McDonald’s earnings fail to impress markets

first_img Tags: NULL alison.lock whatsapp Show Comments ▼ FAST food giant McDonald’s served “slightly disappointing” fourth-quarter earnings after weaker-than-expected December sales in the US and Europe because of poor weather.Investors and analysts were unimpressed despite the restaurant chain reporting profit in line with expectations. The outlook for the chain was also clouded by its warning that it expects food costs to be up to 4.5 per cent higher in 2011 in its key markets of Europe and north America. Net income in the fourth quarter rose to $1.24bn, or $1.16 a share, compared with $1.22bn, or $1.11 a share, in the same period a year earlier. Total revenue, including sales from company-owned restaurants plus royalties from franchisees and other fees, rose four per cent to $6.21bn, above the $6.20bn analysts had expected.But the company’s share price fell 0.35 per cent, or 0.26 points, to $74.75 in morning trading. “Earnings for McDonalds were slightly disappointing, coming in at $1.16 a share for Q4 which were pretty much in line with forecasts,” said Michael Hewson, market analyst at CMC Markets. McDonald’s’ “grocery bill” – the amount it pays for the ten different commodities that account for about 75 per cent of its food preparation costs – is expected to rise two to 2.5 per cent in the US and 3.5-4.5 per cent in Europe this year.Executives last year signalled that McDonald’s could boost menu prices to offset higher food costs, and several analysts expect those to hit in 2011.All restaurant operators will be under pressure to raise prices, and analysts said McDonald’s size could work to its advantage.McDonald’s had a banner year in 2010, with new menu items including espresso drinks and specialty beverages — frappes and smoothies — that boosted sales. However, last year’s strong results have raised the bar for 2011 and some analysts worry that earnings-per-share growth could slow. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp McDonald’s earnings fail to impress markets Share Monday 24 January 2011 11:57 amlast_img read more

