Mastercard in £333m deal for DataCash

first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp John Dunne Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL MasterCard has agreed to buy British payment service provider DataCash Group for about £333m in cash to expand its e-commerce business.MasterCard, which makes money from processing credit and debit card payments on its network, said it would pay 360 pence per share, representing a 54 per cent premium to DataCash’s Wednesday close.“The acquisition of DataCash will expand our already significant e-commerce merchant gateway presence in Asia and Australia to European countries and other high-growth, emerging markets worldwide,” MasterCard chief executive Ajay Banga said in a statement.The deal is expected to be complete by the end of October whatsapp Mastercard in £333m deal for DataCash Thursday 19 August 2010 4:18 am Sharelast_img read more

Moulton’s Better Capital buys Calyx

first_imgMonday 6 September 2010 8:28 pm JON MOULTON’S company Better Capital has acquired the debt and related rights in IT services provider Calyx, a firm that Moulton’s former firm Alchemy took private in 2007. Calyx provides IT outsourcing, voice and data services, software, network security and training. The group’s UK and Irish companies have been placed into administration and receivership respectively. Alchemy owned 59.2 per cent of Stornoway, the 2007 management buyout vehicle of Calyx. Stornoway’s 101p a share bid valued Calyx at £70.2m. Calyx joined Aim at 55p a share in 2005. Better Capital acquired the debt on 3 September and this puts it in a strong position to buy the operations. Better Capital has made its investment through a special purpose vehicle. whatsapp Moulton’s Better Capital buys Calyx Share whatsapp KCS-content More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Rebel MEPs try to beef up hedgie laws

first_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 Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe 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 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 whatsapp KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Rebel MEPs try to beef up hedgie laws center_img Tuesday 28 September 2010 11:25 pm NEW EUROPEAN rules on hedge funds and private equity groups were in disarray yesterday after French MEPs claimed they could scupper the regime’s passage into law. Talks on the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD) came close to agreeing a final draft in Brussels on Monday, but yesterday dissenting politicians scrambled to arrange covert one-to-one meetings with other MEPs to talk them into toughening up the rules. The French have not revealed the full text of their proposal. However, several sources said the rebels aim to abolish a planned “passport” for hedge funds, which would require some non-EU funds to meet transparency standards to trade here, and replace it with a stricter, universal benchmark. “It felt a bit like when a phone company calls you up with a great new deal, but then they won’t tell you any of the details,” said Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, who has been involved in months of negotiations over the directive. Kamall told City A.M. yesterday the breakaway group might have enough support to stop further progress. “The French are trying to undermine the Belgian presidency and form a blocking minority, and they claimed tonight to have done so.”The acting EU finance minister, Belgium’s Didier Reynders, said yesterday he realised the crackdown did not command the support of every member state, but said he will not force through the current proposals.The UK, which is home to 80 per cent of Europe’s hedge funds, has backed the introduction of a passport system. Andrew Baker, chief executive of the Alternative Investment Management Association, said yesterday: “The French proposal could be calamitous for European investors who could be prevented from investing in funds or managers outside the EU, and non-EU hedge fund managers who would find it very difficult to access the European market. This would be a profoundly protectionist move.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Indiana sports betting handle soars in October

