Covid-19 vaccine: 3 top UK shares I’d buy right now

first_imgCovid-19 vaccine: 3 top UK shares I’d buy right now In the past month, not one but three Covid-19 vaccines have shown themselves to be effective against the virus. I think this is extremely positive for UK shares. As such, I’ve been scanning the market for stocks that I think could benefit from the treatment. Here are just three of the firms I’m watching right now. Covid-19 vaccine: 3 top UK sharesPubs are set to be one of the primary beneficiaries of a vaccine. The hospitality sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, and unfortunately, many pubs have already closed their doors forever.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…However, pubco Fuller Smith & Turner (LSE: FSTA) stands head and shoulders above the competition, in my opinion. The company entered the crisis with a solid balance sheet. Net debt was around £20m compared to property assets of more than £600m. This has helped it weather the crisis. According to its recent results, customers were quick to return to the firm’s establishments when they reopened over the summer. I reckon the same will happen after the second lockdown and in the new year.While one might be able to achieve a higher return owning other UK shares, Fuller’s quick recovery last time and strong balance sheet have convinced me that this business can make it through the crisis in one piece and possibly emerge stronger on the other side. Other operations may not be so lucky. Those with a lot of debt and large rent obligations could struggle if sales do not bounce back and operating costs increase.Growing oil demandAs the global economy recovers from the pandemic, oil and gas demand is expected to recover. I think this should help push the BP (LSE: BP) share price higher. This is one of the worst-performing UK shares in 2020. However, I believe that the worst is now behind the business. The price of oil has risen substantially in recent weeks. BP has also taken an axe to costs, pushing down its cost of production. As well as all of the above, the company has committed to invest billions in renewable energy over the next few years. This initiative should help the corporation reduce its dependence on hydrocarbons going forward. With a mid-single-digit dividend yield on offer as well, I think it’s possible this company could produce high total returns for my portfolio in the years ahead. Global diversificationCruise ship operator Carnival (LSE: CCL) has suffered more than many other UK shares over the past nine months. Luckily, investors have been happy to support the enterprise. The group has raised billions of dollars in debt and new cash to keep the lights on throughout the crisis. With the light starting to show at the end of the tunnel, Carnival can now consider how it’s going to move forward. All indicators suggest customers will return. Bookings have surged since the Covid-19 vaccine news was announced. As such, I’d consider buying the stock at current levels. The firm is past the worst. It hasn’t collapsed, and customers are thinking of returning. While it could be some time before activity returns to 2019 levels, Carnival looks cheap compared to history. Like other badly effected UK shares, I think there’s a strong chance the stock could rebound in the short term as investor sentiment improves.  Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 28th November, 2020 | More on: BP CCL FSTA Rupert Hargreaves does not own any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fuller Smith & Turner. 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. 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Ferguson pilgrims study systemic racism, injustice and reconciliation

