East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2006 presentation results for the half year.For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ke) 2006 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited brews and produces alcoholic beverages made from malt and barley and sells them to domestic markets in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. Products in its range include Tusker, Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Tusker Premium Cider, Pilsner Lager, Pilsner Ice Lager, White Cap Lager, White Cap Light, Windhoek Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Senator Lager, Guinness, Balozi Lager, Kibo Gold and Allsopps Lager. East African Breweries also produces a range of spirits including Smirnoff No 21 vodka, Smirnoff Ice, Cîroc, Richot brandy, V&A sherry, Uganda Waragi, Justerini and Brooks, Myers Original Dark rum, Snapp, Jebel Special, Chrome vodka, Orijin and Smirnoff Ice Electric Ginseng, Johnnie Walker whisky and other Kenyan cane brands. Non-alcoholic brands in its product range include Alvaro and Malta Guinness. The company is a subsidiary of Diageo Plc and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) 2008 annual report.Company ProfileEquity Bank Limited is a financial services institution in Kenya providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company offers a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts and digital banking to school fees collection, custody investment and group accounts, trade finance, asset finance and microfinance loans. Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited is a subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Equity Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Swissport Tanzania Plc (SWISS.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Swissport Tanzania Plc (SWISS.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swissport Tanzania Plc (SWISS.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swissport Tanzania Plc (SWISS.tz) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileSwissport Tanzania Plc is an aviation service provider in Tanzania providing ground and cargo handling services, as well as executive aviation and aviation security services at Julius Nyerere International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. Its services include aviation fueling and aircraft maintenance services. Swissport Tanzania has extended its footprint and offers aviation services at Songwe Airport and Mtwara Airport in Tanzania. The company was founded in 1984 and its head office is based in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Swissport Tanzania is a subsidiary of Swissport International Limited. Swissport Tanzania Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUAC of Nigeria Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria with diverse business interests in the food and beverages, real estate, paint and logistics sectors. The company also has business interests in the Ivory Coast. UAC of Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of food items, livestock feed, bottled water, fruit juices and ice-creams as well as a range of paint and other home deco products. Well-known brands in its product portfolio include Gala sausage rolls, Funtime coconut chips, Supreme ice-cream, Swan natural spring water, Gossy spring water, Grand soya oil and cereals, Vital feeds, Binggo dog food, Dulux and Sandtex paint. UAC of Nigeria also offers logistics and supply chain management services which includes warehousing, transport and redistribution services. The company also manages a pension funds administration service. UAC of Nigeria invests in pharmaceutical outlets; operates a chain of Mr Bigg restaurants; owns and operates Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos; and is involved in the development, sale and management of commercial and residential properties in Nigeria. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. UAC of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Press Release Service By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 31, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (5) General Convention 2015, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Kenneth Knapp says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Valerie Le Grande serves food to some visitors to the weekly community meal organized by Intercession Episcopal Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church, which worship together as Beloved Community in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceEditor’s note: This story is part of a series profiling the Episcopal Church’s recent work planting new churches and other faith communities. Other stories about recipients of grants from the Episcopal Church’s Genesis Advisory Group on Church Planting can be found here.[Episcopal News Service] The current versions of new church starts in the Episcopal Church don’t all look like the ones that were formed during the last big push Episcopalians made 60 years ago.To begin with, not all the nascent faith communities that have been fostered with money from the churchwide budget could thus far be called a “church.”Plus, the strategies aimed at helping these new efforts succeed are broader and deeper. Based on long-term companionship and support from across the church, help comes not only in the form of money but also through assistance in discerning a call to such work, assessing the gifts and skills needed and available, coaching, and forming communities of like-minded evangelists for prayerful and practical support.Beginning today, the Episcopal News Service will bring you the stories of six of these new and continuing ministries. They are Appleton Episcopal Ministries