TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season.
FRANKFURT – Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated after a report that an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of the effects of diesel exhaust using monkeys, while another study exposed humans to low levels of one type of air pollutant.The German government on Monday condemned the experiments and Volkswagen sought to distance itself from them, with its chairman saying that “in the name of the whole board I emphatically disavow such practices.”The tests were reportedly commissioned by a research group funded by major German auto companies.Revelations of the tests add a twist to the German auto industry’s attempt to move past Volkswagen’s scandal over cheating on diesel tests and the resulting questioning of diesel technology across the industry.Volkswagen Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said the tests must be “investigated completely and without reservation,” the dpa news agency reported.A report by The New York Times found that the research group financed by top German car manufacturers commissioned experiments in which one group of monkeys was exposed to diesel exhaust from a late-model Volkswagen, while another group was exposed to fumes from an older Ford pickup.The experiments were carried out in 2014 before Volkswagen was caught using software that let vehicles cheat on emissions tests. They were intended to show modern diesel technology had solved the problem of excess emissions, but according to the Times report the Volkswagen car in the tests was equipped with illegal software that turned emissions controls on while the car was on test stands and off during regular driving.Volkswagen admitted using the software in 2015. The Volkswagen scandal led to public scrutiny of diesel emissions as regulators discovered that other companies’ vehicles also had higher emissions on the road than during testing, though not necessarily through illegal rigging. The industry has had to fend off calls for diesel bans in German cities with high pollution levels.Daimler AG said it was “appalled by the nature and extent of the studies” and said that, though it didn’t have any influence on the studies’ design, “we have launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter.”BMW said that it “did not participate in the mentioned study” on animals “and distances itself from this study.” It said it was investigating the work and background of the research group.The Times report said the group that commissioned the studies, known by German initial EUGT, got all of its funding from the three automakers.The Times report was followed by one in Monday’s edition of the Stuttgarter Zeitung daily that the now-closed research group also commissioned tests in which humans were exposed to nitrogen dioxide, which belongs to a class of pollutants known as nitrogen oxides. The group reportedly said the tests showed no effect on the subjects.The human study, carried out by Aachen University, involved studying the effects of exposing 25 subjects, mostly students, to low levels of nitrogen dioxide like those that could be found in the environment — from a 40-litre bottle, not a diesel engine. The individuals gave informed written consent for the study, which was approved by the ethics committee of the university’s medical faculty, according to the study. The university said the study had no relation to the diesel scandal.The German government condemned the reported tests on animals and humans. Transport Minister Christian Schmidt “has no understanding for such tests … that do not serve science but merely PR aims,” spokesman Ingo Strater told reporters in Berlin.He called for the companies concerned to provide “immediate and detailed” responses, and said a ministry commission of inquiry that was set up after the emissions scandal broke will hold a special meeting to examine whether there are any other cases.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said that “the disgust many people are feeling is absolutely understandable.”“These tests on monkeys or even humans can in no way be ethically justified,” Seibert said. “They raise many critical questions for those behind these tests, and these questions must urgently be answered.”He questioned the aims of the tests. “The automakers have to reduce emissions of harmful substances further and further,” he said. “They should not be trying to prove the supposed harmlessness of exhaust with the help of monkeys or even humans.”Seibert said that the supervisory boards of the companies concerned “have a particular responsibility.”The governor of the German state of Lower Saxony, a major shareholder in Volkswagen, added his voice to calls for quick answers.Stephan Weil, who sits on VW’s supervisory board, stressed that “the behaviour of the company must in every respect fulfil ethical demands.” He said he hadn’t known about the tests.___This story has been corrected to show that a research group commissioned the tests, not that it carried them out. A previous version corrected the first paragraph to show that the second set of tests on humans didn’t involve diesel exhaust.
Kolkata: The district Trinamool Congress leaders of Cooch Behar on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the election officials against Nishith Pramanik, who is contesting from Cooch Behar on BJP’s ticket.Senior TMC leaders from the districts alleged that Pramanik has been accused of various criminal charges and urged the commission officials to put him behind the bars as a preemptive measure ahead of the elections. It may be mentioned that the Cooch Behar parliamentary seat will go to poll in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The TMC leaders apprehend that there may be some law and order situation if Pramanik is not arrested. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA top leader of Trinamool Congress alleged that at least 11 criminal cases have been pending against Pramanik. The election officials in the district are verifying the complaint lodged by TMC in this regard. It may be mentioned here that the local BJP workers had staged protest demonstrations against the candidature of Pramanik, who had once been attached to Trinamool Congress. BJP workers took to the streets and vandalised their party office immediately after the candidate list was announced. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySome BJP activists in the district also alleged that the BJP leaders in Delhi had taken bribe to nominate the expelled Trinamool Congress leader, who had been thrown out of his own party on corruption charges and later joined the BJP. They also threatened to field an independent candidate. On the other hand, expelled Trinamool Congress MP Soumitra Khan, who joined the BJP a few months ago, has been under scanner of the Election Commission as he had been booked under several cases in Bankura. Khan was summoned by Bankura Sadar police station on Monday, in connection with a case in which he had allegedly made some false promises of giving jobs. It may also be mentioned here that Khan is now contesting the Lok Sabha election on BJP’s ticket from the Bishnupur constituency. As many as three complaints had been lodged against him by three separate persons in Bankura district.
