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Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) 2007 Annual Report

first_imgFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw)  2007 annual report.Company ProfileFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is a holding company providing products and services for life assurance, employee benefits, asset management, medical insurance, funeral assurance provision of actuarial services and residential property development. This includes managing pensions, funeral insurance and microfinancing in the informal banking market. Fidelity Life Assurance Zimbabwe offers additional products for individual loans, salary-based loads and loans for farmers. Its actuarial services include life and general insurance services, healthcare insurance, investments and finance and funeral assurance schemes. Its asset management services include unit trusts, money market funds, equity funds, balanced funds and advisory services. Its medical aid services include an access health package, express health package and a foundation health package. The company operates in Zimbabwe and Malawi, with the latter offering products for life assurance and pensions. Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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The FTSE 100 has surged 30% since the 2020 stock market crash! Here’s what I’d do now

first_imgThe FTSE 100 has surged 30% since the 2020 stock market crash! Here’s what I’d do now The FTSE 100 has delivered a strong recovery following the 2020 stock market crash. Although it continues to trade 13% down on its price from a year ago, it is nevertheless around 30% up on the lowest point it reached in the March 2020 crash.Despite the recent stock market rally, a number of companies continue to trade on low valuations relative to their historic averages. Buying a wide range of them for the long term could lead to impressive returns. Meanwhile, holding some cash in case of a further market decline may be a prudent move.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…Buying cheap FTSE 100 shares todayClearly, some FTSE 100 stocks now trade at relatively high prices. Investor sentiment has improved significantly as vaccine rollouts have continued and economic forecasts have improved.However, this does not mean that further gains for the index are necessarily ahead. As the 2020 stock market crash showed, investor sentiment can very quickly change from positive to negative. As such, it may be a sound idea to only purchase companies with valuations that have not run away to levels that are difficult to justify. For example, buying stocks with margins of safety relative to their sector peers or historic averages could be a prudent move.After the FTSE 100’s recent stock market rally, such a task may be more difficult than it was just a few months ago. However, as mentioned, the index continues to trade down on its level from a year ago, and some sectors such as property, financial services and retail could offer good value for money at the present time.Holding cash in case of a stock market crashThe track record of the FTSE 100 highlights how unpredictable its performance can be. Certainly, it has produced high single-digit annual total returns since its inception in 1984. However, along the way it has experienced numerous stock market crashes, corrections and bear markets that have caused major declines in a short space of time.Such events have not suddenly become obsolete. They are very likely to occur in future, although predicting when they will take place is a very difficult task. Therefore, taking a prudent approach and holding some cash in a portfolio could be a sound move. It may provide peace of mind should the current stock market rally turn into a crash. Moreover, it could allow an investor to capitalise on low valuations caused by a sudden deterioration in investor sentiment over a short time period – as was the case in March 2020.Holding some cash instead of being fully invested in FTSE 100 shares may produce lower returns than those available in the stock market. However, over the long run such a strategy may be beneficial in terms of accessing low stock prices in a future stock market crash. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Churches keep up the pressure to reduce gun violence

