Neptune Energy begins gas production from Dutch North Sea well

first_img The L5a-D4 well is tied back to the L5a-D platform. (Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison) Oil and gas company Neptune Energy has commenced gas production from the new L5a-D4 well in the Dutch North Sea.The L5a-D4 high pressure, high temperature well is located in the L5a-D field, around 100km North of Den Helder.L5a-D platform is operated by Neptune Energy with 60% interestTapped at a depth of 5.5km, the well is tied back to the L5a-D platform, which is jointly owned by Neptune Energy (operator) with 60% interest and EBN with 40% stake.Neptune Netherlands managing director Lex de Groot said: “We continue to seek opportunities to grow our business in the Netherlands and to enhance our offshore gas production. Dutch offshore natural gas remains hugely important for heating Dutch homes.“Production of Dutch natural gas also contributes directly and indirectly to the Dutch economy and produces 30% lower CO2 emission than imported gas.”Neptune Energy said that the production follows the drilling of the E17a-A6 well, situated about 160km from Den Helder. The well became operational in October 2019.Last year, Neptune Energy subsidiary, Neptune Energy East Sepinggan, acquired 20% interest in the East Sepinggan area production sharing contract (PSC) located offshore Indonesia from Italian oil and gas company Eni.With the completion of the sale, Eni will continue to serve as the operator of the East Sepinggan area with 65% interest.The remaining stakes of 15% and 20% are held by PT Pertamina Hulu Energi East Sepinggan and Neptune Energy East Sepinggan, respectively. The L5a-D4 high pressure, high temperature well is located in the L5a-D field offshore the Netherland last_img read more

Equinor sells its US onshore assets in the Bakken

first_img Oil field in the Bakken area, North Dakota. (Credit: Einar Aslaksen / Equinor ASA) Equinor (OSE: EQNR, NYSE: EQNR) has agreed to divest its interests in the Bakken field in the US states of North Dakota and Montana to Grayson Mill Energy, backed by EnCap Investments, for a total consideration of around USD 900 million.The transaction covers all of Equinor’s operated and non-operated acreage, totalling 242,000 net acres, and associated midstream assets in the Bakken. Entitlement production from these assets in 4Q 2020 was 48,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (net of royalty interests). In parallel with this transaction, Equinor Marketing and Trading will enter into a term purchase agreement for crude offtake with Grayson Mill Energy.“Equinor is optimising its oil and gas portfolio to strengthen profitability and make it more robust for the future. By divesting our Bakken position we are realising proceeds that can be deployed towards more competitive assets in our portfolio, enabling us to deliver increased value creation for our shareholders. Over the past few years, we have improved the safety, cost efficiency and CO2 intensity of the Bakken assets significantly and I am confident Grayson Mill Energy will continue on this path,” says Anders Opedal, president and chief executive officer of Equinor.“We are taking action to improve the profitability of Equinor’s international oil and gas business. Today’s announcement on the exit of our Bakken assets is an important step in this process. We have worked closely with Grayson Mill Energy to preserve jobs and to ensure the transfer of expertise in the best possible way,” says Al Cook, executive vice president of Development & Production International at Equinor.As part of the agreed transaction, all Equinor field employees and a significant number of the support teams working on the Bakken assets will have the opportunity to transfer to Grayson Mill Energy.The effective date of the transaction is 1 January 2021. Closing is subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions, including authority approvals. Source: Company Press Release The transaction covers all of Equinor’s operated and non-operated acreage, totalling 242,000 net acres, and associated midstream assets in the Bakkenlast_img read more

