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Over the past 30 years, the index has produced an average annual return of around 9%. Its global diversification and exposure to different sectors and industries have helped the index ride out economic turbulence.As such, buying the FTSE 100 may be a better option for investors over the long run.The numbers tell the story A saver who puts away £100 a month from 30 years of age and intending to retire at age 65, would have just £44,500 saved at the time of retirement at an interest rate of 1.36%.That is excluding the impact of inflation on returns. However, if the same saver invested their hard-earned cash in the FTSE 100, they would be able to look forward to a pension pot of £185,000 at the time of retirement.Considering the index’s performance over the past three decades, this trend looks set to continue in the long run. As a result, it makes sense to switch your capital from a Cash ISA to a low-cost FTSE 100 tracker fund.As the figures above show, long-term investors should benefit significantly from owning the UK’s leading blue-chip index over a low return Cash ISA, even though the prospect of owning cash might seem more attractive in the short term. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Match review: England 12-19 Wales

first_img Manu Tuilagi gave England some much needed go-forwardIn a nutshell:Wales won their first ever Triple Crown at Twickenham in a compelling encounter that gave the 82,000 crowd drama from the kick-off to the very final play of the game. Wales had started strongest with George North seeing daylight early on until he was felled by a David Strettle ankle tap but England gained a foothold in the game to finish the first-half stronger with Manu Tuilagi’s midfield bursts keeping Wales on the back foot. Twenty year-old Owen Farrell gave England a 9-6 lead at the break with three penalties to Leigh Halfpenny’s two. In the second-half England continued to exert pressure on Wales and Rhys Priestland was yellow carded for an offside offence allowing Farrell to stretch Engand’s lead to 12-6. A man down, Wales rallied, with Leigh Halfpenny converting a penalty of his own to bring the Welsh within three points. Another penalty from the full-back with ten minutes to go clawed the score back to 12-12 to set up a grandstand finish. In the 75th minute Scott Williams dotted down, yet still England pressed and David Strettle was close to a score at the death to leave fans debating a thriller deep into the Twickenham night.Key moment:With the scores level, Scott Williams, who had replaced the injured Jamie Roberts at half-time, atoned for an earlier chance to put Leigh Halfpenny away in the corner by ripping the ball off Courtney Lawes in midfield and kicking into space behind the England midfield. With a generous bounce, he gathered and outpaced the covering England defence to touch down to the delight of his team-mates.Star man:Honourable mentions must go to England’s Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell who will no doubt be fixtures in the England midfield for a decade and, but I’m plumping for Leigh Halfpenny. Okay, he missed one kickable penalty but he ran with purpose, tidied up any loose ball with clever positioning and showed remarkable bravery to stop David Strettle from touching down in the 80th minute. Elsewhere Wales’ three amigos, Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau and captain Sam Warburton tackled and harried themselves to standstill.Wales captain Sam Warburton holds aloft Wales’ 20th Triple CrownRoom for improvement:It was a famous win, but the Wales lineout continues to misfire. Wales lost two key lineouts when under pressure failing to secure their own ball. As for England, their lack of cutting edge let them down at the end. David Strettle will be ruing his failure to ground the ball in a manner that convinced the TMO and despite a much improved peformance, they remained scoreless. Oh, but what a game!In quotesThe winners: Wales head coach, Warren Gatland“I said to the players before the game they had a chance to create history. They’ve done that and I’m delighted. We showed signs of great composure and character, that’s a sign of a team which will get better in time.”The losers: England head coach, Stuart Lancaster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scott Williams picks up and crosses to score the winning try for WalesTwickenham, Saturday 25th FebruaryEngland 12-19 WalesScorers England: Pens Owen Farrell 4Wales: Try Scott Williams 1Pens: Leigh Halfpenny 4, Con Halfpenny “There are lots of lessons we can learn but games at this level are going to be won by very fine margins. It’s up to us to learn those lessons and move on and that’s part of team development. Top stats: Wales completed 99 tackles missing nine for a 91% tackle conversion rate. Wales’ top tackler was Dan Lydiate with 14 tacklesEngland made 110 tackles, missing 12 tackles for a 90% tackle rate. Their top tackler was Geoff Parling with 19 tackles.England’s top carrier was Ben Foden who made 113 metres. Wales’ top carrier was George North who made 78 metres.Wales made three linebreaks to England’s one.England made 14 errors to Wales’ nineEngland lost one lineout to Wales’ twoMatch highlights B Foden (M Brown 78); C Ashton, M Tuilagi, B Barritt, D Strettle; O Farrell (T Flood 66), L Dickson (B Youngs 61); A Corbisiero (M Stevens 66), D Hartley (R Webber, 73), D Cole, M Botha (C Lawes 61), G Parling, T Croft, C Robshaw (capt), B Morgan.Wales: L Halfpenny, A Cuthbert, J Davies, J Roberts (S Williams 41), G North, R Priestland, M Phillips, G Jenkins, K Owens, A Jones, AW Jones (R Jones 54), I Evans, D Lydiate, S Warburton, T Faletau LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Sam Warburton of Wales lifts the Triple Crown trophy after the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on February 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Referee: Steve WalshMatch attendance: 81,598last_img read more

