Best shares to buy now: This is one of my FTSE 100 top picks

first_img Jabran Khan has no position in any shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Jabran Khan | Friday, 20th November, 2020 | More on: BME Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Jabran Khan “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Best shares to buy now: This is one of my FTSE 100 top picks Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I believe the best shares to buy are those that are bucking the economic trend. In addition, they should perform strongly in terms of profit, revenue, and growth of market share. B&M Retail European SA (LSE:BME) falls firmly in that category for me.More commonly known as B&M Bargains or B&M Homestore, it currently boasts over 600 stores across the UK and employs over 28,000 people. BME is referred to as a discount retailer. In recent years, such stores have become more popular as consumers are moving away from the traditional retailers looking to make their cash go further. It is estimated BME attracts over four million customers each week.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Share price valueWhen the stock market crashed, BME shares were trading at 380p per share. At the height of the crash, its share price value had dropped approximately 30% to just 266p per share. As I write this, impressive trading results and strong performance mean shares are trading at nearly 500p per share. This is an impressive increase of nearly 90% since the market crash low. Right now shares trade on just 15 times forecast earnings, which is very reasonable in my opinion.B&M is classed as an essential retailer during the Covid-19 pandemic. With so much economic uncertainty, consumers have been stockpiling and shopping habits have changed within the lockdown and pandemic period. B&M has benefitted from this. This is why supermarkets and essential retailers are some of the best shares to buy now in my opinion.Soaring profitsLast week BME released a half-year trading update that covered the 26 weeks to 26 September 2020. There were several positive takeaways starting with group revenues jumping over 25% to £2.24bn. Like-for-like revenues at UK stores rose 23%. It seems BME’s out-of-town retail park locations proved popular with bargain hunters.BME’s other businesses also fared well, which contributed to the overall impressive results. Frozen food business Heron Foods (with approximately 275 locations in the UK) traded well in the half-year period. Babou stores (which has 90 locations in France) registered positive like-for-like sales growth.Overall performance contributed to an adjusted pre-tax profit of £253.6m over the period. This is an increase of almost 130% compared to the same period last year, which is mightily impressive. One of the best shares to buy nowB&M is also one of the few retail stocks offering a dividend stream. In its update, BME revealed its half-year dividend would increase by a huge 59.2% to 4.3p per share. Furthermore, it promised to pay out a special dividend of 25p per share.BME’s rise within a dwindling retail sector is a great achievement in my opinion. It has grown very impressively over the years to become one of the UK’s leading retailers. In September, it announced further plans to open another 45 stores in the UK. The fact we are in the midst of a global pandemic and economic downturn makes the announcement even more ambitious in my opinion.I believe BME could be one of the best shares of 2020. Here is another FTSE 100 stock I really like right now. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

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5 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy for a passive income

first_img5 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy for a passive income Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves | Thursday, 7th January, 2021 See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Image source: Getty Images center_img I’m on the lookout for blue-chip FTSE 100 stocks to provide a passive income stream. But I’m not just looking for any dividend stocks. I want to buy companies that have a strong track record of increasing payouts to investors, as well as a high level of dividend cover.Passive income playsTwo companies immediately jump out. B&M European Value Retail and Johnson Matthey currently support dividend yields of 2.2% and 2.6% respectively. These are around half of the market average. Nevertheless, they are both well covered by earnings per share. The two organisations have a dividend cover ratio of nearly three. That suggests earnings could fall by 50% and the distributions would still be safe. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…What’s more, B&M has upped its dividend to investors every year since 2015. The payout has increased at an average annual rate of 19%, rising from 3.4p to 11.2. That’s excluding any special dividends.Johnson Matthey cut its dividend in 2020, although analysts are expecting a quick recovery over the next two years. Before the cut, the company had increased its distribution to investors every year for seven consecutive years. Based on these track records, I believe these two FTSE 100 businesses would make great additions to any passive income portfolio.FTSE 100 yield For a higher level of passive income, investors could buy GlaxoSmithKline. At the time of writing, this healthcare champion supports a dividend yield of 5.7%. The dividend cover has risen in recent years as earnings have increased. It currently stands at around 1.5, which is relatively low compared to the groups above, but still acceptable, in my opinion.The company hasn’t increased its distribution for the past few years. Still, due to the defensive nature of the business and sustainability of the payout, I’m willing to overlook this lack of growth.One sector that’s shown itself to be extremely resilient over the past 12 months is the supermarket sector. As a result, I believe this is one of the best places to look for income in the current environment.Retailers such as Morrisons have benefited from an increase in demand for essential products, as well as the closure of hospitality businesses. Market research firm Kantar believes consumers spent a record £12bn in supermarkets in December.Morrisons recently reported a near 9% year-on-year increase in sales over the festive period. This growth should underpin the company’s dividend for 2021. Analysts forecast a potential yield of 5% for 2021, which should be covered as much as 1.6 times by earnings per share.Finally, I don’t think any passive income portfolio will be complete without some exposure to infrastructure. Infrastructure funds invest in assets such as bridges, buildings and roads. These assets have lifespans of decades and provide a steady stream of income in all environments.3i is one of the largest infrastructure funds in the country. Its asset base has helped the company increase its payout to investors every year for the past six years. At the time of writing, the stock supports a dividend yield of 3.4%.  Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended B&M European Value and GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgUn grupo de Carolina del Norte explora su colaboración en Costa Rica Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Latin America, Province IX Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Por Lynette WilsonPosted Aug 23, 2013 Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Un grupo exploratorio de la iglesia episcopal del Santo Consolador en Burlington, Carolina del Norte, visitó la Iglesia Episcopal de Costa Rica la semana del 5 de agosto en busca de una relación de compañerismo. Aquí Tom Lambeth y Morgan Kernodle posan con alumnos del Hogar Escuela en Barrio Cuba. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.[Episcopal News Service – San José, Costa Rica] Puede haber sido amor a primera vista.Un martes por la mañana de hace poco, un sacerdote, una pediatra, un juez y una maestra entraron en el Hogar Escuela que tiene la Iglesia Episcopal de Costa Rica en la sección Barrio Cuba de esta ciudad de San José para encontrarse con 160 niños, de entre seis meses y 12 años de edad, uniformados con camisas y blusas a cuadros blancos y azules y pantalones y faldas azul marino.“El programa comenzó aquí hace 50 años con 10 niños, y en cuestión de cuatro años había 40…”, explicó Héctor Monterroso, el obispo [episcopal] de Costa Rica, añadiendo que la escuela sirve fundamentalmente a hijos de madres solteras en uno de los barrios más pobres de San José, donde no es raro que haya vendedores de drogas por las esquinas.“Los niños creen que esto es normal”, afirmó.La escuela sirve como una suerte de oasis, con todas las cosas, desde un terreno de juego bajo techo —en Costa rica llueve nueve meses del año— hasta los colores con que están pintadas las paredes que alientan la tranquilidad y el aprendizaje. Al proporcionarles a los niños la mejor atención y ambiente posibles para jugar y para aprender, el personal de la escuela, que incluye a dos capellanes, espera prepararlos para un futuro más prometedor.“Apoyamos a los niños con buena educación, nutrición, tecnología y valores. Brindándoles un lugar seguro y un ambiente diferente [a los niños], tal vez podamos romper el ciclo [de la pobreza]”, expresó Monterroso.ExploraciónLa escuela de Barrio Cuba sería la primera de las dos escuelas que el grupo de la iglesia episcopal del Santo Consolador [Holy Comforter Episcopal Church] en  Burlington, Carolina del Norte, visitaría ese día. La segunda, ubicada en Heredia, una ciudad industrial densamente poblada al norte de San José, sigue el modelo de la primera y atiende a niños del Gaurarí, un área aún más pobre poblada principalmente por inmigrantes nicaragüenses.“Este es un grupo exploratorio”, dijo la Dra. Shannon McQueen, la pediatra. “Para ver qué necesidades se ajustan a nuestros talentos”.“Esperamos que [la asociación] llegue a ser diáfana”, dijo ella, añadiendo que el grupo le presentará un plan a la junta parroquial y a la iglesia y juntos decidirán el camino a seguir.En enero, el Rdo. Adam Shoemaker, el rector de la iglesia, le propuso a la junta parroquial una asociación internacional; la junta estuvo de acuerdo y el grupo pasó la semana del 5 de agosto en Costa Rica explorando una relación de compañerismo parroquial.Shoemaker sirvió como misionero del Cuerpo de Servicio de Jóvenes Adultos en el suburbio de Río de Janeiro que aparece en la película de 2002 Ciudad de Dios, antes de convertirse en un sacerdote parroquial.“Este es el fruto del programa del YASC; que ha seguido actuando en mi corazón y en mi mente desde entonces”, dijo él en una entrevista con ENS en Costa Rica.“Algunos podrían preguntar, ‘¿por qué irse tan lejos?’”, dijo Shoemaker, al tiempo de explicar que el servicio internacional “nos ayuda a valorar que somos parte de una Iglesia mayor y profundiza nuestra fe”.La misión internacional funciona, añadió, también inspira el trabajo local del Santo Consolador, el cual incluye un programa de tutoría en la Escuela Primaria [Harvey R.] Newlin, una escuela elemental de bajo rendimiento que queda cerca.En parte el deseo [de la iglesia] del Santo Consolador de asociarse con uno de los seis programas de la Iglesia en Costa Rica se inspira en la Iniciativa Galilea del obispo Michael Curry de Carolina del Norte, que reta a los miembros a salir a la comunidad y a la Comunión Anglicana, dijo Tom Lambeth, un juez que sirve en la junta parroquial y en el comité de misión y participación comunitaria de la iglesia.CompañerismoLa Diócesis de Carolina del Norte y la Iglesia Episcopal de Costa Rica han estado en una relación de compañerismo desde 1995. Un coordinador de diócesis compañera sirve en Costa Rica para facilitar la relación y ocuparse de la planificación y los preparativos de viajes, y funciona como secretario de habla inglesa del obispo y su capellán durante las visitas pastorales, dijo Clarence Fox, miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Albano [St. Alban’s Episcopal Church] en Davidson, Carolina del Norte, quien terminó recientemente su servicio como coordinador diocesano.“El puesto es el de intermediario entre las dos diócesis, garantizando que Costa Rica entienda claramente lo que Carolina del Norte tiene en mente [y viceversa]”, dijo Fox.Un grupo exploratorio de la iglesia episcopal del Santo Consolador en Burlington, Carolina del Norte, visitó la Iglesia Episcopal de Costa Rica la semana del 5 de agosto. De izquierda a derecha, Tom Lambeth, Clarence Fox (detrás), la Dra. Shannon McQueen, Morgan Kernodle, el Rdo. Adam Shoemaker y el obispo de Costa Rica Héctor Monterroso. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.De la misma manera que el grupo exploratorio está abordando su asociación, la Iglesia en Costa Rica procura equiparar sus talentos y recursos con las necesidades de una comunidad.A cada una de las 19 iglesias y misiones de la Iglesia Episcopal de Costa Rica se les insta a tener un plan basado en el triple plan estratégico de la Iglesia, que incluye expansión, educación cristiana/reflexión teológica y testimonio cristiano mediante la participación comunitaria, o la misión. Además de un plan, los sacerdotes bivocacionales deben tener un plan para financiarlo.