British Land eyes disposal of City assets

first_img whatsapp KCS-content whatsapp Share British Land eyes disposal of City assets LONDON landlord British Land intends to sell assets in the City financial district as it takes a more trading-focused investment strategy, adding an uptick in its exposure to prime offices may not last long.The company said yesterday its £1bn share in developing 2.1m square feet of prime offices in central London would see its portfolio exposure to the sector rise to about 40 per cent, from 33 per cent.“We will be driven, to some extent, as we see opportunities going forward,” chief executive Chris Grigg said. “We would intend over time to be more trading orientated in the City, so in a way that you could see that (portfolio weighting) going up in the short term, but potentially down longer term as we seek to take advantage of the value we create by development.”His comments came as British Land posted improved results for the six months to 30 September, with portfolio value, net asset value (NAV) and occupancy all rising, while the company’s interim dividend remained flat.Collins Stewart analyst Nan Rogers kept her “Sell” rating and 450p price target on British Land, preferring Great Portland Estates and Land Securities for their higher exposure to London’s West End and better performance. British Land’s 2.6 per cent hike in portfolio value to £8.9bn was below the 7.3 per cent reported by Great Portland and 3.4 per cent booked by Land Securities. British Land’s net asset value rose 4.2 per cent to 525p a share in the six months to 30 September, against 504p at the end of March 2010. In the prior first-half period, its net asset value was 372p. Supply of new-build London offices is expected to undershoot demand in the next three years following a three-year hiatus in construction. center_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solutionmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Healththedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 16 November 2010 8:25 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Citi to merge shares and pay dividend

first_img Share Monday 21 March 2011 9:01 pm whatsapp whatsapp CITIGROUP has joined the American bank stampede to hand capital back to shareholders following the Fed’s decision on Friday to remove its ban on dividend hikes.The bank announced yesterday that it will reinstate a $0.01 quarterly dividend and, in a bid to ditch the stigma of being a “penny stock”, will implement a reverse stock split, whereby it turns every ten current shares into one new share without any change in net value. The action will see 29bn Citi shares condensed down into 2.9bn overnight, with the price likely to go from around $4.40 to $44. Those left with “fractional shares” will be given cash instead.But some investors expressed scepticism, saying that shares subject to reverse stock splits tend to under-perform because the underlying issues keeping the share price down are not affected by the action.Matthew McCormick of Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel said: “It’s not enough for me to express interest in the stock.”Citi chief executive Vikram Pandit appeared to be using the announcement to signal that Citi has moved on from the financial crisis.“Citi is a fundamentally different company than it was three years ago,” he said. “[These moves] are important steps as we anticipate returning capital to shareholders starting next year.”Citi is one of the last major US banks to make an announcement on its dividend. JP Morgan has hiked its quarterly dividend five-fold to $0.25 and announced plans to buy $15bn of its own stock, while Goldman will re-purchase $5bn of shares sold to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway during the crisis. Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Citi to merge shares and pay dividend Show Comments ▼ KCS-content last_img read more

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Premier league LIVE: Sheffield United vs Manchester City Head to Head…

