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Is Aviva’s 9% dividend yield safe?

first_img Roland Head | Saturday, 7th March, 2020 | More on: AV Roland Head owns shares of Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Aviva (LSE: AV) share price now offers a dividend yield of 9%. This makes the insurance giant one of three highest yielding stocks in the FTSE 100, by my calculations.That 9% is a very high dividend yield. Normally, I think you’d be right to worry about the risk of a cut. But in this case I think the payout could be safe, as I’ll explain.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Comfortably coveredThe most common way to test whether a dividend is affordable is to compare it to a company’s earnings per share. This is known as dividend cover.Aviva scores well here. Last week the insurer reported 2019 earnings of 63.8p per share. The total dividend for the year was 30.9p per share, so giving dividend cover of 2.1 times. That’s generally a very comfortable level of payout.Look at the cashHowever, ultimately dividends are paid from a company’s cash flow. Accounting profits (earnings) don’t always match the surplus cash generated by a company each year.So if you really want to see how safe a dividend is, I think the acid test is to see whether it’s covered by free cash flow. This is the surplus cash generated by a business each year, after capital expenditure, tax and interest payments.My sums show that the Aviva dividend costs about £1.2bn each year. This payout is supported by the surplus cash generated by the group’s operating companies, which totalled £2.6bn last year.These numbers suggest to me that as in previous years, Aviva’s payout looks comfortably supported by the group’s cash generation.In my opinion, Aviva’s dividend looks very safe.What’s the catch?If it looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. These are wise words to live by, in my experience. So if Aviva’s 9% dividend yield is safe, what’s the catch?Aviva’s shares have been cheap for years because the group has struggled to deliver much growth. This remains a concern. Sales of general insurance (such as motor and home) rose by just 2% last year.A related problem is that Aviva’s profit margins are pretty average, in my view. The group’s underlying return on equity was 8.1% last year, which is not spectacular. Chief executive Maurice Tulloch is targeting a figure of 12% by 2022, but even this is still fairly modest.My viewIn my view, Aviva’s strength and investment appeal lies in its large size and strong cash generation. Last week’s results looked pretty solid to me, but there’s a reason for the stock’s cheap rating — this business is unlikely to expand very much further.If you want to invest in a business that will grow ahead of the wider market, I think there are better options elsewhere.But if you’re looking for a generous and reliable income, I don’t think Aviva’s low growth rate is a problem. Indeed, I think this insurance firm is one of the best pure income buys in the FTSE 100 today. 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Trump inaugural events end in prayer at National Cathedral

