The Rev. George Regas, former rector of All Saints in…

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Robert WilliamsPosted Jan 4, 2021 Obituary, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Tags Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ center_img The Rev. George Regas in December 2017. Photo: Cam Sanders[Diocese of Los Angeles] The Rev. George F. Regas – whose bold leadership advanced civil rights, women’s ordination, LGBTQ marriage equality and reversing the arms race – died Jan. 3 in Pasadena, California, where he was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church from 1967 to 1995. He was 90.Mary, his wife of nearly 44 years, and her son Lowry Smith were at Regas’ side when he died peacefully at their Pasadena home. He was receiving hospice care after a brief hospitalization due to an infection that was not the coronavirus. Regas is also survived by his daughter Susan Regas, his sons Tim and Tyler, Mary’s son Burke Smith and their families. Regas’ daughter Michelle Regas Worrel died in 2002.Current plans are to offer a celebration of life in Regas’ memory after pandemic restrictions are lifted.The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, bishop of the six-county Diocese of Los Angeles, said of Regas: “One of George’s longtime colleagues put it best when she told me that on Sunday morning, he’d be in the pulpit at All Saints, raising the roof for peace in Vietnam and Iraq and equity for women and LGBTQ people. Then on Sunday afternoon, you’d see him at Huntington Hospital, reading psalms at the bedside of a seemingly unconscious patient in the ICU.“As prophet and pastor, he was the complete priest. His exuberance and joy made his faith contagious, building up the church and making it better. We’ll miss our colleague terribly and grieve for Mary and their family. And yet we’ll always have him with us.”“Help us, O Lord, to be masters of ourselves so that we may become the servants of others,” Regas regularly began his resounding sermons that filled All Saints’ 1924 Gothic sanctuary with calls for God’s love in action. His notable 1971 sermon “Mr. President, the Jury Is In!” sought an end to the Vietnam War, and his sermons in the early 1990s paved the way for the parish’s first blessing of a same-gender union, that of parishioners Mark Benson and Philip Straw, in 1992.In 1995, around the time of his retirement as All Saints’ rector, Regas reflected on his role as House of Deputies floor manager when the 1976 General Convention authorized women’s ordination. Undaunted by a recent hospitalization for phlebitis, Regas worked from a wheelchair, building a coalition that he traced back to his experience in Los Angeles in 1971, when the diocesan convention resoundingly rejected a resolution calling for the ordination of both women and men. The only priest of the diocese who joined three laywomen to speak in favor of the measure, Regas exhorted the convention toward equity and went on to serve as chair of the diocese’s Commission on Ministry, active in that role from 1973 to 1980.Read the entire obituary here. Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA People Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Rev. 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Construction work starts on new €20m student centre at University of…

