Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 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 Rector Albany, NY Faith & Politics November 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm The best place for the Church is out of politics. There is no winning when the Church gets involved. However, members of the Church are more than welcome to make friends and enemies as such may be without involving the Institution in the process. Yes, I remember the Lincoln-Douglas debates myself, as well as the war that never ended. Election 2016, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Robert Plunkett says: Donald Trump, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Nov 3, 2016 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ronald Davin says: Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC November 14, 2016 at 1:22 am I love and respect any word from Brian Baker’s lips. I wish to be able to hear more!is there a place to read Brian’s full discourse on the election? I have found him to be “the true Christian” in my life. I do not practice a Christian religion, but I do practice a spiritual way of living.Having been raised Catholic I have a deep love for Mary and Im learning more all the time aboutwhat a great Christian Jesus was. Maybe the first and maybe the only? The deep love and respect that Brian has for all life is to me what Jesus would want us all to be. November 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm If you thought this election lacked civility you should have heard the Lincoln – Douglas debates, (when I was young) Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR cheryl Welch says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Dr. William A Flint, MDiv, PhD says: November 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm There was more going on than the Lincoln-Douglas debate in those years. PECUSA *not* supporting the abolition of slavery was political. How can we be incarnational and not comment on the world.?How is “thy kingdom come…on earth as in heaven…” not political? Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Byron Rushing says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Comments (5) Rector Martinsville, VA [Episcopal News Service] For many Americans, the Nov. 8 general election can’t come soon enough, and not because they’re excited about it.More than half (52 percent) of American adults report the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, research by the American Psychological Association shows. Democrats (55 percent) and Republicans (59 percent) are statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.The distress goes beyond who wins or loses.“I think there’s a great deal of anxiety about the lack of civility and [the] divisiveness” that surrounds this election, said the Very Rev. Brian Baker, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento, California, in a recent interview with Episcopal News Service. “All of the judging, the polarizing, the clumping people into groups, the fear-mongering – all of that corrodes the soul of our communities.”Baker said he believes that this election season is a time for the church to witness to a different way of being, to embody what he calls “the sharp distinction” between the church’s culture and that of the world. For instance, he said, raising children in a church community is “becoming less optional … if you want your child to be part of a community that really is talking about respecting the dignity of every human being.”To that point, a survey by the Teaching Tolerance project found teachers reporting an increase in bullying of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been targeted by candidates. Teachers are also noticing what the report calls an “alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom.” More than 40 percent of teachers surveyed said they are hesitant to teach about the election.As the political climate has intensified, some congregations have held gatherings for their members to talk about their concerns and to discern how to respond faithfully to this season. Some have run voter-registration efforts and others plan election eve and Election Day prayer vigils.“All the Episcopalians who are raising this concern now are right on target,” the Hon. Byron Rushing, the assistant majority leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives who is also vice president of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, told ENS, adding that this attention feels unprecedented to him.St. George’s Episcopal Church in Texas City, Texas, north of Galveston, have enlisted the help of local Boy Scout troops, businesses and neighbors to create literal signs of hope to place around the community and remind people that coming together in unity is paramount in what the church calls “a contentious and toxic election year.” Five hundred hand-painted signs of the word “hope” will be blessed at the church on Nov. 19 during the church’s annual bazaar as a reminder that “the bigger story is always one of hope and love,” said the Rev. Robin Reeves, rector. “Our hope is that our community will come together following the elections, no matter who is elected, for the good of our community, the nation and for the good of our kid’s future,” she said, adding that the sign painters hope people will “choose love over fear.” Photo: St. George’s Episcopal ChurchThe Rev. Emily Mellott, rector of Calvary Church in Lombard, Illinois, hosted one such discussion in mid-October.