Quins and Sarries in top-of-the-table clash

first_img Highs and lows: Mike Brown gets it in the neck during Harlequins’ 18-16 defeat by Saracens earlier this seasonBy Alan DymockBEFORE WE’VE even had time to consider whether or not we can cope without the RBS 6 Nations, the good folks at Aviva Premiership Rugby have served us up a slice of something tasty.Top-of-the-table Saracens will be hosting Harlequins at Allianz Park, with both teams hunting a home semi-final in the play-offs as they pull into the last five games of the season.With such a monumental tussle ahead, both sides will be glad of the return of their international stars and Quins will also be buoyed by their Anglo-Welsh Cup victory against Sale Sharks last weekend. With standout performances from Ben Botica and Tom Guest, Sarries will be worried about the pair repeating the trick for a side looking to continue the momentum.Club return: Saracens’ Mako VunipolaWith Leicester breathing down their necks, Harlequins will be delighted that they can recall the likes of Chris Robshaw, Olly Kohn and Mike Brown – after the LV= Cup final director of rugby Conor O’Shea made a light-hearted comment about Brown enjoying a return to full-back following his stint on England’s wing during the Six Nations – but Saracens will be hoping to maintain a bit of breathing room between themselves and the defending champions.It remains to be seen if Sarries will make their new home in Barnet a fortress, but with the likes of Charlie Hodgson and Owen Farrell able to study the corners, do not be surprised if Harlequins are sent chasing after kicks for most of Sunday afternoon. TAGS: HarlequinsSaracens NOT FOR FEATURED What is certain, though, is that this will be full-blooded. Avoid if easily spooked.Saracens v Harlequins, kick-off 2pm on Sunday 24 March, is live on ESPN.center_img Saracens will be well rested after running a second string in the LV= Cup semi-final and an arm wrestle would no doubt suit the home side, particularly with an in-form Will Fraser being joined by the human stress-ball Kelly Brown. And if Sarries get on the front foot, the likes of front-rowers Mako Vunipola and Schalk Brits will be able to harrumph into the soft spots in Quins’ defence.Harlequins love to counter and will be hoping to catch a break in the Saracens kick-chase. However, it is at the breakdown that the referee will have a tough task. Things could get a bit hairy in there and a scrum could be considered respite. If you love a bit of big game, the possibility of seeing Vunipola and James Johnston going man to man could be enough to entertain you.The outcome of this one could be a useful indicator for who is able to finish the strongest this term and with Leicester Tigers playing a tricky tie away to Exeter Chiefs the day before there could be added zeal from the two as they look to put distance between themselves and the Midlands outfit. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

The other Englishman leaving Toulon

first_imgBright lights: Walsh with Sonny Bill WilliamsFor Walsh the ‘tour’ will be his last opportunity to spend time with Toulon’s ‘galacticos’, the breathtaking array of talent assembled by the club over the last five years. “We don’t have any show ponies here,” says Walsh. “Everyone’s prepared to be a grinder. The calibre of player now is better than when I first arrived in 2009.”Walsh – and this is not a man given to hyperbole – feels privileged to have spent five years in the company of some of the world’s top players. “I’ve worked in rugby league but at Toulon I’ve come across the toughest blokes I’ve ever seen, “ he says. “Players like Bakkies Botha, Jonny Wilkinson and Carl Hayman are unbelievable. They rock up to games, and their bodies may be in bits, but they’re so tough mentally. And it’s the mind that controls the body.”One man who won’t be seen in either Cardiff or Paris is Andrew Sheridan. The Toulon prop is still recovering from a neck operation – unsure at this stage if he’ll be able to resume his career – but Walsh says that hasn’t stopped him showing off in the gym. “Sheridan” replies Walsh emphatically, when asked who can lift the most weights in the club. “He’s squatting 240kgs and doing full-range dips with 65 kgs [of weight on his back].” Sheridan is also showing a fair turn of pace in one of Walsh’s favourite challenges, the five minute run, posting a distance of 1400 metres before the clock runs down.The club record for the five minute run belongs to Wilkinson, who scampered 1600 metres last season. “He’s an exceptional endurance athlete in his own right,” says Walsh of Wilkinson.” One of those players who doesn’t become a coward when he’s tired. He thrives on the challenge of fatigue.”Walsh reckons Wilkinson has got the timing of his retirement spot on, even though he could still put most players ten years his junior to shame in the gym. “He’s creaking a little bit now, so it probably is time to go,” says Walsh. “I’ve always said to players, ‘it’s better to go out on top, then hang on too long’. Jonny is going out at the top.” Englishman in Toulon: Steve Walsh has been looking after Toulon’s conditioning since 2009 There is another Englishman who’s time at Toulon is drawing to a close. Like Jonny Wilkinson, Steve Walsh arrived on the Cote d’Azur in 2009, and like the soon-to-be retired fly-half, he’s enjoyed a fruitful five years transforming Toulon into arguably Europe’s most dominant team.Walsh is Toulon’s highly-respected head of athletic performance, a straight-talking Lancastrian whose innovation and energy were seen first in rugby league with Wigan and Leeds Rhinos, and then at Sale Sharks. When Walsh was headhunted by Philippe Saint-Andre in 2009 – then the director of rugby at Toulon – Walsh was given carte blanche to design the gym he wanted installed at the club’s training ground. What Walsh had