What have the Falcons been up to?

first_img TAGS: Newcastle Falcons Falcons swoop in to celebrate a brand new look for Newcastle BURGER KING∆ restaurant.Several Newcastle Falcons players helped to open the newly redesigned Northumberland Street Burger King restaurant of Saturday morning.Pictured: Restaurant manager Jane Wilson cuts the ribbon on the new restaurant with the help of Newcastle Falcons.Pic: Mike Urwin. 300711 Ally Hogg and Flash the Falcon at the opening of Newcastle’s newest Burger KingFive Newcastle Falcons were present at the re-opening of Burger King on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street last weekend.Ally Hogg, Darren Fearn, Mark Wilson, Joel Hodgson and Joe Robinson were accompanied by Flash the Falcon, the club’s mascot, as the doors to the newly improved Burger King restaurant were opened for the first time. The restaurant will create a number of new jobs in the area, and you can see murals of the nearby Tyne Bridge and The Sage inside. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Falcons commercial director Mark Foster said: “We are building partnerships with local, national and international brands. As well as supplying players to open the store, Burger King will be sponsoring the game against Leicester Tigers on Saturday 17 September.”Click here to buy tickets for Newcastle v Leicester, or call 0871 226 6060.last_img read more

Anglicans, Episcopalians head to Zambia for consultative council

first_img Comments are closed. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments (7) Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Doug Desper says: April 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm Hmmm. Episcopalians ARE Anglicans. So maybe the headline might read, Episcopalians and other Anglicans . . . 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Job Listing Anglicans, Episcopalians head to Zambia for consultative council Worldwide mission and ministry – and internal conflict – are on the agenda Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cynthia Katsarelis says: Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 1, 2016 The local launch of the 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council took place Nov. 29 in Lusaka Cathedral and gathered representatives from all the dioceses in the Province of Central Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia). The meeting begins April 8 and runs until April 19. Photo: Anglican Communion Office.[Episcopal News Service] The three Episcopal Church members of the Anglican Consultative Council hope the upcoming meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, will be a recognition, encouragement and expansion of Anglican mission and ministry across the world.“The things we talked about at ACC-15 (in the fall of 2012) haven’t gone away: food security, clean water, climate change, gender-based violence, human trafficking, the persecution of religious minorities,” House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, the Episcopal Church clergy member of the ACC, said in an interview with Episcopal News Service.“Those are the things that transcend our ecclesiastical differences and which are an enormous opportunity for the provinces of the Anglican Communion to strengthen the bonds of affection so that together we can heal a hurting world,” said Jennings, who will be attending her second ACC meeting.The ACC’s objective, according to its constitution, is to “advance the Christian religion and in particular to promote the unity and purposes of the Churches of the Anglican Communion, in mission, evangelism, ecumenical relations, communication, administration and finance.” And, among the ACC’s powers listed in the constitution, is one that says it should “develop as far as possible agreed Anglican policies in the world mission of the church” and encourage the provinces to share their resources to work to accomplish those policies.“That’s the purpose of the ACC – to come together to look at issues confronting the communion and the world, and then to discern ways to work together to change the world in the name of Christ,” Jennings said.The meeting’s draft agenda includes time for the members to discuss all of those matters plus review the work of the Anglican Communion Secretariat.The ACC is responsible for charting the work of the communion’s committees and networks, as well as that of the Anglican Communion staff and the communion’s Standing Committee. There are currently 10 thematic networks that address and profile various issues and areas of interest in the Anglican Communion. The networks will report on their work to the ACC during the Lusaka meeting.The Standing Committee, the ACC’s executive arm, will meet in Lusaka during the two days prior to the start of the ACC meeting.The ACC is one of three Instruments of Communion, the others being the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops and the Primates Meeting. The archbishop of Canterbury (who is president of the ACC) is seen as the “Focus for Unity” for the three instruments.Formed in 1969, the ACC includes clergy and lay people, as well as bishops, among its delegates. The membership includes from one to three persons from each of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, depending on the numerical size of each province. Where there are three members, there is a bishop, a priest and a lay person. Where fewer members are appointed, preference is given to lay membership.The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia, will host over 100 members of the Anglican Consultative Council for its 16th meeting April 8-19. Photo: Lusaka CathedralThe council meets every three or four years and the Lusaka meeting is the council’s 16th session. The first meeting was held in Limuru, Kenya, in 1971. The ACC last met in late 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. The ACC has not gathered in Africa since its ninth meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1993.Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, one of the Episcopal Church’s three ACC members, told ENS recently that when the ACC gathers – roughly every three years – it embodies a “united witness that embraces all of our differences and cultures and languages of the churches of the Anglican Communion.”The heart of any ACC meeting, as Douglas put it, is to worship together, study the Bible together, engage the communion’s important work and to see the church in the province that hosts the meeting.“My hope and my expectation is that coming together in our differences – which has always been a centerpiece of the ACC – will also be at the heart of our time in Lusaka,” said Douglas, who will be attending his third and last ACC meeting. Douglas is also ending his term on the Standing Committee.This gathering’s theme of “Intentional Discipleship in a World of Differences” was chosen by the Standing Committee, according to Douglas, by looking at the Anglican Communion’s mission and evangelism work and then asking “what is the shape of discipleship today in the post-colonial and post-modern era given the breadth of differences that we embrace in being in communion?”Rosalie Ballentine, the Episcopal Church’s lay ACC member from the Diocese of the Virgin Islands, said in an interview that the beauty of the Anglican Communion is that “in spite of our disagreements – our grave disagreements sometimes – we know how to cooperate.”Ballentine, who will be attending her first meeting, said she hopes in Lusaka to gain “a fuller understanding of work in the communion and how we as the Episcopal Church can continue to foster that work” and the church’s relationships with the other provinces.