May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) 2016 Abridged Report

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first_imgMay & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng)  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileMay & Baker Nigeria Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical diagnostics, foods and consumer healthcare products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include anti-diabetics, anti-infectives, anti-malaria, analgesics, cough & cold treatments, multivitamins and anxiolytics. May & Bake Nigeria Plc produce a range of Mimee noodles and Lily still water. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. May & Baker Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The BT share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy?

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first_img Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Image Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img The BT share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy? Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Over the past few months, the BT (LSE: BT.A) share price has surged in value. Since the beginning of November, the stock is up around 30%. However, even after this outstanding performance, the stock still appears undervalued, in my opinion. 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…BT share price on offerI’ll admit I’ve not always been overly optimistic about BT’s future. I think the company has far too much debt, a terrible reputation with customers, and has failed to invest sufficiently in its future over recent years. Although the debt problem remains, I think BT is working to rectify the other factors. For example, its Openreach division recently announced it was accelerating the roll-out of its gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband across much of the UK. The goal is to connect 20m households and firms to the network within the next 10 years.This £12bn commitment shows the group is serious about investing more in its infrastructure. Openreach and BT’s operating business are technically different entities. Nevertheless, there’s a great deal of overlap between the two. Increased connectivity between them should also lead to improved customer service.I think this commitment shows the business is finally starting to get to grips with its problems, rather than kicking the can down the road. That’s the main reason why I’ve turned optimistic on the BT share price.Growth on the horizonSince 2015, BT’s sales have increased at an average annual rate of 5%. However, profit has declined by 10% on average every year. The company has had to spend more to retain customers, and declining profits have harmed the BT share price.But now the corporation is starting to invest more, I think it’s likely customers will start to return to the brand. That could lead to increased profit margins and higher profits.While it could take some time for these changes to start yielding results, historically, BT has been a FTSE 100 dividend champion. The company cancelled its dividend in 2020, due to the uncertainty of the pandemic. But the distribution is expected to return shortly. Analysts forecast a dividend yield of 5.4% on the current share price. These figures suggest investors will be paid to wait for the turnaround. That’s not the only benefit I see to buying the BT share price at current levels. It also looks dirt cheap. The stock is trading at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of just 7. That’s around 30% below the company’s long-term average. As such, I think BT shares could generate high total returns for investors in the years ahead when owned as part of a diversified portfolio. The combination of the company’s low valuation, market-beating dividend yield and investment in growth could drive the shares significantly higher in the long term, even after the stock’s recent performance. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 | More on: BT-A last_img read more

Investing in UK shares: 1 growth stock I think could double my money in 2021

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first_img Enter Your Email Address On my search for a UK share that could double my money, I also found another stock with the same potential. Here is: Zaven Boyrazian | Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 | More on: JDG 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Zaven Boyrazian Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. 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. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in Judges Scientific. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Judges Scientific. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Investing in UK shares: 1 growth stock I think could double my money in 2021 The stock market recovery these past few months has created a lot of wealth. But even at today’s levels, I believe there remain many UK shares that could still double my money in 2021. There’s one growth stock in particular that has caught my attention. Could it be the next addition to my portfolio? Let’s take a look.Investing in science with UK sharesJudges Scientific (LSE:JDG) is a specialist developer of scientific instruments and equipment. These products are used in almost every aspect of scientific research across a vast array of industries. To name a few, industrial engineering, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and even telecommunications actively use instruments designed by this UK stock.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…While the business is heavily reinvesting in research and development (R&D), that’s not the primary growth strategy. Instead, it performs tactical bolt-on acquisitions of existing and established companies to increase its reach. After each transaction, it continues to develop the firms and use the subsequent profits to repay debt and fuel the next acquisition.This approach has led to a portfolio of 17 businesses operating worldwide. In 2020, an additional two firms were acquired.The first was Heath. It designs calorimetry (heat detection) instruments to test the safety of lithium-ion batteries for all electronic devices, including electric vehicles. The second designs vapour deposition systems. This technology applies surface coatings to improve material properties — an essential tool for vehicle manufacturing and even space travel.Investing in UK shares has its risksThe bolt-on acquisition approach to growth has allowed Judges Scientific to become a dominant force in the global market space. However, it also exposes it to a considerable level of risk.Acquisitions are expensive and final. If an acquired business doesn’t meet performance expectations, it will most likely impact the company’s financial health. Simultaneously, the investments required to bring the new business up to par reduce the capital available for the other firms in the portfolio.I find this particularly concerning since the scientific community is constantly making new discoveries. With such rapid innovation, it’s possible for testing instruments and equipment to become obsolete in a relatively short space of time. Thus, continual investment in R&D is needed to keep up. This won’t be possible if the funds are being sucked up by a poor acquisition.Can this grow stock double my money?But while acquisitions will always remain a prominent threat, the growth strategy seems to be working for now. Revenues are growing by a respectable 10% annually on average. This is hardly explosive growth, but net income has nearly doubled year-on-year for the past five years.The profit margins are still relatively low, suggesting plenty of room for improvement. And while Covid-19 had a significant impact on the business in 2020, those disruptions appear to be resolved. Therefore, I see no reason for this growth stock’s profits to stop surging in 2021. Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 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Wheelchair Rugby’s still buzzing after a successful summer

