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PREMIUMNorth Sulawesi church hosts discussion on LGBT support

first_imgLog in with your social account Linkedin Facebook Tiara sat quietly on a pew at a church in Manado, North Sulawesi. As a transgender woman, she was worried that she and her friends, fellow members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, would get sneered at by other churchgoers.The 20-year-old was attending a book discussion on LGBT issues at the Minahasa Injili Masehi Church (GMIM) Sion Winangun. The book, titled Menafsir LGBT dengan Alkitab (Interpreting LGBT through the Bible), was written by Emanuel Gerrit Singgih.However, her concerns were quickly forgotten, as she said the participants welcomed her and the other participants from the community.She expressed delight that she could attend the discussion and visit the church to fulfill her religious duties, which she said were to create a fellowship, to testify and to serve.“We, members of the LGBT community, long to perform the… Google Forgot Password ? Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Christian LGBT North-Sulawesi LGBT-in-Indonesia religionlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces New Funding to Repair 10 Hazardous Dams

first_img Environment,  Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf today announced the release of $23.8 million in funding for a comprehensive, multi-year $43.5 million plan to repair 10 hazardous dams managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).“The lakes formed by these dams not only offer recreational opportunities in communities, they provide tremendous economic benefits through tourism,” Gov. Wolf said. “Proactively replacing and upgrading hazardous dams is an important safety measure that will help ensure these tourist attractions remain available to Pennsylvanians and our visitors.”Projects identified for funding assistance under this announcement involve dams that are nearing the end of their designed structural lifespans. Proactive rehabilitation or replacement of these dams is intended to reduce potential failures, substantial property damage, and increase protections for recreation.“We are extremely grateful to Gov. Wolf for recognizing the importance of preserving this vital infrastructure and the fishing and boating opportunities it provides,” said PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaeffer. “With the commitment of these funds, our agency can move forward with plans to ensure that these lakes continue to be focal points for local recreation and drivers of regional economies.”The remaining $19.7 million in funding to complete the dam repair projects is being provided by the PFBC.Priority projects identified for funding assistance include:Cloe Lake, Jefferson CountyFords Lake, Lackawanna CountyHarris Pond, Luzerne CountyHemlock Lake, Indiana CountyHigh Point Lake, Somerset CountyHunters Lake, Sullivan CountyKahle Lake, Venango CountyRose Valley Lake, Lycoming CountyStevens Lake, Wyoming CountyVirgin Run Lake, Fayette CountyFacilities listed above will remain open to public fishing, boating and other recreation during the design and permitting phases, which are expected to take several years. Construction timelines may vary based upon design, permitting, funding and environmental considerations. Gov. Wolf Announces New Funding to Repair 10 Hazardous Dams February 14, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rwanda spy case: court in UK reject bid to extradite Karenzi…

first_imgGeneral Karenzi Karake is expected to head home from Britain after the UK dropped an extradition case against him. Reports indicate Rwanda will be seeking compensation for what it’s calling needless prosecution. The general was arrested in June at Heathrow at the request of Spain. Spain accuses the general of ordering massacres in the wake of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Spain has now reportedly dropped the case. The controversial arrest caused a storm of criticism from Africans against Britain. General Karake’s arrest stirred up emotions in the UK as well as Rwanda at the time. Let’s take a quick look at how events unfolded.last_img read more

No bail bond for murder suspect

first_imgPolice officers served the warrant issued by Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental dated July 23, 2020. BACOLOD City – The court recommended no bail bond for the temporary liberty of a murder suspect arrested in Barangay Miranda, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Pontevedra municipal police station./PNcenter_img Resident Angel Grace Arsenio, 24, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9:50 a.m. on Aug. 3, a police report showed.last_img read more

IMCA’s Southern Hobby Stock Region continues growth with Charger Chassis support

first_imgDAVID CITY, Neb. – Charger Chassis continues its title sponsorship role for the ever-expanding Southern Region for IMCA Hobby Stocks in 2016.The David City, Neb., chassis manufacturer provides a portion of the point fund to be paid to top five drivers in official standings for the region including tracks in Arizona, western Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, for a third consecutive season.Owned by long-time driver Jamie Richards, Charger also builds cars for Stock Car and Sport Compact customers and currently has more than 420 feature wins, plus 31 track championships and two national crowns on its resume.“Our partnership with IMCA has been great exposure for us in the Southern region, as well as nationally, and we look forward to it continuing well into the future,” Richards said.Point fund checks will be distributed during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about Charger Chassis is available by calling 402 367-7688 and at the website.“The Charger brand has really been popular in the South and is a great result of their partnership in that region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “We’ll see some new faces at the top of those Hobby Stock point standings and it should result in an exciting season.”last_img read more

AC Milan hands Zlatan No. 21 shirt

first_imgRelatedPosts Ibrahimovic to stay at Milan for another season – Reports Pioli pens new AC Milan two-year deal AC Milan coach brushes off Ibrahimovic’s angry reaction to substitution Zlatan Ibrahimovic has chosen to wear the No. 21 shirt after completing his return to AC Milan on Thursday afternoon. The Swede arrived at Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 11am before setting off to complete his medical examinations in the city. Those tests finished around 3pm and he then headed to Casa Milan to put pen to paper on his deal. Milan took to Twitter later in the afternoon to reveal the number that will accompany his name on the Rossoneri shirt. The 38-year-old could debut for Milan when they welcome Sampdoria to the Stadio San Siro on Monday afternoon.Tags: AC MilanLinate airportZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

