Barcelona staff give players guard of honour

first_imgAfter Real Madrid’s refusal to give Barcelona the traditional guard of honour in respect for their recent La Liga title victory, the technical staff at the club rose to the occasion and applauded the players as they entered the pitch at the Nou CampPrior to Sunday’s “El Clasico”, Zinedine Zidane had announced that Real would not be giving their arch-rivals the guard of honour, after sealing the league title last weekend, due to the fact that Barcelona had failed to do the gesture themselves when the sides met at the Santiago Bernabeu in December after his side had won the FIFA Club World Cup.Despite the protests of both Barcelona and the Spanish press, Real remained firm on their decision and carried on with their pre-match preparations as normal.In light of this, Gerard Pique asked the technical staff to do the honour in Real’s place and so they applauded the team as they entered their home ground for the first time in front of their fans as Copa del Rey and La Liga champions.The coaching staff perform a guard of honor for the team ???? ???? Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/ypHdltokGaSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona) May 6, 2018“As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that,” said Pique, as reported on Sport.The match between the two La Liga giants ended 2-2.last_img read more

The battle between Le Graët and Benzema in detail

first_imgIn a new episode of the battle between president Nöel Le Graët against Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid striker exploded via Twitter.The relationship that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has with the French Football Federation president has never been great, Noël Le Graët has always criticized the player for letting down France in the past.The incident with Mathieu Valbuena cost Karim his place in Les Bleus and he hasn’t come back ever since, Benzema even lost the unique chance to become a World Cup champion last summer over the scandal that had a lot of people in France rooting against him.But one of the figures that was the most adamant about Benzema never playing for France again, was the FFF president Le Graët, who recently spoke to French journal Ouest-France about the Real Madrid player and he opened the old wound in public once again.The chairman spoke in a very condescending manner against Karim, a passive-aggressive tone that the player didn’t take well and sparked a quick response from him on social media.This is just a new chapter on the already controversial battle between the two, in which Karim Benzema has repeatedly expressed that he doesn’t want to be a part of.Le Graet cree que Benzema no volverá a la selección https://t.co/fdzINOoQJZ pic.twitter.com/6vaxFV8url— HTDeportes VE (@HTDeportes) October 10, 2018Le Graët seems quite salty against the former Olympique Lyonnais player, because he was widely considered as one of the most important offensive players of his generation in France, and he threw it all away because of that scandal.The reaction from Le Graët is the same that many French people have against Karim because they had a lot of hope deposited on his talent for the future.Fortunately for France, they won the World Cup without even needing Karim but the FFF president still seems adamant on coming after the striker even if the whole scandal is already in the past.“The Valbuena-Benzema affair had another episode last week, but it is still not over,” Le Graët said to Ouest-France.“It’s been three or four years. It should have been judged much faster and it is rotten for us.”“I have nothing against Karim, he has always behaved well in the [national] team, but I think he is finished with Les Bleus, particularly as he has been out of form for a while,” he added on that interview.“France have closed the door forever on Karim Benzema. Let him play for another country.”— Benzema’s agent pic.twitter.com/kfkcL8ddjfEuro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) October 10, 2018The response from Karim Benzema was quick, but it was only after his former agent responded to Le Graët suggesting that they let him represent another country now that they’ve completely destroyed his chances of playing for France.“Noel, you already ended Benzema’s international career in June of 2018 and you’re doing it again now and at the same time, you insult him,” wrote Karim Djaziri on his personal Twitter account.“What is your game? Do you feel guilty about something? Write to FIFA and let him play for another team and let’s see if he’s finished.”Karim Benzema instantly retweeted this, and he then proceeded to send his own personal message that we reported earlier this Wednesday.Noël vous aviez déjà mis un terme à la carrière internationale de @Benzema en juin 2018 vous remettez ça aujourd’hui tout en le dénigrant!Dans quel but?Vous vous reprochez quelque chose?Écrivez à @FIFAcom et laissez le jouer pour une autre sélection nous verrons s’il est terminé— KDjaziri (@KDjaziri) October 10, 2018The fact that the Real Madrid player still has to deal with the aftermath of his mistake with Mathieu Valbuena, is something that will unfortunately haunt him for the rest of his life due to all the expectation he generated since the beginning of his career.When he first started to play football as a professional, every single sports journalism outlet in France regarded him as the next Thierry Henry.At club level, Karim has enjoyed a lot of success with Real Madrid, but his time with the French National Team has been nothing but an endless nightmare that may never leave him alone.🇫🇷 FFF president says @Benzema “is finished with Les Bleus”https://t.co/lLejqY2nPL— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2018What do you think about Noël Le Graët’s latest criticism about Karim Benzema? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

