GC grants approval to Rank Group’s acquisition of Stride

first_img The GB Gambling Commission has given its approval to Rank Group’s proposed acquisition of online casino and bingo operator Stride Gaming.Rank, operator of the Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino, in May made an offer of £115.3m (€130.6m/$143.6m) to purchase Stride’s entire fully diluted share capital, but required approval from the UK regulator to proceed with the deal.Followiing this clearance, Rank and Stride will next week meet for a hearing at the Royal Court of Jersey to finalise the acquisition. The hearing is due to take place on 2 October.Although both parties have stressed that the transaction remains conditional on the sanction of the Court, should the deal go ahead as expected, 3 October would be the final full day of trading for Stride’s shares. Trading would be suspended the following day, with Stride having made an application to London’s Alternative Investment Market exchange. If granted, the shares would be removed from 7 October..Stride has made an application to AIM to cancel the admission to trading of its shares on AIM, which is expected to take effect from October 7.The Commission’s approval comes after Stride shareholders in July also voted in favour of the acquisition. A total of 96.43% of votes cast backed the transaction, with just 3.57% against the deal.Upon tabling the offer in May, Rank said that the merger would create a business with genuine scale and capability in the digital market, with pro forma digital net gaming revenues of approximately £185m.Rank also said the deal would improve its performance and reduce costs through migration to Stride’s proprietary technology platform and in-house ecosystem, as well as enhance its management team with the addition of senior Stride staff.In addition, Rank said that the merger would create significant value from strong synergies and offer greater financial flexibility to the combined business.Last month, Rank announced flat sales and a 22% year-on-year drop in operating profit in its annual figures, despite digital growth helping to drive an improved performance in the six months until June 30.Operating profit slumped to £39.0m from £50.1m in the year through to the end of June, while like-for-like revenue fell from £731.3m to £729.5m and statutory turnover edged up from £691.0m to £695.1m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Legal & compliance GC grants approval to Rank Group’s acquisition of Stride The GB Gambling Commission has given its approval to Rank Group’s proposed acquisition of online casino and bingo operator Stride Gaming. The bid, tabled in May, values Stride at £115.3m (€130.6m/$143.6m). Regions: UK & Ireland Finance Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 23rd September 2019 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

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Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgProplastics Limited (PROL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Proplastics Limited (PROL.zw)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileProplastics Limited manufactures and markets plastic pipes and fittings, specialising in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) pipes and related fittings. The pipes and fittings are manufactured for various applications in irrigation, water and sewer reticulation, mining, telecommunications and building construction. Proflo is responsible for the supply of PVC pressure pipes and fittings, and polyethylene pipes and fittings, which includes injection molded fittings, fabricated fittings and ball valves. Prodrain supplies sewer pipes and fittings, soil vent and waste pipes and fittings, borehole casings, electrical conducts and cable ducting and gutter systems for rain water. Proplastics Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) 2019 Presentation

first_imgEast African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2019 presentation For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz)  2019 presentation Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited produces and distributes a range of beer and spirit brands and non-alcoholic beverages. Popular brands include Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Guinness, Pilsner, White Cap Lager, Allsopps Lager, Balozi Lager, Senator Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Kenya Cane, Chrome Vodka and Ciroc. East African Breweries has operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan; and exports alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Rwanda, Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Subsidiary companies include Kenya Breweries Limited, Uganda Breweries Limited, East African Breweries (Mauritius) Limited, International Distillers Uganda Limited and East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited. Established in 1922, the group has its headquarters in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgThe Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileThe Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Limited is an investment institution that invest in sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, construction, leisure and hotels, sugar, property development, transport, commerce, and information, communications and technology. The company is headquartered in Port-Louis, Mauritius and holds as well as manages securities in the Republic of Mauritius. The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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I think these tips from Warren Buffett could help you get rich

