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first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson No rollercoaster ride for Kyrgios, more even keel at Open Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals On the mendDjokovic, who once ruled these hardcourts for six Australian Open titles, comes into this year’s event seeded 14 after an injury-chequered 2017.The Serbian former world number one has been out of action for six months, but he feels he’s on the mend.“It hasn’t been 100 percent yet healed. But right now it’s at the level where I can compete, and every day is getting better,” he said.“Throughout the tournament, I don’t know how it’s going to behave. Even if it’s 100 percent healed, after six months of no competition, you never know how you’re going to react.“I still know what I’m capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world,” he added ahead of his opening round clash against American Donald Young, also Tuesday.Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title but only his second Australian Open crown, is making up for lost time from a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.“Is the first time I am here without playing an official match in my career. It’s a new situation for me. But I feel good,” said the 31-year-old, who played his first Australian Open in 2004.He gets his tournament underway on Monday against Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.If there is to be a winner outside the top guns in Melbourne, those who look most likely are Bulgarian Dimitrov, third in the rankings behind Nadal and Federer, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and tempestuous Australian Nick Kyrgios. LATEST STORIES But while others have a troubled buildup to the year’s opening Grand Slam, Federer is enjoying an unruffled lead in to the Open and is at peace with the world.“It just seems that it’s nice that it’s never actually gone away, the fun aspect of actually enjoying the travel, coming back to Australia,” Federer said ahead of his first round clash on Tuesday against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene.“Yeah, it’s great times in my life and in my career that we can make it all work, that I can still play tennis.”Federer is returning to where he lit the fuse on his late-life tennis renaissance this time last year, beating Tomas Berdych, Nishikori, Mischa Zverev and Wawrinka before downing great rival Nadal in a five-set final classic.“Yeah, it was the tournament of the year for me, no doubt about it. All the five-setters, as well,” Federer said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone FILE – Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Germany’s Mischa Zverev during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Roger Federer says tennis is “definitely a lot of fun” as he embarks on an Australian Open shrouded in mystery over the fitness and mindset of his major rivals in the next fortnight.The Swiss, rated as the favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title even at the venerable age of 36, is still in love with the game that has made him a recognisable global celebrity and fabulously rich.ADVERTISEMENT Federer is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, and the way things are shaping there could be yet more glory with his main threats scrambling to be ready.Five-time finalist Andy Murray and Japan’s Kei Nishikori are already out with injuries, while 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic is working his way back from elbow trouble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWorld number one Rafael Nadal withdrew from his first tour event of 2018, in Brisbane, with continuing knee problems, and has been trying to catch up on the court in Melbourne ahead of the Open.The 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka says his knee is holding up well after surgery but there was still pain and he is miffed that he longer has coach Magnus Norman in his player’s box. 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first_imgGardai in Inishowen are investigating an attack on one of their own patrol cars.The car was parked at Carndonagh Garda Station when it was set upon.The car had one of its tyres slashed between 7am and 8pm on November 16th last. Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh has appealed for anybody who may have witnessed anybody acting suspiciously in the area of the Garda station to contact them.He added that the attack meant the car was not available to answer emergency calls for a period of time.Garda car has tyre slashed in attack was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgNational Geographic News published a story about a real sea monster.  A fossil pliosaur nearly 50 feet in length, the largest marine reptile ever found, was discovered in permafrost just 800 miles from the North Pole, on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.  Scientists estimate it had such strong teeth and muscles it could have bitten a small car in half.    The article about the huge creature, with a skull nearly 7 feet long and flippers 10 feet long, includes a photo gallery.  Plesiosaurs often had long necks, but pliosaurs had massive heads and short necks.  Page 2 of the article claims that the large concentration of marine reptiles in the area, “one of the richest accumulations of marine reptiles in the world” with 40 known specimens so far, resulted when the large animals “swam in temperate seas and sank to the ocean floor after they died, where their bodies were preserved in soft mud.”    The Burgess Shale, now high in the Canadian Rockies, once hosted a rich marine biota.  For a century it has been known for the exceptional preservation of its Cambrian fossils.  A new theory reported in Live Science says that an undersea landslide was responsible for burying the animals quickly and suddenly so that even the impressions of soft parts of worms were preserved.  The Cambrian Explosion was mentioned in the article:Today, the Burgess Shale represents a frozen sliver of life from a time when Earth and its life were completely different.    “It dates from very early in the history of complex multi-cellular life,” [Jan] Zalasiewicz [U of Leicester] told LiveScience.  “For quite a while, it was the main window we had on the diversity of life at this time.  It’s very significant because one of the great enigmas about Cambrian life is that it seems to have started very suddenly.”    Life existed for 3 billion years before the Cambrian Period, but almost all of it was simple life composed of single cells.    “Then very suddenly at the beginning of the Cambrian, a whole host of life, all the major groups of animals, appeared,” Zalasiewicz said.  “That is called the Cambrian explosion.  It’s still a mystery as to how and why this great flowering of multi-cellular life took place.”A different surprise has appeared among the living.  Shrimp-like crustaceans called krill had been thought to inhabit the upper ocean.  What are they doing 3000 meters down under the Antarctic Peninsula?  Sure enough, Science Daily reported, Antarctic krill were found by a deep-diving remotely operated vehicle in the dark depths, actively feeding and spawning as if this is a perfectly normal place to call home.  “The discovery completely changes scientists’ understanding of the major food source for fish, squid, penguins, seals and whales.”Zalasiewicz said that there were no trees or higher animals when the Burgess Shale was buried by an undersea landslide.  How would he know that?  One would not expect there to be such creatures in that environment.  Separate the interpretation based on worldview from the actual observations.  The observations show that Darwinism could not be true.  The 3-billion-year dates are part of the evolutionary tale.  Just look at the fossils: all the major animal phyla appear suddenly at the beginning of the Cambrian.  “Appear” is the operative word: they were not evolving.  There were not primitive forms of these creatures in the rocks below.  Boom!  There they are, complete with eyes, complex appendages and a functioning ecology.  That is not evolution.  It’s also true of the pliosaurs, plesiosaurs, and ichthyosaurs found at Spitsbergen.  They appear in the record suddenly and fully operational.  Extinct animals were usually larger and more diverse than their counterparts today.  If this is evolution, it is going in reverse.    Kids, consider marine biology or paleontology as a career.  There are still remarkable discoveries to be made under the sea.  You don’t have to follow the Darwin script or swallow the evolutionary tales to discover amazing things and have an adventurous life.  Imagine making a living finding fossils of sea monsters.  Imagine finding new kinds of life in the depths of the sea.  Wouldn’t that be totally cool?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgMaking contraception available to 200 million women who want access remains a controversial issue. (Image: DFID) International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region +254(20)2720 280 info@ippfaro.org • The fight to stop teenage pregnancy • Mama puts power in mom’s hands • Taking the risk out of giving birth • Sanitary pad project gives poor and rural girls dignity • Yvonne urges women to aim high Sulaiman PhilipOn the sidelines of the recently concluded US-Africa summit in Washington DC, American First Lady Michelle Obama met the spouses of the visiting heads of state. Obama highlighted the importance of extending to women the rights that men take for granted. She expressed the belief that famine and disease would be checked only if women – and girls – were given full access to education.“Until we value women and girls, we won’t tackle those other problems. Until we prioritise our girls and understand that they are as important and that their education is as important as the education of our sons, then we will have lots of work to do,” Obama said.Beyond education, on a continent where young girls are often kept uneducated – there are 30 million African girls without access to basic education – and rape is used as a weapon of war, access to contraception is just as important. ‘I Decide’, a campaign of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has as its goal the universal availability of education and information about family planning, as well as access to safe abortion. IPPF wants sexual and reproductive rights to be included in the targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire next year.The aim is to get 1 000 000 people to attach their signatures to its call to provide access to the 220 million women in the developing world who are denied contraception because of poverty or traditional beliefs about a women’s role. By 2020, the IPPF wants all women to be guaranteed the right to make decisions over their own bodies. Mama Africa sings itYvonne Chaka Chaka is one many women’s rights campaigners who have pledged support for the campaign. In a recent opinion piece she wrote: “Investing in reproductive health is a no-brainer – it benefits individuals, communities, governments, businesses and economies alike. I think it’s time that women and girls had a chance to decide for themselves. Part of the campaign is urging world leaders to put sexual and reproductive health and rights at the heart of global development.”In Dakar, the imams call it family spacing, arguing that what is good for the woman is good for society. In Uganda, HIV-positive mother of seven Sarah Arawo would like to not have any more children; but she fears her husband’s anger if she starts using any form of contraception.African women eager to prevent or space pregnancies face the nightmare of a chronic lack of female reproductive health services and taboos around sexuality. Close to half of the births in Africa are unwanted and there were almost 6 million abortions on the continent in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available. Of those, just 3% were done in medical facilities.According to the World Health Organization, one in 26 African women dies from a maternity-related cause; in Europe the number is one in 9 400. In developed countries, 62% of women use some form of contraception, while the number in Africa has hovered around 43% for