Reimagining task force hears from the church

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments (8) October 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm I’m not so sure, Christopher Epting! Being included in a churchwide discussion is a first, in my own experience; I thank TREC for doing that, first on their website and now with this gathering. It’s the first time anybody’s ever asked for my input on such matters.For me, these things by themselves are “re-imaginings.” (I think it might be a good idea to have discussions like this one more often, in fact; perhaps to hear more about the “re-imaginings in creative parishes and dioceses” you mention? To share ideas and learn more about one another? To talk with and listen to other members of the Anglican Communion?) Turning the battleship around is only one aspect this this, I’d say. Many thanks again to TREC for your willingness to include us, and for listening. Barbara Snyder says: Sister Mary Winifred says: Submit a Job Listing Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET (the Rev’d Dr.) Elizabeth Kaeton says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments are closed. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS General Convention 2015, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR October 6, 2014 at 9:31 am One canonical change that is long past due is to redesign General Convention. Every 3 years is not only expensive, but also very counterproductive to progress, albeit some may disagree. The timing may have been appropriate in a bygone age but it is now excessive. The premise to meet so often is flawed in that the entire Church gears up to do everything from critique, lard onto structures already questionably necessary, and to meddle with faith and practice with demands from pressure groups such as Integrity. The self-imposed obligation by delegates to be profound, prophetic, and radical often brings increased tension to a Church that has decreased in membership by a further 6% in 2013. At this juncture do we really need to test the good will of the pews even further by pronouncements that have often shown them the exit doors? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN October 13, 2014 at 11:00 am Doug is exactly right. Groups with a special agenda always try to capture the process. I felt totally misled when the Liturgy was “reformed” Press Release Service Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs October 4, 2014 at 11:41 am Remember, change takes time, lots of time, and we need to remember that we need to change things for the better. I’ve been a life long Episcopalian and I know its hard to change anything. Remember when we went through all trial phases of the Prayer Book. Its hard work and sometimes not appreciated, but keep up the good work. God’s Peace, M Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Doug Desper says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Earl Curtis says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA Martha I. Richards says: March 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm Let us not blame it all on the gays (Integrity) or women priests. We knew a significant amount of people would leave if we did what was just, right, and fair. The extreme right of our church just went berserk and left with people, money and church buildings/property. I do feel that now that we no longer have such extreme right churches with us, we should seek reconciliation with justice. October 4, 2014 at 10:05 am Thank you, Bishop Christopher. I hope that the 40% of the elected deputies who are new to GC will understand that the resolutions coming from TREC are designed to jolt us into crucial conversations we need to have about how we are as ‘church’. I pray we don’t act precipitously. That takes real courage. 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 General Convention, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL October 4, 2014 at 7:56 am Please — get editorial help with grammar! In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Structure, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Reimagining task force hears from the church Group begins last face-to-face meeting before proposing structural changes Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC The Rev. Victoria Heard, canon for church planting in the Diocese of Dallas, asks a question Oct. 2 during the church-wide gathering of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral. TREC member Victor Feliberty-Ruberte, of Puerto Rico, managed the floor microphone. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] After spending the evening of Oct. 2 answering questions and taking comments about its work, the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church is refining its recommendations to General Convention on structural changes to the church.TREC’s last face-to-face meeting before its report to General Convention is due began with the 2.5-hour gathering Oct. 2. The event was webcast live from Washington National Cathedral. It is also due to be available on demand for later viewing here and here. The agenda included 10-minute presentations from some TREC members each followed by 15-minute question-and-comment periods. A 40-minute question-and-comment period rounded out the meeting. Questions, concerns and comments were taken from the audience in the cathedral as well as from people sending in questions via e-mail and Twitter.The task force recently released a letter to the church outlining what it called “our thinking and emerging recommendations” on structural changes it will make to the 2015 meeting of General Convention. It said in that letter that its final report, due to be made public at the end of November, would “illustrate how these recommended changes would help The Episcopal Church to more effectively and efficiently address critical and urgent agenda items, with the flexibility to innovate and experiment more rapidly and to adopt bold courses of action where necessary.”It was not clear from comments made during the Oct. 2 gathering if the proposals included in that Sept. 4 letter will remain as they are, whether others will be added or just how sweeping a scope the final report’s recommendation will have.Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry leads off the Oct. 2 church-wide gathering of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral with a commentary on the biblical perspective on TREC’s work. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“I think for most of us, we understand that what TREC is doing is a beginning; it’s not the final product; that we are in the midst of a great transformation culturally and as a church in terms of doing the mission of Jesus in this particular mission moment,” North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry, a TREC member. “At a basic level our hope is that whatever we recommend will be in a preliminary way and the convention will wrestle with it … and we will do something that will move this movement forward.”On the other hand, the Rev. Dwight Zscheile, TREC member from Minnesota, answered a question about why the task force had not called for dramatic changes such as combining the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops or eliminating all church-wide staff by saying: “The challenge for any group, given this very large task and very short amount of time is we’ve had a lot of big, dreaming conversations and quite radical ideas and we’re still hoping to be bold.”“And we’ve also heard from a lot of you: “don’t blow things up … there’s things that are working.’ So that’s part of the discernment for us and part of the challenge … We see this as an opening up of the structures, you know, there may be ongoing reform, not just once every generation,” he added.Katy George, who convenes TREC along with the Rev. Craig Loya, told the Oct. 2 gathering that the group sees its effort as an important way to help the church work for “renewal, revival, discipleship” but she added what she called a disclaimer.“Structural reform is neither necessary nor sufficient for our church to fully live into the opportunities for discipleship that we have or to fully address the issues that we have … but, boy, it would be helpful,” she said.George and others said that TREC was considering how to streamline church-wide structures in a way that aided mission work at the local level and that gave those larger structures greater clarity in terms of their responsibilities and accountability.Jonathan Elliot, Diocese of New Jersey’s director of communication, asks members of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church, what they will recommend about evangelizing young people like himself. Elliot got a round of applause when he announced that he was being baptized Oct. 5. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“I was actually surprised by reactions to our letter concerned about centralization of power because I think what we’re doing is actually clarifying responsibility and creating the platform for us holding our leadership and our church-wide staff accountable for specific things,” especially between meetings of General Convention when the staff and the Executive Council are responsible for carrying out convention’s mandates, she said.TREC member Dennis Sullivan added that TREC is not making any recommendations about centralization of power but rather about “how the checks and balances would be understood and followed.”George also cautioned that the debate about structure “doesn’t get in the way of keeping our church healthy and vital for our children and grandchildren.”She also noted that church-wide structures “while they seem cumbersome and big are only about two percent of our total resources of the church” and thus cutting costs is not a priority of TREC but that “better use of our resources against the things that really matter is a priority.”TREC’s work began after General Convention in July 2012, by way of Resolution C095, which called for a task force “to present the 78th General Convention with a plan for reforming the church’s structures, governance, and administration.”Of the almost 400 resolutions submitted to General Convention in 2012 more than 90 related to structural reform. Most of those resolutions were similar in nature and it was the work of the structure committee at convention to consider the legislation and make its recommendations to the house.The driving force behind those resolutions was a proposal in September 2011 by Bishop Stacy Sauls, the Episcopal Church’s chief operating officer, calling on dioceses to submit versions of a model General Convention resolution he offered asking for a special General Convention in 2014 to begin to make structural changes to the church.Some members of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church listen Oct. 2 at Washington National Cathedral as co-convener Katy George, on monitor, speaks about the organizational perspective of TREC’s work. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceApplause and cheers erupted July 11, 2012, at General Convention as Resolution C095 sailed unanimously through the House of Bishops. A day earlier, deputies also had passed the resolution unanimously.Resolution C095 called for a “special gathering to receive responses to the proposed recommendations to be brought forward to the 78th General Convention, and shall invite to this gathering from each diocese at least a bishop, a lay deputy, a clerical deputy, and one person under the age of 35.”The Oct. 2 gathering was the only time that the task force met face-to-face with members of the church. TREC’s five meetings to date have been held almost entirely in private and the Oct. 3-4 portion of its final meeting will be closed as well.TREC has also asked for feedback from the church via its website by encouraging church groups and individuals to use its engagement kit. Those 327 responses are available here. The group also released study papers on identity and vision, Episcopal networks, and church-wide governance and administration. Those study papers are here. Each of those papers elicited responses on various social media and on various church observers’ blogs, as did TREC’s September Letter to the Church.TREC’s Facebook page is here and it is here on Twitter with @ReimagineTEC, where the group is using #reimaginetec. Tweets from during the meeting using that hashtag are here. During the meeting, many people tweeted using #TREClive. Those tweets are here.TREC also created its own website here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Rev Donald Heacock says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 3, 2014 Christopher Epting says: October 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm Oh dear friends! These are good people. They are really trying hard. But, turning around a battleship is very slow and very hard work indeed. I don’t think we should get our hopes up for “Re-Imagining The Episcopal Church” on the churchwide level. Fortunately, TEC is being re-imagined every day ‘on the ground’ in creative parishes and dioceses. That’s why Jeff Lee, Bishop of Chicago, describes his job as “lighting fires and giving permission slips!” Don’t be afraid to take risks, beloved. It’s the only way real renewal and reformation has ever taken place. Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ last_img read more

