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first_imgTo apply, please download the ‘TFA National Indigenous Team Expression of Interest’ document and follow the instructions.Position descriptions for both Coaches and Managers are also available to download; please see below.Expression of interest for these positions closes on COB Friday 16th October 2009 and should be forwarded to Adam Raptis at adam.raptis@austouch.com.au or fax (02) 6212 2822.Related Filestfa_national_indigenous_team_eoi-pdfindigenous_coach_position_description-pdfindigenous_managers_duty_statement-pdflast_img


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first_imgAPTN National NewsAlberta’s Wildrose Party is holding onto a polling lead as the province heads into an election next week.After 40 years in power, it seems that the Progressive Conservative-hold on Canada’s largest economy is slipping.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more on what to expect if the Wildrose Party takes the legislature.last_img


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first_imgCALGARY – It’s more vital than ever that three other pipelines to oil export markets proceed as planned in the wake of TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) shelving its Energy East pipeline on Thursday, says AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever.Lever says Canadian producers will have to transport any incremental new oil production over the next year or so using railcars, and the pipeline transportation system out of Western Canada will remain tight for years.“We already know the next incremental barrel of production has got to go by rail because the pipelines are effectively full,” he said Friday.In a report in July, RBC Capital Markets predicted oilsands production would grow by 900,000 barrels per day in the next five years thanks to startup of Suncor Energy Inc.’s (TSX:SU) 194,000-bpd Fort Hills mine and several smaller projects, including an 80,000-bpd expansion at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (TSX:CNQ) Horizon mine and upgrader.It pointed out that about three-quarters of the new bitumen production is not going to be upgraded, which means it will have to be diluted to create a product composed of 30 to 40 per cent lighter petroleum in order to flow in a pipeline. That will increase the demand for pipeline volumes beyond what is required for the heavy oil alone, it said.Opponents of pipeline projects who look at the oil forecasts and conclude they aren’t needed sometimes overlook the diluent component of shipping bitumen, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.“We will exceed our current and projected pipeline capacity by 2030 with (Energy East) gone … not just on a strategic level but by volume,” he said.Lever said Energy East could come off the shelf and be proposed again for regulatory approval if any of the other pipelines don’t go ahead or if market conditions change to encourage higher production growth.“Energy East was more than what was needed,” he said of the proposal to ship 1.1 million bpd from Alberta to New Brunswick.“Producers weren’t going to pay for that much excess capacity so I’m not surprised it fell to the wayside. If one of those (other pipelines) falls away, then Energy East would be needed.”He said the next capacity increase is expected to come with Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Line 3 pipeline replacement project, which is under construction in Canada and awaiting its last U.S. regulatory approvals in Minnesota. It is expected to add 370,000 bpd of capacity by early 2019.But that additional room will only just accommodate new output from oilsands expansions and the situation will remain tight until the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline to the West Coast proposed by Kinder Morgan is in service, expected to add 590,000 bpd by late 2019, Lever said. That project is being actively opposed in court by the B.C. government and other intervenors.TransCanada hasn’t yet approved its Keystone XL pipeline into the U.S. but Lever said its 830,000-bpd capacity would likely provide enough room for Canadian oil production growth until about 2030, when the industry expects Canadian production to reach five million barrels per day.Lever pointed out that having excess pipeline capacity is important because it gives producers options to supply different markets and offers the pipeline operators flexibility to schedule maintenance downtime.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.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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Massachusetts authorities are expected to execute an arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez  for obstruction of justice in connection with a homicide investigation, sources tell ABC News.The warrant was prepared after police discovered that the security system at Hernandez’s home, along with his cellphone, were destroyed, sources told ABC News.Police were at Hernandez’s home again Thursday with another search warrant based on evidence that Hernandez “destroyed his home security system,” an investigator close to the case told ABC News.The investigator and other law enforcement sources confirmed the security system was smashed intentionally. Hernandez’s cellphone was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys, sources added.Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners was hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.“There’s a federal statute in every state that you cannot knowingly destroy evidence. And what [authorities] believe has happened here is that the home surveillance system was destroyed, the cell phone was destroyed, the house was cleaned, and the police think there was evidence that was destroyed because of that,” ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack said.“Now the problem of course is that nobody knows what was in that home surveillance so in some ways it’s difficult for the police to make their case,” Cossack said.Surveillance video from the North Attleborough, Mass., neighborhood of Hernandez shows him with Odin Lloyd and two other people hours before Lloyd was killed earlier this week, sources confirmed to ABC News late Thursday.In addition, the Boston Globe reported that video images appear to show Hernandez and Lloyd together on Fayston Street in Boston early Monday morning.Hernandez, 23, has been at the center of the investigation since the body of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was found shot in the back of the head Monday in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.Lloyd’s uncle, Ishmael Andrew, told The Associated Press on Friday that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. Family members have said Lloyd was never in trouble.Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been re-filed in Florida against Hernandez by a man the tight end allegedly shot in South Florida in February. The lawsuit contends Alexander S. Bradley was shot in the arm but the bullet traveled to his head, causing him to lose his right eye.Video footage by a WCVB-TV chopper showed Hernandez traveling by car to Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning. He left the stadium shortly after noon, then was swarmed by reporters after he stopped at a gas station.The Boston Herald reported that Hernandez was told to leave the stadium by staff, who were waiting for him when he showed up for a workout. Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the newspaper that he had no idea why Hernandez came to the stadium.“No coaches are here,” said James, who declined further comment to the Herald.Lloyd’s body was discovered in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard, not far from a vehicle that had been rented by Hernandez. Police have ruled Lloyd’s death a homicide.“It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion,” attorney Michael Fee said in a statement.Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a silver mirror cover believed to have been broken off a vehicle and might be visible along a route of travel between Dorchester, where Lloyd was from, and North Attleborough.The NFL is not commenting on the Hernandez situation at this point, a league official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. But the NFL is monitoring developments, as it would in any matter of this nature.Bradley, the man who claims he was shot by Hernandez after the two argued upon leaving a Miami nightclub in February, is represented by New York attorney David Jaroslawicz.Asked whether he has a police report of the incident, Jaroslawicz declined to provide information. According to USA Today Sports, his client was in the hospital for weeks, and “I’m sure the police were there.”A spokesman for Miami-Dade police told USA Today that he was checking to see whether a report was filed.A police report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff describes a shooting incident involving a man named Bradley on Feb. 13. The sheriff’s office deemed the case inactive because Bradley refused to cooperate. Hernandez was not named in the report. read more