first_img Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey: Top 5 players to watch out for in SUI vs TUR Manchester CityTotal Games won Manchester City– 5Total Games lost Manchester City– 0Total Games draw Manchester City– 3 Premier League Live: Sheffield United vs Manchester City Head to Head HistorySheffield United vs Manchester City Total Matches –  8Sheffield UnitedTotal Games won Sheffield United – 0Total Games lost Sheffield United – 5Total Games draw Sheffield United – 3 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter ATP Tour Euro 2020, North Macedonia vs Netherlands: Top 5 players to watch out for in MKD vs NED Premier League 2020-21 LIVE between Sheffield United vs Manchester City LIVE, Here some details related Sheffield United vs Manchester City teams news, broadcast details and Timing in India.Premier League 2020-21 Match DetailsMatch – Sheffield United vs Manchester CityDate –  Oct 31 2020Time – 6:00 PM (IST) F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Queens Club Final: Matteo Berrettini beats Cameron Norrie in final to win title by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGeorgetown UniversityLearn from Anywhere This Summer with Georgetown’s Online Summer CoursesGeorgetown University247 SportsThe Highest-Paid College Football Coaches In 2020, Ranked247 SportsIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowLast matches of MANCHESTER CITY:2020-10-24 WEST HAM – MANCHESTER CITY 1-12020-10-17 MANCHESTER CITY – ARSENAL 1-02020-10-03 LEEDS – MANCHESTER CITY 1-12020-09-27 MANCHESTER CITY – LEICESTER 2-52020-09-21 WOLVES – MANCHESTER CITY 1-3Match Facts: SHEFFIELD UNITEDSHEFFIELD UNITED has scored at least one goal in the last 3 matches.SHEFFIELD UNITED was not able to win one out of the last 3 home matches.Match Facts: MANCHESTER CITYMANCHESTER CITY is unbeaten for 3 matches.MANCHESTER CITY is unbeaten for 3 away matches.MANCHESTER CITY has scored at least one goal in the last 5 matches.MANCHESTER CITY has scored at least one goal in the last 3 away matches.MANCHESTER CITY was not able to win one out of the last 2 away matches.Head-to-Head (H2H):2020-01-21 SHEFFIELD UNITED – MANCHESTER CITY 0-12019-12-29 MANCHESTER CITY – SHEFFIELD UNITED 2-02006-12-26 SHEFFIELD UNITED – MANCHESTER CITY 0-12006-10-14 MANCHESTER CITY – SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-0 TAGSPremier League datesPremier League LiveSheffield United vs Manchester City Fixture and ScheduleSheffield United vs Manchester City Head to Head StatisticsSheffield United vs Manchester City latest points tableSheffield United vs Manchester City LIVE Streaming LinkSheffield United vs Manchester City resultsSheffield United vs Manchester City teams stats up SHARE YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsResearch & Compare Freight & Shipping QuotesEnjoy Affordable Freight & Shipping Services With These Service ProvidersFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatter|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsored Football Football Football Last matches of SHEFFIELD UNITED:2020-10-24 LIVERPOOL – SHEFFIELD UNITED 2-12020-10-18 SHEFFIELD UNITED – FULHAM 1-12020-10-04 ARSENAL – SHEFFIELD UNITED 2-12020-09-27 SHEFFIELD UNITED – LEEDS 0-12020-09-21 ASTON VILLA – SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-02020-09-14 SHEFFIELD UNITED – WOLVES 0-2 Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates Football Football Where to watch the Premier League 2020-21 Live in IndiaThe broadcast rights for the Premier League in India are owned by Star Sports.The network will telecast the matches on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD. They will also be live-streamed on Disney+Hotstar VIP.Click here for Watch Livehttps://www.hotstar.com/in/sports/football Football By Kunal Dhyani – October 31, 2020 Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country Formula 1 Premier league LIVE: Sheffield United vs Manchester City Head to Head Statistics, Premier League dates, LIVE Streaming Link, teams stats up, results, latest points table, Fixture and Schedule Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WAL Football Facebook Twitter Euro 2020: Didier Deschamps offers Ousmane Dembele update ahead of Portugal match RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSasha Banks vs Bayley WWE Smackdown Championship match announced for next week’s Friday Night SmackDownNext articleIPL 2020 KKR vs RR: Race for final four will go down to the wire, reckons Ben Stokes Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) 2009 Annual Report

first_imgRoads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng)  2009 annual report.Company ProfileRoads Nigeria Plc is a leading civil engineering and construction company in Nigeria involved in the construction of roads, bridges, airfields, tunnels, highways and dams. The company’s head office is in Sokoto, Nigeria. Roads Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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This FTSE 100 heavyweight share is smoking hot. I’d buy more today!