World Cup 2015: Italy 32-22 Romania

first_imgPaula Kinikinilau ran furthest in the game with 81 metres, next best was Tommaso Allan with 68, followed by Leonardo Sarto with 52Francesco Minto was the game’s top tackler with 16, followed by Simone Favaro with 15 and Alessandro Zanni with 14Over and out: In his fifth World Cup, Mauro Bergamasco is given a fitting send-offItaly: L McLean; L Sarto, M Capagnaro (E Bacchin 33), T Benvenuti, G Venditti, T Allan, E Gori; M Aguero, A Manici, L Cittadini, Q Geldenhuys (c), J Furno, F Minto, S Favaro, A Zanni.Replacements: D Giazzon, A De Marchi, D Chistolini, V Bernabo, S Vunisa, G Palazzani, C CannaScorersTries: Leonardo Sarto, Edoardo Gori, Tommaso Allan, Alessandro ZanniCons: Allan (3)Penalties: Allan (2)Romania: C Fercu; M Lemnaru, P Kinikinilau, F Vlaicu, I Botezatu, M Wiringi (C Gal 40), V Calafeteanu; M Lazar, O Turashvili, P Ion, V Poparlan, J van Heerden, V Ursache (c), V Lucaci, D Carpo.Replacements: A Radoi, A Ursache, H Pungea, M Antonescu, S Burcea, T Bratu, A ApostolScorersTries: Apostol (2), PoparlanCons: Vlaicu (2)Pen: Vlaicu (1)Attendance 11,450 Jacques Brunel’s Italy ran in four tries against a spirited Romanian side as they finished a mediocre World Cup with a win Man of the match: Tommaso AllanReferee Romain Poite (Fra) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Azzurri power: Alessandro powers over for a try as Italy storm to comfortable win Italy romped to a four-try bonus point victory at a boisterous Sandy Park on the final day of the Pool stages. Tries in the first-half by Sarto, Gori and Allan helped them to a 22-3 lead at the break, and when Zanni scored a fourth on 45 minutes, a rout was threatened. Credit to the Oaks who dug in and scored three tries in the last quarter of an hour to give the score a respectable sheen at 32-22. Tommaso Allan scored 17 points in a man of the match performance.What’s hotSandy ParkOkay, it’s small with a capacity of just over 11,000, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in passion and noise. With the fans just yards from the players, it creates a cauldron that can only lift players. Sandy Park has shone a light in the South-West for the World Cup and can rightly be proud of its part in the tournament. With a new hybrid pitch and improvements off the pitch totalling a £9m spruce-up, the was money well-spent.Colour: The Sandy Park faithful made plenty of noise to add to the party atmosphereTommaso AllanTommaso Allan, the 22-year-old fly-half honed his skills in Scotland, playing at age-grade level, with a Scottish father but he chose to follow the country of his mother’s birth. Against Romania, he proved a running threat, scoring the individual score of the game in the first half. After spotting a gap jinking through. In the second-half, he continued to ask questions of the Romanian defence with his footwork and offloading game. He also kicked well off the deck, only missing two kicks all competition. It’s early days, but could he be the answer to the 10-year-old Italian fly-half conundrum, left by Diego Dominguez?Rising star: Tommaso Allan had a big influence in Italy’s winRomania set-pieceAt the first scrum, the Romanian pack drove the previously vaunted Italian pack ten metres, as they carried on from where they left off against Canada. While they wobbled with Van Heerden in the bin, much credit should go to Top 14 based props Paulica Ion and Mihaita Lazar also gave the French scrum serious problems. Lynn Howells must have been purring at such a performance. Can rightly be considered as one of the strongest packs in the tournament.What’s notRomania’s lack of wide ambitionIn the first half, Romania, who had the edge up front, went through over 20 phases with the Italian’s defending their line. They chose to keep it tight, when they were making no headway, even though Paula Kinikinilau had been making inroads. In the end they were penalised without scoring a point and Allan cleared the decks. It was reminiscent of Wales the previous day against Australia. Tries later in the second-half only made their lack of ambition more acute.Arm-wrestle: Romania didn’t trust the creativity of their back when they had Italy under pressureFive day turnaroundsRomania started off like a train, surely fired up to gain an unlikely victory to earn a third-placed finish, however their neverending game against Canada just five days ago seemed to catch up with them as they wilted in the middle third of the match. Even though they showed heart and spirit by scoring three tries in the last quarter of an hour, it showed the balance between maintaining the intensity of the competition and proper rest for the players is not easy to find.StatsItaly ran 314 metres to Romania’s 288Italy beat 22 defenders to 9 by Romania, making 7 linebreaks, to Romania’s 4Italy made 139 tackles, to Romania’s 33 TAGS: HighlightRomania last_img read more

