Program, Budget and Finance issues statement on budget completion

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Jul 9, 2012 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Director of Music 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 Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following statement has been issued by the members of the Episcopal Church Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance, on July 9 at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.The Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance completed its work on the proposed 2013-15 budget on Monday morning, July 9, at 9 a.m. PB&F reviewed the final copy of the budget spreadsheet and adopted it for presentation to the 77th General Convention. The budget is being translated into Spanish and will be forwarded to the printer on Monday afternoon.The schedule of the General Convention precluded receiving more than a few concurred resolutions from the two Houses. However, PB&F believes that it has listened hard to the church, both before General Convention and here in Indianapolis, and is pleased that the budget includes many of the requests for continuing support and for new work.The proposed budget is structured according to the Five Marks of Mission and based on a 19% asking for each year of the 2013-15 Triennium. The proposed budget will be presented to a Joint Session of the General Convention at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.Diane Pollard, Diocese of New York, Chair of Program, Budget and Finance, and Bishop Stephen Lane, Diocese of Maine, vice chair, on behalf of the members of Program, Budget and Finance. Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY General Convention, An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI General Convention 2012, Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Program Budget & Finance Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Program, Budget and Finance issues statement on budget completion Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN last_img read more

Carlin Isles has run his fastest 100m time in four years, despite difficult circumstances

first_imgFriday Aug 7, 2020 Carlin Isles has run his fastest 100m time in four years, despite difficult circumstances USA 7s flyer Carlin Isles has been training hard and working on that famous lighting speed he’s become world famous for in the last few years. The 30-year-old went back to the track to take part in a 100m race yesterday, and was pleased with his efforts. ADVERTISEMENTWith the Tokyo Olympics postponed until next year, Isle’s plans – as with all 7s rugby players – have had to be adjusted slightly this year.The USA Sevens all-time leading try scorer has not let the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions limit him. Instead, he’s been working hard at home and of course, on the track.“When the lockdown happened, it wasn’t nothing out of the ordinary, because when I was younger, if I didn’t have the equipment or if I couldn’t get to training, I found a way,” he told Olympic Channel recently.Reacting to the World Series Sevens being cancelled, Isles remained positive.“It was disappointing. Who doesn’t want to compete? We needed as much game time before the Olympics as possible. However, it gave us a lot of downtime to reflect and think about life and things in general. We can’t control it, so we must concentrate on controlling the things we can.”RUGBY AND ATHLETICS AT THE 2021 OLYMPICS?Isles has been working on his speed again and feels confident that he can keep improving.“I’ve been really honing all my speed work and doing little things that I couldn’t before, like my body angles and hips.ADVERTISEMENT“I definitely know I can run sub-10 [seconds], without a doubt. I always knew I could, I was just about putting everything together. Maybe even 9.8 [seconds], so I feel like I can do some damage.“I love running fast, and training for track helps me on the rugby pitch, the two go hand in hand. If I did only rugby-specific training, I would only reach 80 or 85 percent of my potential speed.“I’ve got one life, one body, and I’m going to use it to its potential.”100M RESULTIsles took part in a 100m race at the Back to the Track 2020 series in Texas, coming in at 10.34 in what was only his second 100m race in four years. He said that a change in schedule meant he didn’t know he had 20 minutes to warmup, and he didn’t have time to adjust his blocks.“So I’ll take it. I have a lot to work on, but I can’t complain,” he said. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… 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 ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing 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

Small minority responsible for majority of money and time given to charities, says CAF