first_img Racial Justice & Reconciliation By Lynette Wilson Posted Jan 22, 2016 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Andre Johnson says: Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments (1) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Tags Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ February 1, 2016 at 9:31 am Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In Jamaica we do not experience racism in any significant way, given the much larger black population. However, classism and poverty remain. Wealth is still held by mostly non-blacks, but the idea of the us against them mentality is not pervasive, hence not divisive. The programs being applied provide insight into what can be done here in Jamaica to prevent and reduce crime, which could be viewed as “class” profiling that could lead to an incident similar to that in Ferguson. Murder by any other name is still murder. Looking forward to collaborating in the future on initiatives to alleviate poverty by increasing opportunity. Blessings, peace and LOVE on you all in the mighty name of Jesus! Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Erendira Jimenez-Pike of the Diocese of Kentucky addresses the congregation of Wellspring Church in Ferguson on Oct. 11. The Rev. F. Willis Johnson, Wellspring’s pastor, is to her right. A photograph of the memorial at the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot is in the foreground. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Ferguson, Missouri] In the months following General Convention, the Episcopal Church has been working to fulfill its mandate to confront racism and the institutional structures that support it.On Jan. 21, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached the sermon at the opening Eucharist of the 2016 Trinity Institute, Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice. As he invited those assembled to embrace difficult conversations around racism, he offered some advice; “As you prepare to march, meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus. “  Keynote speaker Michelle Norris also offered her belief that “listening is an act of courage.” Trinity Institute is hosting this year’s institute on racial justice as a means of creating new understanding, opportunity, and encouragement for deeper conversations about racism.February is Black History month, following the many celebrations this week of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., and the church’s collective hope for racial reconciliation. Next month, the presiding officers of the Episcopal Church will meet in Austin, Texas, to begin to discern how to move forward with Resolution C019, through which the General Convention made racial reconciliation a priority for the next triennium.  Yet significant learning and leadership development around issues of racial justice and reconciliation began back in October of 2015, when the Episcopal Church sponsored a Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, in partnership with the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Diocese of Missouri.Fourteen months to the day after the Aug. 9, 2014, death of Michael Brown, 25 Episcopal Church pilgrims visited the site where the teenager died after being shot in a struggle with a Ferguson police officer.Shawntelle Fisher of SoulFisher Ministries and Cornita Robinson, director of development for St. Stephen’s & The Vine, lead pilgrims on a walk from Koch Elementary School to the Michael Brown memorial site. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn the aftermath of Brown’ death much attention has focused on policing and racial profiling. The pilgrims traveled to Ferguson in search of a better understanding of what happened that day and the protests and community response that has followed, both in the context of Ferguson and in their own lives. The intention was that pilgrims would bring that understanding back to their work, churches and communities, and begin to tell their own stories.“We need to create spaces where people are telling their stories and actually being heard. And I think part of it is young people doing the work in their own context and doing the work in the spaces they inhabit,” said Leandra Lambert, a young adult member of the Union of Black Episcopalians who helped plan the pilgrimage, adding that anti-racism committees and anti-racism trainings for leaders are not enough.“There are also spaces where decisions are being made and it would be helpful to us to know exactly where those spaces are, what committees, what organizations, exactly where in the church do we need to be so we are at the table, because if you are not at the table you are on the table,” she said. “A critical piece is not just saying it’s important to have people engaged, but really working towards that and taking those conversations to heart and putting the resources behind it.”The Episcopal Church sponsored the Oct. 8-12 pilgrimage, which brought together a cross section of young adults aged 19 to 34, representing white, black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander and mixed-race people from across church to study racial justice and reconciliation in the context of Ferguson. The pilgrimage was funded via a grant of the Constable Fund approved by the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in early 2015.The four-day pilgrimage included two visits to the site where Brown died, presentations and conversations with local clergy, non-profit and community leaders, small table discussions and worship.Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, after an altercation. Wilson later testified that he stopped Brown and his friend because they matched the description of two teenagers involved in the robbery of a convenience store moments earlier. Video surveillance indicated Brown had robbed the store.A struggle ensued between Wilson and Brown, and Wilson fired multiple shots at close range into the head and chest of Brown, who was unarmed.Protesters quickly took to the streets and images of police officers in riot gear clashing with them filled television and computer screens. The protests that followed Brown’s death continued into November 2014 when it was announced that a grand jury decided not to charge Wilson in Brown’s death.  An independent federal investigation initiated by the Justice Department later cleared Wilson of violating Brown’s civil rights but raised multiple concerns about racial disparities in the Ferguson police department’s conduct of its duty. On the anniversary of Brown’s death another protest broke out and a state of emergency was declared.Ferguson becomes a national focal pointFerguson, a suburb of St. Louis, is 67 percent black, and a quarter of its 21,086 residents live below the poverty line. Brown’s death put Ferguson on the map; the community has become a nationwide symbol of racial disparity and injustice and the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.Ferguson also has become a symbol of hope and a site for pilgrimage in a quest for understanding what happened the day Brown was shot and the protests and grassroots and community responses that have followed.For the pilgrims, many of whom work for or serve the church in some capacity, the pilgrimage was an opportunity to learn about what happened in Ferguson and to take the lessons and stories back into their own communities, churches and work.