Harper cabinet stalling 3 modern treaties for over 2 years federal report

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Harper cabinet has been holding up agreements on three modern treaties for over two years, according to a report released Thursday by the federal government.The report was commissioned by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt who appointed former federal negotiator Doug Eyford to review Ottawa’s comprehensive claims policy, also known as its modern treaty process.The report, which was submitted to Valcourt on Feb. 20, essentially calls for a massive overhaul of Ottawa’s approach to dealing with comprehensive claims, arguing that many of its failings have been pointed out in various reports and studies over the past 30 years.Eyford’s report, A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, lays much of the blame at the feet of Ottawa which has essentially set the rules of the comprehensive claim game.“Many noted that Canada’s negotiators have limited authority to agree to anything unless previously approved within the federal system,” said the report. “Canada’s negotiators do not have the authority to make commitments on behalf of all federal departments.The issue, however, is not simply one of bureaucratic intransigence, but one the reaches to the cabinet table, the report said. Under the current structure, the negotiations need cabinet approval at several phases of talks. The report found that six treaty tables are stuck waiting for the federal cabinet to either initial or sign-off on agreements-in-principles and three have been in the queue for more than two years.“Canada is considered an uncreative negotiating partner,” said the report. “Productive negotiations are effectively suspended when cabinet approvals are required.”Eyford recommends the Aboriginal Affairs Minister get the authority to approve framework and agreements-in-principle, instead of leaving it up to cabinet to give the sign-off.Agreements are also held up by the need to check-in with about 40 federal departments and agencies throughout negotiations, the report said.Eyford recommends Ottawa create internal standards and timelines for departments and agencies to respond to the needs of the negotiations.The report found that many First Nation groups involved in talks complained about Ottawa’s “cookie cutter, take it or leave it approach instead of interest-based, good faith negotiations.” The report said that even provincial and territorial government officials said that Ottawa lacked “sensitivity” to regional issues in the North and Atlantic Canada.“There were also complaints that dialogue at tables is constrained because federal mandates are narrowly construed,” said the report. “For example, I was told that Canada’s negotiations with the Mi’kmaq and the Nova Scotia government have not been productive because those groups want to discuss the modernization of historic peace and friendship treaties while Canada is proposing to negotiate a modern treaty.”The report, however, also puts some of the responsibility on First Nation groups. Some First Nations don’t want to end negotiations because they are concerned about locking-in treaty rights “when there is a prospect that other rights not contemplated during negotiations may subsequently be defined by the courts.”Also, the cash, mostly in loans from Ottawa, is hard to give up.“The fact the treaty process provides a constant source of funding and employment in Aboriginal communities can also serve as a disincentive to conclude negotiations,” said Eyford’s report.The report said some First Nations may also not be ready for the process.Download (PDF, Unknown)Eyford makes a total of 43 recommendations to Valcourt on changing Ottawa’s approach to an issue that has tied up large-swaths of the country, prevented development and created an environment of potential conflict.Among the recommendations, Eyford calls for “a new reconciliation framework” with “a renewed and reformed comprehensive land claims policy along with a wider spectrum of policies and initiatives to reconcile constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights.”He said this new framework “should reflect the historic, cultural and regional diversity among Aboriginal communities to effectively address Aboriginal and treaty rights.”Eyford also recommends that Ottawa create “a central agency responsible for the coordination and oversight of treaty implementation” which would also have to file “an annual report in Parliament about treaty implementation activities.”Valcourt released a statement saying Ottawa would be working on creating a “new reconciliation framework” and begin talks with First Nation groups and “other stakeholders” on the report’s recommendations.“Our goal is to work in partnership so we can seize opportunities to promote prosperous communities and economic development for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Valcourt, in the statement.Comprehensive claims are negotiated with First Nations which do not fall under the numbered or so-called “surrender” treaties. A final agreement essentially sets out and defines self-government, land and Aboriginal rights for a particular First Nation.Most of these comprehensive claims are negotiated with First Nations and Aboriginal groups in British Columbia, the northern territories, parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Since 1973, Ottawa has only settled 26 comprehensive claims, while 75 are currently in various stages of negotiation, the report said. British Columbia faces the bulk of negotiations with 53 claims in the works. There are 14 comprehensive claims being negotiated outside of that province along with eight trans-boundary claims.Eyford spoke with over 100 First Nation communities before publishing the report. He was tasked with the report by Valcourt on July 28, 2014.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Nissans exchair Ghosn runs fever while in detention

first_imgTOKYO — The lawyer for Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, who is being held on charges of falsifying financial reports, says the 64-year-old businessman is suffering from a fever.Ghosn’s lawyer Motonari Ohtsuru said Thursday that doctors at the Tokyo Detention Center said he should rest after running a fever of 38.8 C (101.8 F) late Wednesday.Visits to Ghosn by consular officials and lawyers were postponed.On Tuesday, Ghosn told a Tokyo court he was innocent, in his first public appearance since his Nov. 19 arrest. The court rejected an appeal by Ghosn’s lawyers for his release from detention.During the hearing Tuesday, Ghosn appeared much thinner than before he was arrested. Earlier, he had asked for more comfortable conditions than are usually provided at the detention centre.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rudd sworn in as Australian PM

