This UK tech stock looks too cheap to me. I’d buy today

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Stuart Blair The FTSE 100 is dominated by mining, banking and oil stocks. But there’s a significant lack of tech stocks. This has been particularly noticeable recently, with the S&P 500 greatly outperforming the FTSE 100. One reason for this is the sheer number of quality tech stocks in the S&P 500. Even so, UK accounting software specialist Sage Group (LSE: SGE) is an exception. I’m particularly interested in this stock after its recent earnings, which triggered a fall of 16% in its share price. I believe this was unwarranted and am therefore very tempted to buy.Why the share price fall?Although its 2020 financial performance was far from outstanding, it wasn’t enough in itself to cause such a substantial drop. In fact, total revenues rose 3.7% to £1.8 bn, and recurring revenues rose 8.5% to nearly £1.6bn. The fact that many of the revenues were recurring also provides the company with some stability moving forward.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…Slightly more worrying was the fact that operating profits fell 3.7%. Although not a dramatic fall, it’s nonetheless a worry for the company. When comparing these results to other tech stocks, especially its American rival Intuit, it’s clear that Sage has underperformed this past year. This was one reason for the share price fall.Are changes coming?The group has actually been undergoing a transition to more online subscription services over the past few years. This has meant that while revenue from software subscriptions rose by over 20% during the first half, revenues from traditional software sales were much weaker, falling by 26%.While I completely agree that this is the right move, it does come at a cost. For example, the firm has stated that profit margins could fall by up to 3% next year due to increased investment in its cloud operations. This was another fundamental reason for the drop in the Sage share price.Would I buy this tech stock?I’m not overly worried by this recent news and instead, believe it offers me a good time to buy. In fact, a company prioritising long-term profits over a short-term boost is exactly the kind of company I look for. While Sage may not be rivalling US tech stocks just yet, there is hope for the future.In addition to this, the group is in very strong financial health. For example, in the last year, net debt has fallen from £400m to just £150m. This means that it has the financial strength to improve the business, and potentially complete further acquisitions to enhance it.It also hopes to maintain the dividend in real terms year-on-year. As a result, the full year dividend has most recently been increased by 2% to 17.25p. This equates to a dividend yield of around 3%. Although this is by no means extraordinary, it is far larger than many other tech stocks, and dividend cover of around 2 means that it is also very sustainable.All in all, there is therefore a lot to like about this stock. Provided that it can implement its strategy effectively, now seems like a good time for me to buy. Stuart Blair has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Intuit. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Sage Group. 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. Stuart Blair | Wednesday, 9th December, 2020 | More on: SGE 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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 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. This UK tech stock looks too cheap to me. I’d buy today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Deliveroo share price: here’s my view 3 months after the IPO

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Deliveroo (LSE:ROO) listed on the London Stock Exchange to much fanfare via an initial public offering (IPO) at the end of March. Three months on from this IPO, I want to know what is happening with the Deliveroo share price and whether there are any developments that could tempt me to invest my cash and add Deliveroo to my portfolio. Let’s take a look.IPO disaster for DeliverooDeliveroo’s IPO was arguably the biggest on the LSE since Glencore in 2011. Advised and backed by some of the best banks and law firms, what could possibly go wrong? Well, pretty much everything.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…Initially, Deliveroo floated on the LSE with a value of £7.6bn. The Deliveroo share price began at 390p per share but fell like a stone. At the end of the first day of trading, the share price was down 26%, to 287p per share. On paper, Deliveroo’s value was reduced to £5.2bn. By 7 April, the Deliveroo share price was still approximately 25% below its float price of 390p per share. This was after some favourable Q1 trading results too but more on that later. As I write, I can pick up Deliveroo for 258p per share. I would argue the Deliveroo share price has yet to recover from its disastrous start.Gig economy stocks are boomingDeliveroo is one of a number of stocks that has benefited from the gig economy boom. There are three things I like about Deliveroo which have alerted me to examining the Deliveroo share price. First, its rapid growth story is impressive. Developing into a multi-billion pound firm from humble beginnings in 2013 is admirable.Next, it is still founder-led. Will Shu founded the company and is still a major shareholder. Research indicates founder-led firms can be good investments. I believe Shu’s interests will align with those of shareholders, which can only benefit everyone involved.Finally, recent results were impressive. For Q1 2021, Deliveroo reported group orders of £71m which is an increase of more than 110% year-on-year. Gross transaction value (GTV) was reported at £1.65bn which is up approximately 130% year-on-year. It also reported its monthly active customer base had grown over 91% year-on-year to 7.1m active consumers on average during Q1. My verdict on the Deliveroo share priceWould I buy Deliveroo shares just now? The short answer is no. Deliveroo is generating substantial losses despite its growth. In 2020 it reported a loss of £224m. In 2019, it reported an operating loss of over £300m. As a rule of thumb, I am bearish on unprofitable companies for my portfolio, despite growth. As well as financial losses, Deliveroo faces stiff competition from the likes of Just Eat and Uber Eats in what is becoming a saturated market. Currently I cannot find a unique selling point for Deliveroo.Overall, I believe the Deliveroo share price is underwhelming as it was overpriced to begin with. Of course, firms can have a disastrous IPO and still flourish longer term. A prime example of this is Facebook. For that reason, I will keep an eye on developments. 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Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Image source: Getty Images. I wouldn’t buy Deliveroo shares but check out the report below for a top pick. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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. 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England v New Zealand: Experience and mystery in the first Test