first_img living in their own home Advertisement women than other groups (60% compared to an average of 51%) Charities in Britain receive the majority of their donations and volunteer time from a small number of people, according to a survey for Charities Aid Foundation. Just 9% of people give 66% of all the time and money donated to charities, with 24% of the population doing “little or nothing for charity”. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 13 September 2013 | News most likely to have professional or managerial jobs.One in three members of the most charitable group are over 65 (an average of 33%), more than in any other group in society.center_img  6 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Small minority responsible for majority of money and time given to charities, says CAF The report is published ahead of the party conference season and forms the basis of CAF’s presence and events at the three main party conferences. It is intended “to spark a debate about ways to make Britain a more generous society”.John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “Britain is one of the most charitable countries in the world, yet this research shows a stark divide in society between those who do the most for good causes and those who do little if anything at all.”It is a worrying fact that nearly one in four people do very little if anything to support charities which are at the forefront of civil society. Charities, Government and businesses can all encourage people to discover how rewarding it is to support the causes we all care about.” The surveyThe report is based on a survey by polling organisation ComRes. It surveyed 2,027 adults in Great Britain between 31 July 31 and 1 August 2013. Data were weighted to be representative of all UK adults aged 18+.It found clear differences in attitudes between the ‘Civic Core’ and the ‘Zero Givers’. For example, 51% of the most charitable group said most of their friends are involved in social causes, compared with just 7% of ‘Zero Givers’. Also, 91% of the most charitable group said it is important that people vote, compared with 73% of ‘Zero Givers’. The remaining 67% of people account for the remaining 34% of charitable activity.CAF has published the findings in a report, Britain’s Civic Core: Who are the people powering Britain’s charities? In its analysis of the research, it describes these groups as the ‘Civic Core’, ‘Middle Ground’, and ‘Zero Givers’. Who is in the Civic Core?The research found that people in the “Civic Core” are more likely to be:last_img read more

Syrian software developer’s execution in 2015 confirmed

first_img Organisation August 3, 2017 Syrian software developer’s execution in 2015 confirmed Receive email alerts News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms ImpunityViolenceImprisonedInternet Release Bassel Khartabil, Held Unfairly since 2012 Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information RSF_en October 7, 2015 Find out more Bassel Khartabil’s wife, human rights lawyer Noura Ghazi Safadi, confirmed on Monday 1 August that he was executed a few days after his removal from a Damascus prison to an unknown location on 3 October 2015. Until now, there had been no news of him since that date. He was 34. An open source culture advocate who tried to promote unrestricted online access to news and information in Syria, Khartabil had been held ever since military intelligence arrested him in Damascus on 15 March 2012 ­– almost certainly in connection with his activities. “We offer our condolences to the family of Bassel Khartabil, whose release we had repeatedly demanded,” RSF said. “After this news of yet another shocking crime, we reiterate our call to the UN Security council to refer crimes against journalists in Syria to the International Criminal Court.” Khartabil’s wife told the media in November 2015 that she had learned from Syrian intelligence sources that a military field court might have sentenced him to death. Human Rights Watch noted at the time that “military field courts in Syria are exceptional courts with secret closed-door proceedings that do not meet international fair trial standards.” Khartabil founded the Aiki Lab in Damascus in 2010 with the aim of developing digital art practices and teaching collaborative technologies. He also participated in international projects such as Mozilla Firefox, the Arabic version of Wikipedia and the Syrian branch of Creative Commons. He was responsible for the “New Palmyra” project, a website with a downloadable 3D version of the ancient city of Palmyra as it was before its destruction by Islamic State fighters. He was on Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2012, and won the Index on Censorship Digital Freedom Award in 2013. Syria is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go furthercenter_img News News Constant threats against journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms ImpunityViolenceImprisonedInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has received confirmation that Bassel Khartabil Safadi, a Syrian software developer and free speech activist, was executed by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in October 2015. Well-known Syrian cartoonist died in detention after being tortured September 22, 2015 Find out more News image shared by par Noura Ghazi in 2014 on Facebook June 29, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Fed Official: More Monetary Policies Available

