Evan Adams was one of the stars of Smoke Signals now guess

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former Indigenous actor has been making waves in a new industry lately.Dr. Evan Adams is best known for his work in the film ‘Smoke Signals’ alongside Adam Beach.Now he’s the Chief Medical Officer for the First Nation Health Authority.APTN’s Jaydon Flett caught up with him to talk about the work he ahead of him.jflett@aptn.caFollow @jaydononolast_img

16 candidates in final poll fray for Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: The final tally of candidates in the poll fray from the Darjeeling constituency now stands at 16. Owing to the number of candidates, two balloting units of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) have to be placed in each polling booth of the constituency.21 persons had filed their nominations for the Darjeeling constituency seat. During scrutiny, the candidature of Maheswari Barman and Wajed Ali, both independent candidates, was rejected. While Barman did not deposit DCR cash, Ali’s papers were incomplete. Meanwhile, three candidates, namely Pawan Agarwal, R B Rai and Swaraj Thapa, have withdrawn their nominations. “We have 16 candidates in this constituency and hence two balloting units will be provided in each booth,” stated Joyoshi Das Gupta, District Election Officer and District Magistrate. There are 1,899 booths in the constituency. Election symbols for the candidates were also allotted on Friday. The day also saw CPRM candidate RB Rai and independent candidate Swaraj Thapa withdrawing their nominations. While talking to media persons, Thapa stated: “My nomination was a symbolic protest against the idea of repeatedly foisting outsiders for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency.” He added that after he had filed his candidature, he had taken up the exercise to unite the Hill regional parties and decide on a consensus candidate from the candidates who were in the poll fray. “I had approached all regional parties along with the Congress and CPI(M). However, owing to time constraint, this could not materialise,” said Thapa. Nearly a month ago, the CPRM, while still in the exercise to unite the Hill regional parties and field a consensus candidate, had unilaterally announced the name of R B Rai. “Just to save a fractured mandate we withdrew our candidate. We are holding dialogues with national parties and regional parties. In the next few days we will announce our support to a party or coalition,” stated Govind Chettri, CPRM spokesperson.last_img read more

About the ripples

first_imgHave you ever taken a walk through the rain on a warm spring day and seen that perfect puddle? You know, the one where the raindrops seem to touch down at just the right pace, causing a dance of vanishing circles? Even before I entered the field of fluid flow research nearly 15 years ago, I was fascinated by the waves that appear after a raindrop hits a puddle. As I became focused on the study of unstable waves in liquid sheets — geared toward mitigating undesirable waves in industrial coating and atomisation processes — my fascination with puddle waves turned into an obsession. What is going on? Where does the pattern come from? Why does the impact of rain in a puddle look different than when rain falls elsewhere, like in a lake or the ocean? It turns out that it all has to do with something called dispersion. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn the context of water waves, dispersion is the ability of waves of different wavelengths to each move at their own individual speeds. Looking down on a puddle, we see a collection of such waves moving together as one ripple in the water. When a raindrop touches down, imagine it as a “ding” to the water surface. This ding can be idealised as a packet of waves of all different sizes. After the raindrop falls, the packet’s waves are ready to begin their new life in the puddle. Also Read – The future is here!However, whether we see those waves as ripples depends on the body of water that the raindrop lands on. The number and spacing of rings that you see depends on the height of the puddle. This has been verified in some very cool ripple tank experiments, where a drop of the same velocity falls into a container with water at different depths. Shallow puddles enable ripples because they are much thinner than they are wide. The balance between the surface force — between the water puddle and the air above it – and the gravitational force tips in favor of surface force. This is key, since the surface force depends on the curvature of the water surface, whereas the gravitational force does not. An initially still shallow puddle becomes curved at the surface after the raindrop hits. The surface force is different for long waves than for short ones, causing waves of different sizes to separate into ripples. For shallow puddles, the long waves move slowly away from the point of impact, while the short waves move fast, and the really short waves move really fast, becoming tightly packed at the perimeter. This creates the enchanting pattern that we see. Raindrops may react differently in other situations. Imagine that rain is hitting a lake or ocean — or those deep pothole puddles that require galoshes. Here, the raindrop hits the water, but the force due to gravity becomes more important. It moves waves of all sizes at the same speed which may overpower the rippling effect due to the surface force. The combination of teaching undergraduate partial differential equations while simultaneously continuing to research liquid sheets led to what I’ve been calling the “puddle equation.” When solved, the equation creates an animated simulation of what happens after a raindrop hits a puddle. It’s a simplified version of an equation in one of our group’s more recent research endeavors, but it’s also consistent with the classical description of ripples. I use this approximate description of puddle waves as one way to get students excited about math by relating it to the world around them. The study of surface-force-driven waves is important for applications such as coating processes involved in making batteries and solar cells. Such waves also appear as a result of the leg stroke of a water strider insect, but research has found that the water strider isn’t specifically looking to make those waves to enable travel. The beauty of puddle waves is no small thing by itself. By connecting nature with its primal language — mathematics — we gain access to its control panel, allowing us to observe every little detail, uncovering all the secrets.( Nate Barlow is Assistant Professor of Mathematical Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

