New theological school launched by 4 Midwestern dioceses

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing October 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm I myself was seminary trained, and did some STM pre work beyond. After thirteen years of full time ministry, I was inactive for a couple of years. For the last thirty I have been doing bi-vocational work. I must say… I hold my hat to the local priests in the area. For a time, I was teaching Bible and church history in a local school. We poured it on! They learned. And I am glad to serve as a fellow worker in the vineyard with the rigorously trained local clergy. Rector Shreveport, LA November 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm I’m beginning to see that the opposite is becoming true. people with the general of moving experience is enhancing the theological learning experience. As lay persons in the field already, these learners are broadening the mutual learning of one another in a very respectful environment. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Martinsville, VA Bob Griffith says: October 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm My questions is whether there will now develop, or rather the rate will increase, of two classes of clerics – those who are seminary trained and those who are not? I understand that we are running out of money, yet… I don’t find this a viable and long term solution, unless we think providing a less-educated class of clergy for our congregations will actually help even small congregations thrive beyond our current circumstances – or the dumbing-down of clerical “profession” is the acceptable outcome. October 2, 2013 at 9:08 am I am a VTS graduate with 30 + years in the ministry. I welcome this step forward. I think it will bring us clergy with a vision that will enhance our theological and pastoral response to the world. I have20 + years that in a parish blessed with seminary interns many who suffered from an ivory tower set apart vision of the church, they need some of the in the world understanding of how to join the teachings of the church and the living of the faith. Byron Banks says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET November 2, 2013 at 2:41 am “Dumbing Down” is what goes on in “government” schools. This reminds me of internship which produces persons who actually want to be in the chosen profession. Kindness and compassion can’t be taught. Comments are closed. The Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge says: Tony Green says: November 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm CORRECTION: (People are bringing a broad range of experience to this type of learning — enhancing….) The Rev. Rob Baldwin, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas, uses a milking stool to illustrate the “three-legged stool” of Anglican theology during a class on Anglican identity for students at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry. Photo/Melodie Woerman[Episcopal Diocese of Kansas] Class is now in session for the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, the newly created school that provides theological education to students from the dioceses of Kansas, West Missouri, Nebraska and Western Kansas. The school’s first group of students, 35 people from all four dioceses, met for the first time Aug. 10-11 in Topeka.To celebrate the school’s creation, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be in Topeka on Oct. 5. She will speak at a public forum on the emerging shape of the church and the changing face of ministry. She then will officiate at a service to mark the school’s opening and dedicate school facilities, and she will greet people at a public reception.The school is named for Bishop Jackson Kemper, the first missionary bishop of the Episcopal Church, who was the organizing bishop when each of the four dioceses was founded in the 19th century. He also was committed to the value of local theological education for the growth and health of the Episcopal Church.The school was formed from existing diocesan programs to provide a high quality theological education for people preparing for ordination and for lay leaders in congregations, all without having to head off to a traditional seminary, where costs can run more than $30,000 a year.And for the bishops of the partner dioceses, it provides something critical – the ability to provide pastoral and sacramental leadership for their congregations.Nebraska Bishop J. Scott Barker said the school “is an answered prayer” for his diocese, in part because the curriculum addresses “the uniqueness of the church in the Midwest,” which includes lots of smaller congregations in cities and towns that are miles apart.Kansas Bishop Dean Wolfe said the school’s goal is to develop “visionary leaders, faithful leaders, courageous leaders” for congregations, no matter the diocese in which they are located.West Missouri Bishop Martin Field said the school will provide “well-prepared and able” clergy for congregations that aren’t able to afford the cost of a seminary-trained priest. It also will prompt those congregations to identify natural leaders in their midst to send to the school, he said.Western Kansas Bishop Michael Milliken called his diocese a “rural/frontier area” made up of very small congregations. This school is “one of the few ways available for a great theological education” for leaders in those churches, he said.Field added, “I am as excited about this project as I’ve ever been about any project to engage the church for its betterment.”Exploring the nature of ministryThe school’s dean, the Rev. Andrew Grosso, said that the benefit of having four diocesan partners is that together they “take seriously the emerging missional character of ministry in today’s church.” As the school’s structure was being decided, he said some fundamental issues – the nature of ministry and the shape of the church – became very important.He said, “‘How do you form a priest?’ implies you are asking ‘What does Christian ministry in today’s church look like?’ It’s all part of a larger context.”Sending bivocational and nonstipendiary clergy into congregations only makes sense if lay people understand they are part of the ministry in that place, he said. One of the school’s purposes will be “empowering and inspiring more people to engage in more forms of ministry.”Initial efforts have centered on a curriculum for the ordination track, since the four dioceses had people ready to start those studies. But Grosso said classes also will equip lay leaders to be catechists, evangelists, youth minsters, parish administrators, outreach ministers, worship leaders and lay preachers, among other ministries.A high quality educationWhile the school is new, most of the students are returning for a second or third year. The program for priests runs three years and for deacons, two. Each diocese sets its own criteria for who can enroll in the school.Charles Everson, a first-year priesthood student from the Diocese of Kansas, discovered quickly that the courses are thought-provoking. After just two weekends of classes he said, “I have a challenging and exciting road ahead of me for the next three years!”Bruce Bower is a second-year student from the Diocese of West Missouri preparing to be a deacon. He called the courses “rigorous” and the instructors “top notch.” He said that attending the Bishop Kemper School “doesn’t mean the students have to settle for a theological education that is somehow less than we might receive elsewhere.”The Rev. Carolyn Ballinger is a third-year priesthood student from the Diocese of Western Kansas who was ordained a transitional deacon in May. She said the courses she has taken “exceed the offerings and demands” she had when earning a Ph.D.But beyond the quality of instruction, students praised the community that is formed among them. Ballinger said that after spending a weekend a month living, eating, learning and praying together, she and others stay in touch outside of class, “asking, giving and receiving friendship and encouragement.”Bower said a friend of his attends a traditional Episcopal seminary and “expresses envy about how BKSM students have so much interaction together, and how we are able to grow in relationships.”Everson said the local aspect of the school is critically important. “There are many men and women called to ordained ministry … for whom a formal seminary degree is not a viable option.”Alison Black, a second-year priest student from the Diocese of Kansas, said, “Being a stay-at-home mom to three small children, there is no way that I could attend a traditional seminary anytime in the near future.” Ballinger said that the local setting makes theological education accessible to people from “any social class, age group, level of financial influence, and cultural or ethnic background.”A unique structureGrosso said he believes the school’s structure is the only one of its kind in the Episcopal Church. The Bishop Kemper School for Ministry is a non-profit corporation operated jointly by the four dioceses.The desire for a different model for the school developed in the past year, as students from Western Kansas, West Missouri and Nebraska attended the Kansas School for Ministry. The four bishops soon saw the need for a school that was jointly owned, to allow it to grow beyond what a single diocese could provide. The Kansas school and other diocesan educational programs merged into the Bishop Kemper School.Each of the dioceses makes a financial contribution to the school’s operations. Tuition from students also helps fund the school’s budget, including a salary for the dean, faculty stipends and reimbursement for facilities the school uses.The board, including the four ex officio bishops, is responsible for overseeing the life of the school, as well as the work of the dean and faculty.Ten months of classesBishop Kemper School students come to Topeka once a month for 10 months and take one course per weekend. Classes during the current academic year include biblical studies, ministry, theology, Anglicanism, spirituality, church history and ethics.Faculty members are drawn from the four dioceses and include instructors with special expertise in a field. Many are ordained clergy.Students also participate in informal sessions with experienced clergy to explore real-world, practical applications of what they are learning. They also take turns leading worship services and preaching.The cost for