JoCo ministry’s Reading With Dad program connects inmates to their children virtually amid COVID-19 lockdown

first_imgWith family visits on hold for the past six months at Lansing Correctional Facility in Leavenworth County, a new program is helping inmates stay connected with their children while serving time.Led by Relentless Prison Ministry based in Johnson County, the new program, Reading With Dad, allows incarcerated fathers in the maximum-security prison to make a recording of themselves reading a children’s book out loud. The children’s book and the recording, which includes a personal message from father to child, are sent to the inmate’s son or daughter.Approved by facility administration after the start of this year, Reading with Dad was suspended alongside other programs and classes right when the program launched in the spring, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Relentless Prison Ministry.“It’s an effort that’s been on my heart to do for a while,” said Cody Carter, founder of the ministry and program director. “With incarceration for a lot of guys, it causes them to reflect on the things that matter. And I think the biggest thing that usually hits guys is connection with family. A lot of them feel lonely and disconnected but it also leaves families on the outside longing for that connection.”Approved by Lansing officials at the start of this year, Reading with Dad was suspended, alongside other programs and classes, right when the program launched in the spring, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Carter resumed Reading with Dad in August.Trying to break the generational cycle of crimeThe program is intended to support inmates’ children and families and improve their relationships, Carter said, citing studies that show that children of incarcerated parents are at greater risk of becoming incarcerated themselves.“There’s a lot of scary statistics that are out there,” he said. “So part of this effort is to allow these guys to show their kids how much they care about them, to sort of reduce that cycle of crime and to bring families together and that for there to be restoration and fill that gap.”Every day Carter visits the prison, he records inmates reading children’s stories and ships the books and recordings home to their children. Family visits at Lansing Correctional Facility remain suspended due to COVID-19, so the program helps keep families connected and lets children know that their fathers love them and are thinking of them, Carter said.He says the program has been successful in the short time since he launched it.“Since these men haven’t been able to see their child in person for over six months now, it has been a great tool to keep families connected, especially for occasions like birthdays,” said Cody Carter, ministry founder and program director. Photo courtesy Relentless Prison Ministry.“It is great to see the men in prison get excited about selecting a book and reading it to their child,” Carter said, noting that several children have received recordings of their father reading aloud in time for their birthdays. “Since these men haven’t been able to see their child in person for over six months now, it has been a great tool to keep families connected, especially for occasions like birthdays.”Several JoCo churches involvedFour churches in Johnson County and their members are involved with the ministry’s programs: Real Church KC in Lenexa, Community Bible Church in Olathe, Life Mission Church in Olathe and Journey Bible Church in Olathe. In non-COVID times, many members of those churches support the ministry by also visiting and spending time with inmates themselves.“This will help the father and child to know that neither is forgotten,” said David Langford, one of the ministry volunteers.About 65 of the 1,300 inmates at Lansing are participating in Relentless Prison Ministry, so those men would be considered first to participate in this program. Two-thirds of them have already shown interest or started participating. In the future, once it’s safe to do so, an inmate or two may assist with the recordings for the project and receive payment for their contributions; for now, Carter is handling the program by himself.“It does something positive for the inmates in the program, but it also does something, I think, very significant for the children, where they don’t just feel like Dad is gone,” Carter said. “There’s this kind of display of love and care by way of these recordings. There’s a lot of excitement, and I think it’s a good motivator too, for guys to want to be in the program, for guys to treat that as a privilege.“They’re very excited to have this opportunity to show their kids how much they care and how much is on their heart. I hope it inspires these men to be an example for their children,” he said.last_img read more