Northeast churches find creative solutions to adverse weather

first_img 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID February 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm Trinity Church is a significant spiritual force in Boston, and these innovations — which must have required quick tactical thinking on the part of clergy and staff — are unsurprising considering the church’s overall level of devotion to the local community. 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Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Mary Foster Parmer says: Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Adam Thomas says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY A Facebook ad invites parishioners of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James in New Haven, Connecticut, to join a virtual service in the warmth and safety of their own homes.[Episcopal News Service] For the Rev. Alex Dyer, canceling church altogether on Sunday was simply not an option as weather forecasts predicted more than 20 inches of fresh snow throughout parts of New England in what has become one of the Northeast’s coldest winters on record.Instead, the rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James in New Haven, Connecticut, announced that while the building would be closed for regular Sunday services, his parishioners were invited to a virtual service via social media from the warmth and safety of their own homes.“A large part of incarnational ministry is meeting people where they are, and in a New England blizzard that means they are at home. Asking people to put themselves at risk just so they can meet in the ‘correct’ building just doesn’t seem to make sense,” Dyer told Episcopal News Service following the service, which he led on Facebook and Twitter using a modified liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer, a video sermon preached from his home and hymns shared via YouTube.“Right now, these services are the exception and not the norm,” Dyer said. “They could never truly replace the real experience of communal live worship, just like webcasts from other churches are not quite the same. Many people will look at the flaws, but I challenge people to let down their guards and look at how it could be useful. Social media is a tool and there are some instances where this tool is very effective.”It was the second social media service that Dyer had offered due to adverse weather and concern for his parishioners’ safety; the first being two years ago.On Saturday evening, Dyer spent several hours in preparation, choosing YouTube versions of the hymns, arranging the prayers and liturgical text on a separate document so he could cut and paste during the service, and pre-recording his sermon.“It is never easy to preach to your computer and no congregation,” he said, “but the hardest thing to gauge is the pace of the service as you don’t always know who is participating and where they are in the service.“The most important thing, and what I would do more of next time, would be to encourage participation. Ask people what they are praying for and what they are thankful for. People commenting are crucial to the service.”Further north, where the snowfall in some parts of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island was even more severe, many Episcopal churches were forced to abandon their weekend service schedules entirely, as travel bans kicked in and the basic safety of parishioners was the chief concern.But at Trinity Church in Boston, the Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III announced ahead of the weekend blizzard that the “Sunday” worship – including baptisms, choir and scheduled guest preacher – would be moved to Saturday at 4 p.m. before the predicted brunt of the storm.The Rev. Patrick Ward, Trinity’s associate rector for worship, told ENS that approximately 225 people turned out for Saturday’s Holy Eucharist, which included a choir of about 30 adults and youth choristers, and many stayed for a Valentine’s reception afterwards.“Given the ‘cabin fever’ we have all been experiencing, everyone seemed thankful for the chance to be in community before retreating again for the new storm,” Ward said. “Not since the Boston Marathon bombings displaced us a few years ago have we contended with such a disruption, but the people of this parish are resilient and flexible and creative, and full of the Holy Spirit.”Following the service, the altar floral arrangements were wheeled into the middle of the reception and flower guild members snipped them apart and made spontaneous Valentine bouquets for parishioners to take away and give to family or friends.Recognizing that many would be unable to attend the rescheduled service, Trinity’s “Blizzard Edition” newsletter was e-mailed to 3,000 households with links to resources to support Sunday worship for parishioners wherever they may be.The links included the appointed Bible readings for the Last Sunday of Epiphany, selected music featuring the Trinity Choir, “Snow Day” worship ideas for children, and a video message from the Rev. Bill Rich, Trinity’s senior associate rector for Christian formation.Ward said that many parishioners had e-mailed to say they’d made use of the online resources for home worship and that it’s an idea they will replicate whenever it is needed.Writing from her own “personal snowbank” in Cambridge, Massachusetts, diocesan communications director Tracy Sukraw said she was aware of several other churches that had offered special late-afternoon or early evening services on Saturday instead of Sunday, including St. Paul’s Church in Brookline, which advertised a “Pre-Snow Service” at 5 p.m. saying “Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the One who loves you.”A number of those that did close on Sunday took to social media, she said, encouraging “Church at Home” and posting the day’s Scripture readings, collects and sermons, such as this YouTube offering by the Rev. Matthew Stewart, rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Fall River.Clergy at St. Mark’s Church in Westford, northwest of Boston in the Merrimack Valley, declared Sunday as “Pray in Your Pajamas Day” with a message on its Facebook page that read: “Make this snow day a Sabbath day by sleeping a little late, have breakfast with your family, and then pray together for all who will work so hard Sunday to dig us out from yet another storm, and for those who struggle to find adequate shelter. Finish by reciting this canticle, ‘A Song of Creation’ from the Morning Prayer service in the Book of Common Prayer, p. 88…”And the Rev. Leslie Sterling, rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Cambridge, in posting the Sunday church closing notice, concluded with a few words of encouragement: “This challenging weather will end eventually. Spring always follows winter.”Several congregations throughout Maine and Rhode Island also sent out suggestions and resources for worshiping at home.Back in Connecticut, as Dyer concluded his New Haven-based social media service with the words “Let us go forth into the world to share the Good News of Christ! (After the blizzard, of course)” a chorus of responses filled the Facebook comments with “Thanks be to God!”Following the service, many people sent messages to Dyer via social media and e-mail offering thanks for the flexibility and creativity.And Dyer’s initiative certainly has the overwhelming support of his bishop. “We are incredibly blessed in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut to have young and creative leaders like the Rev. Alex Dyer who are imagining new ways to participate in God’s mission,” Bishop Ian Douglas told ENS. “I thank God for Alex’s leadership.”But while Dyer recognizes that an online service won’t replace a traditional service, “I am in prayer about how we can better utilize social media to connect people to each other and to God.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Northeast churches find creative solutions to adverse weather Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET February 16, 2015 at 6:35 pm Here in Tamworth, New Hampshire, on those occasions that holding services risks unsafe driving, especially in an area with plenty of hills and back roads, we leave open the possibility of a Sunday afternoon liturgy, communicated by email. We did this on January 4th and again yesterday. Each time we gathered a strong, happy, appreciative, and enthusiastic congregation — and in each case it attracted some folks who find morning services difficult. An unexpected bonus yesterday: the brilliant late afternoon sun, focused by the icicles in the windows, positively beamed on the icon of the Transfiguration that we had placed in front of the lectern. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN By Matthew DaviesPosted Feb 16, 2015 Heidi Frantz-Dale says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group February 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm Oh my….I LOVE THIS! Truly incarnational ministry at its creative best! “…Imagining new ways to participate in God’s mission” as Bishop Douglas stated, is at the core of what we need in our beloved Episcopal Church, and these are nimble, flexible, adaptable, and perfect examples of creative imaginations! I’m privileged to witness this holy imagination in our congregations as I take Invite-Welcome-Connect (a newcomer ministry process born out of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas) around the country. I’m continually delighted and amazed at the creative ideas that float up from both clergy and laity. Given the opportunity, Episcopalians LOVE to imagine ways to share the Gospel with others! Curate Diocese of Nebraskalast_img read more

