Losses from Nonmember Activities Could Not Offset UBTI (Losantiville Country Club, CA-6)

first_imgThe Tax Court properly determined that a social club could not offset its income from investments with losses from nonmember activities because they were not held for the primary purpose of making a profit.Although the Appeals Court found that the Tax Court misread Portland Golf Club,, SCt., as wholly dependent on demonstrating profitability and therefore it had no occasion to evaluate whether evidence other than the club’s chronic unprofitability might demonstrate an intent to profit. However, the club never adduced any evidence that it attempted to stem its flood of losses, or that it expected to eventually profit. Instead, it asked the court to consider just two of the nine Code Sec. 183 factors: the businesslike way the club planned and conducted the nonmember events, and the appreciation of its land. The court found that the club cited no concrete evidence that it adopted any “new techniques” or abandoned “unprofitable methods in a manner consistent with an intent to improve profitability.” In addition, taxpayers cannot “avoid Code Sec. 183 and deduct large losses simply by conducting an unprofitable activity on a piece of land that is appreciating independently of or in spite of the activity.”In addition, accuracy-related penalty was properly imposed because the club offered no evidence that its reliance was objectively reasonable or in good faith. It submitted no opinion letters, and no correspondence detailing advice or suggestions that its accountants provided. Further, the club marshalled virtually no evidence supporting its arguments for underpayment even under its argument for a novel application of Portland Golf Club.Affirming the Tax Court, 114 TCM 198, Dec. 60,989(M), TC Memo. 2017-158.Losantiville Country Club, CA-6Other References:Code Sec. 512CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶22,837.85Code Sec. 6662CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶39,651G.305Code Sec. 6664CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶39,661.654Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC EXEMPT: 15,206CCH Reference – TRC PENALTY: 3,116Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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How societies learn to count to 10

first_imgIn some traditional cultures, counting is as easy as one, two, three—because it stops there: Their languages have no words for higher numerals, and instead simply use varieties of words like “many.” But over time some societies acquired higher numbers, as the major languages spoken on the planet today must have done long ago. Now, a new study of an Australian language family reveals how languages add, and sometimes lose, higher numbers—and how some languages lasted for thousands of years without them.For some cultures, big numbers just don’t make sense. Take the shepherd who knows that he has the right number of sheep not by counting them one by one but by grasping the gestalt of his flock. That may sound strange to people from other cultures, says Patience Epps, a linguist at the University of Texas, Austin. Indeed, she says she’s often asked by incredulous Americans how people with few numerals know, for instance, how many children they have. When she asks this of the Amazonian tribe she works with, “they look at me like it’s a weird question. They list the names, they count on their fingers, but they don’t go around with a quantity in their heads,” she says.But once a society becomes complex enough to require more abstract counting, higher numerals are needed. Amazonian languages add numerals when groups that don’t know or trust each other begin trading goods and need to track exchanges more closely, Epps says. Something like this must have happened in familiar languages many millennia ago. Looking at how languages with only a few numerals add or lose them could provide insight into how humans build numeral systems. But uncovering these patterns of cultural evolution required data from many related languages with small numeral systems over a long period of time.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Enter the Pama-Nyungan language family, which once extended across most of Australia. It contains about 300 languages that are currently spoken by about 25,000 people, though in the past they may have numbered as many as 2 million. Most of these languages have numeral systems that stop at five. Yale University historical linguist Claire Bowern collected current and historical data about these languages, many of which are no longer spoken. Together with undergraduate researcher Kevin Zhou, she reconstructed how numerals in the language family evolved over about 6500 years, borrowing a method from evolutionary biology to explore how the Pama-Nyungan languages were related to each other and also how they changed over time.The researchers plugged their data into a computer model, which then generated the most likely family tree for all the languages’ numeral systems. Then they tracked how those systems added or lost numerals within the tree.The upper limits of these Australian numeral systems most often varied between three, four, and five, the team reports this month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Over time, even small numeral systems sometimes lost a numeral or two, but they mainly gained numerals—yet not by plodding up the number line, one numeral after another. Surprisingly, they tended to acquire numerals in bunches, leaping from five numerals to 10 or 20, for example. The numeral five was often the tipping point—once a system reached five, it was likely to add more numerals, up to 20. As a result, numeral systems with five as an upper limit are rare in Pama-Nyungan languages.“This is surprising, given the predominance of fingers and toes as things to count,” Bowern notes. Adding or losing the numeral four was the most frequent change. (The words for “four” were most often composed out of words for “two,” not by creating or borrowing a new word that means “four,” showing how the numeral systems evolved.)Bowern thinks that numerals were added in clusters for practical reasons: If you need to count above five, you probably need to go higher than seven or eight as well. And she speculates that perhaps a cognitive shift occurs at about five. “Once you generalize beyond five or so, it becomes easier to generalize to an infinite system.”“This is the kind of historical linguistics using computational methods that gives me a lot of confidence,” said Brian Joseph, a historical linguist at Ohio State University, Columbus, adding that “there are a lot of nonlinguists who apply this methodology to data that they don’t seem to control or understand.”“These conclusions seem sound to me,” agrees Russell Gray of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, “and remind us that cultural evolution doesn’t always proceed incrementally.”last_img read more

