Iceland calls a referendum over UK debts

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Sports resumption drives Kambi to record revenue in Q3

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Stock market crash: I’d invest in UK shares like Warren Buffett to get rich and retire early

first_img Royston Wild | Monday, 9th November, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Global stock markets are enjoying a ‘Biden Bounce’ in start-of-week trading and many UK shares have surged. But it’s no reason for investors to start celebrating. The evolving Covid-19 crisis could put paid to this mini bull run at any moment.I’m not bothered by how UK share prices could perform in the weeks or months ahead though. I’m not even put off by the possibility of another stock market crash. I buy UK shares with a view to holding them for a decade or more. Over this sort of time horizon any short-term volatility has no effect on my chances of making BIG returns on my invested cash.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Getting rich with UK sharesIf anything, stock market crashes can actually improve our chances of getting seriously rich from UK shares. Step one involves buying top-quality stocks that have been oversold during the panic. Step two requires sitting back and watching them rocket in value as the global economy recovers, corporate news flow improves, and investor optimism comes washing back into markets.By doing some careful research it’s possible to avoid the duds and identify the oversold stars. Stocks that are in good shape come through the economic crash and generate brilliant returns for UK share investors. There’s plenty of help on hand from experts like The Motley Fool to help you dig out these bargains and formulate a sound investing strategy too.Be like Buffett!In confusing times like these it’s worth listening to the advice of people who have made fortunes from share investing. And there’s few that come with as great a track record of Berkshire Hathaway head honcho Warren Buffett. He’s amassed a whopping $79bn fortune by spotting opportunities that the broader market has missed.The so-called Oracle of Omaha is very happy to share the wisdom he’s picked up along the way. And a pearl which UK share investors should treat seriously today is to “be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”It’s no surprise the billionaire investor is so bullish. Buffett began his long investing career back in the 1950s and he has witnessed first hand a range of economic, social and political crises. And he’s seen US stock markets always recover strongly from these (indeed, the Dow Jones traded at record highs in February).US stock indices have already clawed back plenty of lost ground in 2020. And I’m confident UK share markets will recover strongly from the Covid-19 crisis. It’s why I’ve continued to invest in my Stocks and Shares ISA. I believe Buffett’s sage advice will significantly bolster my chances to get rich and hopefully retire early. There are plenty of top-class shares to help me realise this dream too. 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3 reasons I’d buy Warren Buffett’s top stock today

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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 3 reasons I’d buy Warren Buffett’s top stock today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Enter Your Email Address Image source: The Motley Fool Edward Sheldon owns shares in Apple and Alphabet. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alphabet (C shares) and Apple and recommends the following options: short March 2023 $130 calls on Apple and long March 2023 $120 calls on Apple. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s largest holding, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), has performed well in recent years. For example, since I wrote about the stock in November 2018 (I said it had the potential to deliver ‘spectacular gains’, by the way) it has risen about 200%.Is Apple stock still worth buying after that kind of share price rise? I think it is. Here’s a look at three reasons I’d buy Apple shares for my portfolio today.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Apple: incredible growthThe first reason I’m bullish on AAPL is that the company appears to be in the middle of a ‘supercycle’ for a lot of its products. There’s been a lot of talk recently about Apple potentially benefiting from a huge 5G ‘upgrade cycle’ where consumers trade up to 5G-compatible handsets.However, the company’s second-quarter results for the period ended 27 March suggest there’s more to the upgrade growth story than just the iPhone. Other products, such as the iPad and the Mac, are seeing enormous growth too. In Q2, these two products saw year-on-year revenue growth of 79% and 70% respectively. Overall, revenue was up 54% year-on-year. That’s an incredible level of growth.Huge services growthThe second reason I like Apple stock is the growth in the high-margin services division. This division includes iCloud, App Store, and Apple Music. In the last quarter, revenue was up 27% year-on-year to $17bn.Looking ahead, the growth potential here is significant, in my view. With Apple charging a 30% commission on many paid apps and in-app purchases, the company looks set to generate hundreds of billions in revenue from services over the next decade.Massive share buybacksFinally, Apple continues to buy back a ton of its stock. Last week, the company said it had authorised $90bn in share buybacks. That’s significantly higher than last year’s $50bn outlay.Share buybacks reduce the number of outstanding shares in the market and increase the value of the remaining shares (because earnings per share become higher). So this massive buyback should help Apple’s share price over time.ValuationTurning to the valuation, I continue to think Apple’s price tag is reasonable. Currently, the stock trades on a forward-looking price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of about 30. That’s not a bargain. However, I don’t think it’s excessive either.I’d buy Warren Buffett’s top stock todayOf course, there are risks to the investment case here. One is the global chip shortage, which is impacting a lot of technology companies. Apple said last week the shortage could cost the company $3bn-$4bn in lost revenue this quarter.Another is in relation to the App Store. Recently, Apple has been challenged by lawmakers and companies that say its App Store has too much power and costs too much.It’s also worth pointing out that Apple operates in a very competitive industry. Competitors (like Samsung and Google) are always trying to steal market share.Overall however, I believe Apple continues to have a lot of investment appeal. I’d be happy to buy this Warren Buffett stock today. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Countering the ‘Christians’

