St Paul’s Dean Graeme Knowles resigns over protests

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Dean Knowles said his position had become untenableThe dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London has resigned, saying his position had become untenable.The Rt Rev Graeme Knowles said the past fortnight had been a testing time.It follows weeks of protests outside the cathedral by anti-capitalist protesters, which led to the building being closed for several days.The news comes as the City of London authorities prepare to order protesters outside St Paul’s to remove their tents and equipment within 48 hours.Dean Knowles, who occupied the most senior decision-making position at the cathedral, said he was stepping down “with great sadness”.In a statement, he said: “It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as dean of St Paul’s was becoming untenable. “In order to give the opportunity for a fresh approach to the complex and vital questions facing St Paul’s, I have thought it best to stand down as dean, to allow new leadership to be exercised.”It follows last week’s resignation of Dr Giles Fraser, who had been sympathetic to the activists.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said he was sad to hear the news of Dean Knowles’ resignation.“The events of the last couple of weeks have shown very clearly how decisions made in good faith by good people under unusual pressure can have utterly unforeseen and unwelcome consequences, and the clergy of St Paul’s deserve our understanding in these circumstances,” he said.He added that the wider issues raised by the protesters “remain very much on the table”.Dr Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, said he was sad to hear the dean’s decision, adding that he had “acted honourably in a very difficult situation”.In a statement responding to the resignation, Occupy London described the management of St Paul’s Cathedral as “deeply divided” over its response to the protests.“But our cause has never been directed at the staff of the cathedral,” the statement added.The statement went on to urge an “open and transparent dialogue” involving all parties.The notices to remove tents and equipment from around St Paul’s follows a decision by the City of London Corporation last week to go ahead with court action to clear the area.The corporation has insisted that the protesters themselves are not being asked to leave the area.A spokesperson for the corporation confirmed that a letter would be served to protesters.Earlier, it had said the letter would be served on Monday afternoon, but a spokesman said it had been “delayed in drafting”. A spokesperson said if the protesters did not comply the case would go to court.The Planning and Transportation Committee of the corporation last week voted to go ahead with proceedings to remove the encampment on the grounds that it constitutes an unreasonable use of the highway.Ronan McNern, a supporter of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest, said it would be up to the general assembly of the protesters how they responded to the notice.He said: “Every time that the occupiers have been challenged, they have remained calm. We have a just cause and there is absolutely no reason why we would be intimidated. We trust in the people.” BBC News FaithLifestyle St Paul’s Dean Graeme Knowles resigns over protests by: – October 31, 2011 42 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

McGregor announces his retirement from MMA, again

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img LIVE TV “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” McGregor wrote.  Written By “I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”  Session ID: 2020-09-09:89a932bb7e49060c610098d Player Element ID: video_player_5f58608ec7293 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen READ: Exchanging Missiles For Medals: Syrian Athletes Stand Out In Times Of War COMMENT Last Updated: 26th March, 2019 21:09 IST McGregor Announces His Retirement From MMA, Again Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on Monday, March 26, he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED “I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.  First Published: 26th March, 2019 17:14 IST “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese,” McGregor wrote in April 2016.  His short-lived retirement ended in August 2016, when he returned to fight Nate Diaz in Las Vegas. FOLLOW US Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE McGregor, 30, has not fought since being well beaten by rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October last year. The Dubliner, one of the most bankable stars in UFC, had previously vowed to retire in 2016 in a move that was widely seen as a negotiating gambit.  Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on Monday, March 26, he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years. The trash-talking Irish star of the Ultimate Fighting Championship wrote on Twitter that he had decided to call time on his career inside the octagon.last_img read more