LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Rugby World Cup has provided some of sport’s most iconic television moments of recent decades and – alongside live coverage of the FIFA World Cup, England football internationals, UEFA Champions League and The FA Cup – it is a key part of ITV1’s commitment to high quality live sport.”Rugby World Cup 2011, the seventh RWC, kicks off in New Zealand on September 9 and will feature the top 20 teams in the world competing across 48 tournament matches. The final will be played on October 23, 2011 at Auckland’s iconic Eden Park Stadium. Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has announced that ITV has been awarded the UK Broadcast rights for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and Host Broadcast rights for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. The announcement follows a rigorous process managed by RWCL’s exclusive commercial agents IMG throughout June and July during which five parties submitted bids in response to the tender and subsequent shortlist process for the UK broadcast rights. Under the terms of the new deal, ITV will broadcast live coverage of every match from the 2011 tournament in New Zealand and the 2015 tournament in England. All matches will also be shown online at ITV.com with the deal also encompassing highlights and clips packages on television, online and mobile.ITV has a long association with the Rugby World Cup, having broadcast every tournament since 1991. A UK audience of 15 million viewers watched on ITV1 as Jonny Wilkinson’s dramatic extra time drop goal secured England the Webb Ellis Cup in 2003. Four years later, a UK audience of 16 million watched as England finished runners up to South Africa in France.Mike Miller, RWCL Managing Director, said: “ITV and RWCL have enjoyed a long working partnership. Through its commitment to the sport and exceptional production values ITV has played a central role in the promotion and growth of Rugby and Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom and we are looking forward to extending that fruitful partnership over the next two RWC tournaments.” Niall Sloane, ITV Controller of Sport, said: “ITV has a long association with Rugby World Cup and we are delighted to have secured the next two Rugby World Cups free-to-air for ITV’s viewers, particularly as the 2015 tournament takes place in England.”
RENNES, FRANCE – MARCH 19: Emily Scarratt of England makes a break during the Women’s Six Nations match between France and England at the Stade Velodrome de Rennes on March 19, 2010 in Rennes, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Emily Scarratt for England against France in the 2010 Six Nations ENGLAND WOMEN’S Head Coach Gary Street has made four changes to the starting line-up for ‘Super Sunday’s (February 27) Six Nations clash against France (kick off 1:05pm) at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium.Richmond duo Fran Matthews and Becky Essex and Bristol prop Sophie Hemming all return to the starting line-up while Worcester’s Rochelle Clark switches to tight head prop. Katy McLean will once again captain England with Maggie Alphonsi named as vice captain.“I have made a couple of changes, and I have picked my starting line-up from the players on form from our game against Italy,” said Street. “Sophie and Becky are also key to our set-piece work and that will be a big area for us this weekend. They also give us a lot of experience. We also have an incredibly strong bench, with some world class players ready to come into the game – there is a lot more than a starting XV here.”Sunday’s match, which will be shown live on Sky Sports, is set to be a thriller. Not only will there be a triple billing of international rugby on show with England Women’s and Men’s Under 20s teams also in action, but this Six Nations encounter could well prove to be a title deciding match.Both England and France are the only unbeaten teams in the tournament so far, but reigning champions, England, narrowly top the table with a superior points’ difference of 30 points. England also edged last year’s Six Nations clash by a single point, winning 11-10 in France.Street added: “France have had two good wins this season, including one away against Ireland which is always tricky when you go to their patch. As always we are expecting another tough and physical game, but we are confident we can carry our form from the game against Italy into this match. And we are looking forward to doing it in front of a big crowd. ‘Super Sunday’ is a really exciting prospect for the players, coaches but also the rugby fans – three international matches in one day can’t be bad!”England Squad:15 Danielle Waterman (Worcester)14 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)12 Kimberley Oliver (Bristol)11 Francesca Matthews (Richmond)10 Katy Mclean (C) (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)9 La Toya Mason (Wasps)1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)2 Emma Croker (Richmond)3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)4 Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)5 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)6 Heather Fisher (Worcester)7 Marggie Alphonsi (vc) (Saracens) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield)Replacements:16 Amy Garnett (Saracens)17 Claire Purdy (Wasps)18 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)19 Catherine Spencer (Bristol)20 Georgina Rozario (Lichfield)21 Rachael Burford (Richmond)22 Georgina Roberts (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)Super Sunday Schedule:England Women U20s v France Women U20s, KO 11 am*England Women v France, KO 1:05 pmEngland Men U20s v France Men U20s, KO 3:15 pmEngland’s RBS 6 Nations FixturesWales v England Feb 6 Cross Keys RFC WON 0-19England v Italy Feb 12 Esher RFC WON 68-5** England v Scotland March 13 Twickenham Stadium KO 5:15 pmIreland v England March 18 Ashbourne RFC KO 7:30 pm * Live on Sky Sports**FREE ENTRY to Twickenham Stadium after men’s Calcutta Cup clash & live on BBC Red Button (not inc. Freeview)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Alex Goode of England goes past Dan Carter of New Zealand during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on December 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The big man has had a rotten time of it of late, missing the first four months of the season with a knee injury. In that time Biarritz suffered six defeats on the bounce, a bewildering run of results considering they’d started the season in fine form, winning their first four matches in the Top 14. “Our inconsistency can get very frustrating,” admits Balshaw. “We have so much quality in the squad but we just need to find some stability and greater consistency. It’s hard to try and put a finger on why it is. It must be a mental thing but if we knew what exactly we could rectify it!”Mathematically, Biarritz could still qualify for the last eight of the Heineken Cup but as befits a plain-talking Lancastrian, Balshaw isn’t expecting to be involved in the tournament beyond next week when the group stage concludes following defeats at Connacht and Harlequins.