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first_img Comments are closed. Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Health & Healthcare, Submit an Event Listing September 26, 2017 at 1:20 am Delighted to see bishops writing directly and forthrightly to those senators whose states are adversely impacted by this latest abomination in the name of legislation. We should all be contacting our senators with similar messages. No legislation without deliberation. Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group By David PaulsenPosted Sep 25, 2017 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Comments (5) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Jawaharlal Prasad says: Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL September 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm The Bishops seemed to have touched all the liberal/Progressive talking points. Many of us have seen our healthcare costs rise or even double under the current law but the Bishops don’t seem to care about that. It’s all about dignity and justice from the Liberal point of view. Notice the article is all about Republicans. What are they going to say when the ACA crashes and burns? Rector Collierville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Bill Louis says: Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Frank Bergen says: House of Bishops Fall 2017 Six Episcopal bishops pen letter to senators urging opposition to GOP health care bill Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC House of Bishops, Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 September 26, 2017 at 10:54 am Maybe they should resign from the House of Bishops and run for the Senate. I wonder what their alternative plan is. The current health care system, which was blindly pushed through without deliberation, cannot be sustained. Smaller parishes and working middle class Americans cannot afford the premiums of the current system. Deductibles are many times from $4,000 to $10,000. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Faith & Politics, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME September 26, 2017 at 11:06 pm Good opportunity for the Senate to come up with a health care plan that will provide adequate coverage for all at an affordable cost. Hamilton Jones says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime, speaking here Sept. 22 at the House of Bishops meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, is one of six bishops to sign a letter to senators urging opposition to an Affordable Care Act repeal bill. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Fairbanks, Alaska] Six Episcopal bishops have written a letter to 10 U.S. senators, urging them to vote against the latest Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the health care law also known as Obamacare.The letter, dated Sept. 24, comes as the House of Bishops holds its fall meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime is one of the bishops who signed the letter to senators. One of its recipients is U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska whose vote was seen as crucial for passage of the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, though on Sept. 25 the bill seemed headed for failure.“We urge you, Senators, in the spirit of fairness and proper process, to stand up against a bill that would cause such disruption and chaos to healthcare for millions of our citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us,” the bishops say in their letter. “As Christians and as faith leaders in our respective states, we ask that you stand firm on the democratic process that serves us all. Access to such healthcare is crucial to maintaining the social safety net that allows our communities to flourish.”Joining Lattime in signing the letter are Bishop Kirk Smith of the Diocese of Arizona, Bishop Stephen Lane of the Diocese of Maine, Bishop Mark Hollingsworth of the Diocese of Ohio, Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of the Diocese of Southern Ohio and Bishop Michie Klusmeyer of the Diocese of West Virginia.The letter is addressed to Murkowski; Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska; Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Sen. Angus King, I-Maine; Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia; and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had said he intended to bring the bill to the floor for a vote this week, but those hopes have all but slipped away. After McCain and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, came out earlier against the bill, Collins announced Sept. 25 that she, too, would vote against it, seeming to indicate it does not have the 50 votes needed to pass.The bishops’ letter cites an estimated cut of $23 billion in federal health care spending over nine years in the bishops’ five states. It also singles out part of the legislation that would reverse an expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, potentially affecting lower-income Americans.“Our Baptismal Covenant calls us to respect the dignity of every human being,” the bishops say. “It is our responsibility to challenge you, our elected leaders, to work toward justice and equality for the welfare of all people, not only those who can afford health insurance.”The Episcopal Church has long advocated for policies that support helping Americans access affordable and comprehensive health care based on a long series of General Convention resolutions. Its Episcopal Public Policy Network released a policy alert on Sept. 20 that called on Episcopalians to contact their representatives and ask them to oppose the new legislation.“The Graham-Cassidy bill lacks the benefits of informed public hearings with experts and thoughtful bipartisan compromises, and does not address the concerns highlighted in earlier ACA repeal efforts,” EPPN’s alert said.The bill, named after Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, is the latest in a series of Republican attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, which he signed into law in 2010 after its passed Congress with no Republican support.Murkowski, who was one of three senators to vote against an earlier Obamacare repeal bill in July, hasn’t said yet how she will vote. Republican leaders have added incentives to the new bill targeting Alaska, including a provision that would exempt Native Alaskans from losing Medicaid coverage when the program is rolled back.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] P.J. Cabbiness says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ September 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm Obamacare needs to be improved in a thoughtful bipartisan manner. We do not need to repeal it nor do we need to move any fury towards a single payer European socialist model. It is time for the moderate republican and democrat “center” to unite on this and other issues. The radical elements of each party are pushing us into chaos. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA last_img read more

