Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper Apologizes for Racial Slur

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been caught on video tape using a racial slur.The footage of the football player at a country music singer Kenny Chesney concert surfaced yesterday. It the short clip, Cooper pledged, “I will jump that fence and fight every n***r here,” at the July show in Philadelphia.“I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [chairman] Jeffrey Lurie, to [general manager] Howie Roseman and to my teammates,” Cooper said in a statement released by the team. “I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.”.Cooper, 25, is currently in his fourth season in the NFL. The wide-out has 46 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns thus far in his career. read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Cashiers, Cooks, Grill Cooks, Pizza Makers at LaRosa’sPart-Time/Full-Time Counter/Register Help at Wilmington House of PizzaFull-Time Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Warehouse Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Finance Manager at Skillville Corp.Full-Time Professional Driver & Mover at Xpress MoversPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Benefits Representative at Serur AgenciesPart-Time Physical Therapist at Centra HealthcareFull-Time Analytical Mechanical Design Engineer at Solidus(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Bengaluru gets new cabhailing service in Namma TYGR are Ola and Uber

first_imgUber drivers’ cars are parked outside the Ministry of Transportation building during a protest in Taipei, Taiwan February 26, 2017.REUTERS/Tyrone SiuIf you are in Bangalore and one of those people who rely on Ola and Uber cabs for your daily commute, here’s a brand new option. The city now has another cab-hailing service in the form of Namma TYGR, which not only promises better and more efficient services but also intends to keep the troubles of the cab drivers in mind.The service is said to have initially considered the name HDK Cabs, but settled on Namma TYGR. The service is backed by Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy and has been started by drivers who were not happy working with Ola and Uber and were also dissatisfied with their incentive schemes, reported Business Standard.Speaking of the drivers and how the new cab service intends to keep their well-being and demands in mind, Aditya Poddar, founder and CEO of TYGR said: “We have already signed up 10,000 drivers, out of which 5,000 are already active on the app. The remainder will come onboard in the next few days after the verification process is completed. Namma TYGR has been built keeping the drivers in mind, so we are fairly confident that more driver will sign up for the service.”Unlike Ola and Uber, which reportedly change the incentive schemes for drivers often, Namma TYGR has said that it would only charge 12 percent from the driver’s earnings per trip, which is said to be less than half of what its competitors charge. While the fares seem to be a tad on the higher side with a hatchback ride for Rs 12.5 per kilometre, Rs 14.5 per kilometre in a sedan and Rs 18.5 per kilometre in an SUV, Poddar says that they will be able to survive in the competition and that there are no hidden costs at all. Ola cabs will dispense cashOla/MediaKit”As you have seen, we have been working in the background for quite some time. The technology is extremely hard to build, but at launch, we will have all the features customers and drivers expect from a service like this. We will also continue to launch new features which are beneficial to drivers, since the whole point of this company is to empower drivers,” added Poddar.The service has also said that the drivers will be entitled to better facilities and benefits like free healthcare, life and insurance against accidents, free car maintenance and more. It promises that the drivers’ families too will be taken care of and school expenses of their children will also be covered.However, many believe that Namma TYGR will not really be able to sustain competition from the big players, considering they not only have a larger customer base but also investments from international giants.last_img read more

Ethiopia tour for gay lesbian travelers in jeopardy amid backlash from faith

first_img 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 likecenter_img 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 Emaillast_img read more

Teachers Superintendents States Waivers for Harvey Dont Go Far Enough

first_img Listen 00:00 /07:12 Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneAfter losing 11 school days to Hurricane Harvey, Tiffany Robinson used data-driven methods to help students who needed more support as they prepared for the state standardized test.The Texas Education Agency has proposed giving some schools a break on meeting state standards — but not others — because of Hurricane Harvey.According to some teachers and superintendents, the proposed waivers don’t go far enough. Schools and districts would only get a pass on state grades if they meet certain criteria, for example if they were closed for 10 days during the storm or had a certain percent of students or teachers homeless.Alief Superintendent HD Chambers told News 88.7 that he’s concerned about drawing hard and fast lines and using metrics like that. “While I appreciate it, I’m not sure why there wasn’t a decision to waive them on the side of caution because everyone was impacted, students and staff,” Chambers said.LaTonya Goffney, the incoming superintendent for the Aldine Independent School District, said that it would be difficult to parse the impact on two districts, but the same community.“For example, Spring and Aldine, we’re right next to one another,” Goffney said. “And let’s say Spring receives a waiver and Aldine doesn’t. How do you explain to a community that was equally impacted how that decision was made?”Similarly, the Houston Federation of Teachers blasted the proposed waivers. The union’s president, Zeph Capo, said that communities like Sunnyside — where the struggling Worthing High School isn’t expected to receive one — weren’t as prepared for the storm. Capo said in a statement that the commissioner’s decision shows a lack of understanding.“Harvey did not skip across schools or neighborhoods when it flooded our streets in August, and neither should the TEA,” Capo said.On Wednesday Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner expressed his views on the wavier plan: click on the audio below to listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications

first_imgOverweight women and those suffering from hypertension have increased rates of pregnancy-related deaths. (Courtesy photo)Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life.  Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health offer recommendations for increasing positive pregnancy outcomes.Be sure to properly manage existing health conditions.  “Make sure these young women see a physician and, if necessary, a high-risk specialist that can outline a consistent plan of proper health,” Mussenden said.  “It is critical that women follow all rules set by their doctors, including all lab work, exercise, and consistency with medication.  [Not] following those rules will be detrimental to both the health of the mother and the unborn child.”Before pregnancy, if a pre-existing condition is managed by drug therapy [medication], women should work with a physician to determine if their current medications could potentially cause them adverse effects during pregnancy or fetal anomalies or defects in the unborn child.  Mussenden points to some hypertension medications, including diuretics, that can be detrimental to a pregnancy.“These are very commonly used in treating Black folks with hypertension and are known to have adverse effects on pregnancies.  Women should be taken off of these medications, ultimately, before getting pregnant,” she said.Seek the proper level of professional help.  Too often Black women are treated by family practitioners and general obstetricians and gynecologists instead of specialists trained in high-risk pregnancies and medical problems that can cause complications during birth.Eat properly and maintain a healthy pre-pregnancy weight.  Obesity and hypertension are the major contributors to the Black maternal mortality rates, leading to death from strokes, renal failure and other complications associated with being overweight.last_img read more

Health Fair with Doc McStuffins

first_imgCome out and meet Doc McStuffins at the Howard County NAACP Youth Council’s family health fair on August 29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The health fair will be at the Ridgley Run Community Center, 8400 Mission road, Jessup, Maryland. Contact soulq10@gmail.com for more information.last_img