US home prices down for fifth month in November

first_img Share Tuesday 25 January 2011 12:06 pm Show Comments ▼ whatsapp US home prices down for fifth month in November alison.lock center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definition US single-family home prices fell for a fifth straight month in November and could plumb new lows soon, a closely watched survey has shown.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.5 per cent in November from October on a seasonally adjusted basis, though it was not as sharp as the 0.8 per cent fall expected by economists.Prices have fallen 1.6 per cent in the past year.Sixteen of the 20 cities showed annual price declines in November, while 19 of 20 cities showed monthly price drops.The housing market has been struggling since home-buyer tax credits expired earlier this year. To take advantage of the tax credits, buyers had to sign purchase contracts by April 30.“A double-dip could be confirmed before Spring,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P. Blitzer defined a double-dip as both the ten and 20-city composite indices setting new post-peak lows.He said the ten-city index is 4.8 per cent above its April 2009 low while the 20-city index is just 3.3 per cent higher than its low that same month.Unadjusted for seasonal impact, the 20-city index fell 1.0 per cent in November after a 1.3 per cent decline in October.“I find it hard to believe that if we get a double dip in home prices we could get the consumer back in a meaningful way. Right now it seems like a coin toss as to whether that’s likely. So I’m disappointed,” said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners in New York. whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Interview: Talking tough

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Topics: Casino & games People Strategy Tech & innovation Slots Social gaming Table games The kindest way to describe NetEnt’s 2018 would be to call it a year of wholesale change. It suffered a dip in profit early in the year, and a revamp of its live dealer offering did not go to plan, which appeared a contributing factor to chief executive Per Eriksson’s departure in March.The rest of the year, under interim then permanent CEO Therese Hillman, saw the company post modest growth. Many newly-installed executives would dismiss the slow progress as something that had been fixed, and insisted that 2019 would be different.Hillman, however, takes a different approach. She refuses to downplay a difficult year, and makes it clear that in 2018, NetEnt failed to achieve what it wanted. In 2019, she says, it will do better. It must do better.“I would say that 2018 was the year when we looked in the mirror and realised that we have to change to get to where we want to be,” she says. “Our goal is always to outperform the market, which we have been doing in some territories, but not in others.”She refuses to put any gloss on the year. When it’s put to her that the company increased post-tax profits in its most recent figures, for the third quarter of 2018, she shoots back that this was down to the weakness of the Swedish Krona rather than the result of company performance. It’s a refreshingly honest take.Victim of past success While Hillman may be happy to leave 2018 behind, it’s clear that she’s used it to pinpoint what the business needs to do to perform as well as its management and investors would like.“If you look at what we are doing from an operational point of view, [it shows] we have a good understanding of the present state of the business, and a plan in place to grow from there,” she says.A key component of the plan to revitalise NetEnt is to ramp up its release schedule. In 2018 there was a focus on reducing overhead costs, culminating the supplier announcing that it would cut up to 55 jobs, predominantly in corporate support functions, at its Stockholm headquarters. This, Hillman notes, will free up resources to be reinvested in game development.In some ways, NetEnt could be seen as a victim of its own success. Titles such as Starburst, launched in 2012, and Gonzo’s Quest, released in 2011, have remained among the best-performing slots in the industry. Gonzo even has its own Wikipedia page.However Hillman argues that it’s less a case of new releases failing to match the popularity of Starburst or Gonzo, but more a case of the market moving on.“I think if we could come up with a new Starburst or Gonzo’s quest we would be very happy – and very lucky – but the market has changed,” she says. “We might be lucky, with a title that repeats Starburst’s success, but it’s much more challenging today.”This, she says, is down to the fact that the slot space highly competitive, with hundreds of studios now jostling for space. A new launch simply doesn’t have the time and space to replicate the performance of classic titles. 