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Basketball player Carmelo Anthony says playing with Amar’e Stoudemire was “one of the reasons I wanted to come to New York.”Now that his Knicks teammate is struggling with another knee injury, Anthony is having a difficult time watching Stoudemire go through the agony of recovery.“As a friend, it’s hard for me to sit back and act like it doesn’t bother me because I know how hard of a worker he is [and] I know the time that he puts in the gym to train and rehab,” Anthony said Tuesday. “To see him go forward and then take some steps back every time, it’s just sad.”According to reports, Stoudemire will miss the Knicks’ first three preseason games. Stoudemire is rehabbing from knee surgery he received over the summer, his third in the past year.“I’m still getting stronger, still getting the legs strong enough to withstand the pressure of playing, but progress has been great so far,” Stoudemire said.The 11-year veteran only played 29 regular season games in 2012-13, when he also had two separate knee procedures. read more


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It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. The least you need to know about how these numbers work: Each team is ranked according to a projection of its strength over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the ratings, see our introductory rankings post.(Note: These ratings were calculated before news broke that Chicago’s Jimmy Butler would miss three to six weeks with an elbow injury. Butler carried a strong +3.2 RPM rating, so replacing his 26 minutes per game with a replacement-level player would drop the Bulls from 11th place to a tie for 19th with the Pistons. Chicago’s saving grace might be that the average player below Butler on the team’s depth chart is significantly better than replacement level, but there’s no doubt that this news reduces the Bulls’ rating.)Some observations about the rankings this week:The Oklahoma City Thunder climbed more in the rankings from last week than any other team, leaping from No. 13 to No. 6. The biggest reason? The expectation that Kevin Durant will return in some capacity this week, even if in reduced minutes, was worth 1.7 points per 100 possessions to OKC’s overall rating. The ripple effects of Durant’s return extend beyond his own increased minutes. Our playing-time projections also see Dion Waiters (whose extremely negative RPM falls below the replacement level) getting fewer minutes on the wing — a boon of 0.8 points/100 to the Thunder’s rating. More minutes may also go to plus-minus darling Andre Roberson,1Relative to other metrics at least; from his awful 9.9 Player Efficiency Rating (PER), you wouldn’t expect his RPM to be a strong +2.4. and fewer minutes will go to guard D.J. Augustin, an additional 0.6 point boost for OKC’s rating. The mix of very good and very poor players on the Thunder roster makes the team a great case study in how much effect playing-time reshuffling can have on a team’s overall talent rating.The Atlanta Hawks dropped four spots in this week’s rankings, largely because Al Horford (+2.3 RPM rating), Jeff Teague (+1.3), DeMarre Carroll (+1.2) and Pero Antic (+0.8) are all listed as day-to-day in the team’s injury report. Those slight playing-time downgrades gave more minutes to a host of negative RPM players; chief among them are Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore.Joining the Hawks with a four-slot decline this week are the Toronto Raptors. More than half of Toronto’s 1.8 point ratings drop is driven by an injury to Kyle Lowry — and the resulting uptick in playing time for the man behind him on the team’s point guard depth chart, Lou Williams. Williams’s box-score numbers are very good, and Toronto has played much better with him on the court this season. But Real Plus-Minus isn’t convinced despite his great 2014-15 season to date. His long-term predictive RPM is currently -1.9 — with a -3.6 defensive mark — numbers only slightly improved from his -2.0/-3.7 ratings from the end of last season.For all the changes just outside the league’s top tier — in addition to the rise of OKC and declines of Atlanta and Toronto, the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets both moved up a pair of spots — the top four in our rankings stayed constant. This marks the first time that’s been true since we introduced the rankings in mid-January.With Oklahoma City’s gains, the Western Conference playoff picture is all but set. Seven teams have postseason probabilities in excess of 97 percent, and the Thunder don’t sit too far behind, at 92.7 percent. As for the East, it boasts six teams with playoff odds of 99.6 percent or greater, although there’s some drama to be had with six teams battling for the conference’s final two playoff berths. The Indiana Pacers have the inside track for one of the slots, with a 62.7 percent playoff probability, but none of the five teams behind them are any more than 40.2 percent likely to qualify, which ought to bring at least some tension to the final month and a half of the season.Related to the previous point, it’s worth mentioning that the Utah Jazz have a zero percent probability of making the playoffs despite ranking 12th in talent. What happened? Utah’s record has undershot its Pythagorean expectation by three wins, but the team has also improved its talent rating recently (granted, by too little and too late) by jettisoning Enes Kanter and his -2.5 RPM in a three-team trade with Oklahoma City and the Detroit Pistons.Finally, who on earth is Joffrey Lauvergne? Our projections had the French big man down for 2.8 minutes per game for the Denver Nuggets last week, but he ended up averaging 21 minutes per game instead (and even got a starting nod against the Jazz on Friday). Denver might be toning down Lauvergne’s playing time after he shot 38 percent from the floor and posted a -36 plus-minus in that lone start, but his expected role increase — and -4.4 RPM rating — is still enough to help the Nuggets drop by five slots in the rankings. They’re still not New York Knicks bad, but after their mass talent exodus at the trade deadline, the Nuggets now bring up the rear of the non-Knicks/Philadelphia 76ers division of the power rankings. read more