first_imgTaking on the biggest job: Freddie Burns has been picked at fly-half for England, facing Aaron Cruden While the sillier chat before this game has seen the All Blacks being accused of getting England players’ names wrong and not knowing who they are facing and England boys off to get their hooves tended to at the salon, posing for pictures mid-pedicure, the fact of the matter is that some experienced England players will lead some not-so-experienced England players into a match at Eden Park that would force most mere mortals to relieve themselves with fear.Knowing me, knowing you: Eastmond will be tested by NZ, but he may surprise them tooAn exciting challenge, no doubt, but while England monitor Danny Care’s fitness after a ‘jar’ to his shoulder and holding a weary, newly-arrived Premiership champion like Lee Dickson on standby, New Zealand have an axis of Aaron Smith, Cruden, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith to run their plays.If England are to upset New Zealand under lights on Saturday, they will need form and comfort to go out of the window and for wiser, more battle-hardened partnerships in the Kiwi backline to be truly shocked by the lesser-known names in England’s.Let’s hope Burns and Eastmond are truly unknown to the All Blacks, and that they catch them off guard with a run or two. A little bit of mystery would be a welcome part of a Test that is already being prematurely written off as predictable.England XV to face New Zealand: Mike Brown; Marland Yarde, Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Eastmond, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Rob Webber, David Wilson, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw (c), Ben Morgan.England bench: Joe Gray, Henry Thomas, Matt Mullan, Dave Attwood, Tom Johnson, Ben Youngs, Danny Cipriani, Chris PennellAll Blacks XV to Face England: Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Cory Jane; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw (c), Jerome Kaino. All Blacks bench: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Veto, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa.Read all about Danny Care, Danny Cipriani and Israel Dagg in the latest edition of Rugby World– and you can find out where to buy your copy here or download our free magazine finder app here. Plus, download the digital edition here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For the first Test in a colossal three-match series against the All Blacks, Stuart Lancaster has named what he feels is a “strong side”.Well-worn logistical issues and injuries have meant that an untried pairing of Freddie Burns and Kyle Eastmond make up the vital channel between No 10 and No 12 while James Haskell’s impressive end-of-season form for Wasps sees the flanker usurp Tom Johnson on the blindside, but there are familiar partnerships throughout the pack and with the English back three.However, while Lancaster is delighted to call upon some experienced Test animals on such a big week, his starting 15 collectively have 299 caps to their names. The All Blacks XV to face them at Eden Park in Auckland this Saturday has 779.The theme of returning to the Test arena may well be the one that pulls up the headlines. 50-capper Haskell comes onto England’s flank, Danny Cipriani is on the scene and Jerome Kaino packs down at No 8 for the All Blacks on his return from Japanese rugby, replacing the concussed and rested Kieran Read. There is no shortage of players holding their hand up for selection.Caged animal: Jerome Kaino is back from Japan and packing down at No 8“I look at the pack, with James Haskell coming in who hasn’t had an opportunity for a while, with Geoff Parling in the side, Rob Webber who has been a good player for us and gets his opportunity,” said Lancaster on his team. “I guess the key decision centres around fly-half. Freddie Burns had done enough to warrant the start. Danny Cipriani has definitely made some good progress and I’m more than happy to accommodate him on the bench.”Lancaster also suggests that fate has dealt him a good hand with one selection, with injury meaning that Chris Pennell coming in for an injured Anthony Watson on the bench and impressing in training.On the other side of the divide, Steve Hansen has had his own decision to make at fly-half. Beauden Barrett sits on the bench with Aaron Cruden taking the starting No 10 jersey for the All Blacks.While Hansen joked about new sensation Malakai Fekitoa being the replacement second five-eighth – No 12 to you and me – despite only being seen at 13 or on the wing, he has a “caged animal” in Kaino coming back and a stand-off he trusts to take it to Burns, with the chat in New Zealand being just as much about Cruden’s form as chat in England has been about Burns banishing the ghosts of a forgettable domestic season,“It comes down to a number of things,” Hansen said of his decision to pick Cruden over Barrett. “One: he’s the incumbent. Two: we think he plays better starting rather than coming off the bench. Three: he’s got a couple of games under his belt and he’s back to his cheeky self around here. He’s ready to go and he’s a good reader of the game, a good organizer and I believe he’s very comfortable now in that role.”last_img read more

