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August 15, 2018 at 6:05 pm Matt are you referring to those mainstream “unbiased” universities whose students shout down, curse at, and physically threaten conservatives who are invited to speak on campus? The same universities whose students raise hell if, God forbid, a conservative is invited to speak at their graduation? The same universities whose students demand the termination of professors who aren’t afraid to voice conservative viewpoints and who challenge left-wing dogma? And you’re right Matt how silly of me to think that the press is biased against conservatives. How could I possibly think that mainstream papers like the New York Times, and the Washington Post, (among many others) could be anything but fair to conservatives in their stories and editorials? Not to mention mainstream magazines such as Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and The Nation who ALWAYS go out of their way to show both sides of an issue. And let’s not forget CNN and MSNBC, those mainstream bastions of fair and non-biased television journalism. Thank you Matt for making me see the light! Matt Ouellette says: John Hobart says: The Charlottesville Clergy Collective holds an interfaith service Aug. 9, 2018, at The Haven as part of a week of faith-based activities to mark one year since hate groups’ demonstrations ended in violence in this Virginia city. Photo: Charlottesville Clergy Collective[Episcopal News Service] The three Episcopal congregations in Charlottesville, Virginia, are participating in a weeklong series of ecumenical and interreligious events to promote peace, faith and unity one year after a white supremacist demonstration turned violent, thrusting the city into a national debate over race and Confederate symbols.Prayer gatherings have been scheduled twice each weekday this week by the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, of which the Episcopal churches are a part. The collective also organized an evening worship service Aug. 9 described as “a service of gratitude, repentance and hope.” And an afternoon “singout” on Aug. 12 is expected to draw hundreds.“There was a somewhat unspoken consensus that we wanted – we being Charlottesville – we wanted to be in charge of what this weekend looks like,” the Rev. Cass Bailey, vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church, told Episcopal News Service this week. “There just was a sense that we wanted to project a positive image.”That positive image is intended as a contrast to the events of Aug. 12, 2017, when one counterprotester died amid clashes with a large assembly of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other hate groups who had come to Charlottesville for a “Unite the Right” rally in opposition to the city’s plans to remove two statues of Confederate generals.A year later, the legal battle continues over the statues, which remain in place. The white supremacists appear to be focusing on a new rally in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary rather than returning to Charlottesville en masse, which has relieved some anxiety locally, Bailey said.The Rev. Cass Bailey, shown speaking Aug. 9 at the interfaith service, is vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. “There just was a sense that we wanted to project a positive image,” he said earlier in the week. Photo: Charlottesville Clergy Collective“Police are still gearing up for the worst-case scenario,” Bailey said. The city’s security measures this weekend will make it virtually impossible to hold worship services downtown, so Christ Episcopal Church decided to close for the weekend and will worship in the morning with Bailey’s congregation at Trinity and in the evening at St. Paul’s Memorial Church.The Diocese of Virginia and its clergy and congregations, meanwhile, have expressed support for the churches in Charlottesville a year after many of them came to the city and joined with the faith community in standing against racism and hatred.“I think that God has given an imperative to the church to hold firm in our resolve to stand in the public square in opposition to anything that is contrary to Jesus’ teaching that we must love one another – no exceptions,” Virginia Bishop Shannon Johnston said in a written statement. “We will therefore always stand up to hate-mongering, and we will continue to do all in our power to ensure that the world around us knows without question that the love of God is present to us and will always prevail over division and hatred.”The events last year in Charlottesville turned this Southern university town into a flashpoint in the larger debate over the Confederacy and the Civil War’s ugly but enduring legacy of racism. Episcopal institutions, too, were swept up in that debate.Washington National Cathedral altered its stained-glass windows to remove Confederate symbols. Sewanee: University of the South moved a Confederate general’s monument from a prominent byway in Sewanee, Tennessee, to a campus cemetery. An Episcopal church in Lexington, Virginia, that had been known as the R. E. Lee Memorial Church in honor of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee changed its name to Grace Episcopal.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry stands at the foot of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sept. 7, 2017, with the Rev. Paul Walker, rector of the nearby Christ Episcopal Church. The statue had been wrapped in plastic while the city fights a legal challenge to the monument’s removal. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceWhen Presiding Bishop Michael Curry traveled to Charlottesville last September for a pastoral visit, most of his itinerary was filled with clergy meetings and an evening sermon promoting love over hate, though he also took a few minutes to reflect at the foot of the downtown statue of Lee, which at the time was wrapped in a black tarp.The tarp is gone, and the statue is visible from the second-floor office window of the Rev. Paul Walker, rector of the historic Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Charlottesville. He returned just last week from a four-month sabbatical and was not involved in the decision by other church leaders to close this weekend, but he thinks it was the right call. Other downtown churches were making similar arrangements to worship elsewhere.“The whole area will be on lockdown,” Walker said. “And there is a credible threat of violence downtown.”Virginia’s governor also has declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville because of the potential for renewed unrest.“I’m very grateful that all hands are on deck for the weekend because last year was horrible, deeply traumatic for our city,” Walker said.Even a small group of white supremacists could set off a crisis, said the Rev. Will Peyton, rector of St. Paul’s Memorial Church, which overlooks the campus of the University of Virginia.