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Wetherspoon sees record profit after breakfast boost

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Kurt Geiger’s earnings show luxury still sells

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Share LUXURY shoemakers Kurt Geiger posted record annual profits suggesting the market for designer footwear is undimmed despite the global economic downturn.The company said turnover increased 17 per cent to £162m for the year to 30 January with earnings up 21.2 per cent to £14.7m from £12.1m last year. Like for like sales also increased eight per cent. It added that sales with its store partners at Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty were at a record high. Kurt Geiger is now the number one high-end shoe retailer in the UK and Europe selling 10 pairs of shoes every minute. Last year saw the company created a further 275 jobs as it opened 12 new stores bringing the total number to 63 worldwide. It also launched a further 49 concessions across the UK and Ireland, which included 30 Debenhams stores.Neil Clifford, chief executive of Kurt Geiger, said: “In the face of a challenging economic backdrop Kurt Geiger has performed very strongly and in 2010 we have expanded our headcount and rolled out new stores across the UK with more in the pipeline for the second half of 2010.” Kurt Geiger’s earnings show luxury still sells Sunday 10 October 2010 11:27 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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IBIA reports decline in suspicious activity alerts in Q2

first_img Email Address Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting 16th July 2019 | By contenteditor Legal & compliance The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has seen the number of alerts for suspicious wagering activity fall 17% year-on-year for the three months to June 30, 2019. Tennis continues to account for the bulk of alerts generated. The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has seen the number of alerts for suspicious wagering activity fall 17% year-on-year for the three months to June 30, 2019.The association flagged a total of 51 events to its operator members and regulatory bodies during the second quarter, representing a 38% quarter-on-quarter rise.Tennis, which has generated the most alerts in recent quarters remained the main concern in Q2, accounting for 25 of the suspicious activity reports that were filed. However, this represents a significant drop on the 44 alerts issued around the sport in Q2, 2018, a 43% year-on-year decline. Football ranked second with 18 alerts, while the IBIA also raised two alerts each for volleyball and esports, and one each for table tennis, pool, basketball and ice hockey.Europe accounted for 25 alerts, with the continent generating the most reports of suspicious activity around football, with 13. Asia, meanwhile, accounted for 13 alerts, including ten for tennis. Eight of these ten were flagged for suspicious activity in Uzbekistan. Just four alerts were generated from activity in South America – two each for tennis in Argentina and football in Brazil – with three tennis alerts for North America.The IBIA is the new name for ESSA, the Sports betting integrity monitoring body that opted to rebrand last month. At the time, the organisation said the name change aims to highlight the operator-funded body’s increasingly international focus, especially the role it plays in raising awareness of betting-related integrity issues worldwide.Since the rebrand, the IBIA has welcomed a number of new members, including AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) the market-leading operator in the early months of Sweden’s regulated igaming market, and Gamesys’ new Virgin Bet brand. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter IBIA reports decline in suspicious activity alerts in Q2 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Tol Gases Limited ( 2006 Annual Report

first_imgTol Gases Limited ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Tol Gases Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tol Gases Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tol Gases Limited (  2006 annual report.Company ProfileTol Gases Limited produces and distributes gases for the industrial and medical segment in Tanzania. Known as Tanzania Oxygen, the company provides oxygen, compressed air, carbon dioxide, inert, hydrogen, nitrogen, ammonia, argon, nitrous oxide, helium and acetylene gases. It also provides medical consumables and pipeline installation services. The company was founded in 1950 as a branch of African Oxygen and Acetylene Company, and then became a branch of East African Oxygen Limited of Kenya which was part of the BOC Gases Group. It was wholly-owned by the government of Tanzania between 1986 and 1994, and thereafter privatised and listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. Tol Gases Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Kenya Commercial Bank ( HY2018 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank ( listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank (  2018 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Rwanda Limited is a commercial bank offering financial solutions to private individuals and the corporate banking segment in Rwanda. KCB Bank Rwanda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group which is East Africa’s largest commercial bank by asset base. The Bank was established in 2008 after it was licensed by Rwanda’s banking regulator, the National Bank of Rwanda. It has 14 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda as well as an extensive network of KCB Iwacu agents. Kenya Commercial Bank is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Letshego Holdings Limited ( 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgLetshego Holdings Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Letshego Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Letshego Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Letshego Holdings Limited (  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileLetshego Financial Services Botswana is regulated financial services institution that offers products and solutions for the low- to middle-income sector in Botswana. The company was established in 1998 as Micro Provident Botswana Limited but now operates as a member of the Letshego Group. Letshego Financial Services Botswana is primarily focused on providing financial solutions to individuals who are formally employed by the government of Botswana, parastatals and the private sector. A subsidiary division offers microfinance and savings solutions to individuals generating income in the informal sector. Letshego Financial Services Botswana is able to cater to both sectors by providing simple, appropriate and accessible solutions that are competitively priced. The company was able to diversify its offering through the acquisition of Micro Africa Limited in East Africa, allowing it to provide loans to micro and small enterprises, collective groups and low- to middle-class earners. The company has a presence in 11 countries across southern, east and west Africa; Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.last_img read more

