June 20

Bishops vote to approve resources for same-gender blessings

first_img Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops meets July 9 during the 77th meeting of General Convention. Photo/Araceli Ma[Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] The House of Bishops on July 9 approved liturgical resources for blessing same gender relationships and diocesan commitments to the General Convention budget in two roll call votes.The day included some tense moments as well as a few lighter ones and more than an hour of conversation as bishops voted 111-41 with three abstentions for Resolution A049, authorizing the use of liturgical resources for blessing same-gender relationships. Shortly afterwards, bishops also voted 108-13 by roll call for Resolution B016, setting diocesan giving at 15 percent for the triennium. The measures now move to the House of Deputies for consideration.Bishop John Bauerschmidt of Tennessee  requested the roll call vote before urging bishops to defeat the resolution. “It is reasonable to believe that vowed fidelity that is exclusive and lifelong to one other person is predicated on sexual difference,” he said. “This liturgy that is proposed does not have the basis in scripture, tradition or reason for us to authorize its use.”The resource would authorize the liturgy for provisional use and call upon the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) to conduct a review process over the next triennium.“That will mean different things in different locales,” Bishop Thomas Ely of Vermont said when discussing the resolution. “There is a place in this process for every Episcopalian regardless of their level of support for the material. Read it. Reflect upon it. Use it, but please don’t ignore it.”Bishop Edward Little of Northern Indiana urged a no vote because the resolution would “put the Episcopal Church out of the Christian mainstream. The Christian world is going to understand us as having changed the nature of the sacrament of holy matrimony,” he said. “The Christian world will look at that liturgy world and see vows, and exchange of rings, a pronouncement and a blessing and they will understand that to mean the Episcopal Church has endorsed same-sex marriage and changed a basic Christian doctrine. I do not believe that we are free to do that.”But Bishop Nathan Baxter of Central Pennsylvania called the bishops to “theological, pastoral and canonical inclusion” and to keep going a conversation that has been more than 40 years in the making.The pastoral character of the liturgy allows us “to respect the differences we have in our diocese and continue the conversation and to be strong in our mission and witness to accept that there are many religions and political neighbors who strongly disagree and in my case many, many African American pastors are upset with me (about this issue) but I really believe this is God’s call to us to continue the conversation as we go forward.”Bishop Bill Love of Albany noted that in all likelihood the 77th General Convention will reject the Anglican covenant and reduce giving, constituting along with A049 a “triple whammy” to the Anglican Communion from the Episcopal Church.But Bishop Leo Frade of Southeast Florida evoked laughter and applause from both bishops and members of the crowded gallery when responding to an assertion that passage of the legislation would drive Hispanics and Latinos from the church.“The reality is that we, like everybody else, have gay children. We have gay parents. We have gay uncles. We are like everybody else. We process things the same way. People are going to be mad … but you cannot generalize that Hispanics are going to run away from the Episcopal Church because we have a door that’s open. We are going to run from immigration that’s trying to deport us, but not from the Episcopal Church.”Bishops also voted by roll call for Resolution B016, which had been referred back to the committee for more work.Bishop Stephen Lane of Maine said he was happy to see the bill reappear. “As a result of testimony we heard we are presenting a budget with a 19-percent asking through the upcoming triennium,” he said. “But we recognize the need across the church to look at this issue and think this resolution motivates us to have that conversation and gives us three years to prepare to do so.”But Steven Miller of Milwaukee said he didn’t think he could vote for the measure because “I believe it is contrary to our polity. I cannot commit the Diocese of Milwaukee without an action of convention to pay for something and I don’t believe any other bishops in this house can,” he said.Conversations were tense earlier in the day when Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire prevailed upon the house for “a point of personal privilege”.Robinson said that nine years ago to the day, and again today, false allegations had circulated about him. Nine years ago the allegations surfaced before his confirmation hearings. On July 8, he received information about other mischaracterizations, one day after the bishops spent extended time in private conversations about reconciliation.“Last night I received an e-mail from (Bishop) John Howe (of the Diocese of Central Florida) saying that he had been contacted by two bishops of this house, saying that I had said on the floor of this house that I had no intention of reading the communication from the nine bishops that we have been discussing,” he said.“It was either a lie on those two bishops’ part – the purpose of which I cannot imagine, and I cannot understand how that builds up the body of Christ – or it was something that I said that was misconstrued, and I want to be very clear that I have read every word communicated to us since arriving here at convention and I took it seriously and it helped me understand where those bishops were coming from,” Robinson told the house.He also received an email from someone claiming to be a correspondent for VirtueOnline, asking for a comment about “relationship problems” between him and his partner Mark.After bearing for nine years “a level of scrutiny the likes of which I believe most of you can only imagine,” he told the bishops “there is a limit to what one person can bear. And to think that while we were discussing reconciliation yesterday, two of you were emailing Bishop Howe to mischaracterize or lie about what I had or had not said on this floor wounds me deeply. I believe that I have treated every one of you and maybe even especially those of you who have disagreed with me with nothing but honor and respect and I have listened to you every time you have wanted to speak to me. And most of you have listened when I have spoken to you.”With only three and a half more days as an active bishop in the house and less than six months as an active bishop of the church, he said, “can you cut me a little slack, please?”