How the new tax laws could affect Episcopal charitable giving

first_imgHow the new tax laws could affect Episcopal charitable giving Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Joe Parrish says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Father Charlie Grover says: Comments are closed. Kenneth Scott Norris says: Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH February 9, 2018 at 9:09 pm Before 2017 ended we paid our 2018 church pledge in advance, and wiped out our 2017 income tax liability. Time will tell whether it helps to concentrate charitable giving in alternate years. Others have found it helpful in the past, but this is the first time we used it. Others may find it advantageous to begin contributing in advance this year. By Amy SowderPosted Feb 9, 2018 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET mike geibel says: February 10, 2018 at 3:21 pm Dear Ms. Cummings:The Episcopal Church is indeed at its best when providing humanitarian and disaster relief. But that is not how most of its wealth is spent. The mission work was not the cause of my divorce—I left because of the divisive politics and activism where Bishops and Clergy presumed to speak for all Episcopalians on political issues, when they do not. Your admonishment that I read Matthew 23:25 is rather judgmental. How is it that you can accuse me of “greed and indulgence” when you don’t know me at all, you don’t know my income level or what I have done to achieve financial success, you don’t know how much I pay in taxes, and you don’t know how I spend or give of my time and money? It is always easy to vote to raise someone else’s taxes or tell others that they should give more—the apparent cornerstone of liberal thinking is to “take it from those who make it” so that we can spend the money to make sure everyone is equally poor and equally unhappy.As to your comment that some parishioners make too much money and should pay a tithe of more than 10%–I don’t believe God measures us exclusively by how much money we give to the Episcopal Church. I don’t see the logic of criticism if I join and give to a different Church which chooses not to agitate with a political agenda, but preaches the Word in a more traditional and welcoming manner. There is no threat that Episcopal Church will disappear due to the change in tax laws. It will merely metamorphize into a self-funded activist organization populated by like-thinking members and clergy. The Church is very “asset” wealthy, thanks mostly to the generosity of the congregants back in the 1950’s and 1960’s when membership exceeded 3 million. The Church only enacted the 10% tithe request in the 1980’s after seeing similar demands by other denominations and a decline in revenue. And that 10% was of “gross income” not “net income.” BD Howes says: February 11, 2018 at 8:58 pm I am aware of several instances where donations were NOT honored in the spirit given. A gift to a parish is ultimately a gift to the Church. Given that it is not unusual now to see vicious attacks on values which were until recently considered main stream, it would be delusional for anyone to take it for granted that the spirit of their giving will be honored in the future. mike geibel says: Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Donations come in all forms, starting with what church members place in the offering plate during services. Photo: Getty Images[Episcopal News Service] “Oh, you can deduct it.”That saying has reverberated across clothing donation boxes at the Salvation Army to the checks we write to our favorite social causes for the last century. While we give because God calls us to, it doesn’t hurt when there are tax benefits as well.Charitable giving has long been something we can itemize as a deduction on our annual personal income taxes, a civic duty established in 1913.The principle may no longer hold true — for all but the wealthiest of Americans, at least.The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress in December nearly doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples when they file their 2018 taxes. That could simplify the filing process and benefit many low- and middle-income families, but it will complicate the giving strategies for filers who typically deduct their charitable donations.Episcopalians involved in fundraising and nonprofit organizations have mixed opinions about what the fallout will be, if any.Tara Holley“We fundraisers are very concerned about the new tax laws, as every indication is that nonprofit organizations will be more dependent on the wealthy than ever before,” said Tara Holley, director of development for the Episcopal Church. “We are counting on and dependent on an enlightened 10 percent, as they hold 76 percent of the wealth in our nation.”But there are always ways to navigate tax laws, and giving habits aren’t cut and dry.Rick Felton is not so worried. He’s the executive director of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, a network of leaders, churches and dioceses devoted to building healthier giving cultures for greater ministry impact.“Being able to deduct is just a little gravy on top of giving to something you support. There’s just a little less gravy now. I don’t think giving will be affected by the tax law,” Felton said.Rick FeltonThe standard deduction, the amount taxpayers can subtract from their taxable income instead of listing or itemizing deductions on their tax returns, was created to simplify taxes.About 30 percent of American households itemize their deductions, according to the Tax Foundation. Higher-income taxpayers are much more likely to itemize: Almost 80 percent of those earning more than $100,000 a year choose to itemize their deductions. That percentage rises to 94 for taxpayers with an annual income over $200,000.Will the law help or hurt Episcopal Church ministries?Jim Murphy, director of endowment management, planned giving and donor solutions at the Episcopal Church Foundation, doesn’t think parishes or Episcopal charities will be affected much either way.Murphy expects most lower- and middle-income people to continue to give at their near-previous levels because tax deductibility is a minor issue for most who give to religious institutions and causes. “Some higher-income people may actually give more over time as more income may be available for giving and not paid in taxes,” Murphy said.Jim Loduha, senior director of development and giving at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, disagrees. “Charitable giving is going to go down. The question is how much,” Loduha said.Despite altruism being a hallmark of the religious-giving culture, the predicted 25-percent drop in itemizing taxpayers could mean charitable giving will decline by nearly $13 billion annually, as millions of taxpayers will see no tax benefit for their generous contributions in 2018, he wrote in a Dec. 19 letter to the congregation. Loduha cited research published in May 2017 by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.