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HMAS Canberra Practices Skills off Queensland

first_img View post tag: Sea Explorer View post tag: Asia-Pacific Share this article HMAS Canberra Practices Skills off Queensland Australia’s newest military capability, the Amphibious Ready Element embarked in HMAS Canberra, is continuing to hone its skills during Exercise Sea Explorer in Far North Queensland.The element has been conducting the second of the ‘Sea Series’ of exercises under command of the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters that comprises the Navy’s biggest ship, Air Force assets and supported by the Army’s 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and other Army units.The focus of the exercises is on training and assessing the Amphibious Ready Element in a permissive environment scenario which is currently taking place in waters off the North Queensland coast from August through to October.Leading the exercise is Captain Jay Bannister, the Commander of the Amphibious Task Force, who said the recent focus had been projecting land forces across Cowley Beach in Far North Queensland.Captain Bannister said:The effort so far has been the safe and efficient transfer of our troops and vehicles to the beach, where they can train for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief events.Canberra is equipped with four Army MRH-90 helicopters and a Navy Maritime Support Helicopter, along with 60 vehicles including bulldozers, light armoured vehicles, protected mobility vehicles, four landing craft and smaller amphibious boats.Commander of the Land Force, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte, who is also the Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, said his troops had been working on completing the ship to shore transfer by day and night since completing induction training.The Sea Series of exercises will conclude in early October, when the Amphibious Ready Element has successfully completed the series of exercises comprising both collective training and certification events.Image: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Canberra Practices Skills off Queensland center_img View post tag: HMAS Canberra View post tag: Queensland Authorities September 11, 2015last_img read more

Endowed Chair Full Professor – Finance

first_imgA Ph.D. in finance or a closely related field.A record of teaching excellence in Finance.A sustained record of excellent scholarship as shown throughpublications that have enabled the candidate to be successfullypromoted to Full Professor at a research-oriented university of asimilar or higher research profile as the University ofKansas. Employee ClassF-FacultyAdvertised Salary Rangecommensurate with experience and qualificationsFTE1.0Position OverviewThe School of Business at the University of Kansas is searching foran Endowed Chair in Finance to start in the 2021-22 academic year.The search is open at the Full Professor level. Candidates withexpertise in two or more of the following areas are encouraged toapply: corporate finance, financial institutions, internationalfinance, investments, or risk management. This is a full-time,tenure-track position beginning August 18, 2021.The University of Kansas, School of Business has been educatingstudents and creating business leaders since 1924. In May 2016, theschool moved into the $70.5 million, 166,500-square-foot Capitol Federal Hall . The maincampus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, 45 minutes west of KansasCity. For information about the University of Kansas, School ofBusiness and living in Lawrence, see and a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment andprovide equal educational and employment opportunities, theuniversity actively encourages applications from members ofunderrepresented groups in higher education. The successfulapplicant must have appropriate work authorization prior to thestart of employment.Reg/TempRegularApplication Review Begins26-Jan-2021Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2021Additional Candidate InstructionTo be considered, candidates must submit an online application. Acomplete application will include a: Job TitleEndowed Chair Full Professor – FinanceDepartmentBusinessPrimary CampusUniversity of Kansas Lawrence CampusJob Description40% – Teach a combination of required and elective finance coursesat the undergraduate, masters, and/or Ph.D. level.40% – Conduct and publish research in a quantity and qualitycommensurate with the University of Kansas’s status as a Carnegie Iresearch university.20% – Perform service for the School, University, and academicprofession and interact effectively with students, faculty, and thebusiness community.Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)18322BRDisclaimerThe University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis ofrace, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age,ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation,marital status, parental status, gender identity, genderexpression, and genetic information in the university’s programsand activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by universitypolicy. The following persons have been designated to handleinquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are theTitle IX coordinators for their respective campuses: ExecutiveDirector of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,[email protected], 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045,785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder,and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205,913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City,Kansas medical center campuses).Contact Information to ApplicantsGjergji Cici [email protected] Number00001333Required Qualifications Letters of recommendation will be requested from selectedapplicants as the search process moves beyond the initial screeninground.Review of applicants begins January 26, 2021, and will continueuntil the position is filled. Letter of application describing experience andaccomplishments,Record of productivity in teaching, research and service asnoted in CV,Sample of research (e.g., publications), andTeaching statement and supplemental materials (e.g., teachingportfolio, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations).last_img read more

