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Point made: Wales celebrate as Cory Hill scores their fourth try to bag a try bonus point v England (Getty) “And then this journo asked me about bloody bonus points!” Stephen Moore at RWC 2015 (Getty Images)Should the Six Nations have bonus points? We want to know what YOU think. Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the April 2021 issue of Rugby World. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Should the Six Nations have bonus points?DUNCAN BECHPA England Rugby CorrespondentYou’ll probably expect the case for bonus points to focus on the incentive they provide teams to attack. But recall events at the Stade de France in the opening round of last year’s men’s Six Nations for an alternative perspective on why they must be retained.England were overwhelmed in the first half in Paris, a 17-0 half-time deficit signposting a heavy defeat until Jonny May intervened. His two brilliant tries hauled the World Cup runners-up back into contention, but the key moment was Owen Farrell’s stoppage-time penalty that secured a losing bonus point. It was only February but that effectively won England the championship at France’s expense.Yes, bonus points encourage teams to reach for the jugular, providing the try-scoring fireworks essential to protect the game’s appeal in a crowded entertainment marketplace. And yes, they can add a new dimension of sporting theatre to ‘Super Saturday’ as rivals analyse the myriad permutations that illuminate their path to the title.But also consider the losing bonus point, as demonstrated that afternoon in Paris, when England were rewarded for staying in the fight, for showing the resilience to come back, for ensuring the game stayed competitive. Out of their despair ultimately came glory.What a blander place the Six Nations would be without the subplots of the smaller rewards on offer in each Test, the game within a game. Let traditionalists wallow in rose-tinted nostalgia; the rest of us are enjoying the intrigue that often keeps teams battling until the end.Critical: a late penalty by Owen Farrell in Paris effectively won England the 2020 Six Nations (Getty)CHRIS JONESBBC Rugby Union CorrespondentIn the Six Nations, winning should be everything and losing nothing. This has always been the way and it’s what makes the competition special. Yes, you can win the title after losing a match, but it’s the Grand Slam teams that we all remember. Do bonus points add intrigue to the Six Nations or merely muddy the waters? Whether you’re a modernist or traditionalist, read this Face-off debate from our April 2021 issue The fact there are bonus points in a tournament like the Six Nations, or the World Cup, is an utter travesty. Was Owen Farrell consoled by a losing bonus point in round one this year, or Stuart Hogg in round two? Did Wales fans even notice they had scored a try bonus point at Murrayfield? I was commentating on the match and I didn’t. The game was too close, the tension too high, to get caught up in a peripheral irrelevance like that.The story goes that bonus points promote attacking rugby. A fallacy. The sight of Farrell kicking a penalty goal in Paris in 2020, with England beaten, made me wince. So too Joey Carbery kicking it dead so Ireland could stay within seven points against Japan at the 2019 World Cup. It’s rugby’s version of waving the white flag. Yet, in the case of England last year, it ended up winning them the title.Done it! Japan celebrate after Ireland’s Joey Carbery settles for a losing bonus point at RWC 2019 (Getty)I can see the merit of bonus points in a 22-round league campaign. But not in tournaments.I recall interviewing Stephen Moore during the 2015 World Cup. Australia were in the ‘Pool of Death’ and everyone was getting worked up about bonus points. The Wallabies had beaten Fiji without scoring four tries, and I asked Moore whether it could be costly. He looked at me like I was mad. “We need to win seven games to win the World Cup,” he said. Quite right.Get rid of bonus points in the Six Nations. There is no evidence to suggest they’ve made any difference since they came in. If anything, they just serve to devalue the great competition.
Roman vespers unite pope, archbishop of Canterbury in prayer Williams preaches at St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal parish Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Williams prayed together and lit candles in the chapel of St. Gregory following a March 10 service at San Gregorio Magna al Celio in Rome to mark the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Italy’s Camaldoli monastic community. Photo/Matthew Davies[Episcopal News Service] Anglicans and Roman Catholics share a somewhat turbulent history, but differences were brushed aside March 10 when Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI prayed together during an ecumenical vespers service at San Gregorio Magna al Celio in Rome.The service marked the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Italy’s Camaldoli monastic community, which includes a presence at San Gregorio, a site of major significance to the origins of the Church of England.Both Christian leaders, who held a private meeting earlier in the day to discuss human rights issues and concerns for the Holy Land, delivered a homily during the vespers and lit candles together in the chapel of St. Gregory.Echoing the words of his two predecessors, Williams described the relationship between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church as “certain yet imperfect” during a sermon that extolled St. Gregory’s virtues of humility and prophecy.“‘Certain’ because of the shared ecclesial vision to which both our communions are committed … a vision of the restoration of full sacramental communion,” he said. “And ‘yet imperfect’ because of the limit of our vision, a deficit in the depth of our hope and patience.” [The full text of the archbishop’s homily is available here.]The pope, according to a Vatican Radio translation of his address, which was delivered in Italian, expressed hope that “the sign of our presence here together in front of the holy altar, where Gregory himself celebrated the eucharistic sacrifice, will remain not only as a reminder of our fraternal encounter, but also as a stimulus for all the faithful – both Catholic and Anglican – encouraging them … to renew their commitment to pray constantly and to work for unity. …” [The full text of the pope’s homily is available here.]Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe participated in the service. He told ENS that the event “means that the ecumenical movement is not dead. For some years, it has been frozen, as the major partners have had to deal with serious issues in their own churches. But these meetings keep showing that things are different now and we will not go back to the bad old days. That encourages cooperation at the grassroots level, which is where the church really happens.”The church is built on the site from which St. Gregory the Great, in the 6th century, sent St. Augustine, first archbishop of Canterbury, along with 30 monks to re-evangelize England. They landed in 597 and are credited with laying the foundations for the renewal of English Christianity.The March 10 vespers marks the third time in recent history that a pope and an archbishop of Canterbury have worshiped together at San Gregorio. (Pope John Paul II prayed at the church with Archbishop Robert Runcie in 1989 and again with Archbishop George Carey in 1996.)Pope Benedict XVI (center) listens as Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivers a homily during papal vespers March 10 at San Gregorio Magna al Celio in Rome, during a service to mark the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Italy’s Camaldoli monastic community. Photo/Matthew Davies“This archbishop of Canterbury has made far more trips to Rome than any of his predecessors,” said Whalon, adding that the two leaders share a personal relationship and are “top theologians in their respective churches.”Throughout the weekend, Williams also preached and presided during a March 11 service of Holy Eucharist at St. Paul’s Within the Walls, an Episcopal Church parish and the first non-Roman Catholic church to be built inside the walls of Rome. The St. Paul’s congregation was joined by members of All Saints Anglican Church in Rome, a parish in the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe.A video of the archbishop’s sermon is here.Whalon said he loaned Williams his crozier for the service as a sign of the Episcopal Church’s hospitality.Following the service, Williams told ENS that the Anglican and Episcopal churches’ presence in Rome is “a reminder to our Roman Catholic friends that we are a worldwide communion, and look at the international character of the congregation here this morning and you see that the point is made.”The relationship between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church has been strained in recent years due to differences concerning women’s ordination and the Vatican’s efforts to offer a spiritual home to former and disaffected Anglicans while enabling them to retain aspects of their liturgy and traditions. The provisions are made through a “Personal Ordinariate,” a geographic region similar to a diocese yet typically national in scope.The first ordinariate was formed for England and Wales in January 2011 and plans are still being finalized to set up ordinariates for Australia and Canada.Most recently, an ordinariate was formed on Jan. 1, 2012 in the United States to welcome former Episcopal parishes and priests – including married priests – seeking to enter the Roman Catholic Church. Jeffrey Steenson, the former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, was named as its first “ordinary.”Whalon told ENS that the way the arrangement initially had been decided and announced by the Vatican in November 2009 “was insulting to us” but he noted that Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was made aware by the Roman Catholics that Steenson would be named in charge of the ordinariate in America.“The advance notice given seems to be a new awareness that ecumenical relations matter,” Whalon said. “In any event, as the arrangement does not have an ecclesiological basis, but is really a pastoral gesture, it will not last more than a decade or two.”Mary Reath, a lay Episcopalian from the Diocese of Jersey and a member of the governing board for the Anglican Centre in Rome, told ENS via e-mail from her Princeton home that while it is “a time of exceptional challenge for both Anglican and Roman Catholic leaders … theological reconciliation in the past 40 years has actually been especially fruitful. It naturally moves us toward more concrete questions of co-existence and cooperation.”The Anglican Centre in Rome houses an extensive library, serves as an ecumenical meeting place and educational center, and includes the offices of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s diplomatic representative to the Vatican, the Rev. Canon David Richardson, who accompanied Williams throughout his visit.“Does anyone deny that if there were more coordination between two of the world’s most global, organized and influential church bodies, that the word’s poor, and poor in spirit, would not be better served?” asked Reath, who authored Rome and Canterbury: The Elusive Search for Unity (2007). “The time is ripe for human and practical ecumenism.”Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivers a sermon March 11 at St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church during a service for Anglicans and Episcopalians in Rome, as Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Rev. Austin Rios, St. Paul’s rector, listen. Photo/Matthew DaviesA third phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) is currently underway, grappling with questions concerning the church as communion, local and universal, and how the church comes to discern right ethical teaching. ARCIC is an ecumenical dialogue between the two churches that was established in 1967.In the U.S., the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue (ARCUSA), of which Reath is a member, has been meeting regularly since the 1960s, making it the Episcopal Church’s oldest dialogue relationship. Its most recent meeting Feb. 27-28 was hosted by the Episcopal Church Center in New York.The Rev. Margaret Rose, the Episcopal Church’s deputy for ecumenical and interreligious relations, told ENS that the work of ARCUSA, “as with other dialogues … emphasizes the desire to share work in mission and shalom that helps to put both life and work, faith and order in perspective.”The ARCUSA group participated in two services of the Eucharist in the Church Center chapel, one led by the Episcopal Church and the other led by the Roman Catholic members. While the Episcopal Church welcomes all baptized members of the Body of Christ to receive Holy Communion, the Roman Catholic Church officially reserves the sacrament for its own baptized members.“The sharing of worship space and the altar and our fellowship during the meeting, as well as the frank conversations, are a mark of our desire for unity and our friendship, even as we are aware that we do not have a common sharing of the Eucharist,” Rose told ENS.Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt, co-chair of ARCUSA, told ENS that the Episcopal Church’s “grassroots relationships with Roman Catholic neighbors, friends, and family members makes this dialogue more than a theoretical matter … The members of the dialogue are discovering agreement in substantial matters as well as some familiar differences in both ecclesiology and moral issues. ”Bauerschmidt said that prayer together “is a significant marker of the fellowship that Christians share, and itself furthers the union we are called to.”He described the weekend’s events in Rome as “a cause for rejoicing.”Later on March 11, Williams teamed up with Fr. Robert Hale, prior of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California, to present a conference on “Monastic Virtues and Ecumenical Hopes.” [The full text of the archbishop’s address is available here.]Concluding hia visit to Rome, on March 12 the archbishop is visiting the monastic community at the Abbey of Montecassino, founded by St. Benedict around 529, where he will attend vespers and deliver an address on “Monks and Mission: a perspective from England.”Summing up the relations between the two global churches, Williams told ENS: “We’re working together for the kingdom, we’re praying together, and of course we have a huge agenda institutionally, which we’ve no idea how to sort out, but meanwhile we go on working and praying in great affection.”