first_imgI think these tips from Warren Buffett could help you get rich Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Warren Buffett is considered to be one of the greatest investors of all time. Over the past 60 years, he has transformed an initial investment of $100,000 (admittedly a lot of money back then) into a conglomerate worth more than $500bn.During this time, he has consistently beaten the market. When he was managing a hedge fund for his investors, Warren Buffett consistently reported returns of 20% or more per annum.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…Learning from the masterWe can learn a lot from Warren Buffett’s investment style. He has developed and refined his strategy over the past six decades.As well as making hundreds of billions of dollars for his investors, he has also made plenty of mistakes during this time.However, the good news is, we can learn from these mistakes, so we don’t make them ourselves. Indeed, by following Warren Buffett’s advice, you can improve your chances of being able to make a fortune in the current stock market crash.Advice from Warren BuffettOne of the main pillars of the great investor’s strategy is to be greedy when others are fearful. He likes to buy stocks when other investors are selling, as this is often when the best deals appear.Buying stocks when the market is falling, might not seem like the best course of action. But the stock market has experienced many booms and busts over the past few decades.Each time the market has recovered. On some occasions, it has taken as much as a decade for the market to recover, although this shouldn’t be an issue for long-term investors.Avoid junkAnother Warren Buffett tip we can use to make money in the current stock market crash is to avoid junk.Sometimes, companies are cheap because they deserve to be. Just because a stock has fallen 50% in a few weeks, doesn’t mean that it is a good deal.The legendary investor has always emphasised buying quality over value. He likes to buy businesses if they are cheap, but only if they are good companies. If not, he will stay away.Warren Buffett has also been known to pay a premium to invest in high-quality businesses if they have bright growth prospects.Commodities can crush youThroughout his career, Warren Buffett has only invested in a handful of companies that earn the majority of their income from the commodities business. He likes to stay away from the sector because it is so unpredictable.No one can tell where the oil price or gold price will trade six months from now. That makes valuing commodity companies almost impossible.As such, he likes to stay away from the sector altogether. Rather than chasing unpredictable commodities businesses, he would rather invest in predictable, high-quality companies that produce sought-after consumer goods.The Warren Buffett wayWarren Buffett has made billions by investing in the stock market when others are selling. However, he’s always picked his investments carefully, and he stays away from unpredictable companies that have a lot of debt.Following the same rules could help improve your financial prospects over the long run. Image source: The Motley Fool “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.center_img Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 3rd May, 2020 | More on: ^FTMC Enter Your Email Address 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. 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Could the share prices of airlines like easyJet be set to soar?

first_img The easyJet share price sits 45% below where it was a year ago. In fact, the entire UK-listed airline sector in a similar plight. Only one airline stock, WizzAir, has seen its share price climb over the last 12 months, by 7.1%. But could things be looking up for airline stocks in general?EasyJet reported in a trading statement released yesterday that summer 2021 bookings were 250% higher than last year. Demand for winter 2021–22 was also said to be very positive. Saga, which specialises in holidays for the over 50s, has also reported a jump in bookings for this year and next.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…Beach or bustWe have, however, been here before. In November 2020, it was Easter bookings that were surging on positive coronavirus vaccine news. A summer vacation boom, which might extend into 2022, looks a little more likely. But a boom would require that people have the cash to spend on holidays.Given that the pandemic has caused job losses, and in the case of furloughed staff, reduced pay, is there reason to think that cash is burning a hole in pockets? Well, the Office for National Statistics publishes an estimate of the UK households saving ratio. This is the money households have available to save as a percentage of their total disposable income. The data for 2020 is interesting: 9.1% for the first quarter and 29.1% for the second (the last available period). That second-quarter reading is the highest on record.Now I would imagine that total disposable income has fallen. However, the amount saved seems to have disproportionately risen. Considering that opportunities to spend have been reduced for nearly a year, I think there is good reason to believe households might be relatively flush with cash over all. Furthermore, people seem eager to get out and do something once permitted and safe to do so.Vaccinations are keyAn uptick in demand for travel bodes well for the easyJet share price and all airline and travel stocks. Getting enough people vaccinated by the time summer rolls around, particularly in Europe, is going to be crucial. Tourists will be welcome in Spain once 70% of its population has been vaccinated. We’ll likely need proof of vaccination before travelling. However, that could save travellers up to £150 by forgoing the need for a coronavirus test.Despite the slow start to vaccination programmes across Europe as a whole, there are still six months to go before the peak summer holiday season starts. Looking at analyst recommendations for the UK airline sector, I can see that 66% of them are buys, with just 8% sells. Like all forecasts, these could change based on future developments and are not something to rely on, but the trend suggests optimismWhatever happens, I expect that easyJet and other airlines’ share prices will be choppy, with investors reacting to the slightest bit of bad news. If I’m feeling confident about a summer travel boom, I might find opportunities in the sector. But I’ll have to be mindful that a cash crunch could present itself if bookings are cancelled (especially those Easter ones) because restrictions are still in place. Although not an airline, I think Saga might be worth taking a closer look at. Its customers are more likely than most to be in a position to prove their vaccination status by the time summer rolls around. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by James J. McCombie 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. James J. McCombie owns shares of Wizz Air Holdings. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Wizz Air Holdings. 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. Could the share prices of airlines like easyJet be set to soar? James J. McCombie | Friday, 29th January, 2021 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images last_img read more

