20 Jun

Episcopal Church, Virginia prevail as court refuses to revise decision

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC [Episcopal News Service] Seven breakaway congregations have been ordered by a judge to return control of church property to the Diocese of Virginia by April 30.Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows set that date after he refused March 1 to reconsider, as requested by the congregations, the part of his Jan. 10 opinion in which he said that some personal property, including monetary gifts, given to the congregations prior to January 31, 2007, belongs to the diocese.Bellows’ actions were meant to implement his Jan. 10 opinion that the diocese and the Episcopal Church “have a contractual and proprietary interest in the property of these Episcopal churches” for use in the church’s mission and ministry. He added that while congregations “had an absolute right to depart from [the Episcopal Church] and the diocese, they had no right to take these seven Episcopal churches with them.”The real property includes seven church buildings and a significant number of other parcels. The personal property includes both tangible items, such as chalices, prayer books and crosses, and intangibles, including the funds on hand, the diocese said in a press release  issued close to midnight on March 1.Bellows ordered that the specific inventory of items be based on what he called the “ownership determination date,” which he set at either Jan. 31, 2007, or Feb. 1, 2007, the dates the diocese formally filed for legal action to recover its property.Bellows issued his order the day after he held a hearing on the issues. The text of the order is here.The ruling allows the CANA congregations to retain some restricted funds over which they have no discretion and that do not benefit the local congregation, the diocese or the Episcopal Church, according to the release. The parties have until March 30 to determine the disposition of that money. Where the parties do not agree, the court will decide.The majority of members and clergy of the seven parishes left to form congregations of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), which the Anglican Province of Nigeria began in 2005. The departing members of those congregations then filed claims to parish property under Virginia law.“We hope that this will mark the end of this lengthy litigation,” Virginia Bishop Shannon S. Johnston said in the diocesan release. “By closing this chapter, both the diocese and the CANA congregations have the freedom to focus our energies on the mission and ministries of our respective congregations, and even what we might be able to do together for people and a world in need of the gospel’s work.”Johnston added that the diocese has begun an initiative known as Dayspring, which he said was “an integrated effort to discern and implement a comprehensive vision for our congregations and properties affected by this litigation.”Henry D.W. Burt, secretary of the diocese, called the court’s order “a major milestone in this effort,” and added that the diocese “respect[s] fully the CANA congregations’ right to pursue an appeal, and we are in discussions with them as they face significant issues of discernment and transition in their path forward.”Jim Oakes, spokesperson for the seven congregations, said in a press release that “while our congregations will comply with the final order, we are saddened that the Circuit Court did not accept the motion for partial reconsideration and we continue to believe that, as a matter of religious liberty, it is the right of donors to restrict the use of their own gifts to the church of their choice.”The congregations are “prayerfully considering their legal options,” the release said.“We have always known that a church is not just its buildings, but its people and the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ being proclaimed and lived. We look forward to God leading us in the days ahead,” the Rev. John Yates, rector of the breakaway portion of the Falls Church, said in the same release.Yates had told his congregation on Feb. 22 that “our intention is to move all staff offices to a convenient nearby office building later this spring, and to shift our Sunday worship services to nearby locations” after the deadline set by Bellows. Some of those worship locations have been determined, others have not, he said.Yates also said that the congregation “may very well be led” to change its name from Falls Church Anglican. It has already moved its website to http://www.tfcanglican.org/ from http://www.thefallschurch.org. The Episcopal congregation is located here on the web.Bellow’s Jan. 10 opinion stemmed from a June 2010 decision of the Virginia Supreme Court that found he erred in an earlier ruling when he said that the breakaway congregations involved in the cases were entitled to retain all the parishes’ real and personal property when they left the Episcopal Church and joined another denomination.In June 2010, the Supreme Court held that although disagreements had caused “a division” within the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia, the breakaway congregations had affiliated with a church that was not a branch of either the Episcopal Church or the diocese. Such an affiliation is required, the court said, for Virginia’s one-of-a-kind “Division Statute” (Section 57-9(A)) to apply, as the breakaway congregations claimed.The Supreme Court returned the cases to the lower court for further proceedings to resolve the property claims of the Episcopal Church and the diocese “under principles of real property and contract law.” Bellows held a trial that lasted 22 days stretched over April, May and June 2011, and included testimony by 60 witnesses. He wrote that he also reviewed thousands of pages of post-trial briefs.In coming to his Jan. 10 opinion, Bellows reviewed Virginia statutes governing church property, the deeds to the real property of the churches, the governing rules of the diocese and the Episcopal Church, and the historic relationship between the parishes and the larger church.He concluded state statutes support a finding that a local congregation is obligated to comply with the “laws, rules and ecclesiastical polity” of the denomination with regard to property and that the constitution and canons of both the diocese and the Episcopal Church “demonstrate pervasive dominion, management, and control over local church property, in a manner normally associated with ownership, title, and possession.” Bellows said the deeds in question make clear that the property “cannot be removed from the denomination without the larger church’s consent.”More information about the cases, including all court filings, is available here.The case originally involved members of 11 congregations of the Virginia diocese but the diocese settled with four of the congregations in the intervening years, including Potomac Falls Church in Potomac Falls and Christ the Redeemer Church in Chantilly, neither of which held any real property.The diocese agreed to lease the property of Church of the Word in Prince William County to the breakaway members for five years. The Oatlands congregation announced the purchase of a tract of land where they are building a new church. Church of Our Saviour in Loudon County retained the property after paying the diocese $1.95 million, according to Burt. Both congregations agreed to disaffiliate from CANA for a period of time.The remaining churches are Truro Church, The Church at the Falls – The Falls Church (Arlington), Church of the Apostles (Fairfax), Church of the Epiphany (Fairfax), St. Margaret’s Church (Woodbridge), St. Paul’s Church (Haymarket) and St. Stephen’s Church (Northumberland County).— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. March 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm While not a lawyer, I believe the governing principle has been alluded to by R.A. Garcia, “When the TEC or the PECUSA took over.” Some also suggest the precedent of Crown patents, contacts, and feds were preempted by the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the subsequent precedent set within state and National Conditional law. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC March 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm Regardless of theology, TEC owns the buildings, not the ACNA or any other CANA denomination. It’s one thing to create a different structure on theological tenets; it’s another to illegally commandeer property because of those differences. Let’s say one local bank likes Citi better than PNC, their current hierarchy. Yet, it cannot legally confiscate PNC’s building in order to become a Citi branch. Citi has to build a new building. Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Michael Neal says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Matthew Davies says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books March 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm The Church is not a building. Let them have the buildings. God is purging HIS church, those who believe in the authority of scripture and those who do not. TEC will keep going to the ways of the world, CANA and 80% of the rest of the Anglican Communion will follow Christ. So mote it be……. March 6, 2012 at 8:26 am Dear Chantal, At the top of every article, directly underneath the byline, is a + icon next to the word “Share”. This button enables readers to share our content via an email pop up, through various email clients, or on social media networks. I hope this helps. March 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm WHEN THE TEC or PECUSA TOOK OVER THE ENGLISH CHURCHES IN AMERICA, THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND HAD PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OVER ALL THOSE STRUCTURES, MONIES, RELICS, LANDS et al.? Please do notice, that some of these churches were built prior to the establishment of the USA. John Flynn says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Fred Freeling says: Rector Washington, DC Tony Green says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 2, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis May 4, 2012 at 9:44 am Of the 11 churches that elected to “go to Nigeria”:Two have no real property, so there is no issue.Two settled with the diocese before 2012. One of these left CANA and has accepted the oversight of Bishop Johnston (VA).St Stephen’s, St Margaret’s and Epiphany amicably returned their property to continuing congregations of Episcopalians.Truro reached two-year lease back agreement with the diocese. They conveyed deeds etc to the diocese. The friendship developed between Truro’s rector and Bp. Johnston may lead to a more positive outcome in the future.The Falls Church agreed to return its property to the Episcopal Falls Church. Then they reneged on the agreement. After the April 27 hearing before Judge Bellows, the judge told them to vacate by April 30. The diocese graciously is allowing them until May 15 to return the property.And then there was one — The Church of the Apostles. The Church of the Apostles publishes “prophecies” received by members in their weekly newsletter. These appear to be represented as having the authority of scripture. Their building is actually an industrial facility that is suitable for a Costco or a tire warehouse. There is no continuing congregation.Has the diocese suffered financially from the loss of these congregations? No. These churches haven’t contributed to the diocese in years. Even so they showed up at council meetings and were very vocal in opposing actions desired by Episcopal congregations. No church can grow in the midst of conflict. The Diocese of Virginia has a chance for a new beginning without the drag of schismatics and heretics. I give total credit to Bishop Shannon Johnston for managing this process in gracious pastoral manner. I wish I were as charitable as he is. Property Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments are closed. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Tony Green says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID March 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm P.S., contracts and deeds. 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI center_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Chantal Andrews says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Philip Jones, Reston VA says: Dick Reynolds says: Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL March 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm Undoubtedly they will sell the property to growing congregations of the charismatic persuasion March 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm When our church recovered its property from the CANA group, we struggled. They had left us with a huge mortgage, no vestry or permanent Rector. Here we are five years later growing steadily in faith and numbers, to the point that I believe we now have a larger congregation than the breakaways.It was amazing how many people were willing to take over the tasks of running the parish. The Virginia churches can do no less. Keep the Faith. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 March 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm Hello,This new format of ENS makes it difficult to forward or share articles of particular interest.It was easy to forward to the entire congregation, sending the article to my e-mail address with Bcc to the group. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.Chantal AndrewsAll Soul’s Episcopal ChurchRidgecrest, CA Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (11) Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ March 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm What will the Episcopal Church do with all those empty buildings? Will they sit as shrines to the will of man? Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church, Virginia prevail as court refuses to revise decision Breakaway congregations given deadline for property return Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service R.A. Garcia says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing 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 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 James Pirrung says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MIlast_img read more

