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The City Of Brotherly Love Makes Way For The Pope

Philadelphia is preparing to welcome Pope Francis and about 2 million of his followers this fall, during the popular pontiff’s first visit to the U.S., an event is generating both excitement and anxiety.

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The City Of Brotherly Love Makes Way For The Pope

Philadelphia is preparing to welcome Pope Francis and about 2 million of his followers this fall, during the popular pontiff’s first visit to the U.S., an event is generating both excitement and anxiety.

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Headhunters woo low-cost Venezuela talent amid crisis

An employee of multinational headhunter Korn/Ferry, talks to a messenger at the headquarters office of the company in CaracasHeadhunters across Latin America are tapping Venezuela for low-cost professionals as a deepening economic crisis has left many skilled workers earning less money than taxi drivers and waiters. Highly-trained Venezuelans are seeking to escape a decaying socialist economy in which they often have to work second jobs and spend hours in line to buy basic goods such as milk or diapers.     The crisis has created a fertile market for global search firms including Korn/Ferry , Caldwell Partners and Stanton Chase as well as smaller regional companies.


Robust U.S. services sector keeps Fed rate hike in play

Job seekers prepare for career fair to open at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New JerseyBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. private job growth slowed in July, but a surge in services industry activity to a near-decade high suggested solid economic momentum that strengthens the case for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year. The firm domestic fundamentals were underscored by another report on Wednesday showing an increase in imports of food, automobiles, industrial supplies and consumer goods in June. "This will be interpreted as very good news for the Fed and will be seen as further confirmation of progress towards meeting its growth targets.


Robust U.S. services sector keeps Fed rate hike in play

Job seekers prepare for career fair to open at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New JerseyBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. private job growth slowed in July, but a surge in services industry activity to a near-decade high suggested solid economic momentum that strengthens the case for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year. The firm domestic fundamentals were underscored by another report on Wednesday showing an increase in imports of food, automobiles, industrial supplies and consumer goods in June. "This will be interpreted as very good news for the Fed and will be seen as further confirmation of progress towards meeting its growth targets.


Parenting Our Children’s Prejudice

Parenting Our Children’s Prejudice

Our daughter refers to her room as “the party.”

And it’s a great party. She sits on her bed and asks us to pile on every one of her stuffed animals. They have a great time talking, rocking, singing, and imagining.

One night, I found Sharkey — a souvenir from the beach. Unfortunately, Sharkey found his way into our dog’s mouth not long after coming home. He was tattered and frayed, languishing in the bottom of the toy bin. I thought it would be fun to invite him to the party.

Our daughter wasn’t so enthusiastic. She told me, in no uncertain terms, that Sharkey wasn’t welcome.

“I don’t want him. He’s broken.”

I was shocked, and immediately felt a twinge of sympathy for the stuffed shark. I then felt a twinge of embarrassment for feeling a twinge of sympathy for a stuffed shark.

Pastoring Their Partiality

At two years old, had our daughter already learned to show partiality? By both nature and nurture, it seems she knew how to judge by outward appearance, even in playtime.

I know she is young. But I could not help but think about how my wife and I would shepherd her going forward.

  • How will we walk with her when she inevitably notices someone who is touched by physical, developmental, or cognitive disability? (2 Samuel 9; John 9)
  • What can we do to show honor to the poor, so she will learn to do the same? (James 2:1–10)
  • How do we encourage her to reject the values of this world, where cultural and racial distinctions determine the worth of a person? (Romans 2:9–11)
  • Will our parenting lead her to value human beings as made in the image of God, or value them only as contributors to society? For our daughter, will the youngest and oldest members of society be worth protecting? (Psalm 139:13–16; Genesis 9:6)

Each one of these issues is complex, and there is so much to consider for parents and those engaged in children’s ministry. But there is one truth I want to emphasize: If we want to see our children reject the sin of partiality, we must point them to their Impartial Savior.