Tempuh 12.000 Km, Jalur Sutera Kuno Dibuka Kembali dari Inggris Menuju Tiongkok

first_imgLayanan angkutan kereta barang mulai kembali berjalan dari Inggris menuju Tiongkok. Dilansir dari metro.co.uk (10/4/2017) layanan angkutan barang ini berjarak 7.500 mil (12.000 km) jauhnya dari Standford-le-Hope, Essex. Kereta angkutan barang ini akan menghidupkan kembali ‘Jalur Sutera Kuno’ yang pernah ada 2.000 tahun lalu. Layanan kereta ini akan memulai perjalanannya Senin (10/4/2017) dan berangkat dari DP World London Gateway pukul 10.35.Kereta angkutan barang akan menggunakan lokomotif DB Cargo dengan mengangkut 30 kontainer yang berisikan barang-barang produksi Inggris seperti Wiski, minuman ringan, vitamin, obat-obataan dan produk-produk bayi yang akan di ekspor. Nantinya perjalanan kereta layanan angkut barang akan melewati Terowongan Channel ke Perancis dan Belgia, kemudian menuju Duisburg. Melanjutkan ke Jerman dan sebelum sampai di InterRail akan mengangkut kargo dengan melalui Polandia, Balarus, Rusia, Khazahktan dan kemudian di perhentian terakhir Yiwu, Tiongkok Selatan pada 27 April mendatang.metro.co.ukPerjalanan kereta angkutan ini memakan waktu kurang lebih 18 hari dari Inggris untuk sampai ke Tiongkok. Tak hanya itu, angkutan barang dengan kereta lebih murah dibandingkan dengan angkutan udara dan lebih cepat dari angkutan laut. Kepala eksekutif DP Wolrd Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem mengatakan, layanan pengiriman pertama dari Inggris menuju Tiongkok ini adalah kesempatan perdagangan yang signifikan. Menurutnya, DP World London Gateway adalah salah satu pusat logistik terbesar di Inggris yang dirancang dan dikembangkan untuk memastikan produk bisa di impor dan di ekspor dari Inggris melalui kapal atau kereta api dengan cara yang lebih cepat, aman dan lebih dapat diandalkan daripada sebelumnya.“Kami berharap untuk memungkinkan dan memfasilitasi perdagangan lebih antara Inggris, Cina dan seluruh dunia,” ujarnya.Selain itu, Menteri Perdagangan Inggris Greg Hands juga mengatakan, “Ini adalah jaringan perdagangan terbaru antara Inggris dengan Tiongkok melalui Jalur Sutera Kuno untuk membawa produk dari Inggris untuk dijual ke seluruh dunia. Meski waktu tempuh mencapai 18 hari, namun dari sisi pembiayaan masih jah lebih murah ketimbang mengekspor barang dengan menggunakan pesawat. Di sisi lain, mengantar barang menggunakan kapal memang murah, namun memakan waktu yang malah jauh lebih lama lagi. Penggunaan kereta barang, menurut mereka, adalah sebuah kompromi yang terbaik.Inggris adalah negara Eropa kedelapan yang menjadi tujuan kereta barang Cina, sedangkan London adalah kota tujuan kedua belas. Ini salah satu realisasi strategi ekonomi “Satu Sabuk, Satu Jalan” yang digagas Presiden Cina Xi Jinping sejak 2013. Tujuannya menghubungkan Asia dan Eropa serta Afrika melalui Jalur Sutra yang lama.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDari London, Kereta Kargo East Wind Sampai di Yiwu Setelah 19 Hari!23/05/2017In “Featured”Nippon Express Canangkan Pengiriman Barang dengan Kereta dari Cina Menuju Eropa15/10/2018In “Darat”Bangkitnya Jalur Sutra Modern Dari Cina ke Daratan Eropa02/06/2017In “Darat”last_img read more

Rob Hawkins To Retire At End Of Season

first_imgThe 33 year-old joined Bristol Rugby in September 2016, making fourteen appearances in the blue and white hoops, scoring twice.Hawkins represented Bath, Leicester and Newcastle Falcons in a fourteen-year career at the top of the domestic game.“I thought my time in professional rugby had ended last year when I originally retired, but I was delighted to be have been able to contribute to Bristol Rugby this season,” Hawkins told bristolrugby.co.uk.“It’s a great club with a close-knit environment and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I have been fortunate enough to represent some fantastic clubs during my career and I am grateful to the sport for the opportunities it has afforded me.”Head Coach Mark Tainton added: “Rob has been an excellent professional at Bristol Rugby and is respected by players and the coaching team alike.“We thank him for his contribution to Bristol Rugby and, on behalf of the Club, congratulate Rob on a fine career and wish him the best of luck for the next chapter.”Hawkins remains committed to Bristol Rugby for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign.last_img read more

