UK Gurdwara Damaged in Suspected Arson Attack

first_imgThe Edinburgh Police in the United Kingdom arrested a man on Aug. 29 after a gurdwara was targeted in a suspected arson attack the day before in Leith city.Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib was targeted with a petrol bomb at 5.05 am on Aug. 28. Detectives believe that the Sikh temple was deliberately targeted, BBC reported. No one was injured but the building suffered damages during the attempt to set it on fire. The arson attack is being treated as a hate crime against the community, the report added.The gurdwara informed community members about the attack on its Facebook page, saying that someone tried to burn the front door of the building. It added that the place has suffered extensive smoke damage but the holy pictures were safe. It also told them that access to the gurdwara has been denied by the police until smoke clears.“Fortunately, the fire was extinguished relatively quickly and no one was injured, but nevertheless we are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness,” Police Scotland’s Detective Inspector Clark Martin, from Gayfield CID, was quoted as saying by BBC.Edinburgh Police had started investigations in this suspected hate crime attack in the Scottish capital. It arrested a 49-year-old man as part of the investigations.**UPDATE**A 49-year-old man has now been charged in connection with fires at the Sikh Temple in Sheriff Brae and Methodist Church in Junction Place, which took place in the early hours of Tuesday 28 August. He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday 30 August.— Edinburgh Police (@EdinburghPolice) August 29, 2018Humza Yousaf, the Scottish government’s Justice Secretary, said that he was “saddened at the news that a Sikh temple in Edinburgh was petrol-bombed,” the Independent reported. A spokesperson for Police Scotland said that the exact cause of the blaze was still unclear and was subject to investigation, it said, adding that he refused to confirm the use of a petrol bomb in the incident.“At this time we do not know if this has been a random and reckless act, or a targeted attack on the temple,” the publication quoted Inspector Andy Johnson of Leith police station as saying.The gurdwara, situated in a former church, is the only Sikh temple for the over 500-strong community in Edinburgh, the Independent reported.The gurdwara also cautioned people against any collection campaign for the restoration work. It informed them that the place is covered by insurance and will handle any repairs on its own.In a similar incident that took place on June 6 this year, a gurdwara and a mosque were set ablaze in Leeds, United Kingdom, in the wee hours. The police arrested a 42-year-old man during the investigation, treating them as hate crime incidents. The UK Home Office said in a statement in June that it will grant funds up to £56,000 per place of worship, including temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches in England and Wales, to help protect them against hate crimes. It had said that the funding will cover the costs of security equipment like CCTV, perimeter fencing, access control gates, window locks, intruder alarm, external lighting and security doors, among others. But the cost of recruiting security personnel will not be covered. Related Itemshate crimescotlandSikhismlast_img read more

Pakistan is unforgiving: Former captains warn coach Mickey Arthur

first_imgFormer Pakistan captains Rashid Latif and Rameez Raja have urged the new coach Mickey Arthur to avoid making too many statements in the media. The duo have also asked Arthur to get rid of ‘selfish’ players from the team.Latif said he was a bit surprised at the spate of statements coming from Arthur even before he had joined the Pakistan team. (Also read: Absence of educated players hurting Pakistan cricket: Shaharyar Khan) “Too many statements from the new coach and he is speaking on every cricket issue related to Pakistan cricket.He is an experienced international coach but he should slow down a bit with his statements and first come and see first hand the challenges he faces with the Pakistan team,” Latif told PTI.’IPL EXCLUSION IS HURTING PERFORMANCE’After being named Pakistan’s head coach earlier this month, Arthur said he will not tolerate indiscipline and selfish players in the team. He also said he will not let external forces dictate how he goes about doing his business.He has also said that IPL exclusion is hurting the performance of Pakistan in T20 cricket.’FANS AND AUTHORIRIES CAN BE UNFORGIVING'”There are lot of hopes from Arthur but he should not raise the expectations because he might not know this but Pakistani cricket fans and authorities can be very unforgiving if he can’t turn things around,” Latif said.”I have always felt that a foreign coach who keeps a low profile is best suited for Pakistan cricket. In the end the results matter nothing else matters.”advertisementPCB sources claim that a message has already been conveyed to Arthur to slow down a bit with his statements.’WORK HARD TO BECOME POPULAR CHOICE’Latif pointed out that already it was obvious that Arthur was not the first choice for many cricket fans, critics and the media so he would really need to work hard to become a popular choice.’ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CRICEKET CULTURE’Former captain turned commentator, Rameez also advised Arthur to be ready to face an entirely different cricket culture in Pakistan.”He is a solid experienced coach who has worked with two top teams and top players but he will really have to be innovative and firm to pick up the performances of the Pakistan team,” he said.Rameez said the key would be to get rid of selfish players and encourage those who were courageous enough to play for the team not themselves.He noted that a perfect winning cricket culture had been missing from the Pakistan dressing room for sometime due to many reasons and this would be the biggest challenge for the new coach to change this culture.Rameez also felt that for some time Pakistan team had been missing an inspirational leader who was not only a top performer but also good enough to motivate players.He said identifying and grooming the right leader would be a prime responsibility for the new foreign coach.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu government announces cash reward for Asian Games medallist Prajnesh

first_imgPrajnesh Gunneswaran, Asian Games 2018 tennis men’s singles bronze medallist, will receive a cash reward of 20 lakh from the Tamil Nadu government, as announced by the Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday.Prajnesh settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Jakarta on Friday.Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Before Prajnesh, Leander Paes, Srinath Prahlad, Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri had won bronze medals in men’s singles for India while Somdev Devvarman remains India’s only gold medallist at the Games.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 7 LIVE UPDATES”I was delighted to learn about your triumph, a bronze medal in the tennis men’s singles event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia,” Palaniswami said in a letter to the tennis player.Congratulating him on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister said “the Government of Tamil Nadu sanctions Rs 20 lakh for your achievement.”Palaniswami recalled that it was late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who had in December 2011 enhanced the cash incentive for sportspersons winning bronze medals at the Asian Games to Rs 20 lakh.”On behalf of Government of Tamil Nadu, I congratulate you and all those who have contributed towards your achievement and wish you to win many more medals for the country and Tamil Nadu in future,” he said.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisPrajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.advertisementIstomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.Even though Prajnesh remained neck-and-neck with Istomin on most factors, it were the unforced errors that had the glaring difference. Prajnesh committed 25 unforced errors compared to 17 from Istomin.Apart from that, Istomin converted 57 per cent of his break points while Prajnesh could not capitalise on just the three break points opportunities he had.Istomin also managed to control the net better than Prajnesh, having won a total of six points at the net while Prajnesh could manage only half of that.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Navdeep Saini relives dream debut, reveals Virat Kohli’s role in Kieron Pollard dismissal

