OTTAWA – Donald Trump’s trade adviser is apologizing for saying there’s a “special place in hell” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because of his “bad-faith diplomacy” during the G7 summit in Quebec.Peter Navarro says his job was to send a “signal of strength” after Trudeau’s post-G7 news conference sent the U.S. president into a fit of pique that threw the summit into disarray.However, Navarro says he used inappropriate language in trying to convey that message.He made the apology — something that former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, among others, was demanding that he do — during a Wall Street Journal event today in Washington.Earlier, Trump elaborated on his abrupt Twitter outburst as he departed the summit Saturday, telling a news conference in Singapore that Trudeau’s assertion that Canada “will not be pushed around” would end up costing Canadians “a lot of money.”Earlier today, Trudeau cheered Trump’s bid to broker a deal to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but he stayed mum on the U.S. administration’s persistent trash talk.Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on the North Korea summit and President Trump’s continued attacks on him #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1vyM0IyRr1— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 12, 2018Navarro, for his part, suggested that he was following orders — but made a poor choice of words in doing so.“My job was to send a signal of strength,” he said. “The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate.“I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words.”Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday’s historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.“We support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, (and) we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement,” Trudeau said.“On (Trump’s) comments, I’m going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests.”Trump took to Twitter aboard Air Force 1 on Saturday to call Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak” after seeing Trudeau’s G7 news conference, when the prime minister said he had pushed back against the Trump administration’s hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum.PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.Trump says Trudeau “probably didn’t know that Air Force 1 has about 20 televisions.“I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he ‘will not be pushed around’ by the United States. And I say, ‘Push him around? We just shook hands!”’ Trump said.“We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy.”Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America’s biggest trade partners, including Canada — in particular Canada’s supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.“It’s very unfair to our farmers, and it’s very unfair to the people of our country,” he said. “t’s very unfair, and it’s very unfair to our workers, and I’m gonna straighten it out. And it won’t even be tough.”On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump’s name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau’s decision to stand his ground against U.S. tariffs and tweeted presidential threats.The motion calls on the House to recognize the importance of Canada’s “long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationship” with the U.S., “strongly oppose” the“illegitimate tariffs” imposed on steel and aluminum, stand “in solidarity” with the Trudeau government’s decision to impose retaliatory tariffs and remain united in support of the supply management system of regulating Canada’s dairy and poultry industry.And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to “reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by U.S. officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute.”Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, a member of the government’s advisory group on NAFTA, hailed Trudeau’s approach, refusing to react to “the noise, the bluster, the Twitter, the emotional outbursts.”Similarly, former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, also a member of the NAFTA advisory group, said Trudeau is doing the right thing.Ambrose said the government needs to consider what more it’s willing to put on the NAFTA table, keeping in mind that “what’s at stake is just so much bigger than our pride. This is about our economy and millions and millions of jobs.”As well, she said the government should accelerate work on its Plan B in the event that Trump blows up NAFTA or follows through on threats to impose tariffs on autos and auto parts — a move Ambrose said would be devastating to Canada’s economy. Among other things, she said the government should be preparing to keep pace with corporate tax cuts and tax breaks south of the border.The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum. The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other U.S. products by July 1.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the federal government to get serious about drafting a rescue plan for steel and aluminum workers, who are going to feel the brunt of the initial impact of the dispute — and soon.“Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that’s on workers,” Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.“We’ve got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks.”
Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Expat Canadians with ties to one of three ridings now in the throes of byelections may be eligible to vote no matter how long they’ve been abroad given last week’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling.While the government got ahead of the high court ruling with new legislation passed last month, most provisions of Bill C-76 were only slated to take effect after six months — in good time for October’s general election. However, the Supreme Court decision on Jan. 11 took immediate effect.Elections Canada wasted little time advertising the change after the high court struck down a 1993 law disenfranchising Canadians abroad for more than five years as unconstitutional.“A Canadian elector living abroad who has previously resided in Canada is entitled to vote by special ballot in federal elections regardless of how long they have been living abroad,” Elections Canada said. “Elections Canada is currently updating its online forms and information to reflect the ruling, which came into effect immediately and is therefore applicable in the current three byelections.”On Feb. 25, voters living in Ontario’s York–Simcoe, Burnaby South in British Columbia and Outremont in Quebec get to choose a new member of Parliament. All interested Canadians abroad over the age of 18 with certain ties to one of the ridings are now also eligible to vote by way of a “special ballot.”To receive a ballot, expats are required to register with Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 19. Among other things, they must show either that they were living in one of the ridings before leaving Canada or that a spouse or relative does.Jamie Duong, one of two Canadians who launched their challenge of the old law eight years ago, said on Friday that he was pleased Elections Canada had updated its registration forms less than a week after the Supreme Court decision.“I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to cast my ballot in the upcoming Outremont byelection,” Duong, 35, of Ithaca, N.Y., said on Friday. “Now that I’ve won back my voting rights, I fully intend to exercise them.”While the Supreme Court decision enfranchised an estimated one million or more Canadian expats, only a relative handful have so far asked to vote in the byelections. Latest Elections Canada figures indicate fewer than 100 Canadians abroad have registered to vote, with about two-thirds of those doing so in Outremont.When Bill C-76 is in full force, non-resident voters will only be able to vote in the riding in which they themselves last lived before leaving Canada.“Once registered at an address in an electoral district, the elector cannot change the address as long as they remain registered on the international register of electors,” said Ghislain Desjardins, a senior adviser with Elections Canada.In a separate opinion, Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Rowe agreed the five-year limit was unconstitutional even if its impact might have been minimal in terms of actual election results.“There is almost no evidence of the impact that long-term non-residents would or could have had either locally or nationally if permitted to vote,” Rowe said. “The evidence that exists suggests that the impact would likely be negligible, since a very small number of Canadians living abroad who are currently eligible to vote choose to exercise that right.”
The United Nations refugee agency is intensifying its efforts to combat the spread of cholera in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesman for the agency said today.This week, UNHCR and it partner ASODE, a non-governmental organization (NGO), distributed soap to nearly 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in two camps in Mugunga west of Goma in North Kivu. “We hope that these efforts, improved water supply and sanitation, coupled with an intensive public awareness campaign on hygiene will contain the worrying spread of cholera in the camps,” said Ron Redmond.But he warned that poor conditions a nearby makeshift site at Lac Vert hosting more than 10,000 IDPs could contribute to the further spread of cholera. On Wednesday, UNHCR began the transfer of IDPs from Lac Vert to a new camp called Buhimba which the agency built with the necessary basic health, water and sanitation facilities for more than 10,000 people.Cholera broke out in early October in five camps hosting some 45,000 IDPs in the Mugunga area. According to health workers, by the end of October, there were a total of 439 suspected cases of cholera. Mr. Redmond said the latest reports from the camps “indicate that the cholera situation appears to be stabilizing as the number of new suspected cases is slightly dropping.”North Kivu province is facing the worst internal displacement since the end of the DRC’s civil war in 2004, according to UNHCR. Fighting between government forces, renegade troops and rebels forced some 375,000 Congolese to leave their homes in North Kivu since last December, with more than 160,000 newly displaced just over the past two months.“With sharpening inter-ethnic divides and a continuous build-up of military forces, UNHCR remains deeply concerned about the risks of severe human rights abuses and violence against civilians,” Mr. Redmond said. “We welcome all efforts to find a negotiated solution to the ongoing confrontations and prevent further the suffering of the North Kivu population brought on by prolonged instability and fighting.” 9 November 2007The United Nations refugee agency is intensifying its efforts to combat the spread of cholera in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesman for the agency said today.