— Matthew Davies is editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service.In Spanish An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 March 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm I find it fascinating then Mr. Kirk, based upon your obvious disdain for both Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism, that you would be reading an article about ecumenical ties between these two great churches on an Episcopal News website. You sir, are a conundrum. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Ecumenical & Interreligious Anglican Communion, Kenjiro M. Shoda says: Rector Martinsville, VA Andy Hook says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Joyce Ann Edmondson says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release March 13, 2012 at 7:28 am These are rantings of a biased and uninformed person! C. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Andy Hook 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Joyce Ann Edmondson says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ March 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm Sorry, this was meant for Brother Shodo. I echo Brother Kirk’s statements. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem March 12, 2012 at 9:04 am As a young Roman Catholic layman who has a deep respect for our our Roman Catholic traditions and values, I find it appaling that this Pope would join in an ecumenical prayer service with the Archbishop of Canturbury. Like it or not, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Anglican Communion have practically nothing in common, either liturgically and certainly not with regards to Faith and Morals. The soon to be introduction in England of women “BISHOPS”, which are already common in the USA and elsewhere, not to mention your priestesses makes and talk of union, or gatherings such as this with the Pope in Rome on Saturday to be scandelous. It seems that the only sourse of true Catholicism is the Society of Saint Pius X which maintains the traditions and values of the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church.Personally, I would go to the Greek Orthodox Church, or to the SSPX before I would ever stay in the Roman Catholic Church if ever they finally achieved their goal of Christian union with Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians and other Protestant groups. They are all honorable faith communities, but I don’t want to join them! March 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm It is painfully ironic that one would have to defend the Holy Father in this forum from the slanders of a fellow Catholic, but here goes:1) If you think we have nothing in common liturgically with the Anglican communion, then you obviously know nothing of liturgical history or development (this is not surprising in one who advocates for the schismatically-minded SSPX, who seem to think Our Lord handed the Tridentine Mass gilt-edged and bound in leather to the Apostles five minutes before the Ascension). Both spring from a common Western liturgical tradition. This can ACTUALLY be seen even in the Tridentine Mass, if one follows along with the translation. Any heretical bits get expunged in the Anglican-Use of our own Latin Rite (we’ve been expunging heretical bits since the Council of Jerusalem).B) The pope is the visible principal of unity for the Church. It is his job as the one who succeeds to the Fisherman to do just this very thing…let down his nets into the deep waters, even the deep water of error and heresy. This was not an offering of the Holy Sacrifice. This was a Vesper service. There is a difference. The Holy Father’s participation was not a ratification of the errors that the Anglican Communion has fallen into (and as a former Episcopalian, the old Communion is dear to me). It doesn’t affirm gay marriage/sex/bishops/priestesses/bishopesses any more than it affirms the old heresies of Sola Sriptura/Sola Fide. It simply affirms that we want them to come back, to the unity to which we are all called in our common baptism and which already exists in communion with the successor of St. Peter. We need to guard against the attitude of the older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal. Where the Holy One (or His Vicar) deign to show mercy, we can’t show anger. If we possess the fullness of Truth and Light, then it is a Truth which is given by Grace and a Light in which we ourselves all too readily stumble. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Archbishop of Canterbury, March 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm When Jesus said the following:“And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:31-35He was including those who do the will of God in the Body of Christ, not excluding his mother! Why cannot all of us do the same and recognize that we all together are indeed the Body of Christ, his brothers, sisters and mother, and He alone is the head.Let it be, let it be, let it be. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments (9) Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC March 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm On Jan. 1 of this year Pope Benedict XVI established an American Anglican Ordinariate in the United States headed by a former Episcopal bishop. The Pope, by offering disaffected ex-Anglicans a place in the Roman Catholic Communion, has raised the issue—indirectly—of what we Anglicans can do about disaffected former Roman Catholics without proselytizing. I believe that it is time for the Anglican Communion and, most especially, the Episcopal Church in the US, to welcome into this branch of ‘Christ’s holy catholic church’ those disaffected former Roman Catholics who are no longer able in good conscience to remain in the Roman Communion.In an article in the National Catholic Reporter, January 11, 2010, Fr. Richard McBrien, Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University, wrote: “In late February 2008, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a major survey that found that nearly a third of U.S. Catholics have left the Catholic church. Some have joined other churches, but most have simply slipped from active membership in the Catholic church to become part of a group once described as “lapsed Catholics.” This means that about 10 percent of all Americans today are former Catholics. “ It also means that most of the some 20,000,000 former Roman Catholics have not yet found a spiritual home.In the Episcopal Church they will find a reformed Catholic church (the third largest Christian communion in the world) that already exemplifies many of the characteristics that they had hoped to see in the Roman Catholic Church as a result of the Second Vatican Council:· A democratic church in which every office holder—lay or clergy—is elected by the people. From the parish priest to the diocesan bishop to the national presiding bishop, all are elected by the chosen representatives of the clergy and laity.· The Eucharistic liturgy with the Sacrament of Holy Communion as the principal act of worship on Sundays and major saints’ days. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion in both the consecrated Bread and Wine. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available on an ‘all may; some should; no one must’ basis.· The freedom of clergy to marry.· Admission to Holy Communion of divorced and remarried people without annulment of the previous marriage.