first_img Email Address The Indiana Gaming Commission has revealed that players in the state staked $91.7m on sports in October, a month-on-month increase of 160.4%.The second full month of legal wagering included the first contributions from mobile wagering, which accounted for $48.0m (52.4%) of total handle despite just three sportsbooks launching offerings in the month.DraftKings, operating under Penn National’s Ameristar Casino, and the Rush Street-operated French Lick Casino were the first, on October 3, with FanDuel, partnered with Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa, following on October 22.Across all licensees and channels, the $91.7m handle resulted in adjusted gross revenue of $11.5m, up 34.8% month-on-month. Mobile revenue amounted to $4.2m in October, of which DraftKings generated $3.5m, followed by Rush Street’s BetRivers-branded offering with $496,744, then FanDuel with $197,786.Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Indiana 18th November 2019 | By contenteditor Indiana sports betting handle soars in October Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Indiana Gaming Commission has revealed that players in the state staked $91.7m on sports in October, a month-on-month increase of 160.4%. Topics: Finance Sports betting Horse racinglast_img read more

Vice-President Marketing MS Dhoni pads up for India Cements

first_img Cricket Virat Kohli completes 10 years in Test Cricket: 10 things you should know about India skipper- check out By Kunal Dhyani – November 10, 2018 ICC WTC Final: 10 years of Virat Kohli’s Test career, 10 best moments of India’s greatest Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni proved his corporate credential beyond doubt as he padded up for India Cements at the Company Board Meeting as Vice-President Marketing.Former Indian national cricket team skipper dons the hat of a top rung corporate with as much each as he puts on gloves to guard the citadel of Indian cricket from behind the stumps. A true all-rounder, Dhoni was at all ease speaking about the company’s growth and plans in his avatar as the Vice President, Marketing, India Cements, at the company board meeting. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeCBS NewsThese Are America’s Deadliest HighwaysCBS NewsTreehuggerHow To Protect Yourself Against CyberthreatsTreehugger247 SportsThe Highest-Paid College Football Coaches In 2020, Ranked247 SportsHis connect with the N Srinivasan-owned India Cements might have started as the captain of the company’s Indian Premier League franchisee Chennai Super Kings, but Dhoni as an astute director proved beyond doubt that his position in the company’s board is not just honorary.Also Read: Dhoni to endorse Officer’s Choice Blue “surrogate” snacksDonning the hat of India Cements’ VP Marketing, Dhoni displayed the ease of a seasoned pro while explaining the company’s growth and future. Making a presentation on the company’s growth, Dhoni said “We at India Cements will reach 100% capacity utilisation levels next year on the back of rising demand. I am bullish on India Cements’ growth.”On his debut to make presentation at the board meeting, Dhoni also said since he has cut down on his duties for Team India he would give more time towards his India Cement responsibilities.Top company executive were all charged up with the presence of the great showman of world cricket. “He (Dhoni) is our greatest asset. He has already visited India Cements facilities – one in Banswara (Rajasthan) and at Sankar Nagar (Tamil Nadu),” company Vice-Chairman and managing director, N Srinivasan said.Also Read: Dream 11 releases musical TVC #KheloDimaagSe with brand icon Dhoni TAGSChennai Super KingsIndia CementIndian Premier LeagueMahendra Singh DhoniMS Dhoni SHARE Cricket Previous articleDeaf Sports Council needs to take lesson from WFI to care for wrestlersNext articleUWW Ranking: Bajrang Punia is No. 1 wrestler in the world Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket Vice-President Marketing MS Dhoni pads up for India Cements PSL 2021 ISL beat MUL: Mohd Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan shine as Islamabad United defeats Multan Sultans by 4 wickets ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ Day 3: Can India survive the Kyle Jamieson storm in Southampton? Cricket Cricket F1 French GP 2021 Live: Max Verstappen to take pole position, Lewis Hamilton second Facebook Twitter Formula 1 WTC final LIVE broadcast: ICC’s mega broadcast plan, India vs New Zealand live streaming starts today in 195 countries Cricket IND vs NZ in WTC Final: India batting coach says, ‘score above 250 on Day 3 would be good’, Kyle Jamieson feels it won’t… Sports BusinessBrandsLatest Sports NewsNewsSport WTC Final LIVE Day 3: Weather forecast again not good, rain & bad-light all set to impact India vs New Zealand Day 3 WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 2 Stumps: West Indies bowled out for 149 runs in 1st innings, SA lead by 149 runs Cricket YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsored RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket PSL 2021, KAR beats QUE: Karachi Kings defeats Quetta Gladiators to keep playoffs berth alivelast_img read more

Bitcoin is almost at $10,000! Should you buy?