first_imgNewsEducationConstruction work starts on new €20m student centre at University of LimerickBy Staff Reporter – June 27, 2019 1187 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter Facebook Previous articleCity and Soul: Star in the fashion infirmamentNext articleEmma Langford: New single ‘Goodbye Hawaii’ Staff Reporter Works on a major centre that will form a “new destination” for students at University of Limerick have started.The new Student Centre, a 3,529 square metre building set over three storeys, is in a prime front of house location adjacent to the Stables Complex and the Glucksman Library.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The facility, the total project cost of which is in the region of €20m, is being funded on a partnership basis between the students and the University. The students voted in 2016 by way of referendum to fund almost 80% of the capital cost through a development levy.Works on a brand new state of the art climbing wall at the UL Arena are also due to start next month, demonstrating UL’s commitment to providing top-class facilities that will enhance the student experience.Again, the student body is the major funder of the new climbing wall, which will be Ireland’s tallest and forms part of a raft of new campus sporting facilities that also include the 22-acre Maguire’s Field pitches.The new Student Centre – a ‘Centre for Student Life’ as articulated by the students – will support the student journey through UL and will be a space where students can relax, play, be informed and supported.It is intended as a new ‘destination’ for all UL students and will add significant value to the student experience, greatly enhancing the campus for future generations.The existing student centre, located in the Stables Courtyard, dates back to 1999 when the student population was half what it is now. There has also been a huge growth in the number of student clubs and societies, with membership likewise increasing.The anticipated completion date for the new Student Centre is November 2020.UL Student Life President Jack Scanlan said: “These student projects are the result of 12 years of hard work and perseverance by the students of UL who demanded more from their University experience through enhanced facilities, empowered by UL Student Life and supported by the senior management of UL.“The new multi-million euro student centre will be the hub of student activity for all students. We have outgrown our current building here in the Stables Courtyard and the new centre is set to cater for our ever-growing student numbers as well as the diversifying student population we have here on campus. The new centre is being built in the heart of the campus right across from the library with a view that this will be the focal point of student life on campus,” he added.Work on the climbing wall is expected to start in mid-July and be completed by May 2020. The design caters for both fun and expert climbers of all ages and capabilities.The architectural vision aspires to provide an iconic facility which draws inspiration from natural rock formations and strata, with the external materials contrasting with the brick finish on the Arena building.“The climbing wall will be Ireland’s tallest, standing at 21 metres and equipped with an ability to cater for the new Olympic sports of speed climbing. The Outdoor Pursuits club are one of our flagship clubs here on campus, catering for more than 750 students per annum, in rock climbing, mountaineering, caving, and hill walking and orienteering. It is fantastic that these students will now have a world-class facility to train in here on campus with the capability of catering for all three new Olympic category events,” said Student Life President Jack Scanlan.“Personally these projects fill me with a great sense of pride in the students of UL who over the last 12 years have not taken no for an answer and who believed in their vision to create a better UL for all our future students,” he added.UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “This new Student Centre is a wonderful example of how the student population can work with the University to create positive change.“From the concept, to design, to the majority funding of the project, this Student Centre shows how this campus is as dynamic as it is ever changing and as The Sunday Times Irish University of the Year and as the winner of the best student campus, the addition of this centre will support and allow UL Student Life to grow, collaborate and support the many societies and clubs which add significant value to the student experience.“Supporting the student experience is paramount for this University and this facility will be an excellent centre for UL’s vibrant student life.“UL students are pioneering in similar part-funded projects as this campus boasts the completed boathouse project and UL will also be home to a state of the art climbing wall that will challenge climbers of all capabilities once complete next summer.“The Student Centre and Climbing Wall will both be magnificent additions to campus,” he added. University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering WhatsAppcenter_img Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Linkedin Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Print Advertisement TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsUniversity of Limerick last_img read more

All masses cancelled in Diocese of Raphoe

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 13, 2020 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSerious safety concerns over Lower Dromore junctionNext articleEight people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications All masses with congregations have been cancelled in the Diocese of Raphoe until the 29th of March.In a letter to the priests and people of the Diocese this morning, Bishop Alan Mc Guckian says cancellation order, which also includes Station Masses and House Masses, will be reviewed at the end of the month.Priests will offer mass for their communities daily, and churches will be open to allow people to go in and pray.All confirmations have been cancelled until further notice, adoration should not take place in small oratories, and where funerals, weddings and baptisms take place, the Bishop asks that only immediate family attend. In keeping with government guidelines, he says all such gatherings must be restricted to less than 100 people.Bishop Mc Guckian concludes by stressing the importance of discouraging people from travelling to funerals at this time.Earlier, he spoke to Greg Hughes on the Nine til Noon Show………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Pinterest All masses cancelled in Diocese of Raphoelast_img read more

USCG, US Navy Suspend Search for Japanese Student

first_img View post tag: USCG View post tag: Naval Authorities Share this article View post tag: Japanese View post tag: Suspend View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG, US Navy Suspend Search for Japanese Student center_img USCG, US Navy Suspend Search for Japanese Student View post tag: US Navy The US Coast Guard suspended the search Friday for a student reported overboard from a Japanese training vessel approximately 70 miles southwest of Kauai.Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, said:Suspending an active search is a difficult decision to make. We have exhausted all available resources in our efforts, but pending further developments, we have decided to suspend the search.The US Coast Guard and US Navy conducted an extensive search of the area, conducting 36 sorties, totaling 140 mission hours and covering approximately 14,192 square miles.Involved in the search were an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, the USS Lake Champlain, a Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion aircrew from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, the Hokuho Maru and eight other Japanese training vessels.Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified at 9:56 a.m., Tuesday, regarding a 17-year-old male Japanese national who was reported overboard from the 208-foot Japanese training vessel, Hokuho Maru during their transit from Honolulu to Japan. The man was last seen at approximately 2:50 a.m., and was reported missing after he did not show up for muster.[mappress mapid=”15200″]Image: USCG View post tag: News by topic February 23, 2015 View post tag: search View post tag: studentlast_img read more