Instead, the focus is on making sure new launches perform better than previous releases, and significantly expanding the range produced.“This has been happening,” Hillman says. “We have had quite a few successes at the end of the year.“[The blockbuster slot titles] will still exist and be part of the overall market, but it’s all about the total portfolio and the new launches,” she explains. “The more games, the more the revenue will increase, and that’s how I see it.”After all, this is common sense. If a company’s strategy is based around creating the next big hit, it’s the wrong strategy, she says. Quantity is almost as important as quality in today’s slot supplier market.Live future But it’s live dealer, not slots, that Hillman describes as “the cornerstone” of NetEnt’s growth strategy in 2019. The supplier does not have a happy history in the live dealer vertical. Since launching in 2013, it has struggled to make any impression on the market. An attempted 3D revamp, originally launched exclusively with Mr Green in February last year, seemed to sink without a trace.“Everything needs to be improved,” Hillman says frankly. “We have a product that we’re not happy with, and it’s not performing as well as other products in the market. We still believe that if we get everything right, we’ll be able to gain market share.We’re a small company in the live dealer space, and we need to develop quickly and improve, so it’s a case of growing up.”As part of this growing-up process, a separate, live dealer division is to be established, existing alongside, but apart from, the core slot business.Plans for social, however, are being kept under wraps. Last year NetEnt said that it was exploring to see how it could leverage its content and technology in the free-to-play market, but Hillman would only share that a product is being tested in one market.New markets feature prominently in the company’s plans for 2019, with Europe a key focus. With potential opportunities arising in markets such as Greece, the Netherlands and Switzerland in particular, Hillman believes there is still room to grow. Asia and Latin America are also being targeted.However, while NetEnt will continue to invest in its New Jersey and Pennsylvania offerings, Hillman warns against banking on the US to drive growth in the coming year. She cites the Department of Justice’s recent re-evaluation of its stance on the Wire Act as evidence that it will take time before there is an established iGaming market incorporating multiple states.Ultimately NetEnt begins 2019 in a difficult position. Hillman has made clear that 2018 was not good enough, and that she demands more. She has clearly stated what she believes needs to be done to put the business’ struggles behind it. But now the pressure is on to deliver. Regions: Asia Europe LATAM US NetEnt chief executive Therese Hillman gives an unvarnished account of the supplier’s struggles in 2018 and explains how she plans to turn the business around in 2019. 28th January 2019 | By contenteditor Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Interview: Talking tough AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Play’n Go licensed in city of Buenos Aires

first_img“Thanks to our experience in Latin America, we know that what players in Argentina enjoy will be different from players in Colombia, Peru or Mexico. Operators can’t take a ‘one-size fits all’ approach to Latin America, and we don’t either.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sissel Weitzhandler, chief risk and compliance officer for the supplier, said: “Our strategy remains to engage in every regulated jurisdiction with diligence and care. The supplier already held accreditation in the province of Buenos Aires, and is therefore now certified to provide products across the whole of Argentina’s largest and most populous province, home to around 17m people. Play’n Go said its new accreditation ensures that any operators currently partnered with the supplier can expand into Buenos Aires, safe in the knowledge they can continue to offer Play’n Go content in the market. Licensing criteria for the city of Beunos Aires were set out in February last year, with a view to the market launching in Q4 2020. Regions: Argentina Email Address Cristian Acuna, head of sales in Latin America, added: “We know that the eyes of the LATAM region will be watching Buenos Aires closely, but we are confident that our wide and varied portfolio of content with resonate strongly with players.” Tags: Play’n Go Online casino supplier Play’n Go has received accreditation from the Lotería de la ciudad de Buenos Aires (LOTBA), the city of Buenos Aires’ gaming regulator, to provide online slot games to operators licensed in Argentina’s capital. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Casino regulation Online casino Slots Licensing Regulation Last week, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) and Argentinean gaming and entertainment operator Grupo Slot received approval to launch a new gaming platform in the city, the companies’ new online casino and sports betting brand, Jugadon.bet. 15th March 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Play’n Go licensed in city of Buenos Aires Licensing Argentina’s provinces are currently in the process of regulating online gambling on an individual basis. “The speed at which Argentina is re-regulating is very positive and we are looking forward to supporting our partners as they enter this newly regulated and exciting marketplace.”last_img read more

Penn National given green light to launch Barstool in Indiana

first_img“We are thrilled to be launching our online Barstool Sportsbook in Indiana at the start of the NBA’s new playoff format,” Penn National president and chief executive Jay Snowden said.  Licensing Read the full story on iGB North America. Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Licensing Online sports betting Sports betting regulation “Our retail Barstool Sportsbooks at Ameristar Casino East Chicago and Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg have been very well received by our customers since opening this past December, and now Hoosiers from across the state will be able to engage with Dave Portnoy, Dan ‘Big Cat’ Katz, and all of the Barstool personalities through the Barstool Sportsbook app.” The launch will be accompanied by a series of promotional offers, such as risk-free bets, parlay insurance and range of markets on the NBA playoffs and motor racing event the Indianapolis 500, which takes place on May 30.  Indiana will soon become the fourth state in which Barstool Sportsbook has launched, after Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois. It has also been approved for launch in Virginia. Penn National given green light to launch Barstool in Indiana Tags: Penn National Gaming Barstool Sportsbookcenter_img 14th May 2021 | By Robin Harrison The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) has approved Penn National Gaming’s application to launch mobile wagering via the Barstool Sportsbook brand in the Hoosier State. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Indiana Penn now plans to launch its Kambi-powered apps for iOS, Android and desktop devices on Tuesday, May 18, pending any final regulatory sign-off.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Why I’d ignore the Cash ISA and buy UK shares instead!

