Shipwreck thought to be part of Vasco da Gamas fleet to India

first_imgDubai, Mar 15 (PTI) A shipwreck discovered years ago off the coast Oman in the Arabian Sea is believed to be part of the fleet of 16th century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama on his second voyage to India, according to a new study published today.The wreckage was first discovered in 1998 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah Island in the Arabian Sea, but an archaeological excavation to reveal more about the sunken ship has taken place over the last three years, an interim report published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology says.Researchers think that what they found is the remains of the Esmeralda, a ship from the famous explorers second voyage to India that is believed to have been destroyed in a storm.”The bay where the site is located was almost a perfect geographical match for where the ships [the Esmeralda and the Sao Pedro, another ship in the fleet] wrecked,” CNN quoted the study as saying.The artifacts found at the wreck site — including incredibly rare coins — also helped to determine the nationality and date of the wreckage, said David L Mearns, the director of Blue Water Recoveries.The coins were forged in 1499 after da Gamas first voyage to India, which helps date the wreckage, he said.”That was an amazing discovery,” Mearns said, adding that “It was like a thing you read about in a Hollywood story.”Since 2013, a team from the British company Blue Water Recoveries and the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture have explored a site in the Al Hallaniyah Islands Ghubbat ar Rahib Bay. PTI AKJ NTRadvertisementlast_img read more

PH boxing bracing for tough climb to SEA Games gold

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis View comments FILE – Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has been a consistent force in boxing in Southeast Asia but other neighboring countries are not far behind as far as the level of competition is concerned.Ed Picson, secretary-general of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap), expects a steep gold medal climb for the country’s bets in the coming Southeast Asian Games as they face beefed-up opposition.Picson, though, remains upbeat about the contingent’s chances.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ PH beach volley counting on hometown support to boost SEA Games bid “I don’t do medal projections as there are too many variables that we have to consider. But I can say that our boxers are in excellent shape,” said Picson, adding the officiating, conditioning and the draw are potential major factors intheir golden bid.“But it’s going to be tough. It’s no longer just Thailand that will come up with a good fight. We have information that other countries are also coming in strong as they are now using foreign exposure and coaches while upgrading their technology to boost their chances.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceEumir Felix Marcial together with Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, Charly Suarez, James Palicte, Marjon Piañar, Bautista and John Tupas-Marvin will head the country’s drive. Meanwhile, newly-crowned world champion Nesthy Petecio will spearhead the women’s squad together with Gabuco, Irish Magno, Aira Villegas and Risa Pasuit.Marcial and Tupas-Marvin delivered gold medals in the previous biennial meet in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Boxing competitions begin on Dec. 3 at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay CitySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

India’s tryst with finals at Lord’s- 1983 World Cup, 2002 Natwest series, Women’s World Cup 2017

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur’s blistering 115-ball 171* helped India beat Australia by 36 runs at Derby on Friday and set up a final against hosts England at the Home of Cricket — Lord’s on Sunday.This is the third time the Indian cricket team will play a final at the Mecca of Cricket after the 1983 World Cup and the dramatic Natwest series final in 2002.While the previous two occasions it was the men’s team led by Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly, who made India proud, this time it’s up to Mithali Raj’s women to bring glory to their nation and lift the first-ever World Cup in women’s cricket.Reuters PhotoIndia’s record in finals in England has been good so far. The Kapil-led team won the World Cup in 1993, Ganguly’s men won a nail-biting thriller to upset Nasser Hussain’s men 19 years later. The Men In Blue under Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the Champions Trophy in 2013 as well.However, Lord’s has always been special to India and Mithali’s women will look to extend the dominance at the iconic ground. India have played two so far and won on both occasions.1983 WORLD CUPOn June 25, 1983, the Indian team scripted history after beating an intimating West Indian side by 43 runs to lift their first-ever World Cup.India took on the Windies twice in the tournament prior to the big final. They had beaten West Indies in their opener by 34 runs and then West Indies beat India by 44 runs in their second game. But everybody rooted for the team from the Caribbean, under the captaincy of Kapil, India did the unthinkable to down the two-time champions.advertisementPutting into bat first, the Indians managed a paltry total of 183 from 54.4 overs. Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts starred with the ball for the Windies as they were all-set to lift their third trophy.But, Kapil and Co. had other plans.Defending a small total, the Indians started on the front foot by dismissing Gordon Greenidge early. The bowlers kept it tight and didn’t allow the batsmen to get away. Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards steadied the ship after an early blow and took West Indies to 50 before the former fell to Madan Lal for 13. Once Haynes fell, the bowlers tightened the noose further and the Windies started losing wickets at regular intervals.Although Faoud Bacchus and Jeff Dujon did form a 43-run partnership for the sixth wicket, Mohinder Amarnath castled Dujon to get India back into the game. Marshall, Roberts  and Michael Holding fell soon after and their innings ended at 140 from 52 overs. Lal and Amarnath starred with the ball for India — picking up three wickets each.That was the first time India had reached the final and an inspirational performance at the Mecca of Cricket allowed them to lift the cup in their maiden try and end West Indies’ dominance, who had won in the last two editions.NATWEST TROPHY 2002The match was nail-biter but it will forever be etched in the memories of every Indian and perhaps English cricket fans due to the Indian captains antics once they won the match.Ganguly took off his shirt at the balcony and waved it passionately after snatching a remarkable victory from the jaws of defeat — some would say that was his reply to Andrew Flintoff’s infamous actions a year back at the Wankhede.PTI PHOTOBut, the match itself was nothing short of a spectacle.Hussain won the toss and elected to bat first. England were provided with a brisk start by Marcus Trescothick and Nick Knight. They pair put together 42 runs before the latter fell in the eighth over to Zaheer Khan.Then walked in the captain and the hosts were up and away before anybody could realise. Trescothick and Hussain played aggressively and kept attacking the bowlers. Trescothick finally fell for a 100-ball 109 when Kumble castled him but the damage was already done. The duo put together a stand of 185 runs for the second wicket.Hussain anchored the innings and played a supporting role to Andrew Flintoff, who blasted 40 off 32 balls to help England go bast the 300-run mark. Hussain completed his century before finally falling for 115 — with England’s score on 312/4 from 48 overs. The hosts managed 23 runs off the final two overs and set an monstrous target of 326 for the visitors to win the match.India were off to a flyer thanks to Ganugly and Virender Sehwag, who put on 106 from 14.2 overs before the Prince of Kolkata departed for a 43-ball 60. Sehwag failed to continue and sonn departed for 45 — leaving India at 114/2 from 16 overs.advertisementIndia lost three quick wickets and were staring at defeat. Then came the remarkable comeback. With the team struggling at 146/5 from 24 overs, two young players put their hands up when it mattered the most.Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif started slowly but soon started counter-attacking and kept India’s hopes alive. The duo put together a humongous stand of 221 for the sixth wicket before the southpaw finally fell for 69 from 63 balls. India still needed 49 runs from 44 balls but there were no batsmen to support Kaif now.PTI PHOTOHowever, he kept playing a blinder and was ably supported by Harbhajan Singh but the offie soon fell, followed by Kumble and India’s hopes were diminishing. But Kaif held one end guided his team home with three balls to spare. He finished with 87* off 75 balls and was named the man-of-the-match for his remarkable knock.last_img read more

