Construction projects still growing in UK

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Penrose takes strategic role at Tote suitor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Horse racing Topics: Sports betting Strategy Horse racing Ian Penrose is among the big names from the betting industry recruited to lead the group looking to take control of the UK’s Tote.Alizeti has named the former Sportech and Arena Leisure CEO as strategic and operations advisor. The group bought 25% of the Tote from Betfred as part of a £150m (€170m/$195m) deal earlier this year, with an option to purchase 100% in the future.Penrose’s arrival will boost the organisation’s links with the racing industry as it continues its discussions with Britbet, the potential rival pool betting operator owned by 55 British racecourses that put its launch on hold in June after it began talks over a possible collaboration with understands that Alizeti is positive about the progress of its discussions with BritBet, and that its acquisition plans remain on course. It is thought the discussions centre on the possibility of the latter running on-course pool betting.Other names that have been added to Alizeti’s leadership team include Jamie Hart, the head of product who was formerly executive director at Tabcorp, director of innovation at William Hill and trading director at Gala Coral. Emma Crowe, head of marketing, has joined the group following senior roles at Paddy Power Betfair, PokerStars and Marks and Spencer.Commenting on the team, Alex Frost, Alizeti’s CEO, said in a statement: “We have ambitious plans to grow the Tote and to achieve this it is essential we build a world-class team of dedicated people who are focused on ensuring it has a successful future.“I am really excited by the team we are putting together which has individuals who bring vast experience and expertise from a range of sectors.”Betfred bought the Tote in 2011 for £265m. Just before its seven-year monopoly came to an end on July 13, it sold 25% of the business to Alizeti.In June, Britbet announced that its board had unanimously agreed to a delay on the launch of its service.Britbet chairman Neil Goulden said at the time that the talks with the Tote are illustrative of the company’s vision of maximising investment for partner courses and taking control of pool betting on course.Goulden added: “With those principles secured, we are able to explore ways in which we may be able to work with an invigorated Tote to deliver the best product and service for our racecourse partners and ultimately for racegoers.“This agreement is clearly aligned with our ‘by racing, for racing’ proposition and, thanks to the hard work of the Britbet board and team, I am delighted that we have secured those key aspects which now enable us to consider ways of working in partnership with others.”In an interview with the Owner Breeder website earlier this year Frost, a former banker who owns horses, said he wants the Tote to aim for up to 10% of the UK betting market from its current 4%. Tags: Race Track and Racino Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Alizeti group boosts management team with appointment of former Sportech chief Email Address 11th September 2018 | By contenteditor Penrose takes strategic role at Tote suitorlast_img read more

FCMB Group Plc ( 2011 Presentation

first_imgFCMB Group Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2011 presentation For more information about FCMB Group Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FCMB Group Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FCMB Group Plc (  2011 presentation Company ProfileFCMB Group Plc is a financial services institution offering products and services for the commercial, corporate and institutional sectors in Nigeria and Europe. The company’s core portfolio is focused on investment banking, asset management, commercial banking, corporate banking, personal banking, institutional banking and treasury and financial markets. The company also offers services for stockbroking, trusteeships, micro-lending and asset and cash management. FCMB Group Plc was founded in 1977 and its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FCMB Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc ( 2013 Annual Report

first_imgCustodian and Allied Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc (  2013 annual report.Company ProfileCustodian & Allied Insurance Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria offering insurance and reassurance solutions for life and non-life cover. The company has significant holdings in Custodian & Allied Insurance Limited, Custodian Life Assurance Limited, Custodian Trustees and Crusader Sterling Pensions Limited. Personal products and services cover motor vehicles, travel, boats and yachts, personal accident, home owners and personal all risks insurance. Business products range from insurance cover for motor vehicles, marine cargo and hull to fire/special perils, business interruption, occupiers liability and healthcare professional indemnity insurance. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Custodian & Allied Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Smart Products Nigeria Plc ( Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgSmart Products Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Smart Products Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Smart Products Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Smart Products Nigeria Plc (  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileSmart Products Nigeria Plc relies on rental income and profit on investment. It was incorporated on 11 January 1966 as Associated Press Limited was, a private limited liability company and commenced operation as a legal entity immediately. The name was changed to Smurfit Print Nigeria Limited in 1987 and was subsequently converted to a public limited liability company in 1991 which made it change its name to Smurfit Print Nigeria Plc. The name was changed to Smart Products Nigeria Plc on 25 September, 2005. Smart Products Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Diocese of Michigan Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. announces retirement