first_img 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. Harvey Jones | Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images UK shares have outpaced cash for years. With the average easy access account now paying just 0.12%, I can’t see that changing for many more years.If I had put £10,000 in cash in December 1999, I would have £17,050 today, according to the Association of Investment Companies. Invested in the average stocks and shares investment trust, I would have a meaty £57,550.5G 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…Despite this, Briton’s cleave to the comfort of cash cash. Incredibly, 55% of us plan to leave the money we have saved during lockdown in cash, according to research from the Wesleyan. Just 14% of us would invest it in UK shares.I’d forget the Cash ISAEverybody needs some cash, ideally in an instant access account where they can get their hands on it in a hurry. This should be enough to cover six to nine months of essential spending, in case of emergencies.I wouldn’t leave my long-term savings in cash, though, because the value will be steadily eroded by inflation. That’s painful enough today, when consumer prices are rising by just 0.7% a year, but will really hurt if inflation accelerates, as many suspect it will soon.UK shares are far more volatile than cash. We saw that during the first lockdown last March, when the FTSE 100 lost a third of its value in weeks. However, history shows that shares recover strongly, given time. Over the last 12 months, the FTSE 100 is up 28%, with dividends on top.That is because governments and central bankers pumped the market full of stimulus, fuelling a rapid recovery. The recovery has slowed lately, as the pandemic proves hard to shrug off. We can expect more volatility in the months ahead. But I’m investing for 10 years or more, and that should protect me against short-term setbacks.Savings rates are getting worse rather than better. Best buy rates have at least halved in the last 12 months, according to research by Andrew Hagger at MoneyComms.co.uk.I’d rather buy UK shares instead£20,000 in the best buy instant access savings account would have earned £262 in March 2020, Hagger says, which isn’t great. But it’s way better than today’s miserly £100.He says the future continues to look bleak for savers: “The spending power of people’s savings could be reduced further during 2021 with inflation expected to rise as petrol prices surge and additional post-Brexit costs for importers are passed on to consumers.”I have my rainy day cash (in the shape of an offset mortgage). My long-term savings will go into UK shares. If our vaccination programme continues to work wonders, the economy could fly. Treasury surveys suggest GDP will grow 4.4% this year, and 5.7% next year.UK shares are ripe for a recovery, provided inflation and mutant Covid-19 variants remain in check. That’s why I’d rather invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA than a Cash ISA, where money goes to die. See all posts by Harvey Jones I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Face-Off: Is Exeter Chiefs’ branding appropriate?

first_imgChiefs repeatedly ignore voices that ask them to reconsider the branding. Their nickname predates the official adoption of the branding in 1999. How hard would it be to keep the name but base any imagery on something more relevant – such as the ancient Celtic people of Devon, the Dumnonii?English rugby wants to appear inclusive and plans to expand into the US, but their branding complicates both aims. Nobody thinks Exeter and their fans are intentionally offensive, but they’re on the wrong side of history and it’s time to change.Related: Are artificial pitches good for rugby? There is certainly no intention to offend the sensitivities of the Native American Nation. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” go the immortal words of William Shakespeare. Exeter Chiefs claim their use of Native American imagery is not offensive and respects their culture. This falls into the logical fallacy: “If I don’t mean it to be offensive, it isn’t.”Many Native North Americans find appropriation and misuse of their culture offensive – it defies efforts to reclaim their identity after centuries of discrimination. Using Native symbols in sports is maybe the most noticeable example of ‘Disneyfication’ – creating stereotypes that enforce misunderstanding and prejudice. I applaud and respect the pride and rich traditions of the Native North Americans, their culture and their history. I believe the good people of Exeter rugby club feel the same.Dee Brown’s book, Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee, epitomises the brutal manner in which 19th Century American expansionism abused, mutilated and killed Native Americans. Surely the current Nation has more important issues of consternation?Please stop trying to rip the heart out of an honest, proud and decent club. It’s a tradition in the South-West for clubs to call first XVs ‘Chiefs’. Thus we have Sidmouth Chiefs, Barnstable Chiefs and, of course, Exeter Chiefs.Since professionalism arrived, an instantly recognisable logo is required to identify teams nationally. In Exeter’s case, what better than the striking profile of a proud Native Chief? COLIN BENTLEYPassionate fan in rural Devoncenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Face-Off: Is Exeter Chiefs’ branding appropriate?Exeter Chiefs’ branding has been put under the microscope again recently as a group of supporters set up a petition calling for the club to “drop its racist use of Indigenous Peoples’ imagery & branding”.The club discussed the issue at their latest board meeting and while deciding to retain the name and logo have opted to retire the club’s mascot ‘Big Chief’.Exeter said in a statement: “Part of the club’s review has seen the club engage with its sponsors and key partners to seek their views – and they have also listened to the response of our supporters, the wider rugby community and certain sections from the Native American community, all of whom have provided us with detailed observations in letters, emails, social content and videos.“Content provided to the board indicated that the name Chiefs dated back into the early 1900s and had a long history with people in the Devon area. “The board took the view that the use of the Chiefs logo was in fact highly respectful. It was noted over the years we have had players and coaches from around the world with a wide range of nationalities and cultures. At no time have any players, coaches or their families said anything but positive comments about the branding or culture that exists at the club. “The one aspect which the board felt could be regarded as disrespectful was the club’s mascot ‘Big Chief’ and as a mark of respect have decided to retire him.”Retired: Big Chief will no longer be the Exeter Chiefs mascot (Getty Images)Exeter Chiefs for Change, who have led calls for the branding to be changed, have expressed their dismay at the decision.A spokesperson said: “It is incredibly disappointing that Exeter Chiefs has thrown away this opportunity to show itself as an inclusive club. Indigenous Peoples have made it clear time and time again that all uses of their imagery in this way are offensive, harmful and unacceptable. Exeter’s refusal to fully listen to these pleas is tone deaf and sticks two fingers up not only to them but to all minorities.