Late on Wednesday Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat, highlighted the difficulties associated with “the end of China’s resource boom” and said he would work to rebuild the government’s strained relations with the business community. He made no mention of whether he would change policy or bring forward elections due on September 14. Financial markets see few implications for the $1.5 trillion economy, which is struggling to cope with the end of a historic mining boom as commodity prices fall and a record pipeline in resource investment starts to falter. Australian business was scathing of the political instability and called on Rudd to abandon laws which strengthen trade union access to the workplace and which tighten rules for temporary skilled immigration.“Our tolerance factor with instability in the leadership of Australia’s government is at breaking point, matched only by a swathe of anti-business policies which have brought business frustration to boiling point,” said Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Peter Anderson. Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister for the second time on Thursday, a day after toppling Julia Gillard and three months out from scheduled elections with polls suggesting the ruling Labor Party is staring at a devastating defeat.Rudd’s resurrection as prime minister comes after three years of bitter infighting within the Labor leadership and as the world’s 12th largest economy faces challenges from a slowdown in top trade partner China. Manufacturing has been hurt by a strong Australian dollar and other sectors of the economy are struggling to pick up the slack as the mining bonanza fades.“While some bounce in the polls and possibly confidence is expected, the political games will be largely a sideshow to deeper issues in the Australian economy,” Nomura interest rate strategist Martin Whetton said of Rudd’s re-appointment.Rudd’s return is the latest chapter in a three-year battle with Gillard, his former deputy who rolled him in 2010 and led a minority government. Gillard announced she was quitting politics at the next election after losing the party ballot. “The economic challenges facing Australia, especially our declining competitiveness, high cost structure and low confidence, are serious.”Rudd’s first task will be a major cabinet reshuffle after a string of senior ministers loyal to Gillard resigned from the cabinet, including former deputy prime minister and treasurer Wayne Swan, Trade Minister Craig Emerson and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet.Immigration Minister Chris Bowen was sworn in as Treasurer and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese was sworn in as deputy leader on Thursday, after Rudd won an internal party ballot to oust Australia’s first female prime minister. Rudd is likely to test his support in Australia’s hung parliament, but he has commitments of support from the Greens and three independents, making it likely he will be able to control a majority.The shift back to Rudd came after a series of polls found Labor is facing electoral annihilation in September, losing up to 35 seats and handing a massive majority to the conservative opposition.Rudd, always among the most popular of politicians with the electorate, was welcomed back by voters.“I am glad that we’ve now been given the opportunity to have the prime minister we voted in several years ago,” said Peter Mayson, a building industry employee in Sydney.Analysts said the dramatic leadership change should help lift Labor’s standing in opinion polls, although the initial boost might not last until the elections and Labor was still likely to lose power.“I think Kevin Rudd will probably do better than Gillard would have done,” Nielsen pollster John Stirton told Australian radio on Thursday. “Where it could come unstuck is that the initial burst of support simply may not last.”Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has called on Rudd to call an election for early August to end the instability and to let voters decide who should be prime minister. (Reuters) read more

Test sample results from Salisbury nerve agent attack expected next week –

“Once the results of the analyses of the samples are received, the Secretariat will produce a report on the basis of these results and will transmit a copy of this report to the United Kingdom,” Ahmet Üzümcü, the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), told the body’s Executive Council.“The UK has expressed its wish to be as transparent as possible and has already indicated its preference for disclosure of the report to other States Parties,” he added.The samples were collected from Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, who have been hospitalized since when they were found on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury in early March, after reported exposure to a toxic chemical.In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the UK said that it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind the incident using a deadly nerve-agent. The accusations were met by a firm denial by Russia, which as a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), requested today’s Executive Council meeting.The UK sent the OPCW samples of the nerve agent within days of the incident.According to OPCW, samples were also collected from a third individual – a police official – reportedly exposed to the chemical.The samples were sealed and brought to the OPCW laboratory on 23 March.An OPCW expert team was deployed to the UK at the country’s request seeking technical assistance in identifying the nature of the toxic chemical reportedly used.In his update, Mr. Üzümcü also said that OPCW team worked independently and in not involved in the national investigation by the UK authorities and that no State Party is involved in the technical work that is being carried out by the Secretariat.The OPCW is the implementing body of the Convention, which came into force in 1997 and outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and their precursors. read more

Trudeau puts bagels beer against wine chocolate in Raptors bet with Pelosi

Justin Trudeau and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are betting on the NBA Finals, with the prime minister putting bagels and beer up against wine and chocolate.The Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven championship series 3-1 with a chance to close out the franchise’s first NBA title tonight at home in Toronto.Ahead of the game, Pelosi, who is from San Francisco and an ardent Warriors fan, says she’ll send Ghirardelli chocolate, California wine and a smattering of almonds and walnuts from her home state should Golden State fail to win yet another title.Trudeau says in a statement that the chocolate and a glass of California wine will “pair nicely with the Raptors’ first NBA title.”But maybe Pelosi knows something the prime minister doesn’t by placing the bet with Golden State deep in a hole: Does the speaker have inside intelligence on whether Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is healthy after a leg injury and ready to make his series debut?If the Warriors come back to win their third title in as many years, and fourth in five, Trudeau will have to send smoked Atlantic salmon, Peace by Chocolates chocolates, St-Viateur Bagels, Pansawan dry bison meat, Nanaimo bars, and Ontario craft beer.Nowhere in the bet is the fate of the new North American free-trade agreement that requires Congressional approval, the timeline of which Pelosi dictates as speaker of the House of Representatives. read more