Suarez ban to act as a deterrent

first_img The Uruguay international was handed a lengthy suspension for the incident, missed by referee Kevin Friend but subsequently reviewed using television evidence, in last weekend’s 2-2 draw. Suarez has decided not to appeal against the sanction, seven matches more than the statutory ban for violent conduct, having read the reasons of the panel. “We believe it is our duty to discourage any players at any level from acting in such a deplorable manner or attempting to copy what they had seen on the television,” said the report. “The incident of biting an opponent is alien to football and must remain so.” The panel also stated that Suarez had failed to “fully appreciate the gravity and seriousness of this truly exceptional incident”. “It is completely unacceptable and such truly disgraceful behaviour could also lead to possible health issues,” said the report. “This truly shocking incident had been seen by millions of viewers both domestic and overseas, as well as generating a great deal of interest and debate amongst countless numbers of people. “Whilst we accepted that Mr Suarez’s reputation had been impacted, these unsavoury pictures would have given a bad image of English football domestically and across the world alike. “All players in the higher level of the game are seen as role models, have the duty to act professionally and responsibly, and set the highest example of good conduct to the rest of the game – especially to young players. “In this regard and on this occasion, Mr Suarez’s conduct had fallen far below the standards expected of him. We took into consideration Mr Suarez’s apology, his personal statement, supporting letter from Mr Brendan Rodgers and the letter from Ms Zoe Ward (Liverpool’s secretary). “But when these were read in conjunction with Mr Suarez’s denial of the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for violent conduct is clearly insufficient, it seemed to us that Mr Suarez has not fully appreciated the gravity and seriousness of this truly exceptional incident.” Suarez earlier released a statement in which he said he elected not to appeal because he realised his behaviour was unacceptable. He said: “I am truly very sorry about the incident with Branislav Ivanovic. I hope that all the people who I have offended at Anfield last Sunday will grant me forgiveness.” Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic to act as a deterrent to further such “deplorable behaviour”, an Football Association Regulatory Commission ruled.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

U.S. Open organisers pleased with lineup, despite tournament dropouts

first_img(REUTERS) – U.S. Open organisers said on Tuesday that they were happy with the slate of competitors for this year’s tournament, despite numerous dropouts by high-profile names amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.One of tennis’ four Grand Slams and the crown jewel of the U.S. tennis calendar, the U.S. Open usually attracts the world’s greatest players to Flushing Meadows every year.This year, however, several of the sport’s top athletes have dropped out of the 2020 campaign, including defending champions Bianca Andreescu and Rafa Nadal, and world number 1 Ash Barty and fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios.Mike Dowse, CEO and executive director of the USTA, said the field “exceeded our expectations,” given the challenges of putting on the event.“In context of the times and how different the world is, I couldn’t be happier,” said Dowse.Dowse said that the women’s competition will see 10 former Grand Slam champions, including 23-time major winner Serena Williams, along with 81 of the top 100. In the men’s event, seven of the world top ten are competing.After winning the Prague Open, world number 2 Simona Halep became the latest big-name competitor to back out of the tournament on Monday, citing concern over travelling to New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.The hard court tournament, which begins Aug. 31, will be held without fans and with safety measures in place to mitigate the risks associated with playing in the COVID-19 era. The Western & Southern Open, which usually takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, will play out starting this week in New York.last_img read more

USC preps for season with intrasquad scrimmage

first_imgThe Cardinal team defeated the Gold team, 275-263, in the Trojans’ annual intrasquad scrimmage Friday at McDonald’s Swim Stadium.The meet came down to the 300-yard women’s freestyle relay, where the Cardinal was able to pull away and win the match.Sophomore Yumi So and freshmen Chase Bloch and Dimitri Colupaev led the Cardinal team.So won the 25- and 75-yard backstroke events, while Bloch won the 25- and 75-yard fly. Colupaev won the 25-yard breaststroke and 100-yard individual medley. Junior Alex Lendrum was also a winner in the 300-yard individual medley.The winning 300-yard freestyle team was led by So, sophomore Christal Simms, sophomore Haley Anderson and freshman Stina Gardelli.Though the Gold men’s team was able to respond with a win in its 300-yard medley, it was not enough to hold off the Cardinal.Gold’s Kate Shumway took home a win in the 25-yard freestyle while Anderson took home the top spot in the 300-freestyle. Simms (25-yard free), Gardell (100-yard individual medley) and junior Victoria Ishimatsu (1-meter dive) were winners in their respective events as well.The Trojans begin their season Oct. 22 against Cal State Fullerton at home, while the Women of Troy will face Washington State from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22 in Pullman, Wash.last_img read more

Storify: Social media reactions to Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer’s firing

first_imgSyracuse head coach Scott Shafer was fired Monday. Shafer will still coach the Orange when it plays Boston College in its final regular season game on Saturday.Here’s how social media reacted.[View the story “Reactions to Syracuse football head coach Scott Shafer’s firing” on Storify] Comments Related Stories Poll: Should Syracuse have fired Scott Shafer?Potential replacements for Scott Shafer as Syracuse’s head coach Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 23, 2015 at 10:42 am Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more