Why The 2nd Lions Test in 2009 was so ferociously physical

first_imgFriday May 28, 2021 Why The 2nd Lions Test in 2009 was so ferociously physical In the third instalment of the brilliant Spirit of Rugby series, Jim Hamilton had in depth chats with stars of the 2009 British and Irish Lions series in South Africa, including Rob Kearney, Simon Shaw, Stephen Jones and coach Ian McGeechan. ADVERTISEMENTThe brutal Lions tour of 2009 will be remembered for a few key moments, particularly in that bruising second Test in Pretoria.WATCH: Bryan Habana’s massive hit on Lions winger Tommy Bowe in 2009Morne Steyn famously kicked the winning penalty from 54 meters with time up, but there were other stand out moments in the match.Those are talked about in this fascinating segment, with coach McGeechan also talking about how difficult it was in the change room afterwards.If you’d like to watch the previous episode, you can do so here – First hand stories of why the Lions tour of South Africa is so brutal  Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 3 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Botia’s BRUTAL high tackle which saw… 3 WEEKS AGO Four minutes of Levani Botia melting defenders… 3 WEEKS AGO The time Martin Johnson took a right hook… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

10 of the best: July corporate fundraising round-up

first_img9) TriodosSustainable bank, Triodos, is helping two Bristol based charities by using its staff to volunteer time and skills.  The bank has partnered with Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) and youth charity Young Bristol, as part of its corporate volunteering programme which will see up to 130 Triodos co-workers support the two charities over the next 12 months. The Changemakers programme is designed to use the collective skills and resources of the Triodos team to help maximise the impact both charities have. Over the next year Triodos co-workers will provide over 900 hours of volunteer support. 5) Nationwide RepairsNationwide Repairs has announced that it raised £48,000 for its chosen 2015 charity Mission Motorsport. Fundraising events included inviting Great British Bake-Off chef Paul Hollywood to judge a Bake-off in Formby; working with local radio on the promotion of fundraising events in Cambridge, and getting local supermarkets and businesses to donate gifts for a Halloween-themed fun day in Northwich, as well as a partnership with local Sports Clubs in Norwich to support a fundraising karting event. Nationwide’s 2016 charity partner is Macmillan Cancer Support. 10) Blakemore RetailBlakemore Retail has won Corporate Partner of the Year in the West Midlands at the NSPCC Childhood Champion Awards 2016. The award is in recognition of Blakemore Retail’s contribution to the NSPCC, which saw employees raise £314,316 for the charity during the 2015/16 financial year. Blakemore Retail has been supporting the NSPCC and ChildLine since 2006, and has so far raised over £2 million.  145 total views,  1 views today 4) OutfitOutfit, the out-of-town multi-brand retailer from Arcadia, has announced that it will support the NSPCC and Rays of Sunshine from August, with the two charities becoming official partners with the fashion chain. The NSPCC will become the headline charity with the focus on raising funds for ChildLine. Outfit and ChildLine will work together to launch the ‘Right To Be Me’ initiative, designed to raise national awareness around self-esteem and confidence issues that affect young people. With Rays of Sunshine, the focus will be on regional activity, supporting local stores and local people across the country. 7) EQ FoundationGrant-making charitable arm of EQ Investors, The EQ Foundation has announced an extension of its partnership with the Panathlon Challenge for a third consecutive year. This year it will give a donation to help to pay for staff at Panathlon as it extends the number of sports competitions it runs across the country. Around 8,000 young disabled people in different sports with a range of abilities will compete in various locations around the country in 2016. 8) News Corp GivingNow in its second year, News Corp Giving has donated £100,000 to three more UK charities, voted for by employees at Dow Jones, HarperCollins UK and News UK. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity was awarded the top grant of £50,000, while Walking With The Wounded and Solace Women’s Aid were both awarded £25,000. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of seven charitable organisations that strengthen, support and provide for the communities in which News Corp’s UK-based employees live and work. Here is our July round up of corporate fundraising partnerships that have caught the eye of UK Fundraising. This month we feature ten partnerships, displaying a real variety of fundraising activities, from collection boxes to bake sales, sporting events, donations, and more.1) MaxolForecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has chosen AWARE as its new charity partner. The partnership will last until at least the end of 2017, with the aim of promoting positive mental health in communities across Northern Ireland. The partnership will see AWARE collection boxes in Maxol’s 230 locations, and will also support the AWARE Mood Walks: a series of summer walks taking place across various locations in Northern Ireland. Advertisement 10 of the best: July corporate fundraising round-up Tagged with: corporate fundraising 6) NorwegianNorwegian’s passengers have donated £575,000 / €750,000 to UNICEF’s work for children in one year, through a partnership between Norwegian, UNICEF and travel technology company Amadeus. Customers have the option to donate 3, 5, 10 or 15 euros when they book their tickets with a simple click at the end of their online booking. Norwegian and UNICEF have worked together since 2009. 3) theblueballroomFarnham-based internal communications agency, theblueballroom is supporting local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. theblueballroom will be fundraising to support Phyllis Tuckwell, aiding the charity throughout the year. Among its fundraising activities, the agency will be holding a bake sale later this year at its office in Coxbridge Business Park. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33  146 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 Melanie May | 19 July 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via 2) Domino’sDomino’s has announced that is has raised over £600,000 for Special Olympics GB over the past five years through the inclusion of digital charity box Pennies across all of its across its sales channel, giving customers the chance to round-up on their bill when paying by card on the company’s website, smartphone and tablet apps, and Xbox app.last_img read more

