New Zealand court hears discrimination charge against bishop

first_imgNew Zealand court hears discrimination charge against bishop In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Posted May 8, 2013 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments (4) Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest May 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm It bothers me to know that an Anglican bishop may possibly be discriminating against a qualified candidate for the priesthood based on his sexual orientation. I hope and pray that the New Zealand court system rules that he may seek ordination. I can say that I fully support LGBT clergy, and since our church’s figurehead, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has said he supports LGBT civil unions, it just may be a possibility he also supports LGBT clergy! Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Diocese of Auckland Bishop Ross Bay faces a state discrimination charge for refusing to allow a gay, partnered man to enter the ordination process. Photo/Diocese of Auckland[Anglican Taonga] Testimony before the New Zealand Human Rights Review Tribunal is due to end this week over a charge that Bishop of Auckland Ross Bay has discriminated against a gay man who wants to become a priest.Eugene Sisneros, an events coordinator at St. Matthew-in-the-City, was refused entry to the diocesan ordination training program because he is living in a same-sex relationship – and is therefore not chaste in terms of the New Zealand Anglican Church canons.The bishop’s position is that the Anglican canons do not permit anyone living in a sexual relationship outside of marriage to be accepted for training for the priesthood.The bishop believes that the canons presently define chastity as being either married in the traditional sense, or single and celibate.The question of whether the definition of chastity should be broadened in canon law to include those living in committed same-sex relationships is before the Ma Whea Commission, which will report to next year’s provincial General Synod.If the General Synod decides such same-sex relationships can be blessed, it automatically follows that those in these relationships could be considered for the priesthood.Sisneros, who says he has been signaling his desire to begin ordination training since 2006, has completed a theology degree. He says the bishop’s decision breaches the country’s Human Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination against job seekers.The hearing began in the Auckland District Court May 6.Auckland Bishop Bay told the panel that he had interviewed Sisneros in November 2010, and Sisneros had “indicated that he understood that his relationship would prevent ordination at this point.He’d wanted to begin the process, nonetheless, and Ross had said he would seek advice about that.But in March 2011 Judge Chris Harding, the chancellor for the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, had given a legal opinion which said that any bishop who proceeded with the ordination of a person in a same-sex relationship did so at their peril.Bay said he came to the view that it would be pastorally irresponsible “to take someone down a path which I know to lead to a dead end.”In testimony on May 7, the tightrope that the tribunal must walk as it decides the case became dramatically evident.Archbishop Philip Richardson testified, spelling out how the church makes its laws, and how the present marriage and ordination canons cannot be interpreted in a way that would allow gay ordination.At one point Rodger Haines, the chairperson of the tribunal, asked whether Richardson accepted that discrimination had taken place.The archbishop acknowledged that, in terms of the definition in the human rights act, it had. What the defense is claiming, he said, is the exemption provided in the act to religious organizations.When tribunal member Huhana Hickey asked where in the Bible Jesus states that homosexuals have less spiritual significance than heterosexuals, the lead defense counsel, Bruce Gray, leapt to his feet. He said that out of respect for the tribunal and “a desire for transparency” he had allowed a series of questions that did not, in his view, comply with the law.But, he said, the tribunal had sailed “perilously close” to going beyond its remit under the Bill of Rights Act – which allows religious bodies to claim exemption from some civil rights obligations where these conflict with doctrine.“That case for the defense,” he said, “is that there is a doctrine. The tribunal is entitled by its status under the Bill of Rights Act to satisfy itself that there is a doctrine.”But when its questioning began “drilling into Scripture” and evaluating doctrine and the scriptural basis for that doctrine, it has “trespassed,” he said.Haines said the tribunal must be able to assess whether the refusal to admit Sisneros was a matter of doctrine or “established custom.”“What we are testing,” he said, “is whether what is put in front of us is doctrine. And it becomes quite difficult to test that without actually asking questions about doctrine. Where it comes from, the way it finds its way into formularies.”Testimony at the tribunal showed that at least one New Zealand Anglican bishop had knowingly ordained a gay, partner man to the priesthood in recent years.“Occasions of inconsistency such as the ordination of a person in a committed same-sex relationship by an individual bishop or the acquiescence, post-ordination, of same-sex relationships are just that; inconsistency,” Richardson told the tribunal. “The status quo has not been changed, that change would require due process.”The archbishop also said that Anglican Church in New Zealand considers that the form of same-sex marriage recently ushered into law by the country’s Marriage Amendment Act “is not a Christian form of marriage.”The tribunal will issue a decision at a later date. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 May 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm Sisneros may experience a very strong calling from the Holy Spirit to be priest. It is the experience of the Episcopal Church that many LGBT people are called to ministry. In that case surely it is appropriate that he test his discernment against the policy of the church which is excluding a whole class of people. Anglican Communion, Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. Richard Augustine says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI David Kellett says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ May 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm Wow. A Human Rights Tribunal having authority over church decisions and church policy?May I make a couple of points. First, ordination is a calling. God calls a person to ordained ministry. The Bishop, as the Church’s representative, does have authority to test, assess, affirm or deny call. The Church does have the right to test, challenge, and evaluate calls. So, I would argue, judgements on this level can be misunderstood as “discrimination”. But, shouldn’t the argument be, it is God who discriminates. He calls one person, He doesn’t call another.But, the concept of “rights” or “human rights”, how does that apply here? Is ordination a right in this sense??? Rights, properly speaking, have to do with civil activities, like voting, or renting an apartment, or getting a job. Rights exist between a citizen and the government. I disagree that Human Rights Tribunals have any authority in matters of the Church. The rules, and the standards in the Church are different than in secular society.In the above news story, I am suspicious Eugene Sisneros, the plaintiff, is a gay activist. He can’t get what he wants by asking and by following normal channels. So, he resorts to the Human Rights Tribunal. To me, this is very manipulative. It is political activism, and he is using it to promote his own cause. He is making the priesthood into a job, a career, like being a lawyer or an engineer, which he feels he has a right to enter. It sounds like a messy case. I pity the poor Bishops. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Nellwyn Beamon says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events May 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm I don’t think ABC Welby’s position on LGBT civil unions is as definitive as that. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/apr/18/archbishop-canterbury-civil-partnershipsThe church is wrestling with their position at this time and is expected to make a determination next year, according to this article. I would think that becoming clergy is just more than a job (I sure hope so, anyway). While I would think the church will make the humane choice next year, it is hard to tell somebody to wait after having waited for justice for so long. 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All 16 Sevens teams pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