Indian billionaires are far outpacing the country’s industrial and economic growth numbers. Notably, the number of individuals in the Barclays Hurun India Rich List, 2018, having a minimum wealth of Rs 1,000 crore, grew by 100 per cent since 2016 to a record level of 831. India’s private wealth creation rate is, ironically, now all-time high despite rupee depreciation, rising crude oil prices and fall in industrial investment. The number of unicorns — any tech startup company that reaches a $1-billion dollar market value as determined by private or public investment — have crossed 20 for the first time. Interestingly, the pharmaceutical sector accounted for most of the wealthy entrepreneurs in the country’s fast-growing list of rich individuals, followed by the software and services sectors. The average wealth of these super-rich Indians in the Barclays list is around Rs 5,900 crore. Also Read – A special kind of bondAmong the Indian states, Gujarat has set the most impressive trend of generating wealthy entrepreneurs. Traditionally, Maharashtra tops the list, headed by Mumbai-based Mukesh Ambani. But, now Gujarat is fast catching up. As of last year, there were 58 billionaires In Gujarat. Gautam Adani tops the Gujarat billionaires’ list, followed by Cadila Healthcare’s Pankaj Patel. While Adani’s wealth is estimated at Rs 71,200 crore, Pankaj Patel has Rs 32,100 crore. IIT-Kanpur graduate Bhadresh Shah’ s wealth is over Rs 9,700 crore. With a capital of only Rs 100,000, the metallurgical engineer set up a small foundry that made pressure dye castings and succeeded in losing all his money in the first year. Bhadresh Shah of AIA Engineering is now one of the country’s richest entrepreneurs. Ahmedabad is home to 84 per cent of Gujarat’s 58 billionaires. Karsanbhai Patel is the fourth richest in the state with a wealth of Rs 9,600 crore. Two brothers of Torrent Pharmaceuticals — Samir and Sudhir Mehta — are next, each having Rs 8,300 crore. Of the total Gujarat billionaires, 49 are based in Ahmedabad, five in Rajkot, three in Surat and one in Vadodara. Also Read – Insider threat managementUnfortunately, the massive expansion of Indian billionaires in the last four or five years has not added much to the country’s overall wealth and employment. While the GDP, aided largely by imports, has grown by an average of only around 6.8 per cent, the industrial growth hovered around four per cent. India’s Industrial production rose only 0.1 per cent on a year-on-year basis in February 2019, following an increase of 1.4 per cent YoY in the previous month. India’s Industrial production index growth data reached an all-time high of 20.0 per cent in Nov 2006 and a record low of -7.2 per cent in Feb 2009. The Index covers mining, manufacturing and electricity sectors. The 150 per cent plus billionaires’ growth in the last four years had a little positive impact on India’s key economic indicators. It did not lead to noticeable fresh industrial investments, higher production, profitability, larger employment, better banking performance and lower international trade gap. Sadly, the country’s economic and industrial growth in the last five years has almost been jobless. The unemployment rate is rising in stark contrast to the growth of India’s wealthiest. According to data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 per cent in February 2019, the worst in 28 months. The labour force is down 25.7 million since September 2016 and the number of employed persons has declined by 18.3 million in the same period. While the unemployment rate has shot up from 5.9 per cent in February 2018 to 7.1 per cent in January 2019, the labour participation rate — the proportion of the working age population, comprising those over 15 years of age, that is either employed or unemployed but actively looking for a job — has been ironically falling. Also, in contrast, bankruptcies are growing. And, so are the non-performing assets of India’s public sector-led banking system. The likes of individually rich Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya, Anil Ambani and, now, Naresh Goyal have been contributing to the bank NPAs. As of March 31, 2018, provisional estimates suggest that the total volume of gross NPAs in the economy was Rs 10.35 lakh crore. About 85 per cent of these NPAs is from public sector banks. For instance, NPAs in the State Bank of India alone are worth Rs 2.23 lakh crore. In the last few years, gross NPAs of banks (as a percentage of total loans) has increased from 2.3 per cent of total loans in 2008 to 9.3 per cent in 2017. This indicates that an increasing proportion of a bank’s assets have ceased to generate income for the bank, lowering the bank’s profitability and its ability to grant further credit. Escalating NPAs require a bank to make higher provisions for losses in their books. The country would have strongly stood by its fast-growing billionaires’ brigade and rejoiced their achievement if their ever-growing private wealth also helped the creation of national wealth, bolstered the banking sector and created large employment and income. Indian billionaires would have probably felt more ‘at home’ in their home country than spending a fortune to ‘buy’ residential status in other countries such as the UAE, the USA, the UK, Cyprus, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. The quantum of money sent through the liberalised remittance scheme alone to buy property abroad increased 59 times from $1.9 million in 2005-06 to $111.9 million in 2016-17. Many of them have become rich NRIs, living mostly on large business income from India, and receive red carpet welcome in the country on the NRI Day, observed once in two years on January 9 to mark their contribution to India’s development. Ironically, the day is marked in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, once an NRI in South Africa, who returned to India on January 9, 1915, to lead the country’s freedom movement and never to return. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
Rabat- Morocco expressed understanding, on Monday, of the refusal of Saudi Arabia to sit on the UN Security Council, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.“The Kingdom of Morocco expresses understanding of the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of its refusal to sit as non-permanent member (the Security Council of the UN) for the 2014/2015 period, a position which has been widely welcomed internationally with consideration and respect,” the ministry said.The statement added that Morocco is keen to see the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continue to play its active and effective role in the defense of the just causes of the Arab and Islamic nation, urging the Security Council to remove the barriers that hinder its action. “The Kingdom of Morocco expresses pride in the constant coordination with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on all regional and international issues, in the context of the strong fraternal relations uniting HM King Mohammed VI, and his brother, the Custodian of the Two holy Places of Islam, HM King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,” the statement added.