UN agreement to allow people to check local pollution online

23 April 2010A United Nations-backed group on pollution registration – which allows European to find out about sources of pollution in their neighbourhoods – has wrapped up its first meeting in Geneva. The 2003 Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) entered into force last October, and currently, 23 countries and the European Union are parties to it.The first-ever legally binding pact on pollutants, it requires countries to publicly report every year the amounts of certain types of pollutants, such as greenhouse gases or heavy metals, released in the air or transferred to other facilities by sources such as chemical plants, power stations, oil and gas refineries, mines and waste plants.“The Protocol establishes a new international benchmark in securing public access to information on threats posed to our environment by toxic emissions,” said Ján Kubiš, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).“It will enable ordinary citizens, simply using the Internet, to find out about the major sources of polluting emissions in their immediate neighbourhoods,” he added.The Protocol is part of the so-called UNECE Aarhus Convention, or the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, which entered into force in October 2001. read more

Canadians household debt burden creeps higher

OTTAWA — The amount Canadians owe relative to their income ticked higher in third quarter.Statistics Canada says household credit market debt as a proportion of disposable income was 177.5 per cent in the third quarter on a seasonally-adjusted basis. That compared with 177.4 per cent in the second quarter.In other words, Canadians owed nearly $1.78 in credit market debt, which includes consumer credit and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, for every dollar of household disposable income in the third quarter.Total credit market borrowing slowed for the third consecutive quarter as households borrowed $18.3 billion, down from $20.0 billion in the previous quarter.Mortgages posted a third consecutive quarterly decline as they decreased by $1.2 billion. Demand for consumer credit also fell by $500 million, while non-mortgage loans decreased by $100 million.The household debt service ratio, measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest as a proportion of disposable income, was 14.5 per cent in the third quarter, relatively unchanged from the previous quarter. read more

Annan welcomes accord between Government and rebels in Colombia

The accord, signed yesterday by President Pastrana and Commander Marulanda, leader of the FARC-EP, “provides for the negotiation of a cease-fire, an end to hostilities, and ways to stop the violence by all sides, including by the paramilitary,” a spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement. The spokesman reiterated Mr. Annan’s view that only negotiated and verifiable accords can address the social and political causes of the conflict and that there is no military solution to Colombia’s 40-year conflict. Mr. Annan urged the parties to continue rebuilding confidence, and considered the adoption of a humanitarian accord to reduce the suffering of the civilian population to be “essential,” his spokesman said. Mr. Annan also thanked regional leaders, the 10 facilitating countries and the Catholic Church for “the invaluable support” they have extended to his good offices and to his Acting Special Adviser, James LeMoyne. At the request of the parties involved, Mr. LeMoyne will continue his facilitation efforts, the spokesman said. read more

Turkeys 18month state of emergency has led to profound human rights violations

“One of the most alarming findings of the report […] is how Turkish authorities reportedly detained some 100 women who were pregnant or had just given birth, mostly on the grounds that they were ‘associates’ of their husbands, who are suspected of being connected to terrorist organizations,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a news release announcing the findings.“Some were detained with their children and others violently separated from them. This is simply outrageous, utterly cruel, and surely cannot have anything whatsoever to do with making the country safer,” he added.While taking note of the complex challenges Turkey has faced in addressing the attempted coup in July 2016, as well as a number of terrorist attacks, the report cites that the sheer number, frequency and lack of connection of several emergency decrees to any national threat seem to point to the use of emergency powers to stifle any form of criticism or dissent vis-à-vis the Government.During the 18-month state of emergency, nearly 160,000 people have been arrested; 152,000 civil servants dismissed, many arbitrarily; and teachers, judges and lawyers dismissed or prosecuted. The report also documents the use of torture and ill-treatment in custody, including severe beatings, threats of sexual assault and actual sexual assault, electric shocks and waterboarding by police, gendarmerie, military police and security forces.This is simply outrageous, utterly cruel, and surely cannot have anything whatsoever to do with making the country safer – High Commissioner ZeidIt also notes that about 300 journalists have been arrested under allegations that their publications contained “apologist sentiments regarding terrorism” or other “verbal act offences” or for “membership” in terrorist organisations.Over 100,000 websites were reportedly blocked in 2017, including a high number of pro-Kurdish websites and satellite TV channels.Covering the period January to December last year, the report also states that the April 2017 referendum which extended the President’s executive powers into both the legislature and the judiciary as seriously problematic, resulting in interference with the work of the judiciary and curtailment of parliamentary oversight over the executive branch.By the end of 2017, 22 emergency decrees were promulgated with a further two more since the cut-off date of the report.The report further underlines the need ensure independent, individualized reviews and compensation for victims of arbitrary detentions and dismissals and calls on Turkey to promptly end the state of emergency, restore normal functioning of State institutions, as well as revise and release all legislation not compliant with its international human rights obligations, including the emergency decrees.“I urge the Government of Turkey to ensure that these allegations of serious human rights violations are investigated and the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said Mr. Zeid, also calling on the Government to allow full and unfettered access to his Office (OHCHR) to be able to directly, independently and objectively assess the human rights situation in the southeast of the country. read more