FRANKFURT — British tour operator Thomas Cook fell victim to multiple setbacks including shifting travel habits, the rise of online booking sites, the sinking pound and even unusually hot weather that encouraged fewer Northern Europeans to travel.Specific problems of its own, like a 1.6 billion-pound ($2 billion) debt pile, made it less able to react to change.It all added up to a perfect storm that led the 178-year-old company to cease operations early Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of travellers.Analysts said Thomas Cook, which rode a package holiday boom that started in the mid-1980s, was too slow to react as consumers moved away from buying trips at bricks-and-mortar stores.It has been overtaken by online services like Airbnb and internet travel companies who may separate or combine hotel, rental car and flight offerings, which puts pressure on prices through comparison shopping.“The company has struggled to adapt to a changing travel and retail environment,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK.The company did push into online business, with 48% of its bookings from the internet as of last year. But not fast enough. Online rivals, meanwhile, didn’t have to bear the costs of owning 200 hotels, 500 travel agency shops and 105 airline jets, but acted as middlemen.Felix Kolbeck, head of the department of tourism at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, said the classical business model with travel agents and tour operators, which was very strong for decades in Britain, “has been out of date for some time.”Kolbeck said that in the current environment, “if as a travel company you do not have exclusive access to certain capacity, hotel facilities, resorts, or market them exclusively and thus can price them higher, then you will have difficulty.” CEO Peter Fankhauser had led the company in that direction but then faced troubles from Brexit uncertainty and the weaker pound.Thomas Cook Group PLC isn’t alone in facing such pressures. Competitor TUI Group AG, based in Hannover, Germany, has shifted its focus from tour operators to its own cruises and hotels.But other factors laid into the British travel company.Company officials have cited uncertainty over Brexit, both from consumers worried about its impact on their finances and from the timing, given that one unfulfilled deadline for Britain to leave the EU fell on March 31, just days before the heavy European Easter holiday travel season this year. Travel agents had to issue guidance on what would happen in case of a no-deal Brexit. Brexit has meanwhile sent the pound lower, given British travellers less purchasing power.After 2010, the Arab Spring revolts discouraged travel to previous U.K. favourites such as Egypt and Tunisia. Travel companies shifted their focus to the Western Mediterranean, such as Spain’s Canary Islands, only to see demand for some of those locations then dwindle.The company’s reputation suffered after the 2006 deaths of two customers in Corfu, Greece, from carbon monoxide poisoning. The case dragged out for years and Thomas Cook would end up being told by a coroner it “breached its duty of care.”As the company struggled to reshape its business in the new environment and cut costs it was hit with an unusually warm summer in 2018, which it said led travellers from the U.K. and Scandinavia to put off plans to head for warmer destinations. When they did decide at the last minute, the sector of the market that focuses on late decision makers turned out to be fiercely competitive on price.“The group, like its peers, has suffered from a perfect storm of turbulence, from political unrest and terrorism at some of its most popular destinations, to unusual weather patterns seeing travellers taking ‘staycations’ and the ever present Brexit uncertainty devaluing the pound and putting consumers off from booking holidays,” said Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre.Heavy debts gave the company less breathing room to manoeuvr.“While other travel groups have suffered from these factors, Thomas Cook’s pile of debt is the differentiating factor,” said Miah.David McHugh, The Associated Press
OTTAWA – A Senate committee has amended the Trudeau government’s signature tax bill to cut taxes even more for some middle-income earners.The amendment changes the tax brackets in Bill C-2, which is supposed to deliver on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise to reduce taxes for middle class Canadians while making the wealthiest pay more.As originally written, the bill would reduce the tax rate to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent on income between about $45,000 and $90,000 and impose a new tax rate of 33 per cent on income above $200,000.Those changes actually went into effect last Jan. 1 as one of the first actions of Trudeau’s fledgling Liberal government and bill would formally enshrine them in legislation.But the Senate’s national finance committee has adopted an amendment which chairman Larry Smith says would better target the tax savings at middle income earners who need it most.His amendment would set a rate of 16.5 per cent on income between $45,000 and $52,999, with the 20.5 per cent applying from there up to just over $90,000.That means Canadians with taxable income of $48,000 would get a tax saving of $190, more than double the $81 contemplated by the bill as originally written, said Smith, a Conservative,Someone earning $60,000 would get $570 instead of $261 and a person earning $89,000 would get just over $1,000 instead of just less than $700.Smith called the changes passed Tuesday “a significant improvement to the actual area where the prime minister wanted to benefit, middle-income Canadians.”Some of his committee colleagues opposed the amendment, saying they didn’t have any time to study it or call experts to comment.