Capitals Just Nip Rangers, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Joel Ward wanted Alex Ovechkin to hear him over the din at Madison Square Garden. So, the depth forward screamed at his superstar teammate.Maybe he should do it more often.Ward got Ovechkin’s attention and drove the Russian’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist with 1.3 seconds left to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on April 30 in Game 1 of their second-round series.“I took a hard whack at it and it went in,” Ward said. After the goal was confirmed by replay, Ovechkin kissed Ward on the cheek.“I heard (Ward) screaming so loud,” Ovechkin said. “I just wanted to throw the puck (to him). As soon as I went to the bench and I saw the replay, it was a clear goal. We’ll take it.”Following a mostly ceremonial face-off, the teams skirmished at center ice, sparked by New York’s displeasure that Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t penalized for hitting Dan Boyle from behind on the play that led to Ward’s goal.To a man, the Rangers acknowledged that they let up, expecting referees Chris Rooney and Kelly Sutherland to blow the play dead.“I saw (Boyle) get hit (and) go down,” defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “I kind of hesitated.”Ovechkin opened the scoring with a power play goal with 1:47 remaining in the first period. Jesper Fast tied it with 4:39 left in the third, tipping Kevin Hayes’ point shot past goalie Braden Holtby.Holtby made 31 saves, and Lundqvist stopped 27 shots.Game 2 is May 2 in New York.“I don’t care,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said, when asked if the 12:30 p.m. start for Game 2 could benefit his team. “We’ll play whatever time the game is.”The Capitals ended a two-game losing streak against New York in the playoffs. Washington also lost three of the four regular-season meetings with the Rangers.“They’re a very talented team,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said about the Rangers, who finished the regular season with the most points and wins in franchise history. “There’s a reason that they finished No. 1 in the regular season.”In the first period, with New York center Dominic Moore in the penalty box for holding, Ovechkin carried the puck into the offensive zone and whipped a shot past Lundqvist from the top of the left circle for his third goal of the playoffs.In 27 career playoff games against the Rangers, Ovechkin has 11 goals and 10 assists. He led the NHL during the regular season with 53 goals, 25 power-play goals and 11 game-winning goals.Ovechkin’s goal was Washington’s first playoff score against Lundqvist in 138:13 dating to Game 6 of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.“He’s a rare talent in this league,” Trotz said about Ovechkin. “He’s very similar to Mark Messier. Those rare talents that can play a very heavy game (and) intimidate you with speed. He can intimidate you with his skill and his physicality.”Holtby was aided by some misfires from New York’s shooters.In the second, Carl Hagelin pushed Fast’s cross-ice feed wide of the net. Later in the period, Derick Brassard couldn’t jam a loose puck in the crease past Holtby. Martin St. Louis’ slap shot from the slot 3:56 into the third was blocked by Karl Alzner.“Adjustments will be made,” New York center Derek Stepan said. “One of the biggest adjustments will be shooting more pucks.”Lundqvist was strong, too. He made a glove save on Backstrom with 5:28 left in the second. In the third, he stopped Brooks Laich’s wraparound attempt and John Carlson’s off-wing drive.“It’s a tough one, it really stinks,” Lundqvist said. “We will regroup and come back.”(DENIS GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pele says poor health will keep him from opening ceremony

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pele will not attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics because of poor health, denying Brazilians a chance to celebrate their greatest sports figure.The 75-year-old soccer great said this week he had been invited to light the cauldron, though that was not confirmed by Rio organizers.“I’m not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics,” Pele said in a statement on Friday.Pele had hip surgery recently and often walks with a cane. His absence — in any role — will be a huge disappointment to fans and organizers. He is easily Brazil’s most recognizable athlete — or former athlete — though he stopped playing almost 40 years ago.“Only God is more important than my health,” he wrote. “In my life I’ve had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I’ve always respected those who admire me.”He said pulling out was “my own decision.”Pele’s role in the opening ceremony has never been clear. He had said earlier that a commitment to a sponsor would force him to travel the day of the ceremony.“If I manage to change (the travel plans), I would like to have the honor to light it,” he said.In statement, Pele apologized for disappointing Brazilians and said “as a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event.”He signed the statement Edson Arantes do Nascimento — Pele. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

England off to winning start with Scotland victory

first_imgEllen White scored her third goal in as many games against Scotland as England’s World Cup campaign got off to a winning start in Nice, where Nikita Parris was also on target in a 2-1 victory.Phil Neville’s side dominated much of an entertaining encounter at the Allianz Riviera and Parris scored her 13th international goal with a 14th-minute penalty – her first successful spot-kick in an England shirt.The combination of Parris and her Lyon team-mate Lucy Bronze on the England right was at the heart of the Lionesses’ best play and Scotland could not match their quality despite battling tirelessly throughout. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? White spearheaded England’s attack, providing them with a constant outlet, and got her reward for a performance full of poise and determination with England’s second, which put the game out of Scotland’s reach despite Claire Emslie’s 79th-minute consolation strike.That feeling when you score your first @FIFAWWC goal… pic.twitter.com/lcRGKEO65x— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 9, 2019England were awarded a penalty after 12 minutes when Nicola Docherty’s raised arm connected with Francesca Kirby’s cross, and Parris lashed the spot-kick into the top-left corner of the net to give Lee Alexander no chance.White drew a good save from Alexander with a close-range volley eight minutes later and had the ball in the net only for her looping header to be ruled out for offside.Manchester City-bound White made no mistake five minutes before half-time when Kirby forced the ball through to her on the edge of the box and she hooked it into the corner of the net with an accurate left-foot finish to double England’s advantage.Beth Mead thought she had made it 3-0 within seconds of the restart but again an offside flag denied England.Scotland improved, and Emslie made inroads down the right flank, but England countered and White struck another close-range volley that Alexander did well to catch.Lisa Evans remained full of running in the closing stages and she started a sweeping Scotland move that Emslie finished with a neat finish high into the net from close range, but England held firm in the closing stages to clinch the victory. read morelast_img read more

