Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) 2016 Presentation

first_imgCentum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 presentation For more information about Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug)  2016 presentation Company ProfileCentum Investment Company Limited is a Kenyan-based private equity firm specialising in providing investment opportunities for public and private companies in Uganda. This includes managing investment growth, development capital and buyouts. The private equity firm invests in companies which serve the needs of the domestic markets in sub-Saharan Africa and invests in both listed and non-listed companies in various sectors, including; banking, insurance, education, healthcare, energy, agriculture, industrial production, telecommunications, real estate, beverage manufacturing, automotive assembly, in-flight catering and dry-cell manufacturing. Investments in commercial services include Mumias Sugar Company Limited, Kenya Airways and Carbacid Investment Company. Centum Investment Company was founded in 1967 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Centum Investment Company Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgRDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.last_img read more

Markets may be underestimating coronavirus costs: this is what I am doing

first_img Michael Baxter has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Markets may be underestimating coronavirus costs: this is what I am doing Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images center_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The human consequences of the coronavirus virus are tragic and of primary importance. However, the significant economic consequences should not be ignored. The fatality rate of the coronavirus appears to be around 2%, compared to 9.6% for SARS, 34% for MERS, and 50% for Ebola.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly — by 30% a day, according to Kambiz Kazemi of Toronto-based investment management firm La Financière Constance. He projects that by the end of this week there could be over 80,000 cases.That is terrifying. If the 30%-per-day growth rate is accurate, and holds up, then most of the world’s population could potentially be infected by the end of March. Of course, this is highly unlikely for the simple reason that authorities are taking steps to curb the spread. For example, already 10,000 scheduled flights within and from China have been cancelled.Comparisons with past diseases outbreaks don’t help much. The SARS epidemic, for example, occurred when the Chinese economy was much smaller than it is today. Back then, China’s economy was growing super-fast, and SARS merely slowed the growth down a bit for one quarter. By contrast, at the end of 2019, the Chinese economy suffered its weakest quarterly growth rate in 27 years.Exponential changeAt the moment, there is so much we don’t know about the coronavirus – no one knows how quickly it will be contained, how widespread it will become, or what the economic impact will be. We do know that a 30%-per-day growth rate is an example of exponential changeCompanies that rely on China for their manufacturing are especially vulnerable. The types of products that are frequently manufactured in China include smartphones and pharmaceuticals. Around 15% of all drugs are made in China.A decline in the number of Chinese holidaymakers, if only for a few weeks, will also have a massive impact on tourist industries including airlines and hotel chains. If global authorities react to the threat the virus poses by cutting down on international travel beyond China, then the economic impact will be much greater.At worst, we could see a worldwide travel ban on the scale of the one currently in place in the Wuhan province. Sectors which are struggling as it is, such as retail, may be pushed over the edge. However, online shopping may become even more popular.It is well known that the markets hate uncertainty— and yet, so far, I would say that the market reaction has been remarkably sanguine — Chinese stocks have fallen sharply, but as I write these words, the FTSE 100 is up on the morning’s opening price.This makes me wonder whether some people have done their maths. Humans don’t instinctively understand the implications of exponential change, and the spread of the coronavirus is certainly following an exponential trajectory. That is why I think the markets are underestimating the potential cost – they have not priced in the effect of exponential change. Over the next few days and weeks, our understanding of what the coronavirus means will improve massively.I think there is a good chance that as this understanding grows and the implications of an exponential growth rate in the spread of the virus sinks in, we will see sharp market falls, maybe very soon. At some point, however, as hard facts replace theories, as news replaces rumour, or maybe as a cure or vaccine emerges, the Chinese economy will begin to recover, and markets will surge. The opportunity for investors will emerge at the moment this happens, so I would wait for that moment before buying. In the meantime, an online retailer such as Boohoo may be worth considering.  Michael Baxter | Monday, 3rd February, 2020 See all posts by Michael Baxterlast_img read more

No savings at 50? I’d buy cheap UK shares after the stock market crash to retire in comfort