Making a list and checking it twice: SGA’s budget for Christmas tree lightings

first_imgShane Battis Shane Battis + posts Facebook TAGSchristmasChristmas tree lightingcommonsSGA print“Five, four, three, two, ONE!”Thousands of students and families cheered as lights wrapped around the giant Campus Commons Christmas tree glittered and glowed, while fireworks fizzed and popped overhead to the tune of Christmas classics.The 42-foot display residing in the Campus Commons wasn’t always so grand.Before TCU opened the Commons in 2008, students held small celebrations around a 20-foot tree in front of Sadler Hall where they lit candles and sang carols. They were quaint gatherings that barely resemble the Christmas extravaganzas students enjoy now.Brad Thompson, the assistant director of student activities, said the event’s expansion has a lot to do with the increasing volume of students and community members the campus has to accommodate.Thompson recounted how nine years ago there were about 1,500 attendees and there’s been an approximately 20 to 30 percent increase every year since. The 2017 lighting hosted more than 9,000 guests and was advertised as a public event for the first time.“Now it’s a major Fort Worth community event,” he said. “We have a lot of alums, a lot of people that are not affiliated with TCU come every year. It’s very much changed the dynamic of the event that we do.”Bigger crowds call for bigger budgets. The SGA budget allocated $11,930 for the tree lighting in 2009, and the expenses have continued to stack up with lightings routinely surpassing $40,000 in recent years.Tree BudgetsVenngage InfographicsThis year’s total cost set a new high of $75,000 – more than TCU’s expected total cost of attendance for a year.The largest portion of this sum goes toward the $30,000 Christmas tree, which is shipped to the school and must be lifted over buildings with a crane to settle into the Commons, and the dazzling firework show that burns up $25,000. In addition to these lighting staples, SGA also brought the folk duo Johnnyswim in as the main music entertainment for the night.Kyler Tesch, the director of SGA’s The End, co-hosted the lighting and talked about how much he looks forward to the special night every year.“I get no more joy than seeing kids and families come to the TCU Campus Commons,” he said looking at the vast crowd. “TCU, as a whole, being able to provide that experience for people in the community.”Thompson calls the lighting a special part of the year for TCU. Despite the expenses and gradual changes, he said the heart of the event hasn’t changed since the early years.Students can have themselves a merry Christmas, it’s just not so little anymore. Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats ReddIt Facebook ReddIt Linkedin ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Twitter Linkedin Shane Battis Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students The SGA budget allocates over $70,000 for Christmas tree lighting events every year. (Photo by Shane Battis) Shane Battis Twitter Shane Battis The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Previous articleFirst Wine and Wassail Walk to be held in Bluebonnet CircleNext articleGrowing list of test-optional schools sheds light on SAT/ACT validity, barriers to entry Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Lawyers Be Given Essential Access To Courts, Offices During Lockdown: Tamil Nadu Bar Council Writes To State Government

first_imgNews UpdatesLawyers Be Given Essential Access To Courts, Offices During Lockdown: Tamil Nadu Bar Council Writes To State Government Sparsh Upadhyay8 May 2021 8:09 AMShare This – xIn a letter sent to the State government, the Chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, P. S. Amalraj today urged the Chief Secretary of Government of Tamil Nadu to issue directions to the police officers to allows the Lawyers to have access to courts and their offices during the recently announced lockdown. It may be noted that vide order dated May 8, 2021, the Tamil Nadu Government announced that the state will go into complete lockdown starting from May 10, till May 24 to curb the further spread of COVID. However, noting that in the said notification, the functioning of “Judiciary and Courts” have been exempted, the letter states that lawyers should also be permitted to access courts and their offices during the lockdown period.Direct all the Police Officers of Tamil Nadu to ensure that the lawyers be given essential access to the Courts and their offices to represent the cases during the #Lockdown period: Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry writes to State [email protected]— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 8, 2021 “Therefore, we request your goodself to issue appropriate directions to all the Police Officers of Tamil Nadu concerned to ensure that the lawyers may be given essential access to the Courts and their offices to represent the cases during lockdown period”, the letter concludes. Urging thus, the Bar Council has further assured the government that its members would follow other advisories that may be issued by the Authorities. In related news, modifying its earlier order, the Madhya Pradesh High Court yesterday directed that any practicing advocate located anywhere in any district headquarters of the State may apply for passes for visiting office from the residence and vice versa, during the ongoing lockdown/Corona curfew. Movement Of Lawyers, Their Staff During Lockdown- “They May Apply For Passes Through Bar Associations”: State Tells MP High Court In its earlier order, the Bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Atul Sreedharan had only directed the District Magistrates of Jabalpur, Indore, and Gwalior to issue passes to the advocates (when application made through the bar associations), their juniors, and advocate’s clerks to enable them to attend their offices during the ongoing lockdown/Corona curfew. However, now, the Court has allowed every practicing advocate located anywhere in any district headquarters of the State to apply for passes for himself/herself or his/her associate/junior advocates or his/her clerks, and it shall be considered by the competent Authority in accordance with the law. Click here to download the letterRead letterTagsBar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry tamil NADU LOCKDOWN Lockdown.Covid19 Tamil Nadu Next Storylast_img read more

