TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey shuts down Rosenborg talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Tettey insists he’s happy where he is at Norwich City.The midfielder, 33, is consistently being linked with a return to Norway at Rosenborg.But he told VG: “It is important that what is written is true, and that it is not portrayed that I’m hunting anything. “I’m not chasing a contract with Rosenborg, I’m not chasing to portray it as ‘I’ll be back, make room for me’. Absolutely not.”Tettey added: “I love Rosenborg, they mean a lot to me, but I don’t want to go to Rosenborg as a 34-year-old who everyone just wants to remember how he was before. It gives me nothing, it gives the club nothing, it gives the fans nothing.”
German club Eintracht Frankfurt have revealed left-back Jetro Willems missed training on Friday as he was “free to conduct transfer calls” amid reported interest from Newcastle United.The Bundesliga outfit took to Twitter this afternoon as the squad continue preparations for their Bundesliga opener at home to Hoffenheim on August 18, but they freely admitted that Willems was absent from the session.The 25-year-old Dutchman has been a long-term target for the Magpies, who were first linked with a move for the defender back in January 2016 while he was a PSV Eindhoven player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Newcastle’s interest, however, has been rekindled this summer and reports in the north-east of England suggest the Premier League club have agreed personal terms with the Netherlands international.There is a suggestion the move could consist of an initial loan deal with an option to buy the player at the end of the 2019-20 season.Die Mannschaft steht wieder auf dem Platz ⚽️Jetro Willems ist aktuell freigestellt, um Transfergespräche zu führen. #GudeÖsterreich pic.twitter.com/bYnKVbcNBf— Eintracht Frankfurt (@Eintracht) August 2, 2019The Rotterdam-born full-back joined Frankfurt in July 2017, and was part of the side that triumphed in the German Cup final the following year after a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in Berlin.New Toon manager Steve Bruce is keen to bring in another left-back during the current transfer window to provide competition for local boy Paul Dummett, who became a regular first-team fixture under previous boss Rafa Benitez.Willems could form one-half of a double transfer announcement at St James’ Park this weekend, with French winger Allan Saint-Maximin also expected to complete a move to Tyneside from Nice over the next 24 to 48 hours.The pair will become Bruce’s second and third signings of the summer transfer window following the arrival of Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim for a club-record fee last month.The striker, who was handed the club’s famous number nine shirt ahead of the new campaign, has made an instant impact in pre-season and been described by Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji as the toughest opponent he faced last season.Newcastle wrap-up their friendly calendar with a home game against Saint-Etienne on Saturday, before their Premier League programme gets underway with the visit of Arsenal on August 11.
A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Two corporate defectors and college pals, Geoff Argue and Tom Severini, recently launched Batch Men’s to offer an alternative to men’s dress shirts that did not necessarily need a matching tie. Their direct-to-consumer, online-only label has since found a fan base thanks to its signature collar: one that gives a pop of color without the need of said additional accessory.The shirts, which span dress, casual, and utility and cost less than $100, are also produced in small batches. Hence the name.The Florida-residing pair recently gave me the story behind their burgeoning brand, which they want to expand into a full-on menswear collection in the future.How did Batch Men’s come about?Geoff: We started the brand officially in February but I had started about a year before starting to develop the shirts with a partner in India that exclusively produces for us. We started with shirts because that seemed to be an untapped area of the menswear market and that was something that was a passion of mine. Tom and I went to Parsons together back in 2002. I did womenswear ever since then and Tom did marketing. Now just seemed like the right time to do it.Why now?Geoff: Experience. We both wanted to sharpen our teeth and get some real-life experience and understand different parts of our industry before we took on the challenge. Now also seems like an absolute phenomenal time for menswear. I think there’s a huge change happening – a happening is in the air and I’m sure you feel it… I mean, guys are ten times as much responsive to newness and excitement and fashion in general.What is the newness with the brand?Geoff: We started off a little bit quiet with our collar detail, our iconic collar detail. That was an initial design that we did. I wore it a lot in to my corporate design job got a lot of great feedback. I just created it as an alternative to what I was wearing at the time. The detail is just a very contrast collar at the top of the collar edge and the reason for it is that I haven’t worn a tie in years. I would wear one kind of haphazardly to presentations but not because I ever had to but just because I wanted to as a fashion statement for my job. But Tom and I wore them off and on so we both had to in our creative field