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Chelsea target Dzeko to remain Roma’s first choice

first_imgTransfers Dzeko remains first choice at Roma despite Chelsea transfer links Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 21:52 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) edin dzeko - cropped Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Sampdoria v Roma Roma Sampdoria Serie A Premier League Edin Džeko Roma plan to use the striker during their upcoming Serie A game, even with Antonio Conte said to have launched a bid for to sign him Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco plans to start Edin Dzeko in Wednesday’s clash with Sampdoria, despite reports of a transfer bid from Chelsea.The Premier League champions are said to be keen on a double swoop for Roma duo Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri in a deal that will reportedly cost at least £45 million.Despite the uncertainty over the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker’s future, Di Francesco plans to use him in the Serie A meeting at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “As things stand, he will start, although we’ll have to make some observations about his mental state,” he told a news conference. “I wanted to leave him in peace, at least until today. I’ll talk to him but at the moment I’m counting on him. After that, we’ll decide together.”It’s right for a Roma player to be able to just play and then we’ll assess the other aspects.”When asked how Roma would look to replace Dzeko if he returns to England, Di Francesco replied: “We’re talking about something that doesn’t exist.”Obviously, this sort of assessment has to be made. We have players who can play as the centre-forward but, right now, I have to believe that my first choice is Dzeko.”Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is eager to sign a forward who can operate as “a point of reference” for his side, with the club having surprisingly been linked with the likes of Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes.Dzeko has enjoyed a strong career in Italy’s top flight since leaving Manchester City in 2015 and has scored nine goals in 20 appearances this season.Emerson, meanwhile, is reported to have agreed a contract with Chelsea and will compete with Marcos Alonso for a spot a left-wing-back if he completes a move to Stamford Bridge.The potential loss of two key players is likely to raise further question marks over the efforts of director of football Monchi, who sanctioned the sales of Mohamed Salah, Antonio Rudiger and Leandro Paredes in the previous transfer window.last_img read more

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Redmi Note 7 Pro, Galaxy S10, Nokia 9 and other top launches: 10 phones that will be unveiled soon

first_imgRedmi Note 7 Pro, Galaxy S10, Nokia 9 and other top launches: 10 phones that will be unveiled soonWith MWC 2019 almost on the horizon, February 2019 will witness some of the most exciting smartphone launches across various price points. From foldable phones to value-for-money devices, we look at some of the highly-anticipated smartphones expected to break cover in February.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 12:16 IST Photo: Concept CreatorHIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi Note 7 Pro is known to feature an upgraded Sony IMX586 48-megapixel camera.Samsung will come with three S10 variants – S10 e/S10 Lite, S10 and S10 Plus.Nokia 6.2 could be the first Nokia device with a punch-hole camera display.February has arrived, which means it’s time for geeks to rub their hands in anticipation of some of the year’s most exciting smartphones. This year, we are expecting some of the most radical devices that could change the course of the smartphone industry. The Samsung foldable phone is expected to mark a new era in the world of mobile phones. Huawei is also expected to unveil its own foldable smartphone at the MWC. Nokia is also expected to unveil its Penta-camera smartphone.While concept devices are expected to grace MWC, India is also expected to witness some exciting smartphones across various price categories. Xiaomi is expected to launch the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India. Vivo will be bringing the pop-up camera to its mainstream V series smartphone with the V15 Pro. Motorola’s Moto G7 series is also expected to break cover.If you are willing to shed some cash on smartphones, these are some options that you should eagerly look forward to.Redmi Note 7 Pro Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 7 last month with much galore. Featuring a waterdrop notched display and a 48-megapixel camera, the Note 7 is expected to come to the Indian market pretty soon. However, rumours also say India may be witnessing the Redmi Note 7 Pro before anyone else. The Note 7 Pro is known to feature an upgraded Sony IMX586 48-megapixel camera. It could also have a more powerful Snapdragon 675 chipset. The Note 7 Pro is expected to priced between Rs 15,000 to Rs 16,000.Redmi GoThe Redmi Go is expected to be Xiaomi’s first Android Go smartphone in India. The Redmi Go is expected to be priced under Rs 4,000 and could challenge the various smart feature phones such as JioPhone and Nokia 3310. It’s similar to the Redmi 5A, except for the RAM and storage which have been reduced to 1GB and 8GB respectively.advertisementMoto G7 Lenovo will be bringing four models under the Moto G series this year – Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Play and Moto G7 Power. All the models sport a notched display, with the G7 and G7 Plus sporting waterdrop notches. All the models will have glossy bodies with glass and plastic rear panels. Except for the Moto G7 Plus that will come with a Snapdragon 636 chip, all other models will sport a Snapdragon 632 chipset. The G7 range is expected to start from Rs 12,000 and go up to Rs 27,000.Vivo V15 ProThe Vivo V15 Pro is expected to offer the pop-up selfie camera from the Vivo Nex at a more affordable price point. The V15 Pro so far is known to feature a triple camera setup and a fullscreen bezel-less display. Rumours suggest the V15 Pro will be powered by a Snapdragon 675 chipset and will sport a 48-megapixel rear camera. The selfie camera is expected to feature a 32-megapixel sensor. The V15 Pro could be priced under Rs 30,000.Samsung Galaxy S10 The Galaxy S10 is one of the most hyped smartphones in 2019. Samsung is expected to lose the bezels in favour of a punch-hole camera in the display and triple camera setup at the rear. Samsung will come with three S10 variants – S10 e/S10 Lite, S10 and S10 Plus. The S10e/S10 Lite will feature a flat display and dual rear camera, making it the cheapest S10 variant. The S10 and S10 Plus will sport curved edge displays with three cameras as standard. The S10 Plus will get dual selfie cameras along with a combination of 12GB RAM and 1TB storage for the top-end variant. Prices are expected to start from Rs 60,000 and go up to Rs 1,22,000.Samsung Galaxy FoldNothing much has leaked regarding the Galaxy Fold. So far, Samsung had shown the prototype at the Samsung Developer Conference 2018. It is expected that the Galaxy Fold will feature an inward-folding display while it will feature a narrow-bezel display on the outside. It is expected to be powered by the Exynos 9820 chips that will power the Galaxy S10. The Fold could be priced above $1,500.Huawei FoldHuawei has successfully kept its foldable phone under wraps since its announcement. While the details of the device are a complete mystery, Huawei teased the device for an MWC launch. The teaser shows a device with an outward folding display – much like the Royole Flex Pai foldable phone. It is expected to run on the HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset and customised iteration of EMUI.Nokia 9Nokia’s Penta-camera smartphone has been a myth for the last few years. In one of Nokia’s latest leaked teasers, the Nokia 9 is expected to see the light of the day. The smartphone is expected to feature a five-camera setup that is expected to offer unprecedented camera performance. Rumours also suggest that the Nokia 9 could sport an in-display fingerprint sensor and 18W fast charging. The Nokia 9 could be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chip, but could later spawn a 5G variant with the Snapdragon 855 chip.advertisementNokia 6.2Apart from the penta-camera smartphone, Nokia could also unveil the Nokia 6.2. This will be the first Nokia device with a punch-hole camera display and a fairly reasonable Snapdragon 632 chipset. It is also rumoured to feature a 16-megapixel dual-rear Zeiss camera and OZO Audio. And as usual, it will be another Android One device with stock Android interface. The Nokia 6.2 could be priced under Rs 15,000 when it comes to the Indian market.Huawei P30 ProHuawei’s first flagship smartphone in 2019 is expected to lead the market with a quad-camera setup at the rear. Rumours suggest that the entire P30 lineup will sport a triple camera setup, albeit with different states of tune. The entire lineup is also expected to feature a waterdrop notched display. Underneath, the P30 Pro could be powered by the HiSilicon 980 chipset from the Mate 20 Pro.ALSO READ | New details of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Go India variants revealed ahead of launchALSO READ | Moto G7 Plus full specs spotted on TENAA ahead of February 7 launchALSO READ | This is Galaxy S10e, Samsung will launch it with Galaxy S10 to take on iPhone XRGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow smartphonesFollow XiaomiFollow androidFollow Samsung Nextlast_img read more