“Our main focus now is finishing in the top six of the Top 14 (and qualifying for the play-offs),” he says. “We’re seventh at the moment and we’ll need to up our game in the second half of the season if we’re going to do it. I think the first four places are already sewn up so there’ll be four or five teams going for the remaining two spots.”The Top 14 doesn’t pause for a breather during the Six Nations, but Balshaw will find time to sit down and watch England. The last few years have been barren ones for England back play but Balshaw believes coach Stuart Lancaster is now spoiled for choice with creative footballers.Goode stuff: the Saracen has impressed BalshawHe’s a particular fan of Alex Goode, the Saracens full-back, who wore the 15 shirt during the autumn internationals, but thinks he may be better deployed elsewhere. “Goode is one of those players who always seems to have time on the ball, and he’s got a spark about him. I wonder perhaps if he shouldn’t play 12 in a sort of Matt Catt/Will Greenwood role.”Balshaw would give Ben Foden the full-back’s shirt for the Six Nations, and also play Mike Brown on the wing, and he’s delighted to see how Freddie Burns has kicked on since the days he knew him as a teenage prodigy at Gloucester. Balshaw was himself once a teenage prodigy at Bath. Now he’s a grizzled veteran at Biarritz but he’s still full of running. It must be the sea air.Follow Gavin Mortimer on Twitter @gavinmortimer7 Dancing feet: will Balshaw extend his stay in the south of France?By Gavin Mortimer FOR ALL the talk in recent weeks about Jonny Wilkinson, and will-he-or-won’t-he sign on for another stint at Toulon, there’s another Englishman in the south of France in a similar situation.In fact the similarities don’t stop there. Iain Balshaw and Jonny Wilkinson first played in the same team in 1997, the all-conquering England schoolboys’ side that also featured Mike Tindall. Born one month apart (Wilkinson is the younger), they went on to win honours for England and the Lions, and capped it all on 22 November 2003 by helping England to win the World Cup.Winning team: Balshaw and Wilko (top)The pair moved to France in the summer of 2009, Wilkinson to Toulon and Balshaw to Biarritz, and the former England full-back has enjoyed three and a half seasons of sun, sea, sand, and the odd bit of success. In 2010 Biarritz reached the final of the Heineken Cup, only to lose to Toulouse, but last season the Basque side defeated Wilkinson’s Toulon in the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup.Balshaw’s contract expires at the end of this season but he’s sure “something will be sorted out in the next three of four weeks”; the ‘something’ hopefully being a contract extension that will allow him and his family to remain in Biarritz for a couple more years.“I’ll be 34 in April but I feel I’m in good nick and I want to keep playing up to my 36th birthday,” he explains. “That’s the plan, at least. By then I would have had 18 years at the professional level and that’s quite a long time – unless you’re Simon Shaw!”The 39-year-old Shaw is still going strong at Toulon and Balshaw suspects he’s benefiting from the warmer climes of the south of France, just as he’s done since moving from Gloucester in the summer of 2009. “The quality of life in Biarritz is amazing,” says Balshaw, whose kids are aged eight, six and two. “They’re all bi-lingual and the youngest, Coco, who’ll be three in March, speaks more French than English.”There’s a family feel to Biarritz with the players and their families spending a lot of time in each other’s company away from the rugby field. “Our kids got to the same crèches and schools and we all try and meet twice a month for lunch somewhere,” explains Balshaw, who’s great mates with Imanol Harinordoquy.
Jamie Roberts – He needed a big game and perhaps the relief of finishing his medical exams allowed him to fire. Sparked to life in the second half and was at his crash-ball best.ColdJoe Marler – Struggled in the scrummaging contest with Adam Jones and was replaced early in second half. Also failed to make his presence felt in loose.Ben Youngs – Lacked his usual authority when it came to decision-making and became flustered, allowing Wales to put the pressure on. Outplayed by his opposite number.Chris Ashton – Things simply aren’t going the winger’s way right now. Far too quiet, few opportunities to attack and the one time he did catch the crowd’s attention it was for stamping.Top quoteJamie Roberts: “Our defence was magnificent. England are a very strong team, very physical and from one to 23 our defence was outstanding. Then from a couple of turnovers we got tries. From the back-room team to all the players to a stadium full of fans – it’s a special day for Welsh rugby.”Scorers Wales – Tries: Cuthbert 2 Cons: Biggar Pens: Halfpenny 4, Biggar DG: BiggarEngland – Pen: Farrell LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Silverware! Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins lift the Six Nations trophy at the Millennium Stadium last nightBy Sarah Mockford at the Millennium StadiumIn a nutshellUNDOUBTEDLY THE best game of the 2013 Six Nations – ferocious, physical and frantic. Emotions were high, hits were hard and both sides showed attacking intent, but it was Wales who emerged from this title decider as champions – and in emphatic fashion. They grew in confidence in the second half and Alex Cuthbert’s two tries helped Wales complete their biggest-ever win over England and retain the Six Nations title. England simply didn’t have any answers to Wales’ pressure, particularly in attack, as the game wore on.Double trouble: Justin Tipuric celebrates with Alex Cuthbert after the second tryKey momentJustin Tipuric’s quick reactions in the 58th minute saw him pounce on the loose ball after Ken Owens had put the pressure on an isolated Tom Wood. Jonathan Davies then released Alex Cuthbert out wide and the winger beat Mike Brown to score in the corner. From there the momentum was always with Wales and they simply got better.Star man – Justin Tipuric The flanker not only set up both tries – he broke through to release Cuthbert for his second – but was a nuisance at the breakdown throughout too. Whether he’s played himself into the Lions Test back row is another matter, but Warren Gatland will surely be pleased to see how well he linked with Sam Warburton on the opposite flank. The switch to six saw Warburton carry more as well as get stuck in at the contact area with Tipuric.Lions watch – HotMike Phillips – Clearly motivated for this fixture, continually probing with powerful surges and keen to put pace on Wales’ game with quick taps. Solid in defence too.Crunch time: Jamie Roberts is wrapped up by England’s powerful defenceAdam Jones – Dominated the scrum and those penalties gave Wales the chance to build a lead and then provided the attacking platform to attack England through the backs.
Nathan Sharpe spoke to us as an HSBC Ambassador at the Dubai Sevens. For more information follow @HSBCrugby Chris Jack (New Zealand)Tests 67 Points 25 (5T)I played a lot of rugby against Chris Jack growing up in the age-grades at U19 and U21s. For a long period of time in the early 2000s, he was the dominant lock for the Crusaders and the All Blacks. Chris had some great skills. He was a really good all-rounder.Andries BekkerTests 29 Points 5 (1T)Andries Bekker was another tough Springbok. At 6ft 10in, he’s very tall – even for a lock and that made him a real threat an the lineout. He’s a technically gifted in the lineout lineout but he was also pretty quick around the park. He used to get through a lot of work, hitting rucks and making the tackles. He’s been unlucky with injury.The next generation…Top dog: Brodie Retallick is the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2014“I still watch a lot of rugby. I was pleased to see Brodie Retallick win the World Rugby Player of the Year. He’s a very talented player, I played against him a bit. Eben Etzebeth is another in the typical Springbok enforcer mould but he’s a very good player and he’s still so young. He has so much potential. Joe Launchbury has all the makings of a great lock too. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS At the Dubai Sevens we caught up with Wallaby great Nathan Sharpe. In a stellar 14-year career former Queensland Red and Western Force lock Sharpe won 116 caps, played in three World Cups and is the third most capped lock of all-time. He also won the John Eales Medal on two occasions. He took some time out to give us a list of the greatest lock forwards he played against.Victor Matfield (South Africa)Caps 121 Points 35 (7T)Master at work: Victor Matfield is the most capped lock of all time“I’ve picked Victor Matfield on his ability to run a very clinical lineout. Over the years he has built a real presence on the field for the Springboks. I think he understands the game of rugby very well and takes real pride in doing his homework around his lineout, something he’s still doing pretty well at 37. As well as being very organized he is also a fine athlete who is a tremendous lineout jumper. Knowing him as I do, he’s also very, very competitive. He’s one of the best in the business.”Brad Thorn (New Zealand)Caps 59 Points 20 (4T)“Brad Thorn is a hard man and so resilient – which is why he’s still playing when he’s nearly 40! He made the difficult transition from League to become one of the most important cogs in the All Blacks team that lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2011, which was some achievement. Physically he’s an absolute beast, a real specimen, but if anything tops his physical stature it’s his mental toughness. I’ve heard he’s making a good impression at Leicester. I would guess he certainly commands respect.”Paul O’Connell (Ireland)Caps 103 (96 Ireland) Points 30 (6T)Takes some stopping: Paul O’Connell is a tough operator“Paul O’Connell is one gritty player. He’s been the main man in the Irish pack for such a long time now and you can see he really drives them through a game. He’s good in the air and in the tight exchanges and he never yields an inch. He’s everything you want in a modern lock. He hits rucks, makes yards and puts his fair share of tackles in. He’s the ultimate warrior in green and one tough bugger to play against.” Old warrior: Nathan Sharpe played 116 times for the Wallabies in a stellar career
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS HEEEEEEEEEAVE! What a maul! Silver service: Clermont Auvergne lift the European Challenge Cup trophy (Getty Images) The Yellow Army triumph 36-16 against La Rochelle in Newcastle It had to be him! Damien Penaud gets the first try of the #ChallengeCup final as Clermont strike first in Newcastle He’s just so difficult to stop! pic.twitter.com/wcs35xGVmH— Watch the Champions Cup final live on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) May 10, 2019Their second try, in the 59th minute, did not require such build-up play. Clermont had a lineout just inside the La Rochelle 22 from a penalty, won the ball, set the maul and crossed the line with the speed of a sports car and power of a steamroller.The pace with which the forwards motored to the whitewash, splintering the La Rochelle defenders before Man of the Match Fritz Lee touched down, was remarkable and the conversion made it 26-9. The Clermont pack steamroll La Rochelle to put the #ChallengeCup in touching distance! pic.twitter.com/TiE7UIVotO— Watch the Champions Cup final live on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) May 10, 2019La Rochelle are not a team to throw in the proverbial towel, though, and hit back within a few minutes. They kicked for a lineout in the 22 from a penalty and a few phases later Uini Atonio span around in the tackle to score next to the posts.Power play: Uini Atonio scored La Rochelle’s only try (Getty Images)However, in the final ten minutes Wesley Fofana provided a fitting finishing touch. Clermont set up from a five-metre lineout, Camille Lopez out through a kick, Fofana collected and dived under the posts.La Rochelle did push for a consolation after Alivereti Raka was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on but the bounce of the ball just would not fall for them.The first ten minutes delivered one of the lighter moments of the match when Camille Lopez was picked up and carried into touch by La Rochelle prop Dany Priso, with a little help from West. Clermont win 2019 European Challenge Cup finalFor many the Challenge Cup final is the appetiser for the Champions Cup main course but the 28,438 people who filed into St James’ Park to see Clermont and La Rochelle battle it out in the second-tier competition will certainly have left satiated.It was a record crowd for a Challenge Cup final in the UK – pretty significant given this was an all-French final – and they were rewarded with a fast, frenetic and highly entertaining game, which Clermont won 36-16.Finishing touch: Wesley Fofana scores Clermont’s final try (Getty Images)Clermont moved the ball left to right with their offloading game, pulling defenders every which way, while La Rochelle – with Ihaia West pulling the strings – capitalised on any error, scything through holes and pouncing on loose balls as they tried to catch Clermont on the counter-attack.Still, it took a while for the first try to come. Nearly half an hour in fact. Clermont launched phase after phase of attack from an eight-metre lineout, not only drawing in La Rochelle defenders but tiring them.They eventually made the breakthrough when switching the play from right to left, Isaia Toeava releasing Damian Penaud, who glided over the line having earlier come up short when stretching for it. “Put me down please?”Dany Priso going full BIG BROTHER on Camille Lopez #ChallengeCup pic.twitter.com/AfDLinsc1L— Watch the Champions Cup final live on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) May 10, 2019Clermont lost their captain Morgan Parra midway through the first period, the scrum-half appearing to suffer a serious knee injury and being replaced by Greig Laidlaw. Yet he was able to return to the pitch for the trophy presentation – on crutches.Clermont – Tries: Penaud, Lee, Fofana. Cons: Laidlaw 3. Pens: Parra, Laidlaw 4. La Rochelle – Try: Atonio. Con: West. Pens: West 3.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Scotland’s Finn Russell works on his kicking (Getty Images) 6. He made his first start for Glasgow Warriors against Newport Gwent Dragons during the 2013-14 season and played an influential role in Glasgow’s Pro12 triumph in 2014-15.7. Russell’s first call-up for Scotland came for their summer tour of North America in 2014 and he made his Test debut against the USA in Houston. His first international try came against Ireland in the 2015 Six Nations.8. He made his 50th Test appearance against Georgia in October 2020. That was also his first match for Scotland since the 2019 World Cup after a fallout with coach Gregor Townsend meant he wasn’t involved with the national squad at the start of 2020. Come the 2021 Six Nations, he was back in the fold and helped Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time since 1983. 9. Russell replaced All Blacks legend Dan Carter at Top 14 side Racing 92 in 2018.10. Keith Russell, his father, used to be the director of domestic rugby for the Scottish Rugby Union and he won an unfair dismissal claim against the governing body in 2018. From stonemason to rugby star, find out more about the No 10 5. He’s been nicknamed ‘The Muscle’ because he is so skinny. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Who is Finn Russell: Ten things you should know about the Scotland fly-halfScotland‘s Finn Russell is a fly-half known for his attacking instincts. This highlights video shows how he can mix his kicks, flicks and tricks to create try-scoring opportunities for himself and his team-mates while below we tell you more about the No 10.Ten things you should know about Finn Russell1. Finn Russell was born on 23 September 1992 in Stirling. He stands at 6ft (182cm) tall and weighs 13st 10lb (87kg).2. He worked for three years as a stonemason after secondary school while playing amateur rugby. Speaking of this period with The Scottish Sun, Russell said: “On rainy days it could be pretty miserable… It could be tough but I enjoyed it.