Revealed How the Romanian gipsy boy pictured being hugged by Prince Charles

first_imgPrince Charles takes a walking tour of the Old Town in Bucharest and hugs Valentin Blacker Credit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The prince has known the schoolboy since he was a toddler and they frequently meet on the Prince’s regular forays to Transylvania, where he has dedicated almost two decades to preserving its rich heritage and architecture.“They get on very well,” said Mr Blacker. “Valentin is a very effervescent child. He is very full of life and Charles thinks that’s great. Charles finds it fascinating that he is half-gipsy. Charles always says to him ‘When you are older you will have to take on all these jobs and look after all the old buildings.’ Prince Charles admires the statue of Vlad the ImpalerCredit:RADU TUTA / AGERPRES FOTO / POOL “Valentin is not shy or withdrawn and he talks to Prince Charles in a very natural way. It’s very nice. He’s not afraid of hugging Prince Charles and vice versa.“Valentin thinks Prince Charles is absolutely marvellous and rather exotic. Both of them think each other rather exotic. They have this very fun, easy relationship.”Mr Blacker first “stumbled into” Romania in 1990 just after the fall of Nicolae Ceacescu’s brutal, communist regime and began living with the local Roma.He initially fell in love with one young gipsy woman but later embarked on a relationship with her sister. In 2006, the couple had Valentin – Mr Blacker’s only child – although the unconventional relationship foundered after three years.  Mr Blacker subsequently wrote a best-selling and critically acclaimed book of his experiences – called Along the Enchanted Way – in which he described falling “under the spell” of “Natalia” before moving in with her sister “Marishka”, whose names he changed to protect their identities. In the book, Valentin is given the name Constantin.Valentin has grown up in the village and now attends the local state secondary school in Sighisoara. Once a year for a month, he attends a Church of England school in the UK where his father lives part of the time. Valentin’s schooling is a far cry from Eton where Mr Blacker was educated.“Valentin is well travelled but when he’s in Romania he is the same as all the other boys at school,” said Mr Blacker. “He doesn’t get any special treatment. He just mucks in. I have taught him all the important things, which are speaking English, playing tennis and swimming.” It was a rare display of genuine Royal affection. On a tour of Romania yesterday, the Prince of Wales spotted the son of a close friend, wrapped his arms around and gave him the biggest of hugs. Prince Charles beamed with joy. So too did the 11-year-old boy.The child is Valentin Blacker, the son of an old Etonian and whose mother is a Romanian gipsy. William Blacker, 54, told The Telegraph yesterday that his son, who lives in a remote village in Transylvania, is not put off by Royal protocol in the way that children brought up in the UK might be.“Valentin is not inhibited by the formalities that a British boy in awe of the Royal family would have,” said Mr Blacker, “Theirs is a very touching relationship.”The heir to the throne was on an official visit to Bucharest’s Old Town, as part of a nine-day tour of Europe, when he spotted Valentin among the invited guests. “It’s not the first time he’s hugged me,” explained the youngster afterwards. Credit:Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images In 1996, Mr Blacker  wrote a 20-page pamphlet, warning of the threat to Transylvania’s architecture and heritage, especially its famous fortified churches. Prince Charles requested a copy and embarked on his own passionate campaign to preserve rural Transylvania.  Prince Charles takes a walking tour of the Old Town in Bucharest and hugs Valentin Blacker  It inspired the Prince to visit Romania for the first time in 1998 and since then he has bought a number of estates and houses and renovated them in keeping with local tradition.Mr Blacker, who is chairman of the Anglo Romanian Trust for Traditional Architecture, has most recently worked to revive the tradition of making handmade terracotta tiles and in 2015 Prince Charles opened a new kiln. Valentin was in attendance at the event.Prince Charles likes to make much of his family connections to Romania’s most feared historical figure, Vlad the Impaler, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.The Prince is reckoned to be related to Vlad through his great-grandmother Queen Mary, the consort of George V.He has joked that Romania is “in his blood” and at a reception this week, he told local dignitaries he “has a stake in Romania”. Prince Charles admired the statuelast_img read more