in Macon, Georgia (Diocese of Atlanta); Bread & Roses in Charlottesville, Virginia (Diocese of Virginia); The Divine Office in Santa Monica, California (Diocese of Los Angeles); Extending the Table in Stevens Point, Wisconsin (Diocese of Fond du Lac); St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Virginia (Diocese of Virginia); and Warriors of the Dream in Harlem (Diocese of New York).The stories have an eclectic mix of settings: amid meals and ministry with Lutherans in Wisconsin, in a co-working space near the beach in California, around a drum circle in Harlem, at a Freedom School in Georgia, in a Hispanic congregation planted in the midst of an aging Anglo church outside Washington, D.C., and among raised beds and cooking classes in Virginia.The communities that began in the last five years with the help of more than $8.5 million from the churchwide budget and staff, as well as supporters around the church, “remind [us] that our best life is still ahead of us,” the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, chair of the church’s Genesis Advisory Group on Church Planting, told ENS.“And although the church has done amazing things throughout history, we still have a story to tell, and that God is out ahead of us and that God is growing new communities and churches and growing people – disciples – that will speak to future generations and will reach out to build relationships with emerging cultures,” said Gerdsen, who is missioner for fresh expressions and praxis communities in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.Julie Groce, whose Appleton Episcopal Ministries in the Diocese of Atlanta received a Mission Enterprise Zone Grant, agreed. The $20,000 grant is important to the organization, Groce said, but the connection to and support of the wider church shows that each community is “part of a much a bigger picture and God is working through all us.”Spreading the gospel in traditional and new waysTraditionally, churches planted new congregations where they saw or anticipated growth, in cities, towns and even rural areas, as suburbs pushed farther out from city limits. Even if they began in a house and then moved to a place in the community, like a small retail mall, the congregations eventually built a structure and settled in. The 1950s and 1960s were the heyday for this sort of ministry in the Episcopal Church, as well as in many other denominations.Those sorts of churches still get planted and they flourish. For example, in Arizona, the Church of the Nativity began in 2006 in members’ homes, moved to an elementary school on a growing edge of Scottsdale, and spent five years in an office building before moving into a new church building at the end of 2012. The Diocese of Northern California’s Faith Episcopal Church began in 1991 in a priest’s home near Cameron Park, California. After 11 years in a storefront, the congregation bought 10 acres of land and moved into a new building in 2011. Grace Church in Yukon, Oklahoma, was planted in the building of an older congregation that had closed.In recent years, planting churches has been less geographically oriented and more focused on the work of evangelism, racial reconciliation, food justice and creation care. This generation of church plants and so-called Mission Enterprise Zones involves faith communities based on farms and in coffee shops, in social-service agencies and in co-working spaces.Mission Enterprise Zones are designated geographic areas, congregations or dioceses with a mission focused on serving underrepresented groups, such as young people, poor and less-educated people, people of color, and those who never, or hardly ever, attend church.Regardless of their designation, these Mission Enterprise Zones are fostering relationships with people who might not otherwise come in contact with a Christian community. Many of these people are younger than most Episcopalians. They are different in terms of their ethnicities and socio-economic status. The work of racial reconciliation permeates many of the new communities.Those who form and nurture these communities are also learning lessons they want to share with the rest of the church.The Rev. Thomas Brackett“I personally think that it is a sign of great hope that in five years, roughly, we have launched the equivalent of a new diocese spread out all over our church,” the Rev. Thomas Brackett, Episcopal Church manager for church planting and mission development, told ENS.These pioneers’ experiences do not always follow a linear path upward based on traditional measures of success. Church planting is a risky business, financially, emotionally and spiritually. Each community began with someone having a vision and the ability to elicit the trust of others to join the journey toward realization. It was rooted in prayer and nurtured in love and patience. It is work not for a lone ranger, but for a dedicated team that has discerned its gifts and figured out how to use them to serve where God is calling them.The Rev. Susan Brown Snook, who planted the Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale and now works as canon for church growth and development in the Diocese of Oklahoma, likes to say church plants and other kinds of new mission initiatives “are the R&D department of our church.” These experiments hold lessons for the rest of the Episcopal Church, she told ENS.“The Christian faith has never been about being safe and comfortable; it has always called us into new frontiers,” said Snook, who just completed a six-year term on the church’s Executive Council, where she was a tireless advocate for continued funding of such projects.The story of spreading the gospel and building the church began in the Acts of the Apostles, Snook said, and “it never ended; we are still doing that work.”