Countrywide upgrades profit forecast

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide upgrades profit forecast previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide upgrades profit forecastCountrywide, which last week acquired Lanes Land & New Homes, reports an “encouraging” fourth quarter.The Negotiator27th January 20160588 Views Countrywide has increased its profit forecast on the back of the improving state of the residential property market.Shares in Britain’s biggest estate agency- seen as an indicator of the health of the residential property sector – rose by as much as 5.6 per cent at one point last week after it announced that it now expects pre-tax profit and other charges to reveal a “modest improvement” on its previous expectations.In November, the company warned investors that it would not hit its full-year profit forecasts for 2015, after an expected post-election boost in the housing market failed to materialise.But despite the upturn in profit forecast, Countrywide said that the future state of the housing market remained uncertain, particularly due to the hike in stamp duty on second homes, which is set to be introduced in April, not to mention Government plans to introduce less favourable tax relief for landlords – to be phased in over a four-year period from April 2017.The company said: “It is too early to predict what the trend in residential transactions will show in 2016, although approved mortgage volumes including owner occupier in recent months have been ahead of the previous year, which is a positive indicator.”Meanwhile, Countrywide has announced the acquisition of Lanes Land & New Homes, which covers mainly North London and Hertfordshire, providing a specialist service to small, medium and large housebuilders and developers across the region.Lanes Land & New Homes, which will become part of Countrywide Residential Development, will continue to operate as normal under its existing name, managed by Managing Director, Mike Franklin.Franklin said, ‘’With the Company’s expanding geographical coverage and extended range of specialist land and new homes activities, it makes perfect sense to link with a respected national brand to allow our land, sales and marketing teams to provide a wider service offering for clients right across the sector from bespoke operators to plc developers’.”Commenting on the purchase, James Poynor, Group Residential Development Director for Countrywide, said, “We are absolutely delighted to further increase our residential development offering in the North London and Hertfordshire area with the acquisition of Lanes Land & New Homes.“Their exceptional reputation with new homes developers naturally complements our focus to deliver a dedicated and tailored service to the residential development market.“The acquisition of such an established land and new homes business further enhances our commitment to providing a truly market-leading service to developer clients.”Countrywide Countrywide acquisition of Lanes Land & New Homes Countrywide profit forecast January 27, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

SM-2 missile booster burns out inside FGS Sachsen VLS

first_img SM-2 missile fails to launch after booster burns out inside German air defense frigate VLS Back to overview,Home naval-today SM-2 missile fails to launch after booster burns out inside German air defense frigate VLS View post tag: SM-2 Authorities A Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) failed to leave the MK. 41 vertical launch system after the rocket booster burned out while the missile was still inside its canister during a live-firing drill conducted by German air defense frigate FGS Sachsen.Nobody was hurt during the accident, the German Navy said adding that two sailors on the frigate were “stressverletzt” – which means the sailors likely experienced an acute stress reaction. Both have recovered and are ready to return to duty.The SM-2 failure occurred on Thursday, June 21, off the coast of Norway. The F124 frigate FGS Sachsen was in a Norwegian exercise area together with ASW frigate FGS Lübeck when the accident took place.“We stood in front of a glaring and glowing hot wall of fire,” Frigate Captain Thomas Hacken, the task group commander said.The German Navy said the crew’s quick reaction brought the situation under control. The frigate’s water sprinkler system also immediately activated to extinguish the fire.There had been no indication of a potential technical defect on the starter system, the navy further explained, adding that another SM-2 had been successfully launched shortly before the accident. The rocket had also been inspected prior to the launch and was assessed to be in a perfect technical condition.Both frigates pulled into the Norwegian port of Harstad in the morning hours of June 22 where FGS Sachsen sailors will evaluate the damage, try to determine the causes of the failure and identify necessary repairs. View post tag: German Navy Share this article June 25, 2018 View post tag: FGS Sachsenlast_img read more

