BP hires new head of PR after Gulf spill

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Wednesday 5 January 2011 8:12 pm Share BP hires new head of PR after Gulf spill KCS-content BP has hired one of chief executive Bob Dudley’s former colleagues to repair the company’s public image following the Gulf of Mexico disaster, sources close to the company confirmed yesterday. Peter Henshaw is set to join the firm as a senior executive in the next month, with responsibility for rebuilding the company’s reputation. He most recently worked for British natural gas explorer BG Group as head of government and public affairs, but prior to this spent close to a decade with BP. He worked alongside Dudley at BP’s Russian joint venture TNK-BP between 2003 and 2008. Former chief executive Tony Hayward has been with the Russian offshoot in a non-executive role since stepping down from BP in October 2010, following a string of embarrassing gaffes. Henshaw replaces Andrew Gowers, the former editor of the Financial Times who left BP’s communications team at the end of November. BP declined to comment on the news yesterday. Henshaw’s appointment comes in the middle of BP’s $30bn (£19.4bn) asset sale as it tries to raise funds to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon spill. Shares in BP rocketed yesterday after Keith Feinberg, the lawyer in charge of the firm’s $20bn compensation fund, said only about half of the money could be needed to pay claimants. Shares closed 1.3 per cent up yesterday at 499.25p. Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

FDJ creates €30m startup investment fund

first_img23rd July 2019 | By contenteditor FDJ creates €30m startup investment fund Topics: Casino & games Lottery Sports betting Tech & innovation Regions: Europe Western Europe France French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has launched V13 Invest, a new €30m (£27.0m/$33.5m) fund that will allow it to take stakes in new startups that can enhance its business processes. French gaming giant La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has launched V13 Invest, a new €30m (£27.0m/$33.5m) fund that will allow it to take stakes in new startups that can enhance its business processes.The new fund will be managed by tech-focused investment fund Serena, which will target minority shareholdings in European startups as it looks to develop and diversify its activities.V13 Invest has been launched as part of FDJ’s ‘open innovation’ strategy, initiated by chief executive Stéphane Pallez and designed to accelerate its transformation into a digital-driven business.In particular it will focus on startups working on solutions that allow it to enhance its customer experience and payment services, especially around points of sale. The fund will also look to invest in entertainment businesses, following its move into esports competitions in 2017.As part of the operator’s digital transformation, under the FDJ 2020 plan, it has set aside €500m to invest in digital activities, including investments in innovation funds such as Partech Partners, Raise Investment, Level Up and Trust-Esport. To date €400m has been invested in this transformation plan.It has also partnered incubators and accelerators such as Paris&Co and Techstars, as well as digital think tanks and the France Digitale association. This has boosted digital sales, which were up 12% year-on-year in the operator’s 2018 results, with 1.9m registered online customers.The FDJ 2020 strategy is being implemented against the backdrop of the operator’s privatisation, with the French state to divest the majority of its 72% stake in the business through an initial public offering. The Agence des Participations de l’Etat (APE), the state agency that handles the privatisation of state assets, has formed a syndicate of eight investment banks to manage the process. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Email Addresslast_img read more

Rush Street Interactive to go public on NYSE

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Rush Street Interactive to go public on NYSE Topics: Finance Sports betting Rush Street Interactive (RSI) is set to be the latest US online gambling operator to go public after agreeing a reverse merger with special purpose acquisition company dMY Technology Group.The merger – approved unanimously by the boards of both businesses and expected to close later this year – will see Rush Street trade on the NYSE with an initial enterprise value of around $1.78bn, using the ticker symbol “RSI”.“We started RSI in 2012 to create a fun and engaging online experience for the US gaming customer and we now have a great opportunity to accelerate our growth in this dynamic market,” RSI chief executive Greg Carlin said. “We are looking forward to investing further in market expansion, product innovation, and growing our talented team.”Rush Street’s announcement follows Golden Nugget Online Gaming’s decision to go public on the Nasdaq exchange last month, while DraftKings also traded on the exchange after agreeing a merger with SBTech.Read more on iGB North America Rush Street Interactive (RSI) is set to be the latest US online gambling operator to go public after agreeing a reverse merger with special purpose acquisition company dMY Technology Group. 27th July 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: Online Gambling Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Email Addresslast_img read more

