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Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Episcopal News Service] Ashes smeared on a forehead in the shape of a heart? Candy conversation hearts that proclaim, “Remember U R Dust?” Apparently, that’s what might happen when Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day.How to manage this clash of calendar? Lean into it or lean away from what priestly blogger called “the precipice of the cute”? Find a way to connect romantic love and God’s love of creation? Find something in between?First, how did Hallmark get pitted against holy this year? It’s by the coincidence of the secular calendar and the Christian church’s calculation of the date of Easter. And this year is a rare occasion. It last happened in 1945 (preceded by 1934 and 1923) and will happen again in 2029.Here’s how it works: Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Lent is 40 days (to mirror the 40 days Jesus is said to have fasted in the wilderness) plus the six Sundays surrounding those days. Thus, Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins, is 46 days before Easter Sunday.By all that is mathematical and calendrical this year that means Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14, that day known for celebrating romantic love with hearts and flowers and chocolates, the go-to substance that some people to give up for Lent.This year, Lent is bookended by the convergence of secular and religious holidays. Easter falls on April 1, April Fool’s Day. (For those thinking ahead, or looking behind, and calculating, note that when Easter falls on April 1 in leap years, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 15.)While we are plumbing the depths of ancient church formulas, there is more history to consider. St. Valentine, a third-century bishop in Rome, is believed to have been martyred on Feb. 14. The rest of his story is so dim that ecclesiastical commemoration of him varies. He is not part of the Episcopal Church’s calendar of saints, but his martyrdom is remembered on Feb. 14 by members of the Church of England and by Lutherans. The Roman Catholic Church removed him from its calendar in 1969. Roman Catholics and Episcopalians mark Feb. 14 by honoring the monk known as Cyril and his brother, the bishop Methodius, for their conversion of Slavic people of Eastern Europe in the ninth century.Geoffrey Chaucer is believed to have connected St. Valentine with romantic love in the Middle Ages. His poem, The Parlement of Foules, is thought to commemorate a royal marriage in 1382 by describing a conference of birds that meet to choose their mates on St. Valentine’s Day.That’s how we got here. Now, what to do?Among those who have leaned into the coincidence, at least early on, was Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston. On Feb. 1, its Facebook page offered seven “Valentines” that mashed up the two days. The post invited people who “might need to explain to your special someone why you’re spending the day in fasting and penitence rather than on a date” to share them.They were shared 417 times but played to decidedly mixed reviews there and on other Facebook pages where they were discussed. They also generated strong discussion about what the intersection of the two days might mean. Some heartily endorsed them. Some saw them as a way to explain Ash Wednesday to what one person called “non-liturgical folk.” Others called them, in the words of one person, “too cutesy.”Trinity replied to many of the comments, especially noting those who found them jarring on a day that speaks of death and grief. “We’re sorry if our lighthearted post has made things harder for you. Indeed, this is partly why we’re glad Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th this year: because we don’t know any better place to take our griefs and fears than to church. Wishing you and yours a peaceful and holy Lent,” said one of the replies.Trinity recently announced its Ash Wednesday services on Facebook in a different way.There will not be any heart-shaped ashes on the foreheads of folks who come to Trinity Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, says the Rev. Andrew Gerns, the rector and also the blogger who warned of the precipice of the cute in a post about the day’s challenges of the calendar. He told Episcopal News Service that he has talked about the shape of ashes to come the last two Sundays, while acknowledging “there will be people taking their true love out to dinner with a smudge of ash on their head.”“This is no time to be cute,” was how Gerns titled his blog post on the calendar coincidence. However, he told ENS he is “OK with playing with the world’s symbols and turning them on their head” but said his warning is “a call to be intentional and to be aware of that tension.”He hearkens to Charles Williams, a founding member of the Inklings of the 1930s and ’40s (along with J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, among others). Williams suggested that romantic love could give human beings a glimpse of divine love. Williams, Gerns said, believed that the interaction between people who are in love can lead them into a deeper understanding of the interactions that are inherent in the sacramental life. Gerns said that Williams was rebelling against the idea that sensuality was essentially sinful.Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s falling on the same day “shows that strange relationship where Christians live in God’s time and the world’s time at the same moment,” Gerns said. “The gift of the confluence is that it allows us to have that discussion, but it would be very easy for us to just make it into a gimmick and then cut the conversation short.”It would be “a missed opportunity” not to acknowledge that the two days coincide this year, the Rev. Adrienne Hymes, chaplain and director at St. Anselm’s Episcopal Chapel Center at the University of South Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times.“Ash Wednesday reminds us that we are to love God with all of our heart, with all of our soul and with all of our mind. And we are to love our neighbors as ourselves,” said Hymes. “So, Valentine’s Day this year serves as a wonderful bridge between the sacred and the secular.”The Rev. Justin Lindstrom, dean of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, told his local newspaper that the day could be about paying attention to one’s relationship with God, just as Valentine’s Day calls people to attend to their romantic relationships.“I personally think the couples should observe the discipline of Ash Wednesday through the fasting and abstinence the church asks, as well as reserve a time for each other and spend a special moment to delight in each other. If it doesn’t seem quite right to be feasting and dancing on Ash Wednesday, then perhaps they might set aside a ‘date night’ and just spend time together, as a couple being a couple,” he said.“I’m not one to give relationship advice, but it seems to me that being creative with their time might be the greatest invitation to recognize and celebrate the quality of the relationship they already have.”The Rev. Michael Durning, canon to the ordinary of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, told the Tampa Bay paper that Ash Wednesday should not be regarded as completely solemn. The Episcopal Church’s prayers for Ash Wednesday are, he said, “hopeful in the power that God has come to restore us and reconcile us to one another.” The two days coincide in the God of love, he added.During said he suspects that a planned Ash Wednesday retreat by a local Episcopal school will no doubt feature heart-shaped candy and Valentine’s Day cards. “I don’t see any harm in that,” he said. “You certainly don’t want to convey the message that Ash Wednesday is about feeling bad. It’s a day of introspection and that ultimate feeling of hope.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember that you are dust … and that you are loved Responses vary when Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day occur on same day Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI R H Lewis VTS1963 says: February 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm So much of this seems like unwillingness to face the real message that our time here is short. Denial of death will not stop it. Perhaps a reminder to love our beloveds even more fiercely is worth a mention. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Feb 14, 2018 Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC February 19, 2018 at 5:13 pm Sorry, Mr Gerns, but the Inklings were in session long before Chas Williams joined them, after his company moved to Oxford to escape Germany bombs in London. I think it was @ 1943/44. For an intro to Williams notions of Romantic Love, try Cas Heflings collection of articles ” Essential Writings in Spirituality and Theology”, p. 68 ff, Cowley Press, Boston, Ma , 1993. Comments (2) Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Ann Fontaine says: Tags Rector Belleville, IL Lent Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Comments are closed. 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ArchDaily House On The Rocks / Pluspuu Oy Lead Architect: House On The Rocks / Pluspuu OySave this projectSaveHouse On The Rocks / Pluspuu Oy Year: Photographs: Samuli Miettinen Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area: 150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Houses CopyHouses•Pargas, Finland Save this picture!© Samuli Miettinen+ 19Curated by Paula Pintos Share Manufacturers: Ruukki, Pihla, NOVAFLOOR, Vertex Software Projects Architects: Pluspuu Oy Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Finland Design Team:Mikko KyläkoskiEngineering:Mikko KyläkoskiCity:PargasCountry:FinlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Samuli MiettinenRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. Pluspuu’s custom made StudioLine villa on a fantastic bedrock plot in the Turku archipelago in Finland. The house is 150 m² in size and features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a large living/dining room. It also has a terrace over 100 m² in size with amazing views out to sea. The house was completed in the summer of 2019. The house was constructed from 202 x 195 mm non-settling logs with stylish mitered corner joints. It has a sheet metal roof insulated with eco-friendly wood fiber. The walls are pure, solid log – no need for additional insulation.Save this picture!