SS: Having two Top 14 clubs just 4km from each other made it tough to get sponsors so I think it could help to have just one Top 14 club in the region. Tough on Biarritz but could be a good step for Bayonne.RW: Only four additions to the Bayonne squad this season but a lot of youngsters coming through. What’s the morale like pre-season?SS: Whether it’s because of financial reasons or Manu Mérin taking over a lot of youngsters have come into the squad and most are from this area (46% of Bayonne’s squad have come from the club’s academy). They bring to the club a huge amount of pride and energy. Playing for the club means everything to them and they are desperate to prove themselves.RW: Are you a French citizen yet?SS: I’ve applied but my file is still going through the process.RW: Was it a decision you thought long and hard about?SS: Not really. I arrived here aged 21 and I’ve spent most of my adult life in France. I have a lot of friends here so to get a French passport and to become French, I’d really like that to happen because I love the way of life.RW: And perhaps play for France?SS: They haven’t spoken to me but I have never hidden my ambition to play for les Bleus. It would be a dream come true.RW: Your thoughts when you saw that Bayonne kick off the new campaign against Toulon?SS: What a great way to start! Doesn’t get any bigger than playing the double champions and we’ll be pumped up. It’s at home so the atmosphere will be unbelievable and everyone is so excited by it.RW: Have Toulon lost a bit of their fear factor now that Jonny has retired?SS: Everyone was a little star-struck playing against Jonny Wilkinson but you look around the Toulon squad and it was far from just him running the show. They have world-class players in all positions so I don’t think Toulon will lack for quality this season.RW: Finally, what’s this about you and 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome being old schoolmates? SS: We were together at St John’s College, a boarding school in Johannesburg, for four years. It’s crazy for me to see him as such a big star. I caught up with him at one of the stage starts of the Tour de France last year. I went up and said ‘hello’ and thank goodness he remembered me!Don’t miss the Top 14 preview in the September 2014 issue of Rugby World – on sale now. Full tilt: Scott Spedding tries to escape from Castres’ Remi Lamerat last season THE SOUTH Africa-born Scott Spedding was one of the few consistent performers last season for Bayonne as the Basque club narrowly avoided relegation. Starting all but one of their 26 Top 14 matches, the 28-year-old full-back was even mentioned as a possible contender for the French squad having qualified on residency.With a new coach in former Wallaby and Argentina prop Patricio Noriega, Bayonne host champions Toulon at the Stade Jean Dauger on Friday week in the opening match of the new Top 14 season. Spedding tells Rugby World about his hopes for the coming season, his dream of playing for France and his very famous friend from his schooldays.Rugby World: All change at Bayonne this season with a new president and a new coach. Let’s start with Patricio Noriega…Scott Spedding: He’s a coach who is very open to player input. He has his leaders, the senior players, and he likes to have meetings with these leaders to hear what they have to say. He wants players to take charge of what is happening because when the game starts it’s them out there and he’s helpless.RW: So unlike a lot of coaches in France he wants players to assume responsibility?SS: Yes. Some coaches take away the responsibility of captains because they are on the sidelines telling them what to do with a penalty or what tactics to use.Fresh approach: new Bayonne coach Patricio Noriega takes charge at trainingRW: Any other innovations from Patricio?SS: Every morning we come in and have breakfast together. It’s pretty cool because we can spend time together chatting about things other than rugby.RW: A new president, too, in Manu Mérin. Has he made a difference yet?SS: The change at top of the club has been very good because Manu Mérin is from Bayonne so he knows the town’s history and traditions. There was a feeling that the team had almost been taken away from the town. Last month was the Fêtes de Bayonne, a five-day festival that in the past we’ve missed because we have been on a training camp.This year the president wanted us there because it’s our town. So we spent a day there as a squad, walking around and visiting supporters’ bars. Just being part of the town.RW: Bayonne narrowly avoided relegation last season. What went wrong?SS: Last season was really difficult. We had a lot of off-the-field dramas that often seemed to erupt just before big games. We’d be lying if we said they didn’t affect the players. We would start talking about what was in the papers rather than the match at the weekend. There was also the talk of a fusion with Biarritz that left us uncertain about our future. But that’s no excuse – we weren’t very good on the field.RW: Confident this season will be different?SS: The new president wants to bring stability to club so the players can work in peace and quiet. The club is on the right track.Basque glory: Nemiah Tialata and Scott Spedding celebrate beating Biarritz last seasonRW: Biarritz didn’t avoid the drop, leaving Bayonne the only Basque club in the Top 14. Good news? Bayonne full-back Scott Spedding looks ahead to the new Top 14 season, the opening game against Toulon and the chance of playing for France LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The latest issue of Rugby World is the perfect accompaniment to the climax of the 2015-16 domestic season. There are exclusive interviews with Billy Vunipola, Stuart Hogg, Robbie Henshaw and Rob Evans, amongst others.Stephen Jones writes an open letter to soon-to-be World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont laying out how to improve the world game while we also ask: Is there too much rugby?On top of those hot topics, we highlight 14 players impressing in Super Rugby, report from the Hong Kong Sevens and see how Premiership Rugby is trying to crack America.Here’s a full list of contents – find out how you can download the digital edition here.NEWSSevens players who have transferred from other sports, the Rugby Innovation Summit, 30 Minutes with England Sevens player Dan Bibby, a rant about dissent, Hotshots and moreCOLUMNISTSNick Mallett – The former South Africa coach provides the lowdown on new Springboks chief Allister CoetzeeThe Secret Player – Our former pro gives an insight into his days in sevensCharlie Hodgson – As the Saracens fly-half nears retirement he talks past, present and futureSPOTLIGHTSGeoff Parling – As the Premiership play-offs loom, the Exeter Chiefs lock is dreaming bigAlasdair Dickinson – The Scot explains why touring Japan will get the juices flowingNew face: Stuart McCloskey made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations. Photo: Getty ImagesStuart McCloskey – Having bided his time, the Ulster and Ireland centre is making a big impactGareth Anscombe – The Wales playmaker is finding his rhythm at Cardiff BluesFEATURESBilly Vunipola – Discover how England’s No 8 has finally found his feet on the Test stageRob Evans – Get to know the many sides of the Wales prop, a squad joker and a serious competitorRunning man: Rob Evans takes on Scotland in the Six Nations. Photo: InphoStuart Hogg – Scotland’s full-back talks lessons learnt and upcoming challenges Robbie Henshaw – The Ireland centre explains why he prefers playing 13 or 15 to 12Stephen Jones – Our columnist writes an open letter to Bill Beaumont ahead of his appointment as World Rugby chairmanNew Super stars – 14 players who have impressed in Super Rugby and could face the home nations in the summer TestsTry time: Damian McKenzie has stood out in this season’s Super Rugby. Photo: Getty ImagesHong Kong Sevens – How this event has become such a highlight on the rugby calendarPlayer welfare – Is there too much rugby? We debate whether professional players’ wellbeing is being sacrificed in the rush to make moneyThe French election – Find out all you need to know about the two men battling for the presidency of the FFRNew York – We relive Premiership Rugby’s trip to the Big Apple to see how the game is cracking the USAREGULARSClub focus – A round-up of news from grass-roots clubs across the country as well as exclusive interviews with World Cup winner Liam Messam and Canada Sevens star Magali HarveyPower surge: Liam Messam in action for New Zealand Sevens. Photo: Getty ImagesEssentials – Book reviews and new products on the rugby marketUncovered – Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth talks through his life and timesTour Tale – A gun-toting story from North AmericaADVICEPro Insight – Exeter coach Ricky Pellow’s tips on how to execute the perfect passNutrition – How to get the right amount of caffeine in your dietFitness – Exercises to help you spin out of a tackle like a proPro Playbook – An attacking move from London Welsh scrum-half Rob Lewis Great eight: Billy Vunipola on the charge for England. Photo: Getty Images Mini Rugby – How to drop a goal and learn to play Freeze BallFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. A full list of contents for the June edition of Rugby World TAGS: Highlight