19 Jun

School Voucher Program: Let’s Talk About It

first_img Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This Monday on WOKB 1680AM Radio “LET’S TALK ABOUT IT” with Rod Love and Greg Jackson, the “Dynamic Duo” will have famed American Civil Rights Attorney, Benjamin Crump at the top of the show to speak about his new book, “Open Season” and the evening of conversation taking place February 11th from 7pm to 9pm at Bethune Cookman-University.The Duo will then turn to special guest, Pastor Robert Ward, Chairman of the Florida African American Ministers Alliance to address the “Step Up For Students”,  school choice voucher initiative that has provided over 100,000+  scholarships to low income, white, black and brown children.  Pastor Ward will defend the need for Step Up for Students scholarship support of which 2,000 scholarships have already been eliminated since major corporations have begun to withdraw their financial support because some participating private schools have anti-gay policies.Tune in (WOKB 1680 AM Radio) and join the discussion, ask the relevant questions.Let’s Talk Nation will also hear what “Nicole Knows”, these and other topics are discussed by two of the most influential voices in Central Florida on the top-rated Monday Night radio talk show — LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!Join Rod Love, Greg Jackson and the entire Let’s Talk Nation on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, every Monday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on 1680am WOKB, online at www.wokbradio.com, on Facebook @letstalknationusa or call-in to 407-894-1680. LET’S TALK ABOUT IT is the can’t miss radio show that will blow your mind***** Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSGreg JacksonLet’s Talk About ItRod Love Previous articleFlorida bill banning local vacation rental regulations edges closer to House floorNext articleFive Ways Sports Analytics Are Transforming the NFL Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear From Let’s Talk About it with Rod Love and Greg Jackson Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Rod LoveHosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman, was the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence, and was formerly the Orange County District 2 Commissioner. Jackson is a local attorney that ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka.The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays from 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.Greg Jackson  Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational.  It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.To join the conversation tonight, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

