Pentagon Defence partnership with India strong looking to make it ever stronger

first_imgWashington: America’s defence partnership with India is strong and is looking to make it ever stronger, the Pentagon has said as it warned nations against purchasing military hardware from other countries that are designed to counter it’s sophisticated fifth-generation aircraft. The comments come a day after President Donald Trump has announced that the US would not sell the F-35 fighter jets to Turkey after Ankara purchased the S-400 missile defense system from sanctions-hit Russia. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Our defense partnership with India I think is strong and we’re looking to make it ever stronger,” David J Trachtenberg, the deputy under secretary of defence for policy, told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday. Trachtenberg was responding to a question on the impact on bilateral defence ties as India goes ahead with its decision to purchase S-400 missile defense system from Russia. “Can you have a major defence partnership with India, which is going ahead with a decision to buy S-400?” he was asked. “I think the message we are sending is that we want to make sure that other countries are not purchasing equipment that is designed to counter our sophisticated fifth-generation aircraft,” Trachtenberg said. “The other message we’re sending is that we are consistent in our approach on this.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIndia inked an agreement with Russia last October to procure a batch of the S-400 missile systems at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore. Trachtenberg said America’s decision to unwind Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program was no surprise as its concerns had repeatedly been communicated to the Turkish government. “Our reaction today is a specific response to a specific event. It is separate and distinct from the broader range of security interests where the United States and Turkey work together against common threats,” he said.last_img read more

The Police to Battle Trump OpenCarry and Race at the GOP

By Jamal LaoudiWashington D.C – Monday, the Republican convention kicked off in Cleveland Ohio.  It will last until Thursday July, 21 when the expected Republican nominee, Donald Trump, will give his acceptance speech, assuming the nomination process goes smoothly. With rare exceptions, recent Republican conventions have gone smoothly and the Republican nominee has always been known ahead of the convention with much consensus.   This time around, the nominee has proven quite spiky, and many argue that he is hardly a Republican.  We are talking about the colorful Donald J. Trump. During the primaries, he has proven very controversial, from his comments about banning Muslims from entering the U.S., which he revised to a watered down version, to building a wall throughout the American-Mexican border, among other eyebrow-raising comments.On the Muslim issue, his campaign stated in a press release that “Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” With respect to building a wall, he stated, numerous times that “we are going to build the wall” and that he will “make Mexico pay for it.”Tensions are running high even among the Republican Party where many Republicans, including in Congress, have refused to endorse him.  Paul Ryan, leader of the Republican Party in Congress and House Speaker initially did to endorse Trump. It took few meetings and discussions for him to come around to that.  As far as the reaction of the Democrats and the liberals to this nominee are concerned, it is safe to leave that part to your imagination.Security at the convention is bound to be ultra-tight due to the various incidents that took place during the primaries, especially during Trump’s rallies who has proved very divisive.  Trump has done his part to ensure ultra-tight security measures but another issue has the police quite tense to put it mildly.In recent weeks, there were reprisal attacks against police officers in some parts of the U.S. for what is seen as police brutality against African Americans.  Last week, three police officers were ambushed and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by Gavin Eugene Long, an African-American former Marine.  The week prior, five police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas in an ambush by Micah Xavier Johnson, an African American Afghan former Army reservist and Afghan War veteran.  The LA Times argues in a piece entitled “it’s not just Dallas or Baton Rouge — police officers have been killed across the country” that these two attacks are by no means the entire story.These killings were triggered by two recent incidents where police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota shot dead two black men, Alton B. Sterling and Philando Castile respectively.  Videos of the two incidents put into question whether or not excessive force of that nature was warranted thereby reigniting the ever-divisive issue of race.These incidents have the police very nervous all over the country.  With the GOP convention in Cleveland, it is a nightmare for law enforcement.  A nightmare because in Ohio, open-carry law is in full effect.  Many are promising to publically and openly carry firearms.There were suggestions and requests to temporarily suspend open-carry but those requests were denied.Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Union told CNN that “We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point.”Ohio’s governor John Kasich’s office responded by denying the request on the grounds that “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws.”  In what may appear as odd, Jeff Larson CEO of the GOP convention agrees with the Ohio’s governor and defended him by stating that “The governor can’t simply say, I’m going to relax [the law] for a day.”Protests against Trump and police brutality and misconduct have been ongoing for months and will only intensify during the Republican Convention.  Everybody involved needs to give 110% if this is to go smoothly. read more

Topranked Penn State awaits Ohio State wrestling on Friday

OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius (left) sizes up his opponent during a match against Arizona State on Nov. 20 at St. John Arena. OSU won 28-9.Credit: Mason Swires | Lantern reporterAfter emerging with wins in its last four dual-meet appearances, the Ohio State wrestling team will now face its toughest test yet this season.No. 7 OSU (9-2, 6-1) will be traveling to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on the No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions (12-0, 7-0).The match is expected to contain intense action and immensely important showdowns in terms of rankings, since eight bouts with both competitors ranked nationally within the top 25 are projected to commence.The Buckeyes earned an impressive 22-15 victory in their meet with Penn State last year, propelling them forward to the program’s first team national championship.Before last season, however, the Nittany Lions topped OSU three straight times when the two teams faced off. In the all-time series, Penn State leads 17-12.Even with the tall task ahead for his wrestlers against the nation’s top team, OSU coach Tom Ryan is confident in how OSU will handle its upcoming opponents.“The focus for us is that we are not the underdog,” Ryan said. “We’ve got enough firepower and committed people to go in there and be successful.”With a match that features such high-caliber talent, there has been an obvious increase in demand for tickets. Such an increase has resulted in a sold-out Bryce Jordan Center, which seats around 16,000 people.This sellout will mark the third time all available tickets have been purchased in four home meets at the arena.A turnout as large as this comes as no surprise to Ryan, who is well aware of the passion for wrestling that is seen in that region of the country.“The state of Pennsylvania is rabid for the sport,” Ryan said. “The state of Ohio is just crazy for the sport.”Even with a sizeable supporting cast backing Penn State, there is no lack of confidence from the wrestlers of the Scarlet and Gray.“My favorite time to wrestle is in front of a big crowd,” sophomore Kyle Snyder said. “I like when the crowd’s against us, so I’m very excited to compete.”The Buckeyes are no strangers to hostile environments. Six of their matches have occurred away from St. John Arena, with OSU posting a 5-1 record in those events.Penn State is coming off a big win against Michigan, in which the Nittany Lions crushed the Wolverines 35-7.On the year, Penn State has outscored its opponents heavily, putting up 426 dual points against just 88 by other teams.OSU is coming off of a weekend in which the team earned two dual-meet road wins against Indiana and Purdue. The Buckeyes struggled against the Boilermakers, needing a last-match decision by redshirt junior Nick Tavanello to gain an edge.“In general it looked like we were wrestling tight,” Ryan said. “We just need to be who we are.”The identity of the Buckeyes has been scoring fast and scoring early. In over 60 percent of their matches, the Scarlet and Gray are the first team to score, while also putting up nearly twice the score of their opponents in the first period.OSU has also posted stout takedown numbers, more than doubling the number put up by its opponents this season.Although the team will be anticipating the arrival of the NCAA championships in the coming month, the Buckeyes are still focused on the next challenge they face.“This dual-meet matters,” Snyder said. “I believe we are going to wrestle well.”Key matchupMost of the bouts featured in the upcoming meet will be highly anticipated, but none will grab the attention of spectators more than the potential first matchup of the day at 125 pounds.Redshirt sophomore Nate Tomasello will be facing senior Nico Megaludis of Penn State.Tomasello is ranked No. 1 in the country, and Megaludis is ranked fourth.“The 125-pound match is critical (and) Nate knows it,” Ryan said. “I don’t think it adds any extra stress that that is a critical match.”Starting off in a hostile environment of over 16,000 people with a good outing by Tomasello could provide OSU with the momentum it needs to challenge a team like Penn State.Tomasello currently owns the longest win streak among 125-pound wrestlers, with 33 straight victories.Jordan is Big Ten Wrestler of the WeekRedshirt sophomore Bo Jordan earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors after two major-decision victories over the last week.Jordan shutout Chad Welch from Purdue, and outscored his opponents 27-5 over the weekend.Jordan is the third Buckeye to receive the honor, along with Tomasello and his younger brother, redshirt freshman Micah Jordan.Moving aheadAfter the trip to the Penn State, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return home to St. John Arena to face Wisconsin.The Badgers are 1-5 on the year and have yet to win a conference dual-meet this season.The match is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12. read more

Two in five to ignore Revenues advice and opt for lower property

first_imgOVER HALF OF property owners say they are unhappy with Revenue’s assessment for the local property tax.According to a MyHome.ie survey, two out of five say they will go with a lower figure than the one advised by Revenue, while 8 per cent said will go with a higher figure. More than 75 per cent of respondents said they had already worked out how much they intend to pay.With the recent news that local councils will be allowed to increase the property tax by up to 15 per cent from September next year, 55 per cent of respondents said they were opposed to local authorities being given these powers.Only 22 per cent said they agreed with the introduction of the tax.Respondents said the Property Price Register was the most popular tool used to calculate the tax, Angela Keegan Managing Director of MyHome.ie said “it was interesting to note that 23 per cent listed estate agent valuations while 18 per cent said they were using a neighbour’s assessment. The latter may indicate that residents in some neighbourhoods are agreeing a joint approach.”According to the survey 59 per cent of respondents felt the tax discriminated against city dwellers while 41 per cent didn’t.Three in five landlords said they would not pass on the tax to their tenants, 13 per cent said they would and 26 per cent said they were in the undecided camp.Revenue said the were “happy” with the property tax payments after the postal deadline was up on 7 May.The deadline for payment of the tax online is 28 May.Read: Consumers ‘weathering the storm’ as experts predict recession is bottoming out> More: Revenue “happy” with property tax payments after deadline passes>last_img read more

Chasse à la baleine la CBI échoue à trouver un accord

first_imgChasse à la baleine : la CBI échoue à trouver un accordMaroc – Réunis à Agadir depuis lundi, les délégations de soixante-quatorze pays de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) ne sont pas parvenues à un accord concernant le moratoire de 1986 sur la chasse commerciale à la baleine.”La proposition sur la table est morte”, a déploré le commissaire allemand Gert Lindemann ce mercredi. Les soixante-quatorze pays présents, sur les quatre-vingt-huit que compte la CBI, n’ont pas réussi à se mettre d’accord sur une réduction des captures de baleines. Trois pays continuent en effet à harponner des cétacés, en l’occurrence le Japon, la Norvège et l’Islande. En échange de ces réductions, l’organisation proposait de suspendre le moratoire en vigueur depuis 1986.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeLe projet d’accord soumis par la Commission baleinière à ses adhérents lui aurait permis de contrôler l’ensemble des chasses, aborigènes, commerciales et scientifiques, en fonction de quotas annuels respectant les recommandations scientifiques pour protéger les baleines.”Certains membres ne veulent pas de chasse du tout, sauf la chasse aborigène : cette position signifie une impasse” a expliqué la ministre adjointe japonaise de l’Agriculture et des pêches, Yasue Funayama, avant de souligner que son pays est pourtant prêt à faire des concessions, et notamment en matière de réduction des quotas. De son côté, la responsable de la délégation américaine Monica Medina parle aussi d’une impasse, et précise que l’objectif des États-Unis reste de “sauver les baleines maintenant”.Alors que la Norvège et l’Islande continuent à chasser le cétacé en dépit du moratoire, le Japon dit pratiquer une chasse scientifique autorisée et très controversée. En 2009, les trois pays ont capturé plus de 1.500 baleines, dont plus des deux-tiers pêchées par la flotte nippone. D’après l’Institut du bien-être animal (AWI) à Washington, ce sont 33.600 baleines qui ont été tuées depuis l’entrée en vigueur du moratoire. Le 23 juin 2010 à 17:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une île qui disparaît restetelle une nation

first_imgUne île qui disparaît reste-t-elle une nation ?Les eaux du Pacifique qui gagnent du terrain sur certaines îles, comme les Marshall, ainsi que la salinité grandissante des mers, inquiètent les habitants des atolls de cette zone du monde. Aujourd’hui plusieurs questions se posent.Qu’arriverait-il si les 61.000 habitants des îles Marshall devaient abandonner leurs atolls, submergés par les eaux ? Est-ce que ces îles seraient toujours considérées comme une nation ? Est-ce que les Marshallais pourraient toujours contrôler leurs zones de pêche et leurs minéraux ? Où habiteraient-ils et comment gagneraient-ils leur vie ? Qui deviendraient-ils ?Même si les Etats membres de l’Onu se sont déjà penchés sur la situation alarmante due au réchauffement climatique dans ces îles, aucune action concrète n’a été mise en place pour diminuer ses effets et stopper la montée des eaux.Conséquence : les habitants des îles Marshall (et aussi des Kiribati, Tuvalu, et autres atolls alentours) n’ont d’autre choix que de se demander pendant combien d’années encore ils pourront s’en sortir.”Les gens qui ont construit leur maison à proximité du rivage ont comme seule et unique solution aujourd’hui de reconstruire le mur qui sert à bloquer les eaux”, a expliqué le Marshallais Kaminaga Kaminaga à l’agence Associated Press. Ce coordinateur sur les questions climatiques fait partie de la délégation des îles Marshall présente cette semaine au Mexique pour le sommet de Cancun.A l’ordre du jour : des questions existentielles telles que la notion de “nation” et les droits des Marshallais, associées aux effet du changement climatique. Le débat est inédit. Jamais encore confrontés à ces questions ou à cette situation, les Etats du monde entier constatent que leur législation à ce propos est lacunaire.Des nations ont disparu par le passé de plusieurs manières : sécession ou conquête, par exemple. Mais jamais un pays n’a physiquement disparu. Aucune loi ne fait référence à ce problème.Les scientifiques qui travaillent pour les Nations unies estiment que les eaux vont monter de près de 0,6 mètres d’ici 2100. Les atolls du Pacifique seront alors inondés. Mais ils pourraient devenir inhabitables bien avant que les vagues ne menacent leurs terres à cause de la contamination saline des réserves en eau. De plus, le réchauffement climatique devrait être à l’origine de tempêtes tropicales encore plus menaçantes qu’à l’heure actuelle.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de mer”Si un pays comme les Tuvalu ou Kiribati devenait inhabitable, est-ce que leurs habitants deviendraient apatrides ?”, s’interroge la spécialiste du droit australienne Jane McAdam. Le traité international de 1951, qui permet aux réfugiés de trouver un abri sur d’autres territoires, ne concerne que la persécution. Ceux qui veulent fuir leurs terres à cause du changement climatique ne sont pas pris en compte. Certaines personnes demandent à ce qu’un nouveau pacte international soit négocié pour donner les mêmes droits à ces réfugiés climatiques.La priorité pour Kaminaga Kaminaga est aujourd’hui de sauver l’isthme, menacé par les eaux, qui relie l’atoll de Jaluit à l’aéroport. Cette semaine à Cancun, et dans les mois à venir, les représentants des îles Marshall feront leur possible pour obtenir une aide internationale à l’adaptation au climat. Ils envisagent plusieurs projets : une voie surélevée à Jaluit, la plantation de végétation sur les côtes qui permettra de se protéger des eaux, ou encore un mur de 5 kilomètres de long qui empêcherait la capitale, Majuro, d’être inondée.Les habitants se demandent ce qu’il adviendra de leur culture, de leur histoire, de leur identité, et même de leurs ancêtres, s’ils doivent fuir leurs atolls.”Les cimetières qui bordent la côte sont victimes de l’érosion. Des tombent finissent dans l’océan”, raconte Kaminaga Kaminaga. “Même dans la mort, nous sommes affectés”.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 10:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

DC Attorney General Sues Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica Breach

first_img Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine this week sued Facebook for “failing to protect its users’ data” and “enabling abuses” like the Cambridge Analytica breach.In its lawsuit, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleged the social network’s “lax oversight and misleading privacy settings” exposed nearly half of all District residents’ data to manipulation during the 2016 election.“We also found that Facebook failed to inform consumers that it had granted certain favored companies special permission that enabled those companies to access consumer data and override consumer privacy settings,” Racine said on Wednesday.Political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump’s election team, began collecting personally identifiable information some five years ago, later using it to influence voter opinion.Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, some Facebook users downloaded a “personality quiz” app, which also collected data from their social media friends—without consent.App developer Global Science Research sold this information to Cambridge Analytica; the company then used it to target voters based on their personality traits.In March, employee-turned-whistleblower Christopher Wylie publicly exposed the size and nature of the breach, which prompted Facebook to revamp its privacy controls and data access restrictions.Since the scandal broke, Facebook has shuttered some 22 partnerships that were “no longer needed” to serve users.Cambridge Analytica closed operations earlier this year.Now, the OAG is seeking monetary and injunctive relief, including relief for harmed consumers, damages, and penalties to Washington, D.C. It also requests that Facebook put in place protocols and safeguards to monitor users’ data “and make it easier for users to control their privacy settings.”“[This] lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users’ privacy,” Racine said.In April, Facebook emailed some 87 million people around the world to reveal whose personal information was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.The unveiling was part of a larger face-saving process, in which Facebook provided a link for all 2.2 billion users to see which apps they use and what info they collect.The firm counted up to 87 million affected users, most of whom—more than 70 million—are located in the United States. More than 1 million people in each of the UK, Philippines, and Indonesia may also have had their data harvested.More on Geek.com:Facebook Still Uses Shady Data-Sharing TacticsEU Parliament Embarrasses Zuck by Asking Relevant QuestionsFacebook ‘Likes’ Speak Louder Than Words10 Interesting Details In My Facebook Data Download Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on targetlast_img read more

Covington student diagnosed with tuberculosis

first_imgA Covington Middle School student has been diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis, but health officials believe the risk to other students is low.The student — whose name, age and gender are being kept confidential for privacy reasons — is receiving the appropriate testing and treatment and is no longer contagious, according to health officials. Tuberculosis, or TB, is typically spread through close contact during a long period of time. Clark County Public Health officials have conducted an investigation and believe it’s unlikely the student has spread tuberculosis to other students or staff at the school, Dr. Alan Melnick, county health officer, wrote in a letter to parents.Officials found no evidence of additional cases of tuberculosis at the school, Melnick said in the letter, which will be sent home with Covington students today. Tuberculosis is a disease that usually affects the lungs. It can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, kidneys or spine and can be deadly if untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

At least 1 hospitalized after I95 crash in Dania Beach

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took at least one person to the hospital after, officials said, they were involved in a three-vehicle crash along Interstate 95 in Dania Beach, Friday night.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash on the southbound lanes, just north of the Griffin Road exit, at around 9 p.m.Paramedics transported at least one victim to Memorial Regional Hospital in unknown condition.Officials have not specified how many lanes were shut down.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Nielsen Shutters 36YearOld Radio Records

first_imgThe spokesperson said certain parts of R&R, such as airplay charts, would be folded into sister publication Billboard.Nielson, formerly VNU, acquired Radio & Records in 2006.The publisher Wednesday also laid off about 10 staffers at The Hollywood Reporter—the magazine’s fourth wave of cuts since the beginning of the year, the spokesperson confirmed. Among the cuts were associate publisher Rose Einstein.Another well-regarded Nashville-based music magazine, Performing Songwriter, folded this week. Founder and publisher Lydia Hutchinson said she decided to close the 16-year-old title “at its peak.”With a 55,000 circulation, the June issue will be its last. Nielsen Business Media has shuttered 36-year-old Nashville-based weekly trade title Radio & Records and its accompanying Web site. About 30 layoffs were associated with the closing.Staffers were notified of the closing by publisher Howard Appelbaum during a “Town Hall” teleconference on Wednesday. Appelbaum said the closure was a “tough decision” but that R&R’s “macro didn’t work.”“The radio industry has undergone considerable consolidation in recent years,” a Nielsen spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “In response, Nielsen Business Media has determined that the best way to deploy its resources in support of the industry is to consolidate its music brands.”last_img read more

Sphero acquires Littlebits consolidating the educational tech landscape

first_img Share your voice 0 Tags Post a commentcenter_img Littlebits’ snap-in blocks look like a good match for where Sphero is heading in robotics. Sphero Your future school and home STEAM toy selection has compressed: odds are, it’ll be made by Sphero. Two of the biggest players in the educational electronics space are merging. Sphero has acquired Littlebits, with plans to possibly move into new product territories, the company announced this morning.Littlebits, founded in 2011, sells a number of connected and programmable kits using snap-together blocks to make circuits. Littlebits puts together school and home STEAM kits, including ones that make Marvel superhero arms and Star Wars robots.According to Sphero’s press release, Littlebits’ founder and CEO, Ayah Bdeir, is “moving on from littleBits to pursue her next adventure.” Sphero’s CEO, Paul Berberian, will take over Littlebits, while Sphero “plans to accelerate international growth and acquire other products and companies to further expand its portfolio of STEAM products and tools.”Sphero has been pushing further into the school STEAM space, acquiring the company Specdrums last year. While Sphero does still make plenty of robot balls, the company’s releasing an expandable robot rover kit, RVR, this fall which works with add-on electronics including a Raspberry Pi. Littlebits could end up being exactly the modular electronics that could fold into where Sphero is already headed.The block-like Littlebits modules could also allow Sphero to compete against the modular robotics made by Lego and the classroom-focused company Lego Education, which launched a new educational robotics kit earlier this year. Computers Toys and Tabletop Gameslast_img read more

US Methodists plot ways to resist new LGBT rules

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory tapped to lead Washington, DC, Catholics Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS)  — On Thursday evening last week, 300 United Methodist clergy and laypeople gathered outside their denomination’s regional headquarters in Garner, N.C., to protest a recent vote that bans LGBT people from marriage and ordination.Their protest was one of many.Across the country, from Iowa to Michigan and Texas to Wisconsin, thousands of United Methodists who support LGBT rights are rising up to denounce the denomination’s recent decision to strengthen its ban on gay clergy and same-sex weddings.These United Methodists are signing petitions, taking out newspaper ads and, in some cases, withholding their dues to the denomination.Adam Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Church of the ResurrectionThey are also plotting a way out.On Thursday (April 4), a group of 30 clergy, bishops and activists led by megachurch pastor Adam Hamilton will gather in Decatur, Ga., to strategize a future for those churches that feel they cannot remain in a denomination that denies LGBT rights. The group met last week in Dallas and has already planned a longer two-day meeting at Hamilton’s 22,000-member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., next month.The conflict may have already hurt the denomination financially. Receipts from member churches, called apportionments, are down 15.6 percent so far this year compared with 2018. Receipts in March alone — one month after the special General Conference in which the church voted to strengthen LGBT restrictions — were down 20 percent over March 2018, according to financial reports posted by the denomination online.Churches such as Open Table, a Raleigh, N.C., congregation, with about 30 active LGBT members, will be looking to Hamilton and other leaders for guidance. They are also awaiting a decision by the denomination’s top court on the constitutionality of the recent vote to strengthen rules against LGBT people.The Judicial Council meets April 23-26.“We want to be ready to move in whatever direction we need to move when those things come,” said the Rev. Jason Butler, the church’s pastor.Butler called the restrictions on LGBT people that the denomination adopted in February “untenable.”“From our standpoint, we won’t live under the Traditional Plan or follow its rules,” he said, referring to the name of the plan adopted by delegates at the global gathering in St. Louis.Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey announces the results of the Traditional Plan votes late on Feb. 26, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleThe special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference met Feb. 23-26 and voted 438-384 to strengthen enforcement of the denomination’s rules against ordination and marriage of LGBT members and punish clergy who violate those rules.Church leaders think a majority of American delegates voted against the plan. But because United Methodists are a global church and about 45 percent of the denomination’s 12.6 million members are in Africa or Asia, the U.S. contingent did not prevail.While African and Asian Methodists take far more conservative views on sexuality and gender, those in the U.S. have become increasingly supportive of LGBT people.A recent PRRI poll found that 62 percent of Americans — and 68 percent of white mainline Protestants — say gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry legally. That’s a 10 percentage point increase from three years ago. Same-sex marriage has been the law of the land since a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that such couples have a constitutional right to marry.Methodists across the United States have for years defied rules that forbid clergy from marrying same-sex couples and ordaining them. In 2016, United Methodists elected a lesbian as bishop of the Mountain Sky Area, which includes Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and a small section of Idaho.Those Methodists are not about to back down.James Howell, pastor of the one of the nation’s largest United Methodist churches, Myers Park in Charlotte, N.C., made that clear in a video he posted to his church’s YouTube channel last week.“It’s time for some kind of separation, some kind of amicable divorce,” he said in the video. “This Traditional Plan, its goal clearly is to stamp out homosexuality in the church. They wish to be rid of centrists, moderates, certainly progressives, but even thoughtful conservatives.”Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Annual Conference, who will host Thursday’s gathering, said as much.“I think we’ve learned there’s not much future in this polity if we have folks unwilling to look at what’s going on in the United States context,” she said.Open Table United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronThat’s not to say a split is imminent, or even settled. Supporters and opponents of LGBT inclusion acknowledged they are talking to each other.The Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, said 11 Methodist leaders, including five supporters of the church vote and six opponents, are holding conference call meetings.He would not name names.“It’s a broadly representative group of respected leaders in the church on both sides of the conflict,” Boyette said.Meanwhile, the denomination’s coffers may continue to suffer. Some churches may be withholding their dues to the national church as a form of protest, said Howell, though he noted that his is not.“People are not at all happy with money going to support a denomination they feel is at odds with what we want to be about,” he said. “They’re going to ask: Why are we investing in a church that is viciously opposed to what we support?” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This! Yonat Shimron YonatShimron How 15 millennial coed Catholics live in unity in a New York City brownstone By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! 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Why Shigeru Miyamoto retiring would be good news for gamers

first_imgThe name Shigeru Miyamoto will be forever linked with Nintendo and much of the success the company has had. Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, Star Fox. His resume reads better than any other game designer’s and that’s why he is held in such high regard across the industry and within Nintendo.During a recent interview with Wired, Miyamoto announced that he is retiring from his current position at Nintendo. That position being head of game development, but split into roles including game producer, designer, and Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development General Manager.The important thing to note is the fact Miyamoto isn’t retiring from Nintendo completely, just stepping down from his lofty managerial position. That means he will no longer be involved in Nintendo’s biggest projects such as new Zelda and Mario games. Does that worry you as a gamer? It shouldn’t, because of what he will be doing instead.It’s important to point out at this stage that Nintendo has since denied Miyamoto is stepping down from his role, but Miyamoto made his intentions clear in the interview. So we must believe something is happening, and I for one hope he is retiring from the role.Ask any team working in the games industry and they’ll tell you experimentation and time is key to coming up with new ideas for their games. You only have to look at the hundreds of prototypes Rovio went through before discovering Angry Birds to see that iteration and experimentation is what finds that gem of a game idea. If you are focused on existing ideas and games, there’s little time for exploring something new.With that in mind it should be seen as nothing but a positiive that Miyamoto’s new role at Nintendo would, in his own words, be working with young designers on small projects. He’s also intending to create his own little games with no one else’s help and with no pressure on him to deliver a commercial game.Take the talent and expertise that Miyamoto has in abundance, put him in a room and let him experiment, and I guarantee you’ll get a few hits. He may even end up creating a new design that one day rivals Mario in popularity. Get him training new, young designers in his spare time, and you set Nintendo up with the talent to keep churning out triple-A games for another generation.We also have to consider that next year Miyamoto will celebrate his 60th birthday. Even if Nintendo won’t let him step down now, he’s going to in the not too distant future. Maybe he’s got another decade in him? Even so, surely those 5-10 years could be spent training and experimenting while others continue to work on the tried and tested franchises Nintendo relies on to sell its gaming hardware.Read more at Wired. Image courtesy of Nintendo Wikia.last_img read more