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Argentina Rugby Championship SquadMario Ledesma has made two changes to the side that lost to New Zealand last weekend with Ramiro Moyano coming in to replace Bautista Delguy and Matias Orlando comes into the outside-centre position. He replaces Bautista Ezcurra.To cater for these changes, Matias Moroni has shifted to the opposite wing and Jeronimo de la Fuente moves into his preferred inside-centre position.There are no changes in the starting pack.Argentina team to face Australia in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 6th OctoberBoffelli, Moroni, Orlando, de la Fuente, Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Herrera, Creevy, Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Montoya, Garcia Botta, Medrano, Alemanno, Leguizamon, Cubelli, Gonzalez Iglesias, CancelliereArgentina team to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 29th SeptemberBoffelli, Delguy, de la Fuente, Ezcurra, Moroni, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Herrera, Creevy, Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Montoya, Pablo Zeiss, Medrano, Alemanno, Leguizamon, Cubelli, Orlando, CancelliereArgentina team to face Australia in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 15th SeptemberBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, de la Fuente, Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Medrano, Creevy, Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Montoya, Garcia Botta, Pablo Zeiss, Alemanno, Leguizamon, Landajo, Ezcurra, Cruz Mallia.Argentina team to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 8th SeptemberBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, de la Fuente, Moyano, Sanchez, Landajo, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Lezana, Lavanini, Petti, Tetaz Chaparro, Creevy (c), Garcia BottaReplacements: Montoya, Pablo Zeiss, Cortes, Alemanno, Matera, Cubelli, Ezcurra, Cruz Mallia.Argentina team to face South Africa in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 25th AugustBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, Ezcurra, Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Figallo, Creevy (c), Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Bosch, Garcia Botta, Medrano, Alemanno, Lezana, Cubelli, de la Fuente, MalliaArgentina team to face South Africa in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 18th AugustBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, Ezcurra, Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Alemanno, Petti, Figallo, Creevy (c), Tetaz Chaparro Back: Gonzalo Bertranou, Tomás Cubelli, Martín Landajo, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Nicolás Sánchez, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago González Iglesias, Matías Moroni, Matías Orlando, Sebastián Cancelliere, Bautista Delguy, Ramiro Moyano, Emiliano Boffelli, Juan Cruz MallíaDon’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Michael Cheika has named his Australia squad for… South Africa Rugby Championship Squad Take a look at the full squad the… Replacements: Fortuny, Garcia Botta, Medrano, Lavanini, Lezana, Landajo, Gonzalez Iglesias, Cruz MalliaThe Argentinian Super Rugby franchise Jaguares had their best-ever season this year after making the play-offs for the first time, which was unquestionably a step in the right direction for rugby in Argentina.However, in terms of the national side, it will be harder to make a significant jump considering they play in the Rugby Championship alongside New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.Los Pumas regularly struggle to match the three rugby powerhouses and it is a huge challenge for new coach in Mario Ledesma, who takes on the national role after being in charge if that Jaguares’ run.Related: Mario Ledesma named Argentina coachArgentina had a disappointing June, with heavy defeats by Wales – twice – and Scotland, which resulted in the departure of coach Daniel Hourcade, and aside from a victory over Italy last November, they haven’t beaten a Tier One nation in almost two years.Article Continues Below South Africa Rugby Championship Squad Expand Australia Rugby Championship Squad Take a look at the squad Steve Hansen… Ledesma has included six uncapped players – all in the pack – in his 36-man squad for the upcoming tournament.They are as follows: Lucas Favre, Marco Ciccioli, Diego Fortuny, Santiago Grondona, Franco Molina and Mayco Vivas.In 2017, Argentina failed to register a single point in the tournament and below is the squad looking to alter that.Argentina Rugby Championship SquadForwards: Marco Ciccioli, Lucas Favre, Santiago García Botta, Santiago Medrano, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mayco Vivas, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Agustín Creevy (captain), Diego Fortuny, Julián Montoya, Matías Alemanno, Ignacio Larrague, Tomás Lavanini, Franco Molina, Guido Petti, Rodrigo Bruni, Santiago Grondana, Marcos Kremer, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio Australia Rugby Championship Squad New Zealand Rugby Championship Squad New Zealand Rugby Championship Squad See the Pumas squad new coach Mario Ledesma has picked for the upcoming Rugby Championship Expand Collapse
Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET General Convention 2012 Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Por Araceli MaPosted Jul 10, 2012 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI General Convention, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC [Episcopal News Service – Indianápolis] El evento “La experiencia Indianápolis” en el campo de Beisbol “Victory Field” el domingo 8 de julio estuvo llenó de color, música y alegría. Organizado por la diócesis anfitriona de la 77a Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal, este evento fue gratuito y se recaudaron donaciones para las diócesis compañeras del Sur de Sudan, Brasil y Haití.La diversas actividades empezaron con la premiación a la Obispa Presidenta Katherine Jefferts Schori por parte de la organización no gubernamental Centro de Campamentos y Conferencias Episcopales (ECCC, Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers) quien le otorgó la distinción “Héroe 2012 del Ministerio de Campamentos”, en reconocimiento a su visión y compromiso de toda la vida como educadora, sacerdote, obispa y obispa presidenta para entrenar a las generaciones de líderes jóvenes que están transformando el mundo. Así mismo, se le reconoció al Dr. Richard Schori por su compromiso para ayudar a los niños y jóvenes adultos a descubrir la belleza y maravilla de la creación de Dios.Seguidamente la Obispa de Indiana: Rda. Catherine Maples Waynic junto con la Obispa Presidenta procedieron a cortar el pastel conmemorativo al 175 Aniversario de la Diócesis Indianápolis, “175 años profundizando nuestra fe y ampliando nuestro alcance” decía el pastel conmemorativo.A fiesta se inició con un gran concurso de sillas musicales cuyo premio fue un cáliz de cerámica, concurso organizado por la Iglesia Episcopal de Saint Richard. Luego el ritmo cambió a samba brasilera, para que cerca de cincuenta participantes, entre ellos la Obispa anfitriona Catherine Maples, bailen guiados por la entrenadora del Estudio de danza “Five Star”, actividad propuesta por la Iglesia