Pool Upgrades Makes a Splash at Community Center

first_imgOcean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (Courtesy Ocean City website) By Tim KellyOne of Ocean City’s most popular public spaces will soon be receiving a needed facelift.The Aquatic and Fitness Center has been earmarked for improvements as part of a $1.25 million “Parks and Public Places” capital project for upgrades at the Ocean City Community Center located at 1735 Simpson Ave.City Purchasing and Contract Manager Joseph S. Clark said the overall cost of the project will be determined when bids are received, and contracts awarded for the work.“We do not disclose (expected costs) in advance of the bidding, to ensure the bids do not come in at that number (when they could be lower without such knowledge),” Clark said. “It keeps the bidding process fair.”According to the Ocean City website, the improvements will include repairs to the pool itself, decking, gutters, and lane markers.In addition to use by the public, the pool is the home venue for the Ocean City High School girls and boys swim teams and a youth swimming program.The pool, located near the south entrance of the Community Center, was closed recently for the first time in its history for repair work to be done, a city employee said.The city hopes to have all the work completed in time for the Aquatic Center’s role in the city’s summer recreation programs.Clark said the improvements would also include new signage and a more attractive entrance for the facility.Repairs to gutters and lane markers are just two of the improvements to the facility.During a visit to the Aquatic and Fitness Center on Monday, temporary signs directing members and visitors to the facility had been taped to the walls and doorways.Temporary signage points the way to the Aquatic and Fitness Center. A new entrance is among the plans for the facility, Clark said.The pool is a favorite venue for fitness buffs who swim laps before and after work, and for seniors and others whose schedules allow them to use it during daytime hours.It is open weekdays from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. Weekend hours, which “can differ,” according to its website, are generally on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Memberships are available to the facility, as well as daily use passes. Rates vary according to size of family, ages of members and other variables. Rates are posted on the website: who might be concerned about missing their workouts during repairs, expected to take several weeks, needn’t fret.Thanks to a reciprocal agreement with the Katz Jewish Community Center on Jerome Avenue in Margate, members may use the pool at that facility until the pool in Ocean City reopens.The Ocean City Community Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s campaign aims to increase voter engagement among students

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s community had multiple opportunities to become informed and active in political issues during this Midterm Election season, as the Office for Civil and Social Engagement (OCSE) worked to increase campus-wide awareness and engagement in voting.“Before this campaign started this year, there was no inclusive effort on campus to engage voters across political lines and other boundaries,” junior Annie Maguire, a student worker in the OCSE, said. “We wanted to make a campaign that would reach as many students as possible, trying to really push the effort to get the vote out.”The OCSE made an effort to engage students of diverse backgrounds and opinions by reaching out to clubs and organizations across campus, she said.“We’re trying to include everyone’s perspective and encourage people to vote because representation matters more than ever right now, and the more young people we have voting, the better chance we have of people representing us, what we believe in and who we are,” Maguire said.Among the events the OCSE hosted were lunchtime lectures and tabling events to inform students about issues on ballots as well as create opportunities for voter registration, OCSE director Rebekah DeLine said. At these events, students could also sign pledges to vote that were delivered to their mailboxes on Monday.“If you filled one out, you would have gotten your card back [Monday] along with this packet of candy that reminded you why you pledged to vote,” DeLine said.On Tuesday, the OCSE offered to provide transportation to students who needed a ride to go vote.“We have set aside two vehicles, so if a student needs a ride to their polling place and they are within St. Joseph County, we can provide a ride,” DeLine said.DeLine said they offered this service because of the difficulties people often face when trying to vote absentee.“We have found that the barriers to voting, both locally and absentee, are significant,” she said. “It’s a little disheartening, actually, but I’m really impressed by the persistence of students. We just want to reduce barriers.”DeLine said students came to her recently with stories of facing barriers to voting.“We had a student in our office vote absentee who got a letter saying her vote was not counted because her signature didn’t exactly match the signature on file,” she said. “She sent me a message [Tuesday] that after three angry phone calls, they’re finally accepting her ballot. I had another student who told me that she had been waiting for an absentee ballot. It didn’t come, so last night she took off and drove to Chicago so she could vote.”Despite these stories, DeLine said she was pleased with the engagement and tenacity of student voters.“I’ve been really impressed and inspired by the persistence of our students because, sadly, we don’t seem to make it easy for people to participate in elections,” DeLine said.The OCSE set up a table of snacks and stickers Tuesday evening in the atrium of the student center to mark election day.“We’re trying to celebrate our power as young voters and thank all those who voted in the election,” Maguire said. “We are proud of the campaign [to engage students] and where it’s gone and where it’s taken us, and also look to it as a model that we can continue in the future.”Student political engagement has been more prevalent this election season than it was last year, and DeLine said she hopes the efforts of the OCSE will have led to more students voting than has occurred in the past.“I feel very proud of Saint Mary’s and hopeful for the direction that we are going in the future,” Maguire said. “Because we’ve created this campaign, we kind of have the framework to grow now that we didn’t have before. I’m excited for the future, and hopefully this has made students aware of their power as voters.”Overall, Maguire said students responded positively to the OCSE’s efforts to inform and engage voters, as well as understand the importance of the issues on the ballots.Sophomore Brynne Volpe further emphasized the importance of voting.“Especially now, when it feels like we can do absolutely nothing tangible to change anything, voting is that tangible solution,” Volpe said. “You’re making your voice heard, and you’re showing your opinions. Even if you live in a state where overwhelmingly their opinions don’t agree with yours, you’re still voicing your opinion, and that’s important because it’s a civic duty but also something you can do to help change the politics locally, on a state level and nationally.”Tags: 2018 election, Election, midterm election, Office of Civic and Social Engagementlast_img read more

