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Retail – The wizards of Oz

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Michael Hewat – Anglicans can’t bless what God will not

first_imgNZ Herald 15 July 2014Amid the swirl of opinion around the Anglican General Synod’s decision to commit to finding a way to bless gay couples, the epithets for orthodox Anglicans have mounted: anti-gay, homophobic, wrong, immoral, betrayers of Jesus, unloving, judgmental, intolerant, bigoted, ostracising, unjust and hypocritical. Doubtless an incomplete list, but enough to paint a nasty picture.The advice meted out is hardly less blunt: grow up and put your archaic house in order, get loving in the progressive sense – or get out.I understand where the authors of these epithets are coming from. I recognise their world view is very different from mine, and that within that world view their arguments make sense. I will defend to the death their right to express their view, and to celebrate same-sex relationships in whatever ways the laws of the land allow.However, I have a right to argue that their world-view is not a biblical one, that the Church should not conform to it, and that all orthodox Anglicans are not as mad, bad or sad as these epithets portray.When I stand before my congregation I see a mixed multitude in nearly every sense. I know them well, and they are a very loving, caring, humble group, committed to serving God and one another. They visit and care for one another, and for the community in which they live. The parish operates a trust, dedicated to serving the local community. A number work or volunteer for organisations such as Habitat for Humanity, Hospice Waikato and a local cancer support group. read more

Neymar open to 50% wage cut to quit PSG for Barcelona

first_imgParis Saint-Germain striker Neymar is reportedly willing to accept a 50% wage cut to secure a return to Catalonia this summer. Barcelona were linked with a move for their former star ahead of the current campaign, but were rumoured to be unwilling to pay PSG’s €200m asking price. Read Also: Ronaldo hangs out with girlfriend, oldest son in Madeira The Argentina international has a €111m clause at the San Siro, which becomes active in the first two weeks of July.´ However, due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Catalan giants are unlikely to sign both players, meaning Setien will have to prioritise one move. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, according to the front page of Monday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo, the 28-year old remains determined to rejoin Quique Setien’s side. The report states Neymar has already rejected a €100m renewal offer in the French capital, in order to force through a move back to Spain. PSG could lower their price to €150m in the coming weeks, with Neymar unwilling to extend his stay beyond June 2022.Advertisement Barcelona could be open to bringing the former Santos man back to La Liga, however they have also been heavily linked with a move for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffitilast_img read more

No cancellation of Olympics due to coronavirus, Tokyo organisers say

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Tokyo organisers on Thursday said the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China will not affect the schedules of this year’s Olympics, which kick off in less than six months. Yoshiro Mori, the president of the 2020 Olympic organising committee, said this at the start of a meeting with members of the International Olympics Committee and Tokyo’s city government. Mori said: “We would like to reiterate that we are not considering cancelling and postponing the Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus. “We will coordinate with the government and react in a calm manner.” IOC coordination commission chairman John Coates said the coronavirus outbreak was an “unexpected issue” and that Games’ authorities would show that necessary precautions would be taken for all athletes and those visiting Japan. The Japanese Government and Tokyo’s city government will also consider taking countermeasures over the two-day meeting in the capital. The organising committee and the IOC were also to discuss the cost issues over the transfer of the marathons. They were to discuss the cost of race walking events from Tokyo to Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido amid growing concerns about extreme heat in the capital. Recently, Tokyo Olympics chief executive Toshiro Muto expressed concerns about the effect of the Covid-19 disease on the July 24 to August 9 Games. “I’m very worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the growing momentum towards the Games,” Muto said at a meeting with officials of the International Paralympic Committee. The coronavirus has killed more 1,300 people in China, mainly in Hubei province, where it emerged in late 2019 and infected tens of thousands. Japan has confirmed a total of 247 cases, including 218 on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Yokohama and one quarantine officer. In late January, the World Health Organisation declared the new coronavirus a global health emergency. In China, various sports events have been cancelled, postponed or relocated since the outbreak started in late December. They include Olympic qualifiers in sports such as basketball, boxing and football, the world indoor athletics championships, the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix and World Cup ski races. dpa/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusInternational Olympic CommitteeOlympic GamesTokyo 2020Yoshiro Morilast_img read more