“I know I’m tired; it’s been a long nine years and it’s been a long and taxing Convention. I may be out of place here, but I am telling you I’ve had just about all I can take,” he said.In other business, Jefferts Schori announced the nominations of Bishops Michael Milliken of Western Kansas, Mary Glasspool of Los Angeles and Scott Mayer of Northwest Texas to the court of review, the Episcopal Church’s highest ecclesiastical court. The nominations were accepted by acclamation.Also announced were bishops elected to the committee to nominate a new presiding bishop: Tom Shaw (Massachusetts); William Franklin (Western New York); Nathan Baxter (Central Pennsylvania); Duncan Gray (Mississippi); Wendell Gibbs (Michigan); John Smiley (Wyoming), Ed Konieczny (Oklahoma); Mary Glasspool (Los Angeles); and Lloyd Allen (Honduras). They will be joining members elected in the House of Deputies, both clerical and lay.On a lighter note, Jefferts Schori informed the house about an article in “The “General Convent-Onion (where) apparently I’m being presented for substituting the word earth for world in a collect. The SCLM is filing Title IV proceedings. I commend this to you. It also says that 815 has moved to the matrix and that wifi is not available.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. July 11, 2012 at 11:42 am Any chance you could relocate to PA and pastor a church up here, Scott? We could use more like you! Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI General Convention 2012, Liturgy & Music, 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 Shreveport, LA July 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm 2Cr 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, July 10, 2012 at 5:44 am For quite some time now, I have been afraid that the Anglican/Episcopalian positions on homosexual issues might prove to be a stumbling block for its Muslim members. Unfortunately, they cannot “pope out” and swim the Tiber as Rome, in contrast to Canterbury, is a trifle sticky regarding belief in the Trinity and Incarnation. Pity, that. Gary Gaertner says: July 10, 2012 at 10:53 am Wm Henry: Muslim members??? House of Bishops, July 10, 2012 at 8:26 am I am not sure what to think here. First I raise in prayer Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. I ask forgiveness for all of us who have supported his elevation to Bishop (myself) and those that have not. There is no collective honor in our cause as Children of Christ when Bishops themselves aspire to the name calling and rumor mongering. Bishop Robinson is a leader and figure of enlightenment for all of us to praise. The Bishops responsible have shamed us all and I ask forgiveness from the Bishop and from our Savior Jesus Christ for their actions in our presence.Regarding the sanctity of marriage. I believe Christ has called us to use scripture, tradition or reason in our lives. 1 John 4:7 states “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God”. For us to ignore the truth embedded in the love of all people regardless of race or sexual orientation is to ignore the true understanding of God’s love for us.Pass the resolution and bring reconciliation to all of us before a great divided is widened beyond repair. Don’t worry about how this expression of love and leadership will affect our position in the worldwide Christian community. Remember……..John 13:35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Jim Stockton says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ October 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm Thanks Cynthia. Sure, have the search committee call me. LOL Rector Bath, NC The Rev. Scott Arnold says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments are closed. William Henry says: Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Scott Arnold says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 11, 2012 at 2:41 am I join in Jim Stockton’s request that the full report of the roll call be published on this site. Comments (10) Rector Martinsville, VA July 11, 2012 at 10:01 am I wonder when the HOB will approve a rite blessing and solemnizing exclusive adulterous relationships, or rites for multiple marriage partners. I know a lot of guys who believe God has created them with the attraction and identity to love many different women. It’s all about love, right? Rector Belleville, IL Cynthia Gee, St. Andrew’s Parish,Shippensburg says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN RB Clay says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cynthia Gee, St. Andrew’s Parish,Shippensburg says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Human Sexuality, By Pat McCaughanPosted Jul 9, 2012 July 11, 2012 at 10:23 am RB Clay: You rightly point to the weakness of those who use the thin argument of “all the sacraments for all the people.” We have now taken the youth’s argument from the 60’s a step further. They said, “if it feels good, do it.” Now, we are saying in effect “If I feel right about it, then the Church should bless me.” Same-Sex Blessings Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 General Convention, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Jim Stockton says: Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishops vote to approve resources for same-gender blessings Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Michael Greene says: July 10, 2012 at 10:54 am Where and when will we be able to find a full report of the roll call? 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August 13