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. No savings at 50? I’d buy cheap UK shares after the stock market crash to retire in comfort I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens | Saturday, 31st October, 2020 See all posts by Peter Stephens Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Buying cheap UK shares after the stock market crash may not seem to be a sound means of planning for retirement. After all, many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies have declined heavily in value since the start of the year.However, their low prices could present buying opportunities. Their recovery potential could mean they provide a sound means of building a retirement nest egg for an investor aged 50, or for those who have a long time horizon.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Recovering after a stock market crashThe stock market crash has left many UK shares trading at low prices levels. They may persist in the short run, due to ongoing risks such as Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. But the long-term prospects for indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 could be relatively positive. Both indexes have produced high single-digit annual total returns since inception, despite experiencing multiple setbacks in that time.In fact, they’ve always recovered from even the very worst market declines. While this year’s market downturn took place at a fast pace, it ultimately hasn’t been any more severe than other bear markets. For example, the global financial crisis wiped over 50% from the FTSE 100’s price level. By comparison, the index declined by around a third in the first quarter of 2020.Certainly, there are risks in place that could cause a second stock market crash in the coming months. However, the key takeaway for investors could be that the stock market is likely to recover from its current price level. As such, buying UK shares today while they offer wide margins of safety could prove to be a profitable long-term move.A long time horizonAs mentioned, a stock market crash cannot be ruled out in the short run. However, long-term investors are likely to have sufficient time available for their portfolios to recover. Hopefully before they need to access their capital to obtain a passive income.As such, an investor aged 50 is likely to have sufficient time for their portfolio of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares to recover from their current low prices before they reach retirement age. In doing so, today’s cheap UK shares may be able to offer market-beating returns due to them offering good value for money. In fact, a wide range of stocks appear to have the financial means to overcome short-term risks. And then to benefit from a long-term recovery.Therefore, while it’s natural for any investor to feel more cautious after the stock market crash, now could prove to be an excellent long-term buying opportunity. It may provide an investor with the chance to buy high-quality businesses for less than they’re worth. This may result in a larger portfolio that allows an investor to retire in comfort. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Why is the Royal Mail share price climbing?

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) shares have solid momentum. Over the last 12 months, the Royal Mail share price has risen over 200%. In just the last three months the shares have gone from around 519p to 606p at the time of writing.What’s driving the share price up?There have been a few catalysts for the improvement in the Royal Mail share price. Plans to double profits at its international arm, GLS by 2025 no doubt pleased investors. The share price performance has been strong since that announcement at the end of March this year. Even better it was accompanied by plans for a special dividend to shareholders.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…An investor, Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky, has also built a significant stake of at least 15% in the postal group. That will have helped the share price and perhaps have motivated other investors to buy in to Royal Mail’s recovery.Media regulator Ofcom has paved the way for a reduction in the universal service obligation from six days to five. This would make Royal Mail much more competitive.Royal Mail has also been able to increase its guidance for its results, something that investors like to see. Alongside a special dividend, it shows confidence in the future from Royal Mail’s management.Alongside all this, an increase in e-commerce has pushed up demand for parcels delivery. As a result, Royal Mail reported great full-year results. Revenue rose by 16.6%, while adjusted operating profit increased by 116%.On top of this past performance, one short-term driver of the share price will be its return to the FTSE 100. This means trackers of the elite UK index will have to buy the shares. There’s the possibility the shares could continue to do well then, at least in the short term.Finally, when it comes to value that looks quite promising as well, the shares trade on a forward P/E of only 11.Would I add Royal Mail shares? Clearly there’s a lot going on at Royal Mail and plenty for an investor to potentially like. After a long period in the doldrums, the share price is doing well. And yet I’m not convinced by the idea the shares will do well long term.I think the share price rise is overdone. Royal Mail is still not the kind of high-margin business with a bright future and the potential to deliver strong passive income, which I’d want to add to my portfolio. It has a low return on capital employed, which I use to determine the quality of an investment.One other risk is that revenue is expected to fall next year. So, despite the strong momentum, I won’t be buying Royal Mail shares. It may be more appropriate for value hunters (despite the share price rise in recent times) and contrarians. But it’s not for me. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Why is the Royal Mail share price climbing? Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Andy Ross | Wednesday, 9th June, 2021 | More on: RMG Andy Ross owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Image source: GLS See all posts by Andy Rosslast_img read more