17 Jun

Elathur House / PLAYGROUP Studio

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804097/elathur-house-playgroup-studio Clipboard Projects Houses “COPY” Area:  4000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: PLAYGROUP Studio Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Kozhikode, India Elathur House / PLAYGROUP StudioSave this projectSaveElathur House / PLAYGROUP Studio Structural Engineer:Basil ThomasOther Participants:Karan Gajjar, Aman Amin, Albert Rajkumar, Abhirami Murali, Dennis PeterArchitect In Charge:Harsh PatelCity:KozhikodeCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Esha DaftariRecommended ProductsDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstitutePorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. The primary challenge was to retain an existing house on the site and build a complete new structure over it while retaining the basic functionality of the original structure. The new building was designed on a completely distinct set of circular columns which were placed strategically to avoid the existing walls and foundations. The new structure, aligned at an angle, floats over the lower structure. Roof of the existing structure was demolished and the space between the new and old structure was sealed with continuous frameless glass panes, maintaining the individuality of the two structures. The old structure was stripped off its plaster and the original large laterite stones revealed.Save this picture!© Esha DaftariSave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Esha DaftariThe site being very close to the beach at Elathur near Calicut, the intention was to make a robust house which is able to withstand the salty sea breeze and heavy monsoons. Concrete sloping roof, being the most resistant to corrosive properties of the breeze, was used to cover the entire structure. The concrete roof, being aware of it being ‘non-wooden’, it was free to tilt on its axis thus opening up the house towards the sea and lowering itself towards the rear side.Save this picture!© Esha DaftariThe slab was designed with strategically located upturned beams to maintain a flat slab at the bottom in response to the irregularly placed circular columns. The slabs have been finished with a mix of red and black wax hand rubbed on the cement plaster. The plastered surfaces of the stone and plaster have been sealed with a unique locally developed Ayurvedic medicinal extract called ‘Vajrapasha’. This provides a slight sheen to these surfaces while revealing its inherent colour.Save this picture!© Esha DaftariSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Esha DaftariProject gallerySee allShow lessMarkhouse / Drozdov & PartnersSelected ProjectsTaikoo Place / Gustafson Porter + BowmanUnbuilt Project Share Elathur House / PLAYGROUP Studio Photographs:  Esha Daftari Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804097/elathur-house-playgroup-studio Clipboard Save this picture!© Esha Daftari+ 33 Share “COPY” Photographs Year:  Manufacturers: Kommerling, COMTRUST, VAJRAPASHA Project Manager: ArchDaily India 2016 Rajeev CopyAbout this officePLAYGROUP StudioOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKozhikodeIndiaPublished on January 30, 2017Cite: “Elathur House / PLAYGROUP Studio” 29 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

16 Jun

How to avoid fundraising scams at Christmas

first_img The Charity Commission has published these tips for the public on how to spot, avoid and report fundraising scams at Christmas.1.         Before giving, check the charity’s name and registration number.  You can verify this at the Charity Commission’s website. The charity’s profile shows whether or not the organisation is up to date with its annual reporting requirements.2.         When approached by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed.3.         If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.4.         Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number.  Be wary of those that list only a mobile number.5.         Look for the FRSB tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation, encouraging you to give with confidence.6.         To check whether a fundraiser is authorised to collect money in a public place, contact your local authority or, if in London, the police. If it is a private place, check with the owner.7.         Take care when responding to emails or clicking links to a charity’s website to ensure that they are genuine. Instead, search online for your favourite charity to check you have the right web address.8.         Carefully review collection bags for clothing and household goods to ascertain whether they are from a genuine charity.9.         After making these checks, if you think that a collection or appeal is not legitimate, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and inform the Charity Commission.10.      If in any doubt, contact your favoured charity direct to make a donation. Tagged with: Charity Commission christmas Individual giving Law / policy Howard Lake | 10 December 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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.center_img Photo: Christmas collecting tin by Chris Brignell on Shutterstock.com How to avoid fundraising scams at Christmas  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

