Let churches have freedom of speech

first_imgLast year many prominent national church leaders risked their exempt tax status to promote Donald Trump’s presidential run, despite the then-impossible odds. Miracles still happen. He won.His promised presidential edict has now temporarily disabled the Johnson Law and has restored the American clergy’s free speech rights.Long gagged, and many of the clergy have yet to take advantage of it. They have but three to seven years to influence future elections and speak out on legislation including repeal of the Johnson law. A new president, with a stroke of a pen, may well reinstate the Johnson law, unless repealed.Churches have an opportunity to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs. Providence has provided that opportunity. Grasp it. Give thanks for the freedom to influence the future, including the likely retention of clergy’s freedom of speech.Wallace J. HughesCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerican churches have temporarily regained their freedom of speech, enabled once again to provide the guidance that once contributed to the formation of our nation and is required to maintain it.The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious.U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution and Christian heritage corroded due to church muzzling legislation. Long ago, President Johnson signed into law legislation to deny tax-free status and financially punish the clergy and their churches if they chose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation. Repeal is essential.last_img read more

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Rohingya refugees rejected everywhere as countries grapple with COVID-19 concerns

first_imgAs countries scramble to contain the spread of COVID-19 in their territories while prioritizing the well-being of their citizens, Rohingya refugees are again facing widespread rejection. Hundreds are currently stranded at sea in the Bay of Bengal.Nearby countries have tightened border controls to slow the COVID-19 outbreak, and refugees have become an issue that no country wants to deal with.Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said on Thursday that his country would not accept two additional boats carrying hundreds of Rohingya refugees, AFP reported. The two latest boats are in international waters after human traffickers tried to land them in Malaysia, according to aid groups. HRW’s Asia director Brad Adams said Bangladesh should continue to help those at grave risk and preserve the international reputation it had gained in recent years for helping the Rohingya.“Bangladesh has shouldered a heavy burden as the result of the Myanmar military’s atrocious crimes, but this is no excuse to push boatloads of refugees out to sea to die,” he said in a statement.Bangladesh has accepted more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to avoid persecution following the military crackdown against the minority group that began in 2017.While Bangladesh has been hailed for its acceptance of the refugees, it also faces serious COVID-19 challenges. The least-developed country reported 309 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, dipping slightly from Friday’s high of 503, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,998.Read also: UNHCR works to ensure no refugees left behind in COVID-19 crisis in IndonesiaMyanmar has consistently dismissed criticism of its treatment of minorities, in a move that has attracted international attention and subsequently brought pressure to ASEAN as a group.ASEAN, through its humanitarian assistance agency, the AHA Center, has promised to lead a regional response to help Myanmar repatriate the refugees.United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Asia and Pacific bureau director Indrika Ratwatte said that while ASEAN countries have to manage their borders during the COVID-19 crisis, “such measures should not result in the closure of avenues to asylum or in forcing people to return to situations of danger”.He cited ASEAN leaders’ commitment to ensure joint action and a whole-society approach in handling the pandemic. The commitment was declared at the recent ASEAN Special Summit on COVID-19.“Leaving no one behind is the only lasting means of ensuring that we collectively beat this global challenge, and we are all only as strong as our most vulnerable members,” he said on Thursday. “Saving lives at sea must be a collective effort, in which any one state that rescues and disembarks refugees can draw on resources pooled from other states in the region.”Read also: Indonesian ASEAN rights representative expresses concern as Malaysia turns away refugeesIndonesia’s representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission (AICHR), Yuyun Wahyuningrum, pointed out that the bloc had already established COVID-19 health protocols requiring people entering the country to undergo a 14-day quarantine in designated places.“We should not repeat the same mistake that happened in 2015, when dozens of Rohingya people died at sea because their boats were prevented from landing in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The right to seek asylum is guaranteed in Article 16 of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration [AHRD],” she said.She was referring to similar incidents of refugees stranded in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea in 2015, which prompted dozens of countries to agree to the 2016 Bali Declaration, which outlined principles and the way forward to prevent another crisis.In February of this year, the task force on planning and preparedness from the Bali Process made a commitment to saving lives when responding to “irregular maritime migration”. Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Bangladesh are all members.Topics : In mid-April, Bangladesh rescued 382 refugees from another boat after it was rejected by Malaysian and Thai authorities.Malaysian authorities have cited coronavirus concerns to justify their rejection, following reports that as many as 60 Rohingya aboard the crammed boat had starved to death after being stranded in the Bay of Bengal for more than two months.Read also: Malaysia turns back Rohingya boat over virus fearsHuman Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Bangladeshi authorities to take in the stranded refugees, arguing that the inhumane rejections have placed the asylum seekers’ lives at risk.last_img read more

