Ofgem in last warning for the Big Six

first_imgMonday 21 March 2011 8:52 pm Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com ENERGY suppliers were yesterday issued with a “last chance” warning over soaring gas and electricity bills.The “big six” companies – British Gas owner Centrica, EDF, npower, E.on, Scottish Power and SSE – were told by the industry watchdog Ofgem they face a full-scale inquiry if they do not clean up their act.They have eight weeks to respond to criticism in a review. Ofgem said consumers are baffled by the number and complexity of tariffs on offer. The total has risen from 180 to 300 since 2008 and only 20 per cent of bill payers are regularly switching.Competition is stifled because the big suppliers have a stranglehold on electricity generation. Ofgem has ordered the big six to sell off 20 per cent of their power stations. An Ofgem spokesman said: “In 2008 we gave them a left hook to try to knock some sense into them and now we’re giving them the right hook.”Christine McGourty, director of Energy UK, said: “Energy companies will be examining Ofgem’s findings carefully and will work closely with the regulator to ensure that the market is working effectively for consumers in every way possible.”Energy secretary Chris Huhne welcomed Ofgem’s proposals. Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img whatsapp Ofgem in last warning for the Big Six whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited HY2010 Interim Report

first_imgEconet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the half year.For more information about Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw)  2010 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEconet Wireless Zimbabwe is a diversified telecommunications group; it is the largest enterprise of its kind in Zimbabwe and the largest company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe provides products and solutions for mobile and fixed wireless telephony, public payphones, internet access and payment solutions. In 2009, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe became the first operator in Zimbabwe to launch data services with 3G capability. This was followed by an extensive project to expand its geographic coverage; building a fibre-optic network, providing financial transaction switching and point-of-sale and value-added retail support services. The company is a subsidiary of a privately-owned group controlled by its founder, Strive Masiyiwa. The group’s subsidiaries include Econet Global, Econet Wireless Africa, Econet Wireless International, Econet Enterprises, Liquid Telecom Group and Econet Media.last_img read more

Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) Q42019 Interim Report

first_imgPremier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng)  2019 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfilePremier Paints Plc manufactures and markets paint and coating products for the decorative, industrial and commercial sectors in Nigeria. The decorative range includes emulsion, gloss and textured products; the industrial range includes red oxide primer, bright aluminum paint for street light poles, bridge railings and storage tanks, and black bituminous paint, quick dry cellulose, fast dry enamel, primer surfacer, alkyd floor paint, epoxy floor paint, roof paint and stoving enamel paint; the marine range includes epoxy hybrid paint, epoxy primer red paint, epoxy finish paint and polyurethane finish paint; the wood finishes range includes a glossy finish for interior and exterior wood surfaces; the auto refinishes range includes solid, metallic, varnish and primer; thinners and solvents include a biocidal solution to control the growth of biocide, fungicide and algaecide; and the company produces a product for road marking. Premier Paint Company is a subsidiary of Red Sea Housing Services Company Limited. The company head office is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Premier Paints Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Phoenix Beverages Limited (PBL.mu) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgPhoenix Beverages Limited (PBL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Phoenix Beverages Limited (PBL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Phoenix Beverages Limited (PBL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Phoenix Beverages Limited (PBL.mu)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePhoenix Beverages Limited is a Mauritian company that produces bottles and distributes alcoholic and non- alcoholic brews. Under the company’s production line, there are numerous renowned brands represented. With brands such as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Malta Guinness and Smirnoff Ice, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Schweppes, Dasani and Crystal table water, being produced and sold by the company under the respective contract agreements. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Mauritius Phoenix and operates as a subsidiary of Phoenix Investment Company Limited. Phoenix Beverages Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Passive income: how to maximise your dividends in 2020

