. That brought us to have a connection and a deep respect for each other and helping one another while we were there. I found a lot of discrepancies in the way that the system works. There’s one lady in particular that has charges that are very similar to mine. She’s been through two mistrials. And they’re now trying her for the third time. They have refused to give her bail reduction. And she has been in pretrial detention, not guilty of anything, I have this kind of survivor’s guilt, I guess I would say, because I was given bail reduction in my hearing. I am now out on a $500,000 bail, while she is still being held on a $1.5 million bail. It’s kind of made me pretty angry to see those discrepancies and to see how they treat people in there. Because the only real difference that I can see between her case and my case is the color of our skin and  how we’re perceived in that regard. ‘An eye-opening experience to be in the system’So as soon as I got out on bail, I decided that it was time to hit the ground running and try to make as many changes as I possibly could until I was put in that trial room and tried. Which was another whole thing, the whole plea bargain thing [before the trial]. They really do try to intimidate people into taking those pleas, including things such as one of my friends still there was told that she would never see her kids again if she didn’t take this plea bargain. It was an unreasonable and overcharged plea bargain. She didn’t take it, and now her public defender isn’t really fighting for her. And because of COVID and the courts being closed, her family’s not there to hold him accountable either. It’s a really eye opening experience to be in the system and impacted, especially at my age. Having once believed in the justice system — and not just believed in it, but I actually was in criminal law and was on the eligibility list to become a law enforcement officer and was also married to a sergeant. So it was quite the eye opener. Definitely a rude awakening, when I found myself in this system and saw how things really worked. My passion now is to try to bring that to light and bring people to realize that the people that are inside are really people who have suffered. And maybe there’s a different way that we can look at what healing and restoration to community might really look like in the future. That’s my goal. Thank you for your time and for listening to my story.Some actions you can take to support Wendy Howard: Contact Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer and Deputy Attorney Courtney Lewis to demand justice for Wendy: Email: [email protected] and [email protected] Call: (661) 868-2340. BCC: [email protected] so Wendy can use emails in court. Sign and share the petition:  WW PHOTO: Judy GreenspanFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this This is a slightly edited version of a talk given at the webinar “Women and Oppressed Genders: Survival and Resistance” hosted by WWP’s Prisoners Solidarity Committee on Sept. 24.Wendy Howard with daughters Bailey (left) and Miranda (right) in front of the office of the Kern County District Attorney.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis continues winning ways, defeat UT-Arlington 5-2

first_img + posts Linkedin Facebook ReddIt Jack Wallace TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jack Wallace Linkedin Photo by Jack Wallace ReddIt Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East TCU News Now 4/28/2021 TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Twitter 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Facebook Jack Wallace Jack Wallace printFor their second road match of the season, No. 16 TCU men’s tennis picked up another win with a 5-2 over the UTA Mavericks.Freshman Luc Fomba won both his singles and doubles matchups today, critical for the Horned Frogs’ success.Photo by Jack WallaceJunior Alastair Gray paired up with sophomore Eduardo Roldan for the first time this year, but that did not stop them from a strong 6-3 win.Sophomore Bertus Kruger and senior Reese Stalder clinched the doubles point for the Frogs with a 6-2 win, marking another game with a swept doubles point.The freshmen duo Luc Fomba and Sander Jong were down 3-5 when the doubles were called.Alastair Gray had his first win of the season against UTA, notching it at the No. 1 singles position.Photo by Jack WallaceGray earned his first singles victory of the year as the No. 1 singles man, as his matches had remained unfinished when TCU clinched.Nationally-ranked No. 65 Kruger had a 6-2, 6-4 win to give the Frogs a 3-0 start to the day, setting up a near sweep.Stalder finished with his first loss of the year but was avenged by Fomba, who clinched the day for TCU, 7-5, 6-1.Both coaches agreed to finish out the remaining matches, and they resulted in a loss for Jong and a nail-biting win for Roldan.“It was good to see our guys being tested, pushed, and keep getting us better and better prepared for the matches coming up,” head coach David Roditi said.Up Next:TCU returns home to host the Wichita State Shockers at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.  Previous articleWhere to watch Super Bowl LIII in Fort WorthNext articleMoore leads Women’s Basketball to fourth-straight victory Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitterlast_img read more

Charlie Hebdo editor’s acquittal in Mohammed cartoon case hailed as positive for French society

first_img RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia FranceEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more A Paris criminal court today cleared Philippe Val, the editor of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion” by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the verdict and hopes it will set a judicial precedent. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says March 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charlie Hebdo editor’s acquittal in Mohammed cartoon case hailed as positive for French society RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on France News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders hailed a Paris criminal court’s decision today to clear Philippe Val, the editor of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion” by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed a year ago. The case was brought by the Paris Grand Mosque, the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) and the World Islamic League.“The court’s verdict accords with the French republic’s values and is good for French society as a whole,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hail the judges’ finding that the limits of free expression were not exceeded in this case. This ruling is a victory for press freedom and in no way is a defeat for a community. We hope it will set a judicial precedent.”The UOIF announced that it would appeal, but the Paris Grand Mosque said it would not.The outcome of this key trial for the defence of press freedom follows a similar decision by Danish judges acquitting the editors of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, the first newspaper to publish controversial cartoons of Mohammed.In the French case, the three plaintiffs had demanded 30,000 euros in damages from Charlie Hebdo, while the French public prosecutor’s office had recommended acquittal. Val had additionally faced a possible sentence of six months in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros. As he left the court today, he expressed his satisfaction and confidence in the French judicial system, commenting: “We have been vindicated by the court.”Val had received strong backing not only from French journalists but also many politicians, including UDF presidential candidate François Bayrou and French Socialist Party leader François Hollande, who voiced their support for the weekly during the two-day trial on 7 and 8 February. Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP presidential candidate, had also indicated his support, commenting that he preferred “an excess of cartoons to a lack of cartoons.”The lawsuit concerned three of the six Mohammed cartoons which the weekly published on 8 February 2006. Two of the three had appeared in Jyllands-Posten in 2005. One of them showed Mohammed wearing a turban in the form of a bomb about to explode. The other showed him saying: “Stop, stop, we have run out of virgins.” The third, which was on the cover, was by French cartoonist Jean “Cabu” Cabut. It showed Mohammed with his head in his hands saying: “It is hard to be loved by idiots.” May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Willard International Baccalaureate Elementary’s Spring Fling on Saturday will Honor Retiring Principal Dr. Debra DeBose