Team’s Statue Area Vandalized In Anticipation Of Rivalry Week

first_imgThe Spartan Statue on Michigan State's campus.EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 08: The Spartan statue is seen prior to the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Purdue Boilermakers at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)It’s rivalry week for Michigan and Michigan State, as the Wolverines and the Spartans are set to meet in East Lansing, Mich.Rivalry week typically includes some off-the-field action from the opposing fan bases. And, unsurprisingly, we have it.Reports say that the area around Michigan State’s Spartan statute has been vandalized:From the Lansing State Journal:Michigan State’s beloved Sparty statue has remained safe during rivalry week, but the surrounding area has not, police said.Michigan State University Police were called Tuesday just before 4 a.m. to the area of the Sparty statue for a report of vandalism, Capt. Doug Monette said.They found a blue “M” spray painted on the sidewalk near the statue, likely in support of the University of Michigan.Monette said the investigation is open and ongoing.More details can be seen here:Rivalry week between Michigan and Michigan State is heating up as someone vandalized an area near the Spartan Statue overnight. Where was “Sparty Watch?” #rivalryweek #spartywatch https://t.co/0fj4O6TZSH pic.twitter.com/n0kJ2P8W5t— wilxTV (@wilxTV) October 16, 2018Kickoff is set for noon on Saturday.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Currency manipulation charges sound hegemonic says RBI Guv

first_imgNew Delhi: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Friday said ensuring orderly exchange rates is the responsibility of the IMF and not individual countries like the US and that currency manipulation charges by one nation against another reeks of bilateral hegemony. It can be noted that US president Donald Trump has been singling out India and China as currency manipulators. Trump went to the extent of specifically mentioning Reserve Bank buying dollars from the markets as a proxy of setting the exchange rates. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalConcerned over the issues around currency management, Das, without naming any country in particular, called for “collectively ensuring multilateral principles and frameworks for orderly exchange rates and payment arrangements are not superseded by bilateral hegemony.” Questioning how can some countries call others “currency manipulators,” he said such labelling should not be a bilateral prerogative as there are multi-lateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund exist to do such policing. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The best way forward”, Das said is to strengthen existing institutions like the IMF and make them more “relevant and trusted”. Das’ statement comes in the wake of the US treasury department’s recent currency report to the Congress. While the latest report does not accuse India of currency manipulation, earlier reports had raised red flags over the RBI’s dollar purchase. In fact, the latest bi-annual report paints all emerging markets as currency manipulators. Amidst growing concerns about falling growth in the world economy, Das, while launching a book focused on the IMF, in the Capital Friday called for closer coordination between monetary and fiscal policies across the world to cushion the impact of the slowdown. Pointing out that global cooperation in finance has become “weaker” in recent years, Das specifically flagged the decade-old policy of low interest rate regimes in major economies as a challenge for emerging markets like India. “It is important, in the backdrop of slowing global growth, that policies of monetary and fiscal authorities are well-calibrated so that they support growth without further build-up of leverage and asset price bubbles. Prudent policies are critical to growth with macroeconomic stability,” he said. Globally, monetary and fiscal policies need to focus on judiciously using policy space and undertake structural reforms to improve productivity, innovation and job creation, he said. On the issue of low interest rates in many advanced economies, he said such countries are pursuing their policies without “recognizing their adverse impacts”. Das said a third of the total bonds issued by advanced economies worth $13 trillion getting yielding negative returns now. Amid low global interest rates, total credit to the non-financial sector in emerging markets went up from 107.2 percent of GDP at the end of 2008 to 194.4 percent of GDP by March 2018, and dropped to 183.2 percent at the end of 2018, the governor said. In the face of such difficulties, the emerging markets will be focusing on macroeconomic and financial stability, while focusing on growth. The world will be looking at bodies like the IMF for dependable solutions, he said, but expressed doubts on how these challenge will be negotiated. “Global order today faces several challenges that will test the skills of the international organisations as well as those of national monetary and fiscal authorities,” he said. He further said there is an urgency to the completion of the 15th general review of quotas, which has been delayed for four years now.last_img read more

Saudi ends travel restrictions on women move hailed

first_imgRiyadh: Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer require a permission from a “male guardian” to travel or obtain a passport, a move that marks a significant loosening of the kingdom’s strict restrictions on females. The decision was hailed by Saudi women, with prominent influencer and talk show host Muna AbuSulayman tweeting: “A generation growing up completely free and equal to their brothers.” The royal decrees, signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz and published by the official Saudi Gazette on Friday allow all Saudi women to apply for passports “like all citizens” and for women aged 21 and above to travel independently. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Saudi Arabia has long been under scrutiny over its treatment of women in the kingdom, with activists saying they were often treated as “second-class citizens”. Previously women had to seek approval from a male guardian — – a husband, father or other male relative — in order to obtain a passport. Women without a passport of their own were instead given a page in their male guardians’ passports, making it impossible for them to travel without guardian accompaniment. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The new reforms are part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to modernize Saudi Arabia and relax the conservative social code. Driving ban on Saudi women was lifted in 2018. Reforms have also seen the introduction of the kingdom’s first movie cinemas and first concerts. The reforms will come into effect at the end of August and according to the Saudi Ministry of Information, these are part of the kingdom’s “efforts to promote women’s rights and empowerment, equal to men”. Other changes issued in the decrees allow women to register a marriage, divorce or child’s birth and be issued official family documents. The reforms also stipulate that a father or mother can be legal guardians of children. The decision follows a series of attempts by women to escape abroad from the kingdom. In 2018, authorities arrested many of the country’s most prominent female campaigners in a sweeping crackdown on activists. Many Saudi women took to Twitter to welcome the move. The first woman to become an envoy for the kingdom, Saudi Ambassador to the US Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, tweeted: “I am elated to confirm that KSA will be enacting amendments to its labour and civil laws that are designed to elevate the status of Saudi women within our society, including granting them the right to apply for passports and travel independently.” “These new regulations are history in the making. They call for the equal engagement of women and men in our society. It is a holistic approach to gender equality…,” she said in another tweet. Another user said: “This is a historic change for entire Saudi society to help their economic freedom move forward.” Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, congratulated Saudi Arabia on its “confident steps towards development and modernization”. The changes also cover employment regulations that expand work opportunities for women.last_img read more

