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Church once named after Confederate general dedicates new ‘home base’…

Church once named after Confederate general dedicates new ‘home base’…

first_imgChurch once named after Confederate general dedicates new ‘home base’ for racial healing By David PaulsenPosted Feb 6, 2019 Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia, attend a dedication Feb. 3 of the church’s Jonathan M. Daniels Community Room. Photo: Martha Ann Burford[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia gathered in Roanoke at the end of January for its 100th anniversary convention, which was capped by a lively Eucharist on Jan. 27 with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who heralded the moment as a time “to anticipate the future with revival.”About an hour northeast of the 10,000-seat Berglund Center, where Curry preached, the diocese’s congregation in Lexington, Virginia, is hoping for a revival of its own – on a smaller scale, perhaps, but with the parish’s existence and identity at stake.For more than 100 years, the congregation had been known as the R.E. Lee Memorial Church, a tribute to the Confederate general who served as a senior warden there after the Civil War. Facing pressure from Southwestern Virginia Bishop Mark Bourlakas and from like-minded parishioners, the congregation’s vestry narrowly voted in September 2017 to change the name back to its original Grace Episcopal Church, though that resolution left a wound that is still healing.“We lost a lot of people,” the Rev. James Hubbard, interim rector, said in a phone interview. “A good number of the folks who left have come back slowly. Some have not. I’m sure some will never come back, but it was for all sorts of reasons.”A year and a half later, the congregation is charting a way forward by emphasizing racial reconciliation. On Feb. 3, parishioners were in in a festive mood for the dedication of three newly renovated gathering spaces in the church’s undercroft, including a community room created as a “home base” for the congregation’s racial healing efforts through The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community framework.The Jonathan M. Daniels Community Room is part of the renovated undercroft area at Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia. Photo: Grace Episcopal, via FacebookThe dedication ceremony, held between the congregation’s two Sunday morning services, featured a Psalm reading and a blessing: “Lord God almighty … look with favor on your servants who will gather in this clean and simple space. Enable them to communicate truth, to foster love, to uphold justice and right, and to provide enjoyment. Let them promote and support that peace between peoples.”Grace Episcopal Church’s community room, backed by a $47,000 grant from the United Thank Offering, or UTO, is named after Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a white Episcopal seminarian who was killed in 1965 while shielding a black girl in Alabama from a shotgun blast. Daniels attended the church in Lexington while he was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and The Episcopal Church honors him as a martyr on his feast day, Aug. 14.The UTO grant application noted that the congregation in Lexington “nearly came apart” in 2017 after two years of tense debate over its name. The process of congregational soul-searching began in the wake of the 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a racist gunman with a fondness for Confederate symbols.“I think the general feeling in the parish is that we have come through a very bad time but are now on the other side of it – wiser and more sober-minded, I think, for having gone through it,” Anne Hansen, a former vestry member, told Episcopal News Service by email.The congregation in Lexington, Virginia, changed its name from R.E. Lee Memorial Church to Grace Episcopal Church in September 2017.Hubbard expressed hope that the congregation has begun moving past the bitter conflict over its identity and history. “I don’t think conflicts get wholly smoothed over,” he said, but “it’s a much happier place.”The congregation took a big step forward in May when it invited monks from Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York, to lead parishioners in a healing and reconciliation workshop, Hubbard said. Church members who had taken opposing positions during the debate over the old name faced each other across the aisle of the church and asked for forgiveness.“There were people with tears running right down their faces,” Hubbard said.The congregation is working to add Beloved Community events to its schedule of activities in the community room. Even before the room’s dedication, the church had begun hosting events aimed at racial healing, such as a hymn sing that was joined by a half-dozen churches, black and white, in Lexington.Grace Episcopal “is really solidly behind” the work of racial reconciliation, Hubbard said, adding that everyone also is still riding high after Curry’s rousing sermon at the diocesan convention.“The parish is really pumped up, like the entire diocese is,” Hubbard said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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£610,000 available through Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation

£610,000 available through Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation

first_img The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation, formerly the LCFC Foxes Foundation, will make its first major donations under its new name this spring, to coincide with the late Leicester City Chairman’s birthday.The Foundation supports good causes in Leicestershire and beyond, and is inviting charities and organisations of all sizes to apply for funding, with up to £610,000 available in total, in honour of Khun Vichai who would have been 61 this year. Applications will close on Thursday 28 February, and a selection of causes will then be selected by the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation Board of Trustees and a senior working group from within the Club.Funds will be solely allocated for specific projects outlined on application with priority given to the requests of local causes, with a particular emphasis on those operating within the East Midlands/Leicestershire area.Khun Vichai was one of five victims of a helicopter crash at King Power Stadium last October, and would have turned 61 on 4 April. His birthday was a fixture in the Leicester City calendar during his chairmanship, which would see him give beer, cakes and gifts to supporters during the nearest home match day. To maintain this spirit of giving, the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation, renamed in his honour, is donating the money through a special campaign, named ‘Gift Of A Wish’.Leicester City CEO Susan Whelan said: “Khun Vichai’s benevolence and generous acts were as varied as they were plentiful and it’s important that his Foundation continues in that spirit. He treated modest causes with the same respect and dignity that he showed to major beneficiaries and it is in that manner that we will continue to support those in need in our community.“There were many causes close to Khun Vichai’s heart, which we would naturally like to see reflected in Gift Of A Wish. He cared deeply about people and their impact within the community, which will be a major consideration for the Foundation when assessing what I’m sure will be a great variety of applications.” Advertisement  290 total views,  2 views today £610,000 available through Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation  291 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis53 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. Melanie May | 20 February 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis53 Tagged with: Fundinglast_img read more

Horoscope: December 3, 2020

Horoscope: December 3, 2020

first_imgTamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Linkedin Horoscope: April 30, 2021 printA baby born today has a Sun in Sagittarius and a Moon in Cancer.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020:Visionary, innovative and craftsman-like, you succeed this year by sheer virtue of your perfectionism. Delegate some responsibility to others, and you’ll do even better. If single, you seem to prefer to remain so and, in fact, could be rather reclusive this year. Maintain more contact with others, and you’ll find your soul mate. If attached, you’re in a private happy world with your partner. CANCER loves time just like you.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★★Today will motivate you to make positive changes in your home life and living arrangements. Your residence can be redecorated or repaired, making it more comfortable in anticipation of the winter holiday season. Tonight: Family ties feel stronger, offering greater happiness and support.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★You’ll be able to solve difficulties through discussion and multitask with ease. Travel prospects are — finally — good. A bond with a neighbor or sibling strengthens. Some very enjoyable invitations come your way. Tonight: Your happy thoughts act as a magnet to draw support from others.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★Today makes you aware of the consequences of past monetary decisions. Reject futile regrets and resolve to learn the lessons of the past instead. Patience is a must in seeking payment for work or for extra funds. Tonight: Demand your due respect.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★★A friend will help you with a career opportunity. You can meet intriguing new people through your work. Invest in new fashions or artwork to beautify yourself and your surroundings. A cherished relationship is particularly blessed today. Tonight: Dance like no one’s watching.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★Spend time in quiet reflection today. You find peace while helping those less fortunate. Connect with nature to release frustration or impatience. Appreciate the elements of surprise that are at work in your life now. Tonight: Psychic awareness and emotional expression are heightened.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★Friends are a special blessing today. Membership in an organization or social group can be a catalyst for happiness and accomplishment. You’ll be warmly welcomed by new acquaintances. They can put you in touch with old companions. Tonight: Good or bad, they haven’t changed.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★Career responsibilities need your attention. Be patient. There are hurdles to overcome. Work on balancing your professional ambitions with the release of stress. A sober mood prevails at your workplace, and professional duties grow more fulfilling. Tonight: A helpful co-worker opens an important door.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★Today favors lyrical and poetic communication. Use words creatively. This is a terrific time to design business cards, address labels and personal stationery. You feel fulfilled in a new way. Tonight: You’re rewarded with new insight concerning the direction of your life.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★Today finds you dwelling on old regrets or a lost love. Realize that memories are tricky. A situation might not have been exactly as you remember it. Learn from the past, appreciate it and then release to make way for the new. Tonight: Let go.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★★Today favors romance in your life. You might be the object of a rather persistent courtship. Bask in the admiration. Another relationship is very promising. Your charisma level will be very high. Tonight: A dream that arrives by synchronicity initiates healing.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★This is a day to make much needed changes. You can overcome old health conditions. Be aware of how healthy your working conditions are. Take regular breaks during the day and seek to release job-related stress. Tonight: A long, soothing, herbal soak in the bath.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★★A soul mate connection or psychic bond develops with one you admire. Children are a source of joy as well. Listen carefully to what a dear one says, for conversations are meaningful today. Make decisions about an important liaison. Tonight: A very creative cycle commences.Born today: Writer Joseph Conrad (1857), director Jean-Luc Goddard (1930), actress Julianne Moore (1960) Tamia Banks Facebook Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Previous articleZaLat Pizza overcomes COVID-19 challengesNext articleTCU survives against Northwestern State to advance to 4-0 Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Twitter Twitter Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Linkedin + posts Facebook ReddIt Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: May 1, 2021 ReddIt Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 28, 2021last_img read more