Superbet acquires majority stake in Lucky 7

first_img Email Address Finance Superbet acquires majority stake in Lucky 7 Tags: Online Gambling Superbet Group has acquired a 60% stake in online casino operator Lucky 7, in a deal the Central and Eastern European betting and gaming business said would help to diversify its operations. Superbet Group has acquired a 60% stake in online casino operator Lucky 7, in a deal the Central and Eastern European betting and gaming business said would help to diversify its operations.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Superbet said the purchase marks the second step in its strategy, having made an initial investment in the platform during its start-up phase in early 2019.Founded by Olof Orn, Karl Ahlberg and Magnus Petersson, Lucky 7 operates a number of online casino brands across multiple markets in Europe and the Americas.The business has also applied for licences in other regions, and expects to launch in three new markets within the next 12 months.“Lucky 7 is an acquisition that complements our current expertise well and further diversifies the SB Group across multiple geographies,” Superbet chief executive Johnny Hartnett said. “Additionally, it significantly boosts our online gaming revenue and brings product and marketing expertise the group will benefit from for years to come.“I have long been an admirer of Olof and the team from the other businesses they were involved with in the sector. Being able to partner with them to grow together is a great opportunity.”Lucky 7’s Orn added: “We have a perfect match here. On the one hand we have Lucky 7, a relatively new but already strong company both in terms of absolute numbers, but also in terms of product, player experience, online casino, and digital marketing expertise.“On the other hand, there is the Superbet Group known as the best multichannel sports betting operator in the Central and Eastern European region.”Superbet Group is part-owned by private equity group Blackstone, which in May last year committed to a £175.0m (€191.5m/$225.0m) strategic minority investment in the business.Earlier this month, Superbet also signed up as a member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).center_img Topics: Finance Strategy 27th July 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Jumbo Interactive replaces retiring company secretary

first_img Tags: Jumbo Interactive People moves “His support and counsel have been greatly valued. We wish him well with his retirement”. Jumbo Interactive replaces retiring company secretary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Australian lottery retailer Jumbo Interactive has announced that non-executive director and former company secretary, Bill Lyne, will retire effective as of 31 March, 2021. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Graeme Blackett, who replaced Lyne in the role, has over 25 years’ experience as a company secretary, and has been senior company secretary with Company Matters for over 2 years, where he acts as company secretary to range of listed, unlisted, not-for-profit and superannuation fund clients. Regions: Australia Prior to joining Company Matters, Blackett held company secretarial and governance roles with National Australia Bank, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, financial services provider AMP, software company Reckon Limited, the former retail group Westfield and the former National Roads and Motorists’ Association Group.center_img Jumbo’s chair, Susan Forrester, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Bill for his commitment and contribution to the business over the last 11 years, particularly as a member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and as a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.” In November, Jumbo finalised its first agreement with a government-owned lottery, as it agreed to supply Western Australia’s Lotterywest with its online software platform and related services for a period of 10 years. Topics: Lottery People People moves Later that month, the retailer was granted a remote gambling software operating licence by the British Gambling Commission, enabling it to supply its proprietary software-as-a-service (SaaS) online platform to Commission-licensed operators. Lyne, who is also the principal of Australian Company Secretary Service, has served as company secretary of Jumbo since October 2007. Lyne stepped down from the role of company secretary from 1 January this year, and was replaced in the role by Graeme Blackett. 4th February 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Email Addresslast_img read more

The Fevertree share price has fallen 50%! Fund manager Nick Train reckons it’s a buy