first_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET January 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm It is a good thing to pray for the president… especially when it is someone we have concerns about. For the prayers are not a blessing upon their personal agendas, but that they will find and seek out God’s ways for those he or she is to serve, to know that they are there in fact to serve, and also, if they have gone astray, for God to turn their hearts and actions to God’s purposes.As our Hebrew ancestors well understood, even if Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t a good guy, or believed in and followed the Lord, the Lord was still able to use him to the Lord’s purposes.As a former canon of the Cathedral, I say: May it be so. Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Faith & Politics January 25, 2017 at 12:20 am Watching the now President Trump at Saturday’s service was a painful experience. He reminded me of a restless schoolboy who seemed unfamiliar with church rituals. He didn’t seem able to follow the program, perhaps because he sat on his service outline a few times, he fidgeted, tried propping his feet on the kneelers, and sat with his arms folded across his chest (body language translation: closed, bored, not connecting), He absolutely looked like a fish out of water….he clearly was uncomfortable and out of his element! RD White says: January 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm The Inauguration is always the same date. Every 4 years. The Prayer Service always follows. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA January 22, 2017 at 2:34 am This service shouts the Ecumenicalism of The Episcopal Church in America. Could we all stop and seethat we have been shown the way to pray and sing together. Great thanks to Cardinal Wuerl, To Bishop Budde and Dean Randolph “Randy” Hollerith they didn’t duck and hide nor run. They presented our church beautifully.Blessings to all who took part in this glorious service. May God bless President Trump and give him the strength to lead this country to its greatest development possible. January 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm I am in complete agreement with Anne Bay’s comments. As an Episcopalian I was embarrassed by this show. It is time to stop this tradition in this church. I am certain Mister Trump was anxious to get the whole shenanigan over with and get out of there. January 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm As I’m sure Bishop Budde & others would note, verse 24 provides the pertinent response. Please, God: Help us find our way to justice and righteousness amidst the mayhem in which we live! Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN January 23, 2017 at 6:12 am Perhaps the PB couldn’t face the truth that there is a real American in the Whitehouse. He well knew when this was to be held. Would he have appeared if Clinton had won? You bet he would have been there with bells on.Hopefully, you made the same statements when the prayer service was held for Ptez. Clinton! He was one of the most tainted men ever elected and all was known prior to his election. You could keep going back to our former miscreants. Including Kennedy and Roosevelt. They were all misogynists. President has been crucified by the lies from the press and presenting all these falsehoods as truth. Just like the Alred fiasco. This man is certainly no better nor worse than any of our presidents. Why not support him and pray for his success as that will be the harbinger of success for America. Get over it people we have a new president and he will be here for 8 years to guide and lead us and make us the most powerful nation on earth, again! Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA January 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm I hound the service moving and inspiring. Lou Schoen says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL April 3, 2017 at 10:53 am Really? Rhetoric. A breath of FRESH air and real hope after Obama’s 8 years of rhetoric and lies. Director of Music Morristown, NJ January 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm Anyone remember Amos 5:21? By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 21, 2017 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 Kilty Maoris says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Donald Heacock says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Marlin Dohlman says: Mary Frances Schjonberg says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT RD White says: January 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm I th Ihunk President Trump wise not to name a po reacher. The sermon would have been analyzed for some imput from him Ian Montgomery says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Steven Barrett says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Len Freeman says: January 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm You are right to pray for this President and this country. We need it. You are wrong to send the choir to participate in the inauguration, a secular event, over the objections of your community. You say some are called to show “hospitality”? He has a hotel for that, and he is welcome to visit the Cathedral any day of the year. Where was the Cathedral during the March or the days leading up to it? There was an outpouring of support by so many churches and organizations, but you stayed silent. Instead of standing with the people Trump has mocked and maligned, even threatened, you added the Cathedral to the entertainment bill at inauguration and ignored the protest. Please do not call that a “conversation” with him, Mr. Hollerith. He declined to hear you preach! Please do not equate your participation with those of presidents and their spouses. The Cathedral is not in the line of White House succession and does not belong in a ceremony installing someone who has pledged to do so much damage. Please do take a stand and be an ally to people he has targeted. Please reconsider the direction you have chosen for an institution we have respected our entire lives and looked to for moral leadership. This is not even a close call. January 22, 2017 at 5:57 am Was the Presiding Bishop gravely ill? Should we be praying for his recovery and healing? If so, would someone please let us know? Otherwise, it is hard to take him seriously when he enjoined us to pray for the president when he chose to avoid the very first opportunity to do it in his very own primatial seat at a service which his predecessors traditionally attended and to which he sent a “representative” like the President sends to the Royal Wedding of the third son of the fourth child of the King of XXX? The PB’s excellent preaching would hold much greater sway if he did not appear to be avoiding the first opportunity to practice what he preached. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Featured Events Kornaie Maoris says: Philip M. M. Pavlik says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY center_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [The families of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence take their seats at the 1 hour 53 minute mark of this video, followed by Trump and his wife Melania. The service begins shortly thereafter.][Episcopal News Service] The morning after Donald Trump became the 45th president, Washington National Cathedral performed one of its traditional roles in U.S. life by offering the new president and the nation a chance to come together in prayer.A representative of the presiding bishop, the bishop of Washington and the dean of the cathedral led 26 representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Baha’ism and Buddhism in the service. Many of the participants read, chanted and prayed in the language of their faith traditions and in English. Some 1,275 invited guests attended. The cathedral can seat 2,500.Prior to the service, the cathedral noted on its website that the liturgy was an “interfaith service of prayer, music and Scripture readings, designed to reflect the diversity of our nation and to remind the president that he is called to lead all of us, not just a narrow few.”The service went on while thousands of people flooded Washington for the Women’s March, including many Episcopalians. Companion marches occurred across the country and in other parts of the world. (Episcopal News Service plans coverage of the marches.)Trump and his party were nearly 35 minutes late for the service, leaving the cathedral musicians to fill the time with music.President Donald Trump and his party were nearly 35 minutes late Jan. 21 for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral. Photo: John B. Johnson IV via FacebookAfter Trump arrived, former Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay, a Navajo who is a member of Trump’s inauguration committee, began the service chanting the Navajo Way Prayer and Blessing as he walked up the center aisle.The procession followed, during which the congregation sang “My country, ‘tis of thee.” Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde then welcomed the congregation “to this house of prayer for all people” and “to this hour of prayer for our nation, its leaders and all those who call this land their home.”“As we mark this moment of political transition, let us all draw strength and courage from the sacred texts and songs and petitions, from the many traditions of our land, and may they inspire us always to seek divine assistance, care for another and live according to the highest aspirations to which God calls us as individuals and as a nation,” she said.Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries James “Jay” Magness led the opening acclamation. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry asked Magness to represent him at the prayer service because the presiding bishop is leading a pilgrimage of reconciliation to Ghana, a commitment he made more than a year ago.The Very Rev. Randolph “Randy” Hollerith, dean of the cathedral, then used the Book of Common Prayer’s “Prayer for the Human Family” (page 815) for the opening prayer.The readings included 1 Kings 3:5–12 (read mostly in Hebrew), Romans 5:1-5 and Matthew 5:1-10 as well as the first seven verses of the Quran, known as the Surah Fatiha. The 1 Kings reading was introduced with a Jewish call to prayer; the two New Testament readings by a Christian call to prayer (a sung Kyrie Eleison) and the reading from the Quran followed a Muslim call to prayer.President Donald Trump, his wife Melania, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen since the National Anthem during the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service. Photo: Danielle E. Thomas, Washington National CathedralPrayers and music were interspersed among the readings. The prayers included for those who govern, for civil leaders, for those who serve others, for peace and for the country, as well as a form of the Prayers of the People. Many of the prayers had multiple biddings with responses echoing prayers for Morning and Evening Prayer, and the Prayers of the People in the Book of Common Prayer.Among participants offering those prayers were Elder D. Todd Christofferson, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Evangelist Alveda King, Priests for Life director of civil rights for the unborn and Martin Luther King’s niece; Narayanachar Digalakote, senior priest, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Lanham, Maryland; His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Jesse Singh, chairman, Sikhs of America; Anthony Vance, director of public affairs, United States Baha’i Community; Cissie Graham Lynch, Samaritan’s Purse and granddaughter of Billy Graham; and His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.The Rev. Rosemarie Logan Duncan, cathedral canon for worship, chants the Kyrie Eleison as the Christian call to prayer from the cathedral’s pulpit. Photo: John B. Johnson IV via FacebookIn addition to the processional hymn, the congregation sang “Great is thy faithfulness,” as well as the national anthem, and joined the cathedral choir and U.S. Navy Band Chief Musician Antje A. Farmer in singing the final verse of “America the Beautiful.”Blind Christian singer Marlana VanHoose, who had sung at the Republican National Convention, sang “How great thou art” and the United States Navy Sea Chanters sang “Let there be peace on earth.” The Liberty University Praise gospel choir from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University sang “We’ve come this far by faith.” The gospel choir also sang during the choral prelude, as did the Sea Chanters and the choir from Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church on Capitol Hill.Trump asked that there be no sermon, Budde told the Washington Post earlier this month. Budde said in a later blog post the choice of a preacher for the service and even whether to have a sermon traditionally belonged to the president. She acknowledged that some people felt agreeing to Trump’s request seemed “as if the church had surrendered its responsibility to preach truth to power.”Budde had told the Post that the service was “not the occasion that we will use to address particular issues of policy or concerns we might have about the direction he’s taking the country.”Cathedral Dean Randolph “Randy” Hollerith, left, Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries James “Jay” Magness helped lead the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service. Photo: Danielle E. Thomas, Washington National CathedralMagness closed the service with a prayer used at the 2013 service for former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, asking God to look graciously upon the country. “Where it is in pride, subdue it. Where it is in need, supply it. Where it is in error, rectify it. Where it is in default, restore it. And where it holds to that which is just and compassionate, support it,” he prayed.Budde blessed the congregation, telling them to “go forth into the world in peace.”