first_img Among FTSE 100 heavyweights, British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS) is like British yeast spread Marmite. You either love it (as Neil Woodford and other income-oriented fund managers do) or hate it (as anti-tobacco activists do). Either way, it’s hard to ignore BAT, as it’s been one of the FTSE 100’s top dividend payers going back decades.BAT is a ‘bad’ FTSE 100 businessBAT is a very simple multinational business – and has been since it was founded 118 years ago in 1902. By sales, it is the largest cigarette maker in the world and also manufactures tobacco and other nicotine products.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…Though smoking is in decline globally, the firm’s position as market leader still enables it to raise prices and grow. But, of course, smoking is highly addictive, harmful, and often fatal, so BAT is the very opposite of an ethical business.BAT is a brilliant FTSE 100 businessEthics aside (and I speak as a lifelong smoker), BAT is an absolute powerhouse of the FTSE 100. As I write, its shares trade at 2,585p, valuing this titan at £59.3bn.From an investment standpoint, what’s awesome about BAT is that it is one of the biggest dividend payers in the entire FTSE 100. Indeed, in its half-year results released today, the company committed to paying out almost two-thirds (65%) of its earnings in cash dividends to shareholders. Nice.BAT bounces back from Covid-19In its half-year results, BAT unveiled revenues of almost £12.3bn, up a modest 0.8% year on year. However, profit from operations surged a sixth (16.4%) to £5.1bn, aided by a 5.5 percentage-point increase in its operating margin to 41.5%.Basic earnings per share (EPS) leapt 22.7% to 151.2p, as did diluted EPS to 150.7p. Net cash generated from operating activities soared 52.3% to nearly £3.5bn, while net debt rose just 0.3% to £50.4bn.BAT is a FTSE 100 fortressBAT’s latest set of figures were more upbeat than previous updates. This is largely due to smokers puffing on premium brands during the pandemic, despite earlier warnings of downgrades and depressed volumes. US sales were notably resilient, thanks to government stimulus payouts allowing smokers to stick with familiar brands.Then again, falling sales in emerging markets and at duty-free outlets such as airports hit sales volumes. Sales slid 6.3% to 315bn fags. Likewise, the ongoing tobacco sales ban to curb the coronavirus has driven South African sales onto the black market.Good results make BAT shares cheaper!Although BAT has been a favourite among income investors for decades, this latest news sent its shares lower in a weak week for the FTSE 100. Currently, the share trades at 2,585p, down 72p (2.7%) today – which is good news for income-hungry investors looking to buy now.BAT shares are cheap and offer a bumper dividend almost unmatched anywhere else in the FTSE 100. They trade on a price-to-earnings ratio below 10.5 and a dividend yield of 8.1%. They are also more than £9 cheaper than they were in mid-January. That’s why I’d happily buy and hold them today for income. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” This FTSE 100 heavyweight share is smoking hot. I’d buy more today! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Cliff D’Arcy | Friday, 31st July, 2020 | More on: BATS 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. 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Argentina 17-29 Ireland: The Verdict

first_img All smiles: O’Connell lifts the Admiral Brown Cup after beating Argentina. Pic: Dan Sheridan/Inpho Ireland won their first Test match on Argentinian soil, beating the Pumas 17-29 in Resistencia on Saturday. Here are some of the talking points from the game… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland won in Argentina for the first timeIreland made eight changes to the team that won the Six Nations in Paris earlier this season, yet they won their first Test on Argentinian soil. Captain Paul O’Connell rued the fact that assets of their performance could’ve been better on the day – the skipper said a few tackles were missed that should’ve been made, and a few balls were spilled forward – yet new combinations proved their worth while the old stalwarts put in a decent shift. Joe Schmidt said: “I thought Robbie Diack and Jordi Murphy worked very hard in the first half, and Iain Henderson is growing all the time. Paul O’Connell is a massive guy for us, as is Rory Best, and Andrew Trimble continued in his good form despite taking a dangerous knock early on.”There is life after BOD Darren Cave had the unenviable job of following in Brian O’Driscoll’s footsteps, and though he missed a couple of tackles his otherwise solid performance ensured that he’s still on the list of ‘possible replacements.’ Elsewhere, Zebo’s BOD-esque offload to Cave, which could’ve led to a try if not for a foot in touch, will have given Schmidt something to mull over, and the pack had a good day at the office. The front row of Mike Ross, Best and Jack McGrath held the scrum up well during some crucial moments, and a few lineouts were turned over under O’Connell’s watch. Considering the short amount of time this team had to gel together, Schmidt and co can be pleased with the result.Zebo time: the Munster winger earned his first cap under Schmidt on SaturdayThe Pumas took the game to IrelandMost of Argentina’s team had the visiting media scratching their heads when their names were announced earlier this week, yet the Consur Cup crew put up one hell of a fight. The Pumas were without their European stars, yet their defence was strong and they stopped Ireland from getting into a proper rhythm, putting in a performance that bodes well for their World Cup campaign next year and beyond. Argentina traditionally have a strong set piece, yet it was their backs who showed moments of flare during this Test match, and Manuel Montero’s finish for the hosts’ first-half try suggests he will become a household name one day.The game is growing A healthy crowd watched the game at the Estadio Centenario, which is usually a low league football club’s pitch in one of Argentina’s soccer heartlands. Playing this match in Buenos Aires would’ve been the easy option for both teams, but the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) should be applauded for spreading rugby’s message. The ground staff have worked tirelessly for the last few days to get the ground ready for Test match standard. Just 24 hours before kick-off, they were working around the clock to install big screens at each end of the ground, make advertising boards look respectable, and put covering around the floodlights’ posts at the side of the pitch. However, the turf itself resembled a patchwork quilt, and though O’Connell insisted it held up better than it looked like it did, some work will need to be done if the UAR want to use this stadium for 2023 World Cup purposes, in the event that they win their bid, which Ireland also have their eyes on. World class? The teams line up for the anthems at Resistencia’s first ever Test matchPlayer to referee It’s been just four years since Glen Jackson was barking at the officials from his out-half position at Saracens, but the Kiwi is now in his fourth year of refereeing, having bucked the trend of former players going into punditry or coaching. Today’s game was uneventful from an officiating point of view, though no news is good news when you’re the man in the middle. Lets hope he inspires more players to take up the whistle… This Argentine scrum has been atrocious today. Remember the days when it was their biggest asset? 10-23 65′ #ARGvIRL — ByTheMin RugbyU (@ByTheMinRugbyU) June 7, 2014last_img read more

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Schools aspire to reach out to refugees

first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Refugees Migration & Resettlement Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Schools aspire to reach out to refugees Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Anglican Communion, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA center_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Karori, Wellington, pray for Syrian refugees. Photo: Anglican Taonga[Anglican Communion News Service] Students from Anglican schools throughout the province of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia have prayed through the night as part of a 24-hour vigil for the refugees streaming out from Syria across Europe, and into camps in Jordan and Lebanon.The event has been given the name ASPiRe – Anglican Schools Praying for Refugees – and is being supported by a Facebook page.Students took turns, an hour at a time, “to pray for Syrians fleeing the hell that has engulfed their homeland,” a provincial spokesman said. The students began their prayer-work at 3pm local time on 15 October and kept the vigil through the night, stopping at 3pm local time on Friday 16 October.“Hundreds of them are taking part,” the spokesman said. “Dilworth, for example, had more than 100 of its students, across its three Auckland campuses, keeping vigil between 3am and 6am this morning, and more than 100 boarders at King’s College took part, too.“They embraced sacrifice. For example, the kids at Basden College in Suva and All Saints School in Labasa put up their hands for the graveyard shift, and prayed from midnight to 2am; while St Margaret’s College in Christchurch has young women praying through the whole 24 hours.”The students used a variety of prayer techniques, including praying in silence, in sing together, and in intercession. They have prayer-walked, lit candles, and they have written letters and cards of support to kids their own age who’ve been swept up in the Syrian maelstrom.“Anne van Gend, the director of the Anglican Schools Office in the Province, has undertaken to gather up those heart-warming messages and have them distributed by an aid organisation which is working in the refugee camps in Jordan.The students have also used their allotted times to compose “prayer chains” – prayers written on interlinked loops of card – which will soon be strung around Wellington’s Cathedral of St Paul.“It is so inspiring and encouraging to see this support from our schools,” the Archbishop of New Zealand, the Most Revd Philip Richardson, said. “As a church we are working hard to demonstrate to our government that as a country we can take many more refugees than the small number currently agreed to.“The largest movement of refugees since the Second World War demands a generous response from us.”In a statement, the Archbishop thanked the students for their “wonderful contribution to this work.”The Bishop of Dunedin, the Rt Revd Kelvin Wright, has responded to criticism on social media from people who have said that “prayer is not enough.”“I doubt that any one of these remarkable young [people] would disagree with you,” he said. “The point of prayer is, firstly, to change the person praying.“Each one of them has got up in the middle of the night and spent an hour in the presence of that which they hold most sacred thinking in a concentrated manner about the issue… Their own and others thinking has been changed by tonight’s event…“And in the long run who is most likely to take effective action to solve difficult problems? Those… who pray? Or those who doubt?” Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Oct 19, 2015 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events 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 Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, ILlast_img read more

