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LeBron James not ‘chasing’ Lakers rebuild

first_imgJames said Thursday the move underscored the flipside of the NBA business. While teams often act ruthlessly in their own interests without reproach, players seen as agitating for a move were portrayed as selfish or greedy.“Teams have to do what’s best for the franchise to set them up for the future or the near present, and I agree with that,” James said.“But at the same time players have to have that ability to do what’s best for them as well. So if a player decides he’s a free agent and wants to leave, that should be part of the same conversation, the same narrative.“And not that this guy or this kid is being selfish or unfaithful. We only have so many years to play the game and you want to maximise it as much as possible. I see it on both sides.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There’s nothing I need to get in this league that I don’t already have,” James told reporters during a shootaround at the TD Garden. “Everything else for me is just like icing on the cake.“I love the process of everything I go through to be able to compete every single night and put teams in position to compete for championships. But there’s nothing I’m chasing or feel like I need to end my career on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Lakers have reportedly ended their pursuit of Davis after offering Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and two first round draft picks in exchange for the player.During the Lakers 136-94 thrashing by Indiana this week, Pacers fans taunted Ingram with chants of “LeBron’s gonna trade you” during the game. JaVale McGee was mocked with chants of “Not worth trading.” Lakers fans take pictures of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPJames on Thursday was non-committal on whether the speculation was adversely affecting the morale of his Lakers team-mates.“That’s a question for those guys,” he said. “It’s just all part of the business, and when you truly understand that, and you truly know this is a business, but you give 110 percent to whatever situation you’re in, then you’re able to live with it.“But I know this has to be tough on guys that for the first time in their career, especially if you’re a young guy, to hear your name in trade rumors when you’ve been somewhere for a few years.”James was speaking just hours before the trade deadline window closed.Late Wednesday he had been sharply critical of the trade which saw Harrison Barnes sent to the Sacramento Kings from the Dallas Mavericks. News of the deal broke while Barnes was playing on court.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Knicks waive Enes Kanter, Wesley Matthews after trade deadline NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits to enter the game during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James rejected suggestions Thursday he was the driving force behind the rebuilding of the Los Angeles Lakers after a week of intrigue surrounding the franchise’s attempts to lure Anthony Davis from New Orleans.Speaking ahead of the Lakers’ visit to the Boston Celtics later Thursday, James suggested he was in no hurry to assemble a Lakers side capable of challenging for championships.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Deplorable when sportsmen, artistes become victims of hate: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’, says it is “unfortunate and deplorable” when they become victims of hate or crime. (Shoaib Akhtar advises Mohammad Amir to remain humble on England tour)Renowned Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Karachi, Pakistan, last month. And soon after that another Pakistani actor and television presenter Nadeem Jafri was shot and wounded outside his house during a robbery.”Sportspersons or artistes are a reflection of the society they represent. They are the ambassadors of their country but it is unfortunate and deplorable when they become victims of hate or crime. Amjad Sabri was a great loss to Pakistan,” Akhtar told IANS in an email interview from Rawalpindi. (Shoaib Akhtar laughs after Harbhajan Singh ‘accuses’ Pakistan pacer of beating Indians )Renowned Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the southern port city of Karachi last month. Soon after, Pakistani actor and television presenter Nadeem Jafri was shot and wounded outside his house during a robbery attempt.Akhtar, who will be seen judging upcoming comedy show “Mazak Mazak Mein” on Indian television, termed such incidents unfortunate.Be it India, Pakistan or any other country, Akhtar feels that the world has to unite its forces to fight the growing violence around the globe.”I think we’re all extremely sensitive to any kind of violence, act of terror or a loss of a life. No one likes that. We will all have to shed our differences and fight as one; otherwise things will slip out of our hands. I was distraught when Medina blasts happened,” said the 40-year-old, who hopes “better sense prevails and this world becomes a peaceful place”.advertisementFor now, Akhtar will be seen on the Indian small screen judging the comedy show with Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh. The show will soon go on air on Life OK channel soon.On the relevance of having him on a show on humour, Akhtar said: “Humour is an inherent part of a human being’s life…It is not about a cricketer or cricket, I think it is about an individual.”This is not his first outing on Indian TV. The cricketer, who got the Rawalpindi Express moniker for his skills as a fast bowler, was earlier seen on “Comedy Nights with Kapil” TV show as a guest.So, will we see him as a strict judge?”My natural side is friendly, funny and easy going. So, in short, you will see a friendly and a compassionate judge in me.”Many comedians are criticised for crossing the line of decency by way of either taking digs at women or making fun of a profession. But Akhtar emphasises that “Mazak Mazak Mein” will be a “clean comedy”.”No humour should be hurtful or derogatory. I think people have to be mindful of each other’s sentiments. I am sure the makers of the show, the participants and the network are mindful of that.”A successful show is the one where a father and a daughter can watch it together. To me that is a yardstick of a clean comedy show,” he said.After the small screen, can we expect Akhtar on the silver screen? He says for now, he is only focusing on the show.”It is not something that I am not thinking about. At the moment my whole energy is channelised in making ‘Mazak Mazak Mein’ the best comedy show on TV.”last_img read more

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Hockey India name junior national camp probables