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first_imgAustralia’s Ryley Batt celebrates at the final whistle of the Gold medal Wheelchair Rugby match between Canada and Australia at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Park in east London on September 9, 2012. Australia won the game 66-51. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages) Check out Australia’s road to Gold at London 2012… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS GB’s placing of fifth at the Games was an underachievement for them and as soon as they realised a medal was out of their grasp when they lost their final pool game to Japan, their focus immediately, and rightly, switched to development for Rio 2016. Players competing in their first Paralympics such as Aaron Phipps, Dave Anthony and Steve Brown were given lots of court time and played well to ensure the team maintained their fifth-place world ranking.Away from the spotlight, a development squad has been meeting regularly and training hard; and work towards the next Paralympics begins in earnest next month as for the first time a GB development team will be taken to an international tournament – Rugbymania in Prague.The team that coaches Justin Frishberg and Paul Shaw includes players who have been on the fringes for a while, such as Neville Burrell, and new players ready to get themselves noticed including Chris Ryan and Luke White. While Rio is a long way off, they’ll get the chance to make an early impact against the best players in Europe before hopefully progressing to facing tougher opposition from further afield.The popularity of the sport in this country has been marked by the introduction of three new club teams this season: Caledonian Crushers in Scotland, West Country Hawks in Plymouth and West Coast Crash 2, allowing a second division to be created. This is makes the sport more accessible than ever and, if it continues, the influx of players over the next four years could cause a few headaches for the Rio 2016 selectors, which is no bad thing.This blog intends to keep you up to date with the world of rugby’s disability equivalent – I’ll report back soon with news on how GB fared in Prague. Wish them luck! Hard hitting: Japan’s Kauhiko Kanno tips over during a London 2012 matcha against USABy Alison Couldridge“WHEELCHAIR RUGBY is the glamour sport, and we’re the rock stars,” said GB wheelchair rugby player Myles Pearson soon after entering the Paralympic Village.His tongue may have been in his cheek, but he was certainly proved right once the tournament started. Thousands of sports fans queued outside the basketball arena at the Olympic Park for hours to ensure they caught Great Britain’s opening game against USA. And many were left disappointed as they were turned away once the arena had quickly filled up; a routine which became familiar as every subsequent game was a sell-out.There were stories of people sprinting to the turnstiles once the ‘tickets available’ sign flashed up on the screen next to the arena, whether GB were playing or not. As sport information specialist for the Paralympic News Service at the games, I saw first-hand how popular it was and it’s something I want to help continue, which is what this blog is about. The prospect of watching the likes of Australia’s Ryley Batt bulldoze his way through every defence put in front of him to get to the gold medal was clearly one which had to be seen to be believed.Minesweeper: Australia’s Ryley BattEven Riadh Sallem from tournament minnows France was mobbed while wandering around Olympic Park, even at midnight when he was spied having one celebratory beer for his birthday after proving himself as another one of the sport’s hard men.It’s been less than two months since the London 2012 closing ceremony and wheelchair rugby players all over the world, medal winners or not, have been riding the wave competing in a Paralympic Games creates.The Canadian team, who won silver, has had its success recognised by being nominated for the Canadian Sport Awards Team of the Year trophy, bronze medallist Chuck Aoki from team USA was photographed fist-bumping President Barack Obama at the White House and everyone in Batt’s home town of Port Macquarie, New South Wales and beyond wants to hear his story.Any sport that gains so much momentum so quickly deserves to be built upon. It’s an excellent spectator sport that can literally give people a new lease of life. Just ask GB players Andy Barrow and Ross Morrison, who sustained spinal cord injuries while playing rugby union.last_img read more