“Discutimos diferentes puntos de interés misional y luego discernimos la que puede ajustarse a nuestra labor”,  dijo Monterroso. “No es posible cerrar los ojos cuando estamos en medio de un problema”.Hace medio siglo, la congregación de la iglesia episcopal del Buen Pastor en el centro de San José abrió los ojos a los problemas que los pobres enfrentaban en Barrio Cuba y decidió intervenir. La escuela, que desde entonces ha crecido hasta incluir su propia congregación, la iglesia episcopal de San Felipe y Santiago, funciona de 6 A.M. a 6 P.M. de lunes a viernes, para ajustarse a los horarios de los padres trabajadores. La matrícula mensual se paga en una escala proporcional que va de cero a $220. Lo que no se recauda en matrícula para llegar a los $400.000 del presupuesto de funcionamiento anual, se obtiene a través de subsidios del gobierno, subvenciones y donaciones, explicó Monterroso.“Confiamos en Dios. No contamos con los recursos para funcionar cada año, tenemos que buscar los recursos para funcionar y todos los años los encontramos”, agregó.El veinticinco por ciento de los 4,7 millones de habitantes de Costa Rica vive por debajo del nivel de la pobreza, en comparación con el 42,5 por ciento de los 5,8 millones de habitantes de la vecina Nicaragua. En promedio, un 50 por ciento de la población de América Central vive por debajo del nivel de la pobreza.A diferencia de otros países centroamericanos que le quedan al norte —El Salvador, Honduras y Guatemala— Costa Rica no está plagada por la violencia pandilleril y el tráfico de drogas no ha alcanzado niveles significativos, afirmó Monterroso.No obstante, el país no es inmune a la pobreza, las drogas y la violencia. Uno podría pasar por alto Gaurarí, si no sabe que existe. Pero detrás de un centro comercial en Heredia hay un área de casuchas y de viviendas del gobierno que albergan a un gran número de inmigrantes de la vecina Nicaragua: hay unos 400.000 nicaragüenses en Costa Rica.Clarence Fox, a la izquierda, ex coordinador de asociación diocesana, habla acerca del papel de la iglesia episcopal de San Albano, en Davidson, Carolina del Norte, en la construcción del Hogar Escuela en Heredia, mientras Tom Lambeth, el obispo Héctor Monterroso y Sandra Cardona lo escuchan. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.Aprovechándose de sus éxitos en Barrio Cuba, Cristo Resucitado, una pujante congregación que se reúne en un apartamento a unos pocos kilómetros de distancia, abrió un segundo Hogar Escuela en Heredia, a principios de julio, para atender a niños y padres que viven en Gaurarí.“Esta escuela es el resultado de prestar atención a las necesidades de la comunidad y de responder como lo haría un pastor. Han participado muchísimos pastores: el que donó el terreno —y luego donó una parcela mayor—, los que diseñaron la escuela, los que ayudaron a construir y a amueblar el edificio, y a supervisar su construcción, y los que han pintado estos murales”, dijo la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori, durante la inauguración de la escuela el 29 de junio. “Esta escuela está preparada para recibir muchos corderos, para alimentarlos y formarlos en cuerpo, mente y espíritu. Necesitará del continuo pastoreo de maestros y cocineros y supervisores que ayudarán a mantenerla sana y encaminada hacia los delicados pastos”.“Si esta escuela llega a ser el hogar o el albergue del que toma su nombre, llegará a la comunidad más amplia para alimentar y atender a los corderos y a las ovejas que viven en torno, incluidos algunos que nunca entrarán en este lugar. Ese pastoreo empieza con los primeros alumnos que vienen aquí…”.Durante una visita a la escuela, Monterroso explicó que el hombre a quien la Iglesia le compró el terreno, luego de ver a la Obispa Primada en la televisión durante la [ceremonia] del desbroce del terreno y de haber  adquirido un mejor entendimiento del proyecto, le ofreció a la Iglesia un parcela un poco mayor en la acera de enfrente.Algunos de los niños que asisten al Hogar Escuela provienen de Gaurarí, un área detrás de un centro comercial donde la gente ha construido casuchas de zinc. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.Muchos de los inmigrantes de Nicaragua se han instalado en casuchas, dijo Sandra Cardona, directora administrativa de ambas escuelas y esposa del obispo.“Utilizamos el término ‘precario,’ para describirlas” dijo ella, en el sentido de los que viven precariamente. “Los preparamos para que salgan y busquen empleos. Les convencemos de que pueden hacer más por sí mismos y por sus hijos”.El mayor reto que enfrenta el personal tocante a la Escuela de Heredia, dijo Cardona, es cambiar la mentalidad de pobreza de la madre.“Aquí lo que hemos visto son muchas madres adolescentes, niñas criando niños, no hay oportunidades para ellos; sus madres no tuvieron oportunidades”, afirmó Carmona, añadiendo que ese es el porqué las escuelas funcionan tanto con las madres como con los hijos. “Los niños no tienen problemas, heredan los problemas”.Los niños que asisten al Hogar Escuela en Barrio Cuba tienen en su mayoría madres que trabajan, pero ese programa, admitió Cardona, ha estado funcionando por casi medio siglo. La escuela de Heredia tiene ahora más de 35 alumnos, y también funciona de 6 A.M. a 6 P.M. de lunes a viernes.Antes de la apertura de la escuela, la Iglesia, con la ayuda de la iglesia episcopal de San Albano en Davidson y otros grupos de misión, dirigía una escuela bíblica de vacaciones en un edificio contiguo a la estación de policía de Gaurarí. Con el 40 por ciento de la mano de obra provista por los grupos de misión, el proyecto escolar de $750.000 se construyó en el curso de tres años, explicó Monterroso.Relaciones sólidasEl acuerdo de compañerismo entre Costa Rica y Carolina del Norte se basa en la relación y el intercambio, dijo el obispo.La Diócesis de Carolina del Norte y la Iglesia Episcopal de Costa Rica enfocaron su relación de compañerismo de 18 años como un ejercicio de comprensión mutua. Un plan estratégico 2012-2015 aprobado por la Convención de la Diócesis de Costa Rica en 2011, compilado por el encargado de compañerismo y por un representante de la Diócesis de Carolina del Norte, evaluaba las necesidades físicas y espirituales  de cada una de las parroquias y misiones de la Iglesia en Costa Rica, y buscaba identificar las oportunidades para una asociación a largo plazo.