Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET People Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Aug 25, 2014 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Paul-Gordon Chandler named president/CEO of CARAVAN Featured Events Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY [CARAVAN press release] Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, a mission partner with The Episcopal Church and the former Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cairo, Egypt from 2003-2013, has assumed the role of President/CEO of CARAVAN, an interfaith arts non-profit (501c3) that seeks to “build bridges through the Arts between the creeds and cultures of the East and West.” CARAVAN started as an interfaith arts movement out of Cairo and became a non-profit organization based from Chicago this last March 2014. CARAVAN brings together many of the Middle East’s premier artists, with noted Western artists, to build respect, increase understanding and encourage friendship between the Middle East and the West. One of the flagship initiatives of CARAVAN is the globally recognized CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art. Each year this unique exhibition has garnered attention from the international press, media and art world, attracting thousands of visitors. In 2013, many thousands of Middle Easterners and Westerners viewed CARAVAN’s public art exhibition of painted donkeys (symbolizing “Peace and Compassion”) by premier artists from the Middle East and West, first throughout Cairo, followed by an estimated 120,000 people visiting CARAVAN’s exhibition in London, England at the world renowned St. Paul’s Cathedral. The 2014 CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art opens in late August at National Cathedral in Washington D.C. (August 30-October 6) and involves 48 premier and emerging Egyptian and Western artists (of Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds). Titled “AMEN—A Prayer for the World,” the exhibition seeks to express the deep, fundamental human acknowledgement of power and hope in the universe, for all peoples. This major arts initiative is an aspirational expression of hope and goodwill for the peoples of the Middle East and the rest of the world. Following the exhibition in Washington D.C. it will move to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City (October 12-November 23). In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC
Grace’s Irish Biscuits has secured its biggest deal in the US to supply its traditional handcrafted biscuits to discount retailer Cost Plus World Market.The Bangor-based bakery manufacturer approached the retail giant last year providing a sample order of its Irish shamrock-shaped biscuits, after which, a larger order was agreed to be supplied throughout Cost Plus World Market’s network of more than 260 stores.William Bullock, managing director and founder of Grace’s, said: “This gives us a significant presence with Cost Plus World Market in its stores from California to Virginia and is our biggest business to date in a market that we’ve targeted for faster growth. The contract also represents an important development for us beyond ethnic Irish regions in New York and Boston into mainstream America.“Exports of our traditional and distinctive shamrock-shaped biscuits are growing steadily in the US, Europe and further afield and we are well on the way to becoming a leader in quality Irish oatmeal and shortbread biscuits.”Grace’s has also agreed a deal to supply its biscuits to the forthcoming Winter Ball of the International Fund for Ireland, which will be attended by Sir Bob Geldof, at the Savoy Hotel.
A Purdue University student is reporting that he was denied the right to purchase cold medicine at his local CVS store because the clerk would not accept his Puerto Rican driver’s license and demanded that he produce a U.S issued license or paperwork to complete the purchase.The incident was reported at a CVS in West LaFayette, Indiana.The customer, Jose Guzman Payano, reported that he had been battling a cold and went to the establishment to purchase Mucinex and some other items. Payano says when the clerk scanned the cold medicine they asked him for his ID which he had no problem producing. Payano says when he gave his ID to the clerk, the clerk handed the ID back to him and asked him for a U.S issued license. Payano then told the clerk that “A Puerto Rican license is a U.S.-issued license.” “Puerto Rico is a part of the United States. It’s a United States territory.” The clerk still refused to accept his license so Payano who says he has encountered this situation before while traveling, produced his passport, however, the clerk would not accept his that either.The third-year engineering student says he left the store with tears in his eyes and went home to file a complaint. He was told that a representative would be in contact with him in a week’s time, however, he never received any other communication from the store.Payano then contacted his local news station WRTV who were thankfully able to solicit a response from the company.A company spokeswoman then issued an apology for the confusion and reported that they would be retraining their staff on what types of ID’s should be accepted:“We are committed to ensuring that every customer receives courteous, outstanding service in our stores and we apologize to the customer for his recent experience. We are fully investigating this matter to learn more about what occurred and we are seeking to speak with the customer directly,” the statement read. “While our employees must adhere to laws and regulation requiring identification for the purchase of certain over-the-counter medication, we do consider Puerto Rican driver’s licenses to be valid identification.”Payano says while he is grateful that the issue is being solved, this situation speaks to countless other situations that he encounters everyday because he is from Puerto Rico.