“Be of good courage. Hold fast to that which is good. Render to no one evil for evil. As far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all, but make no peace with oppression,” she said. “Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honor all people, love and serve your God whose spirit working in you can do infinitely more than you can ask for or imagine. And may the blessing of God Almighty, our creator, sustainer and giver of life be with you and remain with you this day and forevermore. Amen.”The Rev. Darrell Scott, senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a Trump campaign supporter and prosperity gospel preacher, gave the dismissal. “Go forth from this place in peace. Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous and strong,” he told the congregation. “Let all that you do be done in love.”As the altar party recessed, Trump shook hands with many participants, including Budde.The order of service is here.To participate or notNot everyone invited to participate in the service accepted and some of those who did faced criticism.Rabbi Ari Plost of Congregation B’nai Abraham in Hagerstown, Maryland, wrote in the Washington Post that he declined because it would appear “callous” after he had spent 2016 helping congregants and others who were “overwhelmed and in tears from the constant rhetoric of antagonism and derision” of the campaign.He said he planned to pray with his congregation on the Sabbath that day. “Each of us, in our own way, should use the occasion of this inauguration to rededicate ourselves to compassion and cohesion in our communities, lifted up by our creed of religious inclusivity and liberty,” he wrote.Mohamed Magid, a Sudanese-American imam known for his interfaith work and who leads a network of 11 mosques in Northern Virginia known as the All-Dulles Area Muslim Society, faced critics on social media for agreeing to issue the Muslim call to prayer during the service.Calling Washington National Cathedral “a modern day icon of unity and peace-building for our nation,” Magid said in a Facebook post that it is also “an institution that welcomes diverse representations of faith as a statement of our nation’s belief in the freedom of religious expression.Tickets were required to attend the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service. Photo: John B. Johnson IV via Facebook“As we enter a new chapter for our country, faith leaders must seek out opportunities to elevate our shared principles, champion freedom, and promote civil rights for all Americans,” he said. “In doing so, we will demonstrate to all who witness this service that our nation is strengthened by our diversity, enriched by our common humanity, and sustained by our belief in God Almighty.”The prayer service is a tradition dating back to the inauguration of George Washington and is considered the conclusion of the official inaugural events. A congressional resolution that relied heavily on the English coronation ceremony largely shaped Washington’s first inauguration in 1789 in New York City, according to information on the cathedral’s website. The resolution required that, following the oath of office in front of Federal Hall on Wall Street, the Senate and House walk a short distance to St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway to hear “divine service” by the chaplain of Congress, Episcopal Bishop Samuel Provoost. He acted in a role similar to that of the archbishop of Canterbury at English coronation services.Beginning with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inauguration in 1933, presidential inaugural prayer services have taken place at the cathedral, which calls itself a “house of prayer for all people.” That tradition has been more recently consistent since President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration in 1985. The exception was President Bill Clinton, who chose Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, the historic black church in downtown Washington, for both of his inaugural prayer services. Washington National Cathedral has also been the location of funeral and memorial services for nearly all the 21 U.S. presidents who have died since the cathedral’s founding.Prayer surrounded the 2017 Inauguration Day eventsTrump, his wife Melania and about 300 people attended a private church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near Lafayette Square across from the White House the morning of the inauguration. The parish has traditionally offered that opportunity to incoming presidents.Trump’s was the 12th such service.Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, preached the sermon at Trump’s request. The controversial preacher has spoken derisively of Muslims, Mormons, Roman Catholics and LGBTQI people in the past.The Rev. Luis León, rector of St. John’s, told CNN that he was involved in logistical planning of the event but not the choice of speakers.Jeffress used the story of Nehemiah to show why God blesses leaders. The text of his sermon is here.Seven religious leaders participated in the inauguration ceremony later that morning. The program for that event is here.The chaplains of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate prayed during the luncheon that followed.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Donald Trump, January 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm I wonder why they were so late? Thankfully the ample supply of excellent musicians was able to fill that time constructively. I personally hope that President Trump will be drawn towards and into the Church. St. Johns is a short walk from the White House and the Cathedral is a short limousine ride away, for those days when he might desire a bit of grandeur. Perhaps these things will enable him to open his heart a bit and moderate his rhetoric and behavior. No matter your opinion of him, he is a child of God and God might just find a way to accomplish God’s purposes through him Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Doug Desper says: Anne Bay says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing January 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm I just read the text of the Rev. Robert Jeffress’ sermon during the early pre-Inaugural Service held at St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House. Since this is an official Episcopal parish, why wasn’t the Presiding Bishop the ultimate authority to decide who would conduct the service and preach the sermon? When pols, especially vain pols such as Donald Trump are allowed to pick n’ choose their preacher at any Service … or in the case of the Service at the National Cathedral, be allowed to say “no sermon,” who’s in charge? I just can’t imagine somebody like Trump, who. just before he began campaigning, openly admitted he never got on his knees to beg for God’s forgiveness … would be allowed to pick and choose his preacher, much less dictate if there’d be a sermon in Al Sharpton’s church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral or St. John the Divine or any parish/cathedral where the rector, bishop or Presiding Bishop was allowed to have the final say. Trump would receive at best, a polite laughing off: which is all he deserves given his long record of trashing what Scripture has said on a wide variety of subjects where his life has intersected with God’s Word. Prosperity preachers and cherry picking whether or not he’d be able to escape hearing what a preacher who’s far more interested in preaching God’s actual, not alternative truths, to him than giving in to custom and/or “security” and “protocol.” Steve Catanich says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA January 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm Exactly my observations as well. That is why I said above that he wanted out of there as fast as possible. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Knoxville, TN Alison Ewing says: Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 H.Paradis says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest MiMi Kole says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis January 22, 2017 at 7:17 am As we reported in the story: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry asked Magness to represent him at the prayer service because the presiding bishop will be leading a pilgrimage of reconciliation to Ghana, a commitment he made more than a year ago. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Comments (18) Trump inaugural events end in prayer at National Cathedral Interfaith service hoped to ‘remind the president that he is called to lead all of us, not just a narrow few’ Rector Tampa, FL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI January 22, 2017 at 4:40 am As a former church organist, I always enjoy the music from the cathedral. I think a better forum for acknowledging different religious groups with a new President in attendance would be to have a concert in a non-religious setting, and a low-key place with far Less persons attending. I can understand why the Rabbi said he wasn’t coming in light of the hate speech uttered by the now President Trump all during his campaign. Even the Texas Baptist pastor that Mr. Trump selected to speak at the morning service at St. John’s Episcopal Church is well known for his hate-speech rhetoric. In light of Mr. Trump’s hate rhetoric toward Muslims, undocumented persons, and his many disgusting and inappropriate descriptions of his behaviour toward women and his demeaning remarks toward women, and even mocking a disabled person, I don’t think this kind of service should be conducted at the cathedral as it has been. This is a different day than when President Roosevelt worshiped at St. John’s and also he was an Episcopalian. So, that was a different service by the nature of his being an Episcopalian. I think it’s time for a clearer separation of state than ever before. The amount of people -both women and men-who marched all over the United States today and in other cities of the world over Mr. Trump’s plans that may have dire consequences for universal health care, women’s health care, undocumented children and their parents, undocumented person in general, LGBT legal rights, deregulation of protections for the environment, and the list goes on- preclude any kind of atmosphere to have any positive purpose. This cathedral is an Episcopal Cathedral and should focus on maintaining its purpose to stand for an inclusive society, protection for the environment, women’s rights to their own decision about their own health care, and to stand for the financial well-being of its disabled and seniors with regard to medicare and social security, and the here too, the list goes on. I think it is valid that the cathedral value and protect its integrity. I can tell you that should not be compromised-it is a different day and many young people are more matter of fact and open and accepting than people my age-they can spot phoniness and discrimination very quickly. Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