“We can see that same Holy Spirit working in our churches,” she said. “The Holy Spirit sent the disciples out of Jerusalem and sent them into the rest of the world. For us, the rest of the world is right outside of our doors. We are called to go there and speak to the people who are there.”Snook wants to debunk the myth that only clergy members answer the call and dream dreams of new communities. “It’s also about the laypeople who gather around them because truly planting a church is a project of a community,” she said. “It’s not about one leader doing remarkable things. It’s about a leader who can gather a community and then the community does remarkable things. And it changes their own community and their neighborhoods and their families.”The work is not meant to form new communities to compete with existing congregations. “This is about reaching the people who are in our communities who don’t know about Jesus or who have been excluded by other churches or who need a community of faith to support them in their lives and are not being reached,” she said. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Church Planting 2018, Tags Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Evangelism, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN 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 Sarah Walker says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books General Convention 2012, 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 June 1, 2018 at 1:17 am Are we still funding that for-profit yoga studio in Chicago as a “new church start”? In the last class of Tom Brackett’s questionable projects to throw money at, not one of the funded projects looked remotely like evangelism to me, a 40-year commissioned evangelist with a national preaching license. Now he wants us to believe new recipients must promise they “have every intention of becoming a word and sacrament community at some point” – meaning that first class didn’t intend actual worship, and still got $3 million. When is “at some point” anyway, sir?Most of what TEC calls “mission” is social work; it may be holy, but it isn’t mission. This is mission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We call it Christ’s Great Commission but The Episcopal Church utterly refuses to obey it. We can’t stand how other churches do evangelism, so we won’t do it at all. Then we get all distraught when churches close, when we never lifted a finger to keep them open. As for Michael Curry, no one can be Chief Evangelism Officer and Presiding Bishop simultaneously; the institutional/bureaucratic demands of his office take up 95% of his time. He may have caused a sensation at the royal wedding, but now he’s back to the daily grind of meetings, paperwork and foreign travel. Three “evangelistic events” in two years do not a crusade make. Comments are closed. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL 1:07 Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Groce of Appleton Episcopal Ministries in the Diocese of Atlanta is a recipient of that new level of support, as well as a grant to pay for new ministry in the Macon area, and it moved her to tears when she talked about it with ENS.“As exciting as the money is,” she began and then stopped to compose herself, “the idea of the reinforcement of the entire church is so inspiring.”Groce also has been inspired by the stories of other mission developers’ joys and struggles, which they shared during a meeting organized by Brackett and Michie. These were the experiences of “people in completely different parts of the country who were looking at doing ministry in a different way,” she said.It was freeing, she said through her tears, to hear that those differences were honored and accepted. “There is no perfect way; there is no cookie cutter, there is no handbook that says this is how we’re going to do God’s work.”That gathering made the church’s idea of being the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement “incredibly real on a whole different level,” Groce said.Part of the work, especially in this triennium, has centered on developing methods for helping potential mission developers discern their gifts while understanding what talents they might need to find in their communities to help them. Brackett added that it is also about discerning one’s goals and reasons for wanting to do the work. Such conversations involve understanding how well a person knows that community and how strong the person’s relationships are outside the world of the church, he said.He sees this part of the work as “helping the leader discern how they’ve fallen in love or if they’ve fallen in love with their community.”“Because when people come to be with you on a Sunday morning, or any other event, they need to sense that the reason you care is not for the benefit of the church, but for the benefit of all of the people that God loves.”Episcopal evangelism is not about growing the church and reversing numerical decline, Brackett said. It is done “because we have gotten a glimpse of how much God loves us and therefore the rest of the world, and we want to live in that loving relationship with the world in an organized way of gathering people around grace.”Under the watchful eyes of previous bishops of Pennsylvania, a group of “pioneers in ministry” sat in a circle at Christ Church, Philadelphia, in June 2015, and talked about their experiences in the Episcopal Church’s Mission Enterprise Zones and New Church Starts project. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceWhat comes next?Brackett and his colleagues have plans for widening and reinforcing the work of mission developers. They want to continue the idea that the churchwide budget has matching money to partner with local Episcopalians who feel called to start new faith communities. Not all dioceses and congregations have that kind of money available, but they have buildings and other assets. Many of them come to the churchwide staff and the gatherings that they host to learn from the wisdom that has spread across the church.Brackett recently proposed to Executive Council that the church foster what he predicts will be three-quarters of new ministry opportunities that can come by redeveloping existing congregations, especially in the area of starting “new culture congregations.” Those existing congregations, perhaps working in clusters, would spend 18 to 24 months learning about the changes in their communities and gain expertise from current mission developers on how they could minister amid their changed neighborhood. Then, they could sponsor a new ministry with people who do not normally come to their church. Money to pay for the venture would come from three sources: the churchwide budget, the diocese and the local congregation, he said.That program is, in part, dependent on the budget process and on the other ways in which General Convention this July chooses to continue the work of church planting.Initiatives for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones face a somewhat rocky road, as the Executive Council tried late 2017 and early this year to craft a draft budget to send to the PB&F committee. Earlier iterations included drastic cuts. The final draft budget increases the money allocated for evangelism over the earlier version because, in the words of House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, council heard a “clarion call” from the church to do so.The Genesis Group has proposed that the 2019-2021 budget include $6.8 million for such work.“God’s out ahead us. God’s doing something and knows what is needed. We need follow in the footsteps of the Holy Spirit and say, ‘Where are we going next, God? Who do we need to reach?’” Gerdsen said. “My dream for the church is to not just be satisfied with where we are, but always looking to where God’s calling us to go next.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Mission Enterprise Zones General Convention 2018, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Josh Thomas says: General Convention, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Press Release June 2, 2018 at 10:01 am Bishop Curry has done 3 evangelistic events in S.Carolina alone.He’s also preached at several Diocesan revivals.He seems so full of the Holy Spirit that just walking down the street is an evangelistic event.Before my college years at Sewanee,my church experience was Bible Belt old fashioned Church of the Nazarene.Attended my first evangelistic camp meeting at the tender age of 2 weeks.I know evangelism .P.B.Curry has it. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 1:47 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA June 1, 2018 at 10:13 am “Preach the Gospel at all times, use words only when necessary. “ June 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm I am from the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. We have recently developed a new church in Decatur, TX. We had no ,”Ministry developer, missioner, or church planter.” A group of people ,”just did it.” Another congregation in our diocese got grant money, so we were not eligible (only one project per year per diocese is allowed). Our Bishop told us not to ask for any money from the diocese, because we were too small to be a mission at the time. During the past 3 years (we started in 2015), we have bought a building (free and clear), obtained the services of a priest, and in November, 2017, the diocese recognized us as a Mission. Churches can still start the “old-fashioned way.” Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Money and support for the missionFunding this sort of growth has been a two-triennia process. General Convention allotted $1.8 million in the 2013-2015 churchwide budget for matching grants to help dioceses establish Mission Enterprise Zones and support new church starts. Matching grants were available up to $20,000 for a Mission Enterprise Zone and up to $100,000 for new church starts.That money helped start 13 church plants and 25 Mission Enterprise Zones. The latter were defined as a geographic area, a group of congregations, or an entire diocese committed to mission and evangelism that engages underrepresented groups. The zones would be granted greater freedom as authorized by the diocesan leadership regarding the designation of “congregation” status, traditional formation for and use of ordained leadership, and the use of authorized texts for principle worship gatherings.Only five of those 38 new ministries are no longer in operation today. The 87 percent success rate compares to the 68 percent of new churches found in a survey of 40 denominations that are still going in their fourth year.The work within the Episcopal Church got a large boost in 2015. The budget originally proposed to General Convention by the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) contained $3 million for starting new congregations. During the budget debate in the House of Deputies, the Rev. Frank Logue, a Georgia deputy and then PB&F member, proposed adding $2.8 million more for evangelism. He argued that the convention ought to give newly elected Presiding Bishop Michael Curry the support he would need as the church’s “chief evangelism officer,” a title Curry had said he would claim.Convention agreed, taking money from short-term reserves, a somewhat risky move that most said was worth it for the commitment it made. “To say, yes, we’re in favor of evangelism but we’re not going to fund