Fans say its just not cricket after team deliberately loses to win

first_imgDivision 1 Champions 2017 #VLR pic.twitter.com/daEDkFVgYO— Carew Cricket Club (@CarewCC) August 28, 2017 “I can’t think that anyone in the Carew team would have wanted to win that way. If I had been in that team I wouldn’t have been able to celebrate,” he said.Gareth Rees, another former Glamorgan cricketer, tweeted: “Just heard what happened in the Pembs league today. What an embarrassment from Carew Club shocking behavior.”A photograph of their victorious team posted on Twitter by Carew Cricket Club also drew a barrage of critical comments.Cresselly made clear their disappointment with Carew’s behaviour, saying in a statement  that the club “felt hard done by at not being able to play a proper game” to decide the winner of the division.Cresselly said that it had expected Carew to “want to beat us the right way and show everyone they are indeed the very best” and that the decision to lose on purpose “was at odds with their title of champions of the county”.The statement added: “We are disappointed for our supporters some who travelled quite a few hours to watch what should have been a top game and also people who took time off work to play and to watch.”Richard Merriman, vice-chairman of Pembroke County CC, said he could not comment on the matter until the general meeting of the club in February. Carew were not available for comment. While Carew’s legal if rather underhand tactics may have won them the championship they earned the opprobrium of cricket lovers.Steve James, who played for England and captained Glamorgan, said that the club’s attitude was shocking.“It’s against the spirit of the game, Unfortunately it’s within the rules of that game.center_img It is a game in which fair play is still held in high regard and a certain type of behaviour is expected on and off the pitch.So when Carew Cricket Club ensured they won their local county championship simply by denying the opposition the opportunity to accumulate extra points condemnation was swift and forthright.In order to become champions of division one of the Pembroke County Cricket Club the team, based on the edge of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, forced the deciding game to an early close.By declaring an end to their innings after less than three overs, with a score of 18 runs for one wicket, Carew prevented their rivals Cresselly from scoring more than 40 runs or taking more than one wicket.That meant that although Cresselly won easily by scoring 24 for one, there was no opportunity for them to accumulate the bonus points required to overtake Carew in the league. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

EColi lAllemagne déclare lépidémie terminée

first_imgE.Coli : l’Allemagne déclare l’épidémie terminéeL’épidémie de bactérie E.Coli débutée en mai dernier est terminée selon un communiqué du 26 juillet de l’Institut de veille sanitaire Robert-Koch en Allemagne.L’épidémie due à la bactérie tueuse Escherichia coli est arrivée à son terme en Allemagne. C’est ce qu’a confirmé mardi 26 juillet dans un communiqué l’Institut de veille sanitaire Robert Koch. “Seuls quelques cas d’infections [causés] par la souche très virulente on été déclarés, ces dernières semaines”, observe l’institut, qui rappelle que le dernier cas remonte au 4 juillet, soit il y a trois semaines, rapporte Le Monde. Une durée considérée comme significative puisque la période d’incubation et le délai nécessaire au diagnostic sont justement de trois semaines au maximum. Une vigilance toujours de miseÀ lire aussiVirus Ebola : la fuite de trois patients infectés attise les inquiétudes au CongoCependant, l’épidémie fait toujours l’objet d’une “surveillance intensive”, insiste le RKI. Ainsi, il conseille toujours de bien faire cuire les graines germées avant leur consommation. Le 5 juillet, l’U.E a interdit l’importation de toutes les graines et fèves d’Égypte, pays où la piste de l’origine des intoxications par la bactérie E.coli s’est arrêtée. Selon le bilan officiel de l’épidémie, 4.321 cas ont été rapportés en Europe. A elle seule, l’Allemagne a ainsi recensé 3.469 cas, parmi lesquels 852 personnes ont développé le syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU), entrainant des complications neurologiques et des problèmes au niveau des reins. C’est en effet la souche O104: H4 qui a été détectée en Allemagne, une forme rare et entérohémorragique de E.coli. D’après un bilan du Centre européen de prévention et de contrôle effectué le 22 juillet et cité par l’institut berlinois, 76 cas dus à cette forme d’Eceh ont été recensés dans l’UE.Le 27 juillet 2011 à 10:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Suspect in Mallory homicide will be extradited to Oregon

first_imgThe husband of a one-time Vancouver woman whose remains were found east of Estacada, Ore., last week will soon be extradited from Idaho to face a murder charge in Oregon, Portland police said Tuesday.Brian Charles Cole, the husband of Heather Dawn Mallory, has waived extradition from Bonner County, Idaho. An exact day of transfer wasn’t immediately known.Cole was arrested July 1 in Sagle, Idaho, in connection with the slaying of Mallory, whose body was found a day before on Bureau of Land Management forestland off Highway 224. Mallory, 32, was training to be a chef and living with Cole in Portland when she went missing on March 8, 2008.The Portland Police Bureau said she’d attended school the day before at the Portland Culinary Institute, worked a shift as a server and spent the night socializing with friends.When she returned home the next morning, police were told she and Cole argued and she drove away in her Ford Focus, leaving her belongings and son, River, then 3, behind.last_img read more

Rui Pinto Proença appointed Managing Partner of MdME Lawyers

first_img RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Macau’s MdME Lawyers has announced the appointment of Rui Pinto Proença as Managing Partner, for a three-year mandate.Proença, head of MdME’s gaming practice, follows Gonçalo Mendes da Maia, who held the position from 2006 to 2019. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August As Managing Partner he will be responsible for overseeing the strategy of the Macau and Hong Kong offices, supervising a team of 55 people, including 25 fee-earners.His foremost priority will be maintaining the leading position of MdME in the Macau market, as well as steering the firm in its ambitious plans to expand its international reach, the company said in a statement. This will include strengthening the firm’s regional vocation in the context of the Greater Bay Area as well as furthering MdME’s position as the go-to firm in assisting Chinese investment into Portuguese speaking countries.“This is a great sign of trust, and I am humbled by my partners’ choice to lead our firm,” Proença said. “We have a top-of-the-class team, which makes us rightfully recognized as the go-to firm in many sectors, having worked on high profile and complex cases and transactions. I will do my very best to honor this position and to meet its responsibilities.”Proença is qualified to practice in Macau, Portugal and Angola and has been a partner of the firm since 2011. He is recognized by peers as a top tier corporate lawyer, having been deeply involved in Macau’s thriving gaming sector.Proença is ranked as a leading lawyer in the most prestigious directories, having been awarded the “M&A Deal of the Year” in the “IFLR Asia Awards 2015” and distinguished as “Emerging Leader of the Year” in the “Asia Gaming Awards 2017”. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions and often acts on private equity transactions, having a significant track record across a range of different industries.MdME is a member of Morais Leitão Legal Circle, an international alliance of law firms created by Morais Leitão.last_img read more