first_img Fed Official: More Monetary Policies Available Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago In an interview with CNBC, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said the Fed still has monetary policy options to combat COVID-19, but noted negative interest rates are not among them. Kashkari called on Congress to act in situations, such as a potential bailout for the airline industry but noted the Fed is in the “fourth round” of responders to the crisis, behind health care professionals, the public, and Congress. “We are not at the front line of this,” he said on “Squawk Box.” “But we do have a job to do and we are using our tools aggressively to try to make sure the financial system is ultimately working.”He also rejected criticism during the interview from some quarters that the Fed should have waited to use its final ammunition on the interest rate front. He compared the predicament to a driver coming up on a hill who accelerates before rather than waiting.“The notion that we should save our cuts for later is a colorful metaphor, but it’s just flat-out wrong,” he said.The Federal Reserve cut interest rates to zero on Sunday in an effort to bolster the U.S. economy as it combats the effects of the coronavirus.The benchmark interest rate is now in a range of 0% to 0.25%, which is down from a range of 1% to 1.25%. The Fed also announced it is re-starting its “quantitative easing,” as it did following the Great Recession to try and get money into the markets and the economy.The Fed also announced that over the coming months that it will increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $500 billion and its holdings and agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $200 billion.Chair of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, however, is not in favor of the Fed’s recent actions. “The global spread of the novel coronavirus has adversely impacted the lives of millions of Americans, the economy and the financial system,” she said. “This is in many ways an unprecedented crisis which calls for extraordinary federal response. Unfortunately, the Fed appears to be using its old playbook in trying to calm funding markets by flooding them with liquidity.” Waters said it is critical that the Fed to “go beyond these steps” to provide support to those on the front lines of COVID-19. Additional relief for all could be on the way, as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the government is “looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” during Tuesday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing Tuesday. Mnuchin added the goal would be to send checks to Americans in two weeks to help workers cope with the economic effects of COVID-19. Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney, as well as Democratic Sen. Tulsi Gabbard, have suggested $1,000 per adult.  Coronavirus Federal Government Federal Reserve housing market 2020 2020-03-17 Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Coronavirus Federal Government Federal Reserve housing market 2020 March 17, 2020 1,122 Views Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Mike Albanese Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Previous: Eviction Actions Halted Amid Coronavirus Emergency Next: SFR Growth Propped Up by Low End Rentals The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fed Official: More Monetary Policies Availablelast_img read more

Flooding, damaging winds along East Coast as record heat moves into Texas Friday

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm system moved through the eastern half of the U.S. Thursday into Friday, bringing flooding rain and damaging winds.In just hours Thursday, more than 3 inches of rain fell from Virginia to New York, producing flash flooding. In Wisconsin and Michigan, rainfall totals topped 5 inches.Some of the highest wind gusts were in the Northeast, with winds up to 71 mph in Salem County, New Jersey.At the Philadelphia International Airport, winds gusted to near 50 mph and in Chester County, Pennsylvania, wind gusts reached 63 mph.In Miami, the same storm system brought severe thunderstorms that produced wind gusts up to 66 mph.Meanwhile, flood watches continue in Pennsylvania and New York Friday, as the heaviest rain begins to move into New England.The storm system will pass over Long Island Friday morning and afternoon, spreading very heavy rain into Boston and coastal New England, where flooding is possible.Storms will continue to move along coastal New England throughout the day, producing heavy rain for the area.Some thunderstorms with heavy rain could form as far south as New York City and New Jersey. If the rain is persistent enough in these storms, additional flooding is possible.As the East Coast soaks, a record heat wave begins in Texas for this weekend.Record highs are possible Friday in Midland, Texas, where the city could reach 100 degrees for the first time this year.Also, a record high is expected in Amarillo, Texas, with temperatures that could reach 97 degrees.Record heat does not stop Friday. Temperatures near 100 degrees or higher will continue into early next week for most of Texas. Even Dallas and San Antonio could reach their first 100 degrees days of the year.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Student loan relief isn’t enough to calm recent graduates’ repayment stress