“These young people are not the future of our church, they are the here and now of our church. They are the growing edge of our church, and they are our best ambassadors and best evangelists. They are our best missionaries to other youth and young adults in the church – they can spread the word of who we are,” said Heidi Kim, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for racial reconciliation.“I think that they have a different and powerfully compelling notion of what makes our church relevant, and I would love to see that message work its way throughout the rest of the church,” said Kim. “I think they understand very clearly what it means to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. So for them ministry is about worship and liturgy and studying and reflection, but it’s also about being present in a world that is suffering, and moving and engaging in a way that will bring grace and healing.“My belief is not that The Episcopal Church is here to save Ferguson, but that the lessons from Ferguson can redeem The Episcopal Church. I think that the prophetic witness of these young people can help to redeem us all.”Leandra Lambert of the Union of Black Episcopalians, Sitraka Andriam of the Diocese of California and Erendira Jimenez-Pike of the Diocese of Kentucky participate in a small-group discussion at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis on Oct. 10. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceMany of the pilgrims were anticipating incorporating their experience on the pilgrimage into programs and curricula to facilitate conversations and healing in their own communities.For instance, Donnecia Brown is participated in Servant Year, a 15-year-old program in the Diocese of Pennsylvania that places Episcopal Service Corps members in intentional communities and pairs them with social service agencies, schools and social justice community organizations. She is working on building up a support group for teens by teens to address the culture of violence and the community trauma that young people face every day in Philadelphia.Aaron Rogers, of the Diocese of Newark, works with the Newark Mentoring Movement, and is seeking to connect leaders in his community to leaders in Ferguson.Timothy J.S. Seamans, who serves as school chaplain at Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, is developing a justice curriculum centered in healing and particularly racial healing for schools.Short- and long-term responseIn the immediate aftermath of Brown’s death, the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief and Development awarded the Diocese of Missouri a $40,000 grant to address domestic poverty, pastoral and community work in northern St. Louis County, where Ferguson is located.The Rev. Steve Lawler, rector of St. Stephen’s & The Vine in Ferguson, and Ferguson Councilman Dwayne T. Davis talk about the Ferguson Youth Initiative, housed in an old firehouse attached to City Hall, on Oct. 10. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceBefore Brown was killed and protesters took to the streets of Ferguson, the Rev. Steve Lawler, rector of St. Stephens & the Vine, and Pastor F. Willis Johnson, of Wellspring Church, had done asset mapping in the community. They were poised to respond to the immediate needs of residents who were confined to their homes because of the protests and the militarized police presence that shut down buses and businesses.St. Stephen’s food pantry delivered food and toilet paper to people stuck inside.The asset mapping also made Lawler and Johnson recognize that they needed to focus on economic growth and social engagement, said Lawler.To that end, St. Stephen’s started Incubate Ferguson as a way to encourage small business development and Wellspring founded The Center for Social Engagement and Justice as a way to foster and offer space to nonprofit, grass-roots organizations.“Most economic growth that is going to reasonably occur here is going to be small-business growth,” said Lawler. “Even if you are given job-preparedness training the real question is, where are the jobs? Where are jobs that you can actually live on? That’s why we are focusing on business creation.”In addition to loss of manufacturing jobs over the last 40 years, Ferguson was hit particularly hard during the mortgage crisis, with 50 percent of the community’s 6,000-plus homeowners owing more than their homes were worth.Throughout the pilgrimage, a picture of Ferguson began to emerge that went beyond the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests.Historical prejudice On the first full-day of the pilgrimage and again on the eve of departure, the pilgrims had an opportunity to listen and ask questions of Bishop Wayne Smith and to learn about some of the ways the diocese responded in the short- and long-term.In their first meeting, Smith outlined the St. Louis metropolitan area’s political and geographical boundaries and explained how the region became one of the most racially segregated in the country.Pilgrims Timothy J.S. Seamans of the Diocese of Atlanta and Dominique Bocanegra of the Diocese of Massachusetts take part in a small-group discussion on Oct. 10 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceAs far back as 1876, the city of St. Louis removed itself from St. Louis County, “the city thought it had all the space it needed,” explained the bishop. The city of St. Louis has 22 wards, each represented by an alderman, and the county was long ago carved up into 90 separate municipalities, which he described as “political fiefdoms that set the grid work for segregation.”Smith described Ferguson as an inner-ring suburb once home to white working-class residents who labored in big three auto factories and the former aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor McDonnell Douglass, which was headquartered in St. Louis County.“Twenty years ago, Ferguson was 80 percent white and 20 percent African-American, that has now flipped,” Smith said.Later that same day, the pilgrims heard from the Rev. Chester Hines, a deacon at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis and one of two black clergy in the diocese, who shared his story of living three-quarters of a century in St. Louis.