constructed was light years ahead of other French clubs’ fitness facilities. There was the usual paraphernalia of free weights and cardiovascular machines, but there was also a five-lane 30m running track of double thickness for plyometrics, four six-metre ropes hanging from the ceiling and two ominous-looking contraptions for hamstrings and gluteals, their design modelled on machines used in the training of East European gymnasts.Hugs: Walsh and Jonny embraceWalsh is off to London Irish next season, to hopefully help turnaround the fortunes of the struggling Premiership club, but before then he must nurse the Toulon squad through a daunting end to the season. Last Friday the reigning European champions muscled their way past Racing Metro in the semi-final of the Top 14; it wasn’t pretty but it was physical and it was also in Lille, 1000km north of Toulon.Next on the itinerary is a trip to Cardiff, to defend their Heineken Cup crown against Saracens on Saturday, and then seven days later it’s off to Paris to face Castres in a re-run of last year’s Top 14 final.So much travelling, so little time for recuperation, Walsh’s savoir-faire is certainly being tested in what time he has left at Toulon.Last weekend was one of rest for Toulon before the players reconvened on Monday for what Walsh describes as a “low-key” weights session. That was also the order of the day on Tuesday and Wednesday will be a day off – as it always is for the players – before the squad flies to Cardiff on Thursday after a short session in the morning.Win or lose in Cardiff, Toulon will remain in Wales until Tuesday before heading to Paris to start their preparations for the Top 14 final, a title they last won in 1992. “I’ve arranged with Adam Beard, Wales’ Head of Physical Performance, to use their Cryotherapy chamber,” explains Walsh. The deep freeze treatment, which speeds up recovery by flushing lactic acid out of the system, is one of the few changes made by Walsh to the club’s normal routine. “I’ve pretty much kept everything in place so the players feel comfortable with the regime…the expression I use is ‘know your cattle’ and I know where to make the little improvements. For those players who have played at the highest level, who are in their 30s and are still world class, they know what it’s about and what works for them.”In effect, Toulon go on tour when they fly north to Cardiff on Thursday. The players will be together until Sunday June 1st when, if all goes according to plan, they will return to Toulon carrying two trophies, a feat only achieved by one other French club, Toulouse in 1996. So is Walsh, though in his case he’s relocating and not retiring – and he’s taking his stopwatch with him. Bon courage, London Irish.Find out what is in the latest edition of Rugby World here. You can have the magazine delivered to your home, or you can download the digital edition now! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup final

first_imgThe World Cup final between old foes Australia and New Zealand promises to be an epic. Find out here where you can catch Saturday’s heavyweight clash After some heart-racing, controversial and epic moments, the Rugby World Cup 2015 final is almost upon us. After six weeks of action and forty-six matches, two of the game’s heavyweights will duel at Twickenham on Saturday – with the winner being recognised as the most successful nation in the competition’s history having each triumphed on two previous occasions.Ready for action: New Zealand and Wallaby fans will see who gets their hands on the Webb Ellis trophy on SaturdayNew Zealand are favourites to retain their crown; as they bid to become the first team to successfully defend the World Cup. Here’s all you need to know about where you can watch the drama unfold.Date: Saturday, October 31stTime: 4 p.m. GMT/12 p.m. ETVenue: Twickenham Stadium, LondonTV Info: ITV 1 (U.K. only)Live Stream: ITV Player (U.K. only), Universal Sports (U.S. only)Radio: BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio Big screen showing a wide range of rugby highlights hosted by a live MCThe Emirates 360 ExperienceThe MasterCard Bus featuring an anthem booth, face painting and a ‘referee’ MCA Heineken BarThe Canterbury roadshow with activities including a speed test and diving try attractionCoca Cola sampling cartsThe Dove+Men Care Scrum Together Up and Under ChallengeOfficial Rugby World Cup 2015 merchandise on saleThe London Sport Introduction to Rugby and have-a-go set-up. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Where to watch the RWC final: Trafalgar Square fanzone All commentary can be streamed via the BBC Sport website, BBC Sport App and Radio App.Rugby World Cup Final outdoor screenings:Official Fanzone: Trafalgar Square, LondonFanzone schedule: Friday, 30th October, 10:00 to 20:00 Saturday, 31st October, 10:00 to 20:00The Central London Fanzone will again welcome fans to Trafalgar Square for rugby themed activities, sponsor attractions and entertainment, including a live screening of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Final. For more information about Rugby World Cup 2015 events in Trafalgar Square please go to www.london.gov.uk/events.Other outdoor screenings:Regent’s place 15:00-18:45 | RWC – Final Live – New Zealand v Australia (kick off 16:00)Official tickets:Viagogo – Find Rugby World Cup Final tickets on Viagogo, the world’s largest ticket marketplaceStubHub – Find Rugby World Cup Final tickets on StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplacelast_img read more

Aviva Premiership: Six English stars with a huge future