first_imgPassive income: how to maximise your dividends in 2020 See all posts by Peter Stephens Low interest rates mean that many income-seeking investors are turning towards dividend stocks to generate a passive income from their capital. However, risks such as the spread of coronavirus mean that the stock market’s volatility is high at the present time. This could continue in the near term, which means that buying companies with affordable dividends could be a shrewd move.In addition, focusing on defensive sectors where dividends may be more resilient could be a means of maximising your dividend income in 2020. Meanwhile, buying companies which offer long-term dividend growth potential could be a worthwhile decision while they trade on relatively low valuations at the present time.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Dividend affordabilitySince the full impact of coronavirus on the world economy is a known unknown, ensuring that the companies in your portfolio can afford their dividend payments could be a sound move. Coronavirus is disrupting global supply chains and may negatively impact on consumer demand for a range of non-essential products. This may cause many companies and sectors to experience challenging trading conditions which limit their profit growth potential.As such, ensuring that a company’s net profit adequately covers its dividend payments may improve the resilience of your passive income in 2020. Furthermore, by focusing on companies which have scope to continue to pay a rising dividend despite risks facing the world economy, you may be able to benefit from an inflation-beating increase in your passive income over the coming months.Defensive sectorsBuying shares in sectors which have defensive characteristics may also maximise your dividends in what could prove to be an uncertain calendar year. While sectors such as utilities, tobacco and healthcare may not have been as popular as cyclical industries over recent years due to the strong performance of the world economy, they may prove to be better places from which to generate a passive income in 2020.Certainly, defensive sectors may not offer the long-term growth potential of cyclical industries. But their financial performance may not be as dependent on the prospects of the world economy compared to cyclical companies. This may enable them to post resilient earnings growth and a rising dividend in 2020.Dividend growthOf course, lower share prices present an opportunity for investors to buy undervalued businesses which have long term dividend growth potential. This strategy may not enhance your income or capital returns in the near term, but it could lead to a stronger performance from your portfolio in the coming years.The stock market has always recovered from its lows to post new record highs. While the threats faced by the world economy may seem to be high at the present time, history shows that long-term investors can benefit the most from buying during such periods and holding their stocks over many years.Therefore, buying undervalued stocks which have the potential to raise their dividends in the long run could enhance your passive income beyond 2020 and improve your financial future. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Peter Stephens | Saturday, 7th March, 2020 Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Is the Lloyds share price a bargain for FTSE 100 income investors?

first_img Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Like all major UK banks, Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) won’t be paying any dividends this year after a request from a regulator to shore up their balance sheets as the coronavirus crisis unfolds. Interest rates were also cut, limiting the bank’s ability to make money from loans. At the same time, the risks of loan defaults have been rising.The Lloyds share price has suffered and sits at around 30p per share, roughly half of what it was before the market crash. Lloyds shares are in fact trading at levels not seen since 2012. So, it is cheap by historical standards. But is the Lloyds share price a bargain? Well, it could be for patient income investors willing to take the chance and wait for dividend payments to start again.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Delayed dividendsAs things stand, Lloyds will not be declaring any ordinary dividends or share buybacks until the end of 2020. Now, investors in Lloyds have been here before. Tne final dividend of 2009 got scrapped as the financial crisis took its toll, and Lloyds did not start paying again until 2014.Granted, this time is different. The coronavirus crisis is not the fault of the banks. Furthermore, the banks are in a lot better shape this time around. Lloyds has a capital ratio of 14.2%, significantly more than in 2009, and secured lending makes up 80% of its balance sheet.I don’t think it is a question of survival this time. Instead, we must ask when things will get back to normal, and that’s a tough question to answer. A significant second wave of coronavirus cases would be a disaster in general. The Bank of England has flirted with the idea of negative interest rates to deal with a prolonged economic shock resulting from the virus, which would compound the problems banks are facing.If it is not the coronavirus weighing on the economy in 2021, then there is the uncertainty of Brexit to contend with. The banks accepted a request to suspend dividends during the coronavirus, which has set a precedent. If Brexit is disorderly, could a similar request be issued again?Lloyds management has stated it is committed to returning surplus capital to shareholders in due course. That sounds great, but that sentence turns on the definition of “surplus“. It could be the case that investors’ ideas of what a surplus is, compared to management’s, differ considerably for some time.Share price bargain?I am not overly confident that Lloyds will pay a dividend in 2021. Although the news today about Lloyds branching out into wealth management and insurance (not PPI) to dilute its reliance on the UK consumer banking sector is welcome, there are always risks with new projects. Even if they are successful, these new forrays will take time to pay off, and UK consumer banking will still be Lloyds’s bread and butter.Nevertheless, if Lloyds shares start paying dividends anywhere near the 2.36p per share average payout of the last six years, shares bought at the current price could yield nearly 8% in the future. The Lloyds share price could be a bargain for an investor who is happy waiting a year or two for their yield to move away from zero. James J. McCombie | Monday, 29th June, 2020 | More on: LLOY Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Is the Lloyds share price a bargain for FTSE 100 income investors?center_img James J. McCombie owns shares in Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by James J. McCombie Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Our thoughts go to Christchurch