first_img Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY House of Bishops, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID People Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Posted Jan 9, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tagscenter_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Diocese of Michigan Bishop Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr. announces retirement 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Diocese of Michigan] Dear Sisters and Brothers of The Diocese of Michigan:In September of 1999, one of the questions asked of me during the “walk-about” was: “you’re young; you could be a bishop a long time! If you were elected, how long would you be our bishop?” My response was, “as long as I believe God is calling me to be here. I have always been committed to following where God calls me.”On February 5th of this year, I will begin my 19th year as a bishop in God’s holy Church. I have served as your Bishop Diocesan since November 1, 2000. After much prayerful discernment, I have heard God’s call to move into retirement. Therefore, in consultation with The Standing Committee of the Diocese and in conversation with the Diocesan Staff, I am calling for the election of the 11th Bishop of Michigan. It is my intention to resign effective December 31, 2019; and, in conversation with the Office of the Presiding Bishop, the ordination and consecration of the next Bishop of Michigan is expected to occur in February 2020.I know that some of you might feel that I am “too young” to retire. At the time that I step down as your bishop I will be three months shy of my 66th birthday and, I will have given nearly 33 years of service as an ordained leader in the Church. The time is right for me to spend more time with family and friends who have graciously shared me with the Church for many years and to enjoy other lifelong passions.It has been a distinct honor to serve as your bishop. You have taught me so much about what it means to be Beloved Community. My own faith has strengthened as I have served with and learned in partnership with you. This is still very much a ministry I love with the depth of my being.The Standing Committee recently met with the Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, from The Episcopal Church Office of Pastoral Development. In this role, Bishop Ousley is tasked with providing support and guidance to dioceses as they journey through times of episcopal transition. While it has been nearly 20 years since the diocese has experienced a transition in the bishop’s office, I am confident that with the able leadership of the Standing Committee you will journey well and faithfully.Meanwhile, we have two years of ministry ahead of us. We have much to do as we continue to remain faithful to the call of God in our lives as individuals and as part of the Jesus Movement in southeast Michigan. During this time, I ask your prayers for the Standing Committee and all those who will have roles in keeping this time of transition focused. I ask your prayers for the Diocesan Staff who continue to work and minister on your behalf.  I also ask your prayers for Karlah and for me as we travel this time with you; I promise we will keep you in ours.Faithfully,+WendellThe Rt. Rev’d Wendell N. 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Deputies vote to begin process to revise Book of Common…

first_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis July 9, 2018 at 10:09 am So, in Matthew 6:9, when Jesus said “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” he was confused? No, he knew exactly Who he was talking about. The gospel should not be watered down for the snowflakes of this day! July 8, 2018 at 8:32 am If it’s wrong in the prayer book, it must be wrong in the bible. (It feels like the scene in the 10 Commandments when Moses comes down and finds the people with a golden idol). Is there a bishop who stands up and finally brings people to their senses ? The tail is wagging the dog. Dani Rice says: Rector Belleville, IL House of Deputies, Nancy Stein Miller says: July 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm Agree that there is no indication in BCP that God is white. And, as Jesus our Lord and Saviour refers to God as Father, I see no reason to change His gender. His Holy Spirit provides non gender guidance in our daily lives, along with comfort and strength of such magnitude we cannot imagine! July 19, 2018 at 7:49 pm Amen, Frances, Amen. My husband – who was raised Southern Baptist – fell in love with me and the 1982 BCP at about the same time. There is an Anglican Church not too far from us, and we are both about ready to leave the parish where we were married and our children baptized to worship there, in the beauty of holiness. Enough with the What’s Happenin’ Now, folks. People come to church to find some stability in their lives. Quit changing the rules! July 7, 2018 at 7:27 pm “God’s pronouns are them and their, not he.” Well, God’s pronoun can be “she,” but “them and their?” I guess they will change the wording of the Nicene Creed too: no more “We believe in one God…” What some of the deputies apparently fail to understand is that the words and rhythms and cadences of the liturgy have deep emotional resonance for many people. I have been saying Our Father for more than 70 years, and I am not so dense that I imagine that God is a white male! Frank Harrision says: Len Freeman says: July 8, 2018 at 7:02 am The opinion of this writer is a) Practice fiscal stewardship rather than waste $11million to changea stable BCP. b) Don’t change it at all, leave it as is, there is not one thing “wrong” with it.c) If there are some “new” ideas, worship formats, etc., do what other denominations have done,simply make up a BCP supplement in paperback, and available by parish choice, not mandatedfor everyone. Changing the BCP causes persons like me to question church leadership. Perhaps that’s what needs changing. Think about it. July 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm Thank you for your comment; why not put proposed changes in the Book of Occasional Services so as to give the new ideas a trial without adding to the confusion by changing the present BCP? July 7, 2018 at 9:25 pm One more thing before I drown my sorrows with ice cream over this latest outrage…I think its time to ask Gay Jennings Clark to resign and while some of us are at put Bishop Curry on the hot seat to explain how this is part of the “Jesus Movement.” Clark is definitely the mastermind and someone I do not have a ounce of confidence in. Shameful!! July 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm Yes, and Yes, and then again YES; thank you for being honest. As the PB said at the recent royal wedding, in paraphrase, let’s look at the healing power of love that flowed from Jesus! The money for this could be spent in helping those people find and seek us, and the hands to help keep the Spirit flowing. Changing the Prayer Book is not a n effective use of our treasury. Opening hearts and minds should be our goal. July 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm Jesus was a Jew, so what race are Jews? So I know for a fact that Jesus was male in fact male, and he called God father, so in two persons God is male, as for the Holy Spirit I’ve never associated a gender. So, I’m never going to change the way that I refer to God in the name of inclusion. Neither should anyone else, had God wanted a daughter to die our sins he would have provided, and if God was a women Jesus would have called her mother. I love and respect women, just as my father and my grandfather but they did not pray to female and they were good men, good Christians. You can’t keep changing the Bible to support contemporary morays. You also can’t use the Bible to support past evils. But the Bible and Prayer Book are the tools of Episcopalians and they need to support each other. But now our Bibles stay at home on Sunday, and many parishes even the Pray Book stays at home an we read from a common screen, or bulletin, so we just show up and read. Sad. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH July 9, 2018 at 12:59 pm Supposedly the “care and patience” was not extended at the last General Convention towards those who did not speak English and opposed same sex marriage for theological reasons. July 7, 2018 at 5:43 pm I was never taught that God is white. I love that while scripture describes God with male attributes, it also uses female attributes. I am comfortable with a gender neutral God. I am not comfortable with a plural God. When did the Episcopal church stop being Christian and become the church of what’s happening now? I do not understand what is happening and as a cradle Episcopalian, this makes me sad. Inclusiveness is good but don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. July 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm I do not think the time is right to revise the BCP or the Hymnal 82 (which given history, would follow). We need to focus on growing our faith by reaching all people in need from all corners of humanity. As a cradle Episcopalian, 1928 alumni, 1940 chorister, and daughter of a priest, I believe now is the time for unity and not division. Prayers for judgement by convention bishops, clergy, and delegates. kilty mcgowen says: kilty mcgowen says: Rector Washington, DC Darryl Grant says: [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The House of Deputies on July 7 adopted a resolution that would set the stage for the revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.The outcome of Resolution A068 was decided in a vote by orders, with each diocese casting one ballot for its lay and one ballot for its clergy deputies. To prevail, the resolution needed 56 yes votes in the lay and in the clergy orders.The House of Deputies passed Resolution A068, to begin a process of prayer book revision, in a vote by orders on July 7. Photo: Melodie Woerman/Episcopal News ServiceThe results:* Clergy: 63 yes, 30 no, 17 divided (the deputies were split 50-50)* Lay: 69 yes, 26 no, 15 dividedThe resolution now goes to the House of Bishops for its consideration.The resolution adopts a process recommended by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, or SCLM, which from now until 2021 will gather data about how the current 1979 prayer book is being used in congregations across the Episcopal Church, with a focus group meeting in every diocese and a variety of consultations.The resolution directs that any future revision will “utilize inclusive and expansive language and imagery for humanity and divinity” and will “incorporate and express understanding, appreciation, and care of God’s creation.”The Rev. Matthew Mead, a New York deputy, offers an amendment during debate on July 7. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceAdditional guidance for the process was included in floor amendments, which deputies presented on July 7, after having debated the basic resolution the day before. The amendments direct that elements of prayer book revision be faithful to the historic rites as expressed in the Anglican tradition, while making space for rites that might arise from the working of the Holy Spirit. It also is to take into account the church’s “liturgical, cultural, racial, generational, linguistic, gender, physical ability, and ethnic diversity,” while adhering to the four elements identified by Anglicans as the essentials for Christian unity: scripture, the creeds, the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist, and the historic episcopate.Because of concerns that have arisen during the convention about the availability of materials for non-English-speaking deputies, the resolution calls for materials generated in the next three years to be available in English, Spanish, French and Haitian Creole – the primary languages spoken by people in the 17 countries of the Episcopal Church.In the process set out by the SCLM, a revised Book of Common Prayer will be created by 2024, with three years of trial use after that. Final adoption of that revision by two successive General Conventions would result in a new prayer book in 2030.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.Deputies debated the resolution for an hour on July 6, with speakers alternating between those supporting and those opposing.The Rev. Jane Johnson, deputy from Fond du Lac, said that since human beings, in all their diversity, are made in the image of God, then the church must move away from an image of God that is white and male. “God’s pronouns are them and their, not he,” she said.The Rev. James Sorvillo, deputy from Central Florida, said he thought the money planned for the overall revision process, estimated at $8 million over 12 years, could be better spent on providing Spanish language materials for Puerto Ricans now living in his area.Chicago Deputy Louisa McKellaston said that all human beings are made in God’s image, “but that is not reflected in our Book of Common Prayer.” She said she is concerned that exclusive language in the prayer book is unwelcoming and alienating to both members and seekers.The Rev. Everett Lees, deputy from Oklahoma, said that while he understands the need for more expansive liturgical language, now is not the time to address it. Noting that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry now is frequently appearing on television, “people are coming to look for us.” He said revision “will draw us from the important work of evangelism.”— Melodie Woerman is director of communications for the Diocese of Kansas and is a member of the ENS General Convention reporting team.A previous version of this story reversed the vote totals. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Carlton F Kelley says: July 7, 2018 at 9:12 pm I believe the 8 million dollars would be better spent helping to alleviate hunger in the world. July 8, 2018 at 12:05 am In most cases, the deputies elected to General Convention are activists whose opinions do not reflect accurately those of the majority in their dioceses. That is certainly the case with North Carolina, where I am rector of a small parish. No one in my town is eager for Prayer Book revision. In fact, it is dreaded and considered unnecessary. If bishops had the courage to poll the people of their dioceses, they would find that a vast majority do not want to change the Prayer Book. The bishops’ lack of courage is demonstrated in their unwillingness to discipline the individual clergy who take it upon themselves to “edit” the liturgy every Sunday to suit their own theological preferences. The perception that there is a grassroots desire for Prayer Book revision is false. If such a revision takes place, it will be the impetus for further departures of former loyal Episcopalians from the Church. Boarding that out-going train will be tempting for many of us. Sherman Hesselgrave says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL July 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm In the Jewish tradition, and in sone Christian traditions, God is never portrayed, as no one has ever seen God (John 1:18). We are made in His image, male and female (Genesis 1:27). He has no gender, true. But He has, through the Prophets and through Christ, given us to call Him, well, “Him.” “Father.” Who are we to question God? David Schreyer says: Nan Bartlett says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS David Schreyer says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA REV. HARVEY E. BALE says: David Schreyer says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET John Hobart says: July 8, 2018 at 11:12 am Right on! Leave the Book of Common Prayer alone. Add a BCP with new versions etc but no to changes in our Christian Anglican BOCP.As to words like Father and the Son! Let’s get real people! Jesus is a male. Don’t deprive the real person of Jesus in human flesh as anything but! Dishonoring the Son is blasphemy in itself. If you want a Mother we have the Blessed Mother Mary. So God is the Father. Stop the pronoun war and let’s work on growing our tradition to the unchurched in America by feeding the poor, assisting with shelter, clothing the naked, loving each other regardless of our human differences …. you know Like Jesus would!Let’s not allow ourselves to go down the road of failing liberal groups like Methodists and Calvinists. Look at their numbers in 2017! It’s not by chance. We are the bridge between Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions. As a cradle gay man with a partner of 38 years and a son, let’s focus on our tradition and what Jesus Christ wants us to do.Palm Beach July 7, 2018 at 7:41 pm I still prefer the last prayer book. It’s not for us to be exclusive for using it but to teach the differences in languageAt the time it was written! A prayer book should have a close translation but I’m not into “Our Mother who art…”.Just try getting a Eucharistic Minister to my Sunrise abodeIn FX, VA in the summer. I returned after a remarriage toBe closer than SC to my family. Some on sabbatical,Some don’t check e-mails so I finally left a message at The Wash. Cathedral.I have a prayer book…kindly send a priest…whatever flavor! July 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm I have no hard evidence for what I am about to say — BUT — I seriously doubt that many members of the Deputies know ancient Hebrew well at all, or even think much about it. On the other hand, I do hypothesize that most people are driven by their beliefs and not their reason. So, if one is a “liberal” stressing “feminism,” then that is why such a person would vote for pronoun changes. As I say, just a hypothesis. Keith Gardner says: July 7, 2018 at 8:10 pm Those of us that remember the transition from 1928 to1979 are most likely in the minority. It was a spiritual and a educationalexperience. i till have memories of the green book, the zebra book, and the blue book.The deep examination of our theology and liturgyWe have other significant issues to consider; examining theEucharistic Prayers, the Nicene Creed, the Lord’s Prayer even though an option is offered in 1979, and of MAJORIMPORTANCE……SILENCE in our worship. July 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm Excellent idea! July 7, 2018 at 7:39 pm The Christian Religion is ancient and we have traditional prayers and liturgy that have changed over time to evolve with our language. Who are we to change a references to God? The Jews have used the male pronoun Elohim to refer to God for thousands of years. “Our Father who art in Heaven” has been passed down to us over the centuries and now we are special enough to change it? This doesn’t sit well with me. Youth Minister Lorton, VA July 11, 2018 at 4:17 pm Having gone through the inclusive language “battles” over a decade ago, I quite agree that this is a slippery slope for us to fall down the rabbit hole. Neutral and not gender specific language is fine, but so often, we go beyond being inclusive to having an agenda that lies outside the purpose of liturgy. Charles Nelson says: STANLEY ZIMMERMAN says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 7, 2018 at 8:45 pm This marks the beginning of the end for TEC. After 5 years of proud membership, I will the Church and become Eastern Orthodox should the Bishops approve this disaster. I am EXTREMELY disappointed in Bishop Curry, while an excellent preacher and has more notoriety from his sermon at the “royal wedding” and I find him to be a coward to not have much of a say in this horrible decision. My doubts in his leadership and with the rest of TEC bishops are an extreme blow to what I now see is a dying Anglican movement. I also strongly disagree with same sex marriage we had under Former Bishop Schorri. Bishop Curry will go down in Episcopal Church history as the Bishop who neutered God from the BCP. I have no regrets over my opinions or observations. But the handwriting is on the wall. TEC has been given a death sentence. 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 July 7, 2018 at 11:26 pm Was reading more comments. It’s a safe bet that the House of Bishops could care less about how a lot of us feel about the issue of revision. As I tried to say before, I’m prepared to leave TEC as I am almost certain the Bishops will approve it. The Church can’t afford to compromise much more. I can understand why the Church has faced court hearings by other parishes for the variety of complex legal issues it’s managed to create. As fare as Bishop Curry goes…he lost my support. Don’t worship the bishop worship God. God started out telling Israel he was their Father. Tough pill for the feminist theologians out there to swallow yet they are flexing their muscles at the expense of the Church’s existence. July 8, 2018 at 6:35 am I suspect they are getting “them” and “their” because the Hebrew word for God that is used in large chunks of the Old Testament is plural. So “them” and “their” is straight out of scripture. I don’t think the intention is to suggest multiple gods but to use language God used about Godself in scripture, which is not all singular. God in scripture is also referred to as having a womb and breasts in the Old Testament hence some argue for occasional use of feminine pronouns. The people supporting this are still monotheistic trinitarians. I personally don’t think we need the “they” language necessarily—for exactly the confusion about it on this thread alone— but wanted to explain why it’s being suggested: as an alternative to the currently all male version