Bishop Pierre Whalon’s statement on the pope’s resignation

first_img Statement on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI by the Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, bishop in charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in EuropeWe should salute the courageous decision of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI de retire and leave the See of Peter to another man. As he was beginning to show signs of his age, many feared reliving the last years of his predecessor. Clearly, Benedict XVI felt the same way. His resignation is therefore a relief for us all, including himself. With this very modern gesture, he is giving his successors an example to follow.Every time that I had the honor to meet Benedict, what struck me the most, besides the power of his intellect which has not weakened, is the humility and simplicity of this man, who never failed to be interested in those around him, great and small. I salute this courageous man, and I pray that the Lord will grant him a peaceful retirement, and perhaps the leisure to write more important books that will embellish an already imposing opus.Déclaration au moment de la démission du Pape Benoît XVI, par Monseigneur Pierre Whalon, Évêque chargé des Églises Épiscopales en EuropeNous devons saluer la décision courageuse de Sa Sainteté le Pape Benoît XVI de prendre sa retraite et laisser le siège de Pierre à un autre. Alors qu’il commençait à montrer des signes de son âge, beaucoup craignaient revivre les dernières années de son prédécesseur. Il est évident que Benoît XVI éprouvait aussi le même sentiment. Donc sa démission est un soulagement pour nous tous, et lui aussi. De ce geste bien moderne, il donne à ses successeurs l’exemple à suivre.Chaque fois que j’ai eu l’honneur de le rencontrer, ce qui m’a frappé le plus, en outre de la puissance de son intellect qui n’a pas faibli, c’est l’humilité et la simplicité de cet homme, qui ne manquait jamais de s’intéresser aux autres, les petits autant que les grands. Je salue cet homme courageux, et je prie que le Seigneur lui accorde une retraite paisible, et peut-être le loisir d’écrire encore d’autres livres importants qui embelliront une œuvre déjà imposante. Posted Feb 14, 2013 Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Ecumenical & Interreligious, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments (1) Joyce Ann Edmondson says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Pope Resigns February 15, 2013 at 9:56 am Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, bishop in charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in EuropeI salute you for your thoughtful and gracious statements. It is so encouraging to see members of different denominations reflecting their “oneness” in such statements. Peace be with you. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments are closed. 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Making ‘digital’ disciples