Episcopal leaders in Hawaii pledge support for mountain ‘protectors’ against…

first_img Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY 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 Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal leaders in Hawaii pledge support for mountain ‘protectors’ against telescope project Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 [Episcopal News Service] The bishop of the Diocese of Hawaii and Native Hawaiian clergy have spoken out in support of a demonstration that is blocking a proposed telescope project on the top of the state’s highest mountain, a site considered sacred in Hawaiian culture.The diocese on July 22 released a statement on the issue from two Native Hawaiian clergy members, accompanied by a letter from Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick aligning the diocese with those who have positioned themselves as “protectors” of the mountain, Mauna Kea, and seek to halt progress on the telescope.“We, the Episcopal Church in Hawai’i, stand in service to Mauna Kea as a sacred place, and in solidarity with those who are protecting her,” the Revs. Jasmine Hanakaulani o Kamamalu Bostock and Paul Nahoa Lucas said in their written statement.The protests on Hawaii’s Big Island “have brought attention to the alienation of the indigenous people of these islands, the kanaka maoli, from their own land,” Fitzpatrick said. “As Episcopalians, we must not be afraid to speak honestly together about past wrongs and the current injustices. We must talk and, more importantly, deeply listen and act.”Drawing comparisons to the Native American demonstrators who in 2016 tried to stop an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, Native Hawaiians and activists have been camped since last week at the foot of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, blocking an access road in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope.The $1.4 billion project has cleared various regulatory hurdles and was backed by a ruling of the state Supreme Court. While legal battles continue, protests have remained peaceful, though 34 participants were arrested, cited and released last week, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.The Maunakea Observatories are seen from above the peak on Hawaii’s Big Island. Photo: NOAAAbout a dozen telescopes already are positioned at the top of Mauna Kea’s 14,000-foot peak, a treasured location for those studying the cosmos because of the site’s natural advantages, including clear air and reduced light pollution. Some Hawaiians favor the project as a boost for the local workforce and economy, though the Native Hawaiian demonstrators and other opponents argue that scientific development of the site has gone far enough.“This is not an issue of being anti-science, as Hawaiian people have a long and proud history of technological advancement,” said Bostock, curate at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu, and Lucas, vicar at St. John’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Kaneohe. “This conflict centers on efforts to respect Mauna Kea as a sacred space – as wao akua, realm of the gods.”Their statement compares Mauna Kea to sacred sites in the Judeo-Christian tradition, such as Mount Horeb, Mount Carmel and Mount Zion.“Sacredness is not merely a concept or a label,” they said in the statement. “It is a lived experience of oneness and connectedness with the natural and spiritual worlds. Nature is not inert, but a place where our Creator is known and honored. Mauna Kea is such a holy place for the Hawaiian people and many others.”The modern Episcopal Church has been supportive of indigenous people’s quest for self-determination and preservation of indigenous culture and spirituality. That contrasts with the church’s historic complicity in oppressive colonial and federal systems. In the 1800s, Episcopal missionaries ministered to American Indian tribes, but conversion to Christianity typically required leaving Native spirituality behind.Native Hawaiians’ struggles against American colonialism began more recently. The Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893 by a group backed by American business interests, and Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.A 1997 General Convention resolution specifically called on the church to “take such steps as necessary to fully recognize and welcome Native Peoples into congregational life.” And in 2009, General Convention repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery, rooted in a 1493 document that purported to give Christian explorers the right to claim lands they “discovered” and convert the people they encountered.Bostock and Lucas affirmed in their statement that the Doctrine of Discovery has long been discredited, and they offered prayers “that the dignity of all people will be upheld, and the sacredness of Mauna Kea will be honored and protected.”Fitzpatrick said he concurred with the statement and offered a teaching on the issue.“Our faith does not promise freedom from conflict or from disagreement. We are called to seek together peace with justice in the Beloved Community,” he said. “Such conversations will take time – even years. It will certainly call for patience and honesty. Our conversation must deepen now.”In the short term, he recommended a “moratorium on all moves to begin construction” of the telescope.“I acknowledge that the livelihoods of some will be impacted and the hopes of others overturned by such a move,” Fitzpatrick said. “I am saddened by that reality and it certainly must be part of our conversations, but we must continue together.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI By David PaulsenPosted Jul 24, 2019 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Indigenous Ministries Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL last_img read more

On this Day: July 1st, 1863

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Battle of Gettysburg BeginsFrom The History ChannelThe largest military conflict in North American history begins this day when Union and Confederate forces collide at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The epic battle lasted three days and resulted in a retreat to Virginia by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.Two months prior to Gettysburg, Lee had dealt a stunning defeat to the Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville, Virginia. He then made plans for a Northern invasion in order to relieve pressure on war-weary Virginia and to seize the initiative from the Yankees. His army, numbering about 80,000, began moving on June 3. The Army of the Potomac, commanded by Joseph Hooker and numbering just under 100,000, began moving shortly thereafter, staying between Lee and Washington, D.C. But on June 28, frustrated by the Lincoln administration’s restrictions on his autonomy as commander, Hooker resigned and was replaced by George G. Meade.Meade took command of the Army of the Potomac as Lee’s army moved into Pennsylvania. On the morning of July 1, advance units of the forces came into contact with one another just outside of Gettysburg. The sound of battle attracted other units, and by noon the conflict was raging. During the first hours of battle, Union General John Reynolds was killed, and the Yankees found that they were outnumbered. The battle lines ran around the northwestern rim of Gettysburg. The Confederates applied pressure all along the Union front, and they slowly drove the Yankees through the town.By evening, the Federal troops rallied on high ground on the southeastern edge of Gettysburg. As more troops arrived, Meade’s army formed a three-mile long, fishhook-shaped line running from Culp’s Hill on the right flank, along Cemetery Hill and Cemetery Ridge, to the base of Little Round Top. The Confederates held Gettysburg, and stretched along a six-mile arc around the Union position. Lee’s forces would continue to batter each end of the Union position, before launching the infamous Pickett’s Charge against the Union center on July 3. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 1 COMMENT Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply Please enter your comment! TAGSGettysburgHistory Channel Previous articleWhere to “Dine Out for Orlando” in ApopkaNext articleOCPS wants Parent Feedback Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here July 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 That battleground is reportedly haunted, and many have seen apparitions. Apparently unsettled, and unhappy souls………… Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders relieved at release of Slim Boukhdir

