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This has shrunk the group’s market-cap to just £1.72bn and led to its demotion from the FTSE 100. However, Lance reckons the sell-off has been overdone, and he’s the figures to prove it.Royal Mail owns a European parcels business, GLS, which makes a 6-7% margin in a normal market conditions. Annual growth has clocked in at mid-to-high single digits, as it benefits from the rise in internet shopping.Last year, GLS made an operating profit of £180m. On a multiple of 11 times earnings, Lance says GLS alone would be worth £2bn. That’s £300m more than the entire group is valued at right now, after the stock market crash. Effectively, you’re getting Royal Mail’s UK business for free, with some to spare.That’s pretty persuasive and maybe the message is getting through. The stock is up 36% since April. There may still be an opportunity here though, as it still trades 30% lower since the start of the year. 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Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Robert Hirschfeld. Photo: Diocese of New Hampshire[Episcopal News Service] For decades, New Hampshire Bishop A. Robert Hirschfeld quietly sought treatment for depression, reluctant to admit publicly to the mental health condition underlying his otherwise jovial personality.Hirschfeld, who was consecrated in 2012, feared that his ministry might be hampered if he “came out” as depressed. Would congregants still trust him? Would it disqualify him from future positions in the church?So, like many other clergy living with mental health issues, he kept it to himself. In that darkness, shame takes root, he said.“Shame says, ‘Not only did I make a mistake, but I am a mistake,’” he told Episcopal News Service. “I am somehow morally and psychologically broken.”Then, a few years ago, Hirschfeld’s perspective began to change as he witnessed the toll that untreated mental illness was taking on the people of New Hampshire, especially in the form of suicide. The state had the third-highest increase in suicides nationwide from 1999 to 2016. He wanted people to know that depression can happen to anyone, and that talking about it can be profoundly healing. He opened up about his experience with depression in his book “With Sighs Too Deep for Words: Grace and Depression,” released last summer.Although writing the book was “agonizing,” Hirschfeld said it has brought catharsis and healing, both to himself and the people he serves.“In New Hampshire, the response to this book has just been so humbling and warming and supportive,” he said. “And it may be because people see that it’s not compromising my work. In some ways it fuels it. It gives more empathy, maybe.”Especially in a time of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, that empathy can help clergy relate on a deeper level to those who are in pain.“I know something of suffering,” Hirschfeld said. “I know something of those lacks, those great abysses. … And I’ve learned to be kind of at home in it, and I’m not afraid of it.”Many Episcopal clergy say they have experienced emotional distress as the pandemic has dragged on, partly because of the complex needs it has brought out in their parishioners. People often turn to clergy for support with urgent spiritual and emotional concerns, making them “first responder[s] for the human soul,” as one priest put it.Hirschfeld says some clergy can become so focused on their roles as leaders and caretakers that they neglect their own needs, sealing off negative emotions behind a mental wall.“Just as I proclaim the Gospel, the good news, and seek to know and experience and also share the joy of the good news, that doesn’t preclude my being unhappy and having struggles,” he said.The Rev. Ed Cardoza. Photo: St. Mark’s Episcopal ChurchIf clergy don’t address personal struggles, they can wreak damage on themselves and those around them, says the Rev. Ed Cardoza, the co-founder of Still Harbor, a spiritual direction center in Arlington, Massachusetts, and the rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Foxborough.The clergy he counsels have often acted out in some way or are already in the throes of a mental health crisis by the time they are referred to him, he told ENS. In nearly three decades of this work, 2020 stands out.“I would say that since March, this is the most significant moment in terms of real challenges around mental health,” Cardoza said. He also has begun to see more priests coming to him before reaching the point of crisis, who are “saying, ‘I can hear the shutters on my personal house beginning to bang, and I know that there’s something really, really wrong, and if I don’t take care of it, I’m really afraid of what’s going to happen.’”Some dioceses have initiated programs to assist clergy. The dioceses of Newark and New Jersey, for example, have established a “warm line” for clergy to call if they are not necessarily in a state of crisis but just want to talk. The Church Pension Group also offers an employee assistance program that provides free counseling sessions – including unlimited, 24-hour phone service – to anyone covered by its medical plans.Clergy members’ mental health affects not only them and their families but the people in the community who rely on them, Cardoza said.