did not mean to wear a tie but guys need a little bit of a pop or an interest. That is what the tie had always created for guys. This was that little subtle little pop or subtle little interest. Whenever we wear the shirts or whenever our customers wear the shirts they get endless amount of compliments on this little tiny detail. And it’s the weirdest thing and it seems silly but I don’t think a lot of guys are in it for the compliments but it’s a huge side benefit that we never saw coming. I’ll walk through the supermarket and a random guy will ask where I got it from. It’s a weird thing and we really don’t know how to take it.Tom: I am a creative as well and I did wear a tie because I like to dress up a bit and I’d usually have it slightly undone and I’d wear it with jeans and I wish I had this type of shirt back then because it was something that I didn’t have to wear. I was in a creative department with developers and I did not have to wear a tie but it added a nice little detailWhat are your bestsellers?Geoff: Our bestseller is definitely our white shirt with the navy contrast at the collar. That seems to be a real everyman piece. Then it trickles through the other colors depending on how conservative or fashion the guy wants to be. And we have run quite a few prints over the course of our company already so the larger polka dots have been great sellers for us. And then just recently we just launched this new Utility line that we call Luxtility that we call “luxury utility” that we think is a huge trend for men going forward for the next ten years. We’ve only had that for just over a month.Who is your customer?Geoff: The Batch customer is really a creative professional – aomebody who values creativity and the fine details. There’s the whole trend of going back to the craft and caring about the product more than fast fashion and mass production.How often do you release new merchandise?Geoff: That’s a big part of the Batch concept. We don’t build collections a year in advance. We release product probably every two weeks. Sometimes every week. It just depends. I did corporate life for years and years and the whole point is: What’s great? What is phenomenal? What do we want to create? If it takes a month to create then we will do that. If it takes two weeks, then we will do that. It’s just this constant evolution and it’s so refreshing. We get so much more immediate feedback and just to create based on what we think the way things are going.What’s the fit of your shirts?Tom: We are a fashion brand so we don’t fit everybody but the people we fit seem to be over the moon because finally they have a better fit. We try to fit the clothes a little more specifically that everyday run of the mill.Why should a reader of The Manual buy your shirts?Geoff: We think our shirts give our clients a different experience from the one they have normally had. The slightly more specific fit helps with that and the design. That’s one side of it but the other side that we don’t talk about much is that we do very, very limited production and when we sell out we usually stop unless it’s something that we think is a huge classic so our prints disappear when we are done with them. The fact that you will never see another person wearing the same shirt we like to take to heart. We’re going to create stuff and then we are going to move on. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Sitting down for an informative chat with Lennox, Katzenberg said that he believes movies represent the first generation of film narrative, television is the second generation, and he sees Quibi as becoming the third.“What that means is, stories that are two to two and a half hours, with chapters, or act breaks, that are seven to 10 minutes long,” Katzenberg told Lennox. “They are specifically shot and designed to be watched on the go.”Lennox peppered Katzenberg with questions about Quibi’s business and financial models, but the two industry leaders also shared common ground on being innovators, with Lennox playfully and knowingly quizzing Katzenberg about his legendary work ethic.“I think, Randy, it just comes from the fact that work has always been a love and a passion for me,” Katzenberg said. “I’m at my happiest when I’m doing things that are somewhere between improbable and impossible – that’s my home address.”Viewers can get more insight on the conversation in an interview with Lennox and Katzenberg on ETALK, Tues. June 11th at 7 p.m. ET. And the Banff World Media Festival continues through Wednesday. The Banff World Media Festival is known for bringing together media-industry heavyweights for fascinating conversations, and that happened yet again this week when Randy Lennox, President of Bell Media, spoke with legendary industry innovator Jeffrey Katzenberg.Getting Katzenberg to open up about many topics, Lennox had a lot of informed and specific questions about Katzenberg’s past, at Walt Disney Studios and at DreamWorks SKG, but more importantly about Katzenberg’s future, with his new project called Quibi – short for Quick Bites. Quibi launches April 6, 2020 in the United States and Canada.“Every article I read ends with the words, ‘Don’t bet against Jeffrey Katzenberg,’ and that’s something I certainly wouldn’t do,” said Lennox, who is Chair of the Board of Directors for the 40th Annual Banff Festival.