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NELSON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 04: Crusaders players observe a minute of silence for victims of the Pike River Mine disaster and the Christchurch earthquake during the round three Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Waratahs at Trafalgar Park on March 4, 2011 in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) However, if Christchurch is no longer able to host the tournament I’d urge organisers not to move games to Australia. Many people believe that moving some of the tournament across the Tasman Sea is simply the easy option and we shouldn’t turn our backs on New Zealand at this time.What the people of New Zealand need now is our support, love and friendship.Decisions need to be made for the right reasons and with the needs of the people of Christchurch put first. Commercial realities may mean that the games are switched to Auckland and if that’s the case, we should support the decision. Some Crusaders’ player’s observe a minutes silence for the victims of the Pike River Mine disaster and the Christchurch earthquake.Dear Reader…The world of rugby has been rocked by the recent earthquake in New Zealand, which resulted in so many lost lives in Christchurch.It’s therefore crucial that the game makes a considered and appropriate response to a natural disaster that struck the heart of one of the most committed rugby cities in the world.I’ve been privileged to go to Christchurch a number of times, so I was stunned to watch the TV pictures of vast areas of the city reduced to rubble. Fund-raising is underway and it’s no surprise to see people from the British Isles at the centre of the operation. Rugby World will, of course, support those fund-raising efforts.The rugby family has been quick to support one of our brothers and it was heartening to hear of All Blacks Kieran Read and Andy Ellis helping with the clean-up in the city.Natural disasters like this put life in perspective, but clearly in the next few weeks a decision will have to be taken as to whether Christchurch is able to host the seven World Cup matches that are planned to take place this autumn. That decision is not one for us to debate, but one to be taken by those in the city itself, without pressure from the outside. This is New Zealand’s World Cup and after the recent disaster the country has suffered, the least we can do is support their desire to host the tournament in its entirety.Paul MorganRugby World Editorlast_img read more