“I’ve seen a lot,” said Hines, who as an infant was brought to St. Louis by his parents who were sharecroppers in Mississippi.Hines talked about geopolitical factors and the long history of institutionalized racism that has existed in public education, public safety and policing, the judicial system, housing and economic development – the environment that led to Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson.With more than 90 municipalities in St. Louis County there’s “fighting over the limited resources available to support and sustain communities.”In fact, one of the things the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Ferguson Police Department uncovered was that city officials put making money, through traffic tickets and other citations, above providing public safety to the community. It also found that Ferguson’s black residents were disproportionately targeted.Hines also outlined how the public schools ignored the 1954 Supreme Court ruling to end segregation of schools. It wasn’t until a black parent sued one of the districts in 1972 that “voluntary desegregation” was implemented under threat that schools would face the loss of federal funds. Still, he said, desegregation wasn’t fully achieved, to the extent that it has been, until the 1990s.Hines described race as “the horse in the middle of the table” that no one wants to talk about. “The psychology of our community is that we live in a state of denial … we are our own worst enemy,” he said.The rise of community leadersLeaders are emerging, however, in people like Shawntelle Fisher, who started a nonprofit organization to address the school-to-prison pipeline and the problem of mass incarceration, and like Felicia Pulliam, who serves on the Ferguson Commission, created to study the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of Brown’s death.Nicholas Lino of the Diocese of Hawaii writes in his journal during the Ferguson Pilgrimage Oct. 8-12 sponsored by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceBefore the commission could produce the Ferguson Report, its members had to hold meetings and listen to the marginalized voices in the community. At first she said, “hundreds and hundreds of angry people would show up, we spent hours listening.”Pulliam has lived most of her life in north St. Louis County; she remembers when her family left the city for the suburbs, she watched as the Baskin-Robbins closed and liquor and payday loans stores opened.“I watched the community change; black people try to move here to make a better life and this happens,” she said.Policing and the criminal justice system are two things the Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, a transitional deacon in the Diocese of Washington who served 20 years in the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., knows something about.Fisher-Stewart led the pilgrims through an exercise on Oct. 11 where they were the police recruits and she played the role of police captain. She asserts that community policing in minority neighborhoods is a fallacy and that “the police are not change agents, they are the status quo.”Citing works such as Kelly Brown Douglas’ “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” Fisher-Stewart contends that today’s U.S. policing practices are based on the slave patrols in the South, and that “the criminal justice system needs fuel – bodies – and the police are the gatekeepers.”Brown’s death came less than a month after Eric Garner, 43, was killed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer on Staten Island, and four days after police shot and killed John Crawford, 22, in Beavercreek, Ohio. In Cleveland on Nov. 23, 2014, a police officer killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice. (Last week investigators ruled the shooting of Rice was justified.A need to address institutional racismThroughout the four-day pilgrimage, participants said it became increasingly obvious that racial reconciliation cannot be achieved until the structural and institutional racism is addressed, and that all people, black, white, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, and Pacific Islander face one another as equals.The Rev. Starsky Wilson, pastor of St. John’s Church, St. Louis, Pastor Phiwa Langeni of Zion United Church of Christ, and the Very Rev. Michael D. Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, talk during an Oct. 10 panel discussion on “The Role of the Prophet.” Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceOn Oct. 10, both a panel on “The Role of the Prophet” and Chuck Wynder Jr., the Episcopal Church’s missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement addressed the topic of racial justice.“In order to have reconciliation there has to be justice making, (and) part of that justice making is affording the person or the group that has been harmed to name the harm, to speak to the harm, and to state what they need in order to be whole,” said Wynder in an interview with ENS. “There’s still a need in our communities to repair the breach and make justice in order for people to sit down in our communities and heal the wounds.”Reconciliation is a dynamic and active process, he said.“That’s why we talk about racial justice and reconciliation, if you speak about reconciliation first it can be perceived that you just want to make a cheap peace, you just want to have calm, and even at the personal level often people don’t want to repair the breach, they just want to have peace with the other person without saying I’m sorry and doing the work to make the other person whole,” said Wynder.  “It’s much more complex when we talk about it at the institutional, systemic and cultural level, but the same principles apply.”A second walk, a deeper understandingAfter the pilgrims’ second visit to the site where Michael Brown was fatally shot, they began to prepare to go back into their own communities, and some shared new insights.“The first time I went there was so much going on – I was learning so much about St. Louis and Ferguson and everything that led up to that event that I was a little over-stimulated and overwhelmed and I couldn’t quite process it,” said Adiel Pollydore, a member of Episcopal Service Corps resident of Life Together in Boston.Pollydore is from Albany, New York, where she said gun violence also is an issue.“I think that as I had more time to process, and then going back on Sunday I really allowed myself to feel all of the emotions. And I was surprised that sure enough there was that initial tang of like hurt and pain, but also an overwhelming feeling of hope as I was able to learn what has come out of this place and what this dramatic, traumatic event has done for the people of Ferguson in terms of really bringing about change. And that made me really hopeful.”Pollydore works with youth in Boston interested in building a local movement. “Youth who are saying ‘You know what, being black and poor, being brown and poor in Boston and being a young person is hard and we want people to know about us and our stories and we want to feel connected to other young people who feel similarly disenfranchised and what can we do about it’,” she said.Pollydore said she has a lot to bring back.“I’ve learned so much from the activists and speakers about what that (starting and sustaining a movement) might look like and I’m excited to bring that back,” she said. “I’m also excited to push faith communities that I’m part of, including Life Together, and including St. Mary’s in Dorchester, to continue to think about race.“I know there’s a lot of work done in both of those communities, and so thinking about sharing ways in which to tell this story and my story interacting with the larger story of Ferguson, I’m really excited.”– Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ferguson pilgrims study systemic racism, injustice and reconciliation Church to focus on anti-racism, reconciliation throughout the triennium Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