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RSF urges China to free New York-based journalist’s wife

first_img News News ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses WomenCorruptionImpunityPredatorsHostagesDisappearances China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses WomenCorruptionImpunityPredatorsHostagesDisappearances RSF_en Follow the news on Asia – Pacific February 2, 2018 RSF urges China to free New York-based journalist’s wife June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Li Huaiping, the wife of New York-based Chinese-American journalist Chen Xiaoping (Sam Chen), who says the Chinese authorities are holding her in attempt to stop his embarrassing revelations about the Chinese leaders. Li was kidnapped from her home in the southern city of Guangzhou on 18 September after sending a distress SMS to her husband as he was about to conduct his sixth and final interview with Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who fled to the United States and has repeatedly threatened to reveal information about China’s leaders.Although Li has had the right to reside permanently in the United States since late 2016, she chose to remain in China to look after her mother. The Chinese authorities confiscated her passport a few days before her abduction.Employed by Mirror Media since 2012, Chen at first said nothing about his wife’s abduction because he hoped she would be released. But, after obtaining no news of her, he finally published an open letter to President Xi Jinping on 13 January.A video was posted on YouTube the next day that showed Li criticizing her husband’s activities in a robotic voice and claiming that she severed contact with him for sentimental reasons. Chen thinks the Chinese authorities kidnapped her in order to dissuade him from continuing his interviews with Guo.“People are often abducted and held incommunicado by the Chinese authorities nowadays, and there can be little doubt that Li Huaiping was taken hostage to prevent her husband from publishing revelations,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk. “We call for her immediate and unconditional release and we urge the international community, especially the US authorities, to put pressure on Beijing.”Abduction has become official practice in China since Xi Jinping became president in 2013. Called “residential surveillance at a designated place,” it allows the authorities to deprive detainees of their constitutional rights and to subject them to all sorts of abuses including torture, mistreatment and denial of medical care.China is ranked very near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index (176th out of 180 countries). June 7, 2021 Find out more News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom to go further Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Portantino and Gundry Open Up to Muir’s MPYD Students

first_imgEducation Portantino and Gundry Open Up to Muir’s MPYD Students From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 21, 2014 | 11:43 am Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News Community Newscenter_img Former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino visited John Muir High School recently to exchange ideas with 30 male students involved with Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a non-profit mentoring, character development and academic support program that Portantino has supported for years. Sharing anecdotes from his careers as a public servant and television producer Portantino employed a sports analogy to encourage MPYD members to pursue goals with discipline and diligence. “Can you catch the fly ball in the outfield by standing still? No! You’ve got to go run and catch it – and I know you can do it, too!” Portantino told the students.Commenting on the prevalence of social media, Portantino urged the MPYD students to limit their online time and to concentrate on developing positive relationships in the real world. “Social media should never be a substitute for a handshake,” he said.Joining Portantino to speak to the Muir MPYD students was Pasadena Superintendent of schools Jon Gundry who opened up about his struggles as a high school graduate left to fend for himself by tough-love parents. “Their philosophy was that when you graduate from high school you need to make your own way. I didn’t go to college right away because I was more concerned with how I was going to survive. So, I’m sitting here because of choices I made, not because anything was given to me,” Gundry explained.A strong supporter of MPYD, the Superintendent expressed admiration for the program which has operated at Muir for 12 years. “This is the best mentoring program that I’ve seen and I’ve been in this business for 35 years now,” Gundry stated.Since 2002, Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) has provided guidance and motivation to male high school students through one-on-one mentoring, academic support, character development, and college and career preparation. For additional information call (626) 396-5600 ext 82009 or visit Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe More Cool Stuff 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Newtown Christmas Market aims to reconnect the local community

first_imgEmail TAGSAnnacottyBarker and BowesNewtown Centre Advertisement Print Previous articleChristmas Record Fair at Limerick Milk MarketNext articleFestive decoration dangers lying in wait for your pet Staff Reporter Limerick Senator encourges public to attend meeting in Castletroy WhatsApp Linkedin Car thieves fishing for keys through letter boxes Facebookcenter_img New category in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold Twitter BusinessNewsNewtown Christmas Market aims to reconnect the local communityBy Staff Reporter – December 5, 2020 514 Eoin Sheehan, Country Munch; Malwina Bucke, Barker & Bowes; Michelle McNamara, Newtown Shopping Centre; Marion Frawley, The Party Box, and Millie The Dog2020 has been a difficult year for all of us in so many ways. The virus has touched all of our lives creating uncertainty and concern for the health of our family and friends and a realisation of the far reaching devastating impact that it has had on local business and in particular for the hospitality and retail sectors.Michelle McNamara of Newtown Centre says ‘a few weeks ago we set about creating an initiative to bring our local community and businesses together, to have fun, to celebrate, to reconnect with each other in the form of ‘Newtown Christmas Market 2020’.Food, Drinks, Crafts suppliers were invited to join us. The support for this initiative has been amazing and humbling to see so many roll up their sleeves and get involved’.We have several highlights, namely our ‘Santa Paws Competition’. This will be sponsored by Limerick’s Retail Winner 2020, Barker and Bowes, Day Spa and Salon exclusively for Dogs. On the 19th December we will be looking for Limerick’s Most Festive Dog. There will be delicious treats for all our entrants and all proceeds will go to Limerick Animal Welfare. Judging will take place at 3pm on the December 19, 2020.We are delighted that Limericks Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur Eoin Sheehan will demo and whip us some healthy, indulgent treats from his Country Munch cookery books. Voted RSVP Magazines Best Chef 2019 and a regular on Virgin Media Six O’ Clock Show.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Opening in December, new business The, event managers and party suppliers will be there with their Festive Foto Balloon Booth. Do not forget to wear your Christmas jumpers and bring your phone to capture the moment.For our boys and girls…. You may even catch a glimpse of Santa too!Other local businesses supporting the event are: Gems Creperie, Danis Closet, Our Daily Bread, Baking4U, Braw Bakes, The Mill House, Bar & Grill, Kirby Mullane Cards, Tunes from DJ Richie, Ruby’s Kitchen, Tuscany Bistro and many more.The Christmas Market at Newtown Centre, Annacotty takes place on Saturday December 12 and December 19. 10.00am – 3.00pm. Fish swimming on the street in Annacotty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #BREAKING €2.5 million for cancer patient Concern over Annacotty solar power planlast_img read more