US Chargé dAffaires Lisa Johnson makes first official visit to the Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 19 Dec 2014 – On December 15-16, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for her first official visit to the British Overseas Territory. During her two-day visit in Providenciales, Chargé Johnson met with government and law enforcement officials, and hosted an open house at the U.S. Consular Agency office.On Monday, December 15, Chargé Johnson met with Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands Peter Beckingham to discuss law enforcement and consular collaboration. She also met with Commissioner of Police for the Turks and Caicos Islands Colin Farquhar for talks that focused on law enforcement collaboration primarily through OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos). Established in 1983, OPBAT is a multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. It is considered to be one of the most successful counter drug enforcement initiatives in the region.On Tuesday, December 16, Chargé Johnson hosted a Consular Open House at the U.S. Consular Agency located in Grace Bay in Providenciales. The event included guests from various areas of the government and civil society including the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Ministry of Health & Human Services, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Disaster Management. Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar and Human Rights Commissioner Cheryl Astwood-Tull were in attendance.The U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales processes passport applications and provides assistance to Americans who live and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, over one million tourists visited the islands in 2013. The United States is the leading market for visitors with an estimated 79.7% of all stop-over arrivals. More than 3,000 American citizens are residents of the islands. Another Murder in Nassau Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:Cheryl Astwood Tull, Colin Farquhar, Department of Disaster Management, governor peter beckingham, Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Health & Human Services, nassau, Operation bahamas turks and caicos, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, US consular agency, US embassy More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, againlast_img read more