ordination-track students is $1,800 a year, and the school suggests it be shared equally between the student, and the student’s parish and diocese.Part of a trendThe Bishop Kemper School isn’t the only multi-diocese educational program in the Episcopal Church. Another is the Iona Initiative, whose structure is different from the Bishop Kemper School. It is based on the Iona School in the Diocese of Texas but now operates under the auspices of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.The initiative, which is in the second year of a three-year pilot program, includes Texas and seven other dioceses.Once a month for 10 months, students gather for a weekend in their own diocese where they receive instruction via videos and voice-over PowerPoint presentations that were developed by seminary faculty. Local teachers guide the video courses and teach the practical aspects of the program, such as how to lead worship. It currently provides education only for those seeking ordination as deacons and nonstipendiary priests.Mary MacGregor, who heads the diocese’s Iona School, said programs like theirs and the Bishop Kemper School are what the church needs. She noted that in the Diocese of Wyoming, one of the Iona partners, 90 percent of their priests are bivocational. And the need for local education programs will only grow, she said.“This is the movement that is going on in the church. There will be more internal schools in the Episcopal Church,” she said. And while quality content is essential, it isn’t the only requirement, she said. “We have to have a mix of quality, accessibility and do-ability.”— Melodie Woerman is director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Theological Education 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 The Rev. Mary S. Janda says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS October 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm “Milking stool” and “emerging missional character”: how does that appeal to and relate to latte-drinking, i-pad-using 20 & 30 year olds? What about interactive learning across the country and countries? Tony Green says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 October 2, 2013 at 12:51 am We have pretty much the same system in the Church of England. There is a course called STETS which covers my diocese and several others which is based at Sarum College. It works very well, and trains people to a high standard. It doesn’t train people to as high a standard as the highest you can achieve at a seminary, but then again, not everyone who goes to seminary has the desire or capacity to achieve the highest standards. In reality, many seminary trained priests leave seminary with the same level of theological education as the average STETS student. Protecting the future of scholar priests and insisting that there should be more of them is an important priority for the Church. Nevertheless, not every priest needs to be a PhD. 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 October 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm As a clergy person that went thru this type of school, I am sick and tired of people saying that we are 2nd or 3rd class clergy. In the eye of the church if you would care to read the canons we are all the same. Also the one of us that have worked outside the church also bring in life long knowledge that some if not all the seminary trained clergy dont have. And somme of us have taken it on your selfs to go and take a class or two at a seminary when we can. So in the future please know what you are talking about. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New theological school launched by 4 Midwestern dioceses Comments (12) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT October 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm Dear Bob,As an Episcopal priest who went through a similar “local” seminary experience, I can assure you that this is not a “dumbing down” of priests. I agree that there are people who view this as 2nd-class or even 3rd class, but they are passing judgment without even giving the person a chance. If I were you, I would try and talk with the leaders of this type of seminary and get engaged. Just a thought . . . Rev. 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Stuart Schadt says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 November 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm (An important, emerging distinction, as the term, “Anglican,” for good or bad, is meaning very different things to different people Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI October 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm What great opportunities for integration of practical theology with academic rigor as new diocesan educational systems develop for vocational formation. I am seminary trained with over 25 years experience now developing a new vision, offered and supported by our Bishop, in our diocesan School of Christian Studies. This new version of SCS includes formational/educational/instructional opportunities that integrates 8 weeks of on line learning and reflecting through cohort groups with two three day experiences; one in the beginning of class the second at the end, in order to be in