“Beyond the financial impact that will have on organizations, an estimated 250,000 nonprofit jobs may be at risk, which drastically reduces the capacity those organizations have to carry out their mission to their communities,” he told Episcopal News Service. “All Saints Church is not immune from this, and pledgers at every level will be impacted.”Giving based on income bracketLoduha agreed with Murphy that major donors will probably still itemize their gifts, and they’ll save more money on their taxes, so there’s an opportunity to increase their giving.The real challenge is for the mid-range gifts of $1,000 to $10,000, Loduha said. Most donors in that range did have the incentive, in part, of a tax benefit before the new tax law. And now they won’t, he said.The Rev. Shay Craig, the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s associate for resource development, doesn’t think it matters.“I’m a single mother, and my taxes are going up. That won’t change what I give to my church. It’s still my discipline. It will mean reorganizing things, sure,” Craig said.Gifts from high net worth folks are almost always combined with some tax plan anyway, said Jim Simon, who sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is chairman of the stewardship and finance committee at his parish, Church of Our Savior, in Akron, Ohio. He also will chair the House of Deputies Legislative Committee on Constitution and Canons at General Convention.“That’s a fact of life when you’re dealing with high net worth individuals. There’s generally some review of tax considerations for giving. That existed before this tax law. That’s going to exist after this tax law,” Simon said. “I don’t think this is going to affect what’s put in the plates on Sundays.”Besides doing the fundraising for the Chicago diocesan episcopacy and offices, Craig also teaches congregations about stewardships, planned and annual giving, and capital campaigns.She’s heard the concerns of parishioners, but isn’t worried about a significant drop in giving overall. “Changes in the tax code don’t change the gift itself, just the timing,” Craig said.The December rushSome organizations saw a giving uptick in December, more so than the usual end-of-year boon.Loduha saw a 40 percent increase in year-end giving at his Pasadena church, in part because some people wanted to maximize their 2017 tax benefit ahead of the coming changes. Loduha suggested in his letter to the Pasadena parish that those who typically itemize deductions “accelerate” their contributions by 2017’s end to get a larger income tax deduction. Some people prepaid a part, or all, of their 2018 donation to get the maximum tax benefit over the two years.There are so many more ways to give than writing a check. Photo: Getty ImagesMurphy noticed an uptick at the end of 2017, too. It came in a spike at year’s end for gifts of cash and securities to create life-income gifts like charitable gift annuities, as well as gifts to endowment accounts which the foundation manages for parishes, dioceses and other Episcopal entities across the country. More people, Murphy included, also created donor-advised funds.In Chicago, Craig noticed a 2 or 3 percent uptick in year-end giving in the diocese, while Jim Simon did not see accelerated giving at the end of 2017 at his Ohio church, or prepaying 2018 pledges in order to accomplish tax savings.Why people giveMost people donate to their parishes or Episcopal-related charities without motivations of tax benefit, Simon said.“They do so because of their passion or their parish’s mission. Do they take advantage of the tax benefits? Absolutely,” Simon said. “But I do not believe people will give less because they may not save money in tax. That does not mean they may not make a gift in a slightly different way.”Religious organizations have long received the largest share of American charitable giving. They received 32 percent of all charitable donations in 2016, according to the most recent estimates from Giving USA 2017.“I maintain that people give to churches for a different reason, and that reason is more tax-code proof than others,” Craig said.People respond where there’s a need and a connection, Felton said. Church leaders and fundraisers should appeal to their congregation and donors to think less about the tax benefits and more about the mission when deciding how to give.“Of all nonprofit institutions, the church needs to be the one talking about the spirituality of giving, to lift up generosity as a response to God’s impact in our lives,” Felton said. “It’s a divine calling, not about dialing for dollars. Really, it’s not about meeting the church budget; it’s about giving generously as God as has been generous with us.”SolutionsFor church leaders in charge of fundraising, focus on the mission, said Murphy.“People love their own parish and want to support it along with other charities, but those who demonstrate accountability and transparency to their constituents, in addition to showing the impact of their mission to make their community and world a better place, will gather more gifts,” he said.The new tax law actually enhanced the tax deduction for some donors in some specific ways, Murphy said.The Pease Amendment, which previously reduced the benefits of itemizing charitable gifts for high-income individuals, was repealed.The annual adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation of 50 percent was raised to 60 percent for gifts of cash.Qualified charitable distributions from individual retirement accounts (IRA) were not impacted by the tax changes and remain a great way for those older than 70 and a half to make gifts directly to charities from their IRAs while not increasing their taxable income.A donor-advised fund, such as the Episcopal Church Foundation’s fund, is a good vehicle to help those who wish to “bunch” their donations while still continuing to support all of their favorite Episcopal Church charities in the future.“As human beings, Christians and Episcopalians, we encourage everyone to give at any level, as it is giving itself that enriches our lives and makes us whole,” said Holley, the Episcopal Church’s director of development. “Giving of goods, money, service, affection an open heart … these are all ways to give and serve others.