first_img Submit a Job Listing May 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm You don’t need to absolve the actions of non-believers. You’re not God. You haven’t been granted that authority. To claim otherwise is BLASPHEMY. Lori Cole says: Brian Chace says: Press Release Service Comments navigation Newer comments May 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm Matthew 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”Simply – WOW. I knew we were in a sore state but I would have never guessed this. Please brethren let us use the word and not each others fantasies. Are some of you, most of you (teachers as well??) stating as if from the Bible that Jesus instructed us NOT to judge one another? Jesus DID instruct us to judge one another as he showed us the true pattern and even made the sacrifice for those outside it to have a way if they but choose and change their ways!Jesus was saying in “judge not” from Mat 7:1-5 that you should not judge others in something that you yourself have wrong – not that you should never do so. What about Mat 7:15 “Beware of false prophets”, Mat 7:16 “you shall know them by their fruits”, John 7:24 “do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgement”, Phil 3:15-17 “Therefore let us, as many are mature, have this mind, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule let us be of the same mind. Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern”, 2 Tim 4:10, 2 Tim 2:17, Mat 3:7.Sure there are some things we are instructed NOT to judge one another in such as “food, drink festivals, new moons or Sabbaths” (Col 2:16) but overall we are called to judge less not we be deceived! Paul instructed Titus (and us) clearly about this in Titus 1:13 saying “Wherefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith.”All of you should question your “teachers” and leaders with the word of God and demand an answer from the word of God. If they continue to give you such comments as these with no biblical standing then do what the word of God instructs in such cases; 2 John 10-11: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”Brethren and those who seek to make God in their own image I give you the word of God for you to accept or deny – not my opinion – hear ye the word of God:1 Thess 5:21-22 “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”1 John 4:1-3 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of god; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Michael Charles says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books May 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm TOM: GO!!!!!!! Glad to see that Dennis Drainville has become a fan of yours, as am I. What shall we “non-Christian” Christians call ourselves, so that we need not “cringe”? May 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm I agree. Jesus showed the Pharisees countless examples of how the law cannot “save” us. In fact, He says that relying on law as a path to righteousness denies His power. This applies to more than salvation; Jesus’s living example of how to live in this world shows us that a change of heart is more important than policy.If policy was all-important, why did He not position himself to be on the council or part of the Roman ruling class? Why didn’t He wage a political campaign to force “right-minded” policies? Isn’t the political life EXACTLY what He wants us to leave to “Caeser”? Thomas Austin says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Religion News Service] I have been a Christian my entire life, never more fervently than in recent years, and yet I cringe when I hear politicians and public figures announce their Christian faith.Hold on to your wallet. Even more, hold on to your freedoms and rights as a citizen. Because the so-called “Christian moral agenda” threatens to marginalize, deprive and denigrate many Americans for failing to be “right,” as the Christian right defines “right.”Homosexuals — off the bus. Women wanting to control their bodies — off the bus. Liberals offering different solutions to a nation’s pressing problems — off the bus. Dark-skinned immigrants, preachers speaking truth to power, anyone questioning big banking, big oil or big business, compassionate feeders of the hungry, hospitals serving all who are sick, educators aiming to raise up all children, environmentalists, scientists — all of you, off the bus.No respect for you, no dignity, no freedom to act independently. Showy followers of a Savior who said, “Don’t be afraid,” make fear their weapon. They reverse everything Jesus stood for — radical inclusion, justice for all, food for the hungry, respect for outcasts, challenge to the wealthy.Instead of the actual Gospel, they substitute a fear-driven secular agenda grounded in right opinion, harsh judgment and intolerance, and they call it “Christian.”Never mind that Jesus said nothing about any item on their political agenda. Like recent presidential candidates, they just make it up. Maybe they find a few obscure biblical citations to justify their views. Mostly they just baptize their prejudices.No wonder people have come to see “Christians” as “harsh, judgmental, intolerant, argumentative, and angry,” as a recent nationwide survey found. Who would want to affiliate with so much negative energy? As Jesus himself showed, God is about loving humanity, not denouncing people for failing some religious litmus test.Think about it: if Jesus had applied to his followers the same tests right-wing Christians favor, he would have been accompanied by a small cadre of wealthy white men, and not Thomas, not the fishermen, not Bartimaeus, not Mary Magdalene, not any of the women.Indeed, Jesus himself wouldn’t have stayed around — not with his penchant for self-examination, questioning, accepting, loving, serving, and staying on the move. No cathedrals and repurposed basketball arenas for him. No prosperity Gospels. No shouting down the divergent.What right-wing Christians have done to the Gospel in America is both shameful and dangerous. It feels like the late Middle Ages all over again, when Christian hierarchs nearly destroyed Europe with their wars and support of repressive governments.I think it is time for serious Christians to separate themselves from this right-wing agenda. Those who send missionaries to impoverished lands, those who send emergency-response teams to disaster zones, those who care about children and families, decency and respect, those who seek the Word that Jesus actually lived — they need to turn away from freedom deniers and repression seekers.I had the privilege this year of evaluating magazines for an Evangelical Press Association contest. I found it profoundly moving. The story of the Salvation Army’s role in 9/11 won my top prize. While politicians and prelates were preening and shouting, the Salvation Army was feeding 40,000 a day, sitting with families, ministering to emergency responders, and all without a shred of bombast, blaming or delicious rage.Their quiet servanthood spoke of America at its best.— Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus”and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich.Statements and opinions expressed in the commentaries herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Jason Brinn says: Jabril Faraj says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Christopher Cudworth says: Richard Angelo says: May 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm What does he mean by ” non believers’ actions”? Is he assuming that women are non believers? That gay people are non believers? That people of color and people who may not be Republican/Conservatives are non believers? way wrong sir! Jesus said he came that we might have abundant life!! He also went against many of the stated laws and rule sof his time in order to preach the kingdom of God and here and now! Deirdre McMurtry says: May 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm As a priest, I cringe with you. Those whom I call “public” Christians – so sure that they have the full word of God safely entrusted to themselves for themselves and all others – often make me wish I could go under another banner and still follow Jesus. Your phrase “baptizing their own prejudices” seems so fitting. Someone once wrote “beware of any God who hates the same people that you hate.” There is such finger-pointing and labeling that I fear the Holy Spirit would not be good enough for some. As a thoughtful, intelligent, seeking Christian and a woman, I certainly do feel pushed off the bus. May 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm Matthew are you saying you have never sinned? Submit an Event Listing Angie Forde says: May 3, 2012 at 2:43 am Thank you, thank you, and blessings to Tom Ehrich for expressing the way I, and many others, feel. Your article hit the nail on the head so beautifully, eloquently and succinctly. I was beginning to think these people had not read the same Gospels I have. What about Jesus saying that within the 2 commandments of Love God and love you neighbor as yourself lie all the