“En la Comunión Anglicana emprendemos importantes tareas que establecen y afirman ‘vínculos afectivos’ entre diferentes localidades geográficamente distantes y culturalmente diferentes dentro de la Iglesia”, dijo Anne E. Hodges-Copple, obispa sufragánea de Carolina del Norte en un mensaje electrónico a ENS. “Tales vínculos no existen de una manera meramente teológica o histórica. Son dones celestiales que somos invitados a promover de formas reales y tangibles. Los intercambios entre nuestras dos diócesis han creado genuinas relaciones, verdadero compañerismo, auténtico diálogo entre los individuos y entre estos, las juntas parroquiales y las parroquias.“En otras palabras, estas relaciones adquirieron una naturaleza sacramental: signos externos y visibles de la gracia restauradora de Dios. Tales relaciones de compañerismo entre personas de diferentes orígenes culturales revelan que nuestra particularidad y diversidad es también parte de nuestra catolicidad”, agregó ella.“Ser ‘católico’ es reconocer que mi particularidad debe servir para edificar el todo”, afirmó.Para Hodges-Copple un “ejemplo particularmente convincente de beneficio mutuo” ha sido el empeño de mantener activas las juntas parroquiales de ambas diócesis.  “Los miembros de las juntas parroquiales que han participado en estos eventos han tenido su propio sentido de llamado y de propósito robustecido por el aprendizaje de la experiencia de otros”, dijo ella.Un mural en el salón de multiusos del Hogar Escuela en Heredia muestra a todas las grandes religiones del mundo, haciendo obvio que la escuela está a disposición de todos. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.Costa Rica, al igual que el resto de América latina, es un país mayoritariamente catolicorromano, donde los laicos están acostumbrado al tipo de gobierno de estructura vertical, de manera que ha resultado útil para los laicos que se desempeñan en las juntas parroquiales aprender, de sus homólogos de Carolina del Norte, la manera que tienen éstas de funcionar, explicó Monterroso.También ha sido útil para el clero costarricense dedicar un tiempo para aprender historia de la Iglesia Episcopal y estudiar inglés en Carolina del Norte, y al clero de Carolina del Norte para aprender español en Costa Rica, añadió el obispo.Fue la búsqueda de una experiencia intercultural lo que hizo que Morgan Kernodle, maestra de sexto grado, quisiera formar parte del grupo exploratorio. Eso y el hecho de que muchos de sus alumnos son de América Latina, y cuando ella les dijo que iba a visitar Costa Rica se mostraron muy entusiasmados.“Me sentía curiosa por lo que existía afuera, más allá de [las fronteras] de EE.UU., y tan pronto como mencionaron escuelas, me sentí convencida”, dijo. “Ayuda a poner las cosas en perspectiva; los estudiantes enfrentan problemas semejantes, padres solteros, los problemas son universales”.En el transcurso de un almuerzo tarde, reflexionando sobre lo que el grupo había visto hasta ese momento, Lambeth, miembro de la junta parroquial y juez, aun pensaba en lo que había presenciado horas antes ese mismo día en Barrio Cuba.“Me enamoré de esa escuela” afirmó.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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The Errol Shooting – Part Four

first_img https://theapopkavoice.com/the-errol-shooting-part-three/ Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reggie Connell TAGSApopka Fire DepartmentApopka Police DepartmentErrol EstateJoint Homicide Investigation TeamPaul NeffSean Davis Previous articleORRA endorses Arrowsmith and RuthNext articleTiny House of Hope Fundraising Event February 20th Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Last week, the Orange/Osceola County Joint Homicide Investigation Team (JHIT) arrested Paul V. Neff in Winter Park for the murder of his roommate Sean Van Davis. The two men lived in the Errol Villas Condominiums when the shooting occurred. It was the latest step in an investigative process that began in early November. The Apopka Voice will tell this tragic, bizarre and violent story in a five part series entitled “The Errol Shooting”. The series will explore the roots of the volatile three-year relationship between Neff and Davis… where they met, why they came to Apopka, what led to the shooting, and finally the evidence the JHIT team collected that contradicts Neff’s claim of self-defense and ultimately caused the State Attorney to charge Neff with first degree murder.Part Four: The Errol Shooting –  Self defense or a pre-meditated attack?The exact events that transpired on November 5th at 1050 Villa Lane are clouded in mystery.  There were no witnesses. What is known is that between the hours of 6 and 8pm, Sean Davis arrived at the condominium that he shared with Paul Neff. And sometime between 6:30 and 8:30 pm he was shot to death by Paul Neff.According to the JHIT transcript, Neff says he was sleeping at about 8pm when Davis entered his bedroom violently, threatening to kill him. Neff kept a gun next to his bed and reached for it before Davis could get it. Neff said he feared for his life and shot Davis – killing him.But at approximately 6:30pm, back-to-back 911 calls came from Davis’ cell phone to the Apopka Police Department (APD). The dispatcher asked Davis if he needed police, fire or medical. Davis responded, “I don’t require either, I’m the guy that just got off the phone with the other operator about thirty five seconds ago… this is still my phone pocket-dialing. I don’t understand why it’s doing it.”JHIT noted that Davis stated it was an accidental pocket dial, yet he was immediately speaking when the phone was answered at the APD. Davis also told the 911 operator that he was in his bathroom.At approximately 8:30 pm (two hours later), Neff called 911. He told the dispatcher that he shot his roommate who he said “violently tried to kill me.”According to the JHIT transcript, Neff stated, “I just shot him. He came in violent; I was in bed sleeping.”When the dispatcher asked whom he shot, Neff stated, “Supposedly my roommate who came in violently, trying to kill me.” When the dispatcher asked why he shot Davis, Neff said, “Because he was attacking me.”A short time later, APD officers entered the residence. They located a male, later identified as Davis, in the master bedroom. Shortly after, the Apopka Fire Department arrived on scene to assess Davis. Paramedics performed the assessment, and based on obvious signs of death, no life-saving procedures were taken and Davis was pronounced dead.In the master bathroom, detectives from the Joint Homicide Investigation Team (JHIT) observed red colored stains on the door leading from the master bedroom into the bathroom. There also appeared to be red colored stains on the bathroom floor and in the sink. The shower appeared to have been freshly used (it was wet).The JHIT detectives came into contact with Richard and Sandra Tracy, who lived in one of the four condominiums, connected under one roof. Richard Tracy stated he heard a “scuffle” coming from what he believed was 1050 Villa Lane. Richard Tracy reported hearing what sounded like “someone throwing a chair against the wall.”Sandra Tracy stated she heard sounds like “somebody having a fight.” Sandra Tracy then reported hearing a “scuffle” coming from “next door.” Neither Richard Tracy nor Sandra Tracy went to investigate the noise or went outside to hear and/or see more.At 12:30 AM on November 6th, Neff was interviewed by detectives. This was the first of two interviews within a few hours. In the transcript, Neff explains what happened according to him.