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a federal judge refused to block the president’s choice to temporarily run the nation’s top consumer financial watchdog and, for the moment, ended a two-way battle for leadership of the agency.Judge Timothy Kelly declined to stop the Republican president from putting Mick Mulvaney in place as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In doing so, Kelly ruled against Leandra English, the bureau’s deputy director, who had requested an emergency restraining order to stop Mulvaney from becoming the acting director.Mulvaney and English had claimed to be the rightful acting director, each citing different federal laws. The leadership crisis developed over the weekend after the bureau’s permanent director, Richard Cordray, resigned and appointed English as his successor. Shortly afterward, the White House announced that Mulvaney, currently budget director, would take over the bureau on an interim basis.The judge’s ruling Tuesday is not the final decision in the case. But in making his decision, the judge said that English had not shown a substantial likelihood that she eventually would succeed on the merits of her case. The judge’s decision is not immediately appealable.The judge was nominated by Trump and was confirmed by the majority-Republican Senate in September.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established after the financial crisis to make sure that customers are not being exploited and that banks are complying with the consumer protection laws on the books. Cordray, appointed by President Barack Obama, was criticized by congressional Republicans as being overzealous but was lauded by consumer advocates for aggressively going after banks for wrongdoing.On Monday, Mulvaney said the bureau under a Trump administration would act differently than the agency under the Obama administration.Lawyers for English will have to make a choice about how to proceed. After the hearing, a lawyer for English, Deepak Gupta, said he hopes to be able to move the case along quickly.“I’m going to have to explore the options with my client, so I don’t know what the next step is and I’m not going to say that right now,” he said, adding options include asking the judge for a final decision on the merits of the case.Gupta said it is not in his client’s interest or the government’s interest to have a “cloud of impropriety and uncertainty hanging over the bureau for any longer than is necessary.”The White House said it “applauds the court’s decision,” saying it provides “further support for the president’s rightful authority to designate Director Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB.”Trump’s authority to install Mulvaney was backed up by Mary McLeod, the bureau’s general counsel, who wrote a memo over the weekend agreeing with the White House that Mulvaney should be recognized as acting director. The Office of Legal Counsel, which acts as a legal adviser to the president, also argued that Mulvaney, not English, was the legitimate acting director of the agency.___Sweet reported from New York.
Patna: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Shakeel Ahmed was on Sunday suspended from the party “with immediate effect” for contesting as an Independent from the Madhubani Lok Sabha seat in Bihar which goes to polls on Monday. According to a release issued by AICC general secretary Motilal Vora at New Delhi, shared by the partys state unit here, Ahmed – who had won the Madhubani seat for the Congress in 2004 “has been suspended with immediate effect” for going against the party decision. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBesides, Congress MLA Bhavana Jha, who represents Benipatti assembly segment falling under Madhubani, has been suspended “for anti-party activities”. Notably, Jha had accompanied Ahmed when he filed his nomination papers last month and has since been claiming that he enjoyed the support of the district Congress notwithstanding the party leaderships refusal to heed the former Union ministers request for a “friendly fight”. The seat has fallen into the kitty of fledgling outfit Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) which is a constituent of the Mahagathbandhan besides Congress, RJD, RLSP and HAM. Currently it is held by BJP veteran Hukumdev Narayan Yadav who has been replaced by his son Ashok Yadav this time.
The “RapidSMS” text-messaging system, to be finalized by graduate students from Columbia University, which shared in the prize, was first developed in Ethiopia to monitor food supplies and will now be used to map and track child malnutrition trends in Malawi more accurately and in real time, enabling quick responses to unfolding food and nutritional crises, according to UNICEF.“This is a perfect example of UNICEF’s vision of bringing together experts from around the world and from diverse fields such as academia, private sector and civil society,” Sharad Sapra, Director of UNICEF’s Division of Communication, said. The initial phases of the Malawi project are expected to run from January to May of 2009. However, the collaborative and open-source philosophy it is based on means that anyone can take, use and adapt RapidSMS for their purposes, UNICEF stressed.“The aim is to leverage this global knowledge and create solutions which help achieve lasting benefits for children,” Dr. Sapra said. 9 January 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will share first prize in the United States Development Agency’s innovation competition, known as the “Development 2.0 Challenge,” for adapting basic cell phones to monitor the health of children in danger of malnutrition.
