Greece says it’s on target while Portugal teeters

first_img Greece says it’s on target while Portugal teeters whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 23 November 2010 8:58 pm Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was The Dream Girl In The 90s, This Is Her NowMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comcenter_img KCS-content GREECE claimed it is on track to meet the fiscal targets laid out in the terms of its International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout, despite being on the verge of missing the 2010 deficit target.IMF and EU inspectors said that, while it would miss its 2010 target by around 1.5 per cent, the country had made enough of an effort to qualify for the next, €9bn (£7.6bn) installment of its loan.IMF mission chief for Greece, Poul Thomsen said: “The programme is broadly on track and policies are being implemented as agreed.”The IMF also moved to reassure markets spooked by the second Eurozone bailout being negotiated in Dublin that Athens would not be left in the lurch if repayments on its emergency loan become too burdensome. Thomsen said: “What we are saying to the markets is we know there could be a problem [for Greece]. Don’t worry about it, if it proves to be a problem we’ll deal with it.”Meanwhile, Portugal teetered ever closer to the edge yesterday as it announced its state deficit has widened, prompting fears it could be the next Eurozone domino to fall. The beleaguered country is desperate to avoid an IMF bailout, with its Prime Minister adamant it will be able to cut its budget sufficiently. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Tackling digital transformation

first_img Natalie Billingham joined Akamai in 2007 and initially worked in its media sales team covering UKI and Scandinavia. In 2016, she became divisional VP for EMEA Media. Natalie is responsible for ensuring all of the EMEA Media team focus on customer excellence to create, build and maintain longstanding partnerships. She is also one of the founder members of Akamai’s EMEA Women’s Forum.The first wave of digital transformation for the gambling world brought with it new opportunity and prosperity for the industry, but increasing pressure from consumers and regulators may be leading towards a second wave of transformation.This view forms the foundation of a recent white paper from Akamai, who provide an intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences. The white paper, titled “Digital Transformation V2.0”, presents some of the company’s views and expectations for digital transformation in the igaming industry. Challenges and opportunitiesWith the constantly evolving state of the industry, Akamai identifies several areas of interest that it feels represent the biggest challenges and opportunities in igaming over the coming years.Top of the list, unsurprisingly, are uncertain regulatory environments. Despite positive developments across the US and Europe in recent months with FOBT and skins betting regulations being enacted, Akamai identifies that igaming businesses may face difficulty meeting the need for fast implementation and changing restrictions while also maintaining competitive advantage and speed.“It’s often said that you have to speculate to accumulate – and when you’re trying to move into newly deregulated markets or take advantage of new technologies, that’s certainly true,” says Natalie Billingham, VP Media, EMEA at Akamai.  “But you want to minimise the risk without minimising the opportunity. Working with a partner that allows you to expand into new territories using an existing platform, or that enables you to deploy new technologies ‘as a service’, means you can scale affordably without all the associated risks”.The white paper also notes record levels of M&A activity in the industry, further exemplifying why flexibility is crucial. To merge firms, enterprise systems, online platforms and security systems quickly, Akamai suggests a consolidated platform to provide the necessary delivery and security features.As well as the growing number of accessible markets, new products and enabling technologies are also emerging, such as social gambling and esports betting, which Akamai identifies as an opportunity to grow audiences. New technologies to capitalise on these markets and products, such as APIs or low-latency live streaming, present opportunities for operators, so long as the technological support underpinning them is strong enough to see the returns.Finally, Akamai discusses how the industry must cut through the hype surrounding disruptive technologies such as AI and blockchain to ensure the use cases can be realised. Competitive landscapeThe white paper also touches on the challenges of increasing competition; especially as new, nontraditional players join the fold. Akamai’s view is that these new competitors will come from three sources – pure online play, adjacent markets and new products such as esports.“A new type of competitor can require a new type of approach if you want to stay ahead of the pack,” says Billingham.  “Pure online players can grow quickly or take advantage of a grey-market position, and social gambling firms can use their broad base of non-cash gamblers to market to. Even esports companies are getting in on the act, offering spectators the ability to bet on the outcomes of events. If traditional gambling companies are only thinking about their traditional competitors, they might not see the real threats to their businesses.”In the face of these three emerging competitor groups, there is a need to ensure compelling and competitive online services compliant to regulations, capitalising on the technology while ensuring a sustainable and scalable business model.With all of these developments shifting the way the gambling industry views itself and its business, Akamai sees success for those that leverage new digital platforms to evolve their operations, ensuring the pillars of security, high-quality and speed are kept at the forefront.To hear more from Akamai, register now for our upcoming webinar, where Tim Vereecke, web performance architect, EMEA, at Akamai Technologies will discuss how real user and performance monitoring can serve to improve customer experiences in modern HTML5 games.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tech & innovation 26th March 2019 | By Josephine Watson Tackling digital transformation Email Address In a recent white paper, Akamai discussed some of the challenges and opportunities in the wake of digital transformation V2.0 in the igaming industry Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Tech & innovationlast_img read more

Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc ( Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgCornerstone Insurance Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc (  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCornerstone Insurance Company Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria offering products for life and non-life classes. The company provides risk underwriting and related financial services for individuals, corporate and institutional customers. This includes products for motor vehicles, aviation, marine, engineering all risks, asset protection, liability to third party, oil and gas, group life, credit life, mortgage protection, term assurance, wealth creation and Islamic insurance. Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc was the first insurance company in Nigeria to provide customers with an online platform for insurance transactions. The company’s services are easily accessible through internet and mobile technology. Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

With the oil price plunging, is now the right time to invest in UK oil shares?

first_img Matthew Dumigan | Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020 | More on: BP RDSA 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. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. With the oil price plunging, is now the right time to invest in UK oil shares?center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Oil is a commodity known for its volatility. Over recent weeks, the price has fluctuated immensely on the back of various events, simultaneously impacting the share prices of the top UK oil shares.History was made on Monday when the price of US oil plummeted below zero to begin trading in negative territory. That means oil suppliers were effectively paying customers to take delivery!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…But what does all this mean for the UK oil companies listed in the FTSE 100?Demand dries upPlunging oil prices across the board are the result of a number of different factors. Most significantly, the outbreak of Covid-19 has dried up global demand for the commodity.As lockdown restrictions continue, people are shopping, driving and consuming less of the product, meaning suppliers have nowhere to store excess stock.Evidently, this is bad news for UK oil shares. That said, I’m confident that once lockdown restrictions ease and the global economy returns to a degree of normality, consumption will return to pre-crisis levels.If you’re bullish about the prospects of a V-shaped recovery, I’d expect the share prices of UK oil stocks to bounce back swiftly as oil consumption increases and the stock market crash comes to an end.Cheap UK oil share valuationsUK oil shares have been particularly hard hit in the market crash. Many have wiped billions from their valuations, trading at prices that haven’t been seen for years.Take BP (LSE: BP) for example, whose share price has plummeted by around 37% since mid-February. It’s a similar story for Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSA), falling around 32%. The lesser-known company Premier Oil has seen its share price drop by an eye-watering 80% and it now trades at price-to-earnings ratio of just 1.55.As a result of the market crash, there may be value to be had with the UK oil shares, some of which I believe are simply ‘too big to fail’ (especially Shell and BP).Strong financial positionDon’t get me wrong, the next few months will be tough. With abysmally low oil prices and the uncertainty of the macroeconomic climate, businesses will be bleeding cash.However, the financial positions of Shell and BP remain strong. The former has taken steps to free up over $8bn of free cash flow through reducing operating costs, capital spending and working requirements. The later has followed suit, implementing a cost-saving programme to supplement the $32bn it already has available in cash.Both are yet to announce a suspension of dividends, but that could come in the near future. Especially if the burden of a sliding oil price becomes too much.Regardless, it’s clear both companies have a strong cash position. I think it’ll be more than enough to see these two market leaders through the various crises they are facing.The future of UK oil companiesWith both embarking on the path to net-zero emissions, I think the future of sustainable energy lies with the two industry giants.Both companies have expanding businesses in solar, biofuels and renewable products. What’s more, both aim to spend billions in order to strengthen their position in the renewables industry.For this reason, I don’t think either will be going away any time soon. I expect a bright future for UK oil shares, so I’d invest today. Matthew Dumigan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Matthew Dumiganlast_img read more