Pass the wine metal mouth The whole tooth about wearing adult braces

first_img3:03 I’m 51 years old, and I wear braces. Some days, I almost forget I have them on. Other times, when I’m doing something outwardly grown-up, like buying wine or meeting with my daughter’s fifth-grade teacher, I’m achingly aware that my teeth are sporting accessories usually seen on kids who don’t remember a time before YouTube.But I’m not alone. The American Association of Orthodontists reports that as of 2016, 28 percent of the patients being treated by its members are over 18. That’s more than 1.6 million people. And I can tell you from experience that many of them have probably wondered at least once if they’re too old for this.I’ve been down this metal-mouthed road before. The first time I had braces, I was 13 years old, it was the 1980s and, unlike today, braces didn’t even attempt to disguise what they were.Back then, braces were silver, they couldn’t be hidden, and it seemed like orthodontists weren’t even trying. There were none of these clear brackets, or see-through, removable aligners, or rainbow-colored elastic bands to match your school colors. No one thought to put braces on the back of your teeth. Get real, kid.I didn’t even go to an orthodontist for my first set of braces. My regular dentist told my mother he could handle it himself. I’m not sure that’s a choice an informed patient would make today. But again, 1980s.With my 9-year-old daughter, Kelly, on a bullet train in Japan just weeks after I got braces. Of the two of us, Kelly would seem the more appropriate age for orthodontics, but I’ve since learned that “appropriate” is relative. Gael Fashingbauer Cooper My teenage braces did their job. My teeth look fairly straight in my college photos and my wedding album. But I never had a retainer or any follow-up treatment. I mentally put braces in the past, with acne and algebra, and moved on.But as the years went by, I noticed what I called an “overbite” and what I later learned was really an “overjet.” In an overbite, the upper teeth overlap the lower. In an overjet, the teeth kind of lean forward. No one ever called it out to me — thank you friends for not being jerks — but in this age of social media, I began to hate selfies, to wonder why smiling didn’t come naturally to me, and to stare at my friends’ dazzling Facebook grins with envy.It’s embarrassing to write this, but I saw my overjet as a personal failure, on par with getting a cavity for not brushing. Somehow in my head, admitting that I needed orthodontic treatment was like admitting I messed up. It sounds stupid when I write it down — it’s not like I caused it by yanking my teeth apart with a crowbar — but there it is. I still remember how tears caught in my throat over a decade ago, the first time I asked a dentist for an orthodontist referral. Comments And as promised, the braces are working. With 20 months down and about four to go, I can see that the overjet has shrunk to nearly nothing. The gaps where the extracted teeth once were have filled in. And I notice surprising changes every day. My lips now make more of a model-esque Cupid’s bow, something I used to envy in Facebook photos of others. Both edges of my smile rise up evenly now. I’m slowly acquiring the look I envied in those photogenic friends, even if only I notice it.Dr. Brent Larson, the president of the American Association of Orthodontists, and Dr. Lee Graber, secretary-general of the World Federation of Orthodontics, patiently took me through the changes in braces technology over the years, and answered all my questions about adult orthodontics.”As long as you’re alive, teeth can move,” Dr. Larson said.Dr. Graber told me his oldest orthodontics patient was 88, was delighted with his braces, and is now “still going strong into his 90s.”But it wasn’t the technology changes that finally made me decide to get braces at 50. I had to cross a mental line that I honestly didn’t think I could ever get myself over. And maybe you have your own mental line. It might not be braces, but it’s some kind of risk that for whatever reason, is important to you. Maybe it doesn’t matter to anyone else, but you think about it all the time, and wonder if you can ever force yourself to make it happen.bracesoldnewThe braces on the left date to 1929, and feature actual gold bands on the top teeth. They’re a heck of a lot less subtle than the modern braces on the right, which like mine, feature translucent brackets. Even the wires are impressive: They’re heat-activated nickel-titanium wires developed with help from NASA. American Association of Orthodontists I read recently that Warren Buffett, the Nebraska billionaire, reportedly has three boxes on his desk — IN, OUT and TOO HARD. Who can’t relate to that? I mentally put “braces” in my TOO HARD box for years and years.Not all life improvements are doable. Money prevents us from some. Family or job responsibilities eliminate others. But somewhere in your mental TOO HARD box, there might be a big dream you can actually accomplish.When people would write in to Dear Abby and say they dreamed of going back to college, but worried that they’d be however-many years old when they graduated, they’d get the blunt response: “How old would you be by then if you didn’t get your degree?”The point was clear: You can keep growing and changing and improving yourself as you age, or you can get older and always regret never taking the plunge.If you need to point to someone who discovered that it wasn’t too late to make a major change in her life, you can point to me.I’m 51 years old, and I wear braces. Share your voice Tags Top 5 foods I’ll devour after braces 2 Culture Wellness Now playing: Watch this: I still remember how tears caught in my throat over a decade ago, the first time I asked a dentist for an orthodontist referral. I kept that little green card for probably a year — the hygienist had casually scribbled on it, “severe overbite.” My teeth weren’t causing me any physical issues, but that one word, “severe,” made me think I was a lost cause. It didn’t help that she also cheerily remarked that an orthodontist would probably have to break my jaw to treat my teeth. What? Am I torture-victim Theon in Game of Thrones? Eventually, I threw the card away and tried not to think about it.You know how you can set email reminders to pop up regularly, daily or weekly or whatever? For about three years, I had a reminder that popped up every Wednesday that just said “call about ortho.” And like a tired kid punching the snooze alarm, I slammed it shut and did nothing. I slept on it for literally years. Zzzzz…soph-1I can’t believe my boss made me share this photo, but here I am in 1982, the first time I had braces. The brackets were not see-through and subtle like brackets are today.  Gael Fashingbauer Cooper It was my husband, who also had braces in the 1980s, who actually woke me up. His top teeth are an orthodontist’s dream, but a few bottom teeth are now crooked. They bothered him, but rather than ignore the issue for a decade like I did, he decided to take action immediately, simply walking into an orthodontist’s office and signing up for a consultation.He convinced me to make an appointment, and I was blown away by how different the experience was from what I had dreaded. The staff was exceptionally friendly, the office was clean, crisp and high-tech, the treatment methods today were as different from those of the 1980s as dial-up internet is from broadband. Brackets are now clear, X-rays are digital, appliances are smaller and more comfortable.But at nearly 50, was I just too old for braces?My treatment wasn’t going to be easy. I couldn’t get away with clear aligners such as Invisalign, my teeth needed more. But that early hygienist had been wrong: No one would need to break my jaw.I did need two teeth extracted to make room for the teeth to move, and believe me, that was the worst part of this experience that’s now going on two years. The teeth were healthy, solid adult teeth that did not want to be evicted, and having them pulled was one of the most unnatural and disturbing experiences I can remember.”That was among the top 10 toughest extractions of my career,” my dentist later told me. You and me both, sister.After the extractions healed, on went the braces. My new orthodontist installed clear brackets, a huge improvement on the silver ones I had as a kid. The clunky silver wire that helped give old-school braces their train-tracks nickname is still there, yes. But in some photos, it’s not clear on first glance I have anything on my teeth at all.iyaz-jpgEnlarge ImageI’m not the only one at CNET who’s worn braces as an adult. Here’s Iyaz Akhtar showing off his shiny smile at Google headquarters in 2018. He’s since had his braces removed. Iyaz Akhtar This path to a better smile ain’t cheap. A spokesperson for the American Association of Orthodontists said that while her group doesn’t collect information on average costs, the American Dental Association does. In a 2016 survey, that group reported that fees for comprehensive treatment of adolescents ranged from $4,978 to $6,900, and that the range for adults was slightly higher, ranging from $5,100 to $7,045.I had to squeeze my savings to come up with a decent down payment, and there’s a monthly bill similar to a car payment. My dental insurance doesn’t cover any of it, and sometimes, it’s a scramble to pay.Plus, braces require more constant upkeep than I’d have given them as a teen.I can’t eat certain things, from the obvious (caramels or corn on the cob) to the surprising (certain cereals and even rice are a horror to floss out). Cleaning my teeth requires special disposable flossers that I buy online. Brackets pop loose. Wires poke me. Monthly appointments to tighten the braces leave me popping Advil and eating soup. As a teen, I probably would’ve dramatically thrown myself on the bed and demanded to know why my parents were putting me through this.But I’m 51 now, and my sense of what’s painful in life has been tempered by real experiences. I’ve lost loved ones. I’ve worried over biopsies. Two years of dental inconvenience doesn’t make my own top 10 list of life hardships, or maybe even my top 100.last_img read more