Scotland 29-13 Wales: Five things we learnt

first_imgRugby may already have a law book that is as difficult to comprehend as Donald Trump’s administration, but it does require one further tweak. ‘Crossing’ should result in a scrum, not a penalty. The perfect example occurred during the 49th minute when Scotland tried to exit their 22-metre line by running the ball.Penalised: Tommy Seymour was penalised for crossing but is it a fair rule?Having won their own feed at the scrum, Scotland used the narrow channel to feed Tommy Seymour into space, who then stepped infield and rather innocuously ‘crossed’ in front of Ryan Wilson. The result was a penalty to Wales and an opportunity to kick to touch. It was in this, and all instances, an overly severe punishment for the attacking team. ‘Crossing’ isn’t an act of foul play and shouldn’t be treated as such. Crossing should fall into the same bracket as a knock-on, where losing possession and a resulting scrum is punishment enough. Someone please change it. Change of position: Liam Williams has said he prefers full-back, so play him thereAs we have seen repeatedly in this year’s Six Nations it is in the outside/wing channel, where fullbacks cause the most confusion. Their late ‘running lines’ regularly cause the defensive players to ‘number up’ incorrectly, a situation which Williams’ was himself undone by for Tommy Seymour’s try. Wales have already made positive tweaks in their centre selections, if they are truly committed to changing the way they play, then they require one more.Scotland are playing beautiful rugbyThis column is supposed to view the Scotland v Wales fixture from the viewpoint of the Welsh, but how can one not be charmed by the Scottish performance? As with all their performances in this year’s Six Nations, it is rugby as we all wish it to be played. An artistic backline adding colour to what can be a very monochrome game at test level. A backline littered with players who are comfortable handling the ball at speed has created the best counter attacking threat in the championship and an ability to finish tries that Wales currently doesn’t have.Playmaker: Stuart Hogg is playing with freedom and a smile on his faceBut it isn’t just their counter attack which makes them so effective, with a backline built around Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg even their structured play is refreshingly unstructured. A facet that northern hemisphere rugby’s often binary attitude to attacking play is currently struggling to defend- just ask Wales and Ireland. Scotland’s wonderfully laissez-faire approach to back-play may indeed be born out of an inability to dominate teams upfront. Despite having two excellent locks in the Gray brothers and a dogged set of backrow forwards, Scotland’s set piece can be unpredictable, but then so is their backline – and that is the beauty. Well played Scotland.Crossing shouldn’t be a penalty Wales suffered their first defeat in a decade to a vibrant Scotland, to leave Rob Howley’s men with their backs against the wall for the remaining two games LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Time to ponder: Wales are left to reflect on their first loss in a decade against Scotland Wales are struggling to ‘handle’ changeWales’ 29-13 defeat, to yet another irrestistible performance from Scotland, proved that despite a clear intent to move on from Warren Gatland’s attritional game plan, they are a long way from executing it. Despite impressive breakdown work from Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton, a Lion’s performance from Rhys Webb and yet another near effective offensive performance from Liam Williams (he was uncharacteristically caught out of position for Scotland’s first try), Wales looked uncomfortable handling the ball in pressurised scenarios. Jon Davies’ ‘drop and pop’ to Rhys Webb in the 48th minute being a classic example.Close call: After a fine break, Jonathan Davies was unable to find his support runner, Rhys WebbHaving dropped to the ground following a tackle and managed to roll onto his back, Davies needed to ‘pop’ up the ball to chest/ waist height for the supporting Webb to gather for a certain try. Instead the ball looked like it had been strapped to an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile and nullified what had been a classic Jon Davies line-break. Wales turned over the ball over 17 times in total, some of which was down to rugged breakdown work from John Barclay et al, but most of which came from poor handling in high traffic areas. Wales are emerging from an era where the rugby ball and the ability to handle it quickly were secondary to size and fitness. They must adapt quickly. It is no longer the case that Wales need to improve their offensive skill sets to compete with the world’s top 4. As Scotland are proving, EVERYONE has moved on.Was George North really fully-fit?George North touched the ball three times in 80 minutes against Scotland – a number which seems almost inconceivable for a test wing. Most wings touch the ball at least three to four times per game from kick returns alone. By pulling out a foldable camping chair and sitting on the halfway line you’d probably touch the ball three times as the play merely passed by you. A number made all the more bizarre when you consider that Liam Williams touched the ball 16 times on the other wing.Below par: With his leg heavily bandaged, was George North really fit?It may be that North simply had a bad day, players do, but far more likely that he hadn’t recovered from the injury which saw him sit out the England game. North clearly wasn’t ready to play – a statement further evidenced by the fact that he only made three tackles and more alarmingly missed just as many. It’s not as though Wales didn’t have options, they did, his selection was as poorly conceived as Moriarty’s early yank against England.Liam Williams is wasted on the wingThe Welsh coaches may view Liam Williams as a “wing who can play full-back”, but many see him as a modern fullback, who should be playing fullback. Williams was yet again near flawless in his offensive execution against Scotland. Williams is as comfortable giving unorthodox passes as he is receiving them and is adept at picking less than obvious lines – a rarity in Welsh backline play over recent years.last_img read more