New Community gathers ‘Together, Advancing the Sacred Dream’

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments (2) Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Community gathers ‘Together, Advancing the Sacred Dream’ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA By Pat McCaughanPosted Mar 17, 2014 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags March 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm this was a wonderful experience and i recommend it to everybody the next time around. unless you don’t like beautiful mountains. Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Richard Miller says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem center_img Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ethnic Ministries Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY March 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm It appears that the gathering was very spirit filled and transformational. A video sharing of this event would go a long ways in spreading it’s energy to a much wider audience. Glory to God for all the sharing and enlightening that transpired at Kanuga. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing About 200 clergy and laity from across the Episcopal Church gathered for the New Community gathering to “advance the sacred dream.” Photo: Lynn A. Collins[Episcopal News Service] About 200 clergy and laity from across the Episcopal Church gathered to “set the vision quest” during the March 12-15 New Community Clergy and Lay Conference at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina.Themed “Together, Advancing the Sacred Dream,” the second such gathering of ethnic ministries throughout the church was intended to move participants deeper into collaborative mission, partnership and relationship, according to Sarah Eagle Heart, Episcopal Church missioner for indigenous ministries.“It was really important to us that we continue what we started during the first New Community gathering [in 2012 in San Diego],” Eagle Heart said while welcoming participants. “The Ogala Lakota talk about dreams in terms of vision quest … and we wanted to take all the dreams of our ancestors and of every ethnic group here and bring them together in one place.”Participants honored the Rev. Terry Star, who died suddenly on March 4. Photo: Lynn A. CollinsEagle Heart and others invoked the spirit of the Rev. Terry Star, 40, who was to participate in the gathering, but died suddenly March 4 at Nashotah House Theological Seminary where he was a seminarian. He was described as a spirit of compassion, love and inclusion.Citing the Lakota concept of mitakuye oyasin, or “we are all related,” during the opening Eucharist sermon, Isaiah Brokenleg called upon participants to “be good relatives to one another” and to relate to one another out of a mutual willingness to be vulnerable, honest and transparent.Once we ask, “who are my relatives and what kind of relative do I want to be … we can work to be the change we want to see in our community,” he said.Plenary and workshop presentations included: multiethnic church planting; asset-based community development; effective strategies for parish renewal; human trafficking; environmental and other forms of racism; and a session designed to elicit feedback for the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church.Sarah Eagle Heart and Isaiah Brokenleg dance during an evening of cultural entertainment. Photo: Lynn A. Collins‘Building the world we dream about’Building the sacred dream and dismantling racism involves listening to “the stories we don’t know and learning the history we were not taught, even when it threatens the way we’ve always done things and our secret belief that assimilation is the goal,” according to the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, during a March 13 panel discussion addressing issues of “white privilege, internationalized oppression, racial justice and reconciliation, and capacity building.”It also involves broadening church responses to gender bias, homophobism, multiethnic people, interethnic discrimination and the complexities of culture, according to a consensus at the gathering.Jennings acknowledged both benefiting from white privilege and “seeing the way my son is denied it.” Jennings adopted her son Sam from Colombia, and when he needed life-saving surgery at 4 months old, she recalled, “a church staff member said, ‘why don’t you just take him back and get a healthy white baby?’”She said she hopes that both experiences have prompted her “to work for change from within the institutional church.”For example, as deputies’ president, 30 percent of her appointments to churchwide committees, commissions, agencies and boards (CCABs) have been to people 40 or younger; 28 percent have been to people of color … “so we begin to change the face of those participating in churchwide bodies.”Listening to and honoring each other’s stories to overcome “corporate amnesia” will not be easy, according to the Hon. Byron Rushing, a Massachusetts state representative and vice president of the House of Deputies, also a panelist.He called instead for a corporate “anamnesis,” or remembering to remove the myth of slavery as an incidental occurrence in the early days of the European occupation of the Americas, to the truth of slavery as part of the origin of the nation and the Americas and the economic success of the United States.