ICE attempts to deport Mexican journalist seeking asylum in US

ICE attempts to deport Mexican journalist seeking asylum in US

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Photo: Sarah Wilson- Mother Jones Reports Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s attempt by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, a Mexican journalist who has been seeking asylum in the United States since 2008 after receiving death threats in Mexico linked to his journalistic activities. ICE agents detained and handcuffed Emilio Gutiérrez Soto yesterday and began taking him and his 24-year-old son to the US border with Mexico. Only an urgent stay of removal granted by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which handles asylum cases, prevented his deportation. However, ICE refused to release Gutiérrez and his son and instead, at 1:30 a.m. this morning, took them to the Sierra Blanca detention centre, 1.5 hours away from El Paso, Texas, where their lawyer is based. “Pending a final decision by the BIA, we call on the U.S. authorities to grant Emilio Gutiérrez Soto an immediate conditional release,” said Margaux Ewen, the head of RSF’s North America bureau. Emmanuel Colombié of RSF’s Latin America bureau added: “Emilio should be granted asylum. A return to Mexico, which is structurally violent and where journalists are regularly targeted, is out of the question for him.” Gutiérrez does not have good memories of the Texan border town of El Paso. After fleeing across the border into the United States in June 2008, he spent seven months in an immigration detention centre there until he was finally released in January 2009 pending the outcome of his asylum application. He finally obtained an asylum hearing in 2016, after an eight-year wait. The initial conclusions of that hearing are still unknown. A reporter for the El Diario newspaper in Ascensión, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Gutiérrez fled across the border after receiving death threats believed to have come from military personnel. A month before his departure, around 50 soldiers carried out a night-time raid on his home that was completely illegal. With at least 11 journalists murdered in 2017, Mexico is now the world’s second deadliest country for the media, after Syria. During a visit to Mexico from November 27 to December 4 in which RSF was closely involved, the UN and OAS special rapporteurs for freedom of expression, David Kaye and Edison Lanza, expressed deep concern about this level of violence and urged the Mexican authorities to “redouble efforts” to protect journalists. The United States is ranked 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than in 2016. Mexico is ranked 147th. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies United StatesMexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionExiled mediaViolence United StatesMexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionExiled mediaViolence Receive email alertscenter_img RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News December 8, 2017 ICE attempts to deport Mexican journalist seeking asylum in US Follow the news on Americas Newslast_img read more

Burmese journalist Kyi Tin Oo free after 10 years

Burmese journalist Kyi Tin Oo free after 10 years

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association welcomed the release of Burmese journalist and poet Kyi Tin Oo after more than ten years in jail, but expressed concern about his state of health and of those still in prison.The 60-year-old journalist said after his release on 26 March 2004, “I need to rest at home for a while because my health is still fragile. I want to get myself into better physical condition so that I can visit my son in prison. We haven’t seen one another for six years,” he told reporters on the newspaper Democratic Voice of Burma. Kyi Tin Oo is suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. He underwent an operation on his legs a few months ago but they have not healed properly because of his diabetes and poor prison conditions.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have both deplored the fact that, not content with failing to respect free expression – by throwing political opponents in prison for years – the Burmese authorities then leave them to die by inches in appalling prison conditions.”I should be happy, but I am sad,” said Kyi Tin Oo, as he left prison. “I have seen the suffering of all these people with my own eyes and I would like to see all political prisoners amnestied.” Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association support his appeal and call on the Burmese authorities to include a general amnesty for political prisoners in their “road map to democracy”.The journalist and poet was sentenced in March 1994 to ten years in prison. He had been accused of writing political articles in the monthly Moe Wai (closed for financial reasons in 1996) and the magazine Tha-bin, banned in 1988. According to one journalist who is now living in exile in Thailand, “Kyi Tin Oo was known in journalistic circles for his columns on everyday life in Burma. He wrote lyrical articles full of compassion for those who suffer”.Kyi Tin Oo is married to Daw Than Yi, writer and librarian. They have four children. One of his sons, Aung Kyaw Hein, is serving a 14-year sentence for membership of a banned student movement. Held in the same jail for some of the time, the father and son were separated six years ago.Kyi tin Oo was jailed for three years in the 1960s, then for seven years between 1978 and 1985 and for a few months after the 1988 coup. Receive email alerts News Organisation News News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more April 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Burmese journalist Kyi Tin Oo free after 10 years US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torturecenter_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 31, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Plans to Enforce Total ‘No Outdoor Watering’ Plan