Uni to introduce undergrad paper in feminist philosophy

first_imgOxford University’s Philosophy Faculty is to introduce an undergraduate paper on feminist philosophy.Two new professors in the subject have recently been appointed by the faculty to help teach the new part of the course.Chair of the Philosophy Faculty Board and Fellow at Keble College, Dr Edward Harcourt told Cherwell: “Some of the most interesting new work in philosophy in recent years – in epistemology, in social and political philosophy, in metaphysics, ethics, moral psychology, in the philosophy of language, in aesthetics, and in other areas besides – has been done by philosophers who are also feminists.”In reference to the new paper, he added: “We want to do this partly just because it’s interesting, and partly to raise the profile and status of feminist philosophy at Oxford and send the message to our female students that philosophy is for you. We expect the paper to be very popular – and of course you won’t have to be female in order to do it! – and you can’t introduce a new undergraduate paper with just one staff member.”Harcourt stressed that feminist philosophy had been studied at Oxford before and had composed part of the interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Masters programme.The first university post in feminist philosophy was appointed last year to Professor Mari Mikkola of Somerville College. Following on from these two new appointments, the Faculty also intends to hire at least one more feminist philosopher by the end of next year.Professor Mikkola told Cherwell: “Feminist philosophy is a rather new sub-discipline in philosophy, but has gone from being a niche topic to being in the mainstream over the past 20 years. It is certainly no longer neglected in English-speaking Anglo-American philosophy as a whole, though it has not been prominent in Oxford and has only recently been promoted here.“It seems to me that students have been rather unaware of feminist contributions to philosophy. I suspect that this will change hugely once feminist philosophy becomes more prominent in Oxford and once feminist topics are more widely available and better integrated in the undergraduate curriculum. “Many Oxford philosophy students are likely to go into work that drafts policy and shapes politics. Understanding better what socially engaged philosophy, like anti-racist and feminist philosophy, are about will hopefully enable people to change the world in a way that fosters social justice.“Theory-internally, I hope that philosophers will come to understand how political sensitivities can helpfully shape our philosophical theorising. There is a traditional tendency to think of philosophy as being value-free, objective inquiry about the way the world is. I think that this view of philosophy is mistaken and that all philosophising starts from some or other perspective undergirded by normative commitments. This does not make philosophy subjective or anything goes discipline, where “everything is relative”. Rather, I think that viewing the world through certain lenses can give us a clearer idea about what the facts of the matter are.”She added: “There is clearly a student demand for feminist philosophy. Before the new paper is up and running, I am doing a specialist subject on feminist philosophy in MT18, which has filled up and was hugely oversubscribed within hours of being advertised to our undergraduate students.”Fellow in Philosophy at Mansfield College and contributor to the Women’s Studies Master’s Programme, Professor Katherine Morris said: “Some would argue that rather than having a specific paper on ‘feminist philosophy’, all thematic papers ought to include feminist perspectives, so ‘feminist philosophy’ no longer looks like a strange and specialist subject. I have some sympathy for that argument, but maybe having a Feminist Philosophy paper is a first step towards that.”Speaking to Cherwell, Professor Morris also explained how the Faculty has attempted to “diversify” the reading-lists for their other undergraduate papers. The Faculty have revised reading lists for each topic by ensuring that 40% of the recommended articles are written by women and by changing the form of author listing so that first names are given rather than initials.A representative of the UK national Society for Women in Philosophy, Jennifer Saul, told Cherwell: “There are many reasons that feminist philosophy has been neglected. One is, of course, that things have to do with women are traditionally neglected.  But there are also quite a lot of other reasons, such as the (false) belief that philosophy is about timeless truths has led many to think that engaged work like feminist or anti-racist philosophy aren’t really philosophy. There are even somewhat mundane reasons certain institutions have been slower: In a system like Oxford’s, you can’t just add modules in staff members’ research areas whenever you like.“The reason, I think, that feminist philosophy is so popular, is that it’s so important: philosophy that engages with real world issue is philosophy that matters to people’s lives.“The idea that philosophy shouldn’t be like this is utterly misguided. I’m very pleased to see a rise in engaged philosophy around the world, and the increasing investment in feminist philosophy is a key part of this.”The Oxford University Philosophy Society told Cherwell: “We’re very pleased that the paper is being introduced; it’s absolutely right that undergraduates should be able to explore the extensive and sophisticated work that’s been done in the field over many years.“Our understanding is that the ten places in the class that will run next year were all filled within little more than 24 hours of it being advertised, so the subject definitely seems set to be popular!”last_img read more

