2019: The overview down under

first_img Regions: Oceania Australia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Casino & games Last year was a busy year for the Australian gambling sector, with numerous regulatory developments occurring that will have a significant impact in 2019 and beyond. Some of these changes will come into effect in 2019, while others will be subject to further consideration and review throughout the year.The most significant developments include the ban on lottery betting services, implementation of further point of consumption taxes, establishment of the National Consumer Protection Framework and the Australian government’s proposal to block illegal offshore wagering websites.Lottery betting services On 28 June last year, Australia’s federal parliament passed the Interactive Gambling (Lottery Betting) Act 2018, which bans the supply of lottery betting services to Australians. This came into force on 9 January 2019 and prohibits the provision of services that allow Australian customers to bet on the outcome of Australian and overseas lottery draws (including keno-type lotteries).Under the amended Interactive Gambling Act (IGA), lottery betting services are now classified as a prohibited interactive gambling service, the provision of which can attract both civil and criminal penalties, and fines per day up to AU$5.25m for a criminal offence and AU$7.875m for a civil offence.Those Australian licensed sports betting operators who provided lottery betting services are re-assessing their position in Australia. Some have chosen to exit the Australian market entirely, while others are conducting business using different models.Point of consumption tax In July 2017, the South Australian government introduced Australia’s first point of consumption (PoC) tax, which targets interstate wagering operators. During 2018, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory also passed legislation to introduce PoC taxes. The Northern Territory has expressed opposition to the introduction of a PoC tax and Tasmania has remained silent on the topic.The PoC tax requires betting operators to pay a levy on revenue generated from the location in which bets are placed. This is separate from any tax imposed in the state in which the operator is licensed – the PoC tax is payable in addition to existing taxes imposed on wagering operators (such as gambling taxes, GST and product fees).While the introduction of a PoC tax in the majority of Australian states and territories seeks to harmonise the tax regime for wagering operators, the framework in each state and territory varies in respect of the tax-free threshold, tax rate and – notably – the calculation of taxable revenue. Therefore, it is crucial that licensed wagering operators understand their obligations in each state and territory (see box, right).“It is crucial that licensed wagering operators understand their obligations in each state and territory.”National consumer protection framework The National Consumer Protection Framework (NCPF), announced on 16 December, reflects the agreement reached between relevant ministers of the Australian federal government and all state and territory governments relating to measures affecting the Australian licensed wagering sector.The NCPF will apply to all Australian licensed online wagering operators and, to a degree, third-party service providers. At this stage, it won’t apply to land-based wagering operators, save to the extent that relevant services are provided online, nor will it apply to offshore wagering operators (due to the consideration of other specific enforcement measures).The NCPF is a regulatory framework that sets out 10 measures intended to minimise gambling-related harm by providing greater protection for Australian consumers. The measures are viewed as a minimum standard only, as scope exists for additional (or more onerous) measures to be introduced at the state/territory level. The NCPF measures will address:– the prohibition on the supply of lines of credit by wagering providers – the discouragement of the use of payday lending for online wagering – a reduction in the customer verification period – prohibitions on specified inducements – greater and clearer accessibility and availability of accountclosure mechanisms – the implementation of a voluntary optout pre-commitment scheme – the provision of activity statements to customers – consistent messaging about responsible gambling – training of staff in the responsible conduct of gambling – development and implementation of a national self-exclusion registerHowever, there are also differences in the legislation and careful consideration is required by each wagering operator as to the extent to which they may be liable to pay the PoC tax.These measures, some of which are already in place, come into effect gradually over the 18 months from 26 November 2018. It is likely that they will be implemented through a variety of methods, including through further amendments to the IGA and other federal legislation (for example, Australia’s anti-money laundering legislation) or by virtue of state or territory legislation and licensing conditions.Blocking illegal offshore wagering operators The Australian government is also in the early stages of considering the introduction of an internet filtering scheme, which would result in participating internet service providers (ISPs) being required to block illegal offshore wagering websites once they have been referred to the ISPs by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.The proposed scheme is part of a set of measures intended to minimise the provision of illegal offshore wagering to Australian residents and to deter Australian consumers from accessing these websites.A confidential consultation on the scheme is underway and a consultation paper has been released to selected communications-industry and online-gambling stakeholders, but it has not been made available for public consultation.What does this mean for 2019? With all of these developments in the mix, it is likely that 2019 will give rise to significant regulatory movement affecting the whole gambling sector in Australia.Gambling operators, both in Australia and overseas, will need to be aware of, and understand their obligations to comply with the changing regulatory framework in Australia and (when relevant) address any enforcement action taken by Australian gambling regulators as a result of increased powers granted to them.About the authors: Karina Chong is a senior associate at Addisons and a member of the NSW Young Lawyers Communications, Entertainment & Technology Law Committee.Jamie Nettleton is is a partner at Addisons and head of its Gambling Law Group. He is also the President of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a senior fellow of the University of Melbourne, lecturing in gambling law. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 2019: The overview down under 20th February 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Slot Machines Key developments in 2018 come to fruition this year, with point of consumption tax and consumer protection issues set to ring big changes in the Australian gambling industry, according to Addisons senior Associate Karina Chong and partner Jamie Nettleton. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Strategy Slots Horse racinglast_img read more

Pennsylvania sports betting market hits new heights in March

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Horse racing Casino & games Pennsylvania’s regulated sports betting market has posted its strongest revenue and handle figures since its opening, boosted by additional properties launching sportsbooks in March.Total market revenue grew 183.5% month-on-month to $5.5m (£4.2m/€4.9m), with handle up 41% from February’s $31.5m to $44.5m.The market benefitted from full-month contributions from six properties, supplemented by the launch of sports betting at Boyd Gaming’s Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia (on March 13) and Greenwood Gaming’s Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook (on March 14).The Rush Street-operated, Kambi-powered Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh led the market for the month, accounting for $11.9m (26.7%) of handle, and $1.3m (24.4%) of Pennsylvania’s sports betting revenue in March.It was followed by another Rush Street property, Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino, which generated revenue of $1.2m from $9.2m of handle.Greenwood Gaming’s Parx Casino, meanwhile, came in a close third, with revenue reaching $984,339 – a significant jump on February’s $369,996 total – from handle of $8.0m.Parx Casino is one of three licensed Greenwood Gaming properties in Pennsylvania to have launched sports betting, alongside the South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook and Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook. The South Philadelphia venue generated revenue of $534,253, while the Valley Forge property generated $120,836 in its first 18 days open.The FanDuel-powered Valley Forge Casino sportsbook accounted for a further $449,597 of revneue, from $2.0m in stakes, over 19 days live.Penn National Gaming’s William Hill-powered sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course – the first venue to launch legal wagering in the state – reported revenue of $521,864 from $5.3m in stakes. Caesars Entertainment’s Harrah’s Philadelphia added stakes of $3.8m, and revenue of $326,752.This saw regulated sports betting generate tax revenue of $2.0m for Pennsylvania in March. Of this sum, $1.9m went to the state, via a 34% tax, with the final $110,386 generated through the 2% local share assessment tax, which is allocated to the local authorities where each venue is based. Pennsylvania sports betting market hits new heights in March 16th April 2019 | By contenteditor Pennsylvania’s regulated sports betting market has posted its strongest revenue and handle figures since its opening, boosted by additional properties launching sportsbooks in March. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Regions: US Pennsylvania Email Addresslast_img read more