first_imgMonday Dec 9, 2013 All 16 Sevens teams pay tribute to Nelson Mandela All 16 teams and officials at the South Africa Sevens paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, at the venue named after the great man, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. We shared a photo of it on Twitter and Facebook at the weekend, but here is a video showing the moment, plus a bit of a tribute.Credit to the IRB for this and other Sevens coverageADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Sevens Related Articles 66 WEEKS AGO Part three of the award winning USA 7s documentary… 107 WEEKS AGO Table topping Fiji fly past Australia to… 114 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Touching jersey ceremony for young… 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 TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

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Children’s charity relaunched as Little Hearts Matter

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 11 March 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Children’s charity relaunched as Little Hearts Matter  63 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Children’s heart charity Little Hearts Matter will be launched on Friday 19 March 2004 at the House of Lords. The charity is the national voice for children and their families where a single ventricle congenital heart condition has been diagnosed. The charity, formed in 1994 as Left Heart Matters to look after people affected by one specific type of heart condition (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome), has now expanded its services to provide support for families affected by other single ventricle heart conditions. Little Hearts Matter’s Patron, Baroness Howarth of Breckland MP, will host the national launch. Simultaneous events will take place at cardiac centres across the country with parents, children, hospital staff and local celebrities. Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropylast_img read more

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Journalists targeted in pro and anti-Lula protests in Brazil

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas Condemning abuses Violence AFP PHOTO / PAULO PINTO – FOTOS PUBLICAS April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the unacceptable physical and verbal attacks on media outlets and reporters prior to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s imprisonment and calls on both authorities and demonstrators to respect the work of the media. At least eight journalists were attacked on 7 April by demonstrators who had gathered outside the headquarters of the ABC metalworkers’ union in the state of São Paulo in a show of support for Lula shortly before he surrendered to the authorities.Reporters with three radio stations, CBN, Bandnews FM and Jovem Pan, and three TV channels, Bandnews, Rede TV and Globo, were subjected to verbal and physical violence while covering Lula’s last minutes of freedom. Some crews had to leave the area for security reasons.Similar incidents were reported in different cities on 5 April. In São Paulo and Brasilia, the vehicles of reporters for Bandnews FM and the Correio Braziliense newspaper were attacked and their windows were smashed. In João Pessoa, the capital of the northeastern state of Paraíba, demonstrators attacked the headquarters of Cabo Branco TV, Globo TV’s local associate.“The Brazilian authorities must ensure the safety of the media, whose work at this time of great political tension is fundamental,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.”Brazilian journalists are being unfairly targeted and are the leading victims of the frustration of demonstrators, who link them directly the media outlets they work for. This is a serious violation of freedom of the press and information, which the country badly needs amid the current political turmoil.”Attacks on media outlets and investigative reporters are common in Brazil. On 26 March, someone opened fire on the headquarters of the Jornal dos Bairros Litoral, a weekly newspaper in the southern state of Paraná.Lula’s imprisonment has exacerbated the already considerable polarization in Brazil since President Dilma Rousseff ‘s impeachment and removal in 2016. The presidential election due to be held in October could fuel the climate of mistrust and hostility towards the media.Brazil is ranked 103rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 10, 2018 Journalists targeted in pro and anti-Lula protests in Brazil Organisation News Receive email alerts RSF_en News BrazilAmericas Condemning abuses Violence News Follow the news on Brazillast_img read more