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL 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 News Service] Now, there’s a way to do Sunday school the rest of the week.In Poughkeepsie, New York, for example, Christ Church’s online “Soul School” offers parishioners a way to brush up on all things Episcopal without ever leaving their homes.It’s a computer class on Episcopal tradition, made available via a ChurchNext subscription. The Rev. William Blake Rider said he subscribed to the online service because “it’s a brilliant tool to use to let the people who might otherwise not be able to, participate.”“It’s the same reason that prompted me to duplicate our Wednesday night Christian education offerings at noon on Wednesday, because we realized that some of our frail or elderly … don’t drive at night but are still vital, they still want to learn, and to be engaged in parish life,” Rider said during a recent telephone interview.Similarly, the Rev. Paul Briggs of St. Mary’s Church in Manchester, Connecticut, said he is using a ChurchNext “Bible Challenge” video course narrated by Marek Zabriskie to “reach out to business guys on the road a lot … and to young people right out of confirmation class. It might be a nice way to give us common ground to talk about. I also invited folks across the spectrum, 20- and 30-somethings, as well as newly retired folks.”Online learning isn’t new; adapting it for church use is, and is extremely important for future church growth, according to Rider and others across the country.ChurchNext is not a substitute for weekly Sunday school or traditional Christian education offerings, “but it is another arrow in your quiver for lifelong learning,” said its developer, the Rev. Chris Yaw, who launched ChurchNext several months ago.“Churches that are vibrant are the ones that are helping people grow in their journey with Christ,” Yaw said during a recent telephone interview. “We recognize that healthy congregations help people learn about God, and grow closer to the Spirit but our 1950s Sunday school model of ‘come out on six Sunday nights in a row’ is not working.”Yaw, rector of St. David’s Church in Southfield, Michigan, said he came up with the idea because of the realities of parish life and after noticing that acquaintances and church members went online for education and career advancement.For example, getting prospective godparents to attend pre-baptism meetings is difficult and scheduling instructional time a few minutes before the start of the service is unrealistic.“I baptized three kids on Pentecost and with three sets of godparents who barely had time to get the kids to church” there was little room for instruction, he said. Instead, he envisions signing them up for a free godparenting class to be viewed at their leisure.Some 209 congregations—and not all of them Episcopalian—have enrolled for available courses on Scripture, liturgy, spirituality, prayer. self-care and relationships, he said.It’s affordable, user-friendly and flexible, added Yaw, who is partnering with Forward Movement. Individuals can sign up for $10 per course or $15 per month for unlimited access. Congregations can build their own private schools for $59 per month. Subscribers get unlimited access to ChurchNext courses, which are taught by experts.“Traditional adult formation doesn’t work for many people. If the only option is coming to classroom at a church building and sitting in a class, many parishioners will simply never engage in formation,” said the Rev. Scott Gunn, Forward Movement’s executive director.The Cincinnati-based publisher is partnering with ChurchNext because “this is an ideal way to experiment in the complex and changing world of video, benefitting from Chris Yaw’s expertise,” he said. “When we were founded in 1935, pamphlets were cutting edge. While print still works for lots of people, we want to encourage digital disciples too.”With more than 20 congregations enrolled, Audrey Scanlan, Connecticut’s diocesan canon for mission collaboration considers ChurchNext a way to “work across parish boundaries with each other to begin to strengthen those bonds of community between congregations and … to begin to build some standards for Christian formation.”In the Diocese of Texas, both the Logos Project and the Discovery Series also offer Christian education and resources via video.The Discovery Series, about the life of faith, has been used throughout the church as a resource and “will be broken into segments and made available online through Forward Movement so that the instructed Eucharist, or the segment on baptism may be used separately,” according to Carol Barnwell, diocesan communications director.“The total series is $200 and both Forward Movement and the Diocese of Texas continue to sell this resource for confirmation, spiritual gift assessment and deepening our faith,” she said. “It was produced by the Diocese of Texas so that even the smallest congregation without lots of clergy could prepare a confirmation class with the same depth as a large church with lots of teachers.”The Logos Project offers free online videos, featuring global faith leaders discussing theological, practical and spiritual topics. It has included presentations by Sister Joan Chittister, discussing Benedictine spirituality and Taizé Brother Emmanuel about rediscovering God’s love, as well as many others.The diocese is also “building a library of speakers to make available to churches and individuals at no cost,” Barnwell added. “These are kind of ‘ted talks’ for the church. The library is here.Kerry Allman, Internet Strategist in the Diocese of Olympia said the diocese has used its videoconferencing system to offer some workshops and is exploring other ways to use technology for Christian formation and to build community.Adapting technology to Christian formation is particularly helpful for dioceses like Olympia, where both geography and weather can hamper participation in more traditional classes, Allman said.He believes that “people are just going to have to come to terms with technology because it is so prevalent.”Although checking iPads or phones, blackberries and tablets was once considered rude, now “it’s just a part of reality,” he added. “I go to a lot of meetings where people under 40 are on their smartphones. It’s not that they’re not engaged or paying attention, it’s the way of the culture. We really need to figure out a way to embrace that and to make that a normal part of our everyday experience for worship and for communication.”Rider agreed. He just began offering the school coursework so has not yet had any feedback about them, he said.But, he added that: “The largest part of our growing faith community is families with one, two or three children. These are folks who do not come on Wednesdays and don’t hang around after church on Sunday,” he said. This (ChurchNext) is going to be a great tool to keep them connected to the church.”“We have a chance to deepen their life of faith which, frankly, doesn’t say Morehouse or Cokesbury or Lutheran … it says Christ Episcopal Church Online Soul School, and it has the potential to build a very robust suite of resources that any parish can have and that few of us could provide on our own.”Yaw envisions adding an unlimited supply of such courses as: Altar Guild 101; Vestry 101; how to meet and greet newcomers … how to help my friend with cancer; how to age with dignity and grace, how to handle my aging parent, and many more.“Church used to be the place for life questions and people would come to the priest for answers,” he said. “Our content delivery vehicle is broken, so people go to Oprah and Dr. Oz and the question is, how do we reclaim our place in the culture where we actually have these answers.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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Chiefs and Hurricanes share poignant moment of respect then share the points in New Zealand derby