Ford Dagenhams third wind turbine takes shape

Ford Dagenham is installing a larger, more powerful third wind turbine, adding to the two turbines already on site. This new addition will double the annual CO2 saving from 2,500 to 5,000 tonnes per year. The turbines on the Ford Dagenham estate convert wind energy into electricity to power production in the Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC). Increased output at the DDC required the installation of a third turbine to remain 100% wind powered.Currently, the two turbines generate 5.92 million units of electricity per year – the equivalent of powering 1,794 homes. With the addition of the third turbine, the amount of electricity generated reaches 11.4 million units per year – enough to power twice the number of homes. Ground work and foundation construction began in May to enable the third turbine to be up and running by the end of the summer.“It’s great to see a company like Ford taking the lead in this way, powering their modern diesel engine centre with green energy from our windmills,” said Dale Vince OBE, founder of Ecotricity. “When big businesses like Ford use wind energy like this, it lends real credibility to the cause.”Chris Wollacott, Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre line manager, added, “The Dagenham Diesel Centre assembles Ford’s greenest engines, which return over 76mpg. Rising demand has prompted this additional turbine to maintain the plant’s own green energy source.”Ecotricity and Ford first collaborated in 2004, when they created London’s first wind park at Dagenham.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

HomeField Advantage Doesnt Mean What It Used To In English Football

HomeField Advantage Doesnt Mean What It Used To In English Football

Only one home team lost last weekend in the English Premier League. It was the same the weekend before. How unusual is this? Or, put another way, how significant is home-field advantage in soccer?It’s significant — at least, it was significant.Using a data set of scores compiled by one of this article’s authors (James), we can quantify the home team’s advantage in English football over the past 126 years. Here are the percentages of home wins, visitor wins and draws, by year, since the founding of the league in 1888 (the data is from all games played in the top four tiers of the English football pyramid, or just shy of 200,000 games):In the early days of English football, about 60 percent of games were won by the home team. The rest split about equally: 20 percent draws and 20 percent visitor wins. Now, the home team wins only about 40 percent of games, the visitor wins 30 percent, and the rest are draws. This trend doesn’t show signs of slowing. Home-field advantage in English football is disappearing.What’s responsible for this dramatic shift? Most immediately, it’s the result of a decrease in home-team scoring. Here are the average home and away goals per game, by year:Although scoring for either side has fluctuated, visitor goals have remained relatively constant, floating mostly between 1.00 and 1.3 per game. Home goals have fallen to roughly 1.5 per game from more than 2.5. The average difference (home goals minus away goals) has fallen to about 0.3 goals last year from about 1.1 goals at the league’s founding.A laundry list of explanations for home-field advantage have been offered over the years: partisan crowds, influenced officials, the comforts of home, the hardships of travel, stadium accommodations that favor the home team (e.g. nicer locker rooms or grass mowed to the liking of the players), even “home-cooked” stoppage time.Just as many reasons have been offered for the advantage’s decline, in soccer and elsewhere: easier access to tickets for away fans through sites like StubHub, more comfortable travel accommodations, better oversight of officials, the gentrification of soccer crowds — or maybe just random chance.1For a brief review of the literature, see this paper by Richard Pollard.Economists Mark Koyama and J. James Reade noticed this decline, too, and offered a provocative explanation in a 2008 paper. Writing mainly about English soccer, they argued that the effort put forth by players depends on how much they are “monitored” by their team’s fans. Players tend to put in more effort, they write, when their fans can observe it — they tend not to shirk. More of their fans observe this effort during a home game, of course. But that fact is mitigated by televised soccer. Television serves as a “monitoring technology,” and enables fans of the visiting team to monitor their players’ performance more easily. This, in turn, increases the effort put forth by players of visiting teams. Therefore, Koyama and Reade conclude, the increase of televised soccer has depressed home-field advantage.The theory seems plausible, but struggles to explain the decline in home-field wins in the first half of the 1900s. And it struggles to explain variations, or the lack thereof, in other sports.While a constellation of factors is likely responsible for shifts in advantage, one especially convincing explanation is changes in officiating.The soccer referee was introduced in roughly his modern-day form in 1891 (minus the aerosol spray). A single official can have an enormous influence on a game — an influence rarely rivaled in other sports. One reason is that soccer games are low-scoring and a referee can, in many cases, effectively award a goal to one team or the other by calling for a penalty kick. Since 1992, penalty kicks in the Premier League have led to goals 85 percent of the time. And there has been a systematic bias of awarding penalty kicks to the home team: Of 1,666 penalties called over the last two-plus decades, 1,051 (or 63 percent) went to the home team. With the exception of the 2001-2 season, home teams have won more penalties every single year. There are, on average, 75 penalties awarded each season, or about one every fifth game.Koyama and Reade noted that a similar home-team bias has been found for the “awarding” of yellow and red cards. High-leverage biases could also manifest in the calling of close-range free kicks, corner kicks and offsides violations. It often hasn’t taken much to influence the outcome of a soccer game.But with the rise to prominence of English football over the past 100-plus years2The Premier League has revenues of nearly $4 billion a year. came correspondent increases in money, exposure,3Television may influence refs, too. professionalization, organization, oversight, monitoring and evaluation of the league. All these could have lowered referee bias toward home sides.While hard data on historical referee bias is hard to come by, there is some evidence. There has been a slight downward trend in penalty-kick bias since the founding of the Premier League, for example. In the 1992-3 season, 74 percent of penalties were awarded to the home team. Last season, just 55 percent were.Soccer’s long-diminishing home-field advantage seems to be the exception in sports, not the rule. Here are home teams’ regular-season winning percentages for the four major American sports. (For simplicity, we’ve included ties as half wins, where applicable.)With the exception of four NFL seasons, home teams won more than visitors every year. Basketball and hockey typically show the most sizable home-field advantages. Basketball’s home teams have historically won at nearly a 70 percent clip, though that has dipped to around 60 percent in recent years. NHL home teams have won consistently between 60 percent and 65 percent of their games over the league’s history.While no American sport has shown the sustained decline in home-field advantage that English soccer has — a mark against Koyama and Reade’s “monitoring technology” hypothesis — there are hints of decreases, especially in basketball. That makes sense. Basketball is another sport that can be heavily influenced by the subjectivity of officials. read more