© Samuli MiettinenSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Samuli MiettinenThere is also a separate Pluspuu Luoto 25 sauna and a two-room guest house on the shore of the large plot. They are built from smaller 134 x 195 mm laminated timber. The design of the house was based on Pluspuu’s standard models Isokari and Kustavi. Taking these models, the client’s wishes and the special features of the site into consideration resulted in the perfect house for the plot. The house was designed by Pluspuu’s architect team. Most Pluspuu houses are created in this way.Save this picture!© Samuli MiettinenThe house is heated with geothermal heat distributed via underfloor heating. The carbon footprint of the construction of a log house is extremely small, and the timber will act as a carbon sink for the house’s entire lifespan – this truly is eco-friendly construction. In addition to its environmental friendliness, a log house also has extremely healthy indoor air. In Finland, more than 20% of all detached homes are log houses. Schools and day-care centers are also often made from timber precisely for the aforementioned reasons.Save this picture!© Samuli MiettinenSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Samuli MiettinenProject gallerySee allShow lessHOME Competition Released their Results for the 2019 EditionArchitecture NewsUN-Habitat Promotes Inclusive Planning and Gender Equitable Cities Using TechnologyArchitecture News Share 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/931158/house-on-the-rocks-pluspuu-oy Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/931158/house-on-the-rocks-pluspuu-oy Clipboard Pluspuu Oy CopyAbout this officePluspuu OyOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPargasOn FacebookFinlandPublished on January 02, 2020Cite: “House On The Rocks / Pluspuu Oy” 02 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
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16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 July 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity salary survey launched Advertisement Charity Recruitment have launched their 12th Annual Voluntary Sector Salary Survey. The results will be published in September but if you take part now you can buy the report at a considerable saving on the £275 price.Find out more from Charity Recruitment. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Windfall in Gone with the Wind Howard Lake | 28 August 2002 | News 11 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Read “Gone with the windfall at charity shop” at BBC News. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Do your charity shop volunteers and staff flick through the pages of donated books?They might start to, following the lucky windfall enjoyed by the Arthritis Research Campaign shop in Bolsover, Derbyshire. A volunteer picked up a copy of Gone With The Wind which had been sitting on the shelves for six weeks, and out fell £500 in new notes.If the book had been bought before the discovery, it would have sold for just £1.50. Advertisement
The Block the Boat Coalition marches in solidarity with Palestine. Oakland, Calif.Oakland, Calif. — More than 200 pro-Palestinian protesters marched from the West Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit station to the Stevedoring Services of America terminal at the Port of Oakland on Oct. 26. They were celebrating the failure of the Zim Beijing container ship to arrive at the port for unloading and, in the words of organizers, “show[ing] Zim what they can expect if they try to come back. Let’s show the world that the Bay Area says no to Zionism.”The Block the Boat Coalition had led the effort that kept the Zim Piraeus from unloading the bulk of its cargo in Oakland over the course of four days starting on Aug. 16. They declared the Zim Beijing, originally scheduled to arrive at the Port of Oakland on Oct. 25, its new target.After Block the Boat declared its plans, the Zim website dropped Oakland from the ship’s schedule. However, marinetraffic.com reported that the ship never changed its Oakland destination. As of this writing, the Beijing continues to head west and is more than 1,100 nautical miles away from U.S. shores.According to JWeekly.com, a Jewish Bay Area newsletter, “While the Zim Integrated Shipping Services website lists the vessel for an Oct. 25 arrival, the schedule shows no more Zim dockings in Oakland beyond that date, and a report on TheJewishPress.com noted that Zim ‘may not call Oakland home again.’” (Oct. 16)The Block the Boat call states that “the military assault on Gaza — which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians and left more than 100,000 homeless — has halted, thanks to the Palestinian resistance, but our struggle is not over. With the full support of the U.S. government, Israel continues to carry out its brutal occupation, confiscate more land and build more settlements, imprison thousands of Palestinians and maintain the siege on Gaza as part of its policy of ethnic cleansing.