Aristocrat accuses Ainsworth of IP infringement in lawsuit

first_img Tags: Slot Machines Casino & games Australia’s Aristocrat Technologies has launched legal action against rival Ainsworth Game Technology, accusing the gaming machines and content provider of infringing on its intellectual property rights. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Oceania Australia Aristocrat accuses Ainsworth of IP infringement in lawsuit 5th July 2019 | By contenteditor Australia’s Aristocrat Technologies has launched legal action against rival Ainsworth Game Technology, accusing the gaming machines and content provider of infringing on its intellectual property rights.Aristocrat lodged legal proceedings in Federal Court earlier this week, citing a breach of Australian Consumer law.Ainsworth has denied the accusations and said it will be “vigorously defending the claims made by Aristocrat in these proceedings”.Court papers on the filing were not available, but according to the Sydney Morning Herald, the case is in relation to technology that Aristocrat has developed for its Lightning Link slot machine.Aristocrat has alleged that Ainsworth has used this technology in its own gaming machines.The first hearing on the case has been scheduled for July 17. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Slotslast_img read more

DN Tyre & Rubber Plc (DUNLOP.ng) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgDN Tyre & Rubber Plc (DUNLOP.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about DN Tyre & Rubber Plc (DUNLOP.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the DN Tyre & Rubber Plc (DUNLOP.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: DN Tyre & Rubber Plc (DUNLOP.ng)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDN Tyre & Rubber Plc manufactures and sells a range of vehicle tyres in Nigeria which includes tyres for cars, minivans, sports utility vehicles, trucks and busses. Pamol (Nigeria) Limited is a subsidiary of DN Tyre & Rubber Plc and supplies natural rubber for the manufacturing process through five rubber estate operations. The latter encompasses 15 738 hectares in Ikot Okpora and Nko/Agoi Ibani Rubber Estates which were acquired from the Government of Cross River State through the privatisation process of government-owned plantations. Formerly known as Dunlop Nigeria Plc, the company changed its name to DN Tyre & Rubber plc in 2009. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. DN Tyre & Rubber Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) HY2017 Presentation

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng)  2017 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgAxa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAXA Mansard Insurance Plc is an insurance and asset management company in Nigeria. The company offers solution products for motor, life, travel, education and commercial insurance as well as financial advisory services, portfolio and risk management services and investment consulting services. AXA Mansard Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. AXA Mansard Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stock market crash: 3 criteria to help you profit from the FTSE 100

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Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img If you want to profit from the FTSE 100, I can’t think of a better time to do it than during/after a stock market crash. You see, even great companies can often be speculative investments. But a market crash can remove some, if not all, of the ‘speculative’ bit.Often, for many FTSE 100 companies, the price you pay can be far higher than the actual tangible value of the company on its accounts — its net asset value (NAV). Indeed, this is why many value investors will often look for stocks trading at prices close to the NAV figure. And after the coronavirus crash, there are definitely more of these firms in the Footsie.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, a stock is not necessarily a great investment just because it’s trading near its NAV. If you want to profit from the bear market, you need to find a stock with three additional factors: a moderate price/earnings (P/E) ratio, a strong financial position, and a realistic prospect of future earnings.1. Moderate P/E ratio for the FTSE 100The P/E ratio is the current share price divided by the earnings per share (EPS). It gives a rough idea as to how a firm’s price compares with its actual value. My advice is to work this out this yourself using the average EPS figure from the last three years and the current price. This will give you the best estimate of earnings because it evens out fluctuations.The late financial sage Benjamin Graham advised limiting your company selection to stocks whose average P/E is no higher than 15. I can’t disagree with him, but bear in mind that a normal P/E range for one industry will differ from another one.Due to the crash, many Footsie companies will now be trading on a lower P/E than previously, meaning values are better aligned to prices. 