laws and the prophets. Doesn’t that mean we are to live by the words and example of Jesus Christ not the laws of the Old Testament? Drea Hendrix says: May 3, 2012 at 11:54 am “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Rector Washington, DC Bix Ruecking says: May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am Good word. Too often it seems that our nation’s churches are populated with either sheep who believe everything they’re told by right-wing agenda-driven theocrats, or cowards who are afraid to confront their spiritual and political leaders about policies that are clearly anti-Biblical. Those who hate, who denigrate the poor, who glorify guns and bombs over love and charity, have no Christ in them and should be silenced as voices of the faith community. There are pastors out there who should be permanently removed from their positions because they tout the gospel of hate and violence. Until their agendas and livelihoods are destroyed, the church has little hope of becoming relevant to society again. May 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm I’ve been waiting for someone to say this! Not sure what Jason is talking about when he “can’t absolve (non-believers) actions.” I’m not aware of “non-believers” trying to cut funding for schools and medical care for those in need. Even the death penalty and gun for everybody laws seem to come from the same far right side of the political equation as those who wear their “Christian” faith ion their sleeves. My Christian faith is rational and compassionate. I wish the “Christian” politicians had some of those qualities. By Tom EhrichPosted May 2, 2012 May 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm I often hear Christians called intolerant. Christ was intolerant in that he didn’t tolerate sin, but neither did he condemn. John 8:3-11 is probably the best known chapter and verses where a woman is accused of adultery and they said to Jesus that she must be stoned in accordance with the Law of Moses. He said that “If anyone is without sin cast the first stone.” After the crowd left he asked where her accusers were and if anyone had condemned her. She said no one and Christ responded that he doesn’t condemn her either and tells her to go and sin no more. He called her actions for what they were, sin. In no way was he tolerant of what she did. We certainly can’t beat up on people for being different.Regarding women and their own bodies, fetuses are their own being. I make no apologies for defending what God has created. Do women have a choice, absolutely. I would hate to stand before Christ and have to answer why I didn’t stand up for the unborn. I don’t think the answer that women have a right to choose would make it. It doesn’t explain why I chose not to stand up for what’s right. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Lynn Ronkainen says: Rector Collierville, TN Dale McKinzie says: Brad Howard says: E. Klapp says: Todd S. Jenkins says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bo Wooden says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest John Paddock says: May 3, 2012 at 11:12 am Indeed Jesus DID come to this world to exchange the Pharisees version of the law for compassion. He was very clear about that. All we see in the current “Christian right” is a modern day version of the Pharisees and little to do with the teachings of Christ. Comments (56) May 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm Thanks Tom, for your hard hitting, on the mark comments about the state of what often passes for Christian wittness alive and ‘well’ in our country today. Sometimes I just take on being painted by the ‘broad brush’, because to the painter, it doesn’t really matter who I am. Kind of like turning the other cheek, I keep about the work I know makes a difference. May 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm I could not agree with you more Brad. There are some very fundamental issues with how the Church is represented in today’s society. While I entirely accept the concept and need of admonishing others, there is a great difference between admonishment that begins from the love which Jesus portrayed and that which originates from a coercive and condenscending basis. To believe that it is your duty to use whatever means necessary to bring someone to Jesus, including the legislating of morality, may very well put you in direct opposition to God’s plan of man’s free will. This gift was given so that anyone who comes to God, by accepting Jesus as Saviour, makes that decision themselves. Is there an argument in that for being pro-choice? I think there is. Who am I to decide that a poor choice anyone is currently making isn’t something God has planned for that individual’s path towards salvation. Who better to counsel a prisoner than someone who has been in prison. While it IS my job to inform, educate and encourage that individual about the nature of the decisions they may be making, it is NOT my perogative to judge the entirity of the individual based on those decisions.There is a very serious division within the Body of Christ today which involves two entirely different views of where the Church is and where it is going. Today’s neoconservative Christian’s view of the world is rooted in the concepts best described as dominionism and objectivism. Domionism is a belief that our secular government should be controlled by Christians and based on a conservative Christian interpretation of biblical law. Objectivism is a philosophy which is best described by its founder, Ayn Rand – “I am done with the monster of ‘We,’ the word of serfdom, of plunder,of misery, falsehood and shame. And now I see the free face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. This god, this one word: ‘I’.” Whilethis ‘philosophy’ has been heavily debunked , it remains the solid foundation of the political neoconservative movement which is eagerly embraced by the vast majority of ‘conservative’ Christians today. Do you see the conflict here? Objectivism, just as its author, is atheistic. What this means is that many of today’s conservative Christians are unknowingly embracing an atheistic political view of the world. They then add in the domionistic ideal of a theocratic state and justify it all with the Word. I think my question is this. Is it possible to please God by using His Word to justify a godless philosophical/political view of the world? I think not. The other side of the division in the Church today believes, as I do, that it is our duty to help ‘guide’ individuals to Jesus instead of ‘forcing’ nations to involuntarily conform to the idea. You tell me – which one of these things sounds more like what Jesus taught?I do not believe the Word tells us that it is our job to create His Kingdom for Him. I believe it says that Jesus will create His Kingdom when He returns. May 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm This is to everyone: We are called to be salt, we are called to be in the world not of it. Lukewarm religiosity will not find its way to Heaven. Maybe we should all re-read John and simply take it for what it says. Yes, I love the brethren but that doesn’t mean looking the other way with a smile while they ignorantly plunge into Hell. Jesus said go and sin no more – not go and do as you feel, it’s your choice, everything is cool brother. I stand on the word of YHWH the word that was made flesh – I will love them as he did – and he, Jesus, has a lot to say about the actions of those whose choices you all seem to defiantly want to protect just to seem….nice?!? Rector Tampa, FL May 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm I could not agree with you more Brad. There are some very fundamental issues with how the Church is represented in today’s society. While I entirely accept the concept and need of admonishing others, there is a great difference between admonishment that begins from the love which Jesus portrayed and that which originates from a coercive and