first_imgNavdeep Saini had not played leather ball cricket until 2013. The lanky pacer was happy with getting paid Rs 200 at tennis ball tournaments in his hometown in Haryana. However, his raw pace impressed a section of the cricket fraternity in Delhi and he was soon bowling at the nets for the state’s Ranji Trophy team.Thanks to Gautam Gambhir, Navdeep Saini consistently played with the leather ball and also was inducted in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy team.Saini’s raise has been phenomenal ever since. The young pacer, who can crank up 150 kph at will, made his international debut on Saturday in the 1st T20I against the West Indies in Florida.Saini was unstopabble on debut as the 26-year-old lanky pacer troubled the West Indies batsmen with is pace and aggression. He was hit for a huge six in the very second ball of his international career but Saini did not get bogged down. Instead, he came back harder to pick up two wickets in his very first over.From a nervous start, Saini went to being on a hat-trick after removing Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer in successive deliveries in his 1st over. He completed his spell with 3 wickets and also became only the 2nd bowler to bowl a maiden in the 20th over of a T20I. Saini finished with the big scalp of Kieron Pollard, who top-scored for West Indies on Saturday.Conceding he was quite nervous before bowling the first over on Saturday, Saini said playing for India was a dream-come-true moment for him.advertisement”I was very happy, it was my debut. In the morning when I got the cap, I was not able to believe that this was the day I had been waiting for. It was a dream come true for me,” Saini told added: “When I got the first wicket (of Nicholas Pooran), the pressure of playing a debut match was released. I was a bit low on confidence before that but that wicket changed it. When I took the second wicket, then it all felt normal.The hat-trick ball I was thinking about how I had watched others take hat-tricks and how they took them.”MUST WATCH: Of dream debut and tattoos, Navdeep unplugged with @BhuviOfficialHe picked up the Man of the Match prize in his maiden game for #TeamIndia & the speedster recaps the memorable day. – by @28anandFull video here (@BCCI) August 4, 2019Saini on Pollard dismissalNavdeep Saini also revealed how Virat Kohli’s decision to go for the review in the final over helped him add Kieron Pollard to his victims list on debut.Saini had trapped Pollard in front with a slower fulltoss in the final over when Pollard was batting on 49. The umpire turned down what was a weak appeal from Saini but India took the review and successfully overturned the on-field decision.”I was thinking it was not-out, I appealed but the umpire also gave it not-out. But Virat paaji went for the review. He was saying ‘there’s a review remaining. why waste it? Let’s take it’. When the decision was overturned and it was given out, I was delighted,” Saini added.Young Saini will be raring to go once again in Florida as India eye a series-sealing win against the West Indies in the 2nd T20I on Sunday.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Navdeep Saini can be really quick on good bowling wickets, says Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso See:last_img read more

Jimbo Fisher Says FSU Is “Negotiating” With Everett Golson, Calls Him A “Great Young Man”

first_imgeverett golson runs the football for notre dame.Twitter/@zzLIAMzz11Update: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has more from Fisher on Golson:Jimbo Fisher: “I’m not making the decision (Golson is). (If he picks FSU) then we’ll talk & go through it”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Earlier: Earlier today, news came out that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is visiting Florida today. Yesterday, Golson was at Florida State, and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that he has spoken to Golson and is interested in bringing him into the program.Jimbo Fisher met w/Everett Golson Monday. “We’re negotiating. He’s a great young man.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015We’re not sure what he means by “negotiating,” but Fisher has experience coaching against Golson. Last year, Golson very nearly won a dramatic last second game in Tallahassee. If he plays for the ‘Noles this season, it certainly adds a major wrinkle to the ACC in 2015.last_img read more

Injury Update For UAB DB D.A. Williams

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Tuesday night, UAB and Northern Illinois met in the Boca Raton Bowl. Midway through the second quarter, a UAB defender delivered a brutal hit to a Northern Illinois wide receiver, though it appeared the defender got the worst of the hit.UAB’s D.A. Williams made a tackle, but appeared to do so with the back of his helmet. The hit left Williams motionless on the turf.The senior defensive back appeared to be knocked out during the play, but regained consciousness and moved his legs while being attended to by medical staff.Medical personnel immobilized Williams and placed him on a board before carting him off the field.UAB CB D.A. Williams is having to be carted off the field on a backboard after he was motionless on the field following a hit he made. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) December 19, 2018It was a heartbreaking scene as Williams was carted off the field as both teams took a knee. Hopefully, the medical staff was overcautious and the injury isn’t as severe as it seemed.ESPN, which is broadcasting the game, announced that Williams will be taken to the hospital for further testing.Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