30 Minutes with… Joe Marler

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first_img Food for thought: Joe Marler gives us an insight into his personality The England front-rower on pastries, panic attacks and parenting RUGBY WORLD: Who are the jokers in the England squad?JOE MARLER: Manu (Tuilagi) is silent but deadly. And cheeky little Danny Care.RW: Can you tell us about any pranks?JM: No! I’m not allowed to disclose info like that.RW: Who’d play you in a film of your life?JM: I would. I’m quite good at ‘am dram’ and I’d like to think I could make the step up.RW: Do you have any nicknames?JM: Croissant, because the boys think I have a nose that looks like a French pastry. And Quasi Marler, you can guess why.RW: How are you finding fatherhood?JM: I don’t suppose you get graded on it? But, it’s the best job in the world. The pay could be better, mind you.I get a bit less sleep and have less money, but my partner Daisy does most of the work. My son Jasper is seven months; he’s crawling around, getting fat. He’s taken after his m… no, his dad!RW: What three things would you take to a desert island?JM: Rufio, my dog. I’ve got two black labradors. Kozie, the other one, is nine now and she’s had a good innings, so I wouldn’t take her.I’d take Jasper, too. He’d be a good laugh. And a kitchen knife.RW: Who’d be your three dream dinner party guests – alive or dead?JM: Just Nelson Mandela (above with Jake White and John Smit after South Africa’s RWC 2007 win), because I do a good impression and I’d want his opinion. But I don’t like people, so there wouldn’t be a dinner party. I’d just call him and get him to listen to my impression.RW: What’s your favourite cheat meal?JM: Every meal’s a cheat meal, look at this figure! No, I like a Chinese takeaway. This is making me hungry.RW: What’s been your silliest purchase?JM: Loads of different door knobs, for the cupboards in our house. They were ridiculously expensive and they’re just door knobs.RW: Does Daisy wear the trousers?JM: Sometimes. Sometimes skirts, sometimes shorts… JM: I’m not bothered. I do care what people think of me, but only the people that matter.This interview was published in the December 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here for the latest subscription offers.center_img RW: Do you have any superstitious?JM: I used to walk out of the changing room last, but that’s ended this season. It wasn’t a very good superstition.RW: Do you have any hidden talents?JM: Lots, all rude.RW: What are your phobias?JM: I’m claustrophobic. I went for an MRI scan on my shoulder and it lasted 30 seconds before I pressed the buzzer and had a panic attack. I was sent to London to the fat person’s extra large scanner, which was okay.RW: What’s been your best holiday?JM: Kefalonia, our first family holiday. Jasper was good as gold; he’s been a dream.RW: If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?JM: To fly, to go back to that desert island.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?JM: To be a good dad. Family comes first – everything revolves around that. We’ll probably have more children, more dogs, more ducks… we’ll be living on an ark by the end of it.RW: Which of your team-mates would you like to be?JM: None of them.RW: What last made you laugh?JM: George Robson falling over in the tunnel at Toulon.RW: It was ages ago!JM: But I watch it on YouTube every week!RW: How’d you like to be remembered? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