· Full equality of women including their admission to all of the ordained ministries of the Church: diaconate; priesthood; and episcopate.· Full equality of all people regardless of their sexual orientation.· Artificial contraception is not considered to be sinful; the freedom of women to follow their own informed consciences in regard to the termination of an unwanted pregnancy is approved by a majority of Episcopalians and is not censured by the church. Children and adults are taught the Christian faith in order to apply it to their own lives; priests and trained spiritual directors are available to assist them in their decision-making. I share with many of my Roman Catholic friends—both practicing and no longer practicing—a concern for the spiritual welfare of those who have left the Roman Communion but who have not found a church within which to continue their Catholic faith and practice. I believe that ignorance of the reformed Catholic nature of our church prevents many former Roman Catholics from finding a new spiritual home among us. I believe that we have an obligation to address their plight and that the Pope’s offer to former Anglicans allows us to reciprocate in the same spirit of concern—on our part—for the welfare of former Roman Catholics.I propose that the Episcopal Church engage in a campaign at the national, diocesan, and parish level to inform former Roman Catholics that “we recognize [them] as [members] of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church, and we receive [them] into the fellowship of this Communion”. Former Roman Catholics already in our church, including clergy, could be enlisted to help others understand the needs of former Roman Catholics as they seek further information about our church. I—and, I am sure, others—have conducted workshops and seminars to explain the similarities and differences between our church and the Roman Catholic Church. Most of us, I am sure, would be willing to do that at the diocesan and parochial level as we welcome former Roman Catholics to become part of our church.Using the figures provided by Fr. McBrien, there are c. 20,000,000 former Roman Catholics in the USA, most of whom have not found a spiritual home. I trust that our attempts to provide a Catholic and Reformed spiritual home for these, our sisters and brothers, will meet with the same spirit with which Anglicans have met the Pope’s concern for those who have left our part of the ‘one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church’.There is no need to create separate ‘ordinariates’ [as the Roman Church has done for former Anglicans] for our former Roman Catholic sisters and brothers—they will feel at home with the liturgy of the Episcopal Church: it is practically identical to the liturgy that they have become accustomed to in the last three generations since Vatican II. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Rev. Prof. H. R. Bronk says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Knoxville, TN John Kirk says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI March 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm Rev. Bronk’s words reflect his understanding of the plight of “inactive” Roman Catholics who have found that they are alienated from their “faith” by their choices, but believe they are following God’s will and desperately seek the unity they once sought and for which they still pray.However, many of us do not accept all of the practices of the Episcopal church, such as terminating life as a woman’s right. A woman can make a choice to use contraception, but if she becomes pregnant, her only choice is to support life at its conception. There is no other moral choice to make. What we need is more education on the purpose of life, who we are and what we are called to do in this life, which many children have never been told. They have not heard the word of God because the messengers have not shared it with them.Our message, no matter what church we either belong to or have left, is to let people know through word and deed that God loves them, accepts them and has a purpose for them as well as those they bring into existence through their choices, his grace and support. That is the ultimate purpose of a Christian.Our nation is in flux but I believe each person must stand for what he/she believes and not accept less from any church or denomination. We all need to include people in the Body of Christ, and not exclude them because God loves them and died for them as well as for the “righteous” who do not seem to have any imperfections or problems keeping the “rules.”I pray that they may be one, as the Father and I are one. Jesus is right. We need a lot more trust in his words and the desire to fulfill them through our actions. At least I know that in the next life we will be one, if not in this. There is no high wall separating us in the next life. When God calls us he will not ask us what denomination or church we were called into, but whether or not we loved one another. I am 80 years old and have learned a great deal from churches and I am grateful for them, but at this time of my life, I ask God to send his Spirit to enlighten me and show me the truth and the way. Peace be with you. By Matthew DaviesPosted Mar 12, 2012 April 22, 2012 at 11:42 pm I think the Episcopal Church and The Roman Catholic Church are theologically united. Their respective ontological approaches may seem to be a little different, but they are both the same CHRISTIAN CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST though its Sacraments. This makes me very happy because I like both Churches. I hope and pray to God that someday soon, they will become one and then all other christian denominations may embrace our Christian Tradition in this new Millennium.God bless you Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH
Companies which have been most successful at promoting payroll giving amongst their employees were praised at last night’s National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards held at the Treasury in Whitehall.The awards recognised the creativity and persistence involved in some companies’ internal promotions to persuade more people to sign up to the method of regular tax-effective giving, and the policy of some companies to match staff donations pound for pound.Richard Taylor, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, said at the awards ceremony:“With over 1.1 million individuals donating regularly, more people than ever before are using Payroll Giving, and £134 million was raised for good causes last year. Such a regular and stable income to charities is extremely valuable and I am delighted that we can celebrate the real success stories of Payroll Giving tonight.