Fare hike hits commuters

first_img Fare hike hits commuters whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proofcenter_img Monday 3 January 2011 11:18 pm Share KCS-content COMMUTERS returning to work following the Christmas break have been hit with a fare hike of up to 13 per cent on annual rail season tickets.Rail passengers in London and the South East are facing increases as high as 12.8 per cent on some high-speed lines.Yearly tickets will increase across the country by 6.2 per cent on average, yet train operator Southeastern has been allowed to increase fares by 7.8 per cent on average to reflect extra investment in the franchise.High-speed services between Tonbridge and London will now cost £5,192, up 12.7 per cent, while services between Ashford and the capital will now costs £4,328, up 12.8 per cent. Train operators on regular commuter services have been allowed to increase regulated fares by 5.8 per cent and unregulated fares by up to 5.2 per cent.A yearly ticket from Brighton to London will rise to £3,832, up 7.76 per cent with operator Southern, while a First Capital Connect yearly pass between Huntingdon and London will cost £4,260, up 6.4 per cent.Bus and Tube fares across the capital have also risen by an average of 6.8 per cent, with a raft of changes. Amongst the adjustments is an increase in the daily cap on Oyster journeys by Tube, with fares up £1 to £6.60 during off-peak hours and up 80p at peak times to £8.Single bus journeys now cost £2.20 for cash tickets, up by 20p, and £1.30 on Oyster, up by 10p.A Department for Transport spokesman said: “Revenue from fares enables the Government to continue to deliver much needed improvements on the rail network.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definitionlast_img read more

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DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) 2003 Annual Report

first_imgDN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: DN Meyer Plc (DNMEYE.ng)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileDN Meyer Plc manufactures and sells high quality paint for the residential, industrial, automotive, marine and construction sectors in Nigeria. Products in its extensive range include decorative paint, wood paint, vehicles finishes, industrial and marine coatings, road lining paint, roof coating and tube coating. The company also produces a range of tile adhesives. DN Meyer Plc has business interests in selling and renting residential apartments and building and restoring properties. Founded in 1940 and formerly known as DN Meyer Plc, the company changed its name to Meyer Plc in 2016. The company’s head office is in Ikeja, Nigeria. DN Meyer Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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I reckon Tesco shares are among the best to buy right now

first_img We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. Harvey Jones | Friday, 7th May, 2021 | More on: TSCO Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Harvey Jones I’d also consider this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I reckon Tesco shares are among the best to buy right now Image source: Getty Images The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now I think Tesco (LSE: TSCO) shares look like a good buy today. The grocery giant may not be the whizziest stock, but it has a key role to play in a balanced portfolio of UK shares, because its dividend is one of the best around.Tesco did us proud in the pandemic, and its shares escaped the Covid crash as a result. So how will it do as lockdowns ease and shoppers venture back to its stores? 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…Sales in physical supermarkets rose 3% in the four weeks to 24 April, according to latest NielsenIQ data. That sounds like good news, but there is a sting in the tail, as online grocery sales growth slowed to 25%, down from 92% a year month earlier.One of the best FTSE 100 shares to buy nowHere’s another stinger. Aldi and Lidl saw the biggest jump in sales, up 10% and 18% respectively. You might expect that, but Asda and Sainsbury’s also beat Tesco, whose market share dipped from 26.9% to 26.4%.That’s just one month’s figures, and doesn’t worry me too much. In fact, I have been impressed at how Tesco has managed to hold on to its leadership position. That gives me confidence in buying its shares today.One concern is that Amazon could take a major bite out of the supermarkets sector, hitting Tesco shares. The online retailing giant recently opened its third UK grocery store.Another worry is that other sectors may benefit more from the end of lockdown. I suspect people will splurge their pent-up savings in bars and restaurants, rather than going wild in supermarket aisles. Post-lockdown life may also hit Tesco’s food and drinks sales. On the other hand, health and beauty sales should rise, as we smarten ourselves up.The main attraction of adding Tesco shares to my portfolio is the dividend. Right now, it offers a forecast 4.1% yield, nicely covered 1.9 times by earnings. Unlike many FTSE 100 shares, Tesco continued making shareholder payouts right through the pandemic.I’d buy Tesco shares for the long termThe downside of buying Tesco shares is that I cannot expect that much growth. The stock is up 41% over five years, but has gone nowhere fast over the last three. Trading at 18.9 times earnings, it isn’t what I’d call dirt cheap, either. Despite that, I believe Tesco shares are a buy. With the base rate at 0.1%, that dividend yield looks attractive to me, despite chief executive Ken Murphy’s decision to freeze it this year. Tesco also incurred costs in the pandemic as it kept staff and shoppers safe, but these will now fall away, lifting future profits (and investor sentiment).Investors may be feeling a bit flat about Tesco shares, but I think this makes now a good time to buy them. I see this as a long-term buy-and-hold. The time to invest is when Tesco is out of fashion, rather than in, I feel. 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British & Irish Lions 2021 TV Coverage