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Lookers share price: why it’s up over 90% and what I’d do now

first_imgLookers share price: why it’s up over 90% and what I’d do now I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Manika Premsingh | Friday, 29th January, 2021 | More on: LOOK 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’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img The car dealership chain Lookers (LSE: LOOK) is a big gainer today, with an over 90% increase in share price as I write. The reason for what looks like a huge increase in the Lookers share price has to do with its re-listing on the stock exchange. Following the reveal of a £19m hole in its accounts last year, the company’s share had stopped trading. The trading re-started today after it released its financials for the first half of 2020 and also provided a trading update for the second half of the year. 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…The company reported a 40% decline in revenue in the first half of 2019, a three-digit fall in profits, and has decided not to reinstate dividends for now.Why the Lookers share price is upSo why is the share price up?I think it’s because of the optimism in the full-year trading update, also released with the half-year results. There are a few points here, which indeed sound promising. Performance in the second half of this year is expected to be better than last year. As a result, the underlying loss for the first half is likely to be offset. Adjusting to the ‘new normal’, which includes contactless car sales, has helped. This change is also expected to mitigate the revenue loss because of showroom closures in the current lockdown. With changes in both top personnel and auditors, LOOK appears poised to put its past behind it for now. This sounds quite positive, and the stock markets have rewarded companies with potential very well since the start of the stock market rally in November, 2020. Risk aheadBut there are challenges ahead too. UK vehicle production has been severely impacted by the lockdowns. It’s currently at levels last seen in 1984. New car sales are down to numbers last seen in 1992. With the pandemic still underway, we can’t guarantee that the lockdown will end any time soon. In fact, it could be months before we return to the ‘old normal’. Even though the improvement in LOOK’s performance is heartening, the broader environment can’t be ignored. And it looks quite challenging. The company’s past financial record doesn’t inspire great confidence either. Its revenues have been flat in the past few years, and its net income was declining steadily until it became actually loss-making in 2019. The takeawayI reckon there can be high short-term returns for investors from investing in LOOK, which is possibly why the price has risen. But I see it as a high-risk buy, that makes me uncomfortable for now, at least. I’d wait for genuine proof of its performance improvement and a friendlier market environment before considering buying the share. In the meantime, I think there are plenty of rewarding but far less risky stocks to choose from. These include FTSE 100 stocks that have managed not just to perform relatively well despite the challenges of 2020, but also double their share price. They are better deals than the Lookers share price to me.  “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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! Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

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Six Nations: Will we see Calcutta Cup cutting edge?

first_imgEngland’s Captain Chris Robshaw (Centre Right) lifts the Calcutta Cup after defeating Scotland during the 6 Nations International rugby union match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 4, 2012. England won the game 13-6. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) What does this all add up to? Well, it would be a waste of eveyone’s time to say something as passé as “expect the unexpected” or that it will be “fascinating.” It is likely that the only thing stopping this match going the way of the bookies’ predictions is the actions of the players who have never featured in a match between the Auld Enemies.This is where England maintaining a side can help them, with young Jack Nowell instantly being told he can make amends for the few little slips he made against France. Luther Burrell gets the chance to try and latch onto Billy Vunipola’s offloads again. Jonny May will be aching to do something other than feeling a flash of face-pain and trudging off the dirt.Triumph: England won 13-6 last time at MurrayfieldOn the other side of things, Chris Fusaro – imagine an opponent more irritating than having a Cheeky Girls song stuck in your head for a fortnight – is playing his first ever game of international rugby ever, in the fixture every Scottish child dreams of playing in. On the bench, colossal lock Jonny Gray has replaced his brother so he can feature in his fist Calcutta Cup match. No pressure, kid. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Breakaway: Billy Vunipola burst against France, but will he do the same in a fixture that can be low on scores?By Alan DymockSPORTS PEOPLE often talk about the ‘control-ables’ – the things you can have an impact on. In modern rugby that means striving for a high tackle count, carry rate or being able to make that two-on-one pass when you are more worn out than a joke about Piers Morgan.Sometimes that is hard when so much around you is screaming, flashing and generally massaging Deep Heat into your brain. Being cool can be that much harder in the Six Nations. And then there is the Calcutta Cup. Then there is the Calcutta Cup in Edinburgh.Able to evade defenders: Scotland’s Stuart HoggYou can control and plan all you like, but history shows us that tries don’t come often and upsets are possible in the oldest international fixture of all. Jot down your best team and what they are capable of on paper, but Scotland versus England at Murrayfield can be a slow march into madness.England have only scored one try at Murrayfield since 2004. Scotland have only scored one try against England at Murrayfield since 2004. Scotland have dropped their captain from their squad of 23. England have kept the same team that lost in the closing stages in Paris last week. England are sticking with youth. Scotland are still experimenting. Scotland’s set-piece has a bit of the blancmange about it. England’s scrum is heavily fancied by pundits, but creaked against France. England arguably have much more cutting edge, but perhaps it is safer to say that both sides will be slugging away and that referee Jerome Garces may be forced to use his cards at some point. When tempers inevitably flair and the crowd gets on top of both sides and history becomes another weight to bear, it will be the squad able to have a moment of clarity and deliver (maybe only for one measly score) that will avenge last week’s heartbreak.If ever there was a weekend where the end result means more than style or statistics, it is Scotland versus England in Edinburgh in 2014.last_img read more

