Having explored the need for an overhaul of the look and feel of the UK’s licensed betting offices, the second part of the feature looks at the technology that could help shape the sector’s sports-led future.The majority of the UK retail sector appears to be focusing on automation, rather than renovation, however. In particular, operators are embracing self-service betting terminals (SSBTs).“We want to remove pinboards of the Racing Post pages. We want the slick, large screens, live content, touchscreen terminals and a more vibrant, clean and modern environment,” Woodfine says.Pettit says SSBTs have been designed with the novice punter in mind, providing them with an interface designed to help them navigate their way to placing a bet.“What is an SSBT but a very big mobile phone that can be played without registration? What we’re offering is a much more intuitive interface, which is proven to be effective in educating new customers. So if anything, that gives me confidence that they will encourage new players to have a bet,” he says.“For novices, it’s much easier to work out a betting site on 22-inch screens than it is on a mobile phone or website.”Woodfine adds that the current retail content offering is “nowhere near as rich” as what’s on offer online – something he says operators have to address as a priority.“You have all the markets but none of the content, and we’re providing the corresponding pictures to that,” he says. “It’s a very small [step towards] producing parity with what’s available online – you have to move closer to the online experience to offer something to everyone.”This, he says, can be achieved through SSBTs. Further linking online and retail can be achieved through an omni-channel strategy. While it has become something of an industry buzzword, it works – omni-channel bettors, according to Ladbrokes Coral, are cheaper to acquire, and more loyal to their preferred brands.Having a single wallet means that retail bettors can take their winnings home in their online account. Should they decide to bet online, they will almost certainly use the account for their retail brand. After all, the money’s already in their accounts.Dave McDowell, CEO of sports betting platform FSB, admits that he was initially dubious of the omni-channel concept but says it is the option to bring online customers into the retail environment that makes it interesting.“One of the things I’ve heard from our operators is that when you take a withdrawal online, it takes a few days, and there will be players who want to immediately access those funds, so they will come into a shop to withdraw in person. And that’s where the omni-channel journey starts to make sense.”Woodford adds: “If you have a player who is a very strong online customer, if they go into a retail environment that they don’t regularly use, then the operator would want to treat that customer in the same way.” This, he suggests, incentivises players to bet in- store rather than solely online.Retail principles However, McDowell suggests the fact that events are less competitively priced in retail compared to online may prove a stumbling block.“You can get a different price over the counter, a different price on your mobile, and a different price on an SSBT,” he says. “How can a betting shop have different prices within five feet of each other?”Pettit, however, argues that the focus should not be on pricing in the lower- volume retail environment, where turnover was £8bn for April 2017 to March 2018, according to the Gambling Commission, compared to £26.9bn for online. Instead, he is in favour of betting shop operators focusing on retail principles, such as buy one get one free, or offering extra percentages back on certain bets.Customers are more likely to look at returns than pricing in the channel, he says, pointing to the operators’ aggressive bonusing strategies around this year’s Cheltenham Festival.“It’s a simpler message for the customer,” he explains. “You might have less competitive pricing but offer more back in bonuses, which is better understood by the end consumer.“Price will become less front of mind as retail issues such as win bonuses on certain selections become more popular as a promotional tool, such as a free in- play bet and the like” he adds.To date, operators appear to have taken the stance that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There has been little desire or motivation to revolutionise the retail experience. Until 2013 there were a few examples of challenger brands looking to offer a new betting experience, such as Samvo, though none succeeded in gaining any traction in the market.“In 2012 and 2013, the moves were a little bit early,” Woodfine says. “The products, in terms of hardware and software, have dramatically improved and now you have a stronger appetite among the majors to change.”However, a lot of work needs to be done, and few in the industry have gone public about their plans for the future of retail. Those that go into shops today tend to do so because it’s how they have always bet. SSBTs will have to do a lot of heavy lifting to achieve the sort of results that can return retail to growth. And investment will be needed to end some deep-rooted preconceptions about betting shops.Ultimately a change is coming. And many would argue it’s long overdue.McDowell suggests that in their current form, there is no future for betting shops: “For betting shops, it feels like the Blockbuster Video business model. The utilitarian part of it – I want to watch a movie tonight, or I want to place a bet – has moved online,” he says.Unfortunately, at this stage it’s impossible to offer any concrete answers on what the betting sector needs to do to survive in this new regulatory climate. But if the focus shifts from trying to survive to trying to make retail betting thrive, it will have a much better chance of a long-term future. 17th May 2019 | By contenteditor Having explored the need for an overhaul of the look and feel of the UK’s licensed betting offices, the second part of the feature looks at the technology that could help shape the sector’s sports-led future. 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Cricket West Indies confirms Hero CPL 2019 dates IND vs NZ Live Streaming for free with Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Check out the best Recharge Plan Virat Kohli completes 10 years in Test Cricket: 10 things you should know about India skipper- check out WTC Final Live: Virat Kohli continues century drought as Kyle Jamieson wins IPL team rivalry CricketLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Cricket TAGSCaribbean Premier LeagueCaribbean Premier League 2019Caribbean Premier League ScheduleCPL 2019 ScheduleCricket West IndiesCWIHeroHero CPLHero CPL 2019Hero CPL dates SHARE Cricket The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have agreed on a window for the 2019 edition of the professional cricket competition.The Hero Caribbean Premier League 2019 will take place between August 21c and September 27, the organisers have confirmed in a Press release. By Kunal Dhyani – January 12, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LIVE Cricket Score IND vs NZ WTC Final: India VS New Zealand Live score, ball by ball coverage, Virat Kohli starts Day 3: Follow… Cricket Cricket This Day That Year: Australia thrashed Pakistan to lift their 2nd World Cup title by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarlyPhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickcio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comThe opening round of the matches will take place in Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana before returning to these two countries for the playoffs and finals once again.For the second successive year the very best of the cricketing talent in the Caribbean will be taking part in the tournament with WINDIES centrally contracted players available for the majority of the tournament.As well as the very best Caribbean cricketers, fans can look forward to the top international players the sport has to offer descending on the region for 34 matches of high intensity cricket. The Biggest Party in Sport is coming back, and the plan is for it to be even bigger.Also Read: Hero Caribbean Premier League inks live streaming global deal with TwitterSpeaking about the window for the tournament, Pete Russell, COO of Hero CPL, said: “We are very pleased to be playing our tournament in August and September for the third successive year and we have now agreed that this will be the time of year that CPL takes place for the next five seasons. Fans now associate this time of year with Hero CPL and we have already started work on bringing the party to life in 2019. Having the best Caribbean cricketers and the world’s best overseas players is what our tournament is all about, and this window gives us that.”Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI, said: “The Hero CPL has developed into one of the best and most exciting T20 competitions in the world and we look forward to hosting another successful tournament later this year. We are pleased that we have been able to find a window in our West Indies International calendar to ensure that all the best Caribbean cricketers can take part, as the tournament plays a crucial role in our preparations and planning for the T20 World Cup in 2020.”Also Read: HERO Caribbean Premier League completes sponsorship sales, 18 brands on board Cricket WTC Final LIVE: Shubman Gill declares, ‘Total above 300 will be really competitive score for us’ PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know WTC final LIVE broadcast: ICC’s mega broadcast plan, India vs New Zealand live streaming starts today in 195 countries ICC WTC Final: 10 years of Virat Kohli’s Test career, 10 best moments of India’s greatest Test skipper Cricket Cricket Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinition|SponsoredSponsored Previous articleMurray to end his ATP career wearing Castore clothingNext articleIOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for alleged corruption Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Facebook Twitter Cricket WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Jamieson strikes again, sends Rishabh Pant back; IND 156/5; follow Live Updates
Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) 2011 annual report.Company ProfileSefalana Holdings Company Limited is a major retail operation with interests in the wholesale and retail distribution of fast-moving consumer goods in Botswana, Zambia, Lesotho and Namibia. It operates 20 major supermarkets under the retail name Sefalana Shopper; 25 cash-and-carry outlets trading under the name Sefalana Cash and Carry; 3 hyperstores trading as Sefalana Hyper Store; 4 liquor stores trading as Sefalana Liquor; and one cigarette distribution outlet trading as Capital Tobacco. The company also sells tractors, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, power-generating plants, water pumps, EDM locomotives and spares, and has franchise dealerships for MAN, TATA and Honda. Well-known subsidiaries in the Group include Foods Botswana, Commercial Motors, Mechanised Farming, Vintage Travel and Tours and Kgalagadi Soap Industries. Sefalana Holding Company Limited was founded in 1974 and its head office is in Gaborone, Botswana.
National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the half year.For more information about National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) 2016 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Breweries Plc produces, packages and markets traditional sorghum beer products in Zambia. Popular variants of its opaque beer are Chibuku Shake-Shake and Chibuku Super. The Chibuku beer brands are packaged in cartons and returnable plastic bottles and distributed through a nationwide network. The world-leading brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, has a 70% majority shareholding in National Breweries but the company is considering sharing a controlling stake to Delta Corporation which is one of the largest holding companies in Zimbabwe by market value. National Breweries is a subsidiary of Zambia Breweries Plc which was previously majority-owned by SAB Miller. National Breweries Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange
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Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Donald Heacock says: Vernon Sheldon-Witter says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags March 31, 2017 at 8:47 pm Thank you, Mary Frances. You make the arcane fiduciary detail comprehensible.My prayers will be with the Hearing Panel as they deliberate. Rector Shreveport, LA the Rev. Canon Mary Goshert says: April 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm Parishes who left without regard to what could happen are as much to blame for the current situation as any faithful Episcopal official. I remember a Methodist Church that tried to pull out of their annual conference over civil rights issues. This Methodist Bishop closed the church and the annual conference sold it to the local county government for a parking lot. Decisions have consequences. April 2, 2017 at 1:34 am Well said, Mary. St. James should have the opportunity to thrive by rediscovering its identity and moving forward to new challenges in mission and ministry. Bishop Bruno is blocking the path. Susan Russell says: March 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm Having known Mary Goshert and her faithful ministry of many years in this Diocese, I fully respect her candid testimony on this unhappy situation. Will Gatlin says: March 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm Nice to see that you are still in the saddle, Father. Are you retired, or now nearing retirement? Rector Collierville, TN April 3, 2017 at 1:02 am Fred! Thank you! That note was so very difficult to write. +Jon is not a villain, even if he’s totally wrong in his actions. It would be so easy to see this whole sad contretemps as a clear cut good/evil situation, but that just isn’t so. I appreciate your comments. Are you and Billie still living in Concord” We should get together. Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 2, 2017 at 12:21 am Notice that few of the comments here even suggest that we are all supposed to be working toward reconciliation and against the judgemental spirits that got the church into the entire mess to begin with. The lack of willingness to seek reconciliation is itself evidence that needs to be taken into consideration by the hearing panel. The fact that a congregation is NOT a building is the opportunity for everyone to reconcile and move forward. If control of the building is the basis of your faith, contributions, and church membership, there are other denominational opportunities for you and then please leave the rest of us in peace. Why was the name “Episcopal Church” chosen? The Greek word episcopos means “bishop” or “overseer,” which is used because the Episcopal Church is governed by bishops. The mission of the Episcopal Church is to “restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” (BCP, p. 855). Rector Pittsburgh, PA Donald Heacock says: Property Eric Bonetti says: Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ April 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm The Bruno Affair is a very good reason for me to NOT be an Episcopalian anymore, having left to start an Old Catholic mission in Palm Springs, CA. Episcopalians are WAY TOO MUCH consumed with money and power. The Bruno Affair was about both: + Bruno used the Courts to