Congressman Reed: I’m Confident People Will Receive Checks Efficiently

first_imgU.S. Secret Service Image.WASHINGTON – Several Americans throughout the country reported that they did not receive a $1,200 stimulus check earlier this year despite the fact they appeared to be eligible.Congressman Tom Reed said during his weekly teleconference Thursday morning that Congress is inching closer to an agreement on a $600 direct payment to Americans as part of another stimulus package.With all of that in mind, WNYNewsNow asked Reed how Congress can assure those who didn’t receive a check could receive one this time. He says that the first round of checks were delivered during what he says was a “learning curve” for the U.S. Government.“I think this stimulus check round will have the benefit of all of that learning knowledge that the administration learned in executing on the delivery of these checks,” Reed said. “I’m confident that at the end of the day, these checks will get to the people who will ultimately be eligible to receive them and we will get through it in a very effective and a very efficient fashion.” The Congressman says he acknowledges that the government “can have it’s moments of frustration,” but he believes that the delivery system will be much improved this time around.“We want to get checks out to these people ASAP,” Reed said. “They’re relying on this relief. They need this money today and not be delayed with red tape.”Reed says that Congress would determine who’d qualify for the checks during final discussions of the package.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drinkers with a Running Problem and a Hashing Virgin

first_imgBecoming Petey…I take a swig of cheap beer from a 40-ounce bottle and pass it to a guy in white gym shorts and knee-high tube socks with the letters B-E-E-R stitched down the sides. It’s an unusually warm February day in Charlottesville, Va. The past couple of weeks have been an ill-timed combination of 14 glorious inches of fresh powder and an unavoidable backlog of work, so when my screen-glazed eyes finally saw the light of day this morning, my first thought was, ‘Man, I could go for a beer.’ That notion was immediately shot down, followed by some self-chastising and a more responsible thought: I need to go for a run.The problem is, I love beer and I hate running. Running is a last-resort activity in my eyes. It’s what I do when the rivers are dry and the rocks are wet, when it’s too cold to paddle but there’s not enough snow to ski. It’s what I do when I can’t find anybody else to do anything else with me. Lucky for me, I happened upon an international community of people who find running just as tolerable but prefer to partake in the activity with its proper accompaniment: booze. These people are the Hash House Harriers.“Want anymore?” my neighbor asks me, swirling around the last sip of beer in the bottle.“I’m good, thanks Joe,” I tell him. Immediately I begin blushing from the onslaught of incredulous looks I get for using my neighbor’s real name instead of his hash name. I clear my throat. “I mean…Motor Cock.”For those unfamiliar with the Hash Hound Harriers, they’re an international drinking club with a running problem. Modeled after the English childhood game of “hares and hounds,” present-day hashing was developed in Malaysia in the 1930s with the purpose of implementing the following four pillars: 1) promote physical fitness among members, 2) get rid of weekend hangovers, 3) acquire a good thirst and satisfy it with beer, and 4) persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel. A ‘hash’ involves one or two members acting as hares and either setting a live trail or pre-laying a trail with flour for the rest of the group, the hounds, to follow. The trail type varies with location, but you can bet that a well-laid hash isn’t going down the most popular trails or the main sidewalk in town. It’s the adult version of tag, along with a delightful combination of beer, dog collars, dirty aliases, and inappropriate jingles.“Now hold on just a minute,” says a hasher named Rambo. He’s wearing black jogging pants pulled high up his waist and a grungy white bandana with the letters H-A-R-E stamped in red. Unlike most hashers, Rambo doesn’t drink alcohol, so I’m surprised by his intervention.“It’s hashing tradition to let the kitten drink at the first beer stop.” He motions toward the small plush kitten toy I hold in my hands, the one Stuff’d N Cuff’d, the religious advisor of the Charlottesville hashers, gave me before the hash.