Pasadena Plans to Enforce Total ‘No Outdoor Watering’ Plan

first_imglatest #1 Pasadena Plans to Enforce Total ‘No Outdoor Watering’ Plan From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 22, 2016 | 11:18 am 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. HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena residents are being advised to prepare for a Level 4 Water Supply Shortage Plan which will prohibit all outdoor watering, including the use of hand watering, from February 25 to March 10, 2016, when the Metropolitan Water District shuts down their Weymouth Treatment Plant in La Verne for planned facility upgrading.Pasadena Water and Power Interim General Manager Erik Klinkner said PWP will be recommending this water-conservation measure to the City Council at its meeting on Monday, January 25. The Council is expected to approve it as a temporary adoption.Pasadena gets 60 percent of its water supply from MWD.During the shutdown, the city will rely solely on local groundwater from its wells and water stored in the city reservoirs. PWP says without a strong conservation effort during the period, Pasadena will not have sufficient water supply.“The implementation of the Level 4 Shortage Plan status prohibits the use of all outdoor watering, including the use of hand watering,” a notice on PWP’s website says. “The City will continue to do its part to conserve water and during this time period will not conduct any scheduled water quality flushing, new service connections, and fire flow testing. During the last MWD Shutdown in 2013, a Level 4 Shortage Plan was implemented and the City received tremendous compliance from the community. We are asking for the same support this year.”PWP also listed the following additional steps that residents can do to conserve water:• Take 5 minute showers or less.• Place a bucket in the shower to collect the water before the shower warms up; use this water for plants.• Use collected water in trash bins or bathtubs to hand-water household plans and sensitive plants as well as areas of the lawn that may show excessive stress (hot spots).• Do not leave the water running when washing dishes.• Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.• Do not leave water running when brushing your teeth or shaving.• Do not wash your car(s).To learn more about the planned MWD shutdown, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/mwdshutdown. Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff 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 Community News Community News Subscribe Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Press will not be banned from Strabane Council Committee meetings

Press will not be banned from Strabane Council Committee meetings

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Press will not be banned from Strabane Council Committee meetings Facebook WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Strabane District Council has confirmed that it is not proposing to close committee meetings to the public and the press.In a letter to the local branch of the National Union of Journalists, the council’s interim chief executive says while the possibility was raised during the initial stages of an internal discussion among officials, it was not progressed, and never presented to members as a recommendation.Last month, the Derry and North West Ireland branch of the NUJ wrote to Strabane District Council requesting a deputation to respond to the suggestion that committee meetings be closed.However, in a response this week, the council’s interim Chief Executive Danny Mc Sorley confirmed that the idea was off the table, and there would be no need for a deputation.In his letter, he says as part of an internal discussion, a proposal was developed by officers which was released before it was fully considered as an option. He added this option was not presented to Council, nor was it considered at Committee.He adds the public and the press remain welcome, as they have always been, to attend committees of Strabane District Council.Branch Secretary Anton Mc Cabe is welcoming the clarification, describing the shelving of the proposal as a victory for media freedom, which is constantly under attack. Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleCommon Agricultural Policy must be maintained – MEP HigginsNext articleDonegal woman Marie Flemings right-to-die appeal to proceed next month News Highland By News Highland – February 7, 2013 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebooklast_img read more