OSU freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate in action during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 in Columbus. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta notched his 300th win as the Buckeyes defeated Mount St. Mary’s 76-54 in the team’s first game of the season.Matta, who is in his 12th season with the team, became OSU’s all-time winningest coach during last season’s Big Ten tournament. His OSU teams now have a record of 300-94.“I’ve always said that I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to be here at Ohio State,” Matta said. “It goes back to (Alex Haley’s) old saying, ‘When you see a turtle on the fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself.’ That’s definitely me on that fence post.”Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said Matta is deserving of his record.“That’s just another stat to add to his résumé, he’s a wonderful coach, he’s a wonderful guy and hopefully we have many to come this year,” Tate said.Tate, who missed the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Walsh with a sprained ankle, helped lead the Buckeyes to victory with an impressive offensive showing. His 21 points were one shy of tying his career-high, and his two 3-point field goals nearly equaled his season total from his freshman campaign (three). “It definitely boosts my confidence. I’m still not where I want to be, so I have to continue to work, I can’t rest on that,” Tate said.Matta said as a coach it was rewarding to see Tate’s hard work pay off.“Jae’Sean was good. It was so exciting when he let his first three go, to see it go down. I’ve seen that kid, how diligent he’s been in terms of his work ethic and developing that,” Matta said.Two of the more veteran players on the roster, junior forward Marc Loving and sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, led the team in minutes with 35 and 38, respectively, but it was freshman center/forward Daniel Giddens who made one of the biggest impacts of the afternoon.The 6-foot-9 Mableton, Georgia, native made his presence known with 11 points in 26 minutes of hard play.“For myself individually, I just have to build on what I did today and just want to make this season a successful one,” Giddens said.Matta said he was impressed with Giddens’ play.“Daniel was everywhere. He was showing his chest, helping, getting back to his man,” Matta said. “The thing I love about Daniel is that effort is never going to be a problem for him. He’s a kid who cares, he is starving for extra work, he’s starving for finding ways to improve his game.” Giddens appeared to be calm on the court, but the freshman said he was “freaking out” internally.“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I’m still nervous. This is new to me,” Giddens said.Other freshmen members of the Scarlet and Gray also made their presences known. Guard JaQuan Lyle put up 12 points, the third-highest of the team, and guard A.J. Harris came off the bench, showing off his publicized speed and energy. Meanwhile, guard Austin Grandstaff nailed a 3-point attempt, his first and only shot of his young career. The Buckeyes started the game strong going into the half with a 42-21 lead and a team field-goal percentage of 56.3 percent. The Mountaineers tried to mount a comeback in the second half, at one point cutting the deficit to 13 points.“I painted the picture at halftime, I said this is what could happen and it did. We got a little bit complacent,” Matta said. “We didn’t have the pace we needed in the second half.”Turnovers were an issue for the Buckeyes throughout the game, something Tate said will get better as the season goes along.“Having such a young team, being the first game I think that played a role in that. With two freshman point guards and so many young guys, we’ll mature as the season goes on,” Tate said.Matta said the turnovers were due to not making the simple play, and there’s still a lot of teaching needed for a young Buckeye team that has games both Tuesday and Friday. “I just told them after the game, ‘You guys want to play in the NBA? Well, you’ve got an NBA schedule this week,’” Matta said. “We’ve got to prepare for Grambling, but we also got to look at what we need to get better at.”The Buckeyes are set to take the court again at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Grambling State.