“We accept that the intention of the club for the branding was originally positive and not derogatory, but now they know it is not perceived in that way, they are making a conscious decision to be intentionally offensive by continuing to use it. The club claims that the imagery honours and respect the Indigenous cultures, but if they respect them why won’t they listen to them?“As fans we are disappointed and frustrated that this battle continues. As human beings we are horrified that we still live in a society where a major sports club can treat Indigenous Peoples like this. It reflects badly on rugby, Devon and the UK, and we should all be thoroughly ashamed.”Face-Off: Is Exeter Chiefs’ branding appropriate?Rugby World magazine covered this topic back in 2017 – and here are both sides of the debate on the branding of one of England’s biggest clubs that we ran three years ago…LEE CALVERTRuns bloodandmud.com A look at the debate surrounding the Premiership club’s branding This first appeared in the November 2017 issue of Rugby World.This article originally appeared in Rugby World’s September edition.last_img read more

Episcopal leaders push to abolish death penalty across the country

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA By Sharon SheridanPosted Jun 13, 2012 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Joe Parrish says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Dudley Sharp says: June 14, 2012 at 9:49 am Very odd the EC is against the death penalty.God/Jesus: ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Whoever curses father or mother must certainly be put to death.’ Matthew 15:4This is a New Testament command, which references several of the same commands from God, in the same circumstance, from the OT.Jesus: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Jesus) replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23: 39-43It is not the nature of our deaths, but the state of salvation at the time of death which is most important. This was the perfect opportunity for Jesus to say something contrary to support for execution.Jesus: “So Pilate said to (Jesus), “Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?” Jesus answered (him), “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above.” John 19:10-11The power to execute comes directly from God.Jesus: “You have heard the ancients were told, ˜YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER” and “Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court”. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, “Raca”, shall be guilty before the supreme court and whoever shall say, “You fool”, shall be guilty enough to go into fiery hell.” Matthew 5:17-22.Fiery hell is a considerable more severe sanction than any earthly death.The Holy Spirit, God, through the power and justice of the Holy Spirit, executed both Ananias and his wife, Saphira. Their crime? Lying to the Holy Spirit – to God – through Peter. Acts 5:1-11.No trial, no appeals, just death on the spot.God: “You shall not accept indemnity in place of the life of a murderer who deserves the death penalty; he must be put to death.” Numbers 35:31 (NAB) full context http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/numbers/numbers35.htmFor murder, there is no mitigation from a death sentence. June 14, 2012 at 12:34 am What about all the victims of the horrendous acts of violence? I work in victim services for a state Dept of Justice. If church members and clergy read the accounts of some of the crimes committed against the innocent, they may change their opinion of the death penalty. Who in the Church will speak out for the victims?I do not support the Church engaging in political activity as an institution. The First Amendment allows me the freedom from government’s intrusion on my religious liberties. I’d rather not have the Episcopal Church as an institution that I freely choose to be a part of, make political statements on my behalf. I believe in the tenets of the Church, tradition, The Bible and reason. I understand the Church taking the moral high ground based on tradition and scripture, but find the reasoning behind the political activity questionable. Rafiki Bakari says: June 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm Now if we could only get our beloved President to do away with his KILL LIST, and set a national moral standard. God bless The President and all these United State- let’s let everyone live even if they don’t deserve to live for the crimes they have committed. That’s ALL of US !!!!Pax and $$$,RPM+ June 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm As a prison reform advocate in Florida for more than 25 years, I am profoundly grateful to all who have pressed for the repeal of the death penalty. We must continue. Please consider, however, the hopelessness of true “life without parole,” particularly for youthful offenders whose immaturity and impulsiveness has put them into a terrible situation. Look at the “life” sentences meted out in other civilized countries such as Israel, England, and Holland, where crime rates are lower than they are in the U.S. These sentences are generally the length of a generation – 20 to 30 years. The emphasis on all but a few irreparable cases is on rehabilitation. We must strive for restorative justice, not just locking the door and throwing away the key. The Rev. Canon Richard P. McDonnell, D.Min. says: Submit a Job Listing Christopher Johnson says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 24, 2014 at 12:26 am It is good to see the Episcopal Church advocate for abolition of the death penalty. I am impressed with the leadership the Church takes on important public policy issues — this being a key one. I wish the Roman Catholic Church would step up more on this and other issues as well.Remember that Christ was executed in a horrific way. He did so to save us. We should not forget Christ’s despair of the Cross as he cried out Father why have you forsaken me… that dark, terrible moment. We can seek peace in the understanding of the suffering and his love for us.We don’t need to repeat torture and death. This cannot bring back victims of violent crimes – an eye for an eye. We have the new covenant — love God and love thy neighbor. We have a just God. True Justice comes in God’s love and grace and accountability. It is good that the Church evolves away from things that likely do not please God — such as the torture, even of a criminal. No need to be stuck in the middle ages. And, what of innocents who are wrongly convicted and put to death. What is that justice or the morality in Gods eyes. We must pray for the victims and we must pray for those who committed the crimes. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ June 14, 2012 at 10:29 am I agree and am glad the Episcopal Church is working to end the death penalty, another issue that is as or more important is that all Churches should work to end taking a precious innocent baby’s life through abortion! The Very Rev. Kevin Carroll says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI June 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm I am grateful for the comments above referencing the death penalty handed down to so many of our unborn children. They are the modern Holy Innocents. June 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm I am pleased with the efforts of many in the USA and the State of Ohio where I live in Cleveland. If not for the grace of GOD I may have been a victim of the Ohio’s electric chair. In 1975 I was charged with the crime of Aggravated Murder With Specializations. I was found guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in January of 1976. I am innocent of the crime. I witness a suicide. Here it is 2012, I served time for Voluntary Manslaughter, three years. Since my release, 33 years ago, life has been difficult with the Aggravated Murder charge still on my record. I am being punished for life for a crime I did not do. I came very close to being convicted of Aggravated Murder and thus the electric chair. I am a black man, I was 23 years of age when convicted, and I was a Vietnam veteran which did not help my case during the 1970’s. I strongly support the efforts to end death penalty. There are far too many black men becoming innocent victims to the death penalty. June 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm Good for all of these church leaders who are fighting against the death penalty. As I testified before two committees of the New York State Legislature a couple of years ago “one mistake is one mistake too many, especially if you are the mistake” and “in addition to theological reasons against the death penalty, it is better stewardship to impose life without parole.” These thoughts seemed to have reached several of our legislators. Jack Dudley Sharp says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments (16) The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL Kathleen Murff Whiting says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments are closed. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal leaders push to abolish death penalty across the country Rector Knoxville, TN June 16, 2012 at 7:46 am Eternal charity should be a bit more important.Romano Amerio, a faithful Catholic Vatican insider, scholar, professor at the Academy of Lugano, consultant to the Preparatory Commission of Vatican II, and a peritus (expert theologian) at the Council.“The most irreligious aspect of this argument against capital punishment is that it denies its expiatory value which, from a religious point of view, is of the highest importance because it can include a final consent to give up the greatest of all worldly goods. This fits exactly with St. Thomas’s opinion that as well as canceling out any debt that the criminal owes to civil society, capital punishment can cancel all punishment due in the life to come. His thought is . . . Summa, ‘Even death inflicted as a punishment for crimes takes away the whole punishment due for those crimes in the next life, or a least part of that punishment, according to the quantities of guilt, resignation and contrition; but a natural death does not.’ The moral importance of wanting to make expiation also explains the indefatigable efforts of the Confraternity of St. John the Baptist Beheaded, the members of which used to accompany men to their deaths, all the while suggesting, begging and providing help to get them to repent and accept their deaths, so ensuring that they would die in the grace of God, as the saying went.”Some opposing capital punishment ” . . . go on to assert that a life should not be ended because that would remove the possibility of making expiation, is to ignore the great truth that capital punishment is itself expiatory. In a humanistic religion expiation would of course be primarily the converting of a man to other men. On that view, time is needed to effect a reformation, and the time available should not be shortened. In God’s religion, on the other hand, expiation is primarily a recognition of the divine majesty and lordship, which can be and should be recognized at every moment, in accordance with the principle of the concentration of one’s moral life.”Some death penalty opponents “deny the expiatory value of death; death which has the highest expiatory value possible among natural things, precisely because life is the highest good among the relative goods of this world; and it is by consenting to sacrifice that life, that the fullest expiation can be made. And again, the expiation that the innocent Christ made for the sins of mankind was itself effected through his being condemned to death.”“Amerio on capital punishment “, Chapter XXVI, 187. The death penalty, from the book Iota Unum, May 25, 2007 ,http://www.domid.blogspot.com/2007/05/amerio-on-capital-punishment.html Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC center_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Kevin Roberts says: June 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm God bless those who speak for those who truly have no voice and are truly innocent – the unborn. Charitable as the opposition to the death penalty may be, I do not see how it squares with the rabid support this denomination shows for abortion. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Thomas Andrew says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rob Nelson says: Featured Jobs & Calls Jack M McKelvey says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release June 14, 2012 at 10:33 am I believe that it is right and good that the church speaks out against capital punishment. Yet, if we do not include other issues, such as abortion, war, assisted suicide, and violent crime in the same conversation it lacks moral integrity. How we treat human life from the inception of person-hood through death needs to be an all-inclusive conversation. If we cherry pick a politically correct issue out of the breadth and death of God’s imperative that we respect human life we abrogate our baptismal vow to respect the dignity of every human being. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Rev. Matthew Tucker says: Press Release Service Jennifer Myers says: June 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm The execution abolition movement seems to be gaining steam. We will need to get many other denominations to help. The Roman Catholic Church has played a key role so far in several states, but we have helped. It is very good to see Episcopalians take this issue on more vigorously! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis June 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm I would be much more impressed by all this if these bishops and anyone else opposed to the death penalty showed the same care and solicitude for the lives of the unborn. Because if this country completely does away with the death penalty, those of us who claim to be Christians will still have an American holocaust to account for. Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Dudley Sharp says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Advocacy Peace & Justice June 14, 2012 at 10:04 am Ms. Myers:You imply that being against the death penalty is pursuing the moral high ground.The foundation of support for the death penalty is justice, the same foundation as for all criminal sanctions.The pursuit of justice may be the greatest of all human endeavors.Note that the EC first opposed the death penalty in 1958 and the official Church of England originated in the 1500’s, with Henry VIII’s direction to separate from the Catholic papacy, not in small part because of the Pope’s refusal to aprove of Henry VIII’s divorce request.The EC supported executions for about 400 years, before voicing its recent opposition, which is largely the result of liberal, secular influence, in opposition to the 400 years of biblical and theological based death penalty support, as well as the total 2000 years of support from the Catholic Church An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Dudley Sharp says: June 16, 2012 at 7:56 am Rev. Carrol:I am more familiar with Catholic teaching on these topics, within which abortion and assisted suicides are moral evils and both war and the death penalty may be justified on moral grounds.It is not a matter of cherry picking, but of properly finding that there are different moral foundations for different types of killing.It would be morally irresponsible to say that there is no moral difference between the killing involved in the rape and murder of children and the killing involved in the execution of that rapist/murderer.“Killing Equals Killing: The Amoral Confusion of Death Penalty Opponents”http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/02/01/murder-and-execution–very-distinct-moral-differences–new-mexico.aspx Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Connecticut Bishops Ian T. Douglas, Laura J. Ahrens and James E. Curry during an April 3 public witness in Hartford, Conn., marking the Stations of the Cross and protesting the state’s death penalty. The Diocese of Connecticut organized the public witness attended by some 200 people. Connecticut has since abolished the death penalty. Photo/Marc Yves Regis[Episcopal News Service] When Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill in April making Connecticut the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty, Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry’s attendance at the ceremony testified to the influence of Episcopal leaders on ending capital punishment in the state.Curry and other members of the diocese had worked with the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty since the 2005 execution of serial killer Michael Ross, the first prisoner put to death in New England in 45 years.Abolishing the death penalty became “a very, very contentious issue” in Connecticut after two recently released prisoners invaded a home and “brutally murdered” two girls and their mother in 2007, he said.“In the midst of that, it was very hard to have a conversation in this state about not demanding the death penalty for such horrific crimes,” Curry said. “It was also a time in the church where we started to shift the conversation from that this is punishment to [that] the death penalty is really about the kind of statement we want to make about what we want our society to be.”The Episcopal Church officially has opposed the death penalty for more than half a century, and its advocacy is gaining traction as momentum builds across the country to end capital punishment. Bishops and other church leaders are writing letters, joining coalitions, testifying before legislators and publicly demonstrating their opposition to the death penalty.Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have ended capital punishment. In total, 3,189 people remain on death row in the United States, including some in Connecticut and New Mexico, which repealed the penalty without making it retroactive, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.The Episcopal Church first passed a resolution opposing the death penalty in 1958, said Alexander Baumgarten, Episcopal Church director of government relations. “It’s been reaffirmed in multiple conventions since then, so our position as a church has been clear for a long time.“I think the fact that we’ve seen a recent pattern of bishops and other leaders in the church in the dioceses of the United States raising the profile of our advocacy is a reflection of the climate in which public opinion in the United States seems to be moving against the death penalty for the first time in a number of years.”A 2011 Gallup poll showed about one in three Americans opposing the death penalty, a 19 percent drop in support for capital punishment over 17 years and down from an all-time high of 80 percent supporting it in 1994. Baumgarten attributes the trend to an understanding of “the inherent flaws in the application of the death penalty.”Repeated studies, for example, have documented that capital punishment does not deter crime, he said. The death penalty also carries inherent racial and socio-economic biases and the chance of killing innocent people, he said.According to the Death Penalty Information Center:Studies indicate the chance of being sentenced to death is much higher when murder victims are white, and a 1998 study reported a pattern of race-of-victim or race-of-defendant discrimination or both in 96 percent of states where race and the death penalty had been reviewed.More than 130 people have been released from death row since 1973 with evidence of their innocence, with an average of five people exonerated annually from 2000 to 2011.“As people start to understand the complexities of how the penalty is applied in practice,” Baumgarten said, “I think we start to see people who on its face might not be opposed to the death penalty now start to say: As a matter of applied justice in this country, this doesn’t really work.”While the Episcopal Church has an official stance against the death penalty, this primarily is a state issue, and church abolition efforts have originated mostly at the local level, noted Baumgarten, who works in the church’s Washington, D.C., office.“It’s not something that I think has been driven by central structures of the Episcopal Church or central governing entities of the Episcopal Church,” he said. “Bishops and congregations and leaders in the dioceses have looked at the church’s historic stance on this and applied it to the … context that’s evolving around them.”Cooperative effortsIn Connecticut, the diocese worked with the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty on legislative efforts that fell short more than once before the governor signed the April 25 bill abolishing the death penalty in the state. Then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill in 2009. A 2011 abolition bill failed by two votes in the state Senate.The 2012 bill ended the death penalty, but not for those previously convicted – including the two men sentenced to death for the high-profile 2007 murders.“It’s a flaw in the bill,” Curry said. “I think that’s going to be a legal battle.”During the push for the successful abolition legislation, the Connecticut network helped organize conversations in churches around the death penalty, he said. “We started organizing letter-writing campaigns to state representatives and senators. We made ourselves available for conversation. We were lobbying at the legislative office building.”The diocese also partnered with the church’s Washington, D.C., office, sending alerts through a Connecticut public policy network.The diocese’s public witness included inviting clergy to renew their vows during Holy Week this year while participating in a Stations of the Cross service that meditated on issues of justice in society and particularly on abolishing the death penalty. Between 175 and 200 people participated, mostly Episcopal priests but also some clergy from other denominations, Curry said. “We had one rabbi join us … It speaks to the power of this issue and the power of the coalition, because the very language of our Stations of the Cross was unsettling to him.”While they walked in prayer, the last senator needed to pass the abolition bill held a press conference saying she had changed her mind after opposing similar legislation last year, Curry said. The church made a difference in the bill’s passage, he said, from the letter writing to the image of three Episcopal bishops and numerous clergy in their cassocks processing through the state capital.