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Lions supporters on the 2017 tour (Getty Images) Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4Wed 14 July South Africa A v British & Irish Lions (7pm, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4Sat 17 July Stormers v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4Sat 24 July First Test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4Sat 31 July Second Test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5pm, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4Sat 7 Aug Third Test – Springboks v British & Irish Lions (5pm, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg)Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on Channel 4All kick-offs UK & Ireland time. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img How you can watch this year’s matches against Japan and on the tour to South Africa, including free-to-air coverage  British & Irish Lions 2021 TV CoverageThe British & Irish Lions 2021 will play a pre-tour match against Japan in Edinburgh followed by eight matches in South Africa, including three Tests against the Springboks.The Test against Japan, on Saturday 26 June at BT Murrayfield, will be broadcast live on Channel 4 – the first time there has been live coverage of a Lions match on terrestrial television since the 1993 tour to New Zealand.All eight matches in South Africa will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, who have had the rights to show the last six tours. The three Tests take place on successive Saturdays on 24 July, 31 July and 7 August.Channel 4 will also show highlights of the Lions’ three Tests against the world champions while highlights of the other tour matches will be shown on All4.LIONS 2021 LATEST NEWSLions managing director Ben Calveley said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 are our broadcast partners for our first match on home soil since 2005.“I am looking forward to the excellent coverage and analysis that Channel 4 will no doubt provide and going on the recent squad announcement I’m sure the interest and numbers tuning in will be considerable for this clash.”Radio commentary of all nine Lions matches will also be broadcast live on talkSPORT, whose commentary team includes World Cup winners Bryan Habana (South Africa) and Ben Kay (England), former Ireland and Lions wing Tommy Bowe as well as legendary Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan.British & Irish Lions 2021 TV CoverageSat 26 June British & Irish Lions v Japan (3pm, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh)Live on Channel 4 & talkSPORTSat 3 July Lions v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4Wed 7 July Sharks v British & Irish Lions (7pm, Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)Live on Sky Sports & talkSPORT. Highlights on All4Sat 10 July Bulls v British & Irish Lions (5pm, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)last_img read more

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Religion playing strong role in background of Olympic Games

first_imgReligion playing strong role in background of Olympic Games 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 Press Release Service [Ecumenical News International, London] In a BBC radio broadcast today, Anglican canon Duncan Green called on people everywhere in the world to live together in peace and harmony, in the spirit of the Olympic Games.“I was very moved last week when the Christian chaplains on the team helped their Muslim colleagues prepare a large hall for the Friday prayers of Ramadan. A young Muslim man hugged me for providing such a facility. This week, I’ve witnessed young men and women from all over the world living side by side, greeting one another, making new friends, laughing, and sharing their love of sport. I pray that the world will watch and learn to live in harmony.”The Multi-Faith Centre at the Olympic Village will be run by 50 chaplains working on shift around the clock and catering to the spiritual health needs of athletes from countries where Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and other religions prevail.A group of Christian churches working under the name “More than Gold” helped organize a prayer relay. Services were held and prayers said as Olympics torch bearers made the journey from Land’s End to London.Many of the Church of England’s parishes are planning events to coincide with the Olympic Games, while Anglican and Roman Catholic churches are organizing “large screen” festivals which will bring together as many as 500,000 people.British churches will not be doing all of this on their own; they will be  supported by thousands of volunteers from Britain, the U.S., Latin America, and Scandanavia.Christian churches are providing free accommodation for more than 350 family members of athletes who would otherwise not been able to attend the Games because of costly hotel prices.One chaplain, the Rev. Janet Binn, told the BBC: “I’m looking forward to spending time with the athletes, to be to offer pastoral care, to be able to listen and help  them as much as I can.”A keen marathon runner, Binn added: “As an athlete myself, I feel that in  order to compete at that level there has to be something else that motivates you and keeps you going, something that lets you turn away from the normal things in your life. For some athletes, especially those who are spiritual, and there are a few, their spiritual aspect will play a big part in their  competition.” Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments (1) Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By ENInews StaffPosted Jul 27, 2012 Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Communion, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments are closed. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ July 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm This may be speculative thinking on my part however it is my hope that, on the eve of his departure, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams’ Building Bridges Seminar served as a catalyst for “. . . the Christian chaplains on the team helped their Muslim colleagues prepare a large hall for the Friday prayers of Ramadan.” and the young Muslim man hugging Anglican canon Duncan Green “ . . . for providing such a facility.” Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Donald Jack Newsom says: Ecumenical & Interreligious Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, ORlast_img read more