As members of the student-run Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, we have been given a tremendous opportunity. Sports broadcasting is a rather exclusive field, and when we graduate from Ohio State, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever get another chance to broadcast another Ohio State sporting event. It’s even more unlikely that we’ll ever get a chance to broadcast a Buckeyes football game ever again. That’s why this particular weekend is going to be a special one for all of us on the football crew for Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio. The football game against Michigan is always the most important sporting event in Columbus every year, but this weekend it’s about more than just bragging rights. This Saturday marks the end of a long (but not long enough) journey for this OSU football team, as players look to finish off an undefeated regular season against that hated school up north. As Woody Hayes once said with tears in his eyes, “It’s Michigan! It’s Michigan!” There shouldn’t need to be any reason other than that, for this to be the most important game of our lives. This year you can throw in the chance OSU has to be one of just two undefeated programs (depending on what Notre Dame does) and a potential Associated Press national championship. This is easily the most important regular season game we’ve had the privilege to broadcast, and as always with these rivalry games, there is a lot at stake. Not many people get the opportunity to even attend a game this important, let alone broadcast it out to the world. In our time covering this team, we’ve been able to follow them through the highs and lows of the last couple seasons. We were present for Devin Smith’s unbelievable game-winning catch against Wisconsin last year, we were there as the defense nearly collapsed in the final minutes against Indiana, and we were there as backup quarterback Kenny Guiton led the team down the field in the final seconds to force overtime, and ultimately win, against Purdue. It’s been an awesome journey, and this Saturday is sure to be a thrilling climax. As much as we love following the team in this capacity, it can be a humbling job sometimes. Since we broadcast online at our website OhioStateSports.net, we get listeners from all over the world. After the Nebraska game this year, we were lucky enough to receive a couple emails from active military members who listened from the Middle East. It was truly awesome to see. For the three seniors who will be on the call for the game, this is it for football. The one sport we all dream to broadcast and take a little more to heart. We worked hard, competing with other very capable and dedicated broadcasters just to get a chance to call a football game. But as many football fans know, this isn’t just a football game, it’s The Game. It’s up to every listener to decide how good a job we do when we put on the headsets every Saturday, but we do know it’s been nothing but a blast broadcasting OSU football this season, just as it is every season. It’s sure to be an exhilarating atmosphere Saturday in the Horseshoe, and we can’t wait to be there for all the excitement. No matter what happens, we will be able to say that we were the only OSU students that broadcast the Buckeyes’ shot at an undefeated season. That is pretty darn cool.
Former England captain Wayne Rooney claims some of his ex-teammates are jealous of the success of the current crop of playersRooney, England’s 53-goal record scorer, who never got past a major quarterfinal during his international career recently admitted he wants only the best for the current players after saying goodbye after the friendly against the US.“I know there are some ex-players who I’ve spoken to who can’t come to terms with England doing well,” Rooney told several national newspapers before Sunday’s Nations League showdown with Croatia and reported by ESPN.“That is wrong. I’m not like that. I’m a fan now. I want England to do well. I’m proud to have played for England so many times and I always have been.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’ve had my time. I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress.“I’ve enjoyed being around Gareth [Southgate], the players, the coaching staff and seeing how it’s all developing.“I wouldn’t say I’ve got regret [over my England career]. The main thing is that I can look back and say to myself I gave everything. It didn’t always work. It didn’t always pay off. But I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful.“Sometimes everything just isn’t enough. But no, I’ve got no regrets. I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies. I’m happy with my international career and I’ll always look back and be proud of what I achieved for England.”
Force Motors, a Pune-based auto maker, unveiled on Tuesday two new models of its Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) ‘Force One’, expanding its passenger vehicle portfolio in the country.The newly launched variants – EX and SX of Force One, are priced between ₹8.99 lakh and ₹11.99 lakh (ex-showroom price in Delhi). The company which launched its first personal vehicle, Force One, in August 2011 is now looking to cement its position in the market and is expected to a launch a third version of the same SUV in the coming days.”With this launch we now have multiple offerings with various price points for customers. We will be launching another vehicle by next month and by the year-end, we will be offering products ranging from Rs.6.25 lakh to Rs.11.99 lakh,” Force Motors managing director Prasan Firodia told IANS.The new Force One SX packs a 2.2-litre common rail, 16 valves and a turbo-charged diesel engine which churns out a power of 141Ps. It comes with features like ABS, Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), progressive cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors and leather seats.The company has managed to sell over 2,600 units of Force One so far since its launch in the country and aims to sell nearly 2,000 units in the current fiscal. It also hopes to sell 5,000 units of Force One in 2014-15. “We expect the sales to pick up due to our attractive price points, number of offerings and a growing rural market. We expect the sales to grow by 2,000 more vehicles,” Firodia said.
Amit SobtiPR HandoutIndia has given so many handsome faces to the world, and it is not only about the western world now, as our Indian men are also making their mark everywhere with their looks and physique.Right now, the man who is exceptionally famous in modelling and events is Amit sobti. It is like the whole world has become a fan of this handsome Indian hunk, who won the best model 2018. He has stamped his authority at many places and made India proud too, and it is not a common thing to achieve.Because of his achievements, Amit has been receiving many TV shows offer in a short time. It is like everyone want this guy in their production house to make their production house more famous with his presence.MTV has picked Amit for their show called “Mr & Mrs 7 states”. It is India’s first modelling hunt cum reality show which is audition based and Amit is the main face for this show. The winning cash prize is Rs 50 lakh and we will not be surprised if Amit wins that. The show will be aired on MTV India and MTV beats.Amit’s journey from a successful model to representing India at a global level, and winning the competition and now in a TV reality show is going to be exciting and a test for Amit too.
Prothom Alo illustrationA teacher of BIAM Laboratory School in Singra upazila of Natore was suspended on Thursday evening on charges of sexually harassing several female students of the school, reports UNB.The accused Fazlul Rahman is a mathematics teacher of the school.Singra Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sushanta Kumar Mahato said a total 13 students and 11 parents submitted written complaints against the teacher on 11 April for sexually harassing them.Later, a three-member probe committee, formed by the upazila administration, found involvement of the teacher, he said.Based on the probe report, the school management committee has decided to suspend the teacher.
Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,In new book, Muslim doctor encourages Christians to ‘love thy neighbor’ Tagsdiversity homepage featured inclusion J.D. Greear racial reconciliation Southern Baptist Convention women’s roles,You may also like By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — At their annual meeting, Southern Baptists re-elected their president, adopted statements on their views about major cultural issues, and discussed how to deal with sexual abuse and racial discrimination in the church.They also brought to center stage questions about church leadership roles that are appropriate for women in the church.North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear, who was elected Tuesday (June 11) to a second one-year term as president, had emphasized a “Gospel Above All” theme for the meeting. He said that message was linked to multicultural worship music throughout the meeting and the inclusive approach Baptists took in appointing leaders to the convention’s various committees.“We’re not where we need to be on those things, but I believe a signal has been sent that we believe that’s where we need to go,” he said at a news conference at the conclusion of the meeting on Wednesday.“Now it’s on us to take the right steps at the right time and to move in a way that shows that it’s not words or virtue signaling but it’s something that we mean because we believe the Bible teaches it.”RELATED: Southern Baptists approve amendments dealing with sexual abuse, racismSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said that in the past, issues of diversity were usually discussed mostly in hallways among small groups of church delegates, known as messengers. At this meeting, the conversations were held on the main stage of the gathering, which drew more than 8,000 messengers.A Wednesday panel discussion on the value of women talked about whether a woman could be pastor (no, since the SBC’s doctrine limits that role to men) and whether a woman could one day become a president of the Southern Baptist Convention (maybe, since nothing in the SBC’s governing documents precludes women from that role).A messenger speaks to a motion during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the BJCC, June 12, 2019 in Birmingham, Ala. (RNS Photo/Butch Dill)Panelists in a Tuesday discussion on racial reconciliation addressed how the issue affects both local congregations and the larger church. A pastor on the panel mentioned how a church member left his congregation when the congregant disagreed with the minister’s support of Baptists’ vote several years ago to repudiate the Confederate flag. Another mentioned how people of color are not likely to get to executive meeting rooms until they are in the same dining rooms with influential white leaders.“It was definitely a different convention,” said Mohler. “There were more women’s voices and, by intentionality, more voices from African Americans and others who we very much want to be a part of the future of the Southern Baptist Convention.”Pastor Dwight McKissic, a Texas minister who has advocated for more minorities and women to be placed in positions of leadership, agreed the issue of inclusion was highlighted at the meeting.“It was clearly a move in that direction, stronger than I’ve ever seen, and I welcomed it and celebrate it,” he said.Still, McKissic was concerned about a lack of diversity in the leadership of major Southern Baptist entities. He noted that the trustee chairman of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary told messengers the search committee had considered several minority candidates when hiring a new president. But McKissic was disappointed that the board chair of the Executive Committee declined to be as forthcoming about details of its recent hiring process for a new president.RELATED: Southern Baptist historic gavel a reminder of racist legacyAbuse victim advocates noted the many actions Southern Baptists took on the abuse issue — including the introduction of “Caring Well” handbooks and video resources. But they still urged the convention to set up a database to help track abusers and keep them from moving from church to church.Messengers hold up an SBC abuse handbook while taking a challenge to stop sexual abuse during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the BJCC, June 12, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. RNS photo by Butch Dill“A clergy database must be established, documenting confessed, convicted or credibly accused abusers,” said advocate Cheryl Summers at a rally she organized outside the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Tuesday. “We have seen some progress, but there is a lot more work to be done.”On Wednesday, Baptists also passed resolutions, nonbinding statements that give a sense of the views of those gathered for the annual meeting. They included:Urging the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and celebrating “recent bipartisan gains in state legislatures that restrict abortion.”Calling the U.S. government to make religious liberty “a top priority of American foreign policy in its engagement with North Korea and China.”Recognizing critical race theory and intersectionality as “analytical tools” but repudiating their misuse.Urging the president and Congress to not include women in the Selective Service military registration, “which would be to act against the plain testimony of Scripture and nature.”Affirming their “commitment to Christ comes before commitment to any political party.” Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. 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Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/Via NPRMemorial items hang on a tree near Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, a day after eight students and two teachers were killed when a 17-year-old classmate allegedly opened fire at the school.In Texas, students are returning to Santa Fe High School to gather their belongings, a day after a shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 others.One by one, police escorted the students back into the classrooms they fled when the shooting started. Some returned to pick up their cars.Republican Congressman Randy Weber, whose district includes Santa Fe, told reporters the shooting was the second tragedy this small community has experienced in less than a year.“We had Hurricane Harvey end of last August, and now this,” Weber said with a sigh. “We will pull together, we will grieve together, we will love one another, we’ll work together.”School district officials said students and staff will need support as they process their emotions from the tragedy. They asked for prayers, and for the public to give the victims and their families privacy as they mourn.Officials said they couldn’t discuss the ongoing investigation into the shooting, but Santa Fe I.S.D. (Independent School District) Police Chief Walter Braun recounted how two officers engaged the suspected shooter “right away.”“Our officers went in there and did what they could,” he said. “They did what they’re trained for and went in immediately.”Braun said his officers have been “resilient” throughout the ordeal. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet, as to allowing the emotions to take control,” he said.Santa Fe Independent School District says all schools will be closed through at least Tuesday. Meanwhile, part of Santa Fe High School remains off-limits because of the investigation. The American Red Cross has set up a local crisis center for families and students that need emotional help, food and other services. Share
Many believe that Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) are underfunded and the available resources are inadequate to meet the needs of our children, particularly the ones who live in concentrated poverty surrounded by high crime and blight.The Maryland state legislature, which funds over 70 percent of the city school’s budget, has grappled with the idea of adequately funding all of the state’s public schools for decades. In 2002 our representatives in Annapolis enacted The Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act of 2002, commonly referred to as Thornton, which established a school aid formula meant to ensure equitable education for all.The Thornton formula was based on recommendations made by the Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence (also known as the Thornton Commission after its chair, Dr. Alvin Thornton). That new school aid formula was phased in from fiscal year 2003 through 2008. However, since FY 2008, the Thornton formula has been adjusted primarily by changes in enrollment and capped for inflation and other adjustments that were not lasting nor adequate to educate our children.Kim Trueheart (LinkedIn Photo)So, in June 2016, our state representatives established the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education — better known as the Kirwan Commission, named for its chairman, former University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan.The Kirwan Commission was given the following task:“Review and assess current education financing formulas and accountability measures, and how each local school system is spending its funds.Based on its review and assessment, the Kirwan Commission will make recommendations for legislative and policy initiatives to increase the availability of innovative educational opportunities, and make adequate and equitable the funding for state public education. The Commission is currently wrapping up a series of public meetings held across the state to hear the people’s input. A final report is supposed to be submitted to legislature by Dec. 31.BCPS key data:6 percent African American; 7.9 percent White; 9.4 percent Hispanic/Latino7 percent low income6 percent English language learners8 percent students with disabilities70% of our school buildings are in poor conditionStudents scored below the state average on the 2017 PARCC Exam:16 percent of students passed the English examLess than 12 percent passed the math exam Our voices must be aligned to stand up and demand adjustments to the funding of our schools to offset the negative impact poverty has on learning. A recent study by researchers at Rice University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin looks at the rise in U.S. children — including a spike in White kids — living in poor neighborhoods since the great recession. They concluded the data clearly suggest that both family and neighborhood poverty are useful indicators for identifying children who may need extra supports in terms of school readiness skills, and that the characteristics of children who may be in need of these services has changed to include a larger portion of children.Specifically, we need to demand:Increased funding and staffing to meet needs of children who live in concentrated povertyIncreased funding to ensure equitable conditions across school facilitiesFull-day pre-k for all 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income householdsPre-Apprenticeship certificate programs in high schoolsFree after school and summer school programsEnrichments in the form of art, music, sports, theatre, robotics and technology integration and SAT preparationCommunity schools with wrap-around, trauma-informed, services in every schoolThese are reasonable demands. Our children have unfortunately been left behind and equity in funding is absolutely necessary.Across our city, schools vary from those rich with resources to meet the needs of students to those lacking in every way imaginable. Those in power can make the changes needed but have lacked the political will to level the playing field and we must demand the inequities we see every day are eliminated.We can no longer allow schools without the basic elements for a quality learning environment to exist. Working bathrooms, drinkable water, desks, chairs, paper and books for every student should NOT be a dream, but must be a reality in every school. Computers are a must in our schools, yet many lack the needed electrical systems, internet connections or computer hardware.Kim Truehart is a longtime Baltimore political activist, who advocates for children and people experiencing homelessness.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> WestJet goes pink to support breast cancer awareness Monday, October 1, 2018 Tags: Charity, WestJet Share TORONTO — WestJet and over 13,000 WestJetters are rallying together to support breast cancer awareness initiatives during the month of October through uniform updates, the CIBC Run for the Cure and fundraising campaigns.For the third consecutive year, WestJetters’ uniforms will look a little pinker in October with custom-designed pink neckwear and hats that have been made available to employees with 100% of the purchase price going to the Canadian Cancer Society.New for 2018, pink ‘personality’ pins were created and are available by donation for WestJetters to show their support year-round.As the official airline of the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, WestJet has raised more than $441,000 for breast cancer research and programs since 2013.“As a proud supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and the breast cancer cause, we are delighted that WestJetters have raised more than $441,000 in the last five years for life-saving breast cancer research and programs through our annual fundraising campaigns,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Over half of our workforce is represented by women and it’s incredible to see us continue to unite together and show what our caring spirit can do in support of a tremendous cause. We are committed to making breast cancer beatable and will be proudly wearing pink this month to help bring awareness to those who have been affected by the disease.”On Sept. 30, some 40 teams of more than 360 WestJetters and their families will also participate in the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, at over 18 locations across Canada.Carly Schur, National Director of Corporate Programs for the Canadian Cancer Society, notes that progress is being made against breast cancer, with the survival rate for the disease now at 87%. “More work needs to be done because breast cancer is still the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in our country. We are very thankful for WestJet and our other partners who are committed to funding breast cancer research, awareness and support programs, while also participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure which engages Canadians in this work,” said Schur. Travelweek Group Posted by
