Hansteen completes £150m share issue to boost expansion

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Welsh Christians walk from Bethlehem to Egypt for refugees

first_img Advocacy Peace & Justice, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Middle East, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service By Gavin Drake Posted Dec 7, 2016 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Anglican Communion, Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] A group of Welsh Christians is walking from Bethlehem to Egypt to raise funds for Christian Aid’s work with refugees and displaced people around the world. But rather than walking the 430-mile journey that the holy family undertook in the Middle East, they are walking the 140-miles between the south-Wales village of Bethlehem in Carmarthenshire and the north-Wales hamlet of Yr Aifft (Egypt) in Denbighshire.Full article. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Welsh Christians walk from Bethlehem to Egypt for refugees Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last_img read more

Ministerial Alliances resurrecting Gospel Fest

first_img The Apopka Family Faith Food Festival slated for January 7thTwo weeks ago, the Gospel Fest was unable to gain traction by the City Council. The November 12th date concerned the commissioners and they believed the event would be too rushed.“I really am troubled by moving forward so fast on this,” said Commissioner Doug Bankson. “I think it’s far too short a time to put on a successful event. I think we’re throwing money away to rush it. Maybe we could back-off and re-configure this event. I have great concerns about it.”The City had planned to spend $60,000 on the event.“November 11th is Veteran’s Day and there are usually so many events going on around the city to celebrate our veterans,” said Commissioner Diane Velazquez. “So you’re talking about the very next day having the confidence that the public will come out for Gospel Fest?”“I just haven’t heard a compelling argument here today that’s going to lead me to believe that this thing is going to be a huge success,” said Commissioner Kyle Becker.Hezekiah Bradford announces his alternative to Gospel Fest.So when Mayor Joe Kilsheimer called for a vote, he was unable to garner enough support to gain a motion. The Gospel Fest died at the October 5th meeting without a vote.But two weeks later, The Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance and The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance has resurrected the idea under a new name – The Apopka Family Faith Food Festival.According to Hezekiah Bradford, President of both Alliances, the two groups applied for a permit for the Festival on Wednesday afternoon for the event scheduled to he held on January 7th, 2017.“I was out of town, but when I got back I heard the Mayor (Kilsheimer) was trying to have the Gospel Fest without the help of the Ministerial Alliances. I got a chance to review the City Council meeting, and then I got a call from Commissioner Bryan Nelson. The two Alliances got together and after one meeting decided to sponsor the event. We believe as a faith based community, we can work with anyone. And what’s really good is that we are doing it without any taxpayer dollars.”Commissioner Billie Dean was pleased that the churches were taking on the Festival.“I would like to commend Reverend Bradford on his presentation for Gospel Fest and for stepping forward and having it cost the City no money.”“This is not a city project,” said Bradford. “It should be a community project… and let me take it a little further… I think the government should be run by the people and not vice versa. I think you should involve people into the program.” Reply Think this will be a fantastic event.looking forward to it Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 1 COMMENT October 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Vivian Haskell. Please enter your comment!center_img Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSApopka Family Faith Food FestivalGospel Fest Previous articleOrange County Election Supervisor: The fix is not inNext articleGoodwill to hold Job Fair in Apopka today Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Brazil to Invest $38 Billion in Pumping Up Ethanol

first_img SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Brazil is reportedly planning to pump $38 billion into its ethanol sector to help increase production.A statement from Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture said the purpose of the government plan is to “meet growing national demand and the potential of the foreign market for ethanol” by stimulating private sector investments in the production of ethanol, which have declined due to market conditions.In response, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis noted that since both the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and the tariff on ethanol imports from Brazil expired at the end of 2011, Brazil’s action puts U.S. ethanol at a disadvantage.“The American ethanol industry voluntarily gave up its tax incentives and the import tariff against Brazil, even though Brazil continues to have a tariff on the books and is pumping $38 billion toward propping up their industry. This shows the danger of unilaterally disarming, because it means that American ethanol producers are not competing just against Brazilian ethanol producers – but against the Brazilian government as well,” said Buis. “The U.S. unilateral disarmed at a time when Brazil is not just continuing to subsidize its industry, but is increasing its investment in a plan to undermine our domestic ethanol industry.”Brazil’s ethanol output has been dropping in recent years, while U.S. ethanol exports to Brazil have been increasing. The government plan would raise the percentage of anhydrous ethanol to gasoline to 25% and provide incentives for increasing both sugarcane acreage and ethanol processing plants.Source: Cindy Zimmerman, Domesticfuel.com Brazil to Invest $38 Billion in Pumping Up Ethanol Previous articleMore Corn Expected This YearNext articleCommodity Classic Work Begins in Nashville Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Feb 27, 2012 Home Energy Brazil to Invest $38 Billion in Pumping Up Ethanollast_img read more