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards HM Treasury payroll giving 63 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis You can read the full shortlist of entries to this year’s Payroll Giving Excellence Awards. Treasury and Civil Society Ministers hand out the awardsRob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, and David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, presented the awards.Gauke said:“The winners of these Awards show that Payroll Giving can be an extremely effective mechanism for people to support charities that they care about and their successes should be celebrated. Within the Treasury we are continuing to facilitate discussions with the charity sector and PGAs [payroll giving agencies] to make sure that Payroll Giving works well so that both the numbers of donors and amount of money that is raised through the scheme can increase.” Winners of the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2014Best Campaign – Large EmployerWinner: Arriva LondonHighly Commended: Morrison SupermarketsBest Campaign – Medium EmployerWinner: Henderson GroupHighly Commended: News UKBest Campaign – Small EmployerWinner: Maxus UKHighly Commended: CheckatradeBest Campaign – Government & Public SectorWinner: Islington CouncilHighly Commended: HMRCBest Campaign – Civil Society EmployerWinner: retailTrustMost Successful Sustained Scheme – Large EmployerWinner: WickesHighly Commended: Arriva LondonMost Successful Sustained Scheme – Medium EmployerWinner: Prudential UK & EuropeHighly Commended: CMS Cameron McKennaPrudential UK & Europe, winners of Most Successful Sustained Scheme (Medium Employer) at the 2014 National Payroll Giving Excellence AwardsBest Innovative Promotional PartnershipWinner: DHL UKHighly Commended: Arriva LondonBest Individual ContributionWinner: Louise McCabeHighly Commended: Kevin BryneLifetime Achievement AwardWinner: Elena JosephElena Joseph wins lifetime achievement award at 2014 National Payroll Giving Excellence AwardsBest Overall CampaignWinner: Arriva London Winners of Payroll Giving Awards 2014 announced Advertisement Howard Lake | 12 November 2014 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Tagged with: Cancer Research UK Management Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 2 October 2017 | News Sir Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role in the spring of 2018.He said that all organisations benefited from a fresh leadership every now and again.Kumar, who joined CRUK 15 years ago and who has served as Chief Executive since 2007, has overseen substantial income growth and research investment at the charity. In addition he led the Independent NHS Cancer Taskforce for England and Cancer Research UK’s contribution to the development of the Francis Crick Institute in London.He was CEO during the successful #Nomakeupselfie campaign when the charity’s staff astutely spotted the opportunity and helped guide participants to make donations to the charity. Sir Harpal thanked all of those who took part with his own selfie, highlighting the £8 million raised in six days.Harpal Kumar says thank you for the £8m raised by the #nomakeupselfie campaign in March 2014.Sir Harpal received a knighthood in the 2016 New Year’s Honours in recognition for his work in the fight against cancer.He gained a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He worked for the Atomic Energy Authority, McKinsey and Co, and was CEO of The Papworth Trust.On announcing that he was to leave the charity, he said: “My passion and excitement for Cancer Research UK’s work is as high as it has ever been. But I have always believed that organisations benefit from refreshed leadership every so often and Cancer Research UK is no exception. Our progress is accelerating, and patients and the public are realising the benefit of our work in ever greater numbers.“I am deeply grateful to every volunteer, scientist, member of staff and supporter for the outstanding contributions they have made since I’ve been Chief Executive. I look forward to using my remaining time with the organisation to continue to advance our critically important mission.”Sir Harpal was clearly persuaded to stay on a little longer while the charity searched for his successor.Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chairman of Cancer Research UK, thanked Sir Harpal for his “tremendous contribution” to the work of the charity. He added: “I am delighted that Harpal has agreed to stay on until the spring and we have commenced a search for his replacement. We anticipate being able to make an appointment to coincide with Harpal’s departure and plan for a smooth transfer.” Advertisement 314 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis53 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis53 Sir Harpal Kumar to leave Cancer Research UK next year 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. 313 total views, 1 views today
News to go further MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Organisation Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Reporters Without Borders condemned the trial for sedition opening today against Raja Petra Kamarudin, the 58-year-old editor of the online newspaper Malaysia Today. February 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Malaysia Help by sharing this information Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments March 17, 2021 Find out more January 29, 2021 Find out more October 6, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin goes on trial for “sedition” MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemned the trial for sedition opening today against Raja Petra Kamarudin, the 58-year-old editor of the online newspaper Malaysia Today. He was appearing before the Shah Alam court under Section 4(1) of the 1948 Sedition Act after writing an article about the implication of leaders of the ruling party in the 2006 murder of a young Mongolian woman. He pleaded not guilty at the first hearing of the case.“The government is abusing the law in order to silence critical voices and to gag free expression,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Raja Petra Kamarudin is being hounded by the courts and could end up serving a very long prison sentence. It is an unacceptable criminalisation of the freedom to reveal facts and opinions”, it said.The journalist has already been in prison since 12 September 2008, serving a two year sentence under the Internal Security Act (ISA). He was jailed without trial for “insulting a political leader” and “insulting Islam”.“He is being punished twice, it is a double incrimination, but his morale remains high”, his wife, Marina Lee, told the Associated Press (AP). She has told the government that her husband “is not a threat to state security and he will never be silenced”.The sedition charges relate to an article posted on his website on 25 April 2008, “Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell”, that implicated Prime Minister Najib Razak, and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, in the murder of a young Mongolian woman, Altantuya Shaariibuu.Two police officers have been accused of using explosives to destroy the body after having killed her. Abdul Razak Baginda, a colleague of Najib Razak, has been accused of collusion. The trial of these three is ongoing.If he is found guilty of sedition, Raja Petra Kamarudin faces three years in prison. Throughout the hearing, his supporters and friends and family were present inside and outside the court, all wearing T-shirts with the slogans, “Free RPK” or “I am with RPK”.One of them told the Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent, “I don’t know Raja Petra Kamarudin personally, but he has done so much for the Malaysian people that we owe it to him. He has managed to awaken the political conscience of every citizen. Being here for him is the least we can do. We will not tolerate injustice”. Several opposition politicians have also attended to demonstrate their support. RSF_en New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News News
