Chhattisgarh yet to implement amended Motor Vehicles Act

first_imgThe Congress government in Chhattisgarh is yet to implement the new penalty provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. Chhattisgarh Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said on Saturday that the State government was studying the new amendments before they were implemented, so that people may not bear the brunt of the newly-introduced hefty fines.“We have been studying the provisions of the amended act. It has been asked (by the Union government) to implement it all over the country, but we are studying it, keeping in view the situation in Chhattisgarh,” Mr. Sahu told the reporters.“It should not have hefty fines….The State government is examining in which form the Act can be implemented. We are also looking at whether the State government can make amendments to it,” the Minister added. An official of the Road Transport Department said the the amended act has been sent to the State’s Law and Legislative Affairs Department.The Law Department will submit a report following which the decision on implementation will be taken, he said. Parliament, in July, passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Under the new law, people will be fined ₹10,000 for drunken driving. Earlier the fine was ₹2,000. The fine for rash driving has gone up from ₹1,000 to ₹5,000. Fines of other offences have similarly been increased.last_img read more

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards “Indonesia is ready to host the Olympics,” Madang told The Associated Press. “What we need now is support from all the Indonesian people and the international community.”Widodo, who is campaigning for re-election, made a surprise announcement of plans to bid for the 2032 games after the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang co-hosted the 18th Asian Games in August, and the process has gathered momentum. The Olympics have never been held in Southeast Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThere were doubts Indonesia could successfully host the Asian Games, an event involving more than 10,000 athletes, but its reasonably smooth execution was praised by the IOC, paving the way for a tilt at even bigger sports events.India is planning to bid for the 2032 games and North and South Korea have confirmed an intention to launch a joint bid. Australia and Russia have also expressed interest. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Problems with the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a developing country that like Indonesia suffers endemic corruption, may count against the chances of the Indonesian bid.By some estimates it cost Brazil about $20 billion to host the Olympics, the kind of bill that is likely to raise objections in Indonesia, despite projections it will be among the world’s 10 biggest economies by 2030 with a population nearing 300 million.Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics. Paris and Los Angeles have already been selected to host the following two games, in 2024 and 2028, respectively.___ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. (Photo by Arief Bagus / AFP)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast Asian nation.Muddai Madang said letters from President Joko Widodo and the national Olympic committee were delivered to the International Olympic Committee’s president in Lausanne last week by Indonesia’s ambassador to Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

High jumper Tejaswin Shankar signed by JSW Sports

first_imgMumbai, Apr 1 (PTI) JSW Sports have signed young Delhi high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, who recently won silver at the South Asian Games, under the companys flagship Sports Excellence Programme. The 17-year-old and 6-feet tall has become the SEPs 37th and the seventh track and field athlete to be supported under the programme, said a media release today. Tejaswin is considered one of Indias most talented high-jumpers. A budding fast bowler, he only took to the high jump a couple of years ago to increase strength. His exploits at the South Asian Games, the 2015 World Youth Championships and the 2015 Asian Youth Championships have led to experts touting him as someone to really watch out for. At the 2016 SAF Games, Tejaswins leap of 2.17m was equal to what eventual gold medallist, Sri Lankan Olympian WP Manjula Kumara, logged, but a foul that the youngster committed on his first jump saw him miss out on the gold. Mustafa Ghouse, CEO JSW Sports, said that SEP would do all it can to ensure that Tejaswin maximises his potential. “Within limited means, Tejaswin has come up with impressive results and has shown immense potential. We at JSW are very happy to work with an athlete like Tejaswin who has the requisite intelligence and also the physical attributes to develop into a world-class high-jumper,” he said. Tejaswin said he was very happy to have signed up with the JSW-SEP and was looking forward to working with the highly-qualified staff attached to the programme. “It is a big step for me to sign up with a program that is so well-rounded. I do not have to take care of peripheral factors and can concentrate on my training, conditioning and on the quest to get better. I am happy to be part of a program which counts so many of Indias elite athletes as its part,” he said. PTI SSR ARS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth needs to find the answers, says Pullela Gopichand