the last decade. The gap between contraception use in high and low economic sectors in Africa is even more marked – 52% versus 35%. Young mothers like Edith Amos, 18, deserves the opportunity to determine their own future. Contraceptives give the world’s poorest women the power to decide if and when to have another child. (Image: DFID)  Unmet needsIn Uganda, 41% of women who want access to contraception fail to get it. The unmet need in Rwanda is 38% of women; Kenya’s is 25%. On average, African women give birth to seven children, which puts a strain on resources in countries that cannot afford them. Dr Moses Muwonge of Uganda’s Ministry of Health warned that the country would continue to fail its women if more resources – money – were not found. “Uganda’s contribution towards funding family planning is negligible. It is less than 5%. Unless donors increase funding, it might not be easy for the country to meet the unmet needs.”In 2012, Melinda Gates pledged a billion dollars towards making affordable lifesaving contraceptive health services available to 120 million women by 2020. This followed her visit to Africa where she heard stories of desperate women unable to get even the most basic contraceptives. “I heard stories of women who snuck away from their husbands to obtain birth control shots at a local clinic, only to be turned away as the clinic had run out of the product. My goal is to get [family planning and birth control] back on the global agenda,” the philanthropist told Newsweek. Pushed by the conservative religious right, the US, the largest donor of health funding to Africa, has been cutting funds to programmes that have been beneficial to women. NGOs that distribute condoms or teach sex education beyond abstinence have seen funding dry up. In 2012, there was a 48% increase in the number of abortions performed in Kenya, where the abstinence movement is active, spurred on by Roman Catholic bishops who counsel against believing in questionable statistics designed to scare them into accepting legalised abortion.While religious leaders – Christian and Muslim especially – argue against contraception, some national governments are waking up to the importance of giving women a choice. Nigeria’s population will exceed 240 million by 2050, and most of that population is likely to be poverty stricken. In a nation where the biblical edict to be fruitful and multiply is taken literally, any talk of contraception faces opposition. But President Goodluck Jonathan has come out in support of birth control because of concerns about over-population and poverty.“We are extremely religious people. It is a very sensitive thing, a difficult thing for you to tell any Nigerian to number their children because it is not expected to reject God’s gifts,” Jonathan has written. Education is powerEducating African girls has in it the power to change the continent. The 16 million young girls kept from school to be wives or cheap labour could one day be Africa’s leaders and entrepreneurs. Families too poor to educate their daughters keep tomorrow’s mothers and caregivers in a cycle of poverty that is difficult to escape. Educated girls become women who earn more, delay marriage and have fewer children. They have healthier children and are able to raise themselves and their families out of poverty. The increased number of educated African women – who have become business and political leaders – have helped to grow the economies of the continent and liberalised the political landscape.Along with educational funding for girls, Michelle Obama urged the spouses of Africa’s leaders to recognise their own power. She appealed to them to begin building their own legacies, separate from their husbands. “We have to fight for our girls, the rest will follow.”She reminded the women that their time on Earth was short; that they could give African girls the opportunities they had. To laughter she ended: “And remember, women are smarter than men.”last_img read more


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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada last Wednesday because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.Last week, officials with the Ministry of Environment said that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming from any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia. “The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.” A map of the current fire danger rating in B.C. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the current fire danger rating in B.C. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between very low and moderate.Of the fires that have started in Northeast B.C. recently, most are either in unpopulated areas or are less than ten hectares in size.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.last_img read more


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first_imgJammu: Three civilians, including two women, were injured Friday when Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and civilians areas with mortars and small arms firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. With Pakistan using heavy weaponry and 120 mm mortar bombs targeting civilian areas, people have been advised to stay indoors, officials said. “At about 0830 hours, Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing with small arms along the LoC in Swajian sector of Poonch,” PRO defence said. The Indian Army is effectively retaliating, he said. Three persons, including two women, identified as Tasveer Akhtar, 19, and Shabina Akhtar, 18, of Chapprian village, were injured in the Pakistani shelling and they have been hospitalised, officials said. A house of one Gani Mir suffered damages in Chapprian-Sawjian forward belt, they said. As Pakistani army often targets civilian areas, people of the Chapprian-Sawjian area are demanding construction of bunkers for their safety. We are living along the zero line near the border fencing but have no protective enclosures like bunkers, said Abdul Rashid of Chapprian village. Two persons were injured when Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in the forward area in Digwar sector of Poonch last Friday.