first_img Advocacy Peace & Justice, 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Joyce Ann Edmondson says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Churches keep up the pressure to reduce gun violence Mark Bigley says: Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments are closed. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bob Ricker says: Rector Knoxville, TN Tags David Carr says: Rector Martinsville, VA By Sharon SheridanPosted Mar 21, 2013 Press Release Service April 2, 2013 at 12:09 am It is very refreshing to me to read each of the other comments (at least the comments thus far): I really agree with each of you!Furthermore, whereas I am not a gun owner, for many of my friends and family, as we were growing up guns were just a part of life. I never got into collecting them, etc., but it did comfort me when I knew loved ones who lived in areas with bad crime were protected. The debate about guns in a free society can get complex, so I do not pretend to have all the “answers.” Nevertheless, I don’t know that anyone–in good faith at least–does have the “answers” yet. So I am uncomfortable with my own church speaking out at a national level as if there is only “one” common view held by all of its members.I am an Episcopal and very happy overall with my church locally. I know other members of my congregation participated in a demonstration about gun violence last week. While I fully respect their activism, I simply do not agree with the conclusions I am overhearing or reading about. The end-results appear to be galvanizing a left-wing, Democratic party base and I fear their only “solutions” offered are going to be to crank out more ineffective legislation.In conclusion, I applaud your comments for being honest. I try to tolerate and remain open-minded to diverse views, but it’s nice to know I am not the only one out there who thinks the responses to the horrors of gun violence are myopic at best. Horrors like that of Charles Whitman in the 1960s had been going on long before other tragedies such as Newtown. Somehow, perhaps we might pray that our society will improve in being able to detect psychotic, troubled “time-bomb” people before they erupt.I just don’t think it gets us very far if churches and clergy divide and polarize us into the same-old, same-old usual “conservative versus liberal” clichés. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events March 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reducing guns will not change the fact that the root cause of multiple killings over the past 15 years has been the use of psychotropic drugs on people that exaggerated their unstable mental condition to the point of aggressive behavior. You will still have the problem unless that is addressed. These drugs help some, but not others. Much more research is needed and obviously is being withheld from the public. Get to the root of the cause first. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY 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 Submit a Press Release Jeff Barker says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Dan B. Odenweller says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK March 22, 2013 at 6:15 am Why does my church work against me on so many issues? Couldn’t the Episcopal church just work against criminals and leave those of us who are armed for our self protection alone?Gun ownership is not a problem. Criminal gun ownership is. Solve THAT problem, and you don’t need to change or add any laws. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Josh Matthews says: 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 May 14, 2013 at 12:29 am Great reply, Dan, as a fellow Episcopalian and Priest. We’re not all like that. And the commandment means, “Thou shall do no murder.” Self defense isn’t murder. They cannot see that they are stuck in duality, not being able to understand that I am a peace loving person who works for peace while respecting the dignity of every human being” by allowing them the freedom to defend themselves from perpetrators and from government infringement on our privacy. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN March 28, 2013 at 11:33 am Let’s talk about real justice – encourage women to learn how to defend themselves. I’m teaching my daughters (and son) how to use firearms for fun and to defend their lives. They will respect guns but not fear them. When they are of legal age, I’ll encourage them to obtain their concealed carry license and I’ll help them select a pistol to carry with them. Parishioners at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn, Massachusetts, observed the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath by creating “heavenly hosts” as part of an art installation at the church. Hung in the sanctuary, each “host” commemorates victims of gun or other violence, or other people the creators wished to honor. Photo/Jason Cruz[Episcopal News Service] When Episcopal clergy and laity gather March 25 for a Holy Week Way of the Cross procession in Washington, D.C., it will be the latest in a host of church activities aimed at highlighting and combating gun violence. Across the nation, Episcopalians have lobbied legislators to support gun-control laws, visited gun venders, hosted gun buybacks, created artwork memorializing gun-violence victims, preached about gun violence and observed a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath.The current emphasis on reducing gun violence stems from the Dec. 14 fatal shooting of 20 pupils and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.The Diocese of Connecticut’s bishops partnered with Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and other members of the Diocese of Washington in planning the March 25 procession, which more than 20 bishops and other Episcopalians from around the country are expected to join.“We are taking our witness to our nation’s capital to say to our political leaders and to our country that we will no longer be silent while violence permeates our world, our society, our church, our homes and ourselves,” Connecticut Bishops Ian Douglas, James Curry and Laura Ahrens wrote to their diocese. “The walk, and particularly the reflections at each station, will reflect our commitment to transformational change and the proclamation of God’s hope to the world.”In Chicago, where gun violence long has been a concern, Episcopalians from across northern Illinois and their partners in more than 65 faith-based and civic organizations will participate March 22 in the second annual CROSSwalk, a four-mile procession to remember Chicago’s murdered youth.“We simply cannot continue to ignore the heart-wrenching loss of young life that occurs with such horrifying frequency in Chicago and other cities in northern Illinois,” Chicago Bishop Jeff Lee said in a press release. “CROSSwalk calls us to pray, to build relationships and to act as though lives depend on us. And they do.”In Washington, D.C., Washington National Cathedral partnered with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence to present a series of events March 14-17 to mark a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. Religious leaders, Congress members, gun-control advocates, law-enforcement officials and medical and mental-health professionals gathered for prayers and discussions about gun violence and ways to combat it. March 16 featured a national conversation on faith-inspired public policy on gun violence and an interfaith discussion featuring Christian, Islamic and Sikh leaders. The weekend concluded with Sunday worship, where cathedral Dean Gary Hall preached: “[W]e at Washington National Cathedral are in this gun-violence work for the long haul. We won’t give up until our streets and our schools and our children are safe. We owe at least that much to our children, our neighbors, ourselves.”About 100 people attended the March 16 programs at the cathedral, while others around the country watched a live webcast, said cathedral Communications Director Richard Weinberg. “We know that close to 400 houses of worship across the country had signed up to participate in some way.” This included at least 14 Episcopal congregations, he said.Plans are underway to continue the anti-violence work.