“I’m thinking that there’s going to be perhaps some different perspectives that we can get, some better understandings of how we might work in spite of all the primatial angst,” said Ballentine, who for six years chaired the task forces that fashioned the Episcopal Church’s response to the Anglican Covenant.In the early days of the ACC meeting that “primatial angst” over the ecclesiastical differences in the Anglican Communion may get the spotlight.A majority of the leaders of the communion’s 38 provinces – known as primates – during their January gathering called for three years of “consequences”  for the Episcopal Church in response to the 78th General Convention’s decision to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).The primates of the Anglican Communion pose Jan. 14 near the end of their meeting in Canterbury Cathedral in England.The primates said that they were “requiring” that for those three years the Episcopal Church not serve on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee, and “that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision-making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”The consequences were how the majority of primates agreed to “walk together in the grace and love of Christ” despite what they called the “significant distance” the Episcopal Church created when, the primates said, it changed the doctrine of marriage without consulting the rest of the communion and obtaining agreement.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has said the General Convention did not see those actions as a change in doctrine but rather “an expansion of who can be eligible for marriage.” He said the convention will not rescind that expansion. He has also said that the Episcopal Church’s three ACC members will attend and participate in Lusaka.It is not clear how the primates can enforce their requirement beyond appointments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury because their group has no governing document that gives it authority to impose penalties on any province. The Standing Committee, with the assent of two-thirds of the primates, may alter or add to the so-called schedule, the list of ACC “member-churches” included in the ACC’s constitution. But that power only pertains to defining membership, not the terms of a member’s participation.“Our province is a member [of the ACC] and so therefore it’s our responsibility to attend and participate as representatives from a member province,” Jennings said. “As a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, I am bound to follow the constitution.”Jennings pointed to the recent statement by retired Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga, who chairs the ACC, that the Episcopal Church delegation has the “right and responsibility” to attend the meeting and to vote.Douglas said the Standing Committee will no doubt discuss the meaning of the primates’ consequences for the ACC but, it would be unusual for the committee to recommend a course of action to the ACC. It generally does not take a “directorial position but rather ensures that the decisions and actions of the ACC at its last meeting are fulfilled.”Douglas sees two questions facing the ACC. One is the “very important question” of the relationship between the primates, the ACC and other communion bodies, and how the communion functions generally when faced with difficult issues, he said.That conversation needs to happen separately from the question of consequences for the Episcopal Church’s action on the marriage canon, he said. “To conflate the two, I think, is problematic.”He foresees the Standing Committee recommending how the ACC might handle discussion of both of those questions within the structure of the agenda as it is currently drafted.“The main job of the Standing Committee is to serve the ACC, not to be an authority above the ACC,” Douglas said.“None of this is new,” he added. The relationship between the Primates Meeting and the ACC “has always been a delicate balance.”The last ACC meeting received a 56-page report (beginning on page 33 here) about the relationships between the instruments of communion.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby noted in his presidential address to the Church of England’s General Synod meeting a month after the primates met that their decision “binds the primates as a group, but not any province or other Instrument of Communion.”More recently, in a letter dated March 16, Welby told the 38 primates that it has been “well recognized” since 1857 that no single body within the Anglican Communion has power over individual provinces.Instead, he said, “the decisions we took in January can only have effect if they gain general ownership in the Communion, taking in laity, priests and bishops.”The first three days of the ACC’s meeting are titled “establishing the ACC Community” and a report on the primates gathering is slated for the afternoon of April 8.The Most Rev. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon speaks to Anglican and Episcopal women meeting March 16 in the Chapel of Christ the Lord at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. Photo: Mary Frances SchjonbergThe Most Rev. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, said in a March interview at the Episcopal Church Center that his role in the issue will be based on the actions of the ACC.“I think your primate has made his reflections clear. The Archbishop of Canterbury has made his reflections clear. ACC will now reflect and when the ACC reflects, that will now give me a base on which to say this is what I want to do,” Idowu-Fearon said. “So, my comments will not be until my bosses have spoken and then I will sum up what my bosses have said and nobody can hold me responsible because I’m only the voice for the communion based on the Instruments (of Communion).”Earlier this year and after the primates gathering, the secretary general said that as much as Episcopalians are scandalized by the criminalization of homosexuality in some parts of the world, other Anglicans are scandalized by General Convention’s actions on marriage.Idowu-Fearon said the Episcopal Church’s support of gay and lesbian rights around the world inspired him.“But changing the doctrine of marriage to include those same people has not inspired most of the Anglican family,” he said. “Because they are in communion with you, and choose to walk with you even though they cannot agree with or receive the decision of the General Convention, they are perceived as being pro-gay churches. Being in communion with you threatens their witness to the same Lord Jesus, especially but not only in Muslim contexts, where the cultural sensibilities about human sexuality are so very different. In short, your decision puts many of us at risk.”Saying that the Episcopal Church “remains a vital and loved member of the family,” the secretary general acknowledged that the primates’ requirement was a call for all the provinces “to accept a costly and painful unity.”That unity might not be officially represented in Lusaka. Three provincial leaders – Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, Nigerian Archbishop Nicholas Okoh and Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala – have all said that their provinces will not send their ACC members to the meeting. (Ntagali’s statement is here, Okoh’s is here and Wabukala’s is here.)All three men cited in part the Episcopal Church ACC members’ plans to participate fully in the Lusaka meeting and Tengatenga’s statement about their right to do so.Okoh said the meeting would be just the next step in which those Anglicans whom he called “scripture-believers” are now “candidates for whom every opportunity in the Anglican Communion should be explored to gradually teach us to embrace the new sex culture.”He also praised the U.K. government’s efforts to be given what he called a “special status” in the European Union because of its disagreements with how that organization works and the rules it imposes on its members.“The Anglican Communion should begin to think in that direction for those provinces that may never, for obvious reasons, embrace the sexual culture being promoted by some provinces of the church over and against the Bible as we received it,” he wrote. “We need a ‘special status’.”Wabukala also rejected Welby’s March 16 appeal for all provinces to send representatives to Lusaka, saying some primates had concluded that “the best way to make our voices known is by absence rather than presence.”The Anglican Consultative Council last met Oct. 27-Nov. 7, 2012, mainly at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand. The ACC includes clergy, lay people and bishops with one to three persons from each of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, depending on the numerical size of each province. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceWhen the council last gathered in 2012  in Auckland, New Zealand, no province officially declined to attend but Uganda forgot to appoint its members, according to then-Anglican Communion General Secretary Kenneth Kearon.While some Anglican Communion-watching blogs have reported that Welby’s March 16 letter asked all 38 primates to attend the meeting, he did not actually make that appeal. Rather the archbishop wrote that that it is his hope and prayer that “every province that is able will be represented in Lusaka.”Primates attend ACC meetings only if they are on the Standing Committee. Then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori attended ACC meetings in 2009 and 2012 in that capacity. West Indies Archbishop John Holder has been elected by his colleagues to succeed her and represent the Americas and the Caribbean. Archbishops Richard Clarke from Ireland, Philip Freier of Australia, Mouneer Hanna Anis from Jerusalem and the Middle East, and Thabo Makgoba of Southern Africa are the other primatial members.Thus, Presiding Bishop Curry will not be at the meeting because he is not one of the church’s three ACC members, nor is he on the Standing Committee.ENS coverage of the meeting can be found here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. April 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm I don’t know where you are based, Doug, buy my parish is thriving, as our many in our diocese. While religion is in decline in the west, our reports show that there is growth in some places. The places tend to be urban and very liberal.Still, I don’t think growth or decline is the best measure. Who is speaking and hearing the love of Christ? Who is seeing the light of Christ? Do we have outcasts? Are we caring for all people, especially the most marginalized, as did Jesus? These are the questions. The Anglican Women at UNCSW reaffirmed their statement to walk together in communion with the Episcopalians no matter what the leadership does. They wrote about a sisterhood of suffering and our role is to love and support one another. There is the light of Christ, Doug. Not in all this schismatic talk. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Sean Storm says: Katie Sherrod says: Anglican Consultative Council Cathedral Dean Boise, ID April 5, 2016 at 9:59 am Tim: Please understand. I’m not leaving the Church and am there nearly every time something is going on. Problems aren’t solved by destroying what we profess to love. However, I am not alone in feeling that the Church is leaving me. To this issue:By the time of Jesus in Matthew 19 the world’s cultures had meddled with and altered the design of human bonding as described in Genesis 2: one man/one woman. By the time of Jesus all kinds of aberrant pairing had been chosen as the norm. Can we agree on that? That polygamy, marital slavery, etc. was a departure from the original design in Genesis 2? Forward now to Jesus. In the rear view mirror of time humanity’s meddling with marital bonding was quite well known — including in the empire culture that he lived in. So, when asked, He reaffirmed the original design for humanity’s bonding by directly returning listeners to Genesis 2: “Have you not read….?” he asked.Today’s revisionist theologians have no ground to stand on — those before Jesus had already attempted altering what marriage was designed to be. And yet Jesus returned the listener to Genesis 2. Jesus was conservative on the subject of marriage. Some among us just don’t have the ears to listen and folks are finding for themselves teachers to support what Jesus very clearly did not.Matthew 19: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.I am also one of those Prayer Book people that believes that when we profess standards that we should attempt to be advised by them. This Church — at least on paper — still adheres to the Articles of Religion adopted by General Convention in 1801:XX. Of the Authority of the Church.The Church hath power to decree Rites or Ceremonies, and authority in Controversies ofFaith: and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain anything that is contrary to God’sWord written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant toanother. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC April 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm I gotta be honest with you Doug… I understand what you are saying about ‘man/woman’ in Matthew 19, but I highly encourage you and everyone to back up and read that same chapter from a distance without having ‘same-sex relations’ on the mind. Remove the bias. I’m not asking you to change your view on sexuality, but only to re-read the same passage without the bias in mind. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest April 2, 2016 at 10:50 am This is all predictable. Change the meaning of marriage (by eradicating Jesus’s words in Matthew 19/Genesis 2) and then say that it isn’t a change in doctrine??? By what sophistry can that ever be believed? Since when does the Church — or its temporary bishops or councils — have any authority to ignore the plain teaching of Scripture? Face it. This Church’s current leadership is wedded to a revisionist mindset that places all up for scrutiny because they are now here and in charge after others supposedly have gotten it all wrong. Meanwhile, our statistics show that we — as an institution — are burrowing into the ground after God has specifically promised visible and measurable growth to those that are faithful. Our Average Sunday attendance is plummeting to about 580,000. New Hampshire showed some growth only because they are now counting their school chapels as part of their statistics. The average parishioner is in their 50s-60s and is a white female. Most churches can no longer afford full time or even part-time clergy. Sunday School stats are a shambles. Baptisms? Don’t ask. And yet, our institution is chasing after thought control in all things as well as making racism the main object of concern. (No doubt, racism exists — among many other sins, but the whole “white privilege” mantra being delivered alongside the race relation concerns makes many wonder what the real agenda is.)The pushing and shoving going on in the Anglican Communion is about to end, I’m sure. It won’t end because our 1.7 million member Province would have convinced the other 83 million members in Provinces that our downward trajectory is worth emulating. It’s about to end because the Anglican Communion is in schism and loud voices in our Province hear only their own sounds while claiming to be open to “Communion” with others and open to the voice of the Spirit as interpreted through catholic collegiality. This Anglican Communion is about to end because the majority in growing Provinces are simply about to walk away and leave the deteriorating provinces to themselves. After someone gives the Archbishop of Canterbury this bad news (and oxygen), the silence will be deafening. All pretense to believing in “One holy catholic and apostolic Church” will have ended. Google “GAFCON”. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA April 6, 2016 at 11:44 am Cynthia what I just simply cannot understand is WHY all the GAFCON churches feel they are being forced to accept Western ideals. I have never read one person from the West stand up and say “You must do as we do or else”. Nobody has even said “You must agree with what we do”. Why cannot the GAFCON bishops simply say to TEC…..”We understand what you are doing, we don’t agree with it, but we understand and still love you”. In other words, why can’t we all just get along? Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tod Roulette says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