“It means you’re asking people to change their understanding of what their relationship to other people can be, and their understanding of their right to the power they have,” he said. “There is no easy way to do it except to stand up and talk about it.”Poet, visual artist and playwright Enedina Casarez Vasquez describes during a plenary session her search for Mexican cultural expressions and identity within the Episcopal Church. Photo: Lynn A. CollinsVisual artist, playwright, teacher and poet Enedina Casarez Vasquez shared experiences of growing up in Texas, a fifth generation Mexican-American who did not speak Spanish because “we were told it was a bad language and would keep us from becoming a success in life,” she said.Feeling rejected by the Roman Catholic Church she joined the Episcopal Church, only to be disillusioned there, as well. “I want to see myself in the Episcopal Church,” she told the gathering. “I want to see priests and deacons that look like me, dark, brown, black, joyful. I want to see Mexican women as priests, to know they exist. Why do I not see them in my hometown? I know they exist somewhere outside of Texas [because] the United States is teeming with Latinos in the Episcopal Church.”Still, she believes that the Episcopal Church is the answer, although “we need to look at the ugly stuff, and define reconciliation through dialogue,” she said.The Rev. Jim Kodera, a Wellesley College professor of religion and rector of St. Luke’s Church in Hudson, Massachusetts, said he came to the United States as an international student and later became a naturalized citizen. He offered three “pernicious roots of racial prejudice,” including the belief that people on the receiving end of racism are homogenous, anonymous and strangers and foreigners.”Kodera evoked laughter when he said the senior warden at his church had once said “I don’t think of you as Asian. I told her, I am. Please make the effort. In her mind she had already converted me into an Irish-American.”But he added, “It’s easy to engage in anti-racism work as long as we think of racists to be out there. We do the same thing as we blame others … We have to stop that. It is much harder to acknowledge racism within ourselves and I would like to go as far as to suggest each one of us without exception is a racist in that we are all products of racist history and society.”He added that, “in order to become a real Christian, you don’t have to become white. In order to become real Episcopalians, you don’t have to speak English. To become true disciples of Christ, all we have to do is follow in the footsteps of Christ in the context in which we belong.”Seeds of the new communityThe New Community gatherings grew out of frustration at the lack of diversity in worship and in the church’s CCABs, according to the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillen, who joined the Kanuga gathering via video link.“It is something new developing … the new face of the church, diverse and multicultural and multilingual and rich and beautiful,” he said.Advocacy, congregational development and bridgebuilding are at the heart of missioners’ work, according to the Rev. Fred Vergara, missioner for Asiamerica ministries, whose efforts are focused, among other things, on education and training and building a virtual classroom. The virtual classroom is designed for use in a theological exchange connecting the Episcopal Church with Asia and throughout the world, he said.The Rev. Angela Ifill, missioner for black ministries, said people of African descent from the United States, Latin and South America, the Caribbean and the African continent, make up about 121,000, or 6.4 percent, of the Episcopal Church’s population.Her New Visions Initiative partners congregations that have plateaued with stronger ones for mutual ministry and has sparked “changes from the bottom up rather than the top down,” she said. “We are all missionaries, we are all called into ministry and not just the ordained person, the people in the pews are also missioners and ministers of the church,” she said.Opportunities for young people include the SOUL conference and the Rising Stars Initiative, which attempts to interrupt “the school to prison pipeline that pushes young children out of the classroom and into the prison system,” she said.Indigenous Ministries Missioner Eagle Heart said she recognized immediately when she took the position five years ago that the need for healing “was so immense” among indigenous communities.Her efforts include helping to offer opportunities for alternative theological and lay leadership, support for seminarians and providing discernment opportunities for young people of color. She described the Kanuga gathering as “an opportunity to work on the sacred dream” and to support one another.Race and PovertyThe Rev. Jemonde Taylor described a 62-block area in Dallas that once “looked like a war zone.” For him, that area eventually became church, a spiritual community.“There was nothing there except residents just barely hanging on. It was an opportunity to partner with others and to go into a community that was ready to be transformed.” It became known as Jubilee Park, a jubilee ministry, partnering with St. Michael and all Angels Church in Dallas in 1996.Since the partnership began 15 years ago, crime has dropped by 65 percent, offers a variety of social services to about 5,000 weekly, and the local school – once considered among the worst – is now the highest performing elementary school in the Dallas Independent School District, Taylor told the gathering. “In my mind it is resurrection. A place that was dead is now living.”Similarly, Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo, a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and pastor of All Nations Indian Church in Minneapolis, described “the legacy of manifest destiny” in terms of the staggering 70 percent high school dropout and 85 to 95 percent unemployment rates at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.The concept of manifest destiny – that belief that white settlers were superior to indigenous people – set in motion a domino effect that is still unfolding, Helgemo said.Other grim statistics included 35 percent of homes having no electricity, more than 90 percent of the population living below U.S. federal poverty guidelines, and equally horrific health statistics, with cervical cancer rates five times the national level, more than half the population over 40 suffering from diabetes, and a life expectancy for men of 46 “roughly the same as Afghanistan and Somalia.”“The last chapter in any successful genocide is the one in which the oppressor can remove their hands and say ‘my God what are these people doing to each other? They’re killing each other and themselves as we watch,” she said. “As removed as the dominant society may feel from a massacre in 1890 or a series of broken treaties 150 years ago, you have to ask the question how should you feel about the statistics of today, what is the connection between these images of suffering?”