Soy Family Talks Policy Membership in Birmingham

first_imgIn Birmingham, Alabama, this week, ASA staff including CEO Steve Censky and Executive Director Bill Schuermann joined nearly 100 executives and staff from state-level soybean promotion boards/checkoffs and soybean associations, as well as representatives from the United Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Soy Transportation Coalition and National Biodiesel Board to explore ways the soy family can better serve soybean farmers and members.In particular, policy and membership issues were at the forefront of ASA’s discussions, and Director of Policy Communications Patrick Delaney joined Illinois’ Mike Levin, Iowa’s Carol Balvanz and Ohio’s Adam Ward on a panel to discuss ways to address the barriers to more fluid policy communications between ASA and the state and regional affiliates. Censky and Schuermann also joined in the group’s discussion of ASA’s membership structure and how it might be tailored to better fit the needs of ASA’s diverse group of state partners. Additional discussion at the Birmingham meeting focused on the importance of a crisis communication planning and ASA Industry and State Relations Manager Christine Luelf participated in those discussions. Rounding out the week, meeting attendees participated in sessions designed to enhance the collaboration and effectiveness of the soy family.last_img read more

One Take Dorothy On Beyoncé Nirvana Scar Tissue

One Take Dorothy On Beyoncé Nirvana Scar Tissue

first_imgNews One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Marian Hill Prev Next One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 28, 2018 – 6:34 pm Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Dorothy one-take-dorothy-beyonc%C3%A9-nirvana-scar-tissue One Take With Demo Taped Watch One Take With Halestorm Ripping through her responses on the way to a high-score-tying 14 questions answered, Martin reveals the funniest musician she knows, favorite guilty pleasure song, favorite music-related book, and much more. One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Afrojack Email One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark One Take One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With MØ Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Facebook Watch: One Take With Khalid Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With The Mrs One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Demo Tapedcenter_img Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Producer Greg Wells Twitter One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Demo Taped Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch: One Take With MØ The hard rock frontwoman scored big on the One Take challengeBrian HaackGRAMMYs Mar 28, 2018 – 6:34 pm Vocalist Dorothy Martin of the Los Angeles hard rock band Dorothy sat down with the Recording Academy to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com’s rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds. Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take: Dorothy On Beyoncé, Nirvana, ‘Scar Tissue’ Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Logic One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch One Take With Little Big Townlast_img read more

