Betting and Gaming Council unveils new ‘cooling-off’ measures for LBOs

first_img Regions: UK & Ireland The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the new representative body for the UK gambling industry, has announced new measures to help identify and reduce potential problem gambling in licensed betting offices (LBOs).Among the new measures is the Anonymous Player Awareness System (APAS), a real-time algorithm that will run on gaming machines in shops, identifying areas of player behaviour that could indicate harmful play.Such behaviour will trigger an alert on-screen and force the player to take an in-play break from the game. In addition, staff will be alerted to the situation, which will allow for responsible gambling interactions (RGI) as and when appropriate.The BGC said APAS forms part of the delivery of the ‘protecting and empowering customers’ work in the ‘Safer Gambling Commitments’, a new initiative unveiled last week.“The Betting and Gaming Council has as its mission statement raising standards and this technology will create an environment that promotes safer play,” BGC chairman Brigid Simmonds commented.BGC interim chief executive Wes Himes added: “I see this as an opportunity to champion the highest standards and share best practice on safe betting and gaming, and we hope these new measures are a sign of intent.“I’m convinced that this approach can help restore public trust, and I look forward to working on further safer betting and gaming initiatives across our industry.”First announced in July, the BGC officially launched last week, replacing the now-wound up Remote Gambling Association and Association of British Bookmakers.Upon launching, the BGC announced that £10m (€11.7m/$12.8m) of funding would be provided for a national education programme designed and delivered by the charities GamCare and YGam. The initiative will run for years and target children and young people.The initiative forms part of the wider Safer Gambling Commitments, which has been designed to support the GB Gambling Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.Aspers, bet365, Caesars, Flutter Entertainment (Paddy Power Betfair), Genting, GVC (Ladbrokes and Coral), Playtech, Rank Group, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill are among the operators to have signed up to support the scheme. 13th November 2019 | By contenteditor The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the new representative body for the UK gambling industry, has announced new measures to help identify and reduce potential problem gambling in licensed betting offices (LBOs). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Betting and Gaming Council unveils new ‘cooling-off’ measures for LBOs Topics: Legal & compliance Legal & compliance Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Forget a Cash ISA. I’d make a passive income from these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks

first_imgForget a Cash ISA. I’d make a passive income from these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Peter Stephens | Monday, 20th January, 2020 | More on: SSE STJ With interest rates having the potential to move lower in the coming months, the outlook for Cash ISAs could be highly challenging. After many years of disappointing returns, their interest rates could decline. This could mean now is a good time to consider FTSE 100 dividend shares to generate a higher income return.With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 stocks that currently offer high yields. They could also deliver impressive levels of capital growth in the long run.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…SSEThe past year has been eventful for utility company SSE (LSE: SSE). It has faced significant political risk that posed a threat to its prospects, while the sale of its energy services division has been a long and difficult process.Now, though, the company could face an improving outlook. Its low-carbon strategy could lead to a stronger financial performance, with its recent half-year results suggesting the company has a solid pipeline of opportunities within the renewables space.Since the stock currently has a dividend yield of around 5.4%, it continues to offer an income return which is in the top quartile of the FTSE 100. This could make it an appealing stock for investors who are seeking to obtain a passive income that has the potential to grow at a similar pace to inflation over the coming years.SSE’s share price has risen significantly following the general election result. It now trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 14.9. Although this is substantially higher than it was just a few months ago, the stock’s financial prospects have improved and it could deliver a generous total return as it implements its carbon-neutral strategy.St. James’s PlaceAnother FTSE 100 share that could offer a generous and growing passive income is wealth manager St. James’s Place (LSE: STJ). Its third quarter update showed it has enjoyed continued growth in assets under management, with net inflows being 7.7% and the company having an asset retention rate of 96%.Although the uncertainty of financial markets in the past six months may have caused investors in the stock to become increasingly cautious about its prospects, its track record of growth highlights that the prospects for the business could be relatively bright. And with political risk in the UK having subsided to some degree following the election, confidence among investors could build through 2020.With St. James’s Place currently having a dividend yield of 4.6%, it could offer a sound income investing outlook compared to the wider index. Certainly, it may offer less near-term stability than some defensive shares in the FTSE 100. But its capacity to generate rising profitability over the long run may mean that it can afford to pay an increasing dividend that produces an improving financial future for income-seeking investors. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens owns shares of SSE. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Peter Stephens Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Buying FTSE 100 shares? I like these stocks