NAFTA talks make headway but US rejects Canadian auto proposal as poison

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press MONTREAL — The NAFTA train remains on track — for now.The U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer says enough progress has been made over the past week to warrant moving forward with a fresh round of talks in Mexico, but he’s also making it clear that more work needs to be done in the coming weeks.Lighthizer is unsatisfied with Canadian proposals aimed at breaking a logjam on autos, and levelled multiple complaints about Canadian behaviour, including a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization he described as a “massive attack” on the American trading system.On balance, he sounded like a man willing to give NAFTA a chance.Bits and bytes, not cars and cows, should be front of mind for NAFTA negotiatorsCN downplays exposure risks in event of NAFTA collapse“Some real headway was made here,” Lighthizer said after a week-long round of talks concluded Monday.“The United States views NAFTA as a very important agreement. We’re committed to moving forward. I am hopeful progress will accelerate soon. We’ll work very hard between now and the beginning of the next round — and we hope for major breakthroughs in that period. We will engage both Mexico and Canada urgently, and we will go where these negotiations take us.”Lighthizer’s long-awaited verdict on the sixth round of marathon talks in Montreal came at a public event alongside Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Ildefonso Guajardo of Mexico. The three held a series of face-to-face bilateral meetings before their final closed-door, three-way huddle.It was the first such group appearance since the trio’s memorably tense encounter in the fall.We’ll work very hard between now and the beginning of the next round — and we hope for major breakthroughs in that periodRobert Lighthizer With just eight weeks left in the current schedule of talks — and with U.S. President Donald Trump frequently threatening to blow up the deal — all eyes were indeed on Lighthizer.One prominent stakeholder described Lighthizer’s remarks as purely tactical.“I think he’s a good negotiator,” said Flavio Volpe of the Canadian Auto Parts Manufacturers Association.“I don’t really take a lot of the stuff at face value. But it’s important for us to understand the sentiment. And the sentiment is, ’We’re not satisfied, we’re not going to put our guard down, and we’ll see you in four weeks.”’Dave Reichert, an American lawmaker who spoke with Lighthizer, said he sounded hopeful. But Reichert warned not to expect too much enthusiasm given the U.S. trade representative’s famously gruff style.Important decisions about NAFTA’s future are now in the hands of Trump’s administration. American negotiators passed the baton on Sunday to political decision-makers how to major discussions about autos, dispute resolution and a five-year review clause.The Montreal round represented a new phase for the negotiations.It included a first significant back-and-forth dialogue on autos and other major sticking points. Sources say there were three hours of talks over two days about the autos proposal.Earlier rounds had effectively hit a roadblock because of scant engagement on the most serious files. After the U.S. made proposals that shocked Canada and Mexico, they responded by insulting the U.S. ideas and even devoted one round to describing reasons why the American proposal on cars was so impractical. Numerous participants in the Montreal round were sounding cautiously optimistic in the lead-up to Monday’s closing statements, calling the latest talks less negative and more constructive than recent ones, with the first true dialogue on serious sticking points — autos, dispute resolution and a five-year review clause in particular.But Lighthizer sounded multiple alarm bells.He panned Canada’s proposal on autos, saying it would do the reverse of what was intended, and would lead to more Asian content in North America. He called a Canadian proposal on services trade a poison pill, blasted Canada’s international trade complaint, and demanded a rebalancing of the trade deficit in goods.Freeland and Lighthizer went to great lengths to dispel the notion that the two don’t actually like each other, an impression created by frosty body language and rhetoric that last time the two shared the NAFTA stage last fall.Lighthizer offered smiles and fond memories of vacationing in the Montreal area with his family in the past. Freeland was asked whether her relations with her U.S. counterpart might derail the talks and offered a one-word reply: “No.”“Without being overly optimistic, I am heartened by the progress,” Freeland said, citing the closing of an anti-corruption chapter and other constructive conversations.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media Monday. read more

Beruwala PS member several others arrested

A female member of the Beruwala Pradeshiya Sabha and several others have been arrested for operating a gambling center.The Police said that among those arrested are nine women and three men. They had been arrested for operating a gambling center at the residence of the Beruwala Pradeshiya Sabha member.

Integrity commissioner takes council to task

Norfolk County’s integrity commissioner has more to say about Mayor Kristal Chopp’s report-ripping incident at Norfolk council earlier this year.In a second supplementary report filed Thursday, Toronto lawyer John Mascarin takes council to task for acting “as an enabler” of the mayor’s behaviour.Mascarin re-iterates his contention that Chopp’s apology for publicly scolding a senior planner at council Jan. 8 was inadequate. Chopp’s criticism of a staff report on the advisability of backyard chickens in urban areas included a dramatic tearing of the report into two pieces.Planner Mat Vaughan was at the podium when this occurred. The incident was live-streamed, televised and reported on extensively in the local media.Mascarin’s latest report focuses on council’s subsequent actions.Mascarin rejected Chopp’s Facebook apology for her behavior as inadequate but council over-ruled him. Council not only accepted the apology June 11, it reimbursed the mayor June 18 for the two weeks’ salary Mascarin docked as punishment.“Coun. (Ian) Rabbitts spoke at the (June 11) meeting about this matter `distracting from the business of council’ and that `council needs to get on with the business of governing Norfolk County.’” Mascarin says in this week’s report.“Good governance does not just entail providing the residents and businesses of Norfolk County with service at the lowest cost. It also requires that its local elected representatives act with an adherence to its stated ethical principles and values as set out in its code (of conduct) and other policies and guidelines.“Wilful blindness is not an option when dealing with matters of integrity. Council’s fiduciary duty to the residents of the county does not relate exclusively to fiscal responsibility. It also demands a strict adherence to matters of integrity.”In a 6-1 vote, council accepted the apology Mascarin rejected. The same resolution also said “that no further action be taken.”Mascarin rejects the latter because, he says, council cannot tell an “independent” integrity commissioner what to do. Mascarin also criticized the modifications council made to its code-of-conduct in response to the Chopp incident as self-serving.At its June 11 meeting, council amended its code to give it final say on the recommendations of the integrity commissioner. As well, council ruled that any council member who is the subject of an integrity complaint is entitled to know the identity of their accuser.“It would be too convenient for council to simply instruct the integrity commissioner to stand down when it determines that the integrity commissioner’s findings and determinations are not to its liking because it castigates political allies or simply because the investigation becomes ‘too costly’ or `too distracting,’” Mascarin says.“To the extent that council’s resolution to `take no further action’ was directed to the integrity commissioner, it is invalid.“To be clear, council has the authority to make amendments to its code and it does not have to follow any recommendations made by the integrity commissioner. However, the timing and haste of the two recent amendments cannot be viewed as anything other than an attempt to immunize the members of council from challenge via complaints under the code.“Council has made its decision with respect to Mayor Chopp’s contraventions of the code. Rather than seeking to deter inappropriate behaviour on the part of one of its members, council has decided to act as an enabler. This matter is now concluded.”Coun. Chris Van Paassen moved that Chopp be reimbursed for lost salary at the June 18 meeting and is mentioned in Mascarin’s latest report by name. Friday, VanPaassen thanked the integrity commissioner for the time he has devoted to this matter and is pleased that Mascarin too has moved on.“I have read the supplementary report and appreciate the level of detail he (Mascarin) again provides council to help guide us in future deliberations,” Van Paassen said in an email.“At our council meeting in June, my opinion was that since it was council that had asked for the apology, it was up to council to decide if the mayor’s apology met the standard required under the Apology Act.“Council did accept that the mayor had met that standard and passed a motion to that effect and — in my mind — the matter was closed. I am glad to see that the integrity commissioner also agrees that this matter is concluded and council can now focus on other pressing issues.”Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele seconded VanPaassen’s motion. Saturday, Masschaele said he has no regrets and that there is wide-spread public support for how council handled this matter.“I received numerous emails in support of council’s decision,” Masschaele said. “In those correspondences the matter of letting council get on with its work was highly expressed.”In an email Friday, Mascarin said he has waited this long to respond to council’s actions because a supplemental report in the middle of summer when council is not in session could easily have fallen through the cracks. Mascarin added that resigning in protest over council’s actions is not on the table.“I have not considered resigning at all,” he said. “This council appointed me to a defined term and I believe I would be abdicating my responsibilities to step down from the position simply because certain members and — to a degree — the council as a whole are behaving in a manner that any reasonable person would consider unsuitable from an ethical perspective.“One of my statutory functions as an integrity commissioner is to educate members on matters of integrity. I do hope to be able to do so through my reports and to continue to shine a light on behaviour that council itself has set out in its own code of conduct as being inappropriate.”Former Simcoe Coun. Peter Black was one of two complainants to Mascarin about the report-ripping incident. He’s not surprised Mascarin has followed up with a report castigating council for its handling of the matter.“I know the integrity commissioner is extremely frustrated with this mayor and council for their clear lack of understanding of the word `integrity’,” Black said in an email Friday.“I am sure he feels this council has all but abdicated its ethical responsibilities. This may be why he has waited so long — to let the dust settle and see if cooler, calmer heads prevailed to correct this wrong. He has given them plenty of time.”Mayor Chopp did not respond to an email request for comment Friday. At the meeting where council voted to reimburse her for lost wages, Chopp declared a pecuniary interest and vacated the council chamber.Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts also did not respond to a request for comment.Recent provincial legislation requires all municipalities to retain the services of an independent integrity commissioner.