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Salman Khan to lose 7kg for Dabangg 3 flashback scenes

first_imgSalman Khan to lose 7kg for Dabangg 3 flashback scenesIn the flashback scenes, Salman Khan will be seen in a leaner and thinner look. The actor is training hard to get the required look.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 15:44 IST Salman Khan will be reprising the role of Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 3.After completing the Maheshwar and Mumbai schedule of his upcoming film Dabangg 3, Salman Khan is set to shoot for the flashback scenes for the film. The actor, who was last seen in blockbuster Bharat along with Katrina Kaif, will soon start shooting for the flashback sequences of Dabangg 3, for which he has to lose 7kg weight.According to a report on an entertainment website, Salman is preparing hard to get a sharper and chiselled body. A source clsoe to the development told the website, “He has to prepare for the next schedule of Dabangg 3. He has always maintained a certain level of fitness but for the third schedule, which goes on floors in July, Salman will be sporting a much sharper and chiselled look.”Dabangg 3 will show Salman Khan in two looks. In his first look, he will be seen donning Inspector Chulbul Pandey’s look as he was seen in the two earlier movies. In the flashback scenes, the Bharat actor will be seen in a different look. Salman Khan will play his younger self, for which he will have to have a leaner and thinner body. The source added, “For the prequel portions, Salman will have to look younger as the scenes will be about the time when he had not become a police officer. He will have another leading lady for the flashback which will be played by Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ashwami Manjrekar, who is being launched in Dabangg 3.”advertisementSalman Khan is preparing hard to get the look. Apart from following a strict diet, the actor is sweating it out at the gym as well. The source added, “He needs to be extremely lean and fit. He is rigorously hitting the gym as he has to lose around 7 more kilos to achieve the desired look.”Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 3 also has Sonakshi Sinha and Arbaaz Khan. South star Kiccha Sudeep will play the main antagonist in the film. Directed by Prabhudheva, Dabangg 3 is the third film in the Dabangg series. The first film was directed by Anurag Kashyap’s brother Abhinav Kashyap, while the second film was helmed by Arbaaz Khan.The first schedule of Dabangg 3 was shot in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh. The second schedule began in Mumbai on April 19.Dabangg 3 is set to hit screens on December 20.ALSO READ | Salman Khan remembers Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega with latest sketch. Watch videoALSO READ | Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are in Andaz Apna Apna sequel, confirms writer Dilip ShuklaALSO READ | Salman Khan: I want children, but I don’t want the motherALSO WATCH | A look at Salman Khan’s controversial lifeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Salman KhanFollow Dabangg 3last_img read more