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) Hockey India on Friday named the 34-member list of core probables for the upcoming Indian junior men’s national camp which starts at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Bengaluru campus on November 11.The players will report to coach Jude Felix for the four-week camp that concludes on December 15. The list includes players from the Indian junior team that participated in the recent Sultan of Johor Cup in October where they took the silver medal.The India colts showed zeal in the tournament in Malaysia where they beat the hosts 2-1, New Zealand 7-1, Japan 1-0, Australia 5-4 and narrowly lost to Britain 2-3 in the round robin as well as the final.Goalkeepers Pankaj Kumar Rajak, Pawan, Kamalbir Singh have been called up while defenders Suman Beck, Mohd Faraz, Sanjay, Somjeet, Mandeep Mor, Parampreet Singh, Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem, Prince, Varinder Singh, Cyril Lugun have been named in the core group. Midfielders Akshay Awasthi, Xess Gregory, Yashdeep Siwach, Harmanjit Singh, Vishnu Kant Singh, Gopi Kumar Sonkar, Vishal Antil, Niraj Kumar Waribam, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Haspreet Singh have been asked to report for camp. The forwards who have been called up includes Sudeep Chirmako, Maninder Singh, Gursahabjit Singh, Amandeep Singh, Abhilash Stalin C, Abhishek, H Mani Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Shivam Anand and Rahul Kumar Rajbhar.”It is rewarding for some of these players to have received a call up for the ongoing senior camp in Bhubaneswar and I am sure it will benefit them and give them good exposure. Most of these players have been in the Junior Core group over the past 15 months and have shown great progress,” Felix said in a statement.”We did well at the Sultan of Johor Cup having beaten defending Champions Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand among other strong teams. Those players who are currently with the senior team will return from Bhubaneswar on 23 November and join the junior camp here. We will continue to focus on fitness and improving our overall performance during the five-week camp,” he added. Probables:advertisementGoalkeepers: Pankaj Kumar Rajak, Pawan, Kamalbir Singh. Defenders: Suman Beck, Mohd Faraz, Sanjay, Somjeet, Mandeep Mor, Parampreet Singh, Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem, Prince, Varinder Singh, Lugun Cyril. Midfielders: Akshay Awasthi, Xess Gregory, Yashdeep Siwach, Harmanjit Singh, Vishnu Kant Singh, Gopi Kumar Sonkar, Vishal Antil, Niraj Kumar Waribam, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Haspreet Singh. Forwards: Sudeep Chirmako, Maninder Singh, Gursahabjit Singh, Amandeep Singh, Abhilash Stalin, Abhishek, H. Mani Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Shivam Anand, Shilanand Lakra, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar.–IANSajb/sedlast_img read more

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College Football Players Reportedly Suspended For Incident With Cheerleaders

first_imgAn interior view of the Arkansas RazorbacksFAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)A pair of SEC football players have reportedly been suspended for an incident with the team’s cheerleaders.Arkansas head coach Chad Morris announced this morning that Kamren Curl and Ryan Pulley have been suspended.The head coach called the two players’ actions “completely unacceptable.”Morris says Kamren Curl and Ryan Pulley have both been suspended from the team. Says their actions were completely unacceptable.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) November 19, 2018Whole Hog Sports reported this weekend that both players had been spotted interacting with the team’s spirit squad before the game.From the report:The problems for the University of Arkansas football team against Mississippi State started before kickoff Saturday, said D.J. Williams, a former All-America tight end for the Razorbacks.Williams, who works for Little Rock TV station KARK-Channel 4, said he saw Arkansas defensive backs Ryan Pulley and Kamren Curl taking photos and talking with female members of Mississippi State’s spirit squad before the Razorbacks went through warmups.Arkansas Coach Chad Morris, asked in his postgame news conference about players socializing with cheerleaders, said it was unacceptable.Arkansas is set to play at Missouri on Friday.last_img read more

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White House US to sell more of its great beef to EU

WASHINGTON — The White House’s top economic adviser says the U.S. will be selling more beef to the European Union.President Donald Trump is set to make the announcement Friday afternoon at the White House. Kudlow tells reporters that “America has great beef” and “we get to sell more.”The announcement comes the day after Trump increased pressure on China to reach a trade deal by saying he will impose 10% tariffs Sept. 1 on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn’t already taxed.The European Commission announced in June that it had reached an agreement with the U.S. to allow more hormone-free U.S. beef onto the European market.The agreement could end a long-running dispute over EU beef import restrictions.Darlene Superville, The Associated Press read more

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Chelsea Clinton on book tour in no hurry to enter politics

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Congresswoman Clinton? President Clinton?For now, Chelsea Clinton insists she’s focused far less on her political future than on burnishing her profile as an author of children’s books.The former first daughter embarked Tuesday on a six-state book tour that was scheduled back when she believed her mother was on the way to the White House. But with Hillary Clinton’s political career possibly over following a devastating presidential election loss to Donald Trump, people can’t stop speculating about whether the younger Clinton intends to take up the family business.Those closest to Chelsea Clinton say she maintains a passion for public service but has only just begun to contemplate her role in a future that doesn’t include President Hillary Clinton.“There’s lots of TBDs in Chelsea’s future,” Clinton chief of staff Bari Lurie said, using the acronym for “to be determined.” ”But right now she’s very clear: One of those TBDs is not running for office.”There’s been no internal polling about her political prospects, no private discussions with political consultants. No one scheduled the book tour — to promote the paperback release of “It’s Your World,” aimed at middle-school students — thinking it would be an effective vehicle to launch a political run. She’s also preparing to release in May an illustrated children’s book that celebrates female leaders.Chelsea Clinton was blunt in a Tuesday interview with “CBS This Morning” but left the door open a crack when asked whether she was running for public office.“No, no, no,” Clinton said, noting that she’s pleased with her state and local public officials in New York.“I clearly don’t agree with our president, but I’m definitely not the right person to run to defeat him in 2020,” she continued. “So right now, the answer is no. But I think we all need to be asking ourselves that question periodically.”At the opening stop in her book tour Tuesday, the 37-year-old Clinton told those gathered in a crowded Manhattan bookstore she was just 3 or 4 the first time someone asked if she would run for office.“I think it’s actually a gift to be asked that question,” she said, suggesting everyone should be encouraged to seek public office.The comments come as her mother’s political standing reaches new lows. In December, more than 60 per cent of Democrats and independents said Hillary Clinton shouldn’t run again for office, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll.Political operatives in New York say Chelsea Clinton, who lives in Manhattan, may have more options than her mother’s poor numbers suggest.“The brand here is still pretty strong,” said Jefrey Pollock, a New York-based Democratic pollster, referring to the liberal city and its suburbs. “For right now, if there’s a future, it’s going to be something more local than national.”And while Tuesday’s book tour stop was sold out, there were signs of Clinton fatigue even among the New York Democrats lined up early to get good seats.“Democrats need a leader,” said Susan Conrad, an artist. “I don’t see Chelsea as that person.”Conrad’s friend Gillian Wells agreed.“I’m glad she’s staying in the public eye. But this would not be a good time for her to run,” the interior architect said. “Maybe in a few years.”Chelsea Clinton continues to serve as vice chairwoman of the board at the Clinton Foundation, an unpaid position that puts her at the centre of decisions about the foundation’s future. Among other responsibilities, she plays an active role in fundraising, promotion and program evaluation.She’s also teaching a class on global health governance at Columbia University and recently joined the board of the internet travel site Expedia.And she’s eager to speak out against the Republican president’s policies.Last week, she warned during a televised fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union that Republican-backed voter ID laws are threatening the right to vote.Over the weekend, she tweeted a link to the Los Angeles Times headline “Our Dishonest President.” And on Monday, she posted a message to her 1.6 million Twitter followers highlighting the Trump administration’s plan to cut funding at the Environmental Protection Agency.“She’s made it very clear: ‘I can care deeply and fight for issues I’m passionate about and not be running for public office,’” Lurie said. Chelsea Clinton, on book tour, in no hurry to enter politics by Steve Peoples, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 7:02 am MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Unfriendly Britain drives dog lovers abroad Kennel Club says