first_imgBitcoin is almost at $10,000! Should you buy? See all posts by Stepan Lavrouk Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Stepan Lavrouk | Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 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. With Bitcoin’s recent return to prominence, many investors may be questioning whether this is a good time to start buying the cryptocurrency. After all, the price of a single token recently broke $10,000 (£6,787) for the first time since September 2019, and currently trades for around $9,300 (£7,148). Fears over the coronavirus outbreak and continued monetary easing by central banks the world over have contributed to the renewed interest in Bitcoin. Nonetheless, I don’t think that investors should rush to pour their hard-earned cash into as unpredictable an asset as this. Here are some reasons why I don’t believe investors should risk it (and what I think they should do instead).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…VolatilityVolatility is the tendency of asset prices to fluctuate. The more volatile an asset, the more its price will move. On its own, volatility is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, if stock prices didn’t exhibit volatile behaviours, it would be impossible to buy them at bargain prices. Moreover, high volatility is not a synonym for poor performance — on the contrary, shares are more volatile than bonds or cash, and yet historically have outperformed both by considerable margins. However, volatility does become an issue when it comes to maintaining peace of mind. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of your retirement portfolio frequently declining by 20% over the course of a single day, then I would suggest you stay away from this asset. I know I certainly would not be comfortable with that proposition.The main problem with Bitcoin is that it is impossible to set a price target for it that is based on anything other than pure guesswork, unlike shares. It doesn’t produce a cash stream, like a bond. It’s not backed by a physical asset, like stocks and shares. It lacks industrial usage, unlike a commodity. Could it be the future of money? Maybe. But it’s equally, if not more likely, that it won’t be. I wouldn’t take those odds.Pursue a sensible investing strategyThe truth is that at this point in time, Bitcoin is an entirely speculative asset, the price of which depends on what the next person is willing to pay for it. This is why I believe that investors would be much better served by putting their retirement savings into a well diversified portfolio of quality stocks purchased at low valuations. Unlike Bitcoin, many stocks actually pay dividends, meaning that you can reinvest that money back into your retirement portfolio and take advantage of the power of compound interest. Even if a company does not pay a dividend, it can still benefit from compound growth by reinvesting its profits back into itself. Actually, it is precisely this fact that explains the historical outperformance of stocks relative to bonds and cash.Here is an example of how compounding can magnify your returns when investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA. 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Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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 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. 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Scarlets centre Johnny Williams

first_imgGet to know the powerful new addition to the Scarlets back-line who is part of Wales’ autumn squad This article originally appeared in the October 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Scarlets centre Johnny WilliamsHe burst on to the scene as a teenager at London Irish, was diagnosed with cancer while at Newcastle and is now embarking on a new chapter at Scarlets.Here Scarlets centre Johnny Williams, who has been named in Wayne Pivac’s Wales squad for the Autumn Nations Cup, tells his story…I started playing rugby when I was six. My dad is big into rugby and took me to Redingensians; I never looked back. I played once or twice at No 8 but I definitely prefer being in the backs. Lifting people in lineouts and scrums – I prefer watching that stuff!My first year out of school I was playing for London Irish in the Premiership. We weren’t doing too well and I was chucked in at the deep end in a high-pressure environment. A lot was riding on those games but it made me a lot stronger as a rugby player, knowing how to deal with those situations from a young age.I’m still considered young but I’ve got more experience than most 23-year-olds because I was thrown in quite early. It’s a shame we got relegated that year but I was grateful for the opportunity and the experience it gave me.You can’t just be a crash-ball player now. That’s how the game is evolving. I was bigger than my school friends but don’t consider myself big in a professional environment – there are some monsters! I pride myself on my ball-carrying and it is a strength, but you have to have more strings to your bow. I back my skill-set, my offloading, my kicking.My time at Newcastle was up and down. In my first year we played really good rugby but had a tough start against top-of-the-league teams, got into a bit of a losing habit and lost