“I’m from Pine Ridge,” Eagle Heart told the gathering. “These are my people … and knowing my own people and my own tribe and where I’m from, I’m struck sometimes by the hopelessness there. Jemonde [Taylor] shared that it’s really important to be there and with the people in prayer.”Responding with loving serviceThe Rev. Ruben Duran, ELCA director for evangelizing congregations, said about 62 percent of his new congregational start-ups are among people of color whose language is not English and who are poor.With 342 new congregations under development, he trains about 60 mission developers yearly, he said. “We would like the new community to grow, to be evangelical in their orientation to work for peace and justice as part of their DNA, a community that is always making new disciples, and looking for other opportunities to be able to grow the extension of God’s reign.”Bishop Stacy Sauls, the Episcopal Church’s chief operating officer, addresses the gathering about the importance of being a missionary. Photo: Lynn A. CollinsBishop Stacy Sauls, the Episcopal Church’s chief operating officer, also a panelist, said the church is attempting “to create a movement among young people in the Episcopal Church so that within a generation missionary service will be normative in the Episcopal Church.”Paraphrasing Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, Sauls said that “we are all missionaries or we are nothing because that’s what it means to be a Christian, to be sent and to serve. There was a time in church when we forgot what that meant. We are determined to reclaim it.”Now, being a missionary means “sending people to build relationships,” he added. “They are not the giver and somebody else the receiver, but the relationships are mutual in which Jesus is encountered. The strategy is to engage young people in the Episcopal Church, doubling the size of the Young Adult Service Corps.”Environmental RacismPresiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, during a panel discussion, said that environmental racism “is about domination both of human beings and the rest of creation, about human beings using others – both human others and nonhuman others – as objects. It is about a willingness to dump, seeing the rest of creation as a dumping ground or a resource to export.”She added: “Our response has to be a move from confronting consumption as a way of being in this world, to conscious use of the rest of creation.” She cited as examples converting church land for food production and cultivating a consciousness about energy and water use and reducing, reusing, recycling.The Rev. Canon Sandye Wilson, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, New Jersey, said the state has 108 toxic waste centers – closest to the poorest cities – “breathing in horror, breathing out death.”She said that African-American children are five times more likely to suffer from lead poisoning than their white counterparts “and so you become passionate about the reality of racism that is a part of how people live and how poor people have no idea when they move into community they’re setting themselves up for the possibility of death in the long run,” she said. “It’s incumbent upon us as the church to develop a passion for the interconnectedness of all of life; it is our responsibility to one another.”Through a translator, the Rev. Luis Alberto Tuaza said he has worked for 30 years with indigenous people in the Diocese of Central Ecuador and, at the moment, “we’re fighting to avoid mining, preserve the forest, and to preserve the vegetation.” In addition to trying to protect the land, he also is trying to rescue the historical memory of the people, he said.Sarah Augustine is co-director of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, an international charity, and professor of sociology and director of student spirituality at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington. She said that as institutions of faith, dioceses and congregations have the power to effect change by divesting financial holdings in large corporations “who are for destruction” and want to remove indigenous communities so they can mine for gold and other resources.“We have to stop thinking of ourselves as consumers, and begin regarding ourselves as investors” and demand that companies abide by their own policies, she said. “This is our moment, this is happening here and now, we are the ones coming to save us; it’s us.”Carrying the sacred dreamThe sacred dream is “the ancient prophetic dream about what shalom looks like, what the reign of God looks like,” said the presiding bishop. “It is making it real in this day and our places, the kingdom of God on earth.”“It is a dream of a world where love and justice reign,” added Vergara, missioner for Asiamerica ministries. “A dream of a church that carries forward missio Dei, the mission of God to reconcile all creation to unity with God and each other in Christ.”For Guillen, “we hold the dream that someday indeed we will all be treated equally, that we will all have the same access. We won’t have the stereotypes and discrimination and all those other things. In the meantime, we celebrate the successes we’ve made, the strides we’ve made … There are still issues and there are still feelings and there’s still work to be done. So, we make strides, we work together, sometimes we have to be a little bit more vocal and proactive, but ultimately the dream is becoming a reality. But, it’s still a dream.”Ifill, missioner for black ministries, agreed that “we are all fully integrated, fully involved, we have equal voice … and having equal voice, the vision of each person being considered, is the total dream of God. We’ve got a long, long, long way to go but we have hope and that’s what keeps us going.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Jon Carl Lewis says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

