RIP: Bishop George Edward Councell of Diocese of New Jersey

first_img Bishop Paisible NDACAYISABA says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME People Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Kathryn Macek says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Eric Williams says: May 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm Prayers for Bp. George and family. I met George when he served in the Diocese of Chicago and he was a good friend of my parish priest, Fr. Art Parker. George and Art were classmates at EDS. God’s peace and love. Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis May 23, 2018 at 10:15 pm RIP May 23, 2018 at 10:41 pm A wonderful man who will be greatly missed. Blessed to have known him. Prayers for all of his family. 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I enjoyed his regular column (“By George!”) in the diocesan newspaper. My prayers are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Donald Frye says: Submit a Job Listing [Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev.George Edward Councell, the 11th bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey, died May 21 hours after being transferred to hospice care, the diocese announced. He was 68.Councell served 10 years as bishop before retiring in 2013, five years after doctors diagnosed Parkinson’s disease.“I wanted to become a bishop to get closer to God, but with so many people here to look after, I thought, wow, I’ll really have to get closer to God to do this,” he said with a laugh in a 2013 interview with the The Times of Trenton. “But I feel that I have.”Councell died at about 6 p.m. May 21 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.“Family and friends were with him. I had an opportunity to say prayers and anoint him, and said commendatory prayers with the family,” Bishop Chip Stokes said in a brief message to the diocese announcing Councell’s death. “Please pray for Ruth, their daughters Martha and Sarah, and hold the Councell family in your prayers.“May his soul and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory.”Councell, who received his Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was ordained as a priest in 1975 in the Diocese of Los Angeles and went on to serve as vicar of St. George’s Church in Riverside, California; canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest Illinois, according an obituary by Planet Princeton.He also was a supporter of greater inclusion of gay Episcopalians in the life of the church.“It was very dear to me to keep everyone at the table, the Lord’s table, and not needlessly build these boundaries among one another,” he told The Times of Trenton in 2013. “The church isn’t the totally safe place I want it to be for gays and lesbians, but I think we’ve made it a safer place for them, and a place where they can come, and be seen as people who want the same things as all of us: to have a healthy, happy, strong, supportive family.” 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing John A. Baldwin says: Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Obituary, Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL May 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm I have very fond memories of George during my first year of seminary at EDS (1974-5) as a senior who was warm, gracious and welcoming to all of us first year seminarians. Later as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts he was exceedingly kind to my father who was a priest in that diocese. George was an easy person to love, respect and admire. Tags Comments (5) Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments are closed. Rector Smithfield, NC RIP: Bishop George Edward Councell of Diocese of New Jersey Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

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Judge lifts gag order on former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd’s death

first_imgkali9/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWSA judge has lifted the gag order in the high-profile cases of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.The hearing on Tuesday followed a July 9 order from Judge Peter Cahill, barring the defendants — Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Kiernan Lane and Tou Thao — and all attorneys to not speak publicly about the cases. All four defendants’ lawyers filed a motion to lift, or an objection to, the gag order.In vacating the gag order, Cahill said the defendants were persuasive in their argument that they have a right to respond to “pretrial statements to meet negative publicity,” according to pool reports.“The gag order didn’t work,” Cahill added, as the media had been relying on “anonymous sources and other material.”At the hearing, Kueng’s attorney was also seeking the public release of footage from Lane’s body camera in connection with a motion to dismiss Kueng’s charges. Last week, footage from Lane and Kueng’s body cameras became available to view by appointment only, but cannot be distributed. A coalition of media organizations also made a motion to release the footage.Cahill did not decide on the release of the footage Tuesday. He has 90 days to do so, but said that he expects to make it before that deadline.Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. He remains in custody and appeared in court via video.Lane, Kueng and Thao are all charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder and second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter. All three are currently out on bail and appeared in person at the downtown Minneapolis courthouse.Audio transcripts of body cameras worn by the former officers were released earlier this month, after Lane’s attorney filed a motion to release them in support of a motion to dismiss charges against him.Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, has argued that the newly released transcripts show there was no probable cause to prove Lane committed a crime.The former officers have not yet formally entered a plea.Cahill has scheduled a trial date for March 8, 2021. The judge has yet to decide if the men will be tried separately or together.The court is currently exploring allowing audio and video coverage of the trial. At Tuesday’s hearing, all defense attorneys were in favor of that, according to pool reports. Cahill had earlier denied cameras at the pretrial hearings.Floyd, a Black man, was arrested on May 25 outside a convenience store in Minneapolis and accused of using counterfeit money to purchase cigarettes, according to police.During the arrests, Chauvin, a 44-year-old white police officer, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, according to the criminal complaint. Floyd repeatedly called out, “I can’t breathe,” before he lost consciousness, according to a criminal complaint. Floyd was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Lane, 37, allegedly held Floyd’s legs down while Kueng, 26, allegedly held Floyd’s back as Chauvin allegedly dug his knee into Floyd’s neck, the criminal complaint said. Thao, 34, allegedly watched the entire incident with his hands in his pockets, according to the complaint.Floyd’s arrest was captured on a bystander’s cellphone. The video was posted on Facebook and went viral, sparking protests against police brutality in Minneapolis and across the nation.The four officers were fired from the police department. Two of them, Lane and Kueng, were rookies.Bill Hutchinson, Janel Klein and Ella Torres contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Lockheed Martin to build Dry Combat Submersibles