Senate committee backs amendment giving provinces power to ban homegrown pot

first_imgOTTAWA – A Senate committee passed 40 amendments Monday to the federal government’s cannabis legalization bill, including one that would allow provinces and territories to ban home-grown marijuana.But the social affairs committee refused to accept a Conservative amendment that would have prohibited home cultivation outright.And it defeated another that would have indefinitely delayed implementation of the legislation until the government reports to both houses of Parliament on the measures it’s taking to deal with the concerns of Indigenous communities.The vast majority of the amendments approved were largely technical in nature and would have little affect on the substance of Bill C-45. Indeed, 29 of them were proposed by the sponsor of the bill in the Senate, independent Sen. Tony Dean, which suggests they have the blessing of the government.The committee’s amended version of the bill will now go back to the Senate as a whole, where senators will decide whether to accept or reject the amendments or propose additional changes.The various factions in the Senate have agreed to hold a final vote on the bill by June 7, which would allow the Trudeau government to deliver on its promise to have the legal recreational cannabis regime up and running by late summer.Under C-45, individuals would be allowed to grow up to five plants in a single dwelling.But Quebec and Manitoba have decided to prohibit home cultivation, setting up future legal challenges in which Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has said the federal legislation would prevail.The Senate committee, which conducted a clause-by-clause examination of the bill Monday, unanimously supported an amendment specifying that provincial and territorial governments have the authority to prohibit home-grown pot if they so choose. Dean was among those supporting the amendment, again suggesting the government is willing to go along with the change.However, the committee rejected, by a vote of 7-5, another amendment proposed by Conservative Sen. Judith Seidman that would have imposed a blanket prohibition on home growing across the country.It similarly rejected an amendment proposed by Conservative Sen. Dennis Patterson, which would have delayed implementation of the bill until the government reports to the House of Commons and the Senate on what it’s doing to address the concerns of Indigenous communities.None of the independent or independent Liberal senators on the committee supported either of those two Conservative amendments, which could bode well for the government in ensuring the bill is ultimately passed by the Senate. The 32 Conservative senators have voted as a block against the bill at every opportunity so far but they’d need at least 15 other senators to join them on the final vote to defeat or delay it.Patterson made an impassioned plea for delaying implementation, arguing that the government’s consultation with Indigenous people thus far has been “abysmal.” Moreover, First Nations governments will bear the impact of legalization on health, social and policing services, but he noted they have not so far been offered a share of the federal excise tax on cannabis to cover those costs.“This is a terribly vulnerable population,” he told the committee, noting that Indigenous communities are already struggling with severe alcohol and drug abuse problems, mental health issues and a suicide epidemic — all of which he suggested will get worse if cannabis is readily and legally available.Patterson’s amendment did not go quite as far as the Senate’s aboriginal people’s committee, which had recommended a delay of up to a year to enable more consultation with Indigenous communities. He put no timeline on his proposal for a government report on how it’s addressing Aboriginal concerns and argued that the government could pull one together within a month if it wanted.Independent Sen. Marc Gold said no one disagrees with the challenges facing Indigenous communities, but said he’s encouraged that the government is already taking steps to address them. Indigenous people are over-represented in the criminal justice systems and delaying implementation of a legalized cannabis regime will only exacerbate the problem, he argued.Liberal MP Bill Blair, the government’s point man on cannabis legalization, told the committee just prior to its clause-by-clause examination of the bill that some Indigenous communities want to get involved in the lucrative business of producing legal marijuana and the government has developed a guide to help them navigate the licensing process.The government has also provided funding for culturally appropriate public education about the risks of using cannabis and for improved delivery of addiction, prevention and treatment services in Indigenous communities, he said.Blair also told committee members that Bill C-45 is comprehensive, “thoughtfully designed” legislation that strikes a careful balance among diverse perspectives.But Conservative Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen questioned that assertion, given the number of amendments proposed by Dean to correct “flaws” in the drafting of the bill.“I don’t see that that is thoughtful or well designed,” she said.Other amendments passed by the committee include those that would:— Require regulations that flow from the legislation to impose a maximum potency limit on cannabis products.— Give the House of Commons and Senate 30 days to review regulations before they’re implemented.— Specifying that a permanent resident who is sentenced to six months or less for breaking the cannabis law would not face an additional penalty of being found inadmissable to Canada and deported.last_img read more

Kareem AbdulJabbar Angered Over Misleading Political Ads

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was always more than just a basketball player. He had a mature intelligence and a head for politics, even at a young age, and today’s brand does not fit his tastes.In an article he wrote for Time.com, Abdul-Jabbar expressed his dismay at both political parties for what he called “deceit.”Abdul-Jabbar wrote:“Giving the people the freedom to elect their representation is a core American ideal that is being abused. Instead of educating Americans, the mudslinger ads just create more confusion and chaos for the voters to sift through. How are Americans to make the best decisions for themselves when both of their options spend more money and time lying about one another instead of articulating how voting for them is the right decision?”Abdul-Jabbar points out that just 16 states consider making false political statements a crime and that a federal judge in Ohio decided that criminalizing over misleading or false statements infringed on free speech.The Hall of Fame center known for the “sky hook” wrote that in Mitt Romney’s 2011 Presidential campaign, he edited a clip from President Obama’s 2008 campaign against John McCain to make it seem as if Obama said, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”“That was a lie,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “The President’s actual comment stated that ‘Senator McCain said, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ Subtle, yet effectively misleading people in order to steer them away from President Obama.”Abdul-Jabbar’s criticism was not limited to Republicans.“The Democrats are guilty too, as they spent nearly twice the amount of money Republicans did on advertisements that focused on convincing seniors that Republicans were trying to take away their Medicare benefits.“Lying isn’t the only tool that politicians use to skew the votes in their favor. Shorter voting hours, voter identification laws, and redistricting are different ways that politicians try to influence voter outcome. Shorter hours make it increasingly difficult for people who can’t afford to leave work to get to the polls in time. Voter I.D. laws, in theory, are to protect against the ultra-rare cases of voter fraud. Redistricting is where the district lines are redrawn in order to encircle the area that would give the candidate a favorable advantage.”He added his call to action is about “holding the men and women in public office to a higher standard. Instead of preying on the weak and disadvantaged, allow the voting process to be fair for all citizens. Sneakily silencing voters is a crime against America and the freedoms we boast so proudly.” read more

Weve seen firsthand the work of the RNLI GAA stars join forces

first_img Image: Seb Daly/SPORTSFILE ‘We’ve seen first-hand the work of the RNLI’ – GAA stars join forces with lifesavers Each year an average of 28 people drown accidentally around the Irish coast. Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 12:01 AM Brian Hurley, Lyndsey Davey, Killian Young, broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Neil McManus, and Jackie Tyrell, at Croke Park. By Paul Hosford Share18 Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3277690 center_img Brian Hurley, Lyndsey Davey, Killian Young, broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Neil McManus, and Jackie Tyrell, at Croke Park. Image: Seb Daly/SPORTSFILE Mar 9th 2017, 12:01 AM 7 Comments THE RNLI AND GAA share a common ethos, the launch of a new partnership between the two organisations heard in Croke Park yesterday.While what they do is fundamentally different, both are community organisations that only function due to the ongoing commitment of their volunteers. Around a quarter of the 2,000 GAA clubs are within 10km of an RNLI station.Indeed, their similarities are so strong that in 1914 William Duggan and James Wickham became the first and so far only recipients of GAA medals for services outside the sport.Duggan and Wickham were Wexford men who saved 12 lives in the Fethard lifeboat disaster and were committed GAA men.Their contribution to both organisations was highlighted as the GAA and RNLI announced a major partnership aimed at reducing the number of people who lose their lives though drowning in Ireland.First-hand Lyndsey Davey in action in last year’s TG4 Ladies Senior All-Ireland Championship Final. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHODublin footballer and three times GAA All-Star, Lyndsey Davey, has a personal reason for getting involved in the campaign. Her great uncle Michael Hayes was the skipper on the Tit Bonhomme, which sank off Glandore Harbour with the loss of five of the six crew, including Michael.The Skerries footballer also saw neighbours Ronan Browne and David Gilsenan lost in Skerries Harbour in 2011.She told TheJournal.ie at the launch that getting involved was a no-brainer.“As soon as I was approached, I was very passionate about getting involved. With the work that the RNLI and other groups put into recovering the bodies on the Tit Bonhomme, I tried to find a way to give something back.I think what’s fantastic is that the GAA and RNLI aren’t looking for anything off each other, it’s all about saving lives through drowning.Cork footballer Brian Hurley is from Castlehaven and lives close to the pier which the Tit Bonhomme sailed from.He told the launch that he still remembers that day, five years on.I woke up around ten past six with all the commotion on the pier. I remember running out to see what was going on.Within minutes, Hurley was on a trawler “to see if we could be of help”. Hurley says that he recalls the support from other GAA clubs, the community rallying around, but also the sadness in the town.Hurley says that the accident changed attitudes around Union Hall, where “everyone owns a boat”.It used to be seen to be cool or something not to wear a life jacket, but now everyone is wearing them.Both Davey and Hurley spoke of the dedication and sacrifice of RNLI volunteers, as well as the town.“The loss of Michael and his crew was a very difficult time for all the families involved,” says Davey.During the days and weeks following the sinking, the whole community of Union Hall really came together. The search and rescue efforts were relentless and the support given was incredible. I got involved in this campaign as I wanted to give something back and help create awareness around water safety and drowning. In doing so I hope we can prevent any family the pain of losing a loved one through drowning.Lifesavers Source: RNLI/YouTubeEach year an average of 28 people drown accidentally around the Irish coast, something RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier wants to tackle.“Drowning devastates communities, but it’s often accepted as just part of life by the water. We believe that many of these deaths are preventable and we need to work with other organisations who, like us, want to keep their communities safe.”All-Ireland winning Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell told the launch how the RNLI had given comfort to his family when he lost a cousin to drowning.Like many people in Ireland I too have lost someone close to me to drowning. So many of our clubs live and train near the water, whether on the coast on near inland rivers and lakes. We have a responsibility to help and our sport and our ethos encourage this.Antrim hurler and Cushendall native, Neil McManus has been at the fore in driving the partnership and told how an local RNLI volunteer resuscitated his father following a 2015 heart attack.The RNLI sas it will work with the GAA and their volunteers in local communities to promote the campaign and share key safety messages and advice.Read: No bull: RNLI tasked to rescue cattle which had fallen from a cliff 10,473 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Anzac sacrifice marked in Greece