first_img The Aviva Premiership salary cap may have risen this season and the quality of foreign imports improved as a result, but that has not stopped the young, future stars of the English game shining during the opening rounds of the competition.Off-season headlines centred around big-money additions like Louis Picamoles, Schalk Burger, Matt Toomua and Kurtley Beale and though the influence of these star players has been and will continue to be clear to see, the recent swell in emerging English talent has continued unabated.Alongside Picamoles at Northampton, Harry Mallinder was a shining light for the club in their recent loss to Wasps. The young centre whipped passes along the back line with velocity and precision, picking out runners with unerring accuracy, and kept play alive with a number of excellent offloads, which allowed Saints to try and build pressure.Smooth operator: Mallinder has power and finesse in abundanceHis inclusion at inside-centre last season saved Northampton’s Champions Cup campaign from a premature conclusion and once again an opening in the No 12 jersey – courtesy of an unfortunate injury to Luther Burrell – has allowed Mallinder to give Northampton fans something to cheer after a disappointing start to the season.Another centre making strides is Joe Marchant.Like Mallinder, he’s been playing in a team that has struggled for consistency so far this season but his individual performances at outside-centre have been encouraging for Harlequins. The former fly-half was a surprising inclusion in Eddie Jones’ provisional Elite Player Squad earlier this year but the Australian is well-known as a proficient identifier of talent and his decision already seems to be being vindicated.Marchant took a leap forward last season – playing in his second year of U20 eligibility – filling out physically and adding power to an already formidable set of skills built around his speed and elusiveness. The step up to Premiership level has not proven a stumbling block for Marchant.Snaffler: Will Evans has been impressing in the back row for LeicesterAnother member of Jones’ provisional EPS is Leicester flanker Will Evans. At just 19 years of age, Evans has another year of U20 eligibility should he need it, but with the England senior set-up and Leicester both well aware of his talents, it may be that he bypasses the U20s this year and features for the Tigers during the U20 Six Nations and tours Argentina with England during the World Rugby U20 Championship.Given the rigours of playing in the pack, especially for a team that prides itself on its work rate and physicality, Leicester have been a bit more cautious with Evans, deploying him from the bench in their first three fixtures of the season. With the likes of Brendon O’Connor, Mike Williams, Tom Croft and Luke Hamilton at Leicester’s disposal on the flanks, it’s commendable that Evans is already forcing his way into contention.Given their prominent roles with the England U20 side last year and the fact they all made their senior club debuts in the 2015-16 season, the presence of Mallinder, Marchant and Evans in Premiership matchday 23s is not all that shocking. As the season goes on, injuries, international call-ups and the Anglo-Welsh Cup will offer further openings for the talent emerging from the Premiership academies – that currently seem to be in overdrive – and the fear that a rising salary cap will correlate with a diminishing in young English players making the breakthrough has largely been assuaged for the time being.As we begin to move towards the first Test window of the season, the spotlight will begin to swing away from club rugby but don’t forget to keep an eye trained on it, as there a number of players on the cusp of breaking through. Rich promise: Joe Marchant has the ability to go all the way TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS With the England squad for the Autumn Internationals set to be named, there are a bevvy of young players shining in the Premiership Too hot to handle: Paolo Odogwu has excelled on the wing for Sale SharksThere are others, however, who have surprised with their quick rises through the ranks during the last few weeks.Sale snapped up talented wing Paolo Odogwu from Leicester this offseason and the powerful speedster quickly proceeded to break Christian Wade’s try-scoring record at the Singha Premiership 7s in the summer, an accomplishment that has helped catapult him into senior rugby.Odogwu’s impact in preseason and training saw him breakup Sale’s vaunted wing combination of Nev Edwards and Will Addison and he has looked dangerous, even in a Sale side that is currently struggling to give their back line a decent foundation from which to work. Rugby league convert Josh Charnley will have his work cut out cracking Sale’s starting back three and if Odogwu continues to impress, it may be that Charnley plays alongside the youngster, rather than instead of him.Handful; Jamie Shillcock has impressed at full-back for WorcesterAnother player who has got his work cut out cracking a starting XV is Worcester stalwart Chris Pennell.The full-back is currently rehabbing a neck injury and has seen academy product Jamie Shillcock impress in his jersey in the meantime. Shillcock has shone previously for Worcester U18s at fly-half, filled in for England U20s and Worcester U18s at scrum-half – featuring at the academy league finals day just seven months ago – and is now bringing those multi-positional skills to bear at full-back in the Premiership.Pennell is too talented of a player not to return to the XV when he is fit but the ability Shillcock is showing now will make for a great competition for the jersey over the rest of the season, as well as potentially putting himself into the fly-half conversation with Ryan Lamb and Tom Heathcote.Another England U20 player making the most of opportunities that have come his way is Zach Mercer. The Bath back-rower has filled in impressively with Taulupe Faletau, Guy Mercer and David Denton all injured and Francois Louw on Springbok duty in The Rugby Championship.Chip off the old block: No 8 Zach Mercer is the son of former All Black, GaryTodd Blackadder spent years at the Crusaders moulding Kieran Read – unarguably the best number eight in world rugby – and there’s a good chance he sees a little of Read in Mercer. Mercer has the hands and athleticism to be a great attacking weapon and with patience, hard work and the right opportunities, he should be able to fulfil that potential. Having him work with Blackadder and Tabai Matson is good news not only for Bath, but also for English rugby.last_img read more