October 10, 2016Human Nature Dance Theater returned to Arcosanti for their 23rd annual performance on Saturday, October 1. 2016.This years title and theme was “Migration”. It was a small group of three people, Paul Moore, Delisa Myles and Jayne Lee, but as in all of the previous years, the intense subject was expressed with a seamless and passionate performance.[photos are stills from a video, sa]“When does it become necessary to move from one’s home? Think of the phases of life that you must pass through to come to a time, when you pack your essentials and walk out the door, perhaps never to return.We live the american dream of working hard, building a home to raise a family, let them fly and then we settle in to retire. I imagine a disaster that might cause me to build up reserves, cut back on expenses and hunker down in my home.But what if the storm is so severe, that the only recourse is to abandon everything and search out a new land on which to start again. Some of us are living that life now. First one, then another and then entire communities floating over seas, walking across borders and landing in unknown territory with no map of the future, like butterflies.” –HNDTHuman Nature Dance Theatre creates original dance performance, as a collective of cross-disciplinary artists, emphasizing experimental, environmental, and inter-generational perspectives.We intend our work to be a model for how diverse people can support and learn from one another in artistic collaboration.For over twenty years, HNDT has produced original dance evenings at venues like the Colly Soleri Music Center at Arcosanti, Coconino Center for the Arts and Prochnow Auditorium in Flagstaff, the Elks Theater and Granite Street Studio in Prescott, and Headwaters Theater in Portland, Oregon.See the following links for Human Nature past performances here at Arcosanti2015 IGNITE and link 2, link 32014 WEATHERWILD and this link2013 NIGHT DRESSED AS DAY and this link2012 VERTICAL HORIZON2011 ONE WAS THE OTHER and this link2010 ANIMAL ETIQUETTE and this link2009 FLYING AT NIGHT2008 STILL LATE AND AWAKE2007 DANCE DOWN RIVER2006 ESSENTIALLY2005 TOUCH AND GO and this link2004 EXTINCTION, ONCE THERE WERE BIRDS2003 THE LAST DOOR2002 UNVEILING THE MIRAGE2001 NOW
Yousef Al-ObaidlyQatar-based pay TV group beIN Media has launched a new movie channel, beIN Movies 3, dedicated to popular and award-winning Hollywood content.The movie is the latest in a series of forays into the entertainment space by beIN Media. The group has also announced that Turner’s Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TCM, HLN and CNN HD channels will now be solely available on its pay TV DTH networks in the MENA region, following its recent deal with Turner.BeIN said it expects significant subscriber growth on the back of this new launch and is scheduled to introduce more entertainment channels of full HD quality by the second quarter of 2016.The new channel is available to existing subscribers at no additional cost on channel number 52 on the beIN EPG. New subscribers can access the service from a basic subscription fee of US$10 (€9).“The past few weeks have been packed with a lot of strategic announcements aimed at cementing our position as drivers of premium entertainment content in the region. From the launch of our entertainment portfolio to our collaboration with Turner, we have confidently announced our entry within this space and are gearing up for more niche unveilings that will position us at the top of our game,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group.“We are determined to keep expanding our sports, movies and entertainment offerings, bringing together the very best in global programming on our network. The response from our subscribers has been very encouraging and we want to carry on entertaining them with access to quality content that appeals to the entire family.”
“I’m just glad now that people are agreeing.“For the cast, Derry has really adopted them, especially Dylan, they love him.Mayor John Boyle with some of the cast of Derry Girls at premiere of first episode of forthcoming second series“To have a ‘wee English fella’ in a mural in Derry in a nice way is lovely.“It’s weird seeing the mural. I can’t believe that it’s there and it’s real. But it’s an amazing and positive thing.”Galway born Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin in the series, said she was “over the moon” to be back in Derry for the premiere.“It’s brilliant that Channel Four make the effort to bring it back to the city because it wouldn’t be the same if we had it anywhere else.“Because most things do screen in London, but it’s right that it is brought back here.“The people of Derry have been so unbelievably supportive of us.“Even the way they let us film here late last year was amazing.”The ‘wee English fella’, Dylan Llewellyn, says Derry is now his “second home”.“I’m not so much an adopted Derry son, more of an adopted Derry Girl really,” he said.“I love it here and everyone is just so welcoming.“Derry feels like a second home to me.“Derry people are so sweet, they rule. And to be on a mural in the city centre is insane.“We are just so happy about it all.”Derry buzzing at premiere of series two of Derry Girls was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: As well as the original cast, series two is expected to see star turns from Father Ted legend Ardal O’Hanlon and Bronagh Waugh from The Fall .Programme makers are tight-lipped for now about what viewers can expect in series two, which is due to be screened next month.Show creator Lisa McGee said she was delighted the cast have been ‘adopted’ by Derry, so much so that they have immortalised them in a mural.“I love Derry, I have always thought we were really funny,” she said. ShareTweet Derry buzzing at premiere of series two of Derry GirlsLISA MCGEEMayor John BoyleOmniplex Cinemawee English fella THE stars of Derry Girls were in the city last night for a special premiere the of the hit Channel 4 show’s second series.The cast and Derry writer Lisa McGee are out in force for the screening at the Omniplex Cinema, creating a huge buzz around the city.The cult comedy which tells the story of school pals Erin, Orla, Michelle and Clare, is set in the 1990s.