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Arsenal invited to match Napoli’s transfer offer for Ismael Bennacer

first_imgArsenal invited to match Napoli’s transfer offer for Ismael Bennacer Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 31 Jan 2019 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link791Shares (Picture: Getty)Napoli are open to allowing Bennacer to remain at Empoli for the remainder of the season.Arsenal will announce the loan signing of Denis Suarez today after Barcelona prematurely confirmed the deal on Wednesday.Unai Emery is hoping the club will complete two further signings, but deals for Ivan Perisic and Yannick Carrasco seem dead.MORE: Arsenal set to miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco Emery speaks after his Arsenal’s 2-1 win over CardiffTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:09FullscreenEmery speaks after his Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Cardiffhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-speaks-arsenals-2-1-win-cardiff-1852266/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.center_img Bennacer left Arsenal in 2017 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been contacted by Empoli to match Napoli’s offer for midfielder Ismael Bennacer, reports say.Bennacer joined Empoli from Arsenal in 2017, but the Gunners inserted a buy-back and sell-in clause in the sale.Gianluca Di Marzio.com Napoli have moved to sign Bennacer before transfer deadline day, and Empoli immediately informed Arsenal of the £10.5million bid.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are still working to seal signings before the close of the window, but are restricted to only making loan deals this month.ADVERTISEMENTThe Londoners do not have funds available to make permanent deals and it is unlikely the club will take Empoli up on their offer.AdvertisementAdvertisementInstead Arsenal are expected to sanction Bennacer’s move to Napoli and collect a 30 per cent cut of the fee. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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SWFs show growing interest in emerging market infrastructure

first_imgIt found that the portfolios of sovereign wealth funds had a 17% exposure to emerging market infrastructure, whereas only 9% of overall assets were held in the region.“Secondly,” Invesco said, “the supply and demand dynamics in emerging markets are more attractive to sovereigns than both developed market infrastructure and different classes of emerging market alternative investments.”Similarly, when investing in property, 73% of all real estate assets were in developed markets compared with a 56% exposure across portfolios, mirroring the overweight seen in infrastructure.Sovereign investors face the same challenges when investing in real assets, with the cost of assets and the competition for them causing concerns.“However, for both infrastructure and real estate investments, the biggest challenge for sovereign investors is sourcing deals”, which Invesco said was a concern for 53% of respondents.The sourcing of deals, according to the survey, is hardest for infrastructure assets, with those SWFs with more than 5% exposure to the asset class often working with other sovereign investors and, on average, reporting nearly three collaborations with other funds.Nick Tolchard, chair of Invesco’s global sovereign group, said the trend towards collaboration had been evident in last year’s survey.“However, in 2015, the collaboration appears to be taken further by certain sovereigns that are developing infrastructure propositions significantly to target other sovereigns,” he said. “Many sovereigns we surveyed felt this to be a logical evolution, since those that are established are best placed to help emerging sovereigns enter new alternative asset classes.” Sovereign funds are increasingly showing an interest in emerging market infrastructure, with an overweight to the specific asset class when compared with overall regional exposure.According to a survey of 50 sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) conducted by Invesco, the asset owners – worth more than $7trn (€6.3trn) – are showing an “affinity” for emerging markets, while their exposure to developed market property is also higher than their overall exposure to the same regions.The asset manager’s third annual Global Sovereign Asset Management Study found that many of the risks associated with investing in emerging markets – such as corruption, regulatory risk and inadequate legal protection – fell away when investing in infrastructure.“Infrastructure is perceived as reducing all of these risks to some extent because, in general, they are mitigated by government support,” Invesco said.last_img read more

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45th President impeached by the House

first_imgPresident Donald Trump was impeached last evening by the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors behind President Andrew Jackson and President Bill Clinton.The historic vote went along party lines, much the way it has divided the nation, over a charge that the President abused the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election. The House then approved a second charge, that he obstructed Congress in its investigation.President Trump spent his evening at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan during the vote.last_img read more