Massachusetts Bishop Gayle Harris makes history in Welsh cathedral

first_imgMassachusetts Bishop Gayle Harris makes history in Welsh cathedral 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska By Matthew DaviesPosted Sep 2, 2014 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rev. Dr. Bruce Nickerson, Deacon says: Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL September 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm I find the account of Bishop Harris’ detention by the British border authorities to be very incomplete. What brought about the detention? What was given as the reason for the delay? She should have been accorded the same courtesies as any visitor to the UK from the US. September 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm Do you mean “expatriate”-someone from another country who’s living here now?Or that you used to be patriotic and aren’t anymore? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Communion, Submit a Job Listing September 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm Wonderful, Gayle! I agree that the race issue still needs to be discussed and solved. As a friend from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, thank you for representing us and for your faith! Becky Alden Submit a Press Release September 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm You are my shero! When I have the time off I will come down to Boston from Concord, NH to see you. I am curate/assistant priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord, NH. Travel safely home! Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Women’s Ministry Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS September 3, 2014 at 9:33 am Bingo. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group September 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm Way to go! … very inspiring …Barbara Press Release Service September 3, 2014 at 10:04 am Seeing our Bishop Gayle at that altar gives me such hope! Having served with church of England women priests while in Europe for 4 years, I know how many in the Anglican Churches in England and Wales have been longing for this opening of the Episcopate to women. I am sure Gayle’s presence and words were an inspiration to many there! Praise God! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events The Rev. George Foxworth says: Keith Patterson says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Michael Patterson, Diocese of Nevada says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm Bishop Harris is so right about our “not having dealt with the race issue” yet…at least not in these United States. I thank her for speaking out about it and pray that we might have the courage to address it in our lifetimes. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Martha Hubbard says: 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 center_img Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ September 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm WARM CONGRATULATIONS, GAYLE. MAY GOD CONTNUE TO SHOWER YOU WITH HIS RICHEST BLESSINGS ON YOUR JOURNEY TO HEAVEN. LOVE AND BLESSINGS, MAGGIE ALSTON CLAUD – HARTFORD, CT George Waite says: Katherine Tyler Scott says: September 3, 2014 at 9:12 am Gayle,I am so pleased to see you in a global leadership role, modeling the courage to be who you are and what you are called to do. Regardless of the ups and downs your faith has sustained you and made it possible for you to withstand the bigotry and resistance to the call of women to the priesthood and episcopate. As a result you can embody love and acceptance and enable all to see what Christ’s love looks like when lived out in the world.Blessings always,Katherine Tyler Scott In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Barbara H. Whitton says: 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments (14) Rector Collierville, TN September 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm Well, Mainline Protestantism’s been talking about “Celebrating diversity!” for over forty years but still somehow manages to stay barely 5% non-White and non-Middle/Upper Middle class.Either they’re lying or the money spent on “Diversity Workshops” and “Multicultural Resource Officers” was a complete waste. Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris presides during Eucharist at St. Asaph’s Cathedral in Wales on Aug. 31, becoming the first Anglican female bishop to preside at a Welsh Cathedral. Photo: Nathaniel Ramanaden[Episcopal News Service] As the Church in Wales prepares to enable women to become bishops, Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts became the first female Anglican bishop to preside and preach in a Welsh cathedral.“The church is not just enriched by women’s ordination, it’s more enabled and empowered by women’s presence,” she told Episcopal News Service during a telephone interview from the U.K. as she prepared for her historic participation in the 11 a.m. Eucharist service on Aug. 31 at St. Asaph Cathedral in Denbighshire, North Wales. “I see women bringing to the fore the desire that all people sit at the table of leadership, that all share in the benefits of the life of God. Nobody should be ignored or left out.”Although the Church in Wales voted on Sept. 12, 2013, to allow women as bishops, it decided that church law would not be changed for one year to allow the Welsh bishops time to prepare a Code of Practice. The Church of England also made history when its General Synod, meeting last July, approved legislation to enable women to serve as bishops.Bishop Gregory Cameron of the Diocese of St. Asaph invited Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris to preach and preside at St. Asaph’s Cathedral. Photo: Nathaniel RamanadenHarris’s visit came at the invitation of Diocese of St. Asaph Bishop Gregory Cameron, who said he’s been surprised at how long it has taken the Church in Wales to take the step to ordaining women as bishops.