first_imgAnzac Day was commemorated early in Lemnos this year, with Australia’s Deputy Chief of the Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, participating in the official commemorative event organised by the Lemnos regional government on April 7. Australia’s ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield confirmed that the visit by the RAN chief is a precursor to the navy’s major presence at Lemnos in a year’s time to mark the Anzac Centenary.Rear Admiral van Balen was joined by his Greek counterparts Chief of the Hellenic Navy – Evangelos Apostolakis and Vice Chief of the Hellenic Defence Force – Vice Admiral Alexandros Theodosiou.Present alongside Ambassador Bloomfield was Regional Councillor for Lemnos, Mr Savvas Vareltzis, Mayor of Lemnos – Mr Antonis Chatzidiamantis, as well as other local dignitaries. NZ ambassador to Greece Mr Trevor Matheson – who is based in Rome, and the Canadian ambassador Mr Robert Peck also participated. Canadian nurses served in Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign, alongside British, New Zealand and Australian medical staff.Joining the officials were secondary school students from Victoria who had been awarded the Victorian Premier’s Spirit of the Anzacs Prize. Representing the state government was Bill Sykes MP – the Nationals member for Benalla. The students also visited Gallipoli as part of their study tour. In her speech at the Lemnos wreath-laying ceremony, Ambassador Bloomfield said: “From Lemnos and Gallipoli in 1915, to the Battle of Crete in May 1941, and around the world, Australians and Greeks have fought to uphold our shared values with courage, with self-sacrifice, with mateship and with compassion. “Today, to the people of Lemnos, we express our nation’s deep appreciation. And to all those – Australians, New Zealanders, Greeks and all our friends – who sacrificed their lives so that we may preserve our way of life – their courage, their selflessness, their compassion, their sense of service and duty, inspire us to live by those ideals.”During the Lemnos commemorations Ambassador Bloomfield announced a project with Greek Australian composer Tassos Ioannidis to mark the Centenary of Anzac involving a collaboration between Australian, Greek and Turkish artists. In Athens, the Australian embassy’s Anzac Day commemoration will be held at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Alimos (Phaleron) on April 25 at 11.00 am. The commemoration is open to all.Joining dignitaries will be Greece’s Minister of National Defence, Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos. Young Australians acknowledging the duty and sacrifice of their forbears will also feature at the Athens event. Attending will be a group of school students from the Hunter Valley who will lay a wreath on behalf of WWII Battle of Greece veteran Alfred Carpenter. They met 97-year-old Mr Carpenter – who lives in Newcastle – through the ‘Adopt a Digger’ schools program.Mr Carpenter went to Greece with the 2/4 Australian Infantry Battalion in April 1941. The Greek campaign in WWII was the only time – other than WWI – that an Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) was officially formed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un virus responsable de la mort de millions dabeilles

first_imgUn virus responsable de la mort de millions d’abeillesSelon une étude publiée hier aux Etats-Unis, un virus très contagieux transmis par la mite parasite “Varroa” contribuerait à la propagation et probablement à la mort de millions d’abeilles dans le monde.Le mystère de l’hécatombe des abeilles serait-il enfin élucidé ? Alors que les apiculteurs accusent déjà les pesticides de décimer ces insectes, une autre menace importante planerait également sur ces derniers. Des travaux de chercheurs britanniques et américains tout juste rendus publics expliquent qu’un virus très contagieux transmis par la mite parasite “Varroa” pourraient être responsable de la mort de plusieurs millions d’abeilles à travers le monde. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette mite, qui se nourrit du sang des abeilles au stade larvaire ou adulte, perce leur peau et peut déformer leurs ailes, bien que la plupart des abeilles infectées ne présente aucun signe morphologique. Menée à Hawaii par des chercheurs de l’Université de Sheffield (GB), de la Marine Biological Association et de l’Université de Hawaii, l’étude montre que ce pathogène viral a accru sa fréquence de 10 à 100% parmi les abeilles dans les ruches au cours des dernières années. Les scientifiques ont également constaté une augmentation d’un million de fois du nombre de particules du virus infectant les abeilles entre elles.Cette contamination a finalement conduit à l’émergence d’une seule souche très virulente de ce pathogène. Ce phénomène épidémique pourrait donc expliquer le fameux et toujours mystérieux “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) observé depuis 2005, marqué par la disparition soudaine dans les ruches de millions d’abeilles adultes. D’autant que même une fois que les mites Varroa (mesurant 1,5 millimètre sur 1 millimètre) vivant sur la peau des abeilles, s’y reproduisant et se nourrissant de leur sang, ont été retirées, le virus reste présent dans le corps des butineuses.Ainsi, la mite faciliterait la dissémination du virus en agissant comme un réservoir viral et un incubateur pour le virus. La mite infecterait les abeilles lorsqu’elle se nourrit de leur sang et créerait ainsi une nouvelle voie de transmission en contournant le système immunitaire de l’abeille, précisent ces chercheurs cités par l’AFP. Par la suite, la souche virale passerait naturellement d’une abeille à une autre via leur nourriture ou en période de reproduction décimant par là-même des colonies entières.Le 8 juin 2012 à 11:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

All eyes on Stamford Bridge as Premier League returns

first_imgAttention turns to Stamford Bridge this weekend, where Chelsea will be hosting under-fire manager Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side in the Premier League.United manager Jose Mourinho’s “it’s not about me” comment after his team’s exciting comeback win over Newcastle United last time out is unlikely to be heeded on Saturday when he returns to Chelsea, according to Reuters.The former Inter Milan manager’s words of appreciation after United fans chanted his after their 3-2 victory over Rafael Benitez’s side may have reflected a weariness at the constant focus on his position at Old Trafford but the spotlight will unavoidably be on the Portuguese again.The manner of his team’s win, with three goals in the final 20 minutes of all-out attacking football, has raised the question of whether he will take the shackles off when they travel to London to face Chelsea.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are unbeaten, level on points with champions Manchester City and challengers Liverpool and with their Belgian superstar Eden Hazard in a scintillating form are clear favourites for the game on Saturday.United are already seven points behind the league leaders after losses to Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at home and Mourinho will be keen to ensure they avoid defeat to the Blues, despite their poor record their recent poor record at the Bridge.Chelsea have not lost at home to United in the last six years, losing just two of the 16 meetings between the two since then and Mourinho has lost four of his six games against his former club since taking over at United.last_img read more