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Should I invest in BT shares right now?

first_img 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. 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. Jamie Adams | Wednesday, 19th May, 2021 | More on: BT-A Image source: BT Taking a quick look at BT Group‘s (LSE: BT-A) share price lately, it seems a pleasant sight. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, this British telecom leader is on the rise. As of 18 May, it is trading at around 170p, up an impressive 55% from 110p a year ago.As a value investor, this recent jump has attracted my attention. I’m always looking for cheap shares that can diversify my portfolio, but I need to understand first if BT’s stock surge will likely continue.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…Looking at BT’s financialsLike most businesses and individuals, 2020/21 has been tough for BT due to Covid-19. Rising costs related to the pandemic as well as fibre investments have hit BT’s bottom line. This was evident in its results for the year ending 31 March 2021. Revenue fell 7% year-on-year (YoY) to £21.3bn due to these increased costs, pre-tax profit plummeted 23% to £1.8bn, and free cash flow slumped by 27% to £1.46bn. It’s important to note though that much of this expenditure was necessary for growth. By investing heavily in full-fibre connections, BT is ensuring that it can keep up with the latest broadband offerings. That’s why management warned investors of further investment to come in 2021.BT’s share price potentialBT appears to be making some brave decisions in relation to its media business lately. Having dived head-on into television media in recent years, BT is now considering the sale of BT Sports. Talks have apparently been held with mega-companies such as Walt Disney and Amazon, although it is still early days. With a rumoured £12bn price tag on its sports offering, the sale could provide BT with a much-needed financial breather. The timing would be perfect too. The telecom leader is fully engaged in its capital-intensive project to roll out a large fibre optics network in the UK, to provide 25m households across the country access to high-speed Internet.By reducing its exposure in the media sector, where it does not have much scale for growth, and increasing its efforts in the telecom industry, where it is a leader, BT could reduce losses and increase income. Risks to BT sharesWith roughly £18bn in debt, BT’s balance sheet is not the healthiest looking. Annual interest payment are nearly £800m. If this problem persists, it will have an impact on the business’s ability to grow.If BT fails to find a solution to the money drain that is its sports division, these problems will only mount.So, is BT Group a buy?While there is never a guarantee of more to come for BT’s share price, I am cautiously optimistic. The company is clearly intent on getting back to what it does best: telecommunications. With 5G now firmly in the picture and BT’s dominance in the British market, where it holds an estimated 35% market share, a turnaround could well be on the cards.I’ll be keeping an eye on BT’s share price over the coming months. If it manages to offload BT Sports, I will seriously consider investing. 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! Should I invest in BT shares right now?center_img Jamie Adams has no position in BT Group. 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. 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New Rugby World is a Women’s World Cup special