“I’ve had significant experience of women bishops around the Anglican Communion, and their ministry is as natural and appropriate as our fundamental membership in the church, male and female,” he told ENS. “In fact, the women bishops I have known have been of exceptional ability and talent. It is precisely because women bishops are not new to the Communion that I’m delighted to have had the chance to invite Bishop Gayle Harris to join us, as we approach the date when women may be elected to the episcopate in Wales.”But for Harris, the second African-American woman to be ordained a bishop in the Episcopal Church, her arrival in the U.K. didn’t go as smoothly as expected. The U.K. Border Force detained Harris for more than five hours and told her she would have to return to the U.S. even though she had the required paperwork and permissions, including from the Church in Wales and the Archbishop of York.Despite the ordeal, Harris said that the border officers “were very polite, civil and courteous” and that once they’d discovered that her visit was legitimate, the deportation order was rescinded. “I know that the people at the airport were just trying to do their job,” she said, adding that the head officer of the U.K. Border Force offered her a personal apology for the detention being so long.Harris was relieved to put the experience behind her and focus on the planned itinerary and upcoming celebrations.Harris already had plans in place to visit the U.K. — to officiate at her goddaughter’s wedding — when she was invited to send a greeting to Crossing the Threshold, a conference celebrating the law change to enable women to become bishops.She will attend the Sept. 4 conference in Cardiff and retired Bishop Geralyn Wolf of Rhode Island will participate as a keynote speaker.The Episcopal Church became the first Anglican Communion province to open the episcopate to women by an act of General Convention in 1976, although it would be another 13 years until the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris – Bishop Gayle Harris’s predecessor in Massachusetts – is ordained as its first female bishop in 1989. Last July, the Episcopal Church celebrated 40 years since the first women were ordained as priests. Yet the majority of Anglican Communion provinces still do not ordain women as bishops.“There are places where we may not see women ordained to the episcopacy in our lifetime or even in the next generation but I believe God can call whoever He wants to call; male or female, black or white,” said Harris. “Sometimes it is hard for us to hear and discern that call and that’s why it takes longer in some places than others.”Bishop Gayle Harris was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 and elected as bishop suffragan of Massachusetts in 2002. That journey, she said, has had its ups and downs, but she has been sustained throughout by the presence of God.Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris preaches Aug. 31 at St. Asaph’s Cathedral in Wales. Photo: Nathaniel RamanadenDuring her sermon at St. Asaph’s Cathedral, Harris spoke about being a follower of Christ and explained that discipleship isn’t easy and involves personal cost.As the first black woman to celebrate mass in an upstate New York church in the early ‘90s, Harris received various reactions, both positive and negative. “No one in that parish had ever seen a woman in that sanctuary, but they took the risk to call me as rector” of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church in Rochester, New York, she said.“During the first Sunday I chose not to celebrate but to sit among them to get to know them,” she added. Some parishioners said that they were not going to come back, Harris said. Fortunately, most did, including some dissenting parishioners who later admitted “it was not as bad as they had expected.”“What’s important is the presence of God,” Harris said. “I am first and foremost created in the image of God. No one can deny that is my identity. But all of my experience of negative response is not over. I have been held as incompetent because of who I am as a black woman. That continues. I still think that this world has to deal with the difference of skin color. We keep bypassing that issue. As a black woman, sometimes I have to ask is it because I am a woman but most of the time it is because I am black and a woman. The race issue has not been dealt with.”Harris said she is grateful to Cameron for his invitation to St. Asaph’s. “It says a lot about him and how gracious he is. But I see this as another opportunity to engage and encounter the other,” she said. “I believe God is in this moment.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. September 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm Gayle:You go girl!!!! Glad you’re my Bishop.Bruce,YOUR deacon! Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET September 3, 2014 at 4:09 am Oh what shame to the UK that she should be held at Immigration for 5 hours!Would she have been held for even 5 minutes if she had been of European descent??Shame. Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA George Waite says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Becky Alden says: Rector Knoxville, TN September 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm This warms my heart. When I visited St. Asaph’s Cathedral fifteen years ago, I could not have predicted the this day. Thanks to Bishop Cameron and the good people of Wales. 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Seven years after ‘Arab Spring,’ Tunisians take to the streets

