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Edgars Stores Limited 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgEdgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw)  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileEdgars Stores Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The company retails a range of high-quality casualwear clothing, footwear and accessories for children, ladies and gents in branded stores in Zimbabwe. The company operates three divisions: Edgars Chain, Jet Chain and Manufacturing. Its fashion retail outlets fall under the Edgars and Jet brands, with the retail brand Express falling under Jet Stores. Edgars Stores Limited also manufacture and retail a range of locally-made clothing; acquiring the Carousel Clothing factory in 1974 and the Jeans Company in 1993. Its core business is casualwear and accessories with a subsidiary division providing funeral and hospital insurance services. Edgars was founded in 1946 and today, is the market leader in casualwear and accessories in Zimbabwe. Its headquarters are in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited 2013 Annual Report

first_imgBindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileBindura Nickel Corporation is a mining company operating mines and a smelter complex in Bindura, Zimbabwe; engaged in the mining and extraction of nickel, and production of nickel by-products (copper and cobalt). The company’s current projects include a shaft re-deepening project, sub-vertical service winder and main rock winder drives upgrade project, concentrator plant and sub-vertical medium voltage switch room equipment replacement project, and a smelter restart project. Founded in 1966, BNC is a subsidiary of Zimnick Limited and operated and majority-owned by Mwana Africa plc, an African multi-national mining company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The operating subsidiary of BNC is Trojan Nickel Mine Limited. Bindura Nickel Corporation is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporation is a financial services institution offering retail, wholesale, investment and transactional banking services to government departments, financial institutions, multi-nationals, small- to medium-size enterprises, micro businesses and individuals in Africa and internationally. The banking group operates in the domestic, corporate and investment banking segments. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated offers a full-service product offering which ranges from current and savings accounts to business accounts and term deposits. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated also provides services for institutional banking; ranging from treasury and investment banking to commodity/trade finance, debt issuance and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and syndicated lending. The financial institution operates a network of approximately 1 200 branches and offices in the major towns and cities of Ghana. Its head office is in Lomé, Togo. Ecobank Transnational Incorporation is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Faiths find hope, from Newark to the Mideast

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments (1) Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls December 13, 2012 at 1:15 am Dear well-meaning friends, you visited a Potemkin village where “dialogue” levels the playing field between occupiers and occupied and clouds with soft gauze the face of injustice. On your next trip visit Shuhada Street, Har Homa, Gilo, Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Balata Camp, Jenin, or maybe even Gaza and speak to us of your hope. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Faiths find hope, from Newark to the Mideast 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA center_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release By Mark M. Beckwith, Matthew D. Gewirtz and W. Deen ShareefPosted Dec 12, 2012 Vicki Gray says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Episcopal News Service] This piece was published as an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on December 12, 2012.The world’s attention recently has been drawn to violence in Syria, Gaza, Iraq — and supportive, and increasingly threatening, language from Iran and Israel. In October, an interfaith group of 35 Christians, Muslims and Jews from Newark and surrounding communities journeyed to Israel and the Palestinian territories to explore together the roots of our respective faiths and learn about creative responses to violence.Our mission emerged from a multi­faith relationship forged over the past four years with the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace, which works to build partnerships among groups that seek to raise hope and reduce violence.So we journeyed to Israel and the Palestinian territories, which hold sacred places for all three Abrahamic faiths and historically has been a place of tragedy and violence. We were on a pilgrimage and we met with some extraordinary people, whose witness to hope and peace largely goes unnoticed, but who nevertheless have an important impact on the lives of the people who live in the region.We went to a graduation ceremony for volunteer emergency medical technicians, whose pride is in their skill, rapid response and working together as Jews, Muslims and Christians.We met with a Jewish father and a Muslim wife who are part of a national network of Jews and Muslims who have had a family member murdered by someone from