‘Caption this’: Pogba deletes cryptic post after Mourinho axed

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy earlier this season.The pair were captured having a frosty exchange on the training ground as Mourinho grew angry with his key midfielder’s lethargic performances, dropping him on several occasions to spark talk he would be sold by the end of the season.Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher knew Pogba during the Frenchman’s first spell with the club as a youngster and he says his old team-mate “needs a kick up the backside”.Fletcher fears Mourinho’s sacking could convince the flamboyant Pogba that he can now get away with whatever behaviour he feels like, unless the new manager clamps down quickly.“I don’t think he’s conducted himself well recently and I think he needs a kick up the backside,” Fletcher told the BBC.“I think his post today, whether it was his team or whatever, it was totally out of order. That’s a big concern for me.“Everybody talked about, ‘Who’s going to go, is it going to be Pogba or Mourinho’. Now, if Pogba starts thinking that he’s bigger than Mourinho, there’s your next problem.“Somebody needs to get control of Paul and say, ‘Listen, this hasn’t been a battle between Mourinho and Pogba and you’ve won, you’ve got to go and prove yourself now.’“A manager’s got to come in there and demand more from him, to lead this team forward.” PogbaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba quickly deleted a controversial social media post of him smiling after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club on Tuesday.Mourinho was dismissed on Tuesday after United’s worst start in 28 years left them trailing Premier League leaders Liverpool by 19 points.The volatile Mourinho’s exit was in part triggered by the breakdown of his relationship with France midfielder Pogba, who did not even make an appearance as a substitute for Sunday’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Pogba took to Instagram just moments after news of Mourinho’s sacking broke, posting a picture of himself smiling and writing “caption this” next to it.The 25-year-old’s post was widely interpreted as celebrating Mourinho’s departure and he was criticised by former United defender Gary Neville, who responded on Twitter by writing: “You do one as well!”, suggesting he should leave the club as well.Over 64,000 people had ‘liked’ Pogba’s cheeky message, but he deleted the post 10 minutes later amid claims it was actually part of a marketing campaign for Adidas.The controversy was an appropriately rancorous end to the World Cup winner’s stormy relationship with Mourinho.Pogba joined United for a club record £89 million ($112 million) just weeks after Mourinho was hired in 2016.But the former Juventus player was repeatedly criticised by Mourinho during his two-and-a-half year reign.After his inspired performances helped France win the World Cup in Russia in July, Mourinho opted not to praise Pogba, instead infuriating the star by publicly asking why he did not try as hard for United.last_img read more

August 3

GV Giants end season for Kootenay Ice with pair of shutout wins

first_imgThe Greater Vancouver Giants tuned up for the BC Hockey Major Midget League playoffs by posting a couple of lopsided wins over the Kootenay Ice this past weekend at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.The Giants, second in league standings with a 26-10-4 record, bounced the Ice 6-0 Saturday and 2-0 Sunday to conclude the regular season for both clubs.The Giants now meet the South Island Royals in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday in Burnaby.Saturday, Greater Van scored four times in the second period to break open a close game.Desi Burgart and Josh Latta each scored twice in the contest. Ryland Chernomaz and Wilson Northey added singles to round out the scoring for the Giants.Sunday, the Giants scored singles in the second and third periods to narrowly defeat the pesky Ice squad.Mateo Coltellaro and Carter Stephenson scored for the Giants.The two losses conclude the season for Kootenay.The Ice finished the Major Midget campaign in tenth spot with a 5-29-6 record.The top eight teams advance to the playoff round.The other three series have Cariboo Cougars hosting Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in Prince George; Vancouver Northeast Chiefs facing Valley West Hawks in Port Coquitlam and Okanagan Rockets meeting Greater Vancouver Canadians in Kelowna.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.ICE NOTES: Kadrian Klimchuck of Castlegar topped the Ice in scoring with 30 points. Tanner Costa, also of Castlegar, was second with 24 points. . . . Klimchuk and Costa also finished one, two in goals with 16 and 11, respectively. Shawn Campbell of Castlegar also had 11 goals. . . . Netminder Burk Solomon of Castlegar won three games in goal for Kootenay while Trail’s Jason Mailhiot had a pair of wins. Mailhiot had the better goal average at 4.71.last_img read more