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Wade’s culinary night to raise funds for Limerick Alzheimer’s families

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print TAGS#SightForHungryEyeslimerickRestaurant 1826Wade Murphy Twitter Previous articleVideo story competition to boost support for local charitiesNext articleState aid given to Shannon firm linked to US money laundering probe Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsWade’s culinary night to raise funds for Limerick Alzheimer’s familiesBy Staff Reporter – September 27, 2016 952 center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Advertisement Award winning chef Wade Murphy has designed a stunning menu for the unique culinary night in LimerickONE local Limerick family will be the benefactors of funds raised from a unique culinary event hosted by one of the best chefs in the country.With a host of national awards on the mantle piece of Restaurant 1826, the Adare based cooking mastermind, Wade Murphy will host a magical fundraising night for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.Under the campaign of #SightForHungryEyes, a special five course tasting menu will be designed for the event aimed at raising much needed funds for families affected by the disease.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Upwards of 50,000 families are affected by Alzheimer’s and the Limerick event will see that money raised goes directly to a local family.Italian chef Cristina Giacomelli, founder of the project, and Luciano Tona of the Michelin starred Osteria Lucio in Dublin will collaborate with Wade on the night.The night will be hosted at the Adare restaurant on October 5 next and will run at four other venues around the country during that week. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

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Exhibit features poems from Texas and New Mexico

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Museum of the Big BendMuseum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, 400 N. Harrison St., Alpine, has scheduled the exhibit “Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes along the Great Divide” through March 25.The exhibit features photographs of the Continental Divide from Alaska to Chiapas, Mexico, alongside poems by 39 poets from Texas and New Mexico.A limited edition publication featuring all works in the exhibit will be available for purchase in the gift shop for $24.95 (plus tax).Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.Admission is free. Donations are welcome.For more information, call 432-837-8143. Pinterest Twitter Previous articleOMTA celebrates annual piano competitionNext article‘Modern Frescos: Ali Cavanaugh’ exhibit admin Exhibit features poems from Texas and New Mexicocenter_img By admin – January 27, 2018 Facebook Museum of the Big Bend logo Facebook Twitter Local Newslast_img read more

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Online survey being conducted on Loop 338