“We really thought the conversations were rich and meaningful, and we think there’s a way to package excerpts of the day’s events and worship for congregations across the country to continue in dialogue on the issue of gun violence,” Weinberg said, adding, “We are already in dialogue on staff and with our partners about future events.”Varied responsesWhile some congregations watched the webcast, others who signed up observed the Sabbath in other ways.St. Andrew’s by the Lake in Duluth, Minnesota, used the national event “as a goad for our own development locally,” said Vicar Theo Park. “We’ve been trying to pull together a comprehensive campaign.”Park has preached on gun violence, and a member of the church’s Peace and Justice Committee – which handles outreach – has staffed a table during coffee hours with contact information for lobbying legislators. “So there’s a presence and there’s been a statement, but the [mission] as a whole has taken no official stance,” Park said.“Heavenly hosts,” created by parishioners at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn, Massachusetts, as part of an art installation there, honor victims of gun and other violence. Photo/Jason CruzThe Rev. Jane Gould, rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn, Massachusetts, connected with the Sabbath through People Improving Communities through Organization, or PICO, a national network of faith-based community organizations. Gould preached about gun violence and invited parishioners to create “heavenly hosts” in memory of victims of gun violence as part of an art installation at the church.St. Stephen’s is hosting an installation of “The Way of Salvation,” Stations of the Cross created by diocesan Deacon Gay Cox. The last element is a sanctuary display of “heavenly hosts.” Congregation members were invited to create them, placing colorful shiny paper on one side of CD-sized Styrofoam circles and attaching photos or writing names of victims of gun or other violence, or others they wished to honor, on the other side.“We had lots of glitter glue, regular glitter, jewels, ribbons – just whatever they wanted to put on their disc to honor someone,” Gould said. One couple decorated a disc in honor of their son, who died while serving in the military; the day of the activity was the anniversary of his death.The hanging “hosts” will be veiled during Holy Week. “Then they will emerge in all their radiance for the [Easter] Vigil,” Gould said.Previously, parishioners have lobbied Congressional and other leaders to support gun-control legislation. Even before the Newtown shootings, the Diocese of Massachusetts was grappling with how to combat gun violence following the shooting death of Jorge Fuentes, a young leader from St. Stephen’s Church in Boston and its B-SAFE summer program. The diocese established an anti-violence task force in his memory at its November convention.Gun violence is not an abstract concern in Lynn. “We’re in a small city with a significant gang presence,” Gould said. Lynn was among eight communities to receive state funding as part of a Safe and Successful Youth Initiative attempting to “stop the bloodletting in the cities,” she said. “Luckily, we don’t have as many deaths by gun violence.”But one of her parishioners has a cousin hospitalized after being shot three times, she said. “He’s alive; they didn’t think he’d make it through the night.”“Most of our kids have a friend who’s died” of gun violence, she said.Gun buybackBeyond observing the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, Episcopal churches have addressed gun violence in other ways in recent weeks.Chief of Investigations William Schievella of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office holds an assault weapon, illegal in New Jersey, that was surrendered during the March 15-16 anonymous gun buyback hosted by the Roman Catholic St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison, New Jersey, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. Displayed in front of him at a March 18 press conference are about half of the 600 weapons collected in the program, which paid varying amounts totaling nearly $50,000 to those turning them in. Photo/Sharon SheridanOn March 16, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey, partnered with Morris County law-enforcement agencies to host an anonymous gun buyback. The event collected 600 guns – including 15 assault weapons illegal in the state, 91 semi-automatic weapons, 192 revolvers and 251 rifles and shotguns – at St. Peter’s and on March 15 at the Roman Catholic St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison.When planning the buyback, officials contacted the Morris Area Clergy Council, of which St. Peter’s is a member.“We thought it was a good idea to partner with the clergy,” said William Schievella, chief of investigations with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.Individuals who have had contact with law enforcement previously may feel more comfortable talking to officers while at a church, he explained. And people might not have felt comfortable coming to a county administration building to turn in weapons, but at a church, “they know it’s a house of worship, and they know it’s an open place for them to come,” he said.St. Peter’s participated, said Rector Janet Broderick, because “we want to say that life is sacred with our actions – all life. We want to say that every gun which is melted down is one less opportunity for God’s creation to be harmed.”Det. Craig Brooks of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office inspects a weapon surrendered during an anonymous gun buyback hosted by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey. Photo/Sharon SheridanGuns collected were checked to see if they were loaded (none were) and if they were stolen (three were), officials said during a March 18 press conference. Further checks will identify any weapons used in crimes that must be saved as evidence; the rest will be destroyed. The nearly $50,000 distributed to those surrendering the guns came from donations to the county CrimeStoppers program and from forfeitures from criminal assets.Morris County is among several New Jersey counties to hold buybacks, with about $900,000 total paid to buy more than 7,000 weapons.“The primary purpose is to get these things off the street,” Schievella said during the press conference. Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp noted that surrendering firearms ensured no one could steal them. “Burglary has traditionally been a problem in suburban communities.”That was what prompted one man to come to St. Peter’s to surrender two small handguns left among the possessions of his father when he died in 2002. The son tried bringing them to a police department at the time but was told there was no provision for turning them in.