Student attempts to bring new fraternity to campus

first_imgFor the past five years, several USC students have tried to generate interest in a fraternity for gay men, yet their attempts have failed because of  a lack of publicity.This year, however, Nick Powers, a sophomore majoring in East Asian rea studies who identifies himself as gay, and Vincent Vigil, director of the LGBT student resource center, are hoping to produce more publicity to gain support for a renewed effort for a gay fraternity.Powers hopes to create a chapter of either Delta Lambda Phi, a national social fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men, Sigma Phi Beta, a fraternity for gay, straight, bisexual and transgender men or Delta Lambda Psi, a co-ed fraternity that aims to connect LGBT students to the surrounding community.Delta Lambda Phi is the largest and oldest of the gay fraternities. Its slogan is, “Founded by gay men for all men.” Though Powers said he hopes to create a chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, the steps required might pose too much of a challenge.“The problem with [Delta Lambda Phi] is it’s the most difficult to get a chapter because the requirements are so strict,” Powers said. “You have to have at least 10 founding fathers, set up bank account, get a mailing address — it might be a little too much for us to accomplish.”Sigma Phi Beta, whose primary goal is to teach queer men about leadership and confidence, is also a potential option but does not have as strict requirements for membership as Delta Lambda Phi. Moreover, it’s a community fraternity, meaning it’s open to those who aren’t students at USC.“All Sigma Phi Beta sent us was a sign-up sheet for the interest group,” Powers said. “It could be one person, five people, however many.”Powers feels as if pursuing a smaller fraternity such as Sigma Phi Beta or Delta Lambda Psi, which only has one chapter at UC Santa Cruz and has no colonization requirements, will be more productive in the progression toward creating a gay fraternity at USC.Powers said that because interest is currently low, they do not want to limit the fraternity to only LGBT members.“There’s only three people in our group so far, so we’re a bit inexperienced,” Powers said. “We’re not getting a lot of interest, so we don’t necessarily need a frat just for gay people.”Powers’ goal is to choose one of the three fraternities by spring break and have the application process completed by August.“We really want to have it soon, and we think that’s possible with Sigma Phi Beta,” Powers said. “Delta Lambda Phi just wouldn’t be possible right now.”If Powers were to start a new fraternity at USC, he and the founding members would have to decide which fraternity council — Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council or Professional Fraternity Council ­— their chapter would classify under.Powers said Sigma Phi Beta recommends its chapters join the Interfraternity Council at the school immediately, while Delta Lambda Phi leaves the decision up to each chapter. Delta Lambda Psi has not specified which council it prefers its chapters to join.Patrick Lauer, IFC president, said the councils have different requirement for new chapters.“Each council has its own expansion process,” Lauer said. “IFC has a bunch of requirements that have to do with chapter advisories, alumni support and a bunch of other factors.”Powers and Vigil are both working to publicize the possible enactment of a new chapter in order to prevent failure this time around.“Three years ago, California State University, Long Beach came to USC to talk to students about starting [Delta Lambda Phi]. It has always been talked about, but there has been no drive or momentum to finish it,” Vigil said. “This year, the students have been very consistent about meeting and trying to recruit. They’re putting more energy into it.”Vigil said he will serve as a guide to Powers and the other students involved by researching the different LGBT-related fraternities and talking to chapters at other schools.“I’m trying to recruit four to five students as a core group every other week as well as information sessions, reserving venues and trying to get the word out,” Vigil said.Powers said the previous attempts to form a gay fraternity were unsuccessful because people were not actively communicating with each other.“When we really started last spring, what failed was no one really knew how to organize the group and do this on our own,” Powers said. “We started to realize what’s really important now is to check up on each other every week to keep up to date with progress.”Powers said he feels the obstacles in bringing a gay fraternity to campus are worth it.“Personally, before college, I was turned off by the Greek community, but when I saw what it really was, I wanted to be a part of it,” Powers said.He hopes the creation of a gay fraternity, regardless of which of the three it is, will help to break down stereotypes and build a bridge between the LGBT community and the community at large.last_img read more

D.O. Sportscast episode 5: Beat writers discuss win over Clemson, hand out mid-season awards

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2017 at 10:20 pmcenter_img This week on the D.O. Sportscast, Tomer Langer and Joe Bloss join the show to discuss Syracuse’s upset of Clemson. The two talk about what the win for means for SU going forward as well as the validation of head coach Dino Babers vision. In the second segment, Langer and Bloss pick their mid-season most valuable player, unsung hero and most improved.Listen to episode five here:last_img read more