“I’d be making windowsills, door frames, fire places – even building walls. But compared to playing rugby, it’s night and day. If I ever have a bad day at training, I think back to what it was like working in that cold shed.”Related: Finn Russell Interview – “As long as I’ve got a smile on my face…”3. In 2013, Russell received the John Macphail Scholarship and spent 15 weeks playing rugby for local clubs in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also received specialist coaching at the Canterbury RFU’s international high performance unit.4. Russell can juggle – as can most of his family judging by this video… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Who is Jacob Stockdale: Ten things you should know about the Ireland wingJacob Stockdale, who is comfortable on the wing and at full-back, made his Test debut in 2017 against the USA and won the Six Nations Grand Slam title with Ireland the following year.Ten things you should know about Jacob Stockdale1. Jacob Stockdale was born on 3 April 1996 in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. He stands at 6ft 3in (1.91m) and weighs 16st 1lb (102kg).2. He has only played for Ulster in his senior career and he made his debut for the province in 2014 aged 18.3. In 2018, Stockdale set a new record for the amount of tries scored in the Six Nations. He scored seven in the tournament, which ended with Ireland winning a Grand Slam and Stockdale claiming the Player of the Championship award.4. The same year, Stockdale scored the only try in Ireland’s 16-9 win over the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. It was Ireland’s first-ever win over New Zealand on Irish soil. 5. He represented Ireland in the 2015 and 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship. Ireland reached the final in 2016 but lost 45-21 to England.He was also part of the senior Ireland squad that competed at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.6. Stockdale taught himself how to play the guitar. He told Rugby World: “I can play the guitar, although not particularly well. I taught myself when I was 14 and play when I get the chance.”Does Jacob Stockdale have a partner?7. In 2020, Stockdale announced he had got engaged to his long-term partner Hannah Garrett. The pair met at high school in 2007 and remained friends before becoming a couple many years later. Ulster and Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale Six Nations Player of the Tournament Jacob Stockdale… Expand From his Test debut to his Six Nations record 9. In 2020, he spoke publicly about how online trolls had affected his mental health.He told Independent.ie: “The fact that people feel the need to tweet negative things about you, definitely impacts you as a player because you start wondering why this person has a serious dislike for you. If you let that get to you, it can really impact your mental health.”10. He is a huge fan of Johnny Cash. Collapse Jacob Stockdale: How to chip and chase Expand Ulster and Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale Jacob Stockdale on running, religion and rugby memories Jacob Stockdale: How to chip and chase LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Ireland wing provides an insight into his… The Ulster and Ireland wing explains how to… He wrote on Instagram: “I’m so happy I met her and I couldn’t think of a better person to spend the rest of my life with.” Jacob Stockdale on running, religion and rugby memories Jacob Stockdale in action for Ireland (Getty Images) 8. He has previously studied criminology but due to his rugby commitments he had to give it up.He told RW: “I was doing a criminology degree – it’s something that really interests me – but I had to give it up. It’s very much an aspiration of mine to go back and finish it.”MORE ON JACOB STOCKDALE Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fabien Galthie claims Wales ‘specialise in getting players sent off’France coach Fabien Galthie has accused Wales of specialising in getting opposition players sent off after Paul Willemse received a red card in the Six Nations match between the two sides in Paris.The French triumphed in the fixture in dramatic fashion when Brice Dulin crossed for the match-winning try once the clock had gone red to keep their title hopes alive going into their final game against Scotland on Friday.Related: Late Brice Dulin try denies Wales a Grand SlamYet Galthie was clearly unhappy with the red card shown to second-row Willemse in the 68th minute.The sending off came after TMO Wayne Barnes intervened to highlight an incident at a ruck close to the Welsh line. Dulin had just crossed for a try but the officials chalked that off due to foul play in the build-up.In clearing out Wyn Jones at a breakdown, Willemse rolled the Wales prop out around the neck and his hand made contact with the front-rower’s eye in the same movement. Referee Luke Pearce brandished the red card, the French try was disallowed and Wales were awarded a penalty.In the post-match press conference, Galthie was asked whether he thought Willemse deserved a heavy sanction and the coach then made his claim about Wales, who have seen Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and Scotland’s Zander Fagerson sent off against them in this year’s championship. France coach makes accusation following Paul Willemse red card Fabien Galthie has pointed the finger at Wales over red cards (AFP/Getty Images) Galthie, via a translator, said: “I don’t think he deserves a heavy sanction. If you watch it there is clearly no contact, or if there is it’s clearly very limited. It’s absolutely not voluntary.“If you watch the reaction of the Welsh players, they specialise in making the opponents get red cards. Their body language is quite clear.“I hope the referee takes that into consideration. I don’t think Paul deserves a sanction. I believe we need to share this – I don’t see why he should be sanctioned.”Referee Luke Pearce sends off France lock Paul Willemse (AFP/Getty Images)Wales coach Wayne Pivac was asked about the accusations in his press conference and he said: “I haven’t any comment on that.“The match officials run the game and had plenty of replays. It went on for some time. They went through a process and that’s what the officials are there to do.”Red cards automatically result in a disciplinary hearing and Willemse will face his this week. Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service] You wouldn’t know it by talking to Wells Fargo, but the Easter season has arrived. The austere days of Lenten fasting, of skipping things like chocolate or tequila, or doing the hard work to mend broken relationships — these have given way to Easter egg hunts for our kids, daffodils on the kitchen table, and laughter at each others jokes. (Yes, in some Christian traditions, people actually gather in church during Easter just to swap their favorite jokes.) It’s an amazing and joyful season. And one that Wells Fargo is, sadly, clueless about.On Monday of Holy Week, with families back home shopping for Easter egg decorating kits and preparing our homes and churches for Easter, several leaders of citizen groups from around the country met in Des Moines with John Campbell, Wells Fargo senior vice-president for corporate social responsibility. Our groups are highly respected: National Peoples Action, PICO National Network, New Bottom Line, Enlace International, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Take Action Minnesota, and SEIU (Service Employees International Union).We told Mr. Campbell some of the all-too-familiar stories of families losing their homes, barely surviving under crushing debt, because Wells refused to reset the principal on their underwater mortgages to present market rates. We pointed out to him that anyone who has paid more than zero in income taxes has