Drawn to auction

 14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Drawn to auction QXL is hosting an online charity auction of celebrities’ self-portraits created in crayon. With corporate support from Crayola, the self-portraits from the likes of Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, Joanna Lumley, Ainsley Harriott, and Sir David Frost are being auctioned for the NSPCC. Howard Lake | 1 July 2000 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

RNID appoints Whitewater

first_imgRNID, the leading charity working with hearing loss and hearing health, has appointed specialist direct marketing agency Whitewater to help them review and deliver a new approach to their fundraising activities.RNID’s wants Whitewater to help it build a more sustainable approach, which will deliver consistent and higher value returns. In particular it wants to improve donor recruitment and retention and develop new products to support this. Work will get underway with a full audit by the agency of RNID’s current fundraising activity.Mark Roper, Managing Director at Whitewater, was looking forward to helping RNID tackle its challenges. “These include the need to increase awareness”, he said. “These issues allow us to work where we love to be – developing strategies hinged in supporter and market insights.”Whitewater beat one other agency in a pitch for the AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Whitewater Howard Lake | 7 January 2010 | News RNID appoints Whitewater  25 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

2016 a bumper year for Irish foundation giving

first_img2016 a bumper year for Irish foundation giving Tagged with: community foundations Ireland Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  74 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4center_img  73 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Howard Lake | 10 January 2017 | News The Community Foundation for Ireland distributed a record breaking €6 million in grants in 2016.Last year’s figure brings the Foundation’s total giving since it was set up in 2000 to €30 million.The Community Foundation for Ireland works with philanthropic donors who want to create long-term impact in their communities. In 2016 it worked with over 70 funds including corporate funds, family funds, individual funds and legacies. The Foundation’s role is also to provide advice, guidance and grant-making services to individuals and organisations.  Over the years the Foundation has had a working relationship with over 4,000 community and voluntary organisations in Ireland. The grants breakdown by social issue in 2015/16 was:Children and young people- 31.8%Poverty and homelessness- 21.5%Education- 14.4%Other- 9%Older people- 6.4%Health- 5.7%Community development- 4.3%Minority groups- 4%Women’s issues- 3.1%The Foundation has also celebrated those who have made contributions to Irish society through their Philanthropist of the Year Awards. This year’s Philanthropist of the Year Awards will take place in Dublin on 8 February 2017.last_img read more

TCU to ask faculty about diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in annual reports