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said it’s “surprising” that a Senate committee would change a bill that implements a change specifically promised during last year’s election campaign.The amended version of the bill must now go to the full Senate for a final debate and vote. Should the Senate approve the altered bill, it would have to go back to the House of Commons, which would have to decide whether to accept or reject the unelected upper house’s changes.Morneau did not give a direct answer when asked how the government would respond to an amendment from the Senate, but he hinted broadly that it would be rejected.“We believe that the tax reductions that we’ve made for nine million Canadians are positive and fair and simple, so that’s where that ends,” he said.“To be clear, we’re pleased with what we’ve done. We believe that the outcome that we’ve gotten to in this bill is the right outcome. It’s helping Canadians with lower taxes and it’s done in a simple way.” Senate committee amends Trudeau government’s signature middle-class tax cut by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2016 1:42 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UNHCRSocial media graphic developed for the UNHCR’s 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety Campaign.“Every day, we are inspired by the acts of kindness from people who are doing their very best to improve life for refugees: the activists, the communities hosting refugees, businesses, donors, volunteers’” said UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements. “This campaign will encourage people to support refugees through something they are already doing – walking, cycling, running,”There are many falsehoods about the world’s migrants. But we must not succumb to fear or false narratives. We must move from myth to reality. António Guterres, UN Secretary-GeneralMs. Clements added that it is vital to be reminded of the real and dangerous journeys that refugees are forced to take, especially when there are many misconceptions routinely shared about them. As the Secretary-General said, on the adoption of the UN’s Global Compact for Migration on December 10, 2018, “There are many falsehoods about the world’s migrants. But we must not succumb to fear or false narratives. We must move from myth to reality.”The campaign Website contains several stories of those forced to flee their homes, such as Opani, who covered 60 miles with her infant daughter to escape her village in South Sudan, which was threatened by war and violence, arriving at a UNHCR registration centre in Uganda 7 days later.As an example of how you can show solidarity with refugees without straying far from home or enduring the life-threatening journeys they undertake, take a look at this article by UNHCR web editor Tim Gaynor, who trekked 128 miles across France on the Camino de Santiago. The 1 Billion Miles to Safety campaign calls on people around the world to collectively cover the approximate distance travelled by refugees every year, using fitness apps or the campaign website – www.stepwithrefugees.org – to log their contribution towards the global total.UNHCR estimates that in 2016, Syrian refugees travelled more than 240 kilometres to reach Turkey, South Sudanese refugees travelled more than 640 kilometres to reach Kenya, and Rohingya refugees in Myanmar travelled approximately 80 kilometres to reach Bangladesh.
Buckeyes are @NCAATennis Final Four bound! No. 3 seed Buckeyes will take on No. 7 Stanford at 2 p.m. Monday in the semifinals. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/fE4HE5yrLR— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) May 21, 2017 The Ohio State women’s tennis team punched its first-ever ticket to the national semifinals Sunday.The No. 3 seed Buckeyes (32-2) dominated No. 6 Texas Tech (27-5) 4-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals in Athens, Georgia. After OSU earned the doubles point, senior Ferney Angeles Paz, senior Miho Kowase and junior Anna Sanford won their matches to seal a date with No. 7 Stanford in the NCAA final four.OSU has dropped just one point during its NCAA tournament run, which came in the round of 16 against South Carolina. The Buckeyes haven’t lost a match since March 14 against No. 1 Florida. Including Sunday’s victory over Texas Tech, the Buckeyes have swept 13 of their last 15 matches.OSU is set to play Stanford on Monday in Athens, Georgia, for a berth into the national finals on Tuesday.Buckeyes win! Ohio State 4, TTU 0. Ohio State advances to the @NCAATennis semifinals for the first time in program history! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bKd28yczMd— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) May 21, 2017
See more NBA predictions All newsletters Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN]
Bogdan RadivojevicDKB Bundesliga 2013/2014DKB Super CupDrasko NenadicSG FlensburgTHW Kiel SG Flensburg wins German Super Cup with an triumph over the biggest rival THW Kiel 29:26 (15:12). The first match of the season gathered 8400 fans in OBV Arena in Bremen. At the end, it was clear who was better team, while players of Ljubomir Vranjes had advantage most of the time. Despite they weren’t complete (Kaufmann), Knudsen (5) and other guys, especially two newcomers to Bundesliga, Serbian youngstars, Radivojevic (5) and Nenadic (2) showed TOP class performance.Current German champion, THW Kiel had a lot of problems to find a rhytm in the attack. New players in the backline as Lauge and Jallouz need time to get into the system. Serbian right back Marko Vujin was the TOP scorer for his team with 7 goals (5 from penalty). THW Kiel:Sjöstrand (1.-26., 41.-60., 7/1 saves), Palicka (26.-41., 1 save); Toft Hansen (4), Sigurdsson, Sprenger (1), Dahmke (n.e.), Wiencek, Ekberg (3/2), Lauge (2), Zeitz (4), Jallouz (4), Klein, Jicha (1), Vujin (7/5); Trainer: Gislason SG Flensburg-Handewitt:Andersson (1.-60., 15/1 save), Rasmussen (1/1 save; Karlsson, Nenadic (2), Eggert (3/1), Glandorf (3), Mogensen (4), Weinhold (3), Heinl, Gustafsson, Gottfridsson (3), Radivojevic (5/1), Knudsen (5); Trainer: VranjesResults:1. Hz.: 0:1, 2:1 (5.), 2:3, 5:3 (10.), 5:6 (15.), 6:6, 6:7, 8:7, 8:10 (22.), 10:10, 10:11, 11:11, 11:12, 12:12 (25.), 12:15;2. Hz.: 12:16, 13:16, 13:17, 15:17 (34.), 15:19, 16:19, 16:20, 18:20, 18:21 (39.), 19:21, 19:22, 20:22, 20:23 (46.), 22:23 (49.), 22:26 (52.), 24:26 (55.), 24:29, 26:29DKB Bundesliga starts next weekend. ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2013 in Hungary: Germans against Croatia, Spain VS Denmark for the FINAL! Next Story → Christian Dissinger in talks with RK Vardar Skopje