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Nature’s dome is Church of the Wood’s only chapel

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Calls November 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm What a wonderful progression of one’s faith journey and theology. It truly is a manifestation and understanding of the Stewardship of all Creation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Victoria Hatch says: Comments (2) Submit a Job Listing Wm Thomas Martin says: Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Nature’s dome is Church of the Wood’s only chapel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. November 9, 2016 at 9:22 am This is a wonderful account of a parish embracing a new yet ancient practice. Such an experience warms my heart but I remain curious about the ministry that happens “outside the woods” their apostolate to the world. How do those who gather together to break our Lord’s Body in this sacred grove embrace a broken world? Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID By Heather Beasley DoylePosted Nov 7, 2016 Worshippers stop for a moment of prayer and gratitude as they walk to the service at Church of the Woods. Photo: Heather Beasley Doyle[Episcopal News Service] Thick with golden-red leaves, the harbinger of fall in Canterbury, New Hampshire, a mosaic of tree branches rustles above and all around the Rev. Stephen Blackmer. A dozen worshippers face him. He encourages them to edge closer. “The Holy Spirit is so very loud today,” he explains as they advance their semi-circle, hoping to hear the 61-year-old priest’s voice above the autumnal wind. Beyond the woods, the wind roars. Within this natural sanctum, the sound dulls, announcing itself steadily through leaves and branches.Blackmer had begun Sunday afternoon service at Church of the Woods by tossing the Boston Red Sox baseball cap from his head and efficiently draping a green stole over his neck. Like other Episcopal priests, he read from the Gospel of Luke and the book of Joel. Unlike many, Blackmer added a reflection by the Franciscan priest Richard Rohr. He led his small group in simple song and expressed gratitude for the week’s much-needed rains. He wove the day’s readings into a very brief homily on abundance and humility.With that, he sent his small flock into the woods for 25 minutes, “to encounter God.” Some immediately disappeared into nature. Others sat or wandered. When Blackmer rang two large bells, everyone reassembled. They adorned the tree-stump altar, readied for Eucharist, with acorn tops, dried leaves, mushrooms and other mementos. They spoke of sunlight, brilliant leaves and gratitude. They passed the peace with hugs, smiles and hushed, warm voices.Breaking the bread for Eucharist, Blackmer offered the first piece to the earth. Once everyone had sipped wine from a ceramic goblet, he poured the last drops back to the earth as well. When the service ended, congregants helped carry everything out of the woods, their chapel. Because if Blackmer is clear on anything, it is this: The woods are the church, the space in which seekers commune directly with the divine.Blackmer seems at once the most and least likely person to lead Church of the Woods, the main program of Kairos Earth, the religious nonprofit he started in 2013. He dedicated the first 25 years of his career to conservation, ultimately founding and leading the Northern Forest Center. He’d established a daily meditation practice. He’d grown up without any religion in particular. He had never read the Bible. “Well, he was completely unchurched,” says Professor Janet Ruffing, a Sister of Mercy who taught Blackmer at Yale Divinity School.In 2005, a vision quest in the desert left him feeling that “something had profoundly shifted in my life, but I had no clue what it was.” That feeling idled until a return trip from an authentic leadership workshop two years later. As his plane descended toward the Dublin, Ireland, airport for a layover, he saw a church steeple through the window and heard a very clear voice say: “You’re to be a priest.” Blackmer paid attention. “I instantly knew it was true,” he says. “It wasn’t a proposal, and it wasn’t a question.”The idea didn’t go down easily; the thought of becoming Christian, let alone joining the clergy, unleashed serious internal grappling. He visited an Episcopal monastery, where on the third day, “I felt like my heart just broke open and tears came to my eyes,” he says. Four months later, walking into an Episcopal church (on a Monday – “I was still too chicken to go on a Sunday”), Blackmer instantly knew that it fit.A tree-stump altar at Church of the Woods in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Photo: Heather Beasley DoyleReading the Bible for the first time at Yale Divinity School, Blackmer began to see “the entire universe as the physical manifestation of the divine.” He also read that Jesus prayed in nature. “It never says, ‘and then Jesus went into the temple to pray,’” he says. Seeing nature as sacred and finding the divine by going into nature for prayer and contemplation made sense to Blackmer.In Episcopalianism, he also discovered a ritual and liturgy that he loves. “Steve makes the connection between the sacrament of nature and the sacraments as we experience them liturgically,” Ruffing says. “He’s functioning from a very highly sacramental