Top StoriesBREAKING-Consider Vaccinating Students Appearing For Board Exams Against COVID19 : Allahabad High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 April 2021 6:19 AMShare This – xThe Court has issued a slew of directions taking note of the COVID19 second wave.In a suo moto action taken in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allahabad High Court has directed the Central Government and Indian Counsel for Medical Research to consider giving vaccination to students pursing higher education and giving board examinations.”Central Government and Indian Counsel for Medical Research must rethink for extending the benefit of vaccination…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?LoginIn a suo moto action taken in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allahabad High Court has directed the Central Government and Indian Counsel for Medical Research to consider giving vaccination to students pursing higher education and giving board examinations.”Central Government and Indian Counsel for Medical Research must rethink for extending the benefit of vaccination to students pursuing higher education and those appearing in Board examination of high school and intermediate looking to the large scale infection in population of younger generation. If the Board and other examination conducting bodies are going for offline examination then government must explore viability to extend benefit of vaccination to such students as well”, the Court observed.A division bench of Justice Siddhartha Verma and Ajit Kumar made the observation in the suo moto case titled “In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive”,Observing that the “situation is so alarming”, the bench has issued a slew of other directions to the Central and State authorities for effective management of the pandemic situation.Ensure availability of Remdesivir; Take action against hoarders, black-marketingThe Court directed the Central and State authorities to ensure the availability of Remdesivir, an injectable anti viral medicine, in open market.A division bench of Justice Siddhartha Verma and Ajit Kumar has also directed the district administration of all districts in Uttar Pradesh to take stern action against those who are hoarding and black-marketing Remdesivir.The Court passed the direction after being informed that there is acute shortage of Remdesivir, which is in great demand for Covid patients.The Court also directed for immediate purchase and supply of bipap machine and high flow cannula mask in ambulance to all the district hospitals and level 2 and level 3 hospitals of the districts like Prayagraj, Lucknow,Varanasi,Kanpur, Gorakhpur, were Covid infection has got widely spread.”The recent spike of COVID-19 infection has hit every corner of various districts of State. The surge has absolutely paralysed public life and all the medical aid systems have reached to a stage of complete saturation. We have been informed that Covid hospitals are over-flooded with Covid patients and there is both manpower shortage and available facilities in hospitals. The situation is so alarming that if it is not handled carefully and cautiously we may lead to stage of complete collapse of public health system”, the Court observed. Taking serious note of the situation, the Court observed “We must give priority to public health over elections…”. It may be noted that local body elections are due in Uttar Pradesh.While the Court expressed satisfaction at the submissions made by District Medical Officer Prayagraj(who appeared before the bench), it added that “a lot is needed to be done in raising more effective infrastructure tomeet the current challenge posed by Covid-19”.High Court to consider request of the bar to close the Court for two weeksAmrendra Nath Singh, President of Bar Association urged that High Court should be closed for at-least two weeksso that litigants and lawyers may not rush to the Court and the spread of infection is contained.Taking note of this submission, the bench observed :”We also request the High Court to consider request of Bar Association for its closer for at least two weeks as suggested by the President of the High Court Bar Association. The High Court should remain open only for online hearing in limited number of benches for urgent matters only looking to the present scenario. Regarding request made by the President of High Court Bar Association for stay over all pending non-bailable warrants and extension of interim orders, we are of the view that since there is already pending PIL Writ Petition No.564 of 2020, applications should be moved in that very PIL for appropriate directions”Other directionsThe other directions passed by the bench are as follows :Government to look into the viability of complete lock-down in those districts were spread has increased alarmingly, for at least two weeks or three weeks and at least immediately all public gatherings must be restricted to 50 persons. At every center the District administration must ensure large-scale testing and all clinical samples that are collected must be sent to the laboratory at every six hourly interval so that RTPCR comes within 18 to 24hours to start with medication. The containment zones must be updated every day to be notified and Rapid Force team be made vigilant and must be put to task. Proper sanitation of containment zones at every 48 hourly rest must be a rule.Certain medicines that may be useful in arresting spread ofCOVID-19 may be notified to be used by people themselves. State Government to provide/arrange testing kit available for COBAS machine at Moti LaL Nehru College, Allahabadwithin twenty four hours.Immunization programme must be vigorously carried out through vaccination of large number of peopleThe bench observed that following issues needed emergent attention so that we may save condition from worsening further and reaching to a point of collapse:i Public movement restrictions and stoppage of public activitiesii Streamlining health infrastructureiii Extra ordinary steps to provide basic health needs.iv To save and create infrastructure for non Covid patients.v Boosting up immunization programme.The Court has directed an affidavit to be filed by a Secretary level officer of the State Government detailing out the measures taken in the light of the observations made by it.The District Magistrate and Chief Medical Officer, Prayagraj are to appear through video conferencing on the next date fixed.The copy of this order has been directed to be sent to the Chief Secretary Government of U.P., District Magistrate, S.S.P. Prayagraj,Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur within 24 hours forimmediate necessary action at his end.The matter will be considered next on April 19.Click here to read/download the order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide.Over 36.