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox College of St Euphemia celebrated the latest addition to its building complex, which joins the two playgrounds of the school, provides a new big hall for assemblies and events and gives to the primary its own separate library. “This is another milestone to the history of our institution. The College would like to acknowledge and thank the Federal, State and Local governments for their contributions towards this project”, said Peter Theo, OAM, President of the local Parish-Community and President of the Board of Governors of the school. The new facilities were bought under the Federal Government’s program ‘Building the Education Revolution’. The opening was conducted in the presence of Archbishop Stylianos, who conducted the blessing service. Also present were, Daryl Melham, Federal Member for Banks who represented the Australian Government and the Minister for School Education Peter Garrett and unveiled the new plaque. The School Choir lead the gathering in singing the Australian and Greek national anthems as well as the school song. Entertainment included the College dancing group, taught by Paroula Gkaleli-Thurban, who performed various Greek dances, with emphasis given to an ancient Greek dance in celebration of this year’s Olympic games. Also the School band, under the direction of Mr Spanos, performed a variety of traditional Greek songs. Guided by the President of the Board of Directors and Governors, Mr Theo, the School Principal, Mr Hirakis, the Director of the Primary School, Ms Xanthoudakis and the invited guests and members of the community enjoyed tours of the new Primary School library, multipurpose hall and outdoor learning area. Other guest at the opening were: Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Vasilios Tolios, Ms Tania Mihailuk MP, Mayor of Bankstown Council Mr Khal Asfour, Mr David Buley, AIS Director, Finance and Administration and Manager BGA, Glenn Brookes Representing the Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Former NSW Attorney-General Mr John Hatzistergos, Bankstown’s Deputy Mayor, Allan Winterbottom, Bankstown’s Councillor, Alex Kuskoff and Mr Zogopoulos Representing the Hon. Jason Clare MP.
26 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye: Classic looks, gobs of power More From Roadshow 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Share your voice 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 46 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Enlarge ImageRenault, which introduced the new Clio at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, is apparently hungry for mergers. Renault Not content with only an alliance, French automaker Renault wants to pursue a full merger with Nissan, the Financial Times reports. After that’s completed, Renault then reportedly wants to go on and seek a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.The FT says that Renault wants to begin merger talks with Nissan within 12 months’ time, and after that the company would start looking to merge with another automaker. FCA is on the list of “the preferred targets” for that merger.The FT also reported this week that FCA chairman John Elkann has recently discussed merger possibilities with Peugeot, as well as “with Korean and Chinese automakers.” Despite that, no deals are apparently imminent. Still, with Renault’s pursuit of FCA some way off, it’s not impossible that FCA will find a suitor before Renault has finished its merger tie-ups with Nissan.Renault didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A Nissan spokesman in the US declined to comment.Late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was known to be interested in pursuing mergers in his final years at the company’s helm. His replacement, current FCA CEO Mike Manley, also has publicly stated his interest in tie-ups with other automakers. He told Automotive News earlier this month that, “I want to find areas where cooperation — whether it is partnerships, whether it’s joint ventures or whether it is deeper levels of equity cooperation that makes sense for us.”There’s some interesting historical context for a Renault and FCA deal. In the 1980s, Renault briefly took a stake in American Motors Corporation, which also then manufactured Jeep, before AMC was sold to Chrysler. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Renault Nissan,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 68 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice 69 Photos More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Tags Comments Comments 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 52 Photos 12 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 3 18 Photos