first_img Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones | Monday, 2nd March, 2020 | More on: FEVR 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” 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. Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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If you had invested £10,000 in the Fevertree share price five years ago, you would have an intoxicating £61,636 today, despite a recent dip in its fortunes. At one point it was a 30-bagger.Nothing goes up forever though, and Fevertree stock is no exception. It has lost almost half its value over the last three months as investors question whether it is finally running out of momentum. However, the FTSE 250 stock does have one high-profile fan. Fund manager Nick Train, half of the hugely successful Lindsell Train double act with Michael Lindsell, has just bought the stock for his Finsbury Growth & Income Trust.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…What’s so special about that? Fund managers buy UK stocks all the time. Well actually, Nick Train doesn’t. He is possibly the ultimate buy-and-hold investor, and rarely buys new names for his concentrated portfolio of conviction choices. Incredibly, Fevertree is his first Finsbury Growth & Income Trust purchase in three years. He must rate it.You give me FeverThe world rates Nick Train, and with reason. Finsbury is up 50% measured over the last five years, against growth of just over 15% in its UK equity sector benchmark. The renowned Lindsell Train Global Equity has done even better, rising 107% over five years, against 49% for its sector.We must assume that Nick Train sees Fevertree as a long-term prospect. He is also following the Warren Buffett mantra of being “greedy while others are fearful”, taking advantage of the recent sell-off, which intensified in January, after the company issued a profit warning following “subdued” UK trading over Christmas.While UK sales fell 1% to £132.m, US sales compensated by rising 33% to £47.6m, and Europe (16%) and the rest of the world (32%) are also showing plenty of life. The benefit is that it reduces the group’s reliance on British gin lovers, who now contribute just half of all revenues, a percentage likely to shrink on current trajectories.Nick Train isn’t the only investor looking at a buying opportunity here. Admirers have previously been deterred by its expensive valuation, which has topped 50 times. Today it looks relatively cheap at 24.8 times forward earnings.Do not expect Fevertree to repeat its early runaway success. As a £1.4bn business, sheer size rules that out. Some of its novelty value has gone among drinkers, while competition from a revived Schweppes and other craft tonic makers is stiff. In 2015, earnings per share grew 303%. This year, they are forecast to grow just 3%, and 9% in 2022.Its multi-bagging days may now be over, but it still has plenty of attractions, including an impressive 51% return on capital employed. You get a yield of 1.4% too. The early froth is now over, but at today’s price, Fevertree looks a tempting buy-and-hold. Just ask Nick Train. See all posts by Harvey Jones The Fevertree share price has fallen 50%! Fund manager Nick Train reckons it’s a buy 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. 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Episcopal Church is ‘Awakening the Spirit’ in West Missouri revival