Changes at FSA unlikely to have adverse impact

first_imgTransferring the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) work on nutrition to the Department of Health (DoH) will not adversely affect bakers, say industry figures.The DoH will now be responsible for guidance on saturated fat and salt, a move welcomed by the Food & Drink Federation, which it said should lead to clearer and more consistent policy-making.Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson said it would be business as usual. “We expect to continue working with the same people, who are going to be transferring to the DoH, on the same policies. I don’t expect salt reduction targets to change,” he said.Health quango, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), had previously called on manufacturers to make bigger cuts in sat fats than FSA targets, but a spokeswoman for the Biscuit Cake Chocolate and Confectionery Alliance said the organisation did not expect the new set-up to impact on industry work on saturated fat reduction and reformulation. She said: “Although we’ve heard the budget for communications and campaigns will be greatly reduced, we do expect the work on reformulation to continue.”However, NAMB chief executive Gill Brooks-Lonican said she expected work by Trading Standards, funded by the FSA, to test the salt levels of bread in craft bakeries across the UK and provide advice on how to reduce salt content in products would falter. Said Brooks-Lonican: “They have only got enough money to promote so many leaflets, then funding finishes. I think the scheme will fizzle out then. I also think the work on saturated fats will go quiet.”last_img read more

Greggs expands its menu following post-lockdown reductions

first_imgBakery chain Greggs is continuing to expand its menu, after streamlining it post-lockdown due to coronavirus constraints.Greggs reopened 800 shops in June with a reduced menu, after closing its shops in March due to the coronavirus lockdown.Now it has returned four more items to its menu. Belgian buns and jammy heart biscuits are back, while additional savoury options are the southern fried chicken baguette and ham and chicken baguette.Stotties are now back on Greggs’ menus in North East England stores.Greggs has also confirmed that its favourite Festive Bake is making a seasonal comeback from November 6.The Greggs menu now includes breakfast items such as Bacon and Omelette, Porridge and All Butter Croissant, with a range of sandwiches and savouries on sale, as well as sweet treats and drinks.Separately, Greggs re-opened its Bramley depot in Leeds on September 2, after being forced to close the site last week due to an outbreak of coronavirus.A spokesperson confirmed that the site was back up and running following a deep clean.The distribution depot was closed last week, when “less than 20” of the 150 staff tested positive for Covid-19.last_img read more

New Orleans Musicians Are Organizing A Musical Parade In Protest Of A Donald Trump Rally

first_imgWhen presidential hopeful Donald Trump visits New Orleans, LA this Friday, March 4th, he’ll have some very loud company. A new group, calling themselves Trumpets Trump Drumpf, are planning a second line parade to correspond with the Trump rally at Landmark Aviation tomorrow afternoon.The name is a reference to a recent clip aired on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, where the host points out that Donald Trump’s family changed their name to Drumpf. If you haven’t watched this top-notch piece of journalism from Oliver, tune in below:“We as musicians feel Donald Trump is the ultimate salesman,” says saxophonist Quay Frazier in an interview with OffBeat. “We refuse to be sold blanket statements and lies. People are angry because their wages have not risen in a generation, and they’re looking for a way out. Donald Trump is trying to capture this anger by putting the blame on Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans, etc, but America is about love and was built by people of all shades and colors. Our music does not discriminate. Our mission is to trump Drumpf with trumpets, to overpower his hate speech with music of love. Let’s show him how it’s done!”More about the second line can be found here. Louisiana primaries are held this Saturday, March 5th, so be sure to get out and vote![H/T OffBeat]last_img read more