Mumbai man arrested for repeatedly raping daughter for months

first_img[Representational image] Creative CommonsIn a horrifying incident, a 62-year-old man sedated and raped his teenaged daughter in Mumbai for a few months. The accused has been arrested.According to the complaint filed by the victim, the father used to mix sedatives in her dinner every night. When she fell unconscious, he would proceed to rape her, reports Times of India.The man works at a private firm and divorced the victim’s mother five years ago. The victim and her younger siblings were staying with their father.The girl fell something amiss since she used to wake up every morning feeling ill and nauseous. She then suspected that her food had something to do with it. Her suspicions increased when her father insisted that she go to her room immediately after dinner every night.However, on the night of March 27, Wednesday, on the pretext that she is unwell, the girl opted to skip dinner. However, her father brought dinner to her room and insisted that she eat. When he left the room, she threw the food away and pretended that she was asleep. A little while later, her father came into the room and raped her. She tried to fight him off and raise an alarm but her father gagged her and threatened her with dire consequences. The girl’s stepmother and siblings were in the next room.The victim, unable to remain silent on the issue, posted her situation on social media and told her friend. The friend then took her to an NGO, who helped her lodge a complaint against her father with the Naya Nagar police in Mumbai.”We arrested him under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Thane court remanded him in police custody till April 1,” Kailash Barve, a senior police inspector at the Naya Nagar police station told Hindustan Times.Other IncidentsUnfortunately, another similar took place in Odisha when a 45-year-old man was arrested for raping his 13-year-old daughter earlier this month. The girl, a student of class eight filed a complaint against her father. The police acted on the complaint and arrested the perpetrator. He was charged under many sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The father was allegedly raping the little girl repeatedly for a month before she had enough and filed a complaint, reports NDTV.last_img read more