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BiH will play against the USA on 13 August in Sarajevo

first_imgBiH football team will be the host to the USA football team, during which they’ll play an exhibition match. The match will be played on 13 August in Sarajevo, reports reprezentacija.baThis will be the first match BiH team is playing against the USA team, which is currently the 29th team of the World and third placed team in the group for qualifications for the World Cup 2014.Since 13 August is a date for playing exhibition matches, all players of BiH will probably be free to play for the national team.last_img read more

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Keith Bernard Mortimer, 84, Milan: Dec. 26, 1929 – Nov. 13, 2014

first_imgKeith Bernard Mortimer, age 84, lifelong resident of Milan, KS, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at his home.  He was a farmer and stockman in the Milan area most of his life.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.Keith B. Mortimer was born on December 26, 1929 in Bluff City, KS to Leonard G. Mortimer and Leveta Mae (Brittain) Mortimer.He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen L. Mortimer; daughter, Kathleen Cornwell; and brother, Jack Mortimer.Survivors include one brother, Dan Mortimer and his wife A-Donna of Carthage, MO; three sisters, Joyce Tencleve and her husband Bernard of Mayfield, KS, Joann Morris of Indianapolis, IN and Doris Wedge of Norman, OK; and a host of nieces and nephews including, Dennis and Mindy Tencleve, Linda and Ronnie Metzen, Debbie and Rob Dorsey and Barbara Shannon, all locally. His right-hand Man, Nick Hilger of Conway Springs.Memorial Graveside Services will be held at the Milan Cemetery on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.A memorial has been established with the Mayfield Federated Church in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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Ohio State’s Chase Young suspended indefinitely for ‘possible NCAA issue’

first_imgOhio State defensive end Chase Young will not play Saturday against Maryland.The university confirmed the suspension Friday morning with the following statement:  “Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.”MORE: College football picks for Week 11Young issued a statement of his own a few hours later.pic.twitter.com/ji7uTdYXxp— CY2 (@youngchase907) November 8, 2019Young’s attorney also issued a statement: Chase took a small loan from a close family friend last year to cover basic life expenses. Loan was repaid months ago and we’re working to restore his eligibility. Unfair and outdated @NCAA rules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else. https://t.co/2Jsqj7f7TR— Tim (@TimNevius) November 8, 2019The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported late Friday (subscription required) that Young borrowed the money last December to fly his girlfriend to California for the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game vs. Washington.The suspension will jeopardize Young’s Heisman Trophy campaign. The defensive end leads the FBS with 13.5 sacks, and he had four sacks in Ohio State’s last game on Oct. 26. After that performance, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit told Sporting News that Young was the front-runner. “If you go to your ballot it says most outstanding player in college football,” Herbstreit told Sporting News. “It doesn’t say MVP or best offensive player. It says most outstanding college football player. How in the world do you watch Chase Young — not just because of four sacks against Wisconsin because he’s been doing it all year — and say it’s not him?” That suspension will make it more difficult for Young to win the award knowing only one defensive player has won the Heisman Trophy. That was Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997. Heisman winners Johnny Manziel (2012) and Jameis Winston (2013) were suspended the season after they won the award.Young has been the main reason why Ohio State’s defense has improved dramatically from 2018 and the team is ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Buckeyes rank first in the FBS in fewest points allowed (7.9) and second in total yards (224.3). This article has been updated with the reported nature of the loan Young received.last_img read more

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Charley Hull’s Ôamazing’ Major