Making music that matters

first_imgDon’t ever tell Angélique Kidjo what she can’t do. It’s a waste of time, and always has been.From an early age, the Benin-born singer and activist planned to be an R&B performer like James Brown. She remembers crying “Why are you crushing my dreams?” when her mother told her she could never be just like the Godfather of Soul.But that didn’t stop her. As she grew older, Kidjo realized she couldn’t resemble Brown physically, but it didn’t matter. Resembling him musically, she realized, was what was truly important to her. And so she did.Brown and American music legends such as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin are among the influences on Kidjo’s long and varied career. Deeply rooted in Africa’s languages and traditions, her work crosses musical boundaries and merges myriad styles. She sings in Fon, Yorùbá, French, Swahili, and English, has recorded with artists as different as U2 front man Bono and minimalist composer Philip Glass, and embraces the notion that music is a universal bridge.“The music we listen to is one music,” said Kidjo by phone from her New York City home on a recent afternoon. Her diverse collaborators, she added, “help me prove that point.”Music is also about learning for Kidjo, a two-time Grammy Award winner who has released 15 albums and a number of World Music chart-topping hits. But she is constantly pushing her knowledge forward, always mindful of her father’s warning many years ago. “The day you think that you’ve learned everything,” he told her, “you might as well go to your grave,”She said that other musicians “learn from me. I learn from them, and that experience is priceless.”Soon, Kidjo will be learning from and sharing her knowledge with the Harvard community. On Nov. 17 she delivers the Louis C. Elson Lecture at Paine Hall, co-sponsored by Harvard’s Music Department and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The following day, she will lead a master class sponsored by the Office for the Arts’ Learning from Performers program.“Musically, we have a lot to gain from her as a global citizen,” said Associate Professor of Music Sindhu Revuluri, whose course on global pop music includes a key section on Kidjo’s life and work.“If you’ve heard any of her music, it’s not confined to a single place or style. She thinks a lot about transnational connections, diaspora connections over time,” said Revuluri, citing inspirations such as ’70s disco funk, Afro-Cuban, and Latin diaspora influences, along with the blues and West African styles.Students, said Revuluri, can also learn from Kidjo’s activism.She is passionate about her humanitarian work. Since 2002 she has been a Goodwill Ambassador, promoting education for girls and calling for better support for children affected by HIV/AIDS. She has spoken out about the effects of climate change, and against female genital mutilation, and has pushed for efforts to improve public health in Africa in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. In 2007 she partnered with UNICEF to create the Batonga Foundation, which supports secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa.“For me, music is a weapon of peace. And today more than ever, as artists we have a role to play in the stability of this world,” Kidjo said during her Grammy acceptance speech in February. She took home the Best World Music Album prize for “Eve,” which she dedicated to “the women of Africa — to their beauty and resilience.”“That’s exactly the kind of exposure we want our students to have,” said Revuluri, “to be thinking about what it means to be a musical citizen.”Kidjo credits her idol, the South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, with helping inspire her to use her voice for social change. Makeba’s singing was “so beautiful, so powerful and expressive, full of anticipation for a better world for South Africans,” Kidjo writes in her 2014 autobiography, “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music.”She also credits her father. Enraged as a teen by South Africa’s apartheid, Kidjo poured her fury into an early composition “Azan Nan Kpe,” or “The Day Will Come.” The original draft “was full of hate and anger,” she recalled, and it was too violent for her father, who told her if she didn’t rewrite the copy, her career as a singer under his roof was finished. Kidjo changed the lyrics, transforming the song into “an anthem for peace instead.”Her father’s words still resonate. “He told me, ‘Be the agent of change, be an agent of something that is bigger than you … but anger is never a solution. Violence is never a solution.’ ”For Kidjo, music and family connections run deep. She began singing with her mother’s theater troupe at age 6, and later sang with her brothers in a band before branching out on her own. For many years, her key collaborator has been her husband, musician Jean Hébrail. Like any couple, they can disagree, she admitted, but their shared obsession for music “keeps us very tight.”“The music,” said Kidjo, “always brings us back to where it’s supposed to be.”In addition to her varied musical styles and humanitarian work, Kidjo is a force of nature, said Revuluri, with a “charisma and fiery personality” that can help “redefine certain dominant narratives.” Kidjo, she said, can stand up to those who think Africa is “all one way … she’s a real model of empowerment and individuality, and that’s one of the reasons I find her so wonderful as a teaching tool.”Bringing Kidjo to Harvard is also in line with the department’s expanding embrace of music from beyond Western traditions, Revuluri added.“In the last 10 or 15 years, we’ve been trying to really broaden our perspective and our students’ perspective, and this is just one of the ways we thought we could make a powerful statement.”last_img read more

