Incense in doubt as loss of Boswellia trees leads to…

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Anglican Communion News Service] A global shortage of frankincense could threaten the production of church incense which some traditions use during worship as a visible sign of prayers ascending to God. The aromatic resin, used to produce incense, comes from Boswellia, a genus of trees and shrubs from the Horn of Africa, Arabian Peninsula and India. According to a report in a sustainability journal, there is a danger frankincense supplies will collapse after researchers found the Boswellia trees are being destroyed by cattle farming, drought and conflict.Read the full article here. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Incense in doubt as loss of Boswellia trees leads to global shortage of frankincense 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 Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Jul 19, 2019 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Anglican Communion Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 last_img read more

Jon Stickley Trio Premieres New Single “Blackburn Brothers” In Support Of Kickstarter For New Album

first_imgIt’s been a whirlwind year for the Jon Stickley Trio! On the tail of their 2015 fan funded and independent release, Lost at Last, the band has just released a brand new 5-song EP, Triangular, and a Kickstarter campaign to help them head back into Echo Mountain Recording Studios with Producer Dave King (Of The Bad Plus). King also produced Lost At Last last year.With the success of Lost At Last, it’s no surprise that the band is so excited to get their new music out to the people. Music from Lost At Last was played worldwide, and the band was able to perform at over 100 festivals and venues across the country in support of it. The group continues to find new followers, and with both the new Triangular album and the future unnamed project, the music will only propel them forward!Stickley and his band are eager to head into the studio in December to record this new full length album, but they need our help. The band launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday that will run through 11/11, with a fundraising goal of $28,000. The band says, “We’ve set our goal at $28,000, which is substantially less than what the realistic costs add up to, because we understand that this is a group effort, and we are a part of that group!”Anyone that donates $5 or more toward the new full length album will get one song from Triangular as an immediate download. The track is called “Blackburn Brothers” and it is a funky trio version of a tune Stickley originally wrote with his brother Jeff while down at the Carolina coast. It features expressive solos by Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett, syncing up with their signature, on point unison melody playing at the end. The song also highlights a danceable, somewhat-Latin drum beat.We’re excited to host the premiere of “Blackburn Brothers,” which you can stream below! You can also download the track with a $5 donation on the Kickstarter page, and download the full Triangular EP with a $10 donation.The full Kickstarter funds will go towards the recording, mixing, mastering, and pressing of the new album, as well as promotion in print and radio. Stickley says, “This was such a huge part of the success of Lost at Last and since we didn’t plan for it last time, we added it in this time around.” They’ve also budgeted in album art, photos and graphic designs that will all be a part of the new album as well.Don’t miss an opportunity to bring this album to life by showing your support! You can also catch the band on the road, with tour dates running throughout the end of 2016. For more information, you can head to the Trio’s website.Jon Stickley Trio On Tour 201610/14 Fri – PLC Land Jam – Carolina Theatre – Greensboro, NC*10/15-16 Sat-Sun – Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL10/17 Mon – Beaches Museum History Park Chapel – Jacksonville, Fl10/20 Thu – NC State Fair – Raleigh, NC10/21 Fri – House Concert – Durham, NC10/22 – Cat’s Cradle- Carrboro, NC11/2 Wed – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL11/3 Thu – The Ale & The Witch – St. Petersburg, FL11/4 Fri – Fogarty Community Media and Arts Center – Sarasota, FL11/5 Sat – Arts Garage – Delray Beach, FL11/9 Wed – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL11/10 Thu – Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL11/11 Fri – Point Ybel Brewing – Fort Myers, FL11/12 Sat – The Funky Buddha – Boca Raton, FL11/13 Sun – Fifth and Thomas Kitchen – Tallahassee, FL12/7 Wed – WDVX Tennessee Shines @ Boyd’s Jig & Reel – Knoxville, TN12/30 Fri – The National – Richmond, VA ^12/31 Sat – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC #* w. Ricky Skaggs^ w. The Infamous Stringdusters# w. The Honeycutters[Photo via Heather Hambor]last_img read more