“What we talked about was mostly about how to find the ground of our faith when the public discourse is so divided and feels so far from our values and faith,” she told ENS. “We talked about reading the psalms and the prophets to connect with other times when God’s people have felt lost in the chaos – it’s a model of how to stay in touch with God when it feels like God is far from the mess.”The attendees also talked about looking for the values of the baptismal covenant in the election news and debate, such as respect and justice, and for what Mellott called the “related values like integrity, patience, humility.”“And then one person reminded us that – as an antidote to the fear about whether our democracy will survive – the mission of the church will go on no matter who wins,” Mellott said. “She suggested that confidence in that helps her treat the fears of this election season as a distraction, not a central issue, and it allows us to focus on what is important in our faith.”Obviously, those sorts of discussions are not aimed at advocating for one candidate versus another or one party versus another. They are not even aimed at achieving agreement.“There really are helpful disagreements that we can have,” the Rev. Pamela Dolan, rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country, Missouri, west of St. Louis, told ENS. “If we’re all in the same place about everything all the time, I’m not sure why [anyone would] go to church. What can you get from that? Have somebody tell you what you already know, make you feel good about what you already believe? I’m not interested in that and I hope that people want a little bit more substance than that. I think most people do.”The goal of such conversations, Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Budde told ENS, ought to center on “how to find a way for every voice to be heard, allow people to speak their own truth and then to allow the community to move forward in a way that is part of the reconciliation we need” beyond the church community.The “distress and angst” before and after the election, Rushing said, gives the church “one more opportunity to speak about our understanding of reconciliation.”Such an approach goes a long way towards creating an environment of “love and mutual support even with people with whom we disagree or might be afraid of,” Baker said. It is also one way that churches can, he suggested, help their members develop spiritual practices to “exercise muscles that let us live with less fear and exercise muscles that help us live with less judgment.”Another such practice, Baker said, is the gospel-based call to pray for one’s enemies, “and not that they change their minds but that they have life without suffering and the cause of suffering,” echoing the intention of some Buddhist prayers. All of those practices combine to form the model that churches can present to the world as “the gold standard of how we live with one another in community” and as the way to respond to the “deeper issues” that have surfaced in this election, he said.The days after Nov. 8 hold the possibility of more, albeit possibly different, stress given pre-election rhetoric about the legitimacy of the election, coupled with the sense of winners and losers, and worry about the damage done to the democratic process.The church needs to provide opportunities outside of the liturgy to both the church community and the neighborhood for “open but healthy conversation,” the Rev. Bill Brosend, professor of New Testament and preaching at the School of Theology at the University of the South, told ENS.“We can give people the chance to look at their fears and angers, and see how much of them are genuine,” he said. “I would hope that every parish is setting up special times before and after the election, and giving people a place” to talk about the stress and to remember that God cares about them.The intensity of the feelings evoked by the election cycle may dissipate over time but, “we need to be providing after-care,” Brosend said. The need for Christians “to bring faith to the political conversation in an intellectually challenging way” will still be present.Rushing offered some practical post-election tactics. Immediately after the election, he said, people should take a look at how the vote went in the areas where their members lives. Seeing how many people voted for each presidential nominee will hint at possible community divisions between perceived winners and losers. “The fact that people voted differently means that they had a different view of, at least, their government, let alone the society that they’re in, and the feeling that they were not being heard,” he said.Rushing added that the question to ask in the immediate aftermath of Nov. 8 is “How do you go forward in a nation divided when those divisions are not immediately showing up at your doorstep?”One way is for churches to host conversations with people across the political spectrum “in a somewhat public and safe space.”