St Paul’s protest: Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser quits

first_img Share 37 Views   no discussions The Reverend Giles Fraser told the BBC on 16 October he welcomed the protestThe canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral has resigned from his post.Dr Giles Fraser has been sympathetic to the Occupy anti-capitalist protest camp outside, which has led to the cathedral’s closure.Dr Fraser said on Twitter: “It is with great regret and sadness that I have handed in my notice at St Paul’s Cathedral.”The Dean of St Paul’s, the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, said he was “sorry to see him go”.St Paul’s, which closed last week, could reopen to the public on Friday. A decision will be made later.Differences over the handling of the protest are thought to have prompted Dr Fraser’s decision, says the BBC’s religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott.The cathedral was shut over fears of “significant issues” with health and safety concerning the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSX) camp.‘Unique contribution’Dr Fraser, who was a former vicar of Putney, had taken up the cathedral post, a Crown appointment, in 2009. Following the resignation, Mr Knowles said: “Giles has brought a unique contribution to the life and ministry of St Paul’s. “He has developed the work of the St Paul’s Institute and has raised the profile of our work in the City. “We are obviously disappointed that he is not able to continue to his work with Chapter during these challenging days. “We will miss his humour and humanity and wish Giles and his family every good wish into the future.”Ronan McNern, from OLSX, said Dr Giles was a “man of principles” and the protesters were “very grateful for the respect and support” he had shown them by defending their right to protest.“The fact that he has resigned shows a clear split within the cathedral.”Another spokesman for the group said if Dr Fraser wanted to join the camp they would provide him with a tent.The protesters said they were still open for dialogue.When the camp was first set up, Dr Fraser said he was happy for the demonstrators to stay and asked police to scale back their presence.He has refused to sanction the use of force to remove them as pressure mounts on the cathedral to join in legal action against protesters, our correspondent said.The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartes, who had also called on the protesters to go, said Dr Fraser was an “important voice in the Church” and should continue to be heard. The cathedral claims to be losing £20,000 a day since its closure.Demonstrators, who are protesting against corporate greed and inequality, have vowed to remain at the site for several weeks.Mr Knowles said he was optimistic the cathedral could reopen in time for the 12:30 BST Eucharist on Friday.The City of London Corporation’s planning committee is due to hear legal advice and decide whether to take court action against the demonstrators. The OLSX said it had been reorganising the camp to facilitate the cathedral’s reopening, but added the issue of legal action was “a minefield” in terms of land ownership and the rights of protesters.BBC News Tweet FaithLifestyle St Paul’s protest: Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser quits by: – October 27, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

A look at what is in Sam Allardyce’s in tray at Sunderland

first_imgSam Allardyce arrived at Sunderland having been left in little doubt as to the task ahead of him. Press Association The Stadium of Light has been a graveyard for Sunderland’s hopes in recent seasons. They have won just 14 of the last 61 Barclays Premier League games they have played on home soil, and that has proved hugely damaging. With points on the road difficult to come by at the best of times, the Black Cats must make more of what has at times in the past been a fortress for them if they are to get themselves out of trouble. DEFENSIVE FRAILTY If one word sums up Allardyce’s management style, it is “organisation”, and his ability to set up a team to be difficult to beat could go a long way to determining how successful or otherwise he is on Wearside. His attention to detail will prove invaluable as he attempts to shore up a defence short on pace in the middle and lacking in experience out wide to stem the tide of goals which has seen the club concede 18 times in just eight league outings to date this season. BRITTLE CONFIDENCE Sunderland’s recent record suggests that, if the opposition scores first, they will not lose, and that is down in part to confidence. Not since their trip to Chelsea on April 19, 2014, when Samuel Eto’o fired the home side into a 14th-minute lead, have the Black Cats come from behind to win a league game with Connor Wickham and Fabio Borini’s penalty doing the trick that day in the midst of Gus Poyet’s great escape. That is something Allardyce must change as a matter of urgency with the side he inherited from Dick Advocaat having squandered a 2-0 lead against West Ham to draw 2-2 last time out. REINFORCEMENTS Advocaat was openly critical of the club’s recent recruitment policy in the wake of his departure, voicing his belief that the current squad is simply not good enough. What is clear is that the six quality signings he wanted during the summer did not arrive with the likes of Yann M’Vila, Jeremain Lens and Ola Toivonen having hit the ground running, but others not. There is little the club can do before January, other than look at the likes of out-of-contract players such as Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole – who are well-known to their new manager – but January could be a very important month for them. JERMAIN DEFOE The Black Cats effectively spent around £6million on former England frontman Defoe when they did a swap deal with MLS side Toronto as Jozy Altidore headed in the opposite direction in January, handing the newcomer a lucrative pay packet and a remit to fire them out of trouble. He currently has six goals in his 23 appearances to date for the club, a return which reflects the way in which he has been used, particularly by Advocaat, who more often than not played him wide in a three-man frontline. Most of Defoe’s success throughout his career has come playing centrally off a big man and it remains to be seen where and how Allardyce will use a player who is potentially his most potent weapon. center_img Here, Press Association Sport considers some of the major issues in the new manager’s in-tray as he looks to turn the Black Cats’ season around. HOME SICKNESS last_img read more

Agyemang Badu captains Black Stars for Turkey friendly

first_imgMidfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu will captain the Black Stars as the team faces Turkish national football team in an international friendly, Wednesday night in Instanbul.Substantive captain Asamoa Gyan will start from the bench.Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey will start in goal for Ghana against Turkey in Wednesday evening’s friendly in Istanbul.Black Stars coach has also handed Rashid Sumaila a starting role in central defence where he will partner Jonathan Mensah.Dominic Adiyiah will lead the line for Ghana at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium for the match which will kick off at 18:00GMT (6:00PM local time).Ghana line up Adam Kwarasey, Samuel Inkoom, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Rashid Sumaila, Rabiu Mohammed, Solomon Asante, Agyemang Badu, Dominic Adiyiah, Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu.last_img read more