“Now, Virgin,” Stuff’d N Cuff’d had said, calling me by the only appropriate name for first-time hashers without a hash name, “Your job today is to hold on to this and to think of a name for it, even though others in the group may be scheming to swipe it from you. If you show up at my circle without it, I will not be happy.”Of course, those words did not resonate very deeply within me and in a matter of seconds, I had forfeited my grip on the little fuzzy toy so that Rambo could give it some beer. I was, after all, the virgin of the hash and Rambo was the voice of experience, a hashing legend, having hashed on nearly every continent for more than 20 years of his life. Surely he knew the rules more thoroughly than I ever would.“Thank you,” he says as he douses the kitten’s head in a splash of beer. He then shakes it off before tucking away the poor stuffed creature beyond the waistband of his athletic pants, never to be seen again. “That was easy.”“Really? First try?” Motor Cock takes one look at me and shakes his head. “You’re going to pay for that.”He turns away to begin looking for the next flour mark and I follow suit, dodging fallen branches and weaving through mangled thorn bushes (referred to in hashing as “shiggy”) until we find the next blaze. He’s been hashing for nearly 20 years too, his first run down in Guam in 2000. As we half jog, half walk up the side of a steep bank, Motor Cock and his friend Quick Tongue exchange stories from their hashing days abroad. Motor Cock tells me about that first hash in Guam, how it involved swimming in open water and hacking through razor-sharp sword grass. Quick Tongue himself grew up hashing in Malaysia, the birthplace of the Hash House  Harriers. He later moved to India and remembers hashing down the bustling streets of Delhi and crushing his first beer at 16 years old.As they continued sharing their tales of epic hangovers and hashers clad in red dresses, the adrenaline of the hash (or perhaps it was the booze) began coursing through my veins. Suddenly, I was diving headfirst through the jungle, crashing through tangled masses of spiny foliage, fervently searching for that next flour hash, hot on the trail of the elusive hare. I could feel the sticky humidity of the central Pacific air on the back of my neck, the salty taste of sweat beading above my lip. In reality, I was chugging High Life and stumbling over invisible roots. Our hare Musk Stank Sally was not jetting through the trees and frantically setting trail like I’d imagined, but casually bringing up the rear of the pack, sauntering along with a PBR in hand.Within a few hours we arrive back at the starting point, a cooler of more beverages awaiting our return. The religious advisor Stuff’d N Cuff’d rallies everyone in a circle and begins the process of handing out violations. From being the FRB (front running bastard) to pulling up DFL (dead fucking last) to everything in between, including wearing denim during a hash, just about every person in the circle receives a violation and is required to pay up in the form of a “down-down,” chugging the remaining liquid in your vessel. Stuff’d N Cuff’d saves my violations for last, and with a grand, sweeping gesture he invites me to step into the middle of his circle. “Now Virgin, you were asked to do one thing today and that was to hold on to the object which I bestowed upon you and think of a name for that object.” He looks down at my hands and, noting they are empty, thrusts his head back and begins pacing around the circle. “I see that you could not complete that task in its entirety, and for that you will pay dearly.”Suddenly a number of unidentifiable hands rush me, cracking open cans and pouring beer into my half-empty cup until it’s overflowing.“Down-down-down-down, down-down…” they begin in their sing-song banter. I am by no means partial to chugging beer, but by day’s end I had morphed into a beer-crushing aficionado of sorts, relishing how quickly I could drain a 12-ounce can like a college freshman rushing a fraternity. When I finished, I dumped the cup’s last few drops above my head to prove my salt and waited for the next violation. Instead, Stuff’d N Cuff’d shuffled over to me, slid his sunglasses down the brim of his nose, and stared at me with one eyebrow cocked.“So, did you name the thing?” he asked in a hoarse whisper.Perhaps the beers were finally starting to catch up to me, or perhaps I was inspired by the general vibe of moral abandonment and college-age carelessness. Whatever the case, I responded without hesitation, almost proudly, “Petey.”“Well then from now on until you receive a more proper hash name, you shall be PETEY! Down-down-down-down, down-down…”last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf y los líderes religiosos recomiendan el uso de maneras alternativas para las reuniones religiosas