confidence. We beat Toulon and Montpellier in Europe, which are some of the best moments of my rugby career, but we also got relegated, which was a massive step back from coming fourth the previous year.I went to see three doctors before being diagnosed with testicular cancer last year. Two told me there were no lumps and bumps so not to worry. I left it for a few months, but it (testicle) just got bigger, more swollen, harder and more painful.I took a small knock to that area in training and it still hurt hours later, so I dropped my pride about asking the club doctor to look at my nuts. He rushed me for a scan, they found a tumour and I was booked in for surgery to have it removed. I had to do one course of chemo. If you don’t have chemo there’s a 20% chance of it coming back and if you do it’s 5%, so whilst I was young I opted to do it. I spent four days in hospital on a 24-7 drip. I wasn’t prepared for how intense it is and was quite ill for two weeks afterwards.It’s given me a new perspective on life. I don’t take my health or my job for granted. I never thought it would happen to me and was quite naive to it. I was lucky that I knew two players who’d had it, so I could ask them questions and knew they’d both got back playing. It was good they caught it early and my goal was then to be back playing as soon as possible.I trained through December and I was back playing in January. Even those first games back I felt like I was playing my best rugby and that I was back where I left off, but then Covid hit and that was a momentum ruiner.Moving to the Scarlets is a massive opportunity. I know the coaches (Glenn Delaney and Richard Whiffin) from London Irish; those guys really believed in me as an 18-year-old.Plus, attacking rugby is in the Scarlets’ DNA and I think that suits me. The Scarlets back-line is more or less the Wales back-line – Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies… I’m looking forward to playing with all of them to see where I am as a player and what I can learn.Selector: Wayne Pivac has named Johnny Williams in his autumn squad (Getty Images)My dad was born in Rhyl, North Wales, so I’m Welsh-qualified. He had a debenture at the Millennium Stadium so growing up I remember watching Wales play big games there – Wales-England, Grand Slams, All Blacks… I’ve played rugby in England and was brought up in England, but I’ve also seen my dad so passionate about Welsh rugby. Hopefully the opportunity to play at international level comes along. But I’m not taking anything for granted.I’ve got a property development project in Reading that my mum is helping me with. It’s a really rundown house that needs a lot of work, so it’s a big job and my mum is project managing it. That takes up a lot of my time away from rugby and I also want to do a course in wealth management. Warming up: Scarlets centre Johnny Williams with his new team-mates (Inpho) last_img read more

Finding ‘Sacred Ground’: Thousands connect with Episcopal Church’s film-based series…

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Racial Justice & Reconciliation Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL 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 Tags Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing By David PaulsenPosted Jul 28, 2020 Press Release Service Finding ‘Sacred Ground’: Thousands connect with Episcopal Church’s film-based series on racism’s historic roots Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Jenny Fife introduces Sacred Ground to the discussion circle that Fife formed in Roanoke, Virginia, to take up the 10-part, film-based curriculum. The meetings were held at St. John’s Episcopal Church starting in January 2020. The pandemic interrupted the group’s schedule, but future meetings may resume online. Photo courtesy of Jenny Fife[Episcopal News Service] When protests against racial injustice erupted nationwide in late spring, the dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York invited Episcopalians to participate in Sacred Ground, The Episcopal Church’s 10-part, film-based discussion series. The curriculum confronts the historical roots of systemic racism and examines how that history still shapes American institutions and social interactions today.The response was overwhelming: About 200 people signed up for the dioceses’ discussion circles.Interest was just as strong in the Diocese of San Diego, where at least 11 congregations recently signed up to form Sacred Ground circles. And in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the Rev. Jane Johnson started a discussion circle at her Episcopal-Lutheran congregation hoping at least a handful of people would join her. The circle widened to more than 60 participants from four local congregations and across the Diocese of Fond du Lac.Such examples highlight the exponential churchwide growth in Sacred Ground participation since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fueled widespread protests. Previously, about 400 discussion circles had taken up Sacred Ground from its launch in February 2019. Two months after Floyd’s death, that number doubled to more than 800 groups.Learn more about The Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground discussion series, including how to register.