2. A strong financial positionRight now, a company needs a sizeable pot of working capital to get it through the hard times. Benjamin Graham used a current ratio test of 2:1. This means that current assets should be twice the current liabilities. This ratio, and a long-term debt figure lower than the amount of working capital, are good indications that the firm will likely have the cash flow to survive the bear market.3. Prospect of future earningsA realistic prospect of future earnings implies a well-managed company with stable income and some year-on-year growth. It’s a good sign if a firm can grow EPS year-on-year for a decade or more, through different stages of the business cycle and varying economic climates. Positive earnings per share for the last 10 years is a good test. Even better if a firm has increased its EPS by one-third over that 10-year period. This test is tough enough to eliminate risky firms but not too restrictive when it comes to choosing stocks. The 10-year period is long enough to see if management knows what it’s doing, and will include good and bad times.  An investor needs to be realistic with expectations after a stock market crash. Forget brilliant company prospects for the time being. However, if you focus your stock picking on the above three criteria, I think you’ll find some good FTSE 100 investments to profit from in the future.  Rachael FitzGerald-Finch | Thursday, 7th May, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Stock market crash: 3 criteria to help you profit from the FTSE 100 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 last_img read more

Las iglesias siguen presionando para reducir la violencia armada

first_img An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Feligreses de la iglesia episcopal de San Esteban, en Lynn, Massachusetts, guardaron el Sabat de la Prevención de la Violencia Armada mediante la creación de “huestes celestiales” como parte de una instalación de arte en la iglesia. Colgadas en el santuario, cada esfera simboliza a víctimas de armas de fuego o de otra clase de violencia, o a otras personas que los creadores desean honrar. Foto de Jason Cruz.[Episcopal News Service] Cuando clérigos y laicos episcopales se reúnan el 25 de marzo en Washington, D.C. para hacer el Via crucis de Semana Santa, será la última de una serie de actividades religiosas destinadas a resaltar y combatir la violencia armada. A través de la nación, los episcopales han cabildeado con legisladores a favor de leyes que controlen las armas de fuego, han visitado a los vendedores de armas, han auspiciado la recuperación de armas, han creado obras de arte en memoria de las víctimas de la violencia armada, han predicado acerca de este tipo de violencia y han conmemorado el Sabat de la Prevención de la Violencia Armada.El énfasis actual en reducir la violencia de las armas de fuego parte de la fatal balacera del 14 de diciembre pasado en que murieron 20 alumnos y seis educadores en la Escuela Primaria de Sandy Hook, en Newtown, Connecticut.Los obispos de la Diócesis de Connecticut se han asociado con la obispa Mariann Edgar Budde y otros miembros de la Diócesis de Washington para planificar la procesión del 25 de marzo, en la que se espera participen 20 obispos y otros episcopales de todo el país.“Estamos llevando nuestro testimonio a la capital de la nación para decirles a nuestros líderes políticos y a nuestro país que no seguiremos callados mientras la violencia se infiltra en nuestro mundo, en nuestra sociedad, en nuestra Iglesia, en nuestros hogares y en nosotros mismos”, escribieron los obispos de Connecticut Ian Douglas, James Curry y Laura Ahrens dirigiéndose a sus diócesis. “El Vía crucis, y particularmente las reflexiones en cada estación, reflejarán nuestro compromiso con el cambio transformacional y la proclamación de la esperanza de Dios al mundo”.En Chicago, donde la violencia armada ha sido una preocupación durante mucho tiempo, episcopales del norte de Illinois y sus asociados en más de 65 organizaciones cívicas o de orientación religiosa participarán el 22 de marzo en la segunda caminata de la Cruz [CROSSwalk], una procesión de cuatro millas para recordar a los jóvenes asesinados en Chicago.