Charities must show donors more impact, says survey

first_img Howard Lake | 4 February 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities must show donors more impact, says survey  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Research commissioned by fundraising direct marketing agency DMS into who is more and less likely to cut their charitable donations in 2009 has found that 37% of high-value donors say that they want charities to provide greater accountability and greater focus on the impact their previous donations have made.The quantitative survey was carried out in November 2008 via CCB FastMap’s online panel with approximately 1,000 active donors.DMS wanted to find out which giving methods were likely to be more and less affected by the current recession, and what charities could do to keep people giving during the recession.The survey found that 15% of people intended to give less to charity in 2009 while 7% said they intended to give more. The latter group were more likely to be on a higher income and donors who were already giving larger amounts to charity.There was some interest among respondents in alternatives to cash: 39% of people wanted charities to suggest other ways of giving, such as buying charitable goods or taking part in raffles or prize draws.Steven Dodds, Head of Planning at DMS, said: “Supporters just want to be shown that their donations are really making a difference. This research shows that they are increasingly looking to charities to create greater value, impact and accountability for their donation.”DMS, part of The Direct Marketing Group, presented its findings to clients in December as part of a ‘Fundraising in Recession’ seminar because the agency believed that many clients had not had experience of fundraising through the UK’s last recession.DMS’ client base includes Oxfam, Asthma UK, Cats Protection, SSAFA, and Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving recession Research / statistics 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa

first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  35 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. [amzn_product_post]Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid reveals why millions are actually poorer because of aid, unable to escape corruption and reduced, in the West’s eyes, to a childlike state of beggary.We all want to help. Over the past fifty years $1 trillion of development aid has flowed from Western governments to Africa, with rock stars and actors campaigning for more. But this has not helped Africa. It has ruined it.Dead Aid shows us another way. Using hard evidence to illustrate her case, Moyo shows how, with access to capital and with the right policies, even the poorest nations can turn themselves around. First we must destroy the myth that aid works – and make charity history. Advertisementlast_img read more