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Teekay Surges to Profit

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed Teekay Corporation reported USD 215.3 million net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, vastly improving its results compared to USD 15.5 million net loss the Bermuda-headquartered company recorded in 2QFY2014.These results include the company’s three publicly-listed subsidiaries: Teekay Offshore Partners, Teekay LNG Partners, and Teekay Tankers.The company’s revenue increased to USD 592.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to USD 452.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.Teekay Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Evensen said that the company’s three subsidiaries ”performed well during the second quarter, with Teekay Offshore and Teekay LNG both reporting strong distributable cash flow and distribution coverage ratios and Teekay Tankers achieving the highest tanker rates in seven years.”Teekay Tanker’s quarterly net profit stood at USD 44.2 million, compared to USD 4.6 million the company reported in 2QFY2014. Teekay LNG’s quarterly net profit increased from 47.9 million reported in the second quarter of 2014, to USD 63.7 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2015.Teekay Offshore ended 2QFY2015 with USD 107.9 net income, as compared to USD 3.8 million net loss recorded in the second quarter of 2014.Teekay Tankers’ free cash flow increased during the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2015, primarily due to stronger average spot tanker rates earned on its Aframax tankers, LR2 product tankers and MR product tankers, a full quarter contribution from the five tankers acquired in the first quarter of 2015, and the addition of two chartered-in vessels which delivered in the first quarter of 2015, partially offset by slightly lower average spot tankers rates on Teekay Tankers’ Suezmax tanker fleet.Teekay LNG’s distributable cash flow during the quarter ended June 30, 2015 was relatively consistent with the quarter ended March 31, 2015, with higher earnings from its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) joint venture and Angola LNG joint venture, offset by the termination of the charter contract for its 52 percent-owned LNG carrier, the Magallen Spirit in March 2015 (which termination Teekay LNG is currently disputing) and the scheduled expiration of the charter contract for another 52 percent-owned LNG carrier, the Methane Spirit.Teekay Offshore reported USD 58.3 million generated distributable cash flow in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 45 percent from the second quarter of 2014.last_img read more

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Humid morning in city

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a sultry Monday morning in the national capital, with the weatherman predicting heavy rains towards the evening. “The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 am was 23.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal,” a MeT official said. The humidity level was recorded at 88 per cent. While the Safdarjung observatory recorded 2 mm rainfall, the Palam and Aya Nagar observatories received traces of rainfall. The Lodhi Road and Ridge area observatories recorded 0.3 mm rainfall each. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder According to the weatherman, the sky will be generally cloudy and very light rain or thundershowers are expected. The maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 32 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius respectively. On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 29 degrees Celsius, five degrees below the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 25.2 degrees Celsius, one notch below average.last_img read more

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Security Council members call on Iraq to cooperate on missing Kuwaitis

The official — Yuliy Vorontsov, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s High-level Coordinator on Iraq — briefed the Council this morning in a closed-door session. Following the suspension of the meeting, the Council President, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, told reporters that “there has been no movement whatsoever” on the issue in recent months.”This is one area where the Security Council is unanimous on Iraq — in support for the work of Ambassador Vorontsov and for his future and his continuing efforts, and also in expressing deep concern at the plight of Kuwaiti and third country nationals still missing,” said the Council President. He added that the members hoped that “at some stage soon and at last” there would be some progress in what was a strictly humanitarian issue.Ambassador Greenstock said the Council members, convinced that “there is more information to be given from the Iraqi side,” had urged Baghdad to cooperate fully with Ambassador Vorontsov and with all others dealing with the issue.Noting that the matter had already taken “far too long” to resolve, Ambassador Greenstock said Council members “were very keen that when Member States have contacts with Iraq, when the Secretariat has contacts with Iraq, that this issue should continue to be brought up and must be ground away at until we have some results.” read more

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DR Congo Security Council extends UN mission intervention force for one year

Unanimously adopting a wide-ranging resolution, the Council renewed the mandate of both MONUSCO and its Intervention Brigade within the peacekeeping mission’s authorized troop ceiling of 19,815 military personnel, 760 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel, and 1,050 personnel of formed police units, until 31 March 2015.The Council decided that future reconfigurations of MONUSCO and its mandate should be determined on the basis of the evolution of the situation on the ground and, in the context of implementation by the Government of DRC and all other signatories of the region-wide 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework.Further, the Council said it would also consider progress towards the following objectives, in line with the priorities of protection of civilians, stabilisation and support to the Framework’s implementation: reduction of threats posed by Congolese and foreign armed groups, and violence against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence, “to a level that can be effectively managed by the Congolese justice and security institutions” and stabilization through the establishment of functional, professional, and accountable State institutions.In light of these objectives, the Council today authorized MONUSCO to take all necessary measures to perform a range of tasks, including, among others: protect civilians; neutralize armed groups through the Intervention Brigade in a “robust, highly mobile and versatile manner and in strict compliance with international law;” monitor implementation of the arms embargo; and provide support to national and international judicial processes in the DRC.Running throughout the resolution is the Council’s deep concern about the humanitarian situation in the DRC and its strong condemnation of all armed groups operating in the region and their violations of international law, and abuses of human rights. In that regard, the text demands that the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Bakata-Katanga and various Mayi Mayi groups “cease immediately all forms of violence and other destabilizing activities and that their members immediately and permanently disband, lay down their arms and demobilize children from their ranks.” read more

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With Syrias culture near point of no return UN agency to create