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Facebook Oscar Hernandez Oscar Hernandez was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. He is a third-year journalism major with a minor in Spanish. Twitter Linkedin Oscar Hernandez printDr. Karen Steele is the associate vice provost and co-chair of the DEI committeeThe Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee added a section in the faculty annual report to encourage a stronger commitment to DEI across all departments. TCU’s new online system, Faculty180, documents every permanent faculty member’s achievements in awards, teaching, and service. The system gives the university access to this data in order to find new ways for the university to support them. In addition, the new DEI section asks faculty to list examples illustrating a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion from teaching, research and/or service to their department, their college, the university and toward their profession.Dr. Karen Steele, associate vice provost and co-chair of the DEI committee, said those who have shown advocacy and commitment through the reports will be rewarded, but faculty who have not shown much commitment to DEI will not lose merit.The DEI section of the report is currently optional, however, Dr. Steele hopes it can be a requirement for faculty in the future.“Some departments here have not devoted much of their time to committing to diversity, equity and inclusion in their profession as often as they would have liked to,” Steele said. “Making this section optional in the report gives them an opportunity to get used to the idea.”Timeka Gordon, director of Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services, said leaving the DEI optional lets faculty reflect on their own values and decide if those values match with that of TCU’s.“If faculty is going to do it, it’s for the greater good and their values are in line with the university,” Gordon said. “If their values are not in line with the university, then they’ll have to ask themselves if this is the place where they want to be.”The DEI committee has done research with other leading universities across the nation, such as the University of Michigan, and used their input to produce this process in order to solicit input from faculty.“It’s about being proactive rather than reactive in response to the changes of higher education in DEI,” Steele said. Oscar Hernandez Oscar Hernandez TCU Faculty voting on secret DEI ballot World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Oscar Hernandez Previous articleReview: “White Boy Rick” fails to engage beyond glamorizing the ’80s drug sceneNext articleFrogs look to bounce back against ‘physical’ Longhorns Oscar Hernandez RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DEI proposal prompts civil discourse ReddIt The Faculty Senate meets once a month to discuss faculty related issues. TCU Faculty Assembly may be one step closer to DEI vote Linkedin #JoltTheVote: A new group encourages political engagement ReddIt Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Detention center quarantines inmates with flu symptoms

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Local News Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook TAGS  center_img Ector County Jail Administrator Capt. Steve McNeill speaks about the preventive measure the sheriff’s office takes to limit the exposure to influenza during an interview in a ECSO medical exam room. Ector County Detention Center staff are working to prevent further spread of illness among inmates after influenza cases were confirmed in the facility. Ector County Detention Center Director of Nurses Lee Zarsky said that the first confirmed case of the flu occurred Jan. 4 and medical staff immediately jumped into action. She said her staff of eight has been monitoring inmates for symptoms like fever and body aches, as well as ensuring they are hydrated by distributing Gatorade. Jail Administrator Capt. Steve McNeill said as many as 10 people have had the flu and about another 20 inmates have displayed signs of an upper respiratory viral infection this week, not including officers that have fallen ill during the flu season. “The main thing that we’re doing is just minimizing their ability to move around throughout the detention center,” McNeill said. Sheriff Mike Griffis said Tuesday that four cells capable of holding up to 24 inmates each were under quarantine. McNeill said that quarantines for a particular cell are not lifted until there is no sign of fever for at least 24 hours. As of Friday, only one cell with 23 inmates remained in quarantine out of the 650 inmates in custody. McNeill said that post-fire smoke purge systems in the facility are able to prevent the transmission of airborne pathogens by removing contaminated air through exhaust fans so that people in quarantined areas are not breathing re-circulated air. “I feel like we’ve taken the appropriate measures,” McNeill said. “There are minimum jail standards set to address this issue but I feel we have met and exceeded those standards to minimize exposure within our facility.” Isolated inmates that had scheduled court dates this week also had their hearings pushed back as a preventative measure for public health. “We don’t want to put them in the courthouse among the public and county employees and expose them any more than they already are,” Griffis previously said. “The flu can be deadly to some folks.” Upon entrance to the detention center, visitors are made aware of the confirmed flu cases within the facility and young children and the elderly are advised to visit with caution. Zarsky said incoming inmates going through intake were also undergoing screening for symptoms. Griffis said hindsight is 20-20 and he would consider having flu shots given in the jail to help prevent future outbreaks and hospital visits. “From 7 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday morning there had been five inmates taken to the hospital due to flu-like symptoms,” he said. “A lot of times we have to call people in because we don’t have enough personnel to take them to the hospital.” McNeill showed hesitation to vaccinate inmates due to possible unknown allergies inmates could have, but encouraged staff to still get their flu shot. Health Department Director Gino Solla said that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine ranges from year to year but can offer more assurance to the recipient that they are less likely to contract the virus or will experience reduced symptoms if they do become sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that a flu vaccine is made to protect against the three or four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common. “Some years you might have a 60 percent efficacy and some years might be 30 percent,” Solla said. “Even if you were to get the shot and you’re only covered 30 percent, that’s better than zero.” He said the health department annually orders flu vaccines for about $14 per dose and charges the public $25 per dose, which includes the administration cost. Solla supported the idea of offering flu vaccines to inmates as a preventative measure. “I think a dollar spent will be $10 saved down the road, but it’s up to them to make that decision,” Solla said. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Detention center quarantines inmates with flu symptoms Previous articleECISD, Tulane logosNext article011219_Gymnastics_01 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Affordability Issues Not Sparing Current Homeowners