Walton was arrested around 4 a.m. on Tuesday after police say he punched his pregnant girlfriend several times in the head.Additionally, he is accused of attacking his girlfriend after she disclosed the 5-week pregnancy.She told police Walton pushed her against the wall and punched her several times, leaving her with a swollen eye.Walton is charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant person.The former Miami Hurricanes running back had already been suspended four games by the NFL for three previous arrests that occurred before he signed with the Dolphins in the off-season.The 22-year old violated the NFL conduct and substance abuse policy and was arrested three times in the offseason and released by the Cincinnati Bengals.The Dolphins signed him in May and initially thought Walton would be back after he served his suspension.But they immediately released him after hearing of his most recent “police matter.”No other information is available at this time. The Miami Dolphins announced on Tuesday morning that they’ve released running back Mark Walton due to a “police matter.”
Just a few days before Christmas, a Georgia family discovered a owl hiding in their Christmas tree.According to reports the family found the owl on their Christmas tree on Thursday, December 12th. They had bought the 10-foot tree from a Home Depot, and brought it back to their Atlanta area home.Katie McBride Newman said that she and her daughter spotted the bird. Newman said her daughter is a big fan of owls, so the tree actually had owl ornament decorations all around it.“It was surreal, but we weren’t really freaked out about it,” McBride Newman said. “We’re really outdoorsy people. We love the wilderness.”The family eventually called for assistance in order to remove the owl from their tree. They called the Chattahoochee Nature Center, a non-profit environmental center.One of the employees stopped by the McBride Newman residence and identified it as an Eastern screech owl. The family was instructed to leave the bird in a crate in a darkened room and release it after dark.
Police in Volusia County arrested 20-year-old Kevin Gaines Jr. after the Crime Suppression Team discovered information about the vehicle he was driving, and a deputy spotted the vehicle at house in DeLand.Volusia Sheriff officers arrested Gaines after his live on Instagram confirmed that Gaines was inside a house where Deputy Billy Leven spotted the vehicle.Deputies and DeLand police officers arrested Gaines with no incident and he was taken into custody.Officers searched the house and discovered 3 firearms, and 1 firearm in a vehicle parked in the driveway.According to authorities, Gaines was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm by a delinquent, along with his warrants for grand theft auto, criminal mischief and no valid driver’s license, bond revocation on previous charges of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm by a delinquent, and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. He has no bond.Online records showed no attorney listed for Gaines.(Video: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy
The amphitheater located at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach formerly known as the “Coral Sky Amphitheater” is now named “iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre.”iTHINK Financial announced a multi-year deal with Live Nation to become the new name-in-title-sponsor of the amphitheater on Thursday via Twitter: New Year, NEW NAME, New Shows! Introducing iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds! We’re gearing up for an epic 2020 Concert Season, & we’re proud to be partnering with iTHINK Financial as our new name-in-title sponsor.#iTHINKFiAmp pic.twitter.com/sfDSjtOFuH— iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre (@ithinkfiamp) January 16, 2020
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — All lanes on I-95 are shutdown between SW High Meadows Ave. and Martin Hwy.Traffic is stopped on both northbound and southbound lanes.There are reports of a shooting involving a law enforcement officer.A large law enforcement presence has been reported at the scene.I-95 is expected to be closed for an extended period of time.