“Simplemente no podemos seguir ignorando la lamentable pérdida de jóvenes vidas que ocurre con tan aterradora frecuencia en Chicago y otras ciudades del norte de Illinois”, dijo Jeff Lee, el obispo de Chicago, en un comunicado de prensa. “[Esta] caminata de la Cruz nos llama a orar, a entablar relaciones y a actuar como si [esas] vidas dependieran de nosotros. Y sí que dependen”.En Washington, D.C., la Catedral nacional de Washington se asoció con Religiones Unidas para Prevenir la Violencia Armada [Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence] al objeto de presentar una serie de eventos del 14 al 17 de marzo para observar el Fin de Semana del Sabat de la Prevención de la Violencia Armada. Líderes religiosos, miembros del Congreso, promotores del control de armas de fuego, oficiales de los cuerpos de orden público y profesionales de la medicina y la salud mental se reunieron para orar y debatir acerca de la violencia armada y los medios para combatirla. El 16 de marzo tuvo lugar un diálogo nacional de política pública inspirada en la fe sobre la violencia armada y un debate interreligioso que incluyó a líderes cristianos, islámicos y sijs. El fin de semana concluyó con el culto dominical, en el que predicó Gary Hall, el deán de la catedral: “En la Catedral Nacional de Washington estamos en esta campaña [en contra] de la violencia armada para todo lo que dure. No desistiremos hasta que nuestras calles y nuestras escuelas y nuestros niños estén seguros. Es lo menos que podemos hacer por nuestros hijos, por nuestros vecinos, por nosotros mismos”.Alrededor de 100 personas asistieron a los programas del 16 de marzo en la catedral, mientras otras muchas personas alrededor del país los seguían en vivo vía Internet, dijo Richard Weinberg, director de comunicaciones de la Catedral. “Sabemos que cerca de 400 casas de culto a través del país se habían conectado para participar en alguna medida”. Esto incluía al menos 14 congregaciones episcopales, apuntó él.Hay planes en marcha para proseguir la labor en contra de la violencia“En verdad creemos que las conversaciones fueron valiosas e importantes, y creemos que hay un modo de encapsular retazos de los eventos y las celebraciones religiosas del día para que las congregaciones a través del país prosigan dialogando sobre el problema de la violencia armada”, dijo Weinberg y añadió: “Ya estamos en diálogo con el personal y con nuestros asociados acerca de futuros eventos”.Diversas respuestasMientras algunas congregaciones seguían la transmisión vía Internet, otras que se inscribieron pudieron guardar el sabat de otra forma.La iglesia de San Andrés del Lago [St. Andrew’s by the Lake] en Duluth, Minnesota, usó el evento nacional “como un estímulo para nuestro propio desarrollo local”, dijo el vicario Theo Park. “Hemos estado tratando de echar a andar juntos una campaña global”.Park ha predicado sobre la violencia armada, y como miembro del Comité de Paz y Justicia de la Iglesia —que se ocupa del compromiso comunitario— ha provisto una mesa durante la hora del café con información de contacto para los que cabildean a los legisladores. “De manera que hay una presencia y ha habido una declaración, pero la [misión] como un todo no ha asumido una posición oficial”, dijo Park.“Huestes celestiales” creada por los feligreses de la iglesia episcopal de San Esteban, en Lynn, Massachusetts, como parte de una instalación de arte, honra a las víctimas de las armas de fuego y de otras acciones violentas. Foto de Jason Cruz.La Rda. Jane Gould, rectora de la iglesia episcopal de San Esteban [St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church] en Lynn, Massachusetts, se conectó con el Sabat a través de la  Organización de Personas que Mejoran sus Comunidades (o PICO, sigla en inglés) una red de organizaciones comunitarias de carácter religioso. Gould predicó acerca de la violencia armada e invitó a los feligreses a crear “huestes celestiales” en memoria de las víctimas de la violencia de las armas de fuego como parte de una instalación de arte en la iglesia.San Esteban está exponiendo una instalación de “El camino de salvación”, estaciones del Vía crucis creadas por la diácona diocesana Gay Cox. El último elemento es un despliegue en el santuario de “huestes celestiales”. Los miembros de la congregación fueron invitados a crearlas, valiéndose de círculos de espuma de poliestireno del tamaño de un disco compacto recubiertos, por un lado, de papel satinado de colores al que les han añadido, por el otro, fotos o nombres de víctimas de las armas de fuego o de otra clase de violencia, o los de otras personas a las cuales desearan honrar.“Teníamos montones de goma brillante,  de brillo regular, de  bisutería, de cintas —todo lo que quisieran ponerle a su disco para honrar a alguien”, dijo Gould. Una pareja adornó un disco en honor de su hijo, que murió mientras prestaba servicio en las fuerzas armadas;  el día de la actividad era el aniversario de su muerte.Las “huestes” colgantes estarán veladas durante la Semana Santa. “Luego surgirán en todo su esplendor para la Vigilia [Pascual]”, dijo Gould.Anteriormente, los feligreses han cabildeado con líderes del Congreso y de otras instancias en apoyo de la legislación para controlar las armas de fuego. Antes incluso de la masacre de Newtown, la Diócesis de Massachusetts estaba debatiendo la manera de combatir la violencia armada luego de la muerte a tiros de Jorge fuentes, un joven líder de la iglesia de San Esteban [St. Stephen’s], en Boston, y su programa de verano B-SAFE. La diócesis creó en memoria de Fuentes un equipo de trabajo en su convención de noviembre.La violencia armada no es una preocupación abstracta en Lynn. “Estamos en una pequeña ciudad con una significativa presencia pandilleril”, afirmó Gould. Lynn estuvo entre ocho comunidades que iban a recibir financiación del estado como parte de la Iniciativa de la Juventud Segura y Exitosa [Safe and Successful Youth Initiative] que intenta “detener los hechos de sangre en las ciudades”, subrayó ella. “Afortunadamente, no tenemos muchas muertes debidas a la violencia armada”.Pero uno de sus feligreses tiene un primo hospitalizado a quien le dispararon tres veces, contó ella. “Él está vivo, pero no creen que pase de la noche”.