Rugby’s July Test Schedule

first_imgWorld Rugby has announced a busy programme of international fixtures LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby’s July Test ScheduleThe British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa may be front and centre on the rugby calendar this summer, but there will also be lots of men’s Test matches played around the world.Related: British & Irish Lions fixturesThe Covid-19 pandemic has meant that a lot of the scheduled tours cannot go ahead, but World Rugby has announced a programme of Internationals for the July window.South Africa will prepare for the Lions series with two matches against Georgia – their first Tests since the 2019 World Cup final and the first time they have faced Georgia since RWC 2003.Eleven England players have been called up by the Lions, so Eddie Jones will have a much-changed squad for matches against the USA and Canada at Twickenham as well as an A fixture against Scotland in Leicester.Ireland will play Japan and the USA in Dublin while Scotland will travel to Georgia and Romania for their summer Tests. Wales will play Canada before a two-Test series against Argentina, all in Cardiff.It is hoped that fans will be allowed into the matches at Welford Road, Twickenham and the Principality Stadium, albeit at reduced capacity.In the southern hemisphere, Australia host France for a three-Test series in mid-July while New Zealand will play two matches against Fiji. The All Blacks last played Fiji in a Test in 2011.As the ‘Pacific hub’, New Zealand will also host the Samoa v Tonga play-offs, which acts as a qualifier for the 2023 World Cup. The winner of that match will go into Pool D with England, Japan, Argentina and Americas Two as Oceania One.Rugby’s July Test ScheduleEngland’s July TestsSun 27 June England A v Scotland A (Mattioli Woods Welford Road)Sun 4 July England v USA (Twickenham)Sat 10 July England v Canada (Twickenham)Ireland’s July TestsSat 3 July Ireland v Japan (Aviva Stadium)Sat 10 July Ireland v USA (Aviva Stadium)Scotland’s July TestsSun 27 June England A v Scotland A (Mattioli Woods Welford Road)Sat 10 July Romania v Scotland (Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf)Sat 17 July Georgia v Scotland (tbc)Wales’ July TestsSat 3 July Wales v Canada (Principality Stadium)Sat 10 July Wales v Argentina (Principality Stadium) Sat 17 July Wales v Argentina (Principality Stadium)South Africa’s July TestsWeekend 2/3 July South Africa v Georgia (tbc)Weekend 9/10 July South Africa v Georgia (tbc)Sat 24 July South Africa v British & Irish Lions (tbc)Sat 31 July South Africa v British & Irish Lions (tbc)Sat 7 August South Africa v British & Irish Lions (tbc)New Zealand’s July TestsSat 10 July New Zealand v Fiji (tbc)Sat 17 July New Zealand v Fiji (tbc)Australia’s July TestsWed 7 July Australia v France (Sydney Cricket Ground)Tue 13 July Australia v France (AAMI Park)Sat 17 July Australia v France (Suncorp Stadium)France’s July TestsWed 7 July Australia v France (Sydney Cricket Ground)Tue 13 July Australia v France (AAMI Park)Sat 17 July Australia v France (Suncorp Stadium)Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – Oceania OneSat 10 July Samoa v Tonga (first leg)Sat 17 July Tonga v Samoa (second leg)center_img Cory Hill attacks for Wales against Argentina in 2018 (NurPhoto/Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Lee, Razim, Stoever join Episcopal Relief & Development Board

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Relief & Development, Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors: The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago; The Rev. Canon Genevieve Razim, Canon for Welcome and Evangelism at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas; and Mr. Thomas W. Stoever, Jr., partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and member of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado.“I am delighted to welcome three excellent new members to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board of Directors,” said The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, who begins his new term as Board Chair.  “These individuals possess a breadth of experience and expertise that will benefit Episcopal Relief & Development immensely, helping the organization to engage Church leaders and congregations more deeply in working for social justice and global development.”The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee is the twelfth bishop of Chicago, a position he has held since 2008.  He is the author of “Opening the Prayer Book” in the New Church’s Teaching Series, a former member of CREDO Institute, and has served on the boards of the North American Association of the Diaconate, the Council of Associated Parishes and Affirming Catholicism.  He served on the Advisory Committee of the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and has led the Diocese of Chicago in numerous efforts to increase awareness and support for Episcopal Relief & Development’s work worldwide.The Rev. Canon Genevieve Razim was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in 2007 and served as associate rector at Palmer Memorial in Houston and Trinity in The Woodlands before beginning her ministry at Christ Church Cathedral.  In 2013, she was President of the Standing Committee and Chair of the Sharing Faith Dinners.  