Seed Consultants 4/18/2013 Market Closing Comments with Gary Wilhelmi

first_imgFinancialEarnings today just mixed whereas in 1Q 70% were higherDow off 81, NASDAQ 38 lower at 3166 and S&P down 10 at 1541 with support at 1530Reports were lukewarmDAX off .4% at 74.73 with support at 73.50 –74.00WTI crude $88.63 up $1.68Dollar quiet off 14 at 82.56Copper hit 18 month low at 3.19 with support about 2.80Apple continues to sink $390 off $10 with a 12 month high at $ 700LivestockJune cattle $.62 lower at $121.20Cash $125-127Boxed higher but not much help todayCOF FridayJune hogs held above support but finished only 7 cents higherExports of red meats lightGrain and soybeansLong lime of storms along the jet stream course north from Houston to up hereFlooding concerns but the rains are welcome, remember last yearPlantings are behind with Illinois at 1% versus a 12% average, but makes grain unless it doesn’t stopIf all things are normal from here on corn could fall to $4 and soybeans to maybe $9Spring wheat plantings are delayed as winter just won’t give upGlobal wheat is plentiful enough to hold the market at bayWheat exports were good but China may have shot its wadSoybean sales are good for this time of year but S American supplies are loomingCorn sales remain poor as old crop supplies are tightWatch new crop bookings especially if prices declineChinese bird flu is not a plague, but it could become one10:23 updateStocks in reverse off 74 on the Dow, 9 S&P and 23 on NASDAQEarnings are flowing but not all up hill. FinancialDow up 53 in pre opening periodEarnings: were supportive in Verizon, Pepsi, American Express, but the core was soft in Morgan Stanley and Google and Microsoft are coming out this afternoon.DAX up .6%, FTSE .5% higher and Hong Kong off .3%WTI crude $87.99 off $ .18Gold up $12 to $1394 and very cautiousDollar index 82.56 up 9Jobless claims expected at 350,000Philly Fed measure of regional economiesLeading Indicators is not so reliable, as it is an ever evolving combination of statistics.NASDAQ was off 60 yesterday as Apple fell to near $400 off $300 from its highS&P support is at 1530 and then 1474LivestockCattle $125-127Boxed beef up $ .56 on select with expanded beef featuring this weekBeef exports slack at 10,200 tons and pork at 13,300Feeders off $3-6 this weekGrazing on winter grains expected to be off sharplyCOF total estimated at 94%, placements from 92-103% and marketing’s 97%Pork cutout up $1Kills up 4000 on week in cattle and 30,000 hogsThe snows will soon go away but hog movement has been toughGrain and soybeansFlooding has become a factor, but the moisture is welcomeMay 1 is a planting date to watch as regards delays, but rain simply makes grainMore snow in spring wheat country is becoming a planting concernMonday’s wheat condition report will be an interesting measure of freeze damageBean supplies are tight as is corn and crush is downChinese feed demand imperiled by uncertain impact of bird fluSoy meal basis up $4-6Weekly exports 283,000 tons of old wheat and 772,000 of new. 815,000 old corn and 290,000 new, soybeans 319,000 old and 576,000 new with China buying 6745,000 and 420,000. Meal sales were up and soy oil downToo reiterate commodity trading volume and small and scared as it is caught up in gold fever By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 18, 2013 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHAREcenter_img SHARE Seed Consultants 4/18/2013 Market Closing Comments with Gary Wilhelmi Home Indiana Agriculture News Seed Consultants 4/18/2013 Market Closing Comments with Gary Wilhelmi Previous articleBrazil’s Sugar Industry Propped up by Government LargesseNext articleTexas Fertilizer Explosion Tragic but Rare Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Hearthstone® Soars Into the Year of the Gryphon