Investors are running for cover… Financial markets around the world have had a meltdown over the last few days. US stocks are coming off their worst week in four years… The Euro Stoxx 600, an index that tracks 600 of Europe’s biggest companies, has lost 8% over the last five days… And in China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange is down 38% since early June. There’s been almost nowhere to hide from this global sell-off…except in gold. The price of gold rose 3.8% last week, while US stocks lost 5.8%. These are average gains. The very best gold stocks gained far more. In the 1990s, Doug Casey made a 26,000%-plus return on one junior miner. It’s not uncommon for small gold-mining stocks to rise 1,000% during a strong market. We call these “10-baggers.” Recommended Links Training UPDATE Wednesday’s Training session has been changed to an Emergency Market Briefing. Dr. Eifrig will present an update on the market including what’s going on, what’s coming next and the safest investments you can make today. Learn More. — • Right now, gold miners are coiled like a spring… Gold mining stocks are some of the cheapest stocks on earth right now. Gold miners are in their second-worst bear market since World War II. They’ve been falling since April 2011. As a group, gold miners are down 82% from their 2011 high… The chart below compares the HUI, a gold miner index, to the price of gold. The lower the ratio, the cheaper gold-mining stocks are compared to physical gold. As you can see, gold-mining stocks are the cheapest they’ve been in the HUI’s 20-year history. Cigars with Doug Casey in the Desert On October 16 – 17, Doug Casey is hosting a collection of the world’s sharpest financial minds… including James Altucher, Marc Faber, Gerald Celente, and Richard Maybury… for the 2015 Casey Research Summit in Tucson. To get all the details for this must-attend event, click here. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida August 25, 2015 – Most investors see these charts and vow to never buy a gold mining stock. They want nothing to do with a sector this volatile. It’s true that investing in gold mining stocks isn’t for everyone. But if you do want a shot at the huge gains gold mining stocks can offer, now’s the perfect time to get in. As we mentioned earlier, gold mining stocks go through huge booms and huge busts. And the best time to get in is just after a huge bust…like we just had. Louis James, editor of International Speculator, travels the world to find the next 10-bagger mining stocks for his readers. No one knows more than Louis about gold miners… You can find out Louis’ favorite junior mining stocks right now by subscribing risk-free to International Speculator. But you should act quickly…we’re doubling the price of International Speculator soon. Click here to get started. • Meanwhile, most commodities continue to crash… In June 2014, the price of oil topped $106. A barrel of oil now costs just $38. While oil gets the most headlines, regular Casey readers know that it’s not the only commodity that’s hurting. Aluminum and copper have also hit fresh six-year lows. And just yesterday, the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks 22 different commodities, slipped to its lowest level since August 1999. For comparison, the US stock market is 47% higher than it was in 1999. China’s problems are dragging down commodities. China has the world’s second-biggest economy. It’s also the largest consumer of commodities. During the first quarter, China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since 1990. And its stock market is crashing…The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese stocks have lost $1.2 trillion in value over the last four days. Two weeks ago, China’s central bank devalued its currency, the yuan, in an effort to help its economy. A weaker currency makes a country’s exports cheaper. But it also makes imports more expensive. The Wall Street Journal explains how a weaker yuan will put even more pressure on commodities… Most commodities are priced in dollars, so a weaker yuan will raise the cost of imports for buyers in China, weighing on demand. Given China’s role as a huge buyer of global commodities—it consumes nearly half of the world’s annual output of metals, for instance—any drop in demand there is likely to put further downward pressure on resource prices, many of which are already at multiyear lows. E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, points out that oversupply is the other reason why commodity prices are so low… Global copper production was 151,000 tons higher than demand during the first half of the year. It’s the same story for other commodities. The world produces more oil than it needs…iron ore production is running at full steam while prices crash… and this year’s corn crop will likely be the third-largest ever in the US. Producers continue to flood the market despite weak prices. This is how commodities work. Prices rise. Suppliers ramp up production. They oversupply the market. Then prices collapse. It’s a predictable boom and bust cycle. We’ll have more on the collapse in commodities later this week… Chart of the Day Stock markets around the world crashed yesterday… The MSCI World Index fell 3.7% on Monday. This index tracks stock markets in the United States, Japan, and other developed nations. It was the index’s biggest single-day drop in four years. According to Bloomberg Business, Monday’s sell-off erased $2.7 trillion from the value of stocks worldwide. The crash pushed the MSCI World Index into a correction. A correction is when an index falls 10% or more from its high. The MSCI World Index is now down 12% from the all-time high it set in May. It’s down 7% on the year. Today’s chart shows yesterday’s $2.7 trillion drop-off in the value of stocks worldwide. Louis James, editor of International Speculator, says gold is doing exactly what it should… The worsening stock market crash in China is spreading around the world. The Nikkei is down in Japan. So are the markets in Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, India, Australia…and, of course, in the US. In this context, it makes sense for gold to rise. That’s what a “safe haven” asset should do in times of financial chaos. Gold is the ultimate wealth insurance. Unlike stocks, bonds, and paper currencies, gold is valuable no matter what happens to the global financial system. It’s preserved wealth through recessions, wars, and every kind of financial upheaval. That’s why people always flock to gold during a financial crisis. • Gold miners are doing even better than physical gold… GDX, an ETF that holds major gold miners, has gained 8% since hitting a record low on August 5. Investors own physical gold for security. Gold stocks won’t give you security. They’re extremely risky and extremely cyclical. This means they go through huge booms and huge busts. The reason to own gold stocks is leverage. During gold bull markets, gold stocks usually rise much higher and much faster than the price of gold. Gold mining stocks can make huge gains in short periods…if you buy them at the right time. The chart below shows how gold stocks jumped 1,331% and 319% during the last two gold bull markets.