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Each member of the line must be on the ice for a goal to qualifySource: Left Wing Lock CGYJ. GaudreauS. MonahanM. Ferland251267.6 Goals BOSB. MarchandP. BergeronD. Pastrnak21387.5% TORZ. HymanA. MatthewsW. Nylander24972.7 COLG. LandeskogN. MacKinnonM. Rantanen291467.4 NYIA. LeeJ. TavaresJ. Bailey241955.8 The best among the best lines in the NHLThe top 10 lines in the NHL in goals scored while playing 5-on-5, by percentage of goals for TMLeft wingCenterright wingForVS.For % PHIC. GirouxS. CouturierJ. Voracek231069.7 For the first couple months of the season, the Boston Bruins had more problems than they could handle. They had lost more games than they had won. They were firmly out of the playoff picture. Top-line center Patrice Bergeron and his linemate Brad Marchand had both missed time with injuries. So had second-line center David Krejci. Goalie Tuukka Rask was a husk of his former self, and looked for a moment as though he might lose his starting job. Matt Beleskey, who the Bruins decided to pay $19 million because he had a handful of good weeks during the spring of 2015, had been placed on waivers.1He cleared them and now plays for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence.This was a team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy as recently as 2013-14, and that had a core made up of several skaters who’d played in two of the past seven Stanley Cup Finals. This was also a team that had failed to qualify for two of the past three postseasons, and that hadn’t won a playoff series since they beat the Detroit Red Wings in the spring of 2014.But since a loss to the Washington Capitals in mid-December, the Bruins have been damn near untouchable: They are 14-0-4 in their last 18 games. The Bruins looked like basement dwellers a few months ago, and now pundits are wondering whether they’re legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. But are they for real, or is this streak just a tantalizing aberration?The Bruins are a balanced hockey team — seven skaters have at least 25 points — but much of their recent form can be attributed to the extraordinary play of a rejuvenated Rask and the top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and David Pastrnak, which has established itself as one of the best in the NHL.In his last 18 starts, Rask has lost exactly zero games in regulation; in his prior 13 starts, he had won just three. During his recent dominant stretch, Rask has stopped 94 percent of the shots he’s faced; during his disastrous stretch, he stopped just under 90 percent of the shots he faced.2Not what you’d expect from the NHL’s all-time leader in save percentage.Goaltender play is notoriously unstable, so these gulfs in Rask’s performance aren’t actually as shocking as they seem on the surface. Even if Rask’s save percentage regresses and he stops roughly 92 percent of the shots he faces for the rest of the season, the Bruins will be in good shape.To explain the dominance of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak, the best place to start is their possession numbers. Bergeron is yet again among the league’s elite faceoff takers, winning more than 57 percent of his draws.3That number drops a bit to roughly 53 percent on power play draws, but Bergeron can be forgiven — unless he’s the man in the penalty box, teams often task their best faceoff man with taking draws on the penalty kill. Among qualifying skaters, all three on Boston’s top line rank in the top 50 in Corsi percentage,4Adjusted for score, zone and venue. which estimates a player’s possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts directed at his opponent’s net versus his own net while he’s on the ice. And because the Bruins’ top troika are sending so many shots toward their opponents’ nets, all three also rank in the top 15 for goals per 60 minutes.Among lines that qualify, only 11 others in the NHL have a higher combined shooting percentage than the combination of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak. And their goals for percentage — which takes the total number of goals scored while a line is on the ice together and calculates the percentage of those goals that were goals scored by the line — is by far the best in the league. LOSA. IafalloA. KopitarD. Brown201360.6 TBLV. NamestnikovS. StamkosN. Kucherov261957.8 DALJ. BennT. SeguinA. Radulov201360.6 VGKR. SmithW. KarlssonJ. Marchessault321666.7 None of this is to say the Bruins are a one-line team — they’re far from it. Rookie forwards Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk have already chipped in with 11 goals each, and rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy5McAvoy recently underwent minor surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, but is expected to return in two weeks. is building a solid case for the Calder Memorial Trophy. And David Krejci is a pretty decent second line center, too: He’s scored 24 points in 29 games, and he’s winning 56.3 percent of his faceoffs, by far the best mark of his career.Boston will lose in regulation again — Marchand, who is serving a five-game suspension, and McAvoy’s temporary absences should ensure this happens sooner than later. But there’s nothing in recent memory suggesting Boston’s top line will cease to be a possession beast any time soon.6All three forwards finished in the top ten in Corsi percentage in 2016-17. If they keep getting (and burying) their chances — and if Rask’s ascendancy holds up, which his dazzling career implies it might — the Bruins might find themselves playing hockey in June again. read more