“They were real small. You could actually put them in a pocket,” he said. He placed them in a small safe but worried about them being stolen because his home had been burglarized before. “The safe is small enough, somebody could carry it away.”Although a legal gun owner, he said he was glad to be rid of the handguns. “I’ve been waiting for this.”One woman read about the buyback in the newspaper. “There has been this target rifle in my attic for 30 years, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to turn it in.”She wrapped the rifle, left behind by an ex-spouse, in newspapers and was pleased that one of the officers removed it from the car for her. “I was really uncomfortable driving here with a gun in my car. I’m not a gun person,” she said. “It’s very unnerving to be near firearms.”Beyond the buyback, St. Peter’s and other churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark are involved in ongoing efforts to raise awareness about and combat gun violence.In December, a week after the Newtown shootings, Broderick spearheaded an effort to have banners hung at clergy council member churches – including St. Peter’s and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown – and town hall and the high school declaring: They Were All Our Children.On Valentine’s Day, the two-month anniversary of the shootings, St. Peter’s Assistant Rector Melissa Hall, Redeemer Rector Cynthia Black and church laity participated in a rally on the town green against gun violence.Lobbying effortsMore recently, Broderick joined a clergy delegation from NJ Together, an interfaith coalition affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, in meeting Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th District), a parishioner, to urge him to back gun-control legislation.“I think he shared our sense that there are some common-sense measures that should be on the books federally to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, but he didn’t commit to supporting them,” said Joe Morris, NJ Together staff organizer. “I think it was a good first meeting, and we’re going to follow up and find out where he stands on these things.”NJ Together also met with Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) “I think we asked him for five things, and we were 0 for 5,” Morris said. “He told us that he thought that the clergy should do a better job preaching against violent video games.”“We’ve been kind of using the mandate in Leviticus – ‘Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed’ – which has been kind of a helpful motivation for us but also as a way of evaluating others,” he said. “We came away feeling like Scott Garrett is just standing idly by.”Elsewhere in the diocese, the Rev. Joseph Harmon, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in East Orange, has been active with NJ TogetherA sign on the parish house at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey, directs participants to the county’s anonymous gun buyback program on March 16. Photo/Sharon Sheridanand recently joined other clergy in meeting with East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser to discuss possible strategies for controlling gun violence.On March 14, a NJ Together group of 14 clergy and laity from four synagogues and three Episcopal churches – Christ Church; All Saints, Hoboken; and Grace Church, Newark – visited three gun venders in Paramus to learn about their policies and urge them to sign on to a Mayors Against Illegal Guns 10-point voluntary code for gun retailers. The code includes actions such as videotaping firearms transactions.“It was a very positive experience, I think, for all of us,” said Harmon, who participated with some of his parishioners. “We showed up unannounced, and we were very well-received at Dick’s Sporting Goods. The manager spoke very freely and very readily, as did the person behind the gun counter.”They learned that Dick’s has continued a policy of not selling automatic weapons that it put in place after the Newtown shootings and that “the only guns that they will sell are guns used in hunting,” he said. “They do not sell large-capacity magazines, and they do not sell handguns. That’s their policy, and we applauded them for it. We hope other venders like Walmart and Sports Authority and Ramsey [Outdoor] would come on board with similar kinds of proactive policies.”“The folks at Ramsey were much more cagey. … They said that the manager was not available,” Harmon said. “It seems like Sports Authority is moving in a similar direction as Dick’s, but we didn’t have information to officially verify that.”NJ Together is discussing making additional vender visits, he said. “Part of our purpose is not simply to point out the folks whose policies are not very open to ending gun violence … but to recognize those venders that are exercising discretion and sensitivity to the issue, like Dick’s.”On April 14, NJ Together will hold “a major gathering” at Christ Church for Northern New Jersey congregations involved in the anti-gun violence effort and for newcomers “to come and hear what we’ve been doing, to share their thoughts and hopes and just basically to let each other know that we are here and that our voices in unison and in number can be effective,” Harmon said.The coalition involves Christians and Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Baha’i, he said. “It is truly an interfaith effort, and it’s growing.”The tenets of the various faiths all support taking action, he said. “We have the witness of the Christian faith of Jesus Christ, the witness of Muhammad in the Muslim faith, the witness of the prophets and the law in the Jewish faith, and the peaceful spirit that comes from the other faith communities that compel us to stand up and speak out against gun violence.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Gun Violence Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest March 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm I agree with the comments on here. Taking divisive stands on divisive and emotional issues like gun control only divide the church more than it already is. I really feel alienated and I feel like the church doesn’t value my opinion because it doesn’t fit in with their partisan politics. It’s no wonder young people choose to remain “spiritual” but not “religious.” The church should be a place where the Gospel is preached, not the hot-button secular political issues of the day. None of this does anything to help fill the pews or grow the church. Jesus was not a 21st century politician and his goal was not political in nature. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments (7) Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA March 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm The Episcopal Church, or some fraction of the Church, apparently unable to cope with their failure to effectively spread the Gospel, continue to blame an inanimate object for the sins of sentient beings.How simple a solution, teach society the Ten Commandments, including “Thou shallt not kill,” and the guns magazines and automobiles would not matter. Of course the Bishops, Priests, Deacons and laity would have to focus on doing their job rather than seeking a scapegoat to blame.I am an Episcopalian, a gun owner, competitive shooter and firearms safety instructor, and have not commited a crime with a firearm. Why then are you discriminating against me, violating our promise of inclusiveness Submit an Event Listinglast_img read more