first_img“To avoid any confusion or unnecessary upset, please ensure that your dog is wearing the recognisable leash/collar or harness.”It would also be helpful if you could bring along suitable documentation to explain the dog’s purpose,” the website says. A spokesman said the policy had always been in place. He said: “The company felt that many people did not wish to have dogs in the pubs, and we have never deviated from that.”In truth, it has never been a major issue.” Britain is becoming so unfriendly to dogs that owners are spending more holidays abroad, the head of the Kennel Club has said.Caroline Kisko, the Club’s secretary, said that dog owners have to go abroad for a friendly welcome as more pubs ban dogs on the grounds that they are unhygienic. The organisation says many pubs misunderstand food hygiene rules and bar dogs from the whole of a pub, when the rules simply state that they shouldn’t be allowed in food preparation areas. Ms Kisko says she “regularly” travels to France with her own dog, knowing that she will receive a warmer welcome there than she does in the UK.And she warned that other families with dogs could be doing the same – meaning British businesses are losing out. “An awful lot of people who go to France and travel on the Eurostar are taking dogs with them. “Why are they doing so? Because they know they are welcome where they’re going. They’re not going to leave their dogs in the car all the time as we do because the dog is actually very welcome to go pretty much everywhere. “So what these businesses are doing is actually pushing the holiday pound out of the UK,” she said.  Research published earlier this year suggested that almost all managers of dog-friendly pubs believed business had improved since they allowed them onto their premises. Ms Kisko added that many pubs which ban dogs later change their minds following pressure from customers. “What we have found is that they might stop having dogs for a time and then under pressure from their customers or because they do find that they’re not gaining the business they hope to gain, then they reverse it,” she said.  An increasing number of pubs are beginning to serve food as the industry comes under pressure from cheap supermarket alcohol.Pubs which do not allow dogs include the Wetherspoon’s chain, which states on its website that it allows “only registered assistance dogs inside our pubs and hotels”.  “Social interaction improves, people talk to each other more because there’s a dog, it’s an icebreaker apart from anything else. “Take your dog anywhere with you and you will get people stopping and talking to you. It’s good from the social point of view and it is also encouraging people to spend their money here.” Food hygiene laws mean business owners must ensure that food preparation areas must be hygienic, which mean animals are barred from them. But this does not mean they are must be banned from dining rooms or other indoor areas of a pub. A market research report released in 2015 found that less than one in ten pub visits did not involve food at all, down from one in eight in 2008 – suggesting that they are increasingly seen as places to eat as well as drink. Social interaction improves, people talk to each other more because there’s a dog, it’s an icebreaker apart from anything else Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Chasing the cobalt

first_imgJohn Meyer of SP Angel reports, from Reuters sources, that battery makers are descending on Australian and Canadian cobalt developers. “Nervous Asian battery makers are turning to early-stage cobalt projects in Australia and Canada to lock in supplies of the critical battery ingredient ahead of expected shortages as demand for electric vehicles revs up.“Mine developers say interest from Japanese and Korean firms is particularly strong as they compete with rivals from China, which has built deep supply chain ties with the DRC, the world’s top producer.“At least half a dozen Australian and Canadian mine developers are currently in talks on potential supply deals with battery and automakers for production at some point beyond late 2019-2021, These include Australia’s Aeon Metals, Northern Cobalt and Cobalt Blue, and Canada’s Ecobalt and Fortune Minerals.”Meyer also reports that Glencore (its Kamoto operation in the picture) has signed a cobalt supply deal to sell 52,800 t of cobalt to GEM, a Chinese battery recycler, over the next three years. GEM comments that its need for cobalt is increasing daily and recycled resources are not able to satisfy demand.GEM and it’s subsidiaries are planning to buy 13,800 t of cobalt in 2018, 18,000 t in 2019 and 21,000 t in 2020.last_img read more

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The Week in Photos True colours

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Emergency accommodation Over 500 asylum seekers now living in hotels and B