condescending basis. To believe that it is your duty to use whatever means necessary to bring someone to Jesus, including the legislating of morality, may very well put you in direct opposition to God’s plan of man’s free will. This gift was given so that anyone who comes to God, by accepting Jesus as Saviour, makes that decision themselves. Is there an argument in that for being pro-choice? I think there is. Who am I to decide that a poor choice anyone is currently making isn’t something God has planned for that individual’s path towards salvation. While it IS my job to inform, educate and encourage that individual about the nature of the decisions they may be making, it is NOT my prerogative to judge the entirety of the individual based on those decisions. Jason Brinn says: Jason Brinn says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC May 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm Chris Johnson, I am not longer a Christian so cannot be accused of being a hypocrite. The issue with the majority of so-called fundamentalists and evangelicals is they completely ignore Christ’s message as delivered in the New Testatment. They, indeed, ignore the “fundamentals” of His message and allow their own bigotries, misogynistic and misonthropic points of view to dominate their lives. One claiming to be Christian must, in fact, obey Christ’s teachings. The right wing extremists do not, therefore, it is they who are the hypocrites when they claim to be Christian believers. Go ahead an try to convince me otherwise. I am all ears. May 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm One of the most difficult things for us human beings to grasp is the concept of “both.and” rather than “either/or”. Yes, God created fetuses, and God also created women. We need to care about both. When Jesus was asked to define “neighbor”, his answer, given in one of his best known parables, was: anyone who needs our help. I think it would be difficult to refute the fact that Jesus was inclusionary, not exclusionary. When picking sides, perhaps the best side is the middle. Countering the ‘Christians’ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Jason Brinn says: May 3, 2012 at 11:47 am Bravo Rev Johnson! Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm I find Mr. Brinn’s comments to be very scary. My belief is we should love everyone and let God do the judging. If we show love and understanding to those that are different from us we setting the example that Jesus wanted us to do. Throwing some one we disagree with or feel is sinning under the bus is (in my mind) a sin itself. I do not believe that hate and intolerance are virtues, but in the end I concede God will make these judgements. May 3, 2012 at 11:19 am Outstanding!Finally, someone articulating what many of us have been feeling. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, 70% of the population is unchurched. Because we don’t speak up– and out– the only “Christian” voices they here are those of the haters.Thank you! An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET May 3, 2012 at 8:36 am Again – to everyone: There seems to be some fundamental mistakes made as to why, how and who our Christ actually was. Someone here quoted the passages where Jesus rebuked the men accusing the woman in adultery (John 8:7). Unfortunately, this is too often misunderstood as an admonishment of judging others and this is not the case. Jesus was speaking to the heart of those men who really didn’t care about her and instead were simply trying to trick him. Also, he upholds the Mosaic law (the requirement of two witnesses to condemn) by his actions not to mention HE being the son of God had the right and power to forgive sin. We do NOT have the ability to forgive sin. We are called to judge others and reprimand one another as to the law of the covenant we live by. We are to be salt. We are to protect (shamar), keep the commandments and be a light.Jesus called us to love, not to forgive sins people – we can NOT do that. Let me be blunt, did Jesus condemn homosexuality? YES. Jesus was born under, lived under and upheld the Mosaic laws. What did the Mosaic laws say about homosexuality? What did Jesus say about those laws? Please read and pray about the following verses as they are where I draw my comments from and are the word we as believers profess to follow (Matt. 19:4, John 5:46-47, Gal. 4:4, Lev. 18:22, Deut. 23:17, John 16:12-15, Rom. 1:26-27, 1 Cor. 6:9-10).Now consider this, if we act as if in agreement of peoples sin’s how will they know they need a savior? Jesus can save homosexuals, abortionist and anyone who will call on his name, however, they need to know that they in fact NEED to call on his name and as long as we smile in the name of being nice and do not tell them about their sin then we might as well push them into Hell while we do it. Alan Finks says: Troy Preuss says: May 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm Thanks, Tom.I hear Chris Johnson’s criticism quite frequently that the religious left is intolerant or think that they are on God’s side. My experience is quite different. Most religious left folk I know leave room for divergent ideas and opinions. What they condemn are religious bullies; they are intolerant only of the intolerant who are ready to beat up the other kids on the playground.The Rev. John Paddock May 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm He told us that what is IN OUR HEART is important….this is what will be judged by our Lord God. I agree essentially with the viewpoints expressed in Tom Ehrich’s “Countering the Christians” article. I have long pondered why many of the professed conservative “right”wing Christians don’t seem to have taken the “red words” found in the New Testament, attributed as the words and teaching of Jesus the Christ, to heart and live by them.I have listened to the various “politicians” of our day….many have convinced me that they are the “extremists” right here in our own “land of the free”. To my mind and heart the LOUDLY EXPRESSIVE “right” are fear based believers who want to deny and control ALL who are not like and in agreement with their thinking! They offer up in their loud voices, condemnation rather than love, compassion, and righteous action that would benefit all persons in our country! They present themselves and seem to follow the line of action the Pharisees of the Old Testament rather than the “way to LIFE eternal”, taught by the Christian sect’s namesake, Jesus the Christ.I simply need to trust that “we” are all in the midst of transforming times and events that will lead us to living the Truth and Light that He manifested in the world for us….arriving at the place of ONENESS. In fact, I “see” that all the major religions and their beliefs…and not so major beliefs… all reflect “mankind” in its attempt to understand this life and this world in the context of that ultimate ONENESS. Whether “we” see that possibility clearly or dimly…….I can even laugh at the ABSURDITY of human thinking/behavior at times…..when I really would prefer to be applauding our triumphs over the pettiness and negativity that we all to often perpetuate. Just adding my ” 2cents”…to the pot! SMILES May 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm Yes it does. God doesn’t need us to express our faith in public. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Carlen Pumphery says: center_img May 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm Fr. Ehrich,Amen and Amen.You have summed up the “Christianizing” of American politics most eloquently. I think some of the resistance to wearing of faith on one’s faith on one’s sleeve began with President Jimmy Carter’s declarations about his being a born-again Christian. I cringed back then. Time proved Mr. Carter to be a man of deep and abiding faith, using his status as a former president to work tirelessly for peace and justice.The self–proclaimed Christians of the radical right, to the contrary, have not shown the goodwill, charity, compassion of those or “quiet servanthood [that] spoke of America at its best.” The COMPENDIUM OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH, perhaps the finest teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, is ignored by extremist politicians who identify as Roman Catholics. Those same politicians are generally well educated, but thumb their noses at this teaching, which brings the Gospel to life, and delineates our responsibilities to “the least of us” in painfully clear terms. The Gospel of our Lord in Holy Scripture seems to make all self-proclaimed Christians among these politicians uncomfortable, defensive, and more committed to hardness of heart.One of the most important things we must struggle to preserve is the ABSOLUTE separation of Church and State. None of should fear being subject to the theological tyranny of the intolerant, or to be made to conform to another’s faith by law.I too, am a priest, albeit a very discouraged one. Nonetheless I will redouble my efforts in prayer for these same men and women who would be glad never to hear from me again. We must continue to “fight the good fight,” and pray for the genuine conversions of these hard-hearted “Christian” politicians. Almighty God, who hast created us in thine own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP)(The Most Rev.) Timothy D. MacLam Bix Ruecking says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Troy Preuss says: Rector Shreveport, LA May 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm Amen! Yes, it is possible to be a Pharisee-Pharisee. “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Eternal life is found by dropping our self-righteousness (left-leaning, as well as right-leaning) and love of sin…not by being philanthropists. Many people forget that Jesus’ enemies were both lefties AND righties. The Pharisees (right-wing religious figures) and Sadducees (letf-wing leaders) both wanted His blood. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem May 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm Christ did not come to exchange YHWH’s law for compassion itself, true. He came to remind us that YHWH’s law IS compassion itself.“37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)Refusing to treat non-believers as second-class citizens is not ignoring their sins. Did Jesus ignore their sins when he ate with them? The law ordered that a woman caught in adultery should be stoned to death. Jesus did not uphold that law when he refused to do it because there was a greater divine law: compassion.If they will offend the Lord, then let the Lord deal with them.“10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” (Revelation 22:10-11)“1 Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-6)The Lord will judge the wicked, and if we try to judge the wicked by abusing them and constantly restricting them through the legal channels of this world, then we try to do God’s job for Him, acting as if He will not act against those who offend Him. Are we God that we can manipulate people’s lives through codes and congressional sanctions? By trying to force people to live righteous lives through human laws, all we do is force them away from God in anger and injury, or force them into a false worship of Him that has nothing to do with faith, but only fear. May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm @ Jason, Jesus DID come to replace YHWH’s laws and you are incorrect. Jesus quoted that He was the law and that He taught love, compassion, caring & serving for others. Here’s a story I like to tell: Many call themselves Christians, much like the story I like to tell about being a fan of football, but not a player of football. Same goes for Christians. Christians are in the stands watching, cheering, proud to be connected, but never really participating in the actual game. There is a much smaller population than those who label themselves Christian. They are the BELIEVERS of Jesus Christ. Just like the Christians that claim to be Christians, these attend church, work in the church, and spend time maintaining the church. They are the ones that believe and participate in everything up to the point of the bruising confrontations down on the field. But did you know that even fewer people could rightly be called “FOLLOWERS”? These are the folks who passionately pursue the Lord’s will in all things. These are the people that don’t just label themselves as fans as long as the team is winning, or go to the games believing from the bleachers that the team will win; No, they are part of the team on the playing field, taking the bumps, the bruises, the pain & suffering, going nose to nose with the enemy. They are the FOLLOWERS! There is a huge different in calling yourself a Christian, and being a Follower of Christ. Timothy D. MacLam says: Thomas Andrew says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments navigation Newer comments May 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm I hate when people say stuff like “I will love THEM as he did”…what gives you the right to say that? I believe Paul said “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” ALL, as in you and I, as well! And it is not for us to judge either…Paul also said in Romans 14:13, “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” Jesus was without blame, without blemish, and this was what allowed him to say “go and sin no more”…because he was without sin.I fear those who claim to follow Christ put too many stumbling blocks in our brothers’ ways and then claim a fictitious moral superiority. Again it is written in Romans 3:“‘There is no one righteous, not even one;11 there is no one who understands;there is no one who seeks God.12 All have turned away,they have together become worthless;there is no one who does good,not even one.’13 ‘Their throats are open graves;their tongues practice deceit.’‘The poison of vipers is on their lips.’14 ‘Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.’15 ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood;16 ruin and misery mark their ways,17 and the way of peace they do not know.’18 ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.’”Therefore, go and live your life in love, compassion and empathy for your fellow man. Show rather than tell. Demonstrate rather than remonstrate. Do not legislate morality but inspire it through right living. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA May 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm Please. When the Christian left stops thinking that only its views are Christian and stops calling people who disagree with it bigots or worse, I’ll take Ehrich’s views seriously. Not before. E. Klapp says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York May 3, 2012 at 11:56 am Thomas, as an Episcopalian by choice rather than birth, I have always felt that the Episcopal Church is open and welcoming to ALL, even Traditionalists. As my pastor used to say “All may, some do, none must.” Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group (The Rt. Rev.) Douglas E. Theuner says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 May 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm O Lord, I thank you that I am not like others, like these conservative so-called Christians who really despise You. I thank you that I am tolerant, open-minded, open to the New Thing that the Spirit is doing today – not like those hateful bigoted Pharisees who hold to Scripture and Tradition, who just want to meddle into people’s private lives. I thank You Lord that I care for the poor, the outcast, the marginalized – I thank You, Lord, that I love EVERYONE (except those whom You despise and teach me to despise). I thank You for making me the wonderful, caring, loving person I am. Amen. Featured Events May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm Christopher you are right it is a sin as far as the old Testament part of the Bible is concerned, but remember we live under the New Covenant because Jesus died on the cross for all our sins, everyone’s, not just a select few like minded people but anyone who wants forgiveness of their sins anyone who asks in Jesus’s name for forgiveness. Do you get sinners to come to church by judging them, spitting on them, chastising them, embarrassing them, stoning them, or do you get them to go to church by talking to them, helping them, praying with them, and for them loving them like your brother, or sister. You see Christopher this is the difference between your version of being a Christian, and the Bible’s version of being a Christian, Christopher, let God be the judge, and worry about your own salvation, and do the job that God has intended for everyone, and that is to bring his children, all of them, Christopher, back to the House Of God!!! Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 May 3, 2012 at 11:59 am http://genesisfix.wordpress.com/2011/09/This post of mine covers similar topics. Janette Kline says: May 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm I hear you Mr. Erhlich…except I can assure you that the Left – especially in the Episcopal Church – has done more to shove traditional Christians off the bus. Y’all have made it abundantly clear that the Episcopal Church Does NOT Welcome Me! Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK May 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm I think it is too easy to blame those considered “Right-Wing” for everything that goes wrong, or makes us cringe. However, Jesus said something very instructive about motes and beams. We need to examine where and why we are not living up to the example set by the Salvation Armies of the world. If we do what God asks of us, people will very soon see the difference and reject the imitation for the genuine. Dave Wells says: The Rev. Teresa T. Bowden says: May 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm I was raised as a Pentecostal, and no offense, but i think the Church has lost its way totally. The very things that i was raised to believe don’t seem to be what the Christians of the day believe. I have stayed away from Church for years because of this. Judging, greedy, hateful, slothful, sin of pride, lying. All these things that we don’t want our children to become. So tell me why I should take my children to Church, other than to use the people of the Church as an example of what I don’t want my children to become. I know that is horrible to say, but by many postings of people on this page, and on several other pages saying how they are Christians which means Christlike, and yet they go totally against what Jesus taught us. To love our brothers and sisters, to help the poor and needy, don’t judge, there are several others that I could bring up. The job of the church years ago was to invite sinners to join them, and now the message is to judge and chastise sinners, instead of talking, and praying for, and with sinners. I am not saying any of this to offend anyone, but in my opinion i can’t think of a time like today when Faith has been in such a short supply, nor can I remember a time when the people of the Church have been so unwilling to reach out to the people who need faith, and God’s love more than anything else right now. What does it say in the Bible about a people divided, and a church built on a bad foundation. It can not stand, and where are we at today? Can you see why you can’t get the sinners to come back to church? I hate to say this, but in some ways the sinners have become the saints while the Saints have become the sinners. This is just my opinion I believe the church needs to rededicate itself to God, and do the work that God wants us all to do Love one another, help one another, pray for one another, and for our own salvation, bring his children back to the house of God. These are the jobs of the Christian, and these are the jobs that are being neglected. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Delight Craft says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC May 3, 2012 at 2:53 am Rev. Paddock, I’ll believe that you actually mean that when folks like you stop calling folks like me bigots just because we hold to the traditional Christian view that homosexual activity is a sin. Rector Knoxville, TN John Mandeville says: Troy Preuss says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA May 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm I fail to see your point as there are not any clear, specific citations. Generally speaking, YES we should as followers of Christ be understanding, compassionate and helpful to the world – he did die for them. However, Christ did not come to this world to exchange YHWH’s law for compassion itself. At the end of the day I see the conservative right as trying to uphold laws that fall in line with the ones YHWH gave. This does not in my mind take anything away from being compassionate or the like, yet shows true compassion.I can feel for the non-believers I just can’t absolve their actions nor ignore as in condonement their cry for space to act against the very laws our creator sustains. Which party did Christ embody as he turned out the money changers? Just curious. May 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm “Y’all have made it abundantly clear that the Episcopal Church Does NOT Welcome Me!”I can see how those on the right might feel that way. But feelings alone do not facts make. The reality is that when more liberal approaches are taken to belonging, to participation, to engagement, there tends to be room for everyone regardless of their feelings about any given aspect of our common life together. But that is rarely true when the right controls. The right is happy to use the power of the institution to punish those who do not agree. Women are seen as unfit for leadership. Gays and lesbians are seen as unworthy of respect, much less first class citizenship. Catholic worship often gives way to evangelical feel-good pietism and critical theology is repressed, replaced by varying degrees of fundamentalism. Social justice becomes a dirty word. To make matters worse, this abuse of power is often attempted to be legitimated through demonization of its victims. Assessments of sinfulness conveniently fit the prejudices of the power holders and animate the sermons from the pulpit. Ideological litmus tests become the gatekeepers to leadership roles in the church.The truth is, while conservatives are often uncomfortable in situations where they are out of control, they rarely have to worry about their place at the table when liberals run the show. And that is rarely, if ever, the case in reverse. No doubt, liberal-led organizations are way too lacking in definition, structure and punishment for conservatives to feel comfortable. But the chances that conservatives would be unwelcome, much less barred from full participation in the life of the church, simply are infinitesimal in those situations. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Harry Coverston says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Comments are closed. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Carlen Pumphery says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Dale McKinzie says: larry beshears says: May 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm Dude. JC loved all people – the 1% money changers not withstanding ; that’s why he came. Follow his example and leave the judgement to the BIG MAN UPSTAIRS. You’ll lose your anger and anxiety, sleep better and may find a little peace as well as a few friends. If you seek heaven you gotta realize the folks you’ll meet there are not like you. The BIG MAN gave us brains and reason for the purpose of using them. Dude, you are not off to a good start. Rev. June Johnson says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Christopher Johnson says: Christopher Johnson says: Christopher L. Webber says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 May 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm He’s not saying that he has never sinned. The apostles who wrote the passages which he cited are not directing these commands to sinless people. Therefore, Matt’s sinfulness or sinlessness is irrelevant. If he is someone who has been saved by the grace of God in Christ alone, (not trusting in his own works in the least degree) the Biblical commands which he posted are applicable. May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm I think you should ask yourself who is excluding who. I am a strong Christian but because of my political leanings to the left I have been told that I must not really be a Christian. I think that is sad that one’s personal political beleifs should divide the Church the way it appears to be doing. Why do I have to vote republican to be taken seriously? I found Tom Ehrich’s article to be truthful and in line with my beliefs as to how God wants me to live out my faith. Thank you for writing it. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