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 r h lewis (VTS 1963) says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET May 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm Seems a bit “off the wall” to suggest that the Spirit needs to be roused from slumber. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Comments (9) Pjcabbiness says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA May 8, 2017 at 10:05 am We had a great time and it was full of Episcopalians who I see and worship with all over the diocese. We just kept looking at each other and saying “isn’t this great?” I agree that a steady diet of any one thing can become tiresome. The full richness of the experience should not be discounted. Our church must have some rooms to grow into. There is nothing that says that my dalmatic and stole are any more effective inside or out of the walls of the church. My faith is strong enough to endure and be effective inside and outside of the church. The Sudanese community worship for a time outside under a tree before they found Saint Paul”s Episcopal Church but I knew them then and their faith was not diluted. We are the church and we are everywhere. Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Pamela Payne says: May 5, 2017 at 6:10 pm I think perhaps we are the ones who need to be roused…the Spirit is waiting! May 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm I do not believe that this is the direction the Episcopal Church should pursue. Revivals are high in emotion and low in theology and substance. This effort is, in my opinion, a desperate mass marketing effort that promotes a diluted faith. Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Amy Baker says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Steven Catanich says: May 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm Here is a Presiding Bishop who is a dynamic, uplifting, and very gifted public speaker, and the faith he is preaching is the exact opposite of “diluted.” It is a tough, vigorous, challenging resurrection faith, rooted in baptism and eucharist and in Jesus’ call to be salt and light and bread in the world. There are many believers, ex-believers, and would-be believers in Christ, especially in the “heartland,” who have drifted from all forms of Christian community because they have come to reject the shallow or false teachings of biblical proof-texting, militant patriotism, homophobia, or the “prosperity gospel,” or because they have experienced some kind of spiritual abuse in conservative American Evangelical fundamentalism. You can find their books and blogs all over the place. Many of them know NOTHING about the Episcopal Church except for false scary stories about how horribly liberal we are, and outdated cliches about how we are rich snooty East Coast preppies. Imagine such a person happening upon our Presiding Bishop up on that stage, preaching the actual Gospel instead of one of the many distortions so prevalent in America today!! I am sure Bishop Curry’s goal is to explode heads. And I say, THANK YOU BISHOP. GO FOR IT, and may God richly bless you.“But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent?”(Romans 10:14-15) Submit a Press Release Featured Events By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 5, 2017 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL gordon fuglie says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Reverend Deacon Kevin White says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Revivals Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Church is ‘Awakening the Spirit’ in West Missouri revival Taking Jesus Movement downtown in Kansas City, Springfield May 6-7 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Gretchen Pritchard says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. 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 Martha Richards says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC May 5, 2017 at 7:01 pm I am looking forward to the Kansas City event!! Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Tags May 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm I think its to awake the spirit within the people, not that the Holy Spirit needs to awakened – but alot of the people do need to be roused from their slumber. An electronic billboard near the venue for the Diocese of West Missouri’s “Awakening the Spirit” revival May 6-7 is advertising the event. Photos: Diocese of West Missouri[Episcopal News Service] It is safe to say that never has an Episcopal revival competed with a Kentucky Derby party or been the unofficial opening act for a Garth Brooks concert.Until now.On the afternoon of May 6 in the Power & Light District of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, all three events coincide in what those involved in planning “Awakening the Spirit in West Missouri” say will be a perfect opportunity to show the city what the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement is all about.“If Jesus came back today, where would he go to make his mark?” the Rev. Steve Rottgers, Diocese of West Missouri’s canon to the ordinary and Awakening organizer, asked rhetorically.Two places, he suggested, would be the vibrant P&L, as it is known, and Hammons Field, a minor-league baseball park in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Springfield is in the southern part of a diocese that stretches north to south from Iowa to Arkansas.In Kansas City, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and others will have the Kansas City Live stage from noon to 3 p.m. The venue covers an entire city block and features two surrounding levels of restaurants, taverns and nightspots. The stage area seats 800 people but thousands potentially will be wandering through the venues. Some will be headed for the No Other Pub, which is hosting a sold-out Derby viewing party beginning at 2 p.m. to raise money for two local children’s charities. Some will also be streaming into the P&L District for the 3 p.m. Garth Brooks concert at the Sprint Center next door.On May 7, the Awakening moves south to Springfield and Hammons Field. “I can’t think of a better idea than putting the presiding bishop at home plate to knock a home run,” said Rottgers.A few blocks away the Springfield Artsfest will be in its final day. Members of diocesan youth groups will be doing Jesus-related arts and crafts in a booth there and handing out flyers about the revival.The Kansas City Live stage (under the curved purple roof in photo center) in the Power and Light District of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, will be the setting for the May 6 session of the Diocese of West Missouri’s “Awakening the Spirit” revival. Photo: The Cordish CompaniesWest Missouri’s Awakening will be nothing like the first Episcopal Church revival, which took place Feb. 3-5 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. West Missouri is not even using the term “revival.” That is the point: The Episcopal Church’s six revivals planned for this year and next are not cookie-cutter events designed to be replicated in every place.“Every one of these Episcopal revivals is going to be different because every one of them is a unique answer to the question: What does the good news of Jesus Christ look and sound like where you are?” explained the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation.In Pittsburgh, the good news was centered, she said, on reconciliation, crossing racial and geographic boundaries, praying together and healing broken communities. The gatherings tailored for that work took place in two Episcopal churches in Pittsburgh and one in McKeesport and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.“In West Missouri, Springfield and Kansas City, the good news looks like a vibrant loving church in the public square, full on,” Spellers said.The goal is the same. “Our great hope is that these revivals both awaken the spirit within Episcopalians and with the communities around us,” she said. “And that Episcopalians will grow in their love for Jesus even as we welcome our neighbors into this loving, life-giving, liberating way with Jesus and as we join together in the Jesus Movement that changes us and changes society.”Guide to weekend coverageLivestreaming: https://fb.me/episcopalianInstagram: @theepiscopalchurch @pb_curryTwitter: @iamepiscopalian @diowestmo @PB_curry @sspellersHashtags: #episcopal #jesusmovement #dwmoENS: Live social media updatesSpellers said it is “very Anglican to pray for social and personal conversion.”