For the love of the game: on the road with Richmond Women

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first_imgCrowd pleaser: more action right in front of the spectators (pic by Tim Nunan)“For Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, (Richmond’s furthest away game) we meet in Richmond at 6 o’clock in the morning. So I’ll leave Essex at around four, go to Richmond, get the bus, play and then get home at about one in the morning.”For us mere mortals this devoted relationship with the motorway might seem alien. But for the top women’s teams in the country there simply isn’t another option. McCarthy tells me many of the players she knows would go professional given the opportunity. As for why they’re willing to do all of this in their evenings and on their days off: “They’re your family. Whatever’s happened outside of rugby they’ll be there for you, which makes getting up that early and doing all that work worth it.”Last act: Both sides pose for a photograph at the game’s close (pic by Tim Nunan)This is the last season of the Women’s Premiership as we know it. From next term onwards there will be ten teams competing in an all-new competition, Women’s Super Rugby, with the league ring-fenced for two seasons. Lichfield, who won the fixture here, have not been offered a place in the new competition but Richmond will participate and the RFU’s aim is to raise the standards of domestic women’s rugby. For the majority of athletes it will still be a case of amateurs going to extraordinary lengths to enjoy the sport they love. Fizzing out a pass: Jade Wong feeds the Richmond back-line (pic by Tim Nunan) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Find out what happened when Rugby World joined Richmond Women for their last league game of the season, away to Lichfieldcenter_img By Rachel KingHow far would you go for rugby? Every weekend up and down the country thousands of players, supporters and fans pack themselves into cars, coaches and trains. But for some these trips are less of a jaunt and more of a lifestyle. Rugby World joined Richmond Women on a trip to Lichfield for their last league match of the season to see what it really means to travel for the love of the game.We set off from Richmond Athletic Ground at midday for a 5pm kick-off, and most of the team are napping or stocking up on food. The journey there is defined by coffee – gallons and gallons of coffee. Oh and Ryan Gosling. Our fancy coach has two large TV’s which drop down from the ceiling and we’re watching Remember the Titans. A very young Gosling is part of the first racially-integrated high school American Football team in Virginia. It’s not his most memorable performance, but he’s popular with the team and the film contains enough of an aggressive contact sport to still be rousing. As for the trip back I’m afraid I can’t talk about it: I took an oath.Full throttle: A big collision during the final regular season game (pic by Tim Nunan)Richmond lost 48-0 in the early-evening sunlight, but their spirits are still high. On the round trip we spend six hours on the road. But, as No 8 and full-time physio Sam McCarthy points out, six hours being driven on a coach is not actually something to be taken for granted. “For a lot of the Women’s Premiership clubs it’s still a relatively new thing,” she says. “They used to have to do a four-hour drive, then play rugby and then drive back, which is a lot.“For the men’s Premiership it’s the same, they still have to travel, they still have to train, but obviously they don’t have to work 40 hours (of a day job) on top of it.”For the team, though, this time commitment is all part and parcel of being a Premiership player. Richmond captain and ex-England hooker Emma Croker commutes to training and home games from Essex, a 90-minute drive on a good day. “I work in West London so I’ll go straight to training from there, which is time when I don’t get to go back and see my daughter,” she says. “Then it takes the whole day on a Sunday between travelling and playing and travelling home again. For the top women’s teams in this country travel is as much a fact of their rugby lives as training or nutrition. The difference is they do it in their spare time. They’ll get up at four and get back at midnight for big matches, commute an hour to training after work and back again, spend all that time away from their families, away from their jobs, trekking up and down the country because they love this sport so much. It’s not all bad though – sometimes you get to see Ryan Gosling in Lycra.Crabbie’s is a club partner of Richmond Rugby. For more information on how Crabbie’s is supporting grass-roots clubs across the UK via its Rugby Rewards scheme and how your club can get involved, go to www.crabbiesrugby.co.uk Find out more about the Women’s Super Rugby competition in the May 2017 issue of Rugby World – on sale Tuesday 4 April.last_img read more