first_imgABC NewsBy Seni Tienabeso, Lindsey Griswold, and Anthony Rivas, ABC News(NEW YORK) — By his account, Elie Kirkland shouldn’t have been at Morehouse College’s commencement last year, when billionaire Robert Smith pledged to the class of 2019 to “put a little fuel in your bus” by paying off millions of dollars in their student loans.Kirkland was one of 396 graduating from the historically black college. The senior was supposed to graduate in 2018 but didn’t because of financial aid issues. Kirkland had fallen behind on credit card payments and his parents had taken out loans to help him graduate. Before Smith announced his promise, Kirkland was ready to walk away with over $100,000 in debt.Instead, he owes nothing.“When that happened, my credit score, first of all, went up tremendously,” Kirkland told ABC News. “I just have so much more freedom. I’m not handicapped to that bad credit monster.”Jordan Randle, part of the class of 2020, wasn’t as lucky. With the coronavirus pandemic in full effect, his commencement was canceled; his family came together for a small socially distant gathering in his backyard. His student loan debt now stands around $30,000.“I almost feel bad saying that,” he told ABC News, “because I’ve literally said that and some students have laughed, like, ‘I wish I had your case,’ which is sad. … Moving [out], getting my new car, trying to apply for another credit card — just doing those typical adult things have been a lot harder.”Now entering the workforce, both Randle and Kirkland said that with the cost of higher education so high, the system needs to be re-examined — that as student loan payments loom, some people may not be able to find an adequately paying job to pay them off.“There are a lot of people who are struggling or who have that degree and can’t find work. … They’re using every penny to pay off that debt — basically just going to school just to pay off that debt,” Kirkland said.“A lot of people are stuck in so much debt that they can’t even do what they studied for,” Randle added. “So what’s the point?”Federal student loans have been suspended and their interest waived since President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March. Through an executive order, he extended the suspension for some federal student loans to the end of the year.But when payments resume, many people still won’t have jobs that allow them to pay off their student loans, which total $1.7 trillion nationwide.Lowell Ricketts, lead analyst for the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s Center for Household Financial Stability, said a degree is still worth getting but that the payoff isn’t nearly as guaranteed as it was a generation ago.“[Student loans have] outpaced inflation and other growth in prices and wages for many, many Americans, and so, it gives us a sense of crisis,” Ricketts told ABC News. “The returns, relative to the generations that came before, are starting to weaken when it comes to wealth.”For graduates of color, the center’s data shows the returns are even weaker. For Black Americans born as early as the 1960s, having a college or postgraduate degree was statistically insignificant to their wealth. On average, they essentially broke even.“It points to some of the fundamental wealth gap sources as being deeply entrenched in our history, and shows how difficult it is for any one family or individual to escape from some of the systemic gaps in wealth accumulation that we see based on race and ethnicity,” Ricketts said.Nick Ducoff is the founder of Edmit, a company that helps students navigate the financial aid process to get the maximum benefit. He says a college degree “is still worth it,” but that it’s important to know the financial responsibility you’re signing up for ahead of time.“The average college graduate earns nearly $1 million more over the course of their lifetime than a comparable high school graduate without a degree,” Ducoff said. “So, generally speaking, it’s worth it. But the devil is always in the details.”Since 1998, the average price of college tuition has risen 183%. <>> From 1989 to 2016, the collective balance of outstanding student loan debt for U.S. families rose from 8.9% to 22.4%. <<>>Nearly 7 out of 10 students from the class of 2019 signed up for some form of student loan, graduating with an average debt of nearly $30,000. These graduates joined 44 million Americans with student debt, 11% of whom have loans that are at least 90 days delinquent or in default.For some former students, the debt is too much to handle. Katrina Williams said she was working at a Starbucks, a call center and delivering mail on Saturdays, and she still couldn’t afford to pay a $700 monthly payment.“Even if I worked three jobs until I paid nothing but my student loan debt … I still wouldn’t be able to pay it off within the next 30 years, and that’s why you’re just like, ‘I’m not gonna pay them,’” Williams said.With over $100,000 in student loan debt, the stress of which she said caused her to constantly break out in hives, Williams moved to Japan to teach and, one day, just stopped paying her student loans. While she was relieved from her decision, she still feels the system doesn’t work.“The days when I was 18 years old and my eyes were full of stars and I’m like, ‘I’m going away to college’ … I had no idea what all those giant numbers meant when I was a kid,” she said. “People are starting to realize, ‘Oh, those millennials aren’t just eating avocado toast to be lazy. They’re in crippling debt.”Ducoff said people who see their student loan debt adding up should try to exhaust every repayment option available, like income-driven repayment plans, which can help minimize the burden.“Make sure you understand what options are available with respect to addressing your student debt,” he said.He also said that students aren’t alone.“There’s a lot of, unfortunately, other students that have an awful lot of student debt,” he said, “and there are communities online that they can find and meet others who have been chipping away at that.”Although he’s already begun working full time to help pay off his loan, Randle still wants to see the system overhauled.“I think the issue with the student loan system is it is basically combusting. … There needs to be change in our academic system in general,” he said. “Because I think it still benefits people who come from wealth because that’s who it was made for.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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More Americans are buying homes in Tel Aviv