“I was in bed – went to bed early from a long day at work,” he told detectives. “Sean came barging in there, absolute lunatic. Telling me he was going to kill me, going to kill me. I sleep with that weapon on my side shelf there. This – this has happened in the past. He ‘s been physical with me in – in the past, and has got arrested for it. Back in Thunderbolt, Georgia, before we moved here. So, at this point he was so – and I ‘m half asleep, getting out of the bed – it looked like he was going to go around for the weapon. I think I got there right before him. Rolled across the bed to the left side, and then he – he said, “I’m going to kill you. I ‘m going to kill you. ” He leaned a little bit, and I shot him. Happened in like a minute and a half. That’s how quick.”Neff continued after a brief pause.“My thought he was going to try to go for my weapon, because I sleep – leave it on that nightstand.” Neff then stated, “So, I ’m thinking he ‘s going to try to go for – the weapon is right there. So, I go for it for – get the weapon. Crawl off the bed and now the bed is in between us, and he ‘s – he ‘s just still going at it. He was starting to lunge to me. That’s when I shot him.”According to the detectives, Neff then changes his story.“He’s – he looks like he’s going to lunge at me. I – I took it that he ‘s going to lunge at me and I shot him in self-defense.”The detective asked Neff at what point did he think you had to pull the trigger.“It happened so fast and – and being – getting out of bed like that and seeing him in that state, I don’t even know if I really even thought,” Neff said.At about 5:30 am that same morning, detectives interviewed Neff again.Detectives asked Neff about the red stain (believed to be blood) in the master bathroom. Neff stated he did not touch Davis and did not know how blood could have found its way into his bathroom.Detectives asked Neff about a possible time delay in calling 911. Neff at first stated he called 911 immediately, but then said he “was in shock a bit” and could have waited three to five minutes before he called the APD. According to Neff, he was, “pacing” and “walking around” While he was coming “to the realization of what I done.” Neff said he smoked a cigarette and looked at the decedent during this five-minute period of time.Tomorrow – The State’s case against Paul Neff You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here February 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Reply February 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm The Anatomy of Fear Libby Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! I missed part 3. Where can I find it please ? 2 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Regulatory body censors opposition publication again

first_img Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns a decision by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA), which regulates all the media, to withdraw the publication licence of the Addis Times, an opposition bimonthly magazine created after the authorities closed the outspoken weekly Fitih last August.“The way the authorities are persecuting the Addis Times and its employees is indicative of the strength of the Ethiopian government’s determination to restrict media freedom and silence its critics,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The grounds given by the EBA are not of the kind that justify such a severe measure as closure under Ethiopian law. This sanction must be lifted at once. We call on the authorities to put a stop to this harassment of the Addis Times and its journalists.”In a 10 January letter, the EBA accused the Addis Times of failing to report a change of owner and change of address, failing to send the two obligatory copies of each issue to the National Archives, and a lack of transparency in its funding. No evidence was provided to support these claims or the punishment imposed.The magazine’s director-general disputes the allegations and regards the punishment as illegal and unconstitutional.Ethiopian law provides for a fine of up to 15,000 birr (600 euros) for contraventions of this kind but not for closure or withdrawal of a licence. The constitution meanwhile guarantees freedom of expression and media freedom.The Addis Times was published for only four months before this sanction, while its predecessor, Fitih, was subjected to an avalanche of legal proceedings before being closed for good by the authorities last August.Addis Times managing director Temesgen Desalegne is meanwhile facing many charges in connection with his journalistic work and is due to appear in court today. The charges, on which he was held for six days in August, include “dangerous disinformation,” inciting unrest against the constitutional order and waging a smear government against the government.Ethiopia has fallen 10 places to 137th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Although the two Swedish journalists arrested in 2011 were released, Reporters Without Borders is still concerned about the continuing detention of several Ethiopian journalists and the draconian way the 2009 anti-terrorism law is implemented.More information about freedom of information in Ethiopia. News News EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation News February 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regulatory body censors opposition publication again Follow the news on Ethiopia Newscenter_img Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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PCC Women Soccer’s Noriega 2nd Lancer to Commit to 4-Year University