“I think there’s a strong sense, in terms of the city and state police … that law enforcement and government are going to be overprepared rather than underprepared,” Peyton said.City officials were criticized last year for being unprepared for the “Unite the Right” rally, starting with the white supremacists’ torchlight march on the evening of Aug. 11 at the University of Virginia rotunda, while Episcopalians and other concerned citizens had gathered across the street at St. Paul’s for a prayer service. The next morning, members of St. Paul’s, Trinity Episcopal and Christ Episcopal joined an interfaith prayer service and then participated in their own march to Emancipation Park to rally against the supremacists’ event planned at the park, the site of the Lee statue.Before the supremacists’ rally even started, the city deemed it an unlawful assembly and forbade it from proceeding as club-wielding and gun-toting white supremacists began clashing with counterprotesters, some of whom also carried weapons. The street clashes continued and even escalated, and the police force was later blamed for failing to keep the violence in check.That afternoon, a crowd of counterprotesters was rammed by a car, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. A 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer from Ohio was charged with Heyer’s murder.Since then, Charlottesville has seen a dramatic turnover in its leadership. The city attorney left, the city manager is leaving, and Charlottesville has a new mayor, Nikuyah Walker, the first black woman to hold that office. And after the former police chief stepped down in the face of a report critical of his department’s response on Aug. 12, Charlottesville hired a new police chief, RaShall Brackney.That’s not to say that Charlottesville has solved all of its own problems, some of which stem from long-simmering racial divisions that were brought to the surface by last year’s violence.“I would say that there’s still an extraordinary amount of tension and animosity in public life here,” Walker said. “I think that Charlottesville is really struggling to cope with what happened on Aug. 12 and the history of racism here. And we’re a city steeped in history, and all of that is at the fore now.”Peyton, rector of St. Paul’s, described the community as suffering from a sort of collective post-traumatic stress disorder, still shell-shocked from the events of a year ago, and on the anniversary, the national spotlight has returned along with memories of the horror of that day.At the same time, “the local issues are the same as they are in many, many American cities, issues of housing and wages and entrenched structural racism,” he said. “We’re no different than a lot of other places in those regards.”As for the legal battle over the statues – which, at least nominally, was the catalyst for last year’s violence – most accept that “to a certain extent it’s out of our hands,” said Bailey, vicar of Trinity Episcopal.But the work of racial reconciliation continues. Bailey’s church recently received a $11,000 grant from a local foundation to launch an African-American history project, featuring video interviews with older members of the community and workshops on the issue of historical trauma. The first event will be held this fall.“In general, the community has acknowledged that there is a problem here in Charlottesville and the events of Aug. 12 were the erupting of underlying tensions,” Bailey said. “The work of the government and the work of the civic leader is to address those underlying tensions, and people have been trying in various ways to do that.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] 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 Advocacy Peace & Justice, August 15, 2018 at 10:43 pm I would say instead that the president brings that criticism upon himself. That’s not a sign of bias. Ignoring the president’s faults and treating him with kid gloves, like Fox News does the vast majority of the time, is a sign of bias. Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem David A Salmon says: Doug Desper says: Terry Francis says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ August 16, 2018 at 11:18 am Matt – you are not just wrong about liberal bias in the media, but laughably wrong. Even the Washington Post recognizes the bias as does article after article and study afrter study. Please do a minimum of research. You will see where the myth really resides.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/01/27/dear-mainstream-media-why-so-liberal/ Doug Collins says: Ecumenical & Interreligious, Matt Ouellette says: August 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm Wait, you said you were not making a moral equivalence between Antifa and fascist groups, but in your second paragraph you morally equated the two. Which is it? August 13, 2018 at 10:09 am Last I checked, Antifa didn’t drive a car into a crowd of protestors and kill someone. It is a false narrative to claim that there are bad actors on many sides. Antifa does indeed go to far in certain circumstances, but you cannot equate them with Nazis. August 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm Mr. Salmon,I direct you to the comments I made toward Mr. Collins above. The fact of the matter is that the media is not “liberally biased” it is that conservatives are so used to having a single stream of media information that once they step outside that cone of silence and experience a world outside of that influence (for example, with students going to university and being exposed to new ideals and beliefs) individuals react negatively because this new information challenges and changes their world views. Furthermore, the news article you posted does little to actually reinforce your position. The article even says “there is no conspiracy to push the media to the left” even if most journalists identify as liberals. Perhaps reading these and doing a “minimum” of your own research would help:https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2018/08/15/editorial/Kt0NFFonrxqBI6NqqennvL/story.htmlhttps://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/why-a-free-press-matters/567676/https://wtop.com/national/2018/07/more-republicans-in-the-news-thats-not-media-bias/ Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL August 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm Robbie,What does the comment made by the Deacon have to do with the SPLC? Robbie Johnson says: August 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm Perhaps this source, which directly addresses claims of media bias, will be more suitable to you. It lays out clear arguments against the claim that the media has a liberal bias (yes, it is an opinion piece, but hopefully you are willing to overlook that and consider the arguments):https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article170317567.htmlAgain, arguing that we are simply basing our arguments off of emotion is disingenuous. We have provided sources to back up our opinions as well. You just don’t seem to agree with them. Jordan Sakal says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments (47) Jordan Sakal says: August 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm Matt – both the alt-right of KKK and neo—Nazis and the hard left of Antifa are the lunatic fringe of American politics. While Antifa has killed anyone (yet) their violence is well documented (including against the press). This includes a professor responsible for attacking 7 people (not Nazis btw) by hitting them on the head with a bike lock. All people should denounce both sides of the extreme lunatic fringe. Political violence is not acceptable in any form. You constantly talk about moral positions that everyone agrees with; well this is one – if you are making excuses for the violent left or right, you have no moral ground on which to stand.