August 24

Responding to the crisis

first_imgCasino & games The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has placed the sports betting sector and clubs under tremendous pressure. But it has also shown how the industry can respond responsibly to events, with some regulators working closely with the sector to provide some much-needed adjustments in these extraordinary times, says Hervé Schlosser, founder and CEO of Sportnco. Responding to the crisis The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has placed the sports betting sector and clubs under tremendous pressure. But it has also shown how the industry can respond responsibly to events, with some regulators working closely with the sector to provide some much-needed adjustments in these extraordinary times, says Hervé Schlosser, founder and CEO of Sportnco.The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is a time of unprecedented concern for all those involved in the online sports betting sector. It means huge uncertainty for us as an industry, but also for the sports clubs, leagues and federations that produce the content on which we rely to offer our services and products.Their survival may depend on how much of support they receive from their respective governments, but the loss of any sports clubs, especially the smaller ones, is also felt across local communities. This has a long-term impact on our activity, as first and foremost betting consumers are sports fans and enthusiasts. This is why as an industry we must hope that as many clubs and federations as possible survive the Covid-19 crisis.At an individual level, Sportnco is fortunate to be in a position where it does not have to furlough any of its staff. Thanks to our strong performance in recent years and the investment and strategic backing of our institutional partner BNP Paribas we have the financing to see this period through.As a company we are using the current lockdown period to invest in technology, systems and capabilities to ensure we are primed and ready once sporting action returns. This means optimising our operations, moving ahead on integration projects with data and odds suppliers, launching client apps and site redesigns.In terms of volumes and activity, sports betting stakes in France have dropped considerably, 39% in March compared to February. However we have been very active in order to maintain as much offer as possible for our clients, by adding immediately new authorised competitions in France and new offers in other regulations.Importance of responsible gambling Casino is a welcome additional revenue stream for those able to offer it. At the same time, the sector must act with the utmost responsibility when it comes to advertising, marketing and monitoring customer spend and any sign of problem gambling or addiction.As is the case in the UK, politicians are watching closely and will not look kindly on any corporate or social responsibility transgressions during this period. From speaking to our clients and many contacts across the sector in Belgium and Spain, where the casino vertical is regulated, this is something to which operators are strongly committed.This, in turn, made the news on 1 April that the Spanish government had banned all gambling advertising and prohibited email communications or advertising on social media was so disappointing.The measure means Spanish operators are not allowed to run acquisition or retention campaigns that offer financial rewards, bonuses, discounts, free bets or games, odds multipliers or any other form of prize during the lockdown period.The government took action after the country’s gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) reported an increase, rather than a downturn, in online gambling activity in recent weeks.The wellbeing of players is of course paramount, but gambling that is promoted and run in a responsible is a vital leisure activity in this particularly difficult period and provides vital revenue for operators.In addition, at a time when people are worried about their jobs and their families’ futures, I believe the industry will act in the best interests of their players. It will show regulators that it can be trusted when it comes to responsible gambling and player safety.Streamlined processes As you know, France has a reputation for being a tough market with restrictive regulations. However, gambling regulator ARJEL has been working closely with operators since the start of the crisis to broaden their offering and authorise bets to be offered on new competitions.These include bets on Chinese football and Taiwan baseball leagues. The onus is on operators to prove first that these competitions have taken sufficient measures to protect themselves from any threat of match-fixing and that there is interest from French players to bet on these events, which there is. Although it is true that it will mainly come from experienced bettors.The French authorities have also loosened the system around ID verification that requires players to send their ID verification code to operators with whom they have opened an account. Instead they can now send a proof of address document. Certifications, audit requirements and monthly tax payments have also been deferred.For companies needing government support, the French state has been highly proactive and stepped in to provide 84% of furloughed staff wages with a cap set at 4.5 times the country’s minimum monthly wage of €1,219 (£1,064/$1,330) a month. It will also assist companies with a €300bn programme of state-guaranteed loans of up to 25% of their annual turnover with annual interest rates set at 0.25%.Contributions to company pensions and national insurance schemes, business rates and rents, have also been pushed back to give operators the time to acclimatise to the new environment.As a company headquartered in France, Sportnco is fully aware of the reputation the country has for being overly bureaucratic. However, the administrative processes the authorities have put in place to address the Covid-19 crisis have been highly effective and streamlined.They provide some much-needed stability at this most uncertain period for all those working in the sports betting sector, clubs and federations. And with the sports leagues potentially restarting in June or early July, there may also be some most welcome news to look forward to in the coming weeks. 16th April 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games People Sports betting Strategy Regions: Europe Southern Europe Western Europe Spain Belgium France Tags: Mobile Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

July 12

Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) HY2008 Interim Report

first_imgHwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2008 interim results for the half year.For more information about Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw)  2008 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHwange Colliery Company Limited extracts, processes and distributes raw coal and coal products in Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa. The Hwange Coalfield and Chaba Mine are located in the north-western region of Zimbabwe; its head office is in the capital city, Harare. Hwange Colliery operates in three segments; mining, medical services and estate management. The Mining division operates in categories that include thermal coal, industrial coal and coking coal. The coke categories include foundry coke, metallurgical coke, coke peas and coke breeze. The by-products include benzole, tar naphthalene and coke oven gas. The Medical Services division manages a healthcare service for its employees and local communities in the mining areas. The estate management division provides and manages properties for rental and sells retail goods and services. Hwange Colliery Company Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

July 12

Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgEveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Eveready East Africa Limited (EVRD.ke)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileEveready East Africa Limited manufactures and markets a range of portable power products in Kenya as well as exports products to countries in the East Africa sub-region. Its extensive product range includes dry cell and carbon zinc primary, alkaline and rechargeable batteries; flashlights and portable lanterns; automotive batteries, and CFL and incandescent bulbs sold under the Turbo brand name. Eveready East Africa has a division which supplies batteries and accessories for motor vehicles and trucks. A side division manufactures and sells a range of washing detergents, household bleaches, surface cleaners and fabric softeners under the Clorox and Everclean brands. Formerly known as Eveready East Africa Limited, the company changed its name to Eveready East Africa Plc in 2016. The company head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Eveready East Africa Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

July 12

Shoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm) HY2019 Presentation

first_imgShoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2019 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Shoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Shoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Shoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm)  2019 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileShoprite Group of Companies is an investment holding company with an extensive international network of retail and wholesale food and non-food outlets. The holding company is based in South Africa (RSA) and operates through four segments: Supermarkets RSA, Supermarkets Non-RSA, Furniture and Other. The group has more than 2 600 outlets in 15 countries across Africa and on Indian Oceans islands. Shoprite Group of Companies expanded into Africa from 1995; the first supermarket that opened outside of South Africa was in Lusaka, Zambia. The subsidiary company in Zambia falls under Supermarkets Non-RSA, which incorporates established brands in its stable; Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Usave and Hungry Lion. The company strives to offer a one-stop shopping destination for consumers, with a comprehensive range of food, household products, furniture, pharmaceuticals, appliances, and hair and beauty products. Shoprite Group of Companies is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

June 20

West Africa clergy issue Ebola challenge to global Anglicans

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Health & Healthcare Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL West Africa clergy issue Ebola challenge to global Anglicans Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA By ACNS staffPosted Oct 8, 2014 Featured Events Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Anglican Communion, Africa, Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Primate and Bishop of Kumasi Dr Daniel Sarfo’s clergy have determined that shaking hands during sharing the Peace will no longer be permitted to stop the spread of Ebola. Photo: The Church of the Province of West Africa[Anglican Communion News Service] Clergy in West Africa have challenged Anglicans worldwide to “live as their brothers’ keepers” and act to address the Ebola crisis.The priests of the Anglican Diocese of Kumasi, Ghana, issued their challenge after a workshop entitled Church and Community Response to Ebola in which they learned more about the disease and how to prevent its spread.In a statement issued after the workshop Message to the International Community, they said, “We challenge the international community to live as their brothers’ keepers*. We encourage Anglican Churches or Christian Churches the world over to express their solidarity by observing one Sunday as Ebola Sunday to pray and mobilize resources for the affected areas in the sub-region or West Africa.”“They should encourage their governments to send resources especially the found drug to the affected areas by way of advocacy.”The clergy did not hold back as they called on the United Nations to provide material and equipment to countries affected by the virus. They also called for international community to collaborate to stop conflict in countries in Africa and the Middle East “instead of waiting for lives and property to be destroyed before the come in with aid”.No more shaking handsThe workshop training carried out at St Cyprian’s Anglican Cathedral, Kumasi, was led by Dr Irene des Bordes. It prompted the clergy to announce they would cease embracing and shaking hands during the Peace at church services; would only perform Holy Communion by intinction; would wear gloves, socks and shoes when visiting the dead or those in hospital; and would wash their hands using running water and hand sanitizers.Several provincial Churches of the Anglican Communion including in Nigeria have announced similar precautions in hope that they can stop the spread of this disease that has, to date, killed 3,439 people and infected 7,494. Experts say it could infect up to 1.5m people by January of next year.Ebola at war against humanityThe Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa, the Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo, also issued a statement welcoming the UN UN Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).He expressed his gratitude to its staff and also other agencies including the Anglican agency Us for their contribution to tackling the crisis in region. He said, “Now Ebola is at war against humanity, the world must act now to stop Ebola.”The full statement can be found below.THE PRIMATE OF THE CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF WEST AFRICA WELCOMES UN MISSION ON EBOLA EMERGENCY RESPONSEOn behalf of the President, the people and the Church of the Province of West Africa (Anglican Communion), I welcome the UN Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) led by Mr. Anthony Banbury to Accra, Ghana to begin a mission to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa. We consider the UN mission as timely and we are very grateful.The Advance Party of United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has arrived in Accra in Ghana, which will be used as the base for the Mission. It will be made up of 250 personnel – 100 will be based in Accra and 150 for the affected Countries.Their mandate is five-fold – “stopping the outbreak; treating the infected; ensuring essential services; preserving stability; and preventing further outbreak. It is our prayers that we all support them to make the mission’s work a great success.We express our profound appreciation to the UN, WHO, Organizations and Bodies like the Bill Gate Foundation for coming to our Aid, not forgetting those working with the Anglican Church such as Us (USPG) , UK Government through DFID and those who are about to join. We also encourage Anglican Churches or Christian Churches the world over to express their solidarity by observing one Sunday as Ebola Sunday to pray and mobilize resources for the affected areas in the sub-region or West Africa.Now Ebola is at war against humanity, the world must act now to stop Ebola.With every blessing++Daniel, CPWAArchbishop Daniel Yinkah SarfoENDSNotes*From Genesis 4:10 ‘Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”‘ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Rector Washington, DC 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, ORlast_img read more

June 20

Small, rural Episcopal churches designed by world-renowned architect are disappearing

first_imgSmall, rural Episcopal churches designed by world-renowned architect are disappearing Residents of one South Dakota town are trying to preserve their Upjohn treasure STANLEY ZIMMERMAN says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET March 20, 2018 at 6:48 pm Am I remembering correctly that this is also known as Carpenter Gothic ( to distinguish it from stone bldgs.) ? Many small towns have church bldgs made from such pre-planned drawings. The4re is a small building in CNY which a local man designed after the example of St Paul’s chapel, NYC. His family had worshipped there prior to relocatingto Upstate NY Ron Caldwell says: Comments are closed. Les Singleton says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY March 22, 2018 at 10:31 am St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown New York is an Upjohn Carpenter Gothic building. It was built from a kit in 1878. It continues in use today. Willis H A Moore says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Matthew Craig says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET March 21, 2018 at 6:28 pm I first read this article this article because it mentioned Groton. Coincidences galore. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tombstone, AZ, was founded by the Reverend Endicott Peabody, who built the only Upjohn Gothic Revival church made of adobe. “The Rector ” returned to Massachusetts to complete his studies and found Groton School. Services are held each Sunday in the 135 year old building, the home of the oldest Protestant church in Arizona territory that still worships in its original building. Submit a Press Release March 20, 2018 at 6:28 pm Upjohn designed the first Episcopal church in Plymouth, Mass. in 1844.and a gothic home for its first Rector, which became the Rectory for the second building of 1914. The lumber of the first building became a four-square Colonial on that Russell St. site. The second church building being built on Court St. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH By Amy SowderPosted Mar 20, 2018 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL March 25, 2018 at 10:48 pm Architecture is one thing, but the building is ultimately unimportant. The congregational life that takes place in that building is what’s important, and the real tragedy here is not the loss of buildings, but of the congregations housed within them. Why have so many of these rural churches closed? What are The Episcopal Church and the individual dioceses doing to support rural and small town ministry and to prevent such future church closures? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Carol Roselli says: March 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm This reference to Upjohn is indeed interesting. Churches in Eastern Oregon celebrate the work of the Rev Dr Ruben Denton Nevius, whose architectural genius created church buildings which are still in use in this diocese. Nevius’ Ascension Church in Cove, Oregon, has become part of Diocesan Headquarters. Comments (13) New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska March 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm St. Agatha’s Church in De Funiak Springs, Florida, was built in about 1886, and its sister church down the road in Milton, Florida, St. Mary’s, look as though they could well have been Upjohn churches. The history on these is a bit dim, however.St. Agatha’s–in fact the original part of the town of De Funiak Springs–is the largest historical area granted that honor in the country to date. Judy Hoover says: Rector Smithfield, NC March 21, 2018 at 10:03 am Wow . . .One out of 153 still there. Great story. Regarding reed pump organ, there is a societyabout these organs. Google Reed Organ Society. Scroll down to convention in Moline, Illinois,and listen to the music being played. This writer had one for many years, another story. Thatbeautiful little church needs to be preserved, and what a great wedding chapel it could be.Thanks for running this great story. March 20, 2018 at 9:19 pm That’s a beautiful little church, surely there is room in the national budget to pay for its restoration and preservation. Maybe something like what was done to Sequoyah’s home could be commissioned. A larger structure was built over his home to preserve it and protect it from violent weather. March 21, 2018 at 10:12 am I grew up spending summers near Leetown, West Virginia, where there is a little Episcopal church, St. Bartholomews, that looks exactly like this one. And it’s still in use. joe pennington says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI R H Lewis VTS1963 says: Rector Tampa, FL Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Featured Events March 20, 2018 at 5:59 pm UPJOHN’S RURAL ARCHITECTURE also found good usage in numerous small towns and villages across the South. In Alabama 7 Upjohn churches were built in the 1850’s and 5 are still standing, in good condition. The finest example is St. Luke’s of Jacksonville AL which was built close to the “church” plan and has been beautifully preserved if altered slightly. Thank God, the winds of yesterday’s violent storms in Jacksonville spared it. It is an irreplaceable treasure. Rector Belleville, IL March 21, 2018 at 7:22 am There is still one of these churches at Annandale, MN. It is not open during the winter months but is active and served by supply clergy during June, July and August. Looks exactly like this picture on the outside. Inside the pews are made of slabs of log that probably were harvested from the well known “big woods.” People who attend are folks with cabins in the area. Many have long connections with the little church as evidenced by the names observed in the adjacent cemetery. Too far off the highway 94 corridor for notice by the hurrying crowd. Churches like this were built where Bishop Whipple designated. In Minnesota we call them Whipple churches. For more information, contact Rev Ben Scott. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Dan McDonald says: Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group March 22, 2018 at 5:14 am There are quite a few of these carpenter gothic churches in Florida, up and down the St. John’s River, and a good example with St. Bartholomew’s, High Springs. Trinity Episcopal Church in Groton, South Dakota, is the last remaining church designed by renowned architect and Episcopalian Richard Upjohn. Photo courtesy of Groton Community Historical Society[Episcopal News Service] In the center of a little former frontier town in northeastern South Dakota stands an Episcopal sole survivor.The one-room wooden Trinity Episcopal Church was built only three years after the town of Groton was organized as a railroad stop in 1881. Groton is now a city of 1,400 people, according to the last U.S. census.This simple, white-painted church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, representing significant mid-19th century revival architecture, exploration and settlement. Properties listed in the register are deemed important in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture. It’s the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.The church’s cachet also stems from its architectural design. It was created by renowned church architect and Episcopalian Richard Upjohn, who designed the majestic Trinity Church Wall Street in downtown Manhattan and founded the American Institute of Architects.There once were 153 churches built from Upjohn’s designs in South Dakota, and this is the only one remaining.Perspective drawing for Trinity Episcopal Church. Photo courtesy of Groton Community Historical Society“I always took it for granted that it was there. I live two blocks from the church and walked by it every day of my life since 1965,” said Betty Breck, who is striving to keep the church preserved and open for use.She’s part of the Groton Community Historical Society that is seeking help from the public to gather enough donations to be able to apply for a grant from the City of Deadwood, South Dakota, and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, which is set up to help historic preservation throughout the state.A circa 1870 oil portrait depicts architect and Episcopalian Richard Upjohn. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsUpjohn, a heavily indebted English cabinetmaker, migrated to the United States in 1829, gradually becoming one of North America’s famous architects. “The buildings he designed reflected new currents in the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States and its parent, the Church of England,” according to an article by Joan R. Gundersen, the soon-to retire archivist for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.Gundersen, who lived in Northfield, Minnesota, from 1975 to 1989 while she was a tenured member of the St. Olaf College history department, wrote about Upjohn’s influence in “Rural Gothic: Building Episcopal Churches on the Minnesota Frontier,” published in Minnesota History, a quarterly publication of the Minnesota Historical Society.Upjohn helped spread the Gothic revival in church architecture to the United States with his work on Trinity Church Wall Street and several other major churches.“More important for the architect’s and the revival’s overall impact was the fact that Upjohn donated plans for many small churches and made it a policy to design one mission church each year,” she said.“With these plans, they could build churches very quickly,” Breck said. “The directions were so complete. It’s fascinating to me how they did it.”Betty Breck is trying to preserve Trinity Episcopal Church in Groton, South Dakota, due to its historic architectural design and significance. Photo courtesy of Groton Community Historical SocietyUpjohn’s practical plans for building small churches quickly, affordably and with local materials and craftsmen in rural America started a wave of 19th-century church building, beginning in western New York sometime in the 1820s, Breck learned.It wasn’t until the 1820s that the Episcopal Church looked toward the American frontier, Gundersen wrote. That’s when the General Convention founded the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, which first began work on the immediate frontiers of western Pennsylvania, New York and New England. Western New York was booming, thanks to the completion in 1825 of the Erie Canal. (Today, the Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business and carries out its mission under the name of the DFMS.)Eventually, Upjohn gathered plans for a church, chapel, rectory and schoolhouse that he published as “Upjohn’s Rural Architecture” in 1852.Then the building spread with the missionary movement throughout the Western frontier. In 1880, there were 22 chapels and 73 churches built with Upjohn’s plans in Minnesota, Breck said.Trinity, Groton, was a consecrated church in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota until the diocese deeded the property to the Brown County Historical Society in 1975. It joined the National Register in 1983. But the society struggled to take care of the church, so in 2016, the Groton Community Historical Society was formed for the express purpose of owning the church to maintain and preserve it.The interior of Trinity Episcopal Church in Groton, South Dakota. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Robert HillThe church is exactly as it was in the 1880s, except for the chimney, turn-of-the-century wiring and the removal of an oil furnace on the floor. The ecclesiastical furniture — including the original pump organ, pews, altar and pulpit — are the same.Once the roof is fixed, Breck envisions weekly music events and maybe use as a destination wedding chapel. She has an event planned May 27, with pump organ music.When Breck started doing research on this church, she had no idea about its history.“It was just this sweet little church down the road. When you sit in there, it just works its spell on you. It speaks to the spirituality of our ancestors here,” Breck said.“They worked hard, and they took time to build a church not only for their Episcopal congregation, but by others also. It was a community center, the center of the town and held everything together on the prairie.”— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Dr. Stan Lightner says: The Rev. Alison Martin says: Submit an Event Listing David Luther Woodward says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA last_img read more

June 18

Flyhalf Luciano Orquera’s best bits against France in Rome

first_imgThursday Feb 7, 2013 Flyhalf Luciano Orquera’s best bits against France in Rome Luciano Orquera was a well deserved Man of the Match as Italy achieved a famous 23-18 upset victory over France in Rome on Sunday. Here is a quick look at some of Orquera’s best bits on the day, which included setting up two tries and kicking superbly. Flyhalf Orquera said post match that Italy were extremely motivated and had intended to do all they could for their second victory over France in three seasons, the last coming in 2011.“We were mentally strong right from the beginning. After two years we have beaten France again in Rome. We wanted to win at any cost and we never gave up,” the 31-year-old Zebre flyhalf said.Italy coach Jacques Brunel has unsurprisingly stuck with Orquera for the upcoming game against Scotland on Saturday, keeping faith in the pairing he has with Treviso number nine Tobias Botes.Italy beat Scotland in their final game of the Six Nations last year, so will be aiming for their third successive victory in the tournament, and are determined to avoid the wooden spoon yet again.Match details: Scotland vs Italy | Date: Saturday, 9 February | Venue: Murrayfield | Kick off: 14:30 GMTItaly team:Andrea Masi, Giovanbattista Venditti, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Luke McLean, Luciano Orquera, Tobias Botes, Sergio Parisse, Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Francesco Minto, Quintin Geldenhuys, Martin Castrogiovanni, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Lo CiceroReplacements: Davide Giazzon, Alberto De Marchi, Lorenzo Cittadini, Antonio Pavanello, Paul Derbyshire, Edoardo Gori, Kristopher Burton, Gonzalo GarciaScotland team: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Ruaridh Jackson, Greig Laidlaw, Ryan Grant, Ross Ford, Euan Murray, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Rob Harley, Kelly Brown, Johnnie Beattie Replacements: Dougie Hall/Pat MacArthur, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Alastair Kellock, David Denton, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir, Max Evans    Time: 1:52Credit: LasGarzas11ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Six Nations 2013 Related Articles 424 WEEKS AGO The Six Nations 2013 Highlights Montage 429 WEEKS AGO Vincent Clerc’s incredible volley almost… 430 WEEKS AGO France get first tournament win with Paris… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

June 16

DEC launches Congo (DR) crisis appeal

first_imgDEC launches Congo (DR) crisis appeal Tagged with: DEC Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 November 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. UK aid agencies have today launched an emergency appeal to the public for funds to help people affected by the recent upsurge of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to escape the fighting in recent weeks, adding to more than one million already displaced as result of the conflict.Brendan Gormley, Chief Executive of The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which co-ordinates the public appeal of 13 UK charities, said: “Our member agencies are already reaching several hundred thousand people, but the need is overwhelming and increasing. We have got to do more and now, more than ever, we need the UK public to show their generosity.”The crisis appeal will be open for donations until the end May 2009. All appeal money received within the six months from the start of the appeal is restricted to the purpose of that appeal and would not be transferred. Any money received after that six months is credited to the next appeal fund.www.dec.org.uk  25 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

June 16

Fundraising app and tech round-up

first_imghttps://twitter.com/GetEventFit/status/8477561999277588481) Get Event FitExclusively available to charities, Get Event Fit provides daily education, motivation and inspiration to fundraisers preparing for a running event. The app includes professional 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon programmes with running fitness, nutrition advice, mindset education, fundraising advice, and motivation, delivered daily into the Get Event Fit mobile app which can be personalised to the charity. Melanie May | 11 May 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 3) 21.coThis app sets users up with a 21.co profile that lets people outside of their network email them by paying to do so, with the option of donating the money they earn to charity. It also gives the option to make a donation to talk to a tech expert to pitch a startup idea, ask for career advice, or get a definitive answer on a tech question. Fundraising app and tech round-up 4) GoodBlock AppThe GoodBlock App adblocker from Gladly raises money for charities by letting people browse ad free and choose to see one high-quality ad a day. It claims to block all ads, pop-ups and trackers. Once a day, Tad the butterfly appears on the corner of the screen and to raise money for charity, the user clicks on him to view their one ad for the day. Viewing ads earns Hearts virtual currency, which can be donated to partner charities including Save the Children and Water.org. 5) Pocket App PostBugPocket App has released PostBug. Designed as a “many to one” service, this web service can be used to write and send postcards and letters for various different causes and campaigns to prominent people such as MPs and celebrities via mobiles, tablets or desktops. PostBug organises the printing and delivery of the physical mail to addresses on its database or to addresses provided by users. According to Pocket App, a percentage of the money generated could also be donated to charity.  247 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20  248 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Here are five services that can help charities in a variety of ways, including by raising donations, keeping fundraisers motivated before a running event, and by providing an easy way to contact prominent people about a cause. 2) BstowBstow automatically rounds up the user’s spare change and sends it to the charity of their choice. Users can choose a charity from the 1.5m on offer, connect the cards and accounts they use to make everyday purchases, and the app will round up any purchases made to the nearest dollar. Tagged with: app Fundraising ideas mobile Technologylast_img read more

June 15

Pennsylvania inmates subjected to dangerous and demeaning treatment, sexual harassment