“The revival is never just about the big event. It’s actually a campaign to grow the evangelism capacity of Episcopalians in an area,” Spellers said. “We know that there will be this awakening of the spirit on those days but the spirit has awakened in West Missouri in all the steps leading this and will continue to stir the spirit afterward. That’s the point of a revival.”Once the diocese has discerned what enacting the good news of Jesus would look like in its communities, members of the church-wide staff come to the diocese to help with organizational details and to begin that work of capacity building. Moreover, they return to the dioceses after the events to work with Episcopalians to cultivate leaders who have new abilities, new relationships and a new common purpose to further enact Jesus’ love in their communities.In West Missouri, some steps leading up the two-day events have been big and visible, such as more than 200 people taking evangelism training earlier this year. Similar training will take place in each of the dioceses hosting revivals. Rottgers said many congregations have already done evangelism training, and more is set for this summer.“We’re hoping to break down the barriers that have kept Episcopalians from being authentic Christians,” he said, such as “people get into cliques or they don’t talk, or they won’t share or when newcomers show up they shy away.”“We’re looking for this as a way to wake us up,” he said.Other steps were behind the scenes. For instance, Rottgers agreed to book the Kansas City Live stage without knowing just how the diocese would cover the $18,000 rental cost. Then he mentioned the plan to a lay member of the diocese who wrote a check for just less than $10,000 as the “down payment.”“This is Holy Spirit stuff,” Rottgers said.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be in the Hammons Field batter’s box May 7 for the second day of “Awakening the Spirit in West Missouri,” the Diocese of West Missouri’s revival. Photo: SpringfieldMO.orgWhen he called Hammons Field to ask about its availability, the afternoon of May 7 turned out to be a rare time when neither the Springfield Cardinals baseball team nor the Missouri State and Southern Missouri University teams had home games. The rental fee for the stadium is $1,500. Leasing the parking lot across the street and charging $5 a car will make the entire Springfield event pay for itself, according to Rottgers.While these Episcopal revivals are not just about “energized worship,” in Spellers words, worship is at the center in both Kansas City and Springfield. Both services will include a wide variety of hymns, liturgical dancers from St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and musicians playing instruments ranging from brass to washboards. The Sudanese music and drum group from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer the call to worship.In Springfield, a bluegrass band from Branson, Missouri, will provide the prelude and a gospel choir will back Curry from the two sections behind home plate. And ballpark food – hot dogs, hamburgers, peanuts, popcorn and beer – will be for sale.Speakers, including Spellers, Consulting Evangelist for Revivals Carrie Boren Headington, who is helping organize the revivals, and West Missouri Bishop Martin Field, will warm up the crowd ahead of Curry’s sermon.Prayer teams of lay and clergy will spend nearly 20 minutes of the service at stations offering prayers and anointing for reconciliation, re-affirmation of faith and/or healing. “It’ll be kind of like an Episcopal altar call,” Rottgers said.Cards featuring three ways to electronically follow the order of service will be handed out, said Rottgers.“Of course, people will be wondering what’s going on in there,” Spellers said. “We’re not going to wait for them to come in, there will also be Episcopalians going out into those crowds” to hand out those cards, answer questions and connect with people.Nearly 800 people can fit into the Kansas City Live stage area, and hundreds, if not thousands, of other people will be milling around the area during the May 6 session of the Diocese of West Missouri’s “Awakening the Spirit” revival. Photo: The Cordish CompaniesWest Missouri’s Awakening is the second of the six revivals. The next four revivals are:Sept. 17: Diocese of GeorgiaNov. 17-19: Diocese of San Joaquin (California)April 6-8, 2018: Diocese of HondurasJuly 2018: Joint Evangelism Mission with the Church of EnglandThe Georgia event will look like a more old-fashioned Sunday afternoon tent meeting. Being held at the diocese’s Honey Creek Retreat Center, it will mark the new feast day of Deaconess Anna Alexander, the first black female deacon in the Episcopal Church.In San Joaquin, Episcopalians plan to celebrate the return of their cathedral building after the majority of diocesan members and leaders left the Episcopal Church in 2007 but attempted to retain Church property. Bishop David Rice will be seated in the cathedral.The revival will emphasize that for San Joaquin Episcopalians, the good news of Jesus means being in solidarity with immigrants and being “a loving and liberating church out loud [and in public] with no apologies. And it looks like being a resurrection church because, God knows, that is what they are in San Joaquin,” Spellers said.The revival idea is catching on across the Episcopal Church. For instance, she said, Iowa Bishop Alan Scarfe has asked his diocese for the next three years to turn each of his congregational visitations into revivals. The diocese developed a toolkit and other resources for doing so. The visitation/revival that had been set for the first weekend in May, however, has been cancelled and the church is bussing people to the West Missouri revival.Spellers said she and others “are trying hard to share resources and connect groups that are hosting revivals so that we can learn from each and pray for each other.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Submit a Job Listing May 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm I heard Presiding Bishop Curry in Salinas California in January. I believe he is correct that the declining Episcopal Church USA is in need of a revival. Curry wants us to become more of a movement and less of a church on a piece of real estate that assumes people will be ATTRACTED to what is happening inside the old-fashioned building on Sunday. Well, guess what? The attraction model doesn’t work in 2017. Secular folks believe they already have found meaningful activities elsewhere, thank you very much. If, as Curry exhorts, we together become people that are internally/externally transformed into disciples rather than mere church attendees, THAT will have an impact on the world. Read the ECUSA mission statement in the back of your prayer book. All Curry is doing is drawing from that. Let’s purge ourselves from the sin of complacency. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL May 10, 2017 at 1:58 am Beautifully said. So many congregations that are dying don’t want to change, they just want new people who will come in and pledge. The nature of Christian worship has evolved over the centuries, with the Eucharist at its core. Locate and look through a 1790 Prayer Book, the first one published for the Episcopal Church, and you will discover many things that we no longer do, such as negative references to “Romish” practices, and a service for people who are about to be executed – written from the viewpoint that the person to be executed must be guilty. The important thing is that the services help people find and reaffirm faith. That which does not evolve becomes extinct. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, ORlast_img read more