Making the most of your (next) data breach

first_imgIan Livingston, former CEO of BT Group, memorably stated: “There are two types of CEO, those that know their systems are being hacked – and those that don’t.”That was three years ago. While CEOs are undoubtedly more aware of the risks now, how many have employees who still play fast and loose with customers’ personal data? And how many senior managers have full control over their employees’ practices?Although much may have been invested to protect digital estates, many senior executives are unsure what personal data they retain and where, how well protected it is, who has access to it and – in an age of collaborative commerce, lengthening supply chains, and ecosystem delivery – precisely who is accountable for what.Some still rely on averages (“It won’t happen on my watch”) and apathy (“Everybody loses a little once in awhile”) to get them through any choppy water, should incidents occur and reach the public domain. But if you rely on crisis communications as your main defense (“We are investigating an incident we can’t comment on now; meanwhile the launch of x has delivered stunning figures…”), then there may be trouble ahead.With increasing transparency, tougher penalties, ongoing press interest, and the rise of socially-savvy, digitally-literate citizens and consumers, a casual approach to privacy has to change.Even the best defenses will succumb to attack sometimes. This is as much due to simple human error as it is to the asymmetry of security. The defender needs to protect perfectly on all fronts, while the attacker needs to find just one crack in the armor.Breaches are inevitable, and many customers understand that data loss happens regardless of how well-prepared a business is. How you act during and after a breach – and how you communicate with your members in the hours and days after discovery – is vital.Yes, some members will immediately leave in disgust, no matter what you do. But the vast majority of customers are more likely to leave because they feel your organization does not act with integrity.So how do you reduce the negative impact of any incident and make sure you “don’t waste a crisis,” should one occur?Redirect executive angst to infrastructure attention…If you run the department where the incident arose, you have to expect executives to focus on your operation and to be prepared to endure the heat of micro-management for awhile post-breach. This energy should soon be galvanized to address underlying issues you have probably been aware of for awhile, but which have been in the “vital but not urgent” budget category.Know in advance what to ask for once the immediate crisis is over while decision-makers have intimate awareness of your part of their business. For example, perhaps now is the time to move to the cloud – but have you reviewed the pros and cons from each stakeholder’s perspective?…and fresh opportunityInvestment shouldn’t stop at just fixing. Privacy confidence stems from the certainty that scrutiny brings.While there should be due caution about not rushing into another faux pas, a crisis handled well, and an intimate understanding of what data you hold, should give you new opportunities to engage anew with members. So long as they feel charmed and not persecuted by your renewed familiarity with them.Practice (don’t just document)Most businesses have well-documented if not oft-rehearsed or realistically-simulated emergency response plans. Practicing, not just writing down, your incident response plan builds organizational “muscle memory.” The best data breach is a staged one. One that reawakens people to the real world impacts that could occur if we mishandle the personal information entrusted to us.Institutionalizing the right habits is essential. Think how many people have read your fire policy and how many know what to do because the company has rehearsed a fire drill regularly. Then consider how much more likely a data breach is than a fire. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nick Rhodes Nick Rhodes specializes in benefit realization and privacy. He has been with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence for 19 years helping clients plan, prioritize and push-through change. He works through the … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Maarek and Adaay duck Gheest

first_img The race sees the reappearance of Commonwealth and July Cup hero Muhaarar as he attempts to lay further claim to the champion sprinter award. Other British and Irish challengers left in include Richard Hannon’s Ivawood and Coulsty and the David O’Meara-trained Watchable. Gordon Lord Byron and Majestic Queen fly the Irish flag in the absence of Maarek. A ndre Fabre’s Esoterique appears to be the leader for the home defence. Maarek and Adaay were the two defectors at the latest confirmation stage for the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Curragh raid pays off for Easterby

first_img Press Association Entering the final furlong there was only Mattmu in striking distance and David Allan managed to force his mount in front just a couple of strides before the line. Sent off a 3-1 chance, Mattmu prevailed in a tight photo finish. Allan said: “He’s only been out of the first three once and that was down to the ground, as it was very loose. “He’s as hard as nails and that’s my first winner in Ireland.” A Group Two winner in France as a juvenile, when he was kept especially busy, the only time he has been out of the first three in his 13-race career was when he finished fifth in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock. Mick Halford’s Toscanini set out to make it a real test and it was all too much for the red-hot favourite Anthem Alexander, who was never travelling. center_img North Yorkshire trainer Tim Easterby made a successful raid on the Curragh when Mattmu just pipped Toscanini in the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes.last_img read more