“La mayoría de nuestros chicos tienen un amigo que ha muerto” debido a la violencia armada, agregó.Recuperación de armasNo conformes con observar el Sabat de la Prevención de la Violencia Armada, las iglesias episcopales han abordado la violencia de las armas de fuego de otras formas en las últimas semanas.William Schievella, jefe de investigaciones de la Fiscalía del Condado de Morris, sostiene un arma de asalto, ilegal en Nueva Jersey, que entregaron durante la campaña de recuperación anónima de armas de fuego que tuvo lugar los días 15 y 16 de marzo auspiciada por la iglesia católica romana de San Pablo Intramuros [St. Paul Inside the Walls] en Madison, Nueva Jersey, y la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro [St. Peter’s] en Morristown. Ante él, en una conferencia de prensa el 18 de marzo, se exhiben alrededor de la mitad de las 600 armas que se recogieron durante la campaña, por las cuales se pagó casi un total de $50.000 a quienes las entregaron. Foto de Sharon Sheridan.El 16 de marzo, la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro [St. Peter’s] en Morristown, Nueva Jersey, se asoció con las agencias de orden público del condado de Morris para auspiciar una recuperación anónima de armas. Durante el evento se recogieron 600 armas —entre ellas 15 armas de asalto que son ilegales en el estado, 91 armas semiautomáticas, 192 revólveres y 251 fusiles y escopetas— en San Pedro y el 15 de marzo en la iglesia católico romana de San Pablo Intramuros, en Madison.Cuando planificaban la recuperación de armas, los funcionarios se pusieron en contacto con el Consejo del Clero de la zona de Morris, de la cual San Pedro es miembro.“Creímos que era una buena idea asociarnos con el clero”, dijo William Schievella, jefe de investigaciones de la Fiscalía del condado de Morris.El detective Craig Brooks, de la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Morris, examina un arma que entregaron durante la recuperación anónima de armas auspiciada por la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro en Morristown, Nueva Jersey. Foto de Sharon Sheridan.Los individuos que han tenido contacto antes con los agentes de la ley pueden sentirse más cómodos hablando con ellos en una iglesia, explicó. Y hay personas que podrían no sentirse cómodas yendo a un edificio de la administración del condado a entregar armas, pero en una iglesia “saben que es una casa de culto, y saben que es un lugar accesible para ellos”, dijo.San Pedro participó, dijo la rectora Janet Broderick, porque “queremos decir con nuestras acciones que la vida es sagrada: toda la vida. Queremos decir que cada arma que se funde es una oportunidad menos de que resulte agredida la creación de Dios”.Las armas recogidas fueron examinadas para ver si estaban cargadas (ninguna lo estaba) y si eran robadas (tres de ellas lo eran), dijeron los funcionarios durante una conferencia de prensa el 18 de marzo. Verificaciones posteriores identificarán cualesquier armas usadas en la comisión de delitos, las cuales deben preservarse como prueba; el resto será destruido. Los casi $50.000 distribuidos entre los que entregaron las armas provienen de donaciones al programa CrimeStoppers del condado y de confiscaciones de bienes delictivos.El condado de Morris se cuenta entre varios condados de Nueva Jersey que han tenido programas de recuperación de armas, en los cuales ya se han pagado cerca de un total de $900.000 para comprar más de 7.000 armas.“El propósito fundamental es sacar esas cosas de la calle”, dijo Schievella durante la conferencia de prensa. Fredric Knapp, fiscal interino, resaltó que la entrega de armas de fuego garantizaba que nadie pudiera robarlas. “El robo ha sido tradicionalmente un problema en las comunidades suburbanas”.Eso fue lo que llevó a un hombre a venir a San Pedro y entregar dos pequeñas pistolas que quedaron entre las pertenencias de su padre cuando éste murió en 2002. El hijo intentó entregarlas en el departamento de policía en ese tiempo, pero le dijeron que no contaban con ningún mecanismo para recibirlas.