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 198 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Sports PCC Women Soccer’s Noriega 2nd Lancer to Commit to 4-Year University Article and Photo courtesy of PCC LANCER ATHLETICS Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 1:34 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Lancer Sophia Noriega has committed to the University of Antelope Valley. Photo courtesy Pasadena City CollegePasadena City College women’s soccer sophomore Sophia Noriega, a two-year starting forward, has chosen her next destination–NAIA University of Antelope Valley in Lancaster. Noriega is the second Lancer to commit after Katy Coats signed with NCAA Division II MSU Denver in January.Noriega was third on the 2019 Lancers in points (12), goals (four) and assists (six). She came to PCC from Glendale High where she was an All-Pacific League Second Team selection as a senior and helped her school reach the CIF playoffs after a 15-year absence.At PCC, Noriega scored goals in three separate Lancers victories and she was the only Pasadena player to find the net against South Coast Conference champion Rio Hondo, the state’s No. 5-ranked team.At UAV, Noriega will play for the Pioneers new head coach in Diego Cocon. Noriega performed both of her seasons at PCC under interim head coach Francisco Cantero, a former teammate of Cocon on the successful Kansas Wesleyan University men’s soccer team in 2012. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Pike County United Way Kickoff showcases agencies

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “The United Way Kickoff is a great way for us the let people know what we do and also to people know how important the United Way is to our agency and to all the others that depend on it,” Ellis said.The agencies represented at the Pike County United Way Kickoff were the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Humane Society of Pike County, Sav-a-Life, American Red Cross Pike County Branch, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Colley Senior Complex, House of Ruth, Salvation Army, East Central Mental Health, 4-H Clubs of Pike County, RSVP, Troy Charity League, Easter Seals, Pioneer Museum of Alabama and OCAP.Tonya Gibson, Pike County United Way executive director, expressed appreciation to all of the agencies that participated and to all of those who came out in support of the United Way. “As we kick off the annual Pike County United Way campaign, we always like to give the community an opportunity to see where the money goes that is donated to the United Way,” Gibson said.“All of the money raised here in Pike County stays in Pike County to help our friends and neighbors, with the exception of the Boy Scouts.The money donated to the Boy Scouts comes back to the community through the local Boy Scout camp near Enterprise.”The fundraising campaign got off to a fast start Tuesday night and will end at Thanksgiving. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2010 “The more money we raise, the more support we can give to these agencies that are so vital to our community,” Gibson said.The silent auction always brings great excitement to the Kickoff event, as neighbors become friendly foes in an effort win the bids.“We really want to thank all of those who donated items for the auction,” Gibson said.“And to those who bid and bid again.”Faye Lunsford was keeping a watchful eye on the items she hoped to take home.“Auctions are always fun and this was a really good one,” she said. “I have to keep watching to see who’s going to try to outbid me.” Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen You Might Like United Way working to improve lives The Pike County United Way campaign kicked off on Tuesday evening, and over the course of the next several weeks… read more By Jaine Treadwell Skip The Pike County community had an opportunity Tuesday night to learn more about the agencies that work so diligently to make the county a better place to live, work and play.The Pike County United Way Kickoff at Cattleman Park featured the 17 agencies that it supports financially each year and each agency was on hand to let people know exactly what it does in support of Pike County and its people.Anita Ellis, East Central Mental Health, said her agency appreciates the opportunity to bring awareness to the many programs and services it offers to the community. By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County United Way Kickoff showcases agencies Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Miss Nelson is Missing! 1 Show Only in Ocean City, NJ

first_imgThe Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will once again present five family-friendly theatrical productions this summer. OCTC has assembled talented, professional casts to bring to life a wide range of stories right here at the Ocean City Music Pier.OCTC’s 2018 Children’s Theatre Series concludes with MISS NELSON IS MISSING July 31st at the Ocean City Music Pier. Miss Nelson’s class is the worst-behaved in the whole school. One day, Miss Nelson does not come to school, and the class gets Viola Swamp, a scary substitute who assigns homework from hell. The search is on for Miss Nelson. Hopefully, the students of Room 207 will find her before it’s too late – for them! Lessons of respect and appreciation. Winner of the 2003 National Children’s Theatre Festival Award for Best New Musical.This is the last show in OCTC’s 2018 Children’s Theatre Series, so you don’t want to miss this mystery!All Tickets are $10.00, with a $12 day of price, so make sure to buy them in advance!For Tickets to shows at the historic Ocean City Music Pier call 609-399-6111 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.The 2018 Children’s Series program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Cape May County Culture & Heritage Commission, from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.To learn more about the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company and other upcoming professional and educational programming visit http://www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com/last_img read more

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NISCO in Bremen joins the fight against COVID-19