McIlroy sacks long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald

first_imgRory McIlroy has sacked long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald – according to reports.McIlroy has had Fitzgerald on his bag since turning professional in 2008.During that spell the 28-year-old secured four major titles and climbed to world number one. Photo © – Tipp FMlast_img

NTU study recommends review into high-speed games

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share A recent psychology study published by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has called for a review into gambling legislation related to lower stakes and fast-speed gambling games.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.The study, entitled ‘The Relationship Between Gambling Event Frequency, Motor Response Inhibition, Arousal, and Dissociative Experience’, was led by NTU’s School of Social Sciences senior lecturer in Psychology, Dr Andrew Harris.The key finding of the study revealed that gambling at high speed reduces self-control among players, with the speed of play being a factor in rates of problem gambling.As part of the research, 50 non-problem gamblers were ‘recruited from amusement arcades and sports teams in the Lincolnshire region of the UK’. The study selected this group as ‘they were identified as areas most likely to contain a high density of gamblers’.The participants gambled with real money using a simulated slot machine across five speeds of play conditions.Participants were asked to withhold responses when a specific colour cue was shown. During the faster speeds, participants were unable to respond to colour cues, suggesting that players were much more impulsive during faster rates of play.Harris stated: “Previous research shows a consistent finding that games with faster speeds are preferred by problem gamblers and are associated with more negative gambling outcomes, such as difficulty quitting the game and increased monetary loss.“The results here are of particular importance, as they show that when playing faster forms of gambling, self-control is impaired relative to slower speed games, even among non-problem gamblers.“If an opportunity is not afforded to a gambler to pause and take stock between gambling events, the likelihood is that they will respond adaptively to punishment decreases (e.g., financial loss).“Consequently, less opportunity for reflection is afforded by high event frequency games and as such are increasingly likely to lead to poorly adapted behaviour leading to problem gambling in some individuals.”When asked to measure their own control levels, players perceived themselves as in control of their actions throughout the trial – in contradiction to the results from the study.Taking the findings into consideration, Harris pointed out that the results have implications for both gambling regulation and player protection.Harris added: “Recent gambling legislation changes have seen caps in the maximum stake size allowed on fixed odds betting terminals as a harm-minimisation measure, but yet to be considered is the contribution of lower stakes but faster speed gambling games, such as slot machines, and the contribution this has towards gambling-related harm“Any reduction in speed would need to be balanced with the impact this could have on enjoyment, as this could result in compensatory gambling behaviours, where gamblers might play more gambling lines, bet larger amounts, and play for longer periods of time on slot machines to compensate for the reduced speed of play.“However, there are a number of useful measures which could be introduced, such as making clocks and monetary spend displays more noticeable to ensure they are regularly processed and attended to by gamblers.”last_img read more

Abdul Fatawu eager to show quality after AFCON 2019 snub

first_imgFatawu, who has top scored for Kotoko in the NC Special Tier 1 Competition, played the first half of the team’s friendly match loss to Namibia on Sunday. Asante Kotoko forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu , says he is ready to get another crack with the national team after failing to to make the final Black Stars squad for the AFCON tournament in Egypt.The team was announced by head coach, Kwesi Appiah, on Monday after a week of the team’s training camp in Dubai ahead of the tournament.Fatawu was dropped together with New York City FC’s Ebenezer Ofori, Majeed Waris of FC Porto, Mohammed Alhassan of Hearts of Oak, and Numancia’s Yaw Yeboah but despite the turn of events, the player wants to do better for another chance in the future.“I would like to thank the coach for the invitation. There were lots of players but I got the chance to make it to the 29-man team. I am grateful and I am not going to give up.I will go back home and work hard and maybe, next time, I will get the call-up. I am not giving up. It is not over. I believe in that I will come back stronger.Of course, I am disappointed with myself. I should have probably worked harder in camp.”last_img read more

Manchester City: Vincent Kompany signs five-year contract with club

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions.Kompany, 28, joins Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva and Samir Nasriin committing his future to the club this summer.The Belgium international said: “When I arrived in 2008, I could never have dreamed that we could achieve what we have over the last six years.”But this is just the start of the journey.”More to follow.last_img