first_imgYouth lead the resistance to IMF austerity.Every night and on some days since Jan. 3, thousands of Tunisians in all parts of the country have risen in resistance. They’ve attacked police stations, supermarkets, authorities — tax centers, municipalities, governorates — blocked trains and clashed with police and the military, who attacked the youths with tear gas and arrested nearly 800 people.A new finance law pushed the people into the streets with one clear demand: We want a new budget! After a few days, protesters added a demand for jobs.The International Monetary Fund only gives loans with draconian conditions. The most common are cutbacks of social programs and raising taxes to cut budget deficits — in other words, harsh austerity. The Tunisian government, bowing to the terms of the IMF loan, introduced a 2018 budget on New Year’s Day that raised taxes, prices on food and other essentials in ways that hit workers and the middle class particularly hard.Workers and those just out of school were already suffering from high inflation and high unemployment — officially 30 percent for youth with a college degree.They rallied not only in Tunis, the capital, but in the seaside resort towns of Gabès and Nabeul and cities in the interior like Thala, Jelma, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid (where the protest began that led to the Arab Spring) and Gafsa, a mining town on the edge of the Sahara. While the main protests have been peaceful but militant, there have been confrontations.The major Islamic party in Tunisia, Ennahda, is part of the governing coalition and has no presence in the protests. The major Tunisian labor federation – the Tunisian General Labor Union – has been very gingerly participating in the protests, avoiding any that challenge the police.The Party of the Left, which consists of mainly young organizers, either Marxist or Arab Nationalist, has played an important role in creating the group Fech Nestannew? (What Are We Waiting For?). This group has been coordinating protests throughout the country, according to Radio France International. (Jan. 9)The Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia in 2010-11, got rid of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali and left a legacy of political and social freedoms. But it did little to improve the economic well-being of Tunisia’s workers and marginalized youth, who are now in motion throughout the country.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Georgia ‘reopens’ with questionable data