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Reverse Mortgage-Backed Securities: Good News and Bad News Next: Where Are Homebuyers Headed? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago It’s no secret that the one-two punch of rising home prices and limited housing inventory has been making life difficult for would-be first-time homebuyers in markets around the country. However, a new consumer survey finds that it’s not just the first-timers who are feeling the effects.According to ValueInsured’s Q1 2018 Modern Homebuyer Survey, 62 percent of interested first-time homebuyers planning to purchase a home in “the near future” stated that they worry they won’t be able to afford the down payment for the homes they are seeking. When it comes to millennial first-time homebuyers, that percentage increases slightly to 65 percent. But what about current homeowners who are looking to sell and find someplace new?ValueInsured’s survey found that 22 percent of all existing homeowners shared the same concern that they wouldn’t be able to afford the down payment on a new home—even after selling their current home. For homeowners aged 65 and older, the number increases to 28 percent, and it hits 36 percent for homeowners in rural areas. Owners of starter-priced homes are even more concerned, with 43 percent of those surveyed expressing concerns about being able to afford a new home after selling their current residence.For ValueInsured’s purposes, starter-priced homes are defined as those the owners believe to be valued at less than $150k. For homeowners whose residences are valued at between $150k and $250k, that percentage stands at 25 percent of those surveyed.Dialing the focus in tighter, ValueInsured reports that 27 percent of all surveyed millennial homeowners in the highly competitive Seattle market expressed doubts that they would be able to afford a down payment on a new home after selling their current one. For Generation X homeowners, the number is 26 percent.According to the most recent First American Real Home Price Index, home prices increased by 2.9 percent in February. However, First American reported that homes became 5.1 percent more expensive compared to the same period last year, even as consumer house-buying power, how much one can buy based on changes in income and interest rates, declined 2.6 percent in February.As reported recently by Unison, a homeownership investment firm, in the Los Angeles metro it would take 19 years for a resident earning the median salary to save enough for a 10 percent down payment on a median-priced home. In the San Diego metro, residents would need to save for 16 years to put 10 percent down on a median-priced home in the market. There are, of course, more affordable markets out there. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro, homebuyers need to earn a salary of only $35,909 to purchase a median-priced home with a 10-percent down payment. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Affordability Barriers to Homeownership First-Time Homebuyers Generation X Home Prices Homebuyers Homeowners inventory shortages Millennial Homebuyers Millennials valueinsured 2018-05-02 David Wharton 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  Print This Post Tagged with: Affordability Barriers to Homeownership First-Time Homebuyers Generation X Home Prices Homebuyers Homeowners inventory shortages Millennial Homebuyers Millennials valueinsuredcenter_img David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Affordability Issues Not Sparing Current Homeowners Share Save May 2, 2018 1,881 Views Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Affordability Issues Not Sparing Current Homeownerslast_img read more