Black women cracking stainedglass ceilings with Jesus 7 last words

Black women cracking stainedglass ceilings with Jesus 7 last words

first_img Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email The Rev. Christine A. Smith. Photo courtesy of MotoPhoto The Rev. Leslie Copeland-Tune speaks about the immorality of the federal budget during Ecumenical Advocacy Days in 2017. Photo courtesy of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice More than a decade ago, the Rev. Valerie Bridgeman, dean of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, founded WomanPreach! Inc., which offers a Jarena Lee Preaching Academy to train women of African descent, and expanded it to include women and men.She said many black women’s sense of calling to preach is now being undergirded by theological training.“I think more women have gone to seminary and so they have gotten the degrees, not just the call but the training with that call,” said Bridgeman. “And so they’re unmoved by what might have been a historic resistance to their call because they’ve solidified for themselves their call.”The Association of Theological Schools reports that the number of black women graduates of its affiliated schools almost tripled from 1988 to 1998 — increasing from 151 to 444. The number more than doubled again by 2018, reaching 994.The Rev. Christine A. Smith, author of “Beyond the Stained Glass Ceiling: Equipping and Encouraging Female Pastors,” said she’s seen an uptick over at least a decade in instances of seven black women preaching on Jesus’ seven last sayings, including in her Akron, Ohio, area.“This is a wonderful movement, but there are still major barriers that remain for women in ministry,” said Smith, a pastor dually aligned with the American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, who is set to speak at a “He Is Risen” Seven Last Words service with six other black women preachers.“Churches particularly in the African American community, particularly in the Baptist denominations, African American Baptist denominations, there still remains strong resistance to women becoming senior pastors.” Hamilton and others say African American women preachers are likely to address issues of justice during their 10 minutes or so in the pulpit during the Seven Last Words services. The New Jersey pastor said she intends to mention human trafficking and the stricter requirements proposed by the Trump administration for some who have qualified previously for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.Hamilton studied several years ago at Bridgeman’s Jarena Lee Preaching Academy (named for the first African Methodist Episcopal Church female preacher) and said it was “transformational” in helping her learn about womanist preaching. She then recognized that she brings a unique perspective to preaching and not “the same as if a man is standing up to preach.”Thus, the associate pastor said, she thinks it’s fitting that some churches are highlighting black women in their pulpits on one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar.“On Good Friday, we’re able to share in a way that says there’s room for you, there’s room for you here in the midst of Jesus’ struggle and Jesus’ suffering,’’ she said, “that you may have a place in salvation and that this is for you. You matter.” Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Days before Good Friday, the Rev. Stacey Hamilton continued to contemplate what she would preach about some of the last words of Jesus: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”Hamilton, one of seven black women preaching at “Women With a Word,” a service hosted by the Fellowship of Churches of Atlantic City and Vicinity at Faith Baptist Church in Pleasantville, N.J., prayed and did her “due diligence” by studying the meaning of the passage’s original Greek as she prepared to write her sermon.In a growing tradition, at least a dozen churches across the country are hosting Good Friday services this year that feature seven African American female preachers, expounding in seven short sermons on the last seven phrases uttered by Jesus before his crucifixion.“It’s a big deal because historically black women have been underrepresented,” said Hamilton, associate pastor of innovation and engagement at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville.The Rev. Stacey Hamilton. Courtesy photo“There’s still a lot of traditional views as they relate to women in leadership and having the ability to actually declare the Word and people actually come out and listen to women,” added the pastor, who also works as a computer engineer. “It’s definitely a shift within the last couple of years.”Vanderbilt University Divinity School Dean Emilie Townes said she’s seeing “more and more” instances of black women preaching in “Seven Last Words” services.Though some black women preachers recall being featured in Good Friday services decades ago, the phenomenon got a boost five years ago, when seven millennial black women preachers spoke at a Chicago church for an event sponsored by ShePreaches, a group that creates opportunities for younger African American clergywomen. The organization developed an online toolkit to encourage services on Good Friday featuring young adult black women in pulpits using womanist interpretations of the Bible.The increased attention comes at a time when womanist theology, which focuses on the intersection of gender, race and class and empowerment of the marginalized across the African diaspora, is gaining momentum.In March, womanist scholars of religion gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their first consultation, at the city’s Howard University School of Divinity, in 1988. Last April, a Center for Womanist Leadership opened at Virginia’s Union Presbyterian Seminary with Alice Walker, the novelist and poet and one of the founders of the womanist movement, as the keynote speaker for the inaugural gathering.The Rev. Leslie Copeland-Tune, director of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, said black women, similar to the women who remained at the foot of Jesus’ cross, can speak of resilience despite difficult circumstances facing their communities.“It is also significant that the collective Black church is recognizing our gifts and allowing them to be exercised in pulpits across the country during the holiest week of the Christian calendar,” said Copeland-Tune, who will be preaching at a predominantly black church in Largo, Md. “Space is finally being made for us to edify God’s people. There are cracks in the stained-glass ceilings.”The Rev. Jacqueline Thompson, the first woman pastor-elect of the predominantly black Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., said in an emailed statement that African American women can particularly relate to Jesus’ suffering and injustices that led to his crucifixion.The Rev. Jacqueline Thompson. Photo by Curtis Jermany“Many live and work in the reality of what Womanist Scholar Jacquelyn Grant calls the ‘triple oppression’ of race, class and gender,” said Thompson, whose church’s Seven Last Words service will feature “six African American women and one Euro-American woman who is a daughter of our church.”“The message of life after death remains a critical one in light of the present day racist, sexist and xenophobic rhetoric and policies we see rampant in today’s society.”The Rev. Aundreia Alexander, associate general secretary of the National Council of Churches, cited more than half a dozen churches featuring seven black women speaking at Seven Last Words services, from “Womanists of the Bay” in Berkeley, Calif., to “Sisters at the Cross” in Alexandria, Va.Some multiple-sermon Good Friday services include preaching from people of a variety of racial and ethnic groups, and men and women. The service at Calvary Baptist Church, a predominantly white church in Washington, D.C., led by a married lesbian couple, is called “The Seven Last Words of Jesus: An Account from Women of the Global South.” Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ will highlight “6 Daughters of Thunder Plus 1 Son of Thunder,” with the last of Jesus’ sayings being addressed by the Rev. William J. Barber II, a North Carolina pastor and president of the social-justice activist organization Repairers of the Breach.The tradition’s inclusion of black women may be a result of concerted efforts to put them in pulpit positions. Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News Tagsblack churches black women preachers Good Friday Holy Week homepage featured preaching Top Story womanist theology women clergy,You may also like “He is Risen,” The Seven Last Words Good Friday Service Women Preachers 2019. Image courtesy of United Baptist Church, Akron By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Rev. Valerie Bridgeman. Photo by Tessa Berg By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,#MeToo, ‘Mary Magdalene’ focus on women’s stories in Bible as Easter … ECFA ousts Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel Opinion Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email last_img read more