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Pressure on lenders to pass on rate cut to customers

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 4, 2011 Twitter Newsx Adverts Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous article120 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in Donegal every yearNext articleNew Donegal – Dublin route added to Dublin Airport’s schedule News Highland Pressure on lenders to pass on rate cut to customerscenter_img The Junior Finance Minister says the Government may have to use its influence if some banks covered by the bank guarantee scheme choose not to pass on yesterday’s ECB rate cut to customers.Some banks – like Permanent TSB – have already confirmed the reduction will be reflected in their rates – while others have yet to comment.The Financial Regulator Matthew Elderfield has already warned banks that he wants to halt variable interest rate hikes.Minister Brian Hayes says the Government can try to intervene:[podcast][/podcast] Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

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Idaho State beats Southern Utah with late field goal 26-24

first_imgMarch 6, 2021 /Sports News – Local Idaho State beats Southern Utah with late field goal 26-24 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Tyler Vander Waal passed for 238 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and Kevin Ryan kicked a 30-yard field goal with five seconds left to give Idaho State a 26-24 win over Southern Utah.Vander Waal led the Bengals on a 13-play, 60-yard drive to set up the game-winning kick. He completed a 15-yard pass to Jalen Henderson to convert a third-and-13 from the Southern Utah 45 and followed with another first down on a 14-yard keeper with 24 seconds left.Justin Miller completed a 16-yard TD pass to Judd Cockett to give the Thunderbirds a 24-23 lead with 3:38 left. Written by Associated Press Tags: Big Sky/Idaho State Bengals/SUU Thunderbirds Footballlast_img read more

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BW Offshore increases reserve estimates of Hibiscus offshore Gabon

first_img Image: BW Offshore has increased the estimated reserves of the Hibiscus Updip prospect offshore Gabon. Photo courtesy of D Thory from Pixabay. BW Offshore has increased the estimated reserves of the Hibiscus Updip prospect offshore Gabon following the completion of a drilling campaign.The Hibiscus Updip prospect, which is located in the Dussafu license, is now estimated to hold gross recoverable reserves of 40 to 50 million bbls of oil, according to a preliminary evaluation.Borr Norve jack-up drilling rig used to drill exploration wellAccording to the Norway-based operator, the DHIBM-1 exploration well was drilled by the Borr Norve jack-up drilling rig to a total depth of 3,538 meters in water depths of 116 meters.Logging and sampling data confirmed that the well delivered around 21 meters of pay from a 33 meters hydrocarbon column in the Gamba formation.The appraisal side track (DHIBM-1 ST1), drilled 1,100 meters north-west of the original wellbore, encountered 26 meters of pay in the Gamba. Both well exhibited same levels of the oil-water contact, proving the continuity of the hydrocarbon deposit.BW Energy CEO Carl Arnet said: “Hibiscus is the fourth consecutive oil discovery made on the Dussafu license with drilling operations completed safely and within budget.“It is in line with our phased development strategy for long-term value creation at Dussafu through increased production and identifying additional resources.“The Hibiscus discovery and its surrounding prospects represent another area of significant potential in the Dussafu block and we are looking forward to the next phase of the programme as we continue to unlock the potential of the Dussafu field.”The DHIBM-1 well was designed to appraise one of several prospects in the greater Ruche area.The Norway-based operator will complete the evaluation of the Hibiscus Updip discovery and evaluate the optimal commercial development.Meanwhile, the Borr Norve will drill four subsea production wells on the Tortue field – all tied back to the FPSO BW Adolo, before commencing drilling on another exploration well.In May 2018, BW Offshore had completed drilling of DTM-3 appraisal well offshore Gabon. Preliminary evaluation indicates gross recoverable reserves of 40 to 50 million bbls of oillast_img read more

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Housing White Paper: building great expectations?

