APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former Labrador Innu leader Peter Penashue was appointed minister of intergovernmental affairs by Prime Minister Stephen Harper who unveiled the first cabinet of his new majority government Wednesday.John Duncan kept his portfolio, but the Prime Minister’s Office changed his title to minister of Aboriginal affairs and northern development instead of Indian affairs and northern development.Concerns immediately emerged that an Aboriginal affairs minister may mean the government is looking to approach First Nations, Metis and Inuit issues as one in the same, despite each having their own distinct political, cultural and legal realities.Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, the Conservative MP from Nunavut, also retained the Health portfolio, but gained a new responsibility as minister of Canadian northern economic development.Aglukkaq and Penashue made history, making Harper’s latest cabinet the first with two Aboriginal ministers.Penashue, who was also named as president of the Queen’s Privy Council, was the only Conservative elected in Newfoundland and Labrador in the election. He is the former head of the Labrador Innu Nation and is also the first Innu ever to be elected as an MP.Penashue has been a long time fighter for the rights of Labrador Innu and even took on the military in opposition to low level flight training in Labrador in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Penashue was also involved in shedding light on the dire situation facing the community of Davis Inlet, now Natuashish.Harper told reporters that Penashue had an “outstanding record” as an Innu leader and that he had won a “historic” election in Newfoundland and Labrador. Penashue was the first Tory elected in Labrador since 1968.He was also a key player in pushing through a major land-claim for the Labrador Innu.Joining Duncan and Aglukkaq in keeping their cabinet posts were Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Defence Minister Peter MacKay.Former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino, who has faced criticism over the handling of the Caledonia crisis and the 2007 shut-down of Hwy 401 by Tyendinaga Mohawks, was named associate minister of defence.Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose also retained her Status of Women portfolio.Others in named to the Harper cabinet include:*Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finely*Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda* Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird* Treasury Board President Toney Clement* House Leader Peter Van Loan* Immigration Minister Jason Kenney*Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz*Minister of Industry Christian Paradis*Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore*Transport Minister Denis Label*Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield*Environment Minister Peter Kent*Labour Minister Lisa Raitt*Revenue Minister Gail Shea*Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney*Minister of International Trade Ed Fast*Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver*Minister of State for ACOA Bernard Valcourt*Government Whip Gordon O’Connor*Minister of State for small business Maxime Bernier*Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy*Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification*Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher*Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear*Minister of State for Finance Ted Menzies*Minister of State for Democratic Reform Tim Uppal*Minister of State for Seniors Alice Wong*Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal
FRANKFURT — The Latest on the French president’s visit to Germany (all times local):1 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron has taken part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Germany’s memorial to the victims of war and dictatorship.Macron stood with folded hands and bowed head alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Neue Wache memorial in Berlin as part of a national day of remembrance.Macron is visiting as both he and Merkel are lagging in the polls and need some mutual reinforcement and support.Merkel has backed Macron’s proposal for a European army someday, saying it would show the world that there will never again be war between European nations. The two are meeting before a December summit intended to decide limited reforms of the shared euro currency to make it more resistant to financial and economic crises.___8:40 a.m.French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both limping in the polls, are looking for common approaches to Donald Trump and fixing the flaws in the euro currency.Macron speaks in the German parliament in Berlin on Sunday on an annual day of remembrance for victims of war and dictatorship, a week after the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and then consults with Merkel on European and international issues.Merkel last week echoed Macron’s call for a European army, a long-term prospect that drew tweeted criticism of Macron from Trump. Merkel said a European force would save money and agreed with Macron that Europe must be able to defend itself on its own. The two also face a December summit on limited reforms to the euro currency.The Associated Press
Kolkata: Voters from the western districts of the state may have a tough time while standing at the queue as the temperatures may touch 42-43 degree Celsius on May 12 when elections would be held in eight Lok Sabha constituencies.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore said western districts such as East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Purulia and Bankura may experience heat wave till May 12, if there is no change in the weather system. The mercury may rise by 2-3 degree Celsius in many South Bengal districts, including the city, in the next 48 hours. There is no prediction of rainfall by the weather office in South Bengal as of now. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaElections will be held in eight constituencies — Tomluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur on May 12. There is good news for people in North Bengal districts as the MeT office predicted thunder shower in five districts in next couple of days. According to a weather official, heat waves are entering the western parts of the state from Bihar and Jharkhand. Both the neighbouring states are reeling under heat wave conditions. The temperatures in the Western districts of Bengal may hover between 40 and 43 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe weather office also predicted that during the night the temperature will be higher than the normal. The high-level of humidity in the air will also add to the discomfort. A low pressure turf has formed in North Bengal which will bring light to moderate rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm later this week. “The humidity level will be on higher side in South Bengal districts. The temperatures may rise up to 38 degree Celsius in the next few days,” deputy director general of Alipore weather office Sanjib Bandyopadhyay said. City doctors gave some suggestions to battle the blistering heat. They advised people not to drink water or fruit juices from the road-side eateries. People should have fruits at home. The fruits that are cut and sold on the streets must be avoided. The doctors also advised people to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. They asked people to avoid spicy and restaurant foods and stay away from direct sunlight while on the streets. People, who go out in the sun should wear caps or use umbrellas and they should wear cotton clothes to get some respite from the humidity. It may be mentioned that CESC successfully handled the highest-ever demand of consumers during the summer. According to a CESC spokesman, the power demand reached its peak at 3:30 pm on Wednesday when CESC successfully supplied 2262 MW. In June last year, CESC met a demand of 2,131 MW. The highest demand recorded on June 19, 2017 reached up to 2,159 MW. “We are happy that CESC has successfully met this demand without any interruption. About 2,262 MW demand is the highest in the history of CESC. Over the past five years, CESC has been experiencing demand of more than 2,000 MW during summer,” a CESC spokesperson said.