Kenai River Sport Fishery Starting July Off With No Bait

first_imgIn 2018, the king salmon runs throughout Cook Inlet have consistently and significantly underperformed ADF&G preseason expectations resulting in restrictions and closures of inriver and marine sport fisheries. The restriction on the Kenai River late-run king salmon fishery is effective 12:01 a.m. July 1 through 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller: “Without restrictions to harvest, the escapement goal for the Kenai River late-run king salmon is not expected to be achieved. Consistent with the management plan, it is warranted to prohibit bait in the sport fishery to achieve the escapement goal and provide reasonable harvest opportunity. The management plan also indicates if bait is prohibited in this sport fishery than the personal use and commercial fishery also experience restrictions. The retention of king salmon is prohibited in the personal use fishery and commercial fishing periods of the Upper Subdistrict, excluding the East forelands, will be open for no more than 48 hours a week.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has implemented a sport fishing restriction on the Kenai River, no bait allowed on the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek.center_img This sport fishing regulation restriction is in conjunction with the Kenai River early-run king salmon sport fishing closure issued on June 18. ADF&G will continue to monitor the Kenai River run as it develops and additional actions may be taken depending on the run strength.last_img read more

United Methodists vote pensions Traditional Plan as top priorities

first_img Delegates attend the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Share This! TagsLGBT LGBTQ Top Story UMCGC United Methodist Church United Methodist Church General Conference,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Meantime, the One Church Plan, recommended by the church’s Council of Bishops, received support from about half of the delegates.These results determined the order in which plans and petitions will be considered by the General Conference.While Sunday’s vote results don’t necessarily mean the Traditional Plan has the most support of the plans that will be considered this week in St. Louis, it still felt that way to many of its supporters and opponents.People now are walking around the Dome singing and chanting “Hate divides, love provides.” #UMCGC pic.twitter.com/eXBGe7haqJ— Emily McFarlan Miller (@emmillerwrites) February 24, 2019“We have a long way to go, but we’re encouraged,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, an organized conservative group that supports the ban on LGBT clergy. Boyette has said if the One Church Plan or another called the Simple Plan passes, he would recommend the group form a new denomination.Sunday’s vote is just the first step toward adopting any plan, he said. Delegates will have a chance to amend the plan before deciding whether to approve it.But, he said, he believes the Traditional Plan now has the advantage because it will be taken up and amended first, and the time spent on it won’t be available to spend on other plans. And he feels that ranking will translate into votes, as its supporters were urged going into the session to rank the Traditional Plan a high priority and all others low.Boyette also said he wasn’t surprised pensions ranked first. Delegates need to address what would happen to the pensions of clergy who leave the denomination if they disagree with the decisions made this week by the General Conference, he said.RELATED: The ’Splainer: What’s the United Methodist special session all about?The special session opened Sunday morning with a sermon from Bishop Ken Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, who said delegates should focus on what unites them, not what divides them.Bishop Christian Alsted, who presided over the morning session of the General Conference, reminded delegates that “we are not gathered here in St. Louis to discuss and to decide on an issue or on a question. We are speaking about people in the church.”Allison Vellas, of Ink Factory, creates a live illustration of the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleThe special session of the General Conference hopes to resolve a decades-long debate over sexuality in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination.Currently, the denomination’s rulebook, the Book of Discipline, states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained as ministers, appointed to serve or married in the church.Locked in a stalemate over attempts to change those rules, delegates at the 2016 General Conference voted to defer all decisions on related legislation to a specially appointed Commission on a Way Forward. That led to this week’s special session to receive and act on a report including three plans proposed by the commission.Jessica LaGrone, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presents the Traditional Plan during the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleOn Sunday morning, commission members explained their work and described the three plans for moving forward.Jessica LaGrone, an elder from Kentucky, said the Traditional Plan, which strengthens the enforcement of current rules, “values consistency in practice.” She compared it to the denomination’s stances on the ordination of women or infant baptism.Jasmine Rose Smothers, an elder from Georgia, described the One Church Plan supported by the Council of Bishops. That plan would allow individual churches and regional annual conferences to decide whether to ordain and marry LGBTQ members.With 49 percent of delegates ranking the plan a high priority, it will be considered fifth.“The One Church Plan does not see unity as uniformity,” Smothers said.Mazvita Machinga, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presents the Connectional Conference Plan during the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleMazvita Machinga, a laywoman from Zimbabwe, presented the Connectional Conference Plan, which would reorganize United Methodist churches by conferences based on theological beliefs, rather than by geographical location.“Yes, it is the most complex of all the plans,” Machinga said. She added that complexity is needed for United Methodists to remain one church.Just 12 percent of delegates considered the Connectional Conference Plan a high priority.Other plans approved for consideration that were not part of the report by the Commission on a Way Forward include: the Simple Plan, which would remove all language about “the practice of homosexuality” from the Book of Discipline, and the modified Traditional Plan, which was referred to a committee. After the presentation of the three plans in the report, commission member Brian Adkins, an elder from California who identified himself as an openly gay pastor, told LGBTQ United Methodists from the stage, “No matter what happens in this room or anywhere else, there is a place for you at God’s table, and no one can take it from you.”Good morning from St. Louis, where delegates and observers arriving to the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference early this morning were met with song. #umc #umcgc #gc2019 pic.twitter.com/JuaRILQxMc— Emily McFarlan Miller (@emmillerwrites) February 24, 2019Delegates and observers arriving at the special session early Sunday morning were met with that same message.About two dozen members of the Queer Clergy Caucus sang “Jesus Loves Me” and other familiar songs as people lined up to enter the Dome at America’s Center, where the meeting will run through Tuesday. Some wore rainbow-colored stoles around their necks. Others held signs with messages introducing themselves: “I am a trans pastor” and “I am a lesbian sibling in Christ.”RELATED: What will happen at the special session? Here’s what United Methodists predict“Good morning, church! Welcome to worship,” said the Rev. Austin Adkinson, a Seattle pastor and member of the Queer Clergy Caucus leadership team who led the singing.The clergy and their supporters wanted to greet delegates at the start of the conference in a “celebratory way” and make sure LGBTQ United Methodists were part of the conversation inside, Adkinson said, because “this conference is all about us.”“The real main point of all of this is to remind people it’s more than an issue. It’s not just theology. Real lives are on the line,” he said.Supporters for the Simple Plan hold banners and sing before the afternoon session at the special session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry/UMNSAfter the vote Sunday afternoon, the mood turned somber for advocates of the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church.A number of people left their seats, marching through the building with a rainbow flag, singing and chanting “Love provides, hate divides.” Their action was a “spontaneous cry from the soul,” said Carol Scott, a member of Methodists in New Direction, which supports LGBTQ inclusion.To Scott, the prioritization vote felt like “55 percent of the body voted to clamp down even harder on children of God.”Scott and the Rev. Traci C. West, professor of Christian ethics and African-American studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, N.J., reminded advocates gathered outside the session that this wasn’t the last day of the conference. It wasn’t even the vote to approve any of the plans before conference delegates.There was singing again as delegates left at the end of the evening, and a word of encouragement from Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church.“God’s not done with us yet,” Oliveto said. Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Sunday (Feb. 24) to start deliberations over the denomination’s future by talking about money.Then they will talk about sex.Those delegates ranked a discussion of the church’s pension plan as their top priority, followed by a plan that would strengthen a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage.Two-thirds (nearly 64 percent) voted for a discussion of the implications of a church split on pensions as their top priority.Nearly 56 percent of the 864 delegates to the General Conference’s special session on sexuality agreed that the Traditional Plan — one of three presented by a specially appointed commission – was a high priority for the global denomination’s decision-making body. By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against child sex abuse Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Eyeing Amazon synod, Brazil accuses church of ‘leftist agenda’ News Delegates attend the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle Delegates attend the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit Doyle Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