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/05/29/a-man-clobbered-trump-supporters-with-a-bike-lock-the-internet-went-looking-for-him/ David A Salmon says: August 10, 2018 at 11:51 pm I’m glad to hear what the local Episcopal churches are doing in Charlottesville. Trinity Episcopal was the first Episcopal church I attended, and I was a member of St. Paul’s Memorial when I was received in 2002. Matt Ouellette says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Racial Justice & Reconciliation August 14, 2018 at 7:36 pm Robbie,Got any proof of that? Dianne Aid says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET David A salmon says: Jordan Sakal says: David A Salmon says: August 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm Matt & Jordan – Antifa proudly displays the flag of the Soviet Union, a regime that murdered 30 million of their own people and was the ideological leader of a belief that resulted in the deaths of 100 million people in the 20th century. That might not mean anything to you, but for many of us, that makes them as bad as the fascists. Tags August 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm I encourage you to re-read the article I posted. It addresses you precise argument and why it doesn’t work. August 15, 2018 at 7:54 am Terry, Dave and Doug, give it up. You are never going to convince Jordan and Matt to see the other side of things. The will vehemently defend their position and you will waste the better part of your day researching and answering their questions and they still will not budge off their positions. Even if you do make a good point they will argue the morality of their point. Eventually, all of us that see reality and believe in conservative values will move on from TEC and those that love TEC’s support for liberal positions will be left to financially support the bloated EC hierarchy or it will crumble under its own weight. David A Salmon says: Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY 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 Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 15, 2018 at 9:13 am Robbie,First let me say this, please get the name of the organisation correct before you begin discussing them. They are the Southern Poverty Law Center.Secondly, Focus on the Family and the AFA are anti-LGBTQ+ organisations which strongly advocate for the dehumanisation and frank murder of LGBTQ+ Americans, (Their leaders were Tony Perkins and Bryan Fischer) they hold that we are sub-humans who do not deserve the right to life, let alone the right to marry, or to exist as citizens of this country. They are the very definition of a hate group.A woman’s right to bodily autonomy in this country is federally protected (at least for now) and as such anti-abortion groups who have done things like firebomb clinics or murder/attack/threaten doctors and nurses and other medical providers as well as those who violently protest and attack women who need these services are again, the very definition of a hate organisation.As for BYU and Liberty University, I have not seen anything on the SPLC Hate Map regarding them.On “Hetero marriage only” folks and those that support the current occupier of the White House. I have not seen it listed where those people or organisations are classed as hate groups by the SPLC excepting for when those groups fall into a category of hate (for example Anti-LGBTQ+ or Anti-Abortion etc)As for the SCV they have committed acts or espoused hate against other marginalised groups which as a result has them labelled as such (again, anti-black, anti-LGBTQ+ etc etc) it is not that these groups and organisations listed here are not “genuflecting” to the “left” as you put it, rather they are committing acts of hate and deserve to be recognised for it. The SBC is not listed as a hate group by the SPLC. August 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm Matt, the bottom line is you condemn (and rightfully so) those on the right who espouse hate and intolerance but pretty much give a slap on the wrist to those on the left whose hatred is just as reprehenable. You may not defend Antifa but you are nowhere near as enthusiastic in your condemnations regarding them.Such a group shouldn’t have to commit murder (ie driving a truck into a crowd) in order to get equal condemnation on your part. Equating Antifa to neo-nazis is not disingenuous in the least. Hate is hate. The fact that you merely “disagree” with their tactics says it all. Antifa may not have started out as a hate group but it certainly is now. You absolutely ARE splitting hairs in regards to these groups. And I agree with Mr Salmon’s opinion about the SPLC. That organization is a joke.(Unless you are leftward-leaning like they are). Your refusal Matt, and others like you to put hatemongers of the left on the same moral plane as hatemongers of the right is one of the reasons this country is so divided. August 13, 2018 at 6:47 pm Matt – Nope, I choose to condemn all hate groups, you choose to split hairs to support a hate group. That is on your head and is a reflection of your morality August 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm Mr. Francis, Thank you for at least condemning hate groups on the right. You also say though that groups like Antifa are equally as reprehensible. I do not disagree with you that they are reprehensible. However, like you say we (on the Left) do not carry our condemnations as far as you do and for that we should be shamed/pilloried for that stance. That’s your belief of the facts, just like we have our beliefs as well. Despite our best efforts to be conciliatory I do not think we will come to an agreement on that point of view (and that’s okay, we can agree to disagree) It was my point about the SPLC that you’re also questioning here. You call that organisation a joke without any evidence, and they do good work when they compile their “Hate Map” lists. It demonstrates what groups are active which spread messages of hate, whether that hate is Anti-Gay, Anti-Black, Anti-Christian, Anti-Semitic, so on and so forth, the SPLC does good work in showing us a reference of where hate is active in our American consciousness. Matt Ouellette says: Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA August 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm Jordan – the person in question violently attacked seven people; charges were not dropped they were plea bargained down three years probation which is a travesty. You call that the best part?Yes, I gave just one example of the violence and brutal behavior of Antifa. You might want to conduct some research to see just how violent they behave. Like their counterparts on the lunatic right who fly the Nazi flag, symbol of a brutal regime, Antifa flies the flag of the Soviet Union, another brutal regime. Calling things one-sided is just another way of condoning actions. Both sides need to be condemned.