‘Wake-up call’: Canadian church hears statistics report on membership decline

first_img Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME ‘Wake-up call’: Canadian church hears statistics report on membership decline Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK [Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada’s first reliably collected set of statistics since 2001 show the church running out of members in about two decades if the church continues to decline at its current rate, the Council of General Synod (CoGS) heard on Nov. 9.“We’ve got simple projections from our data that suggest that there will be no members, attenders or givers in the Anglican Church of Canada by approximately 2040,” the Rev. Neil Elliot, a priest for the diocese of Kootenay assigned in 2016 by the national church to collect a new set of statistics, told CoGS. Elliot, who reported on 2017 data collected from all of the church’s dioceses, also told the group about ongoing efforts to expand and diversify data collection.Read the full article here. Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release By Tali FolkinsPosted Nov 12, 2019 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Callslast_img read more

Press release: £866 million investment to help unlock potential 200,000 new homes

first_img Social media – MHCLG Media enquiries 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said: Office address and general enquiries £10 million for highway infrastructure to unlock further development at the Ashton Green housing site in Leicester, helping to unlock 3,300 homes £10 million for construction of a bypass in Botley, Hampshire, a critical strategic road infrastructure project that will help unlock the delivery of 1,000 new homes £3.6 million for drainage works, new roads and footpaths at the Manor Cluster, south-east Sheffield to help unlock more than 400 homes by 2025 £6.5 million to help build a new primary school as part of the Ilfracombe Southern Extension in North Devon. This will help unlock 750 new homes. Our priority is building the homes this country desperately needs. This first wave of investment totalling £866 million will help get up to 200,000 homes off the ground, making a huge difference to communities across the country. This is just one of the many ways this government is taking action to get Britain building homes again. The £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund is a government capital grant programme to help unlock new homes in areas with the greatest housing demand. Funding is awarded to local authorities on a highly competitive basis.The fund is divided into 2 streams: Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Today marks the first step of the multi-billion pound investment we announced at the Budget to help build the homes our country needs. This fund finances vital infrastructure such as roads, schools and bridges, which will kick-start housing development in some of Britain’s highest-demand areas. This support will help us meet our ambitious plan of building 300,000 new homes each year and ensure we have enough housing in areas which need it most. MS Excel Spreadsheet, 54.5KB This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Successful Marginal Viability Fund projects If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Email [email protected] If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. The government will be progressing Forward Funding projects to go through to co-development in the coming weeks, with final funding announced from Autumn 2018. Today’s announcement forms part of the government’s Industrial Strategy which sets out a long term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.The Strategy sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.Further informationThe government together with Homes England assessed each bid for their strategic ambition, benefits costs ratio and their deliverability.We will work with the local authorities over the coming months to progress schemes through detailed funding clarification.See details of all bids: Projects from County Durham to Cornwall will receive funding including: Up to 200,000 new homes are set to get off the ground as government confirms £866 million investment in local housing projects today (1 February 2018).Housing Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that 133 council-led projects across the country will receive funding to support local work that will make housing developments viable and get much-needed homes built quicker.With the government committed to building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, this first wave of funding from the £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund is part of a comprehensive programme to fix the broken housing market.This latest investment and will fund key local infrastructure projects including new roads, cycle paths, flood defences and land remediation work, all essential ahead of building the homes.Without this financial support these projects would struggle to go ahead or take years for work to begin, delaying the homes these communities need. Together with the government’s Industrial Strategy, it will provide high-quality infrastructure to support economic growth.Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: Request an accessible format. See a map of project locations Contact form https://forms.communit… A Marginal Viability Fund – available to all single and lower tier local authorities in England – to provide a piece of infrastructure funding to get additional sites allocated or existing sites unblocked quickly. Bids can be up to £10 million. A Forward Fund – available to the uppermost tier of local authorities in England – for a small number of strategic and high-impact infrastructure projects. Bids can be up to £250 million. General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000last_img read more

Spring Sports

first_imgFor Batesville and Oldenburg Academy the spring sport season is quickly coming to a close.  Curt Eckstein and John Moody will run in the state track meet this weekend.Greensburg defeated Batesville in baseball, so the Bulldog season ended there.  Batesville won 2 huge games to get to the finals where they lost to the Pirates 7-4.  Congratulations to the Bulldogs on their fine season.Oldenburg Academy girls tennis team ended their great season in the semi-state.  None of the softball teams had much success in the tourney. Golf is finishing their season this week and will enter they tourney next week.  Good luck to the area golfers.last_img