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first_imgParis Saint-Germain will play against Saint-Etienne later tonight as the team hopes to maintain their good run.Paris Saint-Germain is looking for its 20th victory of the 2018-2019 French Ligue 1 season.PSG will face Saint-Etienne tonight as the team comes from beating Manchester United at home in the UEFA Champions League.“Thomas Meunier will be missing tomorrow, Choupo-Moting is ill. He trained with us yesterday, but today he’s resting,” manager Thomas Tuchel explained to the team’s official website.“All the others should be available, we’ll wait until the end of the training session for the some of them. Neymar and Cavani are out.”“We’ll be cautious with those who have played a lot and those who have only just come back from an injury like Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe,” he added.“They’re a very strong team that has done rather well against the league’s big teams, against the top five.”“They have experience and a lot of quality. We also know that the atmosphere at Saint-Étienne is great, and it’ll be a big challenge for us to play them at this stage of the season,” he commented.“When you’re at Paris Saint-Germain, you have to expect these kinds of games, you have to be ready and well prepared for each game because teams are waiting for us,” Tuchel added.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We have had two days off and two to prepare well. We’ll have to play to our best if we want to win at Saint-Étienne.”“At a club like Paris Saint-Germain, you always have to show that will to win, because we want to win everything. The players who are here want to play and win too,” the PSG boss added.“No-one at the club, whether it be the players or the staff, looks at the fixture list and considers this or that match more or less important.”“We are here to achieve objectives and we have to prove ourselves up to the task, every day. We have to be ready to take on any challenge that crosses our path,” he concluded.Good morning @DaniAlvesD2 ☀️✈️ @ASSEofficiel #goodcrazy #ASSEPSG pic.twitter.com/BO5MIIAnDr— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 17, 2019last_img read more


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first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club was down 2-1 but ended up winning 5-2 against the Luxembourg side in the Champions LeagueFor 17 minutes Luxembourg’s Dudelange was up 2-1 against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League.But the Rossoneri were able to turn their luck around and ended up winning 5-2.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We respect Dudelange and they played well today, especially in the first half. It wasn’t easy, because they came here to put in a great performance at San Siro,” Hakan Calhanoglu told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“I think we had a decent second half and that kind of spirit is how we must win. Finally, my foot doesn’t hurt anymore and I’m in good shape.”“The most important thing isn’t who scores, but the team victory. A goal is just a bonus,” he added.last_img read more


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first_img Historic scholarships awarded by Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Historic scholarships from Latin GRAMMY Foundation historic-scholarships-awarded-latin-grammy-cultural-foundation News Twitter Facebook Record-setting amounts awarded to select music students around the world by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural FoundationBrian HaackGRAMMYs Jul 28, 2017 – 1:24 pm GRAMMY.comThe Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s charitable support for music education programs around the world has topped more than $2.5 million in just the few short years since the Foundation launched in 2015.However, just this week, the Foundation has announced its largest-ever series of scholarship awards for a single year, with a whopping $870,000 being awarded to 44 select Latin music students from around the world.The monies include the Foundation’s yearly flagship Miguel Bosé Scholarship, which this year will provide $200,000 in tuition support for 22-year-old Dominican electric bassist Ernesto Núñez, who will be entering Berklee College of Music this fall to study contemporary writing and production.Additional Gifted Tuition Scholarship awards were presented to Andres Guerra, 21, a classical guitarist from Venezuela; Nikola Vasiljevic, 17, a Dominican bassist; and Carolina Mercado, 22, a tenor saxophonist from Mexico, in the amounts of up to $100,000 for each student.Guerra and Vasilijevic will each be attending Berklee, while Mercado will attend the School Of Jazz at New York City’s prestigious The New School.Rounding out the distribution, 40 additional students attending various schools in Colombia, Mexica, and Spain will also receive Tuition Assistance Scholarship grants of up to $10,000 each.”Thanks to our generous donors, involved artists, and compassionate partners, we continue to be in a strong position to provide support to truly talented Latin music students in need and with the tools to pursue their dreams to follow in the footsteps of their Latin music icons,” Said Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.Alejandro Sanz named 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Email last_img read more