“At the same time, we hope that those with the greatest capacity to make financial commitment to those in need will increase their giving as this climate has a serious impact on those with the greatest needs.”Read more about itEpiscopalians can gain additional assistance from:the Episcopal Network for Stewardship,the Ecumenical Stewardship Center andthe Episcopal Church Foundation.— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET mike geibel says: February 13, 2018 at 12:12 am Ms. Cummings:If I misconstrued your admonition, I apologize. I trust we both agree that generosity and compassion for the less fortunate are neither exclusively liberal nor conservative, Democrat or Republican. But for clarity, if you read my prior posts, I did not use the term “liberal.” To quote from your post: “Those [who] castigate the church for being too ‘liberal’ have obvious[ly] failed to carefully read the Gospels, especially Matthew chapters 23-25.” I’ve read Matthew Chapters 23 – 25, and I didn’t see the translation as using the term “liberal” or any word close to it. I did indeed assume you were referring to those, like myself, who take exception to the leftist politicking of the TEC, not because I necessarily disagree with every political position taken by the Church, but because the partisan rancor that ensues is divisive and hurtful. This sad state of affairs has prompted some conservative Episcopalians like myself to seek a safe harbor outside the Anglican Communion, while others have simply dropped their practice of the faith altogether. Rector Collierville, TN February 10, 2018 at 10:53 am Opting out of one’s local church because of perceived directions at higher echelons seems an extreme and very ineffective means of protesting. The church is local and its resources in very great majority are directed locally. Churches elect delegates to dioceses, and dioceses elect deputies to General Convention, so if one wants to be more effective, begin now at the parish level where there is real power and get involved in choosing or becoming a delegate or deputy. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY mike geibel says: Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC February 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm My opting out is not a protest. “Protest” implies the possibility of change. As a former life-long Episcopalian, member of the Vestry and part of the Average Sunday Attendance statistics, the post-election activism by the Church convinced me it will not and cannot alter its current political agenda. I believe the word “Episcopal” means run by bishops–the TEC is not a Democracy or even a representative Democracy. I recently returned to attend the ordination of a friend as an Episcopal Priest. The banner outside the cathedral railed against gun control, but not a word about Christ. The Bishop gave an insightful and inspiring Homily, but then ruined it with a swipe at Trump.AI find the politicking of the Church to be one-sided and divisive. I now attend a local church where politics are left at the door, and both Democrats and Republicans welcome each other to give thanks for our blessings. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Comments (9) February 10, 2018 at 2:39 pm We have been able to deduct our charitable giving when calculating our income tax ever since we have been together, nearly 23 years. As lifelong Episcopalians, we tithe. We give away at least 10% of our household’s income because Scripture and The Episcopal Church have declared that 10% — the tithe — is the minimum standard of giving. We take 10% off the top of any income that comes into our household. Almost all of that amount goes to our parish and other Episcopal organizations. In our conversations since the new tax regulations have been announced we have agreed that this tax situation is not going to change our giving. We give because it’s the right thing to do, and also because the practice of tithing has brought us great joy in our spiritual lives and the life we share together. It is our expectation, our hope, and our prayer that others will join us in this decision, giving and continuing to grow their giving, for all the right reasons – regardless of the tax breaks or lack thereof. Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm I do not understand the fear that Christians will reduce giving to their parishes. For most of us, the $24,000 standard deduction is greater amount than our itemized deduction total has been with our church giving. Therefore, we will have smaller taxable income with a lower federal tax. Consequently, we will have more money to give to our churches. For most Christians who are serious about stewardship, the new tax law is an opportunity to give more to our parishes. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS February 10, 2018 at 8:01 am Is this a tax break for corporations and the rich? Yes—and one that is overdue. The intent of the tax revision is to spur job growth. The theory is quite simple: We don’t need more taxes—we need more taxpayers. Trickle down economics? Sure, but it works. All boats rise on a rising tide. If people have more money to spend, then they will have more money to give. It cannot be denied that being able to deduct charitable contributions is a consideration when giving. But the deletion of deductions for charitable contributions will not be the primary cause of reduced giving to the Episcopal Church. The Chickens ultimately come home to roost—the Church must face the economic consequences of its decision to become leftist activists rather than preachers of the Gospel. Politicking by Bishops and Clergy has alienated members. Declining membership causes a decline in pledge money. Undoubtedly, there will be Bishops and Clergy who will “blame Republicans” and the rise of secularism, and ignore any fault of their own. I left the Episcopal Church because I refuse to give to my local diocese and to the national Church to pay the salaries of progressive ideologues chasing social Marxism, or to fund leftist “mission” work. I give to my new church because the money directly pays the salary of my pastor and is used to fund membership growth and spreading the Word. I also give to charities of my choice, such as Wounded Warriors, Operation Smile, Heifer International and NAMI, and I will continue to do so. These worthy charities do not appear on the radar screen of the Episcopal Church. Glenna Kleinkauf & Ann Elizabeth Bishop says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