COURTESY STEPHANIE PONTES Stephanie Pontes and her fiancé, Nino Zangari, recently completed several home improvement projects, like painting their deck and creating a cabana under it. With most everyday activities and routines temporarily shut down, the Striffolinos are finally getting back to the planned upgrades they have wanted to make over the past several years. They went online, filled up their Pinterest boards and found cost-friendly ways to get the looks they wanted starting with the yard. MIDDLETOWN – Fiveyears ago, Kate and RichStriffolino moved into ahouse in the Fairview sectionof Middletown with plans torenovate the space and makeit their dream home. While working on the yard, the couple decided to start a blog to document the evolution of their home. The goal is to make a loving, colorful and creative space for their family, said Kate. “Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, after watching hours of home renovation shows with unlimited budgets, we decided to focus on what we do have,” she said. However, that changed when the COVID-19 pandemic began. And they are not the only ones finding now to be a perfect time to start overdue renovations and projects. “We had an interesting fenced-in area of our yard we lovingly referred to as the corral,” Kate said sarcastically. Rich took down the fencing and repurposed it into garden boxes. They then created a stone patio, put in two small koi ponds, planted more landscaping and added an arbor. They also opted for outdoor solar lighting, which creates “beautiful Mandali-like lighting at night around our home,” she said. But the “most important part” of the journey, Kate said, has been teaching their 4 and 6-year-old boys to “jump in” to new ideas and skills, even if it means trial and error. “When I look back at my parents, who were very self-motivated and did most of their own work around my childhood home, it comes down to trial and error,” she said. “How do you grow a perfect garden? Do you spend hours on the internet researching, or does it come down to this concept of ‘we will see’ ” what happens? And Port Monmouth native Matthew Hetherington decided now would be a great time to add a creative flair to his living room. After moving out of his childhood home this fall, he finally organize his video gaming equipment in his new home. What was recently a chaotic pile of tangled wires and controllers is now stacked in a row of cubicles, separating individual gaming systems and controllers, said Hetherington. And she’s very happywith the result, she said. “If I didn’t have the free time due to quarantine, I wouldn’t have that space in my brain to be more creative,” she said. “In the last year or two between renovating and moving in, I really didn’t have the time to dedicate to it.” “There are such talented women decorating their houses that just make you want to hop on Amazon and get the supplies,” she said. By Allison Perrine The Striffolinos are justone family of many in thetownship and beyond whoare taking this time to beproductive around thehouse. Here are some oftheir stories and ideas. Sheri Nocelli had been wanting to give her Lincroft home a makeover for about five years, but she didn’t get to do it until this week. She started by painting her kitchen, which she said was a “huge undertaking” and overdue. She also cleaned out her closets, wallpapered them, organized them and turned them into closets you would see on Pinterest, she joked. But she found her inspiration on another social media site: Instagram. The article originally appeared in the May 7th – May 13th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. He also decided to put LED lights on the top of the shelves, giving each shelf its own color. Red lights surround his Nintendo systems, blue lights around his PlayStation Ones and so on. “Everything is nice, organized and easy to find,” said Hetherington. “It’s also just nicer to look at,” he added with a laugh. Stephanie Pontes and her fiancé bought a foreclosed home in Belford two years ago, knowing that they would have some fixing up to do. Luckily, several of her family members are in construction plus, she knows her way around a how-to YouTube video. With the pandemic freeing up their time, the two used inspiration from homes in the Hamptons, New York, to build a cabana under their deck and a firepit from slate, as well as paint their deck and porch, and landscape their front yard. Pontes also decided to “borrow” white rocks from her sister’s mountainside home to adorn her driveway. But the couple had twoyoung boys, full-time jobsand a small budget, so thoseplans had to be tucked awayfor awhile. “I almost don’t know if I can enjoy it yet,” Pontes said, fearing she might mess it up almost like having to get into a beautifully made bed, she joked.