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 211,834 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 841,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 803,000 cases and over 722,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Oct 08, 10:09 amCOVID-19 hospitalizations reach record high in OklahomaThe number of current hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to COVID-19 has soared to a new record one-day high.The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 738 people hospitalized with either confirmed or possible cases of the disease.Since the start of the pandemic, at least 94,352 people in Oklahoma have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 1,075 of them have died, according to the state health department data.Oct 08, 8:58 amUniversity of New Haven quarantines hundreds of students amid outbreakHundreds of students at the University of New Haven have been ordered to quarantine amid a COVID-19 outbreak on campus.Since the start of the month, the private university in Connecticut has identified 24 positive cases of COVID-19, at least 19 of which were confirmed this week. In a letter to students Wednesday, university officials explained that a “critical mass” of those cases are clustered in the school’s Winchester Hall dormitory, prompting them to impose a “full-building quarantine” until Oct. 20.Currently, 280 students are being quarantined on campus and nearly 70 are quarantining off campus, according to the letter.“We must reverse this trend immediately,” the letter said. “Candidly, much of this could have been avoided if everyone had followed the regulations in place.”Since the beginning of the fall semester, the university has investigated almost 300 reports of alleged COVID-19 policy violations and has handed down more than 150 disciplinary sanctions, ranging from warnings to housing suspensions.“Any significant increase in cases could threaten our ability to continue on-campus operations or force us to, as other schools in Connecticut and across to country have had to do — transition to completely online learning,” the letter warned. “That is an outcome none of us want to see.”Oct 08, 7:43 amGermany sees highest daily increase in cases since AprilGermany confirmed 4,058 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, an increase of 1,230 from the previous day, marking the country’s highest daily caseload since April.An additional 16 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded Wednesday. The cumulative total now stands at 310,144 cases with 9,578 deaths, according to the latest data from the country’s public health institute.The number of daily cases recorded in Germany reached almost 7,000 during the height of the pandemic at the end of March and in early April. Although the figures have fallen significantly since then, Germany’s infections have been on the rise in recent months amid a second wave across Europe.Earlier this week, the German government announced new curfews for bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the capital Berlin and financial hub Frankfurt, along with stricter rules on social gatherings.Oct 08, 6:47 amAnalysis shows cases increasing in 32 US statesAn ABC News analysis of COVID-19 trends across all 50 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico found there were increases in newly confirmed cases over the past two weeks in 32 states.The analysis also found increases in the daily positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in 25 states, increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations in 35 states and increases in daily COVID-19 death tolls in 19 states.The seven-day average of new cases in the United States has now surpassed 43,000, the highest it has been since Aug. 22. Regionally, new cases are on the rise across the Northeast, the Midwest, the South and the West.One state — Montana — reported its highest single-day rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases. Seven states — Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming — hit a record number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in a day.The trends were all analyzed from data collected and published by the COVID Tracking Project over the past two weeks, using the linear regression trend line of the seven-day moving average.Oct 08, 6:26 amNew cases and ICU usage on the rise in US, FEMA memo saysAn internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night shows that the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States and the nationwide usage of intensive care units are both on the rise in week-over-week comparisons.There were 306,965 new cases confirmed during the period of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, a 4.8% increase from the previous week. There were also 4,860 coronavirus-related fatalities recorded during the period of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, a 4.6% decrease compared with the week prior, according to the memo.Meanwhile, the national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 4.5% to 5.4% in week-to-week comparisons. Currently, 23% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of beds full in their intensive care units. That figure was 17-18% during the summertime peak, the memo said.The memo, which is circulated to the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on COVID-19 response, shows that 32 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of infections, while eight jurisdictions are at a plateau and 16 others are in a downward trend.In Florida, 75% of ICU beds statewide are occupied. The number of new COVID-19 deaths doubled in Duval County in week-to-week comparisons, while Sumter County recently reported a single-day positivity rate for COVID-19 tests of over 20%, according to the memo.Kentucky reported its highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases on Oct. 3. Nearly half of current cases in northern Kentucky are patients younger than 40, and approximately 40% of them are under 30. The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has been increasing statewide since the end of September, the memo said.The seven-day COVID-19 hospitalization rate continues to rise in Minnesota, reaching its highest since June 1 at 9.8 per 100,000 population, according to the memo.In Ohio, the number of new COVID-19 cases has more than doubled in Muskingum County between the weeks ending Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Outbreaks have been discovered at four social clubs there, according to the memo.Wisconsin’s seven-day COVID-19 death rate has increased 139% from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. The seven-day COVID-19 hospitalization rate also continues to climb, with Wisconsin reporting a peak of 16.4 per 100,000 population on Oct. 4. The state saw a record high of 782 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 5, more than double the amount a month earlier. As of Oct. 4, 84% of ICU beds statewide were in use. Local health departments in the counties of Fox Valley, Door and Manitowoc report seeing so many new cases that they are unable to conduct tests or contact tracing in a timely manner, the memo said.Oct 08, 5:17 amUS reports over 50,000 new casesThere were 50,341 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Wednesday, driving the country’s cumulative total past 7.5 million, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is up by nearly 10,000 from the previous day but is still under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour reporting period.An additional 915 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Wednesday, down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 7,550,731 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 211,834 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has hovered around 