a different faith. They each told their tragic story and recounted how support and faith led them through bitterness to a deep commitment to reconciliation.We met with a Palestinian refugee who journeyed to Auschwitz and now leads other Palestinian leaders to do the same, so that they can attempt to understand the complicated narrative of their neighbors on the other side of the Security Wall.We met with an initiative for social change working with diverse groups that learn to understand and cooperate with each other to address their common and unique needs.The politicians seem dug in, but in a world where everyone says there is no moderate voice with whom to talk, we found the opposite: a growing and fierce national network committed to reconciliation. We absorbed this commitment and brought it home.We learned from our many hosts — and from each other. We openly acknowledged our differences, and, at the same time, discovered — in a wonderful way — that our differences drew us together. Indeed, our differences connected us more fervently to our respective religious roots, with faith that the seeds they come from contain an abundance of fruits.We acknowledged the many religious and political tensions that threaten to strangle the life blood in this region.They are real and too often misrepresent universal values that constitute human excellence and the essence of revelation.But hope lives on! As a result of seeing firsthand the courage of so many in Israel and the Palestinian territories who dare to build bridges of reconciliation across rivers of mistrust, our commitment to hope and peace has deepened. We found this hope in each other — and we find similar courage, commitment and hope in Newark.It often goes unnoticed, but it’s there and has an enormous impact.Many people in Newark work to build bridges of peace across chasms of violence, and our trip to the Middle East has quickened our desire to support them. There are many challenges, yet Newark, as in that region, has an abundance of God’s blessed resources to build the bridges required for all to reach a shared destiny of peace and productivity.While many feel impending darkness, we come to tell you that we found light in the midst of the clouds.In this season of hope, we point to the hope we found in the cauldron of the Middle East, and that we find in the remarkable projects and people that build hope in Newark.— Mark M. Beckwith is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark; Matthew D. Gewirtz is the rabbi of Temple B’Nai Jeshurun in Short Hills; W. Deen Shareef is the imam of Masjid Waarith ud Deen/Waris CRDC in Irvington. They represent the executive team of the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 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 Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments are closed. Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

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Canada: Relief, despair as same-sex marriage motion fails

first_img Submit an Event Listing MaryLou Scherer says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Pain and hurt in the aftermath of the vote to change the marriage canon that would have allowed same-sex marriages in church. Photo: Art Babych[Anglican Journal] The primate had asked members not to applaud once the results were announced, and so silence greeted his declaration that Resolution A051-R2, on changing the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriages, had failed to get the two-thirds majority it needed in all three orders of General Synod.Silent, too, were many of those the Anglican Journal approached for comments. One bishop said he wanted to address his diocese before commenting to the media. Another, Bishop Larry Robertson, of the Diocese of the Yukon, suggested that commenting on the divisive issue would only rub salt into fresh wounds.“It’s caused too much pain already,” he said.Signs of this pain weren’t hard to see in the aftermath of the vote. Within minutes of its announcement, several members walked out of the conference room rather than take part in the Evensong that followed the vote. In the corridor outside, a female youth delegate collapsed, sobbing, on the floor. Several bystanders came to her aid. Other members headed toward their rooms with swollen eyes and tear-stained cheeks.After the Evensong—and a brief resumption of business while synod considered a motion to reopen the vote — a knot of members clustered around Archbishop Fred Hiltz, who said he would remain for a time to offer pastoral care. Some hugged the primate.Here are some reactions from members interviewed by the Journal:The Rev. Allison Courey, Diocese of Rupert’s LandI’m very upset and disappointed. I’m mostly disappointed because it was so unbelievably close. The numbers looked like it had passed, and the primate actually said it had passed and then he said it hadn’t, and I thought because it was less than half a vote that for sure they would call a revote or at least double-check the numbers. The laity was way in favor and the bishops were much more in favor than anyone expected.I’m just really disappointed.I thought it would pass in the clergy. The one I was worried about was the bishops, and it turned out that that wasn’t to be worried about.Q: What’s ahead for you now?I will move to a diocese that is going to move ahead with same-sex marriages. Or else not continue working in the church. I’m not prepared to be a second-class citizen in my own community any longer.Bishop Fraser