first_imgFind out what’s inside the September issue of Rugby World, including our Women’s World Cup coverage LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS With the Women’s World Cup kicking off in Dublin on Wednesday 9 August, the new issue of Rugby World features more than 20 pages of coverage of the tournament, providing readers with an insight into the game’s key players. Plus, we look ahead to the Rugby Championship and the new Guinness Pro14 tournament. Here are ten reasons to get a copy of the September issue – and find out how to download it here.1. Women’s World CupOur coverage of this month’s tournament in Ireland includes…How Harriet Millar-Mills has become England’s new wrecking ballThe sporting journey of Ireland’s centre of attention, Sene NaoupuCentre point: Ireland’s Sene Naoupu takes on England earlier this year. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Canada prop who used to be a figure skater, Carolyn McEwenColumnist Stephen Jones’s verdict on how much the tournament has changed since the first in 1991Wales’ father-and-daughter combo as coach and captain, Rowland and Carys PhillipsThe sevens specialist, sisters and firefighter aiming to help New Zealand to a fifth world titleAn offbeat Q&A with England wing Kay Wilson2. Guinness Pro14What does the addition of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings mean for the league? We have the lowdownMan at No 15: Liam Williams fends off All Blacks defenders. Photo: Getty Images3. Liam WilliamsFresh from his Lions adventures, the Wales full-back talks exclusively to us about his new chapter at Saracens4. The Rugby ChampionshipNew Zealand lock pairing Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are arguably the best in the world. We find out why they’re so good – and run the rule over the other second-rows in the tournamentFOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE5. Sean O’BrienThe Ireland back-row, who excelled on the tour of New Zealand, talks Lions, leadership and laughing with James Haskell 6. Exeter ChiefsSam Simmonds is a rising star for the Premiership champions and talks through his targets for the new seasonTraining day: Finn Russell practises his kicking during the Lions tour. Photo: Getty Images7. Finn RussellThe Scotland fly-half had an interesting summer, beating Australia and then being parachuted into the Lions squad. He opens up on his experiences8. What it’s like to… Have flesh-eating diseaseFormer England Women’s full-back Vicky Macqueen reveals how her brush with death inspired her to start Didi RugbyWinging in: Elliot Daly started all three Tests for the Lions in New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images9. Elliot Daly“What I’ve been through is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” The Lions Test starter provides insight into his time in New Zealand 10. Mike FordThe coach is embarking on an innovative project in the States, taking charge of Dallas Griffins. He gives us the lowdown on the USA’s new professional leaguelast_img read more

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What is attracting rugby league clubs to union stars?