Coupling of HOx, NOx and halogen chemistry in the Antarctic boundary layer

first_imgA modelling study of radical chemistry in the coastal Antarctic boundary layer, based upon observations performed in the course of the CHABLIS (Chemistry of the Antarctic Boundary Layer and the Interface with Snow) campaign at Halley Research Station in coastal Antarctica during the austral summer 2004/2005, is described: a detailed zero-dimensional photochemical box model was used, employing inorganic and organic reaction schemes drawn from the Master Chemical Mechanism, with additional halogen (iodine and bromine) reactions added. The model was constrained to observations of long-lived chemical species, measured photolysis frequencies and meteorological parameters, and the simulated levels of HOx, NOx and XO compared with those observed. The model was able to replicate the mean levels and diurnal variation in the halogen oxides IO and BrO, and to reproduce NOx levels and speciation very well. The NOx source term implemented compared well with that directly measured in the course of the CHABLIS experiments. The model systematically overestimated OH and HO2 levels, likely a consequence of the combined effects of (a) estimated physical parameters and (b) uncertainties within the halogen, particularly iodine, chemical scheme. The principal sources of HOx radicals were the photolysis and bromine-initiated oxidation of HCHO, together with O(1D) + H2O. The main sinks for HOx were peroxy radical self- and cross-reactions, with the sum of all halogen-mediated HOx loss processes accounting for 40% of the total sink. Reactions with the halogen monoxides dominated CH3O2-HO2-OH interconversion, with associated local chemical ozone destruction in place of the ozone production which is associated with radical cycling driven by the analogous NO reactions. The analysis highlights the need for observations of physical parameters such as aerosol surface area and boundary layer structure to constrain such calculations, and the dependence of simulated radical levels and ozone loss rates upon a number of uncertain kinetic and photochemical parameters for iodine species.last_img read more

T.J. Woods Named As Offensive Line Coach At Utah State; 14 Aggies Named To All-Conference Team

first_img Written by Brad James December 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local T.J. Woods Named As Offensive Line Coach At Utah State; 14 Aggies Named To All-Conference Team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, new Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen continued to add to his coaching staff by naming 16-year college coach T.J. Woods as the Aggies’ offensive line coach.This is Woods’ second tour of duty at Logan as he previously coached with the Aggies from 2019-12.Woods has been on Andersen’s staff at three different schools and he was most recently the offensive line coach at Western Kentucky during the 2018 season.Woods enhanced the Hilltoppers’ offensive line considerably as despite having no starters at their respective positions from the previous year and only two starters, the offensive line became one of Western Kentucky’s strengths at season’s end.Under his guidance, the Hilltoppers also allowed 16 fewer sacks in 2018 than 2017, and increased in their rushing yards by +75.98 yards per game.While serving as the offensive line coach at Wisconsin under Andersen, Badgers tailbacks Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement set the NCAA rushing yardage record for two tailbacks with 3,536 yards in 2013.Woods starred at NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific in 2001 and 2002 as well as at Iowa State and Citrus Junior College of Azusa, Calif.Additionally, Andersen added former Wisconsin All-American safety Mike Caputo as his safeties coach.Caputo comes to Logan after spending the past two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at LSU.During three seasons as a player at Wisconsin (including two under Andersen) from 2012-15, he played in 53 games and made 40 starts.After the conclusion of his playing career, Caputo received a training camp invitation from the New Orleans Saints.He also signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams prior to the 2016 season.There were also 14 Aggies signed to Phil Steele’s All-Mountain West Conference football team.Making Steele’s first team were senior center Quin Ficklin, sophomore linebacker David Woodward and sophomore kick returner/wide receiver Savon Scarver.Those gaining second-team status include junior tailback Darwin Thompson, senior offensive lineman Ramon Andrus, junior linebacker Tipa Galeai, senior safety/linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore and sophomore punt returner Jordan Nathan.The Aggies making the third team are sophomore quarterback Jordan Love, senior receiver Ron’quavion Tarver, junior tight end Dax Raymond, senior offensive lineman Rob Castaneda, junior cornerback DJ Williams and junior placekicker Dominik Eberle. Tags: Azusa Pacific/Corey Clement/Darwin Thompson/David Woodward/Dax Raymond/DJ Williams/Dominik Eberle/Gary Andersen/Jontrell Rocquemore/Jordan Love/Jordan Nathan/Melvin Gordon/Mike Caputo/Phil Steele/Quinn Ficklin/Ramon Andrus/Rob Castaneda/Ron’quavion Tarver/Savon Scarver/T.J. Woods/Tipa Galeai/Western Kentucky Hilltopperslast_img read more