At The Regis School of the Sacred Heart in Houston, she initiated and led the annual summer service retreat with Cathedral Urban Service Experience.Mr. Thomas W. Stoever, Jr. has been a member of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver for 20 years, serving as senior warden from 2009-2014.  During that time, the mission and ministry of Saint John’s grew to include a women’s homeless shelter, and new and broader support for programs that assist homeless individuals and the working poor.  He and his wife lived in the Philippines from 1984-87 and witnessed first-hand the value of working through local organizations on political and economic development.“I very much look forward to working with our three new board members, and I join Episcopal Relief & Development’s staff and board in welcoming them wholeheartedly,” said Rob Radtke, the organization’s President.  “Their collective experience in parish ministry, community organizing and non-profit governance will be a tremendous gift, helping us achieve new levels of outreach and engagement while deepening our programmatic impact.”Lee, Razim and Stoever join Episcopal Relief & Development’s Board effective January 1, 2015.  Board members are invited to serve three-year terms, which may be renewed once.As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating under the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development is governed by a Board of Directors that includes clergy and lay leaders from around the country. The Honorary Chair of the Board is the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori.  Members of the board are nominated by the Presiding Bishop and the Chair of the Board of Episcopal Relief & Development, with assistance from the board’s Governance Committee.  New members are then elected by the board, and this decision is ratified by the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.For more information about the Board of Directors, please visit our Board and Staff page. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ center_img Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY People Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Posted Jan 14, 2015 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Lee, Razim, Stoever join Episcopal Relief & Development Board Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more

Tractor Supply Company breaks ground in Apopka

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSTractor Supply Company Previous articleJoin APD at Coffee with a Cop in MarchNext articleWekiva Mustangs advance to Final Four! Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Retailer to provide one-stop shop to serve rural lifestyleIt won’t be long now hobby farmers!Tractor Supply Company has begun construction in Apopka. Construction on the store at 180 West 1st Street in Apopka began on January 23 with a goal of opening in late summer.Tractor Supply Company has begun construction on the store at 180 West 1st Street in Apopka with a goal of opening in late summer. The company’s business model is to serve as a one-stop shop for the Apopka community’s farmers, livestock and pet owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers, gardeners, homeowners, tradesmen and others.The Apopka Tractor Supply plans to hire 15 full and part-time employees with firsthand knowledge and expertise in caring for pets, livestock and land.“We’re not just building a store, we’re building a team that understands the needs of the Apopka community,” said District Manager Dave Holland. “At Tractor Supply, we carry products that support the lifestyle our customers lead, the land they own and the animals in their care, so whether you are someone who raises horses and pets, runs a hobby farm or just enjoys the rural lifestyle, we’ll be there to make sure you have all the tools you need.”At the store, customers will be able to shop a wide selection of products at a great value including workwear and boots, tractor and trailer parts and accessories, lawn and garden supplies, sprinkler and irrigation parts, power tools, fencing, welding and pump supplies, riding mowers and more. The Apopka store will also carry a wide variety of food and supplies for pets, equine and livestock.The Tractor Supply team will also seek to support pet adoption initiatives, 4-H and FFA, county fairs and livestock shows.Jeremy Anderson of Fitzgerald Construction will construct the 19,097 square foot retail space. The store plans include a sales floor and external support service area.The store opening, which is expected to occur in August, will kick off with a four-day Grand Opening celebration.Use this link to learn more.Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At December 31, 2016, the Company operated 1,595 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Arbor Bend begins a new era in South Apopka

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here “The 58 homes represent a major investment in the South Apopka community, a seed of hope, if you will, for future economic success,” Kilsheimer said. We have to water and feed that seed with more economic development, more investment and more jobs for this community. All of these are successes will beget more success. But make no mistake. The work to revitalize South Apopka and make it a thriving, vibrant and economically successful community is just beginning. It’s going to take all of us: Orange County, the City of Apopka and all of our community partners to continue the work that is beginning here today. But if today’s ceremony is any indication, it is clear that we are finally moving in the right direction.”Perhaps the person most passionate about this project is Apopka Commissioner Billie Dean, who has championed the South Apopka effort for decades.“It’s a God sent endeavor to do something on this side of the city,” Dean said.  