Dalits not allowed to touch water tankers servicing upper caste villages in

first_imgWells and hand pumps in upper caste villages are being zealously guarded by lathi-wielding men.ReutersIn the parched badlands of Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand, wells and ponds have dried up, rivers have shrunk miserably. Water scarcity is a way of life in this region of Uttar Pradesh – made worse this year by lack of rainfall.Water woes have been further compounded by the caste woes emerging in the times of water scarcity.Water tankers are being sent to upper caste settlements, conveniently sidestepping the Dalit villages.People belonging to Dalit castes are not allowed to “even touch” functional hand pumps installed in upper caste villages.”If they (upper caste) are in a benevolent mood, they might give us a pot full of water and nothing more than that,” said Ritu Kumari of Tendura village.According to her, Dalits in the village have to walk seven to eight kilometres to another village to fetch water from a hand pump installed in the Dalit area.”Even there, we are not allowed to get more than one bucket because the pump is drying up,” she added.Wells and hand pumps in upper caste villages are being zealously guarded by lathi-wielding men.”This is to prevent theft of water. Unknown people (read Dalits) come here to steal water and we cannot afford this because there is already a water shortage,” said Manish Shukla.Asked if it was not inhuman to deny water to someone, he retorted: “It is the law of jungle that prevails here. If we give away water, how will we survive?”Even the Dalit children are ruthlessly pushed back if they dare to venture near a hand pump or tube well owned by upper caste. Children from upper caste remain, silent spectators, as they imbibe the caste bias and prepare to grow up with it.Water supply through tankers is also meant for upper castes.A district official in Banda said: “We do not differentiate on the basis of caste. Whenever we get requests, we send water tankers but we also have our limitations and cannot send tankers to all villages.”The ‘requests’ obviously come from upper castes who are politically influential and can pull strings.Former Congress legislator Vivek Singh explained: “The caste bias becomes more pronounced when the divide between haves and have-not widens. People who can afford to buy bottled water are being given tanker supplies while those who cannot, are denied this basic amenity. The local leaders are equally insensitive – they send water tankers to villages that have voted for them while others remain deprived.”He said: “People in Bundelkhand have learnt to live with casteism but no one ever imagined that caste would dominate the distribution of water in the region.”last_img read more