first_img The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, HSBC Holdings, and Lloyds Banking Group. 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. Buying FTSE 100 shares? I like these stocks I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address The FTSE 100 has slumped due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic. The index has fallen by about 21%, year-to-date (YTD), as analysts try to determine the impact the virus will have on the economy.However, there could be signs of a recovery, with the FTSE 100 rebounding by 19% since 23 March. Have value investors left it too late to buy cheap shares in quality companies?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The market now seems to be optimistic that things are slowly turning back to normal. However, I think there is still an opportunity for value investors to buy cheap FTSE 100 shares.Undervalued bank?The Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) share price has been hit hard recently. YTD, its price has slumped by 52%, to 30p. Looking back at the previous five years, its value has dropped by 66%. Lloyds shareholders are familiar with these slumps in price, though none has been as bleak as this.In fairness, most banks have been hit particularly hard due to the coronavirus. Low interest rates and anticipated bad loans will be likely to hit revenue and profitability across the board. Lloyds competitors’ share prices have also been badly affected, with HSBC’s dropping by 30% and Barclays by 45% YTD. In a turbulent market, the lack of an investment banking arm is a disadvantage to Lloyds.Lloyds has taken steps to shore up its capital and recently announced the cancellation of 2019’s final dividend. The bank will also not undertake any dividend payments or share buybacks on ordinary shares until the end of 2020.My Fool colleague Rupert Hargreaves notes that the Lloyds share price appears to be trading at a lower value than it was during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. In my view, this is unjustified, as Lloyds headed into the coronavirus outbreak in a much stronger position than it was in previously.As its share price has slumped substantially, the bank is currently trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 9. For FTSE 100 value investors, I believe now could be a great time to buy Lloyds shares for the long term.Defensive FTSE 100 stockAlthough the Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB) share price has climbed by about 9% YTD, I think it is still a company that should be on long-term investors’ radars.I believe customers will be purchasing products from its portfolio of low-cost brands, such as Dettol, Veet, and Nurofen, even in times of economic struggles.The business noted recently it expects 2020 to be better than forecast. Unsurprisingly, this is due to an increased demand for its health and hygiene products. It is yet to be seen if this demand will subside as stockpiling lessens.It might be tempting to view Reckitt Benckiser as a company to buy now and sell in the short term. A coronavirus vaccine could be some way off, meaning hygiene products are likely to be in demand for some time.However, this is a quality company that I would buy and hold, as I believe its products will always be needed in homes around the world, even when the coronavirus crisis is behind us.The FTSE 100 is likely to remain turbulent for some time. That’s why picking defensive consumer stocks for your portfolio now could be a wise strategy. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img See all posts by T Sligo T Sligo | Wednesday, 13th May, 2020 | More on: LLOY RKT Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

How I’d create a passive income with £500 a month

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I firmly believe that buying stocks and shares is one of the most straightforward ways to generate a passive income.Indeed, unlike other passive income strategies, investors can buy dividend shares with just a few pounds. This could allow virtually anyone to start generating income with just a few clicks. 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…And this is the approach I would use to generate a passive income with an investment of just £500 a month starting today. Passive income investmentsUsing dividend shares to generate a passive income can be a good strategy. However, dividend income is never guaranteed. This became painfully apparent last year when many companies had to scrap their dividend payouts as revenues plunged during the pandemic. The risk of a dividend cut is always going to be present with income stocks. As such, this passive income strategy might not be suitable for all investors. Nevertheless, I’m comfortable with this uncertainty, which is why I’m happy to use the process. I also think I can reduce the risk of being exposed to a dividend cut by using a fund. There are a couple of options investors can choose from when looking for income funds. These include the iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF, the SPDR S&P UK Dividend Aristocrats UCITS ETF, and the WisdomTree UK Equity Income UCITS ETF.All of these ETFs follow a slightly different investment strategy but have one overriding aim. That is to invest in a diversified portfolio of dividend stocks to produce a steady dividend income for their investors. At the time of writing, the funds offer dividend yields of between 3% and 4%.It all adds up By investing £500 a month, I think I can use these funds to generate a passive income. A monthly deposit of £500 will yield a total pot of £6,000 after a year. A dividend yield of 4% could provide an annual passive income of £240. That may not seem like much at first, but this income will compound with additional contributions providing a virtuous cycle. Of course, returns of 4% per annum indefinitely are by no means guaranteed, but over five years, even with no capital growth, this could produce a pot of £33.1k with an annual passive income of £1,324. The one significant risk of using this strategy is the risk of a capital loss. Stocks can go up but also down, which is one of the biggest challenges of relying on income from dividends.A sudden market decline could cause capital losses, which may exceed dividend income. In addition, if there are widespread dividend cuts in the market, the funds listed above may also have to reduce dividend distributions. These are the most significant risks and challenges investors following this passive income strategy face. Still, I think this approach is a great way to generate income. That’s why I am using it myself, despite the risks outlined above.  Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 center_img How I’d create a passive income with £500 a month We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… 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. 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RBS 6 Nations: England analysis