16 May 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new partnership with Iran’s Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN) aimed at raising awareness and generating funding for relief operations. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new partnership with Iran’s Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN) aimed at raising awareness and generating funding for relief operations. As part of an agreement signed last week, WFP and CHN launched a Tourism against Hunger campaign in which the news agency, whose 100 journalists and photographers specialize on covering issues related to Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism, will provide news coverage of all relevant WFP activities throughout the country.CHN will also provide technical assistance to develop WFP’s Farsi/English website, provide translation services as well as help develop a local advocacy strategy that will include the production of news packages, publications and advertisements. “The partnership between WFP and CHN is yet another sign of how WFP can work with the private sector in raising awareness,” said Robert Hauser, WFP’s Representative in Iran. WFP opened an office in Iran in 1971 and was active in several projects requiring food assistance until 1979. At the request of the Government, the agency resumed activities in 1987 and today provides food assistance to over 26,000 Afghan refugees and 4,800 Iraqi refugees in Iran. In addition, in 2003, WFP provided emergency food assistance to nearly 100,000 survivors of the Bam earthquake and who were gradually able to re-establish their livelihoods.
Hamilton police are looking for one suspect after an attempted robbery at Burnt Tongue restaurant on Locke St. last month. Police say during the lunchtime rush on February 18, a man walked through ‘staff only’ areas of the restaurant looking to steal valuable items.Police believe the man captured on surveillance footage may be responsible for other break ins. The suspect is described as five-foot-six, a thin build and had facial hair. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue baseball cap, dark blue jeans and black shoes. Police are asking anyone with information about this robbery to contact the Hamilton Police BEAR Unit at 905-546-8934 or contact Crime Stoppers at 905-522-8477.
Speaking out strongly against yesterdays deadly car bomb attacks on a busy shopping street in the Syrian city of Homs, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said such brutality serves to remind us again of the contempt the parties to this conflict show for human life. Brutal violence and indiscriminate attacks on ordinary people have been taking place for more than three years in Syria and no longer have the power to shock. But attacks on civilians are war crimes and may also amount to crimes against humanity, said Valerie Amos, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.According to a statement issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 20 people were killed and more than 100 injured, including women and children, in the two bomb attacks while they were going about their daily business. Two volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were among the injured as they arrived in an ambulance to treat people hurt in the first blast, and were caught in the second.The use of car bombs, barrel bombs, aerial bombardment and mortars in residential areas, with no distinction between military targets and civilians, are violations of international humanitarian law, said Ms. Amos, adding that the use of siege as a weapon of war, the recruitment of children for combat, and the subjection of women and girls to sexual and gender-based violence are abhorrent and must end immediately.This is a war, but even wars have rules. All parties to the conflict need to commit now to upholding international humanitarian law, she declared.
Updated: 21.30DAMAGE AND FLOODING caused severe weather conditions have been reported around the country.Met Éireann has issued a “status red” alert, with damaging gusts of between 120 to 150km/h expected in some parts of the country.Here are updates from around the country on what’s happening.Some 14,000 households are currently without power around the country, mainly in the midlands, west and south west of the country, following extensive storm damage to the electricity network.How are things in your area? Send your pictures and any information you have such as road closures or power outages to firstname.lastname@example.org.CorkCork’s Kent Railway station has partially reopened following the collapse of canopies covering two platforms earlier. Lower Glanmire Road outside the station is also closed. Other roof collapses have been reported in the city.There is also a tree down across the Marina Road near Blackrock.(Image Credit: Jamie Gos)ClareEmergency services were called to the scene at Mgaowna where fallen trees and flooding had combined to make roads impassible.(Pic: Clare County Fire & Rescue Service/Facebook) DublinHeavy winds have knocked down trees on some roads, including Killinarden Road in Tallaght, Mount Drummond Square in Harold’s Cross, St Assam’s Drive in Raheny and St Brendan’s Drive in Coolock. (Via @aaroadwatch/Twitter)ESB lines fell on the Malahide Road at Balgriffin leading to delays in the area.Clanbrassil Street in the city centre was heavily flooded but this has mainly receded now.Belgard Road is flooded near Newlands Cross, causing some delays. (via LiveDrive)Traffic has been slow on the N11 at the Stillorgan Road due to a mixture of flooding and traffic lights not working, but this has now been fixed and traffic has been better. (@aaroadwatch/Twitter)Rail services are also delayed and crowded. These pictures from Paul Redmond from earlier: GalwayThe Salthill promenade has been closed from Grattan Road to Blackrock until further notice due to the level of water.Engineering building at NUI Galway has a lovely new lake outside it. This has now drained off and the road is passable again. (via Dominick Barrett)Here’s how Salthill Prom looks. (via Cathal Collins)There’s flooding also at Spanish Arch (via Lyndsay Hughes).LimerickSarsfield Street in Kilmallock is closed due to structural damage, Gardaí say.MayoMayo is one of the worst affected areas of power outages, with more than 1,400 affected in Westport alone.Here’s a shot from earlier as the storm reached the north west. (via @TheGlutton)TipperaryMany are without power near Thurles.WaterfordThis shot shows the sign outside DID Electric in Ardkeen, Waterford City at around 5.45pm today:(Pic: TheJournal.ie reader) WestmeathA 23-year-old woman was killed after a tree fell on her car near Mullingar.Many are without power near Athlone.Wicklow@thekatg tells us there are power cuts in Shillelagh.Severe flooding on the N11 at Kilcroney/Glen of the Downs. (Via @aaroadwatch)Map shows the location of major ESB power outages around the country as of 9.50pm. (Map via ESB) Additional reporting by Christine BohanRead: 23-year-old woman killed after tree falls on car in Mullingar >More: At least one injured after canopy collapses at Kent Railway Station, Cork >
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane insists he’s happy over all contribution after scoring against Cardiff City.The Spurs striker has now scored against all 28 opponents he has faced in the Premier League following his strike against the Bluebirds but his deep play caught the eye the most.“With the way we’re playing this year we have people running in behind and I’m dropping deeper,” Kane said, according to Independent.“I’m able to pass out wide and it’s always been a part of my game. We’re scoring a few more of our chances now and this season is probably the most assists I’ve had.”“I base my game around creating chances and people who have watched me in the last few years know I don’t just score goals.”“It’s about everything; hold-up play, moving, creating space for others, and passing. Then, of course, I want to score when I can and, as a striker, you have to do all those things.”Report: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…Meanwhile, Kane insists Spurs’ experience over the years will help them in their title quest.“We’ve been there in the title race before and in the past we’ve done well at this stage and won a lot of games.”“In previous years it’s just been the teams above us have won their games as well.”“We can’t take anything for granted and do what we can do. Liverpool are on top form at the moment, they’re ahead, and deservedly so.”“The Wolves game was a kick up the bum for us. We were 1-0 up and all of a sudden we were 3-1 down, it shows that in the Premier League you can’t rest on your laurels.”
Vancouver police are asking the public to help identify two burglary suspects who were captured by home surveillance footage in the Columbia Way neighborhood.The burglary was reported in the 1400 block of Southeast Columbia Way Saturday at 8:57 a.m. via a silent alarm. Anyone who recognizes the two men captured by the home camera system is asked to contact Vancouver police Officer Taylor Smarr at 360-772-2177 or Cpl. Duane Boynton at 360-772-2366.
The condition of a 17-year-old Vancouver pedestrian struck by a vehicle last week has improved.Chase Pickens, who was previously listed in critical condition, has been upgraded to serious condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Pickens was walking on the sidewalk on the north side of Northwest 99th Street about 6:20 p.m. Aug. 31 when he was struck by a 2006 Mazda four-door, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.The Mazda, driven by Chancellor Pruett, 18, of Vancouver, was driving west on the street in front of Columbia River High School when he used a right-turn-only lane to pass a vehicle, cut back into the westbound lane and crashed into an eastbound 1997 Silver BMW that was turning left into a driveway, according to the sheriff’s office. After the cars collided, the Mazda crashed into Pickens. The driver of the BMW, Derek Gear, 42, of Vancouver, suffered injuries described as not life-threatening and was taken to a hospital. Passengers in the Mazda and BMW were not injured. Speed and reckless driving are suspected contributors to the crash, according to investigators. No citations or arrests have been made, but traffic detectives are continuing their investigation.A donation account to help cover medical expenses was set up for Pickens, a junior at Skyview High School, at OnPoint Community Credit Union. People can stop by any branch to donate.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WSVN) – A school bus that was transporting children crashed into a building in Charlotte, North Carolina Thursday morning.Just before 8:30 a.m., FOX 8 reported fire rescue responded to the scene where several children were walking around the bus.According to one witness, the bus appeared to have lost control and hit a car before crashing into the building.Shortly after, the emergency door on the bus opened and students were seen jumping out.It remains unknown if there were any injuries reported.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Now playing: Watch this: Comments Spotify launched Stations as a test app last year in Australia. The company would not disclose whether or when it plans to bring the app to other countries; a company spokesperson shared this statement: “At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users. Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning. Spotify Stations is one of those tests.” Spotify doubles Apple Music members, Google offers autodelete… Music Online Share your voice Spotify Stations. Apple Spotify Stations — a stripped-down version of the company’s flagship streaming music service — is now available in the US. It can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Read: Spotify tests new, Pandora-like app called StationsIf you already have a Spotify account, you can use it to sign into the Stations app. Otherwise, you’ll need to create a new account, which requires providing your name, email address, date of birth and gender, and agreeing to the company’s terms of service. If you use the free plan, you’ll hear ads interspersed with songs on the Station app. (I listened to music using a free account for about 15 minutes before hearing the first ad.) Spotify Premium account holders will hear ad-free music. Once you’re signed up, the interface is simple and intuitive: you can select an artist or choose a genre or mood, and Spotify will curate a playlist for you based on your listening habits. Once you tap the 👍 button 15 tracks, Spotify creates a personalized playlist called “Favorites.” Unlike the flagship Spotify app, the Stations app doesn’t allow you to search for or play specific tracks and albums. And Stations will let you skip only six songs per hour. 1:21 2 Spotify Tags