Israel and Hamas announced last week that they had agreed that Hamas would release the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held captive since June 2006, and Israel would release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Media reports indicate that the exchange could begin this week.Addressing journalists in Bern, Switzerland, where he is on an official visit, Mr. Ban described the announcement as “very welcome. And I sincerely hope that this will give some positive momentum for their relationship for peace and security. And I am going to continue to work towards that direction.”Mr. Ban spoke to the press after a meeting with Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey, and is travelling to Geneva for the second leg of his visit to the European country. 17 October 2011The recent announcement by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas to exchange prisoners is a welcome step that should generate positive momentum for ongoing efforts to resolve the Middle East conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
LAS VEGAS — Coby White had 19 points and eight assists, Luke Maye added 16 points and eight rebounds and No. 7 North Carolina beat No. 17 UCLA 94-78 in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.Kenny Williams scored 15 points as five Tar Heels reached double figures and North Carolina (6-1) settled for a split in its Las Vegas trip.Kris Wilkes led UCLA (4-2) with 22 points as he converted 7 of 10 from the field.Thanks to 57 per cent shooting in the second half, North Carolina, which trailed early, took the lead for good on a dunk by Nassir Little with 11:58 left in the game that made it 63-62.UCLA freshman centre Moses Brown fouled out with 7:40 left. He finished with seven points and four rebounds.North Carolina now leads the all-time series 9-3 in a game between teams that have combined for 18 national championships.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Adam Soboleski, The Associated Press
OSU junior linebacker Dante Booker joins his teammates on the field before the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorDefensive football is the key to winning championships at the collegiate level, and the play of Ohio State’s linebackers has led to extensive success by the Silver Bullets. OSU currently sits fourth in the nation in terms of total yards given up while averaging just 12.3 points allowed per game.With junior Raekwon McMillan in the middle and leading the way, the linebacking unit for the Buckeyes has limited opponents rushing attacks while also preventing short passes. This Saturday against Rutgers, however, the group will be rolling out a new look, similar to the secondary and the defensive line.Junior weakside linebacker Dante Booker missed extensive time against Bowling Green after suffering an MCL sprain early in the first half against the Falcons. The injury kept Booker out of the game against both Tulsa and Oklahoma, and paved the way for sophomore Jerome Baker to break into the starting lineup.Baker has performed well in his replacement role, totaling 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception returned 68 yards for a touchdown. Receiving praise from McMillan and standing out on defense is a good way to make a name for yourself with the Buckeyes, but he will be sharing the limelight against the Scarlet Knights.The release of the weekly depth chart from OSU revealed the duo would be splitting snaps for this week.“We’re going to need them all. (Dante) is probable now for this game and we’re going to need (him) — this is a long season,” Meyer said at Monday’s press conference. “So I see (Dante) getting involved immediately when he comes back.”Before leaving the game against Bowling Green, Booker recorded two tackles. In his career, the graduate of St. Vincent – St. Mary High School has played in 23 games and recorded 31 tackles.Baker played scarcely last season for the Buckeyes, totaling four total tackles. A former running back in high school, Baker has earned the respect of the coaching staff as well as veteran members of the team.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley expressed his feelings towards the play of Baker Monday when asked about the sophomore.“We all knew Jerome could play,” Worley said.Baker is listed as the backup to Worley, along with sharing the primary weakside linebacker position with Booker. The third-string weakside linebacker, redshirt freshman Justin Hilliard, was lost for the season earlier this week to a torn left bicep.The two Ohio natives bring opposite styles of play to the game. Booker, a much larger player, is known more for his ability to stand up the run at the line of scrimmage, and bring down the ball carrier with hard hits. Baker, who is somewhat undersized for the position, uses a mixture of speed and strength to locate the ball.Although Booker has technically lost the starting role, Meyer said the move might not be permanent, and Booker is in a good place to earn his way back into the primary spot. But, nothing will come easy.“You get the benefit of the doubt, but you got to — at Ohio State there’s a bunch of good players around here so, but you certainly get the benefit of the doubt,” Meyer said. “But there’s no rule.”The pair of weakside linebackers will get the chance to prove themselves against Rutgers this Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium.
Despite the hopes of some in his party, the Brexit Secretary is holding a firm line when it comes to ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice [ECJ] David Davis will tell the European Union this week it cannot “pick the referee” for legal disputes after Brexit as a new round of talks begin. In recent days the Government has come under sustained pressure from pro-EU Tory MPs and political opponents to ditch Theresa May’s red line on the ECJ. Mr Davis has made clear in private he supports… She believes Britain should not be part of any EU-wide body that uses the court as an arbiter, such as ones that regulate the movement of nuclear material or pharmaceuticals across borders.
Normet Group and JCHX Mining Management Co Ltd have signed an agreement to form a joint venture to manufacture and sell underground mining equipment in the Chinese market. The joint venture will initially focus on manufacturing and sales of multipurpose mining vehicles and related accessories in the Chinese mining market. This is an important milestone in our plans to expand in the growing Chinese mining market.The joint venture company will be established to Daye, Hubei Province in China. “With this joint venture we aim together with our partner to provide state of the art mechanised mining equipment which will improve productivity, safety and efficiency for our Chinese customers. This joint venture agreement is in line with Normet strategy to develop even stronger foothold in China and with an experienced industrial partner like JCHX this will happen faster” said Robin Lindahl. President and CEO of Normet Group,“We at JCHX Mining are excited to partner with Normet for this joint venture and value specially the long experience and quality of Normet technologies as well as their strong process know-how” said Zhanmin Li, President of the JCHX Mining Group.
