Scotland 29-13 Wales: Five things we learnt

first_imgRugby may already have a law book that is as difficult to comprehend as Donald Trump’s administration, but it does require one further tweak. ‘Crossing’ should result in a scrum, not a penalty. The perfect example occurred during the 49th minute when Scotland tried to exit their 22-metre line by running the ball.Penalised: Tommy Seymour was penalised for crossing but is it a fair rule?Having won their own feed at the scrum, Scotland used the narrow channel to feed Tommy Seymour into space, who then stepped infield and rather innocuously ‘crossed’ in front of Ryan Wilson. The result was a penalty to Wales and an opportunity to kick to touch. It was in this, and all instances, an overly severe punishment for the attacking team. ‘Crossing’ isn’t an act of foul play and shouldn’t be treated as such. Crossing should fall into the same bracket as a knock-on, where losing possession and a resulting scrum is punishment enough. Someone please change it. Change of position: Liam Williams has said he prefers full-back, so play him thereAs we have seen repeatedly in this year’s Six Nations it is in the outside/wing channel, where fullbacks cause the most confusion. Their late ‘running lines’ regularly cause the defensive players to ‘number up’ incorrectly, a situation which Williams’ was himself undone by for Tommy Seymour’s try. Wales have already made positive tweaks in their centre selections, if they are truly committed to changing the way they play, then they require one more.Scotland are playing beautiful rugbyThis column is supposed to view the Scotland v Wales fixture from the viewpoint of the Welsh, but how can one not be charmed by the Scottish performance? As with all their performances in this year’s Six Nations, it is rugby as we all wish it to be played. An artistic backline adding colour to what can be a very monochrome game at test level. A backline littered with players who are comfortable handling the ball at speed has created the best counter attacking threat in the championship and an ability to finish tries that Wales currently doesn’t have.Playmaker: Stuart Hogg is playing with freedom and a smile on his faceBut it isn’t just their counter attack which makes them so effective, with a backline built around Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg even their structured play is refreshingly unstructured. A facet that northern hemisphere rugby’s often binary attitude to attacking play is currently struggling to defend- just ask Wales and Ireland. Scotland’s wonderfully laissez-faire approach to back-play may indeed be born out of an inability to dominate teams upfront. Despite having two excellent locks in the Gray brothers and a dogged set of backrow forwards, Scotland’s set piece can be unpredictable, but then so is their backline – and that is the beauty. Well played Scotland.Crossing shouldn’t be a penalty Wales suffered their first defeat in a decade to a vibrant Scotland, to leave Rob Howley’s men with their backs against the wall for the remaining two games LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Time to ponder: Wales are left to reflect on their first loss in a decade against Scotland Wales are struggling to ‘handle’ changeWales’ 29-13 defeat, to yet another irrestistible performance from Scotland, proved that despite a clear intent to move on from Warren Gatland’s attritional game plan, they are a long way from executing it. Despite impressive breakdown work from Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton, a Lion’s performance from Rhys Webb and yet another near effective offensive performance from Liam Williams (he was uncharacteristically caught out of position for Scotland’s first try), Wales looked uncomfortable handling the ball in pressurised scenarios. Jon Davies’ ‘drop and pop’ to Rhys Webb in the 48th minute being a classic example.Close call: After a fine break, Jonathan Davies was unable to find his support runner, Rhys WebbHaving dropped to the ground following a tackle and managed to roll onto his back, Davies needed to ‘pop’ up the ball to chest/ waist height for the supporting Webb to gather for a certain try. Instead the ball looked like it had been strapped to an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile and nullified what had been a classic Jon Davies line-break. Wales turned over the ball over 17 times in total, some of which was down to rugged breakdown work from John Barclay et al, but most of which came from poor handling in high traffic areas. Wales are emerging from an era where the rugby ball and the ability to handle it quickly were secondary to size and fitness. They must adapt quickly. It is no longer the case that Wales need to improve their offensive skill sets to compete with the world’s top 4. As Scotland are proving, EVERYONE has moved on.Was George North really fully-fit?George North touched the ball three times in 80 minutes against Scotland – a number which seems almost inconceivable for a test wing. Most wings touch the ball at least three to four times per game from kick returns alone. By pulling out a foldable camping chair and sitting on the halfway line you’d probably touch the ball three times