first_imgFriday Mar 15, 2019 Chiefs and Hurricanes share poignant moment of respect then share the points in New Zealand derby The Chiefs and Hurricanes played out a 23-23 draw amidst the backdrop of the tragic incidents that took place in Christchurch earlier today. The two sides linked arms before the match in a moment of solidarity for the victims of the terrorist shootings.ADVERTISEMENTThe match went ahead despite the shocking scenes earlier in the day, after two mosques were targeted and multiple victims were injured and killed.Directly before kickoff, the stadium in Hamilton had a moment of silence out of respect, as the players embraced in touching scenes.All Blacks and Blues back Sonny Bill Williams, a convert to Islam since 2009, posted an emotional response on twitter after he heard what happened in Christchurch.“Just heard the news and I couldn’t put it into words how I’m feeling right now,” Williams said. “Just sending my duas to the families apparently there’s close to 30 people dead.“I’m deeply, deeply saddened that this would happen in New Zealand.”ADVERTISEMENTAs for the contest, it went back and forth as the Chiefs showed a much improved performance after a dissapointing start to the tournament.Damian McKenzie was outstanding at fullback, scoring a great try while Wes Goosen showed compusure with a neat finish for the Hurricanes in the second half.McKenzie tied things up at 23-23 with a long range penalty with more than twenty minutes to go, and try as they might, the two teams couldn’t add to the scoreboard after that.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News , See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Father’s Day a missed opportunity for charities, says research

first_img Charities are missing out on donations by not digitally promoting ethical or alternative gift programmes around key calendar events such as Father’s Day, according to research from equimedia,While purchases of ethical gifts have seen a 19% increase over two years according to CAF – a keyword analysis of online charity campaigns by equimedia has shown no significant uplift from charitable organisations promoting their alternative gift services.equimedia analysed Google search trends around peak annual gifting occasions, which showed significant volume uplifts from searches among people seeking inspiration and ideas for unusual gifts. At the same time, its analysis of paid search activity on Google showed charities were not running digital campaigns to capitalise on these occasions to promote their ethical gift programmes.equimedia investigated a number of paid search alternative gifting keywords, as well as consumer search trends throughout the year for peak gifting occasions such as Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. It discovered that according to Google monthly averages for these search terms, an average of 33,000 searches per month are currently being conducted looking for Father’s Day gifts – equal to the number of searches for online inspiration for Valentine’s Day. This is only beaten annually by over 60,000 searches a month for Mother’s Day gift ideas. Over 19,000 additional searches for ‘Father’s Day presents’ and ‘Father’s Day ideas’ a month are currently taking place.Louise Burgess, COO and founder of equimedia, said:“With the dramatic increase in people taking up alternative gift options from the UK’s charities, you would expect this to be an area where charities are seizing on the potential to not only promote their causes around key calendar events but to also get ahead of their fundraising targets for the year. It is astonishing that this analysis of Google search terms shows that this is not the case.“That charities are ignoring key moments throughout the year to engage when Google search data clearly shows that people are actively looking for unusual gifts for their loved ones, highlights a tremendous missed opportunity – and one which organisations could act on with very little financial outlay to deliver tremendous returns.”  113 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  114 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 Father’s Day a missed opportunity for charities, says research Melanie May | 16 June 2017 | News Tagged with: Events Google Research / statisticslast_img read more