first_imgThere’s a sense of excitement, The Housing White Paper lands in my inbox; will it give a Spring bounce to our housing market?The screen goes grey as 104 pages flip past, am I missing something? A  new thought, idea, plan or action?Theresa May, Prime Minister, couldn’t be in Parliament today as she is busy with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, which is understandable, she cannot be everywhere, and her Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is qualified to present this hugely important document.Mrs May says, “Our broken housing market is one of the greatest barriers to progress in Britain today. Whether buying or renting, the fact is that housing is increasingly unaffordable – particularly for ordinary working class people who are struggling to get by.“Today the average house costs almost eight times average earnings – an all-time record. As a result it is difficult to get on the housing ladder, and the proportion of people living in the private rented sector has doubled since 2000.“These high housing costs hurt ordinary working people the most.”All fine and well, but what is the grand plan? It isn’t grand, it doesn’t even seem to be a plan, it is a blend of old pearls of wisdom, promises that we have heard before, like a wayward husband who promises to do better. In this case of course, the wayward body is the Labour Party, which gets the blame for causing the broken housing market, although the Conservatives have been in power for nearly seven years.This is a national issue that touches every one of us. Everyone involved in politics and the housing industry has a moral duty to tackle it head on.”Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid (right) said, “This is a national issue that touches every one of us. Everyone involved in politics and the housing industry has a moral duty to tackle it head on.” But John Healey, Shadow Minister for Housing said, “This is feeble beyond belief – after seven years he says ‘we need to have a conversation’. It isn’t a plan to fix the housing crisis, it will do nothing to help.”Industry commentRichard Donnell, Insight Director at Hometrack, said, “This whitepaper builds on five years of housing policies from the Conservative Government that started with the National Planning Policy Framework in 2012.“These latest announcements represent further policy refinements to this central message and highlight that more still needs to be done to ensure all parties are working together effectively to boost investment in new housing and get all stakeholders focused on upping supply.”Neil Brearley, director of Cast, said, ”The government’s commitment, in the Housing White Paper, to support elderly people looking to downsize can provide much needed relief to the housing market, freeing up existing housing stock. With the possibility of hundreds of thousands of extra homes being released, it is vital that effective frameworks of incentives are given to older people. The emergence of a dedicated senior living sector, with houses designed specifically for the elderly, will help address the challenges posed by downsizing. But there are a number of key obstacles currently preventing its fuller emergence in the UK.”It seems Mr. Brearley is right, the main obstacle is a major tendency to talk about understanding, planning and preparing the foundations, without ever reaching the point where the bricks are laid.It’s clear the developers do need persuading to get on with it. Mark Scott, a specialist in residential property at law firm Blake Morgan, said, “One of the proposals in the Housing White Paper is for developers to commence site construction within two years of planning permission being granted as opposed to the current three year limit which will encourage quicker completion dates.“This is a certainly a step in the right direction, but a real incentive in my view would be for developers to be offered a tax incentive to achieve early structural completion dates for their buyers and further reforms to the level of Stamp Duty Land Tax payable by first time buyers.”Nothing much was said about helping older homeowners to downsize, other than that there would be another ‘conversation’ about it, as they want to ,“build on the evidence that already exists to help deliver outcomes that are best for older people.” Powerful stuff.Neil Brearley, director of Cast, said, ”The government’s commitment to support elderly people looking to downsize can provide much needed relief to the housing market, freeing up existing housing stock. With the possibility of hundreds of thousands of extra homes being released, it is vital that effective frameworks of incentives are given to older people. The emergence of a dedicated senior living sector, with houses designed specifically for the elderly, will help address the challenges posed by downsizing. But there are a number of key obstacles currently preventing its fuller emergence in the UK.”It seems Mr. Brearley is right, the main obstacle is a major tendency to talk about understanding, planning and preparing the foundations, without ever reaching the point where the bricks are laid.DOWNLOAD THE HOUSING WHITE PAPER BY CLICKING HERE.    HOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Great expectations for Government’s housing planHave your say Housing White Paper – building great expectations?Housing White Paper Government housing policy Sajid Javid Communities secretary February 7, 2017Sheila ManchesterRelated articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Housing White Paper: building great expectations? previous nextHousing MarketHousing White Paper: building great expectations?Government launches its grand plan for housing to fix the ‘broken housing market’.Sheila Manchester7th February 201701,907 ViewsHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Great expectations for Government’s housing planHave your say Housing White Paper – building great expectations?last_img read more

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“Ill judged” Strutt & Parker advice to Millennials stirs up a Twitter storm

first_imgStrutt & Parker has prompted a Twitter storm today after releasing a report that suggested Millennial young couples should give up six ‘luxuries’ to save up enough money to get on the property ladder.The report suggests that young ‘generation renters’ could save up £64,000 within five years by cutting down nights out, takeaways, shop-bought lunchtime sandwiches, the annual city break holiday, lottery tickets and mobile upgrades.Strutt & Parker’s Head of Research Stephanie McMahon told the Evening Standard that “affordability is a problem for every major city around the world – and in London, it is raising the deposit that is the particular challenge”.“Getting on the property ladder in London is harder than ever, and with an average deposit of £94,000, people are thinking, ‘What luxuries am I willing to forgo now that will pay off five years down the line?’.”The reception for report was distinctly chilly, particularly among the Millennials targeted in the report by Strutt & Parker, which was bought by BNP Paribas in August.On Twitter the report was described as “monstrously ill judged” by blogger @Indiablock on Twitter while decidedly non-Millennial Henry Pryor also took to the social media platform to criticise the company sarcastically for “turning up the sensitivity switch”.But LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari appeared to support the findings of the report, saying that “it’s not just sandwiches and coffee they need to cut out, it’s the regular spa weekends, stag or hen parties in Las Vegas, £10,000 weddings, two or three foreign holidays a year, top of the range iPhones, expensive tattoos amd all the expensive nights out they have through the year”.Perhaps predictably, eMoov decided to get in on the action. It has offered the first 300 first time buyers to complete on a property using its service a £5 Starbucks voucher to enable them to buy themselves a sandwich at lunchtime. millennials house deposit Strutt & Parker Emoov first-time buyers November 15, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » “Ill judged” Strutt & Parker advice to Millennials stirs up a Twitter storm previous next“Ill judged” Strutt & Parker advice to Millennials stirs up a Twitter stormIf it’s debate they wanted then the venerable but now French-owned agency has got what it wanted after publishing report on how to save up for a deposit.Nigel Lewis15th November 201702,356 Viewslast_img read more

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USS Iwo Jima ARG Hosts U.S. Ambassador to Morocco

first_img Share this article View post tag: US Authorities View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Iwo Jima ARG Hosts U.S. Ambassador to Morocco View post tag: hosts The USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) hosted the U.S. ambassador to Morocco, the commander, U.S. Africa Command, staff, and Moroccan guests, April 16.Ambassador Samuel L. Kaplan and Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander, U.S. Africa Command, also joined a few Moroccan military officers aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima ARG, for lunch and a brief tour.Ham and his staff had one-on-one time with the junior Sailors and Marines during lunch, eating on the mess decks and learning about the individual service members and their day-to-day operations.“It felt so good to rub shoulders with the general,” said Machinist’s Mate Fireman Mike Mukasa, a Sailor aboard Iwo Jima. “He talked with us about ship life, communication with our families and our career goals. It was a great experience.”During their time aboard, Kaplan and Ham were given a tour of the Iwo Jima and saw firsthand how the Sailors and Marines coexist and conduct maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.“The reason for today’s visit was to convey to our Moroccan friends how important this training event was for us,” said Col. Frank Donovan, 24th MEU commanding officer, referring to Exercise African Lion. “We also want to thank them because we are better trained and prepared for the challenges ahead of us.”The day trip was brought to a close with an all-hands call in the hangar bay, and a gift presentation in the Flag Mess, leaving the VIPs with a lasting impression of the Iwo Jima and its crew.“Coming here today was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Kaplan. “I must tell you, the teamwork I witnessed between U.S. military and our Moroccan allies, is something truly impressive. It was a great privilege to be here today.”The Iwo Jima ARG, with the embarked 24th MEU, is deployed participating in CJCS Exercise African Lion, a bilateral exercise between U.S. and Moroccan forces, in the U.S.6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 18, 2012; View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Iwo Jimacenter_img View post tag: Morocco View post tag: Naval USS Iwo Jima ARG Hosts U.S. Ambassador to Morocco View post tag: USS April 18, 2012 View post tag: Ambasador View post tag: ARGlast_img read more