first_img Lockheed Martin to build Dry Combat Submersibles for soldier transport View post tag: US Navy American defense contractor Lockheed Martin has received a contract to build Dry Combat Submersibles (DCS) designed to transport personnel to their mission sites while submerged.Under the terms of the $166 million U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) contract, Lockheed Martin will, together with Submergence Group, build as many as three DCS vehicles over the next five years.Lockheed Martin says these vehicles have longer endurance and operate at greater depths than swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV) in use.The vehicles will weigh more than 30 tons, be launched from surface ships, and be able to travel long distances underwater.Currently, personnel transiting underwater use the SDV to reach their final destination – the personnel are in dive gear and exposed to the undersea environment. DCS allows the personnel to get closer to their destination before they enter the water, and be more effective upon arrival.“These reliable undersea vehicles will protect personnel, ensure they arrive ready to execute their mission, and return them safely,” Erika Marshall, general manager and program director at Lockheed Martin’s site in Palm Beach.Work will be performed in Plymouth, United Kingdom, and Palm Beach County, Florida. July 22, 2016 Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Lockheed Martin Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed Martin to build Dry Combat Submersibles for soldier transport last_img read more

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The True Converged Infrastructure

first_imgVCE was created with one purpose:  to change how IT is performed. Our mandate was to break down the silos in the data center – reversing the status quo of static and inflexible pools of resources.VCE set out to deliver a system that was truly integrated:  compute, network, storage, virtualization, all tightly integrated and acting as one. The result was VCE’s Vblock System.  It was the first, and still is, the most advanced converged infrastructure offering in the industry.When we first delivered the Vblock System to the market, we believed that it was a transformative way of providing – and consuming – information technology.  The results outlined in the IDC whitepaper released today certainly bear this out – with customers seeing 4X faster deployment, reductions in downtime by 96%, and at half the cost of traditional infrastructure datacenter operations, the value VCE has been able to deliver is tremendous.However, the transformational benefits delivered by Vblock Systems would not be possible without the principles that guide how VCE provides an exceptional “true converged infrastructure” experience to our customers.A true converged infrastructure must be engineered, manufactured, managed, supported, and sustained as a single entity – one product, one unit.VCE believes a “true converged infrastructure” is vastly different than the experience provided by reference architectures or blueprints.Let’s go through this in more detail:Engineered as One Product: A truly converged infrastructure has a tightly integrated system that produces a seamless lifecycle experience for the customer.In other words, the system must be developed as a single product – albeit with multiple components – with integrated roadmaps and a unique development process that includes pre-testing, pre-integrating, and pre-validating the system as a single object.Not only is VCE’s development team drawn from “the best of the best,” it’s also made up of people who understand datacenters and complex infrastructures.  Because of this, VCE can create simplified, customer-focused solutions that deeply integrate the best technology the market offers.Manufactured as One Product: Since true converged infrastructures are engineered as a single system, they must be manufactured as a single system. Converged infrastructures are not “assembled” or “racked and stacked” in a warehouse or customer facility, but completely built in a factory.VCE has developed a diligent and disciplined manufacturing process that is capable of building an entire Vblock System – both physical AND logical aspects – in less than 45 days.  What’s more, the quality of that manufacturing effort produces an application-ready infrastructure that can support production environments less than 48 hours after delivery.Managed as One Product: After a customer deploys a true converged infrastructure, it must be managed as a single system. The system’s software must be engineered to provide comprehensive awareness of all resources, correlating events and eliminating the need for traditional, manually intensive resource integration.VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations software does this, enabling a Vblock System to be seen and managed as a single converged infrastructure object – intelligently and dynamically informing customer management frameworks about Vblock Systems and creating a “converged operations” experience.Supported as One Product: Customers should only have one point of contact for support and services.  As a truly converged system, customers should not be routed to individual component specialists who only know one part of the system, rather than understanding the entire infrastructure as a single unit.True converged infrastructures must provide end-to-end support for all the components.  At VCE, we’ve made this a priority, and are proud to say that the vast majority of our support calls are handled by VCE support and completed without escalation.Sustained as One Product:  Converged infrastructure vendors should free customers of the burden of piecing together complex patches and managing updates from multiple vendors. Instead, a true converged infrastructure should provide these updates to the customer with step-by-step instructions, configurations, and guidelines throughout the product lifecycle, including upgrades, patches, and change management.VCE not only provides these capabilities through our Lifecycle System Assurance process and our Release Compatibility Matrix (RCM), with our new announcements we dramatically simplify how system updates are applied to ensure interoperability and eliminate most sources of data center outages.Today, VCE announced some truly innovative approaches to computing, with new Vblock Systems, New Vblock Specialized Systems, and new VCE Vision software.  However, it’s important to remember that the technology uniquely incorporated into Vblock Systems is only part of what makes VCE special.  There’s a lot that goes into delivering a true converged infrastructure experience – from engineering to manufacturing to support to management, and beyond.   That’s why it’s worth understanding what we at VCE are doing, how it is truly unique, and how only a true converged infrastructure can deliver truly transformational results for customers.last_img read more