Farmers Union Officials Granted Audience with Pope;  to Discuss Importance of Family…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Farmers Union Officials Granted Audience with Pope;  to Discuss Importance of Family Farming Discussion not only included land use and conservation, but also a resource that is increasingly scarce: fresh water. “In discussions with Vatican officials on environmental issues, one of their concerns is water and the availability in the major agriculture producing regions of the world. Whether it’s drought or contamination we need to make sure that the water supply remains safe and abundant,” said Darin Von Ruden, Wisconsin Farmers Union president. Facebook Twitter SHARE The Farmers Union delegation said that one of its biggest challenges was dispelling the widely held myth that U.S. agriculture is completely dominated by large, multinational corporations and is thus inapplicable to the farming paradigms in most of the rest of the world. “This is an incredible opportunity for South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) and our brother organizations across the United States to work with the Vatican and network with others in Europe on the future of family farming,” said SDFU President Doug Sombke. “It also affords us the opportunity to let the world know what farming in the United States is truly like. Many see American farmers as corporate controlled and nothing else,” he added. SHARE Farmers Union Officials Granted Audience with Pope;  to Discuss Importance of Family Farming Facebook Twitter According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, nearly 97 percent of farms in the U.S. are owned and operated by families, who are the best custodians of the land and water resources we all rely on. Mark Watne, president of North Dakota Farmers Union, noted,“Just as North Dakota considers changing its corporate farming law, we were reminded at the Vatican that family farms are the best tool for food security, and men and women are the center of God’s creation and are the custodians of the environment.”center_img By Gary Truitt – Mar 26, 2015 Dave Velde, National Farmers Union (NFU) chief counsel, noted that the discussions that took place in Rome transcended all national borders and religious beliefs. “All religions are concerned about stewardship and the environment,” he said.  “And this is a belief that can help unite a very divided world.” The two principal organizations representing the U.S. were NFU and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. The findings of earlier symposiums and these meetings in Rome both will be used to develop The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader, a set of resources that Catholic Rural Life is developing with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in the Vatican. Alan Merrill, president of Montana Farmers Union said “after spending time revisiting the values we hold, with the emphasis on our spiritual, moral and physical responsibilities to the land and the production of food, Montana Farmers Union grassroots membership should be proud that these same ideas are held high around the world.” Previous articleEthanol and Agriculture Groups Challenge Anti-Biofuels Effort  Next articleGrassley Co-Sponsors Bill to Repeal Death Tax Gary Truitt Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson meets with Pope Francis Wednesday. Peterson and other U.S. farm leaders discussed family farmers with the Catholic church leader. (Minnesota Farmers Union)Five Farmers Union state presidents and National Farmers Union’s (NFU) chief counsel were granted an audience with Pope Francis  following a weeklong series of meetings with Vatican officials and rural-based non-governmental organizations. Discussions surrounded the important role family farmers play in food security and the fact that most of the food produced in the U.S. is produced by family farmers. Monsignor Peter Wells, assistant secretary of state for the Vatican, expressed concerns with the worldwide loss of family farmers, food security and environmental stewardship. “I’m pleased to hear the Vatican State Department’s belief that stewardship is ecumenical worldwide,” said Doug Peterson, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union. The delegation also spent time with Caldoritti, the largest farm organization in Italy, the International Catholic Rural Association and the secretary general of the World Farmers Organization. These meetings are leading up to an international symposium of faith, food and the environment that will take place in Milan, Italy, June 24 to 27.last_img read more

Call for proper trial in Kazemi case on third anniversary of her death in custody