first_img Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today voiced its relief at the news of the release of Slim Boukhdir four months before the end of his sentence. “He was deprived of his freedom for 238 days and treated like a common criminal simply for constantly exposing the abuses of power. We would like to see the decision of the Tunisian authorities to free him as evidence of their goodwill”, said Reporters Without Borders. Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists December 26, 2019 Find out more November 12, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more July 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders relieved at release of Slim Boukhdir News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Organisation News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today voiced its relief at the news of the release of Slim Boukhdir four months before the end of his sentence. The freelance journalist has been held since 26 November 2007 in very harsh prison conditions at the civil jail in Sfax, 230 kilometres south of the capital.Boukhdir, 39, is correspondent for the pan-Arab London-based newspaper al Quds al Arabi and for the website of Satellite television station al-Arabiya. He also posts articles on several websites, particularly Tunisnews and Kantara.“We are absolutely delighted at the release of Slim Boukhdir. Like Mohammed Abbu before him, he should never have been in prison in the first place,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“He was deprived of his freedom for 238 days and treated like a common criminal simply for constantly exposing the abuses of power. We would like to see the decision of the Tunisian authorities to free him as evidence of their goodwill”, it added.“The Tunisian state must put an end to the harassment of independent journalists and their families and to seizures of the opposition and foreign press. The authorities should also allow free access to the Internet so as to create a space for freedom and to ensure free expression in Tunisia”.Boukhdir, who was released in the late afternoon today, told Reporters Without Borders that he wanted to thank the international community which campaigned for his release. Despite harsh jail conditions – poor hygiene, threats from his fellow prisoners and deprivation of letters and independent newspapers – the journalist said that he had “kept his spirits up high”.He was arrested on 26 November 2007 during a check on papers of passengers using a collective taxi between Sfax and Tunis. He was immediately taken before cantonal court in Sakiet Ezzit in the Sfax suburbs and sentenced, at the end of an unfair trial, to a year in prison for “insulting an official in the exercise of his duty”, “breach of accepted standards of behaviour” and “refusing to produce his identity papers for police”. On the day of his arrest, he was travelling to the capital to reclaim his passport, which he had been deprived of since 2004. News Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”last_img read more

Taoiseach – Donegal Cllrs must hold Executive to account over waste controversy

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – June 20, 2018 The Taoiseach says that the responsibility lies with Donegal County Council to deal with the ongoing illegal waste controversy.Leo Varadkar was reacting to revelations of vast illegal dumping being carried out in Donegal, which heavily featured on an RTE Investigates programme this week.In a Dail exchange, The Taoiseach says local elected members need to hold the executive to account for the findings:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Fianna Fail Leader Michael Martin described the Taoiseachs response as petty:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDiabetes campaigners say Sligo consultant appointment does not meet region’s needNext articleQuestions raised about gender balance at Macgill Summer School by News Highland Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Google+ Taoiseach – Donegal Cllrs must hold Executive to account over waste controversy News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