Indiana Pork Presents Outstanding Service Award to Lt. Governor Skillman

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Pork Presents Outstanding Service Award to Lt. Governor Skillman SHARE Serving as the Secretary of Agriculture, Skillman understands the value of pork production to Indiana and was a tireless promoter of agriculture throughout her two terms in office. “I am extremely grateful for this award”, said Skillman. “But it should be me thanking Indiana’s pork farmers for their hardiness and perseverance year after year to which Indiana and Hoosiers have been the beneficiaries. Thank you for the very special memories I have that will last a lifetime.” By Gary Truitt – Jan 9, 2013 Indiana Pork President Heather Hill presents an award for outstanding service to Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. Photo courtesy of Indiana Pork.Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman was presented with an award for her outstanding service to the pork industry at a presentation in her office on Tuesday. The award was presented by Heather Hill, Indiana Pork President and pork farmer from Greenfield, IN. “We felt it appropriate to thank Lieutenant Governor Skillman for her unwavering  dedication to the pork industry in Indiana throughout her time in office. As a pork farmer, I am grateful for her friendship and support,” said Hill. Indiana Pork Presents Outstanding Service Award to Lt. Governor Skillman Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter A special video message from Skillman will be shown at the Indiana Pork annual meeting on February 5. SHARE Previous articleFinal Traceability Rule Gets Thumbs Up from NCBANext articleOil Slips on US Gasoline Stockpiles Data Gary Truittlast_img read more

Crop Insurance Fraud Case, A Positive Story

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 14, 2013 Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Crop Insurance Fraud Case, A Positive Story Home Indiana Agriculture News Crop Insurance Fraud Case, A Positive Story He said this investigation shows that the program works and that fraud and abuse can be monitored.  He stated this case should send a positive message to Congress, not a negative one, “The lesson from these investigations is that crime does not pay in the crop insurance program. This sends a positive message that we will not tolerate fraud.” Farmers paid close to $29 billion in premiums over the last decade. Things flipped last year with the historic drought. Farmers received nearly $15.5 billion through March 4th on their $4 billion plus in premiums. Willis says this is far less money than Congress used to dole out under ad hoc disaster bills. Crop Insurance Fraud Case, A Positive Story As Congress is debating future funding for the crop insurance program, news comes of several major fraud cases involving crop insurance.  A government investigation uncovered a $100 million scheme by dozens of North Carolina crop insurance agents, adjusters, brokers and farmers to defraud the program.  Forty-one defendants have either pleaded guilty or reached plea deals after profiting from false claims for losses of soybeans, wheat, corn, and tobacco. RMA Administrator Brandon Willis says the probe by RMA, the IRS, and the Justice Department is the biggest case of fraud in the history of the crop insurance program, “There were two judgments rendered, one for $21 million and another for $8 million.” The North Carolina scheme involved crops that weren’t damaged at all and farmers using aliases to sell their written-off harvests for cash. Willis says crop insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and that premiums go up when this happens, which is why most farmers play by the rules. Previous articleSoy Checkoff Supports Animal Agriculture with Regulatory AuditNext articleHigh Oleic Soybean Acres increasing in Indiana and Ohio Gary Truittlast_img read more

Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund Working to Protect Farmers

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund Working to Protect Farmers SHARE Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund Working to Protect Farmers By Gary Truitt – May 15, 2016 Previous articleLong Planting Windows Lacking 2nd Half of MayNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund Working to Protect FarmersMelissa RekewegIs a grain elevator failure in SW Indiana a symbol of the financial stress being felt by the grain industry today? If so, Indiana’s Grain Indemnity Fund is working to protect farmers from losses when an elevator goes broke. In Mid-April, Cline grain, a firm with facilities in Montgomery, Davies, Fountain, and Hendricks counties closed its doors leaving farmers wondering what would happen to their grain stored there or money they were owed.Melissa Rekeweg,  acting director of the Indiana grain warehousing and licensing agency, told HAT the state has taken over the records and is in the process of determining what farmers are owed.  She said a claims hearing is set for this week at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Crawfordsville.  Those who have claims can attend the hearing or fill out claim forms on line at the ISDA web site.She said claimants will receive what they are owed from the Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund this summer, “They will receive 100% payment on stored grain and 80% deferred pricing contracts.”  She gave no indication on why Cline closed except to say they voluntarily turned their license and records over to the state.Established in 1995 to protect farmers in the case of a grain handler collapse Rekeweg says the insurance fund is ready to handle any issues that come up as a result of the current tough farm economy, “Right now, the fund is open which means producers are paying into the fund each time they sell grain. It will remain open until we reach $25 million. This is an insurance program to protect farmers from a loss if a licensed facility closes.”Rekeweg says each licensed facility is audited once a year and more often if there are problems. She is hopeful that the failure of Cline Grain is not the beginning of a series of failures caused by low grain prices, “I hope this is not a trend. Agriculture is in the midst of a downturn, but that does not mean that this kind of collapse will continue to occur.” Since the fund was established, it has paid out $4.2 million covering 11 facility failures. For more information on the fund or the Cline Grain case, contact ISDA at (317) 232-1360.last_img read more

Peta Thornycroft was unconditionally released

first_img News Receive email alerts Reports March 31, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Peta Thornycroft was unconditionally released The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more September 1, 2020 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Zimbabwe On 31 March 2002, Peta Thornycroft, the correspondent for the British Daily Telegraph was unconditionally released. High Court judge Mohammed Adam found no reason for charging the journalist with “publishing false information” and “incitement to violence”. She was cleared of every charge.______________________________________________________________center_img On 31 March 2002, Peta Thornycroft, the correspondent for the British Daily Telegraph was unconditionally released. She was cleared of every charge. ZimbabweAfrica Organisation ZimbabweAfrica Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail 28.03.2002 – British journalist liable to two years in jail In a letter addressed to Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwean justice minister, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres – RSF) expressed its indignation at the arrest of Peta Thornycroft, the Harare correspondent for the British Daily Telegraph. “Just a few days ago the government threatened to sue the independent daily by virtue of the law on access to information and protection of private life, promulgated a few days after Robert Mugabe was re-elected. The message is clear: this law is simply a tool to stifle dissident voices” said Robert Ménard, the organisation’s general secretary. “Zimbabwe is arrogantly showing just how little it cares about the international community’s concern. It is high time that the European Union and the United States, like the Commonwealth, take much stronger sanctions than symbolic ones”, he added. The organization called for the unconditional release of Peta Thornycroft.On 27 March 2002, according to information gathered by RSF, Peta Thornycroft, Harare correspondent for the British Daily Telegraph, was arrested in Chimanimani, 480km southeast of the capital. She was charged with “publishing false informations” and “incitement to violence”. In terms of the recent law on access to information, the journalist is liable to a sentence of two years in jail and a fine of 100,000 Zimbabwean dollars. She was doing a survey on repression of the main opposition party, the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change).RSF also noted that in a letter addressed to Daily News editor-in-chief Geoffrey Nyarota on 25 March 2002, information minister Jonathan Moyo threatened to sue the journalist by virtue of the new law on access to information and protection of private life if the daily failed to publish a correction concerning an article published 3 days earlier. In that article the Daily News had reported a resolution drawn up by the European Union and Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries calling for a new presidential election. According to Article 80 of the highly controversial information law, promulgated on 15 March 2002, journalists found guilty of falsifying or fabricating news are liable to a 2-year jail sentence and a fine of 100,000 Zimbabwean dollars (2,067.39 euros). Geoffrey Nyarota denied publishing “counter-truths” and flatly refused to publish a correction, in the name of his newspaper’s “independence”. November 12, 2020 Find out more to go further Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell RSF_en last_img read more