first_imgAnother quarter-final loss, this time in the Hong Kong Open has put paid to Kidambi Srikanth’s chances of competing in the World tour finals. This is Srikanth’s sixth quarter-final exit this year, also a year where he failed to clinch any title.Losing to world No.1 Kento Momota five times this year is another negative trend that should disturb him. Mentor and Indian national coach Gopichand admits Srikanth’s game needs course correction. “It’s a fact that unless you don’t change something in your game, you are not going to beat someone like Mamota. It’s good that Srikanth has consistently been reaching the quarters and been beating other players. But he has to find the answers and in the coming year when we have the time we would have fixed a few things in his game which are important if you want to beat somebody like Momota,” he told India Today.Srikanth had a dream 2017 when he won four Super Series titles. But after having touched the World no.1 spot this year, his form has been patchy.READ – Srikanth bows out in quarters after losing against NishimotoIndia’s top shuttler PV Sindhu has had her own struggles losing five title finals this year. But Gopichand is not reading too much in Sindhu failing to win a title so far this year. “For us the target this year was the Asian games, the Commenwealth games and the World championships and I am happy that she has done well in all of them. Unfortunately with so many tournaments happening, we haven’t had the luxury of having group training which would be of few weeks so it’s been a struggle in that sense. But I am not really worried about her not having won this year,” he said.advertisementREAD – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV SindhuGopichand also believes the final jinx is not due to Sindhu losing the mental battle. “There have been reasons why she has lost those finals. Somebody has played better sometimes or she is tired. Those are the reasons but definitely not the mental side of it.”When she has lost to somebody, she has probably bounced back and beaten them in two weeks. I also believe it’s something to do with the person. It’s also a process of growing up. Sindhu has done well consistently, for the last 6-7 years, she has good results and has everything to be proud of. For me to focus on what she has achieved is more important and for her also to keep that perspective is very very important,” he observed.WATCH –last_img read more

Devin Bush, Michigan Player In Pregame Incident, Injured On Michigan State’s First Play

first_imgDevin Bush kicking Michigan State's logo.Early Saturday morning, Michigan star Devin Bush was involved in a pregame incident ahead of the Wolverines contest against Michigan State. During the Spartans pregame walk, Bush sat right in the middle to break it up.But that wasn’t all. Bush also went to midfield and destroyed the Spartans’ logo with his cleat – kicking up large chunks of sod before the game.Just a few plays into Saturday’s biggest game, Bush attempted to tackle Michigan State tailback L.J. Scott but went down awkwardly.Here’s the play.Devin Bush, who marked up the MSU field, injured on his first tackle attempt while seeing some disrespek from LJ Scott with this stiff arm— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 20, 2018Bush stayed down for several minutes before being attended to by Michigan trainers. The linebacker was forced to leave the field for a play after going down.However, he didn’t stay out for long. The announcers during the contest suggested perhaps Bush just got the wind knocked out of him during the play.Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless midway through the first quarter.Stay tuned.last_img read more

G6 Alliance Withdraws Loop 6 from Its Europe-Asia Route

first_imgzoom Members of the G6 Alliance announced today additional void sailings within their Asia-Europe schedule due to changes in market demand, which resulted in suspending of the Loop 6 service. The move comes as carriers decide to cut complete services prompted by weak market conditions on the route. What is more, the suspensions are not only reserved to smaller ships since Loop 6 is comprised of 13,200 TEU units.Major alliances have all resorted to reshuffling of services. In particular, CKYHE removed their CES/NE8 loop in March. A month earlier, the G6 partners laid up their Loop 6 service initially for 11 weeks, extending it by further eight weeks, according to Drewry.2M, formed by Maersk Line and MSC, has also made considerable changes to its five services on the route by removing overlapping port pairs in order to reduce the number of direct port calls in the network and increase reliability through slower network speeds.The changes might have brought about some improvement taking into account that since the middle of April the picture for the westbound trade has decidedly taken a turn for the better with many of the carriers reporting full ships with cargo roll-overs occurring.“Whether the current buoyant cargo movements from Asia prove to be a short-lived phenomenon or not, westbound 40ft spot rates are likely to stay above USD 1,000 until at least the end of the peak season in September,” Drewry forecasts.Due to the latest changes, the G6 Alliance, comprising of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line, will continue the following rotation:Loop 1: Kobe – Nagoya – Shimizu – Tokyo – Hong Kong – Vung Tau – Singapore – Jeddah – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Southampton – Le Havre – Singapore – Hong Kong – KobeLoop 4: Ningbo – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Xiamen – Shekou – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Colombo – Southampton – Antwerp – Hamburg – Rotterdam – Jeddah – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Hong Kong – NingboLoop 5: Kwangyang – Pusan – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Ningbo – Kaohsiung – Yantian – Singapore – Le Havre – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Southampton – Singapore – Shekou – Kaohsiung – KwangyangLoop 7: Qingdao – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Ningbo – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Gdansk – Gothenburg – Antwerp – Southampton – Singapore – Yantian – QingdaoThe G6 Alliance said that it will make further service adjustments where necessary.last_img read more