Solzhenitsyn and Jordan Peterson: Not so strange bedfellows

first_img“The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is the book credited with bringing down the Soviet Union. Setting aside the fact that the situation was by far more complicated, it is true that the book holds a special place in anti-communist history.Part 1 of this series drew out the similarities between Solzhenitsyn and Jordan Peterson, a well-known figure on the alt-right who wrote the forward for the new edition of Solzhenitsyn’s book. Part 2 goes into the history of how Solzhenitsyn’s work has been used by right-wing forces in the past.Nikita Khrushchev and SolzhenitsynSolzhenitsyn’s rise to international fame began with the political scheming of Nikita Khrushchev, who was First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union when Solzhenitsyn published his first book, “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich,” in 1962.At the time, Khrushchev and his circle were trying to push through reforms that would open the Soviet Union to the capitalist world. Underlying these reforms was the belief that peaceful coexistence with the imperialists was possible and the dictatorship of the proletariat wasn’t needed.The program was controversial, and in order to implement it, Khrushchev needed allies. One of the main ways he tried to build support was by attacking Stalin, who was still very popular in the Soviet Union at the time. In his “secret speech” of 1956, Khrushchev argued that all the repression of the previous 30 years was because of one man, Stalin, whose hunger for power and blood was enabled by a “cult of personality” that granted him impunity.Whatever one thinks of Stalin and the privileged bureaucracy in the USSR, it is impossible to lay the blame for developments in the Soviet system on just one person. Khrushchev should know, since he played a big role in the purges of the 1930s. But that is beside the point.What Solzhenitsyn’s first book offered Khrushchev was essentially the novelization of his “secret speech.” In fact, the author said as much in the preface to the first edition of his book.As its title suggests, the book depicts the trials and tribulations of a day in the life of a political prisoner in the Soviet gulag system of political labor camps. The story is filled with cruel guards, innocent prisoners and degrading labor conditions. These conditions were certainly present in the gulag system, but Solzhenitsyn suggests at the end that this was universal.Historians like Robert W. Thurston have shown that conditions in the camps varied, but Khrushchev wasn’t looking for a proper appraisal. He needed those who would join him in demonizing Stalin so that he could placate the Western imperialists. Solzhenitsyn was the man for the job, and Khrushchev personally approved the publication of the book. Overnight, Solzhenitsyn became a household name.To make a long story short, Khrushchev’s campaign failed and ultimately he was removed from power in 1964. Solzhenitsyn’s reputation in the Soviet Union faltered as a result, but many forces outside the USSR were eager to promote his merciless attacks on the foundations of Soviet life.Dick Cheney and SolzhenitsynWhen Solzhenitsyn published “Gulag Archipelago” in 1974, he was already well-known outside the Soviet Union. Through Praeger Publishing, the CIA had circulated Solzhenitsyn’s works in the West, and when he was kicked out of the Union of Writers of the USSR in 1969 because he refused to write one good word about the Soviet Union, the imperialists quickly awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 for his “ethical force.”The book’s publication was his most scathing critique of the Soviet Union yet, and could not have come at a more opportune time for the imperialists.For several years, the Soviet Union and the U.S. had agreed to a period of detente, but by 1974, the situation had changed rapidly — and not in Washington’s favor. By the time “Gulag Archipelago” was published, the U.S. had officially accepted defeat in Vietnam, the Cuban Revolution had stabilized and was now supporting liberation struggles in Africa, and the struggle of the Arab people against Israel and the U.S. had generated an oil embargo that shocked the U.S. economy. The U.S. leaned on the Soviet Union to tamp down the struggles in the Middle East, but it did not cooperate.In short, the U.S. was losing ground to struggles for socialism and national liberation on a global scale. Most of the bourgeoisie were now of the opinion that a more aggressive stance was needed. Solzhenitsyn, who was known to be against detente, became a perfect ally in this period. Not only did he receive enormous praise in the imperialist press, he was even invited to the White House by two young warhawks named Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.As with Khrushchev, however, Solzhenitsyn soon outgrew his handlers in the U.S. In 1978, Solzhenitsyn was invited to give the commencement address at Harvard and was expected to praise Western values over communism and thank the U.S. for providing him refuge. This he did not do. Instead, he ridiculed the U.S. elite for their depression, passivity and lack of courage; declared that individual rights had been overextended; and called the West a failed model.If he had not already been there, Solzhenitsyn now occupied a political position outside both communism and liberalism. As mentioned in Part 1, this was the year Solzhenitsyn offered his “Letter to the Soviet Leaders” recommending they dissolve the Soviet Union and form a patriarchal ethno-state of Russian nationals.What this history shows is that if Solzhenitsyn’s works are again on the shelf, someone wants them there.Part 3:  Why we’re seeing a new edition today.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ryanair rejected but Shannon reselected