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Tokyo Olympics appoints woman president following previous leader’s sexist comments

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailYuichi Yamazaki/Getty ImagesBy MORGAN WINSOR and ANTHONY TROTTER, ABC News(TOKYO) — The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee announced Thursday that Seiko Hashimoto has been appointed president, a week after the previous leader was forced to resign over sexist comments he made suggesting women talk too much in meetings.“Today I am honored to be appointed President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee,” Hashimoto said in a statement. “The circumstances surrounding the appointment of a new president have made the question of how Tokyo 2020 and the Games can further the cause of gender equality one of intense interest to many people. I intend to approach this question with a sense of urgency and within the month set forth a system for implementation and begin delivering results.”Hashimoto has been involved with the Olympics for a number of years, as both an athlete and an official. The 56-year-old former speed skater and track cyclist is a decorated Olympian, having represented Japan at a total of seven Olympic Games and winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. She also served as a senior executive board member of the Japanese Olympic Committee, led Japan’s Olympic delegation to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, as well as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and served as deputy delegation lead to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Hashimoto was “the perfect choice for this position.”“With the appointment of a woman as President, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is also sending a very important signal with regard to gender equality, which is one of the topics we addressed in Olympic Agenda 2020, the reform programme for the IOC and the Olympic Movement,” Bach said in a statement Thursday.Since September 2019, Hashimoto had been serving as minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. She was also in charge of women’s empowerment and gender equality. Hashimoto told reporters that she submitted her resignation to Suga upon accepting her new role as head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee.“With five months to the Games, this role is an immense and sobering responsibility,” she said in the statement Thursday. “Looking ahead to the summer, we must make safety the ultimate priority and do everything possible to prepare a Games where everyone may feel safe and secure. In my previous role as Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games I was fully devoted to the Games’ success, and now that I am returning to Tokyo 2020 I will make every effort to further deepen our collaboration with the national government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to deliver what the people of Tokyo, Japan and the world can agree is a safe and secure Games.”“As we approach the first postponed Games in history, Tokyo 2020 will do everything in our power to share a potential vision for a new era of the Games, and to make a contribution to the future of the Olympic and the Paralympic movement as we carry out the mission of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” she added.Hashimoto’s predecessor, Yoshiro Mori, announced his resignation on Feb. 12. The 83-year-old former prime minister of Japan had sparked outrage after making sexist remarks during an executive board meeting that was held online earlier this month. When giving his “private opinion” about the Japanese Olympic Committee’s goal of increasing the number of female board directors from 20% to more than 40%, Mori expressed concern about how that would affect the length of meetings, according to a report by The Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest daily newspapers.“A meeting of an executive board that includes many women would take time,” Mori was quoted as saying by the newspaper. “Women are competitive. When someone raises his or her hand and speaks, they probably think they should speak too. That is why they all end up making comments.”He also referred to the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, saying it “includes about seven women, but they all know how to behave,” the newspaper reported.Mori apologized for his remarks at a hastily prepared press conference the following day. But by then, calls for his resignation were already trending on social media.Early reports said that Mori had picked Saburo Kawabuchi, the 84-year-old former president of the governing body of Japanese soccer and an ex-player himself, to succeed him. But the news triggered further outrage that the process of choosing Mori’s successor was not transparent and that replacing him with another man who is even older would not help the situation. Toshiro Muto, chief executive officer of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, later told reporters that there had been “no concrete discussion” about Kawabuchi succeeding Mori and that Kawabuchi said he would turn down the job anyway.“We will pick a successor as soon as possible,” Muto said at a press conference on Feb. 12. “We need to ensure that the process to appoint a successor will be transparent, as established by the executive board.”The controversy and ensuing leadership shuffle come as the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee forges ahead with its plans to hold the Games in Japan’s capital this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.The 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to kick off in Tokyo last year on July 24. But in late March, amid mounting calls to delay or cancel the upcoming Games due to the pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers announced that the event would be held a year later. Organizers have been staunch in their determination to go forward with the Games ever since. Earlier this month, they unveiled a series of “playbooks” for how they plan to hold a safe and successful Games in Tokyo this summer while preventing the spread of COVID-19.The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has confirmed more than 420,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least 7,196 deaths. The country’s daily number of newly confirmed cases has been on the decline in recent weeks after peaking in early January. Tokyo and nine other prefectures remain under a state of emergency to bring down the infection and death rates.Japan launched its mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday, months after other major economies did so and amid concerns over whether the drive would inoculate enough people in time for the already-delayed Tokyo Olympics.Following the announcement of her appointment, Hashimoto told reporters she wants to ensure “athletes can actively participate in the Games without anxiety.”“Under the current circumstances, some athletes might wonder if it is appropriate to be a part of the summer Games. I’m sure this must be a challenging and difficult situation,” she said at a press conference Thursday. “I’m a former athlete. Therefore, I take into considerations the needs of the athletes as well as the public. Safety is of utmost importance.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 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Canada wraps up multi-agency maritime incident exercise