first_imgPrisoners and prison abolitionists in Pennsylvania have debunked bogus claims by Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, who asserted that drug trafficking in the summer of 2018 led to the sickening of dozens of prison staff by exposure. The two accused prisoners and their loved ones of smuggling in contraband drugs through the mail and visitations, and in August 2018 they ordered an indefinite lockdown of all state facilities that lasted over a month. Since then, two corrections officers have been arrested for trafficking K2, a type of synthetic marijuana. The first officer was arrested in Delaware County after being caught trying to distribute the drugs during the lockdown. In February, a second prison officer in Northumberland County was caught with synthetic drugs in their locker at the facility. It should be clear that the illegal market within Pennsylvania prisons is a side hustle for the guards to make money selling illicit drugs to inmates. However, it is the prisoners themselves who are facing repercussions for the crimes committed by these agents of the state.“We’re the ones being forced to pay the piper for the misdeeds of others,” says Bryant Arroyo, who is serving life in prison at SCI Frackville for a crime he did not commit. Inmates have faced draconian punishments, including the unconstitutional suspension of attorney-client privilege through the interception of attorney-client mail, which was recently ruled illegal as the result of a lawsuit against the DOC by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Abolitionist Law Center and other human rights groups.Fresh abuses, sexual harassmentBut despite some relief from last year’s repressive crackdown, new measures have been implemented by the state aimed at discouraging visits to the prisons. It is now standard policy in Pennsylvania to force inmates to strip naked and submit to full body searches before and after being allowed into the visitation room to meet with friends and loved ones. As Arroyo wrote in a letter detailing this abuse at the beginning of March: “Upon entering the visiting-search area, I was strip-searched prior to going to my visit. After the completion of my visit, I was subsequently strip- searched again. … I was ordered to report to the property room to be subjected to a full-body X-ray scan for contraband.“I am bringing this incident to your attention because it typifies the patterned-practice to many similar occurrences I’ve witnessed and personally experienced being arbitrarily subjected to the unnecessary strip-searches via visiting-room procedures.”Arroyo and other inmates say these punitive strip-searches constitute sexual harassment and are a violation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Moreover, the state has shown a systematic “failure to protect people who reported sexual harassment abuse from retaliation. … My body is subjected to multiple excessive, punitive strip-searches which by policy is tantamount to sexual harassment.”Multiple prisoners have filed grievances against this intrusive and abusive new imposition on the visitation process.Moreover, the DOC has once again spent money to line the pockets of prison profiteers, this time to purchase expensive X-ray machines produced by the security company Adani. Adani’s website advertises their “people X-ray screening” devices as a means of catching “terrorists” and “drug dealers.” Inmates are subjected to these X-ray scans without any protection, not even the bare minimum of an apron or collar to protect vital organs, such as those used when X-rays are taken at the dentist’s office. Prison officials refuse to inform prisoners of potential harmful consequences from being regularly exposed to this type of radiation.Dan Hernandez, another inmate at SCI Frackville, says he was strip-searched before and after a visit, then forced to submit to the X-ray scan. After the scan proved that he was not carrying any contraband, corrections officers still exposed him to X-ray radiation a second time on a whim, claiming a (unfounded) “suspicion.” Around the same time, Jonathan Diaz Garcia was subjected to the X-ray scanner, and prison staff asserted that it showed he was smuggling contraband that he had ingested. Diaz Garcia was forced into the “dry room” for hours — a solitary cell even more sparse than the prisoner’s standard quarters — until he passed the alleged “contraband” through his digestive system. After four hours, it became clear that he had not swallowed a packet of illicit drugs, but that he was merely constipated.This recent experience of Jonathan Diaz Garcia exposes not only the perverse intrusion of privacy, but also another alarming revelation: The staff techs who operate the X-ray devices and monitor the scans, who mistook a blocked small intestine for “contraband,” have absolutely no idea what they’re looking at. “A cop is a cop is a cop,” says Arroyo of the Adani techs and the prison staff who subject prisoners to these humiliating new practices. “They are doing everything they can to deter us from visits, to deny us comfort.” Amid all these repressive measures, prison staff still dangle the threat of a new lockdown over inmates’ heads and stoke racism and hatred.“They don’t like to see camaraderie. They know how this affects us psychologically and physiologically. The human being was not made to be without contact.“They’re thinking we still have it too good.” Strength in the face of adversityArroyo himself has been subjected to a seven-day cell restriction this month —  a clear case of retaliation by the administration for his tireless advocacy on behalf of his fellow prisoners. It’s a common practice for inmates to briefly hang a small towel or sheet over part of their cell window while using the toilet, both for privacy’s sake and, as Arroyo makes clear, out of courtesy to the guards. Yet Arroyo was reprimanded for it and was confined to his cell without privileges for a week.But Arroyo is a spirited warrior, fighting back against this prison plantation system from “within the entrails.” His sense of humor, as always, never fails to punctuate a conversation about the gross injustices he faces. “Hey, I got a headline idea for you,” Arroyo said after explaining his cell restriction: “Jailhouse Environmentalist Faces Administrative Retaliation for Taking an Environmentally Conscious Dump.” When meeting with Arroyo, it is not uncommon for raucous laughter or the sound of a sudden high-five to draw the attention of surly guards who tell us to quiet down. This in itself is a small victory in such a grim place.“I know what it is to be mistreated, to suffer an injustice,” he continues. “But this kind of ugly retaliation is just a tap on the shoulder from God, saying, ‘You’re doing right.’ ”Arroyo is an innocent man, sentenced to a nightmare that has been going on for over 25 years. He demonstrates that all prisoners are political prisoners, whether they committed the crime they were convicted of or not and regardless of the circumstances of their capture and confinement. In this prison nation, the very struggle to maintain one’s dignity is a revolutionary act for the most oppressed members of our class. Arroyo, Hernandez, Diaz Garcia and others have all demonstrated profound courage by telling deeply personal stories of their oppression and humiliation at the hands of prison staff.“This is a global problem,” says Arroyo. “Look at Trump. Trump doesn’t like to talk about the past. Because he is the past, incarnate. He is the dog biting a Black woman on the street. He is the fire hose pointed at protesters. He is the cop hitting a young man upside the head.”And just like the struggle for justice in the past, our duty is to organize a mass movement of freed people and those imprisoned, of siblings, children and allies. Abolition is the demand for the permanent end of the occupation of oppressed communities and warfare against our class. The people behind bars are the most acutely aware of this class antagonism and are on the front lines of the struggle.For this reason we say: “Free ‘Em All!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more