40,000 in recent weeks.Oct 08, 4:38 amCzech Republic sees record rise in cases for second straight dayThe Czech Republic identified 5,335 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, its highest single-day rise yet.It’s the first time the central European nation has registered more than 5,000 new cases in one day. The previous record of 4,457 new cases in a 24-hour reporting period was just set the day before.The cumulative total now stands at 95,360 confirmed cases with 829 deaths, according to the latest data from the Czech health ministry.More than 43,000 cases were active Wednesday, including 1,563 patients who remained hospitalized for COVID-19, while over 50,000 have recovered from the disease, according to the health ministry data.The Czech Republic has the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in Europe. Over the past two weeks, the country of 10.7 million people has reported 346.1 cases per 100,000, surpassing Spain for the first time, which has seen 305 cases per 100,000, according to data published Tuesday by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.Earlier this week, the Czech government declared another state of emergency due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections, after having relaxed almost all restrictions over the summer. The government is expected on Friday to announce new measures to contain the outbreak.The Czech Republic is among a handful of European countries, including France, Spain and the United Kingdom, that are grappling with an uptick in COVID-19 cases as a second wave of infections hits the region.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
NASA expected to launch CubeSat unit in 2018Engineering and physics students at the University of Southern Indiana have embarked on a mission-of-a-lifetime project designing the University’s first spacecraft to be placed into orbit by NASA sometime in 2018. The unit is a CubeSat, a miniaturized satellite known as a U-class spacecraft.The USI student-led project to design, build and then operate the CubeSat in orbit is funded by NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s) Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP). USI’s project was one of 47 national projects competitively selected and funded by NASA to give undergraduate students a hands-on experience developing and flying research or technology experiments relevant to NASA missions. Twenty three of the 47 projects involve CubeSats.“How often do you get to send something into space?” said Wyatt Helms, an engineering sophomore from Alfordsville, Indiana. “When I graduated high school, I wanted to go to school for aerospace engineering, but didn’t get the scholarships I was able to get here at USI. Now, it turns out I’m doing the same things I wanted to be doing.”The USI CubeSat is known as the Undergraduate Nano Ionospheric Temperature Explorer (UNITE), and will target the least explored layer of the atmosphere, the lower ionosphere. While traveling through the ionosphere the UNITE CubeSat will probe plasma density, determine drag characteristics of the vehicle, and measure temperature on the skin and in the interior of the spacecraft. The satellite measures 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm and has a mass of just 4 kilograms.To be able to work on a project of this magnitude at the undergraduate level is something the entire team is excited about. “I’m working on the command and data handling, one of the subsystems we’re going to provide,” said Colin Runnion, an engineering junior from Evansville. “I get to be part of a team that will basically design the command and data handling systems from the ground up. It will be one of the more critical parts, and one of the parts most likely to fail. It’s a lot of stress, since I haven’t designed something this complicated, but I’m really looking forward to that. Hopefully, if all goes well, someday, I’ll find myself working at a job at NASA.”“We’re approaching this project with both exhilaration and trepidation,” said Dr. Glen Kissel, associate professor of engineering and project faculty mentor. “Exhilaration, because our students have been given this exciting opportunity to place the University’s first spacecraft into orbit, but also trepidation, knowing there are potential setbacks every step of the way.”NASA requires that the USI team deliver a flight-ready CubeSat by early March 2018, with a launch expected sometime later that year. Launch services will be provided by NASA at no charge to the team. CubeSats are generally ejected from a rocket as a secondary payload, once the orbit has been achieved for the much larger primary payload. Alternatively, CubeSats can be sent to the International Space Station and loaded by astronauts into a deployer for ejection into orbit.Jose Fregozo, an engineering and physics major from Evansville, is charged with monitoring the drag analysis and other key functions of the craft. Taking theory and putting it into practice is something he’s particularly excited about. “It combines both of my majors. I’m looking at things from a physics perspective, understanding the fundamental theories and getting to apply those things using my engineering know how.”The USI team is still evaluating what orbits would be acceptable for its mission, in preparation for making a formal request to NASA later in the year for a rocket ride into space. Depending on the orbit NASA places the CubeSat in, the UNITE mission could be as short as 40 days, or as long as 400 days, before it burns up in the atmosphere.The team first met this semester to begin the design and to plan the remaining phases to complete the unit, then integrate, test and operate the CubeSat using NASA Systems Engineering principles. Because the project is a multi-year endeavor, the team will fluctuate as students graduate. Adam Will, an engineering junior from Evansville, will take over as team leader in spring 2017. “Being a longtime admirer of NASA and private space companies like SpaceX, it’s exciting to be working on a satellite that’s going into space here at USI at an undergraduate level,” he said.USI’s UNITE CubeSat team includes:Jose Fregozo, Engineering and Physics Senior, Evansville, INWyatt Helms, Engineering Sophomore, Alfordsville, INRyan Loehrlein, Engineering and Business Finance Sophomore, Evansville, INHaley McConnell, Biophysics and Math Senior, Evansville, INKegan Miller, Engineering Senior, Frankfort, INBryan Mitchell, Engineering Junior, Evansville, INJonah Quirk, Physics Junior, Evansville, INColin Runnion, Engineering Junior, Evansville, INJohn Siepierski, Outgoing Team Leader, Engineering Senior, Bradford, PAAdam Will, Incoming Team Leader, Engineering Junior, Evansville, INEric McCord, graduated from USI with a BS in Engineering in spring 2016 (He did preliminary design testing in spring 2016 in support of the CubeSat project.)Dr. Eric Greenwood, assistant professor of physics, and Dr. Art Chlebowski, assistant professor of engineering, also will assist the UNITE CubeSat team.USI’s UNITE CubeSat project is funded through NASA’s Undergraduate Student Instrument Project with administrative assistance from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium at Purdue University. Near Space Launch Inc. of Upland, Indiana, will be the primary vendor for the UNITE project components.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail