Parimatch welcomes Ukraine gambling legalisation

first_img Eastern Europe-facing operator Parimatch has welcomed the decision by Ukraine’s legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, to pass a bill to legalise gambling.The operator, founded in Ukraine, said the bill would be a significant revenue generator for the country’s treasury. Parimatch welcomes Ukraine gambling legalisation 14th July 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Ukraine Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Eastern Europe-facing operator Parimatch has welcomed the decision by Ukraine’s legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, to pass a bill to legalise gambling. “Parimatch Holding welcomes the result of today’s important vote,” it said. “It is a landmark moment for both the international betting industry and Ukraine’s liberalizing economy.”“The development of a fair and regulated betting industry is excellent news for Ukraine,” Parimatch continued. “It shows the world we are ‘open for business.’ It will draw international investment into, and help grow, important technology and payments sectors that are the foundation of the betting industry. Through the license fees and tax contributions, it will also generate much needed revenue for the state budget.”Final amendments to the bill, which were voted on in the past two weeks, have not yet been published, but the most recently published version of the bill, approved by the Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy for its second reading, sets out restrictions on the origin and ownership of businesses in the market.The bill stated that all operators and slot machine suppliers “must not be controlled by residents of an occupying state and/or the aggressor state in relation to Ukraine”. Sources confirmed to iGB that thisrefers to Russian-owned businesses, as clarified in other Ukrainian legislation. The clause also applies to businesses with Russian directors, heads of accounting or ultimate beneficial ownership (UBOs), though it does not appear to apply to suppliers other than land-based slots, such as igaming content providers.iGB understands that Parimatch is confident it meets the requirements stipulated by this clause and that operator is “ready to provide [its] corporate structure” if necessary.In this version of the bill, licence fees for online gambling were set at UAH30.7m (£906,000/€1.0m/$1.1m) and will be paid when a licence is renewed every five years. Bookmakers’ licence fees were set at UAH70.8m while a flat fee UAH121.6m was set for casinos located in hotels in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, with a UAH70.8m fee for casinos in hotels elsewhere.“Parimatch is proud of the platform that we offer our millions of customers internationally. After 11 long years, we are delighted to finally be able to provide these products to our home market and entertain the people of Ukraine,” the operator continued. “We have all waited long enough.”The bill now awaits the signature of President Volodymir Zelensky, who has shown support for regulated gambling in the past.“The Bill includes many best-standard international practices that will form the framework of a transparent and competitive market,” Parimatch said. “We eagerly wait for President Volodymyr Zelenskyi to sign it and deliver on his ambitious pledge to legalize betting to support Ukraine’s new economy.”In addition, the Rada must also now pass a new tax bill to set up how the industry is taxed.Currently, there are five different gambling tax proposals for the Rada to consider.Last month, a new tax proposal for gambling, Bill 2713-D, was filed by Marusyak. This would set a 5% GGR tax on bookmaking, 10% for online gambling and for lotteries and 12.5% for slot machines. Although this bill appears the most likely to pass, it still must compete with four earlier bills, or the possibility of the Rada introducing another new tax bill.A bill jointly submitted by Marusyak and Marian Zablotskyi, Bill 2713, sets the tax rate for all gambling and lotteries at 25%. An alternative – 2713-1, submitted by Dmytro Natalukha – proposes a 7.5% GGR tax rate from bookmaking, 12.5% from online gambling and 22% from lotteries.A third, 2713-2, put forward by Oleksandr Dubinsky, also looks to establish a flat tax rate of 25% of GGR for all forms of gambling: online, land-based and lotteries. The final proposal, 2713-3, put forward by Artem Dubnov, would scrap specific gambling taxes entirely, with the government making money from the industry only through licence fees and normal business and income taxes.last_img read more

3 steps I’d take after the FTSE 100 stock market crash to get rich and retire early

first_img Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The 2020 FTSE 100 stock market crash was one of the fastest on record. The index declined by around 35% in a matter of weeks and, understandably, caused fear among many investors.The index faces an uncertain near-term outlook, and could return to a decline should global economic growth disappoint. However, with many stocks trading on low valuations, now could be the right time to buy high-quality businesses and hold them for the long run.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…Doing so could improve your portfolio’s performance and help bring retirement a step closer.FTSE 100 firms’ financial positionsThe FTSE 100’s track record shows it’s always been able to deliver a successful recovery from its variety of bear markets. It declined by more than 50% during the financial crisis. But it still went on to produce record highs. As such, investors who are able to buy and hold shares are generally rewarded over the long run.However, the difficulty facing many investors during bear markets and economic recessions is that their own financial situation is often unclear. For example, their employment situation may be less certain than during periods of stronger economic growth.Therefore, ensuring you have sufficient cash in place for emergencies could be a sound move before purchasing FTSE 100 shares. It may mean any amounts you invest in the stock market can remain invested for the long term. That way, it’ll benefit from a likely recovery rather than being required for day-to-day expenses should the economic outlook worsen.High-quality businessesAs well as focusing on your own financial position, it could be a shrewd move to invest in FTSE 100 businesses that have solid finances. They may be more likely to survive what could be a major global recession and subsequently benefit from a long-term recovery.For example, businesses that have wide economic moats may be better able to withstand a period of weak sales growth. Likewise, companies with modest debt levels and strong free cash flow may be under less pressure relative to their peers to deliver high revenue during what may be a period of slower growth.Financially-sound businesses may even be able to capitalise on low asset prices to make acquisitions and build a more dominant presence in existing, or even new, industries. This may allow them to command higher valuations in the coming years.Investing regularlyThe short-term movements of the FTSE 100 are likely to be hard to predict during this unprecedented situation. Therefore, it could be a good idea to invest on a regular basis in case the index comes under further pressure over the remainder of 2020.Through buying high-quality businesses on a regular basis during periods of high volatility, it may be possible to position your portfolio for long-term growth. This could help you to build a nest egg that brings your retirement a step closer. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Peter Stephens 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. Peter Stephens 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.center_img Peter Stephens | Thursday, 4th June, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 3 steps I’d take after the FTSE 100 stock market crash to get rich and retire early Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

3 penny stocks I’d buy

first_img Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 16th May, 2021 | More on: CAL MARS SGC I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Penny stocks can generate higher returns than their blue-chip peers because they are often smaller companies. But, unfortunately, they can also lead to bigger losses as there are fewer checks and balances in places at smaller companies than there are at larger firms. As such, buying penny stocks might not be suitable for all investors.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, I’m comfortable with the level of risk involved in buying these companies. There are a couple of businesses I would acquire for my portfolio today as economic reopening plays. Penny stocks to buy Capital & Regional (LSE: CAL) is the first company I would buy as a recovery play. The firm, which owns seven shopping centres around the UK, has muddled through the coronavirus crisis. It collected just 59% of rents due for the first quarter of 2021. I think that illustrates the challenge the group now faces.The good news is, customers are returning. At the end of April, 95% of its retail units were open. Footfall was approximately 80% of 2019 levels in the two weeks following the reopening of non-essential retailers on 12 April.These figures indicate that the outlook for Capital & Regional’s tenants is improving, and that should bode well for the company’s rent collection. That’s why I would buy the group for my portfolio of penny stocks. The risks of investing here are clear. Another lockdown could be devastating for the company’s tenants, leading to another drop in rent collection and piling pressure on Capital & Regional’s balance sheet. Travel resumesAnother company I would buy for my portfolio of penny stocks is Stagecoach Group (LSE: SGC). This business also looks set to benefit from the reopening of the economy.The public transport provider has seen sales drop to around 50% of 2019 levels, but I’m not worried about what happens to the business in the near term.Government initiatives, such as the National Bus Strategy for England, and other plans to get more vehicles off the road, suggest demand for public transport will only increase over the next five to 10 years. This could be a splendid tailwind for Stagecoach. This potential has convinced me the company is worth adding to my portfolio of penny stocks. Of course, the company has some severe headwinds to overcome first. Another coronavirus wave could set back its recovery. What’s more, if office use never returns to 2019 levels, demand for public transport may remain permanently depressed. Reopening tradeThe reopening of pubs and restaurants in England has gone better than many expected. That’s why I would buy hospitality business Marston’s (LSE: MARS) for my portfolio of penny stocks. The company reopened around 70% of its managed and franchised pubs from 12 April. And the good news is figures show that like-for-like sales at drink-led pubs across the country fell 11% in the last few weeks of April compared to 2019 levels. That’s despite the fact these premises were only allowed to open outdoors. I think these figures could set the tone for the rest of the year. That’s why I would buy Marston’s in my recovery portfolio. However, I should note that the business is financially stressed and recently had to secure a waiver from its creditors to continue operating. I think this makes the company one of the riskier penny stocks listed in this article.  Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Marstons. 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. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar 3 penny stocks I’d buy Enter Your Email Address 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.last_img read more

Reopening stocks: 2 UK shares I’d buy with £2,000

first_imgReopening stocks: 2 UK shares I’d buy with £2,000 FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Enter Your Email Address Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Jabran Khan 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Jabran Khan | Monday, 17th May, 2021 | More on: NEX SGC Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Jabran Khan Image source: Getty Images I am looking to reopening stocks to boost my portfolio. These are stocks that are positioned to benefit once the economy reopens after the pandemic. Here are two UK shares I’m interested in right now.Reopening stock #1Stagecoach (LSE:SGC) is one of a number of UK shares that could benefit from the reopening of the economy. Due to the pandemic, sales have fallen to 46% of 2019 levels.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…As I write, Stagecoach is priced just below 90p per share. Pre-crash prices were over 140p per share. In addition, past performance indicates revenue has been decreasing for a couple of years. Despite this, the business has remained profitable and I expect profitability to continue and eventually grow. Past performance isn’t always an indicator of future performance, however.I believe Stagecoach will benefit in the long term from government initiatives and increased demand. One of those initiatives is the National Bus Strategy. There are also other plans to get more vehicles off the road, which suggests to me that the public transport level and its demand could increase. Stagecoach’s recovery and viability could be affected if Covid-19 restrictions are reintroduced. In addition, if office use doesn’t return, this could also affect demand.Based on Stagecoach’s current price, past performance and potential for the long term, it is part of my UK shares list I would buy as a reopening stock.Stock #2National Express (LSE:NEX) is the other UK share I’m interested in right now. Its price has experienced an upward trend for a number of months now. As I write, I could buy shares for 286p. This price is 40% higher than this time last year, but still not close to pre-crash levels, which were over 420p.National Express has a key advantage over its competitors, which is why I class it is a prime reopening stock. Its size and geographical footprint means it often wins lucrative contracts. 80% of its revenues are derived globally. Contract revenue is stable, which I like. With each win further diversifying its offering, it is increasing market share. National Express has seen steady revenue growth year on year (aside from 2020 due to the pandemic). Furthermore, it has an excellent record of free cash flow generation. The first half of 2020 was not a great period for it, but the second half saw normality resume for it in terms of free cash flow generation.I see lots of potential in National Express. Its size, footprint, market share, and previous performance make me believe it could be a prime reopening stock. The issues it could encounter in the short term are similar to those of Stagecoach. Office use being deemed surplus to requirements will affect demand. In addition, Covid-19 restrictions will affect performance too. Overall I am not worried about these two shorter-term issues and prefer to look to the long term.UK shares at the mercy of Covid-19Both Stagecoach and National Express could be good long-term buys for my portfolio. I admit there are some headwinds they need to navigate. These are mainly linked to Covid-19. The changing nature of variants and restrictions could mean both these UK shares may take some time to recover. As a Foolish investor, however, I prefer to look for long-term investments. As reopening stocks go, I like these two in particular right now. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment.last_img read more

France’s woes lead to Saint-Andre being compared to Lievremont

first_imgFrance are limping towards the World Cup with coach Philippe Saint-Andre in the firing line from the press and getting compared with Marc Lievremont It’s all becoming wearily familiar for the French public, a distressing déjà vu if ever there was one. A squad allegedly at loggerheads with its coach, a media showing no mercy, and a run of results that suggest France’s hopes of winning the World Cup in six months are as slim as the legs on Brice Dulin. For Philippe Saint-Andre in 2015, read Marc Lievremont in 2011.History has not been kind to Lievremont. His reign as coach is best remembered for a [1] questionable moustache, picking Morgan Parra at fly-half and insulting his players in press conferences. Yet he still managed to steer France to a World Cup final, win a Grand Slam and draw a Test series in New Zealand – not bad for any coaching CV.Le Tache: Marc Lievremont polarised opinion during his coaching reign with France (Pic Inpho)It was during Lievremont’s last season in charge that it went horribly wrong. France began the 2010-11 season as European champions, which made their implosion to Australia in November all the more stunning. The Wallabies scored six second-half tries in a record 59-16 victory but Lievremont looked to have restored order by the time of the 2011 Six Nations. France began with victories at home to Scotland and away in Ireland, before losing 17-9 at Twickenham.The French were still in contention for the title when they travelled to Rome, but another slack second-half performance saw Italy claw back an 18-6 deficit to win 22-21. It was France’s first Six Nations defeat to the Italians, and one that didn’t sit well with Lievremont. “To put it mildly, I can say I’m disenchanted,” he muttered. “I feel like I’m responsible for this, but the players are lacking courage. There is a certain cowardice. When I speak with them, nothing happens. Some of the players maybe wore the France jersey for the last time.”It was an extraordinary statement given the stature of some of the men in the squad, players such as Imanol Harinordoquy, Lionel Nallet, Aurelien Rougerie, Yannick Jauzion and William Servat, who had rarely been found wanting in their illustrious Test careers.  They took the censure in silence, and the threat of wholesale changes never materialised. Instead the players responded  to the insults by hammering Wales 28-9 in their final match of the campaign.Bond: Lievremont question the integrity of France players, that included Imanol Harinordoquy (Pic Inpho)But the bond of trust, so vital between players and coach in any sport, had been broken, and it shattered six months later during the 2011 World Cup. Lievremont branded his players “spoiled brats”, describing them to a wide-eyed press pack as “undisciplined, disobedient, sometimes selfish. Always complaining, always moaning.” A man apart: Philippe Saint-Andre is under fire from all sides (Pic Inpho) Harinordoquy countered with some critiques of his own. “He was lost, I will not miss him,” he said of Lievremont after the tournament. “After the [pool] defeat against Tonga I did not attach too much importance to what Marc said.”Lievremont’s  mistake was to heap all the blame on his players, and publicly. “He cast the stone at us too often,” explained Harinordoqoy. “When something goes wrong, we’re all in the same boat. There are no good or bad guys.”Saint-Andre should have remembered Harinordoquy’s wise words before he addressed the press the morning after France’s defeat to Wales. In an emotional tirade he labelled his players  “starlettes”, accusing some of being more concentrated on having their photo taken than in representing their country. It was a foolish outburst, and one for which he was widely ridiculed.Blind support: French fans will back the team but patience is wearing thin (Pic Inpho)Claude Fauquet, the swimming coach responsible for transforming the fortunes of France in recent Olympic Games, described PSA’s rant as “pathetic”, adding in a tweet: “When the only guilty ones become the players, we’re nearing the irreparable.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Like Lievremont four years earlier, PSA’s initial response to Six Nations defeat was to threaten sweeping changes for the next game but it the end he has merely tweaked the squad. Meanwhile his players – emulating their predecessors in 2011 – have kept their counsel in the wake of their coach’s insults but in private all is not well. This correspondent was told last month by a reliable Top 14 insider that the France squad is not happy with PSA’s methods, and Monday’s Midi Olympique suggested stormy times ahead: “Is the Tricolore squad on the brink of implosion?” it asked.Lose to Italy on Sunday and the Eternal City will become the Infernal City for PSA and his players.last_img read more

Asian American Episcopalians see Atlanta shootings as latest manifestation of…

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Egan MillardPosted Mar 18, 2021 Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Rector Albany, NY Racial Justice & Reconciliation Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Asian American Episcopalians see Atlanta shootings as latest manifestation of long history of racism An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Melissa Min attends a March 17 vigil in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her son James in solidarity with the Asian American community after increased attacks on the community since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago. Photo: Rachel Wisniewski/REUTERS[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians of Asian descent are expressing anguish, fear and an urgent call to end anti-Asian racism after a white man allegedly killed eight people, including six Asian American women, in the Atlanta, Georgia, area on March 16.“I am filled with deep sorrow over the shootings in Atlanta,” Oregon Bishop Diana Akiyama, who became The Episcopal Church’s first Asian American female bishop on Jan. 30, wrote to her diocese.“When I first heard the news, I was speechless. It has taken me a while to find the words because my first reaction was to weep and wail,” she said in the March 18 message.Also on March 18, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a statement about the killings.“Wherever and whenever hatred or bigotry rises up and is directed at any child of God, we who follow Jesus of Nazareth and therefore stand for love, must act,” he said. “We must stand up, speak up and show up. Today we do so with and for our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers, sisters and siblings.”The shootings have again thrust the racism long experienced by Asian Americans into the national spotlight. Although local authorities have not yet confirmed a motive, the shootings are the latest in a series of escalating attacks on Asian Americans. Reported hate crime incidents against Asian Americans increased nearly 150% in the largest U.S. cities in 2020, according to a California State University study.“There is fear among our Asian American congregations and communities,” the Rev. Winfred Vergara, The Episcopal Church’s missioner for Asiamerica Ministries, told Episcopal News Service, pointing to other recent attacks on Asian Americans in New York City. The primary cause of the attacks, Vergara believes, is the racist rhetoric used by former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese people. Many Americans, he added, do not distinguish among the many different Asian cultures, making anyone of Asian descent a potential target.“As tensions between the U.S. and China increase and as the prejudice against Asians as ‘bringers of diseases’ continues, we predict there will be a continuing uptick of racist violence against Asian Americans,” Vergara said. However, he explained, the roots of this racism go much deeper; people of Asian descent have endured discrimination and violence as long as they have been in America.The pandemic has exposed the white supremacy and racism that have “infected the soul of America for centuries,” wrote New York Bishop Suffragan Allen K. Shin in a March 18 statement sent to his diocese.“It has played out in the racial inequalities with a devastating effect in the lives of the people of color in the marginalized and underprivileged communities in terms of the COVID infections and deaths, of the economic hardship and even of the vaccine rollouts,” Shin said.Coinciding with the pandemic, the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other African Americans offered further evidence of the white supremacist, racist structures and systems that are endemic in U.S. society, he said.“During the pandemic we have also seen a dramatic surge of hate crimes against Asians across the country, particularly against the elderly and women,” Shin said.An 84-year-old man from Thailand died after he was slammed to the ground in San Francisco, California; a 61-year-old Filipino man was slashed across the face with a box cutter while riding the subway in New York City; and a 56-year-old Malaysian man was attacked on the street in Chinatown in Manhattan. Then, earlier this week, the murders in Atlanta.The Rev. Yein Esther Kim, rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, California, also said that COVID-19 amplified a long-simmering hatred in American society.“Anti-Asian racism … is not new, but the ‘permission’ to openly act on it was given since the outbreak of the pandemic,” she said. Kim also co-leads The Gathering, a ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles that provides a space for Americans of Asian and Pacific descent to talk about spirituality. She told ENS that she has been experiencing the hatred firsthand.“Since last year, I myself have been avoided [in the] aisles of a high-end supermarket and screamed at by a [truck driver] in front of my house, which changed the dynamics of my everyday living,” she said. “Multiple Asian-targeted assaults have happened in my neighborhood also.”In the New York City borough of Queens, Peter Ng, the former Asia-Pacific partnership officer for The Episcopal Church, has seen it too. Since he immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong, he has never felt afraid to leave his home until now. Since he retired, he has made a habit of walking around his neighborhood every morning. Now he and his wife aren’t sure that it’s safe to do that anymore.“It’s getting more and more serious,” he told ENS. “Throughout my 50-plus years living in this country, I’ve never experienced the [anti-Asian] sentiment being so high.”The church’s Asian American-focused ministries are responding to the increase in overt, violent anti-Asian racism and the fear that it brings with prayer, pastoral care and calls to action.“The violence in our communities is staggering,” Akiyama wrote. “It is difficult to resist despair as we struggle with feeling helpless. … While reasonable laws about owning guns would help protect the innocent, the quest for peace will persist. We can legislate for civil peace, but no law will help us find spiritual peace … at least no human law.”Kim told ENS that times like this underscore the importance of ministries like The Gathering that “provide a safe space to talk, unpack and share the pain and anger within the Asian American communities.”“Absolutely there has been a need for pastoral care,” said the Rev. Peter Huang, co-leader of The Gathering. “Whenever The Gathering has held events this past year, our members have wanted to connect with others to find comfort, support and solidarity while living with this ongoing stressor.”Kim added that her parish has also been a haven of support.“I am a rector in a white-dominant parish, and I did receive overwhelming support from my congregation,” she said. “Not only Asians/Asian Americans are reaching out for help and pastoral care, but people who are aware of the severity and un-Christian nature of these incidents are looking to participate in ways that are practical and with unprecedented vigor – which is encouraging.”However, providing a safe space for healing is only part of the church’s role in responding to racism of all kinds, Vergara said. It must be coupled with “a call for solidarity and making sure that Asian Americans and all ethnic peoples in this country be accepted as Americans and as integral parts of the life and future of the American church and society.”Huang and Kim said the church should respond publicly and visibly to racial injustice. And last summer, they co-sponsored a vigil in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.“The church can be instrumental in combating racism and white supremacy,” Huang told ENS. “More immediately, the church can partner with organizations that provide education to raise awareness and advocate for change. The important and more difficult work is also for the church to actively work toward a multicultural church and confront its own institutional racism by examining current practices and power dynamics.”Kim echoed Huang’s call for solidarity and action within the wider church, in addition to providing support and safety.“Reach out to your Asian siblings of Christ with a word of encouragement and comfort. But do not end there,” she said. “Stand up against all forms of racial violence and hatred in our society as many other Asians stand with the Black communities in their continued struggle against the systemic racism and the culture of white supremacy.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service 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 center_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL 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 Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ethnic Ministries, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

6 Houses in Cabrera de Mar / Twobo arquitectura + Luis Twose

first_img 6 Houses in Cabrera de Mar / Twobo arquitectura + Luis Twose Design Team:Anna Sala, Raquel Vicente, Ourania ChamilakiClients:Olosega S.L.Engineering:ProenaCity:Cabrera de MarCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© José HeviaRecommended ProductsLouvers / ShuttersLunawoodThermowood BattensLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornSkylightsJansenRoof Glazing – VISSText description provided by the architects. Located a few kilometers from Barcelona, Cabrera de Mar is a tourist destination overlooking the beach, a town of a few thousand inhabitants that fills up with visitors in the summer season. The project fills an urban void with a residential building, with a construction whose modern language dialogues with the architecture of the old town, even preserving an old stone wall on the basement level.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© José HeviaThe residential building consists of six apartments of different sizes distributed over two floors. The project has two complementary main facades. The north side, where we find the accesses to the dwellings, has a solid facade, perforated only punctually by some windows. The south side is characterised by an exposed concrete frame, which delimits the private open spaces of the houses, small patios or terraces.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!Plan detailSave this picture!© José HeviaThe apartments feature an open and flexible floor plan, allowing for fluid movements and circular paths between the rooms, with the bathrooms grouped into central cores to free up the facades. The interiors have a sober character and are devoid of any decorative excess. Cement, terracotta, pine wood and metal are exposed and left in their raw state. It is the composition of these materials that embellishes the common and living spaces of the apartments.Save this picture!© José HeviaProject gallerySee allShow lessBaisha Old Town Retreat / Atelier GOM + AtelierbaSelected ProjectsJohannes House Extension / MADAM architectuurSelected Projects Share 2019 Spain CopyHouses•Cabrera de Mar, Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940469/6-houses-in-cabrera-de-mar-twobo-arquitectura-plus-luis-twose Clipboard Houses Architects: Luis Twose, Twobo arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940469/6-houses-in-cabrera-de-mar-twobo-arquitectura-plus-luis-twose Clipboard 6 Houses in Cabrera de Mar / Twobo arquitectura + Luis TwoseSave this projectSave6 Houses in Cabrera de Mar / Twobo arquitectura + Luis Twose Alberto Twose, María Pancorbo, Pablo Twose, Luis Twose ArchDaily Manufacturers: Cerámicas Calaf, Cortizo, Roca, Roi, Acor, RCR “COPY” “COPY” Year:  Area:  1080 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© José Hevia+ 22Curated by Clara Ott Share Photographs:  José Hevia Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lead Architects: CopyAbout this officeTwobo arquitecturaOfficeFollowLuis TwoseOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookSpainPublished on May 31, 2020Cite: “6 Houses in Cabrera de Mar / Twobo arquitectura + Luis Twose” [6 viviendas en Cabrera de Mar / Twobo arquitectura + Luis Twose] 31 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Oxfam app aims to bring supporters closer

first_img Advertisement Oxfam has launched an app aimed at making its work more transparent for supporters and giving them more control over their donations.My Oxfam is available free of charge for IoS and Android on the Apple Store and Google Play, and will let users dial up or down the amount they wish to donate and manage how the charity contacts them. It will also provide real-life stories, live updates on emergencies, and video messages from Oxfam staff on the ground.When there is a humanitarian emergency, supporters will be able to follow the situation in real time starting with an alert and moving through to video diaries from Oxfam staff on the ground and updates long after the initial response has finished.Through the app’s ‘Support Now’ dial, supporters can increase or decrease the amount they give, controlling the amount of their monthly gift, or enabling them to make a one-off donation to Oxfam’s work or to a particular humanitarian appeal via card, PayPal, SMS or direct debit.My Oxfam keeps a running tab of how much a supporter has given and by what method, including any sponsorships or fundraising and any online shop purchases. It also includes access to Oxfam’s online shop and will show when a shop has sold an item that the individual had donated.Paul Vanags, Oxfam’s head of public fundraising, said:“Charities are striving to meet the public’s demand for a closer, more modern and responsive relationship with the charities they support. Oxfam’s personalised app is another step towards that.“My Oxfam provides a window onto the lives changed by our supporters’ generosity and allows users to control their giving from the palm of their hand. The app gives them complete control of their support anytime anywhere and allows them to experience the impact of their generosity. Melanie May | 11 January 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 Tagged with: app mobile Oxfam  207 total views,  1 views today Oxfam app aims to bring supporters closer  208 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Black History forum: Obama, Harriet Tubman & jobs