“The response has given me hope this is not going to be just a moment, but a movement,” Johnson told Episcopal News Service. “It’s sad that it takes so long to wake up to something … but we’re finally willing to do something.”A discussion circle may sound like a rather passive form of action, especially in light of the fervent protests against recent instances of deadly police brutality. But Sacred Ground goes beyond a book club or Bible study, facilitators say. They describe some of the curriculum’s videos and reading assignments as intense and the conversations direct, even uncomfortable – all intended as a springboard for action.“This is tricky stuff to navigate,” said Jenny Fife, an Episcopalian who organized a Sacred Ground circle this year in Roanoke, Virginia. Examples she cited from the curriculum include European Americans’ forced relocation of Native Americans, racial discrimination in 20th-century federal housing policy and the various barriers that made it difficult for Black World War II veterans to obtain G.I. Bill benefits.“There’s some awful stories out there,” she said, “awful stories that we need to hear.”Children in 1937 walk along dirt paths connecting farm cabins on land once known as the Pettway Plantation in the isolated central Alabama community of Gee’s Bend. The Black families photographed by the Farm Security Administration were “living under primitive conditions,” and even today many of them, descendants of slaves, still bear the last name of the former plantation owner, Pettway. Photo: Arthur Rothstein, via Library of CongressSacred Ground is part of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative on racial reconciliation. Unlike other anti-racism programs, Sacred Ground doesn’t require an experienced trainer, only volunteer facilitators. The curriculum is ready to go for any groups that commit to engage with the material and have honest and open conversations about what they learn. And though the curriculum doesn’t prescribe specific real-world responses, it presumes participants will be moved to work for social change in their own ways when they are done.It also presumes most participants will be white. That is by design, said Katrina Browne, the “Traces of the Trade” filmmaker who developed the Sacred Ground curriculum: “written by a white Episcopalian for white Episcopalians.”Episcopal Church leaders welcomed a new resource “targeting white folks to help with the kind of reeducation that we need,” Browne told ENS, “given how little we get taught in schools about the history of racism and the actual depth and extent of it.” Rather than exclusion, this approach encourages fair expectations: People of color are welcome to participate but shouldn’t feel obligated to explain racism to their white neighbors, Browne said.“It’s very common in my experience for people of color to say, ‘It would be great for you all to learn more and not have us be the teachers all the time,’” she said. She also has found that well-meaning white people often don’t think they can talk about race without a person of color present, a common scenario in The Episcopal Church given its predominantly white membership. Sacred Ground encourages those Episcopalians not to let their congregations’ homogeneity stop them from increasing their own understanding of racism.Church leaders also have increasingly found that white Episcopalians desire those conversations.“Sacred Ground has clearly filled a deep need and hunger across the church and beyond. Especially among white folks, there is a growing recognition that racism is not just a problem for people of color,” the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation, said in a statement to ENS. “If anything, systemic racism has been built for white flourishing; that means it is best dismantled and addressed by white people.”Fife’s experience with Sacred Ground in Roanoke is a common one. “It’s been pretty profound for me personally,” she said. “I’ve done a 180-degree turn.”A self-described “child of the South,” Fife grew up in Richmond, Virginia, blind to the vestiges of white supremacy all around her in the one-time capital of the Confederate states, from the prominent monuments to Confederate figures to the slave owners and overseers in her own family tree. She was given the middle name, Lee, in honor of her grandfather, who had been named after Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.The Revs. Melissa Hays-Smith, Lyle Morton and David Jones bow their heads in prayer at a memorial service for lynching victims in Roanoke, Virginia, during the second day of the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice on Aug. 17, 2019. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceShe first learned about Sacred Ground from a woman she met in August 2019 while she and her husband participated in the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice organized by the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Fife then began developing a Sacred Ground circle at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and by the time the church hosted its first session in January 2020, more than 50 people had signed up from St. John’s and other Christian congregations around Roanoke.Fife, a 67-year-old retired elementary school teacher, had considered herself a “typical liberal do-gooder,” but she soon realized how little she understood of systemic racism, the institutional systems and structures designed to disadvantage African Americans. She never had been challenged to go beyond a white perspective to reexamine the racial arc of American history.