first_img Hatch Hall in Dublin By Cónal Thomas 17.03.19 Having to cross the border or stay overnight: Concerns raised about location of rural Direct Provision centres Hatch Hall in Dublin Image: Google Maps https://jrnl.ie/4569530 Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 12:58 PM 12.03.19 Direct Provision: Nearly 100 people relocated from Monaghan hotel Share656 Tweet Email1 Image: Google Maps Mar 31st 2019, 10:07 AM 100 Comments Emergency accommodation: Over 500 asylum seekers now living in hotels and B and Bs across Ireland “The current reliance on private contractors is clearly not working,” migrant rights centre Nasc has said. THERE ARE OVER 500 asylum seekers living in emergency accommodation across Ireland, newly released figures from the Department of Justice & Equality show. With Ireland’s 39 direct provision centres at capacity, the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) has accommodated people in hotels and B&Bs in Cavan and Monaghan since September. The department tendered for more hotels and B&Bs in Dublin, Meath, Louth and Waterford in January. Until more permanent centres are opened, emergency beds in commercial premises will be sourced, a department spokesperson has said.“Demand for accommodation places remains strong,” they added. The recent figure follows reports that the official number of homeless people in Ireland living in emergency accommodation has surpassed 10,000 for the first time. Campaigners and NGOs have criticised the instability of locating asylum seekers in hotels and B&Bs in remote areas and have raised concerns about the increase of people living in emergency setups. In late November, there were 196 asylum seekers living in emergency accommodation. By early February, this figure had risen to 329. There are currently 517 people awaiting relocation to more permanent direct provision centres, according to the department. Jennifer deWan of migrant rights centre Nasc has said that hotels and B&Bs “should only be being used in absolutely emergency situations”.“This has now been going on for months, so obviously something must be done to source more appropriate accommodation for people.”Nick Henderson of the Irish Refugee Council has said his organisation is “deeply concerned” at the increase of people living in emergency accommodation. “Around 8% of all people living in direct provision are now in such accommodation,” Henderson has said. “In our experience of helping people in this situation, they are encountering difficulties in accessing basic services that they need access to and are entitled to by law.  Issues identified by the refugee council through drop-in centres include people having no access to a medical card and no information on how to access GP services, no access or difficulty in accessing a Community Welfare Officer for an exceptional needs payment as well as no information on how to apply for PPS numbers in order to collect the weekly payment.Issues have also been raised by people living in emergency accommodation about food provided.“People are also at a particularly vulnerable stage having recently arrived in Ireland,” Henderson has said. “We have raised our concerns and given suggestions to the Department of Justice and will continue to do so.”  A department spokesperson has said that “there are some instances where services are stretched and it is not always possible to[…]provide everything immediately.”“However, RIA, working with the HSE, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Department of Education and Skills, do everything possible to provide comprehensive services.”To comply with the EU Reception Conditions Directive, use of emergency accommodation has been necessary since September, the department has said. “It is not possible to predict how many people may arrive in any given year seeking international protection.”‘Alternative solutions’Since September, the cost to the state of providing emergency accommodation has totalled €4.15 million.   The department has said that it is currently evaluating proposals made by private contractors to provide more emergency accommodation.DeWan of Nasc has said the department needs “to be looking to alternative solutions to source accommodation that is suited to the needs of people in the protection process and compliant with their statutory obligations under the [EU Directive].“The current reliance on private contractors is clearly not working and not providing the flexibility the government needs.”Henderson of the refugee council has said greater attention and resources should also be given to reducing the processing times for asylum seekers in Ireland.  Related Reads 24,146 Views RIA planned to accommodate people in more permanent direct provision centres but it has not been possible following recent fires at hotels in Moville, Co Donegal and Rooskey on the Roscommon-Leitrim border.It was announced last week that the department had cancelled plans to open the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey as a direct provision centre. At the time, the Department of Justice said the decision was due to a leasing issue and not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel.‘Radical re-think’ Earlier this month, the department announced that Clondalkin Towers direct provision centre, due to close in June, will remain open until at least 2021.Three other centres are due to open in line with the ‘Independent Living’ model recommended by 2015′s McMahon report, which made 173 recommendations for Ireland’s asylum system.  The department aims to open more centres in line with this model throughout 2019 and 2020, according to a spokesperson. The Irish Times reported this week, however, that Hatch Hall direct provision centre in Dublin -which currently accommodates over 200 people – is set to be redeveloped into a five-star hotel. Green Party justice spokesperson Councillor Roderic O’Gorman has said that the possible closure of Hatch Hall demonstrates the need “for a radical re-think on how we treat asylum applicants as they wait for a determination of their cases here in Ireland”.“If Hatch Hall closes, it will leave only one direct provision centre – the Clondalkin Towers Hotel – open in Dublin… Soon, all persons who are in direct provision in Dublin may be forced out of the city.”  A spokesperson for Red Carnation has said that “at present the company is not in a position to provide comment.”A spokesperson for the department has said that the contract for Hatch Hall is in place until January 2020 and that the department has “not been formally notified of any intention by the contractor to terminate the contract earlier than this date”.“In the event that an attempt is made to terminate the contract before its expiry date, the Department will take all appropriate steps including seeking to re-accommodate those still in the protection process within RIA’s accommodation portfolio and by providing residents with status or permission to remain with assistance to move on from accommodation.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Iris Survived Exactly as Predicted but Flash Still Ended with a Surprise