first_imgBrenda Stokely, Larry Holmes, Jaribu Hill, the Rev. CD Witherspoon and Monica Mooreheadat Black History forum, Feb. 23.WW photo: Brenda RyanA dynamic Black History Month forum took place Feb. 23 in the new office of the New York City branch of Workers World Party. The theme of the forum was “Obama’s second term: Which road to liberation?”Speakers included Brenda Stokely, a leader of the Million Worker March Movement and an organizer for the International Working Women’s Day 2013 Coalition. She paid tribute to the great African-American liberator Harriet Tubman; March 10 is the centennial of her death. Stokely spoke of the individual heroism of Tubman, overcoming incredible odds to free herself from the bonds of slavery. But her heroism did not stop there. Tubman then joined the Underground Railroad and led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom, with the assistance of other Railroad operatives. Stokely emphasized that Tubman was connected to a much broader movement, a lesson that is just as important today in the struggle against all forms of capitalism.The Rev. C. D. Witherspoon, president of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council and a representative of the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, spoke on the contributions that assassinated Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made to the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C., for Jobs and Freedom; its 50th anniversary is this year. In response to the growing crisis of police violence, poverty and racism, the Baltimore PPA is organizing a week-long Poor People’s March from Baltimore to D.C. to bring demands to the White House. Witherspoon stated that the march will be a regional one.Larry Holmes, WWP’s First Secretary and a Secretariat member, spoke on the relationship between Obama’s re-election as the first African-American president and the mass struggle in the United States. On the one hand, the Obama administration still fundamentally represents the interests of the capitalist class and imperialism. On the other hand, however, this second term represents optimism for the masses in terms of progress in the fight for social justice. Holmes stressed the need for the masses to fully break from the ideological chains of the Democratic Party and to embark on the path of a truly independent, anti-capitalist program for socialism.Jaribu Hill, executive director of the Mississippi Workers Center and a cultural worker, spoke about the ongoing struggle against racism and performed a song.Monica Moorehead, a WW managing editor, chaired the forum and spoke on the one-year anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin. For the forum podcast, go to workers.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than Anticipated

first_imgBob Nielsen,Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, said he was comfortable with the USDA yield projection for Indiana, but stressed there is still a long way to go until harvest, “We need to have some timely August rains if we are going to hold these yield levels.” He told HAT shallow root systems and nitrogen shortages are impacting the corn crop in Indiana to a great extent. “It is a case of the haves and the have nots,” said Greg Matli, Indiana state statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, who said a regional breakdown of crop conditions in the state shows that some areas were hit very hard by the wet weather and others are having very good crops. Chris HurtChris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist, said this will be a very difficult year financially for Hoosier farmers, “Lower crop prices and lower yields will hit growers with cash rent contracts very hard. With a 20% crop loss, we could see growers with a $200 per acre negative margin.” Hurt said Indiana crop loss could total over $400 million dollars. Ted McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, noted this will be very difficult on young farmers and that ISDA is looking into ways to provide helpful resources for financially stressed producers. USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than Anticipated Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Facebook Twitter All quotes are delayed snapshots Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than AnticipatedJay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture.According to the USDA crop production figures released on Wednesday, the damage to Indiana crops from record rainfall this summer has not been as great as anticipated. While production was cut, the forecast was more optimistic than many farmers and the market had  anticipated. The USDA is projecting that this fall Indiana farmers will harvest 867.4 million bushels of corn on an average of 158 bushels per acre. That is down 20 percent from last year’s record 1.08 billion bushels on 188 bushels per acre. Indiana soybean farmers were projected to bring in 278.8 million bushels on 49 per acre, down 9.3 percent from last year when they produced the state’s second-largest crop of 307.4 million bushels on 56 per acre. Name Sym Last Change Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 SHARE How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States center_img Some areas of the state were hit much harder than others, and some individual fields had both heavily damaged sections as well as areas that will produce good yields, noted Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture. “The bottom line is that yields will be off and we’ll see a lot of variability across the state,” said Akridge, who moderated a panel of experts analyzing the USDA’s August Crop Production Report at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Some farmers in attendance expressed skepticism regarding the USDA report and feel future reports will reveal lower yields and less planted acres Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Report Shows Indiana Crops Better than Anticipated SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 13, 2015 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCorn Growers ask EPA to Put the Brakes on WOTUSNext articleUSDA Report Shocks Market, Sends Prices Falling Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more