Better Business Bureau warns of like-farming scams on Facebook, other social media

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – June 12, 2020 0 837 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitter TAGSbetter business bureauFacebookGreyhawkjaycolike-farmingnorthern indianapostsscamsocial media Previous articleSouth Bend man sentenced to almost 11 years for drug distributionNext articleHoosiers affected by COVID-19 can get free job training Brooklyne Beattycenter_img Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/Indiana News Service) Heads up Facebook users, there have been reports of a scam targeting a northern Indiana Accredited Business on a popular social media site.The Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana issued a release Thursday, warning consumers of a Facebook post advertising a free RV that’s making the rounds.The RV, a 2020 Jayco Greyhawk, was purportedly being given away by the northern Indiana RV manufacturer to “one lucky winner who shared the post.”The giveaway was not posted by Jayco, but instead, by scammers hoping to collect as many Facebook “likes as possible.” This is known as like-farming, and can lead to things like malicious malware downloads onto your device. Scammers can also remove the post’s original message, and promote spammy products once the original post reaches a certain amount of likes.In this specific instance, Jayco caught on to the scam, and posted an update on their official Facebook page.To protect yourself from like-farming, the Better Business Bureau recommends these tips:Use your good judgement. If a post says you can win something just by sharing the post, it’s probably not true. If a post tugs at your heartstrings and isn’t about someone you know personally, be wary about the truthfulness of its contents.Don’t click “like” on every post in your feed. Scammers are counting on getting as many mindless likes as possible, so be sure you only “like” posts and articles that are legitimate. Don’t help scammers spread their con.Be cautious when it comes to sharing your personal information. Never give out personal information, such as your full name, telephone number, address, etc. to a person or company you don’t know or trust.Update your web browser. Make sure you always have the latest version of your browser. That way, if you do accidentally click on a scammer’s post, your browser will be more likely to warn you about suspicious sites. Better Business Bureau warns of like-farming scams on Facebook, other social medialast_img read more

Press release: New partnership to sequence human genomes in fight against coronavirus