first_img Canadian Coast Guard and armed forces have concluded exercise Salish Sea, a maritime disaster exercise which took place in British Columbia.Salish Sea is considered to be the Canadian Coast Guard’s largest exercise ever with participation from Canadian Armed Forces, BC Ferries, BC Emergency Health Services, Emergency Management BC, BC Ministry of Environment, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Public Safety Canada among others.Exercise Salish Sea 2017 is designed to help agencies and responders inter-operate in a simulated real-time environment. The scenario tested how agencies would work together in a large-scale marine emergency ranging from a mass casualty evacuation to the environmental response that follows such an incident.The first day of the exercise simulated a fire on BC Ferries’ M/V Coastal Renaissance, requiring passengers and crew to evacuate.On the second day, October 26, CCGS Bartlett simulated the ferry near Salt Spring Island for the marine environmental response portion of the exercise. An incident command post, to oversee the coordination of the simulated clean-up efforts, was organized by Coast Guard at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney for the day.“As Commander of Joint Task Force (Pacific) I recognize the importance of maintaining a high state of Search and Rescue readiness for British Columbia’s busy territorial waters. Exercise Salish Sea 17 affords JTF(P) the unique opportunity to train in a realistic scenario alongside our federal and provincial partners and community stakeholders,” commented Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander, Joint Task Force (Pacific), Canadian Armed Forces. Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Canada wraps up multi-agency maritime incident exercise October 27, 2017 View post tag: Exercise Salish Seacenter_img View post tag: Canadian Coast Guard Canada wraps up multi-agency maritime incident exercise Authoritieslast_img read more