Brittle bones

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Brittle bonesOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Like a silent stalker, osteoporosis can creep up unawares. The workplacepresents an ideal opportunity to catch this potentially crippling conditionbefore it strikes.  By Dr Alison Graham Osteoporosis, regrettably, is all too often a story of lost opportunities.It is not an understatement to say that the preventable is not being prevented,the diagnosable diagnosed, nor the treatable treated. It is not someone else’sproblem, we all have chances to prevent, diagnose and treat it if only werecognised them. Osteoporosis is not a new disease. It has, until recently,been dismissed as an inevitable consequence of ageing. It is not – and it isnever too late to treat it. Nor is it a disease confined to old ladies as mytwo patients in their thirties will testify. How important is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis affects one in three women and one in 12 men, and causes moredeaths than cancer of the ovary, uterus and cervix combined. It causes afracture every three minutes in the UK alone, and costs the NHS £1,500m peryear1. The hidden costs in terms of human suffering are incalculable – in arecent survey, women said they would rather die than suffer a hip fracture2.Fractures caused by osteoporosis are responsible for more days ofhospitalisation in women over 45 than any other disease3, and the outcome aftera fractured hip is poor. One in five patients dies, and half the survivorsnever regain their former level of independence. What has this got to do with the workplace? Occupational health is largely about prevention and recognition of therelationship between work and health and vice versa. The workplace provides avaluable opportunity to educate people about health matters. For example, themajority of wrist fractures occur in women in their 50s and 60s. They causedebility, pain, absence from work and often long-term functional difficulties.If the public and professionals were more aware of osteoporosis, many of itscomplications could be prevented. Once one fracture has occurred, we shouldheed the warning and try hard to prevent another. Osteoporosis can affect the workplace in other ways. Consider, for example,the impact on a working daughter when her elderly mother fractures her hip. Theworker affected may not necessarily be the patient for osteoporosis to have asocial and a financial cost. What causes osteoporosis? Osteoporosis literally means porous bone, and is caused by a reduction inbone mass and a micro-architectural deterioration in the bone structure. Thesetwo abnormalities result in a fragile skeleton and an increased risk offracture. Osteoporosis has been called the “silent thief”, becausethe patient often has no symptoms until a fracture occurs. Our 206 bones are not simply lifeless coat hangers on which we carry ourbodies. They are a living, responsive tissue, which continues to remodel itselfuntil the day we die. Old bone is taken away by cells called osteoclasts, andnew bone laid down by other cells called osteoblasts – a little like repairinga worn out motorway. In healthy bone, there is a balance between the twoprocesses. In osteoporosis, there is either too much bone removed, or too little beinglaid down. The bone that is present is normal, but there is not enough of it, and someof its supporting internal structures have been broken down. Consider acardboard box: if it is made of thick material and has internal supports likein a case of wine, it is strong, but if the card is thin and/or the internalsupports are removed, it becomes weak and can be crushed more easily. What increases the risk of developing osteoporosis? Bone is laid down during childhood and adolescence, with a peak bone massreached in the Thirties. After that, we lose bone gradually as we age. Womenachieve a lower peak bone mass than men, and lose it faster at the menopause,thus explaining their greater risk of fractures. The graph in Figure 1 can beused to explain to patients what happens to their bones and how they weakenover the years until they cross the theoretical threshold at which fracturesoccur. Bone mass is affected by many different factors Many diseases and lifestyle factors affect the peak bone mass (or the amountin our bone deposit account), and others affect the rate of loss. It isimportant to understand that the presence of risk factors does not mean thatosteoporosis or a fracture is inevitable. Likewise, healthy bones are notguaranteed just because risk factors are absent. The presence of risk factorsmerely highlights those people we need to look at more closely. Osteoporosis has been defined by the World Health Organisation in terms ofbone density and how it differs from the young adult mean. Bone density can bemeasured in a variety of ways and the gold standard method is DXA (dual X-rayabsorptiometry). Measurements can be taken at the hip, spine or wrist,depending on the device used. Most DXA