as the play merely passed by you. A number made all the more bizarre when you consider that Liam Williams touched the ball 16 times on the other wing.Below par: With his leg heavily bandaged, was George North really fit?It may be that North simply had a bad day, players do, but far more likely that he hadn’t recovered from the injury which saw him sit out the England game. North clearly wasn’t ready to play – a statement further evidenced by the fact that he only made three tackles and more alarmingly missed just as many. It’s not as though Wales didn’t have options, they did, his selection was as poorly conceived as Moriarty’s early yank against England.Liam Williams is wasted on the wingThe Welsh coaches may view Liam Williams as a “wing who can play full-back”, but many see him as a modern fullback, who should be playing fullback. Williams was yet again near flawless in his offensive execution against Scotland. Williams is as comfortable giving unorthodox passes as he is receiving them and is adept at picking less than obvious lines – a rarity in Welsh backline play over recent years.last_img read more

Massachusetts Bishop Gayle Harris makes history in Welsh cathedral

first_imgMassachusetts Bishop Gayle Harris makes history in Welsh cathedral The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska By Matthew DaviesPosted Sep 2, 2014 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rev. Dr. Bruce Nickerson, Deacon says: Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL September 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm I find the account of Bishop Harris’ detention by the British border authorities to be very incomplete. What brought about the detention? What was given as the reason for the delay? She should have been accorded the same courtesies as any visitor to the UK from the US. September 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm Do you mean “expatriate”-someone from another country who’s living here now?Or that you used to be patriotic and aren’t anymore? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Anglican Communion, Submit a Job Listing September 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm Wonderful, Gayle! I agree that the race issue still needs to be discussed and solved. As a friend from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, thank you for representing us and for your faith! Becky Alden Submit a Press Release September 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm You are my shero! When I have the time off I will come down to Boston from Concord, NH to see you. I am curate/assistant priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Concord, NH. Travel safely home! Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Women’s Ministry Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS September 3, 2014 at 9:33 am Bingo. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group September 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm Way to go! … very inspiring …Barbara Press Release Service September 3, 2014 at 10:04 am Seeing our Bishop Gayle at that altar gives me such hope! Having served with church of England women priests while in Europe for 4 years, I know how many in the Anglican Churches in England and Wales have been longing for this opening of the Episcopate to women. I am sure Gayle’s presence and words were an inspiration to many there! Praise God! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events The Rev. George Foxworth says: Keith Patterson says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Michael Patterson, Diocese of Nevada says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm Bishop Harris is so right about our “not having dealt with the race issue” yet…at least not in these United States. I thank her for speaking out about it and pray that we might have the courage to address it in our lifetimes. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Martha Hubbard says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab center_img Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ September 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm WARM CONGRATULATIONS, GAYLE. MAY GOD CONTNUE TO SHOWER YOU WITH HIS RICHEST BLESSINGS ON YOUR JOURNEY TO HEAVEN. LOVE AND BLESSINGS, MAGGIE ALSTON CLAUD – HARTFORD, CT George Waite says: Katherine Tyler Scott says: September 3, 2014 at 9:12 am Gayle,I am so pleased to see you in a global leadership role, modeling the courage to be who you are and what you are called to do. Regardless of the ups and downs your faith has sustained you and made it possible for you to withstand the bigotry and resistance to the call of women to the priesthood and episcopate. As a result you can embody love and acceptance and enable all to see what Christ’s love looks like when lived out in the world.Blessings always,Katherine Tyler Scott In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Barbara H. Whitton says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments (14) Rector Collierville, TN September 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm Well, Mainline Protestantism’s been talking about “Celebrating diversity!” for over forty years but still somehow manages to stay barely 5% non-White and non-Middle/Upper Middle class.Either they’re lying or the money spent on “Diversity Workshops” and “Multicultural Resource Officers” was a complete waste. Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris presides during Eucharist at St. Asaph’s Cathedral in Wales on Aug. 31, becoming the first Anglican female bishop to preside at a Welsh Cathedral. Photo: Nathaniel Ramanaden[Episcopal News Service] As the Church in Wales prepares to enable women to become bishops, Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts became the first female Anglican bishop to preside and preach in a Welsh cathedral.“The church is not just enriched by women’s ordination, it’s more enabled and empowered by women’s presence,” she told Episcopal News Service during a telephone interview from the U.K. as she prepared for her historic participation in the 11 a.m. Eucharist service on Aug. 31 at St. Asaph Cathedral in Denbighshire, North Wales. “I see women bringing to the fore the desire that all people sit at the table of leadership, that all share in the benefits of the life of God. Nobody should be ignored or left out.”Although the Church in Wales voted on Sept. 12, 2013, to allow women as bishops, it decided that church law would not be changed for one year to allow the Welsh bishops time to prepare a Code of Practice. The Church of England also made history when its General Synod, meeting last July, approved legislation to enable women to serve as bishops.Bishop Gregory Cameron of the Diocese of St. Asaph invited Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris to preach and preside at St. Asaph’s Cathedral. Photo: Nathaniel RamanadenHarris’s visit came at the invitation of Diocese of St. Asaph Bishop Gregory Cameron, who said he’s been surprised at how long it has taken the Church in Wales to take the step to ordaining women as bishops.“I’ve had significant experience of women bishops around the Anglican Communion, and their ministry is as natural and appropriate as our fundamental membership in the church, male and female,” he told ENS. “In fact, the women bishops I have known have been of exceptional ability and talent. It is precisely because women bishops are not new to the Communion that I’m delighted to have had the chance to invite Bishop Gayle Harris to join us, as we approach the date when women may be elected to the episcopate in Wales.”But for Harris, the second African-American woman to be ordained a bishop in the Episcopal Church, her arrival in the U.K. didn’t go as smoothly as expected. The U.K. Border Force detained Harris for more than five hours and told her she would have to return to the U.S. even though she had the required paperwork and permissions, including from the Church in Wales and the Archbishop of York.Despite the ordeal, Harris said that the border officers “were very polite, civil and courteous” and that once they’d discovered that her visit was legitimate, the deportation order was rescinded. “I know that the people at the airport were just trying to do their job,” she said, adding that the head officer of the U.K. Border Force offered her a personal apology for the detention being so long.Harris was relieved to put the experience behind her and focus on the planned itinerary and upcoming celebrations.Harris already had plans in place to visit the U.K. — to officiate at her goddaughter’s wedding — when she was invited to send a greeting to Crossing the Threshold, a conference celebrating the law change to enable women to become bishops.She will attend the Sept. 4 conference in Cardiff and retired Bishop Geralyn Wolf of Rhode Island will participate as a keynote speaker.The Episcopal Church became the first Anglican Communion province to open the episcopate to women by an act of General Convention in 1976, although it would be another 13 years until the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris – Bishop Gayle Harris’s predecessor in Massachusetts – is ordained as its first female bishop in 1989. Last July, the Episcopal Church celebrated 40 years since the first women were ordained as priests. Yet the majority of Anglican Communion provinces still do not ordain women as bishops.“There are places where we may not see women ordained to the episcopacy in our lifetime or even in the next generation but I believe God can call whoever He wants to call; male or female, black or white,” said Harris. “Sometimes it is hard for us to hear and discern that call and that’s why it takes longer in some places than others.”Bishop Gayle Harris was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 and elected as bishop suffragan of Massachusetts in 2002. That journey, she said, has had its ups and downs, but she has been sustained throughout by the presence of God.Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris preaches Aug. 31 at St. Asaph’s Cathedral in Wales. Photo: Nathaniel RamanadenDuring her sermon at St. Asaph’s Cathedral, Harris spoke about being a follower of Christ and explained that discipleship isn’t easy and involves personal cost.As the first black woman to celebrate mass in an upstate New York church in the early ‘90s, Harris received various reactions, both positive and negative. “No one in that parish had ever seen a woman in that sanctuary, but they took the risk to call me as rector” of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church in Rochester, New York, she said.