Church of England split over US plan to remove husband and wife

The vote prompted the Archbishop of Canterbury to say that a “radical new Christian inclusion in the Church” was required. Jayne Ozanne, a campaigners for LGBT rights in the church, said: “We are unsure by whose authority the original letter from Nye was sent, given that it was not discussed by the Archbishops’ Council.”It would be strange if it were sent with the knowledge and support of the Archbishops given their firm commitment to ‘radical Christian inclusion’ and their understanding of the need to be pastorally sensitive to the LGBT community, neither of which area mentioned in the letter. “What I find even more perplexing is that it does not reflect the level of dissent shown by recent decisions taken by the General Synod.”A spokesperson for the Church of England said: “The request was addressed to the Secretary General, as Provincial Secretary of the Church of England, who then consulted both Archbishops. The Episcopal Church asked other members of the worldwide Anglican Communion to respond to the new liturgy, prompting Mr Nye’s letter. He said using the new service as standard would lead to a growing “pressure to dissociate” the Church of England from the US church as conservative members see any move at all in that direction as “completely unacceptable”.  He urged the church to consider keeping the new service on “trial status” indefinitely to avoid “irrevocably redefining marriage”, adding that the new rites “constitute a clear divergence from the understanding of marriage held throughout the history of the Christian Church”. However, in a letter published on Sunday evening addressed to the US church, liberal members of the Church of England said they were “grateful” for the move. They thanked TEC for recognising “a gender-neutral approach will enable us to become a loving and inclusive Church for all”. “We still have a few problems to sort out over here with those who keep threatening to leave, but we know that your actions have given great hope to thousands and shown that the Church is not as homophobic as it can sometimes appear,” the letter added. Campaigners also cited a 2016 survey which found that 45 per cent of British Anglicans said same-sex marriage was right, compared to 37 per cent who said it was wrong.  “It was concluded that as there was not time for full consultation of the House of Bishops – which meets only twice a year – a reply should be sent at staff level. “Church House staff therefore produced a reply, in consultation with the Archbishops and the Bishop of Coventry, the chairman of the Faith and Order Commission.“Mr Nye replied as Provincial Secretary.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Church of England has been embroiled in controversy over same-sex marriage and the status of gay people in the Church.Last year members of its general synod voted not to “take note” of a report by bishops which encouraged “welcome and support” for LGBT people but stopped short of allowing marriage or blessings for same-sex couples.  The Church of England is split over US plans to remove “husband and wife” from the marriage service. Plans by The Episcopal Church (TEC) to change its marriage service to a gay-friendly version which also removes mention of the word “procreation” were criticised in a letter from the Church of England’s Secretary General William Nye last October. But the proposals have received support from elsewhere in the English church, with more than 300 members including Alan Wilson, the bishop of Buckingham, signing an open letter distancing themselves from Mr Nye’s statements. His letter, which emerged earlier this month, threatened to cut ties with the US church, which is a fellow member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, if it introduces the new service as standard, replacing the current wording in its Book of Common Prayer. The new service removes the phrase “the union of husband and wife” and replaces it with “the union of two people”, and replaces the section which talks about part of God’s intention for marriage being “for the procreation of children” with the phrase “for the gift of children” to make it more relevant for same-sex couples who may wish to adopt. Couples can still use the words “husband” and “wife” when making their vows, though the gender-neutral “spouse” is also an option.  read more

12 foolproof ways to ask someone on a date

first_img Source: Pinterest9. Show them that you’ve been creeping through their phone Source: Pinterest10. Again with the food, always a winner Source: BRIZZLE11. Snapchat? Food? Puns?Skip the date, just marry us.12. Don’t say it, show it. With EmojisThis modern love. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet WE KNOW. WHATEVER happened to just calling someone up and asking them to the cinema?It’s just not good enough any more, that’s what. Here’s what you should be doing these days to woo your other half.1. Bookmark their soppy John Green book Source: k-auhale2. Personalise their Pokemon Red Source: Charlihoney3. Pass them a well thought-out letter Source: the-flaws-inour-stars4. Be ridiculous on Instagram Source: Tumblr5. The classic note, made foolproof Source: Tumblr6. Anyone can be won over with pizza Source: justicelery7. ANYONE Source: Pinterest8. Some food isn’t so effectiveGroan.center_img On the other hand…We may not have a Prom, and should probably be thankful the ever-approaching Debs agreement is usually a mutual nod.Imagine coming home to this? Source: Bailey MccabeThe blatant terror of this? Source: Serena AbleOK, we’re done here Source: Sandy Meadows8 reasons why Irish people are hopeless at dating>8 ways you tried to tell someone you fancied them>last_img read more