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UK defined benefit pension funds return 11% in 2014 – State Street

first_imgSSIA said a combination of disinvestment throughout the year, and underperformance relative to bonds, saw the average fund exposure to equities reach its lowest level ever, at 43%.Corporate pension schemes now hold an average of only 34% of their assets in equities, while local authority pension schemes still hold a commitment of just over 60% to shares.The commentary accompanying the figures said 2014 had been quite challenging for UK institutional investors, despite a generally improving global outlook.It said: “The year got off to a bumpy start, and equity markets stalled as concerns increased around the impact of conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine.“Conversely, bond markets performed steadily in the first part of the year before surging ahead in August, as increasing concerns about geopolitical risk, combined with the Bank of England’s reiteration that interest rates were to remain low for the foreseeable future, made UK Gilts particularly attractive for investors.”During 2014, UK index-linked bonds returned 20%, exceptional in a period where inflation appeared to be falling.UK Gilts also had an outstanding year, with the average fund returning 18% in this sector, well ahead of the FTSE All Stocks Index.This performance reflects the relatively high weighting among pension funds of longer-dated Gilts.The FTSE 15-Year Index returned a “remarkable” 26%.However, while the strong results from bonds were positive for the asset valuations of pension funds, they had the opposite effect on liabilities, as yields fell by almost one-third from this time last year.A late rally in 2014 meant UK equities just managed to produce a positive return of 1% for the year.Investor concern around contagion from the struggling euro-zone, coupled with uncertainty over the coming general election, reduced their appeal for investors.International equities, which now represent a higher proportion of the overall equity allocation of the average UK pension fund, performed substantially better, but, regionally, results varied.The US – which makes up 60% of most global equity allocations – performed very strongly.Markets reacted well to improved economic data and the development of fracking, which could see the US become self-sufficient in energy.The 19% return to sterling for the year also included a favourable dollar appreciation of 6% against sterling.Meanwhile, European equities were flat in 2014, with UK investors seeing a small negative return because of sterling’s continued appreciation against the euro.According to SSIA, most of the UK funds prefer to access equity markets on an active basis – i.e. seeking to outperform market indices, which they did on an overall basis over the year.In the UK, however, after four consecutive years of quite marked outperformance relative to the UK All-Share Index, the average fund tracked in line with the index return during 2014.Exposure to alternative assets remained broadly static at around 10% of the average fund portfolio, but SSIA said the mix was slowly changing, with infrastructure and diversified growth (multi-asset) products gaining traction.Turning to the property sector, the recovery that began in 2010 continued, with a 16% return for 2014.Property now makes up around 7.5% of the average fund, close to its highest-ever level, and three-quarters of all funds now have exposure to this asset. The UK’s defined benefit (DB) pension schemes returned an average of 11% in 2014, with the best-performing funds having a relatively high bond exposure, according to figures from State Street Investment Analytics (SSIA).Preliminary estimates for the SSIA UK Defined Benefit Pension Fund Universe suggest a third consecutive strong year in terms of asset performance.Jeanette Patrizio, senior vice-president at SSIA, said: “This latest year of positive results brings the five-year performance for UK pension funds to 9% per annum and the 10-year to 8% per annum, comfortably exceeding most actuaries’ assumptions for asset growth.”The universe is made up of 200 pension funds with aggregate assets of £510bn (€670bn), all of which use State Street services in some way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, while a high equity allocation proved beneficial in the previous two years, during 2014 it was bonds that performed best.last_img read more

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