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa June 11, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Receive email alerts News to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more News “Three years after Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death while in custody in Tehran, her killers continue to enjoy complete impunity,” Reporters Without Borders says. “We call for a fair and impartial trial to establish once and for all how she died.” Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Help by sharing this information News News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists On the third anniversary of Canadian-Iranian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death from her injuries after being beaten while in custody in Tehran, Reporters Without Borders today condemned the “total impunity” prevailing in the case and called for a proper trial of all those responsible involved.“There has been no progress in this case since the acquittal on 16 November 2005 of Reza Aghdam Ahmadi, the only person ever to be formally accused, and the Kazemi family lawyers have run into a wall of silence from the Iranian judicial authorities,” the press freedom organisation said. “We support the lawyers’ demand for a fair and impartial trial to be finally held, one that would establish once and for all the circumstances in which Kazemi died.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Like the Canadian government and others, we were shocked to see Tehran chief prosecutor Said Mortazavi, who is alleged to have been directly involved in Kazemi’s death, attending the inaugural meeting of the UN human rights council on 19 June in Geneva. His presence there, just a few weeks before the anniversary of her death, was outrageous.”Mohamad Ali Dadkhah, one of the Kazemi family’s lawyers, told Reporters Without Borders: “After the appeal and its verdict, we were very hopeful that the supreme court would order the reopening of the case. Unfortunately, despite all our efforts, there has been a complete silence until now and our request has produced absolutely no reaction.”A Canadian resident, 54-year-old Kazemi was arrested on 23 June 2003 as she was photographing the relatives of detainees outside Evin prison in north Tehran. She was beaten while in custody and died of her injuries on 10 July 2003. After trying to cover up what happened, the Iranian authorities issued a report on 20 July 2003 recognising that Kazemi’s death was the result of violence. But the report failed to explain how the blow that caused her death was inflicted. Only an autopsy could now clear this up.Against the wishes of her son, Stephan Hachemi, who has French and Canadian nationality andlives in Canada, Kazemi’s body was hastily buried on 22 July 2003 in Shiraz, in southern Iran.Kazemi’s mother publicly acknowledged that pressure was put on her to authorize the burial. Since then, the requests for the body to be exhumed and repatriated to Canada have been ignored.Ahmadi, one of the intelligence officers who interrogated Kazemi while she was in custody, was charged with her death following international pressure and an investigation by the Iranian parliament, but he was acquitted in a sham trial on 24 July 2004.An initial hearing in an appeal against Ahmadi’s acquittal was held in Tehran on 16 May 2005 without Ahmadi attending. Journalists were barred from the courtroom and the Kazemi family lawyers said they are not able to address the court, which adjourned the hearing after just one hour.The Tehran appeal court issued a ruling on 16 November uphold Ahmadi’s acquittal. But according to his lawyer, and the Kazemi family lawyers, the court at the same time ordered that the case should be sent back to the prosecutor’s office and that the investigation should be reopened. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 July 10, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for proper trial in Kazemi case on third anniversary of her death in custodylast_img read more

Pasadena Village Welcomes New Executive Director

first_imgCommunity News Pasadena Village Welcomes New Executive Director From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | 12:42 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Peggy Buchanan and Sue KujawaThe Pasadena Village, a non-profit organization supporting older adults who wish to age in place, is pleased to announce the selection of Peggy Buchanan as its new Executive Director. Buchanan will take over the role from Sue Kujawa, who steps down July 1.Buchanan brings significant non-profit experience and business acumen to the Village, serving most recently as the Director of Sales and Marketing for MonteCedro, and prior to that as Executive Director of the Pasadena Senior Center. Buchanan first became aware of the Village movement during a trip to Boston, where she spent some time visiting Beacon Hill Village. She has been a proponent ever since.A longtime resident of Pasadena, Buchanan is committed to helping older adults thrive in a supportive community. “I am thrilled to be joining the Pasadena Village and excited to help us move into a new era. The best part about the organization is the wonderful caring community that is growing to help everyone age happily and healthily,” Buchanan said.“We are delighted to have found someone with Peggy’s proven track record and a deep passion for the Village movement. After three years of getting up and running, the Pasadena Village will be in good hands as we continue to grow and prosper,” said Board President Mike Babcock. “I have every confidence that the Pasadena Village will continue to benefit from the talented, committed leadership of its members and supporters,” Kujawa added.The transition marks the first major change in organization leadership since its inception in 2012. During her tenure as Executive Director, Kujawa ushered the Pasadena Village from its beginning stages into a full-fledged non-profit. “It has been a transforming experience for me and I am deeply grateful,” said Kujawa, who fostered the Village’s growth from its 50 charter members into a thriving community of over 135 older adults (not to mention volunteers of all ages).Kujawa is not new to retirement, but thinks that this time is for keeps. “I look forward to being a “regular” member of the Pasadena Village! I want to go hiking and try bird watching. I want to drive people to medical appointments, bring meals to them when they are under the weather, and continue to develop the friendships and relationships that have become so meaningful to me in these past few years,” she said.The Pasadena Village is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization connecting older adults to programs, services, and cultural activities that empower them to stay independent, active, and engaged in the community. For more information about the Pasadena Village, call (626) 765-6037 or visit Make a comment Subscribe Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more