December 18

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week

first_img3 September 2012 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Northern Cape Agriculture MEC Norman Shushu launched South Africa’s Arbor Week on Saturday by planting fruit trees, establishing vegetable gardens and distributing seed packs and seedlings to local communities. Shushu visited a communal organic vegetable garden in Platfontein outside Kimberley, where he planted vegetables which will assist in alleviating poverty and contributing towards food security in the area. Two hundred households within the Xun and Khwen communities were also given vegetable seed packs and seedlings.Backyard gardens ‘can beat poverty’ Shushu said the establishment of vegetable gardens would help rural communities produce food in their own backyard gardens and thereby fight soaring food prices. “It is less expensive for communities to produce their own food through backyard gardens, as this can help to fight the current high food prices. Most importantly, we also want our people to understand the role that trees play in our environment and the role they play in our lives,” he said. At Galeshewe stadium outside Kimberley, Shushu participated in the planting of 20 olive trees before addressing the main Arbor Week launch event. About 2 000 more fruit trees were planted and distributed in the Sol Plaatjie Municipality. “The destruction of the environment is leading to the destruction of humanity, so if we are to have a sustainable future, it means we must look after our trees, our forests and our environment,” Shushu said. “Without the protection of the environment, there is no future, that’s why all of us are encouraged to join government and our partners to ensure that we make our cities and townships green.”Arbor City Awards Another highlight of the launch of Arbor Week was the Arbor City Awards, introduced to promote the greening of cities and towns in the 283 local and eight metropolitan municipalities across South Africa. The award is given to cities and towns that “go the extra mile” to green the areas under their jurisdiction The Khara Hais local municipality, which governs the town of Upington in the Northern Cape, won the local municipal category, while the City of Johannesburg won in the metropolitan category. Both the City of Johannesburg and Khara Hais received a R300 000 cash prize, trophy and certificate.‘Our Forests – Our Future’ Arbor Day was first celebrated by South Africa in 1983. The day has since been extended from Arbor Day to National Arbor Week, held in the first week of September. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Our Forests – Our Future”. It affords the government, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organisations and the public to be involved in greening their communities. Greening refers to an integrated approach to the planting, care and management of all vegetation in urban and rural areas, to secure multiple benefits for communities. In the South African context, greening takes place in towns, townships and informal settlements specifically because in the past these areas were disadvantaged in terms of planning for parks as well as tree planting in streets and open spaces. The government and its partners will use National Arbor Week to undertake a major national awareness programme that will bring attention to the value of trees, especially in the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren and water-stressed areas. Trees play a significant role in social and economic development, poverty alleviation and job creation. Planting gardens and fruit trees may also improve access to nutritious food, encourage healthy diet choices and play a significant role in household food security when integrated with other programmes. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

December 9

Move the Pain Forward

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now It’s hard to break bad habits. It’s hard to change especially when you cannot yet sense the danger of not changing.If you smoke a cigarette today you won’t die. Well, at least you won’t die today. And you won’t die tomorrow either.If you eat bad and don’t exercise for a week, nothing really bad will happen. Your health won’t be diminished, you aren’t any greater danger of cancer or heart attack regardless of what you eat for a week.Over time, bad decisions have a way of catching up with you. You get to choose your actions, but you don’t get to choose the consequences. And you don’t get to choose when necessarily you will suffer those consequences.Moving Danger ForwardBut this isn’t about you. It’s about your clients. Some of your dream clients believe that change would be simply adding bubbles to the warm bath that is the status quo that they’re comfortable sitting in now. They aren’t compelled to change because the danger, the risk, isn’t close enough to be felt.Some of your prospective clients will put off the inevitable for as long is as humanly possible. Money not spent today is more valuable than the outcome you sell if it means your prospective client has to go through the pain of change. They’d rather wait until they have to.It’s easy to change when you have the right motivation. When the doctor tells you that if you don’t quit cigarettes or change your diet and begin exercising you were cutting the very few years you have left off of your life, you can change in an instant. But if the doctor tells you that you may or may not suffer any repercussions from the choice you make for a long time, it’s likely you’ll continue doing whatever it is you’re doing now.A Little PushSome of your dream clients need a push. Some of them need you to prod them along. Some of them need you to take the danger that appears to them as something far away and move it closer to help them understand the implications of the actions they’re making now.There is a reason the basic elements of survival are the largest base of Maslow’s hierarchy can. People will do all sorts of things if their very survival is at stake, including things they would rather not do and changes they would rather not make.If you would serve your clients you would move that pain forward so they can feel it now and avoid the harsher repercussions that will inevitably come later.last_img read more