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first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2015 – 12:07 pm Robert Plant, Alison Krauss Win Album Of The Year When Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham — son of the late John Bonham — came together for a one-off show at London’s The 02, the resulting magic shook the heavens. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.Celebration Day, the live document of the show released in 2012, found Page, Plant & Co. in top form — running through Zeppelin classics such as “Dazed And Confused,” “Black Dog,” “Stairway To Heaven,” and “Whole Lotta Love” with an urgent fervor. The live set would earn the group a GRAMMY for Best Rock Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards.As if a GRAMMY wasn’t enough, the group’s legendary frontman looks back fondly on the gig in a new Rolling Stone interview.”It was magnificent. We hit a home run that night, which is something that we were really fearful of,” said Plant of the reunion show. “There was probably more riding on that than we would care to believe. Our performance was crucial, but we could reproduce sound in a much more reliable way, so we could be kicka**, and sound kicka**.”Plant, however, prefers to look forward as it relates to his career. In October he will release a new studio album, Carry Fire, which has been preceded by the single “May Queen.” And though contemporaries such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen have written their life stories, don’t expect a memoir from Plant anytime soon.”What I know between my ears here is priceless. It’s magnificent, sometimes tearful, but mostly cheerful,” he said. “There have been highs and lows and a lot of adventure, and I keep it hid.”‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ New Super Deluxe Reissue ​Read more Facebook Email Rock legend reflects on Zeppelin in new ‘Rolling Stone’ interview, plus he reveals whether or not he’d write a book Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 22, 2017 – 2:41 pm Let’s face it: Some rock and roll reunions look good on paper but the actuality of a legendary group sounding great so many years later is the big question. Thankfully, in the case of Led Zeppelin, their 2007 reunion is secure.center_img Twitter Robert Plant On Zeppelin Reunion, Possible Memoir robert-plant-2007-led-zeppelin-reunion-was-home-run News Robert Plant: 2007 Led Zeppelin Reunion Was A “Home Run” last_img read more


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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Phones Tablets The Huawei Mate X boasts a unique design. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET After Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, unveiled the company’s foldable Mate X smartphone on Sunday, the audience ooohed and ahhhed. When he announced the price – a staggering 2,300 euros ($2,600) – the audience gasped. The price tag practically makes the $1,980 Samsung Galaxy Fold, unveiled on Wednesday, a steal. Huawei is certainly giving the attendees of MWC Barcelona something to talk about – and for once, it’s a controversy they’re likely to relish. Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Mate X triple threat: Foldable phone with 5G, lots of cameras Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone with 5G reading • With Mate X, Huawei hopes to unfold new reputation as innovator Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Huawei 2:43 The Mate X emerges as Huawei faces intensified scrutiny over the security of its equipment and its ties to the Chinese government. Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer and daughter of the founder, is under arrest in Canada awaiting extradition to the US for Justice Department charges related to alleged sanctions violations on Iran. The controversy is amplified by the rising tensions between the US and China over trade negotiations and the prospect of tariffs.  With all of those other troubles, what’s a little debate about the price of innovation?Huawei’s presence at MWC is more than just about a single phone. The industry sees the debut of foldable devices as a defining moment in history, akin to the launch of the original iPhone, and Huawei wants to be at the forefront. It’s a chance to rewrite the narrative that has – rightly or wrongly — been forced upon the Chinese telecommunications giant. • “We want to show the world that 5G can make the world better,” Yu told a handful of reporters at MWC. “We are leading in this.”Huawei founder and president, Ren Zhangfei, earlier this week denied any spying activity in an interview this week with CBS This Morning, and said his daughter’s arrest was politically motivated. (Disclosure: CNET and CBS This Morning share the same parent.)Yu denied the allegations have had a negative impact on its consumer business around the world. “Our customers trust us,” he said. How the Mate X feelsUnlike the Galaxy Fold, which features a larger display that folds inward like a book, the Mate X unfolds outward with a large continuous display. When folded, the front forms a 6.6-inch display, while the back is a 6.38-inch. Both sides swing out to form an 8-inch panel. I had a chance to try out the device and found it to be surprisingly polished considering how protective they are about the device. The two sides are a little stiff when you fold and unfold it, and it locks with a little latch the clicks in place. You push a button on the spine to release the other side, letting you unfold it. huawei-mate-x-mwc-2019-on-stage-richard-yu-2Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, shows off the Mate X. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Yu said the phone is rated for 100,000 folds. He said that would be more than enough for an average consumer. I responded that if I spent $2,600 on this thing, I’d be folding and unfolding it all day.The spine acts as an ergonomic grip for the device when it’s unfolded. A screen that size can get unwieldy, and holding it with one hand while shooting it with my smartphone was workable because of that grip. Just don’t try to fold it back up with one hand – I almost dropped it when I tried. “They made some interesting design choices that not only make the Mate X look different, but in many eyes better than Samsung,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies. Ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold on Wednesday, foldable devices have become a hot topic at MWC Barcelona, the world’s largest phone show. Even TCL, a Chinese company best known for televisions, showed off its Dragon Hinge, which enables a family of foldable devices. Mate X vs Galaxy FoldHuawei’s one-upmanship at the press conference was clear from the get-go. Yu touted its 5G connection, which the Galaxy Fold doesn’t have. The company says its Balong 5000 modem is able to tap into theoretical peak speeds that are double what you can get from Qualcomm’s 5G modem, the X50. Qualcomm declined to comment on the claim. Yu also took a shot at the right notch on the inside larger display of the Galaxy Fold, noting that the Mate X gives you a full, “uninterrupted” screen. The Mate X embeds its cameras on the thicker right rail. The Mate X’s 8-inch display also tops the 7.3-inch screen on the Fold. The Galaxy Fold on display during a demo at the Samsung Unpacked event. CNET He also suggested that Samsung moved the launch of its foldable phone up because of Huawei’s Mate X. But the Mate X doesn’t launch until the middle of the year, and the Galaxy Fold comes out on April 26. Samsung wasn’t available to respond to Yu’s comment. The Mate X won’t be sold in the US because of the ongoing controversy. Yu said the carriers want to work with Huawei but can’t because of political hurdles. Elsewhere around the world, Huawei will still need to convince consumers that $2,600 isn’t too much for a phone. Yu acknowledged that the price was high and said it would take at least two years before the cost went down to the level of one of its more mainstream phones. But he stressed that the level of innovation that went into the Mate X justifies the price, as the company looks to cement its reputation as a pioneer. “Huawei has to change the conversation,” said Maribel Lopez, an analyst at Lopez Research. “Can they convince people they’re innovative? Sure, but it doesn’t really change the overall market dynamic for them.”This story originally ran at 9:28 a.m. PT. 20 35 Photos Share your voice May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Comments Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone See Alllast_img read more