get his way, to establish his “power” and then tried to sell the property to reclaim what it cost to do that. ALL OF THAT is without any reference to the trust purpose of being church: to proclaim the Kingdom of God, by administering the seven sacraments, and living the Gospel. Being church is not about enhancing power relationships, feeding one’s Type A personality appetites, or making gobs of money. It is about spreading the love of Jesus, period. The bottom line here is simple: give the people of St. James their church and get rid of + Bruno. There is more than enough evidence to nail him. I hope the Hearing Panel has the courage to do that right thing. If I were in their shoes, I would offer + Bruno two alternatives: 1. Deed the church to the parish and accept a suspension through 12/31/18 or 2. Deposition from ministry. It is time to put down the mighty + Bruno from his seat and exalt the humble and meek people of St. James. I ask Our Lady to offer prayers to God for a just outcome. Thomas Vocca says: the Rev. Canon Mary Goshert says: Jane Riedel 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 March 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm Rev. Canon Mary Goshert- you say Bishop Bruno is hiding behind “shreds of legal details” – and yet the same legal tatters are being used to condemn him. Diminishing his legal defense belies the heart of the matter:To his detractors, it doesn’t matter whether the Bishop did everything by the book. I sense the people of St. James would feel equally hurt regardless of whether there are canonical grounds on which to formally discipline the Bishop.I appreciate your words and the wounding this closure has caused. I can’t imagine a home of worship could ever be closed painlessly. But I would ask: can we imagine a scenario where it’s in the best of interests of the larger Church to sell an individual place of worship? If the answer is a categorical “no,” well, then, that seems like we enter a separate conversation entirely. But if the answer is “yes,” then we must accept that being part of a faith community means people will bump heads about when and where to make that judgment call. It’s okay to think the Bishop made the wrong call, it’s okay to feel deep loss, and I think standing up for one’s place of worship is a noble goal. But I’m saddened that the path to that goal means raking someone across the coals for their well-intentioned judgment call. Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Karen Burr McKee says: Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 31, 2017 at 7:28 pm HeAR Ye Hear Ye. Lay or clerical. Never build an a congregation who’s building is owned by the Diocese. There are free churches that worship with the Episcopal Church. Study St Paul’s Key West, Florida & St.Mary The Virgin in NYC. THERE is no certainly as to what The Episcopal Church will choose to believe & force on you. It is certain they will do this without Anglican Communion concorde Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 31, 2017 The Rev. Fred Fenton says: May 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm Just another dissident Parish seeking to harm Our Bishop and TEC for the fact that when they left the Church,they left the building itself and the Treasury of the Parish in the hands of the Church. But the GAFCON folks and related Parishes still cannot seem to get it into their heads that if you leave the Church,these are the consequences. Throw all the stones you like but it will do you not one whit’s good., In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 1, 2017 at 11:07 am Grateful for this … dare I say it … fair and balanced reporting of this sad story. It’s exactly the link I needed to send to parish leaders to contextualize the events of this week in our Big Fat Diocesan Family as we all pray for resolution and reconciliation on the other side of this season of conflict and challenge. Press Release Service March 31, 2017 at 7:28 pm HeAR Ye Hear Ye. Lay or clerical. Never build an a congregation who’s building is owned by the Diocese. There are free churches that worship with the Episcopal Church. Study St Paul’s Key West, Florida & St.Mary The Virgin in NYC. THERE is no certainly as to what The Episcopal Church will choose to believe & force on you. It is certain they will do this without Anglican Communion concorde Rodney A. Reynolds says: 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 Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Disciplinary hearing for Los Angeles’ Bruno concludes without decision Hearing Panel’s conclusion will not come until sometime after Easter Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rt. Rev. David McMannes says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY March 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm I was an elected member of Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Los Angeles for all the time that the Diocese was in legal negotiations to regain clear title to the church property that dissidents attempted to take when they left the Episcopal Church. I was also rector (successively) to two healthy congregations in the Diocese. I was in full and enthusiastic agreement with Bishop Bruno for leading those negotiations: he was correct that his fiduciary responsibility mandated that action. The experience of the Diocese with a previous dissident action in which the parish property was ceded to dissidents was no help to the diocese. At no time in all the many meetings of Diocesan Council was it ever said by Bishop Bruno or his staff that the end purpose of this bitter negotiation would be to sell the properties when they were recovered: the end purpose was always described as returning the properties to parish use. When the properties were returned, and All Saints, Long Beach asked to purchase the parish property there, that seemed reasonable: there are four Episcopal churches within about a 5 mile radius, and All Saints had not participated fully in the life of the Diocese for many years. The situation with St. James is diametrically different. St. James was a powerhouse parish in Orange County: it was a charismatic worship center (which I respected even though that worship style is not my preference.) It opened much of its property to community needs. It was a deep tragedy for the Episcopal Church when the rector led the parish out of the Church, after maneuvering for years to mute those who disagreed with him, and who then was assured by Howard Ahmanson,Jr., and others that he could indeed take the property with him and the remnant of the congregation who followed him out. Mr. Ahmanson’s wealth provided a very large proportion of the funds these dissidents used to argue their desires in court. When at last the property was returned to the Diocese, Bishop Bruno re-opened the church in a great celebration of faith and hope. He did NOT ‘deliver a little pep talk’ to the congregation and the diocese: he spoke in ringing prophecy and great energy about how the congregation could and would rise again, he referred to the Rev. Canon Cindy Voorhees as the priest and pastor whose skills would facilitate that new rise, and he promised diocesan support for that renewal. Those words are available to anyone who wants to see a video and listen to that service of renewal. The congregation — and many in the diocese — took Bishop Bruno at his very word. It has been utterly shocking to hear Bishop Bruno say that he never intended to renew congregations in any of the four properties: that he ever intended to sell the properties. It’s been demoralizing to have Bishop Bruno disclaim the actual words he spoke to St. James. And it’s been a tragedy to see this man whom I’ve known and deeply cared for and respected for forty years descend to clawing on to the shreds of legal details, throwing his faithful cleric Cindy Voorhees under the bus, and acting the bully profiteer. I hope and pray for diocesan reconciliation, and for the national Church to call Bishop Bruno to account and give St. James its opportunity to thrive. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (19) Bruno Hearing, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Job Listing April 2, 2017 at 12:26 am I am glad to see that the hierarchy is taking this whole matter seriously. Far too often, the church simply circles the wagons when there are allegations of misconduct. Or it claims that the “weighty and material” clause is Title IV requires rape, mayhem, and murder before the larger church will get involved. Yes, the canons recite that clergy are held to a higher standard, but the reality is that they far too often are held to a lower standard, or no standard at all.Prayers for truth and justice for all. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Val Hillsdon-Hutton says: Rector Washington, DC Lloyd Newell says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA March 31, 2017 at 7:27 pm What a bag of worms April 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm While I was still living in the wonderful Diocese of the Rio Grande, which I left because of family illness elsewhere, I had mentally applauded that some congregations were choosing to rent space rather than spend enormous amounts of money on mortgages and maintenance. If a church is indeed a congregation rather than a building, then a rented building can function perfectly well. It is amazing what a feeling of reverence can happen in a corporate “office park” type building with just the addition of a pulpit and the other instruments of the service. Historic buildings pose a different problem and one would hate to see them torn down. April 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm I do not like, nor do I respect Jon Bruno. In my very limited dealings with him I found him duplicitous and startlingly callous and petulant. I will continue to pray for him, but more often than not my words go up but my thoughts remain below. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Lisa Fox says: Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno spent nearly seven hours March 29 and 30 talking to the Hearing Panel considering the disciplinary action against him. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Pasadena, California] Three days of testimony in the ecclesiastical disciplinary hearing for Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno ended here March 30 without a resolution.Church Attorney Raymond “Jerry” Coughlan, appointed to represent the Episcopal Church, and Diocese of Los Angeles Chancellor Richard Zevnik did not make oral closing statements. They will submit written briefs for the Hearing Panel to consider before making its decision.“I have no idea how long our decision will take but there are other canonical processes involved that could mean this could go on for a while,” Diocese of Southern Virginia Bishop Herman Hollerith IV, president of the Hearing Panel, told spectators at the end of the session. “This is not going to be something that is going to happen before Easter.”The allegations detailed at the hearing stem from Bruno’s behavior during and after his unsuccessful 2015 attempt to sell St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach to a condominium developer for $15 million. Members of the church initially filed the disciplinary complaint against him.Bruno is alleged to have violated Title IV Canon IV.4.1(g) by failing to exercise his ministry in accordance with applicable church canons (specifically Title II Canon II.6.3 requiring prior standing committee consent to any plan for a church or chapel to be “removed, taken down, or otherwise disposed of for worldly or common use”), Title IV Canon IV.4.1(h)(6) by engaging in “conduct involving dishonesty, deceit or misrepresentation” and Title IV Canon IV.4.1(h)(8) for “conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.” The applicable subsections of Title IV Canon IV.4.1 begin on page 135 here.The St. James the Great complainants allege that Bruno violated church canons because he:failed to get the consent of the diocesan standing committee before entering into a contract to sell the property;misrepresented his intention for the property to the members, the clergy and the local community at large;misrepresented that St. James the Great was not a sustainable congregation;misrepresented that the Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees, St. James’ vicar, had resigned;misrepresented to some St. James members that he would lease the property back to them for a number of months and that the diocese would financially aid the church; andengaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy by “misleading and deceiving” the clergy and people of St. James, as well as the local community, about his plans for the property and for taking possession of the property and locking out the congregation.The Rev. Canon Kelli-Grace Kurtz, convening chair of Los Angeles’ program group on missions, discusses with the Hearing Panel what the diocese requires of those congregations. She said the group classified St. James as a “mission station” and thus it had to comply with certain reporting requirements. The Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees, St. James’ vicar, had testified that she reported verbally to Bruno and did not think she needed to submit those reports. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceBruno said in his response brief to the Hearing Panel that five of the allegations must be decided in his favor because “undisputed evidence establishes no canonical violation.” He said the sixth allegation concerning alleged misrepresentations to Voorhees presents conflicting evidence for the panel to weigh. However, he called it a “she said (he told me he wouldn’t sell the property), he said (I never said I wouldn’t sell the property) dichotomy.”The Hearing Panel has a number of actions it can take, ranging from dismissal of the allegations to removing Bruno from his ordained ministry. Bruno or Coughlan would have 40 days to appeal the Hearing Panel’s decision to the Court of Review for Bishops.March 30 began with Bruno spending nearly two hours answering questions from Coughlan and Zevnik about his March 28 testimony. The questions ranged over a number of topics aimed at understanding the bishop’s actions surrounding his attempt to sell St. James the Great, and his motivations for those actions. High on the list of motivations was providing money to fund the ongoing mission and ministry of the diocese.Money was an issue, Bruno and other witnesses said because the diocese had spent more than $10 million on the lengthy litigation that eventually returned four properties to the diocese that had been held by disaffiliated Episcopalians. Bruno said the expense was worth it to set a precedent about church property ownership in the diocese and in the state. He went forward with the actions even after then-Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and the presiding bishop’s chancellor, David Booth Beers, advised against it, he said.Bruno and others discussed evidence showing that the sale of St. James was also one possible way for the diocese to have the money to buy the remaining interest in some commercial properties in Anaheim, California. Donors had bequeathed to the diocese a partial interest in those properties. The properties produce income for the diocese and the diocese also thought it might be able to sell the property near Angel Stadium. One document showed that the properties appraised at $140 million. The diocese has since borrowed the money to acquire a 100 percent interest in the properties.Some of the other March 30 witnesses said Bruno also wanted to leave the diocese in good financial health when he retires. Bruno turns 72, the Episcopal Church’s mandatory retirement age for clergy, in late 2018. His successor, Bishop Coadjutor-Elect John Taylor, is due to be ordained and consecrated on July 8 of this year.Diocesan Chief of Staff David Tumilty tells the Hearing Panel about Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno’s concerns over the financial health of the diocese and how those concerns informed his decisions about St. James. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThey said the diocese had been hard-hit not only by the litigation costs but also by the 2008 recession that came as the diocese was spending capital to pay for the litigation, according to diocesan Chief of Staff David Tumilty.Tumilty said that spending resulted in staff cuts and cuts to programs such as one that provided counseling for priests. He also explained that the California “corporation sole” through which Bruno controlled some but not all of diocesan property and other assets was getting strapped by having frequently to cover operating deficits in what is known as the Mission Share Fund budget.The need for recovering capital was a theme in the March 30 testimony. For instance, when Coughlan asked the bishop who now was liaison to the Anglican Communion Compass Rose Society, an $110,000 job that he had offered to Voorhees, Bruno said the job was unfilled. “I don’t have the money to have it now because I am paying for two years of litigation,” he said, referring to the Title IV proceedings.“Whose fault is that?” a few members of the audience asked softly but clearly. Voorhees turned and hushed the audience and later Hollerith reminded spectators of his requirement that they not speak out.Testimony March 30 also showed that the sale of St. James the Great caused controversy between at least two diocesan leaders. The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, Standing Committee president during 2015 and 2016, told the panel that then-Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool called her to inquire about a possible sale of St. James. McCarthy said Glasspool told her that, as standing committee president, McCarthy had a duty to block the sale. She said Glasspool asked her to contact an Episcopal diocesan chancellor in the state whom MCarthy knew and whom Glasspool thought could help develop an argument against the sale.The Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy, who chaired the Diocese of Los Angeles’ Standing Committee during 2015 and 2016, tells the Hearing Panel about the committee’s actions surrounding Bruno’s attempted sale of the St. James the Great Episcopal Church property. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceGlasspool planned to contact other Episcopal bishops about the sale, McCarthy said. After praying for a day, McCarthy said she contacted Bruno to tell him about the conversation because she found out that the bishop had confidentially disclosed the offer to buy St. James during a meeting of diocesan executive leadership.“The bishop suffragan had called the president of the standing committee and enlisted her support to undermine what the bishop diocesan was doing,” McCarthy said, explaining her reason for calling Bruno. “And [because she] had broken his confidentiality, I felt like he needed to know.”The standing committee approved Bruno’s effort to sell St. James during a special June 8, 2015, meeting more than two months after Bruno accepted the offer. The members gave their approval, she said, even though Bruno did not ask for it. Because the title to the property resided in the corporation sole, McCarthy said, Bruno believed he could act without their approval. McCarthy noted that her committee eventually would have to approve deconsecrating the church if the sale went through.“We want to have some way to clearly show our support,” she said. “Unique circumstances” surrounded that decision because, by June 8, McCarthy said, “there had already been a social-media campaign launched” and other opposition to the sale had formed.Moreover, McCarthy said, the committee knew the bishop was looking for ways to recoup the litigation costs and he was concerned about the financial shape of the diocese when he retired. Committee members also talked about how “a congregation and a building are two different things” and that the sale of the property was “in line with the plan that the bishop had had for a number of years.”When Bruno formed the intention to sell St. James and whether and when he disclosed that intention to Voorhees and the members of St. James has been in dispute. Voorhees and others have insisted that they believed Bruno wanted them to revive St. James so that it could continue in the hard-won building.The Title IV disciplinary process based on professional-conduct modelAlthough the Episcopal Church Title IV disciplinary canons in 2011 moved clergy disciplinary actions from a legalistic process to a professional-conduct model, many legal terms persist. For instance, Hollerith and the attorneys referred questioning as “cross-examination” and there were “objections” about some questions or whether certain “evidence” was “admissible.”Clare Zabala-Bangao, Diocese of Los Angeles coordinator for mission congregations, tells the Hearing Panel about her efforts to have St. James’ lay leaders and the Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees, the vicar, file required monthly financial reports. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceHowever, the ultimate goal, according Title IV’s introduction (page 131 here), is that “the Church and each Diocese shall support their members in their life in Christ and seek to resolve conflicts by promoting healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among all involved or affected.”Each day’s session began and ended with prayer led by Hearing Panel member the Rev. Erik Larsen of Rhode Island. The opening prayer concluded with all participants and onlookers saying the Lord’s Prayer aloud in unison. At the end of the March 30 afternoon session, Larsen prayed that God would guide the panel to “discern the truth and find your will for us as we move forward.” Larsen prayed that as that discernment continued and people waited on the outcome that “above all we would not lose the charity that you reveal in your son Jesus.”Hollerith concluded the session with a blessing and liturgical dismissal.In addition to Hollerith and Larsen, the members of the Hearing Panel considering the allegations against Bruno include Rhode Island Bishop Nicholas Knisely, North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith, and Deborah Stokes of Southern Ohio. All are members of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops, which appointed them.The Hearing Panel met at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Pasadena, about 90 minutes northeast of Newport Beach. Save St. James the Great organized buses to travel to and from the hearing each day. Close to 120 people at times sat in the gallery during the daily sessions.Previous ENS coverage of the hearing is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rev. David Justin Lynch says: Rector Belleville, IL April 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm Thank you, Mary Francis, for a superb and balanced report of this complicated issue. As a newcomer to this diocese, I have found it difficult to understand the proceedings over the last couple of years. Your clear reporting has helped a lot!!