“During the first Sunday I chose not to celebrate but to sit among them to get to know them,” she added. Some parishioners said that they were not going to come back, Harris said. Fortunately, most did, including some dissenting parishioners who later admitted “it was not as bad as they had expected.”“What’s important is the presence of God,” Harris said. “I am first and foremost created in the image of God. No one can deny that is my identity. But all of my experience of negative response is not over. I have been held as incompetent because of who I am as a black woman. That continues. I still think that this world has to deal with the difference of skin color. We keep bypassing that issue. As a black woman, sometimes I have to ask is it because I am a woman but most of the time it is because I am black and a woman. The race issue has not been dealt with.”Harris said she is grateful to Cameron for his invitation to St. Asaph’s. “It says a lot about him and how gracious he is. But I see this as another opportunity to engage and encounter the other,” she said. “I believe God is in this moment.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. September 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm Gayle:You go girl!!!! Glad you’re my Bishop.Bruce,YOUR deacon! Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET September 3, 2014 at 4:09 am Oh what shame to the UK that she should be held at Immigration for 5 hours!Would she have been held for even 5 minutes if she had been of European descent??Shame. Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA George Waite says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Becky Alden says: Rector Knoxville, TN September 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm This warms my heart. When I visited St. Asaph’s Cathedral fifteen years ago, I could not have predicted the this day. Thanks to Bishop Cameron and the good people of Wales. Stephen J Waller says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Daniel Berry, NYC says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cassandra Nixon says: MAGGIE ALSTON CLAUD says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

Seven years after ‘Arab Spring,’ Tunisians take to the streets

first_imgYouth lead the resistance to IMF austerity.Every night and on some days since Jan. 3, thousands of Tunisians in all parts of the country have risen in resistance. They’ve attacked police stations, supermarkets, authorities — tax centers, municipalities, governorates — blocked trains and clashed with police and the military, who attacked the youths with tear gas and arrested nearly 800 people.A new finance law pushed the people into the streets with one clear demand: We want a new budget! After a few days, protesters added a demand for jobs.The International Monetary Fund only gives loans with draconian conditions. The most common are cutbacks of social programs and raising taxes to cut budget deficits — in other words, harsh austerity. The Tunisian government, bowing to the terms of the IMF loan, introduced a 2018 budget on New Year’s Day that raised taxes, prices on food and other essentials in ways that hit workers and the middle class particularly hard.Workers and those just out of school were already suffering from high inflation and high unemployment — officially 30 percent for youth with a college degree.They rallied not only in Tunis, the capital, but in the seaside resort towns of Gabès and Nabeul and cities in the interior like Thala, Jelma, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid (where the protest began that led to the Arab Spring) and Gafsa, a mining town on the edge of the Sahara. While the main protests have been peaceful but militant, there have been confrontations.The major Islamic party in Tunisia, Ennahda, is part of the governing coalition and has no presence in the protests. The major Tunisian labor federation – the Tunisian General Labor Union – has been very gingerly participating in the protests, avoiding any that challenge the police.The Party of the Left, which consists of mainly young organizers, either Marxist or Arab Nationalist, has played an important role in creating the group Fech Nestannew? (What Are We Waiting For?). This group has been coordinating protests throughout the country, according to Radio France International. (Jan. 9)The Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia in 2010-11, got rid of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali and left a legacy of political and social freedoms. But it did little to improve the economic well-being of Tunisia’s workers and marginalized youth, who are now in motion throughout the country.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Georgia ‘reopens’ with questionable data