A Longview woman was transported to an area hospital late Thursday night after her tire blew out on Interstate 5, and she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete wall.Erin McKee, 20, was transported to St. Johns Medical Center with injuries to her face, shoulder and chest, according to a news bulletin from the Washington State Patrol. The tire on McKee’s Honda Prelude blew out about two miles south of Woodland, near milepost 20. She struck a concrete bridge barrier and bounced back on to the freeway, partially blocking the right lane when her car finally came to rest. There were no other injuries. McKee was not cited.
(WSVN) – Terrifying video captured the moment when several fisherman jumped into the water just seconds before a speeding motor boat plowed into their vessel in Oregon.The crash happened in August of 2017, but one of the fishermen has just released the video after filing a lawsuit against the other boater, Fox News reports.Off-duty police officer Bryan Maess filed a lawsuit seeking $372,000 in damages against Marlin Lee Larsen, accusing him of boating while distracted by his cell phone.Larsen’s son-in-law was also on the boat at the time of the crash, and told investigators that he repeatedly warned his father-in-law to pay attention, saying he had been using his cell phone off and on all morning.The video of the crash, captured by an GoPro mounted to the dash of Maess’ 20-foot fishing boat, shows him and fellow passengers Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham frantically waving their arms and yelling as Larsen’s 31-foot Bayliner speeds toward them. The three then can be seen jumping into the icy waters of the Columbia River moments before Larsen’s boat came crashing over the top of theirs.According to a report by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s department, the 75-year-old Larsen told deputies he couldn’t see the other boat because he was sitting down and his dash blocked his view, according to The Oregonion. He noted that he uses a motorized scooter to get around on land.Investigators cited Larsen for “Reckless Operation, 3 counts of Recklessly Endangering and 3 counts of Assault in the 4th degree,” saying it was likely the three people onboard the other board would have likely been seriously injured or killed had they not jumped into the water. In the lawsuit, Maess claimed he suffered several vision problems, headaches and several injuries to his ankle, leg and arm after the crash. His attorney also said his client is dealing with psychological trauma and hasn’t been on a boat since the summer accident.The other two passengers on board also suffered injuries, including hypothermia and lacerations, and say they have hired attorneys of their own with the intent of suing Larsen as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Catholic bishops stop short of mandating lay involvement in abuse investigations Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — Dan Ware hoped to visit Ethiopia this fall with a group of fellow travelers, touring the country’s famed churches and meeting with leaders of one of the oldest Christian traditions in the world.Now that trip is in jeopardy.All because Ware and many of his traveling companions are gay.“You can’t come to Ethiopia for tours. You’re not human beings. You are less than animals,” reads one email Ware received this week as president of Toto Travel, which organizes trips for gay and lesbian travelers, as well as their close friends and family.That’s typical of the hundreds of messages he said he has gotten since an Ethiopian blogger first criticized Toto’s “Treasures of Ethiopia” tour, set for late October.Now the tour may be canceled due to the backlash primarily from religious groups in the African country, where most people belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and consensual same-sex relations are criminalized.Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church leaders walk in a procession during a morning mass in Addis Ababa on September 24, 2010. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili.“It just is incredible for a religion that preaches the teachings of Jesus Christ — which are all about love and tolerance, treating people with love and equanimity — that they would treat us this way. It just boggles the mind,” said Ware, who was raised as a Pentecostal Christian before converting to the Baha’i faith.He now simply believes in what he calls “the power of love.”Ware founded Toto Tours nearly 30 years ago when he left his job working at the Baha’i National Center in the Chicago area after co-workers learned he was gay.In that time, he said, Toto’s gay and lesbian customers have had good experiences. The travelers have learned something new, as do the people they meet during the trips.“What happens when you go in a group to another culture is you learn, you’re changed, your perspectives are altered. And, you know, the same happens with the people you visit. They go, ‘Wow, we’ve never met gay people before,’” he said.“It’s like we’re ambassadors, and always it has been a positive thing.”Toto’s planned 16-day tour of Ethiopia, still shown on its website, includes visits to holy sites such as the ancient rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and the Debre Berhan Selassie church in Gondar.The website describes “two exciting days” exploring Lalibela and the opportunity to meet with clergy there to discuss the history of the churches. It also describes the country as the “ancestral home to all of mankind,” noting its “fascinating history stretching back more than 3,000 years to the fabled reign of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.”The Church of Saint George, one of many churches hewn into the rocky hills of Lalibela. By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.“This expedition takes you on a historical and cultural journey to some of the most remote areas of Ethiopia for the adventure of a lifetime,” the site reads.Ware said he particularly was looking forward to seeing the churches in Lalibela he has heard so much about and getting to know and interact with the people of Ethiopia, which he called a “beautiful country.”Then he started getting threats.Many of the messages, which started in late May, included what Ware described as “colorful descriptions of how we’re going to be killed if we get off a plane in Addis Ababa — a menu of colorful deaths including beheading, burning at the stake, buried alive, shot, stoned.”The tour — particularly its visits to holy sites — had caught the attention of Ethiopian blogger Seyoum Teshome, who criticized it in a Facebook post as shocking, unwanted and shameful.Soon, religious groups started demanding the government stop the trip.