PEDC Recap: Committee sends Cass Park Mountain Bike Trail on to Council

first_imgITHACA, N.Y.— Unlike the Planning Board meeting the night before, The Ithaca Common Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee was jam-packed with material, well-suited for Zoom as a winter storm bore down around city councilors’ homes. In contrast to the agenda itself, though, discussion was generally brief, less than 10 minutes per item, and it was a fairly smooth meeting. If you want to have a look at the PEDC agenda, a copy can be found here.City Makes Agreement with Rimland for “The Ithacan”Special order of business on the PEDC Agenda tonight was the Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) for the eastern third of the Green Street Garage in Downtown Ithaca. This deals with developer Jeff Rimland’s “The Ithacan,” a $69 million, 13-story mixed-use project with 200 apartments and new academic space for Ithaca College that was just approved by the Planning Board back in October. Rimland owns the the ground under the eastern third of the garage, but the city-owned garage sits on top of it. In a nutshell, the DDA is the product of negotiations between developer Jeff Rimland’s project team that allows the project to move forward under terms that the city is amenable to.The plan is that Rimland will pay the city $350,000 for the air rights (the space above the land) to develop the site, with provisions for leasing back 116 parking spaces in the rebuilt garage for public use, and a minimum of 10% of its units to be rented at no more than 80% area median income for 30 years. The city has made it clear it prefers 20% of the units be set aside at that price point, and in response, $500,000 will be paid to the city-county Community Housing Development Fund, and the final percentage of affordable units above 10% will be dependent on calculated and third party-reviewed return on investment. Basically, any calculated developer cash return on investment above 8% year-over-year will force more affordable units until the full 20% is accommodated, or developer cash return on investment falls below 8%, whichever comes first. Sunny Days and Home Green Homes are to reimbursed for their legal expenses after fighting an earlier plan by Rimland that would have forced their businesses to move. The project will be required to pay prevailing wages for construction labor as well. If all this happens on schedule, the legal paperwork allowing construction to take place will be finalized and signed by mid-March 2021.No one was signed up to speak on the Ithacan development and the DDA, so the Public Hearing opened and closed in about 90 seconds. In the general public hearing for the PEDC meeting, local residents Theresa Halpert Deschanes and Theresa Alt wrote in to say to tread carefully on the Ithacan and to express frustration with the amount of parking, and demand affordable housing on-site and in subsidy for the Collegetown Innovation District. “The Theresas,” as the council refers to them, are super on top of PEDC meetings, to the point where councilor Steve Smith (D-4th Ward) accidentally read part of their written public comment from the previous month before one of them pinged him to let him know he had the wrong letter.In response to question from councilor Cynthia Brock (D-1st) about who’s responsible for maintenance, IURA Executive Director Nels Bohn said it was still being fleshed out, but would likely be similar to the deal with the Vecino Group’s Asteri development – the city would operate the garage, set the parking rates and maintain the garage by and large.Councilors Laura Lewis (D-5th) and Donna Fleming (D-3rd) expressed some concern with a letter received by PEDC that construction fencing had already been put up to the chagrin of at least one business. “I would encourage the developer to share information and progress reports with the city and local businesses on the Commons,” said Lewis. The DDA passed unanimously, and will head to the full Common Council in January for final acceptance.Dogs on the CommonsThis topic is like a dog fetching a stick – it just keeps coming back. According to my editor Anna Lamb, who covered the Common Council meeting earlier this month, “(t)he motion was tabled mostly because of confusing language regarding fines and waste pick-up regulations.”The city’s Public Safety and Information Commission, which is a citizens’ board that does policy research for other boards, did research on the matter by interviewing residents, city departments and reviewing the dog policies of other U.S. cities with downtown pedestrian malls. Of the nine other cities, only one, (Boulder, Colorado) doesn’t allow dogs. The conclusions were that if the city wanted enforcement, it would need to assign additional police personnel to explicitly go after people with dogs, which came with concerns of inequality in enforcement and that service animals might be targeted by mistake. The arguments for repeal were much longer, though with the condition that leash laws be strictly enforced and the suggestion that a sanitary doggie business space and material (waste bags) be provided.The revised ordinance clarifies that leashed dogs are the only animals permitted on the Commons with a Special Permit and must follow the rules (i.e. the City Code, Chapter 164 Article II, “Dogs”). A retractable leash will also be allowed so long as it is locked to be no more than six feet in length. The other rules proposed last month – no more than two dogs per person, leashed at all times, no tethering to stationary objects, clean up after your pooch and keep them out of the planters – are all still in there.Councilor Fleming suggested simplifying and clarifying the language to simply say no animals allowed on the Commons except those with special permits and with leashed dogs, and dog handlers and dog owners are required to clean up after dogs, as well as eliminating multiple redundancies in different sections in the code. In contrast, councilor Brock argued to have repeated language in parts of the code to make it easier for laypeople to find reference information, and the board seemed to side with that along with the simpler language prescribed by Fleming. The PEDC discussed banning dogs from festivals, but expressed hesitance to go through with it due to difficulties in enforceability. Mostly, the effort here was verbal cleanup and to close any potential loopholes before they’re exploited, fairly brief and without any major hang-ups. The revised language allowing dogs on the Commons passed unanimously and will head back to Council in January.PEDC rescinds preferred developer status for Inlet Island siteThis probably sounds more off-putting than it actually is. This specifically deals with the large parking lot on the northern half of Inlet Island, for which the Voice broke news of dueling proposals for development of the city-owned site. Developer Steve Flash has had the preferred developer status on the property since 2006, and his proposal for a five-story hotel was shot down by Common Council the following year. While Flash planned a revised proposal, the late 2000s financial crisis hit, and no new plans were put forward until this fall, when he and business partner Jeff Rimland proposed a housing-focused project for the site (top).However, at the same meeting another local developer, Lincoln Morse, put forth plans of his own (bottom). Morse’s plan has less of a focus on housing, but with a boutique hotel to be run by Avi Smith, the operator of the Argos Inn and Bar Argos – in short, it’s a second, serious proposal. Morse is hoping for Flash’s cooperation on other adjacent parcels to optimize the development, but that’s outside tonight’s discussion. Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Brian Crandall Tagged: cass park, cynthia brock, donna fleming, green building policy, Green Street Garage, inlet island, joann cornish, laura lewis, planning and economic development committee, seph murtagh, steve smith center_img In order to weigh both of the plans on their merits, the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency has to put out a Request For Expressions of Interest, and to put all potential applicants on an equal footing, the preferred developer status has to be rescinded. It’s nothing against Flash, it’s just to make sure everyone gets a fair shake. For Flash’s partner Rimland though, this may bring back some unpleasant memories. After proposing a two-tower plan for the Green Street Garage in 2017, it was decided to open up the property to a formal Request For Proposals, which eventually resulted in the western two-thirds of the garage being awarded to the Vecino Group’s Asteri proposal. The eastern third, which Rimland owned the ground rights to, became “The Ithacan” discussed earlier in this report.There was practically no discussion, though Committee Chair Seph Murtagh (D-2nd) said he enjoyed reading the old council minutes from before his time. The board vote to rescind preferred developer status passed unanimously.Cass Park Mountain Bike TrailComing back before the PEDC this month was a “Resolution to Approve Entering into an Agreement with Cycle CNY for Mountain Bike Trails in Cass Park”. Cycle CNY, a non-profit group dedicated to awareness, safety advocacy, and promotion of mountain biking, worked with city staff to identify a small section of Cass Park that has been identified that can accommodate a small network of mountain bike trails that would be easily accessible to city residents, and will provide opportunities for skill building for beginner mountain bikers. The resolution is essentially signing off on a public/private partnership where Cycle CNY and the city build and maintain the network, which is slated for a stretch of land between the ball fields and the Black Diamond Trail. Cycle CNY will handle trail construction with city approval, and take care of the less-intensive maintenance of those trails (small downed tree removal, pruning, keeping the paths in good shape, and so on).The PEDC wanted to give more time for stakeholder comments, so they decided to give another month for review before voting this month. The public feedback has been mostly positive, with almost a dozen letters of support from the public, and the legal framework and responsibilities of the city and Cycle CNY have been reviewed and approved by city staff. One letter from local resident Dave Nutter was received in concern that the park would lose natural habitat space and there would be harmful environmental impacts from the bikes and maintenance of the trail.“I’m not a biker, but I think it’s great to have opportunities for mountain bikers in Cass Park,” said Chair Murtagh. Discussion was fairly brief. The board acknowledged that the comments from Nutter were fair and some more information about maintenance was appropriate. Cycle CNY’s Donal Fitterer stated on the call that the maintenance would largely be by Cycle CNY volunteers, and they’d be in consultation with the city forester). Overall, they felt the park site was an appropriate location for the trail. The vote to support the mountain bike trail’s creation passed unanimously.Other Agenda ItemsIt’s worth noting that, while not on the agenda, several members of the local chapter of the Sunrise Movement was present to demand updates on why the Green Building Policy was taking so long, and complaints that it was too lenient by allowing natural gas to be used in some projects, making it difficult to transition to the goals of the Green New Deal in future years. “When Ithaca passed the Green Building Policy, it promised to be a leader on climate change. I don’t see that since the last draft. Allowing buildings to use fossil fuels sets the city up for failure,” said speaker Katie Sims. “Along with not allowing buildings to use fossil fuels at all, the number of (sustainability) points to qualify should also be increased.”In response to the comments about why it was taking so long, Planning Director Cornish issued a mea culpa due to the pandemic, but that the GBP will be before the PEDC in January for a vote to circulate for 30 days for public comment, potentially then be voted upon for acceptance and adoption by PEDC in February, and Common Council final approval at their meeting in early March.—Not as flashy but still important, the PEDC also voted this month on “annual lead agency concurrence” with the city of Ithaca’s Planning Department. This is done at the start of every year and basically says that city planners will work on behalf of Common Council for projects in which Common Council is an involved agency in review – basically, every Planned Unit Development, like Chainworks or the Collegetown Innovation District to be reviewed in 2021. Council still have their discussions, but Planning Department staff do the paperwork and analysis for Council to read and inform those discussions. “This is a pretty routine thing, we do this regularly,” said Murtagh. The vote for concurrence passed the PEDC unanimously.—The city’s Historic Preservation Planner, Bryan McCracken, also gave the PEDC notice of a shared services opportunity with the Town of Ithaca, which has been looking to add a historic preservation program in recent years and consulting with the city for guidance. According to the memo from McCracken, “(t)hese conversations led to the idea of establishing a shared City/Town historic preservation program that would include reciprocal landmarks ordinances, a combined City and Town of Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission, and joint staffing,” and the town is offering funds to reimburse their use of McCracken in exploring the feasibility of a joint program.“This is a good opportunity for shared services…and it looks like we will take this up at the January PEDC Meeting.” said councilor Lewis.“This looks like a good opportunity to support historic preservation in the community,” added councilor Fleming. The rest of the board was fully supportive as well, so expect that to be a voting item at next month’s PEDC meeting.—Last but not least in this report, Department of Public Works Watershed Coordinator Roxy Johnston submitted to PEDC a “Resolution of Support for the Owasco Lake Watershed Rules and Regulations”, basically endorsing plans by the city of Auburn and village of Owasco to enact revamped watershed rules and regulations, which have to be approved by New York State. The goal is to prevent harmful algae blooms, and Johnston and other stakeholder representatives are hoping to use the Owasco Lake regulations as a model for updating Cayuga Lake’s rules and regulations (the existing regulations are so old, they still make reference to privies and carcass disposal). The agenda item is simply a request Ithaca Common Council’s vote of support for Auburn and Owasco’s efforts, because they’re uncertain if it will encounter pushback from the state’s Agriculture and Markets agency.Committee chair Murtagh praised Johnston’s work on her thorough memo to the PEDC. “I think this is a tremendous opportunity of support to basically endorse a process that Cayuga County and the municipalities in the Owasco Lake watershed have undertaken to update their watershed rules and regulations, and something like we hope to bring to the city in the future,” added councilor Brock.The committee was fully willing to provide its support for the effort to update Owasco Lake’s watershed regulations, and the formal vote to endorse will be held next month.Correction: The original version of this piece said that Lincoln Morse requires Steve Flash’s support for his Inlet Island project to happen. Project architect Noah Demarest wrote in after publication to say “it would be nice to see a collaboration with Steve (Flash) so his property could open up access and views to the water on the inlet side. But it’s not a deal killer.” The Voice appreciates the additional information and correction, and has updated the article accordingly. Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandalllast_img read more