Property Ombudsman expels three agents

first_imgThe Property Ombudsman (TPO) is on track to expel more members this year than in 2016 after three agents were expelled in one go yesterday.Last year TPO kicked out nine agents but six have already been expelled this year following the latest expulsions, with just six months of the year gone.The three agents are Shields & Co in Nottingham, LPC Lettings Ltd in Liverpool and Blackhorse Property Management Ltd in Bradford (all pictured).Two were expelled after failing to pay awards totalling £11,000 to landlords following complaints to the ombudsman that were subsequently upheld.TPO members are required to comply with any award or direction given by the Ombudsman and accepted by the complainants.“It is important to point out that cases like these are extremely rare and concern the actions of a small minority of agents,” says TPO Chairman Jerry Fitzjohn.“Taking into account the vast number of sales and lettings transactions that take place every year, only a small percentage of consumers contact TPO to complain about their agent, and our recent Annual Report reveals an even smaller number are referred to our Disciplinary & Standards Committee.”Shields & Co had failed to pay a landlord rents totalling £2,657 owed on four separate properties, plus an award of £500 for the aggravation caused.In a similar case, LPC Lettings did not pass on rents of £5,967, or pay an award given by TPO of £600 for the aggravation cause.TPO says both cases highlight the need for agents to keep clients’ cash in a separate account and to transfer money promptly.But while TPO expelled these two companies from its lettings redress scheme for two years, Blackhorse Property Management has been expelled from both its sales and letting redress schemes for three years after failing to obtain references for a tenant in one case and for various transgressions of TPO guidelines over one sale – including a lack of contractual transparency, lost viewings and poor complaints handling.“I would have expected Blackhorse Property Management to have obtained proof of the tenant’s identity and proof of address, to have verified the tenant’s ability to afford the rent through income from employment and/or benefit entitlements, and to have sought a reference from her existing landlord,” says Property Ombudsman Katrine Sporle. LPC Lettings Ltd Blackhorse Property Management Shields & Co the property ombdus July 28, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Property Ombudsman expels three agents previous nextRegulation & LawProperty Ombudsman expels three agentsTrio of agents in three different cities expelled after failing to pay awards that followed complaints by landlords and a vendor.Nigel Lewis28th July 20170869 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford graduate awarded for work improving Oxbridge access

first_imgSeddon expressed his support for Foun- dation Oxford and Opportunity Oxford, the access schemes launched by the Universityearlier this year. He told Cherwell, “It’s goodto see the university getting innovative in this domain but they could go further. Seddon said: “I am honoured to receive this award from the Prime Minister on behalf of Access Oxbridge, and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our incredible mentors and inspirational students. Access Oxbridge was set up in 2018as a mentoring programme to connect disadvantaged students with current andformer students from Oxford and Cam- bridge in order to give them the “resources and soft skills” needed to allow them to“compete on a level playing field with theirprivately educated peers.” The mentoring programme consists of a series of weekly one-hour video turorials with a mentor, delivered through an online app. After itsfirst year, 50 students from disadvantagedbackgrounds were admitted under thescheme, representing a 30% success rate. In a personal letter to Seddon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how ‘Access Oxbridge’ is giving the most talented young people from under- represented backgrounds the skills andconfidence to win the places they deserve at two of our country’s finest, world-leadinguniversities.” Seddon suggested he would welcome the prospect of working collaboratively with the new schemes: “To get through to students who are harder to reach it is necessary to work with groups who can create hyper- targeted campaigns to reach out to people who wouldn’t ordinarily consider applying.” Seddon plans to match Access Oxbridge’s success of getting 50 students admitted under the scheme, and has plans to expandthe scheme beyond Oxford and Cambridgeto other Russell Group universities. The Points of Light award was set up in Joe Seddon, founder of Access Oxbridge, has been awarded a Points of Light award by the Prime Minister for his efforts to improve access to Oxford University to students from underrepresented backgrounds.center_img “I started it up as a side project but veryquickly I saw it had a significant impacton people’s chances of being admitted, in particular for people who wouldn’t consider applying to Oxbridge or from schools who have never sent people before.” Seddon told Cherwell he found runningthe Access Oxbridge scheme “really enjoy- able.” Joe Seddon is a PPE graduate fromMansfield College, which has the highestpercentage of state school students acrossboth Oxford and Cambridge – 88% in 2018. “Education has the ability to transform lives, and we must continue to work to ensure that those with incredible talent are able to succeed irrespective of background.” “They need to expand their digital and online campaigns.” 2014 as a scheme to recognise “outstanding individual volunteers.” An award is made by the Prime Minister on a daily basis to volunteers “doing everything from tackling knife crime, to supporting families of dementia patients.” Seddon is the 1256th person to be given an award under the scheme.last_img read more