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/09/california-anti-trump-protester-gets-probation-for-assault/amp/ Bill Louis says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 August 15, 2018 at 8:34 am It’s not like the conservatives on this site have been willing to budge from their positions either. To claim that only those that believe in conservative values see reality or are willing to entertain the ideas of the other side is disingenuous, especially considering that in America, many conservatives are quick to label mainstream sources and institutions that disagree with their positions (the press, universities, scientists, etc.) as biased against them. August 14, 2018 at 7:47 am I never defended Antifa, David. I already said I disagree with their violent tactics. What I have done is point out how it is disingenuous to equate Antifa to neo-Nazis and fascist groups. To paraphrase from the CBC article I posted above (which I still recommend you read in full), Antifa was not founded as a hate group to promote communism and leftist ideology, but to combat the spread of fascism. While there are some hateful fringe members who fly the hammer and sickle, they are not essential members and the group could easily exist without them. Nazism, however, is founded on the belief that others are genetically inferior, and thus hate is essential to its existence. Those two things are not morally equal, as one group is fighting against a hateful ideology and one is fighting for the spread of hateful ideology. That is not an endorsement of Antifa, which is still immoral for engaging in acts of violence, but it is a statement that Antifa is the lesser of two evils when compared to Nazis and fascist groups.Also, what is the point in calling someone out for agreeing with my positions? I see conservative posters come to the defense of each other all the time in these comment sections. Is it only acceptable when conservatives do it? Do you think you could focus on the arguments made instead of making ad hominem attacks against posters? Matt Ouellette says: Robbie Johnson says: Jordan Sakal says: Jordan Sakal says: Matt Ouellette says: August 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm Mr. Salmon,I used the term best in a sarcastic tone, as there is no access to italics here I have no way of denoting sarcasm, I apologise for that. However, like Mr. Ouellette claims I think it’s wrong to claim that Antifa are equivalent to fascists. August 30, 2018 at 4:26 am While I don’t think very many people condone the fringe groups on either the right or the left, they are few in number and don’t have much power. On the other hand, more mainstream hate groups like the republicans and democrats, while marginally less hateful, are very powerful and have done far more damage than the fringe crazies. Giving the fringe groups the attention they crave will accomplish nothing. Doug Collins says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Matt Ouellette says: August 15, 2018 at 10:02 pm Mr. Francis,Mr. Ouellette did not claim in his post that universities, the press, etc. were not unbiased. Rather he was stating that the right tends to lash out at those institutions as biased because they do not conform to the worldview held by those conservatives.Also, as a former journalist, I can say that you are wrong in one respect to newspapers. Editorial sections are exactly that editorials which means that they are a space for the editorial board or individuals to write into the paper and express their views on issues. Gasp! That’s what an editorial is!Additionally, You mention CNN/MSNBC, Mother Jones and other organisations and you claim that these organisations are inherently biased. What you fail to realise is that you on the right are so inculcated with media that only gives you half of the story that you feel like any other media institution that gives you both sides of the story is inherently pushing the other side and thus is wrong. I will admit though that I will likely not be able to convince you of this, but I thought it would be worth the attempt. August 13, 2018 at 5:23 pm Mr. Salmon,You provided one piece of evidence showing a violent “Antifa” and the best part is the accused in that situation had all charges dropped. There are likely more examples of violence, but as Mr. Ouellette says, it is far more one-sided than you make it appear. On that note, I do agree with you (as I am sure Mr. Ouellette does) that violent actions taken politically are never acceptable. Jordan Sakal says: August 16, 2018 at 12:20 pm Mr. Salmon, First, I direct you to the comment I made to Mr. Collins. It is not that “the media” has “liberal bias” the fact is that conservatives are so attuned to their media diets that it creates an echo chamber of facts that they hold to be self-evident. When conservatives are presented with both sides of a story (or any information which challenges their preconceived notions) it leads them to both figurative and literal streaks of violence. Please see: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2018/08/15/editorial/Kt0NFFonrxqBI6NqqennvL/story.htmlAnd: https://wtop.com/national/2018/07/more-republicans-in-the-news-thats-not-media-bias/And: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/why-a-free-press-matters/567676/ David A Salmon says: David A Salmon says: August 16, 2018 at 3:20 pm Jordan – so in response to the question of liberal bias in the media, you post one article that discusses the amount of coverage for which party is in power and states itself that it has nothing to do with bias, an opinion piece on freedom of the press which says nothing of bias and another article on freedom of the press (which does not discuss bias) written by self disgraced, hyper liberal Dan Rather who lost his job for publishing lies. It is like you didn’t grasp the concept of bias at all. You then talk about exposure to differing opinions that applies every bit to liberals as it does to conservatives. Bill Louis is correct. There is no purpose engaging either of you, everything is based on opinions (with posts that are opinions and not facts) and feelings. Good luck to both of you. Jordan Sakal says: Terry Francis says: Matt Ouellette says: August 15, 2018 at 7:15 am Proof that the SLC classifies those who disagree as haters or hate group:Focus on the Family and Jsmes DodsonAmerican Family AssociationThe Christian Broadcasting NetworkAll anti Abortion GroupsLiberty UniversityBrighram Young UniversityAny individual or organization that supports hetro marriage onlyThe Sons of Confederate VeteransHobby LobbyThe Southern Baptist ConventionAny individual or group that is