Suspect Zachary Castaneda to appear in California court after deadly stabbing spree

first_imgWitthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images(GARDEN GROVE, Calif.) — The suspect in the deadly Southern California stabbing and robbery spree is expected to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.Zachary Castaneda, 33, will appear for his arraignment at 1:30 p.m. local time. He is currently being held at the Orange County jail in lieu of $1.1 million bail.It was not immediately clear if he had legal representation before his court appearance.Castaneda is accused of killing four people and wounding two others in a string of attacks Wednesday that sprawled across two cities.The violent spree began at 4:09 p.m. in Garden Grove and ended at 6:25 p.m. in Santa Ana, authorities said.During that time, Castaneda allegedly stabbed two people to death in his apartment complex, an armed security guard at a 7-Eleven, and a person outside a Subway, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney.He is also accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman at a Garden Grove insurance business, Whitney said. She is expected to survive.Three minutes after that attack, Castaneda allegedly stabbed a 44-year-old man at a Chevron Gas Station, nearly severing off his nose, police said. That man is also expected to survive, according to authorities.Police released video surveillance footage of the insurance business assault to show “the speed and viciousness” of the suspect’s actions.All of the victims ranged in age from 25 to 64, officials said.Castaneda allegedly robbed several business in Garden Grove and Santa Ana amid the attacks, police said.Undercover Garden Grove police officers found his vehicle at the 7-Eleven — and when Castaneda exited store allegedly armed with a handgun and knife — he complied with an officer’s order to drop his weapons, police said.He was then taken into custody.Castaneda got the handgun after taking it from the armed security guard, authorities said.Police said investigators were still looking into Castaneda’s motive. They said he “remained violent” throughout the night.Whitney, meanwhile, called the attacks “tragic.”“We don’t want to see tragedies like this happen,” he said. “We’ve seen tragedies like this happen across the United States, but what the good point we can see out of this is that our officers responded quickly, rapidly and were able to take this guy into custody as fast as we could.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Faith-fuelled learning