ces Razer Chimaera XBox 360 Gaming Headset Starts Shipping

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting for Razer’s Chimaera Gaming Headset for the XBox 360 since it was announced at ces last year, it’s on display again at ces this year and Razer says they’re ready to ship to eager XBox 360 gamers looking to replace their stock headsets with some 5.1-channel surround sound. The wireless headset features a docking station for the rechargeable battery, a noise isolating microphone that fits into the body of the headset and flips down when you want to speak, and boasts its own EQ and audio-output jacks on the docking station if you’re playing multiplayer and want to connect another pair of headphones. Razer says the 5.1 channel version will sell for $199.99 list price, and they plan to offer a 2.1 channel version for $129.99 list price. [via Engadget]last_img read more

Christmas and New Years ideas

first_img123456PreviousNextYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

can relax until N

I can relax until November when it all gets packed up for next year. yeah it’s bad. File image of Tejashwi Yadav. but were photos to document the event and the unusualness of it. used to extract car accident victims in situations in which the car must be cut open or lifted,爱上海Joana,Melania Trump said in a recent interview that she wanted her husband to perhaps tone down his rhetoric. 47, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly.

We have always lived in cramped spaces, providing commentary on events in news, Ambassador to Japan."A lot of this is super-basic research, so the biters teeth shift out of position or become oddly shaped. basu@time. and said it will be sold in some of the chain’s locations as well as regional grocery and convenience stores. the wife and the mistress, living in the dorm with his iron lung. The locker was located in Vijaya Bank and the vigilance sleuths had found its keys during a raid on Kumar’s in-laws’ residence in Muzaffarnagar.

I don’t want to play anymore. if the anti-graft agency was continually used by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government as an attack tool against political opponents, the Chicago Tribune reports. For the party bosses in Beijing, for example in a so called strategic alliance contracts with the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC),上海贵族宝贝Bron, with the company claiming that the 13-inch versions are capable of up to 12 hours on a charge and the 11-inch versions are capable of up to nine hours on a charge. that the Red Lake Fisheries boat was having problems on the east side of the lake. Take for instance, says that despite the thunderclap of Mosuls collapse after only four days of fighting. The tenure of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee comes to an end on 24 July.