“For me, the other reality is that the church learned that we have the possibility to affect public discourse by staying true to who we are and by creating alliances with other groups like the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, and that’s a learning that were going to keep as we’re looking into social justice,” said Curry. ” We need to always keep looking beyond ourselves, outside of ourselves for other voices that we can ally with.”In the Diocese of Montana, Bishop C. Franklin Brookhart Jr. belongs to the Montana Abolition Coalition, an umbrella group of religious and other organizations seeking to end the state’s death penalty. He has written editorials and letters to legislators opposing the death penalty and testified before a state Senate committee.“It’s difficult in some ways because, in doing this, you have to speak to people with a broad range of ethical and religious backgrounds,” he said. “It’s easiest for me simply to speak as a Christian.”He raises issues such as whether the death penalty is justice or vengeance; how accurately it can be applied; whether it deters crime; and whether it serves the common good. He views the death penalty as “morally corrosive to a society,” he said.“I think we have to say that there is no question from the Scriptures that the state has – the traditional phrase is ‘the power of the sword’ — to do this, but is it in this day and age really a Christian witness to say let’s kill people? I don’t think it is.”Like Curry, he believes the church’s witness makes a difference.“I believe there is power in being a bishop and speaking on behalf of the church. I know I get listened to more carefully because of that,” he said, adding, “The other side is, I think that for some people it is easier to dismiss me: Well, what would you expect a soft-headed Christian to say?”The Montana legislature meets for 90 days every two years, and death penalty abolition is an issue every session, he said. “It nearly got through last time.”“Every time it comes up … the idea of the death penalty seems to have less power and appeal to it, and it will come up again this time when the legislature meets in January 2013,” he predicted.Episcopal leaders advocate against the death penalty in other states as well.As president of the Ecumenical Leaders Group of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, Diocese of Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton most recently led a march to Maryland’s State House following an early-morning Ash Wednesday service at St. Anne’s Episcopal Parish in Annapolis, said Sharon Tillman, diocesan spokesperson. The Feb. 22 event culminated in a press conference and discussions with religious leaders and legislators.In 2008, at an anti-death-penalty rally in Annapolis, Sutton said, “There is no room for state-sponsored killing and state-sponsored revenge. To kill and to revenge for the killing of another person contributes to a cycle of killing. … Love is doing what is right precisely when it is hard. Jesus taught his disciples to go beyond an ‘eye for an eye’ and ‘a tooth for a tooth,’ for that would inevitably lead to what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others would call an ‘eyeless and a toothless society.’ Instead, he taught us to love even the unlovely and stop the cycle of violence.”In the Diocese of Los Angeles, Bishop J. Jon Bruno and Bishops Suffragan Mary Douglas Glasspool and Diane Jardine Bruce endorsed the SAFE California Act, which will replace the state’s death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without chance of parole as the maximum punishment for murder.Helping to recruit signers in the successful petition drive to get the initiative on California’s November 2012 ballot were the diocesan Program Group on Peace and Justice Ministries, the diocesan PRISM Restorative Justice Ministries and All Saints Church, Pasadena, and St. Michael and All Angels Church, Studio City, among other congregations, said Robert Williams, diocesan canon for community relations.Diocese of California Bishop Mark Andrus also has supported abolition efforts.In the Diocese of Ohio, the Rev. Will Mebane, canon for Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, testified in February before the Senate Judiciary Committee to support a bill to abolish the death penalty.In Kansas, Episcopal and other bishops have participated in letter-writing campaigns and other efforts encouraging abolition of the death penalty.Theology of justice workSuch efforts are consistent with the church’s mission, Baumgarten said.“If we look at the catechism in the prayer book,” he said, “it tells us that the church lives out its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel and promotes justice, peace and love.”“As Episcopalians, as Anglicans, we would understand the promotion of just structures in society and peace in God’s kingdom on earth as something that is central to the mission of the church, not a distraction from the mission of the church,” he said. “We would be remiss if we did not look at what our faith says about justice and peace and then work for it in the world around us.”Curry agreed.“Our biblical witness is about transforming the world, and it’s not about hoarding the good news of God’s redemptive love,” he said. “I think that we have to be out in the world and that one of the primary reasons for church community is to equip every single Christian to take that faith out in their own lives. So I have great respect for legislators who are living out their faith or social workers or organizers. It’s almost counterintuitive that clergy would feel they can’t do that.”Church polity allows Episcopalians to shape the church’s stance on public-policy issues, Baumgarten noted. “One of the important things about the Episcopal Church’s system of governance is that there really is a straight line from the congregational level to the General Convention level. … Everybody has the ability to participate in the church’s discernment of where it stands on particular issues.”This doesn’t mean that every Episcopalian must agree with every stance the church takes, as Brookhart noted.“I think our church has the sense that we don’t expect everyone to agree with the official so-called positions,” he said, adding that there’s no “punitive side” for disagreeing with General Convention resolutions on public-policy issues.“On the other hand,” he added, “I think it’s important to say that there are some issues that are important enough that the church needs to make a witness about it, even if a substantial minority of its members don’t agree.”And that witness doesn’t remain at the institutional level.Advocacy is part of the mission of every person of faith including Episcopalians, Baumgarten said. “It’s not uniquely the role or responsibility of churchwide structures or bishops or church leaders.”“That comes from our understanding of baptism,” he said. “That comes from our understanding of the commands of Jesus. That comes from our understanding of mission and Anglican theology. And so our [Washington, D.C.] office exists for the purpose of equipping Episcopalians to engage in the ministry of advocacy in their own contexts.“In one sense, we provide a representative face of the church in Washington on an ongoing basis,” he said. “But in the most important sense, the heart of our work, the heart of our ministry as an office, is to equip Episcopalians around the country for their own ministry of advocacy.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MIlast_img read more