it, would make us look pretty foolish,” said Arizona Bishop Kirk Smith at the time, adding, “the mission of the church is not to balance the budget.”The Genesis Group recently reported that it received more than 120 grant applications and recommended funding for 66 new ministries, with $3.4 million allocated to fund new church plants and Mission Enterprise Zones.The money granted in the 2013-2015 triennium and the budget increase for the current triennium represent both a major change in the church and a return to an older tradition that got lost along the way. That movement “actually says a lot about people’s commitment to doing this work, and for that I am grateful,” Brackett said.Changes in attitude, changes in strategy“A goodly portion” of the money in the current triennium that was allocated for new church starts instead has been used to help establish what Brackett calls the “infrastructure” around new church starts. Enter the Rev. Mike Michie, who joined Brackett as the staff officer for church planting infrastructure. Brackett has thus been able to concentrate more of his time with congregations that are looking to redevelop their mission and ministry.Part of that work represents a change from what was a more flexible and more experimental approach to how grant applications were reviewed and approved during the 2013-2015 triennium. Recipients now must certify that they “have every intention of becoming a word and sacrament community at some point,” Brackett said. For instance, their ministry plans need to have “90-day micro-strategies,” and recipients’ coaches push them to stay true to their plans.“We had a strong sense after the last General Convention, where we received funding at the last second because of the graciousness of convention, that we need to be really good stewards of the money given to us to manage,” he said. The convention called for the formation of new worshipping communities, and the Genesis Group “felt that it was important for us to stay close to that mandate.”Some of the allotted money was used for those new layers of support for the people working in what Snook said was once a “lonely and misunderstood occupation” – that of being an Episcopal evangelist who plants churches. They recruited coaches and consultants and trained them to work with people who are starting new communities, people Brackett calls “mission developers.”“We’ve now taken this to the next level,” Brackett said of the work he and Michie have been able to do. S.R.Price says: Mission developers spread the gospel and Episcopal Church’s reach into their neighborhoods Churchwide budget has supported evangelism for five years, following the Spirit’s leading June 1, 2018 at 7:17 pm If this is helping to stem the decline of the church, we should put almost all of our money into it. I don’t get the sense that that is the case. Curate Diocese of Nebraska BobbieJoy Amann says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR
Award trebledMrs Ilott’s appeal was successful on 27 July 2015 and her award has been more than trebled, to £163,000.Why the decision matters to charitiesLegacies represent a substantial source of income to many charities, currently totalling nearly £2 billion a year. A legal judgement that questions whether people have the freedom to choose to whom they want and do not want to leave money to in their Will could threaten some of this income.There is already legislation from 1975 that can and has been used to challenge charitable legacies. The 1975 Act says dependants have a right to a “reasonable financial provision”. Indeed, this latest ruling was made under section three of that Act.The three charities affected are now considering the judgement and its implications between they decide whether or not to seek permission from the Supreme Court to appeal.James Aspden, a Partner at Wilsons Solicitors who is representing the three charities, said:“This is a worrying decision for anyone who values having the freedom to choose who will receive their property when they die. We have now seen four separate sets of judges reach quite different conclusions in this case, having considered exactly the same set of facts over a period of some eight years. The decision to allow this very late, further appeal against a Judgment delivered in 2007 can only encourage others to appeal and will further complicate the court’s task when deciding Inheritance Act claims.”Sally de la Bedoyere, Chief Executive of Blue Cross said:“Blue Cross depends on the generosity of our supporters and as such we always endeavour to fulfil their wishes. Over the past eight years we have defended the wishes left by Mrs Jackson to the very best of our abilities so are deeply saddened that the courts have decided not to honour them.”Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive, said:“It is regrettable that occasionally courts need to become involved in interpreting the terms of a person’s Will. Not only is it damaging to the work of charities, but it may also cause concern to people who intend to leave a gift to a charity they feel passionately about. I am somewhat reassured by the comments from our lawyer, who tells me the circumstances of this sad case are very unusual.”David Bowles, Assistant Director External Affairs of RSPCA said:“Legacy income pays for one out of every two animals we save and without it, much of our work would not be possible. This court decision goes against a person’s desire to give their money to whomever they wish. We are immensely grateful for the kindness of people like Mrs Jackson who choose to remember the needs of animals in her will and hope this does not stop others continuing to give money to help suffering animals.”To challenge or not to challengeContested Wills are not