14 Jun

Indiana Farm Bureau Offers New Medicare Supplement Plans Benefit

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farm Bureau Offers New Medicare Supplement Plans Benefit By Andy Eubank – Aug 8, 2012 SHARE SHARE Indiana Farm Bureau has joined with Members Health Insurance Company to offer Medicare supplement plans to IFB members. MHI is an affiliate of the health organization that serves members of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the largest Farm Bureau in the nation.“We’re always looking for ways to add to and enhance what it means to be a member of Indiana Farm Bureau,” said Don Villwock, IFB president. “This is a relationship that will generate savings for many of our senior members.”Medicare supplement plans help Medicare beneficiaries pay costs not covered by Medicare. Various plans offered from different companies are standardized, and have identical coverage, so the difference between plans is the rate.MHI offers eight standardized plans to IFB members. To learn more about the program and rates, visit www.mhinsurance.com/Indiana or call 1-888-708-0123.Source: Indiana Farm Bureau Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleCheers and Tears at State Fair Grand DriveNext articlePurdue Extension Holds Regional Meetings on Drought Andy Eubank Indiana Farm Bureau Offers New Medicare Supplement Plans Benefitlast_img read more

12 Jun

Hong Kong: the judicial ordeal of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai

first_img News April 29, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) details the seven ongoing procedures against Apple Daily founder and 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards laureate Jimmy Lai, detained for almost four months in Hong Kong and risking a life sentence. Follow the news on Hong Kong Hong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentRSF Prize News Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more ——————————————————————————Update – 28th May 2021 Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to a total of 20 months in prison for “organising” and “taking part” in three “unauthorised” pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on 18th, 31st of August 2019 and 1st October 2019. He was also charged with two other offences of “conspiracy to collude with foreign forces” and “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice”. ——————————————————————————Jimmy Lai, 73, founder of Next Digital media group and its flagship newspaper, Apple Daily, and 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards laureate, was one of the first Hong Kong residents charged under the National Security Law adopted by Beijing and has been detained since December 2020. Jimmy Lai has been constantly harassed by the Hong Kong justice system, as demonstrated by the seven ongoing procedures against him.“By launching multiple procedures against Apple Daily’s founder, the Hong Kong government clearly seeks to take down a symbolic figure of press freedom”, says Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head, who calls for the end of this judicial harassment by “dropping all charges against the defendant and immediately releasing him”. Seven egregious and arbitrary procedures1 – “Conspiracy to collude with foreign forces” Maximum Penalty: Life imprisonment (under China’s National Security Law)Reason: Made political comments in interviews with foreign press and on social mediaBail: Refused three timesTrial start date: April 16th 20212 – “Fraud”Maximum Penalty: 14 years in prisonReason: Allegedly violated the land-lease agreement of the Apple Daily headquartersBail: RefusedTrial start date: April 16th 20213 – “Conspiracy to assist offender”Maximum Penalty: 10 years in prisonReason:  Allegedly helped a Hong Kong activist flee to TaiwanTrial start date: Unknown (formally arrested on 16th February but not charged yet)4 – “Organising and participating in unauthorised assembly”Maximum Penalty: 5 years in prisonReason: Took part in a pro-democracy protest on 18th of August 2019Trial start date: Trial started on February 16th 2021, verdict pending 5 – “Participating in unauthorised assembly”Maximum Penalty: 5 years in prisonReason: Took part in a pro-democracy protest on 31st of August 2019Trial start date: April 7th 20216 – “Organising and participating in unauthorised assembly”Maximum Penalty: 5 years in prisonReason: Took part in a pro-democracy protest on 1st October 2019Trial start date: May 17th 20217 – “Inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly”Maximum Penalty: 5 years in prisonReason: Allegedly promoted a pro-democracy protest on June 4th 2020Trial start date: June 11th 2021Hong Kong, once a bastion of press freedom, has fallen from 18th place in 2002 to 80th place in the 2020 RSF World Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China, for its part, has stagnated at 177th out of 180. PHOTO: PETER PARKS / AFP Receive email alerts Newscenter_img to go further May 26, 2021 Find out more Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai RSF_en News Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television March 31, 2021 – Updated on May 28, 2021 Hong Kong: the judicial ordeal of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Hong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentRSF Prize Organisation last_img read more