machines are hospital based and not allpatients have access to a local service. Bone quality can also be assessed using ultrasound of the heel, known asQUS. This measures different features of bone to DXA and has been shown topredict fractures in post-menopausal4 and elderly women5. It does not diagnoseosteoporosis, it assesses fracture risk. Similarly, a cholesterol measurementcan predict the risk of heart disease but does not diagnose it. When asked,women wish to know what their risk of fracture is, as this is the clinicallyimportant outcome. However, the answer is not straightforward since many peoplewith osteoporosis will not fracture. What assessments are practical? Ultrasound is safe, painless, portable and quick and can be taken to thepatient. It is therefore ideal to be used in the community setting. It is vitalthat the technology is used appropriately and unfortunately heel scanning isnot suitable for pre-menopausal women or for men. This is because a lack ofdata in these groups makes interpretation of the results in terms of fracturerisk impossible. It is also essential that the heel scan is not judged in isolation. It is apiece in the jigsaw puzzle that we build for each individual. It is veryimportant to assess other risk factors that may have already caused bone lossor that may cause problems in the future and the result needs to be interpretedby a trained professional. Similarly with cholesterol, the result should beinterpreted in the context of the whole patient. What can be done? It is never too late to take action, but clearly the choice of actionchanges with age. The key message is that if a woman establishes her risk, shecan then take action to reduce the rate of bone loss, and thus prolong the timebefore she becomes vulnerable to fracture. Many interventions lie within the control of the individual and do notnecessarily need prescribed medication. A lifestyle that is good for bones isgood for hearts as well. There is no such thing as bad news with a riskassessment as the advance warning it provides allows intervention beforedisaster strikes and it has been shown that compliance with treatment is betterin women who have a test result to motivate them6. The issue of bone health could be raised in the workplace by displaying aposter asking about risk factors such as those in the box. This could helpidentify women at increased risk. Occupational health nurses should be vigilant, for these high-risk groupswill be present in most workplaces and there are ample opportunities to educateabout the benefits of hormone replacement therapy, exercise, not smoking andeating healthily. As long as we are all suspicious about osteoporosis, know how to recogniseit when it is already established and know how to identify those at high riskof developing it in later life, we will contribute to the enormous task thatfaces us. Preventing 200,000 fractures a year in the UK is a task that will notbe achieved by GPs and their prescribing budgets alone. The opportunitiespresented in the workplace mean that it too must play its part. Dr Alison Graham, MBBS, MRCGP, D.Occ.Med. is medical director of ScancareServices References 1. Torgerson DJ et al. (1999) The economics of fracture prevention inprimary care. UK Key Advance Series: Key advances in the effective managementof osteoporosis. In Press. 2. Salkeld G et al. (2000) Quality of life related to fear of falling andhip fracture in older women: a time trade off study.  British Medical Journal,320:341-346. 3. Kanis JA et al. (1997) Osteoporosis International,7:390-406. 4. Stewart A, Torgerson DJ, Reid DM (1996) Prediction of fractures inperimenopausal women: A comparison of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)and broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA). Annals of Rheumatic Disease, 55:140-142. 5. Bauer DC, Gluer CC, Cauley JA, et al. (1997) Broadband ultrasoundattenuation predicts fractures strongly and independently of densitometry inolder women. A prospective study. Archives of Internal Medicine; 629-634. 6. Bone and Tooth Society and National Osteoporosis Society (2000) Howfragile is her future? A report investigating the current attitudes towards andmanagement of osteoporosis in the UK. Risk factors Have you had any of the following:– An early menopause?– A previous fracture after a minor trip or fall?– Height loss of more than two inches?– A mother who has broken her hip?– Steroid tablets for more than six months?Ultraso und checklist– Ultrasound can be used toinvestigate the full range of risk factors– It must be carried out by trained personnel (preferablynurses)– There must be an auditable set of procedures that are managedby a trained and qualified physician– Practitioners should keep up to date in the subject area, andbe capable of changing as evidence emerges– The best equipment available should be used and operated tostrict quality control standards Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Outlook for hotels improves — from awful to merely bad