Toshiba granted Canon exclusive negotiating rights Wednesday to acquire its medical equipment arm as the Japanese electronics giant’s financial landscape looks pale after a $1.3-billion accounting scandal last year. Canon’s bid to buy one of Toshiba’s prized assets in the healthcare division surpassed Â¥700 billion ($6.2 billion), which the suitors were told to exceed, as per Bloomberg’s sources.Canon’s proposal to buy Toshiba Medical earned the company exclusive rights until March 18, during which the two companies would reach a final agreement, according to Toshiba’s statement quoted by Bloomberg Wednesday. Other suitors for the business, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of CT scan machines, in the second round of bidding included Fujifilm and Konica Minolta, which had joined hands with UK-based Permira, the Wall Street Journal had said earlier.According to Japanese business daily Nikkei, the board members find Canon a suitable buyer for Toshiba Medical not only because of the size of its offer, but also due to the limited overlap between the two companies’ medical operations, which would lead to smoother antitrust proceedings.The publication adds Canon has been keen to explore a new source of revenue in addition to its camera and office equipments. The Tokyo-based camera manufacturer is already present in the medical field, but on a limited scale, with products like retinal cameras. By acquiring Toshiba’s extensive medical unit, Canon can expand into diagnostic imaging equipments such as CT scanners and MRI machines.As the global medical equipment market is expected to grow significantly from Â¥40 trillion in 2013 to cross Â¥50 trillion in 2018, Canon’s investments would be rightly served.”The acquisition of Toshiba Medical will allow Canon to create a new business pillar, on top of cameras and office equipment businesses,” Kazuyoshi Saito, senior analyst at IwaiCosmo Securities, told Reuters. “It might be a little pricey, but will generate profits in the first year. It is more reasonable than Hon Hai paying about the same for Sharp.”As for Toshiba, the deal will help the company rebuild its finances that suffered a major setback from the accounting scandal, when the company had admitted to overstating profits from 2009. Since then, the Japanese tech giant faced record losses and job cuts. The company had projected a loss of Â¥700 billion for its fiscal year ending March.Toshiba’s health care division recorded Â¥409.5 billion worth sales in the last 12 months and an operating income of Â¥23.9 billion, Bloomberg data revealed.
By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Catholicism Tagschurchwide assembly Earlean Miller ELCA ELCA Churchwide Assembly Elizabeth Eaton Elizabeth Platz Emmy Kegler Evangelical Lutheran Church in America homepage featured Jessica Crist women’s ordination Wyvetta Bullock,You may also like We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Share This! Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,MILWAUKEE (RNS) — As they entered the worship service on the last full day of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Churchwide Assembly, some of the pastors clapped along with the upbeat music.Some danced.Others draped their arms around each other’s shoulders as they filed into the worship service, two by two. All were women, ranging in age from their mid-20s to the 104-year-old Rev. Maria de Jesús.The processional was the kickoff of a year of celebrations leading up to the 50th anniversary of Lutheran women’s ordination in the U.S. in 2020, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton said in her opening remarks at the assembly.Along the way, Lutherans will mark 40 years of women of color being ordained and 10 years of LGBTQ people serving freely in the mainline Lutheran denomination, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the U.S.ELCA female clergy participate in processional celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination during the ELCA Churchwide Assembly on Aug. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee, Wisc. Photo courtesy of ELCA“This is not just a celebration for women, or women of color or for the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Eaton, the first woman elected presiding bishop of the ELCA.“These are decisions of this whole church, and this is a celebration for the whole church. This church has been blessed by the ministry of those formerly excluded.”Here are the stories of several ordained women serving the ELCA today.The Rev. Jessica CristThe first time The Rev. Jessica Crist encountered sexism in the church, she was a preteen in confirmation class.The pastor teaching the class asked students to raise their hands if they were interested in pursuing ministry in any of the following professions: secretary, educator, missionary, musician.When he reached “pastor,” Crist’s hand shot up.The pastor told Crist she couldn’t be a pastor. The Lutheran Church didn’t ordain women.“So immediately I decided that was what I did want to do,” Crist later recounted.Bishop Jessica Crist, left, with the Rev. Elizabeth Platz, the first Lutheran woman ordained in the United States. Photo courtesy of Jessica CristThe Lutheran Church in America and American Lutheran Church, which preceded the ELCA, both changed their language barring women from ministry in 1970. Later that year, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Platz was ordained by the Lutheran Church in America.Nearly a decade later, Crist was ordained, too.She remembers being one of three ordained women in her synod. People often remarked to them that they were “so nice” — the implication being the women before them had not been, she said.“I would smile nicely and say, ‘And, you know, we can be nice because our predecessors broke down the doors so that we could walk through.’ They were bruised, breaking down those doors, and it’s not that we’re not bruised, but it’s a lot easier for us to walk through,” she said.Crist, 66, now chairs the ELCA’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of women’s ordination, which includes Bible studies and other resources for congregations to use.She’s also retiring as bishop of the Montana Synod, where she was the first female bishop, not just in the synod, but also in the entire Western U.S. She also was the first female bishop to head the ELCA’s Conference of Bishops.Crist said she hopes Lutherans will remember their history and not take for granted the fact that women now serve at every level in the ELCA. That’s not the case for Lutheran women in some parts of the world.Despite five decades of ministry, ordained women still face challenges in the ELCA. A 2015 survey showed a 9% gap between the compensation female clergy receive and what their male counterparts make in the denomination. And clergywomen are less likely to serve as bishops, senior pastors, and college, university or seminary professors.But, Crist said, “We pioneers have broken down a lot of doors. I think sometimes younger, newer folks don’t realize what their foremothers did.”ELCA female clergy participate in a processional celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination during the ELCA Churchwide Assembly on Aug. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee, Wisc. Photo courtesy of ELCAThe Rev. Wyvetta BullockGrowing up in Tennessee in a Baptist denomination that did not ordain women, the Rev. Wyvetta Bullock, 68, saw women in the church who were Sunday School teachers. She saw women who were missionaries.But she never saw a woman who was a pastor, like her father.And while she felt a call to ministry as a young adult, her father had mentored her brother to become a pastor.After Bullock married and moved to Philadelphia — the headquarters of what was then the Lutheran Church in America — she decided to pursue that call.Still, she had her doubts.Rev. Wyvetta Bullock. Photo courtesy of ELCAThe denomination was — and remains — one of the whitest denominations in the United States. Numbers reported at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly put its membership at 94% white.It took nine years after Platz’s ordination for a woman of color to be ordained in the Lutheran Church — the Rev. Earlean Miller.“I knew that as a black woman that there would be challenges for me in this church. It felt like I would be sand in the shoe,” Bullock said.“But when all was said and done, I knew I could choose not to, but I really felt in my heart if I chose not to become part of the Lutheran Church, I would move myself off the path that God was taking me down at that time.”Bullock was ordained in 1996. She now is the executive for administration in the ELCA and a pastoral associate at Bethel Lutheran Church in Chicago.Her ministry has indeed been “challenging” at times, she said.Still, she said, Lutherans continue to take steps to address racism, like the apology made in the “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent” during this year’s Churchwide Assembly.“It seems like the Spirit won’t let us go. When we come together, it’s like we say once again, ‘This is who we want to be. This is who we believe God calls us to be.’ And that helps me on those days when I think I’m going to go sell shoes,” Bullock said.“It helps because I believe that God is afoot, and she is moving and doing things in this church that are bigger than me, that are beyond me and that I may not live to see the results of, but because I trust that God is faithful, I’ll come back another day.”ELCA female clergy participate in a service celebrating 50 years of women’s ordination during the ELCA Churchwide Assembly on Aug. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee, Wisc. Photo courtesy of ELCAThe Rev. Emmy KeglerGrowing up in the Episcopal Church, the Rev. Emmy Kegler, 34, felt a call to the pulpit and to serve communion that was so strong it felt like a “hook the size of a construction crane had settled in my chest and just started pulling me towards them.”That sense of call followed her to the ELCA.She was drawn to the denomination by the joyful worship she had attended in the campus congregation at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, a passion for Scripture and a theology that “understands how Scripture interacts with the world and how it’s formed within context.”Kegler, who is gay, thought she’d found everything she was looking for in the denomination.But the ELCA still was wrestling with whether to ordain clergy who were openly in same-sex relationships, and she put her call on hold.“When we came up against the discussions around sexuality, I, for a while, felt like I might actually not have found a church that can do this. I might have to once again leave, or I’m going to have to sacrifice my passion for Scripture or my sexual self,” she said.Rev. Emmy Kegler. Courtesy photoThings changed in 2009, when a contentious ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved a social statement titled “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust.” That statement allowed for differing viewpoints on sexuality in the church and opened the doors for clergy in same-sex relationships to be ordained.Not long afterward, Kegler was ordained.The social statement led some churches to leave the denomination, and, she said, “that will always be a mournful and sad thing.”“And yet it means that I don’t have to keep fighting at every turn for my legitimacy in the pulpit,” she said.Kegler — who is pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and co-leader of Queer Grace (both in Minneapolis), which organizes worship and activities for LGBTQ Christians and their allies — knows not all churches in the ELCA are willing to call openly partnered lesbian, gay or bisexual clergy to serve as pastors.And there hasn’t yet been a denomination-wide conversation to help Lutherans better understand transgender and nonbinary people in the church. That work now is being done at the grassroots level, said Kegler, who also founded an encyclopedia of the intersections of LGBTQ life & Christian faith.“I think we narrow our view of God so strictly and sadly if we reduce the image of God and who can speak pastorally or prophetically or publicly to only white men, and the kind of liberation that is brought with acknowledging that people of all genders have the capacity to proclaim the good news of God is deeply healing for everyone within the church,” she said.“Because it reminds us that our preset societal gender roles don’t actually have bearing on who we are in the kingdom, which means freedom for men, women and everyone across the spectrum.” News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Share This! 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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the time many of us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Many churches in the area are holding special events to celebrate this season. I hope that you can incorporate one of these events or services into your holiday planning. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season. Merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays.Christian Life Church6605 Liberty RoadBaltimore, Md. 21207Christmas Musical: A Christmas ConversationDec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, 6 p.m.Dr. Hugh Bair, Pastor=============================================Morning Star Baptist Church1512 Woodlawn DriveBaltimore, Md. 21207Inaugural Worship Service in their new SanctuaryDec. 