12 Jun

Video: Living Out Your True Identity

first_imgSermons and Lessons Video: Living Out Your True Identity You are really an amazing person just waiting to soar as you find out God’s plan for your life. Watch this conclusion to the Time to Rise series to learn how God sees you and take off on a great journey! Delivered by REV. SCOTT WOOD, CRESCENTA VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH Published on Friday, May 31, 2013 | 12:27 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News HerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty This sermon was delivered by Rev. Scott Wood, Senior Pastor of Crescenta Valley Community Church on Sunday, the 26th of May, 2013. Scott grew up in a pastor’s home. They had their own problems, but he picked up a passion for spiritual things from his parents and found Jesus when he got a bit older. Through Him Scott’s love for people and the desire to see them experience all that God has planned for them has burned bright.In 1977 Scott’s life changed by meeting Kathe Bedell, who fortunately grew to love him as much as he love her. They will celebrate their 37th anniversary this December.Crescenta Valley Community Church, 4001 La Crescenta Avenue, La Crescenta, (818) 249-5805 or visit www.cvchurch.com. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribecenter_img 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Community News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

31 May

Americans Continue to Bet on Real Estate Investment

first_img Share Save Americans Continue to Bet on Real Estate Investment Previous: Clarification for Debt Collectors and Servicers Next: Digital Age Coming to Automated Compliance Tagged with: Investment Rental Investment Rental 2019-05-08 Seth Welborn According to a Gallup poll, it’s real estate, not stocks, that are considered to be the best investment. The poll indicates that 35% of Americans believe real estate to be the superior long-term financial investment, compared to 27% who say stocks are the better investment.Stock ownership has not quite reached pre-recession levels, and previous Gallup analysis showed that stock ownership has declined among most major U.S. subgroups since before the recession, with the exception of upper-income and older Americans.. Gallup notes that their poll was conducted April 1-9, in the midst of a bull stock market and that with home values higher than they were before the recession, noting the likely returns.A 2018 Wells Fargo/Gallup survey asked U.S. investors with $10,000 or more in investments a similar question about the best long-term investment, and respondents were more optimistic about stock investment, while just 19% chose real estate as the best investment. The key different, Gallup notes, is that the question wording asked respondents to exclude their primary home when thinking of real estate as an investment. This means that while many Americans see their primary home as a solid investment, a second home or another type of real estate investment, such as a rental property, is not as appealing as stocks are.For real estate investors, “opportunity zones” may be the way to go.Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Benjamin Carson was recently interviewed on Fox News’ “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton” to talk the proposed new regulations aimed at making it easier for investors to take advantage of tax breaks for investing in “Opportunity Zones” in low-income areas.Going forward into 2019, real estate investment will be about “looking good,” according to Chris Dunlap, VP and Risk Services Lead for Hub’s National Real Estate Practice.“Properties that maintain—or improve—their standing will be best positioned to keep costs at bay,” said Dunlap. “The proven way to do this is to invest in tighter risk management, including disaster preparedness ahead of the next catastrophic event and engaging your property policy broker to do what they do best—negotiate on your behalf.” Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer.  Print This Post Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 8, 2019 6,154 Views center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Americans Continue to Bet on Real Estate Investment The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Subscribelast_img read more