Based at its office in Beirut, Lebanon, the Observatory will maintain an online platform where national and international stakeholders will share information on damaged structures, looted artefacts and all forms of endangered intangible heritage.“In some areas we are reaching the point of no return where Syria’s cultural heritage is concerned,” cautioned Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“The destruction of heritage represents a cultural haemorrhage in addition to the tragic humanitarian crisis and suffering experienced by the people of Syria,” she added.In particular, Ms. Bokova highlighted the recent extensive damage to the historical synagogue of Eliyahu Hanabi in Damascus.“The destruction of one of the oldest synagogues in Syria is a new blow against its religious and cultural heritage, which has already suffered tremendous damage,” she said, referring in particular to the fact that Syria is host to highly significant monuments of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.“This synagogue bears witness to the cultural diversity of Syria’s history and to the potential of peaceful coexistence among all communities in the country,” Ms. Bokova concluded.The decision to create the Observatory was made at a UNESCO meeting entitled “Rallying the International Community to Safeguard Syria’s Cultural Heritage”, attended by more than 120 experts from 22 countries to share information, devise policies and improve cooperation during the conflict and beyond. Representatives of major international auction houses also took part in the meeting.In addition, the participants also called on the UN Security Council to consider a resolution to facilitate the restitution of stolen and illegally exported cultural objects from Syria and ban their sale and transfer. They also underlined the need to “demilitarize cultural sites,” preventing their use as military bases or targets in keeping with existing international law, notably the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954), ratified by Syria.They also emphasized the need to train and raise awareness of police and customs officers in the region and beyond on their role in fighting illicit trafficking in cultural objects.The conflict in Syria has affected all six of its World Heritage sites, UNESCO reiterated, including through illicit excavation. The UN agency added that there is evidence that at least the Ancient City of Aleppo and the Crac des Chevaliers have been used for military purposes, subjected to direct shelling and targeted explosions.Intangible cultural heritage, including cultural practices, performing arts and more, is also exposed to serious damage due to social fragmentation, displacement and migration.“It is vital that the media raise public awareness about the crisis of Syria’s cultural heritage,” said Francesco Bandarin, Assistant UNESCO Director-General for Culture. “Art traders and buyers must be made aware of the risk of illicit trafficking and that international mafia organizations are using the crisis to sell both genuine and fake artefacts from the country.” read more

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The shot Ohio States LaQuinton Ross grew up to make

LOS ANGELES – When Ohio State arrived at the Staples Center Tuesday afternoon and was notified it would inhabit the Lakers’ clubhouse during its stay in Los Angeles, LaQuinton Ross called dibs on a particular maple-finished closet. “I called dibs on (Kobe Bryant)’s locker,” the sophomore forward said. Bryant is Ross’ favorite player. Getting the privilege to sit in the same seat, walk on the carpet and play in the same building as the future NBA Hall of Famer served as motivation for the 6-foot-8 sharpshooter. Thursday night against Arizona, Ross might as well have been wearing the No. 24 white, purple and gold uniform his hero routinely sports in his home arena. With two seconds left in the Sweet 16 contest between the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes and No. 6-seeded Wildcats, Ross hit a 3-pointer from the left arch, propelling OSU to a 73-70 victory and into the Elite 8. Ross received the ball from junior guard Aaron Craft, whose game-winning 3-pointer against Iowa State last weekend kept OSU’s tournament run alive. “I said, ‘Knock down,’ as I passed it, so he better have made it,” Craft said. It was a shot eerily similar to the buzzer-beaters the Staples Center crowd has grown accustomed to seeing from Bryant throughout the 34-year-old’s time in Los Angeles. The make from Ross is a highlight not previously topped by the 20-year-old, and it capped a career-game in OSU’s most important bash of the season. Ross finished with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, 14 of which came in the second half. Down the stretch, with the two heavyweight programs trading basket for basket, it was Ross – not junior forward Deshaun Thomas or Craft – that OSU went to in need of points. “This is what every player grows up looking at on TV and wants to hit that big shot, wants to win the game and hit the big shot in the NCAA Tournament or the NBA,” Ross said. “It just feels great to be here right now.” Just one possession prior to Ross getting the ball from Craft with the seconds ticking down, he had wanted to escape the Staples Center in a hurry. With OSU up, 70-67, Arizona senior guard Mark Lyons drove straight at Ross, got fouled and made the layup and ensuing free throw, tying the game. Ross put his hands on his head before covering up his face. Following the game, Ross’ teammates said he had tears in his eyes after the play. The sadness and frustration quickly turned to joy after the game-winning shot went through the net. Earlier in the season, that ability to let a previous play go and move on to the next one wasn’t there for Ross. “LaQuinton has really grown in a lot of areas,” said coach Thad Matta. “He’s really become prideful in the little things in his game and it’s really propelled him to be a better basketball player. I’m proud of him.” One area of his game that will likely go unnoticed following an offensive outburst is his defense – something that kept him off the floor for most of the first half. “I told him you’re either going to be a defender or I’m not putting you back in the basketball game, and to his credit, he did a really good job,” Matta said. Ross played like a super-sub in the second half, drawing comparisons to former NBA Sixth Man of the Year James Harden from his teammates. “To this point, I think he’s done a phenomenal job playing his role. I think he’s not really known for his defense, but he’s really been trying on that and putting the work in,” Craft said. It’s the 3-pointer with two seconds left, though, that Ross and his teammates will forever remember, though. “Q’s going to talk about that shot for the rest of his life. He’s never going to let us hear the end of it,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson. Thanks to that shot, Thompson and his team get to keep playing. OSU will face No. 9 seed Wichita State Saturday at 7:05 p.m. with a spot in the Final Four on the line. read more