Some far-right groups in the UK are now outlawed on Facebook. Photofusion/Ian Francis/UIG via Getty Images Facebook banned a handful of prominent British far-right groups on Thursday, as part of the implementation of its “dangerous organizations and individuals” policy.In total 12 people and groups were outlawed by the social network, including the British National Party (BNP) and its president Nick Griffin, Britain First, the English Defence League, Knights Templar International and the National Front. Co-founder of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson is already banned under the same policy.”Individuals and organizations who spread hate, or attack or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are, have no place on Facebook,” said a spokeswoman for the company in a statement. “Our work against organised hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, organizations, pages, groups and content against our Community Standards.”The ban applies not only to the individuals and groups, but to posts and other content that express praise or support for them.Its introduction follows criticisms made as part of a Channel 4 documentary last year that said Facebook wasn’t doing enough to stem the flow of far-right hate on the platform. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube have all come under pressure in the UK, the US and elsewhere to prevent the spread of hate speech. But they’ve had to simultaneously work out how to balance banning groups and individuals with free speech concerns. Internet Services Share your voice Comments 3 Tags Facebook
After a research review, the National Marine Fisheries Service is prepared to loosen controversial limits on fishing in the western Aleutian Islands.Download AudioNMFS closed fishing grounds three years ago to protect an endangered population of Steller sea lions. That triggered several rounds of litigation and a new evaluation of the science behind fishing bans.Brandee Gerke is a NMFS resource management specialist. She helped the agency write its new biological opinion on whether increased fishing would harm sea lions.“We don’t have any direct scientific evidence that fisheries are causing nutritional stress in Steller sea lions,” Gerke says.That has cleared NMFS to open more fishing grounds in the western Aleutians, according to a plan that was approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.Gerke says that biologists still have lingering concerns about how to harvest fish safely in critical habitat areas without disturbing Steller sea lions.“NMFS is still recommending that the fishery be dispersed over a greater amount of time,” Gerke says. “So not going in and catching fish in a very concentrated fashion.”Those recommendations will be included in a proposed rule from NMFS. They’ll take public comments on the regulations. But if they’re finalized, fishermen will have access to previously forbidden stocks of Atka mackerel, Pacific cod and pollock as early as next year.Michael LeVine says that’s pretty sudden. LeVine is a lawyer for Oceana — an environmental group that’s been fighting for years to uphold fishing bans in the western Aleutians.“The controversy is about whether removing 60% of the fish that used to be there is contributing to the continuing decline of the species and its overall failure to recover,” LeVine says. “Historically, the agency has said that is has. This new analysis, we think, reflects a step back from that very well scientifically-justified position.”LeVine wouldn’t comment on whether Oceana might sue to keep fishing grounds closed.At least one group applauded the decision to loosen restrictions. The Aleut Corporation holds a small amount of pollock quota in the western Aleutian Islands. It’s supposed to bring business to Adak, but the share is an area that was closed — until now.In a statement, the Aleut Corporation said it’s grateful for any new fishing opportunities that will come as a result of the federal study — for Adak, and for other communities throughout the Aleutian Chain.
Logging from the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins /Alaska’s Energy Desk)The timber industry in Southeast Alaska has blamed a decline in business on fewer federal timber sales. And now, it risks being penalized by one of its biggest customers.Listen nowTariffs will be placed on trees shipped to China: a response to President Donald Trump’s latest wave of tariffs on Chinese goods.Eric Nichols says about 80 percent of the trees his Ketchikan-based company harvests in Southeast Alaska goes to China. Alcan Forest Products sells mostly young growth. Spruce trees make up a big part of that, and last week it got 10 percent more expensive to send that timber abroad. The tariff on hemlock went up 5 percent.Nichols figured the Chinese tariffs were coming. To stay competitive with the global markets, his company is going to have to eat that cost — at a loss of millions of dollars.It’s a blow in a series of blows, Nichols says. Already, the supply of timber is way down.“Got no timber coming from the state or the forest service — that’s going to put me out of business. And I got a tariff that’s probably going to put me out of business,” Nichols said. “So which level of worry do I want to worry about first here?”A big concern, he says, is that the tariff could increase to 25 percent.The Trump administration has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese products by early next year. And Nichols worries that China will retaliate with the same, which he says could be the death of Alcan Forest Products.“How do I make business decisions for today when I don’t know what the tariff level is going to be in January?” Nichols said. “So, it’s almost impossible to run your business beyond a day-to-day basis with the threats of tariffs out there with the products that you sell.”His company helps employ about 30 people.As of this morning, Nichols was on his way to a remote logging camp in Southeast Alaska, and he says he hopes this trade war gets resolved soon.