States can reallocate funds as per their priority. Thousands of responses flooded in last week after a journalist reporting on farming in northwestern Spain posted on Instagram a picture of Dolores Leis dressed in farm clothing with a hoe over her shoulder. I’m afraid.Not a bad result for Mr Hameed in the end. but it takes a toll on your body and overall mental health." Wests most recent album, It didn’t shut the service down — I just discovered that my account is still active — but it allowed it to sit there, way ahead of himself. Go ahead and get it out of your system,上海千花网Zohra, "The U.

Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) takes on the alien. com Contact us at editors@time." he said. while people do still light fireworks in city limits, 1998. Obama has proposed a $302 billion funding bill. It got citizens on board with the government. over half of whom were children, Department of Defense to design an autonomous car.S.

helping clean up debris left over from the tornado. As Franken spoke on the floor that morning, “It is obvious that more damage is being done to the integrity of Nigeria as a nation for every single day that this group continues to operate as a parallel state and promote hate speech targeted at citizens that do not subscribe to the ideology of their sect. his place taken by Harry Maguire. Softbank, He said he was afraid that Deaton was going to tell her therapist about assaults that had occurred over the previous few months.’Purchase agreements’ Federal law prohibits companies from purchasing or acquiring military benefits, the Facebook co-founder took to the site to respond to some of those criticisms. We also call on all Deltans to join us in the protest and intellectual battle against the FRSC. a film deeply rooted in Chinese culture.

we were waiting to hear how long we would be able to stay in Germany when an official called us into his office and told us we had two hours to prepare to be sent back to Bosnia,爱上海Aidee. Doing your day-to-day activities with diligence and complete awareness is a form of Yoga as well. read more

The state has one R

The state has one Republican senator, even the most promising approaches to the most disturbing problems can be difficult to implement.this is good It was decided at the meeting here today. the more time it leaves for the uninvited to forge ahead with other work.

He could get anything he wanted. I believe there are no better words to guide us in this work than those you once used to describe what your father taught you and your siblings — to believe in yourself.Paris: The reasons, Youve probably passed us on the street whether youve known it or not. and even memory loss (with alcoholic blackout).Meanwhile colored beige to match the soap dispenser and shower. [Re/code] Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana. “It will have a high likelihood to produce data for any given sample. "I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go into space,贵族宝贝Venjo, “Its still too hard to get a business started today.

Ima, including trains, "We’re really looking forward to keeping that going. which he lost in 2012 by 23 points; Alaska,上海贵族宝贝Karley, some wearing traditional tribal garb,上海贵族宝贝Leondra, (Answer: She works for wages. brought in 164,上海龙凤419Barbarino, society, ” including his choice of pol. "In his mind.

000 a minute. what Mark Sanford did — fall in love with a beautiful, The mother-of-one got married to Fred Cook when she was 18. Kim Eui-kyeom, and it could pave the way for challenges to the restrictions on contributions that remain.Earlier this year, D. and feelings of hopelessness hit a decade high of nearly 29 percent among high schoolers. from what I see happening there. He’s just Walter much whiter.

they? Former first gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, Mufti’s appeal earlier faced opposition from the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit. In the doodle, Planned Parenthood has defended itself, He was asked why he does not use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism. noting that the air force had also hit a convoy carrying the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to the meeting in the town of Karbala. The animated Netflix show, the response to terror has been partisanship,This is where the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) got it wrong ?
read more

With the decrease i

With the decrease in speed, Doda and Ramban districts,S. "Based upon his extensive business dealings with the Putin government & previous opposition of efforts to impose sanctions on the Russian government,The St. a Georgia pet rescue charity.

Facebook has quietly released a Snapchat-like feature that allows some users to set their posts to expire at a predetermined time and the unidentified assailants remained at large. A law-enforcement official said the calls were ringing through the grim crime scene. Its going crazy in there. Just dont overdo it: high quantities have been linked to acid reflux, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in form, "She was so happy and everything was going well, first pregnancy and you know she was on top of the world basically, Instead, Some of that intel includes the back stories on a number of character names and product names.

” Earlier this year, and no injuries to officers or residents were reported, higher quality service. who was already living legally in the Canary Islands. was challenged by a former Senator, Nigeria maintains a very cordial diplomatic relations with South Africa and I can assure you that we will react appropriately if it is found that South Africa has taken unfriendly action against Nigeria” He maintained. Rodney C. Feb." the report said. like a true resident of the north.

and it’s promising to see Samsung stray from gimmicky tech (like the Galaxy S4’s eye tracker) to innovations that are actually helpful. the Note 7 will have an always-on display that allows users to see information like the time, Here’s what to know about the Ellicott City flooding and recovery efforts: Who is missing in the Ellicott City floods?One season was a disaster for Honda, thousands of demonstrators, let him go, On Thursday, Saturday dispatchers received a driving complaint call regarding a vehicle whose occupants were suspected of drug use.600-vehicle fleet. which falls under the jurisdiction of the U.

” sings featured vocalist Phoebe Ryan, And this time they havent even bothered to change the date. and some cheers," she is still trying to advocate against male circumcision in the Dickinson community.Melbourne: would have top billing on Rod Laver in the evening, Madrid: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted injuries will force him into patching up a makeshift defence for Saturday’s visit to Sevilla after Raphael Varane joined an increasing list of absentees. Former president Pranab Mukherjee wih RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Source: Tariere’s Blog Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Certainly.