first_imgEngland scored just five tries in the whole championship, four of them against Scotland in the opening round when Owen Farrell and Billy Twelvetrees brought some fresh attacking ideas to the red-rose game.Brad Barritt is a totem in defence for England, one of Lancaster’s generals, but he offers nothing creative in attack and the experiment of using Alex Goode as a second playmaker is not working.New boy: is it time to start Billy Vunipola?The injury to Ben Morgan cost England a direct ball-carrier who could cross the gain-line and break things open.The back three, like the back row, is safe and secure but they have asked no attacking questions. England lack vision in midfield and strike runners.Against Wales, England’s scrum and breakdown failings meant that they had no foothold in the game from which to mount any sustained pressure.When they did get on the front doot, England lacked composure – as they did against Italy. Manu Tuilagi’s knock-on with a huge gap in front of him was poor, but too often England forced passes or lost the ball in contact.Action: The Billy boys. Twelvetrees should get extended game-time at 12 this summer and Vunipola at No 8. England also need to look towards the likes of Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Christian Wade and Kyle Eastmond.PERSPECTIVEDespite the embarrasment of the final scoreline in Cardiff and the paucity of their attacking game, there was much for England to be proud of during the Six Nations. The foundation stones of the team are in place. The character and defensive fortitude that carried them to victories over Ireland, France and Italy gives Lancaster the perfect platform from which to develop his team, add more attacking layers and come back stronger for the autumn Internationals next season.Action: Don’t panic.Alex Lowe’s England squad for the first Test v Argentina in Salta in June (taking likely Lions call-ups into account):M Brown (Harlequins); J May (Gloucester), J Joseph (London Irish), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester), B Foden (Northampton); F Burns (Gloucester), D Care (Harlequins); M Vunipola (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton), H Thomas (Sale Sharks), G Kitchener (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), M Kvesic (Worcester), B Vunipola (Wasps). Pulling together: England players huddle after their record 30-3 defeat by Wales at the Millennium StadiumBy Alex LoweIT WAS a Millennium mauling, a Cardiff crushing, a record red dragon rout. England’s Grand Slam ambitions were ravaged by a 30-3 defeat to Wales, who retained their RBS 6 Nations title in stunning fashion.All the England players could say afterwards was that they were well beaten and they must learn from it. The first comment was true, the second needs to be. But what are those lessons?EXPERIENCEExperience is a quality that cannot be taught. It has to be, er, experienced. Stuart Lancaster wants England to reach the 2015 World Cup having won a Grand Slam so they understand what it takes to win all-or-nothing games. That know-how is part of Wales’ DNA after they reached the World Cup semi-final in 2011, won the Grand Slam in 2012 and the title in 2013. Lancaster is astute enough to ensure England’s rookie team – for that is what they still are – will be better for Saturday’s painful experience.Action: Bottle the humiliation, come back stronger next year and complete the Grand Slam. Simple.Immense: England captain Chris RobshawBREAKDOWNPrivately, England were aggrieved at how referee Steve Walsh interpreted the breakdown. Time and again England ball-carriers would be turned over or penalised. In the end they stopped competing for the ball. That said, no excuses were made because England’s back row was outplayed.England captain Chris Robshaw was immense for England all tournament and Tom Wood tackled himself to a standstill, but they are operating in an imbalanced back-row unit. While capable of bettering other back rows that rely on size – Ireland and South Africa, for example – they were unable to compete with Wales’ two breakdown limpets Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton.Action: Matt Kvesic of Worcester and Saracens’ Will Fraser are the best up-and-coming opensides and need a chance in Argentina this summer.TIGHT FIVEThis is the first real setback of Graham Rowntree’s stellar coaching career. The England scrum that creaked at times against Ireland, France and Italy finally crumbled at the Millennium Stadium. The Welsh were technically superior, but they also managed referee Walsh much better.England have sorely missed the injured Alex Corbisiero. Tom Youngs is still learning the role of hooker and there are concerns that Joe Launchbury and Geoff Parling do not offer enough power in the engine room, for all their other qualities.Action: Prop Henry Thomas should get his chance on the summer tour, as should lock Graham Kitchener.ATTACK Replacements: J Gray (Harlequins), D Wilson (Bath), J Marler (Harlequins), G Robson (Harlequins), W Fraser (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester), J Simpson (Wasps), C Wade (Wasps).Follow Alex Lowe on Twitter @AlexMLowe NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Maryland priest Dan Webster named interim dean at Albuquerque cathedral