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Michael Bauer – May 19, 2021 Twitter Online survey being conducted on Loop 338 Pinterest Facebook Motorist drive along Loop 338 Monday morning in Odessa. The Odessa District has launched an interactive online survey asking people to participate in a transportation study for Loop 338. The survey will be available for the public through June 7, 2021.(Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Those who travel on Loop 338 in Odessa on a daily basis will get a chance to express their opinions on future improvements through an interactive online survey conducted by the Odessa District of the Texas Department of Transportation.The survey will be available to the public through June 7.“We’re trying to get a feel for what the public thinks should happen,” Odessa District of TxDOT Public Information Officer Gene Powell said. “Engineers always have ideas and training and they know what they’re doing, but they’re not the ones driving it every day. We want people who are driving it every day and see issues on a regular basis to weigh in and tell us what those issues are and that will help us make better decisions as engineers and planners.”The survey’s aim is to help identify future improvements that may be needed on Loop 338.Participants in the survey can make comments and point out what they see as priorities for the loop moving forward.“We’ve done a few things like this before,” Powell said. “Obviously, for the last year with COVID, we’ve really moved into the virtual world so this is a survey that’s similar to ones pre-COVID that TxDOT would do and we’re really early in the process and this is an economical way to reach a lot of people. I think we sent out some 19,000 flyers about it, so it’s a way to get a lot of information from a lot of varying forces and that’s important as we plan.”A press release from the Odessa District of TxDOT says that the first page of the survey shows six segments of Loop 338.The second page gives participants a chance to rank how segments should be prioritized for improvements.Participants will then get a chance to identify what they consider to be the issues each segment faces and how improvements can help.An interactive map will allow people to drop icons on the sections where issues exist.Powell says that some of the things he expects to hear from on the survey is the need for more lanes.“For example, the northwest section is only a two-lane road right now,” Powell said. “We expect people to ask about intersection improvements whether it be overpasses or signals. We’re putting in an overpass right now at north loop 338 and (U.S. Highway) 385 and we expect people to say they want one on the south loop as well which makes sense. There are also safety issues, whether it’d be concrete medians in some locations or flatter highways in some locations that aren’t divided right now because they’re two lanes. There’s going to be questions about the section of 338 on the east side of Odessa over by UTPB because there’s not much room to widen the road there so there’ll be concerns about that. It kind of runs from safety to mobility to capacity and the fact that it’s not a true loop because it’s not controlled access because you have red lights in some places. It’s pretty wide-ranging.”In getting the word out about the survey, Powell says they have sent out tons of mailers.“We’re using social media,” Powell said. “The media is helping us get the word out. We’re using our transportation partners who have helped us out and the Permian Road Safety Coalition. We’re trying to turn over as many rocks as we can, but we want people to weigh in. Giving your opinion on social media and griping about it is something that we all like to do, but this is a way to really be proactive and helpful with your criticisms and concerns so we hope people take the opportunity to tell us what they see and help us make better decisions.”This will be the first of two surveys. The second survey launch date has not been scheduled yet.“We’ll take all the information from the first survey before we start crafting the second survey,” Powell said. “It’ll probably be more along the lines of ‘OK, here are the concerns. Which ones do you want to see first?’ and ‘Here are the improvements we want to make. Where should we start?’ That kind of stuff is what I expect the second survey to be. But it also could refine some of the answers that we get from the first survey so it’s still up in the air. … (The second survey) hasn’t been developed yet.”Construction dates have not been set since priorities have not been made.“We’re probably looking at five years out, at least,” Powell said. “Probably more. This is a very long project. I can’t imagine anything starting within five years. Right now, we don’t even have funding for anything so this is a long term project that we want to craft what the entire loop should look like and then start moving forward.”To participate in the survey, go to www.txdot.gov and search “Odessa Loop 338” from May 18 through June 7.For questions or concerns relating to the proposed project or the interactive online survey, contact Advanced Planning Engineer for TxDOT Odessa District Gabriel Ramirez at 432-498-4645 or [email protected] Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsTraffic and Transportation Twitter Previous article‘Into the Woods’ outsideNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 19, 2021 Michael Bauerlast_img read more

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FBI warns of COVID-19 vaccine scams

first_imgdomoyega/iStockBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As the United States inches closer to Food and Drug Administration approval of a COVID-19 vaccination, the FBI is warning Americans of potential vaccine fraud.FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault told ABC News that there could initially be issues in distributing the vaccine and that scammers will use this to their advantage.“What we would say to the public is to be leery of and be on guard for scams related to telemarketing, malicious websites or emails where people are taking advantage of the initial supply-and-demand problem,” Thibault said.In October, the World Health Organization found a fake flu vaccine in Mexico, according to EUROPOL, the European Union’s law enforcement arm. EUROPOL worries the same could happen with the COVID-19 vaccine.“The same scenario is also likely to happen when COVID-19 vaccines do become available,” the agency said in a press release. “Similar to the fake influenza vaccine encountered in Mexico, counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines may represent a significant public health threat if they are ineffective at best or toxic at worst, given their production in underground labs without hygiene standards.”Specifically, Thibault stressed that there will “certainly” be bad actors looking to take advantage of people during the rollout of the vaccine.“Bad actors will reach out to people and may take advantage of their desperation to get the vaccine early,” he said.Thibault warned no American should have to pay for the vaccine — and anyone telling them to do so is wrong.He also said that these scams will need to be carried out quickly as more of the legitimate vaccines flood the country.“The fraudsters have to know that these types of scams, with regard to the vaccine, have a time limit on them,” he said.The assistant special agent in charge also mentioned that people are often embarrassed to admit they were the victim to this type of fraud, but he urged victims to tell law enforcement in order to stop future incidents.“These are crimes of greed and opportunity,” Thibault said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Wish you were here? Movebubble inks deal for EcoWorld site