first_img This study has the potential to dramatically improve our understanding of COVID-19 – it could help us to identify whether underlying genomic differences play a part in how people react to the virus and why some people have few or no symptoms whilst others can get very ill. I am very grateful to all the staff, patients and families who are working on and participating in this study, at what is a very challenging time. We have a long-standing partnership with Genomics England and are proud to support this new genomics initiative from our Cambridge-based lab. The results will establish a unique platform for researchers to understand the human response to coronavirus infection, leading towards new treatments and ways to control infection spread. As each day passes we are learning more about this virus, and understanding how genetic makeup may influence how people react to it is a critical piece of the jigsaw. This is a ground-breaking and far-reaching study which will harness the UK’s world-leading genomics science to improve treatments and ultimately save lives across the world. Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), who have given £3 million in funding to the project, said: For the first time in a generation we face a global viral pandemic that is life threatening for some people, yet others have a mild infection. By reading the whole genome we may be able to identify variation that affects response to COVID-19 and discover new therapies that could reduce harm, save lives and even prevent future outbreaks. The data that is collected during the study will also inform global strategic planning for possible later waves of the pandemic, and for new pandemics in the future.For now, the prospect of this study’s findings should not detract from the fact that we must all continue to follow the government’s guidance, which at the moment involves staying home and staying safe.Since genetic discoveries need very large numbers of patients, patients who have already had COVID-19 and have now recovered are invited to volunteer to take part in the study.Find out how to register interest to take part in the GenOMICC study Our genes play a role in determining who becomes desperately sick with infections like COVID-19. Understanding these genes will help us to choose treatments for clinical trials. The GenOMICC study was launched before this outbreak and it is recruiting in more than 160 ICUs across the country with tremendous support from the critical care community. We are excited to work with Genomics England to tackle this new and complex disease. Part of the overall genomic study will also focus on children and young adults severely affected by COVID-19.The NIHR BioResource is partnering with GenOMICC and Genomics England to provide infrastructure, expertise and £1 million funding to investigate this by collecting samples from these young patients and their parents.Professor John Bradley CBE, Chief Investigator of the NIHR BioResource, said: Genomics England will read the data from entire genomes – or genetic blueprints – of thousands of people who have been most severely affected by coronavirus and compare them to those who experience only mild symptoms.Dr Kenneth Baillie, Chief Investigator at the University of Edinburgh, leading this study, said: Genetic susceptibility to coronavirus to be tested in ground-breaking nationwide study Genomes of thousands of patients with coronavirus will be sequenced to understand how a person’s genetic makeup could influence how they react to the virus Genomics England partners with University of Edinburgh to lead research drive to support the search for new treatments Today’s announcement demonstrates how different parts of the UK’s world-leading genomics community are working together to get a full picture of both the spread and impact of the virus.Data from the person’s own genome can be linked to the virus genome data provided via the previously announced viral sequencing programme by the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK), a partnership of NHS organisations, UK public health agencies, the Sanger Institute and UK academic centres.Professor Sharon Peacock CBE, Director of COG-UK, said:center_img Since genetic discoveries need very large numbers of patients, the GenOMICC study ultimately aims to recruit every single COVID-19 patient who is admitted to intensive care in the UK.Patients will only be enrolled in the study if they, or their next of kin, have given their consent.As part of this study so far, DNA samples have been collected from almost 2,000 patients.Chris Wigley, CEO of Genomics England, said: At Genomics England, we are extremely proud to be working with the NHS and other partners in the fight against COVID-19, to understand why people respond differently to this infection. Our goal with this study is to help the national response to this terrible pandemic, using the experience we have gained through the 100,000 Genomes Project, and leveraging our ongoing work in genomic research and healthcare. As with all groundbreaking science, we don’t know what the answer is yet – but we are convening the finest minds in academia and industry to try to find out. A major new human whole genome sequencing study will take place across the NHS, involving up to 20,000 people currently or previously in an intensive care unit with coronavirus, as well as 15,000 individuals who have mild or moderate symptoms.Genomics England, is partnering with the GenOMICC consortium, Illumina and the NHS to launch the research drive, which will reach patients in 170 intensive care units throughout the UK.The project is backed by £28 million from Genomics England, UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care and the National Institute for Health Research. Illumina will sequence all 35,000 genomes and share some of the cost via an in-kind contribution.The study, facilitated by the University of Edinburgh and multiple NHS hospitals, will explore the varied effects coronavirus has on patients, supporting the search for treatments by identifying those most at risk and helping to fast-track new therapies into clinical trials.Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: The UK is a global leader in the genetic analysis of disease. By applying this expertise to examine the role of genetic factors in COVID-19, including in young severely impacted patients without known underlying health issues, this study could identify important risk factors and disease mechanisms, which may lead to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. This study is a fantastic example of how different parts of the UK genomics community are working together to get a full genomic picture of the spread and impact of the virus. In COG-UK we have already sequenced over 10,000 virus genomes from patients with COVID-19. Linking this data to the patient’s own genome data in the Genomics England-GenOMICC study may provide unique insights into how the patient and virus genomes act together to influence the patient’s response to the infection and will help inform and improve our response to future outbreaks. The NIHR BioResource is delighted to build on our established partnership with Genomics England and work with GenOMICC to understand in particular why some children and young adults are so severely affected by COVID19. These initiatives will enable novel insights into the virus, as well as possible human factors that influence the effects of the disease, and whether a combination of both shape outcomes for NHS patients.Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer and SRO for Genomics at NHS England and NHS Improvement said: Whole genome sequencing will be carried out by Illumina at its laboratories in Cambridge, UK, where they successfully delivered the 100,000 Genomes Project together with Genomics England and the NHS.Paula Dowdy, General Manager and SVP Illumina, EMEA, said: By combining the genome with rich clinical characteristics and comparing those who become severely ill with those that experience a much milder illness, the consortium hopes to gain new insights into how the virus affects us.This ground-breaking research may help explain why some patients with coronavirus experience a mild infection, others require intensive care and why some patients die from the disease.By discovering why some people are predisposed to developing life-threatening symptoms, the consortium will be able to identify treatments which have the best chance of success in clinical trials, and potentially identify people at extreme risk if they develop COVID-19.This work – sequencing human genomes – complements the UK COVID-19 Viral Sequencing Programme (COG-UK) announced in March and its work already underway to sequence the genome of the virus itself, led by Public Health England and the Sanger Institute.Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist at Genomics England, said:last_img read more