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Merseyside Police does not have enough evidence to prosecute the Liverpool Egyptian star but has given advice on mobile phone usageA video showing Liverpool Egyptian star Mohamed Salah texting while ignoring the team’s fans was published a few weeks ago.In the clip, he is seeing using his mobile phone while driving out of Anfield earlier in the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.And Merseyside Police have confirmed today there is not enough evidence to prosecute the professional footballer.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We can confirm a 26-year-old man was spoken to following an incident on Arkles Lane in Liverpool on Sunday 12 August,” the police department said in a press release published by Goal.“Inquiries have taken place and there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution and as such no further action will be taken.”“The man has been spoken to by officers and given advice and guidance around mobile phone use in a vehicle,” the Merseyside Police concluded.last_img read more


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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 2 Comments The world’s fastest wireless data network is coming soon to the world’s fastest city. In 2018, New York City asked three companies—Neutral Connect Networks, Fiberless Networks, and Edge Fibernet—to experiment with 5G on Governors Island Park. Over months of testing a diverse spectrum of technologies, city officials have learned that deploying 5G will be challenging, but the benefits are significant. 5G Here’s how New York City is testing 5G 3:43 Tags Internet The 5G test is a part of the city’s NYCx moonshot challenge program that began in late-2017 and ran through much of 2018. The initiative encourages collaboration between public officials, technology firms, academics and nonprofits. Governors Island Park is situated on a small island between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The island’s rolling hills and historic monuments make it an ideal testing ground for next-gen wireless tech, said Jeremy Goldberg, the city’s deputy CTO and the managing director of NYCx.The NYCx team looked at Governors Island to learn about the constraints of connectivity, and as a testbed for several use cases, said Goldberg. To understand how 5G could benefit New Yorkers the city wanted to stress- test the network, clock upload and download speeds, and tally the number of people that can access the network at any given point and time. The 5G challenge is part of the city’s broader digital transformation strategy designed to encourage “growth, equity, sustainability, and resilience,” said Goldberg. The CTO’s department is focused on keeping all New Yorkers at the center of technology. He emphasized that to reach its “transformative” potential 5G needs to be affordable, accessible and practical for all New Yorkers. City officials hope the NYCx connectivity challenge will encourage entrepreneurship and serve as “a model for learning and for insights not just for the city’s purposes … but for entrepreneurs, for academics, for nonprofits and others that are developing really unique AR and VR applications, internet of things solutions, smart sensing and other [technologies].”last_img read more


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first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Pentecostal pastors vow to fight proposed Uganda church regulations in court News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsconfirmation First United Methodist Church Omaha homepage featured Judicial Council LGBTQ Top Story United Methodist Church,You may also like By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — United Methodists across the U.S. have protested the global denomination’s crackdown on LGBTQ members in all kinds of ways.But now a group of teens in a confirmation class at a historic United Methodist church in the Midwest has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to join the church.Eight teenagers, aged 13 and 14, who make up this year’s confirmation class at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., stood before the congregation on Confirmation Sunday (April 28) and read a letter saying they do not want to become members at this time.The teens said they took their stand on principle because they believed the denomination’s vote to uphold and strengthen its ban on LGBTQ ordination and marriage to be “immoral” and “unjust.”“We are concerned that if we join at this time, we will be sending a message that we approve of this decision,” the confirmation class wrote.“We want to be clear that, while we love our congregation, we believe the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriage are immoral,” they said.The eight teens received a standing ovation. As is customary following confirmation, the church treated the youth to dinner: lasagna and salad and a gift of journals for each teen.Since the February vote at a special session of the General Conference in St. Louis, some Methodist churches across the United States have protested through newspaper ads. Others rallied in front of their church administrative offices. Still others voted to withhold their annual dues, called apportionments.But this is the first known refusal to join the church at the end of confirmation, a formal rite of passage that includes education in the faith. Traditionally, confirmation classes spend a year learning about Christianity, the history of the United Methodist Church, its social principles, its polity, and what it means to be a member.They then decide if they want to join the church as members.In keeping with First United Methodist of Omaha’s history of confronting its denomination’s policies, the Rev. Kent Little, pastor of the church, supported his young people. “Myself and our associate pastor are in full support of their decision,” he said. “We’re proud of them. It’s not an easy thing to do to resist.”First UMC Omaha Confirmands by RNS on ScribdThe congregation, which predates the establishment of the state of Nebraska in the 19th century, now has about 350 active members.In 1997, its then pastor, Jimmy Creech, performed a same-sex blessing for two women on church grounds. After a church member complained, Creech was put on trial and defrocked.More recently, the church council voted to host same-sex weddings should its clergy choose to perform them and to withhold funding, or apportionments, to the denomination for the remainder of the year.Even supporters of the church’s LGBTQ bans acknowledged that the confirmands’ decision was novel.