Malala visits Pakistan first time since attack

first_imgNobel Peace Prize laureate Yousafzai attends a news conference in Oslo. Reuters file photoNobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on Thursday, officials said, in her first visit to her native country since she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman six years ago for advocating education for girls.Malala is widely respected internationally for her bravery and activism, but opinion is divided in Pakistan where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country.Malala is expected to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during the four-day trip but further details have been “kept secret in view of the sensitivity surrounding the visit,” a government official said.Accompanied by her parents, the 20-year-old student was escorted through Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport under tight security, according to photographs broadcast on local television.Malala became a global symbol for human rights after a gunman boarded her school bus in the Swat valley on October 9, 2012, asked “Who is Malala?” and shot her.She was treated for her injuries in the British city of Birmingham, where she also completed her schooling.The youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, she has continued to be a vocal advocate for girls’ education while pursuing her studies at Oxford University.Many Pakistanis took to Twitter to express delight that the campaigner had returned for the visit, despite ongoing security fears.“I welcome #MalalaYousafzai the brave and resilient daughter of Pakistan back to her country,” politician Syed Ali Raza Abidi wrote.But she faces intense criticism from some Pakistanis, including hardline Islamists as well as members of the conservative middle class who support education for girls but object to airing the country’s problems abroad.One leading Pakistani journalist, Hamid Mir, issued a plea for opposition politicians and commentators to exercise restraint when talking about the visit.“International media is highly focused on her return and this (bad language) will damage Pakistan’s image,” he said.‘Change the world’Malala began her campaign aged just 11, when she started writing a blog—under a pseudonym—for the BBC’s Urdu service in 2009 about life under the Taliban in Swat, where they were banning girls’ education.In 2007 the Islamist militants had taken over the area, which Malala affectionately called “My Swat”, and imposed a brutal, bloody rule.Opponents were murdered, people were publicly flogged for supposed breaches of sharia law, women were banned from going to market, and girls were stopped from going to school.But it was only after the shooting, and a subsequent near-miraculous recovery, that she became a truly global figure.She opened a Twitter account on her last day of school in July 2017 and now has more than a million followers.“I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education,” Malala wrote at the time.During a recent appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the feminist campaigner urged women to “change the world” without waiting for the help of men.“We won’t ask men to change the world, we’re going to do it ourselves,” Malala said.“We’re going to stand up for ourselves, we’re going to raise our voices and we’re going to change the world.”last_img read more

Southern Baptist executive experts say churches should address abuse of adults

first_imgAdelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email 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.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Anti-extremism program won’t stop white hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its … August 30, 2019 Rick Christian leaves literary agency that transformed Christian publishing Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill 49—1 man charged News By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Newscenter_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A Southern Baptist publishing executive recently revealed that she was a victim of alleged abuse for more than a decade from another Baptist leader.In an online statement posted Friday (March 8), Jennifer Lyell, director of the books ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources, alleged that she was the victim of a now-resigned professor at the flagship seminary of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.The alleged sexual misconduct and abuse of power started during a mission trip when Lyell was a seminary student and continued for years. She said that she feared coming forward out of concern that revealing what happened would cause “collateral damage.”“That collateral damage was the reason that the abuse had continued for so long,” she wrote. “The reason that a professor was able to continue grooming and taking advantage of his student was because I became like part of his family.”Jennifer Lyell. Photo via TwitterAfter coming forward last year to her boss and the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., she said, both took swift action to address her allegations and to provide care for her. Her alleged abuser resigned from the seminary as well as from a nonprofit ministry he had founded and from a trustee role with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.Lyell said she experienced “the best of what advocates of sexual abuse response reform are calling for in the Southern Baptist Convention.” Still, she said that churches need to do more to address abuse.Lyell discussed the issue in a recent podcast released by another SBC agency, saying she thinks there are key factors churches should understand about sex abuse.“I’m going to say two things that the church needs to realize and understand and that is, first of all, that sexual abuse does not only happen to children,” she told Trillia Newbell, host of the “Better Together” podcast produced by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “And second, is that sexual assault is not only rape.”As the SBC confronts allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct in its ranks, leaders of some of its affiliated organizations as well as other denominations are seeking to educate clergy and other staffers about appropriate boundaries as they relate to adults in their congregations, classrooms and counseling sessions.RELATED: Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policiesSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. confirmed that Lyell spoke to him in May 2018 about her allegations of inappropriate sexual contact and abuse of power in a relationship with David Sills, then-professor of missions and cultural anthropology. Mohler also affirmed Lyell for being “right and courageous” in speaking up about the “heartbreaking situation” and making him aware of it.“We followed the best procedures available and responded to Jennifer by arranging a conversation with the professor at the earliest opportunity,” Mohler told Religion News Service on Tuesday. “He was out of the country so within hours of his return we had a face-to-face conversation and as a result of that conversation he was no longer on the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.”The lead and executive pastors of a Louisville church where Sills was a member told RNS that Sills also is no longer affiliated with it.“Although he was not on church staff, upon hearing of these allegations concerning David Sills, our church acted swiftly by publicly condemning his behavior and by removing him from any position of service,” said Bill Cook and Jeff Elieff. “He is no longer a member of Ninth and O Baptist Church.”Sills also resigned last year as president of Reaching and Teaching International Ministries, a Louisville-based missions group he had founded. Attempts by RNS to reach Sills were unsuccessful.R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksAsked if he thought Sills should be a professor elsewhere or otherwise involved in ministry, Mohler said: “I would say that the behavior indicated in this charge is clearly incompatible with Christian ministry.”Mohler said his institution has “extremely clear policies” about boundaries between faculty and seminarians.“The secular world looks at negotiating all the boundaries,” he said. “Our boundaries are that we uphold a biblical standard of sexual morality, a biblical definition of marriage, and we do not allow for any kind of romantic, much less sexual, relationship between faculty and students, period.”Mohler said that perspective is taught in classes on ethics and pastoral practice, and students and faculty are trained on how to prevent and respond to sex abuse allegations. Late last year, the seminary appointed its first “women’s support coordinator” to receive complaints about sexual harassment or other misconduct.Some faith groups have specific policies that ban sexual or romantic relationships between clergy and congregation members as an abuse of power. Others do not address the topic, experts say.RELATED: Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policiesMargo Stone, executive director, Midwest Ministry Development Service. Photo courtesy of Midwest Ministry Development ServiceMargo M.R. Stone, executive director of the Midwest Ministry Development Service near Chicago, said the Catholic Church and major Protestant denominations have policies about sexual misconduct that can be adapted by regional organizations such as dioceses, presbyteries and synods. Most also require periodic attendance at a “boundaries workshop.”But autonomous and nondenominational congregations may or may not have them. And rules about consensual relationships also will vary.“The point that we make in talking with pastors and denominations is that once a personal relationship begins, the pastoral relationship is lost, i.e., one cannot pastor and date the same person,” said Stone, a clinical psychologist whose office is part of the Ministry Development Network that serves churches from the Rocky Mountains to West Virginia.  “It behooves the pastor to ensure that the member’s spiritual needs are met through another pastor or group,” said Stone, whose organization often works with pastors who are being disciplined for misconduct.Stone said ministers always need to be aware that “there is an inherent power differential between pastor and parishioner” and it’s their responsibility to not abuse that power.“Personal needs should be met in personal relationships, not pastoral relationships,” she said.Thomas Plante, an expert on clergy sex offenders, said review boards addressing Catholic sex abuse policies have concentrated on children and “vulnerable adults,” such as the elderly and people with cognitive disabilities. But that has changed in the wake of charges against now-defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, whom Vatican officials found guilty of sexual crimes against adults as well as minors.“That’s kind of exploded, I think, in the past six months,” said Plante, a former vice chair of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ national review board. “Now we’re saying: What about all adults where you have any kind of power or control or authority?”Thomas Plante speaks during a Clergy Abuse Conference at Santa Clara University on May 11, 2012. Photo by Joanne Lee/Santa Clara UniversityBut the Santa Clara University psychology professor said even as boundary issues related to adults are given more attention, there can be particular dilemmas for clergy that professionals like psychologists and psychiatrists do not often face.“The clerics are out there in the real world with real people and they’re at the bedside, they’re having dinner at their homes, they’re visiting them in jail or in hospitals,” said Plante, past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.“It’s a balancing act because on one hand you want people to be able to do ministry, but you want to make sure they do it in such a way that they avoid potential exploitative dual relationships.”RELATED: Southern Baptist executive group urges caution before investigating church abuseThe board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals adopted a resolution at its March 7 meeting saying it “laments the tragic violation of trust by ministers of the gospel who have sexually abused church members, and particularly children.”The organization reiterated its pastoral code of ethics and called for investigations “without defensiveness,” “decisive disciplinary action” for corroborated violations and support for those affected by abuse.The NAE also hailed those who speak up about sexual abuse.“Whistleblowers who bring these violations to light perform an important service to the church and to our society,” it said.“Many evangelical churches and ministries already have systems in place addressing sexual misconduct and abuse,” NAE President Leith Anderson said in a Tuesday statement, “but this resolution reminds us to do all we can to prevent these horrors and to protect and support victims.”Lyell declined an interview with RNS. But she said in an email message that she was 26 when Sills first abused her and 38 when the relationship and the alleged abuse ended. In her statement, she said more adults need to have their voices heard.“There are plenty of reasons to stay silent in a situation such as this,” said Lyell, now 41. “But we must not be silent. We must clearly tell the truth so that our churches and ministries are safe and as pure as they can be.” Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Tagsadults homepage featured National Association of Evangelicals R. Albert Mohler Jr. sex abuse sex abuse policies Southern Baptist Convention Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Top Story,You may also like News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This! Share This!last_img read more