face to face community for discernment and learning. What we are learning is that by developing an excellent faculty who are able to educate, instruct and are in formational relationship through technology , as well as in face to face community, our students are being prepared for an understanding of mission and ministry in the emerging church in a way that allows technology to support and enhance faith development and faith formation. Our plan is to integrate our opportunities with Episcopal seminary offerings to deepen and enhance Anglican identity. A both/and approach, with a majority of the work done locally. I look forward to learning more from other diocese, as we continue to evaluate our vocational work in preparing strong and healthy leaders By Melodie WoermanPosted Oct 1, 2013 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tony Green says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Jay Woods says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Barnaby Perkins says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

Merger should be the last resort. Collaboration is key

first_imgThis year my husband and I traveled to Roswell, New Mexico for 4th of July and the International UFO Festival. It’s not to be missed. On Saturday morning we decided to take a walk around town. Just a couple of blocks off the Main Street and at the end of the historic district we came upon this beautiful home/credit union:The Florist Federal Credit Union. Founded in 1969 the credit union only serves florists, their families and their employees. They offer business loans, deposit accounts and merchant card services. Their VISA cards are gorgeous (flowers of course) They are $7.8 million in assets with just 900 members. This is old school, single sponsor, in a house, listening to their members needs and providing the unique products their target audience wants. I wonder if they still have a credit committee? They are financially strong and as long as there are flowers and florists this credit union should be around for a very long time.So much is written today that the small credit union will become extinct. With all the regulation, technology, etc. they cannot possibly survive. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Beachside living a hit with buyers wanting a coastal lifestyle

first_imgLacey Group offered purchasers the opportunity to customise their apartment with a complimentary interior design package at Southbreak, North Kirra. Photo: SuppliedMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe development is appealing to local residents aged between 45 to 65 who are looking to downsize from larger family homes.Lacey Group sales and marketing coordinator Nikki Paterson said the developer had recently offered purchasers, for a limited time, the opportunity to customise their apartment with a complimentary interior design package. Southbreak, North Kirra is proving popular with Gold Coast buyers. Photo: SuppliedUrban Edge worked with purchasers to develop a personalised concept to customise colour schemes, fittings and finishes including curtains, blinds, benchtops and flooring. Only a limited selection of two and three-bedroom plus study apartments are available, ranging in size from 109sq m to 166sq m, plus one 220sq m double-storey penthouse.Ms Paterson said the drawcard to the development was beachside living from $589,000, as well as top-shelf amenities.“Upstairs, in the residents-only rooftop sanctuary, an opulent lifestyle awaits. You can soak up the laidback vibes and striking coastal views while enjoying the swimming pool, lounge and barbecue area,” Ms Paterson said.“Featuring a state-of-the-art multipurpose room, it’s a space that easily adapts for private functions and events too.” Construction is expected to be finished before Christmas Lacey Group offered purchasers the opportunity to customise their apartment with a complimentary interior design package at Southbreak, North Kirra. Photo: SuppliedNorth Kirra’s Southbreak development is a popular choice for downsizers, who are snapping up many of the luxury beachside apartments.With only 20 apartments in the development, Southbreak offers boutique beachside living and coastal views.last_img read more

Devon Parker thrives in change from midfield to attack

first_imgIn the fall, head coach Gary Gait knew Syracuse needed a left-handed attack for the 2017 season and surveyed his options. He found someone he thought might work.During a pre-fall ball practice, the team rotated through midfielders. Some that were not playing their usual position had to stay back on attack, including senior Devon Parker. The lefty was already half of what Gait was looking for. She also played offensive midfielder and had the offensive mentality.“I remember our coach saying something like ‘What do you think about moving to attack?’” Parker said, “and I said ‘It’s definitely something I would want to do if the position was available.’”Parker made the switch, which increased the senior’s opportunities. So far, she has quadrupled her point total from last season for No. 11 SU (8-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) and proved crucial in a 12-goal second half comeback against then-unranked Virginia. She’ll be a focal point when the Orange takes on No. 8 Princeton (6-1, 2-0 Ivy) on Wednesday night.The fast pace of the game and the influence of her brother got Parker into the sport. She started playing in third grade, primarily at midfield. She always enjoyed the offensive side more than the defensive and would typically take more reps at offense. Parker never thought about playing attack until after she talked to Gait.