Affordable housing in South Apopka is what I have been fighting for as long as I’ve been a commissioner. Habitat taking the reins is just what we need.”Look over there,” he said pointing across the street past Juniper and Arbor Bend.” You see those houses? My wife and I built those homes. Beautiful 2-bedroom duplexes, 21 of them we built. Back in the 80’s. For decades I have been calling for this. This has been necessary for decades. I have been asking for this type of project well into the previous administration. This is a godsend for this community. They called it the Graveyard Quarters because of all the shacks they built right next to the graveyard. But no more.”And for Boykin, Dean and those 58 future residents of Arbor and Juniper Bend, this community might go from the Graveyard Quarters to 15 acres of Heaven in South Apopka. TAGSHabitat for Humanity Previous articleDUI Saturation Patrols will be in force this weekendNext articlePublix tops list in Customer Experience rankings Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 A dream that is over 10 years in the making to bring 58 affordable homes to South Apopka is a few shovels of dirt closer to completion.About 200 Apopka residents, elected officials, community leaders, volunteers and staff from Orange County Government, Homes in Partnership (HIP), Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando braved a cold and windy morning to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for Arbor Bend (a 34-home community) and its sister development Juniper Bend (a 24-home community).“This housing project may very well be the biggest thing that has ever happened in the South Apopka community from an economic development standpoint,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, who spoke at the event. “Indeed, in my opinion, we are standing on the brink of a turning point for this community the likes of which we have never seen before.”Penny Seater, the Executive Director for the Seminole County/Greater Apopka Habitat for Humanity, explained why at a Townhall for Homes meeting held at the John Bridges Center in South Apopka last month.Mayor Kilsheimer: “We are standing on the brink of a turning point for this community the likes of which we have never seen before.”“In the greater Apopka area, 16% of families live below the poverty line,” she said. “And 62% are spending up to 50% of their income on housing. The average 2-bedroom apartment in Apopka costs $1,000. On minimum wage, a person would have to work two and a half jobs to manage that cost. In some cases, they have to decide between groceries and prescription drugs. Saving for a down payment is out of the question.”Seater went on to explain that homeowners are healthier, more stable, and their children are more likely to graduate high school and go to college.“No matter who you are or where you come from you deserve a good life. Every one of us deserves a better opportunity.”And 58 families in South Apopka are visually closer to that opportunity.Apopka historian and South Apopka resident Francina Boykin captured the moment in song and emotion.“I am not forgottenI am not forgottenI am not forgottenGod knows my name.He knows my name.”“Welcome to MY neighborhood!” Boykin boomed in a victorious voice after singing the first few verses of the age-old hymn. “I was born just a few blocks from here. This area was once known as the Graveyard Quarters. But now it will be called Arbor Bend and Juniper Bend.  Some people say put up or shut up. Habitat puts up.”The two projects will account for a 58-home community that will be developed in South Apopka located near 13th Street and Washington Avenue.  This development represents a joint effort between Orange County Government, Homes in Partnership (HIP), Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando.Francina Boykin: “Some people say put up or shut up. Habitat puts up.”The site location was previously known as Hawthorne Village Apartments, an 84-unit farmworker complex located on 12 acres that had become dilapidated. In 2003, the title to the property was transferred from the Orlando Housing Authority to HIP.  Engineering assessments determined that it would be cost prohibitive to renovate the complex.  In 2006, HIP demolished the building on the property and began the process of redevelopment.  The organization held community meetings to develop a vision based on community input.  The result of which was the concept of affordable, single-family homes.The approximate size of the houses will be 1,079 to 1,510 square feet and will be anywhere from three to five bedrooms with one to two baths.  The fair market value of the homes will be around $140,000 to $154,000. There are certain eligibility requirements that homebuyers must meet to qualify for this program. Homebuyer income must be 30% to 80% of the median income for the Orlando Metropolitan Area.  Also, homebuyers must complete 200 to 400 hours of “sweat equity,” complete homebuyer education classes, have no more than $2,000 in collections, and be able to save $3,000 for closing costs. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Polling Place Feature – #229 The Inspire Centre

first_img Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Good morning and welcome to Election Day in Apopka. The Apopka Voice will be in the field all day covering the two City Commission Elections, and stay with us after 7pm for election results. Our first stop is the smallest, the newest, and very possibly the coolest polling place in Apopka – The Insp!re Centre (Precinct #229) on Semoran Commerce Place. That’s not a typo in the name. Inspire substitutes an exclamation point for the “i”. Take a look at the inside of this Centre/Books and Coffee/Church venue. It’s a pretty inspiring place to cast a ballot. You can even get a cup of coffee after you vote.As the polls opened, turnout was steady and the lines were moving quickly through the voting process. There were temporary problems with voting machines at The Errol Estate precinct #232, but they were resolved. TAGSApopka City Commission ElectionsElection DayInspirePolling Place Previous articleArrowsmith defends his legacy by moving forwardNext articleElection Update – Precincts running out of ballots Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Tricking and treating has a history