Basil Borutski who killed 3 women in the Ottawa Valley to be

first_imgPEMBROKE, Ont. – A 60-year-old man convicted of killing three women during an hour-long rampage in the Ottawa Valley two years ago will be sentenced on Wednesday.Basil Borutski sat in a packed Pembroke, Ont., courtroom and showed no emotion Tuesday as the families of his three victims told of their heartbreak through victim impact statements.Four of the victim impact statements were read by Crown attorney Julie Scott.Borutski was convicted late last month of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam, and of second-degree murder in the strangling of Carol Culleton. All three murders were committed on Sept. 22, 2015, in the space of less than an hour.Life sentences are mandatory on all three counts and the Crown is seeking that Borutski be ineligible for parole for 70 years.Borutski, who is representing himself, refused to make any comments or submissions at the sentencing hearing.Warmerdam’s mother Maz Tracey was blunt about her family’s loss.“There is a huge hole in our lives and our family. Daily we walk under a black cloud,” she said.In a videotaped interview played at trial, Borutski expressed a degree of remorse for his actions, which he said were fuelled by rage at what he considered to be the lies and betrayals of his victims.In the video, he described how he was acting like a “zombie” on the day in question, saying he’d originally planned to take his own life, but decided against it because he believed it was wrong to take an innocent life.“I killed them because they were not innocent,” Borutski said in the video. “They were guilty. I was innocent. I’ve done nothing wrong.”(CFRA, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Porch lights turn on across continent for NB teen behind gooddeed movement

first_imgPorch lights have been turning on across North America in honour of a New Brunswick teenager who turned a terminal prognosis into an online movement that inspired acts of kindness around the globe.Rebecca Schofield died of brain cancer in Moncton on Saturday evening at the age of 18.Hundreds of members of a Facebook group dedicated to her #BeccaToldMeTo movement said they were turning on their porch lights Sunday evening in her honour, in places like California, Texas, Florida and across Canada.“Porch light on in Arizona in memory of Becca,” commented Facebook user Cynthia Howard on a post that had been shared more than 2,200 times by Monday morning.Her supporters were also commenting that they would continue to carry out her final request and perform random acts of kindness — with one home daycare owner posting that she was offering her clients a week of free child care.“Becca your beautiful kind spirit will surely be missed on this earth but your legacy will live on. Thank you for giving hope back to humanity,” commented Facebook user Katelynn Draper of Campbellton, N.B.The Riverview, N.B., teenager penned a bucket list in December 2016 after learning her years-long battle with brain cancer had taken a turn for the worse, with doctors giving her only months to live.The list included some of life’s simple pleasures — playing with puppies, eating her dad’s macaroni and cheese — and one more altruistic request. She asked her thousands of Facebook followers to help her cross an item off the list by performing random acts of kindness and posting them online under the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.“I want to create a mass of acts of kindness,” Schofield told her thousands of Facebook followers.Her request soon went viral, with people as far away as Australia posting their good deeds to social media with the hashtag “#BeccaToldMeTo.”The campaign even attracted the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recognized Schofield’s “bravery, volunteerism and inspiring commitment to community” in a February 2017 tweet.Politicians including New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc have offered their condolences, and the New Brunswick RCMP tweeted that its flag was flying at half mast Monday.Former Ontario MP Eve Adams tweeted that she received two free coffees on Sunday in Hamilton and Ajax, Ont.“Both times the cashier told me the customer ahead bought my coffee because #BeccaToldMeTo. Of course, I paid it forward,” she wrote.Schofield’s family released a statement Sunday that said her supporters “gave her hope that all the good and the bad of the past three years had a meaning, even at times when that was hard to see.”“You gave her the profound blessing of knowing in her too short life that she had made a difference,” the statement said.“If the love of a community actually had the medical power to cure childhood cancer, we believe Becca would have lived forever. While that wasn’t possible, we believe the countless acts of kindness Becca and her family have received from a community of caring people literally around the globe has at least helped soothe all of our souls.”People post good deeds to Schofield’s Facebook page on a daily basis, celebrating acts ranging from holding the door open for someone to sending a box of bath items to Canadian soldiers in Kuwait.Thousands of dollars have been raised in Schofield’s honour, in addition to donations of food, clothing and blood.The New Brunswick government declared the third Saturday of September “Becca Schofield Day,” and kicked off the inaugural event in 2017.A celebration of Schofield’s life is set to be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Riverview on Wednesday, according to an obituary posted on the Cobb’s Funeral Home website.The notice said the family is asking that mourners donate to charity in lieu of flowers.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Acting Studio Pays Tribute To James Gandolfini