Let’s Talk About It – Episode 4: Kids have feelings too

first_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply This week on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love and Greg Jackson, the co-hosts are opening the studio and phone lines to young people to hear their thoughts on the recent events taking place. Renowned child psychologist Barry Daly, Ph.D., will join the show to field questions from teens and parents.* * * * *Let’s Talk About It, now on its fourth episode, is an edgy new radio program that has a distinct “Apopka” tone to it despite airing in Winter Garden.Rod LoveHosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman and the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence. He is a consistent speaker at Apopka City Council meetings. Jackson is a local attorney, columnist for The Apopka Voice, and ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka. Now airing its third episode tonight, the co-hosts have shown a willingness to take on any issue their callers wish to discuss. Nothing is off the table.The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays between 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.Greg Jackson  Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational.  It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.To join the conversation tonight, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680. TAGSGreg JacksonLet’s Talk About ItRod Love Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleBorjas legacy lives on in annual golf event Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders condemns suspended jail sentence on cartoonist Ali Dilem

first_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation April 29, 2021 Find out more Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Help by sharing this information December 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns suspended jail sentence on cartoonist Ali Dilem News News Receive email alertscenter_img News Organisation Reporters Without Borders has spoken out against a four-month suspended jail sentence on cartoonist Ali Dilem of the daily Liberté. The sentence was handed down by an Algiers court on 23 December. “Yet again we condemn the Algerian authorities’ latest abusive use of Article 144A of the criminal code, which on the excuse of dealing with defamation, is aimed at gagging the independent press, which is seen as too irreverent,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders.”The government is thus trying to blunt the pen of one of the Algerian press’s most biting cartoonists,” he added.Dilem was sentenced for defamation under Article 144A of the amended code to a four-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 dinars (about 1,200 euros), in a case that pitted him against the national defence ministry. Abrous Outoudert and Hacène Ouandjeli, respectively former publisher and former managing editor were both also sentenced in the same case to a fine of 50,000 dinars (about 600 euros).The offending cartoon, dated 3 April 2002, was based on a dramatic incident the previous evening when 21 soldiers were caught in a bogus road block set up by two terrorists.It was captioned, “The criminal code protects the generals but not the soldiers.”The defence ministry decided the cartoon was defamatory Dilem’s lawyer Maitre Bourayou considered the verdict particularly harsh. “They don’t just want to sentence him but this form of expression,” he told the daily Le Matin.Article 144A of the criminal code sets out prison terms from two to 12 months in prison and fines ranging from 50,000 to 250,00 dinars (about 600 to 3,000 euros) for anything referring to the president of the Republic in insulting or defamatory terms.The same penalties are applied to the same offences when committed against “parliament or one of its two chambers or the National People’s Army (ANP)” May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Should Allen Parker Remain as Wells Fargo CEO?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Should Allen Parker Remain as Wells Fargo CEO? CEO Wells Fargo 2019-05-07 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Despite announcements from Wells Fargo that the bank will be considering external candidates for CEO only, some inside the company are pushing to simply keep interim CEO Allen Parker in place, Bloomberg reports. According to Bloomberg, directors have asked senior executives for input, and some are lobbying for Parker to stay on as CEO, according to people familiar with the discussions.“Although I do not know Allen well personally, I do know that he’s very highly regarded both internally and externally, especially in legal and regulatory matters,” former Wells Fargo CEO and Chairman Richard Kovacevich said in an interview with Bloomberg.Some have noted that Parker might count as an “outsider.” Morningstar Inc. analyst Eric Compton called Parker part of the “new wave.”“The main thing the market wants is someone who’s going to get the regulators off their backs and also take care of the asset cap pretty quickly,” Compton said.As Wells Fargo is considering outside candidates only, this eliminates current senior executive Mary Mack, Head of Consumer Banking, from consideration, according to Markets Insider. Among the female executives named as possible candidates by Markets Insider are Marianne Lake, CFO of JPMorgan/Chase; Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking; Barbra Desoer, CEO of Citibank North America; Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup Latin America; and Karren Larrimer, Head of Retail Banking and Chief Customer Officer at PNC Financial Services Group.Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett recently weighed in on the choice, suggesting that Wells Fargo should consider candidates from outside of Wall Street.“They just have to come from someplace (outside Wells) and they shouldn’t come from Wall Street. They probably shouldn’t come from JPMorgan or Goldman Sachs,” Buffett told the Financial Times.“There are plenty of good people to run it (from the Wall Street banks), but they are automatically going to draw the ire of a significant percentage of the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and that’s just not smart,” Buffett stated. Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Privacy in Fintech and Housing Next: Measuring Homeowner Sentiment May 7, 2019 2,209 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Tagged with: CEO Wells Fargo  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Should Allen Parker Remain as Wells Fargo CEO? Share Savelast_img read more