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United E-way.org launches online workplace giving service

 12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Local United Ways representing major markets throughout theUnited States have announced the formation of United eWay.org. The consortium is a 501(c)(3) organisation dedicated to delivering custom internet-based workplace giving solutions to local United Ways and the organisations and employees they serve.United eWay.org systems provide a way to manage and administer workplace campaigns. It says its service will lower significantly “the cost of creating unique company sites or new costly software while providing rich, customised content and comprehensive workplace giving features.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 March 2001 | News The announcement comes just five days before pioneering workplace giving company Charitableway.com closes down.Some of the benefits of United e-Way.org include:A web based utility, which allows the custom design of a unique workplace-giving site for each local United Way and each company so that every site is unique.Collaboration with and choices for campaign managers to author site content, choose giving options and define leadership levels and messages.Giving options consistent and popular with local United Way donors in a clear thoughtful manner supplemented with easy to use links to local and national agency databases.Seamless integration with corporate HR systems as well as United Way-specific pledge processing systems.Online reporting that provides action-oriented campaign management information to help assist company volunteers in managing their campaign.Manage regional and national company giving programs while fostering local United Way involvement and direction.Housed at a central site, the application is protected bysophisticated firewall and advanced application security including giving information encryption – earning the site VeriSign Secure Site certification. United E-way.org launches online workplace giving service read more

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Journalist considers exile to avoid government harassment

first_img Receive email alerts June 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist considers exile to avoid government harassment Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en ThailandAsia – Pacific ThailandAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Follow the news on Thailand Reporters Without Borders expressed concern about the Thai authorities’ hounding of Anchalee Paireerak, producer and journalist on community radio FM 92.25, who said on 23 June she was planning to leave Thailand and study abroad to escape government harassment.”The government has been harassing us in every way. We’ve been picked on from the beginning,” she said. “At first, the government said our antenna was too high, making our signal interfere with the main radio stations. So we took down the antenna and broadcast through the Internet, which affected no one, but the government still shut down the website,” she told the daily The Nation. Paireerak reportedly received a warning on 22 June strongly recommending that she leave the country. “I don’t want to live in fear, so I’ll study again and do other, non-political things,” she said. The House Committee on Justice summoned Paireerak, who told them about the threats she had received, along with the Surachai Nilsaeng, a cyber inspector from the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry, to testify about the closure of the radio station’s website. He declined to attend saying he was “too busy”.Anchalee told the committee she had been instructed by the Public Relations Department on 20 June to “improve” her radio station’s programming and it had also accused host Samarn Sri-ngarm of using impolite words and fomenting divisions in society.She said that the cyber inspector sent her a letter the following day saying the website would have to be “made legal” before it could continue broadcasting.__________________________________________________23.06.2005Condemnation after closure of websites and community radiosReporters Without Borders protested as Thaksin Shinawatra’s government demonstrated a toughening stance towards critics, closing several community radios and two alternative news websites in the space of a week.The organisation said it was particularly concerned at the closure on 21 June of two controversial websites www.fm9225.com and www.thai-insider.com, apparently on the orders of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).”Thailand already blocks access to thousands of sites considered ‘inappropriate’, particularly pornographic, but also some publications exposing ‘cases’ implicating the authorities,” the organisation said.”However this is the first time to our knowledge that the minister has ordered a host to close a news website. It sets an extremely serious precedent, all the more so since the government refuses to justify its decision and even pretends not to have made it.””We would like to remind it that the closure of an online publication can only be decided by a court; it cannot be justified by an administrative decision.”According to the English-language daily Bangkok Post, the ICT ministry directly contacted the web hosts companies to get the websites removed from the Web. The ministry has so far denied being behind this censorship.The website www.thai-insider.com carried articles exposing corruption and implicating the government. Its head, Ekkayuth Anchanbutr, a fierce opponent of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has already moved his site to another host. Thai Insider can now be accessed on www.akeyuth.com.The site, www.fm9225.com posts broadcasts by several community radios such as FM 92.25, which is critical of the government. According to Thai daily The Nation, a manager of the site said he had received a letter from the department of the ICT ministry responsible for the Internet saying that the site was endangering “the country’s unity and security”.For more information on Internet censorship in Thailand, see: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=1074The website closures come at a time when the government has begun a trial of strength with a number of community radios. The authorities have talked about wanting to regulate the sector, which comprises more than 3,000 stations, while some of the radio’s management see it more as a bid to bring them to heel.At least two such radios have been closed since a deadline was passed on 15 June by which all community radios had to register and to resolve their “technical problems”.Reporters Without Borders is asking the government to try to find negotiated solutions to resolve the technical problems. “The rapid development of community radios is good news for pluralism of news and information in Thailand. It is regrettable