Rector Knoxville, TN Una familia de cuatro se incorpora a una caravana que sale de la plaza Salvador del Mundo el 31 de octubre de 2018. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] Familias con niños pequeños, madres solteras y sus bebés, hombres y mujeres jóvenes, adolescentes y ancianos, se reunieron una mañana de fines de octubre en la Plaza Salvador del Mundo, aquí, para formar una caravana y comenzar el largo recorrido hacia el Norte a través de El Salvador, Guatemala y México y, para algunos, finalmente, la frontera de EE.UU.La Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales de la Iglesia Episcopal con sede en Washington, D.C., compiló Una respuesta fiel a la caravana: cinco cosas a saberEsa fue la segunda de las tres caravanas que partieron ese día de la plaza, donde una estatua representa a Jesucristo, salvador del mundo, de pie sobre el planeta Tierra. Unas 250 personas —muchas de ellas llevando sólo mochilas y agua embotellada, otros cargando grandes maletas que resultarían difíciles de manejar al cabo de unas pocas cuadras de camino— salieron en la segunda caravana; otros se les unirían a lo largo del trayecto para el viaje de 4.180 kilómetros. Las caravanas que salieron de El Salvador seguían a una que partió de Honduras a principios del mes.Carla, de 29 años y su hijo de 4, Anderson Roberto, se encontraban en la segunda caravana salvadoreña que salía ese día. Carla dio su apellido, pero lo reservamos en interés de su seguridad. Madre de tres hijos, dejó a sus hijas de 8 y 2 años detrás con el padre de ella; sería demasiado difícil viajar con tres niños, dijo. Quiere darle a su hijo una vida mejor, y conseguir un empleo para sostener a su familia. Fue una decisión que Carla dijo que había contemplado durante cinco años. Mientras habla, Anderson Roberto llora y se aferra a sus piernas.Carla, de 29 años, y su hijo Anderson Roberto, de 4, estaban entre las 250 personas que salieron de San Salvador en una caravana el 31 de octubre de 2018. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.A través del Triángulo Norte de América Central, una región que incluye El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras, más de 700.000 personas se han visto obligadas a desplazarse por la violencia. El desplazamiento forzoso —sea reconocido o no— se ha convertido en un problema político en la región, y en Estados Unidos, donde el presidente Donald Trump ha definido a los migrantes económicos y solicitantes de asilo como un “asalto a nuestro país”, su gobierno ha desplegado 8.000 soldados en la frontera. El Presidente ha prometido negar solicitudes de asilo a los migrantes que intenten entrar ilegalmente en Estados Unidos, es decir no a través de los puntos de ingreso asignados.Ya estamos llegando a la fronteraCientos de migrantes centroamericanos llegaron a Tijuana, México, el 14 de noviembre, y otros más les siguieron el día 15, según funcionarios municipales que se empeñaban en ofrecer albergue en lo que podría ser una extensa estadía.“Estos no son delincuentes”, dijo Celia Medrano, directora del programa regional de Cristosal, una organización no gubernamental con sede en San Salvador, que tiene nexos episcopales y recibe apoyo de la Iglesia. Medrano monitoreaba el movimiento de la caravana a través de El Salvador mediante un grupo de WhatsApp. “No son malas personas, son personas que buscan trabajo y huyen de la violencia”.Tal era el caso de José Antonio, de 34 años, que hace dos años perdió su empleo en un supermercado donde había trabajado durante 15 años. José Antonio, que rehusó dar su apellido, su esposa Daisy, de 34 años, y sus dos hijos: María, de 11, que llevaba puesta una gorra de Frozen —propaganda de Disney de la popular película— y Uriel, de 4, que llevaba una gorra de Cars.La familia había estado viviendo con los padres de Daisy en Mejicanos, donde una acequia controlada por miembros de una pandilla pasaba por detrás de la casa. La familia, que llevaba comida suficiente para dos días, se proponía pedir ayuda en México y, tal vez, llegar finalmente a reunirse con unos parientes en Los Ángeles.Los migrantes han estado viajando en caravanas desde los años 90, si bien la que salió de Honduras a principios de octubre es la más grande de la historia. El tamaño y la visibilidad de las caravanas rompen el paradigma del cruce clandestino de la frontera, ayudados a veces por tratantes de personas.“Las caravanas representan un cambio en ese patrón”, dijo Noah Bullock, director ejecutivo de Cristosal y misionero nombrado por la Iglesia Episcopal.Datos recientes muestran que muchas personas carecen de las redes familiares y de los recursos para desplazarse internamente y, por tanto, ven las caravanas como una opción viable, dijo Bullock.“Lo que ha cambiado respecto a la inmigración es que no se trata de un mexicano solo cruzando la frontera para encontrar empleo. Son niños y familias de América Central que se presentan en la frontera y solicitan asilo o intentan encontrar protección, eso es lo que ha cambiado”, afirmó él. “De manera que incluso con estas caravanas no tienes todavía un aumento en la cifras que lleguen a cambiar la inmigración neta. La inmigración no se encuentra en alza, está en baja. Y cuando uno compara eso a movimientos de migrantes en cualquier parte del mundo, sigue siendo realmente pequeño, de manera que tienes un problema en esos tres países que es grave. Necesita solución y es completamente controlable. Si uno decide controlarlo”.Nexos y apoyo episcopales a CristosalCristosal comenzó en el año 2000 como una asociación entre clérigos episcopales de Estados Unidos y Salvador. Más tarde se convirtió en una organización no gubernamental independiente con un presupuesto de $2 millones que ha crecido de tres empleados en 2010 a más de 60 en tres países gracias a una subvención del Fondo Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo, si bien mantiene estrechos lazos con la Iglesia Episcopal. Los episcopales donan $350.000 al presupuesto anual de la organización.Cristosal tiene oficinas en El Salvador, Honduras y Guatemala. La USAID le otorgó una subvención para aumentar el conocimiento sobre el desplazamiento forzoso causado por la violencia y para apoyar el desarrollo de modelos para abordarlo, así como para establecer un mecanismo regional para rastrear y supervisar el desplazamiento forzoso en el Triángulo Norte, aumentar la capacidad de los tres países del Triángulo Norte para la creación de sistemas específicos de protección nacional para el desplazamiento interno y ensayar soluciones regionales que perfeccionen la protección comunitaria para las personas desplazadas.Muchos hombres y mujeres jóvenes, familias y personas ancianas se unieron a la caravana que salió de San Salvador, El Salvador, el 31 de octubre de 2018. Fue la segunda de tres caravanas que partió para el norte ese día. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.“Lo que tanto nos incomoda es la idea de que los centroamericanos están tomando decisiones racionales; que las familias podrían estar evaluando su situación doméstica y considerándola tan grave que hacer cosas tan locas como enviar a sus hijos sin acompañamiento o salir caminando hacia Estados Unidos o lo que fuere, podría ser realmente una decisión racional”, afirmó Bullock.Los líderes y funcionarios del gobierno no quieren reconocer que los migrantes están tomando una decisión racional, porque hacerlo “aumentaría las responsabilidades del Estado de proteger a las personas, de proteger los derechos humanos; ello cuestiona la narrativa de la inmigración tradicional que en gran medida [se presenta] como personas que vienen en busca de empleos y no como personas que huyen de algunos de los países más violentos del mundo”.Por ejemplo, explicó él, Irak tiene una tasa de homicidios de 15 por cada 100.000 habitantes, y en El Salvador, aun después de una reducción de la tasa de homicidios, es aún de 60 por cada 100.000. Desde 2014, 7.000 niños han muerto en El Salvador.