Cathedral dean leads assault-weapon ban press conference in prayer

first_img Tags January 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm Where in Biblical or other authority are we to find that possessing weapons such as assault rifles and automatic handguns designed solely to kill God’s children (human beings of any age) is a “God given right?” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis January 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm The Reverend Canon Susan Russell hit the nail on the head. What I notice most often is the lack of an ethical construct which can then guide our subsequent actions. Thus it is true that many conservatives demand their freedom to bear arms but demand strict conformance with their construct of the church. But then it is also true that liberals tend to demand unfettered freedom to protest, to associate, to a welcoming church open to all, while attempting to deny those rights and the right to bear arms to the conservatives.Oh for logical constructs, and well read researchers. How many more reasonable gun laws do we need. We have something like 2500 on the books now. Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska January 25, 2013 at 9:26 am “A God Given Right”???? please spare me and others from this obviously mistaken point of view. Too “fundamentalist” for many of us, go back to the drawing board. Joseph F Foster says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA January 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm Not only that, but retired law enforcement officials as well. Why? Why are they more qualified to carry and keep than I am? Why not ex-military, why not national guard too? This is equlaity under the law? And then you have to ask, why are we disarming all of these other tax-paying and law-abiding citizens and STILL not prosecuting ACTUAL CRIMINALS? January 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm Proud of my Senator and my former diocesan colleague Dean Hall. Meanwhile, it remains interesting to me that those who take a literalist approach to the 2nd Amendment regarding the “keeping and bearing of arms” when it comes to assualt weapons quite often take a very different approach to the 14th Amendment regarding “equal protection” when it comes to same-sex married couples. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Carol Reynolds says: January 25, 2013 at 9:14 am The 2nd Amm3endment is NOT about the protection of hunting or sport shooting rights. Read the Federalist Papers. Rev. Dan Lediard, Priest – St John’s – Hermiston Oregon says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Geoffrey Peckham says: Thomas Bair says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET January 29, 2013 at 8:58 am Here, here! January 27, 2013 at 12:38 am To Thomas Blaire and others of similar mindset,Help me out, Thomas. I see no response yet from the point that times change and weapons systems change. Your point I assume is that nothing has changed since December 15, 1791 when the fastest loading firearm was single shot loaded.I also note that the language of the proposed legislation seems not to have been read carefully, but the very idea of some reasonable restraints has set off a primal response that has no place in a humane society. But, let’s face it, we’ve got a way to go to become a humane society. ..one in which the lives of others are respected and treasured. Every man for himself? Come on. Joseph F Foster says: Dan Odenweller says: [Episcopal News Service] The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral, was among those who joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) on Capitol Hill Jan. 24 as she announced the introduction of a bill to renew the U.S. ban on assault weapons.Hall, who was the first person to speak after Feinstein began the press conference at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, said he has spoken in the pulpit, in the media, with fellow faith leaders and “people in my own church” against gun violence.“Now we have come to the end of the preaching part of our work and we are moving forward with a tangible solution to the epidemic today as we stand with Senator Feinstein and her Congressional colleagues as they introduce this assault weapons ban,” he said.Hall said people of faith have a “moral obligation” to stand with and for the victims of gun violence and work to end it.“Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby,” Hall said, “but I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby, especially when we stand together as people of all faiths across the religious landscape of America.”“I don’t want to take away someone’s hunting rifle but I can longer justify a society that allows people other than military and police to own weapons like these,” he said, pointing to a display of weapons that would be banned under the proposed bill, “or permits the sale of high-capacity magazines designed with the purpose of simply killing as many people as possible.”Hall called the particulars of the Assault Weapon Ban of 2013 a set of “consensual, middle-of-the-road, common-sense legal actions.”He then led the press conference in prayer, asking in part that God give compassion, vision, courage and wisdom to U.S. leaders and citizens. He noted that God had given humans “hearts with which to feel the pain of others and minds to create solutions for human suffering.”Feinstein then described her bill, saying she was “incensed” that gun massacres are happening again and again, perpetrated by “grievance killers,” gang members and those who are mentally unstable or ill.“The common thread in these shootings is that each gunman used a semi-automatic assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazines,” she said.Such equipment has one original purpose: to kill many people in close-combat military settings, she said. Since the last assault-weapons ban expired in 2004, more than 350 people have been killed and more than 450 wounded by such equipment, according to Feinstein.“We should be outraged at how easy it was for these perpetrators to obtain powerful military-style weapons,” she said.The bill would prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and large-capacity feeding devices that can accept more than 10 rounds. The bill bans 158 specifically named military-style weapons; certain other semi-automatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.It also moves from the two-characteristic test in the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans to a one-characteristic test, thus making it harder for weapons manufacturers to modify guns to escape the ban, Feinstein said.Saying the proposed ban will have no effect on hunting and sporting weapons, she noted that it specifically names 2,200 such weapons that would be exempt.Targeted weapons legally possessed at the time the ban goes into effect would be grandfathered but their possession would be subject to background checks if they are later sold or transferred, she said.“No weapon is taken from anyone,” Feinstein said. “The purpose is to dry up the supply over time.”Other details are on Feinstein’s website here.Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-New York), who will take the lead on the bill in the House of Representatives, told the press conference that the fight against gun violence has been a “very lonely battle for many years.”McCarthy was elected to Congress in 1997, four years after her husband, Dennis, was killed and her son, Kevin, severely injured on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train when Colin Ferguson opened fire on passengers.“I’ve watched the slaughter of so many people and met with so many victims over the years and in Congress nobody wanted to touch the issue,” she said.However, she said “something happened” after Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There is renewed attention and intention to end gun violence, McCarthy said, but she added that 1,000 people have died from gunshots in the U.S. since that day.She said the assault-weapons ban has to be “only the beginning” of what she called a holistic approach. Young people must be helped to avoid drugs and to deal with their psychological problems “so they don’t feel they have to take a gun to kill themselves or take down some of their classmates,” McCarthy said.Also at the press conference were Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado), Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, as well as victims of gun violence and law enforcement officers and representatives of gun safety organizations and doctor and teacher organizations.