first_imgStay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis So Iris isn’t dead. We all figured Team Flash would find some way to either save her life or bring her back. And hey, they saved her in exactly the way most of us thought they would. To be fair, it was telegraphed early on in last week’s episode. That’s why it’s a good thing the finale didn’t waste any time revealing their “twist.” Right at the beginning of the episode, while everyone is still processing what happened, a pair of drumsticks fall from Iris’s pocket. It’s revealed that H.R. used his face swapping technology to disguise himself as Iris, and he was the one that died.Even though we knew this was coming, it’s still really sad. I liked H.R. He brought levity and humor to a season that sorely needed it. He at least tried to keep things fun even during the dourest episodes. Now, the team has Harrison Wells from Earth-2. He doesn’t drum, he doesn’t have a psychotic love of coffee, and he’s not joyful about everything. We’ve only known H.R. for a single season, but he grew on me fast.The idea that it takes a few hours for time to catch up with itself was more than a little contrived, and also doesn’t make a ton of sense. I guess Legends of Tomorrow already established this idea with Eobard Thawne and Black Flash, but still. Iris didn’t die, Barry won’t go dark, so Savitar is never born. Shouldn’t he blink out of existence right then and there? And even if it does take time for time to fix itself, wouldn’t H.R. still be alive with no Savitar to kill him? Well, that’s not the case either. Apparently, anything Savitar does is permanent whether or not he’s erased from existence. We do still have a whole forty minutes of television to fill, after all.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Grant Gustin as Savitar (Photo: The CW)The finale took things in an interesting direction this season. Instead of spending the whole episode building up a speedster battle as they’ve done before, Team Flash tries to beat Savitar with friendship, love, and kindness. Hey, it’s worked before. With Iris still alive and Savitar’s impending erasure, he and Killer Frost kidnap Cisco and force him to modify Tracey’s Speedforce Bazooka. They want Cisco to turn it into a device that will scatter Savitar across time, turning him into a god. Fine, just go with it.The Flash meets with Savitar and offers another way: Let Cisco and Caitlin go, and Team Flash will help. The rest of Team Flash isn’t too keen on the idea, but Barry’s reassurance convinces them to go along with it. This leads to some interesting moments between Barry, Iris, and Savitar. If they do help him survive, there will be two Barrys walking around. Savitar brings up some good questions. Where is he going to live, what are they going to do about the fact that he also remembers an entire relationship with Iris (even the singing proposal)? Iris and Barry assure him that they’ll figure it out. (And come on, you can’t tell me that Iris isn’t kind of liking the idea of having two Barrys around.)But we’re going to get our speedster battle anyway. It turns out Savitar only went along with Barry so he could blow up S.T.A.R. Labs. Thankfully, Wally and Barry can run everyone out to safety. The labs are completely gone, though. That’ll make things interesting next season. The stage is set for the final showdown between The Flash and Savitar. All the mind games must have distracted Savitar because he just trusts that Cisco fixed the Speedforce Bazooka just like he said he did. He didn’t. Instead, it opens the Speedforce prison and allows Jay Garrick to escape. What follows is the big three-on-one speedster battle we’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t last terribly long, but Wally and Barry dodging trees and Savitar’s lightning sure looks cool.(Photo: Screenshot via The CW)The best moment comes when Barry vibrates fast enough to knock Savitar out of his armor and take his place. That armor looks better with red lights. For a moment, Barry almost goes dark. He comes very close to killing Savitar but remembers to be a hero. He destroys the armor, punches Savitar out, and walks away. Unfortunately, he didn’t check to see if Savitar was down and nearly gets taken down from behind. The show gives us a nice twist on the usual formula by having Iris save Barry. Savitar must not be so fast without his armor if he can’t even outrun a bullet.Killer Frost’s arc in this episode was by far the most interesting. After losing a fight with Gypsy and Vibe, she’s expecting to be killed. Instead, Vibe hands her the Killer Frost antidote that Julian made. In a turn of events, I didn’t see coming, she chooses not to take it. Instead, she uses her Frost powers for good, saving Vibe during his battle with Savitar. In the end, she gives the antidote back. She doesn’t want to be Caitlin or Killer Frost. Next season will probably focus somewhat on her finding out who she wants to be. That’s a much more exciting place to be going into the fourth season.Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon (Photo: The CW)And speaking of setting things up for next season, that ending. Just when it looked like everything was going to be OK, lightning started striking all over the city. It turns out, you can’t leave the Speedforce prison empty like that, or it becomes unstable. To save Central City, Barry willingly imprisons himself inside the Speedforce. The scene was surprisingly emotionally compelling. Sure, the dialog was corny sometimes, but it worked. The acting and the direction made it so I could look past that and, yes, tear up a little while Barry said goodbye to Joe. Now, we’re faced with a fourth season that might not feature Barry Allen at all, to begin with. Of course, it’s entirely possible they’ll find some way to bring him back in next season’s premiere, but wouldn’t it be cool if they took their time with that? Let Wally be The Flash for a bit. Let us see what Iris and Joe do now that Barry isn’t in their lives. I’m happy this slow, somber Savitar story is over, but after that ending, all I want is more Flash.Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Katie Yu /The CW)Season three was not the best overall season The Flash has had so far. It was hampered by terrible pacing and an unnecessarily dark and dour storyline. For a few long stretches, season three was a slog. The season thankfully redeemed itself in its last three weeks, finding the fun, goofy optimism that made us love this show in the first place. Given the way the finale ended, it appears that optimism is here to stay. At least I hope so. The finale, like the season before it, wasn’t terribly well-paced, nor did it make a ton of sense. It made up for those flaws with great performances, interesting character development, and a climactic action scene that was fun to watch. It did its job well in setting up an emotional final scene and giving the show a ton of momentum for the next season. It’s going to be a very different world when we come back in the fall, but hopefully, it won’t lose its sense of fun.last_img read more

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The Best Action Movies on Netflix Streaming