With Bathroom Bill Dead HoustonFounded Pastor Council Looks To Future Fights

first_img Share That initial group has since expanded into two additional entities, the Texas Pastor Council and the US Pastor Council, though the distinctions between the groups can be murky. Welch — who himself no longer preaches, instead referring to himself as a “pastor for pastors” — leads all three groups, and the main phone number for the US Pastor Council is a direct line to Welch.The group, according to Welch, has taken on a range of issues, from criminal justice reform to child foster care. But over the course of his career, Welch and the group have had a decided preoccupation with attacking LGBT rights, what Welch describes as “the continued tide of the radical political LGBTQ movement trying to work to undermine traditional marriage and traditional family.” On the US Pastor Council website, the only “current issue” listed is “Woman’s Privacy Protection,” a page that features a number of talking points in favor of a bathroom bill.“They have made anti-LGBT activism their primary focus,” said Dan Quinn, communications director for Texas Freedom Network, a liberal watchdog group. “They’ve had their most public efforts trying to defeat anything that protects equality for LGBT Texans.”Over the course of several years as a columnist for World Net Daily, a far-right website known for hosting conspiracy theories, Welch railed against same-sex marriage and legal protections for LGBT individuals. In a 2009 post titled “When the Wicked Rule,” Welch attacked a new federal law that protected LGBT individuals from hate crimes as condoning “every possible form of sexual deviancy.” He denounced the “radical sexual-deviancy jihad” in a post called “My Gay America” in 2010.“Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker has gone above and beyond to now extend protection through executive orders to ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression,’” he wrote at the time. “Keep your wives and daughters out of Houston city restrooms.”That rhetoric against Parker – the first openly gay mayor of a large American city — and legal protections for LGBT individuals in Houston would eventually become talking points against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on 15 different “protected characteristics,” including sex, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.During that fight — which concluded with Houston residents voting overwhelmingly to strike down the nondiscrimination ordinance — Welch played a leading role in both the electoral and legal campaigns against the city. Jared Woodfill, one of the lead organizers against the HERO ordinance in Houston, said that Welch and his organization were “extremely instrumental” in gathering the signatures that would ultimately prompt the lawsuit and referendum overturning the ordinance.Indeed, organizing and mobilizing voters is a key part of the Pastor Council’s mission. Its website boasts pages titled “Every Christian Votes” and the “AMERICA plan.” Under the “AMERICA plan,” pastors are encouraged to communicate with congregants about political issues, distribute voter guides and register “every eligible adult” to vote.In other words, Welch had already established an infrastructure for turning out voters before the HERO referendum — a battle that helped elevate his organization and its platform. Randy Wilson, national field director for Church Ministries for the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, which has worked with the Pastor Council, said this is easier said than done.“Dave has to have an established and billed credibility with the pastors, a very untrusting demographic, really,” he said.That credibility and visibility would only grow when the city issued subpoenas for sermons and other statements Welch and other members of the Pastors Council had made in support of a 2014 failed petition drive aimed at repealing HERO. That incident drew national attention, energizing conservatives across Texas and the country and landing Welch on national media. (In response to that incident, the Texas Legislature passed a lawearlier this year shielding pastors’ sermons from government subpoena power.)“It certainly escalated some elements of what we do to a much higher level because of the visibility of that Houston battle,” Welch said. “That achieved national attention.”With that momentum, Welch, Woodfill and other conservative activists began to look to the the Legislature as the next battleground for the issue. Welch would begin to use tactics that had worked in Houston — hosting workshops to educate pastors, blasting out emails on the issues and hosting rallies — on a statewide level.“The network of churches that has become involved in this issue has become very, very important,” Woodfill said.“The same model is being used across the state of Texas.”But that model has had its limits. In the Legislature, efforts to pass a bathroom bill have failed against stiff opposition from the House, in particular that of House Speaker Joe Straus.Despite those setbacks, the US Pastor Council itself has continued to grow, Welch said. According to tax documents on a database maintained by ProPublica, the US Pastor Council, which is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and does not disclose its donors, saw its revenue more than double from $329,696 to $833,749 between 2014 and 2015, the last year for which data is available and the year of the HERO ordinance vote in Houston.Welch said the group does not buy large ad campaigns, instead focusing resources on hosting workshops and organizing among pastors.“There aren’t many religious groups that overtly have this partisan affiliation or policy preference as pronounced as the Pastors Council,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. “That’s been a major change we’ve seen since 2013 or 2014.”With primary season approaching, members of the Pastor Council are preparing to take their campaign to the ballot box and unseat Republicans who did not do enough to challenge Straus’ opposition to a “bathroom bill.”Steve Riggle, a pastor to a congregation of more than 20,000 at Grace Community Church in Houston and a member of the Pastor Council, said he and others are talking about “how in the world do we have 90-some Republicans [in the 150-member Texas House] who won’t stand behind what they say they believe.”“They’re more afraid of Straus than they are of us,” he said. “It’s about time they’re more afraid of us.”