An Impartial Savior

The Father emphasizes his own impartiality (Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Chronicles 19:7). He does not judge by outward appearance, but by the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Accomplished by the finished work of his beloved Son, and applied by the work of the Holy Spirit, this impartiality will color the lives of the children of God. God’s impartiality towards us transforms our treatment of others regarding race (Romans 2:9–11; Acts 10:34–43), socio-economic status (James 2:1–10), disability (John 9), and socio-spiritual influence (Galatians 2:6).

And so, as Christian parents, it is a delight to see our children conformed to the image of their Savior — one who draws close to the rejected and brokenhearted. Jesus comes near to those who were once far off, alienated, separated, told to “sit at my feet,” and those whose very lives are discarded because they provide for us no tangible benefits.

These same image-bearers have been brought near to our daughter because they have been brought near by the blood of Jesus. Our daughter must know that it is only through the person and work of Jesus that she is invited to the wedding party of the King.

What does this truth mean for her response to people whom the world, and even the church, shows partiality? Her only hope to live impartially before God and man is to be reconciled vertically before her Father through Jesus and horizontally to her brothers and sisters through Jesus. It means that my wife and I can walk with her towards those whom the effects of sin have broken down — physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

For us, this reality means asking these questions and seeking the Spirit’s help to respond in a Christ-like way:

  • Who are my daughter’s friends?
  • Are our social and behavioral expectations of her biblical or societal?
  • Do we avoid her awkward and difficult questions about other people or answer them in an honest, age-appropriate way?
  • Are we modeling Christ’s impartial love for her — walking in his commandments and teaching her diligently in the word and through the natural rhythms and relationships of life (Deuteronomy 6:1–9)?

Loving the Broken

I picked up Sharkey from the floor. Looking at my daughter’s beautiful, yet now cold, blue eyes, I struggled to know what to say.

I handed the shark back to her and said, “Even though he’s not like the other toys, I love Sharkey.”

Holding Sharkey in her hands for a moment, her face lit up as she pulled him close, realizing that her daddy loved this toy. I asked her, “Can you introduce Sharkey to your other friends? Can he come to the party?”

Winnie the Pooh and Minnie Mouse were sitting at the right hand and at the left in my daughter’s kingdom. She chose Pooh, picking him up and putting him face to face with Sharkey.

“This is Sharkey. He’s broken . . .”

She cut a knowing glance at me.

“. . . but we love him.”

I walked out of her room, but her baby monitor was on, and I stopped as soon as I heard what was going on at the party.

She was singing “Jesus Loves Me.”


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Tesco Baby and Toddler Event Now On!

Fantastic summer savings during the
Tesco Baby & Toddler Event!

From 5 August to 24 August, mums and dads can find big savings on baby products for every moment, both in store and online.

Being a parent means being ready for anything – which is why Tesco is running fantastic offers on baby essentials from nappy creams to car seats and clothing.

The Tesco Baby & Toddler Event will also feature on the Tesco Baby Club website, combining some of the best baby offers with handy tips on what to buy.

Whether parents are packing their hospital bag, change bag or holiday suitcase, Tesco is here to help prepare for every occasion from pregnancy and beyond – plus Tesco Baby Club have some exciting prizes to give away during Tesco Baby & Toddler Event.

Here’s what to look out for at Tesco Baby Club:

– Tesco Baby & Toddler Event prize draw – Win a family holiday to the five-star Pine Cliffs Resort in Portugal!

– Join Tesco Baby Club for a chance to win a bundle of baby essentials, worth more than £500

– Watch baby vlogger Al Ferguson from The Dad Network

– Join the Live Facebook chat with weaning expert Annabel Karmel

– Week-by-week potty training diary with top parenting blogger Hayley McLean of Sparkles & Stretchmarks

Mark Baxter, Head of Marketing, Strategy and Insight for Tesco Health, Beauty and Wellness, says: “We’re here to help parents save money, so we’re thrilled to have these brilliant offers online and in store this summer. Whatever stage a mums and dads are at on their journey – even if they’ve just found out they’re expecting – Tesco can help kit out their little ones for less.”