paid more than Wells Fargo and suggested that maybe it’s time for them to pay their fair share. We told him to discontinue Wells Fargo’s shameful payday loan product that lures in the most vulnerable people and then slaps them with 120% interest. We told him to stop funding politicians who want to deprive people of color of their right to vote, and to stop distorting our political processes with their army of lobbyists. (In 2011, Wells Fargo spent $7.82 million on lobbyists, and since 2008, it has paid these guys more than $18.4 million. These hired guns are now at work fighting things like the Homeowner Bill of Rights now before the California State Legislature.) Our suggestions to Mr. Campbell came out of the bitter tears of the people in our congregations and neighborhoods.Perhaps most movingly, two young Latinos told Mr. Campbell of being pulled over by police for minor traffic violations, then being hauled off to one of the Wells Fargo-funded detention centers where undocumented immigrants are held, sometimes interminably, for deportation. There, cut off from their families, they were publicly strip searched, forced to eat from garbage bins, denied medical treatment, and, when they complained, thrown into solitary. We suggested that Wells stop investing in such cruel institutions.John Campbell said no to every one of our suggestions. And here we see Wells Fargo’s idea of Lent. As far as they’re concerned, you can put the chocolates and the tequila back on the top shelf.Unlike the real Lent that awakens and enlivens us, culminating in the joy and laughter of Easter, this Wells Fargo pseudo-version has brought only heartache and financial ruin to many hard-working Americans, torn apart many immigrant families, kept at risk our still-fragile economy, and left many of us living as indentured servants. It has diminished the spirits of far too many of our people.Just a few weeks before the Des Moines meeting, on Ash Wednesday, 45 San Francisco clergy had sprinkled ashes in front of the Wells Fargo corporate headquarters. It was our way of inviting them to repent and begin repairing some of the damage they caused. This was simply Ethics 101 at work. Since we ourselves were entering the season of repentance, we thought we’d invite them along.We never heard back. Guess they decided not to join us. Then in Des Moines, Mr. Campbell confirmed our worst suspicions by cavalierly dismissing every constructive idea we put before him.Judging from Mr. Campbell’s words, Wells Fargo never got the email about Easter and how it’s time for them to stop imposing their harsh pseudo-Lent on the rest of us.On April 24, Wells Fargo’s shareholders will hold their annual meeting here in San Francisco, and I, with my newly acquired share, will be there along with many clergy from around the country. By then, the Easter season will be in full swing, and our town will be awash in cherry blossoms to prove it.But as we look ahead to that meeting, will my fellow shareholders get in sync with this amazing and beautiful Easter season? Will they, unlike Mr. Campbell, really hear the pleas of millions of their fellow citizens to reduce the principal on underwater mortgages, stop funding inhumane detention centers, pay their fair share in taxes, and stop distorting our political system by bankrolling politicians who want to deprive people of color of their right to vote?Or will Wells Fargo finally take responsibility for their actions, and begin to repair the damage they have caused? Will they at last stop imposing their cruel “Lent” on the rest of us, and get in sync with the joy and laughter of this Easter season?—The Rev. Richard Smith is priest associate at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco.Statements and opinions expressed in the commentaries herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Rector Knoxville, TN Advocacy Peace & Justice, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Christopher Johnson says: Paul Garrett says: April 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm “In the squares of the city,In the shadow of a steeple;By the relief office, I’d seen my people.As they stood there hungry,I stood there asking,Is this land made for you and me?”If the world is God’s Temple then overthrowing the money changers in the temple would be perhaps exactly what Jesus would do! Kudos to Fr. Smith. Freedom from tyranny is never given it has to be boldly fought for. Obsequiously asking corporatists and bankers for fair and humane business practice that values people above obscene profits is a laughable suggestion.As for your judging those who have lost their homes to the tender mercies of Wells Fargo or BoA you seem to display either deep ignorance or heartless duplicity.Some, perhaps many, may have over extended themselves financially (but no one put a gun to the bankers’ heads and said give them a loan) but more were deeply responsible and were truly robbed by these banks. Scores of thousands of families have been forced to short-sell or forced into foreclosure and are still being made homeless. Every week someone comes to my church looking for assistance. They have had to go through life savings, cashing in IRA’s, cashing in life insurance policies, running through unemployment benefits and when all of that has been absorbed by banks refusing to refinance (despite government programs we have paid for) they are thrown out on the street like a squeezed out orange rind.You, sir, come across as heartless as the bankers. I suggest you take a close read of Matt. 25:31-46. These banks and people like you who share their attitude/praxis are putting this nation under judgment … and that judgment isn’t going to be pretty. Melissa Murray says: Rector Shreveport, LA April 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm We are entering the fifth straight year of a mass foreclosure crisis. Foreclosure is not some mere financial transaction. Talk with anyone that has lost their home or who is struggling to pay their mortgage and they will tell you that foreclosure is a profound financial and psychological blow to families. The advocacy group First Focus just released a study estimating that over 8.3 million children – 1 out of 10 American children – will be adversely impacted by this crisis. Mass foreclosures are a sure sign of a failing economy and a society that has been unable to provide basic economic security to its citizens. We should no more tolerate mass foreclosures as we should contagious diseases or catastrophic floods.But it’s not just those facing foreclosure who are suffering. EVERYONE is now being affected by this crisis. Foreclosures are the main reason that housing values continue to fall. The depressed housing market is the number one drag on the economy, keeping unemployment high. And the depressed housing market is pushing more and more homeowners into negative equity. One out of four mortgage holders are now underwater on their loans, which is preventing millions from being able to move to find a new or better job, not to mention the fact that they are shipping off billions of dollars of their own wealth every year to help build the profit sheets of the already very, very profitable banks (Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf earned $17.9 million this year).And there is no foreseeable end in sight to the crisis. Six million families have already lost their homes. Respected firms such as Amherst Securities report that between 7 to 9.5 million homeowners are still at risk of default. We are not yet even halfway through the foreclosure crisis. It is highly likely that someone (probably multiple people) reading this post and who is current on their mortgage today will lose their home before this crisis is over. With the economy continuing to wobble, it could happen to anyone.So, if the laundry list of