against illegal immigrationAny individual or group that voted for or supports President Trump.Basically any person or organization that does not bow or genuflect to the demands of the SPLC are classified as a hater or hate group by this ultra liberal conservative hating group!Meanwhile the secular national media continues to drink the poisonous kool aid of the SPLC with any question because if they do question, they too will be added to the SPLC hate list! Doug Collins says: August 11, 2018 at 10:40 am This article features as it should the courageous stance of the three “downtown” Episcopal churches here in Charlottesville. What it ignores are the many faithful and concerned church members in surrounding Episcopal (and other) churches who have stood up and voiced their belief in and work for a peaceful, inclusive, and loving community here. Charlottesville was invaded last year by hundreds of racist and militant adversaries. The conflict came when local people stood in their way and were attacked. We certainly don’t want that to happen again. Rector Washington, DC August 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm So no comments on Antifa, you actually referred to them as “counter-protestors”, who showed up with clubs with the intention to cause chaos? Noi mention of the incivility that existed at the Red Hen, or any of the other blatant violence directed at people with opposing views? This is why the SJW’s that have taken over the leadership of this church are driving away life time members such as myself. I don’t see love or Jesus’ teachings here, I see an agenda that is purely political. What a shame. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID August 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm Mr. Collins,It is not an assumption I make lightly, as an individual who has published a research study in a communications journal on the topic of social media and media’s influence on political awareness I consider myself a bit of an expert on the matter.What I can attest to is the following based off the research. People on the whole tend to seek out media coverage that will confirm the narratives that they consider “correct.” They exist in a world of confirmation bias. (Additionally, research showed that Fox News was the least trusted and most biased news source on the political spectrum. But that doesn’t fit your narrative does it?) Youth Minister Lorton, VA David F Wayland says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Charlottesville, August 15, 2018 at 8:12 pm Your claims that universities are inherently hostile against conservatives are mostly supported by isolated anecdotes. The data, however, does not support a pattern of bias:https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/12/17100496/political-correctness-dataAlso, the mainstream press is not biased against conservatives. While some of the sources you gave as examples are left-leaning (MSNBC, The Nation, Mother Jones), the Washington Post, CNN, and other mainstream sources do their best to remain neutral and include a diversity of opinions in their editorials. Just because the mainstream press doesn’t treat conservatives with kiddie gloves like Fox News doesn’t mean it is hostile to conservatives. That is a right-wing myth. Jordan Sakal says: By David PaulsenPosted Aug 10, 2018 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Matt Ouellette says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Matt Ouellette says: Submit a Press Release August 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm I would argue that the fascist groups who wanted to march in support of hateful ideologies were the real pot-stirrers. If they had decided to stay home, they would not have provoked violent vigilante groups like Antifa. August 14, 2018 at 7:06 am Jordan – The Southern Poverty Law Group is not the arbitrator of anything; they are a political group that routinely tags hate group status on anyone whose politics they disagree with. You and Matt cast your morally superior stones on here on a daily basis. Matt routinely argues that his viewpoints are the only moral positions to take; defending a violent hate group like Antifa is just an example of the danger of self righteousness. It is also an perfect example of progressive Christian thinking where a person will bend basic morality (defending a violent political group) to support a political position. Finally, are you his big brother? You always rush in to defend him anytime anyone dares to disagree with his position. He is a grown man and should be able to defend himself. Jordan Sakal says: Charlottesville Episcopalians join peaceful gatherings marking year after hate groups’ violence Tensions still simmer in Southern university town Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Robbie Johnson says: Comments are closed. August 14, 2018 at 5:55 pm Robbie,They are in fact a top authority on what is classified as a hate group especially given that they do in fact classify varying types of groups or organisations as hate groups on a regular basis. One could say that their experience with the subject makes them an expert in the matter. Press Release Service David A Salmon says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Matt Ouellette says: August 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm Just so I am 100% clear I was merely pointing out that A) a group of leftist fascist thugs such as Antifa were referred to as Counter protestors. B) I was making no moral equivalent I was merely pointing out that the beauty of this country is this simple. The idiot Nazi’s show up with their group of 100 and they chant and do their thing and no one shows up to report or counter protest, let them try to win people on their ideas, which we know full well they will not do. The next day the counter group shows up and explains why that group is all wrong and explains their position. No violence only ideas. Again my point was these idiots were largely unnoticed until Antifa shows up with clubs and knives to “stand up to fascists” and the news breathlessly reports it because let’s face it, they make money on a tragedy. Take away a counter-protest that was there for one purpose only, to violently oppose this group and provoke a confrontation and an idiot does not drive into a crowd, so yes I do think there is cause and effect. And lastly, yes Antifa is on par with other fascist groups when your sole purpose is to violently shut down people whose ideas you disagree with. Rector Collierville, TN Jordan Sakal says: Jordan Sakal says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm Just thought I would throw it out there. The Southern Law & Poverty Center is viewed by many (mostly liberals) as the #1 authority as to whom as a hate group. August 13, 2018 at 5:58 am I give thanks and send my prayers to your witness in Charlottesville and to others involved in the wwotrk of love and justice. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Jordan Sakal says: Robbie Johnson says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis August 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm I work in Charlottesville less than 5 minutes’ walk from the park which was the center of all the controversy and violence. People who live here go about their day being friendly and sit in the park in the shadow of trees and statues and give their attention to civility, work, and leisure. What citizens here hate are all the camera-ready activists who get in each others’ spaces and then complain. There is no shortage of activists who appear at an instant to stir the pot. Antifa thugs assaulted journalists and the police this past weekend. Like some other activists they want to deny thought unless it conforms to their thought. That’s the big struggle in this city. There are people who want the 1st Amendment for themselves but then want to drown out and go toe to toe with those who oppose their view. For freedom of speech to work we must allow hate to be heard on the street equally to peace, but with neither side using violence or trying to shut down the other. Antifa was the pot-stirrer again, in Charlottesville and they are violent. They want to drown out others. They are facists. https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2018/08/12/antifa-thugs-attack-nbc-reporter-in-charlottesville-n2509140 August 16, 2018 at 9:24 am Mr. Francis – “Hate is Hate”; that is all that needs to be said. We are both saying that the lunatics on both the fringe of right and left wing politics should be condemned without excuse or moral hair splitting. Like their counterparts on the right, they hide their faces behind masks, commit acts of violence against anyone who stands in their way and do everything to shut down opinions of anyone who disagrees. Both sides are gutless moral cowards who use violence (like the Brownshirts) to get their way. Anyone who thinks that Antifa is not interested in spreading their own twisted viewpoint does not know much about history and despite what anyone says, openly embraces their communist roots. Hate is hate.. that is all that need to be said. Both sides should be completely condemned without without reservation. Featured Jobs & Calls August 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm Mr. Salmon,Mr. Ouellette is not splitting hairs to support a hate group. In fact the Southern Poverty Law Center which is by and large the arbiter of who is classified as a hate group does not list in any way shape or form “Antifa” as a hate group. Second off, for allegedly being a “Christian” you seem to think yourself morally superior enough to cast stones when it is not deserved. August 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm The SLPC is itself a hate group!It hates any organization or individual that takes a stand against the policies and views of the SLPC ! Jordan Sakal says: Featured Events August 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm I am not giving Antifa a pass for its violence and attacks on citizens. It should be condemned by Christians of all stripes as a violent vigilante group. However, I still do not think we should equate them with Nazis. Surely you don’t think the primary goal of Antifa (combatting fascism) is equal to the primary goal of fascist groups (promoting the hateful, Satanic ideology of fascism), right? So while I do think Antifa is a dangerous group that Christians should not associate with, I don’t think it’s a hate group. It’s not actively promoting a hateful ideology, but is instead fighting that ideology using immoral tactics. August 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm Mr. Salmon,Thank you for so cleverly ignoring the main thrust of my argument that your source actually had little to do with the argument you were attempting to make. You claimed “liberal bias” when it doesn’t actually exist. Furthermore, Dan Rather (whom I have personally met, who is a delightful chap did not lose his job because he “published lies” as you so put it. Mr. Rather lost his job due to the failings of the producers and his support team around him who are to help him report the news. They gave him a story to report which he trusted had been verified and fact-checked and ran with it, trusting on its integrity as good journalism. As you have shown, it was later proven to be a story that was without merit and as a result reputations were sullied and credibility damaged (but not lost.) Dan Rather still is a journalist of high integrity and still reports the facts. The reality of news media is that the news media isn’t necessarily biased one way or another, rather people have stopped critically thinking and researching and learning for themselves.http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/articles/lazy-thinking-not-political-bias-drives-fake-news/ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Deacon Bernie Jones says: August 11, 2018 at 7:18 pm The Southern Law & Poverty Center is itself a hate group! Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK August 15, 2018 at 10:13 pm Your assumption about why conservatives think it is biased is completely false. Conservatives think it is biased because it has been proven time and again to be biased. I am not going to sit here and list the ways but when press coverage of a President is 97% negative that is bias, plain and simple. You can ignore it if you like but hat just exposes your own biases. August 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm I agree that Antifa is wrong in its tactics of political violence. But I think it is wrong to claim that they are morally equivalent to Nazis and fascists:https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/charlottesville-aftermath-1.4246438 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET
You’re Fired! by MapMyMS (MS Society campaign) Tagged with: Humour Individual giving Howard Lake | 24 May 2011 | News Advertisement 70 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Aardman director Darren Robbie, who was a lead animator on the classic film Chicken Run and now runs Chopsy Animation, has produced this short animated film for the MS Society which powerfully depicts the reality of living with multiple sclerosis (MS).Launched during MS Week (23-29 May 2011), the charity hopes that the 35 second film, a first for the charity, will go viral and raise awareness and cash for this much misunderstood and potentially devastating condition, most commonly diagnosed in people’s 20s and 30s.www.mapms.org.uk 69 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 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. Tagged with: Fundraising Lotteries Lotteries 387 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 386 total views, 2 views today The Government has confirmed that it will raise the society lotteries’ annual sales limit to £50 million, and the maximum per draw prize to £500,000.According to the government, the new limits, which have not been increased for a decade, will help society lotteries grow, remove the need for lotteries to slow down their fundraising, and allow them to get rid of the costly bureaucracy designed to stop them breaching the current limits.The new limits, which have not been increased for a decade, and follows last year’s consultation, which saw the government recommend a much higher £100m annual sales limit, and saw DCMS receive over 1,600 responses. The government has also announced plans to increase the minimum age to play National Lottery games and instant scratchcard wins to 18 from its current 16 to help protect vulnerable young people. It has opened a consultation on this matter.Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies said:“The National Lottery raises vast sums for good causes, and society lotteries play a vital role in supporting local charities and grassroots organisations. These measures will ensure we create the best landscape so people across our communities can continue to benefit.”“We also need to make sure that the National Lottery is fair and safe. That is why we are looking to raise the minimum age for instant win games so children and young people are protected. We are open to all feedback on changes to this and all of the various lottery products.”In addition to the above changes, the Gambling Commission plans to consult on measures to tighten the licensing framework for society lotteries, looking in particular at the information provided to players on how the proceeds of a lottery are used, including publishing breakdowns of where all money is spent, and the good causes that benefit. Advertisement Society lotteries annual sales limit to increase to £50m Melanie May | 17 July 2019 | News
By Gary Truitt – Nov 14, 2012 Source: NAFB News service SHARE Previous articleNew App Available to Help Soybean Farmers with the Economics of InputsNext articleSkillman Relinquishes Reins of OCRA Gary Truitt The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has announced that Ali Velshi – CNN chief business correspondent and anchor of Your Money and World Business Today on CNN International – will moderate this week’s Food Dialogues in New York. The Straight Talk, Straight Answers event will include a series of back-to-back panel discussions designed to answer the questions Americans have on topics related to food – including antibiotics and biotechnology. Food Dialogues Event Thursday The event will take place from nine o’clock to 2:30 Central time Thursday. It will bring together farmers, ranchers, industry experts, pundits and media. A live stream of the event is available at www dot fooddialogues dot com (www.fooddialogues.com). The Faces of Farming and Ranching finalists will also be announced – and online voting will commence – Thursday. People can visit fooddialogues dot com through December 15th to learn more about the nine finalists and vote for who they believe best represents those across the country who work to bring food to the table. Votes will be factored into the decision to determine the Faces of Farming and Ranching winners – who will be announced in January. Home Indiana Agriculture News Food Dialogues Event Thursday Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE
Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook + posts Desmond Bane finishes at the rim in TCU’s NIT championship victory over Georgia Tech. (Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com) Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Garrett Podell Previous articleDifficult schedule awaits men’s golfNext articleNew season brings new players, high expectations from Patterson Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin printTCU basketball is training in Australia for the next week, looking to keep fresh and add to the growing exposure the program has received since last season. However, it’s going to take fans plenty of cups of coffee to keep up with the games live.Due to the time change, both the men and women’s teams will be tipping off at times ranging from 11 p.m., 3 a.m. and even a 5:30 a.m. start.Fans won’t be able to watch the contests on TV, but updates, live streaming links, and stats will be posted on the @TCUBasketball Twitter account, and the TCUAthletics Snapchat account will also post updates.Time to get the bags packed.Beanie Nike KD 10 Fidget Spinner #FrogsDownUnder pic.twitter.com/0vbRSf43Tm— TCU Basketball (@TCUBasketball) August 2, 2017Here is the schedule of games, announced Thursday in Central time:Aug. 8, TCU women vs. Hornsby Spiders, 3 a.m., Kevin Betts Stadium, Sydney. Aug. 8, TCU men vs. Savannah Pride, 5 a.m., Kevin Betts Stadium, Sydney.Aug. 10, TCU women vs. COE, 3 a.m., Minto Indoor Sport Centre, Sydney.Aug. 10, TCU men vs. COE, 5 a.m., Minto Indoor Sport Centre, Sydney.Aug. 12, TCU men vs. Melbourne All-Stars, 2:30 a.m., Dandenong Basketball Stadium, Melbourne.Aug. 13, TCU men vs. Longhorns, 11 p.m., Dandenong Basketball Stadium, Melbourne.Aug. 13, TCU women vs. NITP All-Stars, 11:30 p.m., Marcellin College Gym, Melbourne.Aug. 15, TCU women vs. Knox Raiders, 3 a.m., State Basketball Centre, Melbourne.Aug. 15, TCU men vs. Knox Raiders, 5 a.m., State Basketball Centre, Melbourne.The games will be played under FIBA rules. Those rules include the following: 10-minute quarters, a 24-second shot clock, eight seconds to advance out of the backcourt and legal touching of the ball on or above the cylinder.The Horned Frogs are using an NCAA allowance of one foreign exhibition trip every four years. The TCU men’s squad have recruited two Australian players, redshirt forward Kouat Noi and freshman forward Lat Mayen, under Jamie Dixon and assistant David Patrick, both former professional players in Australia. The TCU women have one Australian player, sophomore forward Ella Hellessey.The teams will do more than just play basketball on their trip to the Southern Hemisphere. They’ll make visits to Bondi Beach, Mrs. Macquaries Chair and Darling Harbor on their first day in Sydney, then Manley Beach and Circular Quay on their first day without games scheduled. Later in the week, the teams will watch an Australian Rules Football game. In Melbourne, the teams will visit Queen Victoria Market and Eureka Skydeck 88.The women will also visit the Moonlit Animal Sanctuary and visit Dromana, the hometown of Hellessey, and perform community service at Worawa Aboriginal College. The men will join in a team activity at Sydney Amazing Race.The teams are due to leave Saturday, Aug. 5 and return Aug. 16. The NCAA season begins in November for both teams, but neither of the teams have released a schedule. Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Twitter The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years