Dioceses respond to marriage equality decision by US Supreme Court

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first_img John M Stevenson says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 10, 2014 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in many dioceses across the church have been considering how to respond to Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court action clearing the way for same-sex marriage to start in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.The court let stand appeals court rulings in three U.S. federal court districts which had overturned bans on same-sex marriage in those states. While it was predicted that access to same-sex marriage could soon be extended to six other states in those circuits, the situation is far from settled, with confusion at even the highest level.Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that spawned confusion among state officials and disappointment in couples hoping to be wed, the Associated Press reported Oct. 10. Due to the confusion, AP reported that 30 states, “give or take a few,” currently allow same-sex marriage.Meanwhile, the issue of how the Episcopal Church ought to respond to the changing legal map across the United States is due to be discussed at the 78th meeting of General Convention in July 2015.The A050 Task Force on the Study of Marriage recently issued a report on its work to date, saying that it was finalizing its report to convention, including considering a response to its mandate to “address the pastoral need for priests to officiate at a civil marriage of a same-sex couple.”The task force was formed in response to a call (via Resolution A050 (click on “current version”)) from the 77th General Convention in July 2012 for a group of “theologians, liturgists, pastors and educators to identify and explore biblical, theological, historical, liturgical and canonical dimensions of marriage.That same meeting of convention authorized provisional use of a rite to bless same-sex relationships. Use of that rite, Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be A Blessing, is due to be reviewed by the General Convention in 2015.Here is a state-by-state look at the diocesan responses thus far in the five jurisdictions immediately affected by the Supreme Court’s decision:IndianaIn the Diocese of Indianapolis Bishop Catherine Waynick wrote to clergy on Oct. 10 saying that her previous policy of allowing priests to bless same-sex relationships would now apply in those Indiana counties that are granting marriage licenses to such couples.She also encouraged any diocesan parish that has not yet provided a study of the issue for its members to arrange to do so during the coming year. “Whether or not there are any same gender couples in the congregation, whether or not a priest feels able to preside, same gender marriage is now a legal reality, and the Church as a whole can benefit from reflection on the meaning of marriage, how the provisional rite meets the needs of same gender couples (or not) and what is at stake when decisions about same gender celebrations are made,” she said.Her letter to clergy is posted on the front page of the diocesan website.Since September 2012, Waynick has allowed the blessing of same-sex relationships on a case-by-case basis, as have her predecessors over the last 20 years. She approved diocesan use of the General Convention provisional rite in 2012. Waynick also laid out conditions for its optional use in the diocese.Information about Indianapolis’ approach to same-sex blessings is here.When the federal appeals court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Diocese of Northern Indiana Bishop Edward Little asked clergy in that diocese to decline any requests they received to solemnize such marriages because the Book of Common Prayer defines marriage as the union of husband and wife and because “our liturgical and constitutional understanding of marriage remains unchanged,” he told Episcopal News Service via e-mail.“The policy articulated in that letter remains in place,” he said.OklahomaWhen the Diocese of Oklahoma went through a discernment process in 2012 and 2013 that resulted in Bishop Edward J. Konieczny authorizing use of the General Convention provisional rite in that diocese, it was agreed that if and when the law changed in Oklahoma with regard to marriage, the diocese “would once again be deliberate in our discernment of how to move forward,” Konieczny told ENS via e-mail. He reported that that conversation began Oct. 7 during the diocese’s annual clergy conference.Information about Oklahoma’s approach is here.UtahSame-sex blessings have been allowed in the Diocese of Utah since Advent 2012. Details of that policy are here.Bishop Scott Hayashi told diocesan clergy after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that he would soon issue a new policy allowing priests to solemnize same-sex marriages. In an e-mail advance of issuing that policy, Hayashi asked priests to amend the church’s provisional rite to declare couples united “in marriage according to the laws of the State of Utah.”Meanwhile he told clergy that “because we live in a web of relationships it is very important that we proceed forward with care for all people regardless of their opinion in this matter.”“Remember also that The Episcopal Church has not yet decided on the matter of same-sex marriage,” he added. “That will most likely happen at the 78th General Convention here in Utah. Until then, we have been given the option of the ‘generous pastoral response’.”And, in a statement on the diocesan website, the bishop acknowledged that not all would be happy with the court’s decision. Hayashi attended the Mormon Church’s General Conference the weekend before the court’s decision and he reported that Dallin H. Oaks, one of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, told the assembly that the church may come out on the losing side of the same-sex marriage debate. He advised church members to “accept unfavorable results graciously, and practice civility with our adversaries.”Hayashi said he plans to exercise Oaks’ advice and will “practice not only civility but also compassion.”VirginiaShortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Bishop Shannon Johnston issued guidelines saying priests in the diocese may officiate at the civil marriage of a same sex couple as a “generous pastoral response” to lesbian and gay couples seeking to be married, and may bless their civil marriage.Johnston said priests should use the General Convention rite and, at the pronouncement, should add the words “according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia” where appropriate.He expressly said that the Book of Common Prayer’s Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage rite may not be used because the church has not yet changed its canonical definition of marriage of that between a man and a woman.Diocese of Southwestern Virginia Bishop Mark A. Bourlakas told Episcopal News Service Oct. 10 in a telephone interview that “it’s a priority for me that our three dioceses are on the same page [on policies towards same-sex marriage] and therefore our policy will look almost identical in every substantive way” as Virginia’s.The policy has not yet been formally adopted but Bourlakas said he thinks Virginia has taken a “measured approach and not inconsistent with where we’ve already been” on the issue.For Bourlakas the wider c0ncern prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is that the Episcopal Church is still talking about how to respond and that the conversation must continue within the church.