Episcopal de la Catedral de Cristo (Christ Church Cathedral).Disfrutando del baile de samba encontramos a dos familias latinas de Indianápolis: Gómez-Godinez y Alcauter, quienes disfrutaban del evento. Familias que asisten a la Iglesia Episcopal de la Catedral de Cristo, atendidos por la salvadoreña Reverenda Canónigo Zoila Manzanares-Cole, el otro Ministerio hispano de la diócesis se encuentra en St. John’s Episcopal Church de Speedway.Las carreras de autos no podían faltar en “La experiencia Indianápolis” y el Ministerio del Campus de la Universidad de Indiana (Indiana University Campus Ministry) construyó una pista de carreras en tamaño reducido donde seis autos de juguete a control remoto corrían conducidos por los visitantes a la feria.Bailarines y músicos representantes de la Nueva República del Sur de Sudan se presentaron en el escenario principal con música cristiana en ritmos africanos junto con su Obispo Rdo. Ruben Akurtdit de la diócesis de Bor, quien visita Indianápolis y la Obispa de Indiana Catherine Maples Waynic. La asociación entre estas diócesis está trabajando en proyectos de generar agua potable y en apoyar al Malek Bible College.En la esquina de la historia viva de Indianápolis conocimos a Ethel Brewer-McCane y Eunice Brewer-Trotter quienes recrearon un poco de su historia familiar, la historia de su tatara-tatara-tatara abuela Mary Bateman Clark. Brewer-McCane interpretó a Clark, quien nació esclava en el estado de Kentucky y fue liberada sólo para mudarse a New York y ser contratada inmediatamente. La esclavitud y la servidumbre eran ilegales en Indiana, y Clark demandó con éxito su libertad. Ella se convirtió en una de las líderes de la Iglesia Bethel AME en Vincennes, la cual fue fundada por su esposo Samuel y otros.Las iglesias episcopales de Indianápolis buscaron una forma creativa de entretener al público y recolectar donaciones, nos llamó la atención el Padre Robin Myers quien uso sus talentos de mago para hacer trucos de cartas y un espectáculo de magia en el escenario principal. También hubo exhibición de animales salvajes de Indiana como serpientes, búhos, águilas, armadillos y zorrillos.Los visitantes aprendimos que Indiana es el estado de la Piedra Caliza (Limestone) y en el kiosco se ofrecía a los visitantes la oportunidad de como tallar en piedra. Así mismo fue ilustrativo saber que Indiana es el productor más grande de palomitas de maíz en Estados Unidos y el kiosco compartió ejemplos gratis de su producción.La música fue muy diversa y melodiosa, entre los cuales escuchamos: Tambores africanos por el Griot Drum Ensemble, música coral de las “Ladies for Liberty”, rock and roll cristiano por Party Dance Band, jazz clásico por Dean Osbourne y la Banda Eastbound Bluegrass, salsa a estilo latino más puro interpretada por el Grupo local “Tumbao” y otros músicos con ritmos variados que se escucharon alrededor del campo de beisbol.La Diócesis de Indiana tuvo un gran éxito con esta fiesta en el estadio de beisbol.— Araceli Ma es integrante del equipo del Servicio de Prensa Episcopal en la Convención General. 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Cathedral Dean Boise, ID August 27, 2013 at 10:55 am I am very proud to be an Episcopalian, and this report just validates this. Mr. Fortune can now truly Rest In Peace because of his Episcopal Faith. I believe God is teaching us all a lesson with Mr. Fortune’s story. Although the past on earth cannot be changed, it still remains true; we are equal in God’s eyes, and God will have the final word in all our lives. Thank You Rev Amy Welin for finally giving Mr. Fortune a Proper Burial. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rhonda Muir says: Comments (9) Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA August 27, 2013 at 9:55 am Maxine Watts Past President of the Waterbury NAACP in Connecticut should be applauded for her dedication to the Waterbury Black History Project. I can remember the hard work she and other members of our branch at the time did in partnership with the Mattatuck Museum and Marie Galbreath it’s former director. I am proud to say that when I was elected branch president our executive committee voted for the continued support of the project. Thank you Maxine! Submit an Event Listing August 27, 2013 at 11:05 am I BELIEVE IN THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS!!! ALLELUIA!!! John Andrews says: August 27, 2013 at 11:14 am I think this is news worthy for the national news…………..This being a historic week in our time as we mark Dr. King’s famous 16 minutes plus in our own history. Makes me proud to be a member of this body of Christ harry L. Knisely says: [Diocese of Connecticut] The Rev. Amy Welin started as the newly called priest-in-charge of St. John’s, Waterbury, in September 2012. A few months after that, Amy recalled in a phone interview, she received a call from the recently retired director of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Marie Galbraith, asking Amy if she would be willing to bury a man named “Fortune” who had died in 1798.As described on the museum’s website, “Fortune was an African American man enslaved by Waterbury physician Dr. Preserved Porter in the late 18th century.”There was an account, from an old reference book named Anderson’s History of Waterbury, that a slave named Larry had died by drowning in the Naugatuck River and that his bones had been “prepared for anatomical study” by Dr. Porter, who was a bone surgeon at a time when access to skeletons for medical study was extremely limited.After research begun in the 1990s, the bones were determined to actually be those of Fortune.Amy Welin also learned that Dr. Porter’s wife, Lydia, was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waterbury and it was likely thanks to her that Fortune had been baptized there in December 1797.“When I realized he had been baptized at St. John’s,” Amy said, “I thought, ‘Oh my heavens, this man is actually my parishioner!’” She gladly agreed to bury “Mr. Fortune,” as she calls him, out of respect.“I am very excited,” Amy said. “We are giving a parishioner the decent and respectful burial that he was denied 215 years ago.”The service, followed by burial, then a reception at the Mattatuck Museum, has been scheduled for Thursday, September 12, starting at 4 p.m.The gruesome detailsAmy said that according to the story in Anderson’s History, when the body was recovered, Dr. Porter “processed his body at the riverside,” brought the bones back to his estate on the east side of Waterbury, and had them boiled. The bones were then used for anatomical study. The generations of bone doctors that followed in his family passed the bones down over the years.In the 1930s, one of Dr. Porter’s descendants, also a physician, sent the bones to be reticulated – put together to make a skeleton – in Germany and then gave the skeleton to the Mattatuck Museum. It came with the name “Larry” written on his forehead, and each bone bore identification, in writing.The skeleton was put on display in the 1940s and it became a popular attraction. During the 1960s the museum’s collections were refocused and the skeleton was displayed as Waterbury’s first “medical museum” and “a tangible reminder that slavery existed in the North.” Out of respect for the remains, and the community, the museum director took the skeleton down in 1970 and stored it in the basement.Community-based history committee takes the leadIn the early 1990s, Maxine Watts, who was the president of the Waterbury chapter of the NAACP, realized there was not much yet recorded about the city’s African American history and asked the Mattatuck Museum to guide the group of volunteers in a project to locate the city’s oldest African Americans and record their life stories. The museum provided expert training, and committee members listened to and recorded the stories of over 40 people eighty years old and over. They also created an archive of photos of these residents from the early 20th century.“The committee members did an enormous amount of work and produced a body of history that will be helpful forever to understanding the history of African Americans in Waterbury,” said Marie Galbraith, who served as the museum’s liaison to the committee.According to Maxine, just after the committee had finished that work she received a letter from a city resident that challenged them further.