Out on the pull

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KPK limits detention center visitors amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe Corruption Eradication Commission has announced it will limit visits to its detention center amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The statement came after the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Correctional Directorate General announced preventive measures to prevent an outbreak in correctional facilities, namely prisons, jails and child prisons.“This is a temporary restriction. People that are sick and have high temperatures will not be allowed in,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Ali Fikri said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara . In a previous statement, the Correctional Directorate General said it planned to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in prisons by spraying disinfectant and providing personal hygiene items such as hand sanitizer and soap, as well as body temperature gauges.“[Prisons will also]  ensure that employees, adult and child prisoners have a body temperature of below 37.5 degrees Celsius,” acting corrections director general Nugroho said on the statement.Visits to 524 prisons across the country will only be suspended if respective regional administrations declare a COVID-19 emergency after coordinating with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).Ali, however, said the KPK’s investigations would proceed as usual, adding that all suspects and witnesses were required undergo body temperature checks. All witnesses and suspects whose body temperatures are above normal will be reported to the prosecution deputy and the KPK’s clinic.The KPK instructed its employees to work from home March 18 to 31 but some will still go into the office in shifts. The antigraft body’s headquarters will also be disinfected on Wednesday and Thursday.The agency’s secretary-general briefed employees regarding the prevention of the disease’s spread. “KPK employees are well-educated and well-informed about the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ali said.As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19.(mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Makeup queen and member of the Terry White empire, Debby White, is selling up

first_imgMrs White bought the home for $2.05m three years ago.The five bedrooms are spread over the two levels of the home.Property records reveal Mrs White bought the home in 2014 for $2.05 million. The property is an 810sq m block.MAKEUP queen Debby White, cosmetics and brands manager at Terry White Chemmart, is selling her five-bedroom Queenslander in Clayfield.Mrs White has listed the home with a price guide of $2.295 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThe Clayfield home was originally built in 1901.Marion Sheerman of Ray White New Farm has the listing.The home was built around 1901 and is on a 810sq m block. It has been renovated and has a large deck which has views of Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious.last_img read more