For more information, to view offers and to discover Tesco Baby & Toddler Club video and prize draws, visit Tesco Baby Club. You can also find @TescoBabyClub on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Some of the Tesco Baby & Toddler Event offers

Nappies

Pampers Baby Dry, Easy Ups, and Active Fit Large Packs
2 for £16 at Tesco. Was £10.50each

Pampers New Baby Essential Pack Was £8.50. Now £7.50

Huggies Little Swimmers 2 for £5 or £5.20 each

Huggies DryNites and DryNites Pyjama Pants 2 for £8 or £5.20 each

Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Dry nappies 2 for £8 or £4.50 each

Huggies Pull Ups Half price at Tesco. Was £5

Wipes

Tesco Loves Baby Wipes 64-pack 5 for £3 or 64p each

Johnson’s Baby Extra Sensitive/Gentle Cleansing Wipes 56-pack
Half Price at Tesco. Was 1.79

Pampers Sensitive Wipes, 6-pack Half price at Tesco. Was £10.50

Johnsons Baby Extra Sensitive, 12 x 56 pack Now £7 at Tesco. Was £10

Huggies Baby Wipes Pure, 64-pack Only 79p at Tesco. Was £1

Baby toiletries

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream 175g Was £4.75 Now £3

Johnsons Bubble Bath & Wash, Bedtime Baby Shampoo,
Bedtime Baby Bath, No More Tangles Shampoo, 500ml Half price at Tesco. Was £3.49

Healthcare

Metanium Everyday Barrier Cream 40g Only £2.50 at Tesco. Was £3

Bepanthen Ointment, 100g Only £5 at Tesco. Was £6.99

Baby food

SMA Toddler Milk Powder, 900g Now £7.50 at Tesco. Was £9.50

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature 260ml bottles x 6 Better than half price.
Was £25.99 Now £10.00

Cow & Gate fruit pots
2 for £2. Was £1.75 each

Aptamil Growing Up Milk, 200ml 2 for £1.10. Was 80p

Cow & Gate Growing Up Milk, 200ml 2 for £1. Was 65p

Ella’s Kitchen Smoothie Fruits 2 for £5.50. Was £3.25

Avent British Triple Pack Bottles, 260ml Half price at Tesco. Was £14.50

Tommee Tippee Explora Feeding Spoons x 5 Half price at Tesco. Was £3.99

Avent Micro Steam Steriliser Half price at Tesco. Was £26

Tommee Tippee Explora Freezer Tray, 4 x pots Half price at Tesco. Was £4

Nursery essentials

Cozy n Safe Car Seat Group 1/2/3, check Now £40. Was £120

Lindam Safe & Secure Fabric Playpen Now £50. Was £78

Tesco Highchair Spot Print Now £30. Was £38

Safety 1st Portable Bedrail Compact Fold Now £16. Was £20

Babymoov Baby Chic Bag, Baby Star Bag and Changing Bag
Was £44. Now £38

Angelsounds Baby Sound Monitor Fetal Doppler Now £22. Was £30

East Coast Angelina Cot Bed in Pure White Now £119.20. Was £149

Notes to editors:

Tesco Loves Baby products are available from Tesco stores nationwide or www.tesco.com.
To find your nearest store, contact Tesco Customer Service on 0800 505 555. To see Tesco Baby Club, with expert advice and information for parents at every stage, visit www.tesco.com/babyclub.