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To boil or not? Lobster fundraisers raise ethical questions

first_img September 25, 2017 at 10:21 am I am a member of “peta” — People eating Tasty Animals. Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing [Episcopal News Service] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for vegan bake sales instead of lobster boil fundraisers, but some Episcopalians are finding the request a bit tough to swallow.Melissa Mary Wilson, coordinator for the Christian outreach division of PETA, called for an end to the popular fundraisers in a late August letter to Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.Noting that Sept. 25 is National Lobster Day, Wilson said at least 17 Episcopal churches from Maine to Maryland to Mississippi, “collectively kill more than 10,000 lobsters annually.”While Francine Sabisch, parish administrator at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Swansboro, North Carolina, generally supports PETA, she disagrees with the effort.A Maine native, she said lobster boils are “part of life, part of the culture” there and elsewhere, and not just for churches but also for many local municipalities and other groups.The church’s annual Lobsterfest took place on Sept. 16, raising about $7,300. The proceeds will go to local agencies and most probably for flood relief for those impacted by recent hurricanes.“In previous years, we’ve helped Backpack Buddies, and two different women’s shelters. Every year, we help out the literacy council,” Sabisch said.The funds raised have also benefited worker-retraining programs, hospice centers, boys and girls clubs, wounded warrior projects and animal rescue organizations, and have helped purchase new band equipment for local high schools, she added.St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Church in Swansboro, North Carolina, uses the proceeds of its annual Lobsterfest to benefit local community groups. Photo: St. Peter’sThe lobsters typically weigh about 1.5 pounds; the church sells them for $18 to $21, depending on current market price and whether they are cooked or uncooked, she said. This year the church sold about 700, and has set a goal to sell 1,000 next year.“Everyone is very conscientious,” Sabisch said. “Everyone who is involved in handling God’s creatures. We will do everything as humanely as possible.”LAMBS, or “Least Among My Brothers and Sisters,” is PETA’s Christian education division. Its name was “inspired by the verse in Matthew 25:40 in which Jesus tells his followers that whenever you show kindness to those in most need, it’s as if you’re doing that kindness as unto Jesus himself,” said Ben Williamson, PETA’s senior international media director, in an email to Episcopal News Service.“With so few legal protections, lobsters and other animals are truly ‘the least’ among us — and in dire need of our compassion and mercy,” Williamson said.PETA believes one popular method of cooking — boiling the lobsters — is cruel. “Most of us grew up believing that killing lobsters and other animals for food is what must be done, but if we contemplate it, all killing requires conquering, violence and separating ourselves from the rest of creation,” PETA wrote to the presiding bishop. “God designed humans to be caretakers, not killers.”Curry was unavailable for comment, but Episcopal Church spokeswoman Neva Rae Fox said: “PETA has presented an interesting point but local congregations are the decision-makers for their events.”Williamson said LAMBS researchers compiled a list from an Internet search of church lobster events, many of which state the number of lobsters involved at each event. “The list accounts for at least 10,800 lobsters at 17 churches,” he said. “There are likely at least another 1,000 from five churches who gave vague responses.”He added: “We would encourage anyone and everyone to reflect on their own attitudes about causing unnecessary suffering, and move towards a plant-based diet for their health, for the sake of the environment, and because it’s the right thing to do.”PETA specifically cited St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina. According to the church website, the church has sold more than 65,000 lobsters since the fundraisers began in 1978. Yearly, the effort has raised as much as $20,000 to benefit the local community.PETA’s invitation raises important ethical questions, not only for Episcopalians, but all Christians, to wrestle with the way faith informs their daily lives and decisions, according to the Rev. John Porter-Acee, a priest in the Diocese of East Carolina.“It is our call as Christians to try to reduce suffering in the world,” said Porter-Acee, a former environmental educator. “Every choice we make is a choice to pursue our faith in one way or another, and to think about investments and fundraisers and food choices as opportunities to decrease the amount of suffering in the world and to support entities that have that goal as well.”But the issue is a complicated one. “If you’re going to do a fundraiser and encourage people to contribute and support it as a suffering-free fundraiser, perhaps one year instead of everybody buying lobster, they buy sweet potatoes,” Porter-Acee said. “But I don’t think we’ll raise $20,000 to benefit the community.”Additionally, sweet potatoes — and other vegetables for that matter — are grown and tended by migrant workers who are not treated very well, “so there is a lot of suffering around vegetables, too.”John McAteer, an ethics faculty member of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego’s School for Ministry, said that Episcopalians generally consider vegetarianism a matter of personal conscience, “but it is not something theologians and ethicists have come to consensus about.”The issue PETA raises about lobster boil fundraisers essentially involves such questions as whether or not it is possible to “torture” a lobster “or whether they are below the level of sentience that gives them that sort of ethical status. In other words, is it unethical to eat lobsters?”While lobsters seem to react when placed into pots of boiling water and try to crawl out, “their brains aren’t developed enough to know what a pot is or understand that they need to crawl out,” he said. The question of whether crustaceans feel pain has been the subject of much research.“PETA is against eating any animal, so I don’t think it is really about lobsters for them,” McAteer said. “If we stopped having lobster boils, they would come at us for having barbecues next.”The organization has asked U.S. Roman Catholic bishops to end the practice of Lenten fish fries. It has also called Christians to a “ham-free” Easter.