“It’s not just that they’re worried about themselves,” he said. “They’re one of the lifelines to community.”The Rev. David Peters. Photo: Brian Diggs/Faith & LeadershipThe mental health struggles of the clergy can mean the success or failure of congregational life, said the Rev. David Peters, a church planter in Pflugerville, Texas. Like Hirschfeld, he and the Rev. Kathryn Greene-McCreight, priest affiliate at Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut, have recently written books about their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, respectively. Both say sharing their experience helped them overcome shame and guilt.Peters developed symptoms of PTSD after returning from his 2005-2006 service as an Army chaplain in the Iraq War. Small, enclosed spaces like racquetball courts sparked panic attacks. His marriage had ended, his faith was damaged and he was experiencing suicidal thoughts, he told ENS. He remembers when he first went to counseling – after returning from Iraq but while still in the Army – looking around the waiting room to make sure nobody he knew was there.“The stigma was like, ‘You’re weak. You’re not able to handle things,’” he told ENS. Clergy may feel a similar kind of shame, but the narrative is more about moral weakness – a sense that they have failed to appreciate the joy of the resurrection.Instead, he said, all Christians can take comfort in knowing that they are not alone when they feel pain. The risen Christ is a living symbol of post-traumatic healing, he said.“Even in his healed state, his resurrected state, he still is the post-traumatic Jesus,” Peters said. “He comes to us that way, with his wounds in front of him, saying, ‘This is me. Look at me. I’m the wounded one.’ … That to me is one of the many messages of the cross. You’re not alone in your suffering.”Some priests may not want to admit they need help because they view themselves as the ones who tend to others’ needs, not the other way around, Greene-McCreight told ENS.“I do think that vulnerability is at the heart of why clergy don’t get help, because they don’t want to admit that they are vulnerable like their parishioners are,” she said.Hirschfeld, Peters and Greene-McCreight agree that fears of parishioners’ losing trust in them because of a mental health diagnosis are mostly unfounded. In fact, they said, parishioners want to know what’s going on with their clergy and help if they can.The Rev. David Peters blesses a veteran at an Episcopal Veterans Fellowship healing service in 2017. Photo: Brian Diggs/Faith & Leadership“Hiding or trying to hide how I’m doing from the flock is actually not helpful. In fact, it causes more conflict and more tension [for] them,” Peters said. “I think most people are really happy when clergy are seeking help because those are the ones who are healthy.”Cardoza said that, in addition to getting the treatment they need and regularly taking time off to rest, “priests need to preach about this. … It begins to normalize what a large portion of our people are going through.”And despite the toll that mental illness can take, clergy who live with it and manage it can develop resilience and empathy that enhance their ministry, those interviewed for this story said.“That’s the goal of the healing journey – when you can come out of it and say, ‘I have some knowledge for the community that will help us get through the next thing,’” Peters said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY
Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Photo from Florida Farmworkers Association Please enter your name here 26Health brings telehealth, LGBTQ+ youth support, and health literacy trainingBy 26Health Central Florida26Health – a Central Florida community-based health clinic known for providingaccess to affordable, quality healthcare to those most underserved among us – is launching a new program to improve access to care for farmworkers and their families in Apopka. It’s new program is called the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). The pilot project aims to use integrated health to improve access to care and care outcomes for Apopka residents in Orange County who have been hit hard by both COVID-19 and a weak economy.“The patients we’re serving with HCI are some of the most vulnerable members of the community, and not only to [the risks of] COVID-19,” project coordinator Angela Martinez, Special Projects Manager at 26Health said in a press release. “Many are low-income, undocumented, Latinx farmworkers. These communities have the least access to qualityhealth care services.”Martinez pointed out that Florida’s health care system is among the nation’s lowest, ranking 48th for access and affordability, 47th for avoidable use and cost, 41st for income disparity, 41st for per capita public health spending, and last in the percentage of children without a steady primary care provider. According to The Commonwealth Fund’s annual Scorecard on State Health System Performance, Florida ranked 41st overall in grading health care in 50 states and the District of Columbia.The HCI program will provide telehealth and remote patient monitoring services at Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka for Orange County, as well as services in Seminole and Lake Counties, then expand to other community centers in Central Florida. Along with medical and