People with disabilities to gain access to new transport training centre

first_imgA new national transport training centre will open next year for people with disabilities to help them to confidently and independently use public transport, an Oireachtas committee has heard.The National Council for the Blind (NCBI) launched their pre-budget submission for Budget 2020 as part of a political briefing for Oireachtas members on Wednesday.The location of the centre will be announced by the end of July and it is expected construction works will be completed next year. The submission focuses on six key Government Departments where urgent action is required to assist the almost 55,000 people living with sight loss in Ireland, a number which is steadily increasing.There are 2,068 blind or visually impaired people living in County Donegal.Kevin Kelly, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns with NCBI said: “While our Pre-Budget Submission recommends changes across many Government departments to improve the lives of people who are blind and vision impaired, of particular importance is the need to expand the Free Travel Scheme and ensure universal access to Assistive Technology.“Presently, the Free Travel Pass offered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is hugely valued by those who can avail of it. “Being able to travel independently on public transport is so important for people who are blind or vision impaired. However, the eligibility criteria to obtain a Free Travel Pass is very restrictive and inflexible.“Over 700 of our service users cannot see enough to obtain a driver’s licence yet do not qualify to be registered blind and obtain the Free Travel Pass so they have to incur additional expenses to avail of public transport or taxis.This inequity can be removed in Budget 2020 to include those with a long-term eye condition that renders their level of vision insufficient to obtain a driver’s licence.”Its primary aim of the NCBI is to provide short term comprehensive instruction designed to teach people with disabilities how to travel safely and independently using public transportation.It will include full-size replicas of bus, train and tram vehicles that will be used to familiarise users with how to safely and confidently use these modes on a day-to-day basis.Separately, funding for assistive technology allocated by the HSE is fragmented and uncoordinated. As a result, many people who are blind and visually impaired are unable to afford the upfront costs of essential assistive technology and have to go without meaning they are both economically and socially disadvantaged. Advertisement “There needs to be fair and equal access to assistive technology for all people who are blind and visually impaired across the country, regardless of where the person lives,” NCBI advocate Aoife Watson said.“At the moment it is a postcode lottery!“Currently, the HSE does not fund smartphones under the Technical Aids Grant, despite smartphones being often the most accessible for a person with sight loss and the developments in technology such as the Siri intelligent assistance tool, built-in screen reader (Voice Over) and screen magnification are indispensable,” Watson added.“Ironically if they moved to fund these devices it could result in savings as the assistive technology comes as standard rather than having to be a separate purchase.” Advertisement People with disabilities to gain access to new transport training centre was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dhoni recommended for rank of Lt Colonel

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni could soon get a legitimate reason to wear fatigues, something he loves to sport whenever he is not in cricketing gear.When the defence ministry clears chief minister Arjun Munda’s letter of recommendation to make the Team India skipper an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, Dhoni would join the likes of his teammate Sachin Tendulkar, who has been named honorary group captain in the Indian Air Force.”It will send a message that a player can also be a jawan of the country. Besides, it will help us in the process of nation building,” Munda said.It was for the first time that the chief minister was making recommendation for awarding honourary degree to a person from Jharkhand. It comes after Dhoniled India to a spectacular World Cup triumph in April.After the historic win, Dhoni met Army Chief of Staff Gen. VK Singh, who had offered him a commissioned rank in the Territorial Army.Explaining the concept of the Territorial Army, an officer of the armed forces said it was a part of the army and its present role was to relieve regular personnel from static duties and assist the civil administration whenever required.An officer of the Territorial Army has to sign up for a six-month training period at the Indian Military Academy on physical endurance and tactics.As a lieutenant colonel, Dhoni will be given the Ashok Emblem and one star for rank.He would be entitled to every other facility available to military officers.advertisementNot only will he have access to officers’ mess and army canteens, he will also be entitled for medical assistance at military hospitals.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A50, Galaxy A30 first impressions: Brilliant display, premium touch at price under Rs 20,000