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Archbishop urges Christians to help write new Chilean Constitution

first_img Submit a Press Release By Gavin DrakePosted Jun 29, 2016 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Archbishop of Chile Héctor Zavala has called on church members to “participate and actively be involved” in drawing up a new constitution for the South American country.Photo Credit: Diocese of Chile[Anglican Communion News Service] The government of Chile are beginning the process of sifting through 83,000 individual responses after a consultation on a new constitution for the country closed on June 28. Archbishop of Chile Héctor Zavala, primate of the Anglican Province of South America, has called on church members to “participate and actively be involved” in drawing up the new constitution.“As Christians and as citizens, we are called to be part of the processes of social and cultural changes of our nation, and at the same time, to be agents of light and influence in all spheres of our society,” he said in an open letter. “Therefore, our role is important in this instance of participation.The archbishop recognized that people within the church would have different views on the constitutional proposals; and that this could be reflected in people’s response to the process, but he hoped that the church would unite “in the same desire that this new constitution may uphold the Christian heritage maintained since the founding of the Chilean Republic.”He said: “As a church we want our most important legal rule to preserve the values and republican principles which are based in a biblical world-view. This can only be achieved with faith expressing itself through love (Gal 5:6).”He said that the new constitution should uphold the right to life and human dignity from the moment of conception, freedom of education and religion, and justice and equality for all citizens before the law.The next stage in the process will be a series of provincial councils, which will be held on July 23.“This is not a mathematical discussion about how many more or how much less,” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said in response to the consultation deadline. “What Chile did was open something unprecedented in our history, it was a discussion on how, as a nation, we conceive the role of citizens in our civic life.” Tags Anglican Communion, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Press Release Service Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing 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 Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Archbishop urges Christians to help write new Chilean Constitution Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Latin America Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest last_img read more