November 7

National Youth Squads in camp this weekend

first_imgAustralia’s recently named National Youth Squads will meet in Sydney this weekend to take part in their first training camp in the lead up to the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. The four squads – 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 20’s Boys and 20’s Girls – will use the opportunity to train together as a contingent for their first training camp following the squad’s announcement earlier in the month. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman trophy from Friday, 16 January to Sunday, 18 January 2015. The Australian Youth teams will be hoping to continue their impressive record over New Zealand in recent times; including their 4-0 series clean-sweep the last time both nations met in Auckland in February, 2013. The squads see a mix of youth and experience, with plenty of new faces, while many players return after being part of the program for the 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series. A number of players in the 20’s Girls squad have come back into the Youth squad after representing Australia in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in the Open divisions. Missed the announcement of the National Youth Squads earlier this month? You can view them by clicking on the ‘related news’ story below.Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for all of the latest news from the camp, as well as to the Touch Football Australia social media pages for all of the latest news, videos and photos. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksYouth Squad Camplast_img read more

October 23

LNG Croatia Opens Bidding Process for FSRU

first_imgzoom LNG Croatia, the project developer of the LNG import terminal on the Island of Krk in Croatia, has called for bids for the provision of a floating storage & regasification unit (FSRU).Bids were also invited for the design and construction of jetty, connecting gas pipeline and high-pressure installations for the FSRU. These include pigging station, water and drainage, auxiliary facilities and buildings.The deadline for the submission of the requests to participate is 2 p.m. CET, September 29, 2017.According to the project operator, the technical capacity of the floating terminal will depend on its technical characteristics, however, the maximum annual delivery of natural gas is expected to be 2,6 billion cubic meters in the first stage of the project.The call for bids comes on the back of seabed investigation works launched in August.The Croatian Government opted for a FSRU amid efforts aimed at speeding up the construction of its LNG terminal in the Northern Adriatic Sea which has been long overdue.A floating LNG terminal is expected to reduce the construction costs and take only two years to bring to fruition, instead of at least five years it is required to construct the terminal from scratch.Croatia’s first LNG import terminal is also being reviewed by the European Investment Bank.EIB is considering to finance approximately EUR 339 million, from the total cost set at EUR 678 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

October 18

Toddler survives fall from moving jeep crawls to safety

first_imgIdukki (Ker): A one-year-old toddler had a miraculous escape as she accidentally fell off a moving jeep on a road inside a dense forest here and crawled to a nearby check-post in Rajamala, police said on Monday. The girl child, sitting on her mother’s lap, fell off the vehicle on Sunday night after her parents, exhausted by the journey, had dozed off. They had travelled several kilometres when they realised that the child was missing, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWildlife officials at the check-post heard the child’s cries and found her on a forest path which is often used by wild animals, including elephants, they said. The baby suffered minor injuries to her face and forehead due to the fall. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where first-aid was administered, and the police were informed, the officials said. CCTV visuals of the check-post which showed the baby falling off the jeep and crawling to safety have now gone viral on social media. After completing the necessary formalities, the child was handed over to the parents at around 1.30 am on Monday, Santhosh K S, Sub-Inspector, Munnar, said.last_img read more