“This is not over”In early August, in the midst of the special session, Welch and dozens of other pastors descended on Austin. Hundreds of pastors had signed a letter in support of the bathroom legislation, and before heading inside, the group that had made the trip gathered on the Capitol steps for a brief rally.Throughout his campaign for a bathroom bill, Welch has enjoyed easy access to the state’s elected officials. He hosted a policy briefing in February that featured, among others, Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The August rally, which the Texas Pastor Council had promoted as a response to “opponents of God’s created order,” was no exception.State Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, the authors of bathroom bills in their chambers, both spoke to the importance of the bill as Welch acted as the effective emcee of the event, leading the crowd in chants of “Let the House vote.”  “We’re going to take this letter to the House as the voice of the state of Texas and our churches today,” Welch said.But even as he represents pastors across the state, Welch and his work enjoy far from unanimous support from Christian and other religious leaders. During the regular session, about 50 faith leaders of various denominations lined the stairs outside the Texas House in protest of bills targeting LGBT Texans.And just days before Welch arrived in Austin for the rally this month, dozens of religious leaders gathered in the very same spot to denounce the bill as discriminatory and hypocritical. In front of a crowd of more than one hundred supporters, an imam from Austin, as well as pastors and rabbis from across the state spoke about how their faith led them to oppose the legislation.For Steve Wells, a self-described conservative pastor at the South Main Baptist Church in Houston, the campaign for the “bathroom bill” represents “bad theology.” He says he wishes that Welch and other like-minded pastors would focus more on the common dignity granted human beings.“You will never in your lifetime meet someone who was not created in the image of God,” he said.And in July, leaders of the national Episcopal Church sent a letter to Strausasking him to remain “steadfast” in his opposition to the legislation, also denouncing it as discriminatory.Terri Burke, the executive director of the ACLU in Texas, described the “bathroom bill” as the latest frontier for far-right groups opposed to LGBT rights. Now that sexual orientation is largely protected under the law, she said, gender identity has become a target.“I think those who want to discriminate have figured out LGB are hard to discriminate against, so they’ve pulled the T out,” she said.To Welch and his fellow members on the Pastor Council, though, the group’s positions are is well in line with the teachings of the Bible. And even if the death of the “bathroom bill” in the special session represents the loss of a single battle, the broader war continues. “This is not over,” Riggle said.Disclosure: The Texas Freedom Network has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here. Marjorie Kamys Cotera | Texas TribuneDave Welch speaks during a press conference in favor of a bathroom bill at the Texas Capitol near the end of the special session on August 14, 2017.A day before the Texas Legislature ended its special session this week, a session that included a high-profile fight over a “bathroom bill” that appeared almost certainly dead, David Welch had a message for Gov. Greg Abbott: call lawmakers back to Austin. Again.For years, Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastor Council, has worked to pass a bill that would ban local policies that ensured transgender individuals’ right to use restrooms in public schools and government buildings that match their gender identity. The summer special session, which was quickly coming to a close, had been Welch and other social conservatives’ second chance, an overtime round after the bill — denounced by critics as discriminatory and unnecessary — failed during the regular session that ended in May.  But with the Texas House unlikely to vote on a bathroom bill, Welch gathered with some of the most conservative Republicans in that chamber to make a final plea. The bill, they argued without any evidence, would prevent men from entering bathrooms to sexually assault or harass women.“If this does not pass during this special session, we are asking for, urgently on behalf of all these pastors across the state of Texas, that we do hold a second special session until the job is done,” Welch said at the press event, hosted by Texas Values, a socially conservative group. Though the group of lawmakers, religious leaders and activists were still coming to terms with their failure to get a bill to Abbott’s desk, for Welch’s Pastor Council, the years-long fight over bathroom restrictions has nonetheless been a galvanizing campaign.The group, which Welch founded in 2003, has grown from a local organization to a burgeoning statewide apparatus with eyes on someday becoming a nationwide force, one able to mobilize conservative Christians around the country into future political battles. If Abbott doesn’t call lawmakers back for another special session to pass a bathroom bill, the group is likely to shift its attention to the 2018 elections. “Our role in this process shouldn’t be restricted just because people attend church,” Welch told The Texas Tribune. “Active voting, informed voting, is a legitimate ministry of the church.”A pastor for pastorsWelch has made a career out of mixing the religious and the political. Before founding the Pastors Council, he spent time at the Christian Coalition and Vision America, a controversial national evangelical group led by Rick Scarborough, a Texas pastor. And just before he founded the Pastor Council, Welch briefly worked as the executive director of the Republican Party in Harris County, where he would get to know many of the politicians that would animate his later campaigns. Welch said he has known Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, one of the most outspoken proponents of a bathroom bill in state government, since he was a radio host in Houston.But it was with the Pastor Council — at first a small group of Houston pastors — that Welch would begin to make his deepest mark in Texas politics.“We formed the Houston area pastor council in 2003 as a group of 12 pastors, across racial and denominational lines, to engage together on a variety of social moral cultural issues,” he said.last_img read more