Lawton, Diocese of AthabascaFrom where I stand there’s a sense of relief about it. But I certainly don’t feel any joy. This has been a very hard day and my heart breaks for people…and the pain the ones that feel that this decision means a rejection.I think it’s really important to find some kind of way to start a conversation over again, to connect with people. The church is in a place where there’s been some real struggle in front of us and I think that everyone involved — however they voted, however they felt — it really is  a call to pray for one another, to compassion, to being very aware that each person is God’s creation and deserves honor and respect. I think there’s a lot of work in front of us as a church.Ron Chaplin, laity, Diocese of OttawaI’m surprised…We need to see who voted and where the divisions are. Through the course of floor debates, I think we saw a geographic division of opinion…I think it points to some reconciliation work that needs to be done.Q: Were you surprised that it failed in the Order of Clergy and not the Order of Bishops as had been anticipated?I was surprised, but then again, I just kept it in mind that it was just one person, one vote. Two-thirds’ threshold is a very high threshold. But we recognize this is a very important decision, so we deliberately established a very high threshold. This was defeated at razor’s edge. At this triennium, we need to look at the reconciliation work that needs to be done. We’re not talking to each other properly still.Q: How does this affect you as an openly gay person?What breaks my heart is I’m 64 years old.I’ve been in every General Synod since 1995 talking about this issue. So after 21 years, this was the most respectful discussion I’ve participated in. What breaks my heart is to see the 20-year-olds here and how they’re reacting to it, and I don’t know quite what I can tell them. I had hoped it would be different for them than it was when I was 20 years old.Jason Antonio, lay, Diocese of Qu’AppelleThat vote was on a knife’s edge. It could not have been any closer than it could have been. When the bishops’ communiqué came out in February saying they were not of one mind, people complained that the bishops were holding up progress. Today the bishops voted 68% in favor. It was the clergy that had sober second thoughts. And that was close.It’s difficult to gloat in the sense of winning, considering it was that damn close. If it had been 10–20 %, that might have been different, but it was never going to be that close. This is a Pyrrhic victory, plain and simple.I believed that the bishops would be the wild card, in the sense that they would continue to uphold the faith and the doctrine. I was surprised to see 68% had voted for [the motion], because now I have questions as to who voted in favor. I was definitely shocked to see the clergy at 66.23 %. I don’t know if this comparison is accurate, but at the 2013 General Synod, when it voted for this to happen, I think it was 68 or 70 % of clergy who voted in favor. So there has been a comedown since that time. Clergy here had a change of mind or saw that maybe they were conflicted, I don’t know.I voted against the motion.Bishop Dennis Drainville, Diocese of QuebecWe were really prepared for any eventuality, but to lose by one vote was beyond anything I could ever imagine.The church will live through this, but for the next few days it will be very hard for many people. It’s going to take some time to get our heads cleared about what steps we need to take, moving on from here.Q: Were you surprised that the Order of Bishops wasn’t the stumbling block?I was surprised, but we knew it would be very close; we knew we had over 50% of bishops who were in favor of this. It was a surprise that we had the two-thirds majority.Bruce Bryant Scott, Diocese of British ColumbiaI’m disappointed at the result. I spoke in favor of it and I think we thought that if it would fail, it was going to fail in the House of Bishops—they came through, the laity came through.But similar to what happened with the first vote for the ordination of women in the General Synod of the Church of England, it failed in the House of Clergy. Unlike the General Synod of the Church of England, we don’t meet twice a year; we meet once every three years. I have no doubt in my mind that this will come back in three years’  time; that we will have the opportunity to vote on it again and there is a very high likelihood that it will pass in the next one.Our Westminster system of parliamentary decision-making can sometimes be very brutal — it has winners and it has losers. The requirement for a two-thirds majority in each house is a very high standard, and it’s there for a very good reason.Obviously I will live with the result; it doesn’t affect me personally. But there will be people likely saying, “I can no longer be in the Anglican Church of Canada because of this.” And I’m dismayed at that. I hope that those who were on the other side of this question will take this opportunity to consider what they may have heard and see where the Spirit  leads them when it comes again, because this issue will not go away. The Spirit was moving in the direction of approving it, but for the want of one single vote, we cannot, at this time, through General Synod, move.