VeriTax Launches ESignature Solution for Income Verification

VeriTax Launches ESignature Solution for Income Verification

first_img in Origination, Servicing, Technology “”Veri-Tax, LLC””:http://www.veri-tax.com/Default.aspx, and its subsidiary, Verification Bureau, LLC, announced the launch of a Form 4506-T electronic signature solution as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gears up to accept electronic signatures on income verification requests.[IMAGE]An electronically signed Form 4506-T releases a taxpayer’s previous years’ income tax transcripts from the IRS to an authorized third party. The process is considered the most secure method of verifying a borrower’s income during the loan origination process.In order to come up with their own e-signature solution, Veri-Tax and Verification Bureau collaborate with Adobe, the leading electronic signature provider, to integrate “”Adobe’s””:http://www.adobe.com/ EchoSign platform into Form 4506-T documents. After a lender creates a tax transcript request, Veri-Tax facilitates the e-signature process directly with the borrower, allowing them to verify their information before submitting the form to the IRS. The solution minimizes IRS rejection rates and saves time, leading to increased customer satisfaction. It also reduces signature forgery, lost paperwork, and distorted data, problems that plague the paper-based method. Additionally, Veri-Tax and Verification Bureau will accept electronic signatures on the Form 4506-T from other e-sign vendors that adhere to the IRS’ strict e-sign compliance guidelines.””We anticipated releasing our 4506-T electronic signature option even before the IRS announced the e-sign pilot last year,”” said Veri-Tax president Michael Chon. “”Today, a process that takes lenders a few days to complete can now be completed within hours, helping to further streamline the verification process and close loans faster than ever before. The reduced time, effort, and cost savings will truly benefit all parties involved.”” Based in Irvine, California, Veri-Tax provides a full array of tax verification services. Share January 7, 2013 401 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-07 Tory Barringer Veri-Tax Launches E-Signature Solution for Income Verificationlast_img read more

FHFA Proposes Revisions to Federal Home Loan Bank Reqs

FHFA Proposes Revisions to Federal Home Loan Bank Reqs

first_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed a rule this week that would amend financial institutions’ requirements for application and membership retention in one of the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks.The rule revision was proposed to ensure that members stay committed to housing finance and that only those eligible will have access to membership benefits and advances from one of the Federal Home Loan Banks.FHFA director Mel Watt described several issues in a recent speech at the Federal Home Loan Bank Director’s Conference, one of which was re-emphasizing the FHFA’s housing finance mission and ensuring that the banks stay focused on that mission.One of the proposed revisions to the rule requires members to hold one percent of their assets in home mortgage loans (HML) on an ongoing basis. The current rule requires members to demonstrate this only at the time of their application and not at any time afterward.Another change would require members to adhere to the 10 percent residential mortgage loan (RML) requirement on an ongoing basis. Similar to the current HML rule in place, the 10 percent RML rule affects members only at their time of application.The proposed amendments include changing the definition of “insurance company” to include only those companies that have insurance underwriting for nonaffiliated parties as their primary business. This would in effect prevent captive insurers from becoming members and keep out those entities not eligible for membership from using a captive insurer to gain access to advances from one of the Federal Home Loan Banks.The deadline for commenting is 60 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register. FHFA Proposes Revisions to Federal Home Loan Bank Reqs Federal Home Loan Banks FHFA 2014-09-03 Seth Welborn September 3, 2014 639 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals are still a few days away from their first of five preseason games, yet there is already concern about the depth at one position.The cornerback spot opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson is that position. It was a question mark entering camp, and has become a bigger one so far.The position has been hit by the injury bug. Starter Justin Bethel has been on the sideline for a few practices after hyperextending his right knee. Reserve Elie Bouka hasn’t practiced since early in camp and veteran Jumal Rolle reached an injury settlement with the team. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s got really good feet, he’s got great quickness. And the one thing I really liked was his understanding of leverage and route combinations. The way that he can jump those things is really what it’s all about.”Williams spent the last two seasons with the Browns, starting a total of 22 games in that span. His best years came in Green Bay, where he spent eight seasons after latching on as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Williams’ best year was 2010, when he made the Pro Bowl on the strength of a career-high six interceptions and 20 passes defensed while helping the Packers to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. 3 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img That left the door open for Ronald Zamort, and he walked through it, earning first-team snaps heading into Saturday’s annual Red and White Practice, but he suffered a torn ACL during the session and is lost for the season.General manager Steve Keim acted quickly, signing free-agent Tramon Williams to man the position. But Keim said the move had been in the works for quite some time.“It’s been a few weeks, so it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to the injury,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “As you know, when we approach camp, it’s always been my philosophy to start attacking that free agent market that has some of those players who are unsigned that we liked in the spring and are out there because of injuries or contract demands or those sort of things.”Keim believes the 34-year-old former Pro Bowler will fill a need and offer quite a bit to the Arizona defense.“Really liked what Tramon brought to the table in terms of leadership and the kind of guy he is in the locker room,” Keim said. “The tape that I watched on him, he’s got great positional versatility. He played a little out of position, in my opinion, at safety when he was in Cleveland, but then go back and see him at perimeter corner in Green Bay and played some nickel. He just really has a good feel for the game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) catches a pass in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Tramon Williams (22) during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Cleveland. Arizona won 34-20. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