Appeal court upholds four-year sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer”

first_img RSF_en March 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court upholds four-year sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer” Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa The four-year prison sentence imposed on 22 February on blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman for “inciting hatred of Islam” and insulting President Hosni Mubarak was confirmed on an appeal today in Alexandria, 24 hours after an Alexandria judge brought a complaint accusing 21 websites of attacking Mubarak.“All of Egypt’s Internet users are being targeted through Suleiman,” the press freedom organisation said. “A threat is now hanging over their heads. We fear that other arrests and website closures could soon take place as the authorities seem to have decided to bring Internet users into line.”During today’s appeal hearing, the presiding judge ruled that the courts could accept complaints brought by individual lawyers demanding reparations from Suleiman for “insulting” Islam in his blog, for which he used the pseudonym “Kareem Amer.” He said Suleiman would appear soon before a civil court, which could order him to pay damages to lawyers who had brought complaints. For more information Meanwhile, Alexandria appeal court president Abdel Fattah Murad yesterday brought a complaint against the Egyptian government, demanding the closure of 21 websites that “attack the President of the Republic.” Local sources told Reporters Without Borders that the website of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and the very popular blogs Baheyya and Gharbeia were among the sites concerned.Egypt is one of the countries which Reporters Without Borders has identified as Internet Enemies. Nonetheless, it has been asked by the United Nations to host an Internet Governance Forum in 2009.——————–Read our weekly “blog review” and create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Tunisia November 12, 2019 Find out more News News December 26, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Organisation News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder The four-year prison sentence imposed on 22 February on blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman for “inciting hatred of Islam” and insulting President Hosni Mubarak was confirmed on an appeal today in Alexandria, 24 hours after an Alexandria judge brought a complaint accusing 21 websites of attacking Mubarak.last_img read more