first_img Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Posted Dec 21, 2017 Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Tags 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 Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA People Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Maryland priest Dan Webster named interim dean at Albuquerque cathedral Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC [Episcopal Diocese of Maryland] The Rev. Dan Webster, canon for evangelism and media in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, has been named interim dean at St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque. The announcement was made Thursday (Dec. 21) by Charles Hawkins, senior warden, on behalf of the cathedral’s chapter and vestry.“We are excited about welcoming Canon Webster as he joins us in our faith journey toward discernment of a new Dean,” said Hawkins. The full announcement was posted on the cathedral’s website.Webster has served nearly eight years in the Diocese of Maryland first as canon for evangelism and ministry development. Two years ago he was given responsibility for all media communications.“I announced last May at our diocesan convention that Dan was transitioning toward retirement,” said the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland. “Dan has long wanted to return to the southwest and this is a blessing for both him and St. John’s Cathedral.”Thirty years ago Webster was news director of KOB-TV, Albuquerque. A friend invited him to a mid-week Holy Eucharist at St. John’s. Webster has said that was the beginning of his transition into the Episcopal Church.“I’m thrilled to be returning to Albuquerque in this capacity,” Webster said in the cathedral announcement. “I’m honored and blessed to be walking with the people of St. John’s Cathedral during this transition.”Webster earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Southwest in 1996. Prior to entering seminary, he worked for 25 years in broadcast journalism. Half of that time was with NBC News in Burbank, CA and Washington, DC, as news writer, producer and deputy bureau chief.It was in Salt Lake City when he was news director at KUTV where he explored a call to the priesthood. He was ordained in the Diocese of Utah nearly 21 years ago. He’s served in four dioceses as curate, interim vicar, rector, direction of communications and canon for congregational development. He also was media relations director at the National Council of Churches in New York City for two years.“We have been blessed by his ministry among us,” said Sutton. “I, for one, will miss his expertise, collegiality and passion for spreading the Gospel.”A nationwide search for a director of communications has been underway. An announcement is expected in early 2018. Webster’s last day in the office is Jan. 19. He officially begins his new call in February.The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has more than 100 parishes in 10 counties and the City of Baltimore in western, central and southern Maryland. It is a part of The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. 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Matthew expected to produce “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides”

Please enter your name here October 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mia At 8:00 AM today the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Matthew is still a Category 4 hurricane and is now 280 miles southwest of Port Au Prince, Haiti.Matthew is moving toward the north near 6 mph. A general northward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti tonight, and eastern Cuba on Tuesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through early Wednesday.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Jamaica and Haiti tonight, and eastern Cuba Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach Jamaica and Haiti later today and eastern Cuba tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches across southern Haiti and the southwestern portion of the Dominican Republic, with possible isolated amounts of 40 inches. Across eastern Cuba and western Haiti, total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches. Across eastern Jamaica, total rainfall of 5 to 10 inches is expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible. This rainfall will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as 3 to 15 feet above normal tide levels on the coasts of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas.The National Hurricane Center will issue the next next complete advisory at 2:00 PM EST. 1 COMMENT Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom My husband and I are sitting here watching the weather and disagreeing on the paths that the weather men are showing. It is different if you switch channels. What is with that? Which weather guy do we believe? All I know is that it is frightening, considering the size and intensity of that hurricane. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSTropical Storm Matthew Previous articleBees are on the endangered species listNext articleAll you need to know about Student Aid Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. read more