Newspaper’s financial director denied medical treatment in prison

first_img Receive email alerts to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation News Follow the news on Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about the health of Faiq Amirov, the imprisoned financial director of the leading opposition daily Azadlig, and calls for his immediate release and an end to the government’s harassment of the newspaper.Held on absurd charges since 20 August, Amirov is now in a critical condition, his lawyer reported on 9 November. He has not been given appropriate food for the chronic stomach ailment he suffers and has lost 20 kilos. His lawyer’s request for Amirov’s transfer to a centre with medical facilities has gone unanswered.“Not only is Faiq Amirov’s detention completely unjustified but he is also being denied the medical treatment he badly needs,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“This situation speaks volumes about respect for human rights in Azerbaijan. We are extremely concerned about Amirov and we reiterate our call for his immediate and unconditional release. At the very least, he must be given the care that his state of health demands.”Amirov’s arrest has allowed the government to create new, additional problems for Azadlig, which had already been forced to suspend publication as a result of various manoeuvres designed to throttle it economically.Without Amirov’s signature, Azadlig has been unable to interact with its bank, which has illegally refused to recognize the appointment of a new financial director. As a result, the company that prints Azadlig has not been paid and has stopped working with the newspaper.Police investigators have meanwhile questioned a dozen persons who placed opposition party messages, advertisements, greetings or messages of condolences in Azadlig, asking them whether they paid the newspaper for these services.Their apparent aim is to bring a criminal charges against Azadlig, accusing it of publishing disguised advertising or commissioned articles, but they have yet to find anyone willing to testify against the newspaper. Those questioned have also been warned that providing any material assistance to Azadlig would be regarded as “supporting the enemies of the people.”“This kind of harassment is not new,” Azadlig editor Ganimat Zayid said. “It’s just a new attempt to eliminate our newspaper. This is not the first time we have had to suspend publication but we have never given up. The sole reason for Faiq’s arrest was the fact that he is our financial director. They have closed the purse strings.”Amirov was detained in the course of a wave of arrests of alleged sympathizers with the movement in nearby Turkey that is led by Fethullah Gülen, the US-based cleric regarded by Turkey’s government as the mastermind of last July’s failed coup attempt.The police planted the books about the Gülen Movement’s philosophy that were “found” in the trunk of Amirov’s car at the time of his arrest, Amirov says. They are anyway not banned in Azerbaijan and well known figures close to the government even helped to write them. Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Seymour Khazi, a well-known Azadlig reporter who has been in prison for more than two years on trumped-up charges, was nominated for the 2016 RSF-TV5 Monde Press Freedom Prize. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijancenter_img News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 9, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information November 11, 2016 – Updated on November 14, 2016 Newspaper’s financial director denied medical treatment in prison News Newslast_img read more

Alarm sounded about increasingly frequent physical attacks against journalists

first_img Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News News April 9, 2021 Find out more May 2, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alarm sounded about increasingly frequent physical attacks against journalists News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further Organisation center_img News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Armenia November 11, 2020 Find out more ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today voiced alarm about the increasingly frequent use of violence against journalists in Armenia, in which the latest victim, Mher Galechian of the twice-weekly opposition newspaper Chorrord Ishxanutiun, was badly beaten by two men on the afternoon of 29 April. He was hospitalised with head injuries but was not in a critical condition.The authorities say they are investigating the attack, which took place inside the newspaper’s offices in Yerevan. The two assailants had visited the newspaper three days earlier to complain about a report in the previous day’s issue accusing Karlos Petrosian, the head of the Armenian security services, of building a villa with funds of questionable origin. On the day they returned to beat up Galechian, the newspaper had just published a report mentioning their visit.”We are very worried about the situation of press freedom in Armenia, which has worsened sharply in the past months,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. He noted that the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Erevan, Mark Grigorian, was the target of a grenade attack in October, that the chairman of the state-owned TV broadcaster, Tigran Naghdalian, was gunned down two months later, and at least five journalists were attacked during the presidential elections in February.”Now Mher Gelechian has been attacked just because feathers were ruffled by an article about a senior official,” Ménard added, calling for a thorough investigation to be pursued until those responsible are found and punished.The organisation deplored the fact that impunity now seems to be the norm in these attacks against opposition journalists, noting that the investigation into the 22 October attack against Grigorian was closed in February without any suspect ever being questioned.last_img read more