“Invite people in; they might come and they might not come, but give it a go” so that people know the church is a place to which they can come, he said. He acknowledged that such hosting might be very new for most congregations.“I can’t think of a time of something like this happening,” Rushing said. “Everybody who wants to engage in reconciliation around this particular time in our history has to know that they’re all going to be on the cutting edge,” he said.Read more about itNonpartisan and ecumenical resources for Nov. 6 Vote Faithfully Sunday, including prayer and worship resources, a voter commitment card, information about how to get out the vote in your congregation and more, are here. Staff from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, the Episcopal Church and United Church of Christ created the resources.A 30-day cycle of prayer, called for by Forward Movement, began Oct. 6. The cycle includes weekly PDFs with prayers for each day. The entire cycle is available for download in a single PDF. The final prayer is for Nov. 9. The downloads, one in English and another in Spanish, are here.The Episcopal Church’s Election Engagement Toolkit is here and the accompanying website is here.The Internal Revenue Service’s guide for election engagement activities, titled “Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations,” is here.The Pew Research Center for Religion & Public Life’s resource “Preaching Politics from the Pulpit” includes this question-and-answer section that unpacks the IRS rules.The Nonprofit Vote website includes more resources on what churches legally can and cannot do during election season.Previous ENS coverage of the 2016 election is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Episcopalians on ‘cutting edge’ with election season pastoral care Churches have role to play in helping people with political anxiety Course Director Jerusalem, Israel
RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Croatia November 23, 2020 Find out more CroatiaEurope – Central Asia News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Reporters Without Borders today deplored an attempt to kill Croatian press magnate Ninoslav Pavic and called on the government to do all it could to arrest and try those responsible. Pavic heads the country’s biggest media group, Europa Press Holding (EPH), some of whose newspapers are currently investigating organised crime.A bomb placed under his car exploded in the early hours on 1 March in front of his home in Zagreb, injuring no-one but causing extensive damage. Police put him under protection but said they had no leads on who planted the bomb or why.”This attack seems to be an effort to intimidate and silence journalists probing organised crime,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Sime Lucin. “We ask you not to rule this out in your investigation of the crime.”Two EPH papers, the daily Jutarnji list and the weekly Globus, regularly publish reports on organised crime. Last year, three Globus journalists came under attack. Mark Cigoj was physically attacked on 27 December, and Renata Ivanovic and Gordan Malic received threats from two major figures in the Croatian underworld.EPH, of which Pavic is co-owner, is controlled by the German group Westdeutscher Allgemeine Zeitung. December 2, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts March 3, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press magnate escapes bomb attack
News Updates’Mere Inaccuracies In Reporting Cannot Justify Initiation Of Prosecution’: Madras HC Quashes Criminal Defamation Proceedings Against ET Journalist & Editor [Read Judgment] Akshita Saxena7 May 2020 1:20 AMShare This – x”There is something called ethical imperative. It envisions that inherent powers go with implicit duties. Courts often nudge and remind the executive that possession of power is coupled with a duty to exercise the same. Judicial power can be no different. When freedom of press which is a fundamental right is at stake, higher judiciary is obliged to exercise not only its inherent power…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”There is something called ethical imperative. It envisions that inherent powers go with implicit duties. Courts often nudge and remind the executive that possession of power is coupled with a duty to exercise the same. Judicial power can be no different. When freedom of press which is a fundamental right is at stake, higher judiciary is obliged to exercise not only its inherent power but also exert itself a bit. An unused power is a useless tinsel. There is no point in merely saying that press is the foundation of democracy.” The Madras High Court on Wednesday quashed the criminal defamation proceedings instituted against the Journalist Sandhya Ravishankar and her husband, also the Editor and Grievances Redressal Officer of the Economic Times, in connection to an article about illegal beach sand mining of atomic minerals along the southern coastline of Tamil Nadu, published in the 2015 issue of the ET Magazine. While doing so, the bench of Justice GR Swaminathan made significant observations with regards the role of higher judiciary in “safeguarding the freedom of press”. “I am clearly of the view that there is no point in merely singing paeans to freedom of press, if one cannot go to its rescue when the said right is faced with a serious threat,” he said while holding that the very institution of the impugned complaint is an abuse of the process of court. The court remarked that when freedom of press which is a fundamental right is at stake, higher judiciary is “obliged” to exercise its inherent powers. Relying on a Supreme Court ruling in State of Madras v. VG Rao, AIR 1952 SC 196, the bench held that courts play the role of “sentinel on the qui vive” to protect the Constitutional rights of citizens. “The sentinel must ever be alert to danger and charge forth when required. The Court can never desert its duty when it comes to protection of fundamental rights. Those observations will apply to the entire higher judiciary,” Justice Swaminathan remarked. Background The Petitioners, Sandhya Ravishankar and her husband had approached the High Court seeking quashing of the criminal defamation case filed against them by a sand mining corporation and the consequent summons issued by the Judicial Magistrate,. It was pointed out that the articles in question were published after the Madras High Court issued notice on PIL filed over illegal beach sand mining. The complainant corporation had alleged that the Petitioners herein, by way of the impugned article, made false statements and undermined their reputation in the public eye and caused them irreparable harm. They had also alleged that Ravishankar’s husband had earlier applied for employment in a news channel in which the Complainant had substantial stakes, and now, she wrote the article out of hatred and malice and to settle scores with the complainant, for having declined to employ her husband. Findings Article based on a PIL The Court noted that the contents of the impugned article were inspired from a PIL filed before the High Court, alleging illicit mining of beach sand minerals. The same was published only after notices were issued on the PIL, including to the complainant-Respondent. Further it observed that even though the original Petitioner in the case was relieved from the proceedings for lacking in bonafides but, “the PIL did not get terminated or closed”. Rather, the court took cognizance of the allegation that illicit sand mining was still going on. In face of this factual matrix, the High Court remarked, “The fact that the Hon’ble Division Bench is actively seized of the matter is more than sufficient to indicate the importance of the issue raised by the third petitioner…” Case falls within Exception 3 The court upheld the Petitioners’ argument that their case fell within the third exception to Section 499 of IPC, on criminal defamation. As per the third exception, criminal defamation proceedings would not be attracted if a publication is carried out in good faith and on a public question. Accordingly the court held, “The article penned by the third petitioner raised an issue in which the people at large definitely have an interest. The article has been published only in the wake of the notice issued by the Hon’ble First Bench of the Madras High Court. When the Hon’ble First Bench thought it fit to issue notice based on the allegations made by a litigant and when it raised a public question, the media is certainly entitled to carry a story on it. This is something that would on the very face of it fall within Exception No.3 to Section 499 IPC.” Mere inaccuracies in reporting cannot justify initiation of prosecution In light of an American ruling in New York Times vs. Sullivan 376 U.S 254, the bench held that “minor errors” in reporting do not call for initiation of criminal proceedings against the media. In the said case, the US Supreme Court had held that “Erroneous statements” were “inevitable in free debate” and therefore, the very existence of free debate required the protection of such statements, the bench quoted from Book titled “Offend, Shock or Disturb”, authored by Gautam Bhatia. The above decision of was later cited with approval by the Supreme Court in R. Rajagopal v. State of Tamil Nadu (1994) 6 SCC 632, whereby it was held that “Where the publication is based upon the facts and statements which are not true, unless the official establishes that the publication was made (by the defendant) with reckless disregard for truth. In such a case, it would be enough for the defendant (member of the press or media) to prove he acted after a reasonable verification of the facts; it is not necessary for him to prove that what he has written is true…” The “Sullivan principle” was further amplified by a division bench of the Madras High Court in Rajagopal v. J. Jayalalitha, AIR 2006 Mad 312. Highlighting the same, Justice Swaminathan clarified, “There can always be a margin of error. The permissible width of the margin will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case. The media can avail this defence whether the complainant is a public official or a private entity. Mere inaccuracies in reporting cannot justify initiation of prosecution.” In this backdrop, having found no material to substantiate the allegations and for the