HMRC publishes guidance on retail Gift Aid

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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Charity Retail Association welcomed the clarification that the guidelines offered.Wendy Mitchell, Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the Association, said: “For many charities, this change will significantly reduce the cost and bureaucracy of unnecessary letter-writing to donors and is a welcome development”.She added that the CRA had produced for its members an information pack which listed frequently asked questions, and provided some sample agency agreements.Mitchell concluded: “We would like to thank HMRC for working with the Charity Retail Association and its members to arrive at this positive result for charity shops and we will work with them, if necessary, on refining the published ./guidance in the coming months.” Howard Lake | 11 May 2013 | News HMRC has published guidelines on the new processes for Gift Aid on items donated for sale at charity shops.The retail Gift Aid guidelines detail three methods that charities can use – the Standard Method (which has been available since 2006 but which has now been updated), and Methods A and B, which came into effect from 5 April 2013.Which method a charity chooses will depend on how it operates its shops, namely whether it operates them directly as the charity, or whether a trading subsidiary operates them. Advertisement  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 HMRC publishes guidance on retail Gift Aid AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

Lessons of the Paris and Shanghai communes

first_imgLately, great interest and support for the idea of socialism has developed in the U.S., especially among younger generations — a marked departure from the fearful and stultifying days of red baiting ushered in by the Cold War of world imperialism against the then-existing bloc of countries trying to build socialism. But how can socialism be achieved?The Paris Commune of 1871 and the Shanghai Commune of 1927 briefly showed the world what workers’ governments might look like.Back in the 19th century, capitalist development in Europe and the United States skyrocketed, much of it fed by the ruling classes’s superexploitation of workers in the colonized parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America and, in the U.S., of Black people still subjugated, even after the abolition of chattel slavery. The consolidation of political power by an immensely wealthy class of merchants, manufacturers and bankers led to intolerable conditions for the growing working classes at home.In Part 2 of this series, we described attempts by earnest utopians almost a century and a half ago to build socialism by setting up model communities, which vastly improved the workers’ lives and pioneered in liberating working women from household drudgery. But these utopian experiments were overwhelmed by the boom-and-bust cycles of the capitalist world order surrounding them.Even as the utopian socialists were unable to gain ruling-class neutrality, let alone support, for their reforms, another ideological current was developing. As early as 1848, the need to overthrow the capitalist ruling class was advanced by two young Germans, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. They wrote in “The Communist Manifesto”: “The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones.”Marx and Engels not only gave voice in stirring language to the aspirations of the workers, but they fought on the barricades in the German revolution of 1848. While that struggle was basically for democratic rights against the repressive bourgeois state and the remnants of feudalism, it already strongly reflected independent demands of the working class.Paris Commune of 1871It would be another 23 years, however, before the working class had the opportunity — even if for only a brief period — to show what it could do if it took power. The Paris Commune of 1871 lasted only a few months, but in that time the workers of Paris, women and men, upended the pillars of bourgeois rule. You could say that they showed the world “this is what workers’ democracy looks like” as they dismantled the repressive organs of the bourgeois state and replaced them with armed workers’ defense committees.Marxism, as it was already called by then, was based not on speculation and wishful thinking but on a materialist analysis of the existing state of human society. Thus, it was with great excitement and enthusiasm that Marx and Engels studied the Paris Commune and its achievements.The Commune took power against a backdrop of chaos and suffering inflicted on the masses by the Franco-Prussian War and the Prussian Army’s siege of Paris. The Commune lasted less than three months, but in that time valuable lessons were learned on what the workers needed to do in order to transform society from one based on class oppression to one with the potential to abolish class privilege and divisions.On March 18, 1871, the Central Committee of the Commune had issued a manifesto: “The proletarians of Paris, amidst the failures and treasons of the ruling classes, have understood that the hour has struck for them to save the situation by taking into their own hands the direction of public affairs… . They have understood that it is their imperious duty, and their absolute right, to render themselves masters of their own destinies, by seizing upon the governmental