“My hope is that parishes and clergy will have conversations about their common life and seek understanding; that is what I want to promote in this diocese,” he said. “One of my really strong messages, coming out of our Baptismal Covenant to respect the dignity of every human being, is that we begin by listening and trying to seek understanding, and we don’t begin with our prejudices. And that can lead us in a variety of directions but oftentimes I think in these discussions we start with people already in their corners.”Clergy in the diocese have been able to bless same-sex couples, using the convention provisional rite, since  Bourlakas’ consecration in July 2013.His policy on same-sex blessings is here.In the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Bishop Herman Hollerith is on sabbatical until November and was not available to comment on the impact of the court’s decision on policies in that diocese. However, Bourlakas said Oct. 10 that Hollerith told him that day that Southern Virginia’s policy will be similar to those of Virginia and Southwestern Virginia for consistency’s sake as the Episcopal Church continues its conversation about same-sex marriage as it approaches the 2015 meeting of General Convention.Hollerith authorized the use of the General Convention blessing rite as of January 2013. The details of that policy and related resources are here.WisconsinDiocese of Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller told his clergy on Oct. 8 that the Episcopal Church is “still involved in a discussion relative to the theology of marriage” and that the Supreme Court’s decision did not change either the church’s canons or rubrics on marriage. The provisional rite approved by the General Convention in 2012 is not a marriage liturgy, he noted, “therefore it is inappropriate for clergy of this Church to act as agents of the State and sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples.”Miller had announced in late August that he would allow clergy to bless same-sex couples who had been married civilly. Priests must use a modified rite that Miller has authorized. His response came after the diocesan Standing Committee sent him a report recommending that he allow clergy the option to bless same-sex relationships.The bishop, who signed an amicus brief that supported overturning Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage, objected to the convention’s rite because he said it creates a “second class of citizens in the church” who cannot marry, creates injustice for those who “would suffer dire economic consequences” if they married, obscures the church’s teaching that the place for sexual intimacy is marriage and assumes that previous convention action has all been on one side of the issue.Miller’s policy on same-sex blessings is here.Diocese of Eau Claire Bishop William Lambert and Diocese of Fond du Lac Bishop Matt Gunter did not respond to ENS’ request for information about their positions.Same-sex blessings have not been officially allowed in Fond du Lac. As a nominee for bishop, Gunter said in reply to a question from the bishop search committee earlier this year that the church “must decide for itself what is faithful” regardless of the law in the state but that if same-sex marriage did become legal in Wisconsin, “there will be new urgency for the diocese to deal with its divisions” on the issue.To meet that urgency, he said, “I would lead the diocese through open conversation along with biblical and theological reflection on the issue itself.”“And then, assuming division remains, what does it look like to live together in spite of those divisions and what decisions can be made by the diocese such that its faith and discipline are clear even while acknowledging a faithful ‘minority report’?— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC October 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm I wonder how much longer The Episcopal Church will “dilly dally” and waste time (which could be better spent spreading the Gospel) before deciding same sex couples with state issued marrage licenses may be married in the church. Rector Shreveport, LA Comments are closed. Curate Diocese of Nebraska October 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm As if current knowledge of the sciences were as in 2,000 – 6,000+ (?) years ago. World is not static. Context is everything. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 October 19, 2014 at 8:42 am Hebrews 13:8English Standard Version (ESV)8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY January 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm The first issue for me personal is the separation of Church & State. Why not begin that discussion and separate. This alone would move a big step forward in the 21st Century.My personal thought is, how can I withhold God’s Blessing from any human being. Featured Events Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA General Convention 2012, An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Doug Desper says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL David Littler says: Same-Sex Marriage Comments (6) 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 Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Dioceses respond to marriage equality decision by US Supreme Court General Convention, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books October 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm Matthew 19: 4 He answered, “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Jesus’ words on marriage (as He reiterates the design for human relations in Genesis 2) seems to be absolutely clear. We had better get this one right. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Same-Sex Blessings, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis G Miller says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group October 15, 2014 at 6:16 am When will Christians, who say God is Love, finally stand up for love? When will Christians finally end discrimination based on anatomy? To say love is not love is unethical! Please deliver usfrom hate done in the name of Lovefrom exclusion done in the name of Truthfrom abuse done in the name of Kindnessand from injustice done in the name of The-Time-Is-Not-Yet-Rightamen The Rve Gilbert H. Watkins says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Rowan Orre says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Faith & Politics, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Human Sexuality, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Marriage Equality, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