“It said that the committee had done a great job, but they should ‘get with it’ because there was an older African American in the city,” she said. The writer had included an old postcard from the museum of “Larry the Skeleton.”The committee, working with the museum, took up the challenge and sought the assistance of anthropologists, archeologists, and other scientists and historians in Connecticut. They learned the bones were really those of Fortune, and they wanted to learn where he had been born, how old he was when he died, the kind of work he did, and how he died.Research on Fortune’s bonesFortune’s remains were taken to Howard University where the late Dr. Mark Mack, who taught there, carefully washed off the words and numbers on the bones. Washing off glue that held the bones together revealed a damaged vertebra at the top of his spinal column.“Dr. Mack believed this was the cause of Fortune’s death,” said Marie Galbraith.But as there was no investigation at that time, drowning was listed as the cause of death on the death certificate, issued in 2013.Other scientists who examined Fortune’s remains included Connecticut state archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Dr. Leslie Rankin-Hill of the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Warren Perry and Dr. Michael Parks of Central Connecticut State University, and Dr. Alan Goodman of Hampshire College in Massachusetts.More recently, in the spring of 2013 a team of diagnostic imagining professors and students from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, studied the skeleton. The bones were X-rayed, given CT scans, and a 3-D printer will be used to make replicas of the bones. DNA analysis is currently underway, as well, according to the museum.So far, they’ve learned that Fortune, who was 50 to 60 years old when he died, owned a small house on the Porter’s land. He lived there with his wife Dinah and their three children, Jacob, Mira, and Roxa. According to the museum’s research, Fortune also had an older son, Africa.Early researchers said that Fortune was a strong, rugged man, who had suffered several injuries before his death, and speculated he worked on the Porter’s farm. A more recent analysis suggested Fortune was not an agricultural worker. Continuing studies may provide more definitive answers, but there may always be questions, as well.Two years after Fortune died, only Dinah and a young man named Luke were listed in the Porter’s household. The museum has searched for relatives, but hasn’t found anyone. They are hoping someone’s genealogical studies will lead them to Fortune.Deciding it was time for Fortune to be buriedIn 2003 the museum launched an exhibit, “Fortune’s Story: Larry’s Legacy.” They commissioned Marilyn Nelson, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate at the time, to write an elegy honoring Fortune, which she called,The Manumission Requiem. The Waterbury Symphony commissioned composer Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell to set it to music.In 2012, the Fortune’s Bones cantata was performed by the University of Maryland “by a full symphony, two choirs, seven soloists, and a chorus of African bells.” The community there raised the question of why Fortune had not been buried and the performance, as described on Dr. Barnwell’s website, was a way for the artists there, together, to “metaphorically set Fortune’s bones to rest.Back in Waterbury the committee was making the final decision to literally set the bones to rest.“We all agreed that it was time for him to be buried,” said Marie.”I think the committee and the museum made the right decision. We can now tell a real story about a real person, instead of a mythological skeleton.”Maxine Watts admits she had been a holdout for not burying Fortune because of how much the scientists have learned about his life and his death. With new advances in science taking place all the time, she said, she was optimistic about how much more might be learned in the future. But after work done this past spring at Quinnipiac University to create lasting records, she finally agreed that there was sufficient information to continue research after his burial.“Fortune’s talking now,” said Maxine. “Not Dr. Porter, and not Anderson’s History.A burial for Mr. FortuneThe burial date is set for Thursday, September 12, starting at 4 p.m. It will include the service at St. John’s, followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery, and a reception following at the Mattatuck Museum until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.“Our theology is that by our baptism we are Mr. Fortune’s sisters and brothers in Christ, and we are burying him [as such],” said the Rev. Amy Welin of St. John’s. “We have the opportunity to address a wrong that was done … and to discern how this story invites us to change the way we live and interact with our neighbors.”As part of that, during the burial service she plans to replace the Prayers of Intercession with the Litany of Repentance, from Ash Wednesday. The Hon. Steven R. Mullins, a state politician and president of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, will serve as an MC for the event. A number of speakers, including Maxine Watts and pastors of several historically Black churches in Waterbury, will offer remarks. The Governor’s Foot Guard will accompany the casket to the cemetery.Fortune’s burial in Riverside Cemetery would not have been possible at the time he died. In the 18th century, African Americans were buried in the “colored burial plot” of the old Grand Street Cemetery, which is now under the town library. St. John’s donated the burial plot and Alderson’s Funeral Homes, Inc., of Waterbury has donated the casket and the underground vault. Mr. Fortune’s earthly remains will take their rest among the pillars of 18th and 19th century Waterbury society.Maxine is pleased with the plans for the day. “I think it’s going to be a really incredible day and a great and fitting sendoff for Mr. Fortune, recognizing all he’s been through,” she said.The museum is working on a documentary and new resource material, and scientific research will continue using information now recorded. Although Maxine is glad they will continue to learn from science, she said that there are other questions that still need answers – such as, What was Fortune doing at that river? Why was the doctor there at the same time? And why did he have his medical instruments with him?“I’m not a detective,” she said, “but something is wrong in the story there.”While those parts of the story still trouble her, another part encourages her.“He proved a point,” she said. “African American slaves were not considered fully human, but isn’t it ironic that the doctors used his bones for human study? Underneath the skin, we’re all the same. Mr. Fortune proved it in death, even though he never consented to it.”— Karin Hamilton is the canon for mission communication and media for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. 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May God in his mercy forgive us the sin of slavery. We can rejoice that after 215 years we are able to this racist wrong. Thanks for this good news. Alleluia, Christ is risen! Alleluia! Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments are closed. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing By Karin HamiltonPosted Aug 26, 2013 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Linda Baxley says: Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ August 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm This is a very interesting report, well written and researched, about Mr. Fortune’s death. May he rest in peace. However, I hope that more research will be done to learn beyond-the-shadow-of-a-doubt how he died: by drowning or brutality? August 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm What an amazing story-so glad that the research has been done and shared! Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA John Barton says: Rector Albany, NY August 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm This is an amazing story in history! 