Oxbridge condemned over state-school access failure

first_imgGovernment advisers are set to publish an annual report which will criticise Oxbridge and some constituent colleges for their failure to increase the number of state-school pupils studying at the universities. Two of the main concerns to be addressed are the failure of some major colleges to accept at least fifty percent of students from the state sector and the large discrepancy between colleges in the number of offers awarded to state-educated applicants.  The report, compiled by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, is expected to name University, St Peter’s, Trinity and Christ Church as the worst performing colleges for state-school acceptance. According to the report, Christ Church has 42.2 per cent acceptances from the state sector, Trinity 44.3 per cent, St Peter’s 47.1 per cent and University College 48.3 per cent.   Former ministers Alan Milburn and Gillian Shepherd, who produced the report, will also highlight how independently schooled pupils still make up around two-fifths of the intake at both Oxford and Cambridge.A spokesperson for Oxford University commented: “The University cannot comment on the detail of the Commission’s report ahead of publication. But we are clear that school type is an imprecise and often misleading indicator of social disadvantage.  For example, we receive applications from students on independent school bursaries who are themselves from disadvantaged backgrounds.”“For that reason Oxford takes a more precisely targeted approach to increasing the numbers of under-represented groups at Oxford. This approach has been agreed with the Office for Fair Access and is bearing positive results. The proportion of Oxford students from the lowest income households (below £16,000 pa) rose to one in ten last year.” “Oxford uses sophisticated contextual information about socio-economic, educational and in care backgrounds. This allows able candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds to be shortlisted as additional candidates for interview. Final decisions about who is admitted to Oxford are, and will remain, entirely on academic criteria.” The master at University College, Sir Ivon Crewe, defended his college’s record in an email to the student body. He said, “You may have seen recent articles in the Observer and Guardian, preceding a forthcoming report of the Social Mobility Commission, that assert that under half of those admitted by Univ are from the state sector and that Univ is one of the ‘worst performers’ in this regard. I wish to reassure you that this assertion is faulty. It appears to be based on a biased selection of inconsistent statistics, confined to a single and unrepresentative year (2013) and is highly misleading.”  “Some students see Oxford as a posh place that would be too expensive for them, but are not aware of tested bursaries and scholarships available to them. I think if more students from low-income backgrounds were aware of these, then they might be more motivated to apply.”The Access and Academic Affairs Officers at Christ Church, Joe Stephenson and Constance Crozier, told Cherwell how they were trying to meet this need: “The private to state school debate is not a new one, but is an ongoing issue which the University is addressing. The lower proportion of state school students and those from non-traditional backgrounds at Christ Church is one of the reasons why we have such an active access and outreach programme. Over the last three years we have established an ambassadorial scheme which trains student volunteers to take part in term-time access events for state schools, including tours and Q&A sessions, as well as college open days.”Stephenson and Crozier, however, were uncertain whether the report would stimulate more diverse applications: “The ‘naming and shaming’ of certain colleges serves to create negative reputations which can be long-lasting. It is likely that part of the problem is that colleges with a certain reputation – often upheld by the media – tend to receive fewer applications from state school-educated students, with the result that the pool of candidates is inevitably going to have a lower-than-average proportion of state-educated students.” St Peter’s and Trinity colleges have been contacted for comment. “References to the proportion of places offered to applicants from the state and independent sector are only meaningful if confined to UK domiciled applicants in UK schools, as is standard practice when universities and colleges report their admissions statistics publicly. On that basis the majority of places at Univ from 2011-15 were offered to state school applicants (55.4%). This is very close to the proportion for the University as a whole (55.9%).”James Quirke, a student at University College, suggested to Cherwell that responsibility for the discrepancy lay more with the schools than the university: “The difference between private and state school pupils comes from the culture in to which they have been “bred”. The problem lies in the attitude of the school. Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and other such universities are, for private schools with demanding parents paying money for top results, not the preserve of “the best”; they are an expectation. Teachers that have attended these elite universities, earning high salaries at private schools, facilitate the application process with their own experience. Quirke added: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and state schools’ unwillingness to gamble is doing as much to damage the number of state students going to Oxbridge as any genuine classist discrimination that may exist.” In a similar vein, Charlotte Dowling, a student at Worcester College, saw the report’s results as symptomatic of a lack of support in schools and from outreach programmes. Dowling, who attended a North East London comprehensive academy, said “I think lots of students who are at State schools are put off from applying to Oxbridge for various different reasons but there are some things that access could do to encourage more people from these backgrounds to apply, especially in terms of outreach. I had friends at secondary school who had the grades for Oxbridge, but didn’t get any support with application from the sixth form because the teachers did not really know about it and no-one from Oxbridge ever visited the school.” last_img read more

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting in Key West Estates

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting in Key West EstatesThe Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in a west side residence early this morning. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a house in Key West Estates for a domestic dispute. The caller advised that she had been attacked by her son and advised 911 operators that her husband had her son at gunpoint. Deputies were dispatched and the caller was asked to remain on the line. Just prior to the arrival of Sheriff’s deputies, gunshots were heard on the call.Arriving deputies encountered the caller and her juvenile daughter outside the residence. The caller advised that she believed her son, 21-year-old Matthew Scott Uloth, had been shot by her husband, Jon Scott Uloth and that both were still inside the residence. Entry was made and Matthew and Jon Uloth were observed to be fighting each other. Matthew then charged a deputy and punched him in the jaw. Matthew was restrained and it was determined that he had two apparent gunshot wounds, one to the right shoulder and the other to the abdomen. Medical personnel responded and Matthew was taken to Deaconess Hospital for treatment.Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office interviewed the involved parties and were advised that Matthew had been acting increasingly strange in recent days. On the evening of the attack, Matthew had indicated that he had possibly ingested some sort of drug. Matthew’s erratic behavior escalated to an attack on his mother during which he strangled her. At this point, his father Jon drew his pistol and attempted to keep him at bay while his wife called 911. During the call, Matthew charged his father who then shot him out of fear for his and his wife’s safety.At this time, no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. It does appear that the shooting was justified, however a case file will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review. Matthew Uloth remains at Deaconess Hospital.last_img read more