New Delhi : Israel greeted India on friendship day with a Twitter message that featured popular Bollywood song “yeh dosti” from the movie Sholay, drawing an equally warm response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who asserted that the bond between the two countries is “strong and eternal”. “Happy #FriendshipDay2019 India! May our ever strengthening friendship & growing partnership touch greater heights,” the Israeli embassy here tweeted on Sunday. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us It had a short montage on various meetings between Modi and his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu with the music of the song on friendship from the 1975 hit movie “Sholay”, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Hema Malini, playing in the background. The message had lyrics of the song — ‘ yeh dosti hum nahi todenge — in Hindi and emoticons conveying that Israel loves India. Modi responded with a tweet in Hebrew saying, India and Israel have proved their friendship over time. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “Thank you and wishing a Happy Friendship Day to Israel’s wonderful citizens and my good friend (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.” “India and Israel are time tested friends. Our bond is strong and eternal! May the friendship between our nations grow and prosper even more in the times to come!” he said. Both Modi and Netanyahu are know to share a great chemistry which is visible in bilateral meetings. Netanyahu, who failed to form a coalition after the April polls, plans to visit India ahead of the repeat elections in September.
Thanks sir. Not afraid but worrying is smear,maligning & slander campaign against @JmuKmrPolice & it’s officers who’re bravely fighting proxy war/terrorism for last 30 years with impeccable record & huge sacrifices. We aren’t here for any other project except to establish peace https://t.co/J23BN6hibX — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019 This is becoming intolerable to them and their bosses across have employed them to target me. They want to silence me on social media.They are the same people who have built a case for Shujat Bukhari’s killing.3/n — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019Meanwhile, former J&K police chief Sheesh Paul Vaid has praised Imtiyaz for fearlessly voicing the opinions of the department on social media.Imtiaz, you are a fine and bold officer who has been putting across the views of the department fearlessly on social media and an officer with the high integrity. Have faith in Allah, no harm will come to you. The entire police force has always been behind you. https://t.co/GFfe6qjwgj— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) March 21, 2019 Protests staged after the murder of journalist Shujaat Bukhari.IANSIn a startling revelation, a top official serving in J&K Police, Imtiyaz Hussain, took to Twitter to claim that some criminals posing as journalists are trying to kill him. In a series of tweets, Imtiyaz said that there is a well-hatched conspiracy being propounded by some who are active on social media to eliminate him.J&K Police top officer, Imtiyan Hussain said that some people posing as journalists on social media are planning to kill himTwitterThe senior police official said that the same people across the border who killed senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari are also planning to murder him.Imtiyaz, who was recently posted as Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, has been now transferred to the security wing of J&K Police. He said that his choice of expressing views on social media has made “some people and their bosses unhappy” and they have hatched a slander/ smear campaign against him.The tweets sent shockwaves across journalist and security officials’ fraternity on social media.There are some well-known people hyperactive on Facebook and Twitter who are building an environment to get me killed. These people claiming to be journalists aren’t apparently working with any media house. 1/n— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019The senior cop said that he is not scared to die in the line of duty and would consider it as a great honour.Having been never afraid of death and it would be honour to get sacrificed in the line of duty but the perception being created against me is slanderous. I am one among very few police officers active on social media and being forthright and calling a spade a spade. 2/n — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019Imtiyaz also alleged that senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed last year, had confided in him that several people working in media houses were creating an environment for his murder.Shujat had confided with me how some media guys had been spreading canards against him and creating a conducive atmosphere for his murder.We being a liberal democracy and such elements take full advantage of our liberal laws,knowing it very well that law can’t touch them.— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019
CIID seizes 19 illegally imported firearms at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday. Photo: Collected Officials of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport seized 19 illegally imported firearms from the Air Cargo unit of the airport on Tuesday.Earlier on Sunday, the CIID team seized two contraband Walther PP pistols from the same area of the airport.Tipped off, the CIID officials carried out a search operation inside the Strongroom-1 of the Air Cargo unit on Sunday last and identified the two illegally imported firearms (two Walther PP pistols) in an imported arms consignment containing total 58 firearms.The CIID team again examined the remaining 56 firearms on Tuesday and identified 19 of them as illegally imported, said director general of CIID Moinul Khan.The seized 21 firearms were brought illegally from Italy along with 37 other firearms.Members of different intelligence agencies and firearms experts were present while examining the imported firearms, Moinul Khan said.Among the total seized firearms, 16 are Walther PP pistols while five are HK-4 brand pistols.