uncommon and some charities are experienced in defending the charitable expressed wishes of their supporters as set out in a legal document. Charity trustees are also obliged under law to help ensure their charity maximises its income.However, this court decision has been viewed as a possible landmark judgement that could influence future contested wills and indeed encourage other family members to challenge the provisions of Wills. Given the decline of the nuclear family and rise of blended families, it is possible that more people will choose to challenge Wills.In addition, the decision comes at a sensitive time, following the criticism of some charity fundraising methods by some newspapers, following the death of poppy seller Olive Cooke and the attempts to link it to direct marketing tactics, and the investigation into some alleged telephone fundraising methods. Although it is the duty of charities to argue their case when they are promised money by a supporter, the prospect of being seen to challenge family members, even if they have been explicitly disinherited, might be presented by some as further evidence of ‘mercenary’ charities.This should be easy to counter since many charity legacy communications explicitly encourage supporters to make provision in their Will for their family first and charities second.Remember A Charity reactsAlex McDowell, Chair of Remember A Charity, the charity legacy consortium, expressed his concern about the potential impact of the ruling on charities.He said:“The right of anyone to contest a will, wherever there are grounds to do so, must be respected, but this case draws into question what has always been a legal right of the testator to practice free will in how they divide their estate. This could result in fewer people choosing to support their favourite causes through their will or increased costs for charities as a result of a growing number of claims they are duty bound to defend.”Pointing out that many legacies come from individuals who have no identifiable link with the beneficiary charity, he added:“For most charities, a significant number of gifts in wills come from supporters for whom there is no demonstrable link to the charity. However, this does NOT mean the individual did not have a connection or feel passionate about the cause. Issues such as patient or service user confidentiality may mean there could be deeply personal links to a charity that are unknown to the fundraising team or must not be made public. The link may also be unknown simply because it pre-dates a charity’s modern record keeping systems or institutional memory”.He defended the freedom of the supporter to choose whom to benefit without necessarily expressing why. He added:“The ruling may make it beneficial for professional advisors to give testators an opportunity to highlight the reason for a legacy gift but there is a risk that this could also serve as deterrent for legacy giving, especially when the legacy giving motives are deeply personal or confidential.“It’s vital that an individual can choose to keep their motivations and personal experiences private without that right putting their testamentary freedom at risk.” A woman who was excluded from her mother’s will has won her legal challenge at the Court of Appeal and received a £163,000 inheritance. The RSPCA, Blue Cross and RSPB, nominated to receive between them the entire estate, have expressed that surprise and disappointment at the judgement.The late Mrs Melita Jackson chose to exclude her estranged daughter Heather Ilott from her Will and instead left her estate, worth just under £500,000, to the three charities. She stated in detail that none of her estate should go to her daughter from who she had been estranged for about 26 years.She wrote a letter to accompany her Will, explaining her decision and instructing her Executors to defend any attempt by her daughter to challenge her decision.She wrote in a letter signed and witnessed on 16 April 2002:“My daughter has not been financially reliant upon me since she left home, although I did make gifts of money to her on her birthday and at Christmas up to and including her 21st birthday, although she refused to acknowledge any of the payments that I made to her.“If my daughter should bring a claim against my estate I instruct my Executors to defend such a claim as I can see no reason why my daughter should benefit in any way from my estate… I have made it clear to my daughter during her lifetime that she can expect no inheritance from me when I die”.“My Executors should use this letter as evidence in any Court proceedings as they think fit”.Will challengedNevertheless, Mrs Ilott challenged the Will and sought provision from her mother’s estate. She was successful in 2007 in that the Court awarded her £50,000 to provider for her ‘maintenance needs’. However, Mrs Ilott appealed that decision, aiming to secure a larger sum from the estate.Although her appeal was rejected, she was allowed in late 2014 to launch another appeal. Advertisement For detailed legal comment on the case and its outcome read the notes from solicitors Wilson’s – What does Ilott v Mitson mean to you? 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Training & Education Russian Naval Academy to Host American Delegation In March 13-16 Russian Naval Academy will host American delegation headed by superintendent of US Naval Academy VADM Michael H. Miller. He pays this visit in return for his Russian counterpart’s call to US Naval Academy.US Naval Academy has been training officers for US Navy since 1845 and officers for US Marine Corps since 1882. It is situated in Annapolis, MD.When forming new approaches to naval education, Russia uses foreign experience including the American one. Presently, the parties consider possible exchange of midshipmen to train in American and Russian naval academies.When in St. Petersburg, VADM Miller and accompanying persons will visit the Kuznetsov Naval Academy, familiarize with training process in the Peter the Great Naval College, Naval Engineer College, and Higher Naval Officer Course.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 14, 2012; View post tag: delegation Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Naval Academy to Host American Delegation View post tag: Academy View post tag: Russian March 14, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: host View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: American Share this article