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first_imgEesha AgarwalPR HandoutActress Eesha Agarwal, who is the winner of Miss Beauty Top of the World 2019, says that Bollywood actress Lara Dutta inspired her and she loves the way she shaped up her personality.Eesha Agarwal already has a long list of achievements, but the model-turned-actress says tha she has more dreams to fulfil. So far, she has won titles like Miss India Exquisite 2015, Miss India International 2017, Miss Global International Princess 2017 and Miss Beauty Top of the World 2019.When asked her thoughts on winning the beauty pageant, Eesha said, “It feels amazing to win a pageant where you put so much of hard work in shaping your personality and it gives an opportunity to do something for the society which gives me immense pleasure.”Beauty is not just about how one looks and how they carry themselves, there’s more to it. For Eesha, true beauty means, “For me, beauty comes from within and radiates out into the world. without being comfortable in your own skin and sure of yourself you cant be beautiful.”Eesha Agarwal has won a lot of beauty titles and she said that it was Bollywood actress Lara Dutta who inspired her. She loves how Lara achieved everything with hard-work and charming personality. The Miss India Exquisite 2015 has worked in several Tamil and Telugu movies and she is really keen to work in Bollywood movies too.When asked about her support system throughout her journey, the actress shared, “My parents and my sister has been always been there for me in my life. they have always supported me.”The beautiful actress said that she would love to represent India at an international platform and make the country and people proud.last_img read more


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first_imgFile PhotoThe United States has termed Bangladesh’s 30 December national election “lopsided” saying that it was marred by reported irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.The US Department of State in its latest annual report titled ‘Bangladesh Human Rights Report -2018’ states, “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League party won a third consecutive five-year term in an improbably lopsided December parliamentary election that was not considered free and fair, and was marred by reported irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.”In the report published on Wednesday, the US Department of State also criticised the obstacles opposition political parties faced last year before the parliamentary election.The report also reads, “During the campaign leading up to the election, there were credible reports of harassment, intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and violence that made it difficult for many opposition candidates and their supporters to meet, hold rallies, and campaign freely.”Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League won an incredible 288 seats in the 300-seat parliament in the 30 December, 2018 election, with opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail on charges her opponents say are politically motivated.Photo: US Embassy in Bangladesh On election observers of the 30 December polls, the report states, “International election monitors were not issued accreditation and visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission, and only seven of the 22 Election Working Group NGOs were approved to conduct domestic election observation.”The US in the report has said unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, freedom of speech limitations, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force abuses were the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh last year.”There were reports of widespread impunity for security force abuses last year, while the Bangladesh government took few measures to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces,” says the report.It also considered a number of rights issues, such as torture, arbitrary detentions, corruption, trafficking, overly restrictive NGO laws, workers’ rights, use of the worst forms of child labour, and violence against LGBTI persons; unlawful interference into privacy, censorship, site blocking, peaceful assembly and freedom of association; criminal libel; restrictions on freedom of movement, political participation, trade unions.The report said the government neither released statistics on total killings by security personnel nor took comprehensive measures to investigate them. In regards to the security forces’ continued abuses with impunity, it identified lengthy trial procedures, retribution, and police having ties to ruling party men who occupy key positions in law and enforcement agencies.“Reluctance to bring charges against police also perpetuated a climate of impunity,” it adds.In terms of freedom of expression, it said the government sometimes failed to respect the right.”There were significant limitations on freedom of speech with self-censorship persisting due to harassment and fear of reprisal,” the report reads.It also said both print and online independent media were active and expressed a wide variety of views; however, media outlets that criticised the government experienced negative government pressure.It adds, “Civil society said political interference influenced the licensing process, since all television channel licenses granted by the government were for stations supporting the ruling party. There were also incidents of journalists coming under attack by ruling party loyalists and intelligence men.”last_img read more