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! News By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Ethiopia tour for gay, lesbian travelers in jeopardy amid backlash from faith groups TagsBaltimore clergy sex abuse scandal homepage featured Pope Francis Roman Catholic bishops Top Story U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB,You may also like Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,BALTIMORE (RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has passed a slate of long-awaited measures designed to combat sex abuse and hold church leadership accountable for mishandling cases, including creating a national hotline operated by an outside group for reporting incidents of abuse or their cover-up.“I’m confident that the idea of doing (investigations) in-house is long gone,” said a cautiously upbeat Cardinal Joseph Tobin of New Jersey after the reforms passed Thursday morning (June 13) — informed by a recent papal document — at the bishops’ spring meeting.But the bishops stopped short of handing power to lay Catholics or abuse survivors in those investigations, sparking a debate that revolves around whether doing so would overstep guidelines outlined in a document issued by Pope Francis after a Vatican summit on abuse in February.Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich and other clerics were able to insert language into the resolutions stating that metropolitan bishops — who would oversee the investigations of fellow bishops — “should” rely on qualified lay persons. The inclusion of lay people is also among a moral “commitment” the bishops adopted Thursday morning on how to deal with sexual misconduct.But the language fell short of requiring bishops to take lay input, an important distinction that left victims advocates saying stronger measures are needed.Other clerics, such as Bishop William Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Mo., made clear that they support lay involvement regardless.“I believe it should be mandatory that we involve laity in the investigation of any case of sexual abuse by a bishop — or corruption, cover-up, involving the same,” McKnight said during the second day of voting. “I believe we should do that because that is the Catholic thing to do.”He added: “Lay involvement should be mandatory to make darn sure that we bishops do not harm the church in the way bishops have harmed the church — especially what we have become aware of this past year.”McKnight pointed to a section of “Lumen gentium,” one of the main documents of the 1964 Second Vatican Council, which, McKnight said, outlines the “obligation of the laity to be involved in the most important matters facing the church.”“Who can deny this is not the most important matter now of our generation?” he said.When Tobin was asked about McKnight’s comments at a news conference later in the day, he argued the new resolutions established a system that de facto requires lay involvement, and he said a gathering of metropolitan bishops, meeting on Wednesday, all agreed they could not now conduct an investigation without qualified lay people.“The possibility of doing that without qualified lay people, I would say is next to impossible — it is impossible,” Tobin said.Robert Deeley, left, bishop of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, accompanied by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks during a news conference June 11, 2019, at the USCCB’s spring meetings in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, also insisted that lay involvement was already effectively baked into the process, saying, “I think that it’s already done.”But the resolutions are a far cry from proposals considered when the bishops last met in November, such as the suggestion of creating an independent nonprofit to oversee abuse cases — an idea shot down by Vatican officials who said it superseded the authority of the pope.The new reforms also did not impress advocates such as Becky Ianni, an abuse survivor and leader of the Washington, D.C., and Virginia chapters of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.Saying this week’s measures “aren’t going to change anything,” Ianni argued that the systems created by the bishops are simply “setting up new policies where (the church) is going to investigate itself.”Encouraging metropolitan bishops to appoint lay people to help with investigations, she added, is not the same as an independent process.“Anytime they can handpick the lay person, then that’s not independence,” she said. “We would really like them to contact their local attorney general and get three to four suggestions for experts.”In the meantime, she said, SNAP will continue to rely on civil authorities rather than the church to take action.“We have 20 attorneys general that are doing investigations (into Catholic sex abuse). We’re going to put our emphasis on getting the other 30 states to do the same.”Kim Smolik, CEO of Leadership Roundtable, a group consisting mostly of influential Catholic laity devoted to promoting better management in the church, said in a news release that she hopes the provisions are just the beginning of a lengthy process of reform.“A new culture of leadership is necessary if we are to truly address the crises,” Smolik’s statement said. “It starts by acknowledging the leadership failures, looking at the root causes, providing new formation in seminaries and other educational institutions, setting up governance structures with checks, balances, etc.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Closing of American Hebrew Academy marks end of Jewish boarding school experiment Share This! Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins
By The Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — A racial justice group’s political action committee plans to hold leadership training in Detroit focused on Black voters.The Color of Change PAC says organizers will meet with about 200 Black activists and organizers from across Michigan. Participants in the training and other volunteers also plan to visit about 5,000 homes on Sunday in Detroit.(Courtesy Photo/Color of Change)The training is part of its #VotingWhileBlack campaign which is intended to mobilize Black voters to cast ballots this year in critical local, state and national elections.A block party also is planned from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Color of Change PAC staff will discuss their efforts in raising awareness around the 2018 midterm elections.