first_imgLettings app Movebubble has signed a deal with sustainable developer EcoWorld to market build-to-rent homes on a site where Pink Floyd records were once made.Be:here Hayes is the first development from EcoWorld that will feature on Movebubble.The complex is part of the Old Vinyl Factory redevelopment of the 18-acre former EMI record plant in Hayes, Middlesex, where groundbreaking albums by The Beatles and Pink Floyd were once pressed.The site is located just 300 yards away from Hayes & Harlington railway station, also a stop on the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) scheduled to open in 2021.EcoWorld is an award-winning Malaysian-based property developer focused on providing sustainable property around the world.Be:here Hayes (pictured below) offers 119 one and two-bedroom apartments. The development is pet-friendly and features on-site concierge services and free super-fast 30Mbps broadband for residents.Leisure facilitiesThe development also features restaurants and leisure facilities and has a 7,000 sq ft roof terrace for residents.The Old Vinyl Factory also taps into its musical past with a live music venue.Movebubble CEO Aidan Rushby welcomed the partnership with EcoWorld.“Our exciting partnership with EcoWorld allows us further to increase the number of high-calibre spaces available on the Movebubble platform while collaborating with a partner that champions sustainable practices in the property industry,” he said.“Renters are becoming more aware of companies with a green ethos, and developments such as be:here Hayes provide renters with such renting opportunity in the capital.”Vinny Bhander, managing director of residential investment at EcoWorld, added: “Be:here Hayes is an exciting development that was built for the modern-day renter, and Movebubble provides the perfect platform to market it to London’s growing number of renters.”Ecoworld Hayes Vinyl Factory proptech firms London rental property eco-homes March 11, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Wish you were here? Movebubble inks deal for EcoWorld site previous nextLand & New HomesWish you were here? Movebubble inks deal for EcoWorld siteThe lettings app Movebubble has signed a deal with Malaysian developer, EcoWorld, to market rentals on the site where Pink Floyd records were made.Richard Reed11th March 20200530 Viewslast_img read more

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An open letter about the Oxford Union

first_imgFirst of all, I’d like to apologise to Union members. There has been wrongdoing and immaturity on all sides in this term’s elections, and the society’s members deserve better. I don’t deny that I played a part in this, and for that I am sorry. The internet memes I had a hand in creating were in bad taste, but it’s worth saying that they were taken out of context, and were motivated by personal (admittedly petty) rivalry with one individual, and not remotely by sexism. While some of my behaviour may have been immature and tasteless, the actions of others against me have been far more malicious and at times illegal.Much of the wrongdoing of the past few weeks has gone unreported. In the week prior to the election, my computer was hacked into, and then wiped. The evidence illegally obtained from my computer was then used as blackmail to stop me from taking up my position, and to stop Crawford Jamieson from taking part in the upcoming election. Crawford, though in no way implicated in the allegations levelled against me, decided to submit to the demands of the blackmailers in order to help save my reputation. What Crawford did for me, as a friend, was an honourable act which shows the best facets of Union politics. The evidence against me, having already been used for intimidation and blackmail, was then leaked to the press in an attempt by others to ruin my character. Here is my side of the story.On 30th May, I left my laptop locked in one of the Union’s offices after speaking in a debate about banking. I didn’t take it back to college with me, and instead returned the morning after to submit my nomination for Secretary of the Union. I opened my laptop to a blank, white screen. In the middle of the screen, there was a flashing question mark. This symbol, it transpired, meant that my laptop and all its contents had been wiped. I lost an entire year of work, along with pictures, music, and all my other files. I have no way of proving exactly who it was that hacked my computer, blackmailed me, and spread malicious rumours.In the days following, screenshots of my laptop were shown to various senior members of the Oxford Union committee, all dated to the night of the debate, between 02:55 and 05:58 in the early morning. From the evidence that was subsequently leaked to Cherwell, it is clear that whoever hacked my computer did so with the sole aim of discovering something — anything — that could be used against me and Crawford in the Union election. With the threat of press involvement growing, both Crawford and I decided it would be easiest to give in to these tactics. We felt that such a furore over a student society election was not worth the weeks of worry that would follow.Though there has been wrongdoing on both sides, the treatment I have endured has been much worse than any student deserves. I never expected for my hard drive to be wiped, my personal emails to be used for blackmail and intimidation, and for my political opponents to use this illegally obtained evidence to spread malicious rumours about me amongst the student population. In the last two weeks, I received many texts from friends around Oxford who had been told that I was sent down as a result of the allegations against me — entirely false. Whatever immature jokes I have been responsible for pale in comparison to the personally damaging allegations that I know were circulated against me, not to mention the vicious way I have been treated by those who wished to ruin my reputation.last_img read more

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