first_img Guess what I had on this morning? I looked in my closet for a jacket as it was nippy, and I found my old Howl-O-Ween , First Annual Howl-O-Ween at the Doctor’s Dog Park t-shirt that the City of Apopka Recreation department gave to me at the dog park years ago. It is black with an orange design with a wolf dog howling at the moon, with bats flying across the moon, scary looking tree branches and jack-o-lanterns laughing….so glad they didn’t print the year on it, as that would have told just how old it is! I don’t remember what year it was, but it was a long time ago! Mama Mia Mama Mia Please enter your comment! Reply Reply October 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm October 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm October 31, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply October 31, 2017 at 2:19 pm October 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I am watching The Talk, just tuned in, and Julie Chen is dressed as Cyndy Lauper, Sharon Osborne as Mary Poppins, Sherry Underwood as Prince, Sarah Gilbert as Ozzy Osbourne, I believe, and Carrie from Dancing with Stars, as Lady Gaga…..Sharon looked great as Mary Poppins!…she had on a solid white skirt outfit with a hot pink belt and white old-timey boots, plus a brown wig updo. She nailed it! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Please enter your name here My husband and I saw a gal dressed in a Catholic school girl Halloween costume the other night, and believe you me, there was nothing Catholic about what we saw hanging out….LOL! Hahaha……. October 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm The Anatomy of Fear By Regina Harrison, originally published by theconversation.com  Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 I saw this lady that was cashiering and she had the “day of the dead” look on her face. So cool! I asked her did she paint those detailed designs on her face, or were they temporary tattoos, and she said they were tattoos. I loved them. 9 COMMENTS Reply Reply TAGSHalloween Previous articleFlorida Hospital hosts second collection drive for Puerto RicoNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Happy Halloween everyone! Darn, I am too old to go trick or treatin’…..it was fun when I was young….haha! Always wanted to be the witch….LOL, none of that princess goody goody stuff for me! October 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm I don’t know about Sherry Underwood’s Prince outfit because it looks too much like her previous outfit as Little Richard??????? Now Sarah Gilbert nails it as Ozzy Osbourne! She looks just like him but too tiny. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia October 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm This is hard to pick a winner! My vote is for Mary Poppins, and Ozzy Osbourne….can’t decide! And the real winner is: Carrie Ann I. as Lady Gaga, that is who won! Reply Mama Mia October 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm I got a postcard from my dog’s regular vet, and she is leaving the country, and moving to England! Apopka Vet Clinic, but she has another lady vet lined up to take over the practice, and is having an open house to meet the new vet. I would move to England myself, just to hear those wonderful accents, honestly, I love to hear an English person talk, or an Australian man, ooh la la, how sexy!!! Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply I’ve got some trick or treat candy on hand if any kids come around, but I will be surprised if they do. I didn’t load up, because usually they don’t come around, and when it is left, I eat it, or my husband, and I am not supposed to do that, as it sends my blood sugar into orbit! Then my AC1 tells on me, being bad. My husband loves the atomic fireballs, so I got him a bag of those. I don’t like them. Got some gumballs, Baby Ruths, and tiny boxes of Sugar Babies….I got into them yesterday, but no more, after I saw my sugar levels afterwards….so if no kids come a knocking on our door, my husband will have to eat them….. Over the past few decades, Halloween celebrations have gained in popularity, not only with children and families, but with all those fascinated with the spooky and scary.As a scholar of myth and religion in popular culture, I look at Halloween with particular interest – especially the ways in which today’s Halloween tradition came to evolve.A pre-Christian traditionMany practices associated with Halloween have origins in the pre-Christian, or pagan, religion of the Celts, the original inhabitants of the British Isles, as well as parts of France and Spain.The Celts held a feast called Samhain – a celebration of the harvest, the end of summer and the turn of the year. Samhain was separated by six months from Beltane, an observance of the beginning of summer, which took place on May 1 and is now known as May Day. Because Samhain led into the cold, fruitless and dark days of winter, the feast was also an opportunity to contemplate death and to remember those who had gone before.The Celts believed that the veil between the living and the dead was thinner during this time, and that spirits of the dead could walk on Earth. Bonfires were lit to ward off the coming winter darkness, but also to sacrifice livestock and crops as offerings to the gods and spirits.Some scholars – because of the