theology.”Throughout divinity school, his concern became, “How does this calling to be a priest fit with my calling to the natural world?” Environmental work still beckoned. And he felt an unexpected pull to start a church. He ignored the latter until 2012 when that pull resurfaced as he stood on the land that is now Church of the Woods. “Oh, you mean like a woods church?” he thought. “I could do that.”Susan Fogleman, left, and Wendy Weiger walk to the service at Church of the Woods on an October Sunday. Photo: Heather Beasley DoyleAnywhere from three to 30 people attend Church of the Woods’ weekly services. Andrea Chan rarely misses a Sunday. She grew up Catholic, then left the denomination in high school. In college, she turned to Evangelical Christianity. Forty years later, Chan stopped going to church and waited, she says, for God to show her what was next.That was four years ago. While waiting, Chan spent Sundays in contemplative prayer and walking. “I’ve always been an outdoors person,” she says, “but had never really connected that with my spirituality.” In 2014 Chan read an article about Church of the Woods in her local newspaper. She knew it offered the next step on her spiritual path. “It felt like an immediate community,” she says of Church of the Woods.Wendy Weiger, who travels five hours from Maine every few weeks to attend, echoed this sentiment. “It’s been wonderful to have a group of people who’ve thought about these issues; the theology,” she says. Weiger, a research physician, environmental activist and writer, found solace in the woods after a deeply challenging period in her life when she was in college. “By connecting with nature, I was able to reconnect with God,” she says. “It was just integral with my healing.”The Rev. Stephen Blackmer eyes his alfresco church on a Sunday afternoon in October.  He hopes to build a second building in the space to the right of him for retreats, but he says there will be “no gourmet food” at the retreats. Photo: Heather Beasley DoyleDespite his congregants’ ardor, Blackmer questions the demographical soundness of his plan. According to the Pew Research Center, New Hampshire is the least religious state in the country: 36 percent of New Hampshire residents identify as “unaffiliated” with any religion and only 20 percent consider themselves “very religious.” Forty percent of all Americans consider themselves “very religious.” “By any normal standards, we shouldn’t be doing this,” he says.Is it foolhardy to imagine such a place – an alfresco Christian church steeped in nature, contemplation and liturgy – thriving in secular New Hampshire? Perhaps it makes complete sense: Maybe the time is right, the place perfect, for just such a religious twist, particularly considering declining Episcopal membership and attendance.“I think part of my job is to witness the death of what has been and to midwife something new,” says Church of the Woods congregant Rachel Field, a 27-year-old graduate of Yale’s Berkeley Divinity School and an Episcopal deacon who spent her supervised ministry placement at Church of the Woods. “But it will be different, and it will be good because it will be led and rooted in Christ.”Decay is “an always thing,” Blackmer says, noting the fungi as he scans his church’s leafy ground. Fungi play a key role in the decay process, in renewing the earth. He notes in nuanced fashion that the natural process of decay and rebirth, as seen clearly in the woods, is a real-time, tangible example of the biblical theme of death leading to new life.Church of the Woods includes a barn stacked with wood. In extremely inclement weather, the Rev. Stephen Blackmer conducts portions of the service in the barn. Photo: Heather Beasley DoyleBlackmer recently connected with six other congregations in the United States and Canada whose theology and worship echoes Church of the Woods’. In them, and others, he senses the germ of a new faith expression. “There’s something that’s really waiting to take shape,” Blackmer says. He stands ready to nurture this emerging movement, however small.“It’s lovely to see Christianity not heralding the domination and usurpation of the Word, but reminding us of whose creation this is,” says the Rt. Rev. Rob Hirschfeld, bishop of New Hampshire. “There’s nothing that mediates; there’s nothing that’s humanly constructed. … For some, it’s challenging,” he says. “Who wants to brave the rain, the snow, the wind?”Blackmer’s hearty crew, for one. In particularly bleak weather, they take refuge in the church’s small barn, completed last December. It takes a lot to keep them inside, though, away from the heart of their spiritual practice. “Church for this community is not a casual thing,” Blackmer says. “It’s serious, but it’s joyful.”And it’s a uniquely joyful earnestness: to follow the liturgical calendar and break bread together as the seasons unfold above, below, sun shining, snow falling, wind cooling worshippers’ faces; to center into quiet, connecting with God in a deep way.“I just never thought that I’d find anything like this,” Chan says. “It never even occurred to me to pray for it. I think for the first time in my life I’m in the right place.”— Heather Beasley Doyle is a freelance journalist based in Massachusetts. Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release 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 last_img read more