12 May

HR Hartley

first_imgHR HartleyOn 10 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today HR needs to come out all guns blazingWhen Greg Dyke left the BBC, his staff demonstrated outside thecorporation’s headquarters, brandishing placards, demanding his return. I don’t doubt that the same would happen if I were forced to down tools. Ifear, however, few other business leaders would experience this kind ofsupport, and most HR directors would simply slide out of their organisation’sback door, not with a bang, but with a whimper. In the HR world, we endlessly discuss the ’employability’ of new recruits,and how important it is that they offer the profession the necessary skills andacumen to take forward the next business generation. But how often do we, thisHR generation, look in the mirror? How many characters do we have who stand outfrom the crowd for their sheer dynamism and leadership qualities? You have toadmit, not many. Sure, we’re making step changes and being recognised, in part, for theimportant role we play in making organisations successful. But to wholly makean impact and a real strategic difference, the HR profession needs to be morevisible and come out with its guns blazing. While other departments are spraying the boardroom with anti-tank shells,we’re scoring hits with paintballs. At least when HR was virtually confined toindustrial relations, it had a union-esque will to get involved and annoy thebejeezus out of people. It got noticed. Nowadays, and too often, we’reperceived as a soft, politically-correct pussycat. We need some more charismatic leading personalities out there to championthe profession, carve out more paths to the boardroom and make positive pressheadlines. Hartley, our new weekly columnist with strong opinion, is an HR directorat large Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

12 May

‘Covid-19 anxiety syndrome’ rears its head as office return looms

first_img Shutterstock ‘Covid-19 anxiety syndrome’ may cause employees to struggle with reintegrating back into daily life as workplaces and society begin to open up.This is according to research carried out by London South Bank University and Kingston University, which found 54% of people strongly endorsed avoiding public transport because of a fear of contracting Covid-19; 49% strongly endorsed avoiding touching things in public spaces; and 38% strongly endorsed avoiding going out into public places.Mental healthAddressing tensions in the workplace as Covid transitions roll outCPD: Workplace trauma post-pandemic (webinar)A third receive mental health diagnosis after Covid-19One in five of the 286 UK-based survey participants scored highly on the researchers’ “Covid-19 anxiety syndrome scale” when the research was carried out in February 2021.They defined “Covid-19 anxiety syndrome” as consisting of coping mechanisms including constant attention to threat, worry, avoidance and excessive checking. This can keep people locked into a state of continuous anxiety and fear of contracting the virus, they said.The top 25% of scorers on the scale were  younger and had a higher risk status than the rest of the sample, regardless of gender or vaccination status.Those at high clinical risk scored significantly higher on the scale than the rest of the population.Professor Marcantonio Spada, professor of addictive behaviours and mental health at LSBU, said: “The Covid-19 anxiety syndrome refers to how we cope with the fear of contracting the virus. Our research highlights that some forms of coping may exacerbate this fear and heighten anxiety.“We observed that the higher the levels of Covid-19 anxiety syndrome, the more likely it is that those people will be aware of the threat of catching the virus. This group of people also find it harder to disengage from these threats, which may make return to normal daily living harder.“In view of our findings, we believe it will take time, for some people to return to normal daily life after the pandemic and we will need to support them. Mapping out how we will do this is a priority.” ‘Covid-19 anxiety syndrome’ rears its head as office return loomsBy Ashleigh Webber on 5 May 2021 in Anxiety, Mental health conditions, Coronavirus, Mental health, Research, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Related posts: One in five feeling ‘hopeless’ because of pandemicOne in five UK adults still feel “hopeless” as the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, according to the charity the Mental… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Websitecenter_img Previous Article Next Article Half of staff worry about disclosing health conditions during pandemicAlmost half (47%) of employees would feel uncomfortable about telling their employer about a health concern during the coronavirus pandemic,… A fifth receive mental health diagnosis after Covid-19 infectionAlmost one in five people who test positive for Covid-19 are diagnosed with a psychiatric condition within the following three…last_img read more