Blackbaud and UK Fundraising announce Digital Fundraising Awards finalists

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 The finalists of the inaugural Blackbaud Digital Fundraising Awards in association with UK Fundraising have been announced today.The awards were launched to recognise the most exciting, innovative and effective use of digital in fundraising in the UK. The finalists were chosen by a panel of digital experts: Sylwia Presley, Steve Bridger and Ross McCulloch, chaired by UK Fundraising editor Howard Lake.In keeping with the digital theme, fundraisers are now invited to vote online to decide who wins. The winners will be announced at an Awards party on 9 October in central London.“We received some outstanding entries from both well-known names and less high profile organisations, but even some of them did not make it to the shortlist,” said UK Fundraising editor and chair of the judging panel, Howard Lake. “We were looking not just for great digital work but great digital work that had tangible fundraising results and we have a pleasing mix of large and small organisations that achieved that. This highlights the strength of digital fundraising in the UK and we look forward to announcing the winners and showcasing their work on the 9th.”Online voting is now openThe shortlist is as follows. Public voting is now open.Best Mobile Fundraising Campaign• Acorns Children’s Hospice: Aston Villa FC Text to Donate Challenge• Alzheimers Society: Distributions Got Talent Advertisement Best Use of Facebook in Fundraising• Rotary Club of Grantham: Rotary Global Swimathon• Macmillan Cancer Support: The World’s Biggest Coffee MorningBest Crowdfunding Campaign• Hamish Henderson Archive Trust• Manchester Modernist SocietyBest Use of (Geo) Location in Fundraising• Action for Children and Elephant Family: The Big Egg Hunt• SHINE: Shine Balloon Race• Cool Earth: No Fun Being ExtinctBest Pro Bono Digital Campaign/Partnership• WaterAid: The Big Dig• Action for Children & Elephant Family: The Faberge Big Egg HuntBest Use of Video in Fundraising• Friends of the Elderly: What Christmas Means to You• Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability: Brain Awareness WeekMost Promising Digital Tool• Timto group gifting platform• Pennies, the electronic charity box• ChimpegrationOther categoriesThe judges decided outright winners for The Best Use of Email in Fundraising and Best Mobile App for Fundraising categories, as they stood out from other entries in the categories. These winners will also be announced on the awards night.www.digitalfundraisingawards.co.uk/shortlist 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2center_img Blackbaud and UK Fundraising announce Digital Fundraising Awards finalists Howard Lake | 20 September 2012 | News Tagged with: Awards Blackbaud Digital read more

Unicef launches £2 billion appeal to reach children in crisis areas

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first_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Unicef launches £2 billion appeal to reach children in crisis areas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Tagged with: Individual givingcenter_img Children’s charity Unicef has launched its largest ever fundraising appeal, seeking £2 billion to reach the 62 million children who are at risk in humanitarian crises around the world.This is £0.6 billion more than it sought in last year’s appeal.According to the charity, 230 million children – one in 10 of the world’s children – live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts alone.Unicef’s Director of Emergency Programme Afshan Khan says that “children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises”. These are caused by complex and destructive conficts, natural disasters and other emergencies such as the Ebola epidemic.Unicef’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2015 appealChildren in a doorway, Syrian Arab Republic, 2014. Photo: © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0003/DiffidentiUnicef’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2015 appeal targets a total of 98 million people, around two thirds of whom are children, in 71 countries. These have been chosen because of the scale of the crises occurring there, the urgency of their impact on children and women, the complexity of the response, and the capacity to respond.The largest portion of the appeal – £595.9 million – is to help children in Syria and the sub-region. It is also appealing for £330 million to accelerate its work in Ebola-affected communities in West Africa.The funds raised will be used both for immediate humanitarian action but also in work with Unicef’s partner organisations to help prepare countries for future disasters. Howard Lake | 31 January 2015 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