Carbon Tax is regressive and unfair – Doherty

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ By News Highland – February 5, 2019 Twitter Carbon tax rubber stamp over tree icon isolated on white backgroundThe proposed Carbon Tax has been described as an austerity tax which disproportionately affects middle and lower income households, and does not hit industrial polluters hard enough.Donegal Councillor Gary Doherty has told the council that until proper supports are in place to help people change their energy use and consumption, such a tax would be regressive.The council is writing to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment to express its concern.Cllr Doherty says in principle, a carbon tax can work, but the focus of this proposal is all wrong……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/garydocarbon.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Carbon Tax is regressive and unfair – Doherty Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Previous articleMitchell urges caution as May visits NINext articleMinister to be pressed on funding for Donegal special needs services News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

City of Chicago asks ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett to pay $130K for cost of investigation

first_imgE. JASON WAMBSGANS/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The city of Chicago is seeking more than $130,000 from Empire actor Jussie Smollett to pay for the cost of the investigation in which he “falsely claimed” that two men attacked him.The city asked for an “immediate payment” of $130,106.15 “in an attempt to resolve this matter without further legal action, according to a letter sent from the Chicago Department of Law to Smollett’s attorneys, which was obtained by ABC News. A cashier’s check made payable to the “City of Chicago” was requested to be paid by money order or certified cashier’s check within seven days.If the fee is not paid in a”timely” manner, the Chicago Department of Law will prosecute Smollett for making the “false” Jan. 29 statement, the letter warned. The city will also impose a fine between $500 and $1,000 in addition to up to three times the amount of damages.Charges against Smollett for felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report were dropped on Tuesday by Cook County prosecutors, which enraged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. The FBI has now opened a review of the disposition of the case.“The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department take seriously those who make false statements to the police, thereby diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system,” the letter stated.More than two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the “extensive” weeks-long investigation, which included reviewing video and physical evidence as well as conducting several interviews, according to the letter.Smollett maintains his innocence, insisting outside of court on Tuesday that he has “been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”Both police and prosecutors say they believe that Smollett is guilty of the crime.Cook County first assistant state attorney Joe Magats told ABC Chicago station WLS Tuesday that the charges against Smollett were dropped in favor of an “alternate resolution” in order to focus resources on violent crimes, since it was a low-level felony, he had no criminal history. Smollett was required to perform community service and pay $10,000 to the City of Chicago. His attorneys asked that the case records be sealed, which was granted due to an Illinois statute that allows for it, Magats said.Magats insisted that the decision was not an exoneration. When he was asked whether he believes Smollett fabricated the incident, the prosecutor replied, “yes.”Emanuel described the announcement as a “whitewash of justice,” while Johnson said he does not believe justice was served.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Suns owner Robert Sarver affirms commitment to keep team in Phoenix