Details of the Tesco Baby Club prize draws, including how to enter and full terms and conditions, can be found at www.tesco.com/babyclub

Relevant websites:
Tesco Baby Club www.tesco.com/babyclub
Tesco Baby Club’s Baby & Toddler Event www.tesco-baby.com/baby-event

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Downer uses Active Risk Manager for holistic rail risk management

Innovative risk management framework underpinned by ARM solution improves employee and rail safety and delivers audit efficiencies
Maidenhead, UK. 5 August, 2015 – Sword Active Risk has announced that Downer has implemented Active Risk Manager to manage safety and risk for all of its freight and passenger rail projects.
Downer is a leading provider of services to customers in markets including Transportation, Utilities, Communications, Mining, Rail and Engineering, Construction and Maintenance. Downer’s Rail division is using Active Risk Manager as part of its safety, health, risk, environment and quality (SHREQ) framework to improve the management of all risks that impact rail safety performance. Downer’s SHREQ approach applies contemporary risk management strategies to the identification of safety risks that are connected to key business operations and functions.

Active Risk Manager (ARM) provides a single enterprise system to manage data across the business: work health and safety; rail safety assurance; quality issues; training and professional development; environment and procurement and supply chain risks. National Rail Safety Risk Registers are also recorded in the ARM solution.

Jason Breton, General Manager, Risk & Regulatory Affairs at Downer, said: “We have developed the first Australian ‘live’ risk register that operates across disciplines, is enterprise-wide and national. Our framework encompasses the areas of safety, health, environment and quality (SHREQ) to manage risk. Active Risk Manager underpins our approach and provides real-time data for holistic, cross-discipline and enterprise wide risk management.
“The safety of Downer people, the community and the environment are at the core of our activities and operations. While safety risk management is increased – we had a reduction of injury rates over the last 18 months since using the SHREQ framework and seen improvements of 50% on our Safety Interface Agreement Program – importantly risk management is also greatly increased across the business.”
With the central ARM platform connected across the disciplines, Downer is able to track and manage all risks across the business. Traditional areas of work health and safety are identified, assessed, recorded and monitored. Project risks are also identified and recorded, both during the tender phase and during negotiations of new contracts.
With the new approach, safety risks once held in ‘silos’ across Downer’s national rail facilities, are exposed via the ARM platform as they are linked across projects, functions and departments.
Efficiencies have been achieved through the new auditing processes, with less people required to conduct the audits as a result of the ‘joined up data’ provided using the cross-discipline approach. ARM’s ease of use enables staff in projects and on site to use the system to identify and manage risks quickly and easily.
Keith Ricketts, VP of Marketing at Sword Active Risk, said: “For the Rail industry safety assurance underpins all infrastructure work, whether new projects or ongoing maintenance. Having a rigorous approach to risk management ensures that safety and quality measures are recorded and acted upon within the most stringent parameters. Downer’s holistic cross discipline approach provides a truly robust, watertight model that ensures risks are managed and mitigated throughout rail through-life-support services. protecting employees and customers with the highest levels of safety.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About Downer
Downer is a leading provider of services to customers in markets including Transportation, Mining, Utilities, Communications, Rail and Engineering, Construction and Maintenance (EC&M)..

Downer is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and employs about 19,000 people. It operates primarily in Australia and New Zealand but also in the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa.

For more information, please visit: www.downergroup.com

About Sword Active Risk
Sword Active Risk makes risk management simple, valuable and personal. Sword Active Risk provides world-class risk management software that drives business performance by enhancing transparency and profitability at project, program and enterprise levels. Active Risk Manager (ARM) enables better-informed decisions, and the ability to use risk management to create competitive advantage.

Sword Active Risk is the enterprise risk software provider of choice for the world’s leading energy, infrastructure and defense projects, working with organizations like the US Air Force, Bechtel, Crossrail, US Federal Aviation Administration, Lockheed Martin, Rio Tinto and Skanska to deliver their corporate goals and objectives with higher levels of certainty.

Sword Active Risk has offices in the UK, USA and Australia, servicing customers worldwide directly and through a growing network of partners.

For further information and a detailed view of Sword Active Risk and ARM please visit:
www.sword-activerisk.com

Editors Contacts
Keith Ricketts
Marketing Director
Sword Active Risk
+44 (0) 1628 582500
Keith.Ricketts@sword-activerisk.com

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PR Artistry
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