first_imgThe Stella Adler Studio of Acting has paid tribute to actor James Gandolfini, who passed away this week.James Gandolfini at Stella by Starlight GalaCredit/Copyright: Patrick McMullan Photography“The Stella Adler Studio of Acting was incredibly sad to hear of the passing of our friend James Gandolfini. One of Gandolfini’s last public appearances was on June 10 when he came to our Stella by Starlight Gala that benefits the programs for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. James was there to celebrate the career of his close friend and our honoree, Elaine Stritch. Other honorees that evening included Stephen Sondheim, George Takei and Charles S. Cohen.”James Gandolfini Supports Stella by Starlight GalaCredit/Copyright: Patrick McMullan PhotographyThe Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala attracted stars such as Alec Baldwin and Liza Minnelli.Funds raised from the evening will be used to support the studio’s programs such as the Stella Adler Outreach Division, a program that provides free actor training to low-income, inner-city youth. The Outreach Division has served and trained nearly 5,000 students since its inception in 2004.The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is an acting school based in New York City founded by actress and teacher Stella Adler in 1949. Adler founded the Studio on her belief in the seriousness of her art. Adler and the school have trained many of the brilliant actors of our time, including Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Elaine Stritch. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is a nonprofit organization, which trains over 500 actors annually. Each year the Stella Adler Outreach Division provides free theater programs to hundreds of young people who live below the poverty line and has reached nearly 5,000 youth since 2004. The Studio also presents public lectures, poetry readings, concerts, theater performances, dance theater events and an annual arts festival.last_img read more

CRA scammers continue to target the Peace region

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have received countless phone calls reporting aggressive contacts from people claiming to be collecting money for the Canada Revenue Agency.The scam often involves telling the victim that taxes are owed and they must be paid immediately or there will be a warrant for their arrest. The caller will then request payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards. Callers may even “spoof” a phone number so that the call will appear as the CRA on call display.Residents in the B.C. Peace are also sharing on facebook, copies of text messages that suggest in order to receive your child benefit payment, you should click a link to share your auto deposit information. Do not click the link. A copy of the text message being sent to area residents asking for banking information.Please keep the following information in mind:There is no legitimate agency, CRA, RCMP, or otherwise, that will accept payment in the form of gift cards or prepaid credit cards.If you feel the call may be legitimate, hang up the phone and look up the number for the CRA to call and get verification. Do not call back the number on your call display.If the caller alludes to police or RCMP involvement, hang up and call your local RCMP or police detachment directly for verification.Please report any calls of this nature to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at If you’ve received a phone call like this and paid out money or gift cards, please attend the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment to file a report.last_img read more

Car Driver Hits Three German Tourists in Agadir During Epileptic Seizure

Rabat – A car hit on Thursday three German tourists in Agadir after the driver suffered from an epileptic seizure, causing him to lose consciousness, reports Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The tourists were transferred to Agadir’s provincial hospital, where they received primary treatment. The tourists have reportedly left the hospital, added the MAP.The driver was also transferred to the hospital. An investigation has been initiated by the local authorities to determine the circumstances of the accident.