The new betting ecosystem: sharks, fish, whales and the trawlermen part 1

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Kevin DaleOn the 10th anniversary of Betfair’s ‘premium charge’, fixed odds bookmakers are competing on minimum bet guarantees within shark-infested waters. It all begs the question of whether winners really are welcome – or should be? From severe restrictions to winners-sort-of- tolerated, maybe we’ve all shifted, or been corralled, into a tacit acceptance that the betting ecosystem has changed for good. Great news for the sharks maybe, but what does this mean for money flows and market structure? In the first of a two-part series, betting veteran, Kevin Dale, takes a look at the implications for us trawlermen…_______________There are plenty of analogies in gaming for our various customer types and perhaps the most popular are our aquatic friends: the sharks, fish and whales. As it’s trendy to be an ocean conservationist these days, we’ve netted them all into our own betting ‘ecosystem’ to describe how money changes hands in the sector. Sharks are that small portion of our customers who either make a living out of gaming or who, at the very least, are consistent net winners, year on year. This doesn’t include players on a lucky streak but instead those genuinely bright, analytical or well-connected folk who simply have an edge. And their edge is bigger than the margins that we build into our products.This edge can be based on a number of things: maybe they’ve built their own unique statistical databases or mathematical models with a better weighting of variables that are relevant to predicting sporting outcomes. Some are able to spot unique arbitrage opportunities between operators or between related markets. Others have faster data feeds or a novel approach to the new in-play markets. A few have even developed their own robots to trade sports markets on the exchanges. Professional gamblers Alan Woods and Bill Benter built their systems to industrial scale, recruiting dozens of data scientists and reportedly netting themselves upwards of $10m plus from the market – per month.A slightly different school have cultivated their own sources for who’s in form or not and have intel that us operators simply don’t have access to. They might even be loosely connected to the events that we offer. Soft information can easily trump hard data when it comes to ascribing supremacy.In poker, the sharks might have a unique combination of mental agility and experience, the ability to read opponents plus a big set of cojones. They park their emotions, choose their games and opponents wisely and can go all in, without chasing their losses. Others grind out a living across multiple low stakes tables or perfect their own bots to do it for them.As for the fish, these are the vast shoals of customers who make the whole ecosystem viable. It is mostly their funds that feed us all. They range from the casual to the recreational bettor and come in all shapes and sizes.  Some bet for fun, others for the buzz or the bragging rights. Some are ‘noobs’ looking to master something new; others are well versed in their games, sports or betting. They tend to remember their big wins a little more readily than their big losses. They enjoy the competitiveness in sports and like to have ‘skin in the game’. They might love the form, the tips, the jargon, the ‘systems’ or the community. Some can string a few winning weeks together but they’re not consistent winners. There are plenty of wannabe sharks amongst them, but only a handful graduate.Finally, we have the whales: we all want a few of these, or at least we used to. Whales are those customers who have a big plus figure in our ‘lifetime value’ reports. They wager so big though that we/they can be up or down plenty in a given month or quarter. Some of us even report our results with and without the impact of high-rollers (usually without, when the whale’s had a good run!). They’re typically wealthy people who like to stake big – and can afford it. We don’t include those who can’t: these would fall into the problem gambler category (poorly dolphins?) and should be treated as such. Confuse the two at your own peril these days…Our favourite whales are probably those who play on our casino products because this proves that they’re not sharks in disguise. Stories of MIT students cleaning up on blackjack many years back still prick the imagination but changes to game rules, shuffle frequencies and deck sizes put paid to that. This notion of having an edge in the casino is still powerful; it’s just not supported by the maths.Add to these the wealthy bettors who simply ‘like a punt’. They have some knowledge, but not too much, and they don’t tend to use price comparison sites. We know all this because we’ve analysed their bets in detail, e.g. the price they take vs the ‘starting price’. We know many of them personally and can vouch not only for their source of funds but also their whale-like characteristics. No strangers to a rebuy or three, they have the cash and ambition to win the odd poker tournament here or there. And even a blind whale can stumble across a bloom of plankton once in a while… As with the fish, the odd whale can also graduate to shark school – but it’s rare.There are though a few operators nowadays who aren’t so keen on attracting the whales. Some don’t like the volatility of high rollers’ ups and downs –maybe a bit surprising for companies in the gaming industry… Others, and perhaps more understandably, find that the distinction between a high roller and a problem gambler is becoming ever more blurred. Most operators though (with the right responsible gambling, AML and KYC systems in place) are happy to take their business, not least because they drive up revenue per user metrics, justifying our high customer acquisition costs.So… sharks, fish and whales all swimming in the same pool. But who’s feeding whom? This depends on the products that we operate. For the traditional bookie, sharks are generally seen as the adversary. Bookmakers spend plenty of time identifying them and then restricting their bet sizes. A few bookies would allow a known shark a mouthful or two, but only to identify where their odds were out of line. As such, they can be a valuable source of intel or a cost of doing business. If they happen to be high profile players, the bookie might even allow them a nibble in return for some advocacy of their brand. But mostly their business was to be avoided. In the old non-digital world, bookmakers would have to fend off the coordinated stooges placing cash bets across their retail estate. In the online era, the shark nets are a bit more sophisticated involving KYC, IP checks and automated flagging of high-risk players or selections.Meanwhile, the player to player (P2P) poker sites, pools and exchanges give the sharks a warmish welcome: winners are not restricted because a fixed % on P2P volume is a low-risk business model. But these operators also know that sharks can overfish their waters. They’re perfectly capable of depleting fish wallets faster than our own rake, takeout or commission rates. Our fish, not the odds, are the bait.________________Kevin Dale – Gaming MonitorIn Part 2 tomorrow we look at how both fixed odds and P2P operators are coping with two conflicting pressures here: a regulator assault on player restrictions whilst liberated sharks hit margins or thin out the shoals. Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more