—With files from Marites N. Sison July 12, 2016 at 9:29 pm My husband and I chose to have a Civil Marriage in Vermont, since our Bishop in the Diocese of SE Florida refused to acknowledge us. My Brother in Law, who is Roman Catholic, performed the ceremony for us. We have lived as ministers to one another for the past 5 years, and are witnesses to the sanctity of our marriage, May God grant the grace to our Bishops, to understand our situation, and our love for the Church universal! Thank you to the Great State of Vermont for our Civil Union; we love you! Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments (3) Featured Jobs & Calls July 12, 2016 at 11:08 am The entire process resembles a bit the process of civil same-sex marriages…it will be done diocese by diocese, until the standing cannon is pragmatically dead . This is a watershed moment for the ACC, they have the choice of moving forward or jumping into irrelevance, in a country that is highly secular and where religious institutions are increasingly isolated from society Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags Steven Colburn says: Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Events 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Human Sexuality, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 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 Rector Washington, DC July 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm That’s SW Florida. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA By Tali FolkinsPosted Jul 12, 2016 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Canada: Relief, despair as same-sex marriage motion fails Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Press Release Service Steven Colburn says: Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion, 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Same-Sex Marriage Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more

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Bilingual Eucharist to be celebrated in waters of the Rio…

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY By David PaulsenPosted May 8, 2018 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 May 9, 2018 at 8:14 am “Christian beliefs have political implications.” You bet they do. And the Episcopal Church should continue to remind us all of our Baptismal Covenant to, “…strive for justice…and respect the dignity of every human being.” Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Mark Sims says: 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 Refugees Migration & Resettlement Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments are closed. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments (3) Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR John Hobart says: Submit a Job Listingcenter_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Rev. Paul Moore presides at Holy Eucharist in the middle of the Rio Grande on May 11, 2017, in Lajitas, Texas, at the Voices From Both Sides event. Moore was joined by the Rev. Sarah Guck. Photo courtesy of Paul Moore[Episcopal News Service] When the tiny border community of Lajitas, Texas, celebrates Holy Eucharist on May 12, the Rev. Paul Moore will consecrate the bread and wine standing in the middle of the Rio Grande, with water soaking the bottom of his vestments and without a clear sense of whether his feet are planted on the American side or the Mexican side.This is the second year that Moore, an Episcopal priest from Silver City, New Mexico, will preside over a Eucharist in the river as part of the Voices From Both Sides celebration, an annual event that serves as a kind of community reunion for people from both sides of the border.“For me, it was a statement that borders are political, not spiritual, realities,” Moore told Episcopal News Service. “That people in the church are joined and are one.”The U.S. government previously declined to actively patrol the Lajitas Crossing, and Mexicans and Americans passed freely across the river to visit relatives, shop, attend school and work. That changed on Mother’s Day weekend in 2002, when U.S. authorities detained 20 people on immigration charges and made clear they were ending the open passage as part of an effort to secure the border after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Now, anyone entering the U.S. by crossing the river at Lajitas risks arrest.Except on this one day.Starting in 2013, the organizers of Voices From Both Sides arranged for federal and local authorities to bend the rules a little for a few hours, allowing for this border-straddling party, with music, food, drinks and religious worship.“The organizations have kept us informed since the beginning, and basically no one is crossing the border, so no laws are being broken,” Bill Brooks, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman, told the San Antonio Express-News in 2015 in a story about the third Voices From Both Sides.The 2017 Voices From Both Sides is seen spread out on the U.S. and Mexican sides of the border. Photo courtesy of Paul MoorePeople from both sides meet in the middle of the river but end the day back on the side where they live.“I hope it continues to keep on, because it’s just a day,” said Marcy Reed, an Episcopalian who lives about 15 minutes away in Terlingua, Texas.She and her husband are teachers at the school in Terlingua, and some of their students have family members back in Mexico. Voices From Both Sides is a way for those relatives and friends to reconnect without having to drive hours out of their way, Reed said.