first_img On the shopping list: Could Manu Tuilagi defect to rugby league? (Getty Images) There are other avenues to look at too. Mulholland explains: “We watch the HSBC sevens quite closely. The space they get is not quite the same as we get in league – if it was nines it would have more in common. But I will bring guys up to the team, like former Fiji sevens captain Watisoni Votu, who we took to Newcastle Knights (for a trial) but was 28 when we got him.“A lot is about knowing league.Code breaker: Semi Radradra played for Fiji Sevens before joining Parramatta (Getty Images)“I’m having a lot of luck with Fijian kids at the moment. Twenty years ago you couldn’t get near them on the islands, because the national sport is union. But because they’ve changed the season, now you see great athletes, their English is great, and they can play both of the sports.”The battle for talented youngsters will go on. It made headlines as the New Zealand Rugby Union got caught in a tug of war with the NZ Warriors league franchise for the signature of teenage sensation Etene Nanai-Seturo, while he was still at Saint Kentigern College. As Mulholland says, there is certainly competition in the youth market. There are interests from all over the rugby globe, in union and league, from Australia to Sri Lanka.And then there is the marquee signing market, which sees Sonny Bill and others come back into the frame. What is the motivation there, to sign the older heads from union?Rugby league writer John Davidson says: “Rugby league clubs targeting top rugby union players is nothing new – they have been doing it for decades. From Jim Sullivan to Billy Boston, Scott Gibbs, Jonathan Davies, Martin Offiah, David Watkins, Clive Sullivan, John Gallagher and many, many others. In the past they did it for money, opportunity, a challenge, for fame and fortune. When rugby union was amateur, rugby league was a big lure.Recent convert: Luther Burrell left Northampton for Warrington Wolves (Getty Images)“But that has all changed since 1995 and today the riches available to players are much greater in the 15-man code. More league players leave to go to union for the greater salaries and the chance to play around the world. But at the moment England rugby league is struggling for crowds and media attention, so the need to sign big names from union – Williams, Luther Burrell, potentially Tuilagi – is a massive one and a smart ploy. Union is the more popular code so these stars bring excitement, interest and marketing appeal, as well as their on-field talents.“Already the wider interest is Sonny Bill has been impressive, and if it is leveraged properly it could become a turning point. Warrington have signed Burrell and Leeds have been linked with George Ford. Owen Farrell has a strong Wigan connection and grew up in the town. It wouldn’t surprise to see him move at some point in his career before he retires. If Sonny Bill is a success, I expect more rugby league clubs to follow suit.”The answer to whether the Toronto experiment is a success or an expensive blunder will unfold over time. Yet, as scouts in the NRL and Super League consider other targets from the youth games in both hemispheres, the question of who will be the next name to hop codes may be far more interesting. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Canberra Raiders’ Peter Mulholland explains what is drawing NRL scouts to union playerscenter_img You can find John Davidson’s long-read work on Patreon.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. What is attracting rugby league clubs to union stars?“I’ll try to get a few union kids every year,” explains Peter Mulholland, recruitment manager at the NRL’s Canberra Raiders and a veteran of 32 years in league. “We have six in the U20s now and we’ve got Bailey Simonsson, who played for New Zealand Sevens – though he grew up with a league background.“The best (union players) to look at are flankers and No 8s. It’s not really for tight fives, while with nines you’re probably looking at playing hooker in league and that’s a position you are born to play, in my opinion. And tens, we will always look out for…”Code hopping in rugby is nothing new. We saw plenty of traffic heading towards league in the Nineties, before union turned pro. But as we career into 2020, there is a sense of déjà vu in some quarters.At the start of November it was announced that Sonny Bill Williams – a veteran of the NRL and a two-time Rugby World Cup winner with the All Blacks – was heading into Super League for the first time, at 34, jumping into the unknown with Toronto Wolfpack. In recent weeks the same club have been linked with a swoop for England and Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi.Grand unveiling: Sonny Bill Williams with the Toronto Wolfpack (Getty Images)While there may be publicity-related imperatives for such moves, according to Mulholland there are potentially more fruitful crossover prospects further down union’s developmental ladder.“I tend to look at players a bit younger,” the veteran tells Rugby World.“We will scout rugby union schools in New Zealand – often good league players there will be taken in by the big union schools after 15, 16. Union is dying in Australia because of the way it’s run, the structures… I would say the New Zealand schoolboy system for rugby union is the best in the world for any sport.“There’s a clear pathway from schools to Mitre 10 to Super Rugby. With talent there’s such a funnel to a finer point that some kids fall out of it, but all the best kids go through it.”In touch: Bailey Simonsson left sevens to play for the Raiders (Getty Images)Mulholland gives the example of Leo Thompson, who came from the youth systems in Wellington to try his hand at league with the Raiders. But the biggest issue league scouts may face in other geographical areas is assessing players with a lack of general understanding of league or the age profile of some of the players when they try their hand. Others may be in demand but are unattainable.Despite rumours that some NRL teams were weighing up offers for former Parrammata Eels player Semi Radradra, news broke that the Fijian would be staying in union as he signed a three-year deal with Bristol Bears. Mulholland reveals that when he was with the Newcastle Knights, Radradra was offered to the side but the Pacific Islander was out of their price bracket.last_img read more

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Church leaders express grief, call for action after Florida high…