RSF calls for more protection for journalists in Afghanistan

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first_img Receive email alerts May 3, 2021 Find out more Aziz Novin, a Tolo News computer technician, and Mohammad Nazir, a BBC driver, were among those killed by a massive truck bomb in Kabul’s diplomatic district, Wazir Akbar Khan, on 31 May while ten journalists, including four with the BBC and three with TV1, were among the wounded.The headquarters of TV1, the Killid media group and Shemshad, a privately-owned TV channel, were also badly damaged by the blast. Two journalists (one with the state-owned national radio and TV broadcaster and one with privately-owned Aryana TV) were among the many wounded when police opened fire the next day on a street demonstration about security that was heading to the presidential palace. At least five people were also killed.Four employees of the national radio and TV broadcaster’s local branch in Jalalabad – Abdollatif Amiri, Mohammad Amir Khan Shinwari, Naghdi Ghani and Zeinolah Khan Mollakhil – were killed when it was attacked by five suicide bombers on 17 May. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar, an eastern province that is a particularly dangerous for journalists and media outlets. But more and more of the country’s regions are turning into conflict zones and into news and information “black holes” -– places where the freedom to inform no longer exists.RSF is disturbed to see that the threats are not limited to conflict zones. Journalists in other provinces have received threatening messages and phone calls in recent months.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a journalist with one of the country’s biggest dailies said he received message signed by the Taliban referring to a deadly attack on Tolo TV in January 2016 and threatening him with the same fate as “the other spies for the Americans who don’t respect journalistic neutrality.”“Journalistic neutrality” is the term that these press freedom predators use for the Taliban official line which, when adopted, creates the information “black holes.”The growing violence is fuelling tension between journalists and local authorities. Many governors and local official do not respect journalistic independence. Two journalists, Parviz Romel of Reuters and Nurolah Shirzad of AFP, were roughed up by the police in Jalalabad on 22 May. The governor promised to investigate but so far with no result.Abdolhai Nemati, the governor of the northern province of Baghlan, shut a journalist and two other employees of privately-owned Arezo TV into his office on 25 May to make them delete a sequence of an interview in which he talked about the situation in the province.“At a time when threats and physical and verbal attacks against journalists are on the rise in Afghanistan, we urge the government to implement measures designed to guarantee journalists’ safety,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk.“These attacks and threats constitute direct attacks on the right to information and lead to censorship and self-censorship. In this war imposed by democracy’s enemies against the Afghan people’s right to information, RSF has chosen to stand alongside the journalists and to do everything possible to defend the freedom to inform. At the same time, we call on the media and journalists to cover the current grave political and security crisis in Afghanistan with professionalism.”RSF also reminds the international community that, in order to guarantee journalists’ safety, any negotiation with the Taliban should be conditioned on a prior explicit Taliban pledge to respect fundamental international treaties governing humanitarian law, starting with the Geneva Conventions.Journalists’ safety training and conferencesImproving the safety of journalists was the aim of the meetings that RSF organized with government officials and journalists’ associations during a visit to Afghanistan from 6 to 18 November 2016.Journalists from ten independent national and local media outlets in several provinces (Kabul, Kapisa, Kandahar, Bamian, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz and Farah) participated in a seminar on safety that RSF organized in the capital.Participants were given copies of the new Persian-language and Pashtun-language version of the Safety Guide for Journalists, which RSF produced in partnership with UNESCO. The seminar’s aim was to train these journalists in working in dangerous areas.RSF and its local partner, the Afghanistan Federation of Journalists, organized a conference on “Security for Journalists and Afghanistan’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index” for government officials and journalists’ associations* on 14 November.The opening address was delivered by Vice-President Sarwar Danish, the chair of the Committee for the Safety of Journalists, who insisted that the government was committed to protecting journalists. In the two panel discussions, participants talked about the many persistent problems and proposed solutions.Meetings with officialsAt a meeting with Vice-President Danish on 16 November, RSF said that, despite the continuing violence against journalists, media freedom had progressed in Afghanistan but that, to improve the country’s position in the Press Freedom Index, the issue of journalist’ safety had to be resolved.Danish thanked RSF for what it has done in Afghanistan and reiterated his commitment to support RSF’s international initiatives including the proposed creation of the position of special representative of the UN secretary-general for the safety of journalists.Vice-President Danish supported this initiative in an address to the UN General Assembly in November 2016. Nader Naderi, a senior presidential adviser and Afghanistan’s ambassador for freedom of expression, also voiced full support for RSF’s initiatives during a meeting with RSF.On 13 November, RSF met deputy information and culture minister Mogeghan Mostafavi to discuss the safety of journalists, the efforts to improve Afghanistan’s position in the Press Freedom Index, and respect by certain branches of the state for the law on media and information.Online freedom of information and a proposed new cyber-crime law were discussed with deputy information and communications technology minister Muhammad Aimal Marjan on 15 November. He assured RSF that the government was committed to guaranteeing unrestricted Internet access for all citizens and said the new law was needed to combat Taliban manipulation of social networks. RSF was invited to submit recommendations for the new law.During a follow-up visit to Afghanistan in March, RSF inaugurated a Centre for the Protection ofAfghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) at a ceremony in Kabul on 7 March in the presence of government officials and civil society representatives.RSF also visited several news organizations, including Tolo TV, TV1, Negaah TV, Kabul News, Killid Group and the newspaper 8sobeh, meeting with management and journalists.*Those present at the conference that RSF and its local partner, the Afghanistan Federation of Journalists, organized in Kabul on 14 November included: Shah Hossien Mortazavwi, the president’s spokesman; Sediq Sediqqi, the interior minister’s spokesman; Heshmat Radfar, an adviser to Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah; Haress Jobran, the National Security Directorate’s press officer; Abdullah Azada Khenjani, editor in chief of TV1; Sediqolah Tohidi, head of the media freedom group NAI; Rahimullah Samandar, president of the Afghan Independent Journalists Association; Hpolwak Safi, head of Tolo TV; Sharif Hassanyar, head of Ariana Television; and Zia Bumia, head of the Bakhtar news agency. Afghanistan is ranked 120th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” June 7, 2017 RSF calls for more protection for journalists in Afghanistan Follow the news on Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesEvents WomenArmed conflictsPredatorsViolenceJihadism Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en Organisation RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about an increase in threats and violence against media personnel in Afghanistan, where six media workers have been killed and ten journalists have been injured in the past few weeks, and others have been threatened by the Taliban in several provinces. 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