items that Ms. Murray from Wells Fargo mentioned were indeed actually working, then why does the crisis persist? Why are experts predicting that 2012 will be see another massive surge in the number of homeowners falling behind? After all, Wells Fargo is the largest mortgage servicer in the country. Their actions should have outsized influence on the market. But nothing is changing.The truth is that Wells Fargo continues to put up obstacles to truly helping families keep their homes. Wells Fargo employees themselves recently reached out to the media – anonymously so as to avoid repercussions – to document these obstacles. Read this article to learn more. http://on-msn.com/JfSWc8When the robo-signing scandal broke in the fall of 2010, Wells Fargo was the only major bank that refused to put a moratorium on foreclosures, claiming that it did not engage in this practice. But a report from the HUD Inspector General later turned up evidence that Wells Fargo does engage in robo-signing and that Wells Fargo employees tried to cover it up. Wells Fargo employees told HUD investigators that they regularly signed up to 600 documents a day without attempting to verify whether any of the information was correct, and that they notarized more than 1,000 documents a day – including sworn statements that purported to verify the bank’s legal right to foreclose on a home – often without having witnessed the signature of the documents. During the course of the investigation, Wells Fargo tried to restrict investigators’ access to just five of a list of 14 affidavit signers and notaries. Why? Here is what the HUD report states: “Wells Fargo told us we could not interview the others because they had reported questionable affidavit signing or notarizing practices when it interviewed them.” And this is just a small sample in a very large bank. Think of how many families who have needlessly lost their homes due to such inadequate protections in Wells Fargo’s foreclosure processes. If it had happened to you, then you would understand how devastating this is.In recent months, more and more servicers have found that writing down mortgage principal and keeping people in their homes actually makes good business sense. Ocwen has begun a program to systematically write down principal, doing so in more than 20 percent of its modifications. Even Bank of America has pledged to reduce principal balances by up to $100,000 for as many as 200,000 underwater homeowners. But Wells Fargo continues to pretend that they do not need to get more aggressive with principal write-downs.After Fr. Richard and his clergy colleagues protested about the bank’s failures in February, Wells Fargo responded by saying that they planned to give out $655,000 in grants to housing non-profits in the Bay Area. This figure amounts to the combined lost wealth of just a handful of foreclosed borrowers. Meanwhile, the top 5 Wells Fargo executives raked in almost $50 million in one year. It is difficult to not see Wells Fargo’s response as anything but a sign of total disregard for the much bigger concerns being raised.For too long, we have allowed the inaction of big banks like Wells Fargo to delay a real solution to this crisis. As a result, the crisis has only gotten worse and worse, affecting more and more borrowers, and holding back broader economic recovery. It is time for this to stop. As a faith community, we cannot – and will not – stand by idly and watch mass foreclosure continue to tear apart families and communities and further undermine our economy.Tim Lilienthal, PICO National Network New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC April 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm I commend Mr. Campbell’s patience. Had I been in his place, I would have thrown these people out of my office for their sanctimonious arrogance alone. Judging by his tone, one assumes that once Rev. Smith got back to California, he resumed doing something at which he seems to be outstanding. Thanking God that he is not as other men are. April 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm Sounds to me that TEC has joined Occupy Wall Street. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA David Yarbrough says: Rector Smithfield, NC Wells Fargo and Easter April 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm Ms. Burson, in answer to your comments:1. The story of Jesus throwing the moneychangers out of the temple is a story of abuse of the TEMPLE by the moneychangers. A secular institution which does not operate in a religious setting is hardly the same thing. Casting ashes at them is a puerile exercise at best, and sacrilegious in operation.2. I have closed three mortgages (two new loans and one refinancing) and sold two houses. And I DID in fact read the related documents which were provided to me prior to the closings.3. Yes, I am aware of workforce reductions, having been laid off myself. However, I didn’t buy a house I couldn’t afford, and after a lifetime of hard work my wife and I have paid off our mortgage.I continue to assert that it is not a Christian response to attack secular corporations. Focus your efforts on providing resources that actually help – such as starting a self help credit union. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Grace Burson says: April 17, 2012 at 10:09 am “Sacrilegious casting of ashes”? So I presume Jesus was sacrilegious in throwing the moneychangers out of the Temple?Did you actually read every document you were presented at the closing on your house? No? Didn’t think so. Until you can claim to have done that, how about you stop accusing other homeowners of irresponsibility and deception? Have you noticed that a lot of people have lost their jobs in the last four years?God bless anyone who calls to account the huge, unaccountable, predatory corporations that increasingly call the shots in this country, to the detriment of government by, for and of the people, while selling the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals (Amos 8:6). April 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm Until you live it you may not feel it.I was living in a house at 531 Wallace in Vallejo.I watched as the owner was sold a bad loan.The lender sold the note to a firm that diced and sliced the loans and put them in bundles.The local lender agreed to a payment deal and the house was foreclosed upon anyway.The house was appraised a few times, and the last one for 400k was absurd.That was 2002.We left in 2005 when the house was sold for 350k on the court house steps.The house sold for 108k in 2011.The buyers after us were screwed good.We watched as realtors courted Asian couples from the city.Most of the buyers lost their homes.Some stay underwater.I have had a bad six years.It is about to end.I will have VASH housing soon.I am a disabled veteran. I have resources.I have been humbled.I am now an advocate for life for homeless Baby Boomers.I pray the citizens I see scrounging for food in refuse receptacles talking to people who only they see have the same dignity ASAP.The Social Security Act of 1935 has failed way too many citizens.Austerity measures imposed on the poverty-stricken are evil.Imagine working for thirty years and succumbing to dementia and needing help only to find the services have been occupied by addicts for the thirty years you were working.And they have tenure in the soup kitchens.The safety net is leftovers from the Drug War.Even broke Oakland has a new green shelter. Tim Giangiobbe says: Charlotte P. Saulsbury says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET carl jacobs says: April 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm This is Melissa M. from Wells Fargo. We wanted to respond to the article above as we were disappointed in Rev. Richard Smith’s commentary. Just to set the context, Wells