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first_imgA person is being rescued as fire broke out at a multi-storey commercial building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: ReutersIt was not possible to see anything as there was a dark cloud of smoke everywhere. Within 10 minutes the smoke spread throughout the building making it difficult for people to escape.Exhausted and terrified, Hasina Parvin, credit control manager of Aamra Networks Limited, housed on the 17th floor of the 22-storey Faruk Rupayan (FR) Tower in the capital’s Kamal Ataturk Avenue, said this while narrating her harrowing experience of Thursday’s devastating fire incident that left 25 people dead.The 39-year-old mother of two daughters escaped the horrific fire that broke out on the 6th floor of the building around 12:45pm.”We were at a departmental meeting at that time. Suddenly, we saw through the window huge black smokes bellowing up and noticed a fire at our building,” said she.”Instantly, I along with other colleagues got out of the office and rushed to the staircase. We heard people screaming and saw smoke filling up the staircase,” she added.Firefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFP”Just within 10 minutes, the smoke spread throughout the building and we reached the rooftop. Around 50 people, including me, managed to reach the rooftop. But a little later, it was impossible to stay there because of the smoke,” she went on saying.Parvin and some of her colleagues ran towards the rooftop as it was impossible to get down through the stairs due to the huge dark smoke. After reaching the rooftop, they jumped to the adjacent building, Ahmed Tower, and got down to the ground.Parvin narrated she saw some people jumping off the building breaking open the windowpanes. “Too late to make it to the rooftop for an easier escape, they tried to escape through the windows of the building and some of them fell down.”Fire breaks out at FR Tower in Banani in the capital on Thursdya afternoon. Photo: Prothom AloShe also said people used two ways to escape — some tried to go to the rooftop while some others broke the windowpanes to get to Ahmed Tower.”Till 1:00pm, people were able to make it to the rooftop. But after that, the staircase become too hazy for people to make it through,” she said.Parvin said there were 65 employees on their floor but four of those could not manage to escape. “Later, they were rescued by firefighters around 3:45pm and taken to Apollo Hospitals.”She, however, said there was no emergency fire exit in the 22-storey building that houses dozens of offices. “I’ve been working in this building for around seven years and had the same experience during an earthquake several years back…many panicked people were injured while getting down,” she added.Sushanta Roy, now undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, told UNB, “Thanks to the Almighty that I’m alive. When I got trapped on the 17th floor, I thought it’s over, I wouldn’t survive. We were unable to breathe properly due to suffocation and black smoke.””We broke opened the glass wall and screamed for help. Once, I thought I would jump off the building, but saw several people fell down while climbing down holding cables,” he said.A helicopter carries water to drop on a burning office building as Bangladeshi firefighters on ladders work to extinguish the blaze in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPLater, the firefighters rescued me and put me down through the ladder, he added.While visiting the spot in the morning, housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim said the FR Tower was built violating rules. “Permission was given only for an 18-storey building, but a 22-storey building was constructed illegally.” He said RAJUK approved the 18-storey FR Tower in 1996. “But, the building owner submitted the copy of a 22-storey building design in 2005. After investigation, it was found they summited an improper design without RAJUK’s approval. The building was constructed violating the (original) design.”Firefighters carry a casualty next to a burning office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPAfter Thursday’s fire, RAJUK formed a committee to investigate how the four additional floors were built and whether the building had fire-safety measures.Built on an eight-Katha plot, each of its floors has 6,000 square feet of space for commercial purposes.The building houses a restaurant, a coffee shop, a branch of state-run Pubali Bank, a buying house, a freight-forwarding company, and many other firms.Meanwhile, firefighting units were carrying out their salvage operation for the second consecutive day on Friday.last_img read more


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first_imgElection CommissionSeven candidates from various political parties, vying for the Bogura-6 constituency, received electoral symbols on Tuesday, reports UNB.The by-election is scheduled for June 24.BNP candidate Md Siraj got ‘sheaf of paddy’, Awami League’ SMT Jaman Niketa got ‘boat’, Jatiya Party candidate Nurul Islam Omar got plow, Bangladesh Congress candidate Namsur Rahman got ‘coconut’, Bangladesh Muslim League candidate Mufti Mawlana Rafikul Islam got ‘Hurricane’, individual candidate Syed Kabir Ahmed got ‘truck’ and Md Minhaz got ‘Apple’.The candidates started electioneering right away to make use of the Eid-ul-fitr festival and reach as many people as possible.BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had won the seat in the 30 December election but chose not to take oath of office. Subsequently, the parliamentary seat was declared vacant on 30 April.The election commission announced the polls schedule on 8 May.As many as 387,458 voters are expected to exercise their franchise at 141 stations of 11 unions in Sadar upazila. The last date for the withdrawal of candidature is 3 June.last_img read more