first_imgSamsung isn’t the company anymore we knew in 2018. The brand has stopped neglecting the affordable sub-Rs 20,000 segment and is now being aggressive with its latest launches. Yesterday, we saw Samsung unveil the new Galaxy M30 — a smartphone worth Rs 15,000 offering a narrow-bezel AMOLED display, a big 5000mAh battery and a segment-first triple camera setup. It is clearly evident the company is trying to gain back the top position it once enjoyed before losing out to the Chinese companies. They haven’t stopped there though and instead are coming up with another lineup to offer more aggressive options in the sub-Rs 20,000 category — the Galaxy A series.Samsung in 2019 is making the Galaxy series more affordable to the masses and it’s doing that with three new models. There’s the entry-level Galaxy A10 sitting at Rs 8,490 while the better equipped Galaxy A30 sits around Rs 16,990. The top-of-the-line Galaxy A50 starts from Rs 19,990 for the base variant and goes up to Rs 22,990 for the variant 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.The new models takeover from the Galaxy M series and offer a dash of premiumness to Samsung’s sub-Rs 20,000 category. On paper, the specifications are interesting. To see how they fare up in the real world, I spent some time with the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 before Samsung launched them.Design and displayThe new Galaxy A series is a more clever version of the 2018 lineup. Glossy surfaces smeared with wild gradients are the real deal in the sub-Rs 20,000 category and the new Galaxy A series also follows suit. However, Samsung wants to appeal to the classy lot and hence, goes for subtle gradients with luxurious colours. The Galaxy A30 and A50 are made up of glossy polycarbonate (plastic) that are painted in fluorescent colours with subtle rainbow-ish gradient effects. This effect is also present on the Galaxy S10 series.advertisement The Galaxy A30 features a dual camera setup with a fingerprint sensor at the back. The entire rear has a curvature that sits comfortably in the palms. The Galaxy A50 also has a similar rear design, except for triple camera setup and no fingerprint sensor. Surprised?For the Galaxy A50, Samsung is relying on an optical in-screen fingerprint sensor, similar to the ones you see on Oppo and Vivo phones. Therefore, the A50 looks clean and elegant, especially in the Prism White variant. Flip it over and you will find a big 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD + resolution. There’s a U-shaped notch on the top and a sizeable chin at the bottom. As with all Samsung AMOLED displays, the panel doesn’t shy while rendering colours and a vibrant contrast makes it one of the best in the segment. The screen feels immersive at first glance. The Galaxy A30 also retains the same display, albeit without the in-screen fingerprint sensor.Specifications and performanceSamsung says the Galaxy A series is now focused on performance as well. To justify the claim, the Galaxy A50 goes for a new Exynos 9610 chipset with an octa-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz. This chip at least comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Galaxy A50 runs on OneUI based on Android 9 Pie out-of-the box. In fact, the entire 2019 Galaxy A series will run on OneUI. The Galaxy A30 gets a slightly less powerful Exynos 7885 chipset previously seen on last year’s models and comes with at least 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. In my limited time with both the phones, the user experience felt premium. Samsung’s OneUI is meant to offer a smarter user experience with clever layouts that utilise the big screen more effectively. While doing that, the interface felt snappy and I was able to juggle between the pre-loaded apps without noticing any signs of stress. Samsung’s OneUI feels polished and delivers a polished user experience. And the new dark mode is easily the coolest feature that will draw nerds. Maybe Samsung should bring this to the Galaxy M series as well.CamerasThe Galaxy A50 gets a triple camera setup — a 25-megapixel primary sensor with F1.7 lens + 5-megapixel F2.2 depth sensor + 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. The front-facing camera also gets a 25-megapixel sensor, but with F2.0 aperture. The Galaxy A30 makes do with a dual camera setup for the rear — 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel wide-angle setup, with the second having a wide-angle lens. There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera with a brighter aperture.In the limited time I had with the phones, the cameras seemed to take good looking photos. However, a few random shots didn’t show class-leading results. Given that these are pre-production models, Samsung could improve them by the time it starts shipping. That said, the wide-angle camera is fun to use.advertisementBatteryThe Galaxy A50 and A30 are both powered by a 5000mAh battery and come with support for 15W fast charging. GIven how phones with 4000mAh battery behave, these phones should easily last an entire day.Galaxy A30, A50 first impressions: Samsung is back in the gameIts been a long time since Samsung properly did a desirable smartphone under Rs 20,000. The new Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 portray Samsung’s change of heart — these phones feel brand new and aren’t a refreshed version of the same old Samsung J series that we are used to. I am particularly impressed with the Galaxy A50 for the sheer value it offers over its rivals. An in-display fingerprint sensor and Samsung’s polished OneUI can make it a better value over rivals from several Chinese brands.Stay tuned for the full review of the Galaxy A30 and A50 soon.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A30, A50 quick review: Affordable mid-range phones that feel premiumALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 quick review: Take note because Super AMOLED display and 3 rear cameras at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Samsung unveils Galaxy A30, Galaxy A50 with premium 3D Glasstic body, in-screen fingerprint sensorlast_img read more