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Trump 100 ready to shut down USMexico border despite being warned of

first_img Short URL The volume of vulnerable populations that’s arriving is unsustainable … The humanitarian situation cannot be ignored and the security situation cannot be ignored.Trump said Mexican officials had reacted to his threat to close the border last week by clamping down on the caravans of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in the three Central American countries.Mexico “made a big step over the past two days”, he said, adding that they would have to continue if they don’t want the border closed.He also defended his decision to cut off “hundreds of millions of dollars” in US aid to the three countries, accusing them of arranging the caravans of migrants.The three “don’t do anything for us,” he said.Long delays at border ports On Monday, Nielsen ordered an “emergency surge” of personnel to deal with the situation, including moving 750 staff to areas of the border where the migrants arrive.Many were being diverted from official ports, leading to slowdowns in processing arriving visitors and commercial vehicles.Delays for incoming traffic were three hours at Brownsville, Texas, for the second straight day, and more than two hours in other areas.On the Mexican side, Andres Morales Arreola, head of operations for border crossings in Chihuahua state, said the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso had “collapsed” because so many US border officials have been reassigned to deal with the migrant influx.Long queues have formed at the border since Thursday, with wait times of up to eight hours for those trying to cross.Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvidrez called on the city’s bustling manufacturing sector to temporarily cut back shipments to the US in order to reduce the backup.- © AFP 2019   US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump said he is “100%” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country.Delays were already increasing at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen US laws against illegal immigrants, threatening to hurt the US economy in the name of border security.“It is a national emergency on the border,” Trump said.If Mexico does not stop migrants from transiting across its territory, and if Congress does not act, he said, “the border’s going to be closed, 100%”.“Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy,” he said. “Security is more important to me than trade.”Trump said Democrats were blocking reforms for political reasons but could fix the problem “in 45 minutes”.He was not specific, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has asked Congress to give border officials the power to forcibly repatriate Central American illegal immigrants, including children who arrived alone, back to their countries.The threat to close the frontier, which handled some $612 billion worth of trade in 2018, sent shivers through the economy, and drew warnings from allies of the president.“Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country, and I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.McConnell’s call was backed by the Chamber of Commerce, which said in a statement that while it supported immigration reform, closing the border “would inflict severe economic harm on American families, workers, farmers and manufacturers across the United States”.100,000 migrants a month Despite Trump’s tough rhetoric, Mexico’s foreign minister said he had spoken with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had told him the border would not be shut.“Until today, the secretary of state of the United States and his team have told us: this is not the policy we are going to apply, closing points on the border,” Marcelo Ebrard said at a press conference.Ebrard added Mexico continued to maintain “a good dialogue” with US authorities and that normal border traffic was expected “as soon as possible”.Homeland Security officials meanwhile said they were preparing for the possibility of a shutdown of at least some border entry points as they divert staff to deal with the flood of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expected to hit nearly 100,000 a month.Officials said facilities for handling the migrants — who for the moment cannot be sent back after they cross the border and request asylum — are overtaxed and understaffed, creating hazardous conditions.“We are in a full blown emergency. The bottom line is all options are on the table right now,” a senior Homeland Security official, who declined to be named, told journalists yesterday.  US President Donald Trump 15,970 Views Trump ‘100% ready’ to shut down US-Mexico border despite being warned of ‘catastrophic economic impact’ “Sure it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy. Security is more important to me than trade.” https://jrnl.ie/4574412 Share296 Tweet Email US President Donald Trump Image: Ron Sachs/DPA/PA Images 43 Comments By AFP Image: Ron Sachs/DPA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 3rd 2019, 10:49 AM Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 10:49 AMlast_img read more

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Malcolm Turnbull Multicultural Australia is united strong successful