without throwing in female pronouns which seems to anger some more. Elaine Chilcote says: Matt Ouellette says: Frank Harrision says: July 8, 2018 at 8:18 am I think a lot of people have been questioning the quality of our leadership for quite some time. The Episcopal Church, like most of the mainline Protestant denominations no longer attracts the quality of clergy it needs to shepherd the church into the future. Unlike a business that is failing, we can’t hire a “turn around” specialist to come in from the outside to set things right. I believe that the church writ large will continue to prosper, and I hope there will be an Anglican expression of the church for those of us who want one, but my hopes for the “Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement” aren’t particularly high at the moment. Terri Hoornstra says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY July 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm As a person who appreciates the poetry of the language in the Bible and the current BCP, I have been appalled at awkward attempts to use “inclusive” langauge (i.e. “God so loved the world that God gave God’s only begotten son. . .”) in an attempt to elimate the use of “Father” and “he, his, him” in reference to God. As someone remarked earlier, if Jesus chose “Father” as the metaphor to convey God in his teaching, why would we want to change that? When I ask this question, I am too often answered with replies that reflect a kind of reverse misogyny. There is no place in today’s church for negativity toward either males or females, or any gender designations. To deliberately change scripture from the masculine images conveyed by Jesus is inarguably and overtly anti-male. July 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm I think we should refrain from revising the BCP until the current edition is no longer referred to as “the new prayer book.” July 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm I believe Canon Malone you have conveyed what I have been trying say minus the major irritation. Thank you. David Schreyer says: Darryl Grant says: David Schreyer says: July 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm Jerry Williams: You have got it right. It is our belief that much of this has happened due to the lack of real preparation for Confirmation. Six weeks isn’t enough to learn aboutthe church and its foundations and the moral compass has been lost. Kathy van Arnum says: July 8, 2018 at 6:36 pm This formerly great church is no longer a viable church. It has become an irreparable liberal cause of the day. Where have all the reasonable people gone? Where are those who love our Liturgy’s and Traditions? They have found other church homes to attend, those that still believe in the real God, The Triune God. The Risen Lord, Marching in the streets, causing disruption and illegal acts will never change anything. These methods are nothing more than divisive acts carried out by people who don’t even know what they are protesting! These people state they do all of this from the heart, acts of love. This is not what we were ordered to do. Even some bishops post hateful comments over and over and no one asks why they are openly preaching hate. If the church is to survive it will not do so with a radical, liberal group forcing their beliefs on those who chose to follow God and not what the current rage is when they don’t understand the depth of separation this causes. July 7, 2018 at 5:21 pm I hope the Bishops vote this down. I don’t think now is the time to undergo the divisive process of revising the prayer book when we are still dealing with the aftermath of marriage equality. Rector Knoxville, TN David Schreyer says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm In the Christian tradition, God has no color at all for He is not an empirical entity but a spiritual one. Saying that God is white, for example, is like saying that the set of all pairs is blue. July 10, 2018 at 8:12 am Whilst the PD is neither a dictator nor the Pope he has, within the Episcopal Church, a good deal of “moral authority. ” That being accepted, he can lead by example and word. His example and word grow out of the late eighteen hundreds Social Gospel movement. Most of what he says and how he says it is driven by this Jesus Movement attitude — mostly rhetoric and very little historic theology or respect for the history and traditions of the church. ADMITTEDLY there are grave social problems today. But, these are best face, by the church, from the stance of a strong theological frame set within a long tradition of Anglicanism. If there is now little of such a frame upon which we all operate, then terms such as “love,” “respect,” “justice,” “rights,” “person,” “God,” etc. are EMPTY and merely emotional cards to play, or revert back to what is ambiguously and vaguely understood in the secular and materialistic world of our time. I am fearful that a good many of Episcopalians are not interested in the theology and history of Anglicanism and/or have been poorly taught by their priest about the church. These people, ignorant of the church, its theology and history, concentrate on “good deads” and emotional language thinking that this IS the activity of the church, (THE activity of the church is the celebration of the sacraments.) IF all of this IS the case and the extent to which it is the case, then one might as well leave the Episcopal Church and join the Red Cross or some other secular, charitable institution. I do not mean this to sound as if I am ranting. I do mean what I say as a reasonable view of what is happening in the Episcopal Church today. July 9, 2018 at 9:07 am Jesus referred to God as his FATHER, is trying to change it so that no one is offended, really man trying to make God in THEIR image. Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm In my anger I left out a few words…My apologies. Can trust texting on a cell phone. Darryl Grant says: Mark Archer says: July 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm I still recall the care and patience The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings took with me at a clergy Creedo conference years ago. She left an indelible ‘mark’ on my early formation as a new(ish) priest. I found her then and today a woman of integrity and fearless love for the stranger and friend. It’s beneath you sir to call her out in the manner in which you have. We can all do better, each of us. And during this tumultuous time in our nations history may I suggest you reread the Collect for today (Propers 9) as well as the appointed Psalm. In my humble opinion we need one another even as we disagree on ‘family challenges’. Name calling will not get us to where we need to go, bending our knees and grasping the hem of Jesus— then moving out into the world doing the best we can. She has my full support as does our Presiding Bishop. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Lee Jose In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Matt Ouellette says: Walter Cox says: M. J. Wise says: David Schreyer says: Liturgy & Music, July 9, 2018 at 11:56 am I agree. I am so troubled that my church has let secularism force it’s way through the doors. I am afraid if this passes I will be worshipping at St. Mattress on Sundays from now on. Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: Clifford Grout says: hamilton jones says: Comments navigation Newer comments Frank Harrision says: Prayer Book Revision July 8, 2018 at 6:46 am I totally agree with you….I am not sure why it seems necessary at this time. The present prayer book is an inclusive tome albeit some of the language is not as neutral. With all the money being put into a revision it seems a waste of time and effort. The Anglican/English version is the same that was original. It has changed with additions to to the original; not by throwing the baby out with the bathwater…seems just no necessary at this time in history. 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 Comments navigation Newer comments The Rev. George Glazier says: July 7, 2018 at 11:25 pm The split between the “yes” votes and the “no and divided” votes of both clergy and laity does not speak of a groundswell movement for revision. In such a case wouldn’t a move toward more publications like “Enriching our Worship” be a way forward. Supplemental liturgies and experimental liturgies for those who want them rather than trying for a total revision like the one in 1979. Preston Mitchell says: Douglas Hutto says: July 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm The end of the inclusive 1979 BCP is the end of the ECA. God does not have a plan for our continuation no matter what stupid things we do.. No, he no longer has a reason for our existence. Accompanied with all due historical hubris, we give in. Jerry Givan says: Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Michael Smyser IV says: Richard Gonzalez says: Jerry Williams says: July 9, 2018 at 12:05 am But he’s not a dictator. He doesn’t have papal-like authority over the church, nor is it his place to insert himself into every issue the church is dealing with. The Rev. Canon E. T. Malone, Jr. says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC July 7, 2018 at 5:46 pm I would like to know of any language in the BCP that somehow refers to God as a white person (!). That would be a new one. Could anyone point me to a page number on that?I also don’t particularly feel the need to worship with someone who finds praying to “Our Father” is offensive. What that tells me is Jesus’ words aren’t good enough for you. Go join a UU group if you feel that way. July 19, 2018 at 8:27 pm it is not only the Gospel which is being watered down but also the theology of the Church is being very much changed BECAUSE people FEEL that is the way to go. Nonsense — literally. Rector Tampa, FL Debi Brown says: Comments (129) July 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm I saw a Facebook comment refer to all of this revisionary rubbish as feminist theology. I will hold my tongue here. But nothing good comes out of any modern day theology that only intends to appease the “minority masses.” (Minorities of race is not what I mean here. It’s called “special interest groups.”) July 7, 2018 at 9:38 pm Hope Bishops use some sense and reject this. Clergy experience worship differently from the rest of the congregation… we do it a lot, and so get bored or want something “innovative” while the average parishioner gets to church maybe twice a month, and for whom then, something repetitive is in fact positive…. as in the eastern mode where familiarity with texts doesn’t make them obsolete, but rather enables the conscious mind to let go and connect with God on another level.BCP revision per se will not be a plus for EC at this time in our lives. July 7, 2018 at 8:01 pm …rites that might arise from the working of the Holy Spirit. Heaven help us! Kathleen Hansen says: July 8, 2018 at 10:00 am Will the heirarchy of the Church ever listen to the people? This is why a consider the General Convention a time of great peril for Episcopalians. John Hobart says: July 7, 2018 at 9:49 pm This resolution is misguided. We so eager to be “with the program,” that we forgot God’s program.ds Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ July 7, 2018 at 11:58 pm Passing by 70% or higher in both orders (not counting the divided deputations) is a pretty significant affirmation to move ahead with this. As a one-time clergy deputy, now serving in the Anglican Church of Canada, and in a congregation that has been invested in inclusive language for a long time, I have come to the conclusion that Julian of Norwich came to in the 14th-15th c., namely that “as surely as God is our Father, God is our Mother.” We pray the Saviour’s Prayer each Sunday, beginning, “O God, our Mother and Father in heaven….” Once in a great while, a visitor will arrive early and, in perusing the service, notice this liturgical anomaly, and find it a reason not to stay for worship. We are always happy to direct them to the Cathedral, a ten-minute walk away. July 8, 2018 at 8:02 am How is PB Curry a coward? It’s not like he can wave a magic wand and stop this. He’s staying neutral and allowing both parties debate the issue. I don’t think it’s his place to insert himself into this debate. Submit an Event Listing Andy Burdge says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Matt Ouellette says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Frank Harrision says: July 8, 2018 at 12:08 am The ultra radical leftist takeover of our once honorable church is essentially complete with the actions taken at this convention. Once this antagonistic, contrived, politically motivated and disingenuous revision occurs, there will only be a handful of Episcopalians left to use the new book of common, socialist, revisionist, cultish common prayer. July 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm Who heads the Church? Michael Bruce Curry that’s who! July 8, 2018 at 6:24 pm It is time to stop with the revisions. Since the TEC has already revised the Bible as a part of the churches foundation perhaps it is best to just call this church the to whom it may concern church. No gender acknowledged. If you don’t like the words or genders used in the Bible just revise them. Don’t look at the historic languages, if it doesn’t fit the moment just change it. This church is no longer a church it has become a social movement. It’s historic beauty has been thrown out, the traditions are almost gone, the theology…yes, where is it today? Next PETA will have its say and the reference to the sacrifice of the lamb will be gone. No wonder many former Episcopalians are turning to the Roman Rite where Liturgy, tradition and compassion are still practiced. A few loud radical liberals have ruined this church which has always been inclusive and welcoming. They want it this way, not the way God planed it to be and ordained it so. Soon our priests will no longer prepare and present the Mass properly dressed. No more vestments, no more hosts just some bread and grape juice will do. Yes I have seen this happen. This will be a come as you are and be what you want to be. Forget God’s laws but know by doing so you place yourself in great jeopardy. Elizabeth Larson says: July 11, 2018 at 4:18 pm AMEN! July 8, 2018 at 8:00 am I don’t think there’s the need for that kind of cynicism. The Bishops could very well vote it down and, if not, there were amendments passed that keep them from revising to the point of removing key elements, not to mention that whatever they come up with can be voted down later. And I fail to see how this is PB Curry’s fault. It’s not like he can wave a magic wand and make this all go away. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books July 10, 2018 at 8:23 am indeed, you are correct in your views. One of the issues IS how delegates to the General Convention are chosen and from what pool of contenders. Often times the personal positions of the delegates do not represent the parish members of the dioceses. But, it seems that the delegates do not even try to consider, and certainly not represent, any position other than their personal ones when at General Convention. This is not to be a good delegate. As a priest, you know that this has been “in the making” for several decades. Such self-centered liberalism is now truly out of the closet. John Williamson says: Frances Sams Hart says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls July 8, 2018 at 7:10 am As is often the case in our local congregations, whenever something goes wrong people focus on the liturgy rather than the true presenting problem. It seems that our effort at another prayer book revision will sideline our much need effort at evangelism. We are afraid of evangelism, of speaking the name of Jesus, so we revert to our fall back position – the prayer book. If we clergy are “bored,” as many have said, shame on us as that can only mean that we have bought into the practice of consumerism and more prayer book revision has become the idol. We are too much like a group of children who need more toys to make them happy. In any case, there are far too many priests who don’t believe what’s in the current book and the canons – like the necessity of Holy Baptism before Holy Communion – with bishops who are completely disengaged from any godly disciplinary process to correct it. Perhaps that may be because we elect too many bishops with little theology except socialism. Frank Harrison says: July 7, 2018 at 9:32 pm I was never taught that God was white and have never believed that God is white or brown, God is God. With all due respect to Rev. Johnson being made in God’s image could mean that we all have eyes, ears, arms ,legs, etc. Also Jesus calls God “father”, so are we who have never seen God right? And Jesus wrong? After all he said no one has seen God but the one and only son John 1:18. If Jesus calls him father then so will I. Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Deputies vote to begin process to revise Book of Common Prayer Nancy Lee Jose says: Comments are closed. General Convention 2018, Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By Melodie WoermanPosted Jul 7, 2018 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK kilty mcgowen says: 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 PJ Cabbiness says: Rector Martinsville, VA Darryl Grant says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Matt Ouellette says: General Convention, July 8, 2018 at 11:37 am Amen Jerry Givan says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Frank Harrison says: July 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm I have come to the conclusion that General Convention generally does more harm than good. I suspect that we can only afford one or two more of them before we are forced to accept the fact that they are counterproductive and too expensive, and that nobody really cares what we think anyway. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Michael Brown says: July 11, 2018 at 10:14 am You are on target. This is too bad, but it is the case. Curate Diocese of Nebraska last_img read more

Sir Stelios offers £70k for disabled entrepreneurs

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  177 total views,  1 views today a company owned by a person with a disabilitya company which predominantly employs disabled peoplea company that supplies products or services to disabled peopleApplications for The Stelios Award 2016 close on 10 October 2016.Last year’s winnerLast year’s Stelios Award winner was Geoff Holt. He said:“Winning the 2015 Award was the highlight of my commercial career. The Award has not only accelerated our business development and created more employment, but knowing that Sir Stelios chose me as the Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year was high praise indeed and an amazing endorsement of me and my business.“Following the Award, my business Wetwheels received nationwide publicity which has led to an increase in enquiries from new clients which is great news for all involved. I would urge anyone with a disability, whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur or not, to apply and let Stelios and his team decide.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 Tagged with: Celebrity disability Funding  178 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 Howard Lake | 30 August 2016 | News Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Leonard Cheshire Disability are inviting applications for The Stelios Award 2016 from disabled entrepreneurs and businesses which support or employ disabled people. Now in its 10th year, the award, jointly run by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges to set up their own company and excel in their chosen business field.This year the Award features increased cash prizes of £70,000. There is a top prize of £30,000 and prizes of £10,000 each for four finalists.All forms of entrepreneurship / planned business activity, including start-ups, which are operated by disabled people or for the benefit of disabled people are eligible to apply.Sir Stelios said:“I am delighted that this idea I had 10 years ago has matured to be an institution still supported by the leading charity in the UK in the field of disability. To celebrate our 10th anniversary I have decided to increase the cash prizes to £70,000 and make it more inclusive so even people with a worthy business plan can apply before they have a real business.”New criteriaThis year the award features new criteria, opening it to even more organisations and individuals. Applications can now be made by: Advertisement Sir Stelios offers £70k for disabled entrepreneurslast_img read more

Struggle makes headway, but fight far from over in Portland, Ore.