Ward of State Among Three Recommended for Gallantry Award

first_img He said that 18-year-old ward Selana Reid, along with a caregiver at the home, and a young man, who saw the fire and came to assist, have been recommended for the Award for Gallantry at this year’s National Honours and Awards Ceremony to be held at King’s House in October. Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure at Monday’s (April 9) memorial service for Oneika McGrae and Anna Kaye Moreland, at the Faith Tabernacle Shiloh Apostolic Church on Lyndhurst Road. Three persons, including a ward of the State, are being considered for national honours for their acts of bravery during the fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety earlier this year that took the lives of two children and destroyed the Lyndhurst Crescent-based facility. Three persons, including a ward of the State, are being considered for national honours for their acts of bravery during the fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety earlier this year that took the lives of two children and destroyed the Lyndhurst Crescent-based facility.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, made the disclosure at Monday’s (April 9) memorial service for Oneika McGrae and Anna Kaye Moreland, at the Faith Tabernacle Shiloh Apostolic Church on Lyndhurst Road.He said that 18-year-old ward Selana Reid, along with a caregiver at the home, and a young man, who saw the fire and came to assist, have been recommended for the Award for Gallantry at this year’s National Honours and Awards Ceremony to be held at King’s House in October.He noted that the three saved lives by waking up the children, who were asleep, and helping them to escape the blaze.Scores of persons packed the church for the memorial service, including portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who read the first lesson, representatives of childcare agencies, family, friends and well-wishers.The State Minister, in expressing sorrow at the loss of lives, said he is heartened at the outpouring of love and support from the public in the wake of the tragedy.He noted that $9 million has already been donated for the rebuilding of the home in addition to other support for the children.Mr. Green urged Jamaicans to honour the lives of those who perished by doing more for children who are in need of care and protection.Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, who is Member of Parliament for East Central St. Andrew where the home is located, said “there is much goodness around us”, and this was evident in how the community came together to assist on the night of the fire.“The best of them came out, and they did what they could do for those children,” Dr. Phillips said, while calling for additional public support for the reconstruction of the home.Several other agencies and community persons addressed the function, including Director of Children and Family Programmes at the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Audrey Budhi.Pastor at the Greater Grace Temple churches, Bishop Dr. C.A. Holdsworth, who contributed $10,000 towards the rebuilding of the facility, charged the congregation to “seize this opportunity to do something positive” for the nation’s children.last_img read more