Plans for Trump wall along Clare coast withdrawn but a new one

first_img Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 4:54 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL Plans for Trump wall along Clare coast withdrawn – but a new one is on the way Trump’s firm applied in May of this year for a 2.8km 200,000-tonne rock barrier that would protect the golf course from destruction by sea waves. 16,747 Views 47 Comments Image: Niall Carson Dec 6th 2016, 4:54 PM Image: Niall Carson Protection would be afforded to the golf course hole numbers 1, 9 and 18. The works would be wholly within lands owned by the golf course. There would be no material effect upon the adjacent SAC areas.The statement says that the new “coastal protection” application will stretch from around 600m to the south and 250m north of the beach.“Metal sheet piles would be inserted into the ground on the golf course. Limestone boulders would be placed at the base of the sheet piles.” DONALD TRUMP’S FIRM has withdrawn plans to build a €10 million rock barrier along his Clare golf course – but will submit a new application for a smaller wall “at the soonest”.TIGL Enterprises Ireland Ltd applied in May of this year for a 2.8km 200,000-tonne rock barrier that would protect the golf course from erosion by sea waves.But the proposed plans have sparked fierce opposition from groups such as An Taisce, Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), the Save Doughmore Beach Protection Group, surfer groups and over 30 individuals living outside Doonbeg.In a statement released this afternoon, Trump International Golf Links and Hotel said that since 2002, an estimated 15 – 20metres have been eroded from the beach front and the golf course.All efforts to manage the erosion and readjust the golf course have failed, they say.“Consequently, Doonbeg Golf Resort proposes to seek, at the soonest, planning permission from Clare County Council to place coastal protection at a number of locations on the seaward edge of the golf course at Doughmore Bay. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share131 Tweet Email1 Once completed, the works would not be visible to view, being covered by sand and the cobble bank which backs the beach. Access to the beach for all users as exists today will be maintained.The planning authority had requested that the firm submit additional information about the application for it to be considered, and if it wasn’t submitted before 31 December the application would not go ahead. However the old wall application to Clare County Council has been withdrawn, in favour of a new application being submitted shortly.Opposition Source: Niall CarsonAn organisation called Save the Waves, who sponsored a petition that now has more than 100,000 signatures opposed to the original wall, called it a “defining milestone for the campaign”.Director of Programmes Nick Mucha said:“It demonstrates the power of the international community to protect our coasts. Save the Waves and its Irish partners will continue to monitor the new proposals and remain engaged to guide them towards a responsible solution, but today more than 100,000 people can celebrate the fact that the original ill-conceived sea wall proposal has been scrapped.”But there are also locals who approve of the wall being built. John O’Dea, chairman of  Doonbeg Community Development told that most of the opposition to the wall came from people who aren’t from Doonbeg – and who probably have never been to the area.“This was something that has been requested for a long time, way before Trump came here. People back him because he’s the one who’s going to make it happen.”Read: How the US president-to-be picked up a Clare golf resort for a songRead: Doonbeg ‘buzzing’ after businessman Donald Trump voted US Presidentlast_img read more

HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2014 – The HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness this weekend welcomes Michael McGinty for a back to school workshop for teachers. McGinty, with a Master’s in Education is a specialist for detecting and working with autism… among the topics, creating an educational plan, interventions within traditional and special classrooms and instructional accommodations. The workshop is set for the Occasions Ballroom, Airport Hotel this Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. Related Items:HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness, michael mcginty Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Afghan Taliban attack US Consulate 2 Afghans killed

first_imgKABUL — Taliban militants set off two suicide car bombs in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan this morning, triggering a gunbattle with security forces that left at least two Afghans dead.The U.S. said all its personnel from the consulate in the city of Herat were safe and American forces later moved into the area to secure the site.The attack underscored the perilous security situation in Afghanistan, where U.S.-led troops are reducing their presence ahead of a full withdrawal next year.According to Afghan officials, the attack in Herat started with the Taliban setting off two bombs — one in an SUV and the other in an explosives-laden small van — while militants on foot opened a firefight with Afghan security forces around the compound in the city, 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) from Kabul.It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility, but at least two Afghans were killed and several were wounded, said an Afghan official. At least seven attackers were killed, including the two drivers of the car bombs.Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi took responsibility for the attack in a phone call with The Associated Press.Around the same time, a suicide bomber detonated his truck full of explosives near government offices in eastern Paktika province after security personnel opened fire at him. At least seven Afghan forces were wounded in the explosion, another Afghan official said.last_img read more

Stuffed cow saves toddler who bounced out of secondfloor window

first_imgEstrada said he’s just thankful his nephew was clutching the cow. 2 year old child from yesterday is doing fine. He was held overnight at MGH for observation. Thankfully the stuffed cow broke his fall.— Chief Brian Kyes (@ChiefKyes) June 22, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CHELSEA, Mass. (WSVN) – A stuffed cow is being credited with saving a young boy after he tumbled out of a second-floor window Wednesday in Massachusetts.Louis Estrada says his 2-year-old nephew was destined to hit the pavement, but instead, the fluffy, over-sized cow broke his fall.Estrada’s niece and nephew were playing at his home when he suddenly heard screams coming from a bedroom.“The baby, the baby,” Estrada said he heard. “I didn’t even know what was wrong.”After investigating the screams, Estrada discovered that his nephew had bounced out of the window and landed 16-feet below… on top of the cow.The young boy was conscious and alert after the incident and was treated for minor injuries. He was held overnight at Mass General Hospital for evaluation.There was no immediate word on how the child fell from the window. last_img read more

BSE closes points 17835 up on Feb 11

first_imgBSE closes points 178.35 up on Feb 112.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 178.35 up on Feb 112.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 178.35 points up to stand at 28,533.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 61.85 points up to stand at 8,627.40. FORTIS and NCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 19.97% along with PIPAVAV DOC and HCC with an increase of 15.96% and 11.74% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SRF and PMCFIN with a decrease of 5.50% and 4.94% along with SADBHAV ENGINEERING LTD. and MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD. with a decrease of 4.63% and 3.04% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 152.22 points at 19,097.69 while the banking sector is up 225.47 points at 21,689.54 and the reality sector is up 12.80 points at 1,715.53. The Indian currency is up 0.08% at Rs 62.23 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 178.35 points up to stand at 28,533.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 61.85 points up to stand at 8,627.40. FORTIS and NCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 19.97% along with PIPAVAV DOC and HCC with an increase of 15.96% and 11.74% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SRF and PMCFIN with a decrease of 5.50% and 4.94% along with SADBHAV ENGINEERING LTD. and MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD. with a decrease of 4.63% and 3.04% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 152.22 points at 19,097.69 while the banking sector is up 225.47 points at 21,689.54 and the reality sector is up 12.80 points at 1,715.53. The Indian currency is up 0.08% at Rs 62.23 per dollar.last_img read more