“Eran en verdad pequeñas. Uno podía metérselas en un bolsillo”, dijo. Él las había guardado en una pequeña caja fuerte, pero le preocupó que fueran a robárselas, porque en su casa habían robado antes. “La caja fuerte es lo bastante pequeña para que alguien se la pueda llevar”.Un letrero en la casa parroquial de la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro, en Morristown, Nueva Jersey, orienta a los participantes en el programa de recuperación anónima de armas de fuego del condado el 16 de marzo. Foto de Sharon Sheridan.Aunque era un propietario legal de las armas, dijo que se sentía feliz de salir de las pistolas”. “He estado a la espera de este momento”.Una mujer leyó en el periódico acerca de la recuperación de armas. “Durante 30 años había estado este fusil de tiro al blanco en mi desván, y me dije, ‘lo voy a entregar’”.Ella envolvió en periódicos el fusil, que un ex esposo había dejado atrás, y se sintió muy complacida de que uno de los agentes se lo sacara de su auto. “Me sentía realmente incómoda conduciendo hasta aquí con un arma en mi auto. “No soy persona de armas”, afirmó. “Es muy inquietante estar cerca de armas de fuego”.Además de [la campaña] de recuperación, San Pedro y otras iglesias de la Diócesis Episcopal de Newark participan en esfuerzos constantes para crear conciencia al respecto y combatir la violencia armada.En diciembre, una semana después de la masacre de Newtown, Broderick encabezó una iniciativa de colgar pancartas en las iglesias miembros del consejo del clero —entre ellas San Pedro y la iglesia episcopal del Redentor [The Redeemer] en Morristown— así como en el ayuntamiento y en la escuela secundaria en las que se leía: “Todos ellos eran nuestros hijos”.El Día de San Valentín, al cumplirse dos meses de la masacre, Melissa Hall, rectora auxiliar de San Pedro; Cynthia Black, rectora de El Redentor y laicos de la iglesia participaron en un mitin en el prado municipal en contra de la violencia.CabildeosMás recientemente, Broderick fue parte de una delegación clerical de NJ Together, una coalición interreligiosa afiliada con la Fundación de Zonas Industriales, en una  reunión con el Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th District), quien también es un feligrés, para instarle a que respaldara la legislación sobre el control de armas de fuego.“Creo que él comparte nuestro sentir de que hay algunas medidas de sentido común que deberían estar codificadas a nivel federal para quitarles las armas de las manos a los delincuentes, pero no se comprometió a apoyarlas”, dijo Joe Morris, organizador del personal de NJ Together. Creo que fue un buen primer encuentro, y vamos a  hacerle seguimiento y a descubrir cuál es su posición sobre estas cosas”.NJ Together también se reunió con el Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) “Creo que le pedimos cinco cosas, y quedamos 0 a 5”, dijo Morris. “Nos dijo que creía que el clero debería de hacer un mejor trabajo predicando en contra de los juegos de vídeo violentos”.“Hemos tratado de poner en práctica el mandato que aparece en Levítico: ‘No permanezcas indiferente mientras se derrama la sangre de tu prójimo’ —lo cual ha sido una especie de motivación útil para nosotros, pero también como una manera de evaluar a los demás”, dijo. “Nos fuimos con la sensación de que Scott Garrett es sencillamente indiferente [a esta tragedia]”.En otro lugar de la diócesis, el Rdo. Joseph Harmon, rector de la iglesia episcopal de Cristo [Christ Episcopal Church] en East Orange, ha laborado activamente con NJ Together y recientemente participó junto con otros clérigos en una reunión con el alcalde de East Orange, Robert Bowser, al objeto de discutir posibles estrategias para controlar la violencia armada.El 14 de marzo, un grupo de 14 clérigos y laicos pertenecientes a NJ Together , provenientes de cuatro sinagogas y tres iglesias episcopales —iglesia de Cristo; Todos los Santos [All Saints], en Hoboken y la iglesia de la Gracia [Grace Church] en Newark— visitaron a tres vendedores de armas en Paramus para enterarse de cuáles son sus requisitos y les instaron a que suscribieran el código  Alcaldes Contra las Armas Ilegales, un protocolo voluntario de 10 puntos para los vendedores minoristas de armas. El código incluye medidas tales como videograbar las transacciones de armas de fuego.“Fue una experiencia muy positiva, creo yo, para todos nosotros”, dijo Harmon, que participó con algunos de sus feligreses. “Nos aparecimos sin avisar y fuimos muy bien recibidos en Dick’s Sporting Goods. El administrador habló con entera libertad y magnífica disposición, como también lo hizo la persona que estaba detrás del mostrador de las armas”.[Los visitantes] se enteraron que Dick’s ha mantenido la norma de no vender armas automáticas, que la puso en vigor después de la masacre de Newtown y que “las únicas armas que venden son las que se usan en la caza”, agregó. “No venden cargadores de gran capacidad y no venden pistolas. Ésa es su política, y los felicitamos por ella. Esperamos que otros vendedores como Walmart y Sports Authority y Ramsey [Outdoor] se sumen con políticas semejantes”.