16, 10 a.m.Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, Pastor=============================================Christian Community Church of God2701 West Baltimore StreetBaltimore, Md. 21223Christmas Concert WorshipDec. 17, 10 a.m.Dr. Melvin Green, Pastor=============================================Empowerment Temple4217 Primrose AveBaltimore, Md. 21215Unto Us a Child is BornDec. 24, 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor=============================================The Church of the Redeemed of the Lord4321 Old York RoadBaltimore, Md. 21212Christmas Time in the City: The MusicalDec. 24, 10 a.m.Bishop Jerome Stokes, Pastor=============================================Destiny Christian Church5401 Eastern Ave.Baltimore, Md. 21224The Christmas Prayer: A Musical ProductionDec. 24, 10:30 a.m.Bishop James Nelson, Pastor=============================================Southern Baptist Church1701 N. Chester StreetBaltimore, Md. 21213Christmas Day Service, 10 a.m.Dr. Donte’ Hickman, Pastor=============================================Zion Baptist Church1700 N. Caroline StreetBaltimore, Md. 21213Christmas Day Service, 10 a.m.Dr. Marshall F. Prentice, Pastor=============================================Whitestone Baptist Church3001-05 Baker StreetBaltimore, Md. 21216Christmas Day Worship, 11 a.m.Rev. Dr. Elmore F. Warren, Jr. Pastor=============================================Israel Baptist Church1200 N. Washington StreetBaltimore, Md. 21213Christmas Day Worship, 7:30 a.m.Rev. Dr. H. Walden Wilson, II Pastor=============================================Empowerment Temple4217 Primrose AveBaltimore, Md. 21215Christmas Day Worship, 10 a.m.Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor
February 20, 2017 In a world that has grown increasingly dependent on mobile technology, you should consider having a customized mobile application for your business. In 2014, 60 percent of online traffic came from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. By 2016, that figure had reached 65 percent.The increasing popularity of the smartphone has led to a high demand for mobile apps. The mobile app industry generated approximately $44.8 billion in 2016. By 2020, market analysts predict that the global mobile app market could hit $100 billion.If you are planning to have a mobile app designed for your business, you should first consider development costs. Mobile app development is a multi-stage process. Each stage requires specialization, plus multiple tests to ensure quality and functionality. But if you could build a mobile app that successfully addresses the needs and wants of your market, your business could enjoy a windfall of profits.Why does your business need a mobile app?If your business has a mobile-responsive website, you are already ahead of 91 percent of everyone else. But if you add a mobile app, you could exponentially increase your lead over your closest competitors.Here are a few advantages of having a mobile app for your business:1. Improves accessibility Today’s mobile market spends approximately 200 minutes in apps. A mobile app makes it easier for them to access your business without needing to switch devices.2. Enhances customer engagement Convenience and ease of use are important qualities for ensuring customer experience. Mobile apps allow your customers to connect and engage with you in real time, which helps foster trust and stronger relationships.3. Improves brand recognition Having your brand situated on the interface of a smartphone or tablet will heighten brand recognition, considering how much time people spend on their mobile devices. Plus, it has been estimated that there will be 268 billion app downloads in 2017, and 68 percent of consumers report actually using the apps they download.4. Improves value proposition You can use a mobile app to give your customers discounts, usable information and support.5. Presents another avenue for sales The convenience and accessibility of a mobile app will encourage your customers to carry out transactions with your business rather than patronize a competitor who only has a website.People spend 89 percent of their time using mobile apps rather than mobile websites. According to Arthur Iinuma of ISBX, “Mobile apps tend to get a more qualified and engaged audience, and therefore sales conversion rates are higher in comparison to an ecommerce website.”Types of business apps to considerBusinesses develop apps that cater to the needs of their market. Depending on your type of business, there are different apps you can consider:1. Basic functionality: improves usability of mobile devices2. Database-driven functionality: allows you to organize files and programs3. Games: involve some of the most complicated processes in mobile app development4. Enhancement or modification: designed to improve specific functions of your mobile device5. Fully dynamic: data driven but dependent on external information6. Custom utilities: allow you to format content in a specific wayIt is very important that you have an idea of the type of app you want developed. It will help the process move faster and lower the risks of making mistakes or redesigns.The process of developing an appThere are four stages involved in the development of an app:1. Developing the idea: Once you’ve identified the type of app you need for your business, it is time to shift your focus to developing the concept behind the idea.2. Functionality layout: This stage slowly brings your idea into a more tangible concept. Your software developer or architect will present wireframes to show how the app will function. You can give your inputs on how to make the app more usable to your market.3. Design: This stage includes both the backend and frontend development phases. It involves management of users, server side logic, customization of user experience, data integration, caching of data, synchronization of data, UI design and development and various schedules for testing.4. Going live: Once everything has been certified ready by your software development team, you can prepare to go live. For users of iOS, you should have the built-in Xcode installed so your app can be featured in the App Store.Estimated costs of building a mobile appOnce you’ve determined the type of app you want to build and identified your target markets, it’s time to choose your platform. There are two main platforms to choose from: Android or iOS.What are the differences in building an app for Android vs. iOS?iOS apps are cheaper and can be built quicker.Android apps take two to three times longer to build than iOS apps.iOS users, who own