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailstevanovicigor/iStock(PHOENIX) — One day after reports that he had threatened to move the the team elsewhere, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said Thursday he is fully committed to keeping the team in place.“I am 100 percent all-in in keeping this team right here where we stand,” Sarver said in a video message posted to Twitter. “And I want to make sure that message comes across crystal clear to every one of you.”Earlier in the week, the Phoenix City Council delayed a vote on more than $200 million in renovations to the team’s stadium. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Sarver had recently contacted a member of the council threatening to move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if the renovation deal wasn’t approved.On Friday, Suns president Jason Rowley released a statement that indicated the team has had no discussions with any other city about potential relocation. Sarver has said he is looking to build a “first-class” practice facility in addition to improving the arena. The vote on those renovations will now be held on January 23.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. December 14, 2018 /Sports News – National Suns owner Robert Sarver affirms commitment to keep team in Phoenix Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Out with a Big Bang

first_imgThe Big Bang restaurant faces closure this summer, after nearly seven years at the centre of Jericho’s foodie scene.The restaurant, along with four other properties on the corner of Walton Street including La Bottega wine bar and The Last Bookshop, are to be demolished to make way for six new shops and 41 rooms of student accommodation.Nik Sheorey, an E&M finalist, expressed dismay at the news. “It’ll be a real shame to see it go. The ability to choose between a seemingly infinite series of sausage and mash flavours was really wonderful. Certainly far from the wurst place to eat in Oxford!”last_img read more

Animal Collective Releases Two Live Albums To Support LGBTQ Citizens In North Carolina

first_imgAfter recently performing at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, the group Animal Collective was inspired to help those affected by the new HB2 law, aka the “Bathroom Bill.” To do so, the band has released two recent live performances on their Bandcamp page, and pledged all proceeds from downloads to a group called Progress North Carolina Action.The two shows include March 9th at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and April 13th at the O2 Ritz Manchester in Manchester, UK. They explain that they “felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans,” but that they “don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.”Animal Collective are touring in support of their new album, Painting With, and will also perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this Thursday, May 12th.You can read the band’s full statement about HB2 below:Last night, Animal Collective performed at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. For those who were at the show, you may have seen a table set up for Progress North Carolina Action, who we were introduced to by North Carolina Needs You (http://ncneedsyou.com). They (http://progressnc.org) are an organization “dedicated to being a voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government”. Recently, North Carolina passed a law, known as HB2, that dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use and attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance. That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.This year, we’ve been recording and mixing some of our live shows. In an effort to raise awareness and help those fighting for equality, we are making two of our favorite recent shows available for download in a “pay what you want” model. To listen to/download shows from March 9, 2016 at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA or April 13, 2016 at O2 Ritz Manchester in Manchester, UK please visit https://anmlcollectve.bandcamp.com/ and donate what you’d like to contribute to Progress NC. All proceeds from these downloads will go to that organization. Thanks!last_img read more

Roosevelt Collier To Tribute Hendrix’s “Band Of Gypsys” With Members Of Dopapod & TAUK In NYC

first_imgPedal steel guitarist, Roosevelt Collier, along with guitarist Rob Compa (Dopapod), bassist Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and drummer Isaac Teel (TAUK) have announced a very special Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys tribute! The show will feature the group’s take on the Band Of Gypsys’ 1970 live album, along with other classics from Hendrix’s legendary catalogue. The show is set to take place on Friday, February 24th at NYC venue American Beauty, which boasts some great craft beers, along with free pizza for patrons.Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys-era music has become a legend completely unto itself. While the group was short-lived, due to the guitarist’s untimely death, that time period saw a paradigm shift in Hendrix’s overall sound. The amalgamation of funk, R&B, rock, and sheer novelty was a mind-blowing sonic force, to say the least. Expect some special guests to come out of the woodworks for this one as well.  It’s going to be a night of straight-up fire jams.Tickets for the show are currently on-sale, and can be purchased here.– Show Info –Band:      Tribute to Hendrix’s Band of Gypsy’s ft. Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), Isaac Teel (TAUK) and very special guestsVenue:    American Beauty – 251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001Date:       Friday – February 24th, 2017Time:      Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets:  $15adv / $20dos (purchase tickets HERE)last_img read more