first_imgWhen federal officers entered Portland, Ore., over the July 4 weekend and began to confront Black Lives Matter protesters, it quickly became clear that the protesters were not going to be driven out. The presence of federal officers only galvanized protesters, who turned out by the thousands night after night. Militant demonstrations and broad support from the community were met with heavy clouds of tear gas and heavy-handed, repressive responses from federal officers. The kidnapping of protesters into unmarked vehicles by unidentified agents in Portland became a flashpoint for outrage against state repression throughout the U.S.Portland activists.Tents were set up in Lownsdale Square, directly east of the federal courthouse where federal officers had centralized their operation. For weeks protesters at the square continued to offer free food, medical aid, water, clothing and other supplies donated by the community. Finally, after massive demonstrations, Oregon governor Kate Brown announced that on July 23 federal officers would begin withdrawing and would be replaced with Oregon state police. This represented a clear, but qualified victory for the protesters.Since the drawdown began, the area around the protests has been markedly more quiet, with no further use of tear gas reported. But the tents in Lownsdale Square were taken down by city authorities, and the square was cleared. Protests have continued, as not all federal officers are believed to have left the city. The state police replacing them aren’t necessarily viewed more favorably by many of the protesters. The Portland Police Bureau — which deployed tear gas nearly 100 times during protests that began after the May 25 murder of George Floyd — is similarly held in contempt. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who is also the city’s police commissioner, has now apologized for his authorization of the unrestrained use of tear gas against protesters. This came only after the mayor and other local officials were themselves teargassed by federal officers.A broad coalition — made up of social justice organizations, radical activists, trade unionists, teachers, medical workers and concerned residents — continues to turn out and demand racial justice in support of Black Lives Matter. While there have been disagreements within the movement over tactics and other issues, the unity of this coalition has been the key to its success. The overall political discussion has shifted as a result, with demands for defunding and even abolishing police becoming much more widespread and accepted. Many local officials have felt the pressure of thousands of demonstrators in the streets and are realizing that business-as-usual cannot continue.Thousands of people participated in a march over the Aug. 1 weekend, making their way for miles through the city’s eastside into downtown. Large demonstrations were held at Portland’s waterfront park, with people later converging in front of the federal courthouse several blocks away. During the weekend, firefighters also staged a demonstration in support of the movement. Federal and local officials seem to have come to terms with the fact that the protests cannot be quelled through repressive violence alone and that attempts to do so will only embolden the movement, now well over two months old.The only path forward for the movement is to increase unity and draw in more and more segments of society. It must continue its momentum and consolidate its gains, while pushing the struggle further and further forward. Many speakers at the protests have connected the Movement for Black Lives to an anti-capitalist political stance that advocates for demands like universal health care and housing for all. Until the basic necessities of life are guaranteed for all, all lives will not matter, especially Black, Brown and Indigenous lives. This becomes even more clear in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, which disproportionately impacts Black, Brown and Indigenous communities and underscores the need for universal, not-for-profit health care. The mounting eviction crisis will also make this point more clear: The system of capitalism will not and can not meet even the most basic needs of the people, especially the needs of the most oppressed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Local media do not enjoy same level of press freedom as national media

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America RSF_en to go further News April 15, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil BrazilAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas News Reports News Cases throughout Brazil during the first quarter of the year show that the local media are much more exposed than the national media to violent crime, harassment and abuse of authority. Reporters Without Borders voices its support for the provincial press and yet again calls for vigilance on the part of the federal government. March 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local media do not enjoy same level of press freedom as national media Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today condemned the disparity in the level of press freedom experienced by Brazil’s national media and the media in the provinces, which have been subjected to an unacceptable degree of violence as well as harassment and abuse of power by local officials in the first three months of this year.“There is no comparison between working for a national news organisation and working for a local or regional one, but we do not distinguish between major and minor news media when press freedom is at stake,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The governments of the states where journalists are most exposed should, as a matter of urgency, crack down on violence against the press, for which their own employees are too often responsible,” the press freedom organisation continued. “And, at the juridical level, the federal government has a duty to monitor and ensure an overall equivalence in the press legislation in the different states.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We voice our support for journalists in the provinces and we hope the demands they make on ‘Journalist’s Day’ on 7 April will get the attention they deserve.”In the most recent case of violence against the press, Jornal do Commercio photographer Alexandro Auler was attacked by two guards while reporting at São João prison in the northern state of Pernambuco on 15 March. They held the photographer in a cell, threatened him and damaged his equipment.In the far south state of Río Grande do Sul, regional police delegate Rudimar de Freitas Rosales threatened Luciamem Caiaffo Winck, Luis Gonçalves and Jurema Josefa of the Correio de Povo daily newspaper on 8 March in an attempt to force them to reveal their sources for a story about the occupation of an industrial site by landless peasants in Barra do Ribeira.Tapping the phones of the news media to find out the source of their reports continues to be a sensitive issue. Reporters Without Borders wrote to federal justice minister Márcio Thomaz Bastos on 26 January voicing concern about a bill extending phone-tapping that was to be presented to congress in Brasilia. The bill has not advanced but the practice continues at the local level.The National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ) reported that the Human Rights Defence Council (CDDPH) began on 17 March to investigate the authorities in the southeastern state of Espírito Santo over the tapping of the phones of around 100 journalists working for the Rede Gazeta press group. Although the tapping was authorised by a judge, the federal justice minister asked the CDDPH to investigate following an outcry about the case.Local journalists are often the victims of violent crime. The journalists’ union in the northern state of Pará said journalists working for the Belem-based daily O Liberal have been held up at least four times so far this year. The latest case was on 3 March when reporter Alexandra Jamile and photographer Antônio Silva were covering water reprocessing in the dangerous neighbourhood of Sacramenta. They were held up by two gunmen who demanded Silva’s camera. It was subsequently found by the police.Two journalists have been killed so far this year. André Felipe, who worked for two radio stations, Mega 94 and Cultura AM, was gunned down on 4 February in Campo Grande, capital of the centralwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The shooting appears not to have been linked to his work as a journalist because his two confessed killers, soldiers Everaldo Ferreira Marinho and Bruno da Silva Galvão, said they shot “just to scare him” in the course of a hold-up.Another journalist was killed in Mato Grosso do Sul on 13 March. It was José Késsio, who was shot 11 times by a man with a 9 mm pistol who came looking for him at Amambay FM, the local radio station he worked for in Ponta Porã, on the Paraguayan border.Reporters Without Borders has learned that the victim’s 10-year-old son, a witness of the shooting, has identified the killer as Renato José Fonseca Chiodi, a childhood friend of his father and former neighbour who escaped from prison in 2003 and who is still a fugitive from justice. He is currently believed to be in Paraguay.It is assumed the motive for the murder was a personal grudge, but it was the second time in six months that Amambay FM has lost a journalist this way. Késsio’s former colleague Fábio Soares Barbosa was gunned down in similar circumstances on 16 September. A third radio journalist, Conquista FM manager Samuel Román was murdered on 20 April 2004 in the same crime-ridden border region. 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