October 13

Hawaiis low unemployment rate masks underlying problems

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 per cent, the answer is yes.Employers are frustrated by their inability to find workers. And unfilled jobs may be slowing the state’s economic growth.A low unemployment rate is certainly better than a high one. And many employers are responding to the worker shortage by offering higher pay.Still, Hawaii’s experience serves as a cautionary tale for the nation as a whole: Low unemployment can mask underlying problems. Nationwide, the jobless rate is at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent, and economists forecast it could drop another half-point by next year. That would bring the rate to a half-century low.U.S. employers are already complaining about their struggles to find qualified employees. The number of open jobs nationwide reached the highest level on record in January.Like the rest of the country, Hawaii has an aging population, and its unemployment rate has been held down in part by retiring baby boomers.The state also has unique challenges, such as an economy long dominated by tourism. Many of Hawaii’s available jobs are in the service sector and don’t pay enough to cover the state’s high housing costs. And economists say Hawaii’s ongoing economic sluggishness could make it harder for the state to pay its public pension obligations in the future, and fund highways and other expensive infrastructure.U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a Democrat, cited the deceptively rosy jobless rate when she launched her campaign challenging a sitting governor from her own party in this year’s election.“We cannot wait as more and more of our young people, discouraged by the future they see for themselves here, leave Hawaii in hopes for better opportunities on the mainland,” Hanabusa said in January. A recent poll conducted for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser gave her a 20-percentage point lead over Gov. David Ige in the August primary.Hanabusa was pointing to a trend reflected in census data: People are moving away from Hawaii even as employers here clamour for workers.Last year, the state suffered a net loss of more than 1,000 people. On Oahu, home to Honolulu and major military installations like Pearl Harbor, the population declined an average of 11 people per day. The median price of an Oahu home tops $770,000.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 47 per cent of Hawaii’s residents spend more than a third of their monthly income on rent. That’s greater than any other state. About one-quarter of renters put half of their income toward housing.The personnel squeeze is forcing employers to offer incentives to attract workers.Maui Divers Jewelry, a retailer in the old whaling town of Lahaina, offers employees extra money to cover the cost of driving to its stores from Maui’s bigger cities.Star of Honolulu Cruises and Events has raised the hourly wage for servers on its boat cruises to $12 from $10.“They can be picky now, I feel like. The ball is in their court,” Sheridan Andres, the company’s human resources manager, said of job applicants. Star of Honolulu is also advertising for kitchen staff, boat maintenance workers, bus drivers and supervisors.Hawaii Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers, is pursuing a pilot program to train medical assistants at five public high schools so they’ll be ready to walk into jobs when they graduate. The company has 7,000 employees, along with 44 openings for medical assistants and more than 400 openings overall.The demand for labour is driven by a tourism surge that brought a record 9.4 million visitors to the islands last year. Strong hiring and income gains in the Western U.S. mean more Americans can make the trip. And Japan and Canada, where most of the state’s overseas visitors come from, also are experiencing solid growth.That’s led to an increase in low-paying hotel and restaurant jobs, which accounted for 60 per cent of Hawaii’s job growth in 2017, according to data compiled by Moody’s Analytics. Hotels and restaurants employ about one of every five workers in the state, double the proportion in the rest of the U.S.Adam Kamins, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics, says the state has had little success in luring better-paying tech jobs from western states such as California or Washington, because of high housing and business costs. Tech firms are instead moving to cheaper states such as Utah, Colorado and Idaho.An economy with an unemployment rate as low as Hawaii’s should be growing about 3 per cent a year, said Eugene Tian, the state’s chief economist. Instead, it’s growing at about 1.5 per cent.“We don’t have enough housing. We don’t have enough trained labour. That’s limiting the growth,” Tian said. “They are connected.”Paul Brewbaker, an economist with consulting firm TZ Economics, said Hawaii’s growth rate has lagged the nation’s for the past decade. On average, Hawaii’s economy has grown just 1.6 per cent per year compared with the national average of 2.1 per cent since 2009.On a per-capita basis, gross domestic product in Hawaii was one-third higher than the national average 40 years ago, Brewbaker said. It’s now the same. The trend could have profound consequences for Hawaii in the long term.“Where do we go from here? If we’re on this road, how do we pay for the public employee retirement system? If we’re on this road, will we ever be able to build another freeway, not to mention a mass transit system?” Brewbaker said.___Rugaber reported from Washington.last_img read more

October 13

Markets Right Now Tech stocks lead gains on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as technology companies gain back some of the ground they’ve lost in recent days.Traders were encouraged by news that U.S. and Chinese officials spoke on the phone, raising hopes that trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies may ease.Microsoft rose 2.2 per cent in early trading Tuesday.Banks were also doing better after taking a drubbing over the past week. JPMorgan Chase climbed 1.9 per cent. Bank of New York Mellon rose 2.6 per cent after announcing an increase to its stock buyback program.The S&P 500 index rose 33 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,671.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 343 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 24,771. The Nasdaq composite rose 98 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,119.The Associated Presslast_img read more