Five players to look out for in the Heineken Cup

first_imgToulon’s flanker Steffon Armitage (C) celebrates with teammates after winning 15-12 the French Top 14 rugby union semi-final match vs Clermont, on June 3, 2012 at the municipal stadium in the French southwestern city of Toulouse. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/GettyImages) Just named the Aviva Premiership Player of the Month, Hartley has had made an explosive start to the new season leading Northampton to the top of the league. Such have been his inspirational displays as captain of the Saints that he’s being talked about as a candidate for the England captaincy. His bravery has come at a cost, however, as he recovers from a hairline fracture of the eye socket picked up against Wasps. Once back fit and firing, expect Castres, Glasgow and Ulster to be sick of the sight of him by the end of the Pool stages.Follow Ben Coles on Twitter @bencoles_ LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Top 14 Player of the Year last season according to respected rugby bible Midi Olympique, Armitage’s move to the Côte d’Azur has been an unqualified success. Toulon are desperate to be part of Europe’s elite and having lost both the Top 14 and Amlin Challenge Cup Finals last season, they will be hungrier than ever for some silverware to line flamboyant owner, Mourad Boudjellal’s trophy cabinet. An outside bet for a spot on the 2013 Lions tour, Armitage’s stellar form has so far been ignored by England but performing on the big stage can only boost his chances.Stuart HoggUndoubtedly Scotland’s find of the Six Nations last season, Hogg is an exciting talent either at full-back or on the wing. Seen by man as the long-term option in the No 15 shirt, the 20-year old has returned ahead of schedule after an ankle operation in August and dazzled last season with his excellent footwork,  pace and ability to find space. Part of a Glasgow side looking to emulate Edinburgh’s achievements in last season’s Heineken Cup, expect to find him regularly crossing the whitewash.Dylan Hartley Star player: Openside Steffon Armitage has been in outstanding form since his move to Toulonby Ben ColesIN A competition packed full of Europe’s finest players, certain talents will always stand out. Here are five stars set to make a big impression in this season’s Heineken Cup:Peter O’MahonyIreland’s young blindside, cum lock, followed up an impressive breakthrough season with Munster by going on tour to New Zealand and holding his against the world’s best side, the All Blacks. Hugely competitive when it comes to the contact area, his prowess at the breakdown has won him plenty of plaudits throughout last year and O’Mahony will be at the core of Munster’s assault on Europe this term.George NorthDubbed the “Welsh Jonah Lomu” North has a lot to live up to after cementing himself as one of the world’s biggest stars. Last season his reputation was enhanced by several star turns during the Rugby World Cup and Six Nations. In simple terms, his imposing 6″4, 17 stone frame will always cause damage to opposition defences, yet he has soft hands and a remarkable agility for his size. With five tries in as many games in the Pro 12, the wing will surely make a big impact if the Scarlets pack can provide him with enough ball.Steffon Armitagelast_img read more

Facing financial struggles and board resignations, Integrity apologizes for lack…