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews NISCO in Bremen joins the fight against COVID-19 Previous articleTV program to spotlight unsolved killings of 2 Indiana teensNext articleEconomic effects of COVID-19 affecting more hotel business in Michiana 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/NISCO) Joining the ranks of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers, Nishikawa Cooper LLC. in Bremen has allocated resources and started producing and distributing a polyethylene isolation gown to help first responders stay safe in COVID-19 situations.At their manufacturing facility in Marshall County, NISCO owns five multi-function laser cutters that are also commonly used in the garment industry. In the company’s normal day-to-day operations the cutters are part of the process of producing their vehicle door sound dampening products.Marshall County Economic Development Corporation reported that it only took NISCO less than a week to design and begin production. Gowns are continuing to be manufactured and distributed to Indiana first responders daily. NISCO has already produced enough new gowns to distribute to every fire department in Marshall County.“This is tremendous,” commented Scott Ford, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at the University of Notre Dame. “The example offers a ray of hope in these trying times. NISCO’s leadership provides a ‘proof-of-concept’ that will be so helpful in recruiting additional manufacturers to consider a similar path.”“The re-engineering that NISCO’s pulled off is more than just genius… it’s a terrific example of who we are in Marshall County, Indiana” added Jerry Chavez, President & CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation. Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – March 30, 2020 0 555 Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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Unleash your inner rebel

first_img Seek out the new; Find freedom in constraints; Why are these critical and how would one incorporate them in everyday life or at work?GINO: In identifying the principles of rebel leadership, I was inspired by the principles at work on pirate ships during the 16th century. Before a pirate ship left port, the crew would agree on a set of “articles” they would follow during the trip, which made up what they called a constitution. Pirate ships were very diverse organizations at a time when slavery still existed in the United States. What mattered most were your skills and contributions. The captain was elected by the crew, but the crew could remove the captain if he wasn’t treating the crew well or was taking more than his share of the loot. The pirates largely did away with hierarchy and took steps to encourage their captain to be humble. Rebels treat others those around them as if they were on equal footing — no matter how hierarchical the organization is.One of the eight principles of rebel leadership — in essence the articles for modern-day rebels — is “Learn everything and then forget everything.” This is language that Chef Bottura uses. Rather than disrespecting traditions and breaking rules simply for the sake of it, effective rebels study traditions and rules carefully. They have a deep understanding of “the basics.” Before reinventing beloved Italian recipes, Bottura spent months studying them and asking a lot of questions about why things were done the way they were.Another principle is “Foster happy accidents.” The idea behind this is to put some thought into making sure that happy accidents happen, whether it’s a new idea that comes from a mistake or a collaboration between people from different backgrounds. Bottura did this by hiring people from different countries to fill his kitchen so that they’d bring different ideas and perspectives to the table (including a Japanese and an Italian sous chef). Steve Jobs created happy accidents when he designed the headquarters of Pixar Animation Studios to have a large, open atrium equipped with a cafeteria, a gift shop, and screening rooms — places where people who do not usually work together could run into one another and strike up conversations.GAZETTE: You say “rebels realize that stereotypes are blinding and that fighting the tendency to stereotype produces a clearer picture of reality — and a competitive advantage.” How are rebels able to stop themselves and see around stereotypes if confirmation bias is essentially unconscious?GINO: Rebels are well aware of how stereotypes may influence their actions. They actively fight against them and against conventional social roles. Rebels put themselves among people who think differently or who might have a different perspective. This allows them to leverage their differences and, in a sense, train their minds to avoid holding stereotypical views in the future.At Osteria Francescana, the various components of a dish need to be plated with the precision of a surgeon. One of the restaurant’s cooks is a person who’s almost blind. Common stereotypes would lead us to believe that this person would be unable to do the job properly. And yet he was helped by the team, had a lot of passion, and was able to do his job quite remarkably. Rebels don’t accept stereotypes: They fight them and they look at the world a little bit differently.GAZETTE: What do you hope people take away from this idea of rebel talent?GINO: Rebelling means being willing to take risks that can be uncomfortable. I hope readers will become more comfortable being uncomfortable. I hope they’ll use their personal talents more often, whether at work or in life. If you’re like me, after trying the rebel life, you won’t want to go back. When we rebel, we find more enjoyment in work, play, and interactions with others. My book offers tips on how to break the rules in productive ways, a skill that may people lack. If you told me in a couple of months, “I’m using your guidelines for living like a rebel — as a result, I find myself smiling more often and getting more satisfaction out of my job,” that would make me happy. It would mean that the message of the book is changing people’s lives for the better, in big and small ways.