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Danish roundup: PensionDanmark, F&P, new land law

first_imgInvestments returned DKK16.1bn last year, up from DKK9.1bn in 2013.In percentage terms, the annual return for members aged 40 rose to 10.5% for 2014, up from 9.3% the year before, and to 10.6% for those aged 65, up from 3.9% last year.PensionDanmark’s total assets rose to DKK171bn at the end of 2014 from DKK152bn a year before, and membership increased to 662,107 from 642,178.However, in its annual report, the pension fund said pension transfers in 2015 were expected to be lower than those seen in 2014 because last year had been affected by special factors.For 2015 and the next few years, it forecast continued moderate growth in regular contributions because it said growth in employment and wage-related costs at those businesses whose members were part of the PensionDanmark scheme was expected to be limited.Meanwhile, pensions and insurance industry association Forsikring & Pension (F&P) warned that a new law requiring 25% of construction land to be used for social housing will hit pension funds’ property investments and disrupt existing projects.The new planning act just adopted by the Danish government could force pension funds and other investors to sell 25% of their construction land for social housing, the association said.The law would mean lower returns on investment in urban development to the detriment of current and future pensioners, it said.Per Bremer Rasmussen, chief executive of F&P, said he had “great respect” for the political desire to have a more mixed residential composition, but he warned this would have a cost.“If 25% of construction stock is now suddenly reserved for public housing, the price will be lower than the market value that was the original condition for the investment,” he said.The association was particularly angry that the law would be applied retroactively, Bremer Rasmussen said.“It is totally unacceptable that the law also applies to current residential projects,” he said.“Pension companies went into projects with full confidence in the existing detailed local planning frameworks.”These local plans would now be overridden by the law, with the demand that there should be a high proportion of social housing, he said.F&P said it had repeatedly objected to the new law.Bremer Rasmussen said that, under the new law, the City of Copenhagen municipality could force investors in the Carlsberg City urban construction project to sell 25% of their construction land to a housing association.Carlsberg City is a big building project in Copenhagen, with 564,000sqm of land on the old Carlsberg brewery site being developed over the next 10-15 years.The project is 20%-owned by pension provider PFA, with labour-market fund PenSam owning 15% of it, insurer Topdanmark holding 15% and Carlsberg and property organisation Realdania holding 25% each.Bremer Rasmussen said the new law cast doubt on whether the government wholeheartedly wanted the insurance and pensions sector to participate in solving Denmark’s growth challenges. Danish labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark saw its business volume grow by 16% in 2014 largely on the back of pension transfers from other providers.Publishing its 2014 annual report, the labour-market pension scheme said contributions climbed to DKK12.5bn (€1.7bn) in 2014, from DKK10.7bn the year before, representing a rise of 16%.The rise in contributions was particularly down to transfers of pension deposits from other companies, in cases where members were consolidating their savings within PensionDanmark, it said.Chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen said: “We have never before achieved such large rises in all the central parameters such as return, contributions and total assets in one year.”last_img read more

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Video: Spectrum of the Seas Gets Its Azipods

first_imgBuilding a large cruise ships is far more complex than one might imagine. It takes a lot of ingenuity, precision, engineering and man hours to complete these floating cities sailing the seas.Cruise liner major Royal Caribbean released a video proving just that. The company’s new ship intended for Asian market, Spectrum of the Seas is currently taking shape at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.The vessel just got its two azipod propulsion systems installed, which will provide the cruise ship with a total of 41 Megawatts of power. Each azipod weighs 200 tons and takes 1.5 days to install. The ship’s propellers are set to follow suit in February, thus completing the ship’s propulsion system.The first steel parts for the Spectrum of the Seas were cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in August 2017. The completion of the ship is planned for spring 2019.The ship is scheduled to set sail from Shanghai, China in June 2019. Specifically designed for the Chinese market, Spectrum of the Seas will be the next evolution of the cruise line’s Quantum-class of ships which will have a capacity of about 4,200 passengers.Once completed, it will be one of the five largest cruise ships in the world with a gross tonnage of 168,800 tons.Image and video courtesy: Royal Caribbeanlast_img read more

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Badgers stake claim to top of Big Ten after sweep of Huskers