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Authorities urged to act quickly after journalist goes missing

first_img Reports Organisation MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state January 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to act quickly after journalist goes missing News Reporters Without Borders called on the federal and local authorities to make up for lost time in the investigation into the 20 January disappearance of journalist Rodolfo Rincón Taracena, of the regional daily Tabasco Hoy. The journalist had just written two by-lined articles, one on drug trafficking and the other about bank hold-ups when he went missing in Villahermosa in the south-east of the country.“Recent articles by Rodolfo Rincón Taracena point to a link between his disappearance and his professional activities”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The federal authorities and Tabasco state must rapidly join forces to find this journalist safe and well.”According to the online edition of Tabascohoy.com, Rincón Taracena went missing when he was due to complete an article about a gang of bank robbers. The journalist’s wife, Rosalinda Pedrero, told police that her husband had phoned her for the last time at midday to say that he would be leaving work later than planned.The family reported his disappearance to the Tabasco state justice department on 23 January while the newspaper contacted the federal justice ministry the following day. In addition to the article that he had not quite finished, the journalist had just carried out an investigation into places where drugs were being sold in the Atasta and Tamulté neighbourhoods of Villahermosa and had named some dealers. MexicoAmericas to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 28, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders calls on the federal and local authorities to work together to look for journalist Rodolfo Rincón Taracena of the Tabasco Hoy regional daily, who went missing in the southeastern state of Tabasco on the night of 20 January. May 5, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Follow the news on Mexicolast_img read more

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Slater’s 50/50’s Fact Finding Mission

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Community News Mark Schultz, Slater’s 50/50 BeermongerSlater’s 50/50 is known for its bacon burgers, but that’s not all the growing chainlet offers. Slater’s also has the best local and craft beers on tap in Southern California- all 101 of them.The Reader’s Choice winners of Best Beer Selection and Best Sports Bar, Slater’s obviously knows its beers, yet, that doesn’t stop Mark Schultz, the Slater’s 50/50 Beermonger, from going on a beer fact-finding mission to Germany.“I was over there, just kind of exploring the wonderful world of German beer,” says Shultz of his recent trip.Schultz traveled across Germany discovering ales and spirits along the way. He says, “I started in Munich, then to Garmisch and Trier and then on to Frankfurt.”Schultz is the restaurant company’s beermonger. When asked about the term, he says, “think back to the older days when there were fishmongers, warmongers and cheesemongers. I’m a beermonger. Someone who is considered knowledgeable about beer and who helps others learn about beer.”And the best thing about being a beermonger? “I do truly taste every beer that we put on tap, and so that’s a lot of fun. But I really enjoy sharing that with people. I communicate with people on Twitter (@5050beermonger) and I tell them what the latest, greatest and newest is. It’s a lot of fun to educate people on beer,” says Schultz.As for the beer he deals, the number of beers Slaters 50/50 offers its guests overwhelms even the beermonger himself. Shultz says, “I don’t know how many types there are. I don’t have the exact number of types. We break them in to categories to make it easy for the guest to find what they’re looking for. Be it a wheat beer or Weisse beer, those kinds are in one category for them. There are ten different official styles. Brown Ales and IPAs, Double IPAs, we run the gamut, top to bottom.”We asked Schultz which among the hundreds of beers is the most famous, he says, “definitely Ballast Point Sculpin. That beer seems to be a favorite at all site locations because we do quite well with it.”Ballast Point Sculpin is “an India Pale Ale”. The official style is American India Pale Ale and it’s a west coast style that has a lot of hops, citrus and pine notes, a bit bitter and floral and not too malty and sweet,” says Schultz.Unlike other bars where you can order a beer, Slater’s 50/50 has “425 draft lines between the five restaurants in Southern California. All rotate on a regular basis, so we change the lines in each location every week. We rotate about 40 or 50 different beers through each month in each location,” explains Schultz.Schultz concludes by telling us “there is a huge line-up of rotating local and craft beers, so you will definitely find the newest and the most recent releases each time you visit.” Slater’s 50/50 Burgers By Design is located at 61 North Raymond Ave. For more information, call (626) 765-9700.To find out more about Slater’s 50/50, visit slaters5050.com or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Business News Top of the News COVER: Right Slater’s 50/50’s Fact Finding Mission Slater’s 50/50’s Beermonger goes on a fact finding mission to Germany in search of the finest ales By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Friday, June 7, 2013 | 3:17 pm Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Subscribe 10 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Pasadena Literary Alliance Gives $20,000 “Lifelong Learning” Grant to Pasadena Senior Center