“I was really nervous last year with Trump in office,” Reed said. Would President Donald Trump’s tougher stance on immigration mean an end to Voices From Both Sides? “I really wasn’t sure it was going to happen. It still did.”She wasn’t able to make it last year to participate in the service led by Moore, but she hopes to be there this time. Moore, rector of Church of the Good Shepherd, is fluent in Spanish and will preside over a bilingual Eucharist, with help from the Rev. Sarah Guck, assistant rector at Good Shepherd.Last year, the Episcopal service was first on the day’s lineup at 10:30 a.m., which meant the sound system hadn’t been set up yet and only about 150 to 200 people had arrived for the day’s festivities. Even so, about 30 people from both sides of the river received communion.This year, Moore is expecting an even bigger turnout for the Eucharist, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.“We’d love to have more people join us,” he said.In addition to his parish duties, Moore is chair of Rio Grande Borderland Ministries. The Diocese of the Rio Grande is the largest among the contiguous 48 state and covers 800 miles of border in Texas and New Mexico. Moore’s church is about 90 miles away from Mexico, and he works with other churches along the border on a unified ministry that “focuses on the needs of the border in every way,” he said.The church is engaged on issues like poverty and hunger, Moore said, as well as immigration. He’s gearing up for an eight-hour drive to Lajitas on May 11, bringing with him on the long journey a Christian message that Jesus’ love transcends international borders.“Christian beliefs have political implications,” he said. “And one of the political implications here is, you can divide us politically, but you cannot divide us spiritually.”About 30 people received communion during the Eucharist at the 2017 Voices From Both Sides. Photo courtesy of Paul MooreResidents of the Big Bend region of Texas, however, also are divided by and forced to overcome great geographic distances. Reed and her husband sometimes drive 80 miles to attend St. James’ Episcopal Church in Alpine, Texas, because services are sporadic at Santa Inez in Terlingua. Along the way, they take advantage of the better grocery options in Alpine.They sometimes take trips into Mexico, such as when a student invites them to a quinceañera, or 15th birthday, in San Carlos. The community of Paso Lajitas on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande has all but dried up since the river crossing closed. Now, a trip that once took a few minutes by pickup truck across the river instead takes three or four hours by way of the official border crossing to the west in Presidio, Texas.It’s hard for Reed to imagine a terrorist using Lajitas as an entry point into the U.S. “It would be such a crazy place to cross. There’s just nothing here,” she said.At the same time, “I don’t think anyone’s coming over here stealing anyone’s jobs in Terlingua,” she said. There aren’t a lot of jobs to steal.Before the federal government cracked down on river crossings, the flow of people in both directions knit together the communities on both sides of the river, Reed said. The impact didn’t seem to radiate any farther.“To me, if it wasn’t broke don’t fix it,” she said. “Everything was fine the way it was.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Willis H A Moore says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bilingual Eucharist to be celebrated in waters of the Rio Grande at one-day Texas border crossing party Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 9, 2018 at 6:22 pm This is our Episcopal Church at its finest – – – we are ALL children of God and as baptized Christians we are all ministers of the gospel in these times of growing hatred, racism, and paranoia. I am proud he is a “Moore.!” Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Immigration, Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC May 9, 2018 at 8:38 pm My Christian beliefs have no political implications. I believe that God loves both republicans and democrats and doesn’t side with either. 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TUI UK Chooses Macmillan as its new charity partner

first_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis TUI UK Chooses Macmillan as its new charity partner Howard Lake | 25 July 2004 | News UK holiday company TUI UK has chosen Macmillan Cancer Relief as its new charity of the year, and aims to raise £250,000.TUI UK staff from across the group will be supporting the charity partnership by getting involved in fundraising activities.TUI UK has already donated £10,000 and the directors have all signed up to take part in a ‘marathon’ sponsored bike ride. Advertisementcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Amazon Alexa users can donate to 48 US charities by voice

first_imgAmazon Alexa users can donate to 48 US charities by voice Howard Lake | 9 April 2018 | News Main video: You Can Now Donate to Charity With Alexa via Mashable.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37 Advertisement 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. You can read more about Amazon.com’s community programme, which includes its Give Back Box programme and its Amazon Pro Bono programme. WATCH: Engaging CRUK’s audience with Amazon Echocenter_img The Digital Innovation team at Cancer Research UK has been exploring how home assistants like Amazon Echo can increase supporter engagement and disseminate cancer information more easily. It teamed up in 2017 with Manifesto to do so. Coming to the UK?There is no confirmation when this will be extended to UK charities. Amazon recently extended its AmazonSmile affiliate donation programme to UK charities, having introduced it first to US nonprofits in 2013, so it is likely that Alexa Donations will follow a similar process. Over 2,000 UK charities registered with AmazonSmile in its first month. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible products to the buyer’s chosen charity.To date, the AmazonSmile programme has donated more than $4.6 million to St. Jude in the USA. In addition, the hospital charity will soon be accepting donations via Amazon Pay on its website.  286 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37  285 total views,  3 views today “Alexa: make a donation to…” Donations by voice are now possible for an initial 48 nonprofits in the USA.Amazon has introduced Alexa Donations, a service that allows users to make a donation hands free using only their voice.No set-up is required for Alexa users. Donations are fulfilled through Amazon Pay using the customers’ preferred payment method associated with their Amazon account.Among the first tranche of charities to benefit are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The American Cancer Society, Feeding America, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Comic Relief [USA].You can view the full current list on Amazon.SEE ALSO: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Amazon Alexa (Nonprofit Tech for Good)Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organisation for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Amazon and its generous customers who will harness the power of voice technology in support of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”Patrick Gauthier, Vice President, Amazon Pay, added: “For the first time ever, Alexa customers can donate to charities like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital hands-free using just their voice. We can’t wait for customers to try this out while donating to great causes like this.”Of course, Amazon Alexa is only responding to individuals who choose to give to charity. How many people do so spontaneously? Not many.But the significance of this channel of giving is its ease as well as its novelty. No typing personal details or bank or card details for each donation. Charities will no doubt test it as a destination channel for fundraising asks, rather than treat it as a ‘passive’ source of income. Many charity TV adverts invite viewers to search for a keyword or phrase in order to give: we might soon start to see “ask Alexa about donating to our charity”.Therein lies a challenge. There are other voice home assistants. Will charity adverts have to mention Siri and Google as alternative giving channels?  Tagged with: affiliate marketing Amazon voice activationlast_img read more

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Chadian justice not hampered by legal constraints

first_imgNews Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the way President Idriss Déby’s family and the president’s office are manipulating the judicial system in order to censor the media. Two publications have been the targets of arbitrary judicial measures initiated by them in recent weeks.An N’djamena judge ordered the close of the weekly Abba Garde on 10 July at the request of the High Council for Communication, which in turned acted in response to a complaint by the president’s office. A separate court order issued the same day demanded the seizure of all copies of issue No. 109 of the newspaper.Both orders appear to have been issued in response to an article headlined “Idriss Déby, the Hitler of modern times” in issue No. 108, which was published in late June.“Regardless of what the journalist wrote, the decision to close the newspaper contravenes Chad’s 2010 press law, article 44 of which says that such a decision can only be taken by a court after a hearing in which the affected party is able to defend itself,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Unfortunately, this hearing has been postponed three times. Furthermore, the seizure of issue No. 109 is clearly an arbitrary measure because it was the preceding issue that had the offending article. We call on Chad’s courts to respect the country’s laws and to rescind Abba Garde’s closure at once.”Abba Garde publisher Moussaye Avenir de la Tchiré said harassment of the newspaper began on 5 July, when members of the National Security Agency tried to arrest him while he was in the southeastern town of Bongor, located on the border with Cameroon. De la Tchiré then crossed the border and has remained abroad ever since.Very critical of the government, Abba Garde is widely read in N’Djamena. This is not De la Tchiré’s first run-in with the judicial authorities. In 2013, he was detained for four months and was given a two-year suspended jail sentence.Haut Parleur publisher Stéphane Mbaïrabé Ouaye is meanwhile being sued by one of the president’s brothers, Salaye Déby, over an article accusing them of “supporting the dictatorship.” Help by sharing this information RSF_en ChadAfrica December 1, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica Organisation Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad to go further Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News Reports July 31, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chadian justice not hampered by legal constraints The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Follow the news on Chad On 22 July, Ouaye received a summons to appear at an N’Djamena court hearing “with the purpose of finding him guilty of the facts of which he is accused and sentencing him to pay Salaye Déby the sum that will be set by the court.” The wording of the summons is extraordinary in that it clearly shows that Ouaye has been convicted in advance.Chad is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Hour of truth for media freedom in Kyrgyzstan