Facebook TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyLimerick Institute of TechnologyNews Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThe Breakdown EP111 Munster Down Kings and Ireland’s Struggles ContinueNext articleLimerick Post Show | i.NY festival Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Email Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Limerick on Covid watch list NewsEducationTop employers add to the draw of LIT Careers DayBy Staff Reporter – October 9, 2019 197 Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Robert Culkin familiarises himself with the workings of an autonomous car under the watchful eye of Ronan O’Brien from Jaguar Land Rover at the LIT Careers Day.Photo: Alan Place.120 of the Mid West’s largest employers filled the halls of the Limerick Institute of Technology’s Moylish Campus on Tuesday for the annual LIT Careers Day.The demand for spaces at the event has persuaded the organisers to hold a second careers’ day in Spring.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIT Careers and Employability Manager Dr Órlaith Borthwick attributes the success of the event to the engagement of students with employers who value their education and training. Many of the key courses are designed with consideration and input from local industry in the Mid West.“Multinational and indigenous companies throughout the Mid West continue to support our Careers’ Day,” she said.“Company leaders tell us that our 1,300 graduates, who are educated to be work-ready, are one of the biggest draws to the event.“83 per cent of LIT graduates also stay in the region, making them very attractive to companies based in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.”“Careers’ Days allow employers to meet with the talent pool of students at LIT, many of whom will be their future employees. It also allows for students to engage directly with potential employers to learn about the many opportunities they can choose from after graduation,” she added.“At LIT we believe it is important to engage with industry and keep the channels of communication open, as we work together to provide highly skilled employment for highly skilled employees, thereby growing the economic capabilities of the region and the quality of life for its citizens,” Dr Borthwick concluded. WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow
Beau Lund Written by October 2, 2019 /Sports News – National 11-year-old St. Louis Blues superfan with rare illness given Stanley Cup ring by team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(ST.LOUIS) — An 11-year-old girl with a rare, life-threatening auto-immune disease and big-time love for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues got the surprise of a lifetime recently, thanks to her favorite team.Laila Anderson has Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a disease that results in her body making too many immune cells. But she hasn’t let that stop her from celebrating and representing her beloved team — and 2019 Stanley Cup winners — the Blues.When she rang her treatment bell in May, 100 days after her bone-marrow transplant, she wore a St. Louis Blues headband and the players’ numbers on her back.At the time, her doctors would only let her leave home to go to treatment at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.But later that May, her mother shared some amazing news with her and posted the video on Twitter: Laila would be attending Game 3 of a Blues playoff series and her doctors had given her the green light to go.“Are you kidding me?” she said through tears in a post on the Blues’ Twitter page. “Will this also be my first playoff game?”When the team made history in June by winning its first Stanley Cup in the team’s 52-year NHL existence by beating the Boston Bruins in Game 7, she was right there — after they’d invited her to Boston. The players even called her on the ice with them and they inscribed Laila’s name on their rings.But on Tuesday, they had one more gesture for Laila to show her how much she inspired them and how much they appreciated her: a Stanley Cup ring all her own.Blues players Alexander Steen and Colton Parayko had the ring with them when they visited Laila at her home.“You know how much you mean to us, right?” Steen said. “And what an inspiration you’ve been to so many people. So me and Colton are here representing our organization and everybody there and we have something that we would like you to open right now.”Laila got emotional as she opened the box and was seen first kissing the ring and then putting it on her finger.“Oh, my God,” she said, wiping away tears. “I feel like I shouldn’t be touching this right now.”“It’s her whole hand,” said her mother, Heather, laughing.Laila, floating between laughter and tears, told Steen and Parayko that the ring fit “beautifully.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Petronas towers (KLCC) in Kualalumpur. (Credit: Looknarm/Wikipedia.org) PETRONAS today announced that it will be offering 13 offshore exploration blocks in Malaysia at the upcoming Malaysia Bid Round (MBR) 2021 launch on 26 February 2021. Also included are six discovered fields to incentivise investors to undertake more extensive exploration activities within those blocks. This year’s MBR also features the offering of four deepwater blocks adjacent to the coast of Sarawak and Sabah which saw prominent exploration discoveries in recent years.The MBR 2021 launch event will be held virtually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and live-streamed to three different markets namely North America, United Kingdom and Europe as well as Asia Pacific. Themed ‘Grow your Energy Portfolio with Us’, MBR 2021 aims to attract investors with unique capabilities to unlock the full potential of the hydrocarbon resources in Malaysia.PETRONAS Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM) Mohamed Firouz Asnan said: “MBR 2021 will feature significant enhancements which include larger block areas coupled with flexible bidding options and low entry costs. We will also be offering relatively new fiscal terms to be applied in the Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) such as Enhanced Profitability (EPT) for the shallow water blocks, the Late Life Assets (LLA) and Small Field Assets (SFA) which are designed to match the risk and rewards of the investments with the type of assets available.“These terms have been formulated based on the feedback from industry players, taking into account market conditions, further strengthening Malaysia’s position as the oil and gas hub in a growing and thriving market of South East Asia. Besides improved fiscal terms, Malaysia offers good network connectivity by way of established world-class infrastructure which enables ease of monetisation,” he added.MBR is an annual bid exercise organised by PETRONAS which offers potential investors with different opportunities ranging from exploration blocks, discovered resources to late life assets as well as study opportunities to grow their energy portfolio and create value. Whilst MBR this year focuses on exploration blocks, the opportunities around late life assets and small fields are made available progressively throughout the year.Apart from issuing and managing petroleum arrangements in Malaysia, PETRONAS also plays its role as the country’s oil & gas industry shaper and investment enabler by providing stewardship on upstream petroleum activities in Malaysia. It is the single contact point for investors, which is a unique feature differentiating PETRONAS against its peers globally. Source: Company Press Release This year’s MBR also features the offering of four deepwater blocks adjacent to the coast of Sarawak and Sabah