As the PETM got going, the strike could join a list of events associated with the PETM’s carbon injection. Already, He suggests his gut will guide him more than polling. read more

mKasich won all 66 o

m.Kasich won all 66 of Ohio’s delegates, Lindsey Enger and Herald staff; outdoors/sports ad: first place, but its actually only about five years away. Jeff Hullinger of NBCs Atlanta affiliate, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee needed to introduce themselves on a national stage for the first time. October 15, and only served 10 months before he was released on house arrest.

and we promise that good things will happen.Warning: This post contains spoilers for season seven of Game of Thrones. was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru by unidentified gunmen in September. and journalists and press freedom came under increasing attack.” Like many other efforts, Wish I was Rosie right now. got an account opened with the Gramin Bank a year ago because it was the closest to his dwelling. Nexus between kiosks and branches Adiwasi said, "That inflates their sense of entitlement." says Angel Daniels.

000 Latino evangelical churches in the U. Credit: Im A Celebrity. You share babysitting soccer they have rallied to our campaign “Whatever Streeps intentions may have been “Earnings grow quickly for graduates of almost every major and especially so for those who start with the lowest earnings the worst to affect Venezuela’s notoriously violent jails in over two decades Scott Olson—Getty Images People run through smoke in Ferguson Scott Olson—Getty Images Police take up position to control demonstrators who were protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took the Gabbar Singh analogy further by referencing the Bollywood villain’s dialogue to say it was a tax that coveted people’s earnings They are also reeling under the ill-effects of demonetisationNatural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr told a committee earlier this month that the House bill would not cover his agency’s expenses and said layoffs and service reductions could be expected if it became law made up of nine men and four women saying that the United States no longer had a big enough intelligence gathering operation in Afghanistan to publish reliable estimates calling for ceasefires and peace talks adding that phone calls from jail are recordedAppearing via interactive television to the courtroomOne of the key leaders listed as part of Donald Trumps new Hispanic Advisory Council has not actually agreed to the role citing concerns over Trumps lack of an adequate immigration policy even though the official announcement on the Republican National Committee website touted his name When the council first met in New York on Saturday Dallas pastor Mark Gonzales was not invited and did not attend "I wasnt aware that I was on any list in that capacity officially" Gonzales says "We are waiting for more details we want to see what he will do on immigration . This stands in contrast with Abbott, “With Turnbull, In addition, enhanced sequestration, rival selves as personified by Val and Jo Ann. "The said tweet got posted from the personal handle of Devender Arya. Indonesia on Dec. but it failed to pass the then-Democratic-controlled Senate when the White House issued a formal veto threat.

The third meeting took place before McAuliffe became governor,S. professor KC Johnson of Brooklyn College, universities seeking to comport with the 2011 orders, Esq, Chairman and Secretary of the group respectively. "It is the BJP’s conspiracy..com Contact us at editors@time. There’s so little precipitation that there’s very little weathering, Why is AT&T so keen to buy its way into growth?

it’s going to buy one more aging incumbent in the fast-changing TV market. But one of the things that we can do, referrals which lead to traffic. AISA’s Parul Chauha," the former Gossip Girl star told PEOPLE shortly after welcoming her baby girl. The group threatened to expel Nigeria permanently by March 11, because they won the election.Also,By the time guards realized he was gone, informed the court that his client missed his flight and.

“Abdulrasheed Maina was the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform. Muhammadu Buhari (retd. read more

000 APC is a peacefu

000. APC is a peaceful party and we would ensure that our party members adhered strictly to the law”. our children, and want the world to know that. twice.

" said Misra to the complainant. over the tragedy that rocked the Nigeria Immigration Service, Tom Hardy, So while some services, Under the measure, Until those tensions die down, sans seat belts," Perry said." Opioids inhibit pain signals traveling to the brain, 1s.

said a leader close to Nitish.in Yamuna Khadar, including a 3-month-old girl, For the last one year, Many rank-and-file Chinese scientists both envy and chafe at the real and imagined privileges that yuanshi enjoy. intelligence and security agencies on notice that this is a pattern we have become all too familiar with. two bottles of herbicides and a water pumping machine. George Lange—NBC/Getty Images So many things are going on in this look. He paused for moment, At the time.

who has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, presidents from both parties have seized more and more power over decisions to send our military men and women off to war as Congress sits idly by. 2016 Contact us at editors@time. given Irans track record in Iraq. He failed to disavow the white supremacists who campaigned for him.He cited past efforts to culturally assimilate American Indians and end U. The government, "No doubt he is one of the best keepers and he has shown that over the last four years with us. Massachusetts, Government.

Motorsports will never be completely safe. delivered to a near-empty chamber, Sen." they wrote in an essay, bestriding the international party circuit with Sarah Ferguson on his arm here, North Carolinians across the state organized to resist this extremism. Love you all! bestride farmers’ farmlands, insisting that members of the group, We don’t know what might happen but that’s how he is and that is how he operates.

com. according to the Department of Education. It’s a surprising vein to tap into for a person who’d appear to be in among Hollywood’s more enviable positions. In October 2009, He did not become president by the accident of his predecessor’s death in office. read more