first_img Housing MarketIsrael Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags By some counts, applications from Americans to move to Tel Aviv more than doubled year-over-year in 2020. (Getty)The pandemic has sent some Americans with the means searching for bigger homes and more space.But some are also looking abroad, and an increasing number of Americans are buying homes in Tel Aviv, Israel’s Mediterranean metropolis.Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that helps people relocating from the U.S. and the U.K., found that applications from American citizens to Tel Aviv were up 126 percent last year compared to 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.“Two years ago, I’d have one or two inquiries a month [from U.S. citizens], now it’s around 20,” said Matthew Bortnick, a director at Beauchamp Estates’ Tel Aviv office. “The market used to be dominated by buyers from the U.K. and France, but Americans now equal them.”ADVERTISEMENTTel Aviv is Israel’s most expensive residential market and home to some of the country’s priciest properties. An American couple closed the priciest sale of last year when they bought a condo for the equivalent of $25.2 million.The city is just behind Paris in terms of average transaction costs at $1,084 per square foot, according to a Deloitte’s 2020 property index. Bortnick said a standard two-bedroom unit in central Tel Aviv typically sells for $1 million.The Israeli government reported that 16,000 people from 85 countries arrived in Israel last year as of October. Improved relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is driving some demand from Middle East countries as well.[WSJ] — Dennis Lynch last_img read more

Middle East to tuck into British favourite

first_imgBollin Dale Engineering is supplying a complete line for production of Jaffa Cake style biscuits to a customer in Iran.The 1.2-metre wide line, valued at £1.3m, is on its way to the factory and will be installed and commissioned by Macclesfield-based Bollin Dale. It will have an output of 750kg per hour – 18 cakes across 60 rows a minute. The line consists of a batter preparation and aeration system, batter depositing unit, travelling oven and cooling system, jam preparation/depositing system and forced cooling and chocolate enrobing stations. All parts except the oven and enrober have been designed and manufactured in-house.Until recently, Bollin Dale was the principal machining shop for Asser Oakes. It now produces and markets its own equipment.last_img read more

News story: The SME spend target must go on

first_imgAs shown in the latest figures from 2015/16, over £12bn worth of central government work was delivered by SMEs in that year, and there’s effort underway to ensure this figure continues to rise:Regular webinarsIntroducing small business owners to platforms such as Contracts Finder, services like Mystery Shopper, and buyers who set out the type of products and services they’re after. In the space of 30 minutes, with a conversation accessible from anywhere, these online events connect SMEs with the people in government who are working to make it easier for small firms to win work.Meet the Buyer eventsFace to face meet the buyer events are on the rise with cross departmental events, the popular and annual NDA supplier show, and sector focused innovation and buying exchanges such as such as Defence Contracts Online and Transport Systems Catapult. We are looking to collate these events on a single page so SMEs have one point of access to find out what’s happening in their sector/locality.Advice and guidance for SMEsA free selling to the public sector guide offers top tips and testimonials from entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done it, in addition to 4 videos featuring advice and guidance for SMEs, from SMEs, wanting to work with government.SME PanelA passionate group of entrepreneurs, in the form of an SME Panel, meets regularly to work on solutions to bring down the greatest barriers to SMEs winning work. And their counterparts in government, the SME Champions, meets to discuss how terms and conditions in contracts can be simplified, payment be prompt, and upcoming contracts communicated to a small business audienceThis work reflects a commitment from within government, and from willing entrepreneurs, to work towards government’s aspiration of spending £1 in every £3 with SMEs is met by 2022.There’s always more that can be done. That’s why in 2018 a key area of focus for the SME team will be in matching government’s largest strategic suppliers with small businesses, to jointly fulfil government contracts. We do not want to see the problems that have afflicted SMEs in the Carillion supply chain – far from it. But what we do want to see is greater cooperation between big and small to sort payment terms down the supply chain, and to jointly innovate to deliver the best deal for the taxpayer.The case of Carillion isn’t a warning against outsourcing; it’s an opportunity to build stronger relationships in the delivery of public services; between government and auditors, large companies and their suppliers, and SMEs direct with buying departments. The benefits of this will be felt by all.Emma Jones is SME Crown Representative for Crown Commercial Service.last_img read more