EU migrant directive gives staff new residency rights

EU migrant directive gives staff new residency rights

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article EU migrant directive gives staff new residency rightsOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today The European Parliament has approved a new directive that will removered-tape surrounding immigration rules for workers and their families movingfrom one European Union (EU) member state to another. The legislation gives any employed or self-employed EU citizen the right tolive in any EU country, and requires governments to abolish any rules requiringthem to obtain local identity cards. The law also allows EU citizens an unconditional right to permanentresidency in the new country if they have continually lived in a foreign EUmember state for five years. Moreover, the directive gives better protection from expulsion for non-EUfamily members if a EU citizen spouse dies or divorces their partner. EU justice and home affairs commissioner Antonio Vitorino, said: “Thistext represents an ambitious step forward in promoting citizens’ rights.” Many European countries fear thousands of workers could flood their jobmarkets when the 10 new East European countries join the EU in May. UK home secretary David Blunkett has announced changes to the law that willmake it easier to prosecute companies employing illegal workers. Under the new regulations, which come into force on 1 May 2004 and amend theImmigration and Asylum Act 1996, the Government also plans to strengthen bordercontrols and increase enforcement activity to tackle the organised criminalnetworks that bring illegal workers to the UK. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Thermodynamics of the interaction between ice shelves and the sea

Thermodynamics of the interaction between ice shelves and the sea

first_imgAn ice shelf is a floating ice sheet, attached to land where ice is grounded along the coastline. Nourished both by surface snow accumulation and by glaciers and ice sheets flowing off the land, ice shelves can reach a considerable thickness, varying from up to 1 300 m when the ice starts to float to 200 m or less at the seaward edge (known as the ice front). Nearly all the world’s ice shelves are found in Antarctica, where they cover an area of about one and a half million square kilometres. The two largest are the Ross Ice Shelf and the Filchner-Ronne ice shelf, each with an area of about half a million square kilometres. Smaller ice shelves fringe other parts of the Antarctic coastline.last_img

Proposal to close Language Centre Library meets staunch opposition

Proposal to close Language Centre Library meets staunch opposition

first_imgThe proposed plan would involve splitting the current collection around other locations in Oxford, while sending a number of works to the bookstack in Swindon.   The Oxford branch of the University and College Union also expressed their concern about the proposed closure. Co-Vice-President Svenja Kunze called on the governing body to conduct a “full consultation with all stakeholders, including the Language Centre and the wider Oxford University students and staff.” The Language Centre cites “low and declining usage” as the principal reason for closure. However, according to the petition official library statistics show usage has risen by approximately 75% since 2012. He went on to state that the closure would “have a knock-on effect on other libraries in Oxford–including the Taylorian.” The petition, started by the current Language Centre librarian Lucile Deslignères, has received support from groups including the Oxford University French Society and the German Society. A recent post on the Language Centre website confirms that the consultation will be ongoing until the 31st of May.  Students and staff have expressed disappointment to Cherwell at being notified so soon before the vacation. The library is the most diverse facility of any UK language centre, with over 200 languages represented, and has been cited as a model of excellence by the Russell Group. An Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell: “The number of registrations at the Library has fallen considerably in recent years […] in the light of this declining usage, the increasing availability of online learning materials, and the need to increase efficiency, we are currently consulting on proposals to move many of the library’s holdings to the Bodleian Libraries. “The Language Centre is the University’s hub for language learners, and we are committed to ensuring it continues to provide a high-quality service for students, staff and other learners.” “Locating the relevant library resources in the Bodleian libraries would retain them for language study in Oxford, and preserve the diversity of language materials that has been built up. Better disabled access to the resources would become possible, and the resources would be accessible for longer opening hours than at the Language Centre. Those opposing the library’s closure reference British Council statistics, which show a decline in language learning since the 1990s. In a letter to the Oxford Magazine, Co-Vice-President Kunze expressed concern “about the message the University is sending about the importance of language learning: at a time when the teaching and learning of foreign languages is at an all-time low in British schools.” An email was sent out on Wednesday of 8th week to let students know that consultation was taking place on “proposals to move many of the library’s holdings to the Bodleian Libraries.” The email was sent only to those currently enrolled in the Language Centre and gave no mention of closure. Plans by the University to close the Language Centre Library at the end of Trinity Term have been met with a petition signed by over 1,200 people. Subject Consultant at the Taylor Institution Library Nick Hearn described the decision as “one that threatens to destroy a collection of national importance embedded in and very much part of the Language Centre.” In addition, the librarian and extended-hours assistants would see their posts abolished, with no equivalent roles being created as substitute.last_img read more