first_imgGeorgia health care workers at Athens Piedmont Medical Center wave to a ‘thank-you’ caravan circling the hospital on April 4.AtlantaEven as Georgia reopens certain businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s Department of Public Health continues to make errors in tracking the number of COVID-19 cases.One error found earlier this month on the state’s DPH website led readers to believe that newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in counties with the highest infection rates had decreased every single day for the previous 14 days.In this DPH data, the dates were reordered so that Sunday took place twice a week, and data from Saturday, May 2, came before data from Sunday, April 26. In reality, there was not a clear downward trend of confirmed cases. A spokesperson for Gov. Brian Kemp apologized after public outcry over the data.Another error occurred in both April and May when the DPH at least twice falsely listed children as dead from the virus when they had not died.The DPH data for May were unclear on whether more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 had occurred in Georgia. Later, the department clarified that more than 1,490 people had died from the virus.Over the weekend of May 16-17, a DPH “processing error” once again made it appear that the number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia had decreased. The DPH said it had unintentionally included 231 serologic test results in the positive cases. Serologic tests are used to search for COVID-19 antibodies in the blood.Because results from serologic tests are only considered “probable” by the DPH, they are normally not included in the confirmed cases. By including these serologic tests, the DPH made it appear that COVID-19 cases in the state had suddenly decreased.‘Reopening’ threatens working classGeorgia is among the first states in the country to reopen during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite officials saying the state was ready to reopen, Georgia’s own public health agency either cannot or will not provide those affected by this crisis with accurate information to truly assess the danger the virus poses to the working class, especially Black and Brown people.Besides making “errors,” the DPH has also changed some of its guidelines on how it tracks cases.When the pandemic started in Georgia, the DPH attributed the date a person was confirmed to have COVID-19 to when they got back positive test results. Since late April, the DPH has changed this to the day a patient says their symptoms started. If the patient is unsure, the department refers to either the day the test sample was collected or when the results came back.With the latter method, it can take weeks for information on cases to come in, so it will look like cases are decreasing in the state — even if they may not be.Georgia’s DPH also changed how it measures infection rates, raising the standards used to determine if a county has a high rate. In the graph it uses to track infection rates in counties, blue represents a low rate while red means a high rate. Dr. Harry J. Heiman, a professor from Georgia State University, remarked that if the DPH had kept to its original standards, about a third to one-half of all Georgia counties would be shaded red.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Some TCU students stage silent protest during the National Anthem

first_imgTwitter Tamera Hyatte Tamera Hyatte is a senior journalism major with a minor in women and gender studies from Anaheim, CA. How the TCU gender ratio affects campus hookup culture Tamera Hyatte Tamera Hyatte Students, faculty and administration seek to improve TCU experience for students of color Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook ReddIt Tamera Hyatte ReddIt Tamera Hyatte TCU community reflects on suicide prevention at vigil Facebook Previous articleSMS Message TCU vs. ISU #10Next articleSMS Message TCU vs. ISU #11 Tamera Hyatte RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printThis is a Google document sent out to demonstrators.A group of about 20 TCU students dressed in black held up signs and didn’t stand for the national anthem at the start of the TCU’s game against Iowa State.Shanel Alexander, a senior political science major and organizer of the demonstration, said the protestors want “to be in solidarity with the NFL players who have decided to take a stand about the social injustices happening in this country.”“We can’t support a nation and a flag and an anthem that doesn’t support us,” Alexander said.San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick has said he is not standing for the national anthem to protest racial oppression.  His decision has been criticized as disrespectful, but athletes such U.S. Soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and Denver Broncos lineback Brandon Marshall. All have knelt, rather than stand during the anthem.Diona Willis, a senior political science major and student organizer of the demonstration, said some TCU students decided to band together to stand in solidarity with individuals, such as Colin Kaepernick and actor Jesse Williams, who was criticized in the spring after speaking out against racial and social injustice.The group of TCU was racially mixed.Some demonstrators held up signs during the sit down.Some of their signs proclaimed things such as, “Unapologetic and black,” and “Oppression is wrong.” While others referenced Bible verses, such as Romans 12:15 and Malachi 2:10.The demonstration took place in the student section of Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is open to all TCU students. One protester,  Elise Shropshire, a sophomore strategic communication and Spanish major, said a student threw an empty water bottle at her and another demonstrator.Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, kneeled at a game during the National Anthem. Photo credit: Chris Carlson, APWillis said she wants people to notice in order to raise awareness for such social injustices.The university had a response to the silent demonstration.Holly Ellman, the associate director of strategic communications for the marketing and communication department, wrote, “Texas Christian University recognizes the right of all members of the University community to express their views or to protest against actions and opinions with which they disagree.” Twitter A group of TCU students participated in a silent demonstration during the National Anthem. Linkedin + posts Linkedin Brite Divinity continues to promote proclaiming pride TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TAGSimagephotos last_img read more

RSF urges Theresa May to raise press freedom issues in the US and Turkey

first_img December 11, 2016 Find out more January 26, 2017 RSF urges Theresa May to raise press freedom issues in the US and Turkey Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Organisation United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Freedom of expression November 8, 2016 Find out more RSF urges Prince Charles to raise press freedom during Gulf states visit Follow the news on United Kingdom Newscenter_img RSF urges Boris Johnson to raise case of jailed blogger Raif Badawi during Saudi Arabia visit News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Freedom of expression News to go further RSF_en The Rt Hon Theresa May MPPrime Minister10 Downing StreetLondonSW1A 2AA26 January 2017Dear Prime Minister,I am writing on behalf of Reporters Without Borders – known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF) – to urge you not to miss the opportunities of your meetings with President Trump and President Erdoğan to address the press freedom situations in their respective countries. In different ways, the vocal attacks of the President of the United States against journalists, and the extensive media crackdown being overseen by the President of Turkey, are clear violations of press freedom – one of the most important values in the UK.In the United States, since Donald Trump assumed the presidency less than a week ago, his administration has already been carrying out a coordinated attack on the media, and has demonstrated a clear disregard for facts. In his first few days in office, Trump called journalists ‘among the most dishonest human beings on earth’, and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer harshly scolded journalists for ‘deliberately false reporting’, making a number of false claims about attendance levels at Trump’s inauguration. Senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway then defended these incorrect statements, referring to them as ‘alternative facts’.Several credentialed reporters were reportedly denied access to cover inaugural events. On inauguration day, a Washington Post video reporter was thrown to the ground by police while covering the arrests of dozens of anti-Trump protesters and rioters, and a photographer was pepper sprayed in the face. Two journalists were arrested along with rioters and protestors, and have been charged with participating in a riot, for which they could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The Guardian has since reported that four other journalists arrested while covering these events face the same charges.All of this follows a campaign period during which Trump threatened to sue newspapers for publishing stories that are ‘purposely negative’, pledged to reform US libel laws so that ‘when the New York Times or the Washington Post writes a hit piece, we can sue them’, and revoked the press credentials of the Washington Post and other outlets, because of their ‘incredibly inaccurate coverage’. Trump also insulted and bullied reporters who portrayed him negatively or asked him tough questions, and refused to participate in a Republican debate because Fox News refused to remove its moderator. The United States is currently ranked 41 out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index.Following the Trump administration’s first White House press conference, Turkish President Erdoğan praised Trump for putting a CNN reporter ‘in his place’. This reaction was hardly surprising given Erdoğan’s presence in RSF’s list of ‘press freedom predators’, and the unprecedented crackdown he is overseeing on the ground in Turkey, which is currently ranked 151 out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. In Turkey, the press freedom situation has deteriorated sharply under the state of emergency proclaimed just over six months ago. Since July 2016, Turkish authorities have jailed around 100 journalists without trial, closed 149 media outlets, rescinded 775 press cards, withdrawn journalists’ passports, and seized their assets without justification.RSF representative Erol Önderoglu is among the dozens of journalists facing serious jail time in connection with their work in Turkey. Önderoglu, who is standing trial as part of a group of three journalists and human rights defenders, has been charged with ‘terrorist propaganda’ in connection with a campaign of solidarity with Özgür Gündem, a Kurdish daily newspaper that has since been closed by the authorities. The next hearing in their case has been set for 21 March.Another prominent journalist, former Cumhuriyet newspaper editor Can Dündar, remains at serious risk despite the fact that he now lives in exile abroad, having been forced to flee Turkey for safety after he was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison on trumped-up charges of divulging state secrets. His wife, Dilek Dündar, is stuck in Turkey, following the cancellation of her passport without explanation last August, as she was about to leave. Journalists like Dündar who have fled the country now face the additional threat of being stripped of their Turkish nationality, under Decree-Law No. 680, which took effect on 7 January.Thank you for your attention to these extremely worrying issues, which we urge you to raise as matters of urgent priority in your meetings at the highest level in the United States and Turkey. The United Kingdom must make it clear that press freedom matters in its bilateral relations, and that it will hold its partners accountable for upholding their own laws and their international obligations.Sincerely yours,Christophe DeloireSecretary GeneralReporters Without Borders (RSF) RSF condemns the UK’s seizure of Syrian journalist’s passport September 27, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_img 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Here is our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events – the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter: Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe top box 5 What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Friday, August 1, 2014 | 3:36 pm Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment HerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Increased Inventory Slows Home Value Growth

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News  Print This Post In a report released by Zillow, national home values rose just .2 percent in January from December. Inventory rose in 22 of the nation’s 35 largest metros, and helped slow down the rising value of homes.Year-over-year, home values rose 6.3 percent in January, down from previous gains of 7.1 percent in August, 2013. Home values are expected to rise another 3.4 percent in the next 12 months.The Zillow Home Value Index, which according to the report, “measures the median estimated home value for a given geographic area on a given day and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums and cooperatives,” notes that January’s figure of $169,600 is the smallest monthly increase since May, 2012.Although inventory remains tight, the number of homes listed for sale on Zillow rose 11.1 percent annually in January.States that were hit the hardest from the housing recession showed some of the largest increases in home inventory; cites like Las Vegas (up 42.8 percent), Phoenix (up 30.5 percent) and Sacramento (up 26 percent) all showed large gains.Home appreciation slowed in January for these metros, as more available homes allowed buyers to stay away from bidding wars that drove up home prices.Last year, a smaller inventory of homes contributed to a rise in home values, but increased inventory is having a moderating effect. Dr. Stan Humphries, Zillow chief economist, said that the increased supply is available because “more sellers are free to list their homes after being released from negative equity, builders continue to ramp up construction and many homeowners decide to list their homes and capitalize on recent gains.”The outlook for January, 2014 to January, 2015, is expected to rise another 3.4 percent to $175,301, according to the Zillow Home Value Forecast.Large metro areas expected to show the most appreciation over the next year include Riverside (13.3 percent), Orlando (10.3 percent), and Sacramento (9 percent). Tagged with: Home Values Zillow Increased Inventory Slows Home Value Growth Home Values Zillow 2014-02-19 Colin Robins Colin Robins is the online editor for He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Colin Robins Home / Daily Dose / Increased Inventory Slows Home Value Growth Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Share Save Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago February 19, 2014 586 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: January Storms Push Home Sales Down Next: DSNews Webcast: Thursday 2/20/2014 Subscribelast_img read more

NIE workers flee Rinmore Drive after masked men order them to bring device to…