“As a Christian, I believed that we were all made in the image of God. I just didn’t kind of get that there are two Americas. There’s Black America and there’s white America,” Fife said. “And I live in white America. And African Americans live in both Americas.” Institutional racism, she said, is “just so hard to see” – until it becomes obvious.“You don’t see it, until you see it.”Videos help participants open hearts, minds to painful truths about American historyBrowne, a lifelong Episcopalian who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, came up with the idea for Sacred Ground after The Episcopal Church’s May 2017 launch of Becoming Beloved Community, invoking a term popularized by Martin Luther King Jr.Renewed focus on racial reconciliation drives interest in Becoming Beloved Community webinars.Becoming Beloved Community’s four parts often are illustrated as a labyrinth: telling the truth about the church and race; proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community; practicing the way of love in the pattern of Jesus, and repairing the breach in society, such as through advocacy for reform. Spellers’ team offered it to dioceses and congregations to guide their efforts at racial reconciliation, which the church set as one of its top priorities at the 78th General Convention in 2015. Within that framework, Browne saw an opportunity to get white Episcopalians to lower their guard and engage with the subjects using documentary films as educational tools and as prompts for discussion.Browne is best known for her 2008 documentary “Traces of the Trade,” which followed her and her family members’ researching and coming to grips with the truth about their slave-trading ancestors in Rhode Island. “I was certainly steeped in an appreciation for the power of documentary film to generate more heartfelt dialogue,” she said. “This is an emotional, spiritual journey, and there is something about the power of film to open things up.”In fall 2017, Spellers embraced Browne’s pitch of a film-based series on the roots of the racism still built into American institutions – and perpetuated, often unknowingly, by the individuals who fill those institutions.Browne, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, doesn’t exempt herself. As a white Northerner who once clung to a “presumption of innocence,” she learned in making “Traces of the Trade” that much of the economy in the North had been tied to slavery, even after slavery was outlawed there. Browne also began examining her own perceptions. “I may not be an intentionally racist person, but I still have implicit racial bias. I still have loads of white privilege and class privilege.”Browne developed a series of 10 sessions, each requiring participants to prepare themselves before meeting by completing reading assignments and viewing one or more videos. Sacred Ground participants also are expected to read the curriculum’s two core books: “Waking Up White,” a 2014 memoir by Debby Irving, and “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Black theologian Howard Thurman, originally published in 1949.One of the first assigned videos is titled “The Myth of Race Debunked in 3 Minutes.” Others are longer, such as an hourlong episode of the PBS series “The African Americans,” hosted by historian and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Browne also identified the TV news program episode “White Anxiety” hosted by Katie Couric as a highlight for its discussion of class issues, as well as the final session’s assignment “Dawnland,” a 2018 documentary that details Maine’s efforts to atone for taking Native American children from their families to be placed in foster homes and boarding schools.The sessions follow a roughly chronological line, starting with a look at the persecution in Europe that motivated the early colonists to leave their home countries and journey to North America. The new arrivals soon began persecuting the continent’s Indigenous people and enslaving Africans. Other sessions examine Latino and Asian/Pacific American experiences in the United States. Participants also examine examples of systemic racism in today’s America, such as mass incarceration and its disproportionate effect on people of color.A historical marker notes this stretch of shoreline in Hampton, Virginia, is where the first enslaved Africans were said to have been bought ashore in British North America in 1619. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe curriculum isn’t intended as a comprehensive summary, but rather a starting point for discussion as participants connect historical narratives with their own life experiences.“Sacred Ground is a time and opportunity to hear the story of our past with regard to race, to hear our stories of our pasts,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a video statement released with the curriculum’s February 2019 launch. “From the travail and the reality of all those stories may emerge hope for a new day.”The Rev. Janine Schenone, rector of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Diego, California, said she often preached against racism on Sundays but wanted to help her congregation dig deeper. She and the church’s minister of formation invited parishioners to join a Sacred Ground circle in fall 2019, and the results were profound, Schenone told ENS.