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CAF relaunches Charity NetAccess with new partner Poptel

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The collaboration with Poptel makes sense. Poptel has many years of experience providing Internet services for charities, trades unions and labour organisations.Find out more from CAF’s Charity Services. Read UK Fundraising’s report on Charity NetAccess’s launch in December 1997. Howard Lake | 28 September 1999 | News Tagged with: Technology Internet accessdomain registration, webspace, mailing listson-site installationonline tutorials and telephone support CAF relaunches Charity NetAccess with new partner Poptel Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has relaunched Charity Net Access, the specialised service for charities, with Internet Service Provider Poptel. Charity NetAccess was originally launched in December 1997 with K-web “to provide a complete package for access to the Internet tailored exclusively to the needs of charities.”The relaunched service is also designed “to provide tried-and-tested Internet solutions for any charity, regardless of size.” By signing up with Charity NetAccess “your organisation benefits from CAF’s understanding of the requirements of the charity sector, and information tailored to your interests.” This includes a list of relevant bookmarked Web sites which, from the 1997 launch, has included UK Fundraising. The choice of packages includes: Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. read more

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Valldata to take over Our Lasting Tribute

first_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital in memoriam Individual giving Valldata Whitewater Howard Lake | 16 May 2012 | News 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. Supporter relationship management company Valldata Services is to take over ‘Our Lasting Tribute’, the pioneering in memoriam online fundraising platform established by direct marketing agency Whitewater, which went into administration last month.The acquisition, dubbed a ‘rescue’ by the agency, remains subject to contract. It should mean that the site can remain fully operational for the charities which currently use it, removing the uncertainty that some of the 35 charity clients have voiced over the last three weeks.Valldata already provides a number of digital services for charities, including Content Managed Solutions, Integrated Payment Portals and Event Management Portals.‘Our Lasting Tribute’ enables individuals to set up a Tribute Fund in memory of a loved one. The Fund, which sits under the umbrella of an existing charity, is named after the deceased and becomes a valued memorial and focus for family and friends to raise money for the charity.Hamish Horton, CEO of Valldata, told UK Fundraising that he hoped to complete the legal process within a few days. He said: “Everyone at Valldata is delighted that we have been able to finally reach an agreement with the liquidators that will enable stability of the ‘Our Lasting Tribute’ platform for all the clients that currently utilise it… We look forward to building on these key relationships in the coming days and weeks, and developing the product for many years to come.”www.valldata.co.uk  77 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Valldata to take over Our Lasting Tribute AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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A voice from New Orleans schools: ‘Are we gonna be alive?’