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Tracy Calder says: January 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm ‘The purpose of this legislation is to dry up the supply over time’, Diane Feinstein.Would there had been at least one mention of the God given right to keep and bear arms during this presser. Why is this God given right never mentioned by the Clergy? Why not one mention of all the many instances where guns, all types of guns, are used to protect citizens?Our Founders wisely provided the basis and the means for confronting tyrannical force with force. As citizens we face the same lethality that law enforcement does and we must be able to meet that it with equal or greater lethality to protect our lives and property. I believe this legislation subverts the Constitution deliberately. Examine the history of gun registration and gun confiscation, ( for which this is the groundwork) and you will see a river of the blood the souls who succumed to tyrants.I inheirited a proud tradition of freedom in the 2nd Amendment. I can only hope, pray and work for its continuance. I am not about to stand silent while the Constitution is ignored or circumvented.Tom January 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm The Very Reverend Gary Hall has made me embarrassed to be an Episcopalian. If the greater Church stands by his comments, it’s no wonder that we are a shrinking denomination. January 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm Our inalienable (God-given) rights are life, liberty and, depending on the source you read, property or happiness.How will these be defended if a worldly power seeks to take them away? As for “conceivable legitimate civilian purpose”, who gets to decide the definition? The same persons with an interest in disarming a population, I guess? No thanks.History has too many examples of disarmed populations and the sad horrors that befell them. People who “stay(ed) quiet and (didn’t) make trouble” were moved to ghettos at first , and then much worse places. They were deemed less than full persons by governments who disarmed them and then disposed of them. January 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm During the last few years l have cried over the loss of innocent people due to gun violence. My heart breaks again and again for the killer as well but in the case of Adam Lanza. l hurt for his dead mother ,the mother Adam murdered who never seems to be mentioned as well as his father and brother who live with the pain of Adam’s killing innocent children and adults everyday. Who is mourning the loss of Nancy Lanza. Who is comfortiing them at this difficult time. The family will never be the same again. They will always live the the shadow of the cruel act of violence. LET US PRAY FOR AND ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN DAILY . Tracy Calder says: Peter Bartram says: Thomas Bair says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 24, 2013 The Reverend Canon Susan Russell says: Dan Odenweller says: January 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm I’m with you Tom. I have a basic human right to protect myself, and I intend to do everything possible to defend that against unreasonable people who have an agenda to fulfill. Law-abiding gun owners everywhere are just as keenly interested in stopping criminal violence, but their voices have been shut out of all debate. I am tired of being labelled as an extremist for the basic act of standing up for myself.Jesus did not teach victimhood. I can turn the other cheek at an insult, and I can let a man steal my worldly things, but when a criminal points a gun at me or my family with the intent to use it, I do not need to ask for the right to defense; it belongs to me. The state government has shown a willingness to circumvent the normal review and comment procedure in order to rush a law through, and the end result is very bad legislation which tramples on my already-infringed rights. How is this justice?I have said it elsewhere and I will say it many times going forward; I am troubled by the church’s positions here, and I am concerned that the anti-gun sentiment will lead to more people leaving the church. While that may please some parishioners to no end, it does not serve Jesus to have fewer hands available to do his work in the Episcopal church. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 January 25, 2013 at 11:16 am ‘After these gun tragedies they always want to take the guns from the people who didn’t do anything’, William Burroughshttp://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/22/nra-issues-major-response-to-obamas-inaugural-address-no-govt-can-ever-take-away-our-god-given-freedoms/Take a look, my friends, and realize that we face an attack, not on the meaning of things, but on meaning itself. Distortion and confusion are the stock and trade of some political leaders and when in comes to the issue of the 2nd Amendment, the house of mirrors is rolled onstage.I invite you to look at the Feinstein Bill. It provides exemption from all its prvisions to government officials. Why? Are they not citizens, or could it be, as Orwell famously said, ‘ some pigs are more equal than others’. Under this Bill I will not be able to pass my grandfathers pistol to my sons without Government paperwork and fees. I will not be able to pass on my others guns at all. They will be confiscated by the government. Yes, confiscated. The end game is confiscation.No criminal cares a wit about any of this. They come with what they need.But the issue is not criminality. The issue is not tragic loss of life. The issue is government control and I’m ‘agin it! Theron Patrick says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Thomas Bair says: Rector Martinsville, VA January 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm These laws have nothing to do with crime, and not a single one of them would have prevented sandy Hook. Feinstein, et al are using this tragedy to implement a longstanding policy,much like Cheney did with 911 and Iraq. Reprehensible in both cases.If gun control worked, Sandy Hook would never have happened; the perpetrator broke multiple laws, including the murder of his mother, before he ever got to that school.If gun control worked, Chicago wouldn’t be the murder capital of the country.In what universe do people actually believe that criminals will be deterred by gun laws? These laws only serve to further constraint the law abiding.Btw, the same day in China, a mass killing in a school was committed with a knife. Shall we ban them too? I know you would have a hard time cutting your steak, but if it saves one life… Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK January 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm No doubt about it — Gary will say and do the right thing. He is an inspiring priest. thomas mauro says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel January 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm The Second Ammendment to the Constitution of the United States is not about hunting. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books January 29, 2013 at 9:03 am The Supreme Court has held that a reasonable measure of lethality is what we give to police. We give police AR’ s with 30 rnd. clips. That is a reasonable measure.By the way, the police, the court again said. has no duty to protect citizens.Act accordingly, I say. January 27, 2013 at 8:18 am That’s right. A read of The Federalist shows that the 2nd Ammendment is about the citizenry retaining unto ourselves the right to own and carry the means to resist a Federal Government run amok using its Army for tyranny. So we had and secured the right to have and carry the same kinds of small arms the Army then carried and carries.We still do. Thomas Bair says: Tracy Calder says: Virginia Gambill says: Gun Violence Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC center_img Thomas Bair says: Andrew Cruz Lillegard says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA January 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm As a man, a husband, a father, a grand-pa, a priest, and a Vietnam era veteran, I deeply thank all those who were involved with this most important conference and the subsequent delivery to those of us around the world. This “movement” is not about taking away hunting and self-defense arms. It is about doing something which must be done. This is about our children and our grandchildren. It is about sharing that God-given love for all creation. It is not a Christian Movement, nor is it a Republican or Democrat movement; and it is not a movement by those “stinking Liberals.” It is about love. It is about respecting the dignity of all persons, and it is about the same responsibilities we all share – those being the proper care and love of all creation. Yes, it is a time for compromise. It is a time to put away the absurd paranoia of having “those people” ignoring our Constitutional Rights and thereby taking away all of our weapons. Paranoia and fear must be moved aside (or disolved?) so as to not hinder that which we are called by God to do. To those who are offended by my words I offer that I am a moderate citizen, a defensive-type handgun owner, and one who served as an armed member of our military forces. The time is now. May we come together to accomplish that which must be done? This accomplishment must be done for the protection of all children – everywhere. Shalom…. Joseph F Foster says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ruppert Baird says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL January 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm Bravo, Rev. Hall: well done, Sen. Feinstein! Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 thomas mauro says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 anita davis says: Erica Hahn says: Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs ROSE FICHERA EAGEN says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York 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 Featured Events Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release January 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm Without a 2nd Amendment there’s absolutely no guarantee any of the other Amendments will be defended. Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments (30) Submit an Event Listing Ty Creason says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest January 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm His prayer began with “O God of our many understandings …” January 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm I am amazed by the ignorance expressed at the podium by the speakers. However the repeated assurances that “this action will not affect hunters and sportsmen,” when the opposite is true, appears to make liars out of the propooinents.For the record, there is a Civilian Marksmanship Program (Federal Government supported) which among other things conducts the National Matches annually. One of the venues requires the use of a “service rifle” currently defined as an M-1, a semiautomatic M-14, or an M-16 (or a civilian equivalent). These are precisly the firearms being outlawed in this proposal. So tell me again why I shouldn’t worry?The constitution protects the rights of individuals to engage in actiivitiews, not the tool. Thus we protect the freedom of the press, not a manual flat plate printing press, the freedom of religion, not Ichabod Crane (Pastor on a mule); and so on. Perhaps we should ban the use of wine for the Eucharist to address the drinking problem among clergy (and in the wider society).I too am a law abiding citizen, who served in Vietrnam, but in this case the other shoe is on my foot. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA January 25, 2013 at 2:24 am Response to Thomas Blair – At what point do we pay attention to how the right to bear arms has morphed into the right to kill multiples of innocent citizens in one crazed frenzy. Isn’t it time to make a bit of an adjustment to get these rights back on track? Times change. Weapons change. Do we not have an obligation to protect the innocent from this lunacy? Cannot we live with some common sense restraints that in no way restrict hunting or sporting activity, yet provide an extra layer of protection for our fellow citizens? Let’s not be afraid of change for the good. Let’s be responsible. God bless and protect you, Tom. And God bless America and all of us in it. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral dean leads assault-weapon ban press conference in prayer January 29, 2013 at 9:05 am Chicago has the some of the toughest laws in the country. Chicago is a gun slaughterhouse.What do you think it means? (facetious) Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Frank Bergen says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Tracy Calder says: January 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm My theology is surely outdated, or is it my U.S. constitutional history? I am totally unaware of any God-given right to keep and bear arms. I can’t think of any such right spelled out in the Scriptures, or in the Fathers, Mothers and Doctors of the Church. I don’t think James Madison relied on divine authority in drafting the Second Amendment and I suspect he’d be appalled by the ways his words have been construed by some as the absolute right of just about anyone to possess and use whatever weapons they please, even those with no conceivable legitimate civilian purpose. January 29, 2013 at 1:03 am Evil exists. That is a bold and not Politically Correct statement. The killing field in Connecticut is at point. An evil man killed his mother, 20 children and 6 adults. Note that I said an evil man. I did not say an evil system, a failed system, the government, an evil thing etc. It was the evil act of a man. His sole intent was to cause the most anguish and go out infamously. Evil cannot reside in an object. It cannot reside in a system. It can only reside in a soul.It is not Politically Correct because somehow over much of the past century a part of the population has developed the belief that “the government” is responsible for and has the power to protect the individual, particularly the children, from harm. To attribute this murder to a single evil man, who is dead signals a failure of “the government” to meet that expectation and allows no target for revenge. A demand that the government “do something” is heard across the land. “If only the government would do ______” then this would not have happened” is the cry and is nonsense.Unfortunately there is damn little that “the Government” can do. The second half of new(ish) belief that “the government has the power to protect the individual, particularly the children, from harm” is not only wrong it is stupid. The primary persons responsible for our own security is We. That does not stop many in Government from trying. The results are many times useless and often worse than doing nothing. With great fanfare the folks at local, state and federal levels as well as corporations and other institutions turned many places into “weapon free zones.” Of course the law and policy that prohibits guns, knives, pepper spray ect. in certain places means nothing to evil.The effect of this law and policy at the killing fields in Sandy Hook is that the courageous men and women that stood up to evil had been disarmed by their own state so that they had no chance of stopping him but could only sacrifice their lives to slow evil down and give the children a few more seconds to escape. But the cry goes out from a few people that we have to do something. There is no target for revenge. So they say it is the evil black guns that are the problem. They say it is the 30 round magazines that is the problem. They say it is the Mental Health system that is the problem. They say it is the video games that cause the problem. Nonsense. The gun control initiatives, like the “weapon free zones” are simply politicians/ policy makers making noise so that they can say they did something. The Mental Health system could use some attention and cash, but not just because of Sandy Hook. Trying to censor video games and/or movies is a fool’s errand.Please don’t “do something.” Join me in saluting the courageous women of Sandy Hook and praying for the souls of the innocent. (I try to leave the judgment of the evil to Him.) Then proceed with caution, thought and prayer.I suggest that much like we have done with pilots, we permit the staffs of our schools to be armed. My wife was in Education for 40 years and I pity the evil man that would threaten her “kids” if she were allowed to be armed. In this area like many areas of the citizen’s life we need to get the government out of the way. (Not a new thought on my part, Mr. Jefferson expressed this concept many times and is most often quoted “the government that governs least governs best, because the people discipline themselves.”)For the Dean to infer that I as part of the 4 1/2 million Americans that are members of the NRA am somehow responsible for the evil acts of the killers such as in the one in CT is reprehensible.RespectfullyTheron Patrick, Commander USCG (Ret.) Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT January 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm Our Gary finally has a national pulpit. Thank heavens. January 25, 2013 at 8:22 am It was amazing to me how a man of God prayed to the almighty to help worldly people to deny a God-given right for all people. “We hold these TRUTHS to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their maker with certain inalienable rights…” Truly amazing how our church has slid so far into the world of Humanism and away from the Almighty. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FLlast_img read more