Fargo met with The Citizens for Community Improvement and other constituents to listen to their concerns about some of Wells Fargo’s business practices. We think the best way to gain perspective is to have these open, honest conversations. We may not be able to agree to everything our stakeholders ask, but we’re always willing to have conversations and to listen. Unfortunately, the structure of this meeting prevented a full discussion of the concerns from the community groups. In fact, we shared more information about our policies and practices with the Citizens for Community Improvement. Excerpts from that letter included below should clear up any misinformation that was included in the article.ForeclosureWe need to keep doing the right things for home owners as we continue to work through this historically difficult time in our nation’s housing market. At Wells Fargo, we work hard to keep our customers in their homes when they encounter difficulties –92% of our home loan customers have remained current on their loans — and we view foreclosure as a measure of last resort. We know there’s a lot more work to be done, and more customers to assist with home preservation. Our commitment to helping customers stay in their homes is stronger than ever.* Our total delinquencies are at 7.63% versus the industry average of 10.7%.* Over the last 12 months, fewer than 2% of the owner-occupied loans in our servicing portfolio have proceeded to a foreclosure sale.* We’ve encouraged 80% of our customers who are 60 days or more behind on their payments to work with us. And when they do work with us, we have been able to help approximately seven out of every 10 of those customers avoid foreclosure.* Over the last 6 months, customers who completed a foreclosure were, on average, 16 months past due on their payments.* We have helped nearly 5.6 million customers secure new low-rate loans for home purchases or to refinance existing mortgages between January 2009 and February 2012.Since 2009, we have:* Participated in more than 600 home preservation workshops* Opened 27 home preservation centers* Conducted more than 728,000 active trial or completed mortgage modificationsIn that time we have also helped more than 129,000 customers through $4.1 billion in principal forgiveness; $0.9 billion in forgiveness customers can earn through on-time payments over three years, and $2.2 billion of deferred principal on Wells Fargo-owned and investor-owned loans (information through January 2012). We use principal reduction as a tool to help create affordability along with term extension and interest rate reduction. For the nearly 70% of our servicing portfolio owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, principal reduction is not allowed.In addition to our home preservation efforts, we want to help cities reduce excess available housing stock to spur local economics. We recently launched a new pilot program in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Phoenix called NeighborhoodLIFT™, through which we work with the Wells Fargo Foundation, other nonprofits and local governments to provide sustainable home -ownership initiatives in cities deeply affected by the housing crisis.Private Prison DivestmentWells Fargo does not own shares of the GEO Group or Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), nor have we invested our own assets in either company.Wells Fargo Advantage Funds are not currently invested in CCA, and include only a small holding in the GEO Group, which we administer as a Trustee on behalf of fund shareholders; Wells Fargo is not the owner. These shares are owned by various Wells Fargo mutual funds. Wells Fargo is not a beneficial owner of these mutual funds, but serves as an adviser. These types of client investments are frequently published on websites, in public filings, and through other mediums and can give the incorrect impression that Wells Fargo is an owner of a company’s stock. We are not.Payday Lending / Direct Deposit AdvanceEvery responsible business that complies with the law has equal access to consideration for credit at Wells Fargo, including companies in a variety of financial services industries. Our total loan commitments to these customers represent a small percentage of Wells Fargo’s commercial lending portfolio.We always do business in a responsible way, keeping with the highest standards, and we expect no less from our customers. We put our commercial payday lending customers through our due diligence process regularly, as often as every three months and at least annually. Our payday lenders and check cashing clients are put through an additional level of scrutiny – a separate, distinct compliance and credit process that includes on-site visits in most cases and review of their business practices.Wells Fargo’s Direct Deposit Advance service differs from a payday loan in several important ways.We believe Direct Deposit Advance is a less expensive alternative to a payday loan. The industry average on payday loan charges is $17 per $100 borrowed, compared to our $ 7. 50 Advance Fee per $100 borrowed. Customers can’t extend or “roll over” the advance because the advance and the advance fees are automatically repaid with the next qualified direct deposit.We only offer the service to customers with established Wells Fargo consumer checking relationships and recurring direct deposits. It is designed to help our customers get through emergencies like major medical events, car repairs, emergency travel expenses, etc., by providing short term credit quickly. It is an expensive form of credit not intended to solve longer-term financial needs.Political ContributionsWells Fargo does not use company funds for any candidate campaign funds, including candidate campaign committees, political parties, caucuses, or independent expenditure committees. We are members of various trade associations across the country, but consistent with our policy, we inform these organizations of our policy prohibiting the use of membership dues for contributions to candidate committees, independent expenditure committees or other direct or indirect contributions to election campaigns, and expect them to adhere to it. This has been our policy since 2004, and we state this policy on our website, along with our annual PAC contribution totals.Corporate TaxesOur company supports our communities and the economy by paying taxes. We are proud to be a responsible corporate citizen and honor obligations at the federal, state, and local levels, providing support for the communities where we serve our customers. Like other corporate and individual taxpayers, the amount of income taxes paid each year will vary based on the level of income subject to tax. Wells Fargo (including Wachovia) paid more than $33 billion in state and federal income taxes over the past 10 years, and paid more than $3.8 billion in 2011 alone. Wells Fargo paid more than $2 billion in property, sales, and payroll taxes in 2011. Tim Lilienthal says: Comments (16) An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Holy Week/Easter Rector Belleville, IL 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Submit an Event Listing April 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm Wells Fargo Bank is one of seven “megabanks”, identified in the book 13 Bankers, by Simon Johnson and James Kwak. (Pantheon Books, 2010). The authors have carefully assembled both the historical response of these banks to the financial meltdown of 2008-2009, and have documented their tremendous wealth and power. Their record of greed, deception, and dogged adherence to the “bottom line” regardless of the impact of their decisions on the wider community desperately needs our attention. The conclusion of this book is that the large banks need to be broken up. (The wealth of Wells Fargo, for example, is the equivalent of 9 % of the nation’s GDP).No less an ardent capitalist than former chairman Alan Greenspan of of the Federal Reserve Board, in a speech delivered in October 2009, said of the megabanks: “If they’re too big to fail, they’re too big.” Our task as followers of Jesus must be to make such large institutions responsible to the communities they serve, or cease to be megabanks. I think many would agree that the banks will resist such moves with all their lobbying clout and more. Therefore, the protests of people of faith and community citizens at stockholder meetings and other venues are entirely in order. J Buck says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS April 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm Wells Fargo is a bank, a profit-making institution. It seems that it is now widely accepted by most people in the Western world that profit is the one and only acknowledged and, indeed, sanctified guide for any action or behavior taken by such institutions. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently, (and notoriously, in my opinion) validated this poisonous assumption by ruling that these same corporate institutions should enjoy all the privileges of private individuals while being held to little or none of the same ethical, moral, democratic, or community-based values.How can anyone deny that such corporations are wreaking untold misery, despair, and harm on so many people? Who will speak up for these victims? Does Wells Fargo, the institution, need the protection of the Christian church? I don’t think so. Do those individuals working within these institutions need to be reminded that they are fellow human beings, that they supposedly value a democratic society, that, according to their ads, they recognize the need for responsible civic-minded action, that they may even claim a Christian faith, a religion that holds love of God and love of neighbor as the basis for all actions? I most emphatically think so. The Rev. Robert W Harvey says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL April 14, 2012 at 1:20 am Probably your biggest mistake was expecting Mr. Campbell to go against the Corporate Greed Model. If ever there were a case where “What Would Jesus Do” was appropriate, this is it. 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 Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 David Yarbrough says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs April 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm “…the Easter season has arrived. The austere days of Lenten fasting, of skipping things like chocolate or tequila, or doing the hard work to mend broken relationships — these have given way to Easter egg hunts for our kids, daffodils on the kitchen table, and laughter at each others jokes. (Yes, in some Christian traditions, people actually gather in church during Easter just to swap their favorite jokes.) It’s an amazing and joyful season. And one that Wells Fargo is, sadly, clueless about.”My word! Granted mending relationships is difficult work, but skipping chocolate and tequila are austere? No wonder such sacrifice gives way to chocolate bunnies, pastel eggs and cherry blossoms instead of Christ smashing the gates of hell.Mega-dittoes to Mr. Yarborough. I thought Episcopalians were supposed to be intelligent…don’t check their brain at the door stuff. While I most certainly would not expect a corporation to understand Easter, it appears that neither does the Rev. Mr. Smith. Rev. Canon Dick Gillett says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release By Richard SmithPosted Apr 13, 2012 Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI April 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm You TOLD – not ASKED – a corporation you do not own to do business a certain way? And TOLD them to take a political standpoint? This is immaturity beyond belief. You should be ashamed of yourselves.The appropriate approach if you want to serve the poor is for the Church to make resources available – doing such things as instituting self-help credit unions to alleviate any need to do business with banks – not by supporting poor stewardshp in trying to sustain homeownership among persons who do not have the financial, emotional, or mental wherewithal to be successful homeowners.“(F)unding politicians who want to deprive people of color of their right to vote”? The issue of voter identification doesn’t involve depriving anyone of their rights, but of assuring that the standard of one person, one vote, is properly administered.And I would note that the SEIU is hardly the paragon of a “highly respected” institution. Research the long history of criminal activities of this organization before you make such a statement. Association with such an organization taints you.It is beyond my comprehension that The Episcopal Church News Service chose to propagate this story – indicating that these activities are supported at a level equal to doctrine. While the Church has a responsibility to the poor (which my parish is active in fulfilling), I wholeheartedly disagree with your methods (including the rather sacrilegious casting of ashes). Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Thomas Andrew says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ April 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm I’m embarassed that Wells Fargo is the financial institution that is responsible for collecting my monthly mortgage payments for Edward Jones who holds my mortgage which I was able to refinance with them at 4.875%.I will look at other possibilities later this year unless I learn that Wells Fargo has mended their ways. Kathleen Kuczynski says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags Press Release Service April 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm Amen Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis April 15, 2012 at 11:51 am So let’s consider hypothetical home-owner Bill. It seems Bill purchased a $600,000 house knowing full well he couldn’t afford it. He got a fancy financing deal with a huge balloon payment in five years time. Bill had a simple objective. He would live in the house for a few years and then sell before the balloon payment came due. He expected the value of the property to appreciate in the interval to (say) $700,000. When he sold, he would reap a big capital gains reward of (say) $100,000. Good plan, but like all pyramid schemes it depends upon a constant influx of new buyers. When the buyers go away, Bill is stuck in a house he can’t afford and a looming balloon payment he can’t make.In the present market, Bill’s house might sell for $200,000 but Bill still owes $600,000. That would be the money he borrowed from the bank that is currently in the pocket of the previous owner (and his bank) who bought the house at $500,000 and sold at $600,000. The Bank wants its money. What is Bill to do? Well, The economic denizens at TEC have just the answer. The bank can write off the debt above the market value of the house. Why should the bank do this? Well, I suppose because it’s a bank and it has infinite supplies of money which it evidently prints in its vault. That’s the level of economic thinking at TEC.So would the bank get the value of any house for which it holds a mortgage if the value of the house appreciates? Well, no. So TEC is essentially telling the bank to indemnify Bill (and everyone else like him) against the risk of his investment going bad. It wasn’t Bill’s fault, you see. He didn’t know the housing market would crash when he agreed to borrow $600,000. He just wanted to make a cool $100,000. Was that so wrong? I guess Bill didn’t make such a dumb decision after all. At least in the eyes of TEC.carl Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Fred LaVancher says: Featured Events