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf y los líderes religiosos recomiendan el uso de maneras alternativas para las reuniones religiosas April 04, 2020center_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Actualización de la orden de quedarse en casa para reflejar la necesidad de limitar las reuniones religiosas en personaEn medio de la pandemia de COVID-19 y a medida que se acercan importantes fiestas religiosas en las próximas semanas, el Gobernador Tom Wolf y los líderes religiosos de todo el estado están alentando el uso de maneras alternativas para realizar reuniones religiosas.El Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria del Departamento de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine, actualizaron la guía de la orden de quedarse en casa para reflejar la necesidad de brindar una mayor orientación sobre las reuniones religiosas.La guía actualizada señala que si bien la orden de quedarse en casa no debería afectar el funcionamiento de las instituciones religiosas, “Se alienta a los líderes religiosos a encontrar alternativas para las reuniones en persona y evitar poner en peligro a sus miembros de la congregación. Las personas no deben reunirse en edificios u hogares religiosos para los servicios o las celebraciones hasta que se levante la orden de quedarse en casa”.“Sé que nos acercamos a varias fiestas, incluidas las fiestas religiosas más importantes como Pascua y Pascua Judía”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Recomiendo encarecidamente a los líderes religiosos que estén organizando una celebración festiva que consideren una alternativa que no reúna a las personas de manera física”.“Como persona de fe, entiendo lo importante que es adorar, y que congregar, ya sea para un servicio o una cena de Séder, puede estar en el centro de la fe. Pero también entiendo la importancia de ayudar a los vecinos, y la mejor manera de ayudar a nuestros vecinos en este momento es no congregarse. La mejor manera de ayudar es quedarse en casa”.Los líderes religiosos de Pennsylvania se unieron a Wolf para instar a otros líderes a adoptar maneras alternativas de culto.“Los cristianos de todo el mundo se preparan para entrar en la semana más sagrada del año”, dijo el Reverendísimo Nelson J. Pérez, Arzobispo de Philadelphia. “Este año, la Semana Santa llega en un momento en que el coronavirus ha alterado abruptamente nuestras vidas. Por el bien común y para la preservación de la salud de todos nosotros, es esencial que los residentes de Pennsylvania respeten el llamado del Gobernador de no reunirse en grandes grupos. Debemos abrazar nuestra responsabilidad común y frenar la propagación del virus. Estamos bendecidos con los dones de la tecnología y las redes sociales que nos permiten experimentar la riqueza de estos Días Santos de manera virtual”.“Al comenzar esta temporada de renovación y celebración de una nueva vida en la que los cristianos generalmente se unen en mayor cantidad de lo habitual, lamentamos que la crisis de la COVID-19 imposibilite nuestra capacidad de hacerlo en persona”, dijo la Rev. Sandra L. Strauss , Directora de Defensa y Alcance Ecuménico, Consejo de Iglesias de Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Council of Churches). “Lo más amoroso que podemos hacer por nuestros vecinos es mantenerlos a salvo. Por lo tanto, seguimos impulsando a nuestras congregaciones a explorar y participar en maneras creativas de reunirse y compartir, como la transmisión en vivo, Zoom y la conexión mediante las redes sociales”.“En más de 2000 años, la Iglesia ha enfrentado y sobrevivido a muchas adversidades, que incluyen dos guerras mundiales, La Gripe Española y La Gran Plaga”, dijo el Pastor Franky Rodríguez, CDA Community Church, Philadelphia. “¡La iglesia no va a desaparecer porque nosotros, el pueblo de Dios, somos la iglesia! En tiempos de problemas, la iglesia se acerca, no se aleja. No se trata de una cercanía física sino de una cercanía espiritual. Aunque no estemos en el mismo lugar físico, tenemos la tecnología para compartir la palabra de Dios. En esta Pascua, la Iglesia está unida como en cualquier otra Pascua, con acción de gracias, oración y súplica por los habitantes del mundo. Entonces, seamos responsables y estemos juntos estando separados”.