Karnataka SSLC Results 2019 Amused Twitterati ask how Haasan Ramanagara topped chart

first_img22Kodugu78.8180.68 (18)77.09 (9)78.93 (18)86.90 (18) 7Managaluru86.7385.56 (4)82.39 (2)88.01 (3)89.35 (8) Hassan first in #SSLCResult2019How?????Kids:students and teachers effortsMens:Rohini sinduri mam planLegends: Revanna Anna nimbus effect#SSLC #SSLCResult2019 Hassan from 7th place to 1st place Ramnagar from 17th place to 2nd place. Not only me, everyone are shocked seeing this. Looks Suspicious !! ಏನಲೇ ಪಾ ಇತರಾಗು ಪೋಲಿಟಿಕ್ಸ್?? Karnataka #SSLCResult2019 6Chitradurga87.4680.85 (16)72.64 (19)73.19 (29)85.95 (19) 27Bagalkote75.2872.70 (25)64.53 (33)85.71 (7)77.20 (30) 25Vijayapura77.3683.23 (9)72.23 (20)70.57 (31)75.70 (31) 16Kopal80.4580.43 (19)76.05 (11)75.92 (26)71.91 (33) 33Raichur65.3368.89 (29)69.69 (30)82.19 (11)87.03 (17) 5Udupi87.9788.18 (1)84.23 (1)89.52 (2)93.37 (1) 20Chikkaballapur79.6968.20 (31)70.13 (28)80.92 (14)82.58 (27) RankDistrict20192018201720162015 12Sirsi84.6778.06 (21)80.09 (4)85.24 (9)91.52 (4) 15Chamrajanagar80.5874.46 (24)75.66 (12)75.59 (27)89.04 (11) 4Uttara Kannada88.1288.12 (2)79.82 (5)87.84 (4)92.87 (3) 9Davanagere85.9481.56 (15)75.33 (14)78.43 (19)87.15 (16) Sudeep shetty‏ @sudeeps58085243 34Yadgiri53.9535.54 (34)74.84 (16)68.57 (32)85.06 (22) 18Tumkur79.9282.97 (10)68.15 (32)76.10 (23)88.96 (12) 19Haveri79.7576.76 (23)70.46 (26)74.55 (28)85.59 (21) Rahul‏ @Raul98126235 CM of #Karnataka is from #Hassan, so that district topped the state….!! Currently he is an MLA from #Ramanagara , so that district topped second! Hence, Where there is Kumaranna, that place emerge at the top of table! #hdk #stateresult #SSLCResult2019 #SSLCResults2019 #sslc 2Ramanagara88.4980.78 (17)78.55 (6)81.74 (12)89.62 (7) 14Chikkamagaluru82.7672.47 (26)74.40 (18)86.29 (5)83.91 (26)center_img 24Belagavi77.4384.77 (6)71.20 (25)81.09 (13)87.39 (14) Hassan and Ramanagara dist as toppers. This shows this CM has not even left the education system clean. Corruption in ever corner. Mr CM dont play politics on SSLC Results. Never expected CM can utilize his powers to this level. Shame on u CM 26Bang North76.2177.37 (22)71.44 (24)80.52 (15)84.90 (23) 1Haasan89.3384.68 (7)69.58 (31)75.94 (24)87.21 (15) 32Bang South68.8372.03 (27)69.92 (29)72.80 (30)78.50 (29) Indudhar haleangadi @Amchi_dosth Sunil Bariyanda‏ @Sunil_Bariyanda 31Gadag74.0567.52 (32)75.62 (13)64.09 (33)66.74 (34) 3Bang Rural88.3482.17 (14)77.03 (10)89.63 (1)91.10 (5) 17Mysore80.3282.90 (11)72.03 (21)85.56 (8)89.13 (10) 11Madhugiri84.8185.55 (5)71.84 (22)80.25 (16)88.12 (13) Rahul Bekanalakar‏ @RahulMurgod Hassan 1st.. Ramnagara 2nd something fishy #SSLCResult2019 29Bidar74.9660.71 (33)62.20 (34)75.93 (25)80.24 (28) 21Shivamogga79.1378.75 (20)75.07 (15)77.57 (22)85.71 (20) 23Bellari77.9882.73 (12)74.65 (17)56.68 (34)84.70 (24) 8Kolar86.7183.34 (8)78.51 (7)78.19 (20)89.20 (9) Durga Ramdas Kateel‏ @durgaramdas Karnataka SSLC Result 2019 results declared [Representative Image]NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty ImagesKarnataka SSLC results are out and Haasan and Ramanagar have landed in the first and second places in 2019 district-wise ranking list. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy hails from Haasan district and was elected as the MLA from Ramanagara constituency. His connection with both the areas has fuelled rumours on social media.Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) had conducted the SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examinations in March and April and 8.41 lakh students had appeared for the class 10 exams. On Tuesday, the board declared its results and the total pass percentage stood at 73.70.The pass percentage of the SSLC in 2018 was 71.93. Many people across the state are happy with this increase in class 10 results. But what has surprised some is the top spots in the district-wise rankings of pass percentages.Haasan and Ramanagara, which never made it to the top five ranks, have landed in first and second spots in the district-wise rankings of SSLC results this year. This development has amused some social media users, who feel something fishy about the ranks and CM Kumaraswamy’s link.Some took to Twitter to express their doubts and concerns. Scroll down to read some Twitter comments.Here is the table detailing the SSLC pass percentage and (ranks) of various districts in the last five years.RankRankDistrictDistrict2019201920182018201720172016201620152015Rank1DistrictHaasan201989.33201884.68 (7)201769.58 (31)201675.94 (24)201587.21 (15)Rank2DistrictRamanagara201988.49201880.78 (17)201778.55 (6)201681.74 (12)201589.62 (7)Rank3DistrictBang Rural201988.34201882.17 (14)201777.03 (10)201689.63 (1)201591.10 (5)Rank4DistrictUttara Kannada201988.12201888.12 (2)201779.82 (5)201687.84 (4)201592.87 (3)Rank5DistrictUdupi201987.97201888.18 (1)201784.23 (1)201689.52 (2)201593.37 (1)Rank6DistrictChitradurga201987.46201880.85 (16)201772.64 (19)201673.19 (29)201585.95 (19)Rank7DistrictManagaluru201986.73201885.56 (4)201782.39 (2)201688.01 (3)201589.35 (8)Rank8DistrictKolar201986.71201883.34 (8)201778.51 (7)201678.19 (20)201589.20 (9)Rank9DistrictDavanagere201985.94201881.56 (15)201775.33 (14)201678.43 (19)201587.15 (16)Rank10DistrictMandya201985.65201871.57 (28)201771.73 (23)201677.98 (21)201589.78 (6)Rank11DistrictMadhugiri201984.81201885.55 (5)201771.84 (22)201680.25 (16)201588.12 (13)Rank12DistrictSirsi201984.67201878.06 (21)201780.09 (4)201685.24 (9)201591.52 (4)Rank13DistrictChikkodi201984.09201887.01 (3)201780.47 (3)201686.00 (6)201593.32 (2)Rank14DistrictChikkamagaluru201982.76201872.47 (26)201774.40 (18)201686.29 (5)201583.91 (26)Rank15DistrictChamrajanagar201980.58201874.46 (24)201775.66 (12)201675.59 (27)201589.04 (11)Rank16DistrictKopal201980.45201880.43 (19)201776.05 (11)201675.92 (26)201571.91 (33)Rank17DistrictMysore201980.32201882.90 (11)201772.03 (21)201685.56 (8)201589.13 (10)Rank18DistrictTumkur201979.92201882.97 (10)201768.15 (32)201676.10 (23)201588.96 (12)Rank19DistrictHaveri201979.75201876.76 (23)201770.46 (26)201674.55 (28)201585.59 (21)Rank20DistrictChikkaballapur201979.69201868.20 (31)201770.13 (28)201680.92 (14)201582.58 (27)Rank21DistrictShivamogga201979.13201878.75 (20)201775.07 (15)201677.57 (22)201585.71 (20)Rank22DistrictKodugu201978.81201880.68 (18)201777.09 (9)201678.93 (18)201586.90 (18)Rank23DistrictBellari201977.98201882.73 (12)201774.65 (17)201656.68 (34)201584.70 (24)Rank24DistrictBelagavi201977.43201884.77 (6)201771.20 (25)201681.09 (13)201587.39 (14)Rank25DistrictVijayapura201977.36201883.23 (9)201772.23 (20)201670.57 (31)201575.70 (31)Rank26DistrictBang North201976.21201877.37 (22)201771.44 (24)201680.52 (15)201584.90 (23)Rank27DistrictBagalkote201975.28201872.70 (25)201764.53 (33)201685.71 (7)201577.20 (30)Rank28DistrictDharwad201975.04201882.21 (13)201777.29 (8)201685.71 (10)201584.54 (25)Rank29DistrictBidar201974.96201860.71 (33)201762.20 (34)201675.93 (25)201580.24 (28)Rank30DistrictKalaburgi201974.65201868.65 (30)201770.24 (27)201679.02 (17)201574.97 (32)Rank31DistrictGadag201974.05201867.52 (32)201775.62 (13)201664.09 (33)201566.74 (34)Rank32DistrictBang South201968.83201872.03 (27)201769.92 (29)201672.80 (30)201578.50 (29)Rank33DistrictRaichur201965.33201868.89 (29)201769.69 (30)201682.19 (11)201587.03 (17)Rank34DistrictYadgiri201953.95201835.54 (34)201774.84 (16)201668.57 (32)201585.06 (22) 30Kalaburgi74.6568.65 (30)70.24 (27)79.02 (17)74.97 (32) 10Mandya85.6571.57 (28)71.73 (23)77.98 (21)89.78 (6) 13Chikkodi84.0987.01 (3)80.47 (3)86.00 (6)93.32 (2) 28Dharwad75.0482.21 (13)77.29 (8)85.71 (10)84.54 (25)last_img read more