reason that a PIL on the subject matter was pending before a division bench of the High Court, the court conclude that it was best suited to quash the criminal complaint. In doing so the he also highlighted the crucial role played by the judiciary in upholding the independence of the fourth pillar of democracy. “If a summary examination of the materials produced by the accused can bring their case within one of the Exceptions, I can give relief to the petitioners here itself instead of making them undergo the ordeal of trial. Such an activist role will have to be played by the higher judiciary because it is a matter of record that criminal defamation proceedings have become a tool of intimidation and before corporate bodies and powerful politicians whose pockets are tunnel deep and whose hands are long even media houses having good resources have capitulated,” he held. Wife-an independent personality Maneuvering its “activist role”, the bench went on to recognize the capacity of a wife “to act independently and make her own free choice”. Condemning the allegations that Ravishankar had penned the article at the behest of her husband, the court observed that the same “undermines the agency” of a woman. “If I accept the contention of the complainant’s counsel, that would undermine the agency of the woman concerned. This concept of agency has considerable philosophical import and was evolved by the feminists during the last century. The complainant wants me to assume that the third petitioner lacks personal autonomy. The third petitioner definitely has the capacity to act independently and make her own free choice. I cannot assume that the third petitioner was a pawn or tool at the hands of her husband. Her innate dignity can be upheld only by deleting the fourth petitioner from the array of accused,” he held. The observation was made in the backdrop of a finding that the complainant had not placed any material before the Court to show that the husband was a complicit in the writing of the impugned article. Procedural Irregularities The court also pointed out various procedural irregularities inherent in the criminal proceedings pending before the Trial Court. It noted that the Petitioner-husband had not been named and was addressed on the basis of the title held by him at his company. Discouraging such practice, the court highlighted that where the accused is an individual, he/ she will have to be named in person with appropriate description. If the accused is not named in person and is merely referred to by designation, the court ought to return the complaint as defective. In this case however, the bench noted, “the trial magistrate appears to have mechanically taken cognizance of the offences even without noting that the A1 and A2 have not been named in person at all. That apart, there is absolutely no allegation whatsoever against the first petitioner. Merely because he has not redressed the grievance projected by the complainant, he cannot be accused of having committed the offence of defamation. Therefore, I have no hesitation to come to the conclusion that the impugned proceedings deserve to be quashed as regards the petitioners 1 and 2.” Further on the aspect of territorial jurisdiction the bench held, “A mere look at the cause title would have revealed that the accused are not residing within the jurisdictional limits of Judicial Magistrate No. I, Tirunelveli. But without holding any enquiry, summons were issued. The learned trial magistrate has not taken note of the mandate set out in Section 202 of Cr.PC. Thus, there has been no application of mind while taking cognizance of the offences.” in a concluding remark the court said, “The petitioners 2 and 3 cannot be said to have defamed the complainant by publishing the article in question. The very institution of the impugned complaint is an abuse of the process of court. Quashing the same alone would secure the ends of justice. I have already held that there is absolutely no material whatsoever against the petitioners 1 and 4. The impugned proceedings are accordingly quashed and this criminal original petition stands allowed. Connected miscellaneous petitions are closed.” Case Details: Case Title: Grievances Redressal Officer, M/s.Economic Times Internet Ltd. & Ors. v. M/s.V.V.Minerals Pvt.Ltd. & Anr. Case No.: Crl OP (MD) No. 9067/2016 Quorum: Justice GR Swaminathan Appearance: Advocate Anand Chandrasekar for Advocate P. Muthuvijaya Pandian (for Petitioners); Advocate V. Lakshminarayanan for M/s Kingsly Solomon (for Respondents) Click Here To Download Judgment Read Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
A cyclist in Oxford has been seriously injured having been hit by a tangerine thrown from a passing car. The incident took place just past Cherwell Bridge on Monday.The fruit was travelling at high speed and left the cyclist with serious bruising to his left eye alongside swelling and bleeding from the iris. PC Chris Reilly said, “This may have been unintentional, but I am concerned it was not. The rider was wearing a reflective jacket and lights and would have been easy to see.” Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Reilly on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.