Starbucks trials fresh food Live Well range in the UK

first_imgStarbucks is currently trialling its new Live Well range in selected UK stores. The range has been designed in response to customers’ specific requests for additional fresh food choices, said a spokesperson for the chain.All options in the new range contain either less than 5% fat, one of your recommended five-a-day or a source of fibre.The range comprises six new salads, including Greek Salad, British Chicken with Red Pesto Pasta Salad and Tuna & Three Bean Salad, as well as three warm breakfast options including Dry Cured Ham Crêpe, Mushroom & Tomato Crêpe and Egg Florentine with Spinach & Cheese Crêpe.“At Starbucks, we’ve listened to our customers and we have expanded our fresh food range to reflect their needs and provide greater choice, whether they’re visiting our coffeehouses for breakfast or lunch,” said the spokesperson.“The trial of this new range, and new in-store look, is currently under way in almost 30 Starbucks stores in the south of England, Manchester and London,” she added.In the US, Starbucks is currently reformulating 90% of its baked goods, removing high fructose corn syrup, artificial colours and flavours. A spokesperson for Starbucks confirmed reformulation work has already been carried out in the UK.The chain will also introduce new bakery items in the US on 30 June including double-chocolate cookies and brownies.last_img read more

News story: Couple sentenced for operating fake online pharmacy

first_imgMHRA is currently running the #FakeMeds campaign to warn people against buying potentially dangerous or useless unlicensed medicines sold by illegal online suppliers.Visit www.gov.uk/fakemeds for tips on buying medicines safely online and how to avoid unscrupulous sites. Out of office hours: 07770 446 189 (17:00 – 08:30) Following a guilty plea, Mr Jakub Woźniak, 36, was sentenced to a total of 18 months immediate custody while Ms Izabela Wojceichowska, 37, received an eight-month sentence suspended for two years, in addition to 180 hours of unpaid work. The pair were also ordered to pay £3,000 in related costs.During one raid MHRA enforcement officers seized large quantities of unlicensed and prescription-only medicines such as erectile dysfunction pills, steroids and illegal slimming tablets with a total value of more than £25,500. The slimming pills alone were valued at £7,900.Additional investigations uncovered evidence of financial transactions for the sale of unauthorised medicines totalling more than £87,500 while a follow-up raid on Woźniak’s home revealed he had continued offending after the first raid and a further £10,752.4 worth of steroids were seized.Despite neither being registered doctors nor pharmacists, the guilty pair were operating an illegal online pharmacy which provided a mail-order service with customers across the UK . They had different roles in the operation, with Wojceichowska handling slimming pills and Woźniak dealing with all other medical products.Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA Head of Enforcement said: During office hours: 020 3080 7651 (08:30 – 17:00) News centreMHRA10 South ColonnadeLondonE14 4PU Selling potent unlicensed or prescription-only medicines is a serious criminal offence. If taken without medical supervision these medicines can be very dangerous. We work relentlessly with regulatory and law enforcement colleagues to identify and prosecute all those involved. Criminals only want your cash and don’t have the slightest interest in your health. Email [email protected] Media enquiries Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. For real-time updates including the latest press releases and news statements, see our Twitter channel at https://www.twitter.com/mhragovuklast_img read more