first_imgFaith-fuelled learningOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Author Martyn Sloman says it is far too early to judge the impact ofe-learning.  With training set to betransformed, the best is yet to comeOver the past 18 months, scepticism has grown about the impact of e-learning– defined by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as”learning that is delivered, enabled or mediated by electronic technologyfor the explicit purpose of training in organisations”. So far, e-learning has been inextricably linked with dotcom mania. Investorswill not need to be reminded that just over two years ago, in April 2000, theUS Nasdaq index began a fall that cut its value by two-thirds and had acalamitous short-term effect on every other market. Inevitably, a more measuredview of the growth and profitability of e-learning has followed as more maturejudgments are being made on investments in new technology. Investor reaction is short term and notoriously fickle. What is moreimportant is the progress of e-learning in corporate organisations. What is themessage from those who are implementing e-learning? Here the news is not goodand adds fuel to the growing doubts. However, to inject a positive note, mostthoughtful commentators agree that the long-term rise of e-learning isinevitable. Over time it will transform training in organisations. Let’s start with this bad news. Every year the American Society of Trainingand Development (ASTD) publishes a survey based on comments made at itsbenchmark forum. The latest survey shows that little movement has occurred inthe amount of training delivered through learning technology (or e-learning).It has remained steady at less than 10 per cent. Our recent CIPD annualtraining survey of training managers showed no evidence of an e-learningexplosion in the UK. Less than one-third of UK training managers had introducede-learning and of those almost three-quarters described their use as ‘a little’.Dig a little deeper and there is evidence of considerable progress. What hashappened is that many early adopters have had unfortunate experiences. For themthe learning curve has been sharp. However, the potential contribution frome-learning to business performance remains immense. The same sample in the ASTDsurvey who reported a plateau in their use of e-learning are confidentlypredicting future growth. Their best estimate is that more than 20 per cent oftraining time will be delivered by e-learning in 2003. But a clear idea of what can be achieved through e-learning is essential.Under the right circumstances it is possible to save costs: this particularlyapplies where there is a geographically spread workplace, high motivation (orcompulsion!) for the learner to participate, and a heavy information orknowledge content to the learning. Obvious examples are modules concerned withinformation technology and all the evidence suggests that this is wheree-learning has had its early impact. When we move beyond this advance, e-learning is more difficult to chart.Much progress is taking place in global organisations that need to distributeinformation to a large workforce. Ernst & Young is introducing a system it has developed in-house: the EY LearningConnection. Over time this will give 80,000 staff worldwide the opportunity toaccess current information on changes in the tax system and developments inaudit methodology. The ability to deliver a similar service anywhere in theworld to its global clients could give the firm a significant businessadvantage. Other large organisations are beginning to integrate e-learning with theircritical business activities and think beyond organisational boundaries indelivering training. They are working across their supply chain. Cisco is generally accepted as one of the more advanced in its commitment toe-learning. It aims to make 80 per cent of its training available throughe-learning and 20 per cent through instruction, as part of a general strategywhere managers and staff can obtain all human services through similar screensor portals. Most interestingly, in 1997, Cisco established a ‘NetworkingAcademy’. This makes instructor-led, web-based training available throughinstitutions to individuals and will address the shortage of networkengineering specialists. Ingenious minds will find ingenious solutions and, in time, e-learning willovercome barriers that have become evident. One further caveat is necessary,however, before concluding that all will be well. It is simply this: e-learningis about learning, not technology. We must never forget that it is thelearners’ acceptance of new methods of gaining knowledge and skill in theworkplace that will determine progress. This is the real learning curve that all organisations must negotiate.However, all the underlying indications are that e-learning will pass through aturbulent adolescence and enter a new age of maturity. It is hard to say whoand what will succeed. Martyn Sloman is an adviser on learning, training and development to theChartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is author of TheE-Learning Revolution )CIPD 201).  He willspeak at the ASTD conference, New Orleans, 3-6 June. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Taxonomic diversity gradients through geological time

first_imgThere is evidence from the fossil record to suggest that latitudinal gradients in taxonomic diversity may be time-invariant features, although almost certainly not on the same scale as that seen at the present day. It is now apparent that both latitudinal and longitudinal gradients increased dramatically in strength through the Cenozoic era (i.e. the last 65 my) to become more pronounced today than at any time in the geological past. Present-day taxonomic diversity gradients, in both the marine and terrestrial realms, are underpinned by the tropical radiations of a comparatively small number of species-rich clades. Quite why these particular taxa proliferated through the Cenozoic is uncertain, but it could be that at least part of the explanation involves the phenomenon of evolutionary escalation. This is, in essence, a theory of biological diversification through evolutionary feedback mechanisms between predators and prey; first one develops an adaptive advantage, and then the other. However, there may also have been some form of extrinsic control on the process of tropical diversification, and this was most likely centred on the phenomenon of global climate change. This is especially so over the last 15 my Various Late Cenozoic (Neogene) vicariant events effectively partitioned the tropics into a series of high diversity centres, or foci. It has been suggested that, in the largest of these in the marine realm (the Indo-West Pacific or IWP centre), a critical patterns of islands acted as a template for rapid speciation during glacioeustatic sea level cycles. The same process occurred in the Atlantic, Caribbean and East Pacific (ACEP) centre, though on a lesser scale. Tropical terrestrial diversity may also have been promoted by rapid range expansions and contractions in concert with glacial cycles (a modified refugium hypothesis). We are beginning to appreciate that an integrated sequence of Neogene tectonic and climatic events greatly influenced the formation of contemporary taxonomic diversity patterns.last_img read more