Wheatstone site manager accused of bullying workers

first_imgMore than 250 Bechtel workers employed at Chevron’s Wheatstone project have reportedly signed a petition alleging „serious workplace bullying incidents.“The petition calls on Chevron contractor Bechtel to treat worker’s concerns with the seriousness and respect required, after a worksite manager allegedly used profanity and bullying tactics on multiple occasions when speaking to employees in an effort to offend and intimidate them, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said in a statement earlier this week.According to AMWU, the alleged behavior took place on or around the middle of July on multiple occasions and included referring to workers as “rats“ and “no better than paedophiles”.The workers petition calls on Chevron mechanical contractor Bechtel, one of the largest civil engineering and construction companies in the world to “expect a higher standard and lead by example”.The workers also state that Bechtel has failed to ensure a bully free workplace, and that they have no faith in the named manager to be able to organize and manage workers on his shift. Workers organized a mass meeting about the incidents at which 260 workers signed the petition to formalize their position.However, AMWU said, Bechtel rejected the petition, asking workers to lodge individual complaints through the disputes process.The workers have since delegated the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union to represent them in this matter.AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said it was a disgrace that the initial concerns of workers had been brushed aside and that the manager in question was still working.“We’re not going to stand by while Bechtel bury this issue under layers of company bureaucracy that never finds an answer,” said McCartney.“Given what we know about the mental health stresses already faced by FIFO workers, it is completely unacceptable that a company with this many staff working remotely seems to have no intention of preventing behavior like this.“This is a company who ignored all the recommendations of the State Government inquiry into FIFO mental health.“They think because it’s a remote site, no one will notice. But we have noticed, and we’re going to represent these workers, because everyone deserves a safe workplace free from bullying and abuse.“This is one of the biggest projects in Australia and it’s shameful that two of the largest companies involved, Bechtel and Chevron, seemingly won’t hold its management to a higher standard.“Companies like this always welcome tougher ABCC regulations to deal with workers but won’t hold their management to account and it’s completely hypocritical.“Our members have called upon us to ensure this company treats their workers with the same level of respect they always demand of their employees, and to that end we will fight on their behalf.”Offshore Energy Today has reached out to both, Bechtel and Chevron seeking comment on these allegations.WheatstoneThe Chevron-run Wheatstone LNG project, labeled as one of Australia’s largest resource projects, will develop the Wheatstone, Iago, Julimar and Brunello offshore gas fields in Australia. The Wheatstone and nearby Iago natural gas resources are located about 200km (124 miles) north of Onslow off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast. The Julimar and Brunello fields will tie back to the central processing platform.Presenting the company’s quarterly results late in July, Chevron’s CEO John Watson said first production from the Wheatstone LNG Project “is expected next month,” that is, in August 2017.last_img read more

FCANZ Response to the Blessing of Same Sex Relationships

first_imgAnglican Church League 9 May 2018Family First Comment: Standing for truth…“Here’s a response from The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand to the decision by the Anglican Church in NZ to allow the blessing of same-sex relationships: “We believe the General Synod has acted in a way which leaves behind biblical authority, the apostolic tradition, and the doctrine and practice our church has always held. Upon the passing of the motion General Synod members Rev. Jay Behan (Chair of FCANZ) and Rev. Al Drye immediately resigned. …”The Pacific arm of the Anglican Church has opted not to support a move that could lead to the church officially recognising same-sex marriage.www.ProtectMarriage.nzHere’s a response from The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand to today’s decision by the Anglican Church in NZ to allow the blessing of same-sex relationships:“We believe the General Synod has acted in a way which leaves behind biblical authority, the apostolic tradition, and the doctrine and practice our church has always held. Upon the passing of the motion General Synod members Rev. Jay Behan (Chair of FCANZ) and Rev. Al Drye immediately resigned. …”“It is with deep sadness that the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans New Zealand (FCANZ) receives the news that General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui has passed the Motion 29 Report allowing the blessing of same-sex relationships. While we are thankful for the gracious spirit in which the debate was held, we disagree with the final outcome. We believe the General Synod has acted in a way which leaves behind biblical authority, the apostolic tradition, and the doctrine and practice our church has always held. Upon the passing of the motion General Synod members Rev. Jay Behan (Chair of FCANZ) and Rev. Al Drye immediately resigned.FCANZ believes that God loves all people, from all walks of life, calling each of us to repent and have faith in Jesus Christ. Sometimes speaking of this love involves saying difficult things that run counter to the culture of today. However we remain convinced that it is good for all humanity and the only place for the church to stand.In light of the decision of the General Synod we are ready to support people and parishes that cannot remain within this changed Anglican structure. We will work together nationally and internationally to provide fellowship and support as we look towards new ways and structures of ministering the unchanging good news of Jesus.”READ MORE: Anglican church says no to same-sex marriageRadio NZ News 11 May 2018The Pacific arm of the Anglican Church has opted not to support a move that could lead to the church officially recognising same-sex marriage.Church leaders have been meeting in New Zealand for their biennial synod where various motions were debated.A majority group of members supported a motion to allow bishops to authorise blessings of same-sex relationships.However, Anglican churches in the Pacific opted out of the debate by passing a resolution that they would not vote on the issue.READ MORE: read more