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Prime Minister released a new multicultural statement earlier this week, on Harmony Day, which coincided with the partyroom meeting regarding a change in the section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, whereby “insult, offend or humiliate” would be replaced with “harass”.The latest multicultural statement acknowledges British and Irish settlers as part of the make-up of “multicultural Australia” and further includes ethnic minorities and indigenous people. Australia owes its accomplishments to the contributions of more than 300 different ancestries “from the first Australians to the newest arrivals”, it says specifically.Furthermore, the new statement emphasises learning English and makes a mention of terrorism.“Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years. And we are as young as the baby in the arms of her migrant mother who could have come from any nation, any faith, any race in the world. Australia is an immigration nation. Almost half of our current population was either born overseas or has at least one parent born overseas. And we come from every culture, every race, every faith, every nation. We are defined not by race, religion, or culture, but by shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and equality of opportunity – a ‘fair go’. The glue that holds us together is mutual respect – a deep recognition that each of us is entitled to the same respect, the same dignity, the same opportunities. And national security – a resolute determination to defend our nation, our people, and our values – is the foundation on which our freedoms have been built and maintained. At a time of growing global tensions and rising uncertainty, Australia remains a steadfast example of a harmonious, egalitarian, and enterprising nation, embracing its diversity. Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful renews and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to a multicultural Australia, in which racism and discrimination have no place. I commend Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful to all Australians.”In his Easter Goodwill message, speaking to the Greek community, leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, expressed his disappointment stating that this change will make it easier for people to be insulted, abused, and humiliated on the basis of race.“Only this government could choose Harmony Day to weaken protections against racism,” he noted, saying that the Prime Minister is happy to water down racist hate speech laws because “he’ll never know what discrimination is like.”“It’s been six decades, and more, since the marvellous post-war generation of Greeks came in hard times to our country, with nothing in their hands but a few mementoes and the hands of those they loved. Australia has given you a chance – and you have repaid that faith a thousand times over,” Shorten added, praising migrant generations for broadening the nation’s horizons. “[You] opened our eyes as community heroes, role models, business leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs,” he said.At the same time, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance Robin Scott said that it is beyond ironic that Malcolm Turnbull is moving to water down race hate laws on Harmony Day.“We strongly condemn any changes which suggest it is okay to be racially insulting or offensive, or even humiliate someone because of their background. Just yesterday, Mr Turnbull promised to nurture Australia’s diversity with the launch of a new multicultural statement.”Scott said that the statement is rendered meaningless if the Prime Minister is simultaneously clearing a path for bigots and bigotry.“The Andrews Labor Government fully supports the Racial Discrimination Act – and will continue to do so. We will review Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 to consider ways to strengthen legislative protections, should the Federal Coalition be successful with their amendments.”“I remain disappointed with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s silence on the issue,” Scott stressed.“When he was the Multicultural Affairs Minister, he said: ‘There should be no changes to the Federal Racial Discrimination Act’,” he recalled, calling on Matthew Guy to stand up for the values he was once proud to support.“The Victorian Government will stand with people of good will to defend our multicultural communities. Because we are Victorian. And proud of it,” Scott concluded.Meanwhile, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) gave a cautious welcome to Malcolm Turnbull’s statement. Joe Caputo, Chairperson of FECCA said: “The Multicultural Statement is another step in our ongoing efforts to maintain and strengthen Australia’s inclusive, prosperous, and harmonious multicultural society.“The release of this statement is a great opportunity for our politicians to lead and unite all Australians in celebrating the tremendous economic, cultural, and educational benefits which have come from Australia’s longstanding commitment to immigration,” added Caputo. “We applaud the fact that, over decades, all Australian governments – whatever their political persuasion – have remained committed to a program of immigration and multiculturalism. FECCA urges the government to use this opportunity to show leadership in supporting Australia’s multiculturalism by announcing tangible policy initiatives including a Federal Multicultural Act and the development of a National Language Policy.”FECCA also welcomed the Prime Minister’s clear statement that racism and discrimination have no place in Australia as a reminder of the importance of legislation including section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act that provides protection from racially motivated attacks against Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Last but not least, the Greek Community of Victoria also objected to the proposed changes by the Federal Government to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in an official statement.“The changes appear to be legally unsound, morally wrong, and we trust that the Senate will not support this backward step,” President Bill Papastergiadis said.“We trust that the political mechanisms will seek to reflect the broader interests of Australia and not these sectarian obsessions.”last_img read more

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CREDC announces board committee members

first_imgThe Columbia River Economic Development Council on Friday announced its new board and committee members for 2018.Casey Wyckoff, president/principal of LSW Architects will be the chair of the nonprofit group, which is Clark County’s largest economic development organization.Other board officers are Lisa Lowe, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, vice chair; Greg Seifert, Biggs Insurance Services, immediate past chair; Lisa Dow, Columbia Bank, treasurer; and Helen Devery, BergerABAM, secretary.Elected to three-year board of directors terms were Mike Bach, Frito-Lay; Gena Bailey, Kaiser Permanente; Ben Bagherpour, SEH America; Augusto Bassanini, United Grain; Alan Garcia, NW Natural; Brian Knight, WRK Engineers; Mark Mantei, The Vancouver Clinic; and Tracy Wilson, DeWils Industries.Four directors emeritus were voted in for a one-year term: Bryce Helgerson, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center; Steve Horenstein, Horenstein Law Group; Matt Krueger, PacTrust; and attorney Brian Wolfe.Executive committee members are Ben Bagherpour, SEH America; Bill Dudley, Landerholm law firm; Michelle Erickson, Umpqua Bank; Matt Krueger, PacTrust; Kevin Tapani, Tapani Inc.; Tracy Wilson, DeWils Industries; Mei Wu, SmartRG.last_img read more

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Allianz Jinxed After MH370 and MH317 Company Confirms It is Lead Insurer

first_imgGerman multinational financial services firm Allianz SE is likely to take a hit of $100 million in insurance claims, being the lead re-insurer to the missing AirAsia flight that is reported to have crashed into the sea.    The company confirmed on Monday that AirAsia was its client but declined to identify other insurers of the AirAsia plane.”We can confirm that Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty UK (AGCS) is the lead reinsurer for AirAsia, for aviation hull and liability insurance,” an Allianz spokeswoman said in a statement emailed to Reuters.Allianz did not disclose how much the payout could cost but Reuters calculations show that it could be around $100 million. “It is much too early to comment on reports of this incident at this stage, except to say that our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this missing flight,” Allianz added in the statement.Allianz and the other insurers would not only have to pay for the plane but also have to pitch in for payments to the relatives of the passengers aboard the flight. According to Reuters, the cost for passengers’ liability could add up to $27 million.Jinxed Insurer?Malaysian Airlines is also a client of Allianz. The company had to handle the costs of MH370 – the plane that disappeared earlier this year, and MH17 – the airline that got shot down while flying over Ukraine.”After the jinxed Malaysian airline companies, we seem to have a jinxed insurer too!” said Jijo Jacob, editor at International Business Times UK. “This is going be identical to MH370 and MH17 in the sense there are standard minimum insurance obligations which all carriers have to have, but if negligence can be demonstrated the sky’s the limit in terms of claims,” John Ribbands, an independent Melbourne-based lawyer expert in aviation insurance was quoted by Reuters. The CrashThe AirAsia QZ8501 went missing on Sunday en-route to Singapore from Indonesia off the coast of Borneo. The flight was carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members on board. There were 138 adults, 16 children and an infant.The plane was flying at 32,000 feet when pilots suggested that it fly higher to avoid clouds. The route has been witnessing frequent storms, which is common at around this time of the year.last_img read more