first_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Facing financial struggles and board resignations, Integrity apologizes for lack of transparency Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 LGBTQ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Integrity chapter participates in a Pride parade in Portland, Oregon, in 2012. Integrity has been advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in The Episcopal Church since 1974. Photo: Integrity via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Integrity, the nonprofit organization dedicated to LGBTQ advocacy within The Episcopal Church, is a shadow of its former self, beset by struggles with leadership, finances and communication – as well as questions about whether it is still relevant or necessary in 2019.Many longtime members and former Integrity leaders have expressed frustration and concern at what they consider mismanagement and a lack of transparency, and with tension boiling over on social media within the past two weeks, board members say they are making a renewed effort to improve organization and communication.The Rev. Gwen Fry at the 2015 General Convention. Photo: Integrity via Facebook“I have failed to be perfect … and I fear that the spiritual, mental, and physical health of Integrity has suffered because of it. For this, I am profoundly sorry for any part that I have contributed to with regard to the health of our organization,” the Rev. Gwen Fry, president of Integrity, wrote in a statement posted on Facebook and Integrity’s new website, which went live on Oct. 17.Founded in 1974 by Louie Crew to help gay Episcopalians gain acceptance within the church, Integrity grew to have 58 local chapters and about 2,000 active members by 2011, the last year for which it released a complete annual report. With its official mission of full inclusion of all LGBTQ people in the sacramental life of The Episcopal Church, Integrity has been an active presence at General Conventions since 1977, helping draft resolutions and gathering support. Its primary goal was accomplished in 2015, when General Convention approved marriage equality for same-sex couples.Fry’s term as president has been marked by instability and uncertainty, but Integrity’s struggle to stay afloat in a radically changing environment runs deeper. According to IRS filings, Integrity had $516,152 in net assets at the start of 2013 and had been taking in well over $200,000 per year for the preceding several years. By 2015, the last year it filed a full return to the IRS, Integrity reported $134,029 in net assets. That year, it reported just $54,574 in revenue, but $225,225 in expenses. In January 2018, Integrity laid off the last of its paid staff. The Rev. Gwen Fry, the previous vice president of national affairs who formerly served in the Diocese of Arkansas, was elected president for a three-year term in June 2018, and during the Integrity Eucharist at that year’s General Convention, she announced that Integrity had been renamed The Episcopal Rainbow, though that change has apparently not taken effect.Much of the confusion expressed by Integrity members focuses on who is actually in charge of the organization. Between March and June 2018, DeAnna Bosch, treasurer; Letty Guevara-Cuence, secretary/communications director; and Brent Cox, vice president of national affairs, all resigned, leaving Kay Smith Riggle, vice president of local affairs, as the only remaining elected board member.“It really had to do with other things going on in those people’s lives, and they realized they just didn’t have the time,” Smith Riggle told Episcopal News Service. “We weren’t really trying to hide anything. Things were moving really quickly, and it was difficult to respond to what was happening in addition to getting the information out.”Integrity’s bylaws specify that if the president is “unable to perform his/her office,” the Stakeholders’ Council (made up of Integrity’s chapter- and diocesan-level leaders) elects a new president to serve the remainder of that term.Smith Riggle told ENS that a new election was “under consideration” at one point but directed further questions to Fry, who did not respond to requests for an interview.Over the summer, Integrity announced on Facebook that the Rev. Frederick Clarkson had been appointed treasurer, Lindsey Harts had been appointed secretary and director of communications, and Paul Horner had been appointed vice president of national affairs. Integrity’s bylaws allow appointments to fill board member vacancies. It also announced that an internal audit of Integrity’s assets and a new website would be completed by Sept. 1.But by October, with no audit and the old website (featuring the previous board of directors, whose terms expired in 2018) still up, members began venting their frustration on the official Integrity Facebook group.“This should be profoundly concerning for all of us who love and believed in this organization and its role within our church, and who play a role on the ground in our parishes and dioceses. We are a people who believe in resurrection. When can we have a serious discussion about what it would take to have a proper resurrection for Integrity USA? Is it better to officially close down, then choose to re-launch after this (long overdue) audit?” wrote Jason Crighton.“The board seems not to have any funds to work with, and also seems to value a culture of secrecy and distancing itself from the membership. It may be time to let it go,” wrote Frank Dowd, a view shared by other commenters.Several commenters wrote that their dues checks had been cashed without any acknowledgment or confirmation, that the website’s map of welcoming congregations had not been updated since 2014, and that commenters’ questions were not being answered. Members have repeatedly expressed concern about Integrity’s financial transparency, noting that it has not released a full financial report since 2011 or filed a full 990 return with the IRS since 2015, and have wondered whether the organization is in danger of losing its tax-exempt status.Although most tax-exempt nonprofits are required to file 990 returns with the IRS annually, organizations that bring in under $50,000 per year can file a 990-N, an “electronic postcard” listing just the group’s basic information and affirming its gross receipts have not exceeded $50,000, to satisfy IRS requirements. Integrity has done that for 2016 and 2017.The internal audit, which was ordered by the board as part of the administrative transition and done by Clarkson, the treasurer, and Horner, vice president of national affairs, was completed on Oct. 13 and made available to chapters by request. A draft copy of the conclusion provided to ENS said that “no discernible irregularities were discovered” and listed bank transactions for 2019 to date, all of which were for typical administrative expenses and disbursements to local chapters. Clarkson told ENS that Integrity has about $53,000 on hand as of Oct. 17.“I think one of the things that most people aren’t aware of – Integrity has no building,” Clarkson told ENS. “Integrity basically was a box of documents that were sent to me and had to be reorganized. … Part of the issue that occurred is that Integrity’s infrastructure, like its website, is ancient.”Along with the new website, Integrity announced that it is taking a census to figure out exactly how many active chapters and members it has, and that it will be distributing grants of up to $3,000 to censused chapters. Clarkson said that money comes from a bequest from an estate of just over $30,000.Smith Riggle said changes will be made to the payment system this week so that members paying dues will receive an automatic confirmation. The board is meeting by conference call every two weeks, Smith Riggle said, and further financial information will be posted on the new website.Clarkson said he has dedicated his time to Integrity because he believes it is still needed – particularly for transgender people, and in more conservative areas of the country – and he wants to help local chapters succeed.“The most effective thing that Integrity can do is support its chapters, because they’re really the ones who do the work.”Reaction to Integrity’s recent statement has been mixed, with some calling it too little, too late, and some grateful for the update but confused about what Integrity’s purpose will be going forward.The Rev. Susan Russell, president of Integrity from 2003 to 2009, told ENS she’s disappointed at the state Integrity is in now.“Where there’s no vision, people wallow around and make decisions,” Russell said. “I think that what we’re seeing right now is sort of the last gasp of an organization that has outlived its legacy.”Russell says she cares deeply about Integrity and wants to see it succeed, but the board has a lot of “deferred maintenance” to do.“I’m hopeful that something could come out of this. But in order for that to happen, there has to be some healthy leadership and there’s got to be some transparency.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Vidalakis Residence / Swatt | Miers Architects