“Ethically speaking, there is a much better case for eating lobster than for eating pork, beef or even chicken,” McAteer said. “Unless you’re a full-on vegetarian, then I don’t think a lobster boil should cause you any ethical problem.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. September 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm PETA takes things too far. This is one example for me. Eating meat is not in itself bad. It’s when we do it irresponsibly that it becomes a problem.And yes, Jesus’s first followers were FISHERMEN! Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Jan Robitscher says: September 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm As a church, we have many more issues to worry aboutI appreciate the concern but as I remember, Jesus broke bread with the Apostles.They were fisherman! What is next? Maybe the pore defenselessWine grapes? Let’s get back to saving souls. September 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm Really? Big bugs with barely a nervous system don’t care. Sheesh… Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem September 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm Yep – just as people justified vivisection for years (because animals didn’t feel pain) and cosmetics companies and producers of consumer goods still justify invasive testing of animals on, I guess, the same rationale. It’s part of some cultures to make a money sport of animals fighting each other to the death. Would that be okay for churches if the proceeds were used for good causes? I expect the church to make decisions based on more sensitive criteria than “it’s part of our culture” and “everybody does it” and “there’s no clear consensus in the scientific world…”. The fact that many scientists, theologians and ethicists have concluded that animals, including crustaceans, clearly feel pain and can suffer should, at the least, require critical, focused thinking on our part. By Pat McCaughanPosted Sep 22, 2017 September 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm So when are we going to worry about the lost souls?We done seem to focus on what we are called to do but instead, what is politically correct.Where is our leadership and when will those who publish this stuff going to focus on things that we are called to do. Rector Knoxville, TN Jeffrey Cox says: 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 Smithfield, NC Sr. Dawna Clare Sutton, CG says: September 22, 2017 at 7:08 pm Personally, I do not agree with PETA about Lobsters and I will continue to enjoy them or shrimp, and other kinds of fish. I am not interested in being a vegetarian, but I do eat lots of them along with my fish and meat and ham. What I do is thank God for her gracious bounty, and mother earth for her gift of food and I thank the Lobster/fish/mammal for being there to nourish us. You PETA and others individuals might watch “Avatar” for another way of looking at us all being part of the whole even the fish and mammals that we eat. It is all in one’s personal perspective. I appreciate and respect your perspective, please respect and appreciate mine. Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Kevin Miller says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN To boil or not? Lobster fundraisers raise ethical questions Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Arthur E. House says: September 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm Someone once asked (and I never forgot)–But what about the screaming vegetables? Yes, even plants feel pain. We were created omnivores and we need food to live and anything we eat will cause pain somewhere along the food chain. I am much more concerned about over-fishing. September 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm This is not a carefully thought out theological position but I do remember being told once that “the Land of milk and honey” was so-called because milk and honey are the only two foods that can be harvested without killing something. Even plants must be killed in order to be eaten. So, if we are going to use the criteria of avoiding killing foods to eat them, we’ll be living on milk and honey – not my idea of a balanced diet!! As I said, this is not a well considered theological or ethical position, merely an observation — Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET P.J. Cabbiness says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Scott McDonald says: September 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm As the lobster…. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA September 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm I meant…ask the lobster…. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Paul Tunkle says: Jeffrey Cox says: john Williamson says: September 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm “Arise, Peter; slay and eat.” Comments are closed. September 23, 2017 at 10:44 am I am glad someone is considering ALL God’s creatures. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Louise Bower says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Angela Bocage Gilden says: September 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm Jesus distributed loaves and FISHES. Peter and Andrew were FISHermen, and on at least one occasion, our Lord intervened to make a great catch for them. After His resurrection, Jesus ate FISH to show that he was alive in bodily form.The fact that this nonsense about lobsters is even considered sufficiently newsworthy to appear in an ENS release shows again how a once revered and universal church continues to slide into an ever greater chasm of socio-political hysterics. Social Justice for lobsters?God bless the good people who take those creatures, and offer the proceeds of their bounty to causes serving the needy. Comments (16) Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Jim Cutshall says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA September 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm Lobsters are delicious and meant to be consumed by us. The fact that we are having this discussion borders on the pathetic. Enough of this madness. Elizabeth Searle says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET October 3, 2017 at 7:31 am A simple and compassionate technique involves dropping live lobsters into a pool of fresh water. They slowly die in a few minutes and then can be boiled. I am a Mainer and we eat plenty of lobsters. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Rev. Bret B. Hays says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Reverend Adrian A. 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City Center to break ground on Apopka hotel this month