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Oxford’s story of RAG and riches

first_imgStudents have also expressed concern that RAG fails to make clear what the money donated will be used for. Harry Maltby, a JCR Charities Rep, says “I think RAG is at risk of losing sight of the fact that they are fundraising for very specific charities. In the plethora of emails, nowhere have I seen the charities mentioned – they’d do well to remind us that are not just raising money for the sake of it.” And Will Wright, a second year historian, commented that ‘this magic word ‘charity’ is used to guilt-trip people into buying tickets, and I find this happens a lot, both with events organised within the JCR and by RAG. Most of the time, no one actually knows what they are fundraising for.” But Oxford RAG Vice President and Treasurer, Charlotte Flowers, defended RAG’s fundraising efforts. She said, “We make sure all our expenditure is the minimum that it can be to maximise our fundraising capability, and we hope that we too can critically look at our accounts and ensure that this continues.” Flowers also pointed out Oxford RAG’s recent growth. Having made a total of £26,000 in 2009 they have made £25,000 this term already.The current VP Charities and Community, Daniel Lowe, argued that ‘If an event turns a profit, that can only be a good thing. Turning five pounds into six and giving that pound to charity is a success, however small. Charitable events can serve two functions, either purely to raise profit, or to raise awareness of the cause thereby encouraging later participation.” It should also be remembered that the collegiate system means that much of the money raised by Oxford students is not included in the RAG total, whilst the vast majority of fundraising at universities such as Nottingham and Loughborough is associated with their RAG groups.And Immanuel Kemp, Cambridge RAG treasurer, is confident that Oxford RAG will grow quickly. He said, “Essentially it’s about something having managed to develop over time which is now self-sustaining. I’m sure that within a few years Oxford RAG should have no difficulty in raising on a par with or exceeding our own total from last year.” Charlotte Flowers is also optimistic that Oxford can make RAG an integral part of student life through “a culmination of more awareness and bigger events both university wide and within colleges.” At this week’s OUSU husts, one audience member praised RAG’s efforts, asking, “When OxHub and RAG do the job better, why do we even need a VP for Charities?” Cherwell has this week found that Oxford RAG raises 90% less money than some other university RAGs. Cherwell has also uncovered significant differences in the amount of moneyraised for RAG by individual colleges.RAG, which stands for Raise And Give, is overseen by OUSU. It describes itself as Oxford’s central charities committee, and is part of a national network of university RAG organisations. In 2009-10, Oxford RAG donated just under £70,000 to charity, but both Loughborough and Nottingham raised over £1 million, while Cambridge raised more than double Oxford’s total. Nottingham University’s equivalent, Karnival, raised almost £1.25 million – £50,000 of which came from a single club night attracting over 6,500 students. Joe Spraggins, Karnival Treasurer, told Cherwell, “I think one of the main reasons we’re so successful is that we appeal to a wide audience, so that at some point throughout people’s time at Nottingham they will get involved in Karnival in one way or another.” Even outside of term time Nottingham students continue fundraising. £500,000 was earned over the summer vacation alone, with trips including climbing Kilimanjaro and trekking the Great Wall of China.Of Oxford RAG’s £70,000 total for 2009-10, only £38,000 was raised by RAG-organised events. College-organised events, which received assistance from RAG, raised the remaining £32,000, which was donated to charities nominated by JCRs and JCR Charity Reps. The cost-effectiveness of RAG fundraising events has also been questioned: Kieran Cunningham, candidate for the OUSU position of Charities & Committee Vice President stated on the night of his hustings, “people do not have confidence in Oxford RAG.” He told the room, “When I was raising money on the street for my friends to bungee jump, people asked me how much of this money is going towards the crane and insurance and how much is actually going towards charity? I felt uncomfortable answering them.” Cunningham pledged that if elected he would “look at the books and make changes if necessary.” Cherwell also uncovered substantial differences in the amount of money each College raised for RAG. Regent’s Park raised more than £7000, despite having no charity levy in students’ battels. At other colleges these levies, which are usually charged automatically but can be opted out of, range from £6 to £35 per year. Regent’s JCR held a football tournament in memory of Antonia Bruch, a fresher who died suddenly of meningitis last year, raising £5000 in a single day. James Fox, JCR president admitted, “Considering we only have 100 undergraduates in total, we do tend to punch above our weight in terms of charity events and fundraising.” St. Edmund’s Hall raised just £26.99 in RAG-affiliated events, although many fundraising events at Teddy Hall and other colleges are not associated with RAG and donate the money raised to charities selected by the JCR. Elizabeth Bell, Charity Rep at Worcester College, told Cherwell of successful Eating Contests, Blind Date Evenings and Slave Auctions. Bell explained the popularity of these college-based fundraising events, saying, “since they are in college they need minimal effort to attend and there are students around so people can go with friends.”Not all charitable activity in Oxford involves raising money. Habiba Islam, Somerville’s JCR Charity Representative, noted that there was an “emphasis on different aspects of charity, not just fundraising but also campaigning and volunteering,”at her College. Wadham and Hertford run Kid’s Adventure, a joint volunteering project, and Magdalen has its own Young Carers Project, where students volunteer with young children who care for a family member. Antonia Adebambo, Secretary of the Magdalen Young Carers Project, said ‘the success of this project can obviously not be measured in terms of money raised. Instead, this allows students to make a positive impact on the community and this is something that you really cannot put a price on.’OxHub President Hannah MacDiarmid commented, “Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular in Oxford as it’s a great way to get students engaged with their community and making a positive difference locally. “We have projects working on a variety of issues including with the homeless, in schools, with young refugees and on conservation and food waste issues.”last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: Statehouse IS A Sea Of Red At “Red for Ed” Rally