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first_imgProtesters gather around as pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong confronts police after taking part in a march to the West Kowloon rail terminus against the proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on 7 July, 2019. Photo: AFPTens of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied outside a controversial train station linking Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland on Sunday, the latest mass show of anger as activists try to keep pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders.The rally was the first large-scale protest since last Monday’s unprecedented storming of parliament by largely young, masked protesters — which plunged the international financial hub further into crisis.Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge marches as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police, sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.The bill has since been postponed in response to the intense backlash but that has done little to quell public anger, which has evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.Organisers said some 230,000 people snaked their way through streets in the harbour-front district of Tsim Sha Tsui, an area popular with Chinese tourists. Police said 56,000 turned out at the protest’s peak.The march was billed as an opportunity to explain to mainlanders in the city what their protest movement is about.Inside China, where news and information are heavily censored, the Hong Kong protests have been portrayed as a primarily violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland, not a mass popular movement over Beijing’s increased shadow over the semi-autonomous hub.”We want to show tourists, including mainland China tourists what is happening in Hong Kong and we hope they can take this concept back to China,” Eddison Ng, an 18-year-old demonstrator, told AFP.Bluetooth and loud-hailers Hong Kongers speak Cantonese but protesters were using Bluetooth to send leaflets in Mandarin — the predominant language on the mainland — to nearby phones, hoping to spread the word to mainlanders by digital word of mouth.”Why are there still so many people coming out to protest now?” one man said in Mandarin through a loudspeaker. “Because the Hong Kong government didn’t listen to our demands.”Many protest banners were written with the Simplified Chinese characters used on the mainland, not the Traditional Chinese system used in Hong Kong and Taiwan.And a lawmaker had to coach crowds how to chant “Students are not rioters” using the correct Mandarin pronunciation.Protesters are demanding the postponed extradition bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, amnesty for those arrested, and for the city’s unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down.Beijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes.In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, China’s ambassador to Britain said the extradition bill was needed to “plug loopholes” and that Beijing has “full confidence in the Hong Kong government”.Sunday’s protest began on the waterfront — the first time a rally has taken place off the main island — and made its way to West Kowloon, a recently opened multi-billion-dollar station that links to China’s high-speed rail network.Police placed the glass and steel structure in virtual lockdown and only those with previously purchased tickets were being allowed in.Controversial station Throughout the evening small groups of young protesters, most masked, taunted the police at multiple places as crowds returned home, but there were no major clashes.Particular ire was directed towards a senior white police officer who protesters believe played a key role in commanding units to fire tear gas and rubber bullets last month.The terminus is controversial because Chinese law operates in the parts of the station dealing with immigration and customs, as well as the platforms, even though West Kowloon is kilometres from the border.Critics say that move gave away part of the city’s territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.Under Hong Kong’s mini-constitution China’s national laws do not apply to the city apart from in limited areas, including defence.Hong Kong also enjoys rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech, protected by a deal made before the city was handed back to China by Britain in 1997.But there are growing fears those liberties are being eroded.Among recent watershed moments critics point to are the disappearance into mainland custody of dissident booksellers, the disqualification of prominent politicians, the de facto expulsion of a foreign journalist and the jailing of democracy protest leaders.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_img Share APWith tensions rising over Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low” as he moved ever further away from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.“Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all,” Trump said flatly during a White House news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Soltenberg.It was a grim assessment that echoed the words of Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who left an almost two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow declaring the countries had reached a “low point” in relations.Trump said Tillerson had completed a successful meeting with Putin, where “things went pretty well.” But he said it was an open question where relations go from here. He said “it would be a fantastic thing” if the two nations got along better but cautioned that “it may be just the opposite.”Could Syria have launched the chemical weapons attack with Russia’s advance knowledge? Trump said it was “certainly possible” though “probably unlikely.”The less-than-positive assessments of relations by both Trump and Tillerson reflected the former Cold War foes’ inability to forge greater cooperation, as Trump until recently has advocated.More than 80 people were killed in what the U.S. has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad’s forces undoubtedly carried out. Russia says rebels were responsible for whatever chemical agent was found, which the Trump administration calls a disinformation campaign.The Moscow news conference came after Putin met Tillerson for the first time since Trump took office. The diplomats know each other well from Tillerson’s days as Exxon Mobil CEO. Putin had even honored Tillerson with a friendship award.Beyond Syria, Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election also hovered over what was the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and any Trump administration Cabinet member.Lavrov blasted U.S. claims that it has “irrefutable evidence” of election interference.“We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts,” he said. “I do not know who saw them. No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie.”He also rejected American claims of incontrovertible evidence that Assad ordered the chemical attack.Still, Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings. He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.-Russian ties and identify problems. He said the two sides would also discuss disagreements on Syria and how to end the country’s six-year civil war.But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria. Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the U.S. position that Assad should leave power. But Tillerson repeated the administration’s new belief that “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end.”Tillerson said Syria’s government had committed more than 50 attacks using chlorine or other chemical weapons over the duration of the conflict. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader. Russia has never publicly acknowledged any such attacks by Assad’s forces and has tried for the past 18 months to help him expand his authority in Syria.The civil war is separate from the U.S.-led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country.While the most immediate U.S.-Russian dispute concerned culpability for the chemical weapons, broader disagreements over everything from Ukraine to Russia’s support for once-fringe candidates in European elections were among other sore points.Steeped in geopolitical intrigue, the meeting between Putin and Tillerson wasn’t formally confirmed until the last minute, following days of speculation about whether the Russian would refuse to grant the former oil executive an audience. Putin’s decision to host Tillerson signaled Moscow’s intent to maintain communication with the U.S. even as the countries bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones.Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Lavrov began their meeting Wednesday by demanding to know America’s “real intentions.”“We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria,” Lavrov said, referring to the 59 Tomahawk missiles Trump launched at a Syrian air base to punish Assad for using chemical weapons. “We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future.”Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action. But in a Fox Business Network interview, the U.S. president said he wouldn’t intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again. “Are we going to get involved with Syria? No,” Trump said. But, he added, “I see them using gas … we have to do something.”Only weeks ago, it appeared that Trump, who praised Putin throughout the U.S. election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russia. Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing U.S. investigations into Russia’s activity connected to the U.S. presidential election.Allegations of collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates also have weakened Trump’s ability to sweeten any offer for greater cooperation, such as by easing economic sanctions on Moscow related to its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.last_img read more