first_img Twitter NIE workers flee Rinmore Drive after masked men order them to bring device to Strand Road By News Highland – February 26, 2015 Facebook Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMcIlroy wants to build Masters momentumNext article15% of Donegal mortgage holders in “serious” arrears News Highland Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Around 20 homes in the Rinmore Drive area of Derry were left without power last night after two NIE worlers were threatened by masked men and ordered to take a suspect device to Strand Road Police StationThe men fled the scene and their van was set alight.Local Councillor Kevin Campbell has condemned the incident, saying the people who suffered were the people of the area who were left without power overnight………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

[TRP Scam] Our Complaint Was To Unearth TRP Scam Not Against Any Channel; Hansa Research Tells Bombay HC

first_imgNews Updates[TRP Scam] Our Complaint Was To Unearth TRP Scam Not Against Any Channel; Hansa Research Tells Bombay HC  Nitish Kashyap6 Nov 2020 8:11 AMShare This – xResearchResearchThe Bombay High Court on Friday heard the writ petition filed by Hansa Research Group against Mumbai police alleging pressure and intimidation tactics being used specifically by Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze and his team of Crime Branch to make false statements against Republic TV in the TRP Scam case.Senior Advocate CS Vaidyanathan appeared on behalf of Hansa…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginResearchResearchThe Bombay High Court on Friday heard the writ petition filed by Hansa Research Group against Mumbai police alleging pressure and intimidation tactics being used specifically by Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze and his team of Crime Branch to make false statements against Republic TV in the TRP Scam case.Senior Advocate CS Vaidyanathan appeared on behalf of Hansa and submitted before the bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik that officers of the petitioner company are being repeatedly summoned by Mumbai police and forced to give statement before them against Republic TV. He said-“We only filed a complaint to unearth the TRP scam. It was not against any particular channel. Now I am being forced to appear and give statements against Republic TV. I am seeking independent investigation by CBI or any other agency. I cannot be compelled to implicate anyone. If they want any documents let them issue summons under Sec 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.”The bench directed Chief Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare to take instructions on the petition filed by Hansa and kept back the matter. Meanwhile, the bench continued to hear the habeas petition of Arnab Goswami challenging his arrest on November 4 by Raigad police in 2018 case of abetment to suicide. Thereafter, due to paucity of time, the matter could not be taken up today. Justice Shinde expressed regret to Sr Adv CS Vaidyanathan for being unable to hear him yesterday as well and asked him to appear tomorrow.We only filed a complaint to unearth the TRP scam. It was not against any particular channel. Now I am being forced to appear and give statements against Republic : Vaidyanathan for Hansa.#ArnabGoswami— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) November 6, 2020 FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint filed in the case by Nitin Deokar, who is currently Deputy General Manager at Hansa Research Group. According to the complainant, they along with BARC are constantly monitoring for any wrongdoing to influence viewers to watch a particular channel to boost the viewership data of that channel. During investigations by the Vigilance Team of BARC with the help of the petitioners, it was found that one Vishal Bhandari, ex-employee of Hansa Research was inducing the viewers to watch some particular channels. Thereafter, a complaint was filed at Kandivali police station on October 6.Hansa has averred that in order to prepare the said complaint, the BARC Vigilance Team along with them had prepared an internal document as a draft detailing the facts of this case. This document was not shared by them with anybody but the Vigilance Team of BARC. However, Arnab Goswami and other anchors on Republic TV had repeatedly referred to and displayed a document on the air calling it the ‘Hansa Report.’ Last month, the City Civil and Sessions Court rejected Hansa Group’s request to restrain Republic TV from referring to their ‘internal report’, popularly known as the ‘Hansa Report’. Court refused to grant relief stating that the said report was already in public domain.Alleging tremendous pressure from Mumbai police, the petition states-“All the harassment that has been caused to the petitioners by Sachin Vaze is only with the view to extract a statement albeit false, from them that the above said Hansa Report shown on Republic TV is not that of petitioners but a fake one. Whereas it is a fact that petitioners have repeatedly explained to Sachin Vaze and his team that it is not clear to them what this purported Hansa Report claimed by Republic TV in its telecast is, as till date Republic TV has neither sought any permission from the petitioner for using something they are calling as ‘Hansa Report’ in its telecast nor have they shared what the said document is.”Next Storylast_img read more