Delivering Quantifiable Customer Value with Dell EMC VMware-Based HCI

first_imgDeploying Dell EMC VMware-based HCI provides a cost-effective and high-performing infrastructure foundation on which to run important business applications across distributed business environments. According to a recent IDC study, partners can help customers realize significant quantifiable value from these investments.Many of the IT processes put in place to support business operations are challenged to meet the demands of a rapidly changing digital world. Inefficiencies not only impede your customers’ business growth, they also create barriers to the very innovation needed to compete in an environment of shifting business models. Providing customers with highly automated, software-defined infrastructure helps eliminate data center silos and support IT agility. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enables your customers to transform and scale operations rapidly and efficiently by consolidating compute, network, and storage in a single software-defined solution.How Can Partners Help Customers Realize Business Results with HCI?The operational efficiency advantages of automated, software-defined infrastructure are well understood, but what’s the real business value of HCI to your customers? IDC surveyed organizations running various workloads on Dell EMC software-defined hyperconverged appliances to identify and quantify the business impact. IDC’s analysis demonstrates that investing in Dell EMC VMware-based HCI, including VxRail and VxRack SDDC, contributes to $4.89 million additional gross revenue per organization per year from better addressing business opportunities and reducing downtime. What does that mean for channel partners? The ability to deliver the real business results that strengthen customer relationships and establish more profitable long-term partnerships.Top Benefits for Channel PartnersFaster time to revenue. Demonstrate a proven five-year ROI of 489% with Dell EMC VMware-based HCI to shorten the sales cycle and realize faster time to revenue.*Fast-growing, margin-rich opportunity. HCI growth and business needs are driving rapid adoption of HCI solutions, with 85% of IT leaders indicating that their companies already use or plan to use HCI and 50% of current HCI users expected to expand their deployment.**Opportunity for value-added services. Deliver value-added services that ensure the uptime and protection of business-critical applications, such as backup, archiving, and recovery services.Top Benefits for CustomersEliminate data center silos and support more agile IT. Consolidate separate silos of compute, network, and storage down to a single software-defined solution.Increase efficiency. Help IT infrastructure and application development teams operate efficiently and productively with more reliable and agile IT infrastructures.Minimize unplanned downtime. Reduce the impact of infrastructure-related outages on business operations by up to 90%.*Realize significant business value. Deliver a total average annual value of $5.33 million per organization ($370,700 per 100 users) with an investment in Dell EMC VMware-based HCI.*Get Started Read the complete paper and prepare to talk to customers about the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure. Then share these snackable materials (social media kit and bite-size material) via social to drive awareness with your customers.* IDC White Paper commissioned by Dell EMC, “Delivering Efficient Business Expansion with Dell EMC VMware-Based HCI, October 2018.  Actual results will vary .[include a link to report]** IDG Research Services survey and whitepaper commissioned by Dell EMC, “Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Delivers Value as it Goes Mainstream in the Data Center,” Feb 2018, [insert link to whitepaper]last_img read more

Will Sally Field Return to Broadway in The Glass Menagerie?

first_imgSally Field(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 Emmy and Oscar winner Sally Field is eyeing a return to Broadway in The Glass Menagerie. According to Showbiz411, a revival of the Tennessee Williams play (which was last on Broadway in 2013) is in the works for a fall opening this year with Fun Home’s Tony-winning director Sam Gold. Field would play Amanda Wingfield, a role she tackled in 2004 at the Kennedy Center.Field won Oscars for Places in the Heart and Norma Rae; she was also nominated in 2013 for Lincoln. She has won Emmys for her leading roles in Sybil and Brothers & Sisters and for her guest spot on ER. The actress made her Broadway debut in 2002 in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia.The Glass Menagerie, which follows a faded Southern belle and her two kids, premiered on Broadway in 1945 and has since been revived six times. The most recent revival featured Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith. The Glass Menageriecenter_img Related Shows View Comments Sally Fieldlast_img read more