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Open conversations, don’t close them; Encourage constructive dissent; Learn everything and then forget everything;center_img In today’s relentlessly competitive business climate, the riskiest strategy of all may be to play it safe. Coming up with a smart idea or a great product may no longer be enough, because if you’re not constantly moving forward you’re falling behind.But along with the buzzwords like disruption and innovation that often define success in the digital age are others that make many people uncomfortable — like change, nonconformity, and trailblazer. And that just shouldn’t be, says Francesca Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. After all, embracing discomfort, thinking unconventionally, and breaking established norms are what produced innovative film director Ava DuVernay and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and unleashed pioneering companies such as Pixar and Google.Gino draws on her experiences studying the behavior of business leaders and organizations in her new book, “Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life,” to identify the common traits and practices among successful renegades that give them their creative and competitive edge.In a conversation with the Gazette, Gino explained what rule-breakers do that makes them successful, and the steps people can take to tap into their inner rebel.Q&AFrancesca GinoGAZETTE: In the book, you talk about rebels as people who practice “positive deviance.” What do you mean by that, and where did your interest in this topic come from?GINO: For many years, I studied people who cheat and behave dishonestly in organizations, as well as how organizations might prevent problematic rule-breaking. As I was doing this research, I came across stories of people who were breaking rules in a way that created positive change in their organizations and in the world. This type of “positive deviance” involves rule-breaking that’s productive rather than destructive.I vividly remember the moment when I realized I wanted to write this book. I was browsing the shelves of the Harvard Coop bookstore and came across a book titled “Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef.” As I flipped through the pages, I saw beautiful pictures of dishes that didn’t resemble any of the traditional meals I had while growing up in Italy. In Italy, a country that reveres tradition, recipes are passed on from generation to generation, and you just don’t mess with them. But the Italian chef Massimo Bottura, who wrote the book I was perusing, did exactly that. He studied traditional Italian recipes carefully, but then transformed them into innovative dishes. His three-Michelin-star restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was named the best restaurant in the world in 2016. Rather than breaking rules destructively, he did so constructively. I wanted to learn more about how he did it and how the rest of us can do the same.GAZETTE: You suggest anyone can be a rebel talent. But isn’t a key reason why people put up with the rebelliousness of a Steve Jobs or a Chef Bottura because of their extraordinary talent and track record of successful boundary-pushing? They’ve proven their iconoclastic ideas work.GINO: You don’t have to be born a rebel. All of us can use our talents more often in the same way as the successful people you’ve mentioned. In studying rebels across all sorts of businesses, I tried to identify their secret recipe, and came up with five talents that they seem to share: novelty, curiosity, perspective, diversity, and authenticity.We all have the potential to be rebels, but it’s not easy to break rules. Rebelling means leaving behind what’s comfortable, familiar, and known. It means fighting against what comes naturally to us as human beings — the status quo. Rather than taking traditions or existing procedures for granted, rebels like Chef Bottura question them to create something new. When Greg Dyke became the general director of the BBC in early 2000, for example, he found an organization that was very much troubled. Conventional managerial advice would encourage him to lay out a clear vision and then figure out how to delegate to execute it. Instead, he spent five months traveling to various BBC offices in the U.K., even the most remote ones, where he’d show up in the cafeteria and ask employees how he could be helpful and how they thought the BBC needed to change. Rather than giving orders and dictating answers to the problems he saw, he asked questions. By going against what others expected he would do, he gained everyone’s respect. By the time he set a vision for how the organization should change, employees were eager to help him in the mission.,GAZETTE: How do you know when it’s appropriate to push outside of the boundaries and when not to?GINO: For me, it’s about getting into the habit of using the five talents more often. I’ve developed a test that people can use to find out which talents come more or less naturally to them. I also offer tips you can use to bring out other talents more often. But you’re right. It’s a matter of using your judgment when it comes to rule-breaking. Organizations that have done this successfully make it clear when rules should be broken and when they should not. The leaders of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm, encourage rebellion in all sorts of ways. They want people to be authentic, which includes feeling free to disagree with and challenge each other, but everyone in the firm knows which rules should not be broken. For example, before a letter goes out to a client, three people must review it to make sure that it’s clear, because the company’s reputation with its clients is so important. Clarity about rules such as this one helps people know when it’s an appropriate time to break a rule and when it is not.GAZETTE: Isn’t it difficult to be rebellious at work when management typically rewards conformity to specific standards, and human resources often hires for, among other factors, “fit”?GINO: When leaders and organizations encourage people to break rules, people trust that the company is giving them a chance to use their talents and make decisions, including when and when not to break rules. It’s true that many leaders say they value rebellion and rule-breaking, but don’t encourage it for fear it’ll result in chaos. I have met many leaders who, in the end, push for conformity because of this fear. But I’ve also met leaders who have modeled rule-breaking and encouraged it in their organizations quite successfully.One of the companies that comes to mind is Intuit. Every year, the firm gives out awards for great innovations that employees have come up with. But there’s also an award for the best failures: explorations that didn’t turn out well, but that allowed the company to learn. The failure award even comes with a failure party. This sets up a system where people are comfortable breaking rules: They’re comfortable exploring and being curious, as they know they won’t be punished for experiments that didn’t turn into innovative ideas. But as they explore, they’re using their judgment.GAZETTE: You identify eight principles of rebel leadership: Reveal yourself and reflect; Foster happy accidents. Learn from the trenches;last_img read more

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