“Es mucho más probable que uno muera de una muerte violenta siendo un centroamericano y un centroamericano pobre que si viviera en una zona de guerra en otras partes del mundo, no obstante, es más conveniente cuando la inmigración es gota a gota y clandestina. Y ahora es visible y debe verse como protesta”, dijo. “Las personas están protestando, protestando de que sus países no les ofrezcan opciones de protección y de libertad del temor… y protestan que al cruzar una frontera internacional no encuentren ningún lugar en el planeta donde puedan buscar fines legítimos en la vida”.Un fenómeno globalEl desplazamiento forzoso es un fenómeno internacional que alcanza la cifra récord de 68,5 millones de personas en todo el mundo, una población más grande que la del Reino Unido.Sólo en El Salvador, se calcula en 296.000 el número de personas internamente desplazadas, lo cual significa que se han visto obligadas a huir de sus hogares, pero no han cruzado aún una frontera; mientras en Honduras, un cálculo conservador pone la cifra en 190.000. En Guatemala, el número pasa de 242.000.De los tres países del Triángulo Norte, sólo Honduras ha reconocido la existencia de desplazamientos forzosos, estableciendo una comisión nacional para el estudio y la documentación de casos. Sin embargo, eso está a punto de cambiar. En julio, como resultado de la labor de Cristosal, el Tribunal Supremo de El Salvador le dio al gobierno seis meses para reconocer oficialmente el desplazamiento forzoso debido a la violencia en el país, designar una legislación y políticas especiales para la protección y asistencia de las víctimas y hacer de las víctimas del desplazamiento una prioridad en el presupuesto nacional.“Es la responsabilidad del gobierno proteger a sus ciudadanos. Es un problema de seguridad”, dijo Elizabeth Ferris, durante una plática el 29 de octubre en la Universidad de América Central. “Hay una necesidad a corto plazo de abordar las necesidades de los migrantes y, a largo plazo, de reducir la violencia y de recuperar territorio”.Ferris, profesora de investigación en el Instituto para el Estudio de la Migración Internacional de la Universidad de Georgetown y ex directora del Programa de Inmigración y Refugiados del Servicio Mundial de Iglesias, estaba en El Salvador para brindar experiencia técnica a fin de promover la legislación. Cuarenta países reconocen el desplazamiento forzoso, pero sólo 11 o 12 tienen estrategias para abordarlo, dijo Ferris.A partir de 2013, individuos y familias empezaron a presentarse en la oficina de Cristosal en busca de ayuda, algunos de ellos remitidos por la embajada de EE.UU. porque en ese momento la Iglesia Anglicana-Episcopal de El Salvador reasentaba refugiados a través de la oficina de Cristosal.“Incluso nos tomó mucho tiempo aprender el lenguaje en torno al desplazamiento. Primero, se trataba de personas afectadas por la extorsión y la violencia de las pandillas, y hay algunos que son refugiados, y luego aprendimos acerca del desplazamiento interno”, dijo Bullock.Y entonces, en 2014, 69.000 menores sin acompañamiento, madres e hijos llegaron a la frontera de EE.UU., llamando la atención el elevado número de personas desplazadas forzosamente por la violencia en Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador. La cifra en la frontera sudoccidental descendió a 59.692 en 2016 y a 41.435 en 2017, según el Servicio de Aduana y Protección Fronteriza de EE.UU.“Antes de la crisis de la migración infantil en 2014 no había ningún contexto para abogar o incluso para hablar acerca de desplazamiento debido a la violencia en América Central, y así cuando se produjo la crisis de la migración infantil, el gobierno de EE.UU. se vio sometido a una gran presión para venir a la región y encontrar qué podría hacerse”, explicó él. “Esa fue la primera vez que la violencia se vinculaba a la migración de una manera visible para el público de EE.UU.”Para entonces, Cristosal tenía una experiencia práctica de dos o tres años de tratar con el desplazamiento forzoso debido a la violencia. La USAID reconoció su labor e instó a Cristosal a expandir su presencia y a crear una respuesta que se pudiera adaptar más allá de El Salvador, en Honduras y en Guatemala.Sin embargo, fue el apoyo de las iglesias episcopales y de los episcopales individualmente lo que le permitió a Cristosal convertirse en una de las primeras organizaciones en abordar el desplazamiento forzoso en el Triángulo Norte.“Lo importante que los episcopales deben saber es que la capacidad de Cristosal de ocuparse de un problema que nadie quería, antes que alguien más quisiera financiarlo, fue enteramente apoyado por los episcopales que creyeron en nosotros”, expresó Bullock. “Ese apoyo nos permitió convertirnos en un líder regional en la elaboración de una respuesta, y eso es algo que nunca quisiéramos perder: nuestra base de apoyo episcopal nos permite ser independientes y correr riesgos y elaborar una respuesta y luego atraer a donantes a nuestros asuntos mientras ascendemos. Eso es lo que funcionó para nosotros. Y queremos seguir haciéndolo”.2014 también conmemoró el 30º. Aniversario de la Declaración de Cartagena, que enmendó la Convención de los Refugiados de 1951 y la definición del protocolo de 1967 de lo que significa ser un refugiado: “personas que han huido de su país porque sus vidas, seguridad o libertad han sido amenazadas por violencia generalizada, agresión extranjera, conflictos internos, violación masiva de derechos humanos u otras circunstancias que hayan perturbado seriamente el orden público”.El gobierno de Obama respondió a la crisis de los menores sin acompañamiento con un aumento de la seguridad en la frontera, detención e interdicción por parte de México, de menores y familias que buscaban refugio en Estados Unidos. Trump hizo de la reducción de la inmigración una pieza central de su campaña electoral. Luego, en los primeros ocho meses de 2018, los agentes del Servicio de Aduanas y Control de Fronteras detuvieron a más de 252.000 personas —32.371 menores sin acompañamiento y 59.113 familias en la frontera sudoccidental y la Administración comenzó a separar a las familias. La política de la separación de las familias coincidió con la llegada de la primera caravana, cuando, de los varios centenares de miembros que solicitaron protección, encontraron que el 95 por ciento tenía un temor creíble a la persecución y los remitieron a los tribunales de inmigración para una audiencia plena, según el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de EE.UU.El 22 de octubre, Trump amenazó con suspender la ayuda a América Central si los países no actuaban para frenar el flujo de migrantes.En vísperas de las elecciones parciales del 6 de noviembre, Trump utilizó las caravanas como una táctica atemorizante, y su equipo político elaboró un anuncio en que presentaba a los inmigrantes como una amenaza violenta. La TV de EE.UU. y las redes sociales denunciaron el anuncio como racista. Las reducciones de la Casa Blanca de Trump al programa de reasentamiento de refugiados de la nación muestran un interés en limitar no sólo a la inmigración ilegal.Estados Unidos fue un líder mundial en el reasentamiento de refugiados hace sólo dos años, cuando más de 80.000 refugiados fueron recibidos en el país con la ayuda de nueve agencias con contratos federales para hacer ese trabajo, entre ellas el Ministerio Episcopal de Migración. Ese número ha menguado durante la administración de Trump, la cual anunció el 17 de septiembre que reduciría aún más los reasentamientos, a no más de 30.000 al año.La Ley de Refugiados de 1980 garantiza el derecho de una persona a solicitar asilo. Y fue una guerra civil y una crisis de refugiados lo que ha contribuido a la actual crisis de violencia en El Salvador.