first_imgBig-EBy Big ENew OrleansThis slightly edited talk was given at the Aug. 6 Workers World Party webinar, “War on the Working Class: the Socialist Response,” which featured education workers. Big E is an activist with New Orleans Workers Group.Thank you, everybody out there, and much love to workers of the world as well. To touch on our situation here in Jefferson Parish and in the New Orleans area, what we’re looking at is: The capitalist class has an agenda. And that’s to put the workers back to work — they need glorified babysitters; that’s the way they view us as teachers. To push the kids back to school, get the parents back to work and keep this capitalist machine rolling. I’m saying that’s their objective. It’s on us to put up as much of a fight in resistance as we can.‘Our life here, right now’To point out a few more of the issues: Our population here is majority Black, about 56% or so, and the rest Latinx, white and Asian. There’s also some undocumented. But everybody’s poor — you know what I’m saying — that’s the uniting fact. It’s poor kids, poor teachers, right? Title I schools. [Title I is the largest U.S. federal aid program for public schools, begun in 1965 as part of the “War on Poverty.”] And the undocumented students, they don’t have access to the free internet or the low-cost internet or the free laptops that some schools have been offering. They also don’t have the ability to go get tested. The [school systems] are doing this hybrid thing. They’re not teaching people how to teach digitally. Nobody has taught you the process. They don’t have the software together, because they had a contract with whatever company. Now they got a contract with Google. We all got Google email. Now as Google sees the hustle of Zoom, they’re jumping into the streaming thing, and yet it’s not ready. But we are still expected to learn it as the [children] learn. The kids are coming next week. [The state] is still talking about state standards and testing issues and all this kind of stuff. And we be like, “Man, are we gonna be alive?” We’re talking about our life here, right now.Just last week this parish closed two bars because people weren’t adhering to the facemasks and the 6-feet rule and whatnot. So now they expect children, they expect to have elementary kids in school five days out of the week — middle, high, every level. They are holding those children to a higher standard than they are people who sell alcohol!Uniting the working classWe had a protest yesterday; we plan to have some more actions. The New Orleans Workers Group actually has an action Aug. 8. We are uniting unemployed workers. Next ones will be at Duncan Plaza — that’s one of our little home spots where we set up shop and we meet the people. It’s a major bus stop in New Orleans. And something I wanna say about New Orleans. People think it’s just a fun, partying, liberal city. Yeah, you can come get drunk and have a good time and all that, but it’s racist as f–k. You know, it’s capitalist, it’s a racist, divided city and always has been. Don’t let what they sell you on TV confuse you. You know — I’m sure we all knew this already — but even if you have Black faces and whatnot in different [government] places, they’re puppets. They’re controlled by the rich ruling class, whether it’s oil barons they got down here or the real estate tycoons.Me and Josh Guzda [another organizer of education workers], we are frustrated. It’s a matter of a lot of people feel the way we do, but [hold back] due to the economic impact and the fear of losing your job and not having your health benefits. I had a brother of mine tell me about how he almost lost his wife — she had a heart attack, and he had just recently lost a job. He was able to find some emergency insurance or something of that nature. Otherwise, [the money would] come out of pocket and he doesn’t have that. People don’t realize just how frightening that is for somebody. We are constantly trying to tell people about the power that they have. We are trying to unite the working class here. We are going door to door, always taking precautions. We have a newspaper, Worker’s Voice Newspaper. That’s the work we do with Take ‘Em Down NOLA, the New Orleans Workers Group, the People’s Assembly and the Hospitality Workers Alliance. People can check us out on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.Fighting ‘separate but equal’ schools againNow what we want to accomplish for those kids is that schools be provided for. All the schools should be closed. They said, we’ve got to break up a fight. You got to get in there! And we expected to have 20 kids in a class. You know, it’s just ridiculous. The schools have to be closed. But the digital divide needs to end; it should be free internet as well as free laptops and everything given to students who can’t afford it. As it’s Title I schools, they’re actually creating separate but equal all over again! Kids who are with it [and have money], they’re not going to miss their education — but those without, they are clearly going to miss out. They’re being put into a petri dish, as well as teachers, staff, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and everybody.They talk about how they don’t have money for us. They have full undercover police out there! And they had two drones following me and John Guzda around. So it’s a real impactful and intense situation, but we ain’t gonna back down!You know we’re gonna keep the struggle alive, and we’re gonna keep fighting.      This thing ain’t going away. Much love. All power to the people! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Congressman Makes Case to Colleagues for RFS