first_img Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Willard International Baccalaureate Elementary’s fifth annual Spring Fling will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the lovely Giordano family estate in Alta­dena.A special ceremony to honor retiring principal Dr. Debra DeBose will highlight an evening of dining and dancing.Among the items at a silent auction, which is open to the publis, are a hotel stay and restaurant packages, tickets for Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and Dodger games, Star Wars toys, baskets and more.Participants do not need to be present for the auction, as all bidding takes place online and the auction is now open. To preview items and bid, go to are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.To purchase, visit For more information, contact Tina Fredericks at Community News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community Newscenter_img Top of the News Benefits Willard International Baccalaureate Elementary’s Spring Fling on Saturday will Honor Retiring Principal Dr. Debra DeBose From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 11, 2015 | 6:25 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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 First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

‘Every Sunset Will Be Followed By A Sunrise’: Chhattisgarh HC CJ PR Ramachandra Menon ‘Gifts’ Rs. 10,000 To Advocate Forced Into Basket Weaving Amid Pandemic

first_imgNews Updates’Every Sunset Will Be Followed By A Sunrise’: Chhattisgarh HC CJ PR Ramachandra Menon ‘Gifts’ Rs. 10,000 To Advocate Forced Into Basket Weaving Amid Pandemic LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 July 2020 12:46 AMShare This – xChief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court, Justice PR Ramachandra Menon recently gifted a sum of Rs. 10,000/- to a first generation Advocate based in Tamil Nadu, who was constrained to take up his traditional job of basket weaving, amid the COVID-19 crisis. As reported by the Times of India last week, 34 year old Uthamakumaran was forced back into his traditional job, as he…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginChief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court, Justice PR Ramachandra Menon recently gifted a sum of Rs. 10,000/- to a first generation Advocate based in Tamil Nadu, who was constrained to take up his traditional job of basket weaving, amid the COVID-19 crisis. As reported by the Times of India last week, 34 year old Uthamakumaran was forced back into his traditional job, as he was rendered “penniless” amid the Covid induced lockdown. “Since I had to eke out a living, I was ready to do any work. But the only other work I know was my ancestral vocation of weaving baskets from wild date palm fronds,” he told the ToI. Appreciating his “commitment” to the dignity of labour, Chief Justice Menon wrote, “Enclosed please find a cheque for a sum of Rs. 10,000….This is not a donation or a contribution out of any sympathy, but a ‘gift’ you deserve in recognition and appreciation of your concept/commitment to the ‘dignity of labour’.”Uthamakumaran, hails from the tribal malai kuruvar community. He told ToI that after completing his law graduation in 2010, he had been practicing at the Pattukotai court in Thanjavur. He used to earn an income of about Rs 25,000 per month before the pandemic hit. Persuaded by this “heartbreaking news,” Chief Justice Menon reached out to Uthamakumaran and appreciated his commitment with a token of appreciation. He added that Uthamakumaran’s story ‘alerts’ the Lawyer’s fraternity at large “to be ‘positive’, as every Sunset will be followed by a Sunrise.” Next Storylast_img read more

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs controversial gun bill that allows some armed teachers

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Nearly a month after 17 people were killed in a horrific Florida school shooting, the state’s governor, Rick Scott, signed a gun safety bill Friday that raised the minimum age to buy a gun but also allows some teachers to be armed.Surrounded by families affected by the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, Scott formally signed the SB 7026, the so-called “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” named after the school where the tragedy took place.The legislation will raise the age to buy rifles to 21 from 18 and also require a three-day waiting period for long guns.Hours after Scott signed the bill, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit claiming the law violates the Second Amendment by raising the age to buy guns.SB 7026 also includes a controversial measure to arm some teachers and other school personnel who undergo special training sanctioned by the state. The teacher-arming provision would allow school districts that don’t want to participate to opt out. Under the guardian program, teachers and school employees who underwent law enforcement training would be able to carry handguns, provided that their districts opted in.A number of public officials, including President Trump, have argued that armed teachers would serve as a deterrent to would-be school shooters.But according to the Tampa Bay Times, the state’s largest school districts do not seem to be amenable to the idea of arming educators.The legislation will also raise the age to buy rifles to 21 from 18 and also require a three-day waiting period for long guns.The suspect in the Parkland shooting, Nikolas Cruz, was 19 years old and allegedly used an AR-15 rifle to carry out his rampage. The shooting sparked renewed calls for gun control, including raising the age to buy rifles and banning assault weapons.If Scott had not signed the legislation, it would have become law 15 days after it passed the house.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more