first_imgGiving Back Pasadena Literary Alliance Gives $20,000 “Lifelong Learning” Grant to Pasadena Senior Center From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 11:17 am 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment The Pasadena Literary Alliance has provided a $20,000 grant to the Pasadena Senior Center for The Masters Series, a program that embraces lifelong learning.The donation is a result of proceeds from the 2016 Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, which was presented by the Pasadena Literary Alliance.“We are so pleased to be able to celebrate the relationship between the Pasadena festival and the senior center with this grant,” said Katie Poole, co-chair of the Pasadena Literary Alliance. “It is the festival mission to support programs like the growing PSC Masters Series.”Offered to members and non-members of the Pasadena Senior Center for more than 30 years, The Masters Series has included topics ranging from music to politics and has featured well known university professors and entertainment personalities leading the series of classes twice annually.“This donation will go a long way in preserving the tradition of providing intellectual stimulation and higher education for mature adults in the greater Pasadena community,” said Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center. “I appreciate the generosity of the Pasadena Literary Alliance.”For more information call (626) 795-4331.Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and over in a friendly environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img 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 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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 Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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Prepayments and Loan-Churning Impacts on VA Loans

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Prepayments and Loan-Churning Impacts on VA Loans in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Previous: J. Pamela Price Joins McMichael Taylor Gray Next: Time Is Not on Your Side: Keeping Up With Foreclosure 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. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Ginnie Mae Investment loan churning loans refinancing VA June 20, 2019 2,244 Views Prepayments and Loan-Churning Impacts on VA Loanscenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago While Ginnie Mae has attempted to “to combat the churning of VA mortgages (which results in unusually fast prepayment speeds),” Urban Institute claimed in a recent report that alleged abuses by some VA lenders may have led to more expensive federal loans, particularly for VA borrowers.Ginnie Mae’s programs convert government mortgages backed by three federal agencies—the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Program—into mortgage-backed securities for investors to purchase. Urban’s report states that VA borrowers prepay their mortgages faster and are more responsive to interest rate declines, and claims that some of those accelerated prepayments are due to churning, where the mortgage is originated with the expectation that the loan will quickly refinance.“Churning can cause a VA borrower to pay an above-market rate for a period of time and additional origination fees on the new mortgage,” Urban’s report states. “In many cases, the new mortgage is a cash-out refinance, so the increased balance includes both the fees and some equity taken out for the borrower.”According to Urban, these faster prepayment speeds would require all Ginnie Mae borrowers to pay around an additional 7 basis points per year in interest rates, which Urban’s experts note is not high, but is still significant.“For example,” Urban says, “it would increase the monthly payment on a $250,000, 30-year mortgage with a 4.25 percent interest rate by $175 per year, with no benefit to the borrower.”Faster prepayments may undermine investor confidence, as the loans are removed and refinanced. Ginnie Mae has taken steps to resolve this problem, including a six-month seasoning period for streamlined refinance loans and cash-out refinance loans. However, the solution won’t be easy to find. Ginnie Mae is still seeking advice on further action through a request for information. Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Subscribe Ginnie Mae Investment loan churning loans refinancing VA 2019-06-20 Seth Welborn Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

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