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team shucked the Nebraska Cornhuskers Sunday afternoon in front of a sold-out UW Field House, taking the match in straight sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-18).The win marked the first time Wisconsin (18-2, 9-1 Big Ten) defeated Nebraska (12-6, 6-3) since 1978, and snapped a 17-match losing streak against the Huskers.“I liked how we approached this match,” UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “We weren’t on top of our game, but I thought what we did a great job [of] was moving on to next play, moving on to the next point, moving on quickly.”Sheffield said his team was hyped for this particular match because of its historical implications and former players watching the game at the Field House this weekend.“I think they like challenges, so when you find something that can kind of get them going a little bit they don’t blow that off,” Sheffield said. “I think this team also knows that there’s been a lot of really good teams that have come through here and a lot of good players. There was an awful a lot of alums in the building today, so part of that win is for those guys.”Nebraska has dominated the all-time series between the two teams with a 17-1-1 record against the Badgers.Senior right-side hitter Courtney Thomas, who had a team-high 10 kills, said the team was especially aware of the streak.“We knew about it. We talked about it in practice a little bit,” Thomas said. “The record being 17-1-1 and not winning since 1978 is a big deal, and I think it gives our team a lot of motivation to beat them, especially at home in front of a sellout crowd.”After Wisconsin ran away with the first set, the Badgers found themselves down 10-7 in set two. Senior Dominique Thompson and sophomore setter Lauren Carlini then teamed up for a block and Carlini added one of her career-high nine kills two plays later to cut the Husker lead to two at 11-9.Right after that, Carlini was in on the block again, this time with sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Nelson. After a kill from Nebraska sophomore outside hitter Amber Rolfzen, who led the Huskers with 10 kills, the Badgers tied it up following a Nebraska service error and a block from Nelson and Thomas.“I think we just had really good flow tonight, and that definitely helped with me being able to place the ball and see where the blockers are,” Carlini said. “I think I had good vision tonight on the court. It felt good to be able to attack, but it also feels good to set my hitters and have them get kills at the same time.”Carlini finished the match with 34 assists and seven digs.With the score tied 14-14, Thomas hammered a set from Carlini to give the Badgers a lead they wouldn’t give up the rest of the frame. Carlini extended the Badger lead to 19-15 four rallies later with a suffocating solo block, which brought the crowd to its feet and prompted Nebraska to burn another timeout.Out of the timeout, Nebraska scored three straight point to cut UW’s lead to one. Junior outside hitter Kelsey Fien had two of her nine kills for the Huskers in that stretch, as Wisconsin took a timeout of their own.A ball handling error by Carlini tied the set at 19 on the first rally after the timeout. When UW regained the lead at 22-20, controversy ensued in the match’s most pivotal moment. Carlini sent the second ball over the net rather than setting it, and the ball landed out of bounds on the far sideline. However, the officials ruled that a Nebraska player touched it, making it a Wisconsin point. Nebraska head coach John Cook, who coached at Wisconsin from 1992-1998, vehemently protested the call.“To be honest, I don’t really know,” Carlini said when asked what she saw on the play. “There were a few controversial calls at the end of the second game and I think that created a lot of frustration on their side. But we just continued to play our game and focus on the next point and didn’t worry about what happened in the past.”The set ended with a Carlini service ace. With momentum completely on Wisconsin’s side, Nebraska had little chance entering the third set.After falling behind 1-0 in the third, Wisconsin took the lead at 2-1 and never trailed again. Consecutive kills from senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman and Thomas gave Wisconsin their largest lead of the match at 18-10.Nebraska battled back with four straight points from that point, but that would be the closest they got. An ace from junior libero Taylor Morey ended the match and gave Wisconsin its ninth straight victory.However, Morey’s biggest contributions came on defense. She had 29 digs in the match, tying a career-high and setting the UW record for digs in a three-set match. She credited her success to the blockers.“I give a lot of credit to my blockers. Defense is, I always say it, a lot about mentality and just taking pride in your side of the court,” Morey said. “But it’s really easy to dig behind a good-formed block … After that, it’s just me giving my teammates easy opportunities to score.”Freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates finished seven kills, while the middle blockers Nelson and Thompson killed six balls apiece.Wisconsin is now halfway through its conference schedule and has won nine straight Big Ten games. With Sunday’s win, they sit atop the conference standings in sole possession of first place with a 9-1 conference record.“They don’t give any medals or cookies for people that finish first halfway through,” Sheffield said. “There’s a long part of the season, and we gotta continue to get better.”last_img read more

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