“The apartheid state of Israel not only impacts Palestinians, but also plays a role in the oppression of communities all across the globe. The Zim shipping line is instrumental in upholding this system of global repression. There are direct ties — training, weapons and surveillance — between Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the increasingly militarized occupation of black and brown communities in the United States. And it is now a well-known fact that police departments in and around Ferguson, Mo., have received training from Israel.”Solidarity actions were held in conjunction with the Oakland action at the Israeli Embassy in New York City and in Baltimore. Last week, Block the Boat Los Angeles held off the unloading of the Zim Savannah for two-and-a-half days.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
All these different forms of assistance were made possible in part by the EU’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), of which Reporters Without Borders is a beneficiary. 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After calling for their release, Reporters Without Borders questioned the authorities about their state of health, especially that of Bibi Ngota, who finally died in Kondengui prison for lack of medical care on 22 April. When one of the other editors, Robert Mintya, was physically attacked by a cellmate a few months later, Reporters Without Borders paid for his hospitalization so that he could receive appropriate treatment for his condition, which was regarded as serious. The third editor, Serge Sabouang, was also given financial assistance as prisoners in Cameroon must pay for everything they need themselves. After nine months in prison, Mintya and Sabouang were finally released conditionally on 24 November.Abdifatah Jama Mire, the director of Horseed Media FM, a radio station based in Bosaso, the commercial capital of Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in northeastern Somalia, was sentenced to six years in prison in August on a charge of violating the local anti-terrorism laws for broadcasting an interview with a rebel chief linked to Al-Qaeda. He was tried summarily, without being defended by a lawyer, just 24 hours after his arrest. When the case came up for appeal, Reporters Without Borders paid for him to be represented by a lawyer. As a result, the judge ruled that there was no basis for the charge. After 86 days in detention, he finally received a pardon from Puntland’s president on 8 November. Reporters Without Borders disbursed 226 assistance grants to journalists and media in distress in 2010. Helping journalists in exile, paying medical bills, providing financial support for families, purchasing equipment and paying lawyers’ fees – the forms of assistance varied according to the situation. Intervening after natural disastersHaiti’s earthquake in January and Pakistan’s flooding in August were major humanitarian disasters. As providing the population with information is crucial during a crisis, Reporters Without Borders helped to ensure that local media could continue to operate. In Pakistan, financial assistance was provided to Shamal, Salam and Chand, three independent publications in the Swat valley, one of the regions worst hit by the flooding. Reporters Without Borders paid for the fuel for their generators. In Haiti, Reporters Without Borders and the Canadian company Quebecor jointly created a Media Operations Centre in Port-au-Prince with support from Fondation de France and the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. Inaugurated on 21 January, the Media Operations Centre provides Haitian print media and online journalists with the equipment and resources they need to keep working. News Helping Iranian and Cuban journalists in exile Support for journalists forced to go into exile was a priority in 2010. A total of 127 journalists from 23 countries – above all Iran, Somalia, Eritrea – were forced to leave their country to escape violence or oppression.Reporters Without Borders has continued its programme of support, launched in November 2009, launched in November 2009, for the journalists and netizens who have been fleeing Iran since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009 and the unprecedented crackdown that followed, the targets of which have included the press. The persecution of human rights defenders has not let up and continues to fuel an exodus of journalists and bloggers seeking a safe haven.Assistance was also provided to exiled Cuban journalists. The Cuban government promised the Spanish foreign ministry on 7 July that, over the next four months, it would release the political prisoners still held since the “Black Spring” crackdown of March 2003 as long as they went into exile. A total of 16 journalists flew to Madrid after being released from prison and most of them have stayed in Spain. But, after the initial flush of liberation, they have had to cope with being uprooted from their culture and a lack of material security. Reporters Without Borders has provided some of them with journalistic equipment and, after the initial media attention surrounding their arrival faded, has been trying to ensure they are not forgotten by the media and public. RSF_en Geographical distribution of aid