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Kanye West says hell bring Sunday Service to Coachella for Easter

first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Heather Adams News • Photos of the Week New Jersey pastor files suit against Wells Fargo, state police after false arrest Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Since the beginning of this year, Kanye West has been hosting a mysterious variety show of celebrity performances featuring both new and old music, complete with a gospel choir, that he calls “Sunday Service.”Last week the Chicago rapper and husband of Kim Kardashian West announced that on Easter Sunday, West will bring his take on worship to Coachella, the preeminent California music festival.What exactly the show will comprise is anyone’s guess. West’s Sunday Services have been highly exclusive events that require invitees to sign nondisclosure agreements. Most of what’s known about the shows comes from interviews with Kardashian West and Instagram posts by West’s extended family, including his 5-year-old daughter, North West.“It’s just music; there’s no sermon,” Kardashian West told Elle magazine recently. “It’s definitely something he believes in — Jesus — and there’s a Christian vibe. But there’s no preaching.”Kardashian West has also explained on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that there’s also no prayer but that it is Christian, including the gospel choir and songs like West’s song, “Jesus Walks.”But she encouraged all faiths to participate. “Everyone that comes understands it’s just a really healing experience,” she told Elle.Kanye West attends a church with wife Kim Kardashian and family in Los Angeles on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Vantage News/IPxWest, who nicknamed himself “Yeezus,” addresses religion often. He has posed as Jesus for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and has tweeted that his favorite app is the Bible App, and his Twitter feed is littered liberally with Bible verses.Kardashian West has also been forthcoming about her religion, talking to Vogue in 2018 about the influence of her all-girls Los Angeles Catholic school (where, she said, she couldn’t wear makeup.)“We start our day with a group chat with a Bible verse from my mom,” she told Vogue about her current faith life. “Our work ethic and our discipline comes from so many years at Catholic school.”And in 2014, West and Kardashian were married by Miami Vous Church Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., who has a reality show of his own.All this talk about religion has long had some wondering if West’s next move is to make a Christian album.According to the gossip website TMZ, a member of the R&B group 112, Slim, said he had been working with West on songs that could get more youth interested in church.If enlightening younger fans is his goal, West’s Easter service will be directed at a target-rich audience. Nielsen data shows that nearly half of music festival-goers fall in the 18-34 age range.The announcement comes months after West had pulled out of Coachella after the festival’s producer, Goldenvoice, refused to build a giant dome for his set.Some fans were thrilled West’s Coachella performance is being resurrected. “After 21 years of going to church on Easter Sunday, I can’t believe that Kanye will be giving me my service this year,” @andrea_clapp tweeted.@jcarrrt also shared her excitement on Twitter, saying, “I am ready to find God on Easter Sunday. Thanks, Kanye. Very cool!”The service is still highly exclusive. While Coachella attracts approximately 125,000 fans each weekend of the festival, according to Billboard, tickets still range from about $430 to $1,000. Heather Adams,Load Comments,For Orthodox Jewish men, the hat known as a Borsalino is tops Catholicism News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Heather Adams Heather Adams By: Heather Adams Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Share This! Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! TagsChristian rock Coachella Easter homepage featured Kanye West Kim Kardashian rock concert worship Yeezus,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Hemingway Temple AME Church Anniversary Celebration

first_imgThe Hemingway Temple AME Church, located 501 P Street, NW, is scheduled to present a musical journey through its years of existence with a reception on July 23 at 1 p.m. The anniversary celebration will continue during the church’s Worship Service at 11 a.m. on July 24. The event is free and open to the public.last_img

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President Solís to sit out annual Costa Rican religious pilgrimage to Cartago

first_imgRelated posts:La Negrita, please fix my peacock Catholic faithful begin annual pilgrimage to Costa Rica’s Basilica de Los Ángeles PHOTO REPORT – Faces of the faithful: A journey along Costa Rica’s romería PHOTOS: Thousands walk to Cartago to visit ‘La Negrita’ President Luis Guillermo Solís said that he would not participate in the annual pilgrimage to Cartago’s Basilica of the Angels, known as theromería, this weekend.Solís said that despite his Catholic faith and his family’s veneration of the Virgen de los Ángeles, Costa Rica’s patron saint, the trek to see “la negrita” is one tradition that he does not share.“I did not do the romería as a citizen before and I’m not going to go as president,” Solís said.The president said that he was not the first head of state to abstain from the pilgrimage and took issue with the notion that he was somehow breaking with tradition. Solís added that he said since he was a candidate that he did not want religious events that he attends to be politicized for “populist” reasons.“The subject of my faith as a believer is mine, with my Lord,” Solís said.The president said that he would attend the mass at the basilica on Saturday.Solís acknowledged that Costa Rica was a confessional state in comments made Tuesday, but his administration has shaken up some parts of the country’s church and state tradition. During his inauguration Solís did not have a prayer. Soon after taking office, the Citizen Action Party (PAC) president raised a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rainbow flag at the Casa Presidencial in Zapote, rankling conservative Christian lawmakers.The president’s party is at odds with the country’s conservative Catholic leaders, who oppose in vitro fertilization, expanding LGBT rights and the party’s support for a constitutional amendment to end Costa Rica’s status as a confessional state. Solís said that while PAC supports a constitutional amendment to make Costa Rica a secular state, lines of communication remained strong between the Church and Casa Presidencial. The president has attended several meetings with bishops, including one after a mass at the Basilica de los Ángeles with Bishop José Francisco Ulloa in May. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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