Tom Morello Releases “Can’t Stop The Bleeding” Featuring Gary Clark Jr. & Gramatik [Listen]

first_imgRock guitarist Tom Morello, best known for his tenures with Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, has released a new genre-crossing single, “Can’t Stop The Bleeding”, featuring blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and electronic music producer Gramatik.“‘Can’t Stop The Bleeding’ is the latest Marshall stack bass drop banger from Gary Clark Jr., Gramatik and myself,” states Morello. “Influenced by W.B. Yeats, Jimi Hendrix and terrified Ultra fans, this latest salvo of “Shred Step” just erupted from The Atlas Underground.”Listen to Tom Morello’s new “Can’t Stop Bleeding” release featuring Gary Clark Jr. and Gramatik below:Tom Morello ft. Gary Clark Jr & Gramatik – “Can’t Stop Bleeding”[Video: Tom Morello]After embarking on an interactive speaking tour, Morello recently got back to his regular live concert configuration after debuting his new show at SXSW. Morello’s 2019 tour includes an immersive live production designed by creative director Sean Evans and features material from Morello’s recent The Atlas Underground studio release. The Atlas Underground features a hybrid blend of rock, hip-hop, and electronic elements, so it comes as no surprise that Morello partnered up with some unlikely candidates for his most recent studio endeavor. Following his headlining tour, Morello will join Muse on all three of their U.K. stadium dates this June.For a full list of Tom Morello’s 2019 tour dates, see below. For ticketing and more information, head to Tom Morello’s website.TOM MORELLO 2019 TOUR DATES:May 3, 2019 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to RockvilleMay 4, 2019 Chattanooga, TN The SignalMay 5, 2019 Asheville, NC The Orange PeelMay 7, 2019 Asbury Park, NJ Stone PonyMay 8, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA Rex TheaterMay 10, 2019 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National CentreMay 11, 2019 Louisville, KY Mercury BallroomMay 12, 2019 Rockingham, NC Epicenter FestivalMay 14, 2019 New York, NY Irving PlazaMay 15, 2019 Norfolk, VA The NorvaMay 17, 2019 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple Art + Music FestivalMay 18, 2019 Buffalo, NY Town BallroomMay 19, 2019 Columbia, MD DC101 Kerfuffle / Merriweather Post PavilionJune 1, 2019 London, UK London Stadium*June 3, 2019 Nottingham, UK Rescue RoomsJune 5, 2019 Bristol, UK Ashton Gate Stadium*June 8, 2019 Manchester, UK Etihad Stadium*June 15, 2019 Tinley Park, IL 101WKQX Piqniq*with MUSEView Tour Dateslast_img read more

King Cotton Awards

first_imgThe Georgia Cotton Commission recently recognized two University of Georgia Cooperative Extension professionals for their work in the cotton industry.Stephanie Hollifield, Brooks County Extension coordinator, was presented this year’s Senior King Cotton Award. Ty Torrance, Grady County agricultural and natural resources agent, was presented the Allen B. Fulford Award. Both were recognized at this year’s Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting held in Dublin, Georgia, from Nov. 4-6.Hollifield, who also serves as an agriculture and natural resources agent, hosts producer education programs regarding agronomics and defoliation and conducts county research on cotton. Hollifield focuses her research trials on issues important to local growers, including areolate mildew, planter downforce and defoliation tank mixes.Torrance joined Extension in 2015 and previously served producers in Decatur, Schley and Marion counties. He serves as a member of the Georgia Cotton Commission’s Research Advisory Committee, which analyzes and makes recommendations on research programs funded by the commission. He also participates in the UGA Cotton Team’s on-farm variety trials, a program designed to inform producers on yield and fiber quality data from the numerous commercial cotton varieties available to farmers statewide.This is the 19th year the Georgia Cotton Commission has sponsored the King Cotton Awards to recognize the outstanding contributions of county agents to Georgia cotton producers. The Senior Award is for agents with 10 or more years of experience, while the Junior Award, named the Allen B. Fulford Award, is for agents with less than 10 years of service.The Georgia Cotton Commission was established in 1965 and is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment that enables the commission to invest in programs of research, promotion and education on behalf of all cotton producers in Georgia.For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission, call 478-988-4235 or go to www.georgiacottoncommission.org. (Taylor Sills is the Director of Public Affairs for the Georgia Cotton Commission).last_img read more