Integrity installs new board of directors

first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing 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 Tags Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Integrity USA press release] Integrity USA is pleased to announce that the the new board of directors began its three year term on October 1, 2015.This past General Convention has called the Episcopal Church to lead and serve in even more inclusive ways.  Integrity USA is excited to answer that call.  We now have a new Board of Directors ready to serve the church and our movement through uncharted possibilities.Each of the people who volunteered to run for election and were chosen to bring unique gifts to their upcoming ministries. They are united, however, in their dedication and faith in the future of this organization.The new Board has many things going for it which will prove to be valuable as our work continues to evolve.  Four of the six members live in Southern states (Provinces 4 and 7), which means that the needs of this region will be better represented than ever before.  Three members identify as either transgender or gender non-conforming.  There is no doubt that their voices and votes on this Board will help Integrity to be even more sensitive and equipped to serve this growing demographic in our church. We have laypeople, a deacon and a priest serving fully according to their callings. Each member has a long history of local activism, church involvement and servant leadership.  Your new Board of Directors are:Bruce Garner, President (Diocese of Atlanta)The Rev. Gwen Fry, V.P. of National Affairs (Diocese of Arkansas)S Wayne Mathis, V.P. of Local Affairs (Diocese of Texas)The Rev. Carolyn Woodall, Stakeholder’s Chair (Diocese of San Joaquin)Mel Soriano, Secretary/Communications (Diocese of Los Angeles)Deanna Bosch, Treasurer (Diocese of Texas)President Bruce Garner, who previously served in 1990-1994 in the same office, described the continuing mission of Integrity USA: “Let me also be clear that being able to marry the person we love does not equate to having achieved equality as LGBTQ persons.  We can still be fired from jobs because of sexual orientation and gender expression/identity in too many places.  We have no protection of guarantees of housing or public accommodation in too many places.  Our children…all children and teens….do not have the protections they need against being bullied and harassed in schools and in society.  Our trans sisters and brothers who find themselves incarcerated face even more terrible discrimination from authorities that has the potential to undo what they have achieved in their lives simply trying to live as the person God created them to be.  Too many of our trans sisters and brothers are being murdered with law enforcement not apparently giving these cases the attention due them.  Those living with HIV/AIDS are often denied critical medications needed to treat them while they are in jails and prisons.  We have much work to do.”Garner continues, “Even within The Episcopal Church, LGBT clergy face obstacles to fulfilling their calls to serve God. Discrimination in deployment remains a reality.  Similarly, there are still places where LGBT lay people are not allowed to serve openly in leadership roles in parishes and dioceses.  Marriage equality has not solved what is actually still the even larger issue of full inclusion in our church.” Integrity is a member-supported nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and straight friends. Since its founding by Dr. Louie Crew in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and equal access to its rites. Integrity activities include advocacy, worship, fellowship, education, communication, outreach, and service to the church. Through Integrity’s evangelism, thousands of LGBT people, estranged from the Episcopal Church and other denominations, have returned to parish life. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Posted Oct 6, 2015 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ People Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Integrity installs new board of directors Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