first_imgGeorgia health care workers at Athens Piedmont Medical Center wave to a ‘thank-you’ caravan circling the hospital on April 4.AtlantaEven as Georgia reopens certain businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s Department of Public Health continues to make errors in tracking the number of COVID-19 cases.One error found earlier this month on the state’s DPH website led readers to believe that newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in counties with the highest infection rates had decreased every single day for the previous 14 days.In this DPH data, the dates were reordered so that Sunday took place twice a week, and data from Saturday, May 2, came before data from Sunday, April 26. In reality, there was not a clear downward trend of confirmed cases. A spokesperson for Gov. Brian Kemp apologized after public outcry over the data.Another error occurred in both April and May when the DPH at least twice falsely listed children as dead from the virus when they had not died.The DPH data for May were unclear on whether more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 had occurred in Georgia. Later, the department clarified that more than 1,490 people had died from the virus.Over the weekend of May 16-17, a DPH “processing error” once again made it appear that the number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia had decreased. The DPH said it had unintentionally included 231 serologic test results in the positive cases. Serologic tests are used to search for COVID-19 antibodies in the blood.Because results from serologic tests are only considered “probable” by the DPH, they are normally not included in the confirmed cases. By including these serologic tests, the DPH made it appear that COVID-19 cases in the state had suddenly decreased.‘Reopening’ threatens working classGeorgia is among the first states in the country to reopen during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite officials saying the state was ready to reopen, Georgia’s own public health agency either cannot or will not provide those affected by this crisis with accurate information to truly assess the danger the virus poses to the working class, especially Black and Brown people.Besides making “errors,” the DPH has also changed some of its guidelines on how it tracks cases.When the pandemic started in Georgia, the DPH attributed the date a person was confirmed to have COVID-19 to when they got back positive test results. Since late April, the DPH has changed this to the day a patient says their symptoms started. If the patient is unsure, the department refers to either the day the test sample was collected or when the results came back.With the latter method, it can take weeks for information on cases to come in, so it will look like cases are decreasing in the state — even if they may not be.Georgia’s DPH also changed how it measures infection rates, raising the standards used to determine if a county has a high rate. In the graph it uses to track infection rates in counties, blue represents a low rate while red means a high rate. Dr. Harry J. Heiman, a professor from Georgia State University, remarked that if the DPH had kept to its original standards, about a third to one-half of all Georgia counties would be shaded red.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Some TCU students stage silent protest during the National Anthem

first_imgTwitter Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/ Tamera Hyatte is a senior journalism major with a minor in women and gender studies from Anaheim, CA. How the TCU gender ratio affects campus hookup culture Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/ Tamera Hyatte Students, faculty and administration seek to improve TCU experience for students of color Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook ReddIt Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/ ReddIt Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/center_img TCU community reflects on suicide prevention at vigil Facebook Previous articleSMS Message TCU vs. ISU #10Next articleSMS Message TCU vs. ISU #11 Tamera Hyatte RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printThis is a Google document sent out to demonstrators.A group of about 20 TCU students dressed in black held up signs and didn’t stand for the national anthem at the start of the TCU’s game against Iowa State.Shanel Alexander, a senior political science major and organizer of the demonstration, said the protestors want “to be in solidarity with the NFL players who have decided to take a stand about the social injustices happening in this country.”“We can’t support a nation and a flag and an anthem that doesn’t support us,” Alexander said.San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick has said he is not standing for the national anthem to protest racial oppression.  His decision has been criticized as disrespectful, but athletes such U.S. Soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and Denver Broncos lineback Brandon Marshall. All have knelt, rather than stand during the anthem.Diona Willis, a senior political science major and student organizer of the demonstration, said some TCU students decided to band together to stand in solidarity with individuals, such as Colin Kaepernick and actor Jesse Williams, who was criticized in the spring after speaking out against racial and social injustice.The group of TCU was racially mixed.Some demonstrators held up signs during the sit down.Some of their signs proclaimed things such as, “Unapologetic and black,” and “Oppression is wrong.” While others referenced Bible verses, such as Romans 12:15 and Malachi 2:10.The demonstration took place in the student section of Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is open to all TCU students. One protester,  Elise Shropshire, a sophomore strategic communication and Spanish major, said a student threw an empty water bottle at her and another demonstrator.Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, kneeled at a game during the National Anthem. Photo credit: Chris Carlson, APWillis said she wants people to notice in order to raise awareness for such social injustices.The university had a response to the silent demonstration.Holly Ellman, the associate director of strategic communications for the marketing and communication department, wrote, “Texas Christian University recognizes the right of all members of the University community to express their views or to protest against actions and opinions with which they disagree.” Twitter A group of TCU students participated in a silent demonstration during the National Anthem. Linkedin + posts Linkedin Brite Divinity continues to promote proclaiming pride TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TAGSimagephotos last_img read more