10 Things To Know For Wednesday

first_imgAP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteThe Capitol Dome is seen at dawn in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017.1.  AP: US FIRM IN IRAQ IGNORES SECURITY RISKS FOR F-16SSallyport Global, paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets, turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking, an AP investigation finds.2. WHAT IS EXPECTED TO PASS IN CONGRESSA $1.1 trillion spending bill that Trump at first seemed to criticize but now calls “a clear win for the American people” is headed for a House vote.3. TRUMP TO PRESS ABBAS ON MIDEAST PEACEIn a White House meeting, the Palestinian leader will be asked to end payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, U.S. officials say.4. ANGER GROWS IN SOUTH KOREA OVER THAADNext week’s presidential election in South Korea will likely end conservative rule that maintained a hard line against North Korea and backed the installation of the U.S. anti-missile system.5. DOJ DECISION IN BATON ROUGE CASE NOT NECESSARILY THE ENDThe government’s decision not to charge two white officers in Alton Sterling’s fatal shooting doesn’t preclude state authorities from conducting their own probe and pursuing criminal charges.6. WHERE ADDICTS HAVE BEEN FINDING TREATMENTA small cluster of privately owned treatment centers have sprung up in the northwest corner of Georgia, and locals are miffed that most of the patients are from nearby Tennessee.7. BORDER PATROL STEPS UP RECRUITINGSeeking new agents, the government is turning up at country music festivals, sporting events and careers fairs to fill jobs at a time of increasing demand.8. NO TRIAL BALLOONS: TRUMP FLIPS SCRIPTWashington policymakers have a time-tested method for rolling out new ideas: float a trial balloon. But Trump’s use of social media is a game-changer.9. JAZZ FANS TURN TABLES ON WARRIORS’ RAZZSalt Lake City leaders and tourism officials playfully jab back at Golden State Warriors players who bemoaned the lack of nightlife in Utah.10. BOSTON SPORTS STRUGGLE WITH RACIST PERCEPTIONThe racial slurs hurled by Fenway Park fans toward Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones were a reminder of Boston’s racial legacy around its sports teams. Sharelast_img read more

Super Mario 64 is Now Playable Online Thanks to Modders

first_imgIt’s things like this that make you appreciate the modding community. Super Mario 64 has always been a single player experience. Now, a group of fans have modded the Nintendo 64 classic to make it playable online.This Mario 64 online mod was created by Kaze Emanuar, Melonspeedruns, and Marshivolt. With the mod, users can get together online and play a variety of different activities. These include racing, fighting, and even hide-and-seek. Characters like WaLuigi, Princess Peach, Toad, and of course, Mario, are all playable. Best of all, each plays very differently from one another. As you would expect, this is all extremely chaotic — but it sure looks like a lot of fun.The original Mario 64 never received a proper PC port. This version is built on a Super Mario 64 ROM. Getting this particular mod to run takes a bit of technical know-how. Smartly, the modders have released an instructional video that details the process of getting the mod to work with one’s Mario 64 ROM. Some PC gamers are used to this sort of stuff, but it might be a bit above the heads of others.AdChoices广告A mainline Mario game with 24 playable characters hasn’t been done before. As weird as the concept is, it kind of works in its own strange way. Obviously, this mod isn’t something Nintendo would ever endorse. At the same time, it also has a very Nintendo-ish type of vibe given its absurdity. I don’t see Nintendo ever implementing anything like this in a Mario game. If they did, I doubt they would ever give these modders credit for inspiring such a mode. Still, it is fun to see how die-hard fans bring new life into old classics.If you want to try his mod out for yourself, two download sources are available in the video’s description.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more