US Judge Steps Down After Accusations Of Sexual Misconduct

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @TnBopinionsJudge Alex Kozinski, said he’ll retire amid more than a dozen reports of sexual misconduct or comments. A prominent U.S. appeals court judge announced his retirement Monday days after women alleged he subjected them to inappropriate sexual conduct or comments.Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a statement that a battle over the accusations would not be good for the judiciary. He said he’ll step down, effective immediately.The Washington Post reported last week that at least 15 women made allegations against Kozinski that go back decades. The allegations include inappropriate touching and lewd comments.Kozinski said while speaking in a “candid way” with male and female law clerks, “I may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace,” the statement said. “It grieves me to learn that I caused any of my clerks to feel uncomfortable; this was never my intent. For this I sincerely apologize.”Leah Litman, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, told the Post that the judge talked about having just had sex and pinched her side and leg at a restaurant the night before they appeared together on a panel at her school in July.Christine Miller, a retired U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge, said Kozinski grabbed her breasts during a car ride in 1986 after a legal community function in the Baltimore area. She said it came after she declined his offer to go to a motel and have sex.A lawyer who was not identified said Kozinski approached her when she was alone at a legal event in Los Angeles in 2008 and kissed her on the lips and gave her a bear hug with no warning.The newspaper said the woman’s husband confirmed the incident and said the couple didn’t think they could do anything because of the judge’s position.The Post reported last week that six former clerks or more junior staff members accused Kozinski of inappropriate behavior, including showing them pornography.Kozinski, 67, was chief judge of the 9th Circuit, the largest federal appeals court circuit in the country, from 2007 to 2014. He is known for his irreverent opinions, and his clerks often win prestigious clerkships at the U.S. Supreme Court.The 9th Circuit has opened a misconduct inquiry that was transferred Friday to the Judicial Council of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.Kozinski’s retirement leaves five seats open on the 9th Circuit, with two more judges already having announced their intention to retire next year. That gives President Donald Trump potentially seven seats to fill on the largest and most liberal appeals court in the country.Even if all those judgeships are filled, however, Democratic appointees still will maintain a healthy majority on the court with 17 of the 29 seats. Sharelast_img read more

Washingtons Trea Turner Latest Player Exposed for Racist Tweets

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.comYet another White Major League Baseball player was exposed for tweeting racist and homophobic comments in the near past.Washington Nationals star shortstop Trea Turner released a statement on June 29 via the team’s media relations department, apologizing for multiple offensive tweets he made back in 2011-‘12.Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner is embroiled in controversy after racist and homophobic tweets of his re-surfaced. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)“There are no excuses for my insensitive and offensive language on Twitter. I am sincerely sorry for those tweets and apologize wholeheartedly,” Turner said. “I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am. But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”Turner had used words such as “f*ggot,” and told someone “you’re gay” in another tweet as a means of insulting them; he also tweeted, “once you go Black, you’re going to need a wheelchair,” a line from the 2004 film “White Chicks.”The old tweets were retweeted by fans during a game against the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon. The tweets were deleted but Yahoo Sports posted screen shots of each.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the resurfaced tweets after the game.“I have spoken with Trea regarding the tweets that surfaced earlier tonight,” Rizzo said in a statement. “He understands that his comments — regardless of when they were posted — are inexcusable and is taking full responsibility for his actions. The Nationals organization does not condone discrimination in any form, and his comments in no way reflect the values of our club.”Turner is the third White baseball player in the past month to have racially offensive or homophobic tweets resurface. Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb was also exposed Sunday for offensive statements tweeted, such as “this gay Black kid won’t stop presenting about Black hair. #IWantToLeave.” Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader was busted a week ago for racist language used on Twitter. All three were 17-years-old at the time of their tweets.last_img read more

A lot of olives on the shorter trees could be reac

first_imgA lot of olives on the shorter trees could be reached from the ground, or on tip-toes.A ladder was used to get into the tops of the trees. A bucket could be hung around the neck to keep the hands free. The harvest continued the next day at Cosanti with the workshop participants the only workers. The final results: 839 pounds at Arcosanti and 465 pounds at Cosanti! November 24, 2010On Wednesday, November 17th, we harvested olives at Arcosanti.The crew started at 7:30 am and worked into the afternoon picking olives to be pressed for olive oil. Workshop participants as well as community members gathered together to pick olives, first the shorter trees in the Minds Garden and then the taller trees around the main Arcosanti site.last_img

Mobile TV and videoondemand technology specialis

first_imgMobile TV and video-on-demand technology specialist MobiTV has launched a licensable network DVR solution.The solution, available to cable operators and telcos, had previously been available only as part of an end-to-end multiscreen platform.MobiTV said the solution means operators can avoid costly set-top deployment by using a “thin” box requiring an internet connection and HDMI interface. Customers can theoretically record an unlimited number of programmes in the cloud and watch it anywhere on various connected devices.“Rights management has long been a difficult process for service operators to navigate on an international scale,” said MobiTV CEO Charlie Nooney. “The MobiTV nDVR removes barriers for operators and provides the solution for a true TV Everywhere experience.”last_img read more