first_img Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC February 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm Just saying there’s a red herring for every argument.“An armed security guard never got the chance to stop the teen gunman who murdered 17 students and staffers at a Florida high school, authorities said Thursday.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that accused mass murderer Nikolas Cruz managed to shoot up the Parkland high school without ever encountering the school resource deputy.“He was on campus and he was armed,” Israel said. “At this point, the only thing I can tell you definitively is he never encountered Cruz.” The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Jon Spangler says: February 20, 2018 at 3:05 pm With unlimited numbers of guns floating around it should be obvious that additional restrictions on gun ownership will accomplish almost nothing. What is needed is to recognize the enormous damage inflicted on our society by decades of so-called liberal policies which at every level have permeated human relationships to such an extent that virtually anything goes. It’s not gun control that’s needed but self-control and our institutions (including the Episcopal Church) seem unwilling to accept that. The future looks bleak indeed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Gun Violence Advocacy Peace & Justice, Robert Munro says: Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 20, 2018 at 11:52 am May be this country should experiment by removing all gun control laws including restrictions on purchase of type of weapons to see how well the law abiding citizens can defend themselves against the outlaws. No place seems to be safe any more – malls, cinema theatres, schools, universities, churches, airports, etc.If I recall correctly, many years ago, a UK official wondered if there was something wrong in their education system that enabled British Muslims to become a jihadist.Perhaps similar questions need to be asked of this society – the role that media, movies, educational system, religious sermons, conduct of law enforcement and government officials play in making US a violent society. Larry Waters says: [Episcopal News Service] Episcopal bishops are arranging for services of lamentation at churches around the country in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 students and faculty members dead, and the bishops and other church leaders are calling for political action against gun violence to end “these lethal spasms of violence in our country.”“The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school,” Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 70 Episcopal bishops, said in a statement released Feb. 16 following the Ash Wednesday massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.A former student, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of murder after authorities say he opened fire with an AR-15 rifle in hallways and classrooms before ditching his gun and ammunition and blending in with students to escape. He was found and arrested on a city street later in the day.Fourteen of the fatal victims were students. A football coach, athletic director and geography teacher also were killed.Bishops United offered condolences to the families, singling out by name Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old student who was a youth group leader at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.The Coral Springs church posted news of Schentrup’s death Feb. 15 on Facebook.“Please keep our entire church family in your prayers,” the Facebook post said while asking the public to respect the family’s privacy.The Diocese of Southeast Florida, which includes Parkland and Coral Springs, released a statement Feb. 15 expressing grief at the “horrific massacre of innocents.”“There are no words that can adequately give voice to the madness and the violence done to those gunned down, and to their families and friends so cruelly robbed of those they loved,” the statement says. “There are no words to describe the pain of loss and grief, of shock and horror, of outrage and anger, only the anguished cries that well up from the very depths of our being. There are no words to make sense of what makes no sense, and in the face of such senseless killing we are numbed and rendered speechless.”Bishop Peter Eaton followed up Feb. 16 by saying Christians’ faith will help guide their response to this tragedy, and “we bring more than our prayers.”“We bring our longings and convictions for a different future,” he said in his written statement on the shooting. “What happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is not the world as it ought to be, or as it needs to be, and we who follow Jesus accept the responsibility for being partners with God to bridge that gap between what is and what could and ought to be.”Also Feb. 15, Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith released a written prayer asking God to comfort those affected by the shooting spree while alluding to the political debates that typically are ignited by such killings.“Forgive us, Lord, when our leaders fail to take action to protect the most vulnerable from the dangers of gun violence,” Hollerith’s prayer says. “Forgive us, Lord, for the times when we lack the courage and political will to work together. Open our eyes and our hearts to work across our divisions to end the plague of gun violence.”Those sentiments were echoed by Bishops United Against Gun Violence.“We must reflect on and acknowledge our own complicity in the unjust systems that facilitate so many deaths, and, in accordance with the keeping of a holy Lent, repent and make reparations,” Bishops United’s statement says before calling for political engagement by Episcopalians.The bishops specifically call for legislation banning the AR-15 and similar weapons, as well as high-capacity magazines and so-called “bump stocks,” the device used by the shooter who killed 58 people at an outdoor music concert in Las Vegas in October.“We understand that mass shootings account for a small percentage of the victims of gun violence; that far more people are killed by handguns than by any kind of rifle; that poverty, misogyny and racism contribute mightily to the violence in our society and that soaring rates of suicide remain a great unaddressed social challenge,” Bishops United’s statement says.