Merlin diamond mine to scrub up well with new equipment

first_imgThe Merlin diamond mine in the Northern Territory of Australia is set to double processing capacity thanks to the installation of a new scrubber.Processing will go from 50 tonnes per hour to 100 t/h in the next few months with the arrival in late August of the new scrubber, plus accompanying screen and conveyor belts from China, Merlin Diamonds said.In addition to boosting processing capacity, the new scrubber will “significantly” reduce the recirculation of oversize material and give Merlin the ability to feed damp ore directly from the pit.Merlin has also purchased a jaw crusher to be introduced into the processing circuit to treat the trommel oversize material. This comes on top of a dense medium separation (DMS) circuit on order from South Africa. Once the DMS is installed, capacity will again increase to 150 t/h.The company recommenced mining at Merlin recently via a contract mining agreement with Rusca Bros Services. JORC-compliant probable reserves stand at 11.1 million tonnes at 26 carats per hundred tonnes for a contained 2.9 million carats.The company is one of a growing number of diamond producers using X-ray Transmission technology to reduce the amount of material processed and increase the grade of process plant feed. It signed an agreement with TOMRA to provide an XRT plant last year.last_img read more

Banks repay €33 billion in fees from State guarantee schemes

first_imgTHE SEVEN IRISH banks covered by the two guarantee schemes introduced by the government in 2008 and 2009 have so far paid €3.36 billion in fees to the Exchequer, new figures have shown.Figures released by the Department of Finance show that over €750 million has been paid in fees by seven institutions which were covered by the blanket guarantee introduced in September 2008 and which ran for two years.The other €2.6 billion has been paid under a second guarantee, the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee scheme, under which the State also agreed to guarantee new deposits and any newly-issued bonds within a certain period. That scheme remains in place.Around half of the fees accrued from the latter scheme were collected in 2011, when AIB paid fees of €465 million and Bank of Ireland €449 million.Fees from the scheme have slowed slightly since then, with about €515 million paid to the State so far this year – again, with AIB and Bank of Ireland making up the lion’s share at €205 million and €189 million respectively.The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the institution formed by the merger of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide, has paid a total of €251 million under the ELG scheme.Bank of Ireland and AIB are again the largest contributors under the previous blanket guarantee, having paid €239 and €233 million in the lifetime of that scheme. Anglo paid €188 million, while Irish Nationwide contributed €33 million.EBS Building Society – now a subsidiary of AIB – paid €15.6 million, while Irish Life & Permanent paid a total of €50.2 million. Postbank, the financial services arm of An Post, paid €39,000.Aside from the fees for being covered under the schemes, the banks have also paid a total of €5.35 million to cover the State’s administrative and legal costs.The State has spent a total of €64.1 billion recapitalising the banking sector, including a total of €20.7 billion on the now-defunct IBRC. Some of that amount has been converted into shares in each institution, which could be sold on – possibly to the new Eurozone bailout fund – at a later point.The transactions are largely circuitous, given that the State now almost fully owns each of the institutions covered by the guarantee. The only exception is Bank of Ireland, in which the State owns a 15.1 per cent stake. AIB is 99.8 per cent owned by the taxpayer.The figures were released in response to parliamentary questions from Labour’s Joanna Tuffy.last_img read more

4 boxing champions remember Muhammad Ali

first_img#mondaymotivation Quote from #TheGreatestOfAllTime “Don’t count the days; make the days count.” #MuhammadAli— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) June 6, 2016 Outside of the ring, Ali was credited with humanitarian work around the world. On Friday, he succumbed to Parkinson’s disease at 74.“I haven’t cried as much in about 30 years,” said Bowe.“He showed how strong he really could be by battling it for three decades,” said Moorer.When each boxing legend was asked to use one word to describe Ali, two of them called him “the greatest,” one called him “impeccable,” and the fourth called him “real.”Ali’s funeral has been scheduled for Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of boxing champions gathered in South Florida, Monday, to remember the legendary Muhammad Ali.Former heavyweight champions Riddick Bowe, Shannon Briggs, Evander Holyfield and Michael Moorer sat down with 7News to discuss the life of the man who was nicknamed “The Greatest.”All four boxers met Ali at some point in their careers. “He’s my idol, and he encouraged me, and he influenced me to get into boxing, to become successful and to have fun,” said Briggs. “That’s what Ali brought to the game.”Ali was the heavyweight champion of the world three times. Despite these boxers’ accomplishments, none of them can make that claim.“He didn’t give up,” said Holyfield. “When he lost, he did it again, and then he did it again, so he’s the only person who’s ever done it three [times].”last_img read more