Holiday Cheer with Tacky Lights and Beer

first_imgHow the River Rats of Richmond stole the hearts of locals with a flashy deer and lots o’ beerRichmond is known to shine some of the tackiest, wackiest, and most outrageous lights every winter holiday season. We’re talking total coverage from rooftop to the very edge of a lawn. These houses will make you ask yourself, “How can this many lights not be a hazard? And how the hell did someone get up there?”The decked-out houses are spread throughout Richmond and get more and more extravagant every year, making it for a new favorite holiday tradition.This year is especially special for RVA Paddle Sports owner Patrick Griffin, who noticed his poor (not so little) shuttle bus waiting around for summer time. He called up his right hand man Andrew Hawkins, general manager of RVA Paddle Sports, and together turned the bus into something wackier than the lights: a tacky lights tour.Hawkins’s and Griffin’s vision of the tour rapidly exceeded their expectations. They were booked practically every night of November and are completely booked for the rest of this season.“It’s a very personal tour,” says Hawkins. “We have a host and a driver working each tour and the host is there to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves as well as making lots of hot chocolate and passing out cookies.  We really want people to relax and enjoy the trip so we try and take all the work.  We play Christmas trivia as well and that usually gets everyone in a great mood.”Cookies and cocoa aren’t the only perks of this tour. In order to discover who is naughty and who is nice, Hawkins installed a stripper pole in the center of the bus for people to spin around on if they’d like.When asked if they plan on doing it again next year, Hawkins replied, “YES. Next year. More buses.”Keep your eyes peeled for the bus with the glowing deer on it, known as the deer with many names: Rowdy, Rodney, Rambo, and the King of Highway 64.“We have really had a blast this first holiday season,” says Hawkins, “and we are already looking forward to next December.”Here is a holiday ode to the Tacky Lights Tour:The rafting season was no moreLeaving Griffin’s and Hawkins’s week as quite the boreGriffin said, “At least the Holidays are coming fast, but I hope this bitter cold doesn’t last.”Hawkins suggested they make the most of the coldEven though the lack of work was getting oldSuddenly, a bulb went off above Griffin’s head,If it wasn’t for his curiosity, Hawkins would have fledQuick as a cat, that clever Griffin flew to his attic,but when he found no lights, he began to panic.Where were all those lights he had bought?!“There must be a way,” he thought,“to provide the people of Richmond – all wacky,with a bus ride tour that’s even MORE tacky.”He called all his rafts guides and told them to come,bearing silly decorations and lights if they had some.One by one they came with gleeGriffin’s vision was blossoming, they could see!Lights they strung and the bus was topped with a deer.“Now the only thing missing,” said Griffin, “is beer!”He called Väsen Brewing, asking for his tourist to have beerVäsen said, “Don’t be silly, just have them come here!”Griffin and Väsen now had everything set,to provide a night that Richmonder’s would never forget!last_img read more

Govt may deploy more troops in Papua, Minister says

first_imgThe government may deploy more troops in Papua if it deems the escalation necessary to maintain security, Home Minister Tito Karnavian has said, amid reports of tensions between security forces and armed civilian groups in Indonesia’s easternmost province.“The state cannot be outdone by anyone who violates the law, including this armed group. If they kill people, we will enforce [the law]. If there are not enough troops, we will add more,” the former National Police chief said on Thursday, as quoted by said the government was paying close attention to development and prosperity in Papua. He called on members of local armed militia groups to unite with the government and play an active role in facilitating development in the restive province. Those who joined with Indonesia would be guaranteed their welfare, he said, adding that those who had violated the law would still be prosecuted.Tito said the government was considering extending Papua’s special autonomy (Otsus) status, which is slated to end next year, and asked regional heads in Papua to optimize development with the central government funds available until then.Read also: President’s instruction to blame for rights violations, displacement in Nduga: LBH Papua“Please really use [the funds] optimally for development to create jobs. The natural resource potential of Papua is truly extraordinary, as are its human resources, and this [development] will progress quickly,” he said. “If everyone has a job like in West Papua then we hope they will be involved in development, rather than in killing other people.”Actually, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show that the open unemployment rate in West Papua province has remained consistently higher than in Papua province. In August 2014, BPS recorded a 5.02 percent unemployment rate in West Papua and a 3.44 percent rate in Papua. In February 2019, West Papua recorded a 5.28 percent open unemployment and Papua 3.42 percent.Echoing Tito’s statement, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government still considered the armed groups Indonesians.“I think this country is very open if they want to surrender, to build. Their citizenship has not disappeared, so just go back to being Indonesian citizens,” Mahfud said.Indonesian Military spokesperson Col. Gusti Nyoman Suriastawa said on Thursday that five members of a separatist group had surrendered to the military and rejoined Indonesia because they “felt insecure” and “wanted to live a normal life with their family”.The five former separatists pledged loyalty to the government in front of military personnel and residents on Wednesday, he said. They then participated in an Indonesian flag ceremony and signed a statement. (syk)Topics :last_img read more