iPhones and iPads, tend to spend money more freely. This is why developers launch iOS-only apps before creating for Android. It gives them an idea of whether the app will be successful.Your choice of platform may depend on the market you are targeting. While iOS is more popular in the U.S., Android has slowly gained ground and in fact leads in Asia, Africa and South America.The next step is to assemble a mobile app development team, which will consist of the following:Project manager: Oversees the entire development of the mobile appUI/UX designer: Tasked with the app’s habitus and the impressions of the userCoder: Oversees the app’s hidden structureQA Engineer: Oversees all testing protocolsThe cost of this team depends on the complexity of the app. Simple apps take approximately 10 weeks to build, with design accounting for up to 90 hours and backend development up to 800 hours.Complex apps take around 28 weeks to build. Design would need approximately 370 hours and backend development up to 2,200 hours.For Android apps, cost ranges as follows:Elementary apps: $25,000 to $35,000Standard apps: $45,000 to $55,000Complex apps: $55,000 to $100,000High-tech apps: $75,000 to $150,000Estimated costs for iOS apps (for Apple devices) are as follows:Simple, table-based apps: $1,000 to $4,000Database apps: $8,000 to $50,000Games: $10,000 to $250,000The following are some other costs to consider for building your app:In-app purchase capability: $1,000 to $3,000; allows users to buy new content or full versions of the appWeb services: $1,000 to $5,000; take the content to a remote access point so you can update your app with XML files instead of changes to the raw codeGame center: $1,000; Apple’s way of integrating your app with the SDKShare capabilities: $500 to $1,500; allow content sharing via social media and emailSDKs: $50 to $200; SDKs help you track your app and find ways to monetize. Examples include Google Analytics, Chartboost and Tapjoy.A mobile app is a great way to help your business gain more traction and better brand recognition. But it could entail quite an investment. While the timing of the release is important, you should not rush through the development stages. The cost of building the mobile app will hardly matter in the long run if it takes off and gains a large market of users. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 7 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more March 16, 2009 – Mammography procedures dropped by 16 percent between 2000 and 2008, according to a report just released by IMV Medical Information Division in a survey of 8,670 hospital and non-hospital sites.In 2008, doctors in the U.S. performed an estimated 36.7 million x-ray mammography procedures, representing a 2 percent decline from 37.3 million procedures in 2007. “Compared to 2000, the 36.7 million procedures conducted in 2008 represents a decline of 16 percent from an estimated 43.9 million procedures in 2000, or about a 2 percent decline per year,” said Lorna Young, senior director, Market Research. “This may be partially influenced by a 13 percent reduction in the number of MQSA certified sites in the United States from 9,910 sites as of May 2000 to 8,670 sites as of December 2007.” Mammography centers have emerged in a variety of settings to improve access for breast care patients, says IMV’s 2008 Mammography Center Market Summary Report. In addition to the traditional hospital radiology department, both hospital and non-hospital-based centers have developed a women’s breast center approach, which market and offer a continuum of services addressing breast cancer. Breast care centers appear to have both higher volumes of procedures and higher productivity than the other mammography locations, says the report. They have more FTEs, as well as more productivity in terms of procedures per FTE. Dedicated breast care centers located in hospitals had a high average of 2,120 procedures per FTE technologist, as did non-hospital breast centers, with an average of 1,900 procedures per technologist. Standalone and hospital-based breast centers also had more mammography units installed than other locations (2.5 compared to the overall average of 1.4), and performed more mammography procedures per unit. The report describes the variety of mammography center settings, their current use and plans for adopting breast imaging technology, including full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and computed radiography (CR), and profiles other services offered at these locations. Other highlights of the study include: As of this 2008 study, 38 percent of the installed mammography units have digital capability (including FFDM and CR) and 62 percent are film-screen units. Overall, 36 percent of the sites indicate that the typical lead time to schedule a diagnostic mammography appointment is less than a day, 57 percent from one day to one week, and 7 percent from one week to one month. The proportion of sites with a lead time of less than one day has increased from 21 percent in 2005 to the current 36 percent. Ultrasound is used for breast imaging at nearly three-quarters of the mammography centers. Other imaging modalities, including scintimammography, breast MRI imaging and PET scanning for breast cancer are available at these centers to lesser degreesOver half of the mammography centers currently use “computer-aided detection” (CAD) software systems to improve the diagnostic confidence of x-ray mammography. Ultrasound-guided biopsies are performed by 44 percent the sites, while stereotactic biopsies are performed at 25 percent and MRI-guided biopsies are performed at 19 percent of the mammography sites. Other women’s health care services profiled include: “bone mineral densitometry studies,” “outpatient surgicalprocedures (such as lumpectomy)” “cholesterol screening,” and risk assessment tools for breast cancer.For more information: www.imv.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | March 17, 2009 Sixteen Percent Decline in Mammography Procedures from 2000 to 2008 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more