Southern Baptists Combat Sex Abuse As Critics Rally

first_img Share Julie Bennett/APJules Woodson, of Colorado Springs, Colo., speaks during a rally outside the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. First-time attendee Woodson spoke through tears as she described being abused sexually by a Southern Baptist minister.Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s national meeting voted this week to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle abuse cases.The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, said the SBC faced a “defining moment” that would shape the church for generations to come.“This is not a distraction from the mission,” Greear said of the fight against sex abuse. “Protecting God’s children is the mission of the church.”The SBC’s meeting comes as U.S. Catholic bishops convene in Baltimore to address a widening sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The Southern Baptist Convention says it had 14.8 million members in 2018, down about 192,000 from the previous year. The Catholic Church is the largest denomination in the U.S., with 76.3 million members as of last year — down from 81.2 million in 2005.Sex abuse already was a high-profile issue at the SBC’s 2018 national meeting in Dallas, after which Greear formed an advisory group to draft recommendations on how to confront the problem. Greear was unanimously re-elected to a second term on Tuesday.Pressure on the SBC has intensified in recent months due in part to articles by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News asserting that hundreds of Southern Baptist clergy and staff have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years, including dozens who returned to church duties, while leaving more than 700 victims with little in the way of justice or apologies.Stung by the allegations, SBC leaders forwarded to the delegates meeting in Birmingham a proposed amendment to the SBC constitution making clear that an individual church could be expelled for mishandling or covering up sex-abuse cases. It was endorsed by the delegates, as was a similar proposal designating racism as grounds for expulsion.Delegates also voted to assign the SBC’s credentials committee to review claims against churches with regard to sexual abuse and racial discrimination.Even before this week’s meeting, some action had been taken on recommendations from Greear’s study committee.For example, a nine-member team developed a training curriculum to be used by churches and seminaries to improve responses to abuse. The team includes a psychologist, a former prosecutor, a detective, and attorney and abuse survivor Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to go public with charges against sports doctor Larry Nassar ahead of the prosecution that led to a lengthy prison sentence.The study group also is considering new requirements for background checks of church leaders, and it is assessing options for a database listing credibly accused abusers, though Baptist leaders say that process has been difficult because of legal issues.Outside the convention hall, about two dozen demonstrators handed out flyers to Southern Baptists and held up signs with messages including: “End church abuse cover-ups” and “Be like Jesus: Take abuse seriously & love victims.”Some participants at a rally said they are abuse survivors and have been attending denominational meetings for years. First-time attendee Jules Woodson spoke through tears as she described being abused sexually by a Southern Baptist minister.“He remains in the pulpit. I’ve reached out to him personally and he refuses to respond. And so I’m asking the SBC to hold him accountable,” said Woodson, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.Ahead of the meeting, there was a surge of debate related to the Southern Baptist Convention’s doctrine of “complementarianism” that calls for male leadership in the home and the church.Particularly contentious is a widely observed prohibition on women preaching in Southern Baptist churches. Those recently challenging that policy include Beth Moore, a prominent author and evangelist who runs a Houston-based ministry for women.“What I want to say to my own family of Southern Baptists: Our family is sick. We need help,” Moore said at a panel discussion Monday night. “We have this built-in disesteem for women and it’s got to change.”A female delegate to the SBC meeting, Alex Hebert, said she was pleased with the denomination’s overall effort to address sexual misconduct.“I think there’s a huge push toward repentance and looking into what we can do to prevent that from happening and to prevent people who have been participating in that” from being part of church leadership, said Hebert, holding her 1-year-old son in her arms.Hebert, 26, said she is very comfortable in her own Southern Baptist congregation, Calvary Baptist Church in Kemp, Texas, where her husband is head pastor.Nathan Morton, a pastor from South Carolina, said he knows sexual misconduct is a problem based on personal experience, but he trusts the SBC’s current leadership to address the problem.“I had staff members that were abused by ministers when they were younger. Ministers got shuttled from one place to the other. Now there’s some positive, proactive issues and resolutions coming up that’s made us a greater and stronger denomination,” said Morton, 56.___Crary reported from New York.last_img read more