“I’ve never seen anything so utterly change the attitudes and the beliefs of people,” she said, especially around race. “This is a painful curriculum. It is not easy to listen to the history of our country and how it has systematically shut down the lives of people who are not white.”Schenone also serves on the Diocesan Advocacy Committee of the Diocese of San Diego’s Executive Council. The committee formed its own Sacred Ground circle in January 2020 and was joined by newly consecrated Bishop Susan Snook. More congregations around the diocese are also participating.And though many of the discussion circles remain all or mostly white, some Black Episcopalians are joining the discussions and finding them valuable as well.Trinity Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, is a notable example. Its multiracial congregation partnered about five years ago with the mostly white NOVA Catholic Community for regular meetings about race relations, often taking the form of book discussions. They wanted to do more, so in August 2019, they started Sacred Ground.“I think it’s an exceptional program,” the Rev. Kim Coleman, Trinity’s rector, told ENS. She also serves as national president of the Union of Black Episcopalians.Coleman said she has learned things she didn’t know about white culture and that she appreciates how Sacred Ground illuminates the connections among the historic patterns of abuse endured by other communities of color in the United States. Such knowledge provides the essential foundation for taking action, she said.“Today, people ask the question, ‘What can I do? What can I do?’” Coleman said. “The response is, get informed first. Find out what the issues are. If you’re at all unhappy with what you see on the national scene and can’t understand, turn to Sacred Ground or something similar, just so you can broaden your understanding and awareness.”In this ‘Black Lives Matter’ moment, a call to learn and then work for changeTo understand, to be aware – and then to do.“Your last session is a time to gain a sense of where participants want to go next,” the Sacred Ground curriculum says. It notes the individual impact of Sacred Ground may be “different enough for each person that the calling with regard to next steps also is different for everyone.”Participants also feel the collective impact of the growing list of Black victims of police brutality and white vigilantism – Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and many others, each name becoming a rallying cry for changes in policing and society.This year, even before Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery’s and Breonna Taylor’s names were added to that list. Arbery, a 25-year-old jogger, was on a midday run Feb. 23 in Glynn County, Georgia, when he was chased and fatally shot by a white father and son. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was woken after midnight March 13 in her Louisville, Kentucky, home by police officers who shot and killed her while executing a “no knock” warrant.In Minneapolis, while investigating a report of a counterfeit $20 bill, police were filmed pinning Floyd to the ground for nearly nine minutes, with one officer’s knee pressed into Floyd’s neck as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.” His death on Memorial Day sparked outrage and galvanized nationwide support for the Black Lives Matter movement.Missouri Bishop-elect Deon Johnson, in a photo posted to Facebook, joins a group of Episcopalians in participating in a racial justice protest May 30 in St. Louis County.As Episcopalians added their voices, they also gravitated to Sacred Ground in large numbers. Browne estimates at least 10,000 people now have completed or committed to the curriculum, which has inspired many participants to seek ways of making a difference – “repairing the breach” – in their communities.“When I imagine hundreds of circles of Episcopalians and our neighbors engaging in honest, faithful conversation about the history and current realities of race and racism, and then imagine those people moving into action together, my heart is glad,” Spellers told ENS. “This is what it means to be the church and become the Beloved Community.”In response to the deaths of Arbery, Taylor and Floyd, Coleman’s group in Arlington, Virginia, arranged for a Zoom meeting on June 17 with Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, the Arlington County prosecutor. Coleman said they asked Dehghani-Tafti about policing in Arlington County, sought her stance on potential reforms, and pressed her to consider the “8 Can’t Wait” reforms, such as chokehold bans and nonviolent de-escalation protocols.“Sacred Ground primes you for being aware of and responding to issues of justice, and in particular racial justice,” Coleman said. “The question that we keep asking is, ‘What can we do to make a difference?’”That question also is on the minds of the 200 or so Episcopalians in the dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York who signed up for Sacred Ground sessions that started this month on Zoom.