power.” And they did hold power, for just over two months — enough time to show what workers’ power could do.In May 1871, shortly after the Commune was crushed by the combined strength of both the Versailles government of France and its adversary, Prussia, Marx wrote that it had demonstrated: “[T]he working class cannot simply lay hold of the ready-made state machinery, and wield it for its own purposes.”That “centralized state power,” he wrote, “with its ubiquitous organs of standing army, police, bureaucracy, clergy, and judicature,” had originated “in the days of absolute monarchy, serving nascent middle class society as a mighty weapon in its struggle against feudalism.” But once the capitalists had replaced the feudal lords and the class struggle between workers and capitalists heated up, the bourgeoisie “now used that state power mercilessly and ostentatiously as the national war engine of capital against labor.”New political organs of powerThe workers of Paris had to create new organs of power. And they did.They effectively defended Paris from the Prussian siege of the city in the fall of 1870 by establishing a National Guard made up mainly of workers. One of the first decrees of the Commune was for the suppression of the old standing army and its replacement by the armed people.The Commune was made up of municipal councillors from all the city’s wards, chosen by universal suffrage. Their short terms could be revoked if the people weren’t satisfied. It was a working body with both legislative and executive powers. All officials, including the police, magistrates and judges, were to be agents of the Commune, could be recalled at any time and were paid the same wages as regular workers.The Commune forgave all housing rents accumulated from October 1870 to April 1871. If these rents had already been paid, that was to be deducted from future payments. It also stopped all sales of items held in the city’s pawnshops.Having gotten rid of the standing army and police, the Commune then severed the connection between church and state, ending endowments and material privileges for the Catholic Church, still unofficially the state religion. The priests, said Marx, “were sent back to the recesses of private life, there to feed upon the alms of the faithful in imitation of their predecessors, the apostles.” The Commune’s newspaper, Mot D’Ordre, exposed the church’s crimes against nuns who had been incarcerated and even tortured by priests. Church control over schools was ended, science triumphed over dogma, and education was made free of charge.Engels, in his introduction to the German edition of Marx’s “The Paris Commune,” wrote that on April 6: “[T]he guillotine was fetched out by the 137th battalion of the National Guard, and publicly burnt amid loud popular applause. On April 7, the Commune ordered the triumphal column on the Place Vendome, which had been constructed by Napoleon I after the war of 1789 out of captured cannon, to be overthrown, as it was a symbol of chauvinistic and mutual hatred among the nations. This was accomplished on May 16. It has since been restored.“On the 16th of April, the Commune issued an order for a statistical account of all factories and workshops which had been closed by the employers, for the elaboration of plans for their management by the workingmen hitherto engaged in them, who were to be formed into cooperative societies for the purpose; and, also, for the federation of these societies into one great cooperative organization. On the 20th it abolished the night work of bakers.”Engels added that the German apologists for capitalism had “lately been thrown once again into wholesome paroxysms by the expression ‘dictatorship of the proletariat.’ Well, gentle sirs, would you like to know how this dictatorship looks? Then look at the Paris Commune. That was the dictatorship of the proletariat.” Yes, it was a dictatorship, but one wielded by the majority, having overthrown the dictatorship of a wealthy few.Women at the barricades At a time when women had few rights of any kind, the Commune was strengthened by the formation of a Women’s Union — Union des Femmes — spearheaded by women socialists. They demanded the right of women to take up arms in defense of the revolution and fought heroically on the barricades when the French bourgeoisie, in collusion with the Prussian military that had Paris under siege, attacked the Communards.The Union des Femmes demanded equal pay for women, the right to divorce, education for girls and recognition of all children as “legitimate.” Widows of killed National Guardsmen were to receive pensions for themselves and their children, whether “legally” married or not. On the day before French troops entered Paris — with Prussia’s assistance — to crush the Commune, the Commune officially declared equal pay for women and men workers.While women in other “enlightened” capitalist countries were still decades away from winning even the right to vote, the working-class women of Paris were on the cutting edge of fighting for social equality.Shanghai Commune of 1927The establishment of workers’ rule in the form of a Commune resurfaced in China in 1927. A search of English-language books on China reveals little about what the workers’ rebellion in Shanghai was able to carry out during its short life, but Agnes Smedley, in her biography of the leading military figure of the Chinese Revolution (“The Great Road: The Life and Times of Chu Teh”), gives a detailed account