first_img Message* Email Address* Tags Share via Shortlink Full Name*center_img The Plaza Hotel, St. Regis Hotel, and Waldorf Astoria (iStock)New York City hotels won’t be able to party like it’s 2019 until 2025.Occupancy rates in the city won’t recover to pre-pandemic levels until halfway through the decade, according to a new CBRE study reported by the Commercial Observer.The commercial brokerage firm expects revenue per available room to hit 2019 levels by 2024, with occupancy rates reaching 74 percent in 2022 and 86 percent in 2025.CBRE’s report predicts an average occupancy of 43 percent for hotels through June, an increase from last year’s 35 percent.The vaccination rollout and passage of $1.9 trillion of Covid relief will provide hotel owners with some reprieve in the meantime, according to CBRE senior hotel economist Bram Gallagher.ADVERTISEMENT“New York City is now starting to experience an economic rebound,” said CBRE’s Mark VanStekelenburg. A full reopening of businesses is set for July 1 and this week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $30 million ad campaign to lure tourists back.But predicting how many hotels will be built in the coming years is tricky. The New York Times this week reported that de Blasio’s own planning chief warned him that his plan to send all new hotel construction through a political gauntlet, would curb development, cost the city tax revenue and slow the return of tourism to the city.The largest pandemic deal for a distressed hotel asset came early this month when Isaac Hera’s Yellowstone Real Estate Investments bought the 600-room Watson Hotel at 440 West 57th Street.Hotel occupancy in the city hit its highest level — 47 percent — since last June during the week ending March 13. But that number does not take into account the many hotels that have closed — some permanently.[CO] — Orion JonesContact Orion Jones Bill de BlasioCBRECoronavirusHotel Market Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more