Authorities in Chisago County, Minnesota are reporting that they have reunited a curious 2-year-old boy with his family after the child snuck out of his house and drove his battery powered tractor all the way to a county fair.The incident occurred on Thursday around 6:51 pm.The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office the child, who lives close to the fairgrounds saw the rides from his home and decided to hop onto his battery powered John Deere tracker and drive down a sidewalk to get a closer look without first notifying his parents.The parents then contacted authorities to report their child missing. Thankfully within moments a state representative at the fair noticed the child next to a ride and reported it back to the sheriff’s office. The child was then returned to his father.After being reunited, the father “promptly suspended his son’s license by removing the battery from” the toy truck.
Unlike most of the new Pirate band “Waggoner’s,” including a significant number of the media, in April 2012 just hours before opening day I wrote, “the day is coming.” I have been accused of being, rabid, crazed and delusional in regards to my annual so-called rose colored predictions regarding the soon to be successful Pittsburgh Pirates. When I was in my early 20s I attended a church service featuring a prominent “prophet” and faith healer. After the service concluded, my father who was a devout Christian and a man of God for his entire life asked me a question, “Peanut, what did you think of the service?” I replied that, “I thought it was great but one thing puzzled me. The ‘prophet’ promised every sick person there that they were healed. How could he promise that?” Dad said, “If he bats one percent everyone wins.” That leads me to say, Pittsburgh has heard all of the lofty promises before but if the Pirates top .500 or get a wild card playoff slot in 2012, we all win. The Pirates 2012 squad is not smoke and mirrors. These boys are for real.Prince used to say that some of the Pirates pitchers of the past were throwing so hard that the baseball looked as tiny as “aspirin tablets.” To compliment the pierogis we have to get some more “babushka power” onto the heads of women that fill the seats at PNC Park. If that doesn’t work I am positive that there are a few “Green Weenies’” in the Pirates museum waiting to be dusted off with a curse still strong enough to be unleashed on the Pirates unsuspecting opponents.The Pirates had great players but what really caused people to want to come to the ballpark every day and listen to the game on the radio every night was Bob Prince. Prince was the Daniel Webster of a new vocabulary that can only be described as, “Piratesspeak.”If the Pirates perform the exact same way that they did before the All-Star break they will be 22 games over .500 and a lock to win a NL wildcard spot and “by a gnats eyelash” may win the National League Central Division crown. They might even start to raise live, “chickens on the hill” if and when the Bucs win another World Series.Prince used to say that the law of “hidden vigorish” was on a player’s side if that player was in a slump or just wasn’t performing too well. In the Pirates case they have over seventeen years of “hidden vigorish” working in their favor.“How sweet it is” is not a reference to one of the Motown legends Jr. Walker and the All-Stars greatest hits. It was Prince savoring every victory of the Pirates. Prince also used to say that “the bases are F.O.B.” (full of Bucs).“Kiss it goodbye” was not Mr. Prince heading to divorce court. It was him bidding adieu to one of the many homeruns launched by the Pirates out of Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium.“We had ’em all the way.” That’s what all the fly by nighters will be saying when the Pirates begin breaking out the champagne. Now it is time to get serious. Since the Pirates last won a division, I have battled and overcome cancer. I have buried my mother and three brothers and a sister. I have seen many of my friends go on to join the ancestors. I become saddened that a few folks are no longer on the planet just to feel the vibe now soaking Pittsburgh sports fans. One of the things that makes my blood boil is people now coming up to me asking, no almost pleading with me to get them some Pirate tickets. Yet only three, yes three short years ago, Chaz Kellum from the Pirates gave me a block of five hundred tickets for Jackie Robinson week. Only 60 some odd people choose to redeem them.The Pirates needed folks to cheer them on when they were playing atrociously and even feeling worse than that. There were Wednesday and Thursday nights at PNC Park that if 8,000 fans showed up that was considered a blessing.It is true that some of the past management of the Pirates went south, but you know what? The fans went to Brazil with them. The players gave up, the fans gave up. The fans gave up, the players gave up. Which came first? The chicken or the egg. Who knows because an entire city gave up on the spirit of baseball. The Pirates are going to win. They are going to shake a stick and the “Green Weenie” at their not so recent past of mediocrity. The Bucs gonna beat em all the way. Beat em Bucs.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) I feel like reminiscing on this night, boys and girls. First I want to hit the rewind button to transport us back to the land of the late legendary Pirates broadcaster Bob “The Gunner” Prince, but before we put the cart before the donkey, I have a bottle of crow feather removal solvent for anyone who needs it in regards to the “new found” success of the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are truly a few “bugs loose on the rug” as the “Gunner” would proclaim in his gravely sometimes “Jack Daniels” laced voice.