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.If you want to Netflix and whatever the opposite of chill is, good news. The streaming service has slowly but surely built up a solid selection of action movies to get your blood pumping.The home video market thrived on action movies from stars like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and when you want something that’ll entertain you without too much plot or subtext, they did the job fantastically. As action movies evolved, budgets rose and stunts got more complex, but the basic appeal remained the same.Here’s our rundown of the best action flicks on Netflix streaming, from classic martial arts to stylish modern thrillers. These movies hail from all over the globe, with just one thing in common: they’re awesome.Rumble In The BronxOne of Jackie Chan’s absolute best movies takes him to the Big Apple (actually Vancouver, but who cares) in an escapade involving a grocery store, a sack of stolen diamonds and some of the funniest 90s punk villains ever put on camera. The plot is barely there, but it’s just an excuse for Jackie to put his body on the line in a series of insane stunts, one of which resulted in him breaking an akle and continuing to shoot the movie anyways. This is a blast from start to finish, with legendary action set pieces including the film’s climax that involves a runaway hovercraft. If you never got what the big deal was about Jackie Chan, Rumble In The Bronx will make you a believer.City Of GodThis 2002 Brazilian crime thriller is one of the most propulsive, tense movies you’ll ever see. Based on real events, it stars primarily Rio residents who had little acting training, following them through the brutal favelas and watching them grow up in the culture of crime, grappling with the morals of drugs and murder. This one is a must-watch and one of my favorite action movies of all time, so seeing it show up on Netflix is awesome. If you like it, try to track down the TV series that followed with many of the same actors.GladiatorRidley Scott’s 2000 historical drama took the “sword and sandal” cliches of classic gladiator films and transformed them into something modern and vital. Russell Crowe won an Oscar for his performance as Maximus, betrayed by his Emperor and forced to fight for his life in front of a bloodthirsty audience. Joaquin Phoenix had a career-making role as the sociopathic Commodus, his evil intentions playing out across twisted grimaces on his expressive face. The action scenes are incredibly kinetic and visceral as well. Gladiator was a huge critical and commercial success and still holds up today.Ip ManThere’s plenty of kung fu on Netflix Instant, but a quality pick is Ip Man, based on the true story of the man considered the founding father of Wing Chun kung fu. Ip Man’s greatest claim to fame is teaching Bruce Lee, but if the movie is to be believed he got up to a whole lot of other mess as well. Donnie Yen plays the title character, forced to fight for his village after the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. The scraps are inventive and beautiful, the historical setting is spot on, and the performances are all very solid. Two sequels followed, both of which are also available on Netflix streaming.Battle RoyaleThis dark 2000 action film will seem awfully familiar to the millions of people who watched The Hunger Games, as it’s basically the same story. A class of high school students is taken to a remote island, each of them is given a different weapon, and only one can survive. The twist here is that director Kinji Fukasaku plays Battle Royale like the dark comedy it is, digging deep into the twisted psyches of teenagers to deliver squicky gore and remarkable emotional connections. Cult Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano is glorious as the teacher who is all too happy to see his charges murdered one by one.Kill BillQuentin Tarantino’s revenge epic was too big to fit in just one movie, but thankfully Netflix has both halves of Kill Bill. Uma Thurman stars as the Bride, a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who is betrayed by her cohorts and left for dead. She survives and embarks on a bloody journey through them that has some of the coolest action set pieces in Western cinema history, coupled with crackling dialogue and really fun performances. Just a unique accomplishment in a number of ways.The Good, The Bad And The WeirdIt’s hard to do justice to The Good, The Bad And The Weird in a paragraph of text. This 2008 South Korean western isn’t really like any other film on this list. The titular characters are a bounty hunter, a bandit and a thief who come together during a train robbery involving a treasure map. Throw in the Japanese army and a group of Manchurian marauders and you have a non-stop chase with tons of energetic action sequences. The three lead performances are a hell of a lot of fun, as alliances shift and change in the middle of combat. You’ll be exhausted by the time it’s all over.Black PantherThe Disney / Netflix alliance continues with the addition of one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe films so far, Ryan Coogler’s exceptional Black Panther. Stepping away from New York City to focus on the Afrofuturist hidden nation of Wakanda, this flick tackles issues of colonialism and multinational responsibility with all the grace and dignity that the character is known for. Oh, and it has some absolutely balls-out awesome action sequences including a casino fight that crackles with energy. Throw in a badass supporting cast and you’ve got an absolute winner.HeatMichael Mann’s 1995 crime drama was a big deal at the time because it put Robert de Niro and Al Pacino on-screen in the same film at the same time for the first time ever. The duo had both appeared in The Godfather Part II but didn’t share any scenes, so this was huge. The movie’s more than just novelty, though – based on the true story of career criminal Neil McCauley, it follows the aftermath of an armored car heist that puts cop and crook on opposite sides of an escalating struggle that threatens to destroy them both. One of the absolute best action flicks of the 90s, bar none.BloodsportLet’s close this list with a Jean-Claude Van Damme classic that’s fun as hell. Based on the extremely questionable memoirs of MMA fighter Frank Dux, Bloodsport tells the tale of the Kumite, an underground martial arts tournament in Hong Kong that beats down the best of the best. Bolo Yeung is one of the most iconic villains in action history as Chong Li, a vicious brute who goes to insane ends to get his victories. The acting is wooden but the scenes in Kowloon Walled City are cool and the fights, of course, are worth the price of admission. We’ll see how the proposed remake shakes out.Removed From NeftlixSadly, movies don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a movie gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.Drunken Master IIJackie Chan is at the peak of his powers in this period film as Wong Fei-Hung, a legendary Chinese martial artist who unlocks his inner potential by getting insanely drunk. The movie is full of great scenes, but what puts it into the hall of fame is the final fight inside a fiery factory, which involves some of the most insane kung fu choreography ever filmed. Roger Ebert famously claimed that it might not be possible to film a better one.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoDreddKarl Urban is incredible as stone-faced Judge Dredd, star of one of Britain’s longest-running comic series. Unlike the Sylvester Stallone movie, this one hews close to the source material as the Judge and his partner need to make their way to the top of a tower block to arrest a vicious female crime kingpin played by Lena Headey (Cersei from Game of Thrones). It’s a brutal, non-stop fragfest with incredible set design and cinematography and it’s a crying shame that we’re not getting a sequel.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoCrouching Tiger, Hidden DragonOne of the most beautiful martial arts movies ever lensed, Ang Lee’s 2000 film helped kung fu break through to an audience beyond the grindhouse. When a legendary sword is stolen, it kicks off a sprawling adventure through expertly-shot landscapes. With career-defining performances from Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, this is an action flick with strong crossover appeal. Netflix removed the original film from streaming right as they premiered a follow-up film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, which is inferior in every way.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBlade IIBefore the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a twinkle in Disney’s eye, Wesley Snipes was holding it down on the big screen as vampire hunter Blade in a trio of flicks. The second one, directed by Guillermo del Toro, is widely regarded as the best of the lot. In it, Blade has to contend with the Reapers, mutated vampires stripped of every weakness but sunlight. It’s fun as hell, careening forward at breakneck speeds through inventive set pieces. Snipes is pretty much a cipher as Blade, but the supporting cast is solid, especially the Bloodpack, a group of vampires trained to take him down.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoBig Trouble In Little ChinaJohn Carpenter went PG-13 for this 1986 cult classic, starring frequent collaborator Kurt Russell as truck driver Jack Burton winding up in the middle of a Chinatown conflict involving supernatural powers and immortal crime lords looking to get married. The flick’s a non-stop roller coaster of fun fights, great sets and hilarious performances, and Burton is an all-time great action star. He’s not a miracle man – instead, he gets through on bluff and bluster most of the time, while his Asian compatriots do most of the intense fighting. As with most of his films, Carpenter also produced a sizzling synthesizer score to accompany the action.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoLethal WeaponMel Gibson and Danny Glover were one of action cinema’s perfect pairings as Riggs and Murtaugh across the Lethal Weapon movies. If you wondered where the “I’m getting too old for this shit” cliche comes from, look no further, as Murtaugh barely survives being partnered with the loose cannon Riggs as they hunt down a heroin operation run by former Special Forces soldiers. The screenplay by Shane Black is perfectly pitched, the action sequences are delightful, and it spawned multiple sequels as well as a 2016 TV series. We’ll see how that one turns out.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoIf Netflix isn’t doing to for you anymore try the 11 Niche Video Streaming Services You Should Subscribe To. But we can also walk you through that choice with a Simple Guide to Streaming Services. If you need purchasing help see our complete review of the Best Streaming Media Device. Follow all things Netflix here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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These 190 EcoFriendly Earbuds Are Only 75 Today

first_imgStay on target Brio Phantom X7 True Wireless Earbuds + Charging Case – $74.99See Deal Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change. This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves We’re all trying to do our part for the environment these days. Electronics, however, tend to be less than eco-friendly. And that is precisely what makes the Brio Phantom X7 true wireless earbuds — which are made entirely from recycled materials — such a game changer.If you enjoy high-quality audio and long battery life, then these earbuds are for you. The fact that they’re constructed using 100 percent recycled materials from US-based recycling centers is just the icing on the cake. Indeed, Brio Phantom X7’s offer the perfect blend of everything you’d expect to find in an elite set of earbuds, minus the guilty conscience.Whether you are commuting to work, hitting the gym, or relaxing at home, the Brio Phantom X7’s fit the bill. They’re waterproof so they can be worn in all kinds of weather, they boast a generous eight-hour battery life, and come equipped with a portable charging case that extends their playback time to a remarkably long 100 hours.Why settle for poorly constructed earbuds that do nothing but hurt the planet on which we live? Grab a set of eco-friendly Brio Phantom X7 true wireless earbuds for just $74.99 — a savings of 60% off retail — now at the Geek Shop.last_img read more