first_imgSave this picture!© Russell Abraham+ 28 Share “COPY” Projects CopyAbout this officeSwatt | Miers ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPortola ValleyUnited StatesPublished on December 28, 2015Cite: “Vidalakis Residence / Swatt | Miers Architects” 28 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ AbstractFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MShower ColumnsAXORShowers – AXOR LampShower by NendoWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsMega-Panel Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMTable LampsAxolightTable Lights – SkirtDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Glass Pivot Door – Rabel 8700 Slim Super ThermalUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexExterior DeckingHouse of BambooDecking – BambooAnti-Corrosive CoatingsTIGERPowder Coating – Drylac® Bianco 605More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Vidalakis 住宅 / Swatt | Miers Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2014 United States Vidalakis Residence / Swatt | Miers ArchitectsSave this projectSaveVidalakis Residence / Swatt | Miers Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/779298/vidalakis-residence-swatt-miers-architects Clipboard Houses Area:  8000 ft² Area:  8000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2014 photographs:  Russell AbrahamPhotographs:  Russell Abrahamcenter_img Year:  Year:  Vidalakis Residence / Swatt | Miers Architects CopyHouses•Portola Valley, United States “COPY” Architects: Swatt | Miers Architects Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Russell AbrahamText description provided by the architects. Nicole Vidalakis found the perfect site for her dream house in Portola Valley; a beautiful 3.8 acre gently sloping parcel, with mature oak, cedar and pine trees. Requirements for the design included open planning for interior spaces, zoning of the functions to provide clear separation between public and private spaces, maximizing views of San Francisco, and a strong, symbiotic relationship between building and landscape.Save this picture!© Russell AbrahamRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesThe resulting design is based on a L-shaped plan, with the long leg consisting of the main public spaces on the ground floor and the master suite, den and office on the upper floors, running east to west. A linear concrete wall defines circulation on the south side of the leg, extending into the landscape to form the edges of the entry and the family courtyard. The short leg, on the south side of the long concrete wall, includes a one story home office and a detected garage and guesthouse. The plan organization creates two major outdoor areas, a private, protected landscaped courtyard on the south side and a more public viewing terrace for entertaining on the north. Perpendicular to the house and topography, a 75 foot-long swimming pool, linear wood deck, and a rectangular lawn area define the western edge of the immediate landscape with a precise geometry.Save this picture!© Russell AbrahamSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Russell AbrahamThe architectural language is simple, almost elemental. Built of natural materials, primarily cast-in-place concrete and wood, this new modern home is assertive in its formal expression as it simultaneously reaches out to, and embraces, the natural landscape. Save this picture!© Russell AbrahamProject gallerySee allShow lessGluckman Tang to Design Two New Art Museums in MassachusettsArchitecture NewsThe 20 Most Popular Projects of 2015Articles Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/779298/vidalakis-residence-swatt-miers-architects Clipboard Photographslast_img read more