first_imgThe headquarters of NTS, another TV channel was the subject of a raid on the evening of 19 December by police and court bailiffs that temporarily paralysed its activities. One of Kyrgyzstan’s most popular channels, it is linked to opposition leader Omurbek Babanov, the runner-up to Jeenbekov in last October’s presidential election. “In particular, we call for an end to the astronomic damages awards against critical media outlets and for an amendment to the press law that limits damages and abolishes special protection for the president. The courts must play their democratic role by protecting journalists from harassment instead of exposing them to it.” For more information:See RSF’s previous press releases on this subject.Read the opinion piece (in Russian) that RSF and 42 Kyrgyz NGOs wrote after the supreme court ruling on the Zanoza case KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Organisation A precedent was set last November when the supreme court confirmed a decision ordering the Zanoza news website, its founders, a human rights defender and two lawyers to pay 40 million soms (500,000 euros) in damages for allegedly insulting former President Almazbek Atambayev. What with prosecutions, astronomic damages awards and travel bans, there is mounting concern about the threats to media freedom in Kyrgyzstan. The need to end the abuses and to respect press freedom is urgent, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Karabekov has been banned from travelling abroad and is facing the possibility of a two-year jail term if he does not pay the entire amount quickly, because the courts have refused to let him pay in instalments. News A Bishkek court ordered the freezing of NTS’s assets in response to a complaint by an obscure offshore company. The measure was carried out the same day with a speed that was all the more exceptional given that a third party, not NTS, was the complaint’s direct target. A temporary agreement was eventually reached under which NTS could continue broadcast after an inventory of all its equipment had been carried out. “Kyrgyzstan is on a slippery slope, and we appeal to President Sooronbay Jeenbekov to stop the persecution and to ensure full respect for press freedom during his term of office,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. News Not only have Zanoza’s representatives been banned from travelling abroad but their bank accounts have also been frozen. On 7 February, a court rejected a request by the journalists for the damage payments to be staggered. Atambayev is even demanding that Zanoza editor Dina Maslova’s real estate assets be auctioned in order to cover part of the damages. RSF calls for the broadest possible public response to the crowdfunding appeal to raise the money they need. RSF_en Broadcasters have not been spared. The closure of Sentyabr, a TV channel that supports the opposition party Ata-Meken, was confirmed by the supreme court on 27 December. It was closed without warning last August by a Bishkek court on the grounds of allegedly “extremist” comments by a former senior official although the prosecution produced no expert evidence to support the “extremist” claim and the comments were made during a live interview by someone over whom the channel had no control. Media freedom on a slippery slope To cap it all, the interview was not broadcast by the current Sentyabr but by a TV channel with the same name that was closed in 2016. Credit: Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse correspondent Christopher Rickleton, a British journalist based in Kyrgyzstan since 2010 who has a Kyrgyz wife and daughter, was expelled without explanation on 9 December in a case recalling that of Grigory Mikhailov, a Russian journalist expelled in March 2017 in unclear circumstances. August 14, 2020 Find out more News to go further Kyrgyzstan is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. October 9, 2020 Find out more The pluralism of the Kyrgyz media is still exceptional in comparison with the rest of Central Asia, but concern is mounting. Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan Receive email alerts RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests News Investigative journalist Elnura Alkanova was charged on 13 February with “obtaining and divulging information subject to banking or commercial confidentiality” in connection with her coverage of a controversial privatization for Ferghana, a news website that has been blocked in Kyrgyzstan since June 2017. Banned from travelling abroad since the start of January, she reports that the police have questioned her repeatedly about her sources and her fellow journalists. KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan August 26, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information The harassment of independent journalists grows by the week. On 22 February, the supreme court upheld a damages award of 5 million soms (60,000 euros) against well-known journalist Kabai Karabekov for “offending” the new president, Sooronbay Jeenbekov. February 26, 2018 Hour of truth for media freedom in Kyrgyzstanlast_img read more

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