first_imgTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Hundreds of teachers, parents and their supporters descended on the Statehouse Tuesday with signs, banners, and chants demanding that lawmakers listen to them as they seek more funding for public schools, fewer standardized tests and better pay.The grounds outside the Statehouse were a sea of red, crowded with people wearing Red for Ed T-shirts to greet returning lawmakers and others who have returned for one day to organize for the 2020 legislative session, which begins Jan. 6. In addition, to pay and funding issues, the protestors want legislators to repeal the new requirement that they work outside of school for 15 hours every five years to renew their teaching licenses.Audrey Gower, a fifth-grade reading teacher from Hebron Elementary School in Evansville, made the long trek to the Statehouse not just for herself, but for her two daughters, who are first-year teachers.“They will never make a decent living wage and that is important to me,” Gower said as she stood in the cold near the steps of the Statehouse surrounded by hundreds of other teachers.Fourth-grade teachers Savannah Goss and Hannah Merk of Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville both said they were at the rally because of their students and their co-workers.“We need more funding, especially for school counselors,” Merk, who has been teaching for three years, said. She and Goss were up at 4:30 a.m. to make it to the Red for Ed rally.More than 14,000 teachers, parents, and others had signed up to attend the Red for Ed rally, which features a full day of events, including time with some of the legislators to voice their concerns directly. House and Senate legislative leaders from both parents have pledged to address one of their issues—not punishing schools or teachers for low ILEARN test scores.But additional funding for pay or other local services will face hurdles because House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, have said they will not open the budget for new spending.Jennifer McCormick, superintendent of Public Instruction, held a press conference where she urged those gathered to take an interest in the 2020 election for governor. The top educator’s post will be appointed by whoever is elected governor next year.“When this office becomes an appointed office, it becomes extremely important to pay attention to those who are running for governor and their message around public education,” McCormick said.Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican running for a second term, was not at the Statehouse Tuesday. His office said he is attending a meeting of Republican governors in Florida, which had been scheduled before the Red for Ed rally.His campaign committee sent out an email as the rally was taking place noting that Holcomb signed a budget that increased education funding.FOOTNOTE: Brandon Barger is a reporter with, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & Email Share This Post Statehouse IS A Sea Of Red At “Red For Ed” RallyNovember 19, 2019, Posted by Janet WilliamsBy Brandon Bargercenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Boardwalk Reconstruction Project Near Complete in Ocean City

first_imgAll pilings and stringers are in place, and a small section of decking is the only thing left to be completed before the full length of the Ocean City Boardwalk is restored.After about three months of work, only a small section of decking remains before the second phase of a boardwalk reconstruction project is complete.The boardwalk was barricaded at Fifth Street and Seventh Street in October, and a block of boardwalk was demolished and removed as part of the second phase of a multi-year project to replace the boardwalk between Fifth Street and 12th Street.This phase covered the section between Sixth Street and Plaza Place (just north of Seventh Street).The project was expected to be complete by the end of March, but it appears to be well ahead of schedule. Lampposts are lying on the boardwalk ready for re-installation.The project includes reconfiguring the boardwalk ramp at Sixth Street, eliminating the north ramp and widening the south ramp. The access ramp for the disabled remains in place, leading to the municipal parking lot between Fifth and Sixth streets.Pedestrians and cyclists have been detoured off the Boardwalk at Seventh Street, down Wayne Avenue, through the municipal parking lot between Sixth and Fifth streets, and back to the boardwalk at Fifth Street since mid-October. The detour adds about 0.17 miles to a run the length of the boardwalk (from 2.45 miles to 2.62 miles)._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____City Council last summer awarded a $1.2 million contract to Fred M. Schiavone Construction of Malaga to complete the work. Schiavone was the contractor for the first phase of the project between Fifth and Sixth streets and for the new Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.Council has authorized spending up to $1,825,000 on this phase of the project, though the final construction costs are not in .The project used a stock of southern yellow pine that has been stored in Ocean City since the settlement of a lawsuit with the Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Co. of Baltimore in 2009.The city has long sought an alternative to pine for its boardwalk. The soft wood splits, cracks and exposes nails or screws after relatively short periods of time. The city has studied and tested many alternatives but has found none both suitable and cost-effective.But the existing stock of southern yellow pine is thicker (three inches) and sturdier that the pine used on other sections of the boardwalk, and the city administration says it is “optimistic” that it will hold up much better.Treated wooden pilings replaced the crumbling concrete substructure of this part of the boardwalk. (At the City Council capital plan workshop on Thursday, Ocean City resident Michael Hinchman asked why the city would not consider using fiberglass pilings, which he said would add infinitely to the estimated 50-year lifespan of wooden pilings.)At the same workshop, Mayor Jay Gillian’s administration proposed doubling the pace of the multiyear project, completing two blocks each year and finishing in the winter of 2017-18. A project to rebuild the Ocean City Boardwalk between Sixth Street and Plaza Place is near complete.last_img read more

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Warburtons nabs new site

first_imgWarburtons has announced the purchase of North East Bakery’s former site in Newburn, after the retail and wholesale business went into administration in December last year.Joint administrators Ian Green, partner, and Mark Loftus, director, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, had been looking to sell the business and assets of the firm, comprising the 20,000sq ft bakery in Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne and 13 retail units.A spokesperson for Warbur-tons confirmed it had purchased the site, which is adjacent to its existing Shelley Road Bakery on Newburn Industrial Estate.”We are pleased to have secured a sale of the bakery site in a relatively short period of time,” said Loftus. “It can only be good news for the local economy that Warburtons is the buyer.”Warburtons declined to comment on its plans for the site.last_img read more

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Greggs to feed the troops

first_imgBIA Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, Greggs, is to supply savouries to the troops.The company is to partner to the Navy, Army & Air Force Institute (NAAFI) in a trial that will see Greggs’ products served at the British military base in Gutersloh, Germany.The move comes after it was revealed that Greggs was the most requested food brand.Greggs will be supplying a range of seven frozen savouries, including sausage rolls, steak bakes, chilli bakes and sausage & bean melts, which will be baked throughout the day and displayed in a Greggs branded savoury counter. Greggs will be training NAAFI personnel to ensure the troops get the same quality and fresh savouries they would in a Greggs shop at home.The trial will commence on 17 September and will run for 12 weeks. A decision on rolling out the concept more widely will be taken at the end of the trial.Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said: “It’s great to hear that Greggs was the most requested brand that troops missed from home and we are really pleased to be making our savouries accessible to our troops in Germany, and, depending on the success of the trial, more widely available for our armed forces personnel around the world.”Mike Chapman, head of customer service for NAAFI, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring customers the taste of come that they have been asking for. Greggs is one of the most popular brands on the UK high street for its iconic sausage rolls and pasties, and our customers want us to deliver that to them during their NAAFI break.”last_img read more

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