In January, parts of the city of Buenaventura on Colombia’s Pacific coast began observing a 10 p.m. curfew. The source of the order was not the mayor or police but a drug-running extortion gang known as the Urabenos.What is especially noteworthy about the gang is that its members come from a defunct right-wing paramilitary group which cut a deal with the government to disband a dozen years ago. The move was acclaimed as a key step in restoring the rule of law to Colombia but many of the demobilized — and unemployed — fighters joined criminal gangs.Now, as Colombia prepares for a historic peace accord with leftist guerrillas as early as March, concern is growing that what happened in the coastal city of 400,000 will recur, that the demobilized rebels will turn into high-powered criminals.“The state doesn’t control Buenaventura, it’s controlled by armed groups,” says Wellington Carneiro, the head of the United Nations refugee agency in the city. “The demobilization of the paramilitaries here was a complete failure. It’s the same risk we’re facing now.”Members of the country’s largest right-wing group, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, were demobilized between 2003 and 2006 by then-President Álvaro Uribe. But the government’s failure to tackle poverty and provide former fighters with work opportunities made them easy recruiting targets for gangs like the Urabenos, Carneiro said. A similar challenge faces President Juan Manuel Santos as he cuts a deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a Marxist group of roughly 7,000 who control a big swath of territory.FARC leaders negotiating in Havana have vowed to enter politics if a peace deal is signed. But as many as 20 percent of their subordinates could join criminal gangs and continue lucrative cocaine and illegal gold mining operations, according to the Washington Office on Latin America, or WOLA.“I’m most worried about mid-level commanders in places like the Pacific coast,” says Adam Isacson, a Colombia specialist at WOLA. “People who already have big connections with Mexican gangs or others trafficking drugs.”Most rank-and-file FARC members will be granted amnesty, like right-wing militia members a decade ago. The question is, how will they be integrated into legitimate productive activity? A port worker shops at a fish market in Buenaventura, Colombia, in September. As peace negotiations between the government and leftist guerrillas near conclusion, fears are rising that the rebels will turn to criminal enterprises rather than politics. Bloomberg photo by Mariana Greif EtchebehereLucrative opportunitiesThe government has championed a road-building program in a bid to improve Colombia’s notoriously bad infrastructure and nourish legitimate businesses. And a peace deal will include a rural development component to help small-scale farmers.But a lack of government funds and the limitations of programs to substitute crops make cutting coca production a hugely difficult task. The amount of land planted with coca, the raw material for making cocaine, rose 44 percent in 2014, according to the United Nations, meaning Colombia now grows more than Peru and Bolivia combined.Drug trafficking generated 2.2 trillion pesos ($658 million) in Colombia last year, while illegal mining close to 7 trillion pesos, according to Deputy Defense Minister Anibal Fernández de Soto. Illegal mining includes small-scale, unlicensed miners as well as larger operations run by armed groups.Once a peace deal is signed, some companies are likely to face a rise in extortion and local violence as new groups fight over former FARC territory and lucrative opportunities, according to Reggie Thompson, an analyst with intelligence consultancy Stratfor.“Even if an alternative is given, it has to be pretty profitable for them to really drop the illegal businesses,” Thompson said. “The incentive is just too great.”But the commander of Colombia’s armed forces, General Juan Pablo Rodríguez, dismisses the concern. He says Colombia has analyzed other peace processes and is aware that some FARC members may migrate towards criminal gangs.Military forces are focused on 15 areas where there is a strong rebel presence, he said, including the provinces of Norte de Santander and Arauca on the border with Venezuela, Putumayo on the border with Ecuador and Peru, and Narino, Cauca and Choco on the Pacific coast.“It’s possible that not all members of the FARC will embrace the peace process, instead mutating toward other movements,” Rodríguez said in an interview in Bogota. “We are conscious of this. At no point will the security conditions become worse with the signing of an agreement.”But how exactly the government plans to integrate thousands of hardened guerrillas into the economy remains unclear, and residents of Buenaventura say their experience doesn’t augur well. Many lack electricity, proper sewage systems and running water, despite the substantial rainfall and rivers that divide the city.Manuel Saavedra, a stevedore, says locals have benefited little from investments in the port and that the demobilization of the right-wing paramilitaries has done little to ensure the city’s peaceful future.“A few leaders were put in prison but the spaces were quickly filled by armed gangs,” he said, looking out across the harbor. “It’s much worse today than it was. Now you have to ask permission to go into certain neighborhoods. So far, they are selling a lie.”© 2016, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Why that’s a blow to the US Brother of Colombia’s former President Álvaro Uribe arrested for homicide Colombia’s ‘discriminatory’ military draft under discussion as peace deal comes closer Demining Colombia will take ‘a generation’: minister
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In this Nov. 19, 2018 photo, actress Elsie Fisher, star of the film “Eighth Grade,” poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Fisher was named as one of eight Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year by the Associated Press. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Elsie Fisher is having a pretty good year.Her deft portrayal of a lonely teenage YouTuber in the film “Eighth Grade” has earned her acting nominations at the Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards, and gotten the attention of entertainment heavyweights like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alfonso Cuaron.The 15-year-old actress from Idyllwild, California was considering giving up acting right before she secured the starring role in Bo Burnham’s directorial debut.Now, in addition to being named as one of The Associated Press’ Breakthrough Entertainers of 2018 , she’s got a few projects lined up too, including an animated “The Addams Family” movie, and a musical from the director of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” that will start filming in the spring.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press 2018 Breakthrough: Elsie Fisher of ‘Eighth Grade’ by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2018 10:23 am PDT