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ONeill rues Irelands defeat to Wales

first_imgRepublic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill was left disappointed following a 1-0 defeat to Wales on Tuesday nightThe Boys in Green hoped to kick-start their Group B4 campaign of the Nations League with a victory against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.Despite the absences of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey though, Wales still managed to leave the Irish capital with all three points following Harry Wilson’s superb free-kick.It leaves Ireland bottom of their group with just a single point from three games.“I’m naturally disappointed,” said O’Neill, according to RTE.“We put a big effort in. We certainly weren’t short of endeavour and we started off the game very brightly.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“We should have been a goal in front. We closed them down very quickly. Cyrus played very well for us again tonight and maybe should have scored.”Ireland have gone five competitive matches without a win and just nine goals in their last 13 games under O’Neill, who insists that he is his own biggest critic.“Do you know what? I am not so sure that I have ever not asked questions about myself. I think I do,” added the manager.“In terms of questioning myself as a professional, both as a player and as a manager, I’ve always done it. Genuinely always done it.“I take responsibility for every kick that is made on that field by us. That is my job. That will not change. And I do question everything that happens on the field.“I look back again to see what we may have been able to do a little bit better and hopefully that improvement continues.”last_img read more

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Sunrise bike theft captured on surveillance

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person responsible for stealing a bike from a Sunrise home.Surveillance video shows a man stealing the bike from a home located near Northwest 20th Court and 86th Avenue.The subject grabbed the bike from a garage and ran away.The theft happened on May 18. If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPSCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Facebook changes to how it ranks videos by focusing on original content

first_imgFacebook is switching up how you see videos. Facebook Facebook wants to help filmmakers build a platform and users find quality content. To do so, the social media site is changing up how it ranks videos. In a blog post published on Monday, Facebook Product Management Director David Miller said going forward the social network will prioritize original content.”We want to help media companies — whether large, small, global, or local — continue their invaluable work,” Miller said.The update is based on three factors: loyalty and intent, video and viewing durations, and originality. The new ranking system will change how videos are seen across the site including news feed and video recommendations.Miller said Facebook plans to add more weight to videos that people search for and watch multiple times. Additionally, videos that are watched longer will be prioritized. Facebook plans to limit the distribution of “unoriginal or repurposed content from other sources.” The social media site will also dial back on pages that participate in “sharing schemes.” Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook 0 Digital Mediacenter_img Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… Post a comment Tags 1:23last_img read more

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Icebreaker could lose out to wall

first_imgCoast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice in the Nome Harbor in 2012. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)President Donald Trump is in a stand-off with Congress. He said he’ll shut down the government if he doesn’t get $5 billion for border security, and one of his top priorities is a wall on the southern border. But if he gets his way, it could mean Alaska’s congressional delegation would lose one of its top priorities: a polar icebreaker.You may have heard: We’ve fallen way behind on ice breakers. Russia has about 30 now. The United States is down to two that are operational. And you may have heard Congress has agreed to build more. That’s partially true. Congress approved an icebreaker construction program, and Congress has put some money into it – $150 million here, $150 million there.But this year the Senate went for it.“$750 million,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski said. “That’s what the Senate looked at and said ‘We need this icebreaker. We need to get it going. That’s the commitment. It’s one of six, but we’ve got to get it going.”She wants that money to stay in the final spending package. But there are a lot of moving pieces as Congress tries to negotiate an agreement with the president to keep the government running beyond the Dec. 7 deadline. Murkowski said the icebreaker money is an attractive target to lawmakers who want to end the impasse by spending more on a border wall.“This is the beauty of the magic of the horror of what goes on with the process at the end,” she said, “is where they might find the money.”The House has agreed to spend $5 billion, as the president requested. The problem is the Senate, where Democrats aren’t willing to spend that much, and it takes 60 votes to pass a spending bill. The Senate has approved spending $1.6 billion for border security.Murkowski said that could fund a wall, or portions of a wall, between the border states and Mexico.“There have been areas that have been identified as good areas within which you can erect a physical barrier,” she said. “There are other areas — many, many miles, perhaps hundreds of miles — that are not good candidates to spend money on a wall.”She said other security technology would be more effective there. But the president wants a wall, and icebreakers aren’t as high on his priority list.Correction: The original version of this story said Russia has 46 icebreakers. However, that figure includes privately owned ships, and two that are not operational. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdflast_img read more

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A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade

first_img Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Associated Press,Load Comments,Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsanti-immigrant anti-Islam anti-Jewish anti-Sikhism Charleston shooting houses of worship suicide bombers violent extremism,You may also like Share This! Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Latasha Morrison hopes to build a bridge between black and white Christians Share This! By: Associated Press By: Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(AP) — Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade:Oct. 31, 2010: Al-Qaida in Iraq militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing 58 people in the deadliest assault targeting Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion there. Al-Qaida in Iraq later became the Islamic State group.Dec. 15, 2010: Two suicide bombers from the Sunni extremist group Jundallah blow themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran, including six Revolutionary Guard commanders.July 16, 2010: Jundallah group kills 27 and injures 270 after it carries out a double suicide bombing against another Shiite mosque in southeastern Iran.Aug. 5, 2012: Six members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, are fatally shot by a white supremacist, Wade Michael Page. Page was shot by a responding officer and later killed himself.Nov. 18, 2014: Two Palestinians using axes, knives and a gun kill four Jewish worshippers and an Israeli police officer in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.Jan. 30, 2015: Suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the Pakistani town of Shikarpur kills 71. Jundullah claims responsibility.March 20, 2015: Islamic State suicide bombers attack a pair of mosques in Yemen’s capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people.June 17, 2015: Nine black worshippers including a pastor are killed by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, after he prayed with them in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was convicted of federal hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion charges and sentenced to death.Sept. 24, 2015: A suicide bomber strikes a mosque in Yemen’s rebel-held capital, killing 25 worshippers during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.Nov. 12, 2016: Suicide bomber from Islamic State group kills over 50 at the shrine of Shah Noorani, in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.Dec. 11, 2016: Suicide bomber strikes inside a Cairo chapel adjacent to St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of Egypt’s ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, which killed at least 25 people.Jan. 29, 2017: A gunman killed six men during evening prayers at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and attempted murder charges and was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole.Feb. 16, 2017: Suicide bomber detonates his explosives vest among the devotees at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan’s Sindh province, killing 98.April 9, 2017: Twin suicide bombings rock churches in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria and Tanta, killing at least 45 people. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.June 15, 2017: A suicide bomber kills four people at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul. Among the dead is a leader of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims.Aug. 1, 2017: A suicide bomber storms into the largest Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, opening fire on worshippers before blowing himself up, killing at least 90 people. Hundreds more were wounded in the attack, which happened during evening prayers.Aug. 3, 2018: Suicide bombers disguised in burqa robes attack a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing 27 people.Aug. 25, 2017: Militants storm a packed Shiite mosque in Kabul during Friday prayers. The attack ends with at least 28 worshippers killed and 50 wounded, many of them children. Two of the assailants blow themselves up and another two are shot dead by Afghan security forces.Sept. 29, 2017: A suicide bomber blows himself up outside a Shiite mosque in Kabul, killing five. The attack took place as worshippers were leaving the mosque after Friday prayers.Oct. 20, 2017: The Islamic State group claims a suicide bomber attack, killing 31 and wounding 29 people, at a Shiite mosque in Kabul.Nov. 5, 2017: Dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault weapon, 26-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others.Nov. 24, 2017: Militants kill 311 worshippers in a mosque attack in north Sinai, the deadliest such terrorist attack in Egypt’s modern history.Dec. 17, 2017: Islamic State attack on a church in Pakistani city of Quetta kills 16 people.Oct. 27, 2018: A gunman believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media entered Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire, killing 11 and wounding six, including four police officers.Jan. 27, 2019: Two suicide attackers detonate two bombs during a Mass in a Roman Catholic cathedral on the largely Muslim island of Jolo in the southern Philippines, killing 23 and wounding about 100 others. Three days later, an attacker hurls a grenade in a mosque in nearby Zamboanga city, killing two religious teachers.March 15, 2019: At least 40 people are killed in an attack at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Share This! Associated Press News Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 DIY Faith • Newslast_img read more

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Judge freezes accounts of Florida church caught up in alleged Ponzi scheme

first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins How remembering the dead has evolved from graveside eulogy to farewell address Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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 TagsFlorida homepage featured Ponzi scheme Winners Church,You may also like Share This! Share This! Opinion Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Newscenter_img News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes Share This! By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The pastor of a megachurch in West Palm Beach, Fla., is refusing to hand over $1.7 million despite claims by federal prosecutors that the funds belong to people caught up in a $30 million Ponzi scheme run by a former church director.According to the Palm Beach Post, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg ordered $1 million in assets belonging to Winners Church, a suburban congregation in West Palm Beach, and to church pastors Fred Shipman and Whitney Shipman frozen.Those assets will remain frozen until Rosenberg issues a ruling on their disposition.The dispute is part of the fallout from an alleged Ponzi scheme run by Canadian financial commentator Harold Seigel and Florida resident Jose Aman. The duo allegedly convinced hundreds of people to invest millions in Argyle Coin, LLC, which claimed to be a cryptocurrency business related to diamonds.According to a dozen lawsuits recently filed in Florida and elsewhere, the men were actually running an elaborate scam. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Tuesday (May 21) it was shutting down the operation, describing it as a Ponzi scheme.Some of their money turned up at Winners Church, which boasts a congregation of more than 2,000 and had listed Aman as a “director” on state records.According to a new lawsuit, Aman gave $1 million to the church from 2014 to 2018 and gave church founder Bishop Fred Shipman $700,000. He also allegedly gave Fred Shipman’s son, Winners Church senior pastor Whitney Shipman, around $40,000 during that same time period.On Thursday, Amie Berlin, an attorney for the SEC, told U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg that the church and the Shipmans should return the funds, given that the SEC can retrieve money for victims of the scheme.But Carl Schoeppl, the lawyer representing the Shipmans and the church, argued Winners Church can’t be forced to turn over the money because it’s a nonprofit religious institution.The West Palm Beach Skyline as seen from Palm Beach, taken on October 06, 2007. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.He pointed to a Florida statute that allows religious organizations to accept funds “received in good faith,” noting that neither the church nor the Shipmans were aware of Aman’s operation.Bishop Shipman has called the funds “God’s blessings” and told the judge that giving them up would have “a ripple effect in everything we do from this point on.”Lawyers for the U.S. government argue federal law supersedes the state-level statute, although churches have been spared incidentally in the past from different clawback situations.True Life Church in Waukesha, Wis., was initially targeted to pay back $756,000 donated to the congregation by a company that later went bankrupt, but the effort was eventually abandoned in 2017. In a similar bankruptcy case involving Cornerstone Church in Tennessee, the congregation was sued and eventually agreed to pay a settlement.The judge gave both sides in the Winners Church until June 3 to file paperwork explaining their positions. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postslast_img read more

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Costa Rica appeals court overturns murder conviction of US expat Ann Patton

first_imgRelated posts:Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’ US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica  Following recent crime wave, Solís announces new investment in San Carlos police force Dutch couple, laborer found dead at Costa Rica farm Ann Patton, a U.S. citizen foundguilty of killing her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender, in Costa Rica in 2010, was released from prison Thursday at 10 a.m. after an appellate judge overturned her 22-year sentence, a family friend confirmed to The Tico Times. Patton was serving preventive detention while judges reviewed the May 2014 conviction.The appellate judge ordered what will be Patton’s third trial in the shooting death of her 44-year-old husband, which occurred at the couple’s luxury jungle estate in Florida de Barú, Pérez Zeledón, in southern Costa Rica. A different court had acquitted Patton in 2013, but an appeals court ordered a new trial that started on May 19, 2014.Patton has been ordered to hand over her passport to authorities and is prohibited from leaving the country as the third trial is prepared. She must also report weekly to the the judicial office closest to her home, according to a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office.The story is developing. Follow ticotimes.net for updates.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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