QF unveils new ad extends SAA codeshare

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T South African Airways (SAA) has been granted an extension of its codeshare agreement with Australian carrier, Qantas until the end of March next year.The decision to continue the codeshare was approved by the International Air Services Commission (IASC) and embraced by SAA country manager Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith.“We welcome the IASC interim decision (pending its review of the application to extend the codeshare until 2016, which we support) and believe this will greatly assist our ability to book and fly passengers over the Christmas holiday period, traditionally our busiest time of the year.”SAA fly daily non-stop flights ex Sydney and operate six flights per week ex Perth to Johannesburg.“We have also decided to extend our special ‘fly on Friday’ fares out of Perth which can now be booked until the end of July,” Mr Clyde-Smith said.In other Qantas news, the carrier has launched the next initiative as part of their new marketing strategy; a television commercial. The advertisement for the ‘You’re the Reason We Fly’ campaign follows a successful teaser promotion and will feature original music composed by Australian artist Daniel Johns.“We opened the Qantas Hub on 2 July and we had over 20,000 Australians sign up to participate on the first day. It was a pleasing response; particularly given we raised our target of $100,000 for Mission Australia on the first day of the campaign,” Qantas executive manager marketing Lewis Pullen said.According to Mr Pullen, hundreds of names have already been selected to adorn the sides of Qantas’ A380 and B737 aircraft.The television commercial will take the viewer on an aerial tour canvassing scenes of Australians going about their everyday activities, ending with a portrait of their faces.An Olympic version of the new commercial will also be filmed and aired during the 2012 Games.“It features Bernard Tomic, Steve Hooker, Liesel Jones, Courtney Atkinson and Kelly Cartwright, all training for their respective goals and representing the spirit of Australians in London,” Mr Pullen said. Qantas executive manager marketing Lewis Pullenlast_img read more

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first_img attack|Chicago Police|Empire|jussie smollett CHICAGO — Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the “Empire” actor played a role in an assault on him last month by what he described as two men shouting homophobic and racial slurs.In a statement late Saturday the lawyers say: “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”His lawyers say that Smollett will continue to co-operate with a Chicago police investigation into the reported attack.Chicago police earlier Saturday said their investigation of the attack had “shifted” following the interrogation of two men. The brothers from Nigeria were first considered suspects, but then released from police custody Friday without being charged.“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CBS Chicago.“We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”Smollett’s attorneys say that one of the men was the actor’s personal trainer, hired to prepare him physically for a music video.Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and “This is MAGA country!” He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant early on Jan. 29. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him.Police have been unable to find surveillance video of the attack.___See AP’s complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case: Associated Press Related Stories Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’ by The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2019 9:18 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2019 at 10:16 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Smollett says no truth he played role in attack FILE – In this March 6, 2018 file photo, actor-singer Jussie Smollett, from the Fox series, “Empire,” poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

Cyprus becoming a regional higher education hub

first_imgGovernment efforts to make the country a regional education hub have proved successful as the number of foreign students has almost tripled within three years, Education Minister Costas Kadis said on Wednesday.Kadis told the members of the House education committee that during the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 8,300 foreign students were registered in tertiary education institutions, while last year the number topped 17,600, according to the statistical services.He added that according to his ministry’s own data, there were more than 21,000 foreign students last year.“We almost tripled the number since 2012-2013,” Kadis said.As part of the goal to increase numbers, the government has supported the expansion of state and private universities so that they can offer “more attractive study programmes”.Establishing the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, Kadis said, was another measure taken to boost tertiary education.  The agency, established in 2015, is responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education in Cyprus and for overseeing improvements to higher education institutions and their programmes of study.The minister also said that agreements signed with other countries on cooperation in the field of higher education and on the mutual recognition of qualifications has also helped in increasing the numbers of foreign students. He said that huge prospects had been opened up with such agreements signed with Russia and China.Kadis said that he recently discussed with the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency the interest of foreign universities in setting up operations in Cyprus, which would lead to even more students from abroad.Kadis also dismissed recent data that showing a decrease in the numbers of Cypriots receiving tertiary education.He said that in 2010, 45 per cent of Cypriot youth had been in tertiary education, while in 2015 the percentage rose to 55 per cent, which is higher than the EU average.“The EU’s goal is that by 2020 all member states reach 40 per cent, and we are already at 55 per cent,” Kadis said. “What should trouble us, is ways to keep these scientists in Cyprus”.  You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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