Malayalam News – IPL 2020 | The absence of Raina…

first_imgSuresh RainaOpener Shane Watson has admitted that the departure of Suresh Raina was a major setback for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Watson says finding a replacement for Raina is a daunting task.But other IPL Watson said the Chennai Super Kings are as strong as the teams. Watson has been with Chennai for the last two seasons. While Raina’s absence is annoying, Watson believes it’s a golden opportunity for the other batsmen on the team. Watson believes that batsmen like Murali Vijay will get more chances.This is Murali Vijay who did not get much chance In the IPL Watson thinks he can prove his worth. Murali is a star who had to sit on the sidelines last year. Raina’s absence will be a blessing in disguise for Watson, who has been hailed as the best batsman in the world.You may also like:Kovid result negative; Deepak Chahar will join the Chennai team Raina, who came to the UAE for the IPL, left the IPL for personal reasons and returned to India. After Raina, Harbhajan Singh also left the IPL and returned to India.Chennai Super Kings are facing many challenges in this IPL. The withdrawal of Resh Raina and Harbhajan Singh and the confirmation of Kovid for 13 had put Chennai in crisis. The good news for the team is the return of pacer Deepak Chahar Kovid.However, the Chennai Super Kings are yet to decide who will replace Raina and Harbhajan. Both are the most experienced players in the history of the IPL.You may also like:IPL 2020 | Quarantine expired; Mumbai Indians started training So finding replacements for both will be a big headache for the team. The absence of Raina and Harbhajan is likely for Murali Vijay and Piyush Chawla.The first match of the IPL, which starts on September 19, is between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The tournament lasts for 53 days in three venues in the UAE. Published by:Naseeba TC First published:September 10, 2020 1:25 PM ISlast_img read more

Squash: Tanvi Singh shocks No 2 seed Sunayna Kuruvilla

first_imgSemifinals: Men’s singles: Saurav Ghosal (TN-X1) beat Abhay Singh (TN-5/8) 11-9, 11-1, 11-8; Abhishek Pradhan (Maharashtra-X2) beat Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (TN- 3/4) 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 9-11, 11-7.Women: Joshana Chinappa (TN-X1) beat Sanya Vats (Delhi-5/8) 11-9, 11-7, 114; Tanvi Khanna (Delhi-3/4) beat Sunayna Kuruvilla (TN-X2) 11-6, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10. COMMENT First Published: 14th February, 2020 20:48 IST Last Updated: 14th February, 2020 20:48 IST Squash: Tanvi Singh Shocks No 2 Seed Sunayna Kuruvilla Tanvi Singh pulled off a surprise win over second-seeded Sunayna Kuruvilla, winning in five games to reach the women’s singles final of the 77th Senior National LIVE TV Written By Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO US Tanvi Singh pulled off a surprise win over second-seeded Sunayna Kuruvilla, winning in five games to reach the women’s singles final of the 77th Senior National Squash Championship at the ISA courts on Friday. The top-seeds in the men’s and women’s sections-Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa marched into the finals with easy victories while the experienced Harinder Pal Sandhu, on a comeback trail, crashed out with a defeat at the hands of No. 2 seed Abhay Singh. In the women’s semis, Tanvi Khanna prevailed 11-6, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 in a thriller against Sunayna, the local girl, for her maiden entry into the national final.The fast-improving Khanna and the second-seed, a local girl, went toe in the first four games, winning alternate sets. Inconsistency appeared to hurt Kuruvilla as she allowed her opponent from Delhi to get away and let a match point slip away. Khanna also struggled and as she admitted, glass court was not something she was used to but managed to remain afloat despite the contest extending.However, she held her nerve to emerge winner. Ghosal, the 12-time champion in the men’s and 17-time champion Joshna Chinappa did not have to exert themselves much to seal their berths in the summit clash. Sandhu appeared to be down and out after losing the first two games against his Mumbai opponent before launching a tenacious fightback. However, the Chennai player could not sustain the good run and lost the decider 7-11. Meanwhile, the 20th anniversary of the Indian Squash Academy was celebrated at an event which saw trainees being felicitated. SRFI president Debendranath Sarangi and TNSRA president N Ramachandran were present.Results WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more