“Los empleados de Ramsey se mostraron mucho más cautelosos. … Dijeron que el administrador no nos podía atender”, contó Harmon. “Parece que Sports Authority está tomando un rumbo semejante al de Dick’s, pero no disponemos de información para verificar eso oficialmente”.NJ Together está contemplando hacer visitas adicionales a los vendedores, dijo él. “Parte de nuestro propósito no es sólo señalar a las empresas cuyas normas no son muy receptivas a ponerle fin a la violencia armada… sino reconocer a esos vendedores que están mostrando discreción y sensibilidad hacia el problema, tal como Dick’s”.El 14 de abril, NJ Together celebrará “una importante reunión” en la iglesia de Cristo para las congregaciones del norte de Nueva Jersey que participan en la campaña contra la violencia armada y para gente nueva “que venga y se entere de lo que hacemos, para compartir ideas y esperanzas y básicamente hacernos saber los unos a los otros que estamos aquí y que nuestras voces al unísono y en número pueden ser efectivas”, añadió Harmon.La coalición incluye a cristianos y judíos, musulmanes, sijs y bajai, dijo. “Es verdaderamente un empeño interreligioso, y está creciendo”.Las doctrinas de las diferentes religiones todas respaldan el que se tome medidas, apuntó. “Tenemos el testimonio de la fe cristiana de Jesucristo, el testimonio de Mahoma en la fe musulmana, el testimonio de los profetas y la Ley en la fe judía, y el espíritu de pacifismo que dimana de otras comunidades religiosas y que nos conmina a levantarnos y pronunciarnos contra la violencia armada”.– Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing 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 Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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RIP: Former Springfield Bishop Peter Beckwith dies at 80

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Posted Oct 8, 2019 Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 People Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska center_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags RIP: Former Springfield Bishop Peter Beckwith dies at 80 Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC The Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith. Photo: Diocese of Springfield[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith, who served as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois from 1992 to 2010, died on Oct. 4 at the age of 80, according to the diocese. In addition to his ministry as bishop, Beckwith served as a chaplain for the U.S. Naval Reserve, Hillsdale College, the Illinois State Police, and a Michigan prison. In 2014, he left The Episcopal Church to join the Anglican Church in North America, becoming an assisting bishop in their Diocese of the Great Lakes.Read the Diocese of Springfield’s obituary for Beckwith here. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Obituary, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 last_img read more

USDA: $16.2M to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers, Ranchers

first_img SHARE USDA: $16.2M to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers, Ranchers Previous articleUSDA Invests $152M to Improve Broadband Service in 14 StatesNext articleU.S., Japan Sign Trade Agreement; ISDA’s Kettler in Attendance USDA Communications SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA: $16.2M to Support Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers, Ranchers On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will issue $16.2 million in grants to provide training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers. This funding is available through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program), managed by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).“All farmers and ranchers deserve equal access to USDA programs and services,” said Mike Beatty, director of the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. “2501 grants go a long way in fulfilling our mission to reach historically underserved communities and ensure their equitable participation in our programs.”The 2501 Program was created through the 1990 Farm Bill to help socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and foresters, who have historically experienced limited access to USDA loans, grants, training, and technical assistance. The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the program’s reach to veterans. Grants are awarded to higher education institutions and nonprofit and community-based organizations to extend USDA’s engagement efforts in these communities. Projects funded under the 2501 Program include — but are not limited to — conferences, workshops, and demonstrations on various farming techniques, and connecting underserved farmers and ranchers to USDA local officials to increase awareness of USDA’s programs and services while filling the needs for increased partnerships.Additionally, Alcorn State University will continue to administer the Socially Disadvantaged Policy Research Center (The Center) with a $525,000 grant funded under this program. The Center specializes in policy research impacting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in order to make policy recommendations that will improve their success.Since 2010, the 2501 Program has awarded 484 grants totaling $119.5 million. By USDA Communications – Oct 7, 2019 last_img read more