“What I hear from people is they want to be a positive force for good; they want to make a difference, and they’re not sure how,” said the Rev. Twila Smith, priest-in-charge at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York, who helped organized the dioceses’ Sacred Ground groups. “From what I knew of Sacred Ground, it was a good place for us to come together as a partnership and have these conversations with one another.”The two dioceses are in the second year of a partnership that allows them to share resources, with Bishop Sean Rowe leading both dioceses. Smith serves as co-chair of the partnership’s Mission Strategy Advisory Group, which teamed with the Commission on Dismantling Racism and Discrimination to launch two Sacred Ground groups. One meets every other Thursday evening and the other meets every other Tuesday afternoon.The Very Rev. Derrick Fetz, dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, leads the Thursday evening group. Its first hourlong meeting, on July 16, began with a prayer and biblical reflection, Fetz said. One participant then gave a three-minute summary of the assigned videos and readings before participants broke into small group discussions.The only complaint: Some participants told Fetz they’d like the meetings to be longer than an hour, to allow for more discussion. After the first few sessions, participants will be encouraged to contribute to a virtual “idea bucket,” suggesting ways of addressing systemic racism locally. That may entail partnering with organizations that already are doing good work, or it may require churches and church members to step up in new ways.But first, they are examining their country’s past. “If we’re really serious about changing the world, we need to know the history. We need to know the truth of discrimination and how it’s been a longstanding reality in our country,” Fetz said. “We need to educate ourselves.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSWeek in Review Previous articleRep. Webster wants Congress to reduce regulations on agricultureNext articleNational Democrats continue to showcase Val Demings Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 8 stories that shaped Apopka’s news weekApopka man, 4 others arrested in Seminole County burglaryTwo suspects rob Apopka Walgreens Tuesday morningUpdating Breaking News: Homicide victim in South Apopka identifiedApopka-based business owner named Habitat Chairman$400 million on police and fire includes investments in the futureIt is Official: Apopka’s CRA puts profit over peopleApopka police arrest daycare worker for cruelty to a childUpdating Breaking News: 3 shots fired during robbery at Apopka Dunkin Donuts Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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first_img The Anatomy of Fear Flu influenza word cloud Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Dr. Tanya HaberInternal MedicineWhile we don’t know whether this year’s influenza will be better or worse, make sure you know the truth and how you can reduce your risk. Tanya Haber, DO, internal medicine, at Florida Hospital, discusses 4 often-repeated flu myths – and facts to set the record straight.Myth # 1: You can get the flu from the vaccine.Not true. The fact is the vaccine in flu shots is made with either inactivated viruses or no viruses whatsoever. You may know someone who’s come down with the flu even after being vaccinated, but that’s not because the shot made them sick. Rather, they may have been exposed to the virus before receiving the flu shot – or more likely, they may have contracted a different strain of virus than the three or four types against which the shot provided protection.Myth #2: Pregnant women shouldn’t get the flu vaccine.To the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends expectant mothers receive the flu shot to protect themselves and their unborn children. Why? Because the flu is particularly dangerous for women during pregnancy, making them more susceptible to serious illness and putting their babies at greater risk for problems, including being born prematurely.Myth #3: I’ve already had the flu this year, so I don’t need to be vaccinated.Sorry, but no. The strain of flu you had earlier may not have been one of the several forms of the virus circulating now. So your best bet to avoid a second bout with serious illness is still to get the flu shot.Myth #4: Flu vaccines are for the sick and elderly. I’m young and healthy, so no worries.Sorry to bust your bubble, but the CDC recommends everyone, aged six months and older, receive a seasonal flu shot, with few exceptions. That’s because even the healthiest people can get very sick from the flu – and they can spread it to others for whom the virus is particularly dangerous, like babies and people of all ages with compromised immune systems. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaFluFlu seasonFlu Shot Previous articleBlue Darters vs. Mustangs: Is the tenth time the charm?Next articleApopka Firefighters sponsor public seminar Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here From Florida Hospital – ApopkaEvery flu season – which starts this month and peaks in January and February – as many as 20 percent of Americans get sick with a virus that causes seriously uncomfortable, even lethal complications. Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from a totally avoidable illness.last_img read more