“We are asking the government to stop the travelers with the gay company from visiting our historical places. We are warning those Ethiopians who are cooperating with this evil thing,” Tiguhan Kesis Tagay Tadele, the secretary general of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia, said at a June 3 news conference.The council unites seven religious groups, including Christian and Muslim institutions.In Ethiopia, homosexuality often is treated as a taboo subject and condemned on the basis of tradition, religion and law. Sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is punishable with jail time, and 97% of Ethiopians think homosexuality should not be accepted by society, according to Pew Research Center data.Dereje Negash, a vice chairperson of the Sileste Mihret United Association, an Ethiopian Orthodox Church organization, at the same news conference issued a warning.“They can’t come to Ethiopia and visit Lalibela and other historical places because homosexuality is a crime. If they (come) here, they will be damaged (attacked),” Negash said.Church administrators at the Lalibela churches have written to the government’s Ministry of Tourism, saying they would not receive the Toto travelers.According to news reports, the government has said that while it welcomes the tour and encourages everyone to visit the country, it recommends respect for Ethiopian culture. The website Ethiopia24 quoted the government as warning travelers to “be careful not to deviate from the norm of the local people.”At least 68 countries in the world still have laws making consensual same-sex relations illegal, according to Human Rights Watch. Of those countries, 33 are in Africa. Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! By: Fredrick Nzwili Members of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church celebrate the annual holiday of Maskel at the Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital. The celebrations mark the finding of the “True Cross” by Roman Empress Helana (St. Helena) in the fourth century. The church follows the Gregorian Calendar and the feast is marked on September 14 each year. RNS Photo by Fredrick Nzwili. Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsEthiopia Ethiopian Orthodox Church homepage featured Interreligious Council of Ethiopia LGBT LGBTQ Top Story Toto Tours travel,You may also like Fredrick Nzwili Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Fredrick Nzwili Catholicism Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Members of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church celebrate the annual holiday of Maskel at the Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital. The celebrations mark the finding of the “True Cross” by Roman Empress Helana (St. Helena) in the fourth century. The church follows the Gregorian Calendar and the feast is marked on September 14 each year. RNS Photo by Fredrick Nzwili. By: Fredrick Nzwili Fredrick Nzwili,Load Comments,New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates While Ethiopia is religiously diverse, the overlap between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Ethiopian culture is strong, according to Felix Horne, senior researcher on Ethiopia and Eritrea for Human Rights Watch. Horne said even many “young liberally minded Ethiopians still have quite conservative views on homosexuality that often dovetail with the Orthodox Church.”Still, the researcher said, that’s starting to change. More young LGBTQ activists — particularly in the Ethiopian diaspora — are beginning to speak out online.And Horne said he has never seen anything like the “ferocity” of the pushback and public outcry to Toto Tours’ planned trip to Ethiopia. Press conferences by religious groups denouncing a tour company are “unheard of in Ethiopia,” he said.“I was quite surprised by it. I think part of it is the growing power of social media in Ethiopia,” he said.Toto Tours has visited other countries where same-sex relationships are illegal, according to Ware.“We fly under the radar,” he said.But, Ware said, he doesn’t think the threats he’s received have to do with the fact that many Toto travelers are gay or lesbian. Ethiopia recently welcomed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay, Ware pointed out.Rumors circulating online claim the travelers are planning to “desecrate” the country’s holy sites, he said.“We weren’t there to promote homosexuality. We weren’t there to beat the drum for the rights of the gay people of Ethiopia. We weren’t going to raise the (pride) flag at the churches, the holy places, like they think that we are,” he said.“We’re not involved in any of that. We’re merely tourists who travel together as for a sense of solidarity and comfort.”Ware said he is waiting to hear from the Ethiopian government before announcing whether he will cancel Toto’s “Treasures of Ethiopia” tour for the safety of its travelers.He has been in touch with officials at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, who, he said, told him they couldn’t guarantee the group’s safety amid the backlash. He also has reached out to the FBI after some YouTube creators began sharing his home address.Meantime, Ware said, he is buoyed by the news Monday (June 10) that Botswana has overturned its law criminalizing homosexuality. It joins 21 other African countries — such as Burkina Faso, Congo and Mali‚ where homosexuality has never been against the law.Earlier this month, Angola also lifted its ban on homosexuality.And Ware received a message Tuesday from someone who self-identified as an “Ethiopian national.”“I would like to apologize on behalf of peaceful, hospitable Ethiopian people for the thuggish-style death threats your team received over the past few weeks. I would like you to know that not everyone is against your visit to our nation.”(Fredrick Nzwili reported from Nairobi, Kenya.) Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Share At least five people have already been reported dead as Harvey, previously a hurricane and now a slow-moving tropical storm, continues to feed rising waters across the nation’s fourth largest city and its surrounding communities. As the waters strand thousands of folks in their homes and send some onto rooftops — a chorus of onlookers have asked: Why didn’t local officials order mandatory evacuations, as more than a dozen other smaller Texas cities and counties did?Such a decision is thorny in any community, and only grows more so in such a sprawling metropolitan area. On Friday, with the hurricane-turned tropical storm approaching the Gulf Coast, Gov. Greg Abbott told folks in Corpus Christi and Houston, the two largest cities in the storm’s path, to “strongly consider evacuating” northward. While Corpus Christi issued a voluntary evacuation, neither Houston nor Harris County issued any such evacuation order at all.Ultimately, mayors and county judges are charged with making such decisions. Leaders in Houston and Harris County told residents to stay put ahead of the storm and have since defended those decisions — even as bayous spill into the streets in what might be the worst flood event the area has ever seen.“To suggest that we should have evacuated 2 million people is an outrageous statement,” Harris County Judge Emmett told CNN on Sunday.Emmett and others have offered a litany of reasons for hunkering down. That includes the reality that such a mass evacuation can turn into logistical nightmare with huge safety risks of its own. “People disproportionately die in cars from floods, so evacuation is not as straightforward a call as seems,” Marshall Shepherd, a program director in atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia, tweeted Sunday. Shepherd pointed to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showing that drivers accounted for 66 percent of U.S. flood fatalities in 2014. For a vivid example of what can go wrong in a large-scale evacuation, Texans can look twelve years back to Hurricane Rita, when more than 3 million people from south and southeast Texas set off on one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.The backdrop of that blistering summer in 2005: Just three weeks earlier, Hurricane Katrina had submerged New Orleans and killed 1,200 people when Rita barreled toward the coastline. Texans didn’t want to stick around to see how Rita would compare, so they bolted — or tried to.Traffic jams stretched across hundreds of miles over two days, and many people ran out of gas. Dozens died from accidents and heat-related illnesses, all before Rita even made landfall.Of the 139 deaths that the state linked to Hurricane Rita, 73 occurred before the storm hit Texas. Twenty-three people died in a bus fire. Ten others died from hyperthermia due to heat exposure. In the years since Rita, state and local officials say new laws and better planning would help the state’s next evacuation go more smoothly, but Houston mayor Sylvester Turner this weekend indicated Rita’s legacy factored into his decision.“You cannot put, in the city of Houston, 2.3 million people on the road…That is dangerous,” he said in a press conference Sunday. “If you think the situation right now is bad — you give an order to evacuate, you create a nightmare.”Emmett, the Harris County Judge, has pointed to additional factors in defense of calls to stay, drawing distinctions between danger from Harvey — primarily rainfall — and the hurricanes that struck before it.“When we have hurricanes, we know who to evacuate, because you have a storm surge coming, and we have that down to a very fine art,” he told CNN Sunday. “In this case, we have a rain event. Unless you know where the rain is going to fall, we don’t know who to evacuate.”While ordering a hurricane evacuation is common, telling residents to flee a rainstorm is rare, if not unprecedented. “We’ve had three major rain events in the past two years. This is now the fourth,” Emmett said.Emmett, in the CNN interview, bristled at those who were pushing conflicting messages. That included retired Lt. General Russel Honoré, who commanded a joint task force that responded to Hurricane Katrina.“If you are living in an area that’s flooded before, you need to evacuate,” he told CNBC Friday. “Because it’s going to flood, and the roads are going to close and when the roads are going to close, the power is going to go out, and you’re going to be isolated in that home alone.”Alston, who said she didn’t realize the full scope of the storm until the day before it struck, said it was “mind boggling to see the conflicting messages from city and state officials.”Abbott, for his part, said he’s not spending his time second-guessing local officials.“As far as the evacuation, now’s not the time to second guess the decisions that were made,” he said at a news conference Sunday. “What’s important is that everybody work together to ensure that we are going to first save lives and then second help people across the state rebuild.”Harris County wasn’t the only Harvey-hit community where residents were told to stay in place. Corpus Christi and Nueces County refrained from calling for mandatory evacuations before the storm took aim Friday. Corpus Christi was largely spared from massive property damage and life-threatening destruction when the storm hit farther east along the coast, killing at least one person in Aransas County, where an evacuation order was mandatory.“I think we made the right decision,” Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said Friday, before the storm hit. “That was after a lot of conversation, a lot of dialogue.” Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneEvacuees from Meyerland — a neighborhood in southwest Houston hit hard by Harvey — arrive at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.Walking the soggy streets of her League City neighborhood, Diane Alston said she was “heartbroken” that so many people waited out Harvey’s steady rains from inside their flooding homes, following instructions from local officials.Alston, 23, looked like one of the lucky ones in this community about 25 miles southeast of Houston, even if she spent most of Friday night moving furniture in her two-story home to reduce the chances any of it gets ruined by floodwater. On Sunday, her family still had electricity and their street wasn’t completely under water. But the others?“Now they’re having to be rescued,” Alston said. “If we had known it would be like this, I think we would’ve left.”