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A pastoral message on climate change

first_img Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC A pastoral message on climate change Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ September 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm Just a question… What impact on helping the environment does playing the games on the website: FreeRice.com? The site has been recommended as part of the Millenium Developmet Goals. My understanding is that for each correct answer, advertisers contribute monetarily toward the goals. Comments (6) Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Tags Rector Knoxville, TN September 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm Don et al – A few very minor and some major corrections . Warming has paused for nearly 18 years IN SPITE OF A 25% INCREASE IN CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS OVER THAT TIME PERIOD. The “settled science” that made a direct connection between CO2 and temp increase NO LONGER APPLIES. Sea level is still increasing at the same rate as it has for the last century. Glaciers are melting IN SOME PLACES – and are GROWING in others – just as they always have done. The IPCC (UN) report makes claims in its Summary for Policy Makers that are insupportable – and NOT supported – in the science sections of the report. That same report was once claimed to use only peer reviewed science but the latest report dialed that back and now uses what’s called grey literature (non-peer reviewed information from environmental groups designed to further various environmental causes). And finally, the computer models that have been the basis for much of the “science” and policy decisions for the last 17 or more years have NOT been mirrored by the physical observations and are presently producing entirely erroneous predictions. Your statement wrt the reason for the model failure is part, but not all of the reasons for failure. All of these statements are easily checked if anyone cares to do so. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs February 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm Interesting to read the deniers of only a few years ago, commenting on the leaders of the Episcopal Church. The idea that the earth is not warming conflicts with all the data. The ideas that the models written and used to predict future trends are thought foolish and wrong. Everybody understands that models just predict probability, and if the location of one foolish person is modeled, there will be some results that suggest he does not have any location, and some that predicts he has two locations. Ironically, if you look, the models written around 1992 were indeed wrong. They erred far too much on the “wrong” side, predicting far less change that we can observe now. Our last resort, is it not, is to plea with our Creator, much like Moses did on the mountain, to not destroy his creation. If you think about, we are there now, and maybe this hope is always our only hope. In the end, however, “this is my Father’s world”. Certainly turning down the intensity if well-within the capabilities of the creator whose creation, the sun, shines on our planet. So, I urge us to include the Creator and raise our concerns in that direction as a first step. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Posted Sep 19, 2014 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Jim Owen says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 F WILLIAM THEWALT says: 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 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 September 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm Do you own a car? Do you hold bishops’ meetings halfway around the world when you could just as easily learn what the term “videoconference” means? Then I’m not even remotely interested in what you have to say about “climate change.” Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA September 22, 2014 at 7:12 pm This article breaks my heart. To think that these learned pastoral leaders have bought into the biggest hoax ever hoisted on mankind makes me very sad. The planet has not warmed in nearly 18 years. The so-called “scientists” had to change their scheme to “Climate Change” to try and not look too foolish. The fact is that climate changes constantly – that’s what it does. Sea levels have not risen. Polar Ice has INCREASED. Michael Mann & Al Gore’s “Hockey Stick” has been completely debunked. The East Anglia University scandal has proved that the climate “scientists” lied to skew the results of their findings. The climate models don’t take into account relevant data such as cloud cover, rain and solar activity. Also, while eschewing politics, the article places faith in the United Nations, which is the most politically corrupt, anti-semitic, and wasteful agencies in the history of man. Carbon dioxide is indeed increasing in the atmosphere, but it hasn’t made any differences relative to the computer models that were thought to be gospel a few years ago. I could go on and on about how wrong this article is, and how sad it makes me as a christian and an Episcopalian that our leaders can be duped like this. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA September 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm Before anyone recommends converting to renewables, shutting power plants and reverting to 19th century transportation, read “Climate Science Is Not Settled” in the Wall Street Journal, September 20-21, 2014. The author, Dr. Steven E. Koonin, was undersecretary for Science in Obama’s first term and currently director for the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. He says climate change is for real and climate has changed and always will, “sometimes over only a few decades.” He notes Arctic Ice has been shrinking while Antarctic sea ice is at record high. He also says science lacks the knowledge needed to make good public policy. Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Lynn Kuhlman says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ecumenical & Interreligious, Environment & Climate Change Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL nicholas vanderborgh says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The following Pastoral Message on Climate Change has been issued by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori with the heads for the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the  Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.A Pastoral Message on Climate Changefrom the heads ofAnglican Church of CanadaThe Episcopal ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaEvangelical Lutheran Church in CanadaSeptember 19, 2014We are united as Christian leaders in our concern for the well-being of our neighbors and of God’s good creation that provides life and livelihood for all God’s creatures. Daily we see and hear the evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Glaciers are disappearing, the polar ice cap is melting, and sea levels are rising. Incidents of pollution created dead zones in seas and the ocean and toxic algae growth in water supplies are occurring with greater frequency. Most disturbingly, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at an unprecedented rate. At the same time we also witness in too many instances how the earth’s natural beauty, a sign of God’s wonderful creativity, has been defiled by pollutants and waste.Many have reacted to these changes with grief and anger. In their outrage some have understandably focused on the neglect and carelessness, both in private industry and in government regulation, that have contributed to these changes. However, an honest accounting requires a recognition that we all participate both as consumers and investors in economies that make intensive and insistent demands for energy. In addition, as citizens we have chosen to support or acquiesce in policies that shift the burdens of climate change to communities that are most vulnerable to its effects. People who are already challenged by poverty and by dislocation resulting from civil war or famine have limited resources for adapting to climate change’s effects.While an accounting of climate change that has credibility and integrity must include our own repentance, we find our hope in the promise of God’s own faithfulness to the creation and humankind and in the liberation that comes from God’s promise.God, who made the creation and made it good, has not abandoned it. Daily the Spirit continues to renew the face of the earth. All who care for the earth and work for the restoration of its vitality can be confident that they are not pursuing a lost cause. We serve in concert with God’s own creative and renewing power.Moreover, we need not surrender to political ideologies and other modern mythologies that would divide us into partisan factions — deserving and undeserving, powerless victims and godless oppressors. In Christ we have the promise of a life where God has reconciled the human community. In Christ God sets us free from the captivity of blaming and shaming. God liberates us for shared endeavors where we find each other at our best.While the challenge may seem daunting, the Spirit’s abundant gifts for service empower us to find common cause with people who exercise countless insights and skills, embodied in hundreds of occupations and trades. We have good reason to hope in all the ways God’s grace is at work among us. We can commend ourselves to the work before us with confidence in God’s mercy.Opportunities to act imaginatively and courageously abound in all our individual callings. The Holy Spirit’s work in us leads us as faithful consumers and investors in a global economy to make responsible choices to reduce energy use, carbon emissions, and the wasteful consumption of water and other natural resources. As citizens, we have voices to use in educating children about the climate and in shaping public and corporate policies that affect the environment. The Spirit has also given us our voices to contribute our witness to public discussion of just and responsible use of natural resources.We also have the resources and responsibility to act together for the common good, especially for those most vulnerable to the effect of climate change in the spirit of the seventh Millennium Development Goal, “to ensure environmental stability”. World leaders will meet this month in New York for a Climate Summit, and in December in Lima, Peru, to discuss global cooperation on climate change. Working under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), participants in the UNFCCC’s negotiations hope for an agreement in 2015 that will move toward reduction of carbon emissions, development of low carbon technologies, and assistance to populations most vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate.We encourage you to take the initiative to engage decision-makers in this godly work in all arenas of public life — in government and business, in schools and civic organizations, in social media and also in our church life.We are not powerless to act and we are not alone. “We have the power of the Holy Spirit and the indwelling Spirit of Christ to give us hope and courage.”iThe present moment is a critical one, filled with both challenge and opportunity to act as faithful individuals and churches in solidarity with God’s good creation.The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal ChurchBishop Elizabeth EatonPresiding BishopEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaThe Most Rev. 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Episcopalians share transformative experiences with Sacred Ground racial justice curriculum