long historical association of the Celts with the Romans – have also linked the modern observance of Halloween to the Roman festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees. During that festival people practiced divination, which uses occult for gaining knowledge of the future.One of the practices was similar to the modern-day Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples – a party game in which people attempt to use only their teeth to pick up apples floating in a tub or a bowl of water. Originally, it was believed that whoever could bite the apple first would get married the soonest.Later influencesMany of the modern-day practices of Halloween and even its name were influenced by Christianity.People lighting candles on All Saints’ Day. Reuters/Philippe WojazerHalloween coincides with Christian celebrations honoring the dead. In the autumn, Christians celebrate All Saints’ Day – a day to honor martyrs who died for their faith and saints. They also celebrate All Souls’ Day – a day to remember the dead and to pray for souls more generally.The history of how these dates came to coincide is worth noting: It suggests ways in which the pagan holiday may have been absorbed into Christian observance. Starting around the seventh century A.D., Christians celebrated All Saints Day on May 13. In the mid-eighth century, however, Pope Gregory III moved All Saint’s Day from May 13 to Nov. 1, so that it coincided with the date of Samhain.Although there is disagreement about whether the move was made purposely so as to absorb the pagan practice, the fact is that from then on Christian and pagan traditions did begin to merge. In England, for example, All Saints Day came to be known as All Hallows Day. The night before became All Hallows Eve, Hallowe’en, or Halloween, as it is now known.Around A.D. 1000, Nov. 2 was established as All Souls Day. Throughout the Middle Ages, this three-day period was celebrated with Masses. But the Pagan tradition of appeasing the spirits of the dead remained, including the Christian – now Catholic – practice of lighting candles for the souls in Purgatory.Guy Fawkes Day celebrations in E. Sussex, England. Peter Trimming, CC BY-SAPeople still light bonfires on Oct. 31, especially those in regions where the Celts originally settled. In Ireland, bonfires are lit on Halloween. In England, the bonfire tradition has been transferred to Nov. 5. This is known as Guy Fawkes Day and commemorates the Gunpowder Plot, a thwarted attempt by Catholics, led by Guy Fawkes, to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.There are other practices that continue today. In England, for example, one of the practices on All Hallows Eve was to go door to door begging for small currant biscuits called soul cakes, which were offered in exchange for prayers. While not all scholars agree, it is part of popular belief that this practice is echoed in the modern tradition of trick-or-treating.In Ireland, people would walk the streets carrying candles in a hollowed-out turnip, the precursor of today’s jack o’lantern, or the carved pumpkin.The carved pumpkins. Sarah Ackerman, CC BYWhen the tradition came to the USHalloween, however, did not make its way to the United States until the 1840s, when waves of immigrants from the Celtic countries of Ireland and Scotland arrived. These immigrants brought with them their tradition of Halloween, including dancing, masquerading, fortune-telling games and – in some places – the practice of parading the neighborhood asking for treats, such as nuts and fruits and coins.By the late 19th century, some stores began offering commercially made candy for Halloween.The North American observance of Halloween also included everything from minor pranks to some major vandalism, as well as a lot of drinking. By the early 20th century, however, many municipalities and churches attempted to curb this behavior by turning Halloween into a family celebration with children’s parties and, eventually, trick-or-treating as we know it today.Halloween todayToday, Halloween has become a multi-million-dollar industry.Candy sales, costumes, decorations, seasonal theme parks, annual television specials and October horror movie premieres are some of the many ways North Americans spend their money on the holiday.Trick-or-treaters in costume. AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenBut Halloween has come to mean many things to many people. Roman Catholics and many mainline Protestants, for example, continue to observe All Saints’ Day for its spiritual significance. In the Catholic Church it is considered a holy day of obligation, when people are required to go to Mass. All Souls’ Day is celebrated soon after. In fact, the entire month of November is set aside as a time to pray for the dead.On the other hand, some people reject Halloween because of its pagan origins and its perceived association with witchcraft and the devil. Others see it as too commercial or primarily for children.Nonetheless, whether people see it as a children’s holiday, a sacred ritual, a harvest festival, a night of mischief, a sophisticated adult celebration or a way to make money, Halloween has become an integral part of North American culture.Regina Hansen is a senior lecturer of rhetoric in the College of General Studies and author of Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film and Supernatural, Humanity and the Soul: The Highway to Hell and Back. She is a frequent contributor to children’s magazines, Calliope and Dig and was honored as PEN/New England Children’s Book Caucus “Discovered” Writer in 2004. Her focus on literature is on fantasy, popular culture and philosophy. Her research interests include supernatural literature and film, the fantastic in popular culture, religion in film and neo-Victorianism. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more