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The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Dec 15, 2016 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC [15 de diciembre del 2017] Se aceptan las solicitudes para las becas 2017 del Fondo de Premios Roanridge [Roanridge Trust Award] de la Iglesia Episcopal.Las becas del Fondo Roanridge se proveen anualmente para modelos creativos de liderazgo de desarrollo, entrenamiento y ministerios en pueblos pequeños y comunidades rurales a través de la Iglesia Episcopal.Se invita a las diócesis, congregaciones y organizaciones e instituciones relacionadas con la Iglesia Episcopal a que soliciten las becas que generalmente van de 5.000,00 a 20.000,00 dólares.“Las Becas del Fondo de Premios Roanridge apoyan el ministerio creativo y destacan la importante misión en las ciudades rurales y pequeñas de nuestra Iglesia”, comentó la Reverenda Canóniga Stephanie Spellers, Canóniga del Obispo Presidente para el Evangelismo, Reconciliación y Mayordomía de la Creación. “Estos importantes lugares y centros misioneros deben ser celebrados y apoyados”.Más información, la aplicación y las instrucciones en inglés se encuentran aquí y en español aquí.Aunque anteriores receptores pueden solicitar, se da prioridad a las nuevas solicitudes.La fecha límite de solicitud es el 3 de febrero. 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Submit a Press Release By David PaulsenPosted Mar 23, 2018 As UN women’s meeting ends, Episcopal delegates plan to turn lessons into action back home Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Gender Justice, 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Rev. Annalise Pasalo of the Diocese of Hawaii, from left, Coromoto Jiménez de Salazar of the Diocese of Venezuela and Demaris DeJesus of the Diocese of Puerto Rico were among the Episcopal Church delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which was held in New York. Photo: Annalise Pasalo, via Instagram[Episcopal News Service] The 20 Episcopalians representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, or UNCSW, are wrapping up two weeks of meetings, conversations, activities and prayer in New York – an experience they say has emboldened them in their work toward improving the lives of women back in their dioceses.“I want to spread the word,” the Rev. Annalise Pasalo, a delegate from the Diocese of Hawaii, told Episcopal News Service by phone. “I hope that the wider church is aware of the incredible work that we’re involved in at the U.N.”Lois Frankforter was part of the Episcopal delegation because of her work as national president of the Girls’ Friendly Society, a Connecticut-based Episcopal organization dedicated to empowering women and girls through its branches in eight dioceses.“The opportunity to come and be part of the presiding bishop’s delegation really has been a transformative experience,” Frankforter said. The women who spoke at UNCSW told many inspiring stories, she said, but their stories also highlighted the troubling challenges that many women and girls face around the world.“Out of it, there’s still a sense of hope that, with collective action, we can really make a difference in the world,” Frankforter said. “And it reinforces that there really is place for faith-based organizations to be a voice for advocacy.”The 62nd UNCSW was held March 12-23, and this year’s themes were gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in rural communities. The presiding bishop’s delegation included 17 visiting delegates, along with two Episcopal Church staff members and an intern.The delegation was a diverse group, ranging from 15 to 70 years old and coming from as far away as Venezuela and Puerto Rico, as well as from dioceses across mainland U.S. They also included one man, a researcher from Oklahoma who works on women’s issues there. 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Episcopal delegates looked to that statement and its priorities in shaping their advocacy as they shared their own stories, reflections and concerns during the two weeks.Curry’s statement called on the U.N. community and civil society to address gender inequality and barriers to empowerment of women and girls by doing the following:Prioritize resources and programs for marginalized groups of rural women and girls,Extend access to basic resources and services to rural areas,Address environmental concerns and extend land rights, andPromote gender equality education and practices and eradicate gender-based violence.“Go, go do your work, don’t get weary,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry tells the people gathered March 12 in the Chapel of Christ the Lord at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, a few blocks from the United Nations building, for the opening UNCSW Eucharist. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“You have come to the seat of the nations of the earth to encourage our leaders and to show them how to end the nightmare and realize the dream for all of us,” Curry told the Episcopal delegates and their Anglican counterparts on March 12 at a Eucharist at the Episcopal Church Center that kicked off their work at UNCSW.One of the messages that rang true for Frankforter was that while mission is global, the work is local.“That really has hit home, with all the work that we do in all the various churches in our local communities, that everything we’re doing contributes to improve the lives of all,” she said.Girls’ Friendly Society already is involved in programs at the local level to empower girls and support women. As an example, she said, one of its branches is responding to the problem of human trafficking by collecting basic supplies that can be given to women when they are freed from trafficking. The supplies are offered as “exit bags,” or “bags of hope.”One lesson Frankforter plans to take home with her from UNCSW is the importance of communication and collaboration among organizations that serve women, so that their good work is amplified. Empowering women is a shared ministry, she said.“The message really is that it’s going to take everyone at the grassroots level to make change, and that we all have to join together to do that,” she said.“The other big message was that we have to hold our policymakers accountable … in our government, in our schools, in our communities and in our churches,” she said. “If we don’t hold them accountable then we won’t make the progress that we need to make.”Pasalo works as a school chaplain at St. Andrew’s Schools, which operates an all-girls school and an all-boys school in Honolulu. Her first steps when she returns from UNCSW will be to share her experiences with others in her community, in presentations scheduled with the local Episcopal Church Women group and the all-girls school’s students. She also expects to speak about her UNCSW experiences at parishes around Honolulu.The UNCSW included representatives of member states, U.N. entities and nongovernmental organizations like the Episcopal Church that have been accredited by the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council. Pasalo was impressed by the Episcopal Church’s advocacy work with the U.N. and now wants to do her part to bring that work to the local level.“Though it is global, it’s personal too, so we all have a part to play,” she said.Pasalo is originally from Oregon and spent some time living in rural areas of the state. She also worked several years in rural Thailand and understands the challenges women face in those kinds of communities. “I see where their lack of infrastructure doesn’t always provide for the needs of the community, especially for women,” she said.The discussions at UNCSW that resonated most for her were those focusing on improving gender parity at the higher levels of institutions in society. “I would love to see that happen across the board, in schools, in government, in churches,” she said.The Rev. Glenda McQueen, the Episcopal Church’s partnership officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, said it was important that the UNCSW hears voices from the church’s Province IX, where problems of infrastructure, health care and access to education are a grim reality for many women and girls in rural areas.