Archbishop highlights Constantinian Order’s work in the Caribbean

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional Archbishop highlights Constantinian Order’s work in the Caribbean by: – July 12, 2016 123 Views   one comment Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Kingston, July 2016. Archbishop Kenneth Richards, who received the pallium from His Holiness Pope Francis in Vatican City, was installed on 6 July 2016 as the seventh Archbishop of Kingston at a Mass of Installation to be held at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Kingston, Jamaica. In an interview with the Editor of Independent Catholic News, His Grace highlighted the significant good works of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George in his former Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre (Antigua & Barbuda and St Kitts & Nevis), and across the wider region and paid tribute to the longstanding efforts and dedication of its Caribbean Delegate Anthony Bailey.In the past, Catholic communities in the Caribbean islands have been very isolated from each other. “Within the Diocese of St John’s-Basseterre, there were five nations on five different islands. Distances may be short, but they are difficult to reach.” Archbishop Richards explained. Archbishop Richards mentioned the importance of the external support, given by Catholic and other organisations for the pastoral and charitable needs of the Church in these islands and by the Constantinian Order in particular.The Constantinian Order which has been active in the Caribbean since 1981, initiated its latest programme following the official and working visits of the Grand Master HRH The Duke of Castro and the Grand Prior, HE Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino and members of the charitable and inter-religious councils of the Caribbean to the region in 2014. These visits were undertaken in cooperation with church and state authorities in each country.“Sir Anthony, whose connection with the Caribbean started in the 1980’s, has been the main driving force behind the efforts to bring greater international attention to the needs and plight of the Caribbean people. For this, the many who have benefited from his voluntary efforts and hard work over a good number of years and especially in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and elsewhere are thankful and grateful” said the Archbishop.The Archbishop said the Catholic Church is a minority in many islands and the economic climate is challenging especially against a backdrop of humanitarian emergencies in other parts of the world affected by war, conflicts and persecution. Anthony Bailey the Archbishop said “has given his best and should be congratulated for encouraging many good people from across the world and from all different faith communities and walks of life to donate directly to the Diocese and to help the Church and the people of the region through projects benefiting not just the Catholic community but all of society”.Some of the projects launched in 2014 across the region are already completed “on time and on budget” and others are “well advanced and underway and on schedule” the Archbishop said. Among them, in Antigua & Barbuda are the building of a new community centre and church in Hatton, the hosting in the country of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly held in July 2015, the construction of a new wing of St Joseph’s Catholic Academy which was completed and inaugurated in March this year in the presence of Antigua & Barbuda’s Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the Leader of the Opposition Baldwin Spencer showing that “these projects have full cross party support”.Among the other projects being spearheaded by a number of donors, is the long-awaited restoration of the Catholic Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph which was virtually destroyed in the 1974 earthquake which devastated Antigua & Barbuda. The church represents for many the roots of Catholicism in the country.This project the Archbishop said, takes place alongside the restoration of the Anglican Cathedral of St John the Divine which has also received personal donations from individuals and other ecumenical partners of the Constantinian Order such as delegation member Sir William Jeffcock and one of the oldest Anglican Church Trusts in England, the Feoffees of Ecclesfield in Yorkshire.The oldest of seven children, Archbishop Richards was born in Linstead, St Catherine, Jamaica. When he was about 10 years old, he became the first in his family to convert to Catholicism. After his ordination in 1985, the Archbishop served as associate pastor at Holy Cross Church in Half-Way-Tree, and later as pastor of St Patrick’s Church in Waterhouse, St Benedict’s Church, Harbour View and St Jude & St Patrick Church. Later he was appointed archdiocesan Director of Vocations, before becoming rector of Holy Trinity Cathedral where he oversaw the restoration in time for its 100th anniversary in 2011. In 2009, Father Richards became a Monsignor, and in December 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Bishop of St John’s-Basseterre with pastoral responsibility for Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts & Nevis and the three British dependent territories of Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands – a post which he held until his appointment as Archbishop of Kingston in 2016.last_img read more

DDTV: THROUGH THE STORM, BARNACLE GEESE ARRIVE AT MALIN HEAD

first_imgDDTV: The come to Inishowen for the winter every year, from Arctic islands in the north Atlantic and Greenland. This video offers a glimpse of the spectacular, even in the worst of conditions. In driving rain and almost impossible visibility, some 700 Barnacle Geese were captured on film, with the music of Mary Black to match the scenes of rugged landscape and incredible migrant birds, after their extraordinary journey to these shores.Filmed by Lindsay Hodges Directed and made possible by Christine Cassidy , it was a day where the song’s line “I stood by your Atlantic sea and I sang a song for Ireland” has never been more moving or more spine-tingling. DDTV: THROUGH THE STORM, BARNACLE GEESE ARRIVE AT MALIN HEAD was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barnacle geeseIrelandMalin Headlast_img read more

Q&A with KG: Why Garnett hopes these Warriors stay together for the long haul

first_imgOAKLAND — Future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett knows a thing or two about outdoor hoops.As a youth, he honed his skills at Springfield Park in Mauldin, South Carolina, developing into one of the best high school prospects in the country, starting at Mauldin High, then Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, where he became Illinois’ Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All American in 1995.Now, after a 21-year NBA career, Garnett, now the host of TNT’s ‘Area 21′ is giving back. On Friday, in …last_img read more