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges in Beach Tag Office Sexual Assault Case

first_imgCharles “Chuck” Cusack served as an Ocean City police officer for 25 years and later managed beach tag operations in Ocean City.A former Ocean City beach tag supervisor is headed to trial this fall after a judge declined to dismiss official misconduct and child endangering charges against him.The former supervisor, 52-year-old Charles E. Cusack, is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with an underage female employee. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in state prison if convicted of official misconduct.Cusack appeared in state Superior Court in Cape May Court House on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by his attorney, Louis M. Barbone of Atlantic City. Cusack, wearing a gray suit, did not speak during the hearing.He was charged in August 2012 with one count of second-degree sexual assault. A retired Ocean City police officer who was later hired to run the city’s beach fee operations, Cusack allegedly had an ongoing sexual relationship with a female beach-tag inspector, who was then 17. In February 2015, a Cape May County grand jury handed up a superseding indictment adding a second-degree charge of official misconduct and a second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child against Cusack.Barbone filed a motion arguing the official misconduct and endangering charges against Cusack should be dismissed. The superseding indictment was based upon “prosecutorial vindictiveness” because Cusack wouldn’t plead guilty and instead opted to go to trial, Barbone contended.Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor Dara Paley countered in her reply brief that she presented the additional charges against Cusack to a grand jury only after it became clear the case couldn’t be resolved through a plea agreement. Cusack would not agree to plead guilty to a charge that would spare him prison time, but require him to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, Paley said.During Tuesday’s hearing, Judge John C. Porto said prosecutors have wide discretion in bringing additional charges during the pretrial phase of a case, as long as those charges are in line with the evidence.“To this court it appears it was prosecutorial oversight that caused the state to initially indict the defendant with only one count of sexual assault under the prior indictment,” Porto said in issuing his ruling from the bench.The presentment of additional charges against Cusack to a grand jury was justified, Porto ruled.“The absence of all the potential charges in the initial indictment due to the prosecutor’s oversight constituted an unjustifiable windfall to the defendant at the expense of the public interest, the victim’s rights and the integrity of the criminal justice system. Therefore, to say the initial indictment and the state’s offer were very favorable to the defendant given the absence of the official misconduct and endangering the welfare charge is an understatement,” he said.Porto set a trial date of Nov. 2. Cusack is scheduled to appear in court again on July 30 for a pretrial conference.Cusack also faces a civil lawsuit filed in March by his alleged victim. The lawsuit alleges Cusack helped the girl land a plum summer job with the city’s beach fee office, and then used his position of authority to sway her into a sexual relationship. The city of Ocean City is also named as a defendant in the civil suit.Cusack had sex with the girl both in his city office and at his home in Egg Harbor Township on various occasions, according to the civil and criminal complaints.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged under a provision in state statute that makes it illegal for a person to have sex with someone over whom he or she has supervisory authority when an alleged victim is 16 or 17 years old.Cusack served 25 years in the Ocean City Police Department before retiring in May 2011. He has three daughters and had been separated from his wife at the time of his arrest.Cusack was in his second season as director of the city’s beach-tag program when he was arrested. He has been free since posting $150,000 bond shortly after his arrest.He and Barbone left the courtroom without comment following Tuesday’s hearing.Read more:Prosecutor: Former Beach Tag Boss Had Sex With Teen in City OfficeAlleged Sex Assault Victim Sues Ocean City and Former Beach-Tag Bosslast_img read more

Seniors Feted in Big Win for Girls Basketball

first_imgThe Red Raiders honor the senior class before the start of the game. By LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City High School girls basketball team honored its six seniors Tuesday night by posting a dominating 50-25 win over visiting Cedar Creek.The victory gave the Red Raiders a piece of the title for the National Division in the Cape Atlantic League along with Mainland. The win improved Ocean City to 17-6 (13-1 conference), while Cedar Creek dropped to 7-15 (7-9 conference).The senior class for the Red Raiders consists of Abbey Fenton, Delaney Lappin, Lauren Mirsky, Emma Finnegan, Katie Mazzitelli and Megan Crawford.In a post-game interview, Ocean City Head Coach Paul Baruffi spoke about the leadership and growth in his senior class.“A lot of the seniors have been with me for four years, and they have worked hard, been leaders, and most importantly contributed a lot over the past four years,” Baruffi said.Ocean City’s Delaney Lappin puts up a bucket for her team-high seven points.In a game that saw 10 different Red Raiders in the scorebook, senior Delaney Lappin led the way with seven points.The first quarter saw the closest point spread of the game as the Raiders and the Pirates traded baskets for the opening eight minutes of play. Ocean City took a two-point lead going into the second quarter, 11-9.Then the cylinders started firing for Ocean City in the second quarter. The Raiders put up 14 points to Cedar Creek’s two.The Raiders were able to cycle players through the lineup to keep the ball moving and keep the legs fresh. They increased their full-court pressure defense, creating turnovers and second chance opportunities to find the basket. Ocean City led going into halftime, 25-11.Red Raider Katie Mazzitelli plays defense on a shot attempt by Cedar Creek.As the second half got underway, Ocean City continued its dominance, scoring 17 points in the final eight minutes of play, with freshman Ayanna Morton adding six of her own.Baruffi was proud of the effort his team showed, especially in clinching a part of the divisional title.“Especially when we started the season 1-5, to win something like that is an accomplishment,” he said. “Winning divisional titles, conference titles, group titles – they are all important and they are all accomplishments. We take pride in all of it.”The Red Raiders will close out the regular season on Thursday at Williamstown in a nonconference match-up before starting the conference playoffs.Ocean City’s Ayanna Morton readies herself for a free throw.last_img read more