“There are kids that have to walk hours to get to an elementary school,” she said, and some girls don’t have access to a high school education or have to stay home to work and help support their families.McQueen appreciated the sessions at UNCSW that offered ideas for bringing better health care and technology to such communities to improve women’s lives there. The goal, she said, should be to leave no one behind in this global economy, and Episcopalians are well equipped to take up that cause.“Prayer is also political action,” she said. “It’s praying together, but it’s also beginning to implement projects and programs. It’s also being able to access our government, our local community officials and going beyond that and raising these issues.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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42. The Super Bowl theme is different, if not a bit more elegant, and was composed by David Robidoux. The Super Bowl is just one day away!You already know the basics: The Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan will take on the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady in a battle between North and South; veterans and Super Bowl neophytes.For all the nitty gritty gameday details, consult the handy box below. For 51 completely random and mildly interesting facts you can use to annoy people at your Super Bowl gathering, just read on. 44. The Vince Lombardi Trophy, given to the winning team, is produced by famed jeweler Tiffany & Co.45. There has never been a Super Bowl that has gone into overtime. Please football gods, spare us once more.Family matters46. Maybe you’ve heard of the Matthews family? Theyre a big deal in football. Jake Matthews currently plays left tackle for the Falcons. His cousin is Clay Matthews, of Green Bay Packers fame. According to ESPN, the Matthews family has been represented in — wait for it — EVERY NFL SEASON SINCE 1978. 11 like TAGSsuper bowl Previous articleVeterans Healthcare Town Hall Meeting scheduledNext articleWomen wanted for drugging and robbing 3 men Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 12. Gronkowski has the most Twitter followers (nearly 2 million) of any player on a Super Bowl team this year.Other people to know13. Some famous Patriots fans are: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Captain America Chris Evans, most if not all of New Kids on the Block, and President Donald Trump.14. Some famous Falcons fans are: Samuel L. Jackson, President Jimmy Carter and country star Zac Brown.15. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is one of the founders of Home Depot.16. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is the CEO of the Kraft Group. He has owned several other Boston-area sports teams, including the Boston Lobsters, a defunct professional tennis team with the most perfect logo ever.About the music17. Lady Gaga is the Super Bowl halftime act. 25,34825,348 likes Follow and a deeply unholy Mr. Clean ad. That’s like wearing a brand-new Toyota Camry on your finger. FollowHoustonWoman @HoustonWomanMag Please enter your comment! We are all sinners now. SPEAKING OF, let’s talk about…Houston, a den of sin26. Houston is the fourth-most populous city in the United States. A fun way to get people to shun you while the game is on is to ask them to name the other most populous cities (1: New York 2: Los Angeles 3: Chicago).27. They have a beer can house. Shameful. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 21. Members of the original “Hamilton” cast will sing “America the Beautiful.”About the commercials22. This year, a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl will reportedly cost between $5 million and $5.5 million.23. The median annual household income in the United States is about $55,000, which amounts to about .3 seconds of Super Bowl air time.24. The surprise is sort of ruined these days, because so many of the commercials are released ahead of time.25. So far, people are talking about Budweiser’s immigration-themed spot… Follow LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 197197 Retweets 9,2239,223 Retweets 43. Each Super Bowl ring awarded to the Patriots after their 2014 win was worth $36,500 (owner Robert Kraft footed the bill — more than $5 million for 150 rings). View image on Twitter About the teams1. The Patriots have won four Super Bowls, all of them with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at the helm.2. This is only Atlanta’s second trip to the Super Bowl, and they’ve never won.3. The Patriots have been to the Super Bowl nine times, which is an NFL record.4. They have won four times, which is not a record.5. That belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won six.6. Tom Brady has been to seven Super Bowls, the most trips by any single player. He has been in the NFL for 17 years, and may actually be immortal.7. The Patriots were penalized this year as a result of “Deflategate,” the controversy stemming from the 2015 season that ended with the Patriots winning Super Bowl IL. Please don’t make us explain it again, but the upshot was Tom Brady was suspended the first four games of this season.8. Shockingly, people are pretty tired of seeing the Patriots win. According to one poll, more than half the country is rooting for a Falcons victory.9. In fact, a lot of fans have been comparing this Super Bowl to the plot of “Star Wars,” with the Falcons being the upstart “rebels” and the Patriots being the reigning “empire.” This is not a favorable comparison for the Patriots, but when you have four rings already, you have to deal with a little flak sometimes. View image on Twitter 34. The Falcons actually CHOSE this arrangement, even though white-shirted teams have won 32 of 50 Super Bowls to date, including 11 of the last 12 Super Bowls.35. Five teams other than the Falcons have worn red jerseys, and the overall red jersey record for the Super Bowl is 5-4. The 49ers are especially lucky in the color, having won three of their five championships while wearing it.36. We’ve gone over the fact the Patriots won last time the game was in Houston, but there are even more similarities between that game in 2003 and this one. For instance:37. The Patriots have the same record (16-2).38. They last won a Super Bowl two years ago.39. They are playing an NFC South team (in 2003, it was the Panthers).40. Unrelated, Falcons QB Matt Ryan went to Boston College, in the heart of Patriots territoryTheme songs and bling41. The NFL theme song (baba ba, baba ba, baba ba ba baaaa!) was composed by a guy named Scott Schreer. It was designed to sound like “Batman on Steroids.” Apt, because listening to the whole thing at once feels like injecting testosterone directly into your ear holes. Super Bowl LIWhen: Sunday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. ETWhere: NRG Stadium in Houston, TexasWhat channel: FoxTeams: The Atlanta Falcons and the New England PatriotsHalftime show: Lady Gaga Beer Can House in #houston is treasured #folkart.8:41 PM – 26 Mar 2016 · Houston, TX You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Wave for America! 28. And Houston is where the infamous hip hop “beverage” “Purple drank” (aka “lean,” “sizzurp,” “a horrible idea”) originated, which is a mix of cough syrup, soda and Jolly Ranchers.29. Last time the Super Bowl was in Houston, it was NIPPLEGATE.30. That was where Justin Timberlake pulled off a piece of Janet Jackson’s top. There was a LOT of talk about whether it was staged, and Jackson in particular got flak about it for years.31. For the young ones, this incident is also where we get the tongue-in-cheek term “wardrobe malfunction.”32. Also, last time the Super Bowl was in Houston, the Patriots won…Superstitions and weird coincidences33. The Patriots will wear white jerseys and the Falcons will wear red. xoxo, Joanne @ladygaga 372372 likes View image on Twitter Please enter your name here Goodnight, sweet prince. ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 18. You will recall, she sang the national anthem for Super Bowl L last year.19. Country star Luke Bryan will perform the anthem this year.20. He is from Leesburg, Georgia (also the hometown of baseball star and fellow perfect-teeth-haver Buster Posey). Naturally, Bryan is a Falcons fan. Here he is: The Matthews family has been represented in NFL every year since 1978. Jake Matthews will try to join Clay Matthews as Super Bowl winners9:00 AM – 29 Jan 2017 WHEW. If you got this far, you deserve your own ring! Why not waste time before the big game with even more Super Bowl coverage from CNN? Retweets Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 10. It looks like fans are hoping for a close, high-scoring game. On the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the Patriots were favored to win by 3 points. The over/under for total score was 58.5.11. At least one star will be notably absent from the field. Rob Gronkowski, who you may know as that tank top guy in the Dunkin Donuts commercials, is injured and will not be playing for New England; though he will be there in spirit and also in a Tide ad. 47. Oh, and for what it’s worth, Jake Matthews is from Houston.48. This year, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will be coaching the Super Bowl with his two sons in tow. Steve Belichick is the team’s safeties coach, and Steven Belichick is a scouting assistant.Old dudes49. At 41, Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant will be the third-oldest player to appear in a Super Bowl (the oldest was 42 and also a kicker).50. Tom Brady also is long in the tooth at 39, but if he wins, he would still be a few months younger than than the oldest Super Bowl-winning QB who is…51. Peyton Manning, who nabbed that honor when the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl L last year. He was 39.That makes it sound like he died. He didn’t, he just retired. Time to go. It’s showtime. And it’s the one you’ve always been dreaming of. #SB51 #Gaga #GagaSuperBowl2:34 AM – 27 Jan 2017 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
August 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm Mama Mia August 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 August 28, 2017 at 4:58 pm 27 COMMENTS Mama Mia And, homes and cars burnt and destroyed from power transmitters that had been blown out and that had started fires that swept across like dominoes with the flames being blown to the next house by the powerful winds, and on and on, like the domino effect. I had not thought too much about that happening in a hurricane. Please enter your comment! Reply Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia August 28, 2017 at 3:03 pm Mama Mia Another person struck and killed by the train on Ronald Reagan Blvd. and Lake Mary Blvd. in Longwood today. This one was on a bicycle. It wasn’t long ago that another person was struck and killed. The train crossings are so dangerous. Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia On this day in historyAugust 26th, 1920Women get the right to voteFrom the History ChannelThe 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”America’s woman suffrage movement was founded in the mid 19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In July 1848, 200 woman suffragists, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to discuss women’s rights. After approving measures asserting the right of women to educational and employment opportunities, they passed a resolution that declared “it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” For proclaiming a women’s right to vote, the Seneca Falls Convention was subjected to public ridicule, and some backers of women’s rights withdrew their support. However, the resolution marked the beginning of the woman suffrage movement in America.The first national woman’s rights convention was held in 1850 and then repeated annually, providing an important focus for the growing woman suffrage movement. In the Reconstruction era, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, granting African American men the right to vote, but Congress declined to expand enfranchisement into the sphere of gender. In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push for a woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Another organization, the American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Lucy Stone, was formed in the same year to work through the state legislatures. In 1890, these two groups were united as the National American Woman Suffrage Association. That year, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.By the beginning of the 20th century, the role of women in American society was changing drastically: Women were working more, receiving a better education, bearing fewer children, and three more states (Colorado, Utah, and Idaho) had yielded to the demand for female enfranchisement. In 1916, the National Woman’s Party (formed in 1913 at the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage) decided to adopt a more radical approach to woman suffrage. Instead of questionnaires and lobbying, its members picketed the White House, marched, and staged acts of civil disobedience.In 1917, America entered World War I, and women aided the war effort in various capacities that helped break down most of the remaining opposition to woman suffrage. By 1918, women had acquired equal suffrage with men in 15 states, and both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement.In January 1918, the woman suffrage amendment passed the House of Representatives with the necessary two-thirds majority vote. In June 1919, it was approved by the Senate and sent to the states for ratification. Campaigns were waged by suffragists around the country to secure ratification, and on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land.The package containing the certified record of the action of the Tennessee legislature was sent by train to the nation’s capital, arriving in the early hours of August 26. At 8 a.m. that morning, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed it without ceremony at his residence in Washington. None of the leaders of the woman suffrage movement were present when the proclamation was signed, and no photographers or film cameras recorded the event. That afternoon, Carrie Chapman Catt, head of the National American Suffrage Association, was received at the White House by President Woodrow Wilson and Edith Wilson, the first lady. Mama Mia August 26, 2017 at 6:13 pm Mama Mia At least 12,000 National Guards have been deployed to Texas. Thank God! Also the Texas National Guards. Reply Mama Mia August 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm Mama Mia Reply How about that photo of the big dog named Otis, I think, in the Houston flood, who escaped the screened in back porch and got scared and ran off during the hurricane, but not before grabbing up his giant bag of dog chow and dragging it with him down the road, until a good Samarian got him reunited with his owner. That was so cute. Loved it! August 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply I was so fat I could of been the Princess of Whales, at one time…..LOL I am trying to make you all laugh and lift your spirits. Paris Hilton has stated that she could have been Princess of Wales ( if it weren’t for her sex tape,that is….that is what she said) Yes, I really admired Princess Diana. I have been watching all the latest specials on tv about her life. I watched one yesterday on UCFO- TV. I didn’t realize there was a fire at palace back in 1992, according to yesterday’s program shown. That place was fabulous inside. Wow. Reply The Apopka neighborhoods around here are having hurricane parties. It doesn’t matter to them if the hurricane is as far away as Texas, they don’t care, as it is something to celebrate. See, I told you what a happy bunch we have around here in the “hoods”…..LOL Mama Mia Reply August 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Who is going to win the big fight tonight? The trash talk coming from both men is awful, and hideous! I know the intent is to intimidate your opponent, but I am the one getting intimidated when I read what they have been saying to each other! This goes beyond, the old, ” I’ll eat your kids” OMG….then Tyson really did bite off an ear! But not from a kid’s ear….LOL Geesh! August 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm Mama Mia There will never be a hurricane named after me…..Mama Mia….LOL. That is okay though, because after the deadly Hurricane Katrina, people got mad about her name, and didn’t like the name Katrina…..I think it is a pretty name though, but then again, I didn’t weather that deadly hurricane there, when it blew through and destroyed the New Orleans area. August 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm Why do we even have a hurricane named Harvey this year? There was already a tropical depression that was given that name back in 2005 on the official list. Are they running out of names??? Mama Mia Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I’ve got to get off of here and go do some errands, but honestly, that North Korean missile fired over Japan today is an act of war! 9 trillion gallons of water flooding the Houston area. I can’t image that much water flowing through a big city, and raining down there, and how can they estimate the amount of water? Weatherman said 1-inch of rainfall equals 23, 000 gallons of water. Heard that on our area tv channel. I can’t help but think how big of an area are they speaking of? I’m not doubting their estimates, but it is hard to figure how they come up with that estimate. Just thankful it is not happening here! How will those people be able to get their lives back to normal after this disaster? Proud to be a NASTY woman….