behavioral health services, residents will receive health education and literacy training virtually.Along with providing telehealth services, LGBTQ+ support, and education resources to residents in general, the program also aims to help local community leaders working for the two partnering organizations to embrace the integrated health care model to improve care management, especially for those with chronic conditions. And true to its core mission, 26Health will offer culturally-specific services within the HCI, to members of the farmworkers community who also identify as LGBTQ+.Another component of the HCI is the Staff Training Program for both the Farmworkers Association of Florida (FWAF) and Hope CommUnity Center. The Staff Training Program is designed to enable non-health professional providers to develop new skills, enabling them to better address the health and psychosocial needs of the Farmworker community.26Health will use lessons learned from the evaluation of this pilot program to replicate HCIs in other underserved communities in Central Florida.This program is supported in part by grants from the Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation, and the Community Benefits Plan from the Truist Foundation. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGS26HealthAccessapopkaCOVID-19FamiliesFarm WorkersFarmworkers AssociationhealthcareLGBTQLiteracyPilot ProgramTelehealthUnderserved Previous articleAdventHealth equity officer talks about why Black and Latino populations are hit harder by COVID-19Next articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Children’s and adult publishing company Igloo Books has chosen Children with Cancer UK as its charity of the year for 2013 and aims to raise £100,000 for the charity.Igloo Books’ 80 employees will undertake a number of challenges to support the charity, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.Staff will take part in various events, including a summer fete, a charity barn dance, a 100km walk, the Three Peaks challenge, and a Seven Triathlons in Seven Days challenge. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Igloo Books chooses Children with Cancer UK as charity of the year About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Last year Igloo Books raised £50,000 for the Prince’s Trust, its charity of the year for 2012. It also donated 2,000 books to children under ten for World Book Day last month.http://igloobooks.com/ 29 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 9 April 2013 | News
Facebook Twitter Farm Credit Mid-America’s Net Income Increases in First-Quarter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 10, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Credit Mid-America’s Net Income Increases in First-Quarter Farm Credit Mid-America reports an increase in net income from December 2017, and the agriculture economy overall is sound with modest job and wage growth. The Association saw an expected slight decrease in overall performance in first quarter 2018, due to agriculture commodity prices remaining near or slightly below the cost of production.First-quarter highlights:• Net income reached nearly $120 million, an increase of $4.3 million from year-end 2017• Total members’ equity increased $72.5 million• Total loans were $20.1 billion at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $263.5 million“Our customers are resilient and continue to run their operations despite tight margins,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO, Farm Credit Mid-America. “We are proud to partner with these producers to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture.”The credit quality of Farm Credit’s portfolio declined slightly from year-end 2017. Adversely classified loans increased to 4.1% of the portfolio at March 31, 2018, from 3.9% of the portfolio at year-end 2017.Within the first quarter, Farm Credit Mid-America distributed nearly $88 million to eligible customers as part of its Patronage Program. “Our cooperative is financially stable, and this year’s Patronage checks allowed customers and their operations to benefit from this position of strength,” said Bill Johnson.For the complete financial report, visit e-farmcredit.com/about. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleApplause for President on Rejection of Bad RFS Deal for Farmers on the HAT Friday Morning EditionNext articleMexican Cheese Tariffs Could Devastate American Dairy Export Sales Hoosier Ag Today
Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Caltech planetary science professor Mike Brown. Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech Office of Strategic CommunicationsFeynman Teaching Award winner Mike Brown has ventured into new fields of instruction: the Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, and the “flipped” classroom, which inverts the traditional arrangement of listening to lectures in class and doing assignments at home.Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor and Professor of Planetary Astronomy, is teaching a nine-week course to 20 Caltech undergraduates—and some 2,000 Internet users. Geology/Astronomy 11c, “Introduction to Earth and Planetary Sciences: Planetary Sciences,” is also available on line at Coursera.org as “The Science of the Solar System.”