that the government should be tempted to snuff out these fledgling radios,” said the organisation. Agents of the Public Relations Department (PRD) and the regulatory body the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) closed two Bangkok community radios Huay Kwang and Bang Khen on 17 June 2005. The transmitter of the first and the antenna of the second were seized. The authorities said they had been using non-regulation equipments which was interfering with signals from other radios and with aviation. News News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News The new regulations governing community radios limit their output to 30 watts and a range of less than 15 kilometres. It also bans the use of antennas higher than 30 metres. Operators say they need 500 watts and 60-metre aerials.Radio controllers who fail to comply with these technical rules could face up to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 baht (about 2,000 euros).The government issued two warnings in May to the station FM 92.25 that its antenna was too high. To avoid closure, FM 92.25 took down its antenna and launched the website www.fm9225.com.Thai journalists contacted by Reporters Without Borders said that the summary sanctions taken by the PRD against community radios could be explained by the authorities’ determination defend its own position in the sector. The PRD in fact manages nearly 200 stations. The army has two TV stations and 120 radios. May 12, 2021 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further News June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Burn ban in effect

first_img Previous articleSuspect charged with threatening OPD officerNext articleOPD investigating several drive-by shootings admin By admin – March 9, 2018 Local News WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Bryan Mackay talks about Young Professionals of Odessa. Ector County Commissioners approved a burn ban across Ector County Thursday, effective immediately.An Ector County Sheriff’s Office news release said the ban will last 90 days, but could be extended upon its expiration.The release said the ban was passed to ensure Ector County citizens are safe from any fires that could be caused by accidental ignition from open flames and blowing burning material.Because of the amount of dry grass and vegetation throughout the county, the National Weather Service predicts significant winds in the days ahead could start a fire quickly, the release stated.Citizens can still burn their household trash in a proper container with a proper grate on top to keep burning material from escaping, the release detailed.The release added that ECSO will begin issuing burn ban citations two weeks after the ban was enacted. Twitter Facebook Burn ban in effect WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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Won’t Close Check-Posts At Kerala Border, Karnataka Govt Tells High Court

first_imgTop StoriesWon’t Close Check-Posts At Kerala Border, Karnataka Govt Tells High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 March 2021 8:24 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka Government on Tuesday told the Karnataka High Court that the directive of the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district to close rarely used check-posts at Kerala border will not be acted upon.Additional Government Advocate also informed the court that Clause 3 of the directive issued on March 15, will be reconsidered. Based on the submissions of the Government Advocate,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka Government on Tuesday told the Karnataka High Court that the directive of the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district to close rarely used check-posts at Kerala border will not be acted upon.Additional Government Advocate also informed the court that Clause 3 of the directive issued on March 15, will be reconsidered. Based on the submissions of the Government Advocate, a bench headed by the Chief Justices Abhay S Oka recorded in its order that “AGA on instructions states that clause 3 of the proceedings will not be acted upon.”Clause 3 of the directive states :  “In consideration of the situation, every gram panchayat,/urban local bodies/municipality/town municipality, shall identify the points of the arrival in their respective jurisdiction to facilitate the public/student opening of the checkpost which are more likely to be used and closing of check post which are rarely used such decision must be taken and directions issued for arrivals from Kerala/Maharashtra state by Panchayat Task force committee which is already in existence.” On the previous hearing the court had taken exception to the directives, purportedly issued to control the surge of COVID-19 cases: “The modified order passed by the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada on March 15, is misconceived and issued in complete non-application of mind. This gives arbitrary power to local authorities to close any check post and open any check post anywhere. This authorizes them to close the check post. It is worse then the earlier order, at least earlier there was clarity on which check posts were open”, CJ Oka had orally remarked. Today, Advocate K Ravishankar appearing for the petitioner B Subbaya Rai, who challenges the border restrictions, brought to the notice of the court of the latest guidelines issued by the Union Government dated March 23, by which there is no restriction imposed on inter-and intra-state travel. Advocate M N Kumar appearing for the central government affirmed the same by saying “No border restrictions has been imposed in the latest guidelines.” Following this, the court orally said “There is a concept of Federalism, you cannot simply close borders.” The bench even suggested to the state government to make a statement before the court that all the checkpost across the Kerala-Karnataka border are open and checking of RT-PCR reports of persons entering from Kerala can be done. The court accordingly adjourned the matter for further hearing on April 1. The Deputy Commissioner passed the modified order after the Court rapped the State Government for imposing travel restrictions in violation of the Central Government’s ‘unlock’ guidelines which prohibit curbs on inter-state travel.Terming the modified order “worse than the previous order”, the bench had said on the previous hearing :”Look at the consequences, at least in the original order four checkpoints were open. By virtue of clause 3, at the 11th hour someone will be told the route is closed, because for the last three days no person has used it so we closed it, so the person will have to take a different route. Will it not directly affect those people who are entering Kerala from Karnataka and coming back?”.The Court also commented that the border restrictions did not make any sense as there was no curbs on air travel from the neighbouring state.”Flights from Kerala operate to Karnataka without restrictions. So, if you have money you can enter the state of Karnataka without restrictions but if you can’t afford to buy an air ticket you will be subjected to all these restrictions. How this can be tolerated?”, the bench had asked the government’s counsel.Last year, the Kerala High Court had interfered with the blockade imposed by Karnataka Government on the Kerala border. Acting on a PIL filed by the Kerala High Court Advocates Association, the Kerala High Court directed the Union Government to open the highway for travel. The High Court noted that the travel restrictions had infringed the right to health of border residents, who were relying on hospitals in Mangalore for treatment.When Karnataka appealed to the Supreme Court, the SC suggested a dialogue between the Chief Secretaries of both the states. Following talks, the restrictions were lifted.   Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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