UN tightens sanctions on North Korea

first_imgSecurity Council members vote on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo: AFPThe UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a US-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.The sweeping measures were the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since US President Donald Trump took office and highlighted China’s willingness to punish its Pyongyang ally.The resolution imposed a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state—stripping North Korea of a third of its export earnings estimated at $3 billion per year.US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the stiffer measures brought the penalty imposed on North Korea for its ballistic missile tests “to a whole new level” and that the council had put leader Kim Jong-Un “on notice.”“This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation,” Haley told the council after the vote.“These sanctions will cut deep and in doing so, will give the North Korean leadership a taste of the deprivation they have chosen to inflict on the North Korean people.”The resolution also prevents North Korea from increasing the number of workers it sends abroad whose earnings are another source of revenue for Kim’s regime.It prohibits all new joint ventures with North Korea, bans new investment in the current joint companies and adds nine North Korean officials and four entities including North Korea’s main foreign exchange bank to the UN sanctions blacklist.If fully implemented, the measures would tighten the economic vise around Pyongyang as it seeks to develop its missile and nuclear programs.Trump hailed the unanimous vote in the Security Council, saying the sanctions will have “very big financial impact!”It was “the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in cost to N.K.,” the US leader said on Twitter.The United States entered into negotiations with China a month ago on the new resolution after Pyongyang launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4 which was followed by a second test on July 28.But the measure does not provide for cuts to oil deliveries to North Korea as initially proposed by the United States—a move that would have dealt a serious blow to the economy.The new raft of measures are the seventh set of UN sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first carried out a nuclear test in 2006.Sanctions not an endThe United States has put heavy pressure on China, which accounts for 90 percent of trade with North Korea, to enforce the sanctions and the fate of these measures largely hinges on Beijing’s cooperation.China and Russia had resisted the US push, arguing that dialogue with North Korea was the way to persuade Pyongyang to halt its military programs.Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi said the resolution “does not intend to cause a negative impact” to North Korea’s people and stressed that it called for a return to talks on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.“The fact that the council adopted this resolution unanimously demonstrates that the international community is united in its position regarding the nuclear issue of the peninsula,” said Liu.Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia stressed that sanctions “cannot be an end in themselves” but rather “a tool for engaging this country in constructive talks.”Backed by Japan, South Korea and its European allies, the United States has maintained that tougher sanctions would put pressure on North Korea to come to the table.As negotiations at the United Nations entered the final stretch earlier this week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that Washington was not seeking regime change in North Korea and was willing to talk to Pyongyang.Next stepSpeaking to reporters after the council vote, Haley said “what’s next is completely up to North Korea.”“The United States has been loud about it, now the international community has been loud and North Korea now has to respond,” she said.Trump’s national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, said the United States would not tolerate the threat posed by North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests.McMaster, in an interview with MSNBC, said Trump had told China’s President Xi Jinping it was no longer enough for North Korea to “freeze” its programs since it had already crossed “threshold capability” and the goal was now denuclearization.South Korea’s foreign minister, meanwhile, held out a diplomatic olive branch Saturday, saying she was open to holding discussions with her North Korean counterpart at a security forum in the Philippines.“If there is an opportunity that naturally occurs, we should talk,” Kang Kyung-Wha said as she landed in Manila on Saturday, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.North Korea’s top diplomat, Ri Hong-Yo, was attending the regional summit, which is hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).Seoul last month proposed military talks with Pyongyang but the North refused to respond. Had they gone ahead, they would have been the first official inter-Korean talks since 2015.last_img read more