“It’s pretty amazing,” says Brown. In one sitting, I teach more students than I would in my entire career at Caltech.”The course’s videos are grouped into four multiweek units that cover the history of water on Mars, the interiors of the giant planets, the formation of the solar system as recorded in the rubble of small bodies left behind, and the search for life beyond Earth. Every lecture demonstrates how planetary science draws on techniques from an assortment of disciplines to attack a problem. For example, he describes how in 1966 Caltech physics professor Robert Leighton (BS ’41, MS ’44, PhD ’47) and planetary science professor Bruce Murray used basic physics to conclude that Mars’s polar caps could not be ordinary ice, as had generally been assumed, but must instead be dry ice—frozen carbon dioxide. The unit as a whole traces the history of both the planet and our quest to understand it, from our first telescopic observations to our current fleet of spacecraft. The lectures are sprinkled with personal asides, such as the fact that the very first front-page color photograph to run in Brown’s hometown newspaper was of the rusty, rock-strewn desert of Mars’s Chryse Planitia, beamed back from the Viking One lander on July 21, 1976.The for-credit version taken by Caltech undergraduates is a “flipped” class. Students watch the lectures on their own time, and the instructional sessions are devoted to personal interactions with one another and with Brown. After he fields questions on the week’s lectures, the students break up into small groups. For the Mars unit, each group was provided the location of one of the backup landing sites selected for Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, and told to write a report on the site’s geologic history based on the wealth of data and images available online. The reports were to pay special attention to the times and forms in which water might have been present at the sites. Each group then had to make the case for its site as the best choice in a presentation to the entire class.“The goal is to have them synthesize the individual things they learned from the lectures and apply it to spots that we didn’t necessarily talk about,” Brown says. “I told them to organize their thinking by just looking at the lectures’ titles. There’s photogeology, where you compare pictures to landforms on Earth to see what’s going on. There are outflow channels, dendritic channels, valley networks. There’s the altimetry, which tells you about slopes and drainages. You can look at the gamma-ray data to see if there’s subsurface water. And the infrared spectroscopy tells you about the mineralogy, which tells you whether water was present when that rock was laid down. You can apply almost everything that was in the lectures to each of these sites.”After the groups have split up, Brown works the room, listening to the students’ discussions and occasionally asking a question. As one group begins pooling what they’ve gleaned from their individual readings about their site, a student says he doesn’t see any evidence for what one paper claims to be an ancient shoreline. Brown remarks, “Just because a paper’s been published doesn’t mean it’s right. How do you decide if a conclusion is credible?” Another student replies, “By how often it’s cited?” “That’s a good way,” Brown agrees. “And it’s very easy to do that these days. When I was a student, we had to haul out all these big, thick books. Of course, if all the citations say, ‘This is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever read,’ that would be bad.” As the period proceeds, the discussion gets more detailed, and Brown’s questions become more penetrating. “I’m going to disagree with everything you say to be sure you have the evidence for it,” he explains to them. “If I don’t ask these questions, NASA will.”This is the second year that Brown has flipped this class. “I’m still learning how it works,” he says. When he created the course last year, he recalls, “I spent a lot of time recording. It was a full-time job from January to mid-May, which is crazy for a nine-week class. But the promise was that it all pays off in the subsequent years. Some parts didn’t work so well, so I’ve had to change them, and some parts change because there are always new things happening in space. This time around, I got to put in all the stuff about landing on a comet [i.e., the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, which landed a probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November], which is super cool, and next year I’ll get to do the Pluto flyby stuff [NASA’s New Horizons mission, set to flyby the dwarf planet on July 14 of this year]. I think of it as a living textbook.”It took some 45 minutes to record one 15-minute lecture, of which there are about 90. Editing each segment took another two hours. “That was a surprise,” Brown says. “At first, I was doing them all myself, but I very quickly cried uncle and sent them over to Leslie [Maxfield (BS ’95), Caltech’s director of Academic Media Technologies (AMT)]. They did a much better job. This year, with the re-recordings, there’s not as much to do, so I’m doing them all myself.”Brown records all the videos in his office using the built-in camera on his computer monitor. In the middle of the room, a portable green-screen backdrop on long-term loan from AMT hangs from borrowed light stands. Hanging next to the screen is the lone blue shirt that Brown wears for continuity. He’s perpetually clean-shaven now for the same reason, and he gets the same haircut, on schedule, every eight weeks. “My wife is thrilled,” he says. “I used to say, ‘Oh, yeah. My hair is 10 feet long; I should get a haircut.’ Now she says, ‘You’re getting another haircut already?’”Caltech students get nine units of credit for completing the course; people from the outside world get a certificate of completion “good for printing out and hanging on your wall,” Brown says. “And as totally meaningless as these certificates are, people are very motivated by them. They’re enjoying the class, they’re trying to learn, and they want that certificate. I’m very excited about this class because it’s the best outreach tool I’ve ever found, in a very interesting niche where we don’t normally do outreach. This is intense—2,000 people spending nine weeks doing three or four hours a week of planetary science. That’s crazy. And they were an engaged, dedicated group by the end. They feel a big sense of allegiance to all aspects of it: to me, to Caltech, and I think to Coursera as well. 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Pinterest Local News Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Using Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars to promote local sporting events is just one example of how the Odessa City Council can become more creative when using HOT funds to promote tourism, two state tourism experts told council members during a virtual workshop on Thursday.Workshop presenter Justin Bragiel, general counsel for the Texas Hotel Association, said Odessa is already doing a great job of promoting the arts, but HOT funds can be used for so much more.“You can be creative when using Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars but it must directly promote tourism, conventions and the hotel industry,” Bragiel explained.Two ideas Bragiel pitched were using hotel tax dollars to promote collegiate or amateur sporting events and provide hotel guests free transportation to the city-owned conference center or various tourist attractions in the city.The key is to make sure the idea, such as promoting athletic events, is able to make an economic impact at least equal to what is being spent, Bragiel said.The workshop on the Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars was held to help familiarize the four new council members elected last year with how the funds can be used, workshop moderator Randy Ham said. Ham is executive director of Odessa Arts.Several veteran council members said they found the workshop to be a good refresher course.Councilwoman Detra White was intrigued by the possibility of using HOT funds to promote local sporting events, such as soccer or baseball tournaments.The City and the University of Texas Permian Basin are currently trying to negotiate a new 25-year agreement that would allow local sports leagues to continue using athletic facilities currently located on the UTPB campus. Part of the negotiations is trying to find funding to improve and expand current facilities and encourage out-of-town visitors to stay overnight and spend more time and money while in Odessa.“The HOT workshop is always beneficial to clarify the appropriate use of these funds,” said White, who was elected to council 2 years ago. “The promotion of tourism and arts is the standard.“But the presentation also mentioned money can be used towards the maintenance and improvement of our new convention center. New information was also provided on the potential use of HOT funds to promote tournament-type sports on UTPB and city facilities.”HOT dollars are collected from guests who stay at hotels, Bragiel explained. Tax rates can range from 13 to 17 percent at Texas hotels. Odessa hotel users pay about a 15 percent tax rate.Hotel tax revenues are considered restricted funds, which means it can only be spent to promote tourism.The previous city council was harshly criticized by some residents and several city council candidates running for office last year after it voted to use HOT dollars to purchase two large Christmas Trees for a total of $80,000. The trees were erected at the entrance to the Marriott Hotel, which is connected to the city-owned conference center.Workshop presenter Ann Graham, executive director of Texas for the Arts, said most communities, including Odessa, use hotel tax dollars to fund art-related projects because art is instrumental in promoting tourism.Ham said in some cases HOT funds can be used even if not directly promoting people to stay overnight at a hotel.For example, Odessa Arts uses HOT funds to pay the West Texas Jazz Society to perform every Saturday at the Marriott. The event qualifies for funding because the performances often encourage hotel guests to extend their stay and buy drinks or dinner while watching the jazz performance.“The hotel still benefits even if people don’t spend the night,” Graham said. “There are different ways for the arts to express themselves.” Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook By Federico Martinez – April 22, 2021 Council urged to use HOT funds creatively Previous articleMuri talks raises for ECISD employeesNext articleProvost to chancellor Federico Martinez