WIN a copy of the NEW Rugby Challenge 3! Release date April 22

first_imgMonday Apr 18, 2016 WIN a copy of the NEW Rugby Challenge 3! Release date April 22 This week the highly anticipated Rugby Challenge 3 will be launched, available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. The game is available for pre-order now but today we’re giving away some copies, so enter your details below to stand a chance of winning!Rugby Challenge 3 will be released in the UK and Ireland on Friday, April 22nd. The game is touted as being the first true rugby union game on next-gen consoles, and features the debut of Rugby Sevens and licenses for England, the Springboks, the Wallabies and the All Blacks. The Aviva Premiership, South Africa’s Currie Cup and more are all included.The feature list has been driven by fans of Rugby Challenge 2, and includes the following:NEW! Rugby Sevens – this first time addition brings all the realism and fast-paced action of live seven-a-side rugby to the Rugby Challenge series.NEW! Take total control in Be a Pro mode. Join a club team as a rookie and control your own destiny over 13 action packed seasons. Complete match goals to improve your skills as a player and work towards becoming the captain of your club. Work your way up the domestic ladder, and impress selectors to play for your national team on the world stage!NEW! FanHub – the interactive Player Creator allows you to create yourself as a player and play then through the ranks.  Players and teams can be shared online across all supported platformsBRAND NEW! Crisp next gen graphics – increased resolution and textures.Real-time commentary from seasoned rugby commentators Grant Nisbett and former All Black turned commentator, Justin MarshallView the release trailer below to see the game in action.Pre-order with your choice of retailer via the Alternative Software website: ADVERTISEMENTClosing date for entries: Tuesday, 3 May 2016 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Competition Related Articles 182 WEEKS AGO WIN: Rugby Nations 18 mobile game 184 WEEKS AGO WIN: George North signed Wales shirt PLUS… 200 WEEKS AGO WIN the new England 2017-2018 home jersey… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

The Big Give Christmas Challenge in numbers

first_imgChristmas Challenge 2014• Total £11.2m raised for 367 charities. Howard Lake | 29 November 2017 | News Tagged with: christmas Giving Tuesday matched giving The Big Give  332 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Christmas Challenge 2016• First five minutes: £1,007,277.50• Total after seven days: over £7.2m for 332 charities Christmas Challenge 2011• Total £12m raised for 424 charities.  331 total views,  3 views today This year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised over £4 million on its first day. Here are more statistics on this year’s campaign, and past Christmas Challenges.The Big Give was founded in 2007 by Sir Alec Reed, founder of reed.co.uk, and has helped to raise £83 million for UK-registered charities. The platform enables you to discover charities and projects of interest, make donations, and offers the opportunity to double your donations through match funding campaigns run throughout the year.Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017This year’s Christmas Challenge was timed to launch on Giving Tuesday.The stats so far are:• First 5 mins: £500k• First 15 mins: £1m• First hour: £1.8m• Midnight of the first day – £4,042,201 from 9,068 donations.This year 550 charities are taking part, nearly 200 more than last year. Christmas Challenge 2008• First 45 minutes: £2m for 240 charitiescenter_img Christmas Challenge 2015• Total £7.2m raised for the 258 participating charities.  Christmas Challenge 2013• Total £11m raised for 387 charities.Christmas Challenge 2012• Total £10.5m for 350 charities. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 2007The Big Give website was launched in October 2007.Other match funding campaignsThere are plenty of other fundraising achievements for The Big Give. This year alone has seen:• March: Emergency match fund for East Africa raises over £445,000• April: Match funding campaign for Marlborough College raises over £264,000 to restore its memorial hall• May: ‘Summer Give’ match funding campaign for vulnerable London school children run in partnership with Childhood Trust raises £778,680• June – September: Grenfell Tower appeal launched in partnership with The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation raised over £2.6 million• October: Emergency match fund for Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar raises over £242,000 The Big Give Christmas Challenge in numbers About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Christmas Challenge 2010• Total £9.3 million raised for 323 charities.Christmas Challenge 2009• Total £8.5m raised for 175 charities.last_img read more

Are You Ready to Be Hungry and Naked?