first_img TAGSCity CenterHighland ManorTaurus Southern InvestmentsThe Apopka City CouncilThe Apopka Hilton Garden Inn Previous articleYes, GPS apps make you worse at navigating – but that’s OKNext articleChemotherapy with Immunotherapy May Double Lung Cancer Survival Time Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Hilton Garden Inn scheduled to be the first project under the City Center bannerFrom the Apopka Area Chamber of CommercePlease join the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce as we welcome Hilton Garden Inn to the Apopka City Center. We look forward to celebrating this brand-new hotel with a Ground Breaking ceremony this Tuesday. Northwest corner perspective. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img Where: Highland ManorDate: Tuesday, November 20, 2018Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AMLocation: 604 East Main Street, Apopka, FL 32703 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear The 118 room, 4-story Hilton Garden Inn, designed with the option to create up to four two-room bridal or executive suites, will be the first development to kick off the Apopka City Center and will be located at the northeast corner of McGee Avenue & 6th Street, across from the existing Highland Manor.The City Center, which is expected to comprise approximately 35 acres centrally located at the interchange of U.S. Highway 441 and State Road 436, is proposed for 207,000 square feet of restaurants, retail, and office space as well as a hotel and homes. Eleven acres are proposed to be a community park, pond, and boardwalk. The long-term plan, which phases-in the project over the next 20 years, includes a possible 180 acres of development.Southeast corner perspective of an approved Hilton design. last_img read more

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Arts and Business New Partners Arts & Business have announced grants of between £500 and £50,000 for arts organisations to develop effective relationships with the corporate sector.Find out more from Arts & Business. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 April 2000 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

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