MONTGOMERY Ala — A lawsuit that former US Sena

MONTGOMERY Ala — A lawsuit that former US Sena

first_img MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A lawsuit that former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore filed against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will be heard in New York.A federal judge on Monday ordered the case transferred from Washington, D.C., in accordance with a waiver Moore signed before appearing on the comedian’s television show.Moore filed a defamation lawsuit over his appearance on “Who is America?”The former state chief justice says he thought he was receiving an award for supporting Israel. Instead, Cohen lampooned him as a possible pedophile in connection with sexual misconduct allegations that arose during the 2017 Senate race. Moore denied the allegations.He filed the lawsuit in Washington, where the segment was filmed. The waiver he signed mandates any legal disputes be heard in New York.The Associated Press This combination of photos shows actor-comedian Sacha Baron Cohen at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on March 4, 2018, left, and former Alabama Chief Justice and then U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore at a news conference in Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 16, 2017. A lawsuit that Moore filed against Cohen will be heard in New York. A federal judge on Monday ordered the case transferred from Washington, D.C., in accordance with a waiver Moore signed before appearing on the comedian’s television show, “Who is America?” (AP Photo) Roy Moore vs. Sacha Baron Cohen lawsuit moves to New York by The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2019 11:42 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Sure: Theworldsmostidenticaltwins A photo posted by AnnaLucy DeCinque (@annalucydecinque) on Mar 2 2016 at 11:55pm PST The girls have apparently had cosmetic procedures to ensure they look exactly the sameTheir boyfriend Ben is also a twin but not an identical one However the girls claim he "understands the twin thing and the very close bond we have with each other" They said: "Weve had separate boyfriends before but they didnt understand our closeness Ben understands we want to be together all the time" Here they are on a preview of the show discussing their menagerieAnyways thats enough internet for me See you on shortwave radio Im logging offFeatured image credit: @annalucydeclinque Instagram The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress APC Alhaji Lai Mohammed has responded to Sunday’s statement credited to his Peoples Democratic Party PDP counterpart Chief Olisa Metuh insisting that the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in tackling insecurity outweighs that exerted by former President Goodluck Jonathan throughout his five years in office He noted that contrary to what the PDP would want Nigerians to believe there has been motion and movement Mohammed who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday urged Nigerians to be patience with the current administration and blamed the delay in appointing a cabinet on the lack of cooperation of the past administration According to him “It’s been about one month now since President Buhari assumed office and I can tell you that there has been motion and there has been movement contrary to what is being peddled in some quarters “Justifiably the expectations are high and urgent and the Buhari administration has started addressing them despite the enormous challenges that it faces including an empty treasury and an economy that has virtually collapsed “The Buhari administration got the handover notes from the former government just four days before the inauguration hampering its efforts to have a clear understanding of the situation on the ground before taking the necessary measures to address it “If any disease is not appropriately diagnosed it cannot be effectively treated Any government that is truly desirous of bringing about real change will not act hastily and without the necessary understanding of what is on ground coupled with the delay in getting the much-needed information that takes time “The Buhari administration has hit the ground running in the area of security The president had hardly been sworn into office than he embarked on a shuttle diplomacy to rally Nigeria’s neighbours to act as a common front against the terror group Boko Haram “The President travelled to Chad and Niger and then hosted a summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission that comprised Cameroon Chad and Niger with Benin also invited President Buhari has also rallied the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to work with Nigeria in battling the Boko Haram insurgency A joint summit of leaders of both economic blocs is to be held shortly to concretise these efforts that will complement the one by Nigeria and its neighbours “The result is the decision to deploy the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) with headquarters in N’Djamena Chad on July 30th to pep up the fight against Boko Haram This is the same force that the past administration could not get off the ground in six years” Below is full statement: Good afternoon gentlemen I have arranged this interaction to rub minds with you as always on the situation of things in our country top of which are the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari to chart a new path for our dear country Nigeria It’s been about one month now since President Buhari assumed office and I can tell you that there has been motion and there has been movement contrary to what is being peddled in some quarters Let me say straight away that my party the APC understands and appreciates the concerns of Nigerians as far as the perceived pace of the administration is concerned We understand that they repose so much confidence in the party and the government to act quickly to stamp out insecurity tackle corruption revive the moribund economy provide jobs and generally restore hope Justifiably the expectations are high and urgent and the Buhari administration has started addressing them despite the enormous challenges that it faces including an empty treasury and an economy that has virtually collapsed While Nigerians are right to demand quick and sustained action in addressing these challenges – and honestly we make no excuses – it is important for us to put things in perspective for a better understanding The Buhari administration got the handover notes from the former government just four days before the inauguration hampering its efforts to have a clear understanding of the situation on the ground before taking the necessary measures to address it If any disease is not appropriately diagnosed it cannot be effectively treated Any government that is truly desirous of bringing about real change will not act hastily and without the necessary understanding of what is on ground Coupled with the delay in getting the much-needed information that takes time Recall that when we raised the alarm over the delay in getting the handover notes the former government even accused us of seeking to form a parallel government Secondly Nigeria has never before witnessed this kind of transition What the country has been accustomed to is transition from one government to another under the same ruling party not from the ruling party to the opposition as we have now The implication is that this is a new learning curve with its attendant hiccups