“Es un momento excelente para que todos recordemos que la iglesia no es un edificio, sino las personas que forman la congregación”, dijo el Pastor Principal Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D., iglesia Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal, Philadelphia. “Debemos hacer todo lo posible para salvar las vidas de aquellos a quienes fuimos llamados a cuidar en nuestro rebaño. Si eso significa transmitir en vivo los servicios religiosos y realizar el Estudio Bíblico en las salas de video chat, que así sea. Apoyo totalmente el esfuerzo del Gobernador Wolf para mantener a salvo a los residentes de Pennsylvania y la iglesia Mother Bethel AME se une a la lucha para disminuir la propagación y aplanar la curva”.“En nuestro Séder de Pascua Judía este año, habrá muchas respuestas a la antigua pregunta: ¿Por qué esta noche es diferente a todas las otras noches?, dijo el rabino Jeffrey Astrachan, Temple Beth Israel en York. “Este año, bajo ninguna circunstancia reunirse en la casa de otro es lo correcto. Quédense en casa. Utilicen la tecnología para realizar reuniones en Internet y recuerden, como la Hagadá nos enseña: ¡Que el año próximo seamos libres!”“El judaísmo nos enseña que el mayor valor es salvar una vida, no solo la nuestra, sino también cómo nuestro comportamiento afecta la vida de los demás, su libertad y su salud”, dijo el Rabino Aaron Bisno en Rodef Shalom en Pittsburgh. “Lo mejor para todos es practicar el distanciamiento social, por lo que buscamos nuevas maneras de reunirnos, apoyarnos y celebrar. Tenemos la obligación, el mandato religioso, de reconocer la responsabilidad que tenemos con la comunidad en general. Nuestro deseo de estar juntos no anula nuestra responsabilidad de estar separados hasta que la amenaza haya pasado”.“Paradójicamente, el aspecto más difícil del distanciamiento social para la comunidad judía es a la vez el motivo por el cual es tan importante”, dijo el rabino Daniel Swartz, líder de Temple Hesed en Scranton. “El judaísmo se practica en comunidad porque todos somos responsables de mantenernos seguros y saludables. De hecho, se nos ordena violar el Sabbath para salvar aunque sea una sola vida. Por esto debemos practicar el distanciamiento social mucho más, incluso en nuestro culto, ya que hacerlo protege no solo nuestra propia vida, sino también la vida de los miembros de toda la comunidad. Para mí, creer en Dios significa que todos estamos juntos en esto”.“En la época del mal tiempo, el Profeta Muhammad (que la paz y las bendiciones sean con él) solía ordenarle al muecín (la persona que llama a la oración) que cambiara el llamado de “ven a orar” por “ora en tu hogar”, dijo Imám Idris Abdul-Zahir, Imám residente de Masjidullah. “Esto se debía a que el Profeta estaba preocupado por el peligro con el que sus seguidores se podrían enfrentar al ir a la mezquita para orar en condiciones potencialmente peligrosas. Durante esta época, aliento a todos los líderes religiosos a examinar este mal invisible, el virus que produce la COVID-19, en su localidad y recomendar medidas que mantengan a sus congregaciones fuera de peligro. Porque está escrito en el Corán que salvar una vida es como si hubieras salvado a toda la humanidad”.Pennsylvania tiene más de 10,000 casos y 136 muertes desde que se anunció el primer caso el 6 de marzo. El Gobernador Wolf ha desplegado una serie de esfuerzos de mitigación medidos y determinados para salvar vidas y detener la propagación, que incluyen la orden estatal de quedarse en casa.“Sé que los residentes de Pennsylvania son fuertes, resilientes y que se preocupan por sus familias, amigos, vecinos y su comunidad, incluidas sus comunidades religiosas”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Todos debemos continuar cumpliendo nuestra parte para detener la propagación de este virus mortal”.Puede acceder a los comentarios del Gobernador Wolf sobre las reuniones religiosas y otros esfuerzos recientes de mitigación aquí o en Facebook aquí.Vea la guía actualizada de la orden de quedarse en casa en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Ver esta página en inglés.last_img read more