23 February 2012Business has welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2012 Budget, saying it rightly emphasized the need for a collaborative effort from all South Africans in working towards a growing, inclusive, job-rich economy against the backdrop of a weak global economic outlook.Business Unity South Africa (Busa) described the Budget as credible, broadly balanced and confidence-building, saying it was pleased with the central priority the Budget placed on the expanded infrastructure programme.“This initiative should not only aid in building modern infrastructure, but will also reduce poverty, create decent work and expand employment opportunities,” Busa said in a statement on Thursday.Need to be globally competitiveBusa was further pleased with the emphasis on the need for South Africa to be globally competitive, further tax relief for small business and micro-enterprises, and a simplified tax regime for SMMEs.It said the small and emerging business sector had the greatest potential for job creation.“We welcome as business additional allocations of R55.9-billion over the next three years and an additional R9.5-billion for an economic support package.“We also welcome the 43 major infrastructure projects and further detail on how they will be funded. In this vein, we look forward to the infrastructure summit which the President is planning to convene soon,” said Busa.Sars commended for raising R739-billionThe Banking Association of South Africa commended the South African Revenue Service for raising R739-billion under difficult economic conditions. “The national Budget has, for the first time, passed R1-trillion, highlighting the significant expenditure by government,” it said.The association said Gordhan had demonstrated visionary, honest and practical leadership.In his speech, Gordhan commented on the high banking costs in South Africa. The association said that, while increasing competition in the sector was leading to a more efficient sector with lower costs, had to be noted that South Africa had high broadband costs, costs of protecting cash and significant compliance costs.It said it was working with National Treasury in this regard.Dividends tax rate increase ‘a shock’Des Kruger, Director: Tax at Webber Wentzel law firm said that the increase in the dividends tax rate had come as a shock, given that all previous announcements and the law as it stands at present indicated a 10% rate.“The proposed 50% increase in the dividends tax rate to 15% so late in the day will no doubt cause considerable administration burdens on those companies and regulated intermediaries that have to account for the tax,” said Kruger.He added that foreigners owning property in South Africa would be adversely affected by the increase in inclusion capital gains tax (CGT) rates, because non-residents are required to pay CGT on the disposal of any immovable property owned by them in South Africa.However, Kruger did welcome the proposal to allow a deduction for interest incurred on the acquisition of shares to be deductible in certain circumstances.PKF chartered accountants and business advisers was surprised by the unexpected increase in the rate at which the new Dividends Tax was being levied at 15% – when 10% had been anticipated – and the increase in the rate of capital gains tax (CGT) from 10% to 13.3% for individuals, from 14% to 18.6% for companies and from 20% to 26.7% for trusts.‘High-income earners targeted’Eugene du Plessis, director of tax at the company said the Budget had hit the high net worth individual (HNWI) sector.“They are targeting the HNWI with measures that can only affect the wealthy, and by removing legitimate means of reducing their tax burden,” Du Plessis said.“While this is being viewed as ‘a more equitable means of spreading the load’, targeting the high proportion of their income that HNWIs earn from passive investments, in reality it is making South Africa such a high-tax country for the wealthy that there is little incentive for them to live here as opposed to more developed countries.”The coalition of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and the South African Non-Governmental Organisation Coalition (Sangoco) said it welcomed that government spending would be increased to 32% of GDP in 2012/13.State ‘must learn to spend its allocations better’However, the coalition said, it was concerned at the capacity in national departments, provincial governments and local municipalities to spend the allocated amounts in a manner that will boost the industrial capacity of the economy and create decent jobs.The coalition, referred to as the People’s Budget Campaign (PBC), said it was concerned that the Budget deficit would decrease to 3% of GDP by 2014.“The unpredictability of the current economic crisis in Europe will continue to impact our economy negatively,” the PBC said. “It is therefore important for government to avoid decreasing the budget deficit over the MTEF and thus prevent our economy from deteriorating into a second-round recession.“Cutting deficit spending is simply not a sound economic measure given the global economic crisis and the triple crisis we continue to face at home.”While the coalition welcomed the allocation of infrastructure spend to the tune of R3.2-trillion over the three-year period, it said it must be complimented by the need to increase the capacity of the state to appropriately spend the allocated amounts.“We welcome the proposed establishment of the municipal infrastructure support agency that will enhance infrastructure development capacity of the rural municipalities.”The coalition said it rejected the proposed adjustments in tariffs by the minister regarding e-tolling in Gauteng to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.“The PBC rejects the continued reliance on user pay principle in the development of road infrastructure. We do not support e-tolling and call for a reliable, safe, affordable and integrated transport system,” it said, noting the acknowledgement made by Gordhan that the e-tolling system will have a negative impact on the road users in the province and workers in particular.The coalition said it was appalled that some learners were still being taught in mud houses, and demanded the elimination of them in the financial year. The Budget also failed to reduce teacher-learner ratios in the rural and township schools, it said.Source: BuaNews