#she persisted August 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply Women can’t take their rights for granted anymore, not during these perilous times, because there are “leaders” in power now who will yank the rug out from under us women, figuratively speaking, and set our rights back for us hundreds of years of progress that was hard fought for. Don’t think it can’t happen for one minute, and be very aware of those who are in power and for what they stand for, and if they are not for women’s rights, then vote them out of office ( while you still can) ! Mama Mia August 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm Mama Mia Reply TAGS19th AmendmentThe HIstory Channel Previous articleMortgage Rates Hold Steady Around 4%Next articleWhat You Need to Know about Food Allergies Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. August 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm Please enter your name here Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply August 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia I’ve been looking at the photos coming in from Rockport, Texas and showing the hurricane damage. It brings back memories for sure, but while things were bad here in Central Florida in the past, not quite that bad! It is alarming to see what can happen when a hurricane moves ashore and on inland. I remember the big super heavy duty billboards out 436, huge ones, where the entire billboard was bent forward and it made the enormous poles just bent over in a U-shape with the billboard down underneath, and huge trees downed, and blue tarps on roofs everywhere, and places that were flooded that I had never seen flooded under water. One parking lot that had a grocery store as an anchor had oaks that had grown very large in the lot, and they blew over onto cars that were parked beneath them, out on 436 past 17-92. Those cars set there quite awhile before they were removed out of the parking lot. Mama Mia I don’t know why I don’t remember the fire in the 1992 Windsor Castle. It started in Queen Elizabeth’s private chapel because of a spotlight against a curtain that caught fire. It took a total of 200 firemen, a total of 35 fire engines, 1.5 million gallons of the public water supply, water from a swimming pool, a pond, and eventually water out of the Thames River to put it out. It burned for 15 hours total. The palace was extensively damaged and required several years, plus a cost of 36.5 million dollars to re-build it. And the unbelievable part is, that the Windsor Castle was not insured, nor were the Royal Collections, which included priceless articles of art and paintings!!!! Can you believe it??? The castle and collections were TOO VALUABLE to insure! This led to funding from private donations coming in, and to Buckingham Palace being opened to the public and an admission price that was charged per person for the tour that was collected for years to come. The Queen kicked in 2 million of her own money, and here is the biggie…… the Queen was required to start paying income tax for the first time ever on her income, and has had to pay income taxes since 1993, and continues to do so right up to this day!!!! Now hear me ROAR……LOL August 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm August 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm Then there were the tornadoes that spun off the hurricane there in Texas, if the hurricane force winds and water weren’t enough for the people to deal with! Life is so fragile now days. August 28, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply August 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm The Texas people need to see a rainbow appear across the skies, a sign to give them some hope. I haven’t seen one resident crying, however, they seem to just accept it all, push forward, and hang in there the best they can, keeping the faith. I would have been a basket case of tears, if that was me in that situation. I guess that is my coping mechanism, just the way I am. August 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm Trump is suppose to go to Houston tomorrow, maybe, that is, because he also plans to go to Missouri. He is going to see the devastation for himself. I know he will promise the moon, to help them, but will he? He tends to say one thing and do the opposite. Talk about draining the swamp……!!! August 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm Mama Mia August 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply Reply August 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm Honey Boo Boo is turning 12 years old today. Happy Birthday Honey Boo Boo…. I heard that this is the day that Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales divorced. So sad, the love triangle, and then the loss of Princess Diana. I remember the day of the tunnel auto accident, all to well, from sitting and watching it on tv. Today is also the day in history of the University of Florida grisly murders of the college students in Gainesville. I heard this on tv today, this morning, although I didn’t look it up. I remember that time, all too well, it had me on edge, as well as everyone else. I was relieved when they executed that guy that was responsible for their horrid deaths. He did confess to it. Another one I was relieved that they executed was Ted Bundy! UH OH…..just got a breaking news brief and beep on my computer. North Korean missile fired over Japan! Also Duke Energy asking for a 8% increase on power bills. Reply Our president still wants funding to build the wall! He even says that we need a good government shutdown if he doesn’t get the funding he wants for the wall. I can only imagine the hardships that this will create, not only for those hard-hit victims of the hurricane out there, but for everybody! He needs to re-think that wall at a time such as this, where people are in dire need of help immediately. What is wrong with him? Seriously, what is it with him? Hurricane Harvey is going to loop back around and come inland AGAIN on the Gulf Coast. Harvey is very vengeful! August 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia I don’t know how in the world that there are people who can say with certainty that there are no sharks swimming in the freeways of the deep waters in the city of Houston. It is possible. How do they know if it is a hoax or not? There was a picture of a man catching a fish inside his flooded living room in Texas with his bare hands. Was that a hoax too? I think probably there are sharks swimming around in that water. August 26, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply Reply Reply August 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm “I’m every woman, it’s all in me”…..just like the words from the song that Whitney Houston sang so beautifully. August 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply I saw photos of a herd of long horn cattle in a Texas pasture running along the fences with water flooded and close up to their bellies and they were trying to find some higher land but had nowhere to go. I felt sorry for them. I saw a photo of someone’s home damaged and they had left their two big dogs chained out to a flimsy looking dog house. Only one dog house, I believe. Who would do that, and leave their dogs out in a Category 4 hurricane while they sit inside? I would have brought them in even if they were not housebroken. What were they thinking?