49ers report card: How good was George Kittle’s first half?

first_imghttps://youtu.be/5n3vAABuUSQCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (3-10) graded in Sunday’s 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos (6-7) at Levi’s Stadium:PASS OFFENSE: ASANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 9: San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85) celebrates his first down catch against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)George …last_img read more

Sasol to build R2bn ethylene plant

first_imgReducing imports Doubling production South African petrochemicals giant Sasol has approved the construction of a R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit at its Sasol Polymers plant in Sasolburg. 3 May 2010 The ethylene will be used in the manufacturing of polyethylene, and will greatly benefit South Africa’s plastics conversion industry, which currently imports large quantities of this raw material. In December 2009, the company announced that it would invest R8.4-billion to double the production of hard wax products by Sasol Wax by 2014.center_img The plant is expected to go on stream in the second half of 2013 and will be ramped up to full capacity by 2015, enabling the company to boost ethylene production by approximately 48 000 tons per year. “This investment confirms Sasol’s commitment to the South African chemical industry and will enable significant downstream value addition in terms of locally manufactured consumer products such as plastic bags, packaging materials and containers,” Sasol said in a statement last month. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The investment will also result in increased production of medium waxes, mostly used by the candle industry in southern Africa, as well as liquid paraffins used in a variety of industrial applications.last_img read more

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 4

first_imgIn days of yore, buildings were designed and built by master builders. These were people who spent their whole lives learning about buildings by creating them – from idea to reality – working side by side with others, many of whom who had more experience than they did. That’s how they eventually achieved mastery. Practice, repetition, and observation of everything to do with the building’s creation.As centuries have passed, our work has become increasingly specialized. Two byproducts of specialization are fragmentation and loss of breadth. Another artifact of specialization is the sequential hand-off model of building development:Owner conceives of project;Architect conjures up design – typically with strong emphasis on form and program;Structural engineer figures out how to make it stand;Mechanical consultant sorts out how to make it (marginally) comfortable;Landscape consultant selects growies to put around the edges;Interior designers and lighting designers work out how to make it attractive and pleasant inside;Contractors have to actually build it. Developing a common understandingThere are some critical components to integrated project delivery (IPD). For my 2009 book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, I mined several sources to hone a couple of definitions to support my understanding of IPD:An integrated team is one that is unified by coming together to work as a whole; andIn an integrated building, the building components and their interconnections are brought together into a unified whole.As these definitions suggest, integration is an important attribute both of the team and of the building they collaborate to produce. And it reasonably follows that it’s hard to get an integrated building without an integrated team and team process.Possibly the best explanation of this that I have found comes from a somewhat surprising source: a lawyer. Attorney Will Lichtig produced the diagrams shown in Image 1. Perhaps he was drawing from painful experience (building processes that were not integrated?).As Lichtig’s graphs so effectively highlight, the critical distinction between business as usual and integrated project delivery is that during IPD, common understanding among team members (including the general contractor and trades) is achieved very early in the design process. It’s easy to see, then, how much easier it is to meet high performance goals, when everyone on the team is party to design accords and – perhaps even more importantly – participates in reaching those accords. If you’re one of these professionals, please don’t take umbrage at this unflattering characterization of your work. Through no fault of our own, all of our contributions are often reduced to this level – in no way because that’s how it should be, and many of us have opportunities to contribute more effectively on the occasional project. But too often all the players in the design and construction process have limited opportunities to influence the building for the better, simply due to the nature of this hand-off process.Of course I’m oversimplifying, and there is some back-and-forth among project team members. But the cold, hard reality is that our opportunities to interact – and to share with one another the benefits of our experience and insight – are far too few. And our buildings suffer as a consequence. Each of the players in the process inherits and has to solve, often solo, problems unwittingly created by well-meaning teammates who are higher up the food chain. How many times have you thought, “If only they’d asked me about that!”? Integrating the design team and the construction teamWe may accept this process as inevitable for garden-variety projects, but it is the death knell for high performance. Stated differently, the green building community has long since arrived at the collective observation that high performance is most readily achieved through the process of what is often referred to as either “integrated design” or “integrative design.”Over time, I have developed a strong preference for “integrated project delivery.” I realize that this may mean something somewhat different to others in my industry, but what it means to me is that the building is delivered (designed and built) by a team working via an integrated process throughout both design and construction. My final boldface phrase deserves repetition: design and construction.center_img Integrating not just design, but project deliveryThis is why I’ve shifted my thinking over the past couple of years from “integrated design” to “integrated project delivery.” When the building team isn’t privy to the reasoning behind design decisions – and may in fact have good reasons to quibble with some of those decisions – field implementation may not occur precisely as envisioned by the designers. By contrast, when the building team participates in design, the team has the full benefit of expertise on constructability issues – including cost implications – and can therefore make decisions that are much better-informed and are likely to be much more faithfully executed during construction. This explains why high performance – or zero net energy (ZNE) – is a recessive gene (click on Image 2 below).Having now belabored the rationale behind integrated project delivery, the question remains: how to implement this process in your projects? I’ll offer some suggestions and resources on this subject in my next installment. RELATED ARTICLES High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 1High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 2High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 3High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 5last_img read more