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Featured Events 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 Episcopalians share transformative experiences with Sacred Ground racial justice curriculum Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Racial Justice & Reconciliation Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service [Episcopal News Service] On April 27, thousands of Episcopalians gathered on Zoom to celebrate two years of the church’s Sacred Ground curriculum, a 10-part discussion series for small groups that traces the history of systemic racism in America, from its roots to its present realities.“Gathering on Sacred Ground” was the first churchwide Sacred Ground event, hosted by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and members of his staff. It featured testimony from people who have participated in the series, as well as prayers, music and remarks from Curry. Noting the timeliness of Sacred Ground in the context of the past year’s reckoning on racial injustice in America, Curry thanked everyone who developed and implemented the series for being part of a momentous movement.Watch the “Gathering on Sacred Ground” event here.“The ground beneath us is shifting,” Curry said. “Something important is happening among us. And the last time somebody was on sacred ground, I think his name was Moses. And when God got finished with him, he set some Hebrew slaves free. When God gets finished with us, Episcopal Church, he’s gonna set some captives free, including us.”The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation, painted a picture of how widely Sacred Ground has spread across the church since its introduction in 2019. A total of 1,712 circles (or small groups) have registered for the series across 92 dioceses, she said, meaning as many as 13,000 people have participated.About 3,150 people joined the Zoom gathering on April 27. Among them were Episcopalians from across the church who had been invited to share reflections on their experience with the curriculum, which is built around a series of documentary films and readings that focus on race relations in America. Through prayers, poems and personal testimonies, they demonstrated the diversity of the Sacred Ground experience.Dan Ries from Old Donation Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, said Sacred Ground helped his 384-year-old parish reckon with its own history of white supremacy through action.“As part of our journey of repentance and reparation for the sin of slavery,” Ries said, “Old Donation has established a scholarship at Norfolk State University, an HBCU [historically Black college or university], in honor of a woman named Rachel enslaved by our parish, to help one student receive an education that many of us take for granted.”Ries added that “this is only the start of our journey,” saying that about 50 people have already participated in Sacred Ground through the parish and they hope to bring that number into the hundreds as they continue with new circles.Alida Garcia, program director for the Diocese of West Texas’ Camp Capers, said the experience was valuable on a personal level and an institutional level.“It enabled me to examine how I, a Latinx person, contribute to racial injustice,” Garcia said, adding that many people of Latin American descent have experienced “forced racial categorization as white and the pressure to assimilate to white culture.“It has also shown me that to fight racism, we must create more inclusive and equitable programs for the youth and families we serve at our camps and conference centers.”Garcia, who also serves on the board of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers, said that ECCC has operated six circles with 45 people, and at least five of those participants are now leading Sacred Ground circles in their own communities.Garcia encouraged more camp and conference center staff to participate and shared that ECCC is working with Katrina Browne, who developed Sacred Ground, to create youth versions of the curriculum, some of which are already being used by youth groups.Browne shared updates on the continuing development of the Sacred Ground program. Thanks to a donation from Caroline Russell in Brunswick, Maine, the licensing for the Sacred Ground materials, which was set to expire at the end of this year, has been renewed for another three years, she said. The Episcopal Church is also negotiating with the rights-holders to allow other faith groups to host Sacred Ground on their own. Currently, Sacred Ground must be run through an Episcopal parish or other entity.Phoebe Chatfield, associate for creation care and justice in the presiding bishop’s office, said a new webpage specifically for Sacred Ground facilitators is in the works, as well as a Facebook group for facilitators to share advice and experiences. A support circle for facilitators of color is also under consideration, she said.Spellers directed those who have finished the program and want to continue the work in their communities to “Becoming Beloved Community Where You Are,” a resource guide that contains ideas for further truth-telling and action on racial justice, as well as the church’s “From Many, One” initiative on conversations across difference.Curry praised Sacred Ground as a transformative experience that echoes the Way of Love practice of “turning” – away from injustice and toward love.“Face the truths,” he said. “Learn from them. Don’t wallow in them, but learn from them. That’s what Sacred Ground does – it just helps us to face those truths, learn from them, and then turn.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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