Twoday festival to embrace Korean culture and heritage

first_imgA two day Korea festival showcasing country’s rich art, culture and heritage kicked off on November 27, amidst much fanfare and authentic Korean performances. An initiative by Korea Tourism and Organisation, the festival was inaugurated by Min Hong Min, Executive Vice President, Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO), at Ambience Mall, Gurugram, along with Suman Billa, Joint Secretary Ministry Of Tourism. The inauguration also witnessed the presence of other eminent representatives from regional Tourism Boards of South Korea and related organizations such as Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, Gimhae City, Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Tourism Organization, Jeollabuk Do, Gwangju Metropolitan City, Gwangju Convention and Visitors Bureau, Incheon International Airport Corporation and Visit Korea Committee. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival also marked the signing of MOU between leading Korean companies such as LG, Hyundai, Samsung, and KTO. The aim is to promote tourism through organizing MICE groups to Korea for their employees and dealers. An endeavour to give a boost to the existing MICE tourism business to Korea, the association would bring public-private bodies together to achieve larger growth in the tourism arena.The festival also displayed food counters (managed by Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Cooperation) to give a taste of the local Korean flavours to serve Indian taste buds besides featuring experiential attractions like face mask painting, Hangeul calligraphy and video gallery exhibiting Korean history and cultural assets. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFurthermore, the K- Beauty zone by famous Korean beauty brand Innisfree offered free makeup sessions and samples to the visitors at the festival. A special Virtual Reality zone and Photo-Op Booth had been created for the visitors to get themselves clicked wearing Korean Traditional Hanbok dress with a customized background.Speaking at the inauguration, Executive Vice President Min Hong Min said “We have organized the festival for Indians to feel and experience Korean traditional and modern culture represented by Korean Wave. I hope this two days’ event will help Indian people understand and feel Korean ethnicity. Besides, we have brought the leading airlines and travel bodies at the festival to promote Korea tour products and promotions so that our visitors can make the best of everything.” Jong Sool Kwon, Director Korea Tourism Organisation India (KTO) said “Korea Tourism Organization is entering a new dimension of tourism promotion in India with the festival. Travelling to Korea is getting more favourable for Indians with increased flight connectivity and competitive costs.””With an increased number of Indian travelers to Korea, we would get more adaptable to their traveling requirements.”get more adaptable to their travelling requirements.”last_img read more

Tourism Solomons creates trust account

first_imgSource = Mike Parker-Brown – Tourism Solomons Tourism Solomons creates trust account for families of lost marketing officersTourism Solomons creates trust account for families of lost marketing officersTourism Solomons has established a trust fund for the families of senior marketing officers Chris Nemaia and Stella Lucas tragically lost in the Mataniko River region on 19 April 2018.Announcing the move, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the loss of Chris and Stella had rocked the close-knit Solomon Islands tourism community.“Chris has left behind a wife and three little boys while Stella has left behind a husband and a very young son,” Mr Tuamoto said.“Both officers were much loved and touched many people over the years – they were ‘true faces’ of the Solomon Islands tourism industry around the world and their tragic passing has had major impact on all of us.“Helping their families at this time and going forward into the future via the establishment of this trust fund is the least we can do.”National Tourism Forum chair and Ministry of Culture & Tourism, director of tourism, Barney Sivoro has set the ball rolling with a $20,000 donation from his organisation.“Both Chris and Stella gave huge service to the Solomon Islands over a period in excess of 36 years and played major roles in helping to put the Solomon Islands on the international travel map,” Mr Sivoro said.“It is only appropriate that we, as a collective, recognise their efforts and give something back.”Industry friends, both in the Solomon Islands and overseas, are invited to contribute to this special fund.The details of the trust account are as follows:Account name: SI Visitors Bureau – National Tourism ForumBank Name: ANZ BankAddress: Mendana Avenue, Point Cruz, Honiara, Solomon IslandsAccount Number: 5145974Swift Code: ANZBSBSBBSB Number: 010 – 950Pictured (from left to right): Tourism Solomons financial manager, Dagnal Dereveke; MCT director of Tourism, Barney Sivoro; Tourism Solomons senior license officer, Barbara Tutu, and Tourism Solomons marketing manager, Freda Unusi.last_img read more

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