January 27, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global First, it was Target. Then, Neiman Marcus. Now, Michaels Stores, the arts-and-crafts retailer, has said it may be the latest victim in what is rapidly becoming a string of data hacks targeting retail chains.”We recently learned of possible fraudulent activity on some U.S. payment cards that had been used at Michaels, suggesting we may have experienced a data security attack,” Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin wrote in a letter on Saturday.As of this morning, the magnitude of the breach — the number of consumers affected, the type of information that was compromised, as well as when the attack occurred — remains unclear. Rubin urged consumers to remain “vigilant by reviewing your account statements for unauthorized charges. If you believe your payment card may have been affected, you should immediately contact your bank or card issuer.”Related: Target, Neiman Marcus Credit Card Hacks Could Be More Widespread, Experts SayMichaels’ announcement comes directly on the heels of massive security breaches at Target — where as many as 70 million shoppers’ records were hacked — and Neiman Marcus, where credit and debit card data from upwards of 1.1 million consumers was stolen.And this may just be beginning. Reuters reported that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last week warned retailers to expect more attacks and said the agency has reviewed 20 incidents over the past year that were similar to the recent breaches.If Michaels’ customers are indeed affected, the crafts store plans on following Target’s and Neiman Marcus’s lead by offering shoppers free credit monitoring and identity protection.News of the hack couldn’t have come at a worse time for the company, which filed paperwork for a potential public offering of its common stock last month.Related: Target Chief Apologizes as ‘Holiday Hack’ Claims Yet Another Victim Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
SAN SALVADOR — Former leftist rebel commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén has won last Sunday’s presidential election in El Salvadorby a razor-thin margin, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal said.He inherits leadership of a country beset with widespread poverty and violence from powerful street gangs.He beat rightist Norman Quijano by less than half a percentage point, said the tribunal, which now must give the latter three days to appeal the tally.Sánchez Cerén of the ruling Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front won 50.11 percent of the votes, compared to 49.98 percent for Quijano of the right-wing ARENA party, the tribunal said as it reported the final count from the runoff election. The first round was Feb. 2.“The people, united, will never be defeated,” FMLN supporters chanted at the hotel where the tally was held as they awaited the final result.The tight margin of the final result is a big surprise as the leftist had been favored to win by as many as 10 percentage points.A victory rally has been called for Saturday night in the capital San Salvador.Sanchez Cerén, 69, is vice president in the current government of President Mauricio Funes. In power since 2009, it is the country’s first leftist government and ended two decades of right-wing rule.But this marks the first time Salvadorans have voted an actual former rebel commander from their 1979-1992 civil war to be president.Sanchez Cerén is a former teacher and ex-education minister, who was one of five top guerrilla commanders during the civil war.The current FMLN is the political party that emerged from the guerrilly army of the same name in the war, in which the government was backed by the United States.The FMLN and ARENA were the main protagonists of that conflict.The final tally was identical to the preliminary result first announced Sunday.Quijano has asked the elections be nullified on grounds of fraud. The tribunal still has to rule on this.Quijano, 67, the mayor of the capital city San Salvador, was a law-and-order candidate and staunch anti-communist who campaigned against the country’s high crime rate and the notorious “mara” street gangs behind much of El Salvador’s drug dealing and extortion.Quijano, however, suffered from his links to ex-President Francisco Flores, a former campaign adviser, under scrutiny over $10 million donated by Taiwan that went missing during his 1999-2004 government.After the civil war, El Salvador found itself facing violence from the street gangs, which control whole neighborhoods and run drug distribution and extortion rackets.Forty percent of El Salvador’s six million people live in poverty, and the country relies heavily on remittances sent by Salvadorans living abroad — around $4 billion a year, or 16 percent of the country’s GDP. Facebook Comments Related posts:Both candidates claim win in Salvadoran presidential runoff Conservative in Salvadoran vote demands fresh polls as political divisions intensify Ex-rebel commander favored in El Salvador runoff Former guerrilla sworn in as El Salvador president
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