“And yet, the problem of gun violence is complex, and we must sometimes address it in small pieces if it is not to overwhelm us. So, please, call your members of Congress and insist that your voice be heard above those of the National Rifle Association’s lobbyists.”The group of bishops also plans to announce a schedule of services of lamentation, with details to be released on its Facebook page.And Bishops United invited Episcopalians to join in a period of discernment, including in July at General Convention in Austin, Texas, when the bishops will gather for prayer outside the convention hall each morning.Bishops United Against Gun Violence was formed as a response to an earlier school shooting, the December 2012 slaughter of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Since then, Bishops United has released statements with increased frequency responding to deadly mass shootings, including the Oct. 1 massacre of 58 people in Las Vegas and the Nov. 5 shooting that left 26 dead at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH February 26, 2018 at 11:51 am Apologies accepted Cynthia though I should point out that ‘bots’ and ‘trolls’ come from all sides.Ironicly, the Bishops’ statement was incredibly premature. It was as if they were a bot or troll!Like a bot or troll their statement should be dismissed because no thought goes in to cutting and pasting talking points. The Bishops would have better served the Church and their reputation had they been more deliberative before issuing their statement. That’s what effective “leaders” do.A review of the facts that have since come out reveal that law enforcement, or more correctly, incompetent law enforcement, was largely to blame for the tragedy in Parkland. When the laws we already have are not enforced, it’s pointless to call for more laws. That’s called “common sense.”I don’t want to get started on a conversation about the left and law enforcement for that, I fear, will cause my head to explode! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm We all need to be more aware that, in the age of online social media, and especially when controversial issues such as guns and gun safety laws are discussed, ‘bots’ (automated replies) and troll farms (people paid to lie about their identity in order to sway on online audience) are possible. To those gun rights supporters online here who, without compensation, freely shared their views, I do apologize. To bot commentators, no apology is necessary. And, to trolls working in troll farms…wherever…for whomever…may God have mercy on your souls. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI February 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm Agree with D. Heacock’s comment. It is not the rifle, it’s the person using the rifle. We need security at our schools. In my grammar school 100 years ago, all the doors were locked and every visitor had to come to the principal’s office to get to classrooms. Even if the visitor managed to “escape” the principal’s office, doors to all the classrooms were locked and the entrance to the area where all the classrooms were was locked. Also, volunteer teachers could be trained to handle weapons, in case someone was able to get through a locked door. We need to look at security in Israel and how they handle evil, terrible people. And yes my heart is breaking for the ones affected by this terror. And as the old saying goes, if guns are ever outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. I wish evil could be eradicated; it cannot. If I offended anyone with my comments, I am truly sorry. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cynthia Cravens says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Feb 16, 2018 February 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm The Bishops uninformed rant against guns and the NRA reflects an unwillingness to develop a solution to gun violence int schools. As reflected in comments above we do have the means to protect our schools. Unfortunately if a proposal doesn’t fit the Bishops anti-gun dogma they refuse to listen to it. Unfortunately this is true about many issues facing the church today. Pity! New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release February 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm There is reasonably fix that is available now. State government needs to secure schools. We have no NYC High rise shootings because the buildings are secure. Every entry is sealed. No one enters without ID.Retired military or police are in the building are in the building dressed with concealed weapons. Waging war on guns is a red herring. There are 100,000,000 guns In America. Semi automatic pistols have never been banned. A person with 2 of them & the right ammo could kill as many with no security in the buildingcenter_img Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (10) 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 Rector Martinsville, VA Anthony Oberdorfer says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC william dailey says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing PJ Cabbiness says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Donald Heacock says: BD Howes says: February 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm Thank you, once again, Mr. Oberdorfer for your thoughtful comments. As to the suggestion by Ms. Cravens that the comments here are posted by members of the “gun lobby” or bots, that is simply inaccurate and insulting. Press Release Service Faith & Politics, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Church leaders express grief, call for action after Florida high school mass shooting Bishops United to announce series of services of lamentation Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Joe Prasad says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY February 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm It saddens me greatly to see that advocates of unlimited gun ownership are speaking up here on the church’s news service pages. Are we not supposed to bring peace to the world and to beat our swords into plowshares instead of advocating mass overexposure to lethal weapsons that are not managed or controlled as much as automobiles?It may be true that evil “cannot” be eradicated. But we can and do take action to reduce motor vehicle collisions by making highways and cars safer and by raising DUI standards. There are NO comparable (reasonable) restrictions on gun ownership or use in this country. Why? Would you let typhoid fever or TB or polio go unregulated? I have to meet minimal training and education standards to obtain and keep my California driver’s license. I have to purchase liability insurance for the car that I drive. At the very least, we could require similar (minimal) standards for all gun owners and purchasers. Not to mention lifting the congressional ban on using federal funds to even **study** gun violence in our weapons-addicted society. How many more needless deaths will it take until we, as believing Christians, act on the Bible’s imperatives to make peace and lay down our arms instead of worshipping icons like the Second Amendment? Rector Shreveport, LA Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, ORlast_img read more

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