News UpdatesTreat Polling Officers Who Succumbed To Covid-19 AT Par With Covid Warriors: Intervention Filed Before Allahabad High Court In Suo Moto Covid-19 Akshita Saxena20 May 2021 11:18 PMShare This – xAn intervention application has been filed before the Allahabad High Court in the suo moto case regarding COVID-19, seeking compensation for polling officers who died during UP Panchayat elections duty. The intervention has been made by one Rahul Gangele, who himself is a teacher, alleging that the UP Government, at its sole discretion, compelled Government employees/ teachers to discharge election duties regardless of the threat posed by the pandemic to their lives and wellbeing. The Petitioner is represented by Advocates Vibhu Rai, Abhinav Gaur, Kartikey Yadav and Naman Issrani. It is submitted that even after elections were convened, no medical attention was provided to such employees and they were rather left to suffer like others, “crying and begging for oxygen and medical care”. Consequently, the untimely death of government employees and teachers while discharging election duty has disrupted their families and many families have lost their sole bread earner which has left the surviving family members in a state of destitution. Thus, it is urged that their families must be compensated adequately and fairly. Significantly, the UP Government has announced compensation of Rs. 30 lakh for the families of deceased polling officers. However, it is the Petitioner’s case that this amount is not at par with compensation (of Rs. 50 lakh) being provided to Covid warriors, and thus it is argued that the polling officers are being discriminated against other government officers similarly working in the present situation. “Government employees and teachers of the State of Uttar Pradesh, who lost their lives while discharging their official duties during the course of the panchayat elections are also entitled to the status of the Corona Warriors and be compensated accordingly,” the Petitioner has submitted.Also Read: ‘Polling Officers Infected With Covid-19 During Election Duty Be Treated At Par With Covid Warriors’: Telangana High Court It is argued that discrimination in awarding compensation to the dependants of the Government teachers and medical personnel who laid their lives only to perform the duty given to them by the State during COVID19 is in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India. The plea further avers, “Government teachers were deputed to fulfill the election duties in far flung rural areas where they were made to travel in Bus which were jam packed and no social distancing was observed in the Buses. Government teachers were deputed at remote corners and distant locations in the State far away from their place of residence and these areas had no medical facilities much less proper sanitization. That the rural areas where the officers were deputed did not even have adequate social distancing and basic sanitization much less proper medical facilities. The Government teachers were made to come out of their house where they were atleast able to take care of themselves from contacting the virus and were exposed to the virus under the garb of election duties when no proper facilities were provided by the State to prevent the spreading of virus.” The matter COVID-19 suo moto case is listed for hearing tomorrow. Last month, the High Court had taken judicial notice of reports about the death of 135 persons, who died after contracting COVID during their election duty. “It appears that neither the police nor, Election Commission did anything to save the people on election duty from getting infected by this deadly virus”, the Court had observed then. On May 12, the Court observed that Rs 30 lakh compensation is ‘very less’ and the State must grant at least Rs. 1 crore as ex-gratia compensation to the families of such deceased polling officers who succumbed to COVID-19. In April first week, the High Court had dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the UP Panchayat elections amid COVID second wave, saying state has put in place adequate safety protocols. Click Here To Download Application Read ApplicationTagsUP Panchayat Polls #UP Government #Allahabad High Court Polling Officers succumb to Covid-19 #Covid warriors ELECTIONS AMID COVID Next Story