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought, ‘You know what, it might be a good fit for her,’” Gait said. “I think it’s been a great fit so far. She’s had some very good games. Certainly UVA was the highlight, leading the comeback for us but, she’s still learning.”After making the switch, Parker spent a lot of time in the fall taking reps. She knew she’d have more looks this season at her new position and would go out with the goalies on the team to practice her shooting.“I kind of pinched myself a few times in the fall,” Parker said, “and kept the ball rolling. I tried not to think about it too much.”Currently, Parker is fifth on the team in points with 16. Her 12 goals and four assists are career highs for the senior. The 12 goals also put her at sixth on the team overall.To start the second half against UVA, Taylor Gait flipped the ball to Parker. Parker turned and shot the ball, hitting the back of the net. Her first and third goals of the game bookended a 6-1 run by the Orange and her final goal of tied it at 15-15.“Devon Parker was a big part of (the comeback),” UVA head coach Julie Myers said after the March 5 game in the Carrier Dome.Parker hasn’t registered many points since the Virginia game. She recorded an assist in the loss to No. 1 Maryland and a goal against No. 3 Florida but nothing in the last two games. With big conference games coming up, including Duke on Sunday, Parker will have to step up on attack.“I know that my mentality is to buy into what the coaches say,” Parker said, “to work hard. I’ve enjoyed my four years here and it’s almost like icing on top of the cake to be able to get in and get those minutes.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected]last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Friday, June 13 to Sunday, June 15, 2014: Friday, June 13, 2014•10:17 a.m. Patricia J. Zeka, 59, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 40 mph in a 30 mph zone.•11:45 a.m. Zachary R. Avina, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•2:15 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline by unknown suspect(s) in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•4:15 p.m. Steven J. Meisel, 47, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.•5:28 p.m. Bobby L. Altis, 18, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•5:50 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 800 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Ashley V. Haines, 28, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Javier O. Zavala, Wellington.•6:02 p.m. Ashley V Haines, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•7:39 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a minibike in the 300 block S. H, Wellington.•9:40 p.m. Tara L. Henton, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight. Sunday, June 15, 2014•11:49 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block S. Cherry, Wellington.•10:37 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite of a known owner in the 400 block W. Lincoln, Wellington.•10:59 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property by a known suspect(s) in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington. Saturday, June 14, 2014•9:29 a.m. Rodney D. Byers, 63, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 46 mph in a 30 mph zone. (radar)•9:53 a.m. Kyle R. Dunn, 24, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•9:53 a.m. Samantha K. Dunn, 21, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•9:59 a.m. Bobby L. Altis, 18, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•11:44 a.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 47 mph in a 30 mph zone (radar) and no proof of insurance.•12:26 p.m. John M. Cousins, 25, Haysville, was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended, no trailer brake lights and no proof of insurance.•2:35 p.m. Angie L. Haile, 39, Weatherford, Texas was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and speeding 56 mph in a 45 mph zone.•6:30 p.m. Officers investigated expired registration and unlawful riding on a vehicle in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.•6:30 p.m. Chad M. Roberts, 30, Tulsa, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for expired registration and unlawful riding on a vehicle.•8:18 p.m. Carl E. Row, 25, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with no insurance and failure to signal.•11:28 p.m. Rebecca E. Livingston, 41, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with possession of stimulant and possession of drug paraphernalia.•11:28 p.m. Rebecca E. Livingston, 41, Wellington was arrested on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for probation violation.last_img read more

Southridge storms past LVR Bombers 88-58 at AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships

first_imgLeading 19-14 after one quarter, the second-quarter onslaught put the Storm up 48-23.Southridge continued its dominance of the Kootenay reps to open a 76-37 advantage after three periods.The 6’9” Hughes led all scorers with 31 while Dominic Clayton added 14 and Matthew Andreou had 13.Josh Matosevic led the Bombers with 19 points while Grade 11 forward Vinnie Watson had 15 and point guard Robbie Dixon 13.Matosevic, Watson and Dixon each had six rebounds.LVR shot 38 percent from the field to 48 percent for Southridge.LVR now prepares to meet Duchess Park Thursday — a team Phelan says brings a different look than Southridge.“(Duchess Park) won the Fulton tournament in Vernon we were at . . . they have a pretty good squad with a balance of size and quickness,” Phelan explained.“They have a couple of key players, one who plays for the UNBC Junior Wolves team and another a provincial team player so they’ll be a tough matchup for us.” The L.V. Rogers Bombers got an up close look at one of the favourites at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.Hunter Hughes scored 31 points in 16 minutes to power top-ranked Southridge Storm of Surrey to an 88-58 victory in opening round action at the 16-team provincial tournament.The Storm now meet Mark Isfeld of Courtney while the Bombers drop into the consolation round to play Duchess Park of Prince George Thursday at 10:45 a.m.“We had an okay first quarter, kept it close and were only down five,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.“But in the second quarter we just broke down and they out scored us 29-9 to pull away.”“(Southridge) had a hot guard (Dominic Clayton) . . . none of our guys couldn’t cover,” Phelan added.last_img read more

Heineken expands in South Africa

first_imgA R3.5-billion state-of-the-art brewery, owned 75% by Heineken and 25% by Diageo, officially opened in Sedibeng, south of Johannesburg.The Sedibeng Brewery brews and bottles a range of premium beers – including Amstel, Heineken and Windhoek Lager – for the local market. (Image: Heineken South Africa Facebook)Brand South Africa ReporterA R3.5-billion state-of-the-art brewery, owned 75% by Heineken and 25% by Diageo, officially opened in Sedibeng, south of Johannesburg last week, with expansion already under way to exploit the growth opportunities in South Africa’s premium alcohol beverage market.The Sedibeng Brewery brews and bottles a range of premium beers – including Amstel, Heineken and Windhoek Lager – for the local market. It will also supply ready-to-drink brands Smirnoff Spin and Smirnoff Storm.‘World-class brewery’Heineken Africa MD Tom de Man described the new brewery – built on an 83-hectare site and including a brewery, production plant and warehouse – as one of the most advanced in the world, built with due care for the environment.“Heineken is the number two brewer in Africa and the Middle East, and the significant investment that we made in the Sedibeng Brewery with Diageo, one of the largest private investments in South Africa in the past year, shows our commitment in South Africa,” De Man said in a statement last week.With an initial capacity of 3-million hectoliters, the brewery is already being expanded to increase its capacity by a further 1-million hectolitres by September 2010, in anticipation of growing demand for the premium brands.Three months ahead of scheduleSedibeng Brewery MD Johan Doyer said the brewery had been built three months ahead of schedule, enabling the brewing of Amstel to begin in September 2009, while the brewing of Windhoek began in October and Heineken started in December.“Each of our premium beers are brewed under the watchful eye of Heineken, Amstel and Windhoek brewmasters, in accordance with the original recipes and the highest international brewing standards,” Doyer said.Jobs, skills“All of the South African staff has received training locally, with a large number also being trained overseas.”Sedibeng employed around 3 500 people on site at the height of the construction, and more than 225 permanent jobs will have been created at the brewery by the end of 2010.It is estimated that the brewery will generate an additional R1-billion for the local economy through the indirect employment of 100 support service workers and through the local purchasing of packaging and raw materials.Growth opportunitiesTogether with Namibia Breweries, Heineken and Diageo are shareholders in Brandhouse Beverages – a cost-sharing joint venture in South Africa, and one of the country’s leading marketing, sales, and distribution companies for premium alcohol beverages – which will be responsible for managing the brewery’s warehouse.The Sedibeng Brewery has also allowed Brandhouse to re-introduce Amstel Lager in a returnable bottle format, to replace the existing non-returnable bottles.“The returnable quart segment comprises the overwhelming share of the local beer market, and our ability to offer our customers our premium product in this format will enhance our capacity to meet consumer demand,” said Brandhouse MD Gerald Mahinda.Diageo Africa MD Nick Blazquez said the new brewery would help support the strength of the Brandhouse. “South Africa continues to present significant opportunities for growth in premium alcohol beverage categories,” he said.“Against this backdrop, we believe that Brandhouse is extremely well poised to continue to grow its share and further extend its position as the leading supplier of top quality beers and spirits in the country.“Sedibeng represents the next step in what has already proved to be a very successful and mutually beneficial association between our companies.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Warring Senate Factions Punt Cybersecurity Bill Until After the Election