Facebook39Tweet0Pin0Financial services firm Edward Jones was named the Advisory Solutions Firm of the Year by the Money Management Institute as the firm that most exemplified overall excellence and contributed to the long-term success and sustainability of the wealth management industry, according to Brent Conklin, a financial advisor in Yelm, WA.The award was presented at the Institute’s annual Gateway to Leadership Awards Dinner held recently in Chicago. The Money Management Institute is the national association for the managed investment solutions and the wealth management industry. This award recognizes the features and benefits of both of the firm’s advisory platforms.Edward Jones Advisory Solutions® is an asset allocation and advisory program that allows investors to select from research or custom models with an initial minimum investment of $50,000. The models use a combination of mutual funds, exchange traded funds and separately managed accounts in the construction of the portfolio and allow clients to delegate asset allocation, investment selection and portfolio rebalancing to Edward Jones.This program now offers 62 fully discretionary research models, in addition to custom models, which allow investors to design a model to match their unique investment needs. With the program’s custom models, clients retain discretion over the investment selection from the list of funds available in the program.Advisory Solutions has proved popular with Edward Jones clients. The program has grown to more than $75 billion in assets under management since its introduction in August 2008. Advisory Solutions now ranks as the country’s 4th largest mutual fund advisory program, according to MMI/Dover Research.In addition, Edward Jones offers a dual contract separately managed account program with more than $2 billion in assets under management.Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.In January 2012, for the 13th year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE Magazine in its annual listing. The firm ranked No. 5 overall and No. 3 in Large Size Companies. These 13 FORTUNE rankings include top 10 finishes for nine years, consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.Member SIPC.
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of TumwaterOn Friday, September 12, 2014, road crews will be painting new center lines, edge lines and bike lanes on streets throughout the City of Tumwater. Work will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue to approximately 5:30 p.m. Some traffic delays are expected. Please do not pass painting equipment or travel over freshly painted lines.Please avoid driving over wet paint. The paint striping vehicle will be equipped with flashing lights, followed by at least two other vehicles with advisory signs. To avoid getting paint on your vehicle, do not pass the paint striping equipment and do not drive across painted lines if you see striping activity in the area. If you get paint on your vehicle, wash it off immediately.This work will be completed by the City of Tumwater Public Works Department with assistance from the Lewis County Public Works road crew. The application of striping and pavement markings requires dry weather conditions. If inclement weather prohibits work, the schedule will be extended to the following weekend.Contact the City of Tumwater Public Works Operations and Maintenance Division at (360) 754-4150 for more information.
Leonardo Jewelers of Red Bank celebrated the expansion and renovation of its 35 E. Front St. store on Friday, March 15. The centerpiece of the work is the store’s new Rolex corner. Celebrating the completion of work are, from left: Sue Shearer, Leo Zeik, Joyce White, Marissa Conforti and Ann Leonard.
The league is in full swing now that Mother Nature has decided to move into more friendly spring weather.Jackson’s Hole is once again a favourite to win it all. Jackson’s waltzed through the playoffs last season before defeating Louie’s in the final.The Competition won the B event while Cait’s Crew took the C title.The league runs most nights at the Lakeside Diamonds through May and June before culminating with post season play in July. Sixteen teams are back on the diamond attempting to dethrone 2011 champion Jackson’s Hole as the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League begins its 2012 campaign.