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRyanair rejected but Shannon reselectedBy admin – December 22, 2008 749 Email WITH a second take over offer rejected from Ryanair, Aer Lingus chiefs have decided to relaunch the Shannon to Heathrow link in March 2009.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With flights to restart on March 29, 2009 next, the airline says it will operate double daily flights to and from the mid-western hub.Noting the expectation to increase profitability, Aer Lingus says the decision to restart the route follows the introduction of recent cost saving measures including work practice changes and new work agreements at the three main national airports.A defense for rejecting the 525 million euro offer by the low cost budget airline was published by Aer Lingus this Monday together with details announcing the return of the route that was removed from service last January. The offers made by Ryanair were said to significantly undervalue the company and Aer Lingus chiefs did not want a monopoly situation to arise. An open letter to shareholders by Aer Lingus Chairman Colm Barrington said; “Despite … extremely challenging conditions, we expect to achieve profit overall in 2008,”  “While maintaining revenue is crucial, we expect that significantly reduced fuel prices and a number of management cost reduction initiatives will enable Aer Lingus to continue to enhance profitability in 2009 and beyond,” he added. Print Facebook Previous articlePlea to Aer Lingus to reopen Shannon serviceNext articleBusinesses rally to support Shannon link admincenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedinlast_img read more

Post-mortem to be carried out today on the body of Conall Kerrigan

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Post-mortem to be carried out today on the body of Conall Kerrigan Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – August 25, 2015 Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Google+ A post-mortem is due to be carried out this morning on the body of Conall Kerrigan.The body of the 25 year old was discovered in the area of Bank Place in the city at around 10.20pm on Sunday evening.Detectives investigating his sudden death are making an appeal to the public.They say until the cause has been determined, his death is being treated as ‘unexplained’ and the circumstances leading up to the discovery of his body are being examined by police.Police are keen to gather as much information as possible about Conall’s movements in the period after he left the Metro Bar early on Sunday morning.They would particularly like to hear from anyone who was in the Bank Place or Foyle Street areas between 2.15am and 2.45am on Sunday morning.Detectives can be contacted at Strand Road Police Station by calling 101. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleOne Direction tell fans: We are not splitting upNext articleSolicitor asks judge to jail his client for a lengthier period News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Twitter Homepage BannerNews Facebook Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more