“Cuando los refugiados salvadoreños se iban en los años ochenta, [sólo] al tres por ciento los reconocían como refugiados, obligando a los salvadoreños que venían a Estados Unidos a hacinarse en barrios marginales de nuestras ciudades, donde se convertían en pandilleros, y luego eran deportados a sus países de origen, lo cual nos da las bases de la violencia actual que está llevando a la gente a irse”, dijo Bullock.La región tiene un interés estratégico en promover la protección y la seguridad en América Central, “porque un pueblo desestabilizado e desprotegido desestabiliza”, añadió Bullock.Conflicto civil y “justicia transitoria”De 1980 a 1992, El Salvador sufrió una guerra civil brutal entre un gobierno militar respaldado por EE.UU. y una coalición de grupos guerrilleros, organizada como el Frente Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional o FMLN. La guerra fue provocada esencialmente por las flagrantes desigualdades que existían entre un pequeño grupo de elites ricas que controlaban el gobierno y la economía y la mayoría de la población que vivía en extrema pobreza.Las negociaciones de los Acuerdos de Paz de 1992 incluyeron la formación de una comisión de la verdad para investigar las violaciones de los derechos humanos que ocurrieron durante la guerra civil. Sin embargo, una ley de amnistía de 1993 imposibilitó procesar los crímenes de guerra y reformar el sistema judicial, así como la policía y las fuerzas armadas, dando lugar a instituciones democráticas débiles y a persistente impunidad y discriminación de las víctimas. La gente que tenía poder político y económico lo mantuvo después que terminó la guerra.En 2012, el Tribunal Interamericano de Derechos Humanos declaró que la ley de amnistía no podía proteger a los responsables de la masacre de El Mozote, donde los soldados del gobierno mataron a unas 800 personas, la mitad de ellos niños, en diciembre de 1981.En El Salvador de la postguerra, las organizaciones populares de derechos humanos y justicia social han desempeñado un papel clave en proteger la memoria histórica y en sacar esos casos de las sombras de la historia. En 2016, Cristosal comenzó a valerse de un litigio estratégico a fin de obtener justicia para las víctimas y al objeto de ponerle fin a la inveterada cultura de la impunidad, y está trabajando tanto en la masacre de El Mozote como en la de El Calabozo de 1982.El “litigio estratégico”, explicó David Morales, director de litigio estratégico de Cristosal y ex defensor de los derechos humanos de El Salvador, es una manera de brindar una “justicia transitoria”, que consiste en un proceso político y social destinado a aplicar la justicia y a abordar graves abusos de derechos humanos y en hacer responsables a los perpetradores de la violencia.“Cristosal centra sus acciones legales en casos que tendrán mucho impacto”, dijo Morales. “La impunidad actual está vinculada a la impunidad en el pasado… a décadas de dictaduras, a abusos sistemáticos de derechos humanos. El Estado nunca creó un sistema de apoyo para las víctimas”.–Lynette Wilson es reportera y jefa de redacción de Episcopal News Service. 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8) Thomson & Whizz-KidzThomson has chosen Whizz-Kidz to be a charity partner in 2017, chosen in a staff vote across its 65 stores. Thomson has set a fundraising target of £300 per store, which will be split between Whizz-Kidz and the holiday company’s other chosen charity, Family Holiday Association. The funds raised will go towards helping Whizz-Kidz provide mobility equipment and life skills services to disabled children and young people. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34 6) Yorkshire Building Society & End Youth HomelessnessYorkshire Building Society has launched a three-year partnership with End Youth Homelessness, during which time it aims to raise £750,000 to support over 700 homeless young people into their own rented homes. YBS will also fund rental deposit guarantees and home essentials grants to help to homeless young people across the UK who are ready to live independently, and provide dedicated support and financial advice in helping them build life skills and confidence. 3) Ryanair & SOS Children’s Villages UKRyanair has donated £100,000 to its 2016 European charity partner SOS Children’s Villages UK. The money was raised through a range of fundraising events and activities including a digital donation day hosted on Ryanair.com, and a social media childhood memory competition. 8 corporate fundraising partnerships for January 2017 Main image: Boxing Futures CEO Anthony York with Andy Wake CEO Boxercise Corporation 139 total views, 5 views today 4) FedEx & Action for ChildrenMore than 160 team members from the FedEx Express UK Sales teams gave 1,000 hours to charity and fundraising activities for Action for Children over the course of 2016. Activities included painting, cleaning and gardening, with FedEx staff transforming Action for Children facilities in Newcastle, Bristol, Worcester, Liverpool and Cambridge. Team members also raised £6,259 for the charity through a series of activities, including the Three Peaks Challenge, cycling from Brussels to Amsterdam, completing the Worksop Halloween Half Marathon and taking part in national sleep-out event ‘Byte Night’. FedEx has been supporting Action for Children since 2010. Here are eight corporate fundraising partnerships that have come to our attention in the past month.They range from the donation of furniture from show homes, giving toys and food, the volunteering of time to clean and paint charity facilities, a record-breaking gift wrap, and a wide variety of other fundraising events and activities.1) CALA Homes (East), Fresh Start, & It’s Good 2 GiveCALA Homes (East) has partnered with two charities: Fresh Start and It’s Good 2 Give, to donate high-quality furniture and accessories from its luxury show homes. Good 2 Give will use the furniture for Ripple Retreat: a respite home for cancer patients and their families, which is due to open in April, while Fresh Start is allocating the items to people that it is helping to find new homes after being homeless. 140 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34 5) Jewson & Barnardo’sJewson has chosen Barnardo’s to be its 2017 charity of the year. Throughout the partnership, Jewson and Saint-Gobain will extend its network of Employment, Training and Skills services to help vulnerable young people, including care leavers. In December, Jewson also broke the world record for the most people wrapping presents simultaneously, when over 800 employees from Jewson branches and offices across the UK gathered at the NEC Birmingham and wrapped Christmas gifts which were then donated to the charity. Melanie May | 16 January 2017 | News Tagged with: corporate fundraising events Fundraising ideas 2) PHMG & numerous charitiesManchester-based PHMG has raised £17,000 for charity, with employees from the company’s offices around the world donating more than £10,000 worth of toys, gifts and food items as part of ‘The Toy and Food Appeal’, a company-wide appeal. The donations included 453.55kg of food, enough to make 1,404 meals, which were given to six charities, including the Manchester South Central Foodbank and The Salvation Army in Manchester. PHMG’s Global Santa Dash also raised £7,000, which will be donated to charities including The Christie Hospital Charity, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society. 7) Boxercise & Boxing FuturesBoxercise Corporation and Boxing Futures have formed a partnership to help more young people benefit from access to sport, through improved health and well-being, and gaining new skills, recognised qualifications, and an association with the non-contact boxing brand. The partnership sees Boxing Futures use Boxercise’s Award Scheme to engage young people with the sport, with staff trained through the Boxercise Instructor Course. Advertisement 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.