Sewage Overflows In Houston Caused By Harvey A Health Concern

first_img Share 00:00 /01:05 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail DelaughterOfficials say sewage overflows, caused by Harvey flood waters, have already been reported in Memorial Villages, West University, Baytown, and Crosby.Bellville resident Bruce Margolis has been volunteering with water rescues, in multiple areas around Houston.“We watch things floating through the water that you can only imagine,” said Margolis.  “The water we’re in, if you can imagine, the sewers back up. We watch these sewers bubble.”And advocacy group Environment Texas fears sewage overflows could eventually total in the millions of gallons; and it says many systems have yet to file reports.At least 12 sewage spills in Houston have been reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.And Brian Zabcik, a clean water advocate with Environment Texas, said that’s concerning. “Think of it. It’s your toilet flowing into floodwaters, bay, and bayous.”Even though its diluted, Zabcik says the untreated sewage is a health concern for anyone who wades in the water; due to infectious organisms, intestinal bacteria, and other disease agents that may be present.A Texas A&M analysis of Houston floodwater shows E. coli levels are 125 times higher than what’s considered safe for swimming. Listenlast_img read more

How my grandmother helped me realize I was trans – completely by

first_imgThis Spanish gay guy worries his LGBTI-friendly country is going backwardsGay guy attacked with rocks after leaving queer festival Mighty HooplaNetflix sitcom One Day at a Time features non-binary characterRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : At one of her regular haunts, she knew the manager. I had been there many times before with here and loved it. The manager was always very sweet to me.But there was something about the manager that intrigued me and I didn’t really know what it was.This particular day in 1997, I was about ten and my grandmother randomly whispered to me that the manager was “transgender”.I had never heard that word before.‘What’s that?’ I asked.My grandmother told me it was when someone is born a certain gender but they want to change it.When I heard that it felt like a thousand crystals exploded inside my brain. Stars aligned in the sky of my inner universe.I felt something very recognizable inside myself.Feel Freeze album cover shoot | Photo: Ruben LisboaGrowing up in a small city, with nothing fundamentally queerI grew up in the North of Denmark in a city called Aalborg – the 4th biggest city in Denmark but in spite of that rather small. There was absolutely nothing queer about that city back then.I spent most of my childhood and early teens traveling back and forth between Aalborg and Washington DC.I was born in DC, where my dad is from, but grew up in Aalborg, where my mom hails from.There’s a huge contrast between Aalborg and DC, as you can probably imagine. Everything in Aalborg is small.My experience was that it was very homophobic and transphobic and it’s been known for many years to be a bit of a rough harbor city. It’s pretty hard growing up there as a transgender person.When I was a young teenager, there was practically nothing around me that indicated that ‘trans’ existed, nor queer, nor gayness. Only binary cisgendered heterosexual love and lifestyles.The Internet wasn’t quite yet what it is today; there were no smartphones and social media was just on the brink of breaking through.I remember going into the only gay bar in town one late night, alone, sneaking around the corner hoping that no one would see me.It wasn’t like the glitter and glamour I associate ‘queer’ with today.Feel Freeze album cover shoot | Photo: Ruben LisboaGoing back home shapes my musicIn my recent adult years, when going back to Aalborg, my impression is that it’s much less homophobic and transphobic now and that they’re pretty much keeping up with the queer times.In fact, they recently opened a brand new clinic for treatment and counseling for trans people, and I’ve heard it’s one of the best departments in Denmark for treating trans people.Ten years later, in 2007, I went to visit an old friend in Rhode Island and one day we wandered around in Providence and went into a random bookstore, I picked out a random book from the shelf, and flipped the pages.The first page that caught my eye was a photo of an androgynous person, very gender fluid looking. This photo was of musician and DJ, JD Samson, from the queer political “JD’s Lesbian Calendar” (MEN, Le Tigre). When I saw that, I knew that I wanted to be that.I wanted to be queer, I wanted to be gender fluid, I wanted to break borders and ideas for what gender and body can be and I wanted it to be political.I wanted to do it through music and visuals and I wanted to be explicit about it.Exclusive first look at new album art for Feathers and Scars | Photo: Feel Freeze Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Music helped me work out my queer and trans identityI wrote my first song when I was 13 in my Dad’s house in the countryside of Maryland, MD on a brand new white Fender Stratocaster. A gift from my Dad.This same strat is still the one I use when I play shows, and I have a sticker of Jimi Hendrix on it, who was my biggest idol at the time and the reason why I wanted a white strat.When I wrote my first song, I felt deeply in my heart that I wanted to use my music to do something constructive in the world one day, when I ‘grew up.’As I came into adulthood and a queer identity I knew that this was the cause I would be writing about and using as a force in my music. It is now being realized on the forthcoming debut album ‘Feathers & Scars’ with my electro pop duo Feel Freeze.The first single ‘Let Go!’ is about letting go of boxes and categories and breaking borders as to what you can be, where you can be and where you can go.To let go of expectations as to which genders fit certain bodies, which sexualities fit certain people and which bodies desire certain bodies.The music and my identity are closely combined; you can’t have one without the other. I am a queer and transgender person; therefore my music is queer and trans political. Which is also one of the reasons why the album is so political.When I express my feelings and situation it automatically becomes a political statement because trans and queer people still do not have the same visibility and rights as gender and sexuality conforming individuals.[embedded content]Putting my new found identity front and centerCreating visibility and awareness that trans bodies exist is really important to me. That’s why I want people to see what my body looks like. So we decided to show my transgender naked upper body on the artwork of the record.Its about claiming a space in pop music culture, that have frequently been taken by cis men throughout the history of popular music.Alongside this imagery, I hope my singing also challenges the ideas and norms of what a man looks like.I have a high-pitched voice and a non-binary body due to not taking hormones.Our societies are molded for specific bodies, genders, sexualities, lifestyles.When you’re transgender you have to make up these spaces yourself and within your communities. There is no given.You have to create your reflection, your own narrative because there is no narrative.But we wanted to create and imagine a world and universe where the rules of gender and sexuality and lived life as we know it is different.I’ve often spoken with my queer friends about this gender utopia where you can just be and not think about your gender or your body. Where you don’t have to be molded by society to fit into a cast that you don’t fit.But why should this be confined to a sci-fi gender utopia? Let’s make it happen in our world too. My Gran clearly knew it counted to tell me about other trans people.Until then, I hope Feel Freeze creates a gender-free utopia until we get there here too.Feel Freeze is signed to Swedish label Icons Creating Evil Art. The first single ‘Let Go!’ available now, the full album “Feathers & Scars” to be released October 12th.Read more from Gay Star News:I came out as trans at my grandmother’s funeral The first time I met a transgender person was with my grandmother in a restaurant.My grandmother lives in DC, and we would often go out to eat. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- This 86-year-old grandmother’s reaction to her trans grandchild is the sweetest thinglast_img read more