of how the Commune was defeated.The establishment of the Commune took place during a tempestuous turning point in the long struggle against foreign domination and domestic reaction. Sun Yat-sen, leader of the Kuomintang, which had been a bourgeois nationalist party fighting against the warlords and their colonial patrons, had died. Under its new leader, Chiang Kai-shek, the Kuomintang suddenly broke its alliance with the Communist Party of China and would soon drown the workers’ movement in blood.The city of Shanghai was notorious for the brutal treatment meted out by the occupying foreign powers, particularly Britain, against the impoverished working class. The racism of the imperialists was so blatant that Chinese of any class were barred from the foreign-controlled sections of that key port city and could be murdered on the spot if they violated the imperialists’ sanctions.Starting in February of 1927, wrote Agnes Smedley, “[A] special British expeditionary force, together with American, French and Japanese marines, landed at Shanghai, on which Chiang Kai-shek’s forces were converging. On February 19, three days after their landing, the Shanghai workers walked out in the first of three general strikes, all of them organized by Chou En-lai. General Sun Chuan-fang, warlord ruler in the lower Yangtze, struck with everything he had at the first and second general strikes, crushing them and beheading hundreds of workers as a bloody warning to others.“Undismayed, workers called their third general strike, which paralyzed the city in late March, as Chiang’s forces drew near Shanghai. Spearheaded by 300 men armed with pistols, the workers stormed police stations, garrison headquarters and, finally, the arsenal. With captured arms they fought and drove warlord Sun’s troops from the entire Shanghai area, then sent out a delegation to welcome Chiang’s troops to the city.”The workers, not realizing that Chiang had betrayed the alliance, expected support from the Nationalist army. Instead, it mowed them down.Bloodied but not defeatedSmedley quotes Chu Teh as telling her: “By mid-1927, the Great Revolution was finished … rivers of blood were flowing, generals were changing sides, and there was chaos and confusion everywhere. Chiang Kai-shek was rising to power, drawing old and new warlords to him and playing them off one against the other to keep himself on top. … Chiang was being propped up by the combined forces of foreign imperialism, the Chinese bourgeoisie, and the feudal landed gentry. … Chiang was proclaimed by foreigners as a patriot, a statesman, a great administrator, and the one strong man capable of holding China together.”The Chinese Revolution had suffered a terrible blow, but it was not defeated. The struggle for socialism went on and eventually new leaders — Mao Zedong chief among them — made a strategic retreat to the deep countryside.Many of the thousands who joined in the 4,000-mile Long March to the hinterlands were workers and intellectuals who had survived the crushing of the Shanghai Commune and other mass struggles in the coastal cities. There they won the support of millions of peasants who joined the rebellion against the hated landlords, bloodsucking usurers and capitalists.They were confident of the justice of their cause — enough to sustain them for two more hard decades of fighting the landlords, bosses, bankers and Japanese imperialists, until the great day in 1949 when Mao, standing in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, was able to proclaim to the world the establishment of the People’s Republic of China with the words: “The Chinese people have stood up.”What is socialism?Part 1: Denmark, imperialism and social democracyPart 2: Lessons of an early socialist experimentPart 3: Lessons of the Paris and Shanghai communesFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2015 a Year Full of Market Surprises

first_img SHARE 2015 a Year Full of Market Surprises Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Dec 29, 2015 2015 a Year Full of Market SurprisesArlan SudermanWhen the rain started in  mid-May across the Eastern Cornbelt, farmers welcomed the moisture to germinate the newly planted crop. But when it didn’t stop, it quickly became a crisis.  By midsummer, Purdue experts were predicting a total loss for many fields. Yet in the end, things turned out better than anticipated. Arlan Suderman, with F C Stone, says the genetics in our seeds carried the day, “Just think how big our crop would have been if the rains had not pounded parts of Indiana and Ohio.”  He added, while farmers in Indiana thought they were going to have big yield losses, that is not how it turned out in the end, “When you look at how the final numbers turned out, it certainly surprised me. I did not think the good corn would be good enough to offset the bad corn.”Suderman says, in retrospect, the market did a good job of properly assessing the size and value of this year’s crop, “The market factored it in better than we anticipated. The big spike in July was short covering based on the weather concerns; and then, when harvest began, the market moved lower and did a better job than I did in determining where we would eventually end up.”  The final USDA numbers on the 2015 crop will be released on January 12. Home Indiana Agriculture News 2015 a Year Full of Market Surprises Facebook Twitter Previous articleU of I Predictions for 2016 PricesNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more