first_img England amateur Charley Hull has described the experience of playing in her first Major – and finishing in the top 40 – as “amazing.” The 16-year-old, who is fifth in the world amateur rankings, was 38th in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California. Afterwards, she commented on a wonderful week: “The whole experience was amazing and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. “I loved being involved and didn’t feel out of place – it is where I want to be in the future – playing with and against the very best players in the world on championship courses. I cannot thank Kraft Nabisco enough for inviting me, everything was perfect.” Charley, from Woburn, played the 72 holes in one-over par and her scores included a four-under 68. “I was very pleased with my game, especially tee to green and my first target was to make the cut,” she said. “After that I really felt that I could get a top 10 place and I would have if a few more putts had dropped, but the greens were very tricky. I have learned a lot that will stand me in good stead for the future.” Charley’s next date is the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship at Troon at the end of April, followed by the Welsh open in early May, when she will defend her title. 2 Apr 2012 Charley Hull’s Ôamazing’ Major Major performance by Charley Hull in Kraft Nabisco 02 April 2012 England’s world number five amateur, Charley Hull, impressively finished in the top 40 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California – her first professional tournament and her first Major. The 16-year-old tied 38th with a 72-hole total of one-over par. She was the second-placed English player in the field, behind Yorkshire’s Jodi Ewart, and ahead of Karen Stupples and Melissa Reid. Charley (© Leaderboard Photography)  beat par twice during the event, opening with a one-under 71 before scoring 77, four-under 68 and 73. The Woburn player made a dream start to the championship with a birdie on the first hole of the first round. She told the LPGA: “I birdied my first-ever hole of my first-ever major, and that was my first-ever pro tournament, so I was pretty chuffed with that. “It was really good. The next hole I just forgot about it and just carried on playing golf. It just got me up and excited.” She explained that she had set out to cope with playing on such a big stage by keeping things simple. “It’s hard to take it all in, but I’m just trying to concentrate, not try and do anything different to upset my routine,” she said. She made the halfway cut, right on the mark after her second round 77 and she noted on Twitter that she had tried to hit too hard under pressure. But she added: “I know how to smooth things out, take one more club and swing soft!” The plan worked. Her third-round 68 was awarded the expressive hashtag BOOM! After the last round, she tweeted her final position and remarked: “Felt so good this week hitting balls on the range next to one of my favourite golfers, Lexi Thompson.” Charley, who is England’s number one, was promoted to fifth in the world amateur rankings the day before the championship began. Earlier in the week she had been selected for the GB&I Curtis Cup team, after much controversy. The Ladies Golf Union had originally said that she made herself unavailable for selection by accepting her invitation to the Kraft Nabisco championship, instead of playing in a team trial. But the selectors overturned that decision. The team was announced while she was in the States and Charley has spoken of her pleasure to the USGA: “I’m overwhelmed. I’m so happy, and I’d like to thank all the selectors. It should be great. We’ve got a great captain, Teg, so I’m really looking forward to it. “I’m back on the team now. I was upset, obviously, but now I’m really happy that I’m back in it. Now it’s history. I didn’t think they were going to change it for me, but I’m glad they did. I can’t wait for Nairn.”last_img read more

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LONGSHOT MISCHIEF CLEM TAKES $250,000 CAL CUP DERBY BY A HEAD; DESORMEAUX, HESS TEAM FOR WIN AS COLT BY PAPA CLEM IS ALL HEART IN GETTING 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:44.82

first_imgDERBY ONE OF FIVE STAKES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2015)–With odds-on favorite Acceptance spent with a quarter mile to run, longshot Mischief Clem was ultra-game in fending off Pulmarack through the lane, as he prevailed in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby by a head under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Bob Hess, Jr., the bay colt by Papa Clem battled back on the rail late and got 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.82.Off at 11-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds bred or sired in California, Mischief Clem paid $25.60, $9.60 and $13.40.“We’ve always been real high on him,” said Desormeaux. “In a nut shell, today he was finally able to put everything together and I was able to ride him off my fingertips…He was the consummate professional and he got a picture taken.”Owned by Griffin Thoroughbred Stables, Mischief Clem came off a fourth place to Acceptance in the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 14. Out of the Bold Badgett mare Glitteringmischief, Mischief Clem improved his record to 6-3-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $137,500, increased his earnings to $266,380.“A wonderful job by Kent,” said Hess. “The horse has a ton of heart. I questioned his ability to go this far. I think he came through today, and I think more than anything, this is his home track. He loves it here. We were able to train him here, school him here. I didn’t do that last time, and it showed today.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and off at 8-1, Pulmarack pounced on Acceptance at the top of the lane and finished second, 5 ¾ lengths in front of Kluszewski. Pulmarack paid $7.40 and $10.80.“He never switched to his right lead and I think that cost him,” said Van Dyke. “I would rather have been where Kluzewski was in front of us, but I was behind them so I had to go a little wide the whole way.”Named for the late major league baseball slugger, Kluszewski checked in third, 6 ½ lengths in front of Acceptance. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Kluszewski was off at 13-1 and paid $14.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.77, 48.00, 1:12.72 and 1:38.11.last_img read more

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