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE an interesting situation arose recently at the City Park at the corner of Vann and Pollack?…a child felt the call of nature during a ball game and couldn’t use the city bathroom because there wasn’t single toilet or urinal in the men’s room?…the main pieces of infrastructure that are required to relieve oneself we not in the bathroom?..the child’s parent was able to get ladies room unlocked so nature could take its course, but not without pain, anguish, and fear?…the highly touted #strongcity of Evansville can give $20 million in taxes to a subsidized hotel, considering millions more to build a new indoor swimming pool at Roberts Park and millions more for a new penguin display at the Zoo but can’t even keep our city park bathrooms functioning?…repairing the restroom would only cost a mere $1,000 or so if the Evansville Parks purchasing department had a lick of common sense?…this park is literally less than a mile from our City Council President’s house?…the total lack of common sense among Evansville’s governance is simply maddening?…for the cost of a lobbyist funded booze fest In an downtown bar this restroom could have been functional and this child’s comfort could have been possible? …we bet Burdette Park doesn’t have this problem?IS IT TRUE that Susan Kirk is doing a credible job as County Treasurer?IS IT TRUE that we miss the wisdom and the leadership skills of Curt John as a member of the Evansville City Council?IS IT TRUE that Vanderburgh County Republican party Chairman Wayne Parke is consider to be the most effective leader of that body in many years? …that Mark Owen and Larry Aiken both did a credible as party Chairman of the Vanderburgh Democratic party?IS IT TRUE that Marsha Abell Barnhart and Betty Knight Smith were the most effective Vanderburgh County Clerk we’ve had in many years?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that many people are wondering when will the current President of the Vanderburgh County Commission start taking back control of that elected body?IS IT TRUE we are pleased to hear the Vanderburgh County Commission have decided to advertise the vacant position of the Director of Burdette Park?IS IT TRUE we been told that the proposed $500,000 renovation project to combined the offices of the County Commission and County Council will be shelved this budget year?IS IT TRUE that Frank McDonald Sr., Russel Lloyd Sr and Benjamin Bosse were the top three Mayors in Evansville history?IS IT TRUE that long time County Councilman James Raben and Tom Shelter Jr are doing an excellent job as a leaders of that elected body?IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County jail is busting at the seam? …we predict that during this coming budget hearings the subject of adding a new correctional pod to the current jail shall be a hot topic once again?IS IT TRUE That it is no surprise to thinking people that smokers rack up higher healthcare costs than non-smokers do?…the Fairbanks Foundation just completed a study to learn just how much more smokers on Medicaid cost the state of Indiana than non-smokers do?…the answer just in Indiana is more than half a billion dollars per year?…Indiana Medicaid members who smoke have monthly healthcare expenditures that are 51 percent higher than those who do not smoke?…taxpayers are spending spending $904.61 per month for smokers as compared to $597.58 for non-smokers?…we the taxpayers should exercise out right to impose penalties on people who enjoy the benefits of citizenship who choose to live recklessly and stick the taxpayers with the costs of their unhealthy lifestyles?…even in a universal healthcare option the limit of the public’s liability should be to cover the medical costs associated with choosing a healthy lifestyle?…it should be the expectation of the taxpayers that the smokers pick up the additional $307 per month due to the self inflicted nature of this additional costs?IS IT TRUE if that $540 M number for Medicaid using smokers is extrapolated to national levels this amounts to $30 Billion per year?…that is on the order of the total of all medical malpractice insurance premiums?…if we as a society can’t impose some lifestyle penalties on those who are determined to do the wrong thing, we will never succeed in offering care to everyone?…this is of course a drop in the bucket when compared to the costs of opioid addiction related economic impacts?…the estimated cost to Indiana for opioid addiction is $8.2 Billion per year?…scaling that to a national level that will exceed $400 Billion or about 10% of the federal budget?…accountability must return to the United States of America and healthcare is a perfect place to start?FOOTNOTES: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke had any idea about the amount of debt that the Thunderbolts has incurred since he agreed that the city taxpayers will cover all of their losses this year?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. 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