“I’m not aware of anything like that having occurred,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a group that supports the ban on LGBT clergy.Referring to the confirmation class’ joint letter, Boyette said he’d be “surprised if they wrote it themselves.”But Tim Fickenscher, a retired junior high school teacher who taught the confirmation class, said the adults had little to do with it. (The confirmands did not want to speak individually to reporters but only as a group.)The idea originated about a month ago, Fickenscher said, when two girls announced they didn’t want to join a denomination that denies LGBTQ full rights.Fickenscher explained what that meant. For one, they wouldn’t be allowed to vote at churchwide meetings. He also made it clear that others in the confirmation class may have different opinions.But in the end, the other youth decided they, too, wanted to join in the protest.“It was a very thoughtful, well-discussed decision,” Fickenscher said. “We tried to give the kids as much latitude in decision-making as we could.”LGBTQ advocates react to the Traditional Plan being adopted at the UMC General Conference on Feb. 26, 2019, in St. Louis. RNS photo by Kit DoyleOn Friday, the United Methodist Church’s top court upheld most of the February vote regarding LGBTQ.The Judicial Council also ruled that a clergy member who performs a same-sex wedding will face a minimum one-year suspension without pay for the first offense and a loss of credentials for the second.The new rules will take effect in January 2020.The council also upheld an “exit plan” that allows churches to leave the denomination with their property over decisions made at the special session.That is something First United Methodist is considering.Little, who came on as pastor in July, said the church council voted on April 2 to hold small group discussions about whether to remain in the United Methodist Church. He said the church would consider three options: staying and continuing to resist church rules in solidarity with LGBTQ people; affiliating with another denomination such as the United Church of Christ, which gives LGBTQ people full rights; or becoming an independent, non-denominational congregation.In the April church newsletter, Little wrote that “a significant part of the church of my youth and the church I have fought so hard for these last 27 years of my ministry died in St Louis this past February.”But he said he would remain as pastor as long as the church would have him. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Widow of Mother Emanuel pastor: ‘Much prayer is needed’ four years after a … center_img News • Photos of the Week Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe continuing turmoil plaguing the city’s efforts to select a new police commissioner hit a major snag today, when Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick Ft. Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald formally withdrew his name from consideration to be the city’s next top cop.In a written statement sent to the AFRO Pugh said Fitzgerald’s decision came amid an ongoing family crisis involving his son.Fort Worth, Tx. police chief Joel Fitzgerald has formally withdrew his name from consideration to be the Baltimore Police Department’s Police Commissioner. (Twitter Photo)“After a lengthy discussion with Chief Joel Fitzgerald, I respect his decision to withdraw his candidacy for Baltimore Police Commissioner in order to devote his full attention to his son who is now facing a second brain surgery tomorrow to remove a mass that was discovered late last week.  Our fervent prayers are with him and his family during what is unquestionably a troubling and stressful period for them,” Pugh stated.The move came after a contentious public hearing over the weekend where residents expressed misgivings about Fitzgerald’s record and inaccuracies in his resume, which overstated the decrease in crime in Ft. Worth during his tenure as first reported by the Baltimore Sun.Fitzgerald’s withdrawal also follows pushback from key members of the city council, including Councilman Brandon Scott who told the AFRO he had reservations about Fitzgerald’s ability to run a department currently under federal consent decree and battling record high crime.“What I need to see is someone who is a proven crime fighter, who has the ability and the wherewithal to be on the same level of importance with reform and restructuring,” Scott said.“And as of yet, I haven’t seen that.”Fitzgerald was scheduled to appear before the city council today for a formal hearing before the executive appointments committee.   But, that meeting was postponed when he canceled the appearance citing the emergency surgery for his son.The announcement leaves the city’s beleaguered police department without a permanent leader for the foreseeable future.  The abrupt withdrawal also comes after the city council spent $5,000 traveling to Ft. Worth to vet Fitzgerald by conferring with the residents there.Currently, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), is headed by interim police commissioner Gary Tuggle.  Tuggle, a former DEA agent, withdrew himself from consideration for the top job late last year.In 2018, Pugh’s previous pick, Darryl De Sousa resigned after he was indicted for failing to file several years of tax returns.   In December, DeSousa pled guilty to three count of failing to file federal tax returns.It is unclear what happens next. City officials said they had considered dozens of candidates during a nationwide search, but refused to release a short list of who was under consideration.last_img read more