first_img SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Several years ago I had the opportunity to speak to an Ag Day breakfast in Jackson County, IN. After my speech, the local FFA chapter presented me with a shirt that read: “Naked and Hungry” on the front. On the back the shirt said: “What you would be without agriculture.” I still have this shirt today because of its simple, yet poignant, truth. This truth, however, has been lost on some US business leaders as well as a few reporters and Yahoo news.Last week, Yahoo news, not exactly a credible news organization in my view, published an article on the 10 worst college majors. The on-line article, called 10 College Majors that are Useless, was based in a research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) 2012 Job Outlook study, which surveyed almost 1,000 employers on their future hiring plans. The implication of the article is that if you major in any of these areas you will not get hired or have any kind of a career future. Arthur Terence Loose states, “There are certain majors that you might want to avoid.”  While there is some truth to the assertion that certain college majors stand a better chance of getting hired than others, his list has a definite bias and is contradicted by well publicized facts.The number 1 most useless major listed is agriculture. The article makes snide comments about farm work and states, “Just don’t expect farms and ranches to be calling you.” The facts are that, at Purdue and other major ag universities, ag majors have among the highest employment rate of any major.  In addition, statistics show that farm labor is in short supply and that there is a high demand for educated and skilled farm workers. Degrees 4 and 5 were also ag related: animal science and horticulture.The rankings are based on what some employers say they are looking for, but other employees disagree.  For example, “American Express has hired over 80 agricultural economists since 1990,” says David Edwards, Vice President-International Risk Management, American Express.  It is a fact that within 6 months of graduation, 90% of graduates with ag related degrees are employed in their field, not at Starbucks. The rate for average students with other than ag degrees is about 50%. And, for the past few years, the agricultural economy has been strong — something that cannot be said about the rest of the economy, a fact ignored by the Yahoo article.One of the other majors deemed as unless by Yahoo was fashion design. So, in short, according to Yahoo, people are going to stop eating food and stop wearing clothes. Not only is this not likely to happen, just the opposite is likely to occur. World food demand is on the rise, demand for renewable energy is on the rise, and population numbers are on the rise, and most of those new people will want to wear clothes.I would like to suggest that the most useless degree is journalism. It is obvious that the ever growing number of on-line news providers are not hiring trained reporters but, rather, are using uneducated morons to write their content. Meanwhile, if you know of someone who is contemplating their major and considering going back to school, encourage them to consider agriculture-related degrees. Farming today is not all about plows, sows, and cows. Computer technology, chemistry, genetics, economics, engineering, biology, and financial management are just a few areas in need to qualified individuals. Oh, and of course communications, to help correct the misconceptions about agriculture created by unreliable organizations like Yahoo. Are You Ready to Be Hungry and Naked? Facebook Twittercenter_img Home Commentary Are You Ready to Be Hungry and Naked? By Gary Truitt – Jan 22, 2012 Previous articleFairs Invited to Be Green Ribbon FairsNext articleXL Pipeline Has a Future Gary Truitt By Gary Truittlast_img read more

Getting Ready for Export Exchange

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Energy Getting Ready for Export Exchange By Andy Eubank – Oct 18, 2012 Facebook Twitter The 2012 Export Exchange is coming up next week in Minneapolis, the second event of its kind co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association to bring together buyers and sellers of grains and livestock feed, including the ethanol by-product distillers dried grains with solubles or DDGS.“The Export Exchange is a fabulous opportunity for customers to get together with suppliers internationally,” says RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen. “We’ll have more than 300 countries represented. There will be users of distillers dried grains from China to Europe to South America. Just about every ethanol producer – or I should say DDGS producer – will be in attendance.”RFA VP of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper says about 25% of the distillers grains that have been produced by U.S. ethanol plants in the last several years has been exported. “Last year we shipped distillers grains to more than 50 countries, so it’s really become a huge component of the global feed market,” he said, noting that if the supply of distillers grains was a nation’s corn crop, it would rank as the fourth largest in the world behind the U.S., Brazil and China.While DDGS output has decreased this year as ethanol production has slowed down as a result of the drought, Cooper says we are still seeing very strong demand for distillers grains because it is priced lower than corn but provides more nutrition and energy value for livestock and poultry.Source: www.domesticfuel.com SHARE SHARE Previous articleCrude Oil Steady After Chinese DataNext articleRegistration Deadline Nears for Hoosier Beef Congress Andy Eubank Getting Ready for Export Exchangelast_img read more

Reducing Input Costs on Corn

first_img Facebook Twitter Reducing Input Costs on CornBrittany-LoewenWith corn prices at very low levels, growers are trying to find ways to cut the cost of producing a bushel of corn. Two products from Dow AgroSciences can reduce costs, boost yields, and protect the environment — all at the same time.Nitrogen stabilizers are not new; in fact, N-Serve has been on the market for over 40 years. Yet this old technology is finding new life in today’s corn market.  Brittany Loewen, Nitrogen Management Specialist with Dow AgroSciences, told HAT that growers need to watch the cost of every crop input this year, “That includes nitrogen. That is where N-Serve® and Instinct® nitrogen stabilizers can really pay off. We can extend nitrogen availability by 6 to 8 weeks which gives you maximum crop growth, better yields, and more profit.”She recommends that, no matter when you apply your nitrogen, a stabilizer should be part of the mix, “Agronomically, it is beneficial to have a nitrogen stabilizer in your fertilizer application from fall through early side dress application. No matter what fertilizer source you are using or when you are applying, it is always best to have a stabilizer in there.” The key to maximizing your corn yields is to make sure you have the right amount of nitrogen when the crop really needs it. Loewen says that is where N-Serve and Instinct can really help boost yields, “Extending that nitrogen availability 6-8 weeks after application means it is going to be there when the plant really needs it in the V 10 stage.”Another benefit to a nitrogen stabilizer is the environmental benefits it provides. “N-Serve® and Instinct® have been proven to reduce nitrate leaching by 16% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51%,” said Loewen. She  urged growers to speak up about how their farming operations are helping to improve the environment.For more information on Instinct and N-serve, see your Dow AgroSciences representative. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Feb 22, 2018 Reducing Input Costs on Corn Home Indiana Agriculture News Reducing Input Costs on Corn Previous articleUSDA Seeks Ideas to Help SNAP Participants Become IndependentNext articleAmerican Farm Bureau Urging Lawmakers to Get Behind AG Act Bid Gary Truittlast_img read more