Thirdly never before has the ship of Nigerian state been steered aground as we have it now Never before have Nigerians been this expectant from any leader or any government These are all the more reasons to get things right once and for all so we won’t need to continue with the vicious cycle of hopes raised and dashed Even with these challenges gentlemen the Buhari Administration has availed itself creditably within one month of assuming office Tackling insecurity and fight against terrorism This is one area in which the Buhari Administration has hit the ground running The President had hardly been sworn into office than he embarked on a shuttle diplomacy to rally Nigeria’s neighbours to act as a common front against the terror group Boko Haram The President travelled to Chad and Niger and then hosted a summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission that comprised Cameroon Chad and Niger with Benin also invited The result is the decision to deploy the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) with headquarters in N’Djamena Chad on July 30th to pep up the fight against Boko Haram This is the same force that the past administration could not get off the ground in six years That’s what we meant when we said what the Jonathan Administration could not do in six years the Buhari Administration has done in three weeks not minding that some mischievous elements decided to quote us out of context President Buhari has also rallied the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to work with Nigeria in battling the Boko Haram insurgency A joint summit of leaders of both economic blocs is to be held shortly to concretise these efforts that will complement the one by Nigeria and its neighbours Outside our sub-region the President travelled to Germany to meet with G7 leaders to present to them a wish list that included getting their support for the battle against Boko Haram The leaders of the countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency have compiled their requirements which are being forwarded to the G7 for appropriate action While waiting for that the US has announced a 5-million-dollar assistance for the fight against the terrorists who have been ravaging our country and our sub-region Added to the relocation by the Nigerian military of the command centre to Maiduguri these are no mean achievements Only a few weeks back Nigeria could not enlist the support of any Western nation in the fight against Boko Haram could not get the military hardware needed to pep up the fight and had to resort to using mercenaries to confront the bandits even though the country boasts of a military that has been globally acknowledged for helping to restore peace to many countries around the world The fight against corruption The fight against corruption ranks very high on the list of the Buhari Administration’s priorities and justifiably so The refrain ‘If Nigeria does not kill corruption corruption will kill Nigeria’ is now commonplace and it is a truism Nothing not even the fight against terror can succeed without putting an end to the kind of prodigious and sickening corruption being witnessed in these climes That is why the President also included it on the wish list he took to Germany during the last G7 summit Thankfully some Western nations have now assured the Buhari Administration of all possible assistance in its efforts to recover the billions of Naira that was spirited away from the public till by public officers who abused their office during the immediate past administration Only yesterday it was revealed that the President has ordered revenue-generating agencies including the NNPC FIRS Customs and NPA to close all Illegal Revenue Accounts and to also remit all funds generated to the Federation Account This is a momentous step considering that those illegal accounts are being used to siphon public funds Thanks to the painstaking efforts of President Buhari Nigerians now know that out of 81 trillion Naira generated by the NNPC in three years 38 trillion Naira was not remitted to the Federation Account Nigerians now know that the cash in the Excess Crude Account has been depleted by 2 billion dollars without explanation A panel of four governors has been set up to investigate what happened to the money that was not remitted to the Federation Account The rot met by the Buhari Administration is sickening and the President is working hard to plug all loopholes for siphoning public funds in addition to recovering looted public funds This is just the beginning of the fight against corruption Nigerians should grab a front row seat so they can watch clearly as events unfold in the ring of anti-corruption fight in the days ahead It will no longer be business as usual as the Buhari Administration seeks to make sure that every kobo of national funds is spent for the benefit of Nigerians not to fill the deep pockets of a few fat cats Bringing Nigeria back to the comity of respected nations Since President Buhari’s election on March 28th 2015 Nigeria has been moving fast to regain its deserved place in the comity of respected nations Leaders who once shunned Nigeria have been inviting in droves President Buhari to visit their countries The latest is US President Barack Obama who will play host to our President at the White House on July 20th There is no better indication of how much Nigeria is regaining its lost glory than the recent election of former Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Recall that Nigeria has never before led the continental bank despite its front-line role there In backing and campaigning for Dr Adesina President Buhari put his acclaimed sterling qualities to a global test and he passed in flying colours Adesina’s election is a testimony to the perception of Nigeria under President Buhari’s leadership The Buhari effect Gentlemen the mere fact that President Buhari a man of impeccable pedigree an incorruptible personality has taken over the mantle of leadership has spurred Nigerians to dream again put public servants on their toes forced many looters to start disgorging some of their loots even without prompting and fired the zeal of many public enterprises to deliver better services Conclusion Despite the laudable achievements of the Buhari Administration within the past few weeks of its coming into being Nigerians are right to demand even a faster pace Nigerians are right to ask that a government be quickly put in place Nigerians are right to demand that looters be exposed and brought to justice Nigeria is long suffering and our compatriots can’t wait for a paradigm shift in the way we do things Nigerians are right and justified in their expectations All we ask for is a little more patience a little more understanding and continuous support for the Buhari Administration We in the APC hereby assure our compatriots who have expressed their concerns in recent times that there is no cause for alarm The Buhari Administration is willing determined and able to effect the change that Nigerians voted for despite the initial challenges No one not even the reactionary forces that are rampaging now can sabotage our party’s change mantra Welcome to a new Nigeria" offering what appeared to be a sharp break from the official White House position."I used his products and they were good products,000 ($1, Princess Charlotte and new arrival Prince Louis – their little lives can often be hectic and overwhelming." 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