first_img SHARE Congressman Makes Case to Colleagues for RFS Facebook Twitter A congressman from Iowa makes the case that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working and encourages his fellow lawmakers to support it. In an open letter titled “Dear Colleague: Why the last two months show the RFS is working,” Rep. Dave Loebsack points out that the recent flexibility in the RFS, the government looking into renewable fuel distribution barriers, and oil earnings not taking the bemoaned but not-to-fruition dips because of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) show a healthy RFS.One of the important features of the RFS is that Congress provided significant flexibility to adjust targets based on anticipated production. On August 6, 2013, the EPA did just that, releasing the final 2013 RFS volumes at adjusted levels. The EPA decreased the required cellulosic biofuels amounts, as well as extended the deadline to comply with the 2013 standards by four months. This gives refiners additional time to blend renewable fuel or purchase RINs for 2013 compliance. Additionally, the EPA signaled it would remain flexible as it develops the 2014 RFS levels.On August 22, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would look into anti-trust violations for limiting consumer choices at the pump. This comes as opponents of the RFS continue to talk about a hypothetical E10 blend wall that would allegedly create a barrier to using more biofuels in the domestic fuel supply. What’s clear is that these concerns are shortsighted. There are simple ways to eliminate any potential blend wall that include letting consumers dictate what fuel options they have at the pump. This market-based approach means consumers should have the option to put more biofuels into their gas tanks if they want.And another strong quarter of earnings for the oil companies shows a pretty good Chicken Little impression when Big Oil tried to forecast “staggering” economic consequences of the RFS.These recent events in regards to the RFS show that the law is working as intended. We must continue to support the RFS to spur continued development of homegrown fuels, lower gas prices, create good jobs, and promote economic development in our communities.Source: www.domesticfuel.com Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Energy Congressman Makes Case to Colleagues for RFS By Andy Eubank – Sep 26, 2013 Previous articleTC Huffman Talks Harvest in Eastern IndianaNext articleFall Burndown has its Spring Benefits Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Coughlan to introduce probation programme for newly qualified teachers

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Coughlan to introduce probation programme for newly qualified teachers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGweebara group calls for changes to planning lawNext articleSix Donegal men cycling length of the country for charity News Highland By News Highland – July 22, 2010 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Google+ Newly qualified teachers at both primary and post-primary levels will have to undergo a new induction and probationary programme.The reform, which will be announced today by Education Minister Mary Coughlan, is to be phased in from September.Aimed at improving teacher quality, it will involve more rigorous assessment and inspection in the nation’s classrooms.Education Minister Mary Coughlan will outline details of the new programme at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties today.She believes that Ireland has significant weaknesses in helping newly qualified teachers to take charge of a classroom.Ms Coughlan says that a teacher’s first months and year in a post are critical. She says that at the moment, induction support for teachers at primary level is limited.And, with a small number of exceptions, induction support at post-primary level is virtually non-existent. The minister says the probationary process for teachers is “also well below the optimum”.At primary level, it excludes any meaningful involvement of school management; while at post-primary, it involves, in most cases, the sign-off of a principal teacher without any observation of the teacher’s work in the classroom.The Teaching Council will be empowered to take responsibility for the reforms from 2012, but it is being phased in from September with an induction programme.All primary teachers qualifying from September of this year will undergo induction immediately and all new post-primary teachers by the end of December. Pinterest Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Newsx Adverts Facebooklast_img read more

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Gardaí introduce more checkpoints from today

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – October 22, 2020 Facebook Twitter Twitter Gardaí introduce more checkpoints from todaycenter_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Gardaí will introduce more checkpoints from today as part of the Level 5 restrictions.Training in the Garda College in Templemore will also stop so recruits can be released to help with frontline dutiesThe extension of Operation Fanacht will see Gardai continue their policy of policing by consent with enforcement only being used as a last resort.The release of students and staff from Templemore from November 2nd will also allow up to 260 extra members be drafted in to police checkpoints and provide extra community patrols.Gardai say that at any one time over the next six weeks they’ll have over two and a half thousand officers on dutyThey’ will also avaible for vulnerable people in the community who may need extra assistance during the increased restrictions. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+ Previous article‘Gapping space’ in the North West education, says MinisterNext articleLevel 5: Donegal GP warns against complacency News Highland last_img read more

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