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Government#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today’s failure in the Senate to end debate on the latest cybersecurity bill and bring it to a final vote will likely mean no action on the issue until next year. And the debate over how government agencies should share critical security information with private software and services firms has resulted in splits in allegiance on both sides of the aisle: bill sponsor Sen. Joe Lieberman (I – Conn.) from the presidential candidate he supported, Sen. John McCain (R – Ariz.); and outspoken personal rights advocate Sen. Al Franken (D – Minn.) from the president he supported, Barack Obama.A “cloture” vote requires a three-fifths majority of Senators for support, and is necessary to close debate on a bill and bring a motion for a vote to the floor. Last week, Sen. Franken introduced a major amendment to the bill that would have removed even more of Sen. Lieberman’s original language, specifically on the subject of empowering ISPs to take their own countermeasures in response to assessed threats. Franken argued that the bill’s current language would let ISPs act in any way they saw fit in countering a perceived threat, under the same blanket protections from prosecution as the rest of the public/private partnership. “If a company uses that power negligently to snoop in on your e-mail or damage your computer, they will be immune from any lawsuit,” Franken warned.Still, Franken voiced his support for the bill in principle, calling it “the only game in town.” But apparently early this week, as the National Journal first reported, two Republican amendments to the bill that could best be described as poison pills were filed, forcing Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nev.)  to call the cloture vote – perhaps prematurely.One amendment would have effectively repealed the Affordable Care Act (often called ObamaCare). Another would have declared abortion unconstitutional in the District of Columbia – both obvious non-starters for Democrats. The filing of those amendments signaled a likely stalemate of the debate process, perhaps setting aside the topic of cybersecurity itself for the next month. That’s long enough for Republicans to have stalled debate on the actual bill, without the use of a filibuster, until Congress’ August recess.Perhaps sensing no other alternative, Leader Reid Tuesday called for a cloture vote. With the poison pills, Franken’s amendment and a reported 47 others waiting in the wings, the vote failed 52-48, with 60 votes required for passage.Divided OppositionIn an even clearer sign of the extent to which hairs have been split on this issue, two major privacy rights organizations – which had been united in opposition against the original Lieberman bill – took opposite sides in response to the failed cloture vote. Demand Progress hailed Sen. Franken, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D – Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) for what it characterized as having acted to kill the bill. “Alongside us stands a newly strengthened corps of pro-privacy senators,” stated the group’s executive director, David Segal, Thursday afternoon, “whom we look forward to working with to fight any future attacks on the Internet… We’ll surely need their help again.”But Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), lamented that Franken’s amendment did not go through, and that a bill had not been passed giving individuals the right to sue the government if their private information is misused in the event of a cybersecurity incident. “When Congress inevitably picks up this issue again, the privacy amendments in this bill should remain the vanguard for any future bills,” Richardson said. “Cybersecurity and our online privacy should not be a zero-sum game.”“Inevitable” is not an adjective that may describe any actual congressional action on the matter, and many experts don’t believe debate on the bill will resume during the lame-duck session (between the elections and next January). One other possibility, pointed out Thursday by former DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Paul Rosenzweig, is that the Obama administration may execute an executive order to implement as many of the bill’s principles as possible, “much as they have in other areas where Congressional inaction has frustrated them,” Rosenzweig writes. If and when that happens, the resulting order may not satisfy any single senator – not Lieberman, not Reid, not Franken, certainly not McCain. But such is the case when the executive branch is made the de facto legislative branch of the country.U.S. Capitol photo by Scott Fulton. scott fultonlast_img read more